“Do not be like your ancestors, to whom the former prophets called out, saying, ‘The Lord who rules over all says, “Turn now from your evil wickedness,”’ but they would by no means obey me,” says the Lord.
But have my words and statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, not outlived your fathers? 1 Then they paid attention 2 and confessed, ‘The Lord who rules over all has indeed done what he said he would do to us, because of our sinful ways.’”
The Lord who rules over all says, ‘In those days ten people from all languages and nations will grasp hold of – indeed, grab – the robe of one Jew and say, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”’” 1
“I am about to send my messenger, 1 who will clear the way before me. Indeed, the Lord 2 you are seeking will suddenly come to his temple, and the messenger 3 of the covenant, whom you long for, is certainly coming,” says the Lord who rules over all.
“I 1 will come to you in judgment. I will be quick to testify against those who practice divination, those who commit adultery, those who break promises, 2 and those who exploit workers, widows, and orphans, 3 who refuse to help 4 the immigrant 5 and in this way show they do not fear me,” says the Lord who rules over all.
Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there, so 1 the last state of that person is worse than the first. It will be that way for this evil generation as well!”
For if anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him 1 when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed 1 me to proclaim good news 2 to the poor. 3 He has sent me 4 to proclaim release 5 to the captives and the regaining of sight 6 to the blind, to set free 7 those who are oppressed, 8
Both Paul and Barnabas replied courageously, 1 “It was necessary to speak the word of God 2 to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy 3 of eternal life, we 4 are turning to the Gentiles. 5
“Men, why are you doing these things? We too are men, with human natures 1 just like you! We are proclaiming the good news to you, so that you should turn 2 from these worthless 3 things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, 4 the sea, and everything that is in them.
But when I saw that they were not behaving consistently with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas 1 in front of them all, “If you, although you are a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you try to force 2 the Gentiles to live like Jews?”
that has come to you. Just as in the entire world this gospel 1 is bearing fruit and growing, so it has also been bearing fruit and growing 2 among you from the first day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth.
They were shown 1 that they were serving not themselves but you, in regard to the things now announced to you through those who proclaimed the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven – things angels long to catch a glimpse of.
“To 1 the angel of the church in Sardis write the following: 2 “This is the solemn pronouncement of 3 the one who holds 4 the seven spirits of God and the seven stars: ‘I know your deeds, that you have a reputation 5 that you are alive, but 6 in reality 7 you are dead.