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Psalm 59

1 Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God;
defend me from them that rise up against me.
2 Deliver me from the workers of iniquity,
and save me from bloody men.
3 For lo, they lie in wait for my soul;
the mighty are gathered against me, not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD.
4 They run and prepare themselves though I am not at fault.
Awake to help me, and behold!

5 Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen;
be not merciful to any wicked transgressors.
6 They return at evening;
they make a noise like a dog and go round about the city.
7 Behold, they belch out with their mouth; swords are in their lips;
"For who," say they, "doth hear?"
8 But Thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them;
Thou shalt hold all the heathen in derision.
9 Because of his strength, I will wait upon Thee;
for God is my defense.
10 The God of my mercy shall go before me;
God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies.

11 Slay them not, lest my people forget;
scatter them by Thy power and bring them down, O Lord our shield.
12 For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips, let them even be taken in their pride,
and for the cursing and lying which they speak.
13 Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be;
and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth.
14 And at evening let them return,
and let them make a noise like a dog and go round about the city.
15 Let them wander up and down for meat,
and grumble if they be not satisfied.

16 But I will sing of Thy power, yea, I will sing aloud of Thy mercy in the morning;
for Thou hast been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble.
17 Unto Thee, O my Strength, will I sing;
for God is my defense, and the God of my mercy.

Luke 20:20-26

20 And they watched Him and sent forth spies, who should feign themselves to be just men, that they might take hold of His words and so they might deliver Him unto the power and authority of the governor. 21 And they asked Him, saying, "Master, we know that thou sayest and teachest rightly, neither acceptest thou the person of any, but teachest the way of God truly. 22 Is it lawful for us to give tribute unto Caesar or no?" 23 But He perceived their craftiness and said unto them,

"Why tempt ye Me? 24 Show Me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it?"

They answered and said, "Caesar's." 25 And He said unto them,

"Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's, and unto God the things which are God's."

26 And they could not take hold of His words before the people. And they marveled at His answer and held their peace.

Hebrews 2

1 Therefore we ought to give even more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. 2 For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord and was confirmed unto us by those who heard Him, 4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders and with divers miracles and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to His own will?

5 For it was not unto angels that He put in subjection the world to come, of which we speak. 6 But one at a certain place testified, saying,

"What is man, that Thou art mindful of him?
Or the son of man, that Thou visitest him?
7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels;
Thou crowned him with glory and honor
and set him over the works of Thy hands.
8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet."

For in putting all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now as yet we see not all things put under him. 9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor, that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man. 10 For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For both He that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of One, for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 saying,

"I will declare Thy name unto My brethren;
in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto Thee."

13 And again,

"I will put My trust in Him."

And again,

"Behold I and the children whom God hath given Me."

14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same, that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death -- that is, the devil -- 15 and deliver those who all their lifetime were subject to bondage through fear of death. 16 For verily He took not on Himself the nature of angels, but He took on Him the seed of Abraham. 17 Therefore in all things it behooved Him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that He Himself hath suffered, being tempted, He is able to succor those who are tempted.

Jeremiah 5:1-19 

1 "Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, 
and see now and know, 
and seek in the broad places thereof if ye can find a man, 
if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth, and I will pardon it. 
2 And though they say, `The LORD liveth,' 
surely they swear falsely."

3 O LORD, are not Thine eyes upon the truth? 
Thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; 
Thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction. 
They have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return. 
4 Therefore I said, "Surely these are poor, they are foolish; 
for they know not the way of the LORD, nor the judgment of their God. 
5 I will get me unto the great men, 
and will speak unto them; 
for they have known the way of the LORD, and the judgment of their God." 
But these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds. 
6 Therefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, 
and a wolf of the evenings shall despoil them; a leopard shall watch over their cities. 
Every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces, 
because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased.

7 "How shall I pardon thee for this? 
Thy children have forsaken Me, and sworn by them that are no gods. 
When I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery 
and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots' houses. 
8 They were as fed horses in the morning; 
every one neighed after his neighbor's wife. 
9 Shall I not visit for these things?" saith the LORD. 
"And shall not My soul be avenged on such a nation as this?

10 "Go ye up upon her walls and destroy, but make not a full end; 
take away her battlements, for they are not the LORD'S. 
11 For the house of Israel and the house of Judah 
have dealt very treacherously against Me," saith the LORD.

12 They have belied the LORD, and said, "It is not He; 
neither shall evil come upon us, neither shall we see sword nor famine. 
13 And the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them; 
thus shall it be done unto them." 
14 Therefore, thus saith the LORD God of hosts: "Because ye speak this word, 
behold, I will make My words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them. 
15 Lo, I will bring a nation upon you from afar, 
O house of Israel," saith the LORD. 
"It is a mighty nation, it is an ancient nation, 
a nation whose language thou knowest not, neither understandest what they say. 
16 Their quiver is as an open sepulcher; 
they are all mighty men. 
17 And they shall eat up thine harvest and thy bread, which thy sons and thy daughters should eat; 
they shall eat up thy flocks and thine herds; 
they shall eat up thy vines and thy fig trees. 
They shall impoverish thy fortified cities, wherein thou trusted, with the sword. 

18 "Nevertheless in those days," saith the LORD, "I will not make a full end with you. 19 And it shall come to pass when ye shall say, `Why doeth the LORD our God all these things unto us?' Then shalt thou answer them, `As ye have forsaken Me and served strange gods in your land, so shall ye serve strangers in a land that is not yours.'

Words of Wisdom - Proverbs 23:17

Let not thine heart envy sinners, 
but be thou in fear of the LORD all the day long. 

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