The Call of Abram

12 Now (A)the Lord said[a] to Abram, “Go from your country[b] and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. (B)And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. (C)I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and (D)in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”[c]

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  1. Genesis 12:1 Or had said
  2. Genesis 12:1 Or land
  3. Genesis 12:3 Or by you all the families of the earth shall bless themselves

Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be (A)my treasured possession among all peoples, for (B)all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a (C)kingdom of priests and (D)a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”

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Isaiah's Vision of the Lord

In the year that (A)King Uzziah died I (B)saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train[a] of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had (C)six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said:

(D)“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
(E)the whole earth is full of his glory!”[b]

And (F)the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and (G)the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! (H)For I am lost; (I)for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the (J)King, the Lord of hosts!”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he (K)touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”

Isaiah's Commission from the Lord

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for (L)us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”

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  1. Isaiah 6:1 Or hem
  2. Isaiah 6:3 Or may his glory fill the whole earth

37 (A)Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore (B)pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to (C)send out laborers into his harvest.”

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Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles

(A)These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of (B)the Samaritans, (C)but go rather to (D)the lost sheep of (E)the house of Israel. And proclaim as you go, saying, (F)‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’[a] (G)Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers,[b] cast out demons. (H)You received without paying; give without pay. (I)Acquire no gold or silver or copper for your belts, 10 no bag for your journey, or two tunics[c] or sandals or a staff, for (J)the laborer deserves his food. 11 And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. 12 As you enter the house, (K)greet it. 13 And if the house is (L)worthy, let (M)your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let (N)your peace return to you. 14 And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, (O)shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. 15 Truly, I say to you, (P)it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for (Q)the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.

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  1. Matthew 10:7 Or The kingdom of heaven has come near
  2. Matthew 10:8 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
  3. Matthew 10:10 Greek chiton, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skin

The Parable of the Sower Explained

18 (A)“Hear then the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of (B)the kingdom and (C)does not understand it, (D)the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately (E)receives it with joy, 21 yet he has no root in himself, but (F)endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately (G)he falls away.[a] 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but (H)the cares of (I)the world and (J)the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and (K)understands it. He indeed (L)bears fruit and yields, in one case (M)a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

The Parable of the Weeds

24 He put another parable before them, saying, (N)“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, 25 but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds[b] among the wheat and went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27 And the servants[c] of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29 But he said, (O)‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, (P)“Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

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  1. Matthew 13:21 Or stumbles
  2. Matthew 13:25 Probably darnel, a wheat-like weed
  3. Matthew 13:27 Or bondservants; also verse 28

37 He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed is (A)the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are (B)the sons of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. (C)The harvest is (D)the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40 Just as the weeds (E)are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at (F)the end of the age. 41 (G)The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all (H)causes of sin and (I)all law-breakers, 42 (J)and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place (K)there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then (L)the righteous will shine like the sun (M)in the kingdom of their Father. (N)He who has ears, let him hear.

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19 I will give you (A)the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and (B)whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed[a] in heaven.”

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  1. Matthew 16:19 Or shall have been bound… shall have been loosed

Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ 10 And those servants went out into the roads and (A)gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.

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14 And this gospel of the kingdom (A)will be proclaimed throughout the whole world (B)as a testimony (C)to all nations, and (D)then the end will come.

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18 And Jesus came and said to them, (A)“All authority (B)in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 (C)Go therefore and (D)make disciples of (E)all nations, (F)baptizing them (G)in[a] (H)the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them (I)to observe all that (J)I have commanded you. And behold, (K)I am with you always, to (L)the end of the age.”

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  1. Matthew 28:19 Or into

Jesus Sends Out the Seventy-Two

10 After this the Lord appointed (A)seventy-two[a] others and (B)sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. (C)And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. (D)Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go your way; (E)behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. (F)Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and (G)greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, (H)‘Peace be to this house!’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, (I)it will return to you. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for (J)the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick in it and say to them, (K)‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, 11 (L)‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that (M)the kingdom of God has come near.’ 12 I tell you, (N)it will be more bearable on (O)that day for Sodom than for that town.

Woe to Unrepentant Cities

13 (P)“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in (Q)Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 (R)But it will be more bearable in the judgment for (S)Tyre and Sidon than for you. 15 And you, Capernaum, (T)will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to (U)Hades.

16 (V)“The one who hears you hears me, and (W)the one who rejects you rejects me, and (X)the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”

The Return of the Seventy-Two

17 (Y)The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, (Z)even the demons are subject to us in your name!” 18 And he said to them, (AA)“I saw Satan (AB)fall like lightning from heaven.

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  1. Luke 10:1 Some manuscripts seventy; also verse 17

46 and said to them, “Thus (A)it is written, (B)that the Christ should suffer and on the third day (C)rise from the dead, 47 and that (D)repentance for[a] the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed (E)in his name (F)to all nations, (G)beginning from Jerusalem. 48 (H)You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I am sending (I)the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you (J)are clothed with (K)power (L)from on high.”

The Ascension

50 And (M)he led them out as far as (N)Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51 While he blessed them, (O)he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 And they (P)worshiped him and (Q)returned to Jerusalem (R)with great joy, 53 and (S)were continually in the temple (T)blessing God.

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  1. Luke 24:47 Some manuscripts and

11 Believe me that (A)I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else (B)believe on account of the works themselves.

12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, (C)whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I (D)am going to the Father.

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If (A)you abide in me, and my words abide in you, (B)ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. (C)By this my Father is glorified, that you (D)bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.

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16 You did not choose me, but (A)I chose you and appointed you that you should go and (B)bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that (C)whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

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15 I (A)do not ask that you (B)take them out of the world, but that you (C)keep them from (D)the evil one.[a]

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  1. John 17:15 Or from evil

21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As (A)the Father has sent me, (B)even so I am sending you.”

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But you will receive (A)power (B)when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and (C)you will be (D)my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and (E)Samaria, and (F)to the end of the earth.”

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