“Who are you, then?” they asked. “We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What can you tell us about yourself?”
Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so you also won’t be tempted.
What is a man benefited if he gains the whole world, yet loses or forfeits himself?
“Aaron will present the bull for his sin offering and make atonement for himself and his household.
“When Aaron presents the bull for his sin offering and makes atonement for himself and his household, he will slaughter the bull for his sin offering.
No one may be in the tent of meeting from the time he enters to make atonement in the most holy place until he leaves after he has made atonement for himself, his household, and the whole assembly of Israel.
He will bathe his body with water in a holy place and put on his clothes. Then he must go out and sacrifice his burnt offering and the people’s burnt offering; he will make atonement for himself and for the people.
If you are wise, you are wise for your own benefit;
if you mock, you alone will bear the consequences.”
Your wickedness affects a person like yourself,
and your righteousness another human being.
For he said:I have done this by my own strength
and wisdom, for I am clever.
I abolished the borders of nations
and plundered their treasures;
like a mighty warrior, I subjugated the inhabitants.
As for me, however, I am filled with power
by the Spirit of the Lord,
with justice and courage,
to proclaim to Jacob his rebellion
and to Israel his sin.
You yourselves know that these hands have provided for my needs and for those who were with me.
1 Corinthians 15:11
Therefore, whether it is I or they, so we proclaim and so you have believed.
And men will rise up from your own number with deviant doctrines to lure the disciples into following them.
Even if it is true that I have sinned,
my mistake concerns only me.
So everyone went to be registered, each to his own town.
Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the log in your own eye?
Hypocrite! First take the log out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
Let his own eyes see his demise;
let him drink from the Almighty’s wrath!
Your way of life and your actions
have brought this on you.
This is your punishment. It is very bitter,
because it has reached your heart!
Have you not brought this on yourself
by abandoning the Lord your God
while He was leading you along the way?
His own hands will bring the fire offerings to the Lord. He will bring the fat together with the breast. The breast is to be waved as a presentation offering before the Lord.
2 Samuel 17:11
Instead, I advise that all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba—as numerous as the sand by the sea—be gathered to you and that you personally go into battle.