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36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house, and His disciples came unto Him, saying, "Explain unto us the parable of the tares of the field." 37 He answered and said unto them,
21 After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the Spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, "After I have been there, I must also see Rome." 22 So he sent into Macedonia two of those who had ministered unto him, Timothy and Erastus; but he himself stayed in Asia for a season.
23 And the same time, there arose no small stir about that Way. 24 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith who made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen. 25 These he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, "Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth. 26 Moreover, ye see and hear that, not alone at Ephesus but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away many people, saying that they are not gods which are made with hands, 27 so that not only this our craft is in danger of being set at nought, but also the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshipeth." 28 And when they heard these things, they were full of wrath and cried out, saying, "Great is Diana of the Ephesians!"
29 And the whole city was filled with confusion and, having seized Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia who were Paul's companions in his travel, they rushed with one accord into the theater. 30 And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not. 31 And certain of the Asian chiefs, who were his friends, sent unto him, urging that he would not venture into the theater. 32 Some therefore cried one thing and some another, for the assembly was in confusion, and the greater part knew not why they had come together. 33 And they drew Alexander out from the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander beckoned with his hand, and would have made his defense unto the people; 34 but when they perceived that he was a Jew, all with one voice for about the space of two hours cried out, "Great is Diana of the Ephesians!"
35 And when the town clerk had appeased the people, he said, "Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there who knoweth not that the city of the Ephesians is a worshiper of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Jupiter? 36 Seeing then that these things cannot be spoken against, ye ought to be quiet and do nothing rashly; 37 for ye have brought hither these men who are neither robbers of churches, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess. 38 Therefore if Demetrius and the craftsmen who are with him have a matter against any man, the law is open and there are deputies. Let them implead one another. 39 But if ye inquire of anything concerning other matters, it shall be determined in a lawful assembly. 40 For we are in danger of being called in question for this day's uproar, there being no cause whereby we can give an account of this concourse." 41 And when he had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly.
1 And afterward Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh, "Thus saith the LORD God of Israel: `Let My people go, that they may hold a feast unto Me in the wilderness.'" 2 And Pharaoh said, "Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go." 3 And they said, "The God of the Hebrews hath met with us. Let us go, we pray thee, three days' journey into the desert and sacrifice unto the LORD our God, lest He fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword." 4 And the king of Egypt said unto them, "Why do ye, Moses and Aaron, delay the people from their work? Get you unto your burdens!" 5 And Pharaoh said, "Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them rest from their burdens!" 6 And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people and their officers, saying, 7 "Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore. Let them go and gather straw for themselves. 8 And the tally of bricks which they made heretofore, ye shall lay upon them; ye shall not diminish any thereof. For they are idle; therefore they cry, saying, `Let us go and sacrifice to our God.' 9 Let there more work be laid upon the men, that they may labor therein, and let them not regard vain words."
10 And the taskmasters of the people went out, and their officers, and they spoke to the people, saying, "Thus saith Pharaoh: `I will not give you straw. 11 Go ye, get you straw where ye can find it; yet not any of your work shall be diminished.'" 12 So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble instead of straw. 13 And the taskmasters hastened them, saying, "Fulfill your works, your daily tasks, as when there was straw." 14 And the officers of the children of Israel, whom Pharaoh's taskmasters had set over them, were beaten and were demanded, "Why have ye not fulfilled your task in making brick both yesterday and today, as heretofore?"
15 Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried unto Pharaoh, saying, "Why dealest thou thus with thy servants? 16 There is no straw given unto thy servants, and they say to us, `Make brick!' And behold, thy servants are beaten, but the fault is in thine own people." 17 But he said, "Ye are idle, ye are idle! Therefore ye say, `Let us go and do sacrifice to the LORD.' 18 Go therefore now and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tally of bricks." 19 And the officers of the children of Israel saw that they were in evil straits after it was said, "Ye shall not diminish any from your bricks of your daily task." 20 And they met Moses and Aaron, who stood in the way as they came forth from Pharaoh. 21 And they said unto them, "The LORD look upon you and judge, because ye have made our savor to be abhorred in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to slay us."
22 And Moses returned unto the LORD and said, "Lord, why hast Thou so evilly treated this people? Why is it that Thou hast sent me? 23 For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast Thou delivered Thy people at all."
Words of Wisdom - Proverbs 4:23-24
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