The Upper Room Prayer Meeting

12 (A)Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey.

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13 And when they had entered, they went up (A)into the upper room where they were staying: (B)Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and (C)Simon the Zealot; and (D)Judas the son of James.

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23 And they proposed two: Joseph called (A)Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.

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26 And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

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22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you (A)by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know— 23 Him, (B)being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, (C)you [a]have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; 24 (D)whom God raised up, having [b]loosed the [c]pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it. 25 For David says concerning Him:

(E)‘I foresaw the Lord always before my face,
For He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken.
26 Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad;
Moreover my flesh also will rest in hope.
27 For You will not leave my soul in Hades,
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see (F)corruption.
28 You have made known to me the ways of life;
You will make me full of joy in Your presence.’

29 “Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you (G)of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Therefore, being a prophet, (H)and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, [d]according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, 31 he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, (I)that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. 32 (J)This Jesus God has raised up, (K)of which we are all witnesses. 33 Therefore (L)being exalted [e]to (M)the right hand of God, and (N)having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He (O)poured out this which you now see and hear.

34 “For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself:

(P)‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand,
35 Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” ’

36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

37 Now when they heard this, (Q)they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”

38 Then Peter said to them, (R)“Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the [f]remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and (S)to your children, and (T)to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

A Vital Church Grows

40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this [g]perverse generation.” 41 Then those who [h]gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.

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Footnotes

  1. Acts 2:23 NU omits have taken
  2. Acts 2:24 destroyed or abolished
  3. Acts 2:24 Lit. birth pangs
  4. Acts 2:30 NU He would seat one on his throne,
  5. Acts 2:33 Possibly by
  6. Acts 2:38 forgiveness
  7. Acts 2:40 crooked
  8. Acts 2:41 NU omits gladly

The Philosophers at Athens

16 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, (A)his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was [a]given over to idols. 17 Therefore he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and with the Gentile worshipers, and in the marketplace daily with those who happened to be there. 18 [b]Then certain Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him. And some said, “What does this [c]babbler want to say?”

Others said, “He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods,” because he preached to them (B)Jesus and the resurrection.

19 And they took him and brought him to the [d]Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new doctrine is of which you speak? 20 For you are bringing some strange things to our ears. Therefore we want to know what these things mean.” 21 For all the Athenians and the foreigners who were there spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new thing.

Addressing the Areopagus

22 Then Paul stood in the midst of the [e]Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; 23 for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription:

TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.

Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: 24 (C)God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is (D)Lord of heaven and earth, (E)does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25 Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He (F)gives to all life, breath, and all things. 26 And He has made from one [f]blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and (G)the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 (H)so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, (I)though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for (J)in Him we live and move and have our being, (K)as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ 29 Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, (L)we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. 30 Truly, (M)these times of ignorance God overlooked, but (N)now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which (O)He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by (P)raising Him from the dead.”

32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked, while others said, “We will hear you again on this matter. 33 So Paul departed from among them. 34 However, some men joined him and believed, among them Dionysius the Areopagite, a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

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Footnotes

  1. Acts 17:16 full of idols
  2. Acts 17:18 NU, M add also
  3. Acts 17:18 Lit. seed picker, an idler who makes a living picking up scraps
  4. Acts 17:19 Lit. Hill of Ares, or Mars’ Hill
  5. Acts 17:22 Lit. Hill of Ares, or Mars’ Hill
  6. Acts 17:26 NU omits blood

Preach the Word

I (A)charge you [a]therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, (B)who will judge the living and the dead [b]at His appearing and His kingdom:

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Timothy 4:1 NU omits therefore
  2. 2 Timothy 4:1 NU and by