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Ezekiel 38:8-16

A (8) After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.

B (9) Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land,

C thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.

D (10) Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: (11) And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,

E (12) To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.

E’ (13) Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?

D’ (14) Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?

C’ (15) And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:

B’ (16) And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land

A’ it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.

Titus 1-3

Note: The following suggested structure for the whole of Titus was found online at:

The format has been slightly adapted. A and A’ both have faith and grace as key words. In B, Titus is told he was left in Crete to set in order the things that are wanting and to ordain elders. In B’ Titus is told to come to Paul and to make sure nothing is wanting for Zenas and Apollos. C and C’ warns against false teachers. In D and D’ Titus is encouraged to teach sound doctrine. E and E’ is an exhortation to ensure our behaviour is such that others are not be able to speak evil of us, to be subordinate to rulers and to wait in hope for the appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ. These points all centre around the Lord Jesus ‘who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.’


Titus 1-3

Hebrews 9:6-28

A (6) Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. (7) But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered  for himself, and for the errors of the people: (8) The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: (9) Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the
conscience; (10) Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

B (11) But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; (12) Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

C (13) For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:(14) How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (15) And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

D. (16) For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. (17) For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. (18) Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.

E (19) For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,

X (20) Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.

E’ (21) Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.

D’ (22) And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

C’ (23) It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

B’ (24) For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

A’ (25) Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; (26) For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.(27) And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: (28) So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

Hebrews 1:1-2:5

A  (1)  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, (2)  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds(3)  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things  by the word of his power (G1411) , when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; (4)  Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

B  (5)  For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? (6)  And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. (7)  And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

C  (8)  But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. (9)  Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. (10)  And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: (11)  They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; (12)  And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.

B’  (13)  But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? (14)  Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

A’   (1)  Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. (2)  For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; (3)  How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; (4)  God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles (G1411), and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? (5)  For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.

Hebrews 9:24-10:19

A  (24)  For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: (25)  Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; (26)  For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.(27)  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:(28)  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

 B  (1)  For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. (2)  For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.(3)  But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.

C  (4)  For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

D  (5)  Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:(6)  In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. (7)  Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

 D’. (8)  Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; (9)  Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.(10)  By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

C’  (11)  And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:

 B’  (12)  But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;(13)  From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. (14)  For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. (15)  Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, (16)  This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; (17)  And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. (18)  Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

A’  (19)  Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, (20)  By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; (21)  And having an high priest over the house of God;

Isaiah 18

A 1 Woe to the land shadowing with wings,
which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:
(2)  That sendeth ambassadors by the sea,
even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, saying,
Go, ye swift messengers,
to a nation scattered and peeled,
to a people terrible from their beginning hitherto;

a nation meted out and trodden down,
whose land the rivers have spoiled!

B  (3)  All ye inhabitants of the world,
and dwellers on the earth, see ye,
when he lifteth up an ensign on the mountains;
and when he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye.

C  (4)  For so the LORD said unto me,
I will take my rest,
and I will consider in my dwelling place
like a clear heat upon herbs,
and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.
(5)  For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect,
and the sour grape is ripening in the flower,
he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks,
and take away and cut down the branches.

B’  (6)  They shall be left together unto the fowls of the mountains,
and to the beasts of the earth:
and the fowls shall summer upon them,
and all the beasts of the earth shall winter upon them.

A’  (7)  In that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of hosts
of a people scattered and peeled,
and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto;
a nation meted out and trodden under foot,
whose land the rivers have spoiled,
to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts,
the mount Zion.

Mark 1:16-34

A  (16)  Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw  Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. (17)  And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. (18)  And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him. (19)  And when he had gone a little further thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets.(20)  And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.

B  (21)  And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught.

C  (22)  And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.

D  (23)  And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,

E  (24)  Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us?

X  I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.

E’  (25)  And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.

D’  (26)  And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.

C’  (27)  And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him. (28)  And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee.

B’  (29)  And forthwith, when they were come out of the synagogue,

A’  (29b) they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.

2A. But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell him of her.

2B. 31 And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up;

2A’. and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.

3A. 32 And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils.

3B. 33 And all the city was gathered together at the door.

3A’. 34 And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.

Mark 6:2-13

A. (2a)  And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue:

B. and many hearing him were astonished, saying,

C  (2b)  From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?

D  (3a)  Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us?

E  (3b)  And they were offended at him.

D’  (4)  But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.

C’  (5)  And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.

B’  (6)  And he marvelled because of their unbelief.

A’. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

2A  (7)  And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;

 2B. 8 And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse: 9 But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats.

2B’. 10 And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place. 11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

2A’. 12 And they went out, and preached that men should repent. 13 And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.

Acts 4:27-30

A  (27)  For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,

B  (28)  For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.

C  (29)  And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,

B’  (30)  By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done

A’  by the name of thy holy child Jesus.

Psalm 46

To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth.

A. 1 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.

B. 2 Therefore will not we fear,
a. though the earth be removed,
b. and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
c. 3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled,
d. though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

C. 4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

B’. 5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: 
God shall help her, and that right early.
6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: 
he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

A’/2A. 7 The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

2B  (8)  Come, behold the works of the LORD,
what desolations he hath made in the earth.

2C  (9)  He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth;
he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder;
he burneth the chariot in the fire.

2B’  (10)  Be still, and know that I am God:
I will be exalted among the heathen,
I will be exalted in the earth.

2A’  (11)  The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.