But she who gives herself to wanton pleasure is dead even while she lives.
for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate.
You have lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.
“To the angel of the church in Sardis write: He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars, says this: ‘ I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.
The man who is refined and very delicate among you shall be hostile toward his brother and toward the wife he cherishes and toward the rest of his children who remain,
The refined and delicate woman among you, who would not venture to set the sole of her foot on the ground for delicateness and refinement, shall be hostile toward the husband she cherishes and toward her son and daughter,
Then Samuel said, “Bring me Agag, the king of the Amalekites.” And Agag came to him cheerfully. And Agag said, “Surely the bitterness of death is past.”
and thus you shall say, ‘ Have a long life, peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have.
“They send forth their little ones like the flock, And their children skip about.
They are not in trouble as other men, Nor are they plagued like mankind.
He who pampers his slave from childhood Will in the end find him to be a son.
Instead, there is gaiety and gladness, Killing of cattle and slaughtering of sheep, Eating of meat and drinking of wine: “ Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we may die.”
“ Come down and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon; Sit on the ground without a throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans! For you shall no longer be called tender and delicate.
“The comely and dainty one, the daughter of Zion, I will cut off.
Those who ate delicacies Are desolate in the streets; Those reared in purple Embrace ash pits.
Who improvise to the sound of the harp, And like David have composed songs for themselves,
But Jesus *said to him, “ Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead.”
But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Those who are splendidly clothed and live in luxury are found in royal palaces!
And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”’
And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living.
But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.’”
“Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day.
For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died;
And you were dead in your trespasses and sins,
even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ ( by grace you have been saved),
For this reason it says, “ Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.”
When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,
To the degree that she glorified herself and lived sensuously, to the same degree give her torment and mourning; for she says in her heart, ‘ I sit as a queen and I am not a widow, and will never see mourning.’