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JUL

MATTHEW 4:1-25

1. Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4. But he answered, “It is written, “ ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” 5. Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple 6. and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and “ ‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’ ” 7. Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ” 8. Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10. Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “ ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’ ” 11. Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him. 12. Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. 13. And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14. so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: 15. “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— 16. the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.” 17. From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 18. While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20. Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. 22. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. 23. And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. 24. So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them. 25. And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.

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JUL

MATTHEW 3:1-17

1. In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 3. For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.’ ” 4. Now John wore a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. 5. Then Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan were going out to him, 6. and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 7. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8. Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. 9. And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. 10. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 11. “I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” 13. Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. 14. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15. But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. 16. And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; 17. and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

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2

JUL

MATTHEW 2:1-23

1. Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2. saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3. When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4. and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: 6. “ ‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’ ” 7. Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” 9. After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way. 13. Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” 14. And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt 15. and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.” 16. Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. 17. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah: 18. “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.” 19. But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20. saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.” 21. And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee. 23. And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled: “He shall be called a Nazarene.”

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JUL

MATTHEW 1:1-25

1. The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. 2. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3. and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, 4. and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, 5. and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, 6. and Jesse the father of David the king. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, 7. and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph, 8. and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, 9. and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, 10. and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, 11. and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon. 12. And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, 13. and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, 14. and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, 15. and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, 16. and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ. 17. So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations. 18. Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22. All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23. “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). 24. When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25. but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

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30

JUN

JUDE 1:1-25

1. Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: 2. May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you. 3. Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. 4. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. 5. Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. 6. And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day— 7. just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. 8. Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones. 9. But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.” 10. But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively. 11. Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion. 12. These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted; 13. wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever. 14. It was also about these that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones, 15. to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” 16. These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage. 17. But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18. They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” 19. It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. 20. But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21. keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. 22. And have mercy on those who doubt; 23. save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh. 24. Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25. to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

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29

JUN

PHILEMON 1:1-25

1. Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved fellow worker 2. and Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house: 3. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4. I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, 5. because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, 6. and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ. 7. For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you. 8. Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, 9. yet for love’s sake I prefer to appeal to you—I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus— 10. I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment. 11. (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.) 12. I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart. 13. I would have been glad to keep him with me, in order that he might serve me on your behalf during my imprisonment for the gospel, 14. but I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own accord. 15. For this perhaps is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever, 16. no longer as a slave but more than a slave, as a beloved brother—especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. 17. So if you consider me your partner, receive him as you would receive me. 18. If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. 19. I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it—to say nothing of your owing me even your own self. 20. Yes, brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ. 21. Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say. 22. At the same time, prepare a guest room for me, for I am hoping that through your prayers I will be graciously given to you. 23. Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you, 24. and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers. 25. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

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28

JUN

HEBREWS 13:1-25

1. Let brotherly love continue. 2. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. 3. Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. 4. Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. 5. Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6. So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” 7. Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. 8. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. 9. Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them. 10. We have an altar from which those who serve the tent have no right to eat. 11. For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy places by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp. 12. So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. 13. Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. 14. For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. 15. Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. 16. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. 17. Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you. 18. Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. 19. I urge you the more earnestly to do this in order that I may be restored to you the sooner. 20. Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21. equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. 22. I appeal to you, brothers, bear with my word of exhortation, for I have written to you briefly. 23. You should know that our brother Timothy has been released, with whom I shall see you if he comes soon. 24. Greet all your leaders and all the saints. Those who come from Italy send you greetings. 25. Grace be with all of you.

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JUN

HEBREWS 12:1-29

1. Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2. looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. 3. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. 4. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. 6. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” 7. It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8. If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10. For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. 12. Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, 13. and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. 14. Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. 15. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; 16. that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. 17. For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears. 18. For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest 19. and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. 20. For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.” 21. Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.” 22. But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, 23. and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24. and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. 25. See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. 26. At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” 27. This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. 28. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, 29. for our God is a consuming fire.

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JUN

HEBREWS 11:1-40

1. Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2. For by it the people of old received their commendation. 3. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. 4. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. 5. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. 6. And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. 7. By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. 8. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. 10. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. 11. By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. 12. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore. 13. These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city. 17. By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, 18. of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 19. He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back. 20. By faith Isaac invoked future blessings on Jacob and Esau. 21. By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, bowing in worship over the head of his staff. 22. By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his bones. 23. By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. 24. By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25. choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. 27. By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. 28. By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them. 29. By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned. 30. By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days. 31. By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies. 32. And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— 33. who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34. quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35. Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. 36. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— 38. of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. 39. And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40. since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

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