25:19 These are the
descendants of Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham was the father of
and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah, daughter of
Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, sister of Laban the Aramean.
Isaac prayed to the LORD for his wife, because she was barren; and
the LORD granted his prayer, and his wife Rebekah conceived.
The 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.
And the LORD said to her, "Two nations are in your womb, and
two peoples born of you shall be divided; the one shall be
stronger than the other, the elder shall serve the younger."
When her time to give birth was at hand, there were twins in her
The first came out red, all his body like a hairy mantle; so they
named him Esau.
Afterward his brother came out, with his hand gripping Esau's
heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she
When the boys grew up, Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the
field, while Jacob was a quiet man, living in tents.
Isaac loved Esau, because he was fond of game; but Rebekah loved
Once when Jacob was cooking a stew, Esau came in from the field,
and he was famished.
Esau said to Jacob, "Let me eat some of that red stuff, for I
am famished!" (Therefore he was called Edom.)
Jacob said, "First sell me your birthright."
Esau said, "I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to
Jacob said, "Swear to me first." So he swore to him, and
sold his birthright to Jacob.
Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank,
and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.
119:105 Your word is a lamp
to my feet and a light to my path.
I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to observe your righteous
I am severely afflicted; give me life, O LORD, according to your
Accept my offerings of praise, O LORD, and teach me your
I hold my life in my hand continually, but I do not forget your
The wicked have laid a snare for me, but I do not stray from your
Your decrees are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my
I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end.
8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are
in Christ Jesus.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free
from the law of sin and of death.
For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not
do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to
deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,
so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us,
who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the
things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit
set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the
Spirit is life and peace.
For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to
God; it does not submit to God's law--indeed it cannot,
and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the
Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit
of Christ does not belong to him.
But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin,
the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal
bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.
13:1 That same day Jesus
went out of the house and sat beside the sea.
Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and
sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach.
And he told them many things in parables, saying: "Listen! A
sower went out to sow.
And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came
and ate them up.
Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much
soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil.
But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no
root, they withered away.
Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked
Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a
hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Let anyone with ears listen!"
"Hear then the parable of the sower.
When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand
it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the
heart; this is what was sown on the path.
As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears
the word and immediately receives it with joy;
yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and
when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that
person immediately falls away.
As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the
word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the
word, and it yields nothing.
But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears
the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in
one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another