1Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him,2and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities--Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons,3and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him from their substance.4And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable:5"A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it.6Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture.7And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it.8But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold." When He had said these things He cried, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"9Then His disciples asked Him, saying, "What does this parable mean?"10And He said, "To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that 'Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand.' 11"Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.12Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.13But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.14Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.15But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.16"No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the light.17For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.18Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him."19Then His mother and brothers came to Him, and could not approach Him because of the crowd.20And it was told Him by some, who said, "Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see You."21But He answered and said to them, "My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it."22Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, "Let us cross over to the other side of the lake." And they launched out.23But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy.24And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, "Master, Master, we are perishing!" Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm.25But He said to them, "Where is your faith?" And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, "Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!"
1Now the Lord had said to Abram: "Get out of your country, From your family And from your father's house, To a land that I will show you.2I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.3I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."4So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.5Then Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother's son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they departed to go to the land of Canaan. So they came to the land of Canaan.6Abram passed through the land to the place of Shechem, as far as the terebinth tree of Moreh. And the Canaanites were then in the land.7Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, "To your descendants I will give this land." And there he built an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him.8And he moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.9So Abram journeyed, going on still toward the South. 10Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to dwell there, for the famine was severe in the land.11And it came to pass, when he was close to entering Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, "Indeed I know that you are a woman of beautiful countenance.12Therefore it will happen, when the Egyptians see you, that they will say, 'This is his wife'; and they will kill me, but they will let you live.13Please say you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that I may live because of you."14So it was, when Abram came into Egypt, that the Egyptians saw the woman, that she was very beautiful.15The princes of Pharaoh also saw her and commended her to Pharaoh. And the woman was taken to Pharaoh's house.16He treated Abram well for her sake. He had sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male and female servants, female donkeys, and camels.17But the Lord plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram's wife.18And Pharaoh called Abram and said, "What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife?19Why did you say, 'She is my sister'? I might have taken her as my wife. Now therefore, here is your wife; take her and go your way."20So Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they sent him away, with his wife and all that he had.
1To the Chief Musician. With stringed instruments. On an eight-stringed harp. A Psalm of David. O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger, Nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure.2Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled.3My soul also is greatly troubled; But You, O Lord--how long?4Return, O Lord, deliver me! Oh, save me for Your mercies' sake!5For in death there is no remembrance of You; In the grave who will give You thanks?6I am weary with my groaning; All night I make my bed swim; I drench my couch with my tears.7My eye wastes away because of grief; It grows old because of all my enemies.8Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; For the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping.9The Lord has heard my supplication; The Lord will receive my prayer.10Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled; Let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly.