Shun youthful passions and pursue righteousness,
faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord
from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with stupid and senseless
controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord's
servant must not be quarrelsome but kindly to everyone, an apt
teacher, patient, correcting opponents with gentleness. God may
perhaps grant that they will repent and come to know the truth,
and that they may escape from the snare of the devil, having been
held captive by him to do his will.
8 I will listen to what the Lord God will say, *
for he shall speak peace to his people and to the faithful,
that they turn not again to folly.
9 Truly, his salvation is near to those who fear him, *
that his glory may dwell in our land.
10 Mercy and truth are met together, *
righteousness and peace have kissed each other;
11 Truth shall spring up from the earth *
and righteousness look down from heaven.
12 The Lord will indeed give all that is good, *
and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness shall go before him *
and direct his steps in the way.
8 The Lord is gracious and merciful, *
long-suffering and of great goodness.
9 The Lord is loving to everyone *
and his mercy is over all his creatures.
10 All your works praise you, O Lord, *
and your faithful servants bless you.
11 They tell of the glory of your kingdom *
and speak of your mighty power,
12 To make known to all peoples your mighty acts *
and the glorious splendour of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom; *
your dominion endures throughout all ages.
Jesus said, "No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar, but on the lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light; but if it is not healthy, your body is full of darkness. Therefore consider whether the light in you is not darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays.""Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet's reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple-- truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward."