just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children,
But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children.
So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, "Your father charged before he died, saying,
and have him stand before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation, and commission him in their sight.
'But charge Joshua and encourage him and strengthen him, for he shall go across at the head of this people, and he will give them as an inheritance the land which you will see.'
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Behold, the time for you to die is near; call Joshua, and present yourselves at the tent of meeting, that I may commission him " So Moses and Joshua went and presented themselves at the tent of meeting.
"Now, my son, the LORD be with you that you may be successful, and build the house of the LORD your God just as He has spoken concerning you.
"As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.
Then David said to his son Solomon, "Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God, my God, is with you He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the LORD is finished.
Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent.
My son, do not walk in the way with them Keep your feet from their path,
My son, if you will receive my words And treasure my commandments within you,
My son, do not forget my teaching, But let your heart keep my commandments;
Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father, And give attention that you may gain understanding,
My son, give attention to my wisdom, Incline your ear to my understanding;
My son, if you have become surety for your neighbor, Have given a pledge for a stranger,
My son, keep my words And treasure my commandments within you.
Now therefore, my sons, listen to me, And pay attention to the words of my mouth.
The words of King Lemuel, the oracle which his mother taught him:
When he had gone through those districts and had given them much exhortation, he came to Greece.
I do not write these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children.
So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind,
Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more.
Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.
Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread.
Prescribe these things as well, so that they may be above reproach.
I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of His chosen angels, to maintain these principles without bias, doing nothing in a spirit of partiality.
Those who have believers as their masters must not be disrespectful to them because they are brethren, but must serve them all the more, because those who partake of the benefit are believers and beloved Teach and preach these principles.
I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate,
Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.
I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom:
Urge bondslaves to be subject to their own masters in everything, to be well-pleasing, not argumentative,
These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority Let no one disregard you.