17 And (A)he is before all things, and in him all things (B)hold together. 18 And (C)he is the head of the body, the church. He is (D)the beginning, (E)the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.

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The Creation of the World

In the (A)beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was (B)without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

And God said, (C)“Let there be light,” and there was light.

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Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies?[a] And (A)not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, (B)even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; (C)you are of more value than many sparrows.

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 12:6 Greek two assaria; an assarion was a Roman copper coin worth about 1/16 of a denarius (which was a day's wage for a laborer)

12 For (A)the word of God is living and (B)active, (C)sharper than any (D)two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and (E)discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

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17 They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.”

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20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over.

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25 And (A)in the fourth watch of the night[a] he came to them, walking on the sea.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 14:25 That is, between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.

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