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Mark 7

1 Then the Pharisees, and some of the scribes gathered together to him, having come from Jerusalem.  2 Now when they saw some of his disciples eating bread with defiled, that is, unwashed, hands, they found fault.  3 (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, don't eat unless they wash their hands and forearms, holding to the tradition of the elders.  4 They don't eat when they come from the marketplace, unless they bathe themselves, and there are many other things, which they have received to hold to: washings of cups, pitchers, bronze vessels, and couches.)  5 The Pharisees and the scribes asked him, "Why don't your disciples walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat their bread with unwashed hands?"

6 He answered them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written,  'This people honors me with their lips,  But their heart is far from me.

7 But in vain do they worship me,  Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'

8 “For you set aside the commandment of God, and hold tightly to the tradition of men--the washing of pitchers and cups, and you do many other such things.”  9 He said to them, “Full well do you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.  10 For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother;' and, 'He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him be put to death.'  11 But you say, 'If a man tells his father or his mother, "Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban, that is to say, given to God;"'  12 then you no longer allow him to do anything for his father or his mother,  13 making void the word of God by your tradition, which you have handed down. You do many things like this.”

14 He called all the multitude to himself, and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand.  15 There is nothing from outside of the man, that going into him can defile him; but the things which proceed out of the man are those that defile the man.  16 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!”

17 When he had entered into a house away from the multitude, his disciples asked him about the parable.  18 He said to them, “Are you thus without understanding also? Don't you perceive that whatever goes into the man from outside can't defile him,  19 because it doesn't go into his heart, but into his stomach, then into the latrine, thus making all foods clean?”  20 He said, “That which proceeds out of the man, that defiles the man.  21 For from within, out of the hearts of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, sexual sins, murders, thefts,  22 covetings, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness.  23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”

24 From there he arose, and went away into the borders of Tyre and Sidon. He entered into a house, and didn't want anyone to know it, but he couldn't escape notice.  25 For a woman, whose little daughter had an unclean spirit, having heard of him, came and fell down at his feet.  26 Now the woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by race. She begged him that he would cast the demon out of her daughter.  27 But Jesus said to her, “Let the children be filled first, for it is not appropriate to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs.”

28 But she answered him, "Yes, Lord. Yet even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs."

29 He said to her, “For this saying, go your way. The demon has gone out of your daughter.”

30 She went away to her house, and found the child having been laid on the bed, with the demon gone out.

31 Again he departed from the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and came to the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the region of Decapolis.  32 They brought to him one who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech. They begged him to lay his hand on him.  33 He took him aside from the multitude, privately, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat, and touched his tongue.  34 Looking up to heaven, he sighed, and said to him, “Ephphatha!” that is, “Be opened!”  35 Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was released, and he spoke clearly.  36 He commanded them that they should tell no one, but the more he commanded them, so much the more widely they proclaimed it.  37 They were astonished beyond measure, saying, "He has done all things well. He makes even the deaf hear, and the mute speak!"

Matthew 15-16

Phillipians 2

Luke 2:25-30

25 Behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him.  26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.  27 He came in the Spirit into the temple. When the parents brought in the child, Jesus, that they might do concerning him according to the custom of the law,  28 then he received him into his arms, and blessed God, and said,

29 "Now you are releasing your servant, Master,  According to your word, in peace;

30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,

Acts 3:19-21

19 "Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, so that there may come times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord,  20 and that he may send Christ Jesus, who was ordained for you before,  21 whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God spoke long ago by the mouth of his holy prophets. 

1 Corinthians 13

1 If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but don't have love, I have become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.  2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but don't have love, I am nothing.  3 If I dole out all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but don't have love, it profits me nothing.

4 Love is patient and is kind; love doesn't envy. Love doesn't brag, is not proud,  5 doesn't behave itself inappropriately, doesn't seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil;  6 doesn't rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;  7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will be done away with. Where there are various languages, they will cease. Where there is knowledge, it will be done away with.  9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part;  10 but when that which is complete has come, then that which is partial will be done away with.  11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child. Now that I have become a man, I have put away childish things.  12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, even as I was also fully known.  13 But now faith, hope, and love remain--these three. The greatest of these is love.

John 4

1 Therefore when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John  2 (although Jesus himself didn't baptize, but his disciples),  3 he left Judea, and departed into Galilee.  4 He needed to pass through Samaria.  5 So he came to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son, Joseph.  6 Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being tired from his journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.  7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”  8 For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.

9 The Samaritan woman therefore said to him, "How is it that you, being a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?" (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”

11 The woman said to him, "Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. From where then have you that living water?  12 Are you greater than our father, Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself, as did his children, and his cattle?"

13 Jesus answered her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again,  14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never thirst again; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

15 The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I don't get thirsty, neither come all the way here to draw."

16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”

17 The woman answered, "I have no husband."  Jesus said to her, “You said well, 'I have no husband,'  18 for you have had five husbands; and he whom you now have is not your husband. This you have said truly.”

19 The woman said to him, "Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.  20 Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship."

21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour comes, when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, will you worship the Father.  22 You worship that which you don't know. We worship that which we know; for salvation is from the Jews.  23 But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such to be his worshippers.  24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

25 The woman said to him, "I know that Messiah comes," (he who is called Christ). "When he has come, he will declare to us all things."

26 Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who speaks to you.”  27 At this, his disciples came. They marveled that he was speaking with a woman; yet no one said, "What are you looking for?" or, "Why do you speak with her?"  28 So the woman left her water pot, and went away into the city, and said to the people,  29 "Come, see a man who told me everything that I did. Can this be the Christ?"

30 They went out of the city, and were coming to him.  31 In the meanwhile, the disciples urged him, saying, "Rabbi, eat."

32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you don't know about.”

33 The disciples therefore said one to another, "Has anyone brought him something to eat?"

34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work.  35 Don't you say, 'There are yet four months until the harvest?' Behold, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and look at the fields, that they are white for harvest already.  36 He who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit to eternal life; that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.  37 For in this the saying is true, 'One sows, and another reaps.'  38 I sent you to reap that for which you haven't labored. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”

39 From that city many of the Samaritans believed in him because of the word of the woman, who testified, "He told me everything that I did."  40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they begged him to stay with them. He stayed there two days.  41 Many more believed because of his word.  42 They said to the woman, "Now we believe, not because of your speaking; for we have heard for ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world."

43 After the two days he went out from there and went into Galilee.  44 For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country.  45 So when he came into Galilee, the Galileans received him, having seen all the things that he did in Jerusalem at the feast, for they also went to the feast.  46 Jesus came therefore again to Cana of Galilee, where he made the water into wine. There was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum.  47 When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to him, and begged him that he would come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death.  48 Jesus therefore said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders, you will in no way believe.”

49 The nobleman said to him, "Sir, come down before my child dies."  50 Jesus said to him, “Go your way. Your son lives.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way.  51 As he was now going down, his servants met him and reported, saying "Your child lives!"  52 So he inquired of them the hour when he began to get better. They said therefore to him, "Yesterday at the seventh hour, the fever left him."  53 So the father knew that it was at that hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” He believed, as did his whole house.  54 This is again the second sign that Jesus did, having come out of Judea into Galilee.

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