Prayer for Boldness(A)

23 And being let go, (B)they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. 24 So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: “Lord, (C)You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, 25 who [a]by the mouth of Your servant David have said:

(D)‘Why did the nations rage,
And the people plot vain things?
26 The kings of the earth took their stand,
And the rulers were gathered together
Against the Lord and against His Christ.’

27 “For (E)truly against (F)Your holy Servant Jesus, (G)whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together 28 (H)to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done. 29 Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants (I)that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, (J)and that signs and wonders may be done (K)through the name of (L)Your holy Servant Jesus.”

31 And when they had prayed, (M)the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, (N)and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

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  1. Acts 4:25 NU through the Holy Spirit, by the mouth of our father, Your servant David,

23 And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them. 24 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: 25 who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? 26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. 27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, 28 for to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done. 29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, 30 by stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.

31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

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23 When they had been released, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard this, they lifted their voices to God with one accord and said, “O [a]Lord, it is You who (A)made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that is in them, 25 who (B)by the Holy Spirit, through the mouth of our father David Your servant, said,

(C)Why did the [b]Gentiles rage,
And the peoples devise futile things?
26 (D)The kings of the earth [c]took their stand,
And the rulers were gathered together
Against the Lord and against His [d](E)Christ.’

27 For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy [e](F)servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both (G)Herod and (H)Pontius Pilate, along with (I)the [f]Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever Your hand and (J)Your purpose predestined to occur. 29 And [g]now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may (K)speak Your word with all (L)confidence, 30 while You extend Your hand to heal, and [h](M)signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy [i](N)servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the (O)place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all (P)filled with the Holy Spirit and began to (Q)speak the word of God with (R)boldness.

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  1. Acts 4:24 Or Master
  2. Acts 4:25 Or nations
  3. Acts 4:26 Or approached
  4. Acts 4:26 Or Anointed One; i.e. Messiah
  5. Acts 4:27 Or Son
  6. Acts 4:27 Or nations
  7. Acts 4:29 Or as for the present situation
  8. Acts 4:30 Or attesting miracles
  9. Acts 4:30 Or Son

23 But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. 24 And (A)a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, (B)able to teach, (C)patient, 25 (D)in humility correcting those who are in opposition, (E)if God perhaps will grant them repentance, (F)so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and (G)escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.

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23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. 24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25 in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26 and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

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23 But refuse foolish and ignorant (A)speculations, knowing that they (B)produce [a]quarrels. 24 (C)The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, (D)able to teach, patient when wronged, 25 (E)with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, (F)if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to (G)the knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from (H)the snare of the devil, having been (I)held captive [b]by him to do his will.

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  1. 2 Timothy 2:23 Lit fightings
  2. 2 Timothy 2:26 Or by him, to do His will

26 If anyone [a]among you thinks he is religious, and (A)does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.

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  1. James 1:26 NU omits among you

26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.

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26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not [a](A)bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.

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  1. James 1:26 Or control

(A)Walk in (B)wisdom toward those who are outside, (C)redeeming the time. Let your speech always be (D)with grace, (E)seasoned with salt, (F)that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

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Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

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[a](A)Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward (B)outsiders, [b](C)making the most of the opportunity. (D)Let your speech always be [c]with grace, as though seasoned with (E)salt, so that you will know how you should (F)respond to each person.

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  1. Colossians 4:5 Lit Walk
  2. Colossians 4:5 Lit redeeming the time
  3. Colossians 4:6 Or gracious

in all things showing yourself to be (A)a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, (B)incorruptibility,[a] sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of [b]you.

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  1. Titus 2:7 NU omits incorruptibility
  2. Titus 2:8 NU, M us

In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.

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in all things show yourself to be (A)an example of good deeds, with [a]purity in doctrine, dignified, sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so (B)that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.

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  1. Titus 2:7 Or soundness; lit uncorruptness