(A)Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time (B)for us as well, that God will open up to us a (C)door for (D)the word, so that we may proclaim (E)the mystery of Christ, for which I have also (F)been imprisoned; that I may make it clear (G)in the way that I ought to proclaim it.

[a](H)Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward (I)outsiders, [b](J)making the most of the opportunity. (K)Your speech must always be [c]with grace, as though seasoned with (L)salt, so that you will know how you should (M)respond to each person.

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  1. Colossians 4:5 Lit Walk
  2. Colossians 4:5 Lit redeeming the time
  3. Colossians 4:6 Or gracious

I wrote to you in my letter (A)not to associate with sexually immoral people; 10 I did not at all mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the greedy and swindlers, or with (B)idolaters, for then you would have to leave the world. 11 But [a]actually, I [b]wrote to you not to associate [c]with any so-called (C)brother if he is a sexually immoral person, or a greedy person, or (D)an idolater, or is verbally abusive, or habitually drunk, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a person. 12 For what business of mine is it to judge (E)outsiders? (F)Do you not judge those who are within the church? 13 But those who are outside, God [d]judges. (G)Remove the evil person from among yourselves.

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  1. 1 Corinthians 5:11 Lit now
  2. 1 Corinthians 5:11 Or have written
  3. 1 Corinthians 5:11 Lit together if anyone called a brother is
  4. 1 Corinthians 5:13 Or will judge

The Lord’s Supper

23 For (A)I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that (B)the Lord Jesus, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same way He also took (C)the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the (D)new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death (E)until He comes.

27 Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy way, shall be (F)guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. 28 But a person must (G)examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For the one who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not properly recognize the [a]body. 30 For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number [b](H)are asleep. 31 But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are (I)disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with (J)the world.

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  1. 1 Corinthians 11:29 I.e., body of the Lord
  2. 1 Corinthians 11:30 I.e., are dead

23 (A)All things are permitted, but not all things are of benefit. All things are permitted, but not all things [a](B)build people up. 24 No one is to (C)seek his own advantage, but rather that of his [b]neighbor. 25 (D)Eat anything that is sold in the meat market without asking questions, for the sake of conscience; 26 (E)for the earth is the Lords, and [c]all it contains. 27 If (F)one of the unbelievers invites you and you want to go, (G)eat anything that is set before you without asking questions, for the sake of conscience. 28 But (H)if anyone says to you, “This is meat sacrificed to idols,” do not eat it, for the sake of that one who informed you and for the sake of conscience; 29 Now by “conscience” I do not mean your own, but the other person’s; for (I)why is my freedom judged by another’s conscience? 30 If I partake with thankfulness, (J)why am I slandered about that for which I (K)give thanks?

31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or (L)whatever you do, do all things for the glory of God. 32 (M)Do not offend Jews or Greeks, or (N)the church of God; 33 just as I also (O)please everyone in all things, (P)not seeking my own benefit but the benefit of the many, (Q)so that they may be saved.

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  1. 1 Corinthians 10:23 Or edify
  2. 1 Corinthians 10:24 Lit the other
  3. 1 Corinthians 10:26 Lit its fullness

19 For though I am (A)free from all people, I have made myself (B)a slave to all, so that I may (C)gain more. 20 (D)To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might gain Jews; to those who are under the Law, I became as one under the Law, though (E)not being under the Law myself, so that I might gain those who are under the Law; 21 to those who are (F)without the Law, I became (G)as one without the Law, though not being without the law of God but (H)under the law of Christ, so that I might gain those who are without the Law. 22 To the (I)weak I became weak, that I might gain the weak; I have become (J)all things to all people, (K)so that I may by all means save some. 23 I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it.

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12 (A)Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they (B)slander you as evildoers, they may [a]because of your good deeds, as they observe them, (C)glorify God (D)on the day of [b]visitation.

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  1. 1 Peter 2:12 Or as a result of
  2. 1 Peter 2:12 I.e., Christ’s coming again in judgment

17 (A)Honor all people, (B)love the brotherhood, (C)fear God, (D)honor the [a]king.

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  1. 1 Peter 2:17 Or emperor

15 but [a]sanctify (A)Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready (B)to make a [b]defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the (C)hope that is in you, but (D)with gentleness and (E)respect; 16 [c]and keep a (F)good conscience so that in the thing in which (G)you are slandered, those who disparage your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.

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  1. 1 Peter 3:15 I.e., set apart
  2. 1 Peter 3:15 Or argument; or explanation
  3. 1 Peter 3:16 Lit having a good