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97 Oh, how I love your law!(A)
    I meditate(B) on it all day long.
98 Your commands are always with me
    and make me wiser(C) than my enemies.
99 I have more insight than all my teachers,
    for I meditate on your statutes.(D)
100 I have more understanding than the elders,
    for I obey your precepts.(E)
101 I have kept my feet(F) from every evil path
    so that I might obey your word.(G)
102 I have not departed from your laws,(H)
    for you yourself have taught(I) me.
103 How sweet are your words to my taste,
    sweeter than honey(J) to my mouth!(K)
104 I gain understanding(L) from your precepts;
    therefore I hate every wrong path.(M)

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15 This is what the Lord says:

“A voice is heard in Ramah,(A)
    mourning and great weeping,
Rachel weeping for her children
    and refusing to be comforted,(B)
    because they are no more.”(C)

16 This is what the Lord says:

“Restrain your voice from weeping
    and your eyes from tears,(D)
for your work will be rewarded,(E)
declares the Lord.
    “They will return(F) from the land of the enemy.
17 So there is hope(G) for your descendants,”
declares the Lord.
    “Your children(H) will return to their own land.

18 “I have surely heard Ephraim’s moaning:
    ‘You disciplined(I) me like an unruly calf,(J)
    and I have been disciplined.
Restore(K) me, and I will return,
    because you are the Lord my God.
19 After I strayed,(L)
    I repented;
after I came to understand,
    I beat(M) my breast.
I was ashamed(N) and humiliated
    because I bore the disgrace of my youth.’(O)
20 Is not Ephraim my dear son,
    the child(P) in whom I delight?
Though I often speak against him,
    I still remember(Q) him.
Therefore my heart yearns for him;
    I have great compassion(R) for him,”
declares the Lord.

21 “Set up road signs;
    put up guideposts.(S)
Take note of the highway,(T)
    the road that you take.
Return,(U) Virgin(V) Israel,
    return to your towns.
22 How long will you wander,(W)
    unfaithful(X) Daughter Israel?
The Lord will create a new thing(Y) on earth—
    the woman will return to[a](Z) the man.”

23 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “When I bring them back from captivity,[b](AA) the people in the land of Judah and in its towns will once again use these words: ‘The Lord bless(AB) you, you prosperous city,(AC) you sacred mountain.’(AD) 24 People will live(AE) together in Judah and all its towns—farmers and those who move about with their flocks.(AF) 25 I will refresh the weary(AG) and satisfy the faint.”(AH)

26 At this I awoke(AI) and looked around. My sleep had been pleasant to me.

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  1. Jeremiah 31:22 Or will protect
  2. Jeremiah 31:23 Or I restore their fortunes

Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight(A)

46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth,(B) he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David,(C) have mercy on me!”

48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”

So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.

The blind man said, “Rabbi,(D) I want to see.”

52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.”(E) Immediately he received his sight and followed(F) Jesus along the road.

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