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Acts 23:11-24 GNV

11   That night the Lord stood by Paul and said, “Don’t be afraid! You have given your witness for me here in Jerusalem, and you must also do the same in Rome.”

12   The next morning some Jews met together and made a plan. They took a vow that they would not eat or drink anything until they had killed Paul.

13   There were more than forty who planned this together.

14   Then they went to the chief priests and elders and said, “We have taken a solemn vow together not to eat a thing until we have killed Paul.

15   Now then, you and the Council send word to the Roman commander to bring Paul down to you, pretending that you want to get more accurate information about him. But we will be ready to kill him before he ever gets here.”

16   But the son of Paul’s sister heard about the plot; so he went to the fort and told Paul.

17   Then Paul called one of the officers and said to him, “Take this young man to the commander; he has something to tell him.”

18   The officer took him, led him to the commander, and said, “The prisoner Paul called me and asked me to bring this young man to you, because he has something to say to you.”

19   The commander took him by the hand, led him off by himself, and asked him, “What do you have to tell me?”

20   He said, “The Jewish authorities have agreed to ask you tomorrow to take Paul down to the Council, pretending that the Council wants to get more accurate information about him.

21   But don’t listen to them, because there are more than forty men who will be hiding and waiting for him. They have taken a vow not to eat or drink until they have killed him. They are now ready to do it and are waiting for your decision.”

22   The commander said, “Don’t tell anyone that you have reported this to me.” And he sent the young man away.

23   Then the commander called two of his officers and said, “Get two hundred soldiers ready to go to Caesarea, together with seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen, and be ready to leave by nine o’clock tonight.

24   Provide some horses for Paul to ride and get him safely through to Governor Felix.”

1 Corinthians 13:7 TLB – If you love someone, you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him.

The first most important words you say to God.

The second most important words you say to yourself.

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