1And the Lord came to Sarah as he had said and did to her as he had undertaken.
2And Sarah became with child, and gave Abraham a son when he was old, at the time named by God.
3And Abraham gave to his son, to whom Sarah had given birth, the name Isaac.
4And when his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham made him undergo circumcision, as God had said to him.
5Now Abraham was a hundred years old when the birth of Isaac took place.
6And Sarah said, God has given me cause for laughing, and everyone who has news of it will be laughing with me.
7And she said, Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would have a child at her breast? for see, I have given him a son now when he is old.
8And when the child was old enough to be taken from the breast, Abraham made a great feast.
9And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian playing with Isaac.
10So she said to Abraham, Send away that woman and her son: for the son of that woman is not to have a part in the heritage with my son Isaac.
11And this was a great grief to Abraham because of his son.
12But God said, Let it not be a grief to you because of the boy and Hagar his mother; give ear to whatever Sarah says to you, because it is from Isaac that your seed will take its name.
13And I will make a nation of the son of your servant-woman, because he is your seed.
14And early in the morning Abraham got up, and gave Hagar some bread and a water-skin, and put the boy on her back, and sent her away: and she went, wandering in the waste land of Beer-sheba.
15And when all the water in the skin was used up, she put the child down under a tree.
16And she went some distance away, about an arrow flight, and seating herself on the earth, she gave way to bitter weeping, saying, Let me not see the death of my child.
17And the boy’s cry came to the ears of God; and the angel of God said to Hagar from heaven, Hagar, why are you weeping? have no fear, for the child’s cry has come to the ears of God.
18Come, take your child in your arms, for I will make of him a great nation.
19Then God made her eyes open, and she saw a water-spring, and she got water in the skin and gave the boy a drink.
20And God was with the boy, and he became tall and strong, and he became a bowman, living in the waste land.
21And while he was in the waste land of Paran, his mother got him a wife from the land of Egypt.
22Now at that time, Abimelech and Phicol, the captain of his army, said to Abraham, I see that God is with you in all you do.
23Now, then, give me your oath, in the name of God, that you will not be false to me or to my sons after me, but that as I have been good to you, so you will be to me and to this land where you have been living.
24And Abraham said, I will give you my oath.
25But Abraham made a protest to Abimelech because of a water-hole which Abimelech’s servants had taken by force.
26But Abimelech said, I have no idea who has done this thing; you never gave me word of it, and I had no knowledge of it till this day.
27And Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and the two of them made an agreement together.
28And Abraham put seven young lambs of the flock on one side by themselves.
29Then Abimelech said, What are these seven lambs which you have put on one side?
30And he said, Take these seven lambs from me as a witness that I have made this water-hole.
31So he gave that place the name Beer-sheba, because there the two of them had given their oaths.
32So they made an agreement at Beer-sheba, and Abimelech and Phicol, the captain of his army, went back to the land of the Philistines.
33And Abraham, after planting a holy tree in Beer-sheba, gave worship to the name of the Lord, the Eternal God.
34And Abraham went on living in the land of the Philistines as in a strange country.
To the chief music-maker. Of David.
1 The foolish man has said in his heart, God will not do anything. They are unclean, they have done evil works; there is not one who does good.
2The Lord was looking down from heaven on the children of men, to see if there were any who had wisdom, searching after God.
3They have all gone out of the way together; they are unclean, there is not one who does good, no, not one.
4Have all the workers of evil no knowledge? they take my people for food as they would take bread; they make no prayer to the Lord.
5Then were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the upright.
6You have put to shame the thoughts of the poor, but the Lord is his support.
7May the salvation of Israel come out of Zion! when the fate of his people is changed by the Lord, Jacob will have joy and Israel will be glad.
1At that time, when thousands of the people had come together, in such numbers that they were crushing one another, he said first to his disciples, Have nothing to do with the leaven of the Pharisees, which is deceit.
2But nothing is covered up, which will not come to light, or secret, which will not be made clear.
3So, whatever you have said in the dark, will come to men’s hearing in the light, and what you have said secretly inside the house, will be made public from the house-tops.
4And I say to you, my friends, Have no fear of those who may put the body to death, and are able to do no more than that.
5But I will make clear to you of whom you are to be in fear: of him who after death has power to send you to hell; yes, truly I say, Have fear of him.
6Are not five sparrows given in exchange for two farthings? and God has every one of them in mind.
7But even the hairs of your head are numbered. Have no fear: you are of more value than a flock of sparrows.
8And I say to you that to everyone who gives witness to me before men, the Son of man will give witness before the angels of God.
9But if anyone says before men that he has no knowledge of me, I will say that I have no knowledge of him before the angels of God.
10And if anyone says a word against the Son of man, he will have forgiveness: but for him who says evil words against the Holy Spirit, there will be no forgiveness.
11And when they take you before the Synagogues and the authorities and the rulers, take no thought about what answers you will give, or what you will say:
12For the Holy Spirit will make clear to you in that very hour what to say.
13And one of the people said to him, Master, give an order to my brother to make division of the heritage with me.
14But he said, Man, who made me a judge or a maker of decisions for you?
15And he said to them, Take care to keep yourselves free from the desire for property; for a man’s life is not made up of the number of things which he has.
16And he said to them, in a story, The land of a certain man of great wealth was very fertile:
17And he said to himself, What is to be done? for I have no place in which to put all my fruit.
18And he said, This I will do: I will take down my store-houses and make greater ones, and there I will put all my grain and my goods.
19And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have a great amount of goods in store, enough for a number of years; be at rest, take food and wine and be happy.
20But God said to him, You foolish one, tonight I will take your soul from you, and who then will be the owner of all the things which you have got together?
21So that is what comes to the man who gets wealth for himself, and has not wealth in the eyes of God.
22And he said to his disciples, For this reason I say to you, Take no thought for your life, about what food you will take, or for your body, how it may be clothed.
23Is not life more than food, and the body than its clothing?
24Give thought to the ravens; they do not put seeds into the earth, or get together grain; they have no store-houses or buildings; and God gives them their food: of how much greater value are you than the birds!
25And which of you by taking thought is able to make himself any taller?
26If, then, you are not able to do even that which is least, why are you troubled about the rest?
27Give thought to the flowers: they do no work, they make no thread; and still I say to you, Even Solomon, in all his glory, was not clothed like one of these.
28But if God gives such clothing to the grass in the field, which today is living, and tomorrow will be burned in the oven, how much more will he give clothing to you, O men of little faith?
29And do not give overmuch thought to your food and drink, and let not your mind be full of doubts.
30For the nations of the world go in search of all these things: but your Father has knowledge that you have need of them.
31But let your chief care be for his kingdom, and these other things will be given to you in addition.