Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.
Now when they heard this, they became furious and wanted to execute them.
When they heard these things, they became furious and ground their teeth at him.
It is enough for the disciple to become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house 'Beelzebul,' how much more will they defame the members of his household!
The rest seized his slaves, insolently mistreated them, and killed them.
"For this reason I am sending you prophets and wise men and experts in the law, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town,
For this reason also the wisdom of God said, 'I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,'
Remember what I told you, 'A slave is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they obeyed my word, they will obey yours too.
They will put you out of the synagogue, yet a time is coming when the one who kills you will think he is offering service to God.
praising God and having the good will of all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number every day those who were being saved.
This is the man who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors, and he received living oracles to give to you.
A report about them came to the attention of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch.
Now there were these prophets and teachers in the church at Antioch: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius the Cyrenian, Manaen (a close friend of Herod the tetrarch from childhood) and Saul.
Now those who had been forced to scatter went around proclaiming the good news of the word.
Now those who had been scattered because of the persecution that took place over Stephen went as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, speaking the message to no one but Jews.
"You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its flavor, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled on by people.
I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that my situation has actually turned out to advance the gospel:
Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the farthest parts of the earth."
Now many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the report of the woman who testified, "He told me everything I ever did."
They laid hands on the apostles and put them in a public jail.
Pharaoh said to him, "Go from me! Watch out for yourself! Do not appear before me again, for when you see my face you will die!"
So I sent messengers to them saying, "I am engaged in an important work, and I am unable to come down. Why should the work come to a halt when I leave it to come down to you?"
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied to King Nebuchadnezzar, "We do not need to give you a reply concerning this.
When Daniel realized that a written decree had been issued, he entered his home, where the windows in his upper room opened toward Jerusalem. Three times daily he was kneeling and offering prayers and thanks to his God just as he had been accustomed to do previously.
By faith he left Egypt without fearing the king's anger, for he persevered as though he could see the one who is invisible.