First Reading: Gen. 13:1-18
Abram and Lot Separate
1 So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, with his wife and everything he had, and Lot went with him. 2 Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold.
3 From the Negev he went from place to place until he came to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier 4 and where he had first built an altar. There Abram called on the name of the LORD.
5 Now Lot, who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. 6 But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together. 7 And quarreling arose between Abram's herdsmen and the herdsmen of Lot. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land at that time.
8 So Abram said to Lot, "Let's not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are brothers. 9 Is not the whole land before you? Let's part company. If you go to the left, I'll go to the right; if you go to the right, I'll go to the left."
10 Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan was well watered, like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, toward Zoar. (This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) 11 So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company: 12 Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom. 13 Now the men of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the LORD.
14 The LORD said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, "Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west. 15 All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring [a]
forever. 16 I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. 17 Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you."
18 So Abram moved his tents and went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he built an altar to the LORD.Footnotes:
Genesis 13:15 Or seed
; also in verse 16
Second Reading: Mk. 5:1-20
The Healing of a Demon-possessed Man 1
They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes.[a] 2
When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an evil[b]
spirit came from the tombs to meet him. 3
This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him any more, not even with a chain. 4
For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5
Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones. 6
When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. 7
He shouted at the top of his voice, "What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Swear to God that you won't torture me!" 8
For Jesus had said to him, "Come out of this man, you evil spirit!" 9
Then Jesus asked him, "What is your name?"
"My name is Legion," he replied, "for we are many." 10
And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area. 11
A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 12
The demons begged Jesus, "Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them." 13
He gave them permission, and the evil spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. 14
Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 15
When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16
Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. 17
Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region. 18
As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 19
Jesus did not let him, but said, "Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you." 20
So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis[c]
how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.Footnotes:
Mark 5:1 Some manuscripts Gadarenes; other manuscripts Gergesenes
Mark 5:2 Greek unclean; also in verses 8 and 13
Mark 5:20 That is, the Ten Cities