Ronald A. Knox - Sample Verses

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Genesis 12:1-5

First edition - 1948

1Meanwhile, the Lord said to Abram, Leave thy country behind thee, thy kinfolk, and thy father's home, and come away into a land I will shew thee. 2Then I will make a great people of thee; I will bless thee, and make thy name renowned, a name of benediction; 3Those who bless thee, I will bless, whose who curse thee, I will curse, and in thee all the races of the world shall find a blessing. 4So Abram went out, as the Lord bade him, and with him went his nephew, Lot. Abram was seventy-five years old at the time when he left Haran, 5took his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot with him, all the possessions they had acquired in Haran, and all the retainers born in their service there, and set out for the land of Chanaan.

Psalm 22 (Psalm 23 in the Hebrew numbering)

First edition - 1949

1The Lord is my shepherd; how can I lack anything? 2He give me a resting-place where there is pasture, and leads me out by cool waters, to make me live anew. 3As in honour pledged, by sure paths he leads me; 4what though I walk with the shadow of death all around me? Hurt I fear none, while thou art with me; thy rod, thy crook are my comfort. 5What though my enemies trouble me? Full in their view thou dost spread a banquet before me; richly thou dost anoint my head with oil, generous the cup that steals away my senses! 6All my life thy goodness pursues me; through the long years, the Lord's house shall be my dwelling-place.

From the Alternative Version - translated from the Latin Text of the Pontifical Biblical Institute

1The Lord is my shepherd; how can I lack anything? 2He give me a resting-place where there is green pasture, leads me out to cool water's brink, refreshed and content. 3As in honour pledged, by sure paths he leads me; 4dark be the valley about my path, hurt I fear none, while he is with me; thy rod, thy crook are my comfort. 5Envious my foes watch, while thou dost spread a banquet for me; richly thou dost anoint my head with oil, well filled my cup. 6All my life thy loving favour pursues me; through the long years the Lord's house shall be my dwelling-place.

Isaiah 55:1-3

First edition - 1949

1So many athirst; who will not come to the water? So man destirute; who will come and get him food, get wine and milk free, no price to be paid? 2What, always spending, and no bread to eat, always toiling, and never a full belly? Do but listen, here you shall find contentment; here are dainties shall ravish your hearts. 3To my summons give heed and hearing; so your spirits shall revive; a fresh covenant awaits you, this time eternal; gracious promise of mine to David shall be ratified now.

Mark 1:9-13

First edition - 1944

9At this time, Jesus came from Nazareth, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And even as he came up out of the water he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit, like a dove, coming down and resting upon him. 11There was a voice, too, out of heaven, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. 12Thereupon, the Spirit sent him out into the desert: 13and in the desert he spent forty days and forty nights, tempted by the devil; and he lodged with the beasts, and there the angels ministered to him.

John 1:1-5

First edition - 1944

1 At the beginning of time the Word already was; and God had the Word abiding with him, and the Word was God. 2He abode, at the beginning of time, with God. 3It was through him that all things came into being, and without him came nothing that has come to be. 4 In him there was life, and that life was the light of men. 5And the light shines in darkness, a darkness which was not able to master it.

1 Corinthians 15:1-8

First edition - 1944

1Here, brethren, is an account of the gospel I preached to you. It was this that was handed on to you; upon this your faith rests; 2through this (if you keep in mind the tenour of its preaching) you are in the way of salvation; unless indeed your belief was ill founded. 3The chief message I handed on to you, as it was handed on to me, was that Christ, as the scriptures had foretold, died for our sins; 4that he was buried, and then, as scripture had foretold, rose again on the third day. 5That he was seen by Cephas, then by the eleven apostles, 6and afterwards by more than five hundred of the brethren at once, most of whom are alive at this day, though some have gone to their rest. 7Then he was seen by James, then by all the apostles; 8and last of all, I too saw him, like the last child, that comes to birth unexpectedly.


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