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"And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living.
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Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you.
For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and abominable idolatries.
Now then, my sons, listen to me And do not depart from the words of my mouth.
When they were filled, He said to His disciples, "Gather up the leftover fragments so that nothing will be lost."
So Jesus said to them, "For a little while longer the Light is among you Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes.
But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again?
For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
"For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them.
So He said, "A nobleman went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and then return.
"We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work.
So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.
Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.
"Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.
When Jacob had cooked stew, Esau came in from the field and he was famished;
When Delilah saw that he had told her all that was in his heart, she sent and called the lords of the Philistines, saying, "Come up once more, for he has told me all that is in his heart." Then the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought the money in their hands.
Then David chanted with this lament over Saul and Jonathan his son,
Then when Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He had been condemned, he felt remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
Now when Jesus was in Bethany, at the home of Simon the leper,
While He was in Bethany at the home of Simon the leper, and reclining at the table, there came a woman with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume of pure nard; and she broke the vial and poured it over His head.
Jesus, therefore, six days before the Passover, came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
'Behold, I am going to command,' declares the LORD, 'and I will bring them back to this city; and they will fight against it and take it and burn it with fire; and I will make the cities of Judah a desolation without inhabitant.'"
'I will lay waste your cities as well and will make your sanctuaries desolate, and I will not smell your soothing aromas.
"The LORD will smite you with consumption and with fever and with inflammation and with fiery heat and with the sword and with blight and with mildew, and they will pursue you until you perish.
'All its land is brimstone and salt, a burning waste, unsown and unproductive, and no grass grows in it, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which the LORD overthrew in His anger and in His wrath.'
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Indeed, the LORD will comfort Zion; He will comfort all her waste places And her wilderness He will make like Eden, And her desert like the garden of the LORD; Joy and gladness will be found in her, Thanksgiving and sound of a melody.
Confirming the word of His servant And performing the purpose of His messengers It is I who says of Jerusalem, 'She shall be inhabited!' And of the cities of Judah, 'They shall be built.' And I will raise up her ruins again.