12 (A)From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence,[a] and the violent take it by force.

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  1. Matthew 11:12 Or has been coming violently

16 (A)“The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then (B)the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and (C)everyone forces his way into it.[a]

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  1. Luke 16:16 Or everyone is forcefully urged into it

24 (A)“Strive (B)to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.

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11 (A)Put on (B)the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against (C)the schemes of the devil. 12 For (D)we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against (E)the rulers, against the authorities, against (F)the cosmic powers over (G)this present darkness, against (H)the spiritual forces of evil (I)in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore (J)take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in (K)the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.

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Lights in the World

12 Therefore, my beloved, (A)as you have always (B)obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,

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27 (A)Do not work for the food that perishes, but for (B)the food that endures to eternal life, which (C)the Son of Man will give to you. For on (D)him God the Father has (E)set his seal.”

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29 ((A)When all the people heard this, and (B)the tax collectors too, they declared God just,[a] (C)having been baptized with (D)the baptism of John, 30 (E)but the Pharisees and (F)the lawyers (G)rejected (H)the purpose of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.)

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  1. Luke 7:29 Greek they justified God

The Authority of Jesus Challenged

23 (A)And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him (B)as he was teaching, and said, (C)“By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24 Jesus answered them, “I also will ask you one question, and if you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25 The baptism of John, (D)from where did it come? (E)From heaven or from man?” And they discussed it among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, (F)‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘From man,’ (G)we are afraid of the crowd, for they all hold that John was (H)a prophet.” 27 So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.

The Parable of the Two Sons

28 (I)“What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in (J)the vineyard today.’ 29 And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he (K)changed his mind and went. 30 And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, (L)the tax collectors and (M)the prostitutes go into (N)the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came to you (O)in the way of righteousness, and (P)you did not believe him, but (Q)the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward (R)change your minds and believe him.

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