25Abraham took another wife, whose name was Keturah. 2She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. 3Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan. The sons of Dedan were Asshurim, Letushim, and Leummim. 4The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah. 5Abraham gave all he had to Isaac. 6But to the sons of his concubines Abraham gave gifts, while he was still living, and he sent them away from his son Isaac, eastwards to the east country.
7 This is the length of Abrahams life, one hundred and seventy-five years. 8Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people. 9His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite, east of Mamre, 10the field that Abraham purchased from the Hittites. There Abraham was buried, with his wife Sarah. 11After the death of Abraham God blessed his son Isaac. And Isaac settled at Beer-lahai-roi.
12 These are the descendants of Ishmael, Abrahams son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarahs slave-girl, bore to Abraham. 13These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, named in the order of their birth: Nebaioth, the firstborn of Ishmael; and Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 14Mishma, Dumah, Massa, 15Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. 16These are the sons of Ishmael and these are their names, by their villages and by their encampments, twelve princes according to their tribes. 17(This is the length of the life of Ishmael, one hundred and thirty-seven years; he breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people.) 18They settled from Havilah to Shur, which is opposite Egypt in the direction of Assyria; he settled down* alongside* all his people.
19 These are the descendants of Isaac, Abrahams son: Abraham was the father of Isaac,
20and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah, daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, sister of Laban the Aramean.
21Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord granted his prayer, and his wife Rebekah conceived.
22The children struggled together within her; and she said, If it is to be this way, why do I live?* So she went to inquire of the Lord.
23And the Lord said to her,
Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples born of you shall be divided;
one shall be stronger than the other,
the elder shall serve the younger.
24When her time to give birth was at hand, there were twins in her womb. 25The first came out red, all his body like a hairy mantle; so they named him Esau. 26Afterwards his brother came out, with his hand gripping Esaus heel; so he was named Jacob.* Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.
27 When the boys grew up, Esau was a skilful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, living in tents. 28Isaac loved Esau, because he was fond of game; but Rebekah loved Jacob.
29 Once when Jacob was cooking a stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was famished. 30Esau said to Jacob, Let me eat some of that red stuff, for I am famished! (Therefore he was called Edom.*) 31Jacob said, First sell me your birthright. 32Esau said, I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me? 33Jacob said, Swear to me first.* So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank, and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.
26Now there was a famine in the land, besides the former famine that had occurred in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar, to King Abimelech of the Philistines. 2The Lord appeared to Isaac* and said, Do not go down to Egypt; settle in the land that I shall show you. 3Reside in this land as an alien, and I will be with you, and will bless you; for to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands, and I will fulfil the oath that I swore to your father Abraham. 4I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven, and will give to your offspring all these lands; and all the nations of the earth shall gain blessing for themselves through your offspring, 5because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
6 So Isaac settled in Gerar. 7When the men of the place asked him about his wife, he said, She is my sister; for he was afraid to say, My wife, thinking, or else the men of the place might kill me for the sake of Rebekah, because she is attractive in appearance. 8When Isaac had been there a long time, King Abimelech of the Philistines looked out of a window and saw him fondling his wife Rebekah. 9So Abimelech called for Isaac, and said, So she is your wife! Why then did you say, She is my sister? Isaac said to him, Because I thought I might die because of her. 10Abimelech said, What is this you have done to us? One of the people might easily have lain with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us. 11So Abimelech warned all the people, saying, Whoever touches this man or his wife shall be put to death.
12 Isaac sowed seed in that land, and in the same year reaped a hundredfold. The Lord blessed him, 13and the man became rich; he prospered more and more until he became very wealthy. 14He had possessions of flocks and herds, and a great household, so that the Philistines envied him. 15(Now the Philistines had stopped up and filled with earth all the wells that his fathers servants had dug in the days of his father Abraham.) 16And Abimelech said to Isaac, Go away from us; you have become too powerful for us.
17 So Isaac departed from there and camped in the valley of Gerar and settled there. 18Isaac dug again the wells of water that had been dug in the days of his father Abraham; for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham; and he gave them the names that his father had given them. 19But when Isaacs servants dug in the valley and found there a well of spring water, 20the herders of Gerar quarrelled with Isaacs herders, saying, The water is ours. So he called the well Esek,* because they contended with him. 21Then they dug another well, and they quarrelled over that one also; so he called it Sitnah.* 22He moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it; so he called it Rehoboth,* saying, Now the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.
23 From there he went up to Beer-sheba. 24And that very night the Lord appeared to him and said, I am the God of your father Abraham; do not be afraid, for I am with you and will bless you and make your offspring numerous for my servant Abrahams sake. 25So he built an altar there, called on the name of the Lord, and pitched his tent there. And there Isaacs servants dug a well.
26 Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his adviser and Phicol the commander of his army. 27Isaac said to them, Why have you come to me, seeing that you hate me and have sent me away from you? 28They said, We see plainly that the Lord has been with you; so we say, let there be an oath between you and us, and let us make a covenant with you 29so that you will do us no harm, just as we have not touched you and have done to you nothing but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of the Lord. 30So he made them a feast, and they ate and drank. 31In the morning they rose early and exchanged oaths; and Isaac set them on their way, and they departed from him in peace. 32That same day Isaacs servants came and told him about the well that they had dug, and said to him, We have found water! 33He called it Shibah;* therefore the name of the city is Beer-sheba* to this day.
34 When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite; 35and they made life bitter for Isaac and Rebekah.
27When Isaac was old and his eyes were dim so that he could not see, he called his elder son Esau and said to him, My son; and he answered, Here I am. 2He said, See, I am old; I do not know the day of my death. 3Now then, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field, and hunt game for me. 4Then prepare for me savoury food, such as I like, and bring it to me to eat, so that I may bless you before I die.
5 Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game and bring it, 6Rebekah said to her son Jacob, I heard your father say to your brother Esau, 7Bring me game, and prepare for me savoury food to eat, that I may bless you before the Lord before I die. 8Now therefore, my son, obey my word as I command you. 9Go to the flock, and get me two choice kids, so that I may prepare from them savoury food for your father, such as he likes; 10and you shall take it to your father to eat, so that he may bless you before he dies. 11But Jacob said to his mother Rebekah, Look, my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I am a man of smooth skin. 12Perhaps my father will feel me, and I shall seem to be mocking him, and bring a curse on myself and not a blessing. 13His mother said to him, Let your curse be on me, my son; only obey my word, and go, get them for me. 14So he went and got them and brought them to his mother; and his mother prepared savoury food, such as his father loved. 15Then Rebekah took the best garments of her elder son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob; 16and she put the skins of the kids on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck. 17Then she handed the savoury food, and the bread that she had prepared, to her son Jacob.
18 So he went in to his father, and said, My father; and he said, Here I am; who are you, my son?
19Jacob said to his father, I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me; now sit up and eat of my game, so that you may bless me.
20But Isaac said to his son, How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son? He answered, Because the Lord your God granted me success.
21Then Isaac said to Jacob, Come near, that I may feel you, my son, to know whether you are really my son Esau or not.
22So Jacob went up to his father Isaac, who felt him and said, The voice is Jacobs voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.
23He did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esaus hands; so he blessed him.
24He said, Are you really my son Esau? He answered, I am.
25Then he said, Bring it to me, that I may eat of my sons game and bless you. So he brought it to him, and he ate; and he brought him wine, and he drank.
26Then his father Isaac said to him, Come near and kiss me, my son.
27So he came near and kissed him; and he smelled the smell of his garments, and blessed him, and said,
Ah, the smell of my son
is like the smell of a field that the Lord has blessed.
28 May God give you of the dew of heaven,
and of the fatness of the earth,
and plenty of grain and wine.
29 Let peoples serve you,
and nations bow down to you.
Be lord over your brothers,
and may your mothers sons bow down to you.
Cursed be everyone who curses you,
and blessed be everyone who blesses you!
30 As soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, when Jacob had scarcely gone out from the presence of his father Isaac, his brother Esau came in from his hunting. 31He also prepared savoury food, and brought it to his father. And he said to his father, Let my father sit up and eat of his sons game, so that you may bless me. 32His father Isaac said to him, Who are you? He answered, I am your firstborn son, Esau. 33Then Isaac trembled violently, and said, Who was it then that hunted game and brought it to me, and I ate it all* before you came, and I have blessed him?yes, and blessed he shall be! 34When Esau heard his fathers words, he cried out with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, Bless me, me also, father! 35But he said, Your brother came deceitfully, and he has taken away your blessing. 36Esau said, Is he not rightly named Jacob?* For he has supplanted me these two times. He took away my birthright; and look, now he has taken away my blessing. Then he said, Have you not reserved a blessing for me? 37Isaac answered Esau, I have already made him your lord, and I have given him all his brothers as servants, and with grain and wine I have sustained him. What then can I do for you, my son? 38Esau said to his father, Have you only one blessing, father? Bless me, me also, father! And Esau lifted up his voice and wept.
39 Then his father Isaac answered him:
See, away from* the fatness of the earth shall your home be,
and away from* the dew of heaven on high.
40 By your sword you shall live,
and you shall serve your brother;
but when you break loose,*
you shall break his yoke from your neck.
41 Now Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him, and Esau said to himself, The days of mourning for my father are approaching; then I will kill my brother Jacob. 42But the words of her elder son Esau were told to Rebekah; so she sent and called her younger son Jacob and said to him, Your brother Esau is consoling himself by planning to kill you. 43Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; flee at once to my brother Laban in Haran, 44and stay with him for a while, until your brothers fury turns away 45until your brothers anger against you turns away, and he forgets what you have done to him; then I will send, and bring you back from there. Why should I lose both of you in one day?
46 Then Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the Hittite women. If Jacob marries one of the Hittite women such as these, one of the women of the land, what good will my life be to me?
1 I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
2 I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
3 When my enemies turned back,
they stumbled and perished before you.
4 For you have maintained my just cause;
you have sat on the throne giving righteous judgement.
5 You have rebuked the nations, you have destroyed the wicked;
you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
6 The enemies have vanished in everlasting ruins;
their cities you have rooted out;
the very memory of them has perished.
7 But the Lord sits enthroned for ever,
he has established his throne for judgement.
8 He judges the world with righteousness;
he judges the peoples with equity.
9 The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.
11 Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion.
Declare his deeds among the peoples.
12 For he who avenges blood is mindful of them;
he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.
13 Be gracious to me, O Lord.
See what I suffer from those who hate me;
you are the one who lifts me up from the gates of death,
14 so that I may recount all your praises,
and, in the gates of daughter Zion,
rejoice in your deliverance.
15 The nations have sunk in the pit that they made;
in the net that they hid has their own foot been caught.
16 The Lord has made himself known, he has executed judgement;
the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands.
17 The wicked shall depart to Sheol,
all the nations that forget God.
18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
nor the hope of the poor perish for ever.
19 Rise up, O Lord! Do not let mortals prevail;
let the nations be judged before you.
20 Put them in fear, O Lord;
let the nations know that they are only human.
91And after getting into a boat he crossed the water and came to his own town.
2 And just then some people were carrying a paralysed man lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven. 3Then some of the scribes said to themselves, This man is blaspheming. 4But Jesus, perceiving their thoughts, said, Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5For which is easier, to say, Your sins are forgiven, or to say, Stand up and walk? 6But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sinshe then said to the paralyticStand up, take your bed and go to your home. 7And he stood up and went to his home. 8When the crowds saw it, they were filled with awe, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to human beings.
9 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, Follow me. And he got up and followed him.
10 And as he sat at dinner* in the house, many tax-collectors and sinners came and were sitting* with him and his disciples. 11When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, Why does your teacher eat with tax-collectors and sinners? 12But when he heard this, he said, Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13Go and learn what this means, I desire mercy, not sacrifice. For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.
14 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast often,* but your disciples do not fast? 15And Jesus said to them, The wedding-guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak, for the patch pulls away from the cloak, and a worse tear is made. 17Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; otherwise, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.
18 While he was saying these things to them, suddenly a leader of the synagogue* came in and knelt before him, saying, My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live. 19And Jesus got up and followed him, with his disciples. 20Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak, 21for she said to herself, If I only touch his cloak, I will be made well. 22Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well. And instantly the woman was made well. 23When Jesus came to the leaders house and saw the flute-players and the crowd making a commotion, 24he said, Go away; for the girl is not dead but sleeping. And they laughed at him. 25But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. 26And the report of this spread throughout that district.
27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, crying loudly, Have mercy on us, Son of David! 28When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, Do you believe that I am able to do this? They said to him, Yes, Lord. 29Then he touched their eyes and said, According to your faith let it be done to you. 30And their eyes were opened. Then Jesus sternly ordered them, See that no one knows of this. 31But they went away and spread the news about him throughout that district.
32 After they had gone away, a demoniac who was mute was brought to him.
33And when the demon had been cast out, the one who had been mute spoke; and the crowds were amazed and said, Never has anything like this been seen in Israel.
34But the Pharisees said, By the ruler of the demons he casts out the demons.*
35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. 36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37Then he said to his disciples, The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; 38therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.
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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