Chapter 1.
Commandments

Laws form the foundation of civilized society. One of the wonders of history is that so much was summed up in the list known as the Ten Commandments. When Jesus lived on the earth, He taught what He called the two greatest commandments and in so doing produced an even more concise statement. In the final analysis, governing man's attitude and behavior toward God and his fellow human beings can be summed up in one word—love.

Though this truth is found also in the Old Testament, when Jesus came more than two thousand years ago, He further revealed the nature of God: a God who is a Judge and yet a Father, a King and yet a Savior. We are able to find as many as two hundred fifty New Testament commandments. These do not replace the Ten Commandments of the Old Testament, but are a more detailed, further unfolding of God's expectations for the way people should live. Included here is a list of Old Testament laws with Jesus' commentary and application of them.

You will also find Jesus' exhortation to the unconverted, His commandments concerning human relationships, fifty ways to please God, the apostles' exhortations about how to treat others, warnings about other spirits, principles for good family relationships, and guidelines for church leaders.

1. The Ten Commandments

  1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me (Exodus 20:3).
  2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image (Exodus 20:4-5).
  3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain (Exodus 20:7).
  4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy (Exodus 20:8-11).
  5. Honour thy father and thy mother (Exodus 20:12).
  6. Thou shalt not kill (Exodus 20:13).
  7. Thou shalt not commit adultery (Exodus 20:14).
  8. Thou shalt not steal (Exodus 20:15).
  9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour (Exodus 20:16).
  10. Thou shalt not covet... any thing that is thy neighbour's (Exodus 20:17).

2. The Two (greatest Commandments and the New Commandment

  1. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind (Matthew 22:36-38).
  2. Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself (Matthew 22:39).
  3. A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another (John 13:34-35).

3. The Ten Commandments as They Appear in the New Testament

  1. According to Jesus
    1. Matthew 19:17-19
      1. Thou shalt do no murder.
      2. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
      3. Thou shalt not steal.
      4. Thou shalt not bear false witness.
      5. Honour thy father and thy mother.
      6. Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
    2. Mark 10:19
      1. Do not commit adultery.
      2. Do not kill.
      3. Do not steal.
      4. Do not bear false witness.
      5. Defraud not.
      6. Honour thy father and mother.
    3. Luke 18:20
      1. Do not commit adultery.
      2. Do not kill.
      3. Do not steal.
      4. Do not bear false witness.
      5. Honour thy father and thy mother.
  2. According to Paul
    Romans 13:9
    1. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
    2. Thou shalt not kill.
    3. Thou shalt not steal.
    4. Thou shalt not bear false witness.
    5. Thou shalt not covet.
    6. Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

4. Jesus' Interpretation of Old Testament Law

  1. Thou shalt not kill: But I say unto you, that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment (Matthew 5:21-22).
  2. Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart (Matthew 5:27-28).
  3. Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: But I say unto you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery (Matthew 5:31-32).
  4. Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thy oaths: But I say unto you, Swear not at all (Matthew 5:33-34).
  5. An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, that ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also (Matthew 5:38-39).
  6. Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy: But I say unto you, Love your enemies (Matthew 5:43-44).
  7. Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48).
  8. Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets (Matthew 7:12).
  9. Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.... And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand: Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man (Matthew 15:2, 10-11).
  10. Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery (Matthew 19:8-9).
  11. Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.... What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder (Mark 10:4-6, 9).
  12. Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days?... And he said unto them, that the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.... I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it? (Luke 6:2, 5, 9).
  13. Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? And he took him, and healed him (Luke 14:3-4).
  14. Moses wrote unto us, If any man's brother die, having a wife, and he die without children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.... Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage (Luke 20:28, 34).
  15. The Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day. But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work (John 5:16-17).
  16. Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words? (John 5:45-47).
  17. Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me? (John 7:19).
  18. Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?... When they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her (John 8:4-5, 7).
  19. It is written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. I am one that bears witness of myself, and the Father that sent me heareth witness of me (John 8:17-18).
  20. We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is. The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvelous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.... If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.... And they cast him out. Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?... Thou hast both seen him, and he it is that talketh with thee (John 9:29-30, 33-35, 37).
  21. For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? (John 10:33-36).
  22. I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life (John 11:24-25).
  23. We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of Man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man? Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you (John 12:34-35).
  24. We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.... Then said Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin (John 19:7-11).

5. The Four Commandments for Gentile Converts

  1. Abstain from meats offered to idols (Acts 15:29).
  2. Abstain from blood (Acts 15:29).
  3. Abstain from things strangled (Acts 15:29).
  4. Abstain from fornication (Acts 15:29).

6. Exhortations to the Unconverted From the Gospel of Matthew

  1. Bring forth fruits meet for repentance (Matthew 3:8).
  2. Every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire (Matthew 3:10; 7:19).
  3. He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire (Matthew 3:12).
  4. Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matthew 4:17).
  5. Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:20).
  6. It is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell (Matthew 5:29).
  7. No man can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon (Matthew 6:24).
  8. Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life and few there be that find it (Matthew 7:13-14).
  9. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but, he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven (Matthew 7:21).
  10. Then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity (Matthew 7:23).
  11. Every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand (Matthew 7:26).
  12. Many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 8:11-12).
  13. Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead (Matthew 8:22).
  14. That ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth, to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house (Matthew 9:6).
  15. I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance (Matthew 9:13).
  16. Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (Matthew 10:28).
  17. Whosoever shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven (Matthew 10:32-33).
  18. He that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it (Matthew 10:38-39).
  19. If the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes (Matthew 11:21).
  20. He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad (Matthew 12:30).
  21. How can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh (Matthew 12:34).
  22. Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned (Matthew 12:36-37).
  23. In the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn (Matthew 13:30).
  24. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13:41-42).
  25. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire (Matthew 13:49-50).
  26. This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me (Matthew 15:8).
  27. Every plant which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up (Matthew 15:13).
  28. If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch (Matthew 15:14).
  29. Those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart: and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: these are the things which defile a man (Matthew 15:18-20).
  30. I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Matthew 15:24).
  31. If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Matthew 16:24-26).
  32. Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18:3).
  33. It is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.... It is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire (Matthew 18:8-9).
  34. The Son of man is come to save that which was lost (Matthew 18:11).
  35. It is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish (Matthew 18:14).
  36. If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me (Matthew 19:21).
  37. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God (Matthew 19:24).
  38. Every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life (Matthew 19:29).
  39. The publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but, the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him (Matthew 21:31-32).
  40. Whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder (Matthew 21:44).
  41. Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness (Matthew 22:12-13).
  42. Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's (Matthew 22:21).
  43. Ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.... Ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.... Ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves (Matthew 23:13-15).
  44. Ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone (Matthew 23:23).
  45. Ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.... Cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also (Matthew 23:25-26).
  46. Ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity (Matthew 23:27-28).
  47. Ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets (Matthew 23:31).
  48. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? (Matthew 23:33).
  49. He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved (Matthew 24:13).
  50. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh (Matthew 25:13).
  51. Cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 25:30).
  52. Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41).
  53. These shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal (Matthew 25:46).
  54. This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins (Matthew 26:28).
  55. All they that take the sword shall perish with the sword (Matthew 26:52).

7. Fifty Ways to Please God

  1. It becometh us to fulfill all righteousness (Matthew 3:15).
  2. Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4).
  3. Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve (Matthew 4:10).
  4. Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness (Matthew 6:33).
  5. Pray that the Lord of the harvest will send forth labourers into his harvest (Matthew 9:38).
  6. Ye must be born again (John 3:7).
  7. Worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).
  8. Repent and be baptized (Acts 2:38).
  9. Obey God rather than man (Acts 5:29).
  10. Reckon yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:11).
  11. Present your bodies a living sacrifice unto God (Romans 12:1).
  12. Glorify God in your body, and in your spirit (1 Corinthians 6:20).
  13. Desire spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 14:1).
  14. Stand fast in the faith (1 Corinthians 16:13).
  15. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God (Ephesians 4:30).
  16. Be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).
  17. Pray in the Spirit (Ephesians 6:18).
  18. Rejoice in the Lord (Philippians 3:1).
  19. Set your affection on things above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God, and not on things on earth (Colossians 3:1-2).
  20. Let the peace of God rule in your heart (Colossians 3:15).
  21. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom (Colossians 3:16).
  22. Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him (Colossians3:17).
  23. Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
  24. In everything give thanks (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
  25. Do not neglect your spiritual gift (1 Timothy 4:14).
  26. Lay hold on eternal life (1 Timothy 6:12).
  27. Be not ashamed of the testimony of our Lord (2 Timothy 1:8).
  28. Labour to enter into the rest of the people of God (Hebrews 4:11).
  29. Hold fast to your profession of faith without wavering (Hebrews 10:23).
  30. The just shall live by faith (Hebrews 10:38).
  31. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him (Hebrews 11:6).
  32. Despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, for whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth (Hebrews 12:5-6).
  33. Make straight paths for your feet (Hebrews 12:13).
  34. Refuse not him that speaketh (Hebrews 12:25).
  35. Offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name (Hebrews 13:15).
  36. Receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls (James 1:21).
  37. Submit yourselves to God (James 4:7).
  38. Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray (James 5:13).
  39. Is any merry? Let him sing psalms (James 5:13).
  40. Fear God (1 Peter 2:17).
  41. Sanctify the Lord God in your heart (1 Peter 3:15).
  42. Commit the keeping of [your soul] to God in well doing (1 Peter 4:19).
  43. Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you (1 Peter 5:7).
  44. Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God (2 Peter 3:12).
  45. Believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life (1 John 5:13).
  46. Build up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost (Jude 20).
  47. Keep yourselves in the love of God (Jude 21).
  48. Remember from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works (Revelation 2:5).
  49. Fear God, and give glory to him (Revelation 14:7).
  50. Worship him that made heaven, and earth, and sea, and the fountains of waters (Revelation 14:7).

8. Jesus' Commandments and Comments Concerning Relationships

  1. I will make you fishers of men (Matthew 4:19).
  2. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God (Matthew 5:9).
  3. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake (Matthew 5:11).
  4. Ye are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14).
  5. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father (Matthew 5:16).
  6. Be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift (Matthew 5:24).
  7. Agree with thine adversary quickly, while thou art in the way with him (Matthew 5:25).
  8. If any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also (Matthew 5:40).
  9. Whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain (Matthew 5:41).
  10. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away (Matthew 5:42).
  11. If ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? (Matthew 5:46-47).
  12. When thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee (Matthew 6:2).
  13. When thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men (Matthew 6:5).
  14. If ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you (Matthew 6:14).
  15. When ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast (Matthew 6:16).
  16. Judge not, that ye be not judged (Matthew 7:1).
  17. Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then thou shalt see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye (Matthew 7:5).
  18. Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you (Matthew 7:6).
  19. Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets (Matthew 7:12).
  20. By their fruits ye shall know them (Matthew 7:20).
  21. Go thy way, show thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them (Matthew 8:4).
  22. Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead (Matthew 8:22).
  23. They said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick (Matthew 9:11-12).
  24. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest (Matthew 9:38).
  25. Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach (Matthew 10:6-7).
  26. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give (Matthew 10:8).
  27. Whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet (Matthew 10:14).
  28. I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16).
  29. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up.... When they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak (Matthew 10:17, 19).
  30. Ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved (Matthew 10:22).
  31. Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (Matthew 10:28).
  32. Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven (Matthew 10:32).
  33. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me (Matthew 10:37).
  34. He that receiveth you receiveth me (Matthew 10:40).
  35. Whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward (Matthew 10:42).
  36. Give ye them to eat (Matthew 14:16).
  37. Whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me (Matthew 18:5).
  38. Whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea (Matthew 18:6).
  39. If thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it to the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican (Matthew 18:15-17).
  40. If two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven (Matthew 18:19).
  41. Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven (Matthew 18:21-22).
  42. His lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses (Matthew 18:34-35).
  43. All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it (Matthew 19:11-12).
  44. Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 19:14-15).
  45. Every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life (Matthew 19:29).
  46. Whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many (Matthew 20:27-28).
  47. Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's (Matthew 22:21).
  48. In the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven (Matthew 22:30).
  49. Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself (Matthew 22:39).
  50. Whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted (Matthew 23:12).
  51. Two shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left (Matthew 24:40-41).
  52. Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me (Matthew 25:40).
  53. Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword (Matthew 26:52).
  54. Go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me (Matthew 28:10).
  55. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you (Matthew 28:19-20).
  56. Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee (Mark5:19).
  57. A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house (Mark 6:4).
  58. Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbade him, because he followeth not us. But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me (Mark 9:38-39).
  59. Sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor (Mark 10:21).
  60. Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces, and the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts: which devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation (Mark 12:38-40).
  61. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.... And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men (Luke 5:8-10).
  62. I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it? (Luke 6:9).
  63. Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets (Luke 6:26).
  64. Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you (Luke 6:27-28).
  65. If ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil (Luke 6:34-35).
  66. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful (Luke 6:36).
  67. Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again (Luke 6:38).
  68. Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven (Luke 7:44-47).
  69. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that showed mercy on him. Then Jesus said unto him, Go, and do thou likewise (Luke 10:36-37).
  70. Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth (Luke 12:15).
  71. When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; and he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room. But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher (Luke 14:8-10).
  72. When thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: and thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just (Luke 14:13-14).
  73. Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found (Luke 15:31-32).
  74. If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him (Luke 17:3).
  75. Whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth (Luke 22:27).
  76. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet (John 13:14).
  77. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another (John 13:35).
  78. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you (John 15:13-14).
  79. Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them: and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained (John 20:23).
  80. Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs (John 21:15).

9. Guidelines From the Early Church Concerning Relationships

  1. Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, show whether of these two thou hast chosen, that he may take part of this ministry and apostleship.... And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles (Acts 1:24-26).
  2. All that believed were together, and had all things common; and sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need (Acts 2:44-45).
  3. Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee; In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk (Acts 3:6).
  4. And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that aught of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.... Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the price of the things that were sold, and laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need (Acts 4:32, 34-35).
  5. Their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business (Acts 6:1-3).
  6. He kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep (Acts 7:60).
  7. What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common (Acts 10:15).
  8. Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath showed me that I should not call any man common or unclean (Acts 10:28).
  9. Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him (Acts 10:34-35).
  10. Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord (Acts 10:47-48).
  11. As God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God? (Acts 11:17).
  12. When they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles (Acts 14:27).
  13. My sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: but that we write unto them [what God and the church require] (Acts 15:19-20).
  14. When they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation. And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words and confirmed them (Acts 15:31-32).
  15. Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do (Acts 15:36).
  16. They spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house, and he took them the same hour of that night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway (Acts 16:32-33).
  17. I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have showed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house (Acts 20:20).
  18. I have showed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).
  19. Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law? And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God's high priest? Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people (Acts 23:3-5).
  20. Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing. Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not a hair fall from the head of any of you (Acts 27:33-34).
  21. Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him (Acts 28:30).

10. Paul's Examples and Exhortations About How to Treat Others

  1. I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers (Romans 1:8-9).
  2. Thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things (Romans 2:1).
  3. Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? (Romans 2:21).
  4. I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh (Romans 9:3).
  5. Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved (Romans 10:1).
  6. If some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and the fatness of the olive tree; boast not against the branches (Romans 11:17-18).
  7. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another (Romans 12:10).
  8. Distributing to the necessity of the saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head (Romans 12:13-20).
  9. Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation (Romans 13:1-2).
  10. Pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour (Romans 13:6-7).
  11. Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law (Romans 13:8).
  12. If there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law (Romans 13:9-10).
  13. Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him (Romans 14:1-2).
  14. Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth (Romans 14:4).
  15. Why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ (Romans 14:10).
  16. Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way (Romans 14:13).
  17. If thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died (Romans 14:15).
  18. Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.... It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak (Romans 14:19, 21).
  19. We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not himself (Romans 15:1-3).
  20. The God of patience and consolation grant you to be like-minded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: that ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God (Romans 15:5-7).
  21. I have strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation (Romans 15:20).
  22. Receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also (Romans 16:2).
  23. Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus: who have for my life laid down their own necks (Romans 16:3-4).
  24. Greet Mary, who bestowed much labour on us—Salute Urbane, our helper in Christ.... Salute Tryphaena and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord. Salute the beloved Persis, which laboured much in the Lord (Romans 16:6, 9, 12).
  25. Salute one another with a holy kiss (Romans 16:16).
  26. Mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them (Romans 16:17).
  27. I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment (1 Corinthians 1:10).
  28. Ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? (1 Corinthians 3:3-4).
  29. We are labourers together with God (1 Corinthians 3:9).
  30. We both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling place; and labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless, being persecuted, we suffer it: being defamed, we entreat (1 Corinthians 4:11-13).
  31. Concerning him that hath so done this deed [fornication], in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, to deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus (1 Corinthians 5:4-5).
  32. I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such a one, no, not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person (1 Corinthians 5:9-13).
  33. Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? (1 Corinthians 6:1-3).
  34. Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? (1 Corinthians 6:7).
  35. Take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak (1 Corinthians 8:9).
  36. If meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend (1 Corinthians 8:13).
  37. Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth (1 Corinthians 10:24).
  38. If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake. But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that showed it (1 Corinthians 10:27-28).
  39. Give none offense, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved (1 Corinthians 10:32-33).
  40. The body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?...But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him (1 Corinthians 12:14-15, 18).
  41. There should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it (1 Corinthians 12:25-26).
  42. Though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing (1 Corinthians 13:3).
  43. Concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him (1 Corinthians 16:1-2).
  44. Submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth (1 Corinthians 16:16).
  45. We faint not; but have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God (2 Corinthians 4:1-2).
  46. Giving no offense in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed (2 Corinthians 6:3).
  47. Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men (2 Corinthians 8:21).
  48. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7).
  49. Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? (2 Corinthians 10:7).
  50. They would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do (Galatians 2:10).
  51. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28).
  52. If ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another (Galatians 5:15).
  53. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another (Galatians 5:26).
  54. If a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ (Galatians 6:1-2).
  55. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith (Galatians 6:10).
  56. Walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:1-3).
  57. Putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath (Ephesians 4:25-26).
  58. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers (Ephesians 4:28-29).
  59. Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you (Ephesians 4:32).
  60. Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men (Ephesians 6:5-7).
  61. Ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven (Ephesians 6:9).
  62. Stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; and in nothing terrified by your adversaries (Philippians 1:27-28).
  63. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others (Philippians 2:3-4).
  64. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ (Colossians 2:8).
  65. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds.... Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye (Colossians 3:9, 13).
  66. No man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified (1 Thessalonians 4:6).
  67. We exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15).
  68. If any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother (2 Thessalonians 3:14-15).
  69. Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity (1 Timothy 4:12).
  70. Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; the elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity. Honour widows that are widows indeed (1 Timothy 5:1-3).
  71. Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality. Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure (1 Timothy 5:20-22).
  72. Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high- minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; that they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life (1 Timothy 6:17-19).
  73. The servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth (2 Timothy 2:24-25).
  74. A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject; knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself (Titus 3:10-11).

11. Exhortations From Other Apostles About How to Treat Others

  1. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit the fatherless and the widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world (James 1:27).
  2. If ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors (James 2:9).
  3. If a brother or sister be naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? (James 2:15-16).
  4. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God (James 4:4).
  5. Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law (James 4:11).
  6. Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door (James 5:9).
  7. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord (James 5:14).
  8. Confess your faults one to another, and pray for one another, that ye may be healed (James 5:16).
  9. Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently (1 Peter 1:22).
  10. Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme: or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well (1 Peter 2:12-14).
  11. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king (1 Peter 2:17).
  12. Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also the froward. For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God (1 Peter 2:18-20).
  13. Be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing (1 Peter 3:8-9).
  14. If ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; but sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear (1 Peter 3:14-15).
  15. Above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover a multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God (1 Peter 4:8-10).
  16. Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity (1 Peter 5:14).
  17. Add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity (2 Peter 1:5-7).
  18. He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes (1 John 2:9-11).
  19. This is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another (1 John 3:11).
  20. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth (1 John 3:14-18).
  21. This is his commandment: that we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment (1 John 3:23).
  22. Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love (1 John 4:7-8).
  23. If God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us (1 John 4:11-12).
  24. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him: that he who loveth God love his brother also (1 John 4:20-21).
  25. If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it (1 John 5:16).
  26. I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. And this is love: that we walk after his commandments (2 John 5-6).
  27. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him Godspeed; for he that biddeth him Godspeed is partaker of his evil deeds (2 John 10-11).
  28. Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh (Jude 21-23).
  29. I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars (Revelation 2:2).

12. Eight Warnings Concerning Evil Spirits

  1. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first (Matthew 12:43-45).
  2. Neither give place to the devil (Ephesians 4:27).
  3. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be