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2 Peter 2      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
The Rise of False Prophets

       1.But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.  2.Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned;  3.and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.

       4.For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment;  5.and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly;  6.and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter;  7.and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men  8.(for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds),  9.then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment,  10.and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority.
Daring, self-willed, they do not tremble when they revile angelic majesties,  11.whereas angels who are greater in might and power do not bring a reviling judgment against them before the Lord.  12.But these, like unreasoning animals, born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in the destruction of those creatures also be destroyed,  13.suffering wrong as the wages of doing wrong. They count it a pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are stains and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, as they carouse with you,  14.having eyes full of adultery that never cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed, accursed children;  15.forsaking the right way, they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;  16.but he received a rebuke for his own transgression, for a mute donkey, speaking with a voice of a man, restrained the madness of the prophet.

       17.These are springs without water and mists driven by a storm, for whom the black darkness has been reserved.  18.For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error,  19.promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.  20.For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first.  21.For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment handed on to them.  22.It has happened to them according to the true proverb, “A DOG RETURNS TO ITS OWN VOMIT,” and, “A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire.”




1 John 4      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Testing the Spirits

       1.Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  2.By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God;  3.and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.  4.You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.  5.They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them.  6.We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

God Is Love

       7.Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  8.The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.  9.By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.  10.In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  11.Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  12.No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.  13.By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.  14.We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

       15.Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.  16.We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.  17.By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.  18.There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.  19.We love, because He first loved us.  20.If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.  21.And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.



Simple Definitions
: not real or genuine
: not true or accurate; especially : deliberately untrue : done or said to fool or deceive someone
: based on mistaken ideas



Jeremiah 23      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear  
The Coming Messiah: the Righteous Branch

       1.“Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of My pasture!” declares the LORD2.Therefore thus says the LORD God of Israel concerning the shepherds who are tending My people: “You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not attended to them; behold, I am about to attend to you for the evil of your deeds,” declares the LORD3.“Then I Myself will gather the remnant of My flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and bring them back to their pasture, and they will be fruitful and multiply.  4.“I will also raise up shepherds over them and they will tend them; and they will not be afraid any longer, nor be terrified, nor will any be missing,” declares the LORD.

       5.“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD,
          “When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch;
      And He will reign as king and act wisely
    And do justice and righteousness in the land.
6.“In His days Judah will be saved,
           And Israel will dwell securely;
           And this is His name by which He will be called,
 ‘The LORD our righteousness.’

       7.“Therefore behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when they will no longer say, ‘As the LORD lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of Egypt,’  8.but, ‘As the LORD lives, who brought up and led back the descendants of the household of Israel from the north land and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ Then they will live on their own soil.”

False Prophets Denounced
9.As for the prophets:
         My heart is broken within me,
         All my bones tremble;
         I have become like a drunken man,
         Even like a man overcome with wine,
         Because of the L
         And because of His holy words.
10.For the land is full of adulterers;
           For the land mourns because of the curse.
           The pastures of the wilderness have dried up.
           Their course also is evil
           And their might is not right.
11.“For both prophet and priest are polluted;
            Even in My house I have found their wickedness,” declares the L
12.“Therefore their way will be like slippery paths to them,
            They will be driven away into the gloom and fall down in it;
            For I will bring calamity upon them,
            The year of their punishment,” declares the L

       13.“Moreover, among the prophets of Samaria I saw an offensive thing:
            They prophesied by Baal and led My people Israel astray.
14.“Also among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a horrible thing:
            The committing of adultery and walking in falsehood;
            And they strengthen the hands of evildoers,
            So that no one has turned back from his wickedness.
            All of them have become to Me like Sodom,
            And her inhabitants like Gomorrah.

.“Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets,
           ‘Behold, I am going to feed them wormwood
            And make them drink poisonous water,
            For from the prophets of Jerusalem
            Pollution has gone forth into all the land.’”

       16.Thus says the LORD of hosts,
          “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you.
           They are leading you into futility;
           They speak a vision of their own imagination,
           Not from the mouth of the L
17.“They keep saying to those who despise Me,
           ‘The L
ORD has said, “You will have peace”’;
            And as for everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart,
            They say, ‘Calamity will not come upon you.’
18.“But who has stood in the council of the LORD,
            That he should see and hear His word?
            Who has given heed to His word and listened?
19.“Behold, the storm of the LORD has gone forth in wrath,
            Even a whirling tempest;
            It will swirl down on the head of the wicked.
20.“The anger of the LORD will not turn back
            Until He has performed and carried out the purposes of His heart;
            In the last days you will clearly understand it.
21.“I did not send these prophets,
            But they ran.
            I did not speak to them,
            But they prophesied.
22.“But if they had stood in My council,
            Then they would have announced My words to My people,
            And would have turned them back from their evil way
            And from the evil of their deeds.

       23.“Am I a God who is near,” declares the LORD,
           “And not a God far off?
24.“Can a man hide himself in hiding places
            So I do not see him?” declares the L
           “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the L

       25.“I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy falsely in My name, saying, ‘I had a dream, I had a dream!’  26.“How long? Is there anything in the hearts of the prophets who prophesy falsehood, even these prophets of the deception of their own heart,  27.who intend to make My people forget My name by their dreams which they relate to one another, just as their fathers forgot My name because of Baal?  28.“The prophet who has a dream may relate his dream, but let him who has My word speak My word in truth. What does straw have in common with grain?” declares the LORD29.“Is not My word like fire?” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock?  30.“Therefore behold, I am against the prophets,” declares the LORD, “who steal My words from each other.  31.“Behold, I am against the prophets,” declares the LORD, “who use their tongues and declare, ‘The Lord declares.’  32.“Behold, I am against those who have prophesied false dreams,” declares the LORD, “and related them and led My people astray by their falsehoods and reckless boasting; yet I did not send them or command them, nor do they furnish this people the slightest benefit,” declares the LORD.

       33.“Now when this people or the prophet or a priest asks you saying, ‘What is the oracle of the LORD?’ then you shall say to them, ‘What oracle?’ The LORD declares, ‘I will abandon you.’  34.“Then as for the prophet or the priest or the people who say, ‘The oracle of the LORD,’ I will bring punishment upon that man and his household.  35.“Thus will each of you say to his neighbor and to his brother, ‘What has the LORD answered?’ or, ‘What has the LORD spoken?’  36.“For you will no longer remember the oracle of the LORD, because every man’s own word will become the oracle, and you have perverted the words of the living God, the LORD of hosts, our God.  37.“Thus you will say to that prophet, ‘What has the LORD answered you?’ and, ‘What has the LORD spoken?’  38.“For if you say, ‘The oracle of the LORD!’ surely thus says the LORD, ‘Because you said this word, “The oracle of the LORD!” I have also sent to you, saying, “You shall not say, ‘The oracle of the LORD!’”’  39.“Therefore behold, I will surely forget you and cast you away from My presence, along with the city which I gave you and your fathers.  40.“I will put an everlasting reproach on you and an everlasting humiliation which will not be forgotten.”



Matthew 24:1-31      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Signs of Christ’s Return

       1.Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him.  2.And He said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down.”

       3.As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

       4.And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you.  5.“For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many.  6.“You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.  7.“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes.  8.“But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.

       9.“Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.  10.“At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another.  11.“Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many.  12.“Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.  13.“But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.  14.“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Perilous Times

       15.“Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),  16.then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.  17.“Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house.  18.“Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak.  19.“But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!  20.“But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath.  21.“For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.  22.“Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.  23.“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe him.  24.“For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.  25.“Behold, I have told you in advance.  26.“So if they say to you, ‘Behold, He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out, or, ‘Behold, He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe them.  27.“For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be.  28.“Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.

The Glorious Return

29.“But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.  30.“And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory.  31.“And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.



Jeremiah 14:13-22      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
False Prophets

       13.But, “Ah, Lord GOD!” I said, “Look, the prophets are telling them, ‘You will not see the sword nor will you have famine, but I will give you lasting peace in this place.’”  14.Then the LORD said to me, “The prophets are prophesying falsehood in My name. I have neither sent them nor commanded them nor spoken to them; they are prophesying to you a false vision, divination, futility and the deception of their own minds.  15.“Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who are prophesying in My name, although it was not I who sent them—yet they keep saying, ‘There will be no sword or famine in this land’—by sword and famine those prophets shall meet their end!  16.“The people also to whom they are prophesying will be thrown out into the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and there will be no one to bury them—neither them, nor their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters—for I will pour out their own wickedness on them.

       17.“You will say this word to them,
           ‘Let my eyes flow down with tears night and day,
            And let them not cease;
            For the virgin daughter of my people has been crushed with a mighty blow,
            With a sorely infected wound.
18.‘If I go out to the country,
            Behold, those slain with the sword!
            Or if I enter the city,
            Behold, diseases of famine!
            For both prophet and priest
            Have gone roving about in the land that they do not know.’”

       19. Have You completely rejected Judah?
            Or have You loathed Zion?
            Why have You stricken us so that we are beyond healing?
            We waited for peace, but nothing good came;
            And for a time of healing, but behold, terror!
20. We know our wickedness, O LORD,
            The iniquity of our fathers, for we have sinned against You.
21. Do not despise us, for Your own name’s sake;
            Do not disgrace the throne of Your glory;
            Remember and do not annul Your covenant with us.
22. Are there any among the idols of the nations who give rain?
            Or can the heavens grant showers?
            Is it not You, O
LORD our God?
            Therefore we hope in You,
            For You are the one who has done all these things.



Matthew 7:15-29      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
A Tree and Its Fruit

       15.“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.  16.“You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?  17.“So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.  18.“A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.  19.“Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  20.“So then, you will know them by their fruits.

       21.“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.  22.“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’  23.“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’

The Two Foundations

       24.“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.  25.“And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.  26.“Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.  27.“The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”

       28.When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching;  29.for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.



2 Timothy 4:1-8      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
“Preach the Word”

       1.I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom:  2.preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.  3.For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,  4.and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.  5.But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

       6.For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come.  7.I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;  8.in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.



Mark 7:1-23      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Followers of Tradition

       1.The Pharisees and some of the scribes gathered around Him when they had come from Jerusalem,  2.and had seen that some of His disciples were eating their bread with impure hands, that is, unwashed.
3.(For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they carefully wash their hands, thus observing the traditions of the elders;  4.and when they come from the market place, they do not eat unless they cleanse themselves; and there are many other things which they have received in order to observe, such as the washing of cups and pitchers and copper pots.)  5.The Pharisees and the scribes asked Him, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat their bread with impure hands?”

6.And He said to them, “Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:


8.“Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.”

       9.He was also saying to them, “You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition.  10.“For Moses said, ‘HONOR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER’; and, ‘HE WHO SPEAKS EVIL OF FATHER OR MOTHER, IS TO BE PUT TO DEATH’;  11.but you say, ‘If a man says to his father or his mother, whatever I have that would help you is Corban (that is to say, given to God),’  12.you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or his mother;  13.thus invalidating the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that.”

The Heart of Man

       14.After He called the crowd to Him again, He began saying to them, “Listen to Me, all of you, and understand:  15.there is nothing outside the man which can defile him if it goes into him; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man.  16.[“If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”]

       17.When he had left the crowd and entered the house, His disciples questioned Him about the parable.  18.And He said to them, “Are you so lacking in understanding also? Do you not understand that whatever goes into the man from outside cannot defile him,  19.because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated?” (Thus He declared all foods clean.)  20.And He was saying, “That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man.  21.“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries,  22.deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness.  23.“All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.”



 Mark 7:6-7  

Isaiah 29:1-16      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear  
Jerusalem Is Warned
       1.Woe, O Ariel, Ariel the city where David once camped!
          Add year to year, observe your feasts on schedule.
2.I will bring distress to Ariel,
          And she will be a city of lamenting and mourning;
          And she will be like an Ariel to me.
3.I will camp against you encircling you,
          And I will set siegeworks against you,
          And I will raise up battle towers against you.
4.Then you will be brought low;
          From the earth you will speak,
          And from the dust where you are prostrate
          Your words will come.
          Your voice will also be like that of a spirit from the ground,
          And your speech will whisper from the dust.

       5.But the multitude of your enemies will become like fine dust,
          And the multitude of the ruthless ones like the chaff which blows away;
          And it will happen instantly, suddenly.
6.From the LORD of hosts you will be punished with thunder and earthquake and loud noise,
          With whirlwind and tempest and the flame of a consuming fire.
7.And the multitude of all the nations who wage war against Ariel,
          Even all who wage war against her and her stronghold, and who distress her,
          Will be like a dream, a vision of the night.
8.It will be as when a hungry man dreams—
          And behold, he is eating;
          But when he awakens, his hunger is not satisfied,
          Or as when a thirsty man dreams—
          And behold, he is drinking,
          But when he awakens, behold, he is faint
          And his thirst is not quenched.
          Thus the multitude of all the nations will be
          Who wage war against Mount Zion.

       9.Be delayed and wait,
          Blind yourselves and be blind;
          They become drunk, but not with wine,
          They stagger, but not with strong drink.
10.For the LORD has poured over you a spirit of deep sleep,
           He has shut your eyes, the prophets;
           And He has covered your heads, the seers.
11.The entire vision will be to you like the words of a sealed book, which when they give it to the one who is literate, saying, “Please read this,” he will say, “I cannot, for it is sealed.”  12.Then the book will be given to the one who is illiterate, saying, “Please read this.” And he will say, “I cannot read.”
13.Then the Lord said,
           “Because this people draw near with their words
           And honor Me with their lip service,
           But they remove their hearts far from Me,
           And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote,
14.Therefore behold, I will once again deal marvelously with this people, wondrously marvelous;
           And the wisdom of their wise men will perish,
           And the discernment of their discerning men will be concealed.”

       15.Woe to those who deeply hide their plans from the LORD,
           And whose deeds are done in a dark place,
           And they say, “Who sees us?” or “Who knows us?”
16.You turn things around!
           Shall the potter be considered as equal with the clay,
           That what is made would say to its maker, “He did not make me”;
           Or what is formed say to him who formed it, “He has no understanding”?



 Mark 7:10  

Exodus 20      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear  
The Ten Commandments

       1.Then God spoke all these words, saying,

       2.“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

       3.“You shall have no other gods before Me.

       4.“You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.  5.“You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,  6.but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

       7.“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.

       8.“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.  9.“Six days you shall labor and do all your work,  10.but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.  11.“For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.

       12.“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.

       13.“You shall not murder.

       14.“You shall not commit adultery.

       15.“You shall not steal.

       16.“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

       17.“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

       18.All the people perceived the thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance.  19.Then they said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die.”  20.Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin.”  21.So the people stood at a distance, while Moses approached the thick cloud where God was.

       22.Then the LORD said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘You yourselves have seen that I have spoken to you from heaven.  23.‘You shall not make other gods besides Me; gods of silver or gods of gold, you shall not make for yourselves.  24.‘You shall make an altar of earth for Me, and you shall sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen; in every place where I cause My name to be remembered, I will come to you and bless you.  25.‘If you make an altar of stone for Me, you shall not build it of cut stones, for if you wield your tool on it, you will profane it.  26.‘And you shall not go up by steps to My altar, so that your nakedness will not be exposed on it.’



 Mark 7:10  

Exodus 21      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear  
Ordinances for the People

       1.“Now these are the ordinances which you are to set before them:

       2.“If you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve for six years; but on the seventh he shall go out as a free man without payment.  3.“If he comes alone, he shall go out alone; if he is the husband of a wife, then his wife shall go out with him.  4.“If his master gives him a wife, and she bears him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall belong to her master, and he shall go out alone.  5.“But if the slave plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife and my children; I will not go out as a free man,’  6.then his master shall bring him to God, then he shall bring him to the door or the doorpost. And his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him permanently.

       7.“If a man sells his daughter as a female slave, she is not to go free as the male slaves do.  8.“If she is displeasing in the eyes of her master who designated her for himself, then he shall let her be redeemed. He does not have authority to sell her to a foreign people because of his unfairness to her.  9.“If he designates her for his son, he shall deal with her according to the custom of daughters.  10.“If he takes to himself another woman, he may not reduce her food, her clothing, or her conjugal rights.  11.“If he will not do these three things for her, then she shall go out for nothing, without payment of money.

Personal Injuries

       12.“He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death.  13.“But if he did not lie in wait for him, but God let him fall into his hand, then I will appoint you a place to which he may flee.  14.“If, however, a man acts presumptuously toward his neighbor, so as to kill him craftily, you are to take him even from My altar, that he may die.

       15.“He who strikes his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.

       16.“He who kidnaps a man, whether he sells him or he is found in his possession, shall surely be put to death.

       17.“He who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.

       18.“If men have a quarrel and one strikes the other with a stone or with his fist, and he does not die but remains in bed,  19.if he gets up and walks around outside on his staff, then he who struck him shall go unpunished; he shall only pay for his loss of time, and shall take care of him until he is completely healed.

       20.“If a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod and he dies at his hand, he shall be punished.  21.“If, however, he survives a day or two, no vengeance shall be taken; for he is his property.

       22.“If men struggle with each other and strike a woman with child so that she gives birth prematurely, yet there is no injury, he shall surely be fined as the woman’s husband may demand of him, and he shall pay as the judges decide.  23.“But if there is any further injury, then you shall appoint as a penalty life for life,  24.eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,  25.burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.

       26.“If a man strikes the eye of his male or female slave, and destroys it, he shall let him go free on account of his eye.  27.“And if he knocks out a tooth of his male or female slave, he shall let him go free on account of his tooth.

       28.“If an ox gores a man or a woman to death, the ox shall surely be stoned and its flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall go unpunished.  29.“If, however, an ox was previously in the habit of goring and its owner has been warned, yet he does not confine it and it kills a man or a woman, the ox shall be stoned and its owner also shall be put to death.  30.“If a ransom is demanded of him, then he shall give for the redemption of his life whatever is demanded of him.  31.“Whether it gores a son or a daughter, it shall be done to him according to the same rule.  32.“If the ox gores a male or female slave, the owner shall give his or her master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.

       33.“If a man opens a pit, or digs a pit and does not cover it over, and an ox or a donkey falls into it,  34.the owner of the pit shall make restitution; he shall give money to its owner, and the dead animal shall become his.

       35.“If one man’s ox hurts another’s so that it dies, then they shall sell the live ox and divide its price equally; and also they shall divide the dead ox.  36.“Or if it is known that the ox was previously in the habit of goring, yet its owner has not confined it, he shall surely pay ox for ox, and the dead animal shall become his.



Matthew 26:47-75      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Jesus’ Betrayal and Arrest

       47.While He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, came up accompanied by a large crowd with swords and clubs, who came from the chief priests and elders of the people.  48.Now he who was betraying Him gave them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the one; seize Him.”  49.Immediately Judas went to Jesus and said, “Hail, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.  50.And Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you have come for.” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and seized Him.

       51.And behold, one of those who were with Jesus reached and drew out his sword, and struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his ear.  52.Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.  53.“Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels?  54.“How then will the Scriptures be fulfilled, which say that it must happen this way?”

       55.At that time Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest Me as you would against a robber? Every day I used to sit in the temple teaching and you did not seize Me.  56.“But all this has taken place to fulfill the Scriptures of the prophets.” Then all the disciples left Him and fled.

Jesus before Caiaphas

       57.Those who had seized Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together.  58.But Peter was following Him at a distance as far as the courtyard of the high priest, and entered in, and sat down with the officers to see the outcome.

       59.Now the chief priests and the whole Council kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus, so that they might put Him to death.  60.They did not find any, even though many false witnesses came forward. But later on two came forward,  61.and said, “This man stated, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and to rebuild it in three days.’”  62.The high priest stood up and said to Him, “Do You not answer? What is it that these men are testifying against You?”  63.But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest said to Him, “I adjure You by the living God, that You tell us whether You are the Christ, the Son of God.”  64.Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you, hereafter you will see THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, and COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN.”

       65.Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has blasphemed! What further need do we have of witnesses? Behold, you have now heard the blasphemy;  66.what do you think?” They answered, “He deserves death!”

       67.Then they spat in His face and beat Him with their fists; and others slapped Him,  68.and said, “Prophesy to us, You Christ; who is the one who hit You?”

Peter’s Denials

       69.Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard, and a servant-girl came to him and said, “You too were with Jesus the Galilean.”  70.But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you are talking about.”  71.When he had gone out to the gateway, another servant-girl saw him and said to those who were there, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.”  72.And again he denied it with an oath, “I do not know the man.”  73.A little later the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Surely you too are one of them; for even the way you talk gives you away.”  74.Then he began to curse and swear, “I do not know the man!” And immediately a rooster crowed.  75.And Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said, “Before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.



incorrect, untrue, wrong, erroneous, fallacious, flawed, distorted, inaccurate, imprecise; untruthful, fictitious, concocted, fabricated, invented, made up, trumped up, unfounded, spurious; counterfeit, forged, fraudulent
Antonyms: correct, truthful, authentic, legitimate, true, honest, sincere, pure, unadulterated



Mark 14:43-72      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Betrayal and Arrest

       43.Immediately while He was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, came up accompanied by a crowd with swords and clubs, who were from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.  44.Now he who was betraying Him had given them a signal, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the one; seize Him and lead Him away under guard.”  45.After coming, Judas immediately went to Him, saying, “Rabbi!” and kissed Him.  46.They laid hands on Him and seized Him.  47.But one of those who stood by drew his sword, and struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his ear.  48.And Jesus said to them, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest Me, as you would against a robber?  49.“Every day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize Me; but this has taken place to fulfill the Scriptures.”  50.And they all left Him and fled.

       51.A young man was following Him, wearing nothing but a linen sheet over his naked body; and they seized him.  52.But he pulled free of the linen sheet and escaped naked.

Jesus before His Accusers

       53.They led Jesus away to the high priest; and all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes gathered together.  54.Peter had followed Him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest; and he was sitting with the officers and warming himself at the fire.  55.Now the chief priests and the whole Council kept trying to obtain testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, and they were not finding any.  56.For many were giving false testimony against Him, but their testimony was not consistent.  57.Some stood up and began to give false testimony against Him, saying,  58.“We heard Him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands.’”  59.Not even in this respect was their testimony consistent.  60.The high priest stood up and came forward and questioned Jesus, saying, “Do You not answer? What is it that these men are testifying against You?”  61.But He kept silent and did not answer. Again the high priest was questioning Him, and saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?”  62.And Jesus said, “I am; and you shall see THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, and COMING WITH THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN.”  63.Tearing his clothes, the high priest said, “What further need do we have of witnesses?  64.“You have heard the blasphemy; how does it seem to you?” And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death.  65.Some began to spit at Him, and to blindfold Him, and to beat Him with their fists, and to say to Him, “Prophesy!” And the officers received Him with slaps in the face.

Peter’s Denials

       66.As Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant-girls of the high priest came,  67.and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Nazarene.”  68.But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you are talking about.” And he went out onto the porch.  69.The servant-girl saw him, and began once more to say to the bystanders, “This is one of them!”  70.But again he denied it. And after a little while the bystanders were again saying to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean too.”  71.But he began to curse and swear, “I do not know this man you are talking about!”  72.Immediately a rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had made the remark to him, “Before a rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” And he began to weep.



Matthew 15:1:20      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Tradition and Commandment

       1.Then some Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said,  2.“Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.”  3.And He answered and said to them, “Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?  4.“For God said, ‘HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER,’ and, ‘HE WHO SPEAKS EVIL OF FATHER OR MOTHER IS TO BE PUT TO DEATH.’  5.“But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever I have that would help you has been given to God,”  6.he is not to honor his father or his mother.’ And by this you invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition.  7.“You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you:



       10.After Jesus called the crowd to Him, He said to them, “Hear and understand.  11.It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.”

       12.Then the disciples came and said to Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this statement?”  13.But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant shall be uprooted.  14.“Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”

The Heart of Man

       15.Peter said to Him, “Explain the parable to us.”  16.Jesus said, “Are you still lacking in understanding also?  17.“Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated?  18.“But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man.  19.“For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.  20.“These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man.”



Mark 13      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Things to Come

       1.As He was going out of the temple, one of His disciples said to Him, “Teacher, behold what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!”  2.And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left upon another which will not be torn down.”

       3.As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew were questioning Him privately,  4.“Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are going to be fulfilled?”  5.And Jesus began to say to them, “See to it that no one misleads you.  6.“Many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He!’ and will mislead many.  7.“When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be frightened; those things must take place; but that is not yet the end.  8.“For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will also be famines. These things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.

       9.“But be on your guard; for they will deliver you to the courts, and you will be flogged in the synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them.  10.“The gospel must first be preached to all the nations.  11.“When they arrest you and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour; for it is not you who speak, but it is the Holy Spirit.  12.“Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and have them put to death.  13.“You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.

       14.“But when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION standing where it should not be (let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.  15.“The one who is on the housetop must not go down, or go in to get anything out of his house;  16.and the one who is in the field must not turn back to get his coat.  17.“But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!  18.“But pray that it may not happen in the winter.  19.“For those days will be a time of tribulation such as has not occurred since the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never will.  20.“Unless the Lord had shortened those days, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect, whom He chose, He shortened the days.  21.“And then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ’; or, ‘Behold, He is there’; do not believe him;  22.for false Christs and false prophets will arise, and will show signs and wonders, in order to lead astray, if possible, the elect.  23.“But take heed; behold, I have told you everything in advance.

The Return of Christ

       24.“But in those days, after that tribulation, THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT 25.AND THE STARS WILL BE FALLING from heaven, and the powers that are in the heavens will be shaken.  26.“Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN CLOUDS with great power and glory.  27.“And then He will send forth the angels, and will gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest end of the earth to the farthest end of heaven.

       28.“Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near.  29.“Even so, you too, when you see these things happening, recognize that He is near, right at the door.  30.“Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.  31.“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.  32.“But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.

       33.“Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time will come.  34.It is like a man away on a journey, who upon leaving his house and putting his slaves in charge, assigning to each one his task, also commanded the doorkeeper to stay on the alert.  35.“Therefore, be on the alert—for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether in the evening, at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning—  36.in case he should come suddenly and find you asleep.  37.“What I say to you I say to all, ‘Be on the alert!’”



Simple Definitions
: the behavior of people who do things that they tell other people not to do 
: behavior that does not agree with what someone claims to believe or feel



Luke 6:20-49      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
The Beatitudes

       20.And turning His gaze toward His disciples, He began to say, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.  21.“Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.  22.“Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man.  23.“Be glad in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets.  24.“But woe to you who are rich, for you are receiving your comfort in full.  25.“Woe to you who are well-fed now, for you shall be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.  26.“Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way.

       27.“But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,  28.bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.  29.“Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either.  30.“Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.  31.“Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.  32.“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.  33.“If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.  34.“If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount.  35.“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.  36.“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

       37.“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned.  38.“Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”

       39.And He also spoke a parable to them: “A blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Will they not both fall into a pit?  40.“A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.  41.“Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?  42.“Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.  43.“For there is no good tree which produces bad fruit, nor, on the other hand, a bad tree which produces good fruit.  44.“For each tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they pick grapes from a briar bush.  45.“The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.

Builders and Foundations

       46.“Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?  47.“Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like:  48.he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.  49.“But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.”



Matthew 6:16-24      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Fasting; The True Treasure; Wealth (Mammon)

       16.“Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.  17.“But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face  18.so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

       19.“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  20.“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;  21.for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

       22.“The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.  23.“But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

       24.“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.



Luke 16:1-18      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
The Unrighteous Steward

       1.Now He was also saying to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and this manager was reported to him as squandering his possessions.  2.“And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an accounting of your management, for you can no longer be manager.’  3.“The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig; I am ashamed to beg.  4.‘I know what I shall do, so that when I am removed from the management people will welcome me into their homes.’  5.“And he summoned each one of his master’s debtors, and he began saying to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’  6.“And he said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ And he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’  7.“Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ And he said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’  8.“And his master praised the unrighteous manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the sons of this age are more shrewd in relation to their own kind than the sons of light.  9.“And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by means of the wealth of unrighteousness, so that when it fails, they will receive you into the eternal dwellings.

       10.“He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.  11.“Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you?  12.“And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?  13.“No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”

       14.Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things and were scoffing at Him.  15.And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.

       16.“The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it.  17.“But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Law to fail.

       18.“Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries one who is divorced from a husband commits adultery.



Matthew 23:1-36      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Pharisaism Exposed

       1.Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples,  2.saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses;  3.therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them.  4.“They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger.  5.“But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments.  6.“They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues,  7.and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi by men.  8.“But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers.  9.“Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.  10.“Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ.  11.“But the greatest among you shall be your servant.  12.“Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.

Eight Woes

       13.“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.  14.[“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you will receive greater condemnation.]

       15.“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.

       16.“Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, that is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple is obligated.’  17.“You fools and blind men! Which is more important, the gold or the temple that sanctified the gold?  18.“And, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, that is nothing, but whoever swears by the offering on it, he is obligated.’  19.“You blind men, which is more important, the offering, or the altar that sanctifies the offering?  20.“Therefore, whoever swears by the altar, swears both by the altar and by everything on it.  21.“And whoever swears by the temple, swears both by the temple and by Him who dwells within it.  22.“And whoever swears by heaven, swears both by the throne of God and by Him who sits upon it.

       23.“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.  24.“You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!

       25.“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence.  26.“You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also.

       27.“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.  28.“So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

       29.“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous,  30.and say, ‘If we had been living in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partners with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’  31.“So you testify against yourselves, that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.  32.“Fill up, then, the measure of the guilt of your fathers.  33.“You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell?

       34.“Therefore, behold, I am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city,  35.so that upon you may fall the guilt of all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.  36.“Truly I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.



Matthew 18:21-35      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  

       21.Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”  22.Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

       23.“For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves.  24.“When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him.  25.“But since he did not have the means to repay, his lord commanded him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made.  26.“So the slave fell to the ground and prostrated himself before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.’  27.“And the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt.  28.“But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay back what you owe.’  29.“So his fellow slave fell to the ground and began to plead with him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you.’  30.“But he was unwilling and went and threw him in prison until he should pay back what was owed.  31.“So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their lord all that had happened.  32.“Then summoning him, his lord said to him, ‘You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me.  33.‘Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’  34.“And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him.  35.“My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.”



dissimulation, false virtue, cant, posturing, affectation, speciousness, empty talk, insincerity, falseness, deceit, dishonesty, mendacity, pretense, duplicity; sanctimoniousness, sanctimony, pietism, piousness; informal phoniness, fraud
Antonyms: honesty, genuineness, truthfulness, integrity, probity, trustworthiness; straightforwardness, openness, candor, candidness



Spiritual Pride
Simple Definitions
: a feeling that you respect yourself and deserve to be respected by other people
: a feeling that you are more important or better than other people



Luke 18:9-17      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
The Pharisee and the Publican

       9.And He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and viewed others with contempt:  10.“Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  11.“The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.  12.‘I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’  13.“But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’  14.“I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

       15.And they were bringing even their babies to Him so that He would touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they began rebuking them.  16.But Jesus called for them, saying, “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  17.“Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.



Matthew 18:1-14      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Rank in the Kingdom

       1.At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”  2.And He called a child to Himself and set him before them,  3.and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.  4.“Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  5.“And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me;  6.but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Stumbling Blocks

       7.“Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes!

       8.“If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be cast into the eternal fire.  9.“If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it from you. It is better for you to enter life with one eye, than to have two eyes and be cast into the fiery hell.

       10.“See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven.  11.[“For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.]

Ninety-nine Plus One

       12.“What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying?  13.“If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray.  14.“So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish.



Matthew 3:1-12      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
The Preaching of John the Baptist

       1.Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying,  2.“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

3.For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said,

4.Now John himself had a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.  5.Then Jerusalem was going out to him, and all Judea and all the district around the Jordan;  6.and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.

       7.But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?  8.“Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance;  9.and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father’; for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham.  10.“The axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

       11.“As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.  12.“His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”



Spiritual Pride
arrogance, vanity, self-importance, hubris, conceit, conceitedness, self-love, self-adulation, self-admiration, narcissism, egotism, superciliousness, haughtiness, snobbery, snobbishness; informal big-headedness
Antonyms: modesty, humbleness, meekness, diffidence, unassertiveness; lack of pride, lack of vanity; servility, submissiveness



Simple Definitions
: the act of making someone believe something that is not true : the act of deceiving someone
: an act or statement intended to make people believe something that is not true



John 8:12-59      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Jesus Is the Light of the World

       12.Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”  13.So the Pharisees said to Him, “You are testifying about Yourself; Your testimony is not true.”  14.Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if I testify about Myself, My testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from or where I am going.  15.“You judge according to the flesh; I am not judging anyone.  16.“But even if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone in it, but I and the Father who sent Me.  17.“Even in your law it has been written that the testimony of two men is true.  18.“I am He who testifies about Myself, and the Father who sent Me testifies about Me.”  19.So they were saying to Him, “Where is Your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither Me nor My Father; if you knew Me, you would know My Father also.”  20.These words He spoke in the treasury, as He taught in the temple; and no one seized Him, because His hour had not yet come.

       21.Then He said again to them, “I go away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come.”  22.So the Jews were saying, “Surely He will not kill Himself, will He, since He says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?”  23.And He was saying to them, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world.  24.“Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”  25.So they were saying to Him, “Who are You?” Jesus said to them, “What have I been saying to you from the beginning?  26.“I have many things to speak and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and the things which I heard from Him, these I speak to the world.”  27.They did not realize that He had been speaking to them about the Father.  28.So Jesus said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me.  29.“And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.”  30.As He spoke these things, many came to believe in Him.

The Truth Will Make You Free

       31.So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;  32.and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”  33.They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free’?”

       34.Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.  35.“The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever.  36.“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.  37.“I know that you are Abraham’s descendants; yet you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you.  38.“I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from your father.”

       39.They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you are Abraham’s children, do the deeds of Abraham.  40.“But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do.  41.“You are doing the deeds of your father.” They said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father: God.”  42.Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me.  43.“Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word.  44.“You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.  45.“But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me.  46.“Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me?  47.“He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.”

       48.The Jews answered and said to Him, “Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?”  49.Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me.  50.“But I do not seek My glory; there is One who seeks and judges.  51.“Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he will never see death.”  52.The Jews said to Him, “Now we know that You have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets also; and You say, ‘If anyone keeps My word, he will never taste of death.’  53.“Surely You are not greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets died too; whom do You make Yourself out to be?”  54.Jesus answered, “If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; it is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God’;  55.and you have not come to know Him, but I know Him; and if I say that I do not know Him, I will be a liar like you, but I do know Him and keep His word.  56.“Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.”  57.So the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?”  58.Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.”  59.Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple.



1 Thessalonians 2      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Paul’s Ministry

       1.For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain,  2.but after we had already suffered and been mistreated in Philippi, as you know, we had the boldness in our God to speak to you the gospel of God amid much opposition.  3.For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit;  4.but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts.  5.For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness—  6.nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as apostles of Christ we might have asserted our authority.  7.But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children.  8.Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.

       9.For you recall, brethren, our labor and hardship, how working night and day so as not to be a burden to any of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.  10.You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers;  11.just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children,  12.so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.

       13.For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.  14.For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, for you also endured the same sufferings at the hands of your own countrymen, even as they did from the Jews,  15.who both killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out. They are not pleasing to God, but hostile to all men,  16.hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved; with the result that they always fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them to the utmost.

       17.But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a short while—in person, not in spirit—were all the more eager with great desire to see your face.  18.For we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, more than once—and yet Satan hindered us.  19.For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming?  20.For you are our glory and joy.



Ephesians 4      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Unity of the Spirit

       1.Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,  2.with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love,  3.being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  4.There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;  5.one Lord, one faith, one baptism,  6.one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.

       7.But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

8.Therefore it says,

9.(Now this expression, “He ascended,” what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth?  10.He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.)  11.And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,  12.for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;  13.until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.  14.As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;  15.but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,  16.from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

The Christian’s Walk

       17.So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind,  18.being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart;  19.and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.  20.But you did not learn Christ in this way,  21.if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus,  22.that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,  23.and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,  24.and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

       25.Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE of you WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another.  26.BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger,  27.and do not give the devil an opportunity.  28.He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need.  29.Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.  30.Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  31.Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.  32.Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.



2 Corinthians 11      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Paul Defends His Apostleship

       1.I wish that you would bear with me in a little foolishness; but indeed you are bearing with me.  2.For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin.  3.But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.  4.For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully.  5.For I consider myself not in the least inferior to the most eminent apostles.  6.But even if I am unskilled in speech, yet I am not so in knowledge; in fact, in every way we have made this evident to you in all things.

       7.Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached the gospel of God to you without charge?  8.I robbed other churches by taking wages from them to serve you;  9.and when I was present with you and was in need, I was not a burden to anyone; for when the brethren came from Macedonia they fully supplied my need, and in everything I kept myself from being a burden to you, and will continue to do so.  10.As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be stopped in the regions of Achaia.  11.Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!

       12.But what I am doing I will continue to do, so that I may cut off opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the matter about which they are boasting.  13.For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.  14.No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.  15.Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.

       16.Again I say, let no one think me foolish; but if you do, receive me even as foolish, so that I also may boast a little.  17.What I am saying, I am not saying as the Lord would, but as in foolishness, in this confidence of boasting.  18.Since many boast according to the flesh, I will boast also.  19.For you, being so wise, tolerate the foolish gladly.  20.For you tolerate it if anyone enslaves you, anyone devours you, anyone takes advantage of you, anyone exalts himself, anyone hits you in the face.  21.To my shame I must say that we have been weak by comparison.
       But in whatever respect anyone else is bold—I speak in foolishness—I am just as bold myself. 
22.Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I.  23.Are they servants of Christ?—I speak as if insane—I more so; in far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death.  24.Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes.  25.Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep.  26.I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren;  27.I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.  28.Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churches.  29.Who is weak without my being weak? Who is led into sin without my intense concern?

       30.If I have to boast, I will boast of what pertains to my weakness.  31.The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, He who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying.  32.In Damascus the ethnarch under Aretas the king was guarding the city of the Damascenes in order to seize me,  33.and I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and so escaped his hands.



1 Timothy 4      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  

       1.But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,  2.by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron,  3.men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth.  4.For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude;  5.for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

A Good Minister’s Discipline

       6.In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following.  7.But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness;  8.for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.  9.It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance.  10.For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.

       11.Prescribe and teach these things.  12.Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.  13.Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching.  14.Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery.  15.Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all.  16.Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.



, crookedness, deceit, deceitfulness, deceptiveness, deviousness, dishonesty, dissembling, dissimulation, double-dealing, dupery, duplicity, fakery, foxiness, fraud, guile, guilefulness, lying, pretense, treachery, trickery, wiliness, 
Antonyms: artlessness, forthrightness, good faith, guilelessness, ingenuousness, sincerity



Indifference - To Human Need
Simple Definitions
: lack of interest in or concern about something : an indifferent attitude or feeling



Mark 3:1-12      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Jesus Heals on the Sabbath

       1.He entered again into a synagogue; and a man was there whose hand was withered.  2.They were watching Him to see if He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him.  3.He said to the man with the withered hand, “Get up and come forward!”  4.And He said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to kill?” But they kept silent.  5.After looking around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored.  6.The Pharisees went out and immediately began conspiring with the Herodians against Him, as to how they might destroy Him.

       7.Jesus withdrew to the sea with His disciples; and a great multitude from Galilee followed; and also from Judea,  8.and from Jerusalem, and from Idumea, and beyond the Jordan, and the vicinity of Tyre and Sidon, a great number of people heard of all that He was doing and came to Him.  9.And He told His disciples that a boat should stand ready for Him because of the crowd, so that they would not crowd Him;  10.for He had healed many, with the result that all those who had afflictions pressed around Him in order to touch Him.  11.Whenever the unclean spirits saw Him, they would fall down before Him and shout, “You are the Son of God!”  12.And He earnestly warned them not to tell who He was.



Matthew 22:23-46      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Jesus Answers the Sadducees

       23.On that day some Sadducees (who say there is no resurrection) came to Jesus and questioned Him,  24.asking, “Teacher, Moses said, ‘IF A MAN DIES HAVING NO CHILDREN, HIS BROTHER AS NEXT OF KIN SHALL MARRY HIS WIFE, AND RAISE UP CHILDREN FOR HIS BROTHER.  25.“Now there were seven brothers with us; and the first married and died, and having no children left his wife to his brother;  26.so also the second, and the third, down to the seventh.  27.“Last of all, the woman died.  28.“In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had married her.”

       29.But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God.  30.“For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.  31.“But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God:  32.‘I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”  33.When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at His teaching.

       34.But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together.  35.One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him,  36.“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”  37.And He said to him, “ ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’  38.“This is the great and foremost commandment.  39.“The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’  40.“On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

       41.Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question:  42.“What do you think about the Christ, whose son is He?” They said to Him, “The son of David.”  43.He said to them, “Then how does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying,


45.“If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his son?”  46.No one was able to answer Him a word, nor did anyone dare from that day on to ask Him another question.



Galatians 6      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Bear One Another’s Burdens

       1.Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.  2.Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.  3.For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.  4.But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another.  5.For each one will bear his own load.

       6.The one who is taught the word is to share all good things with the one who teaches him.  7.Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.  8.For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.  9.Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.  10.So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.

       11.See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand.  12.Those who desire to make a good showing in the flesh try to compel you to be circumcised, simply so that they will not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.  13.For those who are circumcised do not even keep the Law themselves, but they desire to have you circumcised so that they may boast in your flesh.  14.But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.  15.For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.  16.And those who will walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.

       17.From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on my body the brand-marks of Jesus.

       18.The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.



Matthew 25:31-46      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
The Judgment

       31.“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.  32.“All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats;  33.and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.

       34.“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.  35.‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;  36.naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’  37.“Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink?  38.‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?  39.‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’  40.“The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

       41.“Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;  42.for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink;  43.I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ 44.“Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’  45.“Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’  46.“These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”



James 2:14-26      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Faith and Works

       14.What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?  15.If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food,  16.and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?  17.Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.

       18.But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”  19.You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.  20.But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?  21.Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar?  22.You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected;  23.and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS,” and he was called the friend of God.  24.You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.  25.In the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?  26.For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.



1 John 3      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Children of God Love One Another

       1.See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.  2.Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.  3.And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

       4.Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.  5.You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.  6.No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.  7.Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous;  8.the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.  9.No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.  10.By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.

       11.For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another;  12.not as Cain, who was of the evil one and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous.

       13.Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you.  14.We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.  15.Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.  16.We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.  17.But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?  18.Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. 19.We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him  20.in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things.  21.Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God;  22.and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.

       23.This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.  24.The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.



Indifference To Human Need
lack of concern, unconcern, disinterest, lack of interest, lack of enthusiasm, apathy, nonchalance, insouciance; boredom, unresponsiveness, impassivity, dispassion, detachment, coolness
Antonyms: concern, interest, regard



Galatians 5      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Walk by the Spirit

       1.It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

       2.Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you.  3.And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law.  4.You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.  5.For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness.  6.For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.

       7.You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?  8.This persuasion did not come from Him who calls you.  9.A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough.  10.I have confidence in you in the Lord that you will adopt no other view; but the one who is disturbing you will bear his judgment, whoever he is.  11.But I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? Then the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished.  12.I wish that those who are troubling you would even mutilate themselves.

       13.For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  14.For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”  15.But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.

       16.But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  17.For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.  18.But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.  19.Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality,  20.idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,  21.envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.  22.But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  23.gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  24.Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

       25.If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.  26.Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.



Revelation 16      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Six Bowls of Wrath

       1.Then I heard a loud voice from the temple, saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God.”

       2.So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth; and it became a loathsome and malignant sore on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.

       3.The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became blood like that of a dead man; and every living thing in the sea died.

       4.Then the third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of waters; and they became blood.  5.And I heard the angel of the waters saying, “Righteous are You, who are and who were, O Holy One, because You judged these things;  6.for they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink. They deserve it.”  7.And I heard the altar saying, “Yes, O Lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.”

       8.The fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun, and it was given to it to scorch men with fire.  9.Men were scorched with fierce heat; and they blasphemed the name of God who has the power over these plagues, and they did not repent so as to give Him glory.

       10.Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became darkened; and they gnawed their tongues because of pain,  11.and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores; and they did not repent of their deeds.

       12.The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up, so that the way would be prepared for the kings from the east.


       13.And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs;  14.for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty.  15.(“Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his clothes, so that he will not walk about naked and men will not see his shame.”)  16.And they gathered them together to the place which in Hebrew is called Har-Magedon.

Seventh Bowl of Wrath

       17.Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl upon the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple from the throne, saying, “It is done.”  18.And there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder; and there was a great earthquake, such as there had not been since man came to be upon the earth, so great an earthquake was it, and so mighty.  19.The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. Babylon the great was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of His fierce wrath.  20.And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.  21.And huge hailstones, about one hundred pounds each, came down from heaven upon men; and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, because its plague was extremely severe.



Revelation 19      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
The Fourfold Hallelujah

       1.After these things I heard something like a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying,
          “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God; 
2.BECAUSE HIS JUDGMENTS ARE TRUE AND RIGHTEOUS; for He has judged the great harlot who was corrupting the earth with her immorality, and HE HAS AVENGED THE BLOOD OF HIS BOND-SERVANTS ON HER.”  3.And a second time they said, “Hallelujah! HER SMOKE RISES UP FOREVER AND EVER.”  4.And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sits on the throne saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!”  5.And a voice came from the throne, saying,
       “Give praise to our God, all you His bond-servants, you who fear Him, the small and the great.” 
6.Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying,
       “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.

Marriage of the Lamb

       7.“Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.”  8.It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

       9.Then he said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’” And he said to me, “These are true words of God.”  10.Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

The Coming of Christ

       11.And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war.  12.His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself.  13.He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.  14.And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses.  15.From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.  16.And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

       17.Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, “Come, assemble for the great supper of God,  18.so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great.”

       19.And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.

Doom of the Beast and False Prophet

       20.And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone.  21.And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.



Revelation 20      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Satan Bound

       1.Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand.  2.And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;  3.and he threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed; after these things he must be released for a short time.

       4.Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.  5.The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection.  6.Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

Satan Freed, Doomed

       7.When the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison,  8.and will come out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together for the war; the number of them is like the sand of the seashore.  9.And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, and fire came down from heaven and devoured them.  10.And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

Judgment at the Throne of God

       11.Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them.  12.And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.  13.And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds.  14.Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.  15.And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

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