27 So God created man (A)in His own image, in the image of God He created him; (B)male and female He created them.

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28 (A)There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is [a]neither male nor female; for (B)you are all one in (C)Christ Jesus.

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  1. Galatians 3:28 Lit not male and female

24 (A)The God who made the world and everything that is in it, since He is (B)Lord of heaven and earth, does not (C)dwell in temples made by hands; 25 nor is He served by human hands, (D)as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; 26 and (E)He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having (F)determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, 27 that they would seek God, if perhaps they might feel around for Him and find Him, (G)though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for (H)in Him we live and move and [a]exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His descendants.’ 29 Therefore, since we are the descendants of God, we (I)ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by human skill and thought.

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  1. Acts 17:28 Lit are

Now there were Jews residing in Jerusalem, (A)devout men from every nation under heaven. And when (B)this sound occurred, the crowd came together and they were bewildered, because each one of them was hearing them speak in his own [a]language. (C)They were amazed and astonished, saying, “[b]Why, are not all these who are speaking (D)Galileans? And how is it that we each hear them in our own [c]language [d]to which we were born? Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea, and (E)Cappadocia, (F)Pontus and [e](G)Asia, 10 (H)Phrygia and (I)Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya around (J)Cyrene, and [f](K)visitors from Rome, both Jews and [g](L)proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own [h]tongues of the mighty deeds of God.”

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  1. Acts 2:6 Or dialect
  2. Acts 2:7 Lit Behold
  3. Acts 2:8 Or dialect
  4. Acts 2:8 Lit in
  5. Acts 2:9 I.e., west coast province of Asia Minor
  6. Acts 2:10 Lit the sojourning Romans
  7. Acts 2:10 I.e., Gentile converts to Judaism
  8. Acts 2:11 Or languages

23 if indeed you continue in [a]the faith firmly (A)established and steadfast, and not shifting from the (B)hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed (C)in all creation under heaven, (D)and of which I, Paul, [b]was made a [c](E)minister.

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  1. Colossians 1:23 Or in faith
  2. Colossians 1:23 Lit became
  3. Colossians 1:23 Or servant

An Ethiopian Receives Christ

25 So, when they had solemnly (A)testified and spoken (B)the word of the Lord, they started back to Jerusalem, and were (C)preaching the gospel to many villages of the (D)Samaritans.

26 But (E)an angel of the Lord spoke to (F)Philip, saying, “Get ready and go [a]south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to (G)Gaza.” ([b]This is a desert road.) 27 So he got ready and went; and [c](H)there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of [d]Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he (I)had come to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and he was returning and sitting in his [e]chariot, and was reading Isaiah the prophet. 29 Then (J)the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this [f]chariot.” 30 Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this:

(K)He was led like a sheep to slaughter;
And like a lamb that is silent before its shearer,
So He does not open His mouth.
33 (L)In humiliation His justice was taken away;
Who will [g]describe His [h]generation?
For His life is taken away from the earth.”

34 The eunuch answered Philip and said, “Please tell me, of whom does the prophet say this? Of himself, or of someone else?” 35 Then Philip (M)opened his mouth, and (N)beginning from this Scripture he (O)preached Jesus to him. 36 As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch *said, “Look! Water! (P)What prevents me from being baptized?”[i] 38 And he ordered that the [j]chariot stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, (Q)the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch no longer saw him, [k]but went on his way rejoicing.

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  1. Acts 8:26 Or at about noon to
  2. Acts 8:26 Or This city is deserted
  3. Acts 8:27 Lit behold, an Ethiopian
  4. Acts 8:27 Possibly an Ethiopian title: the Candace
  5. Acts 8:28 Or carriage
  6. Acts 8:29 Or carriage
  7. Acts 8:33 Or relate
  8. Acts 8:33 Or family history
  9. Acts 8:36 Late mss add as v 37: And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
  10. Acts 8:38 Or carriage
  11. Acts 8:39 Lit for he was going

The Sin of Partiality

(A)My brothers and sisters, (B)do not hold your faith in our (C)glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of (D)personal favoritism. For if a man comes into your [a]assembly with a gold ring and is dressed in (E)bright clothes, and a poor man in (F)dirty clothes also comes in, and you [b]pay special attention to the one who is wearing the (G)bright clothes, and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and you say to the poor man, “You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,” have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges (H)with evil [c]motives? Listen, (I)my beloved brothers and sisters: did (J)God not choose the poor [d]of this world to be (K)rich in faith and (L)heirs of the kingdom which He (M)promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and [e]personally (N)drag you into [f]court? (O)Do they not blaspheme the good name [g]by which you have been called?

If, however, you (P)are fulfilling the [h]royal law according to the Scripture, “(Q)You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you (R)show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the Law as violators.

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  1. James 2:2 Or synagogue
  2. James 2:3 Lit look at
  3. James 2:4 Lit reasonings
  4. James 2:5 Lit to the
  5. James 2:6 Lit they themselves
  6. James 2:6 Lit courts
  7. James 2:7 Lit which has been called upon you
  8. James 2:8 Or law of our King

16 (A)Be of the same mind toward one another; (B)do not be [a]haughty in mind, but [b]associate with the lowly. (C)Do not be wise in your own estimation.

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  1. Romans 12:16 Or arrogant
  2. Romans 12:16 Or accommodate yourself to lowly things

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

Now we command you, brothers and sisters, (A)in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you [a](B)keep away from every brother or sister who [b]leads a [c](C)disorderly life and not one in accordance with (D)the tradition which [d]you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to [e](E)follow our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined way among you, nor did we (F)eat [f]anyone’s bread [g]without paying for it, but with (G)labor and hardship we kept (H)working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you; not because we do not have (I)the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves (J)as a role model for you, so that you would [h]follow our example. 10 For even (K)when we were with you, we used to give you this order: (L)if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either. 11 For we hear that some among you are (M)leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like (N)busybodies. 12 Now we command and (O)exhort such persons in the Lord Jesus Christ to (P)work [i]peacefully and eat their own bread. 13 But as for you, (Q)brothers and sisters, (R)do not grow weary of doing good.

14 If anyone does not obey our [j]instruction [k](S)in this letter, take special note of that person so as (T)not to associate with him, so that he will be (U)put to shame. 15 And yet (V)do not regard that person as an enemy, but [l](W)admonish that one as a (X)brother or sister.

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  1. 2 Thessalonians 3:6 Or avoid
  2. 2 Thessalonians 3:6 Lit walks disorderly
  3. 2 Thessalonians 3:6 Or undisciplined
  4. 2 Thessalonians 3:6 One early ms they
  5. 2 Thessalonians 3:7 Or imitate us
  6. 2 Thessalonians 3:8 Lit from anyone
  7. 2 Thessalonians 3:8 Lit freely
  8. 2 Thessalonians 3:9 Or imitate us
  9. 2 Thessalonians 3:12 Lit with quietness
  10. 2 Thessalonians 3:14 Lit word
  11. 2 Thessalonians 3:14 Lit through
  12. 2 Thessalonians 3:15 Or keep admonishing