If the officials hear that I have spoken with you and come and demand of you, 'Tell us what you said to the king; don't hide anything from us and we won't kill you. Also, what did the king say to you?'
then you will tell them, 'I was bringing before the king my petition that he not return me to the house of Jonathan to die there.'"
When all the officials came to Jeremiah and questioned him, he reported the exact words to them the king had commanded, and they quit speaking with him because nothing had been heard.
Jeremiah remained in the guard's courtyard until the day Jerusalem was captured, and he was [there] when it happened.
If anyone ruins God's sanctuary, God will ruin him; for God's sanctuary is holy, and that is what you are.
for the sexually immoral and homosexuals, for kidnappers, liars, perjurers, and for whatever else is contrary to the sound teaching
especially those who follow the polluting desires of the flesh and despise authority. Bold, arrogant people! They do not tremble when they blaspheme the glorious ones;
however, angels, who are greater in might and power, do not bring a slanderous charge against them before the Lord.
But these people, like irrational animals-- creatures of instinct born to be caught and destroyed-- speak blasphemies about things they don't understand, and in their destruction they too will be destroyed,
"In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
They came together against Moses and Aaron and told them, "You have gone too far! Everyone in the entire community is holy, and the LORD is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the LORD's assembly?"
Moses sent for Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, but they said, "We will not come!
Is it not enough that you brought us up from a land flowing with milk and honey to kill us in the wilderness? Do you also have to appoint yourself as ruler over us?
Why do the nations rebel and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers conspire together against the LORD and His Anointed One:
"Let us tear off their chains and free ourselves from their restraints."
The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord ridicules them.
Then He speaks to them in His anger and terrifies them in His wrath:
"I have consecrated My King on Zion, My holy mountain."
May the LORD cut off all flattering lips and the tongue that speaks boastfully.
They say, "Through our tongues we have power; our lips are our own-- who can be our master?"
"But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, 'We don't want this man to rule over us!'
"But the one who was mistreating his neighbor pushed him away, saying: Who appointed you a ruler and a judge over us?
Our forefathers were unwilling to obey him, but pushed him away, and in their hearts turned back to Egypt.
Therefore, the person who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who also gives you His Holy Spirit.
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account, so that they can do this with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.
Yet Michael the archangel, when he was disputing with the Devil in a debate about Moses' body, did not dare bring an abusive condemnation against him, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!"
But these people blaspheme anything they don't understand, and what they know by instinct, like unreasoning animals-- they destroy themselves with these things.
"You must not blaspheme God or curse a leader among your people.
There is a generation that curses its father and does not bless its mother.
As for the eye that ridicules a father and despises obedience to a mother, may ravens of the valley pluck it out and young vultures eat it.
Do not curse the king even in your thoughts, and do not curse a rich person even in your bedroom, for a bird of the sky may carry the message, and a winged creature may report the matter.
"I did not know, brothers," Paul said, "that it was the high priest. For it is written, You must not speak evil of a ruler of your people."
Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the Emperor.