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passage: Rom 5:1-5:10
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our
Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace
wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not
only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation
worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And
hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our
hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet
without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely
for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some
would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that,
while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being
now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death
of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
passage: Matt 6:22-6:33
The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single,
thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy
whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is
in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two
masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else
he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God
and mammon. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life,
what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye
shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap,
nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye
not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one
cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider
the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they
spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not
arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the
field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not
much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought,
saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal
shall we be clothed? For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:)
for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all
these things shall be added unto you.
passage: Rom 9:18-9:33
Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he
hardeneth. Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For
who hath resisted his will? Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest
against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast
thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same
lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? What if
God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured
with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of
mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, Even us, whom he hath
called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? As he saith
also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people;
and her beloved, which was not beloved. And it shall come to pass,
that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people;
there shall they be called the children of the living God. Esaias also
crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be
as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: For he will finish the
work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the
Lord make upon the earth. And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord
of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made
like unto Gomorrha. What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which
followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even
the righteousness which is of faith. But Israel, which followed after
the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the
works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; As it is
written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence:
and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
passage: Matt 11:2-11:15
Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of
his disciples, And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we
look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John
again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their
sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear,
the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. And as they
departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What
went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold,
they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. But what went ye out
for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.
For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger
before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. Verily I
say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen
a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in
the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. And from the days of John
the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the
violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied
until John. And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for
to come. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
passage: Rom 10:11-11:2
For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same
Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall
call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call
on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him
of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written,
How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace,
and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed
the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all
the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. But I say,
Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy
by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.
But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me
not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me. But to
Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a
disobedient and gainsaying people.
I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an
Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath
not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture
saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel saying,
passage: Matt 11:16-11:20
But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children
sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, And saying, We
have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you,
and ye have not lamented. For John came neither eating nor drinking,
and they say, He hath a devil. The Son of man came eating and drinking,
and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend
of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.
Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works
were done, because they repented not:
passage: Rom 11:2-11:12
God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what
the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against
Israel saying, Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine
altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the
answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men,
who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. Even so then at this
present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more
grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is
no more work. What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh
for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.
According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber,
eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;)
unto this day. And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a
trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: Let their eyes
be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.
I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid:
but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles,
for to provoke them to jealousy. Now if the fall of them be the riches
of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles;
how much more their fulness?
passage: Matt 11:20-11:26
Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works
were done, because they repented not: Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe
unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you,
had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in
sackcloth and ashes. But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable
for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. And thou,
Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell:
for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done
in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you,
That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of
judgment, than for thee. At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank
thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these
things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.
passage: Rom 11:13-11:24
For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the
Gentiles, I magnify mine office: If by any means I may provoke
to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.
For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what
shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? For if the
firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy,
so are the branches. And if some of the branches be broken off, and
thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with
them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; Boast not
against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root,
but the root thee. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off,
that I might be graffed in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken
off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For if God
spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.
Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell,
severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness:
otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they also, if they abide not
still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them
in again. For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by
nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree:
how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed
into their own olive tree?
passage: Matt 11:27-11:30
All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the
Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son,
and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. Come unto me, all ye that
labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon
you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall
find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
passage: Rom 11:25-11:36
For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery,
lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part
is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come
out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but
as touching the election, they are beloved for the father's sakes.
For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. For as ye in
times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through
their unbelief: Even so have these also now not believed, that through
your mercy they also may obtain mercy. For God hath concluded them
all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all. O the depth of the
riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his
judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind
of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given
to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and
through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
passage: Matt 12:1-12:8
At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his
disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn and
to eat. But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold,
thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.
But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an
hungred, and they that were with him; How he entered into the house of
God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat,
neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? Or have
ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in
the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless? But I say unto you,
That in this place is one greater than the temple. But if ye had known
what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not
have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of man is Lord even of the
passage: Rom 6:11-6:17
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but
alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore
reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto
sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from
the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law,
but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under
the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye
yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey;
whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God
be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from
the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
passage: Matt 8:14-8:23
And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother
laid, and sick of a fever. And he touched her hand, and the fever left
her: and she arose, and ministered unto them. When the even was come,
they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he
cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet,
saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses. Now when
Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart
unto the other side. And a certain scribe came, and said unto him,
Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus saith
unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests;
but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. And another of his
disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.
And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.
passage: Rom 6:18-6:23
Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh:
for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to
iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to
righteousness unto holiness. For when ye were the servants of sin, ye
were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things
whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have
your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages
of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus
Christ our Lord.
passage: Matt 8:5-8:13
And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a
centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home
sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him,
I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am
not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word
only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority,
having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth;
and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and
he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that
followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no,
not in Israel. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east
and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in
the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast
out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed,
so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
passage: Rom 14:9-14:18
For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he
might be Lord both of the dead and living. But why dost thou judge
thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall
all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I
live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall
confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself
to God. Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this
rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his
brother's way. I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there
is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be
unclean, to him it is unclean. But if thy brother be grieved with thy
meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat,
for whom Christ died. Let not then your good be evil spoken of: For
the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace,
and joy in the Holy Ghost. For he that in these things serveth Christ
is acceptable to God, and approved of men.
passage: Matt 12:14-12:16
Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they
might destroy him. But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from
thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;
And charged them that they should not make him known:
passage: Matt 12:22-12:30
Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb:
and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.
And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?
But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out
devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. And Jesus knew their
thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is
brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself
shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against
himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? And if I by Beelzebub cast
out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they
shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God,
then the kingdom of God is come unto you. Or else how can one enter
into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind
the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. He that is not with
me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
passage: Rom 12:4-12:4
For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the
passage: Rom 12:5-12:5
So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one
passage: Rom 12:15-12:21
Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of
the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend
to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to
no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath:
for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him
drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
passage: Matt 12:9-12:13
And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue: And,
behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked
him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might
accuse him. And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you,
that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath
day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? How much then is
a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the
sabbath days. Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And
he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.
passage: 2Cor 11:21-12:9
I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak. Howbeit
whereinsoever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold also. Are they
Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of
Abraham? so am I. Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I
am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons
more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty
stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned,
thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in
perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils
in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in
perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings
often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily,
the care of all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is
offended, and I burn not? If I must needs glory, I will glory of the
things which concern mine infirmities. The God and Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.
In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the
damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me: And through a
window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.
It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and
revelations of the Lord. I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years
ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body,
I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I
cannot tell: God knoweth;) How that he was caught up into paradise,
and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine
infirmities. For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool;
for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think
of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance
of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the
messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength
is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory
in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
passage: Matt 16:13-16:19
When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his
disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they
said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others,
Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye
that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ,
the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him,
Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed
it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto
thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church;
and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give
unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt
bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose
on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
passage: Rom 15:17-15:29
I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those
things which pertain to God. For I will not dare to speak of any of
those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles
obedient, by word and deed, Through mighty signs and wonders, by the
power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about
unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. Yea, so
have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest
I should build upon another man's foundation: But as it is written,
To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not
heard shall understand. For which cause also I have been much hindered
from coming to you. But now having no more place in these parts, and
having a great desire these many years to come unto you; Whensoever I
take my journey into Spain, I will come to you: for I trust to see you
in my journey, and to be brought on my way thitherward by you, if first
I be somewhat filled with your company. But now I go unto Jerusalem
to minister unto the saints. For it hath pleased them of Macedonia
and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which
are at Jerusalem. It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they
are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual
things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things.
When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit,
I will come by you into Spain. And I am sure that, when I come unto you,
I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.
passage: Matt 12:46-13:3
While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren
stood without, desiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him,
Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak
with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is
my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand
toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the
same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.
And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went
into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower
went forth to sow;
passage: Rom 16:1-16:16
I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church
which is at Cenchrea: That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh
saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need
of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.
Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus: Who have for
my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks,
but also all the churches of the Gentiles. Likewise greet the church
that is in their house. Salute my well-beloved Epaenetus, who is
the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ. Greet Mary, who bestowed
much labour on us. Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my
fellow-prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were
in Christ before me. Greet Amplias my beloved in the Lord. Salute
Urbane, our helper in Christ, and Stachys my beloved. Salute Apelles
approved in Christ. Salute them which are of Aristobulus' household.
Salute Herodion my kinsman. Greet them that be of the household of
Narcissus, which are in the Lord. Salute Tryphena and Tryphosa, who
labour in the Lord. Salute the beloved Persis, which laboured much in
the Lord. Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine.
Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren
which are with them. Salute Philologus, and Julia, Nereus, and his
sister, and Olympas, and all the saints which are with them. Salute one
another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.
passage: Matt 13:4-13:9
And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came
and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not
much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness
of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because
they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns;
and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good
ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold,
some thirtyfold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
passage: Rom 8:14-8:21
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye
have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the
children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and
joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we
may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of
this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which
shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature
waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was
made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath
subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be
delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of
the children of God.
passage: Matt 9:9-9:13
And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew,
sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And
he arose, and followed him. And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat
in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down
with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said
unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?
But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need
not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what
that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come
to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
passage: Rom 10:1-10:10
Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they
might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God,
but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's
righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness,
have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ
is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the
man which doeth those things shall live by them. But the righteousness
which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who
shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again
from the dead.) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy
mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt
believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou
shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;
and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
passage: Matt 8:28-9:1
And when he was come to the other side into the country of the
Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the
tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And,
behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus,
thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?
And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.
So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to
go away into the herd of swine. And he said unto them, Go. And when
they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold,
the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea,
and perished in the waters. And they that kept them fled, and went
their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen
to the possessed of the devils. And, behold, the whole city came out
to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would
depart out of their coasts.
And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.
passage: Rom 16:17-16:24
Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences
contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they
that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly;
and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on
your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and
simple concerning evil. And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under
your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
Timotheus my workfellow, and Lucius, and Jason, and Sosipater, my
kinsmen, salute you. I Tertius, who wrote this epistle, salute you
in the Lord. Gaius mine host, and of the whole church, saluteth
you. Erastus the chamberlain of the city saluteth you, and Quartus
a brother. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
passage: Matt 13:10-13:23
And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them
in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto
you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is
not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have
more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away
even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they
seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By
hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall
see, and shall not perceive: For this people's heart is waxed gross,
and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed;
lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their
ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted,
and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see:
and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many
prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye
see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear,
and have not heard them. Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not,
then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in
his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that
received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the
word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself,
but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth
because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received
seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of
this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he
becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground
is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth
fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
passage: 1Cor 1:1-1:9
Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God,
and Sosthenes our brother, Unto the church of God which is at Corinth,
to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with
all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord,
both theirs and ours: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father,
and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always on your behalf,
for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every
thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;
Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come
behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in
the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom ye were
called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
passage: Matt 13:24-13:30
Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven
is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men
slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared
the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto
him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then
hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants
said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he
said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat
with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of
harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares,
and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
passage: 1Cor 2:9-3:8
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have
entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for
them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit:
for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which
is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit
of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the
spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely
given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which
man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing
spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the
things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither
can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that
is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but
we have the mind of Christ.
And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as
unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk,
and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet
now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you
envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye
not carnal? Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom
ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos
watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth
any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall
receive his own reward according to his own labour.
passage: Matt 13:31-13:36
Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven
is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his
field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it
is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of
the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. Another parable spake
he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman
took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without
a parable spake he not unto them: That it might be fulfilled which
was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables;
I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of
the world. Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house:
and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable
of the tares of the field.
passage: 1Cor 3:18-3:23
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in
this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom
of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh
the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the
thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. Therefore let no man glory
in men. For all things are yours; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas,
or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come;
all are yours; And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's.
passage: Matt 13:36-13:43
Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his
disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares
of the field. He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good
seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the
children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked
one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of
the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are
gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out
of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and
gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in
the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
passage: 1Cor 4:5-4:8
Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both
will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest
the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself
and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of
men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one
against another. For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what
hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it,
why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it? Now ye are full,
now ye are rich, ye have reigned as kings without us: and I would to
God ye did reign, that we also might reign with you.
passage: Matt 13:44-13:54
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the
which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and
selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again, the kingdom
of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who,
when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he
had, and bought it. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net,
that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it
was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into
vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world:
the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing
and gnashing of teeth. Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all
these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. Then said he unto them,
Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven
is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out
of his treasure things new and old. And it came to pass, that when
Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence. And when he was
come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch
that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom,
and these mighty works?
passage: Rom 9:1-9:5
I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me
witness in the Holy Ghost, That I have great heaviness and continual
sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from
Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: Who are
Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the
covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the
promises; Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh
Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
passage: Matt 9:18-9:26
While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain
ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but
come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. And Jesus arose,
and followed him, and so did his disciples. And, behold, a woman,
which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind
him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself,
If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned
him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort;
thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from
that hour. And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the
minstrels and the people making a noise, He said unto them, Give place:
for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.
But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand,
and the maid arose. And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.
passage: Rom 12:6-12:14
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us,
whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on
teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him
do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth
mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that
which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one
to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not
slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in
hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing
to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which
persecute you: bless, and curse not.
passage: Matt 9:1-9:8
And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.
And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a
bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son,
be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. And, behold, certain of
the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. And Jesus
knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?
For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say,
Arise, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power
on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,)
Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. And he arose, and
departed to his house. But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled,
and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.
passage: 2Cor 6:1-6:10
We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive
not the grace of God in vain. For he saith, I have heard thee in
a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee:
behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: But
in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much
patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes,
in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;
By pureness, by knowledge, by long suffering, by kindness, by the Holy
Ghost, by love unfeigned, By the word of truth, by the power of God,
by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, By
honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and
yet true; As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live;
as chastened, and not killed; As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor,
yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
passage: Luke 7:36-7:50
And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And
he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat. And, behold,
a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat
at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,
And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with
tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet,
and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee which had
bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were
a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that
toucheth him: for she is a sinner. And Jesus answering said unto him,
Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five
hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay,
he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love
him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave
most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. And he turned
to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered
into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath
washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.
Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath
not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint:
but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say
unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much:
but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. And he said
unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. And they that sat at meat with him
began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?
And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.
passage: 1Cor 6:20-7:12
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body,
and in your spirit, which are God's.
Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for
a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let
every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise
also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not power of her own
body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power
of his own body, but the wife. Defraud ye not one the other, except
it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting
and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your
incontinency. But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.
For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath
his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.
I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they
abide even as I. But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is
better to marry than to burn. And unto the married I command, yet not
I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if
she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband:
and let not the husband put away his wife. But to the rest speak I,
not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she
be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.
passage: Matt 14:1-14:13
At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, And said
unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the
dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.
For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison
for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife. For John said unto him,
It is not lawful for thee to have her. And when he would have put him to
death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.
But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced
before them, and pleased Herod. Whereupon he promised with an oath to
give her whatsoever she would ask. And she, being before instructed
of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist's head in a charger.
And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath's sake, and them
which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her. And he
sent, and beheaded John in the prison. And his head was brought in
a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother.
And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went
and told Jesus. When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship
into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof,
they followed him on foot out of the cities.
passage: 1Cor 7:12-7:24
But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife
that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not
put her away. And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not,
and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. For the
unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife
is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now
are they holy. But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother
or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us
to peace. For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy
husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?
But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every
one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches. Is any man called
being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in
uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised. Circumcision is nothing,
and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments
of God. Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.
Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest
be made free, use it rather. For he that is called in the Lord, being
a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called,
being free, is Christ's servant. Ye are bought with a price; be not
ye the servants of men. Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called,
therein abide with God.
passage: Matt 14:35-15:11
And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out
into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were
diseased; And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his
garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.
Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem,
saying, Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for
they wash not their hands when they eat bread. But he answered and said
unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your
tradition? For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother:
and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. But ye
say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by
whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; And honour not his father
or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of
God of none effect by your tradition. Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias
prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their
mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments
of men. And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and
understand: Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but
that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.
passage: 1Cor 7:24-7:35
Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.
Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my
judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful.
I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say,
that it is good for a man so to be. Art thou bound unto a wife? seek
not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife. But and
if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath
not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I
spare you. But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth,
that both they that have wives be as though they had none; And they
that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though
they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not;
And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of
this world passeth away. But I would have you without carefulness. He
that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how
he may please the Lord: But he that is married careth for the things
that are of the world, how he may please his wife. There is difference
also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the
things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit:
but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may
please her husband. And this I speak for your own profit; not that I
may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye
may attend upon the Lord without distraction.
passage: Matt 15:12-15:21
Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the
Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? But he answered
and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted,
shall be rooted up. Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the
blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable.
And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? Do not ye yet
understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the
belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed
out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries,
fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things
which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.
passage: 1Cor 7:35-8:7
And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon
you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord
without distraction. But if any man think that he behaveth himself
uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age, and need
so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry.
Nevertheless he that standeth stedfast in his heart, having no necessity,
but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed in his heart that
he will keep his virgin, doeth well. So then he that giveth her in
marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better.
The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her
husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only
in the Lord. But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment:
and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.
Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have
knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. And if any man
think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to
know. But if any man love God, the same is known of him. As concerning
therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto
idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there
is none other God but one. For though there be that are called gods,
whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)
But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things,
and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and
we by him. Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some
with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered
unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.
passage: Matt 15:29-15:31
And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee;
and went up into a mountain, and sat down there. And great multitudes
came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb,
maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet; and he healed
them: Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to
speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see:
and they glorified the God of Israel.
passage: Rom 12:1-12:3
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye
present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,
which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world:
but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove
what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say,
through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not
to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think
soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
passage: Matt 10:37-11:1
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me:
and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy
of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his
life for my sake shall find it. He that receiveth you receiveth me,
and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. He that receiveth
a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and
he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall
receive a righteous man's reward. And whosoever shall give to drink
unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of
a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve
disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.
passage: Tit 3:8-3:15
This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm
constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to
maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and
strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that
is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing
that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of
himself. When I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, be diligent
to come unto me to Nicopolis: for I have determined there to winter.
Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that
nothing be wanting unto them. And let our's also learn to maintain
good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.
passage: Matt 5:14-5:19
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot
be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but
on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works,
and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come
to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but
to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass,
one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all
be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least
commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in
the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same
shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
passage: 1Cor 9:13-9:18
Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the
things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with
the altar? Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the
gospel should live of the gospel. But I have used none of these things:
neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto
me: for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make my
glorying void. For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory
of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not
the gospel! For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if
against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.
What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may
make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in
passage: Matt 16:1-16:6
The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that
he would shew them a sign from heaven. He answered and said unto them,
When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.
And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is
red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky;
but can ye not discern the signs of the times? A wicked and adulterous
generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto
it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.
And when his disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten
to take bread. Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the
leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
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