(who laid down their own neck for my life, to whom not only I thank, but also all the congregations of the Gentiles), and the congregation associated with their house.
And it came to pass, when they brought forth those kings to Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said to the chiefs of the men of war who went with him, Come near, put your feet upon the necks of these kings. A
Thou have also made my enemies turn their backs to me that I might cut off those who hate me.
Therefore thus says LORD: Behold, I devise an evil against this family, from which ye shall not remove your necks, nor shall ye walk haughtily, for it is an evil time.
Indeed therefore the congregations were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily.
For scarcely for a righteous man will some man die, indeed perhaps for the good man some man would even dare to die.
Except, as God has distributed to each man, as the Lord has called each, so let him walk. And so I command in all the congregations.
Now concerning the collection for the sanctified, as I arranged for the congregations of Galatia, so also do ye.
Because for sake of the work of the Christ he came near the point of death, handing over his life so that he might fill up the deficiency of your service toward me.
For ye, brothers, became imitators of the congregations of God, which are in Judea in Christ Jesus, because ye also suffered the same things by your own countrymen, just as also they by the Jews.
By this we know love, because that man laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.