Death Comes to All

But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, (A)how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are (B)in the hand of God. Whether it is love or hate, man does not know; both are before him.

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Yes, (A)he loved his people,[a]
    (B)all his holy ones were in his[b] hand;
(C)so they followed[c] in your steps,
    receiving direction from you,

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Footnotes

  1. Deuteronomy 33:3 Septuagint; Hebrew peoples
  2. Deuteronomy 33:3 Hebrew your
  3. Deuteronomy 33:3 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain

27 (A)My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 (B)I give them eternal life, and (C)they will never perish, and (D)no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, (E)who has given them to me,[a] (F)is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of (G)the Father's hand. 30 (H)I and the Father are one.”

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Footnotes

  1. John 10:29 Some manuscripts What my Father has given to me

Man Cannot Know God's Ways

14 There is a vanity that takes place on earth, that there are righteous people (A)to whom it happens according to the deeds of the wicked, and there are wicked people (B)to whom it happens according to the deeds of the righteous. I said that this also is vanity.

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10 In (A)his hand is the life of every living thing
    and the breath of all mankind.

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who by God's power are being guarded (A)through faith for a salvation (B)ready to be revealed in the last time.

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12 (A)which is why I suffer as I do. But (B)I am not ashamed, for (C)I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until (D)that day (E)what has been entrusted to me.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Timothy 1:12 Or what I have entrusted to him; Greek my deposit

What then is Apollos? What is Paul? (A)Servants through whom you believed, (B)as the Lord assigned to each. (C)I planted, (D)Apollos watered, (E)but God gave the growth. So (F)neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each (G)will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are (H)God's fellow workers. You are God's field, (I)God's building.

10 (J)According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled[a] master builder I laid a (K)foundation, and (L)someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. 11 For no one can lay a (M)foundation other (N)than that which is laid, (O)which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 13 (P)each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed (Q)by fire, and (R)the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 14 If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, (S)he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, (T)but only as through fire.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 3:10 Or wise

15 And now we call (A)the arrogant blessed. (B)Evildoers not only prosper but (C)they put God to the test and they escape.’”

The Book of Remembrance

16 Then those who feared the Lord (D)spoke with one another. The Lord paid attention and heard them, and (E)a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the Lord and esteemed his name. 17 “They shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts, (F)in the day when I make up (G)my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. 18 Then once more you shall (H)see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.

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18 And I, behold, I make you this day (A)a fortified city, (B)an iron pillar, and (C)bronze walls, against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests, and the people of the land. 19 (D)They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you, for (E)I am with you, declares the Lord, to deliver you.”

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The Servant of the Lord

49 Listen to me, (A)O coastlands,
    and give attention, you peoples (B)from afar.
(C)The Lord called me from the womb,
    from the body of my mother he named my name.
(D)He made my mouth like a sharp sword;
    (E)in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me a polished arrow;
    in his quiver he hid me away.
And he said to me, “You are my servant,
    Israel, (F)in whom I will be glorified.”[a]
(G)But I said, “I have labored in vain;
    I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;
yet surely my right is with the Lord,
    and my recompense with my God.”

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 49:3 Or I will display my beauty

12 O Lord, you will ordain (A)peace for us,
    for you have indeed done for us all our works.

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Fear God and Keep His Commandments

Besides being wise, (A)the Preacher also taught the people knowledge, weighing and studying and arranging (B)many proverbs with great care. 10 (C)The Preacher sought to find words of delight, and uprightly he wrote words of truth.

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14 (A)A fool multiplies words,
    though no man knows what is to be,
    and who can tell him (B)what will be after him?

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16 When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see (A)the business that is done on earth, how neither (B)day nor night do one's eyes see sleep,

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25 (A)I turned my heart to know and to search out and to seek wisdom and the scheme of things, and to know the wickedness of folly and the foolishness that is madness.

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15 In my (A)vain[a] life I have seen everything. There is (B)a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who (C)prolongs his life in his evildoing.

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Footnotes

  1. Ecclesiastes 7:15 The Hebrew term hebel can refer to a “vapor” or “mere breath” (see note on 1:2)

17 And I (A)applied my heart to know wisdom and to know (B)madness and folly. I perceived that this also is but (C)a striving after wind.

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(A)Commit your work to the Lord,
    and your plans will be established.

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11 And they say, (A)“How can God know?
    Is there knowledge in the Most High?”
12 Behold, these are the wicked;
    always at ease, they (B)increase in riches.
13 All in vain have I (C)kept my heart clean
    and (D)washed my hands in innocence.

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