789. You should love your neighbor as much as / more than yourself.

LEV 19:18, ... thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself....
1COR 10:24, Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth.



790. It is wrong to lend money at / without interest.

LEV 25:37, Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor lend him thy victuals for increase.
LUK 19:23, Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?



791. It is wrong to lend money at interest to the poor / another Hebrew.

EXO 22:25 If thou lend money to any of my people that is poor by thee, thou shalt not be to him as an usurer, neither shalt thou lay upon him usury.
DEU 23:19 Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of any thing that is lent upon usury: 20 Unto a stranger thou mayest lend upon usury; but unto thy brother thou shalt not lend upon usury: that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all that thou settest thine hand to in the land whither thou goest to possess it.



792. It is / is not wrong to curse people.

ROM 12:14, Bless them who persecute you: bless, and curse not.
PRO 24:24, He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:



793. It is / is not wrong to swear an oath. [B, 46; H, 242-243]

JAM 5:12, But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.


NUM 30:2,If a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.

[SEE ALSO: GEN 21:24, 31, 24:31:53; EXO 22:11; DEU 6:13; ISA 45:22-23; MAT 26:63; ROM 9:1; HEB 6:17; REV 10:5-6]



794. It is / is not wrong to call father anyone but God. [H, 257]

MAT 23:9, And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, who is in heaven.
1JOH 2:13, I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.

[SEE ALSO: 2KIN 2:11; MAT 15:4; 1COR 10:1; EPH 6:1-2.]



795. It is / is not wrong for men to have long hair.

1COR 11:14, Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?
NUM 6:5, All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the LORD, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.

[SEE ALSO: LEV 19:27; JUDG 13:5.]



796. It is / is not wrong to observe the times. [H, 244]

DEU 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,

GAL 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? 10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. 11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
ROM 14:6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord....



797. It is / is not wrong to call someone a fool. [H, 277]

MAT 5:22, But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
MAT 23:1, Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, ... 17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? ... 19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?

LUK 11:40, Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also?

LUK 12:20, But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?

1COR 15:35, But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? 36 Thou fool, that who thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:



798. You should not / should answer a fool according to his folly. [B, 135; H, 278]

PRO 26:4, Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
PRO 26:5, Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.



799. You should / should not follow your own heart. [H, 250]

PRO 3:5, Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

ECC 11:9, Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.
NUM 15:39, And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring:



800. You should / should not try to please others. [H, 294]

ROM 15:2, Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.

1COR 10:33, Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
GAL 1:10, For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.



801. You should / should not judge. [B, 34; H, 284]

LEV 19:15, Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.

JOH 7:24, Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

1COR 2:15, But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
MAT 7:1, Judge not, that ye be not judged.

JAM 4:12, There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?

ROM 2:1, Therefore 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.

1COR 4:5, Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.



802. Anger is / is not wrong. [B, 32; H, 245]

JOB 5:2 For wrath killeth the foolish man....

PRO 22:24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:

ECC 7:9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

MAT 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment:....

JAM 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be ... slow to wrath: 20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
EPH 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not....



803. Israelites should / should not take captives. [H, 258]

DEU 20:11 And it shall be, if it make thee answer of peace, and open unto thee, then it shall be, that all the people that is found therein shall be tributaries unto thee, and they shall serve thee. ... 15 Thus shalt thou do unto all the cities which are very far off from thee, which are not of the cities of these nations.
DEU 20:16 But of the cities of these people, which the LORD thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth: 17 But thou shalt utterly destroy them; namely, the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee: 18 That they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods; so should ye sin against the LORD your God.



804. The Israelites should / should not spare the trees in countries they invade. [H, 279]

DEU 20:19, When thou shalt besiege a city a long time, in making war against it to take it, thou shalt not destroy the trees thereof by forcing an axe against them: for thou mayest eat of them, and thou shalt not cut them down (for the tree of the field is man's life) to employ them in the siege:
2KIN 3:19, And ye shall smite every fenced city, and every choice city, and shall fell every good tree, and stop all wells of water, and mar every good piece of land with stones.



805. Ammonites cannot enter God's congregation for 10 generations / ever.

DEU 23:4, No Ammonite or Moabite may ever be admitted into the community of the LORD, nor any descendants of theirs even to the tenth generation. (NAB)
NEH 13:1, On that day they read in the book of Moses in the audience of the people; and therein was found written, that the Ammonite and the Moabite should not come into the congregation of God for ever; (KJV



806. Ammonites cannot / did enter God's congregation.

NEH 13:1, On that day they read in the book of Moses in the audience of the people; and therein was found written, that the Ammonite and the Moabite should not come into the congregation of God for ever;
1KIN 12:23, Speak unto Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and unto all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the remnant of the people ...

1KIN 14:31, And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David. And his mother's name was Naamah an Ammonitess....



807. Hatred and violence against Edomites is / is not allowed. [B, 26; H, 271]

EZE 25:14, And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of my people Israel: and they shall do in Edom according to mine anger and according to my fury; and they shall know my vengeance, saith the Lord GOD.
DEU 23:7, Thou shalt not abhor an Edomite; for he is thy brother: thou shalt not abhor an Egyptian; because thou wast a stranger in his land.



808. You should rebuke offenders privately / publicly. [H, 293]

MAT 18:15 Moreover 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.
1TIM 5:19 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. 20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.



809. Harm / be good to your enemies. [H, 264-266, 275]

JOS 10:19, And stay ye not, but pursue after your enemies, and smite the hindmost of them suffer them not to enter into their cities: for the LORD your God hath delivered them into your hand.

GAL 1:9, As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

[SEE ALSO: LEV 26:7; DEU 7:9-10, 20:14; JOS 22:8; LAM 3:66; LUK 19:27; GAL 5:10-12; 2JOH 1:10]

EXO 23:4, If thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again.

PRO 25:21, If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:

[SEE ALSO: LUK 6:27]



810. You should / should not rejoice when your enemies fall.

PSA 58:10, The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
PRO 24:17, Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:



811. Bear one another's / your own burdens. [H, 257]

GAL 6:2, Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
GAL 6:5, For every man shall bear his own burden.



812. God does / does not approve of monarchy. [H, 229]

DEU 17:14 When thou art come unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that are about me; 15 Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother.


1SAM 8:5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations. 6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD. 7 And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.

1SAM 12:17 Is it not wheat harvest to day? I will call unto the LORD, and he shall send thunder and rain; that ye may perceive and see that your wickedness is great, which ye have done in the sight of the LORD, in asking you a king.

[SEE ALSO: HOS 13:11]



813. People should be baptized in the name of the Trinity / Jesus only.

MAT 28:19, Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost
ACT 2:38, Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

ACT 8:16, (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)

ACT 10:48, And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.



814. You should forgive people 3 / 490 / 7 times.

MAT 18:15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault [1] between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more [2], that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church [3]: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
MAT 18:21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
LUK 17:3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. 4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.



815. The righteous should / should not care about earthly prosperity.

PSA 1:1-3, Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

PSA 37:29, The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.

MAR 10:29-30, And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.
MAT 6:19-21, Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.



816. Christians should / should not bear weapons. [H, 259]

LUK 22:36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
MAT 26:52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.



817. Christians should / should not pray in public. [B, 37; H, 231]

1TIM 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
MAT 6:5-6, And 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. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.



818. It is / is not wrong for a Christian to marry an unbeliever.

2COR 6:14, Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? ... 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
1COR 7:12, But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.



819. Do / do not argue with an unbeliever.

1PET 3:15, 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: (KJV)
1TIM 6:20, ... guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid profane babbling and the absurdities of so-called knowledge. By professing it, some people have deviated from the faith. (NAB)

2TIM 2:14 ... stop disputing about words.



820. Do / Do not prepare your defense if challenged for your faith.

1PET 3:15, 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:
MAR 13:11, But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.



821. Jesus said to obey / shun the scribes. [H, 293]

MAT 23:2, Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
MAR 12:38, And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces, 39 And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts: 40 Which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.



822. Jesus said to beware the leaven of the Pharisees only / & Sadducees / & Herod.

LUK 12:1, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
MAT 16:6, Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. ... 11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?
MAR 8:15, And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod. And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread.


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