One Year Pray for Life Sampler - Flipbook - Page 19
their backs on the laws of Moses. They’ve
heard that you teach them not to circumcise
their children or follow other Jewish customs.
22 What should we do? They will certainly hear
that you have come.
23 “Here’s what we want you to do. We have
four men here who have completed their vow.
24 Go with them to the Temple and join them in
the purification ceremony, paying for them to
have their heads ritually shaved. Then every
one will know that the rumors are all false and
that you yourself observe the Jewish laws.
25 “As for the Gentile believers, they should
do what we already told them in a letter:
They should abstain from eating food of
fered to idols, from consuming blood or the
meat of strangled animals, and from sexual
26 So Paul went to the Temple the next day
with the other men. They had already started
the purification ritual, so he publicly an
nounced the date when their vows would end
and sacrifices would be offered for each of
27 The seven days were almost ended when
some Jews from the province of Asia saw Paul
in the Temple and roused a mob against him.
They grabbed him, 28 yelling, “Men of Israel,
help us! This is the man who preaches against
our people everywhere and tells everybodyto
disobey the Jewish laws. He speaks against the
Temple—and even defiles this holy place by
bringing in Gentiles.*” 29 (For earlier that day
they had seen him in the city with Trophimus,
a Gentile from Ephesus,* and they assumed
Paul had taken him into the Temple.)
30 The whole city was rocked by these ac
cusations, and a great riot followed. Paul
was grabbed and dragged out of the Temple,
and immediately the gates were closed be
hind him. 31 As they were trying to kill him,
word reached the commander of the Roman
regiment that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.
immediately called out his soldiers and
officers* and ran down among the crowd.
When the mob saw the commander and the
troops coming, they stopped beating Paul.
33 Then the commander arrested him and
ordered him bound with two chains. He asked
the crowd who he was and what he had done.
34 Some shouted one thing and some another.
Since he couldn’t find out the truth in all the
uproar and confusion, he ordered that Paul
be taken to the fortress. 35 As Paul reached the
stairs, the mob grew so violent the soldiers
had to lift him to their shoulders to protect
him. 36 And the crowd followed behind, shout
ing, “Kill him, kill him!”
21:28 Greek Greeks.
21:29 Greek Trophimus, the Ephesian.
21:32 Greek centurions.
Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heaven!
Praise him for his mighty works;
praise his unequaled greatness!
Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn;
praise him with the lyre and harp!
Praise him with the tambourine and
praise him with strings and flutes!
Praise him with a clash of cymbals;
praise him with loud clanging cymbals.
Let everything that breathes sing praises
to the Lord!
Praise the Lord!
A lazy person is as bad as
someone who destroys things.
The name of the Lord is a strong fortress;
the godly run to him and are safe.
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