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A Call to Repentance

25 Turn back to the Lord and forsake your sins;

pray in his presence and lessen your offense.

26 Return to the Most High and turn away from iniquity,m

and hate intensely what he abhors.

27 Who will sing praises to the Most High in Hades

in place of the living who give thanks?

28 From the dead, as from one who does not exist, thanksgiving has ceased;

those who are alive and well sing the Lord’s praises.

29 How great is the mercy of the Lord,

and his forgiveness for those who return to him!

30 For not everything is within human capability,

since human beings are not immortal.

31 What is brighter than the sun? Yet it can be eclipsed.

So flesh and blood devise evil.

32 He marshals the host of the height of heaven;

but all human beings are dust and ashes.


About The New Revised Standard Version

The original Revised Standard Version served as a standard for nearly forty years. The New Revised Standard Version with Apocrypha maintains the traditions of the older version with fresh new vocabulary and modern English construction.


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