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1 Peter 2:15-16For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. [Act] as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but [use it] as bondslaves of God.

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Job chapter 26

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Then Job responded,
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"What a help you are to the weak! How you have saved the arm without strength!
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"What counsel you have given to [one] without wisdom! What helpful insight you have abundantly provided!
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"To whom have you uttered words? And whose spirit was expressed through you?
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"The departed spirits tremble Under the waters and their inhabitants.
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"Naked is Sheol before Him, And Abaddon has no covering.
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"He stretches out the north over empty space And hangs the earth on nothing.
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"He wraps up the waters in His clouds, And the cloud does not burst under them.
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"He obscures the face of the full moon And spreads His cloud over it.
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"He has inscribed a circle on the surface of the waters At the boundary of light and darkness.
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"The pillars of heaven tremble And are amazed at His rebuke.
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"He quieted the sea with His power, And by His understanding He shattered Rahab.
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"By His breath the heavens are cleared; His hand has pierced the fleeing serpent.
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"Behold, these are the fringes of His ways; And how faint a word we hear of Him! But His mighty thunder, who can understand?"

Job chapter 27

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Then Job continued his discourse and said,
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"As God lives, who has taken away my right, And the Almighty, who has embittered my soul,
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For as long as life is in me, And the breath of God is in my nostrils,
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My lips certainly will not speak unjustly, Nor will my tongue mutter deceit.
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"Far be it from me that I should declare you right; Till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
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"I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go. My heart does not reproach any of my days.
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"May my enemy be as the wicked And my opponent as the unjust.
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"For what is the hope of the godless when he is cut off, When God requires his life?
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"Will God hear his cry When distress comes upon him?
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"Will he take delight in the Almighty? Will he call on God at all times?
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"I will instruct you in the power of God; What is with the Almighty I will not conceal.
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"Behold, all of you have seen [it]; Why then do you act foolishly?
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"This is the portion of a wicked man from God, And the inheritance [which] tyrants receive from the Almighty.
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"Though his sons are many, they are destined for the sword; And his descendants will not be satisfied with bread.
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"His survivors will be buried because of the plague, And their widows will not be able to weep.
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"Though he piles up silver like dust And prepares garments as [plentiful as] the clay,
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He may prepare [it], but the just will wear [it] And the innocent will divide the silver.
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"He has built his house like the spider's web, Or as a hut [which] the watchman has made.
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"He lies down rich, but never again; He opens his eyes, and it is no longer.
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"Terrors overtake him like a flood; A tempest steals him away in the night.
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"The east wind carries him away, and he is gone, For it whirls him away from his place.
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"For it will hurl at him without sparing; He will surely try to flee from its power.
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"[Men] will clap their hands at him And will hiss him from his place.

Mark chapter 15

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Early in the morning the chief priests with the elders and scribes and the whole Council, immediately held a consultation; and binding Jesus, they led Him away and delivered Him to Pilate.
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Pilate questioned Him, "Are You the King of the Jews?" And He answered him, "[It is as] you say."
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The chief priests [began] to accuse Him harshly.
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Then Pilate questioned Him again, saying, "Do You not answer? See how many charges they bring against You!"
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But Jesus made no further answer; so Pilate was amazed.
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Now at [the] feast he used to release for them [any] one prisoner whom they requested.
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The man named Barabbas had been imprisoned with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the insurrection.
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The crowd went up and began asking him [to] [do] as he had been accustomed to do for them.
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Pilate answered them, saying, "Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?"
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For he was aware that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.
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But the chief priests stirred up the crowd [to ask] him to release Barabbas for them instead.
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Answering again, Pilate said to them, "Then what shall I do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?"
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They shouted back, "Crucify Him!"
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But Pilate said to them, "Why, what evil has He done?" But they shouted all the more, "Crucify Him!"
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Wishing to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them, and after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified.
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The soldiers took Him away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium), and they called together the whole [Roman] cohort.
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They dressed Him up in purple, and after twisting a crown of thorns, they put it on Him;
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and they began to acclaim Him, "Hail, King of the Jews!"
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They kept beating His head with a reed, and spitting on Him, and kneeling and bowing before Him.
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After they had mocked Him, they took the purple robe off Him and put His [own] garments on Him. And they led Him out to crucify Him.
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They pressed into service a passer-by coming from the country, Simon of Cyrene (the father of Alexander and Rufus), to bear His cross.
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Then they brought Him to the place Golgotha, which is translated, Place of a Skull.
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They tried to give Him wine mixed with myrrh; but He did not take it.
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And they crucified Him, and divided up His garments among themselves, casting lots for them [to decide] what each man should take.
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It was the third hour when they crucified Him.
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The inscription of the charge against Him read, "THE KING OF THE JEWS."
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They crucified two robbers with Him, one on His right and one on His left.
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[And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "And He was numbered with transgressors.]"
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Those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads, and saying, "Ha! You who [are] [going to] destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days,
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save Yourself, and come down from the cross!"
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In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes, were mocking [Him] among themselves and saying, "He saved others; He cannot save Himself.
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"Let [this] Christ, the King of Israel, now come down from the cross, so that we may see and believe!" Those who were crucified with Him were also insulting Him.
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When the sixth hour came, darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour.
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At the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, "ELOI, ELOI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?" which is translated, "MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?"
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When some of the bystanders heard it, they [began] saying, "Behold, He is calling for Elijah."
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Someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed, and gave Him a drink, saying, "Let us see whether Elijah will come to take Him down."
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And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed His last.
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And the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
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When the centurion, who was standing right in front of Him, saw the way He breathed His last, he said, "Truly this man was the Son of God!"
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There were also [some] women looking on from a distance, among whom [were] Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the Less and Joses, and Salome.
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When He was in Galilee, they used to follow Him and minister to Him; and [there were] many other women who came up with Him to Jerusalem.
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When evening had already come, because it was the preparation day, that is, the day before the Sabbath,
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Joseph of Arimathea came, a prominent member of the Council, who himself was waiting for the kingdom of God; and he gathered up courage and went in before Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus.
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Pilate wondered if He was dead by this time, and summoning the centurion, he questioned him as to whether He was already dead.
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And ascertaining this from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph.
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Joseph bought a linen cloth, took Him down, wrapped Him in the linen cloth and laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.
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Mary Magdalene and Mary the [mother] of Joses were looking on [to see] where He was laid.

Mark chapter 16

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When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the [mother] of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might come and anoint Him.
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Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen.
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They were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?"
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Looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away, although it was extremely large.
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Entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe; and they were amazed.
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And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, [here is] the place where they laid Him.
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"But go, tell His disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see Him, just as He told you.'"
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They went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had gripped them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
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[Now after He had risen early on the first day of the week, He first appeared to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven demons.
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She went and reported to those who had been with Him, while they were mourning and weeping.
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When they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they refused to believe it.
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After that, He appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking along on their way to the country.
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They went away and reported it to the others, but they did not believe them either.
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Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining [at the table]; and He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen.
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And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
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"He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.
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"These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues;
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they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly [poison], it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."
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So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.
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And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed]. [[And they promptly reported all these instructions to Peter and his companions. And after that, Jesus Himself sent out through them from east to west the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation].]