The people here were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, since they welcomed the message with eagerness and examined the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
Consequently, many of them believed, including a number of the prominent Greek women as well as men.
Therefore, let it be known to you that this saving work of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen!"
But now, why should we die? This great fire will consume us and we will die if we hear the voice of the LORD our God any longer.
For who out of all mankind has heard the voice of the living God speaking from the fire, as we have, and lived?
Go near and listen to everything the LORD our God says. Then you can tell us everything the LORD our God tells you; we will listen and obey.'
"The LORD heard your words when you spoke to me. He said to me, 'I have heard the words that these people have spoken to you. Everything they have said is right.
If only they had such a heart to fear Me and keep all My commands, so that they and their children will prosper forever.
Also, the hand of God was in Judah to give them one heart to carry out the command of the king and his officials by the word of the LORD.
a wise man will listen and increase his learning, and a discerning man will obtain guidance--
Instruct a wise man, and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man, and he will learn more.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
The mind of the discerning acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks it.
A wise correction to a receptive ear is like a gold ring or an ornament of gold.
Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child-- this one is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
But many who are first will be last, and the last first.
I assure you: Whoever does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."
No one should deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks he is wise in this age, he must become foolish so that he can become wise.
and though my physical condition was a trial for you, you did not despise or reject me. On the contrary, you received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus [Himself].
Also, this is why we constantly thank God, because when you received the message about God that you heard from us, you welcomed it not as a human message, but as it truly is, the message of God, which also works effectively in you believers.
My dearly loved brothers, understand this: everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger,
Therefore, ridding yourselves of all moral filth and evil excess, humbly receive the implanted word, which is able to save you.
So rid yourselves of all wickedness, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander.
Like newborn infants, desire the unadulterated spiritual milk, so that you may grow by it in [your] salvation,