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16 We will show mercy to the poor[a] and not miss an opportunity to do acts of kindness for others, for these are the true sacrifices that delight God’s heart.

17 Obey your spiritual leaders and recognize their authority, for they keep watch over your soul without resting[b] since they will have to give an account to God for their work. So it will benefit you when you make their work a pleasure and not a heavy burden.

18 And keep praying for us that we continue to live with a clear conscience, for we desire to live honorably in all that we do.

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  1. Hebrews 13:16 As translated from the Aramaic.
  2. Hebrews 13:17 The Greek word agrypnein is often used for staying awake through the night.

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