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18  The Lord knows the days of the godly, 
   and their inheritance shall stand for ever.
19  They shall not be put to shame in the perilous time, 
   and in days of famine they shall have enough.
20  But the wicked shall perish;
      like the glory of the meadows
      the enemies of the Lord shall vanish; 
   they shall vanish like smoke.
21  The wicked borrow and do not repay, 
   but the righteous are generous in giving.
22  For those who are blest by God shall possess the land, 
   but those who are cursed by him shall be rooted out.
23  When your steps are guided by the Lord 
   and you delight in his way,
24  Though you stumble, you shall not fall headlong, 
   for the Lord holds you fast by the hand.
25  I have been young and now am old, 
   yet never have I seen the righteous forsaken,
      or their children begging their bread.
26  All the day long they are generous in lending, 
   and their children also shall be blest.
27  Depart from evil and do good 
   and you shall abide for ever.
28  For the Lord loves the thing that is right 
   and will not forsake his faithful ones.
29  The unjust shall be destroyed for ever, 
   and the offspring of the wicked shall be rooted out.
30  The righteous shall possess the land 
   and dwell in it for ever.
31  The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, 
   and their tongue speaks the thing that is right.
32  The law of their God is in their heart 
   and their footsteps shall not slide.
33  The wicked spy on the righteous 
   and seek occasion to slay them.
34  The Lord will not leave them in their hand, 
   nor let them be condemned when they are judged.
35  Wait upon the Lord and keep his way; 
   he will raise you up to possess the land,
      and when the wicked are uprooted, you shall see it.
36  I myself have seen the wicked in great power 
   and flourishing like a tree in full leaf.
37  I went by and lo, they were gone; 
   I sought them, but they could nowhere be found.
38  Keep innocence and heed the thing that is right, 
   for that will bring you peace at the last.
39  But the sinners shall perish together, 
   and the posterity of the wicked shall be rooted out.
40  The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; 
   he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.
41  The Lord shall stand by them and deliver them; 
   he shall deliver them from the wicked and shall save them,
      because they have put their trust in him.

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Isaiah 47: 1-15

The Humiliation of Babylon

47Come down and sit in the dust,
   virgin daughter Babylon!
Sit on the ground without a throne,
   daughter Chaldea!
For you shall no more be called
   tender and delicate.
2 Take the millstones and grind meal,
   remove your veil,
strip off your robe, uncover your legs,
   pass through the rivers.
3 Your nakedness shall be uncovered,
   and your shame shall be seen.
I will take vengeance,
   and I will spare no one.
4 Our Redeemer—the Lord of hosts is his name—
   is the Holy One of Israel.


5 Sit in silence, and go into darkness,
   daughter Chaldea!
For you shall no more be called
   the mistress of kingdoms.
6 I was angry with my people,
   I profaned my heritage;
I gave them into your hand,
   you showed them no mercy;
on the aged you made your yoke
   exceedingly heavy.
7 You said, ‘I shall be mistress for ever’,
   so that you did not lay these things to heart
   or remember their end.


8 Now therefore hear this, you lover of pleasures,
   who sit securely,
who say in your heart,
   ‘I am, and there is no one besides me;
I shall not sit as a widow
   or know the loss of children’—
9 both these things shall come upon you
   in a moment, in one day:
the loss of children and widowhood
   shall come upon you in full measure,
in spite of your many sorceries
   and the great power of your enchantments.


10 You felt secure in your wickedness;
   you said, ‘No one sees me.’
Your wisdom and your knowledge
   led you astray,
and you said in your heart,
   ‘I am, and there is no one besides me.’
11 But evil shall come upon you,
   which you cannot charm away;
disaster shall fall upon you,
   which you will not be able to ward off;
and ruin shall come on you suddenly,
   of which you know nothing.


12 Stand fast in your enchantments
   and your many sorceries,
   with which you have laboured from your youth;
perhaps you may be able to succeed,
   perhaps you may inspire terror.
13 You are wearied with your many consultations;
   let those who study* the heavens
stand up and save you,
   those who gaze at the stars
and at each new moon predict
   what* shall befall you.


14 See, they are like stubble,
   the fire consumes them;
they cannot deliver themselves
   from the power of the flame.
No coal for warming oneself is this,
   no fire to sit before!
15 Such to you are those with whom you have laboured,
   who have trafficked with you from your youth;
they all wander about in their own paths;
   there is no one to save you.

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Mark 5: 21-43

A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed

21 When Jesus had crossed again in the boat* to the other side, a great crowd gathered round him; and he was by the lake. 22Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet 23and begged him repeatedly, ‘My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.’ 24So he went with him.

And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. 25Now there was a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years. 26She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. 27She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28for she said, ‘If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.’ 29Immediately her haemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched my clothes?’ 31And his disciples said to him, ‘You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, “Who touched me?” 32He looked all round to see who had done it. 33But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. 34He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.’

35 While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, ‘Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?’ 36But overhearing* what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, ‘Do not fear, only believe.’ 37He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. 38When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39When he had entered, he said to them, ‘Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.’ 40And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41He took her by the hand and said to her, ‘Talitha cum’, which means, ‘Little girl, get up!’ 42And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. 43He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

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