I am saying this for your benefit, not to place a limitation on you, but so that without distraction you may give notable and constant service to the Lord.
What then is my reward? That when I preach the gospel I may offer the gospel free of charge, and so not make full use of my rights in the gospel.
Therefore we are always full of courage, and we know that as long as we are alive here on earth 1 we are absent from the Lord –
Finally, brothers and sisters, 1 rejoice, set things right, be encouraged, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.
Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to conduct ourselves rightly in every respect.
Saul said, “Let’s go down after the Philistines at night; we will rout 1 them until the break of day. 2 We won’t leave any of them alive!” 3 They replied, “Do whatever seems best to you.” 4 But the priest said, “Let’s approach God here.”
David’s men said to him, “This is the day about which the Lord said to you, ‘I will give your enemy into your hand, and you can do to him whatever seems appropriate to you.’” 1 So David got up and quietly cut off an edge of Saul’s robe.
So Hazael went to visit Elisha. 1 He took along a gift, 2 as well as 3 forty camel loads of all the fine things of Damascus. When he arrived, he stood before him and said, “Your son, 4 King Ben Hadad of Syria, has sent me to you with this question, 5 ‘Will I recover from this sickness?’”
then listen from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel. Certainly 1 you will then teach them the right way to live 2 and send rain on your land that you have given your people to possess. 3
I thought deeply 1 about the effects of 2 indulging 3 myself 4 with wine (all the while 5 my mind was guiding me 6 with wisdom) 7 and the effects of 8 behaving foolishly, 9 so that
For to the one who pleases him, 1 God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy, but to the sinner, he gives the task of amassing 2 wealth 3 – only to give 4 it 5 to the one who pleases God. This 6 task of the wicked 7 is futile – like chasing the wind!
Even if a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years – even if he lives a long, long time, 1 but cannot enjoy his prosperity – even if he were to live forever 2 – I would say, “A stillborn child 3 is better off than he is!” 4
So 1 he answered them, 2 “Go tell 3 John what you have seen and heard: 4 The blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the 5 deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news proclaimed to them.
Joseph harnessed his chariot and went up to meet his father Israel in Goshen. When he met him, 1 he hugged his neck and wept on his neck for quite some time.
But Joab said to him, “You will not be a bearer of good news today. You will bear good news some other day, but not today, 1 for the king’s son is dead.”