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Upset John 14
Weak Psalm 18:1-29
Lonely Psalm 23
Sinned Psalm 51
Worried Matthew 8:19-31
Anxious Philippians 4:4-9
Unhappy Colossians 3:12-17
In danger Psalm 91
Depressed Psalm 27
Lack of faith Exodus 14

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Joshua 1

Need direction

Psalm 73:21-26

Seeking peace

Matthew 11:25-30

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Psalm 121
Struggling with loss Luke 15
Struggling financially Psalm 37
Discouraged with work Psalm 126

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John 14:1-31  “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.  (2)  In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  (3)  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.  (4)  And where I go you know, and the way you know.”  (5)  Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”  (6)  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.  (7)  “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”  (8)  Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”  (9)  Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?  (10)  Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.  (11)  Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.  (12)  “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.  (13)  And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  (14)  If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.  (15)  “If you love Me, keep My commandments.  (16)  And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—  (17)  the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.  (18)  I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.  (19)  “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also.  (20)  At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.  (21)  He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”  (22)  Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?”  (23)  Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.  (24)  He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.  (25)  “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you.  (26)  But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.  (27)  Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  (28)  You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.  (29)  “And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe.  (30)  I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.  (31)  But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here.

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Psalm 18:1-29  To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David The Servant of the LORD, Who Spoke to the LORD The Words of This Song on the Day that the LORD Delivered Him from the Hand of All His Enemies and from the Hand of Saul. And He Said: 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.

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Psalm 23:1-6  A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.  (2)  He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.  (3)  He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.  (4)  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.  (5)  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.  (6)  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.

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Psalm 51:1-19  To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David When Nathan the Prophet Went to Him, After He Had Gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions.  (2)  Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin.  (3)  For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me.  (4)  Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight—That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge.  (5)  Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.  (6)  Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.  (7)  Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.  (8)  Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice.  (9)  Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities.  (10)  Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.  (11)  Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.  (12)  Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.  (13)  Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You.  (14)  Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, The God of my salvation, And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.  (15)  O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.  (16)  For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering.  (17)  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart—These, O God, You will not despise.  (18)  Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion; Build the walls of Jerusalem.  (19)  Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, With burnt offering and whole burnt offering; Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.

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Matthew 8:19-31  Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.”  (20)  And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”  (21)  Then another of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”  (22)  But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”  (23)  Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him.  (24)  And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep.  (25)  Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”  (26)  But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.  (27)  So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”  (28)  When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way.  (29)  And suddenly they cried out, saying, “What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?”  (30)  Now a good way off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding.  (31)  So the demons begged Him, saying, “If You cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine.”  <top>

 

 

 

Philippians 4:4-9  Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!  (5)  Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.  (6)  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  (7)  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  (8)  Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.  (9)  The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

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Colossians 3:12-17  Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;  (13)  bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.  (14)  But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.  (15)  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.  (16)  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  (17)  And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

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Psalm 91:1-16  He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  (2)  I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”  (3)  Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence.  (4)  He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.  (5)  You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day,  (6)  Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.  (7)  A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.  (8)  Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked.  (9)  Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place,  (10)  No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;  (11)  For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.  (12)  In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.  (13)  You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.  (14)  “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.  (15)  He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.  (16)  With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”

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Psalm 27:1-14  A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?  (2)  When the wicked came against me To eat up my flesh, My enemies and foes, They stumbled and fell.  (3)  Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident.  (4)  One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple.  (5)  For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.  (6)  And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.  (7)  Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.  (8)  When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, LORD, I will seek.”  (9)  Do not hide Your face from me; Do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; Do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation.  (10)  When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the LORD will take care of me.  (11)  Teach me Your way, O LORD, And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.  (12)  Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries; For false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out violence.  (13)  I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.  (14)  Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!

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Exodus 14:1-31  Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:  (2)  “Speak to the children of Israel, that they turn and camp before Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, opposite Baal Zephon; you shall camp before it by the sea.  (3)  For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, ‘They are bewildered by the land; the wilderness has closed them in.’  (4)  Then I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, so that he will pursue them; and I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD.” And they did so.  (5)  Now it was told the king of Egypt that the people had fled, and the heart of Pharaoh and his servants was turned against the people; and they said, “Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?”  (6)  So he made ready his chariot and took his people with him.  (7)  Also, he took six hundred choice chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt with captains over every one of them.  (8)  And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued the children of Israel; and the children of Israel went out with boldness.  (9)  So the Egyptians pursued them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and overtook them camping by the sea beside Pi Hahiroth, before Baal Zephon.  (10)  And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD.  (11)  Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt?  (12)  Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.”  (13)  And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.  (14)  The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”  (15)  And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.  (16)  But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.  (17)  And I indeed will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them. So I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, his chariots, and his horsemen.  (18)  Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.”  (19)  And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them.  (20)  So it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. Thus it was a cloud and darkness to the one, and it gave light by night to the other, so that the one did not come near the other all that night.  (21)  Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided.  (22)  So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.  (23)  And the Egyptians pursued and went after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.  (24)  Now it came to pass, in the morning watch, that the LORD looked down upon the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud, and He troubled the army of the Egyptians.  (25)  And He took off their chariot wheels, so that they drove them with difficulty; and the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the LORD fights for them against the Egyptians.”  (26)  Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the waters may come back upon the Egyptians, on their chariots, and on their horsemen.”  (27)  And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and when the morning appeared, the sea returned to its full depth, while the Egyptians were fleeing into it. So the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.  (28)  Then the waters returned and covered the chariots, the horsemen, and all the army of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them. Not so much as one of them remained.  (29)  But the children of Israel had walked on dry land in the midst of the sea, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.  (30)  So the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.  (31)  Thus Israel saw the great work which the LORD had done in Egypt; so the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD and His servant Moses.

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Joshua 1:1-18  After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying:  (2)  “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel.  (3)  Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.  (4)  From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory.  (5)  No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.  (6)  Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.  (7)  Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.  (8)  This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.  (9)  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”  (10)  Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying,  (11)  “Pass through the camp and command the people, saying, ‘Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you will cross over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you to possess.’ ”  (12)  And to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh Joshua spoke, saying,  (13)  “Remember the word which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, ‘The LORD your God is giving you rest and is giving you this land.’  (14)  Your wives, your little ones, and your livestock shall remain in the land which Moses gave you on this side of the Jordan. But you shall pass before your brethren armed, all your mighty men of valor, and help them,  (15)  until the LORD has given your brethren rest, as He gave you, and they also have taken possession of the land which the LORD your God is giving them. Then you shall return to the land of your possession and enjoy it, which Moses the LORD’s servant gave you on this side of the Jordan toward the sunrise.”  (16)  So they answered Joshua, saying, “All that you command us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go.  (17)  Just as we heeded Moses in all things, so we will heed you. Only the LORD your God be with you, as He was with Moses.  (18)  Whoever rebels against your command and does not heed your words, in all that you command him, shall be put to death. Only be strong and of good courage.”

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Psalm 73:21-26  Thus my heart was grieved, And I was vexed in my mind.  (22)  I was so foolish and ignorant; I was like a beast before You.  (23)  Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand.  (24)  You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory.  (25)  Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.  (26)  My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

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Matthew 11:25-30  At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.  (26)  Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.  (27)  All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.  (28)  Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  (29)  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  (30)  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

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Psalm 121:1-8  A Song of Ascents. I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help?  (2)  My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.  (3)  He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.  (4)  Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep.  (5)  The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade at your right hand.  (6)  The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night.  (7)  The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.  (8)  The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore.

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Luke 15:1-32  Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him.  (2)  And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.”  (3)  So He spoke this parable to them, saying:  (4)  “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?  (5)  And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.  (6)  And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’  (7)  I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.  (8)  “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it?  (9)  And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’  (10)  Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”  (11)  Then He said: “A certain man had two sons.  (12)  And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.‘ So he divided to them his livelihood.  (13)  And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living.  (14)  But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want.  (15)  Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.  (16)  And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.  (17)  “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!  (18)  I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you,  (19)  and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.” ‘  (20)  “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.  (21)  And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’  (22)  “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.  (23)  And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry;  (24)  for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.  (25)  “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.  (26)  So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant.  (27)  And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’  (28)  “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him.  (29)  So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends.  (30)  But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’  (31)  “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.  (32)  It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’ ”

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Psalm 37:1-40  A Psalm of David. Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.  (2)  For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb.  (3)  Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.  (4)  Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.  (5)  Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.  (6)  He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday.  (7)  Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.  (8)  Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret—it only causes harm.  (9)  For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the LORD, They shall inherit the earth.  (10)  For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; Indeed, you will look carefully for his place, But it shall be no more.  (11)  But the meek shall inherit the earth, And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.  (12)  The wicked plots against the just, And gnashes at him with his teeth.  (13)  The Lord laughs at him, For He sees that his day is coming.  (14)  The wicked have drawn the sword And have bent their bow, To cast down the poor and needy, To slay those who are of upright conduct.  (15)  Their sword shall enter their own heart, And their bows shall be broken.  (16)  A little that a righteous man has Is better than the riches of many wicked.  (17)  For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, But the LORD upholds the righteous.  (18)  The LORD knows the days of the upright, And their inheritance shall be forever.  (19)  They shall not be ashamed in the evil time, And in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.  (20)  But the wicked shall perish; And the enemies of the LORD, Like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish. Into smoke they shall vanish away.  (21)  The wicked borrows and does not repay, But the righteous shows mercy and gives.  (22)  For those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth, But those cursed by Him shall be cut off.  (23)  The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way.  (24)  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand.  (25)  I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.  (26)  He is ever merciful, and lends; And his descendants are blessed.  (27)  Depart from evil, and do good; And dwell forevermore.  (28)  For the LORD loves justice, And does not forsake His saints; They are preserved forever, But the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.  (29)  The righteous shall inherit the land, And dwell in it forever.  (30)  The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, And his tongue talks of justice.  (31)  The law of his God is in his heart; None of his steps shall slide.  (32)  The wicked watches the righteous, And seeks to slay him.  (33)  The LORD will not leave him in his hand, Nor condemn him when he is judged.  (34)  Wait on the LORD, And keep His way, And He shall exalt you to inherit the land; When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.  (35)  I have seen the wicked in great power, And spreading himself like a native green tree.  (36)  Yet he passed away, and behold, he was no more; Indeed I sought him, but he could not be found.  (37)  Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; For the future of that man is peace.  (38)  But the transgressors shall be destroyed together; The future of the wicked shall be cut off.  (39)  But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in the time of trouble.  (40)  And the LORD shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, And save them, Because they trust in Him.

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Psalm 126:1-6  A Song of Ascents. When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion, We were like those who dream.  (2)  Then our mouth was filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.”  (3)  The LORD has done great things for us, And we are glad.  (4)  Bring back our captivity, O LORD, As the streams in the South.  (5)  Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy.  (6)  He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him.

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