(A)The rich rules over the poor,
    and the borrower is the slave of the lender.

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21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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David Prays in the Assembly

10 Therefore David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly. And David said: (A)“Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. 11 (B)Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. 12 (C)Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. (D)In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. 13 And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.

14 “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. 15 (E)For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are (F)like a shadow, and there is no abiding.[a] 16 O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a house for your holy name comes from your hand and is all your own. 17 I know, my God, (G)that you test the heart and (H)have pleasure in uprightness. In the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are present here, offering freely and joyously to you. 18 O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep forever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of your people, and direct their hearts toward you. 19 (I)Grant to Solomon my son a whole heart that he may keep your commandments, your testimonies, and your statutes, performing all, and that he may (J)build the palace (K)for which I have made provision.”

20 Then David said to all the assembly, (L)“Bless the Lord your God.” And all the assembly blessed the Lord, the God of their fathers, (M)and bowed their heads and paid homage to the Lord and to the king.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Chronicles 29:15 Septuagint, Vulgate; Hebrew hope, or prospect

The King of Glory

A Psalm of David.

24 (A)The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof,[a]
    the world and those who dwell therein,

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  1. Psalm 24:1 Or and all that fills it

23 (A)Know well the condition of your flocks,
    and (B)give attention to your herds,
24 for (C)riches do not last forever;
    and does a crown endure to all generations?
25 (D)When the grass is gone and the new growth appears
    and the vegetation of the mountains is gathered,
26 (E)the lambs will provide your clothing,
    and the goats the price of a field.
27 (F)There will be enough goats' milk for your food,
    for the food of your household
    and maintenance for your girls.

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24 (A)One gives (B)freely, yet grows all the richer;
    another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
25 (C)Whoever brings blessing (D)will be enriched,
    and (E)one who waters will himself be watered.

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The Cheerful Giver

The point is this: (A)whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully[a] will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, (B)not reluctantly or under compulsion, for (C)God loves a cheerful giver. And (D)God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency[b] in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written,

(E)“He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor;
    his righteousness endures forever.”

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Corinthians 9:6 Greek with blessings; twice in this verse
  2. 2 Corinthians 9:8 Or all contentment

Honor the Lord with your wealth
    and with (A)the firstfruits of all your produce;

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A Living Sacrifice

12 (A)I appeal to you therefore, brothers,[a] by the mercies of God, (B)to present your bodies (C)as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.[b]

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 12:1 Or brothers and sisters
  2. Romans 12:1 Or your rational service

Two things I ask of you;
    deny them not to me (A)before I die:
Remove far from me falsehood and lying;
    give me neither poverty nor riches;
    feed me with the food that is (B)needful for me,
lest I be (C)full and (D)deny you
    and say, (E)“Who is the Lord?”
or lest I be poor and steal
    (F)and profane the name of my God.

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24 (A)“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and (B)money.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 6:24 Greek mammon, a Semitic word for money or possessions

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