The Lesson of the Withered Fig Tree(A)

20 (B)Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. 21 And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.”

22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For (C)assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, (D)whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Forgiveness and Prayer(E)

25 “And whenever you stand praying, (F)if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.

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Faith Triumphs in Trouble

Therefore, (A)having been justified by faith, [a]we have (B)peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (C)through whom also we have access by faith into this grace (D)in which we stand, and (E)rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 5:1 Some ancient mss. let us have

But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:

(A)“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”

Humility Cures Worldliness

Therefore submit to God. (B)Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (C)Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (D)Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and (E)purify your hearts, you double-minded. (F)Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 (G)Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

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“Blessed(A) is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
For he shall be (B)like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not [a]fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

“The (C)heart is deceitful above all things,
And [b]desperately wicked;
Who can know it?
10 I, the Lord, (D)search the heart,
I test the [c]mind,
(E)Even to give every man according to his ways,
According to the fruit of his doings.

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 17:8 Qr., Tg. see
  2. Jeremiah 17:9 Or incurably sick
  3. Jeremiah 17:10 Most secret parts, lit. kidneys

Jeremiah Prays for Deliverance

14 Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed;
Save me, and I shall be saved,
For (A)You are my praise.

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