18Then He said, "What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it?19It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches."20And again He said, "To what shall I liken the kingdom of God?21It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened."22And He went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem.23Then one said to Him, "Lord, are there few who are saved?" And He said to them,24"Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.25When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open for us,' and He will answer and say to you, 'I do not know you, where you are from,'26then you will begin to say, 'We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.'27But He will say, 'I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.'28There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out.29They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God.30And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last."31On that very day some Pharisees came, saying to Him, "Get out and depart from here, for Herod wants to kill You."32And He said to them, "Go, tell that fox, 'Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.'33Nevertheless I must journey today, tomorrow, and the day following; for it cannot be that a prophet should perish outside of Jerusalem.34"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing!35See! Your house is left to you desolate; and assuredly, I say to you, you shall not see Me until the time comes when you say, 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!' "
1Now Abraham was old, well advanced in age; and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things.2So Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had, "Please, put your hand under my thigh,3and I will make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell;4but you shall go to my country and to my family, and take a wife for my son Isaac."5And the servant said to him, "Perhaps the woman will not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I take your son back to the land from which you came?"6But Abraham said to him, "Beware that you do not take my son back there.7The Lord God of heaven, who took me from my father's house and from the land of my family, and who spoke to me and swore to me, saying, 'To your descendants I give this land,' He will send His angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there.8And if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be released from this oath; only do not take my son back there."9So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and swore to him concerning this matter.10Then the servant took ten of his master's camels and departed, for all his master's goods were in his hand. And he arose and went to Mesopotamia, to the city of Nahor.11And he made his camels kneel down outside the city by a well of water at evening time, the time when women go out to draw water.12Then he said, "O Lord God of my master Abraham, please give me success this day, and show kindness to my master Abraham.13Behold, here I stand by the well of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water.14Now let it be that the young woman to whom I say, 'Please let down your pitcher that I may drink,' and she says, 'Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink'--let her be the one You have appointed for Your servant Isaac. And by this I will know that You have shown kindness to my master."15And it happened, before he had finished speaking, that behold, Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, came out with her pitcher on her shoulder.16Now the young woman was very beautiful to behold, a virgin; no man had known her. And she went down to the well, filled her pitcher, and came up.17And the servant ran to meet her and said, "Please let me drink a little water from your pitcher."18So she said, "Drink, my lord." Then she quickly let her pitcher down to her hand, and gave him a drink.19And when she had finished giving him a drink, she said, "I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking."20Then she quickly emptied her pitcher into the trough, ran back to the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels.21And the man, wondering at her, remained silent so as to know whether the Lord had made his journey prosperous or not.22So it was, when the camels had finished drinking, that the man took a golden nose ring weighing half a shekel, and two bracelets for her wrists weighing ten shekels of gold,23and said, "Whose daughter are you? Tell me, please, is there room in your father's house for us to lodge?"24So she said to him, "I am the daughter of Bethuel, Milcah's son, whom she bore to Nahor."25Moreover she said to him, "We have both straw and feed enough, and room to lodge."26Then the man bowed down his head and worshiped the Lord.27And he said, "Blessed be the Lord God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken His mercy and His truth toward my master. As for me, being on the way, the Lord led me to the house of my master's brethren."28So the young woman ran and told her mother's household these things.29Now Rebekah had a brother whose name was Laban, and Laban ran out to the man by the well.30So it came to pass, when he saw the nose ring, and the bracelets on his sister's wrists, and when he heard the words of his sister Rebekah, saying, "Thus the man spoke to me," that he went to the man. And there he stood by the camels at the well.31And he said, "Come in, O blessed of the Lord! Why do you stand outside? For I have prepared the house, and a place for the camels."32Then the man came to the house. And he unloaded the camels, and provided straw and feed for the camels, and water to wash his feet and the feet of the men who were with him.33Food was set before him to eat, but he said, "I will not eat until I have told about my errand." And he said, "Speak on."34So he said, "I am Abraham's servant.35The Lord has blessed my master greatly, and he has become great; and He has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and female servants, and camels and donkeys.36And Sarah my master's wife bore a son to my master when she was old; and to him he has given all that he has.37Now my master made me swear, saying, 'You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell;38but you shall go to my father's house and to my family, and take a wife for my son.'39And I said to my master, 'Perhaps the woman will not follow me.'40But he said to me, 'The Lord, before whom I walk, will send His angel with you and prosper your way; and you shall take a wife for my son from my family and from my father's house.41You will be clear from this oath when you arrive among my family; for if they will not give her to you, then you will be released from my oath.'42"And this day I came to the well and said, 'O Lord God of my master Abraham, if You will now prosper the way in which I go,43behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass that when the virgin comes out to draw water, and I say to her, "Please give me a little water from your pitcher to drink,"44and she says to me, "Drink, and I will draw for your camels also,"--let her be the woman whom the Lord has appointed for my master's son.'45"But before I had finished speaking in my heart, there was Rebekah, coming out with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down to the well and drew water. And I said to her, 'Please let me drink.'46And she made haste and let her pitcher down from her shoulder, and said, 'Drink, and I will give your camels a drink also.' So I drank, and she gave the camels a drink also.47Then I asked her, and said, 'Whose daughter are you?' And she said, 'The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bore to him.' So I put the nose ring on her nose and the bracelets on her wrists.48And I bowed my head and worshiped the Lord, and blessed the Lord God of my master Abraham, who had led me in the way of truth to take the daughter of my master's brother for his son.49Now if you will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me. And if not, tell me, that I may turn to the right hand or to the left."50Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, "The thing comes from the Lord; we cannot speak to you either bad or good.51Here is Rebekah before you; take her and go, and let her be your master's son's wife, as the Lord has spoken."52And it came to pass, when Abraham's servant heard their words, that he worshiped the Lord, bowing himself to the earth.53Then the servant brought out jewelry of silver, jewelry of gold, and clothing, and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave precious things to her brother and to her mother.54And he and the men who were with him ate and drank and stayed all night. Then they arose in the morning, and he said, "Send me away to my master."55But her brother and her mother said, "Let the young woman stay with us a few days, at least ten; after that she may go."56And he said to them, "Do not hinder me, since the Lord has prospered my way; send me away so that I may go to my master."57So they said, "We will call the young woman and ask her personally."58Then they called Rebekah and said to her, "Will you go with this man?" And she said, "I will go."59So they sent away Rebekah their sister and her nurse, and Abraham's servant and his men.60And they blessed Rebekah and said to her: "Our sister, may you become The mother of thousands of ten thousands; And may your descendants possess The gates of those who hate them."61Then Rebekah and her maids arose, and they rode on the camels and followed the man. So the servant took Rebekah and departed.62Now Isaac came from the way of Beer Lahai Roi, for he dwelt in the South.63And Isaac went out to meditate in the field in the evening; and he lifted his eyes and looked, and there, the camels were coming.64Then Rebekah lifted her eyes, and when she saw Isaac she dismounted from her camel;65for she had said to the servant, "Who is this man walking in the field to meet us?" The servant said, "It is my master." So she took a veil and covered herself.66And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done.67Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent; and he took Rebekah and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.
1A Prayer of David. Hear a just cause, O Lord, Attend to my cry; Give ear to my prayer which is not from deceitful lips.2Let my vindication come from Your presence; Let Your eyes look on the things that are upright.3You have tested my heart; You have visited me in the night; You have tried me and have found nothing; I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.4Concerning the works of men, By the word of Your lips, I have kept away from the paths of the destroyer.5Uphold my steps in Your paths, That my footsteps may not slip.6I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God; Incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech.7Show Your marvelous lovingkindness by Your right hand, O You who save those who trust in You From those who rise up against them.8Keep me as the apple of Your eye; Hide me under the shadow of Your wings,9From the wicked who oppress me, From my deadly enemies who surround me.10They have closed up their fat hearts; With their mouths they speak proudly.11They have now surrounded us in our steps; They have set their eyes, crouching down to the earth,12As a lion is eager to tear his prey, And like a young lion lurking in secret places.13Arise, O Lord, Confront him, cast him down; Deliver my life from the wicked with Your sword,14With Your hand from men, O Lord, From men of the world who have their portion in this life, And whose belly You fill with Your hidden treasure. They are satisfied with children, And leave the rest of their possession for their babes.15As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.