1Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had given him no children; and she had a servant, a woman of Egypt whose name was Hagar.
2And Sarai said to Abram, See, the Lord has not let me have children; go in to my servant, for I may get a family through her. And Abram did as Sarai said.
3So after Abram had been living for ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai took Hagar, her Egyptian servant, and gave her to Abram for his wife.
4And he went in to Hagar and she became with child, and when she saw that she was with child, she no longer had any respect for her master’s wife.
5And Sarai said to Abram, May my wrong be on you: I gave you my servant for your wife and when she saw that she was with child, she no longer had any respect for me: may the Lord be judge between you and me.
6And Abram said, The woman is in your power; do with her whatever seems good to you. And Sarai was cruel to her, so that she went running away from her.
7And an angel of the Lord came to her by a fountain of water in the waste land, by the fountain on the way to Shur.
8And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s servant, where have you come from and where are you going? And she said, I am running away from Sarai, my master’s wife.
9And the angel said to her, Go back, and put yourself under her authority.
10And the angel of the Lord said, Your seed will be greatly increased so that it may not be numbered.
11And the angel of the Lord said, See, you are with child and will give birth to a son, to whom you will give the name Ishmael, because the ears of the Lord were open to your sorrow.
12And he will be like a mountain ass among men; his hand will be against every man and every man’s hand against him, and he will keep his place against all his brothers.
13And to the Lord who was talking with her she gave this name, You are a God who is seen; for she said, Have I not even here in the waste land had a vision of God and am still living?
14So that fountain was named, Fountain of Life and Vision: it is between Kadesh and Bered.
15And Hagar gave birth to a child, the son of Abram, to whom Abram gave the name of Ishmael.
16Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar gave birth to Ishmael.
To the chief music-maker on Muthlabben. A Psalm. Of David.
1 I will give you praise, O Lord, with all my heart; I will make clear all the wonder of your works.
2I will be glad and have delight in you: I will make a song of praise to your name, O Most High.
3When my haters are turned back, they will be broken and overcome before you.
4For you gave approval to my right and my cause; you were seated in your high place judging in righteousness.
5You have said sharp words to the nations, you have sent destruction on the sinners, you have put an end to their name for ever and ever.
6You have given their towns to destruction; the memory of them has gone; they have become waste for ever.
7But the Lord is King for ever: he has made ready his high seat for judging.
8And he will be the judge of the world in righteousness, giving true decisions for the peoples.
9The Lord will be a high tower for those who are crushed down, a high tower in times of trouble;
10And those who have knowledge of your name will put their faith in you; because you, Lord, have ever given your help to those who were waiting for you.
11Make songs of praise to the Lord, whose house is in Zion: make his doings clear to the people.
12When he makes search for blood, he has them in his memory: he is not without thought for the cry of the poor.
13Have mercy on me, O Lord, and see how I am troubled by my haters; let me be lifted up from the doors of death;
14So that I may make clear all your praise in the house of the daughter of Zion: I will be glad because of your salvation.
15The nations have gone down into the hole which they made: in their secret net is their foot taken.
16The Lord has given knowledge of himself through his judging: the evil-doer is taken in the net which his hands had made. (Higgaion. Selah.)
17The sinners and all the nations who have no memory of God will be turned into the underworld.
18For the poor will not be without help; the hopes of those in need will not be crushed for ever.
19Up! O Lord; let not man overcome you: let the nations be judged before you.
20Put them in fear, O Lord, so that the nations may see that they are only men. (Selah.)
28And about eight days after he had said these things, he took Peter and John and James with him and went up into the mountain for prayer.
29And while he was in prayer, his face was changed and his clothing became white and shining.
30And two men, Moses and Elijah, were talking with him;
31Who were seen in glory and were talking of his death which was about to take place in Jerusalem.
32Now Peter and those who were with him were overcome with sleep: but when they were fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men who were with him.
33And when they were about to go away from him, Peter said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah: having no knowledge of what he was saying.
34And while he said these things, the shade of a cloud came over them, and they were full of fear when they went into the cloud.
35And there was a voice from the cloud saying, This is my Son, the man of my selection; give ear to him.
36And after the voice was gone they saw that Jesus was by himself. And they kept quiet, and said nothing at that time to anyone of the things which they had seen.
37And on the day after, when they came down from the mountain, a great band of people came to him.
38And a man from among them, crying out, said, Master, I make a request to you, give a thought to my son, for he is my only child:
39And see, a spirit takes him, and suddenly he gives a cry, twisted in pain and streaming at the lips, and when it goes away from him at last, he is marked as from blows.
40And I made a request to your disciples to send it out of him, but they were not able to do it.
41And Jesus said, O generation without faith and false in heart, how long will I have to be with you and put up with you? let your son come here.
42And while he was coming, he was pushed violently down and twisted by the evil spirit. But Jesus gave sharp orders to the unclean spirit, and made the boy well, and gave him back to his father.
43And they were full of wonder at the great power of God. But while they were all wondering at all the things which he did, he said to his disciples,
44Let these words go deep into your ears, for the Son of man will be given up into the hands of men.
45But this saying was not clear to them and its sense was kept secret from them so that they were not able to see it: and they had fear of questioning him about it.
46Now there was a discussion among them about which of them would be the greatest.
47But when Jesus saw the reasoning of their hearts, he took a small child and put him by his side,
48And said to them, Whoever gives honour to this child in my name, gives honour to me: and whoever gives honour to me, gives honour to him who sent me: for whoever is least among you all, that man is great.
49And John, answering, said, Master, we saw a man driving out evil spirits in your name, and we did not let him do it, because he was not one of us.
50But Jesus said to him, Let him do it, for he who is not against you is for you.
51And it came about that when the days were near for him to be taken up, his face was turned to go to Jerusalem,
52And he sent men before: and they came to a small town of Samaria to make ready for him.
53But they would not have him there, because he was clearly going to Jerusalem.
54And when his disciples, James and John, saw this, they said, Lord, may we send fire from heaven and put an end to them?
55But turning round he said sharp words to them.
56And they went to another small town.
57And when they were on the way, a certain man said to him, I will come after you wherever you go.
58And Jesus said to him, Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have resting-places, but the Son of man has nowhere to put his head.
59And he said to another, Come after me. But he said, Lord, let me first go and give the last honours to my father.
60But he said to him, Let the dead take care of their dead; it is for you to go and give news of the kingdom of God.
61And another man said, I will come with you, Lord, but first let me say a last good-day to those who are at my house.
62But Jesus said, No man, having put his hand to the plough and looking back, is good enough for the kingdom of God.