Psalms by the Day by Alec Motyer – Psalm 37


Prospering wickedness: responses

1. Do not upset yourself over the evil-doers; (aleph) do not become jealous of workers of deviancy,

2. because like grass, quickly, they will fade away, and like green growth they will wither.

3. Trust in Yahweh, (beth) and do good. Live in the land,  and tend trustworthiness

4. and find your pleasure in Yahweh, and he will give you your heart’s requests.

5. Commit your way to Yahweh (gimel) and trust in him, and he will take action.

6. And he will bring out your righteousness like the light, and your judgment like the noonday.

7. Be still before Yahweh, (daleth) and wait with keen anticipation for him. Do not upset yourself over one who is making his way prosperous, over the man who is making plans.

8. Let exasperation drop, (he) and leave rage. Do not upset yourself – only to doing evil!

9. Because evil-doers will be cut down, while those who wait for Yahweh will inherit the land.

10. And yet a little while, (waw) and there will not be a wicked one, and you will look searchingly at his place, and he will not be there,

11. and it is the downtrodden who will inherit the land, and will find their pleasure in an abundance of peace.

Hostile wickedness: insights

12. The wicked plots against the righteous, (zayin) and grinds his teeth at him.

13. The Sovereign One laughs at him because he has seen that his day will come.

14. The wicked have drawn their sword, (cheth) and bent their bow to make the downtrodden and vulnerable fall, to slaughter those whose way is upright.

15. Their sword will enter their own heart, and their bows will be broken.

16. Better is a little belonging to the righteous (teth) than the abundance of many wicked,

17. because the arms of the wicked will be broken and Yahweh is indeed upholding the righteous.

18. Yahweh indeed knows the days of the person of integrity (yodh) and their inheritance will be for ever.

19. They will not be disappointed in a period of evil, and in days of famine they will be satisfied.

20. Because the wicked will perish, (kaph) and Yahweh’s enemies are like the splendour of pastures: they come to an end; like smoke, they come to an end!

Pause for Thought

The idea of submissiveness – doing nothing, leaving it to God – is both the strength and weakness of Psalm 37, because there is a time for ‘letting go and letting God’, and there is a time for the intense and often costly activity of fighting back, and these can be confused to our peril. For example, as young Christians we heard notable preachers teaching that sanctification was a matter of ‘letting go and letting God’, and we were grievously led astray, because it’s not! The Bible urges us to resist even unto blood in striving against sin (Hebrews 12:4); it describes our armour for the war, as we wrestle with ‘principalities’ and ‘powers’ (Ephesians 6:10–17, kjv). When it calls us to ‘present’ our ‘bodies’ (Romans 12:1–2, kjv) it does not have in mind a future of dressing gown and slippers, but the arduous road of Christlike virtues (Romans 12:4ff .) and the demanding task of putting on the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14). We have a race to run with demanding discipline (1 Corinthians 9:24–27); we are in the tough trades of soldiers, athletes and farmers (2 Timothy 2:3–6). But there is also a time for non-retaliation, for leaving it to God (Romans 12:19), for waiting silently for God, holding our tongues and turning the other cheek (Lamentations 3:25–30; Matthew 5:39). In such a time, says Psalm 37, our active response is to trust and delight in Yahweh (3–4), to be still and wait (7), to live in the visible world of trial seeing clearly the invisible world of divine sovereignty and justice (13, 18), to look to the end, secure in Yahweh’s care, even sharing in his laughter (verse 13; Psalm 2:4). Alongside Psalm 37, Isaiah 53: 79 and 1 Peter 2:20–25 make good reading: we are called to be like the Son of God in all things; he is our inspiration and model as well as our Redeemer.

About the Author: Dr Alec Motyer (1924-2016) was a well-known Bible expositor and from an early age had a love for studying God’s Word. He was principal of Trinity College, Bristol and wrote many widely appreciated commentaries and other books.

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New Release – 2,000 Years of Christ’s Power: Volume 2



The following extract is taken from 2,000 Years of Christ’s Power: Volume 2, out this week at Christian Focus Publications. This 4 volume set from Nick Needham now features a fourth volume covering the 16th-18th Centuries. Essential reading for anyone with an interest in church history.

The Universities and the rise of Scholasticism

The Universities

The 12th and 13th centuries saw a great flowering of knowledge, especially theology and philosophy, in Western Christendom. It reached its high point in the 13th century, which many consider to be the “golden age” of Western Catholic civilisation in the Middle Ages. At the heart of this flowering of knowledge was the university.

The institution of the university came to the West from the Muslim world. The most important Muslim university was al- Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt. Al-Azhar was founded in 970; it still exists today, one of the world’s oldest centres of learning. These Islamic universities had a strong influence on the development of European education, e.g. in the use of Arabic rather than Roman numbers. However, the greatest impact Islamic universities had on the West was simply the way they acted as channels for the Muslim world’s medical, scientific, mathematical and philosophical knowledge to flow into Western academic institutions. (At that time, the Islamic world far surpassed the West in intellectual achievement.)

Western universities began to appear in the 12th century. They developed out of schools which were attached to cathedral churches and abbeys. … The first universities were those of Bologna (northern Italy) and Paris (northern France). There had been a law school in Bologna since 890; this formed the basis of what became Bologna University, given official recognition by the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick Barbarossa (1152-90), in 1155. In Paris, there was a famous school attached to Notre Dame Cathedral, which by 1150-70 had taken on the features of a university.

The other Western universities were modelled on Bologna and Paris. In Bologna, the university was a “corporation” (a sort of trade union) of students; the students controlled the policies of the university, and hired and fired the teachers. In Paris, the university was a corporation of teachers; they controlled policy and set the fees for the students. The name “university” arose out of these methods of organisation. A university organised on the Bologna model was called in Latin a universitas scholarium – “the whole body of students”. A university organised on the Paris model was called a universitas magistrorum – “the whole body of teachers”.

Many universities sprang up in the period 1200-1500. By 1500, there were about 80 universities in Western Europe. Some were celebrated for teaching particular subjects: Paris was famous for theology, Bologna for law, Salerno (southern Italy) for medicine, Oxford (southern England) for science and mathematics. A fully developed university would have four departments or “faculties”, teaching theology, law, medicine, and arts. The ideal was to make the university into a centre for preserving and communicating the sum total of all human knowledge.

The normal age for entering a university was 14 or 15. All a man needed was an education in the Latin language and the ability to pay his fees. Latin was the only language spoken in universities; the Western world considered it the proper language of culture and civilisation. A Latin-speaking student from any country could therefore study in any university in any part of Europe: there were no national language-barriers. However, the student bodies of universities were divided up according to nationality. Each national body of students had its own rules and regulations. It was presided over by a university officer called a proctor. The proctors elected a rector who was head of the university. Each faculty was governed by a dean. Almost all lecturers in all subjects were clergymen, and the few laymen had to be celibate; all students, too, had to be unmarried during their time at university. It was a long academic year: 11 months, with just a few weeks off for Christmas and Easter.

The method of education used in universities was twofold: (i) the lecture; (ii) the disputation.

(i) In the lecture, the teacher would read out a set text to the students (e.g. Peter Lombard’s Sentences – see section 3), and make his own comments on the text. The students were expected to take very full notes of what the teacher said. Books were scarce in the days before printing was invented, so we must not imagine that every student had his own copy of the textbook. Probably the university had only one copy which was kept chained up in the library.

(ii) The disputation was a public event in which a teacher and a student would set out to solve a problem. The problem would be two statements which appeared to contradict each other, but which were both found in authoritative texts. To take a theological example, an early Church father might be quoted as saying, “God cannot die.” But then another Church father might be quoted as saying, “God died on the cross.” The student would have to give all the arguments for and against each statement, by quoting passages from the Bible and great theologians, and offering his own comments on these passages. The teacher would then make remarks on what the student had said, and would offer a solution to the problem. …

When a student had finished his university course, he was awarded the degree of “bachelor”. It normally took five or six years to become a bachelor. To obtain the higher degree of “master” or “doctor”, which entitled its owner to give his own lectures in a university, took much longer – 14 years of study were necessary to become a doctor of theology.

The growth of the universities produced a theological revolution in Western Christendom. Previously, the great monasteries had been the centres of learning; the leading theologians had been monks who studied theology within the setting of monastic life and worship. The universities challenged this. Theology now became an intellectual subject in its own right, and people studied it in the academic context of university life, outside the constraints of monastic discipline. The great theologians were now university professors who earned their living by teaching doctrine. In one way, this had a liberating effect on Western theology, releasing torrents of intellectual energy, debate, and writing, in the stimulating atmosphere of free academic discourse. In another way, though, it introduced a certain element of division between spiritual life on the one hand, and intellectual and theological pursuits on the other. Many have judged this division to be a deeply harmful feature of Western Christianity since the 1100s.

Nick Needham’s volumes on church history explain everything that someone new to the subject might not understand. At the same time, they achieve a depth of detail to interest those who already know something of the subject. We use them as standard texts at LTS and look forward eagerly to forthcoming volumes.

Robert Strivens, Principal, London Theological Seminary, London

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New Release – 2,000 Years of Christ’s Power: Volume 1


The following extract is taken from 2,000 Years of Christ’s Power: Volume 1, out this week at Christian Focus Publications. This 4 volume set from Nick Needham now features a fourth volume covering the 16th-18th Centuries. Essential reading for anyone with an interest in church history.

The Jesus Movement

1. Jews and Gentiles in the early Church

We must leave to our New Testament studies an account of the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. What we will be looking at here is the impact which that life and ministry had on men and women in the 1st century AD – the beginnings of Church history. Our primary source is, of course, the book of Acts.

Early Christianity and the early Church were what we could call a Jesus movement. In its first years, this was a religious movement which blossomed exclusively within the confines of Judaism, and revolved around Jerusalem as its spiritual home. The original followers of Jesus were all Jews, and they had no intention of being anything other than faithful and pious Jews. They continued to worship in the Jerusalem temple, to obey the law of Moses, and to have a negative attitude towards Gentiles. The living heart of their faith was not so much the death as the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. When Jesus was executed, despair had engulfed His followers: they seemed to have a dead leader and a lost cause. It was Jesus’s resurrection from the dead that transformed these broken and despairing people into the fiery apostles and martyrs of a new faith – a faith which, within three centuries, and despite vigorous persecution, would conquer the whole Roman Empire. In the thought and preaching of the early Church, the resurrection was seen as God’s mighty vindication of all Jesus’s claims: He really was the long-promised Messiah of Israel, the Son of God, the Saviour of sinners, the source of God’s gift of the Holy Spirit to all who obeyed Him (see, for example, Acts 2:33-36, 4:10-12, 13:30-39, 17:30-32, and Rom.1:3- 4). So whichever period of Church history we are studying, it is always worth pausing and reminding ourselves of this: the entire history of the Christian Church is rooted in one central reality – the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. If Jesus of Nazareth had not risen, there would be no Church history. The rest of the story told in these pages flows out of the

The early Church, then, started its life as a purely Jewish movement, a sect within Judaism. Yet by the end of the 1st century, events had transplanted the Church from its original Jewish soil into the Gentile world, where it became an almost exclusively Gentile movement. How did this astonishing change take place? We find some clues in Acts.

The process of transition began when tensions arose within the early Christian community in Jerusalem between Palestinian Jews, and Jews from a more Hellenistic background (“Hellenism” means Greek culture – see Chapter 1, section 1, under A common intellectual culture). We find this tension described in Acts 6, where Luke refers to the two parties as, literally, “the Hebrews” and “the Hellenists”. Many Jews, as we saw in Chapter 1, lived outside Palestine in lands where Hellenistic culture was dominant, such as Egypt and Asia Minor. So the “Hellenists” of Acts 6 were Jews who had been born in a Hellenistic country and grown up in a Hellenistic culture, speaking Greek as their first language. They had then either moved into Palestine and settled there, or perhaps were there as pilgrims for the passover feast. The chief language spoken in Palestine was Aramaic, not Greek, and Hellenistic Jews would have known little or no Aramaic. The “Hebrews”, by contrast, were the Jews native to Palestine. They knew some Greek, but Aramaic was their first language, and they had less contact with Hellenistic culture, which some of them despised as Pagan.

This cultural divide between Palestinian and Hellenistic Jews would already have produced friction between them before any of them became Christians. The problem was that the Palestinians thought of themselves as the true Jews, born and brought up in the Jewish homeland which God had given to their ancestors, and they looked on Hellenistic Jews as partly foreign, perhaps corrupted by contact with Pagan society. On the other hand, Hellenistic Jews tended to think of themselves as being more cultured and civilised than their Palestinian cousins. They regarded Palestinian Jews as rather narrow-minded, too traditional, not aware enough of the outside world. (This description of Palestinian and Hellenistic Jews applies only in a general way to what most of them tended to be like. There were exceptions. The most notable exception was the apostle Paul, who was brought up in the Hellenistic city of Tarsus in Asia Minor, but surpassed even the Palestinian Jews in his intolerant zeal for traditional Judaism, before his Damascus road experience convinced him that Jesus was the Messiah.)

These existing problems between Palestinian and Hellenistic Jews carried over into the Jesus movement. Jesus of Nazareth had followers from both the Hellenistic and Palestinian sections of the Jewish people, and the friction between them continued, despite their common faith in the risen Messiah. Acts 2:44-45 relates how the early Christian community in Jerusalem cared for its poorer members; the provision of food for Christian widows was part of that system of care, since widows were unable to support themselves economically and depended on others. However, the Hellenists felt (rightly or wrongly) that the widows from their section of the community were not getting a fair deal. Luke records in Acts 6 how the Hellenists complained that their widows were being overlooked in the distribution of food. This particular problem was resolved by the appointment of seven deacons whose names are all Greek – an indication that they were elected from the Hellenistic group within the Jesus movement. But the underlying tensions between Palestinian and Hellenistic believers remained … continues.

For many years now I have said: if you want a thorough, learned but accessible and well-written history of the church, read Nick Needham’s 2,000 Years of Christ’s Power. Now, with the fourth volume finally available, Christians have an excellent resource for improving their knowledge of the history of their faith. Highly recommended.

Carl R. Trueman,Westminster Theological Seminary

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Alec Motyer (1924-2016)

Alec Motyer

Alec Motyer – Renowned Old Testament pastor-scholar, Christian Focus Publications author and dear friend – has passed away at the age of 91.

Born John Alexander Motyer in Dublin, he graduated with a BD (1949) and MA (1951) from Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Ireland, and did further studies at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.

He was ordained in the Church of England in 1947 as a deacon, and then in 1948 as a priest, serving as a curate in Penn Fields, Wolverhampton (1947-1950), and at Holy Trinity Church in Bristol (1950-1954). In Bristol, he also served as Tutor, and then Vice Principal, of Clifton College (1950-1965).

From there, he became Vicar of St Luke’s, West Hampstead (1965-1970), but returned to Bristol as Deputy Principal of Tyndale Hall (1970-1971), and then became the Principal of the reconstituted Trinity College (1971-1981).

His final decade of active parish ministry was as the Minister at Westbourne (Bournemouth) (1981-1989).

Alec Motyer’s gift for writing was matched by his humility, passion for the Gospel and witty personality. Alec Motyer’s letters were a source of encouragement and uplifting to people all around the world, not least in the Christian Focus office. Below is an extract from a personal correspondence to William Mackenzie, Managing Director at CFP, which best illustrates Alec’s warm heart, humility and wit:

Dear William

Since I am writing to Small W, I thought i should include a brief note to you – why should Christian fellowship become a bonanza for the Post Office?

May I thank you and herself for for such kindly and understanding love reaching out to me in these strange and odd days. Life without Beryl, after loving each other for 67 years, is an unwelcome and unusual experience … No I don’t want her back – she is having a high old time – ‘galavanting round heaven’. And NO, I am not in a rush to join her. As long as the Lord so wills, I am totally content to amble on in His sweet fellowship and in the increasing joy He allows me to have in His Holy Word. But there is a sort of underlying numbness, life lived in a gap. I am surrounded by oceans of TLC from family and church – and the ‘wall to wall’ cottage pies, soups and cakes continue.

Your kindness is rebounding on your head in terms of these over-long letters from me. You should not be so nice to me. Of course, were you to visit me, I would not plague you with letters.

Under the Sheltering wings

Alec Motyer

Mark Dever, in the foreword of Alec’s most recent CFP title Psalms by the Day: A New Devotional Translation describes his lasting influence:

One of the first – and still perhaps the best – summaries of the Bible in just a few messages that I have heard was given by Alec Motyer about twenty-five years ago. I was a student, speaking to students at the same conference. But when I saw Motyer was speaking on this topic, I could not resist attending all his lectures. And the view of God’s Word he gave me has been a lasting gift ever since.

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William Mackenzie talks about his recent visit to Alec’s home, where they shared fellowship:

On the 16th of April my wife and I visited Alec at his home in Poynton – a wonderful welcome, a lovely morning thinking about the glory of Christ and His work for us.  Alec was his usual cheerful, humorous self but was a lot frailer when compared to our previous visit.  Towards the end of our time together that morning, we prayed together.  On finishing our prayer, Alec then said, “I would like to pray again”.  He prayed most beautifully and personally for another mutual friend who we knew was approaching the end of life.  In that prayer Alec anticipated with joy going home to be with the Lord.  It was clear to me that his affection was set on things above and his desire was to depart and to be with Christ which is far better.

We then left and went to the front door of their house where we took a picture and said farewell.  That was one of the precious memories we have of Alec and we are thankful for his interest in us and our work.  Alec knew the individual names of the people and team at Christian Focus and was really interested in their welfare.  Isn’t it wonderful to remember that we have not lost someone when we know where they are?

Proverbs 10:7  – The memory of the just is blessed

Books by Alec Motyer

Psalms by the Day by Alec Motyer Isaiah By the Day:  A New Devotional Translation by Alec Motyer A Christian's Pocket Guide to Loving The Old Testament: One Book, One God, One Story by Alec Motyer Preaching?: Simple Teaching on Simply Preaching by Alec Motyer Roots:  Let the Old Testament Speak by Alec Motyer Life2 The Sequel: What happens when you die? by Alec Motyer

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Christian Focus Author Presented Golden Scroll Award

Pat Ennis 1God is my Strength 

Christian Focus Publications congratulates Patricia Ennis, recipient of a Golden Scroll Merit Award for Nonfiction from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) for her book God Is My Strength: Fifty Biblical Responses to Issues Facing Women Today.

As a college and seminary professor for many years, Ennis has compiled a list of 50 questions that women frequently pose.  It is her passion, she tells the reader, to share responses “that would challenge you to become theologically sound (Titus 2:1-5) as well as a ‘doer of the word’ (James 1:22) in the critical areas of your life: Your God, Yourself, Your Relationships, Your Home, Your World.”

Catherine Mackenzie, editor for Christian Focus, says,

“Pat Ennis is a great addition to our writing team. She has a wealth of experience that consists not only of knowledge but of practical skills and theological expertise. These are gifts you just can’t buy – you can only gain them through life. And here we have someone who knows them, lives them and can write about them!  You often hear the phrase that to prove your knowledge on a subject you have to be able to teach it. Pat has done that, not only in the classroom at Southwestern Seminary, but between the pages of this excellent book: God Is My Strength. It’s a delight to see Pat’s passion for the home, God’s Word and women believers being given the recognition it deserves through AWSA.”

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Owen Strachan Discusses God’s Grand Design for Manhood & Womanhood on In the Market with Janet Parshall

The Grand DesignWhat does it mean to be male? What about female? What are gender roles? Janet Parshall discusses God’s grand design for manhood and womanhood with special guest Owen Strachan. Listen here: Media Link.

About The Book:
The world has gone gray-fuzzy, blurry, gender-neutral gray. In a secularist culture, many people today are confused about what it means to be a man or a woman. Even the church struggles to understand the meaning of manhood and womanhood. In The Grand Design, Owen Strachan and Gavin Peacock clear away the confusion and open up the Scriptures. They show that the gospel frees us to behold the unity and distinctiveness of the sexes. In Christ, we have a script for our lives. Doxology, we discover, is in the details.

Praise for The Grand Design:

“We live in an age characterized by confusion on gender and sexuality … Strachan and Peacock have provided a careful and faithful account of Scripture’s vision for sexuality and gender. This book is urgently needed.”
-R. Albert Mohler, President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

“Strachan and Peacock don’t simply defend a view of men and women that is traditional but now counter-cultural. They show it is beautiful.”
-Andy Naselli, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Bethlehem College and Seminary, Minneapolis, Minnesota

“Confusion abounds today on what it means to be a man and what it means to be a woman. Peacock and Strachan put feet on the biblical teaching.”
-Thomas R. Schreiner, Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

About the Authors:

Owen Strachan is the president of the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood and Associate Professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri.

Gavin Peacock played for Chelsea Football Club. He is now Director of International Outreach for the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood, and serves as a pastor at Calvary Grace Church in Calgary, Alberta.

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New From Mez McConnell: God – Is He Out There?

God-Is He Out There?If God exists, prove it then? If God exists, what does it have to do with me? If all this is true, now what?

This is the first in a series of short workbooks from the 9 Marks Urban series, which are designed to help you think through some of life’s big questions. It all starts with the most important question of all: God-Is He Out There? The questions that follow all hinge on our answer to that question. If we answer that there is a God, then how can we get to know Him and how should we now live?

Praise for God – Is He Out There?:

“A life committed to following Jesus isn’t easy, so we need all the help we can get! I’m thankful, then, for a resource like this. In God: Is He Out There?, Mez McConnell tackles the difficult – yet central – questions of Christian theology in a way that is accessible, practical, and personal.”
-Jared C. Wilson, Director of Content Strategy for Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Managing Editor of For The Church, Midwestern’s site for gospel-centered resources.

God – Is He Out There? is such a practical tool for discipling believers in the basics of the Christian faith … My advice: Grab a copy and walk with a few others believers through it.”
-Robby Gallaty, Senior Pastor, Long Hollow Baptist Church, Hendersonville, Tennessee

Mez McConnellAbout The Author:
Mez McConnell is the pastor for Niddrie Community Church, near Edinburgh. He is also the Director of 20schemes which is dedicated to revitalising and planting gospel churches in Scotland’s poorest communities. Previously he was a missionary with street kids in Brazil. He is married and has two children.

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Ebooks on Sale Through June 29, 2016

Below is our current selection of ebooks on sale through June 29, 2016.

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New from John Perritt: Your Days Are Numbered

Your Days are NumberedWasting time might not seem like a big deal to some, except for the fact that our time really isn’t ours, but God’s. Not only that, but it is a limited resource. You can be the richest person in the world and you still can’t buy more time.

If we want a heart of wisdom, according to the psalmist, we must number our days. Your Days are Numbered takes a biblical look at the way in which we spend our time to cultivate this mind-set of seeing each day as a vital opportunity to live for the glory of God.

Praise for Your Days Are Numbered:

“Of all the gifts God gives to us, few are more precious and few are more fleeting than the gift of time. Your days are numbered and you are responsible to faithfully steward each one of them for the good of others and the glory of God. This book will teach and encourage you to make the most of the time God gives you.”
-Tim Challies, Blogger at

About the Author:

John Perritt is the Youth Director at Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church in Ridgeland, Mississippi. He has published articles for The Gospel Coalition and Reformation 21 and occasionally blogs on film and theology at He and his wife, Ashleigh, have four children.

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