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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And the Lord God formed man of the (A)dust of the ground, and (B)breathed into his (C)nostrils the breath of life; and (D)man became a living being.

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But you, when you pray, (A)go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you [a]openly. And when you pray, (B)do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. (C)For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

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  1. Matthew 6:6 NU omits openly

You Cannot Serve God and Riches

24 (A)“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. (B)You cannot serve God and [a]mammon.

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  1. Matthew 6:24 Lit., in Aram., riches

26 For what (A)profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or (B)what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

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21 They said to Him, “Caesar’s.”

And He said to them, (A)“Render[a] therefore to Caesar the things that are (B)Caesar’s, and to God the things that are (C)God’s.”

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  1. Matthew 22:21 Pay

36 (A)Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

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19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, (A)“Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. 20 (B)For we cannot but speak the things which (C)we have seen and heard.”

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Dead to Sin, Alive to God

What shall we say then? (A)Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who (B)died to sin live any longer in it?

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Submit to Government

13 Let every soul be (A)subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists (B)the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will [a]bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? (C)Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore (D)you must be subject, not only because of wrath (E)but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. (F)Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.

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  1. Romans 13:2 Lit. receive

Christian Liberty

(A)Stand[a] fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a (B)yoke of bondage.

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  1. Galatians 5:1 NU For freedom Christ has made us free; stand fast therefore, and

13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only (A)do not use liberty as an (B)opportunity for the flesh, but (C)through love serve one another.

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20 For (A)our citizenship is in heaven, (B)from which we also (C)eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,

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Pray for All Men

Therefore I [a]exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, (A)for kings and (B)all who are in [b]authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and [c]reverence.

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  1. 1 Timothy 2:1 encourage
  2. 1 Timothy 2:2 a prominent place
  3. 1 Timothy 2:2 dignity

12 There is one [a]Lawgiver, (A)who is able to save and to destroy. (B)Who[b] are you to judge [c]another?

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  1. James 4:12 NU adds and Judge
  2. James 4:12 NU, M But who
  3. James 4:12 NU a neighbor

12 (A)having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, (B)they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.

Submission to Government(C)

13 (D)Therefore submit yourselves to every [a]ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, 14 or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men— 16 (E)as free, yet not (F)using liberty as a cloak for [b]vice, but as bondservants of God. 17 Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear (G)God. Honor the king.

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  1. 1 Peter 2:13 institution
  2. 1 Peter 2:16 wickedness

11 Let him (A)turn away from evil and do good;
(B)Let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
(C)And His ears are open to their prayers;
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Suffering for Right and Wrong

13 (D)And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? 14 (E)But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. (F)“And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” 15 But [a]sanctify [b]the Lord God in your hearts, and always (G)be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the (H)hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 (I)having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. 17 For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

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  1. 1 Peter 3:15 set apart
  2. 1 Peter 3:15 NU Christ as Lord

Suffering for God’s Glory

12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice (A)to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that (B)when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. 14 If you are [a]reproached for the name of Christ, (C)blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. [b]On their part He is blasphemed, (D)but on your part He is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a [c]busybody in other people’s matters. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this [d]matter.

17 For the time has come (E)for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, (F)what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 Now

(G)“If the righteous one is scarcely saved,
Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?”

19 Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God (H)commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.

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  1. 1 Peter 4:14 insulted or reviled
  2. 1 Peter 4:14 NU omits the rest of v. 14.
  3. 1 Peter 4:15 meddler
  4. 1 Peter 4:16 NU name