January 8

Genesis 15

1After these things, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, Have no fear, Abram: I will keep you safe, and great will be your reward.

2And Abram said, What will you give me? for I have no child and this Eliezer of Damascus will have all my wealth after me.

3And Abram said, You have given me no child, and a servant in my house will get the heritage.

4Then said the Lord, This man will not get the heritage, but a son of your body will have your property after you.

5And he took him out into the open air, and said to him, Let your eyes be lifted to heaven, and see if the stars may be numbered; even so will your seed be.

6And he had faith in the Lord, and it was put to his account as righteousness.

7And he said to him, I am the Lord, who took you from Ur of the Chaldees, to give you this land for your heritage.

8And he said, O Lord God, how may I be certain that it will be mine?

9And he said, Take a young cow of three years old, and a she-goat of three years old, and a sheep of three years old, and a dove and a young pigeon.

10All these he took, cutting them in two and putting one half opposite the other, but not cutting the birds in two.

11And evil birds came down on the bodies, but Abram sent them away.

12Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep came on Abram, and a dark cloud of fear.

13And he said to Abram, Truly, your seed will be living in a land which is not theirs, as servants to a people who will be cruel to them for four hundred years;

14But I will be the judge of that nation whose servants they are, and they will come out from among them with great wealth.

15As for you, you will go to your fathers in peace; at the end of a long life you will be put in your last resting-place.

16And in the fourth generation they will come back here; for at present the sin of the Amorite is not full.

17Then when the sun went down and it was dark, he saw a smoking fire and a flaming light which went between the parts of the bodies.

18In that day the Lord made an agreement with Abram, and said, To your seed have I given this land from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates:

19The Kenite, the Kenizzite, and the Kadmonite,

20And the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Rephaim,

21And the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Girgashite, and the Jebusite.

Psalms 8

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

1 O Lord, our Lord, whose glory is higher than the heavens, how noble is your name in all the earth!

2You have made clear your strength even out of the mouths of babies at the breast, because of those who are against you; so that you may put to shame the cruel and violent man.

3When I see your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have put in their places;

4What is man, that you keep him in mind? the son of man, that you take him into account?

5For you have made him only a little lower than the gods, crowning him with glory and honour.

6You have made him ruler over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet;

7All sheep and oxen, and all the beasts of the field;

8The birds of the air and the fish of the sea, and whatever goes through the deep waters of the seas.

9O Lord, our Lord, how noble is your name in all the earth!

Luke 9:1-27

1And getting the twelve together, he gave them power and authority over all evil spirits and over diseases, to make them well.

2And he sent them out to be preachers of the kingdom of God, and to make well those who were ill.

3And he said to them, Take nothing for your journey, no stick or bag or bread or money, and do not take two coats.

4And if you go into a house, let that house be your resting-place till you go away.

5And if any people will not take you in, when you go away from that town, put off its dust from your feet for a witness against them.

6And they went away, journeying through all the towns, preaching the good news and making people free from diseases in all places.

7Now Herod the king had news of all these things: and he was in doubt, because it was said by some people that John had come back from the dead;

8And by some, that Elijah had come; and by others, that one of the old prophets had come back to life.

9And Herod said, I put John to death: but who is this, of whom such stories are given to me? And he had a desire to see him.

10And the twelve, when they came back, gave him an account of what they had done. And he took them with him and went away from the people to a town named Beth-saida.

11But the people, getting news of it, went after him: and he was pleased to see them, and gave them teaching about the kingdom of God, and made those well who were in need of it.

12And the day went on; and the twelve came to him and said, Send these people away so that they may go into the towns and the country round about and get resting-places and food for themselves, for we are in a waste place.

13But he said, Give them food yourselves. And they said, We have only five cakes of bread and two fishes, if we do not go and get food for all these people.

14For there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them be seated in groups, about fifty to a group.

15And they did so, and made them all be seated.

16And he took the five cakes of bread and the two fishes and, looking up to heaven, he said words of blessing over them, and when they had been broken, he gave them to the disciples to give to the people.

17And they all took the food and had enough; and they took up of the broken bits which were over, twelve baskets full.

18And it came about that when he was in prayer, by himself, and the disciples were with him, he put a question to them, saying, Who do the people say I am?

19And they, answering, said, John the Baptist; but others say Elijah; and others, that one of the old prophets has come back.

20And he said, But who do you say that I am? And Peter, answering, said, The Christ of God.

21But he gave them special orders, not to say this to any man;

22Saying, The Son of man will undergo much and be put on one side by the rulers and the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and be put to death, and on the third day he will come back to life.

23And he said to them all, If any man has a desire to come after me, let him give up all, and take up his cross every day, and come after me.

24For whoever has a desire to keep his life will have it taken from him, but whoever gives up his life because of me, will keep it.

25For what profit will a man have if he gets all the world, but undergoes loss or destruction himself?

26For if any man has a feeling of shame because of me or of my words, the Son of man will have shame because of him when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

27But truly I say to you, Some of those who are here now will have no taste of death till they see the kingdom of God.

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