Live in peace with each other.
May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.
All who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless … The house of the righteous contains great treasure, but the income of the wicked brings ruin … For what is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?
The joy of the Lord is your strength … The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace … Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always … The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.
(Treat) older women as mothers … with absolute purity.
Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.
All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.
But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say?
May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us, Selah, that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.