May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains.
Then he cried out to the LORD and said, "My LORD God, have You also brought tragedy on the widow I am staying with by killing her son?"
Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;
I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you took care of Me; I was in prison and you visited Me.'
"Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink?
When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or without clothes and clothe You?
When did we see You sick, or in prison, and visit You?'
"And the King will answer them, 'I assure you: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.'
LORD, if You considered sins, Lord, who could stand?
But with You there is forgiveness, so that You may be revered.
He has dealt mercifully with our fathers and remembered His holy covenant--
Because of our God's merciful compassion, the Dawn from on high will visit us
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
For He tells Moses: I will show mercy to whom I show mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.
So then it does not depend on human will or effort, but on God who shows mercy.
For the Scripture tells Pharaoh: For this reason I raised you up: so that I may display My power in you, and that My name may be proclaimed in all the earth.
So then, He shows mercy to whom He wills, and He hardens whom He wills.
You will say to me, therefore, "Why then does He still find fault? For who can resist His will?"
But who are you-- anyone who talks back to God? Will what is formed say to the one who formed it, "Why did you make me like this?"
Or has the potter no right over His clay, to make from the same lump one piece of pottery for honor and another for dishonor?
And what if God, desiring to display His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience objects of wrath ready for destruction?
And [what if] He did this to make known the riches of His glory on objects of mercy that He prepared beforehand for glory--
But God, who is abundant in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us,
Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that would come to you searched and carefully investigated.
and that is why I suffer these things. But I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to guard what has been entrusted to me until that day.
For who is our hope, or joy, or crown of boasting in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? Is it not you?
Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod's steward; Susanna; and many others who were supporting them from their possessions.
Now concerning the ministry to the saints, it is unnecessary for me to write to you.
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.
I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus.
While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul traveled through the interior regions and came to Ephesus. He found some disciples
But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost,
As I urged you when I went to Macedonia, remain in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach other doctrine
"To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: "The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand and who walks among the seven gold lampstands says: