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15 So now (A)we call the proud blessed,
For those who do wickedness are [a]raised up;
They even (B)tempt God and go free.’ ”

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Footnotes

  1. Malachi 3:15 Lit. built

The Great Day of God

“For behold, (A)the day is coming,
Burning like an oven,
And all (B)the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be (C)stubble.
And the day which is coming shall burn them up,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“That will (D)leave them neither root nor branch.

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Submit to God, Resist the Devil

Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, (A)all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for

(B)“God resists the proud,
But (C)gives grace to the humble.”

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Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me,
And saw My works forty years.

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nor let us [a]tempt Christ, as (A)some of them also tempted, and (B)were destroyed by serpents;

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 10:9 test

21 So on a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat on his throne and gave an oration to them.

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Then Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together (A)to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.”

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and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:

(A)‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’

and,

(B)‘In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’

Jesus said to him, “It is written again, (C)‘You shall not [a]tempt the Lord your God.’

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  1. Matthew 4:7 test

17 (A)You have wearied the Lord with your words;
Yet you say,
“In what way have we wearied Him?
In that you say,
(B)“Everyone who does evil
Is good in the sight of the Lord,
And He delights in them,”
Or, “Where is the God of justice?”

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13 You are of purer eyes than to behold evil,
And cannot look on wickedness.
Why do You look on those who deal treacherously,
And hold Your tongue when the wicked devours
A person more righteous than he?
14 Why do You make men like fish of the sea,
Like creeping things that have no ruler over them?

15 They take up all of them with a hook,
They catch them in their net,
And gather them in their dragnet.
Therefore they rejoice and are glad.
16 Therefore (A)they sacrifice to their net,
And burn incense to their dragnet;
Because by them their share is [a]sumptuous
And their food plentiful.
17 Shall they therefore empty their net,
And continue to slay nations without pity?

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Footnotes

  1. Habakkuk 1:16 Lit. fat

16 So the king gave the command, and they brought Daniel and cast him into the den of lions. But the king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.”

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20 (A)But when his heart was lifted up, and his spirit was hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him. 21 Then he was (B)driven from the sons of men, his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild donkeys. They fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, (C)till he [a]knew that the Most High God rules in the kingdom of men, and appoints over it whomever He chooses.

22 “But you his son, Belshazzar, (D)have not humbled your heart, although you knew all this. 23 (E)And you have [b]lifted yourself up against the Lord of heaven. They have brought the (F)vessels of [c]His house before you, and you and your lords, your wives and your concubines, have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, bronze and iron, wood and stone, (G)which do not see or hear or know; and the God who holds your breath in His hand (H)and owns all your ways, you have not glorified. 24 Then the [d]fingers of the hand were sent from Him, and this writing was written.

25 “And this is the inscription that was written:

[e]MENE, MENE, [f]TEKEL, [g]UPHARSIN.

26 This is the interpretation of each word. MENE: God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it; 27 TEKEL: (I)You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting; 28 PERES: Your kingdom has been divided, and given to the (J)Medes and (K)Persians.”[h]

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Footnotes

  1. Daniel 5:21 Recognized
  2. Daniel 5:23 Exalted
  3. Daniel 5:23 The temple
  4. Daniel 5:24 Lit. palm
  5. Daniel 5:25 Lit. a mina (50 shekels) from the verb “to number”
  6. Daniel 5:25 Lit. a shekel from the verb “to weigh”
  7. Daniel 5:25 Lit. and half-shekels from the verb “to divide”; pl. of Peres, v. 28
  8. Daniel 5:28 Aram. Paras, consonant with Peres

37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, (A)praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, (B)all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. (C)And those who walk in pride He is able to put down.

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30 The king (A)spoke, saying, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?”

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Jeremiah’s Question

12 Righteous (A)are You, O Lord, when I plead with You;
Yet let me talk with You about Your judgments.
(B)Why does the way of the wicked prosper?
Why are those happy who deal so treacherously?
You have planted them, yes, they have taken root;
They grow, yes, they bear fruit.
(C)You are near in their mouth
But far from their [a]mind.

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  1. Jeremiah 12:2 Most secret parts, lit. kidneys

10 (A)and then come and stand before Me in this house (B)which is called by My name, and say, ‘We are delivered to do all these abominations’?

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Death Comes to All

For I [a]considered all this in my heart, so that I could declare it all: (A)that the righteous and the wise and their works are in the hand of God. People know neither love nor hatred by anything they see before them. (B)All things come alike to all:

One event happens to the righteous and the wicked;
To the [b]good, the clean, and the unclean;
To him who sacrifices and him who does not sacrifice.
As is the good, so is the sinner;
He who takes an oath as he who fears an oath.

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Footnotes

  1. Ecclesiastes 9:1 Lit. put
  2. Ecclesiastes 9:2 LXX, Syr., Vg. good and bad,

12 The wicked covet the catch of evil men,
But the root of the righteous yields fruit.

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14 (A)But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness,
And tested God in the desert.

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When (A)your fathers tested Me;
They tried Me, though they (B)saw My work.

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56 (A)Yet they tested and provoked the Most High God,
And did not keep His testimonies,

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