obey / obedience
Note: Obedience is
necessarily limited to appropriate commands of lawful authorities.
Obedience is not accorded to commands which violate faith or
Again the LORD'S messenger called to Abraham from heaven and said: "I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you acted as you did in not withholding from me your beloved son, I will bless you abundantly and make your descendants as countless as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore; your descendants shall take possession of the gates of their enemies, and in your descendants all the nations of the earth shall find
blessing - all this because you obeyed my command."
There was a famine in the land (distinct from the earlier one that had occurred in the days of Abraham), and Isaac went down to
Abimelech, king of the Philistines in Gerar. The LORD appeared to him and said: "Do not go down to Egypt, but continue to camp wherever in this land I tell you. Stay in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I will give all these lands, in fulfillment of the oath that I swore to your father Abraham. I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and give them all these lands, and in your descendants all the nations of the earth shall find
blessing - this because Abraham obeyed me, keeping my mandate (my commandments, my ordinances, and my instructions)."
Jacob had obeyed his father and mother and gone to
Paddan-aram. [Taken from GEN 28:7]
"If you live in accordance with my precepts and are careful to observe my commandments, I will give you rain in due season, so that the land will bear its crops, and the trees their fruit; your threshing will last till vintage time, and your vintage till the time for sowing, and you will have food to eat in abundance, so that you may dwell securely in your land. I will establish peace in the land, that you may lie down to rest without anxiety. I will rid the country of ravenous beasts, and keep the sword of war from sweeping across your land. You will rout your enemies and lay them low with your sword. I will look with favor upon you, and make you fruitful and numerous, as I carry out my covenant with you.
But if you do not heed me and do not keep all these commandments, if you reject my precepts and spurn my decrees, refusing to obey all my commandments and breaking my covenant, then I, in turn, will give you your deserts. I will punish you with terrible
woes - with wasting and fever to dim the eyes and sap the life. You will sow your seed in vain, for your enemies will consume the crop. I will turn against you, till you are beaten down before your enemies and lorded over by your foes. You will take to flight though no one pursues you.
If even after this you do not obey me, I will increase the chastisement for your sins sevenfold, to break your haughty confidence...
If then you become defiant in your unwillingness to obey me, I will multiply my blows another sevenfold, as your sins deserve.
If, with all this, you still refuse to be chastened by me and continue to defy me, I, too, will defy you and will smite you for your sins seven times harder than before.
If, despite all this, you still persist in disobeying and defying me, I, also, will meet you with fiery defiance and will chastise you with sevenfold fiercer punishment for your
sins... So devastated will I leave the land that your very enemies who come to live there will stand aghast at the sight of it."
[Taken from LEV 26:3-7,9,14-19,21,23-24,27-28,32]
The Israelites obeyed the command that the LORD had given
Moses; they expelled them from the camp. [NUM 5:4]
On the day when the Dwelling was erected, the cloud covered the Dwelling, the tent of the commandments; but from evening until morning it took on the appearance of fire over the Dwelling. It was always so: during the day the Dwelling was covered by the cloud, which at night had the appearance of fire. Whenever the cloud rose from the tent, the Israelites would break camp; wherever the cloud came to rest, they would pitch camp. At the bidding of the LORD the Israelites moved on, and at his bidding they encamped. As long as the cloud stayed over the Dwelling, they remained in camp. Even when the cloud tarried many days over the Dwelling, the Israelites obeyed the LORD and would not move on; yet sometimes the cloud was over the Dwelling only for a few days. It was at the bidding of the LORD that they stayed in camp, and it was at his bidding that they departed. Sometimes the cloud remained there only from evening until morning; and when it rose in the morning, they would depart. Or if the cloud lifted during the day, or even at night, they would then set out. Whether the cloud tarried over the Dwelling for two days or for a month or longer, the Israelites remained in camp and did not depart; but when it lifted, they moved on. Thus, it was always at the bidding of the LORD that they encamped, and at his bidding that they set out; ever heeding the charge of the LORD, as he had bidden them through Moses.
Obeying the orders of Moses, Aaron took his censer and ran in
among the community, where the blow was already falling on the
people. Then, as he offered the incense and made atonement for the
people [NUM 17:12]
And the LORD replied to Moses, "Take Joshua, son of Nun, a man of spirit, and lay your hand upon him. Have him stand in the presence of the priest Eleazar and of the whole community, and commission him before their eyes. Invest him with some of your own dignity, that the whole Israelite community may obey him. He shall present himself to the priest
Eleazar, to have him seek out for him the decisions of the Urim in the LORD'S presence; and as he directs, Joshua, all the Israelites with him, and the community as a whole shall perform all their actions." Moses did as the LORD had commanded him. Taking Joshua and having him stand in the presence of the priest Eleazar and of the whole community, he laid his hands on him and gave him his commission, as the LORD had directed through Moses.
The daughters of Zelophehad obeyed the command which the LORD
had given to Moses. [NUM 36:10]
"Then, in obedience to the command of the LORD, our God,
we set out from Horeb and journeyed through the whole desert, vast
and fearful as you have seen, in the direction of the hill country
of the Amorites." [Taken from DEUT 1:19]
From Aroer on the edge of the Wadi Arnon and from the city in the wadi itself, as far as Gilead, no city was too well fortified for us to whom the LORD had delivered them up. However, in obedience to the command of the LORD, our God, you did not encroach upon any of the Ammonite land, neither the region bordering on the Wadi Jabbok, nor the cities of the highlands.
'But why should we die now? Surely this great fire will consume us. If we hear the voice of the LORD, our God, any more, we shall die. For what mortal has heard, as we have, the voice of the living God speaking from the midst of fire, and survived? Go closer, you, and hear all that the LORD, our God, will say, and then tell us what the LORD, our God, tells you; we will listen and obey.' "The LORD heard your words as you were speaking to me and said to me, 'I have heard the words these people have spoken to you, which are all well said. Would that they might always be of such a mind, to fear me and to keep all my commandments! Then they and their descendants would prosper forever.'"
"At Taberah, at Massah, and at Kibroth-hattaavah likewise, you provoked the LORD to anger. And when he sent you up from Kadesh-barnea to take possession of the land he was giving you, you rebelled against this command of the LORD, your God, and would not trust or obey him. Ever since I have known you, you have been rebels against the LORD.
Those forty days, then, and forty nights, I lay prostrate before the LORD, because he had threatened to destroy you."
"I set before you here, this day, a blessing and a curse: a blessing for obeying the commandments of the LORD, your God, which I enjoin on you today; a curse if you do not obey the commandments of the LORD, your God, but turn aside from the way I ordain for you today, to follow other gods, whom you have not known. When the LORD, your God, brings you into the land which you are to enter and occupy, then you shall pronounce the blessing on Mount Gerizim, the curse on Mount
Ebal. For you are about to cross the Jordan to enter and occupy the land which the LORD, your God, is giving you. When, therefore, you take possession of it and settle there, be careful to observe all the statutes and decrees that I set before you today." [DEUT
The LORD will affirm his blessing upon you, on your barns and on all your undertakings, blessing you in the land that the LORD, your God, gives you. Provided that you keep the commandments of the LORD, your God, and walk in his ways, he will establish you as a people sacred to himself, as he swore to you; so that, when all the nations of the earth see you bearing the name of the LORD, they will stand in awe of you.
The LORD will increase in more than goodly measure the fruit of
your womb, the offspring of your livestock, and the produce of
your soil, in the land which he swore to your fathers he would
give you. The LORD will open up for you his rich treasure house of the heavens, to give your land rain in due season, blessing all your undertakings, so that you will lend to many nations and borrow from none. The LORD will make you the head, not the tail, and you will always mount higher and not decline, as long as you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God, which I order you today to observe carefully; not turning aside to the right or to the left from any of the commandments which I now give you, in order to follow other gods and serve them. [DEUT
"Here, then, I have today set before you life and prosperity, death and doom. If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God, which I enjoin on you today, loving him, and walking in his ways, and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees, you will live and grow numerous, and the LORD, your God, will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy. If, however, you turn away your hearts and will not listen, but are led astray and adore and serve other gods, I tell you now that you will certainly perish; you will not have a long life on the land which you are crossing the Jordan to enter and occupy. I call heaven and earth today to witness against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the LORD, your God, heeding his voice, and holding fast to him. For that will mean life for you, a long life for you to live on the land which the LORD swore he would give to your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob." [DEUT
Now Joshua, son of Nun, was filled with the spirit of wisdom,
since Moses had laid his hands upon him; and so the Israelites
gave him their obedience, thus carrying out the LORD'S command to
Moses. [DEUT 34:9]
"We will do all you have commanded us," they answered
Joshua, "and we will go wherever you send us. We will obey
you as completely as we obeyed Moses." [JOSH 1:16]
Now the Israelites had wandered forty years in the desert, until all the warriors among the people that came forth from Egypt died off because they had not obeyed the command of the LORD. For the LORD swore that he would not let them see the land flowing with milk and honey which he had promised their fathers he would give us.
The captain of the host of the LORD replied to Joshua,
"Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which
you are standing is holy." And Joshua obeyed. [JOSH 5:15]
So Joshua and all the soldiers prepared to attack Ai. Picking out thirty thousand warriors, Joshua sent them off by night with these orders: "See that you ambush the city from the rear, at no great distance; then all of you be on the watch. The rest of the people and I will come up to the city, and when they make a sortie against us as they did the last time, we will flee from them. They will keep coming out after us until we have drawn them away from the city, for they will think we are fleeing from them as we did the last time. When this occurs, rise from ambush and take possession of the city, which the LORD, your God, will deliver into your power. When you have taken the city, set it afire in obedience to the LORD'S command. These are my orders to you." [JOSH
Never before or since was there a day like this, when the LORD
obeyed the voice of a man; for the LORD fought for Israel. [JOSH
Then Joshua said, "Open the mouth of the cave and bring out those five kings to me." Obediently, they brought out to him from the cave the five kings, of Jerusalem, Hebron,
Jarmuth, Lachish and Eglon. [JOSH 10:22-23]
These presented themselves to Eleazar the priest, to Joshua,
son of Nun, and to the princes, saying, "The LORD commanded
Moses to give us a heritage among our kinsmen." So in
obedience to the command of the LORD a heritage was given to each
of them among their father's kinsmen. [JOSH 17:4]
When the last of them had received the portions of the land they were to inherit, the Israelites assigned a heritage in their midst to Joshua, son of Nun. In obedience to the command of the LORD, they gave him the city which he requested, Timnah-serah in the mountain region of Ephraim. He rebuilt the city and made it his home. [JOSH
Out of their own heritage, in obedience to this command of the
LORD, the Israelites gave the Levites the following cities with
their pasture lands. [JOSH 21:3]
These cities with their pasture lands the Israelites allotted
to the Levites in obedience to the LORD'S command through Moses.
At that time Joshua summoned the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh and said to them: "You have done all that Moses, the servant of the LORD, commanded you, and have obeyed every command I gave you. For many years now you have not once abandoned your kinsmen, but have faithfully carried out the commands of the LORD, your God. Since, therefore, the LORD, your God, has settled your kinsmen as he promised them, you may now return to your tents beyond the Jordan; to your own land, which Moses, the servant of the LORD, gave you. But be very careful to observe the precept and law which Moses, the servant of the LORD, enjoined upon you: love the LORD, your God; follow him faithfully; keep his commandments; remain loyal to him; and serve him with your whole heart and soul." Joshua then blessed them and sent them away to their own tents. [JOSH
"Now, therefore, put away the strange gods that are among you and turn your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel." Then the people promised Joshua, "We will serve the LORD, our God, and obey his voice." So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day and made statutes and ordinances for them at Shechem, which he recorded in the book of the law of God. Then he took a large stone and set it up there under the oak that was in the sanctuary of the LORD. And Joshua said to all the people, "This stone shall be our witness, for it has heard all the words which the LORD spoke to us. It shall be a witness against you, should you wish to deny your God." Then Joshua dismissed the people, each to his own heritage. [JOSH
An angel of the LORD went up from Gilgal to Bochim and said, "It was I who brought you up from Egypt and led you into the land which I promised on oath to your fathers. I said that I would never break my covenant with you, but that you were not to make a pact with the inhabitants of this land, and you were to pull down their altars. Yet you have not obeyed me. What did you mean by this? For now I tell you, I will not clear them out of your way; they shall oppose you and their gods shall become a snare for you."
Even when the LORD raised up judges to deliver them from the power of their despoilers, they did not listen to their judges, but abandoned themselves to the worship of other gods. They were quick to stray from the way their fathers had taken, and did not follow their example of obedience to the commandments of the LORD.
The following are the nations which the LORD allowed to remain, so that through them he might try all those Israelites who had no experience of the battles with Canaan training them in battle, those generations only of the Israelites who would not have had that previous experience): the five lords of the Philistines; and all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites who dwell in the mountain region of Lebanon between Baal-hermon and the entrance to Hamath. These served to put Israel to the test, to determine whether they would obey the commandments the LORD had enjoined on their fathers through Moses.
When Israel cried out to the LORD because of Midian, he sent a prophet to the Israelites who said to them, "The LORD, the God of Israel, says: I led you up from Egypt; I brought you out of the place of slavery. I rescued you from the power of Egypt and of all your other oppressors. I drove them out before you and gave you their land. And I said to you: I, the LORD, am your God; you shall not venerate the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are dwelling. But you did not obey me."
The spirit of the LORD enveloped Gideon; he blew the horn that summoned Abiezer to follow him. He sent messengers, too, throughout Manasseh, which also obeyed his summons; through Asher, Zebulun and Naphtali, likewise, he sent messengers and these tribes advanced to meet the others.
If you fear the LORD and worship him, if you are obedient to
him and do not rebel against the LORD'S command, if both you and
the king who rules you follow the LORD your God - well and good. But if you do not obey the LORD and if you rebel against his
command, the LORD will deal severely with you and your king, and
destroy you. [1SAM 12:14-15]
Obedience is better than sacrifice [Taken from 1SAM 15:22]
David obeyed the LORD'S command and routed the Philistines from
Gibeon as far as Gezer. [2SAM 5:25]
"You rescued me from the strife of my people; you made me head over nations.
A people I had not known became my slaves; as soon as they heard me, they obeyed. The foreigners fawned and cringed before me; they staggered forth from their fortresses." [2SAM
When Solomon was informed that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to
Gath, and had returned, the king summoned Shimei and said to him: "Did I not have you swear by the LORD to your clear understanding of my warning that, if you left and went anywhere else, you should die without fail? And you answered, 'I accept and obey.' Why, then, have you not kept the oath of the LORD and the command that I gave you?" And the king said to
Shimei: "You know in your heart the evil that you did to my father David. Now the LORD requites you for your own wickedness. But King Solomon shall be blessed, and David's throne shall endure before the LORD forever."
Solomon loved the LORD, and obeyed the statutes of his father
David; yet he offered sacrifice and burned incense on the high
places. [1KGS 3:3]
This word of the LORD came to Solomon: "As to this temple you are
building - if you observe my statutes, carry out my ordinances, keep and obey all my commands, I will fulfill toward you the promise I made to your father David. I will dwell in the midst of the Israelites and will not forsake my people Israel."
The LORD, therefore, became angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice (for though the LORD had forbidden him this very act of following strange gods, Solomon had not obeyed him).
One of the guild prophets was prompted by the LORD to say to his companion, "Strike me." But he refused to strike him. Then he said to him, "Since you did not obey the voice of the LORD, a lion will kill you when you leave me." When they parted company, a lion came upon him and killed him.
But the children of the murderers he did not put to death,
obeying the LORD'S command written in the book of the law of
Moses, "Fathers shall not be put to death for their children,
nor shall children be put to death for their fathers; each one
shall die for his own sin." [2KGS 14:6]
The high priest Hilkiah informed the scribe Shaphan, "I have found the book of the law in the temple of the LORD." Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, who read it. Then the scribe Shaphan went to the king and reported, "Your servants have smelted down the metals available in the temple and have consigned them to the master workmen in the temple of the LORD." The scribe Shaphan also informed the king that the priest Hilkiah had given him a book, and then read it aloud to the king. When the king had heard the contents of the book of the law, he tore his garments and issued this command to Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, son of Shaphan, Achbor, son of Micaiah, the scribe Shaphan, and the king's servant Asaiah: "Go, consult the LORD for me, for the people, for all Judah, about the stipulations of this book that has been found, for the anger of the LORD has been set furiously ablaze against us, because our fathers did not obey the stipulations of this book, nor fulfill our written obligations."
Thereafter Solomon sat on the throne of the LORD as king in
place of his father David; he prospered, and all Israel obeyed
him. [1CHRON 29:23]
"Thus says the LORD: You must not march out to fight against
your brothers. Let every man return home, for what has occurred I
have brought about." They obeyed this message of the LORD
and gave up the expedition against Jeroboam. [2CHRON 11:4]
"Whoever does not obey the law of your God and the law of the
king, let strict judgment be executed upon him, whether death, or
corporal punishment, or a fine on his goods, or
imprisonment." [EZRA 7:26]
Food from heaven you gave them in their hunger, water from a rock you sent them in their thirst.
You bade them enter and occupy the land which you had sworn with upraised hand to give them.
But they, our fathers, proved to be insolent; they held their necks stiff and would not obey your commandments. They refused to obey and no longer remembered the miracles you had worked for them. They stiffened their necks and turned their heads to return to their slavery in Egypt. But you are a God of pardons, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in mercy; you did not forsake them. Though they made for themselves a molten calf, and proclaimed, 'Here is your God who brought you up out of Egypt,' and were guilty of great effronteries, yet in your great mercy you did not forsake them in the desert. The column of cloud did not cease to lead them by day on their journey, nor did the column of fire by night cease to light for them the way by which they were to travel.
Your good spirit you bestowed on them, to give them understanding; your manna you did not withhold from their mouths, and you gave them water in their thirst. Forty years in the desert you sustained them: they did not want; their garments did not become worn, and their feet did not become swollen.
As soon as they had relief, they would go back to doing evil in your sight. Then again you abandoned them to the power of their enemies, who crushed them. Then they cried out to you, and you heard them from heaven and delivered them according to your mercy, many times over. You bore witness against them, in order to bring them back to your law. But they were insolent and would not obey your commandments; they sinned against your ordinances, from which men draw life when they practice them. They turned stubborn backs, stiffened their necks, and would not obey. You were patient with them for many years, bearing witness against them through your spirit, by means of your prophets; still they would not listen. Thus you delivered them over into the power of the peoples of the lands. Yet in your great mercy you did not completely destroy them and you did not forsake them, for you are a kind and merciful God.
Then the officers of the king addressed Mattathias: "You are a leader, an honorable and great man in this city, supported by sons and kinsmen. Come now, be the first to obey the king's command, as all the Gentiles and the men of Judah and those who are left in Jerusalem have done. Then you and your sons shall be numbered among the King's Friends, and shall be enriched with silver and gold and many gifts." But Mattathias answered in a loud voice: "Although all the Gentiles in the king's realm obey him, so that each forsakes the religion of his fathers and consents to the king's orders, yet I and my sons and my kinsmen will keep to the covenant of our fathers. God forbid that we should forsake the law and the commandments. We will not obey the words of the king nor depart from our religion in the slightest degree." [1MACC
It was reported to the officers and soldiers of the king who were in the City of David, in Jerusalem, that certain men who had flouted the king's order had gone out to the hiding places in the desert. Many hurried out after them, and having caught up with them, camped opposite and prepared to attack them on the sabbath. "Enough of this!" the pursuers said to them. "Come out and obey the king's command, and your lives will be spared." But they replied, "We will not come out, nor will we obey the king's command to profane the sabbath." Then the enemy attacked them at once; but they did not retaliate; they neither threw stones, nor blocked up their own hiding places. They said, "Let us all die without reproach; heaven and earth are our witnesses that you destroy us unjustly." [1MACC
Joseph and Azariah were beaten, and were pursued to the frontiers of Judea, and about two thousand Israelites fell that day. It was a bad defeat for the people, because they had not obeyed Judas and his brothers, thinking that they would do brave deeds. But they did not belong to the family of those men to whom it was granted to achieve Israel's salvation.
They entrusted their government to one man every year, to rule
over their entire country, and they all obeyed that one, and there
was no envy or jealousy among them. [1MACC 8:16]
"Let the three districts that have been added to Judea
from the province of Samaria be incorporated with Judea so that
they may be under one man and obey no other authority than the
high priest." [1MACC 10:38]
But when Trypho saw that Jonathan had arrived with a large army he was afraid to offer him violence. Instead, he received him with honor, introduced him to all his friends, and gave him presents. He also ordered his friends and soldiers to obey him as they would himself. [1MACC
"The Jewish people and their priest have, therefore, made the following decisions. Simon shall be their permanent leader and high priest until a true prophet arises. He shall act as governor general over them, and shall have charge of the temple, to make regulations concerning its functions and concerning the country, its weapons and strongholds, he shall be obeyed by all. All contracts made in the country shall be dated by his name. He shall have the right to wear royal purple and gold ornaments." [1MACC
When the youth paid no attention to him at all, the king appealed to the mother, urging her to advise her boy to save his life. After he had urged her for a long time, she went through the motions of persuading her son. In derision of the cruel tyrant, she leaned over close to her son and said in their native language: "Son, have pity on me, who carried you in my womb for nine months, nursed you for three years, brought you up, educated and supported you to your present age. I beg you, child, to look at the heavens and the earth and see all that is in them; then you will know that God did not make them out of existing things; and in the same way the human race came into existence. Do not be afraid of this executioner, but be worthy of your brothers and accept death, so that in the time of mercy I may receive you again with them." She had scarcely finished speaking when the youth said: "What are you waiting for? I will not obey the king's command. I obey the command of the law given to our forefathers through Moses." [2MACC
If they obey and serve him, they spend their days in
prosperity, their years in happiness. But if they obey not, they perish; they die for lack of
knowledge. [JOB 36:11-12]
My foes you put to flight before me; those who hated me I destroyed. They cried for help, but no one saved them; cried to the LORD but got no answer. You rescued me from the strife of peoples; you made me head over nations.
A people I had not known became my slaves; as soon as they heard of me they obeyed.
[Taken from PS 18:41-42,44-45]
The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The decree of the LORD is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart.
The command of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eye. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever.
The statutes of the LORD are true, all of them just; More desirable than gold, than a hoard of purest gold,
Sweeter also than honey or drippings from the comb. By them your servant is instructed; obeying them brings much reward. [PS
Sacrifice and offering you do not want; but ears open to
obedience you gave me [Taken from PS 40:7]
"Those who offer praise as a sacrifice honor me; to the obedient
I will show the salvation of God." [PS 50:23]
'Listen, my people, I give you warning! If only you will obey
me, Israel!' [PS 81:9]
But my people did not listen to my words; Israel did not obey me. So I gave them over to hardness of heart; they followed their own designs. But even now if my people would listen, if Israel would walk in my paths, In a moment I would subdue their foes, against their enemies unleash my hand.
Bless the LORD, all you angels, mighty in strength and
attentive, obedient to every command. [PS 103:20]
Next they despised the beautiful land; they did not believe the promise. In their tents they complained; they did not obey the LORD. So with raised hand he swore to destroy them in the desert, To scatter their descendants among the nations, disperse them in foreign lands.
[PS 106:24 -27]
I keep my steps from every evil path, that I may obey your
word. [PS 119:101]
"For the self-will of the simple kills them, the smugness of fools destroys them. But he who obeys me dwells in security, in peace, without fear of harm."
"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"
Like a golden earring, or a necklace of fine gold, is a wise
reprover to an obedient ear. [PROV 25:12]
By words no servant can be trained; for he understands what is said, but obeys not.
Guard your step when you go to the house of God. Let your
approach be obedience [Taken from ECCL
He who reveres his father will live a long life; he obeys the
LORD who brings comfort to his mother. [SIRACH 3:6]
Wisdom instructs her children and admonishes those who seek her. He who loves her loves life; those who seek her out win her favor. He who holds her fast inherits glory; wherever he dwells, the LORD bestows blessings. Those who serve her serve the Holy One; those who love her the LORD loves. He who obeys her judges nations; he who hearkens to her dwells in her inmost chambers. If one trusts her, he will possess her; his descendants too will inherit her.
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.
"He who obeys me will not be put to shame, he who serves me will
never fail." [SIRACH 24:21]
Wash yourselves clean! Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes; cease doing evil; learn to do good.
Make justice your aim: redress the wronged, hear the orphan's plea, defend the widow. Come now, let us set things right, says the LORD:
Though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow; Though they be crimson red, they may become white as wool. If you are willing, and obey, you shall eat the good things of the land; But if you refuse and resist, the sword shall consume you: for the mouth of the LORD has spoken! [ISA
This is a rebellious people, deceitful children, Children who refuse to obey the law of the LORD.
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. But they obeyed not, nor did they pay heed. They walked in the hardness of their evil hearts and turned their backs, not their faces, to me. From the day that your fathers left the land of Egypt even to this day, I have sent you untiringly all my servants the prophets. Yet they have not obeyed me nor paid heed; they have stiffened their necks and done worse than their fathers. When you speak all these words to them, they will not listen to you either; when you call to them, they will not answer you.
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. A conspiracy has been found, the LORD said to me, among the men of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem. They have returned to the crimes of their forefathers who refused to obey my words. They also have followed and served strange gods; the covenant which I had made with their fathers, the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken. Therefore, thus says the LORD: See, I bring upon them misfortune which they cannot escape. Though they cry out to me, I will not listen to them. Then the cities of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem will go and cry out to the gods to which they have been offering incense. But these gods will give them no help whatever when misfortune strikes. For as numerous as your cities are your gods, O Judah!
And as many as the streets of Jerusalem are the altars for offering sacrifice to Baal. Do not intercede on behalf of this people, nor utter a plea for them. I will not listen when they call to me at the time of their misfortune.
But if they do not obey, I will uproot and destroy that nation
entirely, says the LORD. [JER 12:17]
Thus says the LORD: So also I will allow the pride of Judah to rot, the great pride of Jerusalem. This wicked people who refuse to obey my words, who walk in the stubbornness of their hearts, and follow strange gods to serve and adore them, shall be like this loincloth which is good for nothing. For, as close as the loincloth clings to a man's loins, so had I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, says the LORD; to be my people, my renown, my praise, my beauty. But they did not listen.
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... But if you do not obey me and keep holy the
sabbath, if you carry burdens and come through the gates of Jerusalem on the
sabbath, I will set unquenchable fire to its gates, which will consume the palaces of Jerusalem.
But if that nation does what is evil in my eyes, refusing to
obey my voice, I repent of the good with which I promised to bless
it. [JER 18:10]
When Jeremiah returned from Topheth, where the LORD had sent him to prophesy, he stood in the court of the house of God and said to all the people: Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: I will surely bring upon this city all the evil with which I threatened it, because they have stiffened their necks and have not obeyed my word
But if you do not obey these commands, I swear by myself, says
the LORD: this palace shall become rubble. [JER 22:5]
In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim, son of Josiah, king of Judah, this message came from the LORD: 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. Perhaps they will listen and turn back, each from his evil way, so that I may repent of the evil I have planned to inflict upon them for their evil deeds. Say to them: Thus says the LORD: If you disobey me, not living according to the law I placed before you and not listening to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I send you constantly though you do not obey them, I will treat this house like Shiloh, and make this the city which all the nations of the earth shall refer to when cursing another.
But if you obey the word of the LORD, Zedekiah, king of Judah,
then, says the LORD to you, you shall not die by the sword. [JER
"We build no houses to live in; we own no vineyards or
fields or crops, and we live in tents; we obediently do everything
our father Jonadab commanded us. But when Nebuchadnezzar, king of
Babylon, invaded this land, we decided to come into Jerusalem to
escape the army of the Chaldeans and the army of Aram; that is why
we are now living in Jerusalem." Then this word of the LORD
came to Jeremiah: Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel:
Go, say to the men of Judah and to the citizens of Jerusalem: Will
you not take correction and obey my words? says the LORD. The
advice of Jonadab, Rechab's son, by which he forbade his children
to drink wine, has been followed: to this day they have not drunk
it; they obeyed their father's command. Me, however, you have not
obeyed, although I spoke to you untiringly and insistently. I kept
sending you all my servants the prophets, telling you to turn
back, all of you, from your evil way; to reform your conduct, and
not follow strange gods or serve them, if you would remain on the
land which I gave you and your fathers; but you did not heed me or
obey me. Yes, the children of Jonadab, Rechab's son, observed the
command which their father laid on them; but this people does not
obey me! Now, therefore, says the LORD God of hosts, the God of
Israel: I will bring upon Judah and all the citizens of Jerusalem
every evil that I threatened; because when I spoke they did not
obey, when I called they did not answer. But to the company of the
Rechabites Jeremiah said: Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of
Israel: Since you have obeyed the command of Jonadab, your father,
kept all his commands and done everything he commanded you, thus
therefore says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Never shall
there fail to be a descendant of Jonadab, Rechab's son, standing
in my service. [JER 35:9-19]
You will not be handed over, Jeremiah answered. Please obey the
voice of the LORD and do as I tell you; then it shall go well with
you, and your life will be spared. [JER 38:20]
"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]
It is the LORD who has spoken to you, remnant of Judah; do not go to Egypt! You can never say that I did not warn you this day. At the cost of your lives you have deceived me, sending me to the LORD, your God, saying, "Pray for us to the LORD, our God; make known to us all that the LORD, our God, shall say, and we will do it." Today I proclaim his message, but you obey the voice of the LORD, your God, in nothing that he has commissioned me to make known to you. Have no doubt of this, you shall die by the sword, famine, and pestilence in the place where you wish to go and settle.
Because you burned incense and sinned against the LORD, not obeying the voice of the LORD, not living by his law, his statutes, and his decrees, this evil has befallen you at the present day.
He who dismisses the light, and it departs, calls it, and it obeys him trembling; Before whom the stars at their posts shine and rejoice; When he calls them, they answer, "Here we are!" shining with joy for their Maker. Such is our God; no other is to be compared to
him [BARUCH 3:33-36]
The sun and moon and stars are bright, and obedient in the
service for which they are sent. [BARUCH 6:59]
As for you, son of man, obey me when I speak to you: be not rebellious like this house of rebellion, but open your mouth and eat what I shall give you. It was then I saw a hand stretched out to me, in which was a written scroll which he unrolled before me. It was covered with writing front and back, and written on it was: Lamentation and wailing and woe! [EZEK
Son of man, say now to the rebellious house: Do you not understand what this means? It is this: The king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and took away its king and princes with him to Babylon. Then he selected a man of the royal line with whom he made a covenant, binding him under oath, while removing the nobles of the land, so that the kingdom would remain a modest one, without aspirations, and would keep his covenant and obey him. But this man rebelled against him, sending envoys to Egypt to obtain horses and a great army. Can he prosper? Can he who does such things escape? Can he break a covenant and still go free? As I live, says the Lord GOD, in the home of the king who set him up to rule, whose oath he spurned, whose covenant with him he broke, there in Babylon I swear he shall die! [EZEK
As for you, son of man, your countrymen are talking about you along the walls and in the doorways of houses. They say to one another, "Come and hear the latest word that comes from the LORD." My people come to you as people always do; they sit down before you and hear your words, but they will not obey them, for lies are on their lips and their desires are fixed on dishonest gain. For them you are only a ballad singer, with a pleasant voice and a clever touch. They listen to your words, but they will not obey them. But when it
comes - and it is surely coming! - they shall know that there was a prophet among them.
"Then the kingship and dominion and majesty of all the kingdoms
under the heavens shall be given to the holy people of the Most
High, Whose kingdom shall be everlasting: all dominions shall
serve and obey him." [DAN 7:27]
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
He got into a boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm
came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, "Lord, save us!
We are perishing!" He said to them, "Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?" Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. The men were amazed and said, "What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?" [MT
Then they came to Capernaum, and on the sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught. The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; he cried out, "What have you to do with
us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you
are - the Holy One of God!" Jesus rebuked him and said, "Quiet! Come out of him!" The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him. 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
On that day, as evening drew on, he said to them, "Let us cross to the other side." Leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat just as he was. And other boats were with him. A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up. Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke him and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Quiet! Be still!"
The wind ceased and there was great calm. Then he asked them, "Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?" They were filled with great awe and said to one another, "Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?" [MK
Each year his parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety." And he said to them, "Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's
house?" But they did not understand what he said to them. He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.
One day he got into a boat with his disciples and said to them, "Let us cross to the other side of the lake." So they set sail, and while they were sailing he fell asleep. A squall blew over the lake, and they were taking in water and were in danger. They came and woke him saying, "Master, master, we are perishing!" He awakened, rebuked the wind and the waves, and they subsided and there was a calm. 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?"
The Lord replied, "If you have faith the size of a mustard
seed, you would say to (this) mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and
planted in the sea,' and it would obey you." [LK 17:6]
Observing the boldness of Peter and John and perceiving them to be uneducated, ordinary men, they were amazed, and they recognized them as the companions of Jesus. Then when they saw the man who had been cured standing there with them, they could say nothing in reply. So they ordered them to leave the Sanhedrin, and conferred with one another, saying, "What are we to do with these men? Everyone living in Jerusalem knows that a remarkable sign was done through them, and we cannot deny it. But so that it may not be spread any further among the people, let us give them a stern warning never again to speak to anyone in this name." So they called them back and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. Peter and John, however, said to them in reply, "Whether it is right in the sight of God for us to obey you rather than God, you be the judges. It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard." [ACTS
When they had brought them in and made them stand before the Sanhedrin, the high priest questioned them, "We gave you strict orders (did we not?) to stop teaching in that name. Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and want to bring this man's blood upon us." But Peter and the apostles said in reply, "We must obey God rather than men." [ACTS
"The God of our ancestors raised Jesus, though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand
as leader and savior to grant Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins. We are witnesses of these things, as is the
Holy Spirit that God has given to those who obey him." [ACTS 5:30-32]
The proposal was acceptable to the whole community, so they chose Stephen, a man filled with faith and the
Holy Spirit, also Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicholas of Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these men to the apostles who prayed and laid hands on
them. The word of God continued to spread, and the number of the disciples in Jerusalem increased greatly; even a large group of
[Jewish] priests were becoming obedient to the faith. [Taken ACTS
Through him we have received the grace of apostleship, to bring about the obedience of faith, for the sake of his name, among all the Gentiles, among whom are you also, who are called to belong to Jesus Christ; to all the beloved of God in Rome, called to be holy.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. [ROM
In conclusion, just as through one transgression condemnation came upon all, so through one righteous act acquittal and life came to all. For just as through the disobedience of one person the many were made sinners, so through the obedience of one the many will be made righteous. [ROM
Therefore, sin must not reign over your mortal bodies so that you obey their desires. And do not present the parts of your bodies to sin as weapons for wickedness, but present yourselves to God as raised from the dead to life and the parts of your bodies to God as weapons for righteousness. For sin is not to have any power over you, since you are not under the law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? Of course not! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, although you were once slaves of sin, you have become obedient from the heart to the pattern of teaching to which you were
entrusted. Freed from sin, you have become slaves of righteousness. [ROM
In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to boast in what pertains to God. For I will not dare to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to lead the Gentiles to obedience by word and deed, by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit (of God), so that from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum
I have finished preaching the gospel of Christ. [ROM 15:17-19]
For while your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, I want you to be wise as to what is good, and simple as to what is evil; then the God of peace will quickly crush Satan
under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. [ROM
(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.)
For this is why I wrote, to know your proven character, whether
you were obedient in everything. [2COR 2:9]
For if I have boasted to him about you, I was not put to shame. No, just as everything we said to you was true, so our boasting before Titus proved to be the truth. And his heart goes out to you all the more, as he remembers the obedience of all of you, when you received him with fear and trembling. I rejoice, because I have confidence in you in every respect. [2COR
You are being enriched in every way for all generosity, which through us produces thanksgiving to God, for the administration of this public service is not only supplying the needs of the holy ones but is also overflowing in many acts of thanksgiving to God. Through the evidence of this service, you are glorifying God for your obedient confession of the gospel of Christ and the generosity of your contribution to them and to all others, while in prayer on your behalf they long for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. [2COR
For, although we are in the flesh, we do not battle according to the
flesh, for the weapons of our battle are not of flesh but are enormously powerful, capable of destroying fortresses. We destroy arguments and every pretension raising itself against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive in obedience to Christ, and we are ready to punish every disobedience, once your obedience is complete. [2COR
Children, obey your parents (in the Lord), for this is right.
Slaves, be obedient to your human masters with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ, not only when being watched, as currying favor, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, willingly serving the Lord and not human beings, knowing that each will be requited from the Lord for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free. Masters, act in the same way toward them, and stop bullying, knowing that both they and you have a Master in heaven and that with him there is no partiality.
Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ
Jesus, Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be
grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a
cross. [PHIL 2:5-8]
So then, my beloved, obedient as you have always been, not only
when I am present but all the more now when I am absent, work out
your salvation with fear and trembling. [PHIL 2:12]
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing
to the Lord. [COL 3:20]
Slaves, obey your human masters in everything, not only when being watched, as currying favor, but in simplicity of heart, fearing the Lord.
For it is surely just on God's part to repay with afflictions those who are afflicting you, and to grant rest along with us to you who are undergoing afflictions, at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with his mighty angels, in blazing fire, inflicting punishment on those who do not acknowledge God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal ruin, separated from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his power, when he comes to be glorified among his holy ones and to be marveled at on that day among all who have believed, for our testimony to you was believed.
If anyone does not obey our word as expressed in this letter, take note of this person not to associate with him, that he may be put to shame. Do not regard him as an enemy but admonish him as a brother.
Remind them to be under the control of magistrates and authorities, to be obedient, to be open to every good enterprise.
Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; and when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, declared by God high priest according to the order of Melchizedek. [HEB
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place
that he was to receive as an inheritance; he went out, not knowing
where he was to go. [HEB 11:8]
Obey your leaders and defer to them, for they keep watch over
you and will have to give an account, that they may fulfill their
task with joy and not with sorrow, for that would be of no
advantage to you. [HEB 13:17]
Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you realize that we will be judged more strictly, for we all fall short in many respects. If anyone does not fall short in speech, he is a perfect man, able to bridle his whole body also. If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we also guide their whole bodies. It is the same with ships: even though they are so large and driven by fierce winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot's inclination wishes. In the same way the tongue is a small member and yet has great pretensions. Consider how small a fire can set a huge forest ablaze. The tongue is also a fire. It exists among our members as a world of malice, defiling the whole body and setting the entire course of our lives on fire, itself set on fire by
Gehenna. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. [JMS
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the chosen sojourners of the
dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, in the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification by the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling with the blood of Jesus Christ: may grace and peace be yours in abundance. [1PT
Therefore, gird up the loins of your mind, live soberly, and set your hopes completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Like obedient children, do not act in compliance with the desires of your former
ignorance but, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct, for it is written, "Be holy because I (am) holy."
Since you have purified yourselves by obedience to the truth
for sincere mutual love, love one another intensely from a (pure)
heart. [1PT 1:22]
Likewise, you wives should be subordinate to your husbands so that, even if some disobey the word, they may be won over without a word by their wives' conduct when they observe your reverent and chaste behavior. Your adornment should not be an external one: braiding the hair, wearing gold jewelry, or dressing in fine clothes, but rather the hidden character of the heart, expressed in the imperishable beauty of a gentle and calm disposition, which is precious in the sight of God. For this is also how the holy women who hoped in God once used to adorn themselves and were subordinate to their husbands; thus Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him "lord." You are her children when you do what is good and fear no intimidation. Likewise, you husbands should live with your wives in understanding, showing honor to the weaker female sex, since we are joint heirs of the gift of life, so that your prayers may not be
hindered. [1PT 3:1 -7] [Note: For more on the proper role of
here ('Proper Role & Behavior of Women' / Priests
But whoever is made to suffer as a Christian should not be ashamed but glorify God because of the name. For it is time for the judgment to begin with the household of God; if it begins with us, how will it end for those who fail to obey the gospel of God? "And if the righteous one is barely saved, where will the godless and the sinner appear?" As a result, those who suffer in accord with God's will hand their souls over to a faithful creator as they do good.
In this way we know that we love the children of God when we
love God and obey his commandments. [1JN 5:2]
/ commandments [C5a]
of God / fear of the Lord [F7]
/ righteousness [R11]
/ lawful [L2a]
/ disobedience [D]
/ sin [S18a]
punishment / eternal destruction [H10a]
of God [A3]
/ repentance [R4]
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