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Deuteronomy 26:1-11 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Giving the Firstfruits

26 “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, and you take possession of it and live in it, you must take some of the first of all the land’s produce that you harvest from the land Yahweh your God is giving you and put it in a container. Then go to the place where the Lord your God chooses to have His name dwell. When you come before the priest who is serving at that time, you must say to him, ‘Today I acknowledge to the Lord your[a] God that I have entered the land the Lord swore to our fathers to give us.’

“Then the priest will take the container from your hand and place it before the altar of the Lord your God. You are to respond by saying in the presence of the Lord your God:

My father was a wandering Aramean. He went down to Egypt with a few people and lived there. There he became a great, powerful, and populous nation. But the Egyptians mistreated and afflicted us, and forced us to do hard labor. So we called out to Yahweh, the God of our fathers, and the Lord heard our cry and saw our misery, hardship, and oppression. Then the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, with terrifying power, and with signs and wonders. He led us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. 10 I have now brought the first of the land’s produce that You, Lord, have given me.

You will then place the container before the Lord your God and bow down to Him. 11 You, the Levite, and the foreign resident among you will rejoice in all the good things the Lord your God has given you and your household.


  1. Deuteronomy 26:3 LXX reads my

Psalm 91:1-2 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Psalm 91

The Protection of the Most High

The one who lives under the protection of the Most High
dwells in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say[a] to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”


  1. Psalm 91:2 LXX, Syr, Jer read Almighty, saying, or Almighty, he will say

Psalm 91:9-16 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Because you have made the Lord—my refuge,
the Most High—your dwelling place,
10 no harm will come to you;
no plague will come near your tent.
11 For He will give His angels orders concerning you,
to protect you in all your ways.
12 They will support you with their hands
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the young lion and the serpent.

14 Because he is lovingly devoted to Me,
I will deliver him;
I will protect him because he knows My name.
15 When he calls out to Me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble.
I will rescue him and give him honor.
16 I will satisfy him with a long life
and show him My salvation.

Romans 10:8-13 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

On the contrary, what does it say? The message is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.[a] This is the message of faith that we proclaim: If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation. 11 Now the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on Him will not be put to shame,[b] 12 for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, since the same Lord of all is rich to all who call on Him. 13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.[c]

Luke 4:1-13 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Temptation of Jesus

Then Jesus returned from the Jordan, full of the Holy Spirit, and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for 40 days to be tempted by the Devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they were over,[a] He was hungry. The Devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”

But Jesus answered him, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone.[b][c]

So he took Him up[d] and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. The Devil said to Him, “I will give You their splendor and all this authority, because it has been given over to me, and I can give it to anyone I want. If You, then, will worship me,[e] all will be Yours.”

And Jesus answered him,[f] “It is written:

Worship the Lord your God,
and serve Him only.[g]

So he took Him to Jerusalem, had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:

He will give His angels orders concerning you,
to protect you,[h] 11 and
they will support you with their hands,
so that you will not strike
your foot against a stone.[i]

12 And Jesus answered him, “It is said: Do not test the Lord your God.[j]

13 After the Devil had finished every temptation, he departed from Him for a time.


  1. Luke 4:2 Lit were completed
  2. Luke 4:4 Other mss add but on every word of God
  3. Luke 4:4 Dt 8:3
  4. Luke 4:5 Other mss read So the Devil took Him up on a high mountain
  5. Luke 4:7 Lit will fall down before me
  6. Luke 4:8 Other mss add “Get behind Me, Satan!
  7. Luke 4:8 Dt 6:13
  8. Luke 4:10 Ps 91:11
  9. Luke 4:11 Ps 91:12
  10. Luke 4:12 Dt 6:16

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