1And all the earth had one language and one tongue.
2And it came about that in their wandering from the east, they came to a stretch of flat country in the land of Shinar, and there they made their living-place.
3And they said one to another, Come, let us make bricks, burning them well. And they had bricks for stone, putting them together with sticky earth.
4And they said, Come, let us make a town, and a tower whose top will go up as high as heaven; and let us make a great name for ourselves, so that we may not be wanderers over the face of the earth.
5And the Lord came down to see the town and the tower which the children of men were building.
6And the Lord said, See, they are all one people and have all one language; and this is only the start of what they may do: and now it will not be possible to keep them from any purpose of theirs.
7Come, let us go down and take away the sense of their language, so that they will not be able to make themselves clear to one another.
8So the Lord God sent them away into every part of the earth: and they gave up building their town.
9So it was named Babel, because there the Lord took away the sense of all languages and from there the Lord sent them away over all the face of the earth.
10These are the generations of Shem. Shem was a hundred years old when he became the father of Arpachshad, two years after the great flow of waters;
11And after the birth of Arpachshad, Shem went on living for five hundred years, and had sons and daughters:
12And Arpachshad was thirty-five years old when he became the father of Shelah:
13And after the birth of Shelah, Arpachshad went on living for four hundred and three years, and had sons and daughters:
14And Shelah was thirty years old when he became the father of Eber:
15And after the birth of Eber, Shelah went on living for four hundred and three years, and had sons and daughters:
16And Eber was thirty-four years old when he became the father of Peleg:
17And after the birth of Peleg, Eber went on living for four hundred and thirty years, and had sons and daughters:
18And Peleg was thirty years old when he became the father of Reu:
19And after the birth of Reu, Peleg went on living for two hundred and nine years, and had sons and daughters:
20And Reu was thirty-two years old when he became the father of Serug:
21And after the birth of Serug, Reu went on living for two hundred and seven years, and had sons and daughters:
22And Serug was thirty years old when he became the father of Nahor:
23And after the birth of Nahor, Serug went on living for two hundred years, and had sons and daughters:
24And Nahor was twenty-nine years old when he became the father of Terah:
25And after the birth of Terah, Nahor went on living for a hundred and nineteen years, and had sons and daughters:
26And Terah was seventy years old when he became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
27These are the generations of Terah: Terah was the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran was the father of Lot.
28And death came to Haran when he was with his father Terah in the land of his birth, Ur of the Chaldees.
29And Abram and Nahor took wives for themselves: the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah and Iscah.
30And Sarai had no child.
31And Terah took Abram, his son, and Lot, the son of Haran, and Sarai, his daughter-in-law, the wife of his son Abram and they went out from Ur of the Chaldees, to go to the land of Canaan; and they came to Haran, and were there for some time.
32And all the years of Terah’s life were two hundred and five: and Terah came to his end in Haran.
To the chief music-maker on wind instruments. A Psalm. Of David.
1 Give ear to my words, O Lord; give thought to my heart-searchings.
2Let the voice of my cry come to you, my King and my God; for to you will I make my prayer.
3My voice will come to you in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I send my prayer to you, and keep watch.
4For you are not a God who takes pleasure in wrongdoing; there is no evil with you.
5The sons of pride have no place before you; you are a hater of all workers of evil.
6You will send destruction on those whose words are false; the cruel man and the man of deceit are hated by the Lord.
7But as for me, I will come into your house, in the full measure of your mercy; and in your fear I will give worship, turning my eyes to your holy Temple.
8Be my guide, O Lord, in the ways of your righteousness, because of those who are against me; make your way straight before my face.
9For no faith may be put in their words; their inner part is nothing but evil; their throat is like an open place for the dead; smooth are the words of their tongues.
10Send them to destruction, O Lord; let their evil designs be the cause of their fall; let them be forced out by all their sins; because they have gone against your authority.
11But let all those who put their faith in you be glad with cries of joy at all times, and let all the lovers of your name be glad in you.
12For you, Lord, will send a blessing on the upright man; your grace will be round him, and you will be his strength.
18And the disciples of John gave him an account of all these things.
19Then John sent two of his disciples to the Lord, saying, Are you he who is to come, or are we waiting for another?
20And when the men came to him they said, John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, Are you he who is to come, or are we waiting for another?
21At that time, he made a number of people free from their diseases and their pains, and from evil spirits; and to others who were blind he gave back the use of their eyes.
22And answering them he said, Go back and give news to John of what you have seen, and the things which have come to your ears; the blind now see, those who had no power in their legs are walking, lepers are made clean, those who had no hearing now have their ears open, dead men come to life again, and the poor have the good news given to them.
23And a blessing will be on him who has no doubts about me.
24And when the men who were sent by John had gone away, he said to the people, about John, What did you go out into the waste land to see? a tall stem moving in the wind?
25But what did you go out to see? a man in soft clothing? See now, those who have beautiful clothing and delicate food are in kings’ houses.
26But what did you go out to see? a prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet.
27This is he of whom it has been said, See, I send my servant before your face, who will make ready your way before you.
28I say to you, Among all the sons of women, not one is greater than John: but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.
29(And all the people, and the tax-farmers, to whom John had given baptism, when they had knowledge of these things, gave glory to God.
30But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law were against the purpose of God for themselves, not having had his baptism.)
31What comparison am I to make of the men of this generation? what are they like?
32They are like children who are seated in the market-place, crying out to one another, and saying, We made music for you, but you did not take part in the dance; we gave cries of sorrow, but you were not sad.
33For John the Baptist came, taking no food or drink, and you say, He has an evil spirit.
34The Son of man came feasting, and you say, Here is a lover of food and wine, a friend of tax-farmers and sinners.
35But wisdom is judged to be right by all her children.
36And one of the Pharisees made a request that he would take a meal with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his seat at the table.
37And there was a woman in the town who was a sinner; and when she had news that he was a guest in the Pharisee’s house, she took a bottle of perfume,
38And went in and took her place at the back of him, near his feet, weeping, so that his feet were washed with the drops from her eyes, and with her hair she made them dry, and kissing his feet she put the perfume on them.
39Now when the Pharisee in whose house he was saw it, he said to himself, This man, if he was a prophet, would be conscious what sort of woman this is who has put her hands on him, that she is a sinner.
40And Jesus, answering, said, Simon, I have something to say to you. And he said, Master, say on.
41And he said, Two men were in debt to a certain man of business: one had a debt of five hundred pence, and the other of fifty.
42When they were unable to make payment, he made the two of them free of their debts. Which of them, now, will have the greater love for him?
43Simon, in answer, said, It seems he whose debt was greater. And he said, Your decision is right.
44And turning to the woman he said to Simon, You see this woman? I came into your house; you did not give me water for my feet: but she has been washing my feet with the drops from her eyes, and drying them with her hair.
45You did not give me a kiss: but she, from the time when I came in, has gone on kissing my feet.
46You put no oil on my head: but she has put perfume on my feet.
47And so I say to you, She will have forgiveness for her sins which are great in number, because of her great love: but he who has small need of forgiveness gives little love.
48And he said to her, You have forgiveness for your sins.
49And those who were seated at table with him said to themselves, Who is this who even gives forgiveness of sins?
50And he said to the woman, By your faith you have salvation; go in peace.