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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Alpha and omega

"For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness;
and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
He is despised and rejected of men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:
and we hid as it were our faces from him;
he was despised, and we esteemed him not."

"God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
why are you so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
O my God, I cry in the day time, but you hear not;
and in the night season, and am not silent.
But you are holy, O you that inhabit the praises of Israel.
Our fathers trusted in you:
they trusted,and you did deliver them.
They cried to you, and were delivered:
they trusted in you, and were not confounded.
But I am a worm, and no man;

a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
All they that see me laugh me to scorn:

they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
'He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him:
let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.'

But you are he that took me out of the womb:
you did make me hope when I was on my mother's breasts.
I was cast on you from the womb:
you are my God from my mother's belly.
Be not far from me;
for trouble is near;
for there is none to help.
Many bulls have compassed me:
strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.
They gaped on me with their mouths,
as a ravening and a roaring lion.
I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint:
my heart is like wax;
it is melted in the middle of my bowels.
My strength is dried up like a potsherd;
and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
and you have brought me into the dust of death.
For dogs have compassed me:
the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me:
they pierced my hands and my feet.

I may tell all my bones:
they look and stare on me.
They part my garments among them,
and cast lots on my clothing.

But be not you far from me, O LORD:
O my strength, haste you to help me.

Deliver my soul from the sword;
my darling from the power of the dog.
Save me from the lion's mouth:
for you have heard me from the horns of the unicorns.
I will declare your name to my brothers:
in the middle of the congregation will I praise you.

You that fear the LORD, praise him;
all you the seed of Jacob, glorify him;
and fear him, all you the seed of Israel.

For he has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted;
neither has he hid his face from him;
but when he cried to him, he heard.

My praise shall be of you in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.

The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.

All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before you.

For the kingdom is the LORD's: and he is the governor among the nations.
All they that be fat on earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.
A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.
They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness to a people that shall be born, that he has done this."

And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves:
For I say to you,
I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
And he took bread, and gave thanks,
and broke it,
and gave to them, saying,
"This is my body which is given for you:
this do in remembrance of me.
Likewise also the cup after supper,saying,
This cup is the new testament in my blood,
which is shed for you.
But, behold, the hand of him that betrays me is with me on the table.
And truly the Son of man goes, as it was determined:
but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!"
And they began to inquire among themselves,
which of them it was that should do this thing.

And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.And he said to them,
"The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them;
and they that exercise authority on them are called benefactors.
But you shall not be so:
but he that is greatest among you,
let him be as the younger;
and he that is chief,
as he that does serve.
For whether is greater,
he that sits at meat,
or he that serves?
is not he that sits at meat?
but I am among you as he that serves."

"And they bring him to the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull.And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not"

" Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar,And saying, If you be the king of the Jews, save yourself.And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS"

"And when the sixth hour was come,
there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.
And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?
which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calls Elias.And one ran and filled a sponge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone;
let us see whether Elias will come to take him down.
And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.And the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom.And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God."

"If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
These things have I spoken unto you,
that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
This is my commandment,
That ye love one another,
as I have loved you.
Greater love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
Henceforth I call you not servants;
for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth:
but I have called you friends;
for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
Ye have not chosen me,
but I have chosen you,
and ordained you,
that ye should go and bring forth fruit,
and that your fruit should remain:
that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
These things I command you, that ye love one another.
If the world hate you,
ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
If ye were of the world,
the world would love his own:
but because ye are not of the world,
but I have chosen you out of the world,
therefore the world hateth you.
Remember the word that I said unto you,
The servant is not greater than his lord.
If they have persecuted me,
they will also persecute you;
if they have kept my saying,
they will keep yours also"

"Surely he hath borne our griefs,
and carried our sorrows:
yet we did esteem him stricken,
smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions,
he was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace was upon him;
and with his stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned every one to his own way;
and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth:
he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

He was taken from prison and from judgment:
and who shall declare his generation?
for he was cut off out of the land of the living:
for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
And he made his grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death;
because he had done no violence,
neither was any deceit in his mouth.
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him;
he hath put him to grief:
when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin,
he shall see his seed,
he shall prolong his days,
and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
He shall see of the travail of his soul,
and shall be satisfied:
by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many;
for he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
because he hath poured out his soul unto death:
and he was numbered with the transgressors;
and he bare the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors."

"he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen."

"and, behold, a door was opened in heaven:
and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up here, and I will show you things which must be hereafter.
And immediately I was in the spirit:
and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
And he that sat was to look on like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like to an emerald.
And round about the throne were four and twenty seats:
and on the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment;
and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

And out of the throne proceeded lightning and thunder and voices:
and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne,
which are the seven Spirits of God.
And before the throne there was a sea of glass like to crystal:
and in the middle of the throne,
and round about the throne,
were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
And the first beast was like a lion,
and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man,
and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him;
and they were full of eyes within:
and they rest not day and night, saying,
"Holy, holy, holy,is The LORD God Almighty,
which was, and is ,and is to come."
And when those beasts give glory and honor and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who lives for ever and ever,
The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne,
and worship him that lives for ever and ever,
and cast their crowns before the throne,
"You are worthy,
O Lord,
to receive glory and honor and power:
for you have created all things,
and for your pleasure they are and were created."

"And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside,
sealed with seven seals.
And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice,
Who is worthy to open the book,
and to loose the seals thereof?
And no man in heaven,
nor in earth,
neither under the earth,
was able to open the book,
neither to look thereon.
And I wept much,
because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book,
neither to look thereon.
And one of the elders said to me,
Weep not: behold,the Lion of the tribe of Juda,
the Root of David,
has prevailed to open the book,
and to loose the seven seals thereof.
And I beheld, and, see, in the middle of the throne and of the four beasts,
and in the middle of the elders,
stood a Lamb as it had been slain,
having seven horns and seven eyes,
which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat on the throne. And when he had taken the book,
the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb,
having every one of them harps,
and golden vials full of odors,
which are the prayers of saints.
And they sung a new song, saying,
"You are worthy to take the book,
and to open the seals thereof:
for you were slain,
and have redeemed us to God by your blood out of every kindred,
and tongue,
and people,
and nation;
And have made us to our God kings and priests:
and we shall reign on the earth.
And I beheld,
and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders:
and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
Saying with a loud voice,
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power,
and riches,
and wisdom,
and strength,
and honor,
and glory,
and blessing.
And every creature which is in heaven,
and on the earth,
and under the earth,
and such as are in the sea,
and all that are in them,
heard I saying,
and honor,
and glory,
and power,
be to him that sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb for ever and ever.
And the four beasts said,
And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that lives for ever and ever."

"And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen;
"And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God,
all you his servants,
and you that fear him, both small and great.
And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunder, saying,
"Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigns.
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come,and his wife has made herself ready.
And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen,
clean and white:
for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
And he said to me, Write, Blessed are they which are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb.

And there came to me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come here, I will show you the bride, the Lamb's wife.

And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain,
and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
Having the glory of God:
and her light was like to a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
And had a wall great and high,
and had twelve gates,
and at the gates twelve angels,
and names written thereon,
which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
And the city had no need of the sun,
neither of the moon,
to shine in it:
for the glory of God did lighten it,
and the Lamb is the light thereof.
And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it:
and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it.
And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day:
for there shall be no night there.
And they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.
And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defiles,
neither whatever works abomination,
or makes a lie:
but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.

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