Bible verses about "womanizer" | Moffatt

Philippians 4:8

8 Finally, brothers, keep in mind whatever is true, whatever is worthy, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is attractive, whatever is high-toned, all excellence, all merit.

Ephesians 5:1-33

1 Copy God, then, as his beloved children, 2 and lead lives of love, just as Christ loved you and gave himself up for you to be a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. 3 Never let any sexual vice or impurity or lust be so much as mentioned by you — that is the proper course for saints to take; 4 no, nor indecent, silly, or scurrilous talk — all that is improper. Rather, voice your thanks to God. 5 Be sure of this, that no one guilty of sexual vice or impurity or lust (that is, an idolater) possesses any inheritance in the realm of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with specious arguments; these are the vices that bring down God's anger on the sons of disobedience. 7 So avoid the company of such men. 8 For while once upon a time you were darkness, now in the Lord you are light; lead the life of those who are children of the light 9 (for the fruit of light consists in all that is good and right and true), 10 verifying what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless enterprises of the darkness; rather expose them. 12 One is indeed ashamed even to speak about what such men do in secret; 13 still, whatever the light exposes becomes illuminated — for anything that is illuminated turns into light. 14 Thus it is said, 'Wake up, O sleeper, and rise from the dead; so Christ will shine upon you.' 15 Be strictly careful then about the life you lead; act like sensible men, not like thoughtless; 16 make the very most of your time, for these are evil days. 17 So do not be senseless, but understand what is the Lord's will; 18 and do not get drunk with wine — that means profligacy — but be filled with the Spirit, 19 converse with one another in the music of psalms, in hymns, and in songs of the spiritual life, praise the Lord heartily with words and music, 20 and render thanks to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ at all times and for all things. 21 Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 Wives, be subject to your husbands as to the Lord, 23 for the husband is the head of the wife as Christ also (though he is the saviour of the Body) is the head of the church; 24 as the church is subject to Christ, so wives are to be subject to their husbands in every respect. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to consecrate her by cleansing her in the bath of baptism as she utters her confession, 27 in order to have the church as his very own, standing before him in all her glory, with never a spot or wrinkle or any such flaw, but consecrated and unblemished. 28 So ought husbands to love their wives — to love them as their own bodies (he who loves his wife loves himself). 29 For no one ever hates his flesh; no, he nourishes and cherishes it (just as Christ does the church 30 for we are members of his Body). 31 Therefore shall a man leave father and mother and cleave to his wife, and the pair shall be one flesh. 32 This is a profound symbol, I mean as regards Christ and the church. 33 However, let every man of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife reverence her husband.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

9 What! do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the Realm of God? Make no mistake about it; neither the immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor catamites nor sodomites 10 nor thieves nor the lustful nor the drunken nor the abusive nor robbers will inherit the Realm of God. 11 Some of you were once like that; but you washed yourselves clean, you were consecrated, you were justified in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

Matthew 5:28-19:2

28 But I tell you, any one who even looks with lust at a woman has committed adultery with her already in his heart. 29 If your right eye is a hindrance to you, pluck it out and throw it away: better for you to lose one of your members than to have all your body thrown into Gehenna. 30 And if your right hand is a hindrance to you, cut it off and throw it away: better for you to lose one of your members than to have all your body thrown into Gehenna. 31 It used to be said, Whoever divorces his wife must give her a divorce-certificate. 32 But I tell you, anyone who divorces his wife for any reason except unchastity makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. 33 Once again, you have heard how the men of old were told, 'You must not forswear yourself but discharge your vows to the Lord'. 34 But I tell you, you must not swear any oath, neither by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 nor by earth, for it is the footstool of his feet, nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King; 36 nor shall you swear by your head, for you cannot make a single hair white or black. 37 Let what you say be simply 'yes' or 'no'; whatever exceeds that springs from evil. 38 You have heard the saying, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. 39 But I tell you, you are not to resist an injury: whoever strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other to him as well; 40 whoever wants to sue you for your shirt, let him have your coat as well; 41 whoever forces you to go one mile, go two miles with him; 42 give to the man who begs from you, and turn not away from him who wants to borrow. 43 You have heard the saying, 'You must love your neighbour and hate your enemy.' 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven: he makes his sun rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. 46 For if you love only those who love you, what reward do you get for that? do not the very taxgatherers do as much? 47 and if you only salute your friends, what is special about that? do not the very pagans do as much? 48 You must be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Matthew 6:1-19:2

1 Take care not to practise your charity before men in order to be noticed; otherwise you get no reward from your Father in heaven. No, 2 When you give alms, make no flourish of trumpets like the hypocrites in the synagogues and the streets, so as to win applause from men; I tell you truly, they do get their reward. 3 When you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so as to keep your alms secret; then your Father who sees what is secret will reward you openly. 5 Also, when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, for they like to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street-corners, so as to be seen by men; I tell you truly, they do get their reward. 6 When you pray, go into your room and shut the door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is secret will reward you. 7 Do not pray by idle rote like pagans, for they suppose they will be heard the more they say; 8 you must not copy them; your Father knows your needs before you ask him. 9 Let this be how you pray: 'our Father in heaven, thy name be revered, 10 thy Reign begin, thy will be done on earth as in heaven! 11 give us to-day our bread for the morrow, 12 and forgive us our debts as we ourselves have forgiven our debtors, 13 and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.' 14 For if you forgive men their trespasses, then your heavenly Father will forgive you; 15 but if you do not forgive men, your Father will not forgive your trespasses either. 16 When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they look woebegone to let men see they are fasting; I tell you truly, they do get their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 so that your fast may be seen not by men but by your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is secret will reward you. 19 Store up no treasures for yourselves on earth, where moth and rust corrode, where thieves break in and steal: 20 store up treasures for yourselves in heaven, where neither moth nor rust corrode, where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure lies, your heart will lie there too. 22 The eye is the lamp of the body: so, if your Eye is generous, the whole of your body will be illumined, 23 but if your Eye is selfish, the whole of your body will be darkened. And if your very light turns dark, then — what a darkness it is! 24 No one can serve two masters: either he will hate one and love the other, or else he will stand by the one and despise the other — you cannot serve both God and Mammon. 25 Therefore I tell you, do not trouble about what you are to eat or drink in life, nor about what you are to put on your body; surely life means more than food, surely the body means more than clothes! 26 Look at the wild birds; they sow not, they reap not, they gather nothing in granaries, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth more than birds? 27 Which of you can add an ell to his height by troubling about it? 28 And why should you trouble over clothing? Look how the lilies of the field grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29 and yet, I tell you, even Solomon in all his grandeur was never robed like one of them. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field which blooms to-day and is thrown to-morrow into the furnace, will not he much more clothe you? O men, how little you trust him! 31 Do not be troubled, then, and cry, 'What are we to eat?' or 'what are we to drink?' or 'how are we to be clothed?' 32 (pagans make all that their aim in life) for your heavenly Father knows quite well you need all that. 33 Seek God's Realm and his goodness, and all that will be yours over and above. 34 So do not be troubled about to-morrow; to-morrow will take care of itself. The day's own trouble is quite enough for the day.

Matthew 7:1-19:2

1 Judge not, that you may not be judged yourselves; 2 for as you judge so you will be judged, and the measure you deal out to others will be dealt out to yourselves. 3 Why do you note the splinter in your brother's eye and fail to see the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take out the splinter from your eye,' when there lies the plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite! take the plank out of your own eye first, and then you will see properly how to take the splinter out of your brother's eye. 6 Do not give dogs what is sacred and do not throw pearls before swine, in case they trample them under foot and turn to gore you. 7 Ask and the gift will be yours, seek and you will find, knock and the door will open to you; 8 for every one who asks receives, the seeker finds, the door is opened to anyone who knocks. 9 Why, which of you, when asked by his son for a loaf, will hand him a stone? 10 Or, if he asks a fish, will you hand him a serpent? 11 Well, if for all your evil you know to give your children what is good, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him? 12 Well then, whatever you would like men to do to you, do just the same to them; that is the meaning of the Law and the prophets. 13 Enter by the narrow gate: for [the gate] is broad and the road is wide that leads to destruction, and many enter that way. 14 But the road that leads to life is both narrow and close, and there are few who find it. 15 Beware of false prophets; they come to you with the garb of sheep but at heart they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruit; do men gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles? No, 17 every good tree bears sound fruit, but a rotten tree bears bad fruit; 18 a good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a rotten tree cannot bear sound fruit. 19 [Relocated to follow vs 20] Any tree that does not produce sound fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 So you will know them by their fruit. 21 It is not everyone who says to me 'Lord, Lord!', who will get into the Realm of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to me at that Day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? did we not cast out daemons in your name? did we not perform many miracles in your name?' 23 Then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from my presence, you workers of iniquity.' 24 Now, everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts upon them will be like a sensible man who built his house on rock. 25 The rain came down, the floods rose, the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, for it was founded on rock. 26 And everyone who listens to these words of mine and does not act upon them will be like a stupid man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the floods rose, the winds blew and beat upon that house, and down it fell — with a mighty crash." 28 When Jesus finished his speech, the crowds were astounded at his teaching; 29 for he taught them like an authority, not like their own scribes.

Matthew 8:1-19:2

1 When he came down from the hill, he was followed by large crowds. 2 A leper came up and knelt before him, saying, "If you only choose, sir, you can cleanse me"; 3 so he stretched his hand out and touched him, with the words, "I do choose, be cleansed." And his leprosy was cleansed at once. 4 Then Jesus told him, "See, you are not to say a word to anybody; away and show yourself to the priest and offer the gift prescribed by Moses, to notify men." 5 When he entered Capharnahum an army-captain came up to him and appealed to him, 6 saying, "Sir, my servant is lying ill at home with paralysis, in terrible agony." 7 He replied, "I will come and heal him." 8 The captain answered, "Sir, I am not fit to have you under my roof; only say the word, and my servant will be cured. 9 For though I am a man under authority myself, I have soldiers under me; I tell one man to go, and he goes, I tell another to come, and he comes, I tell my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." 10 When Jesus heard that, he marvelled; "I tell you truly," he said to his followers, "I have never met faith like this anywhere in Israel. 11 Many, I tell you, will come from east and west and take their places beside Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the Realm of heaven, 12 while the sons of the Realm will pass outside, into the darkness; there men will wail and gnash their teeth." 13 Then Jesus said to the captain, "Go; as you have had faith, your prayer is granted." And the servant was cured at that very hour. 14 On entering the house of Peter, Jesus noticed his mother-in-law was down with fever, 15 so he touched her hand; the fever left her and she rose and ministered to him. 16 Now when evening came they brought him many demoniacs, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all the invalids — 17 that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled, He took away our sicknesses and he removed our diseases. 18 When Jesus saw crowds round him he gave orders for crossing to the other side. 19 A scribe came up and said to him, "Teacher, I will follow you anywhere"; 20 Jesus said to him, "The foxes have their holes, the wild birds have their nests, but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head." 21 Another of the disciples said to him, "Lord, let me go and bury my father first of all"; 22 Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead." 23 Then he embarked in the boat, followed by his disciples. 24 Now a heavy storm came on at sea, so that the boat was buried under the waves. He was sleeping. 25 So the disciples went and woke him up, saying, "Help, Lord, we are drowning!" 26 He said to them, "Why are you afraid? How little you trust God!" Then he got up and checked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 Men marvelled at this; they said, "What sort of man is this? the very winds and sea obey him!" 28 When he reached the opposite side, the country of the Gadarenes, he was met by two demoniacs who ran out of the tombs; they were so violent that nobody could pass along the road there. 29 They shrieked, "Son of God, what business have you with us? Have you come here to torture us before it is time?" 30 Now, some distance away, there was a large drove of swine grazing; 31 so the daemons begged him saying, "If you are going to cast us out, send us into that drove of swine." 32 He said to them, "Begone!" So out they came and went to the swine, and the entire drove rushed down the steep slope into the sea and perished in the water. 33 The herdsmen fled; they went off to the town and reported the whole affair of the demoniacs. 34 Then all the town came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him they begged him to move out of their district.

Matthew 9:1-19:2

1 So he embarked in the boat and crossed over to his own town. 2 There a paralytic was brought to him, lying on a pallet; and when Jesus saw the faith of the bearers he said to the paralytic, "Courage, my son! your sins are forgiven." 3 Some scribes said to themselves, "The man is talking blasphemy!" 4 Jesus saw what they were thinking and said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5 Which is the easier thing, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise and walk'? 6 But to let you see the Son of man has power on earth to forgive sins" — he then said to the paralytic, "Get up, lift your pallet, and go home." 7 And he got up and went home. 8 The crowds who saw it were awed and glorified God for giving such power to men. 9 As Jesus passed along from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax-office; he said to him, "Follow me"; and he rose and followed him. 10 Jesus was at table indoors, and many taxgatherers and sinners had come to be guests with him and his disciples. 11 So when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with taxgatherers and sinners?" 12 When Jesus heard it he said, "Those who are strong have no need of a doctor, but those who are ill. 13 Go and learn the meaning of this word, I care for mercy not for sacrifice. For I have not come to call just men but sinners." 14 Then the disciples of John came up to him and said, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast a great deal, and your disciples do not fast?" 15 Jesus said to them, "Can friends at a wedding mourn so long as the bride groom is beside them? A time will come when the bridegroom is taken from them, and then they will fast. 16 No one sews a piece of undressed cloth on an old coat, for the patch breaks away from it, and the tear is made worse: 17 nor do men pour fresh wine into old wineskins, otherwise the wineskins burst, and the wine is spilt, the wineskins are ruined. They put fresh wine into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved." 18 As he said this, an official came in and knelt before him, saying, "My daughter is just dead; do come and lay your hand on her, and she will live." 19 So Jesus rose and went after him, accompanied by his disciples. 20 Now a woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind him and touched the tassel of his robe; 21 what she said to herself was this, "If I can only touch his robe, I will recover." 22 Then Jesus turned round, and when he saw her he said, "Courage, my daughter, your faith has made you well." And the woman was well from that hour. 23 Now when Jesus reached the official's house and saw the flute-players and the din the crowd were making, 24 he said, "Be off with you; the girl is not dead but asleep." They laughed at him. 25 But after the crowd had been put out, he went in and took her hand, and the girl rose up. 26 The report of this went all over that country. 27 As Jesus passed along from there, he was followed by two blind men who shrieked, "Son of David, have pity on us!" 28 When he went indoors the blind men came up to him, and Jesus asked them, "Do you believe I can do this?" They said, "Yes, sir." 29 Then he touched their eyes and said, "As you believe, so your prayer is granted," 30 and their eyes were opened. Jesus sternly charged them, "See, nobody is to know of this." 31 But they went out and spread the news of him all over that country. 32 As they went out, a dumb man was brought to him, who was possessed by a daemon, 33 and when the daemon had been cast out, the dumb man spoke. Then the crowd marvelled; they said, "Such a thing has never been seen in Israel!" 34 [vs omitted but shown in footnote] But the Pharisees said, "He casts out daemons by the prince of daemons." 35 Then Jesus made a tour through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the Reign, and healing every disease and complaint. 36 As he saw the crowds he was moved with pity for them; they were harassed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is rich, but the labourers are few; 38 so pray the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to gather his harvest."

Matthew 10:1-19:2

1 And summoning his twelve disciples he gave them power over unclean spirits, power to cast them out and also to heal every disease and every ailment. 2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, James the son of Zebedaeus and John his brother, 3 Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the taxgatherer, James the son of Alphaeus and Lebbaeus whose surname is Thaddaeus, 4 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him. 5 These twelve men Jesus despatched with the following instructions, "Do not go among the Gentiles, and do not enter a Samaritan town, 6 rather make your way to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And preach as you go, tell men, 'The Reign of heaven is near.' 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out daemons; give without paying, as you have got without paying; 9 you are not to take gold or silver or coppers in your girdle, 10 nor a wallet for the road, nor two shirts, nor sandals, nor stick — the workman deserves his rations. 11 Whatever town or village you go into, find out a deserving inhabitant and stay with him till you leave. 12 When you enter the house, salute it; 13 if the household is deserving, let your peace rest on it; but if the household is undeserving, let your peace return to you. 14 Whoever will not receive you or listen to your message, leave that house or town and shake off the very dust from your feet. 15 I tell you truly, on the day of judgment it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorra than for that town. 16 I am sending you out like sheep among wolves; so be wise like serpents and guileless like doves. 17 Beware of men, they will hand you over to sanhedrins and scourge you in their synagogues, 18 and you will be haled before governors and kings for my sake — it will be a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. 19 Now, when they bring you up for trial, do not trouble yourselves about how to speak or what to say; what you are to say will come to you at the moment, 20 for you are not the speakers, it is the Spirit of your Father that is speaking through you. 21 Brother will betray brother to death, the father will betray his child, children will rise against their parents and put them to death, 22 and you will be hated by all men on account of my name; but he will be saved who holds out to the very end. 23 When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next; truly I tell you, you will not have covered the towns of Israel before the Son of man arrives. 24 A scholar is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his lord; 25 enough for the scholar to fare like his teacher, and the servant like his lord. If men have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they miscall his servants! 26 Fear them not: — nothing is veiled that shall not be revealed, or hidden that shall not be known; 27 what I tell you in the dark, you must utter in the open, what you hear in a whisper you must proclaim on the housetop. 28 Have no fear of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul: rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground unless your Father wills it. 30 The very hairs on your head are all numbered; 31 fear not, then, you are worth far more than sparrows! 32 Everyone who will acknowledge me before men, I will acknowledge him before my Father in heaven; 33 and whoever will disown me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven. 34 Do not imagine I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 36 yes, a man's own household will be his enemies. 37 He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me: 38 he who will not take his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. 39 He who has found his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it. 40 He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives Him who sent me. 41 He who receives a prophet because he is a prophet, will receive a prophet's reward; he who receives a good man because he is good, will receive a good man's reward. 42 And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, I tell you, he shall not lose his reward."

Matthew 11:1-19:2

1 After finishing these instructions to his twelve disciples, Jesus removed from there to teach and preach among their towns. 2 Now when John heard in prison what the Christ was doing, he sent his disciples 3 to ask him, "Are you the Coming One? Or are we to look out for someone else?" 4 Jesus answered them, "Go and report to John what you hear and see: 5 the blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, and the dead are raised. 6 And blessed is he who is repelled by nothing in me!" 7 As the disciples of John went away, Jesus proceeded to speak to the crowds about John: "What did you go out to the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind? 8 Come, what did you go out to see? A man arrayed in soft raiment? The wearers of soft raiment are in royal palaces. 9 Come, why did you go out? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and far more than a prophet. 10 This is he of whom it is written, Here I send my messenger before your face to prepare the way for you. 11 I tell you truly, no one has arisen among the sons of women who is greater than John the Baptist, and yet the least in the Realm of heaven is greater than he is. 12 From the days of John the Baptist till now the Realm of heaven suffers violence, and the violent press into it. 13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied of it until John: — 14 if you care to believe it, he is the Elijah who is to come. 15 He who has an ear, let him listen to this. 16 But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplace, who call to their playmates, 17 'We piped to you and you would not dance, we lamented and you would not beat your breasts.' 18 For John has come neither eating nor drinking, and men say, 'He has a devil'; 19 the Son of man has come eating and drinking, and men say, 'Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of taxgatherers and sinners!' Nevertheless, Wisdom is vindicated by all that she does." 20 Then he proceeded to upbraid the towns where his many miracles had been performed, because they would not repent. 21 "Woe to you, Khorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! Had the miracles performed in you been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 I tell you this, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. 23 And you, O Capharnahum! Exalted to heaven? No, you will sink to Hades! — for if the miracles performed in you had been performed in Sodom, Sodom would have lasted to this day. 24 I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you." 25 At that time Jesus spoke and said, "I praise thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for hiding all this from the wise and learned and revealing it to the simpleminded; 26 yes, Father, I praise thee that such was thy chosen purpose. 27 All has been handed over to me by my Father: and no one knows the Son except the Father — nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and he to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28 Come to me, all who are labouring and burdened, and I will refresh you. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find your souls refreshed; 30 my yoke is kindly and my burden light."

Matthew 12:1-19:2

1 At that time Jesus walked one sabbath through the cornfields, and as his disciples were hungry they started to pull some ears of corn and eat them. 2 When the Pharisees noticed it, they said to him, "Look at your disciples, they are doing what is not allowed on the sabbath." 3 He replied, "Have you not read what David did when he and his men were hungry, 4 how he went into the house of God, and there they ate the loaves of the Presence which neither he nor his men were allowed to eat, but only the priests? 5 Have you not read in the Law that the priests in the temple are not guilty when they desecrate the sabbath? 6 I tell you, One is here who is greater than the temple. 7 Besides, if you had known what this meant, I care for mercy not for sacrifice, you would not have condemned men who are not guilty. 8 For the Son of man is Lord of the sabbath." 9 Then he moved on from there and went into their synagogue. 10 Now a man with a withered hand was there; so in order to get a charge against him they asked him, "Is it right to heal on the sabbath?" 11 He said to them, "Is there a man of you with one sheep, who will not catch hold of it and lift it out of a pit on the sabbath, if it falls in? 12 And how much more is a man worth than a sheep? Thus it is right to do a kindness on the sabbath." 13 Then he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and it was quite restored, as sound as the other. 14 So the Pharisees withdrew and plotted against him, to destroy him; 15 but as Jesus knew of it he retired from the spot. Many followed him, and he healed them all, 16 charging them strictly not to make him known — 17 it was for the fulfilment of what had been said by the prophet Isaiah, 18 Here is my servant whom I have selected, my Beloved in whom my soul delights; I will invest him with my Spirit, and he will proclaim religion to the Gentiles. 19 He will not wrangle or shout, no one will hear his voice in the streets. 20 He will not break the bruised reed, he will not put out the smouldering flax, till he carries religion to victory: 21 and the Gentiles will hope in his name. 22 Then a blind and dumb demoniac was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the dumb man spoke and saw. 23 And all the crowds were amazed; they said, "Can this be the Son of David?" 24 But when the Pharisees heard of it they said, "This fellow only casts out daemons by Beelzebul the prince of daemons." 25 As Jesus knew what they were thinking, he said to them, "Any realm divided against itself comes to ruin, any city or house divided against itself will never stand; 26 and if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then can his realm stand? 27 Besides, if I cast out daemons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Thus they will be your judges. 28 But if I cast out daemons by the Spirit of God, then the Reign of God has reached you already. 29 Why, how can anyone enter the strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first of all binds the strong man? Then he can plunder his house. 30 He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters. 31 I tell you therefore, men will be forgiven any sin and blasphemy, but they will not be forgiven for blaspheming the Spirit. 32 Whoever says a word against the Son of man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the holy Spirit will never be forgiven, neither in this world nor in the world to come. 33 Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree rotten and its fruit rotten; for the tree is known by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you speak good when you are evil? For the mouth utters what the heart is full of. 35 The good man brings good out of his good store, and the evil man brings evil out of his store of evil. 36 I tell you, men will have to account on the day of judgment for every light word they utter; 37 for by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned." 38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, "Teacher, we would like to have some Sign from you." 39 He replied to them, "It is an evil and disloyal generation that craves a Sign, but no Sign will be given to it except the Sign of the prophet Jonah; 40 for as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so the Son of man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Ninive will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for when Jonah preached they did repent, and here is One greater than Jonah. 42 The queen of the South will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and here is One greater than Solomon. 43 When an unclean spirit leaves a man, it roams through dry places in search of refreshment and finds none. 44 Then it says, 'I will go back to the house I left,' and when it comes it finds the house vacant, clean, and all in order. 45 Then it goes off to fetch seven other spirits worse than itself; they go in and dwell there, and the last state of that man is worse than the first. This is how it will be with the present evil generation." 46 He was still speaking to the crowds when his mother and brothers came and stood outside; they wanted to speak to him. 47 — - 48 But he replied to the man who told him this, "Who is my mother? and who are my brothers?" 49 Stretching out his hand towards his disciples he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! 50 Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven, that is my brother and sister and mother."

Matthew 13:1-19:2

1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and seated himself by the seaside; 2 but, as great crowds gathered to him, he entered a boat and sat down, while all the crowd stood on the beach. 3 He spoke at some length to them in parables, saying: "A sower went out to sow, 4 and as he sowed some seeds fell on the road and the birds came and ate them up. 5 Some other seeds fell on stony soil where they had not much earth, and shot up at once because they had no depth of soil; 6 but when the sun rose they got scorched and withered away because they had no root. 7 Some other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. 8 Some other seeds fell on good soil and bore a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirtyfold. 9 He who has an ear, let him listen to this." 10 Then the disciples came up and said to him, "Why do you speak in parables?" 11 He replied, "Because it is granted you to understand the open secrets of the Realm of heaven, but it is not granted to these people. 12 For he who has, to him shall more be given and richly given, but whoever has not, from him shall be taken even what he has. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables, because for all their seeing they do not see and for all their hearing they do not hear or understand. 14 In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled: You will hear and hear but never understand, you will see and see but never perceive. 15 For the heart of this people is obtuse, their ears are heavy of hearing, their eyes they have closed, lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they understand with their heart and turn again, and I cure them. 16 But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears, for they hear! 17 I tell you truly, many prophets and good men have longed to see what you see, but they have not seen it; and to hear what you hear, but they have not heard it. 18 Now, listen to the parable of the sower. 19 When anyone hears the word of the Realm and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart; that is the man who is sown 'on the road.' 20 As for him who is sown 'on stony soil,' that is the man who hears the word and accepts it at once with enthusiasm; 21 he has no root in himself, he does not last, but when the word brings trouble or persecution he is at once repelled. 22 As for him who is sown 'among thorns,' that is the man who listens to the word, but the worry of the world and the delight of being rich choke the word; so it proves unfruitful. 23 As for him who is sown 'on good soil,' that is the man who hears the word and understands it; he bears fruit, producing now a hundredfold, now sixty, and now thirtyfold." 24 He put another parable before them. "The Realm of heaven," he said, "is like a man who sowed good seed in his field, 25 but while men slept his enemy came and resowed weeds among the wheat and then went away. 26 When the blade sprouted and formed the kernel, then the weeds appeared as well. 27 So the servants of the owner went to him and said, 'Did you not sow good seed in your field, sir? How then does it contain weeds?' 28 He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, 'Then would you like us to go and gather them?' 29 'No,' he said, 'for you might root up the wheat when you were gathering the weeds. 30 Let them both grow side by side till harvest; and at harvest-time I will tell the reapers to gather the weeds first and tie them in bundles to be burnt, but to collect the wheat in my granary.'" 31 He put another parable before them. "The Realm of heaven," he said, "is like a grain of mustard-seed which a man takes and sows in his field. 32 It is less than any seed on earth, but when it grows up it is larger than any plant, it becomes a tree, so large that the wild birds come and roost in its branches." 33 He told them another parable. "The Realm of heaven," he said, "is like dough which a woman took and buried in three pecks of flour, till all of it was leavened." 34 Jesus said all this to the crowds in parables; he never spoke to them except in a parable — 35 to fulfil what had been said by the prophet, I will open my mouth in parables, I will speak out what has been hidden since the foundation of the world. 36 Then he left the crowds and went indoors. And his disciples came up to him saying, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field." 37 So he replied, "He who sows the good seed is the Son of man; 38 the field is the world; the good seed means the sons of the Realm; the weeds are the sons of the evil one; 39 the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world, and the reapers are angels. 40 Well then, just as the weeds are gathered and burnt in the fire, so will it be at the end of the world; 41 the Son of man will despatch his angels, and they will gather out of his Realm all who are hindrances and who practise iniquity, 42 and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will wail and gnash their teeth. 43 Then the just will shine like the sun in the Realm of their Father. He who has an ear, let him listen to this. 44 The Realm of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field; the man who finds it hides it and in his delight goes and sells all he possesses and buys that field. 45 Again, the Realm of heaven is like a trader in search of fine pearls; 46 when he finds a single pearl of high price, he is off to sell all he possesses and buy it. 47 Again, the Realm of heaven is like a net which was thrown into the sea and collected fish of every sort. 48 When it was full, they dragged it to the beach and sitting down they gathered the good fish into vessels but flung away the bad. 49 So will it be at the end of the world. The angels will go out and separate the evil from among the just 50 and fling them into the furnace of fire; there men will wail and gnash their teeth. 51 Have you understood all this?" They said to him, "Yes." 52 So he said to them, "Well then, every scribe who has become a disciple of the Realm of heaven is like a householder who produces what is new and what is old from his stores." 53 Now when Jesus had finished these parables he set out from there, 54 and went to his native place, where he taught the people in the synagogue till they were astounded. They said, "Where did he get this wisdom and these miraculous powers? 55 Is this not the son of the joiner? Is not his mother called Mary, and his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 56 Are not his sisters settled here among us? Then where has he got all this?" 57 So they were repelled by him. But Jesus said to them, "A prophet never goes without honour except in his native place and in his home." 58 There he could not do many miracles owing to their lack of faith.

Matthew 14:1-19:2

1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus. 2 And he said to his servants, "This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead. That is why miraculous powers are working through him." 3 For Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison on account of Herodias the wife of his brother Philip, 4 since John had told him, "You have no right to her." 5 He was anxious to kill him but he was afraid of the people, for they held John to be a prophet. 6 However, on Herod's birthday, the daughter of Herodias danced in public to the delight of Herod; 7 whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatever she wanted. 8 And she, at the instigation of her mother, said, "Give me John the Baptist's head this moment on a dish." 9 The king was sorry, but for the sake of his oath and his guests he ordered it to be given her; 10 he sent and had John beheaded in the prison, 11 his head was brought on a dish and given to the girl, and she took it to her mother. 12 His disciples came and removed the corpse and buried him; then they went and reported it to Jesus. 13 When Jesus heard it he withdrew by boat to a desert place in private; but the crowds heard of it and followed him on foot from the towns. 14 So when he disembarked he saw a large crowd, and out of pity for them he healed their sick folk. 15 When evening fell, the disciples came up to him and said, "It is a desert place and the day is now gone; send off the crowds to buy food for themselves in the villages." 16 Jesus said to them, "They do not need to go away; give them some food yourselves." 17 They said, "We have only five loaves with us and two fish." 18 He said, "Bring them here to me." 19 Then he ordered the crowds to recline on the grass, and after taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, blessed them, and after breaking the loaves handed them to the disciples, and the disciples handed them to the crowds. 20 They all ate and had enough; besides, they picked up the fragments left over and filled twelve baskets with them. 21 The men who ate numbered about five thousand, apart from the women and children. 22 Then he made the disciples embark in the boat and cross before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds; 23 after he had dismissed the crowds he went up the hill by himself to pray. When evening came he was there alone, 24 but the boat was now in the middle of the sea, buffeted by the waves (for the wind was against them). 25 In the fourth watch of the night he went to them, walking on the sea, 26 but when the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified; "It is a ghost," they said and shrieked for fear. 27 Then Jesus spoke to them at once; "Courage," he said, "it is I, have no fear." 28 Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is really you, order me to come to you on the water." 29 He said, "Come." Then Peter got out of the boat and walked over the water on his way to Jesus; 30 but when he saw the strength of the wind he was afraid and began to sink. "Lord," he shouted, "save me." 31 Jesus at once stretched his hand out and caught him, saying, "How little you trust me! Why did you doubt?" 32 When they got into the boat the wind dropped, 33 and the men in the boat worshipped him, saying, "You are certainly God's Son." 34 On crossing over they came to land at Gennesaret. 35 The men of that place recognized him and sent all over the surrounding country, bringing him all who were ill 36 and begging him to let them touch the mere tassel of his robe — and all who touched it got perfectly well.

Matthew 15:1-19:2

1 Then Pharisees and scribes from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, 2 "Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? They do not wash their hands when they take their food." 3 He replied, "And why do you transgress the command of God with your traditions? 4 God enjoined, Honour your father and mother, and, He who curses his father or mother is to suffer death. 5 But you say, whoever tells his father or mother, 'This money might have been at your service but it is dedicated to God,' 6 need not honour his father or mother. So you have repealed the law of God to suit your own tradition. 7 You hypocrites! Isaiah made a grand prophecy about you when he said, 8 This people honours me with their lips, but their heart is far away from me: 9 vain is their worship of me, for the doctrines they teach are but human precepts." 10 Then he called the crowd and said to them, "Listen, understand this: 11 it is not what enters a man's mouth that defiles him, what defiles a man is what comes out of his mouth." 12 Then the disciples came up and said to him, "Do you know that the Pharisees have taken offence at what they hear you say?" 13 He replied, "Any plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. 14 Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind, and if one blind man leads another, both of them will fall into a pit." 15 Peter answered, "Explain this parable to us at anyrate." 16 He said, "And are you totally ignorant? 17 Do you not see how all that enters the mouth passes into the belly and is then thrown out into the drain, 18 while what comes out of the mouth comes from the heart — and that is what defiles a man. 19 For out of the heart come evil designs, murder, adultery, sexual vice, stealing, false witness, and slander. 20 That is what defiles a man; a man is not defiled by eating with hands unwashed!" 21 Going away from there Jesus withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And a woman of Canaan came out of these parts and wailed, "Have pity on me, Lord, O Son of David! My daughter is cruelly possessed by a daemon." 23 But he made no answer to her. Then his disciples came up and pressed him, saying, "Send her away, she is wailing behind us." 24 He replied, "It was only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel that I was sent." 25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, do help me." 26 He replied, "It is not fair to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs." 27 "No, sir," she said, "but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master's table." 28 At that Jesus replied, "O woman, you have great faith; your prayer is granted as you wish." And from that hour her daughter was cured. 29 Then Jesus removed from that country and went along the sea of Galilee; he went up the hillside and sat there. 30 And large crowds came to him bringing the lame, and the blind, the dumb, the maimed, and many others; they laid them at his feet, and he healed them. 31 This made the crowd wonder, to see dumb people speaking, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. 32 Then Jesus called his disciples and said, "I am sorry for the crowd; they have been three days with me now, and they have nothing to eat. I will not send them away starving, in case they faint on the road." 33 The disciples said to him, "Where are we to get loaves enough in a desert to satisfy such a crowd?" 34 Jesus said to them, "How many loaves have you got?" They said, "Seven, and some little fish." 35 So he ordered the crowd to recline on the ground. 36 He took the seven loaves and the fish and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples to the crowds. 37 So the people all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the fragments left over and filled seven large baskets with them. 38 The men who ate numbered four thousand, apart from the children and the women. 39 Then he sent the crowd away, got into the boat and went to the territory of Magadan.

Matthew 16:1-19:2

1 Now the Pharisees and Sadducees came up and, in order to tempt him, asked him to show them a Sign from heaven. 2 He replied, 3 — - 4 "It is an evil and disloyal generation that craves a Sign, and no Sign shall be given to it except the Sign of Jonah." Then he left them and went away. 5 When the disciples reached the opposite side, they found they had forgotten to bring any bread. 6 Jesus said to them, "See and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees." 7 They argued among themselves, "But we have not brought any bread!" 8 When Jesus noted this he said, "How little trust you have in me! Why all this talk, because you have brought no bread? 9 Do you not understand even yet? Do you not remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets you took up? 10 And the seven loaves of the four thousand and how many large baskets you took up? 11 Why do you not see that I was not speaking to you about bread? No, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees." 12 Then they realized that what he told them to beware of was not leaven but the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. 13 Now when Jesus came to the district of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, "Who do people say the Son of man is?" 14 They told him, "Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." 15 He said to them, "And who do you say I am?" 16 So Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." 17 Jesus answered him, "You are a blessed man, Simon Bar-jona, for it was my Father in heaven, not flesh and blood, that revealed this to you. 18 Now I tell you, Peter is your name and on this rock I will build my church; the powers of Hades shall not succeed against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the Realm of heaven; whatever you prohibit on earth will be prohibited in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven." 20 Then he forbade the disciples to tell anyone he was the Christ. 21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he had to leave for Jerusalem and endure great suffering at the hands of the elders and high priests and scribes, and be killed and raised on the third day. 22 Peter took him and began to reprove him for it; "God forbid, Lord," he said, "This must not be." 23 But he turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, you Satan! You are a hindrance to me! Your outlook is not God's but man's." 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me; 25 for whoever wants to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 What profit will it be if a man gains the whole world and forfeits his own soul? What will a man offer as an equivalent for his soul? 27 For the Son of man is coming in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will reward everyone for what he has done. 28 I tell you truly, there are some of those standing here who will not taste death till they see the Son of man coming himself to reign."

Matthew 17:1-19:2

1 Six days afterwards Jesus took Peter, James and his brother John, and led them up a high hill by themselves; 2 in their presence he was transfigured, his face shone like the sun, and his clothes turned white as light. 3 There appeared to them Moses and Elijah, who conversed with Jesus. 4 So Peter addressed Jesus and said, "Lord, it is a good thing we are here; pray let me put up three tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." 5 He was still speaking when a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, "This is my Son, the Beloved, in him is my delight: listen to him." 6 When the disciples heard the voice they fell on their faces in terror; 7 but Jesus came forward and touched them, saying, "Rise, have no fear." 8 And on raising their eyes they saw no one except Jesus all alone. 9 As they went down the hill Jesus ordered them, "Tell this vision to nobody until the Son of man is raised from the dead." 10 The disciples inquired of him, "Then why do the scribes say that Elijah has to come first?" 11 He replied, "Elijah to come and restore all things? 12 Nay, I tell you Elijah has already come, but they have not recognized him — they have worked their will on him. And the Son of man will suffer at their hands in the same way." 13 Then the disciples realized he was speaking to them about John the Baptist. 14 When they reached the crowd, a man came up and knelt to him. 15 "Ah, sir," he said, "have pity on my son; he is an epileptic and he suffers cruelly, he often falls into the fire and often into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him." 17 Jesus answered, "O faithless and perverse generation, how long must I still be with you? How long have I to bear with you? Bring him here to me." 18 So Jesus checked the daemon and it came out of him, and from that hour the boy was healed. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and said, "Why could we not cast it out?" 20 He said to them, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you truly, if you had faith the size of a grain of mustard-seed, you could say to this hill, 'Move from here to there,' and remove it would; nothing would be impossible for you." 21 — - 22 When his adherents mustered in Galilee Jesus told them, "The Son of man is to be betrayed into the hands of men; 23 they will kill him, but on the third day he will be raised." They were greatly distressed at this. 24 When they reached Capharnahum, the collectors of the temple-tax came and asked Peter, "Does your teacher not pay the temple-tax?" 25 He said, "Yes." But when he went indoors Jesus spoke first; "Tell me, Simon," he said, "from whom do earthly kings collect customs or taxes? Is it from their own people or from aliens?" 26 "From aliens," he said. Then Jesus said to him, "So their own people are exempt. 27 However, not to give any offence to them, go to the sea, throw a hook in, and take the first fish you bring up. Open its mouth and you will find a five-shilling piece; take that and give it to them for me and for yourself."

Matthew 18:1-19:2

1 At that hour the disciples came and asked Jesus, "Who is greatest in the Realm of heaven?" 2 So he called a child, set it among them, 3 and said, "I tell you truly, unless you turn and become like children, you will never get into the Realm of heaven at all. 4 Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the Realm of heaven; 5 and whoever receives a little child like this for my sake, receives me. 6 But whoever is a hindrance to one of these little ones who believe in me, better for him to have a great mill-stone hung round his neck and be sunk in the deep sea. 7 Woe to the world for hindrances! Hindrances have to come, but — woe to the man by whom the hindrance does come! 8 If your hand or your foot is a hindrance to you, cut it off and throw it away; better be maimed or crippled and get into Life, than keep both feet or hands and be thrown into the everlasting fire. 9 If your eye is a hindrance to you, tear it out and throw it away; better get into Life with one eye than keep your two eyes and be thrown into the fire of Gehenna. 10 See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you, their angels in heaven always look on the face of my Father in heaven. 11 — - 12 Tell me, if a man has a hundred sheep and one of them strays, will he not leave the ninety-nine sheep on the hills and go in search of the one that has strayed? 13 And if he happens to find it, I tell you he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. 14 So it is not the will of your Father in heaven that a single one of these little ones should be lost. 15 If your brother sins [against you], go and reprove him, as between you and him alone. If he listens to you, then you have won your brother over; 16 but if he will not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that every case may be decided on the evidence of two or of three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church; and if he refuses to listen to the church, treat him as a pagan or a taxgatherer. 18 I tell you truly, Whatever you prohibit on earth will be prohibited in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven. 19 I tell you another thing: if two of you agree on earth about anything you pray for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three have gathered in my name, I am there among them." 21 Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often is my brother to sin against me and be forgiven? Up to seven times?" 22 Jesus said to him, "Seven times? I say, seventy times seven! 23 That is why the Realm of heaven may be compared to a king who resolved to settle accounts with his servants. 24 When he began the settlement, a debtor was brought in who owed him three million pounds; 25 as he was unable to pay, his master ordered him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all he had, in payment of the sum. 26 So the servant fell down and prayed him, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you it all.' 27 And out of pity for that servant his master released him and discharged his debt. 28 But as that servant went away, he met one of his fellow-servants who owed him twenty pounds, and seizing him by the throat he said, 'Pay your debt!' 29 So his fellow-servant fell down and implored him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you.' 30 But he refused; he went and had him thrown into prison, till he should pay the debt. 31 Now when his fellow-servants saw what had happened they were greatly distressed, and they went and explained to their master all that had happened. 32 Then his master summoned him and said, 'You scoundrel of a servant! I discharged all that debt for you, because you implored me. 33 Ought you not to have had mercy on your fellow-servant, as I had on you?' 34 And in hot anger his master handed him over to the torturers, till he should pay him all the debt. 35 My heavenly Father will do the same to you unless you each forgive your brother from the heart."

Matthew 19:1-2

1 When Jesus finished saying this he moved from Galilee and went to the territory of Judaea that lies across the Jordan. 2 Large crowds followed him and he healed them there.

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