Psalm 116

I love the Lord,(A) for he heard my voice;
    he heard my cry(B) for mercy.(C)
Because he turned his ear(D) to me,
    I will call on him as long as I live.

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12 What shall I return to the Lord
    for all his goodness(A) to me?

13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
    and call on the name(B) of the Lord.
14 I will fulfill my vows(C) to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people.

15 Precious in the sight(D) of the Lord
    is the death of his faithful servants.(E)
16 Truly I am your servant, Lord;(F)
    I serve you just as my mother did;(G)
    you have freed me from my chains.(H)

17 I will sacrifice a thank offering(I) to you
    and call on the name of the Lord.
18 I will fulfill my vows(J) to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people,
19 in the courts(K) of the house of the Lord
    in your midst, Jerusalem.(L)

Praise the Lord.[a]

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  1. Psalm 116:19 Hebrew Hallelu Yah

10 Then the servant left, taking with him ten of his master’s camels(A) loaded with all kinds of good things(B) from his master. He set out for Aram Naharaim[a](C) and made his way to the town of Nahor.(D) 11 He had the camels kneel down near the well(E) outside the town; it was toward evening, the time the women go out to draw water.(F)

12 Then he prayed, “Lord, God of my master Abraham,(G) make me successful(H) today, and show kindness(I) to my master Abraham. 13 See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water.(J) 14 May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink,(K) and I’ll water your camels too’(L)—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac.(M) By this I will know(N) that you have shown kindness to my master.”

15 Before he had finished praying,(O) Rebekah(P) came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel(Q) son of Milkah,(R) who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor.(S) 16 The woman was very beautiful,(T) a virgin;(U) no man had ever slept with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again.

17 The servant hurried to meet her and said, “Please give me a little water from your jar.”(V)

18 “Drink,(W) my lord,” she said, and quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink.

19 After she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels(X) too,(Y) until they have had enough to drink.” 20 So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough, ran back to the well to draw more water, and drew enough for all his camels.(Z) 21 Without saying a word, the man watched her closely to learn whether or not the Lord had made his journey successful.(AA)

22 When the camels had finished drinking, the man took out a gold nose ring(AB) weighing a beka[b] and two gold bracelets(AC) weighing ten shekels.[c] 23 Then he asked, “Whose daughter are you?(AD) Please tell me, is there room in your father’s house for us to spend the night?(AE)

24 She answered him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son that Milkah bore to Nahor.(AF) 25 And she added, “We have plenty of straw and fodder,(AG) as well as room for you to spend the night.”

26 Then the man bowed down and worshiped the Lord,(AH) 27 saying, “Praise be to the Lord,(AI) the God of my master Abraham,(AJ) who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness(AK) to my master. As for me, the Lord has led me on the journey(AL) to the house of my master’s relatives.”(AM)

28 The young woman ran and told her mother’s household about these things.(AN) 29 Now Rebekah had a brother named Laban,(AO) and he hurried out to the man at the spring. 30 As soon as he had seen the nose ring, and the bracelets on his sister’s arms,(AP) and had heard Rebekah tell what the man said to her, he went out to the man and found him standing by the camels near the spring. 31 “Come, you who are blessed by the Lord,”(AQ) he said. “Why are you standing out here? I have prepared the house and a place for the camels.”

32 So the man went to the house, and the camels were unloaded. Straw and fodder(AR) were brought for the camels, and water for him and his men to wash their feet.(AS) 33 Then food was set before him, but he said, “I will not eat until I have told you what I have to say.”

“Then tell us,” Laban said.

34 So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant.(AT) 35 The Lord has blessed(AU) my master abundantly,(AV) and he has become wealthy.(AW) He has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, male and female servants, and camels and donkeys.(AX) 36 My master’s wife Sarah has borne him a son in her old age,(AY) and he has given him everything he owns.(AZ) 37 And my master made me swear an oath,(BA) and said, ‘You must not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live,(BB) 38 but go to my father’s family and to my own clan, and get a wife for my son.’(BC)

39 “Then I asked my master, ‘What if the woman will not come back with me?’(BD)

40 “He replied, ‘The Lord, before whom I have walked faithfully,(BE) will send his angel with you(BF) and make your journey a success,(BG) so that you can get a wife for my son from my own clan and from my father’s family.(BH) 41 You will be released from my oath if, when you go to my clan, they refuse to give her to you—then you will be released from my oath.’(BI)

42 “When I came to the spring today, I said, ‘Lord, God of my master Abraham, if you will, please grant success(BJ) to the journey on which I have come. 43 See, I am standing beside this spring.(BK) If a young woman(BL) comes out to draw water and I say to her, “Please let me drink a little water from your jar,”(BM) 44 and if she says to me, “Drink, and I’ll draw water for your camels too,” let her be the one the Lord has chosen for my master’s son.’(BN)

45 “Before I finished praying in my heart,(BO) Rebekah came out, with her jar on her shoulder.(BP) She went down to the spring and drew water, and I said to her, ‘Please give me a drink.’(BQ)

46 “She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder and said, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too.’(BR) So I drank, and she watered the camels also.(BS)

47 “I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’(BT)

“She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel(BU) son of Nahor, whom Milkah bore to him.’(BV)

“Then I put the ring in her nose(BW) and the bracelets on her arms,(BX) 48 and I bowed down and worshiped the Lord.(BY) I praised the Lord, the God of my master Abraham,(BZ) who had led me on the right road to get the granddaughter of my master’s brother for his son.(CA) 49 Now if you will show kindness and faithfulness(CB) to my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so I may know which way to turn.”

50 Laban and Bethuel(CC) answered, “This is from the Lord;(CD) we can say nothing to you one way or the other.(CE) 51 Here is Rebekah; take her and go, and let her become the wife of your master’s son, as the Lord has directed.(CF)

52 When Abraham’s servant heard what they said, he bowed down to the ground before the Lord.(CG)

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  1. Genesis 24:10 That is, Northwest Mesopotamia
  2. Genesis 24:22 That is, about 1/5 ounce or about 5.7 grams
  3. Genesis 24:22 That is, about 4 ounces or about 115 grams

That Which Defiles(A)

The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled,(B) that is, unwashed. (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders.(C) When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles.[a])(D)

So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders(E) instead of eating their food with defiled hands?”

He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:

“‘These people honor me with their lips,
    but their hearts are far from me.
They worship me in vain;
    their teachings are merely human rules.’[b](F)

You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”(G)

And he continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe[c] your own traditions!(H) 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’[d](I) and, ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’[e](J) 11 But you say(K) that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is Corban (that is, devoted to God)— 12 then you no longer let them do anything for their father or mother. 13 Thus you nullify the word of God(L) by your tradition(M) that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”

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  1. Mark 7:4 Some early manuscripts pitchers, kettles and dining couches
  2. Mark 7:7 Isaiah 29:13
  3. Mark 7:9 Some manuscripts set up
  4. Mark 7:10 Exodus 20:12; Deut. 5:16
  5. Mark 7:10 Exodus 21:17; Lev. 20:9

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