5.7: Suggested Readings - Biology

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5.7: Suggested Readings

Daily Readings

Some Greeks who had come to worship at the Passover Feast
came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee,
and asked him, “Sir, we would like to see Jesus.”
Philip went and told Andrew
then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.
Jesus answered them,
“The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies,
it remains just a grain of wheat
but if it dies, it produces much fruit.
Whoever loves his life loses it,
and whoever hates his life in this world
will preserve it for eternal life.
Whoever serves me must follow me,
and where I am, there also will my servant be.
The Father will honor whoever serves me.

“I am troubled now. Yet what should I say?
‘Father, save me from this hour’?
But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour.
Father, glorify your name.”
Then a voice came from heaven,
“I have glorified it and will glorify it again.”
The crowd there heard it and said it was thunder
but others said, “An angel has spoken to him.”
Jesus answered and said,
“This voice did not come for my sake but for yours.
Now is the time of judgment on this world
now the ruler of this world will be driven out.
And when I am lifted up from the earth,
I will draw everyone to myself.”
He said this indicating the kind of death he would die.

How to ‘read around the subject’

How often have you heard someone – a teacher, a lecturer, a careers advisor – say that you need to ‘read around the subject’? Sounds great, doesn’t it? But what do they mean? What are you supposed to read? What are you supposed to be getting out of it?

Our top tips guide to reading around the subject is here to get you started. Your journey into the amazing world of science is only just beginning…

Reading around the subject – you can do it anywhere.

So what is ‘reading around the subject’?

If you are asked to read around the subject, you’re expected to find and read additional material in support of your learning.

Of course, it doesn’t have to be just reading. Attending lectures or watching them online, listening to podcasts and attending science festivals are all great ways to discover fascinating new areas of biology and deepen your understanding.

Why do teachers and lecturers ask you to do it?

Reading around the subject is important to your overall success because it

  • Helps you to make sense of the topics that you are studying in class or in your lectures
  • Keeps you up to date with current biological research
  • Informs, inspires and challenges you to find out more

Okay, sounds good. How do I get started?

There is a lot of biological information out there and a lot of it is mind- bogglingly technical!

If you type a scientific term into Google, you may find that you get a lot of results from scientific journals that assume more knowledge than you have so far. Many scientific journals are behind a pay wall, and you may have to pay a substantial amount to read them if your college or University doesn’t already subscribe.

So tracking down easily accessible resources that are at an appropriate depth for your level of study can be a daunting task.

We’ve put together some sources of information that you may find useful if you are studying A-level Biology, Scottish Higher Biology or are a first year Biological science undergraduate. (NB This is not an exhaustive list!).

Resources that can help you to make sense of the topics that you are studying in class.

Text books and Web resources written for your course and endorsed by your exam board.

These can be used to make extra notes and provide alternative diagrams, graphs and practice questions. Your teacher will let you know which exam board and specification you are studying and recommend the best course text books.

Magazines and web resources relevant to your course.

  1. Biological Sciences Review. This magazine is written specifically for students of A level Biology, Scottish Higher Biology and first year Biological Sciences undergraduates. It is highly readable and bridges the gap between your text books and scientific journals. There is a charge for subscribing to the magazine. An archive of articles from previous issues can be found on the magazine’s website.
  2. Big Picture. This is a free magazine produced by the Wellcome Trust. It is written for post 16 Biology students and explores the innovations and implications of cutting edge biomedical science. Visit the website to access previous issues.

Recommended web resources

  1. Cells Alive. Animations, images and interactives about cell biology.
  2. DNA Interactive. Video footage and animations that bring our understanding of DNA replication and expression to life.
  3. Learn.Genetics. Animations and interactives that bring genetics, bioscience and health to life.

Resources that can help you to keep up to date with current biological research

  1. New Scientist This is a weekly science magazine that keeps you up to date with what’s new in science. If you wish to become a subscriber, you will have to pay, but your school or college may already subscribe. Ask your teacher or learning resource manager.
  2. Nature. This is an international weekly journal of science.
  3. BBC Science and Environment news. Keep up to date with science and environment news as it happens. or via the BBC News phone App.
  4. BBC Health news. This provides breaking news from the world of human health and can also be found on the BBC News App.

Resources to inform, inspire and challenge you

Popular science reading books

Here is a small selection.

  1. The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being, Alice Roberts. Alice Roberts combines embryology, genetics, anatomy, evolution and zoology to tell the incredible story of the human body
  2. The Epigenetics Revolution, Nessa Carey. A fascinating introduction to epigenetics. If you enjoy this, follow up with Seed to Seed (see below).
  3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot. How one woman’s cancer cells changed the medical world forever, and because a multi-million dollar industry.
  4. Bad Science, Ben Goldacre. Looking objectively at popular science reporting.
  5. The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan. A very different approach to science writing, Michael Pollan turns our normal perspective on its head to consider how plants manipulate humans.
  6. Almost Like A Whale, Steve Jones. Using contemporary science to update Charles Darwin’s “The Origin of the Species”.
  7. Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution, Holly Tucker. The dramatic history of blood transfusions, from 17th century France onwards.
  8. Seed to Seed, Nicholas Harberd. A research scientist tells the story of ten years of discovery in his own laboratory. A very valuable insight into contemporary genetics and epigenetics research, and what it means to be a scientist.
  9. Calculus Diaries, Jennifer Ouellette. A non-mathematician finds out how maths can help you tackle anything – even a zombie apocalypse.
  10. Life Ascending, Nick Lane. Where does DNA come from? How did the eye evolve? A reconstruction of evolutionary history through ten of its greatest landmarks.
  11. Genome, Matt Ridley. 23 human chromosomes in 23 chapters.
  12. The Energy of Life, Guy Brown. Introduction to the cutting-edge science of Bioenergetics

IntoBiology videos

See our own collection of videos about the latest research in biology

The best ideas from the TED conferences.

If you want to try your hand at reading ‘papers’ (research articles) from a leading scientific journal, the AoB blog is an excellent place to start. The editorial team highlight selected papers from each issue and write a short blog post introducing the paper and giving it some context. This will really help you as you begin reading the paper. They even make many of the papers free, including all articles over 12 months old.

Naked Scientists

Audience interactive radio talk show bought to you by a team of scientists, doctors and communicators.


Games and simulations based on Nobel prize- winning achievements.

Remember: Biology is an endlessly fascinating subject. Reading around it will allow you to get to know the subject, not just the facts!

Recommended Science Books For Non-Scientists

Steven Weinberg is hawking a book about the history of science these days, and as part of the publicity effort for that, has produced a list of 13 books for non-scientists, with an accompanying essay on the history of science writing. I haven't read Weinberg's book, but my impression from the various excerpts and editorials I've read is that as a dabbler in history of science, he's very much in the Whig history mode, and I take kind of a dim view of that. It's a variant of the same argument I railed against last week-- that science is an unnatural and recent development-- and I don't like it any better from a Nobel-winning physicist.

I'm not a huge fan of his recommended reading list, either, to be honest, or the essay that goes with it. For one thing, there are some weird inconsistencies to his approach-- late in the essay, he brags about how he judges past science by modern standards, contrary to the standard approach of professional historians, but earlier he laments that we're unable to learn directly from ancient sources:

For instance, we know about the measurement of the Earth’s circumference by Eratosthenes around 240BC not from his own writings, which are lost, but from the commentary of Cleomedes, writing several centuries later. It is as if in some post-apocalyptic future, scholars would learn about the work of Newton and Einstein from surviving articles in Scientific American or New Scientist.

But this is really kind of silly, as going back to the original source is usually a terrible way to learn science. The reason why very few students outside of St. John's College learn physics by reading Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica is not just that Newton deliberately made it really hard to read (seriously-- he told a friend he wrote it in the form he did so as " to avoid being baited by little Smatterers in Mathematicks") but for exactly the reasons Weinberg later gives when congratulating himself for his approach to history: we have a more complete understanding of Newtonian physics today than Newton did, and a much better idea of how to teach it. I devoutly hope that after the apocalypse, the people rebuilding civilization pick up their physics not from the Principia but from a good recent physics textbook-- Matter and Interactions, say.

And this pretty much carries over to his list of recommended reading, which is much more useful as a display of ostentatious erudition than an actual guide to science writing comprehensible by non-scientists. It might function as a sort of survey of the history of popular science writing, if you were, say, looking to teach a course on that, but even there, it's a little iffy. I mean, Darwin's On the Origin of Species is remarkably readable for a Victorian treatise, but it's still a Victorian treatise, and not something I would recommend to a casual reader unless I happened to know that they really enjoy books from that era.

This is, of course, a subject on which I have strong opinions, being the author of three books about science aimed at non-scientists. I even have my own history-of-science book. Admittedly, my sales are probably on the order of the round-off error in Weinberg's career sales, but I do have some credentials when it comes to evaluating pop-science books, so let me offer a few recommendations of my own. These will skew more recent than Weinberg's list, because the goal here is to try to list books that a modern reader can learn from with relatively little effort, and that argues for a more modern selection. It will also skew very heavily toward physics, because that's where my interests lie I just don't read many books about biological science, so can't easily recommend stuff in that field. I'll group these together more thematically than chronologically, because that's how I'm thinking of them:

Big Surveys

If you want to get a good sense of science in a very broad overview, covering a wide range of science, you could do a whole lot worse than Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything. Bryson is most famous as a writer of travel narratives, and this functions as a kind of travelogue through the history of science, a charming ramble through basic ideas and colorful anecdotes from many different fields of science. Bryson is very much an outsider to science, so there are a few places where the science he's explaining second-hand is a little garbled, but that's to be expected.

If the 500-plus pages of Bryson's book seem a little too daunting, I would recommend Natalie Angier's The Canon, which bills itself as "A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science." Like Bryson's book, this hits a lot of different topics, but in a much more compact package. Angier's a professional science writer, though, so the accuracy is a little better, and it's still highly engaging.

If you're okay with the heft of Bryson's book, but worry that it's not sufficiently academic, you could try Patricia Fara's Science: a Four Thousand Year History, which offers pretty much what it promises in the title. This is much less about specific facts and theories than about the social and historical context of science, but it's very valuable if you want to know why professional historians look askance at Weinberg's Whig-history approach.

Personal Narratives

One very good "hook" for getting people past the idea that science is inherently dry and difficult is to embed the science content in a personal narrative. One excellent example is Jennifer Ouellette's The Calculus Diaries, which tells the story of her attempts as an English major who backed into writing about physics for a living to learn how to understand and appreciate math.

In a similar vein, Brian Switek's My Beloved Brontosaurus is a great look at the modern science of dinosaurs, drawing on Brian's dinosaur-obsessed childhood. He looks at what we know now about dinosaurs, and contrasts that to what we thought we knew back in the day, and draws out how we got from there to here.

And maybe the finest recent example of the form is Amanda Gefter's Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn, a whirlwind tour through some dizzyingly complex issues in quantum physics and cosmology, framed by a quest to understand fundamental physics that Gefter and her father began when she was a teenager. This hits some awfully heavy stuff, and some wild speculation, but carries the reader along thanks to the infectious enthusiasm of both Gefters.

Historical Narratives

Another very good tactic for a general reader is to tell stories about the historical development of the field. In this vein, I'm rather fond of David Lindley's Uncertainty, which looks at the origin of quantum mechanics, and the great philosophical arguments that divided its founders. It's primarily a history, but includes some very clear explanations of the transitional period between the "old quantum theory" that sprang up after Niels Bohr introduced his atomic model in 1913 and the full theory of quantum mechanics developed by Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrödinger, and Paul Dirac in the late 1920's.

In a similar vein, Louisa Gilder's The Age of Entanglement is excellent, and covers a bit more historical ground. Gilder takes the unusual approach of presenting large sections of the book as reconstructed conversations between the principal figures, drawing on their letters and other writings for the dialogue.

And for history where the ink is barely dry, I like Richard Panek's The 4% Universe, a history of modern cosmology that covers all the complicated ins and outs and interpersonal conflicts around the discovery of dark matter and dark energy. This is stuff that you don't read in a lot of more streamlined histories, and I found it fascinating.

Expert Authors

Weinberg's list is very heavy on books by experts writing about their own work, which is a mode with a long and honorable tradition. It's hard to find a better example of this than Richard Feynman's QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter. Feynman is revered within physics both for his theoretical accomplishments (he shared a Nobel for the development of quantum electrodynamics, colloquially known as "QED") and for his skill at explaining complicated physics in a simple way. This book, adapted from a series of lectures, shows why this reputation is richly deserved.

Another great example of an expert writing about his own area is Kip Thorne. He's had a lot of recent press over his involvement with the movie Interstellar, but I haven't read the accompanying book yet. I did, however, use his Black Holes and Time Warps in a class about relativity for non-science majors, and it's great stuff. It also mixes in elements of the personal narrative and historical overview, giving an overview of what we know about black holes that's both reasonably comprehensive and engagingly readable.

Finally, as a guy who's best known for writing books featuring imaginary conversations with a talking dog, I'd have my license to pontificate about pop-science books yanked away if I didn't put in a plug for George Gamow's Mr. Tompkins. These are a rather old but still charming set of stories about the daydreams of a mild-mannered bank clerk who goes to physics lectures and then finds himself experiencing the weirder features of relativity and quantum physics.

Unless I've counted wrong, that's an even dozen excellent works of popular science writing. Which is one short of Weinberg's 13, but then, he has a Nobel Prize and I don't, so I'll stop here. Feel free to use the comments to suggest additional examples, or quibble with the ones I've offered.

(Full Disclosure: I know several of these people personally, and Jennifer Ouellette and Lousia Gilder have been kind enough to write cover blurbs for some of my own books. )

Here are 42 of the best books out there for kids ages 5-7:

1. Captain Underpants – This series came highly recommended by many of you. It’s a fun imaginative one full of laughs and interaction.

2. Magic Tree House – Fun series to get them started on!

3. Nate the Great – These books are great for mystery-loving children and will get them thinking!

4. Junie B. Jones – My son’s second-grade teacher introduced him to these and he loved them. He thought they were so funny. Another great series.

5. Fly Guy – These short books are full of humor and great illustrations.

6. Flat Stanley – Follow the exciting adventures of a boy who has been flattened by a bulletin board.

7. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie – Watch new events unfold from the simple act of giving a mouse a cookie in this illustrated series.

8. Pete the Cat – There are several Pete the Cat adventures to read through, all with illustrations to help the little ones stay entertained!

9. Minecraft Books – Good way to get your video game loving kids interested in reading.

10. A to Z Mysteries – If your child enjoys these mystery books, they’ll have tons to read! There are 26 books in total in the series.

11. Diary of a Wimpy Kid – This series is a favorite at my house. You can get them interested in the books by renting the movie on amazon prime or buying the DVD.

12. The Book With No Pictures – It may sound boring at first, but this is a silly book that will show your kids, not all books need pictures. Give it a try!

13. Frog and Toad – This is a great series to learn about friendships by following the adventures of the loveable characters Frog and Toad.

14. My Weird School – This is another long series (21 books total) and each one is full of adventure and fun characters.

15. Don’t Let the Pigeon Books – This should be a relatable series for all kids, with a funny Pigeon character they’ll love.

16. Lego Books – If your kids like LEGO they’ll surely enjoy reading about their favorite toy characters going on adventures!

17. Curious George – This is a classic series that I’m sure you all know and love.

18. Bad Kitty – Read about a cat who goes on all sorts of adventures from joining a sports team to taking school tests, all with fantastic lessons at the end.

19. The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh – Another classic series full of loveable characters.

20. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – If your kids have seen any of the movies they may be even more excited to read this one!

21. Where the Sidewalk Ends – I loved Shel Silverstein as a kid, I was thrilled to find that my boys like his poems too.

22. Charlotte’s Web – Another great story about friendship and loyalty.

23. Make Way for Ducklings – Another classic about a mom and her ducklings making their way through the busy streets of Boston.

24. The Velveteen Rabbit – Follow a toy rabbit that gets turned into a real rabbit in this classic illustration from 1922.

25. Where the Wild Things Are – If your kids have large imaginations they’ll love this one.

26. Judy Moody Books – This is a great relatable series for kids, full of adventure and education.

27. National Geographic Kids Chapters – Follow true stories of exciting and unbelievable wild animals!

28. My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish – Follow the funny and exciting adventures of Tom and his Zombie pet goldfish!

29. Fancy Nancy Books – These stories are quick 5-minute reads great for young girls.

30. The Day the Crayons Quit – This is a great imaginary and humorous tale of crayons who are tired of coloring.

31. Dr. Seuss’s Beginner Book Collection – Can never go wrong with Dr. Seuss books!

32. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – If your kids have seen the movie, they’ll love this illustrated version of food falling from the sky.

33. The Boxcar Children – The Boxcar children go on adventures and solve mysteries together.

34. The Classic Treasury of Aesop’s Fables – Great for children who love wildlife. Hear stories from various illustrated animals!

36. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble – A Donkey finds a magic stone that can grant his wishes. What could go wrong?

37. The BFG – The Big Friendly Giant is a classic and exciting tale.

39. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs – A twist on the original three little pigs story with humor and illustration.

40. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – A great one to show your kids that not every day is going to be perfect, and that’s ok.

41. Tikki Tikki Tembo – A book about a child who falls down a well, and his brothers attempt to save him.

42. The Giving Tree – This book is filled with great lessons on generosity.


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Biology Reading List

As you may not have much time during term in Oxford for reading across the broad range of biology, we would rather you read some of the following popular books for fun rather than attempting to focus on the specific course texts we use in the first year of the degree. The books are generally about various aspects of evolutionary biology, an overarching theme of the degree and understanding of which will help you tie together the first year of teaching. They are in no particular order and don’t feel you have to read them all start with the ones that look most interesting to you.

Carroll, S. (2005), Endless Forms Most Beautiful (an excellent introduction to the diversity of life and its genetic basis, from an eloquent writer on the subject)

Leroi, A. (2003), Mutants (an excellent introduction to genetics and the formation of the phenotype, illustrated with the extraordinary range of human mutations: it links together genes, cells and organismal form).

Darwin C. (1859), On the Origin of Species (needs no introduction! This is a long, dense read but of course a foundational text in the life sciences)

Holland, P. (2011), The Animal Kingdom: A very short introduction (this one is relatively close to the diversity of life strand of the first year course, or at least the zoological part of it, and provides an insightful yet accessible introduction to the diversity of animal life)

Dawkins, R. & Yang, W. (2004), The Ancestor’s Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life (no Balliol Biology reading list is complete without a Dawkins. This one is a beautifully written journey through evolutionary history, from our own perspective as a species)

Coyne, J. (2009), Why Evolution is True, Oxford University Press (an authoritative account of the evolutionary process and its underlying evidential basis)

Davies, N. (2016), Cuckoo: Cheating by Nature, Bloomsbury (a lovely insight into animal behaviour)

Shubin, N. (2008) Your Inner Fish, London: Penguin (this explores the evolutionary ancestry of vertebrates from an author who has combined expertise in palaeontology, genetics and embryo development)

Lane, N. (2002) Oxygen: The Molecule that Made the World, Oxford University Press (combines biochemistry, cell biology, physiology and evolution)

Course books

The first-year programme draws on a number of textbooks, but most are available in the College Library, so you don’t have to get your own copies. Some students find it more convenient to do so in the long run, but we do not recommend you do this before arrival.

Further suggested reading

We are often asked to make suggestions for preparatory reading. There is no pre-requisite reading that needs to be done, but you may find the following books interesting and informative at a general level. Please note that the books present an initial view of the subject and may not include material covered by the undergraduate course. You are NOT expected to purchase any of the books on this suggested reading list.

Students planning to take Mathematics courses A or B should consult the Mathematics section below. Attention is also drawn to reading suggestions provided by the University Departments for Natural Sciences (see the links section at the bottom of the page).

Biology of Cells

B. Alberts et al (2008) 5th Edition, Molecular Biology of the Cell , Garland

J.M. Berg (2006) 6th Edition, Biochemistry , Freeman

A.J.F. Griffith et al (2004) 8th Edition An introduction to Genetic Analysis , Freeman

Although A level Biology is not a requirement for the Biology of Cells Course, students who have not done Biology at A level are advised to consult an A level Biology text before they come up. Some familiarity with the following broad topics would be an advantage in the first part of the Michaelmas Term: Microscopic examination of cells Comparative (plant, animal and microbial) cell structure Cellulas compartments (mitochondria. chloroplasts. nucleus) Basic membrane structures.


PW Atkins, Molecules , Scientific American

J Keeler & P Wothers, Why Chemical Reactions Happen , O.U.P.

Earth Sciences

Davidson, J et al, Exploring the Earth , Prentice-Hall

Dickey, JS, On the Rocks: Earth Science for everyone , Wiley

Knou, A.H, Life on a Young Planet , Princeton Univ Press

MacDougall, JD, A short history of planet Earth , Wiley

Van Andel, TJH, New Views on an Old Planet , C.U.P

Evolution and Behaviour

MS Dawkins, Through our eyes only? , O.U.P

R Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker , O.U.P

J Diamond, The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee , Vintage

S Jones, In the Blood , Harper/Collins

L Margulis, The Symbiotic Planet: A new look at evolution , Weidenfield/Nicholson

Materials Science

Baillie, C and Vanasupa, L, Navigating the Material World , Academic Press

Gordon, JE, New Science of Strong Materials , Penguin

Braithwaite and Weaver, Electronic Materials , Butterworth

Ashby, MF and Johnson, K, Materials and Design , Butterworth

Hazen, RM, The Diamond Makers , CUP


R.P. Feyman, The Character of Physical Law , Penguin

T. Hey & P. Walters, The Quantum Universe , C.U.P.

J. Walker, The Flying Circus of Physics , John Wiley & Sons

Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything , Transworld.Doubleday

T. Ferris, Coming of Age in the Milky Way , Anchor/Doubleday

G. Gamow. (Ed. R. Stannard), The New World of Mr Tompkins , C.U.P.

Any of these books can be dipped into for pure enjoyment. Most should be available in libraries – we don’t expect you either to buy them or to learn anything specific.

Physiology of Organisms

King, J, Reaching for the sun , C.U.P.

Widmaier, EP, Why Geese don’t get obese (and we do) , W. H. Freeman

McGowan, C, Diatoms to Dinosaurs, The size and scale of living things , Penguin

Walker, D, Energy, Plants and Man , Oxigraphics.


Please work through the Mathematics for the Natural Sciences workbook before arriving in Cambridge if you plan to take Mathematics courses A or B in first year. The document is available at the bottom of this page and is updated late July each year.

Bondi, C, New Applications of Mathematics , Penguin

Sivia, DS & Rawlings, SG, Foundations of Science Mathematics , O.U.P.

Maor, E, To Infinity and Beyond , Princeton

Hofstadter, D, Godel, Escher and Bach , Penguin

Hall, N (ed.), The New Scientist Guide to Chaos , Penguin

Elementary Mathematics

Huff, D, How to Lie with Statistics , Pelican

Foster, PC, Easy Mathematics for Biologists , Harwood

Rowntree, D, Statistics without Tears , Penguin

Mathematical Biology

Eason G, Coles CW & Getingby G, Mathematics and Statistics for the Biosciences , Ellis-Horwood

Rowntree, D, Statistics without Tears – a Primer for Non-Mathematicians , Penguin

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Isaiah 35:1-10
35:1 The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus

35:2 it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the LORD, the majesty of our God.

35:3 Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.

35:4 Say to those who are of a fearful heart, "Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you."

35:5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped

35:6 then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert

35:7 the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp, the grass shall become reeds and rushes.

35:8 A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way the unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for God's people no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray.

35:9 No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there.

35:10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with singing everlasting joy shall be upon their heads they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Psalm 146:5-10
146:5 Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God,

146:6 who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them who keeps faith forever

146:7 who executes justice for the oppressed who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free

146:8 the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down the LORD loves the righteous.

146:9 The LORD watches over the strangers he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

146:10 The LORD will reign forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the LORD!

Luke 1:46b-55
1:46b "My soul magnifies the Lord,

1:47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

1:48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed

1:49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

1:50 His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.

1:51 He has shown strength with his arm he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.

1:52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly

1:53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.

1:54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,

1:55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever."

James 5:7-10
5:7 Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains.

5:8 You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.

5:9 Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors!

5:10 As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.

Matthew 11:2-11
11:2 When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples

11:3 and said to him, "Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?"

11:4 Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John what you hear and see:

11:5 the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them.

11:6 And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me."

11:7 As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind?

11:8 What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces.

11:9 What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.

11:10 This is the one about whom it is written, 'See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.'

11:11 Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

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