Psalm 119:137–152, CSB
You are righteous, Lord, and your judgments are just.
The decrees you issue are righteous and altogether trustworthy.
My anger overwhelms me because my foes forget your words.
Your word is completely pure, and your servant loves it.
I am insignificant and despised, but I do not forget your precepts.
Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and your instruction is true.
Trouble and distress have overtaken me, but your commands are my delight.
Your decrees are righteous forever. Give me understanding, and I will live.
I call with all my heart; answer me, Lord. I will obey your statutes.
I call to you; save me, and I will keep your decrees.
I rise before dawn and cry out for help; I put my hope in your word.
I am awake through each watch of the night to meditate on your promise.
In keeping with your faithful love, hear my voice. Lord, give me life in keeping with your justice.
Those who pursue evil plans come near; they are far from your instruction.
You are near, Lord, and all your commands are true.
Long ago I learned from your decrees that you have established them forever.
Proverbs 25:1–10, CSB
These too are proverbs of Solomon, which the men of King Hezekiah of Judah copied.
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the glory of kings to investigate a matter.
As the heavens are high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings cannot be investigated.
Remove impurities from silver, and material will be produced for a silversmith.
Remove the wicked from the king’s presence, and his throne will be established in righteousness.
Don’t boast about yourself before the king, and don’t stand in the place of the great; for it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here!” than to demote you in plain view of a noble.
Don’t take a matter to court hastily. Otherwise, what will you do afterward if your opponent humiliates you?
Make your case with your opponent without revealing another’s secret; otherwise, the one who hears will disgrace you, and you’ll never live it down.
Acts 3:11–4:31, CSB
While he was holding on to Peter and John, all the people, utterly astonished, ran toward them in what is called Solomon’s Colonnade.
When Peter saw this, he addressed the people: “Fellow Israelites, why are you amazed at this? Why do you stare at us, as though we had made him walk by our own power or godliness?
The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our ancestors, has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and denied before Pilate, though he had decided to release him.
You denied the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer released to you.
You killed the source of life, whom God raised from the dead; we are witnesses of this.
By faith in his name, his name has made this man strong, whom you see and know. So the faith that comes through Jesus has given him this perfect health in front of all of you.
“And now, brothers and sisters, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your leaders also did.
In this way God fulfilled what he had predicted through all the prophets—that his Messiah would suffer.
Therefore repent and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped out, that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send Jesus, who has been appointed for you as the Messiah.
Heaven must receive him until the time of the restoration of all things, which God spoke about through his holy prophets from the beginning.
Moses said: The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers. You must listen to everything he tells you.
And everyone who does not listen to that prophet will be completely cut off from the people.
“In addition, all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those after him, have also foretold these days.
You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your ancestors, saying to Abraham, And all the families of the earth will be blessed through your offspring.
God raised up his servant and sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your evil ways.”
While they were speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple police, and the Sadducees confronted them, because they were annoyed that they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.
So they seized them and took them into custody until the next day since it was already evening.
But many of those who heard the message believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand.
The next day, their rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and all the members of the high-priestly family.
After they had Peter and John stand before them, they began to question them: “By what power or in what name have you done this?”
Then Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit and said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders:
If we are being examined today about a good deed done to a disabled man, by what means he was healed, let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified and whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing here before you healthy.
This Jesus is the stone rejected by you builders, which has become the cornerstone.
There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people by which we must be saved.”
When they observed the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed and recognized that they had been with Jesus.
And since they saw the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say in opposition.
After they ordered them to leave the Sanhedrin, they conferred among themselves, saying, “What should we do with these men? For an obvious sign has been done through them, clear to everyone living in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.
But so that this does not spread any further among the people, let’s threaten them against speaking to anyone in this name again.”
So they called for them and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.
Peter and John answered them, “Whether it’s right in the sight of God for us to listen to you rather than to God, you decide; for we are unable to stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
After threatening them further, they released them. They found no way to punish them because the people were all giving glory to God over what had been done.
For this sign of healing had been performed on a man over forty years old.
After they were released, they went to their own people and reported everything the chief priests and the elders had said to them.
When they heard this, they raised their voices together to God and said, “Master, you are the one who made the heaven, the earth, and the sea, and everything in them.
You said through the Holy Spirit, by the mouth of our father David your servant: Why do the Gentiles rage and the peoples plot futile things?
The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers assemble together against the Lord and against his Messiah.
“For, in fact, in this city both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, assembled together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, to do whatever your hand and your will had predestined to take place.
And now, Lord, consider their threats, and grant that your servants may speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand for healing, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
When they had prayed, the place where they were assembled was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God boldly.