The Three Visitors

18 The Lord appeared to Abraham(A) near the great trees of Mamre(B) while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent(C) in the heat of the day.

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15 then the young woman’s father and mother shall bring to the town elders at the gate(A) proof that she was a virgin.

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However, if a man does not want to marry his brother’s wife,(A) she shall go to the elders at the town gate(B) and say, “My husband’s brother refuses to carry on his brother’s name in Israel. He will not fulfill the duty of a brother-in-law to me.”(C)

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When they flee to one of these cities, they are to stand in the entrance of the city gate(A) and state their case before the elders(B) of that city. Then the elders are to admit the fugitive into their city and provide a place to live among them.

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11 Then the elders and all the people at the gate(A) said, “We are witnesses.(B) May the Lord make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah,(C) who together built up the family of Israel. May you have standing in Ephrathah(D) and be famous in Bethlehem.(E)

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He would get up early and stand by the side of the road leading to the city gate.(A) Whenever anyone came with a complaint to be placed before the king for a decision, Absalom would call out to him, “What town are you from?” He would answer, “Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel.”

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35 The high places,(A) however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there. Jotham rebuilt the Upper Gate(B) of the temple of the Lord.

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Blessed is the man
    whose quiver is full of them.(A)
They will not be put to shame
    when they contend with their opponents(B) in court.(C)

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23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
    where he takes his seat among the elders(A) of the land.

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10 When the officials(A) of Judah heard about these things, they went up from the royal palace to the house of the Lord and took their places at the entrance of the New Gate(B) of the Lord’s house.

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10 From the room of Gemariah(A) son of Shaphan(B) the secretary,(C) which was in the upper courtyard at the entrance of the New Gate(D) of the temple, Baruch read to all the people at the Lord’s temple the words of Jeremiah from the scroll.

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