20 and blessed be God Most High,
    who has delivered your enemies into your hand!”

And Abram gave him (A)a tenth of everything.

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30 (A)“Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is the Lord's; it is holy to the Lord. 31 If a man wishes to redeem some of his tithe, he shall add a fifth to it. 32 And every tithe of herds and flocks, every tenth animal of all that (B)pass under the herdsman's staff, shall be holy to the Lord.

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18 You shall remember the Lord your God, for (A)it is he who gives you power to get wealth, (B)that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

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Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. (A)But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ (B)In your tithes and contributions. (C)You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. 10 (D)Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby (E)put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open (F)the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. 11 I will rebuke (G)the devourer[a] for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts. 12 Then (H)all nations will call you blessed, for you will be (I)a land of delight, says the Lord of hosts.

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Footnotes

  1. Malachi 3:11 Probably a name for some crop-destroying pest or pests

Giving to the Needy

“Beware of (A)practicing your righteousness before other people in order (B)to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

(C)“Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may (D)be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have (E)received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. (F)And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

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Lay Up Treasures in Heaven

19 (A)“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where (B)moth and rust[a] destroy and where thieves (C)break in and steal, 20 (D)but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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  1. Matthew 6:19 Or worm; also verse 20

21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be (A)perfect, go, (B)sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have (C)treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

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23 (A)“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For (B)you tithe mint and dill and (C)cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: (D)justice and mercy and faithfulness. (E)These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.

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The Parable of the Talents

14 (A)“For (B)it will be like a man (C)going on a journey, who called his servants[a] and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five (D)talents,[b] to another two, to another one, (E)to each according to his ability. Then he (F)went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and (G)dug in the ground and hid his master's money. 19 Now (H)after a long time the master of those servants came and (I)settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and (J)faithful servant.[c] (K)You have been faithful over a little; (L)I will set you over much. Enter into (M)the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be (N)a hard man, reaping (O)where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, (P)you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You (Q)wicked and (R)slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 (S)For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 25:14 Or bondservants; also verse 19
  2. Matthew 25:15 A talent was a monetary unit worth about twenty years' wages for a laborer
  3. Matthew 25:21 Or bondservant; also verses 23, 26, 30

16 And he told them a parable, saying, (A)“The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, (B)‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my (C)barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up (D)for many years; relax, (E)eat, drink, be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, (F)‘Fool! (G)This night (H)your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, (I)whose will they be?’ 21 So is the one (J)who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

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42 And the Lord said, “Who then is (A)the faithful and (B)wise (C)manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time?

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The Parable of the Dishonest Manager

16 He also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had (A)a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his possessions. And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your (B)management, for you can no longer be manager.’ And the manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses.’ So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures[a] of oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures[b] of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ The master commended the dishonest manager for his (C)shrewdness. For (D)the sons of this world[c] are (E)more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than (F)the sons of light. And I tell you, (G)make friends for yourselves by means of (H)unrighteous wealth,[d] so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings.

10 (I)“One who is (J)faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in (K)that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own? 13 (L)No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 16:6 About 875 gallons or 3,200 liters
  2. Luke 16:7 Between 1,000 and 1,200 bushels or 37,000 to 45,000 liters
  3. Luke 16:8 Greek age
  4. Luke 16:9 Greek mammon, a Semitic word for money or possessions; also verse 11; rendered money in verse 13

44 And all who believed were together and (A)had all things in common. 45 And (B)they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, (C)attending the temple (D)together and (E)breaking bread in their homes, they received their food (F)with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and (G)having favor with all the people. And the Lord (H)added to their number (I)day by day those who (J)were being saved.

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Ananias and Sapphira

But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife's knowledge (A)he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and (B)laid it at the apostles' feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has (C)Satan filled your heart to lie (D)to the Holy Spirit and (E)to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but (F)to God.” When Ananias heard these words, he (G)fell down and breathed his last. And (H)great fear came upon all who heard of it. The young men rose and (I)wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him.

After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you[a] sold the land for so much.” And she said, “Yes, for so much.” But Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together (J)to test (K)the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” 10 Immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 And (L)great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things.

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  1. Acts 5:8 The Greek for you is plural here

24 (A)The God who made the world and everything in it, being (B)Lord of heaven and earth, (C)does not live in temples made by man,[a] 25 nor is he served by human hands, (D)as though he needed anything, since he himself (E)gives to all mankind (F)life and breath and everything.

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  1. Acts 17:24 Greek made by hands

35 In all things (A)I have shown you that (B)by working hard in this way we must (C)help the weak and (D)remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed (E)to give than to receive.’

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We know that (A)our old self[a] (B)was crucified with him in order that (C)the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For (D)one who has died (E)has been set free[b] from sin. Now (F)if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that (G)Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; (H)death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, (I)once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves (J)dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

12 Let not (K)sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 (L)Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but (M)present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For (N)sin (O)will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

Slaves to Righteousness

15 What then? (P)Are we to sin (Q)because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves (R)to anyone as obedient slaves,[c] you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But (S)thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the (T)standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, (U)having been set free from sin, (V)have become slaves of righteousness. 19 (W)I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For (X)just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members (Y)as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.

20 (Z)For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 (AA)But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things (AB)of which you are now ashamed? (AC)For the end of those things is death. 22 But now that you (AD)have been set free from sin and (AE)have become slaves of God, (AF)the fruit you get leads to sanctification and (AG)its end, eternal life.

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  1. Romans 6:6 Greek man
  2. Romans 6:7 Greek has been justified
  3. Romans 6:16 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; twice in this verse; also verses 17, 19 (twice), 20

A Living Sacrifice

12 (A)I appeal to you therefore, brothers,[a] by the mercies of God, (B)to present your bodies (C)as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.[b] (D)Do not be conformed to this world,[c] but be transformed by (E)the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may (F)discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.[d]

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  1. Romans 12:1 Or brothers and sisters
  2. Romans 12:1 Or your rational service
  3. Romans 12:2 Greek age
  4. Romans 12:2 Or what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God

The Ministry of Apostles

This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and (A)stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.

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