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1The two angels came to Sodom at evening. Lot sat in the gate of Sodom. Lot saw them, and rose up to meet them. He bowed himself with his face to the earth, 2and he said, "See now, my lords (Adon) , please turn aside into your servant's house, stay all night, wash your feet, and you can rise up early, and go on your way." They said, "No, but we will stay in the street all night." 3He urged them greatly, and they came in with him, and entered into his house. He made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate. 4But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, both young and old, all the people from every quarter. 5They called to Lot, and said to him, "Where are the men who came in to you this night? Bring them out to us, that we may have sex with them." 6Lot went out to them to the door, and shut the door after him. 7He said, "Please, my brothers, don't act so wickedly. 8See now, I have two virgin daughters. Please let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them what seems good to you. Only don't do anything to these men, because they have come under the shadow of my roof." 9They said, "Stand back!" Then they said, "This one fellow came in to live as a foreigner, and he appoints himself a judge. Now will we deal worse with you, than with them!" They pressed hard on the man Lot, and drew near to break the door. 10But the men put forth their hand, and brought Lot into the house to them, and shut the door. 11They struck the men who were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they wearied themselves to find the door. 12The men said to Lot, "Do you have anybody else here? Sons-in-law, your sons, your daughters, and whoever you have in the city, bring them out of the place: 13for we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown great before TheIAM (Yahweh) that TheIAM (Yahweh) has sent us to destroy it." 14Lot went out, and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry his daughters, and said, "Get up! Get out of this place, for TheIAM (Yahweh) will destroy the city." But he seemed to his sons-in-law to be joking. 15When the morning came, then the angels hurried Lot, saying, "Get up! Take your wife, and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the iniquity of the city." 16But he lingered; and the men grabbed his hand, his wife's hand, and his two daughters' hands, TheIAM (Yahweh) being merciful to him; and they took him out, and set him outside of the city. 17It came to pass, when they had taken them out, that he said, "Escape for your life! Don't look behind you, and don't stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be consumed!" 18Lot said to them, "Oh, not so, my lord (Adon) . 19See now, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have magnified your loving kindness, which you have shown to me in saving my life. I can't escape to the mountain, lest evil overtake me, and I die. 20See now, this city is near to flee to, and it is a little one. Oh let me escape there (isn't it a little one?), and my soul will live." 21He said to him, "Behold, I have granted your request concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow the city of which you have spoken. 22Hurry, escape there, for I can't do anything until you get there." Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar. 23The sun had risen on the earth when Lot came to Zoar. 24Then TheIAM (Yahweh) rained on Sodom and on Gomorrah sulfur and fire from TheIAM (Yahweh) out of the sky. 25He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew on the ground. 26But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. 27Abraham got up early in the morning to the place where he had stood before TheIAM (Yahweh) . 28He looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and looked, and saw that the smoke of the land went up as the smoke of a furnace. 29It happened, when God (Elohim) destroyed the cities of the plain, that God (Elohim) remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the middle of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in which Lot lived. 30Lot went up out of Zoar, and lived in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he was afraid to live in Zoar. He lived in a cave with his two daughters. 31The firstborn said to the younger, "Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in to us in the way of all the earth. 32Come, let's make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve our father's seed." 33They made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father. He didn't know when she lay down, nor when she arose. 34It came to pass on the next day, that the firstborn said to the younger, "Behold, I lay last night with my father. Let us make him drink wine again, tonight. You go in, and lie with him, that we may preserve our father's seed." 35They made their father drink wine that night also. The younger went and lay with him. He didn't know when she lay down, nor when she got up. 36Thus both of Lot's daughters were with child by their father. 37The firstborn bore a son, and named him Moab. He is the father of the Moabites to this day. 38The younger also bore a son, and called his name Ben Ammi. He is the father of the children of Ammon to this day.
18When TheIAM (Yahweh) raised them up judges, then TheIAM (Yahweh) was with the judge, and saved them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it grieved TheIAM (Yahweh) because of their groaning by reason of those who oppressed them and troubled them. 19But it happened, when the judge was dead, that they turned back, and dealt more corruptly than their fathers, in following other gods (Elohim) to serve them, and to bow down to them; they didn't cease from their doings, nor from their stubborn way. 20The anger of TheIAM (Yahweh) was kindled against Israel; and he said, "Because this nation have transgressed my covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not listened to my voice; 21I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of the nations that Joshua left when he died; 22that by them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of TheIAM (Yahweh) to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not." 23So TheIAM (Yahweh) left those nations, without driving them out hastily; neither delivered he them into the hand of Joshua.
1Now these are the nations which TheIAM (Yahweh) left, to prove Israel by them, even as many [of Israel] as had not known all the wars of Canaan; 2only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing of it: 3[namely], the five lords (Ceren) of the Philistines, and all the Canaanites, and the Sidonians, and the Hivites who lived on Mount Lebanon, from Mount Baal Hermon to the entrance of Hamath. 4They were [left], to prove Israel by them, to know whether they would listen to the commandments of TheIAM (Yahweh) , which he commanded their fathers by Moses. 5The children of Israel lived among the Canaanites, the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites: 6and they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their own daughters to their sons and served their gods (Elohim) . 7The children of Israel did that which was evil in the sight of TheIAM (Yahweh) , and forgot TheIAM (Yahweh) their God (Elohim) , and served the Baals and the Asheroth. 8Therefore the anger of TheIAM (Yahweh) was kindled against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Cushan Rishathaim king of Mesopotamia: and the children of Israel served Cushan Rishathaim eight years. 9When the children of Israel cried to TheIAM (Yahweh) , TheIAM (Yahweh) raised up a savior to the children of Israel, who saved them, even Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother. 10The Spirit of TheIAM (Yahweh) came on him, and he judged Israel; and he went out to war, and TheIAM (Yahweh) delivered Cushan Rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand: and his hand prevailed against Cushan Rishathaim. 11The land had rest forty years. Othniel the son of Kenaz died. 12The children of Israel again did that which was evil in the sight of TheIAM (Yahweh) : and TheIAM (Yahweh) strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done that which was evil in the sight of TheIAM (Yahweh) . 13He gathered to him the children of Ammon and Amalek; and he went and struck Israel, and they possessed the city of palm trees. 14The children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years. 15But when the children of Israel cried to TheIAM (Yahweh) , TheIAM (Yahweh) raised them up a savior, Ehud the son of Gera, the Benjamite, a man left-handed. The children of Israel sent tribute by him to Eglon the king of Moab. 16Ehud made him a sword which had two edges, a cubit in length; and he wore it under his clothing on his right thigh. 17He offered the tribute to Eglon king of Moab: now Eglon was a very fat man. 18When he had made an end of offering the tribute, he sent away the people who bore the tribute. 19But he himself turned back from the quarries that were by Gilgal, and said, "I have a secret errand to you, king." The king said, "Keep silence!" All who stood by him went out from him.
9When they came to the threshing floor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled. 10The anger of TheIAM (Yahweh) was kindled against Uzza, and he struck him, because he put forth his hand to the ark; and there he died before God (Elohim) . 11David was displeased, because TheIAM (Yahweh) had broken forth on Uzza; and he called that place Perez Uzza, to this day. 12David was afraid of God (Elohim) that day, saying, "How shall I bring the ark of God (Elohim) home to me?" 13So David didn't move the ark to him into the city of David, but carried it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. 14The ark of God (Elohim) remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house three months: and TheIAM (Yahweh) blessed the house of Obed-Edom, and all that he had.
1Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, and masons, and carpenters, to build him a house. 2David perceived that TheIAM (Yahweh) had established him king over Israel; for his kingdom was exalted on high, for his people Israel's sake. 3David took more wives at Jerusalem; and David became the father of more sons and daughters. 4These are the names of the children whom he had in Jerusalem: Shammua, and Shobab, Nathan, and Solomon, 5and Ibhar, and Elishua, and Elpelet, 6and Nogah, and Nepheg, and Japhia, 7and Elishama, and Beeliada, and Eliphelet. 8When the Philistines heard that David was anointed (mashach) king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek David: and David heard of it, and went out against them. 9Now the Philistines had come and made a raid in the valley of Rephaim. 10David inquired of God (Elohim) , saying, "Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hand?" TheIAM (Yahweh) said to him, "Go up; for I will deliver them into your hand." 11So they came up to Baal Perazim, and David struck them there; and David said, God (Elohim) has broken my enemies by my hand, like the breach of waters. Therefore they called the name of that place Baal Perazim. 12They left their gods (Elohim) there; and David gave commandment, and they were burned with fire.
1In that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?" 2Jesus called a little child to himself, and set him in the midst of them, 3and said, "Most certainly I tell you, unless you turn, and become as little children, you will in no way enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. 4Whoever therefore humbles himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. 5Whoever receives one such little child in my name receives me, 6but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him that a huge millstone should be hung around his neck, and that he should be sunk in the depths of the sea. 7"Woe to the world because of occasions of stumbling! For it must be that the occasions come, but woe to that person through whom the occasion comes! 8If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off, and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life maimed or crippled, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into the eternal fire. 9If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into the Gehenna of fire. 10See that you don't despise one of these little ones, for I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. 11[Some doubt the authenticity of this - For the Son of Man came to save that which was lost.] 12"What do you think? If a man has one hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, doesn't he leave the ninety-nine, go to the mountains, and seek that which has gone astray? 13If he finds it, most certainly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray. 14Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish. 15"If your brother sins against you, go, show him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained back your brother. 16But if he doesn't listen, take one or two more with you, that at the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the assembly. If he refuses to hear the assembly also, let him be to you as a Gentile or a tax collector. 18Most certainly I tell you, whatever things you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever things you release on earth will have been released in heaven. 19Again, assuredly I tell you, that if two of you will agree on earth concerning anything that they will ask, it will be done for them by my Father who is in heaven. 20For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them." 21Then Peter came and said to him, "Lord (Kurios) , how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until seven times?" 22Jesus said to him, "I don't tell you until seven times, but, until seventy times seven. 23Therefore the Kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king, who wanted to reconcile accounts with his servants. 24When he had begun to reconcile, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25But because he couldn't pay, his master (Kurios) commanded him to be sold, with his wife, his children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26The servant therefore fell down and kneeled before him, saying, 'Master (Kurios) , have patience with me, and I will repay you all!' 27The master (Kurios) of that servant, being moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt. 28"But that servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, who owed him one hundred denarii, and he grabbed him, and took him by the throat, saying, 'Pay me what you owe!' 29"So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will repay you!' 30He would not, but went and cast him into prison, until he should pay back that which was due. 31So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were exceedingly sorry, and came and told to their master (Kurios) all that was done. 32Then his master (Kurios) called him in, and said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt, because you begged me. 33Shouldn't you also have had mercy on your fellow servant, even as I had mercy on you?' 34His master (Kurios) was angry, and delivered him to the tormentors, until he should pay all that was due to him. 35So my heavenly Father will also do to you, if you don't each forgive your brother from your hearts for his misdeeds."