25Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said:26“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.27And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.28“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?29For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you,30saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’31“Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?32If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.33In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.34“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?35It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
1Now there was a famine in the land—besides the previous famine in Abraham’s time—and Isaac went to Abimelek king of the Philistines in Gerar.2The LORD appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live.3Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham.4I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed,5because Abraham obeyed me and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decrees and my instructions.”6So Isaac stayed in Gerar.7When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,” because he was afraid to say, “She is my wife.” He thought, “The men of this place might kill me on account of Rebekah, because she is beautiful.”8When Isaac had been there a long time, Abimelek king of the Philistines looked down from a window and saw Isaac caressing his wife Rebekah.9So Abimelek summoned Isaac and said, “She is really your wife! Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’?” Isaac answered him, “Because I thought I might lose my life on account of her.”10Then Abimelek said, “What is this you have done to us? One of the men might well have slept with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.”11So Abimelek gave orders to all the people: “Anyone who harms this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”12Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the LORD blessed him.13The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy.14He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him.15So all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the time of his father Abraham, the Philistines stopped up, filling them with earth.16Then Abimelek said to Isaac, “Move away from us; you have become too powerful for us.”17So Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar, where he settled.18Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died, and he gave them the same names his father had given them.19Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there.20But the herders of Gerar quarreled with those of Isaac and said, “The water is ours!” So he named the well Esek, because they disputed with him.21Then they dug another well, but they quarreled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah.22He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth, saying, “Now the LORD has given us room and we will flourish in the land.”23From there he went up to Beersheba.24That night the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham.”25Isaac built an altar there and called on the name of the LORD. There he pitched his tent, and there his servants dug a well.26Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces.27Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”28They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you29that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”30Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank.31Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.32That day Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well they had dug. They said, “We’ve found water!”33He called it Shibah, and to this day the name of the town has been Beersheba.34When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite.35They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah.
1The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.2Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.3They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.4Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.5It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.6It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth.7The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.8The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.9The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the LORD are firm, and all of them are righteous.10They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.11By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.12But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults.13Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression.14May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.