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Genesis 4:1-26

1 Adam had sexual intercourse with his wife Eve. She became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said: »With the help of Jehovah I have brought forth a man.« 2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3 As time went by, Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to Jehovah. 4 But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn (firstlings) of his flock. Jehovah looked with favor on Abel and his offering. 5 He did not look with favor on Cain and his offering. So Cain became very angry, and his face was downcast (he had a bad attitude). 6 Jehovah said to Cain: »Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 »If you do what is right, will not your attitude improve? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door. It desires to have you, but you must master it.« 8 While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. 9 Jehovah asked Cain: »Where is your brother Abel?« »I do not know,« he replied. »Am I my brother’s keeper?« 10 Jehovah said: »What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood (life) cries out to me from the ground. 11 »Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 »When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer (vagabond) on the earth.« 13 Cain said to Jehovah: »My punishment is more than I can bear. 14 »You are driving me from the land today. I will be hidden from your presence. I will be a restless (homeless) wanderer on the earth. And whoever finds me will kill me.« 15 Jehovah replied to him: »If anyone kills Cain, he will suffer vengeance seven times over.« Then Jehovah put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. 16 Cain went out from Jehovah’s presence and lived in the land of Nod (Fugitiveness). Nod is east of Eden. 17 Cain had intercourse with his wife. She became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Later Cain built a city. He named it after his son Enoch. 18 To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael was the father of Methushael, and Methushael was the father of Lamech. 19 Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah. 20 Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock. 21 His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play the harp and flute. 22 Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged all kinds of tools out of copper and iron. Tubal-Cain’s sister was Naamah. 23 Lamech said to his wives: »Adah and Zillah, listen to me; wives of Lamech, hear my words. I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for injuring me. 24 »If Cain is avenged seven times, then Lamech seventy-seven times.« 25 Adam had intercourse with his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth. She said: »God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.« 26 Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh. At that time men began to call on (proclaim) the name of Jehovah.

Luke 10:30-37

30 Jesus answered: »A man traveled from Jerusalem to Jericho. He fell among robbers. They stripped him, beat him and left him half dead. 31 »A priest traveled on that road. When he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 »When a Levite came to the place he saw the man and passed by on the other side. 33 »Then a Samaritan arrived where he was. He was moved with compassion when he saw him. 34 »He went to him and bandaged his wounds pouring oil and wine on them. He set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn to take care of him. 35 »The next day he paid the host two shillings. He said take care of him and if you spend more I will repay you when I return. 36 »Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?« 37 He said: »The one who showed mercy to him.« Jesus said to him: »Go and you do like wise.«

Exodus 20:1-26

1 God spoke all these words: 2 »I am Jehovah your God, who brought you out of slavery in Egypt. 3 »Do not have any other god. 4 »Do not make your own carved idols or statues that represent any creature in the sky, on the earth, or in the water. 5 »Do not worship them or serve them. I, Jehovah your God, am a God demanding exclusive devotion. (I do not tolerate rivals.) I will not share your affection with any other god. I punish children for their parents’ sins to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me. 6 »I show mercy (loving kindness) to thousands of generations of those who love me and obey my commandments. 7 »Never use the name of Jehovah your God in a false and evil way. Jehovah will make sure that anyone who is false, evil, careless and vain with his name will be punished. 8 »Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. 9 »You have six days to do all your work. 10 »The seventh day is a Sabbath dedicated to Jehovah your God. Do not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. 11 »Jehovah made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them in six days. He rested on the seventh day. Therefore Jehovah blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. 12 »Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land Jehovah your God gives you. 13 »Do not murder. 14 »Do not commit adultery. 15 »Do not steal. 16 »Do not (lie) accuse anyone falsely. 17 »Do not covet (desire) another man’s house. Do not desire his wife, his slaves, his cattle, his donkeys, or anything else that he owns. 18 The people heard the thunder and the trumpet blast. They saw the lightning and the smoking mountain. They trembled with fear and stood at a distance. 19 They said to Moses: »If you speak to us, we will listen. However, we are afraid that if God speaks to us, we will die.« 20 Moses responded: »Do not be afraid. God has only come to test you and to inspire you to obey him, so that you will not sin.« 21 But the people continued to stand at a distance. Only Moses went near the dark cloud where God was. 22 Jehovah commanded Moses to tell the Israelites: »You have seen how I have spoken to you from heaven. 23 »Do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gold to be worshiped in addition to me. 24 »Make an altar of earth for me. Sacrifice your sheep and your cattle as offerings to be completely burned and as peace offerings. In every place that I set-aside for you to worship me, I will come to you and bless you. 25 »If you make an altar of stone for me, do not build it out of cut stones. This is because when you use a chisel on stones, you make them unfit for my use. 26 »Do not build an altar for me with steps leading up to it. If you do, you will expose yourselves as you go up the steps.«

Psalms 46:1

1 ([Sons of Korah]) God is our refuge and strength, a ready help in times of trouble.

Proverbs 25:26

26 A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.

Matthew 5:15-48

15 »A light is not placed under a cover. To the contrary, it is placed on a table so all may see. 16 »Likewise, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. 17 »Do not think I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I came, not to destroy, but to fulfill (perfect) (execute) (accomplish). 18 »I solemnly tell you, heaven and earth would pass away before one small letter (detail) will pass away from the Law. All things must be accomplished. 19 »Whoever disobeys even the least of the commandments and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. On the other hand whoever obeys and teaches others to obey the Law will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 »I also tell you, your righteousness must be greater than the scribes and Pharisees or you will not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 21 »You were told in the past, do not murder (kill). Any one who murders will be brought to trial. 22 »Now I tell you that everyone who is angry with his brother [without cause] shall be guilty before the court. Whoever speaks to his brother with words of contempt shall receive condemnation before the Sanhedrin [Supreme Court]. Curse your brother and you will be guilty enough to be destroyed by fire, with the burning trash, at the Valley of Hinnom, outside of Jerusalem (Greek: Gehenna). 23 »When making an offering at the altar and you remember your brother has something against you, 24 »leave your gift at the altar and go make peace with your brother. Then return and make your offering. 25 »Come to an agreement quickly with the one who has a legal case against you. Do it before he turns the case over to the judge and you are thrown into jail. 26 »Take it from me; you will stay in jail until you pay the very last penny of your fine. 27 »You have heard it was said, ‘You should not commit adultery.’ 28 »However, I tell you that whoever looks at a woman with lustful thoughts commits adultery with her in his heart. 29 »If your right eye causes you to sin, take it out and throw it away! It is better to lose a part of your body then to have your whole body destroyed in the ever-burning fires of the Valley of Hinnom. 30 »If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better to lose part of your body, than for your whole body to be destroyed in the ever-burning fire. (Figuratively: lose prospect for everlasting life; ever-burning fire means total destruction.) 31 »Again, it was said, ‘Whoever gets rid of his wife has to give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 »I say to you that everyone divorcing his wife, except for the reason of fornication, makes her liable to commit adultery. And if she marries again, the man she marries also commits adultery. 33 »You were also told that you should keep a promise (oath). Always keep your promises (vows) to Jehovah. 34 »I tell you, offer no promises at all, not by heaven, because it is God’s throne. 35 »Not by earth, for it is the footstool under His feet. Not by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 »And do not promise by your head, for you cannot even control the hair on your head. 37 »Let your answer be ‘Yes’ or ‘No.’ Anything more than this is from the evil one. 38 »You have heard it said, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. 39 »But I tell you, do not resist a wicked person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other to that person. 40 »If someone takes you to court to sue you and takes your shirt, let him have your coat as well. 41 »Whoever makes you go one mile, go with him two. 42 »Give to those who ask. Lend to those who borrow. 43 »You have heard it said, ‘You should love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ (Leviticus 19:18) 44 »I say love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! 45 »You will then act as true children of your Father in heaven. He gives sunlight to both evil and good people. He sends rain for the just and the unjust. 46 »What good is there, when you love only those who love you? Even [corrupt] tax collectors do that! 47 »When you are kind only to your friends [and brothers] what makes you different from anyone else? Even people of the nations do that. 48 »Be perfect (mature), even as your Father in heaven is perfect (mature). (Leviticus 19:2)

Matthew 5:1-48

1 Seeing great masses of people, he went up to the mountain. When he was seated his disciples came to him. 2 He opened his mouth and taught them: 3 »Blessed (Greek: makarios: happy, blessed) are those conscious of their spiritual need, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. 4 »Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 »Blessed are the meek (gentle) (mild) (humble), for they will inherit the earth. 6 »Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7 »Blessed are the merciful and compassionate, for they will receive mercy and compassion. 8 »Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9 »Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God. 10 »Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. 11 »Blessed are you when men revile you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. 12 »Rejoice, and be filled with joy, for great is your reward in heaven. The prophets, who came before you, were also persecuted. 13 »You are the salt of the earth. If its taste goes away, how will you restore it? It is good for nothing. All you can do is throw it on the ground and walk on it. 14 »You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill may be seen by all.

John 14:15

15 »If you love me, you will keep (obey) my commandments!

James 1:14

14 Each man is tempted when he is drawn away by his evil desire (lust). He is enticed (allured).

Leviticus 26:1-46

1 »‘Do not make idols or set up statues, stone pillars, or carved stones to worship. I am Jehovah your God! 2 »‘Keep the religious festivals and honor the place where I am worshiped. I am Jehovah. 3 »‘If you live according to my laws and obey my commands, 4 »‘I will send you rain at the proper time. Then the land will produce crops and the trees will bear fruit. 5 »‘Your crops will be so plentiful that you will still be harvesting grain when it is time to pick grapes. You will still be picking grapes when it is time to plant grain. You will have all you want to eat and you will live in safety in your land. 6 »‘I will give you peace in your land. You can sleep without being afraid of anyone. I will get rid of the dangerous animals in the land. And there will be no more war there. 7 »‘You will be victorious over your enemies. 8 »‘Five of you will be able to defeat a hundred, and a hundred will be able to defeat ten thousand. 9 »‘I will bless you and give you many children. I will keep my part of the covenant that I made with you. 10 »‘Your harvests will be so plentiful that they will last for a year. Even after that you will have to throw away what is left of the old harvest to make room for the new! 11 »‘I will live among you in my sacred tent, and I will never turn away from you. 12 »‘So I will live among you and be your God, and you will be my people. 13 »‘I am Jehovah your God. I brought you out of Egypt so that you are no longer slaves of the Egyptians. I have broken their power over you and made you live as a free people. 14 »‘If you will not listen to me and obey all these commandments, 15 if you reject my laws and look at my rules with disgust, if you reject my promise by disobeying my commandments, 16 then this is what I will do to you: I will terrorize you with disease and fever. You will suffer from eye problems and depression. You will plant your crops and get nothing because your enemies will eat them. 17 »‘I will condemn you so that you will go down in defeat in front of your enemies. Those who hate you will be your rulers. You will run away even when no one is chasing you. 18 »‘If you still will not listen to me, I will discipline you seven times for your sins. 19 »‘I will crush your arrogance. You will have no rain, and your land will be as hard as cement. 20 »‘Your strength will be spent uselessly. Your land will not yield its produce and the trees of the land will not yield their fruit. 21 »‘If you act with hostility against me and are unwilling to obey me I will increase the plague on you seven times according to your sins. 22 »‘I will send wild animals among you. They will rob you of your children. They will destroy your cattle, and make you so few that your roads will be deserted. 23 »‘If this discipline does not help and you still resist, 24 »‘I will resist you. I will punish you seven times for your sins. 25 »‘I will bring war on you to get revenge for my promise you rejected. When you gather in your cities, I will send plagues on you and you will fall under the control of your enemy. 26 »‘I will destroy your food supply. Ten women will need only one oven to prepare your food. You will eat and go away hungry. 27 »‘If in spite of this you do not listen to me and still resist me, 28 »‘I will resist you with great fury. I will discipline you seven times for your sins. 29 »‘You will eat the bodies of your sons and daughters. 30 »‘I will destroy your worship sites. I will cut down your incense altars and pile your dead bodies on top of your dead idols. I will view you with disgust. 31 »‘I will make your cities deserted and ruin your sacred places. I will no longer accept the soothing aroma from your sacrifices. 32 »‘I will make your land so deserted that your enemies will be shocked as they settle in it. 33 »‘I will scatter you among the nations. War will follow you. Your country will be in ruins. Your cities will be deserted. 34 »‘Then the land will enjoy its time to honor Jehovah while it lies deserted. You will be in your enemies' land. Then the land will joyfully celebrate its time to honor Jehovah. 35 »‘All the days it lies deserted, it will celebrate the time to honor Jehovah it never celebrated while you lived there. 36 »‘I will fill those who are left in the land of their enemies with despair. The sound of a windblown leaf will make them run. They will run away and fall, but no one will be chasing them. 37 »‘They will stumble over each other. Yet no one will be after them. They will not be able to stand up to their enemies. 38 »‘They will be destroyed among the nations. The land of their enemies will devour them. 39 »‘Those who are left will waste away in the lands of their enemies because of their sins and the sins of their ancestors. 40 »‘However if they confess their sins and the sins of their ancestors and the treacherous things they did to oppose me, 41 »‘I will oppose them and bring them into the lands of their enemies. Then, if they humble their uncircumcised hearts and accept their guilt, 42 »‘I will remember my promise to Jacob, Isaac, and Abraham. I will also remember the land. 43 »‘The land, abandoned by them, will enjoy its time to honor Jehovah while it lies deserted without them. They must accept their guilt because they rejected my rules and looked at my laws with disgust. 44 »‘Even when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them or look at them with disgust. I will not reject or cancel my promise to them, because I am Jehovah their God. 45 »‘For their well being, I will remember the promise to their ancestors. I brought them out of Egypt to be their God while nations looked on. I am Jehovah!’« 46 These are the laws, rules, and instructions Jehovah gave to the Israelites through Moses on Mount Sinai.

Romans 6:6-7

6 We know this that our old self was impaled with him that the body of sin might be destroyed, that we should no longer be in bondage to sin. 7 He who has died is freed from sin.

James 4:7

7 Be subject to God! Resist [Satan] the Devil and he will flee from you.

Hebrews 13:8

8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Romans 12:2

2 Do not be conformed to this world (religious, social, political, and economic arrangement). But be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Prove what is the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God.

1 John 1:9

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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