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1 John 4:10In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins.

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Numbers 3-4
Acts 25

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Numbers chapter 1

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Then the LORD spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tent of meeting, on the first of the second month, in the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying,
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"Take a census of all the congregation of the sons of Israel, by their families, by their fathers' households, according to the number of names, every male, head by head
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from twenty years old and upward, whoever [is able to] go out to war in Israel, you and Aaron shall number them by their armies.
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"With you, moreover, there shall be a man of each tribe, each one head of his father's household.
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"These then are the names of the men who shall stand with you: of Reuben, Elizur the son of Shedeur;
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of Simeon, Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai;
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of Judah, Nahshon the son of Amminadab;
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of Issachar, Nethanel the son of Zuar;
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of Zebulun, Eliab the son of Helon;
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of the sons of Joseph: of Ephraim, Elishama the son of Ammihud; of Manasseh, Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur;
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of Benjamin, Abidan the son of Gideoni;
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of Dan, Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai;
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of Asher, Pagiel the son of Ochran;
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of Gad, Eliasaph the son of Deuel;
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of Naphtali, Ahira the son of Enan.
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"These are they who were called of the congregation, the leaders of their fathers' tribes; they were the heads of divisions of Israel."
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So Moses and Aaron took these men who had been designated by name,
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and they assembled all the congregation together on the first of the second month. Then they registered by ancestry in their families, by their fathers' households, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, head by head,
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just as the LORD had commanded Moses. So he numbered them in the wilderness of Sinai.
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Now the sons of Reuben, Israel's firstborn, their genealogical registration by their families, by their fathers' households, according to the number of names, head by head, every male from twenty years old and upward, whoever [was able to] go out to war,
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their numbered men of the tribe of Reuben [were] 46,500.
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Of the sons of Simeon, their genealogical registration by their families, by their fathers' households, their numbered men, according to the number of names, head by head, every male from twenty years old and upward, whoever [was able to] go out to war,
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their numbered men of the tribe of Simeon [were] 59,300.
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Of the sons of Gad, their genealogical registration by their families, by their fathers' households, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, whoever [was able to] go out to war,
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their numbered men of the tribe of Gad [were] 45,650.
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Of the sons of Judah, their genealogical registration by their families, by their fathers' households, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, whoever [was able to] go out to war,
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their numbered men of the tribe of Judah [were] 74,600.
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Of the sons of Issachar, their genealogical registration by their families, by their fathers' households, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, whoever [was able to] go out to war,
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their numbered men of the tribe of Issachar [were] 54,400.
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Of the sons of Zebulun, their genealogical registration by their families, by their fathers' households, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, whoever [was able to] go out to war,
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their numbered men of the tribe of Zebulun [were] 57,400.
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Of the sons of Joseph, [namely], of the sons of Ephraim, their genealogical registration by their families, by their fathers' households, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, whoever [was able to] go out to war,
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their numbered men of the tribe of Ephraim [were] 40,500.
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Of the sons of Manasseh, their genealogical registration by their families, by their fathers' households, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, whoever [was able to] go out to war,
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their numbered men of the tribe of Manasseh [were] 32,200.
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Of the sons of Benjamin, their genealogical registration by their families, by their fathers' households, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, whoever [was able to] go out to war,
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their numbered men of the tribe of Benjamin [were] 35,400.
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Of the sons of Dan, their genealogical registration by their families, by their fathers' households, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, whoever [was able to] go out to war,
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their numbered men of the tribe of Dan [were] 62,700.
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Of the sons of Asher, their genealogical registration by their families, by their fathers' households, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, whoever [was able to] go out to war,
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their numbered men of the tribe of Asher [were] 41,500.
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Of the sons of Naphtali, their genealogical registration by their families, by their fathers' households, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, whoever [was able to] go out to war,
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their numbered men of the tribe of Naphtali [were] 53,400.
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These are the ones who were numbered, whom Moses and Aaron numbered, with the leaders of Israel, twelve men, each of whom was of his father's household.
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So all the numbered men of the sons of Israel by their fathers' households, from twenty years old and upward, whoever [was able to] go out to war in Israel,
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even all the numbered men were 603,550.
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The Levites, however, were not numbered among them by their fathers' tribe.
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For the LORD had spoken to Moses, saying,
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"Only the tribe of Levi you shall not number, nor shall you take their census among the sons of Israel.
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"But you shall appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of the testimony, and over all its furnishings and over all that belongs to it. They shall carry the tabernacle and all its furnishings, and they shall take care of it; they shall also camp around the tabernacle.
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"So when the tabernacle is to set out, the Levites shall take it down; and when the tabernacle encamps, the Levites shall set it up. But the layman who comes near shall be put to death.
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"The sons of Israel shall camp, each man by his own camp, and each man by his own standard, according to their armies.
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"But the Levites shall camp around the tabernacle of the testimony, so that there will be no wrath on the congregation of the sons of Israel. So the Levites shall keep charge of the tabernacle of the testimony."
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Thus the sons of Israel did; according to all which the LORD had commanded Moses, so they did.

Numbers chapter 2

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Now the LORD spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying,
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"The sons of Israel shall camp, each by his own standard, with the banners of their fathers' households; they shall camp around the tent of meeting at a distance.
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"Now those who camp on the east side toward the sunrise [shall be] of the standard of the camp of Judah, by their armies, and the leader of the sons of Judah: Nahshon the son of Amminadab,
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and his army, even their numbered men, 74,600.
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"Those who camp next to him [shall be] the tribe of Issachar, and the leader of the sons of Issachar: Nethanel the son of Zuar,
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and his army, even their numbered men, 54,400.
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"[Then] [comes] the tribe of Zebulun, and the leader of the sons of Zebulun: Eliab the son of Helon,
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and his army, even his numbered men, 57,400.
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"The total of the numbered men of the camp of Judah: 186,400, by their armies. They shall set out first.
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"On the south side [shall be] the standard of the camp of Reuben by their armies, and the leader of the sons of Reuben: Elizur the son of Shedeur,
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and his army, even their numbered men, 46,500.
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"Those who camp next to him [shall be] the tribe of Simeon, and the leader of the sons of Simeon: Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai,
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and his army, even their numbered men, 59,300.
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"Then [comes] the tribe of Gad, and the leader of the sons of Gad: Eliasaph the son of Deuel,
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and his army, even their numbered men, 45,650.
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"The total of the numbered men of the camp of Reuben: 151,450 by their armies. And they shall set out second.
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"Then the tent of meeting shall set out [with] the camp of the Levites in the midst of the camps; just as they camp, so they shall set out, every man in his place by their standards.
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"On the west side [shall be] the standard of the camp of Ephraim by their armies, and the leader of the sons of Ephraim [shall be] Elishama the son of Ammihud,
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and his army, even their numbered men, 40,500.
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"Next to him [shall be] the tribe of Manasseh, and the leader of the sons of Manasseh: Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur,
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and his army, even their numbered men, 32,200.
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"Then [comes] the tribe of Benjamin, and the leader of the sons of Benjamin: Abidan the son of Gideoni,
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and his army, even their numbered men, 35,400.
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"The total of the numbered men of the camp of Ephraim: 108,100, by their armies. And they shall set out third.
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"On the north side [shall be] the standard of the camp of Dan by their armies, and the leader of the sons of Dan: Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai,
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and his army, even their numbered men, 62,700.
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"Those who camp next to him [shall be] the tribe of Asher, and the leader of the sons of Asher: Pagiel the son of Ochran,
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and his army, even their numbered men, 41,500.
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"Then [comes] the tribe of Naphtali, and the leader of the sons of Naphtali: Ahira the son of Enan,
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and his army, even their numbered men, 53,400.
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"The total of the numbered men of the camp of Dan [was] 157,600. They shall set out last by their standards."
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These are the numbered men of the sons of Israel by their fathers' households; the total of the numbered men of the camps by their armies, 603,550.
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The Levites, however, were not numbered among the sons of Israel, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.
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Thus the sons of Israel did; according to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so they camped by their standards, and so they set out, every one by his family according to his father's household.

Acts chapter 24

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After five days the high priest Ananias came down with some elders, with an attorney [named] Tertullus, and they brought charges to the governor against Paul.
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After [Paul] had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying [to the governor], "Since we have through you attained much peace, and since by your providence reforms are being carried out for this nation,
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we acknowledge [this] in every way and everywhere, most excellent Felix, with all thankfulness.
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"But, that I may not weary you any further, I beg you to grant us, by your kindness, a brief hearing.
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"For we have found this man a real pest and a fellow who stirs up dissension among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.
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"And he even tried to desecrate the temple; and then we arrested him. [We wanted to judge him according to our own Law.
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"But Lysias the commander came along, and with much violence took him out of our hands,
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ordering his accusers to come before you]. By examining him yourself concerning all these matters you will be able to ascertain the things of which we accuse him."
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The Jews also joined in the attack, asserting that these things were so.
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When the governor had nodded for him to speak, Paul responded: "Knowing that for many years you have been a judge to this nation, I cheerfully make my defense,
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since you can take note of the fact that no more than twelve days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
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"Neither in the temple, nor in the synagogues, nor in the city [itself] did they find me carrying on a discussion with anyone or causing a riot.
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"Nor can they prove to you [the charges] of which they now accuse me.
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"But this I admit to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect I do serve the God of our fathers, believing everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets;
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having a hope in God, which these men cherish themselves, that there shall certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.
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"In view of this, I also do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience [both] before God and before men.
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"Now after several years I came to bring alms to my nation and to present offerings;
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in which they found me [occupied] in the temple, having been purified, without [any] crowd or uproar. But [there were] some Jews from Asia--
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who ought to have been present before you and to make accusation, if they should have anything against me.
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"Or else let these men themselves tell what misdeed they found when I stood before the Council,
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other than for this one statement which I shouted out while standing among them, 'For the resurrection of the dead I am on trial before you today.'"
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But Felix, having a more exact knowledge about the Way, put them off, saying, "When Lysias the commander comes down, I will decide your case."
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Then he gave orders to the centurion for him to be kept in custody and [yet] have [some] freedom, and not to prevent any of his friends from ministering to him.
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But some days later Felix arrived with Drusilla, his wife who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul and heard him [speak] about faith in Christ Jesus.
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But as he was discussing righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix became frightened and said, "Go away for the present, and when I find time I will summon you."
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At the same time too, he was hoping that money would be given him by Paul; therefore he also used to send for him quite often and converse with him.
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But after two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, and wishing to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul imprisoned.