Mathew 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” More »
12“Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you,
but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him,
and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your
soul, 13and to keep the LORD’S commandments and His statutes which I
am commanding you today for your good? 14“Behold, to the LORD your God
belong heaven and the highest heavens, the earth and all that is in it.
15“Yet on your fathers did the LORD set His affection to love them,
and He chose their descendants after them, even you above all peoples,
as it is this day. 16“So circumcise your heart, and stiffen your neck no longer.
17“For the LORD your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great,
the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe.
18“He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the
alien by giving him food and clothing. 19“So show your love for the alien,
for you were aliens in the land of Egypt. 20“You shall fear the LORD your God;
you shall serve Him and cling to Him, and you shall swear by His name.
21“He is your praise and He is your God, who has done these great and awesome
things for you which your eyes have seen. 22“Your fathers went down to Egypt
seventy persons in all, and now the LORD your God has made you as numerous as
the stars of heaven.
The Conclusion of the Matter
9Not only was the Teacher wise, but he also imparted knowledge to the people.
He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs. 10The Teacher
searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.
11The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly
embedded nails—given by one shepherd.b 12Be warned, my son, of anything in
addition to them.
Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.
13Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the duty of all mankind.
14For God will bring every deed into judgment,
including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.
28One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that
He had answered them well, asked Him, “What commandment is the foremost
of all?” 29Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL!
THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD; 30AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD
WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND,
AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’ 31“The second is this, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE
YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ There is no other commandment greater
than these.” 32The scribe said to Him, “Right, Teacher;
You have truly stated that HE IS ONE, AND THERE IS NO ONE ELSE
BESIDES HIM; 33AND TO LOVE HIM WITH ALL THE HEART AND WITH ALL
THE UNDERSTANDING AND WITH ALL THE STRENGTH, AND TO LOVE ONE’S
NEIGHBOR AS HIMSELF, is much more than all burnt offerings and
sacrifices.” 34When Jesus saw that he had answered intelligently,
He said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that,
no one would venture to ask Him any more questions.
1“Come, let us return to the Lord.
He has torn us to pieces
but he will heal us;
he has injured us
but he will bind up our wounds.
2After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will restore us,
that we may live in his presence.
3Let us acknowledge the Lord;
let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,
like the spring rains that water the earth.”
4“What can I do with you, Ephraim?
What can I do with you, Judah?
Your love is like the morning mist,
like the early dew that disappears.
5Therefore I cut you in pieces with my prophets,
I killed you with the words of my mouth—
then my judgments go forth like the sun.a
6For I desire mercy, not sacrifice,
and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.
7As at Adam,b they have broken the covenant;
they were unfaithful to me there.
8Gilead is a city of evildoers,
stained with footprints of blood.
9As marauders lie in ambush for a victim,
so do bands of priests;
they murder on the road to Shechem,
carrying out their wicked schemes.
10I have seen a horrible thing in Israel:
There Ephraim is given to prostitution,
Israel is defiled.
8Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another;
for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.
9For this, “YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, YOU SHALL NOT MURDER,
YOU SHALL NOT STEAL, YOU SHALL NOT COVET,” and if there is any
other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “YOU SHALL
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” 10Love does no wrong to a neighbor;
therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
11Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you
to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.
12The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the
deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13Let us behave properly as in
the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality,
not in strife and jealousy. 14But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision
for the flesh in regard to its lusts.