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Leviticus chapter 25

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The Lord spoke to Moses at Mount Sinai. He said,
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"Tell the Israelites: When you enter the land that I am giving to you, you must let the land have a special time of rest. This will be a special time of rest to honor the Lord.
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You will plant seed in your field for six years. You will trim your vineyards for six years and bring in its fruits.
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But during the seventh year, you will let the land rest. This will be a special time of rest to honor the Lord. You must not plant seed in your field or trim your vineyards.
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You must not cut the crops that grow by themselves after your harvest. You must not gather the grapes from your vines that are not trimmed. The land will have a year of rest.
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"The land will have a year of rest, but you will still have enough food. There will be enough food for your men and women servants. There will be food for your hired workers and for the foreigners living in your country.
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And there will be enough food for your cattle and other animals to eat.
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"You will also count seven groups of seven years. This will be 49 years. During that time there will be seven years of rest for the land.
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On the Day of Atonement, you must blow a ram's horn. That will be on the tenth day of the seventh month. You must blow the ram's horn through the whole country.
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You will make the 50 year a special year. You will announce freedom for everyone living in your country. This time will be called 'Jubilee.' Each of you will go back to your own property. And each of you will go back to your own family.
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The 50 year will be a special celebration for you. Don't plant seeds, or harvest the crops that grow by themselves, or gather grapes from the vines that are not trimmed.
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That year is Jubilee. It will be a holy time for you. You will eat the crops that come from the field.
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In the year of Jubilee, you will go back to your own property.
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"Don't cheat your neighbors when you sell your land to them. Don't cheat one another when you buy or sell land.
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If you want to buy your neighbor's land, count the number of years since the last Jubilee, and use that number to decide the right price. You are only buying the rights for harvesting crops {until the next Jubilee}.
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If there are many years {before the next Jubilee}, the price will be high. If the years are few, the price will be lower. So your neighbor is really only selling a number of crops to you. {At the next Jubilee the land will again belong to that family.} 17You must not cheat each other. You must honor your God. I am the Lord your God.
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"Remember my laws and rules. Obey them and you will live safely in your country.
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And the land will produce good crops for you. Then you will have plenty of food, and you will live safely on the land.
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"But maybe you will say, 'If we don't plant seeds or gather our crops, we will not have anything to eat during the seventh year.'
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I will order my blessing to come to you during the sixth year. The land will continue growing crops for three years.
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When you plant in the eighth year, you will still be eating from the old crop. You will eat the old crop until the ninth year, when the crop {you planted in the eighth year} comes in.
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"The land really belongs to me, so you cannot sell it permanently. You are only foreigners and travelers living on my land with me.
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People might sell their land, but the family will always get their land back.
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If someone in your country becomes very poor and must sell their property, a close relative must come and buy it back.
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If there is not a close relative to buy back the land, the person might get enough money to buy it back.
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Then the years must be counted since the land was sold. That number must be used to decide how much to pay for the land. The person must then buy back the land, and it will be their property again.
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But if this first owner cannot find enough money to buy the land back, it will stay in the hands of the one who bought it until the year of Jubilee. Then during that special celebration, the land will go back {to the first owner's family}. So the property will again belong to the right family.
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"Anyone who sells a home in a walled city still has the right to get it back until a full year after it was sold. Their right to get the house back will continue one year.
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But if the owner does not buy back the house before a full year is finished, the house that is in the walled city will belong to the one who bought it and to their descendants. The house will not go back to the first owner at the time of Jubilee.
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Towns without walls around them will be treated like open fields. So houses built in these small towns will go back to the first owners at the time of Jubilee.
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"But about the cities of the Levites: The Levites can buy back at any time their houses in the cities that belong to them.
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If someone buys a house from a Levite, that house in the Levites' city will again belong to the Levites at the time of Jubilee. This is because houses in Levite cities belong to those from the tribe of Levi. The Israelites gave these cities to the Levites.
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Also, the fields and pastures around the Levite cities cannot be sold. They belong to the Levites forever.
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"If anyone from your own country becomes too poor to support themselves, you must let them live with you like a visitor.
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Don't charge them any interest on money you might loan to them. Respect your God and let those from your own country live with you.
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Don't charge them interest on any money you lend them. And don't try to make a profit from the food you sell them.
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I am the Lord your God. I brought you out of the land of Egypt to give the land of Canaan to you and to become your God.
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"If anyone from your own country becomes so poor that they must sell themselves to you, don't make them work like slaves.
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They will be like hired workers and visitors with you until the year of Jubilee.
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Then they can leave you, take their children, and go back to their family. They can go back to the property of their ancestors,
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because they are my servants. I brought them out of slavery in Egypt. They must not become slaves again.
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You must not be a cruel master to them. You must respect your God.
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"About your men and women slaves: You may get men and women slaves from the other nations around you.
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Also, you may get children as slaves if they come from the families of the foreigners living in your land. These child slaves will belong to you.
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You may even pass these foreign slaves on to your children after you die so that they will belong to them. They will be your slaves forever. You may make slaves of these foreigners. But you must not be a cruel master over your own brothers, the Israelites.
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"Maybe a foreigner or visitor among you becomes rich. Or maybe someone from your own country becomes so poor that they sell themselves as slaves to a foreigner living among you or to a member of a foreigner's family.
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These people have the right to be bought back and become free. Someone from their own country can buy them back.
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Or their uncle, their cousin, or one of their close relatives from their family can buy him back. Or if they get enough money, they can pay the money themselves and become free again.
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"You must count the years from the time they sold themselves to the foreigner up to the next year of Jubilee. Use that number to decide the price, because really the person only 'hired' them for a few years.
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If there are still many years before the year of Jubilee, the one sold must give back a large part of the price. It all depends on the numbers of years.
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If only a few years are left until the year of Jubilee, the one who was sold must pay a small part of the original price.
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But that person will live like a hired worker with the foreigner every year. Don't let the foreigner be a cruel master over that person.
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"Those who sold themselves will become free, even if no one buys them back. At the year of Jubilee they and their children will become free.
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This is because the Israelites are my servants. They are the servants who I brought out of slavery in Egypt. I am the Lord your God!

Psalm chapter 25

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A song of David. Lord, I put my life in your hands.
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I trust in you, my God, and I will not be disappointed. My enemies will not laugh at me.
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No one who trusts in you will be disappointed. But disappointment will come to those who try to deceive others. They will get nothing.
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Lord, help me learn your ways. Show me how you want me to live.
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Guide me and teach me your truths. You are my God, my Savior. You are the one I have been waiting for.
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Remember to be kind to me, Lord. Show me the tender love that you have always had.
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Don't remember the sinful things I did when I was young. Because you are good, Lord, remember me with your faithful love.
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The Lord is good and does what is right. He shows sinners the right way to live.
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He teaches his ways to humble people. He leads them with fairness.
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The Lord is kind and true to those who obey what he said in his agreement.
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Lord, I have done many wrong things. But I ask you to forgive them all to show your goodness.
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When people choose to follow the Lord, he shows them the best way to live.
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They will enjoy good things, and their children will get the land God promised.
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The Lord tells his secrets to his followers. He teaches them about his agreement.
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I always look to the Lord for help. Only he can free me from my troubles.
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I am hurt and lonely. Turn to me, and show me mercy.
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Free me from my troubles. Help me solve my problems.
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Look at my trials and troubles. Forgive me for all the sins I have done.
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Look at all the enemies I have. They hate me and want to hurt me.
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Protect me! Save me from them! I come to you for protection, so don't let me be disappointed.
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You are good and do what is right. I trust you to protect me.
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God, save the people of Israel from all their enemies.

Psalm chapter 26

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A song of David. Lord, judge me and prove that I have lived a pure life and have depended on you to keep me from falling.
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Look closely at me, Lord, and test me. Judge my deepest thoughts and emotions.
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I always remember your faithful love. I depend on your faithfulness.
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I don't run around with troublemakers. I have nothing to do with hypocrites.
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I hate being around evil people. I refuse to join those gangs of crooks.
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Lord, I wash my hands to make myself pure, so that I can come to your altar.
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I sing a song to give you thanks, and I tell about all the wonderful things you have done.
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Lord, I love the house where you live, the place where your glory is.
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Lord, don't treat me like one of those sinners. Don't kill me with those murderers.
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They are guilty of cheating people. They take bribes to do wrong.
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But I am innocent, so be kind to me and save me.
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I am safe from all danger as I stand here praising you, Lord, in the assembly of your people.

Acts chapter 22

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Paul said, "My brothers and fathers, listen to me! I will make my defense to you."
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When the Jews heard Paul speaking Aramaic, they became very quiet. Then Paul said,
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"I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in the country of Cilicia. I grew up in this city. I was a student of Gamaliel, who carefully taught me everything about the law of our fathers. I was very serious about serving God, the same as all of you here today.
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I persecuted the people who followed the Way. Some of them were killed because of me. I arrested men and women and put them in jail.
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"The high priest and the whole council of older Jewish leaders can tell you that this is true. One time these leaders gave me some letters. The letters were to the Jewish brothers in the city of Damascus. I was going there to arrest the followers of Jesus and bring them back to Jerusalem for punishment.
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"But something happened to me on my way to Damascus. It was about noon when I came close to Damascus. Suddenly a bright light from heaven shined all around me.
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I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?'
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"I asked, 'Who are you, Lord?' The voice said, 'I am Jesus from Nazareth, the one you are persecuting.'
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The men who were with me did not understand the voice, but they saw the light.
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"I said, 'What shall I do, Lord?' The Lord answered, 'Get up and go into Damascus. There you will be told all that I have planned for you to do.'
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I could not see, because the bright light had made me blind. So the men led me into Damascus.
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"In Damascus a man named Ananias came to me. He was a man who was devoted to God and obeyed the Law of Moses. All the Jews who lived there respected him.
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He came to me and said, 'Saul, my brother, look up and see again!' Immediately I was able to see him.
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"Ananias told me, 'The God of our fathers chose you long ago to know his plan. He chose you to see the Righteous One and to hear words from him.
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You will be his witness to all people. You will tell them what you have seen and heard.
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Now, don't wait any longer. Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, trusting in Jesus to save you. '
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"Later, I came back to Jerusalem. I was praying in the Temple area, and I saw a vision.
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I saw Jesus, and he said to me, 'Hurry and leave Jerusalem now! The people here will not accept the truth you tell them about me.'
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"I said, 'But, Lord, the people know that I was the one who put the believers in jail and beat them. I went through all the synagogues to find and arrest the people who believe in you.
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The people also know that I was there when Stephen, your witness, was killed. I stood there and agreed that they should kill him. I even held the coats of the men who were killing him!'
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"But Jesus said to me, 'Leave now. I will send you far away to the non-Jewish people.'"
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The people stopped listening when Paul said this last thing. They all shouted, "Get rid of this man! He doesn't deserve to live."
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They shouted and threw off their coats. They threw dust into the air.
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Then the commander told the soldiers to take Paul into the army building and beat him. He wanted to make Paul tell why the people were shouting against him like this.
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So the soldiers were tying Paul, preparing to beat him. But he said to an army officer there, "Do you have the right to beat a Roman citizen who has not been proven guilty?"
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When the officer heard this, he went to the commander and told him about it. The officer said, "Do you know what you are doing? This man is a Roman citizen!"
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The commander came to Paul and said, "Tell me, are you really a Roman citizen?" He answered, "Yes."
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The commander said, "I paid a lot of money to become a Roman citizen." But Paul said, "I was born a citizen."
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The men who were preparing to question Paul moved away from him immediately. The commander was afraid because he had already put Paul in chains, and he was a Roman citizen.
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The next day the commander decided to learn why the Jews were accusing Paul. So he ordered the leading priests and the whole high council to meet together. He had Paul's chains taken off and had him brought in to face the council.

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The New Hope Missionary Baptist Church reflects the overall concept and philosophy of the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. It embraces the mandate given to the Church by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; that great commission: Mission, Education, and Evangelism.

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