Then, even if your beginnings were modest, your final days will be full of prosperity.
Then He will send rain for your seed that you have sown in the ground, and the food, the produce of the ground, will be rich and plentiful. On that day your cattle will graze in open pastures.
until the Spirit from heaven is poured out on us. Then the desert will become an orchard, and the orchard will seem like a forest.
Happy are you who sow seed beside abundant waters, who let ox and donkey range freely.
He presented another parable to them: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field.
It's the smallest of all the seeds, but when grown, it's taller than the vegetables and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the sky come and nest in its branches."
He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into 50 pounds of flour until it spread through all of it."
Then He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
During these days Peter stood up among the brothers-- the number of people who were together was about 120-- and said:
So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about 3,000 people were added to them.
But many of those who heard the message believed, and the number of the men came to about 5,000.
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.
So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.
Now the one who plants and the one who waters are equal, and each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.
For we are God's co-workers. You are God's field, God's building.
After this I looked, and there was a vast multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language, which no one could number, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were robed in white with palm branches in their hands.
In the last days the mountain of the LORD's house will be established at the top of the mountains and will be raised above the hills. All nations will stream to it,
and many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us about His ways so that we may walk in His paths." For instruction will go out of Zion and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
The righteous thrive like a palm tree and grow like a cedar tree in Lebanon.
Planted in the house of the LORD, they thrive in the courtyards of our God.
They will still bear fruit in old age, healthy and green,
Isn't [it true that] in just a little while Lebanon will become an orchard, and the orchard will seem like a forest?
It will blossom abundantly and will also rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon. They will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor of our God.
I will be like the dew to Israel; he will blossom like the lily and take root like [the cedars of] Lebanon.
His new branches will spread, and his splendor will be like the olive tree, his fragrance, like [the forest of] Lebanon.
The people will return and live beneath his shade. They will grow grain and blossom like the vine. His renown will be like the wine of Lebanon.
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May he be like rain that falls on the cut grass, like spring showers that water the earth.
Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand by the sea; [they were] eating, drinking, and rejoicing.
For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your descendants and My blessing on your offspring.
They will sprout among the grass like poplars by the streambeds.
This one will say: I am the LORD's; another will call [himself] by the name of Jacob; still another will write on his hand: The LORD's, and name [himself] by the name of Israel."
The hosts of heaven cannot be counted; the sand of the sea cannot be measured. So, too, I will make the descendants of My servant David and the Levites who minister to Me innumerable."
I said to him, "Sir, you know." Then he told me: These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.