A Common Destiny for All

So I reflected on all this and concluded that the righteous and the wise and what they do are in God’s hands, but no one knows whether love or hate awaits them.(A)

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Surely it is you who love(A) the people;
    all the holy ones are in your hand.(B)
At your feet they all bow down,(C)
    and from you receive instruction,

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

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Footnotes

  1. John 10:29 Many early manuscripts What my Father has given me is greater than all

14 There is something else meaningless that occurs on earth: the righteous who get what the wicked deserve, and the wicked who get what the righteous deserve.(A) This too, I say, is meaningless.(B)

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

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who through faith are shielded by God’s power(A) until the coming of the salvation(B) that is ready to be revealed(C) in the last time.

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12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame,(A) because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard(B) what I have entrusted to him until that day.(C)

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What, after all, is Apollos?(A) And what is Paul? Only servants,(B) through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed,(C) Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.(D) For we are co-workers in God’s service;(E) you are God’s field,(F) God’s building.(G)

10 By the grace God has given me,(H) I laid a foundation(I) as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.(J) 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is,(K) because the Day(L) will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.(M) 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward.(N) 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.(O)

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15 But now we call the arrogant(A) blessed. Certainly evildoers(B) prosper,(C) and even when they put God to the test, they get away with it.’”

The Faithful Remnant

16 Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard.(D) A scroll(E) of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared(F) the Lord and honored his name.

17 “On the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty, “they will be my(G) treasured possession.(H) I will spare(I) them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son(J) who serves him. 18 And you will again see the distinction between the righteous(K) and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.(L)

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18 Today I have made you(A) a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. 19 They will fight against you but will not overcome(B) you, for I am with you(C) and will rescue(D) you,” declares the Lord.

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The Servant of the Lord

49 Listen(A) to me, you islands;(B)
    hear this, you distant nations:
Before I was born(C) the Lord called(D) me;
    from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.(E)
He made my mouth(F) like a sharpened sword,(G)
    in the shadow of his hand(H) he hid me;
he made me into a polished arrow(I)
    and concealed me in his quiver.
He said to me, “You are my servant,(J)
    Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.(K)
But I said, “I have labored in vain;(L)
    I have spent my strength for nothing at all.
Yet what is due me is in the Lord’s hand,(M)
    and my reward(N) is with my God.”(O)

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12 Lord, you establish peace(A) for us;
    all that we have accomplished you have done(B) for us.

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The Conclusion of the Matter

Not only was the Teacher wise, but he also imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs.(A) 10 The Teacher(B) searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.(C)

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14     and fools multiply words.(A)

No one knows what is coming—
    who can tell someone else what will happen after them?(B)

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16 When I applied my mind to know wisdom(A) and to observe the labor that is done on earth(B)—people getting no sleep day or night—

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25 So I turned my mind to understand,
    to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things(A)
and to understand the stupidity of wickedness
    and the madness of folly.(B)

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15 In this meaningless life(A) of mine I have seen both of these:

the righteous perishing in their righteousness,
    and the wicked living long in their wickedness.(B)

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17 Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom,(A) and also of madness and folly,(B) but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.

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Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
    and he will establish your plans.(A)

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11 They say, “How would God know?
    Does the Most High know anything?”

12 This is what the wicked are like—
    always free of care,(A) they go on amassing wealth.(B)

13 Surely in vain(C) I have kept my heart pure
    and have washed my hands in innocence.(D)

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