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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 47

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Then Joseph went in and told Pharaoh, and said, "My father and my brothers and their flocks and their herds and all that they have, have come out of the land of Canaan; and behold, they are in the land of Goshen."
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He took five men from among his brothers and presented them to Pharaoh.
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Then Pharaoh said to his brothers, "What is your occupation?" So they said to Pharaoh, "Your servants are shepherds, both we and our fathers."
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They said to Pharaoh, "We have come to sojourn in the land, for there is no pasture for your servants' flocks, for the famine is severe in the land of Canaan. Now, therefore, please let your servants live in the land of Goshen."
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Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Your father and your brothers have come to you.
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"The land of Egypt is at your disposal; settle your father and your brothers in the best of the land, let them live in the land of Goshen; and if you know any capable men among them, then put them in charge of my livestock."
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Then Joseph brought his father Jacob and presented him to Pharaoh; and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.
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Pharaoh said to Jacob, "How many years have you lived?"
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So Jacob said to Pharaoh, "The years of my sojourning are one hundred and thirty; few and unpleasant have been the years of my life, nor have they attained the years that my fathers lived during the days of their sojourning."
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And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from his presence.
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So Joseph settled his father and his brothers and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had ordered.
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Joseph provided his father and his brothers and all his father's household with food, according to their little ones.
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Now there was no food in all the land, because the famine was very severe, so that the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan languished because of the famine.
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Joseph gathered all the money that was found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan for the grain which they bought, and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh's house.
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When the money was all spent in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came to Joseph and said, "Give us food, for why should we die in your presence? For [our] money is gone."
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Then Joseph said, "Give up your livestock, and I will give you [food] for your livestock, since [your] money is gone."
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So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and Joseph gave them food in exchange for the horses and the flocks and the herds and the donkeys; and he fed them with food in exchange for all their livestock that year.
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When that year was ended, they came to him the next year and said to him, "We will not hide from my lord that our money is all spent, and the cattle are my lord's. There is nothing left for my lord except our bodies and our lands.
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"Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for food, and we and our land will be slaves to Pharaoh. So give us seed, that we may live and not die, and that the land may not be desolate."
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So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh, for every Egyptian sold his field, because the famine was severe upon them. Thus the land became Pharaoh's.
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As for the people, he removed them to the cities from one end of Egypt's border to the other.
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Only the land of the priests he did not buy, for the priests had an allotment from Pharaoh, and they lived off the allotment which Pharaoh gave them. Therefore, they did not sell their land.
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Then Joseph said to the people, "Behold, I have today bought you and your land for Pharaoh; now, [here] is seed for you, and you may sow the land.
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"At the harvest you shall give a fifth to Pharaoh, and four-fifths shall be your own for seed of the field and for your food and for those of your households and as food for your little ones."
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So they said, "You have saved our lives! Let us find favor in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh's slaves."
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Joseph made it a statute concerning the land of Egypt [valid] to this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth; only the land of the priests did not become Pharaoh's.
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Now Israel lived in the land of Egypt, in Goshen, and they acquired property in it and were fruitful and became very numerous.
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Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years; so the length of Jacob's life was one hundred and forty-seven years.
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When the time for Israel to die drew near, he called his son Joseph and said to him, "Please, if I have found favor in your sight, place now your hand under my thigh and deal with me in kindness and faithfulness. Please do not bury me in Egypt,
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but when I lie down with my fathers, you shall carry me out of Egypt and bury me in their burial place." And he said, "I will do as you have said."
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He said, "Swear to me." So he swore to him. Then Israel bowed [in worship] at the head of the bed.

Genesis chapter 48

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Now it came about after these things that Joseph was told, "Behold, your father is sick." So he took his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim with him.
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When it was told to Jacob, "Behold, your son Joseph has come to you," Israel collected his strength and sat up in the bed.
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Then Jacob said to Joseph, "God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me,
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and He said to me, 'Behold, I will make you fruitful and numerous, and I will make you a company of peoples, and will give this land to your descendants after you for an everlasting possession.'
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"Now your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine, as Reuben and Simeon are.
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"But your offspring that have been born after them shall be yours; they shall be called by the names of their brothers in their inheritance.
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"Now as for me, when I came from Paddan, Rachel died, to my sorrow, in the land of Canaan on the journey, when there was still some distance to go to Ephrath; and I buried her there on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem)."
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When Israel saw Joseph's sons, he said, "Who are these?"
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Joseph said to his father, "They are my sons, whom God has given me here." So he said, "Bring them to me, please, that I may bless them."
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Now the eyes of Israel were [so] dim from age [that] he could not see. Then Joseph brought them close to him, and he kissed them and embraced them.
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Israel said to Joseph, "I never expected to see your face, and behold, God has let me see your children as well."
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Then Joseph took them from his knees, and bowed with his face to the ground.
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Joseph took them both, Ephraim with his right hand toward Israel's left, and Manasseh with his left hand toward Israel's right, and brought them close to him.
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But Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on the head of Ephraim, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh's head, crossing his hands, although Manasseh was the firstborn.
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He blessed Joseph, and said, "The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, The God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day,
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The angel who has redeemed me from all evil, Bless the lads; And may my name live on in them, And the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; And may they grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth."
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When Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on Ephraim's head, it displeased him; and he grasped his father's hand to remove it from Ephraim's head to Manasseh's head.
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Joseph said to his father, "Not so, my father, for this one is the firstborn. Place your right hand on his head."
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But his father refused and said, "I know, my son, I know; he also will become a people and he also will be great. However, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations."
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He blessed them that day, saying, "By you Israel will pronounce blessing, saying, 'May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh!'" Thus he put Ephraim before Manasseh.
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Then Israel said to Joseph, "Behold, I am about to die, but God will be with you, and bring you back to the land of your fathers.
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"I give you one portion more than your brothers, which I took from the hand of the Amorite with my sword and my bow."

Psalm chapter 10

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Why do You stand afar off, O LORD? Why do You hide [Yourself] in times of trouble?
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In pride the wicked hotly pursue the afflicted; Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.
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For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire, And the greedy man curses [and] spurns the LORD.
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The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek [Him]. All his thoughts are, "There is no God."
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His ways prosper at all times; Your judgments are on high, out of his sight; As for all his adversaries, he snorts at them.
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He says to himself, "I will not be moved; Throughout all generations I will not be in adversity."
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His mouth is full of curses and deceit and oppression; Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness.
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He sits in the lurking places of the villages; In the hiding places he kills the innocent; His eyes stealthily watch for the unfortunate.
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He lurks in a hiding place as a lion in his lair; He lurks to catch the afflicted; He catches the afflicted when he draws him into his net.
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He crouches, he bows down, And the unfortunate fall by his mighty ones.
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He says to himself, "God has forgotten; He has hidden His face; He will never see it."
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Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up Your hand. Do not forget the afflicted.
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Why has the wicked spurned God? He has said to himself, "You will not require [it]."
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You have seen [it], for You have beheld mischief and vexation to take it into Your hand. The unfortunate commits [himself] to You; You have been the helper of the orphan.
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Break the arm of the wicked and the evildoer, Seek out his wickedness until You find none.
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The LORD is King forever and ever; Nations have perished from His land.
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O LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear
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To vindicate the orphan and the oppressed, So that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror.

Luke chapter 19

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He entered Jericho and was passing through.
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And there was a man called by the name of Zaccheus; he was a chief tax collector and he was rich.
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Zaccheus was trying to see who Jesus was, and was unable because of the crowd, for he was small in stature.
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So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree in order to see Him, for He was about to pass through that way.
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When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, "Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house."
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And he hurried and came down and received Him gladly.
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When they saw it, they all [began] to grumble, saying, "He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a sinner."
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Zaccheus stopped and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord, half of my possessions I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much."
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And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham.
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"For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."
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While they were listening to these things, Jesus went on to tell a parable, because He was near Jerusalem, and they supposed that the kingdom of God was going to appear immediately.
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So He said, "A nobleman went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and [then] return.
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"And he called ten of his slaves, and gave them ten minas and said to them, 'Do business [with this] until I come [back].'
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"But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, 'We do not want this man to reign over us.'
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"When he returned, after receiving the kingdom, he ordered that these slaves, to whom he had given the money, be called to him so that he might know what business they had done.
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"The first appeared, saying, 'Master, your mina has made ten minas more.'
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"And he said to him, 'Well done, good slave, because you have been faithful in a very little thing, you are to be in authority over ten cities.'
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"The second came, saying, 'Your mina, master, has made five minas.'
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"And he said to him also, 'And you are to be over five cities.'
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"Another came, saying, 'Master, here is your mina, which I kept put away in a handkerchief;
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for I was afraid of you, because you are an exacting man; you take up what you did not lay down and reap what you did not sow.'
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"He said to him, 'By your own words I will judge you, you worthless slave. Did you know that I am an exacting man, taking up what I did not lay down and reaping what I did not sow?
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'Then why did you not put my money in the bank, and having come, I would have collected it with interest?'
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"Then he said to the bystanders, 'Take the mina away from him and give it to the one who has the ten minas.'
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"And they said to him, 'Master, he has ten minas [already].'
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"I tell you that to everyone who has, more shall be given, but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away.
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"But these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them in my presence."
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After He had said these things, He was going on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
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When He approached Bethphage and Bethany, near the mount that is called Olivet, He sent two of the disciples,
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saying, "Go into the village ahead of [you]; there, as you enter, you will find a colt tied on which no one yet has ever sat; untie it and bring it [here].
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"If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' you shall say, 'The Lord has need of it.'"
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So those who were sent went away and found it just as He had told them.
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As they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, "Why are you untying the colt?"
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They said, "The Lord has need of it."
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They brought it to Jesus, and they threw their coats on the colt and put Jesus [on it].
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As He was going, they were spreading their coats on the road.
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As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen,
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shouting: "BLESSED IS THE KING WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"
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Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, "Teacher, rebuke Your disciples."
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But Jesus answered, "I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!"
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When He approached [Jerusalem], He saw the city and wept over it,
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saying, "If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes.
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"For the days will come upon you when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you, and surround you and hem you in on every side,
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and they will level you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation."
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Jesus entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling,
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saying to them, "It is written, 'AND MY HOUSE SHALL BE A HOUSE OF PRAYER,' but you have made it a ROBBERS' DEN."
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And He was teaching daily in the temple; but the chief priests and the scribes and the leading men among the people were trying to destroy Him,
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and they could not find anything that they might do, for all the people were hanging on to every word He said.