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    • Joel 3
    • Matthew 13
    • Psalms 18
    • Proverbs 12

    Joel 3

    1 "For behold, in those days and at that time, When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem,
    2 I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land.
    3 They have cast lots for My people, Have given a boy as payment for a harlot, And sold a girl for wine, that they may drink.
    4 "Indeed, what have you to do with Me, O Tyre and Sidon, and all the coasts of Philistia? Will you retaliate against Me? But if you retaliate against Me, Swiftly and speedily I will return your retaliation upon your own head;
    5 Because you have taken My silver and My gold, And have carried into your temples My prized possessions.
    6 Also the people of Judah and the people of Jerusalem You have sold to the Greeks, That you may remove them far from their borders.
    7 "Behold, I will raise them Out of the place to which you have sold them, And will return your retaliation upon your own head.
    8 I will sell your sons and your daughters Into the hand of the people of Judah, And they will sell them to the Sabeans, To a people far off; For the LORD has spoken."
    9 Proclaim this among the nations: "Prepare for war! Wake up the mighty men, Let all the men of war draw near, Let them come up.
    10 Beat your plowshares into swords And your pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say, "I am strong."'
    11 Assemble and come, all you nations, And gather together all around. Cause Your mighty ones to go down there, O LORD.
    12 "Let the nations be wakened, and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; For there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations.
    13 Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, go down; For the winepress is full, The vats overflow-- For their wickedness is great."
    14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
    15 The sun and moon will grow dark, And the stars will diminish their brightness.
    16 The LORD also will roar from Zion, And utter His voice from Jerusalem; The heavens and earth will shake; But the LORD will be a shelter for His people, And the strength of the children of Israel.
    17 "So you shall know that I am the LORD your God, Dwelling in Zion My holy mountain. Then Jerusalem shall be holy, And no aliens shall ever pass through her again."
    18 And it will come to pass in that day That the mountains shall drip with new wine, The hills shall flow with milk, And all the brooks of Judah shall be flooded with water; A fountain shall flow from the house of the LORD And water the Valley of Acacias.
    19 "Egypt shall be a desolation, And Edom a desolate wilderness, Because of violence against the people of Judah, For they have shed innocent blood in their land.
    20 But Judah shall abide forever, And Jerusalem from generation to generation.
    21 For I will acquit them of the guilt of bloodshed, whom I had not acquitted; For the LORD dwells in Zion."

    Matthew 13

    1 On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea.
    2 And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
    3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: "Behold, a sower went out to sow.
    4 And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them.
    5 Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth.
    6 But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away.
    7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them.
    8 But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
    9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"
    10 And the disciples came and said to Him, "Why do You speak to them in parables?"
    11 He answered and said to them, "Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
    12 For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.
    13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
    14 And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: "Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive;
    15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.'
    16 But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear;
    17 for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
    18 "Therefore hear the parable of the sower:
    19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.
    20 But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;
    21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.
    22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
    23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."
    24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;
    25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.
    26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.
    27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, "Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?'
    28 He said to them, "An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, "Do you want us then to go and gather them up?'
    29 But he said, "No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them.
    30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.""'
    31 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field,
    32 which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches."
    33 Another parable He spoke to them: "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened."
    34 All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them,
    35 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: "I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world."
    36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, "Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field."
    37 He answered and said to them: "He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man.
    38 The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one.
    39 The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels.
    40 Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age.
    41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness,
    42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
    43 Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
    44 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
    45 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls,
    46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
    47 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind,
    48 which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away.
    49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just,
    50 and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth."
    51 Jesus said to them, "Have you understood all these things?" They said to Him, "Yes, Lord."
    52 Then He said to them, "Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old."
    53 Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these parables, that He departed from there.
    54 When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, "Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works?
    55 Is this not the carpenter's son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas?
    56 And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?"
    57 So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house."
    58 Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

    Psalms 18

    1 I will love You, O LORD, my strength.
    2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
    3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.
    4 The pangs of death surrounded me, And the floods of ungodliness made me afraid.
    5 The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me; The snares of death confronted me.
    6 In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.
    7 Then the earth shook and trembled; The foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken, Because He was angry.
    8 Smoke went up from His nostrils, And devouring fire from His mouth; Coals were kindled by it.
    9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down With darkness under His feet.
    10 And He rode upon a cherub, and flew; He flew upon the wings of the wind.
    11 He made darkness His secret place; His canopy around Him was dark waters And thick clouds of the skies.
    12 From the brightness before Him, His thick clouds passed with hailstones and coals of fire.
    13 The LORD thundered from heaven, And the Most High uttered His voice, Hailstones and coals of fire.
    14 He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe, Lightnings in abundance, and He vanquished them.
    15 Then the channels of the sea were seen, The foundations of the world were uncovered At Your rebuke, O LORD, At the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.
    16 He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.
    17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, From those who hated me, For they were too strong for me.
    18 They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But the LORD was my support.
    19 He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me.
    20 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.
    21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, And have not wickedly departed from my God.
    22 For all His judgments were before me, And I did not put away His statutes from me.
    23 I was also blameless before Him, And I kept myself from my iniquity.
    24 Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to my righteousness, According to the cleanness of my hands in His sight.
    25 With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful; With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless;
    26 With the pure You will show Yourself pure; And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.
    27 For You will save the humble people, But will bring down haughty looks.
    28 For You will light my lamp; The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.
    29 For by You I can run against a troop, By my God I can leap over a wall.
    30 As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
    31 For who is God, except the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?
    32 It is God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect.
    33 He makes my feet like the feet of deer, And sets me on my high places.
    34 He teaches my hands to make war, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
    35 You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great.
    36 You enlarged my path under me, So my feet did not slip.
    37 I have pursued my enemies and overtaken them; Neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed.
    38 I have wounded them, So that they could not rise; They have fallen under my feet.
    39 For You have armed me with strength for the battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.
    40 You have also given me the necks of my enemies, So that I destroyed those who hated me.
    41 They cried out, but there was none to save; Even to the LORD, but He did not answer them.
    42 Then I beat them as fine as the dust before the wind; I cast them out like dirt in the streets.
    43 You have delivered me from the strivings of the people; You have made me the head of the nations; A people I have not known shall serve me.
    44 As soon as they hear of me they obey me; The foreigners submit to me.
    45 The foreigners fade away, And come frightened from their hideouts.
    46 The LORD lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted.
    47 It is God who avenges me, And subdues the peoples under me;
    48 He delivers me from my enemies. You also lift me up above those who rise against me; You have delivered me from the violent man.
    49 Therefore I will give thanks to You, O LORD, among the Gentiles, And sing praises to Your name.
    50 Great deliverance He gives to His king, And shows mercy to His anointed, To David and his descendants forevermore.

    Proverbs 12

    1 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, But he who hates correction is stupid.
    2 A good man obtains favor from the LORD, But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn.
    3 A man is not established by wickedness, But the root of the righteous cannot be moved.
    4 An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, But she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones.
    5 The thoughts of the righteous are right, But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
    6 The words of the wicked are, "Lie in wait for blood," But the mouth of the upright will deliver them.
    7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more, But the house of the righteous will stand.
    8 A man will be commended according to his wisdom, But he who is of a perverse heart will be despised.
    9 Better is the one who is slighted but has a servant, Than he who honors himself but lacks bread.
    10 A righteous man regards the life of his animal, But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
    11 He who tills his land will be satisfied with bread, But he who follows frivolity is devoid of understanding.
    12 The wicked covet the catch of evil men, But the root of the righteous yields fruit.
    13 The wicked is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, But the righteous will come through trouble.
    14 A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth, And the recompense of a man's hands will be rendered to him.
    15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But he who heeds counsel is wise.
    16 A fool's wrath is known at once, But a prudent man covers shame.
    17 He who speaks truth declares righteousness, But a false witness, deceit.
    18 There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health.
    19 The truthful lip shall be established forever, But a lying tongue is but for a moment.
    20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, But counselors of peace have joy.
    21 No grave trouble will overtake the righteous, But the wicked shall be filled with evil.
    22 Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, But those who deal truthfully are His delight.
    23 A prudent man conceals knowledge, But the heart of fools proclaims foolishness.
    24 The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will be put to forced labor.
    25 Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad.
    26 The righteous should choose his friends carefully, For the way of the wicked leads them astray.
    27 The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting, But diligence is man's precious possession.
    28 In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death.

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