26They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee.27When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs.28When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!”29For Jesus had commanded the impure spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places.30Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”“Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him.31And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.32A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and he gave them permission.33When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.34When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside,35and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.36Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured.37Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.38The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying,39“Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.
40Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him.41Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house42because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying. As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him.43And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her.44She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.45“Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”46But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”47Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.48Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”49While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.”50Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”51When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother.52Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.”53They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead.54But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!”55Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.56Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.
1So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, with his wife and everything he had, and Lot went with him.2Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold.3From the Negev he went from place to place until he came to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier4and where he had first built an altar. There Abram called on the name of the LORD.5Now Lot, who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents.6But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together.7And quarreling arose between Abram’s herders and Lot’s. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land at that time.8So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives.9Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.”10Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt. (This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)11So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company:12Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom.13Now the people of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the LORD.14The LORD said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west.15All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever.16I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted.17Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.”18So Abram went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he pitched his tents. There he built an altar to the LORD.
1At the time when Amraphel was king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Kedorlaomer king of Elam and Tidal king of Goyim,2these kings went to war against Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboyim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar).3All these latter kings joined forces in the Valley of Siddim (that is, the Dead Sea Valley).4For twelve years they had been subject to Kedorlaomer, but in the thirteenth year they rebelled.5In the fourteenth year, Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him went out and defeated the Rephaites in Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzites in Ham, the Emites in Shaveh Kiriathaim6and the Horites in the hill country of Seir, as far as El Paran near the desert.7Then they turned back and went to En Mishpat (that is, Kadesh), and they conquered the whole territory of the Amalekites, as well as the Amorites who were living in Hazezon Tamar.8Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboyim and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) marched out and drew up their battle lines in the Valley of Siddim9against Kedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of Goyim, Amraphel king of Shinar and Arioch king of Ellasar—four kings against five.10Now the Valley of Siddim was full of tar pits, and when the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, some of the men fell into them and the rest fled to the hills.11The four kings seized all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food; then they went away.12They also carried off Abram’s nephew Lot and his possessions, since he was living in Sodom.13A man who had escaped came and reported this to Abram the Hebrew. Now Abram was living near the great trees of Mamre the Amorite, a brother of Eshkol and Aner, all of whom were allied with Abram.14When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan.15During the night Abram divided his men to attack them and he routed them, pursuing them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus.16He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people.17After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley).18Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High,19and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth.20And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.21The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the people and keep the goods for yourself.”22But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “With raised hand I have sworn an oath to the LORD, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth,23that I will accept nothing belonging to you, not even a thread or the strap of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say, ‘I made Abram rich.’24I will accept nothing but what my men have eaten and the share that belongs to the men who went with me—to Aner, Eshkol and Mamre. Let them have their share.”
1LORD my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me,2or they will tear me apart like a lion and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me.3LORD my God, if I have done this and there is guilt on my hands—4if I have repaid my ally with evil or without cause have robbed my foe—5then let my enemy pursue and overtake me; let him trample my life to the ground and make me sleep in the dust.6Arise, LORD, in your anger; rise up against the rage of my enemies. Awake, my God; decree justice.7Let the assembled peoples gather around you, while you sit enthroned over them on high.8Let the LORD judge the peoples. Vindicate me, LORD, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High.9Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure— you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts.10My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart.11God is a righteous judge, a God who displays his wrath every day.12If he does not relent, he will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow.13He has prepared his deadly weapons; he makes ready his flaming arrows.14Whoever is pregnant with evil conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment.15Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit they have made.16The trouble they cause recoils on them; their violence comes down on their own heads.17I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the LORD Most High.