Thus says the LORD: Cursed are those who trust in mere
mortals and make mere flesh their strength, whose hearts
turn away from the LORD.
They shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not
see when relief comes. They shall live in the parched
places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.
Blessed are those who trust in the LORD, whose trust is
They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out
its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat
comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of
drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear
The heart is devious above all else; it is perverse--
who can understand it?
I the LORD test the mind and search the heart, to give
to all according to their ways, according to the fruit
of their doings.
Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the
wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in
the seat of scoffers;
but their delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his
law they meditate day and night.
They are like trees planted by streams of water, which
yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not
wither. In all that they do, they prosper.
The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor
sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but
the way of the wicked will perish.
Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how
can some of you say there is no resurrection of the
If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has
not been raised;
and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation
has been in vain and your faith has been in vain.
We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we
testified of God that he raised Christ--whom he did not
raise if it is true that the dead are not raised.
For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been
If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and
you are still in your sins.
Then those also who have died in Christ have perished.
If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of
all people most to be pitied.
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the
first fruits of those who have died.
He came down with them and stood on a level place, with
a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of
people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre
6:18 They had come to hear him and to be healed of their
diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean
spirits were cured.
6:19 And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for
power came out from him and healed all of them.
6:20 Then he looked up at his disciples and said:
"Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the
kingdom of God.
6:21 "Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you
will be filled. "Blessed are you who weep now, for
you will laugh.
6:22 "Blessed are you when people hate you, and
when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on
account of the Son of Man.
6:23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely
your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their
ancestors did to the prophets.
6:24 "But woe to you who are rich, for you have
received your consolation.
6:25 "Woe to you who are full now, for you will be
hungry. "Woe to you who are laughing now, for you
will mourn and weep.
6:26 "Woe to you when all speak well of you, for
that is what their ancestors did to the false
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