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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 Sat, Jan 20

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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Genesis 11:27-12:8

Abram’s Family

27 This is the account(A) of Terah’s family line.

Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor(B) and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot.(C) 28 While his father Terah was still alive, Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans,(D) in the land of his birth. 29 Abram and Nahor(E) both married. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai,(F) and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milkah;(G) she was the daughter of Haran, the father of both Milkah and Iskah. 30 Now Sarai was childless because she was not able to conceive.(H)

31 Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot(I) son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law(J) Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans(K) to go to Canaan.(L) But when they came to Harran,(M) they settled there.

32 Terah(N) lived 205 years, and he died in Harran.

The Call of Abram

12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household(O) to the land(P) I will show you.(Q)

“I will make you into a great nation,(R)
and I will bless you;(S)
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.[a](T)
I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;(U)
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.(V)[b]

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot(W) went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old(X) when he set out from Harran.(Y) He took his wife Sarai,(Z) his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated(AA) and the people(AB) they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan,(AC) and they arrived there.

Abram traveled through the land(AD) as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh(AE) at Shechem.(AF) At that time the Canaanites(AG) were in the land. The Lord appeared to Abram(AH) and said, “To your offspring[c] I will give this land.(AI)(AJ) So he built an altar there to the Lord,(AK) who had appeared to him.

From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel(AL) and pitched his tent,(AM) with Bethel on the west and Ai(AN) on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.(AO)

Footnotes:

  1. Genesis 12:2 Or be seen as blessed
  2. Genesis 12:3 Or earth / will use your name in blessings (see 48:20)
  3. Genesis 12:7 Or seed

Cross references:

  1. Genesis 11:27 : S Ge 2:4
  2. Genesis 11:27 : ver 29; Ge 31:53
  3. Genesis 11:27 : ver 31; Ge 12:4; 13:1, 5, 8, 12; 14:12; 19:1; Lk 17:28; 2Pe 2:7
  4. Genesis 11:28 : ver 31; Ge 15:7; Ne 9:7; Job 1:17; 16:11; Eze 23:23; Ac 7:4
  5. Genesis 11:29 : S ver 27, 31; Ge 22:20, 23; 24:10, 15, 24; 29:5
  6. Genesis 11:29 : Ge 12:5, 11; 16:1; 17:15
  7. Genesis 11:29 : Ge 22:20
  8. Genesis 11:30 : Ge 16:1; 18:11; 25:21; 29:31; 30:1, 22; Jdg 13:2; 1Sa 1:5; Ps 113:9; Lk 1:7, 36
  9. Genesis 11:31 : S ver 27
  10. Genesis 11:31 : Ge 38:11; Lev 18:15; 20:12; Ru 1:6, 22; 2:20; 4:15; 1Sa 4:19; 1Ch 2:4; Eze 22:11; Mic 7:6
  11. Genesis 11:31 : S ver 28
  12. Genesis 11:31 : S Ge 10:19
  13. Genesis 11:31 : S ver 29; Ge 12:4; 27:43; 28:5, 10; 29:4; 2Ki 19:12; Eze 27:23
  14. Genesis 11:32 : Jos 24:2
  15. Genesis 12:1 : Ge 20:13; 24:4, 27, 40
  16. Genesis 12:1 : S Ge 10:19
  17. Genesis 12:1 : Ge 15:7; 26:2; Jos 24:3; Ac 7:3*; Heb 11:8
  18. Genesis 12:2 : Ge 13:16; 15:5; 17:2, 4; 18:18; 22:17; 26:4; 28:3, 14; 32:12; 35:11; 41:49; 46:3; 47:27; 48:4, 16, 19; Ex 1:7; 5:5; 32:13; Dt 1:10; 10:22; 13:17; 26:5; Jos 11:4; 24:3; 2Sa 17:11; 1Ki 3:8; 4:20; 1Ch 27:23; 2Ch 1:9; Ne 9:23; Ps 107:38; Isa 6:13; 10:22; 48:19; 51:2; 54:3; 60:22; Jer 33:22; Mic 4:7
  19. Genesis 12:2 : Ge 24:1, 35; 25:11; 26:3; 28:4; Ex 20:24; Nu 22:12; 23:8, 20; 24:9; Ps 67:6; 115:12; Isa 44:3; 61:9; 65:23; Mal 3:12
  20. Genesis 12:2 : Ge 22:18; Isa 19:24; Jer 4:2; Hag 2:19; Zec 8:13
  21. Genesis 12:3 : Ge 27:29; Ex 23:22; Nu 24:9; Dt 30:7
  22. Genesis 12:3 : Ge 15:5; 18:18; 22:18; 26:4; 28:4, 14; Dt 9:5; Ps 72:17; Isa 19:25; Ac 3:25; Gal 3:8*
  23. Genesis 12:4 : S Ge 11:27
  24. Genesis 12:4 : Ge 16:3, 16; 17:1, 17, 24; 21:5
  25. Genesis 12:4 : S Ge 11:31
  26. Genesis 12:5 : S Ge 11:29
  27. Genesis 12:5 : ver 16; Ge 13:2, 6; 31:18; 46:6
  28. Genesis 12:5 : Ge 14:14; 15:3; 17:23; Ecc 2:7
  29. Genesis 12:5 : Ge 11:31; 16:3; Heb 11:8
  30. Genesis 12:6 : Heb 11:9
  31. Genesis 12:6 : Ge 35:4; Dt 11:30; Jos 24:26; Jdg 7:1; 9:6
  32. Genesis 12:6 : Ge 33:18; 37:12; Jos 17:7; 20:7; 24:1; Jdg 8:31; 21:19; 1Ki 12:1; Ps 60:6; 108:7
  33. Genesis 12:6 : S Ge 10:18
  34. Genesis 12:7 : Ge 17:1; 18:1; 26:2; 35:1; Ex 6:3; Ac 7:2
  35. Genesis 12:7 : Ex 3:8; Nu 10:29; Dt 30:5; Heb 11:8
  36. Genesis 12:7 : Ge 13:15, 17; 15:18; 17:8; 23:18; 24:7; 26:3-4; 28:13; 35:12; 48:4; 50:24; Ex 6:4, 8; 13:5, 11; 32:13; 33:1; Nu 11:12; Dt 1:8; 2:31; 9:5; 11:9; 34:4; 2Ki 25:21; 1Ch 16:16; 2Ch 20:7; Ps 105:9-11; Jer 25:5; Eze 47:14; Ac 7:5; Ro 4:13; Gal 3:16*
  37. Genesis 12:7 : S Ge 8:20; 13:4
  38. Genesis 12:8 : Ge 13:3; 28:11, 19; 35:1, 8, 15; Jos 7:2; 8:9; 1Sa 7:16; 1Ki 12:29; Hos 12:4; Am 3:14; 4:4
  39. Genesis 12:8 : Ge 26:25; 33:19; Heb 11:9
  40. Genesis 12:8 : Jos 7:2; 12:9; Ezr 2:28; Ne 7:32; Jer 49:3
  41. Genesis 12:8 : S Ge 4:26; S 8:20
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Hebrews 7:1-17

Melchizedek the Priest

This Melchizedek was king of Salem(A) and priest of God Most High.(B) He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him,(C) and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, the name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.” Without father or mother, without genealogy,(D) without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God,(E) he remains a priest forever.

Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch(F) Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder!(G) Now the law requires the descendants of Levi who become priests to collect a tenth from the people(H)—that is, from their fellow Israelites—even though they also are descended from Abraham. This man, however, did not trace his descent from Levi, yet he collected a tenth from Abraham and blessed(I) him who had the promises.(J) And without doubt the lesser is blessed by the greater. In the one case, the tenth is collected by people who die; but in the other case, by him who is declared to be living.(K) One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham, 10 because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor.

Jesus Like Melchizedek

11 If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood—and indeed the law given to the people(L) established that priesthood—why was there still need for another priest to come,(M) one in the order of Melchizedek,(N) not in the order of Aaron? 12 For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also. 13 He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe,(O) and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar.(P) 14 For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah,(Q) and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. 15 And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, 16 one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. 17 For it is declared:

“You are a priest forever,
in the order of Melchizedek.”[a](R)

Footnotes:

  1. Hebrews 7:17 Psalm 110:4
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John 4:16-26

16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”

17 “I have no husband,” she replied.

Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet.(A) 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain,(B) but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”(C)

21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming(D) when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.(E) 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know;(F) we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.(G) 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come(H) when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit(I) and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit,(J) and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ)(K) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”(L)

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