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What God the Father considers to be pure and genuine religion is this: to take care of orphans and widows in their suffering and to keep oneself from being corrupted by the world.
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Religion clean and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their tribulation and to keep one's self unspotted from this world.
James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above, first indeed is chaste, then peaceable, modest, easy to be persuaded, consenting to the good, full of mercy and good fruits, without judging, without dissimulation.
Psalm 119:1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.
Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the clean of heart: they shall see God.
Luke 1:6 And they were both just before God, walking in all the commandments and justifications of the Lord without blame.
1 Timothy 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity from a pure heart, and a good conscience, and an unfeigned faith.
1 Timothy 5:4 But if any widow have children or grandchildren, let her learn first to govern her own house and to make a return of duty to her parents; for this is acceptable before God.
Job 29:12,13 Because I had delivered the poor man that cried out; and the fatherless, that had no helper. . . .
Job 31:15-20 Did not he that made me in the womb make him also: and did not one and the same form me in the womb? . . .
Psalm 68:5 Who is the father of orphans, and the judge of widows. God in his holy place:
Isaiah 1:16,17 Wash yourselves, be clean, take away the evil of your devices from my eyes, cease to do perversely, . . .
Isaiah 58:6,7 Is not this rather the fast that I have chosen? loose the bands of wickedness, undo the bundles that oppress, let them that are broken go free, and break asunder every burden. . . .
Matthew 25:34-46 Then shall the king say to them that shall be on his right hand: Come, ye blessed of my Father, possess you the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. . . .
Galatians 5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing nor uncircumcision: but faith that worketh by Charity.
Galatians 6:9,10 And in doing good, let us not fail. For in due time we shall reap, not failing. . . .
1 John 3:17-19 He that hath the substance of this world and shall see his brother in need and shall shut up his bowels from him: how doth the charity of God abide in him? . . .
James 4:4 Adulterers, know you not that the friendship of this world is the enemy of God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of this world becometh an enemy of God.
John 17:14,15 I have given them thy word, and the world hath hated them: because they are not of the world, as I also am not of the world. . . .
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be reformed in the newness of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and the acceptable and the perfect will of God.
Galatians 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present wicked world, according to the will of God and our Father:
Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world.
Colossians 3:1-3 Therefore if you be risen with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God. . . .
1 John 2:15-17 Love not the world, nor the things which are in the world. If any man love the world, the charity of the Father is not in him. . . .
1 John 5:4,5,18 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world. And this is the victory which overcameth the world: Our faith. . . .
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…26And if any man think himself to be religious, not bridling his tongue but deceiving his own heart, this man's religion is vain. 27Religion clean and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their tribulation and to keep one's self unspotted from this world.
And the Levite that hath no other part nor possession with thee, and the stranger and the fatherless and the widow, that are within thy gates, shall come and shall eat and be filled: that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all the works of thy hands that thou shalt do.
If I have denied to the poor what they desired, and have made the eyes of the widow wait:
If I have eaten my morsel alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof:
The Lord keepeth the strangers, he will support the fatherless and the widow: and the ways of sinners he will destroy.
Learn to do well: seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge for the fatherless, defend the widow.
Thy princes are faithless, companions of thieves: they all love bribes, they run after rewards. They judge not for the fatherless: and the widow's cause cometh not in to them.
And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but he that shall speak against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him neither in this world, nor in the world to come.
Naked, and you covered me: sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me.
For not the hearers of the law are just before God: but the doers of the law shall be justified.
But that in the law no man is justified with God, it is manifest: because the just man liveth by faith.
Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of this air, of the spirit that now worketh on the children of unbelief:
Instructing us, that, denying ungodliness and worldly desires, we should live soberly and justly and godly in this world,
By it we bless God and the Father: and by it we curse men who are made after the likeness of God.
Adulterers, know you not that the friendship of this world is the enemy of God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of this world becometh an enemy of God.
2 Peter 1:4
By whom he hath given us most great and precious promises: that by these you may be made partakers of the divine nature: flying the corruption of that concupiscence which is in the world.
2 Peter 2:20
For if, flying from the pollutions of the world, through the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they be again entangled in them and overcome: their latter state is become unto them worse than the former.
2 Peter 3:14
Wherefore, dearly beloved, waiting for these things, be diligent that you may be found before him unspotted and blameless in peace.
1 John 2:15
Love not the world, nor the things which are in the world. If any man love the world, the charity of the Father is not in him.
1 John 5:18
We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not: but the generation of God preserveth him and the wicked one toucheth him not.
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