20:1 Then God spoke all these words:
I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt,
out of the house of slavery;
you shall have no other gods before me.
You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of
anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath,
or that is in the water under the earth.
You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the LORD
your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of
parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who
but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those
who love me and keep my commandments.
You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the LORD your God,
for the LORD will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.
Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy.
Six days you shall labor and do all your work.
But the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God; you shall
not do any work--you, your son or your daughter, your male or
female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns.
For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all
that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the LORD
blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.
Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long
in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet
your neighbor's wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey,
or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
19:1 The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament
proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares
There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to
the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the
which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and
like a strong man runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the
end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat.
The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of
the LORD are sure, making wise the simple;
the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the
commandment of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of
the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is
But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults.
Keep back your servant also from the insolent; do not let them
have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be
acceptable to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
1:18 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who
are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of
For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart."
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the
debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the
For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God
through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our
proclamation, to save those who believe.
For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom,
but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and
foolishness to Gentiles,
but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the
power of God and the wisdom of God.
For God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's
weakness is stronger than human strength.
2:13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to
In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves,
and the money changers seated at their tables.
Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple,
both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the
money changers and overturned their tables.
He told those who were selling the doves, "Take these things
out of here! Stop making my Father's house a marketplace!"
His disciples remembered that it was written, "Zeal for your
house will consume me."
The Jews then said to him, "What sign can you show us for
Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days
I will raise it up."
The Jews then said, "This temple has been under construction
for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?"
But he was speaking of the temple of his body.
After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that
he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word
that Jesus had spoken.