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11 For the Lord God is our sun and our shield.
    He gives us grace and glory.
The Lord will withhold no good thing
    from those who do what is right.

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Fear the Lord, you his godly people,
    for those who fear him will have all they need.
10 Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry,
    but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.

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He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest.
    He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.

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33 Seek the Kingdom of God[a] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

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Footnotes

  1. 6:33 Some manuscripts do not include of God.

19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

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12 Yes, the Lord pours down his blessings.
    Our land will yield its bountiful harvest.

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People with integrity walk safely,
    but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed.

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Jesus, the Light of the World

12 Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

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23 And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light.

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“But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings.[a] And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.

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Footnotes

  1. 4:2 Or the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings.

18 The blameless will be rescued from harm,
    but the crooked will be suddenly destroyed.

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The Lord’s Covenant Promise to Abram

15 Some time later, the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.”

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19 “No longer will you need the sun to shine by day,
    nor the moon to give its light by night,
for the Lord your God will be your everlasting light,
    and your God will be your glory.
20 Your sun will never set;
    your moon will not go down.
For the Lord will be your everlasting light.
    Your days of mourning will come to an end.

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But you, O Lord, are a shield around me;
    you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.

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Psalm 27

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
    so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
    so why should I tremble?

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Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right,
    speaking the truth from sincere hearts.

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And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

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16 From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. 1:16 Or received the grace of Christ rather than the grace of the law; Greek reads received grace upon grace.

17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!

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16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. 17 And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.

The Future Glory

18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.

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Better to be poor and honest
    than to be dishonest and rich.

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