1Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.2He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.3And He said to them, "Take nothing for the journey, neither staffs nor bag nor bread nor money; and do not have two tunics apiece.4Whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart.5And whoever will not receive you, when you go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet as a testimony against them."6So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.7Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by Him; and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had risen from the dead,8and by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the old prophets had risen again.9Herod said, "John I have beheaded, but who is this of whom I hear such things?" So he sought to see Him.10And the apostles, when they had returned, told Him all that they had done. Then He took them and went aside privately into a deserted place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.11But when the multitudes knew it, they followed Him; and He received them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who had need of healing.12When the day began to wear away, the twelve came and said to Him, "Send the multitude away, that they may go into the surrounding towns and country, and lodge and get provisions; for we are in a deserted place here."13But He said to them, "You give them something to eat." And they said, "We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we go and buy food for all these people."14For there were about five thousand men. Then He said to His disciples, "Make them sit down in groups of fifty."15And they did so, and made them all sit down.16Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the multitude.17So they all ate and were filled, and twelve baskets of the leftover fragments were taken up by them.18And it happened, as He was alone praying, that His disciples joined Him, and He asked them, saying, "Who do the crowds say that I am?"19So they answered and said, "John the Baptist, but some say Elijah; and others say that one of the old prophets has risen again."20He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered and said, "The Christ of God."21And He strictly warned and commanded them to tell this to no one,22saying, "The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day."23Then He said to them all, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.24For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.25For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?26For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father's, and of the holy angels.27"But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the kingdom of God."
1After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, "Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward."2But Abram said, "Lord God, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?"3Then Abram said, "Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!"4And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, "This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir."5Then He brought him outside and said, "Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them." And He said to him, "So shall your descendants be."6And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.7Then He said to him, "I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it."8And he said, "Lord God, how shall I know that I will inherit it?"9So He said to him, "Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon."10Then he brought all these to Him and cut them in two, down the middle, and placed each piece opposite the other; but he did not cut the birds in two.11And when the vultures came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.12Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, horror and great darkness fell upon him.13Then He said to Abram: "Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years.14And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great possessions.15Now as for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age.16But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete."17And it came to pass, when the sun went down and it was dark, that behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a burning torch that passed between those pieces.18On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying: "To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates--19the Kenites, the Kenezzites, the Kadmonites,20the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim,21the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites."
1To the Chief Musician. On the instrument of Gath. A Psalm of David. O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!2Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.3When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,4What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?5For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor.6You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,7All sheep and oxen-- Even the beasts of the field,8The birds of the air, And the fish of the sea That pass through the paths of the seas.9O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth!