32Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.33Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys.34For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.35"Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning;36and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately.37Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them.38And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.39But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.40Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect."41Then Peter said to Him, "Lord, do You speak this parable only to us, or to all people?"42And the Lord said, "Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season?43Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.44Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has.45But if that servant says in his heart, 'My master is delaying his coming,' and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk,46the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.47And that servant who knew his master's will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.48But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.49"I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!50But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am till it is accomplished!51Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division.52For from now on five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three.53Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."54Then He also said to the multitudes, "Whenever you see a cloud rising out of the west, immediately you say, 'A shower is coming'; and so it is.55And when you see the south wind blow, you say, 'There will be hot weather'; and there is.56Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time?57"Yes, and why, even of yourselves, do you not judge what is right?58When you go with your adversary to the magistrate, make every effort along the way to settle with him, lest he drag you to the judge, the judge deliver you to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison.59I tell you, you shall not depart from there till you have paid the very last mite."
1Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, "Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am."2Then He said, "Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you."3So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.4Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off.5And Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you."6So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together.7But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, "My father!" And he said, "Here I am, my son." Then he said, "Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?"8And Abraham said, "My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering." So the two of them went together.9Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood.10And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.11But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" So he said, "Here I am."12And He said, "Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me."13Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.14And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, "In the Mount of The Lord it shall be provided."15Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven,16and said: "By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son--17blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.18In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice."19So Abraham returned to his young men, and they rose and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba.20Now it came to pass after these things that it was told Abraham, saying, "Indeed Milcah also has borne children to your brother Nahor:21Huz his firstborn, Buz his brother, Kemuel the father of Aram,22Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel."23And Bethuel begot Rebekah. These eight Milcah bore to Nahor, Abraham's brother.24His concubine, whose name was Reumah, also bore Tebah, Gaham, Thahash, and Maachah.
1A Psalm of David. Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill?2He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart;3He who does not backbite with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend;4In whose eyes a vile person is despised, But he honors those who fear the Lord; He who swears to his own hurt and does not change;5He who does not put out his money at usury, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.