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Leviticus chapter 18

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The LORD said to Moses,
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"Speak to the Israelites and say to them: 'I am the LORD your God.
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You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices.
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You must obey my laws and be careful to follow my decrees. I am the LORD your God.
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Keep my decrees and laws, for the man who obeys them will live by them. I am the LORD.
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"'No one is to approach any close relative to have sexual relations. I am the LORD.
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"'Do not dishonor your father by having sexual relations with your mother. She is your mother; do not have relations with her.
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"'Do not have sexual relations with your father's wife; that would dishonor your father.
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"'Do not have sexual relations with your sister, either your father's daughter or your mother's daughter, whether she was born in the same home or elsewhere.
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"'Do not have sexual relations with your son's daughter or your daughter's daughter; that would dishonor you.
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"'Do not have sexual relations with the daughter of your father's wife, born to your father; she is your sister.
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"'Do not have sexual relations with your father's sister; she is your father's close relative.
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"'Do not have sexual relations with your mother's sister, because she is your mother's close relative.
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"'Do not dishonor your father's brother by approaching his wife to have sexual relations; she is your aunt.
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"'Do not have sexual relations with your daughter-in-law. She is your son's wife; do not have relations with her.
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"'Do not have sexual relations with your brother's wife; that would dishonor your brother.
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"'Do not have sexual relations with both a woman and her daughter. Do not have sexual relations with either her son's daughter or her daughter's daughter; they are her close relatives. That is wickedness.
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"'Do not take your wife's sister as a rival wife and have sexual relations with her while your wife is living.
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"'Do not approach a woman to have sexual relations during the uncleanness of her monthly period.
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"'Do not have sexual relations with your neighbor's wife and defile yourself with her.
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"'Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the LORD.
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"'Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.
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"'Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.
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"'Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled.
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Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, and the land vomited out its inhabitants.
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But you must keep my decrees and my laws. The native-born and the aliens living among you must not do any of these detestable things,
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for all these things were done by the people who lived in the land before you, and the land became defiled.
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And if you defile the land, it will vomit you out as it vomited out the nations that were before you.
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"'Everyone who does any of these detestable things-- such persons must be cut off from their people.
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Keep my requirements and do not follow any of the detestable customs that were practiced before you came and do not defile yourselves with them. I am the LORD your God.'"

Leviticus chapter 19

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The LORD said to Moses,
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"Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: 'Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.
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"'Each of you must respect his mother and father, and you must observe my Sabbaths. I am the LORD your God.
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"'Do not turn to idols or make gods of cast metal for yourselves. I am the LORD your God.
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"'When you sacrifice a fellowship offering to the LORD, sacrifice it in such a way that it will be accepted on your behalf.
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It shall be eaten on the day you sacrifice it or on the next day; anything left over until the third day must be burned up.
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If any of it is eaten on the third day, it is impure and will not be accepted.
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Whoever eats it will be held responsible because he has desecrated what is holy to the LORD; that person must be cut off from his people.
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"'When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest.
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Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the LORD your God.
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"'Do not steal. "'Do not lie. "'Do not deceive one another.
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"'Do not swear falsely by my name and so profane the name of your God. I am the LORD.
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"'Do not defraud your neighbor or rob him. "'Do not hold back the wages of a hired man overnight.
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"'Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the LORD.
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"'Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.
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"'Do not go about spreading slander among your people. "'Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor's life. I am the LORD.
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"'Do not hate your brother in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in his guilt.
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"'Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.
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"'Keep my decrees. "'Do not mate different kinds of animals. "'Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed. "'Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.
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"'If a man sleeps with a woman who is a slave girl promised to another man but who has not been ransomed or given her freedom, there must be due punishment. Yet they are not to be put to death, because she had not been freed.
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The man, however, must bring a ram to the entrance to the Tent of Meeting for a guilt offering to the LORD.
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With the ram of the guilt offering the priest is to make atonement for him before the LORD for the sin he has committed, and his sin will be forgiven.
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"'When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit tree, regard its fruit as forbidden. For three years you are to consider it forbidden; it must not be eaten.
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In the fourth year all its fruit will be holy, an offering of praise to the LORD.
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But in the fifth year you may eat its fruit. In this way your harvest will be increased. I am the LORD your God.
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"'Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it. "'Do not practice divination or sorcery.
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"'Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.
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"'Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.
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"'Do not degrade your daughter by making her a prostitute, or the land will turn to prostitution and be filled with wickedness.
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"'Observe my Sabbaths and have reverence for my sanctuary. I am the LORD.
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"'Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God.
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"'Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the LORD.
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"'When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him.
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The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.
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"'Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity.
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Use honest scales and honest weights, an honest ephah and an honest hin. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt.
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"'Keep all my decrees and all my laws and follow them. I am the LORD.'"

Psalm chapter 13

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For the director of music. A psalm of David. How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?
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How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?
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Look on me and answer, O LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death;
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my enemy will say, "I have overcome him," and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
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But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.
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I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me.

Acts chapter 19

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While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples
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and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" They answered, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."
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So Paul asked, "Then what baptism did you receive?" "John's baptism," they replied.
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Paul said, "John's baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus."
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On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.
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When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
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There were about twelve men in all.
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Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God.
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But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus.
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This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.
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God did extraordinary miracles through Paul,
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so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.
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Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, "In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out."
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Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this.
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[One day] the evil spirit answered them, "Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?"
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Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.
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When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor.
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Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds.
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A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas.
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In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.
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After all this had happened, Paul decided to go to Jerusalem, passing through Macedonia and Achaia. "After I have been there," he said, "I must visit Rome also."
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He sent two of his helpers, Timothy and Erastus, to Macedonia, while he stayed in the province of Asia a little longer.
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About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way.
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A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in no little business for the craftsmen.
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He called them together, along with the workmen in related trades, and said: "Men, you know we receive a good income from this business.
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And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that man-made gods are no gods at all.
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There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited, and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty."
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When they heard this, they were furious and began shouting: "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"
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Soon the whole city was in an uproar. The people seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul's traveling companions from Macedonia, and rushed as one man into the theater.
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Paul wanted to appear before the crowd, but the disciples would not let him.
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Even some of the officials of the province, friends of Paul, sent him a message begging him not to venture into the theater.
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The assembly was in confusion: Some were shouting one thing, some another. Most of the people did not even know why they were there.
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The Jews pushed Alexander to the front, and some of the crowd shouted instructions to him. He motioned for silence in order to make a defense before the people.
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But when they realized he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison for about two hours: "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"
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The city clerk quieted the crowd and said: "Men of Ephesus, doesn't all the world know that the city of Ephesus is the guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of her image, which fell from heaven?
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Therefore, since these facts are undeniable, you ought to be quiet and not do anything rash.
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You have brought these men here, though they have neither robbed temples nor blasphemed our goddess.
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If, then, Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a grievance against anybody, the courts are open and there are proconsuls. They can press charges.
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If there is anything further you want to bring up, it must be settled in a legal assembly.
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As it is, we are in danger of being charged with rioting because of today's events. In that case we would not be able to account for this commotion, since there is no reason for it."
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After he had said this, he dismissed the assembly.