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full of mercy and good fruits, without par. None of us liveth to himself, and no man tiality, and without hypocrisy. Ja. ii. 17. dieth to himself. The kingdom of God is Cleanse your hands ye sinners, and purify not meat and drink, but righteousness and your hearts ye double-minded. Ja. iv. 8. peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

Let us Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying therefore follow after the things which make the truth, through the Spirit, unto unfeigned for peace, and things wherewith one may love of the brethren, see that ye love one edify another. Ro. xiv. 1. 7. 17. 19. I speak another with a pure heart fervently. I Pe. to your shame: brother goeth to law with

brother, and that before the unbelievers. 1 - Por they shall see God.] And when Jacob Co. vi. 5, 6. Now then we are ambassadors saw them (the angels of God, who met him on for Christ, as though God did beseech you by his way), he said, This is God's host: and he We pray you in Christ's stead, be ye called the name of that place Mahanaim. Ge. reconciled to God. 2 Co. v. 20. Be perfect; xxxii. 2. Though after my skin worms de- be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in stroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see peace; and the God of love and peace shall God; whom I shall see for myself, and mine be with you. 2 Co. xjii. 11. But the fruit eyes shall behold, and not another, though my of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, reins be consumed within me. Job xix. 26, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, tem27. Now we see through a glass darkly, but perance. Ga. v. 22, 23. I therefore, the then face to face : now I know in part, but prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye then shall I know even as I also am known. walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye 1 Co. xii. 12. Follow peace with all men, are called; with all lowliness and meekness, and holiness, without which no man shall see with long-suffering, forbearing one another in the Lord. He. xi. 14. Beloved, now are love, endeavouring to keep the unity of the we the sons of God; and it doth not yet ap- Spirit in the bond of peace. Ep. iv. 1, 2, 3. pear what we shall be, but we know that If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, when he shall appear we shall be like him, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the for we shall see him as he is: and every man Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, fulfil ye my that hath this hope in him (Christ) purifieth joy, that ye be like minded, having the same himself, even as he is pure. 1 John iii. 2, 3. love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let

9 Are the peacemakers.] David went out nothing be done through strife or vain glory, to meet them, and answered and said unto but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other " them" (the companies that came to David better than themselves. Phi. ii. 1, 2, 3. I at Ziklag"), If ye be come peaceably unto me beseech Euodias, and I beseech Syntyche that to help me, mine heart shall be knit unto they be of the same mind in the Lord. Phi. you; but if ye be come to betray me to mine iv. 2. Put on therefore as the elect of God, enemies, seeing there is no wrong in mine bowels of mercies, forbearing one another, and hands, the God of our fathers look thereon, forgiving one another; if any man have a and rebuke it. Then the spirit came upon quarrel against any, even as Christ forgave Amasai, who was chief of the captains, and he you so also do ye. Col. iii. 12, 13. Follow said, Thine are we, David, and on thy side, righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them thou son of Jesse : peace, peace be unto thee, that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. and peace be to thine helpers ; for thy God But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, helpeth thee. 1 Chr. xii. 17, 18. What knowing that they do gender strifes. And man is he that desireth life, and loveth many the servant of the Lord must not strive; but days, that he may see good. Seek peace and be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient. pursue it, Ps. xxxiv. 12. 14. My soul hath 2 Ti. ii. 22, 23, 24. Follow peace with all long dwelt with him that hateth peace. I am men, and holiness, without which no man for peace; for when I speak they are for war. shall see the Lord. He. xii. 14. Wherefore, Ps. cxx. 6, 7. Pray for the peace of Jeru- my beloved brethren, let every man be swift salem; they shall prosper that love thee. to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath ; for the Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity wrath of man worketh not the righteousness within thy palaces. For my brethren and of God. Ja. i. 19, 20. Where envying and companions' sake, I will now say, Peace be strife is, there is confusion and every evil within thee. Ps. cxxii. 6, 7, 8. The next work. But the wisdom that is from above is day he (Moses) shewed himself unto them first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to (the two Israelites) as they strove, and would be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye without partiality, and without hypocrisy; are brethren; why do ye wrong one to ano- and the fruit of righteousness is sown in ther? Ac. vii. 26. If it be possible, as much peace of them that make peace. Ja. iii. 16, as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 17, 18. Ro. xii. 18.' Him that is weak in the faith For they shall be called the children of God.) receive, but not to doubtful disputations. See verses 45. 48. I have said, Ye are gods;

10 the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for

and all of you are the children of the Most viii. 1. Who shall separate us from the love High. But ye shall die like men, and fall of Christ ? shall tribulation, or distress, or like one of the princes. Ps. lxxxii. 6, 7. persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, Love your enemies, and do good, and lend, or sword (as it is written, For thy sake we hoping for nothing again; and your reward are killed all the day long, we are accounted shall be great, and ye shall be the children of as sheep for the slaughter)? nay, in all these the Highest : for he is kind unto the unthank- things we are more than conquerors, through ful, and to the evil. Lu. vi. 35. They which him that loved us; for I am persuaded that shall be accounted worthy to obtain the re- neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor prinsurrection from the dead, neither marry, cipalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor nor are given in marriage; neither can they things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor die any more, for they are equal unto the any other creature, shall be able to separate angels, and are the children of God, being us from the love of God, which is in Christ the children of the resurrection. Lu. xx. 36. Jesus our Lord. Ro. viii. 35-39. I think Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear (said Paul) that God hath set forth us the children; and walk in love, as Christ also Apostles last, as it were appointed to death, hath loved us, and hath given himself for us, for we are made a spectacle unto the world, an offering and a sacrifice to God, for a sweet and to angels, and to men. We are fools for smelling savour. Ep. v. 1, 2. Do all things Christ's sake; we are weak, but ye are strong: without murmurings and disputings, that ye ye are honourable, but we are despised. Even may be blameless and harmless, the sons of unto this present hour, we both hunger and God, without rebuke, in the midst of a thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and crooked and perverse nation, among whom have no certain dwelling-place, and labour, ye shine as lights in the world, holding forth working with our own hands; being reviled, the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it; being of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither defamed, we entreat; we are made as the laboured in vain. Phi. ii. 15, 16. Gird up filth of the world, and are the off-scouring of the loins of your mind, as obedient children, all things unto this day. 1 Co. iv. 9-13. not fashioning yourselves according to the We are troubled on every side, yet not disformer lusts, in your ignorance. But as he tressed ; we are perplexed, but not in despair; which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy persecuted, but not forsaken ; cast down, but in all manner of conversation ; because it is not destroyed; always bearing about in the written, Be ye holy, for I am holy. I Pe. i. body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the 14, 15, 16.

life also of Jesus might be made manifest in 10 Are they which are persecuted, &c.] See our body. 2 Co. xii. 17. Let your converchap. xxii. 6. When they persecute you in sation be as it becometh the Gospel of Christ; this city (said Jesus to his disciples), flee ye to and in nothing terrified by your adversaries, another. Mat. x. 23. The wicked plotteth which is to them an evident token of peragainst the just, and gnasheth upon him with dition, but to you of salvation, and that of his teeth. Ps. Xxxvii. 12. But he (who hath God. Phi. i. 28. If we suffer, we shall also left house, fc., for my sake and the Gospels, reign with “him(Christ"); if we deny kim said Jesus) shall receive an hundred fold, now he will also deny us. 2 Ti. ii. 12. But thou in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, hast fully known my persecutions, afflictions and mothers, and children, and lands, with which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, persecutions; and in the world to come eter- at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; but nal life. Mar. X. 30. Blessed are ye when out of them all the Lord delivered me. 2 Ti. men shall hate you, and when they shall iii. 11. My brethren, count it all joy when separate you from their company, and shall ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, that the trying of your faith worketh patience; for the Son of man's sake. Lu. vi. 22. They but let patience have her perfect work, that ye shall lay their hands on you, and persecute may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of into prisons, being brought before kings and God, that giveth to all men liberally, and uprulers for my name's sake. But there shall braideth not; and it shall be given him. Ja not an hair of your head perish. Lu. xxi. 12. i. 2-5. Who is a wise man, and endued 18. If they have persecuted me, they will with knowledge among you ? Let him shew also persecute you (said Jesus to his disciples). out of a good conversation his works with John xv. 20. And Saul was consenting unto meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter his (Stephen's) death. And at that time there envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, was a great persecution against the Church and lie not against the truth. Ja. iii. 13, 14. which was at Jerusalem ; and they were all There is one Lawgiver who is able to save scattered abroad throughout the regions of and to destroy: who art thou that judgest Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. Ac. another? Go to, now, ye that say, To-day

righteousness' sake: for their's is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed 11 are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

or to-morrow we will go into such a city, and and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are continue there a year, and buy and sell

, and Moses' disciples. John ix. 28. Who when get gain; whereas ye know not what shall be he (Jesus) was reviled, reviled not again ; on the morrow. For what is your life? It is when he suffered, he threatened not, but comeven a vapour that appeareth for a little time, mitted himself to him that judgeth righteously. and then vanisheth away: for that ye ought 1 Pe. ii. 23. to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and

do Falsely.) If ye be reproached for the name this or that. But now ye rejoice in your of Christ, happy are ye ; for the spirit of glory boastings; all such rejoicing is evil. Ja. iv. and of God resteth upon you: on their part 12-16. We should love one another; not as he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is Cain, who was that wicked one and slew his glorified. I Pe. iv. 14. brother. And wherefore slew he him? Be- For my sake.] Ye shall be hated of all cause his own works were evil and his bro- men for my name's sake ; but he that endureth ther's righteous. I John iii. 12. Fear none unto the end shall be saved (said Jesus to his of those things which thou (the angel of the disciples). And ye shall be brought before church at Smyrna) shalt suffer; behold, the governors and kings for my sake, for a testiDevil shall cast some of you into prison, that mony against them and the Gentiles: and ye ye may be tried ; and ye shall have tribulation shall be hated of all men for my name's sake, ten days; be thou faithful unto death, and I &c. He that findeth his life shall lose it will give thee a crown of life. Re. ii. 10. and he that loseth his life for my sake shall

For their's is the kingdom of God.] See find it. Mat. x. 18. 22. 39. Every one that verse 3, and com. We ourselves glory in you, hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, in the churches of God, for your patience and or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or faith in all your persecutions and tribulations lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an that ye endure ; which is a manifest token of hundred fold, and shall inherit everlasting the righteous judgment of God, that ye may life. Mat. xix. 29. Then shall “they" ("the be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for Jews") deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall which ye also suffer, seeing it is a righteous kill you ; and ye shall be hated of all nations thing with God to recompense tribulation to for my name's sake. Mat. xxiv. 9. For thy them that trouble you; and to you who are sake are we killed all the day long; we are troubled, rest with us, when the Lord Jesus counted as sheep for the slaughter. Ps. xliv. shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty 22. These are they which are sown on stony angels. 2 Th. i. 447. Blessed is the man ground (said Jesus in the parable), who have that endureth temptation, for when he is tried no root in themselves, and so endure but for he shall receive the crown of life, which the a time; afterward, when affliction or persecuLord hath promised to them that love him. tion ariseth for the word's sake, immediately Ja. i. 12.

they are offended. Mar. iv. 17. Whosoever · Il When men shall revile you, &c.] It is will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever enough for the disciple that he be as his shall lose his life for my sake and the Gosmaster, and the servant as his lord: if they pel's, the same shall save it. Mar. viii. 35. have called the master of the house Beelzebub, Take heed to yourselves (said Christ to his how much more shall they call them of his disciples), for they shall deliver you up to household ? Mat. X. 25. And they that councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be passed by reviled “ him” (“ Jesus on the beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers cross"), wagging their heads. Mat. xxvii. 39. and kings for my sake, for a testimony against False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my them. And ye shall be hated of all men for charge things that I knew not. Ps. xxxv. 11. my name's sake; but he that shall endure Hear the word of the Lord, ye that tremble unto the end, the same shall be saved. Mar. at his word ; your brethren that hated you, xiii. 9. 13. Blessed are ye when men shall that cast you out for my name's sake, said, hate you, and when they shall separate you Let the Lord be glorified. But he shall ap- from their company, and shall reproach you, pear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed. and cast out your name as evil, for the Son Is. lxvi. 5. John the Baptist came neither of man's sake. Lu. vi. 22. For whosoever eating bread, nor drinking wine, and ye say, will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever He hath a devil. The Son of man is come will lose his life for my sake, the same shall eating and drinking, and ye say, Behold a save it. Lu. ix. 24. They shall lay their gluttonous man, and a wine-bibber, a friend hands on you (said Christ to his disciples), of publicans and sinners. Lu. vii. 33, 34. and persecute you, delivering you up to the “They" ("the Pharisees ") reviled “him" synagogues, and into prisons, being brought (the blind man whom Jesus restored to sight), before kings and rulers for my name's sake.

12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad : for great is your reward i

And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's have their reward. (See) that thine alms ma sake. Lu. xxi. 12. 17. All these things will be in secret, and thy Father which seeth i they do unto you for my name's sake, because secret, himself shall reward thee openly; an they know not him that sent me. John xv. 21. when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as th For I will shew “him” (“ Paul'') how great hypocrites are; for they love to pray standin things he must suffer for my name's sake (said in the synagogues and in the corners of th the Lord in a vision to Ananias). Ac. ix. streets, that they may be seen of men. Veril 16. As it is written, For thy sake we are I say unto you, they have their rewarı killed all the day long; we are accounted as Moreover, when ye fast, be not as the hypa sheep for the slaughter. Ro. viii. 36. We crites, of a sad countenance; for they disfigur are fools for Christ's sake ; but ye are wise in their faces, that they may appear into ment Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye fast; verily I say unto you, they have thei are honourable, but we are despised. 1 Co. reward. Mat. vi. 1. 2. 4. 5. 16. He tha iv. 10. We which live are alway delivered receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophe unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also shall receive a prophet's reward ; and he tha of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal receiveth a righteous man in the name of flesh. 2 Co. iv. 11. “ Thou” (the angel righteous man, shall receive a righteous man? of the church of Ephesus) hast tried them reward. And whosoever shall give to drinl which say they are apostles, and are not, and unto one of these little ones a cup of colt hast found them liars; and hast borne, and water only, in the name of a disciple, verily! hast patience, and for my name's sake hast say unto you, he shall in nowise lose his re laboured, and hast not fainted. Re. ii. 2, 3. ward. Mat. x. 41, 42. The Son of mar See chap. xix. 29.

shall come in the glory of his father with his 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad.] Rejoice angels; and then he shall reward every mar ye in that day (when men shall persecute you) according to his works. Mat. xvi. 28. The and leap for joy; for, behold, your reward is word of the Lord came unto Abraham in a great in heaven, for in the like manner did vision, saying, I am thy shield and thy ex their fathers unto the prophets. Lu. vi. 23. ceeding great reward. Ge. xv. l. The Lord And “they” (“ the apostles") departed from recompense thy work, and a full reward be the presence of the council, rejoicing that given thee (said Boaz to Ruth) of the Lord they were counted worthy to suffer shame for God of Israel, under whose wings thou art his name. Ac. v. 41. At midnight Paul and come to trust. Ruth ii. 12. By “them" Silas prayed (in the prison), and sang praises (God's " judgments”) is thy servant warned, unto God, and the prisoners heard them. and in keeping of them there is great reward. Ac. xvi. 25. We glory in tribulations also, Ps. xix. 11. Verily there is a reward for the knowing that tribulation worketh patience, righteous; verily he is a God that judgeth in and patience experience, and experience hope, the earth. Ps. Iviii. 11. To him that sowetà and hope maketh not ashamed. Ro. v. 3, 4. righteousness shall be a sure reward. Pr. xi. For our light affliction, which is but for a 18. Say ye to the righteous that it shall be moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding well with him ; for they shall eat the fruit of and eternal weight of glory. 2 Co. iv. 17. their doings. Is. iii. 10. Rejoice ye (when Yea, and if (said Paul) i be offered upon the men shall hate you) in that day, and leap for sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy and joy; for, behold, your reward is great in rejoice with you all. Phi. ii. 17. Whereof heaven. Love ye your enemies, and do good, (of which Gospel) I Paul am made a minister, and lend, hoping for nothing again ; and your who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and reward shall be great. Lu. vi. 23. 35. He fill up that which is behind of the afflictions that planteth, and he that watereth are one; of Christ in my flesh, for his body's sake, and every man shall receive his own reward which is the church. Col. i. 24, 25. My according to his own labour. i Co. iii. & brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into whatsoever ye do, do it heartily as to the divers temptations. Ja í. 2. Rejoice, inas- Lord, and not unto men ; knowing that of the much as ye are partakers of Christ's suffer- Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheings, that when his glory shall be revealed, ye ritance ; for ye serve the Lord Christ

. Col may be glad also with exceeding joy. I Pe. iii. 23, 24. He that cometh to God, must iv. 13.

believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder For great is your reward.] Take heed that of them that diligently seek him. (Moses

) ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of when he was come to years refused to be them, otherwise ye have no reward of your called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, esteemFather which is in heaven. Therefore when ing the reproach of Christ greater riches than thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect before thee, as the hypocrites do, in the syna- unto the

recompence of the reward. He. xi. 6. gogues, and in the streets, that they may have 24. 26. glory of men. Verily, I say unto you, they

heaven : for so persecuted they the prophets which were before

For so persecuted they the prophets.] When this fellow in the prison, and feed him with the time of the fruit drew near, he (the house- bread of affliction, and with water of affliction, holder in the parable) sent his servants to the until I come in peace! 1 Ki. xxii. 8. 26, 27. husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits The king sent unto" him” (“ Elijah”) a capof it. And the husbandmen took his servants, tain of fifty with his fifty, and he went up to and beat one, and killed another, and stoned him (and, behold, he sat on the top of an another. Again, he sent other servants more hill): and he spake unto him, Thou man of than the first, and they did unto them like God, the king hath said, Come down. 2 Ki. wise. But last of all he sent unto them hisi. 9. Asa (king of Judah) was wroth with the son, saying, They will reverence my son. seer (Hanani), and put him in a prison house, But when the husbandmen saw the son, they for he was in a rage with him because of this said among themselves, This is the heir ; come, thing (that he said, Thou shalt have wars). let us kill him, and let us seize on his inherit- 2 Ch. xvi. 10. And the spirit of God came ance. Mat. xxi. 34–38. Ye be witnesses upon Zechariah, the son of Jehoiada the priest, unto yourselves (said Jesus to the Scribes and which stood above the people, and said unto Pharisees) that ye are the children of them them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then commandments of the Lord, that ye cannot the measure of your fathers, ye serpents, ye prosper? Because ye have forsaken the Lord generation of vipers, how can ye escape the he hath also forsaken you. And they condamnation of hell? Wherefore, behold, I send spired against him, and stoned him with you prophets, and wise men, and scribes, and stones, at the commandment of the king, in some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and the court of the house of the Lord. Thus some of them shall ye scourge in your syna- Joash the king remembered not the kindness gogues, and persecute them from city to city. which Jehoiada his father had done to him, That upon you may come all the righteous but slew his son, and when he died, he said, blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of The Lord look upon it, and require it. 2 Ch. righteous Abel, unto the blood of Zacharias, xxiv. 20-22. They (the chief of the priests) son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the mocked the messengers of God, and despised temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, his words, and misused his prophets, until the all these things shall come upon this genera- wrath of the Lord arose against his people, tion. Mat. xxiii. 31-36. It was so, when till there was no remedy. 2 Ch. xxxvi. 16. Jezebel cut off the prophets of the Lord, Nevertheless they (the Israelites, though they that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and possessed the land of Canaan,) were disobe hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with dient, and rebelled against thee, and cast thy bread and water. Was it not told my lord law behind their backs, and slew thy prophets (said Obadiah to Elijah) what I did when which testified against them to turn them to Jezebel slew the prophets of the Lord, how I thee, and they wrought great provocations. hid an hundred men of the Lord's prophets in Ne. ix. 26. O generation, see ye the word of the a cave, and fed them with bread and water? Lord. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel, 1 Ki. xviii. 4. 13. Jezebel (the wife of Ahab) a land of darkness ? Wherefore say my people, sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let We are lords? We will come no more unto the gods do to me and more also, if I make not thee? Je. ii. 31. Now it came to pass, when thy life as the life of one of "them” (the Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all prophets whom she slew") by to-morrow about that the Lord had commanded him to speak this time. The children of Israel (said Elijah unto the people, that the priests and the proin the cave of Horeb to the angel of the Lord) phets and all the people took him, saying, have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down Thou shalt surely die. And when Jehoiakim thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the the king, with all his mighty men, and all the sword, and I only am left, and they seek my princes, heard his words, the king sought to life to take it away. 1 Ki. xix. 2. 10. 14. put him to death: but when Urijah (the proAhab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, o phet) heard it, he was afraid, and ded, and mine enemy? And he answered, I have went into Egypt. And they fetched forth found thee, because thou hast sold thyself to Urijah out of Egypt, and brought him unto work evil in the sight of the Lord. 1 Ki. xxi. Jehoiakim the king, who slew him with the 20. And the king of Israel said unto Jeho- sword, and cast his dead body into the graves shaphat (the king of Judah), There is yet one of the common people. Nevertheless, the hand man, (Micaiah the son of Imlah) by whom we of Ahikam the son of Shaphan was with Jeremay enquire of the Lord; but I hate him; miah, that they should not give him into the for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, hand of the people to put him to death. Je. but evil. And the king of Israel (Ahab) said, xxvi. 8. 21-24. In like manner did their Take Micaiah and carry him back unto Amon, fathers unto the prophets. Lu. vi. 23. Woe the governor of the city, and to Joash the unto you (Scribes and Pharisees), for ye build king's son, and say, Thus saith the king, Put the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers

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