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Genesis XV. 13-16, 18; XVII. 1-8, 15, 16, 19, 22; XVIII. 1-8.

, a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. In that same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham: for a father of many nations have I made thee. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of

her. And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.

And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree : And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said. And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth. And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetched a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it. And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.

Psalm CXIX. 1-8. BLESSED are the undefiled in the

who in LORD. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes! Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments. I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.

staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded, that what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

Psalm CV. 1-15.

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Romans IV. 1-8, 13-25. WHAT shall we say then that Ab

raham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the Scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were: Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about a hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb: He

O GIVE thanks unto the LORD; call deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD,

Seek the LORD, and his_strength: seek his face evermore. Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth; O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen. He is the LORD our God: his judgments are in all the earth. He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations. Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac; And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant: Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance: When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it. When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people; He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes; Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

Genesis XVIII. 17-33.

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And he said, O let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once : Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake. And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.

Psalm LXVI. 1-20.

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from Abraham that thing which I do; Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.

And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous, I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.

And the turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.

And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked; and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.

And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes : Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous : wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it. And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty's sake. And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there. And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty's sake.

ye lands: Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious. Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee. All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men. He turned the sea into dry land: they went through the flood on foot: there did we rejoice in him. He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations : let not the rebellious exalt themselves.

O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard : Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved. For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins. Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water : but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place. I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows, Which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble. I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams: I will offer bullocks with goats.

Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul. I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue. If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.

Genesis XXII. 1-18.

the ram, and offered him up for a

burnt offering in the stead of his son. AN ND it came to pass after these

And Abraham called the name of that things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham:

place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to and he said, Behold, here I am. And

this day, In the mount of the Lord it

shall be seen. he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get

And the Angel of the LORD called thee into the land of Moriah; and

unto Abraham out of heaven the sec

ond time, And said, By myself have offer him there for a burnt offering

I sworn, saith the LORD, for because upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

thou hast done this thing, and hast

not withheld thy son, thine only son, And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took

That in blessing I will bless thee, and two of his young men with him, and

in multiplying I will multiply thy seed Isaac his son, and clave the wood for

as the stars of the heaven, and as the the burnt offering, and rose up, and

sand which is upon the sea shore;

and thy seed shall possess the gate of went unto the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Ab

his enemies; And in thy seed shall

all the nations of the earth be blessed; raham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said

because thou hast obeyed my voice. unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will

Psalm LVII. I-II. go yonder and worship, and come again to you. And Abraham took the BE merciful unto me, o God, be wood of the burnt offering, and laid

for it upon Isaac his son; and he took the trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow fire in his hand, and a knife; and they of thy wings will I make my refuge, went both of them together.

until these calamities be overpast. I And Isaac spake unto Abraham his will cry unto God most high; unto father, and said, My father: and he God that performeth all things for me. said, Here am I, my son. And he He shall send from heaven, and save said, Behold the fire and the wood: me from the reproach of him that but where is the lamb for a burnt of- would swallow me up. God shall send fering? And Abraham said, My son, forth his mercy and his truth. My God will provide himself a lamb for soul is among lions: and I lie even a burnt offering: so they went both of among them that are set on fire, even them together. And they came to the the sons of men, whose teeth are place which God had told him of; and spears and arrows, and their tongue a Abraham built an altar there, and laid sharp sword. the wood in order, and bound Isaac Be thou exalted, O God, above the his son, and laid him on the altar upon heavens; let thy glory be above all the the wood. And Abraham stretched earth. They have prepared a net for forth his hand, and took the knife to my steps; my soul is bowed down: slay his son.

they have digged a pit before me, into And the Angel of the LORD called the midst whereof they are fallen unto him out of heaven, and said, Ab- themselves. My heart is fixed, O God, raham, Abraham: and he said, Here my heart is fixed: I will sing and give am I. And he said, Lay not thine praise. Awake up, my glory; awake, hand upon the lad, neither do thou psaltery and harp: I myself will awake any thing unto him: for now I know early. I will praise thee, O Lord, that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast among the people: I will sing unto not withheld thy son, thine only son, thee among the nations. For thy from me.

And Abraham lifted up his mercy is great unto the heavens, and eyes, and looked, and behold behind thy truth unto the clouds. Be thou him a ram caught in a thicket by his exalted, O God, above the heavens: horns: and Abraham went and took let thy glory be above all the earth.

James II. 1-23.

man may say, Thou hast faith, and I Y brethren, have not the faith of

have works: shew me thy faith withMY our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord

out thy works, and I will shew thee of glory, with respect of persons. For

my faith by my works. Thou believest if there come unto your assembly a

that there is one God; thou doest well: man with a gold ring, in goodly ap

the devils also believe, and tremble.

But wilt thou know, O vain man, that parel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; And ye have re

faith without works is dead?

Was not Abraham our father justispect to him that weareth the gay

fied by works, when he had offered clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the

Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest poor, Stand thou there, or sit here

thou how faith wrought with his under my footstool: Are ye not then

works, and by works was faith made partial in yourselves, and are become

perfect? And the Scripture was ful

filled which saith, Abraham believed judges of evil thoughts? Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath

God, and it was imputed unto him for

righteousness: and he was called the not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom

Friend of God. Ye see then how that which he hath promised to them that

by works a man is justified, and not love him? But ye have despised the

by faith only. poor. Do not rich men oppress you,

Psalm L. 1-13. and draw you before the judgment seatshy Domnot, they blaspheme that THE.mighty God; even the LORD;

name by called?

from the rising of the sun unto the If ye fulfil the royal law according going down thereof. Out of Zion, the to the Scripture, Thou shalt love thy perfection of beauty, God hath shined. neighbour as thyself, ye do well: But Our God shall come, and shall not if ye have respect to persons, ye com- keep silence: a fire shall devour bemit sin, and are convinced of the law fore him, and it shall be very temas transgressors. For whosoever shall pestuous round about him. He shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in call to the heavens from above, and one point, he is guilty of all. For he to the earth, that he may judge his that said, Do not commit adultery, people. Gather my saints together said also, Do not kill. Now if thou unto me; those that have made a covecommit no adultery, yet if thou kill, nant with me by sacrifice. And the thou art become a transgressor of the heavens shall declare his righteouslaw. So speak ye, and so do, as they ness: for God is judge himself. that shall be judged by the law of Hear, O my people, and I will speak; liberty. For he shall have judgment O Israel, and I will testify against without mercy, that hath shewed no thee: I am God, even thy God. I will mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or judgment. What doth it profit, my thy burnt offerings, to have been conbrethren, though a man say he hath tinually before me. I will take no faith, and have not works? can faith bullock out of thy house, nor he goats save him?

out of thy folds: For every beast of If a brother or sister be naked, and the forest is mine, and the cattle upon destitute of daily food, And one of you a thousand hills. I know all the fowls say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye of the mountains : and the wild beasts warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye of the field are mine. If I were hungry, give them not those things which are I would not tell thee: for the world is needful to the body; what doth it mine, and the fulness thereof. Will I profit? Even so faith, if it hath not eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a blood of goats?

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