The unbeliever 1 does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. And he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
For though you may have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, because I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
You must let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth, but only what is beneficial for the building up of the one in need, 1 that it may give grace to those who hear.
In the presence of the Lord your God you must eat from the tithe of your grain, your new wine, 1 your olive oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the place he chooses to locate his name, so that you may learn to revere the Lord your God always.
He told the Levites, who instructed all Israel about things consecrated to the Lord, “Place the holy ark in the temple which King Solomon son of David of Israel built. Don’t carry it on your shoulders. Now serve the Lord your God and his people Israel!
Then Nehemiah the governor, 1 Ezra the priestly scribe, 2 and the Levites who were imparting understanding to the people said to all of them, 3 “This day is holy to the LORD your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people had been weeping when they heard the words of the law.
Therefore, as flaming fire 1 devours straw, and dry grass disintegrates in the flames, so their root will rot, and their flower will blow away like dust. 2 For they have rejected the law of the Lord who commands armies, they have spurned the commands 3 of the Holy One of Israel. 4
Lord, I know you look for faithfulness. 1 But even when you punish these people, they feel no remorse. 2 Even when you nearly destroy them, they refuse to be corrected. They have become as hardheaded as a rock. 3 They refuse to change their ways. 4
Citizens of Zion, 1 rejoice! Be glad because of what the Lord your God has done! 2 For he has given to you the early rains 3 as vindication. He has sent 4 to you the rains – both the early and the late rains 5 as formerly.
They set 1 a day to meet with him, 2 and they came to him where he was staying 3 in even greater numbers. 4 From morning until evening he explained things 5 to them, 6 testifying 7 about the kingdom of God 8 and trying to convince 9 them about Jesus from both the law of Moses and the prophets.
I wish you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets so that the church may be strengthened.