But regarding the Gentiles who have believed, we have written a letter, having decided 1 that they should avoid 2 meat that has been sacrificed to idols 3 and blood and what has been strangled 4 and sexual immorality.”
Guard against self-deception, each of you. 1 If someone among you thinks he is wise in this age, let him become foolish so that he can become wise.
so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without blemish though you live in a crooked and perverse society, in which you shine as lights in the world 1
Because of this, in fact, I suffer as I do. 1 But I am not ashamed, because I know the one in whom my faith is set 2 and I am convinced that he is able to protect what has been entrusted to me 3 until that day. 4
So God 1 again ordains a certain day, “Today,” speaking through David 2 after so long a time, as in the words quoted before, 3 “O, that today you would listen as he speaks! 4 Do not harden your hearts.”
And above all, my brothers and sisters, 1 do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath. But let your “Yes” be yes and your “No” be no, so that you may not fall into judgment.
‘I know the distress you are suffering 1 and your poverty (but you are rich). I also know 2 the slander against you 3 by those who call themselves Jews and really are not, but are a synagogue 4 of Satan.
“And say to the people, ‘Sanctify yourselves 1 for tomorrow, and you will eat meat, for you have wept in the hearing 2 of the Lord, saying, “Who will give us meat to eat, 3 for life 4 was good for us in Egypt?” Therefore the Lord will give you meat, and you will eat.
but a whole month, 1 until it comes out your nostrils and makes you sick, 2 because you have despised 3 the Lord who is among you and have wept before him, saying, “Why 4 did we ever come out of Egypt?”’”
And he sent messengers to Balaam 1 son of Beor at Pethor, which is by the Euphrates River 2 in the land of Amaw, 3 to summon him, saying, “Look, a nation has come out of Egypt. They cover the face 4 of the earth, and they are settling next to me.
For the Lord your God walks about in the middle of your camp to deliver you and defeat 1 your enemies for you. Therefore your camp should be holy, so that he does not see anything indecent 2 among you and turn away from you.
So when the Lord your God gives you relief from all the enemies who surround you in the land he 1 is giving you as an inheritance, 2 you must wipe out the memory of the Amalekites from under heaven 3 – do not forget! 4
Then you shall say before the Lord your God, “I have removed the sacred offering 1 from my house and given it to the Levites, the resident foreigners, the orphans, and the widows just as you have commanded me. 2 I have not violated or forgotten your commandments.