1In the meantime, when an innumerable multitude of people had gathered together, so that they trampled one another, He began to say to His disciples first of all, "Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.2For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known.3Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.4"And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.5But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!6Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God.7But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.8"Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God.9But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.10And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven.11Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say.12For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say."13Then one from the crowd said to Him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."14But He said to him, "Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?"15And He said to them, "Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses."16Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully.17And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?'18So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods.19And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry." '20But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?'21So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."22Then He said to His disciples, "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on.23Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.24Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?25And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?26If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?27Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.28If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?29And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind.30For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things.31But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.
1And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken.2For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.3And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him--whom Sarah bore to him--Isaac.4Then Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him.5Now Abraham was one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.6And Sarah said, "God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me."7She also said, "Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? For I have borne him a son in his old age."8So the child grew and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the same day that Isaac was weaned.9And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, scoffing.10Therefore she said to Abraham, "Cast out this bondwoman and her son; for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, namely with Isaac."11And the matter was very displeasing in Abraham's sight because of his son.12But God said to Abraham, "Do not let it be displeasing in your sight because of the lad or because of your bondwoman. Whatever Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice; for in Isaac your seed shall be called.13Yet I will also make a nation of the son of the bondwoman, because he is your seed."14So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water; and putting it on her shoulder, he gave it and the boy to Hagar, and sent her away. Then she departed and wandered in the Wilderness of Beersheba.15And the water in the skin was used up, and she placed the boy under one of the shrubs.16Then she went and sat down across from him at a distance of about a bowshot; for she said to herself, "Let me not see the death of the boy." So she sat opposite him, and lifted her voice and wept.17And God heard the voice of the lad. Then the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said to her, "What ails you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is.18Arise, lift up the lad and hold him with your hand, for I will make him a great nation."19Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water, and gave the lad a drink.20So God was with the lad; and he grew and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.21He dwelt in the Wilderness of Paran; and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.22And it came to pass at that time that Abimelech and Phichol, the commander of his army, spoke to Abraham, saying, "God is with you in all that you do.23Now therefore, swear to me by God that you will not deal falsely with me, with my offspring, or with my posterity; but that according to the kindness that I have done to you, you will do to me and to the land in which you have dwelt."24And Abraham said, "I will swear."25Then Abraham rebuked Abimelech because of a well of water which Abimelech's servants had seized.26And Abimelech said, "I do not know who has done this thing; you did not tell me, nor had I heard of it until today."27So Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and the two of them made a covenant.28And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.29Then Abimelech asked Abraham, "What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs which you have set by themselves?"30And he said, "You will take these seven ewe lambs from my hand, that they may be my witness that I have dug this well."31Therefore he called that place Beersheba, because the two of them swore an oath there.32Thus they made a covenant at Beersheba. So Abimelech rose with Phichol, the commander of his army, and they returned to the land of the Philistines.33Then Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there called on the name of the Lord, the Everlasting God.34And Abraham stayed in the land of the Philistines many days.
1To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good.2The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God.3They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one.4Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge, Who eat up my people as they eat bread, And do not call on the Lord?5There they are in great fear, For God is with the generation of the righteous.6You shame the counsel of the poor, But the Lord is his refuge.7Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord brings back the captivity of His people, Let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.