Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11
1:6 So when they had
come together, they asked him, "Lord, is this the time when
you will restore the kingdom to Israel?"
He replied, "It is not for you to know the times or periods
that the Father has set by his own authority.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you;
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and
Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up,
and a cloud took him out of their sight.
While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly
two men in white robes stood by them.
They said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up
toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into
heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into
Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet,
which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day's journey away.
When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs
where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew,
Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus,
and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.
All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together
with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as
68:1 Let God rise up,
let his enemies be scattered; let those who hate him flee before
As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; as wax melts before
the fire, let the wicked perish before God.
But let the righteous be joyful; let them exult before God; let
them be jubilant with joy.
Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who
rides upon the clouds--his name is the LORD-- be exultant before
Father of orphans and protector of widows is God in his holy
God gives the desolate a home to live in; he leads out the
prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious live in a parched
O God, when you went out before your people, when you marched
through the wilderness, Selah
the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain at the presence of
God, the God of Sinai, at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
Rain in abundance, O God, you showered abroad; you restored your
heritage when it languished;
your flock found a dwelling in it; in your goodness, O God, you
provided for the needy.
Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth; sing praises to the Lord,
O rider in the heavens, the ancient heavens; listen, he sends out
his voice, his mighty voice.
Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over Israel; and whose
power is in the skies.
Awesome is God in his sanctuary, the God of Israel; he gives power
and strength to his people. Blessed be God!
Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11
4:12 Beloved, do not be
surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to
test you, as though something strange were happening to you.
But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ's sufferings, so
that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is
If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed,
because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is
resting on you.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that
he may exalt you in due time.
Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.
Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your
adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour.
Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your
brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same
kinds of suffering.
And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all
grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will
himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you.
To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.
17:1 After Jesus had
spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, "Father,
the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify
since you have given him authority over all people, to give
eternal life to all whom you have given him.
And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true
God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to
So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory
that I had in your presence before the world existed.
"I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from
the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have
kept your word.
Now they know that everything you have given me is from you;
for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they
have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and
they have believed that you sent me.
I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the
world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are
All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified
And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world,
and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name
that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.