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11 according to the glorious gospel of the (A)blessed God which was (B)committed to my trust.

Glory to God for His Grace(C)

12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has (D)enabled me, (E)because He counted me faithful, (F)putting me into the ministry, 13 although (G)I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an [a]insolent man; but I obtained mercy because (H)I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 14 (I)And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, (J)with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 15 (K)This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that (L)Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. 16 However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Timothy 1:13 violently arrogant

13 For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how (A)I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and (B)tried to destroy it. 14 And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, (C)being more exceedingly zealous (D)for the traditions of my fathers.

15 But when it pleased God, (E)who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, 16 (F)to reveal His Son in me, that (G)I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with (H)flesh and blood,

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Persecutions Are Coming(A)

16 (B)“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. (C)Therefore be wise as serpents and (D)harmless[a] as doves. 17 But beware of men, for (E)they will deliver you up to councils and (F)scourge you in their synagogues. 18 (G)You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. 19 (H)But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For (I)it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; 20 (J)for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.

21 (K)“Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. 22 And (L)you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. (M)But he who endures to the end will be saved.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 10:16 innocent

28 (A)And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather (B)fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in [a]hell. 29 Are not two (C)sparrows sold for a [b]copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 30 (D)But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Confess Christ Before Men(E)

32 (F)“Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, (G)him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 (H)But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.

Christ Brings Division(I)

34 (J)“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to (K)‘set[c] a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and (L)‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ 37 (M)He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 (N)And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 (O)He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 10:28 Gr. Gehenna
  2. Matthew 10:29 Gr. assarion, a coin worth about 1⁄16 of a denarius
  3. Matthew 10:35 alienate a man from

22 But (A)be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For (B)if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But (C)he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, (D)this one will be blessed in what he does.

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31 In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”

32 But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.”

33 Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?”

34 Jesus said to them, (A)“My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to (B)finish His work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes (C)the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, (D)for they are already white for harvest! 36 (E)And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that (F)both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. 37 For in this the saying is true: (G)‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; (H)others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.”

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41 Then those who [a]gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. 42 (A)And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ [b]doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and (B)many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44 Now all who believed were together, and (C)had all things in common, 45 and [c]sold their possessions and goods, and (D)divided[d] them among all, as anyone had need.

46 (E)So continuing daily with one accord (F)in the temple, and (G)breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And (H)the Lord added [e]to the church daily those who were being saved.

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Footnotes

  1. Acts 2:41 NU omits gladly
  2. Acts 2:42 teaching
  3. Acts 2:45 would sell
  4. Acts 2:45 distributed
  5. Acts 2:47 NU omits to the church

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