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For the king knows about these things, and I am speaking freely 1 to him, 2 because I cannot believe 3 that any of these things has escaped his notice, 4 for this was not done in a corner. 5
For this reason it is by faith so that it may be by grace, 1 with the result that the promise may be certain to all the descendants – not only to those who are under the law, but also to those who have the faith of Abraham, 2 who is the father of us all
So then, just as sin entered the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all people 1 because 2 all sinned –
For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For I want to do the good, but I cannot do it. 1
For the scripture says to Pharaoh: 1 “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may demonstrate my power in you, and that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.” 2
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” 1 (that is, the word of faith that we preach),
For I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, 1 so that you may not be conceited: A partial hardening has happened to Israel 2 until the full number 3 of the Gentiles has come in.
Rather, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in doing this you will be heaping burning coals on his head. 1
For this reason, I have sent Timothy to you, who is my dear and faithful son in the Lord. He will remind you of my ways in Christ, 1 as I teach them everywhere in every church.
But the man who is firm in his commitment, and is under no necessity but has control over his will, and has decided in his own mind to keep his own virgin, does well.
Therefore when I was planning to do this, I did not do so without thinking about what I was doing, did I? 1 Or do I make my plans 2 according to mere human standards 3 so that I would be saying 4 both “Yes, yes” and “No, no” at the same time?
And I wrote this very thing to you, 1 so that when I came 2 I would not have sadness from those who ought to make me rejoice, since I am confident in you all that my joy would be yours.
For see what this very thing, this sadness 1 as God intended, has produced in you: what eagerness, what defense of yourselves, 2 what indignation, 3 what alarm, what longing, what deep concern, 4 what punishment! 5 In everything you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter.
Look, for the third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you, because I do not want your possessions, but you. For children should not have 1 to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.
Because of this I am writing these things while absent, so that when I arrive 1 I may not have to deal harshly with you 2 by using my authority – the Lord gave it to me for building up, not for tearing down!
What I am saying is this: The law that came four hundred thirty years later does not cancel a covenant previously ratified by God, 1 so as to invalidate the promise.
For you can be confident of this one thing: 1 that no person who is immoral, impure, or greedy (such a person is an idolater) has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
For this reason we also, from the day we heard about you, 1 have not ceased praying for you and asking God 2 to fill 3 you with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
So 1 when I could bear it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith, for fear that the tempter somehow tempted you and our toil had proven useless.
For we tell you this by the word of the Lord, 1 that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will surely not go ahead of those who have fallen asleep.