faith / faithful
Abram put his faith in the LORD, who credited it to him as an
act of righteousness. [GEN 15:6]
Understand, then, that the LORD, your God, is God indeed, the
faithful God who keeps his merciful covenant down to the
thousandth generation toward those who love him and keep his
commandments [DEUT 7:9]
The Rock - how faultless are his deeds, how right all his ways!
A faithful God, without deceit, how just and upright he is! [DEUT
At that time Joshua summoned the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh and said to them: "You have done all that Moses, the servant of the LORD, commanded you, and have obeyed every command I gave you. For many years now you have not once abandoned your kinsmen, but have faithfully carried out the commands of the LORD, your God. Since, therefore, the LORD, your God, has settled your kinsmen as he promised them, you may now return to your tents beyond the Jordan; to your own land, which Moses, the servant of the LORD, gave you.
But be very careful to observe the precept and law which Moses,
the servant of the LORD, enjoined upon you: love the LORD, your
God; follow him faithfully; keep his commandments; remain loyal to
him; and serve him with your whole heart and soul." [JOSH
He will guard the footsteps of his faithful ones, but the
wicked shall perish in the darkness. For not by strength does man
prevail [1SAM 2:9]
I will choose a faithful priest who shall do what I have in
heart and mind. I will establish a lasting house for him which
shall function in the presence of my anointed forever. [1SAM 2:35]
But you must fear the LORD and worship him faithfully with your
whole heart; keep in mind the great things he has done among you.
The LORD will reward each man for his justice and faithfulness.
Today, though the LORD delivered you into my grasp, I would not
harm the LORD'S anointed. [1SAM 26:23]
So David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh-gilead and said to them: "May you be blessed by the LORD for having done this kindness to your lord Saul in burying him. And now may the LORD be kind and faithful to you. I, too, will be generous to you for having done this." [2SAM
"Toward the faithful you are faithful; toward the
wholehearted you are wholehearted" [2SAM 22:26]
Keep the mandate of the LORD, your God, following his ways and observing his statutes, commands, ordinances, and decrees as they are written in the law of Moses, that you may succeed in whatever you do, wherever you turn, and the LORD may fulfill the promise he made on my behalf when he said, 'If your sons so conduct themselves that they remain faithful to me with their whole heart and with their whole soul, you shall always have someone of your line on the throne of Israel.'
Solomon answered: "You have shown great favor to your
servant, my father David, because he behaved faithfully toward
you, with justice and an upright heart; and you have continued
this great favor toward him, even today, seating a son of his on
his throne." [1KGS 3:6]
He said, "LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in
heaven above or on earth below; you keep your covenant of kindness
with your servants who are faithful to you with their whole heart."
[Taken from 1KGS 8:23]
He gave them this command: "You shall act faithfully and
wholeheartedly in the fear of the LORD." [2CHRON 19:9]
But after he had become strong, he became proud to his own destruction and broke faith with the LORD, his God. He entered the temple of the LORD to make an offering on the altar of incense. But Azariah the priest, and with him eighty other priests of the LORD, courageous men, followed him. They opposed King
Uzziah, saying to him: "It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the LORD, but for the priests, the sons of Aaron, who have been consecrated for this purpose. Leave the sanctuary, for you have broken faith and no longer have a part in the glory that comes from the LORD God."
Our fathers acted faithlessly and did evil in the eyes of the
LORD, our God. They abandoned him, turned away their faces from
the LORD'S dwelling, and turned their backs on him. [2CHRON 29:6]
Be not like your fathers and your brethren who proved faithless
to the LORD, the God of their fathers, so that he delivered them
over to desolation, as you yourselves now see. [2CHRON 30:7]
This Hezekiah did in all Judah. He did what was good, upright
and faithful before the LORD, his God. [2CHRON 31:20]
But remember, I pray, the promise which you gave through Moses, your servant, when you said: 'Should you prove faithless, I will scatter you among the nations; but should you return to me and carefully keep my commandments, even though your outcasts have been driven to the farthest corner of the world, I will gather them from there, and bring them back to the place which I have chosen as the dwelling place for my name.'
In all that has come upon us you have been just, for you kept
faith while we have done evil. [NEH 9:33]
"Now, children, I give you this command: serve God
faithfully and do what is right before him; you must tell your
children to do what is upright and to give alms, to be mindful of
God and at all times to bless his name sincerely and with all
their strength." [TOBIT 14:9]
Was not Abraham found faithful in trial, and it was reputed to
him as uprightness? [1MACC 2:52]
Hananiah, Azariah and Mishael, for their faith, were saved from
the fire. [1MACC 2:59]
May God bless you and remember his covenant with his faithful
servants, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. [2MACC 1:2]
When Judas learned of Nicanor's advance and informed his companions about the approach of the army, the cowardly and those who lacked faith in God's justice deserted and got away. [2MACC
Know that the LORD works wonders for the faithful; the LORD
hears when I call out. [PS 4:4]
Help, LORD, for no one loyal remains; the faithful have
vanished from the human race [PS 12:2]
I trust in your faithfulness. Grant my heart joy in your
help, That I may sing of the LORD, "How good our God has been
to me!" [PS 13:6]
For you will not abandon me to Sheol, nor let your faithful
servant see the pit. [PS 16:10]
Toward the faithful you are faithful; to the honest you are
honest [PS 18:26]
No one is disgraced who waits for you, but only those who
lightly break faith. [PS 25:3]
All the paths of the LORD are faithful love toward those who
honor the covenant demands. [PS 25:10]
The counsel of the LORD belongs to the faithful; the covenant
instructs them. [PS 25:14]
Your love is before my eyes; I walk guided by your
faithfulness. [PS 26:3]
Sing praise to the LORD, you faithful; give thanks to God's
holy name. [PS 30:5]
Into your hands I commend my spirit; you will redeem me, LORD,
faithful God. [PS 31:6]
Love the LORD, all you faithful. The LORD protects the loyal,
but repays the arrogant in full. [PS 31:24]
Thus should all your faithful pray in time of distress. Though
flood waters threaten, they will never reach them. [PS 32:6]
For the LORD loves justice and does not abandon the faithful.
When the unjust are destroyed, and the children of the wicked cut off, The just will possess the land and live in it forever. [PS
Grant me justice, God; defend me from a faithless people;
from the deceitful and unjust rescue me. [PS 43:1]
Our God comes and will not be silent! Devouring fire precedes, storming fiercely round about. God summons the heavens above and the earth to the judgment of his people: "Gather my faithful ones before me, those who made a covenant with me by sacrifice." [PS
But I, like an olive tree in the house of God, trust in God's
faithful love forever. [PS 52:10]
I will praise you always for what you have done. I will
proclaim before the faithful that your name is good. [PS 52:11]
Turn back the evil upon my foes; in your faithfulness, destroy
them. [PS 54:7]
For your love towers to the heavens; your faithfulness, to the
skies. [PS 57:11]
That I may praise you with the lyre for your faithfulness, my
God, And sing to you with the harp, O Holy One of Israel! [PS
But those who are far from you perish; you destroy those
unfaithful to you. [PS 73:27]
They were not to be like their ancestors, a rebellious and
defiant generation, A generation whose heart was not constant,
whose spirit was not faithful to God [PS 78:8]
When he slew them, they began to seek him; they again inquired of their God. They remembered that God was their rock, God Most High, their redeemer. But they deceived him with their mouths, lied to him with their tongues. Their hearts were not constant toward him; they were not faithful to his covenant. But God is merciful and forgave their sin; he did not utterly destroy them.
Time and again he turned back his anger, unwilling to unleash all his rage. [PS
Will shelter you with pinions, spread wings that you may take
refuge; God's faithfulness is a protecting shield. [PS 91:4]
It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praise to your name, Most High, To proclaim your love in the morning, your faithfulness in the night, With the ten-stringed harp, with melody upon the lyre. For you make me jubilant, LORD, by your deeds; at the works of your hands I shout for joy. [PS
The LORD loves those who hate evil, protects the lives of the
faithful, rescues them from the hand of the wicked. [PS 97:10]
Know that the LORD is God, our maker to whom we belong, whose
people we are, God's well-tended flock. Enter the temple gates with praise, its courts with thanksgiving.
Give thanks to God, bless his name; good indeed is the LORD, Whose love endures forever, whose faithfulness lasts through every age. [PS
I look to the faithful of the land; they alone can be my
companions. Those who follow the way of integrity, they alone can
enter my service. [PS 101:6]
As the heavens tower over the earth, so God's love towers
over the faithful. [PS 103:11]
As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has
compassion on the faithful. [PS 103:13]
But the LORD'S kindness is forever, toward the faithful from age to age.
He favors the children's children of those who keep his covenant, who take care to fulfill its precepts.
For your love towers to the heavens; your faithfulness, to the
skies. [PS 108:5]
Not to us, LORD, not to us but to your name give glory
because of your faithfulness and love. [PS 115:1]
I kept faith, even when I said, "I am greatly
afflicted!" [PS 116:10]
Too costly in the eyes of the LORD is the death of his
faithful. [PS 116:15]
The LORD'S love for us is strong; the LORD is faithful forever.
Hallelujah! [PS 117:2]
I know, LORD, that your edicts are just; though you afflict me,
you are faithful. [PS 119:75]
You have issued your decrees in justice and in surpassing
faithfulness. [PS 119:138]
I view the faithless with loathing, because they do not heed
your promise. [PS 119:158]
"Your priests will be clothed with justice; your faithful will
shout for joy." [PS 132:9]
LORD, hear my prayer; in your faithfulness
listen to my pleading; answer me in your justice. [PS 143:1]
All your works give you thanks, O LORD and your faithful bless
you. [PS 145:10]
Your reign is a reign for all ages, your dominion for all
generations. The LORD is trustworthy in every word, and faithful
in every work. [PS 145:13]
You, LORD, are just in all your ways, faithful in all your
works. [PS 145:17]
Happy those whose help is Jacob's God, whose hope is in the LORD, their God, The maker of heaven and earth, the seas and all that is in them,
Who keeps faith forever, secures justice for the oppressed, gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets prisoners free; the LORD gives sight to the blind. The LORD raises up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous. [PS
God takes no delight in the strength of horses, no pleasure in the runner's stride. Rather the LORD takes pleasure in the devout, those who await his faithful care. [PS 147:10-11]
Let the faithful rejoice in their glory, cry out for joy at
their banquet [PS 149:5]
But the wicked will be cut off from the land, the faithless
will be rooted out of it. [PROV 2:22]
The honesty of the upright guides them; the faithless are
ruined by their duplicity. [PROV 11:3]
The virtue of the upright saves them, but the faithless are
caught in their own intrigue. [PROV 11:6]
Good sense brings favor, but the way of the faithless is their
ruin. [PROV 13:15]
The wicked man serves as ransom for the just, and the faithless
man for the righteous. [PROV 21:18]
The eyes of the LORD safeguard knowledge, but he defeats the
projects of the faithless. [PROV 22:12]
For the harlot is a deep ditch, and the adulteress a narrow pit; Yes, she lies in wait like a robber, and increases the faithless among men.
Like the coolness of snow in the heat of the harvest is a
faithful messenger for the one who sends him. (He refreshes the
soul of his master.) [PROV 25:13]
Like an infected tooth or an unsteady foot is (dependence on) a
faithless man in time of trouble. [PROV 25:19]
Those who trust in him shall understand truth, and the faithful
shall abide with him in love: Because grace and mercy are with his
holy ones, and his care is with the elect. [WISDOM 3:9]
They no longer safeguard either lives or pure wedlock; but each either waylays and kills his neighbor, or aggrieves him by adultery. And all is confusion-blood and murder, theft and guile, corruption, faithlessness, turmoil, perjury, Disturbance of good men, neglect of gratitude, besmirching of souls, unnatural lust, disorder in marriage, adultery and shamelessness. For the worship of infamous idols is the reason and source and extremity of all evil. [WISDOM 14:24-27]
When they determined to put to death the infants of the holy ones, and when a single boy had been cast forth but saved, As a reproof you carried off their multitude of sons and made them perish all at once in the mighty water. That night was known beforehand to our fathers, that, with sure knowledge of the oaths in which they put their faith, they might have courage. [WISDOM 18:5-6]
The beginning of wisdom is fear of the LORD, which is formed
with the faithful in the womb. [SIRACH 1:12]
Be not faithless to the fear of the LORD, nor approach it with
duplicity of heart. [SIRACH 1:25]
A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he who finds one finds a
treasure. [SIRACH 6:14]
A faithful friend is beyond price, no sum can balance his
worth. [SIRACH 6:15]
A faithful friend is a life-saving remedy, such as he who fears God finds; For he who fears God behaves accordingly, and his friend will be like himself.
Mistreat not a servant who faithfully serves, nor a laborer who
devotes himself to his task. [SIRACH 7:20]
Cherish your friend, keep faith with him; but if you betray his confidence, follow him not; For as an enemy might kill a man, you have killed your neighbor's friendship. [SIRACH
The law is fulfilled without fail, and perfect wisdom is found
in the mouth of the faithful man. [SIRACH 34:8]
Listen, my faithful children: open up your petals, like roses planted near running waters; Send up the sweet odor of incense, break forth in blossoms like the lily.
Send up the sweet odor of your hymn of praise; bless the LORD for all he has done! [SIRACH
Then, too, the twelve prophets - may their bones return to life
from their resting place! - Gave new strength to Jacob and saved
him by their faith and hope. [SIRACH 49:10]
I will restore your judges as at first, and your counselors as
in the beginning; After that you shall be called city of justice,
faithful city. [ISA 1:26]
But within sixty years and five, Ephraim shall be crushed, no
longer a nation. Unless your faith is firm you shall not be firm!
Justice shall be the band around his waist, and faithfulness a
belt upon his hips. [ISA 11:5]
O LORD, you are my God, I will extol you and praise your name;
For you have fulfilled your wonderful plans of old, faithful and
true. [ISA 25:1]
Open up the gates to let in a nation that is just, one that
keeps faith. [ISA 26:2]
Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD: See, I am laying a stone in
Zion, a stone that has been tested, A precious cornerstone as a
sure foundation; he who puts his faith in it shall not be shaken.
"O LORD, remember how faithfully and wholeheartedly I
conducted myself in your presence, doing what was pleasing to
you!" And Hezekiah wept bitterly. [ISA 38:3]
The living, the living give you thanks, as I do today. Fathers
declare to their sons, O God, your faithfulness. [ISA 38:19]
Thus says the LORD, the redeemer and the Holy One of Israel, To
the one despised, whom the nations abhor, the slave of rulers:
When kings see you, they shall stand up, and princes shall
prostrate themselves Because of the LORD who is faithful, the Holy
One of Israel who has chosen you. [ISA 49:7]
For I, the LORD, love what is right, I hate robbery and
injustice; I will give them their recompense faithfully, a lasting
covenant I will make with them. [ISA 61:8]
Roam the streets of Jerusalem, look about and observe, Search
through her public places, to find even one Who lives uprightly
and seeks to be faithful, and I will pardon her! [JER 5:1]
Say to them: This is the nation which does not listen to the
voice of the LORD, its God, or take correction. Faithfulness has
disappeared; the word itself is banished from their speech. [JER
Would that I had in the desert a travelers' lodge! That I might
leave my people and depart from them. They are all adulterers, a
faithless band. [JER 9:1]
And they said to Jeremiah, "May the LORD be our witness:
we will truly and faithfully follow all the instructions the LORD,
your God, will send us." [JER 42:5]
But I will call this to mind, as my reason to have hope: The favors of the LORD are not exhausted, his mercies are not spent; They are renewed each morning, so great is his faithfulness.
Son of man, when a land sins against me by breaking faith, I stretch out my hand against it and break its staff of bread, I let famine loose upon it and cut off from it both man and beast; and even if these three men were in it, Noah, Daniel, and Job, they could save only themselves by their virtue, says the Lord GOD. [EZEK
I will make the land a waste, because they have broken faith,
says the Lord GOD. [EZEK 15:8]
And if the virtuous man turns from the path of virtue to do
evil, the same kind of abominable things that the wicked man does,
can he do this and still live? None of his virtuous deeds shall be
remembered, because he has broken faith and committed sin; because
of this, he shall die. [EZEK 18:24]
Therefore speak to the house of Israel, son of man, and tell them: Thus says the Lord GOD: In this way also your fathers blasphemed me, breaking faith with me: when I had brought them to the land I had sworn to give them, and they saw all its high hills and leafy trees, there they offered their sacrifices (there they brought their offensive offerings), there they sent up appeasing odors, and there they poured out their libations. [EZEK
Too pure are your eyes to look upon evil, and the sight of
misery you cannot endure. Why, then, do you gaze on the faithless
in silence while the wicked man devours one more just than
himself? [HAB 1:13]
The rash man has no integrity; but the just man, because of his
faith, shall live. [Taken from HAB 2:4]
Thus says the LORD: I will return to Zion, and I will dwell
within Jerusalem; Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city, and
the mountain of the LORD of hosts, the holy mountain. [ZECH 8:3]
I will bring them back to dwell within Jerusalem. They shall be
my people, and I will be their God, with faithfulness and justice.
Have we not all the one Father? Has not the one God created us?
Why then do we break faith with each other, violating the covenant
of our fathers? [MAL 2:10]
Did he not make one being, with flesh and spirit: and what does
that one require but godly offspring? You must then safeguard life
that is your own, and not break faith with the wife of your youth.
For I hate divorce, says the LORD, the God of Israel, And
covering one's garment with injustice, says the LORD of hosts; You
must then safeguard life that is your own, and not break faith.
If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and
is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide
for you, O you of little faith? [MT 6:30]
When he entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully." He said to him, "I will come and cure him." The centurion said in reply,
"Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. For I too am a person subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come here,' and he comes; and to my slave, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, "Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel
have I found such faith." [MT
He got into a boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm
came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, "Lord, save us!
We are perishing!" He said to them, "Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?"
Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. [MT
And there people brought to him a paralytic lying on a
stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic,
"Courage, child, your sins are forgiven." [MT 9:2]
Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, "Courage,
daughter! Your faith has saved you." And from that hour the
woman was cured. [MT 9:22]
And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed (him), crying out, "Son of
David, have pity on us!" When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I can do this?" "Yes, Lord," they said to him. Then he touched their eyes and said, "Let it be done for you according to your faith." And their eyes were opened. Jesus warned them sternly, "See that no one knows about this." [MT
He said to them in reply, "An evil and unfaithful
generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it except the
sign of Jonah the prophet." [MT 12:39]
And he did not work many mighty deeds there because of their
lack of faith. [MT 13:58]
Peter said to him in reply, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water." He said, "Come." Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw how (strong) the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!" Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith,
why did you doubt?"
Then Jesus went from that place and withdrew to the region of Tyre and
Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, "Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon." But he did not say a word in answer to her. His disciples came and asked him, "Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us." He said in reply, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." But the woman came and did him homage, saying, "Lord, help me." He said in reply, "It is not right to take the food of the children
and throw it to the dogs." She said, "Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters." Then Jesus said to her in reply, "O woman, great is your faith!
Let it be done for you as you wish." And her daughter was healed from that hour. [MT
"An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign, but no sign
will be given it except the sign of Jonah." Then he left them
and went away. [MT 16:4]
In coming to the other side of the sea, the disciples had forgotten to bring bread. Jesus said to them, "Look out, and beware of the leaven
of the Pharisees and Sadducees." They concluded among themselves, saying, "It is because we have brought no bread." When Jesus became aware of this he said, "You of little faith, why do you conclude among yourselves that it is because you have no bread? Do you not yet understand, and do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many wicker baskets you took up? Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you took up? How do you not comprehend that I was not speaking to you about bread? Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees." Then they understood
that he was not telling them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. [MT
When they came to the crowd a man approached, knelt down before him, and said, "Lord, have pity on my son, for he is a lunatic
and suffers severely; often he falls into fire, and often into water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him." Jesus said in reply, "O faithless and perverse
generation, how long will I be with you? How long will I endure you? Bring him here to me." Jesus rebuked him and the demon came out of him, and from that hour the boy was cured. Then the disciples approached Jesus in private and said, "Why could we not drive it out?" He said to them, "Because of your little faith. Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." [MT
When he was going back to the city in the morning, he was hungry.
Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went over to it, but found nothing on it except leaves. And he said to it, "May no fruit ever come from you again." And immediately the fig tree withered. When the disciples saw this, they were amazed and said, "How was it that the fig tree withered immediately?" Jesus said to them in reply, "Amen, I say to you, if you have faith and do not waver, not only will you do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, 'Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,' it will be done. Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive." [MT
"Who, then, is the faithful and prudent servant, whom the
master has put in charge of his household to distribute to them
their food at the proper time?" [MT 24:45]
His master said to him, 'Well done, my good and faithful
servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you
great responsibilities. Come, share your master's joy.' [MT 25:21]
Then Jesus said to them, "This night all of you will have your faith in me shaken,
for it is written:
'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be dispersed'; but after I have been raised up, I shall go before you to Galilee." Peter said to him in reply, "Though all may have their faith in you shaken, mine will never be." Jesus said to him, "Amen, I say to you, this very night before the cock crows, you will deny me three times." Peter said to him, "Even though I should have to die with you, I will not deny you." And all the disciples spoke likewise. [MT
Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Child, your sins are forgiven." [MK
On that day, as evening drew on, he said to them, "Let us cross to the other side." Leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat just as he was. And other boats were with him. A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up. Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke him and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Quiet! Be still!"
The wind ceased and there was great calm. Then he asked them, "Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?" [MK
There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years. She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors and had spent all that she had. Yet she was not helped but only grew worse. She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak. She said, "If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured." Immediately her flow of blood dried up. She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction. Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him, turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who has touched my clothes?" But his disciples said to him, "You see how the crowd is pressing upon you, and yet you ask, 'Who touched me?'" And he looked around to see who had done it. The woman, realizing what had happened to her, approached in fear and trembling. She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth. He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction." [MK
While he was still speaking, people from the synagogue official's house arrived and said, "Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?" Disregarding the message that was reported, Jesus said to the synagogue official, "Do not be afraid; just have faith."
Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house." So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there,
apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith. He went around to the villages in the vicinity teaching. [MK
[Jesus said,] "Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this faithless and
sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes
in his Father's glory with the holy angels." [Taken from MK 8:38]
Someone from the crowd answered him, "Teacher, I have brought to you my son possessed by a mute spirit. Wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive it out, but they were unable to do so." He said to them in reply, "O faithless generation, how long will I be with you? How long will I endure you? Bring him to me." They brought the boy to him. And when he saw him, the spirit immediately threw the boy into convulsions. As he fell to the ground, he began to roll around and foam at the mouth. Then he questioned his father, "How long has this been happening to him?" He replied, "Since childhood. It has often thrown him into fire and into water to kill him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us." Jesus said to him, " 'If you can!' Everything is possible to one who has faith." Then the boy's father cried out, "I do believe, help my unbelief!" Jesus, on seeing a crowd rapidly gathering, rebuked the unclean spirit and said to it, "Mute and deaf spirit, I command you: come out of him and never enter him again!" Shouting and throwing the boy into convulsions, it came out. He became like a corpse, which caused many to say, "He is dead!" But Jesus took him by the hand, raised him, and he stood up. [MK
They came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, son of David, have pity on me." And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling out all the more, "Son of David, have pity on me." Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." So they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take courage; get up, he is calling you." He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. Jesus said to him in reply, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man replied to him, "Master, I want to see." Jesus told him, "Go your way; your faith has saved you." Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way. [MK
Early in the morning, as they were walking along, they saw the fig tree withered to its roots. Peter remembered and said to him, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered." Jesus said to them in reply, "Have faith in God. Amen, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it shall be done for him. Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours." [MK
Then Jesus said to them, "All of you will have your faith shaken, for it is written:
'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be dispersed.' But after I have been raised up, I shall go before you to Galilee." Peter said to him, "Even though all should have their faith shaken, mine will not be." Then Jesus said to him, "Amen, I say to you, this very night before the cock crows twice you will deny me three times." But he vehemently replied, "Even though I should have to die with you, I will not deny you." And they all spoke similarly. [MK
And some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed; they were trying to bring him in and set (him) in his presence. But not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles
into the middle in front of Jesus. When he saw their faith, he said, "As for you, your sins are
forgiven." [LK 5:18-20]
When he had finished all his words to the people, he entered Capernaum. A centurion
there had a slave who was ill and about to die, and he was valuable to him. When he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and save the life of his slave. They approached Jesus and strongly urged him to come, saying, "He deserves to have you do this for him, for he loves our nation and he built the synagogue for us." And Jesus went with them, but when he was only a short distance from the house, the centurion sent friends to tell him, "Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you enter under my
roof. Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you; but say the word and let my servant be healed. For I too am a person subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come here,' and he comes; and to my slave, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him and, turning, said to the crowd following him, "I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith." When the messengers returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.
Jesus said to him in reply, "Simon, I have something to say to you." "Tell me, teacher," he said. "Two people were in debt to a certain creditor; one owed five hundred days' wages
and the other owed fifty. Since they were unable to repay the debt, he forgave it for both. Which of them will love him more?" Simon said in reply, "The one, I suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven." He said to him, "You have judged rightly." Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? When I entered your house, you did not give me water for my feet, but she has bathed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but she has not ceased kissing my feet since the time I entered. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she anointed my feet with ointment. So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love.
But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little." He said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." The others at table said to themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?" But he said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."
One day he got into a boat with his disciples and said to them, "Let us cross to the other side of the lake." So they set sail, and while they were sailing he fell asleep. A squall blew over the lake, and they were taking in water and were in danger. They came and woke him saying, "Master, master, we are perishing!" He awakened, rebuked the wind and the waves, and they subsided and there was a calm. Then he asked them, "Where is your faith?" But they were filled with awe and amazed and said to one another, "Who then is this, who commands even the winds and the sea, and they obey him?"
And a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years, who (had spent her whole livelihood on doctors and) was unable to be cured by anyone, came up behind him and touched the tassel on his cloak. Immediately her bleeding stopped. Jesus then asked, "Who touched me?" While all were denying it, Peter said, "Master, the crowds are pushing and pressing in upon you." But Jesus said, "Someone has touched me; for I know that power has gone out from me." When the woman realized that she had not escaped notice, she came forward trembling. Falling down before him, she explained in the presence of all the people why she had touched him and how she had been healed immediately. He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has saved you; go in peace."
While he was still speaking, someone from the synagogue official's house arrived and said, "Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the teacher any longer." On hearing this, Jesus answered him, "Do not be afraid; just have faith and she will be saved." When he arrived at the house he allowed no one to enter with him except Peter and John and James, and the child's father and mother. All were weeping and mourning for her, when he said, "Do not weep any longer, for she is not dead, but sleeping." And they ridiculed him, because they knew that she was dead. But he took her by the hand and called to her, "Child, arise!" Her breath returned and she immediately arose. He then directed that she should be given something to eat.
On the next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. There was a man in the crowd who cried out, "Teacher, I beg you, look at my son; he is my only child. For a spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams and it convulses him until he foams at the mouth; it releases him only with difficulty, wearing him out. I begged your disciples to cast it out but they could not." Jesus said in reply, "O faithless and perverse generation, how long will I be with you and endure you? Bring your son here." As he was coming forward, the demon threw him to the ground in a convulsion; but Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy, and returned him to his father.
If God so clothes the grass in the field that grows today and
is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide
for you, O you of little faith? [LK 12:28]
Then Peter said, "Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?" And the Lord replied, "Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master will put in charge of his servants to distribute (the) food allowance at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so. Truly, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property. But if that servant says to himself, 'My master is delayed in coming,'
and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, to eat and drink and get drunk, then that servant's master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely and assign him a place with the unfaithful. That servant who knew his master's will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely; and the servant who was ignorant of his master's will but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating shall be beaten only lightly. Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more."
And the apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith." The Lord replied, "If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to (this) mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you."
As he continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten lepers met (him). They stood at a distance from him and raised their voice, saying, "Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!" And when he saw them, he said, "Go show yourselves to the priests." As they were going they were cleansed. And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus said in reply, "Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?" Then he said to him, "Stand up and go; your faith has saved you."
[Jesus said,] "Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"
[Taken from LK 18:7-8]
Now as he approached Jericho a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging, and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening. They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." He shouted, "Jesus, Son of David,
have pity on me!" The people walking in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent, but he kept calling out all the more, "Son of David, have pity on me!" Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" He replied, "Lord, please let me see." Jesus told him, "Have sight; your faith has saved you." He immediately received his sight and followed him, giving glory to God. When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God.
"Simon, Simon, behold Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed that your own faith may not fail; and once you have turned back, you must strengthen your brothers." He said to him, "Lord, I am prepared to go to prison and to die with you." But he replied, "I tell you, Peter, before the cock crows this day, you will deny three times that you know me."
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in
God; have faith also in me." [JN 14:1]
You denied the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. The author of life you put to death, but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses. And by faith in his name, this man, whom you see and know, his name has made strong, and the faith that comes through it has given him this perfect health, in the presence of all of you. Now I know, brothers, that you acted out of ignorance,
just as your leaders did; but God has thus brought to fulfillment what he had announced beforehand through the mouth of all the prophets,
that his Messiah would suffer. Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away, and that the Lord may grant you times of refreshment and send you the Messiah already appointed for you,
Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the times of universal restoration
of which God spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old.
So the Twelve called together the community of the disciples and said, "It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to serve at
table. Brothers, select from among you seven reputable men, filled with the Spirit and wisdom, whom we shall appoint to this task, whereas we shall devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word." The proposal was acceptable to the whole community, so they chose Stephen, a man filled with faith and the
Holy Spirit, also Philip,
Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicholas of Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these men to the apostles who prayed and laid hands on
them. The word of God continued to spread, and the number of the disciples in Jerusalem increased greatly; even a large group of priests were becoming obedient to the faith.
The hand of the Lord was with them and a great number who believed turned to the Lord. The news about them reached the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas (to go) to Antioch. When he arrived and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouraged them all to remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart, for he was a good man, filled with the
Holy Spirit and faith. And a large number of people was added to the Lord.
When they had traveled through the whole island as far as Paphos, they met a magician named Bar-Jesus who was a Jewish false
prophet. He was with the proconsul Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence, who had summoned Barnabas and Saul and wanted to hear the word of God. But Elymas the magician (for that is what his name means) opposed them in an attempt to turn the proconsul away from the faith. But Saul, also known as Paul,
filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, "You son of the devil, you enemy of all that is right, full of every sort of deceit and fraud. Will you not stop twisting the straight paths of (the) Lord? Even now the hand of the Lord is upon you. You will be blind, and unable to see the sun for a time." Immediately a dark mist fell upon him, and he went about seeking people to lead him by the hand. When the proconsul saw what had happened, he came to believe, for he was astonished by the teaching about the Lord. [ACTS
After the congregation had dispersed, many Jews and worshipers
who were converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who spoke
to them and urged them to remain faithful to the grace of God.
At Lystra there was a crippled man, lame from birth, who had never walked. He listened to Paul speaking, who looked intently at him, saw that he had the faith to be healed, and called out in a loud voice, "Stand up straight on your feet." He jumped up and began to walk about. [ACTS
After they had proclaimed the good news to that city and made a considerable number of disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch. They strengthened the spirits of the disciples and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying, "It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of God." They appointed presbyters
for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lord in whom they had put their faith. Then they traveled through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia. After proclaiming the word at Perga they went down to Attalia. From there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work they had now accomplished. And when they arrived, they called the church together and reported what God had done with them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. Then they spent no little time with the disciples. [ACTS
After much debate had taken place, Peter got up and said to them, "My brothers, you are well aware that from early days God made his choice among you that through my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of the gospel and believe. And God, who knows the heart, bore witness by granting them the
Holy Spirit just as he did us. He made no distinction between us and them, for by faith he purified their hearts. Why, then, are you now putting God to the test by placing on the shoulders of the disciples a yoke that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear? On the contrary, we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as
Day after day the churches grew stronger in faith and increased
in number. [ACTS 16:5]
And they said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus and you and your household will be saved." So they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to everyone in his house. He took them in at that hour of the night and bathed their wounds; then he and all his family were baptized at once. He brought them up into his house and provided a meal and with his household rejoiced at having come to faith in God. [ACTS
I earnestly bore witness for both Jews and Greeks to repentance
before God and to faith in our Lord Jesus. [ACTS 20:21]
Several days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish. He had Paul summoned and listened to him speak about faith in Christ Jesus. But as he spoke about righteousness and self-restraint and the coming judgment, Felix became frightened and said, "You may go for now; when I find an opportunity I shall summon you again." At the same time he hoped that a bribe would be offered him by Paul, and so he sent for him very often and conversed with him. [ACTS
We all fell to the ground and I heard a voice saying to me in Hebrew, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the
goad.' And I said, 'Who are you, sir?' And the Lord replied, 'I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. Get up now, and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness of what you have seen (of me) and what you will be
shown. I shall deliver you from this people and from the Gentiles to whom I send you, to open their eyes
that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may obtain forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been consecrated by faith in me.'
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