So they stayed there 1 for a considerable time, speaking out courageously for the Lord, who testified 2 to the message 3 of his grace, granting miraculous signs 4 and wonders to be performed through their hands.
But not all have obeyed the good news, for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” 1
But now in his own time 1 he has made his message evident through the preaching I was entrusted with according to the command of God our Savior.
After there had been much debate, 1 Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that some time ago 2 God chose 3 me to preach to the Gentiles so they would hear the message 4 of the gospel 5 and believe. 6
While they were going down to the edge of town, Samuel said to Saul, “Tell the servant to go on ahead of us.” So he did. 1 Samuel then said, 2 “You remain here awhile, so I can inform you of God’s message.”
Isaiah son of Amoz sent this message to Hezekiah: “This is what the Lord God of Israel says: ‘I have heard your prayer concerning King Sennacherib of Assyria. 1
Afterward King Sennacherib of Assyria, while attacking Lachish with all his military might, sent his messengers 1 to Jerusalem. The message was for King Hezekiah of Judah and all the people of 2 Judah who were in Jerusalem. It read:
‘Therefore I will allow you to die and be buried in peace. 1 You will not have to witness all the disaster I will bring on this place and its residents.’”’” Then they reported back to the king.
“Go and shout this message to my people in the countries in the north. 1 Tell them, ‘Come back to me, wayward Israel,’ says the Lord. ‘I will not continue to look on you with displeasure. 2 For I am merciful,’ says the Lord. ‘I will not be angry with you forever.
Let the prophet who has had a dream go ahead and tell his dream. Let the person who has received my message report that message faithfully. What is like straw cannot compare to what is like grain! 1 I, the Lord, affirm it! 2
You must no longer say that the Lord’s message is burdensome. 1 For what is ‘burdensome’ 2 really pertains to what a person himself says. 3 You are misrepresenting 4 the words of our God, the living God, the Lord who rules over all. 5
But just suppose you continue to say, ‘The message of the Lord is burdensome.’ Here is what the Lord says will happen: ‘I sent word to you that you must not say, “The Lord’s message is burdensome.” But you used the words “The Lord’s message is burdensome” anyway.