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11 That night our Lord appeared to Paul and stood before him and said,[a]

“Receive miracle power.[b] For just as you have spoken for me in Jerusalem, you will also speak for me in Rome.”[c]

The Plot to Kill Paul

12–13 The next day, more than forty Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves under an oath[d] to have no food or water until they had killed Paul.

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  1. Acts 23:11 The Lord Jesus works with his apostolic servants and appeared to them throughout church history to encourage and give them direction for the expansion of God’s kingdom realm. See also Mark 16:15; Acts 18:9-10; 22:17–18; 27:23–24; 2 Cor. 12:1.
  2. Acts 23:11 As translated from the Aramaic. The Greek is “Have courage.”
  3. Acts 23:11 The Aramaic is “You are destined to speak for me in Rome also.”
  4. Acts 23:12 Or “with a curse.” That is, they pronounced a curse upon themselves, calling down heaven’s punishment if they did not murder Paul. One wonders what happened to them when their plot failed.

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