From Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those temporarily residing abroad (in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, the province of Asia, and Bithynia) who are chosen
They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been prevented by the Holy Spirit from speaking the message in the province of Asia.
From James, a slave of God and the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes dispersed abroad. Greetings!
Then the Lord will scatter you among the peoples and there will be very few of you among the nations where the Lord will drive you.
The Lord will scatter you among all nations, from one end of the earth to the other. There you will worship other gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known, gods of wood and stone.
Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, "There is a particular people that is dispersed and spread among the inhabitants throughout all the provinces of your kingdom whose laws differ from those of all other peoples. Furthermore, they do not observe the king's laws. It is not appropriate for the king to provide a haven for them.
"'But I will spare some of you. Some will escape the sword when you are scattered in foreign lands.
As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon (called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishermen).
Now these are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (called Peter), and Andrew his brother; James son of Zebedee and John his brother;
And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.
He first found his own brother Simon and told him, "We have found the Messiah!" (which is translated Christ).
Then the Jewish leaders said to one another, "Where is he going to go that we cannot find him? He is not going to go to the Jewish people dispersed among the Greeks and teach the Greeks, is he?
and not for the Jewish nation only, but to gather together into one the children of God who are scattered.)
Then when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these do?" He replied, "Yes, Lord, you know I love you." Jesus told him, "Feed my lambs."
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven residing in Jerusalem.
But some men from the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), both Cyrenians and Alexandrians, as well as some from Cilicia and the province of Asia, stood up and argued with Stephen.
Now those who had been forced to scatter went around proclaiming the good news of the word.
There he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all the Jews to depart from Rome. Paul approached them,
After he spent some time there, Paul left and went through the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.
This went on for two years, so that all who lived in the province of Asia, both Jews and Greeks, heard the word of the Lord.
For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus so as not to spend time in the province of Asia, for he was hurrying to arrive in Jerusalem, if possible, by the day of Pentecost.
The churches in the province of Asia send greetings to you. Aquila and Prisca greet you warmly in the Lord, with the church that meets in their house.
For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, regarding the affliction that happened to us in the province of Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of living.
that you were at that time without the Messiah, alienated from the citizenship of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
So then you are no longer foreigners and noncitizens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of God's household,
You know that everyone in the province of Asia deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes.
These all died in faith without receiving the things promised, but they saw them in the distance and welcomed them and acknowledged that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth.
Dear friends, I urge you as foreigners and exiles to keep away from fleshly desires that do battle against the soul,
From Simeon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ, have been granted a faith just as precious as ours.
saying: "Write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches -- to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea."
I will scatter you among the nations and unsheathe the sword after you, so your land will become desolate and your cities will become a waste.
"I said, 'I want to cut them in pieces. I want to make people forget they ever existed.