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Isaiah 54: 1-8

The Eternal Covenant of Peace

54Sing, O barren one who did not bear;
   burst into song and shout,
   you who have not been in labour!
For the children of the desolate woman will be more
   than the children of her that is married, says the Lord.
2 Enlarge the site of your tent,
   and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out;
do not hold back; lengthen your cords
   and strengthen your stakes.
3 For you will spread out to the right and to the left,
   and your descendants will possess the nations
   and will settle the desolate towns.


4 Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed;
   do not be discouraged, for you will not suffer disgrace;
for you will forget the shame of your youth,
   and the disgrace of your widowhood you will remember no more.
5 For your Maker is your husband,
   the Lord of hosts is his name;
the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer,
   the God of the whole earth he is called.
6 For the Lord has called you
   like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit,
like the wife of a man’s youth when she is cast off,
   says your God.
7 For a brief moment I abandoned you,
   but with great compassion I will gather you.
8 In overflowing wrath for a moment
   I hid my face from you,
but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,
   says the Lord, your Redeemer.

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Romans 12: 9-21

Marks of the True Christian

9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honour. 11Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.* 12Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly;* do not claim to be wiser than you are. 17Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God;* for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’ 20No, ‘if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.’ 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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Psalm 145

1  I will exalt you, O God my King, 
   and bless your name for ever and ever.
2  Every day will I bless you 
   and praise your name for ever and ever.
3  Great is the Lord and highly to be praised; 
   his greatness is beyond all searching out.
4  One generation shall praise your works to another 
   and declare your mighty acts.
5  They shall speak of the majesty of your glory, 
   and I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
6  They shall speak of the might of your marvellous acts, 
   and I will also tell of your greatness.
7  They shall pour forth the story of your abundant kindness 
   and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
8  The Lord is gracious and merciful, 
   long-suffering and of great goodness.
9  The Lord is loving to everyone 
   and his mercy is over all his creatures.
10  All your works praise you, O Lord, 
   and your faithful servants bless you.
11  They tell of the glory of your kingdom 
   and speak of your mighty power,
12  To make known to all peoples your mighty acts 
   and the glorious splendour of your kingdom.
13  Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom; 
   your dominion endures throughout all ages.
14  The Lord is sure in all his words 
   and faithful in all his deeds.
15  The Lord upholds all those who fall 
   and lifts up all those who are bowed down.
16  The eyes of all wait upon you, O Lord, 
   and you give them their food in due season.
17  You open wide your hand 
   and fill all things living with plenty.
18  The Lord is righteous in all his ways 
   and loving in all his works.
19  The Lord is near to those who call upon him, 
   to all who call upon him faithfully.
20  He fulfils the desire of those who fear him; 
   he hears their cry and saves them.
21  The Lord watches over those who love him, 
   but all the wicked shall he destroy.
22  My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, 
   and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.

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