“We have found this man to be a troublemaker, stirring up riots(A) among the Jews(B) all over the world. He is a ringleader of the Nazarene(C) sect(D)

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22 But we want to hear what your views are, for we know that people everywhere are talking against this sect.”(A)

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14 However, I admit that I worship the God of our ancestors(A) as a follower of the Way,(B) which they call a sect.(C) I believe everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets,(D)

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They have known me for a long time(A) and can testify, if they are willing, that I conformed to the strictest sect(B) of our religion, living as a Pharisee.(C)

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Then some of the believers who belonged to the party(A) of the Pharisees(B) stood up and said, “The Gentiles must be circumcised and required to keep the law of Moses.”(C)

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28 shouting, “Fellow Israelites, help us! This is the man who teaches everyone everywhere against our people and our law and this place. And besides, he has brought Greeks into the temple and defiled this holy place.”(A)

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But when they did not find them, they dragged(A) Jason and some other believers(B) before the city officials, shouting: “These men who have caused trouble all over the world(C) have now come here,(D) and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar’s decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus.”(E)

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20 They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar(A) 21 by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans(B) to accept or practice.”(C)

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The Apostles Persecuted

17 Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party(A) of the Sadducees,(B) were filled with jealousy.

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And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation.(A) He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar(B) and claims to be Messiah, a king.”(C)

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19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God.(A)

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12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds(A) and glorify God(B) on the day he visits us.

13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority:(C) whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong(D) and to commend those who do right.(E) 15 For it is God’s will(F) that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.(G)

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19 No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God’s approval.(A)

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13 when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage(A) of the world—right up to this moment.

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Paul the Roman Citizen

22 The crowd listened to Paul until he said this. Then they raised their voices and shouted, “Rid the earth of him!(A) He’s not fit to live!”(B)

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13 They produced false witnesses,(A) who testified, “This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place(B) and against the law.

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25 He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will.

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19 (Barabbas had been thrown into prison for an insurrection in the city, and for murder.)

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But they insisted, “He stirs up the people all over Judea by his teaching. He started in Galilee(A) and has come all the way here.”

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25 It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul,(A) how much more the members of his household!

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11 “Blessed are you when people insult you,(A) persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.(B) 12 Rejoice and be glad,(C) because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.(D)

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