May 23, 2017

Acts 6: 22- 34

16:22 And the people rushed together against them. And the magistrates, tearing their tunics, ordered them to be beaten with staffs.
16:23 And when they had inflicted many scourges on them, they cast them into prison, instructing the guard to watch them diligently.
16:24 And since he had received this kind of order, he cast them into the interior prison cell, and he restricted their feet with stocks.
16:25 Then, in the middle of the night, Paul and Silas were praying and praising God. And those who were also in custody were listening to them.
16:26 Yet truly, there was a sudden earthquake, so great that the foundations of the prison were moved. And immediately all the doors were opened, and the bindings of everyone were released.
16:27 Then the prison guard, having been jarred awake, and seeing the doors of the prison open, drew his sword and intended to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had fled.
16:28 But Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying: “Do no harm to yourself, for we are all here!”
16:29 Then calling for a light, he entered. And trembling, he fell before the feet of Paul and Silas.
16:30 And bringing them outside, he said, “Sirs, what must I do, so that I may be saved?”
16:31 So they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and then you will be saved, with your household.”
16:32 And they spoke the Word of the Lord to him, along with all those who were in his house.
16:33 And he, taking them in the same hour of the night, washed their scourges. And he was baptized, and next his entire household.
16:34 And when he had brought them into his own house, he set a table for them. And he was joyous, with his entire household, believing in God.

John 16: 5- 11

16:5 But I did not tell you these things from the beginning, because I was with you. And now I am going to him who sent me. And no one among you has asked me, ‘Where are you going?’
16:6 But because I have spoken these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.
16:7 But I tell you the truth: it is expedient for you that I am going. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But when I will have gone away, I will send him to you.
16:8 And when he has arrived, he will argue against the world, about sin and about justice and about judgment:
16:9 about sin, indeed, because they have not believed in me;
16:10 about justice, truly, because I am going to the Father, and you will not see me any longer;
16:11 about judgment, then, because the prince of this world has already been judged.