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Today's Scripture Reading

Today's Scripture reading is based on the Scripture Covenant starting 1-1-2009. You can set it to match your position in the OT & NT.

Zechariah 7

1 It happened in the fourth year of king Darius, that the word of Yahweh came to Zechariah in the fourth [day] of the ninth month, even in Chislev.

2 Now [they of] Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem-melech, and their men, to entreat the favor of Yahweh,

3 [and] to speak to the priests of the house of Yahweh of Hosts, and to the prophets, saying, Should I weep in the fifth month, separating myself, as I have done these so many years?

4 Then came the word of Yahweh of Hosts to me, saying,

5 Speak to all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and in the seventh [month], even these seventy years, did you at all fast to me, even to me?

6 When you eat, and when you drink, do not you eat for yourselves, and drink for yourselves?

7 [Should you] not [hear] the words which Yahweh cried by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and the cities of it round about her, and the South and the lowland were inhabited?

8 The word of Yahweh came to Zechariah, saying,

9 Thus has Yahweh of Hosts spoken, saying, Execute true judgment, and show kindness and compassion every man to his brother;

10 and don`t oppress the widow, nor the fatherless, the sojourner, nor the poor; and let none of you devise evil against his brother in your heart.

11 But they refused to listen, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they might not hear.

12 Yes, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which Yahweh of Hosts had sent by his Spirit by the former prophets: therefore there came great wrath from Yahweh of Hosts.

13 It is come to pass that, as he cried, and they would not hear, so they shall cry, and I will not hear, said Yahweh of Hosts;

14 but I will scatter them with a whirlwind among all the nations which they have not known. Thus the land was desolate after them, so that no man passed through nor returned: for they laid the pleasant land desolate.

Zechariah 8

1 The word of Yahweh of Hosts came [to me], saying,

2 Thus says Yahweh of Hosts: I am jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I am jealous for her with great wrath.

3 Thus says Yahweh: I am returned to Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called The city of truth; and the mountain of Yahweh of Hosts, The holy mountain.

4 Thus says Yahweh of Hosts: There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, every man with his staff in his hand for very age.

5 The streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets of it.

6 Thus says Yahweh of Hosts: If it be marvelous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in those days, should it also be marvelous in my eyes? says Yahweh of Hosts.

7 Thus says Yahweh of Hosts: Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country;

8 and I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness.

9 Thus says Yahweh of Hosts: Let your hands be strong, you who hear in these days these words from the mouth of the prophets who were in the day that the foundation of the house of Yahweh of Hosts was laid, even the temple, that it might be built.

10 For before those days there was no hire for man, nor any hire for animal; neither was there any peace to him who went out or came in, because of the adversary: for I set all men everyone against his neighbor.

11 But now I will not be to the remnant of this people as in the former days, says Yahweh of Hosts.

12 For [there shall be] the seed of peace; the vine shall give its fruit, and the ground shall give its increase, and the sky shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to inherit all these things.

13 It shall come to pass that, as you were a curse among the nations, house of Judah and house of Israel, so will I save you, and you shall be a blessing. Don`t be afraid, [but] let your hands be strong.

14 For thus says Yahweh of hosts: As I thought to do evil to you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, says Yahweh of Hosts, and I didn`t repent;

15 so again have I thought in these days to do good to Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: don`t you fear.

16 These are the things that you shall do: speak you every man the truth with his neighbor; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates;

17 and let none of you devise evil in your hearts against his neighbor; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, says Yahweh.

18 The word of Yahweh of Hosts came to me, saying,

19 Thus says Yahweh of Hosts: The fast of the fourth [month], and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love truth and peace.

20 Thus says Yahweh of Hosts: [It shall] yet [happen], that there shall come peoples, and the inhabitants of many cities;

21 and the inhabitants of one [city] shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to entreat the favor of Yahweh, and to seek Yahweh of Hosts: I will go also.

22 Yes, many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek Yahweh of Hosts in Jerusalem, and to entreat the favor of Yahweh.

23 Thus says Yahweh of Hosts: In those days [it shall happen], that ten men shall take hold, out of all the languages of the nations, they shall take hold of the skirt of him who is a Jew, saying, We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.

Zechariah 9

1 The burden of the word of Yahweh on the land of Hadrach, and Damascus [shall be] its resting-place (for the eye of man and of all the tribes of Israel is toward Yahweh);

2 and Hamath, also, which borders thereon; Tyre and Sidon, because they are very wise.

3 Tyre did build herself a stronghold, and heaped up silver as the dust, and fine gold as the mire of the streets.

4 Behold, the Lord will dispossess her, and he will strike her power in the sea; and she shall be devoured with fire.

5 Ashkelon shall see it, and fear; Gaza also, and shall be sore pained; and Ekron, for her expectation shall be put to shame; and the king shall perish from Gaza, and Ashkelon shall not be inhabited.

6 A bastard shall dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.

7 I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations from between his teeth; and he also shall be a remnant for our God; and he shall be as a chieftain in Judah, and Ekron as a Jebusite.

8 I will encamp about my house against the army, that none pass through or return; and no oppressor shall pass through them any more: for now have I seen with my eyes.

9 Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion; shout, daughter of Jerusalem: behold, your king comes to you; he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding on a donkey, even on a colt the foal of a donkey.

10 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off; and he shall speak peace to the nations: and his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.

11 As for you also, because of the blood of your covenant I have set free your prisoners from the pit in which is no water.

12 Turn you to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope: even today do I declare that I will render double to you.

13 For I have bent Judah for me, I have filled the bow with Ephraim; and I will stir up your sons, Zion, against your sons, Greece, and will make you as the sword of a mighty man.

14 Yahweh shall be seen over them; and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning; and the Lord Yahweh will blow the trumpet, and will go with whirlwinds of the south.

15 Yahweh of Hosts will defend them; and they shall devour, and shall tread down the sling-stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, like the corners of the altar.

16 Yahweh their God will save them in that day as the flock of his people; for [they shall be as] the stones of a crown, lifted on high over his land.

17 For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! grain shall make the young men flourish, and new wine the virgins.

Zechariah 10

1 Ask you of Yahweh rain in the time of the latter rain, [even of] Yahweh who makes lightnings; and he will give them showers of rain, to everyone grass in the field.

2 For the teraphim have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie; and they have told false dreams, they comfort in vain: therefore they go their way like sheep, they are afflicted, because there is no shepherd.

3 My anger is kindled against the shepherds, and I will punish the male goats; for Yahweh of Hosts has visited his flock, the house of Judah, and will make them as his goodly horse in the battle.

4 From him shall come forth the corner-stone, from him the nail, from him the battle bow, from him every ruler together.

5 They shall be as mighty men, treading down [their enemies] in the mire of the streets in the battle; and they shall fight, because Yahweh is with them; and the riders on horses shall be confounded.

6 I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph, and I will bring them back; for I have mercy on them; and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I am Yahweh their God, and I will hear them.

7 [They of] Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, and their heart shall rejoice as through wine; yes, their children shall see it, and rejoice; their heart shall be glad in Yahweh.

8 I will hiss for them, and gather them; for I have redeemed them; and they shall increase as they have increased.

9 I will sow them among the peoples; and they shall remember me in far countries; and they shall live with their children, and shall return.

10 I will bring them again also out of the land of Egypt, and gather them out of Assyria; and I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon; and [place] shall not be found for them.

11 He will pass through the sea of affliction, and will strike the waves in the sea, and all the depths of the Nile shall dry up; and the pride of Assyria shall be brought down, and the scepter of Egypt shall depart.

12 I will strengthen them in Yahweh; and they shall walk up and down in his name, says Yahweh.

Psalms 86

1 Hear, Yahweh, and answer me, For I am poor and needy.

2 Preserve my soul, for I am godly. You, my God, save your servant who trusts in you.

3 Be merciful to me, Lord, For I call to you all day long.

4 Bring joy to the soul of your servant, For to you, Lord, do I lift up my soul.

5 For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; Abundant in lovingkindness to all those who call on you.

6 Hear, Yahweh, my prayer. Listen to the voice of my petitions.

7 In the day of my trouble I will call on you, For you will answer me.

8 There is no one like you among the gods, Lord, Nor any deeds like your deeds.

9 All nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord. They shall glorify your name.

10 For you are great, and do wondrous things. You are God alone.

11 Teach me your way, Yahweh. I will walk in your truth. Make my heart undivided to fear your name.

12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with my whole heart. I will glorify your name forevermore.

13 For your lovingkindness is great toward me. You have delivered my soul from the lowest Sheol.

14 God, the proud have risen up against me. A company of violent men have sought after my soul, And they don`t hold regard for you before them.

15 But you, Lord, are a merciful and gracious God, Slow to anger, and abundant in lovingkindness and truth.

16 Turn to me, and have mercy on me! Give your strength to your servant. Save the son of your handmaid.

17 Show me a sign of your goodness, That those who hate me may see it, and be put to shame, Because you, Yahweh, have helped me, and comforted me. Psalm 87 A Psalm by the sons of Korah; a Song.

Psalms 87

1 His foundation is in the holy mountains.

2 Yahweh loves the gates of Zion More than all the dwellings of Jacob.

3 Glorious things are spoken about you, city of God. Selah.

4 I will record Rahab and Babylon among those who acknowledge me. Behold, Philistia, Tyre, and also Ethiopia: "This one was born there."

5 Yes, of Zion it will be said, "This one and that one was born in her;" The Most High himself will establish her.

6 Yahweh will count, when he writes up the peoples, "This one was born there." Selah.

7 Those who sing as well as those who dance say, "All my springs are in you." Psalm 88 A Song. A Psalm by the sons of Korah. For the Chief Musician. To the tune of "The Suffering of Affliction." A contemplation by Heman, the Ezrahite.

Psalms 88

1 Yahweh, the God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before you.

2 Let my prayer enter into your presence. Turn your ear to my cry.

3 For my soul is full of troubles. My life draws near to Sheol.

4 I am counted among those who go down into the pit. I am like a man who has no help,

5 Set apart among the dead, Like the slain who lie in the grave, Whom you remember no more. They are cut off from your hand.

6 You have laid me in the lowest pit, In the darkest depths.

7 Your wrath lies heavily on me. You have afflicted me with all your waves. Selah.

8 You have taken my friends from me. You have made me an abomination to them. I am confined, and I can`t escape.

9 My eyes are dim from grief. I have called on you daily, Yahweh. I have spread out my hands to you.

10 Do you show wonders to the dead? Do the dead rise up and praise you? Selah.

11 Is your lovingkindness declared in the grave? Or your faithfulness in Destruction?

12 Are your wonders made known in the dark? Or your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

13 But to you, Yahweh, I have cried. In the morning, my prayer comes before you.

14 Yahweh, why do you reject my soul? Why do you hide your face from me?

15 I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up. While I suffer your terrors, I am distracted.

16 Your fierce wrath has gone over me. Your terrors have cut me off.

17 They came around me like water all day long. They completely engulfed me.

18 You have put lover and friend far from me, And my friends into darkness. Psalm 89 A contemplation by Ethan, the Ezrahite.

Psalms 89

1 I will sing of the lovingkindness of Yahweh forever. With my mouth, I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.

2 I indeed declare, "Love stands firm forever. You established the heavens. Your faithfulness is in them."

3 "I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David, my servant,

4 `I will establish your seed forever, And build up your throne to all generations.`" Selah.

5 The heavens will praise your wonders, Yahweh; Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.

6 For who in the skies can be compared to Yahweh? Who among the sons of the heavenly beings is like Yahweh,

7 A very awesome God in the council of the holy ones, To be feared above all those who are around him?

8 Yahweh, God of hosts, who is a mighty one, like you? Yah, your faithfulness is around you.

9 You rule the pride of the sea. When its waves rise up, you calm them.

10 You have broken Rahab in pieces, like one of the slain. You have scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.

11 The heavens are yours, the earth also is yours; The world and its fullness. You have founded them.

12 The north and the south, you have created them. Tabor and Hermon rejoice in your name.

13 You have a mighty arm. Your hand is strong, and your right hand is exalted.

14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne. Lovingkindness and truth go before your face.

15 Blessed are the people who learn to acclaim you. They walk in the light of your presence, Yahweh.

16 In your name do they rejoice all day. In your righteousness, they are exalted.

17 For you are the glory of their strength. In your favor, our horn will be exalted.

18 For our shield belongs to Yahweh; Our king to the Holy One of Israel.

19 Then you spoke in vision to your saints, And said, "I have bestowed strength on the warrior. I have exalted a young man from the people.

20 I have found David, my servant. I have anointed him with my holy oil,

21 With whom my hand shall be established. My arm will also strengthen him.

22 No enemy will tax him. No wicked man will oppress him.

23 I will beat down his adversaries before him, And strike those who hate him.

24 But my faithfulness and my lovingkindness will be with him. In my name, his horn will be exalted.

25 I will set his hand also on the sea, And his right hand on the rivers.

26 He will call to me, `You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation!`

27 I will also appoint him my firstborn, The highest of the kings of the earth.

28 I will keep my lovingkindness for him forevermore. My covenant will stand firm with him.

29 I will also make his seed endure forever, And his throne as the days of heaven.

30 If his children forsake my law, And don`t walk in my ordinances;

31 If they break my statutes, And don`t keep my commandments;

32 Then I will punish their sin with the rod, And their iniquity with stripes.

33 But I will not completely take my lovingkindness from him, Nor allow my faithfulness to fail.

34 I will not break my covenant, Nor alter what my lips have uttered.

35 Once have I sworn by my holiness, I will not lie to David.

36 His seed will endure forever, His throne like the sun before me.

37 It will be established forever like the moon, The faithful witness in the sky." Selah.

38 But you have rejected and spurned. You have been angry with your anointed.

39 You have renounced the covenant of your servant. You have defiled his crown in the dust.

40 You have broken down all his hedges. You have brought his strongholds to ruin.

41 All who pass by the way rob him. He has become a reproach to his neighbors.

42 You have exalted the right hand of his adversaries. You have made all of his enemies rejoice.

43 Yes, you turn back the edge of his sword, And haven`t supported him in battle.

44 You have ended his splendor, And thrown his throne down to the ground.

45 You have shortened the days of his youth. You have covered him with shame. Selah.

46 How long, Yahweh? Will you hide yourself forever? Will your wrath burn like fire?

47 Remember how short my time is! For what vanity have you created all the children of men!

48 What man is he who shall live and not see death, Who shall deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah.

49 Lord, where are your former lovingkindnesses, Which you swore to David in your faithfulness?

50 Remember, Lord, the reproach of your servants, How I bear in my heart the taunts of all the mighty peoples,

51 With which your enemies have mocked, Yahweh, With which they have mocked the footsteps of your anointed one.

52 Blessed be Yahweh forevermore. Amen, and Amen. BOOK IV Psalm 90 A Prayer by Moses, the man of God.

Psalms 90

1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place In all generations.

2 Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever you had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, you are God.

3 You turn man to destruction, saying, "Return, you children of men."

4 For a thousand years in your sight Are but as yesterday when it is past, As a watch in the night.

5 You sweep them away as they sleep. In the morning they sprout like new grass.

6 In the morning it sprouts and springs up. By evening, it is withered and dry.

7 For we are consumed in your anger. We are troubled in your wrath.

8 You have set our iniquities before you, Our secret sins in the light of your presence.

9 For all our days have passed away in your wrath. We bring our years to an end as a sigh.

10 The days of our years are seventy, Or even by reason of strength eighty years; Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow, For it passes quickly, and we fly away.

11 Who knows the power of your anger, Your wrath according to the fear that is due to you?

12 So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.

13 Relent, Yahweh! How long? Have compassion on your servants.

14 Satisfy us in the morning with your lovingkindness, That we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, For as many years as we have seen evil.

16 Let your work appear to your servants; Your glory to their children.

17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; Establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands. Psalm 91

Proverbs 18

1 An unfriendly man pursues selfishness, And defies all sound judgment.

2 A fool has no delight in understanding, But only in broadcasting his own opinion.

3 When wickedness comes, contempt also comes, And with shame comes disgrace.

4 The words of a man`s mouth are like deep waters. The fountain of wisdom is like a flowing brook.

5 To be partial to the faces of the wicked is not good, Nor to deprive the innocent of justice.

6 A fool`s lips come into strife, And his mouth invites beatings.

7 A fool`s mouth is his destruction, And his lips are a snare to his soul.

8 The words of a gossip are like dainty morsels: They go down into a person`s innermost parts.

9 One who is slack in his work Is brother to him who is a master of destruction.

10 The name of Yahweh is a strong tower: The righteous run to him, and are safe.

11 The rich man`s wealth is his strong city, Like an unscalable wall in his own imagination.

12 Before destruction the heart of man is proud, But before honor is humility.

13 He who gives answer before he hears, That is folly and shame to him.

14 A man`s spirit will sustain him in sickness, But a crushed spirit who can bear?

15 The heart of the discerning gets knowledge. The ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

16 A man`s gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men.

17 He who pleads his cause first seems right; Until another comes and questions him.

18 The lot settles disputes, And keeps strong ones apart.

19 A brother offended is more difficult than a fortified city; And disputes are like the bars of a castle.

20 A man`s stomach is filled with the fruit of his mouth. With the harvest of his lips he is satisfied.

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue; Those who love it will eat its fruit.

22 Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor of Yahweh.

23 The poor pleads for mercy, But the rich answers harshly.

24 A man of many companions may be ruined, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

1 Timothy 3

1 This is a faithful saying: if a man seeks the office of an overseer, he desires a good work.

2 The overseer therefore must be without reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, modest, hospitable, good at teaching;

3 not a drinker, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous;

4 one who rules his own house well, having children in subjection with all reverence;

5 (but if a man doesn`t know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the assembly of God?)

6 not a novice, to avoid being puffed up and falling into the condemnation of the devil.

7 Moreover he must have good testimony from those who are outside, to avoid falling into reproach and the snare of the devil.

8 Deacons, in the same way, must be reverent, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for money;

9 holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

10 Let them also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, if they are blameless.

11 Their wives in the same way must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.

12 Let deacons be husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

13 For those who have served well as deacons gain to themselves a good standing, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

14 These things I write to you, hoping to come to you shortly;

15 but if I wait long, that you may know how men ought to behave themselves in the house of God, which is the assembly of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

16 Without controversy, the mystery of godliness is great: God was revealed in the flesh, Justified in the spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the nations, Believed on in the world, And received up in glory.

1 Timothy 4

1 But the Spirit says expressly that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons,

2 through the hypocrisy of men who speak lies, branded in their own conscience as with a hot iron;

3 forbidding marriage and commanding to abstinence from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.

4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with thanksgiving.

5 For it is sanctified through the word of God and prayer.

6 If you instruct the brothers of these things, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished in the words of the faith, and of the good doctrine which you have followed.

7 But refuse profane and old wives` fables. Exercise yourself toward godliness.

8 For bodily exercise has some value, but godliness has value for all things, having the promise of the life which is now, and of that which is to come.

9 This saying is faithful and worthy of all acceptance.

10 For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we have set our trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.

11 Command and teach these things.

12 Let no man despise your youth; but be an example to those who believe, in word, in your way of life, in love, in spirit, in faith, and in purity.

13 Until I come, pay attention to reading, to exhortation, and to teaching.

14 Don`t neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the elders.

15 Be diligent in these things. Give yourself wholly to them, that your progress may be revealed to all.

16 Pay attention to yourself, and to your teaching. Continue in these things, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

1 Timothy 5

1 Don`t rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father; the younger men as brothers;

2 the elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, in all purity.

3 Honor widows who are widows indeed.

4 But if any widow has children or grandchildren, let them learn first to show piety towards their own family, and to repay their parents, for this is acceptable in the sight of God.

5 Now she who is a widow indeed, and desolate, has her hope set on God, and continues in petitions and prayers night and day.

6 But she who gives herself to pleasure is dead while she lives.

7 Also command these things, that they may be without reproach.

8 But if anyone doesn`t provide for his own, and specially his own household, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.

9 Let none be enrolled as a widow under sixty years old, having been the wife of one man,

10 well reported of for good works; if she has brought up children, if she has used hospitality to strangers, if she has washed the saints` feet, if she has relieved the afflicted, if she has diligently followed every good work.

11 But refuse younger widows, for when they have grown wanton against Christ, they desire to marry;

12 having condemnation, because they have rejected their first pledge.

13 Besides, they also learn to be idle, going about from house to house. Not only idle, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not.

14 I desire therefore that the younger widows marry, bear children, rule the household, and give no occasion to the adversary for reviling.

15 For already some have turned aside after Satan.

16 If any man or woman who believes has widows, let them relieve them, and don`t let the assembly be burdened; that it might relieve those who are widows indeed.

17 Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and in teaching.

18 For the scripture says, "You shall not muzzle the ox when he treads out the grain." And, "The laborer is worthy of his wages."

19 Don`t receive an accusation against an elder, except at the word of two or three witnesses.

20 Those who sin, reprove in the sight of all, that the rest also may be in fear.

21 I charge you in the sight of God, and Christ Jesus, and the elect angels, that you observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing by partiality.

22 Lay hands hastily on no one, neither be a participant in other men`s sins. Keep yourself pure.

23 Be no longer a drinker of water only, but use a little wine for your stomach`s sake and your frequent infirmities.

24 Some men`s sins are evident, going before to judgment, and some men also they follow after.

25 In the same way also there are good works that are obvious, and those that are otherwise can`t be hidden.

1 Timothy 6

1 Let as many as are bondservants under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, that the name of God and the doctrine not be blasphemed.

2 Those who have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brothers, but rather let them serve them, because those who partake of the benefit are believing and beloved. Teach and exhort these things.

3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine, and doesn`t consent to sound words, the words of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

4 he is conceited, knowing nothing, but obsessed with arguments, disputes, and word battles, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions,

5 constant friction of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. Withdraw yourself from such.

6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we certainly can`t carry anything out.

8 But having food and clothing, we will be content with that.

9 But those who are determined to be rich fall into a temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful lusts, such as drown men in ruin and destruction.

10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some have been led astray from the faith in their greed, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

11 But you, man of God, flee these things, and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.

12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Lay hold of the eternal life, whereunto you were called, and confessed the good confession in the sight of many witnesses.

13 I charge you in the sight of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate testified the good confession,

14 that you keep the commandment, without spot, without reproach, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ;

15 which in its own times he will show, who is the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

16 who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light; whom no man has seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and eternal power. Amen.

17 Charge those who are rich in this present world, that they not be haughty, nor have their hope set on the uncertainty of riches, but on the living God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy;

18 that they do good, that they be rich in good works, that they be ready to distribute, willing to communicate;

19 laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold of eternal life.

20 Timothy, guard that which is committed to you, turning away from the empty chatter and oppositions of the knowledge which is falsely so called;

21 which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.