מ Mem

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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16 “But they, our ancestors, became arrogant and stiff-necked,(A) and they did not obey your commands.(B) 17 They refused to listen and failed to remember(C) the miracles(D) you performed among them. They became stiff-necked(E) and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery.(F) But you are a forgiving God,(G) gracious and compassionate,(H) slow to anger(I) and abounding in love.(J) Therefore you did not desert them,(K) 18 even when they cast for themselves an image of a calf(L) and said, ‘This is your god, who brought you up out of Egypt,’ or when they committed awful blasphemies.(M)

19 “Because of your great compassion you did not abandon(N) them in the wilderness. By day the pillar of cloud(O) did not fail to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take. 20 You gave your good Spirit(P) to instruct(Q) them. You did not withhold your manna(R) from their mouths, and you gave them water(S) for their thirst. 21 For forty years(T) you sustained them in the wilderness; they lacked nothing,(U) their clothes did not wear out nor did their feet become swollen.(V)

22 “You gave them kingdoms and nations, allotting to them even the remotest frontiers. They took over the country of Sihon[a](W) king of Heshbon and the country of Og king of Bashan.(X) 23 You made their children as numerous as the stars in the sky,(Y) and you brought them into the land that you told their parents to enter and possess. 24 Their children went in and took possession of the land.(Z) You subdued(AA) before them the Canaanites, who lived in the land; you gave the Canaanites into their hands, along with their kings and the peoples of the land, to deal with them as they pleased. 25 They captured fortified cities and fertile land;(AB) they took possession of houses filled with all kinds of good things,(AC) wells already dug, vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees in abundance. They ate to the full and were well-nourished;(AD) they reveled in your great goodness.(AE)

26 “But they were disobedient and rebelled against you; they turned their backs on your law.(AF) They killed(AG) your prophets,(AH) who had warned them in order to turn them back to you; they committed awful blasphemies.(AI) 27 So you delivered them into the hands of their enemies,(AJ) who oppressed them. But when they were oppressed they cried out to you. From heaven you heard them, and in your great compassion(AK) you gave them deliverers,(AL) who rescued them from the hand of their enemies.

28 “But as soon as they were at rest, they again did what was evil in your sight.(AM) Then you abandoned them to the hand of their enemies so that they ruled over them. And when they cried out to you again, you heard from heaven, and in your compassion(AN) you delivered them(AO) time after time.

29 “You warned(AP) them in order to turn them back to your law, but they became arrogant(AQ) and disobeyed your commands. They sinned against your ordinances, of which you said, ‘The person who obeys them will live by them.’(AR) Stubbornly they turned their backs(AS) on you, became stiff-necked(AT) and refused to listen.(AU) 30 For many years you were patient with them. By your Spirit you warned them through your prophets.(AV) Yet they paid no attention, so you gave them into the hands of the neighboring peoples.(AW) 31 But in your great mercy you did not put an end(AX) to them or abandon them, for you are a gracious and merciful(AY) God.

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  1. Nehemiah 9:22 One Hebrew manuscript and Septuagint; most Hebrew manuscripts Sihon, that is, the country of the

Final Greetings

21 Tychicus,(A) the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing. 22 I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are,(B) and that he may encourage you.(C)

23 Peace(D) to the brothers and sisters,[a] and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.[b]

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  1. Ephesians 6:23 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family.
  2. Ephesians 6:24 Or Grace and immortality to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ.

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