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Ezekiel chapter 31

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In the eleventh year, in the third month, on the first day of the month, the word of the LORD came to me:
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"Son of man, say to Pharaoh king of Egypt and to his multitude: "Whom are you like in your greatness?
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Behold, I will liken you to a cedar in Lebanon, with fair branches and forest shade, and of great height, its top among the clouds.
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The waters nourished it, the deep made it grow tall, making its rivers flow round the place of its planting, sending forth its streams to all the trees of the forest.
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So it towered high above all the trees of the forest; its boughs grew large and its branches long, from abundant water in its shoots.
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All the birds of the air made their nests in its boughs; under its branches all the beasts of the field brought forth their young; and under its shadow dwelt all great nations.
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It was beautiful in its greatness, in the length of its branches; for its roots went down to abundant waters.
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The cedars in the garden of God could not rival it, nor the fir trees equal its boughs; the plane trees were as nothing compared with its branches; no tree in the garden of God was like it in beauty.
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I made it beautiful in the mass of its branches, and all the trees of Eden envied it, that were in the garden of God.
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"Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Because it towered high and set its top among the clouds, and its heart was proud of its height,
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I will give it into the hand of a mighty one of the nations; he shall surely deal with it as its wickedness deserves. I have cast it out.
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Foreigners, the most terrible of the nations, will cut it down and leave it. On the mountains and in all the valleys its branches will fall, and its boughs will lie broken in all the watercourses of the land; and all the peoples of the earth will go from its shadow and leave it.
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Upon its ruin will dwell all the birds of the air, and upon its branches will be all the beasts of the field.
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All this is in order that no trees by the waters may grow to lofty height or set their tops among the clouds, and that no trees that drink water may reach up to them in height; for they are all given over to death, to the nether world among mortal men, with those who go down to the Pit.
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"Thus says the Lord GOD: When it goes down to Sheol I will make the deep mourn for it, and restrain its rivers, and many waters shall be stopped; I will clothe Lebanon in gloom for it, and all the trees of the field shall faint because of it.
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I will make the nations quake at the sound of its fall, when I cast it down to Sheol with those who go down to the Pit; and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, will be comforted in the nether world.
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They also shall go down to Sheol with it, to those who are slain by the sword; yea, those who dwelt under its shadow among the nations shall perish.
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Whom are you thus like in glory and in greatness among the trees of Eden? You shall be brought down with the trees of Eden to the nether world; you shall lie among the uncircumcised, with those who are slain by the sword. "This is Pharaoh and all his multitude, says the Lord GOD."

Ezekiel chapter 32

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In the twelfth year, in the twelfth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the LORD came to me:
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"Son of man, raise a lamentation over Pharaoh king of Egypt, and say to him: "You consider yourself a lion among the nations, but you are like a dragon in the seas; you burst forth in your rivers, trouble the waters with your feet, and foul their rivers.
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Thus says the Lord GOD: I will throw my net over you with a host of many peoples; and I will haul you up in my dragnet.
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And I will cast you on the ground, on the open field I will fling you, and will cause all the birds of the air to settle on you, and I will gorge the beasts of the whole earth with you.
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I will strew your flesh upon the mountains, and fill the valleys with your carcass.
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I will drench the land even to the mountains with your flowing blood; and the watercourses will be full of you.
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When I blot you out, I will cover the heavens, and make their stars dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give its light.
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All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark over you, and put darkness upon your land, says the Lord GOD.
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"I will trouble the hearts of many peoples, when I carry you captive among the nations, into the countries which you have not known.
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I will make many peoples appalled at you, and their kings shall shudder because of you, when I brandish my sword before them; they shall tremble every moment, every one for his own life, on the day of your downfall.
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For thus says the Lord GOD: The sword of the king of Babylon shall come upon you.
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I will cause your multitude to fall by the swords of mighty ones, all of them most terrible among the nations. "They shall bring to nought the pride of Egypt, and all its multitude shall perish.
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I will destroy all its beasts from beside many waters; and no foot of man shall trouble them any more, nor shall the hoofs of beasts trouble them.
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Then I will make their waters clear, and cause their rivers to run like oil, says the Lord GOD.
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When I make the land of Egypt desolate and when the land is stripped of all that fills it, when I smite all who dwell in it, then they will know that I am the LORD.
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This is a lamentation which shall be chanted; the daughters of the nations shall chant it; over Egypt, and over all her multitude, shall they chant it, says the Lord GOD."
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In the twelfth year, in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the month, the word of the LORD came to me:
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"Son of man, wail over the multitude of Egypt, and send them down, her and the daughters of majestic nations, to the nether world, to those who have gone down to the Pit:
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`Whom do you surpass in beauty? Go down, and be laid with the uncircumcised.'
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They shall fall amid those who are slain by the sword, and with her shall lie all her multitudes.
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The mighty chiefs shall speak of them, with their helpers, out of the midst of Sheol: `They have come down, they lie still, the uncircumcised, slain by the sword.'
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"Assyria is there, and all her company, their graves round about her, all of them slain, fallen by the sword;
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whose graves are set in the uttermost parts of the Pit, and her company is round about her grave; all of them slain, fallen by the sword, who spread terror in the land of the living.
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"Elam is there, and all her multitude about her grave; all of them slain, fallen by the sword, who went down uncircumcised into the nether world, who spread terror in the land of the living, and they bear their shame with those who go down to the Pit.
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They have made her a bed among the slain with all her multitude, their graves round about her, all of them uncircumcised, slain by the sword; for terror of them was spread in the land of the living, and they bear their shame with those who go down to the Pit; they are placed among the slain.
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"Meshech and Tubal are there, and all their multitude, their graves round about them, all of them uncircumcised, slain by the sword; for they spread terror in the land of the living.
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And they do not lie with the fallen mighty men of old who went down to Sheol with their weapons of war, whose swords were laid under their heads, and whose shields are upon their bones; for the terror of the mighty men was in the land of the living.
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So you shall be broken and lie among the uncircumcised, with those who are slain by the sword.
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"Edom is there, her kings and all her princes, who for all their might are laid with those who are slain by the sword; they lie with the uncircumcised, with those who go down to the Pit.
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"The princes of the north are there, all of them, and all the Sido'nians, who have gone down in shame with the slain, for all the terror which they caused by their might; they lie uncircumcised with those who are slain by the sword, and bear their shame with those who go down to the Pit.
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"When Pharaoh sees them, he will comfort himself for all his multitude, Pharaoh and all his army, slain by the sword, says the Lord GOD.
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For he spread terror in the land of the living; therefore he shall be laid among the uncircumcised, with those who are slain by the sword, Pharaoh and all his multitude, says the Lord GOD."

1 Thessalonians chapter 1

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Paul, Silva'nus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalo'nians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.
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We give thanks to God always for you all, constantly mentioning you in our prayers,
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remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
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For we know, brethren beloved by God, that he has chosen you;
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for our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.
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And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit;
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so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedo'nia and in Acha'ia.
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For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedo'nia and Acha'ia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything.
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For they themselves report concerning us what a welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God,
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and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians chapter 2

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For you yourselves know, brethren, that our visit to you was not in vain;
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but though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philip'pi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the face of great opposition.
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For our appeal does not spring from error or uncleanness, nor is it made with guile;
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but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please men, but to please God who tests our hearts.
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For we never used either words of flattery, as you know, or a cloak for greed, as God is witness;
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nor did we seek glory from men, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ.
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But we were gentle among you, like a nurse taking care of her children.
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So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.
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For you remember our labor and toil, brethren; we worked night and day, that we might not burden any of you, while we preached to you the gospel of God.
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You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our behavior to you believers;
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for you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you
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to lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
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And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.
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For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus which are in Judea; for you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews,
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who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out, and displease God and oppose all men
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by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles that they may be saved--so as always to fill up the measure of their sins. But God's wrath has come upon them at last!
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But since we were bereft of you, brethren, for a short time, in person not in heart, we endeavored the more eagerly and with great desire to see you face to face;
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because we wanted to come to you--I, Paul, again and again--but Satan hindered us.
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For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you?
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For you are our glory and joy.

1 Thessalonians chapter 3

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Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we were willing to be left behind at Athens alone,
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and we sent Timothy, our brother and God's servant in the gospel of Christ, to establish you in your faith and to exhort you,
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that no one be moved by these afflictions. You yourselves know that this is to be our lot.
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For when we were with you, we told you beforehand that we were to suffer affliction; just as it has come to pass, and as you know.
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For this reason, when I could bear it no longer, I sent that I might know your faith, for fear that somehow the tempter had tempted you and that our labor would be in vain.
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But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us the good news of your faith and love and reported that you always remember us kindly and long to see us, as we long to see you--
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for this reason, brethren, in all our distress and affliction we have been comforted about you through your faith;
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for now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord.
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For what thanksgiving can we render to God for you, for all the joy which we feel for your sake before our God,
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praying earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith?
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Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you;
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and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all men, as we do to you,
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so that he may establish your hearts unblamable in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
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