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Joshua 1: 1-9

Joshua

God’s Commission to Joshua

1After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying, 2‘My servant Moses is dead. Now proceed to cross the Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the Israelites. 3Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, as I promised to Moses. 4From the wilderness and the Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, to the Great Sea in the west shall be your territory. 5No one shall be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. 6Be strong and courageous; for you shall put this people in possession of the land that I swore to their ancestors to give them. 7Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to act in accordance with all the law that my servant Moses commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, so that you may be successful wherever you go. 8This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to act in accordance with all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall be successful. 9I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.’

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Hebrews 11: 32 - 12: 2

32 And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— 33who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, 34quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection. 36Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two,* they were killed by the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, persecuted, tormented— 38of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.

39 Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40since God had provided something better so that they would not, without us, be made perfect.

The Example of Jesus

12Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely,* and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of* the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

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Psalm 72

1  Give the king your judgements, O God, 
   and your righteousness to the son of a king.
2  Then shall he judge your people righteously 
   and your poor with justice.
3  May the mountains bring forth peace, 
   and the little hills righteousness for the people.
4  May he defend the poor among the people, 
   deliver the children of the needy and crush the oppressor.
5  May he live as long as the sun and moon endure, 
   from one generation to another.
6  May he come down like rain upon the mown grass, 
   like the showers that water the earth.
7  In his time shall righteousness flourish, 
   and abundance of peace
      till the moon shall be no more.
8  May his dominion extend from sea to sea 
   and from the River to the ends of the earth.
9  May his foes kneel before him 
   and his enemies lick the dust.
10  The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall pay tribute; 
   the kings of Sheba and Seba shall bring gifts.
11  All kings shall fall down before him; 
   all nations shall do him service.
12  For he shall deliver the poor that cry out, 
   the needy and those who have no helper.
13  He shall have pity on the weak and poor; 
   he shall preserve the lives of the needy.
14  He shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence, 
   and dear shall their blood be in his sight.
15  Long may he live;
      unto him may be given gold from Sheba; 
   may prayer be made for him continually
      and may they bless him all the day long.
16  May there be abundance of grain on the earth,
      standing thick upon the hilltops; 
   may its fruit flourish like Lebanon
      and its grain grow like the grass of the field.
17  May his name remain for ever
      and be established as long as the sun endures; 
   may all nations be blest in him
      and call him blessed.
18  Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, 
   who alone does wonderful things.
19  And blessed be his glorious name for ever. 
   May all the earth be filled with his glory.
      Amen. Amen.

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Proverbs 22: 1-9

22A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,
   and favour is better than silver or gold.
2 The rich and the poor have this in common:
   the Lord is the maker of them all.
3 The clever see danger and hide;
   but the simple go on, and suffer for it.
4 The reward for humility and fear of the Lord
   is riches and honour and life.
5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse;
   the cautious will keep far from them.
6 Train children in the right way,
   and when old, they will not stray.
7 The rich rules over the poor,
   and the borrower is the slave of the lender.
8 Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity,
   and the rod of anger will fail.
9 Those who are generous are blessed,
   for they share their bread with the poor.

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Luke 6: 27-31

Love for Enemies

27 ‘But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 30Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. 31Do to others as you would have them do to you.

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Psalm 110

1  The Lord said to my lord, ‘Sit at my right hand, 
   until I make your enemies your footstool.’
2  May the Lord stretch forth the sceptre of your power; 
   rule from Zion in the midst of your enemies.
3  ‘Noble are you on this day of your birth; 
   on the holy mountain, from the womb of the dawn
      the dew of your new birth is upon you.’
4  The Lord has sworn and will not retract: 
   ‘You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.’
5  The king at your right hand, O Lord, 
   shall smite down kings in the day of his wrath.
6  In all his majesty, he shall judge among the nations, 
   smiting heads over all the wide earth.
7  He shall drink from the brook beside the way; 
   therefore shall he lift high his head.

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Jeremiah 31: 7-14


7 For thus says the Lord:
Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob,
   and raise shouts for the chief of the nations;
proclaim, give praise, and say,
   ‘Save, O Lord, your people,
   the remnant of Israel.’
8 See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north,
   and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth,
among them the blind and the lame,
   those with child and those in labour, together;
   a great company, they shall return here.
9 With weeping they shall come,
   and with consolations* I will lead them back,
I will let them walk by brooks of water,
   in a straight path in which they shall not stumble;
for I have become a father to Israel,
   and Ephraim is my firstborn.


10 Hear the word of the Lord, O nations,
   and declare it in the coastlands far away;
say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him,
   and will keep him as a shepherd a flock.’
11 For the Lord has ransomed Jacob,
   and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him.
12 They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion,
   and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord,
over the grain, the wine, and the oil,
   and over the young of the flock and the herd;
their life shall become like a watered garden,
   and they shall never languish again.
13 Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance,
   and the young men and the old shall be merry.
I will turn their mourning into joy,
   I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.
14 I will give the priests their fill of fatness,
   and my people shall be satisfied with my bounty,

says the Lord.

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John 1: [1-9],10-18

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The Gospel According to

John

The Word Became Flesh

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4in him was life,* and the life was the light of all people. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.*]

10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11He came to what was his own,* and his own people did not accept him. 12But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son,* full of grace and truth. 15(John testified to him and cried out, ‘This was he of whom I said, “He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.” ’) 16From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son,* who is close to the Father’s heart,* who has made him known.

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Psalm 72

1  Give the king your judgements, O God, 
   and your righteousness to the son of a king.
2  Then shall he judge your people righteously 
   and your poor with justice.
3  May the mountains bring forth peace, 
   and the little hills righteousness for the people.
4  May he defend the poor among the people, 
   deliver the children of the needy and crush the oppressor.
5  May he live as long as the sun and moon endure, 
   from one generation to another.
6  May he come down like rain upon the mown grass, 
   like the showers that water the earth.
7  In his time shall righteousness flourish, 
   and abundance of peace
      till the moon shall be no more.
8  May his dominion extend from sea to sea 
   and from the River to the ends of the earth.
9  May his foes kneel before him 
   and his enemies lick the dust.
10  The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall pay tribute; 
   the kings of Sheba and Seba shall bring gifts.
11  All kings shall fall down before him; 
   all nations shall do him service.
12  For he shall deliver the poor that cry out, 
   the needy and those who have no helper.
13  He shall have pity on the weak and poor; 
   he shall preserve the lives of the needy.
14  He shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence, 
   and dear shall their blood be in his sight.
15  Long may he live;
      unto him may be given gold from Sheba; 
   may prayer be made for him continually
      and may they bless him all the day long.
16  May there be abundance of grain on the earth,
      standing thick upon the hilltops; 
   may its fruit flourish like Lebanon
      and its grain grow like the grass of the field.
17  May his name remain for ever
      and be established as long as the sun endures; 
   may all nations be blest in him
      and call him blessed.
18  Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, 
   who alone does wonderful things.
19  And blessed be his glorious name for ever. 
   May all the earth be filled with his glory.
      Amen. Amen.

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