The LORD appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at
the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day.
He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw
them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down
to the ground.
He said, "My lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by
Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest
yourselves under the tree.
Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and
after that you may pass on--since you have come to your
servant." So they said, "Do as you have said."
And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, "Make
ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make
Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and
gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it.
Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and
set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they
They said to him, "Where is your wife Sarah?" And he
said, "There, in the tent."
Then one said, "I will surely return to you in due season,
and your wife Sarah shall have a son." And Sarah was
listening at the tent entrance behind him.
Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to
be with Sarah after the manner of women.
So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, "After I have grown old,
and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?"
The LORD said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh, and say,
'Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?'
Is anything too wonderful for the LORD? At the set time I will
return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son."
But Sarah denied, saying, "I did not laugh"; for she was
afraid. He said, "Oh yes, you did laugh."
116:1 I love the LORD,
because he has heard my voice and my supplications.
Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as
long as I live.
What shall I return to the LORD for all his bounty to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the
I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people.
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful
O LORD, I am your servant; I am your servant, the child of your
serving girl. You have loosed my bonds.
I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice and call on the name
of the LORD.
I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people,
in the courts of the house of the LORD, in your midst, O
Jerusalem. Praise the LORD!
5:1 Therefore, since we
are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord
through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we
stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.
And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing
that suffering produces endurance,
and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,
and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been
poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for
Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person--though
perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die.
But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners
Christ died for us.
9:35 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.
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they
were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but
the laborers are few;
therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into
Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority
over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease
and every sickness.
These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also
known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and
his brother John;
Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector;
James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;
Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.
These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions:
"Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the
but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
As you go, proclaim the good news, 'The kingdom of heaven has come
Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out
demons. You received without payment; give without payment.