Happy the poor in spirit – because theirs is the reign of the heavens.
Happy the mourning – because they shall be comforted.
Happy the meek – because they shall inherit the land.
Happy those hungering and thirsting for righteousness – because they shall be filled.
Happy the kind – because they shall find kindness.
. . .
The Lord will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.
Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer . . .
Jesus said to them, ‘Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? The farmer sows the word. Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at . . .
I will pour out of My Spirit, and they shall prophesy; and I will give wonders in the heaven above, and signs upon the earth beneath – blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke, the sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the coming of the day of the Lord – the great and illustrious; and it shall be, every one – . . .
for ye were once darkness, and now light in the Lord; as children of light walk ye,
for the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness, and righteousness, and truth,
proving what is well-pleasing to the Lord,
and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of the darkness and rather even convict,
. . .
Listen to my prayer, O God,
do not ignore my plea;
hear me and answer me.
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught
because of what my enemy is saying,
because of the threats of the wicked;
for they bring down suffering on me
and assail me in their anger.
My heart is in anguish . . .
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray . . .