Finally then, brothers and sisters, 1 we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received instruction from us about how 2 you must live and please God (as you are in fact living) 3 that you do so more and more.
And in this regard we pray for you always, that our God will make you worthy of his calling 1 and fulfill by his power your every desire for goodness and every work of faith,
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, 1 we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set out for us,
Do not speak against one another, brothers and sisters. 1 He who speaks against a fellow believer 2 or judges a fellow believer speaks against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but its judge. 3
Moreover, 1 we 2 possess the prophetic word as an altogether reliable thing. 3 You do well if you pay attention 4 to this 5 as you would 6 to a light shining in a murky place, until the day dawns and the morning star 7 rises in your hearts. 8
Now as for you, the anointing 1 that you received from him 2 resides 3 in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you. But as his 4 anointing teaches you about all things, it is true and is not a lie. Just as 5 it 6 has taught you, you reside 7 in him.
But I have a few things against you: You have some people there who follow the teaching of Balaam, 1 who instructed Balak to put a stumbling block 2 before the people 3 of Israel so they would eat food sacrificed to idols and commit sexual immorality. 4
Each one of the four living creatures had six wings 1 and was full of eyes all around and inside. 2 They never rest day or night, saying: 3 “Holy Holy Holy is the Lord God, the All-Powerful, 4 Who was and who is, and who is still to come!”
Then 1 I heard a loud voice in heaven saying, “The salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the ruling authority 2 of his Christ, 3 have now come, because the accuser of our brothers and sisters, 4 the one who accuses them day and night 5 before our God, has been thrown down.
So 1 I threw myself down 2 at his feet to worship him, but 3 he said, “Do not do this! 4 I am only 5 a fellow servant 6 with you and your brothers 7 who hold to the testimony about 8 Jesus. Worship God, for the testimony about Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
The angel 1 then 2 threw him into the abyss and locked 3 and sealed it so that he could not deceive the nations until the one thousand years were finished. (After these things he must be released for a brief period of time.)
Then Judah said to his daughter-in-law Tamar, “Live as a widow in your father’s house until Shelah my son grows up.” For he thought, 1 “I don’t want him to die like his brothers.” 2 So Tamar went and lived in her father’s house.
As for that prophet or dreamer, 1 he must be executed because he encouraged rebellion against the Lord your God who brought you from the land of Egypt, redeeming you from that place of slavery, and because he has tried to entice you from the way the Lord your God has commanded you to go. In this way you must purge out evil from within. 2
So let my lord the king now listen to the words of his servant. If the Lord has incited you against me, may he take delight in 1 an offering. But if men have instigated this, 2 may they be cursed before the Lord! For they have driven me away this day from being united with the Lord’s inheritance, saying, ‘Go on, serve other gods!’
Now Elisha was sitting in his house with the community leaders. 1 The king 2 sent a messenger on ahead, but before he arrived, 3 Elisha 4 said to the leaders, 5 “Do you realize this assassin intends to cut off my head?” 6 Look, when the messenger arrives, shut the door and lean against it. His master will certainly be right behind him.” 7
Necho 1 sent messengers to him, saying, “Why are you opposing me, O king of Judah? 2 I am not attacking you today, but the kingdom with which I am at war. 3 God told me to hurry. Stop opposing God, who is with me, or else he will destroy you.” 4
“All the servants of the king and the people of the king’s provinces know that there is only one law applicable 1 to any man or woman who comes uninvited to the king in the inner court – that person will be put to death, unless the king extends to him the gold scepter, permitting him to be spared. 2 Now I have not been invited to come to the king for some thirty days!”
Instead we will do everything we vowed we would do. 1 We will sacrifice and pour out drink offerings to the goddess called the Queen of Heaven 2 just as we and our ancestors, our kings, and our leaders previously did in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. For then we had plenty of food, were well-off, and had no troubles. 3