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1The LORD said to Abram, 'leave your country, your kin, and your father's house, and go to a country that I will show you. 2I shall make you into a great nation; I shall bless you and make your name so great that it will be used in blessings:
3those who bless you, i will bless;
those who curse you, I shall curse.
All the peoples on earth
will wish to be blessed as you are blessed.'
4Abram, who was seventy-five years old when he left Harran, set out as the LORD had bidden him, and Lot went with him. 5He took his wife Sarai, his brother's son Lot, and all the possessions they had gathered and the the dependants they acquired in Harran, and they departed for Canaan.
A psalm: for David
1The LORD is my shepherd; I lack for nothing.
2He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me to water where I may rest;
3he revives my spirit;
for his name's sake he guides me in the right paths.
4Even were I to walk through a valley of deepest darkness
I should fear no harm, for you are with me;
your shepherd's staff and crook afford me comfort.
5You spread a table for me in the presence of my enemies;
you have richly anointed my head with oil,
and my cup brims over.
6Goodness and love unfailing will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
throughout the years to come.
1Come for water, all who are thirsty;
thought you have no money, come, buy grain and eat;
come, buy wine and milk,
not for money, not for a price.
2Why spend your money for what is not food,
your earnings on what fails to satisfy?
Listen to me and you will fare well,
you will enjoy the fat of the land.
3Come to me and listen to my words,
hear me and you will have life:
I shall make an everlasting covenant with you
to love you faithfully as I loved David.
9It was at this time that Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John. 10As he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens break open and the Spirit descending on him, like a dove. 11And a voice came from heaven: 'You are my beloved Son, in you I take delight.'
12At once the Spirit drove him out into the wilderness, 13and there he remained for forty days tempted by Satan. He was among the wild beasts; and angels attended to his needs.
1In the beginning the Word already was. The Word was in God's presence, and what God was, the Word was. 2He was with God at the beginning, 3and through him all things came to be; without him no created thing came into being. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of mankind. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never mastered it.
1 Corinthians 15:1-8
1And now, my friends, I must remind you of the gospel that I preached to you; the gospel which you received, on which you have taken your stand, 2and which is now bringing you salvation. Remember the terms in which I preached the gospel to you — for I assume that you hold it fast and that your conversion was not in vain.
3First and foremost, I handed on to you the tradition I had received: that Christ died for our sins, in accordance with the scriptures; 4that he was buried; that he was raised to life on the third day, in accordance with the scriptures; 5and that he appeared to Cephas, and afterwards to the Twelve. 6The he appeared to over five hundred of our brothers at once, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. 7Then he appeared to James, and afterwards to all the apostles.
8Last of all he appeared to me too; it was like a sudden, abnormal birth.