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How can a young person stay on the path of purity?(A)
    By living according to your word.(B)
10 I seek you with all my heart;(C)
    do not let me stray from your commands.(D)
11 I have hidden your word in my heart(E)
    that I might not sin(F) against you.
12 Praise be(G) to you, Lord;
    teach me(H) your decrees.(I)
13 With my lips I recount
    all the laws that come from your mouth.(J)
14 I rejoice in following your statutes(K)
    as one rejoices in great riches.
15 I meditate on your precepts(L)
    and consider your ways.
16 I delight(M) in your decrees;
    I will not neglect your word.

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Lead out those who have eyes but are blind,(A)
    who have ears but are deaf.(B)
All the nations gather together(C)
    and the peoples assemble.
Which of their gods foretold(D) this
    and proclaimed to us the former things?
Let them bring in their witnesses to prove they were right,
    so that others may hear and say, “It is true.”
10 “You are my witnesses,(E)” declares the Lord,
    “and my servant(F) whom I have chosen,
so that you may know(G) and believe me
    and understand that I am he.
Before me no god(H) was formed,
    nor will there be one after me.(I)
11 I, even I, am the Lord,(J)
    and apart from me there is no savior.(K)
12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—
    I, and not some foreign god(L) among you.
You are my witnesses,(M)” declares the Lord, “that I am God.
13     Yes, and from ancient days(N) I am he.(O)
No one can deliver out of my hand.
    When I act, who can reverse it?”(P)

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Such confidence(A) we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves(B) to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.(C) He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant(D)—not of the letter(E) but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.(F)

The Greater Glory of the New Covenant

Now if the ministry that brought death,(G) which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory,(H) transitory though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? If the ministry that brought condemnation(I) was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!(J) 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. 11 And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!

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