21:8 The child grew,
and was weaned; and Abraham made a great feast on the day that
Isaac was weaned.
But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to
Abraham, playing with her son Isaac.
So she said to Abraham, "Cast out this slave woman with her
son; for the son of this slave woman shall not inherit along with
my son Isaac."
The matter was very distressing to Abraham on account of his son.
But God said to Abraham, "Do not be distressed because of the
boy and because of your slave woman; whatever Sarah says to you,
do as she tells you, for it is through Isaac that offspring shall
be named for you.
As for the son of the slave woman, I will make a nation of him
also, because he is your offspring."
So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of
water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along
with the child, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered
about in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.
When the water in the skin was gone, she cast the child under one
of the bushes.
Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the
distance of a bowshot; for she said, "Do not let me look on
the death of the child." And as she sat opposite him, she
lifted up her voice and wept.
And God heard the voice of the boy; and the angel of God called to
Hagar from heaven, and said to her, "What troubles you,
Hagar? Do not be afraid; for God has heard the voice of the boy
where he is.
Come, lift up the boy and hold him fast with your hand, for I will
make a great nation of him."
Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. She went,
and filled the skin with water, and gave the boy a drink.
God was with the boy, and he grew up; he lived in the wilderness,
and became an expert with the bow.
He lived in the wilderness of Paran; and his mother got a wife for
him from the land of Egypt.
86:1 Incline your ear,
O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you; save your servant who
trusts in you. You are my God;
be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all day long.
Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast
love to all who call on you.
Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; listen to my cry of supplication.
86:7 In the day of my trouble I call on you, for you will answer
There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any
works like yours.
All the nations you have made shall come and bow down before you,
O Lord, and shall glorify your name.
For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.
Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to your
servant; save the child of your serving girl.
Show me a sign of your favor, so that those who hate me may see it
and be put to shame, because you, LORD, have helped me and
6:1b Should we continue
in sin in order that grace may abound?
By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it?
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ
Jesus were baptized into his death?
Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so
that, just as Christ was raised form the dead by the glory of the
Father, so we too might walk in the newness of life.
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will
certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body
of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to
For whoever has died is freed from sin.
But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live
We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die
again; death no longer has dominion over him.
The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he
lives, he lives to God.
So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God
in Christ Jesus.
10:24 "A disciple
is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master;
it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the
slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house
Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household!
"So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will
not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known.
What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you
hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops.
Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul;
rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will
fall to the ground apart from your Father.
And even the hairs of your head are all counted.
So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.
"Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also
will acknowledge before my Father in heaven;
but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my
Father in heaven.
"Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I
have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter
against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her
and one's foes will be members of one's own household.
Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me;
and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of
and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy
Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their
life for my sake will find it.