but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul;
rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
But the wise replied, `Perhaps there will not be enough for us and for
you; go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.'
So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a
riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the
crowd, saying, "I am innocent of this man's blood; see to it
and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that
she had, and was no better but rather grew worse.
But he said, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and
Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you,
but rather division;
Will he not rather say to him, `Prepare supper for me, and gird
yourself and serve me, till I eat and drink; and afterward you shall
eat and drink'?
I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the
other; for every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who
humbles himself will be exalted."
But not so with you; rather let the greatest among you become as the
youngest, and the leader as one who serves.
And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and
men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
But Peter and John answered them, "Whether it is right in the sight of
God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge;
But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than men.
But Felix, having a rather accurate knowledge of the Way, put them
off, saying, "When Lysias the tribune comes down, I will decide your
because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and
served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever!
Then let us no more pass judgment on one another, but rather decide
never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.
And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has
done this be removed from among you.
But rather I wrote to you not to associate with any one who bears the
name of brother if he is guilty of immorality or greed, or is an
idolater, reviler, drunkard, or robber--not even to eat with such a one.
To have lawsuits at all with one another is defeat for you. Why not
rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded?
If others share this rightful claim upon you, do not we still more?
Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure
anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ.
But I have made no use of any of these rights, nor am I writing this
to secure any such provision. For I would rather die than have any one
deprive me of my ground for boasting.
nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind,
in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be
overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.
We are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and
at home with the Lord.
but now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God,
how can you turn back again to the weak and beggarly elemental spirits,
whose slaves you want to be once more?
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into
him who is the head, into Christ,
Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest
work with his hands, so that he may be able to give to those in need.
nor to occupy themselves with myths and endless genealogies which
promote speculations rather than the divine training that is in faith;
Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the
ground that they are brethren; rather they must serve all the better
since those who benefit by their service are believers and beloved.
Teach and urge these duties.
treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather
than lovers of God,
Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical
priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further
need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order
of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron?
choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to
enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant; later
it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been
trained by it.
and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be
put out of joint but rather be healed.
Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and
ink, but I hope to come to see you and talk with you face to face, so
that our joy may be complete.
I had much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and