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He must not be a recent convert, or he may be puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil.

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In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders.[a] And all of you must clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for

“God opposes the proud,
    but gives grace to the humble.”

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Peter 5:5 Or of those who are older

12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic elements of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food; 13 for everyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is unskilled in the word of righteousness.

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is conceited, understanding nothing, and has a morbid craving for controversy and for disputes about words. From these come envy, dissension, slander, base suspicions,

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Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation—

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even considering the exceptional character of the revelations. Therefore, to keep[a] me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated.[b]

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Corinthians 12:7 Other ancient authorities read To keep
  2. 2 Corinthians 12:7 Other ancient authorities lack to keep me from being too elated

Food Offered to Idols

Now concerning food sacrificed to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.

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I have applied all this to Apollos and myself for your benefit, brothers and sisters,[a] so that you may learn through us the meaning of the saying, “Nothing beyond what is written,” so that none of you will be puffed up in favor of one against another. For who sees anything different in you?[b] What do you have that you did not receive? And if you received it, why do you boast as if it were not a gift?

Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! Quite apart from us you have become kings! Indeed, I wish that you had become kings, so that we might be kings with you!

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 4:6 Gk brothers
  2. 1 Corinthians 4:7 Or Who makes you different from another?

On Divisions in the Corinthian Church

And so, brothers and sisters,[a] I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 3:1 Gk brothers

18 He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning.

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12 How you are fallen from heaven,
    O Day Star, son of Dawn!
How you are cut down to the ground,
    you who laid the nations low!
13 You said in your heart,
    “I will ascend to heaven;
I will raise my throne
    above the stars of God;
I will sit on the mount of assembly
    on the heights of Zaphon;[a]
14 I will ascend to the tops of the clouds,
    I will make myself like the Most High.”

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 14:13 Or assembly in the far north

12 For the Lord of hosts has a day
    against all that is proud and lofty,
    against all that is lifted up and high;[a]

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 2:12 Cn Compare Gk: Heb low

23 A person’s pride will bring humiliation,
    but one who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.

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12 Before destruction one’s heart is haughty,
    but humility goes before honor.

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18 Pride goes before destruction,
    and a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 It is better to be of a lowly spirit among the poor
    than to divide the spoil with the proud.

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25 But Hezekiah did not respond according to the benefit done to him, for his heart was proud. Therefore wrath came upon him and upon Judah and Jerusalem.

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Pride and Apostasy

16 But when he had become strong he grew proud, to his destruction. For he was false to the Lord his God, and entered the temple of the Lord to make offering on the altar of incense.

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10 You have indeed defeated Edom, and your heart has lifted you up. Be content with your glory, and stay at home; for why should you provoke trouble so that you fall, you and Judah with you?”

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20 neither exalting himself above other members of the community nor turning aside from the commandment, either to the right or to the left, so that he and his descendants may reign long over his kingdom in Israel.

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14 then do not exalt yourself, forgetting the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery,

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And the angels who did not keep their own position, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains in deepest darkness for the judgment of the great day.

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For if God did not spare the angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell[a] and committed them to chains[b] of deepest darkness to be kept until the judgment;

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Peter 2:4 Gk Tartaros
  2. 2 Peter 2:4 Other ancient authorities read pits