Death Comes to All

For I [a]considered all this in my heart, so that I could declare it all: (A)that the righteous and the wise and their works are in the hand of God. People know neither love nor hatred by anything they see before them.

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  1. Ecclesiastes 9:1 Lit. put

Yes, (A)He loves the people;
(B)All His saints are in Your hand;
They (C)sit down at Your feet;
Everyone (D)receives Your words.

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27 (A)My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 (B)My Father, (C)who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. 30 (D)I and My Father are one.”

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14 There is a vanity which occurs on earth, that there are just men to whom it (A)happens according to the work of the wicked; again, there are wicked men to whom it happens according to the work of the (B)righteous. I said that this also is vanity.

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10 (A)In whose hand is the [a]life of every living thing,
And the (B)breath of [b]all mankind?

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  1. Job 12:10 Or soul
  2. Job 12:10 Lit. all flesh of men

(A)who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

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12 For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, (A)for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.

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Watering, Working, Warning

Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but (A)ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? (B)I planted, (C)Apollos watered, (D)but God gave the increase. So then (E)neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, (F)and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.

For (G)we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are (H)God’s building. 10 (I)According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid (J)the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than (K)that which is laid, (L)which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day (M)will declare it, because (N)it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

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15 So now (A)we call the proud blessed,
For those who do wickedness are [a]raised up;
They even (B)tempt God and go free.’ ”

A Book of Remembrance

16 Then those (C)who feared the Lord (D)spoke to one another,
And the Lord listened and heard them;
So (E)a book of remembrance was written before Him
For those who fear the Lord
And who [b]meditate on His name.

17 “They(F) shall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts,
“On the day that I make them My (G)jewels.[c]
And (H)I will spare them
As a man spares his own son who serves him.”
18 (I)Then you shall again discern
Between the righteous and the wicked,
Between one who serves God
And one who does not serve Him.

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  1. Malachi 3:15 Lit. built
  2. Malachi 3:16 Or esteem
  3. Malachi 3:17 Lit. special treasure

18 For behold, I have made you this day
(A)A fortified city and an iron pillar,
And bronze walls against the whole land—
Against the kings of Judah,
Against its princes,
Against its priests,
And against the people of the land.
19 They will fight against you,
But they shall not prevail against you.
For I am with you,” says the Lord, “to deliver you.”

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The Servant, the Light to the Gentiles

49 “Listen, (A)O coastlands, to Me,
And take heed, you peoples from afar!
(B)The Lord has called Me from the womb;
From the [a]matrix of My mother He has made mention of My name.
And He has made (C)My mouth like a sharp sword;
(D)In the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me,
And made Me (E)a polished shaft;
In His quiver He has hidden Me.”

“And He said to me,
(F)‘You are My servant, O Israel,
(G)In whom I will be glorified.’
(H)Then I said, ‘I have labored in vain,
I have spent my strength for nothing and in vain;
Yet surely my [b]just reward is with the Lord,
And my [c]work with my God.’ ”

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  1. Isaiah 49:1 Lit. inward parts
  2. Isaiah 49:4 justice
  3. Isaiah 49:4 recompense

12 Lord, You will establish peace for us,
For You have also done all our works [a]in us.

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  1. Isaiah 26:12 Or for us

The Whole Duty of Man

And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he pondered and sought out and (A)set[a] in order many proverbs. 10 The Preacher sought to find [b]acceptable words; and what was written was upright—words of truth.

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  1. Ecclesiastes 12:9 arranged
  2. Ecclesiastes 12:10 Lit. delightful

14 (A)A fool also multiplies words.
No man knows what is to be;
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 the business that is done on earth, even though one sees no sleep day or night,

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25 (A)I applied my heart to know,
To search and seek out wisdom and the reason of things,
To know the wickedness of folly,
Even of foolishness and madness.

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15 I have seen everything in my days of vanity:

(A)There is a just man who perishes in his righteousness,
And there is a wicked man who prolongs life in his wickedness.

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17 (A)And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is grasping for the wind.

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(A)Commit[a] your works to the Lord,
And your thoughts will be established.

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  1. Proverbs 16:3 Lit. Roll

11 And they say, (A)“How does God know?
And is there knowledge in the Most High?”
12 Behold, these are the ungodly,
Who are always at ease;
They increase in riches.
13 Surely I have [a]cleansed my heart in (B)vain,
And washed my hands in innocence.

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  1. Psalm 73:13 kept my heart pure in vain