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1 Corinthians 15:20-22But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man [came] death, by a man also [came] the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.

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Genesis chapter 37

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Now Jacob lived in the land where his father had sojourned, in the land of Canaan.
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These are [the records of] the generations of Jacob. Joseph, when seventeen years of age, was pasturing the flock with his brothers while he was [still] a youth, along with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives. And Joseph brought back a bad report about them to their father.
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Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a varicolored tunic.
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His brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers; and [so] they hated him and could not speak to him on friendly terms.
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Then Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more.
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He said to them, "Please listen to this dream which I have had;
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for behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf rose up and also stood erect; and behold, your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to my sheaf."
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Then his brothers said to him, "Are you actually going to reign over us? Or are you really going to rule over us?" So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.
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Now he had still another dream, and related it to his brothers, and said, "Lo, I have had still another dream; and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me."
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He related [it] to his father and to his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, "What is this dream that you have had? Shall I and your mother and your brothers actually come to bow ourselves down before you to the ground?"
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His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying [in mind].
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Then his brothers went to pasture their father's flock in Shechem.
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Israel said to Joseph, "Are not your brothers pasturing [the flock] in Shechem? Come, and I will send you to them." And he said to him, "I will go."
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Then he said to him, "Go now and see about the welfare of your brothers and the welfare of the flock, and bring word back to me." So he sent him from the valley of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.
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A man found him, and behold, he was wandering in the field; and the man asked him, "What are you looking for?"
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He said, "I am looking for my brothers; please tell me where they are pasturing [the flock]."
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Then the man said, "They have moved from here; for I heard [them] say, 'Let us go to Dothan.'" So Joseph went after his brothers and found them at Dothan.
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When they saw him from a distance and before he came close to them, they plotted against him to put him to death.
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They said to one another, "Here comes this dreamer!
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"Now then, come and let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; and we will say, 'A wild beast devoured him.' Then let us see what will become of his dreams!"
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But Reuben heard [this] and rescued him out of their hands and said, "Let us not take his life."
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Reuben further said to them, "Shed no blood. Throw him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but do not lay hands on him"-- that he might rescue him out of their hands, to restore him to his father.
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So it came about, when Joseph reached his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the varicolored tunic that was on him;
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and they took him and threw him into the pit. Now the pit was empty, without any water in it.
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Then they sat down to eat a meal. And as they raised their eyes and looked, behold, a caravan of Ishmaelites was coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing aromatic gum and balm and myrrh, on their way to bring [them] down to Egypt.
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Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is it for us to kill our brother and cover up his blood?
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"Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our [own] flesh." And his brothers listened [to him].
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Then some Midianite traders passed by, so they pulled [him] up and lifted Joseph out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty [shekels] of silver. Thus they brought Joseph into Egypt.
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Now Reuben returned to the pit, and behold, Joseph was not in the pit; so he tore his garments.
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He returned to his brothers and said, "The boy is not [there]; as for me, where am I to go?"
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So they took Joseph's tunic, and slaughtered a male goat and dipped the tunic in the blood;
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and they sent the varicolored tunic and brought it to their father and said, "We found this; please examine [it] to [see] whether it is your son's tunic or not."
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Then he examined it and said, "It is my son's tunic. A wild beast has devoured him; Joseph has surely been torn to pieces!"
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So Jacob tore his clothes, and put sackcloth on his loins and mourned for his son many days.
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Then all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. And he said, "Surely I will go down to Sheol in mourning for my son." So his father wept for him.
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Meanwhile, the Midianites sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, Pharaoh's officer, the captain of the bodyguard.

Genesis chapter 38

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And it came about at that time, that Judah departed from his brothers and visited a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah.
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Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite whose name was Shua; and he took her and went in to her.
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So she conceived and bore a son and he named him Er.
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Then she conceived again and bore a son and named him Onan.
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She bore still another son and named him Shelah; and it was at Chezib that she bore him.
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Now Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, and her name [was] Tamar.
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But Er, Judah's firstborn, was evil in the sight of the LORD, so the LORD took his life.
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Then Judah said to Onan, "Go in to your brother's wife, and perform your duty as a brother-in-law to her, and raise up offspring for your brother."
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Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so when he went in to his brother's wife, he wasted his seed on the ground in order not to give offspring to his brother.
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But what he did was displeasing in the sight of the LORD; so He took his life also.
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Then Judah said to his daughter-in-law Tamar, "Remain a widow in your father's house until my son Shelah grows up"; for he thought, "[I am afraid] that he too may die like his brothers." So Tamar went and lived in her father's house.
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Now after a considerable time Shua's daughter, the wife of Judah, died; and when the time of mourning was ended, Judah went up to his sheepshearers at Timnah, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite.
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It was told to Tamar, "Behold, your father-in-law is going up to Timnah to shear his sheep."
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So she removed her widow's garments and covered [herself] with a veil, and wrapped herself, and sat in the gateway of Enaim, which is on the road to Timnah; for she saw that Shelah had grown up, and she had not been given to him as a wife.
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When Judah saw her, he thought she [was] a harlot, for she had covered her face.
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So he turned aside to her by the road, and said, "Here now, let me come in to you"; for he did not know that she was his daughter-in-law. And she said, "What will you give me, that you may come in to me?"
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He said, therefore, "I will send you a young goat from the flock." She said, moreover, "Will you give a pledge until you send [it]?"
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He said, "What pledge shall I give you?" And she said, "Your seal and your cord, and your staff that is in your hand." So he gave [them] to her and went in to her, and she conceived by him.
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Then she arose and departed, and removed her veil and put on her widow's garments.
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When Judah sent the young goat by his friend the Adullamite, to receive the pledge from the woman's hand, he did not find her.
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He asked the men of her place, saying, "Where is the temple prostitute who was by the road at Enaim?" But they said, "There has been no temple prostitute here."
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So he returned to Judah, and said, "I did not find her; and furthermore, the men of the place said, 'There has been no temple prostitute here.'"
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Then Judah said, "Let her keep them, otherwise we will become a laughingstock. After all, I sent this young goat, but you did not find her."
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Now it was about three months later that Judah was informed, "Your daughter-in-law Tamar has played the harlot, and behold, she is also with child by harlotry." Then Judah said, "Bring her out and let her be burned!"
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It was while she was being brought out that she sent to her father-in-law, saying, "I am with child by the man to whom these things belong." And she said, "Please examine and see, whose signet ring and cords and staff are these?"
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Judah recognized [them], and said, "She is more righteous than I, inasmuch as I did not give her to my son Shelah." And he did not have relations with her again.
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It came about at the time she was giving birth, that behold, there were twins in her womb.
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Moreover, it took place while she was giving birth, one put out a hand, and the midwife took and tied a scarlet [thread] on his hand, saying, "This one came out first."
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But it came about as he drew back his hand, that behold, his brother came out. Then she said, "What a breach you have made for yourself!" So he was named Perez.
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Afterward his brother came out who had the scarlet [thread] on his hand; and he was named Zerah.

Psalm chapter 7

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A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the LORD concerning Cush, a Benjamite. O LORD my God, in You I have taken refuge; Save me from all those who pursue me, and deliver me,
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Or he will tear my soul like a lion, Dragging me away, while there is none to deliver.
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O LORD my God, if I have done this, If there is injustice in my hands,
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If I have rewarded evil to my friend, Or have plundered him who without cause was my adversary,
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Let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake [it]; And let him trample my life down to the ground And lay my glory in the dust. Selah.
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Arise, O LORD, in Your anger; Lift up Yourself against the rage of my adversaries, And arouse Yourself for me; You have appointed judgment.
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Let the assembly of the peoples encompass You, And over them return on high.
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The LORD judges the peoples; Vindicate me, O LORD, according to my righteousness and my integrity that is in me.
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O let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous; For the righteous God tries the hearts and minds.
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My shield is with God, Who saves the upright in heart.
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God is a righteous judge, And a God who has indignation every day.
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If a man does not repent, He will sharpen His sword; He has bent His bow and made it ready.
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He has also prepared for Himself deadly weapons; He makes His arrows fiery shafts.
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Behold, he travails with wickedness, And he conceives mischief and brings forth falsehood.
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He has dug a pit and hollowed it out, And has fallen into the hole which he made.
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His mischief will return upon his own head, And his violence will descend upon his own pate.
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I will give thanks to the LORD according to His righteousness And will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.

Luke chapter 15

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Now all the tax collectors and the sinners were coming near Him to listen to Him.
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Both the Pharisees and the scribes [began] to grumble, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them."
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So He told them this parable, saying,
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"What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?
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"When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
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"And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'
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"I tell you that in the same way, there will be [more] joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
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"Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?
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"When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!'
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"In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."
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And He said, "A man had two sons.
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"The younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.' So he divided his wealth between them.
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"And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living.
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"Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be impoverished.
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"So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
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"And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving [anything] to him.
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"But when he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger!
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'I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight;
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I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men."'
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"So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion [for him], and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
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"And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.'
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"But the father said to his slaves, 'Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet;
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and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate;
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for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.' And they began to celebrate.
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"Now his older son was in the field, and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing.
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"And he summoned one of the servants and [began] inquiring what these things could be.
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"And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has received him back safe and sound.'
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"But he became angry and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and [began] pleading with him.
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"But he answered and said to his father, 'Look! For so many years I have been serving you and I have never neglected a command of yours; and [yet] you have never given me a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my friends;
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but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your wealth with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.'
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"And he said to him, 'Son, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours.
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'But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and [has begun] to live, and [was] lost and has been found.'"