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Today's Scripture Reading

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Zechariah 7

1 It happened in the fourth year of king Darius, that the word of Yahweh came to Zechariah in the fourth [day] of the ninth month, even in Chislev.

2 Now [they of] Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem-melech, and their men, to entreat the favor of Yahweh,

3 [and] to speak to the priests of the house of Yahweh of Hosts, and to the prophets, saying, Should I weep in the fifth month, separating myself, as I have done these so many years?

4 Then came the word of Yahweh of Hosts to me, saying,

5 Speak to all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and in the seventh [month], even these seventy years, did you at all fast to me, even to me?

6 When you eat, and when you drink, do not you eat for yourselves, and drink for yourselves?

7 [Should you] not [hear] the words which Yahweh cried by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and the cities of it round about her, and the South and the lowland were inhabited?

8 The word of Yahweh came to Zechariah, saying,

9 Thus has Yahweh of Hosts spoken, saying, Execute true judgment, and show kindness and compassion every man to his brother;

10 and don`t oppress the widow, nor the fatherless, the sojourner, nor the poor; and let none of you devise evil against his brother in your heart.

11 But they refused to listen, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they might not hear.

12 Yes, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which Yahweh of Hosts had sent by his Spirit by the former prophets: therefore there came great wrath from Yahweh of Hosts.

13 It is come to pass that, as he cried, and they would not hear, so they shall cry, and I will not hear, said Yahweh of Hosts;

14 but I will scatter them with a whirlwind among all the nations which they have not known. Thus the land was desolate after them, so that no man passed through nor returned: for they laid the pleasant land desolate.

Zechariah 8

1 The word of Yahweh of Hosts came [to me], saying,

2 Thus says Yahweh of Hosts: I am jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I am jealous for her with great wrath.

3 Thus says Yahweh: I am returned to Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called The city of truth; and the mountain of Yahweh of Hosts, The holy mountain.

4 Thus says Yahweh of Hosts: There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, every man with his staff in his hand for very age.

5 The streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets of it.

6 Thus says Yahweh of Hosts: If it be marvelous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in those days, should it also be marvelous in my eyes? says Yahweh of Hosts.

7 Thus says Yahweh of Hosts: Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country;

8 and I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness.

9 Thus says Yahweh of Hosts: Let your hands be strong, you who hear in these days these words from the mouth of the prophets who were in the day that the foundation of the house of Yahweh of Hosts was laid, even the temple, that it might be built.

10 For before those days there was no hire for man, nor any hire for animal; neither was there any peace to him who went out or came in, because of the adversary: for I set all men everyone against his neighbor.

11 But now I will not be to the remnant of this people as in the former days, says Yahweh of Hosts.

12 For [there shall be] the seed of peace; the vine shall give its fruit, and the ground shall give its increase, and the sky shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to inherit all these things.

13 It shall come to pass that, as you were a curse among the nations, house of Judah and house of Israel, so will I save you, and you shall be a blessing. Don`t be afraid, [but] let your hands be strong.

14 For thus says Yahweh of hosts: As I thought to do evil to you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, says Yahweh of Hosts, and I didn`t repent;

15 so again have I thought in these days to do good to Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: don`t you fear.

16 These are the things that you shall do: speak you every man the truth with his neighbor; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates;

17 and let none of you devise evil in your hearts against his neighbor; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, says Yahweh.

18 The word of Yahweh of Hosts came to me, saying,

19 Thus says Yahweh of Hosts: The fast of the fourth [month], and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love truth and peace.

20 Thus says Yahweh of Hosts: [It shall] yet [happen], that there shall come peoples, and the inhabitants of many cities;

21 and the inhabitants of one [city] shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to entreat the favor of Yahweh, and to seek Yahweh of Hosts: I will go also.

22 Yes, many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek Yahweh of Hosts in Jerusalem, and to entreat the favor of Yahweh.

23 Thus says Yahweh of Hosts: In those days [it shall happen], that ten men shall take hold, out of all the languages of the nations, they shall take hold of the skirt of him who is a Jew, saying, We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.

Zechariah 9

1 The burden of the word of Yahweh on the land of Hadrach, and Damascus [shall be] its resting-place (for the eye of man and of all the tribes of Israel is toward Yahweh);

2 and Hamath, also, which borders thereon; Tyre and Sidon, because they are very wise.

3 Tyre did build herself a stronghold, and heaped up silver as the dust, and fine gold as the mire of the streets.

4 Behold, the Lord will dispossess her, and he will strike her power in the sea; and she shall be devoured with fire.

5 Ashkelon shall see it, and fear; Gaza also, and shall be sore pained; and Ekron, for her expectation shall be put to shame; and the king shall perish from Gaza, and Ashkelon shall not be inhabited.

6 A bastard shall dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.

7 I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations from between his teeth; and he also shall be a remnant for our God; and he shall be as a chieftain in Judah, and Ekron as a Jebusite.

8 I will encamp about my house against the army, that none pass through or return; and no oppressor shall pass through them any more: for now have I seen with my eyes.

9 Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion; shout, daughter of Jerusalem: behold, your king comes to you; he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding on a donkey, even on a colt the foal of a donkey.

10 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off; and he shall speak peace to the nations: and his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.

11 As for you also, because of the blood of your covenant I have set free your prisoners from the pit in which is no water.

12 Turn you to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope: even today do I declare that I will render double to you.

13 For I have bent Judah for me, I have filled the bow with Ephraim; and I will stir up your sons, Zion, against your sons, Greece, and will make you as the sword of a mighty man.

14 Yahweh shall be seen over them; and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning; and the Lord Yahweh will blow the trumpet, and will go with whirlwinds of the south.

15 Yahweh of Hosts will defend them; and they shall devour, and shall tread down the sling-stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, like the corners of the altar.

16 Yahweh their God will save them in that day as the flock of his people; for [they shall be as] the stones of a crown, lifted on high over his land.

17 For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! grain shall make the young men flourish, and new wine the virgins.

Zechariah 10

1 Ask you of Yahweh rain in the time of the latter rain, [even of] Yahweh who makes lightnings; and he will give them showers of rain, to everyone grass in the field.

2 For the teraphim have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie; and they have told false dreams, they comfort in vain: therefore they go their way like sheep, they are afflicted, because there is no shepherd.

3 My anger is kindled against the shepherds, and I will punish the male goats; for Yahweh of Hosts has visited his flock, the house of Judah, and will make them as his goodly horse in the battle.

4 From him shall come forth the corner-stone, from him the nail, from him the battle bow, from him every ruler together.

5 They shall be as mighty men, treading down [their enemies] in the mire of the streets in the battle; and they shall fight, because Yahweh is with them; and the riders on horses shall be confounded.

6 I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph, and I will bring them back; for I have mercy on them; and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I am Yahweh their God, and I will hear them.

7 [They of] Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, and their heart shall rejoice as through wine; yes, their children shall see it, and rejoice; their heart shall be glad in Yahweh.

8 I will hiss for them, and gather them; for I have redeemed them; and they shall increase as they have increased.

9 I will sow them among the peoples; and they shall remember me in far countries; and they shall live with their children, and shall return.

10 I will bring them again also out of the land of Egypt, and gather them out of Assyria; and I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon; and [place] shall not be found for them.

11 He will pass through the sea of affliction, and will strike the waves in the sea, and all the depths of the Nile shall dry up; and the pride of Assyria shall be brought down, and the scepter of Egypt shall depart.

12 I will strengthen them in Yahweh; and they shall walk up and down in his name, says Yahweh.

Psalms 101

1 I will sing of lovingkindness and justice. To you, Yahweh, I will sing praises.

2 I will be careful to live a blameless life. When will you come to me? I will walk within my house with a blameless heart.

3 I will set no vile thing before my eyes. I hate the deeds of faithless men. They will not cling to me.

4 A perverse heart will be far from me. I will have nothing to do with evil.

5 I will silence whoever secretly slanders his neighbor. I won`t tolerate one who is haughty and conceited.

6 My eyes will be on the faithful of the land, That they may dwell with me. He who walks in a perfect way, He will serve me.

7 He who practices deceit won`t dwell within my house. He who speaks falsehood won`t be established before my eyes.

8 Morning by morning, I will destroy all the wicked of the land; To cut off all the workers of iniquity from Yahweh`s city. Psalm 102 A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed and pours out his complaint before Yahweh.

Psalms 102

1 Hear my prayer, Yahweh! Let my cry come to you.

2 Don`t hide your face from me in the day of my distress. Turn your ear to me. Answer me quickly in the day when I call.

3 For my days consume away like smoke. My bones are burned as a firebrand.

4 My heart is blighted like grass, and withered, For I forget to eat my bread.

5 By reason of the voice of my groaning, My bones stick to my skin.

6 I am like a pelican of the wilderness. I have become as an owl of the waste places.

7 I watch, and have become like a sparrow that is alone on the housetop.

8 My enemies reproach me all day. Those who are mad at me use my name as a curse.

9 For I have eaten ashes like bread, And mingled my drink with tears,

10 Because of your indignation and your wrath, For you have taken me up, and thrown me away.

11 My days are like a long shadow. I have withered like grass.

12 But you, Yahweh, will abide forever; Your renown endures to all generations.

13 You will arise and have mercy on Zion; For it is time to have pity on her. Yes, the set time has come.

14 For your servants take pleasure in her stones, And have pity on her dust.

15 So the nations will fear the name of Yahweh; All the kings of the earth your glory.

16 For Yahweh has built up Zion. He has appeared in his glory.

17 He has responded to the prayer of the destitute, And has not despised their prayer.

18 This will be written for the generation to come. A people which will be created will praise Yah.

19 For he has looked down from the height of his sanctuary. From heaven, Yahweh saw the earth;

20 To hear the groans of the prisoner; To free those who are condemned to death;

21 That men may declare the name of Yahweh in Zion, And his praise in Jerusalem;

22 When the peoples are gathered together, The kingdoms, to serve Yahweh.

23 He weakened my strength along the course. He shortened my days.

24 I said, "My God, don`t take me away in the midst of my days. Your years are throughout all generations.

25 Of old, you laid the foundation of the earth. The heavens are the work of your hands.

26 They will perish, but you will endure. Yes, all of them will wear out like a garment. You will change them like a cloak, and they will be changed.

27 But you are the same. Your years will have no end.

28 The children of your servants will continue. Their seed will be established before you." Psalm 103 By David.

Psalms 103

1 Praise Yahweh, my soul! All that is within me, praise his holy name!

2 Praise Yahweh, my soul, And don`t forget all his benefits;

3 Who forgives all your sins; Who heals all your diseases;

4 Who redeems your life from destruction; Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

5 Who satisfies your desire with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle`s.

6 Yahweh executes righteous acts, And justice for all who are oppressed.

7 He made known his ways to Moses, His deeds to the children of Israel.

8 Yahweh is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abundant in lovingkindness.

9 He will not always accuse; Neither will he stay angry forever.

10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us for our iniquities.

11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is his lovingkindness toward those who fear him.

12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has he removed our transgressions from us.

13 Like a father has compassion on his children, So Yahweh has compassion on those who fear him.

14 For he knows how we are made. He remembers that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are like grass. As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.

16 For the wind passes over it, and it is gone. Its place remembers it no more.

17 But Yahweh`s lovingkindness is from everlasting to everlasting with those who fear him, His righteousness to children`s children;

18 To those who keep his covenant, To those who remember to obey his precepts.

19 Yahweh has established his throne in the heavens. His kingdom rules over all.

20 Praise Yahweh, you angels of his, Who are mighty in strength, who fulfill his word, Obeying the voice of his word.

21 Praise Yahweh, all you hosts of his, You servants of his, who do his pleasure.

22 Praise Yahweh, all you works of his, In all places of his dominion. Praise Yahweh, my soul. Psalm 104

Psalms 104

1 Bless Yahweh, my soul. Yahweh, my God, you are very great. You are clothed with honor and majesty.

2 He covers himself with light as with a garment. He stretches out the heavens like a curtain.

3 He lays the beams of his chambers in the waters. He makes the clouds his chariot. He walks on the wings of the wind.

4 He makes his messengers winds; His servants flames of fire.

5 He laid the foundations of the earth, That it should not be moved forever.

6 You covered it with the deep as with a cloak. The waters stood above the mountains.

7 At your rebuke they fled. At the voice of your thunder they hurried away.

8 The mountains rose, The valleys sank down, To the place which you had assigned to them.

9 You have set a boundary that they may not pass over; That they don`t turn again to cover the earth.

10 He sends forth springs into the valleys. They run among the mountains.

11 They give drink to every animal of the field. The wild donkeys quench their thirst.

12 The birds of the sky nest by them. They sing among the branches.

13 He waters the mountains from his chambers. The earth is filled with the fruit of your works.

14 He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, And plants for man to cultivate, That he may bring forth food out of the earth:

15 Wine that makes glad the heart of man, Oil to make his face to shine, And bread that strengthens man`s heart.

16 Yahweh`s trees are well watered, The cedars of Lebanon, which he has planted;

17 Where the birds make their nests. The stork makes its home in the fir trees.

18 The high mountains are for the wild goats. The rocks are a refuge for the rock badgers.

19 He appointed the moon for seasons. The sun knows when to set.

20 You make darkness, and it is night, In which all the animals of the forest prowl.

21 The young lions roar after their prey, And seek their food from God.

22 The sun rises, and they steal away, And lay down in their dens.

23 Man goes forth to his work, To his labor until the evening.

24 Yahweh, how many are your works! In wisdom have you made them all. The earth is full of your riches.

25 There is the sea, great and wide, In which are innumerable living things, Both small and great animals.

26 There the ships go, And leviathan, whom you formed to play there.

27 These all wait for you, That you may give them their food in due season.

28 You give to them; they gather. You open your hand; they are satisfied with good.

29 You hide your face: they are troubled; You take away their breath: they die, and return to the dust.

30 You send forth your Spirit: they are created. You renew the face of the ground.

31 Let the glory of Yahweh endure forever. Let Yahweh rejoice in his works.

32 He looks at the earth, and it trembles. He touches the mountains, and they smoke.

33 I will sing to Yahweh as long as I live. I will sing praise to my God while I have any being.

34 Let your meditation be sweet to him. I will rejoice in Yahweh.

35 Let sinners be consumed out of the earth. Let the wicked be no more. Bless Yahweh, my soul. Praise Yah! Psalm 105

Psalms 105

1 Give thanks to Yahweh! Call on his name! Make his doings known among the peoples.

2 Sing to him, sing praises to him! Tell of all his marvelous works.

3 Glory in his holy name. Let the heart of them rejoice who seek Yahweh.

4 Seek Yahweh and his strength. Seek his face forever more.

5 Remember his marvelous works that he has done; His wonders, and the judgments of his mouth,

6 You seed of Abraham, his servant, You children of Jacob, his chosen ones.

7 He is Yahweh, our God. His judgments are in all the earth.

8 He has remembered his covenant forever, The word which he commanded to a thousand generations,

9 The covenant which he made with Abraham, His oath to Isaac,

10 And confirmed the same to Jacob for a statute; To Israel for an everlasting covenant,

11 Saying, "To you I will give the land of Canaan, The lot of your inheritance;"

12 When they were but a few men in number, Yes, very few, and sojourners in it.

13 They went about from nation to nation, From one kingdom to another people.

14 He allowed no one to do them wrong. Yes, he reproved kings for their sakes,

15 "Don`t touch my anointed ones. Do my prophets no harm."

16 He called for a famine on the land. He destroyed the food supplies.

17 He sent a man before them. Joseph was sold for a slave.

18 They bruised his feet with shackles. His neck was locked in irons,

19 Until the time that his word happened, And Yahweh`s word proved him true.

20 The king sent and freed him; Even the ruler of peoples, and let him go free.

21 He made him lord of his house, And ruler of all of his possessions;

22 To discipline his princes at his pleasure, And to teach his elders wisdom.

23 Israel also came into Egypt. Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.

24 He increased his people greatly, And made them stronger than their adversaries.

25 He turned their heart to hate his people, To conspire against his servants.

26 He sent Moses, his servant, And Aaron, whom he had chosen.

27 They performed miracles among them, And wonders in the land of Ham.

28 He sent darkness, and made it dark. They didn`t rebel against his words.

29 He turned their waters into blood, And killed their fish.

30 Their land swarmed with frogs, Even in the chambers of their kings.

31 He spoke, and swarms of flies came, And lice in all their borders.

32 He gave them hail for rain, With lightning in their land.

33 He struck their vines and also their fig trees, And shattered the trees of their country.

34 He spoke, and the locusts came, And the grasshoppers, without number,

35 Ate up every plant in their land; Ate up the fruit of their ground.

36 He struck also all the firstborn in their land, The chief of all their strength.

37 He brought them forth with silver and gold. There was not one feeble person among his tribes.

38 Egypt was glad when they departed, For the fear of them had fallen on them.

39 He spread a cloud for a covering, Fire to give light in the night.

40 They asked, and he brought quails, And satisfied them with the bread of the sky.

41 He opened the rock, and waters gushed out. They ran as a river in the dry places.

42 For he remembered his holy word, And Abraham, his servant.

43 He brought forth his people with joy, His chosen with singing.

44 He gave them the lands of the nations. They took the labor of the peoples in possession,

45 That they might keep his statutes, And observe his laws. Praise Yah! Psalm 106

Proverbs 21

1 The king`s heart is in Yahweh`s hand like the watercourses. He turns it wherever he desires.

2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But Yahweh weighs the hearts.

3 To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to Yahweh than sacrifice.

4 A high look, and a proud heart, The lamp of the wicked, is sin.

5 The plans of the diligent surely lead to profit; And everyone who is hasty surely rushes to poverty.

6 Getting treasures by a lying tongue Is a fleeting vapor for those who seek death.

7 The violence of the wicked will drive them away, Because they refuse to do what is right.

8 The way of the guilty is devious, But the conduct of the innocent is upright.

9 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, Than to share a house with a contentious woman.

10 The soul of the wicked desires evil; His neighbor finds no mercy in his eyes.

11 When the mocker is punished, the simple gains wisdom; When the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.

12 The Righteous One considers the house of the wicked, And brings the wicked to ruin.

13 Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor, He will also cry out, but shall not be heard.

14 A gift in secret pacifies anger; And a bribe in the cloak, strong wrath.

15 It is joy to the righteous to do justice; But it is a destruction to the workers of iniquity.

16 The man who wanders out of the way of understanding Shall rest in the assembly of the dead.

17 He who loves pleasure shall be a poor man: He who loves wine and oil shall not be rich.

18 The wicked is a ransom for the righteous; The treacherous for the upright.

19 It is better to dwell in a desert land, Than with a contentious and fretful woman.

20 There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise; But a foolish man swallows it up.

21 He who follows after righteousness and kindness Finds life, righteousness, and honor.

22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty, And brings down the strength of its confidence.

23 Whoever guards his mouth and his tongue Keeps his soul from troubles.

24 The proud and haughty man, "scoffer" is his name; He works in the arrogance of pride.

25 The desire of the sluggard kills him, For his hands refuse to labor.

26 There are those who covet greedily all the day long; But the righteous gives and doesn`t withhold.

27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination: How much more, when he brings it with a wicked mind!

28 A false witness will perish, And a man who listens speaks to eternity.

29 A wicked man hardens his face; But as for the upright, he establishes his ways.

30 There is no wisdom nor understanding Nor counsel against Yahweh.

31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle; But victory is with Yahweh.

2 Corinthians 12

1 It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.

2 I know a man in Christ, fourteen years ago (whether in the body, I don`t know, or whether out of the body, I don`t know; God knows), such a one caught up into the third heaven.

3 I know such a man (whether in the body, or apart from the body, I don`t know; God knows),

4 how he was caught up into Paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

5 On behalf of such a one I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except in my weaknesses.

6 For if I would desire to boast, I will not be foolish; for I will speak the truth. But I forbear, so that no man may account of me above that which he sees in me, or hears from me.

7 By reason of the exceeding greatness of the revelations, that I should not be exalted excessively, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, that I should not be exalted excessively.

8 Concerning this thing, I begged the Lord three times that it might depart from me.

9 He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest on me.

10 Therefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in injuries, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ`s sake. For when I am weak, then am I strong.

11 I have become foolish. You compelled me, for I ought to have been commended by you, for in nothing was I behind the very best apostles, though I am nothing.

12 Truly the signs of an apostle were worked among you in all patience, by signs and wonders and mighty works.

13 For what is there in which you were made inferior to the rest of the assemblies, unless it is that I myself was not a burden to you? Forgive me this wrong.

14 Behold, this is the third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you; for I seek not your possessions, but you. For the children ought not to save up for the parents, but the parents for the children.

15 I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls. If I love you more abundantly, am I loved the less?

16 But be it so, I did not myself burden you. But, being crafty, I caught you with deception.

17 Did I take advantage of you by anyone of them whom I have sent to you?

18 I exhorted Titus, and I sent the brother with him. Did Titus take any advantage of you? Didn`t we walk in the same spirit? Didn`t we walk in the same steps?

19 Again, do you think that we are excusing ourselves to you? In the sight of God we speak in Christ. But all things, beloved, are for your edifying.

20 For I am afraid that by any means, when I come, I might find you not the way I want to, and that I might be found by you as you don`t desire; that by any means there would be strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, whisperings, proud thoughts, riots;

21 that again when I come my God would humble me before you, and I would mourn for many of those who have sinned before now, and not repented of the uncleanness and sexual immorality and lustfulness which they committed.

2 Corinthians 13

1 This is the third time I am coming to you. "At the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word established."

2 I have said beforehand, and I do say beforehand, as when I was present the second time, so now, being absent, I write to those who have sinned before now, and to all the rest, that, if I come again, I will not spare;

3 seeing that you seek a proof of Christ that speaks in me; who toward you is not weak, but is powerful in you.

4 For he was crucified through weakness, yet he lives through the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we will live with him through the power of God toward you.

5 Test your own selves, whether you are in the faith. Test your own selves. Or don`t you know as to your own selves, that Jesus Christ is in you? Unless indeed you are reprobate.

6 But I hope that you will know that we aren`t reprobate.

7 Now I pray to God that you do no evil; not that we may appear approved, but that you may do that which is honorable, though we are as reprobate.

8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

9 For we rejoice when we are weak and you are strong. This we also pray for, even your perfecting.

10 For this cause I write these things while absent, that I may not deal sharply when present, according to the authority which the Lord gave me for building up, and not for tearing down.

11 Finally, brothers, rejoice. Be perfected, be comforted, be of the same mind, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.

12 Greet one another with a holy kiss.

13 All the saints greet you.

14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.

Galatians 1

1 Paul, an apostle (not from men, neither through man, but through Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead),

2 and all the brothers who are with me, to the assemblies of Galatia:

3 Grace to you and peace from God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ,

4 who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us out of this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father --

5 to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

6 I marvel that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ to a different gospel;

7 and there isn`t another gospel. Only there are some who trouble you, and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.

8 But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you any gospel other than that which we preached to you, let him be cursed.

9 As we have said before, so I now say again: if any man preaches to you any gospel other than that which you received, let him be cursed.

10 For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? For if I were still pleasing men, I wouldn`t be a servant of Christ.

11 But I make known to you, brothers, concerning the gospel which was preached by me, that it is not according to man.

12 For neither did I receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came to me through revelation of Jesus Christ.

13 For you have heard of my way of living in time past in the Jews` religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the assembly of God, and ravaged it.

14 I advanced in the Jews` religion beyond many of my own age among my countrymen, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers.

15 But when it was the good pleasure of God, who separated me from my mother`s womb, and called me through his grace,

16 to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I didn`t immediately confer with flesh and blood,

17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia. Then I returned to Damascus.

18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Peter, and stayed with him fifteen days.

19 But of the other apostles I saw no one, except James, the Lord`s brother.

20 Now about the things which I write to you, behold, before God, I`m not lying.

21 Then I came to the regions of Syria and Cilicia.

22 I was still unknown by face to the assemblies of Judea which were in Christ,

23 but they only heard: "He who once persecuted us now preaches the faith that he once tried to destroy."

24 They glorified God in me.

Galatians 2

1 Then after a period of fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus also with me.

2 I went up by revelation, and I laid before them the gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately before those who were respected, for fear that I might be running, or had run, in vain.

3 But not even Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised.

4 This was because of the false brothers secretly brought in, who stole in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage;

5 to whom we gave no place in the way of subjection, not for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

6 But from those who were reputed to be important (whatever they were, it makes no difference to me; God doesn`t show partiality to man) -- they, I say, who were respected imparted nothing to me,

7 but to the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel for the uncircumcision, even as Peter with the gospel for the circumcision

8 (for he who appointed Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision appointed me also to the Gentiles);

9 and when they perceived the grace that was given to me, James and Cephas and John, they who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the circumcision.

10 They only asked us to remember the poor -- which very thing I was also zealous to do.

11 But when Peter came to Antioch, I resisted him to the face, because he stood condemned.

12 For before some people came from James, he ate with the Gentiles. But when they came, he drew back and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision.

13 The rest of the Jews joined him in his hypocrisy; so much that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy.

14 But when I saw that they didn`t walk uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, "If you, being a Jew, live as the Gentiles do, and not as the Jews do, why do you compel the Gentiles to live as the Jews do?

15 "We, being Jews by nature, and not Gentile sinners,

16 yet knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but through the faith of Jesus Christ, even we believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the law, because no flesh will be justified by the works of the law.

17 But if, while we sought to be justified in Christ, we ourselves also were found sinners, is Christ a servant of sin? God forbid!

18 For if I build up again those things which I destroyed, I prove myself a law-breaker.

19 For I, through the law, died to the law, that I might live to God.

20 I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I that live, but Christ living in me. That life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up for me.

21 I don`t make void the grace of God. For if righteousness is through the law, then Christ died for nothing!"