4Now the wife of a member of the company of prophets* cried to Elisha, Your servant my husband is dead; and you know that your servant feared the Lord, but a creditor has come to take my two children as slaves. 2Elisha said to her, What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house? She answered, Your servant has nothing in the house, except a jar of oil. 3He said, Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbours, empty vessels and not just a few. 4Then go in, and shut the door behind you and your children, and start pouring into all these vessels; when each is full, set it aside. 5So she left him and shut the door behind her and her children; they kept bringing vessels to her, and she kept pouring. 6When the vessels were full, she said to her son, Bring me another vessel. But he said to her, There are no more. Then the oil stopped flowing. 7She came and told the man of God, and he said, Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your children can live on the rest.
10 On their return the apostles told Jesus* all they had done. He took them with him and withdrew privately to a city called Bethsaida. 11When the crowds found out about it, they followed him; and he welcomed them, and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed to be cured.
12 The day was drawing to a close, and the twelve came to him and said, Send the crowd away, so that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside, to lodge and get provisions; for we are here in a deserted place. 13But he said to them, You give them something to eat. They said, We have no more than five loaves and two fishunless we are to go and buy food for all these people. 14For there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down in groups of about fifty each. 15They did so and made them all sit down. 16And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. 17And all ate and were filled. What was left over was gathered up, twelve baskets of broken pieces.
1 The fool has said in his heart, There is no God.
Corrupt are they, and abominable in their wickedness;
there is no one that does good.
2 God has looked down from heaven upon the children of earth,
to see if there is anyone who is wise and seeks after God.
3 They are all gone out of the way;
all alike have become corrupt;
there is no one that does good, no not one.
4 Have they no knowledge, those evildoers,
who eat up my people as if they ate bread,
and do not call upon God?
5 There shall they be in great fear,
such fear as never was;
for God will scatter the bones of the ungodly.
6 They will be put to shame,
because God has rejected them.
7 O that Israels salvation would come out of Zion!
When God restores the fortunes of his people
then will Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.
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.
The Common Worship psalter is © The Archbishops Council of the Church of England, 2000.
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