Friday, December 10, 2021
I Thessalonians 5:12-28
I Thessalonians 5:12-28
 But we beseech you, brethren, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you,
 and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.
 And we exhort you, brethren, admonish the idlers, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.
 See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all.
 Rejoice always,
 pray constantly,
 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
 Do not quench the Spirit,
 do not despise prophesying,
 but test everything; hold fast what is good,
 abstain from every form of evil.
 May the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 He who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.
 Brethren, pray for us.
 Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss.
 I adjure you by the Lord that this letter be read to all the brethren.
 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
 One sabbath when he went to dine at the house of a ruler who belonged to the Pharisees, they were watching him.
 And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy.
 And Jesus spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath, or not?”
 But they were silent. Then he took him and healed him, and let him go.
 And he said to them, “Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well, will not immediately pull him out on a sabbath day?”
 And they could not reply to this.
 Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he marked how they chose the places of honor, saying to them,
 “When you are invited by any one to a marriage feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest a more eminent man than you be invited by him;
 and he who invited you both will come and say to you, `Give place to this man,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place.
 But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, `Friend, go up higher’; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you.
 For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
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