We must therefore pay even more attention to what we have heard, so that we will not drift away.
For if the message spoken through angels was legally binding, and every transgression and disobedience received a just punishment,
how will we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was first spoken by the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him.
See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no root of bitterness springs up, causing trouble and by it, defiling many.
Then Jesus replied to them: "Watch out that no one deceives you.
"But you, be on your guard! They will hand you over to sanhedrins, and you will be flogged in the synagogues. You will stand before governors and kings because of Me, as a witness to them.
And you must watch! I have told you everything in advance.
Watch! Be alert! For you don't know when the time is [coming].
Then He said, "Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am He,' and, 'The time is near.' Don't follow them.
For if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you either.
Therefore, whoever thinks he stands must be careful not to fall!
for 40 years. Therefore I was provoked with this generation and said, "They always go astray in their hearts, and they have not known My ways."
When the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, He said to Himself, "I will never again curse the ground because of man, even though man's inclination is evil from his youth. And I will never again strike down every living thing as I have done.
For My people have committed a double evil: They have abandoned Me, the fountain of living water, and dug cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns that cannot hold water.
At that time Jerusalem will be called, The LORD's Throne, and all the nations will be gathered to it, to the name of the LORD in Jerusalem. They will cease to follow the stubbornness of their evil hearts.
Yet they didn't listen or pay attention but walked according to their own advice and according to their own stubborn, evil heart. They went backward and not forward.
Yet they would not obey or pay attention; each one followed the stubbornness of his evil heart. So I brought on them all the curses of this covenant, because they had not done what I commanded [them] to do."
You did more evil than your fathers. Look, each one of you was following the stubbornness of his evil heart, not obeying Me.
The heart is more deceitful than anything else and desperately sick-- who can understand it?
But they will say: It's hopeless. We will continue to follow our plans, and each of us will continue to act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart."
For from within, out of people's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immoralities, thefts, murders,
adulteries, greed, evil actions, deceit, lewdness, stinginess, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness.
All these evil things come from within and defile a person."
But My righteous one will live by faith; and if he draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.
See that you do not reject the One who speaks; for if they did not escape when they rejected Him who warned them on earth, even less will we if we turn away from Him who warns us from heaven.
Yet they say to God: "Leave us alone! We don't want to know Your ways.
They were the ones who said to God, "Leave us alone!" and "What can the Almighty do to us?"
For I have kept the ways of the LORD and have not turned from my God to wickedness.
For the waywardness of the inexperienced will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.
transgression and deception against the LORD, turning away from following our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering lying words from the heart.
This is what the LORD says: Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind, who makes [human] flesh his strength and turns his heart from the LORD.
When the LORD first spoke to Hosea, He said this to him: Go and marry a promiscuous wife and [have] children of promiscuity, for the whole land has been promiscuous by abandoning the LORD.
For they themselves report about us what kind of reception we had from you: how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,