Chapter OneGenesis 11:1
The Tower of Babel
11 Now the whole world had one language and a common
speech. 2 As men moved eastward, they found a plain in
Shinar and settled there.
3 They said to each other, "Come, let's make bricks and bake
them thoroughly." They used brick instead of stone, and tar for
mortar. 4 Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, with
a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name
for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole
5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the
men were building. 6 The Lord said, "If as one people speaking the
same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan
to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and
confuse their language so they will not understand each other."
8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and
they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel-because
there the Lord confused the language of the whole world.
From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole
From Shem to Abram
10 This is the account of Shem.
Two years after the flood, when Shem was 100 years old, he
became the father of Arphaxad. 11 And after he became the father
of Arphaxad, Shem lived 500 years and had other sons and daughters.
12 When Arphaxad had lived 35 years, he became the father of
Shelah. 13 And after he became the father of Shelah, Arphaxad lived
403 years and had other sons and daughters.
14 When Shelah had lived 30 years, he became the father of Eber.
15 And after he became the father of Eber, Shelah lived 403 years
and had other sons and daughters.
16 When Eber had lived 34 years, he became the father of Peleg.
17 And after he became the father of Peleg, Eber lived 430 years and
had other sons and daughters.
18 When Peleg had lived 30 years, he became the father of Reu.
19 And after he became the father of Reu, Peleg lived 209 years and
had other sons and daughters.
20 When Reu had lived 32 years, he became the father of Serug.
21 And after he became the father of Serug, Reu lived 207 years and
had other sons and daughters.
22 When Serug had lived 30 years, he became the father of Nahor.
23 And after he became the father of Nahor, Serug lived 200
years and had other sons and daughters.
24 When Nahor had lived 29 years, he became the father of
Terah. 25 And after he became the father of Terah, Nahor lived 119
years and had other sons and daughters.
26 After Terah had lived 70 years, he became the father of
Abram, Nahor and Haran.
27 This is the account of Terah.
Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. And Haran
became the father of Lot. 28 While his father Terah was still alive,
Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, in the land of his birth.
29 Abram and Nahor both married. The name of Abram's wife was
Sarai, and the name of Nahor's wife was Milcah; she was the
daughter of Haran, the father of both Milcah and Iscah. 30 Now
Sarai was barren; she had no children.
31 Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and
his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together
they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when
they came to Haran, they settled there.
32 Terah lived 205 years, and he died in Haran.
The Call of Abram
12 The Lord had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your
people and your father's household and go to the land I will
2 "I will make you into a great nation
and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you."
I have no pleasure
in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.
12 When you come to appear before me, who has asked this of you, this trampling of my courts?
13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me.
New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations-
I cannot bear your evil assemblies.
14 Your New Moon festivals and your appointed
my soul hates.
They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them.
15 When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen.
Your hands are full of blood;
16 wash and make yourselves clean.
Take your evil deeds
out of my sight! Stop doing wrong,
17 learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed.
Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.
18 "Come now, let us reason together,"
says the Lord.
"Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land;
20 but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword."
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
21 See how the faithful city
has become a harlot! She once was full of justice; righteousness used to dwell in her-
but now murderers!
22 Your silver has become dross, your choice wine is diluted with water.
23 Your rulers are rebels, companions of thieves; they all love bribes
and chase after gifts.
They do not defend the cause of the fatherless; the widow's case does not come before them.
24 Therefore the Lord, the Lord Almighty, the Mighty One of Israel, declares: "Ah, I will get relief from my foes
and avenge myself on my enemies.
25 I will turn my hand against you; I will thoroughly purge away your dross
and remove all your impurities.
26 I will restore your judges as in days of old, your counselors as at the beginning.
Afterward you will be called
the City of Righteousness, the Faithful City."
27 Zion will be redeemed with justice, her penitent ones with righteousness.
28 But rebels and sinners will both be broken, and those who forsake the Lord will perish.
29 "You will be ashamed because of the sacred oaks
in which you have delighted; you will be disgraced because of the gardens
that you have chosen.
30 You will be like an oak with fading leaves, like a garden without water.
31 The mighty man will become tinder
and his work a spark; both will burn together, with no one to quench the fire."
The Mountain of the Lord
2 This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and
2 In the last days
the mountain of the Lord's temple will be
as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it.
3 Many peoples will come and say,
"Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths."
The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
4 He will judge between the nations
and will settle disputes for many peoples.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.
5 Come, O house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord.
The Day of the Lord
6 You have abandoned your people, the house of Jacob.
They are full of superstitions from the East; they practice divination like the Philistines
and clasp hands with pagans.
7 Their land is full of silver and gold; there is no end to their treasures.
The Temptation of Jesus
4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted
by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was
hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of
God, tell these stones to become bread."
4 Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread
alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on
the highest point of the temple. 6 "If you are the Son of God," he
said, "throw yourself down. For it is written:
"'He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a
7 Jesus answered him, "It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord
your God to the test.'"
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed
him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 "All this I
will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me."
10 Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written:
'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'"
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
Jesus Begins to Preach
12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he returned
to Galilee. 13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Caperanaum,
which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali
- 14 to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:
15 "Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, along the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles-
16 the people living in darkness
have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned."
17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the
kingdom of heaven is near."
The Calling of the First Disciples
18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two
brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were
casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 "Come,
follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." 20 At
once they left their nets and followed him.
21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of
Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their
father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately
they left the boat and their father and followed him.
Jesus Heals the Sick
23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues,
preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease
and sickness among the people. 24 News about him spread all over
Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various
diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those
having seizures, and the paralyzed, and he healed them. 25 Large
crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the
region across the Jordan followed him.
5 Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside
and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to
teach them, saying:
3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for
righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of
righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
14 Just as Paul was about to speak, Gallio said to the Jews, "If you
Jews were making a complaint about some misdemeanor or serious
crime, it would be reasonable for me to listen to you. 15 But since it
involves questions about words and names and your own law-settle
the matter yourselves. I will not be a judge of such things." 16 So
he had them ejected from the court. 17 Then they all turned on
Sosthenes the synagogue ruler and beat him in front of the court.
But Gallio showed no concern whatever.
Priscilla, Aquila and Apollos
18 Paul stayed on in Corinth for some time. Then he left the
brothers and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila.
Before he sailed, he had his hair cut off at Cenchrea because of a
vow he had taken. 19 They arrived at Ephesus, where Paul left
Priscilla and Aquila. He himself went into the synagogue and reasoned
with the Jews. 20 When they asked him to spend more time
with them, he declined. 21 But as he left, he promised, "I will come
back if it is God's will." Then he set sail from Ephesus. 22 When he
landed at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the church and then
went down to Antioch.
23 After spending some time in Antioch, Paul set out from there
and traveled from place to place throughout the region of Galatia
and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.
24 Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came
to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of
the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord,
and he spoke with great fervora and taught about Jesus accurately,
though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak
boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they
invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God
27 When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers encouraged
him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. On
arriving, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed.
28 For he vigorously refuted the Jews in public debate, proving from
the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.
Paul in Ephesus
19 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through
the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some
disciples 2 and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit
when you believed?"
They answered, "No, we have not even heard that there is a
3 So Paul asked, "Then what baptism did you receive?"
"John's baptism," they replied.