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Exodus 7:1-25
1. The LORD answered Moses, "See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and Aaron your brother will be your prophet.
2. You must say whatever I command you; then Aaron your brother must declare it to Pharaoh so that he will let the Israelites go from his land.
3. But I will harden Pharaoh's heart and multiply My signs and wonders in the land of Egypt.
4. Pharaoh will not listen to you, but I will put My hand on Egypt and bring out the ranks of My people the Israelites, out of the land of Egypt by great acts of judgment.
5. The Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I stretch out My hand against Egypt, and bring out the Israelites from among them."
6. So Moses and Aaron did [this]; they did just as the LORD commanded them.
7. Moses was 80 years old and Aaron 83 when they spoke to Pharaoh.
8. The LORD said to Moses and Aaron,
9. "When Pharaoh tells you: Perform a miracle, tell Aaron: Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh. It will become a serpent."
10. So Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh and did just as the LORD had commanded. Aaron threw down his staff before Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a serpent.
11. But then Pharaoh called the wise men and sorcerers-- the magicians of Egypt, and they also did the same thing by their occult practices.
12. Each one threw down his staff, and it became a serpent. But Aaron's staff swallowed their staffs.
13. However, Pharaoh's heart hardened, and he did not listen to them, as the LORD had said.
14. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Pharaoh is unresponsive: he refuses to let the people go.
15. Go to Pharaoh in the morning. When you see him walking out to the water, stand ready to meet him by the bank of the Nile. Take in your hand the staff that turned into a snake.
16. Tell him: The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to tell you: Let My people go, so that they may worship Me in the wilderness, but so far you have not listened.
17. This is what the LORD says: Here is how you will know that I am the LORD. Watch. I will strike the water in the Nile with the staff in my hand, and it will turn to blood.
18. The fish in the Nile will die, the river will stink, and the Egyptians will be unable to drink water from it."
19. So the LORD said to Moses, "Tell Aaron: Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt-- over their rivers, canals, ponds, and all their water reservoirs-- and they will become blood. There will be blood throughout the land of Egypt, even in wooden and stone [containers]."
20. Moses and Aaron did just as the LORD had commanded; in the sight of Pharaoh and his officials, he raised the staff and struck the water in the Nile, and all the water in the Nile was turned to blood.
21. The fish in the Nile died, and the river smelled so bad the Egyptians could not drink water from it. There was blood throughout the land of Egypt.
22. But the magicians of Egypt did the same thing by their occult practices. So Pharaoh's heart hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the LORD had said.
23. Pharaoh turned around, went into his palace, and didn't even take this to heart.
24. All the Egyptians dug around the Nile for water to drink because they could not drink the water from the river.
25. Seven days passed after the LORD struck the Nile.

Exodus 8:1-32
1. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Go in to Pharaoh and tell him: This is what the LORD says: Let My people go, so that they may worship Me.
2. But if you refuse to let them go, then I will plague all your territory with frogs.
3. The Nile will swarm with frogs; they will come up and go into your palace, into your bedroom and on your bed, into the houses of your officials and your people, and into your ovens and kneading bowls.
4. The frogs will come up on you, your people, and all your officials."
5. The LORD then said to Moses, "Tell Aaron: Stretch out your hand with your staff over the rivers, canals, and ponds, and cause the frogs to come up onto the land of Egypt."
6. When Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, the frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt.
7. But the magicians did the same thing by their occult practices and brought frogs up onto the land of Egypt.
8. Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, "Ask the LORD that He remove the frogs from me and my people. Then I will let the people go and they can sacrifice to the LORD."
9. Moses said to Pharaoh, "Make the choice rather than me [by saying] when I should ask for you, your officials, and your people, that the frogs be taken away from you and your houses, and remain only in the Nile."
10. "Tomorrow," he answered. Moses replied, "As you have said, so you may know there is no one like the LORD our God,
11. the frogs will go away from you, your houses, your officials, and your people. The frogs will remain only in the Nile."
12. After Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh, Moses cried out to the LORD for help concerning the frogs that He had brought against Pharaoh.
13. The LORD did as Moses had said: the frogs in the houses, courtyards, and fields died.
14. They piled them in countless heaps, and there was a terrible odor in the land.
15. But when Pharaoh saw there was relief, he hardened his heart and would not listen to them, as the LORD had said.
16. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Tell Aaron: Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the earth, and it will become gnats throughout the land of Egypt."
17. And they did this. Aaron stretched out his hand with his staff, and when he struck the dust of the earth, gnats were on the people and animals. All the dust of the earth became gnats throughout the land of Egypt.
18. The magicians tried to produce gnats using their occult practices, but they could not. The gnats remained on the people and animals.
19. "This is the finger of God," the magicians said to Pharaoh. But Pharaoh's heart hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the LORD had said.
20. The LORD said to Moses, "Get up early in the morning and present yourself to Pharaoh when you see him going out to the water. Tell him: This is what the LORD says: Let My people go, so that they may worship Me.
21. But if you will not let My people go, then I will send swarms of flies against you, your officials, your people, and your houses. The Egyptians' houses will swarm with flies, and so will the land where they live.
22. But on that day I will give special treatment to the land of Goshen, where My people are living; no flies will be there. This way you will know that I, the Lord, am in the land.
23. I will make a distinction between My people and your people. This sign will take place tomorrow."
24. And the LORD did this. Thick swarms of flies went into Pharaoh's palace and his officials' houses. Throughout Egypt the land was ruined because of the swarms of flies.
25. Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, "Go sacrifice to your God within the country."
26. But Moses said, "It would not be right to do that, because what we will sacrifice to the LORD our God is detestable to the Egyptians. If we sacrifice what the Egyptians detest in front of them, won't they stone us?
27. We must go a distance of three days into the wilderness and sacrifice to the LORD our God as He instructs us."
28. Pharaoh responded, "I will let you go and sacrifice to the LORD your God in the wilderness, but don't go very far. Make an appeal for me."
29. "As soon as I leave you," Moses said, "I will appeal to the Lord, and tomorrow the swarms of flies will depart from Pharaoh, his officials, and his people. But Pharaoh must not act deceptively again by refusing to let the people go and sacrifice to the LORD."
30. Then Moses left Pharaoh's presence and appealed to the LORD.
31. The LORD did as Moses had said: He removed the swarms of flies from Pharaoh, his officials, and his people; not one was left.
32. But Pharaoh hardened his heart this time also and did not let the people go.

Psalms 17:1-7
1. [A Davidic prayer.] LORD, hear a just cause; pay attention to my cry; listen to my prayer-- from lips free of deceit.
2. Let my vindication come from You, [for] You see what is right.
3. You have tested my heart; You have visited by night; You have tried me and found nothing [evil]; I have determined that my mouth will not sin.
4. Concerning what people do: by the word of Your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent.
5. My steps are on Your paths; my feet have not slipped.
6. I call on You, God, because You will answer me; listen closely to me; hear what I say.
7. Display the wonders of Your faithful love, Savior of all who seek refuge from those who rebel against Your right hand.

Proverbs 5:15-20
15. Drink water from your own cistern, water flowing from your own well.
16. Should your springs flow in the streets, streams of water in the public squares?
17. They should be for you alone and not for you [to share] with strangers.
18. Let your fountain be blessed, and take pleasure in the wife of your youth.
19. A loving doe, a graceful fawn-- let her breasts always satisfy you; be lost in her love forever.
20. Why, my son, would you be infatuated with a forbidden woman or embrace the breast of a stranger?

Matthew 19:1-30
1. When Jesus had finished this instruction, He departed from Galilee and went to the region of Judea across the Jordan.
2. Large crowds followed Him, and He healed them there.
3. Some Pharisees approached Him to test Him. They asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife on any grounds?"
4. "Haven't you read," He replied, "that He who created them in the beginning made them male and female,
5. and He also said: For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh?
6. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, man must not separate."
7. "Why then," they asked Him, "did Moses command [us] to give divorce papers and to send her away?"
8. He told them, "Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because of the hardness of your hearts. But it was not like that from the beginning.
9. And I tell you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery."
10. His disciples said to Him, "If the relationship of a man with his wife is like this, it's better not to marry!"
11. But He told them, "Not everyone can accept this saying, but only those it has been given to.
12. For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother's womb, there are eunuchs who were made by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves that way because of the kingdom of heaven. Let anyone accept this who can."
13. Then children were brought to Him so He might put His hands on them and pray. But the disciples rebuked them.
14. Then Jesus said, "Leave the children alone, and don't try to keep them from coming to Me, because the kingdom of heaven is made up of people like this."
15. After putting His hands on them, He went on from there.
16. Just then someone came up and asked Him, "Teacher, what good must I do to have eternal life?"
17. "Why do you ask Me about what is good?" He said to him. "There is only One who is good. If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments."
18. "Which ones?" he asked Him. Jesus answered, Do not murder; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not bear false witness;
19. honor your father and your mother; and love your neighbor as yourself.
20. "I have kept all these," the young man told Him. "What do I still lack?"
21. "If you want to be perfect," Jesus said to him, "go, sell your belongings and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me."
22. When the young man heard that command, he went away grieving, because he had many possessions.
23. Then Jesus said to His disciples, "I assure you: It will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven!
24. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God."
25. When the disciples heard this, they were utterly astonished and asked, "Then who can be saved?"
26. But Jesus looked at them and said, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
27. Then Peter responded to Him, "Look, we have left everything and followed You. So what will there be for us?"
28. Jesus said to them, "I assure you: In the Messianic Age, when the Son of Man sits on His glorious throne, you who have followed Me will also sit on 12 thrones, judging the 12 tribes of Israel.
29. And everyone who has left houses, brothers or sisters, father or mother, children, or fields because of My name will receive 100 times more and will inherit eternal life.
30. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.