12:1 Now the Lord said
to Abram, "Go from your country and your kindred and your
father's house to the land that I will show you.
I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make
your name great, so that you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I
will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be
So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him.
Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.
Abram took his wife Sarai and his brother's son Lot, and all the
possessions that they had gathered, and the persons whom they had
acquired in Haran; and they set forth to go to the land of Canaan.
When they had come to the land of Canaan,
Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak
of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land.
Then the Lord appeared to Abram, and said, "To your offspring
I will give this land." So he built there an altar to the
Lord, who had appeared to him.
From there he moved on to the hill country on the east of Bethel,
and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east;
and there he built an altar to the Lord and invoked the name of
And Abram journeyed on by stages toward the Negeb.
33:1 Rejoice in the
Lord, O you righteous. Praise befits the upright.
Praise the Lord with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of
Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud
For the word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in
He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the
steadfast love of the Lord.
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all their host
by the breath of his mouth.
He gathered the waters of the sea as in a bottle; he put the deeps
Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the
world stand in awe of him.
For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.
The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he
frustrates the plans of the peoples.
The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the thoughts of his heart
to all generations.
Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has
chosen as his heritage.
4:13 For the promise
that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his
descendants through the law but through the righteousness of
If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith
is null and the promise is void.
For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is
For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may
rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only
to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith
of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us,
as it is written, "I have made you the father of many
nations")-- in the presence of the God in whom he believed,
who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things
that do not exist.
Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become "the
father of many nations," according to what was said, "So
numerous shall your descendants be."
He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which
was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years
old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb.
No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he
grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God,
being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had
Therefore his faith "was reckoned to him as
Now the words, "it was reckoned to him," were written
not for his sake alone,
but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him
who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead,
who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for
9:9 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.
And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax collectors and
sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples.
When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why
does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?"
But when he heard this, he said, "Those who are well have no
need of a physician, but those who are sick.
Go and learn what this means, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For
I have come to call not the righteous but sinners."
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
And Jesus got up and followed him, with his disciples.
Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for
twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his
for she said to herself, "If I only touch his cloak, I will
be made well."
Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, "Take heart, daughter;
your faith has made you well." and instantly the woman was
When Jesus came to the leader's house and saw the flute players
and the crowd making a commotion,
he said, "Go away; for the girl is not dead but
sleeping." And they laughed at him.
But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her
by the hand, and the girl got up.
And the report of this spread throughout that district.