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Ezekiel chapter 35

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The word of the LORD came to me:
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"Son of man, set your face against Mount Se'ir, and prophesy against it,
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and say to it, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am against you, Mount Se'ir, and I will stretch out my hand against you, and I will make you a desolation and a waste.
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I will lay your cities waste, and you shall become a desolation; and you shall know that I am the LORD.
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Because you cherished perpetual enmity, and gave over the people of Israel to the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, at the time of their final punishment;
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therefore, as I live, says the Lord GOD, I will prepare you for blood, and blood shall pursue you; because you are guilty of blood, therefore blood shall pursue you.
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I will make Mount Se'ir a waste and a desolation; and I will cut off from it all who come and go.
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And I will fill your mountains with the slain; on your hills and in your valleys and in all your ravines those slain with the sword shall fall.
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I will make you a perpetual desolation, and your cities shall not be inhabited. Then you will know that I am the LORD.
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"Because you said, `These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will take possession of them,'--although the LORD was there--
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therefore, as I live, says the Lord GOD, I will deal with you according to the anger and envy which you showed because of your hatred against them; and I will make myself known among you, when I judge you.
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And you shall know that I, the LORD, have heard all the revilings which you uttered against the mountains of Israel, saying, `They are laid desolate, they are given us to devour.'
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And you magnified yourselves against me with your mouth, and multiplied your words against me; I heard it.
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Thus says the Lord GOD: For the rejoicing of the whole earth I will make you desolate.
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As you rejoiced over the inheritance of the house of Israel, because it was desolate, so I will deal with you; you shall be desolate, Mount Se'ir, and all Edom, all of it. Then they will know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel chapter 36

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"And you, son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel, and say, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD.
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Thus says the Lord GOD: Because the enemy said of you, `Aha!' and, `The ancient heights have become our possession,'
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therefore prophesy, and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: Because, yea, because they made you desolate, and crushed you from all sides, so that you became the possession of the rest of the nations, and you became the talk and evil gossip of the people;
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therefore, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD: Thus says the Lord GOD to the mountains and the hills, the ravines and the valleys, the desolate wastes and the deserted cities, which have become a prey and derision to the rest of the nations round about;
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therefore thus says the Lord GOD: I speak in my hot jealousy against the rest of the nations, and against all Edom, who gave my land to themselves as a possession with wholehearted joy and utter contempt, that they might possess it and plunder it.
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Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel, and say to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I speak in my jealous wrath, because you have suffered the reproach of the nations;
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therefore thus says the Lord GOD: I swear that the nations that are round about you shall themselves suffer reproach.
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"But you, O mountains of Israel, shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people Israel; for they will soon come home.
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For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown;
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and I will multiply men upon you, the whole house of Israel, all of it; the cities shall be inhabited and the waste places rebuilt;
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and I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and be fruitful; and I will cause you to be inhabited as in your former times, and will do more good to you than ever before. Then you will know that I am the LORD.
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Yea, I will let men walk upon you, even my people Israel; and they shall possess you, and you shall be their inheritance, and you shall no longer bereave them of children.
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Thus says the Lord GOD: Because men say to you, `You devour men, and you bereave your nation of children,'
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therefore you shall no longer devour men and no longer bereave your nation of children, says the Lord GOD;
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and I will not let you hear any more the reproach of the nations, and you shall no longer bear the disgrace of the peoples and no longer cause your nation to stumble, says the Lord GOD."
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The word of the LORD came to me:
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"Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their ways and their doings; their conduct before me was like the uncleanness of a woman in her impurity.
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So I poured out my wrath upon them for the blood which they had shed in the land, for the idols with which they had defiled it.
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I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed through the countries; in accordance with their conduct and their deeds I judged them.
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But when they came to the nations, wherever they came, they profaned my holy name, in that men said of them, `These are the people of the LORD, and yet they had to go out of his land.'
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But I had concern for my holy name, which the house of Israel caused to be profaned among the nations to which they came.
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"Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came.
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And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them; and the nations will know that I am the LORD, says the Lord GOD, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes.
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For I will take you from the nations, and gather you from all the countries, and bring you into your own land.
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I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.
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A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
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And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances.
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You shall dwell in the land which I gave to your fathers; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.
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And I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses; and I will summon the grain and make it abundant and lay no famine upon you.
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I will make the fruit of the tree and the increase of the field abundant, that you may never again suffer the disgrace of famine among the nations.
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Then you will remember your evil ways, and your deeds that were not good; and you will loathe yourselves for your iniquities and your abominable deeds.
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It is not for your sake that I will act, says the Lord GOD; let that be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel.
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"Thus says the Lord GOD: On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will cause the cities to be inhabited, and the waste places shall be rebuilt.
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And the land that was desolate shall be tilled, instead of being the desolation that it was in the sight of all who passed by.
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And they will say, `This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are now inhabited and fortified.'
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Then the nations that are left round about you shall know that I, the LORD, have rebuilt the ruined places, and replanted that which was desolate; I, the LORD, have spoken, and I will do it.
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"Thus says the Lord GOD: This also I will let the house of Israel ask me to do for them: to increase their men like a flock.
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Like the flock for sacrifices, like the flock at Jerusalem during her appointed feasts, so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men. Then they will know that I am the LORD."

2 Thessalonians chapter 1

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Paul, Silva'nus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalo'nians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
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Grace to you and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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We are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren, as is fitting, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.
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Therefore we ourselves boast of you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions which you are enduring.
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This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be made worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering--
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since indeed God deems it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you,
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and to grant rest with us to you who are afflicted, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire,
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inflicting vengeance upon those who do not know God and upon those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
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They shall suffer the punishment of eternal destruction and exclusion from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might,
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when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at in all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed.
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To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his call, and may fulfil every good resolve and work of faith by his power,
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so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Thessalonians chapter 2

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Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our assembling to meet him, we beg you, brethren,
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not to be quickly shaken in mind or excited, either by spirit or by word, or by letter purporting to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.
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Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of perdition,
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who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.
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Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you this?
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And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time.
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For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way.
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And then the lawless one will be revealed, and the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by his appearing and his coming.
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The coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders,
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and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
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Therefore God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false,
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so that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
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But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.
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To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter.
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Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace,
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comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.

2 Thessalonians chapter 3

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Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed on and triumph, as it did among you,
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and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men; for not all have faith.
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But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from evil.
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And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things which we command.
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May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.
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Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is living in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us.
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For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us; we were not idle when we were with you,
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we did not eat any one's bread without paying, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not burden any of you.
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It was not because we have not that right, but to give you in our conduct an example to imitate.
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For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: If any one will not work, let him not eat.
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For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work.
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Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work in quietness and to earn their own living.
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Brethren, do not be weary in well-doing.
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If any one refuses to obey what we say in this letter, note that man, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed.
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Do not look on him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.
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Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with you all.
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I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. This is the mark in every letter of mine; it is the way I write.
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The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
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