Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

How well the characters in today's readings bear out this scripture! Adonijah requested his father's concubine, a move that would have brought him much political power. Solomon answered that request by having Adonijah and his cohort Joab put to death (1 Kings 2:13-34).

Shimei disobeyed the clear instructions of Solomon to remain in the physical vicinity of Jerusalem. Shimei thought his disobedience in taking a little side trip to Gath would go unnoticed, but Solomon also had him put to death (1 Kings 2:36-46).

Ananias and Sapphira thought that a little deception concerning the sale price of their land would go unnoticed. However, they discovered that God does not judge us by what we think is right, but by what He declares to be right. God's judgment struck swiftly and left them both dead (Acts 5:1-10).

The devil is constantly filling our minds with little compromises that we must discern as evil. Our thoughts must line up with the measuring rod of God's Word. If they don't, we must run from them, because they will lead to certain death!

1 Kings 2:1-3:2

David’s Charge to Solomon2:10-12pp — 1Ch 29:26-28

When the time drew near for David to die,S Ge 27:2; S Nu 27:13 he gave a charge to Solomon his son.

“I am about to go the way of all the earth,”Jos 23:14 he said. “So be strong,S Jos 1:6 act like a man,and observeS Dt 4:6; S 10:12; S 17:14-20; S Jos 1:7 what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper1Ch 22:13 in all you do and wherever you goand that the Lord may keep his promiseS 2Sa 7:13, 25; 2Ch 23:3 to me: ‘If your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully2Ki 18:3-6; 20:3; Ps 26:1-3; 132:12 before me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.’

“Now you yourself know what JoabS 2Sa 2:18 son of Zeruiah did to me—what he did to the two commanders of Israel’s armies, AbnerS 1Sa 14:50; S 2Sa 3:27 son of Ner and AmasaS 2Sa 17:25 son of Jether. He killed them, shedding their blood in peacetime as if in battle, and with that blood he stained the belt around his waist and the sandals on his feet.Deal with him according to your wisdom,ver 9 but do not let his gray head go down to the grave in peace.

“But show kindnessS Ge 40:14 to the sons of BarzillaiS 2Sa 17:27; 19:31-39 of Gilead and let them be among those who eat at your table.S 2Sa 9:7 They stood by me when I fled from your brother Absalom.

“And remember, you have with you Shimeiver 36-46; 2Sa 16:5-13 son of Gera, the Benjamite from Bahurim, who called down bitter curses on me the day I went to Mahanaim.S Ge 32:2 When he came down to meet me at the Jordan, I swore2Sa 19:18-23 to him by the Lord: ‘I will not put you to death by the sword.’But now, do not consider him innocent. You are a man of wisdom;ver 6 you will know what to do to him. Bring his gray head down to the grave in blood.”

10 Then David rested with his ancestors and was buriedAc 2:29 in the City of David.S 2Sa 5:711 He had reignedS 2Sa 5:4, 5 forty years over Israel—seven years in Hebron and thirty-three in Jerusalem.12 So Solomon sat on the throne1Ch 17:14; 29:23; 2Ch 9:8 of his father David, and his rule was firmly established.ver 46; 2Ch 1:1; 12:13; 17:1; 21:4

Solomon’s Throne Established

13 Now Adonijah,S 2Sa 3:4 the son of Haggith, went to Bathsheba, Solomon’s mother. Bathsheba asked him, “Do you come peacefully?”S 1Sa 16:4

He answered, “Yes, peacefully.”14 Then he added, “I have something to say to you.”

“You may say it,” she replied.

15 “As you know,” he said, “the kingdom was mine. All Israel looked to me as their king. But things changed, and the kingdom has gone to my brother; for it has come to him from the Lord.16 Now I have one request to make of you. Do not refuse me.”

“You may make it,” she said.

17 So he continued, “Please ask King Solomon—he will not refuse you—to give me AbishagS 1Ki 1:3 the Shunammite as my wife.”

18 “Very well,” Bathsheba replied, “I will speak to the king for you.”

19 When Bathsheba went to King Solomon to speak to him for Adonijah, the king stood up to meet her, bowed down to her and sat down on his throne. He had a throne brought for the king’s mother,1Ki 15:13; 2Ki 10:13; 24:15; 2Ch 15:16; Jer 13:18; 22:26; 29:2 and she sat down at his right hand.Ps 45:9

20 “I have one small request to make of you,” she said. “Do not refuse me.”

The king replied, “Make it, my mother; I will not refuse you.”

21 So she said, “Let Abishag1Ki 1:3 the Shunammite be given in marriage to your brother Adonijah.”

22 King Solomon answered his mother, “Why do you request AbishagS Ge 22:24; S 1Ki 1:3 the Shunammite for Adonijah? You might as well request the kingdom for him—after all, he is my older brother1Ch 3:2—yes, for him and for AbiatharS 1Sa 22:20 the priest and Joab son of Zeruiah!”

23 Then King Solomon swore by the Lord: “May God deal with me, be it ever so severely,S Ru 1:17 if Adonijah does not pay with his life for this request!24 And now, as surely as the Lord lives—he who has established me securely on the throne of my father David and has founded a dynasty for me as he promised2Sa 7:11—Adonijah shall be put to death today!”25 So King Solomon gave orders to BenaiahS 2Sa 8:18 son of Jehoiada, and he struck down Adonijah and he died.S 2Sa 12:10

26 To AbiatharS 1Sa 22:20 the priest the king said, “Go back to your fields in Anathoth.S Jos 21:18 You deserve to die, but I will not put you to death now, because you carried the arkS 2Sa 15:24 of the Sovereign Lord before my father David and shared all my father’s hardships.”S 2Sa 15:1427 So Solomon removed Abiathar from the priesthood of the Lord, fulfillingS 1Sa 2:27-36 the word the Lord had spoken at Shiloh about the house of Eli.

28 When the news reached Joab, who had conspired with Adonijah though not with Absalom, he fled to the tent of the Lord and took hold of the hornsS Ex 27:2 of the altar.29 King Solomon was told that Joab had fled to the tent of the Lord and was beside the altar.Ex 21:14 Then Solomon ordered Benaiahver 25 son of Jehoiada, “Go, strike him down!”

30 So Benaiah entered the tent2Ki 11:15 of the Lord and said to Joab, “The king says, ‘Come out!Ex 21:14’”

But he answered, “No, I will die here.”

Benaiah reported to the king, “This is how Joab answered me.”

31 Then the king commanded Benaiah, “Do as he says. Strike him down and bury him, and so clear me and my whole family of the guilt of the innocent bloodS Dt 19:13 that Joab shed.32 The Lord will repayJdg 9:57 him for the blood he shed,S Ge 4:14; S Jdg 9:24 because without my father David knowing it he attacked two men and killed them with the sword. Both of them—Abner son of Ner, commander of Israel’s army, and AmasaS 2Sa 17:25 son of Jether, commander of Judah’s army—were better2Ch 21:13 men and more upright than he.33 May the guilt of their blood rest on the head of Joab and his descendants forever. But on David and his descendants, his house and his throne, may there be the Lord’s peace forever.”

34 So Benaiahver 25 son of Jehoiada went up and struck down JoabS 2Sa 2:18 and killed him, and he was buried at his home out in the country.35 The king put BenaiahS 2Sa 8:18 son of Jehoiada over the army in Joab’s position and replaced Abiathar with ZadokS 1Sa 2:35 the priest.

36 Then the king sent for ShimeiS 2Sa 16:5 and said to him, “Build yourself a house in Jerusalem and live there, but do not go anywhere else.37 The day you leave and cross the Kidron Valley,S 2Sa 15:23; Jn 18:1 you can be sure you will die; your blood will be on your own head.”S Lev 20:9

38 Shimei answered the king, “What you say is good. Your servant will do as my lord the king has said.” And Shimei stayed in Jerusalem for a long time.

39 But three years later, two of Shimei’s slaves ran off to Achish1Sa 27:2 son of Maakah, king of Gath, and Shimei was told, “Your slaves are in Gath.”40 At this, he saddled his donkey and went to Achish at Gath in search of his slaves. So Shimei went away and brought the slaves back from Gath.

41 When Solomon was told that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath and had returned,42 the king summoned Shimei and said to him, “Did I not make you swear by the Lord and warnS 2Sa 19:23 you, ‘On the day you leave to go anywhere else, you can be sure you will die’? At that time you said to me, ‘What you say is good. I will obey.’43 Why then did you not keep your oath to the Lord and obey the command I gave you?”

44 The king also said to Shimei, “You know in your heart all the wrong2Sa 16:5-13 you did to my father David. Now the Lord will repay you for your wrongdoing.45 But King Solomon will be blessed, and David’s throne will remain secureS 2Sa 7:13 before the Lord forever.”

46 Then the king gave the order to BenaiahS 2Sa 8:18 son of Jehoiada, and he went out and struck ShimeiS ver 8 down and he died.

The kingdom was now establishedS ver 12 in Solomon’s hands.

Solomon Asks for Wisdom3:4-15pp — 2Ch 1:2-13

Solomon made an alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt and married1Ki 7:8; 11:1-13 his daughter.1Ki 9:24; 2Ch 8:11 He brought her to the City of David2Sa 5:7; 1Ki 2:10 until he finished building his palaceS 2Sa 7:2; 1Ki 9:10 and the temple of the Lord, and the wall around Jerusalem.The people, however, were still sacrificing at the high places,Lev 17:3-5; S 26:30; Dt 12:14; 1Ki 15:14; 22:43 because a temple had not yet been built for the NameS Dt 14:23 of the Lord.

David’s Final Instructions to Solomon

As the time of King David’s death approached, he gave this charge to his son Solomon:

“I am going where everyone on earth must someday go. Take courage and be a man.Observe the requirements of the Lord your God, and follow all his ways. Keep the decrees, commands, regulations, and laws written in the Law of Moses so that you will be successful in all you do and wherever you go.If you do this, then the Lord will keep the promise he made to me. He told me, ‘If your descendants live as they should and follow me faithfully with all their heart and soul, one of them will always sit on the throne of Israel.’

“And there is something else. You know what Joab son of Zeruiah did to me when he murdered my two army commanders, Abner son of Ner and Amasa son of Jether. He pretended that it was an act of war, but it was done in a time of peace,Or He murdered them during a time of peace as revenge for deaths they had caused in time of war. staining his belt and sandals with innocent blood.As in some Greek and Old Latin manuscripts; Hebrew reads with the blood of war.Do with him what you think best, but don’t let him grow old and go to his grave in peace.Hebrew don’t let his white head go down to Sheol in peace.

“Be kind to the sons of Barzillai of Gilead. Make them permanent guests at your table, for they took care of me when I fled from your brother Absalom.

“And remember Shimei son of Gera, the man from Bahurim in Benjamin. He cursed me with a terrible curse as I was fleeing to Mahanaim. When he came down to meet me at the Jordan River, I swore by the Lord that I would not kill him.But that oath does not make him innocent. You are a wise man, and you will know how to arrange a bloody death for him.Hebrew how to bring his white head down to Sheol in blood.

10 Then David died and was buried with his ancestors in the City of David.11 David had reigned over Israel for forty years, seven of them in Hebron and thirty-three in Jerusalem.12 Solomon became king and sat on the throne of David his father, and his kingdom was firmly established.

Solomon Establishes His Rule

13 One day Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith, came to see Bathsheba, Solomon’s mother. “Have you come with peaceful intentions?” she asked him.

“Yes,” he said, “I come in peace.14 In fact, I have a favor to ask of you.”

“What is it?” she asked.

15 He replied, “As you know, the kingdom was rightfully mine; all Israel wanted me to be the next king. But the tables were turned, and the kingdom went to my brother instead; for that is the way the Lord wanted it.16 So now I have just one favor to ask of you. Please don’t turn me down.”

“What is it?” she asked.

17 He replied, “Speak to King Solomon on my behalf, for I know he will do anything you request. Ask him to let me marry Abishag, the girl from Shunem.”

18 “All right,” Bathsheba replied. “I will speak to the king for you.”

19 So Bathsheba went to King Solomon to speak on Adonijah’s behalf. The king rose from his throne to meet her, and he bowed down before her. When he sat down on his throne again, the king ordered that a throne be brought for his mother, and she sat at his right hand.

20 “I have one small request to make of you,” she said. “I hope you won’t turn me down.”

“What is it, my mother?” he asked. “You know I won’t refuse you.”

21 “Then let your brother Adonijah marry Abishag, the girl from Shunem,” she replied.

22 “How can you possibly ask me to give Abishag to Adonijah?” King Solomon demanded. “You might as well ask me to give him the kingdom! You know that he is my older brother, and that he has Abiathar the priest and Joab son of Zeruiah on his side.”

23 Then King Solomon made a vow before the Lord: “May God strike me and even kill me if Adonijah has not sealed his fate with this request.24 The Lord has confirmed me and placed me on the throne of my father, David; he has established my dynasty as he promised. So as surely as the Lord lives, Adonijah will die this very day!”25 So King Solomon ordered Benaiah son of Jehoiada to execute him, and Adonijah was put to death.

26 Then the king said to Abiathar the priest, “Go back to your home in Anathoth. You deserve to die, but I will not kill you now, because you carried the Ark of the Sovereign Lord for David my father and you shared all his hardships.”27 So Solomon deposed Abiathar from his position as priest of the Lord, thereby fulfilling the prophecy the Lord had given at Shiloh concerning the descendants of Eli.

28 Joab had not joined Absalom’s earlier rebellion, but he had joined Adonijah’s rebellion. So when Joab heard about Adonijah’s death, he ran to the sacred tent of the Lord and grabbed on to the horns of the altar.29 When this was reported to King Solomon, he sent Benaiah son of Jehoiada to execute him.

30 Benaiah went to the sacred tent of the Lord and said to Joab, “The king orders you to come out!”

But Joab answered, “No, I will die here.”

So Benaiah returned to the king and told him what Joab had said.

31 “Do as he said,” the king replied. “Kill him there beside the altar and bury him. This will remove the guilt of Joab’s senseless murders from me and from my father’s family.32 The Lord will repay himHebrew will return his blood on his own head. for the murders of two men who were more righteous and better than he. For my father knew nothing about the deaths of Abner son of Ner, commander of the army of Israel, and of Amasa son of Jether, commander of the army of Judah.33 May their blood be on Joab and his descendants forever, and may the Lord grant peace forever to David, his descendants, his dynasty, and his throne.”

34 So Benaiah son of Jehoiada returned to the sacred tent and killed Joab, and he was buried at his home in the wilderness.35 Then the king appointed Benaiah to command the army in place of Joab, and he installed Zadok the priest to take the place of Abiathar.

36 The king then sent for Shimei and told him, “Build a house here in Jerusalem and live there. But don’t step outside the city to go anywhere else.37 On the day you so much as cross the Kidron Valley, you will surely die; and your blood will be on your own head.”

38 Shimei replied, “Your sentence is fair; I will do whatever my lord the king commands.” So Shimei lived in Jerusalem for a long time.

39 But three years later two of Shimei’s slaves ran away to King Achish son of Maacah of Gath. When Shimei learned where they were,40 he saddled his donkey and went to Gath to search for them. When he found them, he brought them back to Jerusalem.

41 Solomon heard that Shimei had left Jerusalem and had gone to Gath and returned.42 So the king sent for Shimei and demanded, “Didn’t I make you swear by the Lord and warn you not to go anywhere else or you would surely die? And you replied, ‘The sentence is fair; I will do as you say.’43 Then why haven’t you kept your oath to the Lord and obeyed my command?”

44 The king also said to Shimei, “You certainly remember all the wicked things you did to my father, David. May the Lord now bring that evil on your own head.45 But may I, King Solomon, receive the Lord’s blessings, and may one of David’s descendants always sit on this throne in the presence of the Lord.”46 Then, at the king’s command, Benaiah son of Jehoiada took Shimei outside and killed him.

So the kingdom was now firmly in Solomon’s grip.

Solomon Asks for Wisdom

Solomon made an alliance with Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and married one of his daughters. He brought her to live in the City of David until he could finish building his palace and the Temple of the Lord and the wall around the city.At that time the people of Israel sacrificed their offerings at local places of worship, for a temple honoring the name of the Lord had not yet been built.

Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying,

I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man;

And keep the charge of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:

That the Lord may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel.

Moreover thou knowest also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, and what he did to the two captains of the hosts of Israel, unto Abner the son of Ner, and unto Amasa the son of Jether, whom he slew, and shed the blood of war in peace, and put the blood of war upon his girdle that was about his loins, and in his shoes that were on his feet.

Do therefore according to thy wisdom, and let not his hoar head go down to the grave in peace.

But shew kindness unto the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be of those that eat at thy table: for so they came to me when I fled because of Absalom thy brother.

And, behold, thou hast with thee Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite of Bahurim, which cursed me with a grievous curse in the day when I went to Mahanaim: but he came down to meet me at Jordan, and I sware to him by the Lord, saying, I will not put thee to death with the sword.

Now therefore hold him not guiltless: for thou art a wise man, and knowest what thou oughtest to do unto him; but his hoar head bring thou down to the grave with blood.

10 So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David.

11 And the days that David reigned over Israel were forty years: seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem.

12 Then sat Solomon upon the throne of David his father; and his kingdom was established greatly.

13 And Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon. And she said, Comest thou peaceably? And he said, Peaceably.

14 He said moreover, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And she said, Say on.

15 And he said, Thou knowest that the kingdom was mine, and that all Israel set their faces on me, that I should reign: howbeit the kingdom is turned about, and is become my brother's: for it was his from the Lord.

16 And now I ask one petition of thee, deny me not. And she said unto him, Say on.

17 And he said, Speak, I pray thee, unto Solomon the king, (for he will not say thee nay,) that he give me Abishag the Shunammite to wife.

18 And Bathsheba said, Well; I will speak for thee unto the king.

19 Bathsheba therefore went unto king Solomon, to speak unto him for Adonijah. And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed himself unto her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a seat to be set for the king's mother; and she sat on his right hand.

20 Then she said, I desire one small petition of thee; I pray thee, say me not nay. And the king said unto her, Ask on, my mother: for I will not say thee nay.

21 And she said, Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah thy brother to wife.

22 And king Solomon answered and said unto his mother, And why dost thou ask Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? ask for him the kingdom also; for he is mine elder brother; even for him, and for Abiathar the priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah.

23 Then king Solomon sware by the Lord, saying, God do so to me, and more also, if Adonijah have not spoken this word against his own life.

24 Now therefore, as the Lord liveth, which hath established me, and set me on the throne of David my father, and who hath made me an house, as he promised, Adonijah shall be put to death this day.

25 And king Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he fell upon him that he died.

26 And unto Abiathar the priest said the king, Get thee to Anathoth, unto thine own fields; for thou art worthy of death: but I will not at this time put thee to death, because thou barest the ark of the Lord God before David my father, and because thou hast been afflicted in all wherein my father was afflicted.

27 So Solomon thrust out Abiathar from being priest unto the Lord; that he might fulfil the word of the Lord, which he spake concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh.

28 Then tidings came to Joab: for Joab had turned after Adonijah, though he turned not after Absalom. And Joab fled unto the tabernacle of the Lord, and caught hold on the horns of the altar.

29 And it was told king Solomon that Joab was fled unto the tabernacle of the Lord; and, behold, he is by the altar. Then Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, saying, Go, fall upon him.

30 And Benaiah came to the tabernacle of the Lord, and said unto him, Thus saith the king, Come forth. And he said, Nay; but I will die here. And Benaiah brought the king word again, saying, Thus said Joab, and thus he answered me.

31 And the king said unto him, Do as he hath said, and fall upon him, and bury him; that thou mayest take away the innocent blood, which Joab shed, from me, and from the house of my father.

32 And the Lord shall return his blood upon his own head, who fell upon two men more righteous and better than he, and slew them with the sword, my father David not knowing thereof, to wit, Abner the son of Ner, captain of the host of Israel, and Amasa the son of Jether, captain of the host of Judah.

33 Their blood shall therefore return upon the head of Joab, and upon the head of his seed for ever: but upon David, and upon his seed, and upon his house, and upon his throne, shall there be peace for ever from the Lord.

34 So Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went up, and fell upon him, and slew him: and he was buried in his own house in the wilderness.

35 And the king put Benaiah the son of Jehoiada in his room over the host: and Zadok the priest did the king put in the room of Abiathar.

36 And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him, Build thee an house in Jerusalem, and dwell there, and go not forth thence any whither.

37 For it shall be, that on the day thou goest out, and passest over the brook Kidron, thou shalt know for certain that thou shalt surely die: thy blood shall be upon thine own head.

38 And Shimei said unto the king, The saying is good: as my lord the king hath said, so will thy servant do. And Shimei dwelt in Jerusalem many days.

39 And it came to pass at the end of three years, that two of the servants of Shimei ran away unto Achish son of Maachah king of Gath. And they told Shimei, saying, Behold, thy servants be in Gath.

40 And Shimei arose, and saddled his ass, and went to Gath to Achish to seek his servants: and Shimei went, and brought his servants from Gath.

41 And it was told Solomon that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath, and was come again.

42 And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him, Did I not make thee to swear by the Lord, and protested unto thee, saying, Know for a certain, on the day thou goest out, and walkest abroad any whither, that thou shalt surely die? and thou saidst unto me, The word that I have heard is good.

43 Why then hast thou not kept the oath of the Lord, and the commandment that I have charged thee with?

44 The king said moreover to Shimei, Thou knowest all the wickedness which thine heart is privy to, that thou didst to David my father: therefore the Lord shall return thy wickedness upon thine own head;

45 And king Solomon shall be blessed, and the throne of David shall be established before the Lord for ever.

46 So the king commanded Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; which went out, and fell upon him, that he died. And the kingdom was established in the hand of Solomon.

And Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh's daughter, and brought her into the city of David, until he had made an end of building his own house, and the house of the Lord, and the wall of Jerusalem round about.

Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built unto the name of the Lord, until those days.

Acts 5:1-42

Ananias and Sapphira

Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property.With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself,Jos 7:11 but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.Ac 4:35, 37

Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that SatanS Mt 4:10 has so filled your heartJn 13:2, 27 that you have lied to the Holy Spiritver 9 and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?Dt 23:21Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal?Dt 23:22 What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.”Lev 6:2

When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died.ver 10; Ps 5:6 And great fearver 11 seized all who heard what had happened.Then some young men came forward, wrapped up his body,Jn 19:40 and carried him out and buried him.

About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.Peter asked her, “Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?”

“Yes,” she said, “that is the price.”ver 2

Peter said to her, “How could you conspire to test the Spirit of the Lord?ver 3 Listen! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.”

10 At that moment she fell down at his feet and died.ver 5 Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband.ver 611 Great fearver 5; Ac 19:17 seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.

The Apostles Heal Many

12 The apostles performed many signs and wondersS Jn 4:48; Ac 2:43 among the people. And all the believers used to meet togetherAc 4:32 in Solomon’s Colonnade.Jn 10:23; Ac 3:1113 No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people.Ac 2:47; 4:2114 Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number.S Ac 2:4115 As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by.Ac 19:1216 Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits, and all of them were healed.Mt 8:16; S Mk 16:17

The Apostles Persecuted

17 Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the partyAc 15:5 of the Sadducees,S Ac 4:1 were filled with jealousy.18 They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail.Ac 4:319 But during the night an angelGe 16:7; Ex 3:2; Mt 1:20; 2:13, 19; 28:2; Lk 1:11; 2:9; S Jn 20:12; Ac 8:26; 10:3; 12:7, 23; 27:23 of the Lord opened the doors of the jailAc 16:26 and brought them out.Ps 34:720 “Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people all about this new life.”Jn 6:63, 68

21 At daybreak they entered the temple courts, as they had been told, and began to teach the people.

When the high priest and his associatesAc 4:5, 6 arrived, they called together the Sanhedrinver 27, 34, 41; S Mt 5:22—the full assembly of the elders of Israel—and sent to the jail for the apostles.22 But on arriving at the jail, the officers did not find them there.Ac 12:18, 19 So they went back and reported,23 “We found the jail securely locked, with the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside.”24 On hearing this report, the captain of the temple guard and the chief priestsAc 4:1 were at a loss, wondering what this might lead to.

25 Then someone came and said, “Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple courts teaching the people.”26 At that, the captain went with his officers and brought the apostles. They did not use force, because they feared that the peopleAc 4:21 would stone them.

27 The apostles were brought in and made to appear before the SanhedrinS Mt 5:22 to be questioned by the high priest.28 “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,”Ac 4:18 he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.”Mt 23:35; 27:25; Ac 2:23, 36; 3:14, 15; 7:52

29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!Ex 1:17; Ac 4:1930 The God of our ancestorsS Ac 3:13 raised Jesus from the deadS Ac 2:24—whom you killed by hanging him on a cross.Ac 10:39; 13:29; Gal 3:1331 God exalted him to his own right handS Mk 16:19 as Prince and SaviorS Lk 2:11 that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins.S Mt 1:21; Mk 1:4; Lk 24:47; Ac 2:38; 3:19; 10:4332 We are witnesses of these things,S Lk 24:48 and so is the Holy Spirit,Jn 15:26 whom God has given to those who obey him.”

33 When they heard this, they were furiousAc 2:37; 7:54 and wanted to put them to death.34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel,Ac 22:3 a teacher of the law,Lk 2:46; 5:17 who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while.35 Then he addressed the Sanhedrin: “Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men.36 Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing.37 After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the censusLk 2:1, 2 and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered.38 Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail.Mt 15:1339 But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”2Ch 13:12; Pr 21:30; Isa 46:10; Ac 7:51; 11:17

40 His speech persuaded them. They called the apostles in and had them flogged.S Mt 10:17 Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.

41 The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicingS Mt 5:12 because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.S Jn 15:2142 Day after day, in the temple courtsS Ac 2:46 and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good newsS Ac 13:32 that Jesus is the Messiah.S Ac 9:22

Ananias and Sapphira

But there was a certain man named Ananias who, with his wife, Sapphira, sold some property.He brought part of the money to the apostles, claiming it was the full amount. With his wife’s consent, he kept the rest.

Then Peter said, “Ananias, why have you let Satan fill your heart? You lied to the Holy Spirit, and you kept some of the money for yourself.The property was yours to sell or not sell, as you wished. And after selling it, the money was also yours to give away. How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us but to God!”

As soon as Ananias heard these words, he fell to the floor and died. Everyone who heard about it was terrified.Then some young men got up, wrapped him in a sheet, and took him out and buried him.

About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.Peter asked her, “Was this the price you and your husband received for your land?”

“Yes,” she replied, “that was the price.”

And Peter said, “How could the two of you even think of conspiring to test the Spirit of the Lord like this? The young men who buried your husband are just outside the door, and they will carry you out, too.”

10 Instantly, she fell to the floor and died. When the young men came in and saw that she was dead, they carried her out and buried her beside her husband.11 Great fear gripped the entire church and everyone else who heard what had happened.

The Apostles Heal Many

12 The apostles were performing many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers were meeting regularly at the Temple in the area known as Solomon’s Colonnade.13 But no one else dared to join them, even though all the people had high regard for them.14 Yet more and more people believed and were brought to the Lord—crowds of both men and women.15 As a result of the apostles’ work, sick people were brought out into the streets on beds and mats so that Peter’s shadow might fall across some of them as he went by.16 Crowds came from the villages around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those possessed by evilGreek unclean. spirits, and they were all healed.

The Apostles Meet Opposition

17 The high priest and his officials, who were Sadducees, were filled with jealousy.18 They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail.19 But an angel of the Lord came at night, opened the gates of the jail, and brought them out. Then he told them,20 “Go to the Temple and give the people this message of life!”

21 So at daybreak the apostles entered the Temple, as they were told, and immediately began teaching.

When the high priest and his officials arrived, they convened the high councilGreek Sanhedrin; also in 5:27, 41.—the full assembly of the elders of Israel. Then they sent for the apostles to be brought from the jail for trial.22 But when the Temple guards went to the jail, the men were gone. So they returned to the council and reported,23 “The jail was securely locked, with the guards standing outside, but when we opened the gates, no one was there!”

24 When the captain of the Temple guard and the leading priests heard this, they were perplexed, wondering where it would all end.25 Then someone arrived with startling news: “The men you put in jail are standing in the Temple, teaching the people!”

26 The captain went with his Temple guards and arrested the apostles, but without violence, for they were afraid the people would stone them.27 Then they brought the apostles before the high council, where the high priest confronted them.28 “We gave you strict orders never again to teach in this man’s name!” he said. “Instead, you have filled all Jerusalem with your teaching about him, and you want to make us responsible for his death!”

29 But Peter and the apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than any human authority.30 The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead after you killed him by hanging him on a cross.Greek on a tree.31 Then God put him in the place of honor at his right hand as Prince and Savior. He did this so the people of Israel would repent of their sins and be forgiven.32 We are witnesses of these things and so is the Holy Spirit, who is given by God to those who obey him.”

33 When they heard this, the high council was furious and decided to kill them.34 But one member, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, who was an expert in religious law and respected by all the people, stood up and ordered that the men be sent outside the council chamber for a while.35 Then he said to his colleagues, “Men of Israel, take care what you are planning to do to these men!36 Some time ago there was that fellow Theudas, who pretended to be someone great. About 400 others joined him, but he was killed, and all his followers went their various ways. The whole movement came to nothing.37 After him, at the time of the census, there was Judas of Galilee. He got people to follow him, but he was killed, too, and all his followers were scattered.

38 “So my advice is, leave these men alone. Let them go. If they are planning and doing these things merely on their own, it will soon be overthrown.39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You may even find yourselves fighting against God!”

40 The others accepted his advice. They called in the apostles and had them flogged. Then they ordered them never again to speak in the name of Jesus, and they let them go.

41 The apostles left the high council rejoicing that God had counted them worthy to suffer disgrace for the name of Jesus.Greek for the name.42 And every day, in the Temple and from house to house, they continued to teach and preach this message: “Jesus is the Messiah.”

But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,

And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet.

But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?

Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.

And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.

And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.

And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.

And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.

Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.

10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.

11 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.

12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch.

13 And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them.

14 And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.)

15 Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.

16 There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.

17 Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation,

18 And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison.

19 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said,

20 Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.

21 And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and they that were with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.

22 But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison, they returned and told,

23 Saying, The prison truly found we shut with all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had opened, we found no man within.

24 Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this would grow.

25 Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people.

26 Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned.

27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,

28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.

29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.

31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

33 When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them.

34 Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;

35 And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men.

36 For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought.

37 After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.

38 And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:

39 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.

40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.

41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.

42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.

Psalm 125:1-5

Psalm 125

A song of ascents.

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,Ps 48:12; Isa 33:20

which cannot be shakenPs 46:5; 48:2-5 but endures forever.

As the mountains surround Jerusalem,S 1Ch 21:15

so the Lord surroundsPs 32:10; Zec 2:4-5 his people

both now and forevermore.

The scepterS Est 4:11 of the wicked will not remainPs 89:22; Pr 22:8; Isa 13:11; 14:5

over the land allotted to the righteous,

for then the righteous might use

their hands to do evil.1Sa 24:10

Lord, do goodS Ps 119:65 to those who are good,

to those who are upright in heart.S Ps 36:10

But those who turnS Job 23:11 to crooked waysPr 2:15; Isa 59:8

the Lord will banishPs 92:7 with the evildoers.

Peace be on Israel.Ps 128:6; Gal 6:16

Psalm 125

A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.

Those who trust in the Lord are as secure as Mount Zion;

they will not be defeated but will endure forever.

Just as the mountains surround Jerusalem,

so the Lord surrounds his people, both now and forever.

The wicked will not rule the land of the godly,

for then the godly might be tempted to do wrong.

O Lord, do good to those who are good,

whose hearts are in tune with you.

But banish those who turn to crooked ways, O Lord.

Take them away with those who do evil.

May Israel have peace!

125 They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.

As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.

For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.

Do good, O Lord, unto those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts.

As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the Lord shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity: but peace shall be upon Israel.

Proverbs 16:25

25 There is a way that appears to be right,S Pr 12:15

but in the end it leads to death.Est 3:6; Pr 14:12

25 There is a path before each person that seems right,

but it ends in death.

25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

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