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Hebrews chapter 10

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Since the law has [only] a shadow of the good things to come, and not the actual form of those realities, it can never perfect the worshipers by the same sacrifices they continually offer year after year.
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Otherwise, wouldn't they have stopped being offered, since the worshipers, once purified, would no longer have any consciousness of sins?
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But in the sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year.
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For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
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Therefore, as He was coming into the world, He said: You did not want sacrifice and offering, but You prepared a body for Me.
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You did not delight in whole burnt offerings and sin offerings.
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Then I said, "See, I have come-- it is written about Me in the volume of the scroll-- to do Your will, O God!"
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After He says above, You did not desire or delight in sacrifices and offerings, whole burnt offerings and sin offerings, (which are offered according to the law),
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He then says, See, I have come to do Your will. He takes away the first to establish the second.
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By this will, we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all.
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Now every priest stands day after day ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
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But this man, after offering one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God.
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He is now waiting until His enemies are made His footstool.
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For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are sanctified.
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The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. For after He had said:
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This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws on their hearts, and I will write them on their minds,
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[He adds]: I will never again remember their sins and their lawless acts.
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Now where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.
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Therefore, brothers, since we have boldness to enter the sanctuary through the blood of Jesus,
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by the new and living way that He has inaugurated for us, through the curtain (that is, His flesh);
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and since we have a great high priest over the house of God,
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let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, our hearts sprinkled [clean] from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water.
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Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
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And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works,
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not staying away from our meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
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For if we deliberately sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
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but a terrifying expectation of judgment, and the fury of a fire about to consume the adversaries.
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If anyone disregards Moses' law, he dies without mercy, based on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
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How much worse punishment, do you think one will deserve who has trampled on the Son of God, regarded as profane the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and insulted the Spirit of grace?
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For we know the One who has said, Vengeance belongs to Me, I will repay, and again, The Lord will judge His people.
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It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God!
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Remember the earlier days when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings.
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Sometimes you were publicly exposed to taunts and afflictions, and at other times you were companions of those who were treated that way.
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For you sympathized with the prisoners and accepted with joy the confiscation of your possessions, knowing that you yourselves have a better and enduring possession.
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So don't throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.
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For you need endurance, so that after you have done God's will, you may receive what was promised.
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For in yet a very little while, the Coming One will come and not delay.
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But My righteous one will live by faith; and if he draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.
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But we are not those who draw back and are destroyed, but those who have faith and obtain life.

Hebrews chapter 11

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Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.
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For by it our ancestors were approved.
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By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen has been made from things that are not visible.
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By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain [did]. By this he was approved as a righteous man, because God approved his gifts, and even though he is dead, he still speaks through this.
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By faith, Enoch was taken away so that he did not experience death, and he was not to be found because God took him away. For prior to his transformation he was approved, having pleased God.
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Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him.
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By faith Noah, after being warned about what was not yet seen, in reverence built an ark to deliver his family. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.
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By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed and went out to a place he was going to receive as an inheritance; he went out, not knowing where he was going.
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By faith he stayed as a foreigner in the land of promise, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, co-heirs of the same promise.
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For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
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By faith even Sarah herself, when she was barren, received power to conceive offspring, even though she was past the age, since she considered that the One who had promised was faithful.
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And therefore from one man-- in fact, from one as good as dead-- came offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven and as innumerable as the grains of sand by the seashore.
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These all died in faith without having received the promises, but they saw them from a distance, greeted them, and confessed that they were foreigners and temporary residents on the earth.
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Now those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.
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If they had been remembering that land they came from, they would have had opportunity to return.
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But they now aspire to a better land-- a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
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By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac; he who had received the promises was offering up his unique son,
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about whom it had been said, In Isaac your seed will be called.
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He considered God to be able even to raise someone from the dead, from which he also got him back as an illustration.
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By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
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By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and, he worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.
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By faith Joseph, as he was nearing the end of his life, mentioned the exodus of the sons of Israel and gave instructions concerning his bones.
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By faith Moses, after he was born, was hidden by his parents for three months, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they didn't fear the king's edict.
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By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter
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and chose to suffer with the people of God rather than to enjoy the short-lived pleasure of sin.
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For he considered reproach for the sake of the Messiah to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, since his attention was on the reward.
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By faith he left Egypt behind, not being afraid of the king's anger, for he persevered, as one who sees Him who is invisible.
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By faith he instituted the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them.
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By faith they crossed the Red Sea as though they were on dry land. When the Egyptians attempted to do this, they were drowned.
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By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after being encircled for seven days.
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By faith Rahab the prostitute received the spies in peace and didn't perish with those who disobeyed.
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And what more can I say? Time is too short for me to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets,
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who by faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions,
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quenched the raging of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, gained strength after being weak, became mighty in battle, and put foreign armies to flight.
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Women received their dead raised to life again. Some men were tortured, not accepting release, so that they might gain a better resurrection,
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and others experienced mockings and scourgings, as well as bonds and imprisonment.
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They were stoned, they were sawed in two, they died by the sword, they wandered about in sheepskins, in goatskins, destitute, afflicted, and mistreated.
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The world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts, mountains, caves, and holes in the ground.
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All these were approved through their faith, but they did not receive what was promised,
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since God had provided something better for us, so that they would not be made perfect without us.

Hebrews chapter 12

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Therefore since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and run with endurance the race that lies before us,
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keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of God's throne.
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For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, so that you won't grow weary and lose heart.
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In struggling against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
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And you have forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons: My son, do not take the Lord's discipline lightly, or faint when you are reproved by Him;
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for the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and punishes every son whom He receives.
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Endure it as discipline: God is dealing with you as sons. For what son is there whom a father does not discipline?
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But if you are without discipline-- which all receive-- then you are illegitimate children and not sons.
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Furthermore, we had natural fathers discipline us, and we respected them. Shouldn't we submit even more to the Father of spirits and live?
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For they disciplined us for a short time based on what seemed good to them, but He does it for our benefit, so that we can share His holiness.
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No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields the fruit of peace and righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
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Therefore strengthen your tired hands and weakened knees,
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and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but healed instead.
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Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness-- without it no one will see the Lord.
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See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no root of bitterness springs up, causing trouble and by it, defiling many.
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And see that there isn't any immoral or irreverent person like Esau, who sold his birthright in exchange for one meal.
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For you know that later, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected because he didn't find any opportunity for repentance, though he sought it with tears.
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For you have not come to what could be touched, to a blazing fire, to darkness, gloom, and storm,
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to the blast of a trumpet, and the sound of words. (Those who heard it begged that not another word be spoken to them,
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for they could not bear what was commanded: And if even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned!
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And the appearance was so terrifying that Moses said, I am terrified and trembling.)
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Instead, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God (the heavenly Jerusalem), to myriads of angels in festive gathering,
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to the assembly of the firstborn whose names have been written in heaven, to God who is the judge of all, to the spirits of righteous people made perfect,
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to Jesus (mediator of a new covenant), and to the sprinkled blood, which says better things than the [blood] of Abel.
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See that you do not reject the One who speaks; for if they did not escape when they rejected Him who warned them on earth, even less will we if we turn away from Him who warns us from heaven.
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His voice shook the earth at that time, but now He has promised, Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also heaven.
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Now this expression, "Yet once more," indicates the removal of what can be shaken-- that is, created things-- so that what is not shaken might remain.
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Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us hold on to grace. By it, we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and awe;
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for our God is a consuming fire.

Hebrews chapter 13

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Let brotherly love continue.
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Don't neglect to show hospitality, for by doing this some have welcomed angels as guests without knowing it.
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Remember the prisoners, as though you were in prison with them, and the mistreated, as though you yourselves were suffering bodily.
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Marriage must be respected by all, and the marriage bed kept undefiled, because God will judge immoral people and adulterers.
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Your life should be free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you.
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Therefore, we may boldly say: The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
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Remember your leaders who have spoken God's word to you. As you carefully observe the outcome of their lives, imitate their faith.
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Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
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Don't be led astray by various kinds of strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be established by grace and not by foods, since those involved in them have not benefited.
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We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle do not have a right to eat.
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For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy of holies by the high priest as a sin offering are burned outside the camp.
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Therefore Jesus also suffered outside the gate, so that He might sanctify the people by His own blood.
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Let us then go to Him outside the camp, bearing His disgrace.
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For here we do not have an enduring city; instead, we seek the one to come.
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Therefore, through Him let us continually offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of our lips that confess His name.
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Don't neglect to do good and to share, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.
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Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account, so that they can do this with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.
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Pray for us; for we are convinced that we have a clear conscience, wanting to conduct ourselves honorably in everything.
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And I especially urge you to pray that I may be restored to you very soon.
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Now may the God of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus-- the great Shepherd of the sheep-- with the blood of the everlasting covenant,
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equip you with all that is good to do His will, working in us what is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
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Brothers, I urge you to receive this word of exhortation, for I have written to you in few words.
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Be aware that our brother Timothy has been released. If he comes soon enough, he will be with me when I see you.
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Greet all your leaders and all the saints. Those who are from Italy greet you.
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Grace be with all of you.