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Acts of the Apostles 2:22-36 (§5)

Wednesday of Bright Week

In those days: Peter addressed the people: “Men of Israel, listen to me!  Jesus the Nazorean (Naz-o-reen) was a man whom God sent to you with miracles, wonders, and signs as his credentials.  These God worked through him in your midst, as you well know. He was delivered up by the set purpose and plan of God; you even made use of pagans to crucify and kill him.  God freed him from death's bitter pangs, however, and raised him up again, for it was impossible that death should keep its hold on him.  David says of him: ‘I have set the Lord ever before me, with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.  My heart has been glad and my tongue has rejoiced, my body will live on in hope, for you will not abandon my soul to the nether world, nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.  You have shown me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.’

“Brothers, I can speak confidently to you about our father David.  He died and was buried, and his grave is in our midst to this day.  He was a prophet and knew that God had sworn to him that one of his descendants would sit upon his throne.  He said that he was not abandoned to the nether world, nor did his body undergo corruption, thus proclaiming beforehand the resurrection of the Messiah.  This is the Jesus God has raised up, and we are his witnesses.  Exalted at God's right hand, he first received the promised Holy Spirit from the Father, then poured this Spirit out on us.  This is what you now see and hear.  David did not go up to heaven, yet David says, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.’  Therefore let the whole house of Israel know beyond any doubt that God has made both Lord and Messiah this Jesus, whom you crucified.”

Text from the New American Bible (1970).