Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.
Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.
Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other.
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.
Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men [^1]
nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
"But I have been the LORD your God ever since you came out of Egypt. You shall acknowledge no God but me, no Savior except me.
no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me," declares the LORD.
Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold.
But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.