DEUTERONOMY 7A Chosen People 7:1 “When the Lord your God brings you into the land that you are entering to take possession of it, and clears away many nations before you, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations more numerous and mightier than you, 2 and when the Lord your God gives them over to you, and you defeat them, then you must devote them to complete destruction. You shall make no covenant with them and show no mercy to them. 3 You shall not intermarry with them, giving your daughters to their sons or taking their daughters for your sons, 4 for they would turn away your sons from following me, to serve other gods. Then the anger of the Lord would be kindled against you, and he would destroy you quickly. 5 But thus shall you deal with them: you shall break down their altars and dash in pieces their pillars and chop down their Asherim and burn their carved images with fire.
DEUTERONOMY 8Remember the Lord Your God 8:1 “The whole commandment that I command you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land that the Lord swore to give to your fathers. 2 And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. 3 And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. 4 Your clothing did not wear out on you and your foot did not swell these forty years. 5 Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you. 6 So you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God by walking in his ways and by fearing him. 7 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing out in the valleys and hills, 8 a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, 9 a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. 10 And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.
PROVERBS 1818:1 Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire;he breaks out against all sound judgment. 2 A fool takes no pleasure in understanding,but only in expressing his opinion. 3 When wickedness comes, contempt comes also,and with dishonor comes disgrace. 4 The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters;the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook. 5 It is not good to be partial to the wickedor to deprive the righteous of justice. 6 A fool’s lips walk into a fight,and his mouth invites a beating. 7 A fool’s mouth is his ruin,and his lips are a snare to his soul. 8 The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels;they go down into the inner parts of the body. 9 Whoever is slack in his workis a brother to him who destroys. 10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower;the righteous man runs into it and is safe. 11 A rich man’s wealth is his strong city,and like a high wall in his imagination. 12 Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty,but humility comes before honor. 13 If one gives an answer before he hears,it is his folly and shame. 14 A man’s spirit will endure sickness,but a crushed spirit who can bear? 15 An intelligent heart acquires knowledge,and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. 16 A man’s gift makes room for himand brings him before the great. 17 The one who states his case first seems right,until the other comes and examines him. 18 The lot puts an end to quarrelsand decides between powerful contenders. 19 A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city,and quarreling is like the bars of a castle. 20 From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach is satisfied;he is satisfied by the yield of his lips. 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,and those who love it will eat its fruits. 22 He who finds a wife finds a good thingand obtains favor from the Lord. 23 The poor use entreaties,but the rich answer roughly. 24 A man of many companions may come to ruin,but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
MARK 3A Man with a Withered Hand 3:1 Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. 2 And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. 3 And he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come here.” 4 And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. 5 And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6 The Pharisees went out and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him. A Great Crowd Follows Jesus7 Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great crowd followed, from Galilee and Judea 8 and Jerusalem and Idumea and from beyond the Jordan and from around Tyre and Sidon. When the great crowd heard all that he was doing, they came to him. 9 And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they crush him, 10 for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed around him to touch him. 11 And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” 12 And he strictly ordered them not to make him known. The Twelve Apostles13 And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. 14 And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach 15 and have authority to cast out demons. 16 He appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); 17 James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); 18 Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot, 19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
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