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Matthew 1:23
"The virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name him Immanuel," which means "God is with us."


Matthew 2:12
God warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod. So they left for their country by another road.


Matthew 3:2
"Turn to God and change the way you think and act, because the kingdom of heaven is near."


Matthew 3:7
But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to be baptized, he said to them, "You poisonous snakes! Who showed you how to flee from God's coming anger?


Matthew 3:8
Do those things that prove you have turned to God and have changed the way you think and act.


Matthew 3:9
Don't think you can say, 'Abraham is our ancestor.' I can guarantee that God can raise up descendants for Abraham from these stones.


Matthew 3:15
Jesus answered him, "This is the way it has to be now. This is the proper way to do everything that God requires of us." Then John gave in to him.


Matthew 3:16
After Jesus was baptized, he immediately came up from the water. Suddenly, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God coming down as a dove to him.


Matthew 4:3
The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread."


Matthew 4:4
Jesus answered, "Scripture says, 'A person cannot live on bread alone but on every word that God speaks.' "


Matthew 4:6
He said to Jesus, "If you are the Son of God, jump! Scripture says, 'He will put his angels in charge of you. They will carry you in their hands so that you never hit your foot against a rock.' "


Matthew 4:7
Jesus said to him, "Again, Scripture says, 'Never tempt the Lord your God.' "


Matthew 4:10
Jesus said to him, "Go away, Satan! Scripture says, 'Worship the Lord your God and serve only him.' "


Matthew 4:17
From then on, Jesus began to tell people, "Turn to God and change the way you think and act, because the kingdom of heaven is near!"


Matthew 5:6
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for God's approval. They will be satisfied.


Matthew 5:8
Blessed are those whose thoughts are pure. They will see God.


Matthew 5:9
Blessed are those who make peace. They will be called God's children.


Matthew 5:10
Blessed are those who are persecuted for doing what God approves of. The kingdom of heaven belongs to them.


Matthew 5:20
I can guarantee that unless you live a life that has God's approval and do it more faithfully than the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.


Matthew 5:34
But I tell you don't swear an oath at all. Don't swear an oath by heaven, which is God's throne,


Matthew 6:24
"No one can serve two masters. He will hate the first master and love the second, or he will be devoted to the first and despise the second. You cannot serve God and wealth.


Matthew 6:30
That's the way God clothes the grass in the field. Today it's alive, and tomorrow it's thrown into an incinerator. So how much more will he clothe you people who have so little faith?


Matthew 8:29
They shouted, "Why are you bothering us now, Son of God? Did you come here to torture us before it is time?"


Matthew 9:3
Then some of the scribes thought, "He's dishonoring God."


Matthew 9:8
When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe and praised God for giving such authority to humans.


Matthew 9:13
Learn what this means: 'I want mercy, not sacrifices.' I've come to call sinners, not people who think they have God's approval."


Matthew 12:4
Haven't you read how he went into the house of God and ate the bread of the presence? He and his men had no right to eat those loaves. Only the priests have that right.


Matthew 12:28
But if I force demons out with the help of God's Spirit, then the kingdom of God has come to you.


Matthew 12:41
The men of Nineveh will stand up with you at the time of judgment and will condemn you, because they turned to God and changed the way they thought and acted when Jonah spoke his message. But look, someone greater than Jonah is here!


Matthew 13:17
I can guarantee this truth: Many prophets and many of God's people longed to see what you see but didn't see it, to hear what you hear but didn't hear it.


Matthew 13:43
Then the people who have God's approval will shine like the sun in their Father's kingdom. Let the person who has ears listen!


Matthew 13:49
The same thing will happen at the end of time. The angels will go out and separate the evil people from people who have God's approval.


Matthew 14:33
The men in the boat bowed down in front of Jesus and said, "You are truly the Son of God."


Matthew 15:3
He answered them, "Why do you break the commandment of God because of your traditions?


Matthew 15:4
For example, God said, 'Honor your father and your mother' and 'Whoever curses father or mother must be put to death.'


Matthew 15:5
But you say that whoever tells his father or mother, 'I have given to God whatever support you might have received from me,'


Matthew 15:6
does not have to honor his father. Because of your traditions you have destroyed the authority of God's word.


Matthew 15:31
The crowd was amazed to see mute people talking, the disabled cured, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. So they praised the God of Israel.


Matthew 15:36
He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks to God. Then he broke the bread and gave it to the disciples, and they gave the bread and fish to the people.


Matthew 16:16
Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God!"


Matthew 16:19
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you imprison, God will imprison. And whatever you set free, God will set free."


Matthew 16:23
But Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get out of my way, Satan! You are tempting me to sin. You aren't thinking the way God thinks but the way humans think."


Matthew 18:18
I can guarantee this truth: Whatever you imprison, God will imprison. And whatever you set free, God will set free.


Matthew 19:6
So they are no longer two but one. Therefore, don't let anyone separate what God has joined together."


Matthew 19:14
Jesus said, "Don't stop children from coming to me! Children like these are part of the kingdom of God."


Matthew 19:24
I can guarantee again that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God."


Matthew 19:26
Jesus looked at them and said, "It is impossible for people {to save themselves}, but everything is possible for God."


Matthew 21:31
"Which of the two sons did what the father wanted?" "The first," they answered. Jesus said to them, "I can guarantee this truth: Tax collectors and prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you.


Matthew 21:32
John came to you and showed you the way that God wants you to live, but you didn't believe him. The tax collectors and prostitutes believed him. But even after you had seen that, you didn't change your minds and believe him.


Matthew 21:43
That is why I can guarantee that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce what God wants.


Matthew 22:16
They sent their disciples to him along with Herod's followers. They said to him, "Teacher, we know that you tell the truth and that you teach the truth about the way of God. You don't favor individuals because of who they are.


Matthew 22:21
They replied, "The emperor's." Then he said to them, "Very well, give the emperor what belongs to the emperor, and give God what belongs to God."


Matthew 22:29
Jesus answered, "You're mistaken because you don't know the Scriptures or God's power.


Matthew 22:31
Haven't you read what God told you about the dead coming back to life? He said,


Matthew 22:32
'I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.' He's not the God of the dead but of the living."


Matthew 22:37
Jesus answered him, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'


Matthew 23:22
And to swear an oath by heaven is to swear by God's throne and the one who sits on it.


Matthew 23:23
"How horrible it will be for you, scribes and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You give {God} one-tenth of your mint, dill, and cumin. But you have neglected justice, mercy, and faithfulness. These are the most important things in Moses' Teachings. You should have done these things without neglecting the others.


Matthew 23:28
So on the outside you look as though you have God's approval, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.


Matthew 23:29
"How horrible it will be for you, scribes and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the monuments of those who had God's approval.


Matthew 24:22
If God does not reduce the number of those days, no one will be saved. But those days will be reduced because of those whom God has chosen.


Matthew 24:24
False messiahs and false prophets will appear. They will work spectacular, miraculous signs and do wonderful things to deceive, if possible, even those whom God has chosen.


Matthew 24:31
He will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and from every direction under the sky, they will gather those whom God has chosen.


Matthew 25:37
"Then the people who have God's approval will reply to him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you or see you thirsty and give you something to drink?


Matthew 25:41
"Then the king will say to those on his left, 'Get away from me! God has cursed you! Go into everlasting fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels!


Matthew 25:46
"These people will go away into eternal punishment, but those with God's approval will go into eternal life."


Matthew 26:61
They stated, "This man said, 'I can tear down God's temple and rebuild it in three days.' "


Matthew 26:63
But Jesus was silent. Then the chief priest said to him, "Swear an oath in front of the living God and tell us, are you the Messiah, the Son of God?"


Matthew 26:65
Then the chief priest tore his robes in horror and said, "He has dishonored God! Why do we need any more witnesses? You've just heard him dishonor God!


Matthew 27:40
and said, "You were going to tear down God's temple and build it again in three days. Save yourself! If you're the Son of God, come down from the cross."


Matthew 27:43
He trusted God. Let God rescue him now if he wants. After all, this man said, 'I am the Son of God.' "


Matthew 27:46
About three o'clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?"


Matthew 27:54
An army officer and those watching Jesus with him saw the earthquake and the other things happening. They were terrified and said, "Certainly, this was the Son of God!"


Mark 1:1
This is the beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.


Mark 1:14
After John had been put in prison, Jesus went to Galilee and told people the Good News of God.


Mark 1:15
He said, "The time has come, and the kingdom of God is near. Change the way you think and act, and believe the Good News."


Mark 1:24
"What do you want with us, Jesus from Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!"


Mark 2:2
Many people had gathered. There was no room left, even in front of the door. Jesus was speaking {God's} word to them.


Mark 2:7
"Why does he talk this way? He's dishonoring God. Who besides God can forgive sins?"


Mark 2:12
The man got up, immediately picked up his cot, and walked away while everyone watched. Everyone was amazed and praised God, saying, "We have never seen anything like this."


Mark 2:17
When Jesus heard that, he said to them, "Healthy people don't need a doctor; those who are sick do. I've come to call sinners, not people who think they have God's approval."


Mark 2:26
Haven't you ever read how he went into the house of God when Abiathar was chief priest and ate the bread of the presence? He had no right to eat those loaves. Only the priests have that right. Haven't you ever read how he also gave some of it to his men?"


Mark 3:11
Whenever people with evil spirits saw him, they would fall down in front of him and shout, "You are the Son of God!"


Mark 3:35
Whoever does what God wants is my brother and sister and mother."


Mark 4:11
Jesus replied to them, "The mystery about the kingdom of God has been given {directly} to you. To those on the outside, it is given in stories:


Mark 4:26
Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seeds on the ground.


Mark 4:30
Jesus asked, "How can we show what the kingdom of God is like? To what can we compare it?


Mark 4:33
Jesus spoke {God's} word to them using many illustrations like these. In this way people could understand what he taught.


Mark 5:7
and shouted, "Why are you bothering me now, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Swear to God that you won't torture me."


Mark 6:12
So the apostles went and told people that they should turn to God and change the way they think and act.


Mark 7:8
"You abandon the commandments of God to follow human traditions."


Mark 7:9
He added, "You have no trouble rejecting the commandments of God in order to keep your own traditions!


Mark 7:11
But you say, 'If a person tells his father or mother that whatever he might have used to help them is corban (that is, an offering to God),


Mark 7:13
Because of your traditions you have destroyed the authority of God's word. And you do many other things like that."


Mark 8:6
He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. He took the seven loaves and gave thanks to God. Then he broke the bread and gave it to his disciples to serve to the people.


Mark 8:33
Jesus turned, looked at his disciples, and objected to what Peter said. Jesus said, "Get out of my way, Satan! You aren't thinking the way God thinks but the way humans think."


Mark 9:1
He said to them, "I can guarantee this truth: Some people who are standing here will not die until they see the kingdom of God arrive with power."


Mark 9:47
If your eye causes you to lose your faith, tear it out! It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell.


Mark 10:6
But God made them male and female in the beginning, at creation.


Mark 10:9
Therefore, don't let anyone separate what God has joined together."


Mark 10:14
When Jesus saw this, he became irritated. He told them, "Don't stop the children from coming to me. Children like these are part of the kingdom of God.


Mark 10:15
I can guarantee this truth: Whoever doesn't receive the kingdom of God as a little child receives it will never enter it."


Mark 10:18
Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.


Mark 10:23
Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it will be for rich people to enter the kingdom of God!"


Mark 10:24
The disciples were stunned by his words. But Jesus said to them again, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!


Mark 10:25
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God."


Mark 10:27
Jesus looked at them and said, "It's impossible for people {to save themselves}, but it's not impossible for God to save them. Everything is possible for God."


Mark 11:22
Jesus said to them, "Have faith in God!


Mark 12:14
When they came to him, they said, "Teacher, we know that you tell the truth. You don't favor individuals because of who they are. Rather, you teach the way of God truthfully. Is it right to pay taxes to the emperor or not? Should we pay taxes or not?"


Mark 12:17
Jesus said to them, "Give the emperor what belongs to the emperor, and give God what belongs to God." They were surprised at his reply.


Mark 12:24
Jesus said to them, "Aren't you mistaken because you don't know the Scriptures or God's power?


Mark 12:26
Haven't you read in the book of Moses that the dead come back to life? It's in the passage about the bush, where God said, 'I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.'


Mark 12:27
He's not the God of the dead but of the living. You're badly mistaken!"


Mark 12:29
Jesus answered, "The most important is, 'Listen, Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord.


Mark 12:30
So love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.'


Mark 12:32
The scribe said to Jesus, "Teacher, that was well said! You've told the truth that there is only one God and no other besides him!


Mark 12:34
When Jesus heard how wisely the man answered, he told the man, "You're not too far from the kingdom of God." After that, no one dared to ask him another question.


Mark 13:19
It will be a time of misery that has not happened from the beginning of God's creation until now, and will certainly never happen again.


Mark 13:20
If the Lord does not reduce that time, no one will be saved. But those days will be reduced because of those whom God has chosen.


Mark 13:22
False messiahs and false prophets will appear. They will work miraculous signs and do wonderful things to deceive, if possible, those whom God has chosen.


Mark 13:27
He will send out his angels, and from every direction under the sky, they will gather those whom God has chosen.


Mark 14:25
"I can guarantee this truth: I won't drink this wine again until that day when I drink new wine in the kingdom of God."


Mark 14:64
You've heard him dishonor God! What's your verdict?" All of them condemned him with the death sentence.


Mark 15:29
Those who passed by insulted him. They shook their heads and said, "What a joke! You were going to tear down God's temple and build it again in three days.


Mark 15:34
At three o'clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?"


Mark 15:39
When the officer who stood facing Jesus saw how he gave up his spirit, he said, "Certainly, this man was the Son of God!"


Mark 15:43
when Joseph arrived. He was from the city of Arimathea and was an important member of the Jewish council. He, too, was waiting for the kingdom of God. Joseph boldly went to Pilate's quarters to ask for the body of Jesus.


Mark 16:19
After talking with the apostles, the Lord was taken to heaven, where God gave him the highest position.


Luke 1:2
They received their information from those who had been eyewitnesses and servants of God's word from the beginning, and they passed it on to us.


Luke 1:6
Zechariah and Elizabeth had God's approval. They followed all the Lord's commands and regulations perfectly.


Luke 1:8
Zechariah was on duty with his division of priests. As he served in God's presence,


Luke 1:13
The angel said to him, "Don't be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayer. Your wife Elizabeth will have a son, and you will name him John.


Luke 1:16
He will bring many people in Israel back to the Lord their God.


Luke 1:17
He will go ahead of the Lord with the spirit and power that Elijah had. He will change parents' attitudes toward their children. He will change disobedient people so that they will accept the wisdom of those who have God's approval. In this way he will prepare the people for their Lord."


Luke 1:19
The angel answered him, "I'm Gabriel! I stand in God's presence. God sent me to tell you this good news.


Luke 1:26
Six months after Elizabeth had become pregnant, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a city in Galilee.


Luke 1:30
The angel told her, "Don't be afraid, Mary. You have found favor with God.


Luke 1:32
He will be a great man and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David.


Luke 1:35
The angel answered her, "The Holy Spirit will come to you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy child developing inside you will be called the Son of God.


Luke 1:37
But nothing is impossible for God."


Luke 1:47
My spirit finds its joy in God, my Savior,


Luke 1:64
Suddenly, Zechariah was able to speak, and he began to praise God.


Luke 1:68
"Praise the Lord God of Israel! He has come to take care of his people and to set them free.


Luke 1:78
A new day will dawn on us from above because our God is loving and merciful.


Luke 2:13
Suddenly, a large army of angels appeared with the angel. They were praising God by saying,


Luke 2:14
"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those who have his good will!"


Luke 2:20
As the shepherds returned to their flock, they glorified and praised God for everything they had seen and heard. Everything happened the way the angel had told them.


Luke 2:28
Then Simeon took the child in his arms and praised God by saying,


Luke 2:38
At that moment she came up to Mary and Joseph and began to thank God. She spoke about Jesus to all who were waiting for Jerusalem to be set free.


Luke 2:40
The child grew and became strong. He was filled with wisdom, and God's favor was with him.


Luke 2:52
Jesus grew in wisdom and maturity. He gained favor from God and people.


Luke 3:2
It was at the time when Annas and Caiaphas were chief priests that God spoke to John, son of Zechariah, in the desert.


Luke 3:6
All people will see the salvation that God gives.' "


Luke 3:7
Crowds of people were coming to be baptized by John. He would say to them, "You poisonous snakes! Who showed you how to flee from God's coming anger?


Luke 3:8
Do those things that prove that you have turned to God and have changed the way you think and act. Don't say, 'Abraham is our ancestor.' I guarantee that God can raise up descendants for Abraham from these stones.


Luke 3:38
son of Enos, son of Seth, son of Adam, son of God.


Luke 4:3
The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread."


Luke 4:8
Jesus answered him, "Scripture says, 'Worship the Lord your God and serve only him.' "


Luke 4:9
Then the devil took him into Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest part of the temple. He said to Jesus, "If you are the Son of God, jump from here!


Luke 4:12
Jesus answered him, "It has been said, 'Never tempt the Lord your God.' "


Luke 4:26
But God didn't send Elijah to anyone except a widow at Zarephath in the territory of Sidon.


Luke 4:27
There were also many people with skin diseases in Israel in the prophet Elisha's time. But God cured no one except Naaman from Syria."


Luke 4:34
"Oh, no! What do you want with us, Jesus from Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!"


Luke 4:41
Demons came out of many people, shouting, "You are the Son of God!" But Jesus ordered them not to speak. After all, they knew he was the Messiah.


Luke 4:43
But he said to them, "I have to tell the Good News about the kingdom of God in other cities also. That's what I was sent to do."


Luke 5:1
One day Jesus was standing by the Sea of Galilee. The people crowded around him as they listened to God's word.


Luke 5:21
The scribes and the Pharisees thought, "Who is this man? He's dishonoring God! Who besides God can forgive sins?"


Luke 5:25
The man immediately stood up in front of them and picked up the stretcher he had been lying on. Praising God, he went home.


Luke 5:26
Everyone was amazed and praised God. They were filled with awe and said, "We've seen things today we can hardly believe!"


Luke 5:32
I've come to call sinners to change the way they think and act, not to call people who think they have God's approval."


Luke 6:4
Haven't you read how he went into the house of God, ate the bread of the presence, and gave some of it to the men who were with him? He had no right to eat those loaves. Only the priests have that right."


Luke 6:12
At that time Jesus went to a mountain to pray. He spent the whole night in prayer to God.


Luke 6:20
Jesus looked at his disciples and said, "Blessed are those who are poor. The kingdom of God is theirs.


Luke 6:35
Rather, love your enemies, help them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then you will have a great reward. You will be the children of the Most High God. After all, he is kind to unthankful and evil people.


Luke 7:16
Everyone was struck with fear and praised God. They said, "A great prophet has appeared among us," and "God has taken care of his people."


Luke 7:28
I can guarantee that of all the people ever born, no one is greater than John. Yet, the least important person in the kingdom of God is greater than John.


Luke 7:29
"All the people, including tax collectors, heard John. They admitted that God was right by letting John baptize them.


Luke 7:30
But the Pharisees and the experts in Moses' Teachings rejected God's plan for them. They refused to be baptized.


Luke 8:1
After this, Jesus traveled from one city and village to another. He spread the Good News about God's kingdom. The twelve apostles were with him.


Luke 8:10
Jesus answered, "Knowledge about the mysteries of the kingdom of God has been given {directly} to you. But it is given to others in stories. When they look, they don't see, and when they hear, they don't understand.


Luke 8:11
"This is what the story illustrates: The seed is God's word.


Luke 8:21
He answered them, "My mother and my brothers are those who hear and do what God's word says."


Luke 8:28
When he saw Jesus, he shouted, fell in front of him, and said in a loud voice, "Why are you bothering me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you not to torture me!"


Luke 8:39
"Go home to your family, and tell them how much God has done for you." So the man left. He went through the whole city and told people how much Jesus had done for him.


Luke 9:2
He sent them to spread the message about the kingdom of God and to cure the sick.


Luke 9:11
But the crowds found out about this and followed him. He welcomed them, talked to them about the kingdom of God, and cured those who were sick.


Luke 9:20
He asked them, "But who do you say I am?" Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, whom God has sent."


Luke 9:27
"I can guarantee this truth: Some people who are standing here will not die until they see the kingdom of God."


Luke 9:43
Everyone was amazed to see God's wonderful power. Everyone was amazed at all the things that Jesus was doing. So he said to his disciples,


Luke 9:60
But Jesus told him, "Let the dead bury their own dead. You must go everywhere and tell about the kingdom of God."


Luke 9:62
Jesus said to him, "Whoever starts to plow and looks back is not fit for the kingdom of God."


Luke 10:9
Heal the sick that are there, and tell the people, 'The kingdom of God is near you!'


Luke 10:11
'We are wiping your city's dust from our feet in protest against you! But realize that the kingdom of God is near you!'


Luke 10:27
He answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind.' And 'Love your neighbor as you love yourself.' "


Luke 11:20
But if I force out demons with the help of God's power, then the kingdom of God has come to you.


Luke 11:28
Jesus replied, "Rather, how blessed are those who hear and obey God's word."


Luke 11:32
The men of Nineveh will stand up at the time of judgment with the people living today. Since the men of Nineveh turned to God and changed the way they thought and acted when Jonah spoke his message, they will condemn the people living today. But look, someone greater than Jonah is here!


Luke 11:42
"How horrible it will be for you Pharisees! You give {God} one-tenth of your mint, spices, and every garden herb. But you have ignored justice and the love of God. You should have done these things without ignoring the others.


Luke 11:49
That's why the Wisdom of God said, 'I will send them prophets and apostles. They will murder some of those prophets and apostles and persecute others.'


Luke 12:6
"Aren't five sparrows sold for two cents? God doesn't forget any of them.


Luke 12:8
I can guarantee that the Son of Man will acknowledge in front of God's angels every person who acknowledges him in front of others.


Luke 12:9
But God's angels will be told that I don't know those people who tell others that they don't know me.


Luke 12:20
"But God said to him, 'You fool! I will demand your life from you tonight! Now who will get what you've accumulated?'


Luke 12:21
That's how it is when a person has material riches but is not rich in his relationship with God."


Luke 12:24
Consider the crows. They don't plant or harvest. They don't even have a storeroom or a barn. Yet, God feeds them. You are worth much more than birds.


Luke 12:28
That's the way God clothes the grass in the field. Today it's alive, and tomorrow it's thrown into an incinerator. So how much more will he clothe you people who have so little faith?


Luke 13:3
No! I can guarantee that they weren't. But if you don't turn to God and change the way you think and act, then you, too, will all die.


Luke 13:5
No! I can guarantee that they weren't. But if you don't turn to God and change the way you think and act, then you, too, will all die."


Luke 13:13
He placed his hands on her, and she immediately stood up straight and praised God.


Luke 13:18
Jesus asked, "What is the kingdom of God like? What can I compare it to?


Luke 13:20
He asked again, "What can I compare the kingdom of God to?


Luke 13:28
Then you will cry and be in extreme pain. That's what you'll do when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets. They'll be in the kingdom of God, but you'll be thrown out.


Luke 13:29
People will come from all over the world and will eat in the kingdom of God.


Luke 14:14
Then you will be blessed because they don't have any way to pay you back. You will be paid back when those who have God's approval come back to life."


Luke 14:15
One of those eating with him heard this. So he said to Jesus, "The person who will be at the banquet in the kingdom of God is blessed."


Luke 15:7
I can guarantee that there will be more happiness in heaven over one person who turns to God and changes the way he thinks and acts than over 99 people who already have turned to God and have his approval."


Luke 15:10
So I can guarantee that God's angels are happy about one person who turns to God and changes the way he thinks and acts."


Luke 16:13
"A servant cannot serve two masters. He will hate the first master and love the second, or he will be devoted to the first and despise the second. You cannot serve God and wealth."


Luke 16:15
So Jesus said to them, "You try to justify your actions in front of people. But God knows what's in your hearts. What is important to humans is disgusting to God.


Luke 16:16
"Moses' Teachings and the Prophets were {in force} until the time of John. Since that time, people have been telling the Good News about the kingdom of God, and everyone is trying to force their way into it.


Luke 16:30
"The rich man replied, 'No, Father Abraham! If someone comes back to them from the dead, they will turn to God and change the way they think and act.'


Luke 17:15
When one of them saw that he was healed, he turned back and praised God in a loud voice.


Luke 17:18
Only this foreigner came back to praise God."


Luke 17:20
The Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God would come. He answered them, "People can't observe the coming of the kingdom of God.


Luke 17:21
They can't say, 'Here it is!' or 'There it is!' You see, the kingdom of God is within you."


Luke 18:2
He said, "In a city there was a judge who didn't fear God or respect people.


Luke 18:4
"For a while the judge refused to do anything. But then he thought, 'This widow really annoys me. Although I don't fear God or respect people,


Luke 18:7
Won't God give his chosen people justice when they cry out to him for help day and night? Is he slow to help them?


Luke 18:9
Jesus also used this illustration with some who were sure that God approved of them while they looked down on everyone else.


Luke 18:11
The Pharisee stood up and prayed, 'God, I thank you that I'm not like other people! I'm not a robber or a dishonest person. I haven't committed adultery. I'm not even like this tax collector.


Luke 18:13
"But the tax collector was standing at a distance. He wouldn't even look up to heaven. Instead, he became very upset, and he said, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!'


Luke 18:14
"I can guarantee that this tax collector went home with God's approval, but the Pharisee didn't. Everyone who honors himself will be humbled, but the person who humbles himself will be honored."


Luke 18:16
But Jesus called the infants to him and said, "Don't stop the children from coming to me! Children like these are part of the kingdom of God.


Luke 18:17
I can guarantee this truth: Whoever doesn't receive the kingdom of God as a little child receives it will never enter it."


Luke 18:19
Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God.


Luke 18:24
Jesus watched him and said, "How hard it is for rich people to enter the kingdom of God!


Luke 18:25
Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God."


Luke 18:27
Jesus said, "The things that are impossible for people to do are possible for God to do."


Luke 18:29
Jesus said to them, "I can guarantee this truth: Anyone who gave up his home, wife, brothers, parents, or children because of the kingdom of God


Luke 18:43
Immediately, he could see again. He followed Jesus and praised God. All the people saw this, and they, too, praised God.


Luke 19:11
Jesus was getting closer to Jerusalem, and the people thought that the kingdom of God would appear suddenly. While Jesus had the people's attention, he used this illustration.


Luke 19:37
By this time he was coming near the place where the road went down the Mount of Olives. Then the whole crowd of disciples began to praise God for all the miracles they had seen.


Luke 19:44
They will level you to the ground and kill your people. One stone will not be left on top of another, because you didn't recognize the time when God came to help you."


Luke 20:21
They asked him, "Teacher, we know that you're right in what you say and teach. Besides, you don't play favorites. Rather, you teach the way of God truthfully.


Luke 20:25
He said to them, "Well, then give the emperor what belongs to the emperor, and give God what belongs to God."


Luke 20:36
nor die anymore. They are the same as the angels. They are God's children who have come back to life.


Luke 20:37
"Even Moses showed in the passage about the bush that the dead come back to life. He says that the Lord is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.


Luke 20:38
He's not the God of the dead but of the living. In God's sight all people are living."


Luke 21:31
In the same way, when you see these things happen, you know that the kingdom of God is near.


Luke 22:16
I can guarantee that I won't eat it again until it finds its fulfillment in the kingdom of God."


Luke 22:18
I can guarantee that from now on I won't drink this wine until the kingdom of God comes."


Luke 22:70
Then all of them said, "So you're the Son of God?" Jesus answered them, "You're right to say that I am."


Luke 23:35
The people stood there watching. But the rulers were making sarcastic remarks. They said, "He saved others. If he's the Messiah that God has chosen, let him save himself!"


Luke 23:40
But the other criminal scolded him: "Don't you fear God at all? Can't you see that you're condemned in the same way that he is?


Luke 23:47
When an army officer saw what had happened, he praised God and said, "Certainly, this man was innocent!"


Luke 23:50
There was a good man who had God's approval. His name was Joseph. He was a member of the Jewish council,


Luke 23:51
but he had not agreed with what they had done. He was from the Jewish city of Arimathea, and he was waiting for the kingdom of God.


Luke 24:19
"What happened?" he asked. They said to him, "We were discussing what happened to Jesus from Nazareth. He was a powerful prophet in what he did and said in the sight of God and all the people.


Luke 24:47
Scripture also says that by the authority of Jesus people would be told to turn to God and change the way they think and act so that their sins will be forgiven. This would be told to people from all nations, beginning in the city of Jerusalem.


Luke 24:53
They were always in the temple, where they praised God.


John 1:1
In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.


John 1:2
He was already with God in the beginning.


John 1:6
God sent a man named John to be his messenger.


John 1:12
However, he gave the right to become God's children to everyone who believed in him.


John 1:13
These people didn't become God's children in a physical way—from a human impulse or from a husband's desire {to have a child}. They were born from God.


John 1:18
No one has ever seen God. God's only Son, the one who is closest to the Father's heart, has made him known.


John 1:29
John saw Jesus coming toward him the next day and said, "Look! This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.


John 1:33
I didn't know who he was. But God, who sent me to baptize with water, had told me, 'When you see the Spirit come down and stay on someone, you'll know that person is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'


John 1:34
I have seen this and have declared that this is the Son of God."


John 1:36
John saw Jesus walk by. John said, "Look! This is the Lamb of God."


John 1:49
Nathanael said to Jesus, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the king of Israel!"


John 1:51
Jesus said to Nathanael, "I can guarantee this truth: You will see the sky open and God's angels going up and coming down to the Son of Man."


John 3:2
He came to Jesus one night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that God has sent you as a teacher. No one can perform the miracles you perform unless God is with him."


John 3:3
Jesus replied to Nicodemus, "I can guarantee this truth: No one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above."


John 3:5
Jesus answered Nicodemus, "I can guarantee this truth: No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.


John 3:16
God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.


John 3:17
God sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but to save the world.


John 3:18
Those who believe in him won't be condemned. But those who don't believe are already condemned because they don't believe in God's only Son.


John 3:21
But people who do what is true come to the light so that the things they do for God may be clearly seen.


John 3:33
I have accepted what that person said, and I have affirmed that God is truthful.


John 3:34
The man whom God has sent speaks God's message. After all, God gives him the Spirit without limit.


John 3:36
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life. Instead, he will see God's constant anger."


John 4:10
Jesus replied to her, "If you only knew what God's gift is and who is asking you for a drink, you would have asked him for a drink. He would have given you living water."


John 4:24
God is a spirit. Those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth."


John 5:18
His reply made the Jews more intent on killing him. Not only did he break the laws about the day of worship, but also he made himself equal to God when he said repeatedly that God was his Father.


John 5:25
"I can guarantee this truth: A time is coming (and is now here) when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who respond to it will live.


John 5:42
But I know what kind of people you are. You don't have any love for God.


John 5:44
How can you believe when you accept each other's praise and don't look for the praise that comes from the only God?


John 6:28
The people asked Jesus, "What does God want us to do?"


John 6:29
Jesus replied to them, "God wants to do something for you so that you believe in the one whom he has sent."


John 6:33
God's bread is the man who comes from heaven and gives life to the world."


John 6:45
The prophets wrote, 'God will teach everyone.' Those who do what they have learned from the Father come to me.


John 6:46
I'm saying that no one has seen the Father. Only the one who is from God has seen the Father.


John 6:69
Besides, we believe and know that you are the Holy One of God."


John 7:17
Those who want to follow the will of God will know if what I teach is from God or if I teach my own thoughts.


John 8:40
I am a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. But now you want to kill me. Abraham wouldn't have done that.


John 8:41
You're doing what your father does." The Jews said to Jesus, "We're not illegitimate children. God is our only Father."


John 8:42
Jesus told them, "If God were your Father, you would love me. After all, I'm here, and I came from God. I didn't come on my own. Instead, God sent me.


John 8:47
The person who belongs to God understands what God says. You don't understand because you don't belong to God."


John 8:54
Jesus said, "If I bring glory to myself, my glory is nothing. My Father is the one who gives me glory, and you say that he is your God.


John 9:3
Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned. Instead, he was born blind so that God could show what he can do for him.


John 9:16
Some of the Pharisees said, "The man who did this is not from God because he doesn't follow the traditions for the day of worship." Other Pharisees asked, "How can a man who is a sinner perform miracles like these?" So the Pharisees were divided in their opinions.


John 9:24
So once again the Jews called the man who had been blind. They told him, "Give glory to God. We know that this man who gave you sight is a sinner."


John 9:29
We know that God spoke to Moses, but we don't know where this man came from."


John 9:31
We know that God doesn't listen to sinners. Instead, he listens to people who are devout and who do what he wants.


John 9:33
If this man were not from God, he couldn't do anything like that."


John 10:33
The Jews answered Jesus, "We're going to stone you to death, not for any good things you've done, but for dishonoring God. You claim to be God, although you're only a man."


John 10:34
Jesus said to them, "Don't your Scriptures say, 'I said, "You are gods" '?


John 10:35
The Scriptures cannot be discredited. So if God calls people gods (and they are the people to whom he gave the Scriptures),


John 10:36
why do you say that I'm dishonoring God because I said, 'I'm the Son of God'? God set me apart for this holy purpose and has sent me into the world.


John 11:4
When Jesus heard the message, he said, "His sickness won't result in death. Instead, this sickness will bring glory to God so that the Son of God will receive glory through it."


John 11:22
But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask him."


John 11:27
Martha said to him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who was expected to come into the world."


John 11:40
Jesus said to her, "Didn't I tell you that if you believe, you would see God's glory?"


John 11:52
He prophesied that Jesus wouldn't die merely for this nation, but that Jesus would die to bring God's scattered children together and make them one.


John 12:40
"God blinded them and made them close-minded so that their eyes don't see and their minds don't understand. And they never turn to me for healing!"


John 12:43
They were more concerned about what people thought of them than about what God thought of them.


John 13:3
The Father had put everything in Jesus' control. Jesus knew that. He also knew that he had come from God and was going back to God.


John 13:31
When Judas was gone, Jesus said, "The Son of Man is now glorified, and because of him God is glorified.


John 13:32
If God is glorified because of the Son of Man, God will glorify the Son of Man because of himself, and he will glorify the Son of Man at once."


John 14:1
"Don't be troubled. Believe in God, and believe in me.


John 16:2
You will be thrown out of synagogues. Certainly, the time is coming when people who murder you will think that they are serving God.


John 16:8
He will come to convict the world of sin, to show the world what has God's approval, and to convince the world that God judges it.


John 16:10
He will show the world what has God's approval, because I'm going to the Father and you won't see me anymore.


John 16:11
He will convince the world that God judges it, because the ruler of this world has been judged.


John 16:27
The Father loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.


John 16:30
Now we know that you know everything. You don't need to wait for questions to be asked. Because of this, we believe that you have come from God."


John 17:3
This is eternal life: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you sent.


John 19:7
The Jews answered Pilate, "We have a law, and by that law he must die because he claimed to be the Son of God."


John 20:17
Jesus told her, "Don't hold on to me. I have not yet gone to the Father. But go to my brothers and sisters and tell them, 'I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.' "


John 20:28
Thomas responded to Jesus, "My Lord and my God!"


John 20:31
But these miracles have been written so that you will believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and so that you will have life by believing in him.


John 21:19
Jesus said this to show by what kind of death Peter would bring glory to God. After saying this, Jesus told Peter, "Follow me!"


Acts 1:3
After his death Jesus showed the apostles a lot of convincing evidence that he was alive. For 40 days he appeared to them and talked with them about the kingdom of God.


Acts 2:11
Crete, and Arabia. We hear these men in our own languages as they tell about the miracles that God has done."


Acts 2:17
'In the last days, God says, I will pour my Spirit on everyone. Your sons and daughters will speak what God has revealed. Your young men will see visions. Your old men will dream dreams.


Acts 2:18
In those days I will pour my Spirit on my servants, on both men and women. They will speak what God has revealed.


Acts 2:22
"Men of Israel, listen to what I say: Jesus from Nazareth was a man whom God brought to your attention. You know that through this man God worked miracles, did amazing things, and gave signs.


Acts 2:23
By using men who don't acknowledge Moses' Teachings, you crucified Jesus, who was given over {to death} by a plan that God had determined in advance.


Acts 2:24
But God raised him from death to life and destroyed the pains of death, because death had no power to hold him.


Acts 2:30
David was a prophet and knew that God had promised with an oath that he would place one of David's descendants on his throne.


Acts 2:32
"God brought this man Jesus back to life. We are all witnesses to that.


Acts 2:33
God used his power to give Jesus the highest position. Jesus has also received and has poured out the Holy Spirit as the Father had promised, and this is what you're seeing and hearing.


Acts 2:36
"All the people of Israel should know beyond a doubt that God made Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ."


Acts 2:38
Peter answered them, "All of you must turn to God and change the way you think and act, and each of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins will be forgiven. Then you will receive the Holy Spirit as a gift.


Acts 2:39
This promise belongs to you and to your children and to everyone who is far away. It belongs to everyone who worships the Lord our God."


Acts 2:47
At the same time, they praised God and had the good will of all the people. Every day the Lord saved people, and they were added to the group.


Acts 3:8
Springing to his feet, he stood up and started to walk. He went with Peter and John into the temple courtyard. The man was walking, jumping, and praising God.


Acts 3:9
All the people saw him walking and praising God.


Acts 3:12
When Peter saw this, he said to the people, "Men of Israel, why are you amazed about this man? Why are you staring at us as though we have made him walk by our own power or godly life?


Acts 3:13
The God of our ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed Jesus over to Pilate. You rejected him in Pilate's presence, even though Pilate had decided to let him go free.


Acts 3:15
and you killed the source of life. But God brought him back to life, and we are witnesses to that.


Acts 3:18
But in this way God made the sufferings of his Messiah come true. God had predicted these sufferings through all the prophets.


Acts 3:19
So change the way you think and act, and turn {to God} to have your sins removed.


Acts 3:21
Heaven must receive Jesus until the time when everything will be restored as God promised through his holy prophets long ago.


Acts 3:22
"Moses said, 'The Lord your God will send you a prophet, an Israelite like me. Listen to everything he tells you.


Acts 3:25
You are the descendants of the prophets and the heirs of the promise that God made to our ancestors when he said to Abraham, 'Through your descendant all people on earth will be blessed.'


Acts 3:26
God has brought his servant back to life and has sent him to you first. God did this to bless you by turning every one of you from your evil ways."


Acts 4:10
You and all the people of Israel must understand that this man stands in your presence with a healthy body because of the power of Jesus Christ from Nazareth. You crucified Jesus Christ, but God has brought him back to life.


Acts 4:19
Peter and John answered them, "Decide for yourselves whether God wants people to listen to you rather than to him.


Acts 4:21
The authorities threatened them even more and then let them go. Since all the people were praising God for what had happened, the authorities couldn't find any way to punish Peter and John.


Acts 4:24
When the apostles heard this, they were united and loudly prayed to God, "Master, you made the sky, the land, the sea, and everything in them.


Acts 4:31
When the apostles had finished praying, their meeting place shook. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God boldly.


Acts 4:33
With great power the apostles continued to testify that the Lord Jesus had come back to life. {God's} abundant good will was with all of them.


Acts 5:4
While you had the land, it was your own. After it was sold, you could have done as you pleased with the money. So how could you do a thing like this? You didn't lie to people but to God!"


Acts 5:29
Peter and the other apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than people.


Acts 5:30
You murdered Jesus by hanging him on a cross. But the God of our ancestors brought him back to life.


Acts 5:31
God used his power to give Jesus the highest position as leader and savior. He did this to lead the people of Israel to him, to change the way they think and act, and to forgive their sins.


Acts 5:32
We are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him."


Acts 5:39
However, if it's from God, you won't be able to stop them. You may even discover that you're fighting against God."


Acts 6:2
The twelve apostles called all the disciples together and told them, "It's not right for us to give up God's word in order to distribute food.


Acts 6:7
The word of God continued to spread, and the number of disciples in Jerusalem grew very large. A large number of priests accepted the faith.


Acts 6:8
Stephen was a man filled with God's favor and power. He did amazing things and performed miracles.


Acts 6:11
Then they bribed some men to lie. These men said, "We heard him slander Moses and God."


Acts 7:2
Stephen answered, "Brothers and fathers, listen to me. The God who reveals his glory appeared to our ancestor Abraham in Mesopotamia. This happened before Abraham lived in Haran.


Acts 7:3
God told him, 'Leave your land and your relatives. Go to the land that I will show you.'


Acts 7:4
"Then Abraham left the country of Chaldea and lived in the city of Haran. After his father died, God made him move from there to this land where we now live.


Acts 7:5
"Yet, God didn't give Abraham anything in this land to call his own, not even a place to rest his feet. But God promised to give this land to him and to his descendants, even though Abraham didn't have a child.


Acts 7:6
God told Abraham that his descendants would be foreigners living in another country and that the people there would make them slaves and mistreat them for 400 years.


Acts 7:7
God also told him, 'I will punish the people whom they will serve. After that, they will leave that country and worship me here.'


Acts 7:8
"God gave Abraham circumcision to confirm his promise. So when Abraham's son Isaac was born, Abraham circumcised him on the eighth day. Isaac did the same to his son Jacob, and Jacob did the same to his twelve sons (the ancestors of our tribes).


Acts 7:9
"Jacob's sons were jealous of their brother Joseph. They sold him into slavery, and he was taken to Egypt. But God was with Joseph


Acts 7:10
and rescued him from all his suffering. When Joseph stood in the presence of Pharaoh (the king of Egypt), God gave Joseph divine favor and wisdom so that he became ruler of Egypt and of Pharaoh's whole palace.


Acts 7:17
"When the time that God had promised to Abraham had almost come, the number of our people in Egypt had grown very large.


Acts 7:25
Moses thought his own people would understand that God was going to use him to give them freedom. But they didn't understand.


Acts 7:32
'I am the God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.' Moses began to tremble and didn't dare to look at the bush.


Acts 7:35
"This is the Moses whom the Israelites rejected by saying, 'Who made you our ruler and judge?' This is the one God sent to free them and to rule them with the help of the messenger who appeared to him in the bush.


Acts 7:37
This is the same Moses who told the Israelites, 'God will send you a prophet, an Israelite like me.'


Acts 7:40
They told Aaron, 'We don't know what has happened to this Moses, who led us out of Egypt. So make gods who will lead us.'


Acts 7:41
That was the time they made a calf. They offered a sacrifice to that false god and delighted in what they had made.


Acts 7:42
"So God turned away from them and let them worship the sun, moon, and stars. This is written in the book of the prophets: 'Did you bring me sacrifices and grain offerings in the desert for 40 years, nation of Israel?


Acts 7:43
You carried along the shrine of Moloch, the star of the god Rephan, and the statues you made for yourselves to worship. I will send you into exile beyond the city of Babylon.'


Acts 7:44
"In the desert our ancestors had the tent of God's promise. Moses built this tent exactly as God had told him. He used the model he had seen.


Acts 7:45
After our ancestors received the tent, they brought it into this land. They did this with Joshua's help when they took possession of the land from the nations that God forced out of our ancestors' way. This tent remained here until the time of David,


Acts 7:46
who won God's favor. David asked that he might provide a permanent place for the family of Jacob.


Acts 7:47
But Solomon was the one who built a house for God.


Acts 7:52
Was there ever a prophet your ancestors didn't persecute? They killed those who predicted that a man with God's approval would come. You have now become the people who betrayed and murdered that man.


Acts 7:55
But Stephen was full of the Holy Spirit. He looked into heaven, saw God's glory, and Jesus in the position of authority that God gives.


Acts 7:56
So Stephen said, "Look, I see heaven opened and the Son of Man in the position of authority that God has given him!"


Acts 8:10
Everyone from children to adults paid attention to him. They said, "This man is the power of God, and that power is called great."


Acts 8:12
However, when Philip spread the Good News about the kingdom of God and the one named Jesus Christ, men and women believed him and were baptized.


Acts 8:14
When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that the Samaritans had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them.


Acts 8:20
Peter told Simon, "May your money be destroyed with you because you thought you could buy God's gift.


Acts 8:21
You won't have any share in this because God can see how twisted your thinking is.


Handelingen Apostelen 9:20
He immediately began to spread the word in their synagogues that Jesus was the Son of God.


Handelingen Apostelen 9:32
When Peter was going around to all of God's people, he came to those who lived in the city of Lydda.


Handelingen Apostelen 10:2
He and everyone in his home were devout and respected God. Cornelius gave many gifts to poor Jewish people and always prayed to God.


Handelingen Apostelen 10:3
One day, about three in the afternoon, he had a vision. He clearly saw an angel from God come to him and say, "Cornelius!"


Handelingen Apostelen 10:4
He stared at the angel and was terrified. Cornelius asked the angel, "What do you want, sir?" The angel answered him, "God is aware of your prayers and your gifts to the poor, and he has remembered you.


Handelingen Apostelen 10:15
A voice spoke to him a second time, "Don't say that the things which God has made clean are impure."


Handelingen Apostelen 10:22
The men replied, "Cornelius, a Roman army officer, sent us. He's a man who has God's approval and who respects God. Also, the Jewish people respect him. A holy angel told him to summon you to his home to hear what you have to say."


Handelingen Apostelen 10:28
He said to them, "You understand how wrong it is for a Jewish man to associate or visit with anyone of another race. But God has shown me that I should no longer call anyone impure or unclean.


Handelingen Apostelen 10:31
He said to me, 'Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and has remembered your gifts to the poor.


Handelingen Apostelen 10:33
So I sent for you immediately. Thank you for coming. All of us are here now in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has ordered you to say."


Handelingen Apostelen 10:34
Then Peter said, "Now I understand that God doesn't play favorites.


Handelingen Apostelen 10:35
Rather, whoever respects God and does what is right is acceptable to him in any nation.


Handelingen Apostelen 10:36
God sent his word to the people of Israel and brought them the Good News of peace through Jesus Christ. This Jesus Christ is everyone's Lord.


Handelingen Apostelen 10:38
You know that God anointed Jesus from Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Jesus went everywhere and did good things, such as healing everyone who was under the devil's power. Jesus did these things because God was with him.


Handelingen Apostelen 10:40
but God brought him back to life on the third day. God didn't show him


Handelingen Apostelen 10:42
He ordered us to warn the people, 'God has appointed Jesus to judge the living and the dead.'


Handelingen Apostelen 10:46
They heard these non-Jewish people speaking in other languages and praising God. Then Peter said,


Handelingen Apostelen 11:1
The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that people who were not Jewish had accepted God's word.


Handelingen Apostelen 11:9
"A voice spoke from heaven a second time, 'Don't say that the things which God has made clean are impure.'


Handelingen Apostelen 11:17
When they believed, God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ. So who was I to interfere with God?"


Handelingen Apostelen 11:18
When the others heard this, they had no further objections. They praised God by saying, "Then God has also led people who are not Jewish to turn to him so that they can change the way they think and act and have eternal life."


Handelingen Apostelen 11:19
Some of the believers who were scattered by the trouble that broke out following Stephen's death went as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and the city of Antioch. They spoke God's word only to Jewish people.


Handelingen Apostelen 11:23
When he arrived there, he was pleased to see what God had done for them out of kindness. So he encouraged all the people to remain solidly committed to the Lord.


Handelingen Apostelen 12:5
So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was praying very hard to God for him.


Handelingen Apostelen 12:22
The people started shouting, "The voice of a god and not of a man!"


Handelingen Apostelen 12:23
Immediately, an angel from the Lord killed Herod for not giving glory to God. Herod was eaten by maggots, and he died.


Handelingen Apostelen 12:24
But God's word continued to spread and win many followers.


Handelingen Apostelen 13:5
Arriving in the city of Salamis, they began to spread God's word in the synagogues. John Mark had gone along to help them.


Handelingen Apostelen 13:7
He was associated with an intelligent man, Sergius Paulus, who was the governor of the island. The governor sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear the word of God.


Handelingen Apostelen 13:10
and said, "You are full of dirty tricks and schemes, you son of the devil! You hate everything that has God's approval. Quit trying to distort the truth about the way the Lord wants people to live.


Handelingen Apostelen 13:17
The God of the people of Israel chose our ancestors and made them a strong nation while they lived as foreigners in Egypt. He used his powerful arm to bring them out of Egypt,


Handelingen Apostelen 13:21
"Then the people demanded a king, so God gave them Saul, son of Kish, from the tribe of Benjamin. After forty years


Handelingen Apostelen 13:22
God removed Saul and made David their king. God spoke favorably about David. He said, 'I have found that David, son of Jesse, is a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.'


Handelingen Apostelen 13:23
"God had the Savior, Jesus, come to Israel from David's descendants, as he had promised.


Handelingen Apostelen 13:26
"Brothers—descendants of Abraham and converts to Judaism—the message that God saves people was sent to us.


Handelingen Apostelen 13:30
But God brought him back to life,


Handelingen Apostelen 13:32
We are telling you the Good News: What God promised our ancestors has happened.


Handelingen Apostelen 13:33
God has fulfilled the promise for us, their descendants, by bringing Jesus back to life. This is what Scripture says in the second psalm: 'You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.'


Handelingen Apostelen 13:34
"God stated that he brought Jesus back to life and that Jesus' body never decayed. He said, 'I will give you the enduring love promised to David.'


Handelingen Apostelen 13:36
After doing God's will by serving the people of his time, David died. He was laid to rest with his ancestors, but his body decayed.


Handelingen Apostelen 13:37
However, the man God brought back to life had a body that didn't decay.


Handelingen Apostelen 13:38
"So, brothers, I'm telling you that through Jesus your sins can be forgiven. Sins kept you from receiving God's approval through Moses' Teachings.


Handelingen Apostelen 13:39
However, everyone who believes in Jesus receives God's approval.


Handelingen Apostelen 13:43
When the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas. Paul and Barnabas talked with them and were persuading them to continue trusting God's good will.


Handelingen Apostelen 13:46
Paul and Barnabas told them boldly, "We had to speak the word of God to you first. Since you reject the word and consider yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, we are now going to turn to people of other nations.


Handelingen Apostelen 14:11
The crowds who saw what Paul had done shouted in the Lycaonian language, "The gods have come to us, and they look human."


Handelingen Apostelen 14:13
Zeus' temple was at the entrance to the city. The priest of the god Zeus brought bulls with flowery wreaths around their necks to the temple gates. The priest and the crowd wanted to offer a sacrifice {to Paul and Barnabas}.


Handelingen Apostelen 14:15
and said, "Men, what are you doing? We're human beings like you. We're spreading the Good News to you to turn you away from these worthless gods to the living God. The living God made the sky, the land, the sea, and everything in them.


Handelingen Apostelen 14:16
In the past God allowed all people to live as they pleased.


Handelingen Apostelen 14:22
They strengthened the disciples in these cities and encouraged the disciples to remain faithful. Paul and Barnabas told them, "We must suffer a lot to enter the kingdom of God."


Handelingen Apostelen 14:26
From Attalia they took a boat and headed home to the city of Antioch {in Syria}. (In Antioch they had been entrusted to God's care for the work they had now finished.)


Handelingen Apostelen 14:27
When they arrived, they called the members of the church together. They reported everything God had done through them, especially that he had given people who were not Jewish the opportunity to believe.


Handelingen Apostelen 15:3
The church sent Paul and Barnabas {to Jerusalem}. As they were going through Phoenicia and Samaria, they told the whole story of how non-Jewish people were turning to God. This story brought great joy to all the believers.


Handelingen Apostelen 15:4
The church in Jerusalem, the apostles, and the spiritual leaders welcomed Paul and Barnabas when they arrived. Paul and Barnabas reported everything that God had done through them.


Handelingen Apostelen 15:7
After a lot of debating, Peter stood up and said to them, "Brothers, you know what happened some time ago. God chose me so that people who aren't Jewish could hear the Good News and believe.


Handelingen Apostelen 15:8
God, who knows everyone's thoughts, showed that he approved of people who aren't Jewish by giving them the Holy Spirit as he gave the Holy Spirit to us.


Handelingen Apostelen 15:9
God doesn't discriminate between Jewish and non-Jewish people. He has cleansed non-Jewish people through faith as he has cleansed us Jews.


Handelingen Apostelen 15:10
So why are you testing God? You're putting a burden on the disciples, a burden neither our ancestors nor we can carry.


Handelingen Apostelen 15:12
The whole crowd was silent. They listened to Barnabas and Paul tell about all the miracles and amazing things that God had done through them among non-Jewish people.


Handelingen Apostelen 15:14
Simon has explained how God first showed his concern by taking from non-Jewish people those who would honor his name.


Handelingen Apostelen 15:19
"So I've decided that we shouldn't trouble non-Jewish people who are turning to God.


Handelingen Apostelen 15:20
Instead, we should write a letter telling them to keep away from things polluted by false gods, from sexual sins, from eating the meat of strangled animals, and from eating bloody meat.


Handelingen Apostelen 15:29
by keeping away from food sacrificed to false gods, from eating bloody meat, from eating the meat of strangled animals, and from sexual sins. If you avoid these things, you will be doing what's right. Farewell!


Handelingen Apostelen 16:10
As soon as Paul had seen the vision, we immediately looked for a way to go to Macedonia. We concluded that God had called us to tell the people of Macedonia about the Good News.


Handelingen Apostelen 16:17
She used to follow Paul and shout, "These men are servants of the Most High God. They're telling you how you can be saved."


Handelingen Apostelen 16:25
Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God. The other prisoners were listening to them.


Handelingen Apostelen 16:34
He took Paul and Silas upstairs into his home and gave them something to eat. He and his family were thrilled to be believers in God.


Handelingen Apostelen 17:11
The people of Berea were more open-minded than the people of Thessalonica. They were very willing to receive God's message, and every day they carefully examined the Scriptures to see if what Paul said was true.


Handelingen Apostelen 17:13
But when the Jews in Thessalonica found out that Paul was also spreading God's word in Berea, they went there to upset and confuse the people.


Handelingen Apostelen 17:16
While Paul was waiting for Silas and Timothy in Athens, he saw that the city had statues of false gods everywhere. This upset him.


Handelingen Apostelen 17:18
Some Epicurean and Stoic philosophers had discussions with him. Some asked, "What is this babbling fool trying to say?" Others said, "He seems to be speaking about foreign gods." The philosophers said these things because Paul was telling the Good News about Jesus and saying that people would come back to life.


Handelingen Apostelen 17:23
As I was going through your city and looking closely at the objects you worship, I noticed an altar with this written on it: 'To an unknown god.' I'm telling you about the unknown god you worship.


Handelingen Apostelen 17:24
The God who made the universe and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth. He doesn't live in shrines made by humans,


Handelingen Apostelen 17:27
He has done this so that they would look for God, somehow reach for him, and find him. In fact, he is never far from any one of us.


Handelingen Apostelen 17:28
Certainly, we live, move, and exist because of him. As some of your poets have said, 'We are God's children.'


Handelingen Apostelen 17:29
So if we are God's children, we shouldn't think that the divine being is like an image made from gold, silver, or stone, an image that is the product of human imagination and skill.


Handelingen Apostelen 17:30
"God overlooked the times when people didn't know any better. But now he commands everyone everywhere to turn to him and change the way they think and act.


Handelingen Apostelen 17:31
He has set a day when he is going to judge the world with justice, and he will use a man he has appointed to do this. God has given proof to everyone that he will do this by bringing that man back to life."


Handelingen Apostelen 18:5
But when Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul devoted all his time to teaching the word of God. He assured the Jews that Jesus is the Messiah.


Handelingen Apostelen 18:11
Paul lived in Corinth for a year and a half and taught the word of God to them.


Handelingen Apostelen 18:13
They said, "This man is persuading people to worship God in ways that are against Moses' Teachings."


Handelingen Apostelen 18:21
As he left, he told them, "I'll come back to visit you if God wants me to." Paul took a boat from Ephesus


Handelingen Apostelen 18:26
He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him {home} with them and explained God's way to him more accurately.


Handelingen Apostelen 18:27
When Apollos wanted to travel to Greece, the believers {in Ephesus} encouraged him. They wrote to the disciples in Greece to tell them to welcome him. When he arrived in Greece, God's kindness enabled him to help the believers a great deal.


Handelingen Apostelen 19:6
When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came to them, and they began to talk in other languages and to speak what God had revealed.


Handelingen Apostelen 19:8
For three months Paul would go into the synagogue and speak boldly. He had discussions with people to convince them about the kingdom of God.


Handelingen Apostelen 19:11
God worked unusual miracles through Paul.


Handelingen Apostelen 19:26
and you see and hear what this man Paul has done. He has won over a large crowd that follows him not only in Ephesus but also throughout the province of Asia. He tells people that gods made by humans are not gods.


Handelingen Apostelen 19:27
There's a danger that people will discredit our line of work, and there's a danger that people will think that the temple of the great goddess Artemis is nothing. Then she whom all Asia and the rest of the world worship will be robbed of her glory."


Handelingen Apostelen 19:37
The men you brought here don't rob temples or insult our goddess.


Handelingen Apostelen 20:24
But I don't place any value on my own life. I want to finish the race I'm running. I want to carry out the mission I received from the Lord Jesus—the mission of testifying to the Good News of God's kindness.


Handelingen Apostelen 20:25
"Now I know that none of you whom I told about the kingdom {of God}will see me again.


Handelingen Apostelen 20:27
I didn't avoid telling you the whole plan of God.


Handelingen Apostelen 20:28
Pay attention to yourselves and to the entire flock in which the Holy Spirit has placed you as bishops to be shepherds for God's church which he acquired with his own blood.


Handelingen Apostelen 20:32
"I am now entrusting you to God and to his message that tells how kind he is. That message can help you grow and can give you the inheritance that is shared by all of God's holy people.


Handelingen Apostelen 21:9
Philip had four unmarried daughters who had the ability to speak what God had revealed.


Handelingen Apostelen 21:19
After greeting them, Paul related everything God had done through his work with non-Jewish people.


Handelingen Apostelen 21:20
When the spiritual leaders heard about everything, they praised God. They said to Paul, "You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews are now believers, and all of them are deeply committed to Moses' Teachings.


Handelingen Apostelen 21:23
So follow our advice. We have four men who have made a vow to God.


Handelingen Apostelen 21:25
"{To clarify this matter,} we have written non-Jewish believers a letter with our decision. We told them that they should not eat food sacrificed to false gods, bloody meat, or the meat of strangled animals. They also should not commit sexual sins."


Handelingen Apostelen 22:3
"I'm a Jew. I was born and raised in the city of Tarsus in Cilicia and received my education from Gamaliel here in Jerusalem. My education was in the strict rules handed down by our ancestors. I was as devoted to God as all of you are today.


Handelingen Apostelen 22:14
"Ananias said, 'The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will, to see the one who has God's approval, and to hear him speak to you.


Handelingen Apostelen 23:1
Paul stared at the Jewish council and said, "Brothers, my relationship with God has always given me a perfectly clear conscience."


Handelingen Apostelen 23:3
Then Paul said to him, "God will strike you, you hypocrite! You sit there and judge me by Moses' Teachings and yet you break those teachings by ordering these men to strike me!"


Handelingen Apostelen 23:4
The men standing near Paul said to him, "You're insulting God's chief priest!"


Handelingen Apostelen 23:12
In the morning the Jews formed a conspiracy. They asked God to curse them if they ate or drank anything before they had killed Paul.


Handelingen Apostelen 23:14
They went to the chief priests and leaders {of the people} and said, "We've asked God to curse us if we taste any food before we've killed Paul.


Handelingen Apostelen 23:21
Don't let them persuade you to do this. More than forty of them are planning to ambush him. They have asked God to curse them if they eat or drink anything before they have murdered him. They are ready now and are expecting you to promise {that you will bring Paul}."


Handelingen Apostelen 24:14
But I'll admit to you that I'm a follower of the way {of Christ}, which they call a sect. This means that I serve our ancestors' God and believe everything written in Moses' Teachings and the Prophets.


Handelingen Apostelen 24:15
I hope for the same thing my accusers do, that people with God's approval and those without it will come back to life.


Handelingen Apostelen 24:16
With this belief I always do my best to have a clear conscience in the sight of God and people.


Handelingen Apostelen 24:17
After many years I have come back to my people and brought gifts for the poor and offerings {for God}.


Handelingen Apostelen 24:25
As Paul discussed the subjects of God's approval, self-control, and the coming judgment, Felix became afraid and said, "That's enough for now. You can go. When I find time, I'll send for you again."


Handelingen Apostelen 26:6
"I'm on trial now because I expect God to keep the promise that he made to our ancestors.


Handelingen Apostelen 26:7
Our twelve tribes expect this promise to be kept as they worship with intense devotion day and night. Your Majesty, the Jews are making accusations against me because I expect God to keep his promise.


Handelingen Apostelen 26:8
Why do all of you refuse to believe that God can bring dead people back to life?


Handelingen Apostelen 26:14
All of us fell to the ground, and I heard a voice asking me in Hebrew, 'Saul, Saul! Why are you persecuting me? It's hard for {a mortal like} you to resist God.'


Handelingen Apostelen 26:18
You will open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light and from Satan's control to God's. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and a share among God's people who are made holy by believing in me.'


Handelingen Apostelen 26:20
Instead, I spread the message that I first told to the {Jewish} people in Damascus and Jerusalem and throughout the whole country of Judea. I spread the same message to non-Jewish people. Both groups were expected to change the way they thought and acted and to turn to God. I told them to do things that prove they had changed their lives.


Handelingen Apostelen 26:22
"God has been helping me to this day so that I can stand and testify to important and unimportant people. I tell them only what the prophets and Moses said would happen.


Handelingen Apostelen 26:29
Paul replied, "I wish to God that you and everyone listening to me today would quickly and completely become as I am (except for being a prisoner)."


Handelingen Apostelen 27:23
I know this because an angel from the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood by me last night.


Handelingen Apostelen 27:24
The angel told me, 'Don't be afraid, Paul! You must present your case to the emperor. God has granted safety to everyone who is sailing with you.'


Handelingen Apostelen 27:25
So have courage, men! I trust God that everything will turn out as he told me.


Handelingen Apostelen 27:35
After Paul said this, he took some bread, thanked God in front of everyone, broke it, and began to eat.


Handelingen Apostelen 28:6
The people were waiting for him to swell up or suddenly drop dead. But after they had waited a long time and saw nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.


Handelingen Apostelen 28:11
After three months we sailed on an Alexandrian ship that had spent the winter at the island. The ship had the gods Castor and Pollux carved on its front.


Handelingen Apostelen 28:15
Believers in Rome heard that we were coming, so they came as far as the cities of Appius' Market and Three Taverns to meet us. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and felt encouraged. So we finally arrived in the city of Rome.


Handelingen Apostelen 28:23
On a designated day a larger number of influential Jews {than expected} went to the place where Paul was staying. From morning until evening, Paul was explaining the kingdom of God to them. He was trying to convince them about Jesus from Moses' Teachings and the Prophets.


Handelingen Apostelen 28:28
"You need to know that God has sent his salvation to people who are not Jews. They will listen."


Handelingen Apostelen 28:31
He spread the message about God's kingdom and taught very boldly about the Lord Jesus Christ. No one stopped him.


Romans 1:2
namelijk dat God nL heeft gedaan wat Hij lang geleden door Zijn profeten in de Boeken al had beloofd.


Romans 1:3
Het gaat over Gods Zoon, Jezus Christus, onze Here. Menselijk gezien stamt Hij van David af. Doordat Hij terugkwam uit de dood heeft de Heilige Geest bewezen dat Hij de machtige Zoon van God is.


Romans 1:5
Jezus Christus heeft mij genade gegeven en tot apostel gemaakt. Ik moet in de hele wereld mensen oproepen God te gehoorzamen en in Jezus Christus te geloven.


Romans 1:7
Beste vrienden van God in Rome, die geroepen zijn om bij God te horen: Het is mijn diepe verlangen dat u de genade en de vrede van God, onze Vader, en van de Here Jezus Christus zult ervaren.


Romans 1:8
Om te beginnen dank ik God door Jezus Christus voor u allemaal. Want het nieuws dat u in Christus gelooft, gaat over de hele wereld.


Romans 1:9
God weet dat ik voortdurend voor u bid. Ik dien Hem met hart en ziel en vertel de mensen het goede nieuws over Zijn Zoon.


Romans 1:10
Telkens wanneer ik bid, vraag ik God of ik (als Hij het tenminste goed vindt) een veilige reis naar Rome mag maken om u te bezoeken.


Romans 1:16
Ik schaam mij niet voor dit goede nieuws. Het is immers door de kracht van God het middel waardoor mensen die het geloven, gered worden. In de eerste plaats is dit nieuws voor de Joden, maar ook voor alle andere volken.


Romans 1:17
Want in die blijde boodschap wordt de rechtvaardigheid van God bekendgemaakt. Dit betekent dat iedereen volkomen op Hem moet vertrouwen. De profeet Habakuk heeft immers geschreven: "De rechtvaardige zal in vertrouwen op Mij leven." (a)


Romans 1:18
Vanuit de hemel straft God alle slechte, zondige mensen, die de waarheid niet willen accepteren.


Romans 1:19
Want die mensen kunnen heel goed weten dat God er is. Hij heeft het hun Zelf bekendgemaakt.


Romans 1:20
God is wel onzichtbaar, maar Zijn werk (alles wat Hij heeft geschapen) bewijst Zijn eeuwige kracht. Want sinds het ontstaan van de wereld is Zijn bestaan duidelijk te herkennen uit wat Hij gemaakt heeft. Daarom hebben de mensen geen enkele verontschuldiging.


Romans 1:21
Hoewel de mensen in staat waren God te kennen, wilden zij Hem niet de eer geven die Hem toekomt en Hem niet eens danken voor alles wat Hij heeft gedaan. Zij hielden zich met allerlei ideeën bezig. In hun verdwazing raakten zij het spoor bijster.


Romans 1:23
In plaats van de eeuwige God te eren, maakten zij afgodsbeelden van sterfelijke mensen, vogels, zoogdieren en reptielen.


Romans 1:24
Daarom liet God hen een speelbal worden van hun eigen onreine begeerten, zodat hun lichamen misbruikt en onteerd werden.


Romans 1:25
Zij ruilden Gods waarheid in voor de leugen. Zij vereerden de dingen die God gemaakt heeft in plaats van God Zelf. Hij is toch de Maker! Hem komt alle eer toe, voor altijd en eeuwig.


Romans 1:26
Daarom heeft God hen losgelaten en zijn hun slechte begeerten hun de baas geworden. Het is zelfs zo erg dat de vrouwen zich van een natuurlijk seksueel leven hebben afgekeerd en op tegennatuurlijke wijze met elkaar omgaan.


Romans 1:27
En met de mannen is het al even erg. Die willen niets meer weten van een natuurlijke seksuele omgang met vrouwen, maar branden van begeerte naar elkaar. Mannen die schandelijke dingen doen met andere mannen! Zij ondervinden in hun diepste wezen de gevolgen van hun afdwalen van God.


Romans 1:28
Omdat zij niets van God wilden weten, heeft God hen overgelaten aan alles wat in hun verdorven gedachten opkomt. Zij gaan zich te buiten aan allerlei onbehoorlijke dingen.


Romans 1:30
Gemeen als ze zijn, houden zij van roddel en kwaadsprekerij. Zij haten God. Het zijn brutale, verwaande opscheppers. Ze weten altijd wel iets slechts te bedenken en zijn hun ouders ongehoorzaam.


Romans 1:32
Zij weten dat God dit niet kan toestaan. Want wie zoiets doet, verdient de eeuwige dood. Maar toch doen ze het. Erger nog: Zij vinden het prachtig als anderen eraan meedoen.


Romans 2:2
Wij weten dat God rechtvaardig oordeelt. Hij geeft ieder die zulke slechte dingen doet een rechtvaardige straf.


Romans 2:3
Of denkt u misschien dat u, die anderen veroordeelt voor dingen die u zelf ook doet, Gods straf zult ontlopen?


Romans 2:4
Bent u dan niet blij dat God zoveel liefde toont en trouw en geduldig is? Begrijpt u niet dat Hij zo lang met Zijn straf wacht om u de kans te geven met de zonde te breken?


Romans 2:5
Maar nee, u blijft hardnekkig weigeren uw leven te veranderen. Het is uw eigen schuld als de toorn van God u treft op de dag van het rechtvaardige oordeel.


Romans 2:7
Hij geeft eeuwig leven aan hen die geduldig de wil van God doen, op zoek naar de glorie en eer en het leven dat nooit eindigt.


Romans 2:10
Maar ieder die het goede doet, zal door God worden verhoogd en vrede ervaren. Ook dat geldt niet alleen voor de Joden, maar eveneens voor alle andere mensen.


Romans 2:11
Want voor God zijn alle mensen gelijk.


Romans 2:12
De mensen die de wet van God niet kennen, gaan verloren zonder dat er naar de wet verwezen wordt. En de mensen die de wet van God wel kennen, worden door de wet veroordeeld.


Romans 2:13
Om voor God vrijuit te gaan, moet u doen wat Hij wil, of u Zijn wet nu kent of niet.


Romans 2:14
Hoewel er veel volken zijn die de geschreven wet van God niet hebben, doen die van nature toch wat God wil. Daaruit blijkt dat zij weten wat goed en kwaad is.


Romans 2:15
De wet van God staat in hun hart geschreven. Hun geweten vertelt hun wat zij moeten doen: Of hun gedachten klagen hen aan, òf hun gedachten spreken hen vrij. Dit is het goede nieuws dat ik breng: Er komt een dag dat Jezus Christus in opdracht van God Zijn oordeel zal uitspreken over het verborgen leven van de mensen, over hun diepste gedachten.


Romans 2:17
En u, die er trots op bent Joden te zijn, vertrouwt op de geschreven wet van God! U bent er trots op dat u de enige, ware God kent en weet wat Hij wil.


Romans 2:20
Omdat in Gods wet de waarheid en de kennis onder woorden zijn gebracht, denkt u buitenstaanders en kinderen iets te kunnen leren.


Romans 2:22
U zegt dat men geen overspel mag plegen. Maar wat doet u zelf? U zegt dat u een grote afkeer van afgoden hebt. Toch hebt u uw eigen afgod: het geld! Want u berooft de tempel!


Romans 2:23
U gaat er prat op Gods wet te kennen. Maar waarom maakt u God dan te schande door Zijn wet te overtreden?


Romans 2:24
Er staat niet voor niets in de Boeken: "Het is uw schuld dat de naam van God over de hele wereld door het slijk gehaald wordt!" (a)


Romans 2:26
Maar als u dat niet doet, bent u niet beter af dan de mensen die geen Jood zijn. Als niet-Joden zich aan de wet houden, zal God hun dan ook niet alles geven wat Hij de Joden beloofd heeft?


Romans 2:27
Zij die niet van geboorte Jood zijn, maar wel de wet van God naleven, zullen u (die de wet kent, maar niet houdt) veroordelen.


Romans 2:28
Omdat u als Jood geboren bent en volgens Joods gebruik besneden, bent u nog geen echte Jood. Nee, een echte Jood is iemand die in zijn hart recht voor God staat.


Romans 2:29
Het gaat er niet om of u lichamelijk besneden bent, maar of uw hart en gedachten voor God geopend zijn. Iedereen die zo'n levensverandering heeft ondergaan, krijgt zijn eer van God, niet van mensen.


Romans 3:2
Veel! In alle opzichten! In de eerste plaats omdat God Zich juist aan de Joden heeft bekendgemaakt. Hij heeft hun Zijn woorden toevertrouwd.


Romans 3:3
Als sommigen van hen ontrouw zijn geweest, zal God daardoor dan ook ontrouw worden?


Romans 3:4
Nee! Ieder mens mag dan een leugenaar zijn, God is het niet; Hij spreekt altijd de waarheid. Er staat immers in de Psalmen: "Here, Uw uitspraken zijn altijd rechtvaardig. U wint al Uw rechtszaken." (a)


Romans 3:5
Maar als onze onrechtvaardigheid de rechtvaardigheid van God bevestigt, hebben wij d...n recht van spreken? Is God dus onrechtvaardig als Hij ons oordeelt? Dat is natuurlijk een menselijke gedachte!


Romans 3:6
Nee, God is niet onrechtvaardig! Anders zou Hij toch geen rechter van de wereld kunnen zijn.


Romans 3:7
Maar als God meer eer ontvangt door mijn oneerlijkheid (omdat die zo schril afsteekt tegen de waarheid van God) waarom word ik dan nog als zondaar veroordeeld?


Romans 3:10
Het staat zo in de Boeken: "Voor God is niemand rechtvaardig, werkelijk niemand.


Romans 3:11
Er is niemand verstandig. Er is niemand die echt zijn best doet om God te vinden.


Romans 3:12
Alle mensen hebben zich van God afgekeerd; zij zijn met elkaar de verkeerde weg opgegaan! Niemand doet wat goed is, zelfs niet één.


Romans 3:18
Zij houden geen rekening met God. Van enig ontzag voor Hem is geen sprake."


Romans 3:19
Het is duidelijk dat deze woorden in het bijzonder gelden voor de Joden, die Gods wet hebben. Zo wordt iedereen de mond gesnoerd en gaat niemand vrijuit. De hele wereld moet schuld bekennen voor God.


Romans 3:20
Ook al houdt men zich aan de wet, dan nog gaat men voor God niet vrijuit. Het enige wat de wet doet, is de mens bewust maken van zijn zonde.


Romans 3:21
Maar nu is aan het licht gekomen dat God de mens buiten de wet om vrijspraak wil geven. Daar is in de Boeken al op gewezen.


Romans 3:22
Deze rechtvaardigheid voor God wordt bereikt door op Jezus Christus te vertrouwen. Dit geldt voor alle mensen die in Hem geloven, wie zij ook zijn.


Romans 3:23
Alle mensen hebben gezondigd en missen daardoor Gods nabijheid.


Romans 3:24
Maar God is zo goed en vergevend hen weer aan te nemen (zonder dat het hun iets kost en zonder dat zij het hebben verdiend) omdat Jezus Christus hen uit de greep van de zonde heeft bevrijd.


Romans 3:25
God heeft Christus Jezus gegeven als verzoeningsoffer. Door Zijn bloed zal de mens, wanneer hij gelooft, Gods rechtvaardigheid ontdekken. God heeft namelijk de zonden die eerder gepleegd waren, verdragen


Romans 3:27
Waarop kunnen wij ons dan nog beroemen? Nergens op! Waarom niet? Omdat we niet met God in het reine kunnen komen door ons aan de wet te houden.


Romans 3:28
Wij komen met God in het reine door op Jezus te vertrouwen en niet door stipt de wet na te leven.


Romans 3:29
God is toch niet alleen de God van de Joden; Hij is immers ook de God van de andere volken?


Romans 3:30
Natuurlijk, er is maar één God. Hij spreekt Joden èn andere mensen vrij op voorwaarde dat zij in Jezus Christus geloven.


Romans 4:2
Als hij door zijn eigen inspanning vrij voor God stond, zou hij reden hebben om trots te zijn. Maar bij God kun je niet trots zijn.


Romans 4:3
In de Boeken staat het zo: "Doordat Abraham op God vertrouwde, werd hij vrijgesproken van schuld." (a)


Romans 4:5
Als iemand zich echter (zonder eigen inspanning) toevertrouwt aan God, Die de goddeloze vrijspreekt, verklaart Hij hem onschuldig op grond van zijn vertrouwen in Hem.


Romans 4:6
David zei toch ook dat u gelukkig bent als God u vrijspreekt zonder dat u er iets voor hebt gedaan.


Romans 4:9
Geldt dit alleen voor de Joden, die besneden zijn? Of ook voor de mensen bij wie dat niet gebeurd is? Ik heb toch gezegd dat Abraham vrijspraak kreeg, omdat hij op God vertrouwde! Nu, wanneer was dat?


Romans 4:10
Toen hij besneden werd of daarvoor? Daarvoor! Pas nadat hij door zijn vertrouwen op God vrijgesproken was, werd hij besneden.


Romans 4:11
Dat was het teken waarmee zijn onschuld werd bezegeld. Dus is Abraham de voorvader van allen die op God vertrouwen, ook van hen die niet besneden zijn.


Romans 4:12
Zij zijn pas echt kinderen van Abraham, als zij net zo op God vertrouwen als hij, toen hij nog niet besneden was.


Romans 4:13
God beloofde dat Hij de wereld aan Abraham en zijn nakomelingen zou geven; niet omdat Abraham zich zo goed aan Gods wet had gehouden, maar omdat hij God geloofde en daardoor recht voor God stond.


Romans 4:14
Als Gods beloften alleen gelden voor mensen die zich aan de wet houden, dan zou daarmee het geloof overbodig zijn en Gods belofte niets te betekenen hebben.


Romans 4:16
Wat God ons door Zijn genade wil geven, wordt alleen ons eigendom als wij in Hem geloven. En Gods belofte aan al Abrahams nakomelingen is vast en zeker. Zij geldt niet alleen voor hen die volgens Gods wet leven, maar ook voor hen die, net als Abraham, alleen op God vertrouwen. Want als het om geloof gaat, is Abraham de vader van ons allemaal.


Romans 4:17
In de Boeken staat immers dat God hem aanwees als een vader van vele volken. (c) En hij is dat voor God, op Wie hij vertrouwde, Die de doden levend maakt en voor Wie alles wat nog moet komen, er al is geweest.


Romans 4:18
Hoewel alle hoop vervlogen was, bleef Abraham verwachten en geloven dat hij de stamvader van vele volken zou worden, want God had het gezegd! Hij besefte maar al te goed dat hij op honderdjarige leeftijd te oud was om nog een kind te verwekken.


Romans 4:20
Hij klemde zich vast aan de belofte van God. Zijn vertrouwen bleef sterk en hij gaf God alle eer.


Romans 4:21
Hij was er absoluut van overtuigd dat God kon doen wat Hij beloofd had.


Romans 4:22
Daarom verklaarde God hem rechtvaardig.


Romans 4:24
Het is ook geschreven met het oog op ons. Wij worden immers ook rechtvaardig verklaard, want wij vertrouwen op God, Die onze Here Jezus uit de dood heeft laten terugkomen.


Romans 5:1
Omdat wij ons aan God hebben toevertrouwd, zijn wij rechtvaardig geworden. Wij hebben nu vrede met God dank zij onze Here Jezus Christus.


Romans 5:8
Maar God heeft ons Zijn grote liefde getoond door Christus te sturen en Hem voor ons te laten sterven toen wij nog schuldige zondaars waren.


Romans 5:9
Wij zijn dus voor God rechtvaardig geworden door het bloed van Christus. Des te meer zal Hij ervoor zorgen dat Gods vreselijke oordeel aan ons voorbijgaat.


Romans 5:10
Vroeger waren wij vijanden van God. Maar doordat Gods Zoon Zijn leven voor ons gaf, is die vijandschap veranderd in vriendschap. En omdat Jezus leeft, zijn wij voor altijd veilig.


Romans 5:11
Maar daar houdt het niet mee op! Wij prijzen ons gelukkig over deze nieuwe relatie met God. En dan vooral door onze Here Jezus Christus, want Hij heeft ervoor gezorgd dat het nu weer goed is tussen God en ons.


Romans 5:13
De zonde was al in de wereld voordat Mozes Gods wet ontving. Maar zolang die wet er niet was, werd de zonde niemand toegerekend.


Romans 5:14
Toch ontkwam in de tijd van Adam tot Mozes niemand aan de dood, ook al had men niet, zoals Adam, gezondigd door een uitdrukkelijk verbod van God te overtreden. Wat een tegenstelling tussen Adam en Christus, Die nog komen moest!


Romans 5:15
Hoe schril steekt de zonde van de mens af tegen de genade van God! Door de schuld van één mens, Adam, zijn de mensen gestorven. Maar hoog boven alles uit torent de genade van God voor alle mensen, de onverdiende gift van die ene mens Jezus Christus, Die Zijn eigen leven opofferde om tallozen van de dood te redden.


Romans 5:20
Toen de wet van God erbij kwam om aan te tonen dat geen mens zich aan Gods geboden zou houden, namen de overtredingen toe. Maar hoe de zonde ook toenam, Gods genade nam nog veel meer toe.


Romans 6:1
Wat betekent dat nu in de praktijk? Zullen wij doorgaan met zondigen om daardoor meer genade van God te krijgen?


Romans 6:11
Zijn leven is een leven voor God. Beschouw uzelf daarom dus als dood voor de zonde. Omdat u één bent met Christus Jezus, leeft u nu voor God.


Romans 6:13
Stel geen enkel deel van uw lichaam ter beschikking van de zonde, als iets waarmee slechte dingen worden gedaan. Nee, stel uzelf ter beschikking van God, omdat u met Christus gestorven bent, om nu met Hem te leven. U bent immers dood geweest en weer levend geworden.


Romans 6:14
Laat God dan ieder deel van uw lichaam kunnen gebruiken om goed te doen. Het is uit met de macht van de zonde over uw leven. U valt niet meer onder de wet die gehoorzaamheid eist, maar onder de genade van God.


Romans 6:15
Hoe zit het dan? Mogen wij dus zondigen, omdat wij niet meer onder de wet vallen maar op de genade van God vertrouwen? U weet wel beter.


Romans 6:16
Als u bij iemand als slaaf in dienst komt, moet u doen wat hij zegt. Hij is de baas over u. Of de zonde is uw meester, met het gevolg dat u de dood tegemoet gaat; cf God is uw meester, met het gevolg dat u vrijgesproken wordt.


Romans 6:17
Vroeger was u een slaaf van de zonde. Maar God zij gedankt: Toen u hoorde wat er over Christus werd verteld, hebt u dat met een dankbaar hart aangenomen.


Romans 6:19
Met dit voorbeeld van de slavernij wil ik duidelijk maken wat ik bedoel. Vroeger hebt u uw lichaam gebruikt voor allerlei zonde en losbandigheid. Zo moet uw lichaam nu in dienst staan van de rechtvaardigheid. Dan zult u aan God zijn toegewijd.


Romans 6:22
Maar u bent nu verlost van de zonde en slaven van God geworden. Het gevolg daarvan is dat u nu bij God hoort en eeuwig leven krijgt.


Romans 6:23
De zonde betaalt een hard loon: De dood! Maar de genade van God geeft wat niemand verdient: Eeuwig leven met Christus Jezus, onze Here.


Romans 7:4
Broeders, zo bent u niet meer gebonden aan de Joodse wet. Want toen Christus stierf, bent u mèt Hem gestorven. Voor de wet bestaat u niet meer. Nu behoort u toe aan iemand anders, aan Christus Die uit de dood is opgestaan. En hierdoor kunnen wij voor God een vruchtbaar leven leiden.


Romans 7:6
Maar nu zijn wij van de wet bevrijd. Omdat wij gestorven zijn, kan zij ons niet vasthouden. Nu kunnen we God op een heel nieuwe manier dienen: Vanuit ons hart, door Zijn Geest en niet door het angstvallig houden van allerlei opgelegde wetten.


Romans 7:12
Maar op Gods wet is niets aan te merken; wat die wet van ons eist, is zuiver, rechtvaardig en goed.


Romans 7:14
Wij weten dat de wet van God een geestelijke zaak is. Daarom kan ik er niet bij. Ik ben een mens van vlees en bloed, die onderworpen is aan de zonde.


Romans 7:22
In mijn diepste wezen wil ik heel graag doen wat Gods wet van mij vraagt.


Romans 7:25
Ik dank God dat er een uitweg is door Jezus Christus, onze Here!


Romans 7:26
Om kort te gaan: Ik sta met mijn verstand wel achter de wet van God, maar ben in mijn dagelijks leven onderworpen aan de wet van de zonde.


Romans 8:3
Het was voor de wet niet mogelijk te bevrijden, omdat zij stukliep op de zwakheid van de menselijke natuur. Daarom heeft God Zijn eigen Zoon gestuurd, Die net als de zondige mensen, een menselijk lichaam had. Om ons te bevrijden van de zonde heeft Hij het oordeel van God op Zich genomen.


Romans 8:7
Onze eigen zin gaat recht in tegen de wil van God. Hij onderwerpt zich niet aan Gods wet en kan dat ook niet.


Romans 8:8
Mensen die alleen maar hun eigen zin doen, kunnen God dan ook niet tevreden stellen.


Romans 8:9
Met u is het anders. U doet niet meer uw eigen zin, maar laat u leiden door de Geest; tenminste als de Geest van God in u woont. Als u de Geest van Christus niet hebt, hoort u niet bij Hem.


Romans 8:10
Door de zonde is uw lichaam onderworpen aan de dood. Maar als Christus in u woont, is uw geest levend omdat God u als rechtvaardig beschouwt.


Romans 8:11
Als de Geest van God in u woont, heeft dat ook gevolgen voor uw lichaam. God heeft Jezus uit de dood opgewekt. Wel, doordat Zijn Geest in u woont, zal Hij ook uw sterfelijke lichaam levend maken.


Romans 8:14
Want allen die door de Geest van God geleid worden, zijn zonen van God.


Romans 8:15
Wij hoeven dus geen slaven van de angst meer te zijn. Nee, God heeft ons een andere geest gegeven. Wij zijn door Hem aangenomen als zonen. En doordat Zijn Geest in ons woont, roepen wij: "Abba! Vader!" (a)


Romans 8:16
Want in ons diepste wezen overtuigt Gods Geest ons ervan dat wij kinderen van God zijn.


Romans 8:17
En als wij Gods kinderen zijn, krijgen wij ook wat ons, als Zijn kinderen, toekomt. Wat God aan Zijn Zoon Jezus Christus geeft, zal Hij ons ook geven. Als wij hetzelfde lijden doormaken als Hij, zullen wij ook dezelfde heerlijkheid krijgen als Hij.


Romans 8:18
Maar wat voor lijden wij hier ook doormaken, het valt in het niet bij de schitterende heerlijkheid, die God ons straks zal laten zien.


Romans 8:19
De schepping ziet hunkerend uit naar het moment waarop zal blijken wie de zonen van God zijn.


Romans 8:20
De hele schepping is namelijk onderworpen aan dood en verval, hoewel niet uit eigen vrije wil. God heeft dat gedaan als gevolg van de zonde.


Romans 8:21
Maar er is hoop! Ook de schepping zal bevrijd worden uit de macht van dood en verval en dezelfde heerlijke vrijheid krijgen als de kinderen van God.


Romans 8:27
En God, Die het diepste wezen van alle mensen onderzoekt, begrijpt wat de Geest bedoelt. Wat Hij voor de gelovigen vraagt, is in overeenstemming met Gods wil.


Romans 8:28
Eén ding weten wij: Voor wie Hem liefhebben laat God alles meewerken voor hun bestwil, want Hij heeft een plan met hen.


Romans 8:30
Maar God heeft allen die daartoe bestemd waren, ook geroepen. En Hij heeft hen ook rechtvaardig gemaakt. Meer nog: Hij heeft hen ook in Zijn schitterende heerlijkheid opgenomen.


Romans 8:31
Wat kunnen wij hier nog over zeggen? Als God aan onze kant staat, wie zal dan tegen ons zijn?


Romans 8:32
God heeft immers Zijn eigen Zoon niet ontzien, maar Hem uitgeleverd terwille van ons allemaal. Zal Hij, nu Hij Zijn Zoon heeft gegeven, ons dan ook niet alles geven?


Romans 8:33
God heeft ons uitgekozen. Wie kan ons dan nog beschuldigen? God spreekt ons vrij van elke schuld.


Romans 8:34
Wie zou ons kunnen veroordelen? Christus Jezus is immers voor ons gestorven! Wat nog belangrijker is: Hij is uit de dood teruggekomen en zit aan de rechterhand van God, waar Hij onze belangen behartigt.


Romans 8:38
Ik ben ervan overtuigd dat niets ons kan scheiden van Gods liefde, die in Christus tot uiting komt. De dood niet, het leven niet, engelen niet, regeringen niet, de dingen van vandaag niet, de dingen van morgen niet. Nee, er is geen enkele kracht die dat kan.


Romans 8:39
Hoe hoog we zijn gestegen of in welke diepte wij ons ook bevinden, niets in de hele schepping kan ons scheiden van Gods liefde, die ons gegeven is in Christus Jezus, onze Heer.


Romans 9:4
De Israëlieten zijn door God aangenomen als Zijn zonen. Zij hebben gezien hoe groot en machtig Hij is. Zij weten welk verbond Hij met hen heeft gesloten. God heeft hun verteld hoe zij moeten leven en Hem kunnen dienen. Zij weten welke beloften Hij aan hun voorouders heeft gedaan.


Romans 9:5
En het grootste van al: Christus is, naar de mens gesproken, uit hen voortgekomen. Christus, Die boven alles staat. Alle lof en eer is daarom voor God, voor altijd! Amen.


Romans 9:6
Heeft God dan Zijn woord gebroken? Dat is uitgesloten! Maar niet alle Israëlieten zijn èchte Israëlieten.


Romans 9:7
Al stammen zij van Abraham af, daarom zijn zij nog niet allemaal ware kinderen van Abraham. Want God heeft gezegd dat Hij alleen Isaäk als Abrahams zoon beschouwde.


Romans 9:8
Dus zijn Abrahams natuurlijke kinderen niet vanzelf kinderen van God. Nee, dat zijn alleen zij die, net als Abraham, op de belofte van God vertrouwen.


Romans 9:9
God had Abraham namelijk beloofd: "Volgend jaar kom Ik terug en dan zal Sara een zoon krijgen." (a)


Romans 9:10
Ook Isaäks vrouw Rebekka kreeg een belofte van God.


Romans 9:11
Toen zij in verwachting was van een tweeling, zei God dat het eerste kind de dienaar van het tweede zou worden. Daarmee bedoelde Hij de twee volken, die uit deze jongens zouden voortkomen. Want ergens in de Boeken staat dat God gezegd heeft: "Jakob heb Ik liefgehad, maar Esau niet." (b) Voor God stond dat al vast, hoewel zij nog niet eens geboren waren en geen goed of kwaad hadden gedaan. Daardoor was duidelijk dat God nooit iemand uitkiest op grond van diens daden, maar omdat Hij hem riep.


Romans 9:14
Is God dan onrechtvaardig? Geen sprake van!


Romans 9:16
Het hangt er dus niet van af of u graag wilt of erg uw best doet. Nee, het hangt af van God, Die het goede met ons voor heeft.


Romans 9:18
Hieruit blijkt dat God doet wat Hij wil. Of Hij bewijst Zijn genade of Hij verhardt, zoals dat bij Farao het geval was.


Romans 9:19
Maar als het zo ligt, waarom neemt God het mij dan kwalijk dat ik niet doe wat Hij wil?


Romans 9:20
Hoe durft u zo tegen God te spreken? Het maaksel zegt toch ook niet tegen zijn maker: "Waarom hebt u mij zo gemaakt?"


Romans 9:22
Wel, als God uiting wil geven aan Zijn toorn en als Hij wil laten zien hoe groot Zijn kracht is, wat dan nog? Heeft Hij niet lang genoeg geduld gehad met de mensen, die straf verdienden en rijp waren voor de ondergang?


Romans 9:25
In het boek van de profeet Hosea zegt God immers: "Het volk dat niet van Mij was, zal Ik mijn volk noemen. En de mensen die Ik niet liefhad, zal Ik liefhebben.


Romans 9:26
Op de plaats waar gezegd werd dat zij mijn volk niet waren, zullen zij zonen van de levende God worden genoemd." (e)


Romans 9:29
Jesaja had al eerder gezegd: "Als God niet zo goed was geweest om enkele Israëlieten over te laten, zou het volk van Israël volledig uitgeroeid zijn, net als de inwoners van Sodom en Gomorra." (g)


Romans 9:30
Wat kunnen wij hieruit opmaken? Het volgende: De volken die niet hun best deden om door God aangenomen te worden, zijn toch aangenomen en wel omdat zij nu in Jezus Christus geloven.


Romans 9:31
Maar de Israëlieten deden daarvoor wél hun uiterste best. Zij hielden zich strikt aan de wet van God en probeerden zo door Hem aangenomen te worden.


Romans 9:33
God had hen daar al voor gewaarschuwd. "Pas op", zei Hij, "Ik leg temidden van de Israëlieten een struikelblok neer, een steen waaraan zij zich zullen stoten. Maar wie op Hem zijn vertrouwen vestigt, zal nooit teleurgesteld worden." (h)


Romans 10:1
Broeders, het verlangen van mijn hart en mijn gebed tot God is dat het Joodse volk gered mag worden.


Romans 10:2
Ik weet dat zij met veel toewijding God dienen, maar met verkeerde ijver.


Romans 10:3
Zij begrijpen niet dat Christus gestorven is om het tussen God en hen goed te maken. In plaats daarvan proberen zij door goed te leven Gods gunst te winnen en willen zij zich niet door Jezus Christus laten redden.


Romans 10:9
Want als u zegt dat Jezus Christus uw Heer is en als u met uw hele hart gelooft dat God Hem uit de dood heeft opgewekt, zult u gered worden.


Romans 10:12
En het maakt geen verschil of u Jood bent of niet. God is Heer over allen. Hij geeft Zijn rijkdom aan alle mensen die een beroep op Hem doen.


Romans 10:16
Maar niet iedereen heeft geluisterd naar het goede nieuws van God. De profeet Jesaja zei al: "Here, wie gelooft wat wij vertellen?" (d)


Romans 10:19
Hebben de Israëlieten het dan niet begrepen? Luister eerst eens naar Mozes. Hij zei dat God hen jaloers zou maken op een minderwaardig volk; zij zouden kwaad worden op een onverstandig volk.


Romans 10:20
Jesaja zei het nog sterker: "God zal worden gevonden door mensen die Hem niet zochten. Hij zal Zich bekendmaken aan mensen die geen belangstelling voor Hem hadden."


Romans 10:21
Maar wat Israël zelf betreft, zegt hij: "Het is een ongehoorzaam en dwars volk, waarnaar God de hele dag Zijn handen uitgestrekt houdt." (e)


Romans 11:1
Heeft God Zijn eigen volk dan afgeschreven? Nee! Ik ben immers zelf een Israëliet. Ik ben een nakomeling van Abraham en ik hoor bij de stam van Benjamin.


Romans 11:2
Nee, God heeft het volk van Zijn keuze niet afgeschreven. U herinnert zich wel hoe de profeet Elia zich bij God over Israël beklaagde.


Romans 11:4
En wat antwoordde God hem? "Ik heb ervoor gezorgd dat er nog 7000 mannen aan mijn kant staan. Ook die hebben hun knieën niet voor Baäl gebogen." (b)


Romans 11:5
Ook in deze tijd zijn er Israëlieten die bij God horen. Hij heeft in Zijn genade een aantal van hen uitgekozen.


Romans 11:6
Het was de genade van God. Ze konden er zelf niets aan toedoen, anders zou het geen genade zijn.


Romans 11:7
De Israëlieten hebben dus niet gekregen wat zij zo graag wilden, op een klein gedeelte na. Die waren door God uitgekozen. Maar de meesten werden steeds ongevoeliger.


Romans 11:8
Dat klopt met wat in de Boeken staat: "God heeft hen geestelijk diep in slaap gebracht. Met hun ogen zien zij niet en met hun oren horen zij niet. Dat is nog steeds zo." (c)


Romans 11:13
Ja, ik heb het tegen u, die geen Joden zijn. U weet dat God mij met een bijzondere opdracht naar de andere volken heeft gestuurd. En ik vind dat geweldig!


Romans 11:15
Wat zou het geweldig zijn als zij in Christus gingen geloven. Toen God Zich van hen afkeerde, betekende dit dat Hij Zich naar de rest van de wereld keerde om hun Zijn redding aan te bieden. Nog geweldiger is het als de Joden tot Christus komen. Dan is het net alsof dode mensen weer levend worden.


Romans 11:16
Omdat Abraham en de profeten het volk van God waren, zullen hun kinderen het ook zijn. (e) Als de wortel van God is, zijn de takken ook van Hem.


Romans 11:21
Als God de oorspronkelijke takken van de boom niet heeft gespaard, zal Hij u zeker niet sparen.


Romans 11:22
U ziet dus dat God niet alleen goed is, maar ook streng. Hij is streng voor wie Hem ongehoorzaam zijn, maar vriendelijk voor wie Hem blijven vertrouwen en gehoorzamen. Anders zult u ook afgesneden worden.


Romans 11:23
Aan de andere kant: Als de Israëlieten tot geloof komen, zullen zij weer op de boom worden geënt. Ja, God kan dat!


Romans 11:24
Hij heeft u van de wilde olijfbomen afgekapt en op de goede geënt. Dat was tegen de natuur. Van nature was u takken van de wilde en niet van de goede olijfboom. Nu, wat zal God dan doen met de mensen die van nature takken van de goede boom zijn? Hij zal hen weer op hun eigen boom enten!


Romans 11:25
Broeders, ik wil niet dat Gods plan met Israël voor u geheim blijft. Wees niet eigenwijs. Voorlopig moet een deel van de Israëlieten niets van Jezus Christus hebben. En dat duurt tot de grote massa uit de andere volken in Gods koninkrijk is ingegaan.


Romans 11:28
Zij staan dus vijandig tegenover het goede nieuws van Jezus Christus. Daar hebt u voordeel van. Maar omdat zij vanouds het volk zijn dat God uitgekozen heeft, houdt Hij nog steeds van hen.


Romans 11:30
Vroeger verzette u zich tegen God. Maar omdat de Israëlieten zich tegen Hem hebben verzet, heeft Hij u nu genade gegeven.


Romans 11:31
Nu zijn zij het dus die zich tegen God verzetten, terwijl u genade hebt gekregen. Maar de bedoeling daarvan is dat zij ook genade zullen krijgen.


Romans 11:32
Want God heeft alle mensen aan de ongehoorzaamheid overgegeven om hun allemaal genadig te kunnen zijn.


Romans 11:33
Wat is God groot! Zijn rijkdom, wijsheid en kennis zijn onmeetbaar. Geen mens weet hoe Hij Zijn beslissingen neemt. Het is onmogelijk Zijn wegen na te gaan. Wie kan vertellen wat er in de gedachten van de Here omgaat?


Romans 11:36
Want alles komt van God, alles bestaat door God en alles eindigt in God. Voor Hem is alle eer, voor altijd en eeuwig. Amen.


Romans 12:1
Ik zeg u daarom, broeders, dat u zich helemaal aan God moet wijden. Temeer omdat Hij u al Zijn liefdevolle goedheid aanbiedt. Laat uw lichaam een levend offer zijn; heilig, zodat het een vreugde voor God is. Als u zich bedenkt wat Hij voor u heeft gedaan, is dat toch niet teveel gevraagd?


Romans 12:2
U moet niet worden als de mensen die zich niets van God aantrekken. U moet anders worden, door een nieuwe manier van denken. Dan kunt u ontdekken wat God wil. En wat Hij wil, is goed, aangenaam en volmaakt.


Romans 12:3
Als Gods boodschapper zeg ik tegen ieder van u: Beoordeel uzelf eerlijk en denk niet te hoog van uzelf; bepaal uw eigen waarde naar de mate van het geloof dat u van God ontvangen hebt.


Romans 12:6
De gaven die God ons heeft gegeven, zijn verschillend.


Romans 12:7
Wie namens God moet spreken, doet dat naar het geloof dat hij daarvoor krijgt. Wie moet helpen, krijgt daar de kracht voor. Wie moet onderwijzen, krijgt de gave om te onderwijzen.


Romans 12:12
Wees blij, want God gaat iets geweldigs voor u doen. Geef niet op als u het erg moeilijk krijgt en houd nooit op met bidden.


Romans 12:19
Neem nooit wraak, vrienden! Laat dat maar aan God over, want Hij heeft gezegd: "Als er gestraft moet worden, doe Ik dat. Ik zal het wel betaald zetten." (a) Weet u wat u moet doen?


Romans 13:1
Iedereen moet zich aan het gezag onderwerpen, want er is geen autoriteit, die niet door God is ingesteld. Alle gezag komt van God.


Romans 13:2
Als iemand zich tegen het gezag verzet, verzet hij zich eigenlijk tegen God. En het is dan ook zijn eigen schuld als hij gestraft wordt.


Romans 13:4
Want het gezag staat in dienst van God om u te helpen en te beschermen. Maar ieder die iets verkeerds doet, ondervindt daarvan de gevolgen. Het gezag is er niet voor niets; het staat in dienst van God om de mensen die verkeerde dingen doen, te straffen.


Romans 13:6
Daarom betaalt u ook belasting, want de mensen die in dienst staan van de overheid, zijn eigenlijk in dienst van God. Zij letten er op of er wel belasting wordt betaald.


Romans 13:8
Wij mogen bij niemand in de schuld staan. Maar één ding blijven we elkaar schuldig en dat is de liefde. Wie zijn medemens liefheeft, voldoet daarmee aan de wetten van God.


Romans 13:9
Alle voorschriften die God aan Mozes heeft gegeven, zoals: "U zult trouw zijn in het huwelijk, niet moorden, stelen of verlangen naar iets dat van een ander is", worden in dit ene gebod vervuld: "U moet de ander liefhebben als uzelf."


Romans 14:3
Wie alles eet, moet niet neerkijken op iemand die geen vlees eet. En wie geen vlees eet, moet iemand die dat wel doet, niet veroordelen. God heeft hen namelijk allebei aangenomen.


Romans 14:4
U mag de bediende van een ander niet beoordelen; of hij zijn werk goed of slecht doet is ter beoordeling aan zijn heer. Maar hij zal zijn werk wel goed doen, want God geeft hem daarvoor de kracht.


Romans 14:11
Want de Here heeft gezworen dat alle mensen hun knieën voor Hem zullen buigen; iedereen zal openlijk erkennen dat Hij God is.


Romans 14:12
Wij zullen ons persoonlijk voor God moeten verantwoorden.


Romans 14:17
In het Koninkrijk van God gaat het niet om eten en drinken. Het gaat om de rechtvaardigheid, de vrede en de blijdschap van de Heilige Geest.


Romans 14:18
God waardeert het als wij op deze wijze Christus dienen en ons door de Heilige Geest laten leiden; en de mensen zullen dat ook waarderen.


Romans 14:20
Wat zou het verschrikkelijk zijn als wij om voedsel het werk van God zouden verwoesten. U mag inderdaad alles eten, maar als u daardoor iemand anders aan het twijfelen brengt, is het verkeerd.


Romans 14:22
Houd uw eigen overtuiging dan voor uzelf. God weet ervan. U bent gelukkig als u zonder een schuldig geweten alles kunt eten, waarvan u meent dat het goed is.


Romans 15:3
Want ook Christus heeft niet Zijn eigen belang gezocht. Van Hem staat in de Boeken "de beledigingen die op God gericht waren, hebben mij getroffen." (a)


Romans 15:4
De Boeken zijn geschreven om ons te leren. Wij lezen daar hoe mensen, die God onder alles trouw bleven, steeds weer bemoedigd werden. En dat geeft ons nieuwe moed en goede hoop.


Romans 15:5
Het is mijn vurige verlangen dat God, Die ons volharding en moed geeft, ervoor zal zorgen dat u een van hart en ziel Christus zult volgen.


Romans 15:6
Dan kunt u, eensgezind en eenstemmig, de God en Vader van onze Here Jezus Christus loven en prijzen.


Romans 15:7
Aanvaard elkaar dus net zoals Christus ons allen aanvaard heeft. Dat is tot eer van God.


Romans 15:8
Christus is een Dienaar van de Joden geworden om te laten zien dat God de waarheid spreekt. Hij heeft bewezen dat het waar is wat God aan Abraham, Isaäk en Jakob had beloofd.


Romans 15:9
Een andere reden is dat ook de overige volken God zouden danken en eren voor Zijn genade. "Daarom zal Ik de volken over U vertellen", staat er in de Boeken. "Ik zal Uw naam bejubelen." (b)


Romans 15:10
Ergens anders staat geschreven: "Volken van de wereld, wees blij met het volk van God!" (c)


Romans 15:13
Het is mijn verlangen dat God, Die ons hoop geeft, u door uw geloof vol zal maken van blijdschap en vrede. Dan zal uw hoop steeds sterker worden door de kracht van de Heilige Geest.


Romans 15:15
Maar een van de redenen waarom ik zo vrij ben geweest u bepaalde dingen te schrijven, is dat ik het nodig vond uw geheugen op te frissen. Dat kon ik doen dank zij de genade, die God mij heeft gegeven.


Romans 15:16
Ik ben een dienaar van Christus Jezus, die de andere volken het goede nieuws van God moet brengen. Daardoor mag ik hen aan God voorstellen als een offer dat Hij kan aanvaarden, een offer dat de Heilige Geest voor Hem heeft klaargemaakt.


Romans 15:17
Door Christus Jezus mag ik mij daarop beroemen bij God.


Romans 15:18
Ik haal het niet in mijn hoofd over iets anders te spreken dan over wat Christus door mij tot stand heeft gebracht. Hij heeft, door mijn woorden en daden, mensen uit allerlei volken tot gehoorzaamheid aan God gebracht,


Romans 15:31
Vraag God mij te beschermen tegen de vijanden van Christus in Judea. Vraag Hem ook ervoor te zorgen dat de gelovigen in Jeruzalem het op prijs zullen stellen wat ik voor hen doe.


Romans 15:32
Daarna zal ik blij bij u komen en, als God het goed vindt, wat kunnen uitrusten.


Romans 15:33
Ik bid dat de God van de vrede met u allen zal zijn. Amen.


Romans 16:20
De God van de vrede zal ervoor zorgen dat de duivel onder uw voeten wordt vermorzeld. Ik wens u de genade van de Here Jezus toe.


Romans 16:25
God is machtig om u sterk te maken in uw geloof. Dat is het goede nieuws over Jezus Christus dat ik breng. De waarheid over Hem is eeuwenlang verborgen gebleven, maar nu bekendgemaakt.


Romans 16:26
In de Boeken van de profeten werd er al over gesproken. Maar nu heeft de eeuwige God opdracht gegeven dat alle volken het moeten horen, opdat zij Hem gaan gehoorzamen en vertrouwen.


Romans 16:27
Alle lof en eer is voor God (alleen Hij is wijs en verstandig) door Jezus Christus, voor altijd en eeuwig. Amen.


1 Corinthians 1:1
From Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and from Sosthenes, our brother in the Christian faith.


1 Corinthians 1:2
To God's church that was made holy by Christ Jesus and called to be God's holy people in the city of Corinth and to people everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.


1 Corinthians 1:3
Good will and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ are yours!


1 Corinthians 1:4
I always thank God for you because Christ Jesus has shown you God's good will.


1 Corinthians 1:9
God faithfully keeps his promises. He called you to be partners with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.


1 Corinthians 1:14
I thank God that I didn't baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius


1 Corinthians 1:18
The message about the cross is nonsense to those who are being destroyed, but it is God's power to us who are being saved.


1 Corinthians 1:20
Where is the wise person? Where is the scholar? Where is the persuasive speaker of our time? Hasn't God turned the wisdom of the world into nonsense?


1 Corinthians 1:21
The world with its wisdom was unable to recognize God in terms of his own wisdom. So God decided to use the nonsense of the Good News we speak to save those who believe.


1 Corinthians 1:24
But to those Jews and Greeks who are called, he is Christ, God's power and God's wisdom.


1 Corinthians 1:25
God's nonsense is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength.


1 Corinthians 1:26
Brothers and sisters, consider what you were when God called you to be Christians. Not many of you were wise from a human point of view. You were not in powerful positions or in the upper social classes.


1 Corinthians 1:27
But God chose what the world considers nonsense to put wise people to shame. God chose what the world considers weak to put what is strong to shame.


1 Corinthians 1:28
God chose what the world considers ordinary and what it despises—what it considers to be nothing—in order to destroy what it considers to be something.


1 Corinthians 1:29
As a result, no one can brag in God's presence.


1 Corinthians 1:30
You are partners with Christ Jesus because of God. Jesus has become our wisdom sent from God, our righteousness, our holiness, and our ransom from sin.


1 Corinthians 2:1
Brothers and sisters, when I came to you, I didn't speak about God's mystery as if it were some kind of brilliant message or wisdom.


1 Corinthians 2:5
so that your faith would not be based on human wisdom but on God's power.


1 Corinthians 2:7
We speak about the mystery of God's wisdom. It is a wisdom that has been hidden, which God had planned for our glory before the world began.


1 Corinthians 2:9
But as Scripture says: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him."


1 Corinthians 2:10
God has revealed those things to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches everything, especially the deep things of God.


1 Corinthians 2:11
After all, who knows everything about a person except that person's own spirit? In the same way, no one has known everything about God except God's Spirit.


1 Corinthians 2:12
Now, we didn't receive the spirit that belongs to the world. Instead, we received the Spirit who comes from God so that we could know the things which God has freely given us.


1 Corinthians 2:14
A person who isn't spiritual doesn't accept the teachings of God's Spirit. He thinks they're nonsense. He can't understand them because a person must be spiritual to evaluate them.


1 Corinthians 3:6
I planted, and Apollos watered, but God made it grow.


1 Corinthians 3:7
So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is important because {only} God makes it grow.


1 Corinthians 3:9
We are God's coworkers. You are God's field. You are God's building.


1 Corinthians 3:10
As a skilled and experienced builder, I used the gift that God gave me to lay the foundation {for that building}. However, someone else is building on it. Each person must be careful how he builds on it.


1 Corinthians 3:16
Don't you know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?


1 Corinthians 3:17
If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him because God's temple is holy. You are that holy temple!


1 Corinthians 3:19
The wisdom of this world is nonsense in God's sight. That's why Scripture says, "God catches the wise in their cleverness."


1 Corinthians 3:23
You belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.


1 Corinthians 4:1
People should think of us as servants of Christ and managers who are entrusted with God's mysteries.


1 Corinthians 4:4
I have a clear conscience, but that doesn't mean I have God's approval. It is the Lord who cross-examines me.


1 Corinthians 4:5
Therefore, don't judge anything before the appointed time. Wait until the Lord comes. He will also bring to light what is hidden in the dark and reveal people's motives. Then each person will receive praise from God.


1 Corinthians 4:9
As I see it, God has placed us apostles last in line, like people condemned to die. We have become a spectacle for people and angels to look at.


1 Corinthians 4:20
God's kingdom is not just talk, it is power.


1 Corinthians 5:10
I didn't tell you that you could not have any contact with unbelievers who commit sexual sins, are greedy, are dishonest, or worship false gods. If that were the case, you would have to leave this world.


1 Corinthians 5:11
Now, what I meant was that you should not associate with people who call themselves brothers or sisters in the Christian faith but live in sexual sin, are greedy, worship false gods, use abusive language, get drunk, or are dishonest. Don't eat with such people.


1 Corinthians 5:13
God will judge those who are outside. Remove that wicked man from among you.


1 Corinthians 6:1
When one of you has a complaint against another, how dare you go to court to settle the matter in front of wicked people. Why don't you settle it in front of God's holy people?


1 Corinthians 6:2
Don't you know that God's people will judge the world? So if you're going to judge the world, aren't you capable of judging insignificant cases?


1 Corinthians 6:9
Don't you know that wicked people won't inherit the kingdom of God? Stop deceiving yourselves! People who continue to commit sexual sins, who worship false gods, those who commit adultery, homosexuals,


1 Corinthians 6:10
or thieves, those who are greedy or drunk, who use abusive language, or who rob people will not inherit the kingdom of God.


1 Corinthians 6:11
That's what some of you were! But you have been washed and made holy, and you have received God's approval in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.


1 Corinthians 6:13
Food is for the stomach, and the stomach is for food, but God will put an end to both of them. However, the body is not for sexual sin but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body.


1 Corinthians 6:14
God raised the Lord, and by his power God will also raise us.


1 Corinthians 6:16
Don't you realize that the person who unites himself with a prostitute becomes one body with her? God says, "The two will be one."


1 Corinthians 6:19
Don't you know that your body is a temple that belongs to the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit, whom you received from God, lives in you. You don't belong to yourselves.


1 Corinthians 6:20
You were bought for a price. So bring glory to God in the way you use your body.


1 Corinthians 7:7
I would like everyone to be like me. However, each person has a special gift from God, and these gifts vary from person to person.


1 Corinthians 7:14
Actually, the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and an unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise, their children would be unacceptable {to God}, but now they are acceptable to him.


1 Corinthians 7:15
But if the unbelieving partners leave, let them go. Under these circumstances a Christian man or Christian woman is not bound {by a marriage vow}. God has called you to live in peace.


1 Corinthians 7:17
Everyone should live the life that the Lord gave him when God called him. This is the guideline I use in every church.


1 Corinthians 7:19
Circumcision is nothing, and the lack of it is nothing. But keeping what God commands is everything.


1 Corinthians 7:24
Brothers and sisters, you should remain in whatever circumstances you were in when God called you. God is with you in those circumstances.


1 Corinthians 7:40
However, she will be more blessed if she stays as she is. That is my opinion, and I think that I, too, have God's Spirit.


1 Corinthians 8:1
Now, concerning food offered to false gods: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes people arrogant, but love builds them up.


1 Corinthians 8:3
But if they love God, they are known by God.


1 Corinthians 8:4
Now about eating food that was offered to false gods: We know that the false gods in this world don't really exist and that no god exists except the one God.


1 Corinthians 8:5
People may say that there are gods in heaven and on earth—many gods and many lords, as they would call them.


1 Corinthians 8:6
But for us, "There is only one God, the Father. Everything came from him, and we live for him. There is only one Lord, Jesus Christ. Everything came into being through him, and we live because of him."


1 Corinthians 8:7
But not everyone knows this. Some people are so used to worshiping false gods that they believe they are eating food offered to a false god. So they feel guilty because their conscience is weak.


1 Corinthians 8:8
Food will not affect our relationship with God. We are no worse off if we eat {that food} and no better off if we don't.


1 Corinthians 8:10
For example, suppose someone with a weak conscience sees you, who have this knowledge, eating in the temple of a false god. Won't you be encouraging that person to eat food offered to a false god?


1 Corinthians 8:13
Therefore, if eating food {offered to false gods} causes other believers to lose their faith, I will never eat that kind of food so that I won't make other believers lose their faith.


1 Corinthians 9:9
Moses' Teachings say, "Never muzzle an ox when it is threshing grain." God's concern isn't for oxen.


1 Corinthians 9:21
I became like a person who does not have Moses' Teachings for those who don't have those teachings. I did this to win them even though I have God's teachings. I'm really subject to Christ's teachings.


1 Corinthians 10:5
Yet, God was not pleased with most of them, so their dead bodies were scattered over the desert.


1 Corinthians 10:7
So don't worship false gods as some of them did, as Scripture says, "The people sat down to a feast which turned into an orgy."


1 Corinthians 10:13
There isn't any temptation that you have experienced which is unusual for humans. God, who faithfully keeps his promises, will not allow you to be tempted beyond your power to resist. But when you are tempted, he will also give you the ability to endure the temptation as your way of escape.


1 Corinthians 10:14
Therefore, my dear friends, get as far away from the worship of false gods as you can.


1 Corinthians 10:19
Do I mean that an offering made to a false god is anything, or that a false god itself is anything?


1 Corinthians 10:20
Hardly! What I am saying is that these sacrifices which people make are made to demons and not to God. I don't want you to be partners with demons.


1 Corinthians 10:28
However, if someone says to you, "This was sacrificed to a god," don't eat it because of the one who informed you and because of conscience.


1 Corinthians 10:30
If I give thanks to God for the food I eat, why am I condemned for that?


1 Corinthians 10:31
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything to the glory of God.


1 Corinthians 10:32
Don't cause others to stumble, whether they are Jewish, Greek, or members of God's church.


1 Corinthians 11:3
However, I want you to realize that Christ has authority over every man, a husband has authority over his wife, and God has authority over Christ.


1 Corinthians 11:4
Every man who covers his head when he prays or speaks what God has revealed dishonors the one who has authority over him.


1 Corinthians 11:5
Every woman who prays or speaks what God has revealed and has her head uncovered while she speaks dishonors the one who has authority over her. She is like the woman who has her head shaved.


1 Corinthians 11:7
A man should not cover his head. He is God's image and glory. The woman, however, is man's glory.


1 Corinthians 11:12
As a woman came into existence from a man, so men come into existence by women, but everything comes from God.


1 Corinthians 11:13
Judge your own situation. Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered?


1 Corinthians 11:16
If anyone wants to argue about this {they can't, because} we don't have any custom like this—nor do any of the churches of God.


1 Corinthians 11:22
Don't you have homes in which to eat and drink? Do you despise God's church and embarrass people who don't have anything to eat? What can I say to you? Should I praise you? I won't praise you for this.


1 Corinthians 12:2
You know that when you were unbelievers, every time you were led to worship false gods you were worshiping gods who couldn't even speak.


1 Corinthians 12:3
So I want you to know that no one speaking by God's Spirit says, "Jesus is cursed." No one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.


1 Corinthians 12:6
There are different types of work to do, but the same God produces every gift in every person.


1 Corinthians 12:10
Another can work miracles. Another can speak what God has revealed. Another can tell the difference between spirits. Another can speak in different kinds of languages. Another can interpret languages.


1 Corinthians 12:11
There is only one Spirit who does all these things by giving what God wants to give to each person.


1 Corinthians 12:13
By one Spirit we were all baptized into one body. Whether we are Jewish or Greek, slave or free, God gave all of us one Spirit to drink.


1 Corinthians 12:18
So God put each and every part of the body together as he wanted it.


1 Corinthians 12:24
However, our presentable parts don't need this kind of treatment. God has put the body together and given special honor to the part that doesn't have it.


1 Corinthians 12:25
God's purpose was that the body should not be divided but rather that all of its parts should feel the same concern for each other.


1 Corinthians 12:28
In the church God has appointed first apostles, next prophets, third teachers, then those who perform miracles, then those who have the gift of healing, then those who help others, those who are managers, and those who can speak in a number of languages.


1 Corinthians 13:2
I may have the gift to speak what God has revealed, and I may understand all mysteries and have all knowledge. I may even have enough faith to move mountains. But if I don't have love, I am nothing.


1 Corinthians 13:8
Love never comes to an end. There is the gift of speaking what God has revealed, but it will no longer be used. There is the gift of speaking in other languages, but it will stop by itself. There is the gift of knowledge, but it will no longer be used.


1 Corinthians 13:9
Our knowledge is incomplete and our ability to speak what God has revealed is incomplete.


1 Corinthians 13:12
Now we see a blurred image in a mirror. Then we will see very clearly. Now my knowledge is incomplete. Then I will have complete knowledge as God has complete knowledge of me.


1 Corinthians 14:1
Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially the gift of speaking what God has revealed.


1 Corinthians 14:2
When a person speaks in another language, he doesn't speak to people but to God. No one understands him. His spirit is speaking mysteries.


1 Corinthians 14:3
But when a person speaks what God has revealed, he speaks to people to help them grow, to encourage them, and to comfort them.


1 Corinthians 14:4
When a person speaks in another language, he helps himself grow. But when a person speaks what God has revealed, he helps the church grow.


1 Corinthians 14:5
I wish that all of you could speak in other languages, but especially that you could speak what God has revealed. The person who speaks what God has revealed is more important than the person who speaks in other languages. This is true unless he can interpret what he says to help the church grow.


1 Corinthians 14:16
Otherwise, if you praise God only with your spirit, how can outsiders say "Amen!" to your prayer of thanksgiving? They don't know what you're saying.


1 Corinthians 14:18
I thank God that I speak in other languages more than any of you.


1 Corinthians 14:21
God's word says, "Through people who speak foreign languages and through the mouths of foreigners I will speak to these people, but even then they will not listen to me, says the Lord."


1 Corinthians 14:22
So the gift of speaking in other languages is a sign for unbelievers, not for believers. The gift of speaking what God had revealed is a sign for believers, not for unbelievers.


1 Corinthians 14:24
Now suppose you speak what God has revealed. When unbelievers or outsiders come in you will show them where they are wrong and convince them that they are sinners.


1 Corinthians 14:25
The secrets in their hearts will become known, and in this way they will quickly bow with their faces touching the ground, worship God, and confess that God is truly among you.


1 Corinthians 14:28
But if an interpreter isn't present, those people should remain silent in church. They should only speak to themselves and to God.


1 Corinthians 14:29
Two or three people should speak what God has revealed. Everyone else should decide whether what each person said is right or wrong.


1 Corinthians 14:30
If God reveals something to another person who is seated, the first speaker should be silent.


1 Corinthians 14:31
All of you can take your turns speaking what God has revealed. In that way, everyone will learn and be encouraged.


1 Corinthians 14:32
People who speak what God has revealed must control themselves.


1 Corinthians 14:33
God is not a God of disorder but a God of peace. As in all the churches of God's holy people,


1 Corinthians 14:36
Did God's word originate with you? Are you the only ones it has reached?


1 Corinthians 14:37
Whoever thinks that he speaks for God or that he is spiritually gifted must acknowledge that what I write to you is what the Lord commands.


1 Corinthians 14:39
So, brothers and sisters, desire to speak what God has revealed, and don't keep anyone from speaking in other languages.


1 Corinthians 15:9
I'm the least of the apostles. I'm not even fit to be called an apostle because I persecuted God's church.


1 Corinthians 15:10
But God's kindness made me what I am, and that kindness was not wasted on me. Instead, I worked harder than all the others. It was not I who did it, but God's kindness was with me.


1 Corinthians 15:15
In addition, we are obviously witnesses who lied about God because we testified that he brought Christ back to life. But if it's true that the dead don't come back to life, then God didn't bring Christ back to life.


1 Corinthians 15:24
Then the end will come. Christ will hand over the kingdom to God the Father as he destroys every ruler, authority, and power.


1 Corinthians 15:25
Christ must rule until God has put every enemy under his control.


1 Corinthians 15:27
Clearly, God has put everything under Christ's authority. When God says that everything has been put under Christ's authority, this clearly excludes God, since God has put everything under Christ's authority.


1 Corinthians 15:28
But when God puts everything under Christ's authority, the Son will put himself under God's authority, since God had put everything under the Son's authority. Then God will be in control of everything.


1 Corinthians 15:34
Come back to the right point of view, and stop sinning. Some people don't know anything about God. You should be ashamed of yourselves.


1 Corinthians 15:38
God gives the plant the form he wants it to have. Each kind of seed grows into its own form.


1 Corinthians 15:50
Brothers and sisters, this is what I mean: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. What decays cannot inherit what doesn't decay.


1 Corinthians 15:56
Sin gives death its sting, and God's standards give sin its power.


1 Corinthians 15:57
Thank God that he gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.


1 Corinthians 16:1
Now, concerning the money to be collected for God's people {in Jerusalem}: I want you to do as I directed the churches in Galatia.


1 Corinthians 16:15
You know that the family of Stephanas was the first family to be won {for Christ} in Greece. This family has devoted itself to serving God's people. So I encourage you, brothers and sisters,


2 Corinthians 1:1
From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and from Timothy our brother. To God's church in the city of Corinth and to all God's holy people everywhere in Greece.


2 Corinthians 1:2
Good will and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ are yours!


2 Corinthians 1:3
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! He is the Father who is compassionate and the God who gives comfort.


2 Corinthians 1:4
He comforts us whenever we suffer. That is why whenever other people suffer, we are able to comfort them by using the same comfort we have received from God.


2 Corinthians 1:9
In fact, we still feel as if we're under a death sentence. But we suffered so that we would stop trusting ourselves and learn to trust God, who brings the dead back to life.


2 Corinthians 1:11
since you are also joining to help us when you pray for us. Then many people will thank God for the favor he will show us because many people prayed for us.


2 Corinthians 1:12
We are proud that our conscience is clear. We are proud of the way that we have lived in this world. We have lived with a God-given holiness and sincerity, especially toward you. It was not by human wisdom that we have lived but by God's kindness.


2 Corinthians 1:18
You can depend on God. Our message to you isn't false; it's true.


2 Corinthians 1:19
God's Son, Jesus Christ, whom I, Silvanus, and Timothy told you about, was true not false. Because of him our message was always true.


2 Corinthians 1:20
Certainly, Christ made God's many promises come true. For that reason, because of our message, people also honor God by saying, "Amen!"


2 Corinthians 1:21
God establishes us, together with you, in a relationship with Christ. He has also anointed us.


2 Corinthians 1:23
I appeal to God as a witness on my behalf, that I stayed away from Corinth because I wanted to spare you.


2 Corinthians 2:14
But I thank God, who always leads us in victory because of Christ. Wherever we go, God uses us to make clear what it means to know Christ. It's like a fragrance that fills the air.


2 Corinthians 2:15
To God we are the aroma of Christ among those who are saved and among those who are dying.


2 Corinthians 2:17
At least we don't go around selling an impure word of God like many others. The opposite is true. As Christ's spokesmen and in God's presence, we speak the pure message that comes from God.


2 Corinthians 3:3
It's clear that you are Christ's letter, written as a result of our ministry. You are a letter written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, a letter written not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.


2 Corinthians 3:4
Christ gives us confidence about you in God's presence.


2 Corinthians 3:5
By ourselves we are not qualified in any way to claim that we can do anything. Rather, God makes us qualified.


2 Corinthians 3:9
If the ministry that brings punishment has glory, then the ministry that brings God's approval has an overwhelming glory.


2 Corinthians 4:1
We don't become discouraged, since God has given us this ministry through his mercy.


2 Corinthians 4:2
Instead, we have refused to use secret and shameful ways. We don't use tricks, and we don't distort God's word. As God watches, we clearly reveal the truth to everyone. This is our {letter of} recommendation.


2 Corinthians 4:4
The god of this world has blinded the minds of those who don't believe. As a result, they don't see the light of the Good News about Christ's glory. It is Christ who is God's image.


2 Corinthians 4:6
We are his servants because the same God who said that light should shine out of darkness has given us light. For that reason we bring to light the knowledge about God's glory which shines from Christ's face.


2 Corinthians 4:7
Our bodies are made of clay, yet we have the treasure of the Good News in them. This shows that the superior power of this treasure belongs to God and doesn't come from us.


2 Corinthians 4:14
We know that the one who brought the Lord Jesus back to life will also bring us back to life through Jesus. He will present us to God together with you.


2 Corinthians 4:15
All this is for your sake so that, as God's kindness overflows in the lives of many people, it will produce even more thanksgiving to the glory of God.


2 Corinthians 5:1
We know that if the life we live here on earth is ever taken down like a tent, we still have a building from God. It is an eternal house in heaven that isn't made by human hands.


2 Corinthians 5:5
God has prepared us for this and has given us his Spirit to guarantee it.


2 Corinthians 5:11
As people who know what it means to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. God already knows what we are, and I hope that you also know what we are.


2 Corinthians 5:13
So if we were crazy, it was for God. If we are sane, it is for you.


2 Corinthians 5:18
God has done all this. He has restored our relationship with him through Christ, and has given us this ministry of restoring relationships.


2 Corinthians 5:19
In other words, God was using Christ to restore his relationship with humanity. He didn't hold people's faults against them, and he has given us this message of restored relationships to tell others.


2 Corinthians 5:20
Therefore, we are Christ's representatives, and through us God is calling you. We beg you on behalf of Christ to become reunited with God.


2 Corinthians 5:21
God had Christ, who was sinless, take our sin so that we might receive God's approval through him.


2 Corinthians 6:1
Since we are God's coworkers, we urge you not to let God's kindness be wasted on you.


2 Corinthians 6:2
God says, "At the right time I heard you. On the day of salvation I helped you." Listen, now is God's acceptable time! Now is the day of salvation!


2 Corinthians 6:4
Instead, our lives demonstrate that we are God's servants. We have endured many things: suffering, distress, anxiety,


2 Corinthians 6:7
truthfulness, and the presence of God's power. We demonstrate that we are God's servants


2 Corinthians 6:16
Can God's temple contain false gods? Clearly, we are the temple of the living God. As God said, "I will live and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people."


2 Corinthians 7:1
Since we have these promises, dear friends, we need to cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit and live a holy life in the fear of God.


2 Corinthians 7:6
Yet God, who comforts those who are dejected, comforted us when Titus arrived.


2 Corinthians 7:9
But I'm happy now, not because I made you uncomfortable, but because the distress I caused you has led you to change the way you think and act. You were distressed in a godly way, so we haven't done you any harm.


2 Corinthians 7:10
In fact, to be distressed in a godly way causes people to change the way they think and act and leads them to be saved. No one can regret that. But the distress that the world causes brings only death.


2 Corinthians 7:11
When you became distressed in a godly way, look at how much devotion it caused you to have. You were ready to clear yourselves of the charges against you. You were disgusted with the wrong that had been done. You were afraid. You wanted to see us. You wanted to show your concern for us. You were ready to punish the wrong that had been done. In every way you have demonstrated that you are people who are innocent in this matter.


2 Corinthians 7:12
So, when I wrote to you, I didn't write because of the man who did the wrong or the man who was hurt by it. Rather, I wrote because I wanted you to show your devotion to us in God's sight.


2 Corinthians 8:1
Brothers and sisters, we want you to know how God showed his kindness to the churches in the province of Macedonia.


2 Corinthians 8:4
They made an appeal to us, begging us to let them participate in the ministry of God's kindness to his holy people {in Jerusalem}.


2 Corinthians 8:5
They did more than we had expected. First, they gave themselves to the Lord and to us, since this was God's will.


2 Corinthians 8:6
This led us to urge Titus to finish his work of God's kindness among you in the same way as he had already started it.


2 Corinthians 8:7
Indeed, the more your faith, your ability to speak, your knowledge, your dedication, and your love for us increase, the more we want you to participate in this work of God's kindness.


2 Corinthians 8:12
with whatever contributions you have. Since you are willing to do this, {remember} that people are accepted if they give what they are able to give. God doesn't ask for what they don't have.


2 Corinthians 8:16
I thank God for making Titus as dedicated to you as I am.


2 Corinthians 8:19
More than that, the churches elected him to travel with us and bring this gift of God's kindness. We are administering it in a way that brings glory to the Lord and shows that we are doing it willingly.


2 Corinthians 9:6
Remember this: The farmer who plants a few seeds will have a very small harvest. But the farmer who plants because he has received God's blessings will receive a harvest of God's blessings in return.


2 Corinthians 9:7
Each of you should give whatever you have decided. You shouldn't be sorry that you gave or feel forced to give, since God loves a cheerful giver.


2 Corinthians 9:8
Besides, God will give you his constantly overflowing kindness. Then, when you always have everything you need, you can do more and more good things.


2 Corinthians 9:10
God gives seed to the farmer and food to those who need to eat. God will also give you seed and multiply it. In your lives he will increase the things you do that have his approval.


2 Corinthians 9:11
God will make you rich enough so that you can always be generous. Your generosity will produce thanksgiving to God because of us.


2 Corinthians 9:12
What you do to serve others not only provides for the needs of God's people, but also produces more and more prayers of thanksgiving to God.


2 Corinthians 9:13
You will honor God through this genuine act of service because of your commitment to spread the Good News of Christ and because of your generosity in sharing with them and everyone else.


2 Corinthians 9:14
With deep affection they will pray for you because of the extreme kindness that God has shown you.


2 Corinthians 9:15
I thank God for his gift that words cannot describe.


2 Corinthians 10:4
The weapons we use in our fight are not made by humans. Rather, they are powerful weapons from God. With them we destroy people's defenses, that is, their arguments


2 Corinthians 10:5
and all their intellectual arrogance that oppose the knowledge of God. We take every thought captive so that it is obedient to Christ.


2 Corinthians 10:13
How can we brag about things that no one can evaluate? Instead, we will only brag about what God has given us to do—coming to {the city of Corinth} where you live.


2 Corinthians 11:2
I'm as protective of you as God is. After all, you're a virgin whom I promised in marriage to one man—Christ.


2 Corinthians 11:7
Did I commit a sin when I humbled myself by telling you the Good News of God free of charge so that you could become important?


2 Corinthians 11:11
Why? Because I don't love you? God knows that I do love you.


2 Corinthians 11:15
So it's not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants who have God's approval. In the end they will get what they deserve.


2 Corinthians 11:31
The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is praised forever, knows that I'm not lying.


2 Corinthians 12:2
I know a follower of Christ who was snatched away to the third heaven fourteen years ago. I don't know whether this happened to him physically or spiritually. Only God knows.


2 Corinthians 12:4
was snatched away to paradise where he heard things that can't be expressed in words, things that humans cannot put into words. I don't know whether this happened to him physically or spiritually. Only God knows.


2 Corinthians 12:19
Have you been thinking all along that we're trying to defend ourselves to you? We speak as Christ's people in God's sight. Everything we do, dear friends, is for your benefit.


2 Corinthians 12:21
I'm afraid that when I come to you again, my God may humble me. I may have to grieve over many who formerly led sinful lives and have not changed the way they think and act about the perversion, sexual sins, and promiscuity in which they have been involved.


2 Corinthians 13:4
He was weak when he was crucified, but by God's power he lives. We are weak with him, but by God's power we will live for you with his help.


2 Corinthians 13:7
We pray to God that you won't do anything wrong. It's not that we want to prove that we've passed the test. Rather, we want you to do whatever is right, even if we seem to have failed.


2 Corinthians 13:11
With that, brothers and sisters, I must say goodbye. Make sure that you improve. Accept my encouragement. Share the same attitude and live in peace. The God of love and peace will be with you.


2 Corinthians 13:12
Greet one another with a holy kiss. All of God's holy people greet you.


2 Corinthians 13:13
May the Lord Jesus Christ's good will, God's love, and the Holy Spirit's presence be with all of you!


Galatians 1:1
From Paul—an apostle {chosen} not by any group or individual but by Jesus Christ and God the Father who brought him back to life—


Galatians 1:3
Good will and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ are yours!


Galatians 1:4
In order to free us from this present evil world, Christ took the punishment for our sins, because that was what our God and Father wanted.


Galatians 1:5
Glory belongs to our God and Father forever! Amen.


Galatians 1:10
Am I saying this now to win the approval of people or God? Am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be Christ's servant.


Galatians 1:13
You heard about the way I once lived when I followed the Jewish religion. You heard how I violently persecuted God's church and tried to destroy it.


Galatians 1:15
But God, who appointed me before I was born and who called me by his kindness, was pleased


Galatians 1:20
(God is my witness that what I'm writing is not a lie.)


Galatians 1:24
So they praised God for what had happened to me.


Galatians 2:2
I went in response to a revelation {from God}. I showed them the way I spread the Good News among people who are not Jewish. I did this in a private meeting with those recognized as important people to see whether all my efforts had been wasted.


Galatians 2:6
Those who were recognized as important people didn't add a single thing to my message. (What sort of people they were makes no difference to me, since God doesn't play favorites.)


Galatians 2:9
James, Cephas, and John (who were recognized as the most important people) acknowledged that God had given me this special gift. So they shook hands with Barnabas and me, agreeing to be our partners. It was understood that we would work among the people who are not Jewish and they would work among Jewish people.


Galatians 2:16
Yet, we know that people don't receive God's approval because of their own efforts to live according to a set of standards, but only by believing in Jesus Christ. So we also believed in Jesus Christ in order to receive God's approval by faith in Christ and not because of our own efforts. People won't receive God's approval because of their own efforts to live according to a set of standards.


Galatians 2:17
If we, the same people who are searching for God's approval in Christ, are still sinners, does that mean that Christ encourages us to sin? That's unthinkable!


Galatians 2:19
When I tried to obey the law's standards, those laws killed me. As a result, I live in a relationship with God. I have been crucified with Christ.


Galatians 2:20
I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live I live by believing in God's Son, who loved me and took the punishment for my sins.


Galatians 2:21
I don't reject God's kindness. If we receive God's approval by obeying laws, then Christ's death was pointless.


Galatians 3:5
Does God supply you with the Spirit and work miracles among you through your own efforts or through believing what you heard?


Galatians 3:6
Abraham serves as an example. He believed God, and that faith was regarded by God to be his approval of Abraham.


Galatians 3:8
Scripture saw ahead of time that God would give his approval to non-Jewish people who have faith. So Scripture announced the Good News to Abraham ahead of time when it said, "Through you all the people of the world will be blessed."


Galatians 3:11
No one receives God's approval by obeying the law's standards since, "The person who has God's approval will live by faith."


Galatians 3:13
Christ paid the price to free us from the curse that God's laws bring by becoming cursed instead of us. Scripture says, "Everyone who is hung on a tree is cursed."


Galatians 3:17
This is what I mean: The laws {given to Moses} 430 years after God had already put his promise {to Abraham} into effect didn't cancel the promise {to Abraham}.


Galatians 3:18
If we have to gain the inheritance by following those laws, then it no longer comes to us because of the promise. However, God freely gave the inheritance to Abraham through a promise.


Galatians 3:20
A mediator is not used when there is only one person involved, and God has acted on his own.


Galatians 3:21
Does this mean, then, that the laws given to Moses contradict God's promises? That's unthinkable! If those laws could give us life, then certainly we would receive God's approval because we obeyed them.


Galatians 3:24
Before Christ came, Moses' laws served as our guardian. Christ came so that we could receive God's approval by faith.


Galatians 3:26
You are all God's children by believing in Christ Jesus.


Galatians 3:29
If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants and heirs, as God promised.


Galatians 4:4
But when the right time came, God sent his Son {into the world}. A woman gave birth to him, and he came under the control of God's laws.


Galatians 4:5
God sent him to pay for the freedom of those who were controlled by these laws so that we would be adopted as his children.


Galatians 4:6
Because you are God's children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into us to call out, "Abba! Father!"


Galatians 4:7
So you are no longer slaves but God's children. Since you are God's children, God has also made you heirs.


Galatians 4:8
When you didn't know God, you were slaves to things which are really not gods at all.


Galatians 4:9
But now you know God, or rather, God knows you. So how can you turn back again to the powerless and bankrupt principles of this world? Why do you want to become their slaves all over again?


Galatians 4:14
Even though my illness was difficult for you, you didn't despise or reject me. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were God's messenger or Christ Jesus himself.


Galatians 5:4
Those of you who try to earn God's approval by obeying his laws have been cut off from Christ. You have fallen out of God's favor.


Galatians 5:5
However, in our spiritual nature, faith causes us to wait eagerly for the confidence that comes with God's approval.


Galatians 5:10
The Lord gives me confidence that you will not disagree with this. However, the one who is confusing you will suffer God's judgment regardless of who he is.


Galatians 5:21
envy, drunkenness, wild partying, and similar things. I've told you in the past and I'm telling you again that people who do these kinds of things will not inherit the kingdom of God.


Galatians 6:6
The person who is taught God's word should share all good things with his teacher.


Galatians 6:7
Make no mistake about this: You can never make a fool out of God. Whatever you plant is what you'll harvest.


Galatians 6:16
Peace and mercy will come to rest on all those who conform to this principle. They are the Israel of God.


Ephesians 1:1
From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God's will. To God's holy and faithful people who are united with Christ in the city of Ephesus.


Ephesians 1:2
Good will and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ are yours!


Ephesians 1:3
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Through Christ, God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing that heaven has to offer.


Ephesians 1:7
Through the blood of his Son, we are set free from our sins. God forgives our failures because of his overflowing kindness.


Ephesians 1:11
God also decided ahead of time to choose us through Christ according to his plan, which makes everything work the way he intends.


Ephesians 1:14
This Holy Spirit is the guarantee that we will receive our inheritance. We have this guarantee until we are set free to belong to him. God receives praise and glory for this.


Ephesians 1:15
I, too, have heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all of God's people. For this reason


Ephesians 1:16
I never stop thanking God for you. I always remember you in my prayers.


Ephesians 1:17
I pray that the glorious Father, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know Christ better.


Ephesians 1:18
Then you will have deeper insight. You will know the confidence that he calls you to have and the glorious wealth that God's people will inherit.


Ephesians 1:22
God has put everything under the control of Christ. He has made Christ the head of everything for the good of the church.


Ephesians 2:2
You followed the ways of this present world and its spiritual ruler. This ruler continues to work in people who refuse to obey God.


Ephesians 2:3
All of us once lived among these people, and followed the desires of our corrupt nature. We did what our corrupt desires and thoughts wanted us to do. So, because of our nature, we deserved God's anger just like everyone else.


Ephesians 2:4
But God is rich in mercy because of his great love for us.


Ephesians 2:5
We were dead because of our failures, but he made us alive together with Christ. (It is God's kindness that saved you.)


Ephesians 2:6
God has brought us back to life together with Christ Jesus and has given us a position in heaven with him.


Ephesians 2:8
God saved you through faith as an act of kindness. You had nothing to do with it. Being saved is a gift from God.


Ephesians 2:10
God has made us what we are. He has created us in Christ Jesus to live lives filled with good works that he has prepared for us to do.


Ephesians 2:12
Also, at that time you were without Christ. You were excluded from citizenship in Israel, and the pledges {God made in his} promise were foreign to you. You had no hope and were in the world without God.


Ephesians 2:16
He also brought them back to God in one body by his cross, on which he killed the hostility.


Ephesians 2:19
That is why you are no longer foreigners and outsiders but citizens together with God's people and members of God's family.


Ephesians 2:22
Through him you, also, are being built in the Spirit together with others into a place where God lives.


Ephesians 3:2
Certainly, you have heard how God gave me the responsibility of bringing his kindness to you.


Ephesians 3:6
This mystery is the Good News that people who are not Jewish have the same inheritance as Jewish people do. They belong to the same body and share the same promise that God made in Christ Jesus.


Ephesians 3:7
I became a servant of this Good News through God's kindness freely given to me when his power worked {in me}.


Ephesians 3:8
I am the least of all God's people. Yet, God showed me his kindness by allowing me to spread the Good News of the immeasurable wealth of Christ to people who are not Jewish.


Ephesians 3:9
He allowed me to explain the way this mystery works. God, who created all things, kept it hidden in the past.


Ephesians 3:11
This was God's plan for all of history which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.


Ephesians 3:12
We can go to God with bold confidence through faith in Christ.


Ephesians 3:16
I'm asking God to give you a gift from the wealth of his glory. I pray that he would give you inner strength and power through his Spirit.


Ephesians 3:18
This way, with all of God's people you will be able to understand how wide, long, high, and deep his love is.


Ephesians 3:19
You will know Christ's love, which goes far beyond any knowledge. I am praying this so that you may be completely filled with God.


Ephesians 3:20
Glory belongs to God, whose power is at work in us. By this power he can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.


Ephesians 3:21
Glory belongs to God in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time and eternity! Amen.


Ephesians 4:1
I, a prisoner in the Lord, encourage you to live the kind of life which proves that God has called you.


Ephesians 4:6
one God and Father of all, who is over everything, through everything, and in everything.


Ephesians 4:7
God's favor has been given to each of us. It was measured out to us by Christ who gave it.


Ephesians 4:12
Their purpose is to prepare God's people, to serve, and to build up the body of Christ.


Ephesians 4:13
This is to continue until all of us are united in our faith and in our knowledge about God's Son, until we become mature, until we measure up to Christ, who is the standard.


Ephesians 4:18
They can't understand because they are in the dark. They are excluded from the life that God approves of because of their ignorance and stubbornness.


Ephesians 4:24
You were also taught to become a new person created to be like God, truly righteous and holy.


Ephesians 4:30
Don't give God's Holy Spirit any reason to be upset with you. He has put his seal on you for the day you will be set free {from the world of sin}.


Ephesians 4:32
Be kind to each other, sympathetic, forgiving each other as God has forgiven you through Christ.


Ephesians 5:1
Imitate God, since you are the children he loves.


Ephesians 5:2
Live in love as Christ also loved us. He gave his life for us as an offering and sacrifice, a soothing aroma to God.


Ephesians 5:3
Don't let sexual sin, perversion of any kind, or greed even be mentioned among you. This is not appropriate behavior for God's holy people.


Ephesians 5:4
It's not right that dirty stories, foolish talk, or obscene jokes should be mentioned among you either. Instead, give thanks {to God}.


Ephesians 5:5
You know very well that no person who is involved in sexual sin, perversion, or greed (which means worshiping wealth) can have any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.


Ephesians 5:6
Don't let anyone deceive you with meaningless words. It is because of sins like these that God's anger comes to those who refuse to obey him.


Ephesians 5:9
Light produces everything that is good, that has God's approval, and that is true.


Ephesians 5:20
Always thank God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Ephesians 6:6
Don't obey them only while you're being watched, as if you merely wanted to please people. But obey like slaves who belong to Christ, who have a deep desire to do what God wants them to do.


Ephesians 6:11
Put on all the armor that God supplies. In this way you can take a stand against the devil's strategies.


Ephesians 6:13
For this reason, take up all the armor that God supplies. Then you will be able to take a stand during these evil days. Once you have overcome all obstacles, you will be able to stand your ground.


Ephesians 6:14
So then, take your stand! Fasten truth around your waist like a belt. Put on God's approval as your breastplate.


Ephesians 6:17
Also take salvation as your helmet and the word of God as the sword that the Spirit supplies.


Ephesians 6:18
Pray in the Spirit in every situation. Use every kind of prayer and request there is. For the same reason be alert. Use every kind of effort and make every kind of request for all of God's people.


Ephesians 6:19
Also pray that God will give me the right words to say. Then I will speak boldly when I reveal the mystery of the Good News.


Ephesians 6:23
May God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give our brothers and sisters peace and love along with faith.


Philippians 1:1
From Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus. To God's people in the city of Philippi and their bishops and deacons— to everyone who is united with Christ Jesus.


Philippians 1:2
Good will and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ are yours!


Philippians 1:3
I thank my God for all the memories I have of you.


Philippians 1:6
I'm convinced that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it through to completion on the day of Christ Jesus.


Philippians 1:7
You have a special place in my heart. So it's right for me to think this way about all of you. All of you are my partners. Together we share God's favor, whether I'm in prison or defending and confirming the truth of the Good News.


Philippians 1:8
God is my witness that, with all the compassion of Christ Jesus, I long {to see} every one of you.


Philippians 1:11
Jesus Christ will fill your lives with everything that God's approval produces. Your lives will then bring glory and praise to God.


Philippians 1:14
So through my being in prison, the Lord has given most of our brothers and sisters confidence to speak God's word more boldly and fearlessly than ever.


Philippians 1:16
Those who tell the message about Christ out of love know that God has put me here to defend the Good News.


Philippians 1:28
So don't let your opponents intimidate you in any way. This is God's way of showing them that they will be destroyed and that you will be saved.


Philippians 1:29
God has given you the privilege not only to believe in Christ but also to suffer for him.


Philippians 2:6
Although he was in the form of God and equal with God, he did not take advantage of this equality.


Philippians 2:9
This is why God has given him an exceptional honor— the name honored above all other names—


Philippians 2:11
and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.


Philippians 2:13
It is God who produces in you the desires and actions that please him.


Philippians 2:15
Then you will be blameless and innocent. You will be God's children without any faults among people who are crooked and corrupt. You will shine like stars among them in the world


Philippians 2:17
My life is being poured out as a part of the sacrifice and service {I offer to God} for your faith. Yet, I am filled with joy, and I share that joy with all of you.


Philippians 2:27
Indeed, he was so sick that he almost died. But God had mercy not only on him but also on me and kept me from having one sorrow on top of another.


Philippians 3:3
We are the {true} circumcised people {of God} because we serve God's Spirit and take pride in Christ Jesus. We don't place any confidence in physical things,


Philippians 3:6
When it comes to being enthusiastic, I was a persecutor of the church. When it comes to winning God's approval by keeping Jewish laws, I was perfect.


Philippians 3:9
and to have a relationship with him. This means that I didn't receive God's approval by obeying his laws. The opposite is true! I have God's approval through faith in Christ. This is the approval that comes from God and is based on faith


Philippians 3:14
I run straight toward the goal to win the prize that God's heavenly call offers in Christ Jesus.


Philippians 3:15
Whoever has a mature faith should think this way. And if you think differently, God will show you how to think.


Philippians 3:19
In the end they will be destroyed. Their own emotions are their god, and they take pride in the shameful things they do. Their minds are set on worldly things.


Philippians 4:6
Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks.


Philippians 4:7
Then God's peace, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus.


Philippians 4:9
Practice what you've learned and received from me, what you heard and saw me do. Then the God who gives this peace will be with you.


Philippians 4:18
You have paid me in full, and I have more than enough. Now that Epaphroditus has brought me your gifts, you have filled my needs. Your gifts are a soothing aroma, a sacrifice that God accepts and with which he is pleased.


Philippians 4:19
My God will richly fill your every need in a glorious way through Christ Jesus.


Philippians 4:20
Glory belongs to our God and Father forever! Amen.


Philippians 4:22
All God's people here, especially those in the emperor's palace, greet you.


Colossians 1:1
From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God's will, and from our brother Timothy.


Colossians 1:2
To God's holy and faithful people, our brothers and sisters who are united with Christ in the city of Colossae. Good will and peace from God our Father are yours!


Colossians 1:3
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, in our prayers for you.


Colossians 1:4
We thank God because we have heard about your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God's people.


Colossians 1:6
This Good News is present with you now. It is producing results and spreading all over the world as it did among you from the first day you heard it. At that time you came to know what God's kindness truly means.


Colossians 1:9
For this reason we have not stopped praying for you since the day we heard about you. We ask {God} to fill you with the knowledge of his will through every kind of spiritual wisdom and insight.


Colossians 1:10
We ask this so that you will live the kind of lives that prove you belong to the Lord. Then you will want to please him in every way as you grow in producing every kind of good work by this knowledge about God.


Colossians 1:12
You will also thank the Father, who has made you able to share the light, which is what God's people inherit.


Colossians 1:13
God has rescued us from the power of darkness and has brought us into the kingdom of his Son, whom he loves.


Colossians 1:15
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.


Colossians 1:19
God was pleased to have all of himself live in Christ.


Colossians 1:20
God was also pleased to bring everything on earth and in heaven back to himself through Christ. He did this by making peace through Christ's blood sacrificed on the cross.


Colossians 1:21
Once you were separated from God. The evil things you did showed your hostile attitude.


Colossians 1:22
But now Christ has brought you back to God by dying in his physical body. He did this so that you could come into God's presence without sin, fault, or blame.


Colossians 1:25