21In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, "I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.22All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him."23Then He turned to His disciples and said privately, "Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see;24for I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it."25And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"26He said to him, "What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?"27So he answered and said, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,' and 'your neighbor as yourself.' " 28And He said to him, "You have answered rightly; do this and you will live."29But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"30Then Jesus answered and said: "A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.31Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.32Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.33But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion.34So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.35On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.'36So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?"37And he said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."38Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house.39And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word.40But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me."41And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.42But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her."
1Then the Lord appeared to him by the terebinth trees of Mamre, as he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day.2So he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing by him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the ground,3and said, "My Lord, if I have now found favor in Your sight, do not pass on by Your servant.4Please let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree.5And I will bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh your hearts. After that you may pass by, inasmuch as you have come to your servant." They said, "Do as you have said."6So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah and said, "Quickly, make ready three measures of fine meal; knead it and make cakes."7And Abraham ran to the herd, took a tender and good calf, gave it to a young man, and he hastened to prepare it.8So he took butter and milk and the calf which he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree as they ate.9Then they said to him, "Where is Sarah your wife?" So he said, "Here, in the tent."10And He said, "I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son." (Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him.)11Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. 12Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, "After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?"13And the Lord said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh, saying, 'Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?'14Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son."15But Sarah denied it, saying, "I did not laugh," for she was afraid. And He said, "No, but you did laugh!"16Then the men rose from there and looked toward Sodom, and Abraham went with them to send them on the way.17And the Lord said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing,18since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?19For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice, that the Lord may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him."20And the Lord said, "Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave,21I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me; and if not, I will know."22Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the Lord.23And Abraham came near and said, "Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked?24Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it?25Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?"26So the Lord said, "If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes."27Then Abraham answered and said, "Indeed now, I who am but dust and ashes have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord:28Suppose there were five less than the fifty righteous; would You destroy all of the city for lack of five?" So He said, "If I find there forty-five, I will not destroy it."29And he spoke to Him yet again and said, "Suppose there should be forty found there?" So He said, "I will not do it for the sake of forty."30Then he said, "Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Suppose thirty should be found there?" So He said, "I will not do it if I find thirty there."31And he said, "Indeed now, I have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: Suppose twenty should be found there?" So He said, "I will not destroy it for the sake of twenty."32Then he said, "Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but once more: Suppose ten should be found there?" And He said, "I will not destroy it for the sake of ten."33So the Lord went His way as soon as He had finished speaking with Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place.
1To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. In the Lord I put my trust; How can you say to my soul, "Flee as a bird to your mountain"?2For look! The wicked bend their bow, They make ready their arrow on the string, That they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart.3If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?4The Lord is in His holy temple, The Lord's throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.5The Lord tests the righteous, But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.6Upon the wicked He will rain coals; Fire and brimstone and a burning wind Shall be the portion of their cup.7For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright.