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1 Peter 2:15-16For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. [Act] as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but [use it] as bondslaves of God.

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2 Corinthians 7-10

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Job chapter 35

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Then Elihu continued and said,
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"Do you think this is according to justice? Do you say, 'My righteousness is more than God's '?
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"For you say, 'What advantage will it be to You? What profit will I have, more than if I had sinned?'
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"I will answer you, And your friends with you.
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"Look at the heavens and see; And behold the clouds-- they are higher than you.
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"If you have sinned, what do you accomplish against Him? And if your transgressions are many, what do you do to Him?
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"If you are righteous, what do you give to Him, Or what does He receive from your hand?
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"Your wickedness is for a man like yourself, And your righteousness is for a son of man.
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"Because of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; They cry for help because of the arm of the mighty.
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"But no one says, 'Where is God my Maker, Who gives songs in the night,
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Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth And makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?'
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"There they cry out, but He does not answer Because of the pride of evil men.
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"Surely God will not listen to an empty [cry], Nor will the Almighty regard it.
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"How much less when you say you do not behold Him, The case is before Him, and you must wait for Him!
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"And now, because He has not visited [in] His anger, Nor has He acknowledged transgression well,
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So Job opens his mouth emptily; He multiplies words without knowledge."

Job chapter 36

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Then Elihu continued and said,
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"Wait for me a little, and I will show you That there is yet more to be said in God's behalf.
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"I will fetch my knowledge from afar, And I will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
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"For truly my words are not false; One who is perfect in knowledge is with you.
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"Behold, God is mighty but does not despise [any]; [He is] mighty in strength of understanding.
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"He does not keep the wicked alive, But gives justice to the afflicted.
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"He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous; But with kings on the throne He has seated them forever, and they are exalted.
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"And if they are bound in fetters, And are caught in the cords of affliction,
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Then He declares to them their work And their transgressions, that they have magnified themselves.
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"He opens their ear to instruction, And commands that they return from evil.
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"If they hear and serve [Him], They will end their days in prosperity And their years in pleasures.
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"But if they do not hear, they shall perish by the sword And they will die without knowledge.
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"But the godless in heart lay up anger; They do not cry for help when He binds them.
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"They die in youth, And their life [perishes] among the cult prostitutes.
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"He delivers the afflicted in their affliction, And opens their ear in [time of] oppression.
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"Then indeed, He enticed you from the mouth of distress, Instead of it, a broad place with no constraint; And that which was set on your table was full of fatness.
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"But you were full of judgment on the wicked; Judgment and justice take hold [of you].
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"[Beware] that wrath does not entice you to scoffing; And do not let the greatness of the ransom turn you aside.
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"Will your riches keep you from distress, Or all the forces of [your] strength?
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"Do not long for the night, When people vanish in their place.
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"Be careful, do not turn to evil, For you have preferred this to affliction.
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"Behold, God is exalted in His power; Who is a teacher like Him?
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"Who has appointed Him His way, And who has said, 'You have done wrong '?
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"Remember that you should exalt His work, Of which men have sung.
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"All men have seen it; Man beholds from afar.
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"Behold, God is exalted, and we do not know [Him]; The number of His years is unsearchable.
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"For He draws up the drops of water, They distill rain from the mist,
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Which the clouds pour down, They drip upon man abundantly.
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"Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds, The thundering of His pavilion?
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"Behold, He spreads His lightning about Him, And He covers the depths of the sea.
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"For by these He judges peoples; He gives food in abundance.
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"He covers [His] hands with the lightning, And commands it to strike the mark.
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"Its noise declares His presence; The cattle also, concerning what is coming up.

1 Corinthians chapter 7

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Now concerning the things about which you wrote, it is good for a man not to touch a woman.
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But because of immoralities, each man is to have his own wife, and each woman is to have her own husband.
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The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband.
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The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband [does]; and likewise also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife [does].
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Stop depriving one another, except by agreement for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer, and come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
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But this I say by way of concession, not of command.
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Yet I wish that all men were even as I myself am. However, each man has his own gift from God, one in this manner, and another in that.
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But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is good for them if they remain even as I.
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But if they do not have self-control, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn [with passion].
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But to the married I give instructions, not I, but the Lord, that the wife should not leave her husband
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(but if she does leave, she must remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband), and that the husband should not divorce his wife.
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But to the rest I say, not the Lord, that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he must not divorce her.
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And a woman who has an unbelieving husband, and he consents to live with her, she must not send her husband away.
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For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through her believing husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy.
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Yet if the unbelieving one leaves, let him leave; the brother or the sister is not under bondage in such [cases], but God has called us to peace.
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For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?
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Only, as the Lord has assigned to each one, as God has called each, in this manner let him walk. And so I direct in all the churches.
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Was any man called [when he was already] circumcised? He is not to become uncircumcised. Has anyone been called in uncircumcision? He is not to be circumcised.
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Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but [what matters is] the keeping of the commandments of God.
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Each man must remain in that condition in which he was called.
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Were you called while a slave? Do not worry about it; but if you are able also to become free, rather do that.
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For he who was called in the Lord while a slave, is the Lord's freedman; likewise he who was called while free, is Christ's slave.
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You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men.
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Brethren, each one is to remain with God in that [condition] in which he was called.
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Now concerning virgins I have no command of the Lord, but I give an opinion as one who by the mercy of the Lord is trustworthy.
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I think then that this is good in view of the present distress, that it is good for a man to remain as he is.
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Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be released. Are you released from a wife? Do not seek a wife.
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But if you marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. Yet such will have trouble in this life, and I am trying to spare you.
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But this I say, brethren, the time has been shortened, so that from now on those who have wives should be as though they had none;
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and those who weep, as though they did not weep; and those who rejoice, as though they did not rejoice; and those who buy, as though they did not possess;
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and those who use the world, as though they did not make full use of it; for the form of this world is passing away.
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But I want you to be free from concern. One who is unmarried is concerned about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord;
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but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how he may please his wife,
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and [his interests] are divided. The woman who is unmarried, and the virgin, is concerned about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and spirit; but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
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This I say for your own benefit; not to put a restraint upon you, but to promote what is appropriate and [to secure] undistracted devotion to the Lord.
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But if any man thinks that he is acting unbecomingly toward his virgin [daughter], if she is past her youth, and if it must be so, let him do what he wishes, he does not sin; let her marry.
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But he who stands firm in his heart, being under no constraint, but has authority over his own will, and has decided this in his own heart, to keep his own virgin [daughter], he will do well.
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So then both he who gives his own virgin [daughter] in marriage does well, and he who does not give her in marriage will do better.
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A wife is bound as long as her husband lives; but if her husband is dead, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.
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But in my opinion she is happier if she remains as she is; and I think that I also have the Spirit of God.

1 Corinthians chapter 8

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Now concerning things sacrificed to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies.
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If anyone supposes that he knows anything, he has not yet known as he ought to know;
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but if anyone loves God, he is known by Him.
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Therefore concerning the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that there is no such thing as an idol in the world, and that there is no God but one.
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For even if there are so-called gods whether in heaven or on earth, as indeed there are many gods and many lords,
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yet for us there is [but] one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we [exist] for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we [exist] through Him.
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However not all men have this knowledge; but some, being accustomed to the idol until now, eat [food] as if it were sacrificed to an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.
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But food will not commend us to God; we are neither the worse if we do not eat, nor the better if we do eat.
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But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.
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For if someone sees you, who have knowledge, dining in an idol's temple, will not his conscience, if he is weak, be strengthened to eat things sacrificed to idols?
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For through your knowledge he who is weak is ruined, the brother for whose sake Christ died.
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And so, by sinning against the brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ.
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Therefore, if food causes my brother to stumble, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause my brother to stumble.