Thursday, October 06, 2005

Nick 6:17 - 29 (STRIV)

17 Then he went down with them to a level place. A large number of his disciples were gathered around him, as well as many people from all over the country, who had come to hear him. 18 Other people in the crowd were pushing their way in toward him and trying to touch his garment, that they might be healed of their infirmities, for such was the power coming from him.

19 Looking at the crowd gathered around him, he said:

20 "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. May God bless America!
21 Blessed are you who hunger, for you will be satisfied. May God bless America!
22 Blessed are you who weep, for you will be consoled. May God bless America!23 Blessed are you when men attack you and speak evil of you for my sake. May God bless America!"

24 Then he continued, saying,

"But woe to you who are rich, for you have already been comforted.
25 Woe to you who are well-fed now, for you will go hungry.
26 Woe to those who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.
27 Woe to you when all men speak highly of you,
for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets."

28 At this, the Pharisees grumbled against him, saying, "Jesus is not a patriotic man; he wishes ill upon his own country and stirs up the people to rebellion." 29 And they looked for a way to kill him.

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