Scripture Relevant to the Next Step Program


(English Standard Version)



Genesis 18:19

For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of theLordby doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.

Genesis 28:18-22

So early in the morning Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head and set it upfor a pillarand poured oil on the top of it.He called the name of that placeBethel, but the name of the city was Luz at the first.Then Jacobmade a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear,so that I come again to my father's house in peace,then theLordshall be my God,and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar,shall be God's house. Andof all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.”

Exodus 13:21-22

And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night did not depart from before the people.

Exodus 18:17-23

Moses' father-in-law said to him, “What you are doing is not good.You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you.You are not able to do it alone.Now obey my voice; I will give you advice, and God be with you! You shall represent the people before God and bring their cases to God,and you shall warn them about the statutes and the laws, and make them knowthe way in which they must walk andwhat they must do. Moreover, look forable men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.Andlet them judge the people at all times. Every great matter they shall bring to you, but any small matter they shall decide themselves. So it will be easier for you, and they willbear the burden with you. If you do this, God will direct you, you will beable to endure, and all this people also will go to their place in peace.”

Exodus 23:20-21

Behold, I send an angel before you to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared. Pay careful attention to him and obey his voice;do not rebel against him,for he will not pardon your transgression, for my name is in him.

Exodus 33:12-14

Moses said to the Lord, “See,you say to me, ‘Bring up this people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said,‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.” And he said,“My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Numbers 22:22-35

But God's anger was kindled because he went,and the angel of the Lord took his stand in the wayas his adversary. Now he was riding on the donkey, and his two servants were with him.And the donkey saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road, with a drawn sword in his hand. And the donkey turned aside out of the road and went into the field. And Balaam struck the donkey, to turn her into the road.Then the angel of theLordstood in a narrow path between the vineyards, with a wall on either side. And when the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, she pushed against the wall and pressed Balaam's foot against the wall. So he struck her again.Then the angel of theLordwent ahead and stood in a narrow place, where there was no way to turn either to the right or to the left.When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, she lay down under Balaam. And Balaam's anger was kindled, and he struck the donkey with his staff. Then the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?” And Balaam said to the donkey, “Because you have made a fool of me. I wish I had a sword in my hand, for then I would kill you.” And the donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your donkey, on which you have ridden all your life long to this day? Is it my habit to treat you this way?” And he said, “No.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the way, with his drawn sword in his hand. And he bowed down and fell on his face. And the angel of the Lord said to him, “Why have you struck your donkey these three times? Behold, I have come out to oppose you because your way is perverse before me.The donkey saw me and turned aside before me these three times. If she had not turned aside from me, surely just now I would have killed you and let her live.”Then Balaam said to the angel of theLord,“I have sinned, for I did not know that you stood in the road against me. Now therefore, if it is evil in your sight, I will turn back.”And the angel of theLordsaid to Balaam, “Go with the men,but speak only the word that I tell you.” So Balaam went on with the princes of Balak.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Hear, O Israel:The Lordour God, the Lordis one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Deuteronomy 8:6-7a

So you shall keep the commandments of theLord your God by walking in his ways and by fearing  im.For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land.

Deuteronomy 9:15-18

So I turned and came down from the mountain, and the mountain was burning with fire. And the two tablets of the covenant were in my two hands. And I looked, and behold, you had sinned against the Lord your God. You had made yourselves a goldencalf. You had turned aside quickly from the way that the Lord had commanded you. So I took hold of the two tablets and threw them out of my two hands and broke them before your eyes. Then I lay prostrate before the Lord as before, forty days and forty nights. I neither ate bread nor drank water, because of all the sin that you had committed,in doing what was evil in the sight of the Lord to provoke him to anger.

Deuteronomy 10:12-13

And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his waysto love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of the Lord, which I am commanding you todayfor your good?

Deuteronomy 22:4

You shall not see your brother's donkey or his ox fallen down by the way and ignore them. You shall help him to lift them up again.

Deuteronomy 26:16-19

This day the Lord your God commands you to do these statutes and rules. You shall therefore be careful to do them with all your heart and with all your soul. You have declared today that the Lord is your God, and that you will walk in his ways, and keep his statutes and his commandments and his rules, and will obey his voice. And the Lord has declared today that you area people for his treasured possession, as he has promised you, and that you are to keep all his commandments, and that he will set you in praise and in fame and in honor high above all nations that he has made, and that you shall bea people holy to the Lord your God, as he promised.

Deuteronomy 30:15-20

See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess, I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, forhe is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

Joshua 1:7-9

Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Joshua 22:5-6

“Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments and to cling to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.” So Joshua blessed them and sent them away, and they went to their tents.

Job 23:10-12

But he knows the way that I take;
    when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.

My foothas held fast to his steps;
    I have kept his way and havenot turned aside.

I have not departed from the commandment of his lips;
    I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.

Job 24:13-14

There are those who rebel against the light,
    who are not acquainted with its ways,
    and do not stay in its paths.

The murderer rises before it is light,
    that he may kill the poor and needy,
    and in the night he is like a thief.

Job 29:11-17

When the ear heard, it called me blessed,
    and when the eye saw, it approved,

because delivered the poor who cried for help,
    and the fatherless who had none to help him.

The blessing of him who was about to perish came upon me, and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.

put on righteousness, and it clothed me;
    my justice was like a robe anda turban.

I was eyes to the blind
    and feet to the lame.

I was a father to the needy,
    and I searched out the cause of him whom I did not know.

broke the fangs of the unrighteous
    and made him drop his prey from his teeth.

Job 30:11-13

Because God has loosed my cord and humbled me,
    they have cast off restraintin my presence.

On my right hand the rabble rise;
    they push away my feet;
    they cast up against me their ways of destruction.

They break up my path;
    they promote my calamity;
    they need no one to help them.

Job 31:4-8

Does not he see my ways
    and number all my steps?

If I have walked with falsehood
    and my foot has hastened to deceit;

(Let me beweighed in a just balance,
    and let God know my integrity!)

if my step has turned aside from the way
    and my heart has gone after my eyes,
    and if anyspot has stuck to my hands,

then let me sow, and another eat,
    and let what grows for me be rooted out.

Job 31:15-23

Did not he who made me in the womb make him?
    And did not one fashion us in the womb?

If I have withheld anything that the poor desired,
    or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,

or have eaten my morsel alone,
    and the fatherless has not eaten of it

(for from my youth the fatherless grew up with me as with a father, and from my mother's womb I guided the widow),

if I have seen anyone perish forlack of clothing,
    or the needy without covering,

if his body has not blessed me,
    and if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep,

if I have raised my hand against the fatherless,
    because I saw my help in the gate,

then let my shoulder blade fall from my shoulder,
    and let my arm be broken from its socket.

For I was in terror of calamity from God,
    and I could not have faced his majesty.

Psalm 1:1-6

Blessed is the man
    who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
    nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is likea tree
    planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,

    and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.

The wicked are not so,
    but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;

for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked will perish.

Psalm 5:8

Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness
    because of my enemies;
    make your way straight before me.

Psalm 12:5

“Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan,
    I will now arise,” says the Lord;
    “I will place him in the safety for which he longs.”

Psalm 16:11

You make known to me the path of life;
    in your presence there is fullness of joy;
    at your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

Psalm 17:1, 5-6

Hear a just cause, O Lordattend to my cry!
    Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit!

My steps have held fast to your paths;
    my feet have not slipped.

call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
    incline your ear to me; hear my words.

Psalm 18:30-33, 36

This God—his way is perfect;
    the word of the Lord proves true;
    he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.

For who is God, but the Lord?
    And who is a rock, except our God?—

the God who equipped me with strength
    and made my way blameless.

He made my feet like the feet of a deer
    and set me secure on the heights.

You gave a wide place for my steps under me,
    and my feet did not slip.

Psalm 23:1-4

The Lord is myshepherd; I shall notwant.

He makes me lie down in greenpastures.
He leads me beside still waters.

He restores my soul.
He leads me inpaths of righteousness
    for his name's sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

Psalm 25:4-5

Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
    teach me your paths.

Lead me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are the God of my salvation;
    for you I wait all the day long.

Psalm 25:8-12

Good and upright is the Lord;
    therefore he instructs sinners in the way.

He leads the humble in what is right,
    and teaches the humble his way.

All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
    for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

For your name's sake, OLord,
    pardon my guilt, for it is great.

Who is the man who fears the Lord?
    Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.

Psalm 26:1-3

Vindicate me, O Lord,
    for I have walked in my integrity,
    and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.

Prove me, O Lord, and try me;
    test my heart and my mind.

For your steadfast love is before my eyes,
    and I walk in your faithfulness.

Psalm 32:8

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
    I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Psalm 37:23-25

The steps of a man are established by the Lord,
    when he delights in his way;

though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,
    for the Lord upholds his hand.

I have been young, and now am old,
    yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
    or his children begging for bread.

Psalm 37:30-33

The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,
    and his tongue speaks justice.

The law of his God is in his heart;
    hissteps do not slip.

The wicked watches for the righteous
    and seeks to put him to death.

The Lord will not abandon him to his power
    or let him be condemned when he is brought to trial.

Psalm 40:1-3

waited patiently for the Lord;
    he inclined to me and heard my cry.

He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
    out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
    making my steps secure.

He put a new song in my mouth,
    a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
    and put their trust in the Lord.

Psalm 41:1-3

Blessed is the one who considers the poor!
    In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him;

the Lord protects him and keeps him alive;
    he is called blessed in the land;
    you do not give him up to the will of his enemies.

The Lord sustains him on his sickbed;
    in his illness you restore him to full health.

Psalm 56:11-13

in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
    What can man do to me?

I must perform my vows to you, O God;
    I will render thank offerings to you.

For you have delivered my soul from death,
    yes, my feet from falling,
that I may walk before God
    in the light of life.

Psalm 72:1-4

Give the king your justice, O God,
    and your righteousness to the royal son!

May he judge your people with righteousness,
    and your poor with justice!

Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people,
    and the hills, in righteousness!

May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
    give deliverance to the children of the needy,
    and crush the oppressor!

Psalm 72:11-14

May all kings fall down before him,
    all nations serve him!

For he delivers the needy when he calls,
    the poor and him who has no helper.

He has pity on the weak and the needy,
    and saves the lives of the needy.

From oppression and violence he redeems their life,
    and precious is their blood in his sight.

Psalm 77:19-20

Your way was through the sea,
    your path through the great waters;
    yet your footprints were unseen.

You led your people like a flock
    by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Psalm 78:71-72

from following the nursing ewes he brought David
    to shepherd Jacob his people,
    Israel his inheritance.

With upright heart he shepherded them
    and guided them with his skillful hand.

Psalm 84:11-12

For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
    the Lord bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
    from those who walk uprightly.

Lord of hosts,
    blessed is the one who trusts in you!

Psalm 85:9-13

Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him,
    that glory may dwell in our land.

Steadfast love and faithfulness meet;
    righteousness and peace kiss each other.

Faithfulness springs up from the ground,
    and righteousness looks down from the sky.

Yes, the Lord will give what is good,
    and our land will yield its increase.

Righteousness will go before him
    and make his footsteps a way.

Psalm 86:1-11

Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
    for I am poor and needy.

Preserve my life, for I am godly;
    save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God.

Be gracious to me, O Lord,
    for to you do I cry all the day.

Gladden the soul of your servant,
    for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
    abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.

Give ear, OLord, to my prayer;
    listen to my plea for grace.

In the day of my trouble I call upon you,
    for you answer me.

There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
    nor are there any works like yours.

All the nations you have made shall come
    and worship before you, O Lord,
    and shall glorify your name.

For you are great and do wondrous things;
    you alone are God.

Teach me your way, O Lord,
    that I may walk in your truth;
    unite my heart to fear your name.

Psalm 91:9-16

Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—the Most High, who is my refuge

no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
    no plague come near your tent.

For he will command his angels concerning you
    toguard you in all your ways.

On their hands they will bear you up,
    lest you strike your foot against a stone.

You will tread on the lion and the adder;
    the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
    I will protect him, because he knows my name.

When he calls to me, I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble;
    I will rescue him and honor him.

With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.

Psalm 101:1-2

I will sing of steadfast love and justice;
    to you, O Lord, I will make music.

I will ponder the way that is blameless.
    Oh when will you come to me?
I will walk with integrity of heart
    within my house;

Psalm 107:1-9

Oh give thanks to the Lordfor he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever!

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
    whom he has redeemed from trouble

and gathered in from the lands,
    from the east and from the west,
    from the north and from the south.

some wandered in desert wastes,
    finding no way to a city to dwell in;

hungry and thirsty,
    their soul fainted within them.

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.

He led them by a straight way
    till they reacheda city to dwell in.

Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!

For he satisfies the longing soul,
    and the hungry soul he fills with good things.

Psalm 116:8-9

For you have delivered my soul from death,
    my eyes from tears,
    my feet from stumbling;

I will walk before the Lord
    in the land of the living. 

Psalm 119:1-8

Blessed are those whoseway is blameless,
    who walk in the law of the Lord!

Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
    who seek him with their whole heart,

who alsodo no wrong,
    but walk in his ways!

You have commanded your precepts
    to be kept diligently.

Oh that my ways may be steadfast
    in keeping your statutes!

Then I shall not be put to shame,
    having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.

I will praise you with an upright heart,
    when I learn your righteous rules.

I will keep your statutes;
    do not utterly forsake me!

Psalm 119:9-16

How can a young man keep his way pure?
    By guarding it according to your word.

With my whole heart I seek you;
    let me not wander from your commandments!

I have stored up your word in my heart,
    that I might not sin against you.

Blessed are you, O Lord;
    teach me your statutes!

With my lips I declare
    all the rulesof your mouth.

In the way of your testimonies I delight
    as much as in all riches.

I will meditate on your precepts
    and fix my eyes on your ways.

I will delight in your statutes;
    I will not forget your word.

Psalm 119:25-32

My soul clings to the dust;
    give me life according to your word!

When I told of my ways, you answered me;
    teach me your statutes!

Make me understand the way of your precepts,
    and I will meditate on your wondrous works.

My soul melts away for sorrow;
    strengthen me according to your word!

Put false ways far from me
    and graciously teach me your law!

I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
    set your rules before me.

I cling to your testimonies, O Lord;
    let me not be put to shame!

I will run in the way of your commandments
    when you enlarge my heart!

Psalm 119:33-40

Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes;
    and I will keep it to the end.

Give me understanding, that I may keep your law
    and observe it with my whole heart.

Lead me in the path of your commandments,
    for I delight in it.

Incline my heart to your testimonies,
    and not to selfish gain!

Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things;
    and give me life in your ways.

Confirm to your servant your promise,
    that you may be feared.

Turn away the reproach that I dread,
    for your rules are good.

Behold, I long for your precepts;
    in your righteousness give me life!

Psalm 119:97, 101-102

Oh how I love your law!
    It is my meditation all the day.

hold back my feet from every evil way,
    in order to keep your word.

I do not turn aside from your rules,
    for you have taught me.

Psalm 119:105-106

Your word is a lamp to my feet
    and a light to my path.

I have sworn an oath and confirmed it,
    to keep your righteous rules.

Psalm 119:128

Therefore I consider all your precepts to be right;
    I hate every false way.

Psalm 119:133

Keep steady my steps according to your promise,
    and let no iniquity get dominion over me.

Psalm 119:176

I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant,
    for I do not forget your commandments.

Psalm 128:1

Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord,
    who walks in his ways!

Psalm 138:7-8

Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
    you preserve my life;
you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
    and your right hand delivers me.

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
    your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
    Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Psalm 139:1-6

Lord, you have searched me and known me!

You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    you discern my thoughts from afar.

You search out my path and my lying down
    and are acquainted with all my ways.

Even before a word is on my tongue,
    behold, O Lordyou know it altogether.

You hem me in, behind and before,
    and lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
    it is high; I cannot attain it.

Psalm 143:10

Teach me to do your will,
    for you are my God!
Let your good Spirit lead me
    on level ground!

Proverbs 2:6-12

For the Lord gives wisdom;
    from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;

he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
    he is a shield to those who walk in integrity,

guarding the paths of justice
    and watching over the way of his saints.

Then you will understand righteousness and justice
    and equity, every good path;

for wisdom will come into your heart,
    and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;

discretion will watch over you,
    understanding will guard you,

delivering you from the way of evil,
    from men of perverted speech,

Proverbs 2:20-21

So you will walk in the way of the good
    and keep to the paths of the righteous.

For the uprightwill inhabit the land,
    and those with integrity will remain in it,

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.

Proverbs 3:13,17

Blessed is the one who finds wisdom,
    and the one who gets understanding,

Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
    and all her paths are peace.

Proverbs 3:21-23

My son, do not lose sight of these—
    keep sound wisdom and discretion,

and they will be life for your soul
    and adornment for your neck.

Then you will walk on your way securely,
    and your foot will not stumble.

Proverbs 3:25-27

Do not be afraid of sudden terror
    or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes,

for the Lord will be your confidence
    and will keep your foot from being caught.

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
    when it is in your power to do it.

Proverbs 4:5, 10-19

Get wisdom; get insight;
    do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.

Hear, my son, and accept my words,
    that the years of your life may be many.

I have taught you the way of wisdom;
    I have led you in the paths of uprightness.

When you walk, your step will not be hampered,
    and if you run, you will not stumble.

Keep hold of instruction; do not let go;
    guard her, for she is your life.

Do not enter the path of the wicked,
    and do not walk in the way of the evil.

Avoid it; do not go on it;
    turn away from it and pass on.

For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong;
    they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble.

For they eat the bread of wickedness
    and drink the wine of violence.

But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
    which shines brighter and brighter until full day.

The way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
    they do not know over what they stumble.

Proverbs 4:25-27

Let your eyes look directly forward,
    and your gaze be straight before you.

Ponder the path of your feet;
    then all your ways will be sure.

Do not swerve to the right or to the left;
    turn your foot away from evil.

Proverbs 10:9,29

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
    but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.

The way of the Lord is a stronghold to the blameless,
    but destruction to evildoers.

Proverbs 13:20

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,
but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

Proverbs 14:15-16

The simple believes everything,
    but the prudent gives thought to his steps.

One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil,
    but a fool is reckless and careless.

Proverbs 14:20-21

The poor is disliked even by his neighbor,
    but the rich has many friends.

Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner,
    but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.

Proverbs 16:7-9

When a man's ways please the Lord,
    he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Better is a little with righteousness
    than great revenues with injustice.

The heart of man plans his way,
    but the Lord establishes his steps.

Proverbs 28:6

Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity
    than a rich man who is crooked  in his ways.

Proverbs 31:1-2,9-10,20

The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him:

What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb?
    What are you doing, son of my vows?

Open your mouth, judge righteously,
    defend the rights of the poor and needy.


An excellent wife who can find?
    She is far more precious than jewels.

She opens her hand to the poor
    and reaches out her hands to the needy.

Isaiah 2:3

and many peoples shall come, and say:
Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
    to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may teach us his ways
    and that we may walk in his paths.”
out of Zion shall go the law,
    and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

Matthew 5:3

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 7:12-14

So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

Matthew 11:2-5

Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?”And Jesus answered them,“Go and tell John what you hear and see:the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.

Matthew 19:16-22

And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?”And he said to him,“Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.”He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said,“You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”The young man said to him,“All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go,sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

Matthew 19:23-24

And Jesus said to his disciples,“Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enterthe kingdom of God.”

Matthew 25:31-40

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before himwill be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. ForI was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ Andthe King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

Mark 10:50-52

And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. And Jesus said to him,“What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, Rabbi, let me recover my sight. ”And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.

Mark 12:28-31

And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’The second is this:‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Mark 12:41-44

And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of herpoverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

Luke 10:25-29

And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? ”He said to him,“What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And 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.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” But he,desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

Luke 10:30-37

Jesus replied,A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring onoil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him,“You go, and do likewise.”

Luke 14:12-14

He said also to the man who had invited him,“When you givea dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothersor your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

Luke 16:13, 19-25

No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

[He also said to the disciples]

There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen andwh o feasted sumptuously every dayAnd at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man's table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried, and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us. ’And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father's house—for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No,father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’

John 8:12

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Acts 3:1-10

Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said,“I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God, and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

Romans 12:2

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 13:9-10

For the commandments,“You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word:“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothingIf I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

2 Corinthians 5:16-17

From now on, therefore,we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Galatians 5:25

If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.

Ephesians 2:10

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 5:1-2

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us,fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Colossians 4:5-6

Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Hebrews 12:1-2

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

James 2:1

My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.

James 5:19-20

My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

1 Peter 2:20-25

For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his stepsHe committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

2 Peter 1:5-11

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledgeand knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godlinessand godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with loveFor if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

1 John 2:1-6

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandmentsis a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

1 John 2:7-11

Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

Next Steps of South Carolina is indebted to Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington (, Lazarus Ministry of Christ Episcopal Church, Alexandria, VA (, and The Cooperative Ministry, Columbia, SC ( for allowing us to pattern our Next Step Program after their successful ministries.

(Last modified 7/8/2014)