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12 And it came to pass when He was in a certain city, behold, a man full of leprosy, seeing Jesus, fell on his face and besought Him, saying, "Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean." 13 And He put forth His hand and touched him, saying,
And immediately the leprosy departed from him. 14 And He charged him to tell no man, but,
15 But so much the more His fame spread abroad, and great multitudes came together to hear and to be healed by Him of their infirmities. 16 And He withdrew Himself into the wilderness and prayed.
17 And it came to pass on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, who had come from every town of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them. 18 And behold, men brought in on a bed a man who was taken with a palsy, and they sought means to bring him in and to lay him before Him. 19 And when they could not find a way to bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down on his couch through the tiling into the midst before Jesus.
20 And when He saw their faith, He said unto him,
21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, "Who is this who speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?" 22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answering said unto them,
He said unto the one sick with the palsy,
25 And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. 26 And they were all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, "We have seen strange things today."
1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you indeed is not grievous to me, but it is a safeguard for you. 2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the Concision. 3 For we are the Circumcision who worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh-- 4 though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath grounds to trust in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; according to the law, a Pharisee; 6 concerning zeal, persecuting the church; as to the righteousness before the law, blameless. 7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted as loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things and count them but dung, that I may win Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith, 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death, 11 that if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
12 It is not as though I had already attained it, nor were already perfect; but I follow after, that I may apprehend that for which Christ Jesus also apprehended me. 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended it, but this one thing I do: forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as would be perfect, be thus minded; and if in anything ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. 16 Nevertheless, however much we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiasticus 23:7
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