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15The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the foremost of sinners;16but I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience for an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.17To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
1Praise the LORD! Praise, O servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD!2Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore!3From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the LORD is to be praised!4The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens!5Who is like the LORD our God, who is seated on high,6who looks far down upon the heavens and the earth?7He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
43"For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit;44for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush.45The good man out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure produces evil; for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.46"Why do you call me `Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell you?47Every one who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like:48he is like a man building a house, who dug deep, and laid the foundation upon rock; and when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house, and could not shake it, because it had been well built.49But he who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation; against which the stream broke, and immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great."