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Posted:Nov 25, 2021 7:38 am
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When Abraham was very old and Jehovah had blessed him in every way, Abraham said to
the eldest of his household servants, who had charge of all his affairs, "Put your hand under
my hip,[16] while I make you promise by Jehovah, the God of heaven and earth, that you
will not let my marry one of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I live, but
that you will go to my own country and to my relatives and there get a wife for my
Isaac." The servant said to him, "Perhaps the woman will not be willing to follow to this
land. Must I then take your back to the land from which you came?" Abraham said to
him, "See to it that you do not take my back there. Jehovah, the God of heaven, who
took me from my father's house and from my native land and who solemnly promised me,
'To your I will give this land,' will his angel before you and there you will get a
wife for my . But if the woman is not willing to come with you, then you will be free from
this promise to me; only never take my back there." So the servant put his hand under
Abraham's hip and made the promise.
Then the servant took ten of his master's camels and set out with precious gifts from his
master. So he went to the town of Nahor. And he made the camels kneel down outside the
town by the well in the evening, at the time when women go out to draw water. Then he
said, "O Jehovah, the God of my master Abraham, give me, I pray thee, success to-day,
and show kindness to my master Abraham. Here I am standing by the spring of water, and
the daughters of the men of the town are coming out to draw water. May that young woman
to whom I shall say, 'Please let down your water-jar that I may drink'; and who answers,
'Drink and I will also water your camels,' may she be the one thou hast chosen for thy
servant Isaac. By this I shall know that thou hast shown kindness to my master."
Then even before he was through speaking, Rebekah, who was the grand- of
Nahor, Abraham's brother, came out with her water-jar upon her shoulder. She was very
beautiful and unmarried. She went down to the spring, filled her jar, and came up. Then the
servant ran to meet her and said, "Please let me drink a little water from your jar." She
answered, "Drink, sir," and quickly let down her water-jar from her shoulder upon her hand
and gave him a drink.
When she had finished giving him a drink she said, "I will draw water for your camels also,
until they have finished drinking." So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough and ran
again to the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels. Meanwhile the[17] man was
silently gazing at her in order to find out whether Jehovah had made his journey successful
or not.
As soon as the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold ring, five ounces in
weight, and put it in her nose, and put on her arms two golden bracelets weighing five
ounces, and said, "Whose are you? Tell me, I beg of you. Is there room in your
father's house for us to spend the night?" She answered, "I am the grand- of
Milcah and Nahor. We have plenty of straw and feed, and there is a place for you to spend
the night."
Posted:Nov 25, 2021 7:36 am
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Later Jehovah tested Abraham, saying to him, "Abraham"; and he answered, "Here am I."
Jehovah said, "Take your , your only Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of
Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt-offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell
So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his ass and took two of his servants with
him, and his Isaac. When he had split the wood for the burnt-offering, he set out for the
place of which God had told him. On the third day, when Abraham looked up and saw the
place in the distance, he said to his servants, "Stay here with the ass, while I and the lad go
over there. When we have worshipped, we will come back to you."
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Posted:Nov 21, 2021 3:33 am
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Jehovah remembered what he had told Sarah, and he did as he had promised. So Sarah
had a , and when the grew up, Abraham made a great feast on the day that he was
weaned. But Sarah saw the of Hagar the Egyptian and of Abraham playing with her
Isaac. And she said to Abraham, "Drive out this slave girl and her , for the of this
slave girl shall not be heir with my Isaac." This request was very displeasing to
Abraham because the boy was his . But Jehovah said to Abraham, "Do not be
displeased because of the boy and because of your slave girl. Listen to all that Sarah says
to you, for Isaac only and his shall bear your name. But I will also make of the
of the slave girl a great nation, because he is your ."
Then Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave it to
Hagar; and he put the boy upon her shoulder and sent her away. So she set out and
wandered in the desert of Beersheba. When the water in the skin was gone, she left the
under one of the desert shrubs and went a short distance away and sat down opposite
him, for she said, "Let me not see the die."
While she sat there, the boy began to cry; and Jehovah heard the cry of the boy, and said,
"What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not, for Jehovah has heard the cry of the boy. Rise, lift
him up, and hold him fast by the hand, for I will make him a great nation." And Jehovah
opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. Then she went and filled the skin with water
and gave the boy a drink.
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Posted:Nov 20, 2021 12:46 am
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And Abraham went along with them to start them on their way. Jehovah said, "The
complaint has come that the people of Sodom and Gomorrah have committed great and
terrible sins. I will go down and see whether they have done exactly as the complaint comes
to me; and if they have not, I will know."
Then the men turned from there and looked off in the direction of Sodom.
Then Abraham drew near to Jehovah and said, "Wilt thou sweep away the righteous with
the wicked? Suppose there are within the city fifty people who are righteous. Wilt thou
sweep away and not spare the place for the fifty righteous who are in it? Far be it from thee
to do this: to slay the righteous with the wicked! And that the righteous should be treated as
the wicked, far be it from thee! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?" Jehovah
said, "If I find in the city of Sodom fifty who are righteous, I will spare the whole place for
their sake." Abraham answered, "I have dared to speak to Jehovah, even though I am but
dust and ashes. Suppose there be five lacking of the fifty righteous. Wilt thou sweep away
all the city for lack of five?" Jehovah said, "I will not sweep it away, if I find forty-five there."
Then Abraham spoke to him again, and said, "Suppose forty are found there?" He replied,
"For the sake of forty I will not do it." Then Abraham said, "Oh, let not Jehovah be angry, but
let me speak. Suppose thirty are found there?" He answered, "I will not do it, if I find thirty
there." Then Abraham said, "Thou seest that I have dared to speak to Jehovah. Suppose
twenty are found there?" He replied, "For the sake of twenty I will not destroy it." Then
Abraham said, "Oh, let not Jehovah be angry, but let me speak just once more. Suppose
ten are found there?" And he said, "For the sake of the ten I will not destroy it." Then
Jehovah went his way, and Abraham returned home.
Two angels in human form came to Sodom in the evening, as Lot was sitting at the gate of
Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose up to meet them, and he bowed with his face to the
earth and said, "Sirs, turn aside, I beg of you, into your servant's house and spend the night
and wash your feet; then you can rise up early and go on your way." They said, "No, we will
spend the night in the street." But he urged them so strongly that they went with him and
entered his house. And he made a feast for them and baked bread made without yeast, and
they ate.
But before they had lain down, the people of Sodom, both young and old, all the people
from every quarter, surrounded the house. And they called out to Lot, "Where are the men
who came in to you to-night? Bring them out to us that we may do to them what we
Posted:Nov 18, 2021 7:33 am
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All the people of the earth spoke one language; and as they travelled westward, they found
a broad valley in the land of Babylonia, and made their home there.
Then they said one to another, "Come, let us make bricks and thoroughly bake them." So
they had bricks stone and asphalt mortar. And they said, "Come, let us build us a
city, and a tower whose top will touch the heavens, and thus make a landmark, that we may
not be scattered over all the earth."
But when Jehovah came down to see the city and the tower men had built, he said, "See,
they are one people and all have one language. This is but the beginning, and now nothing
which they plan to do will seem too difficult them. Come, let us go down and confuse
their language, that they may not understand one another."[]
Posted:Nov 17, 2021 9:34 pm
Last Updated:Nov 17, 2021 9:40 pm

When Jehovah saw that men were growing more wicked in the world and that their thoughts
were always evil, he was greatly grieved and regretted that he had made man. Therefore,
Jehovah said, "I will completely destroy all living beings from off the earth, for I regret that I
have made them."
But Noah had won Jehovah's favor. So Jehovah said to Noah, "I have decided to put an end
to all living beings, for the earth is filled with their wicked acts. I am going to destroy them
from the earth. Make yourself an ark of cypress wood. Build rooms in the[8] ark, and cover it
within and without with pitch. This is how you shall build it: the ark shall be five hundred feet
long, eighty feet wide, and fifty feet high. Make a roof for it and place the door on the side.
Build it with lower, second, and third stories. For I am about to bring floods of water upon
the earth to destroy every living creature in which is the breath of life. Every creature that is
on the earth shall die."
Then Jehovah said to Noah, "Enter with all your household into the ark, for I see that of all
the people who are now alive you alone are upright. Of all the beasts that are fit for food and
sacrifice you shall take with you seven, the male and the female; but of the beasts that are
not fit for food and sacrifice two, the male and the female; and of the wild birds that are fit
for food and sacrifice seven, to keep each kind alive on all the earth. After seven days I will
send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights; and I will destroy every living thing that
I have made."
Then Noah did all that Jehovah commanded him. When the waters of the flood came upon
the earth, he, his sons, his wife, and his sons' wives, together with the beasts that were fit
for food and sacrifice and the beasts that were not fit, and the birds, and everything that
creeps upon the ground, entered the ark because of the waters of the flood.
The rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights, and Jehovah shut Noah in the ark.
And the waters rose higher and higher and raised up the ark, and it was lifted high above
the earth. All creatures living on the land died. Noah only was left and they who were with
him in the ark.
Posted:Nov 16, 2021 10:29 pm
Last Updated:Nov 16, 2021 10:30 pm

Adam named his wife Eve, because she was the of all living beings. She had two
sons, Cain and Abel. Abel was a shepherd, but Cain was a farmer.
One day Cain brought, as an offering Jehovah, some fruit and grain that he had grown.
Abel, too, brought some of the best[7] animals of his flock and sacrificed their fat pieces to
Jehovah. Jehovah was pleased with Abel and his offering, but Cain and his offering did not
please him.
This made Cain very angry and his face showed it. So Jehovah said to Cain, "Why are you
angry and why do you scowl? If you do what is right and good, will not your offering be
accepted? But if you do wrong, sin crouches like a wild beast at the door and the desire to
sin will overcome you; but you should master it."
Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let us go into the field." And while they were in the field, Cain
struck his brother Abel and killed him.
When Jehovah said to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?" Cain answered, "I do not know;
am I my brother's keeper?" Jehovah said, "What you done? Hark! your brother's blood
is crying me from the ground. Even now you are condemned by the very ground that has
opened receive your brother's blood from your hand. Whenever you till the ground, shall
no longer yield you its strength; you shall be a and a wanderer on the earth."
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Posted:Nov 16, 2021 3:41 am
Last Updated:Nov 16, 2021 3:42 am

Now the serpent was more deceitful than any other animal that Jehovah had made; and it
said to the woman, "Has God really said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?"
The woman answered, "We may eat of the fruit of all the trees of the garden except the fruit
of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, for God has said, 'You shall not eat from it,
nor shall you touch it; for if you do, you shall die.'" Then the serpent said to the woman,
"You shall not surely die; for God knows that as soon as you eat of it your eyes will be
opened, and you will know what is good and what is evil."
When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, beautiful to look at and that it would
make her wise, she took some of its fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband
who was with her, and he ate.[6]
Then the eyes of both of them were opened, so that they knew that they were naked; and
they sewed fig-leaves together and made girdles for themselves. When they heard the
sound of the footsteps of Jehovah, as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day,
the man and his wife hid from him among the trees of the garden.
And Jehovah called to the man and said to him, "Where are you?" and he answered, "I heard the sound of thy footsteps in the garden and I was afraid, because I was naked; so I
hid myself." Jehovah said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the
tree from which I forbade you to eat?" The man answered, "The woman whom thou didst
give to me—she gave me fruit from the tree and I ate." Jehovah said to the woman, "What
is this that you have done?" The woman replied, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."
Then Jehovah said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, you shall be hated more
than all beasts. You shall crawl on your belly and eat dust all your life, and men and
serpents shall always be enemies. They shall bruise your head, and you shall wound them
on the heel."
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Posted:Nov 16, 2021 3:36 am
Last Updated:Nov 16, 2021 3:37 am

Jehovah had not yet sent the rain; and there was no man to till the soil; but a mist rose from
the earth and watered the ground.[5]
Then Jehovah made man out of dust taken from the ground and breathed into him the
breath of life; and man became a living being. And Jehovah planted a garden in Eden, far in
the East; and out of the ground he made grow all kinds of trees that are pleasant to look at
and good for food, also the tree of life and the tree that gives the knowledge of good and
Then Jehovah took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and to care for it.
And Jehovah gave the man this command: "You may eat all you wish from every tree of the
garden, except from the tree that gives the knowledge of good and evil; from this you shall
not eat, for if you eat from it you shall surely die."
Then Jehovah said, "It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make a companion for
him." So out of the ground Jehovah made all the wild beasts and birds, and brought them to
the man to see what he would name them; and whatever he called each living thing that
became its name. But for the man himself there was found no companion suited to him.
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Posted:Nov 15, 2021 4:11 am
Last Updated:Nov 15, 2021 4:11 am

David, the of Jesse, was a beautiful boy, who could charm by his wonderful music. But he was to be more than a "sweet singer," for Samuel, the prophet of the Lord, declared that he should be King of Israel, and poured the sacred oil upon his head.

Saul, who was then the King of Israel, had spells of insanity, and David was sent for to try and calm him by his music. In this he was so successful that after a time the king seemed to be entirely cured; so David returned to his home, and staid there quietly until his father sent him to the camp of the Israelites, with food for his brothers.

He found Saul's army in great commotion, because Goliath, a mighty warrior of the Philistines, had come out before both armies and had offered to fight any man who should be sent against him.

Goliath had a cap of brass on his head, and his body was well protected with a covering of iron and brass, while he carried a monstrous spear and sword, and a heavy shield. As he came before the two camps, he cried out: "I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together!"

When David came up and heard the story, he said: "Who is this Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?" And David offered to go forth against Goliath.

So he went out in his shepherd's dress, with only his staff and sling; and Goliath, who was very angry at this, cried out: "Am I a dog, that thou comest against me with a staff?" Then he began to make fun of David. But David answered: "Thou comest against me with a sword and a shield; but I come against thee trusting in the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, whom thou hast defied."


Then, as Goliath came nearer, David took a stone from the bag at his side, and putting it into his sling, he took good aim, and it struck Goliath in the middle of the forehead and stunned him. As the giant fell, David ran up to him, and taking the mighty sword, cut off his head with it.

This act of David's brought a great victory to Saul's army, and the king was delighted with his courage; while Jonathan, Saul's eldest , loved the boy from that time, and they became like brothers. David also married the of Saul, and was placed over his men of war.
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