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Corinth restored, as Viewed From the Acrocorinthus.




Number 5

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  1. "Don't write, 'The King of the Jews,' but that this fellow said, 'I am the King of the Jews.'"

  2. "What I have written I have written."

  3. "Here is our bread; it was warm when we took it from home for our journey the day we set out to come to you, and now you see it is dry and crumbling. These wineskins were new when we filled them; you see they have burst; and our clothes and sandals are all worn out from travelling such a long way."

  4. "Stand still, O sun, at Gibeon,
    O moon, in the Valley of Aijalon!"

  5. "Do you think I enjoy seeing evil people die? No, I would rather see them repent and live."

  6. "The Lord does not delay and be tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people's conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance."

  7. "Out of the eater something to eat came forth,
    And out of the strong something sweet came forth."

  8. "You must really hate me. If you loved me at all, you would have told me the answer to your riddle."

  9. "What is sweeter than honey? and what is stronger than a lion?"

  10. "If you hadn't used my cow to plow, you wouldn't know my riddle now."

  11. "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known."

  12. "But the path of the righteous ones is like the bright light that is getting lighter and lighter until the day is firmly established."

  13. "His delight shall be in the fear of Yahweh; and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither decide after the hearing of his ears."

  14. "Judge not after the outer appearance, but judge righteous judgment."

  15. "These also are the sayings of wise people: Showing partiality as a judge is not good."

  16. "In judging, do not let a man's position have any weight with you; give hearing equally to small and great; have no fear of any man, for it is God who is judge."

  17. "Jehovah your God shall raise up to you a prophet from among you, of your brothers, one like me; you shall listen to him."

  18. "We have found the one whom Moses wrote about in the book of the Law and whom the prophets also wrote about. He is Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth."

  19. "Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! Could he be the Messiah?"

  20. "Don't think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you, even Moses, on whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote about me."

  21. "I am not talking of you all: I have knowledge of my true disciples, but things are as they are, so that the Writings may come true, The foot of him who takes bread with me is lifted up against me. From this time forward, I give you knowledge of things before they come about, so that when they come about you may have belief that I am he."

  22. "Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me."

  23. "The man, whose hand is in the dish with mine, is he who betrays me."

  24. "And he must keep the covenant in force for the many for one week; and at the half of the week he will cause sacrifice and gift offering to cease."

  25. "But Christ having appeared as a High Priest of the coming good things, through the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation, nor through the blood of goats and of calves, but through His own blood, He entered once for all into the Holy of Holies, having procured everlasting redemption."

  26. "It is not the sound of the singing over mighty performance,
    And it is not the sound of the singing of defeat;
    It is the sound of other singing that I am hearing."

  27. "Do not be angry, sir; you know this people is evil-disposed, and they said to me 'Make us gods that will go before us, because we do not know what has happened to this Moses, the man that brought us up out of Egypt.' And I said to them 'Who has any gold? strip it off'; and they gave it to me, and I threw it in the fire, and this calf came out."

  28. "Lord, we remember how that deceiver said while he was still alive, 'After three days I will be resurrected.' So then order the tomb to be secured until the third day; otherwise his disciples may come and steal him and tell the people that he was resurrected from the dead, and the last deception will be worse than the first."

  29. "They have taken away the Lord out of the memorial tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him."

  30. "Look! I see Heaven open and the Son of Man standing at God's right hand!"

  31. "Then I saw heaven standing open, and on to the scene there came a white horse. Its rider's name was Faithful and True, for both as a judge and as a warrior he is just."

  32. "How often they rebelled against him in the desert;
        how many times they made him sad!
    Again and again they put God to the test
       and brought pain to the Holy God of Israel."

  33. "But they rebelled, and grieved his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and himself fought against them."

  34. "And do not give grief to the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were marked for the day of salvation."

  35. "Jehovah is a God exacting exclusive devotion and taking vengeance; Jehovah is taking vengeance and is disposed to rage. Jehovah is taking vengeance against his adversaries, and he is resentful toward his enemies. Jehovah is slow to anger and great in power, and by no means will Jehovah hold back from punishing."

  36. "I say to the men of pride, Let your pride be gone: and to the sinners, Let not your horn be lifted up.
    Let not your horn be lifted up: let no more words of pride come from your outstretched necks.
    For honour does not come from the east, or from the west, or uplifting from the south;
    But God is the judge, putting down one, and lifting up another.
    For in the hand of the Lord is a cup, and the wine is red; it is well mixed, overflowing from his hand: he will make all the sinners of the earth take of it, even to the last drop.
    But I will ever be full of joy, making songs of praise to the God of Jacob.
    By him will all the horns of the sinners be cut off; but the horns of the upright will be lifted up."

  37. "Seek Jehovah, all ye meek of the land, who have performed his ordinance; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of Jehovah's anger."

  38. "For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the men of integrity, blameless and complete [in God's sight], shall remain in it; but the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the treacherous shall be rooted out of it."

  39. "To you, O Jehovah, be the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty; for all in the heavens and in the earth belongs to You, O Jehovah; Yours is the kingdom, and You lift up Yourself to all as Head; and the riches, and the honor come from before You, and You rule over all; and in Your hand is power and might; and it is in Your hand to make great, and to give strength to all."

  40. "God has spoken once, twice have I heard this, that power belongs to God. Also to You, O Lord, belong mercy and loving-kindness, for You render to every man according to his work."

  41. "And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never, be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever."

  42. "Let your kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also upon earth."

  43. "Command that these two sons of mine may sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom."

  44. "This, however, is not the way it shall be among you. If one of you wants to be great, you must be the servant of the rest; and if one of you wants to be first, you must be the slave of the others—"

  45. "Take me up, and cast me into the sea, and the sea shall be calm to you: for I know for my sake this great tempest is upon you."

  46. "If the sailors don't stay on board, you have no hope of being saved."

  47. "What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given you, even to the half of my kingdom."

  48. "Ask me whatever you want; I will give it to you. I will give you whatever you ask me for, up to half of my kingdom."

  49. "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's."

  50. "Of necessity you must be subject to the laws, not merely from considerations of punishment, but also of conscience, which applies equally to your payment of taxes. Those who levy them are God's officials regularly employed for this very purpose. Render to everyone their dues, tribute to whoever is entitled to it, tax to whoever is entitled to it, respect to whoever is entitled to it, honour to whoever is entitled to it."

  51. "A passerby who gets embroiled in someone else's quarrel
    Is like one who seizes a dog by its ears."

  52. "So, then, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger."

  53. "'Be angry, yet do not sin.' Do not let the sun go down on your wrath."

  54. "BE agitated, but do not sin. Have YOUR say in YOUR heart, upon YOUR bed, and keep silent."

  55. "Honor Jehovah with your valuable things and with the firstfruits of all your produce. Then your stores of supply will be filled with plenty; and with new wine your own press vats will overflow."

  56. "Each of you must give what you have decided in your heart, not with regret or under compulsion, since God loves a cheerful giver."

  57. "Be giving, and it shall be given to you: a measure ideal, squeezed down and shaken together and running over, shall they be giving into your bosom. For the same measure with which you are measuring will be measured to you again."

  58. "For if the (eager) readiness to give is there, then it is acceptable and welcomed in proportion to what a person has, not according to what he does not have."

  59. "The generous soul will itself be made fat, and the one freely watering [others] will himself also be freely watered."

  60. "I have shown you in all things that by working hard in this way we must help the weak, remembering the words that the Lord Jesus himself said, 'There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.'"

  61. "But beware of doing your good actions in the sight of men, in order to attract their gaze; if you do, there is no reward for you with your Father who is in Heaven. When you give in charity, never blow a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and streets in order that their praises may be sung by men. I solemnly tell you that they already have their reward. But when you are giving in charity, let not your left hand perceive what your right hand is doing, that your charities may be in secret; and then your Father—He who sees in secret—will recompense you."

  62. "My injury be upon you; I gave my slave-girl into your bosom, and she saw that she had conceived, and I was despised in her eyes. Let Jehovah judge between me and you."

  63. "It is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave and the other by the free woman. But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, and the son born of the free woman through the promise."

  64. "For wherever jealousy and rivalry exist, there is disorder and every kind of evil."

  65. "A calm heart is the life of the fleshly organism, but jealousy is rottenness to the bones."

  66. "So, don't worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

  67. "Anxiety in a man's heart weighs it down, but a kind word makes it glad."

  68. "But I almost stumbled and fell, because it made me jealous to see proud and evil people and to watch them prosper. They never have to suffer, they stay healthy, and they don't have troubles like everyone else. Their pride is like a necklace, and they commit sin more often than they dress themselves. Their eyes poke out with fat, and their minds are flooded with foolish thoughts. They sneer and say cruel things, and because of their pride, they make violent threats. They dare to speak against God and to order others around. God will bring his people back, and they will drink the water he so freely gives. Only evil people would say, 'God Most High cannot know everything!' Yet all goes well for them, and they live in peace. What good did it do me to keep my thoughts pure and refuse to do wrong? I am sick all day, and I am punished each morning. If I had said evil things, I would not have been loyal to your people. It was hard for me to understand all this! Then I went to your temple, and there I understood what will happen to my enemies. You will make them stumble, never to get up again. They will be terrified, suddenly swept away and no longer there. They will disappear, Lord, despised like a bad dream the morning after."

  69. "Let your heart not be envious of sinners, but be in the fear of Jehovah all day long. For in that case there will exist a future, and your own hope will not be cut off."

  70. "The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein forever."

  71. "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth."

  72. "And why do you look at the splinter in your brother's eye, and not notice the beam which is in your own eye? Or how say to your brother, 'Allow me to take the splinter out of your eye,' while the beam is in your own eye? Hypocrite, first take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly how to remove the splinter from your brother's eye."

  73. "Let love be without hypocrisy."

  74. "But the wisdom from above is first of all chaste, then peaceable, reasonable, ready to obey, full of mercy and good fruits, not making partial distinctions, not hypocritical."

  75. "Now that YOU have purified YOUR souls by [YOUR] obedience to the truth with unhypocritical brotherly affection as the result, love one another intensely from the heart."

  76. "This one shall comfort us concerning our work and concerning the toil of our hands, because of the ground which Jehovah has cursed."

  77. "For land which has drunk in the rain that often falls upon it, and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sakes, indeed, it is tilled, has a share in God's blessing. But if it only yields a mass of thorns and briers, it is considered worthless, and is in danger of being cursed, and in the end will be destroyed by fire."

  78. "Even when you're old, I'll take care of you. Even when your hair turns gray, I'll support you. I made you and will continue to care for you. I'll support you and save you."

  79. "I have been young, and now am old; Yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his seed begging bread."

  80. "See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God is housed inside the curtains of a tent."

  81. "And it was in the heart of my father David to build a house for the name of Jehovah, God of Israel; and Jehovah said to my father David, Because it has been in your heart to build a house for My name, you have done well that it has been in your heart; only, you shall not build the house, but your son who shall come out from your loins, he shall build the house for My name. And Jehovah has lifted up His Word that He spoke; for I have risen up instead of my father David and sit on the throne of Israel, as Jehovah spoke, and have built the house for the name of Jehovah the God of Israel; and set there a place for the ark, in which is the covenant of Jehovah which He made with our fathers when He brought them out from the land of Egypt."

  82. "For every house is built by someone; but he who built all things is God."

  83. "And Solomon built him a house. But the Most High does not live in man-made abodes, not he; as the prophet says 'I have the sky for throne, and the earth as the footstool for my feet; what house will you build me, says the Lord? or what is the place for my rest? did not my hand make all this?'"

  84. "But I say unto you, Do not swear at all; neither by the heaven, because it is the throne of God; nor by the earth, because it is the footstool of his feet."

  85. "I immerse in water, but there is one among you whom you know not. It is he who comes after me, and was before me; whose shoe-string I am not worthy to loose."

  86. "Amen I say to you, there hath not risen among them that are born of women a greater than John the Baptist: yet he that is the lesser in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he."

  87. "I need to be baptized by you. Why do you come to me?"

  88. "Christ did not sin or ever tell a lie. Although he was abused, he never tried to get even. And when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he had faith in God, who judges fairly."

  89. "And he let his grave be made with the wicked, and with the (godless) rich at his death; although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth."

  90. "But in taking this view they put out of their minds the memory that in the old days there was a heaven, and an earth lifted out of the water and circled by water, by the word of God; and that the world which then was came to an end through the overflowing of the waters."

  91. "For as the days of Noah, thus will be the presence of the son of man. For as in those days, those before the deluge, they were eating and drinking, marrying, and pledging in marriage, till the Day that Noah entered the ark, and understood not, till the deluge came, and swept them all away; thus will be the presence of the son of man."

  92. "But if it is by means of God's finger I expel the demons, the kingdom of God has really overtaken YOU."

  93. "The one practicing sin is of the devil, because the devil sins from the beginning. For this the Son of God was revealed, that He might undo the works of the devil."

  94. "Go to the High Priest Hilkiah and get a report on the amount of money that the priests on duty at the entrance to the Temple have collected from the people. Tell him to give the money to the men who are in charge of the repairs in the Temple. They are to pay the carpenters, the builders, and the masons, and buy the timber and the stones used in the repairs. The men in charge of the work are thoroughly honest, so there is no need to require them to account for the funds."

  95. "Carry on prayer for us, for we trust we have an honest conscience, as we wish to conduct ourselves honestly in all things."

  96. "Wisdom does more good than weapons, but one sinner can undo a lot of good."

  97. "This boasting of yours is an ugly thing. Do you not know that a little yeast has its effect all through the dough?"

  98. "Leaders of Shechem, listen to me, and maybe God will listen to you. Once the trees searched for someone to be king; they asked the olive tree, 'Will you be our king?' But the olive tree replied, 'My oil brings honor to people and gods. I won't stop making oil, just to have my branches wave above the other trees.' Then they asked the fig tree, 'Will you be our king?' But the fig tree replied, 'I won't stop growing my delicious fruit, just to have my branches wave above the other trees.' Next they asked the grape vine, 'Will you be our king?' But the grape vine replied, 'My wine brings cheer to people and gods. I won't stop making wine, just to have my branches wave above the other trees.' Finally, they went to the thornbush and asked, "Will you be our king?' The thornbush replied, 'If you really want me to be your king, then come into my shade and I will protect you. But if you're deceiving me, I'll start a fire that will spread out and destroy the cedars of Lebanon.' My father Gideon risked his life for you when he fought to rescue you from the Midianites. Did you reward Gideon by being kind to his family? No, you did not! You attacked his family and killed all seventy of his sons on that rock. And was it right to make Abimelech your king? He's merely the son of my father's slave girl. But just because he's your relative, you made him king of Shechem. So, you leaders of Shechem, if you treated Gideon and his family the way you should have, then I hope you and Abimelech will make each other very happy. But if it was wrong to treat Gideon and his family the way you did, then I pray that Abimelech will destroy you with fire, and I pray that you will do the same to him."

  99. "If you think you are something when you really are nothing, you are only deceiving yourself."

  100. "Finally, brothers [and sisters], be rejoicing; be striving for perfection; continue being comforted, be thinking the same [thing] [fig., be in agreement], be living at peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you."

  101. "Look! How good and how pleasant it is
        For brothers to dwell together in unity!"

Picture credit: CORINTH RESTORED, AS VIEWED FROM THE ACROCORINTHUS, from Hand-Book of Bible Geography, by Rev. George H. Whitney, D. D., Published by Phillips & Hunt, New York, 1879.

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