2:14a But Peter,
standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them,
"Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be
known to you, and listen to what I say.
"You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus
of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power,
wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you
this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and
foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of
those outside the law.
But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was
impossible for him to be held in its power.
For David says concerning him, 'I saw the Lord always before me,
for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken;
therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; moreover my
flesh will live in hope.
For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One
You have made known to me the ways of life; you will make me full
of gladness with your presence.'
"Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our
ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is
with us to this day.
Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to
him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne.
Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah,
saying, 'He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh
This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.
16:1 Protect me, O God,
for in you I take refuge.
I say to the LORD, "You are my Lord; I have no good apart
As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble, in whom is
all my delight.
Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows; their drink
offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names upon my
The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a
I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart
I keep the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand,
I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also
For you do not give me up to Sheol, or let your faithful one see
You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness
of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
1:3 Blessed be the God
and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has
given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection
of Jesus Christ from the dead,
and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and
unfading, kept in heaven for you,
who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a
salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had
to suffer various trials,
so that the genuineness of your faith--being more precious than
gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire--may be found to
result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is
Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you
do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an
indescribable and glorious joy,
for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of
20:19 When it was
evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of
the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the
Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be
After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then
the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father
has sent me, so I send you."
When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
"Receive the Holy Spirit.
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you
retain the sins of any, they are retained."
But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not
with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the
Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of
the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails
and my hand in his side, I will not believe."
A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was
with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood
among them and said, "Peace be with you."
Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my
hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but
Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!"
Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen
me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples,
which are not written in this book.
But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus
is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may
have life in his name.