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1 Chronicles 16:8–36

  Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name;
    make known his deeds among the peoples!
  Sing to him, sing praises to him;
    tell of all his wondrous works!
10   Glory in his holy name;
    let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
11   Seek the LORD and his strength;
    seek his presence continually!
12   Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
    his miracles and the judgments he uttered,
13   O offspring of Israel his servant,
    children of Jacob, his chosen ones!
14   He is the LORD our God;
    his judgments are in all the earth.
15   Remember his covenant forever,
    the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,
16   the covenant that he made with Abraham,
    his sworn promise to Isaac,
17   which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute,
    to Israel as an everlasting covenant,
18   saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan,
    as your portion for an inheritance.”
19   When you were few in number,
    of little account, and sojourners in it,
20   wandering from nation to nation,
    from one kingdom to another people,
21   he allowed no one to oppress them;
    he rebuked kings on their account,
22   saying, “Touch not my anointed ones,
    do my prophets no harm!”
23   Sing to the LORD, all the earth!
    Tell of his salvation from day to day.
24   Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous works among all the peoples!
25   For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised,
    and he is to be feared above all gods.
26   For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,
    but the LORD made the heavens.
27   Splendor and majesty are before him;
    strength and joy are in his place.
28   Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples,
    ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!
29   Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
    bring an offering and come before him!
  Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness;
30     tremble before him, all the earth;
    yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
31   Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice,
    and let them say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!”
32   Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
    let the field exult, and everything in it!
33   Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy
    before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth.
34   Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
    for his steadfast love endures forever!

35 Say also:

  “Save us, O God of our salvation,
    and gather and deliver us from among the nations,
  that we may give thanks to your holy name
    and glory in your praise.
36   Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,
    from everlasting to everlasting!”

Then all the people said, “Amen!” and praised the LORD.

Hebrews 11:4–12:3

By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. 11 By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.

13 These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.

17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, 18 of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 19 He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back. 20 By faith Isaac invoked future blessings on Jacob and Esau. 21 By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, bowing in worship over the head of his staff. 22 By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his bones.

23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. 24 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them.

29 By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned. 30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days. 31 By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.

32 And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets—33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35 Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. 36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated—38 of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

39 And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40 since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.

Psalm 18:20–29

20   The LORD dealt with me according to my righteousness;
    according to the cleanness of my hands he rewarded me.
21   For I have kept the ways of the LORD,
    and have not wickedly departed from my God.
22   For all his rules were before me,
    and his statutes I did not put away from me.
23   I was blameless before him,
    and I kept myself from my guilt.
24   So the LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
    according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
25   With the merciful you show yourself merciful;
    with the blameless man you show yourself blameless;
26   with the purified you show yourself pure;
    and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.
27   For you save a humble people,
    but the haughty eyes you bring down.
28   For it is you who light my lamp;
    the LORD my God lightens my darkness.
29   For by you I can run against a troop,
    and by my God I can leap over a wall.

Proverbs 4:18

18   But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
    which shines brighter and brighter until full day.


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