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You are not to make a covenant with them or with their gods.

"Be very careful not to make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land to which you are going, so they won't be a snare among you.

So when the LORD your God delivers them to you and you have defeated them, then utterly destroy them. You are not to make any covenant with them nor be gracious to them.

"Your own blood brother, your son, your daughter, your beloved wife, or your friend who is like your soul mate may entice you quietly. He may tell you, "Let's go and serve other gods,' (whom neither you nor your ancestors have known

You must not yield to him, listen to him, look with pity on him, show compassion to him, or even cover up for him.

"The land you are entering to possess is a morally unclean land due to the moral uncleanness of the nations of the lands along with their abominations that has filled it from one end to the other with their impurities. So, therefore, do not give your daughters in marriage to their sons, nor marry their daughters to your sons, and under no circumstances are you to seek their well-being or their wealth, so that you may remain strong, enjoying the best things the land has to give, and so that you may establish an inheritance for your children forever.'


My son, do not go along with them, and keep your feet away from their paths!

Stop becoming unevenly yoked with unbelievers. What partnership can righteousness have with lawlessness? What fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony exists between the Messiah and Beliar, or what do a believer and an unbeliever have in common? What agreement can a temple of God make with idols? For we are the temple of the living God, just as God said: "I will live and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people." read more.
Therefore, "Get away from them and separate yourselves from them," declares the Lord, "and don't touch anything unclean. Then I will welcome you.



Never be in a hurry to become internally angry, since anger settles down in the lap of fools.








The Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha! You worry and fuss about a lot of things.



I want you to be free from concerns. An unmarried man is concerned about the things of the Lord, that is, about how he can please the Lord.






Also, I will certainly demand an accounting regarding bloodshed, from every animal and from every human being. I'll demand an accounting from every human being for the life of another human being.






The Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha! You worry and fuss about a lot of things.



I want you to be free from concerns. An unmarried man is concerned about the things of the Lord, that is, about how he can please the Lord.



Therefore, "Get away from them and separate yourselves from them," declares the Lord, "and don't touch anything unclean. Then I will welcome you.


"but as for the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, God has said, "You are not to eat from it, nor are you to touch it, or you will die.'"



"You are not to desire your neighbor's house, nor your neighbor's wife, his male or female servant, his ox, his donkey, nor anything else that pertains to your neighbor."



Do not curse the king, even in your thoughts. Do not curse the rich, even in your bedroom. For a bird will fly by and tell what you say, or something with wings may talk about it.


From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. It should not be like this, my brothers!


Both the most and the least important people will die in this land, and they won't be buried. People won't mourn for them. They won't cut themselves, nor will they shave their heads for them.

"They are not to cut their hair in ritualistic patterns on their heads, deface the edges of their beards, or make incisions in their flesh.




Don't testify against your neighbor without a cause, and don't lie when you speak.








Don't be angry because of those who do evil, do not be jealous because of those who commit iniquity.



Let's stop being arrogant, provoking one another and envying one another.

Do not envy a violent man, and do not emulate his lifestyle.


Never let yourself envy sinners; instead, remain in fear of the LORD every day,


But if you have bitter jealousy and rivalry in your hearts, stop boasting and slandering the truth.


They gathered together against Moses and Aaron and told them, "You have appropriated too much for yourselves from the entire congregation, since all of them are holy, and the LORD is among them, too. Why do you exalt yourselves over the LORD's assembly?"

Because of this, the administrators and regional authorities tried to bring allegations of dereliction of duty in government affairs against Daniel, but they were unable to find any charges of corruption. Daniel was trustworthy, and no evidence of negligence or corruption could be found against him.


He owned so many sheep, cattle, and servants that the Philistines eventually became envious of him.

As a result, his brothers became more envious of him. But his father kept thinking about all of this.

But all this does not satisfy me every time I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king's gate."

For I was envious of the proud when I observed the prosperity of the wicked.

He did this because he knew that they had handed him over out of jealousy.

But when the Jewish leaders saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to object to the statements made by Paul and even to abuse him.



"Wash yourselves, and make yourselves clean; remove your evil behavior from my presence; stop practicing what is evil.

Later on, Jesus found him in the Temple and told him, "Look! You have become well. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you."

"No one, sir," she replied. Then Jesus said, "I don't condemn you, either. Go home, and from now on don't sin anymore."


Come back to your senses as you should, and stop sinning! For some of you I say this to your shame don't fully know God.




Also, he must not accumulate wives for himself (otherwise, his affection will become diverted), nor accumulate for himself excessive quantities of silver and gold.

Did he not make them one? And the vestige of the spirit remains in him. And why did he make them one? He was seeking godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and don't be unfaithful to the wife of your youth.



"You are not to go around slandering your people. "You are not to stand idle when your neighbor's life is at stake. I am the LORD.



Whoever spreads gossip betrays confidences; so don't get involved with someone who talks too much.

Slanderous men live among you, intent on shedding blood. They've eaten at the top of mountain shrines. They've crafted plans to do evil things among you.


"You are not to defile your daughter by engaging her in prostitution so the land won't become filled with wickedness.

"There are to be no cultic prostitutes among the daughters or the sons of Israel.



"You are not to hate your relative in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor if you must, but you are not to incur guilt on account of him.




Also, he must not accumulate wives for himself (otherwise, his affection will become diverted), nor accumulate for himself excessive quantities of silver and gold.

Did he not make them one? And the vestige of the spirit remains in him. And why did he make them one? He was seeking godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and don't be unfaithful to the wife of your youth.



"Observe my statutes. "You are not to let your cattle breed with a different species. "You are not to sow your fields with two different kinds of seeds. "You are not to wear clothing made from two different kinds of material.





"I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt from the house of slavery. You are to have no other gods as a substitute for me.


"You are not to be unjust in deciding a case. You are not to show partiality to the poor or honor the great. Instead, decide the case of your neighbor with righteousness."





Therefore, you have no excuse every one of you who judges. For when you pass judgment on another person, you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, practice the very same things.

Who are you to criticize someone else's servant? He stands or falls before his own Lord and stand he will, because the Lord makes him stand.




"If a man is found kidnapping his relative, a fellow Israeli, and mistreats or sells him, that kidnapper must die. By doing this, you will remove this evil from among you.

"Whoever kidnaps a person, whether he has sold him or whether the victim is still in his possession, is certainly to be put to death.


Then Moses told Aaron and his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, "Take the leftovers from the grain offering and the offerings made by fire and eat the unleavened bread beside the altar, because it is most holy to the LORD.

"Any grain offering that you bring to the LORD is not to be prepared with yeast, because anything with leaven and honey may not be offered in smoke as an offering by fire to the LORD.


You are to eat unleavened bread for seven days. On the first day be sure to remove all the leaven from your houses, because any person who eats anything leavened from the first day until the seventh will be cut off from Israel. Also, on the first day you're to hold a holy assembly, and on the seventh day you're to hold a holy assembly. No work is to be done during those days, except for preparing what is to be eaten by each person. ""You are to observe the Festival of Unleavened Bread, since on this very day I brought your tribal divisions from the land of Egypt. You are to observe this day from generation to generation as a perpetual ordinance. read more.
In the first month, from the evening of the fourteenth day of the month until the evening of the twenty-first day of the month, you are to eat unleavened bread. For seven days leaven is not to be found in your houses. Indeed, any person who eats anything leavened, is to be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether an alien or a native of the land. You are not to eat what is leavened. You are to eat unleavened bread in all your settlements.'"


"You are not to offer the blood of my sacrifice with anything leavened, nor are you to allow the sacrifice of the Festival of Passover to remain until morning.





"Be angry, yet do not sin." Do not let the sun set while you are still angry, and do not give the Devil an opportunity to work.






For the commandments, "You must not commit adultery; you must not murder; you must not steal; you must not covet," and every other commandment are summed up in this statement: "You must love your neighbor as yourself."

Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life present in him.

Of course, none of you should suffer for being a murderer, thief, criminal, or troublemaker.




You must stop complaining, as some of them were doing, and were annihilated by the destroyer.




You must not do the same to the LORD your God, because they practiced in the presence of their gods every sort of abomination that the LORD hates. Moreover, they sacrificed their sons and daughters to their gods.

"Tell the Israelis that when an Israeli or a resident alien who lives in Israel offers his child to Molech, he is certainly to be put to death. The people who live in the land are to stone him with stones. As for me, I'll oppose that man. I'll eliminate him from contact with his people for sacrificing his children to Molech, thereby defiling my sanctuary and profaning my holy name. If the people avoid dealing with that man when he offers his child to Molech that is, if they fail to execute him read more.
then I'll oppose that man and his family and eliminate him from contact with his people, along with all the prostitutes who accompany him and who have committed prostitution with Molech."


With God as my witness, as well as the Messiah Jesus and the chosen angels, I solemnly call on you to carry out these instructions without prejudice, doing nothing on the basis of partiality.

"You are not to be unjust in deciding a case. You are not to show partiality to the poor or honor the great. Instead, decide the case of your neighbor with righteousness."

When you hold a hearing, don't be partial in judgment toward the least important or toward the great. Never fear men, because judgment belongs to God. If the matter is difficult for you, bring it to me for a hearing.'

These people are complainers and faultfinders, following their own desires. They say arrogant things and flatter people in order to take advantage of them.

Here are some more proverbs from wise people: It isn't good to show partiality in judgment.

"He will be sure to rebuke you, if you show partiality in secret.

"So I also made you despised, humiliating you before all of the people, because you aren't following my ways and are showing partiality when you teach."

then you will have made false distinctions among yourselves and will have judged from evil motives, will you not?


Because they had been prevented by the Holy Spirit from speaking the word in Asia, Paul and Timothy went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia. They went as far as Mysia and tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them,




Ministers must be husbands of one wife and must manage their children and their families well.


Also, he must not accumulate wives for himself (otherwise, his affection will become diverted), nor accumulate for himself excessive quantities of silver and gold.

Did he not make them one? And the vestige of the spirit remains in him. And why did he make them one? He was seeking godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and don't be unfaithful to the wife of your youth.


Yet you ask, "For what reason?' Because the LORD acts as a witness between you and the wife of your youth, because you were unfaithful to her, your partner, the wife of your covenant. Did he not make them one? And the vestige of the spirit remains in him. And why did he make them one? He was seeking godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and don't be unfaithful to the wife of your youth.

He answered them, "Haven't you read that the one who made them at the beginning "made them male and female' and said, "That is why a man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife, and the two will become one flesh'?

Some Pharisees came to test him. They asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?" "What did Moses command you?" he responded. They said, "Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to divorce her." read more.
But Jesus told them, "It was because of your hardness of heart that he wrote this command for you. But from the beginning of creation, "God made them male and female.' That's why "a man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife, and the two will become one flesh.' So they're no longer two, but one flesh.




For by the grace given to me I ask every one of you not to think of yourself more highly than you should think, rather to think of yourself with sober judgment on the measure of faith that God has assigned each of you.



Above all, brothers, do not swear oaths by heaven, by earth, or by any other object. Instead, let your "Yes" mean yes and your "No" mean no! Otherwise, you may fall under condemnation.




"You are not to defile your daughter by engaging her in prostitution so the land won't become filled with wickedness.

"There are to be no cultic prostitutes among the daughters or the sons of Israel.


Even the archangel Michael, when he argued with the Devil and fought over the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him. Instead, he said, "May the Lord rebuke you!"

Being bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to slander glorious beings. Yet even angels, although they are greater in strength and power, do not bring a slanderous accusation against them from the Lord.

But now I am writing to you to stop associating with any so-called brother if he is sexually immoral, greedy, an idolater, a slanderer, a drunk, or a robber. You must even stop eating with someone like that.

he is a conceited person and does not understand anything. He has an unhealthy craving for arguments and debates. This produces jealousy, rivalry, slander, evil suspicions,



If the land of your inheritance remains unclean, then cross back over into the land that the LORD possesses, and receive an inheritance among us. Don't rebel against the LORD and against us by constructing an altar for yourselves besides the altar of the LORD our God.

However, don't rebel against the LORD or be afraid of the people who live in the land, because we'll gobble them right up. Their defenses will collapse, because the LORD is with us. You are not to be afraid of them."


Do not pay anyone back evil for evil, but focus your thoughts on what is right in the sight of all people.




But I tell you not to resist an evildoer. On the contrary, whoever slaps you on the right cheek, turn the other to him as well.


Don't say, "I'll do to him like he did to me, I'll be sure to pay him back for what he did."



Do not pay anyone back evil for evil, but focus your thoughts on what is right in the sight of all people.




Don't say, "I'll do to him like he did to me, I'll be sure to pay him back for what he did."





"For I, the LORD, love justice, and I hate robbery and iniquity; I will faithfully present your reward and make an everlasting covenant with you.


If anyone destroys God's sanctuary, God will destroy him, for God's sanctuary is holy. And you are that sanctuary!


They must be silenced, because they are the kind of people who ruin whole families by teaching what they should not teach in order to make money in a shameful way.

Anyone who eats it will bear the punishment of his sin, since he will have defiled himself regarding the LORD's holy things. That person is to be eliminated from contact with his people."


Don't use your strength to fight heaven or speak from stubborn arrogance."

So don't be stiff-necked like your ancestors were. Instead, submit to the LORD, enter his sanctuary that he has sanctified forever, and serve the LORD your God so that he'll stop being angry with you.


do not be stubborn like your ancestors were at Meribah, as on that day at Massah, in the wilderness,

Don't use your strength to fight heaven or speak from stubborn arrogance."

So don't be stiff-necked like your ancestors were. Instead, submit to the LORD, enter his sanctuary that he has sanctified forever, and serve the LORD your God so that he'll stop being angry with you.



"Wash yourselves, and make yourselves clean; remove your evil behavior from my presence; stop practicing what is evil.

Later on, Jesus found him in the Temple and told him, "Look! You have become well. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you."

"No one, sir," she replied. Then Jesus said, "I don't condemn you, either. Go home, and from now on don't sin anymore."


Come back to your senses as you should, and stop sinning! For some of you I say this to your shame don't fully know God.



Do not criticize each other, brothers. Whoever makes it his habit to criticize his brother or to judge his brother is judging the Law and condemning the Law. But if you condemn the Law, you are not a practicer of the Law but its judge.




"I'll oppose and eliminate from contact with his people whoever consults mediums or familiar spirits, thereby committing spiritual prostitution with them.

"When you enter the land that the LORD your God is about to give you, don't learn the detestable practices of those nations there. There must never be found among you anyone who sacrifices his son or daughter in fire, practices divination, interprets omens, practices sorcery, casts spells, or who is a medium, an occultist, or a necromancer. read more.
Whoever practices these things is detestable to the LORD, and the LORD your God will expel them before you because of these things. You must be completely faithful to the LORD your God, because those nations that you are about to dispossess listen to those who practice witchcraft and divination. But the LORD does not allow you to act this way."

"You are not to eat anything containing blood, engage in occult practices, or practice fortune telling. "You are not to cut your hair in ritualistic patterns on your head or deface the edges of your beard. "You are not to make incisions in your flesh on account of the dead nor submit to cuts or tattoos. I am the LORD.




Picking up a dog by the ears that's what someone is like who meddles in another's fight.


don't be in a hurry to argue in court. Otherwise, what will you do later on when your neighbor humiliates you?


But if you have bitter jealousy and rivalry in your hearts, stop boasting and slandering the truth.

Do not bring a lawsuit against a person for no reason, when he has done you no harm.



don't be in a hurry to argue in court. Otherwise, what will you do later on when your neighbor humiliates you?

Do not bring a lawsuit against a person for no reason, when he has done you no harm.



"When a man makes a vow to the LORD, or swears an oath an obligation that is binding to himself he is not to break his word. Instead, he is to fulfill whatever promise came out of his mouth.'"

"Again, you have heard that it was told those who lived long ago, "You must not swear an oath falsely,' but, "You must fulfill your oaths to the Lord.'




For the commandments, "You must not commit adultery; you must not murder; you must not steal; you must not covet," and every other commandment are summed up in this statement: "You must love your neighbor as yourself."





"Wash yourselves, and make yourselves clean; remove your evil behavior from my presence; stop practicing what is evil.

Later on, Jesus found him in the Temple and told him, "Look! You have become well. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you."

"No one, sir," she replied. Then Jesus said, "I don't condemn you, either. Go home, and from now on don't sin anymore."


Come back to your senses as you should, and stop sinning! For some of you I say this to your shame don't fully know God.


How terrible for me, my mother, that you gave birth to me, a man of strife and contention for the whole land! I've neither lent nor borrowed, yet everyone curses me.

"If you loan money to my people, to the poor among you, don't be like a creditor to them and don't impose interest on them.

loans with usury, and exacts interest; will he live? He certainly will not! He has done all these detestable practices. He will certainly die, and his guilt will be his own fault."


They take bribes among you to shed blood. You've taken usury and exacted interest. You've gained control over your neighbor through extortion. And you've forgotten me," declares the Lord GOD.

who does not loan his money with interest, and who does not take a bribe against those who are innocent. The one who does these things will stand firm forever. A special Davidic Psalm.

if he doesn't lend with usury or exact interest, but instead refuses to participate in what is unjust, if he administers true justice between people,

"If your relative becomes so poor that he is indebted to you, then you are to support him. You are to let him live with you just like the resident alien and the traveler. You are not to take interest or profit from him. Instead, you are to fear your God and let your relative live with you. You are not to loan him money with interest or sell him your food at a profit.

doesn't refuse to help the afflicted, or refuses to loan with usury or exact interest, but instead follows my ordinances and lives his life consistent with my statutes. He won't die because of his father's sin, will he? No! He'll certainly live.

"Don't charge interest to your relatives, whether for money, food, or for anything that has been loaned at interest.


"This is what the LORD says: "You are not to fight or even to approach your relatives in battle. Every soldier is to return to his own home, for this development comes from me."'" So they listened to what the LORD had to say and called off their attack on Jeroboam.




Burn the images of their gods in the fire. Desire neither the silver nor the gold that adorns them, nor take them for yourselves, so you won't be ensnared by them, because the gold and silver is detestable to the LORD your God.

Jacob announced to his household and to everyone with him, "Throw away the foreign gods that you've kept among you, purify yourselves, and change your clothes.

"You are not to make worthless idols, images, or pillars for yourselves, nor set up for yourselves carved images to bow down to them in the land, because I am the LORD your God.


"You are not to craft for yourselves an idol or anything resembling what is in the skies above, or on earth beneath, or in the water sources under the earth.


Be careful! Otherwise, your hearts will deceive you and you will turn away to serve other gods and worship them.

"You are not to make molten gods for yourselves.

Furthermore, you are not to erect for yourselves a sacred stone pillar, because the LORD your God detests these things.

You must neither have a foreign god over you or worship a strange god.


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