Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.
If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified,
seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, But she who shames him is like rottenness in his bones.
Let love be without hypocrisy Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.
by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; regarded as deceivers and yet true;
We have sent along with him the brother whose fame in the things of the gospel has spread through all the churches;
Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.
Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance.
Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a good conscience, desiring to conduct ourselves honorably in all things.
Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart,
Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.
A just balance and scales belong to the LORD; All the weights of the bag are His concern.
An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels.
"Many daughters have done nobly, But you excel them all."
"His mouth is full of sweetness And he is wholly desirable. This is my beloved and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem."
The way of the righteous is smooth; O Upright One, make the path of the righteous level.
And they sent their disciples to Him, along with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that You are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any.
for Herod was afraid of John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. And when he heard him, he was very perplexed; but he used to enjoy listening to him.
And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
And He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.
"He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who is seeking the glory of the One who sent Him, He is true, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
"Therefore, brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task.
They said, "Cornelius, a centurion, a righteous and God-fearing man well spoken of by the entire nation of the Jews, was divinely directed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house and hear a message from you."
"A certain Ananias, a man who was devout by the standard of the Law, and well spoken of by all the Jews who lived there,
But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.
For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same;
Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy.
Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men's hearts; and then each man's praise will come to him from God.
for we have regard for what is honorable, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
Now we pray to God that you do no wrong; not that we ourselves may appear approved, but that you may do what is right, even though we may appear unapproved.
Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE of you WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another.
Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,
Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things again is no trouble to me, and it is a safeguard for you.
But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;
for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity
And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things.
having a reputation for good works; and if she has brought up children, if she has shown hospitality to strangers, if she has washed the saints' feet, if she has assisted those in distress, and if she has devoted herself to every good work.
who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.
Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful.
Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.
This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder,
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
"For I have chosen him, so that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him."
"Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, that you may live and possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
"Now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you whatever you ask, for all my people in the city know that you are a woman of excellence.
"Saul and Jonathan, beloved and pleasant in their life, And in their death they were not parted; They were swifter than eagles, They were stronger than lions.
"The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me, 'He who rules over men righteously, Who rules in the fear of God,