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9–10 When we live our lives within the shadow of God Most High,
    our secret hiding place, we will always be shielded from harm.
    How then could evil prevail against us or disease infect us?
11 God sends angels with special orders to protect you wherever you go,
    defending you from all harm.
12 If you walk into a trap, they’ll be there for you
    and keep you from stumbling.
13 You’ll even walk unharmed among the fiercest powers of darkness,[a]
    trampling every one of them beneath your feet!
14 For here is what the Lord has spoken to me:
    “Because you loved me, delighted in me, and have been loyal to my name,
    I will greatly protect you.
15 I will answer your cry for help every time you pray,
    and you will feel my presence
    in your time of trouble.
    I will deliver you and bring you honor.
16 I will satisfy you with a full life and with all that I do for you.
    For you will enjoy the fullness of my salvation!”

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Footnotes

  1. 91:13 The Hebrew includes the words for “lions,” “snakes,” and “dragons” as the three great symbols of satanic power.

No sooner did the high priests and the temple guards see Jesus that they all shouted in a frenzy, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”

Pilate replied, “You take him then and nail him to a cross yourselves! I told you—he’s not guilty! I find no reason to condemn him.”

The Jewish leaders shouted back, “But we have the Law! And according to our Law, he must die,[a] because he claimed to be the Son of God!”

Then Pilate was greatly alarmed[b] when he heard that Jesus claimed to be the Son of God! So he took Jesus back inside and said to him, “Where have you come from?” But once again, silence filled the room. 10 Perplexed, Pilate said, “Are you going to play deaf? Don’t you know that I have the power to grant you your freedom or nail you to a tree?”

11 Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me at all, unless it was given to you from above. This is why the one who betrayed[c] me is guilty of an even greater sin.”

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Footnotes

  1. 19:7 They are most likely referring to Lev. 24:16.
  2. 19:8 The Aramaic is “his soul collapsed!”
  3. 19:11 Or “handed me over.” This is the same Greek verb translated “betray” in John 6:71. It would obviously point to Judas. However, some expositors believe it was Caiaphas who handed over Jesus to Pilate, and is referred to here. But in fact, it was the evil spirits of darkness who were controlling Pilate and moving in the hearts of all involved to crucify Jesus. These dark powers would be the ones to experience the tremendous judgment unleashed on them by the power of the cross and resurrection.

14 “Why?” Pilate asked. “What evil thing has he done wrong to deserve that?” But they kept shouting out with a deafening roar, “Crucify him at once!”

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