Who can find a virtuous woman?
for her price is far above
A message from the First Lady of The Church of Philadelphia,
Mrs. Emily Elisabeth Nuñez.
the bible asks, can find a virtuous woman? Where is the woman of honor; the woman
of righteousness? Where is the woman who demands respect and who is concerned
about her reputation?
The woman of virtue is found in her home, helping
her husband and caring for her children. She is in the church, being a role model
for the young women and teaching the children about the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
She can be found in the workplace, providing guidance and leadership to her peers and subordinates.
woman is all these things. She is secure in her femininity, but has no need to
charm and manipulate to get her way. And because she looks to her heavenly Father
to lead her to the right husband, she knows that her husband loves her as Christ loves the church. She, therefore, embraces submissiveness, and does not rebel against it.
God’s woman is high quality and seeks holiness. She desires
a true form of godliness and acknowledges God’s power. She turns away from
those silly women who are led away by their lusts, and seeks friends of equal yoke.
She concerns herself with storing up treasures in heaven and the things of God.
woman is every color and every race. She lives on every continent and in every
country. She lives in the worst slums and in the richest mansions. God’s woman does not judge others by the color of their skin or the amount of money in their bank
account. She cherishes God’s creation, but loves God above all.
can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. She is treasured by her husband and respected by her children. She
is esteemed by her colleagues and admired by her friends.
woman carries His love in her heart and reflects His love in the mirror of her soul.
For now we see through a glass,
darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even
as also I am known. 1 Corinthians 13:12
WOMEN OF VIRTUE
1753 – 1784
Slave, Published Author and Poet,
Successfully defended literary ability in court
Mary McLeod Bethune
1875 - 1955
Born to Former Slaves, Master Educator, Humanitarian, Civil Rights and Social Activist, Founder of Daytona
School for Negro Girls, Founded Hospitals and High Schools for Black Americans, President of Bethune-Cookman College, Helped
to Integrate the Red Cross, Worked to Outlaw and Raise Awareness of Lynching, Director of Division of Negro Affairs becoming
first Black American to Head a Federal Agency, Worked with or Headed NAACP, National Association of Colored Women, National
Council of Negro Women, Urban League, Association of American Colleges and The League of Women Voters, Member of Roosevelt’s
Black Cabinet and Truman’s Committee of Twelve for National Defense
17:15-22 And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou
shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall
her name be. 16 And I will bless her, and
give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.
17 Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed,
and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years
old, bear? 18 And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee! 19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant
with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. 20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and
will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. 21 But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto
thee at this set time in the next year. 22 And
he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.
21:1-8 And the LORD visited
Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken. 2 For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken
to him. 3 And Abraham called the
name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac. 4 And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him. 5 And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him.
6 And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh,
so that all that hear will laugh with me. 7 And
she said, Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah should have given children suck? for I have born him a son in his old
age. 8 And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac
23:1-2 And Sarah was an
hundred and seven and twenty years old: these were the years of the life of Sarah. 2 And Sarah died in Kirjatharba; the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan: and Abraham came to mourn for
Sarah, and to weep for her.
1 Chronicles 1:34 And Abraham
begat Isaac. The sons of Isaac; Esau and Israel.
Acts 7:8 And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day;
and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs.
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1906 - 1975
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Genesis 24:1-4 And Abraham
was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things. 2 And Abraham said
unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh:
3 And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven,
and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not
take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell: 4 But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.
Genesis 24:58-67 And
they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go. 59 And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men. 60 And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be
thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them. 61 And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the
servant took Rebekah, and went his way.
62 And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi; for he dwelt in the south
country. 63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the
eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming. 64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw
Isaac, she lighted off the camel. 65 For
she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master:
therefore she took a vail, and covered herself. 66 And
the servant told Isaac all things that he had done. 67 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she
became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.
25:19-28 And these are the
generations of Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham begat Isaac: 20 And
Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister
to Laban the Syrian. 21 And Isaac intreated the LORD for his
wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22 And
the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD.
23 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations
are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the
other people; and the elder shall serve the younger. 24 And
when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. 25 And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they
called his name Esau. 26 And after that
came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore
years old when she bare them. 27 And the boys grew: and Esau
was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents. 28 And Isaac loved
Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.
Romans 9:10-12 And
not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; 11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose
of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) 12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.
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Genesis 29:11-14 And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept. 12 And
Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's brother, and that he was Rebekah's son: and she ran and told her father. 13 And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister's
son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his house. And he told Laban all these
things. 14 And Laban said to him, Surely thou art my bone and
my flesh. And he abode with him the space of a month.
Genesis 29:18-30 And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve
thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter. 19 And
Laban said, It is better that I give her to thee, than that I should give her to another man: abide with me. 20 And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love
he had to her. 21 And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in
unto her. 22 And Laban gathered together all the men
of the place, and made a feast. 23 And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought
her to him; and he went in unto her. 24 And Laban gave
unto his daughter Leah Zilpah his maid for an handmaid. 25 And
it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast
thou beguiled me? 26 And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger
before the firstborn. 27 Fulfil her week, and we will
give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years. 28 And Jacob did so,
and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also. 29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid. 30 And he went in also
unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years.
Genesis 30:22-24 And
God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb. 23 And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach: 24 And she called his
name Joseph; and said, The LORD shall add to me another son.
Genesis 35:16-20 And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath:
and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour. 17 And it came
to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also. 18 And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni:
but his father called him Benjamin. 19 And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem.
20 And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar
of Rachel's grave unto this day.
Genesis 35:24 The sons of Rachel; Joseph, and Benjamin:
Genesis 37:3 Now
Israel loved Joseph more than all his
children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.
Genesis 41:38-44 And
Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is? 39 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch
as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art: 40 Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be
ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou. 41 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all
the land of Egypt.
42 And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures
of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck; 43 And he
made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all
the land of Egypt. 44 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his
hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.
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4:4-9 And Deborah, a prophetess,
the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time. 5 And she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim:
and the children of Israel came up to
her for judgment. 6 And she sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedeshnaphtali, and
said unto him, Hath not the LORD God of Israel commanded, saying, Go and
draw toward mount Tabor,
and take with thee ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun? 7 And I will draw unto thee to the river Kishon Sisera, the captain of Jabin's
army, with his chariots and his multitude; and I will deliver him into thine hand. 8 And
Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go. 9 And she said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that
thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the LORD shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose,
and went with Barak to Kedesh.
Judges 4:14-16 And Deborah said unto Barak, Up; for this is the day in which the LORD hath delivered
Sisera into thine hand: is not the LORD gone out before thee? So Barak went down from mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him.
15 And the LORD discomfited Sisera, and
all his chariots, and all his host, with the edge of the sword before Barak; so that Sisera lighted down off his chariot,
and fled away on his feet. 16 But Barak
pursued after the chariots, and after the host, unto Harosheth of the Gentiles: and all the host of Sisera fell upon the edge of the sword; and there was not a man left.
5:1-5 Then sang Deborah
and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying, 2 Praise
ye the LORD for the avenging of Israel,
when the people willingly offered themselves. 3 Hear,
O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto the LORD; I will sing praise to the LORD God of Israel. 4 LORD, when thou wentest out of Seir, when thou marchedst out of the field of Edom, the earth trembled, and the heavens dropped, the clouds also dropped water.
5 The mountains melted from before the LORD,
even that Sinai from before the LORD God of Israel.
1897 - 1993
World renown African American Contralto, Known for Singing Stirring
Rendition of America (My Country‘Tis of Thee) on the Steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1939 after being Banned from Singing
in Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the Revolution, Debuted at the New York Philharmonic in 1925, Performed at Carnegie
Hall in 1928, First African American to Perform at the New York Metropolitan
in 1955, Delegate to the United Nations, Awarded United Nations Peace Prize, Grammy Award Winner for Lifetime Achievement,
Awarded Silver Buffalo by Boy Scouts of America
1895 – 1952
Film and Television Actor, Vaudeville, Recording and
First African American woman to win an Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress
Ruth 1:16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not
to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest,
I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and
thy God my God:
he said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my daughter: for thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning,
inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich. 11 And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.
4:13-22 So Boaz took Ruth,
and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son. 14 And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left
thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel. 15 And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine
old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him. 16 And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto
it. 17 And the women her neighbours gave
it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and
they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David. 18 Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron, 19 And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab, 20 And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon, 21 And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed, 22 And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.
1:6-16 And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat
Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias; 7 And
Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa; 8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias; 9 And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias;
10 And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses
begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias; 11 And
Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon: 12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel
begat Zorobabel; 13 And Zorobabel begat
Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor; 14 And
Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud; 15 And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob; 16 And
Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
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1 Samuel 1:1-8 Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham,
the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite: 2 And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah:
and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. 3 And this man went up out of his city yearly
to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were there.
4 And when the time was
that Elkanah offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions: 5 But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the LORD
had shut up her womb. 6 And her adversary
also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb. 7 And as he
did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.
8 Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy
heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?
Samuel 1:15-20 And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have
drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD. 16 Count not thine handmaid
for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto. 17 Then Eli answered
and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel
grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him. 18 And
she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more
19 And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before
the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her. 20 Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son,
and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD.
1 Samuel 1: 24-28 And
when she had weaned him, she took him up with
her, with three bullocks, and one ephah of flour, and a bottle of wine, and brought him unto the house of the LORD
in Shiloh: and the child was young. 25 And they slew a bullock, and brought the child to Eli. 26 And she said, Oh my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that
stood by thee here, praying unto the LORD. 27 For this
child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him: 28 Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as
long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.
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MAKEDA, THE QUEEN OF SHEBA
Kings 10:1-13 And when the queen of Sheba
heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard questions. 2 And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and
precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. 3 And
Solomon told her all her questions: there was not any thing hid from the king, which he told her not. 4 And
when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon's wisdom, and the house that he had built, 5 And the meat
of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers,
and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the LORD; there was no more spirit in her. 6 And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land
of thy acts and of thy wisdom. 7 Howbeit
I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity
exceedeth the fame which I heard. 8 Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand
continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom. 9 Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the LORD loved
Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and justice. 10 And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices very great store,
and precious stones: there came no more such abundance of spices as these which the queen of Sheba gave to king Solomon. 11 And the navy also of Hiram, that
brought gold from Ophir, brought in from Ophir great plenty of almug trees, and precious stones. 12 And
the king made of the almug trees pillars for the house of the LORD, and for the king's house, harps also and psalteries for
singers: there came no such almug trees, nor were seen unto this day. 13 And king Solomon gave unto the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which Solomon gave her
of his royal bounty. So she turned and went to her own country, she and her servants.
42 The queen of the south shall rise
up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear
the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the
utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
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Esther 2:7 And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's daughter: for she had neither father
nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter.
Esther 2:15-17 Now when the turn of Esther, the
daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required
nothing but what Hegai the king's chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight
of all them that looked upon her. 16 So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus into his
house royal in the tenth month, which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign. 17 And
the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that
he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti.
Esther 3:12-13 Then were the king's scribes called on the thirteenth day of the first month, and
there was written according to all that Haman had commanded unto the king's lieutenants, and to the governors that
were over every province, and to the rulers of every people of every province according to the writing thereof, and to every
people after their language; in the name of king Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed with the king's ring. 13 And
the letters were sent by posts into all the king's provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both
young and old, little children and women, in one day, even upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is
the month Adar, and to take the spoil of them for a prey.
Esther 4:9-17 And Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai. 10 Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto Mordecai;
11 All the king's servants, and the people
of the king's provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who
is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre,
that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days. 12 And they told to Mordecai Esther's words. 13 Then
Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than all the
Jews. 14 For if thou altogether
holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou
and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? 15 Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, 16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye
for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in
unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish. 17 So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him.
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5:1-8 Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner
court of the king's house, over against the king's house: and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over
against the gate of the house. 2 And
it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favour in his sight: and the king held
out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre. 3 Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy
request? it shall be even given thee to the half of the kingdom. 4 And Esther answered, If it seem good unto the king, let the king and Haman come this day unto the banquet
that I have prepared for him. 5 Then the
king said, Cause Haman to make haste, that he may do as Esther hath said. So the king and Haman came to the banquet that Esther
had prepared. 6 And the king said unto Esther
at the banquet of wine, What is thy petition? and it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request? even to the half of the
kingdom it shall be performed. 7 Then answered Esther, and said, My petition and my request is; 8 If I have found favour in the sight of the king, and if it please the king
to grant my petition, and to perform my request, let the king and Haman come to the banquet that I shall prepare for them,
and I will do to morrow as the king hath said.
7:1-10 So the king and Haman
came to banquet with Esther the queen. 2 And
the king said again unto Esther on the second day at the banquet of wine, What is thy petition, queen Esther? and it shall
be granted thee: and what is thy request? and it shall be performed, even to the half of the kingdom. 3 Then
Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favour in thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be
given me at my petition, and my people at my request: 4 For
we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. But if we had been sold for bondmen and
bondwomen, I had held my tongue, although the enemy could not countervail the king's damage. 5 Then
the king Ahasuerus answered and said unto Esther the queen, Who is he, and where is he, that durst presume in his heart to
do so? 6 And Esther said, The adversary
and enemy is this wicked Haman. Then Haman was afraid before the king and the queen.
7 And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his
wrath went into the palace garden: and Haman
stood up to make request for his life to Esther the queen; for he saw that there was evil determined against him by the king.
8 Then the king returned out of
the palace garden into the place of the banquet of wine; and Haman was fallen upon the bed whereon Esther was. Then said the
king, Will he force the queen also before me in the house? As the word went out of the king's mouth, they covered Haman's
face. 9 And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty
cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who had spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the
king said, Hang him thereon. 10 So they
hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath pacified.
Film, Stage and Television Actor, MTV Movie
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1922 – 1965
Film Actor, Television Entertainer, Singer, Civil Rights Activist,
First African American woman nominated for Best Actress Academy Award,
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1:5-25 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the
daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. 6 And they were both righteous before God, walking
in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. 7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well
stricken in years. 8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God
in the order of his course, 9 According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense
when he went into the temple of the Lord. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without
at the time of incense. 11 And
there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 And
when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. 13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife
Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. 14 And thou shalt have joy
and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. 15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled
with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb. 16 And
many of the children of Israel shall he
turn to the Lord their God. 17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to
turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared
for the Lord. 18 And Zacharias
said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. 19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the
presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. 20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these
things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season. 21 And
the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple. 22 And when he came
out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them,
and remained speechless. 23 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished,
he departed to his own house. 24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, 25 Thus
hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.
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Nicole de Boer
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Luke 1:36-45 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also
conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing shall be impossible. 38 And
Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
39 And Mary arose in those days,
and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; 40 And entered into the house of
Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. 41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth
was filled with the Holy Ghost: 42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou
among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. 43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord
should come to me? 44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped
in my womb for joy. 45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things
which were told her from the Lord.
Luke 1:57-66 Now Elisabeth's full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son. 58 And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed
great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her. 59 And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came
to circumcise the child; and they called him
Zacharias, after the name of his father. 60 And
his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John. 61 And they said unto her, There
is none of thy kindred that is called by this name. 62 And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called. 63 And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all.
64 And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God. 65 And
fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of
Judaea. 66 And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts,
saying, What manner of child shall this be!
And the hand of the Lord was with him.
Matthew 3:1-6 In those days came John
the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice
of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 4 And
the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,
6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins
3:13-17 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan
unto John, to be baptized of him. 14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? 15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it
becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. 16 And Jesus, when he was baptized,
went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like
a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I
am well pleased.
Vocalist, Youngest American Idol Winner in its History,
Model, Music in the Rockies Competition Finalist, America’s
Most Talented Kids Winner, Performed National Anthem at several Professional Sporting Events,
Toured with Christian Singer Michael W. Smith, Pro-Life Advocate
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Dr. Mae Jemison
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Matthew 1:16 And Jacob
begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
Luke 1:26-38 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee,
named Nazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused
to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And the
angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation
this should be. 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son,
and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of
his father David: 33 And he shall reign
over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34 Then said Mary unto
the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall
overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son
in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing shall
be impossible. 38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.
And the angel departed from her.
Matthew 1:18-25 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused
to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 19 Then Joseph her husband,
being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. 20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto
thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from
their sins. 22 Now all this was done, that it might be
fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold,
a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted
is, God with us. 24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as
the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: 25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her
firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
Matthew 27:50-56 Jesus,
when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 51 And,
behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints
which slept arose, 53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection,
and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. 54 Now when
the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared
greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God. 55 And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee,
ministering unto him: 56 Among which was
Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children.
John 19:25-27 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his
mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple
standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! 27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his
Broadway, Television and
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Actress, Rising Star Award at Acapulco Black Film Festival, American Black Film Festival Best Performance by an Actress, BET
Awards Best Actress, Black Reel Awards Best Actress
Jackie Joyner Kersee
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9:36-42 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full
of good works and almsdeeds which she did.
37 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in
an upper chamber. 38 And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa,
and the disciples had heard that Peter was
there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them. 39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought
him into the upper chamber: and all the widows
stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them. 40 But Peter put them
all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when
she saw Peter, she sat up. 41 And he gave her his hand,
and lifted her up, and when he had called the
saints and widows, presented her alive. 42 And it was
known throughout all Joppa; and many believed
in the Lord.
Television and Film Actor, Professional Dancer
Film, Stage and Television Actor
Broadway, Stage and Television Actor
R&B, Pop and Hip Hop Vocalist, Making the
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Ciara Princess Harris
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