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Take Life as It Comes

All this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God; whether it is love or hate one does not know. Everything that confronts them

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Indeed, O favorite among[a] peoples,
    all his holy ones were in your charge;
they marched at your heels,
    accepted direction from you.

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Footnotes

  1. Deuteronomy 33:3 Or O lover of the

27 My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand.[a] 30 The Father and I are one.”

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Footnotes

  1. John 10:29 Other ancient authorities read My Father who has given them to me is greater than all, and no one can snatch them out of the Father’s hand

14 There is a vanity that takes place on earth, that there are righteous people who are treated according to the conduct of the wicked, and there are wicked people who are treated according to the conduct of the righteous. I said that this also is vanity.

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10 In his hand is the life of every living thing
    and the breath of every human being.

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who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

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12 and for this reason I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Timothy 1:12 Or what has been entrusted to me

What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.

10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 13 the work of each builder will become visible, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done. 14 If what has been built on the foundation survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If the work is burned up, the builder will suffer loss; the builder will be saved, but only as through fire.

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15 Now we count the arrogant happy; evildoers not only prosper, but when they put God to the test they escape.”

The Reward of the Faithful

16 Then those who revered the Lord spoke with one another. The Lord took note and listened, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who revered the Lord and thought on his name. 17 They shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts, my special possession on the day when I act, and I will spare them as parents spare their children who serve them. 18 Then once more you shall see the difference 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 for my part have made you today a fortified city, an iron pillar, and a bronze wall, against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its princes, its priests, and 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’s Mission

49 Listen to me, O coastlands,
    pay attention, you peoples from far away!
The Lord called me before I was born,
    while I was in my mother’s womb he named me.
He made my mouth like a sharp sword,
    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, in whom I will be glorified.”
But I said, “I have labored in vain,
    I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;
yet surely my cause is with the Lord,
    and my reward with my God.”

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12 O Lord, you will ordain peace for us,
    for indeed, all that we have done, you have done for us.

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Epilogue

Besides being wise, the Teacher[a] also taught the people knowledge, weighing and studying and arranging many proverbs. 10 The Teacher[b] sought to find pleasing words, and he wrote words of truth plainly.

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Footnotes

  1. Ecclesiastes 12:9 Qoheleth, traditionally rendered Preacher
  2. Ecclesiastes 12:10 Qoheleth, traditionally rendered Preacher

14 yet fools talk on and on.
    No one knows what is to happen,
    and who can tell anyone what the future holds?

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16 When I applied my mind to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done on earth, how one’s eyes see sleep neither day nor night,

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25 I turned my mind to know and to search out and to seek wisdom and the sum of things, and to know that wickedness is folly and that foolishness is madness.

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The Riddles of Life

15 In my vain life I have seen everything; there are righteous people who perish in their righteousness, and there are wicked people who prolong their life in their evildoing.

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17 And I applied my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is but a chasing after wind.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. Ecclesiastes 1:17 Or a feeding on wind. See Hos 12.1

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

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

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For I was envious of the arrogant;
    I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

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