26“Fellow children of Abraham and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is to us that this message of salvation has been sent.27The people of Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize Jesus, yet in condemning him they fulfilled the words of the prophets that are read every Sabbath.28Though they found no proper ground for a death sentence, they asked Pilate to have him executed.29When they had carried out all that was written about him, they took him down from the cross and laid him in a tomb.30But God raised him from the dead,31and for many days he was seen by those who had traveled with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. They are now his witnesses to our people.32“We tell you the good news: What God promised our ancestors33he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. As it is written in the second Psalm: “ ‘You are my son; today I have become your father.’34God raised him from the dead so that he will never be subject to decay. As God has said, “ ‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings promised to David.’35So it is also stated elsewhere: “ ‘You will not let your holy one see decay.’36“Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed.37But the one whom God raised from the dead did not see decay.38“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.39Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.40Take care that what the prophets have said does not happen to you:41“ ‘Look, you scoffers, wonder and perish, for I am going to do something in your days that you would never believe, even if someone told you.’ ”42As Paul and Barnabas were leaving the synagogue, the people invited them to speak further about these things on the next Sabbath.43When the congregation was dismissed, many of the Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who talked with them and urged them to continue in the grace of God.44On the next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord.45When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy. They began to contradict what Paul was saying and heaped abuse on him.46Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: “We had to speak the word of God to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles.47For this is what the Lord has commanded us: “ ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’ ”48When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.49The word of the Lord spread through the whole region.50But the Jewish leaders incited the God-fearing women of high standing and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region.51So they shook the dust off their feet as a warning to them and went to Iconium.52And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
1Then the LORD said to Joshua:2“Tell the Israelites to designate the cities of refuge, as I instructed you through Moses,3so that anyone who kills a person accidentally and unintentionally may flee there and find protection from the avenger of blood.4When they flee to one of these cities, they are to stand in the entrance of the city gate and state their case before the elders of that city. Then the elders are to admit the fugitive into their city and provide a place to live among them.5If the avenger of blood comes in pursuit, the elders must not surrender the fugitive, because the fugitive killed their neighbor unintentionally and without malice aforethought.6They are to stay in that city until they have stood trial before the assembly and until the death of the high priest who is serving at that time. Then they may go back to their own home in the town from which they fled.”7So they set apart Kedesh in Galilee in the hill country of Naphtali, Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the hill country of Judah.8East of the Jordan (on the other side from Jericho) they designated Bezer in the wilderness on the plateau in the tribe of Reuben, Ramoth in Gilead in the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan in the tribe of Manasseh.9Any of the Israelites or any foreigner residing among them who killed someone accidentally could flee to these designated cities and not be killed by the avenger of blood prior to standing trial before the assembly.
1Now the family heads of the Levites approached Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the heads of the other tribal families of Israel2at Shiloh in Canaan and said to them, “The LORD commanded through Moses that you give us towns to live in, with pasturelands for our livestock.”3So, as the LORD had commanded, the Israelites gave the Levites the following towns and pasturelands out of their own inheritance:4The first lot came out for the Kohathites, according to their clans. The Levites who were descendants of Aaron the priest were allotted thirteen towns from the tribes of Judah, Simeon and Benjamin.5The rest of Kohath’s descendants were allotted ten towns from the clans of the tribes of Ephraim, Dan and half of Manasseh.6The descendants of Gershon were allotted thirteen towns from the clans of the tribes of Issachar, Asher, Naphtali and the half-tribe of Manasseh in Bashan.7The descendants of Merari, according to their clans, received twelve towns from the tribes of Reuben, Gad and Zebulun.8So the Israelites allotted to the Levites these towns and their pasturelands, as the LORD had commanded through Moses.9From the tribes of Judah and Simeon they allotted the following towns by name10(these towns were assigned to the descendants of Aaron who were from the Kohathite clans of the Levites, because the first lot fell to them):11They gave them Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron), with its surrounding pastureland, in the hill country of Judah. (Arba was the forefather of Anak.)12But the fields and villages around the city they had given to Caleb son of Jephunneh as his possession.13So to the descendants of Aaron the priest they gave Hebron (a city of refuge for one accused of murder), Libnah,14Jattir, Eshtemoa,15Holon, Debir,16Ain, Juttah and Beth Shemesh, together with their pasturelands—nine towns from these two tribes.17And from the tribe of Benjamin they gave them Gibeon, Geba,18Anathoth and Almon, together with their pasturelands—four towns.19The total number of towns for the priests, the descendants of Aaron, came to thirteen, together with their pasturelands.20The rest of the Kohathite clans of the Levites were allotted towns from the tribe of Ephraim:21In the hill country of Ephraim they were given Shechem (a city of refuge for one accused of murder) and Gezer,22Kibzaim and Beth Horon, together with their pasturelands—four towns.23Also from the tribe of Dan they received Eltekeh, Gibbethon,24Aijalon and Gath Rimmon, together with their pasturelands—four towns.25From half the tribe of Manasseh they received Taanach and Gath Rimmon, together with their pasturelands—two towns.26All these ten towns and their pasturelands were given to the rest of the Kohathite clans.27The Levite clans of the Gershonites were given: from the half-tribe of Manasseh, Golan in Bashan (a city of refuge for one accused of murder) and Be Eshterah, together with their pasturelands—two towns;28from the tribe of Issachar, Kishion, Daberath,29Jarmuth and En Gannim, together with their pasturelands—four towns;30from the tribe of Asher, Mishal, Abdon,31Helkath and Rehob, together with their pasturelands—four towns;32from the tribe of Naphtali, Kedesh in Galilee (a city of refuge for one accused of murder), Hammoth Dor and Kartan, together with their pasturelands—three towns.33The total number of towns of the Gershonite clans came to thirteen, together with their pasturelands.34The Merarite clans (the rest of the Levites) were given: from the tribe of Zebulun, Jokneam, Kartah,35Dimnah and Nahalal, together with their pasturelands—four towns;36from the tribe of Reuben, Bezer, Jahaz,37Kedemoth and Mephaath, together with their pasturelands—four towns;38from the tribe of Gad, Ramoth in Gilead (a city of refuge for one accused of murder), Mahanaim,39Heshbon and Jazer, together with their pasturelands—four towns in all.40The total number of towns allotted to the Merarite clans, who were the rest of the Levites, came to twelve.41The towns of the Levites in the territory held by the Israelites were forty-eight in all, together with their pasturelands.42Each of these towns had pasturelands surrounding it; this was true for all these towns.43So the LORD gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their ancestors, and they took possession of it and settled there.44The LORD gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their ancestors. Not one of their enemies withstood them; the LORD gave all their enemies into their hands.45Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.
1“But now they mock me, men younger than I, whose fathers I would have disdained to put with my sheep dogs.2Of what use was the strength of their hands to me, since their vigor had gone from them?3Haggard from want and hunger, they roamed the parched land in desolate wastelands at night.4In the brush they gathered salt herbs, and their food was the root of the broom bush.5They were banished from human society, shouted at as if they were thieves.6They were forced to live in the dry stream beds, among the rocks and in holes in the ground.7They brayed among the bushes and huddled in the undergrowth.8A base and nameless brood, they were driven out of the land.9“And now those young men mock me in song; I have become a byword among them.10They detest me and keep their distance; they do not hesitate to spit in my face.11Now that God has unstrung my bow and afflicted me, they throw off restraint in my presence.12On my right the tribe attacks; they lay snares for my feet, they build their siege ramps against me.13They break up my road; they succeed in destroying me. ‘No one can help him,’ they say.14They advance as through a gaping breach; amid the ruins they come rolling in.15Terrors overwhelm me; my dignity is driven away as by the wind, my safety vanishes like a cloud.16“And now my life ebbs away; days of suffering grip me.17Night pierces my bones; my gnawing pains never rest.18In his great power God becomes like clothing to me ; he binds me like the neck of my garment.19He throws me into the mud, and I am reduced to dust and ashes.20“I cry out to you, God, but you do not answer; I stand up, but you merely look at me.21You turn on me ruthlessly; with the might of your hand you attack me.22You snatch me up and drive me before the wind; you toss me about in the storm.23I know you will bring me down to death, to the place appointed for all the living.24“Surely no one lays a hand on a broken man when he cries for help in his distress.25Have I not wept for those in trouble? Has not my soul grieved for the poor?26Yet when I hoped for good, evil came; when I looked for light, then came darkness.27The churning inside me never stops; days of suffering confront me.28I go about blackened, but not by the sun; I stand up in the assembly and cry for help.29I have become a brother of jackals, a companion of owls.30My skin grows black and peels; my body burns with fever.31My lyre is tuned to mourning, and my pipe to the sound of wailing.