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II Corinthians 2:14-3:3
 With thee is wisdom, who knows thy works
and was present when thou didst make the world,
and who understand what is pleasing in thy sight
and what is right according to thy commandments.
 Send her forth from the holy heavens,
and from the throne of thy glory send her,
that she may be with me and toil,
and that I may learn what is pleasing to thee.
 For she knows and understands all things,
and she will guide me wisely in my actions
and guard me with her glory.
 Then my works will be acceptable,
and I shall judge thy people justly,
and shall be worthy of the throne of my father.
 For what man can learn the counsel of God?
Or who can discern what the Lord wills?
 For the reasoning of mortals is worthless,
and our designs are likely to fail,
 for a perishable body weighs down the soul,
and this earthy tent burdens the thoughtful mind.
 We can hardly guess at what is on earth,
and what is at hand we find with labor;
but who has traced out what is in the heavens?
 Who has learned thy counsel, unless thou hast given wisdom
and sent thy holy Spirit from on high?
 And thus the paths of those on earth were set right,
and men were taught what pleases thee,
and were saved by wisdom.”
 Wisdom protected the first-formed father of the
world, when he alone had been created;
she delivered him from his transgression,
 and gave him strength to rule all things.
 Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees; and they encamped there by the water.
 They set out from Elim, and all the congregation of the people of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had departed from the land of Egypt.
II Corinthians 2:14-3:3
 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumph, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.
 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing,
 to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?
 For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word; but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.
 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you, or from you?
 You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on your hearts, to be known and read by all men;
 and you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
 After this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to come.
 And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
 Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.
 Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and salute no one on the road.
 Whatever house you enter, first say, `Peace be to this house!’
 And if a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you.
 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages; do not go from house to house.
 Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you;
 heal the sick in it and say to them, `The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
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