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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, 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.



Ephesians 5:22-33      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear    
Marriage Like Christ and the Church

       22.Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.  23.For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body.  24.But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.

       25.Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,  27.that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.  28.So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself;  29.for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church,  30.because we are members of His body.  31.FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH 32.This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.  33.Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.



Colossians 1      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Thankfulness for Spiritual Attainments

       1.Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

       2.To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

       3.We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,  4.since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints;  5.because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel  6.which has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth;  7.just as you learned it from Epaphras, our beloved fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf,  8.and he also informed us of your love in the Spirit.

       9.For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;  11.strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.

The Incomparable Christ

       13.For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

       15.He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.  16.For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.  17.He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.  18.He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.  19.For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him,  20.and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.

       21.And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds,  22.yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach—  23.if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister.

       24.Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.  25.Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God,  26.that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.  28.We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.  29.For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.



Revelation 1      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear    
The Revelation of Jesus Christ

       1.The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John,  2.who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.  3.Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.

Message to the Seven Churches

       4.John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne,  5.and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood—  6.and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.  7.BEHOLD, HE IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.

       8.“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

The Patmos Vision

       9.I, John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and perseverance which are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.  10.I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like the sound of a trumpet,  11.saying, “Write in a book what you see, and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”

       12.Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands;  13.and in the middle of the lampstands I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His chest with a golden sash.  14.His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire.  15.His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been made to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters.  16.In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength.

       17.When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last,  18.and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.  19.“Therefore write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after these things.  20.“As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.



Revelation 2      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear    
Message to Ephesus

       1.“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:
           The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks among the seven golden lampstands, says this:

       2.‘I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false;  3.and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary.  4.‘But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.  5.‘Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent.  6.‘Yet this you do have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.  7.‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.’

Message to Smyrna

       8.“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write:
           The first and the last, who was dead, and has come to life, says this:

       9.‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.  10.‘Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.  11.‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.’

Message to Pergamum

       12.“And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write:
            The One who has the sharp two-edged sword says this:

       13.‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is; and you hold fast My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.  14.‘But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit acts of immorality.  15.‘So you also have some who in the same way hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans.  16.‘Therefore repent; or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of My mouth.  17.‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.’

Message to Thyatira

       18.“And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write:
            The Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet are like burnished bronze, says this:

       19.‘I know your deeds, and your love and faith and service and perseverance, and that your deeds of late are greater than at first.  20.‘But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.  21.‘I gave her time to repent, and she does not want to repent of her immorality.  22.‘Behold, I will throw her on a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds.  23.‘And I will kill her children with pestilence, and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds.  24.‘But I say to you, the rest who are in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not known the deep things of Satan, as they call them—I place no other burden on you.  25.‘Nevertheless what you have, hold fast until I come.  26.‘He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, TO HIM I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS27.AND HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON, AS THE VESSELS OF THE POTTER ARE BROKEN TO PIECES, as I also have received authority from My Father;  28.and I will give him the morning star.  29.‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’



Revelation 3      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear    
Message to Sardis

       1.“To the angel of the church in Sardis write:
           He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars, says this: ‘I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 
2.‘Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God.  3.‘So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you.  4.‘But you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; and they will walk with Me in white, for they are worthy.  5.‘He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.  6.‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

Message to Philadelphia

       7.“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:
           He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this:

       8.‘I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name.  9.‘Behold, I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and make them know that I have loved you.  10.‘Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.  11.‘I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown.  12.‘He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name.  13.‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

Message to Laodicea

       14.“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
            The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this:

       15.‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot.  16.‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.  17.‘Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,  18.I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see.  19.‘Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.  20.‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.  21.‘He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.  22.‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”



Ephesians 1      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
The Blessings of Redemption

       1.Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
          To the saints who are at Ephesus and who are faithful in Christ Jesus: 
2.Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

       3.Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,  4.just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love  5.He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.  7.In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace  8.which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight  9.He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him  10.with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him  11.also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.  13.In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,  14.who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.

       15.For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers;  17.that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.  18.I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19.and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might  20.which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,  21.far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.  22.And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church,  23.which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.



Ephesians 2      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Made Alive in Christ

       1.And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.  3.Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.  4.But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,  5.even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),  6.and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  8.For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;  9.not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.  10.For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

       11.Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” which is performed in the flesh by human hands—  12.remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.  13.But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  14.For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace,  16.and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.  17.AND HE CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY, AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR 18.for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.  19.So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household,  20.having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.



Acts 12      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Peter’s Arrest and Deliverance

       1.Now about that time Herod the king laid hands on some who belonged to the church in order to mistreat them.  2.And he had James the brother of John put to death with a sword.  3.When he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. Now it was during the days of Unleavened Bread.  4.When he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out before the people.  5.So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God.  

       6.On the very night when Herod was about to bring him forward, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards in front of the door were watching over the prison.  7.And behold, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter’s side and woke him up, saying, “Get up quickly.” And his chains fell off his hands.  8.And the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.”  9.And he went out and continued to follow, and he did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.  10.When they had passed the first and second guard, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city, which opened for them by itself; and they went out and went along one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.  11.When Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I know for sure that the Lord has sent forth His angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.”  12.And when he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John who was also called Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying.  13.When he knocked at the door of the gate, a servant-girl named Rhoda came to answer.  14.When she recognized Peter’s voice, because of her joy she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter was standing in front of the gate.  15.They said to her, “You are out of your mind!” But she kept insisting that it was so. They kept saying, “It is his angel.”  16.But Peter continued knocking; and when they had opened the door, they saw him and were amazed.  17.But motioning to them with his hand to be silent, he described to them how the Lord had led him out of the prison. And he said, “Report these things to James and the brethren.” Then he left and went to another place.

       18.Now when day came, there was no small disturbance among the soldiers as to what could have become of Peter.  19.When Herod had searched for him and had not found him, he examined the guards and ordered that they be led away to execution. Then he went down from Judea to Caesarea and was spending time there.

Death of Herod

       20.Now he was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon; and with one accord they came to him, and having won over Blastus the king’s chamberlain, they were asking for peace, because their country was fed by the king’s country.  21.On an appointed day Herod, having put on his royal apparel, took his seat on the rostrum and began delivering an address to them.  22.The people kept crying out, “The voice of a god and not of a man!”  23.And immediately an angel of the Lord struck him because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and died.

       24.But the word of the Lord continued to grow and to be multiplied.

       25.And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their mission, taking along with them John, who was also called Mark.



Acts 15      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
The Council at Jerusalem

       1.Some men came down from Judea and began teaching the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.”  2.And when Paul and Barnabas had great dissension and debate with them, the brethren determined that Paul and Barnabas and some others of them should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders concerning this issue.  3.Therefore, being sent on their way by the church, they were passing through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and were bringing great joy to all the brethren.  4.When they arrived at Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they reported all that God had done with them.  5.But some of the sect of the Pharisees who had believed stood up, saying, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to direct them to observe the Law of Moses.”

       6.The apostles and the elders came together to look into this matter.  7.After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brethren, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of the gospel and believe.  8.“And God, who knows the heart, testified to them giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us;  9.and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith.  10.“Now therefore why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?  11.“But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.”

       12.All the people kept silent, and they were listening to Barnabas and Paul as they were relating what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles.

James’s Judgment

       13.After they had stopped speaking, James answered, saying, “Brethren, listen to me.  14.“Simeon has related how God first concerned Himself about taking from among the Gentiles a people for His name.  15.“With this the words of the Prophets agree, just as it is written,

       16.‘AFTER THESE THINGS I will return,


19.“Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles,  20.but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood.  21.“For Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since he is read in the synagogues every Sabbath.”

       22.Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them to send to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas—Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren,  23.and they sent this letter by them,

           “The apostles and the brethren who are elders, to the brethren in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia who are from the Gentiles, greetings.

  24.“Since we have heard that some of our number to whom we gave no instruction have disturbed
       you with their words, unsettling your souls,
25. it seemed good to us, having become of one mind, to select men to send to you with our beloved
       Barnabas and Paul,
26. men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
27.“Therefore we have sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will also report the same things by word
       of mouth.
28.“For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these
29. that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from
       fornication; if you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well. Farewell.”

       30.So when they were sent away, they went down to Antioch; and having gathered the congregation together, they delivered the letter.  31.When they had read it, they rejoiced because of its encouragement.  32.Judas and Silas, also being prophets themselves, encouraged and strengthened the brethren with a lengthy message.  33.After they had spent time there, they were sent away from the brethren in peace to those who had sent them out.  34.[But it seemed good to Silas to remain there.]  35.But Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch, teaching and preaching with many others also, the word of the Lord.

Second Missionary Journey

       36.After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brethren in every city in which we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.”  37.Barnabas wanted to take John, called Mark, along with them also.  38.But Paul kept insisting that they should not take him along who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work.  39.And there occurred such a sharp disagreement that they separated from one another, and Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus.  40.But Paul chose Silas and left, being committed by the brethren to the grace of the Lord.  41.And he was traveling through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.



1 Timothy 3      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Overseers and Deacons

       1.It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do.  2.An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,  3.not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money.  4.He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity  5.(but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?),  6.and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil.  7.And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

       8.Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not double-tongued, or addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain,  9.but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.  10.These men must also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach.  11.Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things.  12.Deacons must be husbands of only one wife, and good managers of their children and their own households.  13.For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

       14.I am writing these things to you, hoping to come to you before long;  15.but in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.  16.By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness:
           He who was revealed in the flesh,
           Was vindicated in the Spirit,
           Seen by angels,
           Proclaimed among the nations,
           Believed on in the world,
           Taken up in glory.



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, means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, 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.



Matthew 16      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Pharisees Test Jesus

       1.The Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and testing Jesus, they asked Him to show them a sign from heaven.  2.But He replied to them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’  3.“And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?  4.“An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and a sign will not be given it, except the sign of Jonah.” And He left them and went away.

       5.And the disciples came to the other side of the sea, but they had forgotten to bring any bread.  6.And Jesus said to them, “Watch out and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”  7.They began to discuss this among themselves, saying, “He said that because we did not bring any bread.”  8.But Jesus, aware of this, said, “You men of little faith, why do you discuss among yourselves that you have no bread?  9.“Do you not yet understand or remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets full you picked up?  10.“Or the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many large baskets full you picked up?  11.“How is it that you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread? But beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”  12.Then they understood that He did not say to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Peter’s Confession of Christ

       13.Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  14.And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.”  15.He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  16.Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  17.And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.  18.“I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.  19.“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”  20.Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ.

Jesus Foretells His Death

       21.From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day.  22.Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.”  23.But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”

Discipleship Is Costly

       24.Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.  25.“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.  26.“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?  27.“For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and WILL THEN REPAY EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS.

       28.“Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.” 



Isaiah 44      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear  
The Blessings of Israel
1.“But now listen, O Jacob, My servant,
          And Israel, whom I have chosen:
2.Thus says the LORD who made you
          And formed you from the womb, who will help you,
          ‘Do not fear, O Jacob My servant;
          And you Jeshurun whom I have chosen.
3.‘For I will pour out water on the thirsty land
          And streams on the dry ground;
          I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring
          And My blessing on your descendants;
4.And they will spring up among the grass
          Like poplars by streams of water.’
5.“This one will say, ‘I am the LORD’S’;
          And that one will call on the name of Jacob;
          And another will write on his hand, ‘Belonging to the L
          And will name Israel’s name with honor.

       6.“Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts:
          ‘I am the first and I am the last,
          And there is no God besides Me.
7.‘Who is like Me? Let him proclaim and declare it;
          Yes, let him recount it to Me in order,
          From the time that I established the ancient nation.
          And let them declare to them the things that are coming
          And the events that are going to take place.
8.‘Do not tremble and do not be afraid;
          Have I not long since announced it to you and declared it?
          And you are My witnesses.
          Is there any God besides Me,
          Or is there any other Rock?
          I know of none.’”

The Folly of Idolatry

       9.Those who fashion a graven image are all of them futile, and their precious things are of no profit; even their own witnesses fail to see or know, so that they will be put to shame.  10.Who has fashioned a god or cast an idol to no profit?  11.Behold, all his companions will be put to shame, for the craftsmen themselves are mere men. Let them all assemble themselves, let them stand up, let them tremble, let them together be put to shame.

       12.The man shapes iron into a cutting tool and does his work over the coals, fashioning it with hammers and working it with his strong arm. He also gets hungry and his strength fails; he drinks no water and becomes weary.  13.Another shapes wood, he extends a measuring line; he outlines it with red chalk. He works it with planes and outlines it with a compass, and makes it like the form of a man, like the beauty of man, so that it may sit in a house.  14.Surely he cuts cedars for himself, and takes a cypress or an oak and raises it for himself among the trees of the forest. He plants a fir, and the rain makes it grow.  15.Then it becomes something for a man to burn, so he takes one of them and warms himself; he also makes a fire to bake bread. He also makes a god and worships it; he makes it a graven image and falls down before it.  16.Half of it he burns in the fire; over this half he eats meat as he roasts a roast and is satisfied. He also warms himself and says, “Aha! I am warm, I have seen the fire.”  17.But the rest of it he makes into a god, his graven image. He falls down before it and worships; he also prays to it and says, “Deliver me, for you are my god.”

       18.They do not know, nor do they understand, for He has smeared over their eyes so that they cannot see and their hearts so that they cannot comprehend.  19.No one recalls, nor is there knowledge or understanding to say, “I have burned half of it in the fire and also have baked bread over its coals. I roast meat and eat it. Then I make the rest of it into an abomination, I fall down before a block of wood!”  20.He feeds on ashes; a deceived heart has turned him aside. And he cannot deliver himself, nor say, “Is there not a lie in my right hand?”

God Forgives and Redeems
21.“Remember these things, O Jacob,
    And Israel, for you are My servant;
     I have formed you, you are My servant,
     O Israel, you will not be forgotten by Me.
22.“I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud
    And your sins like a heavy mist.
    Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.”
23.Shout for joy, O heavens, for the LORD has done it!
    Shout joyfully, you lower parts of the earth;
    Break forth into a shout of joy, you mountains,
    O forest, and every tree in it;
    For the LORD has redeemed Jacob
    And in Israel He shows forth His glory.
24.Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb,
    “I, the LORD, am the maker of all things,
    Stretching out the heavens by Myself
    And spreading out the earth all alone,
25.Causing the omens of boasters to fail,
    Making fools out of diviners,
    Causing wise men to draw back
    And turning their knowledge into foolishness,
26.Confirming the word of His servant
    And performing the purpose of His messengers.
    It is I who says of Jerusalem, ‘She shall be inhabited!’
    And of the cities of Judah, ‘They shall be built.’
    And I will raise up her ruins again.
27.It is I who says to the depth of the sea, ‘Be dried up!’
    And I will make your rivers dry.
28.It is I who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd!
    And he will perform all My desire.’
    And he declares of Jerusalem, ‘She will be built,’
    And of the temple, ‘Your foundation will be laid.’”



Acts 20:17-38      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Farewell to Ephesus

       17.From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called to him the elders of the church.  18.And when they had come to him, he said to them,
           “You yourselves know, from the first day that I set foot in Asia, how I was with you the whole time, 
19.serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials which came upon me through the plots of the Jews; I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you publicly and from house to house,  21.solemnly testifying to both Jews and Greeks of repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.  22.“And now, behold, bound by the Spirit, I am on my way to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there,  23.except that the Holy Spirit solemnly testifies to me in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions await me.  24.“But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.

       25.“And now, behold, I know that all of you, among whom I went about preaching the kingdom, will no longer see my face.  26.“Therefore, I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men.  27.“For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God.  28.“Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.  29.“I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;  30.and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.  31.“Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears.  32.“And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.  33.“I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or clothes.  34.“You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my own needs and to the men who were with me.  35.“In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

       36.When he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.  37.And they began to weep aloud and embraced Paul, and repeatedly kissed him,  38.grieving especially over the word which he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they were accompanying him to the ship.



3 John 1      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
You Walk in the Truth

       1.The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.

       2.Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.  3.For I was very glad when brethren came and testified to your truth, that is, how you are walking in truth.  4.I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.

       5.Beloved, you are acting faithfully in whatever you accomplish for the brethren, and especially when they are strangers;  6.and they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God.  7.For they went out for the sake of the Name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles.  8.Therefore we ought to support such men, so that we may be fellow workers with the truth.

       9.I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not accept what we say.  10.For this reason, if I come, I will call attention to his deeds which he does, unjustly accusing us with wicked words; and not satisfied with this, he himself does not receive the brethren, either, and he forbids those who desire to do so and puts them out of the church.

       11.Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.  12.Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself; and we add our testimony, and you know that our testimony is true.

       13.I had many things to write to you, but I am not willing to write them to you with pen and ink;  14.but I hope to see you shortly, and we will speak face to face.

       15.Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends by name.



Acts 14      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Acceptance and Opposition

       1.In Iconium they entered the synagogue of the Jews together, and spoke in such a manner that a large number of people believed, both of Jews and of Greeks.  2.But the Jews who disbelieved stirred up the minds of the Gentiles and embittered them against the brethren.  3.Therefore they spent a long time there speaking boldly with reliance upon the Lord, who was testifying to the word of His grace, granting that signs and wonders be done by their hands.  4.But the people of the city were divided; and some sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles.  5.And when an attempt was made by both the Gentiles and the Jews with their rulers, to mistreat and to stone them,  6.they became aware of it and fled to the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra and Derbe, and the surrounding region;  7.and there they continued to preach the gospel.

       8.At Lystra a man was sitting who had no strength in his feet, lame from his mother’s womb, who had never walked.  9.This man was listening to Paul as he spoke, who, when he had fixed his gaze on him and had seen that he had faith to be made well,  10.said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And he leaped up and began to walk.  11.When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they raised their voice, saying in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have become like men and have come down to us.”  12.And they began calling Barnabas, Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker.  13.The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, and wanted to offer sacrifice with the crowds.  14.But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their robes and rushed out into the crowd, crying out  15.and saying, “Men, why are you doing these things? We are also men of the same nature as you, and preach the gospel to you that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, WHO MADE THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH AND THE SEA AND ALL THAT IS IN THEM16.“In the generations gone by He permitted all the nations to go their own ways;  17.and yet He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.”  18.Even saying these things, with difficulty they restrained the crowds from offering sacrifice to them.

       19.But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having won over the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead.  20.But while the disciples stood around him, he got up and entered the city. The next day he went away with Barnabas to Derbe.  21.After they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch,  22.strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”  23.When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

       24.They passed through Pisidia and came into Pamphylia.  25.When they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia.  26.From there they sailed to Antioch, from which they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had accomplished.  27.When they had arrived and gathered the church together, they began to report all things that God had done with them and how He had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.  28.And they spent a long time with the disciples.



Acts 11      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Peter Reports at Jerusalem

       1.Now the apostles and the brethren who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.  2.And when Peter came up to Jerusalem, those who were circumcised took issue with him,  3.saying, “You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.”  4.But Peter began speaking and proceeded to explain to them in orderly sequence, saying,  5.“I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision, an object coming down like a great sheet lowered by four corners from the sky; and it came right down to me,  6.and when I had fixed my gaze on it and was observing it I saw the four-footed animals of the earth and the wild beasts and the crawling creatures and the birds of the air.  7.“I also heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’  8.“But I said, ‘By no means, Lord, for nothing unholy or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’  9.“But a voice from heaven answered a second time, ‘What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy.’  10.“This happened three times, and everything was drawn back up into the sky.  11.“And behold, at that moment three men appeared at the house in which we were staying, having been sent to me from Caesarea.  12.“The Spirit told me to go with them without misgivings. These six brethren also went with me and we entered the man’s house.  13.“And he reported to us how he had seen the angel standing in his house, and saying, ‘Send to Joppa and have Simon, who is also called Peter, brought here;  14.and he will speak words to you by which you will be saved, you and all your household.’  15.“And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as He did upon us at the beginning.  16.“And I remembered the word of the Lord, how He used to say, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’  17.“Therefore if God gave to them the same gift as He gave to us also after believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?”  18.When they heard this, they quieted down and glorified God, saying, “Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life.”

The Church at Antioch

       19.So then those who were scattered because of the persecution that occurred in connection with Stephen made their way to Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except to Jews alone.  20.But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who came to Antioch and began speaking to the Greeks also, preaching the Lord Jesus.  21.And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a large number who believed turned to the Lord.  22.The news about them reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas off to Antioch.  23.Then when he arrived and witnessed the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all with resolute heart to remain true to the Lord;  24.for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And considerable numbers were brought to the Lord.  25.And he left for Tarsus to look for Saul;  26.and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.

       27.Now at this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch.  28.One of them named Agabus stood up and began to indicate by the Spirit that there would certainly be a great famine all over the world. And this took place in the reign of Claudius.  29.And in the proportion that any of the disciples had means, each of them determined to send a contribution for the relief of the brethren living in Judea.  30.And this they did, sending it in charge of Barnabas and Saul to the elders.



1 Corinthians 14      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Prophecy a Superior Gift

       1.Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.  2.For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries.  3.But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation.  4.One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church.  5.Now I wish that you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy; and greater is one who prophesies than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may receive edifying.

       6.But now, brethren, if I come to you speaking in tongues, what will I profit you unless I speak to you either by way of revelation or of knowledge or of prophecy or of teaching?  7.Yet even lifeless things, either flute or harp, in producing a sound, if they do not produce a distinction in the tones, how will it be known what is played on the flute or on the harp?  8.For if the bugle produces an indistinct sound, who will prepare himself for battle?  9.So also you, unless you utter by the tongue speech that is clear, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air.  10.There are, perhaps, a great many kinds of languages in the world, and no kind is without meaning.  11.If then I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be to the one who speaks a barbarian, and the one who speaks will be a barbarian to me.  12.So also you, since you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek to abound for the edification of the church.

       13.Therefore let one who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.  14.For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.  15.What is the outcome then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also.  16.Otherwise if you bless in the spirit only, how will the one who fills the place of the ungifted say the “Amen” at your giving of thanks, since he does not know what you are saying?  17.For you are giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not edified.  18.I thank God, I speak in tongues more than you all;  19.however, in the church I desire to speak five words with my mind so that I may instruct others also, rather than ten thousand words in a tongue.

Instruction for the Church

       20.Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; yet in evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature.  21.In the Law it is written, “BY MEN OF STRANGE TONGUES AND BY THE LIPS OF STRANGERS I WILL SPEAK TO THIS PEOPLE, AND EVEN SO THEY WILL NOT LISTEN TO ME,” says the Lord.  22.So then tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophecy is for a sign, not to unbelievers but to those who believe.  23.Therefore if the whole church assembles together and all speak in tongues, and ungifted men or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are mad?  24.But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an ungifted man enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all;  25.the secrets of his heart are disclosed; and so he will fall on his face and worship God, declaring that God is certainly among you.

       26.What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.  27.If anyone speaks in a tongue, it should be by two or at the most three, and each in turn, and one must interpret;  28.but if there is no interpreter, he must keep silent in the church; and let him speak to himself and to God.  29.Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others pass judgment.  30.But if a revelation is made to another who is seated, the first one must keep silent.  31.For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all may be exhorted;  32.and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets;  33.for God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.

       34.The women are to keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but are to subject themselves, just as the Law also says.  35.If they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is improper for a woman to speak in church.  36.Was it from you that the word of God first went forth? Or has it come to you only?

       37.If anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual, let him recognize that the things which I write to you are the Lord’s commandment.  38.But if anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized.

       39.Therefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues.  40.But all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner.



1 Corinthians 12      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
The Use of Spiritual Gifts

       1.Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware.  2.You know that when you were pagans, you were led astray to the mute idols, however you were led.  3.Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is accursed”; and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

       4.Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.  5.And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord.  6.There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons.  7.But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.  8.For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,  10.and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues.  11.But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.

       12.For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.  13.For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

       14.For the body is not one member, but many.  15.If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body.  16.And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body.  17.If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?  18.But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired.  19.If they were all one member, where would the body be?  20.But now there are many members, but one body.  21.And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”  22.On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary;  23.and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable,  24.whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.  26.And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

       27.Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.  28.And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues.  29.All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of miracles, are they?  30.All do not have gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not interpret, do they?  31.But earnestly desire the greater gifts.
       And I show you a still more excellent way.



Romans 16      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Greetings and Love Expressed

       1.I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea;  2.that you receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and that you help her in whatever matter she may have need of you; for she herself has also been a helper of many, and of myself as well.

       3.Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus,  4.who for my life risked their own necks, to whom not only do I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles;  5.also greet the church that is in their house. Greet Epaenetus, my beloved, who is the first convert to Christ from Asia.  6.Greet Mary, who has worked hard for you.  7.Greet Andronicus and Junias, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners, who are outstanding among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.  8.Greet Ampliatus, my beloved in the Lord.  9.Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and Stachys my beloved.  10.Greet Apelles, the approved in Christ. Greet those who are of the household of Aristobulus.  11.Greet Herodion, my kinsman. Greet those of the household of Narcissus, who are in the Lord.  12.Greet Tryphaena and Tryphosa, workers in the Lord. Greet Persis the beloved, who has worked hard in the Lord.  13.Greet Rufus, a choice man in the Lord, also his mother and mine.  14.Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas and the brethren with them.  15.Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them.  16.Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.

       17.Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them.  18.For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.  19.For the report of your obedience has reached to all; therefore I am rejoicing over you, but I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil.  20.The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.
       The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

       21.Timothy my fellow worker greets you, and so do Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my kinsmen.

       22.I, Tertius, who write this letter, greet you in the Lord.

       23.Gaius, host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer greets you, and Quartus, the brother.  24.[The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.]

       25.Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past,  26.but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith; the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen.



Revelation 21      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
The New Heaven and Earth

       1.Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.  2.And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.  3.And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,  4.and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

       5.And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”  6.Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.  7.“He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.  8.“But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

       9.Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”

The New Jerusalem

       10.And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,  11.having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper.  12.It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel.  13.There were three gates on the east and three gates on the north and three gates on the south and three gates on the west.  14.And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

       15.The one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, and its gates and its wall.  16.The city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal.  17.And he measured its wall, seventy-two yards, according to human measurements, which are also angelic measurements.  18.The material of the wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass.  19.The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation stone was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald;  20.the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst.  21.And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

       22.I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.  23.And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.  24.The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it.  25.In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed;  26.and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it;  27.and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.


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