2:8 Ask me,
and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, 1
the ends of the earth as your personal property.
2:9 You will break them 2 with an iron scepter; 3
you will smash them like a potter’s jar!’” 4
The Wife for Isaac
24:1 Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years, 1 and the Lord had blessed him 2 in everything. 24:2 Abraham said to his servant, the senior one 3 in his household who was in charge of everything he had, “Put your hand under my thigh 4 24:3 so that I may make you solemnly promise 5 by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of the earth: You must not acquire 6 a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am living. 24:4 You must go instead to my country and to my relatives 7 to find 8 a wife for my son Isaac.”
24:5 The servant asked him, “What if the woman is not willing to come back with me 9 to this land? Must I then 10 take your son back to the land from which you came?”
24:6 “Be careful 11 never to take my son back there!” Abraham told him. 12 24:7 “The Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and the land of my relatives, 13 promised me with a solemn oath, 14 ‘To your descendants I will give this land.’ He will send his angel 15 before you so that you may find 16 a wife for my son from there. 24:8 But if the woman is not willing to come back with you, 17 you will be free 18 from this oath of mine. But you must not take my son back there!” 24:9 So the servant placed his hand under the thigh of his master Abraham and gave his solemn promise he would carry out his wishes. 19
24:10 Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and departed with all kinds of gifts from his master at his disposal. 20 He journeyed 21 to the region of Aram Naharaim 22 and the city of Nahor.
The Creation of the World
1:1 In the beginning 1 God 2 created 3 the heavens and the earth. 4
1:2 Now 5 the earth 6 was without shape and empty, 7 and darkness 8 was over the surface of the watery deep, 9 but the Spirit of God 10 was moving 11 over the surface 12 of the water. 13 1:3 God said, 14 “Let there be 15 light.” 16 And there was light! 1:4 God saw 17 that the light was good, 18 so God separated 19 the light from the darkness.
1:8 God called the expanse “sky.” 1 There was evening, and there was morning, a second day.
1:9 God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place 2 and let dry ground appear.” 3 It was so. 1:10 God called the dry ground “land” 4 and the gathered waters he called “seas.” God saw that it was good.
1:11 God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: 5 plants yielding seeds according to their kinds, 6 and 7 trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds.” It was so.
1:9 God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place 1 and let dry ground appear.” 2 It was so.