Psalm 12New International Version (NIV)
For the director of music. According to sheminith.[b] A psalm of David.
1 Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore;
3 May the Lord silence all flattering lips
5 “Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan,
7 You, Lord, will keep the needy safe
Proverbs 14:12-31New International Version (NIV)
12 There is a way that appears to be right,
13 Even in laughter the heart may ache,
14 The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways,
15 The simple believe anything,
16 The wise fear the Lord and shun evil,
17 A quick-tempered person does foolish things,
18 The simple inherit folly,
19 Evildoers will bow down in the presence of the good,
20 The poor are shunned even by their neighbors,
21 It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor,
22 Do not those who plot evil go astray?
23 All hard work brings a profit,
24 The wealth of the wise is their crown,
25 A truthful witness saves lives,
26 Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress,
27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
28 A large population is a king’s glory,
29 Whoever is patient has great understanding,
30 A heart at peace gives life to the body,
31 Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker,
Acts 4:1-12New International Version (NIV)
Peter and John Before the Sanhedrin
4 The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. 2 They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. 3 They seized Peter and John and, because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day. 4 But many who heard the message believed; so the number of men who believed grew to about five thousand.
5 The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. 6 Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. 7 They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! 9 If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 Jesus is
“‘the stone you builders rejected,
12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
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