17 Every good and perfect gift is from above,(A) coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,(B) who does not change(C) like shifting shadows.

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15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities,(A) he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them(B) by the cross.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. Colossians 2:15 Or them in him

Psalm 144

Of David.

Praise be to the Lord my Rock,(A)
    who trains my hands for war,
    my fingers for battle.

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17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life(A)—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.(B) I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”(C)

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The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord(A) and in his mighty power.(B) 11 Put on the full armor of God,(C) so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

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The weapons we fight with(A) are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power(B) to demolish strongholds.(C)

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Freedom in Christ

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.(A) Stand firm,(B) then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.(C)

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33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.(A) In this world you will have trouble.(B) But take heart! I have overcome(C) the world.”

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For you were once(A) darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light(B)

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Dispute Over Jesus’ Testimony

12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am(A) the light of the world.(B) Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”(C)

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Dispute Over Jesus’ Testimony

12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am(A) the light of the world.(B) Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”(C)

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Not only so, but we[a] also glory in our sufferings,(A) because we know that suffering produces perseverance;(B) perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope(C) does not put us to shame, because God’s love(D) has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit,(E) who has been given to us.

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 5:3 Or let us

Let us not become weary in doing good,(A) for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.(B)

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Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,(A)
    too lofty(B) for me to attain.

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10 to the One who gives victory to kings,(A)
    who delivers his servant David.(B)

From the deadly sword(C) 11 deliver me;
    rescue me(D) from the hands of foreigners(E)
whose mouths are full of lies,(F)
    whose right hands are deceitful.(G)

12 Then our sons in their youth
    will be like well-nurtured plants,(H)
and our daughters will be like pillars(I)
    carved to adorn a palace.

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Preach(A) the word;(B) be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke(C) and encourage(D)—with great patience and careful instruction.

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20 For no matter how many promises(A) God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen”(B) is spoken by us to the glory of God.(C)

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For his anger(A) lasts only a moment,(B)
    but his favor lasts a lifetime;(C)
weeping(D) may stay for the night,
    but rejoicing comes in the morning.(E)

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17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking,(A) but of righteousness, peace(B) and joy in the Holy Spirit,(C)

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