“I wish that one of you would close the temple doors, 1 so that you no longer would light useless fires on my altar. I am not pleased with you,” says the Lord who rules over all, “and I will no longer accept an offering from you.
So anyone who breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches others 1 to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever obeys them and teaches others to do so will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus replied, 1 “The light is with you for a little while longer. 2 Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. 3 The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going.
(as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”). 1 He is our father 2 in the presence of God whom he believed – the God who 3 makes the dead alive and summons the things that do not yet exist as though they already do. 4
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.
For by the grace given to me I say to every one of you not to think more highly of yourself than you ought to think, but to think with sober discernment, as God has distributed to each of you 1 a measure of faith. 2
So then, do not judge anything before the time. Wait until the Lord comes. He will 1 bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the motives of hearts. Then each will receive recognition 2 from God.
But if the ministry that produced death – carved in letters on stone tablets 1 – came with glory, so that the Israelites 2 could not keep their eyes fixed on the face of Moses because of the glory of his face 3 (a glory 4 which was made ineffective), 5
So then, even though I wrote to you, it was not on account of the one who did wrong, or on account of the one who was wronged, but to reveal to you your eagerness on our behalf 1 before God.
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.
For 1 it is right for me to think this about all of you, because I have you in my heart, 2 since both in my imprisonment 3 and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel all of you became partners in God’s grace 4 together with me.
The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, 1 I will give him some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white 2 stone, 3 and on that stone will be written a new name that no one can understand 4 except the one who receives it.’
and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No 1 one was able to learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been redeemed from the earth.
Now the entire family has risen up against your servant, saying, ‘Turn over the one who struck down his brother, so that we can execute him and avenge the death 1 of his brother whom he killed. In so doing we will also destroy the heir.’ They want to extinguish my remaining coal, 2 leaving no one on the face of the earth to carry on the name of my husband.”
King Ahaz ordered Uriah the priest, “On the large altar 1 offer the morning burnt sacrifice, the evening grain offering, the royal burnt sacrifices and grain offering, the burnt sacrifice for all the people of Israel, their grain offering, and their libations. Sprinkle all the blood of the burnt sacrifice and other sacrifices on it. The bronze altar will be for my personal use.” 2
Asa prayed 1 to the Lord his God: “O Lord, there is no one but you who can help the weak when they are vastly outnumbered. 2 Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on you and have marched on your behalf against this huge army. 3 O Lord our God, don’t let men prevail against you!” 4