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Your hands made me and fashioned me; give me insight to learn your commands. Those who fear you rejoice to see me, because I hope in your word.
I know, LORD, that your edicts are just; though you afflict me, you are faithful.
May your love comfort me in accord with your promise to your servant.
Show me compassion that I may live, for your teaching is my delight. Shame the proud for oppressing me unjustly, that I may study your precepts. Let those who fear you turn to me, those who acknowledge your decrees. May I be
wholehearted toward your laws, that I may not be put to shame. [PS
The arrogant have dug pits for me; defying your teaching. All your commands are steadfast. Help me! I am pursued without cause. They
have almost ended my life on earth, but I do not forsake your precepts. In your kindness give me life, to keep the decrees you have spoken.
Your word, LORD, stands forever; it is firm as the heavens. Through all generations your truth endures; fixed to stand firm like the earth.
By your edicts they stand firm to this day, for all things are your servants. Had your teaching not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget your precepts; through them you give me life. I am yours; save me, for I cherish your precepts. The wicked hope to destroy me, but I pay heed to your decrees. I have seen the limits of all perfection, but your command is without bounds.
How I love your teaching, Lord! I study it all day long. Your command makes me wiser than my foes, for it is always with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, because I ponder your decrees. I have more insight than my elders, because I observe your precepts. I keep my steps from every evil path, that I may obey your word. From your edicts I do not turn, for you have taught them to me. How sweet to my tongue is your promise, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through your precepts I gain insight; therefore I hate all false ways.
I hate every hypocrite; your teaching I love. You are my refuge and shield; in your word I hope. Depart from me, you wicked, that I may observe the commands of my God. Sustain me by your promise that I
may live; do not disappoint me in my hope. Strengthen me that I may be safe, ever to contemplate your laws. You reject all who stray from your laws, for vain is their deceit. Like dross you regard all the wicked on earth; therefore I love your decrees. My flesh shudders with dread of you; I hold your edicts in awe.
Act with kindness toward your servant; teach me your laws. I am your servant; give me discernment that I may know your decrees. It is time for the LORD to act; they have disobeyed your teaching.
Truly I love your commands more than the finest gold. Thus I follow all your precepts; every wrong way I hate.
Wonderful are your decrees; therefore I observe them. The revelation of your words sheds light, gives understanding to the simple. I sigh with open mouth, yearning for your commands. Turn to me and be gracious, your edict for lovers of your name. Steady my feet in accord with your promise; do not let iniquity lead me. Free me from human oppression, that I may keep your precepts. Let your face shine upon your servant; teach me your laws. My eyes shed streams of tears because your teaching is not followed.
You are righteous, LORD, and just are your edicts. You have issued your decrees in justice and in surpassing faithfulness. I am consumed with rage, because my foes forget your words. Your servant loves your promise; it has been proved by fire. Though belittled and despised, I do not forget your precepts. Your justice is forever right, your teaching forever true. Though distress and anguish come upon me, your commands are my delight. Your decrees are forever just; give me discernment that I may live.
I call with all my heart, O LORD; answer me that I may observe your laws. I call to you to save me that I may keep your decrees. I rise before dawn and cry out; I put my hope in your words. My eyes greet the night watches as I meditate on your promise. Hear my voice in your love, O LORD; by your edict give me life.0 Malicious persecutors draw near me; they are far from your teaching. You are near, O LORD; reliable are all your commands. Long have I known from your decrees that you have established them forever.
Look at my affliction and rescue me, for I have not forgotten your teaching. Take up my cause and redeem me; for the sake of your promise give me life. Salvation is far from sinners because they do not cherish your laws. Your compassion is great, O LORD; in accord with your edicts give me life. Though my persecutors and foes are many I do not turn from your decrees. I view the faithless with loathing, because they do not heed your promise. See how I love your precepts, LORD; in your kindness give me life. Your every word is enduring; all your just edicts are forever.
Princes persecute me without reason, but my heart reveres only your word. I rejoice at your promise, as one who has found rich spoil.
Falsehood I hate and abhor; your teaching I love. Seven times a day I praise you because your edicts are just. Lovers of your teaching have much peace; for them there is no stumbling block. I look for your salvation, LORD, and I fulfill your commands. I observe your decrees; I love them very much. I observe your precepts and decrees; all my ways are before you.
Let my cry come before you, LORD; in keeping with your word give me discernment. Let my prayer come before you; rescue me according to your promise. May my lips pour forth your praise, because you teach me your laws. May my tongue sing of your promise, for all your commands
are just. Keep your hand ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts. I long for your salvation, LORD; your teaching is my delight. Let me live to praise you; may your edicts give me help. I have wandered like a lost sheep; seek out your servant, for I do not forget your commands. [PS 119:169-176]
Praise him, all you angels; give praise, all you hosts.
Praise him, sun and moon; give praise, all shining stars. Praise him, highest heavens, you waters above the heavens.
Let them all praise the LORD'S name; for the LORD commanded and they were created,
Assigned them duties forever, gave them tasks that will never change.
Praise the LORD from the earth, you sea monsters and all deep waters;
You lightning and hail, snow and clouds, storm winds that fulfill his
command [Taken from PS 148:2-8]
My son, if you receive my words and treasure my commands,
Turning your ear to wisdom, inclining your heart to understanding;
Yes, if you call to intelligence, and to understanding raise your voice;
If you seek her like silver, and like hidden treasures search her out:
Then will you understand the fear of the LORD; the knowledge of God you will find;
For the LORD gives wisdom, from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
He has counsel in store for the upright, he is the shield of those who walk honestly, Guarding the paths of justice, protecting the way of his pious ones. Then you will understand rectitude and justice, honesty, every good path; For wisdom will enter your heart, knowledge will please your soul,
Discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you; Saving you from the way of evil men, from men of perverse
speech [Taken from PROV 2:1-12]
My son, forget not my teaching, keep in mind my
commands; For many days, and years of life, and peace, will they bring you.
Hear, O children, a father's instruction, be attentive, that you may gain understanding!
Yes, excellent advice I give you; my teaching do not forsake. When I was my father's child, frail, yet the darling of my mother,
He taught me, and said to me: "Let your heart hold fast my words: keep my commands, that you may live!
Get wisdom, get understanding! Do not forget or turn aside from the words I utter.
Forsake her not, and she will preserve you; love her, and she will safeguard you;
The beginning of wisdom is: get wisdom; at the cost of all you have, get understanding.
Extol her, and she will exalt you; she will bring you honors if you embrace her;
She will put on your head a graceful diadem; a glorious crown will she bestow on you."
My son, keep my words, and treasure my commands.
Keep my commands and live, my teaching as the apple of your eye; Bind them on your fingers, write them on the tablet of your heart. Say to Wisdom, "You are my sister!"
call Understanding, "Friend!" [PROV 7:1-4]
Before the mountains were settled into place, before the hills, I was brought forth; While as yet the earth and the fields were not made, nor the first clods of the world.
When he established the heavens I was there, when he marked out the vault over the face of the deep;
When he made firm the skies above, when he fixed fast the foundations of the earth;
When he set for the sea its limit, so that the waters should not transgress his command;
Then was I beside him as his craftsman, and I was his delight day by day,
Playing before him all the while, playing on the surface of his earth; and I found delight in the sons of men.
So now, O children, listen to me; instruction and wisdom do not reject!
Happy the man who obeys me, and happy those who keep my ways [Taken
from PROV 8:25-33]
A wise man heeds commands, but a prating fool
will be overthrown. [PROV 10:8]
He who despises the word must pay for it, but he
who reveres the commandment will be rewarded. [PROV 13:13]
"He who keeps the commandment experiences
no evil, and the wise man's heart knows times and judgments; for there is a time and a judgment for
everything." - Yet it is a great affliction for man that he is ignorant of what is to come; for who will make known to him how it will be? There is no man who is master of the breath of life so as to retain it, and none has mastery of the day of death. There is no exemption from the struggle, nor are the wicked saved by their wickedness.
The last word, when all is heard: Fear God and
keep his commandments, for this is man's all; because God will bring to judgment every work, with all its hidden qualities, whether good or bad.
If you desire wisdom, keep the commandments, and
the LORD will bestow her upon you [Taken from SIRACH 1:23]
Reflect on the precepts of the LORD, let his
commandments be your constant meditation; Then he will enlighten
your mind, and the wisdom you desire he will grant. [SIRACH 6:37]
Honor God and respect the priest; give him his
portion as you have been commanded: First fruits and
contributions, due sacrifices and holy offerings. [SIRACH 7:31]
Whose offspring can be in honor? Those of men.
Which offspring are in honor? Those who fear God. Whose offspring
can be in disgrace? Those of men. Which offspring are in disgrace?
Those who transgress the commandments. [SIRACH 10:19]
If you choose you can keep the commandments; it
is loyalty to do his will. [SIRACH 15:15]
No man does he command to sin, to none does he
give strength for lies. [SIRACH 15:20]
He has set before them knowledge, a law of life as their inheritance;
An everlasting covenant he has made with them, his commandments he has revealed to them.
His majestic glory their eyes beheld, his glorious voice their ears heard.
He says to them, "Avoid all evil"; each of them he gives precepts about his fellow men.
Thus all who dwell on the earth shall know, and
all who inhabit the world shall understand, That nothing is better
than the fear of the LORD, nothing more salutary than to obey his
commandments. [SIRACH 23:27]
"Then the Creator of all gave me his
command, and he who formed me chose the spot for my tent, Saying,
'In Jacob make your dwelling, in Israel your inheritance.'"
"Come to me, all you that yearn for me, and be filled with my fruits;
You will remember me as sweeter than honey, better to have than the honeycomb.
He who eats of me will hunger still, he who drinks of me will thirst for more;
He who obeys me will not be put to shame, he who serves me will never fail." All this is true of the book of the Most High's covenant, the law which Moses commanded us as an inheritance for the community of Jacob.
Think of the commandments, hate not your
neighbor; of the Most High's covenant, and overlook faults. [SIRACH
Dispose of your treasure as the Most High
commands, for that will profit you more than the gold. [SIRACH
Whatever you do, be on your guard, for in this
way you will keep the commandments. [SIRACH 32:23]
To keep the law is a great oblation, and he who
observes the commandments sacrifices a peace offering. [SIRACH
Instead, associate with a religious man, who you
are sure keeps the commandments; Who is like-minded with yourself
and will feel for you if you fall. [SIRACH 37:12]
He has but to command and his will is done;
nothing can limit his achievement. [SIRACH 39:18]
In doing his bidding they rejoice, in their
assignments they disobey not his command. [SIRACH 39:31]
God wrought swift miracles at his words and
sustained him in the king's presence. He gave him the commandments
for his people, and revealed to him his glory. [SIRACH 45:3]
He permitted him to hear his voice, and led him
into the cloud, Where, face to face, he gave him the commandments,
the law of life and understanding, That he might teach his
precepts to Jacob, his judgments and decrees to Israel. [SIRACH
Yes, I will make it a ruin: it shall not be
pruned or hoed, but overgrown with thorns and briers; I will
command the clouds not to send rain upon it. [ISA 5:6]
So for them the word of the LORD shall be:
"Command on command, command on command, Rule on rule, rule
on rule, here a little, there a little!" So that when they
walk, they stumble backward, broken, ensnared, and captured. [ISA
If you would hearken to my commandments, your
prosperity would be like a river, and your vindication like the
waves of the sea [Taken from ISA 48:18]
But the LORD answered me, Say not, "I am
too young." To whomever I send you, you shall go; whatever I
command you, you shall speak. [JER 1:7]
But do you gird your loins; stand up and tell
them all that I command you. Be not crushed on their account, as
though I would leave you crushed before them [Taken from JER 1:17]
This rather is what I commanded them: Listen to
my voice; then I will be your God and you shall be my people. Walk
in all the ways that I command you, so that you may prosper. [JER
The following message came to Jeremiah from the LORD: Speak to the men of Judah and to the citizens of Jerusalem,
saying to them: Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Cursed be the man who does not observe the terms of this covenant,
which I enjoined upon your fathers the day I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, that iron foundry, saying: Listen to my voice and do all that I command you. Then you shall be my people, and I will be your God.
Thus I will fulfill the oath which I swore to your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey: the one you have today. "Amen, LORD," I answered.
Then the LORD said to me: Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem: Hear the words of this covenant and obey them. Urgently and constantly I warned your fathers to obey my voice, from the day I brought them up out of the land of Egypt even to this day.
But they did not listen or give ear. Each one followed the hardness of his evil heart, till I brought upon them all the threats of this covenant which they had failed to observe as I commanded them.
Bring no burden from your homes on the sabbath.
Do no work whatever, but keep holy the sabbath, as I commanded
your fathers, though they did not listen or give ear, but stiffened their necks so as not to hear or take correction.
If you obey me wholeheartedly, says the LORD, and carry no burden through the gates of this city on the sabbath, keeping the sabbath holy and abstaining from all work on it,
then, through the gates of this city, kings who sit upon the throne of David will continue to enter, riding in their chariots or upon their horses, along with their princes, and the men of Judah, and the citizens of Jerusalem. This city will remain inhabited forever.
[Taken from JER 17:22-25]
But if you do not obey these commands, I swear
by myself, says the LORD: this palace shall become rubble. [JER
Yes, I am against the prophets who prophesy
lying dreams, says the LORD, and who lead my people astray by
recounting their lies and by their empty boasting. From me they
have no mission or command, and they do this people no good at
all, says the LORD. [JER 23:32]
Thus says the LORD: Stand in the court of the
house of the LORD and speak to the people of all the cities of
Judah who come to worship in the house of the LORD; whatever I
command you, tell them, and omit nothing. [JER 26:2]
For they are criminals in Israel, committing
adultery with their neighbors' wives, and alleging in my name
things I did not command. I know, I am witness, says the LORD. [JER
"Whether it is pleasant or difficult, we will
obey the command of the LORD, our God, to whom we are sending you,
so that it will go well with us for obeying the command of the
LORD, our God." [JER 42:6]
"The LORD is just; I had defied his
command. Listen, all you peoples, and behold my suffering: My
maidens and my youths have gone into captivity." [LAM 1:18]
Who commands so that it comes to pass, except
the Lord ordains it [Taken from LAM 3:37]
And the LORD kept watch over the evils, and
brought them home to us; for the LORD is just in all the works he
commanded us to do [Taken from BARUCH 2:9]
Hear, O Israel, the commandments of life:
listen, and know prudence! [BARUCH 3:9]
Let no one gloat over me, a widow, bereft of many:
For the sins of my children I am left desolate, because they turned from the law of God, and did not acknowledge his statutes;
In the ways of God's commandments they did not walk, nor did they tread the disciplined paths of his justice.
The sun and moon and stars are bright, and obedient in the service for which they are sent.
Likewise the lightning, when it flashes, is a goodly sight; and the same wind blows over all the land.
The clouds, too, when commanded by God to proceed across the whole world, fulfill the order;
and fire, sent from on high to burn up the mountains and the forests, does what has been commanded. But these false gods are not their equal, whether in beauty or in power;
so that it is unthinkable, and cannot be claimed, that they are gods. They can neither execute judgment, nor benefit man.
Know, therefore, that they are not gods, and do not fear them. [BARUCH
For we have sinned and transgressed by departing from you, and we have done every kind of evil.
Your commandments we have not heeded or observed, nor have we done as you ordered us for our good.
Therefore all you have brought upon us, all you have done to us, you have done by a proper judgment.
The command that the stump and roots of the tree
are to be left means that your kingdom shall be preserved for you,
once you have learned it is heaven that rules. [DAN 4:23]
We have not obeyed your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, our fathers, and all the people of the land. Justice, O Lord, is on your side; we are shamefaced even to this day: the men of Judah, the residents of Jerusalem, and all Israel, near and far, in all the countries to which you have scattered them because of their treachery toward you. O LORD, we are shamefaced, like our kings, our princes, and our fathers, for having sinned against you. But yours, O Lord, our God, are compassion and forgiveness! Yet we rebelled against you and paid no heed to your command, O LORD, our God, to live by
the law you gave us through your servants the prophets. Because all Israel transgressed your law and went astray, not heeding your voice, the sworn malediction, recorded in the law of Moses, the servant of God, was poured out over us for our sins. You carried out the threats you spoke against us and against those who governed us, by bringing upon us in Jerusalem the greatest calamity that has ever occurred under heaven. As it is written in the law of Moses, this calamity came full upon us. As we did not appease the LORD, our God, by turning back from our wickedness and recognizing his constancy, so the LORD kept watch over the calamity and brought it upon us. You, O LORD, our God, are just in all that you have done, for we did not listen to your voice.
Now, O Lord, our God, who led your people out of the land of Egypt with a strong hand, and made a name for yourself even to this day, we have sinned, we are guilty. O Lord, in keeping with all your just deeds, let your anger and your wrath be turned away from your city Jerusalem, your holy mountain. On account of our sins and the crimes of our fathers, Jerusalem and your people have become the reproach of all our neighbors. Hear, therefore, O God, the prayer and petition of your servant; and for your own sake, O Lord, let your face shine upon your desolate sanctuary. Give ear, O my God, and listen; open your eyes and see our ruins and the city which bears your name. When we present our petition before you, we rely not on our just deeds, but on your great mercy. O Lord, hear! O Lord, pardon! O Lord, be attentive and act without delay, for your own sake, O my God, because this city and your people bear your
name! [DAN 9:6-19]
Then the LORD commanded the fish to spew Jonah
upon the shore. [JONAH 2:11]
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the
Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord
appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the
Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins." All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
"Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,"
which means "God is with us." When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.
[Taken from MT 1:18-24]
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.
He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry.
The tempter approached and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread."
He said in reply, "It is written: 'One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.'"
Then the devil took him to the holy city, and made him stand on the parapet of the temple,
and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written:
'He will command his angels concerning you and with their hands they will support you,
lest you dash your foot against a stone.'" Jesus answered him, "Again it is written, 'You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.'" Then the devil took him up to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in their magnificence,
and he said to him, "All these I shall give to you, if you will prostrate yourself and worship
me." At this, Jesus said to him, "Get away, Satan! It is written:
'The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.'"
Then the devil left him and, behold, angels came and ministered to him.
"Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place.
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom of
heaven." [MT 5:17-19]
When Jesus finished giving these commands to his
twelve disciples, he went away from that place to teach and to
preach in their towns. [MT 11:1]
Peter said to him in reply, "Lord, if it is
you, command me to come to you on the water." He said, "Come." Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.
He said to them in reply, "And why do you
break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? For God said, 'Honor your father and your mother,' and 'Whoever curses father or mother shall die.'
But you say, 'Whoever says to father or mother, "Any support you might have had from me is dedicated to God,"
need not honor his father.' You have nullified the word of God for the sake of your tradition.
Hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy about you when he said: 'This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me;
in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines human precepts.'"
He answered him, "Why do you ask me about
the good? There is only One who is good. If you wish to enter into
life, keep the commandments." He asked him, "Which ones?" And Jesus replied, " 'You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness;
honor your father and your mother'; and 'you shall love your neighbor as yourself.'"
The young man said to him, "All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?" Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be perfect,
go, sell what you have and give to (the) poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee approached him with her sons and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something. He said to her, "What do you wish?" She answered him, "Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at your right and the other at your left, in your kingdom."
Jesus said in reply, "You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?" They said to him, "We can."
He replied, "My cup you will indeed drink, but to sit at my right and at my left (, this) is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father."
"Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" He said to him,
"You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."
"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."
All were amazed and asked one another,
"What is this? A new teaching with authority. He commands
even the unclean spirits and they obey him." [MK 1:27]
"You disregard God's commandment but cling to human tradition."
He went on to say, "How well you have set aside the commandment of God in order to uphold your tradition! For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother,' and 'Whoever curses father or mother shall die.' Yet you say, 'If a person says to father or mother, "Any support you might have had from me is qorban"'
(meaning, dedicated to God), you allow him to do nothing more for his father or mother. You nullify the word of God in favor of your tradition that you have handed on. And you do many such things."
Jesus, on seeing a crowd rapidly gathering, rebuked the unclean spirit and said to it, "Mute and deaf spirit, I command you: come out of him and never enter him again!"
Shouting and throwing the boy into convulsions, it came out. He became like a corpse, which caused many to say, "He is dead!"
But Jesus took him by the hand, raised him, and he stood up.
The Pharisees approached and asked, "Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?" They were testing him.
He said to them in reply, "What did Moses command you?" They replied, "Moses permitted him to write a bill of divorce and dismiss her."
But Jesus told them, "Because of the hardness of your hearts he wrote you this commandment.
But from the beginning of creation, 'God made them male and
female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother (and be joined to his wife),
and the two shall become one flesh.' So they are no longer two but one flesh.
Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate."
In the house the disciples again questioned him about this. He said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her;
and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery." [MK
As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
Jesus answered him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God
alone [God alone is the source of all goodness]. You know the commandments: 'You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and your mother.'"
He replied and said to him, "Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth."
Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, "You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to (the) poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me."
At that statement his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.
Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!"
One of the scribes, when he came forward and heard them disputing and saw how well he had answered them, asked him, "Which is the first of all the commandments?"
Jesus replied, "The first is this: 'Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.'
The second is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
The scribe said to him, "Well said, teacher. You are right in saying, 'He is One and there is no other than he.'
And 'to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself' is worth more than all...offerings and sacrifices."
And when Jesus saw that (he) answered with understanding, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God."
[Taken from MK 12:28-34]
In the days of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah of the priestly division of Abijah; his wife was from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
Both were righteous in the eyes of God, observing all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly.
They were all amazed and said to one another,
"What is there about his word? For with authority and power
he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out." [LK
"Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' but not
do what I command?" [LK 6:46]
Then he asked them, "Where is your
faith?" But they were filled with awe and amazed and said to
one another, "Who then is this, who commands even the winds
and the sea, and they obey him?" [LK 8:25]
Is he grateful to that servant because he did
what was commanded? So should it be with you. When you have done all
you have been commanded, say, 'We are unprofitable servants; we
have done what we were obliged to do.' [LK 17:9-10]
[Jesus said,]" No one takes [my life] from me, but I lay it down on my
own. I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again.
This command I have received from my Father." [Taken from JN 10:18]
"Whoever rejects me and does not accept my words has something to judge him: the word that I spoke, it will condemn him on the last day,
because I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and speak.
And I know that his commandment is eternal life. So what I say, I say as the Father told me."
"I give you a new commandment: love one another.
As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
"If you love me, you will keep my
commandments". [JN 14:15]
"Whoever has my commandments and observes them is
the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my
Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him." [JN
And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe.
I will no longer speak much with you, for the ruler of the world is coming. He has no power over me,
but the world must know that I love the Father
and that I do just as the Father has commanded me. Get up, let us
go. [JN 14:29-31]
As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and remain in his love. "I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends,
because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another."
For so the Lord has commanded us, 'I have made
you a light to the Gentiles, that you may be an instrument of
salvation to the ends of the earth.' [ACTS 13:47]
She did this for many days. Paul became annoyed,
turned, and said to the spirit, "I command you in the name of
Jesus Christ to come out of her." Then it came out at that
moment. [ACTS 16:18]
What then can we say? That the law is sin? Of course not! Yet I did not know sin except through the law, and I did not know what it is to covet except that the law said, "You shall not covet."
But sin, finding an opportunity in the commandment, produced in me every kind of covetousness. Apart from the law sin is dead.
I once lived outside the law, but when the commandment came, sin became alive;
then I died, and the commandment that was for life turned out to be death for me.
For sin, seizing an opportunity in the commandment, deceived me and through it put me to death.
So then the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.
Did the good, then, become death for me? Of course not! Sin, in order that it might be shown to be sin, worked death in me through the good, so that sin might become sinful beyond measure through the commandment.
We know that the law is spiritual; but I am carnal, sold into slavery to sin.
What I do, I do not understand. For I do not do what I want, but I do what I hate.
Now if I do what I do not want, I concur that the law is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.
For I know that good does not dwell in me, that is, in my flesh. The willing is ready at hand, but doing the good is not.
For I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil I do not want.
Now if (I) do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.
So, then, I discover the principle that when I want to do right, evil is at hand.
For I take delight in the law of God, in my inner self, but I see in my members another principle at war with the law of my mind, taking me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my
members. Miserable one that I am! Who will deliver me from this mortal body?
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Therefore, I myself, with my mind, serve the law of God but, with my flesh, the law of sin.
The commandments, "You shall not commit
adultery; you shall not kill; you shall not steal; you shall not
covet," and whatever other commandment there may be, are
summed up in this saying, (namely) "You shall love your
neighbor as yourself." Love does no evil to the neighbor; hence, love is the fulfillment of the law.
(Now to him who can strengthen you, according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret for long
ages but now manifested through the prophetic writings and, according to the command of the eternal God, made known to all nations to bring about the obedience of faith,
to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ be glory forever and ever.
Amen. [Taken from ROM 16:25-27]
Circumcision means nothing, and uncircumcision
means nothing; what matters is keeping God's commandments. [1COR
Now in regard to virgins, I have no commandment
from the Lord, but I give my opinion as one who by the Lord's
mercy is trustworthy. So this is what I think best because of the present distress: that it is a good thing for a person to remain as he is.
So what is to be done, brothers? When you assemble, one has a psalm, another an instruction, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Everything should be done for building up.
If anyone speaks in a tongue, let it be two or at most three, and each in turn, and one should interpret.
But if there is no interpreter, the person should keep silent in the church and speak to himself and to God.
Two or three prophets should speak, and the others discern. But if a revelation is given to another person sitting there, the first one should be silent.
For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged.
Indeed, the spirits of prophets are under the prophets' control, since he is not the God of disorder but of peace. As in all the churches of the holy
ones, women should keep silent in the churches, for they are not allowed to speak, but should be subordinate, as even the law says.
But if they want to learn anything, they should ask their husbands at home. For it is improper for a woman to speak in the church.
Did the word of God go forth from you? Or has it come to you alone?
If anyone thinks that he is a prophet or a spiritual person, he should recognize that what I am writing to you is a commandment of the Lord.
If anyone does not acknowledge this, he is not acknowledged. So, (my) brothers, strive eagerly to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues,
but everything must be done properly and in order. [1COR 14:26-40]
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have become near by the blood of Christ.
For he is our peace, he who made both one and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his flesh,
abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims, that he might create in himself one new person
in place of the two, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile both with God, in one body, through the cross, putting that enmity to death by it.
"Honor your father and mother." This
is the first commandment with a promise, "that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life on earth."
For the Lord himself, with a word of command,
with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God, will
come down from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of
God our savior and of Christ Jesus our hope [Taken from 1TM 1:1]
If you will give these instructions to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound teaching you have followed. Avoid profane and silly myths. Train yourself for devotion, for, while physical training is of limited value, devotion is valuable in every respect, since it holds a promise of life both for the present and for the future. This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance. For this we toil and struggle,
because we have set our hope on the living God, who is the savior of all, especially of those who believe. Command and teach these things. Let no one have contempt for your youth,
but set an example for those who believe, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was conferred on you through the prophetic word
with the imposition of hands of the presbyterate. Be diligent in these matters, be absorbed in them, so that your progress may be evident to everyone. Attend to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in both tasks, for by doing so you will save both yourself and those who listen to you.
Do not rebuke an older man, but appeal to him as a father. Treat younger men as brothers,
older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters with complete purity.
Honor widows who are truly widows. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let these first learn to perform their religious duty to their own family and to make recompense to their parents, for this is pleasing to God.
The real widow, who is all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day.
But the one who is self-indulgent is dead while she lives. Command this, so that they may be irreproachable.
And whoever does not provide for relatives and especially family members has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
I charge (you) before God, who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus, who gave testimony under Pontius Pilate for the noble confession,
to keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ
that the blessed and only ruler will make manifest at the proper time, the King of kings and Lord of lords,
who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, and whom no human being has seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal power. Amen.
It is even more obvious if another priest is raised up after the likeness of Melchizedek,
who has become so, not by a law expressed in a commandment concerning physical descent but by the power of a life that cannot be
destroyed. For it is testified: "You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek."
On the one hand, a former commandment is annulled because of its weakness and uselessness,
for the law brought nothing to perfection; on the other hand, a better hope
is introduced, through which we draw near to God. And to the degree that this happened not without the taking of an
oath - for others became priests without an oath, but he with an oath, through the one who said to
him: "The Lord has sworn, and he will not repent: 'You are a priest
forever'" - to that same degree has Jesus (also) become the guarantee of an (even) better
covenant. Those priests were many because they were prevented by death from remaining in office,
but he, because he remains forever, has a priesthood that does not pass away.
Therefore, he is always able to save those who approach God through him, since he lives forever to make intercession for them.
For it would have been better for them not to
have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn
back from the holy commandment handed down to them. [2PT 2:21]
This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you; through them by way of reminder I am trying to stir up your sincere disposition,
to recall the words previously spoken by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and savior through your apostles.
The way we may be sure that we know him is to keep his commandments.
Whoever says, "I know him," but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps his word, the love of God is truly perfected in him. This is the way we may know that we are in union with him:
whoever claims to abide in him ought to live (just) as he lived. [1JN
Beloved, I am writing no new commandment to you but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard.
And yet I do write a new commandment to you, which holds true in him and among you,
for the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.
Whoever says he is in the light, yet hates his brother, is still in the darkness.
Whoever loves his brother remains in the light, and there is nothing in him to cause a fall.
Whoever hates his brother is in darkness; he walks in darkness and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes. [1JN
Beloved, if (our) hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence in God
and receive from him whatever we ask, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.
And his commandment is this: we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another just as he commanded us.
Those who keep his commandments remain in him, and he in them, and the way we know that he remains in us is from the Spirit that he gave us. [1JN
If anyone says, "I love God," but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God
whom he has not seen. This is the commandment we have from him:
whoever loves God must also love his brother. [1JN 4:20-21]
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God, and everyone who loves the father loves (also) the one begotten by him.
In this way we know that we love the children of God when we love God and obey his commandments.
For the love of God is this, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome,
for whoever is begotten by God conquers the world. And the victory that conquers the world is our faith.
Who (indeed) is the victor over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children
walking in the truth just as we were commanded by the Father. But now, Lady, I ask you, not as though I were
writing a new commandment but the one we have had from the
beginning: let us love one another. For this is love, that we walk according to his
commandments; this is the commandment, as you heard from the
beginning, in which you should walk. [2JN 1:4-6]
Then the dragon became angry with the woman and
went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring, those who
keep God's commandments and bear witness to Jesus. [RV 12:17]
Here is what sustains the holy ones who keep
God's commandments and their faith in Jesus. [RV 14:12]
of God [B3]
of the Covenant / Ark of the Commandments / Ark of the Lord [A4]
/ doctrines [D]
/ faithful [F1a]
/ lawful [L2a]
/ teacher / taught [T1a]
/ guided / guidance [G11]
/ obedience [O1]
/ heeds / heeded [H9]
/ persevered / perseverance [P]
/ righteousness [R11]
/ virtues / virtuous [V]
/ disobedience [D]
/ unbeliever [D8]
of heart [H2]
/ sins / sinned / sinful / sinner [S18a]
/ heretic [H12a]
of Jesus / name of the Lord / name of God [N1a]
life / eternity [E2]
/ kingdom of God [K2a]
/ love of God / loving / loved [L7a]
/ honor to God [R8]
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