We were born only yesterday and know nothing

Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you. … Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. Continue reading

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I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes

Ask the former generation and find out what their ancestors learned, for we were born only yesterday and know nothing, and our days on earth are but a shadow. … What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Continue reading

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It is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.

No one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. … So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me.

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I know, Lord, that your laws are righteous

I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws. … Accept, LORD, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws. … With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. … Hear my voice in accordance with your love; preserve my life, LORD, according to your laws. … Your compassion, LORD, is great; preserve my life according to your laws. Continue reading

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We have not obeyed the Lord our God or kept the laws he gave us

And you will know that I am the LORD, for you have not followed my decrees or kept my laws but have conformed to the standards of the nations around you. … We have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws. Continue reading

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Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips

Remember the law of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him. … May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in obedience to him and keep the commands, decrees and laws he gave our ancestors.  Continue reading

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We who serve God by his Spirit put no confidence in the flesh

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. … Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. … Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? Continue reading

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Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation

The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. … For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. … Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. … The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. Continue reading

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My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God

My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD. … I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Continue reading

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Do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh

For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.

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