ז Zayin

49 Remember your word(A) to your servant,
    for you have given me hope.(B)
50 My comfort in my suffering is this:
    Your promise preserves my life.(C)
51 The arrogant mock me(D) unmercifully,
    but I do not turn(E) from your law.
52 I remember,(F) Lord, your ancient laws,
    and I find comfort in them.
53 Indignation grips me(G) because of the wicked,
    who have forsaken your law.(H)
54 Your decrees are the theme of my song(I)
    wherever I lodge.
55 In the night, Lord, I remember(J) your name,
    that I may keep your law.(K)
56 This has been my practice:
    I obey your precepts.(L)

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10 When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build,(A) 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig,(B) and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied,(C) 12 be careful that you do not forget(D) the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

13 Fear the Lord(E) your God, serve him only(F) and take your oaths(G) in his name.(H) 14 Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you; 15 for the Lord your God(I), who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land. 16 Do not put the Lord your God to the test(J) as you did at Massah. 17 Be sure to keep(K) the commands of the Lord your God and the stipulations and decrees he has given you.(L) 18 Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight,(M) so that it may go well(N) with you and you may go in and take over the good land the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors, 19 thrusting out all your enemies(O) before you, as the Lord said.

20 In the future, when your son asks you,(P) “What is the meaning of the stipulations, decrees and laws the Lord our God has commanded you?” 21 tell him: “We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand.(Q) 22 Before our eyes the Lord sent signs and wonders—great and terrible—on Egypt and Pharaoh and his whole household. 23 But he brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land he promised on oath to our ancestors. 24 The Lord commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the Lord our God,(R) so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today.(S) 25 And if we are careful to obey all this law(T) before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.(U)

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The Plot to Kill Jesus

45 Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary,(A) and had seen what Jesus did,(B) believed in him.(C) 46 But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees(D) called a meeting(E) of the Sanhedrin.(F)

“What are we accomplishing?” they asked. “Here is this man performing many signs.(G) 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation.”

49 Then one of them, named Caiaphas,(H) who was high priest that year,(I) spoke up, “You know nothing at all! 50 You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.”(J)

51 He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, 52 and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one.(K) 53 So from that day on they plotted to take his life.(L)

54 Therefore Jesus no longer moved about publicly among the people of Judea.(M) Instead he withdrew to a region near the wilderness, to a village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples.

55 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover,(N) many went up from the country to Jerusalem for their ceremonial cleansing(O) before the Passover. 56 They kept looking for Jesus,(P) and as they stood in the temple courts they asked one another, “What do you think? Isn’t he coming to the festival at all?” 57 But the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that anyone who found out where Jesus was should report it so that they might arrest him.

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