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Psalm 143

1  Hear my prayer, O Lord,
      and in your faithfulness give ear to my supplications; 
   answer me in your righteousness.
2  Enter not into judgement with your servant, 
   for in your sight shall no one living be justified.
3  For the enemy has pursued me,
      crushing my life to the ground, 
   making me sit in darkness like those long dead.
4  My spirit faints within me; 
   my heart within me is desolate.
5  I remember the time past; I muse upon all your deeds; 
   I consider the works of your hands.
6  I stretch out my hands to you; 
   my soul gasps for you like a thirsty land.
7  O Lord, make haste to answer me; my spirit fails me; 
   hide not your face from me
      lest I be like those who go down to the Pit.
8  Let me hear of your loving-kindness in the morning,
      for in you I put my trust; 
   show me the way I should walk in,
      for I lift up my soul to you.
9  Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies, 
   for I flee to you for refuge.
10  Teach me to do what pleases you, for you are my God; 
   let your kindly spirit lead me on a level path.
11  Revive me, O Lord, for your name’s sake; 
   for your righteousness’ sake, bring me out of trouble.
12  In your faithfulness, slay my enemies,
      and destroy all the adversaries of my soul, 
   for truly I am your servant.

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Deuteronomy 6: 16-25

16 Do not put the Lord your God to the test, as you tested him at Massah. 17You must diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God, and his decrees, and his statutes that he has commanded you. 18Do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, so that it may go well with you, and so that you may go in and occupy the good land that the Lord swore to your ancestors to give you, 19thrusting out all your enemies from before you, as the Lord has promised.

20 When your children ask you in time to come, ‘What is the meaning of the decrees and the statutes and the ordinances that the Lord our God has commanded you?’ 21then you shall say to your children, ‘We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 22The Lord displayed before our eyes great and awesome signs and wonders against Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his household. 23He brought us out from there in order to bring us in, to give us the land that he promised on oath to our ancestors. 24Then the Lord commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our lasting good, so as to keep us alive, as is now the case. 25If we diligently observe this entire commandment before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us, we will be in the right.’

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John 1: 19-28

The Testimony of John the Baptist

19 This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ 20He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, ‘I am not the Messiah.’* 21And they asked him, ‘What then? Are you Elijah?’ He said, ‘I am not.’ ‘Are you the prophet?’ He answered, ‘No.’ 22Then they said to him, ‘Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?’ 23He said,
‘I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,
“Make straight the way of the Lord” ’,
as the prophet Isaiah said.

24 Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25They asked him, ‘Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah,* nor Elijah, nor the prophet?’ 26John answered them, ‘I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, 27the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.’ 28This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.

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