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Numbers chapter 21

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When the Canaanite, the king of Arad, who dwelt in the Negeb, heard that Israel was coming by the way of Atharim, he fought against Israel, and took some of them captive.
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And Israel vowed a vow to the LORD, and said, "If thou wilt indeed give this people into my hand, then I will utterly destroy their cities."
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And the LORD hearkened to the voice of Israel, and gave over the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them and their cities; so the name of the place was called Hormah.
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From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the people became impatient on the way.
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And the people spoke against God and against Moses, "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food."
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Then the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died.
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And the people came to Moses, and said, "We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you; pray to the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us." So Moses prayed for the people.
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And the LORD said to Moses, "Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and every one who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live."
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So Moses made a bronze serpent, and set it on a pole; and if a serpent bit any man, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.
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And the people of Israel set out, and encamped in Oboth.
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And they set out from Oboth, and encamped at I'ye-ab'arim, in the wilderness which is opposite Moab, toward the sunrise.
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From there they set out, and encamped in the Valley of Zered.
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From there they set out, and encamped on the other side of the Arnon, which is in the wilderness, that extends from the boundary of the Amorites; for the Arnon is the boundary of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites.
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Wherefore it is said in the Book of the Wars of the LORD, "Waheb in Suphah, and the valleys of the Arnon,
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and the slope of the valleys that extends to the seat of Ar, and leans to the border of Moab."
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And from there they continued to Beer; that is the well of which the LORD said to Moses, "Gather the people together, and I will give them water."
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Then Israel sang this song: "Spring up, O well!--Sing to it!--
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the well which the princes dug, which the nobles of the people delved, with the scepter and with their staves." And from the wilderness they went on to Mat'tanah,
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and from Mat'tanah to Nahal'iel, and from Nahal'iel to Bamoth,
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and from Bamoth to the valley lying in the region of Moab by the top of Pisgah which looks down upon the desert.
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Then Israel sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites, saying,
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"Let me pass through your land; we will not turn aside into field or vineyard; we will not drink the water of a well; we will go by the King's Highway, until we have passed through your territory."
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But Sihon would not allow Israel to pass through his territory. He gathered all his men together, and went out against Israel to the wilderness, and came to Jahaz, and fought against Israel.
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And Israel slew him with the edge of the sword, and took possession of his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, as far as to the Ammonites; for Jazer was the boundary of the Ammonites.
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And Israel took all these cities, and Israel settled in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all its villages.
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For Heshbon was the city of Sihon the king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab and taken all his land out of his hand, as far as the Arnon.
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Therefore the ballad singers say, "Come to Heshbon, let it be built, let the city of Sihon be established.
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For fire went forth from Heshbon, flame from the city of Sihon. It devoured Ar of Moab, the lords of the heights of the Arnon.
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Woe to you, O Moab! You are undone, O people of Chemosh! He has made his sons fugitives, and his daughters captives, to an Amorite king, Sihon.
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So their posterity perished from Heshbon, as far as Dibon, and we laid waste until fire spread to Med'eba."
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Thus Israel dwelt in the land of the Amorites.
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And Moses sent to spy out Jazer; and they took its villages, and dispossessed the Amorites that were there.
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Then they turned and went up by the way to Bashan; and Og the king of Bashan came out against them, he and all his people, to battle at Ed're-i.
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But the LORD said to Moses, "Do not fear him; for I have given him into your hand, and all his people, and his land; and you shall do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon."
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So they slew him, and his sons, and all his people, until there was not one survivor left to him; and they possessed his land.

Numbers chapter 22

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Then the people of Israel set out, and encamped in the plains of Moab beyond the Jordan at Jericho.
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And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites.
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And Moab was in great dread of the people, because they were many; Moab was overcome with fear of the people of Israel.
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And Moab said to the elders of Mid'ian, "This horde will now lick up all that is round about us, as the ox licks up the grass of the field." So Balak the son of Zippor, who was king of Moab at that time,
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sent messengers to Balaam the son of Be'or at Pethor, which is near the River, in the land of Amaw to call him, saying, "Behold, a people has come out of Egypt; they cover the face of the earth, and they are dwelling opposite me.
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Come now, curse this people for me, since they are too mighty for me; perhaps I shall be able to defeat them and drive them from the land; for I know that he whom you bless is blessed, and he whom you curse is cursed."
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So the elders of Moab and the elders of Mid'ian departed with the fees for divination in their hand; and they came to Balaam, and gave him Balak's message.
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And he said to them, "Lodge here this night, and I will bring back word to you, as the LORD speaks to me"; so the princes of Moab stayed with Balaam.
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And God came to Balaam and said, "Who are these men with you?"
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And Balaam said to God, "Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, has sent to me, saying,
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`Behold, a people has come out of Egypt, and it covers the face of the earth; now come, curse them for me; perhaps I shall be able to fight against them and drive them out.'"
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God said to Balaam, "You shall not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed."
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So Balaam rose in the morning, and said to the princes of Balak, "Go to your own land; for the LORD has refused to let me go with you."
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So the princes of Moab rose and went to Balak, and said, "Balaam refuses to come with us."
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Once again Balak sent princes, more in number and more honorable than they.
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And they came to Balaam and said to him, "Thus says Balak the son of Zippor: `Let nothing hinder you from coming to me;
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for I will surely do you great honor, and whatever you say to me I will do; come, curse this people for me.'"
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But Balaam answered and said to the servants of Balak, "Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the command of the LORD my God, to do less or more.
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Pray, now, tarry here this night also, that I may know what more the LORD will say to me."
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And God came to Balaam at night and said to him, "If the men have come to call you, rise, go with them; but only what I bid you, that shall you do."
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So Balaam rose in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab.
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But God's anger was kindled because he went; and the angel of the LORD took his stand in the way as his adversary. Now he was riding on the ass, and his two servants were with him.
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And the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road, with a drawn sword in his hand; and the ass turned aside out of the road, and went into the field; and Balaam struck the ass, to turn her into the road.
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Then the angel of the LORD stood in a narrow path between the vineyards, with a wall on either side.
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And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she pushed against the wall, and pressed Balaam's foot against the wall; so he struck her again.
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Then the angel of the LORD went ahead, and stood in a narrow place, where there was no way to turn either to the right or to the left.
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When the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she lay down under Balaam; and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he struck the ass with his staff.
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Then the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said to Balaam, "What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?"
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And Balaam said to the ass, "Because you have made sport of me. I wish I had a sword in my hand, for then I would kill you."
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And the ass said to Balaam, "Am I not your ass, upon which you have ridden all your life long to this day? Was I ever accustomed to do so to you?" And he said, "No."
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Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, with his drawn sword in his hand; and he bowed his head, and fell on his face.
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And the angel of the LORD said to him, "Why have you struck your ass these three times? Behold, I have come forth to withstand you, because your way is perverse before me;
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and the ass saw me, and turned aside before me these three times. If she had not turned aside from me, surely just now I would have slain you and let her live."
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Then Balaam said to the angel of the LORD, "I have sinned, for I did not know that thou didst stand in the road against me. Now therefore, if it is evil in thy sight, I will go back again."
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And the angel of the LORD said to Balaam, "Go with the men; but only the word which I bid you, that shall you speak." So Balaam went on with the princes of Balak.
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When Balak heard that Balaam had come, he went out to meet him at the city of Moab, on the boundary formed by the Arnon, at the extremity of the boundary.
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And Balak said to Balaam, "Did I not send to you to call you? Why did you not come to me? Am I not able to honor you?"
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Balaam said to Balak, "Lo, I have come to you! Have I now any power at all to speak anything? The word that God puts in my mouth, that must I speak."
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Then Balaam went with Balak, and they came to Kir'iath-hu'zoth.
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And Balak sacrificed oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam and to the princes who were with him.
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And on the morrow Balak took Balaam and brought him up to Bamoth-ba'al; and from there he saw the nearest of the people.

Numbers chapter 23

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And Balaam said to Balak, "Build for me here seven altars, and provide for me here seven bulls and seven rams."
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Balak did as Balaam had said; and Balak and Balaam offered on each altar a bull and a ram.
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And Balaam said to Balak, "Stand beside your burnt offering, and I will go; perhaps the LORD will come to meet me; and whatever he shows me I will tell you." And he went to a bare height.
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And God met Balaam; and Balaam said to him, "I have prepared the seven altars, and I have offered upon each altar a bull and a ram."
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And the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, "Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak."
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And he returned to him, and lo, he and all the princes of Moab were standing beside his burnt offering.
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And Balaam took up his discourse, and said, "From Aram Balak has brought me, the king of Moab from the eastern mountains: `Come, curse Jacob for me, and come, denounce Israel!'
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How can I curse whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce whom the LORD has not denounced?
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For from the top of the mountains I see him, from the hills I behold him; lo, a people dwelling alone, and not reckoning itself among the nations!
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Who can count the dust of Jacob, or number the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my end be like his!"
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And Balak said to Balaam, "What have you done to me? I took you to curse my enemies, and behold, you have done nothing but bless them."
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And he answered, "Must I not take heed to speak what the LORD puts in my mouth?"
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And Balak said to him, "Come with me to another place, from which you may see them; you shall see only the nearest of them, and shall not see them all; then curse them for me from there."
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And he took him to the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars, and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.
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Balaam said to Balak, "Stand here beside your burnt offering, while I meet the LORD yonder."
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And the LORD met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, "Return to Balak, and thus shall you speak."
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And he came to him, and, lo, he was standing beside his burnt offering, and the princes of Moab with him. And Balak said to him, "What has the LORD spoken?"
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And Balaam took up his discourse, and said, "Rise, Balak, and hear; hearken to me, O son of Zippor:
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God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should repent. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfil it?
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Behold, I received a command to bless: he has blessed, and I cannot revoke it.
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He has not beheld misfortune in Jacob; nor has he seen trouble in Israel. The LORD their God is with them, and the shout of a king is among them.
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God brings them out of Egypt; they have as it were the horns of the wild ox.
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For there is no enchantment against Jacob, no divination against Israel; now it shall be said of Jacob and Israel, `What has God wrought!'
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Behold, a people! As a lioness it rises up and as a lion it lifts itself; it does not lie down till it devours the prey, and drinks the blood of the slain."
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And Balak said to Balaam, "Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all."
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But Balaam answered Balak, "Did I not tell you, `All that the LORD says, that I must do'?"
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And Balak said to Balaam, "Come now, I will take you to another place; perhaps it will please God that you may curse them for me from there."
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So Balak took Balaam to the top of Pe'or, that overlooks the desert.
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And Balaam said to Balak, "Build for me here seven altars, and provide for me here seven bulls and seven rams."
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And Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.

Mark chapter 6

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He went away from there and came to his own country; and his disciples followed him.
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And on the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue; and many who heard him were astonished, saying, "Where did this man get all this? What is the wisdom given to him? What mighty works are wrought by his hands!
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Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him.
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And Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house."
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And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands upon a few sick people and healed them.
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And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went about among the villages teaching.
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And he called to him the twelve, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits.
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He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts;
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but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics.
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And he said to them, "Where you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place.
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And if any place will not receive you and they refuse to hear you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet for a testimony against them."
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So they went out and preached that men should repent.
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And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many that were sick and healed them.
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King Herod heard of it; for Jesus' name had become known. Some said, "John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; that is why these powers are at work in him."
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But others said, "It is Eli'jah." And others said, "It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old."
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But when Herod heard of it he said, "John, whom I beheaded, has been raised."
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For Herod had sent and seized John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Hero'di-as, his brother Philip's wife; because he had married her.
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For John said to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."
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And Hero'di-as had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not,
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for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and kept him safe. When he heard him, he was much perplexed; and yet he heard him gladly.
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But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and the leading men of Galilee.
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For when Hero'di-as' daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, "Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will grant it."
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And he vowed to her, "Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom."
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And she went out, and said to her mother, "What shall I ask?" And she said, "The head of John the baptizer."
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And she came in immediately with haste to the king, and asked, saying, "I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter."
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And the king was exceedingly sorry; but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her.
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And immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard and gave orders to bring his head. He went and beheaded him in the prison,
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and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother.
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When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.
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The apostles returned to Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught.
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And he said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while." For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.
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And they went away in the boat to a lonely place by themselves.
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Now many saw them going, and knew them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns, and got there ahead of them.
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As he went ashore he saw a great throng, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.
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And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, "This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late;
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send them away, to go into the country and villages round about and buy themselves something to eat."
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But he answered them, "You give them something to eat." And they said to him, "Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?"
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And he said to them, "How many loaves have you? Go and see." And when they had found out, they said, "Five, and two fish."
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Then he commanded them all to sit down by companies upon the green grass.
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So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties.
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And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all.
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And they all ate and were satisfied.
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And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish.
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And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.
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Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Beth-sa'ida, while he dismissed the crowd.
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And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray.
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And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land.
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And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them,
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but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out;
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for they all saw him, and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, "Take heart, it is I; have no fear."
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And he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded,
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for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.
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And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennes'aret, and moored to the shore.
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And when they got out of the boat, immediately the people recognized him,
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and ran about the whole neighborhood and began to bring sick people on their pallets to any place where they heard he was.
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And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or country, they laid the sick in the market places, and besought him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment; and as many as touched it were made well.

Mark chapter 7

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Now when the Pharisees gathered together to him, with some of the scribes, who had come from Jerusalem,
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they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands defiled, that is, unwashed.
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(For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they wash their hands, observing the tradition of the elders;
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and when they come from the market place, they do not eat unless they purify themselves; and there are many other traditions which they observe, the washing of cups and pots and vessels of bronze.)
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And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, "Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with hands defiled?"
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And he said to 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;
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in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.'
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You leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men."
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And he said to them, "You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God, in order to keep your tradition!
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For Moses said, `Honor your father and your mother'; and, `He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him surely die';
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but you say, `If a man tells his father or his mother, What you would have gained from me is Corban' (that is, given to God)--
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then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother,
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thus making void the word of God through your tradition which you hand on. And many such things you do."
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And he called the people to him again, and said to them, "Hear me, all of you, and understand:
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there is nothing outside a man which by going into him can defile him; but the things which come out of a man are what defile him."
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And when he had entered the house, and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable.
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And he said to them, "Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a man from outside cannot defile him,
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since it enters, not his heart but his stomach, and so passes on?" (Thus he declared all foods clean.)
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And he said, "What comes out of a man is what defiles a man.
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For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery,
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coveting, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.
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All these evil things come from within, and they defile a man."
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And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house, and would not have any one know it; yet he could not be hid.
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But immediately a woman, whose little daughter was possessed by an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell down at his feet.
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Now the woman was a Greek, a Syrophoeni'cian by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter.
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And he said to her, "Let the children first be fed, for it is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."
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But she answered him, "Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs."
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And he said to her, "For this saying you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter."
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And she went home, and found the child lying in bed, and the demon gone.
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Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, through the region of the Decap'olis.
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And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech; and they besought him to lay his hand upon him.
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And taking him aside from the multitude privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue;
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and looking up to heaven, he sighed, and said to him, "Eph'phatha," that is, "Be opened."
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And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.
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And he charged them to tell no one; but the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it.
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And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, "He has done all things well; he even makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak."
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