Is Scripture the Best Interpreter of Scripture?
Today we live in a society, and a Christian culture that has little regard for the inspiration of scripture. Some believe that scripture is not it’s own best interpreter. While these men would not question the practice of interpreting a legal document by it’s internal contents, they will not apply the same logic to the interpretation of scripture.
Can you imagine a real estate transaction with a written agreement where one clause failed to interpret another? For example, the written agreement may state that the homeowner must pay a monthly premium of $750 per month. However, if that clause was taken alone, and other parts of the written contract went unheeded, a late mortgage payment would surely result in a foreclosure! Would the home owner then say, “Well, you cannot interpret the contract with the contract, “The same logic applies to the interpretation of scripture.
Some theologians assert that there is no specific command in the Bible stating scripture must interpret scripture. Have these wise men ever considered that GOD INSPIRES ALL SCRIPTURE?
2 Tim 3:14-17 You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith that is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate equipped for every good work. (NAS)
The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy in verse 15 regarding the “sacred writings” that Timothy had learned since his childhood. Since the gospels and the other epistles had not been completed at this time, the “sacred writings” must surely refer to the Old Testament scriptures. Timothy had been educated in the Old Testament scriptures since his youth. But consider this: It was the Old Testament scriptures Timothy applied, and gave him, “the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus!”
Paul did not say, “Timothy, it was your own philosophy, or theology which led you to Christ.” Scripture is the source of wisdom that leads to “salvation.” Perhaps this is the reason we see so many Old Testament scriptures quoted in the New Testament. God inspired both the Old Testament and New Testament scripture, and He knew that both would be needed for proper interpretation.
All Scripture is Inspired for a Reason
In 2 Tim. 3:16 Paul affirms the need for using scripture to interpret scripture by stating, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction.”
What does it mean when Paul writes, “All scripture is inspired by God?” The context of 2 Timothy chapter three would imply that he was speaking of the Old Testament scriptures. Just previous to 2 Tim. 3:16, verse 15 refers to the “sacred writings” which would most certainly be the Old Testament. Does this mean that the New Testament scriptures are not inspired by God? Does this mean that we don’t need to use scripture to interpret scripture? The answer is a resounding, “NO!” As you will see, there are many reasons for this.
First, we must establish that the New Testament is as inspired and as profitable for teaching, reproof, and correction as the Old Testament is. We will discuss what the Greek meaning of teaching, reproof, and correction mean later, further establishing the need to have scripture be it’s own best interpreter. First, some proof that the New Testament is as inspired by God as the Old Testament:
2 Pet 1:16-21 We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (NIV)
Peter makes it very clear that he was an eyewitness of the majesty and glory experienced by Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration. Peter, James and John “heard this voice from heaven.” They were “with him” on the sacred mountain. Now Peter claims that he himself has the “word of prophets made more certain.” That is, Peter’s eyewitness account in his epistle affirms the Old Testament prophecies of the Christ.
Peter then continues his letter by stating, “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation.” That is, no Old Testament prophecy of scripture came about as a matter of what that prophet thought it meant. Rather, the prophets of the Old Testament wrote as they were “carried along by the Holy Spirit.” And yet, Peter compares his eyewitness account as being on equal par with the Old Testament prophecies. He proves this by stating, “And we have the word of the prophets made more certain.” He then tells the church, “and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place.”
Peter’s writings, and eyewitness account are the proof that New Testament scriptures are not only inspired, but they are REQUIRED to interpret the Old Testament prophecies! He affirms this by saying, “no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation.” God moved on these Old Testament prophets the same way He moved upon Peter.
Can you imagine what it would be like to be without the book of Hebrews, or Romans? How then would we interpret the Old Testament law? If we did not use the New Testament writings in Hebrews, we would not be free of the ordinances required in the Old Testament! If that were the case, then Christ would have died in vain. We would still be obligated to have the Levitical priests, and offerings for sin. This example demonstrates the folly of asserting that scripture should not be interpreted with scripture.
Not only does the scripture state that it is it’s own best interpreter, but also the principles of logic demand the same. Let us consider the facts:
· God inspired ALL scripture, Old Testament and New Testament alike
· Since both the Old Testament and New Testament are inspired, they are therefore the words that God Himself chose to be written, even though He used human vessels to pen them.
Doesn’t it seem logical that God is wiser than man? Doesn’t it seem logical that His words have more credibility in interpreting scripture than man’s words? Those who protest the idea that interpreting scripture with scripture is not commanded by God in the Bible must consider themselves, and their own words as being greater than God’s words. In such cases, God has made solemn warnings:
Prov 30:5-6 "Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar. (NIV)
If every word of God is “flawless” why wouldn’t it be used as the exclusive criteria for interpreting scripture? It is not wrong to try and explain what Bible passages mean in words other than scripture, but to be profitable for “teaching, correction, and reproof,” only God’s words should be used. Furthermore, God issues a stern warning to those know-it all’s who esteem their words as being as sufficient as God’s own inspired words: Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.
Line upon Line, Precept upon Precept
Long ago God established the principle of using scripture to interpret scripture. In His stern warning to Israel through the prophet Isaiah, God gives a command for the correct understanding of doctrine. This principle was laid out first in the Old Testament, and was therefore understood that it should be applied to inspired New Testament writings as well:
Isa 28:9-10 Whom shall he teach knowledge? And whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: (KJV)
The Hebrew words for “precept” and “line” make it clear that God is referring to His own words, not man’s:
· “precept” = 6673 tsav (tsav); or tsav (tsawv); from 6680; an injunction: KJV-- commandment, precept. (Strong’s Dictionary of Old Testament Words) The Hebrew ‘tsav’ means a “commandment.” Thus, God is saying, “commandment upon commandment.”
· “line” = 6957 qav (kav); or qav (kawv); from 6960 [compare 6961]; a cord (as connecting), especially for measuring; figuratively, a rule; also a rim, a musical string or accord: KJV-- line. Compare 6978. 6960 qavah (kaw-vaw'); a primitive root; to bind together (perhaps by twisting), i.e. collect. (Strong’s Dictionary of Old Testament Words) First we have God’s commandments upon commandments.” Then, using the Hebrew ‘qav’ we use those commandments as a cord for measuring truth, and twisting (intertwining it) together with other truth found in scripture. In other words, as the primitive root meaning of qav defines, we must “collect” one commandments with another commandment; one scripture inspired by God with another scripture inspired by God.
For Doctrine, For Reproof, For Correction
2 Tim 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (KJV)
It has been established that God inspires both Old Testament and New Testament scriptures. To emphasize the importance of using only scripture to interpret scripture, the definitions from the original Greek for each word, “doctrine, reproof, and correction,” will be given. The reason we are defining these words from the original language, is because God connects these words with the “inspiration” of scripture. In other words, God is saying that the reason He inspired scripture was for the purposes of doctrine, correction, and reproof. Thus we conclude that to “interpret” scripture means to establish it as a “doctrine” or to use it for correction and reproof.
· “doctrine” = 1319 didaskalia (did-as-kal-ee'-ah); from 1320; instruction (the function or the information): KJV-- doctrine, learning, teaching. 1320 didaskalos (did-as'-kal-os); from 1321; an instructor (genitive case or specially): KJV-- doctor, master, teacher. 1321 didasko (did-as'-ko); a prolonged (causative) form of a primary verb dao (to learn); to teach (in the same broad application): KJV-- teach. (Strong’s Dictionary of New Testament Words) We conclude that inspired scripture is for the purposes of instruction (i.e. - teaching). Would you trust God’s inspired words for the purposes of teaching above those of men? If not, consider yourself a fool.
· “reproof” = 5688 elegmos (el-eng-mos'); from 1651; found only in 2 Tim. 3:16: conviction (of a sinner), punishment, refutation of error, reproof. ***. This Greek word was not included in the original Strong's Dictionary but is found in other Greek lexicons. Alphabetically it belongs between Strong's number 1648 and 1649. We conclude that is GOD’S INSPIRED words that refute error. It is when men add their own concepts and ideas to scripture that false interpretations come. The inspiration of scripture is the plumb line for truth; thus, we can safely state that scripture should interpret scripture before making the applications of men.
· “correction” = 1882 epanorthosis (ep-an-or'-tho-sis); from a compound of 1909 and 461; a straightening up again, i.e. (figuratively) rectification (reformation): KJV-- correction. Only inspired scripture can be used to rectify, and straighten up the errors that have caused so much error and confusion in the church. If Christians would lay aside their orthodoxy, their tradition, and their bias, using scripture to interpret scripture, we would not have as many divergent and confusing doctrines that pervade the Christian church. It is a basic disrespect for the inspiration of scripture that causes men to reject this essential principle; they feel their words have as much adequacy as God’s words.
The first and foremost example of using scripture to interpret scripture is found in the contents of the New Testament. Over and over the NT uses quotes from OT passages to give light and understanding as to its true meaning. We will list some specific examples:
Rom 9:23-33 And He did so in order that He might make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles. As He says also in Hosea, "I will call those who were not My people, 'My people,' And her who was not beloved, 'beloved.'" "And it shall be that in the place where it was said to them, 'you are not My people,' There they shall be called sons of the living God." And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, "Though the number of the sons of Israel be as the sand of the sea, it is the remnant that will be saved; for the Lord will execute His word upon the earth, thoroughly and quickly." And just as Isaiah foretold, "Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left to us a posterity, we would have become as Sodom, and would have resembled Gomorrah." What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith; but Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law. Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone, just as it is written, "Behold, I lay in Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense, and he who believes in Him will not be disappointed." (NAS)
Why is Paul comparing Old Testament scripture in his letter to the Roman church? Is Paul’s letter to the Romans inspired as he writes? Of course it is! We have already established that the New Testament is as inspired by God as the Old Testament. It was God’s idea to compare Old Testament scripture with New Testament scripture from the beginning of the church. Why should we deviate from the pattern God Himself established?
First, Paul quotes from Hosea, "I will call those who were not My people, 'My people,'. Under the inspiration of God, Paul compares Hosea with his own inspired writings to show that God is a God of the Gentiles, as well as the Jews. If Hosea were omitted from Paul’s letter, it could leave room for doubt as to the validity of the Gentiles being included in the salvation that comes through Jesus. Can you see how important it is to compare scripture with scripture when establishing teaching, and bringing instruction in righteousness?
Paul again uses scripture with scripture to affirm the promise that God made to Israel, lest they feel cut off from entering into His redemption through Christ. This time, Paul quotes from Isaiah: And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, “Though the number of the sons of Israel be as the sand of the sea, it is the remnant that will be saved.” Without comparing scripture with scripture (which was God’s idea by the way!), then the posterity of Israel may have felt left out, and may not have pursued the righteousness that comes by faith.
Lastly, without giving a specific reference, or book, Paul again quotes an Old Testament passage and uses it to interpret his inspired New Testament writings, “just as it is written, "Behold, I lay in Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense, and he who believes in Him will not be disappointed." Why does Paul, under inspiration, use this scripture to interpret what he is saying? The answer is found in the previous context. He explains to both Jew and Gentile that the reason Israel did not enter into God’s righteousness is because they attempted to do so by a law rather than by faith. He explains that the Gentiles on the other hand, who did not have the law, attained righteousness by faith. Then Paul confirms this interpretation by comparing an Old Testament passage from Isaiah that the Jews would be very familiar with:
Isa 8:13-15 The LORD of hosts, Him you shall hallow; let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread. He will be as a sanctuary, but a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel, as a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many among them shall stumble; they shall fall and be broken, be snared and taken." (NKJ)
By comparing Old Testament scripture with his own inspired writings, Paul reveals the exact reason that Israel stumbled. The same Israel of the Old Testament who stumbled by rejecting Yahweh of hosts, was now stumbling because they rejected Yahweh’s son Jesus. If scripture were not used with scripture to interpret these writings, there would be no hope for either Jew or Gentile.
Do you see the reason why scripture is used to interpret scripture? Yes, we can try to explain the Bible in words and dialect that is indigenous to our culture and our era. That is necessary at times. However, for the purposes of teaching, correction, reproof, and instruction in righteousness, only God’s inspired scriptures should be used. God’s inspired words are supreme, and will never be replaced by man’s philosophy and ideas
There are dozens of examples like the ones given from the book of Romans. Suffice it to say that anyone who is willing to do God’s will understands that this is God’s teaching, and not that of man.
The primary reason people resist the scriptural principle of using the contents of the Bible to interpret itself is due to the following:
· Ignorance, and never having been taught how to use scripture skillfully to interpret itself
· Tradition and orthodoxy; if these individual concede to using scripture alone to interpret scripture for the purpose of establishing doctrine, it will threaten their blessed traditions, and undermine a man-made foundation for their belief system.
Today, as in the past, there are many false teachers, who would deceive those who are gullible and naive. Beware lest they take you captive to their philosophy and tradition:
Col 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. (NAS)
God’s words are pure; they have been tried and tested, and they are enduring. Why not allow what God has said be the interpreter of itself? Isn’t it enough that God inspired the scripture, and laid it out for us to study?
Matt 15:7-9 "You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, 'This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far away from me. 'But in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.'" (NAS)
Man is inherently prideful, and has been subject to this temptation since Adam’s fall. Christian’s unknowingly try to play God at times, violating the principles that God Himself established. This becomes particularly disconcerting when it comes to teaching, and interpreting scripture with one’s own ideas. This is why the scripture warns us that those who claim to act as teachers will face a greater judgment, for they can lead others astray:
James 3:1 Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we shall incur a stricter judgment. (NAS)
It is Written
Finally, as time permits, review the abundant list of scriptures that interpret one another. This in itself should be sufficient reason for a person to interpret scripture with scripture for the purposes of teaching, reproof, and correction. In each example below, one inspired scripture is interpreted in light of another inspired scripture. This is the pattern and design that God chose. We ought to follow God’s way, and not man’s way.
Josh 8:31 just as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded the sons of Israel, as it is written in the book of the law of Moses, an altar of uncut stones, on which no man had wielded an iron tool; and they offered burnt offerings on it to the LORD, and sacrificed peace offerings. (NAS)
2 Sam 1:18 and he told them to teach the sons of Judah the song of the bow; behold, it is written in the book of Jashar. (NAS)
II Ki 23:21 Then the king commanded all the people saying, "Celebrate the Passover to the LORD your God as it is written in this book of the covenant." (NAS)
2 Chr 23:18 Moreover, Jehoiada placed the offices of the house of the LORD under the authority of the Levitical priests, whom David had assigned over the house of the LORD, to offer the burnt offerings of the LORD, as it is written in the law of Moses-- with rejoicing and singing according to the order of David. (NAS)
2 Chr 25:4 However, he did not put their children to death, but did as it is written in the law in the book of Moses, which the LORD commanded, saying, "Fathers shall not be put to death for sons, nor sons be put to death for fathers, but each shall be put to death for his own sin." (NAS)
2 Chr 31:3 He also appointed the king's portion of his goods for the burnt offerings, namely, for the morning and evening burnt offerings, and the burnt offerings for the sabbaths and for the new moons and for the fixed festivals, as it is written in the law of the LORD. (NAS)
2 Chr 35:12 Then they removed the burnt offerings that they might give them to the sections of the fathers' households of the lay people to present to the LORD, as it is written in the book of Moses. They did this also with the bulls. (NAS)
Ezra 3:2 Then Jeshua the son of Jozadak and his brothers the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and his brothers arose and built the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings on it, as it is written in the law of Moses, the man of God. (NAS)
Ezra 3:4 And they celebrated the Feast of Booths, as it is written, and offered the fixed number of burnt offerings daily, according to the ordinance, as each day required; (NAS)
Ezra 6:18 Then they appointed the priests to their divisions and the Levites in their orders for the service of God in Jerusalem, as it is written in the book of Moses. (NAS)
Neh 8:15 So they proclaimed and circulated a proclamation in all their cities and in Jerusalem, saying, "Go out to the hills, and bring olive branches, and wild olive branches, myrtle branches, palm branches, and branches of other leafy trees, to make booths, as it is written." (NAS)
Neh 10:34 Likewise we cast lots for the supply of wood among the priests, the Levites, and the people in order that they might bring it to the house of our God, according to our fathers' households, at fixed times annually, to burn on the altar of the LORD our God as it is written in the law; (NAS)
Neh 10:36 and bring to the house of our God the first-born of our sons and of our cattle, and the first-born of our herds and our flocks as it is written in the law, for the priests who are ministering in the house of our God. (NAS)
Ps 40:7 Then I said, "Behold, I come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me; (NAS)
Isa 65:6 "Behold, it is written before me, I will not keep silent, but I will repay; I will even repay into their bosom, (NAS)
Dan 9:13 "As it is written in the law of Moses, all this calamity has come on us; yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our iniquity and giving attention to Thy truth. (NAS)
Matt 4:4 But He answered and said, " it is written, `Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.'" (NAS)
Matt 4:6 and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God throw Yourself down; for it is written, `He will give His angels charge concerning You'; and `On their hands they will bear You up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'" (NAS)
Matt 4:7 Jesus said to him, "On the other hand, it is written, `You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.'" (NAS)
Matt 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, "Begone, Satan! For it is written, `You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.'" (NAS)
Matt 11:10 "This is the one about whom it is written, 'Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, who will prepare your way before you.' (NAS)
Matt 21:13 And He said to them, " it is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer'; but you are making it a robbers' den." (NAS)
Matt 26:24 "The Son of Man is to go, just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born." (NAS)
Matt 26:31 Then Jesus said to them, "You will all fall away because of Me this night, for it is written, 'I will strike down the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered.' (NAS)
Mark 1:2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, "Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, who will prepare your way; (NAS)
Mark 7:6 And He said to them, "Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, 'This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far away from me. (NAS)
Mark 9:13 "But I say to you, that Elijah has indeed come, and they did to him whatever they wished, just as it is written of him." (NAS)
Mark 14:21 "For the Son of Man is to go, just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born." (NAS)
Mark 14:27 And Jesus said to them, "You will all fall away, because it is written, 'I will strike down the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.' (NAS)
Luke 2:23 As it is written in the Law of the Lord, "Every first-born male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord" (NAS)
Luke 3:4 as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Make ready the way of the Lord, make His paths straight. (NAS)
Luke 4:4 And Jesus answered him, " it is written, 'Man shall not live on bread alone.'"
Luke 4:8 And Jesus answered and said to him, " It is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.'" (NAS)
Luke 4:10-11 for it is written, 'He will give His angels charge concerning You to guard You,' and, 'On their hands they will bear You up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'" (NAS)
Luke 7:27 "This is the one about whom it is written, 'Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, who will prepare your way before you.' (NAS)
Luke 19:46 saying to them, " It is written, 'And My house shall be a house of prayer,' but you have made it a robbers' den." (NAS)
Luke 24:46 and He said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and rise again from the dead the third day; (NAS)
John 6:31 "Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, 'He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.'" (NAS)
John 6:45 " It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught of God.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me. (NAS)
John 12:14-15 And Jesus, finding a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written, "Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your King is coming, seated on a donkey's colt." (NAS)
Acts 1:20 "For it is written in the book of Psalms, 'Let his homestead be made desolate, and let no man dwell in it'; and, 'His office let another man take.' (NAS)
Acts 7:42 "But God turned away and delivered them up to serve the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, 'It was not to Me that you offered victims and sacrifices forty years in the wilderness, was it, O house of Israel? (NAS)
Acts 15:15-16 "And with this the words of the Prophets agree, just as it is written, 'After these things I will return, and I will rebuild the tabernacle of David which has fallen, and I will rebuild its ruins, and I will restore it, (NAS)
Acts 23:5 And Paul said, "I was not aware, brethren, that he was high priest; for it is written, 'You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.'" (NAS)
Rom 1:17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "But the righteous man shall live by faith." (NAS)
Rom 2:24 For "the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you," just as it is written. (NAS)
Rom 3:4 May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar, as it is written, "That Thou mightest be justified in Thy words, and mightest prevail when Thou art judged." (NAS)
Rom 3:10-12 as it is written, "There is none righteous, not even one; There is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; All have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one." (NAS)
Rom 4:17 (as it is written, "A father of many nations have I made you") in the sight of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist. (NAS)
Rom 8:36 Just as it is written, "For Thy sake we are being put to death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered." (NAS)
Rom 9:13 Just as it is written, "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated." (NAS)
Rom 9:33 just as it is written, "Behold, I lay in Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense, and he who believes in Him will not be disappointed." (NAS)
Rom 10:15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring glad tidings of good things!" (NAS)
Rom 11:8 just as it is written, "God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes to see not and ears to hear not, down to this very day." (NAS)
Rom 11:26-27 and thus all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, "The Deliverer will come from Zion, He will remove ungodliness from Jacob." "And this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins." (NAS)
Rom 12:19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. (NAS)
Rom 14:11 For it is written, "As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall give praise to God." (NAS)
Rom 15:3 For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached Thee fell upon Me." (NAS)
Rom 15:9 and for the Gentiles to glorify God for His mercy; as it is written, "Therefore I will give praise to Thee among the Gentiles, and I will sing to Thy name." (NAS)
Rom 15:21 but as it is written, "They who had no news of Him shall see, and they who have not heard shall understand." (NAS)
1 Cor 1:19 For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever I will set aside." (NAS)
1 Cor 1:31 that, just as it is written, "Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord." (NAS)
1 Cor 2:9 but just as it is written, "Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him." (NAS)
1 Cor 3:19-20 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, "He is the one who catches the wise in their craftiness"; and again, "The Lord knows the reasonings of the wise, that they are useless." (NAS)
1 Cor 9:9 For it is written in the Law of Moses, "You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing." God is not concerned about oxen, is He? (NAS)
1 Cor 10:7 And do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written, "The people sat down to eat and drink, and stood up to play." (NAS)
1 Cor 14:21 In the Law it is written, "By men of strange tongues and by the lips of strangers I will speak to this people, and even so they will not listen to Me," says the Lord. (NAS)
1 Cor 15:45 So also it is written, "The first man, Adam, became a living soul." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. (NAS)
2 Cor 8:15 as it is written, "He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little had no lack." (NAS)
2 Cor 9:9 as it is written, "He scattered abroad, he gave to the poor, His righteousness abides forever." (NAS)
Gal 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, to perform them." (NAS)
Gal 3:13-14 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us-- for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree"-- in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (NAS)
Gal 4:22-26 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the bondwoman and one by the free woman. But the son by the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and the son by the free woman through the promise. This is allegorically speaking: for these women are two covenants, one proceeding from Mount Sinai bearing children who are to be slaves; she is Hagar. Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother. (NAS)
Gal 4:27-31 For it is written, "Rejoice, barren woman who does not bear; break forth and shout, you who are not in labor; for more are the children of the desolate than of the one who has a husband." And you brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise. But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also. But what does the Scripture say? "Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be an heir with the son of the free woman." So then, brethren, we are not children of a bondwoman, but of the free woman. (NAS)
Heb 10:7-10 "Then I said, 'Behold, I have come (in the roll of the book it is written of me) to do Thy will, O God.'" After saying above, "Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin Thou hast not desired, nor hast Thou taken pleasure in them (which are offered according to the Law), then He said, "Behold, I have come to do Thy will." He takes away the first in order to establish the second. By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (NAS)
1 Pet 1:16 because it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy." (NAS)