8 Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined],
be alert and cautious at all times.
That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like
a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour.
29 For no one ever hated his own body, but [instead]
he nourishes and protects and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church,
30 because we are members (parts) of His body.
31 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall be joined
[and be faithfully devoted] to his wife, and the two shall become [a]one flesh.
32 This mystery [of two becoming one] is great;
but I am speaking with reference to [the relationship of] Christ and the church.
33 However, each man among you [without exception]
is to love his wife as his very own self
[with behavior worthy of respect and esteem, always seeking the best for her
with an attitude of lovingkindness],
and the wife [must see to it] that she respects and delights in her husband
[that she notices him and prefers him and treats him with loving concern,
treasuring him, honoring him, and holding him dear].
4 Do not merely look out for your own personal interests,
but also for the interests of others.
3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit [through factional motives,
or strife], but with [an attitude of] humility
[being neither arrogant nor self-righteous],
regard others as more important than yourselves.
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
5 Examine and test and evaluat
and showing the proper fruits of it. Test and prove yourselves
Do you not yourselves realize and know [thoroughly by an ever-increasing experience] that Jesus Christ is in you—unless you are [counterfeits] disapproved on trial and rejected?
3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
2 Those who think they know something do not yet know anything as they should.
26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?”
27 He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,
and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”
28 And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”