January 12

Genesis 19

1And at nightfall the two angels came to Sodom; and Lot was seated at the way into the town: and when he saw them he got up and came before them, falling down on his face to the earth.

2And he said, My masters, come now into your servant’s house and take your rest there for the night, and let your feet be washed; and early in the morning you may go on your way. And they said, Not so, but we will take our night’s rest in the street.

3But he made his request more strongly, so they went with him into his house; and he got food ready for them, and made unleavened bread, of which they took.

4But before they had gone to bed, the men of the town, all the men of Sodom, came round the house, young and old, from every part of the town;

5And crying out to Lot, they said, Where are the men who came to your house this night? Send them out to us, so that we may take our pleasure with them.

6And Lot went out to them in the doorway, shutting the door after him.

7And he said, My brothers, do not this evil.

8See now, I have two unmarried daughters; I will send them out to you so that you may do to them whatever seems good to you: only do nothing to these men, for this is why they have come under the shade of my roof.

9And they said, Give way there. This one man, they said, came here from a strange country, and will he now be our judge? now we will do worse to you than to them; and pushing violently against Lot, they came near to get the door broken in.

10But the men put out their hands and took Lot into the house to them, shutting the door again.

11But the men who were outside the door they made blind, all of them, small and great, so that they were tired out with looking for the door.

12Then the men said to Lot, Are there any others of your family here? sons-in-law or sons or daughters, take them all out of this place;

13For we are about to send destruction on this place, because a great outcry against them has come to the ears of the Lord; and the Lord has sent us to put an end to the town.

14And Lot went out and said to his sons-in-law, who were married to his daughters, Come, let us go out of this place, for the Lord is about to send destruction on the town. But his sons-in-law did not take him seriously.

15And when morning came, the angels did all in their power to make Lot go, saying, Get up quickly and take your wife and your two daughters who are here, and go, for fear that you come to destruction in the punishment of the town.

16But while he was waiting, the men took him and his wife and his daughters by the hand, for the Lord had mercy on them, and put them outside the town.

17And when they had put them out, he said, Go for your life, without looking back or waiting in the lowland; go quickly to the mountain or you will come to destruction.

18And Lot said to them, Not so, O my Lord;

19See now, your servant has had grace in your eyes and great is your mercy in keeping my life from destruction, but I am not able to get as far as the mountain before evil overtakes me and death;

20This town, now, is near, and it is a little one: O, let me go there (is it not a little one?) so that my life may be safe.

21And he said, See, I have given you your request in this one thing more: I will not send destruction on this town.

22Go there quickly, for I am not able to do anything till you have come there. For this reason, the town was named Zoar.

23The sun was up when Lot came to Zoar.

24Then the Lord sent fire and flaming smoke raining down from heaven on Sodom and Gomorrah.

25And he sent destruction on those towns, with all the lowland and all the people of those towns and every green thing in the land.

26But Lot’s wife, looking back, became a pillar of salt.

27And Abraham got up early in the morning and went to the place where he had been talking with the Lord:

28And looking in the direction of Sodom and Gomorrah and the lowland, he saw the smoke of the land going up like the smoke of an oven.

29So it came about that when God sent destruction on the towns of the lowland, he kept his word to Abraham, and sent Lot safely away when he put an end to the towns where he was living.

30Then Lot went up out of Zoar to the mountain, and was living there with his two daughters, for fear kept him from living in Zoar: and he and his daughters made their living-place in a hole in the rock.

31And the older daughter said to her sister, Our father is old, and there is no man to be a husband to us in the natural way:

32Come, let us give our father much wine, and we will go into his bed, so that we may have offspring by our father,

33And that night they made their father take much wine; and the older daughter went into his bed; and he had no knowledge of when she went in or when she went away.

34And on the day after, the older daughter said to the younger, Last night I was with my father; let us make him take much wine this night again, and do you go to him, so that we may have offspring by our father.

35And that night again they made their father take much wine; and the younger daughter went into his bed; and he had no knowledge of when she went in or when she went away.

36And so the two daughters of Lot were with child by their father.

37And the older daughter had a son, and she gave him the name Moab: he is the father of the Moabites to this day.

38And the younger had a son and gave him the name Ben-ammi: from him come the children of Ammon to this day.

Psalms 12

For the chief music-maker on the Sheminith. A Psalm. Of David.

1 Send help, Lord, for mercy has come to an end; there is no more faith among the children of men.

2Everyone says false words to his neighbour: their tongues are smooth in their talk, and their hearts are full of deceit.

3The smooth lips and the tongue of pride will be cut off by the Lord.

4They have said, With our tongues will we overcome; our lips are ours: who is lord over us?

5Because of the crushing of the poor and the weeping of those in need, now will I come to his help, says the Lord; I will give him the salvation which he is desiring.

6The words of the Lord are true words: like silver tested by fire and burned clean seven times.

7You will keep them, O Lord, you will keep them safe from this generation for ever.

8The sinners are walking on every side, and evil is honoured among the children of men.

Luke 11:1-28

1And it came about that he was in prayer in a certain place, and when he came to an end, one of his disciples said to him, Lord, will you give us teaching about prayer, as John did to his disciples?

2And he said to them, When you say your prayers, say, Father, may your name be kept holy and your kingdom come.

3Give us every day bread for our needs.

4May we have forgiveness for our sins, as we make free all those who are in debt to us. And let us not be put to the test.

5And he said to them, Which of you, having a friend, would go to him in the middle of the night and say to him, Friend, let me have three cakes of bread;

6Because a friend of mine has come to me on a journey, and I have nothing to put before him;

7And he, from inside the house, would say in answer, Do not be a trouble to me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; it is not possible for me to get up and give to you?

8I say to you, Though he will not get up and give to him, because he is his friend, still, if he keeps on making his request, he will get up and give him as much as he has need of.

9And I say to you, Make requests, and they will be answered; what you are searching for, you will get; when you give the sign, the door will be open to you.

10For to everyone who makes a request, it will be given; and he who is searching will get his desire; and to him who gives the sign, the door will be open.

11And which of you, being a father, will give a stone to his son, who makes request for bread? or for a fish, will give him a snake?

12Or for an egg, will give him a scorpion?

13If, then, you who are evil are able to give good things to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who make request to him?

14And he was sending an evil spirit out of a man who was without the power of talking. And it came about that when the spirit had gone the man had the power of talking; and the people were full of wonder.

15But some of them said, He sends out evil spirits by Beelzebul, the ruler of evil spirits.

16And others, testing him, were looking for a sign from heaven from him.

17But he, having knowledge of their thoughts, said to them, Every kingdom in which there is division is made waste; and a house in which there is division comes to destruction.

18If, then, Satan is at war with himself, how will he keep his kingdom? because you say that I send evil spirits out of men by the help of Beelzebul.

19And if I, by Beelzebul, send out evil spirits, by whose help do your sons send them out? so let them be your judges.

20But if I, by the finger of God, send out evil spirits, then the kingdom of God has overtaken you.

21When the strong man armed keeps watch over his house, then his goods are safe:

22But when one who is stronger makes an attack on him and overcomes him, he takes away his instruments of war, in which he had put his faith, and makes division of his goods.

23He who is not with me is against me, and he who will not give me help in getting people together is driving them away.

24The unclean spirit, when he has gone out of a man, goes through dry places, looking for rest; and when he does not get it, he says, I will go back to my house from which I came.

25And when he comes, he sees that it has been made fair and clean.

26Then he goes and gets seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they go in, and take their places there: and the last condition of that man is worse than the first.

27And it came about that when he said these things, a certain woman among the people said in a loud voice, Happy is the body which gave you birth, and the breasts from which you took milk.

28But he said, More happy are they who give hearing to the word of God and keep it.

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