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For, sin, over you, shall not have lordship, for ye are not under law, but under favour.
Therefore, indeed, seeing that, we also, have encircling us, so great a cloud of witnesses, stripping off every incumbrance and the easily entangling sin, with endurance, let us be running, the race that is lying before us, Looking away unto our faith's Princely-leader and perfecter, Jesus, - who, in consideration of the joy lying before him, endured a cross, shame, despising! And, on the right hand of the throne of God, hath taken his seat.
If one should see his brother committing a sin, not unto death, he shall ask, and He will grant unto him life, - for them who are sinning, not unto death. There, is, a sin, unto death: not concerning that, am I saying, that he should make request. All unrighteousness, is, sin, and there, is, a sin, not unto death. We know that, whosoever hath been born of God, is not committing sin, - Nay, he that hath been born of God, He keepeth him, and, the wicked one, doth not touch him.
What then shall we say? are we still to continue in sin that favour may abound? Far be it! we who have died unto sin, how, any longer, shall we live therein?
But, if, our unrighteousness, commendeth, God's righteousness, what shall we say? Surely, not unrighteous, is God who visiteth with his anger? After the manner of men, I am speaking, - Far be it! Else how shall God judge the world? But, if, the truth of God, by my falsehood, hath the more abounded unto his glory, why, any longer, am, even I, as a sinner, to be judged?read more.
And why not, according as we are injuriously charged, and according as some affirm that we say, Let us do the bad things, that the good ones may come? whose sentence is, just.
Now, if in seeking to be declared righteous in Christ we, ourselves also, were found sinners, - is Christ, therefore, a minister, of sin? Far be it! For, if, the things that I pulled down, these, again, I build, a transgressor, I prove, myself, to be. For, I, through means of law, unto law, died, that, unto God, I might live: -read more.
With Christ, have I been crucified; and, living no longer, am, I, but, living in me, is, Christ, - while, so far as I now do live in flesh, by faith, I live - The faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up in my behalf. I do not set aside the favour of God; for, if, through law, is righteousness, then, Christ, without cause, died.
But be taking heed, lest, by any means, your right, itself, become, an occasion of stumbling, unto the weak; For, if anyone should see theewho hast knowledge, in an idol-temple, reclining, will not, his conscience, being, weak, be built up for the eating of the idol-sacrifices? In fact, he that is weak, is being destroyed, by thy knowledge - the brother for whose sake Christ died.read more.
But, in thus sinning against the brethren am wounding their conscience, seeing it is weak, against Christ, are ye sinning.
For, ye, on a footing of freedom, were called, brethren, - only, turn not your freedom into an occasion to the flesh, but, by means of your love, be serving one another;
As free, yet, not as a cloak of vice, holding your freedom, but, as God's servants.
On all hands, there is reported to be among you - fornication, and such fornication as this - which, not among the nations, is found , - as that one should have, his father's wife: - And, ye, have become puffed up, and have not rather mourned, in order that he might be removed out of your midst, who, this deed, hath wrought.
All things, unto me, are allowable, but, not all things, are profitable: all things, unto me, are allowable, but, I, will not be brought under authority by any. Foods for the belly, and the belly for foods; but, God, will set aside, both it and them. The body, however, is not for fornication, but, for the Lord, - and, the Lord, for the body. God, moreover, hath both raised up, the Lord, and will raise, us, up from among the dead through his power.read more.
Know ye not that, your bodies, are, members of Christ? Shall I, then, take away the members of the Christ and make them members of a harlot? Far be it! Or know ye not that, he that joineth himself unto the harlot, is, one body? For, saith he, the two, shall become, one flesh; But, he that joineth himself unto the Lord, is, one Spirit. Flee fornication! Every sin, whatsoever a man shall commit, is, outside his body, but, he that committeth fornication, bringeth sin into his own body. Or know ye not that, your body, is, a shrine of the Holy Spirit that is within you, which ye have from God? And ye are not your own; - For ye have been bought with a price! Therefore glorify God in your body.
Nevertheless, I have against thee, that thou sufferest the woman Jezebel, she who calleth herself a prophetess, and is teaching and leading astray my own servants to commit lewdness and to eat idol-sacrifices; and I gave her time, that she might repent, and she willeth not to repent out of her lewdness. Lo! I cast her into a bed, and them who are committing adultery with her, into great tribulation, - except they repent out of her works;
But, a certain man, Ananias by name, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it; and, bringing a certain part, at the feet of the Apostles, he laid it.
When, therefore, ye come together into one place, it is not to eat, a supper unto the Lord; For, each one, taketh beforehand, his own supper, in your eating, and, one, indeed, is hungry, whereas, another, is drinking to excess. What! have ye not houses for your eating and drinking? or, the assembly of God, do ye despise, and, put to shame them who have nothing? What am I to say to you? Shall I praise you? In this, I praise you not.
Therefore, indeed, seeing that, we also, have encircling us, so great a cloud of witnesses, stripping off every incumbrance and the easily entangling sin, with endurance, let us be running, the race that is lying before us,
If we say - Sin, have we none! we are deceiving, ourselves, and, the truth, is not in us. If we are confessing our sins, faithful, is he and, righteous - that he should forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say - We have not sinned! false, are we making, him, and, his word, is not in us.
Let no one be deceiving you with empty words; for, because of these things, is coming the anger of God upon the sons of obstinacy:
And a stone to strike against, and a rock to stumble over: Who stumble because, unto the word, they do not yield, - unto which also they have been appointed;
And, hereby, perceive we, that we understand him, - if, his commandments, we are keeping. He that saith - I understand him! And, his commandments, is not keeping, is false, and, in him, the truth is not!
Pursue love; nevertheless be envious of the spiritual gifts, - and, rather, that ye may be prophesying. For, he that speaketh with a tongue, not unto men, doth speak, but, unto God, - for, no one, understandeth, although, in spirit, he is speaking sacred secrets; But, be that prophesieth, unto men, doth speak - edification, and exhortation, and comfort.read more.
He that speaketh with a tongue, buildeth up, himself, whereas, he that prophesieth, buildeth up, an assembly. Howbeit I wish you all to speak with tongues, but, rather, that ye may prophesy, - moreover, greater, is he that prophesieth, than he that speaketh with tongues, - unless indeed he translate, that, the assembly, may receive upbuilding. But, now, brethren - if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit, you, except I speak, unto you, either by way of revelation, or knowledge, or prophesying, or teaching? In like manner, the things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, if, a distinction in the sounds, they do not give, how shall it be known, what is being piped or harped? For, if also, an uncertain sound, a trumpet, should give, who shall prepare himself for battle? So, also, ye, through means of the tongue, except ye give intelligible discourse, how shall it be known what is being spoken? for ye will be speaking, to the air. There may happen to be so many kinds of languages in the world, and, not one, unspoken: - If, then, I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be, unto him that is speaking, a foreigner, and, he that is speaking, shall be, in my case, a foreigner. So, ye, also - since ye are, envious, of spirits, unto the upbuilding of the assembly, seek to be pre-eminent. Wherefore, he that speaketh with a tongue, let him pray that he may translate; For, if I am praying in a tongue, my spirit, is praying, but, my mind, is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, but I will pray also with the mind, - I will strike the strings with the spirit, butI will strike the strings also with the mind. Else, if thou be blessing in a spirit, he that filleth up the place of the ungifted person, how shall he say the Amen upon thy thanksgiving? since indeed, what thou art saying, he knoweth not; For, thou, indeed, excellently art giving thanks, but, the other, is not being built up. I give thanks unto God! - More than ye all, am I speaking with tongues; But, in assembly, I desire to speak five words with my mind, that, others also, I may instruct, than myriads of words in a tongue. Brethren! do not become children, in your understandings; but, in baseness, become babes, while, in your understandings, ye become, full-grown.
Now, concerning the idol-sacrifices, we are aware - because we, all, have knowledge, - knowledge, puffeth up, but, love, buildeth up; If anyone thinketh that he knoweth anything, not yet knoweth he, as he must needs come to know, But, if anyone loveth God, the same, is known of him -read more.
Concerning, then, the eating of idol-sacrifices, we are aware - that an idol is, nothing, in the world, and that, none, is God save one. For, if indeed there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or upon earth, - as indeed there are gods many and lords many, Yet, to us, there is one God the Father, of whom are all things, and, we, for him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and, we, through him. Howbeit, not in all, is the knowledge; but, some, by their familiarity, until even now, with the idol, as an idol-sacrifice, eat it, and, their conscience, being, weak, is defiled. Food, indeed, will not commend us unto God, - neither, if we eat not, do we lack, nor, if we eat, do we abound. But be taking heed, lest, by any means, your right, itself, become, an occasion of stumbling, unto the weak; For, if anyone should see theewho hast knowledge, in an idol-temple, reclining, will not, his conscience, being, weak, be built up for the eating of the idol-sacrifices? In fact, he that is weak, is being destroyed, by thy knowledge - the brother for whose sake Christ died. But, in thus sinning against the brethren am wounding their conscience, seeing it is weak, against Christ, are ye sinning. Therefore, if food is an occasion of stumbling unto my brother, in nowise will I eat flesh unto the age that abideth, - that, I may not occasion, my brother, to stumble.
Nevertheless, I have against thee, a few things, - that thou hast there, such as hold fast the teaching of Balaam, - who went on to teach Balak to throw a cause of stumbling before the sons of Israel, to eat idol-sacrifices and to commit lewdness: