Abram and Lot Part Ways
1 Now Abram went up from Egypt to the South, he and his wife and all he had, and Lot with him.†
2 Abram was very rich in cattle, silver, and gold.
3 So he went on his journey from the South as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent was at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai,
4 to the place of the altar he made there at the beginning. There Abram called on the name of the Lord.
5 Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks and herds and tents.
6 But the land was not able to support them, so they might dwell together, for their possessions were so great they could not dwell together.†
7 So strife arose between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and those of Lot. Now the Canaanites and the Perizzites dwelt in the land at that time.
8 So Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren.
9 Is not the whole land before you? Separate from me. If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or if you go to the right, then I will go to the left.”
10 Thus Lot lifted his eyes and saw all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere (before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah), like the garden of God, like the land of Egypt as you go toward Zoar.†
11 Then Lot chose all the plain of Jordan for himself, and journeyed east. So they separated from each other.
12 Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, but Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain and pitched his tent even as far as Sodom.
13 Now the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful before God.
14 Then God said to Abram, after Lot separated from him, “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward;†
15 for all the land you see I give to you and your seed forever.
16 And I will make your seed as the dust of the earth; that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your seed also could be numbered.
17 Arise, walk in the land through its length and its breadth, for I will give it to you.”
18 Then Abram moved his tent, and went and dwelt by the oak of Mamre in Hebron, and built an altar there to the Lord.
1 For the End; by the child of the Lord, David; what things he spoke to the Lord, even the words of this ode, in the day the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul; †
2 thus he said: “I will love You, O Lord, my strength.
3 The Lord is my foundation, my refuge, my deliverer; My God is my helper, on Him I will hope, My champion, the horn of my salvation, and my protector.
4 I will call upon the Lord and praise Him, And I shall be saved from my enemies.
5 The anguish of death surrounded me; The floods of the lawless troubled me greatly;
6 The anguish of Hades encircled me; The snares of death ran me down.
7 In my affliction I called upon the Lord, And I cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His holy temple, And my cry shall come before Him, into His ears.
8 Then the earth was shaken and was trembling; And the foundations of mountains were stirred up, And they were shaken, because God was angry with them.
9 Smoke ascended in His wrath, And burst into flame from His face; Coals were kindled by Him.
10 He bowed heaven and descended, And darkness was under His feet.
11 And He rode upon the cherubim, and flew; He flew upon the wings of the wind.
12 He made darkness His hiding place; His tabernacle was around Him, Dark water in the clouds of the sky.
13 Because of the brightness before Him, the clouds, The hail and the fiery coals passed through.
14 The Lord thundered from heaven, The Most High gave forth His voice;
15 And He sent forth His arrows, and scattered them; And He multiplied lightning, and threw them into utter confusion.
16 Then the springs of the waters were seen, And the foundations of the world were uncovered By Your rebuke, O Lord, By the breathing of the breath of Your wrath.
17 He sent from on high, and He took me; He drew me out of many waters.
Proverbs of Solomon 3
6 In all your ways know wisdom, That she may cut a straight path for you; And your foot will not stumble.
7 Do not rely on your own discernment, But fear God, and turn away from every evil.
8 Then there shall be healing for your body And care for your bones.
9 Honor the Lord from your righteous labors, And offer Him the firstfruits from the fruits of your righteousness,
10 That your storehouses may be filled with abundance of grain, And your winepresses may gush with wine.
A Healing and a Resurrection
18 While He spoke these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshiped Him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay Your hand on her and she will live.”†
19 So Jesus arose and followed him, and so did His disciples.
20 And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment.
21 For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.”
22 But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.
23 When Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd wailing,
24 He said to them, “Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him.
25 But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose.
26 And the report of this went out into all that land.
Two Blind Men Healed
27 When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!”†
28 And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”
29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.”
30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, “See that no one knows it. ”
31 But when they had departed, they spread the news about Him in all that country.
A Demoniac Healed
32 As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a man, mute and demon-possessed.
33 And when the demon was cast out, the mute spoke. And the multitudes marveled, saying, “It was never seen like this in Israel!”
34 But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the ruler of the demons.”†
35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
A Plentiful Harvest
36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.†
37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.†
38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”