"Indeed, all the prophets1 from Samuel on, as many as have spoken, have foretold these days.
And you are heirs2 of the prophets and of the covenant3 God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, 'Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.'4
When God raised up5 his servant, he sent him first6 to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways."
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