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PSALM 103:1-13 PRAISE THE LORD

1. Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. 2. Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; 3. Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; 4. Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; 5. Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle. 6. The LORD performs righteous deeds And judgments for all who are oppressed. 7. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel. 8. The LORD is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. 9. He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. 10. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. 12. As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13. Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.

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ROMANS 14:1-12 THE WEAK AND THE STRONG

1. Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions. 2. One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only. 3. The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him. 4. Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. 5. One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. 6. He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God. 7. For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; 8. for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord's. 9. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. 10. But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11. For it is written, ``AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME, AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL GIVE PRAISE TO GOD." 12. So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.

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EXODUS 14:19-31 PARTING OF THE RED SEA

19. The angel of God, who had been going before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them. 20. So it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel; and there was the cloud along with the darkness, yet it gave light at night. Thus the one did not come near the other all night. 21. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided. 22. The sons of Israel went through the midst of the sea on the dry land, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. 23. Then the Egyptians took up the pursuit, and all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots and his horsemen went in after them into the midst of the sea. 24. At the morning watch, the LORD looked down on the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud and brought the army of the Egyptians into confusion. 25. He caused their chariot wheels to swerve, and He made them drive with difficulty; so the Egyptians said, ``Let us flee from Israel, for the LORD is fighting for them against the Egyptians." 26. Then the LORD said to Moses, ``Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may come back over the Egyptians, over their chariots and their horsemen." 27. So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal state at daybreak, while the Egyptians were fleeing right into it; then the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. 28. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen, even Pharaoh's entire army that had gone into the sea after them; not even one of them remained. 29. But the sons of Israel walked on dry land through the midst of the sea, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. 30. Thus the LORD saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. 31. When Israel saw the great power which the LORD had used against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD, and they believed in the LORD and in His servant Moses.

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GENESIS 45:1-15 JOSEPH FORGIVES HIS BROTHERS

1. Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried, ``Have everyone go out from me." So there was no man with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. 2. He wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard of it. 3. Then Joseph said to his brothers, ``I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?" But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence. 4. Then Joseph said to his brothers, ``Please come closer to me." And they came closer. And he said, ``I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5. ``Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6. ``For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. 7. ``God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance. 8. ``Now, therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his household and ruler over all the land of Egypt. 9. ``Hurry and go up to my father, and say to him, `Thus says your son Joseph, ``God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay. 10. ``You shall live in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children's children and your flocks and your herds and all that you have. 11. ``There I will also provide for you, for there are still five years of famine to come, and you and your household and all that you have would be impoverished."' 12. ``Behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see, that it is my mouth which is speaking to you. 13. ``Now you must tell my father of all my splendor in Egypt, and all that you have seen; and you must hurry and bring my father down here." 14. Then he fell on his brother Benjamin's neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck. 15. He kissed all his brothers and wept on them, and afterward his brothers talked with him.

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GENESIS 33:1-16 JACOB MEETS ESAU

1. Then Jacob lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, Esau was coming, and four hundred men with him. So he divided the children among Leah and Rachel and the two maids. 2. He put the maids and their children in front, and Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph last. 3. But he himself passed on ahead of them and bowed down to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. 4. Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept. 5. He lifted his eyes and saw the women and the children, and said, ``Who are these with you?" So he said, ``The children whom God has graciously given your servant." 6. Then the maids came near with their children, and they bowed down. 7. Leah likewise came near with her children, and they bowed down; and afterward Joseph came near with Rachel, and they bowed down. 8. And he said, ``What do you mean by all this company which I have met?" And he said, ``To find favor in the sight of my lord." 9. But Esau said, ``I have plenty, my brother; let what you have be your own." 10. Jacob said, ``No, please, if now I have found favor in your sight, then take my present from my hand, for I see your face as one sees the face of God, and you have received me favorably. 11. ``Please take my gift which has been brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me and because I have plenty." Thus he urged him and he took it. 12. Then Esau said, ``Let us take our journey and go, and I will go before you." 13. But he said to him, ``My lord knows that the children are frail and that the flocks and herds which are nursing are a care to me. And if they are driven hard one day, all the flocks will die. 14. ``Please let my lord pass on before his servant, and I will proceed at my leisure, according to the pace of the cattle that are before me and according to the pace of the children, until I come to my lord at Seir." 15. Esau said, ``Please let me leave with you some of the people who are with me." But he said, `` What need is there? Let me find favor in the sight of my lord." 16. So Esau returned that day on his way to Seir.

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GENESIS 18:20-33 ABRAHAM PLEADS FOR SODOM

20. And the LORD said, ``The outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great, and their sin is exceedingly grave. 21. ``I will go down now, and see if they have done entirely according to its outcry, which has come to Me; and if not, I will know." 22. Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, while Abraham was still standing before the LORD. 23. Abraham came near and said, ``Will You indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24. ``Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will You indeed sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous who are in it? 25. ``Far be it from You to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?" 26. So the LORD said, ``If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare the whole place on their account." 27. And Abraham replied, ``Now behold, I have ventured to speak to the Lord, although I am but dust and ashes. 28. ``Suppose the fifty righteous are lacking five, will You destroy the whole city because of five?" And He said, ``I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there." 29. He spoke to Him yet again and said, ``Suppose forty are found there?" And He said, ``I will not do it on account of the forty." 30. Then he said, ``Oh may the Lord not be angry, and I shall speak; suppose thirty are found there?" And He said, ``I will not do it if I find thirty there." 31. And he said, ``Now behold, I have ventured to speak to the Lord; suppose twenty are found there?" And He said, ``I will not destroy it on account of the twenty." 32. Then he said, ``Oh may the Lord not be angry, and I shall speak only this once; suppose ten are found there?" And He said, ``I will not destroy it on account of the ten." 33. As soon as He had finished speaking to Abraham the LORD departed, and Abraham returned to his place.

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MATTHEW 18:21-35 A PARABLE ABOUT FORGIVENESS

21. Then Peter came and said to Him, ``Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" 22. Jesus said to him, ``I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. 23. ``For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. 24. ``When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. 25. ``But since he did not have the means to repay, his lord commanded him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made. 26. ``So the slave fell to the ground and prostrated himself before him, saying, `Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.' 27. ``And the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt. 28. ``But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, `Pay back what you owe.' 29. ``So his fellow slave fell to the ground and began to plead with him, saying, `Have patience with me and I will repay you.' 30. ``But he was unwilling and went and threw him in prison until he should pay back what was owed. 31. ``So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their lord all that had happened. 32. ``Then summoning him, his lord said to him, `You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33. `Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?' 34. ``And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him. 35. ``My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart."

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PSALM 119:33-40 TEACH ME THE WAY OF YOUR DEGREES

33. Teach me, O LORD, the way of Your statutes, And I shall observe it to the end. 34. Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law And keep it with all my heart. 35. Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, For I delight in it. 36. Incline my heart to Your testimonies And not to dishonest gain. 37. Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity, And revive me in Your ways. 38. Establish Your word to Your servant, As that which produces reverence for You. 39. Turn away my reproach which I dread, For Your ordinances are good. 40. Behold, I long for Your precepts; Revive me through Your righteousness.

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ROMANS 13:8-14 LOVE FULFILLS THE LAW

8. Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. 9. For this, ``YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL, YOU SHALL NOT COVET," and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, ``YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF." 10. Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. 11. Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. 12. The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13. Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. 14. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.

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