14Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say.15These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning!16No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:17“ ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.18Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.19I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke.20The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.21And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’22“Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.23This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.24But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.25David said about him: “ ‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.26Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope,27because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, you will not let your holy one see decay.28You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.’29“Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day.30But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne.31Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay.32God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it.33Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.34For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said, “ ‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand35until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” ’36“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”37When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”38Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.39The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”40With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”41Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
42They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.43Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.44All the believers were together and had everything in common.45They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.46Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,47praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
1At the end of every seven years you must cancel debts.2This is how it is to be done: Every creditor shall cancel any loan they have made to a fellow Israelite. They shall not require payment from anyone among their own people, because the LORD’s time for canceling debts has been proclaimed.3You may require payment from a foreigner, but you must cancel any debt your fellow Israelite owes you.4However, there need be no poor people among you, for in the land the LORD your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you,5if only you fully obey the LORD your God and are careful to follow all these commands I am giving you today.6For the LORD your God will bless you as he has promised, and you will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. You will rule over many nations but none will rule over you.7If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them.8Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need.9Be careful not to harbor this wicked thought: “The seventh year, the year for canceling debts, is near,” so that you do not show ill will toward the needy among your fellow Israelites and give them nothing. They may then appeal to the LORD against you, and you will be found guilty of sin.10Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.11There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.
12If any of your people—Hebrew men or women—sell themselves to you and serve you six years, in the seventh year you must let them go free.13And when you release them, do not send them away empty-handed.14Supply them liberally from your flock, your threshing floor and your winepress. Give to them as the LORD your God has blessed you.15Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and the LORD your God redeemed you. That is why I give you this command today.16But if your servant says to you, “I do not want to leave you,” because he loves you and your family and is well off with you,17then take an awl and push it through his earlobe into the door, and he will become your servant for life. Do the same for your female servant.18Do not consider it a hardship to set your servant free, because their service to you these six years has been worth twice as much as that of a hired hand. And the LORD your God will bless you in everything you do.
19Set apart for the LORD your God every firstborn male of your herds and flocks. Do not put the firstborn of your cows to work, and do not shear the firstborn of your sheep.20Each year you and your family are to eat them in the presence of the LORD your God at the place he will choose.21If an animal has a defect, is lame or blind, or has any serious flaw, you must not sacrifice it to the LORD your God.22You are to eat it in your own towns. Both the ceremonially unclean and the clean may eat it, as if it were gazelle or deer.23But you must not eat the blood; pour it out on the ground like water.
1Observe the month of Aviv and celebrate the Passover of the LORD your God, because in the month of Aviv he brought you out of Egypt by night.2Sacrifice as the Passover to the LORD your God an animal from your flock or herd at the place the LORD will choose as a dwelling for his Name.3Do not eat it with bread made with yeast, but for seven days eat unleavened bread, the bread of affliction, because you left Egypt in haste—so that all the days of your life you may remember the time of your departure from Egypt.4Let no yeast be found in your possession in all your land for seven days. Do not let any of the meat you sacrifice on the evening of the first day remain until morning.5You must not sacrifice the Passover in any town the LORD your God gives you6except in the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name. There you must sacrifice the Passover in the evening, when the sun goes down, on the anniversary of your departure from Egypt.7Roast it and eat it at the place the LORD your God will choose. Then in the morning return to your tents.8For six days eat unleavened bread and on the seventh day hold an assembly to the LORD your God and do no work.
9Count off seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain.10Then celebrate the Festival of Weeks to the LORD your God by giving a freewill offering in proportion to the blessings the LORD your God has given you.11And rejoice before the LORD your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, the Levites in your towns, and the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows living among you.12Remember that you were slaves in Egypt, and follow carefully these decrees.
13Celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles for seven days after you have gathered the produce of your threshing floor and your winepress.14Be joyful at your festival—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levites, the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns.15For seven days celebrate the festival to the LORD your God at the place the LORD will choose. For the LORD your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete.16Three times a year all your men must appear before the LORD your God at the place he will choose: at the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the Festival of Weeks and the Festival of Tabernacles. No one should appear before the LORD empty-handed:17Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the LORD your God has blessed you.
18Appoint judges and officials for each of your tribes in every town the LORD your God is giving you, and they shall judge the people fairly.19Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the innocent.20Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the LORD your God is giving you.21Do not set up any wooden Asherah pole beside the altar you build to the LORD your God,22and do not erect a sacred stone, for these the LORD your God hates.
1Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:2“Are all these words to go unanswered? Is this talker to be vindicated?3Will your idle talk reduce others to silence? Will no one rebuke you when you mock?4You say to God, ‘My beliefs are flawless and I am pure in your sight.’5Oh, how I wish that God would speak, that he would open his lips against you6and disclose to you the secrets of wisdom, for true wisdom has two sides. Know this: God has even forgotten some of your sin.7“Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?8They are higher than the heavens above—what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below—what can you know?9Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.10“If he comes along and confines you in prison and convenes a court, who can oppose him?11Surely he recognizes deceivers; and when he sees evil, does he not take note?12But the witless can no more become wise than a wild donkey’s colt can be born human.13“Yet if you devote your heart to him and stretch out your hands to him,14if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent,15then, free of fault, you will lift up your face; you will stand firm and without fear.16You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by.17Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning.18You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.19You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor.20But the eyes of the wicked will fail, and escape will elude them; their hope will become a dying gasp.”