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Romans 8:38-39For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Acts 28

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Leviticus chapter 18

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Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
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"Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, 'I am the LORD your God.
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'You shall not do what is done in the land of Egypt where you lived, nor are you to do what is done in the land of Canaan where I am bringing you; you shall not walk in their statutes.
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'You are to perform My judgments and keep My statutes, to live in accord with them; I am the LORD your God.
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'So you shall keep My statutes and My judgments, by which a man may live if he does them; I am the LORD.
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'None of you shall approach any blood relative of his to uncover nakedness; I am the LORD.
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'You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father, that is, the nakedness of your mother. She is your mother; you are not to uncover her nakedness.
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'You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father's wife; it is your father's nakedness.
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'The nakedness of your sister, [either] your father's daughter or your mother's daughter, whether born at home or born outside, their nakedness you shall not uncover.
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'The nakedness of your son's daughter or your daughter's daughter, their nakedness you shall not uncover; for their nakedness is yours.
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'The nakedness of your father's wife's daughter, born to your father, she is your sister, you shall not uncover her nakedness.
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'You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father's sister; she is your father's blood relative.
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'You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother's sister, for she is your mother's blood relative.
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'You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father's brother; you shall not approach his wife, she is your aunt.
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'You shall not uncover the nakedness of your daughter-in-law; she is your son's wife, you shall not uncover her nakedness.
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'You shall not uncover the nakedness of your brother's wife; it is your brother's nakedness.
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'You shall not uncover the nakedness of a woman and of her daughter, nor shall you take her son's daughter or her daughter's daughter, to uncover her nakedness; they are blood relatives. It is lewdness.
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'You shall not marry a woman in addition to her sister as a rival while she is alive, to uncover her nakedness.
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'Also you shall not approach a woman to uncover her nakedness during her menstrual impurity.
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'You shall not have intercourse with your neighbor's wife, to be defiled with her.
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'You shall not give any of your offspring to offer them to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God; I am the LORD.
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'You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.
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'Also you shall not have intercourse with any animal to be defiled with it, nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it; it is a perversion.
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'Do not defile yourselves by any of these things; for by all these the nations which I am casting out before you have become defiled.
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'For the land has become defiled, therefore I have brought its punishment upon it, so the land has spewed out its inhabitants.
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'But as for you, you are to keep My statutes and My judgments and shall not do any of these abominations, [neither] the native, nor the alien who sojourns among you
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(for the men of the land who have been before you have done all these abominations, and the land has become defiled);
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so that the land will not spew you out, should you defile it, as it has spewed out the nation which has been before you.
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'For whoever does any of these abominations, those persons who do [so] shall be cut off from among their people.
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'Thus you are to keep My charge, that you do not practice any of the abominable customs which have been practiced before you, so as not to defile yourselves with them; I am the LORD your God.'"

Leviticus chapter 19

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Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:
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"Speak to all the congregation of the sons of Israel and say to them, 'You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.
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'Every one of you shall reverence his mother and his father, and you shall keep My sabbaths; I am the LORD your God.
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'Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves molten gods; I am the LORD your God.
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'Now when you offer a sacrifice of peace offerings to the LORD, you shall offer it so that you may be accepted.
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'It shall be eaten the same day you offer [it], and the next day; but what remains until the third day shall be burned with fire.
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'So if it is eaten at all on the third day, it is an offense; it will not be accepted.
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'Everyone who eats it will bear his iniquity, for he has profaned the holy thing of the LORD; and that person shall be cut off from his people.
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'Now when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest.
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'Nor shall you glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the needy and for the stranger. I am the LORD your God.
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'You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another.
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'You shall not swear falsely by My name, so as to profane the name of your God; I am the LORD.
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'You shall not oppress your neighbor, nor rob [him]. The wages of a hired man are not to remain with you all night until morning.
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'You shall not curse a deaf man, nor place a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall revere your God; I am the LORD.
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'You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor nor defer to the great, but you are to judge your neighbor fairly.
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'You shall not go about as a slanderer among your people, and you are not to act against the life of your neighbor; I am the LORD.
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'You shall not hate your fellow countryman in your heart; you may surely reprove your neighbor, but shall not incur sin because of him.
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'You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD.
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'You are to keep My statutes. You shall not breed together two kinds of your cattle; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor wear a garment upon you of two kinds of material mixed together.
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'Now if a man lies carnally with a woman who is a slave acquired for [another] man, but who has in no way been redeemed nor given her freedom, there shall be punishment; they shall not, [however], be put to death, because she was not free.
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'He shall bring his guilt offering to the LORD to the doorway of the tent of meeting, a ram for a guilt offering.
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'The priest shall also make atonement for him with the ram of the guilt offering before the LORD for his sin which he has committed, and the sin which he has committed will be forgiven him.
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'When you enter the land and plant all kinds of trees for food, then you shall count their fruit as forbidden. Three years it shall be forbidden to you; [it] shall not be eaten.
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'But in the fourth year all its fruit shall be holy, an offering of praise to the LORD.
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'In the fifth year you are to eat of its fruit, that its yield may increase for you; I am the LORD your God.
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'You shall not eat [anything] with the blood, nor practice divination or soothsaying.
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'You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard.
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'You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD.
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'Do not profane your daughter by making her a harlot, so that the land will not fall to harlotry and the land become full of lewdness.
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'You shall keep My sabbaths and revere My sanctuary; I am the LORD.
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'Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God.
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'You shall rise up before the grayheaded and honor the aged, and you shall revere your God; I am the LORD.
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'When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong.
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'The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the LORD your God.
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'You shall do no wrong in judgment, in measurement of weight, or capacity.
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'You shall have just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin; I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from the land of Egypt.
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'You shall thus observe all My statutes and all My ordinances and do them; I am the LORD.'"

Psalm chapter 13

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For the choir director. A Psalm of David. How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?
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How long shall I take counsel in my soul, [Having] sorrow in my heart all the day? How long will my enemy be exalted over me?
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Consider [and] answer me, O LORD my God; Enlighten my eyes, or I will sleep the [sleep of] death,
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And my enemy will say, "I have overcome him," [And] my adversaries will rejoice when I am shaken.
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But I have trusted in Your lovingkindness; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
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I will sing to the LORD, Because He has dealt bountifully with me.

Acts chapter 19

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It happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the upper country and came to Ephesus, and found some disciples.
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He said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" And they [said] to him, "No, we have not even heard whether there is a Holy Spirit."
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And he said, "Into what then were you baptized?" And they said, "Into John's baptism."
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Paul said, "John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus."
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When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
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And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they [began] speaking with tongues and prophesying.
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There were in all about twelve men.
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And he entered the synagogue and continued speaking out boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading [them] about the kingdom of God.
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But when some were becoming hardened and disobedient, speaking evil of the Way before the people, he withdrew from them and took away the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus.
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This took place for two years, so that all who lived in Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.
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God was performing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul,
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so that handkerchiefs or aprons were even carried from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out.
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But also some of the Jewish exorcists, who went from place to place, attempted to name over those who had the evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, "I adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preaches."
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Seven sons of one Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this.
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And the evil spirit answered and said to them, "I recognize Jesus, and I know about Paul, but who are you?"
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And the man, in whom was the evil spirit, leaped on them and subdued all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
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This became known to all, both Jews and Greeks, who lived in Ephesus; and fear fell upon them all and the name of the Lord Jesus was being magnified.
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Many also of those who had believed kept coming, confessing and disclosing their practices.
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And many of those who practiced magic brought their books together and [began] burning them in the sight of everyone; and they counted up the price of them and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
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So the word of the Lord was growing mightily and prevailing.
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Now after these things were finished, Paul purposed in the spirit to go to Jerusalem after he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, saying, "After I have been there, I must also see Rome."
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And having sent into Macedonia two of those who ministered to him, Timothy and Erastus, he himself stayed in Asia for a while.
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About that time there occurred no small disturbance concerning the Way.
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For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Artemis, was bringing no little business to the craftsmen;
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these he gathered together with the workmen of similar [trades], and said, "Men, you know that our prosperity depends upon this business.
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"You see and hear that not only in Ephesus, but in almost all of Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away a considerable number of people, saying that gods made with hands are no gods [at all].
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"Not only is there danger that this trade of ours fall into disrepute, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis be regarded as worthless and that she whom all of Asia and the world worship will even be dethroned from her magnificence."
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When they heard [this] and were filled with rage, they [began] crying out, saying, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"
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The city was filled with the confusion, and they rushed with one accord into the theater, dragging along Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul's traveling companions from Macedonia.
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And when Paul wanted to go into the assembly, the disciples would not let him.
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Also some of the Asiarchs who were friends of his sent to him and repeatedly urged him not to venture into the theater.
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So then, some were shouting one thing and some another, for the assembly was in confusion and the majority did not know for what reason they had come together.
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Some of the crowd concluded [it was] Alexander, since the Jews had put him forward; and having motioned with his hand, Alexander was intending to make a defense to the assembly.
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But when they recognized that he was a Jew, a [single] outcry arose from them all as they shouted for about two hours, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"
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After quieting the crowd, the town clerk said, "Men of Ephesus, what man is there after all who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of the [image] which fell down from heaven?
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"So, since these are undeniable facts, you ought to keep calm and to do nothing rash.
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"For you have brought these men [here] who are neither robbers of temples nor blasphemers of our goddess.
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"So then, if Demetrius and the craftsmen who are with him have a complaint against any man, the courts are in session and proconsuls are [available]; let them bring charges against one another.
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"But if you want anything beyond this, it shall be settled in the lawful assembly.
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"For indeed we are in danger of being accused of a riot in connection with today's events, since there is no [real] cause [for it], and in this connection we will be unable to account for this disorderly gathering."
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After saying this he dismissed the assembly.