1When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord came to him, and said, I am God, Ruler of all; go in my ways and be upright in all things,
2And I will make an agreement between you and me, and your offspring will be greatly increased.
3And Abram went down on his face on the earth, and the Lord God went on talking with him, and said,
4As for me, my agreement is made with you, and you will be the father of nations without end.
5No longer will your name be Abram, but Abraham, for I have made you the father of a number of nations.
6I will make you very fertile, so that nations will come from you and kings will be your offspring.
7And I will make between me and you and your seed after you through all generations, an eternal agreement to be a God to you and to your seed after you.
8And to you and to your seed after you, I will give the land in which you are living, all the land of Canaan for an eternal heritage; and I will be their God.
9And God said to Abraham, On your side, you are to keep the agreement, you and your seed after you through all generations.
10And this is the agreement which you are to keep with me, you and your seed after you: every male among you is to undergo circumcision.
11In the flesh of your private parts you are to undergo it, as a mark of the agreement between me and you.
12Every male among you, from one generation to another, is to undergo circumcision when he is eight days old, with every servant whose birth takes place in your house, or for whom you gave money to someone of another country, and not of your seed.
13He who comes to birth in your house and he who is made yours for a price, all are to undergo circumcision; so that my agreement may be marked in your flesh, an agreement for all time.
14And any male who does not undergo circumcision will be cut off from his people: my agreement has been broken by him.
15And God said, As for Sarai, your wife, from now her name will be not Sarai, but Sarah.
16And I will give her a blessing so that you will have a son by her: truly my blessing will be on her, and she will be the mother of nations: kings of peoples will be her offspring.
17Then Abraham went down on his face, and laughing, said in his heart, May a man a hundred years old have a child? will Sarah, at ninety years old, give birth?
18And Abraham said to God, If only Ishmael’s life might be your care!
19And God said, Not so; but Sarah, your wife, will have a son, and you will give him the name Isaac, and I will make my agreement with him for ever and with his seed after him.
20As for Ishmael, I have given ear to your prayer: truly I have given him my blessing and I will make him fertile and give him great increase; he will be the father of twelve chiefs, and I will make him a great nation.
21But my agreement will be with Isaac, to whom Sarah will give birth a year from this time.
22And having said these words, God went up from Abraham.
23And Abraham took Ishmael, his son, and all whose birth had taken place in his house, and all his servants whom he had made his for a price, every male of his house, and on that very day he gave them circumcision in the flesh of their private parts as God had said to him.
24Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he underwent circumcision.
25And Ishmael, his son, was thirteen years old when he underwent circumcision.
26Abraham and Ishmael, his son, underwent circumcision on that very day.
27And all the men of his house, those whose birth had taken place in the house and those whom he had got for money from men of other lands, underwent circumcision with him.
1Why do you keep far away, O Lord? why are you not to be seen in times of trouble?
2The evil-doer in his pride is cruel to the poor; let him be taken by the tricks of his invention.
3For the evil-doer is lifted up because of the purpose of his heart, and he whose mind is fixed on wealth is turned away from the Lord, saying evil against him.
4The evil-doer in his pride says, God will not make a search. All his thoughts are, There is no God.
5His ways are ever fixed; your decisions are higher than he may see: as for his haters, they are as nothing to him.
6He has said in his heart, I will not be moved: through all generations I will never be in trouble.
7His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and false words: under his tongue are evil purposes and dark thoughts.
8He is waiting in the dark places of the towns: in the secret places he puts to death those who have done no wrong: his eyes are secretly turned against the poor.
9He keeps himself in a secret place like a lion in his hole, waiting to put his hands on the poor man, and pulling him into his net.
10The upright are crushed and made low, and the feeble are overcome by his strong ones.
11He says in his heart, God has no memory of me: his face is turned away; he will never see it.
12Up! O Lord; let your hand be lifted: give thought to the poor.
13Why has the evil-doer a low opinion of God, saying in his heart, You will not make search for it?
14You have seen it; for your eyes are on sorrow and grief, to take it into your hand: the poor man puts his faith in you; you have been the helper of the child who has no father.
15Let the arm of the sinner and the evil-doer be broken; go on searching for his sin till there is no more.
16The Lord is King for ever and ever; the nations are gone from his land.
17Lord, you have given ear to the prayer of the poor: you will make strong their hearts, you will give them a hearing:
18To give decision for the child without a father and for the broken-hearted, so that the man of the earth may no longer be feared.
1Now after these things, the Lord made selection of seventy others and sent them before him, two together, into every town and place where he himself was about to come.
2And he said to them, There is much grain ready to be cut, but not enough workers: so make prayer to the Lord of the grain-fields that he will send workers to get in the grain.
3Go on your way: see, I send you out like lambs among wolves.
4Take no bag for money or for food, and no shoes; say no word to any man on the way.
5And whenever you go into a house, first say, Peace be to this house.
6And if a son of peace is there, your peace will be with him: but if not, it will come back to you again.
7And keep in that same house, taking what food and drink they give you: for the worker has a right to his reward. Do not go from house to house.
8And into whatever town you go, if they take you in, take whatever food is given to you:
9And make well those in it who are ill and say to them, The kingdom of God is near to you.
10But if you go into a town where they will not have you, go out into the streets of it and say,
11Even the dust of your town, which is on our feet, we put off as a witness against you; but be certain of this, that the kingdom of God is near.
12I say to you, It will be better in that day for Sodom than for that town.
13A curse is on you, Chorazin! A curse is on you, Beth-saida! For if such works of power had been done in Tyre and Sidon as have been done in you, they would have been turned from their sins, in days gone by, seated in the dust.
14But it will be better for Tyre and Sidon, in the day of judging, than for you.
15And you, Capernaum, were you not lifted up to heaven? you will go down to hell.
16Whoever gives ear to you, gives ear to me; and whoever is against you, is against me; and whoever is against me, is against him who sent me.
17And the seventy came back with joy, saying, Lord, even the evil spirits are under our power in your name.
18And he said, I was watching for Satan, falling from heaven like a star.
19See, I have given you power to put your feet on snakes and evil beasts, and over all the strength of him who is against you: and nothing will do you damage.
20Do not be glad, however, because you have power over spirits, but because your names are recorded in heaven.