17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to
Abram, and said to him, "I am God Almighty; walk before me,
and be blameless.
And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you
Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him,
"As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the
ancestor of a multitude of nations.
No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be
Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of
I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of
you, and kings shall come from you.
I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your
offspring after you throughout their generations, for an
everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after
God said to Abraham, "As for Sarah your wife, you shall not
call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name.
I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I
will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of
peoples shall come from her."
22:23 You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you offspring of
Jacob, glorify him; stand in awe of him, all you offspring of
For he did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted;
he did not hide his face from me, but heard when I cried to him.
From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will
pay before those who fear him.
The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall
praise the LORD. May your hearts live forever!
All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD; and
all the families of the nations shall worship before him.
For dominion belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations.
To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down; before
him shall bow all who go down to the dust, and I shall live for
Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about
and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that
he has done it.
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 faith.
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
8:31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo
great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests,
and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began
to rebuke him.
But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and
said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind
not on divine things but on human things."
He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, "If
any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take
up their cross and follow me.
For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who
lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will
For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit
Indeed, what can they give in return for their life?
Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and
sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed
when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy