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for by wise guidance you can wage your war,
    and in abundance of counselors there is victory.

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14 Where there is no guidance, a nation[a] falls,
    but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 11:14 Or an army

18 Plans are established by taking advice;
    wage war by following wise guidance.

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I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

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The Whole Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For our[a] struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. 15 As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. 16 With all of these,[b] take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. 19 Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,[c] 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak.

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Footnotes

  1. Ephesians 6:12 Other ancient authorities read your
  2. Ephesians 6:16 Or In all circumstances
  3. Ephesians 6:19 Other ancient authorities lack of the gospel

25 Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one. 26 So I do not run aimlessly, nor do I box as though beating the air; 27 but I punish my body and enslave it, so that after proclaiming to others I myself should not be disqualified.

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31 Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand?

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22 Without counsel, plans go wrong,
    but with many advisers they succeed.

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The Good Fight of Faith

11 But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made[a] the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Timothy 6:12 Gk confessed

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