Ethics, incentives towards
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For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same;
"You shall appoint for yourself judges and officers in all your towns which the LORD your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.
"According to the terms of the law which they teach you, and according to the verdict which they tell you, you shall do; you shall not turn aside from the word which they declare to you, to the right or the left.
Vindicate the weak and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,
Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority,
"For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
'Why have you despised the word of the LORD by doing evil in His sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the sons of Ammon.
"Bring your worthless offerings no longer, Incense is an abomination to Me New moon and sabbath, the calling of assemblies-- I cannot endure iniquity and the solemn assembly.
"They come to you as people come, and sit before you as My people and hear your words, but they do not do them, for they do the lustful desires expressed by their mouth, and their heart goes after their gain.
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.
"But woe to you Pharisees! For you pay tithe of mint and rue and every kind of garden herb, and yet disregard justice and the love of God; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.
They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed.
But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.
Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear;
Then they will cry out to the LORD, But He will not answer them Instead, He will hide His face from them at that time Because they have practiced evil deeds.
Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
"But it shall come about, if you do not obey the LORD your God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes with which I charge you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:
Your rulers are rebels And companions of thieves; Everyone loves a bribe And chases after rewards They do not defend the orphan, Nor does the widow's plea come before them.
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.
Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.
for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light
and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.
Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices,
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
I am not speaking this as a command, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity of your love also.
who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.
We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord.
For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit;
Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more.
Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? And who may stand in His holy place?
To do righteousness and justice Is desired by the LORD more than sacrifice.
For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
"Is this not the fast which I choose, To loosen the bonds of wickedness, To undo the bands of the yoke, And to let the oppressed go free And break every yoke?
AND TO LOVE HIM WITH ALL THE HEART AND WITH ALL THE UNDERSTANDING AND WITH ALL THE STRENGTH, AND TO LOVE ONE'S NEIGHBOR AS HIMSELF, is much more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."
Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.
"Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,
O LORD, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill?
"He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.
For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
Thus says the LORD, "Preserve justice and do righteousness, For My salvation is about to come And My righteousness to be revealed.
"Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; You will cry, and He will say, 'Here I am ' If you remove the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness,
"But when you give a reception, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,
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