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4 So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5 Abram took his wife Sarai and his brother''s son Lot, and all the possessions that they had gathered, and the persons whom they had acquired in Haran; and they set forth to go to the land of Canaan. When they had come to the land of Canaan, 6 Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7 Then the LORD appeared to Abram, and said, ''To your offspring I will give this land.'' So he built there an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him. 8 From there he moved on to the hill country on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the LORD and invoked the name of the LORD.
|12||Happy is the nation whose God is the LORD! *|
|happy the people he has chosen to be his own!|
|13||The LORD looks down from heaven, *|
|and beholds all the people in the world.|
|14||From where he sits enthroned he turns his gaze *|
|on all who dwell on the earth.|
|15||He fashions all the hearts of them *|
|and understands all their works.|
|16||There is no king that can be saved by a mighty army; *|
|a strong man is not delivered by his great strength.|
|17||The horse is a vain hope for deliverance; *|
|for all its strength it cannot save.|
|18||Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon those who fear him, *|
|on those who wait upon his love,|
|19||To pluck their lives from death, *|
|and to feed them in time of famine.|
|20||Our soul waits for the LORD; *|
|he is our help and our shield.|
|21||Indeed, our heart rejoices in him, *|
|for in his holy Name we put our trust.|
|22||Let your loving kindness, O LORD, be upon us, *|
|as we have put our trust in you.|
9 Is this blessedness, then, pronounced only on the circumcised, or also on the uncircumcised? We say, ''Faith was reckoned to Abraham as righteousness.'' 10 How then was it reckoned to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. 11 He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the ancestor of all who believe without being circumcised and who thus have righteousness reckoned to them, 12 and likewise the ancestor of the circumcised who are not only circumcised but who also follow the example of the faith that our ancestor Abraham had before he was circumcised.13 For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14 If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. 15 For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.
16 For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, 17 as it is written, ''I have made you the father of many nations'-in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.
11 ''Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
16 ''For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
17 ''Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
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