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<GT> Proverbs 12

KJV w/Strong# - {19} The lip <08193> of truth <0571> shall be established <03559> for ever <05703>: but a lying <08267> tongue <03956> [is] but for a moment <07281>.

NRSV - 19 Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.

TEV - "Solomon's Proverbs" - 14 Your reward depends on what you say and what you do; you will get what you deserve. 15 Stupid people always think they are right. Wise people listen to advice. 16 When a fool is annoyed, he quickly lets it be known. Smart people will ignore an insult. 17 When you tell the truth, justice is done, but lies lead to injustice. 18 Thoughtless words can wound as deeply as any sword, but wisely spoken words can heal. 19 A lie has a short life, but truth lives on forever. 20 Those who plan evil are in for a rude surprise, but those who work for good will find happiness.

<RR1> Proverbs 14

KJV w/Strong# - {7} Go <03212> from the presence <05048> of a foolish <03684> man <0376>, when thou perceivest <03045> not [in him] the lips <08193> of knowledge <01847>. {8} The wisdom <02451> of the prudent <06175> [is] to understand <0995> his way <01870>: but the folly <0200> of fools <03684> [is] deceit <04820>.

{12} There is a way <01870> which seemeth <06440> right <03477> unto a man <0376>, but the end <0319> thereof [are] the ways <01870> of death <04194>.

{15} The simple <06612> believeth <0539> every <03605> word <01697>: but the prudent <06175> [man] looketh <0995> well <0995> to his going <0838>.

{19} The evil <07451> bow <07817> before <06440> the good <02896>; and the wicked <07563> at the gates <08179> of the righteous <06662>.

{22} Do they not err <08582> that devise <02790> evil <07451>? but mercy <02617> and truth <0571> [shall be] to them that devise <02790> good <02896>.

{26} In the fear <03374> of the LORD <03068> [is] strong <05797> confidence <04009>: and his children <01121> shall have <01961> a place of refuge <04268>.

NRSV - 7 Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not find words of knowledge. 8 It is the wisdom of the clever to understand where they go, but the folly of fools misleads.

12 There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way to death.

15 The simple believe everything, but the clever consider their steps.

19 The evil bow down before the good, the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

22 Do they not err that plan evil? Those who plan good find loyalty and faithfulness.

26 In the fear of the LORD one has strong confidence, and one's children will have a refuge.

TEV - "Solomon's Proverbs" - 7 Stay away from foolish people; they have nothing to teach you. 8 Why is a clever person wise? Because he knows what to do. Why is a stupid person foolish? Because he only thinks he knows. 9 Foolish people don't care if they sin, but good people want to be forgiven. 10 Your joy is your own; your bitterness is your own. No one can share them with you. 11 A good man's house will still be standing after an evil man's house has been destroyed. 12 What you think is the right road may lead to death. 13 Laughter may hide sadness. When happiness is gone, sorrow is always there. 14 Bad people will get what they deserve. Good people will be rewarded for their deeds. 15 A fool will believe anything; smart people watch their step. 16 Sensible people are careful to stay out of trouble, but stupid people are careless and act too quickly. 17 People with a hot temper do foolish things; wiser people remain calm. 18 Ignorant people get what their foolishness deserves, but the clever are rewarded with knowledge. 19 Evil people will have to bow down to the righteous and humbly beg their favor. 20 No one likes a poor man, not even his neighbor, but the rich have many friends. 21 If you want to be happy, be kind to the poor; it is a sin to despise anyone. 22 You will earn the trust and respect of others if you work for good; if you work for evil, you are making a mistake. 23 Work and you will earn a living; if you sit around talking you will be poor. 24 Wise people are rewarded with wealth, but fools are known by their foolishness. 25 A witness saves lives when he tells the truth; when he tells lies, he betrays people. 26 Reverence for the LORD gives confidence and security to a man and his family. 27 Do you want to avoid death? Reverence for the LORD is a fountain of life.

<RR2> Proverbs 3

KJV w/Strong# - {13} Happy <0835> [is] the man <0120> [that] findeth <04672> wisdom <02451>, and the man <0120> [that] getteth <06329> understanding <08394>.

{17} Her ways <01870> [are] ways <01870> of pleasantness <05278>, and all <03605> her paths <05410> [are] peace <07965>. {18} She [is] a tree <06086> of life <02416> to them that lay hold <02388> upon her: and happy <0835> [is every one] that retaineth <08551> her.

NRSV - 13 Happy are those who find wisdom, and those who get understanding,

17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. 18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called happy.

TEV - "Advice to Young Men" - 11 Son, when the LORD corrects you, pay close attention and take it as a warning. 12 The LORD corrects those he loves, as a father corrects a son of whom he is proud. 13 Happy is the man who becomes wise -- who comes to have understanding. 14 There is more profit in it than there is in silver; it is worth more to you than gold. 15 Wisdom is more valuable than jewels; nothing you could want can compare with it. 16 Wisdom offers you long life, as well as wealth and honor. 17 Wisdom can make your life pleasant and lead you safely through it. 18 Those who become wise are happy; wisdom will give them life. 19 The LORD created the earth by his wisdom; by his knowledge he set the sky in place.

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<B1> 1 John 4

KJV w/Strong# - {1} Beloved <27>, believe <4100> not every <3956> spirit <4151>, but try <1381> the spirits <4151> whether <1487> they are of God <2316>: because <3754> many <4183> false <5578> prophets <5578> are gone <1831> out into <1519> the world <2889>.

{4} Ye are of God <2316>, little <5040> children <5040>, and have overcome <3528> them: because <3754> greater <3187> is he that is in you, than <2228> he that is in the world <2889>. {5} They are of the world <2889>: therefore <5124> speak <2980> they of the world <2889>, and the world <2889> heareth <191> them. {6} We are of God <2316>: he that knoweth <1097> God <2316> heareth <191> us; he that is not of God <2316> heareth <191> not us. Hereby <5124> know <1097> we the spirit <4151> of truth <225>, and the spirit <4151> of error <4106>.

NRSV - 1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

4 Little children, you are from God, and have conquered them; for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5 They are from the world; therefore what they say is from the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us, and whoever is not from God does not listen to us. From this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

TEV - "The True Spirit and the False Spirit" - 1 My dear friends, do not believe all who claim to have the Spirit, but test them to find out if the spirit they have comes from God. For many false prophets have gone out everywhere. 2 This is how you will be able to know whether it is God's Spirit: anyone who acknowledges that Jesus Christ came as a human being has the Spirit who comes from God. 3 But anyone who denies this about Jesus does not have the Spirit from God. The spirit that he has is from the Enemy of Christ; you heard that it would come, and now it is here in the world already. 4 But you belong to God, my children, and have defeated the false prophets, because the Spirit who is in you is more powerful than the spirit in those who belong to the world. 5 Those false prophets speak about matters of the world, and the world listens to them because they belong to the world. 6 But we belong to God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever does not belong to God does not listen to us. This, then, is how we can tell the difference between the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

<B2> Psalm 119

KJV w/Strong# - {137} Righteous <06662> [art] thou, O LORD <03068>, and upright <03477> [are] thy judgments <04941>.

{142} Thy righteousness <06666> [is] an everlasting <05769> righteousness <06664>, and thy law <08451> [is] the truth <0571>.

NRSV - 137 You are righteous, O LORD, and your judgments are right.

142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and your law is the truth.

TEV - "The Justice of the Law of the LORD" - 137 You are righteous, LORD, and your laws are just. 138 The rules that you have given are completely fair and right. 139 My anger burns in me like a fire, because my enemies disregard your commands. 140 How certain your promise is! How I love it! 141 I am unimportant and despised, but I do not neglect your teachings. 142 Your righteousness will last forever, and your law is always true. 143 I am filled with trouble and anxiety, but your commandments bring me joy.

<B3> Psalm 31

KJV w/Strong# - {18} Let the lying <08267> lips <08193> be put to silence <0481>; which speak <01696> grievous <06277> things proudly <01346> and contemptuously against <05921> the righteous <06662>. {19} [Oh] how <04100> great <07227> [is] thy goodness <02898>, which <0834> thou hast laid <06845> up for them that fear <03373> thee; [which] thou hast wrought <06466> for them that trust <02620> in thee before <05048> the sons <01121> of men <0120>!

NRSV - 18 Let the lying lips be stilled that speak insolently against the righteous with pride and contempt. 19 O how abundant is your goodness that you have laid up for those who fear you, and accomplished for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of everyone!

TEV - "A Prayer of Trust in God" - 14 But my trust is in you, O LORD; you are my God. 15 I am always in your care; save me from my enemies, from those who persecute me. 16 Look on your servant with kindness; save me in your constant love. 17 I call to you, LORD; don't let me be disgraced. May the wicked be disgraced; may they go silently down to the world of the dead. 18 Silence those liars -- all the proud and arrogant who speak with contempt about righteous men. 19 How wonderful are the good things you keep for those who honor you! Everyone knows how good you are, how securely you protect those who trust you. 20 You hide them in the safety of your presence from the plots of men; in a safe shelter you hide them from the insults of their enemies. 21 Praise the LORD! How wonderfully he showed his love for me when I was surrounded and attacked! 22 I was afraid and thought that he had driven me out of his presence. But he heard my cry, when I called to him for help.

<B4> Psalm 33

KJV w/Strong# - {4} For the word <01697> of the LORD <03068> [is] right <03477>; and all <03605> his works <04640> [are done] in truth <0530>. {5} He loveth <0157> righteousness <06666> and judgment <04941>: the earth <0776> is full <04390> of the goodness <02617> of the LORD <03068>.

NRSV - 4 For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. 5 He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.

TEV - "A Song of Praise" - 1 All you that are righteous, shout for joy for what the LORD has done; praise him, all you that obey him. 2 Give thanks to the LORD with harps, sing to him with stringed instruments. 3 Sing a new song to him, play the harp with skill, and shout for joy! 4 The words of the LORD are true, and all his works are dependable. 5 The LORD loves what is righteous and just; his constant love fills the earth. 6 The LORD created the heavens by his command, the sun, moon, and stars by his spoken word. 7 He gathered all the seas into one place; he shut up the ocean depths in storerooms.

<B5> Proverbs 10

KJV w/Strong# - {25} As the whirlwind passeth <05674>, so [is] the wicked <07563> no <0369> [more]: but the righteous <06662> [is] an everlasting <05769> foundation <03247>.

NRSV - 25 When the tempest passes, the wicked are no more, but the righteous are established forever.

TEV - "Solomon's Proverbs" - 20 A good man's words are like pure silver; a wicked man's ideas are worthless. 21 A good man's words will benefit many people, but you can kill yourself with stupidity. 22 It is the LORD's blessing that makes you wealthy. Hard work can make you no richer. 23 It is foolish to enjoy doing wrong. Intelligent people take pleasure in wisdom. 24 The righteous get what they want, but the wicked will get what they fear most. 25 Storms come, and the wicked are blown away, but honest people are always safe.

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<B6> Isaiah 64

KJV w/Strong# - {4} For since the beginning <05769> of the world <05769> [men] have not heard <08085>, nor <03808> perceived <0238> by the ear <0238>, neither <03808> hath the eye <05869> seen <07200>, O God <0430>, beside <02108> thee, [what] he hath prepared <06213> for him that waiteth <02442> for him.

NRSV - 4 From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him.

TEV - "A Prayer for Mercy and Help" - 1 Why don't you tear the sky open and come down? The mountains would see you and shake with fear. 2 They would tremble like water boiling over a hot fire. Come and reveal your power to your enemies, and make the nations tremble at your presence! 3 There was a time when you came and did terrifying things that we did not expect; the mountains saw you and shook with fear. 4 No one has ever seen or heard of a God like you, who does such deeds for those who put their hope in him.

<B7> 1 Samuel 16

KJV w/Strong# - {1} And the LORD <03068> said <0559> unto Samuel <08050>, How <05704> long <05704> wilt thou mourn <056> for Saul <07586>, seeing I have rejected <03988> him from reigning <04427> over <05921> Israel <03478>? fill <04390> thine horn <07161> with oil <08081>, and go <03212>, I will send <07971> thee to Jesse <03448> the Bethlehemite <01022>: for I have provided <07200> me a king <04428> among his sons <01121>.

{4} And Samuel <08050> did <06213> that which <0834> the LORD <03068> spake <01696>, and came <0935> to Bethlehem <01035>. And the elders <02205> of the town <07023> trembled <02729> at his coming <07122>, and said <0559>, Comest <0935> thou peaceably <07965>? {5} And he said <0559>, Peaceably <07965>: I am come <0935> to sacrifice <02076> unto the LORD <03068>: sanctify <06942> yourselves, and come <0935> with me to the sacrifice <02077>. And he sanctified <06942> Jesse <03448> and his sons <01121>, and called <07121> them to the sacrifice <02077>. {6} And it came <01961> to pass, when they were come <0935>, that he looked <07200> on Eliab <0446>, and said <0559>, Surely <0389> the LORD'S <03068> anointed <04899> [is] before <05048> him. {7} But the LORD <03068> said <0559> unto Samuel <08050>, Look <05027> not on <0413> his countenance <04758>, or on the height <01364> of his stature <06967>; because <03588> I have refused <03988> him: for [the LORD seeth] not as man <0120> seeth <07200>; for man <0120> looketh <07200> on the outward <05869> appearance <05869>, but the LORD <03068> looketh <07200> on the heart <03824>.

{10} Again, Jesse <03448> made seven <07651> of his sons <01121> to pass <05674> before <06440> Samuel <08050>. And Samuel <08050> said <0559> unto Jesse <03448>, The LORD <03068> hath not chosen <0977> these <0428>. {11} And Samuel <08050> said <0559> unto Jesse <03448>, Are here <08552> all <08552> [thy] children <05288>? And he said <0559>, There remaineth <07604> yet <05750> the youngest <06996>, and, behold <02009>, he keepeth <07462> the sheep <06629>. And Samuel <08050> said <0559> unto Jesse <03448>, Send <07971> and fetch <03947> him: for we will not sit <05437> down till <05704> he come <0935> hither <06311>. {12} And he sent <07971>, and brought <0935> him in. Now he [was] ruddy <0132>, [and] withal <05973> of a beautiful <03303> countenance <05869>, and goodly <02896> to look <07210> to. And the LORD <03068> said <0559>, Arise <06965>, anoint <04886> him: for this <02088> [is] he.

NRSV - 1 The LORD said to Samuel, "How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons."

4 Samuel did what the LORD commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, "Do you come peaceably?" 5 He said, "Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice." And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. 6 When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, "Surely the LORD's anointed is now before the LORD." 7 But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the LORD does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart."

10 Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, "The LORD has not chosen any of these." 11 Samuel said to Jesse, "Are all your sons here?" And he said, "There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep." And Samuel said to Jesse, "Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here." 12 He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The LORD said, "Rise and anoint him; for this is the one."

TEV - "David Is Anointed King" - 1 The LORD said to Samuel, "How long will you go on grieving over Saul? I have rejected him as king of Israel. But now get some olive oil and go to Bethlehem, to a man named Jesse, because I have chosen one of his sons to be king." 2 "How can I do that?" Samuel asked. "If Saul hears about it, he will kill me!" The LORD answered, "Take a calf with you and say that you are there to offer a sacrifice to the LORD. 3 Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will tell you what to do. You will anoint as king the man I tell you to." 4 Samuel did what the LORD told him to do and went to Bethlehem, where the city leaders came trembling to meet him and asked, "Is this a peaceful visit, seer?" 5 "Yes," he answered. "I have come to offer a sacrifice to the LORD. Purify yourselves and come with me." He also told Jesse and his sons to purify themselves, and he invited them to the sacrifice. 6 When they arrived, Samuel saw Jesse's son Eliab and said to himself, "This man standing here in the LORD's presence is surely the one he has chosen." 7 But the LORD said to him, "Pay no attention to how tall and handsome he is. I have rejected him, because I do not judge as man judges. Man looks at the outward appearance, but I look at the heart." 8 Then Jesse called his son Abinadab and brought him to Samuel. But Samuel said, "No, the LORD hasn't chosen him either." 9 Jesse then brought Shammah. "No, the LORD hasn't chosen him either," Samuel said. 10 In this way Jesse brought seven of his sons to Samuel. And Samuel said to him, "No, the LORD hasn't chosen any of these." 11 Then he asked him, "Do you have any more sons?" Jesse answered, "There is still the youngest, but he is out taking care of the sheep." "Tell him to come here," Samuel said. "We won't offer the sacrifice until he comes." 12 So Jesse sent for him. He was a handsome, healthy young man, and his eyes sparkled. The LORD said to Samuel, "This is the one -- anoint him!"

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<B8> 2 Samuel 22

KJV w/Strong# - {2} ...The LORD <03068> [is] my rock <05553>, and my fortress <04686>, and my deliverer <06403>; {3} The God <0430> of my rock <06697>; in him will I trust <02620>: [he is] my shield <04043>, and the horn <07161> of my salvation <03468>, my high <04869> tower <04869>, and my refuge <04498>, my saviour <03467>; thou savest <03467> me from violence <02555>.

NRSV - 2 ...The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, 3 my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence.

TEV - "David's Song of Victory" - 1 When the LORD saved David from Saul and his other enemies, David sang this song to the LORD: 2 The LORD is my protector; he is my strong fortress. 3 My God is my protection, and with him I am safe. He protects me like a shield; he defends me and keeps me safe. He is my savior; he protects me and saves me from violence. 4 I call to the LORD, and he saves me from my enemies. Praise the LORD!

<B9> Psalm 37

KJV w/Strong# - {35} I have seen <07200> the wicked <07563> in great power <06184>, and spreading <06168> himself like a green <07488> bay <0249> tree. {36} Yet he passed <05674> away, and, lo <02009>, he [was] not: yea, I sought <01245> him, but he could not be found <04672>.

NRSV - 35 I have seen the wicked oppressing, and towering like a cedar of Lebanon. 36 Again I passed by, and they were no more; though I sought them, they could not be found.

TEV - "The Destiny of the Wicked and of the Good" - 35 I once knew a wicked man who was a tyrant; he towered over everyone like a cedar of Lebanon; 36 but later I passed by, and he wasn't there; I looked for him, but couldn't find him. 37 Notice the good man, observe the righteous man; a peaceful man has descendants, 38 but sinners are completely destroyed, and their descendants are wiped out.

<B10> Psalm 46

KJV w/Strong# - {7} The LORD <03068> of hosts <06635> [is] with us; the God <0430> of Jacob <03290> [is] our refuge <04869>.

{10} Be still <07503>, and know <03045> that I [am] God <0430>: I will be exalted <07311> among the heathen <01471>, I will be exalted <07311> in the earth <0776>.

NRSV - 7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.

10 "Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth."

TEV - "God Is with Us" - 4 There is a river that brings joy to the city of God, to the sacred house of the Most High. 5 God is in that city, and it will never be destroyed; at early dawn he will come to its aid. 6 Nations are terrified, kingdoms are shaken; God thunders, and the earth dissolves. 7 The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. 8 Come and see what the LORD has done. See what amazing things he has done on earth. 9 He stops wars all over the world; he breaks bows, destroys spears, and sets shields on fire. 10 "Stop fighting," he says, "and know that I am God, supreme among the nations, supreme over the world." 11 The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.

<B11> Jeremiah 31

KJV w/Strong# - {1} At the same <01931> time <06256>, saith <05002> the LORD <03068>, will I be the God <0430> of all <03605> the families <04940> of Israel <03478>, and they shall be my people <05971>.

{7} For thus <03541> saith <0559> the LORD <03068>; Sing <07442> with gladness <08057> for Jacob <03290>, and shout <06670> among the chief <07218> of the nations <01471>: publish <08085> ye, praise <01984> ye, and say <0559>, O LORD <03068>, save <03467> thy people <05971>, the remnant <07611> of Israel <03478>.

NRSV - 1 At that time, says the LORD, I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people.

7 For thus says the LORD: Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, "Save, O LORD, your people, the remnant of Israel."

TEV - "Israel's Return Home" - 1 The LORD says, "The time is coming when I will be the God of all the tribes of Israel, and they will be my people.

7 The LORD says, "Sing with joy for Israel, the greatest of the nations. Sing your song of praise, "The LORD has saved his people; he has rescued all who are left.' 8 I will bring them from the north and gather them from the ends of the earth. The blind and the lame will come with them, pregnant women and those about to give birth. They will come back a great nation.

<B12> Zephaniah 3

KJV w/Strong# - {15} The LORD <03068> hath taken <05493> away <05493> thy judgments <04941>, he hath cast <06437> out thine enemy <0341>: the king <04428> of Israel <03478>, [even] the LORD <03068>, [is] in the midst <07130> of thee: thou shalt not see <07200> evil <07451> any more <05750>.

{17} The LORD <03068> thy God <0430> in the midst <07130> of thee [is] mighty <01368>; he will save <03467>, he will rejoice <07797> over <05921> thee with joy <08057>; he will rest <02790> in his love <0160>, he will joy <01523> over <05921> thee with singing <07440>.

NRSV - 15 The LORD has taken away the judgments against you, he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you shall fear disaster no more.

17 The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing

TEV - "A Song of Joy" - 14 Sing and shout for joy, people of Israel! Rejoice with all your heart, Jerusalem! 15 The LORD has stopped your punishment; he has removed all your enemies. The LORD, the king of Israel, is with you; there is no reason now to be afraid. 16 The time is coming when they will say to Jerusalem, "Do not be afraid, city of Zion! Do not let your hands hang limp! 17 The LORD your God is with you; his power gives you victory. The LORD will take delight in you, and in his love he will give you new life. He will sing and be joyful over you, 18 as joyful as people at a festival." The LORD says, "I have ended the threat of doom and taken away your disgrace.

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<B13> Luke 13

KJV w/Strong# - {11} And, behold <2400>, there was a woman <1135> which had <2192> a spirit <4151> of infirmity <769> eighteen <1176> <3638> years <2094>, and was bowed <4794> together <4794>, and could <1410> in no <3361> wise <3838> lift <352> up [herself]. {12} And when Jesus <2424> saw <1492> her, he called <4377> [her to him], and said <2036> unto her, Woman <1135>, thou art loosed <630> from thine <4675> infirmity <769>. {13} And he laid <2007> [his] hands <5495> on <2007> her: and immediately <3916> she was made <461> straight <461>, and glorified <1392> God <2316>.

NRSV - 11 And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, "Woman, you are set free from your ailment." 13 When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God.

TEV - "Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman on the Sabbath" - 10 One Sabbath Jesus was teaching in a synagogue. 11 A woman there had an evil spirit that had kept her sick for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called out to her, "Woman, you are free from your sickness!" 13 He placed his hands on her, and at once she straightened herself up and praised God. 14 The official of the synagogue was angry that Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, so he spoke up and said to the people, "There are six days in which we should work; so come during those days and be healed, but not on the Sabbath!"

<B14> John 10

KJV w/Strong# - {23} And Jesus <2424> walked <4043> in the temple <2411> in Solomon's <4672> porch <4745>. {24} Then <3767> came <2944> the Jews <2453> round <2944> about <2944> him, and said <3004> unto him, How <2193> long <2193> dost thou make <142> us to doubt <5590>? If <1487> thou be the Christ <5547>, tell <2036> us plainly <3954>. {25} Jesus <2424> answered <611> them, I told <2036> you, and ye believed <4100> not: the works <2041> that I do <4160> in my Father's <3962> name <3686>, they bear <3140> witness <3140> of me.

{37} If <1487> I do <4160> not the works <2041> of my Father <3962>, believe <4100> me not. {38} But if <1487> I do <4160>, though <2579> ye believe <4100> not me, believe <4100> the works <2041>: that ye may know <1097>, and believe <4100>, that the Father <3962> [is] in me, and I in him.

NRSV - 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly." 25 Jesus answered, "I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name testify to me;

37 If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me. 38 But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father."

TEV - "Jesus Is Rejected" - 22 It was winter, and the Festival of the Dedication of the Temple was being celebrated in Jerusalem. 23 Jesus was walking in Solomon's Porch in the Temple, 24 when the people gathered around him and asked, "How long are you going to keep us in suspense? Tell us the plain truth: are you the Messiah?" 25 Jesus answered, "I have already told you, but you would not believe me. The deeds I do by my Father's authority speak on my behalf; 26 but you will not believe, for you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never die. No one can snatch them away from me. 29 What my Father has given me is greater than everything, and no one can snatch them away from the Father's care. 30 The Father and I are one."

34 Jesus answered, "It is written in your own Law that God said, "You are gods.' 35 We know that what the scripture says is true forever; and God called those people gods, the people to whom his message was given. 36 As for me, the Father chose me and sent me into the world. How, then, can you say that I blaspheme because I said that I am the Son of God? 37 Do not believe me, then, if I am not doing the things my Father wants me to do. 38 But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, you should at least believe my deeds, in order that you may know once and for all that the Father is in me and that I am in the Father." 39 Once more they tried to seize Jesus, but he slipped out of their hands.

<B15> John 8

KJV w/Strong# - {12} Then <3767> spake <2980> Jesus <2424> again <3825> unto them, saying <3004>, I am <1510> the light <5457> of the world <2889>: he that followeth <190> me shall not walk <4043> in darkness <4653>, but shall have <2192> the light <5457> of life <2222>.

{15} Ye judge <2919> after <2596> the flesh <4561>; I judge <2919> no <3762> man <3762>. {16} And yet if <1437> I judge <2919>, my judgment <2920> is true <227>: for I am <1510> not alone <3441>, but I and the Father <3962> that sent <3992> me.

NRSV - 12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life."

15 You judge by human standards; I judge no one. 16 Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is valid; for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me.

TEV - "Jesus the Light of the World" - 12 Jesus spoke to the Pharisees again. "I am the light of the world," he said. "Whoever follows me will have the light of life and will never walk in darkness." 13 The Pharisees said to him, "Now you are testifying on your own behalf; what you say proves nothing." 14 "No," Jesus answered, "even though I do testify on my own behalf, what I say is true, because I know where I came from and where I am going. You do not know where I came from or where I am going. 15 You make judgments in a purely human way; I pass judgment on no one. 16 But if I were to do so, my judgment would be true, because I am not alone in this; the Father who sent me is with me. 17 It is written in your Law that when two witnesses agree, what they say is true. 18 I testify on my own behalf, and the Father who sent me also testifies on my behalf." 19 "Where is your father?" they asked him. "You know neither me nor my Father," Jesus answered. "If you knew me, you would know my Father also."

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<B16> Matthew 4

KJV w/Strong# - {4} Blessed <3107> [are] they that mourn <3996>: for they shall be comforted <3870>.

NRSV - 4 "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

TEV - "True Happiness" - 3 "Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor; the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them! 4 "Happy are those who mourn; God will comfort them! 5 "Happy are those who are humble; they will receive what God has promised! 6 "Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires; God will satisfy them fully! 7 "Happy are those who are merciful to others; God will be merciful to them! 8 "Happy are the pure in heart; they will see God! 9 "Happy are those who work for peace; God will call them his children!

<B17> John 8

KJV w/Strong# - {51} Verily <281>, verily <281>, I say <3004> unto you, If <1437> a man <5100> keep <5083> my saying <3056>, he shall never <165> see <2334> death <2288>.

NRSV - 51 Very truly, I tell you, whoever keeps my word will never see death."

TEV - "Jesus and Abraham" - 48 They asked Jesus, "Were we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon in you?" 49 "I have no demon," Jesus answered. "I honor my Father, but you dishonor me. 50 I am not seeking honor for myself. But there is one who is seeking it and who judges in my favor. 51 I am telling you the truth: whoever obeys my teaching will never die." 52 They said to him, "Now we know for sure that you have a demon! Abraham died, and the prophets died, yet you say that whoever obeys your teaching will never die. 53 Our father Abraham died; you do not claim to be greater than Abraham, do you? And the prophets also died. Who do you think you are?"

<B18> John 16

KJV w/Strong# - {12} I have <2192> yet <2089> many <4183> things to say <3004> unto you, but ye cannot <1410> bear <941> them now <737>. {13} Howbeit when <3752> he, the Spirit <4151> of truth <225>, is come <2064>, he will guide <3594> you into <1519> all <3956> truth <225>: for he shall not speak <2980> of himself <1438>; but whatsoever <302> he shall hear <191>, [that] shall he speak <2980>: and he will shew <312> you things to come <2064>.

{16} A little <3397> while <3397>, and ye shall not see <2334> me: and again <3825>, a little <3397> while <3397>, and ye shall see <3700> me, because <3754> I go <5217> to the Father <3962>.

{22} And ye now <3568> therefore <3767> have <2192> sorrow <3077>: but I will see <3700> you again <3825>, and your <5216> heart <2588> shall rejoice <5463>, and your <5216> joy <5479> no <3762> man <3762> taketh <142> from you.

{33} These <5023> things I have spoken <2980> unto you, that in me ye might have <2192> peace <1515>. In the world <2889> ye shall have <2192> tribulation <2347>: but be of good cheer <2293>; I have overcome <3528> the world <2889>.

NRSV - 12 "I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

16 "A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me."

22 So you have pain now; but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.

33 I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!"

TEV - "The Work of the Holy Spirit" - 12 "I have much more to tell you, but now it would be too much for you to bear. 13 When, however, the Spirit comes, who reveals the truth about God, he will lead you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own authority, but he will speak of what he hears and will tell you of things to come. 14 He will give me glory, because he will take what I say and tell it to you. 15 All that my Father has is mine; that is why I said that the Spirit will take what I give him and tell it to you.

"Sadness and Gladness" - 16 "In a little while you will not see me any more, and then a little while later you will see me." 17 Some of his disciples asked among themselves, "What does this mean? He tells us that in a little while we will not see him, and then a little while later we will see him; and he also says, "It is because I am going to the Father.' 18 What does this "a little while' mean? We don't know what he is talking about!" 19 Jesus knew that they wanted to question him, so he said to them, "I said, "In a little while you will not see me, and then a little while later you will see me.' Is this what you are asking about among yourselves? 20 I am telling you the truth: you will cry and weep, but the world will be glad; you will be sad, but your sadness will turn into gladness. 21 When a woman is about to give birth, she is sad because her hour of suffering has come; but when the baby is born, she forgets her suffering, because she is happy that a baby has been born into the world. 22 That is how it is with you: now you are sad, but I will see you again, and your hearts will be filled with gladness, the kind of gladness that no one can take away from you.

"Victory over the World" - 31 Jesus answered them, "Do you believe now? 32 The time is coming, and is already here, when all of you will be scattered, each one to his own home, and I will be left all alone. But I am not really alone, because the Father is with me. 33 I have told you this so that you will have peace by being united to me. The world will make you suffer. But be brave! I have defeated the world!"

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<B19> Isaiah 44

KJV w/Strong# - {24} Thus <03541> saith <0559> the LORD <03068>, thy redeemer <01350>, and he that formed <03335> thee from the womb <0990>, I [am] the LORD <03068> that maketh <06213> all <03605> [things];...

{26} That confirmeth <06965> the word <01697> of his servant <05650>, and performeth <07999> the counsel <06098> of his messengers <04397>; that saith <0559> to Jerusalem <03389>, Thou shalt be inhabited <03427>; and to the cities <05892> of Judah <03063>, Ye shall be built <01129>, and I will raise <06965> up the decayed <02723> places thereof:

NRSV - 24 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, who made all things,...

26 who confirms the word of his servant, and fulfills the prediction of his messengers; who says of Jerusalem, "It shall be inhabited," and of the cities of Judah, "They shall be rebuilt, and I will raise up their ruins";

TEV - "The LORD, the Creator and Savior" - 24 "I am the LORD, your savior; I am the one who created you. I am the LORD, the Creator of all things. I alone stretched out the heavens; when I made the earth, no one helped me. 25 I make fools of fortunetellers and frustrate the predictions of astrologers. The words of the wise I refute and show that their wisdom is foolishness. 26 But when my servant makes a prediction, when I send a messenger to reveal my plans, I make those plans and predictions come true. I tell Jerusalem that people will live there again, and the cities of Judah that they will be rebuilt. Those cities will rise from the ruins. 27 With a word of command I dry up the ocean. 28 I say to Cyrus, "You are the one who will rule for me; you will do what I want you to do: you will order that Jerusalem be rebuilt and that the foundations of the Temple be laid."

<B20> Isaiah 65

KJV w/Strong# - {17} For, behold <02005>, I create <01254> new <02319> heavens <08064> and a new <02319> earth <0776>: and the former <07223> shall not be remembered <02142>, nor <03808> come <05927> into <05921> mind <03820>. {18} But be ye glad <07796> and rejoice <01523> for ever <05703> [in that] which <0834> I create <01254>: for, behold <02005>, I create <01254> Jerusalem <03389> a rejoicing <01525>, and her people <05971> a joy <04885>.

{21} And they shall build <01129> houses <01004>, and inhabit <03427> [them]; and they shall plant <05193> vineyards <03754>, and eat <0398> the fruit <06529> of them. {22} They shall not build <01129>, and another <0312> inhabit <03427>; they shall not plant <05193>, and another <0312> eat <0398>: for as the days <03117> of a tree <06086> [are] the days <03117> of my people <05971>, and mine elect <0972> shall long enjoy <01086> the work <04639> of their hands <03027>. {23} They shall not labour <03021> in vain <07385>, nor <03808> bring <03205> forth <03205> for trouble <0928>; for they [are] the seed <02233> of the blessed <01288> of the LORD <03068>, and their offspring <06631> with them.

NRSV - 17 For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. 18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight.

21 They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. 22 They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands. 23 They shall not labor in vain, or bear children for calamity; for they shall be offspring blessed by the LORD -- and their descendants as well.

TEV - "The New Creation" - 17 The LORD says, "I am making a new earth and new heavens. The events of the past will be completely forgotten. 18 Be glad and rejoice forever in what I create. The new Jerusalem I make will be full of joy, and her people will be happy. 19 I myself will be filled with joy because of Jerusalem and her people. There will be no weeping there, no calling for help. 20 Babies will no longer die in infancy, and all people will live out their life span. Those who live to be a hundred will be considered young. To die before that would be a sign that I had punished them. 21...22 People will build houses and get to live in them -- they will not be used by someone else. They will plant vineyards and enjoy the wine -- it will not be drunk by others. Like trees, my people will live long lives. They will fully enjoy the things that they have worked for. 23 The work they do will be successful, and their children will not meet with disaster. I will bless them and their descendants for all time to come. 24 Even before they finish praying to me, I will answer their prayers. 25 Wolves and lambs will eat together; lions will eat straw, as cattle do, and snakes will no longer be dangerous. On Zion, my sacred hill, there will be nothing harmful or evil."

<B21> Isaiah 12

KJV w/Strong# - {4} And in that day <03117> shall ye say <0559>, Praise <03034> the LORD <03068>, call <07121> upon his name <08034>, declare <03045> his doings <05949> among the people <05971>, make mention <02142> that his name <08034> is exalted <07682>. {5} Sing <02167> unto the LORD <03068>; for he hath done <06466> excellent <01348> things: this <02063> [is] known <03045> in all <03605> the earth <0776>.

NRSV - 4 And you will say in that day: Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known his deeds among the nations; proclaim that his name is exalted. 5 Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously; let this be known in all the earth.

TEV - "Hymn of Thanksgiving" - 4 A day is coming when people will sing, "Give thanks to the LORD! Call for him to help you! Tell all the nations what he has done! Tell them how great he is! 5 Sing to the LORD because of the great things he has done. Let the whole world hear the news. 6 Let everyone who lives in Zion shout and sing! Israel's holy God is great, and he lives among his people."


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