The Call of Abram

12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household(A) to the land(B) I will show you.(C)

“I will make you into a great nation,(D)
    and I will bless you;(E)
I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.[a](F)
I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;(G)
and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.(H)[b]

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  1. Genesis 12:2 Or be seen as blessed
  2. Genesis 12:3 Or earth / will use your name in blessings (see 48:20)

Now if you obey me fully(A) and keep my covenant,(B) then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession.(C) Although the whole earth(D) is mine, you[a] will be for me a kingdom of priests(E) and a holy nation.’(F) These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”

So Moses went back and summoned the elders(G) of the people and set before them all the words the Lord had commanded him to speak.(H) The people all responded together, “We will do everything the Lord has said.”(I) So Moses brought their answer back to the Lord.

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  1. Exodus 19:6 Or possession, for the whole earth is mine. You

So all the elders(A) of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.(B) They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king(C) to lead[a](D) us, such as all the other nations(E) have.”

But when they said, “Give us a king(F) to lead us,” this displeased(G) Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. And the Lord told him: “Listen(H) to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected,(I) but they have rejected me as their king.(J)

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  1. 1 Samuel 8:5 Traditionally judge; also in verses 6 and 20

19 But the people refused(A) to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want(B) a king(C) over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations,(D) with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”

21 When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated(E) it before the Lord. 22 The Lord answered, “Listen(F) to them and give them a king.”

Then Samuel said to the Israelites, “Everyone go back to your own town.”

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The Song of the Vineyard

I will sing for the one I love
    a song about his vineyard:(A)
My loved one had a vineyard
    on a fertile hillside.
He dug it up and cleared it of stones
    and planted it with the choicest vines.(B)
He built a watchtower(C) in it
    and cut out a winepress(D) as well.
Then he looked for a crop of good grapes,
    but it yielded only bad fruit.(E)

“Now you dwellers in Jerusalem and people of Judah,
    judge between me and my vineyard.(F)
What more could have been done for my vineyard
    than I have done for it?(G)
When I looked for good grapes,
    why did it yield only bad?(H)
Now I will tell you
    what I am going to do to my vineyard:
I will take away its hedge,
    and it will be destroyed;(I)
I will break down its wall,(J)
    and it will be trampled.(K)
I will make it a wasteland,(L)
    neither pruned nor cultivated,
    and briers and thorns(M) will grow there.
I will command the clouds
    not to rain(N) on it.”

The vineyard(O) of the Lord Almighty
    is the nation of Israel,
and the people of Judah
    are the vines he delighted in.
And he looked for justice,(P) but saw bloodshed;
    for righteousness,(Q) but heard cries of distress.(R)

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31 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
    “when I will make a new covenant(A)
with the people of Israel
    and with the people of Judah.
32 It will not be like the covenant(B)
    I made with their ancestors(C)
when I took them by the hand
    to lead them out of Egypt,(D)
because they broke my covenant,
    though I was a husband(E) to[a] them,[b]
declares the Lord.
33 “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel
    after that time,” declares the Lord.
“I will put my law in their minds(F)
    and write it on their hearts.(G)
I will be their God,
    and they will be my people.(H)
34 No longer will they teach(I) their neighbor,
    or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know(J) me,
    from the least of them to the greatest,”
declares the Lord.
“For I will forgive(K) their wickedness
    and will remember their sins(L) no more.”

35 This is what the Lord says,

he who appoints(M) the sun
    to shine by day,
who decrees the moon and stars
    to shine by night,(N)
who stirs up the sea(O)
    so that its waves roar(P)
    the Lord Almighty is his name:(Q)
36 “Only if these decrees(R) vanish from my sight,”
    declares the Lord,
“will Israel(S) ever cease
    being a nation before me.”

37 This is what the Lord says:

“Only if the heavens above can be measured(T)
    and the foundations of the earth below be searched out
will I reject(U) all the descendants of Israel
    because of all they have done,”
declares the Lord.

38 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when this city will be rebuilt(V) for me from the Tower of Hananel(W) to the Corner Gate.(X) 39 The measuring line(Y) will stretch from there straight to the hill of Gareb and then turn to Goah. 40 The whole valley(Z) where dead bodies(AA) and ashes are thrown, and all the terraces out to the Kidron Valley(AB) on the east as far as the corner of the Horse Gate,(AC) will be holy(AD) to the Lord. The city will never again be uprooted or demolished.”

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  1. Jeremiah 31:32 Hebrew; Septuagint and Syriac / and I turned away from
  2. Jeremiah 31:32 Or was their master

18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[a](A) and on this rock I will build my church,(B) and the gates of Hades[b] will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys(C) of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[c] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[d] loosed in heaven.”(D)

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  1. Matthew 16:18 The Greek word for Peter means rock.
  2. Matthew 16:18 That is, the realm of the dead
  3. Matthew 16:19 Or will have been
  4. Matthew 16:19 Or will have been

The Parable of the Two Sons

28 “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’(A)

29 “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.

30 “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.

31 “Which of the two did what his father wanted?”

“The first,” they answered.

Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors(B) and the prostitutes(C) are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness,(D) and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors(E) and the prostitutes(F) did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent(G) and believe him.

The Parable of the Tenants(H)

33 “Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted(I) a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower.(J) Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place.(K) 34 When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants(L) to the tenants to collect his fruit.

35 “The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third.(M) 36 Then he sent other servants(N) to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. 37 Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.

38 “But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir.(O) Come, let’s kill him(P) and take his inheritance.’(Q) 39 So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.

40 “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”

41 “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,”(R) they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants,(S) who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.”

42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:

“‘The stone the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone;
the Lord has done this,
    and it is marvelous in our eyes’[a]?(T)

43 “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you(U) and given to a people who will produce its fruit. 44 Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.”[b](V)

45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus’ parables, they knew he was talking about them.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 21:42 Psalm 118:22,23
  2. Matthew 21:44 Some manuscripts do not have verse 44.

22 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect(A) those days will be shortened.

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31 And he will send his angels(A) with a loud trumpet call,(B) and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

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34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom(A) prepared for you since the creation of the world.(B)

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68 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,(A)
    because he has come to his people and redeemed them.(B)
69 He has raised up a horn[a](C) of salvation for us
    in the house of his servant David(D)
70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),(E)
71 salvation from our enemies
    and from the hand of all who hate us—
72 to show mercy to our ancestors(F)
    and to remember his holy covenant,(G)
73     the oath he swore to our father Abraham:(H)
74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
    and to enable us to serve him(I) without fear(J)
75     in holiness and righteousness(K) before him all our days.

76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet(L) of the Most High;(M)
    for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,(N)
77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation
    through the forgiveness of their sins,(O)
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
    by which the rising sun(P) will come to us from heaven
79 to shine on those living in darkness
    and in the shadow of death,(Q)
to guide our feet into the path of peace.”(R)

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  1. Luke 1:69 Horn here symbolizes a strong king.

29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,(A)
    you may now dismiss[a] your servant in peace.(B)
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,(C)
31     which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
    and the glory of your people Israel.”(D)

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  1. Luke 2:29 Or promised, / now dismiss

41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it(A) 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side.(B) 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls.(C) They will not leave one stone on another,(D) because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming(E) to you.”

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44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you:(A) Everything must be fulfilled(B) that is written about me in the Law of Moses,(C) the Prophets(D) and the Psalms.”(E)

45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer(F) and rise from the dead on the third day,(G) 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name(H) to all nations,(I) beginning at Jerusalem.(J) 48 You are witnesses(K) of these things.

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