So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.
Saul was in hearty agreement with putting him to death. And on that day a great persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.
Again I said, “The thing which you are doing is not good; should you not walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the nations, our enemies?
But the former governors who were before me laid burdens on the people and took from them bread and wine besides forty shekels of silver; even their servants domineered the people. But I did not do so because of the fear of God.
“And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding.’”
Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever.
“The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverted mouth, I hate.
In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, And his children will have refuge.
Do not let your heart envy sinners, But live in the fear of the Lord always.
And He will be the stability of your times, A wealth of salvation, wisdom and knowledge; The fear of the Lord is his treasure.
I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;
and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
When you cross the Jordan and live in the land which the Lord your God is giving you to inherit, and He gives you rest from all your enemies around you so that you live in security,
And the Lord gave them rest on every side, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers, and no one of all their enemies stood before them; the Lord gave all their enemies into their hand.
So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land was undisturbed for eighty years.
Behold, a son will be born to you, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side; for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his days.
“Is not the Lord your God with you? And has He not given you rest on every side? For He has given the inhabitants of the land into my hand, and the land is subdued before the Lord and before His people.
For the Jews there was light and gladness and joy and honor.
That You may grant him relief from the days of adversity, Until a pit is dug for the wicked.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by the fear of the Lord one keeps away from evil.
The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
Then in that day The nations will resort to the root of Jesse, Who will stand as a signal for the peoples; And His resting place will be glorious.
“Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘It will yet be that peoples will come, even the inhabitants of many cities.
The word of God kept on spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith.
But the word of the Lord continued to grow and to be multiplied.
So the churches were being strengthened in the faith, and were increasing in number daily.
for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.
One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church.
So also you, since you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek to abound for the edification of the church.
What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.
Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
For even if I boast somewhat further about our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be put to shame,
All this time you have been thinking that we are defending ourselves to you. Actually, it is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ; and all for your upbuilding, beloved.
For this reason I am writing these things while absent, so that when present I need not use severity, in accordance with the authority which the Lord gave me for building up and not for tearing down.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,
for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;
from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.
With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,
Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,
so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace,
nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith.
So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God.
But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,