When the words of her older son Esau were reported to Rebekah, she summoned her younger son Jacob and said to him, "Listen, your brother Esau is consoling himself by planning to kill you.
As for the matter you and I have spoken about, the LORD will be a witness between you and me forever."
Say this to the king of Judah who sent you to inquire of the LORD: This is what the LORD God of Israel says: As for the words that you heard,
The Almighty-- we cannot reach Him-- He is exalted in power! In His justice and righteousness, He will not oppress.
[For the choir director: according to "The Lilies." A Maskil of the sons of Korah. A love song.] My heart is moved by a noble theme as I recite my verses to the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.
Now concerning the resurrection of the dead, haven't you read what was spoken to you by God:
Regarding the gospel, they are enemies for your advantage, but regarding election, they are loved because of their forefathers,
circumcised the eighth day; of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee;
as to zeal, persecuting the church; as to the righteousness that is in the law, blameless.
For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing in many acts of thanksgiving to God.
Through the proof of this service, they will glorify God for your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with others.
And in their prayers for you they will have deep affection for you because of the surpassing grace of God on you.
they begged us insistently for the privilege of sharing in the ministry to the saints,
and not just as we had hoped. Instead, they gave themselves especially to the Lord, then to us by God's will.
So we urged Titus that, just as he had begun, so he should also complete this grace to you.
Now as you excel in everything-- in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us-- excel also in this grace.
I am not saying this as a command. Rather, by means of the diligence of others, I am testing the genuineness of your love.
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ: although He was rich, for your sake He became poor, so that by His poverty you might become rich.
Now I am giving an opinion on this because it is profitable for you, who a year ago began not only to do something but also to desire it.
But now finish the task as well, that just as there was eagerness to desire it, so there may also be a completion from what you have.
For if the eagerness is there, it is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.
It is not that there may be relief for others and hardship for you, but it is a question of equality--
at the present time your surplus is [available] for their need, so that their abundance may also become [available] for your need, that there may be equality.
As it has been written: The person who gathered much did not have too much, and the person who gathered little did not have too little.
[They asked] only that we would remember the poor, which I made every effort to do.
Therefore, as we have opportunity, we must work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith.
About brotherly love: you don't need me to write you because you yourselves are taught by God to love one another.
In fact, you are doing this toward all the brothers in the entire region of Macedonia. But we encourage you, brothers, to do so even more,
About the times and the seasons: brothers, you do not need anything to be written to you.
The anointing you received from Him remains in you, and you don't need anyone to teach you. Instead, His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie; just as it has taught you, remain in Him.