November 6th, 2014

the politics of insecurity are contagious

It is 7:13 AM Thursday morning in the flow of time. This morning I got out music of Oneida to keep me company. Outside it is in the 40's wet and dark gray. It is suppose to rain the rest of this week. We are going to get snow next week. We already called the fellow who plows our driveway during the winter months. We expect another harsh winter here by Lake Michigan. Every time I get a panic attack about winter I comfort myself with the sure knowledge I do not have to go anywhere in the dead American world. I do not have to drive in snow and ice like millions of people do each winter day. I am free to wait for death here in our middle class environment. The Lord has richly blessed Carol and I.

I got up this morning around 6:05 AM. I got up made a pot of coffee and then messed with our main computer. After messing with our main computer I made myself a bowl of oatmeal. After eating my mush I decided to write in my blogs even though I have nothing new to write. I write the same stuff every day. Nothing changes. I am shut in.

I do not plan to go anywhere today due to the bad early winter weather.

Last night I read my books and watched television. I went to bed around 11 o'clock PM last night. Now it is another day to celebrate existence in union with the Risen Lord Jesus Christ/Messiah. I read these books last night-

"Laura Warholic or, The Sexual Intellectual" a novel by Alexander Theroux

"Reappraisals: Reflections On The Forgotten Twentieth Century" by Tony Judt

In the mail yesterday I received another edition of John O'Hara's novel, "From The Terrace". A couple of weeks ago I bought a used edition of O'Hara's novel, "From The Terrance" and discovered when looking through it several pages were so damaged that it was impossible to read what was on the page. I decided to buy another used edition for my John O'Hara collection. John O'Hara is one of my favorite American writers. I have been reading off and on O'Hara's novel, "Ourselves To Know". Yesterday I got out a biography on the life of John O'Hara titled, "The Art Of Burning Bridges: A Life Of John O'Hara" by Geoffrey Wolff (Wolff also wrote a wonderful biography on Harry Crosby titled, "Black Sun: The Brief Transit and Violent Eclipse of Harry Crosby".)

So it is another day. I will close to write in my paper diary. Wait for Carol to come home from work. Existence keeps speeding by.
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books bought during the year 2014

January 2014
"Painting in Britain 1530 to 1790" by Ellis Waterhouse [The Pelican History of Art]
"A Companion To Shakespeare Studies" Edited By H. Granville-Barker & G. B. Harrison
"The Right Stuff" a novel by Tom Wolfe
"Seasons At Eagle Pond" essays by Donald Hall
"Charlotte Gray" a novel by Sebastian Faulks
"Ann Vickers" a novel by Sinclair Lewis
"Maiden Castle" a novel by John Cowper Powys
"Judgment Day: My Years With Ayn Rand" memoir by Nathaniel Branden
"His Excellency George Washington" biography by Joseph J. Ellis
"The Politics Of Rage: George Wallace, The Origins Of The New Conservatism, And The Transformation Of American Politics" by Dan T. Carter
"Fragile Things: Short Fictions And Wonders" fantasy by Neil Gaiman
"Pictures At An Exhibition" a novel by D. M. Thomas
"Kate Remembered" (Katharine Hepburn) by A. Scott Berg
"Last Night at the Lobster" a novel by Steward O'Nan
"The Long Voyage: Selected Letters of Malcolm Cowley, 1915-1987" Edited By Hans Bak & Foreword By Robert Cowley
"The Side of Brightness" a novel by Colum McCann
"Smiling Through The Apocalypse: Esquire's History Of The Sixties"
"Empire By Default: The Spanish-American War and the Dawn of the American Century" by Ivan Musicant
"True History of the Kelly Gang" a novel by Peter Carey
"Sketches And Travels In London" by W. M. Thackeray
"The Newton Letter" a novel by John Banville
"Fragile Things: Short Fictions And Wonders" by Neil Gaiman
"Brideshead Revisited" a novel by Evelyn Waugh
"White Noise" a novel by Don DeLillo
"On Chesil Beach" a novel by Ian McEwan
"A Friend From England" a novel by Antia Brookner
"Desirable Daughters" a novel by Bharati Mukherjee
"Public and Private Papers" by President Thomas Jefferson
"The Civilization of Charlemagne" by Jacques Boussard
"The Celestial Railroad And Other Stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne
"The Philosophy Of Nietzsche" Edited, with an Introduction, by Geoffrey Clive
"On The Eve" a novel by I. S. Turgenev (A New Translation By Gilbert Gardiner)
"The Mandarins" a novel by Simone de Beauvoir
"Psycho-Analysis and Feminism: Freud, Reich, Laing and Women" by Juliet Mitchell
"Andrew Jackson" a biography by Robert V. Remini
"Joseph Conrad Heart Of Darkness: A Case Study In Contemporary Criticism" Edited by Ross C. Murfin
"The Sorrows Of An American" a novel by Siri Hustvedt
"La Grande Therese: The Greatest Scandal Of The Century" by Hilary Spurling
"Greasy Lake & Other Stories" by T. Coraghessan Boyle
"Webster's Concise World Atlas" With 80 maps in full color
"U and I: A True Story" by Nicholson Baker
"Matthew Joseph Bourgeois Bohemian" biography by David E. Shi
"A Fanatic Heart: Selected Stories Of Edna O'Brien" by Edna O'Brien
"Einstein: The Life and Times" biography by Ronald W. Clark
"Radical Christian Communities" by Thomas P. Rausch, S.J.
"The Blind Assassin" a novel by Margaret Atwood
"Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction" by Kurt Vonnegut
"Galapagos: World's End" by William Beebe
"Turtle Moon" a novel by Alice Hoffman
"Go East, Young Man: The Early Years" The Autobiography of William O. Douglas
"Difficult Loves" a novel by Italo Calvino
"The Portable Poe" Edited by Philip Van Doren Stern
"The Almost Moon" a novel by Alice Sebold
"The Great Gatsby" a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald
"Fathers" a novel by Herbert Gold
"The Green Mirror" a novel by Hugh Walpole
"Mystery On The Mountain: The Drama Of The Sinai Revelation" by Theodor Reik
"Eva Luna" a novel by Isabel Allende (Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden)
"Marya: A Life" a novel by Joyce Carol Oates
"The Human Comedy" a novel by William Saroyan
"A Man And Two Women" a novel by Doris Lessing
"The Good Terrorist" a novel by Doris Lessing
"The Fixer" a novel by Bernard Malamud
"The Tenants" a novel by Bernard Malamud

February 2014
"Portrait in Sepia" a novel by Isabel Allende
"The Piano Tuner" a novel by Daniel Mason
"Iron House" a novel by John Hart
"Welcome To Hard Times" a novel by E. L. Doctorow
"The White South" a novel by Hammand Innes "A gripping story of the sea and the Antarctic icefields"
"The Bride and the Bachelors: Five Masters Of The Avant-Garde Duchamp, Tinguely, Cage, Rauschenberg, Cunningham" By Calvin Tomkins
"American Religious Thought: A History" by William A. Clebsch
"The Interestings" by Meg Wolitzer
"Wonderful Fool" a novel by Shusaku Endo
"The Soldier's Return" a novel by Melvyn Bragg
"Dreaming War: Blood For Oil And The Cheney-Bush Junta" essays by Gore Vidal
"The Tortilla Curtain" a novel by T. C. Boyle (a Penguin Ink Edition)
"The Face Thief" a novel by Eli Gottlieb
"Digging to America" a novel by Anne Tyler
"Flowers Of Evil" poetry by Charles Baudelaire
"The Songlines" Memoir by Bruce Chatwin
"The Amateur Marriage" a novel by Anne Tyler
"The Middleman and Other Stories" by Bharati Mukherjee [National Book Critics Circle Award Winner]
"Nectar In A Sieve" a novel by Kamala Markandaya
"For Reasons Of State" essays by Noam Chomsky
"The Life And Times Of Theodore Roosevelt" biography by William Henry Harbaugh
"August 1914" a novel by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
"The True Believer: Thoughts On The Nature Of Mass Movements" by Eric Hoffer
"Afterwords: Novelists On Their Novels" Edited By Thomas McCormack
"Lives of Girls And Women" a novel by Alice Munro
"Something I've Been Meaning To Tell You" Stories by Alice Munro
"The Rise Of The Greeks" by Michael Grant
"Strong Motion" a novel by Jonathan Franzen
"Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East 1776 to the Present" by Michael B. Oren
"Forest of the Pygmies" novel by Isabel Allende
"The Reluctant Fundamentalist" a novel by Mohsin Hamid
"Blue Diary" a novel by Alice Hoffman
"Diderot: The Embattled Philosopher" biography by Lester G. Crocker
"Perfect Recall" stories by Ann Beattie
"The River at the Center of the World: A Journey Up The Yangtze, And Back In Chinese Time" by Simon Winchester
"Noah's Compass" a novel by Anne Tyler
"Ten Days In The Hills" a novel by Jane Smiley
"How To Read A Book" The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren
"Laments For The Living" Short Stories by Dorothy Parker
"Boyhood: A Memoir" by J. M. Coetzee
"The Dancer Upstairs" a novel by Nicholas Shakespeare
"Desert Places" A woman's odyssey with the wanderers of the Indian desert by Robyn Davidson
"Pigeon Feathers and other stories" by John Updike

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books bought during the year 2014 continued

April 2014
"Fire in the Streets: America In The 1960's" by Milton Viorst
"Blue Calhoun" a novel by Reynolds Price
"The Earth Shall Weep: A History Of Native Americans" by James Wilson
"The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen" With an introduction by Angus Wilson
"The Sot-Weed Factor" a novel by John Barth
"Sputnik Sweetheart" a novel by Haruki Murakami
"Vanessa Bell" a biography by Frances Spalding
"Paul the Missionary: Realities, Strategies and Methods" by Eckhard J. Schnabel
"The Heresy Of Orthodoxy: How Contemporary Culture Fascination with Diversity Has Reshaped Our Understanding of Early Christianity" by Andreas J. Kostenberger & Michael J. Kruger
"This Is My Beloved Son: The Transfiguration Of Christ" by Andreas Andreopoulos
"The Acts Of The Apostle" [The Pillar New Testament Commentary] by David G. Peterson
"Paul the Convert: The Apostolate and Apostasy of Saul the Pharisee" by Alan F. Segal
"Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament: Exegesis And Interpretation" by G. K. Beale
"Constructing Jesus: Memory, Imagination, and History" by Dale G. Allison Jr.
"Acts: An Exegetical Commentary 3:1-14:28" Volume 2 by Craig S. Keener
"Burning The Days" memoir by James Salter
"Berlin Diaries 1940-1945" by Marie Vassiltchikov
"Prisoners of the Good Fight: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939: Americans Against Franco Fascism" by Carl Geiser
"Alias Grace" a novel by Margaret Atwood
"Runaway" stories by Alice Munro
"How It All Began" a novel by Penelope Lively
"The Ice Storm" a novel by Rick Moody
"Almost" a novel by Elizabeth Benedict
"Henry Moore: My Ideas, Inspiration And Life As An Artist" by Henry Moore & John Hedgrcoe
"Middlesex" a novel by Jeffrey Eugenides
"Flight Behavior" a novel by Barbara Kingsolver
"The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down" A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, And The Collision Of Two Cultures" by Anne Fadiman
"A Patchwork Planet" a novel by Anne Tyler
"The Midwife: A Memoir Of Birth, Joy, And Hard Times" by Jennifer Worth
"The Conquest Of Mexico And the Conquest Of Peru" by William H. Prescott
"The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family" biography by Mary S. Lovell
"Our Man in Havana" a novel by Graham Greene
"Plain Speaking: An Oral Biography Of Harry S. Truman" by Merle Miller
"Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History" by Robert D. Kaplan
"The Laments" a novel by George Hagen
"Merton: A Biography" by Monica Furlong
"Anna Karenina" a novel by Leo Tolstoy
"Oh The Glory Of It All" a memoir by Sean Wilsey
"Wild: From Lost To Found On The Pacific Crest Trail" memoir by Cheryl Strayed
"An American Childhood" memoir by Annie Dillard
"The Lovely Bones" a novel by Alice Sebold
"Horse Heaven" a novel by Jane Smiley
"Nature Diary" Janet Marsh
"Vargas Llosa For President" by Mario Vargas Llosa [Granta 36] A Paperback Magazine Of New Writing
"The Wooden Shepherdess" a novel by Richard Hughes
"The Song Before It Is Sung" a novel by Justin Cartwright
"Death Of A Harvard Man" by Simon Schama [Granta 34 A Paperback Magazine Of New Writing]
"Ambition: Paul Auster, Doris Lessing, Joyce Carol Oates, George Steiner, J. M. Coetzee introducing John Biguenet [Granta 58 The Magazine Of New Writing]
"Stay Here With Me" A Memoir by Robert Olmstead
"The Radleys" a novel by Matt Haig
"Nightingales: The Extraordinary Upbringing and Curious Life of Miss Florence Nightingale" biography by Gillian Gill
"The Commissariat Of Enlightenment" a novel by Ken Kalfus
"The Ayn Rand Reader" Edited By Gary Hull & Leonard Peikoff
"Gorky: A Biography" by Henri Troyat [Translated From The French By Lowell Bair]
"The Provincial Lady in London" a novel by E. M. Delafield
"Diary of a Provincial Lady" novel by E. M. Delafield
"The Provincial Lady in America" novel by E. M. Delafield
"The Provincial Lady in Russia" novel by E. M. Delafield
"The Children" novel by Edith Wharton
"The Reef" a novel by Edith Wharton
"Twilight Sleep" novel by Edith Wharton
"Of Love and Other Demons" novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
"Collected Stories" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
"The Eleventh Man" a novel by Ivan Doig
"The Selected Letters of Anton Chekhov"
"Pigeon English" novel by Stephen Kelman
"Prague Pictures: Portrait of a City" by John Banville
"Against The Day" a novel by Thomas Pynchon
"Gravity's Rainbow" a novel by Thomas Pynchon
"Bluebeard" novel by Kurt Vonnegut
"Galapagos" a novel by Kurt Vonnegut
"Bagombo Snuff Box" Uncollected Short Fiction with an Introduction by Kurt Vonnegut
"A Solder Of The Great War" a novel by Mark Helprin
"Moby-Dick or The Whale" novel by Herman Melville
"Buddenbrooks" a novel by Thomas Mann
"Falling Off the Map: Some Lonely Places of the World" travel memoir by Pico Iyer
"Don Fernado Or Variations On Some Spanish Themes" by W. Somerset Maugham
"Everyone Loves You When You're Dead" music interviews by Neil Strauss
"The House Of The Spirits" a novel by Isabel Allende
"Refiner's Fire" a novel by Mark Helprin
"Genius: A Mosaic Of One Hundred Exemplary Creative Minds" literary criticism by Harold Bloom
"Family And Friends" novel by Anita Brookner
"Crome Yellow" a novel by Aldous Huxley
"The Colossus Of Maroussi" by Henry Miller
"Conversation: A History Of A Declining Art" by Stephen Miller
"Short Night of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis" by Timothy Egan
"Le Grand Meaulnes, The Wanderer" by Alain-Fournier
"Pilgrim" a novel by Timothy Findley
"The Image or What Happened to the American Dream" by Daniel J. Boorstin

May 2014
"Guernica" a novel by Dave Boling
"The Roosevelt Women" a biography by Betty Boyd Caroli
"Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter" a novel by Tom Franklin
"The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales From a Strange Time" Gonzo Papers, Volume 1 by Hunter S. Thompson
"Her Fearful Symmetry" a novel by Audrey Niffenegger
"The Last Of The Wine" a novel by Mary Renault
"Brick Lane" a novel by Monica Ali
"Boswell's Life Of Johnson" paperback edition
"Strip City" A Stripper's Farewell Journey Across America by Lily Burana
"Cold Sassy Tree" a novel by Olive Ann Burns
"Cleopatra: A Life" biography by Stacy Schiff
"When Madeline Was Young" a novel by Jane Hamilton
"The Water Is Wide" A Memoir by Pat Conroy
"Freedom In Exile: The Autobiography Of The Dalai Lama"
"If on a winter's night a traveler" A Novel by Italo Calvino
"Without A Hero and other stories" by T. Coraghessan Boyle
"Citizen Hearst" biography by W. A. Swanberg
"Tom Bedlam" A Novel by George Hagen
"In Dreams Begin Responsibilities And Other Stories" by Delmore Schwartz
"Delmore Schwartz: The Life Of An American Poet" biography by James Atlas
"Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness And The Artistic Temperament" by Kay Redfield Jamsison
"The Falls" a novel by Joyce Carol Oates
"Spider" a novel by Patrick McGrath
"Freddy And Fredericka" a novel by Mark Helprin
"Collected Prose" by Robert Lowell
"Updike" biography by Adam Begley
"We All Went To Paris: Americans in the City of Lights 1776-1971" by Stephen Longstreet "Washington: A Life" by Ron Chernow.
"Mission To Paris" A Novel by Alan Furst
"The Invisible Bridge" A Novel by Julie Orringer
"Human Smoke: The Beginning of World War II, the End of Civilization" by Nicholson Baker
"Nixonland: The Rise Of A President And The Fracturing Of America" by Rick Perlstein
"Elsewhere" A Memoir by Richard Russo
"Ordinary Thunderstorms" A Novel by William Boyd
"A Chance Meeting: Intertwined Lives Of American Writers And Artists 1854-1967" by Rachel Cohen
"The Easter Parade" A Novel by Richard Yates
"A Pagan Place" A Novel by Edna O'Brien
"The Gift" A Novel by Vladimir Nabokov
"Kafka On The Shore" A Novel by Haruki Murakami
"Junk Mail" Essays by Will Self
"Yellow Dog" A Novel by Martin Amis
"Passions of the Mind" Essays by A. S. Byatt
"Ulysses And Us: The Art of Everyday Life in Joyce's Masterpiece" by Declan Kiberd
"Dream Song: The Life Of John Berryman" biography by Paul Mariani
"The Mask Of Apollo" a novel by Mary Renault
"Ordinary Wolves" A Novel by Seth Kantner
"School For The Blind" A Novel by Dennis McFarland
"The Two-Edged Sword: An Interpretation of the Old Testament" by John L. McKenzie
"The Denial Of Death" by Ernest Becker
"Scoundrel Time" A Memoir by Lillian Hellman
"Annapurna: First Conquest of an 8000-meter Peak [26,463 feet]" by Maurice Herzog Leader of the French Himalayan Expedition [Translated from the French by Nea Morin and Janet Adam Smith]
"The Same Door" Short Stories by John Updike
"Social Blunders" a novel by Tim Sandlin
"Checkpoint" a novel by Nicholson Baker
"The Road To Lichfield" a novel by Penelope Lively
"Treasures of Time" a novel by Penelope Lively
"Heat Wave" a novel by Penelope Lively
"Visitors" a novel by Anita Brookner
"Miles: The Autobiography" by Miles Davies with Quincy Troupe
"The Old Forest and Other Stories" by Peter Taylor
"Santa Fe & Taos: The Writer's Era 1916-1941" by Marta Weigle & Kyle Fiore
"The Mountains Of California" by John Muir
"Five Points: The 19th-Century New York City Neighborhood That Invented Tap Dance, Stole Elections, And Became The World's Most Notorious Slum" by Tyler Anbinder
"Borrowed Finery" A Memoir by Paula Fox
"Cambridge" a novel by Caryl Phillips
"Paris, France" A Knopf Guide
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The Coming of the Messiah

"[44] Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
[45] Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
[46] Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
[47] Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:
[48] Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.
[49] So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
[50] And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth." Matthew 13:44-50

Last Saturday the Christian lady who volunteers the Herrick Public Library used books store asked me if I understood these verses in the Gospel of Matthew, "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and seeleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field" Matthew 13:44.

This morning while reading a book titled, "Hidden But Now Revealed: A Biblical Theology of Mystery" by G. K. Beale & Benjamin L. Gladd the above verses from Matthew chapter 13 were quoted. I will quote Beale-

"Returning to Matthew 13, the inclusion of two more parables-the hidden treasure and the costly pearl (Matt. 13:44-46)-demonstrate the immense worth or inauguration of the latter-day kingdom. This is again illustrated in the enigmatic saying found in Matthew 13:52: "Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings out of his treasure things new and old." Here the kingdom is likened to a scribe or writer who furnishes "things new and old." Whatever the precise identification of all the details may be, the main thrust is that Jesus' teaching concerning the kingdom involves both "new" and "old" insights. In other words, his teaching stands in both continuity and discontinuity with the Old Testament (see also Lk 10:21-24). The continuity of Jesus' teaching is that the already-and-not-yet kingdom truly fulfills Old Testament latter-day prophecies concerning the kingdom (e.g., Gen 49; Num 24; Dan 2). The kingdom has come! On the other hand, the discontinuity refers to the inaugurated nature of the kingdom and its nonconsummative presence. Mysteriously, the arrival of the kingdom does not signal the complete destruction of Israel's enemies and the devil, as the Old Testament and Judaism appear to depict. Sin, wickedness and rebellion persist. whereas the expectations of God's kingdom affirmed that all sin and wickedness would be extinguished forever.

The kingdom has been inaugurated but remains to be consummately fulfilled. Scholars label this framework the "already-and-not-yet," and it is commonly referred to as "inaugurated eschatology". . ."pg. 70,71 G. K. Beale

I have in my main study many biblical commentaries. I got out a commentary on the Gospel of Matthew by Ben Witherington III to read his comments on Matt. 13:44. I will now quote Witherington III-

"The story envisions someone finding a treasure, reburying it, going out and selling all they had, and buying the field. Later rabbinic law was clear on this point. If you bought a field, you also bought the contents that were found in the field. You will notice that the man in question is not a thief. He leaves the treasure in the field until he can buy the field and the treasure becomes his. This parable means for us not only to sense the great worth of finding the Dominion but also the great joy involved in doing so. Possibly there is also a secondary theme about the Dominion's hiddenness, requiring a diligent search for it. When one finds the Dominion, all else seems valueless or at least of much less worth and so expendable if that is what it takes to get the treasure. No sacrifice is too great to obtain it." pg. 272 Ben Witherington III "Matthew" [Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary]

Also check out this commentaries on the Gospel of Matthew-

"The Gospel of Matthew" [The New International Greek Testament Commentary] by John Nolland

"The Gospel of Matthew" [The New International Commentary on the New Testament] by R. T. France

"Jesus And The Kingdom Of God" by G. R. Beasley-Murray

"[16] And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
[17] And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
[18] He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
[19] Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
[20] The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
[21] Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
[22] But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
[23] Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
[24] And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
[25] When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
[26] But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
[27] Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?
[28] And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
[29] And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
[30] But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first." Matthew 19:16-30
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