The Descendants of Adam
1 This is the book of the genesis of mankind in the day God made Adam, whom He made in God’s image.
2 He made them male and female, and blessed them; and the day He made them He called his name Adam.
3 Now Adam lived two hundred and thirty years, and begot a son according to his form and image, and named him Seth.†
4 After he begot Seth, the days of Adam were seven hundred years; and he begot sons and daughters.†
5 So all the days Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years, and he died.
6 Now Seth lived two hundred and five years, and begot Enosh.
7 After he begot Enosh, Seth lived seven hundred and seven years, and begot sons and daughters.
8 So all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years, and he died.
9 Now Enosh lived one hundred and ninety years, and begot Cainan.
10 After he begot Cainan, Enosh lived seven hundred and fifteen years, and begot sons and daughters.
11 So all the days of Enosh were nine hundred and five years, and he died.
12 Now Cainan lived one hundred and seventy years, and begot Mahalalel.
13 After he begot Mahalalel, Cainan lived seven hundred and forty years, and begot sons and daughters.
14 So all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years, and he died.
15 Now Mahalalel lived one hundred and sixty-five years, and begot Jared.
16 After he begot Jared, Mahalalel lived seven hundred and thirty years, and begot sons and daughters.
17 So all the days of Mahalalel were eight hundred and ninety-five years, and he died.
18 Now Jared lived one hundred and sixty-two years, and begot Enoch.
19 After he begot Enoch, Jared lived eight hundred years, and begot sons and daughters.
20 So all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixty-two years, and he died.
21 Now Enoch lived one hundred and sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah.
22 After he begot Methuselah, Enoch was well-pleasing to God for two hundred years, and begot sons and daughters.
23 So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years.
24 Thus Enoch was well-pleasing to God, and was not found, for God translated him.
25 Now Methuselah lived one hundred and eighty-seven years, and begot Lamech.
26 After he begot Lamech, Methuselah lived seven hundred and eighty-two years, and begot sons and daughters.
27 So all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years, and he died.
28 Now Lamech lived one hundred and eighty-eight years, and begot a son.
29 And he called his name Noah, saying, “He will give us rest from our work and the toil of our hands, because of the ground the Lord God cursed.”†
30 After he begot Noah, Lamech lived five hundred and sixty-five years, and had sons and daughters.
31 So all the days of Lamech were seven hundred and fifty-three years, and he died.
32 And Noah was five hundred years old, and he begot Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
1 A psalm by David, which he sang to the Lord concerning the words of Cush, the son of Benjamin. †
2 O Lord my God, in You I hope; Save me from all who pursue me, and deliver me,
3 Lest like a lion he snatch away my soul While there is none to redeem or save.
4 O Lord my God, if I have done this, If there is wrongdoing in my hands,
5 If I dealt back evil to those dealing evil to me, Then may I fall empty because of my enemies,
6 Then may the enemy pursue and overtake my soul, And trample down my life to the ground, And make my glory settle in the dust. (Pause)
7 Arise, O Lord, in Your anger; Be exalted to the very boundaries of my enemies; Awaken, O Lord my God, in the ordinance You commanded,
8 So the congregation of the peoples shall surround You, And because of this, return on high.
9 The Lord shall judge the people; Judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, And according to the innocence within me.
10 Bring an end to the wickedness of sinners, And keep straight the righteous; For God examines hearts and reins.
11 My righteous help is from God, Who saves the upright in heart.
12 God is a righteous, strong, and patient judge, Not bringing down wrath every single day.
13 If You do not return, he will polish his sword; He stretched his bow and readied it,
14 And he readied his instruments of death And prepared his arrows to kindle a fire.
15 Behold, he suffered the pains of childbirth in unrighteousness; He conceived pain and brought forth lawlessness;
16 He opened up a pit and dug it out, And he will fall into the hole he made.
17 The pain shall return on his own head, And his wrongdoing shall come down on his crown.
18 I will give thanks to the Lord according to His righteousness And will sing to the name of the Lord Most High.
Proverbs of Solomon 1
Wisdom Speaks Out
20 Wisdom sings in the streets; She moves boldly in the squares.
21 She preaches on high city walls And sits at the gates of lords. At the gates of a city she boldly says,
22 “So long a time as the simple hold fast to righteousness, They shall not be ashamed;†
23 But those without discernment, since they are desirous of arrogance, And are become ungodly, they hate perception, And are become subject to reproofs.†
24 Behold, I shall bring forth upon you the utterance of my breath, And I shall teach you my word.†
The Beatitudes: The Blessings of True Discipleship
1 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him.†
2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.†
4 Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.†
5 Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.†
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.†
7 Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.†
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.†
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.†
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.†
11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.†
12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
The Disciples in the World
13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.†
14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.†
Righteousness: The Law Fulfilled
17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.†
18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.†
19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.†
20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.†