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Romans 13:8Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled [the] law.

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Genesis chapter 44

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Then he commanded his house steward, saying, "Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put each man's money in the mouth of his sack.
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"Put my cup, the silver cup, in the mouth of the sack of the youngest, and his money for the grain." And he did as Joseph had told [him].
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As soon as it was light, the men were sent away, they with their donkeys.
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They had [just] gone out of the city, [and] were not far off, when Joseph said to his house steward, "Up, follow the men; and when you overtake them, say to them, 'Why have you repaid evil for good?
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'Is not this the one from which my lord drinks and which he indeed uses for divination? You have done wrong in doing this.'"
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So he overtook them and spoke these words to them.
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They said to him, "Why does my lord speak such words as these? Far be it from your servants to do such a thing.
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"Behold, the money which we found in the mouth of our sacks we have brought back to you from the land of Canaan. How then could we steal silver or gold from your lord's house?
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"With whomever of your servants it is found, let him die, and we also will be my lord's slaves."
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So he said, "Now let it also be according to your words; he with whom it is found shall be my slave, and [the rest of] you shall be innocent."
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Then they hurried, each man lowered his sack to the ground, and each man opened his sack.
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He searched, beginning with the oldest and ending with the youngest, and the cup was found in Benjamin's sack.
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Then they tore their clothes, and when each man loaded his donkey, they returned to the city.
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When Judah and his brothers came to Joseph's house, he was still there, and they fell to the ground before him.
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Joseph said to them, "What is this deed that you have done? Do you not know that such a man as I can indeed practice divination?"
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So Judah said, "What can we say to my lord? What can we speak? And how can we justify ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of your servants; behold, we are my lord's slaves, both we and the one in whose possession the cup has been found."
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But he said, "Far be it from me to do this. The man in whose possession the cup has been found, he shall be my slave; but as for you, go up in peace to your father."
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Then Judah approached him, and said, "Oh my lord, may your servant please speak a word in my lord's ears, and do not be angry with your servant; for you are equal to Pharaoh.
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"My lord asked his servants, saying, 'Have you a father or a brother?'
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"We said to my lord, 'We have an old father and a little child of [his] old age. Now his brother is dead, so he alone is left of his mother, and his father loves him.'
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"Then you said to your servants, 'Bring him down to me that I may set my eyes on him.'
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"But we said to my lord, 'The lad cannot leave his father, for if he should leave his father, his father would die.'
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"You said to your servants, however, 'Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, you will not see my face again.'
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"Thus it came about when we went up to your servant my father, we told him the words of my lord.
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"Our father said, 'Go back, buy us a little food.'
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"But we said, 'We cannot go down. If our youngest brother is with us, then we will go down; for we cannot see the man's face unless our youngest brother is with us.'
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"Your servant my father said to us, 'You know that my wife bore me two sons;
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and the one went out from me, and I said, "Surely he is torn in pieces," and I have not seen him since.
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'If you take this one also from me, and harm befalls him, you will bring my gray hair down to Sheol in sorrow.'
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"Now, therefore, when I come to your servant my father, and the lad is not with us, since his life is bound up in the lad's life,
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when he sees that the lad is not [with us], he will die. Thus your servants will bring the gray hair of your servant our father down to Sheol in sorrow.
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"For your servant became surety for the lad to my father, saying, 'If I do not bring him [back] to you, then let me bear the blame before my father forever.'
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"Now, therefore, please let your servant remain instead of the lad a slave to my lord, and let the lad go up with his brothers.
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"For how shall I go up to my father if the lad is not with me-- for fear that I see the evil that would overtake my father?"

Genesis chapter 45

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Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried, "Have everyone go out from me." So there was no man with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers.
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He wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard [it], and the household of Pharaoh heard [of it].
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Then Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?" But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence.
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Then Joseph said to his brothers, "Please come closer to me." And they came closer. And he said, "I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.
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"Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.
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"For the famine [has been] in the land these two years, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting.
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"God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance.
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"Now, therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his household and ruler over all the land of Egypt.
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"Hurry and go up to my father, and say to him, 'Thus says your son Joseph, "God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay.
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"You shall live in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children's children and your flocks and your herds and all that you have.
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"There I will also provide for you, for there are still five years of famine [to come], and you and your household and all that you have would be impoverished."'
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"Behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin [see], that it is my mouth which is speaking to you.
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"Now you must tell my father of all my splendor in Egypt, and all that you have seen; and you must hurry and bring my father down here."
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Then he fell on his brother Benjamin's neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck.
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He kissed all his brothers and wept on them, and afterward his brothers talked with him.
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Now when the news was heard in Pharaoh's house that Joseph's brothers had come, it pleased Pharaoh and his servants.
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Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Say to your brothers, 'Do this: load your beasts and go to the land of Canaan,
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and take your father and your households and come to me, and I will give you the best of the land of Egypt and you will eat the fat of the land.'
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"Now you are ordered, 'Do this: take wagons from the land of Egypt for your little ones and for your wives, and bring your father and come.
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'Do not concern yourselves with your goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.'"
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Then the sons of Israel did so; and Joseph gave them wagons according to the command of Pharaoh, and gave them provisions for the journey.
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To each of them he gave changes of garments, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred [pieces of] silver and five changes of garments.
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To his father he sent as follows: ten donkeys loaded with the best things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and sustenance for his father on the journey.
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So he sent his brothers away, and as they departed, he said to them, "Do not quarrel on the journey."
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Then they went up from Egypt, and came to the land of Canaan to their father Jacob.
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They told him, saying, "Joseph is still alive, and indeed he is ruler over all the land of Egypt." But he was stunned, for he did not believe them.
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When they told him all the words of Joseph that he had spoken to them, and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of their father Jacob revived.
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Then Israel said, "It is enough; my son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die."

Genesis chapter 46

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So Israel set out with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.
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God spoke to Israel in visions of the night and said, "Jacob, Jacob." And he said, "Here I am."
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He said, "I am God, the God of your father; do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you a great nation there.
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"I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again; and Joseph will close your eyes."
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Then Jacob arose from Beersheba; and the sons of Israel carried their father Jacob and their little ones and their wives in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him.
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They took their livestock and their property, which they had acquired in the land of Canaan, and came to Egypt, Jacob and all his descendants with him:
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his sons and his grandsons with him, his daughters and his granddaughters, and all his descendants he brought with him to Egypt.
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Now these are the names of the sons of Israel, Jacob and his sons, who went to Egypt: Reuben, Jacob's firstborn.
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The sons of Reuben: Hanoch and Pallu and Hezron and Carmi.
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The sons of Simeon: Jemuel and Jamin and Ohad and Jachin and Zohar and Shaul the son of a Canaanite woman.
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The sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
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The sons of Judah: Er and Onan and Shelah and Perez and Zerah (but Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan). And the sons of Perez were Hezron and Hamul.
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The sons of Issachar: Tola and Puvvah and Iob and Shimron.
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The sons of Zebulun: Sered and Elon and Jahleel.
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These are the sons of Leah, whom she bore to Jacob in Paddan-aram, with his daughter Dinah; all his sons and his daughters [numbered] thirty-three.
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The sons of Gad: Ziphion and Haggi, Shuni and Ezbon, Eri and Arodi and Areli.
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The sons of Asher: Imnah and Ishvah and Ishvi and Beriah and their sister Serah. And the sons of Beriah: Heber and Malchiel.
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These are the sons of Zilpah, whom Laban gave to his daughter Leah; and she bore to Jacob these sixteen persons.
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The sons of Jacob's wife Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin.
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Now to Joseph in the land of Egypt were born Manasseh and Ephraim, whom Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, bore to him.
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The sons of Benjamin: Bela and Becher and Ashbel, Gera and Naaman, Ehi and Rosh, Muppim and Huppim and Ard.
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These are the sons of Rachel, who were born to Jacob; [there were] fourteen persons in all.
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The sons of Dan: Hushim.
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The sons of Naphtali: Jahzeel and Guni and Jezer and Shillem.
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These are the sons of Bilhah, whom Laban gave to his daughter Rachel, and she bore these to Jacob; [there were] seven persons in all.
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All the persons belonging to Jacob, who came to Egypt, his direct descendants, not including the wives of Jacob's sons, [were] sixty-six persons in all,
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and the sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Egypt were two; all the persons of the house of Jacob, who came to Egypt, [were] seventy.
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Now he sent Judah before him to Joseph, to point out [the way] before him to Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen.
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Joseph prepared his chariot and went up to Goshen to meet his father Israel; as soon as he appeared before him, he fell on his neck and wept on his neck a long time.
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Then Israel said to Joseph, "Now let me die, since I have seen your face, that you are still alive."
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Joseph said to his brothers and to his father's household, "I will go up and tell Pharaoh, and will say to him, 'My brothers and my father's household, who [were] in the land of Canaan, have come to me;
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and the men are shepherds, for they have been keepers of livestock; and they have brought their flocks and their herds and all that they have.'
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"When Pharaoh calls you and says, 'What is your occupation?'
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you shall say, 'Your servants have been keepers of livestock from our youth even until now, both we and our fathers,' that you may live in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is loathsome to the Egyptians."

Luke chapter 18

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Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart,
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saying, "In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man.
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"There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, 'Give me legal protection from my opponent.'
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"For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, 'Even though I do not fear God nor respect man,
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yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.'"
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And the Lord said, "Hear what the unrighteous judge said;
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now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them?
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"I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?"
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And He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and viewed others with contempt:
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"Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
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"The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: 'God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
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'I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.'
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"But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, the sinner!'
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"I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."
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And they were bringing even their babies to Him so that He would touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they [began] rebuking them.
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But Jesus called for them, saying, "Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
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"Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it [at all]."
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A ruler questioned Him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
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And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.
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"You know the commandments, 'DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.'"
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And he said, "All these things I have kept from [my] youth."
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When Jesus heard [this], He said to him, "One thing you still lack; sell all that you possess and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."
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But when he had heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich.
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And Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!
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"For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
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They who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?"
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But He said, "The things that are impossible with people are possible with God."
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Peter said, "Behold, we have left our own [homes] and followed You."
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And He said to them, "Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God,
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who will not receive many times as much at this time and in the age to come, eternal life."
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Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things which are written through the prophets about the Son of Man will be accomplished.
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"For He will be handed over to the Gentiles, and will be mocked and mistreated and spit upon,
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and after they have scourged Him, they will kill Him; and the third day He will rise again."
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But the disciples understood none of these things, and [the meaning of] this statement was hidden from them, and they did not comprehend the things that were said.
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As Jesus was approaching Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the road begging.
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Now hearing a crowd going by, he [began] to inquire what this was.
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They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by.
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And he called out, saying, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
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Those who led the way were sternly telling him to be quiet; but he kept crying out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"
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And Jesus stopped and commanded that he be brought to Him; and when he came near, He questioned him,
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"What do you want Me to do for you?" And he said, "Lord, [I want] to regain my sight!"
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And Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well."
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Immediately he regained his sight and [began] following Him, glorifying God; and when all the people saw it, they gave praise to God.