He told them, “It was because of your little faith. I tell you the truth, 1 if you have faith the size of 2 a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; nothing 3 will be impossible for you.” 4
“Woe to you, experts in the law 1 and you Pharisees, hypocrites! You give a tenth 2 of mint, dill, and cumin, 3 yet you neglect what is more important in the law – justice, mercy, and faithfulness! You 4 should have done these things without neglecting the others.
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 1 you who kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! 2 How often I have longed 3 to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but 4 you would have none of it! 5
Now on 1 one of those days, while he was teaching, there were Pharisees 2 and teachers of the law 3 sitting nearby (who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem), 4 and the power of the Lord was with him 5 to heal.
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing back. 1 Then 2 your reward will be great, and you will be sons 3 of the Most High, 4 because he is kind to ungrateful and evil people. 5
For Jesus 1 had started commanding 2 the evil 3 spirit to come out of the man. (For it had seized him many times, so 4 he would be bound with chains and shackles 5 and kept under guard. But 6 he would break the restraints and be driven by the demon into deserted 7 places.) 8
Then 1 as the men 2 were starting to leave, 3 Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three shelters, 4 one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah” – not knowing what he was saying.
So Ananias departed and entered the house, placed 1 his hands on Saul 2 and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came here, 3 has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 4
So do not let them persuade you to do this, 1 because more than forty of them 2 are lying in ambush 3 for him. They 4 have bound themselves with an oath 5 not to eat or drink anything 6 until they have killed him, and now they are ready, waiting for you to agree to their request.” 7
After three days 1 Paul 2 called the local Jewish leaders 3 together. When they had assembled, he said to them, “Brothers, 4 although I had done 5 nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors, 6 from Jerusalem 7 I was handed over as a prisoner to the Romans. 8
And he received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised, 1 so that he would become 2 the father of all those who believe but have never been circumcised, 3 that they too could have righteousness credited to them.
(I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh.) 1 For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.
Did that which is good, then, become death to me? Absolutely not! But sin, so that it would be shown to be sin, produced death in me through what is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful.
So then, do not judge anything before the time. Wait until the Lord comes. He will 1 bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the motives of hearts. Then each will receive recognition 2 from God.
For our reason for confidence 1 is this: the testimony of our conscience, that with pure motives 2 and sincerity which are from God 3 – not by human wisdom 4 but by the grace of God – we conducted ourselves in the world, and all the more 5 toward you.
For if someone comes and proclaims 1 another Jesus different from the one we proclaimed, 2 or if you receive a different spirit than the one you received, 3 or a different gospel than the one you accepted, 4 you put up with it well enough! 5
For 1 it is right for me to think this about all of you, because I have you in my heart, 2 since both in my imprisonment 3 and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel all of you became partners in God’s grace 4 together with me.