(A)Listen to Me, you who know righteousness,
A people in whose (B)heart is My Law;
Do not fear the (C)taunting of [a]people,
Nor be terrified of their abuses.
For the (D)moth will eat them like a garment;
Yes, the (E)moth will eat them like wool.
But My (F)righteousness will be forever,
And My salvation to all generations.”

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  1. Isaiah 51:7 Or mankind

11 “Blessed are you when people (A)insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.

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Hidden Treasure

44 (A)The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from [a]joy over it he goes and (B)sells everything that he has, and buys that field.

A Costly Pearl

45 “Again, (C)the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls,

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  1. Matthew 13:44 Or his joy, he goes

29 And (A)everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother [a]or children or farms on account of My name, will receive [b]many times as much, and will inherit eternal life.

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  1. Matthew 19:29 One early ms adds or wife
  2. Matthew 19:29 One early ms a hundred times

Parable of the Talents

14 (A)For it is just like a man (B)about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them. 15 To one he gave five [a](C)talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he (D)went on his journey. 16 The one who had received the five (E)talents immediately went and did business with them, and earned five more talents. 17 In the same way the one who had received the two talents earned two more. 18 But he who received the one talent went away and dug a hole in the ground, and hid his [b]master’s money.

19 “Now after a long time the master of those slaves *came and *(F)settled accounts with them. 20 The one who had received the five (G)talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have earned five more talents.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and (H)faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will (I)put you in charge of many things; enter the joy of your [c]master.’

22 “Also the one who had received the two (J)talents came up and said, ‘Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have earned two more talents.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and (K)faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter the joy of your master.’

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  1. Matthew 25:15 A talent was worth about fifteen years’ wages for a laborer
  2. Matthew 25:18 Or lord’s
  3. Matthew 25:21 Or lord

The Judgment

31 “But when (A)the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then (B)He will sit on His glorious throne. 32 And all the nations will be (C)gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, (D)just as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; 33 and He will put the sheep (E)on His right, but the goats (F)on the left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, (G)inherit the kingdom prepared for you (H)from the foundation of the world. 35 For (I)I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; (J)I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 (K)naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you (L)visited Me; (M)I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38 And when did we see You as a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And (N)the King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, (O)to the extent that you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of Mine, you did it for Me.’

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35 But (A)love your enemies and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be (B)sons of (C)the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil people.

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23 Whatever you do, do your work [a]heartily, (A)as for the Lord and not for people, 24 (B)knowing that it is from the Lord that you will receive the reward [b]of (C)the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you (D)serve.

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  1. Colossians 3:23 Lit from the soul
  2. Colossians 3:24 I.e., consisting of

Better Things for You

But, (A)beloved, we are convinced of better things regarding you, and things that [a]accompany salvation, even though we are speaking in this way. 10 For (B)God is not unjust so as to forget (C)your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, by having (D)served and by still serving the [b]saints. 11 And we desire that each one of you demonstrate the same diligence [c]so as to realize the (E)full assurance of (F)hope until the end, 12 so that you will not be sluggish, but (G)imitators of those who through (H)faith and endurance (I)inherit the promises.

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  1. Hebrews 6:9 Or belong to
  2. Hebrews 6:10 Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
  3. Hebrews 6:11 Lit to the full

Listen, (A)my beloved brothers and sisters: did (B)God not choose the poor [a]of this world to be (C)rich in faith and (D)heirs of the kingdom which He (E)promised to those who love Him?

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  1. James 2:5 Lit to the

(A)not returning evil for evil or (B)insult for insult, but giving a (C)blessing instead; for (D)you were called for the very purpose that you would (E)inherit a blessing.

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(A)not returning evil for evil or (B)insult for insult, but giving a (C)blessing instead; for (D)you were called for the very purpose that you would (E)inherit a blessing.

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