My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
And I give unto them eternal life;
and they shall never perish,
neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all;
no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand.
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
Greater love has no one than this,
that he lay down his life for his friends.
Children, obey your parents in everything,
for this pleases the Lord.
Fathers, do not embitter your children,
or they will become discouraged.
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?
Even "sinners" love those who love them.
And if you do good to those who are good to you,
what credit is that to you? Even "sinners" do that.
And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment,
what credit is that to you? Even "sinners" lend to "sinners,"
expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies,
do good to them, and lend to them
without expecting to get anything back.
Then your reward will be great,
and you will be sons of the Most High,
because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
It is the LORD your God you must follow,
and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him;
serve him and hold fast to him.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race,
I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me
the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge,
will award to me on that day - and not only to me,
but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
2 Timothy 4:7-8