Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
They were amazed to see how outspoken Peter and John were, and to find that they were uneducated men with no advantages. They recognized them as companions of Jesus,
Then Isaiah broke out boldly and said, "I have been found by men who were not looking for me, I have shown myself to men who were not asking what my will was."
and for me, that when I open my lips I may be given a message, so that I may boldly make known the secret of the good news,
and so most of the Christian brothers have been exceedingly encouraged by my example to declare God's message without any fear of the consequences.
put out furious fires, escaped death by the sword, found strength in their time of weakness, proved mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.
Brothers! Descendants of the house of Abraham, and those others among you who reverence God! It is to us that this message of salvation has been sent.
It was to you that God first sent his servant after he had raised him from the dead, to bless you by making every one of you turn from his wickedness."
By the time Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was absorbed in preaching the message, emphatically assuring the Jews that Jesus was the Christ.
but first to the people of Damascus and Jerusalem and then all over Judea, and even to the heathen I preached that they must repent and turn to God and live as men who have repented should.
but proceed instead to the lost sheep of Israel's house.
and that repentance leading to the forgiveness of sins should be preached to all the heathen in his name.
You worship something you know nothing about; we know what we worship, for salvation comes from the Jews.
For I am not ashamed of the good news, for it is God's power for the salvation of everyone who has faith, of the Jew first and then of the Greek.
but there will be glory, honor, and peace for everyone who does right, the Jew first, and the Greek also,
For they are Israelites, and to them belong the rights of sonship, God's glorious presence, the divine agreements and legislation, the Temple service, the promises,
You stubborn people, with heathen hearts and ears, you are always opposing the holy Spirit, just as your forefathers did!
If the house deserves it, the peace you wish it will come over it, but if it does not deserve it, your blessing will come back upon yourselves.
"That, I tell you, is why the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and given to a people that will produce its proper fruit.
and the rest seized his slaves, and ill treated them and killed them.
He said to him, "A man once gave a great dinner, and invited a large number to it,
He came to his home, and his own family did not welcome him.
But I ask again, did Israel fail to understand? Why, to begin with, Moses said, "I will make you jealous of what is no nation at all, I will exasperate you at a senseless nation."
I ask then, has their stumbling led to their absolute ruin? By no means. Through their false step salvation has gone to the heathen, so as to make the Israelites jealous.
But as they contradicted and abused him, he shook his clothes in protest, and said to them, "Your blood be on your own heads! I am not to blame for it! After this I will go to the heathen."
"Understand then that this message of God's salvation has been sent to the heathen. They will listen to it!"
And he left them and got into the boat again and crossed to the other side.
But many who are first now will be last then, and the last will be first."
For from now on if there are five people in a house they will be divided three against two and two against three.
For I tell you that none of those men who were invited shall have any of my dinner!' "