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 you 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."
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. About 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
God is the saviour of the true in heart.
Lord my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me
from all who pursue me;
like a lion they tear me in pieces and snatch me away
with none to deliver me. R
Lord my God, if I have done these things: if there is
any wickedness in my hands,
I have repaid my friend with evil, or plundered him who
without cause is my enemy;
let my enemy pursue and overtake me, trample my life
into the ground, and lay my honour in the
up, O Lord, in your wrath; rise up against the fury of
O my God, decree justice; let the assembly of the
peoples gather round you.
seated on your lofty throne, O Most High; O Lord, judge
the nations. R
judgement for me according to my righteousness, O Lord,
and according to my innocence, O Most High.
the malice of the wicked come to an end, but establish
the righteous; for you test the mind and heart, O
righteous God. R
mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her
sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favour 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." When 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 many."