1After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him,2and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out;3Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.4While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable:5“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up.6Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture.7Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants.8Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”9His disciples asked him what this parable meant.10He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, “ ‘though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.’11“This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God.12Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.13Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.14The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.15But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.
16“No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.17For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.18Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them.”
19Now Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him, but they were not able to get near him because of the crowd.20Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.”21He replied, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.”
22One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out.23As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.24The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.25“Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”
1The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.2“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.3I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”4So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.5He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.6Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land.7The LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the LORD, who had appeared to him.8From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and 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.9Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev.
10Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe.11As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are.12When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live.13Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”14When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarai was a very beautiful woman.15And when Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace.16He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels.17But the LORD inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram’s wife Sarai.18So Pharaoh summoned Abram. “What have you done to me?” he said. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife?19Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!”20Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had.
1LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath.2Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am faint; heal me, LORD, for my bones are in agony.3My soul is in deep anguish. How long, LORD, how long?4Turn, LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.5Among the dead no one proclaims your name. Who praises you from the grave?6I am worn out from my groaning. All night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears.7My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes.8Away from me, all you who do evil, for the LORD has heard my weeping.9The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer.10All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish; they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame.