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Psalm 105; Psalm 106; 1 Corinthians 3

1 Give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make his deeds known to all people! 2 Sing to God; sing praises to the Lord; dwell on all his wondrous works! 3 Give praise to God's holy name! Let the hearts rejoice of all those seeking the LORD! 4 Pursue the LORD and his strength; seek his face always! 5 Remember the wondrous works he has done, all his marvelous works, and the justice he declared— 6 you who are the offspring of Abraham, his servant, and the children of Jacob, his chosen ones. 7 The LORD—he is our God. His justice is everywhere throughout the whole world. 8 God remembers his covenant forever, the word he commanded to a thousand generations, 9 which he made with Abraham, the solemn pledge he swore to Isaac. 10 God set it up as binding law for Jacob, as an eternal covenant for Israel, 11 promising, "I hereby give you the land of Canaan as your allotted inheritance." 12 When they were few in number— insignificant, just immigrants— 13 wandering from nation to nation, from one kingdom to the next, 14 God didn't let anyone oppress them. God punished kings for their sake: 15 "Don't touch my anointed ones; don't harm my prophets!" 16 When God called for a famine in the land, destroying every source of food, 17 he sent a man ahead of them, who was sold as a slave: it was Joseph. 18 Joseph's feet hurt in his shackles; his neck was in an iron collar, 19 until what he predicted actually happened, until what the LORD had said proved him true. 20 The king sent for Joseph and set him free; the ruler of many people released him. 21 The king made Joseph master of his house and ruler over everything he owned, 22 to make sure his princes acted according to his will, and to teach wisdom to his advisors. 23 That's how Israel came to Egypt, how Jacob became an immigrant in the land of Ham. 24 God made his people very fruitful, more powerful than their enemies, 25 whose hearts God changed so they hated his people and dealt shrewdly with his servants. 26 God sent Moses his servant and the one he chose, Aaron. 27 They put God's signs on Egypt, his marvelous works on the land of Ham. 28 God sent darkness, and it became dark, but the Egyptians rejected his word. 29 God turned their waters into blood and killed their fish. 30 God made their land swarm with frogs— even in the bedrooms of their king! 31 God spoke, and the insects came— gnats throughout their whole country! 32 God turned their rain into hail along with lightning flashes throughout their land. 33 God destroyed their vines and their fig trees; shattered the trees of their countryside. 34 God spoke, and the locusts came— countless grasshoppers came! 35 They devoured all the plants in their land; they devoured the fruit of their soil. 36 God struck down all the oldest sons throughout their land; struck down their very pride and joy. 37 Then God brought Israel out, filled with silver and gold; not one of its tribes stumbled. 38 Egypt celebrated when they left, because the dread of Israel had come upon them. 39 God spread out clouds as a covering; gave lightning to provide light at night. 40 The people asked, and God brought quail; God filled them full with food from heaven. 41 God opened the rock and out gushed water— flowing like a river through the desert! 42 Because God remembered his holy promise to Abraham his servant, 43 God brought his people out with rejoicing, his chosen ones with songs of joy. 44 God gave them the lands of other nations; they inherited the wealth of many peoples— 45 all so that they would keep his laws and observe his instructions. Praise the LORD!
1 Praise the LORD! Give thanks to the LORD because he is good, because his faithful love endures forever. 2 Who could possibly repeat all of the LORD's mighty acts or publicly recount all his praise? 3 The people who uphold justice, who always do what is right, are truly happy! 4 Remember me, LORD, with the favor you show your people. Visit me with your saving help 5 so I can experience the good things your chosen ones experience, so I can rejoice in the joy of your nation, so I can praise along with your possession. 6 We have sinned—right along with our ancestors. We've done what is wrong. We've acted wickedly. 7 Our ancestors in Egypt didn't understand your wondrous works. They didn't remember how much faithful love you have. So they rebelled by the sea—at the Reed Sea. 8 But God saved them for the sake of his good name, to make known his mighty power. 9 God scolded the Reed Sea, and it dried right up; he led them through the deeps like they were a dry desert. 10 God saved them from hostile powers; he redeemed them from the power of the enemy. 11 But the waters covered over their foes— not one of them survived! 12 So our ancestors trusted God's words; they sang God's praise. 13 But how quickly they forgot what he had done! They wouldn't wait for his advice. 14 They were overcome with craving in the desert; they tested God in the wastelands. 15 God gave them what they asked for; he sent food to satisfy their appetites. 16 But then they were jealous of Moses in the camp, jealous too of Aaron, the LORD's holy one. 17 So the earth opened up, swallowing Dathan, and covering over Abiram's crowd. 18 Fire blazed throughout that whole group; flames burned up the wicked. 19 They made a calf at Horeb, bowing down to a metal idol. 20 They traded their glorious God for an image of a bull that eats grass. 21 They forgot the God who saved them— the one who had done great things in Egypt, 22 wondrous works in the land of Ham, awesome deeds at the Reed Sea. 23 So God determined that he would destroy them— except for the fact that Moses, his chosen one, stood in the way, right in front of him, and turned God's destructive anger away. 24 But then they rejected the land that was so desirable. They didn't trust God's promise. 25 They muttered in their tents and wouldn't listen to the LORD's voice. 26 So God raised his hand against them, making them fall in the desert, 27 scattering their offspring among the nations, casting them across many lands. 28 They joined themselves to Baal-peor and ate sacrifices offered to the dead. 29 They made God angry by what they did, so a plague broke out against them. 30 Then Phinehas stood up and prayed, and the plague was contained. 31 That's why Phinehas is considered righteous, generation after generation, forever. 32 But they angered God at Meribah's waters, and things went badly for Moses because of them, 33 because they made him bitter so that he spoke rashly with his lips. 34 They didn't destroy the nations as the LORD had ordered them to do. 35 Instead, they got mixed up with the nations, learning what they did 36 and serving those false gods, which became a trap for them. 37 They sacrificed their own sons and daughters to demons! 38 They shed innocent blood, the blood of their own sons and daughters— the ones they sacrificed to Canaan's false gods— so the land was defiled by the bloodshed. 39 They made themselves unclean by what they did; they prostituted themselves by their actions. 40 So the LORD's anger burned against his people; he despised his own possession. 41 God handed them over to the nations; people who hated them ruled over them. 42 Their enemies oppressed them, and they were humbled under their power. 43 God delivered them numerous times, but they were determined to rebel, and so they were brought down by their own sin. 44 But God saw their distress when he heard their loud cries. 45 God remembered his covenant for their sake, and because of how much faithful love he has, God changed his mind. 46 God allowed them to receive compassion from all their captors. 47 LORD our God, save us! Gather us back together from among all the nations so we can give thanksto your holy name and rejoice in your praise! 48 Bless the LORD, the God of Israel, from forever ago to forever from now! And let all the people say, "Amen!" Praise the LORD!
1 Brothers and sisters, I couldn't talk to you like spiritual people but like unspiritual people, like babies in Christ. 2 I gave you milk to drink instead of solid food, because you weren't up to it yet. 3 Now you are still not up to it because you are still unspiritual. When jealousy and fighting exist between you, aren't you unspiritual and living by human standards? 4 When someone says, "I belong to Paul," and someone else says, "I belong to Apollos," aren't you acting like people without the Spirit? 5 After all, what is Apollos? What is Paul? They are servants who helped you to believe. Each one had a role given to them by the Lord: 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God made it grow. 7 Because of this, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but the only one who is anything is God who makes it grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters work together, but each one will receive their own reward for their own labor. 9 We are God's coworkers, and you are God's field, God's building. 10 I laid a foundation like a wise master builder according to God's grace that was given to me, but someone else is building on top of it. Each person needs to pay attention to the way they build on it. 11 No one can lay any other foundation besides the one that is already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 So, whether someone builds on top of the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, grass, or hay, 13 each one's work will be clearly shown. The day will make it clear, because it will be revealed with fire—the fire will test the quality of each one's work. 14 If anyone's work survives, they'll get a reward. 15 But if anyone's work goes up in flames, they'll lose it. However, they themselves will be saved as if they had gone through a fire. 16 Don't you know that you are God's temple and God's Spirit lives in you? 17 If someone destroys God's temple, God will destroy that person, because God's temple is holy, which is what you are. 18 Don't fool yourself. If some of you think they are worldly-wise, then they should become foolish so that they can become wise. 19 This world's wisdom is foolishness to God. As it's written, He catches the wise in their cleverness. 20 And also, The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are silly. 21 So then, no one should brag about human beings. Everything belongs to you— 22 Paul, Apollos, Cephas, the world, life, death, things in the present, things in the future—everything belongs to you, 23 but you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.
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