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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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14 “‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise(A) I made to the people of Israel and Judah.

15 “‘In those days and at that time
    I will make a righteous(B) Branch(C) sprout from David’s line;(D)
    he will do what is just and right in the land.
16 In those days Judah will be saved(E)
    and Jerusalem will live in safety.(F)
This is the name by which it[a] will be called:(G)
    The Lord Our Righteous Savior.’(H)

17 For this is what the Lord says: ‘David will never fail(I) to have a man to sit on the throne of Israel, 18 nor will the Levitical(J) priests(K) ever fail to have a man to stand before me continually to offer burnt offerings, to burn grain offerings and to present sacrifices.(L)’”

19 The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: 20 “This is what the Lord says: ‘If you can break my covenant with the day(M) and my covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time,(N) 21 then my covenant(O) with David my servant—and my covenant with the Levites(P) who are priests ministering before me—can be broken and David will no longer have a descendant to reign on his throne.(Q) 22 I will make the descendants of David my servant and the Levites who minister before me as countless(R) as the stars in the sky and as measureless as the sand on the seashore.’”

23 The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: 24 “Have you not noticed that these people are saying, ‘The Lord has rejected the two kingdoms[b](S) he chose’? So they despise(T) my people and no longer regard them as a nation.(U) 25 This is what the Lord says: ‘If I have not made my covenant with day and night(V) and established the laws(W) of heaven and earth,(X) 26 then I will reject(Y) the descendants of Jacob(Z) and David my servant and will not choose one of his sons to rule over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. For I will restore their fortunes[c](AA) and have compassion(AB) on them.’”

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  1. Jeremiah 33:16 Or he
  2. Jeremiah 33:24 Or families
  3. Jeremiah 33:26 Or will bring them back from captivity

Paul, an apostle(A) of Christ Jesus by the will of God,(B) and Timothy(C) our brother,

To the church of God(D) in Corinth,(E) together with all his holy people throughout Achaia:(F)

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.(G)

Praise to the God of All Comfort

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,(H) the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us(I) in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ,(J) so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation;(K) if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings,(L) so also you share in our comfort.

We do not want you to be uninformed,(M) brothers and sisters,[a] about the troubles we experienced(N) in the province of Asia.(O) We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God,(P) who raises the dead.(Q) 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril,(R) and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope(S) that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers.(T) Then many will give thanks(U) on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

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  1. 2 Corinthians 1:8 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in 8:1; 13:11.

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