God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the sky, and over the livestock, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
God said, "Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree, which bears fruit yielding seed. It will be your food.
When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit, and ate; and she gave some to her husband with her, and he ate.
This is the history of the generations of Shem. Shem was one hundred years old and became the father of Arpachshad two years after the flood.
Shem lived five hundred years after he became the father of Arpachshad, and became the father of sons and daughters.
Arpachshad lived thirty-five years and became the father of Shelah.
Arpachshad lived four hundred three years after he became the father of Shelah, and became the father of sons and daughters.
Shelah lived thirty years, and became the father of Eber:
and Shelah lived four hundred three years after he became the father of Eber, and became the father of sons and daughters.
Eber lived thirty-four years, and became the father of Peleg.
Eber lived four hundred thirty years after he became the father of Peleg, and became the father of sons and daughters.
Peleg lived thirty years, and became the father of Reu.
Peleg lived two hundred nine years after he became the father of Reu, and became the father of sons and daughters.
Reu lived thirty-two years, and became the father of Serug.
Reu lived two hundred seven years after he became the father of Serug, and became the father of sons and daughters.
Serug lived thirty years, and became the father of Nahor.
Serug lived two hundred years after he became the father of Nahor, and became the father of sons and daughters.
Nahor lived twenty-nine years, and became the father of Terah.
Nahor lived one hundred nineteen years after he became the father of Terah, and became the father of sons and daughters.
Terah lived seventy years, and became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
Abram and Nahor took wives. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran who was also the father of Iscah.
The days of Terah were two hundred five years. Terah died in Haran.
Now Yahweh said to Abram, "Get out of your country, and from your relatives, and from your father’s house, to the land that I will show you.
I will make of you a great nation. I will bless you and make your name great. You will be a blessing.
Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.
Yahweh appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day.
He lifted up his eyes and looked, and saw that three men stood opposite him. When he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself to the earth,
and said, "My lord, if now I have found favor in your sight, please don’t go away from your servant.
I will get a morsel of bread so you can refresh your heart. After that you may go your way, now that you have come to your servant." They said, "Very well, do as you have said."
The sun had risen on the earth when Lot came to Zoar.
It happened at that time, that Abimelech and Phicol the captain of his army spoke to Abraham, saying, "God is with you in all that you do.
Now, therefore, swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me, nor with my son, nor with my son’s son. But according to the kindness that I have done to you, you shall do to me, and to the land in which you have lived as a foreigner."
Abraham said, "I will swear."
Abimelech said, "I don’t know who has done this thing. You didn’t tell me, neither did I hear of it, until today."
Abraham took sheep and cattle, and gave them to Abimelech. Those two made a covenant.
Then Joseph went in and told Pharaoh, and said, "My father and my brothers, with their flocks, their herds, and all that they own, have come out of the land of Canaan; and behold, they are in the land of Goshen."
Joseph fell on his father’s face, wept on him, and kissed him.
2 Kings 3:16
He said, "Thus says Yahweh, ‘Make this valley full of trenches.‘
but his delight is in Yahweh’sa law. On his law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree planted by the streams of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also does not wither. Whatever he does shall prosper.
I will tell of the decree. Yahweh said to me, "You are my son. Today I have become your father.
I cry to Yahweh with my voice,
and he answers me out of his holy hill.
I laid myself down and slept.
I awakened; for Yahweh sustains me.
a Answer me when I call, God of my righteousness. Give me relief from my distress. Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.
But know that Yahweh has set apart for himself him who is godly:
Yahweh will hear when I call to him.
Stand in awe, and don’t sin.
Search your own heart on your bed, and be still.
Offer the sacrifices of righteousness.
Put your trust in Yahweh.
In peace I will both lay myself down and sleep,
for you, Yahweh alone, make me live in safety.
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained;
You make him ruler over the works of your hands. You have put all things under his feet:
He who walks blamelessly does what is right,
and speaks truth in his heart;
In whose eyes a vile man is despised,
but who honors those who fear Yahweh;
he who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and doesn’t change;
he who doesn’t lend out his money for usury,
nor take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things shall never be shaken.
I hate those who regard lying vanities a, but I trust in Yahweh.
I have seen the wicked in great power, spreading himself like a green tree in its native soil.
You have loved righteousness, and hated wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows.
Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean. Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness, That the bones which you have broken may rejoice.
Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a right spirit within me.
You love evil more than good,
lying rather than speaking the truth.
"Behold, this is the man who didn’t make God his strength,
but trusted in the abundance of his riches,
and strengthened himself in his wickedness."
But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in God’s house. I trust in God’s loving kindness forever and ever.
I will give you thanks forever,
because you have done it.
I will hope in your name, for it is good,
in the presence of your saints.
The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance. He shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked;
For I was envious of the arrogant,
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
Therefore pride is like a chain around their neck.
Violence covers them like a garment.
My soul longs, and even faints for the courts of Yahweh.
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
a Yahweh, the God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before you.
Let my prayer enter into your presence. Turn your ear to my cry.
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of Yahweh, "He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust."
He will cover you with his feathers. Under his wings you will take refuge. His faithfulness is your shield and rampart.
a I will sing of loving kindness and justice. To you, Yahweh, I will sing praises.
Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I don’t remember you; if I don’t prefer Jerusalem above my chief joy.
I will exalt you, my God, the King. I will praise your name forever and ever.
Every day I will praise you. I will extol your name forever and ever.
A wise son listens to his father‘s instruction, but a scoffer doesn’t listen to rebuke.
Every wise woman builds her house, but the foolish one tears it down with her own hands.
One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty; one who rules his spirit, than he who takes a city.
He who covers an offense promotes love; but he who repeats a matter separates best friends.
Also to punish the righteous is not good, nor to flog officials for their integrity.
The plans of the diligent surely lead to profit; and everyone who is hasty surely rushes to poverty.
It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than to share a house with a contentious woman.
When you sit to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before you;
My son, eat honey, for it is good; the droppings of the honeycomb, which are sweet to your taste:
for a righteous man falls seven times, and rises up again; but the wicked are overthrown by calamity.
A full soul loathes a honeycomb;
but to a hungry soul, every bitter thing is sweet.
Be wise, my son,
and bring joy to my heart,
then I can answer my tormentor.
Whoever tends the fig tree shall eat its fruit.
He who looks after his master shall be honored.
Sheol a and Abaddon are never satisfied;
and a man’s eyes are never satisfied.
Know well the state of your flocks,
and pay attention to your herds:
Whoever loves wisdom brings joy to his father; but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.
The king by justice makes the land stable, but he who takes bribes tears it down.
The words of king Lemuel; the oracle which his mother taught him.
“Oh, my son!
Oh, son of my womb!
Oh, son of my vows!
It is not for kings, Lemuel;
it is not for kings to drink wine;
nor for princes to say, ‘Where is strong drink?’
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
and serve justice to the poor and needy.”
She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
She seeks wool and flax,
and works eagerly with her hands.
She is like the merchant ships.
She brings her bread from afar.
She rises also while it is yet night,
gives food to her household,
and portions for her servant girls.
She considers a field, and buys it.
With the fruit of her hands, she plants a vineyard.
She arms her waist with strength,
and makes her arms strong.
She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp doesn’t go out by night.
She lays her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
She opens her arms to the poor;
yes, she extends her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of the snow for her household;
for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
She makes for herself carpets of tapestry.
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
and delivers sashes to the merchant.
She opens her mouth with wisdom.
Faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She looks well to the ways of her household,
and doesn’t eat the bread of idleness.
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain;
but a woman who fears Yahweh, she shall be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands!
Let her works praise her in the gates!
It will happen, that he who is left in Zion, and he who remains in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even everyone who is written among the living in Jerusalem;
It will be like when the harvester gathers the wheat, and his arm reaps the grain. Yes, it will be like when one gleans grain in the valley of Rephaim.
Yahweh, you are my God. I will exalt you! I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago, in complete faithfulness and truth.
He will spread out his hands in its midst, like one who swims spreads out hands to swim, but his pride will be humbled together with the craft of his hands.
At that time, Merodach Baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah; for he heard that he had been sick, and had recovered.
Then Isaiah the prophet came to king Hezekiah, and asked him, "What did these men say? Where did they come from to you?"
Hezekiah said, "They have come from a country far from me, even from Babylon."
Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, "Yahweh’s word which you have spoken is good." He said moreover, "For there will be peace and truth in my days."
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, and flame will not scorch you.
The Lord Yahweh has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with words him who is weary: he wakens morning by morning, he wakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.
I gave my back to the strikers, and my cheeks to those who plucked off the hair; I didn’t hide my face from shame and spitting.
For the Lord Yahweh will help me; therefore I have not been confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be disappointed.
Behold, the Lord Yahweh will help me; who is he who shall condemn me? Behold, they all shall wax old as a garment, the moth shall eat them up.
Who is among you who fears Yahweh, who obeys the voice of his servant? He who walks in darkness, and has no light, let him trust in the name of Yahweh, and rely on his God.
For he grew up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no good looks or majesty. When we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
The hand of Yahweh was on me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of Yahweh, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones.
He caused me to pass by them all around: and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and behold, they were very dry.
He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
I answered, “Lord Yahweh, you know.“
Again he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and tell them, ‘You dry bones, hear the word of Yahweh.’ ”
I saw, and, behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh came up, and skin covered them above; but there was no breath in them.
He showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of Yahweh, and Satan standing at his right hand to be his adversary.
Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the angel.
I said, “Let them set a clean turban on his head.”
So they set a clean turban on his head, and clothed him; and the angel of Yahweh was standing by.
Hear now, Joshua the high priest, you and your fellows who sit before you; for they are men who are a sign: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant, the Branch.
‘See, the stone I have set in front of Joshua! There are seven facets on that one stone, and I will engrave an inscription on it,’ says the LORD Almighty, ‘and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day.’
In those days, John the Baptizer came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying,
Now John himself wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.
His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his threshing floor. He will gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn up with unquenchable fire."
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
He entered again into the synagogue, and there was a man there who had his hand withered.
When he had looked around at them with anger, being grieved at the hardening of their hearts, he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was restored as healthy as the other.
When it was evening he came with the twelve.
It happened in these days, that he went out to the mountain to pray, and he continued all night in prayer to God.
Matthew; Thomas; James, the son of Alphaeus; Simon, who was called the Zealot;
As they went on the way, a certain man said to him, "I want to follow you wherever you go, Lord."
No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. You aren’t able to serve God and mammon a."
saying, "There was a judge in a certain city who didn’t fear God, and didn’t respect man.
As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth.
The disciples told him, "Rabbi, the Jews were just trying to stone you, and are you going there again?"
Jesus answered, "Aren’t there twelve hours of daylight? If a man walks in the day, he doesn’t stumble, because he sees the light of this world.
But if a man walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light isn’t in him."
Now before the feast of the Passover, Jesus, knowing that his time had come that he would depart from this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
Now there was a certain man in Caesarea, Cornelius by name, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment,
a devout man, and one who feared God with all his house, who gave gifts for the needy generously to the people, and always prayed to God.
Now about that time, King Herod stretched out his hands to oppress some of the assembly.
He killed James, the brother of John, with the sword.
The same night when Herod was about to bring him out, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains. Guards in front of the door kept the prison.
The angel said to him, "Get dressed and put on your sandals." He did so. He said to him, "Put on your cloak, and follow me."
And he went out and followed him. He didn’t know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he saw a vision.
When Peter had come to himself, he said, "Now I truly know that the Lord has sent out his angel and delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from everything the Jewish people were expecting."
Thinking about that, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying.
When Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a maid named Rhoda came to answer.
When she recognized Peter’s voice, she didn’t open the gate for joy, but ran in, and reported that Peter was standing in front of the gate.
But Peter continued knocking. When they had opened, they saw him, and were amazed.
But he, beckoning to them with his hand to be silent, declared to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. He said, "Tell these things to James, and to the brothers." Then he departed, and went to another place.
When Herod had sought for him, and didn’t find him, he examined the guards, and commanded that they should be put to death. He went down from Judea to Caesarea, and stayed there.
On an appointed day, Herod dressed himself in royal clothing, sat on the throne, and gave a speech to them.
Paul, looking steadfastly at the council, said, "Brothers, I have lived before God in all good conscience until this day."
The high priest, Ananias, commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth.
When the governor had beckoned to him to speak, Paul answered, "Because I know that you have been a judge of this nation for many years, I cheerfully make my defense,
For if I have done wrong, and have committed anything worthy of death, I don’t refuse to die; but if none of those things is true that they accuse me of, no one can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar!"
This I also did in Jerusalem. I both shut up many of the saints in prisons, having received authority from the chief priests, and when they were put to death I gave my vote against them.
For the woman that has a husband is bound by law to the husband while he lives, but if the husband dies, she is discharged from the law of the husband.
Let every soul be in subjection to the higher authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those who exist are ordained by God.
Therefore you need to be in subjection, not only because of the wrath, but also for conscience’ sake.
Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.
For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not give false testimony,"[a] "You shall not covet," [b] and whatever other commandments there are, are all summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." [c]
But I write the more boldly to you in part, as reminding you, because of the grace that was given to me by God,
You have condemned, you have murdered the righteous one. He doesn’t resist you.
Behold, we call them blessed who endured. You have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the Lord in the outcome, and how the Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
But above all things, my brothers, don’t swear, neither by heaven, nor by the earth, nor by any other oath; but let your “yes” be “yes,” and your “no,” “no;” so that you don’t fall under judgment.
Is any among you suffering? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him sing praises.
Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the assembly, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord,
Confess your offenses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The insistent prayer of a righteous person is powerfully effective.
Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain, and it didn’t rain on the earth for three years and six months.
He prayed again, and the sky gave rain, and the earth brought forth its fruit.
I saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who overcame the beast, his image, a and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God.
I heard a loud voice out of the temple, saying to the seven angels, "Go and pour out the seven bowls of the wrath of God on the earth!"
After these things, I saw another angel coming down out of the sky, having great authority. The earth was illuminated with his glory.