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<GT> Romans 8
"The Conflict in Man" (TEV) - 5 Those who live as their human nature tells them to, have their minds controlled by what human nature wants. Those who live as the Spirit tells them to, have their minds controlled by what the Spirit wants. 6 To be controlled by human nature results in death; to be controlled by the Spirit results in life and peace. 7 And so a person becomes an enemy of God when he is controlled by his human nature; for he does not obey God's law, and in fact he cannot obey it. 8 Those who obey their human nature cannot please God.
Romans 8:6, NRSV - ...to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
KJV/Strong's - ...to be spiritually <4151> minded <5427> [is] life <2222> and peace <1515>.
<RR> Colossians 3
"Dying and Living with Christ" (TEV) - 1 You have been raised to life with Christ, so set your hearts on the things that are in heaven, where Christ sits on his throne at the right side of God. 2 Keep your minds fixed on things there, not on things here on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 Your real life is Christ and when he appears, then you too will appear with him and share his glory!
Colossians 3:1, NRSV - So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
KJV/Strong's - If <1487> ye then <3767> be risen <4891> with Christ <5547>, seek <2212> those <3588> things which are above <507>, where <3757> Christ <5547> sitteth <2521> on <1722> the right <1188> hand of God <2316>.
Colossians 3:2, NRSV - Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth,
KJV/Strong's - Set <5426> your affection <5426> on things above <507>, not on things on <1909> the earth <1093>.
Colossians 3:3, NRSV - for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
KJV/Strong's - For ye are dead <599>, and your <5216> life <2222> is hid <2928> with Christ <5547> in God <2316>.
Colossians 3:4, NRSV - When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.
KJV/Strong's - When <3752> Christ <5547>, [who is] our life <2222>, shall appear <5319>, then <5119> shall ye also <2532> appear <5319> with him in glory <1391>.
"The Old Life and the New" (TEV) - 8 But now you must get rid of all these things: anger, passion, and hateful feelings. No insults or obscene talk must ever come from your lips. 9 Do not lie to one another, for you have put off the old self with its habits 10 and have put on the new self. This is the new being which God, its Creator, is constantly renewing in his own image, in order to bring you to a full knowledge of himself. 11 As a result, there is no longer any distinction between Gentiles and Jews, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarians, savages, slaves, and free men, but Christ is all, Christ is in all.
12 You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another whenever any of you has a complaint against someone else. You must forgive one another just as the Lord has forgiven you. 14 And to all these qualities add love, which binds all things together in perfect unity. 15 The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in the decisions you make; for it is to this peace that God has called you together in the one body. And be thankful. 16 Christ's message in all its richness must live in your hearts. Teach and instruct one another with all wisdom. Sing psalms, hymns, and sacred songs; sing to God with thanksgiving in your hearts.
17 Everything you do or say, then, should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks through him to God the Father.
Colossians 3:9, NRSV - Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices
KJV/Strong's - Lie <5574> not one <240> to another <240>, seeing that ye have put <554> off <554> the old <3820> man <444> with his deeds <4234>;
Colossians 3:10, NRSV - and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator.
KJV/Strong's - And have put <1746> on <1746> the new <3501> [man], which <3588> is renewed <341> in knowledge <1922> after <2596> the image <1504> of him that created <2936> him:
Colossians 3:15, NRSV - And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.
KJV/Strong's - And let the peace <1515> of God <2316> rule <1018> in your <5216> hearts <2588>, to the which <3739> also <2532> ye are called <2564> in one <1520> body <4983>; and be ye thankful <2170>.
Colossians 3:16, NRSV - Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.
KJV/Strong's - Let the word <3056> of Christ <5547> dwell <1774> in you richly <4146> in all <3956> wisdom <4678>; teaching <1321> and admonishing <3560> one <1438> another <1438> in psalms <5568> and hymns <5215> and spiritual <4152> songs <5603>, singing <103> with grace <5485> in your <5216> hearts <2588> to the Lord <2962>.
Colossians 3:17, NRSV - And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
KJV/Strong's - And whatsoever <5100> ye do <4160> in word <3056> or <2228> deed <2041>, [do] all <3956> in the name <3686> of the Lord <2962> Jesus <2424>, giving thanks <2168> to God <2316> and <2532> the Father <3962> by him.
<B1> Amos 5
"A Call to Repentance" (TEV) - 6 Go to the LORD, and you will live. If you do not go, he will sweep down like fire on the people of Israel. The fire will burn up the people of Bethel, and no one will be able to put it out. 7 You are doomed, you that twist justice and cheat people out of their rights! 8 The LORD made the stars, the Pleiades and Orion. He turns darkness into daylight and day into night. He calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out on the earth. His name is the LORD. 9 He brings destruction on the mighty and their strongholds.
Amos 5:6, NRSV - Seek the LORD and live,...
KJV/Strong's - Seek <01875> the LORD <03068>, and ye shall live <02421>; ...
<B2> Matthew 7
"Ask, Seek, Knock" (TEV) - 7 "Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks will receive, and anyone who seeks will find, and the door will be opened to him who knocks. 9 Would any of you who are fathers give your son a stone when he asks for bread? 10 Or would you give him a snake when he asks for a fish? 11 As bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him! 12 "Do for others what you want them to do for you: this is the meaning of the Law of Moses and of the teachings of the prophets.
Matthew 7:7, NRSV - "Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.
KJV/Strong's - Ask <154>, and it shall be given <1325> you; seek <2212>, and ye shall find <2147>; knock <2925>, and it shall be opened <455> unto you:
Matthew 7:8, NRSV - For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
KJV/Strong's - For every <3956> one that asketh <154> receiveth <2983>; and he that seeketh <2212> findeth <2147>; and to him that knocketh <2925> it shall be opened <455>.
"The Narrow Gate" (TEV) - 13 "Go in through the narrow gate, because the gate to hell is wide and the road that leads to it is easy, and there are many who travel it. 14 But the gate to life is narrow and the way that leads to it is hard, and there are few people who find it.
Matthew 7:13, NRSV - "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it.
KJV/Strong's - Enter <1525> ye in at <1223> the strait <4728> gate <4439>: for wide <4116> [is] the gate <4439>, and broad <2149> [is] the way <3598>, that leadeth <520> to destruction <684>, and many <4183> there be which <3588> go <1525> in thereat <846>:
Matthew 7:14, NRSV - For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
KJV/Strong's - Because <3754> strait <4728> [is] the gate <4439>, and narrow <2346> [is] the way <3598>, which <3588> leadeth <520> unto life <2222>, and few <3641> there be that find <2147> it.
<B3> Psalm 42
"The Prayer of a Man in Exile" (TEV) - 1 As a deer longs for a stream of cool water, so I long for you, O God. 2 I thirst for you, the living God. When can I go and worship in your presence? 3 Day and night I cry, and tears are my only food; all the time my enemies ask me, "Where is your God?"
Psalm 42:2, NRSV - My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God?
KJV/Strong's - My soul <05315> thirsteth <06770> for God <0430>, for the living <02416> God <0410>: when <04970> shall I come <0935> and appear <07200> before <06440> God <0430>?
<B4> Psalm 5
"A Prayer for Protection" (TEV) - 4 You are not a God who is pleased with wrongdoing; you allow no evil in your presence. 5 You cannot stand the sight of proud men; you hate all wicked people. 6 You destroy all liars and despise violent, deceitful men. 7 But because of your great love I can come into your house; I can worship in your holy Temple and bow down to you in reverence. 8 LORD, I have so many enemies! Lead me to do your will; make your way plain for me to follow.
9 What my enemies say can never be trusted; they only want to destroy. Their words are flattering and smooth, but full of deadly deceit. 10 Condemn and punish them, O God; may their own plots cause their ruin. Drive them out of your presence because of their many sins and their rebellion against you. 11 But all who find safety in you will rejoice; they can always sing for joy. Protect those who love you; because of you they are truly happy. 12 You bless those who obey you, LORD; your love protects them like a shield.
Psalm 5:8, NRSV - Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me.
KJV/Strong's - Lead <05148> me, O LORD <03068>, in thy righteousness <06666> because <04616> of mine enemies <08324>; make thy way <01870> straight <03474> before my face <06440>.
Psalm 5:12, NRSV - For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover them with favor as with a shield.
KJV/Strong's - For thou, LORD <03068>, wilt bless <01288> the righteous <06662>; with favour <07522> wilt thou compass <05849> him as [with] a shield <06793>.
<B5> Psalm 16
"A Prayer of Confidence" (TEV) - 7 I praise the LORD, because he guides me, and in the night my conscience warns me. 8 I am always aware of the LORD's presence; he is near, and nothing can shake me. 9 And so I am thankful and glad, and I feel completely secure, 10 because you protect me from the power of death. I have served you faithfully, and you will not abandon me to the world of the dead. 11 You will show me the path that leads to life; your presence fills me with joy and brings me pleasure forever.
Psalm 16:7, NRSV - I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.
KJV/Strong's - I will bless <01288> the LORD <03068>, who <0834> hath given me counsel <03289>: my reins <03629> also <0637> instruct <03256> me in the night <03915> seasons.
Psalm 16:8, NRSV - I keep the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
KJV/Strong's - I have set <07737> the LORD <03068> always <08548> before <05048> me: because <03588> [he is] at my right <03225> hand <03225>, I shall not be moved <04131>.
Psalm 16:9, NRSV - Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure.
KJV/Strong's - Therefore <03651> my heart <03820> is glad <08056>, and my glory <03519> rejoiceth <01523>: my flesh <01320> also <0637> shall rest <07931> in hope <0983>.
Psalm 16:10, NRSV - For you do not give me up to Sheol, or let your faithful one see the Pit.
KJV/Strong's - For thou wilt not leave <05800> my soul <05315> in hell <07585>; neither <03808> wilt thou suffer <05414> thine Holy <02623> One to see <07200> corruption <07845>.
Psalm 16:11, NRSV - You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
KJV/Strong's - Thou wilt shew <03045> me the path <0734> of life <02416>: in thy presence <06440> [is] fulness <07648> of joy <08057>; at thy right <03225> hand <03225> [there are] pleasures <05273> for evermore <05331>.
<B6> Isaiah 40
"Words of Hope" (TEV) - 6 A voice cries out, "Proclaim a message!" "What message shall I proclaim?" I ask. "Proclaim that all mankind are like grass; they last no longer than wild flowers. 7 Grass withers and flowers fade when the LORD sends the wind blowing over them. People are no more enduring than grass. 8 Yes, grass withers and flowers fade, but the word of our God endures forever."
Isaiah 40:8, NRSV - The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever.
KJV/Strong's - The grass <02682> withereth <03001>, the flower <06731> fadeth <05034>: but the word <01697> of our God <0430> shall stand <06965> for ever <05769>.
<B7> I Corinthians 2
"God's Wisdom" (TEV) - 9 However, as the scripture says, "What no one ever saw or heard, what no one ever thought could happen, is the very thing God prepared for those who love him." 10 But(C) it was to us that God made known his secret by means of his Spirit. The Spirit searches everything, even the hidden depths of God's purposes. 11 It is only a person's own spirit within him that knows all about him; in the same way, only God's Spirit knows all about God. 12 We have not received this world's spirit; instead, we have received the Spirit sent by God, so that we may know all that God has given us.
13 So then, we do not speak in words taught by human wisdom, but in words taught by the Spirit, as we explain spiritual truths to those who have the Spirit.(D) 14 Whoever does not have the Spirit cannot receive the gifts that come from God's Spirit. Such a person really does not understand them; they are nonsense to him, because their value can be judged only on a spiritual basis.
I Corinthians 2:9, NRSV - But, as it is written, "What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him" --
KJV/Strong's - But as it is written <1125>, Eye <3788> hath not seen <1492>, nor <3756> ear <3775> heard <191>, neither <3756> have entered <305> into <1909> the heart <2588> of man <444>, the things which <3739> God <2316> hath prepared <2090> for them that love <25> him.
I Corinthians 2:10, NRSV - these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.
KJV/Strong's - But God <2316> hath revealed <601> [them] unto us by his Spirit <4151>: for the Spirit <4151> searcheth <2045> all <3956> things, yea <2532>, the deep <899> things of God <2316>.
I Corinthians 2:11, NRSV - For what human being knows what is truly human except the human spirit that is within? So also no one comprehends <1097> what is truly God's except the Spirit of God.
KJV/Strong's - For what <5101> man <444> knoweth <1492> the things of a man <444>, save <1508> the spirit <4151> of man <444> which <3588> is in him? even <2532> so <3779> the things of God <2316> knoweth <1492> no <3762> man <3762>, but the Spirit <4151> of God <2316>.
I Corinthians 2:12, NRSV - Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God.
KJV/Strong's - Now <1161> we have received <2983>, not the spirit <4151> of the world <2889>, but the spirit <4151> which <3588> is of God <2316>; that we might know <1492> the things that are freely given <5483> to us of God <2316>.
I Corinthians 2:13, NRSV - And we speak of these things in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things to those who are spiritual.
KJV/Strong's - Which <3739> things also <2532> we speak <2980>, not in the words <3056> which man's <442> wisdom <4678> teacheth <1318>, but which the Holy <40> Ghost <4151> teacheth <1318>; comparing <4793> spiritual <4152> things with spiritual <4152>.
I Corinthians 2:14, NRSV - Those who are unspiritual do not receive the gifts of God's Spirit, for they are foolishness to them, and they are unable to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.
KJV/Strong's - But the natural <5591> man <444> receiveth <1209> not the things of the Spirit <4151> of God <2316>: for they are foolishness <3472> unto him: neither <3756> can <1410> he know <1097> [them], because <3754> they are spiritually <4153> discerned <350>.
<B8> Galatians 5
"The Spirit and Human Nature" (TEV) - 22 But the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 humility, and self-control. There is no law against such things as these. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have put to death their human nature with all its passions and desires. 25 The Spirit has given us life; he must also control our lives. 26 We must not be proud or irritate one another or be jealous of one another.
Galatians 5:25, NRSV - If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.
KJV/Strong's - If <1487> we live <2198> in the Spirit <4151>, let us also <2532> walk <4748> in the Spirit <4151>.
<B9> Proverbs 11
"Solomon's Proverbs" (TEV) - 30 Righteousness(M) gives life, but violence(N) takes it away. 31 Those who are good are rewarded here on earth, so you can be sure that wicked and sinful people will be punished.
Proverbs 11:30, NRSV - The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,...
KJV/Strong's - The fruit <06529> of the righteous <06662> [is] a tree <06086> of life <02416>;...
<B10> I Kings 17
"Elijah and the Drought" (TEV) - 1 A prophet named Elijah, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to King Ahab, "In the name of the LORD, the living God of Israel, whom I serve, I tell you that there will be no dew or rain for the next two or three years until I say so." 2 Then the LORD said to Elijah, 3 "Leave this place and go east and hide yourself near Cherith Brook, east of the Jordan. 4 The brook will supply you with water to drink, and I have commanded ravens to bring you food there." 5 Elijah obeyed the LORD's command, and went and stayed by Cherith Brook. 6 He drank water from the brook, and ravens brought him bread and meat every morning and every evening. 7 After a while the brook dried up because of the lack of rain.
I Kings 17:1, NRSV - Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, "As the LORD the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word."
KJV/Strong's - And Elijah <0452> the Tishbite <08664>, [who was] of the inhabitants <08453> of Gilead <01568>, said <0559> unto Ahab <0256>, [As] the LORD <03068> God <0430> of Israel <03478> liveth <02416>, before <06440> whom <0834> I stand <05975>, there shall not be dew <02919> nor rain <04306> these <0428> years <08141>, but according <06310> to my word <01697>.
"Elijah and the Widow in Zarephath" (TEV) - 8 Then the LORD said to Elijah, 9 "Now go to the town of Zarephath, near Sidon, and stay there. I have commanded a widow who lives there to feed you." 10 So Elijah went to Zarephath, and as he came to the town gate, he saw a widow gathering firewood. "Please bring me a drink of water," he said to her. 11 And as she was going to get it, he called out, "And please bring me some bread, too." 12 She answered, "By the living LORD your God I swear that I don't have any bread. All I have is a handful of flour in a bowl and a bit of olive oil in a jar. I came here to gather some firewood to take back home and prepare what little I have for my son and me. That will be our last meal, and then we will starve to death."
17 Some time later the widow's son got sick; he got worse and worse, and finally he died. 18 She said to Elijah, "Man of God, why did you do this to me? Did you come here to remind God of my sins and so cause my son's death?" 19 "Give the boy to me," Elijah said. He took the boy from her arms, carried him upstairs to the room where he was staying, and laid him on the bed. 20 Then he prayed aloud, "O LORD my God, why have you done such a terrible thing to this widow? She has been kind enough to take care of me, and now you kill her son!" 21 Then Elijah stretched himself out on the boy three times and prayed, "O LORD my God, restore this child to life!" 22 The LORD answered Elijah's prayer; the child started breathing again and revived.
23 Elijah took the boy back downstairs to his mother and said to her, "Look, your son is alive!" 24 She answered, "Now I know that you are a man of God and that the LORD really speaks through you!"
I Kings 17:8, NRSV - Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying,
KJV/Strong's - And the word <01697> of the LORD <03068> came <01961> unto him, saying <0559>,
I Kings 17:9, NRSV - "Go now to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and live there; for I have commanded a widow there to feed you."
KJV/Strong's - Arise <06965>, get <03212> thee to Zarephath <06886>, which <0834> [belongeth] to Zidon <06721>, and dwell <03427> there <08033>: behold <02009>, I have commanded <06680> a widow <0490> woman <0802> there <08033> to sustain <03557> thee.
I Kings 17:17, NRSV - After this the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became ill; his illness was so severe that there was no breath left in him.
KJV/Strong's - And it came <01961> to pass after <0310> these <0428> things <01697>, [that] the son <01121> of the woman <0802>, the mistress <01172> of the house <01004>, fell sick <02470>; and his sickness <02483> was so <03966> sore <02389>, that there was no <03808> breath <05397> left <03498> in him.
I Kings 17:18, NRSV - She then said to Elijah, "What have you against me, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my sin to remembrance, and to cause the death of my son!"
KJV/Strong's - And she said <0559> unto Elijah <0452>, What <04100> have I to do with thee, O thou man <0376> of God <0430>? art thou come <0935> unto me to call <02142> my sin <05771> to remembrance <02142>, and to slay <04191> my son <01121>?
I Kings 17:19, NRSV - But he said to her, "Give me your son." He took him from her bosom, carried him up into the upper chamber where he was lodging, and laid him on his own bed.
KJV/Strong's - And he said <0559> unto her, Give <05414> me thy son <01121>. And he took <03947> him out of her bosom <02436>, and carried <05927> him up into <0413> a loft <05944>, where he abode <03427>, and laid <07901> him upon his own bed <04296>.
I Kings 17:22, NRSV - The LORD listened to the voice of Elijah; the life of the child came into him again, and he revived.
KJV/Strong's - And the LORD <03068> heard <08085> the voice <06963> of Elijah <0452>; and the soul <05315> of the child <03206> came <07725> into <05921> him again <07725>, and he revived <02421>.
I Kings 17:23, NRSV - Elijah took the child, brought him down from the upper chamber into the house, and gave him to his mother; then Elijah said, "See, your son is alive."
KJV/Strong's - And Elijah <0452> took <03947> the child <03206>, and brought <03381> him down <03381> out of the chamber <05944> into the house <01004>, and delivered <05414> him unto his mother <0517>: and Elijah <0452> said <0559>, See <07200>, thy son <01121> liveth <02416>.
I Kings 17:24, NRSV - So the woman said to Elijah, "Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in your mouth is truth."
KJV/Strong's - And the woman <0802> said <0559> to Elijah <0452>, Now <06258> by this <02088> I know <03045> that thou [art] a man <0376> of God <0430>, [and] that the word <01697> of the LORD <03068> in thy mouth <06310> [is] truth <0571>.
<B11> Proverbs 19
"Solomon's Proverbs" (TEV) - 22 It is a disgrace to be greedy;(J) poor people are better off than liars. 23 Obey the LORD and you will live a long life, content and safe from harm. 24 Some people are too lazy to put food in their own mouths. 25 Arrogance should be punished, so that people who don't know any better can learn a lesson. If you are wise, you will learn when you are corrected. 26 Only a shameful, disgraceful person would mistreat his father or turn his mother away from his home.
Proverbs 19:23, NRSV - The fear of the LORD is life indeed; filled with it one rests secure and suffers no harm.
KJV/Strong's - The fear <03374> of the LORD <03068> [tendeth] to life <02416>: and [he that hath it] shall abide <03885> satisfied <07649>; he shall not be visited <06485> with evil <07451>.
<B12> Jeremiah 35
"Jeremiah and the Rechabites" (TEV) - 1 When Jehoiakim son of Josiah was king of Judah, the LORD said to me, 2 "Go to the members of the Rechabite clan and talk to them. Then bring them into one of the rooms in the Temple and offer them some wine." 3 So I took the entire Rechabite clan -- Jaazaniah (the son of another Jeremiah, who was Habazziniah's son) and all his brothers and sons -- 4 and brought them to the Temple. I took them into the room of the disciples of the prophet Hanan son of Igdaliah. This room was above the room of Maaseiah son of Shallum, an important official in the Temple, and near the rooms of the other officials. 5 Then I placed cups and bowls full of wine before the Rechabites, and I said to them, "Have some wine."
6 But they answered, "We do not drink wine. Our ancestor Jonadab son of Rechab told us that neither we nor our descendants were ever to drink any wine. 7 He also told us not to build houses or farm the land and not to plant vineyards or buy them. He commanded us always to live in tents, so that we might remain in this land where we live like strangers. 8 We have obeyed all the instructions that Jonadab gave us. We ourselves never drink wine, and neither do our wives, our sons, or our daughters. 9...10 We do not build houses for homes -- we live in tents -- and we own no vineyards, fields, or grain. We have fully obeyed everything that our ancestor Jonadab commanded us.
18 Then I told the Rechabite clan that the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, had said, "You have obeyed the command that your ancestor Jonadab gave you; you have followed all his instructions, and you have done everything he commanded you. 19 So I, the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, promise that Jonadab son of Rechab will always have a male descendant to serve me."
Jeremiah 35:1, NRSV - The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD in the days of King Jehoiakim son of Josiah of Judah:
KJV/Strong's - The word <01697> which <0834> came <01961> unto Jeremiah <03414> from the LORD <03068> in the days <03117> of Jehoiakim <03079> the son <01121> of Josiah <02977> king <04428> of Judah <03063>, saying <0559>,
Jeremiah 35:2, NRSV - Go to the house of the Rechabites, and speak with them, and bring them to the house of the LORD, into one of the chambers; then offer them wine to drink.
KJV/Strong's - Go <01980> unto the house <01004> of the Rechabites <07397>, and speak <01696> unto them, and bring <0935> them into the house <01004> of the LORD <03068>, into <0413> one <0259> of the chambers <03957>, and give them wine <03196> to drink <08248>.
Jeremiah 35:5, NRSV - Then I set before the Rechabites pitchers full of wine, and cups; and I said to them, "Have some wine."
KJV/Strong's - And I set <05414> before <06440> the sons <01121> of the house <01004> of the Rechabites <07397> pots <01375> full <04392> of wine <03196>, and cups <03563>, and I said <0559> unto them, Drink <08354> ye wine <03196>.
Jeremiah 35:6, NRSV - But they answered, "We will drink no wine, for our ancestor Jonadab son of Rechab commanded us, "You shall never drink wine, neither you nor your children;
KJV/Strong's - But they said <0559>, We will drink <08354> no <03808> wine <03196>: for Jonadab <03122> the son <01121> of Rechab <07394> our father <01> commanded <06680> us, saying <0559>, Ye shall drink <08354> no <03808> wine <03196>, [neither ye], nor your sons <01121> for ever <05769>:
Jeremiah 35:8, NRSV - We have obeyed the charge of our ancestor Jonadab son of Rechab in all that he commanded us, to drink no wine all our days, ourselves, our wives, our sons, or our daughters,
KJV/Strong's - Thus have we obeyed <08085> the voice <06963> of Jonadab <03082> the son <01121> of Rechab <07394> our father <01> in all <03605> that he hath charged <06680> us, to drink <08354> no <01115> wine <03196> all <03605> our days <03117>, we, our wives <0802>, our sons <01121>, nor our daughters <01121>;
Jeremiah 35:18, NRSV - But to the house of the Rechabites Jeremiah said: Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Because you have obeyed the command of your ancestor Jonadab, and kept all his precepts, and done all that he commanded you,
KJV/Strong's - And Jeremiah <03414> said <0559> unto the house <01004> of the Rechabites <07397>, Thus <03541> saith <0559> the LORD <03068> of hosts <06635>, the God <0430> of Israel <03478>; Because ye have obeyed <08085> the commandment <04687> of Jonadab <03082> your father <01>, and kept <08104> all <03605> his precepts <04687>, and done <06213> according unto all <03605> that he hath commanded <06680> you:
Jeremiah 35:19, NRSV - therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Jonadab son of Rechab shall not lack a descendant to stand before me for all time.
KJV/Strong's - Therefore <03651> thus <03541> saith <0559> the LORD <03068> of hosts <06635>, the God <0430> of Israel <03478>; Jonadab <03122> the son <01121> of Rechab <07394> shall not want <03772> a man <0376> to stand <05975> before <06440> me for ever.
<B13> Romans 13
"Duties toward One Another" (TEV) - 11 You must do this, because you know that the time has come for you to wake up from your sleep. For the moment when we will be saved is closer now than it was when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over, day is almost here. Let us stop doing the things that belong to the dark, and let us take up weapons for fighting in the light. 13 Let us conduct ourselves properly, as people who live in the light of day -- no orgies or drunkenness, no immorality or indecency, no fighting or jealousy.14 But take up the weapons of the Lord Jesus Christ, and stop paying attention to your sinful nature and satisfying its desires.
Romans 13:13, NRSV - let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy.
KJV/Strong's - Let us walk <4043> honestly <2156>, as in the day <2250>; not in rioting <2970> and drunkenness <3178>, not in chambering <2845> and wantonness <766>, not in strife <2054> and envying <2205>.
Romans 13:14, NRSV - Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
KJV/Strong's - But put <1746> ye on <1746> the Lord <2962> Jesus <2424> Christ <5547>, and make <4160> not provision <4307> for the flesh <4561>, to [fulfil] the lusts <1939> [thereof].
<B14> Ephesians 5
"Living in the Light" (TEV) - 1 Since you are God's dear children, you must try to be like him. 2 Your life must be controlled by love, just as Christ loved us and gave his life for us as a sweet-smelling offering and sacrifice that pleases God. 3 Since you are God's people, it is not right that any matters of sexual immorality or indecency or greed should even be mentioned among you. 4 Nor is it fitting for you to use language which is obscene, profane, or vulgar. Rather you should give thanks to God. 5 You may be sure that no one who is immoral, indecent, or greedy (for greed is a form of idolatry) will ever receive a share in the Kingdom of Christ and of God.
Ephesians 5:1, NRSV - Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children,
KJV/Strong's - Be ye therefore <3767> followers <3402> of God <2316>, as dear <27> children <5043>;
<B15> Proverbs 16
"Solomon's Proverbs" (TEV) - 17 Those who are good travel a road that avoids evil; so watch where you are going -- it may save your life. 18 Pride leads to destruction, and arrogance to downfall. 19 It is better to be humble and stay poor than to be one of the arrogant and get a share of their loot. 20 Pay attention to what you are taught, and you will be successful; trust in the LORD and you will be happy. 21 A wise, mature person is known for his understanding. The more pleasant his words, the more persuasive he is. 22 Wisdom is a fountain of life to the wise, but trying to educate stupid people is a waste of time.
Proverbs 16:22, NRSV - Wisdom is a fountain of life to one who has it, but folly is the punishment of fools.
KJV/Strong's - Understanding <07922> [is] a wellspring <04726> of life <02416> unto him that hath <01167> it: but the instruction <04148> of fools <0191> [is] folly <0200>.
<B16> Proverbs 6
"Warning against Adultery" (TEV) - 30 People don't despise a thief if he steals food when he is hungry;(E) 31 yet if he is caught, he must pay back seven times more -- he must give up everything he has. 32 But a man who commits adultery doesn't have any sense. He is just destroying himself. 33 He will be dishonored and beaten up; he will be permanently disgraced. 34 A husband is never angrier than when he is jealous; his revenge knows no limits. 35 He will not accept any payment; no amount of gifts will satisfy his anger.
Proverbs 6:32, NRSV - ...he who commits adultery has no sense; he who does it destroys himself.
KJV/Strong's - ...whoso committeth <05003> adultery <05003> with a woman <0802> lacketh <02638> understanding <03820>: he [that] doeth <06213> it destroyeth <07843> his own soul <05315>.
<B17> Proverbs 28
"More of Solomon's Proverbs" (TEV) - 12 When good men come to power, everybody celebrates, but when bad men rule, people stay in hiding. 13 You will never succeed in life if you try to hide your sins. Confess them and give them up; then God will show mercy to you. 14 Always obey the LORD and you will be happy. If you are stubborn, you will be ruined. 15 Poor people are helpless against a wicked ruler; he is as dangerous as a growling lion or a prowling bear. 16 A ruler without good sense will be a cruel tyrant. One who hates dishonesty will rule a long time. 17 A man guilty of murder is digging his own grave as fast as he can. Don't try to stop him.
18 Be honest and you will be safe. If you are dishonest, you will suddenly fall. 19 A hard-working farmer has plenty to eat. People who waste time will always be poor. 20 Honest people will lead a full, happy life. But if you are in a hurry to get rich, you are going to be punished. 21 Prejudice is wrong. But some judges will do wrong to get even the smallest bribe. 22 Selfish people are in such a hurry to get rich that they do not know when poverty is about to strike. 23 Correct someone, and afterward he will appreciate it more than flattery. 24 Anyone who thinks it isn't wrong to steal from his parents is no better than a common thief.
Proverbs 28:13, NRSV - No one who conceals transgressions will prosper, but one who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
KJV/Strong's - He that covereth <03680> his sins <06588> shall not prosper <06743>: but whoso confesseth <03034> and forsaketh <05800> [them] shall have mercy <07355>.
Proverbs 28:20, NRSV - The faithful will abound with blessings,...
KJV/Strong's - A faithful <0530> man <0376> shall abound with blessings <01293>:...
<B18> Matthew 4
"Jesus Begins His Work in Galilee" (TEV) - 17 From that time Jesus began to preach his message: "Turn away from your sins, because the Kingdom of heaven is near!"
Matthew 4:17, NRSV - From that time Jesus began to proclaim, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near."
KJV/Strong's - From that time <5119> Jesus <2424> began <756> to preach <2784>, and to say <3004>, Repent <3340>: for the kingdom <932> of heaven <3772> is at <1448> hand <1448>.
<B19> Matthew 19
"The Rich Young Man" (TEV) - 16 Once a man came to Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what good thing must I do to receive eternal life?" 17 "Why do you ask me concerning what is good?" answered Jesus. "There is only One who is good. Keep the commandments if you want to enter life." 18 "What commandments?" he asked. Jesus answered, "Do not commit murder; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not accuse anyone falsely; 19 respect your father and your mother; and love your neighbor as you love yourself." 20 "I have obeyed all these commandments," the young man replied. "What else do I need to do?"
21 Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven; then come and follow me." 22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he was very rich.
Matthew 19:16, NRSV - Then someone came to him and said, "[_] <->Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?"
KJV/Strong's - And, behold <2400>, one <1520> came <4334> and said <2036> unto him, Good <18> Master <1320>, what <5101> good <18> thing shall I do <4160>, that I may have <2192> eternal <166> life <2222>?
Matthew 19:17, NRSV - And he said to him, "Why <5101> do you ask <2065> me <1473> about <4012> what is <3588> good <18, genetive singular neuter adjective>? There is only one who <1520> is <2076> good <3588> <18>. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments."
KJV/Strong's - And he said <2036> unto him, Why <5101> callest thou <3004> me <1474> good <18, accusative singular neuter adjective>? [there is] none <3762> good <18> but <1487> <3361> one <1520>, [that is], God <2316>: but if <1487> thou wilt <2309> enter <1525> into <1519> life <2222>, keep <5083> the commandments <1785>.
Matthew 19:18, NRSV - He said to him, "Which ones?" And Jesus said, "You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness;
KJV/Strong's - He saith <3004> unto him, Which <4169>? Jesus <2424> said <2036>, Thou shalt do no <3756> murder <5407>, Thou shalt not commit <3431> adultery <3431>, Thou shalt not steal <2813>, Thou shalt not bear <5576> false <5576> witness <5576>,
Matthew 19:19, NRSV - Honor your father and mother; also, You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
KJV/Strong's - Honour <5091> thy father <3962> and [thy] mother <3384>: and, Thou shalt love <25> thy neighbour <4139> as thyself <4572>.
Matthew 19:20, NRSV - The young man said to him, "I have kept all these [_] <->; what do I still lack?"
KJV/Strong's - The young <3495> man <3495> saith <3004> unto him, All <3956> these <5023> things have I kept <5442> from <1537> my <3450> youth up <3503>: what <5101> lack <5302> I yet <2089>?
Matthew 19:21, NRSV - Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me."
KJV/Strong's - Jesus <2424> said <5346> unto him, If <1487> thou wilt <2309> be perfect <5046>, go <5217> [and] sell <4453> that thou hast <5224>, and give <1325> to the poor <4434>, and thou shalt have <2192> treasure <2344> in heaven <3772>: and come <1204> [and] follow <190> me.
<B20> I John 5
"Our Victory over the World" (TEV) - 1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Messiah is a child of God; and whoever loves a father loves his child also. 2 This is how we know that we love God's children: it is by loving God and obeying his commands. 3 For our love for God means that we obey his commands. And his commands are not too hard for us, 4 because every child of God is able to defeat the world. And we win the victory over the world by means of our faith. 5 Who can defeat the world? Only the person who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
I John 5:1, NRSV - Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child.
KJV/Strong's - Whosoever <3588> believeth <4100> that Jesus <2424> is the Christ <5547> is born <1080> of God <2316>: and every <3956> one that loveth <25> him that begat <1080> loveth <25> him also <2532> that is begotten <1080> of him.
I John 5:2, NRSV - By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.
KJV/Strong's - By this <5129> we know <1097> that we love <25> the children <5043> of God <2316>, when <3752> we love <25> God <2316>, and keep <5083> his commandments <1785>.
I John 5:3, NRSV - For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome,
KJV/Strong's - For this <3778> is the love <26> of God <2316>, that we keep <5083> his commandments <1785>: and his commandments <1785> are not grievous <926>.
I John 5:4, NRSV - for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith.
KJV/Strong's - For whatsoever <3956> is born <1080> of God <2316> overcometh <3528> the world <2889>: and this <3778> is the victory <3529> that overcometh <3528> the world <2889>, [even] our faith <4102>.
I John 5:5, NRSV - Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
KJV/Strong's - Who <5101> is he that overcometh <3528> the world <2889>, but he that believeth <4100> that Jesus <2424> is the Son <5207> of God <2316>?
"The Witness about Jesus Christ" (TEV) - 6 Jesus Christ is the one who came with the water of his baptism and the blood of his death. He came not only with the water, but with both the water and the blood. And the Spirit himself testifies that this is true, because the Spirit is truth. 7 There are three witnesses: 8 the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and all three give the same testimony. 9 We believe man's testimony; but God's testimony is much stronger, and he has given this testimony about his Son. 10 So whoever believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his own heart; but whoever does not believe God, has made a liar of him, because he has not believed what God has said about his Son. 11 The testimony is this: God has given us eternal life, and this life has its source in his Son.
12 Whoever has the Son has this life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
I John 5:11, NRSV - And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
KJV/Strong's - And this <3778> is the record <3141>, that God <2316> hath given <1325> to us eternal <166> life <2222>, and this <3778> life <2222> is in his Son <5207>.
I John 5:12, NRSV - Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
KJV/Strong's - He that hath <2192> the Son <5207> hath <2192> life <2222>; [and] he that hath <2192> not the Son <5207> of God <2316> hath <2192> not life <2222>.
"Eternal Life" (TEV) - 13 I am writing this to you so that you may know that you have eternal life -- you that believe in the Son of God. 14 We have courage in God's presence, because we are sure that he hears us if we ask him for anything that is according to his will. 15 He hears us whenever we ask him; and since we know this is true, we know also that he gives us what we ask from him. 16 If you see your brother commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray to God, who will give him life. This applies to those whose sins do not lead to death. But there is sin which leads to death, and I do not say that you should pray to God about that. 17 All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin which does not lead to death.
18 We know that no child of God keeps on sinning, for the Son of God keeps him safe, and the Evil One cannot harm him. 19 We know that we belong to God even though the whole world is under the rule of the Evil One. 20 We know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we know the true God. We live in union with the true God -- in union with his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and this is eternal life. 21 My children, keep yourselves safe from false gods!
I John 5:13, NRSV - I write these things to you [_] <> who <3588> believe <4100> in <1519> the name <3686> of the <3588> Son <5207> of <3588> God <2316>, so that you may know that you have eternal life.
KJV/Strong's - These <5023> things have I written <1125> unto you that <3588> believe <4100> on <1519> the name <3686> of the <3588> Son <5207> of <3588> God <2316>; that ye may know <1492> that ye have <2192> eternal <166> life <2222>, and <2532> that <2443> ye may believe <4100> on <1519> the name <3686> of the Son <5207> of God <2316>.
I John 5:20, NRSV - And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
KJV/Strong's - And we know <1492> that the Son <5207> of God <2316> is come <2240>, and hath given <1325> us an understanding <1271>, that we may know <1097> him that is true <228>, and we are in him that is true <228>, [even] in his Son <5207> Jesus <2424> Christ <5547>. This <3778> is the true <228> God <2316>, and eternal <166> life <2222>.
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