Blessed are those(A) whose help(B) is the God of Jacob,
    whose hope is in the Lord their God.

He is the Maker of heaven(C) and earth,
    the sea, and everything in them—
    he remains faithful(D) forever.
He upholds(E) the cause of the oppressed(F)
    and gives food to the hungry.(G)
The Lord sets prisoners free,(H)
    the Lord gives sight(I) to the blind,(J)
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,(K)
    the Lord loves the righteous.(L)
The Lord watches over the foreigner(M)
    and sustains the fatherless(N) and the widow,(O)
    but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

10 The Lord reigns(P) forever,
    your God, O Zion, for all generations.

Praise the Lord.

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Naomi Gains a Son

13 So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When he made love to her, the Lord enabled her to conceive,(A) and she gave birth to a son.(B) 14 The women(C) said to Naomi: “Praise be to the Lord,(D) who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer.(E) May he become famous throughout Israel! 15 He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law,(F) who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons,(G) has given him birth.”

16 Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for him. 17 The women living there said, “Naomi has a son!” And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse,(H) the father of David.(I)

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11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward(A) to the day of God and speed its coming.[a](B) That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.(C) 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth,(D) where righteousness dwells.

14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless(E) and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience(F) means salvation,(G) just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.(H) 16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable(I) people distort,(J) as they do the other Scriptures,(K) to their own destruction.

17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard(L) so that you may not be carried away by the error(M) of the lawless(N) and fall from your secure position.(O) 18 But grow in the grace(P) and knowledge(Q) of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.(R) To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.(S)

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  1. 2 Peter 3:12 Or as you wait eagerly for the day of God to come

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