For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of others.
For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them.
I have strayed like a lost sheep … We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed.
Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.
For all who have not met me personally … My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
You saw with your own eyes the great trials … the mighty hand and outstretched arm, with which the Lord your God brought you out.
You know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.