January 4

Genesis 8

1And God kept Noah in mind, and all the living things and the cattle which were with him in the ark: and God sent a wind over the earth, and the waters went down.

2And the fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were shut, and the rain from heaven was stopped.

3And the waters went slowly back from the earth, and at the end of a hundred and fifty days the waters were lower.

4And on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.

5And still the waters went on falling, till on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains were seen.

6Then, after forty days, through the open window of the ark which he had made,

7Noah sent out a raven, which went this way and that till the waters were gone from the earth.

8And he sent out a dove, to see if the waters had gone from the face of the earth;

9But the dove saw no resting-place for her foot, and came back to the ark, for the waters were still over all the earth; and he put out his hand, and took her into the ark.

10And after waiting another seven days, he sent the dove out again;

11And the dove came back at evening, and in her mouth was an olive-leaf broken off: so Noah was certain that the waters had gone down on the earth.

12And after seven days more, he sent the dove out again, but she did not come back to him.

13And in the six hundred and first year, on the first day of the first month, the waters were dry on the earth: and Noah took the cover off the ark and saw that the face of the earth was dry.

14And on the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was dry.

15And God said to Noah,

16Go out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and your sons’ wives.

17Take out with you every living thing which is with you, birds and cattle and everything which goes on the earth, so that they may have offspring and be fertile and be increased on the earth.

18And Noah went out with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives;

19And every beast and bird and every living thing of every sort which goes on the earth, went out of the ark.

20And Noah made an altar to the Lord, and from every clean beast and bird he made burned offerings on the altar.

21And when the sweet smell came up to the Lord, he said in his heart, I will not again put a curse on the earth because of man, for the thoughts of man’s heart are evil from his earliest days; never again will I send destruction on all living things as I have done.

22While the earth goes on, seed time and the getting in of the grain, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, will not come to an end.

Genesis 9

1And God gave his blessing to Noah and his sons, and said, Be fertile, and have increase, and make the earth full.

2And the fear of you will be strong in every beast of the earth and every bird of the air; everything which goes on the land, and all the fishes of the sea, are given into your hands.

3Every living and moving thing will be food for you; I give them all to you as before I gave you all green things.

4But flesh with the life-blood in it you may not take for food.

5And for your blood, which is your life, will I take payment; from every beast I will take it, and from every man will I take payment for the blood of his brother-man.

6Whoever takes a man’s life, by man will his life be taken; because God made man in his image.

7And now, be fertile and have increase; have offspring on the earth and become great in number.

8And God said to Noah and to his sons,

9Truly, I will make my agreement with you and with your seed after you,

10And with every living thing with you, all birds and cattle and every beast of the earth which comes out of the ark with you.

11And I will make my agreement with you; never again will all flesh be cut off by the waters; never again will the waters come over all the earth for its destruction.

12And God said, This is the sign of the agreement which I make between me and you and every living thing with you, for all future generations:

13I will put my bow in the cloud and it will be for a sign of the agreement between me and the earth.

14And whenever I make a cloud come over the earth, the bow will be seen in the cloud,

15And I will keep in mind the agreement between me and you and every living thing; and never again will there be a great flow of waters causing destruction to all flesh.

16And the bow will be in the cloud, and looking on it, I will keep in mind the eternal agreement between God and every living thing on the earth.

17And God said to Noah, This is the sign of the agreement which I have made between me and all flesh on the earth.

18And the sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth; and Ham is the father of Canaan.

19These three were the sons of Noah and from them all the earth was peopled.

20In those days Noah became a farmer, and he made a vine-garden.

21And he took of the wine of it and was overcome by drink; and he was uncovered in his tent.

22And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father unclothed, and gave news of it to his two brothers outside.

23And Shem and Japheth took a robe, and putting it on their backs went in with their faces turned away, and put it over their father so that they might not see him unclothed.

24And, awaking from his wine, Noah saw what his youngest son had done to him, and he said,

25Cursed be Canaan; let him be a servant of servants to his brothers.

26And he said, Praise to the Lord, the God of Shem; let Canaan be his servant.

27May God make Japheth great, and let his living-place be in the tents of Shem, and let Canaan be his servant.

28And Noah went on living three hundred and fifty years after the great flow of waters;

29all the years of his life were nine hundred and fifty: and he came to his end.

Genesis 10

1Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: these are the sons which they had after the great flow of waters

2The sons of Japheth: Gomer and Magog and Madai and Javan and Tubal and Meshech and Tiras.

3And the sons of Gomer: Ashkenaz and Riphath and Togarmah.

4And the sons of Javan: Elishah and Tarshish, the Kittim and the Dodanim.

5From these came the nations of the sea-lands, with their different families and languages.

6And the sons of Ham: Cush and Mizraim and Put and Canaan.

7And the sons of Cush: Seba and Havilah and Sabtah and Raamah and Sabteca; and the sons of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan.

8And Cush was the father of Nimrod, who was the first of the great men of the earth.

9He was a very great bowman, so that there is a saying, Like Nimrod, a very great bowman.

10And at the first, his kingdom was Babel and Erech and Accad and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

11From that land he went out into Assyria, building Nineveh with its wide streets and Calah,

12And Resen between Nineveh and Calah, which is a very great town.

13And Mizraim was the father of the Ludim and Anamim and Lehabim and Naphtuhim;

14And Pathrusim and Casluhim and Caphtorim, from whom came the Philistines.

15And Canaan was the father of Zidon, who was his oldest son, and Heth,

16And the Jebusite and the Amorite and the Girgashite,

17And the Hivite and the Arkite and the Sinite,

18And the Arvadite and the Zemarite and the Hamathite; after that the families of the Canaanites went far and wide in all directions;

19Their country stretching from Zidon to Gaza, in the direction of Gerar; and to Lasha, in the direction of Sodom and Gomorrah and Admah and Zeboiim.

20All these, with their different families, languages, lands, and nations, are the offspring of Ham.

21And Shem, the older brother of Japheth, the father of the children of Eber, had other sons in addition.

22These are the sons of Shem: Elam and Asshur and Arpachshad and Lud and Aram.

23And the sons of Aram: Uz and Hul and Gether and Mash.

24And Arpachshad became the father of Shelah; and Shelah became the father of Eber.

25And Eber had two sons: the name of the one was Peleg, because in his time the peoples of the earth became separate; and his brother’s name was Joktan.

26And Joktan was the father of Almodad and Sheleph and Hazarmaveth and Jerah

27And Hadoram and Uzal and Diklah

28And Obal and Abimael and Sheba

29And Ophir and Havilah and Jobab; all these were the sons of Joktan.

30And their country was from Mesha, in the direction of Sephar, the mountain of the east.

31These, with their families and their languages and their lands and their nations, are the offspring of Shem.

32These are the families of the sons of Noah, in the order of their generations and their nations: from these came all the nations of the earth after the great flow of waters.

Psalms 4

To the chief music-maker on corded instruments. A Psalm. Of David.

1 Give answer to my cry, O God of my righteousness; make me free from my troubles; have mercy on me, and give ear to my prayer.

2O you sons of men, how long will you go on turning my glory into shame? how long will you give your love to foolish things, going after what is false? (Selah.)

3See how the Lord has made great his mercy for me; the Lord will give ear to my cry.

4Let there be fear in your hearts, and do no sin; have bitter feelings on your bed, but make no sound. (Selah.)

5Give the offerings of righteousness, and put your faith in the Lord.

6There are numbers who say, Who will do us any good? the light of his face has gone from us.

7Lord, you have put joy in my heart, more than they have when their grain and their wine are increased.

8I will take my rest on my bed in peace, because you only, Lord, keep me safe.

Luke 7:1-17

1After he had come to the end of all his words in the hearing of the people, he went into Capernaum.

2And a certain captain had a servant who was very dear to him; this servant was ill and near to death.

3And when news of Jesus came to his ears, he sent to him rulers of the Jews, requesting that he would come and make his servant well.

4And they, when they came to Jesus, made their request warmly, saying,

5It is right for you to do this for him, because he is a friend to our nation, and himself has put up a Synagogue for us.

6And Jesus went with them. And when he was not far from the house, the man sent friends to him, saying, Lord, do not give yourself trouble: for I am not important enough for you to come into my house:

7And I had the feeling that I was not even good enough to come to you: but say the word only, and my servant will be well.

8For I, myself, am a man under authority, having men under me; and I say to this one, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my servant, Do this, and he does it.

9And when these things were said to Jesus, he was surprised, and, turning to the mass of people coming after him, said, I have not seen such great faith, no, not in Israel.

10And when those who were sent came back to the house they saw that the servant was well.

11And it came about, after a little time, that he went to a town named Nain; and his disciples went with him, and a great number of people.

12Now when he came near the door of the town, a dead man was being taken out, the only son of his mother, who was a widow: and a great number of people from the town were with her.

13And when the Lord saw her, he had pity on her and said to her, Be not sad.

14And he came near, and put his hand on the stretcher where the dead man was: and those who were moving it came to a stop. And he said, Young man, I say to you, Get up.

15And the dead man got up, and words came from his lips. And he gave him to his mother.

16And fear came on all, and they gave praise to God, saying, A great prophet is among us: and, God has given thought to his people.

17And this story about him went through all Judaea and the places round about.

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