Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, 1 “Praised be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent forth his angel 2 and has rescued his servants who trusted in him, ignoring 3 the edict of the king and giving up their bodies rather than 4 serve or pay homage to any god other than their God!
Even now they persist in sin! 1 They make metal images for themselves, idols that they skillfully fashion 2 from their own silver; all of them are nothing but the work of craftsmen! There is a saying about them: 3 “Those who sacrifice 4 to the calf idol are calf kissers!” 5
All 1 who heard him were amazed and were saying, “Is this not 2 the man who in Jerusalem was ravaging 3 those who call on this name, and who had come here to bring them as prisoners 4 to the chief priests?”
Paul, after staying 1 many more days in Corinth, 2 said farewell to 3 the brothers and sailed away to Syria accompanied by 4 Priscilla and Aquila. 5 He 6 had his hair cut off 7 at Cenchrea 8 because he had made a vow. 9
God publicly displayed 1 him 2 at his death 3 as the mercy seat 4 accessible through faith. 5 This was to demonstrate 6 his righteousness, because God in his forbearance had passed over the sins previously committed. 7
For this reason it is by faith so that it may be by grace, 1 with the result that the promise may be certain to all the descendants – not only to those who are under the law, but also to those who have the faith of Abraham, 2 who is the father of us all
But this knowledge is not shared by all. And some, by being accustomed to idols in former times, eat this food as an idol sacrifice, and their conscience, because it is weak, is defiled.
Do you not have houses so that you can eat and drink? Or are you trying to show contempt for the church of God by shaming those who have nothing? What should I say to you? Should I praise you? I will not praise you for this!
I have been on journeys many times, in dangers from rivers, in dangers from robbers, 1 in dangers from my own countrymen, in dangers from Gentiles, in dangers in the city, in dangers in the wilderness, 2 in dangers at sea, in dangers from false brothers,
if indeed you remain in the faith, established and firm, 1 without shifting 2 from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has also been preached in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become its servant.
By faith Abel offered God a greater sacrifice than Cain, and through his faith 1 he was commended as righteous, because God commended him for his offerings. And through his faith 2 he still speaks, though he is dead.
By faith Noah, when he was warned about things not yet seen, with reverent regard 1 constructed an ark for the deliverance of his family. Through faith he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.
Do not be afraid of the things you are about to suffer. The devil is about to have some of you thrown 1 into prison so you may be tested, 2 and you will experience suffering 3 for ten days. Remain faithful even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown that is life itself. 4