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The People of the Kingdom

(Category 15 of 16)


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Submit to Government


1 Let every soul be asubject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.
2 Therefore whoever resists athe authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will 1bring judgment on themselves.
3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? aDo what is good, and you will have praise from the same.
4 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.
5 Therefore ayou must be subject, not only because of wrath bbut also for conscience’ sake.
6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing.
7 aRender therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due,

CHAPTER 13 References

1 a1 Pet. 2:13
2 a[Titus 3:1] 1Lit. receive
3 a1 Pet. 2:14
5 aEccl. 8:2
b[1 Pet. 2:13,
19] 7 aMatt. 22:21
8 a[Gal. 5:13,
14] 9 aEx.
Deut. 5:17–21
bLev. 19:18
1NU omits
“You shall not
bear false
10 a[Matt.
7:12; 22:39,
40] 11 a[1 Cor.
15:34] 12 aEph. 5:11
b[Eph. 6:11,
13] 13 aPhil. 4:8
bProv. 23:20
c[1 Cor. 6:9] dJames 3:14
14 aGal. 3:27
b[Gal. 5:16]

CHAPTER 14 References

1 a[1 Cor. 8:9;
9:22] 2 a[Titus 1:15] 3 a[Col. 2:16] 4 aJames 4:11,
5 aGal. 4:10
6 aGal. 4:10
b[1 Tim. 4:3] 1NU omits the
rest of this
7 a[Gal. 2:20] 8 a2 Cor. 5:14,


customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.

Love Your Neighbor

8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for ahe who loves another has fulfilled the law.
9 For the commandments, a“You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” 1“You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, b“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore alove is the fulfillment of the law.

Put on Christ

11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time ato awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. aTherefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and blet us put on the armor of light.
13 aLet us walk 1properly, as in the day, bnot in revelry and drunkenness, cnot in lewdness and lust, dnot in strife and envy.
14 But aput on the Lord Jesus Christ, and bmake no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

The Law of Liberty


1 Receivea one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things.
2 For one believes he amay eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables.
3 Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and alet not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him.
4 aWho are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.
5 aOne person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.
6 He who aobserves the day, observes it to the Lord; 1and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for bhe gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks.
7 For anone of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself.
8 For if we alive, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.

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9 For ato this end Christ died 1and rose and lived again, that He might be bLord of both the dead and the living.
10 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For awe shall all stand before the judgment seat of 1Christ.
11 For it is written:

a“As I live, says the LORD, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.”

12 So then aeach of us shall give account of himself to God.
13 Therefore let us not judge one another 1anymore, but rather resolve this, anot to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.

The Law of Love

14 I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus athat there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
15 Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food, you are no longer walking in love. aDo not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died.
16 aTherefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil;
17 afor the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and bpeace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
18 For he who serves Christ in 1these things ais acceptable to God and approved by men.
19 aTherefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which bone may 1edify another.
20 aDo not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. bAll things indeed are pure, cbut it is evil for the man who eats with 1offense.
21 It is good neither to eat ameat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles 1or is offended or is made weak.
22 1Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. aHappy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.
23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for awhatever is not from faith is 1sin.

9 a2 Cor. 5:15
bActs 10:36
1NU omits
and rose
10 a2 Cor. 5:10
1NU God
11 aIs. 45:23;
Phil. 2:9–11
12 a1 Pet. 4:5
13 a1 Cor. 8:9
1any longer
14 a1 Cor.
15 a1 Cor. 8:11
16 a[Rom.
12:17] 17 a1 Cor. 8:8
b[Rom. 8:6] 18 a2 Cor. 8:21
1NU this
19 aRom. 12:18
b1 Cor. 14:12
1build up
20 aRom. 14:15
bActs 10:15
c1 Cor. 8:9–12
1A feeling of
giving offense
21 a1 Cor. 8:13
1NU omits the
rest of v. 21.
22 a[1 John
3:21] 1NU The
faith which
you have—
23 aTitus 1:15
1M puts Rom.
16:25–27 here.

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God’s Perfect Knowledge of Man

For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

1 O LORD, aYou have searched me and known me.
2 aYou know my sitting down and my rising up; You bunderstand my thought afar off.
3 aYou 1comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, aYou know it altogether.
5 You have 1hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me.
6 aSuch knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.

7 aWhere can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8 aIf I ascend into heaven,You are there; bIf I make my bed in 1hell, behold,You are there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall 1fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me;
12 Indeed, athe darkness 1shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You.

13 For You formed my inward parts; You 1covered me in my mother’s womb.

PSALM 139 References

1 aPs. 17:3;
Jer. 12:3
2 a2 Kin. 19:27
bIs. 66:18;
Matt. 9:4
3 aJob 14:16;
31:4 1Lit. winnow
4 a[Heb. 4:13] 5 1enclosed
6 aJob 42:3;
Ps. 40:5
7 a[Jer. 23:24;
Amos 9:2–4] 8 a[Amos
9:2–4] b[Job
26:6; Prov.
15:11] 1Or
11 1Vg., Symmachus
12 aJob 26:6;
34:22; [Dan.
2:22; Heb.
4:13] 1Lit. is
not dark
13 1wove
14 1So with
MT, Tg.; LXX,
Syr.,Vg. You
are fearfully
15 aJob 10:8, 9;
Eccl. 11:5 1Lit.
bones were
17 a[Ps. 40:5;
Rom. 11:33] 19 a[Is. 11:4] bPs. 119:115
1Lit. men of
20 aJude 15
They take
your cities in
21 a2 Chr. 19:2
22 1complete
23 aJob 31:6;
Ps. 26:2
24 aPs. 5:8;

14 I will praise You, for 1I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.
15 aMy 1frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.

17 aHow precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.

19 Oh, that You would aslay the wicked, O God! bDepart from me, therefore, you 1bloodthirsty men.
20 For they aspeak against You wickedly; 1Your enemies take Your name in vain.
21 aDo I not hate them, O LORD, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
22 I hate them with 1perfect hatred; I count them my enemies.

23 aSearch me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And alead me in the way everlasting.




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