1Now after these things, God put Abraham to the test, and said to him, Abraham; and he said, Here am I.
2And he said to him, Take your son, your dearly loved only son Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah and give him as a burned offering on one of the mountains of which I will give you knowledge.
3And Abraham got up early in the morning, and made ready his ass, and took with him two of his young men and Isaac, his son, and after the wood for the burned offering had been cut, he went on his way to the place of which God had given him word.
4And on the third day, Abraham, lifting up his eyes, saw the place a long way off.
5Then he said to his young men, Keep here with the ass; and I and the boy will go on and give worship and come back again to you.
6And Abraham put the wood for the burned offering on his son’s back, and he himself took the fire and the knife in his hand, and the two of them went on together.
7Then Isaac said to Abraham, My father; and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, We have wood and fire here, but where is the lamb for the burned offering?
8And Abraham said, God himself will give the lamb for the burned offering: so they went on together.
9And they came to the place of which God had given him knowledge; and there Abraham made the altar and put the wood in place on it, and having made tight the bands round Isaac his son, he put him on the wood on the altar.
10And stretching out his hand, Abraham took the knife to put his son to death.
11But the voice of the angel of the Lord came from heaven, saying, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.
12And he said, Let not your hand be stretched out against the boy to do anything to him; for now I am certain that the fear of God is in your heart, because you have not kept back your son, your only son, from me.
13And lifting up his eyes, Abraham saw a sheep fixed by its horns in the brushwood: and Abraham took the sheep and made a burned offering of it in place of his son.
14And Abraham gave that place the name Yahweh-yireh: as it is said to this day, In the mountain the Lord is seen.
15And the voice of the angel of the Lord came to Abraham a second time from heaven,
16Saying, I have taken an oath by my name, says the Lord, because you have done this and have not kept back from me your dearly loved only son,
17That I will certainly give you my blessing, and your seed will be increased like the stars of heaven and the sand by the seaside; your seed will take the land of those who are against them;
18And your seed will be a blessing to all the nations of the earth, because you have done what I gave you orders to do.
19Then Abraham went back to his young men and they went together to Beer-sheba, the place where Abraham was living.
20After these things, Abraham had news that Milcah, the wife of his brother Nahor, had given birth to children;
21Uz the oldest, and Buz his brother, and Kemuel, the father of Aram,
22And Chesed and Hazo and Pildash and Jidlaph and Bethuel.
23Bethuel was the father of Rebekah: these eight were the children of Milcah and Nahor, Abraham’s brother.
24And his servant Reumah gave birth to Tebah and Gaham and Tahash and Maacah.
A Psalm. Of David.
1 Lord, who may have a resting-place in your tent, a living-place on your holy hill?
2He who goes on his way uprightly, doing righteousness, and saying what is true in his heart;
3Whose tongue is not false, who does no evil to his friend, and does not take away the good name of his neighbour;
4Who gives honour to those who have the fear of the Lord, turning away from him who has not the Lord’s approval. He who takes an oath against himself, and makes no change.
5He who does not put out his money at interest, or for payment give false decisions against men who have done no wrong. He who does these things will never be moved.
32Have no fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
33Give what property you have in exchange for money, and give the money to the poor; make for yourselves money-bags which will not get old, wealth stored up in heaven which will be yours for ever, where thieves will not come nor worms put it to destruction.
34For where your wealth is, there will your heart be.
35Be ready, dressed as for a journey, with your lights burning.
36And be like men who are looking for their lord, when he comes back from the bride-feast; so that when he comes to the door, it will be open to him quickly.
37Happy are those servants who are watching when the lord comes; truly I say to you, he will make himself their servant and, placing them at the table, he will come out and give them food.
38And if he comes in the second division of the night or in the third, and they are watching for him, happy are those servants.
39But be certain of this, that if the master of the house had had knowledge of the time when the thief was coming, he would have been watching, and would not have let his house be broken into.
40So be ready: for the Son of man is coming at a time when you are not looking for him.
41And Peter said to him, Lord, are these words said to us only, or to all men?
42And the Lord said, Who then is the wise and responsible servant whom his lord will put in control of his family, to give them their food at the right time?
43Happy is that servant who, when his lord comes, is doing so.
44Truly I say to you, he will put him in control of all his goods.
45But if that servant says to himself, My lord is a long time coming; and goes about giving blows to the men-servants and the women-servants, feasting and taking overmuch wine;
46The lord of that servant will come at a time when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not ready for him, and he will have him cut in two and will give him his part in the fate of those who have no faith;
47And the servant who had knowledge of his lord’s desires and was not ready for him and did not do as he was ordered, will be given a great number of blows;
48But he who, without knowledge, did things for which punishment is given, will get only a small number of blows. The man to whom much is given, will have to give much; if much is given into his care, of him more will be requested.
49I came to send a fire on the earth, and it may even now have been lighted.
50But there is a baptism which I have to undergo; and how am I kept back till it is complete!
51Is it your opinion that I have come to give peace on earth? I say to you, No, but division:
52For from this time, a family of five in one house will be on opposite sides, three against two and two against three.
53They will be at war, the father against his son, and the son against his father; mother against daughter, and daughter against mother; mother-in-law against daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.
54Then he said to the people, When you see a cloud coming up in the west, straight away you say, There will be rain; and so it is.
55And when you see a south wind blowing, you say, There will be heat; and so it is.
56O false ones! the face of the earth and the heaven is clear to you; how is it that the signs of these times are not as clear to you?
57And why are you, in your hearts, unable to be judges of what is right?
58For if anyone has a cause at law against you, and you are going with him before the ruler, make an attempt, on the way, to come to an agreement with him, for if you do not, he may take you before the judge and the judge will give you up to the police, and they will put you in prison.
59I say to you, You will not come out of it till you have made payment to the very last farthing.