Hagar and Ishmael
1 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, bore him no children, but she had an Egyp-tian maidservant, whose name was Hagar.†
2 So Sarai said to Abram, “See now, the Lord has restrained me from bearing children. Go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.” Thus Abram obeyed the voice of Sarai.
3 Then Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar her maid, the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife, after Abram dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan.
4 So he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw she had conceived, her mistress became despised in her eyes.
5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “My wrong be upon you! I gave my maid into your embrace; and when she saw she had conceived, I became despised in her eyes. May God judge between you and me.”
6 Thus Abram said to Sarai, “Indeed, your maid is in your hand; do with her as you please.” So when Sarai dealt harshly with her, she fled from her presence.
7 Now the Angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur.†
8 Then He said, “Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you come from, and where are you going?” She replied, “I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.”†
9 The Angel of the Lord then said to her, “Return to your mistress, and humble yourself under her hand.”†
10 Again, the Angel of the Lord said to her, “I will surely multiply your seed exceedingly, that it may not be counted because of its multitude.”†
11 Once again, the Angel of the Lord said to her: “Behold, you are with child, And you shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, For the Lord has taken notice of your humiliation.†
12 He shall be a rustic man, And his hand shall be against every man, And every man’s hand against him. He shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”
13 Then Hagar called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees-Me”; for she said, “I have seen the One who appeared to me face to face.”†
14 Therefore, she called the well the-Well-of-Him-I-Saw-Before-Me; observe, it is between Kadesh and Bered.
15 So Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram named his son whom Hagar bore Ishmael.
16 Now Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram.
1 For the End; a psalm by David. †
2 The heavens declare the glory of God; The firmament shows the creation of His hands.
3 Day to day utters speech, And night to night reveals knowledge.
4 There is no speech nor language Where their voices are not heard.
5 Their proclamation went forth into all the earth, And their words to the ends of the world. In the sun He set His tabernacle;
6 And it rejoices exceedingly Like a bridegroom coming forth from his bridal chamber, Like a strong man to run a race.
7 Its rising is from one end of heaven, And its circuit runs to the other end; And nothing shall be hidden from its heat.
8 The law of the Lord is blameless, converting souls; The testimony of the Lord is trustworthy, making children wise;
9 The ordinances of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is bright, enlightening the eyes;
10 The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring unto ages of ages; The judgments of the Lord are true, being altogether just.
11 More to be desired are they than gold and a very precious stone, Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
12 For indeed Your servant keeps them; In keeping them there is great reward.
13 Who will understand his transgressions? Cleanse me from hidden sins,
14 And spare your servant from unnatural sins; If they have no dominion over me, then I shall be blameless, And I shall be cleansed from great sin.
15 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be always pleasing before You, O Lord, my helper and my redeemer.
Proverbs of Solomon 3
The Cure for Carelessness
23 My son, do not be careless, But keep my counsel and thinking,†
24 That your soul may live, And grace may be around your neck.
25 And there will be healing for your flesh And care for your bones,
26 That you may walk confidently in peace in all your ways, And your foot may not stumble.
27 For if you sit down, you will be without fear, And if you lie down, your sleep will be pleasant.
The Baptist’s Question to Jesus
1 Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities.
2 And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples
3 and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?”†
4 Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see:
5 The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them.†
6 And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”
John and Jesus Rejected
7 As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?
8 But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses.
9 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet.
10 For this is he of whom it is written: ‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.’
11 “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.†
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.†
13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.†
14 And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come.
15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
16 “But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions,†
17 and saying: ‘We played the flute for you, And you did not dance; We mourned to you, And you did not lament.’
18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’
19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her children.”
Woe to the Cities of Galilee
20 Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent:†
21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
22 But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you.
23 And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
24 But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.”
Rest in Christ
25 At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.†
26 Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.
27 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.†
29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”