The Things of God
In a previous writing1 it was shown that only some of those
who came to Jesus heard the good news of the Kingdom of God, others
had hardened hearts.
We also saw in the passage of Scripture in Romans chapter nine that God
hardens the heart of who He will and we can have no accusation against
We also saw in Mark 9:52 that the disciples of Jesus had hardened hearts.
Let's take this subject a bit further:
In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat,
Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them, I
have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three
days, and have nothing to eat: And if I send them away fasting to their
own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far.
And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men
with bread here in the wilderness? And he asked them, How
many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven. And he commanded the
people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave
thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them;
and they did set them before the people. And they had a few small
fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them.
So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat
that was left seven baskets. And they that had eaten were about four thousand:
and he sent them away. And straightway he entered into a ship with his
disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha. And the Pharisees came
forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven,
tempting him. And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why
doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall
no sign be given unto this generation. And he left them, and entering
into the ship again departed to the other side. Now the disciples
had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them more
than one loaf. And he charged them, saying, Take
heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of
Herod. And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is
because we have no bread. And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto
them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive
ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened? Having
eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?
When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full
of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve. And
when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments
took ye up? And they said, Seven. And he said unto them, How
is it that ye do not understand?
Let me ask you a question.
Do you sit in a pew in a church week after week, or once a month, and accept
what the Pastor is preaching, without question?
From the above passage of Scripture it is perfectly plain that though your
eyes cannot see and your ears are deaf and your heart is hardened, there
is a way out.
The way out is that you have to do something about it.
God will give you repentance when He sees that your heart, like David's,
is right with Him.
Please understand, you have to seek God, your Pastor cannot do it
for you. It shall become a one to one relationship between you and God.
You shall learn to do things for your heavenly Father out of love for Him
and He shall do things for you because He is love.
You shall become an asset to your Pastor and not the other way around.
Here is the passage that caused this composition to be written:
And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things,
and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes,
and be killed, and after three days rise again. And he spake that saying
openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him. But when he had turned
about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get
thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God,
but the things that be of men.
You might say "I have tried, oh, I have tried so hard, I have pleaded with
God in Jesus name, but He does not seem to hear or manifest Himself to
To help you, let's go back to that hinge-pin passage of Scripture:
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants
ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto
righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but
ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered
you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
You may say "I have read it so often I can say it in my sleep."
To help you understand it, here is a wonderful list of cross references,
in the order that they are being revealed.
May God unveil Himself to you in the midst of your search for Him:
Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with
their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart
far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption:
for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
(2 Peter 2:19)
Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just:
for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.
And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by
wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that
of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise
is not of men, but of God.
Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God
imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are
they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain
unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called
us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious
promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having
escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
(2 Peter 1:3-4)
Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way
of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
(2 Peter 2:15)
And he said, LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven
above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants
that walk before thee with all their heart:
(1 Kings 8:23)
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
(1 Corinthians 13:6)
The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve
the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
(2 Peter 2:9)
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness;
but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but
that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as
a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great
noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and
the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that
all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought
ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and
hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on
fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new
earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
(2 Peter 3:9-13)
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being
dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were
(1 Peter 2:24)
But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even
so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
(1 Thessalonians 2:4)
And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against their
brethren the Jews. For there were that said, We, our sons, and our daughters,
are many: therefore we take up corn for them, that we may
eat, and live. Some also there were that said, We have mortgaged
our lands, vineyards, and houses, that we might buy corn, because of the
dearth. There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king's
tribute, and that upon our lands and vineyards. Yet now our flesh
is as the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children:
and, lo, we bring into bondage our sons and our daughters to be servants,
and some of our daughters are brought unto bondage already:
neither is it in our power to redeem them; for other men
have our lands and vineyards. And I was very angry when I heard their cry
and these words. Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles,
and the rulers, and said unto them, Ye exact usury, every one of his brother.
And I set a great assembly against them. And I said unto them, We after
our ability have redeemed our brethren the Jews, which were sold unto the
heathen; and will ye even sell your brethren? or shall they be sold unto
us? Then held they their peace, and found nothing to answer. Also
I said, It is not good that ye do: ought ye not to walk in the fear
of our God because of the reproach of the heathen our enemies? I likewise,
and my brethren, and my servants, might exact of them money and
corn: I pray you, let us leave off this usury. Restore, I pray you, to
them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their oliveyards, and
their houses, also the hundredth part of the money, and of the corn,
the wine, and the oil, that ye exact of them. Then said they, We will restore
them, and will require nothing of them; so will we do as thou sayest.
Then I called the priests, and took an oath of them, that they should do
according to this promise. Also I shook my lap, and said, So God shake
out every man from his house, and from his labour, that performeth not
this promise, even thus be he shaken out, and emptied. And all the congregation
said, Amen, and praised the LORD. And the people did according to this
promise. Moreover from the time that I was appointed to be their governor
in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year even unto the two and thirtieth
year of Artaxerxes the king, that is, twelve years, I and my brethren
have not eaten the bread of the governor. But the former governors that
had been before me were chargeable unto the people, and had taken
of them bread and wine, beside forty shekels of silver; yea, even their
servants bare rule over the people: but so did not I, because of the fear
of God. Yea, also I continued in the work of this wall, neither bought
we any land: and all my servants were gathered thither unto the
work. Moreover there were at my table an hundred and fifty of the
Jews and rulers, beside those that came unto us from among the heathen
that are about us. Now that which was prepared for me
daily was one ox and six choice sheep; also fowls were prepared
for me, and once in ten days store of all sorts of wine: yet for all this
required not I the bread of the governor, because the bondage was heavy
upon this people. Think upon me, my God, for good, according to
all that I have done for this people.
Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before
mine eyes; cease to do evil;
So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that
look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings
and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is
better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
(1 Samuel 15:22)
Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened:
burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.
I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.
If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness
is born of him.
(1 John 2:29)
No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth
in us, and his love is perfected in us.
(1 John 4:12)
Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee,
because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess,
to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things
sacrificed unto idols. And I gave her space to repent of her fornication;
and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that
commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of
their deeds. And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches
shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will
give unto every one of you according to your works.
Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints;
he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.
Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are
the rejoicing of my heart. I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes
alway, even unto the end.
And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned
within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason
ye these things in your hearts?
Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will
make known my words unto you. Because I have called, and ye refused; I
have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought
all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your
calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation,
and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh
upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall
seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge,
and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel:
they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of
their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments,
which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and
possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you. Ye shall
not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought
from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I
command you. Your eyes have seen what the LORD did because of Baalpeor:
for all the men that followed Baalpeor, the LORD thy God hath destroyed
them from among you. But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God are
alive every one of you this day. Behold, I have taught you statutes and
judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in
the land whither ye go to possess it. Keep therefore and do them;
for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the
nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great
nation is a wise and understanding people. For what nation is
there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the
LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?
And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments
so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day? Only
take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the
things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart
all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons;
Specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in
Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I
will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days
that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according
to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the
children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in
times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh
and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ,
(by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made
us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That
in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in
his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye
saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift
of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained
that we should walk in them. Wherefore remember, that ye being in
time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that
which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that
time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel,
and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without
God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off
are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made
both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between
us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of
commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of
twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile
both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that
were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens
with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation
of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner
stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto
an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an
habitation of God through the Spirit.
In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof
there is no death.
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God,
believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were
not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive
you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither
I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord,
we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith
unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should
have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen
him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth
us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time
with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me
hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words
that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth
in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and
the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. Verily,
verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall
he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I
go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I
do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing
in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments. And
I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he
may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the
world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but
ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not
leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the
world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me,
and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is
that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and
I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas saith unto
him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto
us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If
a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and
we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not
keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the
Father's which sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet
present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom
the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring
all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace
I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give
I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye
have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you.
If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father:
for my Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it come
to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. Hereafter I will
not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing
in me. But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father
gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.
If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you,
in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received
the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same
city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that
himself was some great one: To whom they all gave heed, from the least
to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. And to him
they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom
of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and
women. Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued
with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were
done. Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria
had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who,
when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the
Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were
baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their hands
on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. And when Simon saw that through
laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them
money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands,
he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish
with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased
with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart
is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness,
and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the
bond of iniquity.
Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria,
and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort
of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.
Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted
them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.
But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and
in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou
shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine
heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For
with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession
is made unto salvation.
And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy
Ghost, even as he did unto us;
Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations,
which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:
And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence
toward God, and toward men.
Behold, here I am: witness against me before the LORD, and before
his anointed: whose ox have I taken? or whose ass have I taken? or whom
have I defrauded? whom have I oppressed? or of whose hand have I received
any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith? and I will restore it you.
(1 Samuel 12:3)
But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height
of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not
as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh
on the heart.
(1 Samuel 16:7)
The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward
parts of the belly.
Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that are far from righteousness:
O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been
as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:
Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and
let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our
God, for he will abundantly pardon.
The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment
of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
We then, as workers together with him, beseech you
also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (For he saith, I have
heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured
thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the
day of salvation.) Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be
not blamed: But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers
of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in
fastings; By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by
the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, By the word of truth, by the power of
God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers,
and yet true; As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and,
behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; As sorrowful, yet alway
rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet
possessing all things.
(2 Corinthians 6:1-10)
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against
the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the
obedience of Christ;
(2 Corinthians 10:5)
Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing
the will of God from the heart;
All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have
we dealt falsely in thy covenant. Our heart is not turned back, neither
have our steps declined from thy way; Though thou hast sore broken us in
the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death. If we have
forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange
god; Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part
thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before
the throne of God.
For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his
So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them
by the skilfulness of his hands.
I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.
I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me
according to thy word.
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of
his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And
not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
by whom we have now received the atonement.
And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections
For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but
he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm
constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain
good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me:
and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the
messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith
the LORD of hosts. But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall
stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like
fullers' soap: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver:
and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver,
that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.
O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness
to the upright in heart.
The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in him; and all
the upright in heart shall glory.
I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify
thy name for evermore.
Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
*A Song of degrees of David.* LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes
lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too
high for me.
But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman
to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.
The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that
are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous:
The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his
My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For
length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not
mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon
the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding
in the sight of God and man.
Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind
them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart. Say unto
wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:
That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which
flattereth with her words.
A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is
his delight. When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the
lowly is wisdom. The integrity of the upright shall guide them:
but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them. Riches profit
not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death. The righteousness
of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own
wickedness. The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors
shall be taken in their own naughtiness. When a wicked man dieth,
his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men
perisheth. The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh
in his stead. An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour:
but through knowledge shall the just be delivered. When it goeth well with
the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there
is shouting. By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but
it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but
such as are upright in their way are his delight.
A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth
his way preserveth his soul.
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell
in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by
thy words thou shalt be condemned.
And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?
Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth
into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which
proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the
man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications,
thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile
a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive
the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse,
and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD shall
rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel
and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; And shall
make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not
judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of
his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with
equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the
rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the
girdle of his reins.
And Jesus looking upon them saith, With
men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things
And Jesus answering saith unto them,
Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say
unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and
shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which
he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore
I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that
ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when
ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father
also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not
forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
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