One Year Pray for Life Sampler - Flipbook - Page 38
I caused many believers* there to be sent to
prison. And I cast my vote against them when
they were condemned to death. 11 Many times
I had them punished in the synagogues to get
them to curse Jesus.* I was so violently op
posed to them that I even chased them down
in foreign cities.
12 “One day I was on such a mission to Da
mascus, armed with the authority and com
mission of the leading priests. 13 About noon,
Your Majesty, as I was on the road, a light from
heaven brighter than the sun shone down on
me and my companions. 14 We all fell down,
and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic,*
‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is
useless for you to fight against my will.*’
15 “‘Who are you, lord?’ I asked.
“And the Lord replied, ‘I am J esus, the one
you are persecuting. 16 Now get to your feet!
For I have appeared to you to appoint you as
my servant and witness. Tell people that you
have seen me, and tell them what I will show
you in the future. 17 And I will rescue you from
both your own people and the Gentiles. Yes, I
am sending you to the Gentiles 18 to open their
eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light
and from the power of Satan to God. Then they
will receive forgiveness for their sins and be
given a place among God’s people, who are set
apart by faith in me.’
19 “And so, King Agrippa, I obeyed that vision
from heaven. 20 I preached first to those in Da
mascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all
Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that all must re
pent of their sins and turn to God—and prove
they have changed by the good things they
do. 21 Some J ews arrested me in the Temple
for preaching this, and they tried to kill me.
22 But God has protected me right up to this
present time so I can testify to everyone, from
the least to the greatest. I teach nothing ex
cept what the prophets and Moses said would
happen—23 that the Messiah would suffer and
be the first to rise from the dead, and in this
way announce God’s light to J ews and Gen
24 Suddenly, Festus shouted, “Paul, you are
insane. Too much study has made you crazy!”
25 But Paul replied, “I am not insane, Most
Excellent Festus. What I am saying is the
sober truth. 26 And King Agrippa knows about
these things. I speak boldly, for I am sure these
events are all familiar to him, for they were
not done in a corner! 27 King Agrippa, do you
believe the prophets? I know you do—”
28 Agrippa interrupted him. “Do you think
you can persuade me to become a Christian
29 Paul replied, “Whether quickly or not, I
pray to God that both you and everyone here
in this audience might become the same as I
am, except for these chains.”
30 Then the king, the governor, Bernice, and
all the others stood and left. 31 As they went
out, they talked it over and agreed, “This man
hasn’t done anything to deserve death or
32 And Agrippa said to Festus, “He could have
been set free if he hadn’t appealed to Caesar.”
26:9 Or Jesus of Nazareth.
26:10 Greek many of God’s holy people.
26:11 Greek to blaspheme.
26:14a Or Hebrew.
26:14b Greek It is
26:28 Or “A little more,
hard for you to kick against the oxgoads.
and your arguments would make me a Christian.”
For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be
accompanied by an e ight-stringed instrument.*
O Lord, don’t rebuke me in your anger
or discipline me in your rage.
Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am
Heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
I am sick at heart.
How long, O Lord, until you restore me?
Return, O Lord, and rescue me.
Save me because of your unfailing love.
For the dead do not remember you.
Who can praise you from the grave?*
I am worn out from sobbing.
All night I flood my bed with weeping,
drenching it with my tears.
My vision is blurred by grief;
my eyes are worn out because of all
Go away, all you who do evil,
for the Lord has heard my weeping.
The Lord has heard my plea;
the Lord will answer my prayer.
May all my enemies be disgraced and
May they suddenly turn back in shame.
6:title Hebrew with stringed instruments; according to the
6:5 Hebrew from Sheol?
Wise words satisfy like a good meal;
the right words bring satisfaction.
The tongue can bring death or life;
those who love to talk will reap the
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