In this day of
religious confusion, of multiplying denominations, of
practices it is
to become confused on what the true practice of religion is,
as outlined by God's spokesmen in the scriptures, is not
"For I have
him, in order that he may command his children and his
him, that they
the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice, that
the Lord may
to Abraham what
spoken to him."
16 "If I have
poor from their desire, Or caused the eyes of the widow to
17 Or eaten my
by myself, So that the fatherless may not eat of it
18 (But from my
I reared him as a father, And from my mother's womb I guided
19 If I have
anyone perish for lack of clothing, Or any poor man without
20 If his heart
not blessed me, And if he was not warmed with the fleece of
21 If I have
hand against the fatherless, When I saw I had help in the
22 Then let my
fall from my shoulder, Let my arm be torn from the socket.
from God is a terror to me, And because of His magnificence
I could not
1 Give the king
judgements, O God, And Your righteousness to the king's Son.
2 He will judge
people with righteousness, And your poor with justice.
3 The mountains
bring peace to the people, And the little hills, by
4 He will bring
justice to the poor of the people; he will save the children
needy, And will
break in pieces
make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from
eyes. Cease to
17 Learn to do
Seek justice, reprove the oppressor; Defend the fatherless,
1 "Cry aloud,
not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell My people their
And the house
2 Yet they seek
daily, and delight to know My ways, As a nation that did
And did not
the ordinance of their God. They ask of Me the ordinances of
take delight in
3 'Why have we
fasted,' they say, 'and You have not seen? Why have we
You take no
"In fact, in the day of your fast you find pleasure, And
4 Indeed you
strife and debate, And to strike with the fist of
wickedness. You will
fast as you do
day, to make your voice heard on high.
5 Is it a fast
have chosen, A day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to
bow down his
like a bulrush,
spread out sackcloth and ashes? Would you call this a fast,
6 "Is this not
fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the
burdens, To let
oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke?
7 Is it not to
your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house
are cast out;
see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself
from your own
8 Then your
shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall
shall go before you; The glory of the Lord shall be your
9 Then you
and the Lord will answer; You shall cry, and He will say,
'Here I am.'
you take away
from your midst, The pointing of the finger, and speaking
10 If you
soul to the hungry And satisfy the afflicted soul, Then your
dawn in the
And your darkness shall be as the noonday.
11 The Lord
you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And
like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose
waters do not
12 Those from
you Shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the
you shall be called the Repairer of Streets to Dwell in.
13 "If you turn
your foot from the Sabbath, From doing your pleasure on My
And call the
delight, The holy day of the Lord honorable, And shall honor
doing your own
Nor finding your own pleasure, Nor speaking your own words,
14 Then you
delight yourself in the Lord; And I will cause you to ride
on the high
the earth, And
you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the
59 Behold, The
hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear
heavy, That it
2 But your
have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden
from you, So
will not hear.
3 For your
defiled with blood, And your fingers with iniquity; Your
4 No one calls
justice, Nor does any plead for truth. They trust in empty
evil and bring forth iniquity.
5 They hatch
eggs and weave the spider's web; He who eats of their eggs
that which is
a viper breaks out.
6 Their webs
become garments, Nor will they cover themselves with their
works are works
iniquity, And the act of violence is in their hands.
7 Their feet
evil, And they make haste to shed innocent blood; Their
Wasting and destruction are in their paths.
8 The way of
they have not known, And their is no justice in their ways;
paths; Whoever takes that way shall not know peace.
3 Thus says the
of hosts, the God of Israel: "Amend your ways and your
doings, and I
cause you to
4 "Do not trust
these lying words, saying, 'The temple of the Lord, the
temple of the
the temple of
5 "For if you
thoroughly amend your ways and your doings, if you
man and his neighbor,
6 "if you do
oppress the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and do
blood in this
or walk after other gods to your hurt,
7 "then I will
you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your
'O house of
Thus says the Lord: "Execute judgement in the morning; And
of the hand of the oppressor, Lest My fury go out like fire
And burn so
no one can
Because of the evil of your doings.
'Thus says the
"Execute judgement and righteousness, and deliver the
plundered out of
the hand of the
oppressor. Do no wrong and do no violence to the stranger,
fatherless, or the
widow, nor shed
innocent blood in this place.
4 "Behold, all
are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the
soul who sins
5 But if a man
And does what is lawful and right;
6 If he has not
on the mountains, Nor lifted up his eyes to the idols of the
Nor defiled his
neighbor's wife, Nor approached a woman during her impurity;
7 If he has not
oppressed anyone, But has restored to the debtor his pledge;
given his bread to the hungry And covered the naked with
8 If he has not
exacted usury Nor taken any increase, But has withdrawn his
judgement between man and man;
9 If he has
My statutes And kept My judgements faithfully-- He is just;
live!" Says the
10 "If he
begets a son
who is a robber Or a shedder of blood, Who does any of these
11 And does
those duties, But has eaten on the mountains or defiled his
12 If he has
the poor and needy, Robbed by violence, Not restored the
his eyes to the
Or committed abomination;
13 If he has
usury Or taken increase-- Shall he then live? He shall not
live! If he
done any of
abominations, He shall surely die; His blood shall be upon
begets a son Who sees all the sins which his father has
but does not do
15 Who has not
on the mountains, Nor lifted his eyes to the idols of the
Nor defiled his
16 Has not
anyone, Nor withheld a pledge, Nor robbed by violence, But
has given his
bread to the
And covered the naked with clothing;
17 Who has
his hand from the poor And not received usury or increase,
And walked in My statutes-- He shall not die for the
iniquity of his
18 "As for his
Because he cruelly oppressed, Robbed his brother by
violence, And did
what is not
his people, Behold, he shall die for his iniquity.
19 "Yet you
should the son not bear the guilt of the father?' Because
the son has
what is lawful
right, and has kept all My statutes and done them, he shall
20 "The soul
shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father,
the guilt of
The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself,
of the wicked
21 "But if a
man turns from all his sins which he has committed, keeps
and does what
lawful and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die.
22 "None of the
transgressions which he has committed shall be remembered
because of the
righteousness which he has done, he shall live.
23 "Do I have
pleasure at all that the wicked should die?" says the Lord
he should turn
his ways and live?
24 "But when a
righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits
abominations that the wicked man does, shall he live? All
which he has
shall not be remembered; because of the unfaithfulness of
which he is
and the sin
has committed, because of them he shall die.
25 "Yet you
say of the Lord is not fair.' Hear now, O house of Israel,
is it not My
which is fair,
your ways which are not fair?
26 "When a
man turns away from his righteousness, commits iniquity, and
is because of
iniquity which he has done that he dies.
27 "Again, when
wicked man turns away from the wickedness which he
committed, and does
what is lawful
right, he preserves himself alive.
28 "Because he
considers and turns away from all the transgressions which
shall not die.
29 "Yet the
Israel says, 'The way of the Lord is not fair.' O house of
it not My
ways which are
and your ways which are not fair?
30 "Therefore I
judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his
ways," says the
turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not
31 "Cast away
all the transgressions which you have committed, and get
new heart and a
spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel?
32 "For I have
pleasure in the death of one who dies," says the Lord God.
For I desire
and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God more than burnt
He has shown
man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But
justly, To love
And to walk humbly with your God?
5 "Say to all
people of the land, and to the priests: 'When you fasted and
months during those seventy years, did you really fast for
6 'When you eat
when you drink, do you not eat and drink for yourselves?
7 'Should you
obeyed the words which the Lord proclaimed through the
Jerusalem and the cities around it were inhabited and
and the Lowland
8 Then the word
Lord came to Zechariah, saying
9 "Thus says
of hosts: 'Execute true justice, Show mercy and compassion
10 Do not
widow or the fatherless, The alien or the poor. Let none of
in his heart
These are the
you shall do: Speak each man the truth to his neighbor: Give
your gates for
justice, and peace;
"But go and
what this means: 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice.' For I
did not come
sinners, to repentance."
"But if you
what this means, 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice,' you
would not have
"Woe to you,
and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and
neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and
you ought to
done, without leaving the others undone.
"But woe to
Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of
herbs, and pass
justice and the
of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the
9 Let love be
hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.
10 Be kindly
affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor
preference to one
11 not lagging
diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
12 rejoicing in
patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;
needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
14 Bless those
persecute you; bless and do not curse.
15 Rejoice with
who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
16 Be of the
toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but
not be wise in your own opinion.
17 Repay no one
for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all
18 If it is
as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
19 Beloved, do
avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is
will repay," says the Lord.
enemy hungers, feed him; If he thirsts, give him drink; For
in so doing
will heap coals
fire on his head."
21 Do not be
by evil, but overcome evil with good."
8 For by grace
have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves;
it is the
9 not of works,
anyone should boast.
10 For we are
workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which
should walk in them.
2 TIMOTHY 2:21
cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for
and useful for
Master, prepared for every good work.
given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,
instruction in righteousness,
17 that the man
may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
in all things
yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing
5 not by works
righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy
regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
8 This is a
saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly,
believed in God
be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and
20 Now may the
peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that
Shepherd of the
through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
21 make you
in every good work to do His will, working in you what is
in His sight,
Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans
keep oneself unspotted from the world.
What to do?