January 18

Genesis 25

1And Abraham took another wife named Keturah.

2She became the mother of Zimran and Jokshan and Medan and Midian and Ishbak and Shuah.

3And Jokshan became the father of Sheba and Dedan. And from Dedan came the Asshurim and Letushim and Leummim.

4And from Midian came Ephah and Epher and Hanoch and Abida and Eldaah. All these were the offspring of Keturah.

5Now Abraham gave all his property to Isaac;

6But to the sons of his other women he gave offerings, and sent them away, while he was still living, into the east country.

7Now the years of Abraham’s life were a hundred and seventy-five.

8And Abraham came to his death, an old man, full of years; and he was put to rest with his people.

9And Isaac and Ishmael, his sons, put him to rest in the hollow rock of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron, the son of Zohar the Hittite, near Mamre;

10The same field which Abraham got from the children of Heth: there Abraham was put to rest with Sarah, his wife.

11Now after the death of Abraham, the blessing of God was with Isaac, his son.

12Now these are the generations of Ishmael, the son of Abraham, whose mother was Hagar the Egyptian, the servant of Sarah:

13These are the names of the sons of Ishmael by their generations: Ishmael’s first son was Nebaioth; then Kedar and Adbeel and Mibsam

14And Mishma and Dumah and Massa,

15Hadad and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah:

16These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names in their towns and their tent-circles; twelve chiefs with their peoples.

17And the years of Ishmael’s life were a hundred and thirty-seven: and he came to his end, and was put to rest with his people.

18And their country was from Havilah to Shur which is east of Egypt: they took their place to the east of all their brothers.

19Now these are the generations of Abraham’s son Isaac:

20Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramaean of Paddan-aram, and the sister of Laban the Aramaean, to be his wife.

21Isaac made prayer to the Lord for his wife because she had no children; and the Lord gave ear to his prayer, and Rebekah became with child.

22And the children were fighting together inside her, and she said, If it is to be so, why am I like this? So she went to put her question to the Lord.

23And the Lord said to her, Two nations are in your body, and two peoples will come to birth from you: the one will be stronger than the other, and the older will be the servant of the younger.

24And when the time came for her to give birth, there were two children in her body.

25And the first came out red from head to foot like a robe of hair, and they gave him the name of Esau.

26And after him, his brother came out, gripping Esau’s foot; and he was named Jacob: Isaac was sixty years old when she gave birth to them.

27And the boys came to full growth; and Esau became a man of the open country, an expert bowman; but Jacob was a quiet man, living in tents.

28Now Isaac’s love was for Esau, because Esau’s meat was greatly to his taste: but Rebekah had more love for Jacob.

29And one day Jacob was cooking some soup when Esau came in from the fields in great need of food;

30And Esau said to Jacob, Give me a full meal of that red soup, for I am overcome with need for food: for this reason he was named Edom.

31And Jacob said, First of all give me your birthright.

32And Esau said, Truly, I am at the point of death: what profit is the birthright to me?

33And Jacob said, First of all give me your oath; and he gave him his oath, handing over his birthright to Jacob.

34Then Jacob gave him bread and soup; and he took food and drink and went away, caring little for his birthright.

Psalms 18

To the chief music-maker. Of the servant of the Lord, of David, who said the words of this song to the Lord on the day when the Lord made him free from the hand of all his haters, and from the hand of Saul; and he said,

1 I will give you my love, O Lord, my strength.

2The Lord is my Rock, my walled town, and my saviour; my God, my Rock, in him will I put my faith; my breastplate, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

3I will send up my cry to the Lord, who is to be praised; so will I be made safe from those who are against me.

4The cords of death were round me, and the seas of evil put me in fear.

5The cords of hell were round me: the nets of death came on me.

6In my trouble my voice went up to the Lord, and my cry to my God: my voice came to his hearing in his holy Temple, and my prayer came before him, even into his ears.

7Then trouble and shock came on the earth; and the bases of the mountains were moved and shaking, because he was angry.

8There went up a smoke from his nose, and a fire of destruction from his mouth: flames were lighted by it.

9The heavens were bent, so that he might come down; and it was dark under his feet.

10And he went in flight through the air, seated on a storm-cloud: going quickly on the wings of the wind.

11He made the dark his secret place; his tent round him was the dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.

12Before his shining light his dark clouds went past, raining ice and fire.

13The Lord made thunder in the heavens, and the voice of the Highest was sounding out: a rain of ice and fire.

14He sent out his arrows, driving them in all directions; by his flames of fire they were troubled.

15Then the deep beds of the waters were seen, and the bases of the world were uncovered, because of your words of wrath, O Lord, because of the breath from your mouth.

16He sent from on high, he took me, pulling me out of great waters.

17He made me free from my strong hater, and from those who were against me, because they were stronger than I.

18They came on me in the day of my trouble; but the Lord was my support.

19He took me out into a wide place; he was my saviour because he had delight in me.

20The Lord gives me the reward of my righteousness, because my hands are clean before him.

21For I have kept the ways of the Lord; I have not been turned away in sin from my God.

22For all his decisions were before me, and I did not put away his laws from me.

23And I was upright before him, and I kept myself from sin.

24Because of this the Lord has given me the reward of my righteousness, because my hands are clean in his eyes.

25On him who has mercy you will have mercy; to the upright you will be upright;

26He who is holy will see that you are holy; but to the man whose way is not straight you will be a hard judge.

27For you are the saviour of those who are in trouble; but eyes full of pride will be made low.

28You, O Lord, will be my light; by you, my God, the dark will be made bright for me.

29By your help I have made a way through the wall which was shutting me in; by the help of my God I have gone over a wall.

30As for God, his way is completely good; the word of the Lord is tested; he is a breastplate for all those who put their faith in him.

31For who is God but the Lord? or who is a Rock but our God?

32God puts a strong band about me, guiding me in a straight way.

33He makes my feet like roes’ feet, and puts me on high places.

34He makes my hands expert in war, so that a bow of brass is bent by my arms.

35You have given me the breastplate of your salvation: your right hand has been my support, and your mercy has made me great.

36You have made my steps wide under me, so that my feet are kept from slipping.

37I go after my haters and overtake them; not turning back till they are all overcome.

38I will give them wounds, so that they are not able to get up: they are stretched under my feet.

39For I have been armed by you with strength for the fight: you have made low under me those who come out against me.

40By you their backs are turned in flight, so that my haters are cut off.

41They were crying out, but there was no one to come to their help: even to the Lord, but he gave them no answer.

42Then they were crushed as small as dust before the wind; they were drained out like the waste of the streets.

43You have made me free from the fightings of the people; you have made me the head of the nations: a people of whom I had no knowledge will be my servants.

44From the time when my name comes to their ears they will be ruled by me: men of other countries will, with false hearts, put themselves under my authority.

45They will be wasting away, they will come out of their secret places shaking with fear.

46The Lord is living; praise be to my Rock, and let the God of my salvation be honoured.

47It is God who sends punishment on my haters, and puts peoples under my rule.

48He makes me free from my haters; I am lifted up over those who come up against me: you have made me free from the violent man.

49Because of this I will give you praise, O Lord, among the nations, and will make a song of praise to your name.

50Great salvation does he give to his king; he has mercy on the king of his selection, David, and on his seed for ever.

Luke 14:1-24

1And it came about that when he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees on the Sabbath, to have a meal, they were watching him.

2And a certain man was there who had a disease.

3And Jesus, answering, said to the scribes and Pharisees, Is it right to make people well on the Sabbath or not?

4But they said nothing. And he made him well and sent him away.

5And he said to them, Which of you, whose ox or ass has got into a water-hole, will not straight away get him out on the Sabbath?

6And they had no answer to that question.

7And he gave teaching in the form of a story to the guests who came to the feast, when he saw how they took the best seats; saying to them,

8When you get a request to come to a feast, do not take the best seat, for a more important man than you may be coming,

9And then the giver of the feast will come to you and say, Give your place to this man; and you, with shame, will have to take the lowest seat.

10But when you come, go and take the lowest seat, so that when the giver of the feast comes, he may say to you, Friend, come up higher; and then you will have honour in the eyes of all the others who are there.

11For every man who gives himself a high place will be put down, but he who takes a low place will be lifted up.

12And he said to the master of the house, When you give a feast, do not send for your friends and your brothers and your family or your neighbours who have wealth, for they may give a feast for you, and so you will get a reward.

13But when you give a feast, send for the poor and the blind and those who are broken in body:

14And you will have a blessing, because they will not be able to give you any payment, and you will get your reward when the upright come back from the dead.

15And, hearing these words, one of those who were at table with him said to him, Happy is the man who will be a guest in the kingdom of God.

16And he said to them, A certain man gave a great feast, and sent word of it to a number of people.

17And when the time had come, he sent his servants to say to them, Come, for all things are now ready.

18And they all gave reasons why they were not able to come. The first said to him, I have got a new field, and it is necessary for me to go and see it: I am full of regret that I am unable to come.

19And another said, I have got some cattle, and I am going to make a test of them: I am full of regret that I am unable to come.

20And another said, I have been married, and so I am not able to come.

21And the servant came back and gave his master an account of these things. Then the master of the house was angry and said to the servant, Go out quickly into the streets of the town and get the poor, the blind, and those who are broken in body.

22And the servant said, Lord, your orders have been done, and still there is room.

23And the lord said to the servant, Go out into the roads and the fields, and make them come in, so that my house may be full.

24For I say to you that not one of those who were requested to come will have a taste of my feast.

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