17:1 From the
wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites
journeyed by stages, as the LORD commanded. They camped at
Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink.
The people quarreled with Moses, and said, "Give us water to
drink." Moses said to them, "Why do you quarrel with me?
Why do you test the LORD?"
But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained
against Moses and said, "Why did you bring us out of Egypt,
to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?"
So Moses cried out to the LORD, "What shall I do with this
people? They are almost ready to stone me."
The LORD said to Moses, "Go on ahead of the people, and take
some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff
with which you struck the Nile, and go.
I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb.
Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people
may drink." Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of
He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites
quarreled and tested the LORD, saying, "Is the LORD among us
78:1 Give ear, O my
people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my
I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from
things that we have heard and known, that our ancestors have told
We will not hide them from their children; we will tell to the
coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might,
and the wonders that he has done.
In the sight of their ancestors he worked marvels in the land of
Egypt, in the fields of Zoan.
He divided the sea and let them pass through it, and made the
waters stand like a heap.
In the daytime he led them with a cloud, and all night long with a
He split rocks open in the wilderness, and gave them drink
abundantly as from the deep.
He made streams come out of the rock, and caused waters to flow
down like rivers.
2:1 If then there is
any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any
sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy,
make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love,
being in full accord and of one mind.
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility
regard others as better than yourselves.
Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the
interests of others.
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality
with God as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in
human likeness. And being found in human form,
he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death--
even death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that
is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and
on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the
glory of God the Father.
Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only
in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own
salvation with fear and trembling;
for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and
to work for his good pleasure.
21:23 When he entered
the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to
him as he was teaching, and said, "By what authority are you
doing these things, and who gave you this authority?"
Jesus said to them, "I will also ask you one question; if you
tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I
do these things.
Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human
origin?" And they argued with one another, "If we say,
'From heaven,' he will say to us, 'Why then did you not believe
But if we say, 'Of human origin,' we are afraid of the crowd; for
all regard John as a prophet."
So they answered Jesus, "We do not know." And he said to
them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing
"What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first
and said, 'Son, go and work in the vineyard today.'
He answered, 'I will not'; but later he changed his mind and went.
The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered,
'I go, sir'; but he did not go.
Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said,
"The first." Jesus said to them, "Truly I tell you,
the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom
of God ahead of you.
For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not
believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed
him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and