Bible verses about "motives" | JPS_ASV_Byz

Genesis 4:7

7 If thou doest well, shall it not be lifted up? and if thou doest not well, sin coucheth at the door; and unto thee is its desire, but thou mayest rule over it.'

1 John 4:1

1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, whether they are of God, because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Colossians 3:17

17 And whatsoever ye do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Proverbs 16:2

2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

13 The end of the matter, all having been heard: fear God, and keep His commandments; for this is the whole man. 14 For God shall bring every work into the judgment concerning every hidden thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil.

1 John 3:12

12 not as Cain was of the evil one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his works were evil, and his brother's righteous.

James 4:1-17

1 Whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your pleasures that war in your members? 2 Ye lust, and have not; ye kill, and covet, and cannot obtain; ye fight and war, ye have not, because ye ask not. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may spend it in your pleasures. 4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore would be a friend of the world maketh himself an enemy of God. 5 Or think ye that the scripture speaketh in vain? Doth the spirit that dwelleth in us long unto envying? 6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore the scripture saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble. 7 Be subject therefore unto God, but resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners, and purify your hearts, ye doubleminded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep; let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall exalt you. 11 Speak not one against another, brethren. He that speaketh against a brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh against the law, and judgeth the law; but if thou judgest the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. 12 One only is the lawgiver, even he who is able to save and to destroy; but who art thou that judgest another? 13 Come now, ye that say, To-day or to-morrow we shall go into this city, and spend a year there, and trade, and get gain: 14 whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. What is your life? For it will be a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then also vanisheth away. 15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall both live, and do this or that. 16 But now ye glory in your vauntings; all such glorying is evil. 17 To him therefore that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

1 Samuel 16:7

7 But the LORD said unto Samuel: 'Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have rejected him; for it is not as man seeth: for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.'

1 Corinthians 4:5

5 Wherefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and make manifest the counsels of the hearts, and then shall each man have his praise from God.

1 Timothy 1:5

5 But the end of the charge is love out of a pure heart and a good conscience and faith unfeigned:

Matthew 6:1

1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them; else ye have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.

Philippians 2:3

3 doing nothing through faction or through vainglory, but in lowliness of mind each counting other better than himself, 4 but even as we have been approved of God to be intrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who proveth our hearts.

Galatians 1:10

10 For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? or am I striving to please men? if I were still pleasing men, I should not be a servant of Christ.

Proverbs 21:2

2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the hearts.

Matthew 6:1-18

1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them; else ye have no reward with your Father who is in heaven. 2 When therefore thou doest alms, sound not a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have received their reward. 3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth; 4 that thine alms may be in secret; and thy Father who seeth in secret shall himself recompense thee openly. 5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have received their reward. 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thine inner chamber, and having shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret shall recompense thee openly. 7 And in praying use not vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do; for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not therefore like unto them; for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. 9 After this manner therefore pray ye. Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on the earth. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors. 13 { And bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. 16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance; for they disfigure their faces, that they may be seen of men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have received their reward. 17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thy head, and wash thy face, 18 that thou be not seen of men to fast, but of thy Father who is in secret; and thy Father, who seeth in secret, shall recompense thee.

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