Writings:Psalms 4 “In peace will I both lay me down and sleep”

Psalms Chapter 4

1 For the Leader; with string-music. A Psalm of David.

2 Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness, Thou who didst set me free when I was in distress; be gracious unto me, and hear my prayer.
3 O ye sons of men, how long shall my glory be put to shame, in that ye love vanity, and seek after falsehood?

Selah

4 But know that the LORD hath set apart the godly man as His own; the LORD will hear when I call unto Him.
5 Tremble, and sin not; commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.

Selah

6 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.
7 Many there are that say:
‘Oh that we could see some good!’
LORD, lift Thou up the light of Thy countenance upon us.
8 Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than when their corn and their wine increase.
9 In peace will I both lay me down and sleep; for Thou, LORD, makest me dwell alone in safety. {P}

Portion 4.iv “He is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee”

Genesis 19,21 And he said unto him:
‘See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow the city of which thou hast spoken. 19,22 Hasten thou, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither.’–

Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.–

19,23 The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot came unto Zoar. 19,24 Then the LORD caused to rain upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; 19,25 and He overthrow those cities, and all the Plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. 19,26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. 19,27 And Abraham got up early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the LORD. 19,28 And he looked out toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the Plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the land went up as the smoke of a furnace. 19,29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the Plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities in which Lot dwelt. 19,30 And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar; and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters. 19,31 And the first-born said unto the younger:
‘Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth. 19,32 Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.’
19,33 And they made their father drink wine that night. And the first-born went in, and lay with her father; and he knew not when she lay down, nor when she arose. 19,34 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the first-born said unto the younger:
‘Behold, I lay yesternight with my father. Let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.’
19,35 And they made their father drink wine that night also. And the younger arose, and lay with him; and he knew not when she lay down, nor when she arose. 19,36 Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father. 19,37 And the first-born bore a son, and called his name Moab–

the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day.

19,38 And the younger, she also bore a son, and called his name Ben-ammi–

the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.

{S} 20,1 And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the land of the South, and dwelt between Kadesh and Shur; and he sojourned in Gerar. 20,2 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife:
‘She is my sister.’
And Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah. 20,3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream of the night, and said to him:
‘Behold, thou shalt die, because of the woman whom thou hast taken; for she is a man’s wife.’
20,4 Now Abimelech had not come near her; and he said:
‘LORD, wilt Thou slay even a righteous nation? 20,5 Said he not himself unto me: She is my sister? and she, even she herself said: He is my brother. In the simplicity of my heart and the innocency of my hands have I done this.’
20,6 And God said unto him in the dream:
‘Yea, I know that in the simplicity of thy heart thou hast done this, and I also withheld thee from sinning against Me. Therefore suffered I thee not to touch her. 20,7 Now therefore restore the man’s wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live; and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.’
20,8 And Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears; and the men were sore afraid. 20,9 Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him:
‘What hast thou done unto us? and wherein have I sinned against thee, that thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done.’
20,10 And Abimelech said unto Abraham:
‘What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing?’
20,11 And Abraham said:
‘Because I thought: Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife’s sake. 20,12 And moreover she is indeed my sister, the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and so she became my wife. 20,13 And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said unto her: This is thy kindness which thou shalt show unto me; at every place whither we shall come, say of me: He is my brother.’
20,14 And Abimelech took sheep and oxen, and men-servants and women-servants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife. 20,15 And Abimelech said:
‘Behold, my land is before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee.’
20,16 And unto Sarah he said:
‘Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver; behold, it is for thee a covering of the eyes to all that are with thee; and before all men thou art righted.’
20,17 And Abraham prayed unto God; and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maid-servants; and they bore children. 20,18 For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham’s wife.
{S} 21,1 And the LORD remembered Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as He had spoken. 21,2 And Sarah conceived, and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. 21,3 And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bore to him, Isaac. 21,4 And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him.

Portion 4.iii “And my soul shall live”

Genesis Chapter 19

1 And the two angels came to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom; and Lot saw them, and rose up to meet them; and he fell down on his face to the earth; 2 and he said:
‘Behold now, my lords, turn aside, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your way.’
And they said:
‘Nay; but we will abide in the broad place all night.’
3 And he urged them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat. 4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both young and old, all the people from every quarter. 5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him:
‘Where are the men that came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.’
6 And Lot went out unto them to the door, and shut the door after him. 7 And he said:
‘I pray you, my brethren, do not so wickedly. 8 Behold now, I have two daughters that have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes; only unto these men do nothing; forasmuch as they are come under the shadow of my roof.’
9 And they said:
‘Stand back.’
And they said:
‘This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs play the judge; now will we deal worse with thee, than with them.’
And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and drew near to break the door. 10 But the men put forth their hand, and brought Lot into the house to them, and the door they shut. 11 And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great; so that they wearied themselves to find the door. 12 And the men said unto Lot:
‘Hast thou here any besides? son-in-law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whomsoever thou hast in the city; bring them out of the place; 13 for we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxed great before the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.’
14 And Lot went out, and spoke unto his sons-in-law, who married his daughters, and said:
‘Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy the city.’
But he seemed unto his sons-in-law as one that jested. 15 And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying:
‘Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters that are here; lest thou be swept away in the iniquity of the city.’
16 But he lingered; and the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him. And they brought him forth, and set him without the city. 17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said:
‘Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the Plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be swept away.’
18 And Lot said unto them:
‘Oh, not so, my lord; 19 behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shown unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest the evil overtake me, and I die. 20 Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one; oh, let me escape thither–

is it not a little one?–

and my soul shall live.’

Writings:Psalms 3 “I awake, for the LORD sustaineth me”

Psalms Chapter 3

1 A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.
2 LORD, how many are mine adversaries become! Many are they that rise up against me.
3 Many there are that say of my soul:
‘There is no salvation for him in God.’ Selah
4 But thou, O LORD, art a shield about me; my glory, and the lifter up of my head.
5 With my voice I call unto the LORD, and He answereth me out of His holy mountain. Selah
6 I lay me down, and I sleep; I awake, for the LORD sustaineth me.
7 I am not afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.
8 Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God; for Thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek, {N}
Thou hast broken the teeth of the wicked.
9 Salvation belongeth unto the LORD; Thy blessing be upon Thy people. Selah {P}

Portion 4.ii “Peradventure ten shall be found there”

Genesis Chapter 18

15 Then Sarah denied, saying:
‘I laughed not’;
for she was afraid. And He said:
‘Nay; but thou didst laugh.’
16 And the men rose up from thence, and looked out toward Sodom; and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way. 17 And the LORD said:
‘Shall I hide from Abraham that which I am doing; 18 seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? 19 For I have known him, to the end that he may command his children and his household after him, that they may keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice; to the end that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which He hath spoken of him.’
20 And the LORD said:
‘Verily, the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and, verily, their sin is exceeding grievous. 21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto Me; and if not, I will know.’
22 And the men turned from thence, and went toward Sodom; but Abraham stood yet before the LORD. 23 And Abraham drew near, and said:
‘Wilt Thou indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 Peradventure there are fifty righteous within the city; wilt Thou indeed sweep away and not forgive the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? 25 That be far from Thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked, that so the righteous should be as the wicked; that be far from Thee; shall not the Judge of all the earth do justly?’
26 And the LORD said:
‘If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will forgive all the place for their sake.’
27 And Abraham answered and said:
‘Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the LORD, who am but dust and ashes. 28 Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous; wilt Thou destroy all the city for lack of five?’ And He said: ‘I will not destroy it, if I find there forty and five.’
29 And he spoke unto Him yet again, and said:
‘Peradventure there shall be forty found there.’
And He said:
‘I will not do it for the forty’s sake.’
30 And he said:
‘Oh, let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak. Peradventure there shall thirty be found there.’
And He said:
‘I will not do it, if I find thirty there.’
31 And he said:
‘Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the LORD. Peradventure there shall be twenty found there.’
And He said:
‘I will not destroy it for the twenty’s sake.’
32 And he said:
‘Oh, let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak yet but this once. Peradventure ten shall be found there.’
And He said:
‘I will not destroy it for the ten’s sake.’
33 And the LORD went His way, as soon as He had left off speaking to Abraham; and Abraham returned unto his place.

Writings:Psalms 2 “Thou art My son, this day have I begotten thee”

Psalms Chapter 2

1 Why are the nations in an uproar? And why do the peoples mutter in vain?
2 The kings of the earth stand up, and the rulers take counsel together, {N}
against the LORD, and against His anointed:
3 ‘Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.’
4 He that sitteth in heaven laugheth, the Lord hath them in derision.
5 Then will He speak unto them in His wrath, and affright them in His sore displeasure:
6 ‘Truly it is I that have established My king upon Zion, My holy mountain.’
7 I will tell of the decree: the LORD said unto me:
‘Thou art My son, this day have I begotten thee.
8 Ask of Me, and I will give the nations for thine inheritance, and the ends of the earth for thy possession.
9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.’
10 Now therefore, O ye kings, be wise; be admonished, ye judges of the earth.
11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
12 Do homage in purity, lest He be angry, and ye perish in the way, when suddenly His wrath is kindled. {N}
Happy are all they that take refuge in Him. {P}

Writings:Psalms 1 “For the LORD regardeth the way of the righteous”

[Happy New Year. This is the first reading in Cycle 3. Congratulations, you finished 34 books in the Bible. Enjoy these exercises. Reply “RED” when finished.]

Psalms Chapter 1

1 Happy is the man that hath not walked in the counsel of the wicked, {N}
nor stood in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in His law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by streams of water, {N}
that bringeth forth its fruit in its season, and whose leaf doth not wither; and in whatsoever he doeth he shall prosper.
4 Not so the wicked; but they are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the wicked shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the LORD regardeth the way of the righteous; but the way of the wicked shall perish. {P}

Portion 4.i “Is any thing too hard for the LORD”

Genesis Chapter 18

1 And the LORD appeared unto him by the terebinths of Mamre, as he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; 2 and he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood over against him; and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed down to the earth, 3 and said:
‘My lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant. 4 Let now a little water be fetched, and wash your feet, and recline yourselves under the tree. 5 And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and stay ye your heart; after that ye shall pass on; forasmuch as ye are come to your servant.’
And they said:
‘So do, as thou hast said.’
6 And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said:
‘Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes.’
7 And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetched a calf tender and good, and gave it unto the servant; and he hastened to dress it. 8 And he took curd, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat. 9 And they said unto him:
‘Where is Sarah thy wife?’
And he said:
‘Behold, in the tent.’
10 And He said:
‘I will certainly return unto thee when the season cometh round; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son.’
And Sarah heard in the tent door, which was behind him.–

11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, and well stricken in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.–

12 And Sarah laughed within herself, saying:
‘After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?’
13 And the LORD said unto Abraham:
‘Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying: Shall I of a surety bear a child, who am old? 14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD. At the set time I will return unto thee, when the season cometh round, and Sarah shall have a son.’

Prophets:Malachi 3 “Behold, I send My messenger, and he shall clear the way”

[This is the final reading of this cycle. You have completed reading the Law and the Prophets of Christ in two years. Next: The Writings. Will begin on 10/28/2012.]

Malachi Chapter 3

1 Behold, I send My messenger, and he shall clear the way before Me; and the Lord, whom ye seek, will suddenly come to His temple, and the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in, behold, he cometh, saith the LORD of hosts. 2 But who may abide the day of his coming? And who shall stand when he appeareth? For he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap; 3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver; and there shall be they that shall offer unto the LORD offerings in righteousness. 4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in ancient years. 5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers; and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not Me, saith the LORD of hosts. 6 For I the LORD change not; and ye, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed. 7 From the days of your fathers ye have turned aside from Mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto Me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye say:
‘Wherein shall we return?’
8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye rob Me. But ye say:
‘Wherein have we robbed Thee?’
In tithes and heave-offerings. 9 Ye are cursed with the curse, yet ye rob Me, even this whole nation. 10 Bring ye the whole tithe into the store-house, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall be more than sufficiency. 11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your good, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your land; neither shall your vine cast its fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. 12 And all nations shall call you happy; for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts. {P}
13 Your words have been all too strong against Me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say:
‘Wherein have we spoken against thee?’
14 Ye have said:
‘It is vain to serve God; and what profit is it that we have kept His charge, and that we have walked mournfully because of the LORD of hosts? 15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are built up; yea, they try God, and are delivered.’
16 Then they that feared the LORD spoke one with another; and the LORD hearkened, and heard, and a book of remembrance was written before Him, for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon His name. 17 And they shall be Mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in the day that I do make, even Mine own treasure; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. 18 Then shall ye again discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth Him not. {P}
19 For, behold, the day cometh, it burneth as a furnace; and all the proud, and all that work wickedness, shall be stubble; and the day that cometh shall set them ablaze, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 20 But unto you that fear My name shall the sun of righteousness arise with healing in its wings; and ye shall go forth, and gambol as calves of the stall. 21 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I do make, saith the LORD of hosts. {P}
22 Remember ye the law of Moses My servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, even statutes and ordinances. 23 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD. 24 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers; lest I come and smite the land with utter destruction. {P}

Portions 3.vi,vii “O Lord GOD, whereby shall I know”

GENESIS 15,7 And He said unto him:
‘I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.’
15,8 And he said:
‘O Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?’
15,9 And He said unto him:
‘Take Me a heifer of three years old, and a she-goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtle-dove, and a young pigeon.’
15,10 And he took him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each half over against the other; but the birds divided he not. 15,11 And the birds of prey came down upon the carcasses, and Abram drove them away. 15,12 And it came to pass, that, when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, a dread, even a great darkness, fell upon him. 15,13 And He said unto Abram:
‘Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 15,14 and also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge; and afterward shall they come out with great substance. 15,15 But thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. 15,16 And in the fourth generation they shall come back hither; for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet full.’
15,17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and there was thick darkness, behold a smoking furnace, and a flaming torch that passed between these pieces. 15,18 In that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying:
‘Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates; 15,19 the Kenite, and the Kenizzite, and the Kadmonite, 15,20 and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Rephaim, 15,21 and the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Girgashite, and the Jebusite.’
{S} 16,1 Now Sarai Abram’s wife bore him no children; and she had a handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. 16,2 And Sarai said unto Abram:
‘Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing; go in, I pray thee, unto my handmaid; it may be that I shall be builded up through her.’ And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai. 16,3 And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar the Egyptian, her handmaid, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to Abram her husband to be his wife. 16,4 And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes. 16,5 And Sarai said unto Abram:
‘My wrong be upon thee: I gave my handmaid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee.’
16,6 But Abram said unto Sarai:
‘Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her that which is good in thine eyes.’
And Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she fled from her face. 16,7 And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur. 16,8 And he said:
‘Hagar, Sarai’s handmaid, whence camest thou? and whither goest thou?’
And she said:
‘I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.’
16,9 And the angel of the LORD said unto her:
‘Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.’
16,10 And the angel of the LORD said unto her:
‘I will greatly multiply thy seed, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.
16,11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her:
‘Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son; and thou shalt call his name Ishmael, because the LORD hath heard thy affliction. 16,12 And he shall be a wild ass of a man: his hand shall be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the face of all his brethren.’
16,13 And she called the name of the LORD that spoke unto her, Thou art a God of seeing; for she said:
‘Have I even here seen Him that seeth Me?’
16,14 Wherefore the well was called ‘Beer-lahai-roi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered. 16,15 And Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. 16,16 And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram. {S} 17,1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him:
‘I am God Almighty; walk before Me, and be thou wholehearted. 17,2 And I will make My covenant between Me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.’
17,3 And Abram fell on his face; and God talked with him, saying:
17,4 ‘As for Me, behold, My covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be the father of a multitude of nations. 17,5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for the father of a multitude of nations have I made thee. 17,6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. 17,7 And I will establish My covenant between Me and thee and thy seed after thee throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee and to thy seed after thee. 17,8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land of thy sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.’
17,9 And God said unto Abraham:
‘And as for thee, thou shalt keep My covenant, thou, and thy seed after thee throughout their generations. 17,10 This is My covenant, which ye shall keep, between Me and you and thy seed after thee: every male among you shall be circumcised. 17,11 And ye shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of a covenant betwixt Me and you. 17,12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every male throughout your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any foreigner, that is not of thy seed. 17,13 He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised; and My covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. 17,14 And the uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken My covenant.’
{S} 17,15 And God said unto Abraham:
‘As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. 17,16 And I will bless her, and moreover I will give thee a son of her; yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be of her.’
17,17 Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart:
‘Shall a child be born unto him that is a hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?’
17,18 And Abraham said unto God:
‘Oh that Ishmael might live before Thee!’
17,19 And God said:
‘Nay, but Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son; and thou shalt call his name Isaac; and I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant for his seed after him. 17,20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee; behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. 17,21 But My covenant will I establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.’
17,22 And He left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham. 17,23 And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, and all that were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham’s house, and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the selfsame day, as God had said unto him. 17,24 And Abraham was ninety years old and nine, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. 17,25 And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. 17,26 In the selfsame day was Abraham circumcised, and Ishmael his son. 17,27 And all the men of his house, those born in the house, and those bought with money of a foreigner, were circumcised with him. {P}

Portion 3.v “And he believed in the LORD; and He counted it to him for righteousness”

Genesis Chapter 14

21 And the king of Sodom said unto Abram:
‘Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.’
22 And Abram said to the king of Sodom:
‘I have lifted up my hand unto the LORD, God Most High, Maker of heaven and earth, 23 that I will not take a thread nor a shoe-latchet nor aught that is thine, lest thou shouldest say: I have made Abram rich; 24 save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre, let them take their portion.’ {S}

Genesis Chapter 15

1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying:
‘Fear not, Abram, I am thy shield, thy reward shall be exceeding great.’
2 And Abram said:
‘O Lord GOD, what wilt Thou give me, seeing I go hence childless, and he that shall be possessor of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?’
3 And Abram said:
‘Behold, to me Thou hast given no seed, and, lo, one born in my house is to be mine heir.’
4 And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying:
‘This man shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.’
5 And He brought him forth abroad, and said:
‘Look now toward heaven, and count the stars, if thou be able to count them’;
and He said unto him:
‘So shall thy seed be.’
6 And he believed in the LORD; and He counted it to him for righteousness.

Prophets:Malachi 2 “I will rebuke the seed for your hurt”

Malachi Chapter 2

1 And now, this commandment is for you, O ye priests. 2 If ye will not hearken, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto My name, saith the LORD of hosts, then will I send the curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings; yea, I curse them, because ye do not lay it to heart. 3 Behold, I will rebuke the seed for your hurt, and will spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your sacrifices; and ye shall be taken away unto it. 4 Know then that I have sent this commandment unto you, that My covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts. 5 My covenant was with him of life and peace, and I gave them to him, and of fear, and he feared Me, and was afraid of My name. 6 The law of truth was in his mouth, and unrighteousness was not found in his lips; he walked with Me in peace and uprightness, and did turn many away from iniquity. 7 For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth; for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts. 8 But ye are turned aside out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble in the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts. 9 Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept My ways, but have had respect of persons in the law. {P}

10 Have we not all one father? Hath not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, profaning the covenant of our fathers? 11 Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the LORD which He loveth, and hath married the daughter of a strange god. 12 May the LORD cut off to the man that doeth this, him that calleth and him that answereth out of the tents of Jacob, and him that offereth an offering unto the LORD of hosts. {P}

13 And this further ye do: ye cover the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with sighing, insomuch that He regardeth not the offering any more, neither receiveth it with good will at your hand. 14 Yet ye say:
‘Wherefore?’
Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously, though she is thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. 15 And not one hath done so who had exuberance of spirit! For what seeketh the one? a seed given of God. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. 16 For I hate putting away, saith the LORD, the God of Israel, and him that covereth his garment with violence, saith the LORD of hosts; therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously. {P}

17 Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say:
‘Wherein have we wearied Him?’
In that ye say:
‘Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and He delighteth in them; or where is the God of justice?’

Portion 3.iv “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine”

Genesis Chapter 14

1 And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of Goiim, 2 that they made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, and Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela–

the same is Zoar.

3 All these came as allies unto the vale of Siddim–

the same is the Salt Sea.

4 Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled. 5 And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer and the kings that were with him, and smote the Rephaim in Ashteroth-karnaim, and the Zuzim in Ham, and the Emim in Shaveh-kiriathaim, 6 and the Horites in their mount Seir, unto El-paran, which is by the wilderness. 7 And they turned back, and came to En-mishpat–

the same is Kadesh–

and smote all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites, that dwelt in Hazazon-tamar. 8 And there went out the king of Sodom, and the king of Gomorrah, and the king of Admah, and the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela–

the same is Zoar; and they set the battle in array against them in the vale of Siddim; 9 against Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of Goiim, and Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar; four kings against the five.

10 Now the vale of Siddim was full of slime pits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and they fell there, and they that remained fled to the mountain. 11 And they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their victuals, and went their way. 12 And they took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed. 13 And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew–

now he dwelt by the terebinths of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner; and these were confederate with Abram.

14 And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued as far as Dan. 15 And he divided himself against them by night, he and his servants, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus. 16 And he brought back all the goods, and also brought back his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people. 17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him, after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer and the kings that were with him, at the vale of Shaveh–

the same is the King’s Vale.

18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine; and he was priest of God the Most High. 19 And he blessed him, and said:
‘Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Maker of heaven and earth; 20 and blessed be God the Most High, who hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand.’
And he gave him a tenth of all.

Prophets:Malachi 1 “The table of the LORD is polluted”

Malachi Chapter 1

1 The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.
2 I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say:
‘Wherein hast Thou loved us?’
Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the LORD; yet I loved Jacob; 3 But Esau I hated, and made his mountains a desolation, and gave his heritage to the jackals of the wilderness. 4 Whereas Edom saith:
‘We are beaten down, but we will return and build the waste places’;
thus saith the LORD of hosts:
They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall be called the border of wickedness, and the people whom the LORD execrateth for ever. 5 And your eyes shall see, and ye shall say:
‘The LORD is great beyond the border of Israel.’
6 A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master; if then I be a father, where is My honour? and if I be a master, where is My fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise My name. And ye say:
‘Wherein have we despised Thy name?’
7 Ye offer polluted bread upon Mine altar. And ye say:
‘Wherein have we polluted thee?’
In that ye say:
‘The table of the LORD is contemptible.’
8 And when ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it no evil! And when ye offer the lame and sick, is it no evil! Present it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee? or will he accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts. 9 And now, I pray you, entreat the favour of God that He may be gracious unto us!–

this hath been of your doing.–

will He accept any of your persons?
saith the LORD of hosts.
10 Oh that there were even one among you that would shut the doors, that ye might not kindle fire on Mine altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand. 11 For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same My name is great among the nations; and in every place offerings are presented unto My name, even pure oblations; for My name is great among the nations, saith the LORD of hosts. 12 But ye profane it, in that ye say:
‘The table of the LORD is polluted, and the fruit thereof, even the food thereof, is contemptible.’
13 Ye say also:
‘Behold, what a weariness is it!’
and ye have snuffed at it, saith the LORD of hosts; and ye have brought that which was taken by violence, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye bring the offering; should I accept this of your hand? saith the LORD.
{S} 14 But cursed be he that dealeth craftily, whereas he hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a blemished thing; for I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and My name is feared among the nations.

Portion3.iii “Unto thee will I give it”

Genesis Chapter 13

Genesis 5 And Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents. 6 And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together; for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together. 7 And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle. And the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelt then in the land. 8 And Abram said unto Lot:
‘Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we are brethren. 9 Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me; if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou take the right hand, then I will go to the left.’
10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of the Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou goest unto Zoar. 11 So Lot chose him all the plain of the Jordan; and Lot journeyed east; and they separated themselves the one from the other. 12 Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the Plain, and moved his tent as far as Sodom. 13 Now the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners against the LORD exceedingly. 14 And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him:
‘Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art, northward and southward and eastward and westward; 15 for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. 16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth; so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. 17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for unto thee will I give it.’
18 And Abram moved his tent, and came and dwelt by the terebinths of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD. {P}