935. Some are / None is justified.

MAT 12:37, For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
PSA 143:1-2, Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness. And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.



936. There has / has never been a just person.

GEN 6:9, These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

MAT 1:19, Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.

ACT 10:22, And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.
ECC 7:20, For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.



937. Just men do / do not die. [H, 178]
938. A just man lives by faith / works. [H, 228]

ECC 7:15 ... there is a just man that perisheth in his righteousness, ....

HAB 2:4 ... the just shall live by his faith .
EZE 18:5 But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right, ... 9 Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord GOD.



939. Salvation comes from faith / works / God's will. [B, 117; H, 167]

EPH 2:8-9, For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

[SEE ALSO: GEN 15:6; MAR 16:16; JOH 3:3, 18, 36;ROM 1:17, 3:20, 28, 4:2,5, 11:5-6; GAL 2:16, 3:11.]

PSA62:12, Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.

MAT 16:27, For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
EPH 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will

[SEE ALSO: TOB 12:9; MAT 12:37; LUK 10:26-28; JOH 5:28-29; ROM 2:5-6, 13, 8:29; 2COR 5:10; JAM 2:14,17, 22-24,26; 1PET 1:17, 4:18.]



940. Faith is / is not work. [M, 319-320]

JOH 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

GAL 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

2THE 1:11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:

[SEE ALSO: 1THE 1:3]

JOH 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

GAL 2:16 knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ....

EPH 2:8-9, For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

[SEE ALSO: MAR 16:16; ROM 1:17, 3:20, 28, 4:2, 11:5-6; GAL 3:11.]



941. Salvation is God's / man's work.

PSA 74:12 For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.
PHILI 2:12 ... work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.



942. Salvation can / cannot be gained by human effort.

1COR 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
ROM 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.



943. Man should / should not rely on God for renewal. [H, 166]

DEU 30:6 And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, ....

EZE 36:25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I you: will give you an heart of flesh.

EPH 2:4, God... 5 when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, ... 6 And hath raised us up together, ....

[SEE ALSO: PSA 51:2; LAM 5:21]

DEU 10:16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.

EZE 18:31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

EPH 5:14 Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead

[SEE ALSO: ISA 1:16; JER 4:14; ZEC 1:3; COL 3:9]



944. Repentance is man's act / God's gift. [H, 165]

MAR 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

LUK 13:5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

ACT 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
ACT 5:31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

ACT 11:18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.

2TIM 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;



945. All is / is not possible for men.

MAT 17:20 ... If ye have faith ... nothing shall be impossible unto you.

MAR 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
MAT 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.



946. It is / is not possible to fall from grace. [B, 118; H, 169-170]

EZE 18:24, But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.

HEB 6:4-6 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

[SEE ALSO: JOH 17:12; HEB 10:26-29,39; 2PET 2:21-22]

JOH 10:28, And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

ROM 8:38-39, For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, who is in Christ Jesus our Lord.



947. Prayer is / is not effective. [M, 134]

MAT 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

JOH 14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
ISA 1:15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

LAM 3:44 Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through.

LUK 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. 33 And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death. 34 And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.

[SEE ALSO: MAT 14:31, 16:23, 26:69-70]



948. Repetitious prayers are / are not effective. [B, 38; H, 232]

LUK 18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily....
MAT 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.



949. Christians do / do not know how to pray.

MAT 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
ROM 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.



950. All scripture is / is not inspired by God. [B, 144; H, 143]

2TIM 3:16, All scripture is given by inspiration of God,* and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (KJV)
1COR 7:6, But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment. ... 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.

1COR 7:25, Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful.

2COR 11:17, That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting.

GAL 4:22-26, For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

2TIM 4:13, The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.

* The NAB and OAB agree with the KJV. Some translations say "Every scripture inspired by God...." rather than "all scripture." That more clearly implies there may be some scripture that is not inspired by God. [Emphasis mine] - p.b.



951. All scripture is / is not profitable.

2TIM 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
HEB 7:18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.



952. The Bible teaches forgiveness / vengeance. [H, 299]

MAT 5:38-39, Ye have heard that it hath been said, 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.

MAT 6:14-15, For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

ROM 12:17-19, 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.

[SEE ALSO: LUK 6:27; EPH 4:32; COL 3:13]

GEN 9:6, Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

EXO 21:23-25, ...thou shalt give life for life, Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

[SEE ALSO: EXO 21:12; LEV 24:20; DEU 19:21]



953. There has / has never been a righteous person. [M, 84]

EZE 14:1, Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD

MAT 23:35, That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.

LUK 1:6, There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

[SEE ALSO: GEN 7:1; 2SAM 22:25; JOB 2:3; ECC 9:1; MAT 25:46; JAM 5:16; 2PET 2:5,7-8]

ROM 3:10, As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

[SEE ALSO: JOB 15:14; ISA 41:26, 64:6]



954. Righteousness depends upon fear / love.

PRO 16:6, By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

JER 32:38 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God: 39 And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them: 40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.

MAT 10:28 And 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.
1JOH 4:18, There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

1JOH 5:2, By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

2JOH 1:6, And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.



955. The righteous prosper / fail. [B, 125; H, 172-173]

GEN 39:2 And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.

PSA 34:10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.

SEE ALSO: JOB 42:12; PSA 1:3, 37:3]

ECC 8:14 There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there be just men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked....

LUK 21:17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.

[SEE ALSO: HEB 11:37; REV 7:14]



956. No / Some righteous people beg. [H, 177]

PSA 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
LUK 16:20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;



957. Too much / little righteousness is mortally dangerous. [H, 233]

ECC 7:16 Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?
ECC 7:17 Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?



958. None / Some do good.

ROM 3:12, They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

MAR 10:18, And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

[SEE ALSO: ISA 64:6]

MAT 5:45, That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

2COR 5:10, For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

[SEE ALSO: GEN 7:1; MAT 13:47-48; 22:10; LUK 1:5-7; JOH 5:29]



959. Do / do not let others see your good works. [B, 33; H, 279]

MAT 5:16, Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

1PET 2:12 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.
MAT 6:1-4, Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

MAT 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: ... 12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased;



960. Evildoers prosper / decline. [H, 180]

JOB 21:7, Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?

[SEE ALSO: JOB 12:6; PSA 17:14, 73:7; JER 12:1]

2TIM 3:13, But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

[SEE ALSO: PSA 34:21; PRO 13:21]



961. The wicked do / do not live long. [B, 129; H, 180]

JOB 21:7, Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?

ECC 8:12, Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him:
JOB 18:5, Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine

ECC 7:17, Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?

ECC 8:13, But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.

PRO 10:27, The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.



962. The wicked / righteous perish. [H, 204]

JUDG 5:31 So let all thine enemies perish, O LORD....

PSA 37:20 But the wicked shall perish....

PRO 19:9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.
ECC 7:15 ... there is a just man that perisheth in his righteousness....

ISA 57:1 The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart....

MIC 7:2 The good man is perished out of the earth....



963. The wicked / Victims are devoured. [H, 206]

HEB 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

REV 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
MAR 12:38 ... Beware of the scribes, ... 40 Which devour widows' houses....

2COR 11:20 For ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face.



964. Justice should be dispensed by one / more than one judge. [H, 284]

EXO 18:18 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening.
DEU 17:9 And thou shalt come unto the priests the Levites, and unto the judge that shall be in those days, and enquire; and they shall shew thee the sentence of judgment:

DEU 21:2 Then thy elders and thy judges shall come forth, and they shall measure unto the cities which are round about him that is slain:



965. You do / do not reap what you sow.

GAL 6:7, for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

2COR 9:6, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
JER 12:13 They have sown wheat, but shall reap thorns;

PRO 22:8 He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity;

MIC 6:15 Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap;

MAT 25:26, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not;

LUK 19:22, Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow.


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