Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel.

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All of us have become like one who is unclean,(A)
    and all our righteous(B) acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,(C)
    and like the wind our sins sweep us away.(D)

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15 Lord, the God of Israel, you are righteous!(A) We are left this day as a remnant. Here we are before you in our guilt, though because of it not one of us can stand(B) in your presence.(C)

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Fine linen,(A) bright and clean,
    was given her to wear.”

(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts(B) of God’s holy people.)

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11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend(A)?’ The man was speechless.

13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’(B)

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13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes(A)—who are they, and where did they come from?”

14 I answered, “Sir, you know.”

And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes(B) and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.(C)

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18 Give ear,(A) our God, and hear;(B) open your eyes and see(C) the desolation of the city that bears your Name.(D) We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.(E)

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18 Although most of the many people who came from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun had not purified themselves,(A) yet they ate the Passover, contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May the Lord, who is good, pardon everyone 19 who sets their heart on seeking God—the Lord, the God of their ancestors—even if they are not clean according to the rules of the sanctuary.” 20 And the Lord heard(B) Hezekiah and healed(C) the people.(D)

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