Promises to Abram(A)

12 Now the (B)Lord had said to Abram:

“Get (C)out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.
(D)I will make you a great nation;
(E)I will bless you
And make your name great;
(F)And you shall be a blessing.
(G)I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in (H)you all the families of the earth shall be (I)blessed.”

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Now (A)therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and (B)keep My covenant, then (C)you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is (D)Mine. And you shall be to Me a (E)kingdom of priests and a (F)holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”

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Isaiah Called to Be a Prophet(A)

In the year that (B)King Uzziah died, I (C)saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, (D)with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said:

(E)“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
(F)The whole earth is full of His glory!”

And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.

So I said:

“Woe is me, for I am [a]undone!
Because I am a man of (G)unclean lips,
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King,
The Lord of hosts.”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from (H)the altar. And he (I)touched my mouth with it, and said:

“Behold, this has touched your lips;
Your iniquity is taken away,
And your sin [b]purged.”

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:

“Whom shall I send,
And who will go for (J)Us?”

Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 6:5 destroyed, cut off
  2. Isaiah 6:7 atoned for

37 Then He said to His disciples, (A)“The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 (B)Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

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Sending Out the Twelve(A)

These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: (B)“Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of (C)the Samaritans. (D)But go rather to the (E)lost sheep of the house of Israel. (F)And as you go, preach, saying, (G)‘The kingdom of heaven [a]is at hand.’ Heal the sick, [b]cleanse the lepers, [c]raise the dead, cast out demons. (H)Freely you have received, freely give. (I)Provide neither gold nor silver nor (J)copper in your money belts, 10 nor bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs; (K)for a worker is worthy of his food.

11 (L)“Now whatever city or town you enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and stay there till you go out. 12 And when you go into a household, greet it. 13 (M)If the household is worthy, let your peace come upon it. (N)But if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14 (O)And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, (P)shake off the dust from your feet. 15 Assuredly, I say to you, (Q)it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!

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  1. Matthew 10:7 has drawn near
  2. Matthew 10:8 NU raise the dead, cleanse the lepers
  3. Matthew 10:8 M omits raise the dead

The Parable of the Sower Explained(A)

18 (B)“Therefore hear the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word (C)of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. 20 But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately (D)receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when (E)tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately (F)he stumbles. 22 Now (G)he who received seed (H)among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears (I)fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but (J)gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ ”

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37 He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 (A)The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are (B)the sons of the wicked one. 39 The enemy who sowed them is the devil, (C)the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. 40 Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. 41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, (D)and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, 42 (E)and will cast them into the furnace of fire. (F)There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 (G)Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. (H)He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

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19 (A)And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth [a]will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

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  1. Matthew 16:19 Or will have been bound . . . will have been loosed

Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’ 10 So those servants went out into the highways and (A)gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.

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14 And this (A)gospel of the kingdom (B)will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

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18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, (A)“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 (B)Go [a]therefore and (C)make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 (D)teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am (E)with you always, even to the end of the age.” [b]Amen.

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  1. Matthew 28:19 M omits therefore
  2. Matthew 28:20 NU omits Amen.

The Seventy Sent Out

10 After these things the Lord appointed [a]seventy others also, and (A)sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. Then He said to them, (B)“The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore (C)pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Go your way; (D)behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves. (E)Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and (F)greet no one along the road. (G)But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on it; if not, it will return to you. (H)And remain in the same house, (I)eating and drinking such things as they give, for (J)the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house. Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. (K)And heal the sick there, and say to them, (L)‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, 11 (M)‘The very dust of your city which clings to [b]us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you.’ 12 [c]But I say to you that (N)it will be more tolerable in that Day for Sodom than for that city.

Woe to the Impenitent Cities(O)

13 (P)“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! (Q)For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. 15 (R)And you, Capernaum, [d]who are (S)exalted to heaven, (T)will be brought down to Hades. 16 (U)He who hears you hears Me, (V)he who rejects you rejects Me, and (W)he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.”

The Seventy Return with Joy

17 Then (X)the [e]seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”

18 And He said to them, (Y)“I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.

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  1. Luke 10:1 NU seventy-two others
  2. Luke 10:11 NU our feet
  3. Luke 10:12 NU, M omit But
  4. Luke 10:15 NU will you be exalted to heaven? You will be thrust down to Hades!
  5. Luke 10:17 NU seventy-two

46 Then He said to them, (A)“Thus it is written, [a]and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and (B)remission of sins should be preached in His name (C)to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And (D)you are witnesses of these things. 49 (E)Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city [b]of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

The Ascension(F)

50 And He led them out (G)as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. 51 (H)Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. 52 (I)And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were continually (J)in the temple [c]praising and blessing God. [d]Amen.

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  1. Luke 24:46 NU that the Christ should suffer and rise
  2. Luke 24:49 NU omits of Jerusalem
  3. Luke 24:53 NU omits praising and
  4. Luke 24:53 NU omits Amen.

11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, (A)or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.

The Answered Prayer

12 (B)“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.

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If you abide in Me, and My words (A)abide in you, (B)you[a] will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. (C)By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; (D)so you will be My disciples.

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  1. John 15:7 NU omits you will

16 (A)You did not choose Me, but I chose you and (B)appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father (C)in My name He may give you.

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15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but (A)that You should keep them from the evil one.

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21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! (A)As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”

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(A)But you shall receive power (B)when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and (C)you shall be [a]witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and (D)Samaria, and to the (E)end of the earth.”

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  1. Acts 1:8 NU My witnesses

(A)until the day in which [a]He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit (B)had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen,

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  1. Acts 1:2 He ascended into heaven.