Scriptural Sources

Neither old nor new, these words resonate through the ages.

Judges will expect you to incorporate at least one of these elements into your sermon. Feel free to supplement them with reference to other passages. The passages below are taken from the NEW LIVING TRANSLATION.

Genesis 16.1

16 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had not been able to bear children for him. But she had an Egyptian servant named Hagar.

Genesis 26.6

6 So Isaac stayed in Gerar

Genesis 34

34 One day Dinah, the daughter of Jacob and Leah, went to visit some of the young women who lived in the area. 2 But when the local prince, Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, saw Dinah, he seized her and raped her. 3 But then he fell in love with her, and he tried to win her affection with tender words. 4 He said to his father, Hamor, “Get me this young girl. I want to marry her.” More >

Genesis 39.5

5 From the day Joseph was put in charge of his master’s household and property, the Lord began to bless Potiphar’s household for Joseph’s sake. All his household affairs ran smoothly, and his crops and livestock flourished.

2 Samuel 11

11 In the spring of the year,[a] when kings normally go out to war, David sent Joab and the Israelite army to fight the Ammonites. They destroyed the Ammonite army and laid siege to the city of Rabbah. However, David stayed behind in Jerusalem. More >

Leviticus 18, 19, 20

18 Then the Lord said to Moses, 2 “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. I am the Lord your God. 3 So do not act like the people in Egypt, where you used to live, or like the people of Canaan, where I am taking you. You must not imitate their way of life. 4 You must obey all my regulations and be careful to obey my decrees, for I am the Lord your God. 5 If you obey my decrees and my regulations, you will find life through them. I am the Lord. More >

19 The Lord also said to Moses, 2 “Give the following instructions to the entire community of Israel. You must be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.

3 “Each of you must show great respect for your mother and father, and you must always observe my Sabbath days of rest. I am the Lord your God. More >

20 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Give the people of Israel these instructions, which apply both to native Israelites and to the foreigners living in Israel. More >

Exodus 20: 13-14

13 “You must not murder.

14 “You must not commit adultery.

Exodus 22: 16, 21

16 “If a man seduces a virgin who is not engaged to anyone and has sex with her, he must pay the customary bride price and marry her. 

21 “You must not mistreat or oppress foreigners in any way. Remember, you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt..

Numbers 22: 21

21 So the next morning Balaam got up, saddled his donkey, and started off with the Moabite officials. 

Deuteronomy 21: 10

10 “Suppose you go out to war against your enemies and the Lord your God hands them over to you, and you take some of them as captives.

Song of Songs

1 This is Solomon’s song of songs, more wonderful than any other.