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Proverbs,
xxii. 15.



Proverbs,
xxvii. 19.



Ecc. Hi. 16.



612



THE PREVALENCE OF SIN.



Ecc. iv. 1-4.



Ecc. vii. 20.



Ecc. viii. 11.



Ecc. ix. 3.



Isaiab, i. 1, 4.



Is. vi. 1, ,'5.



Isaiiih,
ix. 8, IG, 17.



Is. xxiv. 4, 5



toas tl)erc; and tlie place of righteousness, tl)at iltiquitn xoas
t\)crc.

I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done
under the sun : and behold the tears of such as were oppressed,
and they had no comforter ; and on the side of their oppressors
there was power ; but they had no comforter. Wherefore I praised
the dead which are already dead more than the living whicli are
yet alive. Yea, better is he than both they, which hath not yet

been, tx)l)0 Ijatl) itot sccit t\)c cv'ii ujorli tl)at is bone unbcr

tl)C 5UU.

Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, tl)flt for

tl)is a man is cnoicb of l^is ncigl)bour. This is also vanity and

vexation of spirit.

Qi[)cxc is not a fnst man upon cavil), that doeth good, and

sinneth not.

Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily,

therefore tl]c !)cart of tl]c sons of mcn is fulln set in tl)cm to
bo ml.

This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun,
that there is one event unto all: yea, also tljC l)eatt of tl)C SOUS
of men is full of euil, and madness is in their heart while they
live, and after that they go to the dead.

The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concern-
ing Judah and Jerusalem, Ah sinful nation, a

people [alscn roitl) iniquitn, a seeb of euil-bocrs, children that

are corrupters : they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked
the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away back-
ward.

In the year that king Uzziali died I saw also the Lord sitting

upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

Then said I, Wo is me ! for I am undone ;

because J am a man of unclean lips, anb J braell in tl)e mibst

of a people of unclean lips : for mine eyes have seen the King,
the Lord of hosts.

The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon

Israel The leaders of this people cause them to

err ; and they that are led of them are destroyed. Therefore the
Lord shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have inorcy

on their fatherless and widows: for etiern oue is an l)iipocrite
anb an eoil-boer, anb euern moutl) speaketl) folln.

The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth
and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.

2[l)c earti) also is befileb unber tl)c inl)abitants t!)ercof; be-
cause tiii'V have transgrt-ssed the laws, changed the ordinance,
broken the everlasting covenant.



THE PREVALENCE OF SIN.



613



Come near, ye nations, to liear ; and hearken, ye people : [et
t\)C cavil) l)Car, anb all t!)iU is tljcrciu; the world, and all things
that come forth of it. For the indignation of the Lord is ttfjott
all Ualious, and his fury upon all their armies : he hath utterly
destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter.

^11 tDC like sheep have gone astray ; we have turned cncxv
one to his own way.

Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save ;
neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: but your iniquities have
separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his
face from you, that he will not hear.

For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with
iniquity ; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered

perverseness. Noite callt'tl) for JHsticc, itor am) p[cahct\) for

trntl) : they trust in vanity, and speak lies ; they conceive mischief,
and bring forth iniquity. They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave
the spider's web : he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which
is crushed breaketh out into a viper. Their webs shall not become
garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works :
their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their
hands. Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed inno-
cent blood : their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity ; wasting and
destruction are in their paths. The way of peace they know not:
and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them
crooked paths : whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.

Therefore is judgment ftir from us, neither doth justice over-
take us : we wait for light, but behold obscurity ; for brightness,
but we walk in darkness. We grope for the wall like the blind,
and we grope as if we had no eyes : we stumble at noon-day as in
the night ; we are in desolate places as dead men. We roar all
like bears, and mourn sore like doves : we look for judgment, but
there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us. £ov OUr
transcircssions arc multiplicb before tijce, a\\b onr sins tes-
tifn aqainst us : for our transgressions arc will) us : a\ib as

for our iniquities, lue knou) tl^em; in transgressing and lying
against the Lord, and depai'ting away from our God, speaking op-
pression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words
of falsehood. And judgment is turned away backward, and justice
standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot
enter. Yea, truth faileth ; and 1)C tl)at bcpartCtll frOlU COil
tnakct!) l)imsclf a pren : and the Lord saw it, and it displeased
him that there was no judgment.

U3e arc all as an unclean tl)ing, anh all our rigljtcous-

ncsSCS arc as tiltljn rags: and we all do fade as a leaf; and
our iniquitic'S, like the wind, have taken us away, ^lib tljcrc is
none tl)at callctl) U^ion tl)n name, that stirreth up himself to
take hold of thee : for thou "hast hid thy face from us, and hast



Tsaiab,
xxxiv. 1, '.



Isaiah, liii.G.



Is. lix. 1-15.



Is. Ixiv. &-9.



614



THE PREVALENCE OF SIN.



Jer. ii. 29.



Jer. iii. 35.



Jer. V. 1.



Jer. vi. 11-13.



Jer. vi. 28-30.



Jeremiah,
Tiii. 5, (j, 10.



Jer. ix. l-i.



consumed us, because of our iniquities. But now, O Lord, thou
art our Father ; we are the claj', and thou our potter ; and we all
are the work of thy hand. Be not wroth very sore, O Lord, nei-
ther remember ini(juity forever : behold, see, we beseech thee, mc

arc nil tlju people.

Wherefore will ye plead with me? ye all have transgressed
against me, saith the Lord.

We lie down in our shame, and our confusion covereth us :
for we have sinned against the Lord our God, toe atlb OUr fa-
tl)crs, from our liontl) eucn unto tl)is ba^, and have not obeyed
the voice of the Lord our God.

Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see
now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ge cau fiub

a man, if tijcrc be amj tl]at cxecutcti) fubgmcut, t\)at scckcti)

tl)e truti) ; and I will pardon it.

I am full of the fury of the Lord ; I am Aveary with holding
in : I will pour it out upon the children abroad, and upon the as-
sembly of young men together : for even the husband with the
wife shall be taken, the aged with him tliat is full of days. And
their houses shall be turned unto others, with their fields and wives
together : for I will stretch out my hand upon the inhabitants of
the land, saith the Lord, i^or from tl)C Icast of tl)Cm Cueu UUtO

tl)e greatest of tlicm, coeri] one is gincn to couetousncss;

and from the prophet even unto the priest cucrn OUe bcalcti)

falseln

They are nil grievous revolters, walking with slanders : they
are brass and iron ; they a^-e all corrupters. The bellows are
burned, the lead is consumed of the fire ; the founder melteth in

vain: for tl)e roickeb are not pluckeb araan. Ucprobatc sil-
oer sliallmcn call tl)em, because the Lord hath rejected them.

Wliy is this people of Jerusalem slidden back bu a perpetual
backsUbing? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return. I
hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright : no man repented
him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done ? cncrjl OUe

turncb to l)is course, as tl)c l]orse rusljetl) into tl)c battle.

Therefore will I give their wives unto others, and

their fields to them that shall inherit them : for every one from the
least even unto the greatest is given to covetousness, from the
prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth talsely.

Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of
tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter
of my people ! Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging-j>lace of
wa3'-tariiig men ; that I might leave my people, and go from them !

for tl)cr! be all aiiultcrers, an assembln of trcacljerous men.
And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies : but they are



THE PREVALENCE OF SIN.



615



not valiant for the truth upon the earth ; for they proceed from evil
to evil, and they know not me, saith the Lord.

®akc r)c l)ccb eucnj one of l)is ncigljbonr, onb trust ttc

not in rtun lirotl)Cr: for every brother will utterly supplant, and
every neighbour will walk with slanders. And they will deceive
every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth : they have

taught their tongue to speak lies, axib u)carn tl)cmseliics to com-
mit iniquitn.

®l)c l)cart is bcccitfnl abouc all tl)ings, a\ib bespcratclg

mickcb : who can know it ?

She cl)ilbrcn of Israel anb tl)c cl]ilbrcn of 3nbal) l)ntie
onln bone cuil before me from t!)cir ijonti) : for the children of

Israel have only provoked me to anger with the work of their
hands, saith the Lord. For this city hath been to me as a provo-
cation of mine anger and of my fury from tl)C bail tl)at l\)cr\
built it enen unto tljis ^aX) ; that I should remove it from before
my face, because of all the evil of the children of Israel and of the
children of Judali, which they have done to provoke me to anger,
tl)en, tljeir kings, tl)eir ^irinces, tlicir priests, aiib tlicir
propl]ets, anh tl)c men of Jubal), aiib tl)c inljabitants of Je-
rusalem.

tX)l)erefore botl) a liuing man romplain, a man for the

punishment of his sins l

He said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of
Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me : tl)eil

anb tl)eir fatl)crs liauc transgresseb against me, even unto
tljis uern 'bar).

And he said unto me. Son of man, go, get thee unto the house

of Israel, and speak with my words unto them But

the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee ; for they will not

hearken unto me : for all tlje l)ouse of 3sracl arc iiupubeut
anb liarb-ljearteb.

They are all estranged from me through their idols.

The word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of
man, say unto her, Thou art the land that is not cleansed, nor
rained upon in the day of indignation. There is a conspiracy of
her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the
prey ; they have devoured souls ; they have taken the treasure and
precious things ; they have made her many widows in the midst
thereof. Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned
mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy
and profiine, neither have they shewed difference between the un-
clean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths,
and I am profaned among them. Her princes in the midst thereof
are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy
souls, to get dishonest gain. And her prophets have daubed them



Jer. xv'ii. 9.



Jeremiah,
xxxii. 30-3-J.



Lam. iii. 39.



Ezek. ii. 3.



Ezek. iii. 4, 7.



Ezek. xiv. 5.

Ezekiel,
xxii. 23-30.



Micah,
vii. 1-6.



Matthew,
iu. 1, 2, 5, 6.



Matthew,
iii. 13, 14.



Malt. xii. 34.



Liike,
xiii. 1-5.



with unterapered mortar, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto
them, saying. Thus saith the Lord God, when the Lord hath not
spoken. The people of the land have used oppression, and exer-
cised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy : yea, they
have oppressed the stranger wrongfully. And I sought for a man
among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap
before me for the land, that I should not destroy it : but 3 fouitb

none.

Wo is me ! for I am as vvhen they have gathered the summer
fruits, as the grape-gleanings of the vintage : there is no cluster to
eat : my soul desired the first ripe fruit. (Jljc QOob tnnu is \iCX~

isljeb out of ll)c cartl) : anb i\)cxc is none uprigl)! among

men : they all lie in wait for blood ; they hunt every man his
brother with a net.

That they may do evil ujitl) botl) l)anbs camestlj}, the prince
asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward ; and the great man, he
uttereth his mischievous desire : so they wrap it up. (|[|)e best of
tl)Cm is as a brier : the most upright is sharper than a thorn-hedge :
the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh ; now shall be
their perplexity.

Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide : keep
the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. For the
son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her
mother, the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law ; a man's
enemies are the men of his own house.

In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilder-
ness of Judea, and saying, Repent ye ; for the kingdom of heaven
is at hand Then went out to him Jerusalem, anb

all lubea, anb ail tl)e region rounb about Sorban, and

were baptized of him iu Jordan, confessing tl)eir sius.

Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be
baptized of him. But John forbade him, saying, J[ Ijaue Ueeb tO
be bapti^eb of tljee, and comest thou to me ?

(D generation of uipers, ijoro can jic, being euil, speak

goob tl)ings ? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth
speaketh.

There were present at that season some that told him of the
Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
And Jesus answering, said unto them, Suppose ye that these Gali-
leans were sinners above all the Galileans, because they sufi'ered

such things ? Jf tcll gou, l!Can; but cxcept 2c repent, nc sljall
oil likcrDisc perisi).

Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and
slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all them that
dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay ; but except ye repent, ge
sl}all all likcroise perisi).



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617



The brother sliall deliver up the brother to death, and the
father the child : and the children shall rise up against their parents,
and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all
men for my name's sake : but he that endureth to the end shall be
saved.

That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.
For from within, out of tl]C \)Caxt of men, proceed evil thoughts,
adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness,
deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness ; flU
ti)csc evil tijiugs come from iwitljin, and defile the man.

And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the
midst of them, and said. Verily I say unto you, (Jf^CCpt 11C bc COU-

Dcrteb, anb become as little cljilbren, ne sl)all not~enter into
tl)e kingdom of l)eaiien.

Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones : for I
say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the
face of my Father which is in heaven.

i^Or the Son of man is come to save tl}at Ujljicl) loas lost.

The Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand. His brethren
therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judea, that thy

disciples also may see the woi-ks tliat thou doest

Then Jesus said imto them, My time is not yet come : but your
time is alvvay ready. The world cannot hate you; bnt me it

Ijatetl), becansc 3 testifii of it, tl)at tl)e ujorks tljcreof are
euil.

Did not Moses give you the law, and yet nonc of gOtt keep-
etl) tlje law?

The scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken
in adultery : and when they had set her in the midst, they say unto
him. Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned :
but what sayest thou ?

This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse
him. }3ut Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the
ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued
asking him. he lifted up himself, and said unto them, ^c tljOt is
t)oitl)OlU sin among J]"^* '^''^ ''^'" ^'■'^^ ^^^^ ^ stone at her.' And
again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which
lieard it, being convicted by their own conscience, tDCnt OUt one

bti one, beginning at tl)e elbest, coen unto the last : and Jesus

w'a.s left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the
woman, he said unto her. Woman, where are those thine ac-
cusers ? hath no man condemned thee ? She said. No man, Lord.
And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee : go, and sin



no more.



JIatthew,
X. 21, 22.



Mark,
vii. 20-23.



Matthew,
xviii. 2, 3.



Matthew,
xviii. 10, 11.



John,
vii. 2, 3, 6, 7.



John, vii. 19.



John,
viii. 3-11.



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THE PREVALENCE OF SIN.



Luke,
xi. U-13.



Luke,
xiv. 15-18.



Luke,
xviii. 9-14.



Matthew,
xix. 1(5, 17.



John,
xiv. 1(5, 17.



.John,
XV. 18, 13.



John,
xvi. 19, 2«.



Ads
li. 37, *?.



If a son sliiill ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he
give him a stone ? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a
serpent ? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion ?
If ye tlien, being enil, know how to give good gifts unto your
children : how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy
Spirit to them that ask him ?

And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these
things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the
kingdom of God.

Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper,
and bade many : and sent his servant at supper time, to say to them
that were bidden. Come, for all things are now ready, ^nb tljCJ]

all roitl) one consent began to make cxzubc.

He spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves
that tliey were righteous, and despised others.

Two men went up into the temple to pray ; the one a Phar-
isee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus
with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are,
extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice
in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican,
standing afar oti', would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven,
but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

I tell you, tl)is man raent boron to l)is lionse justiticb ratljcr

tl)antl)C Otl)Cr : for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased ;
and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

And behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what
o-ood thing shall I do that I may have eternal life? And he said
unto him, Why callest thou me good ? tl)ere is none QOOb bnt
one, tijat is, ©o5 : but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the com-
mandments.

I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Coni-
f )rter, that ho may abide with you forever ; even the Spirit of truth ;

ral)om tl)e roorlb cannot receine, bccansc it seetl) l)im not, nei-

tl)Cr knoroctl) l)im : but ye know him.

If the world hate j'ou, ye know that it l)iUeb mc before it
l)atcb non. If ye were of the world, the world would love his
(jwn ; but because ye are not of the world, but T have chosen you
out of the world, therefore tl)e tDOrlb l):UCtl) Jion-

Do ye inquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while,
and ye shall not see me : and again, a little while, and ye shall see
me ?' Vt-rily, verily, I say unto you, that ye shall weep and lament,
bnt ll)e ujorlb sljall rejoice.

Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart,
and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles. Men and bretli-
ren what sliall we do ? Then Peter said unto them. Repent, and



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be baptized cvcvn one of noit in tlie name of Jesus Christ, for the
remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Unto yoii first, God having raised up liis Son Jesus, sent liim
to bless you, in turning away cucril OIIC of UOll fi'om his iniquities.

Ye stiffnecked and uncireumcised in heart and ears, nc bo fll-
roans resist tl)c i)oln ©Ijost: as nour fatl)crs bib, so bo m.

Even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge,
God gave them over to a repi-obate mind, to do those things which
are not convenient ; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornica-
tion, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness ; full of envy, murder,
debate, deceit, malignity ; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, de-
spiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to pa-
rents, without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural
aftection, implacable, unmerciful

Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art
that jndgest: for tDl)crcin thou jnbgcst nnotlicr tl)on con-
bcmncst tljtisclf ; for tl)ou tijiU jubgcst bocst tl)c same tl)ings.

What then ? are we better than they ? No, in no wise : for
we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, tl}at tl)Cn arc all
nnber sin ; as it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one :
there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after
God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become
unprofitable : there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their
throat is an open sepulchre ; with their tongues they have used
deceit ; the poison of asps is under theiy lips : whose mouth is full
of cursins: and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood.
Destruction and misery are in their ways : and the way of peace
have they not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.

Now we know that what tilings soever the law saith, it saith
to them who are under the law : tliat cncrtl ntOUtl) man bc Stop-

pcb, anb all tl)e roorlb man become guiltn before ©ob

■^U Ijaue siuueb, and come short of the glory of God.

We know that the law is spiritual : but 3 am carual, solb
Uubcr sin. For that which I do, I allow not : for what I would,
that do 1 not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that
which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.

Now then it is no more T that do it, but slu tl)at brDCllcti) iu

mc. i^or 3 knora tl)at in me (tl)at is, iu mu flcsli,) binciietl)
no goob tiling : for to roill is present U3itl) me ; but 1)0U3 to
perform tljat 0)l)icl) is goob, 3 tiub not. For the good that I

would I do not : but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now
if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that
dwelleth in me.

3 finb tijen a laro, tl)at, tolien 3 tooulb 'bo goob, cnil is

present rait!) me. For 1 delight in the law of God after the in-
ward man : but 3 sec anotijer lato in mn members, toarring



Acts, iii. 26.
Acts, vii. 51.



Romans,
i. 28-31.



Rom. ii. 1.



Romans,
iii. 9-19, 23.



Romans,
vii. U - 25.



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Romans,
viii. 3-«.



1 Corinth.
i. aj, 23.



1 Corinth.



2 Cor. V. 14.



Gal. iii. 10.



Calatinns,
iii. 21, 22.



Gal. T. lC-21.



agoinst tl}c lato of tniiminb, nnb bringing me into captimt^ to
t\)c lavo of sin u)l)icl) is in mn members. O wretched man that

I am ! who sliall deliver me from the body of this death ?

I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then, with the
mind I myself serve the law of God ; but with the flesh the Ieav of sin.

tDIiat i\)c latD conlb not bo, in tl)at it toas roeak throng!)

tl)C flesl), God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh,
and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh : that the righteousness of
the law miglit be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but
after the Spirit.

For tlien tl)at arc after tlje flesi), bo minb tl)e tl)ings of

tl)e flesh ■ but they that are after the Spirit, the things of the
Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually
minded is life and peace : because the carnal mind is enmity
against God : for it is not subject to the law of God, neither in-
deed can be. So tl) cn tl)cn tljat are in ll)C flesl) cannot please
©ob.

The Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom :
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I wrote unto you in an epistle, not to company with forni-
cators : yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or
with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters : for tijen mnst
lie neebs go ont of t\)C toorlb. But now I have written unto you



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