14 So Lot went out and said to his sons-in-law, who were to marry his daughters, (A)“Up! Get out of this place, for the Lord is about to destroy the city.” But he seemed to his sons-in-law to be jesting.

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21 (A)“Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them (B)in a moment.”

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45 (A)“Get away from the midst of this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.” (B)And they fell on their faces.

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(A)“Flee from the midst of Babylon;
    let every one save his life!
(B)Be not cut off in her punishment,
    (C)for this is the time of the Lord's vengeance,
    the repayment he is rendering her.

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26 And he spoke to the congregation, saying, (A)“Depart, please, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest you be swept away with all their sins.”

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Then I heard another voice from heaven saying,

(A)“Come out of her, my people,
    lest you take part in her sins,
lest you share in her plagues;
for (B)her sins are heaped high as heaven,
    and (C)God has remembered her iniquities.
(D)Pay her back as she herself has paid back others,
    and repay her (E)double for her deeds;
    mix a double portion for her (F)in the cup she mixed.
(G)As she glorified herself and lived in luxury,
    so give her a like measure of torment and mourning,
since in her heart she says,
    (H)‘I sit as a queen,
I am no widow,
    and mourning I shall never see.’
For this reason her plagues will come (I)in a single day,
    death and mourning and famine,
and (J)she will be burned up with fire;
    for (K)mighty is the Lord God who has judged her.”

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28 Likewise, just as it was in the days of (A)Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, 29 (B)but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all— 30 so will it be (C)on the day when the Son of Man is revealed.

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While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then (A)sudden destruction will come upon them (B)as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

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32 Now when they heard of (A)the resurrection of the dead, (B)some mocked. But others said, (C)“We will hear you again about this.”

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11 but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and (A)they did not believe them.

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42 While he was coming, the demon threw him to the ground and convulsed him. But Jesus (A)rebuked the unclean spirit and healed the boy, and (B)gave him back to his father.

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24 he said, “Go away, for (A)the girl is not dead but (B)sleeping.” And they laughed at him.

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The Birth of Jesus Christ

18 Now the birth of (A)Jesus Christ[a] took place in this way. (B)When his mother Mary had been betrothed[b] to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child (C)from the Holy Spirit.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 1:18 Some manuscripts of the Christ
  2. Matthew 1:18 That is, legally pledged to be married

49 Then I said, (A)“Ah, Lord God! They are saying of me, (B)‘Is he not a maker of parables?’”

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O Lord, (A)you have deceived me,
    and I was deceived;
(B)you are stronger than I,
    and you have prevailed.
(C)I have become a laughingstock all the day;
    everyone mocks me.

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12 They have spoken falsely of the Lord
    and have said, ‘He will do nothing;
(A)no disaster will come upon us,
    (B)nor shall we see sword or famine.
13 The prophets will become wind;
    the word is not in them.
Thus shall it be done to them!’”

The Lord Proclaims Judgment

14 Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of hosts:
“Because you have spoken this word,
behold, (C)I am making my words in your mouth (D)a fire,
    and this people wood, and the fire shall consume them.

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22 Now therefore do not (A)scoff,
    lest your bonds be made strong;
for I have heard (B)a decree of destruction
    from the Lord God of hosts against the whole land.

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29 (A)He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck,
    will suddenly be (B)broken (C)beyond healing.

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16 (A)But they kept mocking the messengers of God, (B)despising his words and scoffing at his prophets, (C)until the wrath of the Lord rose against his people, until there was no remedy.

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10 (A)So the couriers went from city to city through the country of (B)Ephraim and Manasseh, and as far as Zebulun, but (C)they laughed them to scorn and mocked them.

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31 Then he summoned Moses and Aaron by night and said, “Up, go out from among my people, (A)both you and the people of Israel; and go, serve the Lord, as you have said.

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