These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
Seek you from out of the book of the LORD, and read: not one of these shall fail, none shall lack her mate: for my mouth has commanded it, and his spirit has gathered them.
For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when you received the word of God which you heard of us, you received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually works also in you that believe.
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he meditate day and night.
I understand more than the ancients, because I keep your precepts.
My eyes awake before the night watches, that I might meditate in your word.
A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
My son, if you will receive my words, and lay up my commandments with you;
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
Yet I had planted you a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then are you turned into the degenerate plant of a wild vine unto me?
But he that received seed in the good ground is he that hears the word, and understands it; who also bears fruit, and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
And he said unto them, These are the words which I spoke unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
Philip found Nathanael, and said unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are worked in God.
Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
Immediately therefore I sent to you; and you have done well that you are come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded you of God.
And the apostles and brethren that were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God.
Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews:
And you became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit:
And with all deception of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
And that from a child you have known the holy scriptures, which are able to make you wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Therefore put away all filthiness and extreme wickedness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
We have also a more sure word of prophecy; to which you do well that you take heed, as unto a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
They are of the world: therefore they speak of the world, and the world hears them.