New Jerusalem Bible - Sample Verses

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Genesis 12:1-5

1Yahweh said to Abram, 'Leave your country, your kindred and your father's house for a country which I shall show you; 2and I shall make you a great nation, I shall bless you and make your name famous; you are to be a blessing!
3I shall bless those who bless you,
and shall curse those who curse you,
and all clans on earth
will bless themselves by you.'
4So Abram went as Yahweh told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran.
5Abram took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had amassed and the people they had acquired in Haran. They set off for the land of Canaan, and arrived there.

Psalm 23

1Yahweh is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2In grassy meadows he lets me lie.
By tranquil streams he leads me
3to restore my spirit.
He guides me in paths of saving justice
as befits his name.
4Even were I to walk in a ravine as dark as death
I should fear no danger, for you are at my side.
Your staff and your crook are there to soothe me.
5You prepare a table for me
under the eyes of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup brims over.
6Kindness and faithful love pursue me
every day of my life.
I make my home in the house of Yahweh
for all time to come.

Isaiah 55:1-3

1Oh, come to the water all you who are thirsty;
though you have no money, come!
Buy and eat; come, buy wine and milk
without money, free!
2Why spend money on what cannot nourish
and your wages on what fails to satisfy?
Listen carefully to me, and you will have good things to eat
and rich food to enjoy.
3Pay attention, come to me;
listen, and you will live.
I shall make an everlasting covenant with you
in fulfilment of the favours promised to David.

Mark 1:9-13

9It was at this time that Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised in the Jordan by John. 10And at once, as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit, like a dove, descending on him.
11And a voice came from heaven, 'You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you.'
12And at once the Spirit drove him into the desert 13and he remained there for forty days, and was put to the test by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and the angels looked after him.

John 1:1-5

1In the beginning was the Word:
the Word was with God
and the Word was God.
2He was with God in the beginning.
3Through him all things came into being,
not one thing came into being except through him.
4What has come into being in him was life,
life that was the light of men;
5and light shines in darkness,
and darkness could not overpower it.

1 Corinthians 15:1-8

1I want to make quite clear to you, brothers, what the message of the gospel that I preached to you is; you accepted it and took your stand on it, 2and you are saved by it, if you keep to the message I preached to you; otherwise your coming to believe was in vain. 3The tradition I handed on to you in the first place, a tradition which I had myself received, was that Christ died for our sins, in accordance with the scriptures, 4and that he was buried; and that on the third day, he was raised to life, in accordance with the scriptures; 5and that he appeared to Cephas; and later to the Twelve; 6and next he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still with us, though some have fallen asleep; 7then he appeared to James, and then to all the apostles. 8Last of all he appeared to me too, as though I was a child born abnormally.


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