Scripture Reading for
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21 "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old, `Thou shalt not kill,' and `Whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment.' 22 But I say unto you, that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment; and whosoever shall say to his brother, `Raca,' shall be in danger of the council; but whosoever shall say, `Thou fool,' shall be in danger of hell fire. 23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee, 24 leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way. First be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, 28 saying, "Did not we strictly command you that ye should not teach in this name? And behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine and intend to bring this man's blood upon us." 29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, "We ought to obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. 31 Him hath God exalted with His right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are His witnesses of these things, and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to those who obey Him."
33 When they heard this, they were cut to the heart and took counsel to slay them. 34 Then there stood up one in the council, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law held in high repute among all the people, and commanded them to put the apostles outside a little while. 35 And he said unto them, "Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do concerning these men. 36 For before these days Theudas rose up, boasting himself to be somebody, to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves. He was slain, and all who obeyed him were scattered and brought to nought. 37 After this man, rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away many people after him. He also perished, and all who obeyed him were dispersed. 38 And now I say unto you, refrain from these men and let them alone, for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought; 39 but if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it, lest it may happen ye be found even to fight against God." 40 And with him they agreed. And when they had called the apostles back and had beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. 42 And daily in the temple and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, "I have gotten a man from the LORD." 2 And she again bore his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3 And in process of time it came to pass that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. 4 And Abel also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering; 5 but unto Cain and to his offering He had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. 6 And the LORD said unto Cain, "Why art thou wroth? And why is thy countenance fallen? 7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him."
8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came
to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his
brother and slew him. 9 And the LORD said unto Cain, "Where is Abel
thy brother?" And he said, "I know not. Am I my brother's
keeper?" 10 And He said, "What hast thou done? The voice of
thy brother's blood crieth unto Me from the ground. 11 And now art thou
cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy
brother's blood from thy hand.
Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiasticus 1:19
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