Psalm 119 New International Version (NIV)
1 Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,
9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
17 Be good to your servant while I live,
25 I am laid low in the dust;
33 Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees,
41 May your unfailing love come to me, Lord,
49 Remember your word to your servant,
57 You are my portion, Lord;
65 Do good to your servant
73 Your hands made me and formed me;
81 My soul faints with longing for your salvation,
89 Your word, Lord, is eternal;
97 Oh, how I love your law!
105 Your word is a lamp for my feet,
113 I hate double-minded people,
121 I have done what is righteous and just;
129 Your statutes are wonderful;
137 You are righteous, Lord,
145 I call with all my heart; answer me, Lord,
153 Look on my suffering and deliver me,
ש Sin and Shin
161 Rulers persecute me without cause,
169 May my cry come before you, Lord;
Habakkuk 2:2-20 New International Version (NIV)
The Lord’s Answer
2 Then the Lord replied:
“Write down the revelation
4 “See, the enemy is puffed up;
6 “Will not all of them taunt him with ridicule and scorn, saying,
“‘Woe to him who piles up stolen goods
9 “Woe to him who builds his house by unjust gain,
12 “Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed
15 “Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbors,
18 “Of what value is an idol carved by a craftsman?
20 The Lord is in his holy temple;
James 2:14-26 New International Version (NIV)
Faith and Deeds
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless[a]? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,”[b] and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.
25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
Luke 16:19-31 New International Version (NIV)
The Rich Man and Lazarus
19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’
25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’
27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’
29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’
30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”
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