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1 Samuel chapter 20

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Then David fled from Naioth at Ramah and went to Jonathan and asked, "What have I done? What is my crime? How have I wronged your father, that he is trying to take my life?"
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"Never!" Jonathan replied. "You are not going to die! Look, my father doesn't do anything, great or small, without confiding in me. Why would he hide this from me? It's not so!"
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But David took an oath and said, "Your father knows very well that I have found favor in your eyes, and he has said to himself, 'Jonathan must not know this or he will be grieved.' Yet as surely as the LORD lives and as you live, there is only a step between me and death."
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Jonathan said to David, "Whatever you want me to do, I'll do for you."
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So David said, "Look, tomorrow is the New Moon festival, and I am supposed to dine with the king; but let me go and hide in the field until the evening of the day after tomorrow.
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If your father misses me at all, tell him, 'David earnestly asked my permission to hurry to Bethlehem, his hometown, because an annual sacrifice is being made there for his whole clan.'
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If he says, 'Very well,' then your servant is safe. But if he loses his temper, you can be sure that he is determined to harm me.
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As for you, show kindness to your servant, for you have brought him into a covenant with you before the LORD. If I am guilty, then kill me yourself! Why hand me over to your father?"
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"Never!" Jonathan said. "If I had the least inkling that my father was determined to harm you, wouldn't I tell you?"
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David asked, "Who will tell me if your father answers you harshly?"
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"Come," Jonathan said, "let's go out into the field." So they went there together.
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Then Jonathan said to David: "By the LORD, the God of Israel, I will surely sound out my father by this time the day after tomorrow! If he is favorably disposed toward you, will I not send you word and let you know?
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But if my father is inclined to harm you, may the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if I do not let you know and send you away safely. May the LORD be with you as he has been with my father.
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But show me unfailing kindness like that of the LORD as long as I live, so that I may not be killed,
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and do not ever cut off your kindness from my family-- not even when the LORD has cut off every one of David's enemies from the face of the earth."
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So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, "May the LORD call David's enemies to account."
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And Jonathan had David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself.
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Then Jonathan said to David: "Tomorrow is the New Moon festival. You will be missed, because your seat will be empty.
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The day after tomorrow, toward evening, go to the place where you hid when this trouble began, and wait by the stone Ezel.
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I will shoot three arrows to the side of it, as though I were shooting at a target.
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Then I will send a boy and say, 'Go, find the arrows.' If I say to him, 'Look, the arrows are on this side of you; bring them here,' then come, because, as surely as the LORD lives, you are safe; there is no danger.
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But if I say to the boy, 'Look, the arrows are beyond you,' then you must go, because the LORD has sent you away.
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And about the matter you and I discussed-- remember, the LORD is witness between you and me forever."
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So David hid in the field, and when the New Moon festival came, the king sat down to eat.
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He sat in his customary place by the wall, opposite Jonathan, and Abner sat next to Saul, but David's place was empty.
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Saul said nothing that day, for he thought, "Something must have happened to David to make him ceremonially unclean-- surely he is unclean."
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But the next day, the second day of the month, David's place was empty again. Then Saul said to his son Jonathan, "Why hasn't the son of Jesse come to the meal, either yesterday or today?"
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Jonathan answered, "David earnestly asked me for permission to go to Bethlehem.
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He said, 'Let me go, because our family is observing a sacrifice in the town and my brother has ordered me to be there. If I have found favor in your eyes, let me get away to see my brothers.' That is why he has not come to the king's table."
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Saul's anger flared up at Jonathan and he said to him, "You son of a perverse and rebellious woman! Don't I know that you have sided with the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of the mother who bore you?
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As long as the son of Jesse lives on this earth, neither you nor your kingdom will be established. Now send and bring him to me, for he must die!"
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"Why should he be put to death? What has he done?" Jonathan asked his father.
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But Saul hurled his spear at him to kill him. Then Jonathan knew that his father intended to kill David.
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Jonathan got up from the table in fierce anger; on that second day of the month he did not eat, because he was grieved at his father's shameful treatment of David.
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In the morning Jonathan went out to the field for his meeting with David. He had a small boy with him,
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and he said to the boy, "Run and find the arrows I shoot." As the boy ran, he shot an arrow beyond him.
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When the boy came to the place where Jonathan's arrow had fallen, Jonathan called out after him, "Isn't the arrow beyond you?"
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Then he shouted, "Hurry! Go quickly! Don't stop!" The boy picked up the arrow and returned to his master.
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(The boy knew nothing of all this; only Jonathan and David knew.)
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Then Jonathan gave his weapons to the boy and said, "Go, carry them back to town."
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After the boy had gone, David got up from the south side [of the stone] and bowed down before Jonathan three times, with his face to the ground. Then they kissed each other and wept together-- but David wept the most.
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Jonathan said to David, "Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the LORD, saying, 'The LORD is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.'" Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town.

1 Samuel chapter 21

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David went to Nob, to Ahimelech the priest. Ahimelech trembled when he met him, and asked, "Why are you alone? Why is no one with you?"
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David answered Ahimelech the priest, "The king charged me with a certain matter and said to me, 'No one is to know anything about your mission and your instructions.' As for my men, I have told them to meet me at a certain place.
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Now then, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever you can find."
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But the priest answered David, "I don't have any ordinary bread on hand; however, there is some consecrated bread here-- provided the men have kept themselves from women."
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David replied, "Indeed women have been kept from us, as usual whenever I set out. The men's things are holy even on missions that are not holy. How much more so today!"
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So the priest gave him the consecrated bread, since there was no bread there except the bread of the Presence that had been removed from before the LORD and replaced by hot bread on the day it was taken away.
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Now one of Saul's servants was there that day, detained before the LORD; he was Doeg the Edomite, Saul's head shepherd.
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David asked Ahimelech, "Don't you have a spear or a sword here? I haven't brought my sword or any other weapon, because the king's business was urgent."
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The priest replied, "The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, is here; it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want it, take it; there is no sword here but that one." David said, "There is none like it; give it to me."
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That day David fled from Saul and went to Achish king of Gath.
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But the servants of Achish said to him, "Isn't this David, the king of the land? Isn't he the one they sing about in their dances: "'Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands'?"
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David took these words to heart and was very much afraid of Achish king of Gath.
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So he pretended to be insane in their presence; and while he was in their hands he acted like a madman, making marks on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard.
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Achish said to his servants, "Look at the man! He is insane! Why bring him to me?
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Am I so short of madmen that you have to bring this fellow here to carry on like this in front of me? Must this man come into my house?"

Psalm chapter 34

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Of David. When he pretended to be insane before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he left. I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.
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My soul will boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
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Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together.
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I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
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Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
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This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.
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The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.
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Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
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Fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing.
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The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
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Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
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Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days,
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keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies.
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Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
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The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry;
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the face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
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The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
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The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
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A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all;
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he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.
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Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
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The LORD redeems his servants; no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him.

Matthew chapter 5

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Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him,
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and he began to teach them, saying:
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"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
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Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
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Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
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Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
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Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
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Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
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Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
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Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
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"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
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Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
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"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.
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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.
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Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
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In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
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"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
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I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
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Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
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For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
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"You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.'
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But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, 'Raca, 'is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell.
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"Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you,
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leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.
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"Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.
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I tell you the truth, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.
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"You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery.'
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But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
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If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.
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And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.
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"It has been said, 'Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.'
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But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.
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"Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.'
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But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God's throne;
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or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.
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And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black.
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Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
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"You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.'
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But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
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And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.
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If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.
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Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
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"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'
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But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
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that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
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If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?
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And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?
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Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
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