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6 As soon then as He had said unto them, "I am He," they went backward and fell to the ground. 7 Then asked He them again,
And they said, "Jesus of Nazareth." 8 Jesus answered,
9 that the saying might be fulfilled which He spoke, "Of those that Thou gavest Me, have I lost none." 10 Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and smote the high priest's servant and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus. 11 Then said Jesus unto Peter,
12 Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus and bound Him, 13 and led Him away to Annas first, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was the high priest that same year. 14 Now it was Caiaphas who gave counsel to the Jews that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.
1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. 2 And she, being with child, cried, travailing in birth and in pain to be delivered. 3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4 And his tail drew a third part of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to be delivered to devour her child as soon as it was born. 5 And she brought forth a manchild, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up unto God and to His throne. 6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
7 And there was war in Heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in Heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out -- that serpent of old called the Devil and Satan, who deceiveth the whole world. He was cast out onto the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice saying in Heaven,
13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman who brought forth the manchild. 14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the face of the serpent. 15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. 16 And the earth helped the woman; and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. 17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and he went to make war with the remnant of her seed, who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Wisdom of Solomon 7:7-16, 22-30
7 Therefore I prayed, and understanding was given me; I called upon God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me. 8 I preferred her before scepters and thrones, and esteemed riches as nothing in comparison to her; 9 neither compared I unto her any precious stone, because all gold with respect to her is as a little sand, and silver shall be counted as clay before her. 10 I loved her above health and beauty, and chose to have her instead of light; for the light that cometh from her never goeth out.
11 All good things together came to me with her, and innumerable riches in her hands. 12 And I rejoiced in them all, because wisdom goeth before them; and I knew not that she was the mother of them. 13 I learned diligently and do communicate her liberally; I do not hide her riches. 14 For she is a treasure unto men that never faileth, which those who use become the friends of God, being commended for the gifts that come from learning. 15 God hath granted me to speak as I would, and to conceive as is meet for the things that are given me, because it is He that leadeth unto wisdom and directeth the wise. 16 For in His hand are both we and our words, all wisdom also and knowledge of workmanship.
22 For wisdom, which is the worker of all things, taught me. For in her is an understanding spirit, holy, one only, manifold, subtle, lively, clear, undefiled, plain, not subject to hurt, loving the thing that is good, quick, which cannot be hindered, ready to do good, 23 kind to man, steadfast, sure, free from care, having all power, overseeing all things, and going through all understanding, pure and most subtle spirit.
24 For wisdom is more moving than any motion; she passeth and goeth through all things by reason of her pureness. 25 For she is the breath of the power of God and a pure effluence flowing from the glory of the Almighty; therefore can no defiled thing fall into her. 26 For she is the brightness of the everlasting light, the unspotted mirror of the power of God, and the image of His goodness. 27 And, being but one, she can do all things; and, remaining in herself, she maketh all things new; and in all ages, entering into holy souls, she maketh them friends of God, and prophets. 28 For God loveth none but him that dwelleth with wisdom. 29 For she is more beautiful than the sun, and above all the order of stars; being compared with the light, she is found before it. 30 For after this cometh night, but vice shall not prevail against wisdom.
Words of Wisdom - Proverbs 28:14
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