The Law and the Kingdom of God
Now the Pharisees, g who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him.
And He said to them, "You are those who h justify yourselves i before men, but j God knows your hearts. For k what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
l "The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it.
m "And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.
But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?
Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.
And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.
Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.
1 Chronicles 28:9
As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.
2 Chronicles 6:30
Then hear from heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You alone know the hearts of the sons of men).
Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, But establish the just; For the righteous God tests the hearts and minds.
Hell and Destruction are before the LORD; So how much more the hearts of the sons of men.
I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.
1 Samuel 16:7
But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.
For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire; He blesses the greedy and renounces the LORD.
Proverbs 6:16 - 19
These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; Though they join forces, none will go unpunished.
Matthew 3:1 - 12
In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea.
From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.
For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
And when all the people heard Him, even the tax collectors justified God, having been baptized with the baptism of John.
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