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Daily Bible Reading & Praying with the Church


The congregation of Countryside is encouraged to not only read ahead in the texts we will be sharing and studying together during our services, but also to personally read the Scriptures together as a congregation. Here you will find Scripture for the day (a Psalm for each morning (always at least the first Psalm) and night, and selections from the Old Testament, New Testament and Gospels), as well as weekly and daily prayers. Together we read through the New Testament once a year, and the Old Testament every two years. The Scripture selections, and the prayers, are from common sources used by most Christians throughout the world.

The historic church found expression in the same rhythms of worship and devotion that were evident in the early church, and among the Hebrews, God's people, before that.  Our hope is that the regular reminder will be of encouragement to us all to join the people of God in reading the Scriptures and praying. Both are meant to go together with our daily prayer and communion service.

Reading for Sun, Mar 29

Psalm 31

Psalm 31[a](A)

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;(B)
let me never be put to shame;
deliver me in your righteousness.(C)
Turn your ear to me,(D)
come quickly to my rescue;(E)
be my rock of refuge,(F)
a strong fortress to save me.
Since you are my rock and my fortress,(G)
for the sake of your name(H) lead and guide me.
Keep me free from the trap(I) that is set for me,
for you are my refuge.(J)
Into your hands I commit my spirit;(K)
deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.(L)

I hate those who cling to worthless idols;(M)
as for me, I trust in the Lord.(N)
I will be glad and rejoice in your love,
for you saw my affliction(O)
and knew the anguish(P) of my soul.
You have not given me into the hands(Q) of the enemy
but have set my feet in a spacious place.(R)

Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress;(S)
my eyes grow weak with sorrow,(T)
my soul and body(U) with grief.
10 My life is consumed by anguish(V)
and my years by groaning;(W)
my strength fails(X) because of my affliction,[b](Y)
and my bones grow weak.(Z)
11 Because of all my enemies,(AA)
I am the utter contempt(AB) of my neighbors(AC)
and an object of dread to my closest friends—
those who see me on the street flee from me.
12 I am forgotten as though I were dead;(AD)
I have become like broken pottery.
13 For I hear many whispering,(AE)
“Terror on every side!”(AF)
They conspire against me(AG)
and plot to take my life.(AH)

14 But I trust(AI) in you, Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times(AJ) are in your hands;
deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
from those who pursue me.
16 Let your face shine(AK) on your servant;
save me in your unfailing love.(AL)
17 Let me not be put to shame,(AM) Lord,
for I have cried out to you;
but let the wicked be put to shame
and be silent(AN) in the realm of the dead.
18 Let their lying lips(AO) be silenced,
for with pride and contempt
they speak arrogantly(AP) against the righteous.

19 How abundant are the good things(AQ)
that you have stored up for those who fear you,
that you bestow in the sight of all,(AR)
on those who take refuge(AS) in you.
20 In the shelter(AT) of your presence you hide(AU) them
from all human intrigues;(AV)
you keep them safe in your dwelling
from accusing tongues.

21 Praise be to the Lord,(AW)
for he showed me the wonders of his love(AX)
when I was in a city under siege.(AY)
22 In my alarm(AZ) I said,
“I am cut off(BA) from your sight!”
Yet you heard my cry(BB) for mercy
when I called to you for help.

23 Love the Lord, all his faithful people!(BC)
The Lord preserves those who are true to him,(BD)
but the proud he pays back(BE) in full.
24 Be strong and take heart,(BF)
all you who hope in the Lord.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 31:1 In Hebrew texts 31:1-24 is numbered 31:2-25.
  2. Psalm 31:10 Or guilt

Cross references:

  1. Psalm 31:1 : 31:1-4pp — Ps 71:1-3
  2. Psalm 31:1 : S Ps 7:1
  3. Psalm 31:1 : Ps 5:8
  4. Psalm 31:2 : S Ps 6:4
  5. Psalm 31:2 : S Ex 2:17
  6. Psalm 31:2 : S 2Sa 22:3; S Ps 18:2
  7. Psalm 31:3 : S Ps 18:2
  8. Psalm 31:3 : S Ps 23:3
  9. Psalm 31:4 : S 1Sa 28:9; S Job 18:10
  10. Psalm 31:4 : Ps 9:9
  11. Psalm 31:5 : Lk 23:46; Ac 7:59
  12. Psalm 31:5 : Isa 45:19; 65:16
  13. Psalm 31:6 : S Dt 32:21
  14. Psalm 31:6 : S Ps 4:5
  15. Psalm 31:7 : S Ps 13:3
  16. Psalm 31:7 : S Ps 25:17; Lk 22:44
  17. Psalm 31:8 : S Dt 32:30
  18. Psalm 31:8 : S 2Sa 22:20
  19. Psalm 31:9 : Ps 4:1
  20. Psalm 31:9 : Ps 6:7
  21. Psalm 31:9 : Ps 63:1
  22. Psalm 31:10 : ver 7
  23. Psalm 31:10 : Ps 6:6
  24. Psalm 31:10 : Ps 22:15; 32:4; 38:10; 73:26
  25. Psalm 31:10 : Ps 25:18
  26. Psalm 31:10 : S Ps 6:2
  27. Psalm 31:11 : Dt 30:7; Ps 3:7; 25:19; 102:8
  28. Psalm 31:11 : S Ps 22:6
  29. Psalm 31:11 : Ps 38:11
  30. Psalm 31:12 : Ps 28:1; 88:4
  31. Psalm 31:13 : S Lev 19:16; Ps 50:20
  32. Psalm 31:13 : S Job 18:11; Isa 13:8; Jer 6:25; 20:3, 10; 46:5; 49:5; La 2:22
  33. Psalm 31:13 : Ps 41:7; 56:6; 71:10; 83:3
  34. Psalm 31:13 : S Ge 37:18; S Mt 12:14
  35. Psalm 31:14 : Ps 4:5
  36. Psalm 31:15 : S Job 14:5
  37. Psalm 31:16 : S Nu 6:25
  38. Psalm 31:16 : S Ps 6:4
  39. Psalm 31:17 : S Ps 22:5
  40. Psalm 31:17 : 1Sa 2:9; Ps 94:17; 115:17
  41. Psalm 31:18 : Ps 120:2; Pr 10:18; 26:24
  42. Psalm 31:18 : S 1Sa 2:3; Jude 1:15
  43. Psalm 31:19 : S Ps 27:13; Ro 11:22
  44. Psalm 31:19 : Ps 23:5
  45. Psalm 31:19 : Ps 2:12
  46. Psalm 31:20 : Ps 55:8
  47. Psalm 31:20 : S Ps 17:8
  48. Psalm 31:20 : S Ge 37:18
  49. Psalm 31:21 : Ps 28:6
  50. Psalm 31:21 : S Ps 17:7
  51. Psalm 31:21 : 1Sa 23:7
  52. Psalm 31:22 : Ps 116:11
  53. Psalm 31:22 : Job 6:9; 17:1; Ps 37:9; 88:5; Isa 38:12
  54. Psalm 31:22 : Ps 6:9; 66:19; 116:1; 145:19
  55. Psalm 31:23 : S Ps 4:3
  56. Psalm 31:23 : S Ps 18:25; Rev 2:10
  57. Psalm 31:23 : Dt 32:41; Ps 94:2
  58. Psalm 31:24 : Ps 27:14
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Psalm 35

Psalm 35

Of David.

Contend,(A) Lord, with those who contend with me;
fight(B) against those who fight against me.
Take up shield(C) and armor;
arise(D) and come to my aid.(E)
Brandish spear(F) and javelin[a](G)
against those who pursue me.
Say to me,
“I am your salvation.(H)

May those who seek my life(I)
be disgraced(J) and put to shame;(K)
may those who plot my ruin
be turned back(L) in dismay.
May they be like chaff(M) before the wind,
with the angel of the Lord(N) driving them away;
may their path be dark and slippery,
with the angel of the Lord pursuing them.

Since they hid their net(O) for me without cause(P)
and without cause dug a pit(Q) for me,
may ruin overtake them by surprise—(R)
may the net they hid entangle them,
may they fall into the pit,(S) to their ruin.
Then my soul will rejoice(T) in the Lord
and delight in his salvation.(U)
10 My whole being will exclaim,
“Who is like you,(V) Lord?
You rescue the poor from those too strong(W) for them,
the poor and needy(X) from those who rob them.”

11 Ruthless witnesses(Y) come forward;
they question me on things I know nothing about.
12 They repay me evil for good(Z)
and leave me like one bereaved.
13 Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth(AA)
and humbled myself with fasting.(AB)
When my prayers returned to me unanswered,
14 I went about mourning(AC)
as though for my friend or brother.
I bowed my head in grief
as though weeping for my mother.
15 But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee;(AD)
assailants gathered against me without my knowledge.
They slandered(AE) me without ceasing.
16 Like the ungodly they maliciously mocked;[b](AF)
they gnashed their teeth(AG) at me.

17 How long,(AH) Lord, will you look on?
Rescue me from their ravages,
my precious life(AI) from these lions.(AJ)
18 I will give you thanks in the great assembly;(AK)
among the throngs(AL) I will praise you.(AM)
19 Do not let those gloat over me
who are my enemies(AN) without cause;
do not let those who hate me without reason(AO)
maliciously wink the eye.(AP)
20 They do not speak peaceably,
but devise false accusations(AQ)
against those who live quietly in the land.
21 They sneer(AR) at me and say, “Aha! Aha!(AS)
With our own eyes we have seen it.”

22 Lord, you have seen(AT) this; do not be silent.
Do not be far(AU) from me, Lord.
23 Awake,(AV) and rise(AW) to my defense!
Contend(AX) for me, my God and Lord.
24 Vindicate me in your righteousness, Lord my God;
do not let them gloat(AY) over me.
25 Do not let them think, “Aha,(AZ) just what we wanted!”
or say, “We have swallowed him up.”(BA)

26 May all who gloat(BB) over my distress(BC)
be put to shame(BD) and confusion;
may all who exalt themselves over me(BE)
be clothed with shame and disgrace.
27 May those who delight in my vindication(BF)
shout for joy(BG) and gladness;
may they always say, “The Lord be exalted,
who delights(BH) in the well-being of his servant.”(BI)

28 My tongue will proclaim your righteousness,(BJ)
your praises all day long.(BK)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 35:3 Or and block the way
  2. Psalm 35:16 Septuagint; Hebrew may mean Like an ungodly circle of mockers,

Cross references:

  1. Psalm 35:1 : S 1Sa 24:15
  2. Psalm 35:1 : S Ex 14:14
  3. Psalm 35:2 : Ps 3:3
  4. Psalm 35:2 : Ps 3:7
  5. Psalm 35:2 : S Ge 50:24; S Job 17:3
  6. Psalm 35:3 : S Nu 25:7
  7. Psalm 35:3 : S Jos 8:18
  8. Psalm 35:3 : Ps 27:1
  9. Psalm 35:4 : Ps 38:12; 40:14; Jer 4:30
  10. Psalm 35:4 : Ps 69:6, 19; 70:2; 83:17; Isa 45:16; Mal 2:9
  11. Psalm 35:4 : Ps 25:3
  12. Psalm 35:4 : Ps 129:5
  13. Psalm 35:5 : S Job 13:25; Ps 1:4
  14. Psalm 35:5 : Ps 34:7
  15. Psalm 35:7 : S Job 18:8
  16. Psalm 35:7 : S Ps 7:4
  17. Psalm 35:7 : S Job 9:31; S Ps 7:15; S 55:23
  18. Psalm 35:8 : Isa 47:11; 1Th 5:3
  19. Psalm 35:8 : S Ps 7:15
  20. Psalm 35:9 : S Ps 2:11; S Lk 1:47
  21. Psalm 35:9 : Ps 9:14; 13:5; 27:1
  22. Psalm 35:10 : S Ex 9:14; S Ps 18:31; 113:5
  23. Psalm 35:10 : Ps 18:17
  24. Psalm 35:10 : Ps 12:5; 37:14; 74:21; 86:1; 109:16; 140:12; Isa 41:17
  25. Psalm 35:11 : S Ex 23:1; S Mt 26:60
  26. Psalm 35:12 : Ps 38:20; 109:5; Pr 17:13; Jer 18:20
  27. Psalm 35:13 : S 2Sa 3:31; 1Ki 20:31; Ps 30:11; 69:11
  28. Psalm 35:13 : Job 30:25; Ps 69:10; 109:24
  29. Psalm 35:14 : Ps 38:6; 42:9; 43:2
  30. Psalm 35:15 : S Job 31:29
  31. Psalm 35:15 : S Job 16:10
  32. Psalm 35:16 : S Ps 22:7; Mk 10:34
  33. Psalm 35:16 : S Job 16:9; Mk 9:18; Ac 7:54
  34. Psalm 35:17 : Ps 6:3
  35. Psalm 35:17 : Ps 22:20
  36. Psalm 35:17 : Ps 22:21; 57:4; 58:6
  37. Psalm 35:18 : S Ps 22:25
  38. Psalm 35:18 : Ps 42:4; 109:30
  39. Psalm 35:18 : S Ps 22:22
  40. Psalm 35:19 : Ps 9:13
  41. Psalm 35:19 : ver 7; Ps 38:19; 69:4; Jn 15:25*
  42. Psalm 35:19 : Pr 6:13; 10:10
  43. Psalm 35:20 : Ps 38:12; 55:21; Jer 9:8; Mic 6:12
  44. Psalm 35:21 : S Job 16:10
  45. Psalm 35:21 : Ps 40:15; 70:3; Eze 25:3
  46. Psalm 35:22 : Ex 3:7; Ps 10:14
  47. Psalm 35:22 : S Ps 10:1
  48. Psalm 35:23 : S Ps 7:6; 80:2
  49. Psalm 35:23 : Ps 17:13
  50. Psalm 35:23 : S 1Sa 24:15
  51. Psalm 35:24 : Ps 22:17
  52. Psalm 35:25 : ver 21
  53. Psalm 35:25 : Ps 124:3; Pr 1:12; La 2:16
  54. Psalm 35:26 : Ps 22:17
  55. Psalm 35:26 : Ps 4:1
  56. Psalm 35:26 : S Job 8:22; Ps 109:29; Mic 7:10
  57. Psalm 35:26 : Job 19:5; Ps 38:16
  58. Psalm 35:27 : Ps 9:4
  59. Psalm 35:27 : Ps 20:5; S 33:3
  60. Psalm 35:27 : Ps 147:11; 149:4
  61. Psalm 35:27 : S Job 17:3
  62. Psalm 35:28 : Ps 5:8; 51:14
  63. Psalm 35:28 : Ps 71:15, 24; 72:15
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Exodus 4:10-31

10 Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”(A)

11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute?(B) Who gives them sight or makes them blind?(C) Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go;(D) I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”(E)

13 But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”(F)

14 Then the Lord’s anger burned(G) against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet(H) you, and he will be glad to see you. 15 You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth;(I) I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. 16 He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth(J) and as if you were God to him.(K) 17 But take this staff(L) in your hand(M) so you can perform the signs(N) with it.”

Moses Returns to Egypt

18 Then Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Let me return to my own people in Egypt to see if any of them are still alive.”

Jethro said, “Go, and I wish you well.”

19 Now the Lord had said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all those who wanted to kill(O) you are dead.(P) 20 So Moses took his wife and sons,(Q) put them on a donkey and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff(R) of God in his hand.

21 The Lord said to Moses, “When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders(S) I have given you the power to do. But I will harden his heart(T) so that he will not let the people go.(U) 22 Then say to Pharaoh, ‘This is what the Lord says: Israel is my firstborn son,(V) 23 and I told you, “Let my son go,(W) so he may worship(X) me.” But you refused to let him go; so I will kill your firstborn son.’”(Y)

24 At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses[a] and was about to kill(Z) him. 25 But Zipporah(AA) took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin(AB) and touched Moses’ feet with it.[b] “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,” she said. 26 So the Lord let him alone. (At that time she said “bridegroom of blood,” referring to circumcision.)

27 The Lord said to Aaron, “Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.” So he met Moses at the mountain(AC) of God and kissed(AD) him. 28 Then Moses told Aaron everything the Lord had sent him to say, and also about all the signs he had commanded him to perform.

29 Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders(AE) of the Israelites, 30 and Aaron told them everything the Lord had said to Moses. He also performed the signs(AF) before the people, 31 and they believed.(AG) And when they heard that the Lord was concerned(AH) about them and had seen their misery,(AI) they bowed down and worshiped.(AJ)

Footnotes:

  1. Exodus 4:24 Hebrew him
  2. Exodus 4:25 The meaning of the Hebrew for this clause is uncertain.

Cross references:

  1. Exodus 4:10 : S Ex 3:11
  2. Exodus 4:11 : Lk 1:20, 64
  3. Exodus 4:11 : Ps 94:9; 146:8; Mt 11:5; Jn 10:21
  4. Exodus 4:12 : S Ex 3:10
  5. Exodus 4:12 : ver 15-16; Nu 23:5; Dt 18:15, 18; Isa 50:4; 51:16; Jer 1:9; Mt 10:19-20; Mk 13:11; S Lk 12:12
  6. Exodus 4:13 : Jnh 1:1-3
  7. Exodus 4:14 : Nu 11:1, 10, 33; 12:9; 16:15; 22:22; 24:10; 32:13; Dt 7:25; Jos 7:1; Job 17:8
  8. Exodus 4:14 : ver 27; 1Sa 10:2-5
  9. Exodus 4:15 : ver 30; Nu 23:5, 12, 16; Dt 18:18; Jos 1:8; Isa 51:16; 59:21; Jer 1:9; 31:33
  10. Exodus 4:16 : Ex 7:1-2; Jer 15:19; 36:6
  11. Exodus 4:16 : Nu 33:1; Ps 77:20; 105:26; Mic 6:4
  12. Exodus 4:17 : S ver 2
  13. Exodus 4:17 : ver 20; Ex 17:9
  14. Exodus 4:17 : Ex 7:9-21; 8:5, 16; 9:22; 10:12-15, 21-23; 14:15-18, 26; Nu 14:11; Dt 4:34; Ps 74:9; 78:43; 105:27
  15. Exodus 4:19 : Ex 2:15
  16. Exodus 4:19 : Ex 2:23; Mt 2:20
  17. Exodus 4:20 : Ex 2:22; 18:3; Ac 7:29
  18. Exodus 4:20 : S ver 2
  19. Exodus 4:21 : S Ex 3:19, 20
  20. Exodus 4:21 : Ex 7:3, 13; 8:15; 9:12, 35; 10:1, 20, 27; 11:10; 14:4, 8; Dt 2:30; Jos 11:20; 1Sa 6:6; Ps 105:25; Isa 6:10; 63:17; Jn 12:40; Ro 9:18
  21. Exodus 4:21 : Ex 8:32; 9:17
  22. Exodus 4:22 : S Ge 10:15; Dt 32:6; Isa 9:6; 63:16; 64:8; Jer 3:19; 31:9; Hos 11:1; Mal 2:10; Ro 9:4; 2Co 6:18
  23. Exodus 4:23 : Ex 5:1; 7:16
  24. Exodus 4:23 : S Ex 3:18
  25. Exodus 4:23 : Ge 49:3; Ex 11:5; 12:12, 29; Nu 8:17; 33:4; Ps 78:51; 105:36; 135:8; 136:10
  26. Exodus 4:24 : Nu 22:22
  27. Exodus 4:25 : S Ex 2:21
  28. Exodus 4:25 : Ge 17:14; Jos 5:2, 3
  29. Exodus 4:27 : S Ex 3:1
  30. Exodus 4:27 : S Ge 27:27; S 29:13
  31. Exodus 4:29 : S Ex 3:16
  32. Exodus 4:30 : S ver 8
  33. Exodus 4:31 : S Ex 3:18
  34. Exodus 4:31 : S Ex 2:25
  35. Exodus 4:31 : S Ge 16:11
  36. Exodus 4:31 : S Ge 24:26
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1 Corinthians 14:1-19

Intelligibility in Worship

14 Follow the way of love(A) and eagerly desire(B) gifts of the Spirit,(C) especially prophecy.(D) For anyone who speaks in a tongue[a](E) does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them;(F) they utter mysteries(G) by the Spirit. But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening,(H) encouraging(I) and comfort. Anyone who speaks in a tongue(J) edifies(K) themselves, but the one who prophesies(L) edifies the church. I would like every one of you to speak in tongues,[b] but I would rather have you prophesy.(M) The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues,[c] unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified.(N)

Now, brothers and sisters, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation(O) or knowledge(P) or prophecy or word of instruction?(Q) Even in the case of lifeless things that make sounds, such as the pipe or harp, how will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes? Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?(R) So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air. 10 Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning. 11 If then I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying, I am a foreigner to the speaker, and the speaker is a foreigner to me.(S) 12 So it is with you. Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit,(T) try to excel in those that build up(U) the church.

13 For this reason the one who speaks in a tongue should pray that they may interpret what they say.(V) 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays,(W) but my mind is unfruitful. 15 So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit,(X) but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing(Y) with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding. 16 Otherwise when you are praising God in the Spirit, how can someone else, who is now put in the position of an inquirer,[d] say “Amen”(Z) to your thanksgiving,(AA) since they do not know what you are saying? 17 You are giving thanks well enough, but no one else is edified.(AB)

18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. 19 But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.(AC)

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Corinthians 14:2 Or in another language; also in verses 4, 13, 14, 19, 26 and 27
  2. 1 Corinthians 14:5 Or in other languages; also in verses 6, 18, 22, 23 and 39
  3. 1 Corinthians 14:5 Or in other languages; also in verses 6, 18, 22, 23 and 39
  4. 1 Corinthians 14:16 The Greek word for inquirer is a technical term for someone not fully initiated into a religion; also in verses 23 and 24.
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Mark 9:30-41

Jesus Predicts His Death a Second Time(A)

30 They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, 31 because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man(B) is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him,(C) and after three days(D) he will rise.”(E) 32 But they did not understand what he meant(F) and were afraid to ask him about it.

33 They came to Capernaum.(G) When he was in the house,(H) he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” 34 But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.(I)

35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”(J)

36 He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms,(K) he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”(L)

Whoever Is Not Against Us Is for Us(M)

38 “Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”(N)

39 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, 40 for whoever is not against us is for us.(O) 41 Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.(P)

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