52 Week Bible Reading Plan
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- From there Abraham journeyed toward the territory of the Negeb, and dwelt between Kadesh and Shur; and he sojourned in Gerar.
- And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, "She is my sister." And Abim'elech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.
- But God came to Abim'elech in a dream by night, and said to him, "Behold, you are a dead man, because of the woman whom you have taken; for she is a man's wife."
- Now Abim'elech had not approached her; so he said, "Lord, wilt thou slay an innocent people?
- Did he not himself say to me, 'She is my sister'? And she herself said, 'He is my brother.' In the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands I have done this."
- Then God said to him in the dream, "Yes, I know that you have done this in the integrity of your heart, and it was I who kept you from sinning against me; therefore I did not let you touch her.
- Now then restore the man's wife; for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you, and you shall live. But if you do not restore her, know that you shall surely die, you, and all that are yours."
- So Abim'elech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told them all these things; and the men were very much afraid.
- Then Abim'elech called Abraham, and said to him, "What have you done to us? And how have I sinned against you, that you have brought on me and my kingdom a great sin? You have done to me things that ought not to be done."
- And Abim'elech said to Abraham, "What were you thinking of, that you did this thing?"
- Abraham said, "I did it because I thought, There is no fear of God at all in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.
- Besides she is indeed my sister, the daughter of my father but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.
- And when God caused me to wander from my father's house, I said to her, 'This is the kindness you must do me: at every place to which we come, say of me, He is my brother.'"
- Then Abim'elech took sheep and oxen, and male and female slaves, and gave them to Abraham, and restored Sarah his wife to him.
- And Abim'elech said, "Behold, my land is before you; dwell where it pleases you."
- To Sarah he said, "Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver; it is your vindication in the eyes of all who are with you; and before every one you are righted."
- Then Abraham prayed to God; and God healed Abim'elech, and also healed his wife and female slaves so that they bore children.
- For the LORD had closed all the wombs of the house of Abim'elech because of Sarah, Abraham's wife.
- The LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did to Sarah as he had promised.
- And Sarah conceived, and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him.
- Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore him, Isaac.
- And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him.
- Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.
- And Sarah said, "God has made laughter for me; every one who hears will laugh over me."
- And she said, "Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would suckle children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age."
- And the child grew, and was weaned; and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned.
- But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son Isaac.
- So she said to Abraham, "Cast out this slave woman with her son; for the son of this slave woman shall not be heir with my son Isaac."
- And the thing was very displeasing to Abraham on account of his son.
- But God said to Abraham, "Be not displeased because of the lad and because of your slave woman; whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for through Isaac shall your descendants be named.
- And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring."
- So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.
- When the water in the skin was gone, she cast the child under one of the bushes.
- Then she went, and sat down over against him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot; for she said, "Let me not look upon the death of the child." And as she sat over against him, the child lifted up his voice and wept.
- And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, "What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not; for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is.
- Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him fast with your hand; for I will make him a great nation."
- Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the skin with water, and gave the lad a drink.
- And God was with the lad, and he grew up; he lived in the wilderness, and became an expert with the bow.
- He lived in the wilderness of Paran; and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.
- At that time Abim'elech and Phicol the commander of his army said to Abraham, "God is with you in all that you do;
- now therefore swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me or with my offspring or with my posterity, but as I have dealt loyally with you, you will deal with me and with the land where you have sojourned."
- And Abraham said, "I will swear."
- When Abraham complained to Abim'elech about a well of water which Abim'elech's servants had seized,
- Abim'elech said, "I do not know who has done this thing; you did not tell me, and I have not heard of it until today."
- So Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abim'elech, and the two men made a covenant.
- Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock apart.
- And Abim'elech said to Abraham, "What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs which you have set apart?"
- He said, "These seven ewe lambs you will take from my hand, that you may be a witness for me that I dug this well."
- Therefore that place was called Beer-sheba; because there both of them swore an oath.
- So they made a covenant at Beer-sheba. Then Abim'elech and Phicol the commander of his army rose up and returned to the land of the Philistines.
- Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beer-sheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God.
- And Abraham sojourned many days in the land of the Philistines.
- After these things God tested Abraham, and said to him, "Abraham!" And he said, "Here am I."
- He said, "Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Mori'ah, and offer him there as a burnt offering upon one of the mountains of which I shall tell you."
- So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; and he cut the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.
- On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place afar off.
- Then Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the ass; I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you."
- And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together.
- And Isaac said to his father Abraham, "My father!" And he said, "Here am I, my son." He said, "Behold, the fire and the wood; but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?"
- Abraham said, "God will provide himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son." So they went both of them together.
- When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar, upon the wood.
- Then Abraham put forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.
- But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven, and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" And he said, "Here am I."
- He said, "Do not lay your hand on the lad or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me."
- And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son.
- So Abraham called the name of that place The LORD will provide; as it is said to this day, "On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided."
- And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven,
- and said, "By myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this, and have not withheld your son, your only son,
- I will indeed bless you, and I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore. And your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies,
- and by your descendants shall all the nations of the earth bless themselves, because you have obeyed my voice."
- So Abraham returned to his young men, and they arose and went together to Beer-sheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beer-sheba.
- Now after these things it was told Abraham, "Behold, Milcah also has borne children to your brother Nahor:
- Uz the first-born, Buz his brother, Kemu'el the father of Aram,
- Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethu'el."
- Bethu'el became the father of Rebekah. These eight Milcah bore to Nahor, Abraham's brother.
- Moreover, his concubine, whose name was Reumah, bore Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Ma'acah.
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- Sarah lived a hundred and twenty-seven years; these were the years of the life of Sarah.
- And Sarah died at Kir'iath-ar'ba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan; and Abraham went in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her.
- And Abraham rose up from before his dead, and said to the Hittites,
- "I am a stranger and a sojourner among you; give me property among you for a burying place, that I may bury my dead out of my sight."
- The Hittites answered Abraham,
- "Hear us, my lord; you are a mighty prince among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our sepulchres; none of us will withhold from you his sepulchre, or hinder you from burying your dead."
- Abraham rose and bowed to the Hittites, the people of the land.
- And he said to them, "If you are willing that I should bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and entreat for me Ephron the son of Zohar,
- that he may give me the cave of Mach-pe'lah, which he owns; it is at the end of his field. For the full price let him give it to me in your presence as a possession for a burying place."
- Now Ephron was sitting among the Hittites; and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the hearing of the Hittites, of all who went in at the gate of his city,
- "No, my lord, hear me; I give you the field, and I give you the cave that is in it; in the presence of the sons of my people I give it to you; bury your dead."
- Then Abraham bowed down before the people of the land.
- And he said to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, "But if you will, hear me; I will give the price of the field; accept it from me, that I may bury my dead there."
- Ephron answered Abraham,
- "My lord, listen to me; a piece of land worth four hundred shekels of silver, what is that between you and me? Bury your dead."
- Abraham agreed with Ephron; and Abraham weighed out for Ephron the silver which he had named in the hearing of the Hittites, four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weights current among the merchants.
- So the field of Ephron in Mach-pe'lah, which was to the east of Mamre, the field with the cave which was in it and all the trees that were in the field, throughout its whole area, was made over
- to Abraham as a possession in the presence of the Hittites, before all who went in at the gate of his city.
- After this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Mach-pe'lah east of Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan.
- The field and the cave that is in it were made over to Abraham as a possession for a burying place by the Hittites.
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