22After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, Abraham! And he said, Here I am. 2He said, Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt-offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you. 3So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; he cut the wood for the burnt-offering, and set out and went to the place in the distance that God had shown him. 4On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place far away. 5Then Abraham said to his young men, Stay here with the donkey; the boy and I will go over there; we will worship, and then we will come back to you. 6Abraham took the wood of the burnt-offering and laid it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. 7Isaac said to his father Abraham, Father! And he said, Here I am, my son. He said, The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt-offering? 8Abraham said, God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt-offering, my son. So the two of them walked on together.
9 When they came to the place that God had shown him, Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order. He bound his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to kill* his son. 11But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham! And he said, Here I am. 12He said, Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me. 13And Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt-offering instead of his son. 14So Abraham called that place The Lord will provide;* as it is said to this day, On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.*
15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven, 16and said, By myself I have sworn, says the Lord: Because you have done this, and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17I will indeed bless you, and I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of their enemies, 18and by your offspring shall all the nations of the earth gain blessing for themselves, because you have obeyed my voice. 19So Abraham returned to his young men, and they arose and went together to Beer-sheba; and Abraham lived at Beer-sheba.
20 Now after these things it was told Abraham, Milcah also has borne children, to your brother Nahor: 21Uz the firstborn, Buz his brother, Kemuel the father of Aram, 22Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel. 23Bethuel became the father of Rebekah. These eight Milcah bore to Nahor, Abrahams brother. 24Moreover, his concubine, whose name was Reumah, bore Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah.
23Sarah lived for one hundred and twenty-seven years; this was the length of Sarahs life. 2And Sarah died at Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan; and Abraham went in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her. 3Abraham rose up from beside his dead, and said to the Hittites, 4I am a stranger and an alien residing among you; give me property among you for a burying-place, so that I may bury my dead out of my sight. 5The Hittites answered Abraham, 6Hear us, my lord; you are a mighty prince among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our burial places; none of us will withhold from you any burial ground for burying your dead. 7Abraham rose and bowed to the Hittites, the people of the land. 8He said to them, If you are willing that I should bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and entreat for me Ephron son of Zohar, 9so that he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he owns; it is at the end of his field. For the full price let him give it to me in your presence as a possession for a burying-place. 10Now Ephron was sitting among the Hittites; and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the hearing of the Hittites, of all who went in at the gate of his city, 11No, my lord, hear me; I give you the field, and I give you the cave that is in it; in the presence of my people I give it to you; bury your dead. 12Then Abraham bowed down before the people of the land. 13He said to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, If you only will listen to me! I will give the price of the field; accept it from me, so that I may bury my dead there. 14Ephron answered Abraham, 15My lord, listen to me; a piece of land worth four hundred shekels of silverwhat is that between you and me? Bury your dead. 16Abraham agreed with Ephron; and Abraham weighed out for Ephron the silver that he had named in the hearing of the Hittites, four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weights current among the merchants.
17 So the field of Ephron in Machpelah, which was to the east of Mamre, the field with the cave that was in it and all the trees that were in the field, throughout its whole area, passed 18to Abraham as a possession in the presence of the Hittites, in the presence of all who went in at the gate of his city. 19After this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah facing Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan. 20The field and the cave that is in it passed from the Hittites into Abrahams possession as a burying-place.
24Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years; and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. 2Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his house, who had charge of all that he had, Put your hand under my thigh 3and I will make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I live, 4but will go to my country and to my kindred and get a wife for my son Isaac. 5The servant said to him, Perhaps the woman may not be willing to follow me to this land; must I then take your son back to the land from which you came? 6Abraham said to him, See to it that you do not take my son back there. 7The Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my fathers house and from the land of my birth, and who spoke to me and swore to me, To your offspring I will give this land, he will send his angel before you; you shall take a wife for my son from there. 8But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this oath of mine; only you must not take my son back there. 9So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master and swore to him concerning this matter.
10 Then the servant took ten of his masters camels and departed, taking all kinds of choice gifts from his master; and he set out and went to Aram-naharaim, to the city of Nahor. 11He made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water; it was towards evening, the time when women go out to draw water. 12And he said, O Lord, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham. 13I am standing here by the spring of water, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. 14Let the girl to whom I shall say, Please offer your jar that I may drink, and who shall say, Drink, and I will water your camelslet her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this I shall know that you have shown steadfast love to my master.
15 Before he had finished speaking, there was Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abrahams brother, coming out with her water-jar on her shoulder. 16The girl was very fair to look upon, a virgin whom no man had known. She went down to the spring, filled her jar, and came up. 17Then the servant ran to meet her and said, Please let me sip a little water from your jar. 18Drink, my lord, she said, and quickly lowered her jar upon her hand and gave him a drink. 19When she had finished giving him a drink, she said, I will draw for your camels also, until they have finished drinking. 20So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough and ran again to the well to draw, and she drew for all his camels. 21The man gazed at her in silence to learn whether or not the Lord had made his journey successful.
22 When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold nose-ring weighing a half-shekel, and two bracelets for her arms weighing ten gold shekels, 23and said, Tell me whose daughter you are. Is there room in your fathers house for us to spend the night? 24She said to him, I am the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor. 25She added, We have plenty of straw and fodder and a place to spend the night. 26The man bowed his head and worshipped the Lord 27and said, Blessed be the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his steadfast love and his faithfulness towards my master. As for me, the Lord has led me on the way to the house of my masters kin.
28 Then the girl ran and told her mothers household about these things. 29Rebekah had a brother whose name was Laban; and Laban ran out to the man, to the spring. 30As soon as he had seen the nose-ring, and the bracelets on his sisters arms, and when he heard the words of his sister Rebekah, Thus the man spoke to me, he went to the man; and there he was, standing by the camels at the spring. 31He said, Come in, O blessed of the Lord. Why do you stand outside when I have prepared the house and a place for the camels? 32So the man came into the house; and Laban unloaded the camels, and gave him straw and fodder for the camels, and water to wash his feet and the feet of the men who were with him. 33Then food was set before him to eat; but he said, I will not eat until I have told my errand. He said, Speak on.
34 So he said, I am Abrahams servant. 35The Lord has greatly blessed my master, and he has become wealthy; he has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and female slaves, camels and donkeys. 36And Sarah my masters wife bore a son to my master when she was old; and he has given him all that he has. 37My master made me swear, saying, You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live; 38but you shall go to my fathers house, to my kindred, and get a wife for my son. 39I said to my master, Perhaps the woman will not follow me. 40But he said to me, The Lord, before whom I walk, will send his angel with you and make your way successful. You shall get a wife for my son from my kindred, from my fathers house. 41Then you will be free from my oath, when you come to my kindred; even if they will not give her to you, you will be free from my oath.
42 I came today to the spring, and said, O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, if now you will only make successful the way I am going! 43I am standing here by the spring of water; let the young woman who comes out to draw, to whom I shall say, Please give me a little water from your jar to drink, 44and who will say to me, Drink, and I will draw for your camels alsolet her be the woman whom the Lord has appointed for my masters son.
45 Before I had finished speaking in my heart, there was Rebekah coming out with her water-jar on her shoulder; and she went down to the spring, and drew. I said to her, Please let me drink. 46She quickly let down her jar from her shoulder, and said, Drink, and I will also water your camels. So I drank, and she also watered the camels. 47Then I asked her, Whose daughter are you? She said, The daughter of Bethuel, Nahors son, whom Milcah bore to him. So I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her arms. 48Then I bowed my head and worshipped the Lord, and blessed the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me by the right way to obtain the daughter of my masters kinsman for his son. 49Now then, if you will deal loyally and truly with my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so that I may turn either to the right hand or to the left.
50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered, The thing comes from the Lord; we cannot speak to you anything bad or good. 51Look, Rebekah is before you; take her and go, and let her be the wife of your masters son, as the Lord has spoken.
52 When Abrahams servant heard their words, he bowed himself to the ground before the Lord.
53And the servant brought out jewellery of silver and of gold, and garments, and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave to her brother and to her mother costly ornaments.
54Then he and the men who were with him ate and drank, and they spent the night there. When they rose in the morning, he said, Send me back to my master.
55Her brother and her mother said, Let the girl remain with us a while, at least ten days; after that she may go.
56But he said to them, Do not delay me, since the Lord has made my journey successful; let me go, that I may go to my master.
57They said, We will call the girl, and ask her.
58And they called Rebekah, and said to her, Will you go with this man? She said, I will.
59So they sent away their sister Rebekah and her nurse along with Abrahams servant and his men.
60And they blessed Rebekah and said to her,
May you, our sister, become
thousands of myriads;
may your offspring gain possession
of the gates of their foes.
61Then Rebekah and her maids rose up, mounted the camels, and followed the man; thus the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.
62 Now Isaac had come from* Beer-lahai-roi, and was settled in the Negeb. 63Isaac went out in the evening to walk* in the field; and looking up, he saw camels coming. 64And Rebekah looked up, and when she saw Isaac, she slipped quickly from the camel, 65and said to the servant, Who is the man over there, walking in the field to meet us? The servant said, It is my master. So she took her veil and covered herself. 66And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. 67Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarahs tent. He took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mothers death.
1 O Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
2 Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
to silence the enemy and the avenger.
3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;
4 what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
mortals* that you care for them?
5 Yet you have made them a little lower than God,*
and crowned them with glory and honour.
6 You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under their feet,
7 all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
9 O Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
8When Jesus* had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him; 2and there was a leper* who came to him and knelt before him, saying, Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean. 3He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, I do choose. Be made clean! Immediately his leprosy* was cleansed. 4Then Jesus said to him, See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.
5 When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, appealing to him 6and saying, Lord, my servant is lying at home paralysed, in terrible distress. 7And he said to him, I will come and cure him. 8The centurion answered, Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed. 9For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, Go, and he goes, and to another, Come, and he comes, and to my slave, Do this, and the slave does it. 10When Jesus heard him, he was amazed and said to those who followed him, Truly I tell you, in no one* in Israel have I found such faith. 11I tell you, many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 12while the heirs of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 13And to the centurion Jesus said, Go; let it be done for you according to your faith. And the servant was healed in that hour.
14 When Jesus entered Peters house, he saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever; 15he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she got up and began to serve him. 16That evening they brought to him many who were possessed by demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and cured all who were sick. 17This was to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah, He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.
18 Now when Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. 19A scribe then approached and said, Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go. 20And Jesus said to him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head. 21Another of his disciples said to him, Lord, first let me go and bury my father. 22But Jesus said to him, Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.
23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24A gale arose on the lake, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25And they went and woke him up, saying, Lord, save us! We are perishing! 26And he said to them, Why are you afraid, you of little faith? Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm. 27They were amazed, saying, What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?
28 When he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes,* two demoniacs coming out of the tombs met him. They were so fierce that no one could pass that way. 29Suddenly they shouted, What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time? 30Now a large herd of swine was feeding at some distance from them. 31The demons begged him, If you cast us out, send us into the herd of swine. 32And he said to them, Go! So they came out and entered the swine; and suddenly, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and perished in the water. 33The swineherds ran off, and on going into the town, they told the whole story about what had happened to the demoniacs. 34Then the whole town came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their neighbourhood.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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