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2 “And now I will show you (A)the truth. Behold, three more kings shall arise in Persia, and a fourth shall be far richer than all of them. And when he has become strong through his riches, he shall stir up all against the kingdom of Greece. 3 Then (B)a mighty king shall arise, who shall rule with great dominion and (C)do as he wills. 4 And as soon as he has arisen, (D)his kingdom shall be broken and divided (E)toward the (F)four winds of heaven, but (G)not to his posterity, nor according to the authority with which he ruled, for his kingdom shall be plucked up and go to others besides these.
5 “Then the king of the south shall be strong, but one of his princes shall be stronger than he (H)and shall rule, and his authority shall be a great authority. 6 After some years (I)they shall make an alliance, and the daughter of the king of the south shall come to the king of the north to make an agreement. But she shall not retain the strength of her arm, and he and his arm shall not endure, but she shall be given up, and her attendants, he who fathered her, and he who supported[a] her in those times.
7 “And from a branch from her roots one shall arise in his place. He shall come against the army and enter the (J)fortress of the king of the north, and he shall deal with them and shall prevail. 8 He shall also carry off to Egypt their gods with their metal images and their precious (K)vessels of silver and gold, and for some years he shall refrain from attacking the king of the north. 9 Then the latter shall come into the realm of the king of the south but shall return to his own land.
10 “His sons shall wage war and assemble a multitude of great forces, which shall keep coming (L)and overflow and pass through, and again shall carry the war as far as his (M)fortress. 11 Then the king of the south, (N)moved with rage, shall come out and fight against the king of the north. (O)And he shall raise a great multitude, but it shall be given into his hand. 12 And when the multitude is taken away, his heart shall be exalted, and he shall cast down tens of thousands, but he shall not prevail. 13 For the king of the north shall again (P)raise a multitude, greater than the first. And (Q)after some years[b] he shall come on with a great army and abundant supplies.
14 “In those times many shall rise against the king of the south, and the violent among your own people shall lift themselves up in order to fulfill the vision, but (R)they shall fail. 15 Then the king of the north shall come and (S)throw up siegeworks and take a well-fortified city. And the forces of the south shall not stand, or even his best troops, for there shall be no strength to stand. 16 But he who comes against him shall (T)do as he wills, and (U)none shall stand before him. And he shall stand in (V)the glorious land, with destruction in his hand. 17 He shall (W)set his face to come with the strength of his whole kingdom, and he shall bring terms of an agreement and perform them. He shall give him the daughter of women to destroy the kingdom,[c] but it shall not stand or be to his advantage. 18 Afterward he shall turn his face to the coastlands and shall capture many of them, but a commander shall put an end to his insolence. Indeed,[d] he (X)shall turn his insolence back upon him. 19 Then he shall turn his face back toward the (Y)fortresses of his own land, but he shall (Z)stumble and fall, (AA)and shall not be found.
20 “Then shall arise in his place one who shall send an (AB)exactor of tribute for the glory of the kingdom. But within a few days he shall be broken, neither in anger nor in battle. 21 In his place shall arise a contemptible person to whom royal majesty has not been given. (AC)He shall come in without warning and obtain the kingdom (AD)by flatteries. 22 Armies shall be (AE)utterly swept away before him and broken, even the prince of the covenant. 23 And from the time that an alliance is made with him he shall act deceitfully, and he shall become strong with a small people. 24 (AF)Without warning he shall come into (AG)the richest parts[e] of the province, and he shall do what neither his fathers nor his fathers' fathers have done, scattering among them plunder, spoil, and goods. He shall devise plans against strongholds, but only for a time. 25 And he shall stir up his power and his heart against (AH)the king of the south with a great army. And the king of the south shall wage war with an exceedingly great and mighty army, but he shall not stand, for plots shall be devised against him. 26 Even those who eat his food shall break him. His army shall be (AI)swept away, and many shall fall down slain. 27 And as for the two kings, their hearts shall be bent on doing evil. They shall speak lies at the same table, but to no avail, for (AJ)the end is yet to be at the time appointed. 28 And he shall return to his land with great wealth, but his heart shall be set against the holy covenant. And he shall work his will and return to his own land.
29 “At the time appointed he shall return and come into the south, but it shall not be this time as it was before. 30 For ships of (AK)Kittim shall come against him, and he shall be afraid and withdraw, and shall turn back and (AL)be enraged and (AM)take action against the holy covenant. He shall turn back and pay attention to those who forsake the holy covenant. 31 Forces from him shall appear and (AN)profane the temple and fortress, and shall take away the regular burnt offering. And (AO)they shall set up the abomination that makes desolate. 32 He shall seduce with flattery those who violate the covenant, but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action. 33 (AP)And the wise among the people shall make many understand, though for some days they shall stumble by sword and flame, by captivity and plunder. 34 When they stumble, they shall receive a little help. And many shall join themselves to them with flattery, 35 and some of the wise shall stumble, so that they may be refined, (AQ)purified, and (AR)made white, until (AS)the time of the end, (AT)for it still awaits the appointed time.Read full chapter
1 John 3:7-24
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7 Little children, (A)let no one deceive you. (B)Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. 8 (C)Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was (D)to destroy the works of the devil. 9 (E)No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's[a] seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, (F)nor is the one who (G)does not love his brother.
Love One Another
11 For (H)this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, (I)that we should love one another. 12 We should not be like (J)Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? (K)Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, brothers,[b] (L)that the world hates you. 14 We know that (M)we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. 15 (N)Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that (O)no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
16 By this we know love, that (P)he laid down his life for us, and (Q)we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17 But (R)if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet (S)closes his heart against him, (T)how does God's love abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not (U)love in word or talk but in deed and (V)in truth.
19 By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; 20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 21 Beloved, (W)if our heart does not condemn us, (X)we have confidence before God; 22 and (Y)whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and (Z)do what pleases him. 23 And this is his commandment, (AA)that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and (AB)love one another, (AC)just as he has commanded us. 24 (AD)Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God,[c] and God[d] in him. And (AE)by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.Read full chapter
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Let Us Go to the House of the Lord
A Song of (A)Ascents. Of David.
122 I was glad when they said to me,
(B)“Let us go to the house of the Lord!”
2 Our feet have been standing
within your gates, O Jerusalem!
3 Jerusalem—(C)built as a city
that is (D)bound firmly together,
4 to which the tribes (E)go up,
the tribes of the Lord,
as was (F)decreed for[a] Israel,
to give thanks to the name of the Lord.
5 There (G)thrones for judgment were set,
the thrones of the house of David.
6 (H)Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
“May they be secure who love you!
7 Peace be within your (I)walls
and security within your (J)towers!”
8 For my brothers and companions' sake
I will say, (K)“Peace be within you!”
9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will (L)seek your good.
- Psalm 122:4 Or as a testimony for