52 When Abraham’s servant heard their words, he (A)bowed himself to the ground [a]before the Lord. 53 And the servant brought out (B)articles of silver and articles of gold, and garments, and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave precious things to her brother and to her mother. 54 Then he and the men who were with him ate and drank and spent the night. When they got up in the morning, he said, “(C)Send me away to my master.” 55 But her brother and her mother said, “(D)Let the young woman stay with us a few days, say ten; afterward she may go.” 56 However, he said to them, “Do not delay me, since (E)the Lord has prospered my way. Send me away so that I may go to my master.” 57 And they said, “We will call the young woman and [b]ask her.” 58 Then they called Rebekah and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” And she said, “I will go.” 59 So they sent away their sister Rebekah and (F)her nurse with Abraham’s servant and his men. 60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her,

“May you, our sister,
(G)Become thousands of ten thousands,
And may (H)your [c]descendants possess
The gate of those who hate them.”

61 Then Rebekah got up with her female attendants, and they mounted the camels and followed the man. So the servant took Rebekah and departed.

Isaac Marries Rebekah

62 Now Isaac had come back from [d]a journey to (I)Beer-lahai-roi; for he was living in (J)the [e]Negev. 63 Isaac went out (K)to [f]meditate in the field toward evening; and (L)he raised his eyes and looked, and behold, camels were coming. 64 Rebekah raised her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she dismounted from the camel. 65 She said to the servant, “Who is that man walking in the field to meet us?” And the servant said, “He is my master.” Then she took her [g]veil and covered herself. 66 The servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. 67 Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and (M)he took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and (N)he loved her; so Isaac was comforted after (O)his mother’s death.

Abraham’s Death

25 Now Abraham took another wife, [h]whose name was Keturah. (P)She bore to him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. Jokshan fathered Sheba and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, Letushim, and Leummim. The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All of these were the sons of Keturah. (Q)Now Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac; but to the sons of [i]his concubines, Abraham gave gifts while he was still living, and (R)sent them away from his son Isaac eastward, to the land of the east.

These are [j]all the years of Abraham’s life that he lived, (S)175 years. Abraham breathed his last and died (T)at a good old age, an old man and satisfied with life; and he was (U)gathered to his people. Then his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in (V)the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, facing Mamre, 10 (W)the field which Abraham purchased from the sons of Heth; there Abraham was buried with his wife Sarah. 11 It came about after the death of Abraham, that (X)God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac [k]lived by (Y)Beer-lahai-roi.

Descendants of Ishmael

12 Now these are the records of the generations of (Z)Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s slave woman, bore to Abraham; 13 and these are the names of (AA)the sons of Ishmael, by their names, [l]in the order of their birth: Nebaioth, the firstborn of Ishmael, Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa, 15 Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. 16 These are the sons of Ishmael and these are their names, by their villages, and by their camps; (AB)twelve princes according to their [m]tribes. 17 These are the years of the life of Ishmael, (AC)137 years; and he breathed his last and died, and was (AD)gathered to his people. 18 They [n]settled from (AE)Havilah to (AF)Shur which is [o]east of Egypt [p]going toward Assyria; (AG)he [q]settled in defiance of all his relatives.

Isaac’s Sons

19 Now these are the records of (AH)the generations of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham fathered Isaac; 20 and Isaac was forty years old when he took (AI)Rebekah, the (AJ)daughter of Bethuel the [r]Aramean of Paddan-aram, the (AK)sister of Laban the [s]Aramean, to be his wife. 21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was unable to have children; and (AL)the Lord [t]answered him, and his wife Rebekah (AM)conceived. 22 But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If it is so, why am I in this condition?” So she went to (AN)inquire of the Lord. 23 And the Lord said to her,

(AO)Two nations are in your womb;
(AP)And two peoples will be separated from your body;
And one people will be stronger than the other;
And (AQ)the older will serve the younger.”

24 When her days leading to the delivery were at an end, behold, there were twins in her womb. 25 Now the first came out red, (AR)all over like a hairy garment; and they named him Esau. 26 Afterward his brother came out with (AS)his hand holding on to Esau’s heel, so (AT)he was named [u]Jacob; and Isaac was (AU)sixty years old when she gave birth to them.

27 When the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the field; but Jacob was a [v]civilized man, (AV)living in tents. 28 Now Isaac loved Esau because [w]he had (AW)a taste for game; (AX)but Rebekah loved Jacob. 29 When Jacob had cooked a (AY)stew one day, Esau came in from the field and he was exhausted; 30 and Esau said to Jacob, “Please let me have a mouthful of [x]that red stuff there, for I am exhausted.” Therefore he was called [y]Edom by name. 31 But Jacob said, “[z]First sell me your (AZ)birthright.” 32 Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me?” 33 And Jacob said, “[aa]First swear to me”; so he swore an oath to him, and (BA)sold his birthright to Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew; and he ate and drank, and got up and went on his way. So Esau despised his birthright.

Isaac Settles in Gerar

26 Now there was (BB)a famine in the land, besides the previous famine that had occurred in the days of Abraham. So Isaac went to Gerar, to (BC)Abimelech king of the Philistines. And the Lord (BD)appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; (BE)stay in the land of which I shall tell you. Live for a time in this land and (BF)I will be with you and (BG)bless you, for (BH)to you and to your [ab]descendants I will give all these lands, and I will establish (BI)the oath which I swore to your father Abraham. (BJ)I will multiply your [ac]descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give your [ad]descendants all these lands; and (BK)by your [ae]descendants all the nations of the earth [af]shall be blessed, because Abraham [ag](BL)obeyed Me and fulfilled his duty to Me, and kept My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”

So Isaac lived in Gerar. When the men of the place asked about his wife, he said, “(BM)She is my sister,” for he was (BN)afraid to say, “my wife,” thinking, “[ah]the men of the place might kill me on account of Rebekah, since she is (BO)beautiful.” Now it came about, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked down through a window, and saw them, and behold, Isaac was caressing his wife Rebekah. Then Abimelech called Isaac and said, “Behold, she certainly is your wife! So how is it that you said, ‘She is my sister’?” And Isaac said to him, “Because I thought, ‘otherwise I might be killed on account of her.’” 10 And (BP)Abimelech said, “What is this that you have done to us? One of the people might easily have slept with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.” 11 So Abimelech commanded all the people, saying, “He who (BQ)touches this man or his wife will certainly be put to death.”

12 Now Isaac sowed in that land and [ai]reaped in the same year a hundred times as much. And (BR)the Lord blessed him, 13 and the man (BS)became rich, and continued to grow [aj]richer until he became very [ak]wealthy; 14 for (BT)he had possessions of flocks [al]and herds, and a great household, so that the Philistines envied him. 15 Now (BU)all the wells which his father’s servants had dug in the days of his father Abraham, the Philistines stopped up [am]by filling them with dirt. 16 Then Abimelech said to Isaac, “Go away from us, for you are [an](BV)too powerful for us.”


  1. Genesis 24:52 Lit to
  2. Genesis 24:57 Lit ask her mouth
  3. Genesis 24:60 Lit seed
  4. Genesis 24:62 Lit coming to
  5. Genesis 24:62 I.e., South country
  6. Genesis 24:63 Or stroll; meaning uncertain
  7. Genesis 24:65 Or shawl
  8. Genesis 25:1 Lit and her name
  9. Genesis 25:6 Lit concubines which belonged to Abraham
  10. Genesis 25:7 Lit the days of
  11. Genesis 25:11 Lit dwelt
  12. Genesis 25:13 Lit in regard to their generations
  13. Genesis 25:16 Or peoples
  14. Genesis 25:18 Lit dwelt
  15. Genesis 25:18 Lit before
  16. Genesis 25:18 Lit as you go
  17. Genesis 25:18 Lit fell over against
  18. Genesis 25:20 I.e., Syrian
  19. Genesis 25:20 I.e., Syrian
  20. Genesis 25:21 Lit was entreated of him
  21. Genesis 25:26 I.e., one who takes by the heel or supplants
  22. Genesis 25:27 Lit complete
  23. Genesis 25:28 Lit game was in his mouth
  24. Genesis 25:30 Lit the red, this red
  25. Genesis 25:30 I.e., red
  26. Genesis 25:31 Lit Today
  27. Genesis 25:33 Lit Today
  28. Genesis 26:3 Lit seed
  29. Genesis 26:4 Lit seed
  30. Genesis 26:4 Lit seed
  31. Genesis 26:4 Lit seed
  32. Genesis 26:4 Or bless themselves
  33. Genesis 26:5 Lit listened diligently to My voice
  34. Genesis 26:7 Lit lest...place
  35. Genesis 26:12 Lit found
  36. Genesis 26:13 Lit great
  37. Genesis 26:13 Lit great
  38. Genesis 26:14 Lit and possessions of herds
  39. Genesis 26:15 Lit and filled them
  40. Genesis 26:16 Lit much mightier than we

Discipleship Tested

18 Now when Jesus saw a crowd around Him, (A)He gave orders to depart to the other side of the sea. 19 (B)Then a scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” 20 And Jesus *said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the sky have nests, but (C)the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” 21 And another of the disciples said to Him, “Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father.” 22 But Jesus *said to him, (D)Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

Jesus Calms the Storm

23 (E)When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And behold, a [a]violent storm developed on the sea, so that the boat was being covered by the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. 25 And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “(F)Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” 26 He *said to them, “Why are you [b]afraid, (G)you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and [c]it became perfectly calm. 27 The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

Jesus Sends Demons into Pigs

28 (H)And when He came to the other side into the country of the Gadarenes, two (I)demon-possessed men confronted Him as they were coming out of the tombs. They were so extremely violent that no one could pass by that way. 29 And they cried out, saying, “[d](J)What business do You have with us, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before [e]the time?” 30 Now there was a herd of many pigs feeding at a distance from them. 31 And the demons begged Him, saying, “If You are going to cast us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” 32 And He said to them, “Go!” And they came out and went into the pigs; and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and [f]drowned in the waters. 33 And the herdsmen ran away, and went to the city and reported everything, [g]including what had happened to the (K)demon-possessed men. 34 And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw Him, (L)they pleaded with Him to leave their region.

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  1. Matthew 8:24 Lit great
  2. Matthew 8:26 Or cowardly
  3. Matthew 8:26 Lit a great calm occurred
  4. Matthew 8:29 Lit What to us and to you (an ancient idiom)
  5. Matthew 8:29 I.e., the appointed time of judgment
  6. Matthew 8:32 Lit died
  7. Matthew 8:33 Lit and the things of

A Prayer for the Overthrow of the Wicked.

10 Why (A)do You stand far away, Lord?
Why (B)do You hide [a]Yourself in times of trouble?
In (C)arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the needy;
[b]Let them be (D)caught in the plots which they have devised.

For the wicked (E)boasts of his (F)soul’s desire,
And [c]the greedy person curses and (G)shows disrespect to the Lord.
The wicked, [d]in his haughtiness, (H)does not seek Him.
(I)There is no God in all his schemes.

His ways (J)succeed at all times;
Yet Your judgments are on high, (K)out of his sight;
As for all his enemies, he snorts at them.
He says to himself, “(L)I will not be moved;
[e]Throughout the generations (M)I will not be in adversity.”
His (N)mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and (O)oppression;
(P)Under his tongue is harm and injustice.
He sits in the (Q)lurking places of the villages;
He (R)kills the innocent in the secret places;
His eyes [f]surreptitiously watch for the [g](S)unfortunate.
He lurks in secret like (T)a lion in his [h]lair;
He (U)lurks to catch (V)the needy;
He catches the needy when he pulls him into his (W)net.
10 Then he crushes the needy one, who cowers;
And [i]unfortunate people fall by his mighty power.
11 He (X)says to himself, “God has forgotten;
He has hidden His face; He will never see it.”

12 Arise, Lord; God, (Y)lift up Your hand.
(Z)Do not forget the humble.
13 Why has the wicked (AA)treated God disrespectfully?
He has said to himself, “[j]You will not require an account.”
14 You have seen it, for You have looked at (AB)harm and provocation to [k]take it into Your hand.
The [l](AC)unfortunate commits himself to You;
You have been the (AD)helper of the orphan.
15 (AE)Break the arm of the wicked and the evildoer,
[m](AF)Seek out his wickedness until You find none.

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  1. Psalm 10:1 Or Your eyes
  2. Psalm 10:2 Or They will be caught
  3. Psalm 10:3 Or blesses the greedy man
  4. Psalm 10:4 Lit the height of his nose
  5. Psalm 10:6 Lit To
  6. Psalm 10:8 Lit lie in wait
  7. Psalm 10:8 Or poor
  8. Psalm 10:9 Or thicket
  9. Psalm 10:10 Or unhappy
  10. Psalm 10:13 I.e., as though God will ignore it
  11. Psalm 10:14 Lit put, give
  12. Psalm 10:14 Or poor
  13. Psalm 10:15 Or May You seek

(A)Do not be wise in your own eyes;
(B)Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
It will be (C)healing to your [a]body
And (D)refreshment to your bones.

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  1. Proverbs 3:8 Lit navel

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