23On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them.24When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them.25You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David: “ ‘Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?26The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed one. ’27Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed.28They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen.29Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.30Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”31After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
32All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.33With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all34that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales35and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.36Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”),37sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.
1If someone is found slain, lying in a field in the land the LORD your God is giving you to possess, and it is not known who the killer was,2your elders and judges shall go out and measure the distance from the body to the neighboring towns.3Then the elders of the town nearest the body shall take a heifer that has never been worked and has never worn a yoke4and lead it down to a valley that has not been plowed or planted and where there is a flowing stream. There in the valley they are to break the heifer’s neck.5The Levitical priests shall step forward, for the LORD your God has chosen them to minister and to pronounce blessings in the name of the LORD and to decide all cases of dispute and assault.6Then all the elders of the town nearest the body shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley,7and they shall declare: “Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it done.8Accept this atonement for your people Israel, whom you have redeemed, LORD, and do not hold your people guilty of the blood of an innocent person.” Then the bloodshed will be atoned for,9and you will have purged from yourselves the guilt of shedding innocent blood, since you have done what is right in the eyes of the LORD.
10When you go to war against your enemies and the LORD your God delivers them into your hands and you take captives,11if you notice among the captives a beautiful woman and are attracted to her, you may take her as your wife.12Bring her into your home and have her shave her head, trim her nails13and put aside the clothes she was wearing when captured. After she has lived in your house and mourned her father and mother for a full month, then you may go to her and be her husband and she shall be your wife.14If you are not pleased with her, let her go wherever she wishes. You must not sell her or treat her as a slave, since you have dishonored her.
15If a man has two wives, and he loves one but not the other, and both bear him sons but the firstborn is the son of the wife he does not love,16when he wills his property to his sons, he must not give the rights of the firstborn to the son of the wife he loves in preference to his actual firstborn, the son of the wife he does not love.17He must acknowledge the son of his unloved wife as the firstborn by giving him a double share of all he has. That son is the first sign of his father’s strength. The right of the firstborn belongs to him.
18If someone has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother and will not listen to them when they discipline him,19his father and mother shall take hold of him and bring him to the elders at the gate of his town.20They shall say to the elders, “This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a glutton and a drunkard.”21Then all the men of his town are to stone him to death. You must purge the evil from among you. All Israel will hear of it and be afraid.22If someone guilty of a capital offense is put to death and their body is exposed on a pole,23you must not leave the body hanging on the pole overnight. Be sure to bury it that same day, because anyone who is hung on a pole is under God’s curse. You must not desecrate the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance.
1If you see your fellow Israelite’s ox or sheep straying, do not ignore it but be sure to take it back to its owner.2If they do not live near you or if you do not know who owns it, take it home with you and keep it until they come looking for it. Then give it back.3Do the same if you find their donkey or cloak or anything else they have lost. Do not ignore it.4If you see your fellow Israelite’s donkey or ox fallen on the road, do not ignore it. Help the owner get it to its feet.5A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the LORD your God detests anyone who does this.6If you come across a bird’s nest beside the road, either in a tree or on the ground, and the mother is sitting on the young or on the eggs, do not take the mother with the young.7You may take the young, but be sure to let the mother go, so that it may go well with you and you may have a long life.8When you build a new house, make a parapet around your roof so that you may not bring the guilt of bloodshed on your house if someone falls from the roof.9Do not plant two kinds of seed in your vineyard; if you do, not only the crops you plant but also the fruit of the vineyard will be defiled.10Do not plow with an ox and a donkey yoked together.11Do not wear clothes of wool and linen woven together.12Make tassels on the four corners of the cloak you wear.
13If a man takes a wife and, after sleeping with her, dislikes her14and slanders her and gives her a bad name, saying, “I married this woman, but when I approached her, I did not find proof of her virginity,”15then the young woman’s father and mother shall bring to the town elders at the gate proof that she was a virgin.16Her father will say to the elders, “I gave my daughter in marriage to this man, but he dislikes her.17Now he has slandered her and said, ‘I did not find your daughter to be a virgin.’ But here is the proof of my daughter’s virginity.” Then her parents shall display the cloth before the elders of the town,18and the elders shall take the man and punish him.19They shall fine him a hundred shekels of silver and give them to the young woman’s father, because this man has given an Israelite virgin a bad name. She shall continue to be his wife; he must not divorce her as long as he lives.20If, however, the charge is true and no proof of the young woman’s virginity can be found,21she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. She has done an outrageous thing in Israel by being promiscuous while still in her father’s house. You must purge the evil from among you.22If a man is found sleeping with another man’s wife, both the man who slept with her and the woman must die. You must purge the evil from Israel.23If a man happens to meet in a town a virgin pledged to be married and he sleeps with her,24you shall take both of them to the gate of that town and stone them to death—the young woman because she was in a town and did not scream for help, and the man because he violated another man’s wife. You must purge the evil from among you.25But if out in the country a man happens to meet a young woman pledged to be married and rapes her, only the man who has done this shall die.26Do nothing to the woman; she has committed no sin deserving death. This case is like that of someone who attacks and murders a neighbor,27for the man found the young woman out in the country, and though the betrothed woman screamed, there was no one to rescue her.28If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered,29he shall pay her father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the young woman, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.30A man is not to marry his father’s wife; he must not dishonor his father’s bed.
1“Mortals, born of woman, are of few days and full of trouble.2They spring up like flowers and wither away; like fleeting shadows, they do not endure.3Do you fix your eye on them? Will you bring them before you for judgment?4Who can bring what is pure from the impure? No one!5A person’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.6So look away from him and let him alone, till he has put in his time like a hired laborer.7“At least there is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail.8Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil,9yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant.10But a man dies and is laid low; he breathes his last and is no more.11As the water of a lake dries up or a riverbed becomes parched and dry,12so he lies down and does not rise; till the heavens are no more, people will not awake or be roused from their sleep.13“If only you would hide me in the grave and conceal me till your anger has passed! If only you would set me a time and then remember me!14If someone dies, will they live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewal to come.15You will call and I will answer you; you will long for the creature your hands have made.16Surely then you will count my steps but not keep track of my sin.17My offenses will be sealed up in a bag; you will cover over my sin.18“But as a mountain erodes and crumbles and as a rock is moved from its place,19as water wears away stones and torrents wash away the soil, so you destroy a person’s hope.20You overpower them once for all, and they are gone; you change their countenance and send them away.21If their children are honored, they do not know it; if their offspring are brought low, they do not see it.22They feel but the pain of their own bodies and mourn only for themselves.”