4 Jesus replied, "Take care that no one misleads you;
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5 I left you behind in Crete in order to finish putting things right and to appoint presbyters in every town as I told you,
46 Then they reached Jericho; and as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a considerable crowd, the son of Timaeus, Bartimaeus, the blind beggar who sat beside the road, 47 heard it was Jesus of Nazaret. So he started to shout, "Son of David! Jesus! have pity on me." 48 A number of the people checked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have pity on me!" 49 Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." Then they called the blind man and told him, "Courage! Get up, he is calling you." 50 Throwing off his cloak he jumped up and went to Jesus. 51 Jesus spoke to him and said, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man said, "Rabboni, I want to regain my sight." 52 Then Jesus said, "Go, your faith has made you well;" and he regained his sight at once and followed Jesus along the road.
28 I tell you truly, there are some of those standing here who will not taste death till they see the Son of man coming himself to reign."
15 Do your utmost to let God see that you at least are a sound workman, with no need to be ashamed of the way you handle the word of the Truth.
7 Yet — I am telling you the truth — my going is for your good. If I do not depart, the Helper will not come to you; whereas if I go, I will send him to you.
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, as you had faith; it is not your doing but God's gift, 9 not the outcome of what you have done — lest anyone should pride himself on that; 10 God has made us what we are, creating us in Christ Jesus for the good deeds which are prepared beforehand by God as our sphere of action.
1 Then I saw the new heaven and the new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away; and the sea is no more. 2 And I saw the holy City, the new Jerusalem, descending from God out of heaven, all ready like a bride arrayed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice out of the throne, crying, "Lo, God's dwelling-place is with men, with men will he dwell; they shall be his people, and God will himself be with them: 4 he will wipe every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more — no more wailing or crying or pain, for the first things have passed away." 5 Then he who was seated on the throne said, "Lo, I make all things new." And he said, "Write this: 'these words are trustworthy and genuine.'" 6 Then he said, "All is over! I am the alpha and the omega, the First and the Last. I will let the thirsty drink of the fountain of the water of Life without price. 7 The conqueror shall obtain this, and I will be his God, and he shall be my son; 8 but as for the craven, the faithless, the abominable, as for murderers, the immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and liars of all kinds — their lot is the lake that blazes with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." 9 Then came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues; and he spoke to me thus, "Come, and I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb." 10 So he carried me off, rapt in the Spirit, to a huge, high mountain, where he showed me the City, the holy Jerusalem, descending from God out of heaven, 11 with the glory of God. The sheen of it resembled some rare jewel like jasper, clear as crystal; 12 it has a huge, high wall with twelve gates, twelve angels at the twelve gates, and names inscribed thereon which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel, 13 three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west. 14 And the wall of the City has twelve foundation-stones, bearing the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. 15 He who talked to me had a golden wand by way of a measuring-rod, to measure the City and its gates and wall; 16 the City lies foursquare, the length the same as the breadth, and he measured fifteen hundred miles with his rod for the City, for its breadth and length and height alike; 17 he made the measure of the wall seventy-two yards, by human, that is, by angelic reckoning. 18 The material of the wall is jasper, but the City is made of pure gold, transparent like glass. 19 The foundation-stones of the city-wall are adorned with all sorts of precious stones, the first foundation-stone being of jasper, the second of sapphire, the third of agate, the fourth of emerald, 20 the fifth of onyx, the sixth of sardius, the seventh of chrysolite, the eighth of beryl, the ninth of topaz, the tenth of chrysoprase, the eleventh of jacinth, the twelfth of amethyst. 21 The twelve gates are twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl; and the streets of the City are pure gold, clear as crystal. 22 But I saw no temple in the City, for its temple is the Lord God almighty and the Lamb. 23 And the City needs no sun or moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God illumines it, and the Lamb lights it up. 24 By its light will the nations walk; and into it will the kings of earth bring their glories 25 (the gates of it will never be shut by day, and night there shall be none), 26 they will bring to it the glories and treasures of the nations. 27 Nothing profane, none who practises abomination or falsehood shall enter, but those alone whose names are written in the Lamb's book of Life.
1 Then he showed me the river of the water of Life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 through the streets of the City; on both sides of the river grew the tree of Life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, each month having its own fruit; and the leaves served to heal the nations. 3 None who is accursed will be there; but the throne of God and the Lamb will be within it, his servants will serve and worship him, 4 they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 Night there shall be none; they need no lamp or sun to shine upon them, for the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign for ever and ever. 6 [vss 6,7 relocated between vss 9 & 10] And he said to me, "These words are trustworthy and genuine, for the Lord God of the spirits of the prophets has sent his angel to show his servants what must very soon come to pass. 7 Lo, I am coming very soon; blessed is he who lays to heart the words of the prophecy of this book!" 8 I John saw and heard all this; and when I heard and saw it, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who had shown me it all. 9 But he said to me, "No, not that! I am but a servant like yourself and your brothers the prophets, who lay to heart the words of this book. Worship God." 10 He said to me, "Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near: 11 Let the wicked still be wicked, let the filthy still be filthy, let the righteous still do right, let the holy still be holy! 12 [Relocated to follow vss 16 & 13] Lo, I am coming very soon, with my reward, to requite everyone for what he has done." 13 [Relocated to follow vs 16] I am the alpha and the omega, the First and the Last, the beginning and the end. 14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, that theirs may be the right to the tree of Life, the right to enter the gates of the City! 15 Begone, you dogs, you sorcerers, you vicious men, you murderers, you idolaters, you who love and practise falsehood, everyone of you!" 16 "I Jesus have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches; I am the Scion and offspring of David, the bright star of the morning. 17 "Come," say the Spirit and the Bride: let the hearer too say, "Come"; and let the thirsty come, let anyone who desires it, take the water of Life without price. 18 [I adjure all who hear the words of the prophecy of this book: "If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book; 19 and if anyone removes any words written in this book, God will remove his share in the tree of Life and in the holy City described in this book."] 20 He who bears this testimony says, "Even so: I am coming very soon." Amen, Lord Jesus, come! 21 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
3 Inasmuch as his power divine has bestowed on us every requisite for life and piety by the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence — 4 bestowing on us thereby promises precious and supreme, that by means of them you may escape the corruption produced within the world by lust, and participate in the divine nature — 5 for this very reason, do you contrive to make it your whole concern to furnish your faith with resolution, resolution with intelligence,
18 Then Jesus came forward to them and said, "Full authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth; 19 go and make disciples of all nations, baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the holy Spirit, 20 and teach them to obey all the commands I have laid on you. And I will be with you all the time, to the very end of the world."
16 All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for amendment, and for moral discipline,
1 James, a servant of God and the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: greeting. 2 Greet it as pure joy, my brothers, when you come across any sort of trial, 3 sure that the sterling temper of your faith produces endurance; 4 only, let your endurance be a finished product, so that you may be finished and complete, with never a defect. 5 Whoever of you is defective in wisdom, let him ask God who gives to all men without question or reproach, and the gift will be his. 6 Only, let him ask in faith, with never a doubt; for the doubtful man is like surge of the sea whirled and swayed by the wind; 7 that man need not imagine he will get anything from God, 8 double-minded creature that he is, wavering at every turn. 9 Let a brother of low position exult when he is raised; 10 but let one who is rich exult in being lowered; for the rich will pass away like the flower of the grass — 11 up comes the sun with the scorching wind and withers the grass, its flower drops off, and the splendour of it is ruined: so shall the rich fade away amid their pursuits. 12 Blessed is he who endures under trial; for when he has stood the test, he will gain the crown of life which is promised to all who love Him. 13 Let no one who is tried by temptation say, 'My temptation comes from God'; God is incapable of being tempted by evil and he tempts no one. 14 Everyone is tempted as he is beguiled and allured by his own desire; 15 then Desire conceives and breeds Sin, while Sin matures and gives birth to Death. 16 Make no mistake about this, my beloved brothers: 17 all we are given is good, and all our endowments are faultless, descending from above, from the Father of the heavenly lights, who knows no change of rising and setting, who casts no shadow on the earth. 18 It was his own will that we should be born by the Word of the truth, to be a kind of firstfruits among his creatures. 19 Be sure of that, my beloved brothers. Let everyone be quick to listen, slow to talk, slow to be angry — 20 for human anger does not promote divine righteousness; 21 so clear away all the foul rank growth of malice, and make a soil of modesty for the Word which roots itself inwardly with power to save your souls. 22 Act on the Word, instead of merely listening to it and deluding yourselves. 23 For whoever listens and does nothing, is like a man who glances at his natural face in a mirror; 24 he glances at himself, goes off, and at once forgets what he was like. 25 Whereas he who gazes into the faultless law of freedom and remains in that position, proving himself to be no forgetful listener but an active agent, he will be blessed in his activity. 26 Whoever considers he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue, but deceives his own heart, his religion is futile. 27 Pure, unsoiled religion in the judgment of God the Father means this: to care for orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself from the stain of the world.
1 PAUL, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God 2 (which he promised of old by his prophets in the holy scriptures) 3 concerning his Son, who was born of David's offspring by natural descent 4 and installed as Son of God with power by the Spirit of holiness when he was raised from the dead — concerning Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom I have received the favour of my commission to promote obedience to the faith for his sake among all the Gentiles, 6 including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ: 7 to all in Rome who are beloved by God, called to be saints, grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 8 First of all, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because the report of your faith is over all the world. 9 God is my witness, the God whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, how unceasingly I always mention you in my prayers, 10 asking if I may at last be sped upon my way to you by God's will. 11 For I do yearn to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift for your strengthening — 12 or, in other words, that I may be encouraged by meeting you, I by your faith and you by mine. 13 Brothers, I would like you to understand that I have often purposed to come to you (though up till now I have been prevented) so as to have some results among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles. 14 To Greeks and to barbarians, to wise and to foolish alike, I owe a duty. 15 Hence my eagerness to preach the gospel to you in Rome as well. 16 For I am proud of the gospel; it is God's saving power for everyone who has faith, for the Jew first and for the Greek as well. 17 God's righteousness is revealed in it by faith and for faith — as it is written, Now by faith shall the righteous live. 18 But God's anger is revealed from heaven against all the impiety and wickedness of those who hinder the Truth by their wickedness. 19 For whatever is to be known of God is plain to them; God himself has made it plain — 20 for ever since the world was created, his invisible nature, his everlasting power and divine being, have been quite perceptible in what he has made. So they have no excuse. 21 Though they knew God, they have not glorified him as God nor given thanks to him; they have turned to futile speculations till their ignorant minds grew dark. 22 They claimed to be wise, but they have become fools; 23 they have exchanged the glory of the immortal God for the semblance of the likeness of mortal man, of birds, of quadrupeds, and of reptiles. 24 So God has given them up, in their heart's lust, to sexual vice, to the dishonouring of their own bodies, — 25 since they have exchanged the truth of God for an untruth, worshipping and serving the creature rather than the Creator who is blessed for ever: Amen. 26 That is why God has given them up to vile passions; their women have exchanged the natural function of sex for what is unnatural, 27 and in the same way the males have abandoned the natural use of women and flamed out in lust for one another, men perpetrating shameless acts with their own sex and getting in their own persons the due recompense of their perversity. 28 Yes, as they disdained to acknowledge God any longer, God has given them up to a reprobate instinct, for the perpetration of what is improper, 29 till they are filled with all manner of wickedness, depravity, lust, and viciousness, filled to the brim with envy, murder, quarrels, intrigues, and malignity — slanderers, 30 defamers, loathed by God, outrageous, haughty, boastful, inventive in evil, disobedient to parents, 31 devoid of conscience, false to their word, callous, merciless; 32 though they know God's decree that people who practise such vice deserve death, they not only do it themselves but applaud those who practise it.
12 and it schools us to renounce irreligion and worldly passions and to live a life of self-mastery, of integrity, and of piety in this present world,
8 You will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses at Jerusalem, throughout all Judaea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
4 My dear children, you belong to God, and you have conquered all such, for He who is within you is greater than he who is in the world.
9 but he told me, "It is enough for you to have my grace: it is in weakness that [my] power is fully felt." So I am proud to boast of all my weakness, and thus to have the power of Christ resting on my life.