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The afflicted and the needy seek water in vain, their tongues are parched with thirst.
I, the LORD, will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will open up rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the broad valleys;
I will turn the desert into a marshland, and the dry ground into springs of water. I will plant in the desert the cedar, acacia, myrtle, and olive;
I will set in the wasteland the cypress, together with the plane tree and the pine, That all may see and know, observe and understand,
That the hand of the LORD has done this, the Holy One of Israel has created it. [ISA
You are my witnesses, says the LORD, my servants whom I have
chosen To know and believe in me and understand that it is I.
Before me no god was formed, and after me there shall be none.
The idols have neither knowledge nor reason; their eyes are
coated so that they cannot see, and their hearts so that they
cannot understand. [ISA 44:18]
Fools my people are, they know me not; Senseless children they
are, having no understanding; They are wise in evil, but know not
how to do good. [JER 4:22]
Beware, I will bring against you a nation from afar, O house of
Israel, says the LORD; A long-lived nation, an ancient nation, a
people whose language you know not, whose speech you cannot
understand. [JER 5:15]
Who is so wise that he can understand this? Let him to whom the
mouth of the LORD has spoken make it known: Why is the land
ravaged, scorched like a wasteland untraversed? [JER 9:11]
More tortuous than all else is the human heart, beyond remedy;
who can understand it? [JER 17:9]
The anger of the LORD shall not abate until he has done and
fulfilled what he has determined in his heart. When the time
comes, you shall fully understand. [JER 23:20]
I will give them a heart with which to understand that I am the
LORD. They shall be my people and I will be their God, for they
shall return to me with their whole heart. [JER 24:7]
Learn where prudence is, where strength, where understanding;
That you may know also where are length of days, and life, where
light of the eyes, and peace. [BARUCH 3:14]
Later generations have seen the light, have dwelt in the land,
But the way to understanding they have not known, they have not perceived her paths, or reached her; their offspring were far from the way to her. [BARUCH
O Israel, how vast is the house of God, how broad the scope of his dominion: Vast and endless, high and immeasurable! In it were born the giants, renowned at the first, stalwarts, skilled in war. Not these did God choose, nor did he give them the way of understanding; They perished for lack of prudence, perished through their folly. [BARUCH
Such is our God; no other is to be compared to him: He has traced out all the way of understanding, and has given her to Jacob, his servant, to Israel, his beloved son. [BARUCH
These gilded and silvered wooden statues are like stones from the mountains; and their worshipers will be put to shame. How then can it be thought or claimed that they are gods? Even the Chaldeans themselves have no respect for them; for when they see a deaf mute, incapable of speech, they bring forward Bel and ask the god to make noise, as though the man could understand; and they are themselves unable to reflect and abandon these gods, for they have no sense. [BARUCH
Son of man, go now to the house of Israel, and speak my words to them. Not to a people with difficult speech and barbarous language am I sending you, nor to the many peoples (with difficult speech and barbarous language) whose words you cannot understand. If I were to send you to these, they would listen to you; but the house of Israel will refuse to listen to you, since they will not listen to me. For the whole house of Israel is stubborn of brow and obstinate in heart. [EZEK
To these four young men God gave knowledge and proficiency in
all literature and science, and to Daniel the understanding of all
visions and dreams. [DAN 1:17]
He causes the changes of the times and seasons, makes kings and
unmakes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those
who understand. [DAN 2:21]
To me also this mystery has been revealed; not that I am wiser
than any other living person, but in order that its meaning may be
made known to the king, that you may understand the thoughts in
your own mind. [DAN 2:30]
When he came near where I was standing, I fell prostrate in
terror. But he said to me, "Understand, son of man, that the
vision refers to the end time." [DAN 8:17]
I, Daniel, was weak and ill for some days; then I arose and
took care of the king's affairs. But I was appalled at the vision,
which I could not understand. [DAN 8:27]
It was the first year that Darius, son of Ahasuerus, of the race of the Medes, reigned over the kingdom of the Chaldeans; in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, tried to understand in the Scriptures the counting of the years of which the LORD spoke to the prophet Jeremiah: that for the ruins of Jerusalem seventy years must be fulfilled. I turned to the Lord God, pleading in earnest prayer, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. [DAN
[Gabriel] instructed me in these words: "Daniel, I have now come to give you understanding. When you began your petition, an answer was given which I have come to announce, because you are beloved. Therefore, mark the answer and understand the vision."
[Taken from DAN 9:22-23]
"Daniel, beloved," he said to me, "understand the words which I am speaking to you; stand up, for my mission now is to you." When he said this to me, I stood up trembling. "Fear not, Daniel," he continued; "from the first day you made up your mind to acquire understanding and humble yourself before God, your prayer was heard. Because of it I started out, but the prince of the kingdom of Persia stood in my way for twenty-one days, until finally Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me. I left him there with the prince of the kings of Persia, and came to make you understand what shall happen to your people in the days to come; for there is yet a vision concerning those days." [DAN
"As for you, Daniel, keep secret the message and seal the book
until the end time; many shall fall away and evil shall increase." I, Daniel, looked and saw two others, one standing on either bank of the river. One of them said to the man clothed in linen, who was
upstream, "How long shall it be to the end of these appalling things?" The man clothed in linen, who was upstream, lifted his right and left hands to heaven; and I heard him swear by him who lives forever that it should be for a year, two years, a half-year; and that, when the power of the destroyer of the holy people was brought to an end, all these things should end. I heard, but I did not understand; so I asked, "My lord, what follows this?" "Go, Daniel," he said, "because the words are to be kept secret and sealed until the end time. Many shall be refined, purified, and tested, but the wicked shall prove wicked; none of them shall have understanding, but the wise shall have it." [DAN
They shall eat but not be satisfied, they shall play the harlot but not increase,
Because they have abandoned the LORD to practice harlotry. Old wine and new deprive my people of understanding. They consult their piece of wood, and their wand makes pronouncements for them,
For the spirit of harlotry has led them astray; they commit harlotry, forsaking their God. [HOSEA
So must a
people without understanding come to ruin. [Taken from HOSEA 4:14]
Let him who is wise understand these things; let him who is
prudent know them. Straight are the paths of the LORD, in them the
just walk, but sinners stumble in them. [HOSEA 14:10]
If thieves came to you, if robbers by night, how could you be thus destroyed: would they not steal merely till they had enough?
If vintagers came to you, would they not leave some gleanings? How they search Esau, seek out his hiding places! To the border they drive
you - all your allies; They deceive you, they overpower you - those at peace with you;
Those who eat your bread lay snares beneath you: There is no understanding in him! Shall I not, says the LORD, on that day make the wise men disappear from Edom, and understanding from the mount of Esau? Your warriors, O
Teman, shall be crushed, till all on Mount Esau are destroyed. [OBAD
But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, nor understand his
counsel, When he has gathered them like sheaves on the threshing
floor. [MICAH 4:12]
Silver and gold you shall take, and make a crown; place it on the head of (Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest) Zerubbabel. And say to him: Thus says the LORD of hosts: Here is a man whose name is Shoot, and where he is he shall sprout, and he shall build the temple of the LORD. Yes, he shall build the temple of the LORD, and taking up the royal insignia, he shall sit as ruler upon his throne. The priest shall be put at his right hand, and between the two of them there shall be friendly understanding.
This is why I speak to them in parables, because 'they look but
do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.' Isaiah's prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says: 'You shall
indeed hear but not understand you shall indeed look but never
see. Gross is the heart of this people, they will hardly hear with
their ears, they have closed their eyes, lest they see with their
eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and
be converted, and I heal them.' [MT 13:13-15]
"Hear then the parable of the sower. The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the kingdom without understanding it, and the evil one comes and steals away what was sown in his heart. The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy. But he has no root and lasts only for a time. When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, he immediately falls away. The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit. But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold." [MT
[Jesus asked,] "Do you understand all these things?" They answered,
"Yes." [Taken from MT 13:51]
He summoned the crowd and said to them, "Hear and understand. It is not what enters one's mouth that defiles that person; but what comes out of the mouth is what defiles one." Then his disciples approached and said to him, "Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?" He said in reply, "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone; they are blind guides (of the blind). If a blind person leads a blind person, both will fall into a pit." Then Peter said to him in reply, "Explain (this) parable to us." He said to them, "Are even you still without understanding? Do you not realize that everything that enters the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled into the latrine? But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile. For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, unchastity, theft, false witness, blasphemy. These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile." [MT
In coming to the other side of the sea, the disciples had forgotten to bring bread. Jesus said to them, "Look out, and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees." They concluded among themselves, saying, "It is because we have brought no bread." When Jesus became aware of this he said, "You of little faith, why do you conclude among yourselves that it is because you have no bread? Do you not yet understand, and do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many wicker baskets you took up? Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you took up? How do you not comprehend that I was not speaking to you about bread? Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees." Then they understood that he was not telling them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. [MT
And when he was alone, those present along with the Twelve questioned him about the parables. He answered them, "The mystery of the kingdom of God has been granted to you. But to those outside everything comes in parables, so that
'they may look and see but not perceive, and hear and listen but not understand, in order that they may not be converted and be forgiven.'" [MK
With many such parables he spoke the word to them as they were
able to understand it. [MK 4:33]
He summoned the crowd again and said to them, "Hear me, all of you, and understand. Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile." When he got home away from the crowd his disciples questioned him about the parable. He said to them, "Are even you likewise without understanding? Do you not realize that everything that goes into a person from outside cannot defile, since it enters not the heart but the stomach and passes out into the latrine?" (Thus he declared all foods clean.) "But what comes out of a person, that is what defiles. From within people, from their hearts, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within and they defile." [MK
They had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. He enjoined them, "Watch out, guard against the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod." They concluded among themselves that it was because they had no bread. When he became aware of this he said to them, "Why do you conclude that it is because you have no bread? Do you not yet understand or comprehend? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear? And do you not remember, when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many wicker baskets full of fragments you picked up?" They answered him, "Twelve." "When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many full baskets of fragments did you pick up?" They answered (him), "Seven." He said to them, "Do you still not understand?" [MK
He was teaching his disciples and telling them, "The Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they will kill him, and three days after his death he will rise." But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to question him. [MK
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... sacrifices." And when Jesus saw that (he) answered with understanding, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And no one dared to ask him any more questions.
[Taken from MK 12:28-34]
While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the high priest's maids came along.
Seeing Peter warming himself, she looked intently at him and said, "You too were with the Nazarene, Jesus." But he denied it saying, "I neither know nor understand what you are talking about." So he went out into the outer court. (Then the cock crowed.) [MK
But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall name him John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the sight of (the) Lord. He will drink neither wine nor strong drink.
He will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother's womb, and he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah
to turn the hearts of fathers toward children and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous, to prepare a people fit for the Lord."
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. [LK
He answered, "Knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of
God has been granted to you; but to the rest, they are made known
through parables so that 'they may look but not see, and hear but
not understand.'" [LK 8:10]
"Pay attention to what I am telling you. The Son of Man is to be handed over to men." But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was hidden from them so that they should not understand it, and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.
He said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled." Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures.
Jesus answered, "Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can
enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.
What is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of spirit is
spirit. Do not be amazed that I told you, 'You must be born from
above.' The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the
sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where
it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."
Nicodemus answered and said to him, "How can this
happen?" Jesus answered and said to him, "You are the
teacher of Israel and you do not understand this? Amen, amen, I
say to you, we speak of what we know and we testify to what we
have seen, but you people do not accept our testimony. If I tell
you about earthly things and you do not believe, how will you
believe if I tell you about heavenly things?" [JN 3:5-12]
Jesus said to her, "Believe me, woman, the hour is coming
when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in
Jerusalem. You people worship what you do not understand; we
worship what we understand, because salvation is from the Jews.
But the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will
worship the Father in Spirit and truth; and indeed the Father
seeks such people to worship him. God is Spirit, and those who
worship him must worship in Spirit and truth." [JN 4:21-24]
Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and am here; I did not come on my own, but he sent me. Why do you not understand what I am saying? Because you cannot bear to hear my word. You belong to your father the devil and you willingly carry out your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks in character, because he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I speak the truth, you do not believe me."
Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your law, 'I said, "You are gods"'? If it calls them gods to whom the word of God came, and scripture cannot be set aside, can you say that the one whom the Father has consecrated
and sent into the world blasphemes because I said, 'I am the Son of God'? If I do not perform my Father's works, do not believe me; but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may realize (and understand) that the Father is in me and I am in the Father."
His disciples did not understand this at first, but when Jesus
had been glorified they remembered that these things were written
about him and that they had done this for him. [JN 12:16]
Although he had performed so many signs in their presence they did not believe in him, in order that the word which Isaiah the prophet spoke
might be fulfilled: "Lord, who has believed our preaching, to whom has the might of the Lord been revealed?" For this reason they could not believe, because again Isaiah said: "He blinded their eyes and hardened their heart,
so that they might not see with their eyes and understand with their heart and be converted,
and I would heal them." [JN 12:37-40]
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Master, are you going to wash my feet?" Jesus answered and said to him, "What I am doing, you do not understand now, but you will understand later."
If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another's feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do. Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor
any messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it.
When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths
there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. For they did not yet understand the scripture that he had to rise from the dead.
At this time Moses was born, and he was extremely beautiful. For three months he was nursed in his father's house; but when he was exposed, Pharaoh's daughter adopted him and brought him up as her own son. Moses was educated (in) all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in his words and deeds. "When he was forty years old, he decided to visit his kinsfolk, the Israelites. When he saw one of them treated unjustly, he defended and avenged the oppressed man by striking down the Egyptian. He assumed (his) kinsfolk would understand that God was offering them deliverance through him, but they did not understand." [ACTS
Then the angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, "Get up and head south on the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza, the desert route." So he got up and set out. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace,
that is, the queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury, who had come to Jerusalem to worship, and was returning home. Seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. The Spirit said to Philip, "Go and join up with that chariot." Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?"
He replied, "How can I, unless someone instructs me?" So he invited Philip to get in and sit with him.
Without reaching any agreement among themselves they began to leave; then Paul made one final statement. "Well did the
Holy Spirit speak to your ancestors through the prophet Isaiah, saying: 'Go to this people and say:
You shall indeed hear but not understand. You shall indeed look but never see. Gross is the heart of this people; they will not hear with their ears; they have closed their eyes, so they may not see with their eyes and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart and be converted, and I heal them.'"
Well, then, are we better off? Not entirely, for we have already brought the charge against Jews and Greeks alike that they are all under the domination of sin, as it is written: "There is no one just, not one, there is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks God. All have gone astray; all alike are worthless; there is not one who does good, (there is not) even one."
What I do, I do not understand. For I do not do what I want,
but I do what I hate. [ROM 7:15]
But I ask, did not Israel understand? First Moses says: "I
will make you jealous of those who are not a nation; with a
senseless nation I will make you angry." [ROM 10:19]
Thus I aspire to proclaim the gospel not where Christ has already been named, so that I do not build on another's foundation, but as it is written:
"Those who have never been told of him shall see, and those who have never heard of him shall
understand." [ROM 15:20-21]
Among human beings, who knows what pertains to a person except the spirit of the person that is within? Similarly, no one knows what pertains to God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the things freely given us by God. And we speak about them not with words taught by human wisdom, but with words taught by the Spirit, describing spiritual realities in spiritual
terms. Now the natural person does not accept what pertains to the Spirit of God, for to him it is foolishness, and he cannot understand it, because it is judged spiritually. The spiritual person, however, can judge everything but is not subject to judgment
by anyone. For "who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to counsel him?" But we have the mind of Christ.
For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you, with the simplicity and sincerity of God, (and) not by human wisdom but by the grace of God. For we write you nothing but what you can read and understand, and I hope that you will understand completely, as you have come to understand us partially, that we are your boast as you also are ours, on the day of (our) Lord Jesus.
May I not seem as one frightening you through letters. For someone will say, "His letters are severe and forceful, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible." Such a person must understand that what we are in word through letters when absent, that we also are in action when present. Not that we dare to class or compare ourselves with some of those who recommend themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding. But we will not boast beyond measure but will keep to the limits
God has apportioned us, namely, to reach even to you. [2COR 10:9-13]
When you read this you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to human beings in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit, that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body, and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
So I declare and testify in the Lord that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds; darkened in understanding, alienated from the life of God because of their ignorance, because of their hardness of heart, they have become callous and have handed themselves over to licentiousness for the practice of every kind of impurity to excess. That is not how you learned
Christ [Taken from EPH 4:17-20]
Watch carefully then how you live, not as foolish persons but as wise, making the most of the opportunity, because the days are evil.
Therefore, do not continue in ignorance, but try to understand what is the will of the Lord.
I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to come to a mutual
understanding in the Lord. [PHIL 4:2]
Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness
should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Therefore, from the day we heard this, we do not cease praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding to live in a manner worthy of the Lord, so as to be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruit and growing in the knowledge of God, strengthened with every power, in accord with his glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy giving thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light.
For I want you to know how great a struggle I am having for you and for those in Laodicea
and all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged as they are brought together in love, to have all the richness of fully assured understanding, for the knowledge of the mystery of God, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
I repeat the request I made of you when I was on my way to Macedonia, that you stay in Ephesus to instruct certain people not to teach false doctrines or to concern themselves with myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the plan of God that is to be received by faith. The aim of this instruction is love from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith. Some people have deviated from these and turned to meaningless talk, wanting to be teachers of the law, but without understanding either what they are saying or what they assert with such assurance. We know that the law is good, provided that one uses it as law, with the understanding that law is meant not for a righteous person but for the lawless and unruly, the godless and sinful, the unholy and profane, those who kill their fathers or mothers, murderers, the unchaste, practicing homosexuals,
kidnapers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is opposed to sound teaching, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.
Whoever teaches something different and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the religious teaching is conceited, understanding nothing, and has a morbid disposition for arguments and verbal disputes. From these come envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions, and mutual friction among people with corrupted minds, who are deprived of the truth, supposing religion to be a means of gain.
So you, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And what you heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will have the ability to teach others as well. Bear your share of hardship along with me like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
To satisfy the one who recruited him, a soldier does not become entangled in the business affairs of life. Similarly, an athlete cannot receive the winner's crown except by competing according to the rules. The hardworking farmer ought to have the first share of the crop. Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David: such is my gospel, for which I am suffering, even to the point of chains, like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained.
But understand this: there will be terrifying times in the last days.
People will be self-centered and lovers of money, proud, haughty, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, irreligious, callous, implacable, slanderous, licentious, brutal, hating what is good,
traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, as they make a pretense of religion but deny its power. Reject them.
By faith we understand that the universe was ordered by the
word of God, so that what is visible came into being through the
invisible. [HEB 11:3]
Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show his works
by a good life in the humility that comes from wisdom. [JMS 3:13]
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 3:7]
Bold and arrogant, [false teachers] are not afraid to revile glorious beings, whereas angels, despite their superior strength and power, do not bring a reviling judgment against them from the Lord. But these
people... revile things that they do not understand, and in their destruction they will also be destroyed, suffering wrong
as payment for wrongdoing. Thinking daytime revelry a delight, they are stains and defilements as they revel in their deceits while carousing with you. Their eyes are full of adultery and insatiable for sin. They seduce unstable people, and their hearts are trained in greed. Accursed children! Abandoning the straight road, they have gone astray, following the road of Balaam, the son of Bosor,
who loved payment for wrongdoing, but he received a rebuke for his own
crime... For, talking empty bombast, they seduce with licentious desires of the flesh those who have barely escaped
from people who live in error. They promise them freedom, though they themselves are slaves of corruption, for a person is a slave of whatever overcomes him. For if they, having escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of (our) Lord and savior Jesus Christ, again become entangled and overcome by them, their last condition is worse than their first. 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. [Taken from 2PT 2:10-16,18-21]
And consider the patience of our Lord as salvation, as our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, also wrote to you, speaking of these things
as he does in all his letters. In them there are some things hard to understand that the ignorant and unstable distort to their own destruction, just as they do the other scriptures.
For there have been some intruders, who long ago were designated for this condemnation, godless persons, who pervert the grace of our God into licentiousness and who deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. I wish to remind you, although you know all things, that (the) Lord who once saved a people from the land of Egypt later destroyed those who did not
believe. The angels too, who did not keep to their own domain but deserted their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains, in gloom, for the judgment of the great
day. Likewise, Sodom, Gomorrah, and the surrounding towns, which, in the same manner as they, indulged in sexual promiscuity and practiced unnatural vice,
serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. Similarly, these dreamers
nevertheless also defile the flesh, scorn lordship, and revile glorious beings. Yet the archangel Michael, when he argued with the devil in a dispute over the body of Moses, did not venture to pronounce a reviling judgment
upon him but said, "May the Lord rebuke you!" But these people revile what they do not understand and are destroyed by what they know... Woe to them! They followed the way of Cain, abandoned themselves to Balaam's error for the sake of gain, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.
[Taken from JUDE 1:4-11]
Wisdom is needed here; one who understands can calculate the
number of the beast, for it is a number that stands for a person.
His number is six hundred and sixty-six. [RV 13:18]
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