49 Remember (A)your word to your servant,
    in which you have made me (B)hope.
50 This is (C)my comfort in my affliction,
    that your promise (D)gives me life.
51 (E)The insolent utterly deride me,
    but I do not (F)turn away from your law.
52 When I think of your rules from of old,
    I take comfort, O Lord.
53 (G)Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked,
    who forsake your law.
54 Your statutes have been my songs
    in the house of my (H)sojourning.
55 I (I)remember your name in the night, O Lord,
    and keep your law.
56 This blessing has fallen to me,
    that (J)I have kept your precepts.


57 (K)The Lord is my portion;
    I promise to keep your words.
58 I (L)entreat your favor with all my heart;
    be gracious to me (M)according to your promise.
59 When I (N)think on my ways,
    I turn my feet to your testimonies;
60 I hasten and do not delay
    to keep your commandments.
61 Though (O)the cords of the wicked ensnare me,
    I do not (P)forget your law.
62 At (Q)midnight I rise to praise you,
    because of your (R)righteous rules.
63 (S)I am a companion of all who fear you,
    of those who keep your precepts.
64 (T)The earth, O Lord, is full of your steadfast love;
    (U)teach me your statutes!


65 You have dealt well with your servant,
    O Lord, (V)according to your word.
66 Teach me (W)good judgment and knowledge,
    for I believe in your commandments.
67 (X)Before I was afflicted I went astray,
    but now I keep your word.
68 (Y)You are good and do good;
    (Z)teach me your statutes.
69 (AA)The insolent (AB)smear me with lies,
    but with my whole heart I (AC)keep your precepts;
70 their heart is unfeeling (AD)like fat,
    but I (AE)delight in your law.
71 It is (AF)good for me that I was afflicted,
    that I might learn your statutes.
72 (AG)The law of your mouth is better to me
    than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

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The Golden Calf

13 (A)“Furthermore, the Lord said to me, ‘I have seen this people, and behold, it is (B)a stubborn people. 14 (C)Let me alone, that I may destroy them and (D)blot out their name from under heaven. And (E)I will make of you a nation mightier and greater than they.’ 15 (F)So I turned and came down from the mountain, and (G)the mountain was burning with fire. And the two tablets of the covenant were in my two hands. 16 And (H)I looked, and behold, you had sinned against the Lord your God. You had made yourselves a golden[a] calf. (I)You had turned aside quickly from the way that the Lord had commanded you. 17 So I took hold of the two tablets and threw them out of my two hands and broke them before your eyes. 18 Then I (J)lay prostrate before the Lord (K)as before, forty days and forty nights. I neither ate bread nor drank water, because of all the sin that you had committed, (L)in doing what was evil in the sight of the Lord to provoke him to anger. 19 For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure that the Lord bore against you, so that he was ready to destroy you. (M)But the Lord listened to me that time also. 20 And the Lord was so angry with Aaron that he was ready to destroy him. And I prayed for Aaron also at the same time. 21 Then (N)I took the sinful thing, the calf that you had made, and burned it with fire and crushed it, grinding it very small, until it was as fine as dust. And I threw the dust of it into the brook that ran down from the mountain.

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  1. Deuteronomy 9:16 Hebrew cast metal

12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from (A)the living God. 13 But (B)exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by (C)the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have come to share in Christ, (D)if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. 15 As it is said,

(E)“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

16 For (F)who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not (G)all those who left Egypt led by Moses? 17 And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, (H)whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did he swear that (I)they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19 So we see that (J)they were unable to enter because of unbelief.

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Jesus Knows What Is in Man

23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name (A)when they saw the signs that he was doing. 24 But Jesus (B)on his part did not entrust himself to them, because (C)he knew all people 25 and needed no one to bear witness about man, for (D)he himself knew what was in man.

You Must Be Born Again

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named (E)Nicodemus, (F)a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus[a] (G)by night and said to him, (H)“Rabbi, (I)we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do (J)unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is (K)born (L)again[b] he cannot (M)see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born (N)of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. (O)That which is born of the flesh is (P)flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.[c] (Q)Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You[d] must be born (R)again.’ (S)The wind[e] blows (T)where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Nicodemus said to him, (U)“How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel (V)and yet you do not understand these things? 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, (W)we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but (X)you[f] do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 (Y)No one has (Z)ascended into heaven except (AA)he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.[g] 14 And (AB)as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man (AC)be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes (AD)in him (AE)may have eternal life.[h]


  1. John 3:2 Greek him
  2. John 3:3 Or from above; the Greek is purposely ambiguous and can mean both again and from above; also verse 7
  3. John 3:6 The same Greek word means both wind and spirit
  4. John 3:7 The Greek for you is plural here
  5. John 3:8 The same Greek word means both wind and spirit
  6. John 3:11 The Greek for you is plural here; also four times in verse 12
  7. John 3:13 Some manuscripts add who is in heaven
  8. John 3:15 Some interpreters hold that the quotation ends at verse 15

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