Thursday, January 07, 2016

Thu Jan 7th Todays News

A satire paper in Germany suggested women augment their arm length. This was in response to the Cologne Mayor suggesting women keep men at arms length from them and not let men molest them. A statement that did not deserve to be taken seriously. Merkel has made the comment that it is expected that refugee migrants be less civil than ordinary German peoples. That is true, but needs to be addressed, not ignored. Police need the authority and numbers to keep the peace. On the plus side, women with augmented arms could prepare food and do the ironing without moving as far. This highlights how the competing interests of leftism, feminism and islamo fascists, don't reconcile in policy. 

For some, at the moment, the Sex Party has more credibility.
=== from 2015 ===
A sneak preview of a new ABC drama/comedy Maximum Choppage has been released on Youtube. Author, actor and producer Timothy Ly began a no budget concept thirteen years ago, and got a local community to help him produce a movie and a number of related offerings. The local talent developed by Rumble Pictures is impressive and hopefully the series will be the first of many such offerings. 

Many are writing off Premier Campbell Newman's chances of keeping his seat while winning government in the Jan 31st election in Queensland. Newman is in what is naturally an ALP seat. However, Newman's resolve and loyalty are true ALP values, the best of the ALP and should be rewarded by that electorate. Sadly, the ALP hope to take that community for granted. Newman is their one hope for an honest and effective representative. 

AGW alarmists are haunted by extinction. Peter Hannam wishes skeptics were extinct. Ben Cubby suggests an amnesty without saying what the amnesty would entail. If Skeptics of AGW were to stop pointing to the facts of global warming being a myth, what would Ben do for us? Would he make us extinct? A giant clam found in South China seas is analysed to show it was warmer in the Middle Ages than today. AGW extremists would describe that as confirmation bias, because skeptics were looking for that evidence. 

Refugee Council lauds an elderly woman in Sydney who placed a banner outside her place, expressing shame that Australia is no longer drowning refugees. The council considers placing the banner brave. In such terms, turning off an alarm and going back to sleep is also brave. 

Amnesty International tries to explain why they supported a thief who became a wife killing terrorist. They aren't going to say they hated the then Howard government and wanted to cause problems for it, but that is probably closest to the truth. Instead they claim tat under current processes they would not do that today. If so, they need to explain how Monis was different to David Hicks in terms of today's policy. 

Lebanese porn star answers her critics well by pointing out there are more pressing issues in the Middle East.  
From 2014
The New York Times has described them as 'Warmists' since 1989. One can look at the greenhouse gasses in Earth's atmosphere, and correctly deduce Carbon Dioxide is only responsible for feeding plants. Maybe the technology will exist one day to remove water vapour from the atmosphere, but if that time comes, let us hope there is sufficient wisdom to not do that. US is enduring a cold snap. Summer is so cold in Australia that a research vessel is locked in ice. But Warmists stoically endure. 

Evil endures too. Like that of those german women who followed through with the holocaust. One has to shudder at what the daily atrocity in Middle East is doing to the children there. Obama has isolated the only state capable of stability and peace, Israel. Evil endures as those who collect money for the poor, divert it. Tim Costello and World Vision need to explain themselves. 

Some were surprised at the sentence of a thug. It is ok, he wasn't going to kill a shark. An eight year old girl is wearing a suicide vest in Afghanistan, proving Obama has indeed won the war. 
Historical perspective on this day
In 1325, Alfonso IV became King of Portugal. 1558, France took Calais, the last continental possession of England. 1566, Pope Pius V was elected. 1608, Fire destroyed Jamestown, Virginia. 1610, Galileo Galilei made his first observation of the four Galilean moonsGanymedeCallistoIo and Europa, although he was not able to distinguish the last two until the following day. 1782, the first American commercial bank, the Bank of North America, opened. 1785, Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffries travelled from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in a gas balloon. 1797, the modern Italian flag was first used. 1835, HMS Beagle dropped anchor off the Chonos Archipelago. 1894, William Kennedy Dickson received a patent for motion picture film

In 1904, the distress signal "CQD" was established only to be replaced two years later by "SOS". 1919, Montenegrin guerrilla fighters rebelled against the planned annexation of Montenegro by Serbia, but failed. 1920, the New York State Assembly refused to seat five duly elected Socialist assemblymen. 1922, Dáil Éireann ratified the Anglo-Irish Treaty by a 64–57 vote. 1927, the first transatlantic telephone service was established from New York, New Yorkto London, United Kingdom. 1931, Guy Menzies flew the first solo non-stop trans-Tasmanflight (from Australia to New Zealand) in 11 hours and 45 minutes, crash-landing on New Zealand's west coast. 1935, Benito Mussolini and French Foreign minister Pierre Laval signed the Franco-Italian Agreement. 1940, Winter War: The Finnish 9th Division stopped and completely destroyed the overwhelming Soviet forces on the Raate-Suomussalmi road. 1942, World War II: The siege of the Bataan Peninsula began. 1945, World War II: BritishGeneral Bernard Montgomery held a press conference in which he claimed credit for victory in the Battle of the Bulge. 1948, Kentucky Air National Guard pilot Thomas Mantell crashed while in pursuit of a supposed UFO

In 1954, Georgetown-IBM experiment: The first public demonstration of a machine translationsystem, was held in New York at the head office of IBM. 1955, contralto Marian Andersonbecame the first person of color to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in Giuseppe Verdi's Un ballo in maschera. 1959, the United States recognised the new Cuban government of Fidel Castro. 1960, the Polaris missile was test launched. 1968, Surveyor ProgramSurveyor 7, the last spacecraft in the Surveyor series, lifted off from launch complex 36ACape Canaveral. 1970, the Punjab Legislative Council (Abolition) Act, 1969 came into effect. 1973, Mark Essexfatally shot ten people and wounded 13 others at Howard Johnson's Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana, before being shot to death by police officers. 1979, Third Indochina WarCambodian–Vietnamese WarPhnom Penh fell to the advancing Vietnamese troops, driving out Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge

In 1980, U.S. President Jimmy Carter authorised legislation giving $1.5 billion in loans to bail out the Chrysler Corporation. 1984, Brunei became the sixth member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). 1985, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agencylaunched Sakigake, Japan's first interplanetary spacecraft and the first deep space probe to be launched by any country other than the United States or the Soviet Union. 1989, Prince Akihito was sworn in as the emperor of Japan after the death of his father Hirohito 1990, the interior of the Leaning Tower of Pisa was closed to the public for safety reasons. 1991, Roger Lafontant, former leader of the Tonton Macoute in Haiti under François Duvalier, attempted a coup d'état, which ended in his arrest. 1993, the Fourth Republic of Ghana was inaugurated with Jerry Rawlings as President. Also 1993, Bosnian War: The Bosnian Army executed a surprise attack on the village of Kravica in Srebrenica. 1999, the Senate trial in the impeachment of U.S. President Bill Clinton began. 2005, the St Lawrence Lime was blown over in high winds. 2010, Muslim gunmen in Egypt opened fire on a crowd of Coptic Christians, killing eight of them and one Muslim bystander. 2012, a hot air balloon crashed near Carterton, New Zealand, killing all 11 people on board.
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For twenty two years I have been responsibly addressing an issue, and I cannot carry on. I am petitioning the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to remedy my distress. I leave it up to him if he chooses to address the issue. Regardless of your opinion of conservative government, the issue is pressing. Please sign my petition at

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Mr Ball, I will not sign your petition as it will do no good, but I will share your message and ask as many of friends who read it, to share it also. Let us see if we cannot use the power of the internet to spread the word of these infamous killings. As a father and a former soldier, I cannot, could not, justify ignoring this appalling action by the perpetrators, whoever they may; I thank you Douglas. You are wrong about the petition. Signing it is as worthless and meaningless an act as voting. A stand up guy would know that. - ed

Lorraine Allen Hider I signed the petition ages ago David, with pleasure, nobody knows what it's like until they've been there. Keep heart David take care.

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Happy birthday and many happy returns David DixonRune Storkaas and Andrew Phung and all those born on this day, along with
January 7Christmas (Julian calendar); Victory Day in Cambodia; Flag Day in Italy
Francis, Duke of Guise
That was our last possession. Galileo saw the four moons. Their flag is our flag. Pot is evil. The Republic is now. Let's party. 


Tim Blair – Thursday, January 07, 2016 (5:19pm)

A statement from Chris Gayle’s management following Fairfax allegations: 
Cricketer Chris Gayle has strongly denied the allegations first published by Fairfax Media that he indecently exposed himself to a woman during last year’s World Cup in Sydney.
Despite such denials, Fairfax Media continues to publish the false and defamatory allegations which have received widespread republication in media throughout the world.
As a result, Chris Gayle has retained Mark O’Brien, a leading Australian media lawyer, to immediately commence defamation proceedings against Fairfax Media. 
This might be fun.
UPDATE. West Indian cricketers have an excellent record against Fairfax newspapers:


$100,000 in 1982 is roughly equal to around $350,000 now. Add another $25,000 for each West Indian player (a total of $900,000 in today’s money) and legal costs (the case was appealed all the way to the Privy Council) and you’re looking at one hefty payout. Further details on the Lloyd case here.


Tim Blair – Thursday, January 07, 2016 (1:06pm)

Following delayed news of Cologne’s New Year’s Eve mass molestation, the UK Telegraph reports
Senior politicians have accused the press of self-censorship over fears the men’s reported ethnicities could lead to scapegoating of migrants in general, amid tensions in Germany over its high levels of refugee arrivals.
More than 120 criminal complaints have been filed by women who were sexually assaulted or robbed, including at least two cases of rape. A police spokesman said at least three quarters of the complaints had a sexual component …
There has been widespread condemnation of the city’s police force after an official press release on New Year’s Day described the celebrations as “peaceful”.
Even Thomas de Maiziere, the German interior minister, spoke out in rare public criticism of the police. “I expect urgent clarification: was it organised, was it really North Africans, and how could they say it all went peacefully the next day,” he said …
Questions are being asked over why it took five days for the media to report the incidents.
The ZDF public broadcaster issued a public apology after it failed to include the assaults in its main evening new broadcast on Tuesday.
Hans-Peter Freidrich, a former interior minister, accused the media of imposing a “news blackout” and operating a “code of silence” over negative news about immigrants. 
Further on this from Jorg Luyken in Germany: 
In the autumn police unions and women’s right groups both accused the authorities of playing down or even hiding cases of rape at refugee shelters.
“There is a lot of glossing over going on. But this doesn’t represent reality,” police union chief Rainer Wendt said at the time.
The national media also seems to be in on the act.
Despite the seriousness of the allegations of police cover-ups and a pattern of evidence of sexual abuse, major news outlets stay well away from the issue. 
The media’s code of conduct is, as the former interior minister puts it, a code of silence.
(Via J.F. Beck.)
UPDATE. Mark Steyn
So far Jews and gays have been at the sharp end of the Islamization of Europe, as we see in the prison-camp security required for Jewish schools in France and in the shuttering of gay bars of Amsterdam. As Germans and Scandinavians are beginning to understand, women are next. 
Indeed. Meanwhile, some have latched on to this comment from Cologne mayor Henriette Reker to take the heat off one particular group
The only thing we do know, that we have awareness of, is that police on location have perceived that it was young men at the scene around the age of 18 to 35 years old who come from North African and Arab areas. There is no evidence whatsoever that what we’re dealing with here is people who live in Cologne as refugees. 
So in other words the attackers are men who have already been in Germany for some time. That should make everyone feel much safer.


Tim Blair – Thursday, January 07, 2016 (12:43pm)

Various entertaining responses to Monday’s column
“Forced myself to read after finishing January but just had to stop after March.”
“What an appalling ‘creature’ you are. It might be forgiveable if amusing, but srsly, seek help.” 
And the best of the bunch: 
“Tim Blair has to be the most childish, banal & worthless commentator in Australian newspaper history.”








Hate media are relentless ..



Tim Blair – Tuesday, January 07, 2014 (1:34pm)

The New York Times, 1989: 
Among climatologists, global warming is just one scenario for the unusual atmospheric changes that have been observed throughout the world. Those who accept the global-warming theory are said to take the warmist position. 
Your move, Stephen.
(Via reader iberlin)


Tim Blair – Tuesday, January 07, 2014 (5:13am)

Our World Vision kid – we’ve been sponsoring him for ten years or so – isn’t exactly meeting his KPIs:


World Vision sends us a drawing from the boy every Christmas. Sadly, there is never any sign of improvement. In fact, lately he seems to be regressing.
He’s now 17 years old. The above image is his most recent illustration.
UPDATE. In 2008, an ABC correspondent went to Ethiopia to meet his World Vision sponsor child – who didn’t know she was sponsored
Andrew Geoghegan has sponsored Tsehaynesh for a decade and yet she claims she was unaware, until recently, that she had a sponsor and says the only benefit she has ever received directly from World Vision is a pen and the denim jacket she wore on the day of filming. 
(Via DB)


Tim Blair – Tuesday, January 07, 2014 (4:59am)

As a guide to the absolute lameness of NSW courts, consider that Russell Packer’s lawyer was surprised when his thug client actually received a jail sentence: 
The lawyer of NRL player Russell Packer has challenged a magistrate’s decision to imprison him for two years, claiming he had “no idea” a punishment so severe was being considered by the court. 
The lawyer never saw it coming. Kind of like Packer’s victim: 
The court heard Packer became involved in an argument with another man over two cigarettes, before striking him to the head with a closed fist.
According to facts tendered to the court, Packer continued to strike the victim while he was lying motionless on the ground, before stomping on his head.
The victim, a 22-year-old man, sustained a fractured eye socket as a result of the attack.
Packer’s lawyer claimed his client had no previous criminal record and had the correct support network at the Newcastle Knights to be completely rehabilitated. 
Magistrate Greg Grogin wasn’t swayed: 
“Your behaviour on that night was nothing short of disgraceful,” he told Packer in court.
“It is deplorable ... you should be ashamed.
“The community is sick and tired of the behaviour you exhibited that night.” 
Packer “seemed confused” by the sentence, which is understandable considering how violent idiots are frequently treated lightly by NSW courts. Further on the case here.


Tim Blair – Tuesday, January 07, 2014 (4:17am)

By now, we’re all familiar with the media ritual that follows your standard Islamic bombing, massacre, shooting or beheading.

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Tim Blair – Tuesday, January 07, 2014 (3:20am)

The ABC is thrilled because a solitary American has joined a Western Australian shark-saving campaign
Western Australia’s new shark killing policy is gaining international attention with an American environmentalist taking her opposition to the plan to the streets of Texas …
Thousands of people joined a protest against the plan at Cottesloe Beach on the weekend.
Now the protest has gone international with Texan Carey Barlow-Heyden circulating information and a petition against the plan in her local area – the city of New Braunfels in Texas.
“What mainly concerns me is they would take such a drastic [action] to kill these animals,” she said …
“I think it’s something we should definitely care about.” 
Given that New Braunfels is only three hours or so from the ocean, you can understand why shark care is such a crucial issue for local residents. Interestingly, Carey Barlow-Heyden is apparently an Etsy girl who makes her own jewellery. Among her favourite materials: 
Shark teeth, Arrowheads, Anything fun, colorful and unique 
(Via J.F. Beck)

18 of 26

Tim Blair – Tuesday, January 07, 2014 (2:02am)

Here’s to the unfashionable cricketer, the toiler, the grafter. 

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Girl, 8, wearing suicide vest detained in Afghanistan
AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD Afghan girl wearing a suicide vest has been detained by police in Afghanistan.
It is an auto correct fail? - ed
Obama foreign policy has failed - ed
21 Things That Inevitably Happen When You Work In An Office
Three hour orgasm lands Seattle woman in emergency department
It is OK to live a long, good life - ed
<… Neither do most people including many Arabs and those now living under Hamas dictatorship and the corrupt PA under Abbas who runs the occupied lands of Samaria and Judea like his own personal fiefdom with his off shore bank accounts.>

If you eschew cultural assets like family names, work, kindness, religion, but espouse drug use, alcoholic abuse and irresponsible behaviour then lots of things become difficult. - ed
“To find out what is truly individual in ourselves, profound reflection is needed; and suddenly we realize how uncommonly difficult the discovery of individuality is.” ~ Carl Jung
I challenge Robertson to detail a single event where a counsellor would have effected change. Assuming that Robertson's claim is not some cynical exercise motivating union opposition to good administration. I can recall a 2008 incident at a poor Met South West school where a child was seen with a large knife showing off to other kids, and then. a week later same student ran to kick a bus that hadn't picked him up off route. School Counsellor was not involved in either incident. Neither was student counselled over either incident. - ed
Campbell Newman
To stop tattoo parlours from being used as a front for criminal organisations, all tattoo parlour operators and tattoo artists will require a licence from July 1. 
Applicants will be screened by the Queensland Police Service to ensure theyare suitable to work in the tattoo industry and have no links to criminal motorcycle gangs.
Further details on how to apply for a licence or permit can be found

A great video by DVB released today highlighting that many prisoners detained under criminal charges have been released, yet many activists remain behind bars. 

It must be understood that international demands for the release of all political prisoners have not been met by Thein Sein. State-run media and Thein Sein's press office would like the world to believe that all political prisoners have been released as promised. Releasing criminals to make this claim is a slap in the face for the thousands of Rohingya, hundreds of Kachin, and many activists and farmers who remain behind bars for trumped up charges under Draconian laws.

Holiness doesn’t mean doing extraordinary things, but doing ordinary things with love and faith. - Pope Francis
We have not even to risk the adventure alone, for the heroes of all time have gone before us. The Labyrinth is thoroughly known. We have only to follow the thread of the hero path. And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god. And where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves. And where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence. And where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.
Joseph Campbell Joseph Campbell Foundation
Drugs aren't the answer - ed
A thank you to the Embassies of the US, Turkey, and Switzerland, and the Delegation of the EU, for calling on Burma to address the dire humanitarian crisis of the IDP camp in Myebon Township, Rakhine State, where over 700 Rohingya families have languished since 2012.

"Development assistance and inward investment to Rakhine State, for the benefit of all communities, will only come when situations like that in Myebon are adequately addressed."

Kerry's demand that Israel release Israeli Arab citizens who committed acts of terrorism shows the long-term cost of prisoner release, and demonstrates once again why Israel must abandon the talks.

“Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.” - 1 Peter 1:13
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

January 6: Morning

"Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you." - 1 Peter 5:7

It is a happy way of soothing sorrow when we can feel--"HE careth for me." Christian! do not dishonour religion by always wearing a brow of care; come, cast your burden upon your Lord. You are staggering beneath a weight which your Father would not feel. What seems to you a crushing burden, would be to him but as the small dust of the balance. Nothing is so sweet as to

"Lie passive in God's hands,
And know no will but his."

O child of suffering, be thou patient; God has not passed thee over in his providence. He who is the feeder of sparrows, will also furnish you with what you need. Sit not down in despair; hope on, hope ever. Take up the arms of faith against a sea of trouble, and your opposition shall yet end your distresses. There is One who careth for you. His eye is fixed on you, his heart beats with pity for your woe, and his hand omnipotent shall yet bring you the needed help. The darkest cloud shall scatter itself in showers of mercy. The blackest gloom shall give place to the morning. He, if thou art one of his family, will bind up thy wounds, and heal thy broken heart. Doubt not his grace because of thy tribulation, but believe that he loveth thee as much in seasons of trouble as in times of happiness. What a serene and quiet life might you lead if you would leave providing to the God of providence! With a little oil in the cruse, and a handful of meal in the barrel, Elijah outlived the famine, and you will do the same. If God cares for you, why need you care too? Can you trust him for your soul, and not for your body? He has never refused to bear your burdens, he has never fainted under their weight. Come, then, soul! have done with fretful care, and leave all thy concerns in the hand of a gracious God.
"Now the hand of the Lord was upon me in the evening." -Ezekiel 33:22
In the way of judgment this may be the case, and, if so, be it mine to consider the reason of such a visitation, and bear the rod and him that hath appointed it. I am not the only one who is chastened in the night season; let me cheerfully submit to the affliction, and carefully endeavour to be profited thereby. But the hand of the Lord may also be felt in another manner, strengthening the soul and lifting the spirit upward towards eternal things. O that I may in this sense feel the Lord dealing with me! A sense of the divine presence and indwelling bears the soul towards heaven as upon the wings of eagles. At such times we are full to the brim with spiritual joy, and forget the cares and sorrows of earth; the invisible is near, and the visible loses its power over us; servant-body waits at the foot of the hill, and the master-spirit worships upon the summit in the presence of the Lord. O that a hallowed season of divine communion may be vouchsafed to me this evening! The Lord knows that I need it very greatly. My graces languish, my corruptions rage, my faith is weak, my devotion is cold; all these are reasons why his healing hand should be laid upon me. His hand can cool the heat of my burning brow, and stay the tumult of my palpitating heart. That glorious right hand which moulded the world can new-create my mind; the unwearied hand which bears the earth's huge pillars up can sustain my spirit; the loving hand which incloses all the saints can cherish me; and the mighty hand which breaketh in pieces the enemy can subdue my sins. Why should I not feel that hand touching me this evening? Come, my soul, address thy God with the potent plea, that Jesus' hands were pierced for thy redemption, and thou shalt surely feel that same hand upon thee which once touched Daniel and set him upon his knees that he might see visions of God.
[Mēshŭl'lam] - associate or a friend.
1. An ancestor of Shaphan, the scribe of King Josiah's time (2 Kings 22:3).
2. A son of Zerubbabel and descendant of Jeconiah, son of King Jehoiakim (1 Chron. 3:19).
3. A leading man among the Gadites in the reign of Jothan (1 Chron. 5:13).
4. A Benjamite, descended from Shaharaim through Elpaal (1 Chron. 8:17).
5. A Benjamite, father of Sallu, who dwelt in Jerusalem (1 Chron. 9:7Neh. 11:7).
6. Another Benjamite, son of Shephathiah, also of Jerusalem (1 Chron. 9:8).
7. A priest, son of Zadok and father of the high priest, Hilkiah, who lived in Josiah's reign (1 Chron. 9:11Neh. 11:11).
8. A priest, son of Mishilemith of the house of Immer (1 Chron. 9:12).
9. A Kohathite Levite who, with others, superintended the repair of the Temple in Josiah's time (2 Chron. 34:12).
10. A chief man who, with others, returned from exile with Ezra (Ezra 8:16).
11. One who assisted in the numbering of those who had married foreign wives (Ezra 10:15).
12. A son of Bani who had married a foreign wife (Ezra 10:29).
13. A son of Berechiah who helped to repair two portions of the wall (Neh. 3:4, 30; 6:18).
14. The son of Besodeiah who also repaired a part of the city wall (Neh. 3:6).
15. A prince or priest who stood beside Ezra as he read and explained the Law (Neh. 8:4).
16. A priest who, on behalf of his father's house, signed the covenant with Nehemiah (Neh. 10:7).
17. A chief of the people who also signed the covenant (Neh. 10:20).
18. A priest of the family of Ezra who assisted at the dedication of the wall (Neh. 12:13, 33).
19. Another priest, head of his father Ginnethon's house, in the days of Joiakim the priest (Neh. 12:16).
20. A Levite, and sanctuary porter after the exile (Neh. 12:25)

Today's reading: Genesis 16-17, Matthew 5:27-48 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Genesis 16-17

Hagar and Ishmael
Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar; 2 so she said to Abram, "The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her."
Abram agreed to what Sarai said. 3 So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian maidservant Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife.4 He slept with Hagar, and she conceived.

Today's New Testament reading: Matthew 5:27-48

27 "You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery.' 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

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