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Mark 3

1 He entered again into the synagogue, and there was a man there who had his hand withered.  2 They watched him, whether he would heal him on the Sabbath day, that they might accuse him.  3 He said to the man who had his hand withered, “Stand up.”  4 He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath day to do good, or to do harm? To save a life, or to kill?” But they were silent.  5 When he had looked around at them with anger, being grieved at the hardening of their hearts, he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored as healthy as the other.  6 The Pharisees went out, and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.

7 Jesus withdrew to the sea with his disciples, and a great multitude followed him from Galilee, from Judea,  8 from Jerusalem, from Idumaea, beyond the Jordan, and those from around Tyre and Sidon. A great multitude, hearing what great things he did, came to him.  9 He spoke to his disciples that a little boat should stay near him because of the crowd, so that they wouldn't press on him.  10 For he had healed many, so that as many as had diseases pressed on him that they might touch him.  11 The unclean spirits, whenever they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, "You are the Son of God!"  12 He sternly warned them that they should not make him known.

13 He went up into the mountain, and called to himself those whom he wanted, and they went to him.  14 He appointed twelve, that they might be with him, and that he might send them out to preach,  15 and to have authority to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons:  16 Simon, to whom he gave the name Peter;  17 James the son of Zebedee; John, the brother of James, and he surnamed them Boanerges, which means, Sons of Thunder;  18 Andrew; Philip; Bartholomew; Matthew; Thomas; James, the son of Alphaeus; Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot;  19 and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.  He came into a house.  20 The multitude came together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.  21 When his friends heard it, they went out to seize him: for they said, "He is insane."  22 The scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, "He has Beelzebul," and, "By the prince of the demons he casts out the demons."

23 He summoned them, and said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan?  24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.  25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.  26 If Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he can't stand, but has an end.  27 But no one can enter into the house of the strong man to plunder, unless he first binds the strong man; and then he will plunder his house.  28 Most assuredly I tell you, all of the children of men's sins will be forgiven them, including their blasphemies with which they may blaspheme;  29 but whoever may blaspheme against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”  30 -- because they said, "He has an unclean spirit."

31 His mother and his brothers came, and standing outside, they sent to him, calling him.  32 A multitude was sitting around him, and they told him, "Behold, your mother, your brothers, and your sisters are outside looking for you."

33 He answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?”  34 Looking around at those who sat around him, he said, “Behold, my mother and my brothers!  35 For whoever does the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.”

Mark 11

1 When they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethsphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples,  2 and said to them, “Go your way into the village that is opposite you. Immediately as you enter into it, you will find a young donkey tied, on which no one has sat. Untie him, and bring him.  3 If anyone asks you, 'Why are you doing this?' say, 'The Lord needs him;' and immediately he will send him back here.”

4 They went away, and found a young donkey tied at the door outside in the open street, and they untied him.  5 Some of those who stood there asked them, "What are you doing, untying the young donkey?"  6 They said to them just as Jesus had said, and they let them go.

7 They brought the young donkey to Jesus, and threw their garments on it, and Jesus sat on it.  8 Many spread their garments on the way, and others were cutting down branches from the trees, and spreading them on the road.  9 Those who went in front, and those who followed, cried out, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!  10 Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is coming in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!"

11 Jesus entered into the temple in Jerusalem. When he had looked around at everything, it being now evening, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

12 The next day, when they had come out from Bethany, he was hungry.  13 Seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came to see if perhaps he might find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.  14 Jesus told it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again!” and his disciples heard it.

15 They came to Jerusalem, and Jesus entered into the temple, and began to throw out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money-changers, and the seats of those who sold the doves.  16 He would not allow anyone to carry a container through the temple.  17 He taught, saying to them, “Isn't it written, 'My house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations?' But you have made it a den of robbers!”

18 The chief priests and the scribes heard it, and sought how they might destroy him. For they feared him, because all the multitude was astonished at his teaching.

19 When evening came, he went out of the city.  20 As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away from the roots.  21 Peter, remembering, said to him, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree which you cursed has withered away."

22 Jesus answering said to them, “Have faith in God.  23 For most assuredly I tell you, whoever may tell this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and doesn't doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is happening; he shall have whatever he says.  24 Therefore I tell you, all things whatever you pray and ask for, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.  25 Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father, who is in heaven, may also forgive you your transgressions.  26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your transgressions.”

27 They came again to Jerusalem, and as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders came to him,  28 and they began saying to him, "By what authority do you do these things? Or who gave you this authority to do these things?"

29 Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.  30 The baptism of John -- was it from heaven, or from men? Answer me.”

31 They reasoned with themselves, saying, "If we should say, 'From heaven;' he will say, 'Why then did you not believe him?'  32 If we should say, 'From men'"--they feared the people, for all held John to really be a prophet.  33 They answered Jesus, "We don't know."  Jesus said to them, “Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

1 Samuel 15

1 Samuel said to Saul, Yahweh sent me to anoint you to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore listen you to the voice of the words of Yahweh.  2 Thus says Yahweh of Hosts, I have marked that which Amalek did to Israel, how he set himself against him in the way, when he came up out of Egypt.  3 Now go and strike Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and don't spare them; but kill both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.  4 Saul summoned the people, and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah.  5 Saul came to the city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley.  6 Saul said to the Kenites, Go, depart, get you down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them; for you shown kindness to all the children of Israel, when they came up out of Egypt. So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites.  7 Saul struck the Amalekites, from Havilah as you go to Shur, that is before Egypt.  8 He took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.  9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and wouldn't utterly destroy them: but everything that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.  10 Then came the word of Yahweh to Samuel, saying,  11 It repents me that I have set up Saul to be king; for he is turned back from following me, and has not performed my commandments. Samuel was angry; and he cried to Yahweh all night.  12 Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning; and it was told Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel, and, behold, he set him up a monument, and turned, and passed on, and went down to Gilgal.  13 Samuel came to Saul; and Saul said to him, Blessed are you by Yahweh: I have performed the commandment of Yahweh.  14 Samuel said, What means then this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?  15 Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice to Yahweh your God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.  16 Then Samuel said to Saul, Stay, and I will tell you what Yahweh has said to me this night. He said to him, Say on.  17 Samuel said, "Though you were little in your own sight, weren't you made the head of the tribes of Israel? Yahweh anointed you king over Israel;  18 and Yahweh sent you on a journey, and said, 'Go, and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.'  19 Why then didn't you obey the voice of Yahweh, but flew on the spoil, and did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh?"  20 Saul said to Samuel, Yes, I have obeyed the voice of Yahweh, and have gone the way which Yahweh sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.  21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the devoted things, to sacrifice to Yahweh your God in Gilgal.  22 Samuel said, Has Yahweh as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of Yahweh? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.  23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as idolatry and teraphim. Because you have rejected the word of Yahweh, he has also rejected you from being king.  24 Saul said to Samuel, I have sinned; for I have transgressed the commandment of Yahweh, and your words, because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.  25 Now therefore, please pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship Yahweh.  26 Samuel said to Saul, I will not return with you; for you have rejected the word of Yahweh, and Yahweh has rejected you from being king over Israel.  27 As Samuel turned about to go away, Saul laid hold on the skirt of his robe, and it tore.  28 Samuel said to him, Yahweh has torn the kingdom of Israel from you this day, and has given it to a neighbor of yours who is better than you.  29 Also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent; for he is not a man, that he should repent.  30 Then he said, I have sinned: yet honor me now, Please, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship Yahweh your God.  31 So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul worshiped Yahweh.  32 Then said Samuel, Bring you here to me Agag the king of the Amalekites. Agag came to him cheerfully. Agag said, Surely the bitterness of death is past.  33 Samuel said, As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women. Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before Yahweh in Gilgal.  34 Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house to Gibeah of Saul.  35 Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death; for Samuel mourned for Saul: and Yahweh repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.

1 Samuel 25

1 Samuel died; and all Israel gathered themselves together, and lamented him, and buried him in his house at Ramah. David arose, and went down to the wilderness of Paran.  2 There was a man in Maon, whose possessions were in Carmel; and the man was very great, and he had three thousand sheep, and a thousand goats: and he was shearing his sheep in Carmel.  3 Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail; and the woman was of good understanding, and of a beautiful face: but the man was churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb.  4 David heard in the wilderness that Nabal was shearing his sheep.  5 David sent ten young men, and David said to the young men, Go up to Carmel, and go to Nabal, and greet him in my name:  6 and thus shall you tell him who lives in prosperity, Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have.  7 Now I have heard that you have shearers: your shepherds have now been with us, and we did them no hurt, neither was there anything missing to them, all the while they were in Carmel.  8 Ask your young men, and they will tell you: therefore let the young men find favor in your eyes; for we come in a good day. Please give whatever comes to your hand, to your servants, and to your son David.  9 When David's young men came, they spoke to Nabal according to all those words in the name of David, and ceased.  10 Nabal answered David's servants, and said, Who is David? and who is the son of Jesse? there are many servants now-a-days who break away every man from his master.  11 Shall I then take my bread, and my water, and my meat that I have killed for my shearers, and give it to men who I don't know where they come from?  12 So David's young men turned on their way, and went back, and came and told him according to all these words.  13 David said to his men, Gird you on every man his sword. They girded on every man his sword; and David also girded on his sword: and there went up after David about four hundred men; and two hundred abode by the baggage.  14 But one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal's wife, saying, Behold, David sent messengers out of the wilderness to Greet our master; and he railed at them.  15 But the men were very good to us, and we were not hurt, neither missed we anything, as long as we went with them, when we were in the fields:  16 they were a wall to us both by night and by day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep.  17 Now therefore know and consider what you will do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his house: for he is such a worthless fellow that one can't speak to him.  18 Then Abigail made haste, and took two hundred loaves, and two bottles of wine, and five sheep ready dressed, and five measures of parched grain, and one hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on donkeys.  19 She said to her young men, Go on before me; behold, I come after you. But she didn't tell her husband, Nabal.  20 It was so, as she rode on her donkey, and came down by the covert of the mountain, that behold, David and his men came down toward her; and she met them.  21 Now David had said, Surely in vain have I kept all that this fellow has in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that pertained to him: and he has returned me evil for good.  22 God do so to the enemies of David, and more also, if I leave of all that belongs to him by the morning light so much as one man-child.  23 When Abigail saw David, she hurried, and alighted from her donkey, and fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the ground.  24 She fell at his feet, and said, On me, my lord, on me be the iniquity; and please let your handmaid speak in your ears. Hear the words of your handmaid.  25 Please don't let my lord regard this worthless fellow, even Nabal; for as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him: but I your handmaid didn't see the young men of my lord, whom you did send.  26 Now therefore, my lord, as Yahweh lives, and as your soul lives, seeing Yahweh has withheld you from blood guiltiness, and from avenging yourself with your own hand, now therefore let your enemies, and those who seek evil to my lord, be as Nabal.  27 Now this present which your servant has brought to my lord, let it be given to the young men who follow my lord.  28 Please forgive the trespass of your handmaid: for Yahweh will certainly make my lord a sure house, because my lord fights the battles of Yahweh; and evil shall not be found in you all your days.  29 Though men be risen up to pursue you, and to seek your soul, yet the soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with Yahweh your God; and the souls of your enemies, them shall he sling out, as from the hollow of a sling.  30 It shall come to pass, when Yahweh shall have done to my lord according to all the good that he has spoken concerning you, and shall have appointed you prince over Israel,  31 that this shall be no grief to you, nor offense of heart to my lord, either that you have shed blood without cause, or that my lord has avenged himself. When Yahweh shall have dealt well with my lord, then remember your handmaid.  32 David said to Abigail, Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me:  33 and blessed be your discretion, and blessed be you, that have kept me this day from blood guiltiness, and from avenging myself with my own hand.  34 For in very deed, as Yahweh, the God of Israel, lives, who has withheld me from hurting you, except you had hurried and come to meet me, surely there wouldn't have been left to Nabal by the morning light so much as one man-child.  35 So David received of her hand that which she had brought him: and he said to her, Go up in peace to your house; behold, I have listened to your voice, and have accepted your person.  36 Abigail came to Nabal; and, behold, he held a feast in his house, like the feast of a king; and Nabal's heart was merry within him, for he was very drunken: therefore she told him nothing, less or more, until the morning light.  37 It happened in the morning, when the wine was gone out of Nabal, that his wife told him these things, and his heart died within him, and he became as a stone.  38 It happened about ten days after, that Yahweh struck Nabal, so that he died.  39 When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, Blessed be Yahweh, who has pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, and has kept back his servant from evil: and the evil-doing of Nabal has Yahweh returned on his own head. David sent and spoke concerning Abigail, to take her to him as wife.  40 When the servants of David were come to Abigail to Carmel, they spoke to her, saying, David has sent us to you, to take you to him as wife.  41 She arose, and bowed herself with her face to the earth, and said, Behold, your handmaid is a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.  42 Abigail hurried, and arose, and rode on a donkey, with five ladies of hers who followed her; and she went after the messengers of David, and became his wife.  43 David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel; and they became both of them his wives.  44 Now Saul had given Michal his daughter, David's wife, to Palti the son of Laish, who was of Gallim.

Psalms 40

1 I waited patiently for Yahweh.  He turned to me, and heard my cry.

2 He brought me up also out of a horrible pit,  Out of the miry clay.  He set my feet on a rock,  And gave me a firm place to stand.

3 He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise to our God.  Many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in Yahweh.

4 Blessed is the man who makes Yahweh his trust,  And doesn't respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

5 Many, Yahweh, my God, are the wonderful works which you have done,  And your thoughts which are toward us.  They can't be set in order to you;  If I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

6 Sacrifice and offering you didn't desire.  You have opened my ears:  Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required.

7 Then I said, "Behold, I have come.  It is written about me in the book in the scroll.

8 I delight to do your will, my God.  Yes, your law is within my heart."

9 I have proclaimed glad news of righteousness in the great assembly.  Behold, I will not seal my lips, Yahweh, you know.

10 I have not hidden your righteousness within my heart.  I have declared your faithfulness and your salvation.  I have not concealed your loving kindness and your truth from the great assembly.

11 Don't withhold your tender mercies from me, Yahweh.  Let your loving kindness and your truth continually preserve me.

12 For innumerable evils have surrounded me.  My iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to look up.  They are more than the hairs of my head.  My heart has failed me.

13 Be pleased, Yahweh, to deliver me.  Hurry to help me, Yahweh.

14 Let them be disappointed and confounded together who seek after my soul to destroy it.  Let them be turned backward and brought to dishonor who delight in my hurt.

15 Let them be desolate by reason of their shame that tell me, "Aha! Aha!"

16 Let all those who seek you rejoice and be glad in you.  Let such as love your salvation say continually, "Let Yahweh be exalted!"

17 But I am poor and needy;  May the Lord think about me.  You are my help and my deliverer.  Don't delay, my God.  For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David. 

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