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Ephesians 2

Chapter 2

2:1And you were dead in your trespasses and sins 2in which you previously walked according to the ways of this world, according to the ruler who exercises authority over the lower heavens, the spirit now working in the disobedient. 3We too all previously lived among them in our fleshly desires, carrying out the inclinations of our flesh and thoughts, and we were by nature children under wrath as the others were also. 4But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, 5made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace! 6Together with Christ Jesus He also raised us up and seated us in the heavens, 7so that in the coming ages He might display the immeasurable riches of His grace through His kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God's gift- 9not from works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.
11So then, remember that at one time you were Gentiles in the flesh-called "the uncircumcised" by those called "the circumcised," which is done in the flesh by human hands. 12At that time you were without the Messiah, excluded from the citizenship of Israel, and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of the Messiah. 14For He is our peace, who made both groups one and tore down the dividing wall of hostility. In His flesh, 15He made of no effect the law consisting of commands and expressed in regulations, so that He might create in Himself one new man from the two, resulting in peace. 16He did this so that He might reconcile both to God in one body through the cross and put the hostility to death by it. 17When the Messiah came, He proclaimed the good news of peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. 19So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God's household, 20built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone. 21The whole building, being put together by Him, grows into a holy sanctuary in the Lord. 22You also are being built together for God's dwelling in the Spirit.

Ecclesiastes 12

Chapter 12

12:1So remember your Creator in the days of your youth:
Before the days of adversity come,
and the years approach when you will say,
"I have no delight in them";
2before the sun and the light are darkened,
and the moon and the stars,
and the clouds return after the rain;
3on the day when the guardians of the house tremble,
and the strong men stoop,
the women who grind cease because they are few,
and the ones who watch through the windows see dimly,
4the doors at the street are shut
while the sound of the mill fades;
when one rises at the sound of a bird,
and all the daughters of song grow faint.
5Also, they are afraid of heights and dangers on the road;
the almond tree blossoms,
the grasshopper loses its spring,
and the caper berry has no effect;
for man is headed to his eternal home,
and mourners will walk around in the street;
6before the silver cord is snapped,
and the gold bowl is broken,
and the jar is shattered at the spring,
and the wheel is broken into the well;
7and the dust returns to the earth as it once was,
and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
8"Absolute futility," says the Teacher. "Everything is futile."
9In addition to the Teacher being a wise man, he constantly taught the people knowledge; he weighed, explored, and arranged many proverbs. 10The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and write words of truth accurately. 11The sayings of the wise are like goads, and those from masters of collections are like firmly embedded nails. The sayings are given by one Shepherd.
12But beyond these, my son, be warned: there is no end to the making of many books, and much study wearies the body. 13When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is: fear God and keep His commands, because this is for all humanity. 14For God will bring every act to judgment, including every hidden thing, whether good or evil.

Song 1-2

Chapter 1

1:1Solomon's Finest Song.
2W
Oh, that he would kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!
For your love is more delightful than wine.
3The fragrance of your perfume is intoxicating;
your name is perfume poured out.
No wonder young women adore you.
4Take me with you-let us hurry.
Oh, that the king would bring me to his chambers.
Y
We will rejoice and be glad for you;
we will praise your love more than wine.
W
It is only right that they adore you.
5Daughters of Jerusalem,
I am dark like the tents of Kedar,
yet lovely like the curtains of Solomon.
6Do not stare at me because I am dark,
for the sun has gazed on me.
My mother's sons were angry with me;
they made me a keeper of the vineyards.
I have not kept my own vineyard.
7Tell me, you, the one I love:
Where do you pasture your sheep?
Where do you let them rest at noon?
Why should I be like one who veils herself
beside the flocks of your companions?
8M
If you do not know,
most beautiful of women,
follow the tracks of the flock,
and pasture your young goats
near the shepherds' tents.
9I compare you, my darling,
to a mare among Pharaoh's chariots.
10Your cheeks are beautiful with jewelry,
your neck with its necklace.
11We will make gold jewelry for you,
accented with silver.
12W
While the king is on his couch,
my perfume releases its fragrance.
13My love is a sachet of myrrh to me,
spending the night between my breasts.
14My love is a cluster of henna blossoms to me,
in the vineyards of En-gedi.
15M
How beautiful you are, my darling.
How very beautiful!
Your eyes are doves.
16W
How handsome you are, my love.
How delightful!
Our bed is lush with foliage;
17the beams of our house are cedars,
and our rafters are cypresses.

Chapter 2

2:1I am a rose of Sharon,
a lily of the valleys.
2M
Like a lily among thorns,
so is my darling among the young women.
3W
Like an apricot tree among the trees of the forest,
so is my love among the young men.
I delight to sit in his shade,
and his fruit is sweet to my taste.
4He brought me to the banquet hall,
and he looked on me with love.
5Sustain me with raisins;
refresh me with apricots,
for I am lovesick.
6His left hand is under my head,
and his right arm embraces me.
7Young women of Jerusalem, I charge you
by the gazelles and the wild does of the field:
do not stir up or awaken love
until the appropriate time.
8Listen! My love is approaching.
Look! Here he comes,
leaping over the mountains,
bounding over the hills.
9My love is like a gazelle
or a young stag.
Look, he is standing behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
peering through the lattice.
10My love calls to me:
M
Arise, my darling.
Come away, my beautiful one.
11For now the winter is past;
the rain has ended and gone away.
12The blossoms appear in the countryside.
The time of singing has come,
and the turtledove's cooing is heard in our land.
13The fig tree ripens its figs;
the blossoming vines give off their fragrance.
Arise, my darling.
Come away, my beautiful one.
14My dove, in the clefts of the rock,
in the crevices of the cliff,
let me see your face,
let me hear your voice;
for your voice is sweet,
and your face is lovely.
15(W)
Catch the foxes for us-
the little foxes that ruin the vineyards-
for our vineyards are in bloom. 16W
My love is mine and I am his;
he feeds among the lilies.
17Before the day breaks
and the shadows flee,
turn to me, my love, and be like a gazelle
or a young stag on the divided mountains.

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