For who made you better than your brother? or what have you that has not been given to you? but if it has been given to you, what cause have you for pride, as if it had not been given to you?
And this was John's answer: A man is unable to have anything if it is not given to him from heaven.
And having different qualities by reason of the grace given to us, such as the quality of a prophet, let it be made use of in relation to the measure of our faith;
Making distribution among one another of whatever has been given to you, like true servants of the unmeasured grace of God;
Every good and true thing is given to us from heaven, coming from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change or any shade made by turning.
Yours, O Lord, is the strength and the power and the glory, and the authority and the honour: for everything in heaven and on earth is yours; yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are lifted up as head over all.
In that night God came to Solomon in a vision, and said to him, Say what I am to give you.
And great numbers came to Jerusalem with offerings for the Lord, and things of great price for Hezekiah, king of Judah: so that he was honoured among all nations from that time.
Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, This is what the Lord has said: Because your heart has been lifted up, and you have said, I am a god, I am seated on the seat of God in the heart of the seas; but you are man and not God, though you have made your heart as the heart of God:
Say to them, These are the words of the Lord: See, I am against you, Pharaoh, king of Egypt, the great river-beast stretched out among his Nile streams, who has said, The Nile is mine, and I have made it for myself.
The king made answer and said, Is this not great Babylon, which I have made for the living-place of kings, by the strength of my power and for the glory of my honour?
As for you, O King, the Most High God gave to Nebuchadnezzar, your father, the kingdom and great power and glory and honour:
But you have been lifting yourself up against the Lord of heaven, and they have put the vessels of his house before you, and you and your lords, your wives and your women, have taken wine in them; and you have given praise to gods of silver and gold, of brass and iron and wood and stone, who are without the power of seeing or hearing, and without knowledge: and to the God in whose hand your breath is, and whose are all your ways, you have not given glory;
For it is as when a man, about to take a journey, got his servants together, and gave them his property.
And he sent for ten of his servants and gave them ten pounds and said to them, Do business with this till I come.
And the people, with loud cries, said, It is the voice of a god, not of a man.
Through whom grace has been given to us, sending us out to make disciples to the faith among all nations, for his name:
So then, it is not by the desire or by the attempt of man, but by the mercy of God.
But I say to every one of you, through the grace given to me, not to have an over-high opinion of himself, but to have wise thoughts, as God has given to every one a measure of faith.
What then is Apollos? and what is Paul? They are but servants who gave you the good news as God gave it to them.
This pride of yours is not good. Do you not see that a little leaven makes a change in all the mass?
It is my desire that all men might be even as I am. But every man has the power of his special way of life given him by God, one in this way and one in that.
Now there are different qualities given to men, but the same Spirit.
But by the grace of God, I am what I am: and his grace which was given to me has not been for nothing; for I did more work than all of them; though not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
How by revelation the secret was made clear to me, as I said before in a short letter,
So that they all may be judged, who had no faith in what is true, but took pleasure in evil.
I give praise to him who gave me power, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he took me to be true, making me his servant,
For in the past we were foolish, hard in heart, turned from the true way, servants of evil desires and pleasures, living in bad feeling and envy, hated and hating one another.