Or he that exhorts, on exhortation: he that gives, let him do it in simplicity; he that rules, with diligence; he that shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver.
And God has set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helpers, administrators, various kinds of tongues.
Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and doctrine.
And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, You men and brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.
And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words, and strengthened them.
For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he has spoken of him.
But you shall open your hand wide unto him, and shall surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he lacks.
You shall furnish him liberally out of your flock, and out of your threshing floor, and out of your winepress: of that with which the LORD your God has blessed you you shall give unto him.
And you shall rejoice before the LORD your God, you, and your son, and your daughter, and your manservant, and your maidservant, and the Levite that is within your gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in the place which the LORD your God has chosen to place his name there.
And you shall rejoice in your feast, you, and your son, and your daughter, and your manservant, and your maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within your gates.
If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail;
I will sing of mercy and justice: unto you, O LORD, will I sing.
He has dispersed, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his strength shall be exalted with honor.
Whatsoever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, where you go.
Cast your bread upon the waters: for you shall find it after many days.
In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening withhold not your hand: for you know not which shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both alike shall be good.
But the noble plans noble things; and by noble things shall he stand.
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring the poor that are cast out to your house? when you see the naked, that you cover him; and that you hide not yourself from your own flesh?
You meet him that rejoices and works righteousness, those that remember you in your ways: behold, you are angry; for we have sinned: in those ways is continuance, and we shall be saved.
Therefore when you give your alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Since you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.
And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury.
And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great famine throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.
Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.
And when he had gone through those parts, and had given them much exhortation, he came into Greece,
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he has purchased with his own blood.
For, for this cause pay you tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
But he that prophesies speaks unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and more abundantly toward you.
Moreover, brethren, we want you to know of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;
For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what a man has, and not according to what he has not.
Being enriched in everything to all bountifulness, who causes through us thanksgiving to God.
While by the proof of this ministry they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his cunning, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;
Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye service, as men pleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:
So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because you were dear unto us.
And we beseech you, brethren, to know them who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
One that rules well his own house, having his children in subjection with all respect;
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching.
Remember them who have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their manner of life.
Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
And I beseech you, brethren, bear with the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words.
Greet all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy greet you.
Practice hospitality one to another without grudging.
Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for dishonest gain, but of a ready mind;