After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in
a vision, "Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your
shield; your reward shall be very great."
But Abram said, "O Lord GOD, what will you give me,
for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is
Eliezer of Damascus?"
And Abram said, "You have given me no offspring,
and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir."
But the word of the LORD came to him, "This man
shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue
shall be your heir."
He brought him outside and said, "Look toward
heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count
them." Then he said to him, "So shall your
And he believed the LORD; and the LORD reckoned it to
him as righteousness.
Then he said to him, "I am the LORD who brought you
from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to
But he said, "O Lord GOD, how am I to know that I
shall possess it?"
He said to him, "Bring me a heifer three years old,
a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a
turtledove, and a young pigeon."
He brought him all these and cut them in two, laying
each half over against the other; but he did not cut the
birds in two.
And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram
drove them away.
As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram,
and a deep and terrifying darkness descended upon him.
When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking
fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these
On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying,
"To your descendants I give this land, from the
river of Egypt to the great river, the river
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I
fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom
shall I be afraid?
When evildoers assail me to devour my flesh-- my
adversaries and foes-- they shall stumble and fall.
Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not
fear; though war rise up against me, yet I will be
One thing I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after:
to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my
life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire
in his temple.
For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of
trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will set me high on a rock.
Now my head is lifted up above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of
joy; I will sing and make melody to the LORD.
Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud, be gracious to me and
"Come," my heart says, "seek his
face!" Your face, LORD, do I seek.
Do not hide your face from me. Do not turn your servant
away in anger, you who have been my help. Do not cast me
off, do not forsake me, O God of my salvation!
If my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will take
Teach me your way, O LORD, and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries, for
false witnesses have risen against me, and they are
breathing out violence.
I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD in
the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take
courage; wait for the LORD!
Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe
those who live according to the example you have in us.
For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have
often told you of them, and now I tell you even with
Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and
their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on
But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there
that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
He will transform the body of our humiliation that it
may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power
that also enables him to make all things subject to
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long
for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this
way, my beloved.
At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him,
"Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill
He said to them, "Go and tell that fox for me,
'Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures
today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my
Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my
way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed
outside of Jerusalem.'
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets
and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I
desired to gather your children together as a hen
gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not
See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will
not see me until the time comes when you say, 'Blessed
is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.'"