Go to the ant, you slacker!
Observe its ways and become wise.
Don’t be excessively righteous, and don’t be overly wise. Why should you destroy yourself?
If He put His mind to it
and withdrew the spirit and breath He gave,
This saying is trustworthy. I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed God might be careful to devote themselves to good works. These are good and profitable for everyone.
so that you won’t become lazy but will be imitators of those who inherit the promises through faith and perseverance.
God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Now to the one who works, pay is not considered as a gift, but as something owed.
Although a sinner commits crime a hundred times and prolongs his life, yet I also know that it will go well with God-fearing people, for they are reverent before Him.
But when God is silent, who can declare Him guilty?
When He hides His face, who can see Him?
Yet He watches over both individuals and nations,
After Moses gave an order, they sent a proclamation throughout the camp: “Let no man or woman make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary.” So the people stopped.
He stretches the northern skies over empty space;
He hangs the earth on nothing.
They profess to know God, but they deny Him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, and disqualified for any good work.
Reject a divisive person after a first and second warning,
The Sermon on the MountWhen He saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain, and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him.
In His own time He has revealed His message in the proclamation that I was entrusted with by the command of God our Savior:
But I will look to the Lord;
I will wait for the God of my salvation.
My God will hear me.
In full view of the public,
He strikes them for their wickedness,
but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You may even be found fighting against God.” So they were persuaded by him.
to slander no one, to avoid fighting, and to be kind, always showing gentleness to all people.
Do you give strength to the horse?
Do you adorn his neck with a mane?
every living thing would perish together
and mankind would return to the dust.
To the pure, everything is pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; in fact, both their mind and conscience are defiled.
Could one who hates justice govern the world?
Will you condemn the mighty Righteous One,
But avoid foolish debates, genealogies, quarrels, and disputes about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.
2 Corinthians 10:5
and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to obey Christ.
After saying this, He breathed on them and said,“Receive the Holy Spirit.
A day will come for rebuilding your walls;
on that day your boundary will be extended.
Look at the heavens and see;
gaze at the clouds high above you.
None of the rest dared to join them, but the people praised them highly.
Suppose someone says to God,
“I have endured my punishment;
I will no longer act wickedly.
For He repays a person according to his deeds,
and He brings his ways on him.
When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them.
One of their very own prophets said,Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.
Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding.
It is impossible for God to do wrong,
and for the Almighty to act unjustly.
He poured out this Spirit on us abundantly
through Jesus Christ our Savior,
Indeed, it is true that God does not act wickedly
and the Almighty does not pervert justice.
And now, I tell you, stay away from these men and leave them alone. For if this plan or this work is of men, it will be overthrown;
Many signs and wonders were being done among the people through the hands of the apostles. By common consent they would all meet in Solomon’s Colonnade.
He wraps up the waters in His clouds,
yet the clouds do not burst beneath their weight.
By His power He stirred the sea,
and by His understanding He crushed Rahab.