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Psalm 2

Why are the nations so angry?
    Why do they waste their time with futile plans?

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25 you spoke long ago by the Holy Spirit through our ancestor David, your servant, saying,

‘Why were the nations so angry?
    Why did they waste their time with futile plans?
26 The kings of the earth prepared for battle;
    the rulers gathered together
against the Lord
    and against his Messiah.’[a]

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Footnotes

  1. 4:25-26 Or his anointed one; or his Christ. Ps 2:1-2.

14 Together they will go to war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will defeat them because he is Lord of all lords and King of all kings. And his called and chosen and faithful ones will be with him.”

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The nations are in chaos,
    and their kingdoms crumble!
God’s voice thunders,
    and the earth melts!

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11 Although they plot against you,
    their evil schemes will never succeed.

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“Come,” they say, “let us wipe out Israel as a nation.
    We will destroy the very memory of its existence.”
Yes, this was their unanimous decision.
    They signed a treaty as allies against you—
these Edomites and Ishmaelites;
    Moabites and Hagrites;
Gebalites, Ammonites, and Amalekites;
    and people from Philistia and Tyre.
Assyria has joined them, too,
    and is allied with the descendants of Lot. Interlude

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38 “But when the tenant farmers saw his son coming, they said to one another, ‘Here comes the heir to this estate. Come on, let’s kill him and get the estate for ourselves!’

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But some of the Jews were jealous, so they gathered some troublemakers from the marketplace to form a mob and start a riot. They attacked the home of Jason, searching for Paul and Silas so they could drag them out to the crowd.[a] Not finding them there, they dragged out Jason and some of the other believers[b] instead and took them before the city council. “Paul and Silas have caused trouble all over the world,” they shouted, “and now they are here disturbing our city, too.

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Footnotes

  1. 17:5 Or the city council.
  2. 17:6 Greek brothers; also in 17:10, 14.

22 For it has been determined that the Son of Man[a] must die. But what sorrow awaits the one who betrays him.” 23 The disciples began to ask each other which of them would ever do such a thing.

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Footnotes

  1. 22:22 “Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself.

“Huddle together, you nations, and be terrified.
    Listen, all you distant lands.
Prepare for battle, but you will be crushed!
    Yes, prepare for battle, but you will be crushed!

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42 I ground them as fine as dust in the wind.
    I swept them into the gutter like dirt.

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33 When they heard this, the high council was furious and decided to kill them.

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32 He will be handed over to the Romans,[a] and he will be mocked, treated shamefully, and spit upon.

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Footnotes

  1. 18:32 Greek the Gentiles.

28 At this their anger boiled, and they began shouting, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” 29 Soon the whole city was filled with confusion. Everyone rushed to the amphitheater, dragging along Gaius and Aristarchus, who were Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia. 30 Paul wanted to go in, too, but the believers wouldn’t let him. 31 Some of the officials of the province, friends of Paul, also sent a message to him, begging him not to risk his life by entering the amphitheater.

32 Inside, the people were all shouting, some one thing and some another. Everything was in confusion. In fact, most of them didn’t even know why they were there.

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49 Caiaphas, who was high priest at that time,[a] said, “You don’t know what you’re talking about! 50 You don’t realize that it’s better for you that one man should die for the people than for the whole nation to be destroyed.”

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Footnotes

  1. 11:49 Greek that year; also in 11:51.

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

22 The Festival of Unleavened Bread, which is also called Passover, was approaching. The leading priests and teachers of religious law were plotting how to kill Jesus, but they were afraid of the people’s reaction.

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22 A mob quickly formed against Paul and Silas, and the city officials ordered them stripped and beaten with wooden rods.

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They were delighted, and they promised to give him money.

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