Luke 10:17-20 [after Jesus sent seventy disciples, two by two, into every city where he was going]: "And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven."


Acts 17:11: "These [the Jews at Berea] were more noble [in mind, disposition, and manner] than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word [preaching of the gospel] with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, [to see] whether those things were so."


Psalm 5:3 [King David's prayer to God]: "My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up."


Proverbs 23:9: "Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words."


Romans 3:23: "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"


Job 5:17-18: "Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening [punishment or discipline] of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole."


Isaiah 41:13: "For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee."


Philippians 4:6-7: "Be careful for nothing [don't worry]; but in every thing by prayer and supplication [asking for something that you need or want] with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."


Romans 2:21-23: "Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest [hates] idols, dost thou commit sacrilege [violate or misuse something that is considered sacred]? Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?"


James 2:13: "For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment [for all born-again Christians on judgment day]."


Psalm 141:4 [King David's prayer to God]: "Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity [do bad things]: and let me not eat of their dainties."


1 Peter 3:3-4 [Peter, referring to wives]: "Whose adorning [ornament, or effort to make oneself beautiful] let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting [braiding] the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of [fancy] apparel [clothing]; But let it be the hidden man of the heart [the soul], in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit [a calm and contented disposition], which is in the sight of God of great price [value]."


Psalm 84:10 [King David's prayer to God]: "For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand [days spent elsewhere]. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness."


1 Corinthians 15:58 [the apostle Paul, in a letter to the Corinthian church]: "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord [in other words, the things you do for God will be rewarded]."


Proverbs 13:24: "He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him [punishes] betimes [when necessary]."

[Note: A good article about biblical discipline is called "What does it mean to 'spare the rod, spoil the child?'"
Here's the link, if you want to read it:]


Revelation 21:9-22:5 [The apostle John, describing his vision of future events]

Chapter 21

Verses 9-11: "And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;"

Verses 12-14: "And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb."

Verses 15-17: "And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. And the city lieth foursquare [a perfect cube], and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs [1500 miles]. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits [216 feet], according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel."

Verse 18: "And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass."

Verses 19-20: "And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst."

Verse 21: "And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass."

Verses 22-27: "And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb [Jesus] are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life."

Chapter 22

Verses 1-2: "And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it [the city], and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations."

Verses 3-5: "And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever."


1 Peter 2:17: "Honour all men. Love the brotherhood [all true Christians]. Fear God [reverence and honor him]. Honour the king [show respect for those who hold positions of authority]."


2 Peter 2:1: "But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily [secretly] shall bring in damnable heresies [destructive opinions], even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction."


Titus 1:2: "In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;"


1 Chronicles 29:13: "Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name."


John 15:5 [Jesus, speaking to his disciples during the last supper]: "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit [good works]: for without me ye can do nothing."


2 Corinthians 2:11 [the Apostle Paul's comment while discussing the discipline of a member of the Corinthian church]: "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices [plans, schemes]."


Psalm 127:1: "Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain."


Luke 22:31-32: "And the Lord said, Simon [Peter], Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted [from the sin of denying that he knew Jesus], strengthen thy brethren [warn them about temptation and encourage them in their faith]."


Psalm 4:1 [King David's prayer to God]: "Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer."


Proverbs 16:6: "By mercy and truth [of God] iniquity [sin at its worst;  wickedness] is purged [removed]: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil."


Exodus 31:17 [God, speaking to Moses]: "It [the sabbath] is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed."

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