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Genesis 12:1-5

Preliminary Draft - 1998

1 Now the LORD had said to Abram,)
"Go out from your country,
and from your relatives,
and from your father's household,
to the land that I will show you;

2 and I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you,
and I will make your name great,
in order that you might be a blessing;

3 and I will bless those who bless you,
but the one who treats you lightly I must curse,
and all the families of the earth will be blessed
through you."

4 So Abram left, just as the LORD had spoken to him; and Lot went with him. Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5 And Abram took Sarai, his wife, and Lot, his nephew, and all the possessions that they had acquired, and the people they had gathered in Haran, and they departed to go to the land of Canaan. And they entered the land of Canaan.

First Beta Edition - 2001

1Now the Lord said to Abram,

“Go out from your country, your relatives,
and your father’s household to the land that I will show you.
2Then I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you,
and I will make your name great,
so that you might be a prime example of divine blessing.
3I will bless those who bless you,
but the one who treats you lightly I must curse,
and all the families of the earth will
pronounce blessings on one another using your name.”

4So Abram left, just as the Lord had told him to do, and Lot went with him. (Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.) 5And Abram took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, and all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Haran, and they left for the land of Canaan. They entered the land of Canaan.

Website Version - 2010

1Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go out from your country, your relatives, and your father’s household to the land that I will show you.

2Then I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you,
and I will make your name great,
so that you will exemplify divine blessing.
3I will bless those who bless you,
but the one who treats you lightly I must curse,
and all the families of the earth will bless one another by your name.”

4So Abram left, just as the Lord had told him to do, and Lot went with him. (Now Abram was 75 years old when he departed from Haran.) 5And Abram took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, and all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Haran, and they left for the land of Canaan. They entered the land of Canaan.

Psalm 23

First Beta Edition - 2001

1The Lord is my shepherd,
I lack nothing.
2He takes me to lush pastures,
he leads me to refreshing water.
3He restores my strength.
He leads me down the right paths
for the sake of his reputation.
4Even when I must walk through a dark ravine,
I fear no danger,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff keep me calm.
5You prepare a feast before me
in plain sight of my enemies.
You refresh my head with oil;
my cup is full of wine.
6Surely your goodness and faithfulness will pursue me all the days of my life,
and I will live in the Lord’s palace for the rest of my life.

Website Version - 2010

1The Lord is my shepherd,
I lack nothing.
2He takes me to lush pastures,
he leads me to refreshing water.
3He restores my strength.
He leads me down the right paths
for the sake of his reputation.
4Even when I must walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no danger,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff reassure me.
5You prepare a feast before me
in plain sight of my enemies.
You refresh my head with oil;
my cup is completely full.
6Surely your goodness and faithfulness will pursue me all my days,
and I will live in the Lord’s house for the rest of my life.

Isaiah 55:1-3

Website Version - 2010

1“Hey, all who are thirsty, come to the water!
You who have no money, come!
Buy and eat!
Come! Buy wine and milk
without money and without cost!
2Why pay money for something that will not nourish you?
Why spend your hard-earned money on something that will not satisfy?
Listen carefully to me and eat what is nourishing!
Enjoy fine food!
3Pay attention and come to me!
Listen, so you can live!
Then I will make an unconditional covenantal promise to you,
just like the reliable covenantal promises I made to David.

Mark 1:9-13

First Edition New Testament - 1999

9Now in those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan River. 10And just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11And a voice came from heaven: “You are my one dear Son; in you I take great delight.” 12The Spirit immediately drove him into the wilderness. 13 He was in the wilderness forty days, undergoing temptations from Satan. He was with wild animals, and angels were ministering to his needs.

Website Version - 2010

9Now in those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan River. 10And just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11And a voice came from heaven: “You are my one dear Son; in you I take great delight.” 12The Spirit immediately drove him into the wilderness. 13 He was in the wilderness forty days, enduring temptations from Satan. He was with wild animals, and angels were ministering to his needs.

John 1:1-5

Pre-release demonstration version - 1997

This is a pre-release demonstration version of the NET Bible. This note was printed before the text: Note: This translation is part of a pre-release version (0.9) of the NET Bible that has not completed the editorial process. It is made available for developers and is not intended to represent the final release version which may differ substantially in various places.

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The Word was with God in the beginning. 3 All things were created through him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of people. 5 And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.

First Edition New Testament - 1999

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2The Word was with God in the beginning. 3All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. 41:4 In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. 51:5 And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.

Website Version - 2010

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. 2The Word was with God in the beginning. 3All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. 41:4 In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. 51:5 And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.

1 Corinthians 15:1-8

First Edition New Testament - 1999

1Now I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel that I preached to you, that you received and on which you stand, 2and by which you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message I preached to you – unless you believed in vain. 3For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received – that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, 4and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6Then he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still living, though some have died. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8Last of all, as though to one born at the wrong time, he appeared to me also.

Website Version - 2010

1Now I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel that I preached to you, that you received and on which you stand, 2and by which you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message I preached to you – unless you believed in vain. 3For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received – that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, 4and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6Then he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8Last of all, as though to one born at the wrong time, he appeared to me also.


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