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Genesis 1:26-27

1998 revision

26Then God said, "Let us make man in our likeness. Let them rule over the fish in the waters and the birds of the air. Let them rule over the livestock and over the whole earth. Let them rule over all of the creatures that move along the ground."

27So God created man in his own likeness.
He created him in the likeness of God.
He created them as male and female.

2014 revision

26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings so that they are like us. Let them rule over the fish in the seas and the birds in the sky. Let them rule over the livestock and all the wild animals. And let them rule over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created human beings in his own likeness.
He created them to be like himself.
He created them as male and female.

Genesis 12:1-5

1998 revision

God Chooses Abram

1The LORD had said to Abram, "Leave your country and your people. Leave your father's family. Go to the land I will show you.

2"I will make you into a great nation.
I will bless you.
I will make your name great.
You will be a blessing to others.
3I will bless those who bless you.
I will put a curse on anyone who calls down a curse on you.
All nations on earth
will be blessed because of you."

4So Abram left, just as the Lord had told him. Lot went with him. Abram was 75 years old when he left Haran.
5He took his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot. They took all of the things they had gotten in Haran. They also took the workers they had gotten there.
They set out for the land of Canaan. And they arrived there.

2014 revision

God Chooses Abram

1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s family. Go to the land I will show you.

2 “I will make you into a great nation.
And I will bless you.
I will make your name great.
You will be a blessing to others.
3 I will bless those who bless you.
I will put a curse on anyone who puts a curse on you.
All nations on earth
will be blessed because of you.”

4 So Abram went, just as the LORD had told him. Lot went with him. Abram was 75 years old when he left Harran. 5 He took his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot. They took all the people and possessions they had acquired in Harran. They started out for the land of Canaan. And they arrived there.

Psalm 23 - 1998 and 2014 revisions

A psalm of David.

1The LORD is my shepherd. He gives me everything I need.
2He lets me lie down in fields of green grass.
He leads me beside quiet waters.
3He gives me new strength.
He guides me in the right paths
for the honor of his name.
4Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid.
You are with me.
Your shepherd's rod and staff
comfort me.
5You prepare a feast for me
right in front of my enemies.
You pour oil on my head.
My cup runs over.
6I am sure that your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life.
And I will live in the house of the LORD
forever.

Isaiah 55:1-3 - 1998 and 2014 revisions

The 2014 revision changes the heading to "The LORD Invites Thirsty People to Come to Him"; no textual changes have been made.

The LORD Invites His People to Come to Him

1"Come, all of you who are thirsty.
Come and drink the water I offer to you.
You who do not have any money, come.
Buy and eat the grain I give you.
Come and buy wine and milk.
You will not have to pay anything for it.
2Why spend money on what is not food?
Why work for what does not satisfy you?
Listen carefully to me.
Then you will eat what is good.
You will enjoy the richest food there is.
3Listen and come to me.
Pay attention to me.
Then you will live.
I will make a covenant with you that will last forever.
I will give you my faithful love.
I promised it to David.

Mark 1:9-13

Jesus Is Baptized and Tempted

1998 revision

9At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee. John baptized him in the Jordan River. 10Jesus was coming up out of the water. Just then he saw heaven being torn open. He saw the Holy Spirit coming down on him like a dove. 11A voice spoke to him from heaven. It said, "You are my Son, and I love you. I am very pleased with you."
12At once the Holy Spirit sent Jesus out into the desert. 13He was in the desert 40 days. There Satan tempted him. The wild animals didn't harm Jesus. Angels took care of him.

2014 revision

Jesus Is Baptized and Tempted

9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee. John baptized Jesus in the Jordan River. 10 Jesus was coming up out of the water. Just then he saw heaven being torn open. Jesus saw the Holy Spirit coming down on him like a dove. 11 A voice spoke to him from heaven. It said, “You are my Son, and I love you. I am very pleased with you.”

12 At once the Holy Spirit sent Jesus out into the desert. 13 He was in the desert 40 days. There Satan tempted him. The wild animals didn’t harm Jesus. Angels took care of him.

John 1:1-5

1998 revision

The Word Became Human

1In the beginning, the Word was already there. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning.
3All things were made through him. Nothing that has been made was made without him. 4Life was in him, and that life was the light for all people. 5The light shines in the darkness. But the darkness has not understood it.

2014 revision

The Word Became a Human Being

1 In the beginning, the Word was already there. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 All things were made through him. Nothing that has been made was made without him. 4 Life was in him, and that life was the light for all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness. But the darkness has not overcome the light.

1 Corinthians 15:1-8

1998 revision

Paul Explains the Good News

1Brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the good news I preached to you. You received it and have put your faith in it. 2Because you believed the good news, you are saved. But you must hold firmly to the message I preached to you. If you don't, you have believed it for nothing.
3What I received I passed on to you. And it is the most important of all. Here is what it is. Christ died for our sins, just as Scripture said he would. 4He was buried. He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as Scripture said he would be. 5He appeared to Peter.
Then he appeared to the Twelve. 6After that, he appeared to more than 500 believers at the same time. Most of them are still living. But some have died. 7He appeared to James. Then he appeared to all the apostles. 8Last of all, he also appeared to me. I was like someone who wasn't born at the right time or in a normal way.

2014 revision

Christ Rose From the Dead

1 Brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the good news I preached to you. You received it and have put your faith in it. 2 Because you believed the good news, you are saved. But you must hold firmly to the message I preached to you. If you don’t, you have believed it for nothing.

3 What I received I passed on to you. And it is the most important of all. Here is what it is. Christ died for our sins, just as Scripture said he would. 4 He was buried. He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as Scripture said he would be. 5 He appeared to Peter. Then he appeared to the 12 apostles. 6 After that, he appeared to more than 500 brothers and sisters at the same time. Most of them are still living. But some have died. 7 He appeared to James. Then he appeared to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, he also appeared to me. I was like someone who wasn’t born at the right time.


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