One Year Bible Reflections - Flipbook - Page 80
to Nazareth, his hometown. When he
taught there in the synagogue, everyone
was amazed and said, “Where does he
get this wisdom and the power to do
miracles?” 55Then they scoffed, “He’s
just the carpenter’s son, and we know
Mary, his mother, and his brothers—
James, Joseph,* Simon, and Judas. 56All
his sisters live right here among us.
Where did he learn all these things?”
57 And they were deeply offended and
refused to believe in him.
Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is
honored everywhere except in his own
hometown and among his own family.”
58 And so he did only a few miracles
there because of their unbelief.
Herod Antipas, the ruler of
Galilee,* heard about Jesus, 2 he said
to his advisers, “This must be John the
Baptist raised from the dead! That is
why he can do such miracles.”
3 For Herod had arrested and imprisoned John as a favor to his wife
Herodias (the former wife of Herod’s
brother Philip). 4John had been telling
Herod, “It is against God’s law for you
to marry her.” 5Herod wanted to kill
John, but he was afraid of a riot, because
all the people believed John was a
6 But at a birthday party for Herod,
Herodias’s daughter performed a
dance that greatly pleased him, 7so he
promised with a vow to give her anything she wanted. 8At her mother’s urging, the girl said, “I want the head of
John the Baptist on a tray!” 9Then the
king regretted what he had said; but because of the vow he had made in front
of his guests, he issued the necessary
orders. 10So John was beheaded in the
prison, 11and his head was brought on a
tray and given to the girl, who took it to
her mother. 12 Later, John’s disciples
came for his body and buried it. Then
they went and told Jesus what had happened.
13:55 Other manuscripts read Joses; still others read John.
14:1 Greek Herod the tetrarch. Herod Antipas was a son of
King Herod and was ruler over Galilee.
He reached down from heaven and
he drew me out of deep waters.
17 He rescued me from my powerful
from those who hated me and
were too strong for me.
18 They attacked me at a moment when
I was in distress,
but the Lord supported me.
19 He led me to a place of safety;
he rescued me because he
delights in me.
20 The Lord rewarded me for doing
he restored me because of my
21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord;
I have not turned from my God
to follow evil.
22 I have followed all his regulations;
I have never abandoned his
23 I am blameless before God;
I have kept myself from sin.
24 The Lord rewarded me for doing
He has seen my innocence.
To the faithful you show yourself
to those with integrity you show
26 To the pure you show yourself
but to the crooked you show
27 You rescue the humble,
but you humiliate the proud.
28 You light a lamp for me.
The Lord, my God, lights up my
29 In your strength I can crush an army;
with my God I can scale any wall.
God’s way is perfect.
All the Lord’s promises prove
He is a shield for all who look to
him for protection.
31 For who is God except the Lord?
Who but our God is a solid rock?