Have I not commanded you? Be
strong and courageous. Do not be
frightened, and do not be
dismayed, for the Lord your God is
with you wherever you go.
Even though I walk through the
valley of the shadow of death, I
will fear no evil, for you are
with me; your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
When the righteous cry for help,
the Lord hears and delivers them
out of all their troubles.
The Lord is near to the
brokenhearted and saves the
crushed in spirit. Many are the
afflictions of the righteous, but
the Lord delivers him out of them
all. He keeps all his bones; not
one of them is broken.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall
be clean; wash me, and I shall be
whiter than snow. Let me hear joy
and gladness; let the bones that
you have broken rejoice. Hide your
face from my sins, and blot out
all my iniquities. Create in me a
clean heart, O God, and renew a
right spirit within me. Cast me
not away from your presence, and
take not your Holy Spirit from me.
He heals the brokenhearted and
binds up their wounds.
Whoever is righteous has regard
for the life of his beast, but the
mercy of the wicked is cruel.
The poor is disliked even by his
neighbor, but the rich has many
friends. Whoever despises his
neighbor is a sinner, but blessed
is he who is generous to the poor.
A hot-tempered man stirs up
strife, but he who is slow to
anger quiets contention.
You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
Behold, this was the guilt of your
sister Sodom: she and her
daughters had pride, excess of
food, and prosperous ease, but did
not aid the poor and needy.
Judge not, that you be not judged.
For with the judgment you
pronounce you will be judged, and
with the measure you use it will
be measured to you.
Come to me, all who labor and are
heavy laden, and I will give you
"Teacher, which is the great
commandment in the Law?” And he
said to him, “You shall love the
Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with
all your mind. This is the great
and first commandment. And a
second is like it: You shall love
your neighbor as yourself.
For this reason God gave them up
to dishonorable passions. For
their women exchanged natural
relations for those that are
contrary to nature; and the men
likewise gave up natural relations
with women and were consumed with
passion for one another, men
committing shameless acts with men
and receiving in themselves the
due penalty for their error.
And we know that for those who
love God all things work together
for good, for those who are called
according to his purpose.
As for the one who is weak in
faith, welcome him, but not to
quarrel over opinions.
Why do you pass judgment on your
brother? Or you, why do you
despise your brother? For we will
all stand before the judgment seat
of God; for it is written, “As I
live, says the Lord, every knee
shall bow to me, and every tongue
shall confess to God.” So then
each of us will give an account of
himself to God. Therefore let us
not pass judgment on one another
any longer, but rather decide
never to put a stumbling block or
hindrance in the way of a brother.
If I speak in the tongues of men
and of angels, but have not love,
I am a noisy gong or a clanging
cymbal. And if I have prophetic
powers, and understand all
mysteries and all knowledge, and
if I have all faith, so as to
remove mountains, but have not
love, I am nothing. If I give away
all I have, and if I deliver up my
body to be burned, but have not
love, I gain nothing. Love is
patient and kind; love does not
envy or boast; it is not arrogant
or rude. It does not insist on its
own way; it is not irritable or
(1 Corinthians 13:1-13)
But he said to me, “My grace is
sufficient for you, for my power
is made perfect in weakness.”
Therefore I will boast all the
more gladly of my weaknesses, so
that the power of Christ may rest
(2 Corinthians 12:9)
And the peace of God, which
surpasses all understanding, will
guard your hearts and your minds
in Christ Jesus.
And my God will supply every need
of yours according to his riches
in glory in Christ Jesus.
Rejoice always, pray without
ceasing, give thanks in all
circumstances; for this is the
will of God in Christ Jesus for
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
For the word of God is living and
active, sharper than any two-edged
sword, piercing to the division of
soul and of spirit, of joints and
of marrow, and discerning the
thoughts and intentions of the
For we know him who said,
“Vengeance is mine; I will repay.”
And again, “The Lord will judge
If we confess our sins, he is
faithful and just to forgive us
our sins and to cleanse us from
(1 John 1:9)
There is no fear in love, but
perfect love casts out fear. For
fear has to do with punishment,
and whoever fears has not been
perfected in love.
(1 John 4:18)