צ Tsadhe

137 You are righteous,(A) Lord,
    and your laws are right.(B)
138 The statutes you have laid down are righteous;(C)
    they are fully trustworthy.(D)
139 My zeal wears me out,(E)
    for my enemies ignore your words.
140 Your promises(F) have been thoroughly tested,(G)
    and your servant loves them.(H)
141 Though I am lowly and despised,(I)
    I do not forget your precepts.(J)
142 Your righteousness is everlasting
    and your law is true.(K)
143 Trouble and distress have come upon me,
    but your commands give me delight.(L)
144 Your statutes are always righteous;
    give me understanding(M) that I may live.

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indeed, wine(A) betrays him;
    he is arrogant(B) and never at rest.
Because he is as greedy as the grave
    and like death is never satisfied,(C)
he gathers to himself all the nations
    and takes captive(D) all the peoples.

“Will not all of them taunt(E) him with ridicule and scorn, saying,

“‘Woe to him who piles up stolen goods
    and makes himself wealthy by extortion!(F)
    How long must this go on?’
Will not your creditors suddenly arise?
    Will they not wake up and make you tremble?
    Then you will become their prey.(G)
Because you have plundered many nations,
    the peoples who are left will plunder you.(H)
For you have shed human blood;(I)
    you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them.(J)

“Woe to him who builds(K) his house by unjust gain,(L)
    setting his nest(M) on high
    to escape the clutches of ruin!
10 You have plotted the ruin(N) of many peoples,
    shaming(O) your own house and forfeiting your life.
11 The stones(P) of the wall will cry out,
    and the beams of the woodwork will echo it.

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39 “Abraham is our father,” they answered.

“If you were Abraham’s children,”(A) said Jesus, “then you would[a] do what Abraham did. 40 As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me,(B) a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God.(C) Abraham did not do such things. 41 You are doing the works of your own father.”(D)

“We are not illegitimate children,” they protested. “The only Father we have is God himself.”(E)

42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me,(F) for I have come here from God.(G) I have not come on my own;(H) God sent me.(I) 43 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44 You belong to your father, the devil,(J) and you want to carry out your father’s desires.(K) He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.(L) 45 Yet because I tell the truth,(M) you do not believe me! 46 Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47 Whoever belongs to God hears what God says.(N) The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”

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  1. John 8:39 Some early manuscripts “If you are Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then

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