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25Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost [2]  k those who draw near to God  l through him, since he always lives  m to make intercession for them.

38[†]And Peter said to them,  o “Repent and  p be baptized every one of you  q in the name of Jesus Christ  r for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive  s the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39[†]For  t the promise is for you and  u for your children and for all  v who are far off, everyone  w whom the Lord our God calls to himself.

41†So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. The Fellowship of the Believers 42‡†And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43†And awe [4] came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44†And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45†And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47†praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

6 Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel         and  i his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts:      j “I am the first and I am the last;         besides me there is no god.

ACTS 2 ‡†When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2†And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3†And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested [1] on each one of them. 4†And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5†Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6†And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9‡Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.

Behold,  x the Lamb of God, who  y takes away the sin  z of the world!

but  z he who pursues evil

Come now,  n let us reason [3] together, says the LORD:     though your sins are like scarlet,         they shall be as  o white as snow;     though they are red like crimson,         they shall become like wool.

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For  a what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or  b what fellowship has light with darkness?

everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

everyone  w whom the Lord our God calls to himself.

For great is your steadfast love toward me;         you have  e delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

from  h his fullness we have all received,  i grace upon grace. [4] 17For  j the law was given through Moses;  k grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18[†] l No one has ever seen God;  m the only God, [5] who is at the Father’s side, [6]  n he has made him known.

has told you, O man, what is good;         and  f what does the LORD require of you     but to do justice, and to love kindness, [2]         and to  g walk humbly with your God?

Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant  q controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.

He drew me up from  w the pit of destruction,         out of  x the miry bog,     and  y set my feet upon a rock,          z making my steps secure.     3 He put  a a new song in my mouth,         a song of praise to our God.     

How can  v a young man keep his way pure?         By guarding it according to your word.     10  w With my whole heart I seek you;         let me not  x wander from your commandments!     11[^] [†] I have  y stored up your word in my heart,         that I might not sin against you.     12 Blessed are you, O LORD;          z teach me your statutes!     13 With my lips I  a declare         all the rules [3] of your mouth.     14 In the way of your testimonies I  b delight         as much as in all  c riches.     15 I will  d meditate on your precepts         and fix my eyes on your  e ways.     16 I will  f delight in your statutes;         I will not forget your word.

If I have the gift of the prophecy, and can fathom all mystery's and knowledge, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare [2] and not for evil,  x to give you a future and a hope. 12 y Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me,  y and I will hear you. 13[†] z You will seek me and find me, when you seek me  a with all your heart.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. (I Corinthians 13: 7-8a ESV)

Love works no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Romans 13:10

LUKE 14 [†]One Sabbath,  p when he went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees, they were  q watching him carefully. 2[†]And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy. 3[†]And Jesus responded to  r the lawyers and Pharisees, saying,  s “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?” 4[†]But they remained silent. Then he took him and healed him and sent him away. 5[†]And he said to them,  t “Which of you, having a son [1] or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?” 6[†] u And they could not reply to these things.

Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” 7And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. 8†And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.

PSALM 139 [†] O LORD, you have  p searched me and known me!     2 You  q know when I sit down and when I rise up;         you  r discern my thoughts from afar.     3 You search out my path and my lying down         and are acquainted with all my ways.     4 Even before a word is on my tongue,         behold, O LORD,  s you know it altogether.

Save yourselves from this  y crooked generation.

The Lord is at hand; 6[†] r do not be anxious about anything,  s but in everything by prayer and supplication  t with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And  u the peace of God,  v which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

There is irony in the book of Job, due to the fact that God seems both too close and too far away. On the one hand, Job complains that God is watching him every moment so that he cannot even swallow his spit (7:19). On the other hand, Job finds God elusive, feeling that he cannot be found (9:11).

the sun has looked upon me.

when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.