The word that the prophet Jeremiah spoke to Baruch son of Neriah,
when he wrote these words in a scroll at the dictation of
Jeremiah, in the fourth year of King Jehoiakim son of Josiah of
Judah: Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, to you, O Baruch:
You said, "Woe is me! The LORD has added sorrow to my pain; I
am weary with my groaning, and I find no rest." Thus you
shall say to him, "Thus says the LORD: I am going to break
down what I have built, and pluck up what I have planted-- that
is, the whole land. And you, do you seek great things for
yourself? Do not seek them; for I am going to bring disaster upon
all flesh, says the LORD; but I will give you your life as a prize
of war in every place to which you may go."
O LORD my God, in thee do I take refuge; save me from all my
pursuers, and deliver me,
2: lest like a lion they rend me, dragging me away, with none to
3: O LORD my God, if I have done this, if there is wrong in my
4: if I have requited my friend with evil or plundered my enemy
5: let the enemy pursue me and overtake me, and let him trample my
life to the ground, and lay my soul in the dust. [Selah]
6: Arise, O LORD, in thy anger, lift thyself up against the fury
of my enemies; awake, O my God; thou hast appointed a judgment.
7: Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about thee; and
over it take thy seat on high.
8: The LORD judges the peoples; judge me, O LORD, according to my
righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me.
9: O let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish thou
the righteous, thou who triest the minds and hearts, thou
10: My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart.
At that time prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch.
One of them named Agabus stood up and predicted by the Spirit that
there would be a severe famine over all the world; and this took
place during the reign of Claudius. The disciples determined that
according to their ability, each would send relief to the
believers living in Judea; this they did, sending it to the elders
by Barnabas and Saul.
that time King Herod laid violent hands upon some who belonged to
the church. He had James, the brother of John, killed with the
sword. After he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to
arrest Peter also. (This was during the festival of Unleavened
The mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her
sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favor of him. And he
said to her, "What do you want?" She said to him,
"Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your
right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom." But Jesus
answered, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able
to drink the cup that I am about to drink?" They said to him,
"We are able." He said to them, "You will indeed
drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is
not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been
prepared by my Father."
the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. But Jesus
called them to him and said, "You know that the rulers of the
Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over
them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great
among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first
among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to
be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for