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Old Testament

  1. Genesis 25:34 Jacob gave him bread and the stew of lentils. He ate and drank, got up and left. That's how Esau shrugged off his rights as the firstborn.
  2. Exodus 14:13-14 Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still."
  3. Leviticus 19:33-34 When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.
  4. 2 Samuel 22:30 For by You I run through a troop;
    by my God I leap over a wall. (AMP)
  5. 2 Chronicles 7:14 ...if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
  6. 2 Chronicles 20:15 ... This is what the Lord says to you: "Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's."
  7. 2 Chronicles 30:18 ...May the Lord, who is good, pardon everyone 19 who sets his heart on seeking God-the Lord, the God of his fathers-even if he is not clean according to the rules of the sanctuary." 20 And the Lord heard Hezekiah and healed the people.
  8. 2 Chronicles 32:7 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. 8 With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.
  9. 1 Kings 2:1 (MSG) Walk in the paths He shows you: follow the life-map absolutely, keep an eye out for the signposts..., then you'll get on well in whatever you do and wherever you go.
  10. Esther 4:14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?
  11. Job 33:23 Yet if there is an angel on his side
    as a mediator, one out of a thousand,
    to tell a man what is right for him,
    24 to be gracious to him and say,
    'Spare him from going down to the pit;
    I have found a ransom for him' —
    25 then his flesh is renewed like a child's;
    it is restored as in the days of his youth.
    26 He prays to God and finds favor with him,
    he sees God's face and shouts for joy;
    he is restored by God to his righteous state.
    27 Then he comes to men and says,
    'I sinned, and perverted what was right,
    but I did not get what I deserved.
    28 He redeemed my soul from going down to the pit,
    and I will live to enjoy the light.'
    29 God does all these things to a man —
    twice, even three times —
    30 to turn back his soul from the pit,
    that the light of life may shine on him.
  12. Psalm 4:6 Many are asking, "Who can show us any good?"
         Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord.
    7 You have filled my heart with greater joy
         than when their grain and new wine abound.
  13. Psalm 4:8 I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
  14. Psalm 5:1 Give ear to my words, O Lord,
         consider my sighing.
    2 Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God,
         for to you I pray.
    3 In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice;
         in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation
  15. Psalm 9:9 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
         a stronghold in times of trouble.
    10 Those who know your name will trust in you,
         for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
  16. Psalm 18:31 For who is God besides the LORD?
         And who is the Rock except our God?
    It is God who arms me with strength
         and makes my way perfect.
    He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
         he enables me to stand on the heights.
  17. Psalm 25:14 The LORD confides in those who fear him;
         he makes his covenant known to them.
  18. Psalm 30:1 I will exalt you, O Lord,
         for you lifted me out of the depths
         and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
    2 O Lord my God, I called to you for help
         and you healed me.
    3 O Lord, you brought me up from the grave;
         you spared me from going down into the pit.
    4 Sing to the Lord, you saints of his;
         praise his holy name.
    5 For his anger lasts only a moment,
         but his favor lasts a lifetime;
    weeping may remain for a night,
         but rejoicing comes in the morning.
    6 When I felt secure, I said,
         "I will never be shaken."
    7 O Lord, when you favored me,
         you made my mountain stand firm;
    but when you hid your face,
         I was dismayed.
    8 To you, O Lord, I called;
         to the Lord I cried for mercy:
    9 What gain is there in my destruction,
         in my going down into the pit?
    Will the dust praise you?
         Will it proclaim your faithfulness?
    10 Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me;
         O Lord, be my help.
    11 You turned my wailing into dancing;
         you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
    12 that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.
         O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.
  19. Psalm 32:1 Blessed is he
         whose transgressions are forgiven,
         whose sins are covered.
    2 Blessed is the man
         whose sin the LORD does not count against him
         and in whose spirit is no deceit.
  20. Psalm 34:19 A righteous man may have many troubles,
         but the LORD delivers him from them all;
  21. Psalm 36:7 How priceless is your unfailing love!
         Both high and low among men
         find refuge in the shadow of your wings.
    8 They feast on the abundance of your house;
         you give them drink from your river of delights.
  22. Psalm 37:3 Trust in the LORD and do good;
         dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
         4 Delight yourself in the LORD
         and he will give you the desires of your heart.
  23. Psalm 44:3 It was not by their sword that they won the land,
         nor did their arm bring them victory;
         it was your right hand, your arm,
         and the light of your face, for you loved them.
  24. Psalm 51:16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
         you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
    17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
         a broken and contrite heart,
         O God, you will not despise.
  25. Psalm 52:8 But I am like an olive tree
         flourishing in the house of God;
    I trust in God's unfailing love
         for ever and ever.
  26. Psalm 57:7 My heart is steadfast, O God,
         my heart is steadfast;
         I will sing and make music.
    8 Awake, my soul!
         Awake, harp and lyre!
    I will awaken the dawn.
  27. Psalm 66:8-12 Praise our God, O peoples,
         let the sound of his praise be heard;
    9 he has preserved our lives
         and kept our feet from slipping.
    10 For you, O God, tested us;
         you refined us like silver.
    11 You brought us into prison
         and laid burdens on our backs.
    12 You let men ride over our heads;
         we went through fire and water,
         but you brought us to a place of abundance.
  28. Psalm 73:23 I am always with you;
         you hold me by my right hand.
    24 You guide me with your counsel,
         and afterward you will take me into glory.
    25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
         And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
    26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
         but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
  29. Psalm 81:10 I am the LORD your God,
         who brought you up out of Egypt.
         Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.
  30. Psalm 84:3 Even the sparrow has found a home,
         and the swallow a nest for herself,
          where she may have her young —
         a place near your altar,
         O LORD Almighty, my King and my God.
  31. Psalm 85:10 Love and faithfulness meet together;
         righteousness and peace kiss each other.
    11 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,
         and righteousness looks down from heaven.
    12 The LORD will indeed give what is good,
         and our land will yield its harvest.
    13 Righteousness goes before him
         and prepares the way for his steps.
  32. Psalm 86:15 But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
         slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
  33. Psalm 94:19 In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul. (KJV)
  34. Psalm 95:1 Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD;
         let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
    2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving
         and extol him with music and song.
    ...6 Come, let us bow down in worship,
         let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;
    7 for he is our God
         and we are the people of his pasture,
         the flock under his care.
  35. Psalm 101:1-4 I will be careful to lead a blameless life —
         when will you come to me?
    I will walk in my house
         with blameless heart.
    I will set before my eyes
         no vile thing.
    The deeds of faithless men I hate;
         they will not cling to me.
    Men of perverse heart shall be far from me;
         I will have nothing to do with evil.
  36. Psalm 103:1 Praise the LORD, O my soul;
         all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
    2 Praise the LORD, O my soul,
         and forget not all his benefits —
    3 who forgives all your sins
         and heals all your diseases,
    4 who redeems your life from the pit
         and crowns you with love and compassion,
    5 who satisfies your desires with good things
         so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
    6 The LORD works righteousness
         and justice for all the oppressed.
    7 He made known his ways to Moses,
         his deeds to the people of Israel:
    8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
         slow to anger, abounding in love.
    9 He will not always accuse,
         nor will he harbor his anger forever;
    10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
         or repay us according to our iniquities.
    11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
         so great is his love for those who fear him;
    12 as far as the east is from the west,
         so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
    13 As a father has compassion on his children,
         so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
    14 for he knows how we are formed,
         he remembers that we are dust.
    15 As for man, his days are like grass,
         he flourishes like a flower of the field;
    16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
         and its place remembers it no more.
    17 But from everlasting to everlasting
         the LORD's love is with those who fear him,
         and his righteousness with their children's children —
    18 with those who keep his covenant
         and remember to obey his precepts.
    19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven,
         and his kingdom rules over all.
    20 Praise the LORD, you his angels,
         you mighty ones who do his bidding,
         who obey his word.
    21 Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts,
         you his servants who do his will.
    22 Praise the LORD, all his works
         everywhere in his dominion.
    Praise the LORD, O my soul.
  37. Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
         all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
         To him belongs eternal praise.
  38. Psalm 116:1 I love the LORD, for he heard my voice;
         he heard my cry for mercy.
         2 Because he turned his ear to me,
         I will call on him as long as I live.
  39. Psalm 116:5 The LORD is gracious and righteous;
         our God is full of compassion.
         6 The LORD protects the simplehearted;
         when I was in great need, he saved me.
         7 Be at rest once more, O my soul,
         for the LORD has been good to you.
  40. Psalm 127:2 In vain you rise early and stay up late,
         toiling for food to eat.
  41. Psalm 138:3 When I called, you answered me;
         you made me bold and stouthearted.
         6 Though the LORD is on high, he looks upon the lowly,
         but the proud he knows from afar.
         7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
         you preserve my life;
         you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes,
         with your right hand you save me.
         8 The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me;
         your love, O LORD, endures forever —
         do not abandon the works of your hands.
  42. Psalm 143:8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
         for I have put my trust in you.
         Show me the way I should go,
         for to you I lift up my soul.
  43. Psalm 145:8 The LORD is gracious and compassionate,
         slow to anger and rich in love.
         9 The LORD is good to all;
         he has compassion on all he has made.
  44. Psalm 145:13 ... The LORD is faithful to all his promises
         and loving toward all he has made.
    14 The LORD upholds all those who fall
         and lifts up all who are bowed down.
  45. Psalm 146:1 Praise the LORD.
         Praise the LORD, O my soul.
    2 I will praise the LORD all my life;
         I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
  46. Psalm 147:10 His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse,
         nor his delight in the legs of a man;
         11 the LORD delights in those who fear him,
         who put their hope in his unfailing love.
  47. Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
         and lean not on your own understanding;
    6 in all your ways acknowledge him,
         and he will make your paths straight.
    7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
         fear the LORD and shun evil.
    8 This will bring health to your body
         and nourishment to your bones.
  48. Proverbs 3:5-12 MSG Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track. Don't assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over. But don't, dear friend, resent God's discipline; don't sulk under his loving correction. It's the child he loves that God corrects; a father's delight is behind all this.
  49. Proverbs 3:33 The LORD's curse is on the house of the wicked,
         but he blesses the home of the righteous.
    34 He mocks proud mockers
         but gives grace to the humble.
  50. Proverbs 6:30 Men do not despise a thief if he steals
         to satisfy his hunger when he is starving.
    31 Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold,
         though it costs him all the wealth of his house.
    32 But a man who commits adultery lacks judgment;
         whoever does so destroys himself.
    33 Blows and disgrace are his lot,
         and his shame will never be wiped away;
    34 for jealousy arouses a husband's fury,
         and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
    35 He will not accept any compensation;
         he will refuse the bribe, however great it is.
  51. Proverbs 8:12 (MSG) I am Lady Wisdom, and I live next to Sanity;
          Knowledge and Discretion live just down the street.
  52. Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up dissension,
         but love covers over all wrongs.
  53. Proverbs 10:16 The wages of the righteous bring them life,
         but the income of the wicked brings them punishment.
  54. Proverbs 10:29 The way of the LORD is a refuge for the righteous,
         but it is the ruin of those who do evil.
  55. Proverbs 12:23 A prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself,
         but the heart of fools blurts out folly.
  56. Proverbs 13:20 He who walks with the wise grows wise,
         but a companion of fools suffers harm.
  57. Proverbs 13:24 He who spares the rod hates his son,
         but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.
         People ruin their lives by their own stupidity,
         so why does GOD always get blamed? (MSG)
  58. Proverbs 14:2 An honest life shows respect for God;
         a degenerate life is a slap in his face.
  59. Proverbs 14:11 Lives of careless wrongdoing are tumbledown shacks;
         holy living builds soaring cathedrals.
  60. Proverbs 14:15 The gullible believe anything they're told;
         the prudent sift and weigh every word.
  61. Proverbs 14:24 The wise accumulate wisdom;
         fools get stupider by the day.
  62. Proverbs 15:14 (MSG) An intelligent person is always eager to take in more truth;
         fools feed on fast-food fads and fancies.
  63. Proverbs 15:15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched,
         but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.
  64. Proverbs 16:11 (MSG) God cares about honesty in the workplace
         your business is his business.
  65. Proverbs 17:2 (MSG) Fools care nothing for thoughtful discourse;
         all they do is run off at the mouth.
  66. Proverbs 17:4 (MSG) Many words rush along like rivers in flood,
         but deep wisdom flows up from artesian springs.
  67. Proverbs 17:8 (MSG) Listening to gossip is like eating cheap candy;
         do you really want junk like that in your belly?
  68. Proverbs 17:10 (MSG) A quiet rebuke to a person of good sense
         does more than a whack on the head of a fool.
  69. Proverbs 17:11 (MSG) Criminals out looking for nothing but trouble
         won't have to wait long —they'll meet it coming and going!
  70. Proverbs 17:13 (MSG) Answering before listening
         is both stupid and rude.
  71. Proverbs 17:15 (MSG) Wise men and women are always learning,
         always listening for fresh insights.
  72. Proverbs 17:21 (MSG) Words kill, words give life;
         they're either poison or fruit — you choose.
  73. Proverbs 17:22 (MSG) A cheerful disposition is good for your health;
         gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.
  74. Proverbs 17:27 (MSG) The one who knows much says little;
         an understanding person remains calm.
  75. Proverbs 19:3 A man's own folly ruins his life,
         yet his heart rages against the LORD .
  76. Proverbs 19:3 (MSG) People ruin their lives by their own stupidity,
         so why does GOD always get blamed?
  77. Proverbs 19:11 (NLT) Sensible people control their temper;
         they earn respect by overlooking wrongs.
  78. Proverbs 19:17 (NLT) If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD —
         and he will repay you!
  79. Proverbs 21:16 A man who strays from the path of understanding
         comes to rest in the company of the dead.
  80. Proverbs 22:14 The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit;
         he who is under the LORD's wrath will fall into it.
  81. ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭30:7-9‬ Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, "Who is the Lord?" Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.
  82. Ecclesiastes 8:8b As no one is discharged in time of war,
         so wickedness will not release those who practice it.
  83. Ecclesiastes 8:11 When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, the hearts of the people are filled with schemes to do wrong.
  84. Ecclesiastes 8:12 (MSG) Even though a person sins and gets by with it hundreds of times throughout a long life, I'm still convinced that the good life is reserved for the person who fears God, who lives reverently in his presence, 13 and that the evil person will not experience a "good" life. No matter how many days he lives, they'll all be as flat and colorless as a shadow — because he doesn't fear God.
  85. Ecclesiastes 8:15 So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun.
  86. Ecclesiastes 8:17 then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all his efforts to search it out, man cannot discover its meaning. Even if a wise man claims he knows, he cannot really comprehend it.
  87. Ecclesiastes 9:7-10 Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do. Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil. Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun—all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.
  88. Ecclesiastes 11:7-8 (MSG)
    Oh, how sweet the light of day,
    And how wonderful to live in the sunshine!
    Even if you live a long time, don't take a single day for granted.
    Take delight in each light-filled hour.
  89. Isaiah 25:6-8 MSG But here on this mountain, God-of-the-Angel-Armies will throw a feast for all the people of the world, A feast of the finest foods, a feast with vintage wines, a feast of seven courses, a feast lavish with gourmet desserts. And here on this mountain, God will banish the pall of doom hanging over all peoples, The shadow of doom darkening all nations. Yes, he'll banish death forever. And God will wipe the tears from every face. He'll remove every sign of disgrace From his people, wherever they are....
  90. Isaiah 30:9 These are rebellious people, deceitful children,
         children unwilling to listen to the LORD's instruction.
         10 They say to the seers,
         "See no more visions!"
         and to the prophets,
         "Give us no more visions of what is right!
         Tell us pleasant things,
         prophesy illusions.
         11 Leave this way,
         get off this path,
         and stop confronting us
         with the Holy One of Israel!"
  91. Isaiah 30:15 This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says:
         "In repentance and rest is your salvation,
         in quietness and trust is your strength,
         but you would have none of it."
  92. Isaiah 30:18 Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you;
         he rises to show you compassion.
         For the LORD is a God of justice.
         Blessed are all who wait for him!
  93. Isaiah 30:19 O people of Zion,
         who live in Jerusalem,
         you will weep no more.
    How gracious he will be when you cry for help!
         As soon as he hears, he will answer you.
    20 Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity
         and the water of affliction,
    your teachers will be hidden no more;
         with your own eyes you will see them.
    21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left,
         your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying,
         "This is the way; walk in it."
  94. Isaiah 39:14 The Lord has omforted His people and will have compassion upon them in their sorrow.
  95. Isaiah 40:29 He gives strength to the weary
         and increases the power of the weak.
    Even youths grow tired and weary,
         and young men stumble and fall;
    but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.
         They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
         they will walk and not be faint.
  96. Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters,
         I will be with you;
    and when you pass through the rivers,
         they will not sweep over you.
    When you walk through the fire,
         you will not be burned;
         the flames will not set you ablaze.
  97. Isaiah 54:13 All your children shall be taught by the Lord,
         and great shall be the peace of your children.
  98. Isaiah 57:1 The righteous perish,
         and no one ponders it in his heart;
         devout men are taken away,
         and no one understands
         that the righteous are taken away
         to be spared from evil.
         2 Those who walk uprightly
         enter into peace;
         they find rest as they lie in death.
  99. Isaiah 60:1 Arise, shine, for your light has come,
         and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.
         2 See, darkness covers the earth
         and thick darkness is over the peoples,
         but the LORD rises upon you
         and his glory appears over you.
  100. Isaiah 60:19 The sun will no more be your light by day,
         nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you,
    for the LORD will be your everlasting light,
         and your God will be your glory.
  101. Isaiah 61:10 I delight greatly in the LORD;
         my soul rejoices in my God.
         For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
         and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness,
         as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,
         and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
  102. Isaiah 66:2b This is the one I esteem:
         he who is humble and contrite in spirit,
         and trembles at my word.
  103. Jeremiah 2:35 you say, 'I am innocent;
         he is not angry with me.'
         But I will pass judgment on you
         because you say, 'I have not sinned.'
  104. Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.
  105. Jeremiah 9:23 This is what the LORD says:
         "Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom
         or the strong man boast of his strength
         or the rich man boast of his riches,
         24 but let him who boasts boast about this:
         that he understands and knows me,
         that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness,
         justice and righteousness on earth,
         for in these I delight,"
         declares the LORD.
  106. Jeremiah 14:22 Do any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain?
         Do the skies themselves send down showers?
         No, it is you, O LORD our God.
         Therefore our hope is in you,
         for you are the one who does all this.
  107. Jeremiah 17:7-8 ... blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
         whose confidence is in him.
    He will be like a tree planted by the water
         that sends out its roots by the stream.
         It does not fear when heat comes;
         its leaves are always green.
         It has no worries in a year of drought
         and never fails to bear fruit.
  108. Jeremiah 29:12 Then you will call upon me
         and come and pray to me
         and I will listen to you.
    You will seek me and find me
         when you seek with all your heart.
  109. Jeremiah 33:2-3 This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it " the Lord is his name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’
  110. Lamentations 3:21 Yet this I call to mind
    and therefore I have hope:
    22 Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed,
         for his compassions never fail.
    23 They are new every morning;
         great is your faithfulness.
    24 I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion;
         therefore I will wait for him."
    25 The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him,
         to the one who seeks him;
    26 it is good to wait quietly
         for the salvation of the LORD.
  111. Ezekiel 16:49 Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. 50 They were haughty and did detestable things before me.
  112. Ezekiel 33:30 "As for you, son of man, your countrymen are talking together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, saying to each other, 'Come and hear the message that has come from the LORD .' 31 My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to listen to your words, but they do not put them into practice. With their mouths they express devotion, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. 32 Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice."
  113. Amos 5:21-24 (MSG)
    "I can't stand your religious meetings.
         I'm fed up with your conferences and conventions.
    I want nothing to do with your religion projects,
         your pretentious slogans and goals.
    I'm sick of your fund-raising schemes,
         your public relations and image making.
    I've had all I can take of your noisy ego-music.
         When was the last time you sang to me?
    Do you know what I want?
         I want justice — oceans of it. I want fairness — rivers of it.
         That's what I want. That's all I want."
  114. Micah 7:2 The godly have been swept from the land; not one upright man remains. All men lie in wait to shed blood; each hunts his brother with a net. 3 Both hands are skilled in doing evil; the ruler demands gifts, the judge accepts bribes, the powerful dictate what they desire — they all conspire together. 4 The best of them is like a brier, the most upright worse than a thorn hedge. The day of your watchmen has come, the day God visits you. Now is the time of their confusion.
  115. Habbakuk 2:14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
  116. Habbakuk 3:2 LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O LORD. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.
  117. Habbakuk 3:17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. 19 The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.
  118. Zephaniah 3:5 The LORD within her is righteous; he does no wrong. Morning by morning he dispenses his justice, and every new day he does not fail, yet the unrighteous know no shame.
  119. Zephaniah 3:13 The remnant of Israel will do no wrong; they will speak no lies, nor will deceit be found in their mouths. They will eat and lie down and no one will make them afraid.
  120. Zephaniah 3:17
    The Lord your God is in your midst,
         a mighty one who will save;
    he will rejoice over you with gladness;
         he will quiet you by his love;
    he will exult over you with loud singing.
  121. Malachi 2:17 You have wearied the LORD with your words. "How have we wearied him?" you ask. By saying, "All who do evil are good in the eyes of the LORD, and he is pleased with them" or "Where is the God of justice?"

    New Testament

  122. Mat. 5:8 (MSG) You're blessed when you get your inside world — your mind and heart — put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
  123. Mat. 5:21-22 (MSG) You're familiar with the command to the ancients, 'Do not murder.' I'm telling you that anyone who is so much as angry with a brother or sister is guilty of murder. Carelessly call a brother 'idiot!' and you just might find yourself hauled into court. Thoughtlessly yell 'stupid!' at a sister and you are on the brink of hellfire. The simple moral fact is that words kill.
  124. Mat. 5:43-44 (MSG) You're familiar with the old written law, 'Love your friend,' and its unwritten companion, 'Hate your enemy.' I'm challenging that. I'm telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer.
  125. Mat. 6:1 (MSG) Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don't make a performance out of it. It might be good theater, but the God who made you won't be applauding.
  126. Mat. 6:3-4 (MSG) When you help someone out, don't think about how it looks. Just do it — quietly and unobtrusively. That is the way your God, who conceived you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out.
  127. Mat. 6:14-15 (MSG) In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can't get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God's part.
  128. Mat. 6:16 (MSG) When you practice some appetite-denying discipline to better concentrate on God, don't make a production out of it. It might turn you into a small-time celebrity but it won't make you a saint.
  129. Mat. 6:22-23 (MSG) Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!
  130. Mat. 6:26 (MSG) Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.
  131. Mat. 6:34 (MSG) Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
  132. Mat. 7:1 (MSG) Don't pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults — unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging.
  133. Mat. 7:6 (MSG) Don't be flip with the sacred. Banter and silliness give no honor to God. Don't reduce holy mysteries to slogans. In trying to be relevant, you're only being cute and inviting sacrilege.
  134. Mat. 7:7 (MSG) Don't bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need.
  135. Mat. 7:13-14 (MSG) Don't look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don't fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life — to God! — is vigorous and requires total attention.
  136. Mat. 7:15 (MSG) Be wary of false preachers who smile a lot, dripping with practiced sincerity. Chances are they are out to rip you off some way or other. Don't be impressed with charisma; look for character.
  137. Mat. 9:12 (MSG) ... Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? 13 Go figure out what this Scripture means: "I'm after mercy, not religion." I'm here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders.
  138. Mat. 11:28-30 (MSG) Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest.  Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.  Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly.
  139. Mat. 12:6 There is far more at stake here than religion. 7 If you had any idea what this Scripture meant — "I prefer a flexible heart to an inflexible ritual' — you wouldn't be nitpicking like this.
  140. Mat. 15:16-20 (MSG) .... Don't you know that anything that is swallowed works its way through the intestines and is finally defecated? But what comes out of the mouth gets its start in the heart. It's from the heart that we vomit up evil arguments, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, lies, and cussing. That's what pollutes. Eating or not eating certain foods, washing or not washing your hands — that's neither here nor there.
  141. Mat. 16:24 (MSG) Then Jesus went to work on his disciples. "Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You're not in the driver's seat; I am. Don't run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I'll show you how. 25 Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self.
  142. Mat. 17:3-4 (MSG) "Be alert. If you see your friend going wrong, correct him. If he responds, forgive him. Even if it's personal against you and repeated seven times through the day, and seven times he says, 'I'm sorry, I won't do it again,' forgive him."
  143. (Mat. 18:1-5 MSG) At about the same time, the disciples came to Jesus asking, "Who gets the highest rank in God's kingdom?"
    Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, "I'm telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you're not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God's kingdom. What's more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it's the same as receiving me.
  144. Mat. 18:34 In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. 35 This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart."
  145. Mat. 19:26 (MSG) Risk your life and get more than you ever dreamed of. Play it safe and end up holding the bag.
  146. Mat. 23:11 (MSG) Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant. 12 If you puff yourself up, you'll get the wind knocked out of you. But if you're content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty.
  147. Mat. 26:41 (MSG) Stay alert; be in prayer so you don't wander into temptation without even knowing you're in danger. There is a part of you that is eager, ready for anything in God. But there's another part that's as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire.
  148. Mark 4:24 (MSG) Listen carefully to what I am saying — and be wary of the shrewd advice that tells you how to get ahead in the world on your own. Giving, not getting, is the way. 25 Generosity begets generosity. Stinginess impoverishes.
  149. Mark‬ ‭8:34-37‬ ‭(MSG‬‬) Calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? What could you ever trade your soul for?” ‭‭
  150. Luke 6:27-30 (MSG) To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person. If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it. If someone grabs your shirt, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.
  151. Luke 6:41-42 (MSG) It's easy to see a smudge on your neighbor's face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. 42 Do you have the nerve to say, "Let me wash your face for you,' when your own face is distorted by contempt? It's this I-know-better-than-you mentality again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your own part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.
  152. Luke 6:49 (MSG) If you just use my words in Bible studies and don't work them into your life, you are like a dumb carpenter who built a house but skipped the foundation. When the swollen river came crashing in, it collapsed like a house of cards. It was a total loss.
  153. Luke 10:20 (MSG) The great triumph is not in your authority over evil, but in God's authority over you and presence with you. Not what you do for God but what God does for you — that's the agenda for rejoicing.
  154. Luke 11:34 (MSG) Your eye is a lamp, lighting up your whole body. If you live wide-eyed in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. 35 Keep your eyes open, your lamp burning, so you don't get musty and murky.
  155. Luke 17:7 Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, "Come along now and sit down to eat"? 8 Would he not rather say, "Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink"? 9 Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, "We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty."
  156. Luke 17:20 Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, 21 nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you."
  157. Luke 18:9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: 10 "Two men went up to the temple to pray...."
  158. John 3:5-6 (MSG) Jesus said, "You're not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation   the 'wind-hovering-over-the-water' creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life   it's not possible to enter God's kingdom. When you look at a baby, it's just that: a body you can look at and touch. But the person who takes shape within is formed by something you can't see and touch   the Spirit   and becomes a living spirit.
  159. John 4:23b (MSG) It's who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That's the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship.
  160. John 4:36 (MSG) The Harvester isn't waiting. He's taking his pay, gathering in this grain that's ripe for eternal life. Now the Sower is arm in arm with the Harvester, triumphant.
  161. John 6:27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval. 28 Then they asked him, "What must we do to do the works God requires?" 29 Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."
  162. John 6:40 (MSG) This is what my Father wants: that anyone who sees the Son and trusts who he is and what he does and then aligns with him will enter real life, eternal life. My part is to put them on their feet alive and whole at the completion of time.
  163. John 7:16 (MSG) Jesus said, "I didn't make this up. What I teach comes from the One who sent me. 17 Anyone who wants to do his will can test this teaching and know whether it's from God or whether I'm making it up.
  164. John 9:41 Jesus said, "If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.
  165. John 14:22 Then Judas not Judas Iscariot said, "But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?" 23 Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me."
  166. John 15:16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you....
  167. Acts 2:32 (MSG) This Jesus, God raised up. And every one of us here is a witness to it. 33 Then, raised to the heights at the right hand of God and receiving the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father, he poured out the Spirit he had just received. That is what you see and hear.
  168. Acts 3:17 (MSG) And now, friends, I know you had no idea what you were doing when you killed Jesus, and neither did your leaders. 18 But God, who through the preaching of all the prophets had said all along that his Messiah would be killed, knew exactly what you were doing and used it to fulfill his plans.
  169. Acts 5:41 (MSG) The apostles went out of the High Council overjoyed because they had been given the honor of being dishonored on account of the Name.
  170. Acts 13:38 Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. 39 Through him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses.
  171. Acts 14:21 They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples...., 22 strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. "We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God," they said.
  172. Acts 21:13 But Paul wouldn't budge: "Why all this hysteria? Why do you insist on making a scene and making it even harder for me? You're looking at this backwards. The issue in Jerusalem is not what they do to me, whether arrest or murder, but what the Master Jesus does through my obedience. Can't you see that?
  173. Rom. 3:29-30 (MSG) And where does that leave our proud Jewish claim of having a corner on God? Also canceled. God is the God of outsider non-Jews as well as insider Jews. How could it be otherwise since there is only one God? God sets right all who welcome his action and enter into it, both those who follow our religious system and those who have never heard of our religion.
  174. Rom. 8:38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  175. Rom. 9:27 (MSG) Isaiah maintained this same emphasis:
    If each grain of sand on the seashore were numbered
         and the sum labeled "chosen of God,"
    They'd be numbers still, not names;
         salvation comes by personal selection.
    28 God doesn't count us; he calls us by name.
         Arithmetic is not his focus.
  176. Rom. 10:8-10 (MSG) This is the core of our preaching. Say the welcoming word to God — "Jesus is my Master" — embracing, body and soul, God's work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That's it. You're not "doing" anything; you're simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That's salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: "God has set everything right between him and me!"
  177. Rom. 10:11-13 (MSG) Scripture reassures us, "No one who trusts God like this — heart and soul — will ever regret it." It's exactly the same no matter what a person's religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. "Everyone who calls, 'Help, God!' gets help."
  178. Rom. 11:30-32 (MSG) There was a time not so long ago when you were on the outs with God. But then the Jews slammed the door on him and things opened up for you. Now they are on the outs. But with the door held wide open for you, they have a way back in. In one way or another, God makes sure that we all experience what it means to be outside so that he can personally open the door and welcome us back in.
  179. Rom. 12:1-2 (MSG) So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life — your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life — and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
  180. Rom. 12:9-10 (MSG) Love from the center of who you are; don't fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.
  181. Rom. 12:17-19 (MSG) Don't hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you've got it in you, get along with everybody. Don't insist on getting even; that's not for you to do. "I'll do the judging," says God. "I'll take care of it."
  182. Rom. 12:20-21 (MSG) Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he's thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don't let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.
  183. Rom. 13:9 The commandments, "Do not commit adultery," "Do not murder," "Do not steal," "Do not covet," and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: "Love your neighbor as yourself." 10 Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
  184. Rom. 13:9 (MSG) Love from the center of who you are; don't fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. 10 Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.
  185. Rom. 14:1 (MSG) Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don't see things the way you do. And don't jump all over them every time they do or say something you don't agree with — even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Treat them gently.
  186. Rom. 14:6-9 (MSG) What's important in all this is that if you keep a holy day, keep it for God's sake; if you eat meat, eat it to the glory of God and thank God for prime rib; if you're a vegetarian, eat vegetables to the glory of God and thank God for broccoli. None of us are permitted to insist on our own way in these matters. It's God we are answerable to — all the way from life to death and everything in between — not each other. That's why Jesus lived and died and then lived again: so that he could be our Master across the entire range of life and death, and free us from the petty tyrannies of each other.
  187. Rom. 14:22 (MSG) So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23 But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.
  188. Rom. 14:22-23 Cultivate your own relationship with God, but don't impose it on others. You're fortunate if your behavior and your belief are coherent. But if you're not sure, if you notice that you are acting in ways inconsistent with what you believe — some days trying to impose your opinions on others, other days just trying to please them — then you know that you're out of line. If the way you live isn't consistent with what you believe, then it's wrong.
  189. (Romans 15:7, 8) Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God's truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed.
  190. 1 Cor. 1:22 Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
  191. 2 Cor. 2:9-10 (MSG) We felt like we'd been sent to death row, that it was all over for us. As it turned out, it was the best thing that could have happened. Instead of trusting in our own strength or wits to get out of it, we were forced to trust God totally — not a bad idea since he's the God who raises the dead! And he did it, rescued us from certain doom. And he'll do it again, rescuing us as many times as we need rescuing.
  192. 1 Cor. 4:5-6 (MSG) ... don't get ahead of the Master and jump to conclusions with your judgments before all the evidence is in. When he comes, he will bring out in the open and place in evidence all kinds of things we never even dreamed of — inner motives and purposes and prayers. Only then will any one of us get to hear the "Well done!" of God.
  193. 1 Cor. 5:6 (MSG) ...Yeast ... is a "small thing," but it works its way through a whole batch of bread dough pretty fast. 7 So get rid of this "yeast." Our true identity is flat and plain, not puffed up with the wrong kind of ingredient. The Messiah, our Passover Lamb, has already been sacrificed for the Passover meal, and we are the Unraised Bread part of the Feast. 8 So let's live out our part in the Feast, not as raised bread swollen with the yeast of evil, but as flat bread — simple, genuine, unpretentious.
  194. 1 Cor. 7:2 (MSG) .... It's good for a man to have a wife, and for a woman to have a husband. Sexual drives are strong, but marriage is strong enough to contain them and provide for a balanced and fulfilling sexual life in a world of sexual disorder. 3 The marriage bed must be a place of mutuality — the husband seeking to satisfy his wife, the wife seeking to satisfy her husband. 4 Marriage is not a place to "stand up for your rights." Marriage is a decision to serve the other, whether in bed or out.
  195. 1 Cor. 7:17 (MSG) ... don't be wishing you were someplace else or with someone else. Where you are right now is God's place for you. Live and obey and love and believe right there. God, not your marital status, defines your life. (Message)
  196. 1 Cor. 8:2b-3 (MSG)We sometimes tend to think we know all we need to know to answer these kinds of questions — but sometimes our humble hearts can help us more than our proud minds. We never really know enough until we recognize that God alone knows it all.
  197. 1 Cor. 8:7 partial (MSG) But knowing isn't everything. If it becomes everything, some people end up as know-it-alls who treat others as know-nothings. Real knowledge isn't that insensitive.
  198. 1 Cor. 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
    (MSG) No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he'll never let you be pushed past your limit; he'll always be there to help you come through it.
  199. 1 Cor. 16:13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.
  200. 2 Cor. 2:9 (MSG) We felt like we'd been sent to death row, that it was all over for us. As it turned out, it was the best thing that could have happened. Instead of trusting in our own strength or wits to get out of it, we were forced to trust God totally — not a bad idea since he's the God who raises the dead! 10 And he did it, rescued us from certain doom. And he'll do it again, rescuing us as many times as we need rescuing.
  201. 2 Cor. 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
  202. 2 Cor. 4:17 (MSG) These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. 18 There's far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can't see now will last forever.
  203. 2 Cor. 5:16-18 (MSG) So we're not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There's far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can't see now will last forever.
  204. 2 Cor. 7:1 Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
  205. 2 Cor. 7:10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
  206. 2 Cor. 10:3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
  207. 2 Cor. 10:3 (MSG) The world is unprincipled. It's dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn't fight fair. But we don't live or fight our battles that way — never have and never will. 4 The tools of our trade aren't for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. 5 We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ.
  208. 2 Cor. 12:9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
  209. 2 Cor. 13:5-9 (MSG) Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don't drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it.
  210. Gal. 5:6 (MSG) For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love.
  211. Gal. 5:8 (MSG) This detour doesn't come from the One who called you into the race in the first place. 9 And please don't toss this off as insignificant. It only takes a minute amount of yeast, you know, to permeate an entire loaf of bread.
  212. Gal. 5:22-24 (MSG) But what happens when we live God's way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard — things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way.
  213. Gal. 5:25-26 (MSG) Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.
  214. Gal. 6:1 (MSG) Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day's out.
  215. Gal. 6:19-21 MSG) It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.
  216. Eph. 1:11 (MSG) It's in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, 12 part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.
  217. Eph. 1:22 He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. 23 The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ's body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence.
  218. Eph. 2:2 (MSG) You let the world, which doesn't know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience.
  219. Eph. 2:15 He repealed the law code that had become so clogged with fine print and footnotes that it hindered more than it helped. Then he started over. Instead of continuing with two groups of people separated by centuries of animosity and suspicion, he created a new kind of human being, a fresh start for everybody.
  220. Eph. ‭4:1-3‬ ‭MSG ‬‬In light of all this, here’s what I want you to do. While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk — better yet, run! — on the road God called you to travel. I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline — not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.
  221. Eph. 5:18-20 (MSG) Don't drink too much wine. That cheapens your life. Drink the Spirit of God, huge draughts of him. Sing hymns instead of drinking songs! Sing songs from your heart to Christ. Sing praises over everything, any excuse for a song to God the Father in the name of our Master, Jesus Christ.
  222. Philippians 2:14 Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe 16 as you hold out the word of life....
  223. Philippians 3:20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
  224. Philippians 4:6 (MSG) Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. 7 Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
  225. Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.
  226. Col. 1:11 (MSG) We pray that you'll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul — not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, 12 thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.
  227. Col. 2:6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
  228. Col. 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.
  229. Col. 2:8 (MSG) Watch out for people who try to dazzle you with big words and intellectual double-talk. They want to drag you off into endless arguments that never amount to anything. They spread their ideas through the empty traditions of human beings and the empty superstitions of spirit beings. But that's not the way of Christ. 9 Everything of God gets expressed in him, so you can see and hear him clearly. You don't need a telescope, a microscope, or a horoscope to realize the fullness of Christ, and the emptiness of the universe without him. 10 When you come to him, that fullness comes together for you, too. His power extends over everything.
  230. Col. 2:12 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
  231. Col. 2:14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
  232. Col. 2:20 (MSG) So, then, if with Christ you've put all that pretentious and infantile religion behind you, why do you let yourselves be bullied by it? 21 "Don't touch this! Don't taste that! Don't go near this!" 22 Do you think things that are here today and gone tomorrow are worth that kind of attention? 23 Such things sound impressive if said in a deep enough voice. They even give the illusion of being pious and humble and ascetic. But they're just another way of showing off, making yourselves look important.
  233. Col. 2:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
  234. Col. 3:1 (MSG) So if you're serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. 2 Don't shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ — that's where the action is. See things from his perspective.
  235. Colossians 3:12-14 So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It's your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.
  236. Col. 3:25 (MSG) The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being Christian doesn't cover up bad work.
  237. Col. 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
  238. Col. 4:6 (MSG) Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.
  239. 1 Thess. 4:1 (MSG) We ask you — urge is more like it — that you keep on doing what we told you to do to please God, not in a dogged religious plod, but in a living, spirited dance.
  240. 1 Thess. 4:6 (MSG) Don't run roughshod over the concerns of your brothers and sisters. Their concerns are God's concerns, and he will take care of them.
  241. 1 Thess. 4:7 (MSG) ... God hasn't invited us into a disorderly, unkempt life but into something holy and beautiful — as beautiful on the inside as the outside.
  242. 1 Thess. 5:15 (MSG) And be careful that when you get on each other's nerves you don't snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out. 16 Be cheerful no matter what. 17 pray all the time; 18 thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.
  243. 2 Thess. 1:11 ... we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. 12 We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  244. 2 Thess. 2:16 (MSG) May Jesus himself and God our Father, who reached out in love and surprised you with gifts of unending help and confidence, 17 put a fresh heart in you, invigorate your work, enliven your speech.
  245. 2 Thess. 3:1 (MSG) One more thing, friends: Pray for us. Pray that the Master's Word will simply take off and race through the country to a groundswell of response, just as it did among you.
  246. 1 Tim. 4:7 (MSG) Stay clear of silly stories that get dressed up as religion. Exercise daily in God — no spiritual flabbiness, please! 8 Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever.
  247. 1 Timothy 6:17-19 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
  248. 2 Tim. 1:9...who has saved us and called us to a holy life — not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
  249. 2 Tim. 2:16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.
  250. 2 Tim. 2:23 Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth....
  251. 2 Tim. 2:24 (MSG) God's servant must not be argumentative, but a gentle listener and a teacher who keeps cool, working firmly but patiently with those who refuse to obey.
  252. 2 Tim. 6:6 A devout life does bring wealth, but it's the rich simplicity of being yourself before God. 7 Since we entered the world penniless and will leave it penniless, 8 if we have bread on the table and shoes on our feet, that's enough.
  253. Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12 It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope — the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
  254. Titus 3:4-7 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,  whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,  so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
  255. Heb. 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." 6 So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"
  256. Heb. 1:3 The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
  257. Heb. 4:14-16 (MSG) Now that we know what we have — Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God — let's not let it slip through our fingers. We don't have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He's been through weakness and testing, experienced it all — all but the sin. So let's walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.
  258. Heb. 11:4 (MSG) By an act of faith, Abel brought a better sacrifice to God than Cain. It was what he believed, not what he brought, that made the difference. That's what God noticed and approved as righteous. After all these centuries, that belief continues to catch our notice.
  259. Heb. 12:2 (MSG) Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed — that exhilarating finish in and with God — he could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. 3 When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!
  260. Heb. 13:20 May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
  261. James 1:2 (MSG) Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. 3 You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. 4 So don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.
  262. James 1:19 (MSG) Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. 20 God's righteousness doesn't grow from human anger. 21 So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.
  263. James 1:26 If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.
  264. James 2:12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!
  265. James 3:13-16 (MSG) Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here's what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It's the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts. Mean-spirited ambition isn't wisdom. Boasting that you are wise isn't wisdom. Twisting the truth to make yourselves sound wise isn't wisdom. It's the furthest thing from wisdom—it's animal cunning, devilish conniving. Whenever you're trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others' throats.
  266. James 3: James 3:13-18 (NIV) Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. 17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
  267. James 3:17-18 (MSG) Real wisdom, God's wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced. You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.
  268. James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
  269. James 4:7 (MSG) So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. 8 Say a quiet yes to God and he'll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. 9 Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. 10 Get down on your knees before the Master; it's the only way you'll get on your feet.
  270. James 5:9 Don't grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
  271. 1 Peter 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade — kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that your faith — of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire — may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
  272. 1 Peter 1:5-8 (MSG) So don't lose a minute in building on what you've been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding,  alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, 7 warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others.  With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus.
  273. 1 Peter 1:7 (MSG) Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it's your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory. 8 You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don't see him, yet you trust him—:with laughter and singing.
  274. 1 Peter 3:8-12 (MSG) Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless — that's your job, to bless. You'll be a blessing and also get a blessing.
  275. 1 Peter 1:22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
  276. 1 Peter 2:15 (MSG) It is God's will that by doing good, you might cure the ignorance of the fools who think you're a danger to society.
  277. 1 Peter 2:19 (MSG) So if you find life difficult because you're doing what God said, take it in stride. Trust him. He knows what he's doing, and he'll keep on doing it.
  278. 2 Peter 1:5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  279. 2 Peter 3:10 (MSG) Whoever wants to embrace life
    and see the day fill up with good,
    Here's what you do:
    Say nothing evil or hurtful;
    11 Snub evil and cultivate good;
    run after peace for all you're worth.
    12 God looks on all this with approval,
    listening and responding well to what he's asked;
    But he turns his back
    on those who do evil things.
  280. 2 Peter 3:13 (MSG)If with heart and soul you're doing good, do you think you can be stopped? 14 Even if you suffer for it, you're still better off. Don't give the opposition a second thought. 15 Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master. Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you're living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy.
  281. 1 John 1:8 (MSG) If we claim that we're free of sin, we're only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. 9 On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won't let us down; he'll be true to himself. He'll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. 10 If we claim that we've never sinned, we out-and-out contradict God—make a liar out of him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance of God.
  282. I John 2:4 If someone claims, "I know him well!" but doesn't keep his commandments, he's obviously a liar. His life doesn't match his words. 5 But the one who keeps God's word is the person in whom we see God's mature love. This is the only way to be sure we're in God. 6 Anyone who claims to be intimate with God ought to live the same kind of life Jesus lived.
  283. 1 John 2:9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. 10 Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. 11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.
  284. 1 John 2:16 (MSG) Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. 17 The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.
  285. 1 John 2:26 (MSG) I've written to warn you about those who are trying to deceive you. 27 But they're no match for what is embedded deeply within you—Christ's anointing, no less! You don't need any of their so-called teaching. Christ's anointing teaches you the truth on everything you need to know about yourself and him, uncontaminated by a single lie. Live deeply in what you were taught.
  286. 1 John 3:9 (MSG) People conceived and brought into life by God don't make a practice of sin. How could they? God's seed is deep within them, making them who they are. It's not in the nature of the God-begotten to practice and parade sin. 10 :Here's how you tell the difference between God's children and the Devil's children: The one who won't practice righteous ways isn't from God, nor is the one who won't love brother or sister. A simple test. 11For this is the original message we heard: We should love each other.
  287. 1 John 3:16-17 (MSG)This is how we've come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God's love? It disappears. And you made it disappear.
  288. 1 John 3:18 (MSG) My dear children, let's not just talk about love; let's practice real love. 19 :This is the only way we'll know we're living truly, living in God's reality. 20 It's also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.
  289. 1 John 4:10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
  290. 1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
  291. 1 John 4:19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
  292. 1 John 4:20 (MSG) If anyone boasts, "I love God," and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won't love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can't see? 21 The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You've got to love both.
  293. Jude 1:2b (MSG) Relax, everything's going to be all right; rest, everything's coming together; open your hearts, love is on the way!
  294. Jude 1:20 But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. 21 Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. 22 Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear — hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
  295. Jude 1:24 To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy — 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

My Life Verses

  1. 1 Chronicles 4:10 Oh, that You would bless me indeed,
    and enlarge my territory,
    that Your hand would be with me,
    and that You would keep me from evil,
    that I may not cause pain. (Prayer of Jabez)
  2. Psalm 51:16-17 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
         you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
    My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
         a broken and contrite heart,
         O God, you will not despise.
  3. Psalm 73:23-26 I am always with you;
         you hold me by my right hand.
    You guide me with your counsel,
         and afterward you will take me into glory.
    Whom have I in heaven but you?
         And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
    My flesh and my heart may fail,
         but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
  4. Psalm 81:10 I am the LORD your God,
         who brought you up out of Egypt.
         Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.
  5. Psalm 101:1-4 I will be careful to lead a blameless life —
         when will you come to me?
    I will walk in my house
         with blameless heart.
    I will set before my eyes
         no vile thing.
    The deeds of faithless men I hate;
         they will not cling to me.
    Men of perverse heart shall be far from me;
         I will have nothing to do with evil.
  6. Isaiah 40:29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
  7. Rom. 8:38 I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  8. 1 Cor. 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
  9. 2 Cor. 7:10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
  10. Eph. 6:18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
  11. Philippians 4:6-8 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.
  12. Col. 2:6 Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
  13. Col. 3:12-17 As God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
  14. James 1:26 If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.
  15. 1 Peter 3:15 In your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect....
  16. 2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

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