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50 Respect Quotes from the Old and New Testaments

Updated on August 3, 2017
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MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor is also an avid Bible student and loves to compile user-friendly Bible quotes by topics.

There is a basic respect which all people deserve, just because they are human beings. Based on their attitudes and actions, respect for them may increase or decrease.

Still, it is the giver regardless of the receiver's attitudes and actions, who determines whether there will or will be not be a show of respect. Usually people give what they have.

Be respectful to all. (1 Peter 2:17)

Jesus treats her with respect, although she has a bad reputation (John 4: 1-30).  Painting by Carl Heinrich Bloch
Jesus treats her with respect, although she has a bad reputation (John 4: 1-30). Painting by Carl Heinrich Bloch | Source

What about the premise that respect must be earned?

The Pulpit Commentary explains 1 Peter 2: 17 this way:

"Respect is due to all men, of course in varying degrees and to be shown in different ways; but in some sense it is due to all, to the humblest and even to the worst."

With this in mind, consider these Bible quotes* divided into 7 sections—6 promoting respect for different categories of people and 1 promoting respect for God.


The Aged

  1. Stand up in the presence of the elderly, and show respect for the aged (Leviticus 19:32).
  2. Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father (1 Timothy 5:1).
  3. Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely (Titus 2:2).
  4. A widow who … is at least sixty years old and was faithful to her husband…must be well respected by everyone because of the good she has done (1 Timothy 5: 9, 10).
  5. The young stepped aside when they saw me, and even the aged rose in respect at my coming (Job 29:8).
  6. Listen to your father, who gave you life, and don’t despise your mother when she is old. (Proverbs 23:22)


Church Leaders

  1. Deacons must be well respected and have integrity (1 Timothy 3:8).
  2. Elders who do their work well should be respected and paid well (1 Timothy 5:17).
  3. In the same way, their [elders’] wives must be respected (1 Timothy 3: 11).
  4. The elder … must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him (I Timothy 3; 2, 4).
  5. Listen to your pastors, and do not resist them, for they watch for your souls as those that must give account (Hebrews 13;17 Jubilee Bible 2000).
  6. Honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work… Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work (1 Thessalonians 5: 12, 13).


Family

Equal partners (man and wife) deserve equal respect from each other and all others.  Photo by Sgt. Daniel Blottenberger
Equal partners (man and wife) deserve equal respect from each other and all others. Photo by Sgt. Daniel Blottenberger | Source
  1. Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly (Colossians 3:19).
  2. Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage (Hebrews 13:4).
  3. Let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (Ephesian 5: 33 English Standard Version).
  4. Do not deprive each other of sexual relations, unless you both agree (1 Corinthians 7:5).
  5. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life (1 Peter 3: 7).
  6. Honor your father and mother. (Ephesians 6:2).
  7. Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged (Colossians 3:21).
  8. If you insult your father or mother, your light will be snuffed out in total darkness (Proverbs 20:20).


God

  1. Have you no respect for me? Why don’t you tremble in my presence? (Jeremiah 5:22)
  2. You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God (Exodus 20:7).
  3. Do not bring shame on the name of your God by using it to swear falsely (Leviticus 19:12).
  4. [God to Moses] And do not approach my altar by going up steps. If you do, someone might look up under your clothing and see your nakedness (Exodus 20: 22, 26).
  5. Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation (Psalm 46:10).
  6. A son honors his father, and a servant respects his master. If I am your father and master, where are the honor and respect I deserve? (Malachi 1:6)
  7. Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever? (Hebrews 12:9)
  8. Teach me your ways, O Lord … Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you (Psalm 86:11).


Governing Authorities

"Submit to all human authority."  Photo by Piero
"Submit to all human authority." Photo by Piero | Source
  1. Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God (Romans 13:1).
  2. Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority (Romans 13:7).
  3. For the Lord’s sake, submit to all human authority—whether the king as head of state, or the officials he has appointed (1 Peter 2:13).
  4. Fear God, and respect the king (1 Peter 2:17).
  5. [Moses to the Israelites] I took the wise and respected men you had selected from your tribes and appointed them to serve as judges and officials over you (Deuteronomy 1:15).
  6. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you (Romans 13:3).


Others

  1. Respect everyone (1 Peter 2:17).
  2. A person with good sense is respected (Proverbs 13:15).
  3. A gracious woman gains respect (Proverbs 11:16).
  4. Talk to younger men as you would to your own brothers (1 Timothy 5:1).
  5. Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs (Proverbs 19:11)
  6. Do not insult the deaf or cause the blind to stumble (Leviticus 19:14).
  7. The Lord … lifts the poor from the dust and the needy from the garbage dump … placing them in seats of honor (1 Samuel 2:7, 8).
  8. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other (Romans 12:10).
  9. Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them (Romans 12:14).
  10. Many pay their respects as the body is laid to rest, and the earth gives sweet repose (Job 21:33).


Self

"You yourself must be an example . . ."  Photo by  Piotr Siedlecki.
"You yourself must be an example . . ." Photo by Piotr Siedlecki. | Source
  1. God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body (1 Corinthians 6:20).
  2. Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity (1 Timothy 4:12).
  3. And you yourself must be an example to [others] by doing good works of every kind (Titus 2:7).
  4. Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the Lord. (Leviticus 19:28)
  5. Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial or the worship of angels, saying they have had visions about these things. (Colossians 2:18)
  6. But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me—and not without results (1 Corinthians 15:10).


*Quotes are from the New Living Translation unless otherwise noted.

© 2015 Dora Isaac Weithers

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 16 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Audrey. True, respect is never outdated. God bless you, too.

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      Audrey Hunt 16 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Quote #6 under the heading "self" is one of my favorite bible quotes. It's helpful to be reminded of this marvelous list you've presented. We need this more today then ever before. I will review often.

      Blessings my friend.

      Audrey

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 19 months ago from The Caribbean

      Janelle, you encourage me. Thank you very much.

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      Janellegems 19 months ago from United States

      Great Job. Respect is absolutely important. Thank you for putting it together for everyone. This is very helpful and wonderful to use for bible study.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Audrey. I agree with your observation on respect being fundamental. Hope we can convince others.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      I don't know how we can live without respect--it seems fundamental to dignity. This was fascinating to read--really well done!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Devika. Great to hear from you.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting and great quotes. Voted up!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Demas, I think there is a way to state your objections respectfully. Rebuke for those who deserve it is also a responsibility. I will look for Berry's work. Thank you very much.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      You are clearly running with patience the race that has been set before you! This is a nice collection. Are we not then to criticize our leaders when we feel they are wrong? Of that I am guilty then

      Check out "A Treasury of Biblical Quotations" by Lester V. Berrey. Interestingly he did not list any using the category "Respect". YOu have added those, and I can add them to my copy of his book.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Marlene. Glad you enjoyed them.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I really enjoyed this compilation of verses that are well worth remembering and living by. The ones about the aged are my favorite I think because so many young people forget about the wisdom of the aged. Our elders certainly do deserve to be respected.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Meldz. Glad you find the quotes useful.

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      ignugent17 2 years ago

      Respect is always important. Thank you very much for sharing it. It is really very useful. I will just be back if I need these verses.

      Congratulations Editor's choice. :-)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Nadine, thanks for your comment; you make me smile. I have the Bible open next to me often enough. Glad you and your husband can enjoy these quotes.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Wow that was an interesting why to publish these quotes. Did you have the bible open next to you? My first husband could do with reading these quotes!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Nell. Happy to share while I too am learning. I appreciate your feedback.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi MsDora, so many of these quotes I didn't know! but what a lovely way to show that we should respect each other! such an awesome list, nell

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Bill. So happy that you like my work. Respect is very high on the list of Christian values.

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      William Kovacic 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hi Dora,

      What a unique way to discuss respect. I think one of the areas people are weak on is self-respect. You made it clear that self-respect is necessary. I love the fact that we are bought at such a high price. Thanks for the list!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Flourish, you also make a very good point about respect no matter what. Respectful people usually handle conflicts with more ease and grace. Thanks for sharing that point of view.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Dirt Farmer, thanks for presenting that view from the book you read; I totally believe it. "Weaker in what way?" is a good question. I appreciate your contribution.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I particularly like that you first addressed the issue of whether respect is earned or whether everyone deserves some basic level of respect. If we were more respectful to one another, especially in times of disagreement and conflict, the world would be a much better place.

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      Jill Spencer 2 years ago from United States

      An interesting list and a great commentary. I agree with your remark that people give what they have. As for 1 Peter 3:7, I wonder if the translation truly says the wife is weaker. Years ago I read a book called What Paul Really Said About Women, which argued that translations of the Bible skewed the original work of the Apostles, adding Greek ideas about women and sex that really were at odds with the revolutionary ideas of this new religion that saw everyone as equal before God.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Blossom, God bless you too for your encouragement and also for the beautiful religious article you yourself write. Thanks.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Frank, I agree that it is all about improving our lives and setting examples for those who come after us. Thanks for your very kind, encouraging comment.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Psychic, you make me smile. You're welcome and have free use of these quotes from the Scriptures.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Abdullah, thanks for your very insightful comment. I agree that the values, including respect should be kept before us always.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Wow! This really is an awesome hub, as evidenced by all the comments. You must have done a lot of research and the result is so good. God bless you!

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      MsDora.. thank you so much for tapping us on the shoulders and reminding us every now and again that we need to move toward life with respect so the young could follow suite... great hub my friend :)

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      psychicdog.net 2 years ago

      Ms Dora, thankyou - you have done a great deal of work here that I don't have to do because you did it. Awesome reading. Voted up!

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      muhammad abdullah javed 2 years ago

      Excellent MsDora. You have introduced to us a different shades of a world of reverence and respect. In today's fast paced world we badly miss these universal values, as its evident from old age homes due to lack of respect to the aged ones, from the limited role of church leaders as a result of paying less attention towards them, from dearth of co ordination between leaders and the masses because of negligence of the values pertaining to this important aspect of life....thank you for the timely reminder. I would strongly recommend a mass awarenesss with regard to the noble values.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Kiss and Tales, thanks for your affirmation. I appreciate you!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Faith, disrespect is always ugly; and in public between husband and wife, it is atrocious. It should not happen in a Christian marriage. Thanks for commenting and encouraging.

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      You bring up good subject Hubs MsDora

      Keep them coming. Thanks again.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      A wonderful article on respect. Yes, I see so many wives who are disrespectful towards their husbands, especially in public, and it always pangs my heart for the husband. Thank you for sharing this good Word of God for all to read.

      God bless you

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Kiss, sorry I missed you, not intentional. Hope we can catch up where we fell short earlier. I agree with you that its never too late to start.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Rabadi, glad you think the quotes are helpful. More respect will make the world such a better place.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Christina, your comment has very good thoughts for us to consider. Thanks for taking the time to share on this important topic.

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      2 years ago from New York

      Thanks for this Hub, respect is hard to come along now a days but there are very great people out there, the quotes are helpful.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Shauna, I totally agree with you. Everyone deserves respect and the respectful will always give it. Thanks for your feedback.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Denise, thanks for your comment. I agree that we must do our best to keep respect alive and well in our homes and communities.

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      Christina M. Castro 2 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      It is good to point out lines of scripture that teach us what we need to do as decent human beings. Most people think of reading the bible only when the preacher states "let's open our bibles to....." the Bible should be available for us 24/7 because children should have a guidance especially when it involves how to treat others. Parents are who they imitate, so when praying for families I especially pray for the adults who are in the home to influence the young people. It is never too late to change the way you interact with people. Let's pray that there will be more respect in every walk of life.

      Thank you for posting your hub obout this.

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      Great hub on respect , but it is a sorry thing when people do not learn this early in life , it reflects badly in older Adults , and if people can not respect their elders

      how can they respect the one is called the ancient of days ,

      Da 7:13“I kept watching in the visions of the night, and look! with the clouds of the heavens, someone like a son of man was coming; and he gained access to the Ancient of Days, and they brought him up close before that One.

      So this starts early in the home.

      Do not take this for granted when raising

      your young .

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      This is a beautiful compilation, Dora. I've always been the type of person who feels respect is due all people (places and things). I don't think respect is to be earned, yet given freely. However, respect can be lost for those who cause ill-will.

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Respect is becoming a long lost virtue! It is good to have it revisited, a reminder to us all that giving and teaching respect will perpetuate it in our future society and future generations.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Lori, perhaps quoting respect from the Bible will remind us that it is important. Thanks for your comment.

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      Lori Colbo 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Wonderful hub! Respect is so lacking in our culture today it's sickening! Thanks for the reminder respect all!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      BizWhiz, so glad you can use them. Thanks for your encouragement.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Jan, this is exactly my aim--to make lists that are readily available for reference. Thanks very much for affirming my efforts.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Word. You really encourage me with your very kind comment.

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      TheBizWhiz 2 years ago

      MsDora,

      This is a fantastic Hub and I am glad you brought these wonderful quotes together. I will use them as a reference always.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      This is a great compilation of the best quotes within very important categories, MsDora. They encompass every area of life! It's so exciting to see the teaching power of the Bible for everyday life, so plainly and clearly. I enjoyed this lesson very much. I have used a similar format when I put together lessons for adult bible study. I especially like the "Self" category. Christian clients sometimes ask for scriptures that apply to self-esteem issues. Your list is a good resource. Thanks, MsDora. Voted up, useful, and awesome.

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      Word 2 years ago from Chicago

      Well done MsDora, You brought to light so much about giving and receiving respect. These are wonderful quotes. They are so unique in the way you put all of them. This hub should qualify for HOTD. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and sharing!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Barack, I appreciate your feedback. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, it encourages me to know that I did something that you like and can use. Thanks and continued blessings!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, thanks for your beautiful statement of encouragement. Praying a productive, prosperous day for you.

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      Barack James 2 years ago from Green City in the Sun

      Thanks for the useful hub, respect is two way regardless of our position or status.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Whonu, thanks for your blessing. I need it and appreciate it.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Jonathan, I understand your statement that you are looking out for me, and I appreciate that. Beyond that, I am not sure whether you are accusing me or trying to correct me. I would be happy if you would state clearly what you want me to know. Thank you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Jackie. Glad you enjoyed the quotes and find them meaningful.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love quotations, Dora, so thank you for this fine collection. I'll most likely use a few of these in upcoming articles.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      What a great way to start my day. This will be the lens through which I see the world today. Thank you much!

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      whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

      Thank you MsDora and bless you for sharing this great work. whonu

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      Jonathan Peck 2 years ago

      I FEAR Ms Dora has been wrought of the corruptible seed sown here. James 2:9 makes it plain upon tables. How vile the standard the congregations (o.t.d.) have lowered their reckoning of what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. It is sad that it is thought to be "O.K" to alter the word to where it CONTRADICTS itself. for I Ms D's "verses" are to be considered as instruction then we have to ignore the places in the book with the authority we seek that put to silence the ignorance of the foolish men who translated and led us on such a crooked path.

      JUST LOOKING OUT FOR YA MsDora!

      6 Hear now my reasoning, and hearken to the pleadings of my lips.

      7 Will ye speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully for him?

      8 Will ye accept his person? will ye contend for God?

      9 Is it good that he should search you out? or as one man mocketh another, do ye so mock him?

      10 He will surely reprove you, if ye do secretly accept persons.

      JOB CHAPTER 13

      9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. JAMES CHAPTER 2

      10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. GALATIANS CHAPER 1

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      A very enjoyable read, Dora! Thank you for putting it altogether for us for deeper and fuller meaning. A wonderful way to bring us the word and may inspire others of us who desire to contribute like this in some way.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Froggy. We all, including me, need to refocus every now and then. God bless you, too.

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      Greg Boudonck 2 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      Very good hub MsDora. Respect is an uncommon virtue in these days. Thank you for reminding us of the importance. God bless you.