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Psalm 15

1  Lord, who may dwell in your tabernacle? 
   Who may rest upon your holy hill?
2  Whoever leads an uncorrupt life 
   and does the thing that is right;
3  Who speaks the truth from the heart 
   and bears no deceit on the tongue;
4  Who does no evil to a friend 
   and pours no scorn on a neighbour;
5  In whose sight the wicked are not esteemed, 
   but who honours those who fear the Lord.
6  Whoever has sworn to a neighbour 
   and never goes back on that word;
7  Who does not lend money in hope of gain, 
   nor takes a bribe against the innocent;
8  Whoever does these things 
   shall never fall.

Psalm 24

1  The earth is the Lord’s and all that fills it, 
   the compass of the world and all who dwell therein.
2  For he has founded it upon the seas 
   and set it firm upon the rivers of the deep.
3  ‘Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord, 
   or who can rise up in his holy place?’
4  ‘Those who have clean hands and a pure heart, 
   who have not lifted up their soul to an idol,
      nor sworn an oath to a lie;
5  ‘They shall receive a blessing from the Lord, 
   a just reward from the God of their salvation.’
6  Such is the company of those who seek him, 
   of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob.
7  Lift up your heads, O gates;
      be lifted up, you everlasting doors; 
   and the King of glory shall come in.
8  ‘Who is the King of glory?’ 
   ‘The Lord, strong and mighty,
      the Lord who is mighty in battle.’
9  Lift up your heads, O gates;
      be lifted up, you everlasting doors; 
   and the King of glory shall come in.
10  ‘Who is this King of glory?’ 
   ‘The Lord of hosts,
      he is the King of glory.’

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Baruch 3: 24-37


24 O Israel, how great is the house of God,
   how vast the territory that he possesses!
25 It is great and has no bounds;
   it is high and immeasurable.
26 The giants were born there, who were famous of old,
   great in stature, expert in war.
27 God did not choose them,
   or give them the way to knowledge;
28 so they perished because they had no wisdom,
   they perished through their folly.


29 Who has gone up into heaven, and taken her,
   and brought her down from the clouds?
30 Who has gone over the sea, and found her,
   and will buy her for pure gold?
31 No one knows the way to her,
   or is concerned about the path to her.
32 But the one who knows all things knows her,
   he found her by his understanding.
The one who prepared the earth for all time
   filled it with four-footed creatures;
33 the one who sends forth the light, and it goes;
   he called it, and it obeyed him, trembling;
34 the stars shone in their watches, and were glad;
   he called them, and they said, ‘Here we are!’
   They shone with gladness for him who made them.
35 This is our God;
   no other can be compared to him.
36 He found the whole way to knowledge,
   and gave her to his servant Jacob
   and to Israel, whom he loved.
37 Afterwards she appeared on earth
   and lived with humankind.

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2 Kings 2: 1-15

Elijah Ascends to Heaven

2Now when the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. 2Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Stay here; for the Lord has sent me as far as Bethel.’ But Elisha said, ‘As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.’ So they went down to Bethel. 3The company of prophets* who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, ‘Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?’ And he said, ‘Yes, I know; keep silent.’

4 Elijah said to him, ‘Elisha, stay here; for the Lord has sent me to Jericho.’ But he said, ‘As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.’ So they came to Jericho. 5The company of prophets* who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, ‘Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?’ And he answered, ‘Yes, I know; be silent.’

6 Then Elijah said to him, ‘Stay here; for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.’ But he said, ‘As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.’ So the two of them went on. 7Fifty men of the company of prophets* also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. 8Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground.

9 When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.’ Elisha said, ‘Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.’ 10He responded, ‘You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.’ 11As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. 12Elisha kept watching and crying out, ‘Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!’ But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.

Elisha Succeeds Elijah

13 He picked up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. 14He took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, saying, ‘Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?’ When he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and Elisha went over.

15 When the company of prophets* who were at Jericho saw him at a distance, they declared, ‘The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.’ They came to meet him and bowed to the ground before him.

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Luke 12: 22-31

Do Not Worry

22 He said to his disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. 23For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?* 26If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? 27Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;* yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 28But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. 30For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31Instead, strive for his* kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

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