14 “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this?(A) Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.(B) 15 We are foreigners and strangers(C) in your sight, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow,(D) without hope. 16 Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you. 17 I know, my God, that you test the heart(E) and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you.(F) 18 Lord, the God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel, keep these desires and thoughts in the hearts of your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to you. 19 And give my son Solomon the wholehearted devotion(G) to keep your commands, statutes and decrees(H) and to do everything to build the palatial structure for which I have provided.”(I)

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Treasures in Heaven(A)

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,(B) where moths and vermin destroy,(C) and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven,(D) where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.(E) 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.(F)

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Judging Others(A)

37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged.(B) Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.(C) 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.(D) For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”(E)

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33 I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing.(A) 34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions.(B) 35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

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if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;(A) if it is to encourage, then give encouragement;(B) if it is giving, then give generously;(C) if it is to lead,[a] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Love in Action

Love must be sincere.(D) Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.(E)

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 12:8 Or to provide for others