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Psalm 33:12-22 The Voice (VOICE)

12 The nation whose True God is the Eternal is truly blessed;
    fortunate are all whom He chooses to inherit His legacy.

13 The Eternal peers down from heaven
    and watches all of humanity;
14 He observes every soul
    from His divine residence.
15 He has formed every human heart, breathing life into every human spirit;
    He knows the deeds of each person, inside and out.
16 A king is not delivered by the might of his army.
    Even the strongest warrior is not saved by his own strength.
17 A horse is not the way to victory;
    its great strength cannot rescue.

18 Listen, the eye of the Eternal is upon those who live in awe of Him,
    those who hope in His steadfast love,
19 That He may save them from the darkness of the grave
    and be kept alive during the lean seasons.

20 We live with hope in the Eternal. We wait for Him,
    for He is our Divine Help and Impenetrable Shield.
21 Our hearts erupt with joy in Him
    because we trust His holy name.
22 O Eternal, drench us with Your endless love,
    even now as we wait for You.

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The Voice Bible Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc. The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society All rights reserved.

Genesis 11:27-32 The Voice (VOICE)

27 Here is the account of Terah’s descendants. Terah, as said, had fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran fathered Lot. 28 While Terah was still alive, Haran died in the same land in which he was born—in Ur, the land of the Chaldeans. 29 However, Abram and Nahor lived on and married. Abram’s wife was named Sarai, and Nahor’s wife was named Milcah. Now Milcah was the daughter of Haran, who fathered both Milcah and Iscah. 30 But Sarai couldn’t conceive and didn’t have a child.

31 Terah took his son Abram and grandson Lot (Haran’s son) and his daughter-in-law Sarai (Abram’s wife). They left Ur of the Chaldeans together and traveled in the direction of the land of Canaan. When they arrived in Haran, they settled there. 32 Terah was 205 years old at that time, and he ended up dying in Haran.

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The Voice Bible Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc. The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society All rights reserved.

Matthew 6:19-24 The Voice (VOICE)

19 Some people store up treasures in their homes here on earth. This is a shortsighted practice—don’t undertake it. Moths and rust will eat up any treasure you may store here. Thieves may break into your homes and steal your precious trinkets. 20 Instead, put up your treasures in heaven where moths do not attack, where rust does not corrode, and where thieves are barred at the door. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

22 The eye is the lamp of the body. You draw light into your body through your eyes, and light shines out to the world through your eyes. So if your eye is well and shows you what is true, then your whole body will be filled with light. 23 But if your eye is clouded or evil, then your body will be filled with evil and dark clouds. And the darkness that takes over the body of a child of God who has gone astray—that is the deepest, darkest darkness there is.

When Jesus speaks of eyes and light, He means all people should keep their eyes on God because the eyes are the windows to the soul. Eyes should not focus on trash—pornography, filth, or expensive things. And this is what He means when He says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Jesus: 24 No one can serve two masters. If you try, you will wind up loving the first master and hating the second, or vice versa. People try to serve both God and money—but you can’t. You must choose one or the other.

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The Voice Bible Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc. The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society All rights reserved.

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