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Moses’ Final Blessing on Israel 33:1 This is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the people of Israel before his death.
2 He said,“The Lord came from Sinaiand dawned from Seir upon us;he shone forth from Mount Paran;he came from the ten thousands of holy ones,with flaming fire at his right hand.
3 Yes, he loved his people,all his holy ones were in his hand;so they followed in your steps,receiving direction from you,
4 when Moses commanded us a law,as a possession for the assembly of Jacob.
5 Thus the Lord became king in Jeshurun,when the heads of the people were gathered,all the tribes of Israel together.
6 “Let Reuben live, and not die,but let his men be few.”
7 And this he said of Judah:“Hear, O Lord, the voice of Judah,and bring him in to his people.With your hands contend for him,and be a help against his adversaries.”
8 And of Levi he said,“Give to Levi your Thummim,and your Urim to your godly one,whom you tested at Massah,with whom you quarreled at the waters of Meribah;
9 who said of his father and mother,‘I regard them not’;he disowned his brothersand ignored his children.For they observed your wordand kept your covenant.
10 They shall teach Jacob your rulesand Israel your law;they shall put incense before youand whole burnt offerings on your altar.
11 Bless, O Lord, his substance,and accept the work of his hands;crush the loins of his adversaries,of those who hate him, that they rise not again.”
12 Of Benjamin he said,“The beloved of the Lord dwells in safety.The High God surrounds him all day long,and dwells between his shoulders.”
13 And of Joseph he said,“Blessed by the Lord be his land,with the choicest gifts of heaven above,and of the deep that crouches beneath,
14 with the choicest fruits of the sunand the rich yield of the months,
15 with the finest produce of the ancient mountainsand the abundance of the everlasting hills,
16 with the best gifts of the earth and its fullnessand the favor of him who dwells in the bush.May these rest on the head of Joseph,on the pate of him who is prince among his brothers.
17 A firstborn bull—he has majesty,and his horns are the horns of a wild ox;with them he shall gore the peoples,all of them, to the ends of the earth;they are the ten thousands of Ephraim,and they are the thousands of Manasseh.”
18 And of Zebulun he said,“Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going out,and Issachar, in your tents.
19 They shall call peoples to their mountain;there they offer right sacrifices;for they draw from the abundance of the seasand the hidden treasures of the sand.”
20 And of Gad he said,“Blessed be he who enlarges Gad!Gad crouches like a lion;he tears off arm and scalp.
21 He chose the best of the land for himself,for there a commander’s portion was reserved;and he came with the heads of the people,with Israel he executed the justice of the Lord,and his judgments for Israel.”
22 And of Dan he said,“Dan is a lion’s cubthat leaps from Bashan.”
23 And of Naphtali he said,“O Naphtali, sated with favor,and full of the blessing of the Lord,possess the lake and the south.”
24 And of Asher he said,“Most blessed of sons be Asher;let him be the favorite of his brothers,and let him dip his foot in oil.
25 Your bars shall be iron and bronze,and as your days, so shall your strength be.
26 “There is none like God, O Jeshurun,who rides through the heavens to your help,through the skies in his majesty.
27 The eternal God is your dwelling place,and underneath are the everlasting arms.And he thrust out the enemy before youand said, ‘Destroy.’
28 So Israel lived in safety,Jacob lived alone,in a land of grain and wine,whose heavens drop down dew.
29 Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you,a people saved by the Lord,the shield of your help,and the sword of your triumph!Your enemies shall come fawning to you,and you shall tread upon their backs.”
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Greeting 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
2 To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
Thanksgiving and Prayer3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,
4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints,
5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel,
6 which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth,
7 just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf
8 and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.
9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy;
12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
The Preeminence of Christ15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.
19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,
20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,
22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,
23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
Paul’s Ministry to the Church24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church,
25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known,
26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints.
27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.
29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.
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