1Now the Lord said to Abram, Go out from your country and from your family and from your father’s house, into the land to which I will be your guide:
2And I will make of you a great nation, blessing you and making your name great; and you will be a blessing:
3To them who are good to you will I give blessing, and on him who does you wrong will I put my curse: and you will become a name of blessing to all the families of the earth.
4So Abram went as the Lord had said to him, and Lot went with him: Abram was seventy-five years old when he went away from Haran.
5And Abram took Sarai, his wife, and Lot, his brother’s son, and all their goods and the servants which they had got in Haran, and they went out to go to the land of Canaan.
6And Abram went through the land till he came to Shechem, to the holy tree of Moreh. At that time, the Canaanites were still living in the land.
7And the Lord came to Abram, and said, I will give all this land to your seed; then Abram made an altar there to the Lord who had let himself be seen by him.
8And moving on from there to the mountain on the east of Beth-el, he put up his tent, having Beth-el on the west and Ai on the east: and there he made an altar and gave worship to the name of the Lord.
9And he went on, journeying still to the South.
10And because there was little food to be had in that land, he went down into Egypt.
11Now when he came near to Egypt, he said to Sarai, his wife, Truly, you are a fair woman and beautiful to the eye;
12And I am certain that when the men of Egypt see you, they will say, This is his wife: and they will put me to death and keep you.
13Say, then, that you are my sister, and so it will be well with me because of you, and my life will be kept safe on your account.
14And so it was that when Abram came into Egypt, the men of Egypt, looking on the woman, saw that she was fair.
15And Pharaoh’s great men, having seen her, said words in praise of her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into Pharaoh’s house.
16And because of her, he was good to Abram, and he had sheep and oxen and asses, and men-servants and women-servants, and camels.
17And the Lord sent great troubles on Pharaoh’s house because of Sarai, Abram’s wife.
18Then Pharaoh sent for Abram, and said, What have you done to me? why did you not say that she was your wife?
19Why did you say that she was your sister? so that I took her for my wife: now, take your wife and go on your way.
20And Pharaoh gave orders to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and all he had.
To the chief music-maker on corded instruments, on the Sheminith. A Psalm. Of David.
1 O Lord, do not be bitter with me in your wrath; do not send punishment on me in the heat of your passion.
2Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am wasted away: make me well, for even my bones are troubled.
3My soul is in bitter trouble; and you, O Lord, how long?
4Come back, O Lord, make my soul free; O give me salvation because of your mercy.
5For in death there is no memory of you; in the underworld who will give you praise?
6The voice of my sorrow is a weariness to me; all the night I make my bed wet with weeping; it is watered by the drops flowing from my eyes.
7My eyes are wasting away with trouble; they are becoming old because of all those who are against me.
8Go from me, all you workers of evil; for the Lord has given ear to the voice of my weeping.
9The Lord has given ear to my request; the Lord has let my prayer come before him.
10Let all those who are against me be shamed and deeply troubled; let them be turned back and suddenly put to shame.
1And it came about, after a short time, that he went through town and country giving the good news of the kingdom of God, and with him were the twelve,
2And certain women who had been made free from evil spirits and diseases, Mary named Magdalene, from whom seven evil spirits had gone out,
3And Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s chief house-servant, and Susanna and a number of others, who gave him of their wealth for his needs.
4And when a great number of people came together, and men from every town went out to him, he gave them teaching in the form of a story:
5A man went out to put in seed, and while he was doing it, some was dropped by the wayside and it was crushed under foot, and was taken by the birds of heaven.
6And some went on the rock, and when it came up it became dry and dead because it had no water.
7And some went among thorns, and the thorns came up with it and it had no room for growth.
8And some falling on good earth, came up and gave fruit a hundred times as much. And with these words he said in a loud voice, He who has ears, let him give ear.
9And his disciples put questions to him about the point of the story.
10And he said, To you is given knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God; but to the others, they are given in stories, so that seeing, they may not see, and though they give hearing, the sense will not be clear to them.
11Now this is the point of the story: The seed is the word of God.
12Those by the side of the road are those who have given hearing; then the Evil One comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not have faith and get salvation.
13And those on the rock are those who with joy give hearing to the word; but having no root, they have faith for a time, and when the test comes they give up.
14And those which went among thorns are those who have given hearing, and go on their way, but they are overcome by cares and wealth and the pleasures of life, and they give no fruit.
15And those in the good earth are those who, having given ear to the word, keep it with a good and true heart, and in quiet strength give fruit.
16No man, when the light is lighted, puts a cover over it, or puts it under a bed, but he puts it on its table, so that those who come in may see the light.
17For nothing is put out of view which will not be made clear, and nothing is secret of which the knowledge will not come to light.
18So take care how you give hearing, for to him who has will be given, and from him who has not will be taken even what he seems to have.
19And his mother and his brothers came to him, and they were not able to get near him because of the great number of people.
20And someone said to him, Your mother and your brothers are outside desiring to see you.
21But he said to them in answer, My mother and my brothers are those who have knowledge of the word of God and do it.
22Now it came about on one of those days that he got into a boat with his disciples; and he said to them, Let us go over to the other side of the water: and they put out the boat.
23But while they were sailing he went to sleep: and a storm of wind came down on the sea, and the boat became full of water and they were in danger.
24Then they came to him and, awaking him out of his sleep, said, Master, Master, destruction is near. And he, when he was awake, gave orders to the wind and the rolling waves, and the storm came to an end, and all was calm.
25And he said to them, Where is your faith? And fear and wonder overcame them, and they said to one another, Who then is this, who gives orders even to the winds and the water and they do what he says?