What can a person give in exchange for his life?
Whatever you are doing, 1 work at it with enthusiasm, 2 as to the Lord and not for people, 3
But we are not among those who shrink back and thus perish, but are among those who have faith and preserve their souls. 1
And now I advise 1 you to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only the ship will be lost. 2
not like those who do their work only when someone is watching 1 – as people-pleasers – but as slaves of Christ doing the will of God from the heart. 2
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and steadfast, which reaches inside behind the curtain, 1
Dear friends, I urge you as foreigners and exiles to keep away from fleshly desires that do battle against the soul,
who risked their own necks for my life. Not only I, but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them.
For what does it benefit a person 1 if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life? Or what can a person give in exchange for his life?
Love 1 the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 2
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing even to the point of dividing soul from spirit, and joints from marrow; it is able to judge the desires and thoughts of the heart.
(The ripe fruit 1 you greatly desired 2 has gone from you, and all your luxury 3 and splendor 4 have gone from you – they will never ever be found again!) 5