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The Fusion Bible Old Testament Sample

GENESIS 1

Beginnings

 

1 In the very beginning, God created the heavens and earth - everything we see in the sky and on our planet.

2 Back then, the earth was just a shapeless, empty mess, all dark and mysterious. But God's Spirit was already there, moving over the waters.

 

3 God decided it was time for light, so He said, "Let there be light." And light appeared.

4 God saw the light and was pleased; it was a good thing. He made a clear distinction between light and darkness.

5 He named the light "Day" and the darkness "Night." So, the first period of evening and morning came and went - that was day one.

 

6 Next, God spoke again, "Let us make a huge space between the waters, separating water from water."

7 And that is exactly what happened. God made this vast space and divided the waters below from the waters above.

8 He called this space "Sky." The second day ended just like the first - with an evening and a morning.

 

9 Then God commanded, "Let the waters under the sky come together in one place, and let dry land appear." It all happened as He said.

10 He named the dry land "Earth" and the gathered waters "Seas." God looked at it all and was pleased with what He saw.

 

11 God then said, "Let the earth sprout with all sorts of plants and trees, ones that produce seeds and fruits." And so, it was.

12 The earth was soon covered with plants and trees of all kinds, each with seeds according to its kind. And God saw that this too was good.

13 Another day concluded - the third, with its evening and morning.

 

14 On the fourth day, God spoke, "Let there be lights in the sky to separate day from night, to mark the seasons, days, and years.

15 They will shine on the earth." And that is exactly what happened.

16 God made two great lights - a larger one to rule the day and a smaller one to rule the night, along with the stars.

17 He placed them in a vault called the sky to light up the earth,

18 To take charge of the day and night, and to distinguish between light and darkness. God saw that this was good too.

19 So the fourth day ended, marked by its evening and morning.

 

20 On the fifth day, God commanded, "Let the waters be filled with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the sky."

21 God created great sea creatures and all types of swimming and flying beings, each according to its kind. And God was pleased with them.

22 He blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the waters in the seas; let the birds multiply on the earth."

23 Evening passed and morning came - that was the fifth day.

 

24 The next day, God said, "Let the earth produce all kinds of living creatures: livestock, crawling creatures, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it happened just like that.

25 The earth was filled with all kinds of animals, each according to its kind. And God saw that this was also good.

 

26 Then God had a special plan, "Let us make humans, in our image, resembling us. They will be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals, and everything that scurries on the ground."

 

27 So God created humans to be like Himself; He made them male and female.

 

28 God blessed them and said, "Have lots of children, fill the earth, and take charge of it. Be responsible for the fish, birds, and all living things on earth."

 

29 God also said, "Look, I have given you every plant that has seeds and every tree with fruit that has seeds. They are yours for food.

30 And for all the wild animals, birds, and creatures that crawl on the earth, I have provided green plants for food." And so, it was.

31 Finally, God looked over everything He had made, and it was excellent in every way. The sixth day came to an end with its evening and morning.

The Fusion Bible New Testament Sample

JAMES 2

Do Not Engage in Favoritism

 

1 As followers of our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, my brothers and sisters, showing favoritism should not be part of our lives.

2 Imagine if someone enters your gathering dressed in extravagant clothes and flashy jewelry, and at the same time, a poor person in worn-out and dirty clothes also enters.

3 If you give preferential treatment to the one in fine clothes, offering them the best seat, but tell the poor person to either stand or sit on the floor,

4 are you not discriminating against specific groups of people because of the evil thoughts you entertained in your mind?

 

5 Listen closely: Do you not realize that God intended for those labeled as poor by worldly standards to possess a wealth of faith and inherit the kingdom He has promised to those who love Him?

6 But look at you; you have dishonored the poor. Do you not see that wealthy people are the ones who are oppressing you and dragging you into court?

7 Do you not understand that these are the very same people who slander the honorable name of Jesus, the One you chose to follow when you came to true faith?

 

8 If you truly adhere to the royal command found in Scripture, "Love your neighbor as yourself," you are living correctly.

9 However, if you practice favoritism, you sin and are convicted by God's law as a lawbreaker.

10 Whoever obeys the entire law but fails in one aspect is guilty of violating all of it.

11 For the same One who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do not murder." If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a lawbreaker.

 

12 Speak and behave as those who will be judged by the law that brings freedom,

13 because judgment will be merciless to anyone who has not shown mercy. Mercy conquers over judgment every time.

 

Connection Between Faith and Deeds

 

14 What benefit is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but lacks actions? Do you think that kind of faith will save them?

15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking daily food,

16 and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, keep yourself warm, and be well fed," but you do not provide for their practical needs, what good is that?

17 Similarly, faith, if it does not manifest in actions, is dead by itself.

 

18 But someone might argue, "You have faith, and I have actions."

 

Show me your faith absent of actions, and I will show you my faith through my actions.

19 You believe that God is one; good for you. Even the demons believe that—and tremble with fear.

 

20 Do you foolishly need proof that faith without actions is a waste of time?

21 Consider how our forefather Abraham was considered righteous through what he did when he was prepared to sacrifice his son Isaac on the altar.

22 It is evident that his faith and his actions worked together, complementing each other, with his faith reaching its completion through what he did by his actions.

23 So, the passage, "Abraham put his trust in God, and it was recognized as righteousness," came to fulfilment through his actions, and he was given the title of God's friend.

24 It becomes clear then that an individual is declared righteous by the actions they perform, not only by faith alone.

 

25 Similarly, was Rahab, who was a known prostitute, not also seen to be righteous due to her actions when she hospitably received the spies and helped them escape by a different path?

26 Just as the body without the spirit is dead, so too faith without actions is dead.

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