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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.

Leviticus 19:18

18 »‘Do not seek revenge. Never hold a grudge against any of your people. Instead, love your neighbor as you love yourself. I am Jehovah.

Proverbs 30:12

12 There is a generation pure in their own eyes, and yet not washed from their filthiness.

Jeremiah 45:5

5 »Are you looking for great things for yourself? Do not look for them.« »I am going to bring disaster on all people!« Declares Jehovah, »But wherever you go I will let you escape with your life.«

John 3:16-17

16 »For God loved the world so much, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever has an active faith in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 »God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world. Instead the world should be saved through him.

Luke 1:1-80

1 Many have attempted to write an orderly narrative about the things that have taken place. 2 They received testimony from those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning. Ministers of God’s word delivered it to us. 3 Most excellent Theophilus (Greek: Theo philos: friend of God): I have accurately traced the course of all things from the beginning. Now it seems good to me to write this report to you. 4 In this way you will know with certainty the truth that you were taught. 5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a priest named Zechariah. He was of the priestly division of Abijah. He had a wife of the daughters of Aaron. Her name was Elizabeth. 6 They were both righteous before God. They blamelessly obeyed all the commandments and ordinances of God (Greek: kurios: God). 7 They had no child for Elizabeth was barren and they both were well advanced in years. 8 He faithfully executed the priest’s duties before God. 9 The custom was to draw lots to see who served in the temple. It was his turn to enter into the temple of God and burn incense. 10 The whole crowd of people prayed outside at the hour of incense. 11 God’s angel appeared to him when he was standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 Zechariah was troubled. When he saw the angel he was filled with fear. 13 »Have no fear Zechariah,« said the angel, »for God has heard your prayer. Your wife Elisabeth will have a son and his name will be John. 14 »You will be filled with joy, and many will be happy at his birth. 15 »He will be great in the eyes of God. He will not drink wine or strong drink and he will be full of Holy Spirit from the time of his birth. 16 »Great numbers of the children of Israel will return to Jehovah their God because of him. (1 Samuel 7:3) 17 »He will go before God in the spirit and power of Elijah. He will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and wrongdoers to the way of righteousness. This will make ready a people whose hearts have been directed to Jehovah (YHWH).« (Malachi 3:1) 18 Zechariah asked: »How might I be certain of this for my wife and I are old?« 19 The angel answered: »I am Gabriel, whose place is before God. I have been sent to give you this good news. 20 »You will be without voice or language till the day when these things happen. Your lack of faith in what I say has caused this.« 21 The people were waiting for Zechariah. They were surprised he was in the Temple for such a long time. 22 When he came out he could not speak to them. They realized he saw a vision in the temple. Instead of talking he made signs to them. 23 When the days of his priestly service ended he went home. 24 His wife Elisabeth became pregnant. She remained in seclusion for five months. 25 She said: »This is the way God has dealt with me by taking away my reproach among men.« (1 Samuel 1:11) 26 The next month God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth in Galilee 27 to a virgin named Mary. Mary was engaged to Joseph, a descendant of King David. 28 Gabriel appeared to her and said: »Greetings highly favored one. God is with you.« 29 She was greatly troubled by this and wondered about the meaning of this salutation. 30 The angel said to Mary: »Do not fear for you have found favor with God. 31 »You will conceive in your womb and give birth to a son. You will call his name Jesus. 32 »He will be great. He will be called the Son of the Most High. Jehovah God will give him the throne of his father David. (Isaiah 11:1-10) 33 »He will reign over the house of Jacob forever. His kingdom will not end.« 34 Mary asked the angel: »How is this to be for I have had no intercourse with a man?« 35 The angel replied: »Holy Spirit would come to you and the power of the Most High will envelope you. Because of this the newborn will be called the Son of God.« 36 »Your relative Elisabeth has also conceived a son even in her old age. This so-called barren woman is in her sixth month. 37 »When God speaks, these things are possible.« 38 Mary said: »Look, Jehovah’s servant. Let it happen to me as you spoke.« The angel departed from her. (1 Samuel 1:11) 39 Mary traveled with haste to the city of Judah in the hill country. 40 She entered the home of Zechariah and greeted Elisabeth. 41 When Elisabeth heard the greeting from Mary, the babe leaped in her womb. Elisabeth was filled with Holy Spirit. 42 She shouted loudly: »Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!« 43 »How is it that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 »When I heard your greeting the baby leaped in my womb for joy. 45 »Blessed is she that believes. That which God spoke will be fulfilled.« 46 Mary said: »My life magnifies Jehovah my God. (1 Samuel 2:1) 47 »My heart and mind rejoice in God my Savior. 48 »He has looked on the low position of his servant. All generations from now on will call me blessed. 49 »He that is mighty has done great things to me. Holy is his name. 50 »His mercy is to all generations for all who respect him. 51 »He shows strength with his arm. He scatters the proud in the thoughts of their heart. 52 »He removes rulers from their thrones and exalts the humble. 53 »He fills the hungry with good things and sends the rich away empty handed. 54 »He has helped Israel his servant that he might remember mercy. 55 »He spoke to our fathers. To Abraham and his seed forever.« 56 Mary stayed with Elisabeth about three months, and returned to her house. 57 Now it was time for Elisabeth to give birth. She gave birth to a son. 58 Her neighbors and her relatives heard that Jehovah magnified his mercy towards her; and they rejoiced with her. 59 On the eighth day they circumcised the child. They planned to call him Zechariah, after the name of the father. 60 His mother spoke up and said: »He shall be called John.« 61 They all said: »None of your relatives are called by this name.« 62 They made signs to his father, what he would have him called. 63 He asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, »His name is John.« They were all amazed. 64 Immediately his tongue loosed, his mouth opened and he spoke, blessing God. 65 Everyone nearby was in fear. These accounts spread abroad throughout all the hill country of Judea. 66 All that heard them wondered in their heart, saying, »What will this child be? For the hand of Jehovah was with him.« 67 His father Zechariah was filled with Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying, 68 »Blessed be Jehovah, the God of Israel. He has visited his people and brought them redemption. (Psalm 72:18) 69 »He raised up a horn of salvation (power of deliverance) for us in the house of his servant David 70 »He spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from ages past. 71 »He provided salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us. 72 »He shows mercy towards our fathers and remembers his holy covenant. 73 »It was the oath he spoke to Abraham our father. 74 »He gave us deliverance out of the hand of our enemies so we could serve him without fear. 75 »May we serve in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. 76 »Your child will be called the prophet of the Most High. You will go in advance of Jehovah God to make his ways ready. (Malachi 3:1) 77 »To give knowledge of salvation to his people in the remission of their sins. 78 »A rising of light will visit us from on high because of the tender mercy of our God. 79 »The light will shine on them who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. It will guide our feet into the way of peace.« 80 The child grew and became spiritually strong. He lived in the deserts till the time came to show himself to Israel.

1 Corinthians 10:33

33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking my own good, but the good of many, that they may be saved.

Proverbs 18:1

1 A man of solitude (who keeps to himself) (isolates himself) seeks his own (selfish) desire. He objects to sound wisdom.

Isaiah 56:11

11 They are dogs with mighty appetites. They never have enough! They are shepherds who lack understanding. They all turn to their own way and each one seeks dishonest (unjust) gain.

James 3:16

16 For where jealousy and selfishness are, there is confusion and every evil deed.

Galatians 5:19-25

19 Now the works of the flesh (sinful human nature) are apparent. They are: fornication, uncleanness, loose conduct, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, wrath, contentions, divisions, sects, 21 envies, drunkenness, revelries, and things like these. I forewarn you, even as I did forewarn you, that those who practice such things would not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 meekness (mildness), self-control; against such there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have impaled the flesh with its passions and lusts. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

Romans 2:8

8 Those who are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, will receive wrath and indignation.

Philippians 2:21

21 They all seek their own interest and not the things of Jesus Christ.

Romans 15:1-2

1 We who are strong in the faith ought to help the weak to carry their burdens. We should not just please ourselves. 2 Let every one of us please his neighbor for his good to build him up.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5

4 Love is patient. Love is kind. Love is not jealous. Love does not brag and is not arrogant (proud). 5 Love does not act indecently. It is not selfish. It is not provoked and does not take into account a wrong suffered.

James 3:13-15

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by his good conduct that his works are from meekness because of wisdom. 14 If you have bitter jealousy (envy) and greedy ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom is not a wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, sensual, and devilish.

Philippians 2:1-4

1 If there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any tender affection (tender mercy) and compassions, 2 make my joy full by being of the same mind, having the same love, being of one accord, and of one purpose. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others more important than you. 4 Look out for the interest of others and not only for your own personal interest.

Psalms 119:36

36 Incline my heart to your laws and not to dishonest gain.

2 Timothy 3:2

2 For men will be lovers of their own selves, covetous (lovers of money), arrogant, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful (ungrateful), unholy,

James 3:16-17

16 For where jealousy and selfishness are, there is confusion and every evil deed. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable (yielding), full of mercy and good fruits, without discord (partiality), without hypocrisy.

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