What I am saying is this: each of you says, "I'm with Paul," or "I'm with Apollos," or "I'm with Cephas," or "I'm with Christ."
And I say this, brothers: the time is limited, so from now on those who have wives should be as though they had none,
But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
And I say this: the law, which came 430 years later, does not revoke a covenant that was previously ratified by God, so as to cancel the promise.
I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
Therefore, I say this and testify in the Lord: You should no longer walk as the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their thoughts.
I am saying this so that no one will deceive you with persuasive arguments.
He which soweth sparingly
Now the One who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness,
[For the choir director. A Davidic psalm.] Happy is one who cares for the poor; the LORD will save him in a day of adversity.
The LORD will keep him and preserve him; he will be blessed in the land. You will not give him over to the desire of his enemies.
The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed; You will heal him on the bed where he lies.
The wicked man earns an empty wage, but the one who sows righteousness, a true reward.
One person gives freely, yet gains more; another withholds what is right, only to become poor.
Kindness to the poor is a loan to the LORD, and He will give a reward to the lender.
A generous person will be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.
Send your bread on the surface of the waters, for after many days you may find it.
In the morning sow your seed, and at evening do not let your hand rest, because you don't know which will succeed, whether one or the other, or if both of them will be equally good.
Give, and it will be given to you; a good measure-- pressed down, shaken together, and running over-- will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you."
The first came forward and said, 'Master, your mina has earned 10 more minas.'
" 'Well done, good slave!' he told him. 'Because you have been faithful in a very small matter, have authority over 10 towns.'
"The second came and said, 'Master, your mina has made five minas.'
"So he said to him, 'You will be over five towns.'
"And another came and said, 'Master, here is your mina. I have kept it hidden away in a cloth
because I was afraid of you, for you're a tough man: you collect what you didn't deposit and reap what you didn't sow.'
"He told him, 'I will judge you by what you have said, you evil slave! [If] you knew I was a tough man, collecting what I didn't deposit and reaping what I didn't sow,
why didn't you put my money in the bank? And when I returned, I would have collected it with interest!'
So he said to those standing there, 'Take the mina away from him and give it to the one who has 10 minas.'
"But they said to him, 'Master, he has 10 minas.'
" 'I tell you, that to everyone who has, more will be given; and from the one who does not have, even what he does have will be taken away.
Don't be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap,
because the one who sows to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit.
So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don't give up.
For God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you showed for His name when you served the saints-- and you continue to serve them.