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51 And there followed Him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young men laid hold on him. 52 And he left the linen cloth and fled from them naked.
53 And they led Jesus away to the high priest; and with him were assembled all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes. 54 And Peter followed Him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest. And he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire.
55 And the chief priests and all of the council sought for witness against Jesus to put Him to death, and found none. 56 For many bore false witness against Him, but their witness agreed not together. 57 And there arose certain ones who bore false witness against Him, saying, 58 "We heard him say, `I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.'" 59 But neither did their witness agree together. 60 And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, saying, "Answerest thou nothing? What is it which these witness against thee?" 61 But He held His peace and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked Him and said unto Him, "Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?" 62 And Jesus said,
63 Then the high priest rent his clothes and said, "Why need we any further witnesses? 64 Ye have heard the blasphemy. What think ye?" And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death. 65 And some began to spit on Him, and to cover His face, and to buffet Him, and to say unto Him, "Prophesy!" And the servants struck Him with the palms of their hands.
21 Tell me, ye who desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. 23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, but he of the freewoman was by promise. 24 These things are an allegory, for these are the two covenants: The one is from Mount Sinai, which engendereth bondage; this is Hagar. 25 For this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and answereth to Jerusalem as it is now, and is in bondage with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem which is above is free, and is the mother of us all. 27 For it is written:
28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. 29 But as then, he that was born according to the flesh persecuted him that was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now. 30 Nevertheless what saith the Scripture? "Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman." 31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.
2 Kings 2:1-22
1 And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal. 2 And Elijah said unto Elisha, "Tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Bethel." And Elisha said unto him, "As the LORD liveth and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee." So they went down to Bethel. 3 And the sons of the prophets who were at Bethel came forth to Elisha and said unto him, "Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head today?" And he said, "Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace."
4 And Elijah said unto him, "Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Jericho." And he said, "As the LORD liveth and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee." So they came to Jericho. 5 And the sons of the prophets who were at Jericho came to Elisha and said unto him, "Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head today?" And he answered, "Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace."
6 And Elijah said unto him, "Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the LORD hath sent me to the Jordan." And he said, "As the LORD liveth and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee." And the two went on. 7 And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went and stood in sight to view afar off; and they two stood by the Jordan. 8 And Elijah took his mantle and wrapped it together and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither so that the two went over on dry ground.
9 And it came to pass, when they had gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, "Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee." And Elisha said, "I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me." 10 And he said, "Thou hast asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so." 11 And it came to pass, as they still went on and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 12 And Elisha saw it, and he cried, "My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and the horsemen thereof!"
And he saw him no more. And he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. 13 He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan. 14 And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters and said, "Where is the LORD God of Elijah?" And when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither; and Elisha went over.
15 And when the sons of the prophets who were in view at Jericho saw him, they said, "The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha." And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him. 16 And they said unto him, "Behold now, there are with thy servants fifty strong men. Let them go, we pray thee, and seek thy master, lest perhaps the Spirit of the LORD hath taken him up and cast him upon some mountain or into some valley." And he said, "Ye shall not send." 17 And when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, "Send." They sent therefore fifty men, and they sought three days but found him not. 18 And when they came again to him (for he tarried at Jericho), he said unto them, "Did I not say unto you, `Go not'?"
19 And the men of the city said unto Elisha, "Behold, I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth; but the water is nought, and the ground barren." 20 And he said, "Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein." And they brought it to him. 21 And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there and said, "Thus saith the LORD: `I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land.'" 22 So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spoke.
Words of Wisdom - Proverbs 16:16
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