18:15 The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet
like me from among your own people; you shall heed such a prophet.
This is what you requested of the LORD your God at Horeb on the
day of the assembly when you said: "If I hear the voice of
the LORD my God any more, or ever again see this great fire, I
Then the LORD replied to me: "They are right in what they
I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their own
people; I will put my words in the mouth of the prophet, who shall
speak to them everything that I command.
Anyone who does not heed the words that the prophet shall speak in
my name, I myself will hold accountable.
But any prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, or who
presumes to speak in my name a word that I have not commanded the
prophet to speak--that prophet shall die."
111:1 Praise the LORD!
I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company
of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in
Full of honor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness
He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds; the LORD is gracious
He provides food for those who fear him; he is ever mindful of his
He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the
heritage of the nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are
They are established forever and ever, to be performed with
faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant
forever. Holy and awesome is his name.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who
practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever.
8:1 Now concerning food
sacrificed to idols: we know that "all of us possess
knowledge." Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.
Anyone who claims to know something does not yet have the
but anyone who loves God is known by him.
Hence, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that
"no idol in the world really exists," and that
"there is no God but one."
Indeed, even though there may be so-called gods in heaven or on
earth--as in fact there are many gods and many lords--
yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things
and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom
are all things and through whom we exist.
It is not everyone, however, who has this knowledge. Since some
have become so accustomed to idols until now, they still think of
the food they eat as food offered to an idol; and their
conscience, being weak, is defiled.
"Food will not bring us close to God." We are no worse
off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do.
But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a
stumbling block to the weak.
For if others see you, who possess knowledge, eating in the temple
of an idol, might they not, since their conscience is weak, be
encouraged to the point of eating food sacrificed to idols?
So by your knowledge those weak believers for whom Christ died are
But when you thus sin against members of your family, and wound
their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ.
Therefore, if food is a cause of their falling, I will never eat
meat, so that I may not cause one of them to fall.
1:21 They went to
Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and
They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one
having authority, and not as the scribes.
Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean
and he cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of
Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the
Holy One of God."
But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of
And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud
voice, came out of him.
They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another,
"What is this? A new teaching--with authority! He commands
even the unclean spirits, and they obey him."
At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region