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2 Kings chapter 7

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But Eli'sha said, "Hear the word of the LORD: thus says the LORD, Tomorrow about this time a measure of fine meal shall be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Sama'ria."
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Then the captain on whose hand the king leaned said to the man of God, "If the LORD himself should make windows in heaven, could this thing be?" But he said, "You shall see it with your own eyes, but you shall not eat of it."
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Now there were four men who were lepers at the entrance to the gate; and they said to one another, "Why do we sit here till we die?
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If we say, `Let us enter the city,' the famine is in the city, and we shall die there; and if we sit here, we die also. So now come, let us go over to the camp of the Syrians; if they spare our lives we shall live, and if they kill us we shall but die."
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So they arose at twilight to go to the camp of the Syrians; but when they came to the edge of the camp of the Syrians, behold, there was no one there.
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For the Lord had made the army of the Syrians hear the sound of chariots, and of horses, the sound of a great army, so that they said to one another, "Behold, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Egypt to come upon us."
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So they fled away in the twilight and forsook their tents, their horses, and their asses, leaving the camp as it was, and fled for their lives.
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And when these lepers came to the edge of the camp, they went into a tent, and ate and drank, and they carried off silver and gold and clothing, and went and hid them; then they came back, and entered another tent, and carried off things from it, and went and hid them.
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Then they said to one another, "We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news; if we are silent and wait until the morning light, punishment will overtake us; now therefore come, let us go and tell the king's household."
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So they came and called to the gatekeepers of the city, and told them, "We came to the camp of the Syrians, and behold, there was no one to be seen or heard there, nothing but the horses tied, and the asses tied, and the tents as they were."
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Then the gatekeepers called out, and it was told within the king's household.
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And the king rose in the night, and said to his servants, "I will tell you what the Syrians have prepared against us. They know that we are hungry; therefore they have gone out of the camp to hide themselves in the open country, thinking, `When they come out of the city, we shall take them alive and get into the city.'"
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And one of his servants said, "Let some men take five of the remaining horses, seeing that those who are left here will fare like the whole multitude of Israel that have already perished; let us send and see."
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So they took two mounted men, and the king sent them after the army of the Syrians, saying, "Go and see."
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So they went after them as far as the Jordan; and, lo, all the way was littered with garments and equipment which the Syrians had thrown away in their haste. And the messengers returned, and told the king.
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Then the people went out, and plundered the camp of the Syrians. So a measure of fine meal was sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the LORD.
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Now the king had appointed the captain on whose hand he leaned to have charge of the gate; and the people trod upon him in the gate, so that he died, as the man of God had said when the king came down to him.
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For when the man of God had said to the king, "Two measures of barley shall be sold for a shekel, and a measure of fine meal for a shekel, about this time tomorrow in the gate of Sama'ria,"
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the captain had answered the man of God, "If the LORD himself should make windows in heaven, could such a thing be?" And he had said, "You shall see it with your own eyes, but you shall not eat of it."
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And so it happened to him, for the people trod upon him in the gate and he died.

2 Kings chapter 8

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Now Eli'sha had said to the woman whose son he had restored to life, "Arise, and depart with your household, and sojourn wherever you can; for the LORD has called for a famine, and it will come upon the land for seven years."
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So the woman arose, and did according to the word of the man of God; she went with her household and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years.
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And at the end of the seven years, when the woman returned from the land of the Philistines, she went forth to appeal to the king for her house and her land.
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Now the king was talking with Geha'zi the servant of the man of God, saying, "Tell me all the great things that Eli'sha has done."
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And while he was telling the king how Eli'sha had restored the dead to life, behold, the woman whose son he had restored to life appealed to the king for her house and her land. And Geha'zi said, "My lord, O king, here is the woman, and here is her son whom Eli'sha restored to life."
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And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed an official for her, saying, "Restore all that was hers, together with all the produce of the fields from the day that she left the land until now."
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Now Eli'sha came to Damascus. Ben-ha'dad the king of Syria was sick; and when it was told him, "The man of God has come here,"
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the king said to Haz'ael, "Take a present with you and go to meet the man of God, and inquire of the LORD through him, saying, `Shall I recover from this sickness?'"
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So Haz'ael went to meet him, and took a present with him, all kinds of goods of Damascus, forty camel loads. When he came and stood before him, he said, "Your son Ben-ha'dad king of Syria has sent me to you, saying, `Shall I recover from this sickness?'"
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And Eli'sha said to him, "Go, say to him, `You shall certainly recover'; but the LORD has shown me that he shall certainly die."
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And he fixed his gaze and stared at him, until he was ashamed. And the man of God wept.
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And Haz'ael said, "Why does my lord weep?" He answered, "Because I know the evil that you will do to the people of Israel; you will set on fire their fortresses, and you will slay their young men with the sword, and dash in pieces their little ones, and rip up their women with child."
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And Haz'ael said, "What is your servant, who is but a dog, that he should do this great thing?" Eli'sha answered, "The LORD has shown me that you are to be king over Syria."
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Then he departed from Eli'sha, and came to his master, who said to him, "What did Eli'sha say to you?" And he answered, "He told me that you would certainly recover."
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But on the morrow he took the coverlet and dipped it in water and spread it over his face, till he died. And Haz'ael became king in his stead.
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In the fifth year of Joram the son of Ahab, king of Israel, Jeho'ram the son of Jehosh'aphat, king of Judah, began to reign.
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He was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.
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And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as the house of Ahab had done, for the daughter of Ahab was his wife. And he did what was evil in the sight of the LORD.
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Yet the LORD would not destroy Judah, for the sake of David his servant, since he promised to give a lamp to him and to his sons for ever.
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In his days Edom revolted from the rule of Judah, and set up a king of their own.
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Then Joram passed over to Za'ir with all his chariots, and rose by night, and he and his chariot commanders smote the E'domites who had surrounded him; but his army fled home.
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So Edom revolted from the rule of Judah to this day. Then Libnah revolted at the same time.
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Now the rest of the acts of Joram, and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?
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So Joram slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David; and Ahazi'ah his son reigned in his stead.
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In the twelfth year of Joram the son of Ahab, king of Israel, Ahazi'ah the son of Jeho'ram, king of Judah, began to reign.
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Ahazi'ah was twenty-two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Athali'ah; she was a granddaughter of Omri king of Israel.
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He also walked in the way of the house of Ahab, and did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, as the house of Ahab had done, for he was son-in-law to the house of Ahab.
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He went with Joram the son of Ahab to make war against Haz'ael king of Syria at Ramoth-gilead, where the Syrians wounded Joram.
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And King Joram returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds which the Syrians had given him at Ramah, when he fought against Haz'ael king of Syria. And Ahazi'ah the son of Jeho'ram king of Judah went down to see Joram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was sick.

1 Timothy chapter 4

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Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by giving heed to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,
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through the pretensions of liars whose consciences are seared,
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who forbid marriage and enjoin abstinence from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
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For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving;
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for then it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.
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If you put these instructions before the brethren, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the words of the faith and of the good doctrine which you have followed.
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Have nothing to do with godless and silly myths. Train yourself in godliness;
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for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
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The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance.
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For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.
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Command and teach these things.
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Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
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Till I come, attend to the public reading of scripture, to preaching, to teaching.
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Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophetic utterance when the council of elders laid their hands upon you.
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Practice these duties, devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress.
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Take heed to yourself and to your teaching; hold to that, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.

1 Timothy chapter 5

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Do not rebuke an older man but exhort him as you would a father; treat younger men like brothers,
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older women like mothers, younger women like sisters, in all purity.
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Honor widows who are real widows.
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If a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn their religious duty to their own family and make some return to their parents; for this is acceptable in the sight of God.
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She who is a real widow, and is left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day;
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whereas she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives.
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Command this, so that they may be without reproach.
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If any one does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his own family, he has disowned the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
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Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband;
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and she must be well attested for her good deeds, as one who has brought up children, shown hospitality, washed the feet of the saints, relieved the afflicted, and devoted herself to doing good in every way.
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But refuse to enrol younger widows; for when they grow wanton against Christ they desire to marry,
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and so they incur condemnation for having violated their first pledge.
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Besides that, they learn to be idlers, gadding about from house to house, and not only idlers but gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not.
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So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, rule their households, and give the enemy no occasion to revile us.
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For some have already strayed after Satan.
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If any believing woman has relatives who are widows, let her assist them; let the church not be burdened, so that it may assist those who are real widows.
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Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching;
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for the scripture says, "You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain," and, "The laborer deserves his wages."
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Never admit any charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses.
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As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.
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In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without favor, doing nothing from partiality.
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Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor participate in another man's sins; keep yourself pure.
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No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.
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The sins of some men are conspicuous, pointing to judgment, but the sins of others appear later.
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So also good deeds are conspicuous; and even when they are not, they cannot remain hidden.

1 Timothy chapter 6

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Let all who are under the yoke of slavery regard their masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be defamed.
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Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brethren; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their service are believers and beloved. Teach and urge these duties.
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If any one teaches otherwise and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching which accords with godliness,
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he is puffed up with conceit, he knows nothing; he has a morbid craving for controversy and for disputes about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, base suspicions,
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and wrangling among men who are depraved in mind and bereft of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.
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There is great gain in godliness with contentment;
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for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world;
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but if we have food and clothing, with these we shall be content.
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But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and hurtful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.
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For the love of money is the root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced their hearts with many pangs.
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But as for you, man of God, shun all this; aim at righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.
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Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
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In the presence of God who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession,
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I charge you to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ;
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and this will be made manifest at the proper time by the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords,
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who alone has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.
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As for the rich in this world, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on uncertain riches but on God who richly furnishes us with everything to enjoy.
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They are to do good, to be rich in good deeds, liberal and generous,
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thus laying up for themselves a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life which is life indeed.
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O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge,
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for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards the faith. Grace be with you.
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