29And while the crowds were thickly gathered together, He began to say, "This is an evil generation. It seeks a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah the prophet. 30For as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so also the Son of Man will be to this generation.31The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here.32The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here.33"No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light.34The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness.35Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness.36If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light."37And as He spoke, a certain Pharisee asked Him to dine with him. So He went in and sat down to eat.38When the Pharisee saw it, he marveled that He had not first washed before dinner.39Then the Lord said to him, "Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but your inward part is full of greed and wickedness.40Foolish ones! Did not He who made the outside make the inside also?41But rather give alms of such things as you have; then indeed all things are clean to you.42But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.43Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces.44Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like graves which are not seen, and the men who walk over them are not aware of them."45Then one of the lawyers answered and said to Him, "Teacher, by saying these things You reproach us also."46And He said, "Woe to you also, lawyers! For you load men with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.47Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.48In fact, you bear witness that you approve the deeds of your fathers; for they indeed killed them, and you build their tombs.49Therefore the wisdom of God also said, 'I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute,'50that the blood of all the prophets which was shed from the foundation of the world may be required of this generation,51from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who perished between the altar and the temple. Yes, I say to you, it shall be required of this generation.52Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered."53And as He said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to assail Him vehemently, and to cross-examine Him about many things,54lying in wait for Him, and seeking to catch Him in something He might say, that they might accuse Him.
1And Abraham journeyed from there to the South, and dwelt between Kadesh and Shur, and stayed in Gerar.2Now Abraham said of Sarah his wife, "She is my sister." And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.3But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, "Indeed you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man's wife."4But Abimelech had not come near her; and he said, "Lord, will You slay a righteous nation also?5Did he not say to me, 'She is my sister'? And she, even she herself said, 'He is my brother.' In the integrity of my heart and innocence of my hands I have done this."6And God said to him in a dream, "Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart. For I also withheld you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her.7Now therefore, restore the man's wife; for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you shall live. But if you do not restore her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours."8So Abimelech rose early in the morning, called all his servants, and told all these things in their hearing; and the men were very much afraid.9And Abimelech called Abraham and said to him, "What have you done to us? How have I offended you, that you have brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? You have done deeds to me that ought not to be done."10Then Abimelech said to Abraham, "What did you have in view, that you have done this thing?"11And Abraham said, "Because I thought, surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will kill me on account of my wife.12But indeed she is truly my sister. She is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.13And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father's house, that I said to her, 'This is your kindness that you should do for me: in every place, wherever we go, say of me, "He is my brother." ' "14Then Abimelech took sheep, oxen, and male and female servants, and gave them to Abraham; and he restored Sarah his wife to him.15And Abimelech said, "See, my land is before you; dwell where it pleases you."16Then to Sarah he said, "Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver; indeed this vindicates you before all who are with you and before everybody." Thus she was rebuked.17So Abraham prayed to God; and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female servants. Then they bore children;18for the Lord had closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham's wife.
1To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?2How long shall I take counsel in my soul, Having sorrow in my heart daily? How long will my enemy be exalted over me?3Consider and hear me, O Lord my God; Enlighten my eyes, Lest I sleep the sleep of death;4Lest my enemy say, "I have prevailed against him"; Lest those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved.5But I have trusted in Your mercy; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.6I will sing to the Lord, Because He has dealt bountifully with me.