12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.(A)

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to the praise of his glorious grace,(A) which he has freely given us in the One he loves.(B)

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Stand Firm

13 But we ought always to thank God for you,(A) brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits[a](B) to be saved(C) through the sanctifying work of the Spirit(D) and through belief in the truth.

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  1. 2 Thessalonians 2:13 Some manuscripts because from the beginning God chose you

13 And you also were included in Christ(A) when you heard the message of truth,(B) the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal,(C) the promised Holy Spirit,(D) 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance(E) until the redemption(F) of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.(G)

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18 “Here is my servant whom I have chosen,
    the one I love, in whom I delight;(A)
I will put my Spirit on him,(B)
    and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
19 He will not quarrel or cry out;
    no one will hear his voice in the streets.
20 A bruised reed he will not break,
    and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out,
till he has brought justice through to victory.
21     In his name the nations will put their hope.”[a](C)

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  1. Matthew 12:21 Isaiah 42:1-4

18 He chose to give us birth(A) through the word of truth,(B) that we might be a kind of firstfruits(C) of all he created.

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21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.(A)

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in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace,(A) expressed in his kindness(B) to us in Christ Jesus.

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12 And again, Isaiah says,

“The Root of Jesse(A) will spring up,
    one who will arise to rule over the nations;
    in him the Gentiles will hope.”[a](B)

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace(C) as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.(D)

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  1. Romans 15:12 Isaiah 11:10 (see Septuagint)

Jesus Comforts His Disciples

14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled.(A) You believe(B) in God[a];(C) believe also in me.

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  1. John 14:1 Or Believe in God

In his days Judah will be saved
    and Israel will live in safety.(A)
This is the name(B) by which he will be called:
    The Lord Our Righteous Savior.(C)

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This is what the Lord says:

“Cursed is the one who trusts in man,(A)
    who draws strength from mere flesh
    and whose heart turns away from the Lord.(B)
That person will be like a bush in the wastelands;
    they will not see prosperity when it comes.
They will dwell in the parched places(C) of the desert,
    in a salt(D) land where no one lives.

“But blessed(E) is the one who trusts(F) in the Lord,
    whose confidence is in him.

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25 But all the descendants(A) of Israel
    will find deliverance(B) in the Lord
    and will make their boast in him.(C)

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23 By myself I have sworn,(A)
    my mouth has uttered in all integrity(B)
    a word that will not be revoked:(C)
Before me every knee will bow;(D)
    by me every tongue will swear.(E)

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The Servant of the Lord

42 “Here is my servant,(A) whom I uphold,
    my chosen one(B) in whom I delight;(C)
I will put my Spirit(D) on him,
    and he will bring justice(E) to the nations.(F)
He will not shout or cry out,(G)
    or raise his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed(H) he will not break,(I)
    and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.(J)
In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;(K)
    he will not falter or be discouraged
till he establishes justice(L) on earth.
    In his teaching(M) the islands(N) will put their hope.”(O)

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The Kingdom of Righteousness

32 See, a king(A) will reign in righteousness
    and rulers will rule with justice.(B)
Each one will be like a shelter(C) from the wind
    and a refuge from the storm,(D)
like streams of water(E) in the desert(F)
    and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land.

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Surely God is my salvation;(A)
    I will trust(B) and not be afraid.
The Lord, the Lord himself,(C) is my strength(D) and my defense[a];
    he has become my salvation.(E)

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  1. Isaiah 12:2 Or song

Do not put your trust in princes,(A)
    in human beings,(B) who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;(C)
    on that very day their plans come to nothing.(D)
Blessed are those(E) whose help(F) is the God of Jacob,
    whose hope is in the Lord their God.

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12 Kiss his son,(A) or he will be angry
    and your way will lead to your destruction,
for his wrath(B) can flare up in a moment.
    Blessed(C) are all who take refuge(D) in him.

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