22 Wonderful deeds in the land of Ham
and fearful things at the Red Sea.
23 So he would have destroyed them,
had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach,
to turn away his wrath from consuming them.
24 Then they scorned the Promised Land
and would not believe his word,
25 But murmured in their tents
and would not heed the voice of the Lord.
26 So he lifted his hand against them
and swore to overthrow them in the wilderness,
27 To disperse their descendants among the nations,
and to scatter them throughout the lands.
28 They joined themselves to the Baal of Peor
and ate sacrifices offered to the dead.
29 They provoked him to anger with their evil deeds
and a plague broke out among them.
30 Then Phinehas stood up and interceded
and so the plague was stayed.
31 This was counted to him for righteousness
throughout all generations for ever.
32 They angered him also at the waters of Meribah,
so that Moses suffered for their sake;
33 For they so embittered his spirit
that he spoke rash words with his lips.
34 They did not destroy the peoples
as the Lord had commanded them.
35 They mingled with the nations
and learned to follow their ways,
36 So that they worshipped their idols,
which became to them a snare.
37 Their own sons and daughters
they sacrificed to evil spirits.
38 They shed innocent blood,
the blood of their sons and daughters,
39 Which they offered to the idols of Canaan,
and the land was defiled with blood.
40 Thus were they polluted by their actions,
and in their wanton deeds went whoring after other gods.
41 Therefore was the wrath of the Lord
kindled against his people,
and he abhorred his inheritance.
42 He gave them over to the hand of the nations,
and those who hated them ruled over them.
43 So their enemies oppressed them
and put them in subjection under their hand.
44 Many a time did he deliver them,
but they rebelled through their own devices
and were brought down through their wickedness.
45 Nevertheless, he saw their adversity,
when he heard their lamentation.
46 He remembered his covenant with them
and relented according to the greatness of his faithful love.
47 He made them also to be pitied
by all who had taken them captive.
48 Save us, O Lord our God,
and gather us from among the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name
and glory in your praise.
49 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
from everlasting and to everlasting;
and let all the people say, Amen.
8This entire commandment that I command you today you must diligently observe, so that you may live and increase, and go in and occupy the land that the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors. 2Remember the long way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, in order to humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commandments. 3He humbled you by letting you hunger, then by feeding you with manna, with which neither you nor your ancestors were acquainted, in order to make you understand that one does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.* 4The clothes on your back did not wear out and your feet did not swell these forty years. 5Know then in your heart that as a parent disciplines a child so the Lord your God disciplines you. 6Therefore keep the commandments of the Lord your God, by walking in his ways and by fearing him. 7For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and hills, 8a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, 9a land where you may eat bread without scarcity, where you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron and from whose hills you may mine copper. 10You shall eat your fill and bless the Lord your God for the good land that he has given you.
18 Once when Jesus* was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, Who do the crowds say that I am? 19They answered, John the Baptist; but others, Elijah; and still others, that one of the ancient prophets has arisen. 20He said to them, But who do you say that I am? Peter answered, The Messiah* of God.
21 He sternly ordered and commanded them not to tell anyone, 22saying, The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.
23 Then he said to them all, If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. 25What does it profit them if they gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit themselves? 26Those who are ashamed of me and of my words, of them the Son of Man will be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. 27But truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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