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1 Corinthians 10:13No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

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Genesis chapter 42

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Now Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, and Jacob said to his sons, "Why are you staring at one another?"
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He said, "Behold, I have heard that there is grain in Egypt; go down there and buy [some] for us from that place, so that we may live and not die."
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Then ten brothers of Joseph went down to buy grain from Egypt.
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But Jacob did not send Joseph's brother Benjamin with his brothers, for he said, "I am afraid that harm may befall him."
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So the sons of Israel came to buy grain among those who were coming, for the famine was in the land of Canaan [also].
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Now Joseph was the ruler over the land; he was the one who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph's brothers came and bowed down to him with [their] faces to the ground.
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When Joseph saw his brothers he recognized them, but he disguised himself to them and spoke to them harshly. And he said to them, "Where have you come from?" And they said, "From the land of Canaan, to buy food."
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But Joseph had recognized his brothers, although they did not recognize him.
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Joseph remembered the dreams which he had about them, and said to them, "You are spies; you have come to look at the undefended parts of our land."
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Then they said to him, "No, my lord, but your servants have come to buy food.
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"We are all sons of one man; we are honest men, your servants are not spies."
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Yet he said to them, "No, but you have come to look at the undefended parts of our land!"
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But they said, "Your servants are twelve brothers [in all], the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and behold, the youngest is with our father today, and one is no longer alive."
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Joseph said to them, "It is as I said to you, you are spies;
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by this you will be tested: by the life of Pharaoh, you shall not go from this place unless your youngest brother comes here!
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"Send one of you that he may get your brother, while you remain confined, that your words may be tested, whether there is truth in you. But if not, by the life of Pharaoh, surely you are spies."
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So he put them all together in prison for three days.
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Now Joseph said to them on the third day, "Do this and live, for I fear God:
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if you are honest men, let one of your brothers be confined in your prison; but as for [the rest of] you, go, carry grain for the famine of your households,
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and bring your youngest brother to me, so your words may be verified, and you will not die." And they did so.
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Then they said to one another, "Truly we are guilty concerning our brother, because we saw the distress of his soul when he pleaded with us, yet we would not listen; therefore this distress has come upon us."
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Reuben answered them, saying, "Did I not tell you, 'Do not sin against the boy'; and you would not listen? Now comes the reckoning for his blood."
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They did not know, however, that Joseph understood, for there was an interpreter between them.
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He turned away from them and wept. But when he returned to them and spoke to them, he took Simeon from them and bound him before their eyes.
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Then Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain and to restore every man's money in his sack, and to give them provisions for the journey. And thus it was done for them.
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So they loaded their donkeys with their grain and departed from there.
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As one [of them] opened his sack to give his donkey fodder at the lodging place, he saw his money; and behold, it was in the mouth of his sack.
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Then he said to his brothers, "My money has been returned, and behold, it is even in my sack." And their hearts sank, and they [turned] trembling to one another, saying, "What is this that God has done to us?"
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When they came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan, they told him all that had happened to them, saying,
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"The man, the lord of the land, spoke harshly with us, and took us for spies of the country.
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"But we said to him, 'We are honest men; we are not spies.
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'We are twelve brothers, sons of our father; one is no longer alive, and the youngest is with our father today in the land of Canaan.'
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"The man, the lord of the land, said to us, 'By this I will know that you are honest men: leave one of your brothers with me and take [grain for] the famine of your households, and go.
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'But bring your youngest brother to me that I may know that you are not spies, but honest men. I will give your brother to you, and you may trade in the land.'"
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Now it came about as they were emptying their sacks, that behold, every man's bundle of money [was] in his sack; and when they and their father saw their bundles of money, they were dismayed.
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Their father Jacob said to them, "You have bereaved me of my children: Joseph is no more, and Simeon is no more, and you would take Benjamin; all these things are against me."
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Then Reuben spoke to his father, saying, "You may put my two sons to death if I do not bring him [back] to you; put him in my care, and I will return him to you."
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But Jacob said, "My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he alone is left. If harm should befall him on the journey you are taking, then you will bring my gray hair down to Sheol in sorrow."

Genesis chapter 43

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Now the famine was severe in the land.
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So it came about when they had finished eating the grain which they had brought from Egypt, that their father said to them, "Go back, buy us a little food."
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Judah spoke to him, however, saying, "The man solemnly warned us, 'You shall not see my face unless your brother is with you.'
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"If you send our brother with us, we will go down and buy you food.
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"But if you do not send [him], we will not go down; for the man said to us, 'You will not see my face unless your brother is with you.'"
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Then Israel said, "Why did you treat me so badly by telling the man whether you still had [another] brother?"
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But they said, "The man questioned particularly about us and our relatives, saying, 'Is your father still alive? Have you [another] brother?' So we answered his questions. Could we possibly know that he would say, 'Bring your brother down '?"
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Judah said to his father Israel, "Send the lad with me and we will arise and go, that we may live and not die, we as well as you and our little ones.
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"I myself will be surety for him; you may hold me responsible for him. If I do not bring him [back] to you and set him before you, then let me bear the blame before you forever.
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"For if we had not delayed, surely by now we could have returned twice."
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Then their father Israel said to them, "If [it must be] so, then do this: take some of the best products of the land in your bags, and carry down to the man as a present, a little balm and a little honey, aromatic gum and myrrh, pistachio nuts and almonds.
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"Take double [the] money in your hand, and take back in your hand the money that was returned in the mouth of your sacks; perhaps it was a mistake.
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"Take your brother also, and arise, return to the man;
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and may God Almighty grant you compassion in the sight of the man, so that he will release to you your other brother and Benjamin. And as for me, if I am bereaved of my children, I am bereaved."
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So the men took this present, and they took double [the] money in their hand, and Benjamin; then they arose and went down to Egypt and stood before Joseph.
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When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to his house steward, "Bring the men into the house, and slay an animal and make ready; for the men are to dine with me at noon."
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So the man did as Joseph said, and brought the men to Joseph's house.
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Now the men were afraid, because they were brought to Joseph's house; and they said, "[It is] because of the money that was returned in our sacks the first time that we are being brought in, that he may seek occasion against us and fall upon us, and take us for slaves with our donkeys."
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So they came near to Joseph's house steward, and spoke to him at the entrance of the house,
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and said, "Oh, my lord, we indeed came down the first time to buy food,
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and it came about when we came to the lodging place, that we opened our sacks, and behold, each man's money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full. So we have brought it back in our hand.
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"We have also brought down other money in our hand to buy food; we do not know who put our money in our sacks."
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He said, "Be at ease, do not be afraid. Your God and the God of your father has given you treasure in your sacks; I had your money." Then he brought Simeon out to them.
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Then the man brought the men into Joseph's house and gave them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their donkeys fodder.
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So they prepared the present for Joseph's coming at noon; for they had heard that they were to eat a meal there.
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When Joseph came home, they brought into the house to him the present which was in their hand and bowed to the ground before him.
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Then he asked them about their welfare, and said, "Is your old father well, of whom you spoke? Is he still alive?"
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They said, "Your servant our father is well; he is still alive." They bowed down in homage.
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As he lifted his eyes and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother's son, he said, "Is this your youngest brother, of whom you spoke to me?" And he said, "May God be gracious to you, my son."
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Joseph hurried [out] for he was deeply stirred over his brother, and he sought [a place] to weep; and he entered his chamber and wept there.
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Then he washed his face and came out; and he controlled himself and said, "Serve the meal."
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So they served him by himself, and them by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves, because the Egyptians could not eat bread with the Hebrews, for that is loathsome to the Egyptians.
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Now they were seated before him, the firstborn according to his birthright and the youngest according to his youth, and the men looked at one another in astonishment.
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He took portions to them from his own table, but Benjamin's portion was five times as much as any of theirs. So they feasted and drank freely with him.

Psalm chapter 5

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For the choir director; for flute accompaniment. A Psalm of David. Give ear to my words, O LORD, Consider my groaning.
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Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God, For to You I pray.
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In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order [my] [prayer] to You and [eagerly] watch.
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For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness; No evil dwells with You.
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The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes; You hate all who do iniquity.
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You destroy those who speak falsehood; The LORD abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit.
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But as for me, by Your abundant lovingkindness I will enter Your house, At Your holy temple I will bow in reverence for You.
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O LORD, lead me in Your righteousness because of my foes; Make Your way straight before me.
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There is nothing reliable in what they say; Their inward part is destruction [itself]. Their throat is an open grave; They flatter with their tongue.
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Hold them guilty, O God; By their own devices let them fall! In the multitude of their transgressions thrust them out, For they are rebellious against You.
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But let all who take refuge in You be glad, Let them ever sing for joy; And may You shelter them, That those who love Your name may exult in You.
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For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O LORD, You surround him with favor as with a shield.

Luke chapter 17

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He said to His disciples, "It is inevitable that stumbling blocks come, but woe to him through whom they come!
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"It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he would cause one of these little ones to stumble.
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"Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.
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"And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, 'I repent,' forgive him."
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The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!"
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And the Lord said, "If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and be planted in the sea'; and it would obey you.
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"Which of you, having a slave plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, 'Come immediately and sit down to eat'?
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"But will he not say to him, 'Prepare something for me to eat, and [properly] clothe yourself and serve me while I eat and drink; and afterward you may eat and drink '?
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"He does not thank the slave because he did the things which were commanded, does he?
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"So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, 'We are unworthy slaves; we have done [only] that which we ought to have done.'"
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While He was on the way to Jerusalem, He was passing between Samaria and Galilee.
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As He entered a village, ten leprous men who stood at a distance met Him;
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and they raised their voices, saying, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!"
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When He saw them, He said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they were going, they were cleansed.
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Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice,
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and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan.
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Then Jesus answered and said, "Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine-- where are they?
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"Was no one found who returned to give glory to God, except this foreigner?"
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And He said to him, "Stand up and go; your faith has made you well."
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Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, "The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed;
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nor will they say, 'Look, here [it is]!' or, 'There [it is]!' For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst."
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And He said to the disciples, "The days will come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it.
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"They will say to you, 'Look there! Look here!' Do not go away, and do not run after [them].
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"For just like the lightning, when it flashes out of one part of the sky, shines to the other part of the sky, so will the Son of Man be in His day.
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"But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
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"And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:
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they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.
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"It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building;
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but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.
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"It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed.
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"On that day, the one who is on the housetop and whose goods are in the house must not go down to take them out; and likewise the one who is in the field must not turn back.
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"Remember Lot's wife.
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"Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses [his life] will preserve it.
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"I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other will be left.
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"There will be two women grinding at the same place; one will be taken and the other will be left.
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["Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other will be left.]"
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And answering they said to Him, "Where, Lord?" And He said to them, "Where the body [is], there also the vultures will be gathered."