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Jeremiah chapter 17

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"The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron; with a point of diamond it is engraved on the tablet of their heart, and on the horns of their altars,
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while their children remember their altars and their Ashe'rim, beside every green tree, and on the high hills,
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on the mountains in the open country. Your wealth and all your treasures I will give for spoil as the price of your sin throughout all your territory.
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You shall loosen your hand from your heritage which I gave to you, and I will make you serve your enemies in a land which you do not know, for in my anger a fire is kindled which shall burn for ever."
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Thus says the LORD: "Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his arm, whose heart turns away from the LORD.
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He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.
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"Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD.
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He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit."
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The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately corrupt; who can understand it?
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"I the LORD search the mind and try the heart, to give to every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings."
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Like the partridge that gathers a brood which she did not hatch, so is he who gets riches but not by right; in the midst of his days they will leave him, and at his end he will be a fool.
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A glorious throne set on high from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary.
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O LORD, the hope of Israel, all who forsake thee shall be put to shame; those who turn away from thee shall be written in the earth, for they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living water.
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Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved; for thou art my praise.
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Behold, they say to me, "Where is the word of the LORD? Let it come!"
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I have not pressed thee to send evil, nor have I desired the day of disaster, thou knowest; that which came out of my lips was before thy face.
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Be not a terror to me; thou art my refuge in the day of evil.
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Let those be put to shame who persecute me, but let me not be put to shame; let them be dismayed, but let me not be dismayed; bring upon them the day of evil; destroy them with double destruction!
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Thus said the LORD to me: "Go and stand in the Benjamin Gate, by which the kings of Judah enter and by which they go out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem,
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and say: `Hear the word of the LORD, you kings of Judah, and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, who enter by these gates.
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Thus says the LORD: Take heed for the sake of your lives, and do not bear a burden on the sabbath day or bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem.
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And do not carry a burden out of your houses on the sabbath or do any work, but keep the sabbath day holy, as I commanded your fathers.
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Yet they did not listen or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck, that they might not hear and receive instruction.
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"`But if you listen to me, says the LORD, and bring in no burden by the gates of this city on the sabbath day, but keep the sabbath day holy and do no work on it,
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then there shall enter by the gates of this city kings who sit on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they and their princes, the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and this city shall be inhabited for ever.
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And people shall come from the cities of Judah and the places round about Jerusalem, from the land of Benjamin, from the Shephe'lah, from the hill country, and from the Negeb, bringing burnt offerings and sacrifices, cereal offerings and frankincense, and bringing thank offerings to the house of the LORD.
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But if you do not listen to me, to keep the sabbath day holy, and not to bear a burden and enter by the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day, then I will kindle a fire in its gates, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem and shall not be quenched.'"

Jeremiah chapter 18

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The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
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"Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will let you hear my words."
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So I went down to the potter's house, and there he was working at his wheel.
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And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter's hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.
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Then the word of the LORD came to me:
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"O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? says the LORD. Behold, like the clay in the potter's hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.
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If at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it,
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and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will repent of the evil that I intended to do to it.
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And if at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it,
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and if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will repent of the good which I had intended to do to it.
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Now, therefore, say to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: `Thus says the LORD, Behold, I am shaping evil against you and devising a plan against you. Return, every one from his evil way, and amend your ways and your doings.'
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"But they say, `That is in vain! We will follow our own plans, and will every one act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.'
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"Therefore thus says the LORD: Ask among the nations, who has heard the like of this? The virgin Israel has done a very horrible thing.
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Does the snow of Lebanon leave the crags of Si'rion? Do the mountain waters run dry, the cold flowing streams?
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But my people have forgotten me, they burn incense to false gods; they have stumbled in their ways, in the ancient roads, and have gone into bypaths, not the highway,
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making their land a horror, a thing to be hissed at for ever. Every one who passes by it is horrified and shakes his head.
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Like the east wind I will scatter them before the enemy. I will show them my back, not my face, in the day of their calamity."
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Then they said, "Come, let us make plots against Jeremiah, for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, let us smite him with the tongue, and let us not heed any of his words."
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Give heed to me, O LORD, and hearken to my plea.
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Is evil a recompense for good? Yet they have dug a pit for my life. Remember how I stood before thee to speak good for them, to turn away thy wrath from them.
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Therefore deliver up their children to famine; give them over to the power of the sword, let their wives become childless and widowed. May their men meet death by pestilence, their youths be slain by the sword in battle.
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May a cry be heard from their houses, when thou bringest the marauder suddenly upon them! For they have dug a pit to take me, and laid snares for my feet.
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Yet, thou, O LORD, knowest all their plotting to slay me. Forgive not their iniquity, nor blot out their sin from thy sight. Let them be overthrown before thee; deal with them in the time of thine anger.

Romans chapter 4

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What then shall we say about Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh?
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For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.
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For what does the scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness."
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Now to one who works, his wages are not reckoned as a gift but as his due.
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And to one who does not work but trusts him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness.
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So also David pronounces a blessing upon the man to whom God reckons righteousness apart from works:
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"Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered;
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blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not reckon his sin."
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Is this blessing pronounced only upon the circumcised, or also upon the uncircumcised? We say that faith was reckoned to Abraham as righteousness.
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How then was it reckoned to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised.
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He received circumcision as a sign or seal of the righteousness which he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised and who thus have righteousness reckoned to them,
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and likewise the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but also follow the example of the faith which our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.
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The promise to Abraham and his descendants, that they should inherit the world, did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith.
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If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void.
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For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.
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That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants-- not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham, for he is the father of us all,
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as it is written, "I have made you the father of many nations" --in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.
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In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations; as he had been told, "So shall your descendants be."
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He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years old, or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb.
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No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God,
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fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.
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That is why his faith was "reckoned to him as righteousness."
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But the words, "it was reckoned to him," were written not for his sake alone,
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but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him that raised from the dead Jesus our Lord,
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who was put to death for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

Romans chapter 5

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Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God.
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More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,
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and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,
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and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.
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While we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
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Why, one will hardly die for a righteous man--though perhaps for a good man one will dare even to die.
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But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.
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Since, therefore, we are now justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.
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For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.
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Not only so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received our reconciliation.
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Therefore as sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all men sinned--
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sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law.
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Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.
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But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man's trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.
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And the free gift is not like the effect of that one man's sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brings justification.
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If, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
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Then as one man's trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one man's act of righteousness leads to acquittal and life for all men.
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For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man's obedience many will be made righteous.
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Law came in, to increase the trespass; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,
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so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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