1Now the Lord came to him by the holy tree of Mamre, when he was seated in the doorway of his tent in the middle of the day;
2And lifting up his eyes, he saw three men before him; and seeing them, he went quickly to them from the door of the tent, and went down on his face to the earth;
3And said, My Lord, if now I have grace in your eyes, do not go away from your servant:
4Let me get water for washing your feet, and take your rest under the tree:
5And let me get a bit of bread to keep up your strength, and after that you may go on your way: for this is why you have come to your servant. And they said, Let it be so.
6Then Abraham went quickly into the tent, and said to Sarah, Get three measures of meal straight away and make cakes.
7And running to the herd, he took a young ox, soft and fat, and gave it to the servant and he quickly made it ready;
8And he took butter and milk and the young ox which he had made ready and put it before them, waiting by them under the tree while they took food.
9And they said to him, Where is Sarah your wife? And he said, She is in the tent.
10And he said, I will certainly come back to you in the spring, and Sarah your wife will have a son. And his words came to the ears of Sarah who was at the back of the tent-door.
11Now Abraham and Sarah were very old, and Sarah was past the time for giving birth.
12And Sarah, laughing to herself, said, Now that I am used up am I still to have pleasure, my husband himself being old?
13And the Lord said, Why was Sarah laughing and saying, Is it possible for me, being old, to give birth to a child?
14Is there any wonder which the Lord is not able to do? At the time I said, in the spring, I will come back to you, and Sarah will have a child.
15Then Sarah said, I was not laughing; for she was full of fear. And he said, No, but you were laughing.
16And the men went on from there in the direction of Sodom; and Abraham went with them on their way.
17And the Lord said, Am I to keep back from Abraham the knowledge of what I do;
18Seeing that Abraham will certainly become a great and strong nation, and his name will be used by all the nations of the earth as a blessing?
19For I have made him mine so that he may give orders to his children and those of his line after him, to keep the ways of the Lord, to do what is good and right: so that the Lord may do to Abraham as he has said.
20And the Lord said, Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is very great, and their sin is very evil,
21I will go down now, and see if their acts are as bad as they seem from the outcry which has come to me; and if they are not, I will see.
22And the men, turning from that place, went on to Sodom: but Abraham was still waiting before the Lord.
23And Abraham came near, and said, Will you let destruction come on the upright with the sinners?
24If by chance there are fifty upright men in the town, will you give the place to destruction and not have mercy on it because of the fifty upright men?
25Let such a thing be far from you, to put the upright to death with the sinner: will not the judge of all the earth do right?
26And the Lord said, If there are fifty upright men in the town, I will have mercy on it because of them.
27And Abraham answering said, Truly, I who am only dust, have undertaken to put my thoughts before the Lord:
28If by chance there are five less than fifty upright men, will you give up all the town to destruction because of these five? And he said, I will not give it to destruction if there are forty-five.
29And again he said to him, By chance there may be forty there. And he said, I will not do it if there are forty.
30And he said, Let not the Lord be angry with me if I say, What if there are thirty there? And he said, I will not do it if there are thirty.
31And he said, See now, I have undertaken to put my thoughts before the Lord: what if there are twenty there? And he said, I will have mercy because of the twenty.
32And he said, O let not the Lord be angry and I will say only one word more: by chance there may be ten there. And he said, I will have mercy because of the ten.
33And the Lord went on his way when his talk with Abraham was ended, and Abraham went back to his place.
For the chief music-maker. Of David.
1 In the Lord put I my faith; how will you say to my soul, Go in flight like a bird to the mountain?
2See, the bows of the evil-doers are bent, they make ready their arrows on the cord, so that they may send them secretly against the upright in heart.
3If the bases are broken down, what is the upright man to do?
4The Lord is in his holy Temple, the Lord’s seat is in heaven; his eyes are watching and testing the children of men.
5The Lord puts the upright and the sinner to the test, but he has hate in his soul for the lover of violent acts.
6On the evil-doer he will send down fire and flames, and a burning wind; with these will their cup be full.
7For the Lord is upright; he is a lover of righteousness: the upright will see his face.
21In that same hour he was full of joy in the Holy Spirit and said, I give praise to you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have kept these things secret from the wise and the men of learning, and have made them clear to little children: for so, O Father, it was pleasing in your eyes.
22All things have been given to me by my Father: and no one has knowledge of the Son, but only the Father: and of the Father, but only the Son, and he to whom the Son will make it clear.
23And, turning to the disciples, he said privately, Happy are the eyes which see the things you see:
24For I say to you that numbers of prophets and kings have had a desire to see the things which you see, and have not seen them, and to have knowledge of the things which have come to your ears, and they had it not.
25And a certain teacher of the law got up and put him to the test, saying, Master, what have I to do so that I may have eternal life?
26And he said to him, What does the law say, in your reading of it?
27And he, answering, said, Have love for the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and for your neighbour as for yourself.
28And he said, You have given the right answer: do this and you will have life.
29But he, desiring to put himself in the right, said to Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
30And Jesus, answering him, said, A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he got into the hands of thieves, who took his clothing and gave him cruel blows, and when they went away, he was half dead.
31And by chance a certain priest was going down that way: and when he saw him, he went by on the other side.
32And in the same way, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, went by on the other side.
33But a certain man of Samaria, journeying that way, came where he was, and when he saw him, he was moved with pity for him,
34And came to him and put clean linen round his wounds, with oil and wine; and he put him on his beast and took him to a house and took care of him.
35And the day after he took two pennies and gave them to the owner of the house and said, Take care of him; and if this money is not enough, when I come again I will give you whatever more is needed.
36Which of these three men, in your opinion, was neighbour to the man who came into the hands of thieves?
37And he said, The one who had mercy on him. And Jesus said, Go and do the same.
38Now, while they were on their way, he came to a certain town; and a woman named Martha took him into her house.
39And she had a sister, by name Mary, who took her seat at the Lord’s feet and gave attention to his words.
40But Martha had her hands full of the work of the house, and she came to him and said, Lord, is it nothing to you that my sister has let me do all the work? Say to her that she is to give me some help.
41But the Lord, answering, said to her, Martha, Martha, you are full of care and troubled about such a number of things:
42Little is needed, or even one thing only: for Mary has taken that good part, which will not be taken away from her.