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.
Do you not have houses so that you can eat and drink? Or are you trying to show contempt for the church of God by shaming those who have nothing? What should I say to you? Should I praise you? I will not praise you for this!
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.
For if someone comes and proclaims 1 another Jesus different from the one we proclaimed, 2 or if you receive a different spirit than the one you received, 3 or a different gospel than the one you accepted, 4 you put up with it well enough! 5
Only conduct yourselves 1 in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ so that – whether I come and see you or whether I remain absent – I should hear that 2 you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind, by contending side by side for the faith of the gospel, 3
So if perfection had in fact been possible through the Levitical priesthood – for on that basis 1 the people received the law – what further need would there have been for another priest to arise, said to be in the order of Melchizedek and not in Aaron’s order?
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
If 1 anyone sees his fellow Christian 2 committing a sin not resulting in death, 3 he should ask, and God 4 will grant 5 life to the person who commits a sin not resulting in death. 6 There is a sin resulting in death. 7 I do not say that he should ask about that.
For certain men 1 have secretly slipped in among you 2 – men who long ago 3 were marked out 4 for the condemnation I am about to describe 5 – ungodly men who have turned the grace of our God into a license for evil 6 and who deny our only Master 7 and Lord, 8 Jesus Christ.
whose mother is a Danite and whose father is a Tyrian. 1 He knows how to work with gold, silver, bronze, iron, stones, and wood, as well as purple, violet, white, and crimson fabrics. He knows how to do all kinds of engraving and understands any design given to him. He will work with your skilled craftsmen and the skilled craftsmen of my lord David your father.
Amaziah assembled the people of Judah 1 and assigned them by families to the commanders of units of a thousand and the commanders of units of a hundred for all Judah and Benjamin. He counted those twenty years old and up and discovered there were 300,000 young men of fighting age 2 equipped with spears and shields. 3
Oded, a prophet of the Lord, was there. He went to meet the army as they arrived in Samaria and said to them: “Look, because the Lord God of your ancestors was angry with Judah he handed them over to you. You have killed them so mercilessly that God has taken notice. 1
Men were assigned to take the prisoners and find clothes among the plunder for those who were naked. 1 So they clothed them, supplied them with sandals, gave them food and drink, and provided them with oil to rub on their skin. 2 They put the ones who couldn’t walk on donkeys. 3 They brought them back to their brothers at Jericho, 4 the city of the date palm trees, and then returned to Samaria.
You must 1 observe the Sabbath 2 rather than doing anything you please on my holy day. 3 You must look forward to the Sabbath 4 and treat the Lord’s holy day with respect. 5 You must treat it with respect by refraining from your normal activities, and by refraining from your selfish pursuits and from making business deals. 6
The one who slaughters a bull also strikes down a man; 1 the one who sacrifices a lamb also breaks a dog’s neck; 2 the one who presents an offering includes pig’s blood with it; 3 the one who offers incense also praises an idol. 4 They have decided to behave this way; 5 they enjoy these disgusting practices. 6
“If a man divorces his wife and she leaves him and becomes another man’s wife, he may not take her back again. 1 Doing that would utterly defile the land. 2 But you, Israel, have given yourself as a prostitute to many gods. 3 So what makes you think you can return to me?” 4 says the Lord.
I sent all my servants the prophets to warn you over and over again. They said, “Every one of you, stop doing the evil things you have been doing and do what is right. 1 Do not pay allegiance to other gods 2 and worship them. Then you can continue to live in this land that I gave to you and your ancestors.” But you did not pay any attention or listen to me.
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