January 7

Genesis 13

1And Abram went up out of Egypt with his wife and all he had, and Lot with him, and they came in to the South.

2Now Abram had great wealth of cattle and silver and gold.

3And travelling on from the South, he came to Beth-el, to the place where his tent had been before, between Beth-el and Ai;

4To the place where he had made his first altar, and there Abram gave worship to the name of the Lord.

5And Lot, who went with him, had flocks and herds and tents;

6So that the land was not wide enough for the two of them: their property was so great that there was not room for them together.

7And there was an argument between the keepers of Abram’s cattle and the keepers of Lot’s cattle: at that time the Canaanites and Perizzites were still living in the land.

8Then Abram said to Lot, Let there be no argument between me and you, and between my herdmen and your herdmen, for we are brothers.

9Is not all the land before you? then let us go our separate ways: if you go to the left, I will go to the right; or if you take the right, I will go to the left.

10And Lot, lifting up his eyes and looking an the valley of Jordan, saw that it was well watered everywhere, before the Lord had sent destruction on Sodom and Gomorrah; it was like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, on the way to Zoar.

11So Lot took for himself all the valley of Jordan, and went to the east, and they were parted from one another.

12Abram went on living in the land of Canaan, and Lot went to the lowland towns, moving his tent as far as Sodom.

13Now the men of Sodom were evil, and great sinners before the Lord.

14And the Lord had said to Abram, after Lot was parted from him, From this place where you are take a look to the north and to the south, to the east and to the west:

15For all the land which you see I will give to you and to your seed for ever.

16And I will make your children like the dust of the earth, so that if the dust of the earth may be numbered, then will your children be numbered.

17Come, go through all the land from one end to the other for I will give it to you.

18And Abram, moving his tent, came and made his living-place by the holy tree of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and made an altar there to the Lord.

Genesis 14

1Now in the days of Amraphel, king of Shinar, Arioch, king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer, king of Elam, and Tidal, king of Goiim,

2They made war with Bera, king of Sodom, and with Birsha, king of Gomorrah, Shinab, king of Admah, and Shemeber, king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (which is Zoar).

3All these came together in the valley of Siddim (which is the Salt Sea).

4For twelve years they were under the rule of Chedorlaomer, but in the thirteenth year they put off his control.

5And in the fourteenth year, Chedorlaomer and the kings who were on his side, overcame the Rephaim in Ashteroth-karnaim, and the Zuzim in Ham, and the Emim in Shaveh-kiriathaim,

6And the Horites in their mountain Seir, driving them as far as El-paran, which is near the waste land.

7Then they came back to En-mishpat (which is Kadesh), making waste all the country of the Amalekites and of the Amorites living in Hazazon-tamar.

8And the king of Sodom with the king of Gomorrah and the king of Admah and the king of Zeboiim and the king of Bela (that is Zoar), went out, and put their forces in position in the valley of Siddim,

9Against Chedorlaomer, king of Elam, and Tidal, king of Goiim, and Amraphel, king of Shinar, and Arioch, king of Ellasar: four kings against the five.

10Now the valley of Siddim was full of holes of sticky earth; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah were put to flight and came to their end there, but the rest got away to the mountain.

11And the four kings took all the goods and food from Sodom and Gomorrah and went on their way.

12And in addition they took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son, who was living in Sodom, and all his goods.

13And one who had got away from the fight came and gave word of it to Abram the Hebrew, who was living by the holy tree of Mamre, the Amorite, the brother of Eshcol and Aner, who were friends of Abram.

14And Abram, hearing that his brother’s son had been made a prisoner, took a band of his trained men, three hundred and eighteen of them, sons of his house, and went after them as far as Dan.

15And separating his forces by night, he overcame them, putting them to flight and going after them as far as Hobah, which is on the north side of Damascus.

16And he got back all the goods, and Lot, his brother’s son, with his goods and the women and the people.

17And when he was coming back after putting to flight Chedorlaomer and the other kings, he had a meeting with the king of Sodom in the valley of Shaveh, that is, the King’s Valley.

18And Melchizedek, king of Salem, the priest of the Most High God, took bread and wine,

19And blessing him, said, May the blessing of the Most High God, maker of heaven and earth, be on Abram:

20And let the Most High God be praised, who has given into your hands those who were against you. Then Abram gave him a tenth of all the goods he had taken.

21And the king of Sodom said to Abram, Give me the prisoners and take the goods for yourself.

22But Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have taken an oath to the Lord, the Most High God, maker of heaven and earth,

23That I will not take so much as a thread or the cord of a shoe of yours; so that you may not say, I have given wealth to Abram:

24Give me nothing but the food which the fighting-men who went with me have had; but let Aner and Eshcol and Mamre have their part of the goods.

Psalms 7

Shiggaion of David; a song which he made to the Lord, about the words of Cush the Benjamite.

1 O Lord my God, I put my faith in you; take me out of the hands of him who is cruel to me, and make me free;

2So that he may not come rushing on my soul like a lion, wounding it, while there is no one to be my saviour.

3O Lord my God, if I have done this; if my hands have done any wrong;

4If I have given back evil to him who did evil to me, or have taken anything from him who was against me without cause;

5Let my hater go after my soul and take it; let my life be crushed to the earth, and my honour into the dust. (Selah.)

6Come up, Lord, in your wrath; be lifted up against my haters; be awake, my God, give orders for the judging.

7The meeting of the nations will be round you; take your seat, then, over them, on high.

8The Lord will be judge of the peoples; give a decision for me, O Lord, because of my righteousness, and let my virtue have its reward.

9O let the evil of the evil-doer come to an end, but give strength to the upright: for men’s minds and hearts are tested by the God of righteousness.

10God, who is the saviour of the upright in heart, is my breastplate.

11God is the judge of the upright, and is angry with the evil-doers every day.

12If a man is not turned from his evil, he will make his sword sharp; his bow is bent and ready.

13He has made ready for him the instruments of death; he makes his arrows flames of fire.

14That man is a worker of evil; the seed of wrongdoing has given birth to deceit.

15He has made a hole deep in the earth, and is falling into the hole which he has made

16His wrongdoing will come back to him, and his violent behaviour will come down on his head.

17I will give praise to the Lord for his righteousness; I will make a song to the name of the Lord Most High.

Luke 8:26-56

26And they came to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee.

27And when he had come to the land, there came to him a certain man from the town who had evil spirits; and for a long time he had had no clothing on, and was not living in a house but in the place of the dead.

28And when he saw Jesus, he gave a loud cry and went down on the earth before him and in a loud voice said, What have I to do with you, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Do not be cruel to me.

29For he gave an order to the evil spirit to come out of the man. For frequently it would take a grip of him: and he was kept under control, and prisoned with chains; but parting the chains in two, he would be sent by the driving of the evil spirit into waste places.

30And Jesus said to him, What is your name? And he said, Legion; for a number of spirits had gone into him.

31And they made a request to him that he would not give them an order to go away into the deep.

32Now there was a great herd of pigs in that place, getting food on the mountain: and the evil spirits made a request to him that he would let them go into the pigs, and he let them.

33And the evil spirits came out of the man and went into the pigs: and the herd went rushing down a sharp slope into the water and came to destruction.

34And when the men who took care of them saw what had come about, they went quickly and gave news of it in the town and the country.

35And they went out to see what had taken place, and they came to Jesus and saw the man out of whom the evil spirits had gone, seated, clothed and with full use of his senses, at the feet of Jesus; and fear came on them.

36And those who had seen it gave them an account of how the man who had the evil spirits was made well.

37And all the people of the country of the Gerasenes made a request to him to go away from them; for they were in great fear: and he got into a boat and went back.

38But the man from whom the evil spirits had gone out had a great desire to be with him, but he sent him away, saying,

39Go back to your house and let them have news of all the great things which God has done for you. And he went away, giving word through all the town of the great things which Jesus had done for him.

40And when Jesus went back, the people were glad to see him, for they were all waiting for him.

41Then there came a man named Jairus, who was a ruler in the Synagogue: and he went down at the feet of Jesus, desiring him to come to his house;

42For he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was near to death. But while he was on his way, the people were pushing to be near him.

43And a woman, who had had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had given all her money to medical men, and not one of them was able to make her well,

44Came after him and put her hand on the edge of his robe, and straight away the flowing of her blood was stopped.

45And Jesus said, Who was touching me? And when they all said, It is not I, Peter and those who were with him said, Master, the people are pushing round you on every side.

46But Jesus said, Someone was touching me, for I had the feeling that power had gone out from me.

47And when the woman saw that she was not able to keep it secret, she came, shaking with fear, and falling down before him she made clear before all the people the reason for her touching him, and how she was made well straight away.

48And he said to her, Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.

49While he was still talking, someone came from the house of the ruler of the Synagogue, saying, Your daughter is dead; do not go on troubling the Master.

50But Jesus at these words said to him, Have no fear, only have faith, and she will be made well.

51And when he came to the house he did not let any man go in with him, but only Peter and John and James, and the father of the girl and her mother.

52And all the people were weeping and crying for her; but he said, Do not be sad, for she is not dead, but sleeping.

53And they were laughing at him, being certain that she was dead.

54But he, taking her hand, said to her, My child, get up.

55And her spirit came back to her and she got up straight away: and he gave orders that food was to be given to her.

56And her father and mother were full of wonder, but he gave orders to them to say nothing about it to anyone.

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