1Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples."2So He said to them, "When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.3Give us day by day our daily bread.4And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one." 5And He said to them, "Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves;6for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him';7and he will answer from within and say, 'Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you'?8I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.9"So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.10For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.11If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish?12Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?13If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!"14And He was casting out a demon, and it was mute. So it was, when the demon had gone out, that the mute spoke; and the multitudes marveled.15But some of them said, "He casts out demons by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons."16Others, testing Him, sought from Him a sign from heaven.17But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them: "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls.18If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? Because you say I cast out demons by Beelzebub.19And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges.20But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.21When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace.22But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils.23He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.24"When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, 'I will return to my house from which I came.'25And when he comes, he finds it swept and put in order.26Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first."27And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, "Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!"28But He said, "More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!"
1Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground.2And he said, "Here now, my lords, please turn in to your servant's house and spend the night, and wash your feet; then you may rise early and go on your way." And they said, "No, but we will spend the night in the open square."3But he insisted strongly; so they turned in to him and entered his house. Then he made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.4Now before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house.5And they called to Lot and said to him, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally."6So Lot went out to them through the doorway, shut the door behind him,7and said, "Please, my brethren, do not do so wickedly!8See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please, let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you wish; only do nothing to these men, since this is the reason they have come under the shadow of my roof."9And they said, "Stand back!" Then they said, "This one came in to stay here, and he keeps acting as a judge; now we will deal worse with you than with them." So they pressed hard against the man Lot, and came near to break down the door.10But the men reached out their hands and pulled Lot into the house with them, and shut the door.11And they struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they became weary trying to find the door.12Then the men said to Lot, "Have you anyone else here? Son-in-law, your sons, your daughters, and whomever you have in the city--take them out of this place!13For we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown great before the face of the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it."14So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, "Get up, get out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city!" But to his sons-in-law he seemed to be joking.15When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, "Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city."16And while he lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife's hand, and the hands of his two daughters, the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city.17So it came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that he said, "Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed."18Then Lot said to them, "Please, no, my lords!19Indeed now, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have increased your mercy which you have shown me by saving my life; but I cannot escape to the mountains, lest some evil overtake me and I die.20See now, this city is near enough to flee to, and it is a little one; please let me escape there (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live."21And he said to him, "See, I have favored you concerning this thing also, in that I will not overthrow this city for which you have spoken.22Hurry, escape there. For I cannot do anything until you arrive there." Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.23The sun had risen upon the earth when Lot entered Zoar.24Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens.25So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.26But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.27And Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the Lord.28Then he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain; and he saw, and behold, the smoke of the land which went up like the smoke of a furnace.29And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities in which Lot had dwelt.30Then Lot went up out of Zoar and dwelt in the mountains, and his two daughters were with him; for he was afraid to dwell in Zoar. And he and his two daughters dwelt in a cave.31Now the firstborn said to the younger, "Our father is old, and there is no man on the earth to come in to us as is the custom of all the earth.32Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve the lineage of our father."33So they made their father drink wine that night. And the firstborn went in and lay with her father, and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose.34It happened on the next day that the firstborn said to the younger, "Indeed I lay with my father last night; let us make him drink wine tonight also, and you go in and lie with him, that we may preserve the lineage of our father."35Then they made their father drink wine that night also. And the younger arose and lay with him, and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose.36Thus both the daughters of Lot were with child by their father.37The firstborn bore a son and called his name Moab; he is the father of the Moabites to this day.38And the younger, she also bore a son and called his name Ben-Ammi; he is the father of the people of Ammon to this day.
1To the Chief Musician. On an eight-stringed harp. A Psalm of David. Help, Lord, for the godly man ceases! For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.2They speak idly everyone with his neighbor; With flattering lips and a double heart they speak.3May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, And the tongue that speaks proud things,4Who have said, "With our tongue we will prevail; Our lips are our own; Who is lord over us?"5"For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, Now I will arise," says the Lord; "I will set him in the safety for which he yearns."6The words of the Lord are pure words, Like silver tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times.7You shall keep them, O Lord, You shall preserve them from this generation forever.8The wicked prowl on every side, When vileness is exalted among the sons of men.