'Selfish' in the Bible
And they tempted God in their hearts by asking for food according to their [selfish] desire and appetite.
Turn my heart toward your statutes, not toward selfish gain.
One who isolates himself pursues [selfish] desires; he rebels against all sound judgment.
Do not eat the bread of a selfish man, Or desire his delicacies;
They lament, 'Why don't you notice when we fast? Why don't you pay attention when we humble ourselves?' Look, at the same time you fast, you satisfy your selfish desires, you oppress your workers.
You must observe the Sabbath rather than doing anything you please on my holy day. You must look forward to the Sabbath and treat the Lord's holy day with respect. You must treat it with respect by refraining from your normal activities, and by refraining from your selfish pursuits and from making business deals.
When Judas, His betrayer, saw that [Jesus] was condemned, [Judas was afflicted in mind and troubled for his former folly; and] with remorse [with little more than a selfish dread of the consequences] he brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders,
But love your enemies and be kind and do good [doing favors so that someone derives benefit from them] and lend, expecting and hoping for nothing in return but considering nothing as lost and despairing of no one; and then your recompense (your reward) will be great (rich, strong, intense, and abundant), and you will be sons of the Most High, for He is kind and charitable and good to the ungrateful and the selfish and wicked.
but wrath and fury for those who in their selfish pride refuse to believe the truth and practice wickedness instead.
does not act improperly; is not selfish; is not provoked; does not keep a record of wrongs;
Make room for us in your hearts. There is not one of you whom we have wronged, not one to whom we have done harm, not one over whom we have gained any selfish advantage.
Have I gained any selfish advantage over you through any one of the messengers I have sent to you?
I begged Titus to visit you, and sent our other brother with him. Did Titus gain any selfish advantage over you? Were not he and I guided by one and the same Spirit, and did we not walk in the same steps?
For I fear that perhaps when I come I will not find you to be what I want, and I may not be found by you to be what you want; there may be quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, slander, gossip, arrogance, and disorder.
idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions,
The former insincerely preach Christ from selfish ambition, thinking that they add affliction to my chains;
the former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my imprisonment.
Do not act out of selfish ambition or conceit, but with humility think of others as being better than yourselves.
not a hard drinker nor given to blows; not selfish or quarrelsome or covetous;
But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your heart, don't brag and lie in defiance of the truth.
For where envy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every kind of evil.
Where do those fights and quarrels among you come from? They come from your selfish desires that are at war in your bodies, don't they?
[Or] you do ask [God for them] and yet fail to receive, because you ask with wrong purpose and evil, selfish motives. Your intention is [when you get what you desire] to spend it in sensual pleasures.
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