GENESIS 1:1 — 2:17
The Beginning


In the be­g in­n ing God cre­at­ed the
heav­ens and the e­ arth. 2 Now the ­earth
was form­less and emp­ty, dark­ness was
over the sur­face of the deep, and the Spir­
it of God was hov­er­ing over the wa­ters.

mark ­sacred times, and days and y­ ears,
15 and let them be ­lights in the ­v ault of
the sky to give ­light on the ­earth.” And it
was so. 16 God made two ­g reat ­lights — ​
the great­er l­ight to gov­ern the day and
the less­er ­light to gov­ern the ­night. He
also made the s­ tars. 17 God set them in
the ­vault of the sky to give ­light on the
­earth, 18 to gov­ern the day and the ­night,
and to sep­a ­rate l­ ight from dark­ness. And
God saw that it was good. 19 And ­t here
was eve­ning, and ­t here was morn­ing — ​
the ­fourth day.
20 And God said, “Let the wa­ter teem with
liv­ing crea­t ures, and let ­birds fly ­above
the ­earth ­across the ­v ault of the sky.”
21 So God cre­
at­ed the ­g reat crea­tures
of the sea and ev­ery liv­ing t­hing with
­which the wa­ter ­teems and that moves
about in it, ac­cord­ing to ­their ­k inds, and
ev­ery ­w inged bird ac­cord­ing to its kind.
And God saw that it was good. 22 God
­blessed them and said, “Be fruit­f ul and
in­crease in num­ber and fill the wa­ter in
the seas, and let the ­birds in­crease on the
­earth.” 23 And ­there was eve­n ing, and
­there was morn­ing  — ​the ­f ifth day.
24 And God said, “Let the land pro­duce liv­ing
crea­t ures ac­cord­ing to ­t heir ­k inds: the
live­stock, the crea­t ures that move ­a long
the ­g round, and the wild an­i­mals, each
ac­cord­ing to its kind.” And it was so.
25 God made the wild an­
i ­mals ac­cord­
ing to t­ heir k­ inds, the live­stock ac­cord­
ing to t­ heir ­k inds, and all the crea­t ures
that move a­ long the ­g round ac­cord­ing
to ­their ­k inds. And God saw that it was
26 Then God said, “Let us make man­
kind in our im­a ge, in our like­ness, so
that they may rule over the fish in the
sea and the ­birds in the sky, over the
live­stock and all the wild an­i­mals, a and
over all the crea­t ures that move ­a long the

3 And God said, “Let ­there be ­light,” and
­there was ­light. 4 God saw that the ­light
was good, and he sep­a ­rat­ed the l­ight
from the dark­
ness. 5 God ­c alled the­
light “day,” and the dark­ness he ­called
“night.” And t­here was eve­n ing, and
­there was morn­ing  — ​the ­f irst day.
6 And God said, “Let t­here be a ­v ault be­
tween the wa­ters to sep­a ­rate wa­ter from
wa­ter.” 7 So God made the ­vault and sep­
a­rat­ed the wa­ter un­der the v­ ault from
the wa­ter ­above it. And it was so. 8 God
­called the ­vault “sky.” And ­there was eve­
ning, and ­there was morn­ing — ​the sec­
ond day.
9 And God said, “Let the wa­ter un­der the
sky be gath­ered to one ­place, and let dry
­g round ap­pear.” And it was so. 10 God
­c alled the dry ­g round “land,” and the
gath­ered wa­ters he c­ alled “seas.” And
God saw that it was good.
11 Then God said, “Let the land pro­
duce veg­e­ta­tion: seed-bear­ing ­plants and
­trees on the land that bear f­ ruit with seed
in it, ac­cord­ing to ­t heir var ­i­ous ­k inds.”
And it was so. 12 The land pro­duced veg­
e­ta­tion: ­plants bear­ing seed ac­cord­ing to
­t heir ­k inds and ­t rees bear­ing ­fruit with
seed in it ac­cord­ing to t­ heir k­ inds. And
God saw that it was good. 13 And ­t here
was eve­ning, and ­t here was morn­ing — ​
the ­third day.
27 So God created mankind in his own
14 And God said, “Let ­t here be ­lights in the
­vault of the sky to sep­a ­rate the day from in the image of God he created them;
the ­night, and let them ­serve as ­signs to male and female he created them.
a 26  Probable reading of the original Hebrew text (see Syriac); Masoretic Text the earth   

28 God ­blessed them and said to them,
“Be fruit­f ul and in­crease in num­ber; fill
the e­ arth and sub­due it. Rule over the
fish in the sea and the ­birds in the sky
and over ev­ery liv­ing crea­t ure that ­moves
on the ground.”
29 Then God said, “I give you ev­ery
seed-bear­ing p
­ lant on the face of the
­whole ­earth and ev­ery tree that has ­fruit
with seed in it. They will be y­ ours for
food. 30 And to all the ­beasts of the ­earth
and all the ­birds in the sky and all the
crea­t ures that move along the ­ground — ​
ev­ery­thing that has the ­breath of life in
it — ​I give ev­ery ­g reen p
­ lant for food.”
And it was so.
31 God saw all that he had made, and
it was very good. And ­there was eve­ning,
and ­there was morn­ing — ​the ­sixth day.


Thus the heav­ens and the ­earth were
com­plet­ed in all ­their vast ar­ray.

2 By the sev­enth day God had fin­ished the
work he had been do­ing; so on the sev­
enth day he rest­ed from all his work.
3 Then God ­blessed the sev­enth day and
made it holy, be­cause on it he rest­ed from
all the work of cre­at­ing that he had done.
Adam and Eve

t­ rees that were pleas­ing to the eye and good
for food. In the mid­d le of the gar­den were the
tree of life and the tree of the knowl­edge of
good and evil.
10 A riv­er wa­ter­ing the gar­den ­f lowed from
Eden; from ­there it was sep­a ­rat­ed into four
head­w a­ters. 11 The name of the f­irst is the
Pi­shon; it ­w inds ­through the en­tire land of
Hav ­i ­lah, ­where ­t here is gold. 12 (The gold of
that land is good; ar­o­mat­ic res­in d and onyx are
also ­there.) 13 The name of the sec­ond riv­er is
the Gi­hon; it ­w inds ­through the en­tire land of
Cush. e 14 The name of the t­ hird riv­er is the Ti­
gris; it runs ­a long the east side of Ash­ur. And
the ­fourth riv­er is the Eu­phra­tes.
15 The Lord God took the man and put
him in the Gar­den of Eden to work it and take
care of it. 16 And the Lord God com­mand­ed
the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in
the gar­den; 17 but you must not eat from the
tree of the knowl­edge of good and evil, for
when you eat from it you will cer­tain­ly die.”

MATTHEW 1:1 — 1:25
The Genealogy of Jesus the Messiah


This is the ge­ne­a l­o­g y    f of ­Jesus the Mes­
si­a h  g the son of Da­v id, the son of Abra­

2 Abra­ham was the fa­ther of Isaac,
Isaac the fa­ther of Ja­cob,
Ja­cob the fa­ther of Ju­d ah and his
5 Now no s
3 Ju­d ah the fa­t her of Pe­rez and Ze­rah,
­hrub had yet ap­peared on the
­earth a and no ­plant had yet s­ prung up, for the
­whose moth­er was Ta­mar,
Lord God had not sent rain on the e­ arth and Pe­rez the fa­ther of Hez­ron,
­there was no one to work the g­ round, 6 but Hez­ron the fa­ther of Ram,
4 Ram the fa­t her of Am­m in­a­dab,
­streams  b came up from the e­ arth and wa­tered
the ­whole sur­face of the ­g round. Then the Am­min­a­dab the fa­ther of Nah­shon,
Lord God ­formed a man c from the dust of the Nah­shon the fa­ther of Sal­mon,
5 Sal­
­ground and ­breathed into his nos­trils the ­breath
mon the fa­ther of Boaz, w
­ hose
of life, and the man be­came a liv­ing be­ing.
moth­er was Ra­hab,
8 Now the Lord God had plant­
ed a gar­ Boaz the fa­ther of Obed, ­whose moth­
den in the east, in Eden; and ­there he put the
er was Ruth,
man he had ­formed. 9 The Lord God made Obed the fa­ther of Jes­se,
6 and Jes­se the fa­t her of King Da­v id.
all ­k inds of ­trees grow out of the ­g round — ​
4 This

is the ac­count of the heav­ens and the
­earth when they were cre­at­ed, when the Lord
God made the ­earth and the heav­ens.

a 5 Or land  ; also in verse 6    b 6 Or mist    c 7  The Hebrew for man (adam) sounds like and may be
related to the Hebrew for ground (adamah) ; it is also the name Adam (see verse 20).    d 12 Or good; pearls   
e 13 Possibly southeast Mesopotamia    f 1 Or is an account of the origin    g 1 Or Jesus Christ. Messiah

(Hebrew) and Christ (Greek) both mean Anointed One; also in verse 18.   


Da­v id was the fa­ther of Sol­o­mon, ­whose
moth­er had been Uri­ah’s wife,
7 Sol­o­mon the fa­t her of Re­ho­bo­a m,

Re­ho­bo­am the fa­ther of Abi­jah,
Abi­jah the fa­ther of Asa,
8 Asa the fa­t her of Je­hosh­a­phat,

Je­hosh­a­phat the fa­ther of Je­ho­ram,
Je­ho­ram the fa­ther of Uz­zi­ah,
9 Uz­zi­a h the fa­t her of Jo­t ham,

Jo­tham the fa­ther of Ahaz,
Ahaz the fa­ther of Hez­e­k i­ah,
10 Hez­e­k i­a h the fa­t her of Ma­nas­seh,

Ma­nas­seh the fa­ther of Amon,
Amon the fa­ther of Jo­si­ah,
11 and Jo­si­a h the fa­t her of Jec­o­n i­a h  a and

his broth­ers at the time of the ex­ile
to Bab­ylon.
12 Af­ter the ex­ile to Bab­ylon:
Jec­o­ni­a h was the fa­ther of She­a l­ti­el,
She­a l­ti­el the fa­ther of Ze­r ub­ba­bel,
13 Ze­r ub­ba­bel the fa­t her of Abi­hud,

Abi­hud the fa­ther of Eli­a­k im,
Eli­a­k im the fa­ther of Azor,
14 Azor the fa­t her of Za­dok,

Za­dok the fa­ther of Akim,
Akim the fa­ther of Eli­hud,
15 Eli­hud the fa­t her of El­e­a­z ar,

El­e­a­zar the fa­ther of Mat­than,
Mat­than the fa­ther of Ja­cob,
16 and Ja­

cob the fa­ther of Jo­seph, the
hus­band of Mary, and Mary was
the moth­er of J­esus who is ­called
the Mes­si­a h.
17 Thus ­t here were four ­teen gen­er­a­t ions in
all from Abra­ham to Da­v id, four­teen from
Da­v id to the ex­ile to Bab­ylon, and four­teen
from the ex­ile to the Mes­si­ah.

Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son
18 This is how the b
­ irth of ­Jesus the Mes­si­ah
came ­about  b: His moth­er Mary was ­pledged to
be mar­ried to Jo­seph, but be­fore they came to­
geth­er, she was ­found to be preg­nant t­ hrough
the Holy Spir­it. 19 Be­cause Jo­seph her hus­band
was faith­f ul to the law, and yet c did not want
to ex­pose her to pub­lic dis­g race, he had in
mind to di­vorce her qui­et­ly.

20 But af­ter he had con­sid­ered this, an an­gel
of the Lord ap­peared to him in a d
­ ream and
said, “Jo­seph son of Da­v id, do not be ­a fraid to
take Mary home as your wife, be­cause what is
con­ceived in her is from the Holy Spir­it. 21 She
will give ­birth to a son, and you are to give
him the name ­Jesus, d be­cause he will save his
peo­ple from ­their sins.”
22 All this took ­
place to ful­fill what the
Lord had said ­through the proph­et: 23 “The
vir­g in will con­ceive and give ­birth to a son,
and they will call him Im­man­u­el” e (which
­means “God with us”).
24 When Jo­
seph woke up, he did what the
an­gel of the Lord had com­mand­ed him and
took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not
con­sum­mate their mar­riage un­til she gave
­birth to a son. And he gave him the name J­ esus.

PSALM 1:1 — 1:6
Psalm 1
1 Blessed

is the one
who does not walk in step with the
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the
and who meditates on his law day and
3 That person is like a tree planted by
streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither — ​
whatever they do prospers.
4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the
nor sinners in the assembly of the
6 For the Lord watches over the way of the
but the way of the wicked leads to

a 11  That is, Jehoiachin; also in verse 12    b 18 Or The origin of Jesus the Messiah was like this    c 19 Or was
a righteous man and    d 21  Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua, which means the Lord saves.    e 23  Isaiah 7:14   


Genesis 1:1 – 2:17; Matthew 1; Psalm 1

Genesis 1 – 2 describes the origination of the
universe, from nothingness to God’s creation
of everything you see. The story moves from
the beginning of space and time to the start
of every plant, animal, and person on earth.
Matthew 1 traces ­Jesus’ roots from Abraham
to Joseph, his earthly father, and tells of his
miraculous birth to a virgin, Mary. And Psalm
1 explains how you can make your first moves
toward a life close to God.


GENESIS 2:18 — 4:16
18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for
the man to be ­a lone. I will make a help­er suit­
able for him.”
19 Now the Lord God had ­
formed out of
the ­g round all the wild an­i­mals and all the
­birds in the sky. He ­brought them to the man
to see what he ­would name them; and what­
ev­er the man ­called each liv­ing crea­t ure, that
was its name. 20 So the man gave ­names to all
the live­stock, the ­birds in the sky and all the
wild an­i­mals.
But for Adam a no suit­able help­er was f­ ound.
21 So the Lord God c
­ aused the man to fall
into a deep ­sleep; and ­while he was sleep­ing,
he took one of the ­man’s ribs b and then ­closed
up the p
­ lace with ­f lesh. 22 Then the Lord God
made a wom­an from the rib c he had tak­en out
of the man, and he ­brought her to the man.

23 The

man said,

“This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
for she was taken out of man.”
24 That

is why a man ­leaves his fa­ther and
moth­er and is unit­ed to his wife, and they be­
come one flesh.
25 Adam and his wife were both na­ked, and
they felt no shame.
The Fall


Now the ser­pent was more ­c rafty than
any of the wild an­i­mals the Lord God
had made. He said to the wom­an, “Did God
real­ly say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in
the gar­den’?”
2 The wom­a n said to the ser­pent, “We may
eat ­fruit from the ­trees in the gar­den, 3 but
God did say, ‘You must not eat ­fruit from the
tree that is in the mid­d le of the gar­den, and
you must not ­touch it, or you will die.’ ”
4 “You will not cer­
tain­ly die,” the ser­pent
said to the wom­a n. 5 “For God ­k nows that
when you eat from it your eyes will be ­opened,
and you will be like God, know­ing good and
6 When the wom­a n saw that the ­f ruit of the
tree was good for food and pleas­ing to the eye,
and also de­sir­able for gain­ing wis­dom, she
took some and ate it. She also gave some to
her hus­band, who was with her, and he ate it.
7 Then the eyes of both of them were ­opened,
and they re­a l­ized they were na­ked; so they
­sewed fig ­leaves to­geth­er and made cov­er­ings
for them­selves.
8 Then the man and his wife ­
heard the
­sound of the Lord God as he was walk­ing
in the gar­den in the cool of the day, and they
hid from the Lord God a­ mong the t­rees of
the gar­den. 9 But the Lord God ­called to the
man, “Where are you?”
10 He an­
s wered, “I ­heard you in the gar­
den, and I was ­a fraid be­cause I was na­ked; so
I hid.”
11 And he said, “Who told you that you
were na­ked? Have you eat­en from the tree that
I com­mand­ed you not to eat from?”

a 20 Or the man    b 21 Or took part of the man’s side    c 22 Or part   


12 The man said, “The wom­a n you put here
with me — ​she gave me some f­ruit from the
tree, and I ate it.”
13 Then the Lord God said to the wom­a n,
“What is this you have done?”
The wom­a n said, “The ser­pent de­ceived
me, and I ate.”
14 So the Lord God said to the ser­
“Be­cause you have done this,

“Cursed are you above all livestock
and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring a and hers;
he will crush b your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
16 To

the wom­an he said,

“I will make your pains in childbearing very
with painful labor you will give birth to
Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you.”
17 To Adam he said, “Be­
cause you lis­tened
to your wife and ate fruit from the tree ­about
­which I com­mand­ed you, ‘You must not eat
from it,’

“Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food
from it
all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.”
20 Adam c ­named his wife Eve, d be­cause she
­would be­come the moth­er of all the liv­ing.

21 The Lord God made gar­ments of skin
for Adam and his wife and ­c lothed them.
22 And the Lord God said, “The man has
now be­come like one of us, know­ing good
and evil. He must not be al­lowed to ­reach out
his hand and take also from the tree of life
and eat, and live for­ev­er.” 23 So the Lord God
ban­ished him from the Gar­den of Eden to
work the ­ground from ­which he had been tak­
en. 24 Af­ter he ­drove the man out, he p
­ laced on
the east side e of the Gar­den of Eden cher­u­bim
and a flam­ing ­sword flash­ing back and f­orth
to ­g uard the way to the tree of life.

Cain and Abel


Adam c made love to his wife Eve, and she
be­came preg­nant and gave ­birth to Cain.  f
She said, “With the help of the Lord I have
­brought ­forth  g a man.” 2 Lat­er she gave b
­ irth to
his broth­er Abel.
Now Abel kept f­ locks, and Cain ­worked
the soil. 3 In the ­course of time Cain ­brought
some of the ­fruits of the soil as an of­fer­ing to
the Lord. 4 And Abel also ­brought an of­fer­
ing — ​fat por­tions from some of the first­born
of his ­f lock. The Lord ­looked with fa­vor on
Abel and his of­fer­ing, 5 but on Cain and his
of­fer­ing he did not look with fa­vor. So Cain
was very an­gry, and his face was down­cast.
6 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are
you an­g ry? Why is your face down­cast? 7 If
you do what is ­r ight, will you not be ac­cept­
ed? But if you do not do what is ­r ight, sin is
crouch­ing at your door; it de­sires to have you,
but you must rule over it.”
8 Now Cain said to his broth­er Abel, “Let’s
go out to the ­f ield.” h ­W hile they were in the
­field, Cain at­tacked his broth­er Abel and
­k illed him.
9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is
your broth­er Abel?”
“I d
­ on’t know,” he re­plied. “Am I my broth­
er’s keep­er?”
10 The Lord said, “What have you done?
Lis­ten! Your broth­er’s ­blood ­c ries out to me
from the ­ground. 11 Now you are un­der a ­curse
and driv­en from the ­g round, ­which ­opened

a 15 Or seed    b 15 Or strike    c 20,1  Or The man    d 20  Eve probably means living.    e 24 Or placed
in front    f 1  Cain sounds like the Hebrew for brought forth or acquired.    g 1 Or have acquired   
h 8  Samaritan Pentateuch, Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; Masoretic Text does not have “Let’s go out to

the field.”   

its ­mouth to re­ceive your broth­er’s ­blood from
your hand. 12 When you work the ­g round, it
will no lon­ger y­ ield its ­crops for you. You will
be a rest­less wan­der­er on the earth.”
13 Cain said to the Lord, “My pun­ish­ment is
more than I can bear. 14 To­day you are driv­ing
me from the land, and I will be hid­den from
your pres­ence; I will be a rest­less wan­der­er on
the ­earth, and who­ev­er ­f inds me will kill me.”
15 But the Lord said to him, “Not so a; any­
one who ­k ills Cain will suf­fer ven­geance sev­en
­times over.” Then the Lord put a mark on Cain
so that no one who ­found him ­would kill him.
16 So Cain went out from the Lord’s pres­ence
and ­lived in the land of Nod, b east of Eden.

MATTHEW 2:1 — 2:18
The Magi Visit the Messiah


Af­ter J­esus was born in Beth­le­hem in
Ju­dea, dur­ing the time of King Her­od,
Magi c from the east came to Je­r u­sa­lem 2 and
­asked, “Where is the one who has been born
king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose
and have come to wor­ship him.”
3 When King Her­od ­heard this he was dis­
turbed, and all Je­r u­sa­lem with him. 4 When
he had ­called to­geth­er all the peo­ple’s ­c hief
­priests and teach­ers of the law, he ­asked them
­where the Mes­si­a h was to be born. 5 “In Beth­
le­hem in Ju­dea,” they re­plied, “for this is what
the proph­et has writ­ten:
6 “ ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of
are by no means least among the rulers
of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’ d  ”

it rose went ­ahead of them un­til it ­stopped over
the ­place w
­ here the c­ hild was. 10 When they
saw the star, they were over­joyed. 11 On com­
ing to the ­house, they saw the ­child with his
moth­er Mary, and they ­bowed down and wor­
shiped him. Then they ­opened t­ heir trea­sures
and pre­sent­ed him with ­gifts of gold, frank­in­
cense and ­myrrh. 12 And hav­ing been w
­ arned
in a d
­ ream not to go back to Her­od, they re­
turned to ­their coun­try by an­oth­er route.
The Escape to Egypt
13 When they had gone, an an­
gel of the
Lord ap­peared to Jo­seph in a ­dream. “Get up,”
he said, “take the ­c hild and his moth­er and
es­cape to ­Egypt. Stay ­there un­til I tell you,
for Her­od is go­ing to s­ earch for the ­child to
kill him.”
14 So he got up, took the c
­hild and his
moth­er dur­ing the n
­ ight and left for ­Egypt,
15 where he ­stayed un­t il the ­death of Her­o d.
And so was ful­f illed what the Lord had said
­t hrough the proph­et: “Out of E
­ gypt I ­called
my son.” e
16 When Her­o d re­a l­ized that he had been
out­w it­ted by the Magi, he was fu­r i­ous, and
he gave or­ders to kill all the boys in Beth­le­
hem and its vi­cin­i­t y who were two ­years old
and un­der, in ac­cor­dance with the time he had
­learned from the Magi. 17 Then what was said
­through the proph­et Jer­e­mi­ah was ful­f illed:

18 “A voice is heard in Ramah,
weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children
and refusing to be comforted,
because they are no more.” f

PSALM 2:1 — 2:12

7 Then

Her­od ­called the Magi se­cret­ly and
f­ound out from them the ex­act time the star
had ap­peared. 8 He sent them to Beth­le­hem
and said, “Go and ­search care­ful­ly for the
­child. As soon as you find him, re­port to me,
so that I too may go and wor­ship him.”
9 Af­ter they had ­heard the king, they went
on ­their way, and the star they had seen when

Psalm 2
1 Why

do the nations conspire g
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the Lord and against his
anointed, saying,

a 15  Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; Hebrew Very well    b 16  Nod means wandering (see verses 12 and 14).   
c 1 Traditionally wise men     d 6 Micah 5:2,4    e 15 Hosea 11:1    f 18 Jer. 31:15    g 1 Hebrew;

Septuagint rage   


3 “Let us break their chains
and throw off their shackles.”
4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
5 He rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
6 “I have installed my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.”
7 I

will pro­claim the Lord’s de­cree:

He said to me, “You are my son;
today I have become your father.
8 Ask me,
and I will make the nations your
the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You will break them with a rod of iron a;
you will dash them to pieces like
10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;
be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear
and celebrate his rule with trembling.
12 Kiss his son, or he will be angry
and your way will lead to your
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Genesis 2:18 – 4:16; Matthew 2:1 – 18;
Psalm 2

Genesis 2 – 4 displays God’s flawless plan for
human beings to get along with him and each
other. But it also shows Adam and Eve rebelling
against the Lord’s command, shattering the relationships they enjoyed. Matthew 2 describes
­Jesus’ wondrous birth and the worship he receives from awestruck Magi. Yet the young
family has to flee murderous Herod. Psalm 2 offers a surprising Old Testament picture of ­Jesus
reigning as king. But it also exposes a world
rising up to oppose him.


GENESIS 4:17 — 6:22
17 Cain

made love to his wife, and she be­
came preg­nant and gave ­birth to ­Enoch. Cain
was then build­ing a city, and he ­named it af­
ter his son ­Enoch. 18 To ­Enoch was born Irad,
and Irad was the fa­ther of Me­hu­ja­el, and Me­
hu­ja­el was the fa­ther of Me­thu­sha­el, and Me­
thu­sha­el was the fa­ther of La­mech.
19 La­mech mar­r ied two wom­en, one ­named
Adah and the oth­er Zil­lah. 20 Adah gave ­birth
to Ja­bal; he was the fa­ther of ­those who live in
­tents and ­raise live­stock. 21 His broth­er’s name
was Ju­bal; he was the fa­ther of all who play
­stringed in­stru­ments and ­pipes. 22 Zil­lah also
had a son, Tu­bal-Cain, who ­forged all ­k inds
of ­tools out of b ­bronze and iron. Tu­bal-­Cain’s
sis­ter was Na­a­mah.
23 La­mech said to his wives,
“Adah and Zillah, listen to me;
wives of Lamech, hear my words.
I have killed a man for wounding me,
a young man for injuring me.
24 If Cain is avenged seven times,
then Lamech seventy-seven times.”
25 Adam

made love to his wife ­again, and
she gave ­birth to a son and ­named him Seth, c
say­ing, “God has grant­ed me an­oth­er ­child in
­place of Abel, s­ ince Cain k­ illed him.” 26 Seth
also had a son, and he ­named him Enosh.
At that time peo­ple be­gan to call on d the
name of the Lord.
From Adam to Noah


This is the writ­ten ac­count of ­Adam’s
fam­i­ly line.

a 9 Or will rule them with an iron scepter (see Septuagint and Syriac)    b 22 Or who instructed all who work in   
c 25  Seth probably means granted.    d 26 Or to proclaim   

When God cre­at­ed man­k ind, he made
them in the like­ness of God. 2 He cre­at­ed
them male and fe­male and ­blessed them. And
he named them “Man­k ind” a when they were
3 When Adam had ­l ived 130 ­years, he had a
son in his own like­ness, in his own im­age; and
he ­named him Seth. 4 Af­ter Seth was born,
Adam ­lived 800 ­years and had oth­er sons and
daugh­ters. 5 Al­to­geth­er, Adam ­lived a to­tal of
930 ­years, and then he died.
6 When Seth had ­l ived 105 ­years, he be­came
the fa­ther  b of ­Enosh. 7 Af­ter he be­came the fa­
ther of ­Enosh, Seth ­lived 807 ­years and had
oth­er sons and daugh­ters. 8 Al­to­geth­er, Seth
­lived a to­tal of 912 ­years, and then he died.
9 When ­
Enosh had l­ived 90 ­years, he be­
came the fa­ther of Ke­nan. 10 Af­ter he be­came
the fa­ther of Ke­nan, ­Enosh ­lived 815 ­years
and had oth­er sons and daugh­ters. 11 Al­to­
geth­er, E
­ nosh ­lived a to­tal of 905 ­years, and
then he died.
12 When Ke­nan had ­lived 70 ­years, he be­
came the fa­ther of Ma­ha­la­lel. 13 Af­ter he be­
came the fa­t her of Ma ­ha ­la ­lel, Ke­nan ­l ived
840 ­years and had oth­er sons and daugh­ters.
14 Al­to­geth­er, Ke­nan ­l ived a to­tal of 910 ­years,
and then he died.
15 When Ma­ha­la­lel had ­lived 65 ­years, he
be­came the fa­ther of Ja­red. 16 Af­ter he be­came
the fa­ther of Ja­red, Ma­ha­la­lel ­lived 830 ­years
and had oth­er sons and daugh­ters.17 Al­to­geth­
er, Ma­ha­la­lel l­ived a to­tal of 895 y­ ears, and
then he died.
18 When Ja­red had ­lived 162 ­years, he be­
came the fa­ther of ­Enoch. 19 Af­ter he be­came
the fa­ther of ­Enoch, Ja­red ­lived 800 ­years and
had oth­er sons and daugh­ters. 20 Al­to­geth­er,
Ja­red ­lived a to­tal of 962 ­years, and then he
21 When E
­ noch had ­lived 65 ­years, he be­
came the fa­ther of Me­thu­se­lah. 22 Af­ter he be­
came the fa­ther of Me­thu­se­lah, ­Enoch ­walked
faith­f ul­ly with God 300 ­years and had oth­er
sons and daugh­ters. 23 Al­to­geth­er, ­Enoch ­lived
a to­tal of 365 ­years. 24 Enoch ­walked faith­f ul­ly
with God; then he was no more, be­cause God
took him away.

25 When Me­t hu­s e­l ah had ­l ived 187 ­y ears,
he be­came the fa­t her of La­mech. 26 Af­ter he
be­came the fa­t her of La­mech, Me­t hu­se­l ah
­lived 782 ­years and had oth­er sons and daugh­
ters. 27 Al­to­geth­er, Me­thu­se­lah ­lived a to­tal of
969 ­years, and then he died.
28 When La­
mech had ­lived 182 ­years, he
had a son. 29 He ­named him Noah c and said,
“He will com­fort us in the la­bor and pain­f ul
toil of our ­hands ­caused by the g­ round the
Lord has c­ ursed.” 30 Af­ter Noah was born,
La­mech ­lived 595 ­years and had oth­er sons
and daugh­ters. 31 Al­to­geth­er, La­mech ­l ived a
to­tal of 777 ­years, and then he died.
32 Af­ter Noah was 500 ­years old, he be­came
the fa­ther of Shem, Ham and Ja­pheth.

Wickedness in the World


When hu­man be­ings be­gan to in­c rease
in num­ber on the ­earth and daugh­ters
were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that
the daugh­ters of hu­mans were beau­ti­f ul, and
they mar­r ied any of them they ­chose. 3 Then
the Lord said, “My Spir­it will not con­tend
with d hu­mans for­e v­er, for they are mor­tal e;
­their days will be a hun­dred and twen­t y years.”
4 The Neph­i­lim were on the ­earth in ­t hose
days — ​a nd also af­ter­ward — ​when the sons
of God went to the daugh­ters of hu­mans and
had chil­d ren by them. They were the he­roes
of old, men of re­nown.
5 The Lord saw how g
­ reat the wick­ed­ness
of the hu­man race had be­come on the ­earth,
and that ev­ery in­c li­na­t ion of the t­ houghts of
the hu­man ­heart was only evil all the time.
6 The Lord re­g ret­ted that he had made hu­
man be­ings on the ­earth, and his ­heart was
deep­ly trou­bled. 7 So the Lord said, “I will
wipe from the face of the ­earth the hu­man
race I have cre­at­ed — ​and with them the an­
i­mals, the ­birds and the crea­t ures that move
­a long the ­g round — ​for I re­g ret that I have
made them.” 8 But Noah ­found fa­vor in the
eyes of the Lord.
Noah and the Flood
9 This is the ac­
c ount of Noah and his­

a 2 Hebrew adam    b 6  Father may mean ancestor; also in verses 7-26.    c 29  Noah sounds like the
Hebrew for comfort.    d 3 Or My spirit will not remain in    e 3 Or corrupt   


Noah was a righ­
t eous man, blame­
l ess
a­ mong the peo­ple of his time, and he ­walked
faith­f ul ­ly with God. 10 Noah had ­t hree sons:
Shem, Ham and Ja­pheth.
11 Now the ­earth was cor­r upt in ­God’s ­sight
and was full of vi­o­lence. 12 God saw how cor­
rupt the ­earth had be­come, for all the peo­
ple on ­earth had cor­r upt­ed ­their ways. 13 So
God said to Noah, “I am go­ing to put an end
to all peo­ple, for the ­earth is ­f illed with vi­o­
lence be­cause of them. I am sure­ly go­ing to
de­stroy both them and the ­earth. 14 So make
your­self an ark of cy­press a wood; make r­ ooms
in it and coat it with ­pitch in­side and out.
15 This is how you are to b
­ uild it: The ark is
to be ­three hun­d red cu­bits long, fif­t y cu­bits
wide and thir­t y cu­bits high. b 16 Make a roof
for it, leav­ing be­low the roof an open­ing one
cu­bit c high all a­ round. d Put a door in the side
of the ark and make low­er, mid­d le and up­per
­decks.17 I am go­ing to ­bring f lood­wa­ters on
the ­earth to de­stroy all life un­der the heav­ens,
ev­ery crea­t ure that has the ­breath of life in it.
Ev­ery ­thing on ­earth will per­ish. 18 But I will
es­tab­lish my cov­enant with you, and you will
en­ter the ark — ​you and your sons and your
wife and your sons’ ­w ives with you. 19 You are
to ­bring into the ark two of all liv­ing crea­
tures, male and fe­male, to keep them a­ live
with you. 20 Two of ev­ery kind of bird, of ev­ery
kind of an­i­mal and of ev­ery kind of crea­t ure
that ­moves ­a long the ­g round will come to you
to be kept a­ live. 21 You are to take ev­ery kind
of food that is to be eat­en and ­store it away as
food for you and for them.”
22 Noah did ev­
ery­thing just as God com­
mand­ed him.

MATTHEW 2:19 — 3:17
The Return to Nazareth
19 Af­ter Her­od died, an an­gel of the Lord
ap­peared in a ­dream to Jo­seph in ­Egypt 20 and
said, “Get up, take the ­c hild and his moth­
er and go to the land of Is­ra­el, for t­ hose who
were try­ing to take the ­child’s life are dead.”
21 So he got up, took the ­
c hild and his

moth­er and went to the land of Is­ra­el. 22 But
when he ­heard that Ar­c he­la­us was reign­ing
in Ju­dea in ­place of his fa­ther Her­od, he was
­a fraid to go ­t here. Hav­ing been ­warned in a
­dream, he with­drew to the dis­trict of Gal­i­lee,
23 and he went and ­l ived in a town ­called Naz­
a­reth. So was ful­f illed what was said ­through
the proph­ets, that he would be ­called a Naz­
John the Baptist Prepares the Way


In ­those days John the Bap­tist came,
preach­ing in the wil­der­ness of Ju­dea 2 and
say­ing, “Re­pent, for the king­dom of heav­en
has come near.” 3 This is he who was spo­ken of
­through the proph­et Isa­iah:
“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.’ ” e
4 John’s

­c lothes were made of cam­el’s hair,
and he had a leath­er belt ­a round his ­waist. His
food was lo­custs and wild hon­ey. 5 Peo­ple went
out to him from Je­r u­sa­lem and all Ju­dea and
the ­whole re­g ion of the Jor­dan. 6 Con­fess­ing
­their sins, they were bap­tized by him in the
Jor­dan Riv­er.
7 But when he saw many of the Phar­
and Sad­du­cees com­ing to ­where he was bap­
tiz­ing, he said to them: “You ­brood of vi­pers!
Who w
­ arned you to f lee from the com­ing
­w rath? 8 Pro­duce ­fruit in keep­ing with re­pen­
tance. 9 And do not ­think you can say to your­
selves, ‘We have Abra­ham as our fa­ther.’ I tell
you that out of ­these ­stones God can ­raise up
chil­d ren for Abra­ham. 10 The ax is al­ready at
the root of the ­trees, and ev­ery tree that does
not pro­duce good ­fruit will be cut down and
­thrown into the fire.
11 “I bap­t ize you with  f wa­ter for re­pen­tance.
But af­ter me ­comes one who is more pow­er­f ul
than I, ­whose san­dals I am not wor­thy to car­
ry. He will bap­tize you with  f the Holy Spir­it
and fire. 12 His win­now­ing fork is in his hand,
and he will ­c lear his thresh­ing ­f loor, gath­er­
ing his ­wheat into the barn and burn­ing up
the ­chaff with un­quench­able fire.”

a 14  The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.    b 15  That is, about 450 feet long, 75 feet
wide and 45 feet high or about 135 meters long, 23 meters wide and 14 meters high    c 16  That is, about
18 inches or about 45 centimeters    d 16  The meaning of the Hebrew for this clause is uncertain.   
e 3 Isaiah 40:3    f 11  Or in   



The Baptism of Jesus
13 Then

­Jesus came from Gal­i­lee to the Jor­
dan to be bap­tized by John. 14 But John ­t ried
to de­ter him, say­ing, “I need to be bap­tized by
you, and do you come to me?”
15 Jesus re­plied, “Let it be so now; it is prop­
er for us to do this to ful­f ill all righ­teous­ness.”
Then John con­sent­ed.
16 As soon as ­
Jesus was bap­tized, he went
up out of the wa­ter. At that mo­ment heav­en
was ­opened, and he saw the Spir­it of God
s cend­
i ng like a dove and alight­
i ng on
him. 17 And a v­ oice from heav­en said, “This
is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well

Genesis 4:17 – 6:22;
Matthew 2:19 – 3:17; Psalm 3

By the days of Noah in Genesis 4 – 6, the horror of human wickedness deeply troubles God’s
heart. The Lord grows so sorry he made ­people
that he decides to wipe them from the face of
earth. Matthew 2 – 3 pictures John the Baptist telling everyone they need to repent — ​to
stop sinning and turn back to God. And Psalm
3 came straight from King David’s heart when
his son Absalom tried to topple him from the
throne. No one is without sin.

PSALM 3:1 — 3:8
Psalm 3 a
A psalm of David. When he fled
from his son Absalom.

1 Lord, how many are my foes!
How many rise up against me!
2 Many are saying of me,
“God will not deliver him.” b
3 But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head
4 I call out to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy
5 I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the Lord sustains
6 I will not fear though tens of thousands
assail me on every side.
7 Arise, Lord!
Deliver me, my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
break the teeth of the wicked.
8 From the Lord comes deliverance.
May your blessing be on your people.

GENESIS 7:1 — 9:17


The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into
the ark, you and your ­whole fam­i­ly, be­
cause I have ­found you righ­teous in this gen­
er­a­t ion. 2 Take with you sev­en p
­ airs of ev­ery
kind of ­clean an­i­mal, a male and its mate, and
one pair of ev­ery kind of un­c lean an­i­mal, a
male and its mate, 3 and also sev­en ­pairs of
ev­ery kind of bird, male and fe­male, to keep
­their var­i­ous ­k inds ­a live through­out the ­earth.
4 Sev­en days from now I will send rain on the
­earth for for­t y days and for­t y ­nights, and I will
wipe from the face of the ­earth ev­ery liv­ing
crea­t ure I have made.”
5 And Noah did all that the Lord com­
mand­ed him.
6 Noah was six hun­d red ­years old when the
f lood­wa­ters came on the ­earth. 7 And Noah

a In Hebrew texts 3:1-8 is numbered 3:2-9.    b 2  The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here

and at the end of verses 4 and 8.   


and his sons and his wife and his sons’ w
­ ives
en­tered the ark to es­cape the wa­ters of the
­f lood. 8 Pairs of ­c lean and un­c lean an­i­mals,
of ­birds and of all crea­t ures that move ­a long
the ­ground, 9 male and fe­male, came to Noah
and en­tered the ark, as God had com­mand­ed
Noah. 10 And af­ter the sev­en days the flood­
wa­ters came on the earth.
11 In the six hun­d redth year of No­a h’s life,
on the sev­en­teenth day of the sec­ond ­month — ​
on that day all the ­springs of the ­g reat deep
­burst ­forth, and the flood­gates of the heav­ens
were ­opened. 12 And rain fell on the ­earth for­
ty days and for­t y nights.
13 On that very day Noah and his sons,
Shem, Ham and Ja­pheth, to­geth­er with his
wife and the ­w ives of his t­ hree sons, en­tered
the ark. 14 They had with them ev­ery wild an­i­
mal ac­cord­ing to its kind, all live­stock ac­cord­
ing to t­ heir k­ inds, ev­ery crea­t ure that m
­ oves
­a long the ­g round ac­cord­ing to its kind and
ev­ery bird ac­cord­ing to its kind, ev­ery­thing
with ­w ings. 15 Pairs of all crea­t ures that have
the ­breath of life in them came to Noah and
en­tered the ark. 16 The an­i­mals go­ing in were
male and fe­male of ev­ery liv­ing ­thing, as God
had com­mand­ed Noah. Then the Lord shut
him in.
17 For for­t y days the ­f lood kept com­i ng on
the ­e arth, and as the wa­ters in­c reased they
lift­e d the ark high a­ bove the e­ arth. 18 The
wa­ters rose and in­creased great­ly on the
­earth, and the ark f loat­ed on the sur­face of
the wa­ter. 19 They rose great­ly on the ­earth,
and all the high moun­tains un­der the en­t ire
heav­ens were cov­ered. 20 The wa­ters rose and
cov­ered the moun­tains to a ­depth of more
than fif ­teen cu­bits.  a , b  21 Ev­ery liv ­i ng ­t hing
that m
­ oved on land per­ished — ​­birds, live­
stock, wild an­i­m als, all the crea­tures that
­swarm over the e­arth, and all man­k ind.
22 Ev­ery­t hing on dry land that had the ­breath
of life in its nos­trils died. 23 Ev­e ry liv ­i ng
­t hing on the face of the ­earth was ­w iped out;
peo­ple and an­i­m als and the crea­tures that
move a­ long the ­g round and the ­birds were
­w iped from the ­earth. Only Noah was left,
and ­t hose with him in the ark.

24 The wa­ters flood­ed the ­earth for a hun­
dred and fif­t y days.
But God re­mem­bered Noah and all the
wild an­i­mals and the live­stock that were
with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over
the ­earth, and the wa­ters re­ced­ed. 2 Now the
­springs of the deep and the flood­gates of the
heav­ens had been ­c losed, and the rain had
­stopped fall­ing from the sky. 3 The wa­ter re­
ced­ed steadi­ly from the ­earth. At the end
of the hun­d red and fif­t y days the wa­ter had
gone down, 4 and on the sev­en­teenth day of
the sev­enth ­month the ark came to rest on the
moun­tains of Ar­a ­rat. 5 The wa­ters con­tin­ued
to re­cede un­til the ­tenth ­month, and on the
­f irst day of the ­tenth m
­ onth the tops of the
moun­tains be­came vis­i­ble.
6 Af­ter for­t y days Noah ­opened a win­dow
he had made in the ark 7 and sent out a ra­ven,
and it kept fly­ing back and ­forth un­til the wa­
ter had ­dried up from the ­earth. 8 Then he sent
out a dove to see if the wa­ter had re­ced­ed from
the sur­face of the ­ground. 9 But the dove ­could
find no­where to ­perch be­cause ­there was wa­
ter over all the sur­face of the e­ arth; so it re­
turned to Noah in the ark. He ­reached out his
hand and took the dove and ­brought it back
to him­self in the ark. 10 He wait­ed sev­en more
days and ­again sent out the dove from the ark.
11 When the dove re­t urned to him in the eve­
ning, t­here in its beak was a fresh­ly ­plucked
ol­ive leaf  ! Then Noah knew that the wa­ter
had re­ced­ed from the ­earth. 12 He wait­ed sev­
en more days and sent the dove out ­again, but
this time it did not re­t urn to him.
13 By the ­f irst day of the ­f irst ­month of No­
ah’s six hun­dred and ­f irst year, the wa­ter had
­dried up from the ­earth. Noah then re­moved
the cov­er­ing from the ark and saw that the sur­
face of the g­ round was dry. 14 By the twen­t ysev­enth day of the sec­ond ­month the e­ arth
was com­plete­ly dry.
15 Then God said to Noah, 16 “Come out of
the ark, you and your wife and your sons and
­t heir ­w ives. 17 Bring out ev­ery kind of liv­ing
crea­t ure that is with you — ​the ­birds, the an­
i­mals, and all the crea­t ures that move ­a long
the ­g round — ​so they can mul­ti­ply on the


a 20  That is, about 23 feet or about 6.8 meters    b 20 Or rose more than fifteen cubits, and the mountains

were covered   

e­ arth and be fruit­f ul and in­crease in num­ber
on it.”
18 So Noah came out, to­geth­er with his sons
and his wife and his sons’ ­w ives. 19 All the an­
i­mals and all the crea­tures that move ­a long
the ­g round and all the ­birds — ​ev­ery­thing
that ­moves on land — ​came out of the ark, one
kind af­ter an­oth­er.
20 Then Noah b
­ uilt an al­tar to the Lord
and, tak­ing some of all the ­clean an­i­mals and
­c lean ­birds, he sac­r i­f iced ­burnt of ­fer ­ings on
it. 21 The Lord ­smelled the pleas­ing aro­ma
and said in his ­heart: “Nev­er ­again will I ­curse
the ­ground be­cause of hu­mans, even ­though a
­ev­ery in­c li­na­t ion of the hu­man ­heart is evil
from child­hood. And nev­er a­ gain will I de­
stroy all liv­ing crea­t ures, as I have done.
22 “As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease.”
God’s Covenant With Noah


Then God b
­ lessed Noah and his sons,
say­ing to them, “Be fruit­f ul and in­crease
in num­ber and fill the e­ arth. 2 The fear and
­d read of you will fall on all the ­beasts of the
­earth, and on all the ­birds in the sky, on ­ev­ery
crea­ture that ­moves ­a long the g­ round, and
on all the fish in the sea; they are giv­en into
your ­hands. 3 Ev­ery ­thing that ­lives and ­moves
about will be food for you. Just as I gave you
the ­green ­plants, I now give you ev­ery­thing.
4 “But you must not eat meat that has its life­
blood ­still in it. 5 And for your life­blood I will
sure­ly de­mand an ac­count­ing. I will de­mand
an ac­count­ing from ev­ery an­i­mal. And from
each hu­man be­ing, too, I will de­mand an ac­
count­ing for the life of an­oth­er hu­man be­ing.
6 “Whoever sheds human blood,
by humans shall their blood be shed;
for in the image of God
has God made mankind.
7 As for you, be fruit­f ul and in­crease in num­ber;

mul­ti­ply on the ­earth and in­crease upon it.”

8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons
with him: 9 “I now es­tab­lish my cov­enant
with you and with your de­scen­dants af­ter you
10 and with ev­ery liv­ing crea­t ure that was with
you — ​the ­birds, the live­stock and all the wild
an­i­mals, all ­those that came out of the ark
with you  — ​ev­ery liv­ing crea­t ure on ­earth. 11 I
es­tab­lish my cov­enant with you: Nev­er ­again
will all life be de­stroyed by the wa­ters of a
­f lood; nev­er a­ gain will ­there be a ­f lood to de­
stroy the earth.”
12 And God said, “This is the sign of the
cov­enant I am mak­ing be­t ween me and you
and ev­ery liv­ing crea­t ure with you, a cov­enant
for all gen­er­a­tions to come: 13 I have set my
rain­bow in the ­clouds, and it will be the sign
of the cov­enant be­tween me and the ­earth.
14 When­ev­er I b
­ ring ­clouds over the ­earth and
the rain­bow ap­pears in the ­c louds, 15 I will
re­mem­ber my cov­enant be­t ween me and you
and all liv­ing crea­t ures of ev­ery kind. Nev­er
­again will the wa­ters be­come a f­ lood to de­
stroy all life. 16 When­ev­er the rain­bow ap­pears
in the ­c louds, I will see it and re­mem­ber the
ever­last­ing cov­enant be­t ween God and all liv­
ing crea­t ures of ev­ery kind on the earth.”
17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of
the cov­enant I have es­tab­lished be­t ween me
and all life on the earth.”

MATTHEW 4:1 — 4:22
Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness


Then ­Jesus was led by the Spir­it into the
wil­der­ness to be tempt­ed  b by the dev­il.
2 Af­ter fast­ing for­t y days and for­t y n
­ ights, he
was hun­g ry. 3 The tempt­er came to him and
said, “If you are the Son of God, tell ­these
­stones to be­come bread.”
4 Jesus an­s wered, “It is writ­ten: ‘Man shall
not live on ­bread ­a lone, but on ev­ery word that
­comes from the ­mouth of God.’ c  ”
5 Then the dev­il took him to the holy city
and had him ­stand on the high­est ­point of the
tem­ple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said,
“throw your­self down. For it is writ­ten:
“ ‘He will command his angels concerning

a 21 Or humans, for    b 1  The Greek for tempted can also mean tested.    c 4 Deut. 8:3   


and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot
against a stone.’ a ”
7 Jesus an­
s wered him, “It is also writ­ten:
‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ b ”
8 Again, the dev­il took him to a very high
moun­tain and ­showed him all the king­doms
of the w
­ orld and ­their splen­dor. 9 “All this I
will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down
and wor­ship me.”
10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Sa­tan!
For it is writ­ten: ‘Wor­ship the Lord your God,
and ­serve him only.’ c  ”
11 Then the dev­i l left him, and an­gels came
and at­tend­ed him.

Jesus Begins to Preach
12 When

­Jesus h
­ eard that John had been put
in pris­on, he with­d rew to Gal­i­lee. 13 Leav­ing
Naz­a ­reth, he went and ­l ived in Ca­per­na­um,
­which was by the lake in the area of Zeb­u­
lun and Naph­ta­li  — ​ 14 to ful­f ill what was said
­through the proph­et Isa­iah:
15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles — ​
16 the people living in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow
of death
a light has dawned.” d
17 From

that time on ­Jesus be­gan to ­preach,
“Re­pent, for the king­dom of heav­en has come
Jesus Calls His First Disciples
18 As

­Jesus was walk­ing be­side the Sea of
Gal­i­lee, he saw two broth­ers, Si­mon ­called
Pe­ter and his broth­er An­d rew. They were
cast­ing a net into the lake, for they were fish­
er­men. 19 “Come, fol­low me,” ­Jesus said, “and
I will send you out to fish for peo­ple.” 20 At
once they left ­their nets and fol­lowed him.
21 Go­ing on from ­t here, he saw two oth­er

broth­ers, ­James son of Zeb­e­dee and his broth­
er John. They were in a boat with t­ heir fa­ther
Zeb­e­dee, pre­par ­i ng ­t heir nets. ­Jesus ­c alled
them, 22 and im­me­d i­ate­ly they left the boat
and ­their fa­ther and fol­lowed him.

PROVERBS 1:1 — 1:7


The prov­erbs of Sol­o­mon son of Da­v id,
king of Is­ra­el:

2 for gaining wisdom and instruction;
for understanding words of insight;
3 for receiving instruction in prudent
doing what is right and just and fair;
4 for giving prudence to those who are
simple, e
knowledge and discretion to the
young — ​
5 let the wise listen and add to their
and let the discerning get guidance — ​
6 for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.  f
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of
but fools g despise wisdom and

Genesis 7:1 – 9:17; Matthew 4:1 – 22;
Proverbs 1:1 – 7

In Genesis 7 – 9 God sends a flood to cover the
entire world, then offers humankind a fresh start
and a promise never again to flood the earth and
destroy all life. In Matthew 4 ­Jesus battles temptation by hitting back at the devil with God’s
powerful words. The Lord announces the end of
darkness and the arrival of his kingdom, and he
calls his first followers to help him spread the
news. Proverbs 1 invites you to listen closely to
God’s wisdom and learn to do right.

a 6 Psalm 91:11,12    b 7 Deut. 6:16    c 10 Deut. 6:13    d 16 Isaiah 9:1,2    e 4  The Hebrew word

rendered simple in Proverbs denotes a person who is gullible, without moral direction and inclined to evil.   
f 6 Or understanding a proverb, namely, a parable, / and the sayings of the wise, their riddles    g 7 The 
Hebrew words rendered fool in Proverbs, and often elsewhere in the Old Testament, denote a person who
is morally deficient.   


and may Canaan be the slave of
28 Af­

29 Noah


the ­flood Noah ­lived 350 ­years.
l­ived a to­tal of 950 ­years, and then he

The Table of Nations


GENESIS 9:18 — 11:9
The Sons of Noah
18 The

sons of Noah who came out of the
ark were Shem, Ham and Ja­pheth. (Ham was
the fa­ther of Ca­naan.) 19 These were the t­ hree
sons of Noah, and from them came the peo­ple
who were scat­tered over the ­whole earth.
20 Noah, a man of the soil, pro­
ceed­ed a to
­plant a vine­yard. 21 When he ­d rank some of
its wine, he be­came ­drunk and lay un­cov­ered
in­side his tent. 22 Ham, the fa­ther of Ca­naan,
saw his fa­ther na­ked and told his two broth­ers
out­side. 23 But Shem and Ja­pheth took a gar­
ment and laid it ­across ­their shoul­ders; then
they ­walked in back­ward and cov­ered ­their
fa­t her’s na­ked body. T
­ heir fac­es were t­ urned
the oth­er way so that they ­would not see ­their
fa­ther na­ked.
24 When Noah ­
awoke from his wine and
­found out what his youn­gest son had done to
him, 25 he said,
“Cursed be Canaan!
The lowest of slaves
will he be to his brothers.”
26 He

also said,

“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Shem!
May Canaan be the slave of Shem.
27 May God extend Japheth’s b territory;
may Japheth live in the tents of Shem,


This is the ac­count of Shem, Ham
and Ja­pheth, No­ah’s sons, who them­
selves had sons af­ter the flood.
The Japhethites

2 The sons c of Ja­pheth:
Go­mer, Ma­gog, Mad­ai, Ja­van, Tu­bal,
Me­shek and Ti­ras.
3 The sons of Go­mer:
Ash­ke­naz, Ri­phath and To­gar­mah.
4 The sons of Ja­van:
Eli­shah, Tar­shish, the Kit­tites and
the Rod­a­n ites.  d 5 (From ­
t hese the
mar­i­time peo­ples ­spread out into ­their
ter ­r i­to­r ies by ­t heir ­c lans with­in ­t heir
na­tions, each with its own lan­g uage.)
The Hamites

6 The sons of Ham:
Cush, ­Egypt, Put and Ca­naan.
7 The sons of Cush:
Seba, Hav ­i ­lah, Sab­tah, Ra­a­mah and
Sab­te­k a.
The sons of Ra­a­mah:
She­ba and De­dan.
8 Cush was the fa­t her e of Nim­rod, who be­
came a ­mighty war­rior on the ­earth. 9 He was a
­mighty hunt­er be­fore the Lord; that is why it
is said, “Like Nim­rod, a ­mighty hunt­er be­fore
the Lord.” 10 The ­f irst cen­ters of his king­dom
were Bab­ylon, Uruk, Ak­k ad and Kal­neh, in  f
Shi­nar. g 11 From that land he went to As­syr­ia,
­where he ­built Nin­e­veh, Re­ho­both Ir,  h Ca­lah
12 and Re­sen, ­which is be­t ween Nin­e ­veh and
Ca­lah  — ​­which is the ­great city.

13 Egypt was the fa­ther of
the Lu­d ites, An­a­m ites, Le­h a­bites,
Naph­t u­h ites, 14 Path ­r u­sites, Kas­lu­

a 20 Or soil, was the first    b 27  Japheth sounds like the Hebrew for extend.    c 2  Sons may mean
descendants or successors or nations; also in verses 3, 4, 6, 7, 20-23, 29 and 31.    d 4  Some manuscripts of the

Masoretic Text and Samaritan Pentateuch (see also Septuagint and 1 Chron. 1:7); most manuscripts of the
Masoretic Text Dodanites    e 8  Father may mean ancestor or predecessor or founder; also in verses 13, 15, 24
and 26.    f 10 Or Uruk and Akkad — ​all of them in    g 10  That is, Babylonia    h 11 Or Nineveh with its
city squares   


hites (from whom the Phi­
l is­
t ines
came) and Caph­to­rites.
15 Ca­naan was the fa­ther of
Si­don his first­born, a and of the Hit­tites,
16 Jeb­u ­s ites, Am­o­r ites, Gir ­g a ­s hites,
17 Hi­v ites, Ar­k ites, Si­nites,18 Ar ­vad­ites,
Zem­a­rites and Ha­math­ites.
Lat­er the Ca­naan­ite ­c lans scat ­tered 19 and
the bor­ders of Ca­naan ­reached from Si­don to­
ward Ge­rar as far as Gaza, and then to­ward
Sod­om, Go­mor­rah, Ad­mah and Ze­boy­im, as
far as La­sha.
20 These are the sons of Ham by ­t heir ­c lans
and lan­g uag­es, in ­their ter­ri­to­ries and na­tions.
The Semites
21 Sons were also born to Shem, ­whose old­er
broth­er was  b Ja­pheth; Shem was the an­ces­tor
of all the sons of Eber.

22 The sons of Shem:
Elam, Ash­u r, Ar­phax­ad, Lud and
23 The sons of Aram:
Uz, Hul, Ge­ther and Me­shek. c
24 Ar­phax­ad was the fa­ther of d She­lah,
and She­lah the fa­ther of Eber.
25 Two sons were born to Eber:
One was ­named Pe­leg, e be­cause in his
time the ­earth was di­v id­ed; his broth­
er was ­named Jok­tan.
26 Jok­tan was the fa­ther of
Al­mo­d ad, She­l eph, Ha­z ar­m a­v eth,
Je­r ah, 27 Ha­d o­r am, Uzal, Dik ­l ah,
28 Obal, Abim­a­e l, She­b a, 29 Ophir,
Hav­i­lah and Jo­bab. All t­hese were
sons of Jok­tan.
30 The

re­gion ­where they ­lived ­stretched from
Me­sha to­w ard Se­phar, in the east­ern hill
31 These are the sons of Shem by ­t heir ­c lans
and lan­g uag­es, in ­their ter­ri­to­ries and na­tions.
32 These are the ­
c lans of No­a h’s sons, ac­
cord­ing to ­their ­lines of de­scent, with­in ­their
na­tions. From ­these the na­tions ­spread out
over the ­earth af­ter the flood.

The Tower of Babel


Now the w
­ hole w
­ orld had one lan­
guage and a com­mon ­speech. 2 As
peo­ple ­moved east­ward,   f they ­found a ­plain in
Shi­nar  g and set­t led there.
3 They said to each oth­er, “Come, ­let’s make
­bricks and bake them thor­ough­ly.” They used
­brick in­stead of ­stone, and tar for mor­tar.
4 Then they said, “Come, let us ­
build our­
selves a city, with a tow­er that reach­es to the
heav­ens, so that we may make a name for our­
selves; other­w ise we will be scat­tered over the
face of the ­whole earth.”
5 But the Lord came down to see the city
and the tow­er the peo­ple were build­ing. 6 The
Lord said, “If as one peo­ple speak­ing the
same lan­g uage they have be­g un to do this,
then noth­ing they plan to do will be im­pos­
si­ble for them. 7 Come, let us go down and
con­f use ­their lan­g uage so they will not un­der­
stand each oth­er.”
8 So the Lord scat­
tered them from t­here
over all the ­earth, and they ­stopped build­ing
the city. 9 That is why it was c­ alled Ba­bel h  — ​
be­cause ­there the Lord con­f used the lan­g uage
of the w
­ hole w
­ orld. From ­there the Lord scat­
tered them over the face of the ­whole earth.

MATTHEW 4:23 — 5:20
Jesus Heals the Sick
23 Jesus

went through­out Gal ­i ­lee, teach­ing
in ­t heir syn­a­gogues, pro­c laim­i ng the good
news of the king­dom, and heal­ing ev­ery dis­ease
and sick­ness ­among the peo­ple. 24 News ­about
him ­spread all over Syr­ia, and peo­ple ­brought
to him all who were ill with var­i­ous ­dis­eas­es,
­t hose suf­fer­i ng se­v ere pain, the de­monpos­sessed, ­those hav­ing sei­zures, and the par­
a­lyzed; and he h
­ ealed them. 25 Large ­crowds
from Gal ­i ­l ee, the De­c ap­o­l is,  i Je­r u­s a­l em,­
Ju­dea and the re­g ion a­ cross the Jor­dan fol­
lowed him.
Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount


Now when ­Jesus saw the ­crowds, he went
up on a moun­tain­side and sat down. His

a 15 Or of the Sidonians, the foremost    b 21 Or Shem, the older brother of    c 23  See Septuagint and
1 Chron. 1:17; Hebrew Mash.    d 24  Hebrew; Septuagint father of Cainan, and Cainan was the father of   
e 25  Peleg means division.    f 2 Or from the east ; or in the east    g 2  That is, Babylonia    h 9  That is,
Babylon; Babel sounds like the Hebrew for confused.    i 25  That is, the Ten Cities   



dis­ci­ples came to him, 2 and he be­gan to ­teach
The Beatitudes

He said:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst
for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted
because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed

are you when peo­ple in­sult you,
per­se­cute you and false­ly say all ­k inds of evil
­against you be­cause of me. 12 Re­joice and be
glad, be­cause g­ reat is your re­ward in heav­
en, for in the same way they per­se­c ut­ed the
proph­ets who were be­fore you.
Salt and Light
13 “You

are the salt of the ­earth. But if the
salt los­es its salt­i­ness, how can it be made ­salty
­again? It is no lon­ger good for any­t hing, ex­
cept to be ­thrown out and tram­pled un­der­foot.
14 “You are the ­light of the ­world. A town
built on a hill can­not be hid­den. 15 Nei­ther do
peo­ple l­ight a lamp and put it un­der a bowl.
In­stead they put it on its ­stand, and it g­ ives
­light to ev­ery­one in the ­house. 16 In the same
way, let your l­ight s­hine be­fore oth­ers, that
they may see your good ­deeds and glo­ri­f y your
Fa­ther in heav­en.
The Fulfillment of the Law
17 “Do

not ­think that I have come to abol­ish

the Law or the Proph­ets; I have not come to
abol­ish them but to ful­f ill them. 18 For tru­ly
I tell you, un­til heav­en and ­earth dis­ap­pear,
not the small­est let­ter, not the ­least s­troke
of a pen, will by any ­means dis­ap­pear from
the Law un­t il ev­ery ­t hing is ac­com­plished.
19 There­fore any­one who sets ­aside one of the
­least of ­these com­mands and teach­es oth­ers
ac­cord­ing­ly will be ­called l­east in the king­
dom of heav­en, but who­e v­er prac­tic­e s and
teach­es t­ hese com­mands will be c­ alled g­ reat
in the king­dom of heav­en. 20 For I tell you that
un­less your righ­teous­ness sur­pass­es that of the
Phar­i­sees and the teach­ers of the law, you will
cer­tain­ly not en­ter the king­dom of heav­en.”

PSALM 4:1 — 4:8
Psalm 4 a
For the director of music. With stringed
instruments. A psalm of David.

1 Answer me when I call to you,
my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
2 How long will you people turn my glory
into shame?
How long will you love delusions and
seek false gods b? c
Know that the Lord has set apart his
faithful servant for himself;
the Lord hears when I call to him.
4 Tremble and d do not sin;
when you are on your beds,
search your hearts and be silent.
5 Offer the sacrifices of the righteous
and trust in the Lord.
6 Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring
us prosperity?”
Let the light of your face shine on us.
7 Fill my heart with joy
when their grain and new wine abound.
8 In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, Lord,
make me dwell in safety.

a In Hebrew texts 4:1-8 is numbered 4:2-9.    b 2 Or seek lies    c 2  The Hebrew has Selah (a word of
uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 4.    d 4 Or In your anger (see Septuagint)   



Genesis 9:18 – 11:9;
Matthew 4:23 – 5:20; Psalm 4

Genesis 9 – 11 details the spread of Noah’s descendants after the flood, concluding with the
sad story of Babel, where p­ eople once again arrogantly challenge God. But Matthew 4 – 5 lets
you glimpse how the Lord intends to remake
the world for the better. ­Jesus declares good
news. He heals the sick, frees the oppressed,
and details the best blessings of his kingdom.
Psalm 4 shows that God never leaves you alone
in your distress. He gives joy and peaceful


GENESIS 11:10 — 13:18
From Shem to Abram
10 This

is the ac­count of ­Shem’s fam­i­ly line.

Two y­ ears af­ter the f­ lood, when Shem was
100 ­years old, he be­came the fa­ther a of Ar­
phax­ad. 11 And af­ter he be­came the fa­ther
of Ar­phax­ad, Shem ­lived 500 ­years and had
­oth­er sons and daugh­ters.
12 When Ar­
phax­ad had ­lived 35 ­years,
he be­came the fa­t her of She­lah. 13 And af­ter
he be­c ame the fa­ther of She­lah, Ar­phax­ad
­lived 403 ­years and had oth­er sons and daugh­
ters. b
14 When She­
l ah had ­lived 30 ­years, he
be­c ame the fa­ther of Eber. 15 And af­ter he

­ e­came the fa­ther of Eber, She­lah ­lived 403
­years and had oth­er sons and daugh­ters.
16 When Eber had ­l ived 34 y
­ ears, he be­came
the fa­ther of Pe­leg. 17 And af­ter he ­be­came the
fa­ther of Pe­leg, Eber l­ived 430 ­years and had
oth­er sons and daugh­ters.
18 When Pe­
leg had l­ived 30 y­ ears, he be­
came the fa­ther of Reu. 19 And af­ter he ­be­came
the fa­ther of Reu, Pe­leg ­lived 209 ­years and
had oth­er sons and daugh­ters.
20 When Reu had ­l ived 32 ­years, he be­came
the fa­ther of Se­r ug. 21 And af­ter he be­came the
fa­ther of Se­r ug, Reu ­lived 207 ­years and had
oth­er sons and daugh­ters.
22 When Se­r ug had l­ived 30 y
­ ears, he be­
came the fa­ther of Na­hor. 23 And af­ter he
­be­came the fa­ther of Na­hor, Se­r ug ­lived 200
­years and had oth­er sons and daugh­ters.
24 When Na­hor had ­lived 29 ­years, he be­
came the fa­ther of Te­rah. 25 And af­ter he
­be­came the fa­ther of Te­rah, Na­hor ­lived 119
­years and had oth­er sons and daugh­ters.
26 Af­
ter Te­rah had ­lived 70 y­ ears, he be­
came the fa­ther of ­Abram, Na­hor and Ha­ran.
Abram’s Family
27 This

is the ac­count of Te­rah’s fam­i­ly line.

Te­rah be­came the fa­ther of ­Abram, Na­hor
and Ha­ran. And Ha­ran be­came the fa­ther of
Lot. 28 While his fa­ther Te­rah was ­still ­a live,
Ha­ran died in Ur of the Chal­de­a ns, in the
land of his ­birth. 29 Abram and Na­hor both
mar­r ied. The name of ­Abram’s wife was Sa­
rai, and the name of Na­hor’s wife was Mil­
kah; she was the daugh­ter of Ha­ran, the fa­ther
of both Mil­k ah and Is­k ah. 30 Now Sa­rai was
child­less be­cause she was not able to con­ceive.
31 Te­rah took his son ­Abram, his grand­son
Lot son of Ha­ran, and his daugh­ter-in-law
Sa­rai, the wife of his son ­Abram, and to­geth­er
they set out from Ur of the Chal­de­ans to go to
Ca­naan. But when they came to Har­ran, they
set­t led there.
32 Te­
rah ­lived 205 ­years, and he died in

a 10  Father may mean ancestor; also in verses 11-25.    b 12,13  Hebrew; Septuagint (see also Luke 3:35, 36

and note at Gen. 10:24) 35 years, he became the father of Cainan. 13And after he became the father of Cainan,
Arphaxad lived 430 years and had other sons and daughters, and then he died. When Cainan had lived 130 years,
he became the father of Shelah. And after he became the father of Shelah, Cainan lived 330 years and had other sons
and daughters   



The Call of Abram


The Lord had said to ­Abram, “Go
from your coun­try, your peo­ple and
your fa­ther’s house­hold to the land I will show
2 “I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing. a
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.” b
4 So ­Abram went, as the Lord had told him;
and Lot went with him. ­Abram was sev­en­t yfive ­years old when he set out from Har­ran.
5 He took his wife Sa­rai, his neph­e w Lot, all
the pos­ses­sions they had ac­cu­mu­lat­ed and the
peo­ple they had ac­quired in Har­ran, and they
set out for the land of Ca­naan, and they ar­
rived there.
6 Abram trav­eled ­t hrough the land as far as
the site of the ­great tree of Mo­reh at She­chem.
At that time the Ca­naan­ites were in the land.
7 The Lord ap­peared to A
­ bram and said, “To
your off­spring  c I will give this land.” So he
­built an al­tar t­ here to the Lord, who had ap­
peared to him.
8 From ­
t here he went on to­ward the ­h ills
east of Beth­el and ­pitched his tent, with Beth­
el on the west and Ai on the east. ­T here he
­built an al­tar to the Lord and ­called on the
name of the Lord.
9 Then A
­ bram set out and con­tin­ued to­
ward the Ne­gev.

Abram in Egypt
10 Now

­there was a fam­ine in the land, and
­ bram went down to ­Egypt to live ­there for a
­while be­cause the fam­ine was se­vere. 11 As he
was ­about to en­ter ­Egypt, he said to his wife
Sa­rai, “I know what a beau­ti­ful wom­a n you
are. 12 When the Egyp­tians see you, they will
say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me
but will let you live. 13 Say you are my sis­ter, so
that I will be treat­ed well for your sake and my
life will be ­spared be­cause of you.”
14 When ­Abram came to ­Egypt, the Egyp­

tians saw that Sa­rai was a very beau­ti­f ul wom­
an. 15 And when Phar­aoh’s of­f i­cials saw her,
they ­praised her to Phar­aoh, and she was tak­
en into his pal­ace. 16 He treat­ed ­Abram well
for her sake, and ­Abram ac­quired ­sheep and
cat­t le, male and fe­male don­keys, male and fe­
male ser­vants, and cam­els.
17 But the Lord in­f lict­ed se­r i­ous ­d is­e as­e s
on Phar­aoh and his house­hold be­cause of
­Abram’s wife Sa­rai. 18 So Phar­aoh sum­moned
­Abram. “What have you done to me?” he said.
“Why d
­ idn’t you tell me she was your wife?
19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sis­ter,’ so that
I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is
your wife. Take her and go!” 20 Then Phar­aoh
gave or­ders ­about ­Abram to his men, and they
sent him on his way, with his wife and ev­ery­
thing he had.
Abram and Lot Separate


So ­Abram went up from ­Egypt to the
Ne­gev, with his wife and ev­ery­t hing
he had, and Lot went with him. 2 Abram had
be­come very ­wealthy in live­stock and in sil­ver
and gold.
3 From the Ne­
gev he went from ­place to
­place un­til he came to Beth­el, to the p
­ lace
be­tween Beth­el and Ai ­where his tent had
been ear­l i­er 4 and ­where he had ­f irst ­built an
al­tar. ­There ­Abram ­called on the name of the
5 Now Lot, who was mov­
i ng ­about with
­Abram, also had ­f locks and ­herds and ­tents.
6 But the land ­could not sup­p ort them ­while
they ­stayed to­g eth­er, for ­t heir pos­s es­sions
were so ­g reat that they were not able to stay
to­g eth­e r. 7 And quar ­r el ­i ng ­a rose be­t ween
­Abram’s herd­ers and Lot’s. 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 be­t ween you and me, or be­t ween
your herd­ers and mine, for we are ­c lose rel­a­
tives. 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
10 Lot ­
looked ­around and saw that the
­whole ­plain of the Jor­dan to­ward Zoar was

a 2 Or be seen as blessed    b 3 Or earth / will use your name in blessings (see 48:20)    c 7  Or seed   


well wa­tered, like the gar­den of the Lord,
like the land of ­Egypt. (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 ­a mong the
cit­ies of the ­plain and ­pitched his ­tents near
Sod­om. 13 Now the peo­ple of Sod­om were
wick­ed and were sin­n ing great­ly a­ gainst the
14 The Lord said to ­A bram af­ter Lot had
part­ed from him, “Look ­a round from ­where
you are, to the n
­ orth and ­south, to the east
and west. 15 All the land that you see I will
give to you and your off­spring a for­e v­er. 16 I
will make your off­spring like the dust of the
­earth, so that if any­one ­could ­count the dust,
then your off­spring c­ ould be count­ed. 17 Go,
walk ­through the ­length and b
­ readth of the
land, for I am giv­ing it to you.”
18 So A
­ bram went to live near the ­g reat
­trees of Mam­re at He­bron, ­where he p
­ itched
his ­tents. ­There he ­built an al­tar to the Lord.

MATTHEW 5:21 — 5:42
21 “You

have ­heard that it was said to the
peo­ple long ago, ‘You s­ hall not mur­der, b and
any­one who mur­ders will be sub­ject to judg­
ment.’ 22 But I tell you that any­one who is
­a n­g ry with a broth­er or sis­ter c , d will be sub­
ject to judg­ment. ­Again, any­one who says to a
broth­er or sis­ter, ‘Raca,’ e is an­swer­able to the
court. And any­one who says, ‘You fool!’ will
be in dan­ger of the fire of hell.
23 “There­fore, if you are of­fer­ing your gift at
the al­tar and ­there re­mem­ber that your broth­
er or sis­ter has some­thing ­against you, 24 leave
your gift t­here in ­front of the al­tar. ­F irst go
and be rec­on­ciled to them; then come and of­
fer your gift.
25 “Set­t le mat­ters quick­ly with your ad­ver­
sary who is tak­ing you to ­court. Do it ­while
you are ­still to­geth­er on the way, or your ad­

ver­sary may hand you over to the ­judge, and
the j­udge may hand you over to the of­f i­cer,
and you may be ­thrown into pris­on. 26 Tru­ly
I tell you, you will not get out un­til you have
paid the last pen­ny.
27 “You

have h
­ eard that it was said, ‘You
­shall not com­m it adul­tery.’  f 28 But I tell you
that any­one who ­looks at a wom­a n lust­ful­
ly has al­ready com­m it­ted adul­tery with her
in his ­heart. 29 If your ­right eye caus­es you to
stum­ble, ­gouge it out and ­throw it away. It is
bet­ter for you to lose one part of your body
than for your ­whole body to be ­thrown into
hell. 30 And if your r­ ight hand caus­es you to
stum­ble, cut it off and ­throw it away. It is bet­
ter for you to lose one part of your body than
for your ­whole body to go into hell.
31 “It has been said, ‘Any­one who di­vorc­e s
his wife must give her a cer­tif­i­cate of di­vorce.’ g
32 But I tell you that any­one who di­vorc­es his
wife, ex­cept for sex­u­a l im­mo­ral­i­t y, makes her
the vic­tim of adul­tery, and any­one who mar­
ries a di­vorced wom­an com­mits adul­tery.

33 “Again, you have ­heard that it was said to
the peo­ple long ago, ‘Do not ­break your oath,
but ful­fill to the Lord the vows you have
made.’ 34 But I tell you, do not ­swear an oath
at all: ei­ther by heav­en, for it is ­God’s ­throne;
35 or by the ­earth, for it is his foot­stool; or by
Je­r u­sa­lem, for it is the city of the ­Great King.
36 And do not ­
s wear by your head, for you
can­not make even one hair ­white or ­black.
37 All you need to say is sim­ply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’;
any­thing be­yond this ­comes from the evil
one. h

Eye for Eye
38 “You have ­heard that it was said, ‘Eye for
eye, and ­tooth for ­tooth.’ i 39 But I tell you, do
not re­sist an evil per­son. If any­one s­ laps you
on the r­ight c­ heek, turn to them the oth­er

a 15 Or seed ; also in verse 16    b 21 Exodus 20:13    c 22  The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos)
refers here to a fellow disciple, whether man or woman; also in verse 23.    d 22  Some manuscripts brother or
sister without cause    e 22 An Aramaic term of contempt    f 27 Exodus 20:14    g 31 Deut. 24:1   
h 37 Or from evil    i 38  Exodus 21:24; Lev. 24:20; Deut. 19:21   



c­ heek also. 40 And if any­one ­wants to sue you
and take your ­shirt, hand over your coat as
well. 41 If any­one forc­es you to go one mile, go
with them two ­miles. 42 Give to the one who
asks you, and do not turn away from the one
who ­wants to bor­row from you.”

PSALM 5:1 — 5:12
Psalm 5 a
For the director of music. For pipes.
A psalm of David.

1 Listen to my words, Lord,
consider my lament.
2 Hear my cry for help,
my King and my God,
for to you I pray.
3 In the morning, Lord, you hear my
in the morning I lay my requests before
and wait expectantly.
4 For you are not a God who is pleased with
with you, evil people are not welcome.
5 The arrogant cannot stand
in your presence.
You hate all who do wrong;
6 you destroy those who tell lies.
The bloodthirsty and deceitful
you, Lord, detest.
7 But I, by your great love,
can come into your house;
in reverence I bow down
toward your holy temple.
8 Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness
because of my enemies — ​
make your way straight before me.
9 Not a word from their mouth can be
their heart is filled with malice.
Their throat is an open grave;
with their tongues they tell lies.
10 Declare them guilty, O God!
Let their intrigues be their downfall.
Banish them for their many sins,
for they have rebelled against you.

11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may
rejoice in you.
12 Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous;
you surround them with your favor as
with a shield.

Genesis 11:10 – 13:18;
Matthew 5:21 – 42; Psalm 5

Just when it looks like p­ eople might be trapped
in sin forever, Genesis 11 – 13 reveals the first
steps of God’s plan to save us. The Lord commands Abraham to leave his home country,
promising him land and countless descendants.
In Matthew 5 ­Jesus gives fresh ideas for getting along with adversaries and the opposite
sex. And Psalm 5 offers hope in a cruel world.
God hears your prayers, and because of his
great love, he lets you come close to him. D


GENESIS 14:1 — 16:16
Abram Rescues Lot


At the time when Am­ra­phel was king
of Shi­nar,  b Ar­i­och king of El ­l a­sar,
Ked­or­la­o­mer king of Elam and Ti­dal king
of Goy ­im, 2 these ­k ings went to war a­ gainst
Bera king of Sod­om, Bir­sha king of Go­mor­
rah, Shi­nab king of Ad­mah, Shem­e­ber king
of Ze­boy­im, and the king of Bela (that is,

a In Hebrew texts 5:1-12 is numbered 5:2-13.    b 1  That is, Babylonia; also in verse 9   


Zoar). 3 All ­these lat­ter ­k ings ­joined forc­es in
the Val­ley of Sid­d im (that is, the Dead Sea
Val­ley). 4 For ­t welve y­ ears they had been sub­
ject to Ked­or­la­o­mer, but in the thir­teenth year
they re­belled.
5 In the four ­teenth year, Ked­or­l a­o­mer and
the ­k ings al­lied with him went out and de­
feat­ed the Reph­a ­ites in Ash­te­roth Kar­na ­im,
the Zu­zites in Ham, the E
­ mites in Sha­veh
Kir­ia­tha­im 6 and the Ho­rites in the hill coun­
try of Seir, as far as El Pa­ran near the des­
ert. 7 Then they t­ urned back and went to En
Mish­pat (that is, Ka­desh), and they con­quered
the ­whole ter­ri­to­r y of the Am­a ­lek­ites, as well
as the Am­o­rites who were liv­ing in Haz­e­z on
8 Then the king of Sod­
om, the king of
Go­mor­rah, the king of Ad­mah, the king of
Ze­boy­im and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar)
­marched out and drew up t­ heir bat­t le ­lines in
the Val­ley of Sid­d im 9 against Ked­or­la­o­mer
king of Elam, Ti­dal king of Goy­im, Am­ra­
phel king of Shi­nar and Ar­i­och king of El­la­
sar  — ​four ­k ings ­against five. 10 Now the Val­
ley of Sid­d im was full of tar pits, and when
the ­k ings of Sod­om and Go­mor­rah fled, some
of the men fell into them and the rest fled to
the ­hills. 11 The four ­k ings ­seized all the ­goods
of Sod­om and Go­mor­rah and all t­ heir food;
then they went away. 12 They also car­r ied off
­A bram’s neph­ew Lot and his pos­ses­sions,
­since he was liv­ing in Sod­om.
13 A man who had es­caped came and re­port­
ed this to A
­ bram the He­brew. Now A
­ bram
was liv­ing near the ­g reat ­trees of Mam­re the
Am­o­r ite, a broth­er  a of Esh­kol and Aner, all
of whom were al­lied with ­A bram. 14 When
­Abram ­heard that his rel­a­tive had been tak­
en cap­tive, he ­called out the 318 ­trained men
born in his house­hold and went in pur­suit as
far as Dan. 15 Dur­ing the ­n ight ­A bram di­
vid­ed his men to at­tack them and he rout­ed
them, pur­su­ing them as far as Ho­bah, n
­ orth
of Da­mas­c us. 16 He re­cov­ered all the ­goods
and ­brought back his rel­a­tive Lot and his pos­
ses­sions, to­geth­er with the wom­en and the
oth­er peo­ple.
17 Af ­t er ­A bram re­t urned from de­feat ­i ng

Ked­or­la­o­mer and the ­k ings al ­l ied with him,
the king of Sod­om came out to meet him in
the Val­ley of Sha­veh (that is, the ­K ing’s Val­
18 Then Mel­c hiz ­e­d ek king of Sa ­l em
­brought out ­bread and wine. He was p
­ riest
of God Most High, 19 and he ­blessed A
­ bram,
say ­ing,
“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Creator of heaven and earth.
20 And praise be to God Most High,
who delivered your enemies into your
Then ­Abram gave him a ­tenth of ev­ery­thing.
21 The king of Sod­om said to ­Abram, “Give
me the peo­ple and keep the ­goods for your­
22 But ­
Abram said to the king of Sod­om,
“With ­raised hand I have ­s worn an oath to
the Lord, God Most High, Cre­a­tor of heav­
en and ­earth, 23 that I will ac­cept noth­ing be­
long­ing to you, not even a ­thread or the ­strap
of a san­dal, so that you will nev­er be able to
say, ‘I made ­Abram rich.’ 24 I will ac­cept noth­
ing but what my men have eat­en and the ­share
that be­longs to the men who went with me — ​
to Aner, Esh­kol and Mam­re. Let them have
­their share.”
The Lord’s Covenant With Abram


Af­ter this, the word of the Lord
came to ­Abram in a vi­sion:

“Do not be afraid, Abram.
I am your shield, b
your very great reward. c  ”
2 But ­A bram said, “Sov­er­eign Lord, what
can you give me s­ ince I re­main child­less and
the one who will in­her­it d my es­tate is El­i­e­
zer of Da­mas­c us?” 3 And ­A bram said, “You
have giv­en me no chil­dren; so a ser­vant in my
house­hold will be my heir.”
4 Then the word of the Lord came to him:
“This man will not be your heir, but a son who
is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.”
5 He took him out­side and said, “Look up at
the sky and ­count the s­tars — ​if in­deed you

a 13 Or a relative; or an ally    b 1 Or sovereign    c 1 Or shield; / your reward will be very great   
d 2  The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.   



can ­count them.” Then he said to him, “So
­shall your off­spring  a be.”
6 Abram be­lieved the Lord, and he cred­it­
ed it to him as righ­teous­ness.
7 He also said to him, “I am the Lord, who
­brought you out of Ur of the Chal­de­ans to give
you this land to take pos­ses­sion of it.”
8 But ­A bram said, “Sov­er­eign Lord, how
can I know that I will gain pos­ses­sion of it?”
9 So the Lord said to him, “Bring me a
heif­er, a goat and a ram, each ­three ­years old,
­a long with a dove and a ­young pi­geon.”
10 Abram ­brought all ­t hese to him, cut them
in two and ar­ranged the ­halves op­po­site each
oth­er; the b
­ irds, how­ev­er, he did not cut in
half. 11 Then b
­ irds of prey came down on the
car­cass­es, but ­Abram ­drove them away.
12 As the sun was set­t ing, ­A bram fell into
a deep s­ leep, and a t­ hick and dread­f ul dark­
ness came over him. 13 Then the Lord said
to him, “Know for cer­tain that for four hun­
dred ­years your de­scen­dants will be strang­
ers in a coun­t ry not ­t heir own and that they
will be en­slaved and mis­treat­ed t­here. 14 But
I will pun­ish the na­t ion they ­serve as ­slaves,
and af­ter­ward they will come out with ­g reat
pos­ses­sions. 15 You, how­ev­er, will go to your
an­ces­tors in ­peace and be bur­ied at a good old
age. 16 In the ­fourth gen­er­a­t ion your de­scen­
dants will come back here, for the sin of the
Am­o­rites has not yet ­reached its full mea­sure.”
17 When the sun had set and dark­ness had
fall­en, a smok­ing fire­pot with a blaz­ing t­ orch
ap­p eared and ­p assed be­t ween the ­piec­e s.
18 On that day the Lord made a cov­
with ­Abram and said, “To your de­scen­dants I
give this land, from the Wadi b of ­Egypt to the
­great riv­er, the Eu­phra­tes  — ​ 19 the land of the
Ke­nites, Ken­iz­zites, Kad­mon­ites, 20 Hit­t ites,
Per­iz­zites, Reph­a­ites, 21 Am­o­r ites, Ca­naan­
ites, Gir­ga­shites and Jeb­u­sites.”
Hagar and Ishmael


Now Sa­rai, A
­ bram’s wife, had ­borne
him no chil­d ren. But she had an
Egyp­tian slave ­named Ha­gar; 2 so she said to
­Abram, “The Lord has kept me from hav­ing
chil­d ren. Go, ­sleep with my slave; per­haps I
can ­build a fam­i­ly ­through her.”

Abram ­agreed to what Sa­rai said. 3 So af­ter
­ bram had been liv­ing in Ca­naan ten ­years,
Sa­rai his wife took her Egyp­tian slave Ha­gar
and gave her to her hus­band to be his wife.
4 He ­slept with Ha­gar, and she con­ceived.
When she knew she was preg­nant, she be­
gan to de­spise her mis­tress. 5 Then Sa­rai said
to ­Abram, “You are re­spon­si­ble for the ­w rong
I am suf­fer­ing. I put my slave in your arms,
and now that she ­k nows she is preg­nant, she
de­spis­es me. May the Lord ­judge be­t ween
you and me.”
6 “Your slave is in your ­hands,” ­Abram said.
“Do with her what­ev­er you ­think best.” Then
Sa­rai mis­treat­ed Ha­gar; so she fled from her.
7 The an­gel of the Lord ­found Ha­gar near
a ­spring in the des­ert; it was the ­spring that is
be­side the road to Shur. 8 And he said, “Ha­gar,
slave of Sa­rai, ­where have you come from, and
­where are you go­ing?”
“I’m run­ning away from my mis­tress Sa­rai,”
she an­swered.
9 Then the an­
g el of the Lord told her,
“Go back to your mis­tress and sub­mit to her.”
10 The an­gel add­ed, “I will in­c rease your de­
scen­dants so much that they will be too nu­
mer­ous to count.”
11 The an­gel of the Lord also said to her:
“You are now pregnant
and you will give birth to a son.
You shall name him Ishmael, c
for the Lord has heard of your misery.
12 He will be a wild donkey of a man;
his hand will be against everyone
and everyone’s hand against him,
and he will live in hostility
d all his brothers.”
13 She gave this name to the Lord who
s­ poke to her: “You are the God who sees me,”
for she said, “I have now seen e the One who
sees me.” 14 That is why the well was ­called
Beer La­hai Roi  f ; it is ­still ­there, be­t ween Ka­
desh and Be­red.
15 So Ha­gar bore ­Abram a son, and ­Abram
gave the name Ish­ma­el to the son she had
­borne. 16 Abram was ­eighty-six y­ ears old when
Ha­gar bore him Ish­ma­el.

a 5  Or seed    b 18 Or river    c 11  Ishmael means God hears.    d 12 Or live to the east / of    e 13 Or seen
the back of    f 14  Beer Lahai Roi means well of the Living One who sees me.   


MATTHEW 5:43 — 6:24
Love for Enemies
43 “You have ­
heard that it was said, ‘Love
your neigh­bor  a and hate your en­e­my.’ 44 But I
tell you, love your en­e­mies and pray for ­those
who per­se­cute you, 45 that you may be chil­dren
of your Fa­ther in heav­en. He caus­es his sun to
rise on the evil and the good, and ­sends rain
on the righ­teous and the un­righ­teous. 46 If you
love ­those who love you, what re­w ard will
you get? Are not even the tax col­lec­tors do­ing
that? 47 And if you ­greet only your own peo­ple,
what are you do­ing more than oth­ers? Do not
even pa­gans do that? 48 Be per­fect, there­fore,
as your heav­en­ly Fa­ther is per­fect.


“ ‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, b
but deliver us from the evil one. c   ’
14 For

if you for­g ive oth­er peo­ple when they
sin ­against you, your heav­en­ly Fa­ther will also
for­give you. 15 But if you do not for­give oth­ers
­their sins, your Fa­ther will not for­g ive your

Giving to the Needy


“Be care­ful not to prac­tice your righ­
teous­ness in ­front of oth­ers to be seen by
them. If you do, you will have no re­ward from
your Fa­ther in heav­en.
2 “So when you give to the ­
needy, do not
an­nounce it with trum­pets, as the hyp­o­crites
do in the syn­a­gogues and on the ­streets, to be
hon­ored by oth­ers. Tru­ly I tell you, they have
re­ceived ­t heir re­ward in full. 3 But when you
give to the ­needy, do not let your left hand
know what your ­right hand is do­ing, 4 so that
your giv­ing may be in se­cret. Then your Fa­
ther, who sees what is done in se­cret, will re­
ward you.

16 “When you fast, do not look som­
ber as
the hyp­o­crites do, for they dis­fig­u re ­their
­fac­es to show oth­ers they are fast­ing. Tru­
ly I tell you, they have re­ceived t­ heir re­ward
in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your
head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not
be ob­v i­ous to oth­ers that you are fast­ing, but
only to your Fa­ther, who is un­seen; and your
Fa­t her, who sees what is done in se­cret, will
re­ward you.


5 “And

when you pray, do not be like the
hyp­o­c rites, for they love to pray stand­ing in
the syn­a­gogues and on the ­street cor­ners to
be seen by oth­ers. Tru­ly I tell you, they have
re­ceived ­t heir re­ward in full. 6 But when you
pray, go into your room, ­c lose the door and
pray to your Fa­ther, who is un­seen. Then your
Fa­t her, who sees what is done in se­cret, will
re­ward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep
on bab­bling like pa­gans, for they ­t hink they
will be ­heard be­cause of ­their many ­words.
8 Do not be like them, for your Fa­t her k
­ nows
what you need be­fore you ask him.
9 “This, then, is how you ­should pray:

Treasures in Heaven
19 “Do not ­store up for your­selves trea­sures
on ­earth, ­where moths and ver­m in de­stroy,
and ­where t­hieves b
­ reak in and s­teal. 20 But
­store up for your­selves trea­sures in heav­
en, w
­ here moths and ver­min do not de­stroy,
and ­where t­ hieves do not ­break in and ­steal.
21 For ­where your trea­sure is, ­t here your ­heart
will be also.
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your
eyes are ­healthy, d your ­whole body will be full
of ­l ight. 23 But if your eyes are un­healthy, e
your w
­ hole body will be full of dark­ness. If
then the ­light with­in you is dark­ness, how
­great is that dark­ness!
24 “No one can ­
serve two mas­ters. Ei­ther
you will hate the one and love the oth­er, or you
will be de­vot­ed to the one and de­spise the oth­
er. You can­not ­serve both God and mon­ey.”

a 43 Lev. 19:18    b 13  The Greek for temptation can also mean testing.    c 13 Or from evil ; some late
manuscripts one, / for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.    d 22  The Greek for
healthy here implies generous.    e 23  The Greek for unhealthy here implies stingy.   



PSALM 6:1 — 6:10

6 a

as your master. And Psalm 6 promises that the
Lord hears your crying when you flood your bed
with tears.

For the director of music. With stringed
instruments. According to sheminith. b
A psalm of David.

1 Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger
or discipline me in your wrath.
2 Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint;
heal me, Lord, for my bones are in
3 My soul is in deep anguish.
How long, Lord, how long?
4 Turn, Lord, and deliver me;
save me because of your unfailing love.
5 Among the dead no one proclaims your
Who praises you from the grave?
6 I am worn out from my groaning.
All night long I flood my bed with weeping
and drench my couch with tears.
7 My eyes grow weak with sorrow;
they fail because of all my foes.
8 Away from me, all you who do evil,
for the Lord has heard my weeping.
9 The Lord has heard my cry for mercy;
the Lord accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies will be overwhelmed with
shame and anguish;
they will turn back and suddenly be put
to shame.

Genesis 14 – 16; Matthew 5:43 – 6:24;
Psalm 6

In Genesis 14 – 16 Abraham doesn’t understand how God can make a childless man the
father of a mighty nation, so he sleeps with a
slave to produce a son. But in Matthew 5 – 6
God dares you to do life his way. ­Jesus challenges you to love your enemies like he does,
to trust him with your needs, and to choose him


GENESIS 17:1 — 18:33
The Covenant of Circumcision


When ­Abram was nine­t y-nine y­ ears
old, the Lord ap­peared to him and
said, “I am God Al­mighty c; walk be­fore me
faith­f ul ­ly and be blame­less. 2 Then I will
make my cov­enant be­t ween me and you and
will great­ly in­crease your num­bers.”
3 Abram fell face­
down, and God said to
him, 4 “As for me, this is my cov­enant with
you: You will be the fa­t her of many na­t ions.
5 No lon­ger will you be ­c alled ­A bram d ; your
name will be Abra­ham, e for I have made you a
fa­ther of many na­tions. 6 I will make you very
fruit­f ul; I will make na­tions of you, and ­k ings
will come from you. 7 I will es­tab­lish my cov­
enant as an ever­last­ing cov­enant be­t ween me
and you and your de­scen­dants af­ter you for
the gen­er­a­tions to come, to be your God and
the God of your de­scen­dants af­ter you. 8 The
­whole land of Ca­naan, ­where you now re­side
as a for­eign­er, I will give as an ever­last­ing pos­
ses­sion to you and your de­scen­dants af­ter you;
and I will be ­their God.”
9 Then God said to Abra­ham, “As for you,
you must keep my cov­enant, you and your
de­scen­dants af ­ter you for the gen­er­a­t ions to
come. 10 This is my cov­enant with you and
your de­scen­dants af­ter you, the cov­enant you
are to keep: Ev­ery male ­a mong you ­shall be
cir­cum­cised. 11 You are to un­der­go cir­cum­ci­

a In Hebrew texts 6:1-10 is numbered 6:2-11.    b Title: Probably a musical term    c 1 Hebrew El-Shaddai   
d 5  Abram means exalted father.    e 5  Abraham probably means father of many.   

sion, and it will be the sign of the cov­enant
be­tween me and you. 12 For the gen­er­a­t ions
to come ev­ery male a­ mong you who is e­ ight
days old must be cir­cum­cised, in­clud­ing t­ hose
born in your house­hold or ­bought with mon­
ey from a for­eign­er — ​­those who are not your
off­spring. 13 Wheth­er born in your house­hold
or ­bought with your mon­ey, they must be cir­
cum­cised. My cov­enant in your ­f lesh is to be
an ever­last­ing cov­enant. 14 Any un­cir­cum­cised
male, who has not been cir­c um­c ised in the
­f lesh, will be cut off from his peo­ple; he has
bro­ken my cov­enant.”
15 God also said to Abra­ham, “As for Sa­rai
your wife, you are no lon­ger to call her Sa­rai;
her name will be Sar­a h. 16 I will ­bless her and
will sure­ly give you a son by her. I will ­bless
her so that she will be the moth­er of na­tions;
­k ings of peo­ples will come from her.”
17 Abra­ham fell face­down; he ­laughed and
said to him­self, “Will a son be born to a man
a hun­d red ­years old? Will Sar­a h bear a ­child
at the age of nine­t y?” 18 And Abra­ham said to
God, “If only Ish­ma­el ­might live un­der your
19 Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sar­
ah will bear you a son, and you will call him
­Isaac.  a I will es­tab­lish my cov­enant with him
as an ever­last­ing cov­enant for his de­scen­dants
af­ter him. 20 And as for Ish­ma­el, I have ­heard
you: I will sure­ly ­bless him; I will make him
fruit­f ul and will great­ly in­crease his num­bers.
He will be the fa­t her of ­t welve rul­ers, and I
will make him into a ­g reat na­t ion. 21 But my
cov­enant I will es­tab­lish with ­Isaac, whom
Sar­ah will bear to you by this time next year.”
22 When he had fin­ished speak­ing with Abra­
ham, God went up from him.
23 On that very day Abra­ham took his son
Ish­ma­el and all t­hose born in his house­hold
or b
­ ought with his mon­ey, ev­ery male in his
house­hold, and cir­cum­cised them, as God
told him. 24 Abra­ham was nine­t y-nine ­years
old when he was cir­c um­cised, 25 and his son
Ish­ma­el was thir­teen; 26 Abra­ham and his son
Ish­ma­el were both cir­c um­cised on that very
day. 27 And ev­ery male in Abra­ham’s house­
hold, in­c lud­ing t­hose born in his house­hold

or ­bought from a for­eign­er, was cir­cum­cised
with him.
The Three Visitors


The Lord ap­peared to Abra­ham near
the g­ reat ­trees of Mam­re ­while he was
sit­t ing at the en­t rance to his tent in the heat
of the day. 2 Abra­ham ­looked up and saw ­three
men stand­ing near­by. When he saw them, he
hur­ried from the en­trance of his tent to meet
them and ­bowed low to the ground.
3 He said, “If I have ­
found fa­vor in your
eyes, my lord, b do not pass your ser­vant by.
4 Let a lit­t le wa­ter be ­brought, and then you
may all wash your feet and rest un­der this tree.
5 Let me get you some­t hing to eat, so you can
be re­freshed and then go on your way — ​now
that you have come to your ser­vant.”
“Very well,” they an­swered, “do as you say.”
6 So Abra­
h am hur­ried into the tent to
Sar­a h. “Quick,” he said, “get ­three se­a hs c of
the fin­est f­ lour and ­k nead it and bake some
7 Then he ran to the herd and se­
lect­ed a
­choice, ten­der calf and gave it to a ser­vant, who
hur­ried to pre­pare it. 8 He then ­brought some
­curds and milk and the calf that had been pre­
pared, and set ­these be­fore them. ­W hile they
ate, he ­stood near them un­der a tree.
9 “Where is your wife Sar­
a h?” they ­asked
“There, in the tent,” he said.
10 Then one of them said, “I will sure­
re­t urn to you ­about this time next year, and
­Sar­ah your wife will have a son.”
Now Sar­ah was lis­ten­ing at the en­trance to
the tent, ­which was be­hind him. 11 Abra­ham
and Sar­a h were al­ready very old, and Sar­a h
was past the age of child­bear­ing. 12 So Sar­a h
­laughed to her­self as she ­thought, “Af­ter I am
worn out and my lord is old, will I now have
this plea­sure?”
13 Then the Lord said to Abra­ham, “Why
did Sar­ah ­laugh and say, ‘Will I real­ly have a
­child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is any­thing too
hard for the Lord? I will re­t urn to you at the
ap­point­ed time next year, and Sar­ah will have
a son.”

a 19  Isaac means he laughs.    b 3 Or eyes, Lord    c 6  That is, probably about 36 pounds or about

16 kilograms   




15 Sar­a h was ­a fraid, so she lied and said, “I
did not laugh.”
But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.”

Abraham Pleads for Sodom
16 When the men got up to l­eave, they
l­ooked down to­ward Sod­om, and Abra­ham
­walked ­a long with them to see them on ­their
way. 17 Then the Lord said, “Shall I hide from
Abra­ham what I am ­about to do? 18 Abra­ham
will sure­ly be­come a ­g reat and pow­er­ful na­
tion, and all na­tions on e­ arth will be ­blessed
­t hrough him.  a 19 For I have cho­sen him, so
that he will di­rect his chil­dren and his house­
hold af­ter him to keep the way of the Lord by
do­ing what is ­right and just, so that the Lord
will ­bring ­about for Abra­ham what he has
prom­ised him.”
20 Then the Lord said, “The out­c ry ­against
Sod­om and Go­mor­rah is so g­ reat and ­their sin
so griev­ous 21 that I will go down and see if
what they have done is as bad as the out­c ry
that has ­reached me. If not, I will know.”
22 The men t­ urned away and went to­w ard
Sod­om, but Abra­ham re­mained stand­ing be­
fore the Lord. b 23 Then Abra­ham ap­proached
him and said: “Will you ­sweep away the righ­
teous with the wick­ed? 24 What if ­there are
fif­ty righ­teous peo­ple in the city? Will you
real­ly ­sweep it away and not ­spare c the p
­ lace
for the sake of the fif­t y righ­teous peo­ple in it?
25 Far be it from you to do such a ­t hing — ​to
kill the righ­teous with the wick­ed, treat­ing
the righ­teous and the wick­ed ­a like. Far be it
from you! Will not the ­Judge of all the ­earth
do right?”
26 The Lord said, “If I find fif­t y righ­teous
peo­ple in the city of Sod­om, I will s­ pare the
­whole ­place for ­their sake.”
27 Then Abra­
ham ­spoke up a­ gain: “Now
that I have been so bold as to ­speak to the
Lord, ­though I am noth­ing but dust and ash­
es, 28 what if the num­ber of the righ­teous is
five less than fif­ty? Will you de­stroy the
­whole city for lack of five peo­ple?”
“If I find for­t y-five t­ here,” he said, “I will
not de­stroy it.”

29 Once ­
again he ­spoke to him, “What if
only for­t y are ­found there?”
He said, “For the sake of for­t y, I will not
do it.”
30 Then he said, “May the Lord not be an­
gry, but let me ­speak. What if only thir­t y can
be ­found there?”
He an­swered, “I will not do it if I find thir­
ty there.”
31 Abra­
ham said, “Now that I have been
so bold as to ­speak to the Lord, what if only
twen­t y can be ­found there?”
He said, “For the sake of twen­t y, I will not
de­stroy it.”
32 Then he said, “May the Lord not be an­
gry, but let me ­speak just once more. What if
only ten can be ­found there?”
He an­s wered, “For the sake of ten, I will
not de­stroy it.”
33 When the Lord had fin­ished speak­ing
with Abra­h am, he left, and Abra­h am re­
turned home.

MATTHEW 6:25 — 7:23
Do Not Worry
25 “There­fore

I tell you, do not wor­r y ­about
your life, what you will eat or ­drink; or ­about
your body, what you will wear. Is not life more
than food, and the body more than ­c lothes?
26 Look at the ­birds of the air; they do not sow
or reap or ­store away in ­barns, and yet your
heav­en­ly Fa­ther f­ eeds them. Are you not much
more valu­able than they? 27 Can any one of you
by wor­r y­ing add a sin­gle hour to your life d ?
28 “And why do you wor­
r y ­about ­c lothes?
See how the flow­ers of the ­f ield grow. They
do not la­bor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not
even Sol­o­mon in all his splen­dor was ­dressed
like one of ­these. 30 If that is how God ­clothes
the ­grass of the ­f ield, ­which is here to­day and
to­mor­row is ­thrown into the fire, will he not
much more c­ lothe you — ​you of lit­tle ­faith?
31 So do not wor­
r y, say­ing, ‘What ­shall we
eat?’ or ‘What ­shall we ­drink?’ or ‘What ­shall
we wear?’ 32 For the pa­gans run af­ter all t­ hese
­things, and your heav­en­ly Fa­ther ­k nows that

a 18 Or will use his name in blessings (see 48:20)    b 22  Masoretic Text; an ancient Hebrew scribal tradition
but the Lord remained standing before Abraham    c 24 Or forgive; also in verse 26    d 27 Or single cubit to

your height   

you need them. 33 But seek ­f irst his king­dom
and his righ­teous­ness, and all ­these ­things
will be giv­en to you as well. 34 There­fore do
not wor­r y ­about to­mor­row, for to­mor­row will
wor­r y a­ bout it­self. Each day has ­enough trou­
ble of its own.
Judging Others


“Do not ­judge, or you too will be ­judged.
2 For in the same way you j­udge oth­ers,
you will be ­judged, and with the mea­sure you
use, it will be mea­sured to you.
3 “Why do you look at the ­speck of saw­dust
in your broth­er’s eye and pay no at­ten­tion to the
­plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to
your broth­er, ‘Let me take the ­speck out of your
eye,’ when all the time ­there is a ­plank in your
own eye? 5 You hyp­o­crite, f­ irst take the p
­ lank
out of your own eye, and then you will see clear­
ly to re­move the ­speck from your broth­er’s eye.
6 “Do not give dogs what is sa­c red; do not
­throw your ­pearls to pigs. If you do, they may
tram­ple them un­der ­t heir feet, and turn and
tear you to piec­es.
Ask, Seek, Knock
7 “Ask

and it will be giv­en to you; seek and
you will find; ­k nock and the door will be
­opened to you. 8 For ev­ery­one who asks re­
ceives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one
who ­k nocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for ­bread,
will give him a ­stone? 10 Or if he asks for a
fish, will give him a s­nake? 11 If you, then,
­t hough you are evil, know how to give good
­g ifts to your chil­d ren, how much more will
your Fa­ther in heav­en give good ­gifts to ­those
who ask him! 12 So in ev­ery­thing, do to oth­ers
what you ­would have them do to you, for this
sums up the Law and the Proph­ets.
The Narrow and Wide Gates
13 “En­ter ­t hrough the nar­row gate. For wide
is the gate and ­broad is the road that ­leads to
de­struc­tion, and many en­ter ­through it. 14 But
­small is the gate and nar­row the road that
­leads to life, and only a few find it.

True and False Prophets
15 “Watch

out for ­false proph­ets. They come
to you in ­sheep’s cloth­ing, but in­ward­ly they


are fe­ro­cious ­wolves. 16 By t­ heir ­fruit you will
rec­og­nize them. Do peo­ple pick ­g rapes from
thorn­bush­es, or figs from this­tles? 17 Like­w ise,
ev­ery good tree b
­ ears good f­ ruit, but a bad tree
­bears bad ­fruit. 18 A good tree can­not bear bad
­fruit, and a bad tree can­not bear good f­ruit.
19 Ev­ery tree that does not bear good ­f ruit is
cut down and ­thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by
­their ­fruit you will rec­og­nize them.”
True and False Disciples
21 “Not ev­
ery­one who says to me, ‘Lord,
Lord,’ will en­ter the king­dom of heav­en, but
only the one who does the will of my Fa­t her
who is in heav­en. 22 Many will say to me on
that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not proph­e­sy in
your name and in your name ­drive out de­mons
and in your name per­form many mir­a­c les?’
23 Then I will tell them plain­ly, ‘I nev­er knew
you. Away from me, you evil­do­ers!’ ”

PROVERBS 1:8 — 1:19
Warning Against the Invitation
of Sinful Men

8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
and do not forsake your mother’s
9 They are a garland to grace your head
and a chain to adorn your neck.
10 My son, if sinful men entice you,
do not give in to them.
11 If they say, “Come along with us;
let’s lie in wait for innocent blood,
let’s ambush some harmless soul;
12 let’s swallow them alive, like the grave,
and whole, like those who go down to
the pit;
13 we will get all sorts of valuable things
and fill our houses with plunder;
14 cast lots with us;
we will all share the loot” — ​
15 my son, do not go along with them,
do not set foot on their paths;
16 for their feet rush into evil,
they are swift to shed blood.
17 How useless to spread a net
where every bird can see it!
18 These men lie in wait for their own blood;
they ambush only themselves!



19 Such are the paths of all who go after
ill-gotten gain;
it takes away the life of those who
get it.

Genesis 17 – 18; Matthew 6:25 – 7:23;
Proverbs 1:8 – 19

When God swears in Genesis 17 – 18 that Abraham and Sarah will produce a son, the elderly
woman laughs. But God himself reminds her
nothing is too hard for him. Matthew 6 – 7
declares that the Lord cares for you far more
than flowers, which he clothes with magnificent splendor. He won’t leave you unfed or
unclothed, and he grants your good requests.
Proverbs 1 assures you that God’s wisdom
keeps you from joining in evil ­people’s sins. D


GENESIS 19:1 — 20:18
Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed


The two an­gels ar­r ived at Sod­om in
the eve­n ing, and Lot was sit­ting in
the gate­way of the city. When he saw them,
he got up to meet them and ­bowed down with
his face to the ­g round. 2 “My ­lords,” he said,
“please turn ­aside to your ser­vant’s ­house. You
can wash your feet and ­spend the ­n ight and
then go on your way ear­ly in the morn­ing.”
“No,” they an­swered, “we will ­spend the
­night in the square.”
3 But he in­sist­ed so strong­ly that they did
a 14 Or were married to   

go with him and en­tered his ­house. He pre­
pared a meal for them, bak­ing ­bread with­out
­yeast, and they ate. 4 Be­fore they had gone to
bed, all the men from ev­ery part of the city of
Sod­om  — ​both ­young and old  — ​sur ­round­ed
the ­house. 5 They ­called to Lot, “Where are
the men who came to you to­night? ­Bring them
out to us so that we can have sex with them.”
6 Lot went out­side to meet them and shut
the door be­h ind him 7 and said, “No, my
­friends. ­Don’t do this wick­ed ­thing. 8 Look, I
have two daugh­ters who have nev­er ­slept with
a man. Let me ­bring them out to you, and you
can do what you like with them. But ­don’t do
any­thing to ­these men, for they have come
un­der the pro­tec­tion of my roof.”
9 “Get out of our way,” they re­plied. “This
fel­low came here as a for­eign­er, and now he
­wants to play the ­judge! ­We’ll ­treat you ­worse
than them.” They kept bring­ing pres­sure on
Lot and ­moved for­ward to b
­ reak down the
10 But the men in­
side r­eached out and
­pulled Lot back into the ­house and shut the
door. 11 Then they ­struck the men who were
at the door of the ­house, ­young and old, with
blind­ness so that they ­could not find the door.
12 The two men said to Lot, “Do you
have any­one else here — ​sons-in-law, sons or
daugh­ters, or any­one else in the city who be­
longs to you? Get them out of here, 13 be­cause
we are go­ing to de­stroy this ­place. The out­cry
to the Lord ­against its peo­ple is so ­great that
he has sent us to de­stroy it.”
14 So Lot went out and ­spoke to his sons-inlaw, who were ­pledged to mar­r y a his daugh­
ters. He said, “Hur­r y and get out of this ­place,
be­cause the Lord is ­about to de­stroy the city!”
But his sons-in-law ­thought he was jok­ing.
15 With the com­
i ng of dawn, the an­gels
­u rged Lot, say­ing, “Hur­ry! Take your wife
and your two daugh­ters who are here, or you
will be ­swept away when the city is pun­ished.”
16 When he hes­i­tat­ed, the men g
­ rasped his
hand and the ­hands of his wife and of his two
daugh­ters and led them safe­ly out of the city,
for the Lord was mer­ci­f ul to them. 17 As soon
as they had ­brought them out, one of them
said, “Flee for your ­lives! ­Don’t look back, and

­ on’t stop any­where in the ­plain! Flee to the
moun­tains or you will be ­swept away!”
18 But Lot said to them, “No, my l­ords, a
­please! 19 Your b ser­v ant has f­ound fa­vor in
your b eyes, and you b have s­ hown g­ reat kind­
ness to me in spar­ing my life. But I ­can’t flee
to the moun­tains; this di­sas­ter will over­take
me, and I’ll die. 20 Look, here is a town near
­enough to run to, and it is ­small. Let me flee
to it — ​it is very ­small, ­isn’t it? Then my life
will be spared.”
21 He said to him, “Very well, I will ­g rant
this re­quest too; I will not over­throw the town
you ­speak of. 22 But flee ­there quick­ly, be­cause
I can­not do any­thing un­til you r­ each it.” (That
is why the town was ­called Zoar. c )
23 By the time Lot ­
reached Zoar, the sun
had ris­en over the land. 24 Then the Lord
­rained down burn­ing sul­fur on Sod­om and
Go­mor­rah  — ​from the Lord out of the heav­
ens. 25 Thus he over­threw ­those cit­ies and the
en­tire ­plain, de­stroy­ing all ­those liv­ing in the
cit­ies — ​a nd also the veg­e­ta­tion in the land.
26 But ­L ot’s wife ­looked back, and she be­came
a pil­lar of salt.
27 Ear­ly the next morn­ing Abra­ham got up
and re­t urned to the ­place ­where he had ­stood
be­fore the Lord. 28 He l­ooked down to­ward
Sod­om and Go­mor­rah, to­ward all the land of
the ­plain, and he saw ­dense ­smoke ris­ing from
the land, like ­smoke from a fur­nace.
29 So when God de­
stroyed the cit­ies of
the ­plain, he re­mem­bered Abra­ham, and he
­brought Lot out of the ca­tas­tro­phe that over­
threw the cit­ies ­where Lot had lived.
Lot and His Daughters
30 Lot and his two daugh­ters left Zoar and
set­t led in the moun­tains, for he was ­a fraid to
stay in Zoar. He and his two daugh­ters ­lived
in a cave. 31 One day the old­er daugh­ter said to
the youn­ger, “Our fa­ther is old, and t­here is
no man ­a round here to give us chil­dren — ​as is
the cus­tom all over the ­earth. 32 Let’s get our
fa­ther to ­drink wine and then ­sleep with him
and pre­serve our fam­i­ly line ­t hrough our fa­


33 That n
­ ight they got ­their fa­ther to ­drink
wine, and the old­er daugh­ter went in and s­ lept
with him. He was not a­ ware of it when she lay
down or when she got up.
34 The next day the old­er daugh­ter said to
the youn­ger, “Last n
­ ight I s­ lept with my fa­
ther. ­L et’s get him to ­d rink wine a­ gain to­
night, and you go in and ­sleep with him so
we can pre­serve our fam­i­ly line ­through our
fa­t her.” 35 So they got ­their fa­ther to ­d rink
wine that ­night also, and the youn­ger daugh­
ter went in and ­slept with him. ­Again he was
not ­aware of it when she lay down or when
she got up.
36 So both of ­L ot’s daugh­ters be­came preg­
nant by t­ heir fa­ther. 37 The old­er daugh­ter had
a son, and she ­named him Moab d ; he is the fa­
ther of the Mo­ab­ites of to­day. 38 The youn­ger
daugh­ter also had a son, and she ­named him
Ben-Ammi e; he is the fa­ther of the Am­mon­
ites   f of to­day.

Abraham and Abimelek


Now Abra­ham ­moved on from ­there
into the re­gion of the Ne­gev and ­lived
be­tween Ka­desh and Shur. For a ­while he
­stayed in Ge­rar, 2 and ­there Abra­ham said of
his wife Sar­ah, “She is my sis­ter.” Then Abim­
e­lek king of Ge­rar sent for Sar­ah and took her.
3 But God came to Abim­
e­lek in a d
­ ream
one ­night and said to him, “You are as good
as dead be­cause of the wom­an you have tak­en;
she is a mar­ried wom­an.”
4 Now Abim­e­lek had not gone near her, so
he said, “Lord, will you de­stroy an in­no­cent
na­tion? 5 Did he not say to me, ‘She is my sis­
ter,’ and ­didn’t she also say, ‘He is my broth­er’?
I have done this with a ­c lear con­science and
­clean hands.”
6 Then God said to him in the ­d ream, “Yes,
I know you did this with a ­c lear con­science,
and so I have kept you from sin­ning ­against
me. That is why I did not let you t­ouch her.
7 Now re­t urn the ­man’s wife, for he is a proph­
et, and he will pray for you and you will live.
But if you do not re­t urn her, you may be sure
that you and all who be­long to you will die.”

a 18 Or No, Lord ; or No, my lord    b 19  The Hebrew is singular.    c 22  Zoar means small.    d 37  Moab
sounds like the Hebrew for from father.    e 38  Ben-Ammi means son of my father’s people.    f 38 Hebrew




8 Ear­
ly the next morn­ing Abim­e­lek sum­
moned all his of­f i­cials, and when he told them
all that had hap­pened, they were very much
­a fraid. 9 Then Abim­e­lek ­called Abra ­ham in
and said, “What have you done to us? How
have I w
­ ronged you that you have b
­ rought
such ­g reat ­g uilt upon me and my king­dom?
You have done ­things to me that ­should nev­
er be done.” 10 And Abim­e­lek ­asked Abra­ham,
“What was your rea­son for do­ing this?”
11 Abra­
h am re­
plied, “I said to my­
s elf,
‘There is sure­ly no fear of God in this p
­ lace,
and they will kill me be­c ause of my wife.’
12 Be­sides, she real­ly is my sis­ter, the daugh­ter
of my fa­ther ­though not of my moth­er; and
she be­came my wife. 13 And when God had
me wan­der from my fa­ther’s house­hold, I said
to her, ‘This is how you can show your love to
me: Ev­ery­where we go, say of me, “He is my
broth­er.” ’ ”
14 Then Abim­e­lek ­brought ­sheep and cat­t le
and male and fe­male ­slaves and gave them to
Abra­ham, and he re­t urned Sar­a h his wife to
him. 15 And Abim­e­lek said, “My land is be­fore
you; live wher­ev­er you like.”
16 To Sar­
a h he said, “I am giv­ing your
broth­er a thou­sand shek­els  a of sil­ver. This is
to cov­er the of­fense ­against you be­fore all who
are with you; you are com­plete­ly vin­di­cat­ed.”
17 Then Abra­ham ­prayed to God, and God
­healed Abim­e­lek, his wife and his fe­male
­slaves so they ­could have chil­dren ­again, 18 for
the Lord had kept all the wom­en in Abim­
e­lek’s house­hold from con­ceiv ­ing be­cause of
Abra­ham’s wife Sar­ah.

MATTHEW 7:24 — 8:22
The Wise and Foolish Builders
24 “There­fore

ev­ery­one who ­hears ­t hese
­ ords of mine and puts them into prac­tice is
like a wise man who ­built his h
­ ouse on the
rock. 25 The rain came down, the ­streams
rose, and the w
­ inds blew and beat a­ gainst
that ­house; yet it did not fall, be­cause it had
its foun­da­tion on the rock. 26 But ev­ery­one
who ­hears t­ hese ­words of mine and does not
put them into prac­tice is like a fool­ish man

who ­built his ­house on sand. 27 The rain came
down, the s­ treams rose, and the w
­ inds blew
and beat a­ gainst that ­house, and it fell with a
­g reat crash.”
28 When ­
Jesus had fin­ished say­ing t­hese
t­ hings, the ­crowds were ­amazed at his teach­
ing, 29 be­cause he ­taught as one who had au­
thor­i­t y, and not as ­their teach­ers of the law.

Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy


When ­Jesus came down from the moun­
tain­side, ­large ­crowds fol ­lowed him. 2 A
man with lep­ro­sy  b came and ­k nelt be­fore him
and said, “Lord, if you are will­ing, you can
make me clean.”
3 Jesus r
­eached out his hand and t­ouched
the man. “I am will­ing,” he said. “Be c­ lean!”
Im­me­d i­ate­ly he was ­c leansed of his lep­ro­s y.
4 Then ­Jesus said to him, “See that you ­don’t
tell any­one. But go, show your­self to the ­priest
and of­fer the gift Mo­ses com­mand­ed, as a tes­
ti­mo­ny to them.”
The Faith of the Centurion
5 When ­J esus had en­t ered Ca­p er ­n a­u m,
a cen­tu­ri­on came to him, ask­ing for help.
6 “Lord,” he said, “my ser­vant lies at home par­
a­lyzed, suf­fer­ing ter­ri­bly.”
7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal
8 The cen­t u­r i­on re­plied, “Lord, I do not de­
serve to have you come un­der my roof. But just
say the word, and my ser­vant will be ­healed.
9 For I my­self am a man un­der au­t hor­i­t y, with
sol­diers un­der me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he
goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he c­ omes. I
say to my ser­vant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
10 When J­esus ­
heard this, he was ­a mazed
and said to ­those fol­low­ing him, “Tru­ly I tell
you, I have not ­found any­one in Is­ra­el with
such ­great ­faith. 11 I say to you that many will
come from the east and the west, and will take
­their plac­es at the ­feast with Abra­ham, ­Isaac
and Ja­cob in the king­dom of heav­en. 12 But
the sub­jects of the king­dom will be t­hrown
out­side, into the dark­ness, ­where ­there will be
weep­ing and gnash­ing of teeth.”
13 Then ­
Jesus said to the cen­tu­ri­on, “Go!

a 16  That is, about 25 pounds or about 12 kilograms    b 2  The Greek word traditionally translated leprosy

was used for various diseases affecting the skin.   


Let it be done just as you be­lieved it ­would.”
And his ser­vant was ­healed at that mo­ment.
Jesus Heals Many
14 When

­Jesus came into Pe­ter’s h
­ ouse, he
saw Pe­ter’s moth­er-in-law ly­ing in bed with
a fe­ver. 15 He ­touched her hand and the fe­ver
left her, and she got up and be­gan to wait on
16 When eve­n ing came, many who were de­
mon-pos­sessed were ­brought to him, and he
­d rove out the spir­its with a word and ­healed
all the sick. 17 This was to ful­fill what was
spo­ken ­through the proph­et Isa­iah:
“He took up our infirmities
and bore our diseases.” a
The Cost of Following Jesus
18 When ­Jesus saw the ­c rowd ­a round him,
he gave or­ders to ­cross to the oth­er side of the
lake. 19 Then a teach­er of the law came to him
and said, “Teach­er, I will fol­low you wher­ev­er
you go.”
20 Jesus re­plied, “Fox­es have d
­ ens and b
­ irds
have n
­ ests, but the Son of Man has no ­place
to lay his head.”
21 An­oth­er dis­c i­ple said to him, “Lord, ­f irst
let me go and bury my fa­ther.”
22 But ­Jesus told him, “Fol­low me, and let
the dead bury ­their own dead.”

PSALM 7:1 — 7:9
Psalm 7 b
A shiggaion c of David, which he sang to
the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjamite.

1 Lord my God, I take refuge in you;
save and deliver me from all who
pursue me,
2 or they will tear me apart like a lion
and rip me to pieces with no one to
rescue me.

5 then let my enemy pursue and
overtake me;
let him trample my life to the ground
and make me sleep in the dust. d
6 Arise, Lord, in your anger;
rise up against the rage of my
Awake, my God; decree justice.
7 Let the assembled peoples gather around
while you sit enthroned over them on
8 Let the Lord judge the peoples.
Vindicate me, Lord, according to my
according to my integrity,
O Most High.
9 Bring to an end the violence of the
and make the righteous secure — ​
you, the righteous God
who probes minds and hearts.

Genesis 19 – 20; Matthew 7:24 – 8:22;
Psalm 7:1 – 9

Genesis 19 – 20 shows the Lord destroying
the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of
their disobedience. In Matthew 7:24 – 27 ­Jesus
warns that ­people who ignore his words are
like a man who builds a house on sand. When
a storm blows hard, his home crashes down.
But anyone who acts on his words stays safe.
Psalm 7 says those who do good can go to God
and find refuge, a place where no one can tear
them to pieces.

3 Lord my God, if I have done this
and there is guilt on my hands — ​
4 if I have repaid my ally with evil
or without cause have robbed my foe — ​
a 17 Isaiah 53:4 (see Septuagint)    b In Hebrew texts 7:1-17 is numbered 7:2-18.    c Title: Probably
a literary or musical term    d 5  The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.   

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GENESIS 21:1 — 23:20
The Birth of Isaac


Now the Lord was gra­cious to Sar­ah
as he had said, and the Lord did for
Sar­a h what he had prom­ised. 2 Sar­ah be­came
preg­nant and bore a son to Abra­ham in his old
age, at the very time God had prom­ised him.
3 Abra­
ham gave the name ­Isaac a to the son
Sar­ah bore him. 4 When his son ­Isaac was ­eight
days old, Abra­ham cir­cum­cised him, as God
com­mand­ed him. 5 Abra­ham was a hun­d red
­years old when his son ­Isaac was born to him.
6 Sar­a h said, “God has ­brought me laugh­ter,
and ev­ery­one who ­hears ­about this will ­laugh
with me.” 7 And she add­ed, “Who ­would have
said to Abra­ham that Sar­a h ­would ­nurse chil­
dren? Yet I have b
­ orne him a son in his old
Hagar and Ishmael Sent Away
8 The

c­ hild grew and was ­weaned, and on
the day I­saac was w
­ eaned Abra­ham held a
­great ­feast. 9 But Sar­a h saw that the son whom
Ha­gar the Egyp­tian had b
­ orne to Abra­ham
was mock ­i ng, 10 and she said to Abra­ham,
“Get rid of that ­slave wom­an and her son, for
that wom­a n’s son will nev­er ­share in the in­
her­i­tance with my son Isaac.”
11 The mat ­ter dis­t ressed Abra ­ham great ­ly
be­cause it con­cerned his son. 12 But God said
to him, “Do not be so dis­tressed ­about the
boy and your slave wom­an. Lis­ten to what­ever
Sar­a h ­tells you, be­cause it is ­through ­Isaac
that your off­spring b will be reck­oned. 13 I will
make the son of the slave into a na­t ion also,
be­cause he is your off­spring.”
14 Ear­
ly the next morn­ing Abra­ham took
some food and a skin of wa­ter and gave them
to Ha­gar. He set them on her shoul­ders and
then sent her off with the boy. She went on
her way and wan­dered in the Des­ert of Be­

15 When the wa­ter in the skin was gone, she
put the boy un­der one of the bush­es. 16 Then
she went off and sat down ­about a bow­shot
away, for she ­thought, “I can­not ­watch the boy
die.” And as she sat ­there, she c be­gan to sob.
17 God ­heard the boy cry­ing, and the an­gel
of God c­ alled to Ha­gar from heav­en and said
to her, “What is the mat­ter, Ha­gar? Do not be
­a fraid; God has ­heard the boy cry­ing as he lies
­there. 18 Lift the boy up and take him by the
hand, for I will make him into a ­great na­tion.”
19 Then God ­opened her eyes and she saw a
well of wa­ter. So she went and ­f illed the skin
with wa­ter and gave the boy a drink.
20 God was with the boy as he grew up.
He ­lived in the des­ert and be­came an ar­cher.
21 While he was liv­ing in the Des­ert of Pa­ran,
his moth­er got a wife for him from Egypt.

The Treaty at Beersheba
22 At that time Abim­
e­lek and Phi­col the
com­mand­er of his forc­es said to Abra­ham,
“God is with you in ev­ery­thing you do. 23 Now
­swear to me here be­fore God that you will not
deal false­ly with me or my chil­dren or my de­
scen­dants. Show to me and the coun­try ­where
you now re­side as a for­eign­er the same kind­
ness I have ­shown to you.”
24 Abra­ham said, “I ­s wear it.”
25 Then Abra­ham com­plained to Abim­e­lek
­about a well of wa­ter that Abim­e­lek’s ser­vants
had ­s eized. 26 But Abim­e­lek said, “I ­don’t
know who has done this. You did not tell me,
and I ­heard ­about it only to­day.”
27 So Abra­
ham b
­ rought s­heep and cat­tle
and gave them to Abim­e­lek, and the two men
made a trea­t y. 28 Abra­ham set ­apart sev­en ewe
­lambs from the f­ lock, 29 and Abim­e­lek ­asked
Abra­ham, “What is the mean­ing of ­these
sev­en ewe l­ambs you have set a­ part by them­
30 He re­plied, “Ac­c ept ­t hese sev­en ­l ambs
from my hand as a wit­ness that I dug this
31 So that ­place was ­called Be­er­she­ba,  d be­
cause the two men ­swore an oath there.
32 Af­ter the trea­t y had been made at Be­er­
she­ba, Abim­e­lek and Phi­col the com­mand­er

a 3  Isaac means he laughs.    b 12  Or seed    c 16  Hebrew; Septuagint the child    d 31  Beersheba can mean

well of seven and well of the oath.   

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of his forc­es re­t urned to the land of the Phi­
lis­tines. 33 Abra­ham plant­ed a tam­a ­risk tree in
Be­er­she­ba, and t­here he ­called on the name
of the Lord, the Eter­nal God. 34 And Abra­
ham ­stayed in the land of the Phi­lis­t ines for
a long time.
Abraham Tested


Some time lat­er God test­ed Abra­
ham. He said to him, “Abra­ham!”
“Here I am,” he re­plied.
2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only
son, whom you love — ​­Isaac — ​a nd go to the
re­g ion of Mo­ri­a h. Sac­ri­fice him ­there as a
­burnt of­fer­ing on a moun­tain I will show you.”
3 Ear­ly the next morn­ing Abra­ham got up
and load­ed his don­key. He took with him two
of his ser­vants and his son I­ saac. When he had
cut ­enough wood for the ­burnt of­fer­ing, he set
out for the ­place God had told him ­about. 4 On
the ­third day Abra­ham ­looked up and saw the
­place in the dis­tance. 5 He said to his ser­vants,
“Stay here with the don­key ­while I and the
boy go over ­there. We will wor­ship and then
we will come back to you.”
6 Abra­ham took the wood for the ­burnt of­
fer­ing and ­placed it on his son ­Isaac, and he
him­self car­ried the fire and the ­k nife. As the
two of them went on to­geth­er, 7 Isaac ­spoke
up and said to his fa­ther Abra­ham, “Fa­ther?”
“Yes, my son?” Abra­ham re­plied.
“The fire and wood are here,” ­Isaac said,
“but ­where is the lamb for the ­burnt of­fer­ing?”
8 Abra­
ham an­swered, “God him­self will
pro­v ide the lamb for the ­burnt of­fer­ing, my
son.” And the two of them went on to­geth­er.
9 When they r
­eached the ­place God had
told him ­about, Abra­ham ­built an al­tar ­there
and ar­ranged the wood on it. He b
­ ound his
son ­Isaac and laid him on the al­tar, on top of
the wood. 10 Then he r­ eached out his hand and
took the ­k nife to slay his son. 11 But the an­gel
of the Lord ­called out to him from heav­en,
“Abra­ham! Abra­ham!”
“Here I am,” he re­plied.
12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said.
“Do not do any­thing to him. Now I know that

you fear God, be­cause you have not with­held
from me your son, your only son.”
13 Abra­ham ­looked up and ­t here in a thick­
et he saw a ram a ­caught by its ­horns. He went
over and took the ram and sac­r i­f iced it as a
­burnt of­fer­ing in­stead of his son. 14 So Abra­
ham ­called that ­place The Lord Will Pro­
vide. And to this day it is said, “On the moun­
tain of the Lord it will be pro­v id­ed.”
15 The an­g el of the Lord ­c alled to Abra­
ham from heav­en a sec­ond time 16 and said, “I
­swear by my­self, de­c lares the Lord, that be­
cause you have done this and have not with­
held your son, your only son, 17 I will sure­ly
­bless you and make your de­scen­dants as nu­
mer­ous as the ­stars in the sky and as the sand
on the sea­shore. Your de­scen­dants will take
pos­ses­sion of the cit­ies of ­their en­e­mies, 18 and
­t hrough your off­spring  b all na­t ions on ­earth
will be ­blessed, c be­cause you have ­obeyed me.”
19 Then Abra­ham re­t urned to his ser­vants,
and they set off to­geth­er for Be­er­she­ba. And
Abra­ham ­stayed in Be­er­she­ba.
Nahor’s Sons
20 Some

time lat­
e r Abra­
h am was told,
“Mil­k ah is also a moth­er; she has b
­ orne sons
to your broth­er Na­hor: 21 Uz the first­born,
Buz his broth­er, Kem­u­el (the fa­ther of Aram),
22 Ke­sed, Hazo, Pil­d ash, Jid­laph and Be­t hu­
el.” 23 Be­thu­el be­came the fa­ther of Re­bek­a h.
Mil­k ah bore ­these e­ ight sons to Abra­ham’s
broth­er Na­hor. 24 His con­cu­bine, ­whose name
was Reu­mah, also had sons: Te­bah, Ga­ham,
Ta­hash and Ma­a­k ah.
The Death of Sarah


Sar­ah ­lived to be a hun­d red and
twen­t y-sev­en ­y ears old. 2 She died
at Kir­i­ath Arba (that is, He­bron) in the land
of Ca­naan, and Abra­ham went to ­mourn for
Sar­ah and to weep over her.
3 Then Abra­ham rose from be­side his dead
wife and ­spoke to the Hit­t ites. d He said, 4 “I
am a for­eign­er and strang­er ­a mong you. Sell
me some prop­er­t y for a buri­a l site here so I can
bury my dead.”

a 13  Many manuscripts of the Masoretic Text, Samaritan Pentateuch, Septuagint and Syriac; most
manuscripts of the Masoretic Text a ram behind him    b 18  Or seed    c 18 Or and all nations on earth will
use the name of your offspring in blessings (see 48:20)    d 3 Or the descendants of Heth; also in verses 5, 7, 10,

16, 18 and 20   

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5 The Hit­
t ites re­plied to Abra­ham, 6 “Sir,
lis­ten to us. You are a ­mighty ­prince ­a mong
us. Bury your dead in the choic­est of our
­tombs. None of us will refuse you his tomb for
bury­ing your dead.”
7 Then Abra­ham rose and ­bowed down be­
fore the peo­ple of the land, the Hit­tites. 8 He
said to them, “If you are will­ing to let me bury
my dead, then lis­ten to me and in­ter­cede with
­Ephron son of Zo­har on my be­half  9 so he will
sell me the cave of Mach­pe­lah, ­which be­longs
to him and is at the end of his ­f ield. Ask him
to sell it to me for the full ­price as a buri­a l site
­among you.”
10 Ephron the Hit­
t ite was sit­ting ­a mong
his peo­ple and he re­plied to Abra­ham in the
hear­ing of all the Hit­t ites who had come to
the gate of his city. 11 “No, my lord,” he said.
“Lis­ten to me; I give a you the ­field, and I
give a you the cave that is in it. I give a it to
you in the pres­ence of my peo­ple. Bury your
12 Again Abra­ham b
­ owed down be­fore the
peo­ple of the land 13 and he said to ­Ephron in
­their hear­ing, “Lis­ten to me, if you will. I will
pay the ­price of the ­f ield. Ac­cept it from me so
I can bury my dead there.”
14 Ephron an­s wered Abra­ham, 15 “Lis­ten to
me, my lord; the land is w
­ orth four hun­d red
shek­els  b of sil­ver, but what is that be­t ween you
and me? Bury your dead.”
16 Abra­ham ­a greed to ­Ephron’s ­terms and
­weighed out for him the p
­ rice he had n
­ amed
in the hear­ing of the Hit­tites: four hun­d red
shek­els of sil­ver, ac­cord­ing to the ­weight cur­
rent ­among the mer­chants.
17 So ­
Ephron’s f­ield in Mach­p e­lah near
Mam­re — ​both the ­f ield and the cave in it,
and all the t­rees with­in the bor­ders of the
­f ield  — ​was deed­e d 18 to Abra­h am as his
prop­er­t y in the pres­ence of all the Hit­tites
who had come to the gate of the city. 19 Af­
ter­w ard Abra­h am bur­ied his wife Sar­ah
in the cave in the ­f ield of Mach­p e­lah near
Mam­re (which is at He­bron) in the land of
Ca­naan. 20 So the ­f ield and the cave in it were
deed­ed to Abra­ham by the Hit­t ites as a buri­
al site.

MATTHEW 8:23 — 9:13
Jesus Calms the Storm
23 Then he got into the boat and his dis­c i­
ples fol­lowed him. 24 Sud­den­ly a fu­ri­ous ­storm
came up on the lake, so that the ­waves s­ wept
over the boat. But ­Jesus was sleep­ing. 25 The
dis­ci­ples went and woke him, say­ing, “Lord,
save us! ­We’re go­ing to drown!”
26 He re­plied, “You of lit­t le ­faith, why are
you so ­a fraid?” Then he got up and re­buked
the ­w inds and the ­waves, and it was com­plete­
ly calm.
27 The men were ­a mazed and ­asked, “What
kind of man is this? Even the w
­ inds and the
­waves obey him!”

Jesus Restores Two DemonPossessed Men
28 When he ar­
r ived at the oth­e r side in
the re­g ion of the Gad­a ­renes, c two de­monpos­
s essed men com­
i ng from the ­
t ombs
met him. They were so vi­o­lent that no one
­could pass that way. 29 “What do you want
with us, Son of God?” they shout­ed. “Have
you come here to tor­t ure us be­fore the ap­
point­ed time?”
30 Some dis­tance from them a ­large herd of
pigs was feed­ing. 31 The de­mons ­begged ­Jesus,
“If you ­d rive us out, send us into the herd of
32 He said to them, “Go!” So they came out
and went into the pigs, and the ­whole herd
­rushed down the ­steep bank into the lake
and died in the wa­ter. 33 Those tend­ing the
pigs ran off, went into the town and re­port­
ed all this, in­c lud­ing what had hap­pened to
the ­de­mon-pos­sessed men. 34 Then the ­whole
town went out to meet ­Jesus. And when they
saw him, they plead­ed with him to ­leave ­their

Jesus Forgives and Heals
a Paralyzed Man


Jesus ­stepped into a boat, ­c rossed over
and came to his own town. 2 Some men
­brought to him a par­a ­lyzed man, ly­ing on a
mat. When ­Jesus saw ­their f­ aith, he said to the
man, “Take ­heart, son; your sins are for­giv­en.”

a 11  Or sell    b 15  That is, about 10 pounds or about 4.6 kilograms    c 28  Some manuscripts Gergesenes;

other manuscripts Gerasenes   

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3 At this, some of the teach­ers of the law said
to them­selves, “This fel­low is blas­phem­ing!”
4 Know­ing ­t heir ­t houghts, ­Jesus said, “Why
do you en­ter­tain evil ­thoughts in your ­hearts?
5 Which is eas­
i­er: to say, ‘Your sins are for­
given,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 6 But I
want you to know that the Son of Man has
au­thor­i­t y on ­earth to for­give sins.” So he said
to the par­a ­lyzed man, “Get up, take your mat
and go home.” 7 Then the man got up and
went home. 8 When the c­ rowd saw this, they
were ­f illed with awe; and they ­praised God,
who had giv­en such au­thor­i­t y to man.

The Calling of Matthew
9 As ­Jesus went on from t­ here, he saw a man
­ amed Mat­t hew sit­t ing at the tax col­lec­tor’s
­booth. “Fol­low me,” he told him, and Mat­
thew got up and fol­lowed him.
10 While ­Jesus was hav­ing din­ner at Mat­
thew’s ­house, many tax col­lec­tors and sin­
ners came and ate with him and his dis­ci­ples.
11 When the Phar­i­sees saw this, they ­asked his
dis­ci­ples, “Why does your teach­er eat with tax
col­lec­tors and sin­ners?”
12 On hear­ing this, ­Jesus said, “It is not the
­healthy who need a doc­tor, but the sick. 13 But
go and ­learn what this ­means: ‘I de­sire mer­c y,
not sac­ri­f ice.’  a For I have not come to call the
righ­teous, but sin­ners.”

PSALM 7:10 — 7:17
10 My shield b is God Most High,
who saves the upright in heart.
11 God is a righteous judge,
a God who displays his wrath every
12 If he does not relent,
c will sharpen his sword;
he will bend and string his bow.
13 He has prepared his deadly weapons;
he makes ready his flaming arrows.
14 Whoever is pregnant with evil
conceives trouble and gives birth to
15 Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out
falls into the pit they have made.

16 The trouble they cause recoils on them;
their violence comes down on their own
17 I will give thanks to the Lord because of
his righteousness;
I will sing the praises of the name of the
Lord Most High.

Genesis 21 – 23; Matthew 8:23 – 9:13;
Psalm 7:10 – 17

Genesis 21 – 23 shows Abraham acting on a
divine command to sacrifice his much-loved
son, a test agonizing beyond imagination. In
Matthew 8 – 9 ­people face intense challenges
like paralysis, deadly waters, and legions of demons. And in Psalm 7 David finds himself face
to face with swords and flaming arrows. In each
of these grim situations, God proves he’s worth
trusting. No matter what you endure today, you
can be sure the Lord is on your side.

GENESIS 24:1 — 24:67
Isaac and Rebekah


Abra­ham was now very old, and the
Lord had ­blessed him in ev­ery way.
2 He said to the sen­ior ser­v ant in his house­
hold, the one in c­ harge of all that he had,
“Put your hand un­der my ­thigh. 3 I want you
to ­swear by the Lord, the God of heav­en
and the God of ­earth, that you will not get
a wife for my son from the daugh­ters of the

a 13  Hosea 6:6    b 10 Or sovereign    c 12 Or If anyone does not repent, / God   

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­Ca­naan­ites, ­a mong whom I am liv ­ing, 4 but
will go to my coun­try and my own rel­a­tives
and get a wife for my son Isaac.”
5 The ser­
v ant ­asked him, “What if the
wom­an is un­w ill­ing to come back with me to
this land? S
­ hall I then take your son back to
the coun­try you came from?”
6 “Make sure that you do not take my son
back t­ here,” Abra­ham said. 7 “The Lord, the
God of heav­en, who ­brought me out of my fa­
ther’s house­hold and my na­tive land and who
­spoke to me and prom­ised me on oath, say­ing,
‘To your off­spring a I will give this land’ — ​he
will send his an­gel be­fore you so that you can
get a wife for my son from ­there. 8 If the wom­
an is un­w ill­ing to come back with you, then
you will be re­leased from this oath of mine.
Only do not take my son back ­there.” 9 So the
ser­vant put his hand un­der the ­thigh of his
mas­ter Abra­ham and ­s wore an oath to him
con­cern­ing this mat­ter.
10 Then the ser­
vant left, tak­ing with him
ten of his mas­ter’s cam­els load­ed with all
­k inds of good ­things from his mas­ter. He set
out for Aram Na­ha­ra­im  b and made his way to
the town of Na­hor. 11 He had the cam­els ­k neel
down near the well out­side the town; it was
to­ward eve­n ing, the time the wom­en go out
to draw wa­ter.
12 Then he ­prayed, “Lord, God of my mas­
ter Abra­ham, make me suc­cess­f ul to­day, and
show kind­ness to my mas­ter Abra­ham. 13 See,
I am stand­ing be­side this ­spring, and the
daugh­ters of the towns­peo­ple are com­ing out
to draw wa­ter. 14 May it be that when I say to
a young wom­an, ‘Please let down your jar that
I may have a ­drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and
I’ll wa­ter your cam­els too’ — ​let her be the one
you have cho­sen for your ser­vant I­ saac. By this
I will know that you have ­shown kind­ness to
my mas­ter.”
15 Be­fore he had fin­ished pray­ing, Re­bek­a h
came out with her jar on her shoul­der. She was
the daugh­ter of Be­t hu­el son of Mil­k ah, who
was the wife of Abra­ham’s broth­er Na­hor.
16 The wom­a n was very beau­t i­f ul, a vir­g in; no
man had ever ­slept with her. She went down
to the ­spring, ­f illed her jar and came up again.

17 The ser­vant hur­r ied to meet her and said,
“Please give me a lit­t le wa­ter from your jar.”
18 “Drink, my lord,” she said, and quick­
low­ered the jar to her ­hands and gave him a
19 Af­ter she had giv­en him a ­d rink, she said,
“I’ll draw wa­ter for your cam­els too, un­til they
have had e­ nough to d
­ rink.” 20 So she quick­ly
emp­tied her jar into the ­trough, ran back to
the well to draw more wa­ter, and drew ­enough
for all his cam­els. 21 With­out say­ing a word,
the man ­watched her close­ly to ­learn wheth­er
or not the Lord had made his jour­ney suc­
cess­f ul.
22 When the cam­els had fin­ished drink­ing,
the man took out a gold nose ring weigh­ing
a beka c and two gold brace­lets weigh­ing ten
shek­els.  d 23 Then he ­asked, “Whose daugh­ter
are you? ­Please tell me, is ­there room in your
fa­ther’s ­house for us to ­spend the night?”
24 She an­s wered him, “I am the daugh­ter of
Be­thu­el, the son that Mil­k ah bore to Na­hor.”
25 And she add­
ed, “We have plen­t y of ­straw
and fod­der, as well as room for you to ­spend
the night.”
26 Then the man ­
bowed down and wor­
shiped the Lord, 27 say­ing, “Praise be to the
Lord, the God of my mas­ter Abra­ham, who
has not aban­doned his kind­ness and faith­f ul­
ness to my mas­ter. As for me, the Lord has
led me on the jour­ney to the ­house of my mas­
ter’s rel­a­tives.”
28 The young wom­
a n ran and told her
moth­er’s house­hold ­about ­these ­things. 29 Now
Re­bek­ah had a broth­er ­named La­ban, and he
hur­ried out to the man at the ­spring. 30 As
soon as he had seen the nose ring, and the
brace­lets on his sis­ter’s arms, and had ­heard
Re­bek­a h tell what the man said to her, he
went out to the man and ­found him stand­ing
by the cam­els near the ­spring. 31 “Come, you
who are b
­ lessed by the Lord,” he said. “Why
are you stand­ing out here? I have pre­pared the
­house and a ­place for the cam­els.”
32 So the man went to the ­house, and the
cam­els were un­load­ed. ­Straw and fod­der were
­brought for the cam­els, and wa­ter for him and
his men to wash ­t heir feet. 33 Then food was

a 7  Or seed    b 10  That is, Northwest Mesopotamia    c 22  That is, about 1/5 ounce or about 5.7 grams   
d 22  That is, about 4 ounces or about 115 grams   

set be­fore him, but he said, “I will not eat un­til
I have told you what I have to say.”
“Then tell us,” La­ban said.
34 So he said, “I am Abra­
ham’s ser­v ant.
35 The Lord has ­blessed my mas­ter abun­dant­
ly, and he has be­come ­wealthy. He has giv­en
him ­sheep and cat­tle, sil­ver and gold, male
and fe­male ser­vants, and cam­els and don­keys.
36 My mas­ter’s wife Sar­a h has ­borne him a son
in her old age, and he has giv­en him ev­ery­
thing he owns. 37 And my mas­ter made me
­s wear an oath, and said, ‘You must not get a
wife for my son from the daugh­ters of the Ca­
naan­ites, in w
­ hose land I live, 38 but go to my
fa­ther’s fam­i­ly and to my own clan, and get a
wife for my son.’
39 “Then I ­
asked my mas­ter, ‘What if the
wom­an will not come back with me?’
40 “He re­
plied, ‘The Lord, be­fore whom
I have ­walked faith­ful­ly, will send his an­gel
with you and make your jour­ney a suc­cess, so
that you can get a wife for my son from my
own clan and from my fa­t her’s fam­i­ly. 41 You
will be re­leased from my oath if, when you go
to my clan, they refuse to give her to you — ​
then you will be re­leased from my oath.’
42 “When I came to the ­
spring to­d ay, I
said, ‘Lord, God of my mas­ter Abra­ham, if
you will, ­please ­g rant suc­cess to the jour­ney
on ­which I have come. 43 See, I am stand­ing
be­side this ­spring. If a y­ oung wom­a n ­comes
out to draw wa­ter and I say to her, “Please let
me ­drink a lit­t le wa­ter from your jar,” 44 and if
she says to me, “Drink, and I’ll draw wa­ter for
your cam­els too,” let her be the one the Lord
has cho­sen for my mas­ter’s son.’
45 “Be­
fore I fin­ished pray­ing in my h
­ eart,
Re­bek­ah came out, with her jar on her shoul­
der. She went down to the ­spring and drew
wa­ter, and I said to her, ‘Please give me a
46 “She quick­
ly low­ered her jar from her
shoul­der and said, ‘Drink, and I’ll wa­ter your
cam­els too.’ So I d
­ rank, and she wa­tered the
cam­els also.
47 “I ­asked her, ‘Whose daugh­ter are you?’
“She said, ‘The daugh­ter of Be­thu­el son of
Na­hor, whom Mil­k ah bore to him.’
“Then I put the ring in her nose and the
a 55 Or she   

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brace­lets on her arms, 48 and I ­bowed down
and wor­shiped the Lord. I ­praised the Lord,
the God of my mas­ter Abra­ham, who had led
me on the ­right road to get the grand­daugh­ter
of my mas­ter’s broth­er for his son. 49 Now if
you will show kind­ness and faith­f ul­ness to my
mas­ter, tell me; and if not, tell me, so I may
know ­which way to turn.”
50 La­
ban and Be­thu­el an­swered, “This is
from the Lord; we can say noth­ing to you one
way or the oth­er. 51 Here is Re­bek­ah; take her
and go, and let her be­come the wife of your
mas­ter’s son, as the Lord has di­rect­ed.”
52 When Abra­
h am’s ser­vant ­heard what
they said, he ­bowed down to the ­g round be­
fore the Lord. 53 Then the ser­vant ­brought out
gold and sil­ver jew­el­r y and ar­ti­cles of cloth­ing
and gave them to Re­bek­ah; he also gave cost­ly
­gifts to her broth­er and to her moth­er. 54 Then
he and the men who were with him ate and
­drank and ­spent the ­night there.
When they got up the next morn­ing, he
said, “Send me on my way to my mas­ter.”
55 But her broth­er and her moth­er re­plied,
“Let the young wom­a n re­main with us ten
days or so; then you a may go.”
56 But he said to them, “Do not de­tain me,
now that the Lord has grant­ed suc­cess to my
jour­ney. Send me on my way so I may go to
my mas­ter.”
57 Then they said, “Let’s call the young
wom­an and ask her ­about it.” 58 So they ­called
Re­bek­a h and ­asked her, “Will you go with
this man?”
“I will go,” she said.
59 So they sent t­ heir sis­ter Re­bek­a h on her
way, ­a long with her ­nurse and Abra­ham’s ser­
vant and his men. 60 And they ­blessed Re­bek­
ah and said to her,
“Our sister, may you increase
to thousands upon thousands;
may your offspring possess
the cities of their enemies.”
61 Then Re­
bek­a h and her at­ten­d ants got
r­ eady and mount­ed ­the cam­els and went back
with the man. So the ser­vant took Re­bek­a h
and left.
62 Now I
­saac had come from Beer La­hai

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Roi, for he was liv­ing in the Ne­gev. 63 He went
out to the ­f ield one eve­ning to med­i­tate, a and
as he ­looked up, he saw cam­els ap­proach­ing.
64 Re­bek­a h also ­looked up and saw ­Isaac. She
got down from her cam­el 65 and ­asked the ser­
vant, “Who is that man in the ­f ield com­ing
to meet us?”
“He is my mas­ter,” the ser­vant an­s wered.
So she took her veil and cov­ered her­self.
66 Then the ser­v ant told ­I saac all he had
done. 67 Isaac b
­ rought her into the tent of
his moth­er Sar­a h, and he mar­r ied Re­bek­a h.
So she be­c ame his wife, and he ­loved her;
and ­Isaac was com­fort­e d af­ter his moth­er’s

MATTHEW 9:14 — 9:38
Jesus Questioned About Fasting
14 Then

J­ohn’s dis­ci­ples came and ­a sked
him, “How is it that we and the Phar­i­sees fast
of­ten, but your dis­ci­ples do not fast?”
15 Jesus an­s wered, “How can the ­g uests of
the bride­g room m
­ ourn ­while he is with them?
The time will come when the bride­groom will
be tak­en from them; then they will fast.
16 “No one sews a ­p atch of un­shrunk ­c loth
on an old gar­ment, for the p
­ atch will pull
away from the gar­m ent, mak­ing the tear
­worse. 17 Nei­t her do peo­ple pour new wine
into old wine­skins. If they do, the ­skins will
­burst; the wine will run out and the wine­
skins will be ru­ined. No, they pour new
wine into new wine­skins, and both are pre­
Jesus Raises a Dead Girl and Heals
a Sick Woman
18 While

he was say­ing this, a syn­a­gogue
lead­er came and k­ nelt be­fore him and said,
“My daugh­ter has just died. But come and put
your hand on her, and she will live.” 19 ­Jesus
got up and went with him, and so did his dis­
20 Just then a wom­a n who had been sub­ject
to bleed­ing for t­ welve y­ ears came up be­hind
him and ­touched the edge of his ­cloak. 21 She
said to her­self, “If I only ­touch his ­cloak, I will
be healed.”

22 Jesus ­
t urned and saw her. “Take ­heart,
daugh­ter,” he said, “your ­faith has ­healed
you.” And the wom­an was ­healed at that mo­
23 When ­Jesus en­tered the syn­a­gogue lead­
er’s ­house and saw the ­noisy ­crowd and peo­ple
play­ing ­pipes, 24 he said, “Go away. The girl
is not dead but ­asleep.” But they ­laughed at
him. 25 Af­ter the ­crowd had been put out­side,
he went in and took the girl by the hand, and
she got up. 26 News of this ­spread ­through all
that re­gion.

Jesus Heals the Blind
and the Mute
27 As

­Jesus went on from ­there, two ­blind
men fol­lowed him, call­ing out, “Have mer­c y
on us, Son of Da­v id!”
28 When he had gone in­
doors, the b
­ lind
men came to him, and he a­ sked them, “Do
you be­lieve that I am able to do this?”
“Yes, Lord,” they re­plied.
29 Then he t­ ouched t­ heir eyes and said, “Ac­
cord­ing to your ­faith let it be done to you”;
30 and t­heir ­sight was re­stored. ­Jesus ­w arned
them stern­ly, “See that no one ­k nows ­about
this.” 31 But they went out and ­spread the news
­about him all over that re­gion.
32 While they were go­ing out, a man who
was de­mon-pos­sessed and c­ ould not talk was
­brought to ­Jesus. 33 And when the de­mon was
driv­en out, the man who had been mute ­spoke.
The ­c rowd was ­a mazed and said, “Noth­ing
like this has ever been seen in Is­ra­el.”
34 But the Phar­i­sees said, “It is by the ­prince
of de­mons that he ­drives out de­mons.”
The Workers Are Few
35 Jesus went ­
t hrough all the ­towns and
­v il­lag­es, teach­ing in ­t heir syn­a­gogues, pro­
claim­ing the good news of the king­dom and
heal ­ing ev­ery dis­ease and sick ­ness. 36 When
he saw the ­c rowds, he had com­pas­sion on
them, be­cause they were ha­rassed and help­
less, like ­sheep with­out a shep­herd. 37 Then he
said to his dis­ci­ples, “The har­vest is plen­ti­f ul
but the work­ers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the
har­vest, there­fore, to send out work­ers into his
har ­vest field.”

a 63  The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.   


PSALM 8:1 — 8:9

8 a

For the director of music. According to gittith. b
A psalm of David.

1 Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the
You have set your glory
in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold
against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of
human beings that you care for them? c
5 You have made them d a little lower than
the angels e
and crowned them d with glory and
6 You made them rulers over the works of
your hands;
you put everything under their  f feet:
7 all flocks and herds,
and the animals of the wild,
8 the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
9 Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the

Genesis 24; Matthew 9:14 – 38;
Psalm 8

The Lord might seem too lofty to notice your
life. But Genesis 24 shows him bringing together a specific man and woman to advance his

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plans. In Matthew 9 ­Jesus says he acts in new
ways that exceed our expectations, like raising
the dead, healing the sick, and giving sight to
the blind. And Psalm 8 says God made you and
every other human being extraordinary. You’re
crowned with his glory, so you can count on
him to lead your life.

GENESIS 25:1 — 26:35
The Death of Abraham


Abra ­h am had tak­en an­oth­er wife,
­whose name was Ke­t u­rah. 2 She bore
him Zim­ran, Jok ­shan, Me­dan, Mid ­i­an, Ish­
bak and Shu­a h. 3 Jok­shan was the fa­ther of
She­ba and De­d an; the de­scen­d ants of De­
dan were the Ash­u r­ites, the Le­tu­shites and
the Le­u m­m ites. 4 The sons of Mid­i­a n were
­Ephah, ­Epher, Ha­nok, Abi­da and El­da­ah. All
­these were de­scen­dants of Ke­t u­rah.
5 Abra­
h am left ev­ery­thing he ­owned to
­Isaac. 6 But ­while he was ­still liv­ing, he gave
­g ifts to the sons of his con­c u­bines and sent
them away from his son I­ saac to the land of
the east.
7 Abra­ham ­l ived a hun­d red and sev­en­t y-five
­years. 8 Then Abra­ham ­breathed his last and
died at a good old age, an old man and full
of ­years; and he was gath­ered to his peo­ple.
9 His sons ­Isaac and Ish­ma­el bur­ied him in the
cave of Mach­pe­lah near Mam­re, in the f­ ield
of ­Ephron son of Zo­har the Hit­tite, 10 the
­f ield Abra­ham had ­bought from the Hit­tites. g
­T here Abra­ham was bur­ied with his wife

a In Hebrew texts 8:1-9 is numbered 8:2-10.    b Title: Probably a musical term    c 4 Or what is a human
being that you are mindful of him, / a son of man that you care for him?    d 5  Or him    e 5 Or than God   
f 6 Or made him ruler . . . ; / . . . his    g 10 Or the descendants of Heth   

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­Sar­a h. 11 Af­ter Abra­ham’s ­death, God ­blessed
his son ­Isaac, who then l­ived near Beer La­
hai Roi.
Ishmael’s Sons
12 This is the ac­count of the fam­i­ly line of
Abra­ham’s son Ish­ma­el, whom Sar­a h’s slave,
Ha­gar the Egyp­tian, bore to Abra­ham.
13 These

are the n
­ ames of the sons of Ish­
ma­el, list­ed in the or­der of ­their ­birth: Ne­ba­
ioth the first­born of Ish­ma­el, Ke­dar, Ad­be­el,
Mib­sam, 14 Mish­ma, Du­mah, Mas­sa, 15 Ha­
dad, Tema, Je­tur, Na­phish and Ked­e­mah.
16 These were the sons of Ish­ma­el, and ­t hese
are the ­names of the t­ welve trib­a l rul­ers ac­
cord­ing to ­their set­t le­ments and ­camps. 17 Ish­
ma­el ­l ived a hun­d red and thir ­t y-sev­en ­years.
He ­breathed his last and died, and he was
gath­ered to his peo­ple. 18 His de­scen­dants set­
tled in the area from Hav­i­lah to Shur, near
the east­ern bor­der of ­Egypt, as you go to­ward
Ash­ur. And they ­lived in hos­til­i­t y to­ward  a all
the ­tribes re­lat­ed to them.
Jacob and Esau
19 This is the ac­count of the fam­i­ly line of
Abra­ham’s son Isaac.

Abra­ham be­came the fa­ther of ­Isaac, 20 and
I­ saac was for­t y ­years old when he mar­ried Re­
bek­ah daugh­ter of Be­thu­el the Ar­a­me­an from
Pad­dan Aram  b and sis­ter of La­ban the Ar­a­
21 Isaac ­prayed to the Lord on be­half of his
wife, be­cause she was child­less. The Lord
an­swered his ­prayer, and his wife Re­bek­a h
be­came preg­nant. 22 The ba­bies jos­tled each
oth­er with­in her, and she said, “Why is this
hap­pen­ing to me?” So she went to in­quire of
the Lord.
23 The Lord said to her,
“Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you will
be separated;
one people will be stronger than the
and the older will serve the younger.”

24 When the time came for her to give ­birth,
t­ here were twin boys in her womb. 25 The ­f irst
to come out was red, and his ­whole body was
like a ­hairy gar­ment; so they ­named him
Esau. c 26 Af­ter this, his broth­er came out,
with his hand grasp­ing ­Esau’s heel; so he was
­named Ja­cob.  d ­Isaac was six­t y ­years old when
Re­bek­ah gave ­birth to them.
27 The boys grew up, and Esau be­
came a
skill­ful hunt­er, a man of the open coun­try,
­while Ja­cob was con­tent to stay at home a­ mong
the ­tents. 28 Isaac, who had a ­taste for wild
game, ­loved Esau, but Re­bek­ah ­loved Ja­cob.
29 Once when Ja­cob was cook­ing some stew,
Esau came in from the open coun­try, fam­
ished. 30 He said to Ja­cob, “Quick, let me have
some of that red stew! I’m fam­ished!” (That is
why he was also ­called Edom. e )
31 Ja­cob re­plied, “First sell me your birth­
32 “Look, I am ­
about to die,” Esau said.
“What good is the birth­right to me?”
33 But Ja­cob said, “Swear to me ­f irst.” So he
­s wore an oath to him, sell­ing his birth­r ight
to Ja­cob.
34 Then Ja­
cob gave Esau some ­bread and
some len­til stew. He ate and ­drank, and then
got up and left.
So Esau de­spised his birth­right.

Isaac and Abimelek


Now ­there was a fam­ine in the land — ​
be­sides the pre­v i­ous fam­ine in Abra­
ham’s time — ​and ­Isaac went to Abim­e­lek
king of the Phi­lis­tines in Ge­rar. 2 The Lord
ap­peared to ­Isaac and said, “Do not go down
to ­Egypt; live in the land ­where I tell you to
live. 3 Stay in this land for a ­while, and I will
be with you and will b
­ less you. For to you and
your de­scen­dants I will give all ­these ­lands
and will con­firm the oath I s­wore to your
fa­t her Abra ­ham. 4 I will make your de­scen­
dants as nu­mer­ous as the ­stars in the sky and
will give them all ­these ­lands, and t­hrough
your off­spring   f all na­tions on e­ arth will be
­blessed,  g 5 be­cause Abra­ham ­obeyed me and
did ev­ery­thing I re­quired of him, keep­ing my

a 18 Or lived to the east of    b 20  That is, Northwest Mesopotamia    c 25  Esau may mean hairy.   
d 26  Jacob means he grasps the heel, a Hebrew idiom for he deceives.    e 30  Edom means red.    f 4  Or seed   
g 4 Or and all nations on earth will use the name of your offspring in blessings (see 48:20)   

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com­mands, my de­crees and my in­struc­tions.”
6 So ­Isaac ­stayed in Ge­rar.
7 When the men of that ­
place ­asked him
­about his wife, he said, “She is my sis­ter,” be­
cause he was ­a fraid to say, “She is my wife.”
He ­thought, “The men of this ­place ­m ight
kill me on ac­count of Re­bek­a h, be­cause she
is beau­ti­f ul.”
8 When I
­ saac had been ­there a long time,
Abim­e­lek king of the Phi­lis­tines ­looked down
from a win­dow and saw I­saac ca­ress­ing his
wife Re­b ek ­a h. 9 So Abim­e­lek sum­moned
­Isaac and said, “She is real­ly your wife! Why
did you say, ‘She is my sis­ter’?”
Isaac an­s wered him, “Be­cause I ­t hought I
­might lose my life on ac­count of her.”
10 Then Abim­e­lek said, “What is this you
have done to us? One of the men ­might well
have ­slept with your wife, and you ­would have
­brought ­g uilt upon us.”
11 So Abim­e­lek gave or­ders to all the peo­
ple: “Any­one who ­harms this man or his wife
­shall sure­ly be put to death.”
12 Isaac plant­ed c
­ rops in that land and the
same year ­reaped a hun­d red­fold, be­cause the
Lord ­blessed him. 13 The man be­came rich,
and his ­wealth con­tin­ued to grow un­til he be­
came very w
­ ealthy. 14 He had so many f­ locks
and ­herds and ser­vants that the Phi­lis­tines en­
vied him. 15 So all the ­wells that his fa­ther’s
ser­v ants had dug in the time of his fa­ther
Abra ­ham, the Phi­l is­t ines ­stopped up, fill ­ing
them with earth.
16 Then Abim­
e ­lek said to ­Isaac, “Move
away from us; you have be­come too pow­er­f ul
for us.”
17 So ­Isaac ­moved away from ­t here and en­
camped in the Val­ley of Ge­rar, ­where he set­
tled. 18 Isaac re­opened the ­wells that had been
dug in the time of his fa­ther Abra­ham, ­which
the Phi­lis­tines had ­stopped up af­ter Abra­ham
died, and he gave them the same n
­ ames his
fa­ther had giv­en them.
19 Isaac’s ser­vants dug in the val­ley and dis­
cov­ered a well of ­fresh wa­ter t­ here. 20 But the
herd­ers of Ge­rar quar­reled with ­those of ­Isaac
and said, “The wa­ter is ours!” So he ­named
the well Esek, a be­cause they dis­put­ed with

him. 21 Then they dug an­oth­er well, but they
quar­reled over that one also; so he ­named it
Sit­nah.  b 22 He m
­ oved on from ­t here and dug
an­oth­er well, and no one quar­reled over it. He
­named it Re­ho­both,  c say­ing, “Now the Lord
has giv­en us room and we will flour­ish in the
23 From ­
t here he went up to Be­er­she­ba.
24 That ­n ight the Lord ap­peared to him and
said, “I am the God of your fa­ther Abra­ham.
Do not be a­ fraid, for I am with you; I will
­bless you and will in­crease the num­ber of your
de­scen­dants for the sake of my ser­vant Abra­
25 Isaac ­built an al­tar ­t here and ­called on the
name of the Lord. ­There he ­pitched his tent,
and ­there his ser­vants dug a well.
26 Mean­while, Abim­e­lek had come to him
from Ge­rar, with Ahuz­zath his per­son­a l ad­
vis­er and Phi­col the com­mand­er of his forc­es.
27 Isaac a
­ sked them, “Why have you come to
me, ­since you were hos­tile to me and sent me
28 They an­s wered, “We saw clear­ly that the
Lord was with you; so we said, ‘There ­ought
to be a ­sworn agree­ment be­tween us’ — ​be­
tween us and you. Let us make a trea­t y with
you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we
did not harm you but al­ways treat­ed you well
and sent you away peace­ful­ly. And now you
are ­blessed by the Lord.”
30 Isaac then made a ­
feast for them, and
they ate and d
­ rank. 31 Ear­ly the next morn­ing
the men ­s wore an oath to each oth­er. Then
­Isaac sent them on t­heir way, and they went
away peace­f ul­ly.
32 That day ­Isaac’s ser­v ants came and told
him ­about the well they had dug. They said,
“We’ve ­found wa­ter!” 33 He ­called it Shi­bah, d
and to this day the name of the town has been
Be­er­she­ba.  e
Jacob Takes Esau’s Blessing
34 When Esau was for­t y ­years old, he mar­
ried Ju­dith daugh­ter of Be­e­ri the Hit­tite, and
also Bas­e­math daugh­ter of Elon the Hit­t ite.
35 They were a ­source of ­g rief to ­Isaac and Re­

a 20  Esek means dispute.    b 21  Sitnah means opposition.    c 22  Rehoboth means room.    d 33  Shibah can
mean oath or seven.    e 33  Beersheba can mean well of the oath and well of seven.   

DAY 12


MATTHEW 10:1 — 10:31
Jesus Sends Out the Twelve


Jesus ­called his ­twelve dis­ci­ples to
him and gave them au­thor­i­t y to ­drive
out im­pure spir­its and to heal ev­ery dis­ease
and sick ­ness.
2 These are the ­names of the ­t welve apos­
tles: ­f irst, Si­mon (who is ­called Pe­ter) and his
broth­er An­d rew; ­James son of Zeb­e­dee, and
his broth­er John; 3 Phil ­ip and Bar ­t hol­o­mew;
Thom­as and Mat­thew the tax col­lec­tor; ­James
son of Al­phae­us, and Thad­dae­us; 4 Si­mon the
Zeal­ot and Ju­das Is­car­i­ot, who be­trayed him.
5 These ­t welve ­Jesus sent out with the fol­
low­ing in­struc­tions: “Do not go a­ mong the
Gen­tiles or en­ter any town of the Sa­mar­i­tans.
6 Go rath­er to the lost ­sheep of Is­ra­el. 7 As you
go, pro­c laim this mes­sage: ‘The king­dom of
heav­en has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, ­raise
the dead, ­c leanse ­those who have lep­ro­sy, a
­d rive out de­mons. Free­ly you have re­ceived;
free­ly give.
9 “Do not get any gold or sil­
ver or cop­per
to take with you in your ­belts — ​10 no bag for
the jour­ney or ex­tra ­shirt or san­dals or a ­staff,
for the work­er is ­worth his keep. 11 What­ev­
er town or vil­lage you en­ter, ­search there for
some wor­thy per­son and stay at their ­house
un­til you ­leave. 12 As you en­ter the home, give
it your greet­ing. 13 If the home is de­serv­ing, let
your ­peace rest on it; if it is not, let your ­peace
re­turn to you. 14 If any­one will not wel­come
you or lis­ten to your ­words, ­leave that home or
town and ­shake the dust off your feet. 15 Tru­ly
I tell you, it will be more bear­able for Sod­om
and Go­mor­rah on the day of judg­ment than
for that town.
16 “I am send­ing you out like s
­ heep a­ mong
­wolves. There­fore be as ­shrewd as ­snakes and
as in­no­cent as doves. 17 Be on your ­g uard; you
will be hand­ed over to the lo­cal coun­cils and
be f­ logged in the syn­a­gogues. 18 On my ac­
count you will be ­brought be­fore gov­er­nors
and ­k ings as wit­ness­es to them and to the
Gen­tiles. 19 But when they ar­rest you, do not
wor­r y ­about what to say or how to say it. At
that time you will be giv­en what to say, 20 for it

will not be you speak­ing, but the Spir­it of your
Fa­ther speak­ing ­through you.
21 “Broth­er will be­t ray broth­er to ­death, and
a fa­ther his c­ hild; chil­d ren will re­bel a­ gainst
­their par­ents and have them put to ­death.
22 You will be ­
hated by ev­ery­one be­cause of
me, but the one who ­stands firm to the end
will be ­saved. 23 When you are per­se­cut­ed in
one ­place, flee to an­oth­er. Tru­ly I tell you, you
will not fin­ish go­ing ­through the ­towns of Is­
ra­el be­fore the Son of Man comes.
24 “The stu­dent is not ­above t­ he teach­er, nor
a ser­vant a­ bove his mas­ter. 25 It is ­enough for
stu­dents to be like ­their teach­ers, and ser­vants
like ­their mas­ters. If the head of the ­house has
been ­called Be­el­z e­bul, how much more the
mem­bers of his house­hold!
26 “So do not be ­a fraid of them, for there is
noth­ing con­cealed that will not be dis­c losed,
or hid­den that will not be made k­ nown.
27 What I tell you in the dark, ­
speak in the
day­light; what is whis­pered in your ear, pro­
claim from the ­roofs. 28 Do not be ­a fraid of
­those who kill the body but can­not kill the
soul. Rath­er, be a­ fraid of the One who can
de­stroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not
two spar­rows sold for a pen­ny? Yet not one of
them will fall to the ­ground out­side your Fa­
ther’s care. b 30 And even the very ­hairs of your
head are all num­bered. 31 So d
­ on’t be a­ fraid;
you are ­worth more than many spar­rows.”

PROVERBS 1:20 — 1:33
Wisdom’s Rebuke

20 Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
she raises her voice in the public square;
21 on top of the wall c she cries out,
at the city gate she makes her speech:
22 “How long will you who are simple love
your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in
and fools hate knowledge?
23 Repent at my rebuke!
Then I will pour out my thoughts to

a 8  The Greek word traditionally translated leprosy was used for various diseases affecting the skin.   
b 29 Or will ; or knowledge    c 21  Septuagint; Hebrew / at noisy street corners   

I will make known to you my teachings.
24 But since you refuse to listen when I call
and no one pays attention when I
stretch out my hand,
25 since you disregard all my advice
and do not accept my rebuke,
26 I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes
I will mock when calamity overtakes
you — ​
27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster sweeps over you like a
when distress and trouble overwhelm
28 “Then they will call to me but I will not
they will look for me but will not
find me,
29 since they hated knowledge
and did not choose to fear the Lord.
30 Since they would not accept my advice
and spurned my rebuke,
31 they will eat the fruit of their ways
and be filled with the fruit of their
32 For the waywardness of the simple will
kill them,
and the complacency of fools will
destroy them;
33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety
and be at ease, without fear of harm.”

Genesis 25 – 26; Matthew 10:1 – 31;
Proverbs 1:20 – 33

Genesis 25 – 26 tells the story of one of history’s most foolish trades, where Esau swaps
his privileges as firstborn son for a pot of red
stew. In Matthew 10 ­Jesus warns against letting yourself be scared by ­people rather than
respecting the God who leads you home to
heaven. And Proverbs 1 shows calamity overtaking p­ eople who don’t live by God’s wisdom.
When you go against the Lord’s commands,
you risk missing out on good things he plans
for you.

DAY 13

GENESIS 27:1 — 28:22


When ­Isaac was old and his eyes were
so weak that he c­ ould no lon­ger see,
he ­called for Esau his old­er son and said to
him, “My son.”
“Here I am,” he an­swered.
2 Isaac said, “I am now an old man and ­don’t
know the day of my d
­ eath. 3 Now then, get
your equip­ment  — ​your quiv­er and bow  — ​and
go out to the open coun­try to hunt some wild
game for me. 4 Pre­pare me the kind of ­tasty
food I like and ­bring it to me to eat, so that I
may give you my bless­ing be­fore I die.”
5 Now Re­bek­a h was lis­ten­ing as ­Isaac ­spoke
to his son Esau. When Esau left for the open
coun­try to hunt game and ­bring it back, 6 Re­
bek­a h said to her son Ja­cob, “Look, I over­
heard your fa­ther say to your broth­er Esau,
7 ‘Bring me some game and pre­pare me some
­tasty food to eat, so that I may give you my
bless­ing in the pres­ence of the Lord be­fore
I die.’ 8 Now, my son, lis­ten care­f ul­ly and do
what I tell you: 9 Go out to the ­f lock and ­bring
me two ­choice ­young g­ oats, so I can pre­pare
some ­tasty food for your fa­t her, just the way
he l­ ikes it. 10 Then take it to your fa­ther to eat,
so that he may give you his bless­ing be­fore he
11 Ja­cob said to Re­b ek­a h his moth­er, “But
my broth­er Esau is a ­hairy man ­while I have
­smooth skin. 12 What if my fa­ther touch­es me?
­ ould ap­pear to be trick­ing him and ­would
­bring down a c­ urse on my­self rath­er than a
13 His moth­er said to him, “My son, let the
­curse fall on me. Just do what I say; go and get
them for me.”
14 So he went and got them and ­brought them

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to his moth­er, and she pre­pared some ­tasty
food, just the way his fa­ther ­liked it. 15 Then
Re­bek­ah took the best ­clothes of Esau her old­er
son, w
­ hich she had in the ­house, and put them
on her youn­ger son Ja­cob. 16 She also cov­ered his
­hands and the ­smooth part of his neck with the
goat­skins. 17 Then she hand­ed to her son Ja­cob
the ­tasty food and the ­bread she had made.
18 He went to his fa­t her and said, “My fa­
“Yes, my son,” he an­swered. “Who is it?”
19 Ja­cob said to his fa­t her, “I am Esau your
first­born. I have done as you told me. P
­ lease
sit up and eat some of my game, so that you
may give me your bless­ing.”
20 Isaac ­asked his son, “How did you find it
so quick­ly, my son?”
“The Lord your God gave me suc­cess,” he
21 Then ­Isaac said to Ja­cob, “Come near so
I can ­touch you, my son, to know wheth­er you
real­ly are my son Esau or not.”
22 Ja­cob went ­c lose to his fa­t her ­Isaac, who
­touched him and said, “The ­voice is the ­voice
of Ja­cob, but the ­hands are the ­hands of Esau.”
23 He did not rec­
og­n ize him, for his ­hands
were ­hairy like ­t hose of his broth­er Esau; so
he pro­ceed­ed to b
­ less him. 24 “Are you real­ly
my son Esau?” he asked.
“I am,” he re­plied.
25 Then he said, “My son, ­
bring me some
of your game to eat, so that I may give you
my bless­ing.”
Ja­cob ­brought it to him and he ate; and he
­brought some wine and he ­drank. 26 Then his
fa­ther ­Isaac said to him, “Come here, my son,
and kiss me.”
27 So he went to him and ­k issed him. When
­Isaac ­caught the ­smell of his ­clothes, he
­blessed him and said,
“Ah, the smell of my son
is like the smell of a field
that the Lord has blessed.
28 May God give you heaven’s dew
and earth’s richness — ​
an abundance of grain and new wine.
29 May nations serve you
and peoples bow down to you.

Be lord over your brothers,
and may the sons of your mother bow
down to you.
May those who curse you be cursed
and those who bless you be blessed.”
30 Af­ter

­Isaac fin­ished bless­ing him, and Ja­
cob had scarce­ly left his fa­ther’s pres­ence, his
broth­er Esau came in from hunt­ing. 31 He too
pre­pared some ­tasty food and ­brought it to
his fa­t her. Then he said to him, “My fa­t her,
­please sit up and eat some of my game, so that
you may give me your bless­ing.”
32 His fa­
t her ­Isaac ­a sked him, “Who are
“I am your son,” he an­swered, “your first­
born, Esau.”
33 Isaac trem­bled vi­o­lent­ly and said, “Who
was it, then, that hunt­ed game and ­brought
it to me? I ate it just be­fore you came and I
­blessed him — ​and in­deed he will be blessed!”
34 When Esau ­heard his fa­t her’s ­words, he
­burst out with a loud and bit­ter cry and said
to his fa­ther, “Bless me — ​me too, my fa­ther!”
35 But he said, “Your broth­er came de­ceit­
ful­ly and took your bless­ing.”
36 Esau said, “Isn’t he right­
ly ­named Ja­
cob a ? This is the sec­ond time he has tak­en
ad­van­tage of me: He took my birth­right, and
now he’s tak­en my bless­ing!” Then he a­ sked,
“Haven’t you re­served any bless­ing for me?”
37 Isaac an­s wered Esau, “I have made him
lord over you and have made all his rel­a­t ives
his ser­vants, and I have sus­tained him with
­grain and new wine. So what can I pos­si­bly do
for you, my son?”
38 Esau said to his fa­t her, “Do you have only
one bless­ing, my fa­ther? ­Bless me too, my fa­
ther!” Then Esau wept aloud.
39 His fa­t her ­Isaac an­s wered him,
“Your dwelling will be
away from the earth’s richness,
away from the dew of heaven
40 You will live by the sword
and you will serve your brother.
But when you grow restless,
you will throw his yoke
from off your neck.”

a 36  Jacob means he grasps the heel, a Hebrew idiom for he takes advantage of or he deceives.   

41 Esau held a ­g rudge ­against Ja­cob be­cause
of the bless­ing his fa­t her had giv­en him. He
said to him­self, “The days of mourn­ing for
my fa­ther are near; then I will kill my broth­er
42 When Re­
bek­a h was told what her old­
er son Esau had said, she sent for her youn­
ger son Ja­cob and said to him, “Your broth­er
Esau is plan­ning to a­ venge him­self by kill­ing
you. 43 Now then, my son, do what I say: Flee
at once to my broth­er La­ban in Har­ran. 44 Stay
with him for a ­while un­til your broth­er’s fury
sub­sides. 45 When your broth­er is no lon­ger an­
gry with you and for­gets what you did to him,
I’ll send word for you to come back from ­there.
Why ­should I lose both of you in one day?”
46 Then Re­
bek­a h said to I­saac, “I’m dis­
gust­ed with liv­ing be­cause of ­these Hit­tite
wom­en. If Ja­cob ­takes a wife from ­among the
wom­en of this land, from Hit­tite wom­en like
­these, my life will not be ­worth liv­ing.”
So ­Isaac c­ alled for Ja­cob and b
­ lessed
him. Then he com­mand­ed him: “Do
not mar­r y a Ca­naan­ite wom­a n. 2 Go at once
to Pad­dan Aram, a to the ­house of your moth­
er’s fa­ther Be­thu­el. Take a wife for your­self
­there, from ­a mong the daugh­ters of La­ban,
your moth­er’s broth­er. 3 May God Al­mighty b
­bless you and make you fruit­f ul and in­crease
your num­bers un­til you be­come a com­mu­ni­t y
of peo­ples. 4 May he give you and your de­scen­
dants the bless­ing giv­en to Abra­ham, so that
you may take pos­ses­sion of the land ­where you
now re­side as a for­eign­er, the land God gave to
Abra­ham.” 5 Then ­Isaac sent Ja­cob on his way,
and he went to Pad­dan Aram, to La­ban son of
Be­thu­el the Ar­a­me­an, the broth­er of Re­bek­
ah, who was the moth­er of Ja­cob and Esau.
6 Now Esau ­learned that I
­ saac had b
­ lessed
Ja­cob and had sent him to Pad­dan Aram to
take a wife from t­here, and that when he
­blessed him he com­mand­ed him, “Do not
mar ­r y a Ca­naan­ite wom­a n,” 7 and that Ja­cob
had ­obeyed his fa­ther and moth­er and had
gone to Pad­dan Aram. 8 Esau then re­a l ­ized
how dis­pleas­ing the Ca­naan­ite wom­en were


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to his fa­ther ­Isaac; 9 so he went to Ish­ma­el and
mar­ried Ma­ha­lath, the sis­ter of Ne­ba­ioth and
daugh­ter of Ish­ma­el son of Abra­ham, in ad­di­
tion to the ­w ives he al­ready had.
Jacob’s Dream at Bethel
10 Ja­cob left Be­er­she­ba and set out for Har­
ran. 11 When he ­reached a cer­tain ­place, he
­stopped for the ­night be­cause the sun had set.
Tak­ing one of the ­stones ­there, he put it un­
der his head and lay down to ­sleep. 12 He had
a ­d ream in ­which he saw a stair­way rest­ing
on the ­earth, with its top reach­ing to heav­
en, and the an­gels of God were as­cend­ing and
de­scend­ing on it. 13 There ­above it c ­stood the
Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God
of your fa­ther Abra­ham and the God of ­Isaac.
I will give you and your de­scen­dants the land
on ­which you are ly­ing. 14 Your de­scen­dants
will be like the dust of the ­earth, and you will
­spread out to the west and to the east, to the
­north and to the ­south. All peo­ples on ­earth
will be ­blessed ­through you and your off­
spring. d 15 I am with you and will w
­ atch over
you wher­ev­er you go, and I will ­bring you back
to this land. I will not l­eave you un­t il I have
done what I have prom­ised you.”
16 When Ja­
cob a­ woke from his ­sleep, he
­t hought, “Sure­ly the Lord is in this p
­ lace,
and I was not ­aware of it.” 17 He was ­a fraid
and said, “How awe­some is this ­place! This is
none oth­er than the ­house of God; this is the
gate of heav­en.”
18 Ear­
ly the next morn­ing Ja­cob took the
­stone he had ­placed un­der his head and set it
up as a pil­lar and ­poured oil on top of it. 19 He
­called that ­place Beth­el,  e ­though the city used
to be ­called Luz.
20 Then Ja­cob made a vow, say­ing, “If God
will be with me and will ­watch over me on
this jour­ney I am tak­ing and will give me
food to eat and ­clothes to wear 21 so that I re­
turn safe­ly to my fa­ther’s house­hold, then the
Lord  f will be my God 22 and g this ­stone that I
have set up as a pil­lar will be ­God’s ­house, and
of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.”

a 2  That is, Northwest Mesopotamia; also in verses 5, 6 and 7    b 3 Hebrew El-Shaddai    c 13 Or There
beside him    d 14 Or will use your name and the name of your offspring in blessings (see 48:20)    e 19  Bethel
means house of God.    f 20,21 Or Since God . . . father’s household, the Lord    g 21,22 Or household, and the

Lord will be my God, 22then   

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MATTHEW 10:32 — 11:15
32 “Who­e v­er ac ­k nowl­edg­es me be­fore oth­
ers, I will also ac­k nowl­edge be­fore my Fa­ther
in heav­en. 33 But who­ev­er dis­owns me be­fore
others, I will dis­own be­fore my Fa­ther in
34 “Do not sup­
p ose that I have come to
­bring ­peace to the ­earth. I did not come to
­bring p
­ eace, but a s­ word. 35 For I have come
to turn

“ ‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-inlaw — ​
36 a man’s enemies will be the members of
his own household.’ a
37 “Any­one

who ­loves ­their fa­ther or moth­
er more than me is not wor­thy of me; any­one
who ­loves their son or daugh­ter more than me
is not wor­thy of me. 38 Who­ev­er does not take
up t­ heir ­cross and fol­low me is not wor­thy of
me. 39 Who­e v­er ­finds ­their life will lose it,
and who­ev­er los­es ­t heir life for my sake will
find it.
40 “Any­
one who wel­comes you wel­comes
me, and any­one who wel­comes me wel­comes
the one who sent me. 41 Who­ev­er wel­comes a
proph­et as a proph­et will re­ceive a proph­et’s
re­w ard, and who­e v­er wel­comes a righ­teous
per­son as a righ­teous per­son will re­ceive a
righ­teous per­son’s re­w ard. 42 And if any­one
­gives even a cup of cold wa­ter to one of t­ hese
lit­t le ones who is my dis­ci­ple, tru­ly I tell you,
that per­son will cer­tain­ly not lose their re­
Jesus and John the Baptist


Af ­ter ­Jesus had fin­ished in­struct­ing
his ­t welve dis­ci­ples, he went on from
­there to ­teach and ­preach in the ­towns of Gal­
i­lee.  b
2 When John, who was in pris­
on, heard
about the deeds of the Mes­si­a h, he sent his
dis­ci­ples 3 to ask him, “Are you the one who is
to come, or ­should we ex­pect some­one else?”

4 Jesus re­plied, “Go back and re­port to John
what you hear and see: 5 The ­blind re­ceive
­sight, the lame walk, ­those who have lep­ro­
sy c are ­c leansed, the deaf hear, the dead are
­raised, and the good news is pro­claimed to the
poor. 6 Blessed is any­one who does not stum­
ble on ac­count of me.”
7 As ­John’s dis­c i­ples were leav­ing, ­Jesus be­
gan to s­ peak to the ­crowd ­about John: “What
did you go out into the wil­der­ness to see? A
reed ­s wayed by the wind? 8 If not, what did
you go out to see? A man ­d ressed in fine
­c lothes? No, ­those who wear fine ­c lothes are
in ­k ings’ pal­ac­es. 9 Then what did you go out
to see? A proph­et? Yes, I tell you, and more
than a proph­et. 10 This is the one ­about whom
it is writ­ten:

“ ‘I will send my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way before you.’ d
11 Tru­ly

I tell you, ­among ­those born of wom­
en ­there has not ris­en any­one great­er than
John the Bap­tist; yet who­ev­er is ­least in the
king­dom of heav­en is great­er than he. 12 From
the days of John the Bap­tist un­til now, the
king­dom of heav­en has been sub­ject­ed to vi­o­
lence, e and vi­o­lent peo­ple have been raid­ing it.
13 For all the Proph­ets and the Law proph­e­sied
un­til John. 14 And if you are will­ing to ac­cept
it, he is the Eli­jah who was to come. 15 Who­
ev­er has ears, let them hear.”

PSALM 9:1 — 9:6
Psalm 9  f , g
For the director of music. To the tune of
“The Death of the Son.” A psalm of David.

1 I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all
my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
2 I will be glad and rejoice in you;
I will sing the praises of your name,
O Most High.
3 My enemies turn back;
they stumble and perish before you.

a 36 Micah 7:6    b 1 Greek in their towns    c 5  The Greek word traditionally translated leprosy was used
for various diseases affecting the skin.    d 10 Mal. 3:1    e 12 Or been forcefully advancing    f Psalms 9

and 10 may originally have been a single acrostic poem in which alternating lines began with the successive
letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In the Septuagint they constitute one psalm.    g In Hebrew texts 9:1-20 is
numbered 9:2-21.   

4 For you have upheld my right and my
sitting enthroned as the righteous judge.
5 You have rebuked the nations and
destroyed the wicked;
you have blotted out their name for ever
and ever.
6 Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies,
you have uprooted their cities;
even the memory of them has perished.

Genesis 27 – 28;
Matthew 10:32 – 11:15; Psalm 9:1 – 6

There’s not much to admire about Isaac and
Rebekah’s family portrait in Genesis 27 – 28,
from parents who play favorites to sons who
battle to outdo each other. In Matthew 10
­Jesus warns that families will disagree about
him, possibly creating enemies within the same
house. But in Psalm 9 you see God enthroned
as a praiseworthy king. When you let God rule
your house, you discover endless reasons to be
glad and give him thanks.

GENESIS 29:1 — 30:43

Jacob Arrives in Paddan Aram


Then Ja­cob con­tin­ued on his jour­ney
and came to the land of the east­ern
peo­ples. 2 There he saw a well in the open
coun­try, with t­ hree f­ locks of ­sheep ly­ing near
it be­cause the ­f locks were wa­tered from that
a 17 Or delicate   

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well. The ­stone over the ­mouth of the well
was ­large. 3 When all the ­f locks were gath­ered
­there, the shep­herds ­would roll the ­stone away
from the ­well’s ­mouth and wa­ter the s­heep.
Then they ­would re­t urn the ­stone to its ­place
over the ­mouth of the well.
4 Ja­cob ­asked the shep­herds, “My broth­ers,
­where are you from?”
“We’re from Har­ran,” they re­plied.
5 He said to them, “Do you know La­
Na­hor’s grand­son?”
“Yes, we know him,” they an­swered.
6 Then Ja­cob ­asked them, “Is he well?”
“Yes, he is,” they said, “and here ­comes his
daugh­ter Ra­chel with the sheep.”
7 “Look,” he said, “the sun is ­still high; it is
not time for the ­f locks to be gath­ered. Wa­ter
the ­sheep and take them back to pas­t ure.”
8 “We ­
c an’t,” they re­plied, “un­til all the
­f locks are gath­ered and the s­tone has been
­rolled away from the ­mouth of the well. Then
we will wa­ter the sheep.”
9 While he was ­still talk­ing with them, Ra­
chel came with her fa­ther’s ­sheep, for she was
a shep­herd. 10 When Ja­cob saw Ra­chel daugh­
ter of his uncle La­ban, and La­ban’s ­sheep,
he went over and r­ olled the s­ tone away from
the ­mouth of the well and wa­tered his un­cle’s
­sheep. 11 Then Ja­cob ­k issed Ra­chel and be­gan
to weep ­a loud. 12 He had told Ra­chel that he
was a rel­a­tive of her fa­ther and a son of Re­bek­
ah. So she ran and told her fa­ther.
13 As soon as La­ban ­heard the news ­about
Ja­cob, his sis­ter’s son, he hur­ried to meet him.
He em­braced him and ­k issed him and ­brought
him to his home, and ­there Ja­cob told him all
­these ­things. 14 Then La­ban said to him, “You
are my own ­f lesh and blood.”
Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel

Af­ter Ja­cob had ­stayed with him for a
­whole ­month, 15 La­ban said to him, “Just be­
cause you are a rel­a­tive of mine, s­hould you
work for me for noth­ing? Tell me what your
wag­es ­should be.”
16 Now La­
b an had two daugh­
t ers; the
name of the old­er was Leah, and the name of
the youn­ger was Ra­c hel. 17 Leah had weak a
eyes, but Ra­chel had a love­ly fig­u re and was

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­beau­ti­f ul. 18 Ja­cob was in love with Ra­chel and
said, “I’ll work for you sev­en y­ ears in re­t urn
for your youn­ger daugh­ter Ra­chel.”
19 La­ban said, “It’s bet­ter that I give her to
you than to some oth­er man. Stay here with
me.” 20 So Ja­cob ­served sev­en ­years to get Ra­
chel, but they ­seemed like only a few days to
him be­cause of his love for her.
21 Then Ja­cob said to La­ban, “Give me my
wife. My time is com­plet­ed, and I want to
make love to her.”
22 So La­ban ­brought to­geth­er all the peo­
ple of the ­place and gave a ­feast. 23 But when
eve­ning came, he took his daugh­ter Leah and
­brought her to Ja­cob, and Ja­cob made love to
her. 24 And La­ban gave his ser­vant Zil­pah to
his daugh­ter as her at­ten­dant.
25 When morn­ing came, ­t here was Leah! So
Ja­cob said to La­ban, “What is this you have
done to me? I s­ erved you for Ra­chel, d
­ idn’t I?
Why have you de­ceived me?”
26 La­ban re­plied, “It is not our cus­tom here
to give the youn­ger daugh­ter in mar­riage be­
fore the old­er one. 27 Fin­ish this daugh­ter’s
brid­a l week; then we will give you the youn­
ger one also, in re­t urn for an­oth­er sev­en ­years
of work.”
28 And Ja­cob did so. He fin­ished the week
with Leah, and then La­ban gave him his
daugh­ter Ra­chel to be his wife. 29 La­ban gave
his ser­vant Bil­hah to his daugh­ter Ra­chel as
her at ­ten­dant. 30 Ja­cob made love to Ra­c hel
also, and his love for Ra­chel was great­er than
his love for Leah. And he ­worked for La­ban
an­oth­er sev­en years.
Jacob’s Children
31 When

the Lord saw that Leah was not
l­oved, he en­abled her to con­ceive, but Ra­chel
re­mained child ­less. 32 Leah be­came preg­nant
and gave ­birth to a son. She ­named him Reu­
ben, a for she said, “It is be­cause the Lord has
seen my mis­ery. Sure­ly my hus­band will love
me now.”
33 She con­ceived ­a gain, and when she gave
­birth to a son she said, “Be­cause the Lord

­ eard that I am not ­loved, he gave me this one
too.” So she ­named him Sim­e­on. b
34 Again she con­ceived, and when she gave
­birth to a son she said, “Now at last my hus­
band will be­come at­tached to me, be­cause I
have ­borne him ­three sons.” So he was ­named
Levi. c
35 She con­ceived ­a gain, and when she gave
­birth to a son she said, “This time I will ­praise
the Lord.” So she ­named him Ju­dah. d Then
she ­stopped hav­ing chil­dren.
When Ra­c hel saw that she was not
bear­ing Ja­cob any chil­d ren, she be­
came jeal­ous of her sis­ter. So she said to Ja­cob,
“Give me chil­dren, or I’ll die!”
2 Ja­
cob be­c ame an­g ry with her and said,
“Am I in the ­place of God, who has kept you
from hav­ing chil­dren?”
3 Then she said, “Here is Bil­
hah, my ser­
vant. ­Sleep with her so that she can bear
chil­d ren for me and I too can ­build a fam­i­ly
­through her.”
4 So she gave him her ser­v ant Bil­hah as a
wife. Ja­cob ­slept with her, 5 and she be­came
preg­nant and bore him a son. 6 Then Ra­chel
said, “God has vin­di­cat­ed me; he has lis­tened
to my plea and giv­en me a son.” Be­cause of
this she ­named him Dan. e
7 Ra­c hel’s ser ­v ant Bil ­h ah con­ceived ­a gain
and bore Ja­cob a sec­ond son. 8 Then Ra­c hel
said, “I have had a ­g reat strug­gle with my
sis­ter, and I have won.” So she ­named him
Naph­ta­li.   f
9 When Leah saw that she had ­stopped hav­
ing chil­dren, she took her ser­vant Zil­pah and
gave her to Ja­cob as a wife. 10 Le­a h’s ser ­vant
Zil­pah bore Ja­cob a son. 11 Then Leah said,
“What good for­tune!” g So she ­named him
Gad. h
12 Le­a h’s ser­v ant Zil­pah bore Ja­cob a sec­
ond son. 13 Then Leah said, “How hap­py I
am! The wom­en will call me hap­py.” So she
­named him Ash­er.  i
14 Dur­ing ­wheat har­vest, Reu­ben went out
into the ­fields and ­found some man­d rake
­plants, ­which he ­brought to his moth­er Leah.


a 32  Reuben sounds like the Hebrew for he has seen my misery; the name means see, a son.    b 33  Simeon
probably means one who hears.    c 34  Levi sounds like and may be derived from the Hebrew for attached.   
d 35  Judah sounds like and may be derived from the Hebrew for praise.    e 6  Dan here means he has
vindicated.    f 8  Naphtali means my struggle.    g 11 Or “A troop is coming!”    h 11  Gad can mean good
fortune or a troop.    i 13  Asher means happy.   

Ra­chel said to Leah, “Please give me some of
your ­son’s man­drakes.”
15 But she said to her, “Wasn’t it ­
that you took away my hus­band? Will you
take my ­son’s man­drakes too?”
“Very well,” Ra­chel said, “he can ­sleep
with you to­night in re­t urn for your ­son’s man­
16 So when Ja­
cob came in from the f­ields
that eve­n ing, Leah went out to meet him.
“You must ­sleep with me,” she said. “I have
­h ired you with my ­son’s man­d rakes.” So he
­slept with her that night.
17 God lis­
tened to Leah, and she be­came
preg­nant and bore Ja­cob a ­f ifth son. 18 Then
Leah said, “God has re­ward­ed me for giv­ing
my ser­v ant to my hus­band.” So she ­named
him Is­sa­char.  a
19 Leah con­
ceived ­again and bore Ja­cob a
­sixth son. 20 Then Leah said, “God has pre­
sent­ed me with a pre­cious gift. This time my
hus­band will ­t reat me with hon­or, be­cause I
have ­borne him six sons.” So she ­named him
Zeb­u ­lun.  b
21 Some time lat­
e r she gave ­
birth to a
daugh­ter and ­named her Di­nah.
22 Then God re­
mem­bered Ra­c hel; he lis­
tened to her and en­abled her to con­ceive.
23 She be­
came preg­nant and gave b
­ irth to a
son and said, “God has tak­en away my dis­
grace.” 24 She ­named him Jo­seph, c and said,
“May the Lord add to me an­oth­er son.”
Jacob’s Flocks Increase
25 Af­ter Ra­c hel gave ­birth to Jo­seph, Ja­cob
said to La­ban, “Send me on my way so I can
go back to my own home­land. 26 Give me my
­w ives and chil­d ren, for whom I have s­ erved
you, and I will be on my way. You know how
much work I’ve done for you.”
27 But La­ban said to him, “If I have ­found
fa­vor in your eyes, p
­ lease stay. I have l­earned
by div ­i­na­t ion that the Lord has ­blessed me
be­c ause of you.” 28 He add­ed, “Name your
wag­es, and I will pay them.”
29 Ja­
cob said to him, “You know how I
have ­worked for you and how your live­stock
has ­fared un­der my care. 30 The lit­t le you had

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be­fore I came has in­creased great­ly, and the
Lord has ­blessed you wher­ev­er I have been.
But now, when may I do some­thing for my
own house­hold?”
31 “What ­shall I give you?” he asked.
“Don’t give me any­thing,” Ja­cob re­plied.
“But if you will do this one t­ hing for me, I will
go on tend­ing your ­f locks and watch­ing over
them: 32 Let me go ­through all your ­f locks to­
day and re­move from them ev­ery speck­led or
spot­ted ­sheep, ev­ery dark-col­ored lamb and
ev­ery spot­ted or speck­led goat. They will be
my wag­es. 33 And my hon­es­t y will tes­t i­f y for
me in the fu­t ure, when­ev­er you ­check on the
wag­es you have paid me. Any goat in my pos­
ses­sion that is not speck­led or spot­ted, or any
lamb that is not dark-col­ored, will be con­sid­
ered sto­len.”
34 “Agreed,” said La­
ban. “Let it be as you
have said.” 35 That same day he re­moved all
the male ­goats that were ­streaked or spot­ted,
and all the speck­led or spot­ted fe­male ­goats
(all that had ­white on them) and all the darkcol­ored ­lambs, and he ­placed them in the care
of his sons. 36 Then he put a ­three-day jour­ney
be­t ween him­self and Ja­cob, ­while Ja­cob con­
tin­ued to tend the rest of La­ban’s flocks.
37 Ja­cob, how­e v­er, took ­f resh-cut branch­e s
from pop­lar, al­mond and p
­ lane t­ rees and made
­white s­ tripes on them by peel­ing the bark and
ex­pos­ing the ­white in­ner wood of the branch­
es. 38 Then he ­placed the ­peeled branch­es in
all the wa­ter­ing ­troughs, so that they w
­ ould
be di­rect­ly in f­ront of the f­ locks when they
came to ­drink. When the ­f locks were in heat
and came to d
­ rink, 39 they mat­ed in f­ront of
the branch­es. And they bore ­young that were
­streaked or speck­led or spot­ted. 40 Ja­cob set
­apart the ­young of the f­ lock by them­selves,
but made the rest face the ­streaked and darkcol­ored an­i­mals that be­longed to La­ban. Thus
he made sep­a ­rate f­ locks for him­self and did
not put them with La­ban’s an­i­mals. 41 When­
ev­er the stron­ger fe­males were in heat, Ja­cob
­would p
­ lace the branch­es in the ­troughs in
­front of the an­i­mals so they ­would mate near
the branch­es, 42 but if the an­i­mals were weak,
he w
­ ould not ­place them ­t here. So the weak

a 18  Issachar sounds like the Hebrew for reward.    b 20  Zebulun probably means honor.    c 24  Joseph

means may he add.   

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an­i­mals went to La­ban and the ­strong ones to
Ja­cob. 43 In this way the man grew ex­ceed­ing­
ly pros­per­ous and came to own ­large ­f locks,
and fe­male and male ser­vants, and cam­els and

MATTHEW 11:16 — 11:30
16 “To what can I com­pare this gen­er­a­t ion?
They are like chil­d ren sit­ting in the mar­ket­
plac­es and call­ing out to oth­ers:

17 “ ‘We played the pipe for you,
and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge,
and you did not mourn.’
18 For

John came nei­ther eat­ing nor drink­ing,
and they say, ‘He has a de­mon.’ 19 The Son of
Man came eat­ing and drink­ing, and they say,
‘Here is a glut­ton and a drunk­a rd, a f­riend
of tax col­lec­tors and sin­ners.’ But wis­dom is
­proved ­right by her deeds.”
Woe on Unrepentant Towns
20 Then

­Jesus be­gan to de­nounce the ­towns
in ­which most of his mir­a­c les had been per­
formed, be­cause they did not re­pent. 21 “Woe
to you, Cho­ra­zin! Woe to you, Beth­sa­i­da! For
if the mir­a­cles that were per­formed in you had
been per­formed in Tyre and Si­don, they ­would
have re­pent­ed long ago in sack­cloth and ash­es.
22 But I tell you, it will be more bear­able for
Tyre and Si­don on the day of judg­ment than
for you. 23 And you, Ca­per­na­um, will you be
lift­ed to the h
­ eavens? No, you will go down
to ­Hades.  a For if the mir­a­c les that were per­
formed in you had been per­formed in Sod­om,
it ­would have re­mained to this day. 24 But I tell
you that it will be more bear­able for Sod­om on
the day of judg­ment than for you.”
The Father Revealed in the Son
25 At that time ­Jesus said, “I ­praise you, Fa­
ther, Lord of heav­en and ­earth, be­cause you
have hid­den ­these ­things from the wise and
­learned, and re­vealed them to lit­t le chil­d ren.
26 Yes, Fa­t her, for this is what you were ­pleased
to do.
27 “All ­t hings have been com­m it­ted to me

a 23  That is, the realm of the dead   

by my Fa­t her. No one k­ nows the Son ex­cept
the Fa­ther, and no one k­ nows the Fa­ther
ex­cept the Son and ­those to whom the Son
choos­es to re­veal him.
28 “Come to me, all you who are wea­r y and
bur­dened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my
yoke upon you and ­learn from me, for I am
gen­t le and hum­ble in ­heart, and you will find
rest for your s­ ouls. 30 For my yoke is easy and
my bur­den is light.”

PSALM 9:7 — 9:12
7 The Lord reigns forever;
he has established his throne for
8 He rules the world in righteousness
and judges the peoples with equity.
9 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never forsaken
those who seek you.
11 Sing the praises of the Lord, enthroned in
proclaim among the nations what he
has done.
12 For he who avenges blood remembers;
he does not ignore the cries of the

Genesis 29 – 30; Matthew 11:16 – 30;
Psalm 9:7 – 12

In Genesis 29 – 30 Jacob the deceiver gets
played, tricked into working seven years for a
woman he didn’t want to marry. In Matthew
11, towns that saw scores of miracles still refuse to repent — ​to stop sinning and turn back
to God — ​and J­esus warns they’re headed for
Hades. When it seems like no one else wants
to follow God, remember Psalm 9. The Lord
protects you in troubling times. He never abandons p­ eople who seek him.

DAY 15


GENESIS 31:1 — 31:55
Jacob Flees From Laban


Ja­cob ­heard that La­ban’s sons were
say ­ing, “Ja­cob has tak­en ev­ery ­t hing
our fa­ther o­ wned and has g­ ained all this
­wealth from what be­longed to our fa­ther.”
2 And Ja­cob no­t iced that La­ban’s at­t i­t ude to­
ward him was not what it had been.
3 Then the Lord said to Ja­cob, “Go back to
the land of your fa­thers and to your rel­a­tives,
and I will be with you.”
4 So Ja­cob sent word to Ra­c hel and Leah to
come out to the ­f ields ­where his ­f locks were.
5 He said to them, “I see that your fa­t her’s at­
ti­t ude to­ward me is not what it was be­fore, but
the God of my fa­ther has been with me. 6 You
know that I’ve w
­ orked for your fa­ther with
all my ­strength, 7 yet your fa­ther has cheat­ed
me by chang­ing my wag­es ten t­imes. How­
ev­er, God has not al­lowed him to harm me.
8 If he said, ‘The speck­led ones will be your
wag­es,’ then all the ­f locks gave ­birth to speck­
led ­young; and if he said, ‘The s­ treaked ones
will be your wag­es,’ then all the ­f locks bore
­streaked ­young. 9 So God has tak­en away your
fa­ther’s live­stock and has giv­en them to me.
10 “In breed­ing sea­son I once had a ­d ream in
­which I ­looked up and saw that the male ­goats
mat­ing with the ­f lock were ­streaked, speck­
led or spot­ted. 11 The an­gel of God said to me
in the ­dream, ‘Ja­cob.’ I an­swered, ‘Here I am.’
12 And he said, ‘Look up and see that all the
male ­goats mat­ing with the ­f lock are ­streaked,
speck­led or spot­ted, for I have seen all that
La­ban has been do­ing to you. 13 I am the God
of Beth­el, ­where you anoint­ed a pil­lar and
a 18  That is, Northwest Mesopotamia   

­ here you made a vow to me. Now ­leave this
land at once and go back to your na­tive land.’ ”
14 Then Ra­c hel and Leah re­plied, “Do we
­still have any ­share in the in­her­i­tance of our
fa­ther’s es­tate? 15 Does he not re­gard us as for­
eign­ers? Not only has he sold us, but he has
used up what was paid for us. 16 Sure­ly all the
­wealth that God took away from our fa­ther
be­longs to us and our chil­d ren. So do what­
ever God has told you.”
17 Then Ja­cob put his chil­d ren and his ­w ives
on cam­els, 18 and he ­d rove all his live­stock
­ahead of him, ­a long with all the ­goods he had
ac­c u­mu ­lat­ed in Pad­dan Aram,  a to go to his
fa­ther ­Isaac in the land of Ca­naan.
19 When La­ban had gone to s
­ hear his ­sheep,
Ra­chel ­stole her fa­ther’s house­hold gods.
20 More­over, Ja­cob de­ceived La­ban the Ar­a­
me­an by not tell­ing him he was run­ning away.
21 So he fled with all he had, ­c rossed the Eu­
phra­tes Riv­er, and head­ed for the hill coun­try
of Gil­e­ad.
Laban Pursues Jacob
22 On the ­t hird day La­ban was told that Ja­
cob had fled. 23 Tak­ing his rel­a­tives with him,
he pur­sued Ja­cob for sev­en days and ­caught up
with him in the hill coun­try of Gil­e­ad. 24 Then
God came to La­ban the Ar­a­me­an in a ­dream
at ­night and said to him, “Be care­f ul not to say
any­thing to Ja­cob, ei­ther good or bad.”
25 Ja­
cob had ­pitched his tent in the hill
coun­try of Gil­e­ad when La­ban over­took him,
and La­ban and his rel­a­tives c­ amped ­there too.
26 Then La­ban said to Ja­cob, “What have you
done? ­You’ve de­ceived me, and ­you’ve car­ried
off my daugh­ters like cap­tives in war. 27 Why
did you run off se­cret­ly and de­ceive me? Why
­d idn’t you tell me, so I ­could send you away
with joy and sing­ing to the mu­sic of tim­brels
and ­harps? 28 You ­d idn’t even let me kiss my
grand­chil­d ren and my daugh­ters goodbye.
You have done a fool­ish ­thing. 29 I have the
pow­er to harm you; but last ­night the God of
your fa­ther said to me, ‘Be care­f ul not to say
any­thing to Ja­cob, ei­ther good or bad.’ 30 Now
you have gone off be­cause you l­onged to re­
turn to your fa­ther’s house­hold. But why did
you ­steal my gods?”

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31 Ja­cob an­s wered La­ban, “I was ­a fraid, be­
cause I ­t hought you ­would take your daugh­
ters away from me by ­force. 32 But if you find
any­one who has your gods, that per­son ­shall
not live. In the pres­ence of our rel­a­t ives, see
for your­self wheth­er ­there is any­thing of ­yours
here with me; and if so, take it.” Now Ja­cob
did not know that Ra­chel had sto­len the gods.
33 So La­ban went into Ja­cob’s tent and into
Le­ah’s tent and into the tent of the two fe­male
ser­vants, but he ­found noth­ing. Af­ter he came
out of Le­a h’s tent, he en­tered Ra­chel’s tent.
34 Now Ra­c hel had tak­en the house­hold gods
and put them in­side her cam­el’s sad­d le and
was sit­ting on them. La­ban ­searched ­through
ev­ery­thing in the tent but ­found noth­ing.
35 Ra­chel said to her fa­t her, “Don’t be an­g ry,
my lord, that I can­not s­ tand up in your pres­
ence; I’m hav­ing my pe­r i­od.” So he s­ earched
but ­could not find the house­hold gods.
36 Ja­cob was an­g ry and took La­ban to task.
“What is my c­ rime?” he ­asked La­ban. “How
have I ­w ronged you that you hunt me down?
37 Now that you have ­searched ­t hrough all my
­goods, what have you ­found that be­longs to
your house­hold? Put it here in ­front of your
rel­a­tives and mine, and let them ­judge be­
tween the two of us.
38 “I have been with you for twen­
t y ­years
now. Your s­ heep and ­goats have not mis­car­
ried, nor have I eat­en rams from your f­ locks.
39 I did not b
­ ring you an­i­mals torn by wild
­beasts; I bore the loss my­self. And you de­
mand­ed pay­ment from me for what­ev­er was
sto­len by day or ­night. 40 This was my sit­u­a­
tion: The heat con­sumed me in the day­time
and the cold at ­night, and ­sleep fled from my
eyes. 41 It was like this for the twen­t y ­years I
was in your house­hold. I ­worked for you four­
teen ­years for your two daugh­ters and six ­years
for your ­f locks, and you ­c hanged my ­wag­es
ten ­times. 42 If the God of my fa­ther, the God
of Abra­ham and the Fear of ­Isaac, had not
been with me, you ­would sure­ly have sent me
away emp­ty-hand­ed. But God has seen my
hard­ship and the toil of my ­hands, and last
­night he re­buked you.”
43 La­ban an­s wered Ja­cob, “The wom­en are

my daugh­ters, the chil­d ren are my chil­d ren,
and the ­f locks are my ­f locks. All you see is
mine. Yet what can I do to­day ­about ­these
daugh­ters of mine, or ­about the chil­dren they
have ­borne? 44 Come now, ­let’s make a cov­
enant, you and I, and let it ­serve as a wit­ness
be­t ween us.”
45 So Ja­cob took a s
­ tone and set it up as a
pil­lar. 46 He said to his rel­a­tives, “Gath­er some
­stones.” So they took s­ tones and ­piled them
in a heap, and they ate ­there by the heap.
47 La­ban ­called it Je­gar Sa­ha­du­t ha, and Ja­cob
­called it Gal­e­ed.  a
48 La­ban said, “This heap is a wit­ness be­
tween you and me to­day.” That is why it was
­called Gal­e­ed. 49 It was also ­called Miz­pah, b
be­cause he said, “May the Lord keep ­watch
be­t ween you and me when we are away from
each oth­er. 50 If you mis­treat my daugh­ters or
if you take any w
­ ives be­sides my daugh­ters,
even ­though no one is with us, re­mem­ber that
God is a wit­ness be­t ween you and me.”
51 La­
ban also said to Ja­cob, “Here is this
heap, and here is this pil­lar I have set up be­
tween you and me. 52 This heap is a wit­ness,
and this pil­lar is a wit­ness, that I will not go
past this heap to your side to harm you and
that you will not go past this heap and pil­
lar to my side to harm me. 53 May the God of
Abra­ham and the God of Na­hor, the God of
­their fa­ther, ­judge be­t ween us.”
So Ja­cob took an oath in the name of the
Fear of his fa­ther I­ saac. 54 He of­fered a sac­ri­
fice t­ here in the hill coun­t ry and in­v it­ed his
rel­a­tives to a meal. Af­ter they had eat­en, they
­spent the ­night there.
55 Ear­ly the next morn­ing La­ban ­k issed his
grand­chil­d ren and his daugh­ters and b
­ lessed
them. Then he left and re­t urned home. c

MATTHEW 12:1 — 12:21
Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath


At that time J­esus went t­hrough the
grain­f ields on the Sab­bath. His dis­
ci­ples were hun­g ry and be­gan to pick some
­heads of ­g rain and eat them. 2 When the
Phar­i­sees saw this, they said to him, “Look!

a 47 The Aramaic Jegar Sahadutha and the Hebrew Galeed both mean witness heap.    b 49  Mizpah means
watchtower.    c 55  In Hebrew texts this verse (31:55) is numbered 32:1.   

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Your dis­ci­ples are do­ing what is un­law­f ul on
the Sab­bath.”
3 He an­
s wered, “Haven’t you read what
Da­v id did when he and his com­pan­ions were
hun­g ry? 4 He en­tered the h
­ ouse of God, and
he and his com­pan­ions ate the con­se­c rat­ed
­bread — ​­which was not law­f ul for them to do,
but only for the ­priests. 5 Or ­haven’t you read
in the Law that the ­priests on Sab­bath duty in
the tem­ple des­e­crate the Sab­bath and yet are
in­no­cent? 6 I tell you that some­thing great­er
than the tem­ple is here. 7 If you had ­k nown
what ­these w
­ ords mean, ‘I de­sire mer­c y, not
sac­ri­f ice,’  a you ­would not have con­demned the
in­no­cent. 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the
9 Go­
ing on from that ­place, he went into
­their syn­a­gogue, 10 and a man with a shriv­eled
hand was ­there. Look­ing for a rea­son to bring
charges ­against ­Jesus, they ­asked him, “Is it
law­f ul to heal on the Sab­bath?”
11 He said to them, “If any of you has a
­sheep and it ­falls into a pit on the Sab­bath,
will you not take hold of it and lift it out?
12 How much more valu­able is a per­son than
a ­sheep! There­fore it is law­f ul to do good on
the Sab­bath.”
13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out
your hand.” So he ­stretched it out and it was
com­plete­ly re­stored, just as ­sound as the oth­er.
14 But the Phar­i­sees went out and plot­ted how
they ­might kill ­Jesus.
God’s Chosen Servant
15 Aware of this, ­Jesus with­d rew from that
­ lace. A l­arge c­ rowd fol­lowed him, and he
­healed all who were ill. 16 He ­warned them not
to tell oth­ers ­about him. 17 This was to ful­f ill
what was spo­ken ­through the proph­et Isa­iah:

18 “Here is my servant whom I have
the one I love, in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will proclaim justice to the
19 He will not quarrel or cry out;
no one will hear his voice in the

20 A bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not snuff
till he has brought justice through to
21 In his name the nations will put their
hope.” b

PSALM 9:13 — 9:20
13 Lord, see how my enemies persecute me!
Have mercy and lift me up from the
gates of death,
14 that I may declare your praises
in the gates of Daughter Zion,
and there rejoice in your salvation.
15 The nations have fallen into the pit they
have dug;
their feet are caught in the net they have
16 The Lord is known by his acts of justice;
the wicked are ensnared by the work of
their hands. c
17 The wicked go down to the realm of the
all the nations that forget God.
18 But God will never forget the needy;
the hope of the afflicted will never
19 Arise, Lord, do not let mortals triumph;
let the nations be judged in your
20 Strike them with terror, Lord;
let the nations know they are only

Genesis 31; Matthew 12:1 – 21;
Psalm 9:13 – 20

The ­people in Genesis 31 think Jacob is trying
to steal from his uncle, so he packs up his family
and runs. In Matthew 12 the Lord’s hungry disciples face the wrath of religious rule keepers
for picking grain on a day of Sabbath rest. And
in Psalm 9 David complains about his ­enemies’

a 7  Hosea 6:6    b 21 Isaiah 42:1-4    c 16  The Hebrew has Higgaion and Selah (words of uncertain

meaning) here; Selah occurs also at the end of verse 20.   

DAY 16


r­elentless attacks. When you feel bullied by
your world, you’re not alone. Everyone suffers,
but you have a God who never forgets you need

GENESIS 32:1 — 33:20

Jacob Prepares to Meet Esau



Ja­cob also went on his way, and the
an­gels of God met him. 2 When Ja­
cob saw them, he said, “This is the camp of
God!” So he ­named that ­place Ma­ha­na­im. b
3 Ja­cob sent mes­sen­gers ­a head of him to his
broth­er Esau in the land of Seir, the coun­try
of Edom. 4 He in­struct­ed them: “This is what
you are to say to my lord Esau: ‘Your ser­vant
Ja­cob says, I have been stay­ing with La­ban
and have re­mained ­there till now. 5 I have cat­
tle and don­keys, ­sheep and g­ oats, male and
fe­male ser­vants. Now I am send­ing this mes­
sage to my lord, that I may find fa­vor in your
eyes.’ ”
6 When the mes­sen­gers re­t urned to Ja­cob,
they said, “We went to your broth­er Esau, and
now he is com­ing to meet you, and four hun­
dred men are with him.”
7 In ­g reat fear and dis­t ress Ja­cob di­v id­ed the
peo­ple who were with him into two ­g roups, c
and the ­f locks and ­herds and cam­els as well.
8 He ­t hought, “If Esau ­comes and at­tacks one
­group,  d the ­g roup d that is left may es­cape.”
9 Then Ja­cob p
­ rayed, “O God of my fa­ther
Abra­ham, God of my fa­ther ­Isaac, Lord, you
who said to me, ‘Go back to your coun­try and
your rel­a­tives, and I will make you pros­per,’

10 I

am un­wor­thy of all the kind­ness and faith­
ful­ness you have s­hown your ser­vant. I had
only my ­staff when I c­ rossed this Jor­dan, but
now I have be­come two ­camps. 11 Save me, I
pray, from the hand of my broth­er Esau, for
I am ­a fraid he will come and at­tack me, and
also the moth­ers with ­their chil­d ren. 12 But
you have said, ‘I will sure­ly make you pros­per
and will make your de­scen­dants like the sand
of the sea, ­which can­not be count­ed.’ ”
13 He ­spent the ­n ight ­t here, and from what
he had with him he se­lect­ed a gift for his
broth­er Esau: 14 two hun­d red fe­male ­goats
and twen­ty male ­goats, two hun­d red ewes
and twen­t y rams, 15 thir­t y fe­male cam­els with
­their y­ oung, for­ty cows and ten ­bulls, and
twen­t y fe­male don­keys and ten male don­keys.
16 He put them in the care of his ser­vants, each
herd by it­self, and said to his ser­vants, “Go
­a head of me, and keep some s­pace be­tween
the herds.”
17 He in­struct­ed the one in the lead: “When
my broth­er Esau ­meets you and asks, ‘Who do
you be­long to, and w
­ here are you go­ing, and
who owns all t­ hese an­i­mals in ­front of you?’
18 then you are to say, ‘They be­
long to your
ser­vant Ja­cob. They are a gift sent to my lord
Esau, and he is com­ing be­hind us.’ ”
19 He also in­struct­ed the sec­ond, the t­ hird
and all the oth­ers who fol­lowed the h
­ erds:
“You are to say the same ­thing to Esau when
you meet him. 20 And be sure to say, ‘Your
ser­vant Ja­cob is com­ing be­h ind us.’ ” For he
­thought, “I will pac­i­f y him with ­these ­gifts I
am send­ing on ­a head; lat­er, when I see him,
per­haps he will re­ceive me.” 21 So Ja­cob’s ­gifts
went on a­ head of him, but he him­self ­spent
the ­night in the camp.
Jacob Wrestles With God
22 That ­n ight Ja­cob got up and took his two
­ ives, his two fe­male ser­vants and his elev­
en sons and ­c rossed the ford of the Jab­bok.
23 Af­ter he had sent them ­across the ­stream,
he sent over all his pos­ses­sions. 24 So Ja­cob was
left ­a lone, and a man wres­tled with him till
day­break. 25 When the man saw that he ­could
not over­pow­er him, he ­touched the sock­et of

a In Hebrew texts 32:1-32 is numbered 32:2-33.    b 2  Mahanaim means two camps.    c 7 Or camps   
d 8  Or camp   

Ja­cob’s hip so that his hip was ­w renched as he
wres­t led with the man. 26 Then the man said,
“Let me go, for it is day­break.”
But Ja­cob re­plied, “I will not let you go un­
less you ­bless me.”
27 The man ­
a sked him, “What is your
“Ja­cob,” he an­swered.
28 Then the man said, “Your name will no
lon­ger be Ja­cob, but Is­ra­el,  a be­cause you have
strug­gled with God and with hu­mans and
have over­come.”
29 Ja­cob said, “Please tell me your name.”
But he re­plied, “Why do you ask my name?”
Then he ­blessed him there.
30 So Ja­cob ­called the ­place Pe­n i­el,  b say­ing,
“It is be­cause I saw God face to face, and yet
my life was spared.”
31 The sun rose ­above him as he ­passed Pe­
ni­el,  c and he was limp­ing be­cause of his hip.
32 There­fore to this day the Is­r a­el­ites do not
eat the ten­don at­tached to the sock­et of the
hip, be­cause the sock­et of Ja­cob’s hip was
­touched near the ten­don.
Jacob Meets Esau


Ja­cob ­looked up and t­ here was Esau,
com­ing with his four hun­d red men;
so he di­v id­ed the chil­d ren ­among Leah, Ra­
chel and the two fe­male ser­vants. 2 He put the
fe­male ser­vants and ­their chil­d ren in ­front,
Leah and her chil­d ren next, and Ra­chel and
Jo­seph in the rear. 3 He him­self went on ­ahead
and ­bowed down to the ­g round sev­en ­times as
he ap­proached his broth­er.
4 But Esau ran to meet Ja­cob and em­braced
him; he t­ hrew his arms ­a round his neck and
­k issed him. And they wept. 5 Then Esau
­looked up and saw the wom­en and chil­d ren.
“Who are ­these with you?” he asked.
Ja­cob an­swered, “They are the chil­d ren
God has gra­cious­ly giv­en your ser­vant.”
6 Then the fe­male ser­v ants and t­ heir chil­
dren ap­proached and ­bowed down. 7 Next,
Leah and her chil­dren came and b
­ owed down.
Last of all came Jo­seph and Ra­chel, and they
too ­bowed down.

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8 Esau a
­ sked, “What’s the meaning of all
­these ­f locks and ­herds I met?”
“To find fa­vor in your eyes, my lord,” he said.
9 But Esau said, “I al­ready have plen­t y, my
broth­er. Keep what you have for your­self.”
10 “No, ­please!” said Ja­cob. “If I have ­found
fa­vor in your eyes, ac­cept this gift from me.
For to see your face is like see­ing the face
of God, now that you have re­ceived me fa­
vor­ably. 11 Please ac­cept the pres­ent that was
­brought to you, for God has been gra­cious to
me and I have all I need.” And be­cause Ja­cob
in­sist­ed, Esau ac­cept­ed it.
12 Then Esau said, “Let us be on our way;
I’ll ac­com­pa­ny you.”
13 But Ja­
cob said to him, “My lord ­k nows
that the chil­d ren are ten­der and that I must
care for the ewes and cows that are nurs­ing
­their y­ oung. If they are driv­en hard just one
day, all the an­i­mals will die. 14 So let my lord
go on ­ahead of his ser­vant, ­while I move ­a long
slow­ly at the pace of the ­f locks and ­herds be­
fore me and the pace of the chil­d ren, un­t il I
come to my lord in Seir.”
15 Esau said, “Then let me ­leave some of my
men with you.”
“But why do that?” Ja­cob a­ sked. “Just let me
find fa­vor in the eyes of my lord.”
16 So that day Esau start­ed on his way back
to Seir. 17 Ja­cob, how­ev­er, went to Suk ­koth,
­where he ­built a ­place for him­self and made
shel­ters for his live­stock. That is why the p
­ lace
is ­called Suk­koth.  d
18 Af­
ter Ja­cob came from Pad­dan Aram, e
he ar­rived safe­ly at the city of She­c hem in
Ca­naan and c­ amped with­in s­ ight of the city.
19 For a hun­
d red piec­es of sil­ver,  f he ­bought
from the sons of Ha­mor, the fa­ther of She­
chem, the plot of ­ground w
­ here he ­pitched his
tent. 20 There he set up an al­tar and ­called it
El Elo­he Is­ra­el.  g

MATTHEW 12:22 — 12:45
Jesus and Beelzebul
22 Then they b
­ rought him a de­mon-pos­sessed
man who was ­blind and mute, and ­Jesus ­healed

a 28  Israel probably means he struggles with God.    b 30  Peniel means face of God.    c 31 Hebrew Penuel, a
variant of Peniel    d 17  Sukkoth means shelters.    e 18  That is, Northwest Mesopotamia    f 19 Hebrew
hundred kesitahs; a kesitah was a unit of money of unknown weight and value.    g 20  El Elohe Israel can

mean El is the God of Israel or mighty is the God of Israel.   

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him, so that he ­could both talk and see. 23 All
the peo­ple were as­ton­ished and said, “Could
this be the Son of Da­vid?”
24 But when the Phar­i­sees ­heard this, they
said, “It is only by Be­el­ze­bul, the p
­ rince of de­
mons, that this fel­low ­drives out de­mons.”
25 Jesus knew ­
t heir ­thoughts and said to
them, “Ev­ery king­dom di­v id­ed ­against it­self
will be ru­ined, and ev­ery city or house­hold di­
vid­ed a­ gainst it­self will not s­ tand. 26 If Sa­tan
­drives out Sa­tan, he is di­v id­ed a­ gainst him­self.
How then can his king­dom ­stand? 27 And if I
­d rive out de­mons by Be­el­z e­bul, by whom do
your peo­ple ­drive them out? So then, they will
be your judg­es. 28 But if it is by the Spir­it of
God that I ­d rive out de­mons, then the king­
dom of God has come upon you.
29 “Or ­again, how can any­one en­ter a ­strong
­man’s ­house and car­r y off his pos­ses­sions un­
less he f­ irst ties up the s­ trong man? Then he
can plun­der his ­house.
30 “Who­e v­er is not with me is ­a gainst me,
and who­ev­er does not gath­er with me scat­ters.
31 And so I tell you, ev­ery kind of sin and slan­
der can be for­g iv­en, but blas­phe­my a­ gainst
the Spir­it will not be for­giv­en. 32 Any­one who
­speaks a word ­against the Son of Man will be
for­g iv­en, but any­one who ­speaks ­against the
Holy Spir­it will not be for­giv­en, ei­ther in this
age or in the age to come.
33 “Make a tree good and its ­
f ruit will be
good, or make a tree bad and its ­fruit will be
bad, for a tree is rec­og­nized by its ­fruit. 34 You
­brood of vi­pers, how can you who are evil say
any­thing good? For the ­mouth s­peaks what
the heart is full of. 35 A good man ­brings good
­things out of the good ­stored up in him, and
an evil man b
­ rings evil t­ hings out of the evil
­stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that every­one
will have to give ac­count on the day of judg­
ment for ev­ery emp­t y word they have spo­ken.
37 For by your ­words you will be ac­quit­ted, and
by your ­words you will be con­demned.”
The Sign of Jonah
38 Then some of the Phar­i­sees and teach­ers
of the law said to him, “Teach­er, we want to
see a sign from you.”
39 He an­s wered, “A wick­ed and adul­ter­ous
gen­er­a­tion asks for a sign! But none will be
giv­en it ex­cept the sign of the proph­et Jo­nah.

40 For

as Jo­nah was ­three days and t­ hree n
­ ights
in the bel­ly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man
will be ­three days and ­three ­nights in the h
­ eart
of the ­earth. 41 The men of Nin­e­veh will ­stand
up at the judg­ment with this gen­er­a­t ion and
con­demn it; for they re­pent­ed at the preach­
ing of Jo­nah, and now some­thing great­er than
Jo­nah is here. 42 The ­Queen of the ­South will
rise at the judg­ment with this gen­er­a­tion and
con­demn it; for she came from the ends of the
­earth to lis­ten to Sol­o­mon’s wis­dom, and now
some­thing great­er than Sol­o­mon is here.
43 “When an im­
pure spir­it ­comes out of a
per­son, it goes ­through arid plac­es seek­ing
rest and does not find it. 44 Then it says, ‘I will
re­t urn to the ­house I left.’ When it ar­rives, it
­f inds the ­house un­oc­cu­pied, ­swept ­c lean and
put in or­der. 45 Then it goes and ­takes with it
sev­en oth­er spir­its more wick­ed than it­self,
and they go in and live ­there. And the fi­nal
con­d i­tion of that per­son is ­worse than the
­f irst. That is how it will be with this wick­ed

PROVERBS 2:1 — 2:11
Moral Benefits of Wisdom


My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
2 turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to
understanding — ​
3 indeed, if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
4 and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of the
and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and
7 He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is
8 for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful
9 Then you will understand what is right
and just
and fair — ​every good path.

10 For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your
11 Discretion will protect you,
and understanding will guard you.

Genesis 32 – 33; Matthew 12:22 – 45;
Proverbs 2:1 – 11

Many years after Esau wanted to kill Jacob,
they manage in Genesis 32 – 33 to patch up
their friendship. Matthew 12 shows a group of
religious hypocrites so blinded by sin they sneer
at J­esus’ teaching and accuse him of being
partners with the devil. But Proverbs 2 depicts
a better way to do life. Get God’s wisdom now,
then stay on his path. It’s your best chance to
avoid the pain of sin.

GENESIS 34:1 — 35:29

Dinah and the Shechemites


Now Di­nah, the daugh­ter Leah had
­borne to Ja­cob, went out to vis­it the
wom­en of the land. 2 When She­chem son of
Ha­mor the Hi­v ite, the rul­er of that area, saw
her, he took her and ­raped her. 3 His ­heart was
­d rawn to Di­nah daugh­ter of Ja­cob; he ­loved
the ­young wom­an and ­spoke ten­der­ly to her.
4 And She­chem said to his fa­t her Ha­mor, “Get
me this girl as my wife.”
5 When Ja­cob ­heard that his daugh­ter Di­

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nah had been de­filed, his sons were in the
­fields with his live­stock; so he did noth­ing
­about it un­til they came home.
6 Then She­chem’s fa­t her Ha­mor went out to
talk with Ja­cob. 7 Mean­while, Ja­cob’s sons had
come in from the ­f ields as soon as they ­heard
what had hap­pened. They were ­shocked and
fu­ri­ous, be­cause She­chem had done an out­ra­
geous ­thing in a Is­ra­el by sleep­ing with Ja­cob’s
daugh­ter — ​a ­thing that ­should not be done.
8 But Ha­
mor said to them, “My son She­
chem has his ­heart set on your daugh­ter.
­Please give her to him as his wife. 9 In­ter­mar­
ry with us; give us your daugh­ters and take
our daugh­ters for your­selves. 10 You can set­t le
­among us; the land is open to you. Live in it,
­trade  b in it, and ac­quire prop­er­t y in it.”
11 Then She­c hem said to Di­nah’s fa­t her and
broth­ers, “Let me find fa­vor in your eyes, and
I will give you what­ev­er you ask. 12 Make the
­price for the ­bride and the gift I am to ­bring
as ­great as you like, and I’ll pay what­ev­er you
ask me. Only give me the ­young wom­an as my
13 Be­c ause t­ heir sis­ter Di­nah had been de­
filed, Ja­cob’s sons re­plied de­ceit­ful­ly as they
­spoke to She­chem and his fa­ther Ha­mor.
14 They said to them, “We ­
c an’t do such a
­thing; we ­can’t give our sis­ter to a man who
is not cir­cum­cised. That ­would be a dis­g race
to us. 15 We will en­ter into an agree­ment with
you on one con­d i­tion only: that you be­come
like us by cir­cum­cis­ing all your ­males. 16 Then
we will give you our daugh­ters and take your
daugh­ters for our­selves. ­We’ll set ­t le ­a mong
you and be­come one peo­ple with you. 17 But
if you will not ­agree to be cir­cum­cised, ­we’ll
take our sis­ter and go.”
18 Their pro­
pos­a l s­eemed good to Ha­mor
and his son She­chem. 19 The ­young man, who
was the most hon­ored of all his fa­ther’s fam­i­ly,
lost no time in do­ing what they said, be­cause
he was de­light­ed with Ja­cob’s daugh­ter. 20 So
Ha­mor and his son She­chem went to the gate
of ­their city to ­speak to the men of ­their city.
21 “These men are friend­
ly to­ward us,” they
said. “Let them live in our land and t­ rade in
it; the land has plen­t y of room for them. We
can mar­r y ­their daugh­ters and they can ­mar­r y

a 7 Or against    b 10 Or move about freely; also in verse 21   

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ours. 22 But the men will ­agree to live with us
as one peo­ple only on the con­d i­t ion that our
­males be cir­cum­cised, as they them­selves are.
23 Won’t ­t heir live­s tock, ­t heir prop­e r ­t y and
all ­their oth­er an­i­mals be­come ours? So let
us ­agree to ­their ­terms, and they will set­tle
­among us.”
24 All the men who went out of the city gate
­agreed with Ha­mor and his son She­chem, and
ev­ery male in the city was cir­cum­cised.
25 Three days lat­er, ­while all of them were
­still in pain, two of Ja­cob’s sons, Sim­e­on and
Levi, Di­n ah’s broth­ers, took t­heir ­swords
and at­tacked the un­sus­p ect­ing city, kill­
ing ev­ery male. 26 They put Ha­mor and his
son She­c hem to the ­s word and took Di­nah
from She­chem’s ­house and left. 27 The sons of
Ja­cob came upon the dead bod­ies and loot­
ed the city ­where a ­their sis­ter had been de­
filed. 28 They ­seized ­their f­ locks and ­herds
and don­keys and ev­ery­t hing else of ­t heirs in
the city and out in the ­f ields. 29 They car­r ied
off all ­t heir ­wealth and all t­ heir wom­en and
chil­d ren, tak­ing as plun­der ev­ery­t hing in the
30 Then Ja­
cob said to Sim­e­on and Levi,
“You have ­brought trou­ble on me by mak­ing
me ob­nox­ious to the Ca­naan­ites and Per­iz­
zites, the peo­ple liv­ing in this land. We are
few in num­ber, and if they join forc­es ­against
me and at­tack me, I and my house­hold will
be de­stroyed.”
31 But they re­plied, “Should he have treat­ed
our sis­ter like a pros­ti­t ute?”
Jacob Returns to Bethel


Then God said to Ja­cob, “Go up to
Beth­e l and set­tle ­there, and ­build
an al­tar ­t here to God, who ap­peared to you
when you were f lee­ing from your broth­e r
2 So Ja­cob said to his house­hold and to all
who were with him, “Get rid of the for­eign
gods you have with you, and pu­ri­f y your­selves
and c­ hange your ­c lothes. 3 Then come, let us
go up to Beth­el, ­where I will ­build an al­tar
to God, who an­s wered me in the day of my

dis­tress and who has been with me wher­ev­er I
have gone.” 4 So they gave Ja­cob all the for­eign
gods they had and the ­rings in ­their ears, and
Ja­cob bur­ied them un­der the oak at She­chem.
5 Then they set out, and the ter­ror of God fell
on the ­towns all ­a round them so that no one
pur­sued them.
6 Ja­
cob and all the peo­ple with him came
to Luz (that is, Beth­el) in the land of Ca­
naan. 7 There he b
­ uilt an al­tar, and he ­called
the ­place El Beth­el, b be­cause it was ­there that
God re­vealed him­self to him when he was
flee­ing from his broth­er.
8 Now Deb­o­rah, Re­bek­a h’s ­nurse, died and
was bur­ied un­der the oak out­side Beth­el. So it
was ­named Al­lon Bak­uth.  c
9 Af­ter Ja­cob re­t urned from Pad­dan Aram, d
God ap­peared to him ­again and ­blessed him.
10 God said to him, “Your name is Ja­cob, e but
you will no lon­ger be ­called Ja­cob; your name
will be Is­ra­el.   f   ” So he ­named him Is­ra­el.
11 And God said to him, “I am God Al­
mighty g; be fruit­f ul and in­crease in num­ber. A
na­tion and a com­mu­ni­t y of na­tions will come
from you, and ­k ings will be a­ mong your de­
scen­dants. 12 The land I gave to Abra­ham and
­Isaac I also give to you, and I will give this
land to your de­scen­dants af­ter you.” 13 Then
God went up from him at the ­place ­where he
had ­talked with him.
14 Ja­
cob set up a s­tone pil­lar at the p
­ lace
­where God had ­talked with him, and he
­p oured out a ­d rink of­fer­ing on it; he also
­poured oil on it. 15 Ja­cob ­called the ­place ­where
God had ­talked with him Beth­el. h
The Deaths of Rachel and Isaac
16 Then they ­moved on from Beth­el. ­W hile
they were ­still some dis­tance from Eph­rath,
Ra­chel be­gan to give ­birth and had ­great dif­
fi­cul­t y. 17 And as she was hav­ing ­g reat dif­f i­
cul­t y in child­birth, the mid­w ife said to her,
“Don’t de­spair, for you have an­oth­er son.”
18 As she ­breathed her last — ​for she was dy­
ing — ​she ­named her son Ben-Oni. i But his
fa­ther ­named him Ben­ja­min.  j
19 So Ra­
c hel died and was bur­ied on the

a 27 Or because    b 7  El Bethel means God of Bethel.    c 8  Allon Bakuth means oak of weeping.    d 9 That
is, Northwest Mesopotamia; also in verse 26    e 10  Jacob means he grasps the heel, a Hebrew idiom for he
deceives.    f 10  Israel probably means he struggles with God.    g 11 Hebrew El-Shaddai    h 15  Bethel
means house of God.    i 18  Ben-Oni means son of my trouble.    j 18  Benjamin means son of my right hand.   

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way to Eph­rath (that is, Beth­le­hem). 20 Over
her tomb Ja­cob set up a pil­lar, and to this day
that pil­lar ­marks Ra­chel’s tomb.
21 Is­
ra­el ­moved on ­a gain and ­pitched his
tent be­yond Mig­dal Eder. 22 While Is­ra­el was
liv­ing in that re­gion, Reu­ben went in and ­slept
with his fa­ther’s con­cu­bine Bil­hah, and Is­ra­el
­heard of it.
Ja­cob had ­t welve sons:
23 The sons of Leah:
Reu­ben the first­born of Ja­cob,
Sim­e­on, Levi, Ju­d ah, Is­sa­c har and
Zeb­u ­lun.
24 The sons of Ra­chel:
Jo­seph and Ben­ja­min.
25 The sons of Ra­chel’s ser­vant Bil­hah:
Dan and Naph­ta­li.
26 The sons of Le­a h’s ser­vant Zil­pah:
Gad and Ash­er.
These were the sons of Ja­cob, who were
born to him in Pad­dan Aram.
27 Ja­
cob came home to his fa­ther ­Isaac in
Mam­re, near Kir­i­ath Arba (that is, He­bron),
­where Abra­ham and ­Isaac had ­stayed. 28 Isaac
­lived a hun­d red and e­ ighty ­years. 29 Then he
­breathed his last and died and was gath­ered to
his peo­ple, old and full of y­ ears. And his sons
Esau and Ja­cob bur­ied him.

MATTHEW 12:46 — 13:17
Jesus’ Mother and Brothers
46 While ­
Jesus was ­
s till talk­
i ng to the
c­ rowd, his moth­er and broth­ers ­stood out­side,
want­ing to ­speak to him. 47 Some­one told him,
“Your moth­er and broth­ers are stand­ing out­
side, want­ing to ­speak to you.”
48 He re­plied to him, “Who is my moth­er,
and who are my broth­ers?” 49 Point­ing to his
dis­ci­ples, he said, “Here are my moth­er and
my broth­ers. 50 For who­ev­er does the will of
my Fa­ther in heav­en is my broth­er and sis­ter
and moth­er.”

The Parable of the Sower


That same day ­Jesus went out of the
­house and sat by the lake. 2 Such ­large
­crowds gath­ered ­a round him that he got into
a 15 Isaiah 6:9,10 (see Septuagint)   

a boat and sat in it, ­while all the peo­ple ­stood
on the s­ hore. 3 Then he told them many t­ hings
in par­a­bles, say­ing: “A farm­er went out to sow
his seed. 4 As he was scat­ter­ing the seed, some
fell a­ long the path, and the ­birds came and
ate it up. 5 Some fell on ­rocky plac­es, ­where it
did not have much soil. It ­sprang up quick­
ly, be­cause the soil was shal­low. 6 But when
the sun came up, the ­plants were s­corched,
and they with­ered be­cause they had no root.
7 Oth­
er seed fell ­a mong t­horns, w
­ hich grew
up and ­c hoked the p
­ lants. 8 Still oth­er seed
fell on good soil, w
­ here it pro­duced a crop — ​a
hun­dred, six­t y or thir­t y ­times what was sown.
9 Who­ev­er has ears, let them hear.”
10 The dis­
c i­ples came to him and ­a sked,
“Why do you s­ peak to the peo­ple in par­a­bles?”
11 He re­
plied, “Be­
c ause the knowl­
e dge
of the se­c rets of the king­dom of heav­en has
been giv­en to you, but not to them. 12 Who­
ever has will be giv­en more, and they will
have an abun­dance. Who­ever does not have,
even what they have will be tak­en from them.
13 This is why I ­speak to them in par­a­bles:
“Though seeing, they do not see;
though hearing, they do not hear or
14 In

them is ful­f illed the proph­e­c y of Isa­iah:

“ ‘You will be ever hearing but never
you will be ever seeing but never
15 For this people’s heart has become
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’ a
16 But

­blessed are your eyes be­c ause they see,
and your ears be­c ause they hear. 17 For tru­ly
I tell you, many proph­ets and righ­teous peo­
ple ­longed to see what you see but did not
see it, and to hear what you hear but did not
hear it.”

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PSALM 10:1 — 10:11

10 a

1 Why, Lord, do you stand far off    ?
Why do you hide yourself in times of
2 In his arrogance the wicked man hunts
down the weak,
who are caught in the schemes he devises.
3 He boasts about the cravings of his heart;
he blesses the greedy and reviles the
4 In his pride the wicked man does not seek
in all his thoughts there is no room for
5 His ways are always prosperous;
your laws are rejected by b him;
he sneers at all his enemies.
6 He says to himself, “Nothing will ever
shake me.”
He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”
7 His mouth is full of lies and threats;
trouble and evil are under his tongue.
8 He lies in wait near the villages;
from ambush he murders the innocent.
His eyes watch in secret for his victims;
9 like a lion in cover he lies in wait.
He lies in wait to catch the helpless;
he catches the helpless and drags them
off in his net.
10 His victims are crushed, they collapse;
they fall under his strength.
11 He says to himself, “God will never notice;
he covers his face and never sees.”

Genesis 34 – 35;
Matthew 12:46 – 13:17; Psalm 10:1 – 11

The rape, murder, and plunder recounted in
Genesis 34 should make you uncomfortable. So
should the thought of anyone being too cold to

understand and apply God’s words, like in Matthew 12 – 13. Psalm 10 presents more tragic
pictures, like the wicked hunting the weak and
murdering the innocent. You live in a world of
widespread evil. But every time you choose to
do good, you stand on God’s side.

GENESIS 36:1 — 37:36
Esau’s Descendants


This is the ac­count of the fam­i­ly line
of Esau (that is, Edom).

2 Esau

took his ­w ives from the wom­en
of Ca­naan: Adah daugh­ter of Elon the
Hit ­t ite, and Ohol ­i­ba­mah daugh­ter of
Anah and grand­daugh­ter of Zib­e­on the
Hi­v ite — ​ 3 also Bas­e­math daugh­ter of
Ish­ma­el and sis­ter of Ne­ba­ioth.
4 Adah bore El­
i­phaz to Esau, Bas­e­
math bore Reu­el, 5 and Ohol­i­ba­mah bore
Je­ush, Ja­lam and Ko­rah. ­These were the
sons of Esau, who were born to him in
6 Esau took his ­
w ives and sons and
daugh­ters and all the mem­bers of his
house­hold, as well as his live­stock and
all his oth­er an­i­mals and all the ­goods
he had ac­quired in Ca­naan, and ­moved
to a land some dis­tance from his broth­
er Ja­cob. 7 Their pos­ses­sions were too
­g reat for them to re­main to­geth­er; the
land ­where they were stay­ing ­could not

a Psalms 9 and 10 may originally have been a single acrostic poem in which alternating lines began with the
successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In the Septuagint they constitute one psalm.    b 5  See Septuagint;

Hebrew / they are haughty, and your laws are far from   

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sup­port them both be­cause of ­their live­
stock. 8 So Esau (that is, Edom) set­t led
in the hill coun­try of Seir.
9 This is the ac­
count of the fam­i­ly line of
Esau the fa­ther of the Edom­ites in the hill
coun­try of Seir.

10 These are the ­names of ­Esau’s sons:
El­i­phaz, the son of ­Esau’s wife Adah,
and Reu­el, the son of ­Esau’s wife Bas­
11 The sons of El­i­phaz:
Te­man, Omar, Ze­pho, Ga­tam and
12 Esau’s son El­i­phaz also had a con­
cu­bine ­named Tim­na, who bore him
Am­a ­lek. ­T hese were grand­s ons of
­Esau’s wife Adah.
13 The sons of Reu­el:
Na­hath, Ze­rah, Sham­mah and Miz­
zah. ­T hese were grand­sons of E
­ sau’s
wife Bas­e­math.
14 The sons of E
­ sau’s wife Ohol­i­ba­mah
daugh­ter of Anah and grand­daugh­ter of
Zib­e­on, whom she bore to Esau:
Je­ush, Ja­lam and Ko­rah.
15 These were the c
­ hiefs ­among ­Esau’s de­
The sons of El­i­phaz the first­b orn of
Chiefs Te­man, Omar, Ze­pho, Ke­naz,
16 Ko­rah,  a Ga­tam and Am­a ­lek. ­T hese
were the c­ hiefs de­scend­ed from El­i­
phaz in Edom; they were grand­sons of
17 The sons of ­Esau’s son Reu­el:
Chiefs Na­hath, Ze­rah, Sham­mah and
Miz­z ah. ­T hese were the ­c hiefs de­
scend­ed from Reu­el in Edom; they
were grand­sons of E
­ sau’s wife Bas­e­
18 The sons of ­Esau’s wife Ohol­i­ba­mah:
Chiefs Je­ush, Ja­lam and Ko­rah. T
­ hese
were the ­chiefs de­scend­ed from ­Esau’s
wife Ohol­i­ba­mah daugh­ter of Anah.
19 These were the sons of Esau (that is,
Edom), and ­these were ­their chiefs.

20 These were the sons of Seir the Ho­r ite,
who were liv­ing in the re­gion:
Lo­tan, Sho­bal, Zib­e­on, Anah, 21 Di­
shon, Ezer and Di­shan. ­These sons of
Seir in Edom were Ho­rite chiefs.
22 The sons of Lo­tan:
Hori and Ho­mam. b Tim­na was Lo­
tan’s sis­ter.
23 The sons of Sho­bal:
Al­van, Man­a ­hath, Ebal, She­pho and
24 The sons of Zib­e­on:
Aiah and Anah. This is the Anah
who dis­cov­ered the hot ­springs c in the
des­ert ­while he was graz­ing the don­
keys of his fa­ther Zib­e­on.
25 The chil­dren of Anah:
Di­shon and Ohol ­i­ba­mah daugh­ter of
26 The sons of Di­shon d :
Hem­dan, Esh­ban, Ith­ran and Ke­ran.
27 The sons of Ezer:
Bil­han, Za­a­van and Akan.
28 The sons of Di­shan:
Uz and Aran.
29 These were the Ho­rite chiefs:
Lo­tan, Sho­bal, Zib­e­on, Anah, 30 Di­
shon, Ezer and Di­shan. ­T hese were
the Ho­r ite ­c hiefs, ac­cord ­ing to ­t heir
di­v i­sions, in the land of Seir.

The Rulers of Edom
31 These

were the ­k ings who ­reigned in
Edom be­fore any Is­ra­el­ite king reigned:
32 Bela son of Beor be­came king of Edom.
His city was ­named Din­ha­bah.
33 When Bela died, Jo­bab son of Ze­rah
from Boz­rah suc­ceed­ed him as king.
34 When Jo­bab died, Hu­sham from the
land of the Te­man­ites suc­ceed­ed him
as king.
35 When Hu­
sham died, Ha­
d ad son of
Be­dad, who de­feat­ed Mid­i­a n in the
coun­try of Moab, suc­ceed­ed him as
king. His city was ­named Avith.
36 When Ha­dad died, Sam­lah from Mas­re­
kah suc­ceed­ed him as king.

a 16  Masoretic Text; Samaritan Pentateuch (also verse 11 and 1 Chron. 1:36) does not have Korah.   
b 22 Hebrew Hemam, a variant of Homam (see 1 Chron. 1:39)    c 24  Vulgate; Syriac discovered water; the
meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.    d 26 Hebrew Dishan, a variant of Dishon   

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37 When Sam­lah died, Sha­u l from Re­ho­
both on the riv­er suc­ceed­ed him as
38 When Sha­u l died, Baal-Ha­nan son of
Ak­bor suc­ceed­ed him as king.
39 When Baal-Ha­nan son of Ak­bor died,
Ha­dad  a suc­ceed­ed him as king. His
city was n
­ amed Pau, and his ­w ife’s
name was Me­het­a­bel daugh­ter of Ma­
tred, the daugh­ter of Me-Za­hab.
40 These were the ­
c hiefs de­scend­ed from
Esau, by name, ac­cord­ing to ­their c­ lans and
Tim­na, Al­v ah, Je­t heth, 41 Ohol ­i­ba­
mah, Elah, Pi­non, 42 Ke­naz, Te­man,
Mib­z ar, 43 Mag­d i­el and Iram. ­T hese
were the ­chiefs of Edom, ac­cord­ing to
­their set­t le­ments in the land they oc­

This is the family line of Esau, the fa­ther of
the Edom­ites.
Joseph’s Dreams


Ja­cob ­lived in the land ­where his fa­
ther had ­stayed, the land of Ca­naan.

2 This

is the ac­count of Ja­cob’s fam­i­ly line.

Jo­seph, a y­oung man of sev­en­teen, was
tend­ing the ­f locks with his broth­ers, the sons
of Bil­hah and the sons of Zil­pah, his fa­ther’s
­w ives, and he b
­ rought ­their fa­ther a bad re­port
­about them.
3 Now Is­ra­el ­loved Jo­seph more than any of
his oth­er sons, be­cause he had been born to
him in his old age; and he made an or­nate b
robe for him. 4 When his broth­ers saw that
­their fa­ther ­loved him more than any of them,
they hat­ed him and ­could not ­speak a kind
word to him.
5 Jo­seph had a d
­ ream, and when he told it
to his broth­ers, they hat­ed him all the more.
6 He said to them, “Lis­ten to this ­d ream I had:
7 We were bind­ing s
­ heaves of ­grain out in the
­f ield when sud­den­ly my s­ heaf rose and ­stood
up­r ight, ­while your ­sheaves gath­ered ­a round
mine and ­bowed down to it.”

8 His broth­ers said to him, “Do you in­tend
to ­reign over us? Will you ac­t u­a l­ly rule us?”
And they hat­ed him all the more be­cause of
his ­dream and what he had said.
9 Then he had an­oth­er ­d ream, and he told
it to his broth­ers. “Lis­ten,” he said, “I had an­
oth­er ­dream, and this time the sun and moon
and elev­en ­stars were bow­ing down to me.”
10 When he told his fa­
t her as well as his
broth­ers, his fa­ther re­buked him and said,
“What is this ­d ream you had? Will your
moth­er and I and your broth­ers ac­t u­a l­ly come
and bow down to the g­ round be­fore you?”
11 His broth­ers were jeal­ous of him, but his fa­
ther kept the mat­ter in mind.

Joseph Sold by His Brothers
12 Now

his broth­ers had gone to ­graze t­ heir
fa­ther’s ­f locks near She­chem, 13 and Is­ra­el said
to Jo­seph, “As you know, your broth­ers are
graz­ing the ­f locks near She­chem. Come, I am
go­ing to send you to them.”
“Very well,” he re­plied.
14 So he said to him, “Go and see if all is
well with your broth­ers and with the ­f locks,
and ­bring word back to me.” Then he sent him
off from the Val­ley of He­bron.
When Jo­seph ar­rived at She­chem, 15 a man
­found him wan­der­ing ­a round in the ­f ields and
­asked him, “What are you look­ing for?”
16 He re­plied, “I’m look­ing for my broth­ers.
Can you tell me w
­ here they are graz­ing ­their
17 “They have ­
moved on from here,” the
man an­swered. “I ­heard them say, ‘Let’s go to
Do­than.’ ”
So Jo­seph went af­ter his broth­ers and f­ ound
them near Do­than. 18 But they saw him in the
dis­tance, and be­fore he r­eached them, they
plot­ted to kill him.
19 “Here c
­ omes that dream­er!” they said to
each oth­er. 20 “Come now, ­let’s kill him and
­t hrow him into one of ­t hese cis­terns and say
that a fe­ro­cious an­i­mal de­voured him. Then
­we’ll see what ­comes of his dreams.”
21 When Reu­ben ­heard this, he ­t ried to res­
cue him from ­their ­hands. “Let’s not take his

a 39  Many manuscripts of the Masoretic Text, Samaritan Pentateuch and Syriac (see also 1 Chron. 1:50);
most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text Hadar    b 3  The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is

uncertain; also in verses 23 and 32.   

life,” he said. 22 “Don’t shed any ­blood. ­Throw
him into this cis­tern here in the wil­der­ness,
but ­don’t lay a hand on him.” Reu­ben said this
to res­cue him from them and take him back
to his fa­ther.
23 So when Jo­
seph came to his broth­ers,
they ­stripped him of his robe — ​the or­nate
robe he was wear­ing — ​24 and they took him
and ­threw him into the cis­tern. The cis­tern
was emp­t y; ­there was no wa­ter in it.
25 As they sat down to eat ­t heir meal, they
­looked up and saw a car­a­van of Ish­ma­el­ites
com­ing from Gil­e­ad. ­Their cam­els were load­
ed with spic­es, balm and ­myrrh, and they were
on ­their way to take them down to Egypt.
26 Ju­dah said to his broth­ers, “What will we
gain if we kill our broth­er and cov­er up his
­blood? 27 Come, ­let’s sell him to the Ish­ma­el­
ites and not lay our h
­ ands on him; af­ter all, he
is our broth­er, our own ­f lesh and ­blood.” His
broth­ers agreed.
28 So when the Mid­i­a n­ite mer­c hants came
by, his broth­ers ­pulled Jo­seph up out of the
cis­tern and sold him for twen­ty shek­els a of
sil­ver to the Ish­ma­el­ites, who took him to
29 When Reu­
ben re­turned to the cis­tern
and saw that Jo­seph was not ­there, he tore his
­c lothes. 30 He went back to his broth­ers and
said, “The boy ­isn’t ­t here! ­W here can I turn
31 Then they got Jo­
s eph’s robe, slaugh­
tered a goat and ­dipped the robe in the ­blood.
32 They took the or­nate robe back to t­ heir fa­
ther and said, “We ­found this. Ex­am­ine it to
see wheth­er it is your ­son’s robe.”
33 He rec­og­n ized it and said, “It is my ­son’s
robe! Some fe­ro­c ious an­i­mal has de­voured
him. Jo­seph has sure­ly been torn to piec­es.”
34 Then Ja­cob tore his ­c lothes, put on sack­
cloth and ­mourned for his son many days.
35 All his sons and daugh­ters came to com­fort
him, but he re­f used to be com­fort­ed. “No,” he
said, “I will con­tin­ue to mourn un­til I join my
son in the ­g rave.” So his fa­ther wept for him.
36 Mean­while, the Mid­i­a n­ites  b sold Jo­seph
in ­Egypt to Pot­i­phar, one of Phar­aoh’s of­f i­
cials, the cap­tain of the guard.

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MATTHEW 13:18 — 13:35
18 “Lis­
ten then to what the par­a­ble of the
sow­er ­means: 19 When any­one hears the mes­
sage a­ bout the king­dom and does not un­der­
stand it, the evil one ­comes and snatch­es away
what was sown in ­their ­heart. This is the seed
sown ­a long the path. 20 The seed fall­ing on
­rocky ­ground re­fers to some­one who hears the
word and at once re­ceives it with joy. 21 But
­since they have no root, they last only a ­short
time. When trou­ble or per­s e­c u­t ion ­comes
be­cause of the word, they quick­ly fall away.
22 The seed fall­ing ­a mong the ­t horns re­fers to
some­one who hears the word, but the wor­ries
of this life and the de­ceit­ful­ness of ­wealth
­choke the word, mak­ing it un­fruit­ful. 23 But
the seed fall­ing on good soil re­fers to some­
one who hears the word and un­der­stands it.
This is the one who pro­duces a crop, yield­
ing a hun­dred, six­t y or thir­t y ­times what was

The Parable of the Weeds
24 Jesus told them an­
oth­er par­a­ble: “The
king­dom of heav­en is like a man who s­ owed
good seed in his ­f ield. 25 But ­while ev­ery­one
was sleep­ing, his en­e­my came and ­sowed
­w eeds ­among the ­wheat, and went away.
26 When the ­
w heat sprout­
e d and ­
­heads, then the ­weeds also ap­peared.
27 “The own­er’s ser­v ants came to him and
said, ‘Sir, ­d idn’t you sow good seed in your
­f ield? ­W here then did the ­weeds come from?’
28 “ ‘An en­e­my did this,’ he re­plied.
“The ser­vants ­asked him, ‘Do you want us
to go and pull them up?’
29 “ ‘No,’ he an­
s wered, ‘be­cause w
­ hile you
are pull­ing the ­weeds, you may up­root the
­wheat with them. 30 Let both grow to­geth­
er un­til the har­vest. At that time I will tell
the har­vest­ers: ­First col­lect the ­weeds and tie
them in bun­d les to be ­burned; then gath­er the
­wheat and ­bring it into my barn.’ ”

The Parables of the Mustard Seed
and the Yeast
31 He told them an­oth­er par­a­ble: “The king­
dom of heav­en is like a mus­tard seed, ­which a

a 28  That is, about 8 ounces or about 230 grams    b 36  Samaritan Pentateuch, Septuagint, Vulgate and

Syriac (see also verse 28); Masoretic Text Medanites   

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man took and plant­ed in his ­f ield. 32 Though it
is the small­est of all ­seeds, yet when it ­grows,
it is the larg­est of gar­den ­plants and be­comes
a tree, so that the ­birds come and ­perch in its
33 He told them ­still an­oth­er par­a­ble: “The
king­dom of heav­en is like ­yeast that a wom­an
took and ­mixed into ­about six­t y ­pounds a of
­f lour un­til it ­worked all ­through the dough.”
34 Jesus ­spoke all ­t hese ­t hings to the ­c rowd
in par­a­bles; he did not say any­t hing to them
with­out us­ing a par­a­ble. 35 So was ful­filled
what was spo­ken ­through the proph­et:
“I will open my mouth in parables,
I will utter things hidden since the
creation of the world.” b

Genesis 36 – 37; Matthew 13:18 – 35;
Psalm 10:12 – 18

Like other clans around it, the line of Esau detailed in Genesis 36 has centuries of chiefs and
kings. The young Joseph introduced in Genesis
37 will one day grow up to work for the ruler of
Egypt. ­Jesus teaches about God’s kingdom in
Matthew 13. And Psalm 10 calls God the eternal king who sides with the helpless and holds
evildoers accountable. All of Scripture shows
God as the King of kings. Let him rule your life
now and forever.

PSALM 10:12 — 10:18
12 Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
Do not forget the helpless.
13 Why does the wicked man revile God?
Why does he say to himself,
“He won’t call me to account”?
14 But you, God, see the trouble of the
you consider their grief and take it in
The victims commit themselves to you;
you are the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked man;
call the evildoer to account for his
that would not otherwise be found out.
16 The Lord is King for ever and ever;
the nations will perish from his land.
17 You, Lord, hear the desire of the
you encourage them, and you listen to
their cry,
18 defending the fatherless and the
so that mere earthly mortals
will never again strike terror.

a 33 Or about 27 kilograms    b 35 Psalm 78:2   

GENESIS 38:1 — 39:23
Judah and Tamar


At that time, Ju­dah left his broth­ers
and went down to stay with a man of
Adul­lam ­named Hi­rah. 2 There Ju­dah met the
daugh­ter of a Ca­naan­ite man ­named Shua. He
mar­ried her and made love to her; 3 she be­
came preg­nant and gave ­birth to a son, who
was ­named Er. 4 She con­ceived ­again and gave
­birth to a son and n
­ amed him Onan. 5 She
gave ­birth to ­still an­oth­er son and ­named him
She­lah. It was at Ke­zib that she gave ­birth to
6 Ju­dah got a wife for Er, his first­born, and
her name was Ta­mar. 7 But Er, Ju­dah’s first­
born, was wick­ed in the Lord’s ­sight; so the
Lord put him to death.
8 Then Ju­
d ah said to Onan, “Sleep with
your broth­er’s wife and ful­f ill your duty to her

as a broth­er-in-law to r­aise up off­spring for
your broth­er.” 9 But Onan knew that the ­child
­would not be his; so when­ev­er he ­slept with
his broth­er’s wife, he ­spilled his se­men on the
­g round to keep from pro­v id­ing off­spring for
his broth­er. 10 What he did was wick­ed in the
Lord’s ­sight; so the Lord put him to ­death
11 Ju­
dah then said to his daugh­ter-in-law
Ta­mar, “Live as a wid­ow in your fa­ther’s
house­hold un­til my son She­lah ­g rows up.”
For he ­thought, “He may die too, just like his
broth­ers.” So Ta­mar went to live in her fa­ther’s
12 Af­ter a long time Ju­dah’s wife, the daugh­
ter of Shua, died. When Ju­dah had re­cov­ered
from his ­g rief, he went up to Tim­nah, to the
men who were shear­ing his ­sheep, and his
­friend Hi­rah the Adul­lam­ite went with him.
13 When Ta­
mar was told, “Your fa­therin-law is on his way to Tim­nah to ­shear his
­sheep,” 14 she took off her wid­ow’s c­ lothes,
cov­ered her­self with a veil to dis­g uise her­self,
and then sat down at the en­trance to Ena­im,
­which is on the road to Tim­nah. For she saw
that, ­though She­lah had now ­g rown up, she
had not been giv­en to him as his wife.
15 When Ju­
d ah saw her, he t­hought she
was a pros­ti­t ute, for she had cov­ered her face.
16 Not re­a l­iz­ing that she was his daugh­ter-inlaw, he went over to her by the road­side and
said, “Come now, let me ­sleep with you.”
“And what will you give me to ­sleep with
you?” she asked.
17 “I’ll send you a ­
young goat from my
­f lock,” he said.
“Will you give me some­thing as a ­pledge
un­til you send it?” she asked.
18 He said, “What ­
pledge ­should I give
“Your seal and its cord, and the ­staff in your
hand,” she an­swered. So he gave them to her
and ­slept with her, and she be­came preg­nant
by him. 19 Af­ter she left, she took off her veil
and put on her wid­ow’s ­clothes again.
20 Mean­while Ju­dah sent the ­young goat by
his ­friend the Adul­lam­ite in or­der to get his
­pledge back from the wom­an, but he did not
find her. 21 He ­asked the men who ­lived ­there,

DAY 19

“Where is the ­shrine pros­t i­t ute who was be­
side the road at Ena­im?”
“There h
­ asn’t been any ­shrine pros­ti­tute
here,” they said.
22 So he went back to Ju­
dah and said, “I
­d idn’t find her. Be­sides, the men who ­lived
­there said, ‘There ­hasn’t been any ­shrine pros­
ti­t ute here.’  ”
23 Then Ju­dah said, “Let her keep what she
has, or we will be­come a laugh­ing­stock. Af­
ter all, I did send her this ­young goat, but you
­didn’t find her.”
24 About ­t hree ­months lat­er Ju­dah was told,
“Your daugh­ter-in-law Ta­mar is ­g uilty of
pros­t i­t u­t ion, and as a re­sult she is now preg­
Ju­dah said, “Bring her out and have her
­burned to death!”
25 As she was be­ing ­brought out, she sent a
mes­sage to her fa­ther-in-law. “I am preg­nant
by the man who owns ­these,” she said. And
she add­ed, “See if you rec­og­n ize ­whose seal
and cord and ­staff ­these are.”
26 Ju­dah rec­og­n ized them and said, “She is
more righ­teous than I, s­ ince I ­wouldn’t give
her to my son She­lah.” And he did not s­ leep
with her again.
27 When the time came for her to give b
­ irth,
­t here were twin boys in her womb. 28 As she
was giv­ing ­birth, one of them put out his
hand; so the mid­w ife took a scar­let ­thread and
tied it on his w
­ rist and said, “This one came
out ­f irst.” 29 But when he drew back his hand,
his broth­er came out, and she said, “So this is
how you have bro­ken out!” And he was ­named
Pe­rez. a 30 Then his broth­er, who had the scar­
let ­thread on his ­w rist, came out. And he was
named Ze­rah.  b
Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife


Now Jo­seph had been tak­en down to
­Egypt. Pot­i­phar, an Egyp­t ian who
was one of Phar­aoh’s of­f i­cials, the cap­tain of
the ­g uard, ­bought him from the Ish­ma­el­ites
who had tak­en him there.
2 The Lord was with Jo­
s eph so that he
pros­p ered, and he ­lived in the ­house of his
Egyp­t ian mas­ter. 3 When his mas­ter saw that
the Lord was with him and that the Lord

a 29  Perez means breaking out.    b 30  Zerah can mean scarlet or brightness.   

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gave him suc­cess in ev­ery­t hing he did, 4 Jo­
seph f­ound fa­vor in his eyes and be­came his
at­ten­d ant. Pot­i­phar put him in ­c harge of
his house­hold, and he en­t rust­ed to his care
every ­t hing he ­owned. 5 From the time he put
him in ­c harge of his house­hold and of all
that he ­owned, the Lord ­blessed the house­
hold of the Egyp­t ian be­cause of Jo­seph. The
bless­ing of the Lord was on ev­ery­t hing Pot­
i­phar had, both in the ­house and in the ­f ield.
6 So Pot­
i­phar left ev­ery­thing he had in Jo­
seph’s care; with Jo­seph in c­ harge, he did not
con­c ern him­self with any­thing ex­c ept the
food he ate.
Now Jo­seph was well-­built and hand­some,
7 and af­ter a w
­ hile his mas­ter’s wife took no­tice
of Jo­seph and said, “Come to bed with me!”
8 But he re­f used. “With me in ­c harge,” he
told her, “my mas­ter does not con­cern him­
self with any­thing in the ­house; ev­ery­thing he
owns he has en­trust­ed to my care. 9 No one
is great­er in this ­house than I am. My mas­
ter has with­held noth­ing from me ex­cept you,
be­cause you are his wife. How then ­could I
do such a wick­ed ­thing and sin a­ gainst God?”
10 And ­t hough she ­spoke to Jo­s eph day af­ter
day, he re­f used to go to bed with her or even
be with her.
11 One day he went into the ­
house to at­
tend to his du­ties, and none of the house­hold
ser ­vants was in­side. 12 She ­caught him by his
­c loak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But
he left his ­c loak in her hand and ran out of
the house.
13 When she saw that he had left his ­c loak in
her hand and had run out of the ­house, 14 she
­c alled her house­hold ser­v ants. “Look,” she
said to them, “this He­brew has been b
­ rought
to us to make ­sport of us! He came in here
to s­ leep with me, but I ­screamed. 15 When he
­heard me ­scream for help, he left his ­cloak be­
side me and ran out of the house.”
16 She kept his c
­ loak be­side her un­til his
mas­ter came home. 17 Then she told him this
sto­ry: “That He­brew ­slave you ­brought us
came to me to make ­sport of me. 18 But as soon
as I ­screamed for help, he left his ­cloak be­side
me and ran out of the house.”
19 When his mas­
ter h
­ eard the sto­ry his
wife told him, say­ing, “This is how your ­slave

treat­ed me,” he ­burned with an­ger. 20 Jo­seph’s
mas­ter took him and put him in pris­on, the
­place ­where the ­k ing’s pris­on­ers were con­
But ­while Jo­seph was ­there in the pris­on,
21 the Lord was with him; he s
­howed him
kind­ness and grant­ed him fa­vor in the eyes of
the pris­on war­den. 22 So the war­den put Jo­
seph in ­charge of all ­those held in the pris­on,
and he was made re­spon­si­ble for all that was
done ­t here. 23 The war­den paid no at­ten­tion
to any­t hing un­der Jo­seph’s care, be­cause the
Lord was with Jo­seph and gave him suc­cess
in what­ev­er he did.

MATTHEW 13:36 — 13:58
The Parable of the Weeds Explained
36 Then

he left the ­crowd and went into the
­ ouse. His dis­c i­ples came to him and said,
“Ex­plain to us the par­a­ble of the ­weeds in the
37 He an­s wered, “The one who ­sowed the
good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The f­ ield is
the ­world, and the good seed ­stands for the
peo­ple of the king­dom. The ­weeds are the
peo­ple of the evil one, 39 and the en­e­my who
sows them is the dev­il. The har­vest is the end
of the age, and the har­vest­ers are an­gels.
40 “As the ­weeds are ­pulled up and ­burned
in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.
41 The Son of Man will send out his an­gels,
and they will weed out of his king­dom ev­
ery­t hing that caus­es sin and all who do evil.
42 They will ­t hrow them into the blaz­ing fur­
nace, ­where ­there will be weep­ing and gnash­
ing of ­teeth. 43 Then the righ­teous will s­ hine
like the sun in the king­dom of ­their Fa­ther.
Who­ev­er has ears, let them hear.
The Parables of the Hidden Treasure
and the Pearl
44 “The

king­dom of heav­en is like trea­sure
hid­den in a ­f ield. When a man ­found it, he hid
it ­again, and then in his joy went and sold all
he had and ­bought that field.
45 “Again, the king­dom of heav­en is like a
mer­chant look­ing for fine ­pearls. 46 When he
­found one of ­g reat val­ue, he went away and
sold ev­ery­thing he had and ­bought it.

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The Parable of the Net
47 “Once

­again, the king­dom of heav­en is
like a net that was let down into the lake and
­caught all ­k inds of fish. 48 When it was full,
the fish­er­men ­pulled it up on the ­shore. Then
they sat down and col­lect­ed the good fish in
bas­kets, but ­threw the bad away. 49 This is how
it will be at the end of the age. The an­gels
will come and sep­a ­rate the wick­ed from the
righ­teous 50 and ­throw them into the blaz­
ing fur­nace, ­where ­there will be weep­ing and
gnash­ing of teeth.
51 “Have you un­der­stood all ­t hese ­t hings?”
­Jesus asked.
“Yes,” they re­plied.
52 He said to them, “There­fore ev­ery teach­
er of the law who has be­come a dis­c i­ple in
the king­dom of heav­en is like the own­er of
a ­house who ­brings out of his store­room new
trea­sures as well as old.”
A Prophet Without Honor
53 When

J­esus had fin­ished ­these par­a­
bles, he ­moved on from t­here. 54 Com­ing to
his home­town, he be­gan teach­ing the peo­ple
in ­their syn­a ­gogue, and they were a­ mazed.
“Where did this man get this wis­dom and
­these mi­rac­u ­lous pow­ers?” they ­asked. 55 “Isn’t
this the car­p en­ter’s son? ­Isn’t his moth­er’s
name Mary, and ­a ren’t his broth­ers ­James,
Jo­seph, Si­mon and Ju­das? 56 Aren’t all his sis­
ters with us? W
­ here then did this man get all
­these ­things?” 57 And they took of­fense at him.
But ­Jesus said to them, “A proph­et is not
with­out hon­or except in his own ­town and in
his own ­home.”
58 And he did not do many mir­a­c les ­t here
be­cause of ­their lack of faith.

PSALM 11:1 — 11:7
Psalm 11
For the director of music. Of David.

1 In the Lord I take refuge.
How then can you say to me:
“Flee like a bird to your mountain.
2 For look, the wicked bend their bows;
they set their arrows against the

to shoot from the shadows
at the upright in heart.
3 When the foundations are being
what can the righteous do?”
4 The Lord is in his holy temple;
the Lord is on his heavenly throne.
He observes everyone on earth;
his eyes examine them.
5 The Lord examines the righteous,
but the wicked, those who love violence,
he hates with a passion.
6 On the wicked he will rain
fiery coals and burning sulfur;
a scorching wind will be their lot.
7 For the Lord is righteous,
he loves justice;
the upright will see his face.

Genesis 38 – 39; Matthew 13:36 – 58;
Psalm 11

You live in the world of Genesis 38 – 39, a place
home to ­people like Judah, Tamar, and Potiphar’s wife. In Matthew 13 ­Jesus informs you
that some of the world’s inhabitants belong
to the devil. And Psalm 11 asserts that wicked
­people aim to destroy the world’s foundations
and wonders what good ­people can do about
it. But God will put an end to evil. He will let the
upright see him up close.

DAY 20


GENESIS 40:1 — 41:40

The Cupbearer and the Baker


Some time lat­er, the cup­bear­er and
the bak­er of the king of E
­ gypt of­
fend­ed ­their mas­ter, the king of ­Egypt. 2 Phar­
aoh was an­g ry with his two of­f i­cials, the ­chief
cup­bear­er and the ­chief bak­er, 3 and put them
in cus­to­dy in the ­house of the cap­tain of the
­g uard, in the same pris­on ­where Jo­seph was
con­f ined. 4 The cap­tain of the ­g uard as­signed
them to Jo­seph, and he at­tend­ed them.
Af­ter they had been in cus­to­dy for some
time, 5 each of the two men — ​t he cup­bear­er
and the bak­er of the king of ­Egypt, who were
be­ing held in pris­on — ​had a ­dream the same
­n ight, and each ­d ream had a mean­ing of its
6 When Jo­
s eph came to them the next
morn­ing, he saw that they were de­ject­ed. 7 So
he ­asked Phar­aoh’s of­f i­cials who were in cus­
to­dy with him in his mas­ter’s ­house, “Why do
you look so sad to­day?”
8 “We both had d
­ reams,” they an­swered,
“but ­there is no one to in­ter­pret them.”
Then Jo­seph said to them, “Do not in­
ter­pre­ta­tions be­long to God? Tell me your
9 So the ­
c hief cup­b ear­er told Jo­seph his
­d ream. He said to him, “In my ­d ream I saw
a vine in ­front of me, 10 and on the vine were
­three branch­es. As soon as it bud­ded, it blos­
somed, and its clus­ters rip­ened into ­g rapes.
11 Phar­aoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took
the ­grapes, s­ queezed them into Phar­aoh’s cup
and put the cup in his hand.”
12 “This is what it ­
means,” Jo­seph said to
him. “The ­three branch­es are ­three days.
13 With­in ­t hree days Phar­aoh will lift up your
head and re­store you to your po­si­tion, and you
will put Phar­aoh’s cup in his hand, just as you
used to do when you were his cup­bear­er. 14 But
when all goes well with you, re­mem­ber me
and show me kind­ness; men­tion me to Phar­
a 16 Or three wicker baskets   

aoh and get me out of this pris­on. 15 I was forc­
ibly car­ried off from the land of the He­brews,
and even here I have done noth­ing to de­serve
be­ing put in a dun­geon.”
16 When the c
­ hief bak­er saw that Jo­seph
had giv­en a fa­vor­able in­ter ­pre­ta­t ion, he said
to Jo­seph, “I too had a ­d ream: On my head
were t­ hree bas­kets of ­bread. a 17 In the top bas­
ket were all ­k inds of ­baked g­ oods for Phar­aoh,
but the ­birds were eat­ing them out of the bas­
ket on my head.”
18 “This is what it ­means,” Jo­seph said. “The
­three bas­kets are ­three days. 19 With­in ­t hree
days Phar­aoh will lift off your head and im­
pale your body on a pole. And the b
­ irds will
eat away your flesh.”
20 Now the ­t hird day was Phar­aoh’s birth­
day, and he gave a ­feast for all his of­f i­cials. He
lift­ed up the ­heads of the ­chief cup­bear­er and
the ­chief bak­er in the pres­ence of his of­f i­cials:
21 He re­stored the ­c hief cup­bear­er to his po­
si­tion, so that he once ­again put the cup into
Phar­aoh’s hand  — ​ 22 but he im­paled the ­chief
bak­er, just as Jo­seph had said to them in his
23 The ­c hief cup­bear­er, how­ev­er, did not re­
mem­ber Jo­seph; he for­got him.
Pharaoh’s Dreams


When two full ­years had ­p assed,
Phar­aoh had a ­dream: He was stand­
ing by the Nile, 2 when out of the riv­er ­t here
came up sev­en cows, ­sleek and fat, and they
­g razed ­a mong the ­reeds. 3 Af ­ter them, sev­en
oth­er cows, ugly and g­ aunt, came up out of the
Nile and s­ tood be­side ­those on the riv­er­bank.
4 And the cows that were ugly and ­g aunt ate
up the sev­en ­sleek, fat cows. Then Phar­aoh
woke up.
5 He fell ­
a sleep ­a gain and had a sec­ond
­d ream: Sev­en ­heads of ­g rain, h
­ ealthy and
good, were grow­ing on a sin­gle ­stalk. 6 Af­ter
them, sev­en oth­er ­heads of ­g rain sprout­ed  — ​
thin and ­scorched by the east wind. 7 The
thin ­heads of ­g rain swal­lowed up the sev­en
­healthy, full h
­ eads. Then Phar­aoh woke up; it
had been a dream.
8 In the morn­ing his mind was trou­bled, so
he sent for all the ma­gi­cians and wise men of

­ gypt. Phar­aoh told them his ­dreams, but no
one ­could in­ter­pret them for him.
9 Then the ­c hief cup­bear­er said to Phar­aoh,
“To­day I am re­mind­ed of my short­com­ings.
10 Phar­aoh was once an­g ry with his ser­v ants,
and he im­pris­oned me and the ­chief bak­er in
the ­house of the cap­tain of the ­g uard. 11 Each
of us had a d
­ ream the same n
­ ight, and each
­d ream had a mean­ing of its own. 12 Now a
­young He­brew was ­there with us, a ser­vant
of the cap­tain of the ­g uard. We told him our
­d reams, and he in­ter­pret­ed them for us, giv­
ing each man the in­ter­pre­ta­tion of his ­dream.
13 And t­ hings ­t urned out ex­act­ly as he in­ter­
pret­ed them to us: I was re­stored to my po­si­
tion, and the oth­er man was im­paled.”
14 So Phar­aoh sent for Jo­seph, and he was
quick­ly ­brought from the dun­geon. When he
had ­shaved and ­changed his ­clothes, he came
be­fore Phar­aoh.
15 Phar­aoh said to Jo­seph, “I had a ­d ream,
and no one can in­ter­pret it. But I have ­heard
it said of you that when you hear a ­dream you
can in­ter­pret it.”
16 “I can­not do it,” Jo­seph re­plied to Phar­
aoh, “but God will give Phar­aoh the an­s wer
he de­sires.”
17 Then Phar­
aoh said to Jo­seph, “In my
­dream I was stand­ing on the bank of the Nile,
18 when out of the riv­er ­t here came up sev­en
cows, fat and ­sleek, and they ­g razed ­a mong
the ­reeds. 19 Af­ter them, sev­en oth­er cows
came up — ​scraw­ny and very ugly and lean. I
had nev­er seen such ugly cows in all the land
of ­Egypt. 20 The lean, ugly cows ate up the
sev­en fat cows that came up f­ irst. 21 But even
af­ter they ate them, no one ­could tell that they
had done so; they l­ ooked just as ugly as be­fore.
Then I woke up.
22 “In my ­d ream I saw sev­en h
­ eads of ­grain,
full and good, grow­ing on a sin­gle s­ talk. 23 Af­
ter them, sev­en oth­er ­heads sprout­ed  — ​w ith­
ered and thin and ­scorched by the east wind.
24 The thin ­heads of ­g rain swal­lowed up the
sev­en good ­heads. I told this to the ma­gi­cians,
but none of them ­could ex­plain it to me.”
25 Then Jo­
s eph said to Phar­
a oh, “The
­dreams of Phar­aoh are one and the same. God
has re­vealed to Phar­aoh what he is ­about to
a 38 Or of the gods   

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do. 26 The sev­en good cows are sev­en ­years,
and the sev­en good ­heads of ­g rain are sev­en
­years; it is one and the same ­d ream. 27 The
sev­en lean, ugly cows that came up af­ter­ward
are sev­en ­years, and so are the sev­en worth­
less h
­ eads of g­ rain s­ corched by the east wind:
They are sev­en ­years of fam­ine.
28 “It is just as I said to Phar­
aoh: God
has ­shown Phar­aoh what he is ­about to do.
29 Sev­en y
­ ears of ­great abun­dance are com­ing
through­out the land of ­Egypt, 30 but sev­en
­years of fam­ine will fol­low them. Then all the
abun­dance in ­Egypt will be for­got­ten, and the
fam­ine will rav­age the land. 31 The abun­dance
in the land will not be re­mem­bered, be­cause
the fam­ine that fol­lows it will be so se­vere.
32 The rea­son the ­d ream was giv­en to Phar­aoh
in two ­forms is that the mat­ter has been firm­
ly de­cid­ed by God, and God will do it soon.
33 “And now let Phar­aoh look for a dis­cern­
ing and wise man and put him in ­c harge of
the land of ­Egypt. 34 Let Phar­aoh ap­p oint
com­mis­sion­ers over the land to take a ­f ifth of
the har­vest of ­Egypt dur­ing the sev­en ­years of
abun­dance. 35 They s­ hould col­lect all the food
of ­these good ­years that are com­ing and ­store
up the ­g rain un­der the au­thor­i­t y of Phar­aoh,
to be kept in the cit­ies for food. 36 This food
­should be held in re­serve for the coun­try, to
be used dur­ing the sev­en ­years of fam­ine that
will come upon ­Egypt, so that the coun­try
may not be ru­ined by the fam­ine.”
37 The plan ­
seemed good to Phar­aoh and
to all his of­f i­cials. 38 So Phar­aoh ­asked them,
“Can we find any­one like this man, one in
whom is the spir­it of God a ?”
39 Then Phar­aoh said to Jo­seph, “Since God
has made all this ­k nown to you, ­there is no
one so dis­cern­ing and wise as you. 40 You ­shall
be in ­charge of my pal­ace, and all my peo­ple
are to sub­m it to your or­ders. Only with re­
spect to the ­throne will I be great­er than you.”

MATTHEW 14:1 — 14:21
John the Baptist Beheaded


At that time Her­od the te­trarch ­heard
the re­ports ­about ­Jesus, 2 and he said
to his at­ten­dants, “This is John the Bap­tist; he

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has ris­en from the dead! That is why mi­rac­u­
lous pow­ers are at work in him.”
3 Now Her­od had ar­rest­ed John and ­bound
him and put him in pris­on be­cause of He­ro­
di­as, his broth­er Phil­ip’s wife, 4 for John had
been say­ing to him: “It is not law­f ul for you to
have her.” 5 Her­od want­ed to kill John, but he
was ­a fraid of the peo­ple, be­cause they con­sid­
ered John a proph­et.
6 On Her­od’s birth­day the daugh­ter of He­
ro­di­as ­danced for the guests and ­pleased Her­
od so much 7 that he prom­ised with an oath
to give her what­ev­er she ­asked. 8 Prompt­ed by
her moth­er, she said, “Give me here on a plat­
ter the head of John the Bap­t ist.” 9 The king
was dis­tressed, but be­cause of his o­ aths and
his din­ner ­g uests, he or­dered that her re­quest
be grant­ed 10 and had John be­head­ed in the
pris­on. 11 His head was ­brought in on a plat­
ter and giv­en to the girl, who car­ried it to her
moth­er. 12 John’s dis­ci­ples came and took his
body and bur­ied it. Then they went and told
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
13 When ­
Jesus h
­ eard what had hap­pened,
he with­d rew by boat pri­v ate­ly to a sol­i­tary
­place. Hear­ing of this, the ­c rowds fol­lowed
him on foot from the ­towns. 14 When ­Jesus
land­ed and saw a ­large c­ rowd, he had com­pas­
sion on them and ­healed ­their sick.
15 As eve­n ing ap­p roached, the dis­c i­p les
came to him and said, “This is a re­mote ­place,
and it’s al­ready get­ting late. Send the ­crowds
away, so they can go to the vil­lag­es and buy
them­selves some food.”
16 Jesus re­
plied, “They do not need to go
away. You give them some­thing to eat.”
17 “We have here only five ­loaves of ­bread
and two fish,” they an­swered.
18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And
he di­rect­ed the peo­ple to sit down on the
­grass. Tak­ing the five ­loaves and the two fish
and look­ing up to heav­en, he gave ­thanks and
­broke the ­loaves. Then he gave them to the
dis­ci­ples, and the dis­ci­ples gave them to the
peo­ple. 20 They all ate and were sat­is­f ied, and
the dis­c i­ples ­picked up ­t welve bas­ket ­f uls of
bro­ken piec­es that were left over. 21 The num­

a 17 Or covenant of her God   

ber of ­those who ate was ­about five thou­sand
men, be­sides wom­en and chil­dren.

PROVERBS 2:12 — 2:22
12 Wisdom will save you from the ways of
wicked men,
from men whose words are perverse,
13 who have left the straight paths
to walk in dark ways,
14 who delight in doing wrong
and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,
15 whose paths are crooked
and who are devious in their ways.
16 Wisdom will save you also from the
adulterous woman,
from the wayward woman with her
seductive words,
17 who has left the partner of her youth
and ignored the covenant she made
before God. a
18 Surely her house leads down to death
and her paths to the spirits of the
19 None who go to her return
or attain the paths of life.
20 Thus you will walk in the ways of the
and keep to the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright will live in the land,
and the blameless will remain in it;
22 but the wicked will be cut off from the
and the unfaithful will be torn from it.

Genesis 40:1 – 41:40;
Matthew 14:1 – 21; Proverbs 2:12 – 22

The cupbearer and baker of Genesis 40 – 41
were rotting in prison, unfortunate guys who
offended Egypt’s king. John the Baptist is beheaded in Matthew 14, the victim of an evil
family’s rage. And ­Jesus finds himself followed
by thousands of hurting and hungry p­ eople.
But Proverbs 2 explains where you can get help

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when you need it. God’s wisdom saves you
from wicked ­people. His insights help you find
the path to life.

GENESIS 41:41 — 42:38
Joseph in Charge of Egypt
41 So

Phar­aoh said to Jo­seph, “I here­by put
you in ­c harge of the ­whole land of ­Egypt.”
42 Then Phar­
aoh took his sig­net ring from
his fin­ger and put it on Jo­seph’s fin­ger. He
­d ressed him in ­robes of fine lin­en and put a
gold ­c hain a­ round his neck. 43 He had him
ride in a char­i­ot as his sec­ond-in-com­mand, a
and peo­ple shout­ed be­fore him, “Make way b !”
Thus he put him in ­charge of the ­whole land
of Egypt.
44 Then Phar­
aoh said to Jo­seph, “I am
Phar­aoh, but with­out your word no one will
lift hand or foot in all ­Egypt.” 45 Phar­aoh gave
Jo­seph the name Zaph­e­nath-Pa­ne­ah and gave
him As­e­nath daugh­ter of Po­tiph­era, ­priest of
On, c to be his wife. And Jo­seph went through­
out the land of Egypt.
46 Jo­seph was thir­t y ­years old when he en­
tered the ser­v ice of Phar­aoh king of ­Egypt.
And Jo­seph went out from Phar­aoh’s pres­ence
and trav­eled through­out ­Egypt. 47 Dur­ing the
sev­en ­years of abun­dance the land pro­duced
plen­t i­f ul­ly. 48 Jo­seph col­lect­ed all the food
pro­duced in ­those sev­en ­years of abun­dance in
­Egypt and ­stored it in the cit­ies. In each city
he put the food ­g rown in the ­f ields sur­round­
ing it. 49 Jo­seph ­stored up huge quan­ti­ties of
­grain, like the sand of the sea; it was so much

that he s­ topped keep­ing rec­ords be­cause it was
be­yond mea­sure.
50 Be­
fore the y­ ears of fam­ine came, two
sons were born to Jo­seph by As­e­nath daugh­ter
of Po­tiph­era, p
­ riest of On. 51 Jo­seph ­named his
first­born Ma­nas­seh  d and said, “It is be­cause
God has made me for­get all my trou­ble and
all my fa­ther’s house­hold.” 52 The sec­ond son
he ­named Ephra ­im  e and said, “It is be­cause
God has made me fruit­f ul in the land of my
53 The sev­en ­years of abun­d ance in ­Egypt
came to an end, 54 and the sev­en ­years of fam­
ine be­gan, just as Jo­seph had said. ­There was
fam­ine in all the oth­er ­lands, but in the ­whole
land of ­Egypt ­there was food. 55 When all
­Egypt be­gan to feel the fam­ine, the peo­ple
­cried to Phar­aoh for food. Then Phar­aoh told
all the Egyp­tians, “Go to Jo­seph and do what
he ­tells you.”
56 When the fam­
i ne had s­pread over the
­whole coun­try, Jo­seph o­ pened all the store­
hous­es and sold ­g rain to the Egyp­tians, for
the fam­ine was se­vere through­out ­Egypt.
57 And all the ­
world came to ­Egypt to buy
­grain from Jo­seph, be­cause the fam­ine was se­
vere ev­ery ­where.
Joseph’s Brothers Go to Egypt


When Ja­cob l­earned that ­there was
­g rain in ­Egypt, he said to his sons,
“Why do you just keep look­ing at each oth­
er?” 2 He con­tin­ued, “I have ­heard that ­there is
­grain in ­Egypt. Go down ­there and buy some
for us, so that we may live and not die.”
3 Then ten of Jo­seph’s broth­ers went down
to buy ­g rain from ­Egypt. 4 But Ja­cob did not
send Ben­ja­m in, Jo­seph’s broth­er, with the
oth­ers, be­cause he was ­a fraid that harm ­might
come to him. 5 So Is­ra­el’s sons were ­a mong
­those who went to buy ­g rain, for there was
fam­ine in the land of Ca­naan also.
6 Now Jo­
s eph was the gov­
e r­
nor of the
land, the per­son who sold ­grain to all its peo­
ple. So when Jo­seph’s broth­ers ar­r ived, they
­bowed down to him with ­their fac­es to the
­ground. 7 As soon as Jo­seph saw his broth­ers,

a 43 Or in the chariot of his second-in-command ; or in his second chariot    b 43 Or Bow down    c 45  That is,
Heliopolis; also in verse 50    d 51  Manasseh sounds like and may be derived from the Hebrew for forget.   
e 52  Ephraim sounds like the Hebrew for twice fruitful.   

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he r­ ec­og­nized them, but he pre­tend­ed to be a
strang­er and ­spoke harsh­ly to them. “Where
do you come from?” he asked.
“From the land of Ca­naan,” they re­plied,
“to buy food.”
8 Al­t hough Jo­s eph rec­og ­n ized his broth­
ers, they did not rec­og­nize him. 9 Then he re­
mem­bered his ­dreams a­ bout them and said to
them, “You are ­spies! You have come to see
­where our land is un­pro­tect­ed.”
10 “No, my lord,” they an­s wered. “Your ser­
vants have come to buy food. 11 We are all the
sons of one man. Your ser­v ants are hon­est
men, not spies.”
12 “No!” he said to them. “You have come to
see ­where our land is un­pro­tect­ed.”
13 But they re­
plied, “Your ser­v ants were
­twelve broth­ers, the sons of one man, who
­lives in the land of Ca­naan. The youn­gest is
now with our fa­ther, and one is no more.”
14 Jo­s eph said to them, “It is just as I told
you: You are ­spies! 15 And this is how you
will be test­ed: As sure­ly as Phar­aoh l­ives, you
will not ­leave this ­place un­less your youn­gest
broth­er ­comes here. 16 Send one of your num­
ber to get your broth­er; the rest of you will
be kept in pris­on, so that your ­words may be
test­ed to see if you are tell­ing the ­truth. If you
are not, then as sure­ly as Phar­aoh ­lives, you
are ­spies!” 17 And he put them all in cus­to­dy
for ­three days.
18 On the t­hird day, Jo­
seph said to them,
“Do this and you will live, for I fear God: 19 If
you are hon­est men, let one of your broth­ers
stay here in pris­on, ­while the rest of you go
and take ­g rain back for your starv­ing house­
holds. 20 But you must ­bring your youn­gest
broth­er to me, so that your ­words may be ver­i­
fied and that you may not die.” This they pro­
ceed­ed to do.
21 They said to one an­oth­er, “Sure­ly we are
be­ing pun­ished be­cause of our broth­er. We
saw how dis­tressed he was when he plead­ed
with us for his life, but we ­would not lis­ten;
­that’s why this dis­tress has come on us.”
22 Reu­
ben re­plied, “Didn’t I tell you not
to sin a­ gainst the boy? But you ­wouldn’t lis­
ten! Now we must give an ac­count­ing for his
­blood.” 23 They did not re­a l­ize that Jo­seph
a 34 Or move about freely   

c­ ould un­der­stand them, ­since he was us­ing an
24 He ­t urned away from them and be­gan to
weep, but then came back and ­spoke to them
­again. He had Sim­e­on tak­en from them and
­bound be­fore ­their eyes.
25 Jo­seph gave or­ders to fill ­t heir bags with
­grain, to put each ­man’s sil­ver back in his sack,
and to give them pro­v i­sions for ­their jour­ney.
Af­ter this was done for them, 26 they load­ed
­their ­grain on ­their don­keys and left.
27 At the ­place ­where they ­stopped for the
­night one of them ­opened his sack to get feed
for his don­key, and he saw his sil­ver in the
­mouth of his sack. 28 “My sil­ver has been re­
turned,” he said to his broth­ers. “Here it is in
my sack.”
Their h
­ earts sank and they ­t urned to each
oth­er trem­bling and said, “What is this that
God has done to us?”
29 When they came to ­t heir fa­t her Ja­cob in
the land of Ca­naan, they told him all that had
hap­pened to them. They said, 30 “The man
who is lord over the land ­spoke harsh­ly to us
and treat­ed us as ­though we were spy­ing on
the land. 31 But we said to him, ‘We are hon­
est men; we are not ­spies. 32 We were ­t welve
broth­ers, sons of one fa­ther. One is no more,
and the youn­gest is now with our fa­ther in
33 “Then the man who is lord over the land
said to us, ‘This is how I will know wheth­
er you are hon­e st men: ­L eave one of your
broth­ers here with me, and take food for
your starv­ing house­holds and go. 34 But ­bring
your youn­gest broth­er to me so I will know
that you are not s­ pies but hon­est men. Then
I will give your broth­er back to you, and you
can ­trade  a in the land.’ ”
35 As they were emp­t y­ing ­t heir ­sacks, ­t here
in each m
­ an’s sack was his p
­ ouch of sil­ver!
When they and ­their fa­ther saw the mon­ey
pouch­es, they were fright­ened. 36 Their fa­ther
Ja­cob said to them, “You have de­prived me of
my chil­dren. Jo­seph is no more and Sim­e­on is
no more, and now you want to take Ben­ja­min.
Ev­ery­thing is ­against me!”
37 Then Reu­ben said to his fa­t her, “You may
put both of my sons to ­death if I do not ­bring

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him back to you. En­trust him to my care, and
I will ­bring him back.”
38 But Ja­cob said, “My son will not go down
­t here with you; his broth­er is dead and he is
the only one left. If harm ­comes to him on the
jour­ney you are tak­ing, you will ­bring my gray
head down to the ­g rave in sor­row.”

MATTHEW 14:22 — 15:9
Jesus Walks on the Water
22 Im­m e­d i­ate­l y

­Jesus made the dis­c i­ples
get into the boat and go on ­a head of him to
the oth­er side, ­while he dis­missed the ­crowd.
23 Af­
ter he had dis­m issed them, he went up
on a moun­tain­side by him­self to pray. Later
that night, he was ­there ­a lone, 24 and the boat
was al­ready a con­sid­er­able dis­tance from land,
buf­fet­ed by the ­waves be­cause the wind was
­against it.
25 Short­
ly be­fore dawn ­Jesus went out to
them, walk­ing on the lake. 26 When the dis­
ci­ples saw him walk­ing on the lake, they were
ter­ri­f ied. “It’s a ­ghost,” they said, and ­cried out
in fear.
27 But ­J esus im­m e­d i­a te­l y said to them:
“Take cour­age! It is I. ­Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Pe­ter re­plied, “tell me
to come to you on the wa­ter.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Pe­ter got down out of the boat,
­walked on the wa­ter and came to­ward ­Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind, he was ­
a fraid
and, be­g in­n ing to sink, ­cried out, “Lord,
save me!”
31 Im­me­d i­ate­ly ­Jesus ­reached out his hand
and ­caught him. “You of lit­t le ­faith,” he said,
“why did you doubt?”
32 And when they ­c limbed into the boat, the
wind died down. 33 Then ­those who were in
the boat wor­shiped him, say­ing, “Tru­ly you
are the Son of God.”
34 When they had ­c rossed over, they land­ed
at Gen­nes­a ­ret. 35 And when the men of that
­place rec­og­nized J­esus, they sent word to all
the sur ­round ­ing coun­t ry. Peo­ple ­brought all
­their sick to him 36 and ­begged him to let the
sick just t­ouch the edge of his c­ loak, and all
who ­touched it were healed.

That Which Defiles


Then some Phar­i­sees and teach­ers of
the law came to ­Jesus from Je­r u­sa­lem
and ­asked, 2 “Why do your dis­ci­ples b
­ reak the
tra­di­tion of the el­ders? They ­don’t wash ­their
­hands be­fore they eat!”
3 Jesus re­plied, “And why do you ­break the
com­mand of God for the sake of your tra­d i­
tion? 4 For God said, ‘Hon­or your fa­t her and
moth­er’  a and ‘Any­one who curs­es ­their fa­ther
or moth­er is to be put to ­death.’ b 5 But you say
that if any­one de­c lares that what ­might have
been used to help ­their fa­ther or moth­er is ‘de­
vot­ed to God,’ 6 they are not to ‘hon­or ­their
fa­ther or moth­er’ with it. Thus you nul­li­f y the
word of God for the sake of your tra­d i­tion.
7 You hyp­
o­c rites! Isa­iah was ­right when he
proph­e­sied ­about you:
8 “ ‘These people honor me with their
but their hearts are far from me.
9 They worship me in vain;
their teachings are merely human
rules.’ c  ”

PSALM 12:1 — 12:8
Psalm 12 d
For the director of music. According to
sheminith. e A psalm of David.

1 Help, Lord, for no one is faithful
those who are loyal have vanished from
the human race.
2 Everyone lies to their neighbor;
they flatter with their lips
but harbor deception in their hearts.
3 May the Lord silence all flattering
and every boastful tongue — ​
4 those who say,
“By our tongues we will prevail;
our own lips will defend us — ​who is
lord over us?”
5 “Because the poor are plundered and the
needy groan,

a 4 Exodus 20:12; Deut. 5:16    b 4 Exodus 21:17; Lev. 20:9    c 9 Isaiah 29:13    d In Hebrew texts
12:1-8 is numbered 12:2-9.    e Title: Probably a musical term   

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I will now arise,” says the Lord.
“I will protect them from those who
malign them.”
6 And the words of the Lord are flawless,
like silver purified in a crucible,
like gold a refined seven times.
7 You, Lord, will keep the needy safe
and will protect us forever from the
8 who freely strut about
when what is vile is honored by the
human race.

Genesis 41:41 – 42:38;
Matthew 14:22 – 15:9; Psalm 12

Joseph might have given up hope he would
ever be rescued from prison, but in Genesis 41
the Lord lifts him to the top of one of the most
potent nations in world history. In Matthew 14
Peter fears he’s seen a ghost, but ­Jesus gives
him a shot at walking on water. And Psalm 12
notes that when the poor are plundered, God
rises up to protect them. Even when you feel
defeated by evil, at the right time the Lord
helps you win.

GENESIS 43:1 — 44:34

The Second Journey to Egypt


Now the fam­ine was ­still se­vere in the
land. 2 So when they had eat­en all the
­grain they had ­brought from ­Egypt, t­ heir fa­

ther said to them, “Go back and buy us a lit­t le
more food.”
3 But Ju­dah said to him, “The man ­warned
us sol­emn­ly, ‘You will not see my face ­again
un­less your broth­er is with you.’ 4 If you will
send our broth­er ­a long with us, we will go
down and buy food for you. 5 But if you will
not send him, we will not go down, be­cause
the man said to us, ‘You will not see my face
­again un­less your broth­er is with you.’ ”
6 Is­
r a­el a­sked, “Why did you b
­ ring this
trou­ble on me by tell­ing the man you had an­
oth­er broth­er?”
7 They re­
plied, “The man ques­tioned us
close­ly a­ bout our­selves and our fam­i­ly. ‘Is your
fa­ther s­ till liv­ing?’ he ­asked us. ‘Do you have
an­oth­er broth­er?’ We sim­ply an­s wered his
ques­tions. How were we to know he w
­ ould
say, ‘Bring your broth­er down here’?”
8 Then Ju­dah said to Is­ra­el his fa­t her, “Send
the boy ­a long with me and we will go at once,
so that we and you and our chil­dren may live
and not die. 9 I my­self will guar­an­tee his safe­
ty; you can hold me per­son­a l­ly re­spon­si­ble for
him. If I do not ­bring him back to you and
set him here be­fore you, I will bear the ­blame
be­fore you all my life. 10 As it is, if we had not
de­layed, we ­could have gone and re­turned
11 Then ­
t heir fa­ther Is­ra­el said to them,
“If it must be, then do this: Put some of the
best prod­ucts of the land in your bags and
take them down to the man as a gift — ​a lit­
tle balm and a lit­tle hon­ey, some spic­es and
­myrrh, some pis­ta­chio nuts and al­monds.
12 Take dou­ble the ­a mount of sil­ver with you,
for you must re­turn the sil­ver that was put
back into the ­mouths of your ­sacks. Per­haps
it was a mis­take. 13 Take your broth­er also and
go back to the man at once. 14 And may God
Al­mighty b ­grant you mer­c y be­fore the man so
that he will let your oth­er broth­er and Ben­ja­
min come back with you. As for me, if I am
be­reaved, I am be­reaved.”
15 So the men took the ­g ifts and dou­ble the
­a mount of sil­ver, and Ben­ja­m in also. They
hur­r ied down to ­Egypt and pre­sent­ed them­
selves to Jo­seph. 16 When Jo­seph saw Ben­ja­
min with them, he said to the stew­a rd of his

a 6  Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text earth    b 14 Hebrew El-Shaddai   

­ ouse, “Take ­these men to my ­house, slaugh­
ter an an­i­mal and pre­pare a meal; they are to
eat with me at noon.”
17 The man did as Jo­seph told him and took
the men to Jo­seph’s ­house. 18 Now the men
were fright­ened when they were tak­en to his
­house. They ­thought, “We were ­brought here
be­cause of the sil­ver that was put back into our
­sacks the ­f irst time. He ­wants to at­tack us and
over­pow­er us and s­ eize us as s­ laves and take
our don­keys.”
19 So they went up to Jo­seph’s stew­a rd and
­spoke to him at the en­trance to the ­house.
20 “We beg your par­don, our lord,” they said,
“we came down here the ­first time to buy
food. 21 But at the ­place ­where we s­ topped for
the ­night we ­opened our ­sacks and each of us
­found his sil­ver — ​the ex­act ­weight — ​in the
­mouth of his sack. So we have ­brought it back
with us. 22 We have also ­brought ad­d i­t ion­a l
sil­ver with us to buy food. We ­don’t know who
put our sil­ver in our sacks.”
23 “It’s all ­r ight,” he said. “Don’t be ­a fraid.
Your God, the God of your fa­ther, has giv­
en you trea­sure in your s­ acks; I re­ceived your
sil­ver.” Then he ­brought Sim­e­on out to them.
24 The stew­a rd took the men into Jo­seph’s
­house, gave them wa­ter to wash ­their feet and
pro­v id­ed fod­der for ­t heir don­k eys. 25 They
pre­pared ­t heir ­g ifts for Jo­s eph’s ar ­r iv­a l at
noon, be­cause they had ­heard that they were
to eat there.
26 When Jo­seph came home, they pre­sent­
ed to him the ­gifts they had ­brought into the
­house, and they ­bowed down be­fore him to
the ­ground. 27 He a­ sked them how they were,
and then he said, “How is your aged fa­ther
you told me ­about? Is he ­still liv­ing?”
28 They re­plied, “Your ser­vant our fa­t her is
­still ­a live and well.” And they ­bowed down,
pros­trat­ing them­selves be­fore him.
29 As he l­ooked ­about and saw his broth­er
Ben­ja­min, his own moth­er’s son, he ­asked, “Is
this your youn­gest broth­er, the one you told
me a­ bout?” And he said, “God be gra­cious to
you, my son.” 30 Deep­ly ­moved at the ­sight of
his broth­er, Jo­seph hur­ried out and ­looked for
a ­place to weep. He went into his pri­vate room
and wept there.
31 Af­ter he had ­washed his face, he came out
and, con­trol­ling him­self, said, “Serve the food.”

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32 They s
­ erved him by him­self, the broth­
ers by them­selves, and the Egyp­tians who ate
with him by them­selves, be­cause Egyp­tians
­could not eat with He­brews, for that is de­test­
able to Egyp­tians. 33 The men had been seat­
ed be­fore him in the or­der of ­their ages, from
the first­born to the youn­gest; and they ­looked
at each oth­er in as­ton­ish­ment. 34 When por­
tions were s­ erved to them from Jo­seph’s ta­ble,
Ben­ja­min’s por­tion was five ­times as much as
any­one ­else’s. So they feast­ed and ­drank free­ly
with him.

A Silver Cup in a Sack


Now Jo­seph gave ­t hese in­struc­t ions
to the stew­a rd of his ­house: “Fill the
­men’s ­sacks with as much food as they can
car­r y, and put each ­man’s sil­ver in the ­mouth
of his sack. 2 Then put my cup, the sil­ver one,
in the ­mouth of the youn­gest ­one’s sack, ­a long
with the sil­ver for his ­g rain.” And he did as
Jo­seph said.
3 As morn­
ing ­dawned, the men were sent
on t­heir way with ­their don­keys. 4 They had
not gone far from the city when Jo­seph said to
his stew­a rd, “Go af­ter ­those men at once, and
when you ­catch up with them, say to them,
‘Why have you re­paid good with evil? 5 Isn’t
this the cup my mas­ter ­d rinks from and also
uses for div­i­na­tion? This is a wick­ed t­ hing you
have done.’ ”
6 When he ­
c aught up with them, he re­
peat­ed t­ hese ­words to them. 7 But they said to
him, “Why does my lord say such ­things? Far
be it from your ser­vants to do any­thing like
that! 8 We even ­brought back to you from the
land of Ca­naan the sil­ver we ­found in­side the
­mouths of our s­ acks. So why w
­ ould we s­ teal
sil­ver or gold from your mas­ter’s h
­ ouse? 9 If
any of your ser­vants is ­found to have it, he will
die; and the rest of us will be­come my ­lord’s
10 “Very well, then,” he said, “let it be as you
say. Who­ev­er is f­ound to have it will be­come
my ­slave; the rest of you will be free from
11 Each of them quick­ly low­ered his sack to
the ­g round and ­opened it. 12 Then the stew­
ard pro­ceed­ed to s­ earch, be­g in­ning with the
old­est and end­ing with the youn­gest. And the
cup was f­ound in Ben­ja­min’s sack. 13 At this,

DAY 22


they tore t­ heir c­ lothes. Then they all load­ed
­their don­keys and re­t urned to the city.
14 Jo­
seph was ­still in the ­house when Ju­
dah and his broth­ers came in, and they ­threw
them­selves to the ­ground be­fore him. 15 Jo­seph
said to them, “What is this you have done?
­Don’t you know that a man like me can find
­things out by div­i­na­tion?”
16 “What can we say to my lord?” Ju­dah re­
plied. “What can we say? How can we ­prove
our in­no­cence? God has un­cov­ered your ser­
vants’ ­g uilt. We are now my ­lord’s ­slaves — ​we
our­selves and the one who was ­found to have
the cup.”
17 But Jo­seph said, “Far be it from me to do
such a ­thing! Only the man who was ­found to
have the cup will be­come my s­ lave. The rest of
you, go back to your fa­ther in peace.”
18 Then Ju­
d ah went up to him and said:
“Par­don your ser­vant, my lord, let me ­speak
a word to my lord. Do not be an­gry with your
ser­v ant, ­though you are e­qual to Phar­aoh
him­self. 19 My lord ­a sked his ser­v ants, ‘Do
you have a fa­ther or a broth­er?’ 20 And we an­
swered, ‘We have an aged fa­ther, and ­there is
a ­young son born to him in his old age. His
broth­er is dead, and he is the only one of his
moth­er’s sons left, and his fa­ther ­loves him.’
21 “Then you said to your ser­v ants, ‘Bring
him down to me so I can see him for my­self.’
22 And we said to my lord, ‘The boy can­
­leave his fa­ther; if he ­leaves him, his fa­ther
will die.’ 23 But you told your ser­vants, ‘Un­less
your youn­gest broth­er ­comes down with you,
you will not see my face a­ gain.’ 24 When we
went back to your ser­vant my fa­ther, we told
him what my lord had said.
25 “Then our fa­t her said, ‘Go back and buy
a lit­t le more food.’ 26 But we said, ‘We can­not
go down. Only if our youn­gest broth­er is with
us will we go. We can­not see the ­man’s face
un­less our youn­gest broth­er is with us.’
27 “Your ser­v ant my fa­t her said to us, ‘You
know that my wife bore me two sons. 28 One
of them went away from me, and I said, “He
has sure­ly been torn to piec­es.” And I have not
seen him ­since. 29 If you take this one from me
too and harm ­comes to him, you will ­bring my
gray head down to the ­g rave in mis­ery.’
a 14  Some manuscripts blind guides of the blind   

30 “So now, if the boy is not with us when I
go back to your ser­vant my fa­ther, and if my
fa­ther, ­whose life is close­ly ­bound up with
the b
­ oy’s life, 31 sees that the boy i­sn’t t­here,
he will die. Your ser­vants will ­bring the gray
head of our fa­t her down to the g­ rave in sor­
row. 32 Your ser­vant guar­an­teed the ­boy’s safe­
ty to my fa­ther. I said, ‘If I do not ­bring him
back to you, I will bear the ­blame be­fore you,
my fa­ther, all my life!’
33 “Now then, ­please let your ser­vant re­main
here as my ­lord’s ­slave in ­place of the boy, and
let the boy re­turn with his broth­ers. 34 How
can I go back to my fa­ther if the boy is not
with me? No! Do not let me see the mis­ery
that ­would come on my fa­ther.”

MATTHEW 15:10 — 15:39
10 Jesus ­c alled the ­c rowd to him and said,
“Lis­ten and un­der­stand. 11 What goes into
some­one’s ­mouth does not de­file them, but
what ­comes out of their ­mouth, that is what
de­f iles them.”
12 Then the dis­
c i­ples came to him and
­asked, “Do you know that the Phar­i­sees were
of­fend­ed when they ­heard this?”
13 He re­
plied, “Ev­ery ­plant that my heav­
en­ly Fa­ther has not plant­ed will be p
­ ulled
up by the ­roots. 14 Leave them; they are ­blind
­g uides.  a If the ­blind lead the ­blind, both will
fall into a pit.”
15 Pe­ter said, “Ex­plain the par­a­ble to us.”
16 “Are you ­still so dull?” ­Jesus a
­ sked them.
17 “Don’t you see that what­
e v­er en­ters the
­mouth goes into the stom­ach and then out
of the body? 18 But the ­things that come out
of a per­son’s m
­ outh come from the ­heart,
and ­these de­f ile them. 19 For out of the ­heart
come evil ­thoughts  — ​mur­der, adul­tery, sex­u­
al im­mo­ral­i­t y, ­theft, ­false tes­ti­mo­ny, slan­der.
20 These are what de­f ile a per­son; but eat­ing
with un­washed ­hands does not de­f ile them.”

The Faith of a Canaanite Woman
21 Leav­
i ng that ­place, J­esus with­d rew to
the re­gion of Tyre and Si­don. 22 A Ca­naan­ite
wom­an from that vi­cin­i­t y came to him, cry­ing
out, “Lord, Son of Da­v id, have mer­c y on me!

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My daugh­ter is de­mon-pos­sessed and suf­fer­
ing ter­ri­bly.”
23 Jesus did not an­s wer a word. So his dis­
ci­ples came to him and ­urged him, “Send her
away, for she ­keeps cry­ing out af­ter us.”
24 He an­s wered, “I was sent only to the lost
­sheep of Is­ra­el.”
25 The wom­a n came and k
­ nelt be­fore him.
“Lord, help me!” she said.
26 He re­
plied, “It is not r­ight to take the
chil­dren’s ­bread and toss it to the dogs.”
27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs
eat the ­c rumbs that fall from ­their mas­ter’s
28 Then ­
Jesus said to her, “Wom­a n, you
have ­great ­faith! Your re­quest is grant­ed.” And
her daugh­ter was ­healed at that moment.
Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand
29 Jesus left t­ here and went ­a long the Sea of
Gal­i­lee. Then he went up on a moun­tain­side
and sat down. 30 Great ­c rowds came to him,
bring­ing the lame, the ­blind, the crip­pled, the
mute and many oth­ers, and laid them at his
feet; and he ­healed them. 31 The peo­ple were
­a mazed when they saw the mute speak­ing,
the crip­pled made well, the lame walk­ing and
the ­blind see­ing. And they ­praised the God
of ­Is­ra­el.
32 Jesus ­called his dis­c i­ples to him and said,
“I have com­pas­sion for ­these peo­ple; they
have al­ready been with me ­three days and
have noth­ing to eat. I do not want to send
them away hun­g ry, or they may col­lapse on
the way.”
33 His dis­c i­ples an­s wered, “Where ­could we
get ­enough b
­ read in this re­mote ­place to feed
such a crowd?”
34 “How many ­
loaves do you have?” ­Jesus
“Sev­en,” they re­plied, “and a few s­mall
35 He told the c
­ rowd to sit down on the
­ground. 36 Then he took the sev­en ­loaves and
the fish, and when he had giv­en ­thanks, he
­broke them and gave them to the dis­c i­ples,
and they in turn to the peo­ple. 37 They all
ate and were sat­is­fied. Af­ter­w ard the dis­
ci­ples ­picked up sev­en bas­ket ­f uls of bro­ken

a In Hebrew texts 13:1-6 is numbered 13:2-6.   

piec­es that were left over. 38 The num­ber of
­those who ate was four thou­sand men, be­sides
wom­en and chil­d ren. 39 Af­ter ­Jesus had sent
the ­crowd away, he got into the boat and went
to the vi­cin­i­t y of Mag­a­dan.

PSALM 13:1 — 13:6
Psalm 13 a
For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 How

long, Lord? Will you forget me
How long will you hide your face
from me?
2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my
How long will my enemy triumph
over me?
3 Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in
4 and my enemy will say, “I have overcome
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
5 But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
6 I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me.

Genesis 43 – 44; Matthew 15:10 – 39;
Psalm 13

Genesis 43 describes a famine so severe that
Jacob’s family faces starvation if they don’t go
on a long journey to another country. Matthew
15 shows hungry ­people stranded in a remote
place with no food. And Psalm 13 relates loud
rumblings of spiritual hunger. So don’t take
your food for granted today or ever. Literal food
is a gift straight from God, and the Lord is also
the only one able to satisfy your soul.

DAY 23


GENESIS 45:1 — 47:12

Joseph Makes Himself Known


Then Jo­seph ­could no lon­ger con­trol
him­self be­fore all his at­ten­dants, and
he ­c ried out, “Have ev­ery­one l­eave my pres­
ence!” So ­there was no one with Jo­seph when
he made him­self k­ nown to his broth­ers. 2 And
he wept so loud­ly that the Egyp­tians ­heard
him, and Phar­aoh’s house­hold ­heard ­about it.
3 Jo­seph said to his broth­ers, “I am Jo­seph!
Is my fa­ther s­ till liv­ing?” But his broth­ers were
not able to an­swer him, be­cause they were ter­
ri­f ied at his pres­ence.
4 Then Jo­seph said to his broth­ers, “Come
­close to me.” When they had done so, he said,
“I am your broth­er Jo­seph, the one you sold
into ­Egypt! 5 And now, do not be dis­tressed
and do not be an­g ry with your­selves for sell­
ing me here, be­cause it was to save l­ives that
God sent me a­ head of you. 6 For two y­ ears
now ­there has been fam­ine in the land, and
for the next five ­years ­there will be no plow­ing
and reap­ing. 7 But God sent me ­a head of you
to pre­serve for you a rem­nant on e­ arth and to
save your ­lives by a ­g reat de­liv­er­ance. a
8 “So then, it was not you who sent me here,
but God. He made me fa­ther to Phar­aoh, lord
of his en­tire house­hold and rul­er of all E
­ gypt.
9 Now hur­r y back to my fa­t her and say to him,
‘This is what your son Jo­seph says: God has
made me lord of all E
­ gypt. Come down to me;
­don’t de­lay. 10 You ­shall live in the re­g ion of
Go­shen and be near me — ​you, your chil­dren
and grand­chil­dren, your ­f locks and ­herds, and
all you have. 11 I will pro­v ide for you ­there, be­

cause five ­years of fam­ine are s­till to come.
Oth­er­w ise you and your house­hold and all
who be­long to you will be­come des­ti­t ute.’
12 “You can see for your­
selves, and so can
my broth­er Ben­ja­min, that it is real­ly I who
am speak­ing to you. 13 Tell my fa­ther ­about
all the hon­or ac­cord­ed me in ­Egypt and ­about
every­t hing you have seen. And b
­ ring my fa­
ther down here quick­ly.”
14 Then he ­
t hrew his arms ­
a round his
broth­er Ben­ja­m in and wept, and Ben­ja­m in
em­braced him, weep­ing. 15 And he ­k issed all
his broth­ers and wept over them. Af­ter­ward
his broth­ers ­talked with him.
16 When the news ­reached Phar­aoh’s pal­ace
that Jo­seph’s broth­ers had come, Phar­aoh and
all his of­f i­cials were p
­ leased. 17 Phar­aoh said
to Jo­seph, “Tell your broth­ers, ‘Do this: Load
your an­i­mals and re­turn to the land of Ca­
naan, 18 and b
­ ring your fa­t her and your fam­
i­lies back to me. I will give you the best of
the land of E
­ gypt and you can en­joy the fat
of the land.’
19 “You are also di­rect­ed to tell them, ‘Do
this: Take some ­carts from E
­ gypt for your
chil­d ren and your ­w ives, and get your fa­t her
and come. 20 Nev­er mind a­ bout your be­long­
ings, be­cause the best of all ­Egypt will be
yours.’ ”
21 So the sons of Is­ra­el did this. Jo­seph gave
them ­carts, as Phar­aoh had com­mand­ed, and
he also gave them pro­v i­sions for ­their jour­ney.
22 To each of them he gave new cloth­ing, but
to Ben­ja­min he gave t­hree hun­d red shek­els b
of sil­ver and five sets of ­clothes. 23 And this is
what he sent to his fa­ther: ten don­keys load­ed
with the best t­ hings of ­Egypt, and ten fe­male
don­keys load­ed with ­grain and b
­ read and oth­
er pro­v i­sions for his jour­ney. 24 Then he sent
his broth­ers away, and as they were leav­ing he
said to them, “Don’t quar­rel on the way!”
25 So they went up out of E
­ gypt and came
to ­their fa­ther Ja­cob in the land of Ca­naan.
26 They told him, “Jo­seph is ­still ­a live! In fact,
he is rul­er of all ­Egypt.” Ja­cob was ­stunned;
he did not be­lieve them. 27 But when they told
him ev­ery­thing Jo­seph had said to them, and
when he saw the ­carts Jo­seph had sent to car­r y
him back, the spir­it of ­t heir fa­t her Ja­cob re­

a 7 Or save you as a great band of survivors    b 22  That is, about 7 1/2 pounds or about 3.5 kilograms   

vived. 28 And Is­ra­el said, “I’m con­v inced! My
son Jo­seph is ­still ­a live. I will go and see him
be­fore I die.”
Jacob Goes to Egypt


So Is­ra­el set out with all that was
his, and when he ­reached Be­er­she­ba,
he of­fered sac­r i­f ic­es to the God of his fa­ther
2 And God s
­poke to Is­ra­el in a vi­sion at
­night and said, “Ja­cob! Ja­cob!”
“Here I am,” he re­plied.
3 “I am God, the God of your fa­
t her,” he
said. “Do not be ­a fraid to go down to ­Egypt,
for I will make you into a g­ reat na­tion ­there.
4 I will go down to E
­ gypt with you, and I will
sure­ly ­bring you back ­again. And Jo­seph’s own
hand will ­close your eyes.”
5 Then Ja­cob left Be­er­she­ba, and Is­r a­e l’s
sons took t­heir fa­ther Ja­cob and t­heir chil­
dren and ­their ­w ives in the ­carts that Phar­aoh
had sent to trans­port him. 6 So Ja­cob and all
his off­spring went to ­Egypt, tak­ing with them
­their live­stock and the pos­ses­sions they had ac­
quired in Ca­naan. 7 Ja­cob ­brought with him to
­Egypt his sons and grand­sons and his daugh­
ters and grand­daugh­ters  — ​a ll his off­spring.
8 These

are the ­names of the sons of Is­ra­
el (Ja­cob and his de­scen­dants) who went to
Reu­ben the first­born of Ja­cob.
9 The sons of Reu­ben:
Ha­nok, Pal­lu, Hez­ron and Kar­mi.
10 The sons of Sim­e­on:
Je­mu­el, Ja­m in, Ohad, Ja ­k in, Zo­har
and Sha­u l the son of a Ca­n aan­ite
11 The sons of Levi:
Ger­shon, Ko­hath and Me­ra­ri.
12 The sons of Ju­dah:
Er, Onan, She­lah, Pe­rez and Ze­rah
(but Er and Onan had died in the land
of Ca­naan).
The sons of Pe­rez:
Hez­ron and Ha­mul.

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13 The sons of Is­sa­char:
Tola, Puah, a Ja­shub  b and Shim­ron.
14 The sons of Zeb­u ­lun:
Se­red, Elon and Jah­le­el.
15 These were the sons Leah bore to Ja­cob
in Pad­dan Aram, c be­sides his daugh­ter Di­nah.
­These sons and daugh­ters of his were thir­t y-­
three in all.
16 The sons of Gad:
Ze­phon,  d Hag­g i, Shu­ni, Ez­bon, Eri,
Ar­o­di and Are­li.
17 The sons of Ash­er:
Im­nah, Ish­vah, Ish­v i and Be­ri­ah.
Their sis­ter was Se­rah.
The sons of Be­ri­ah:
He­ber and Mal­k i­el.
18 These were the chil­d ren born to Ja­cob by
Zil­pah, whom La­ban had giv­en to his daugh­
ter Leah — ​six­teen in all.
19 The sons of Ja­cob’s wife Ra­chel:
Jo­s eph and Ben­ja­m in. 20 In ­Egypt,
Ma­nas­seh and Ephra­im were born
to Jo­seph by As­e­nath daugh­ter of Po­
tiph­era, ­priest of On. e
The sons of Ben­ja­min:
Bela, Be­ker, Ash­bel, Gera, Na­a­man,
Ehi, Rosh, Mup­pim, Hup­pim and
22 These were the sons of Ra­c hel who were
born to Ja­cob — ​four­teen in all.
23 The son of Dan:
24 The sons of Naph­ta­li:
Jah­zi­el, Guni, Je­zer and Shil­lem.
25 These were the sons born to Ja­cob by Bil­
hah, whom La­ban had giv­en to his daugh­ter
Ra­chel  — ​sev­en in all.
26 All ­those who went to ­Egypt with Ja­cob — ​
t­hose who were his di­rect de­scen­dants, not
count­ing his sons’ ­w ives  — ​num­bered six ­t ysix per­sons. 27 With the two sons  f who had
been born to Jo­seph in ­Egypt, the mem­bers
of Ja­cob’s fam­i­ly, w
­ hich went to ­Egypt, were
sev­en­t y  g in all.

a 13  Samaritan Pentateuch and Syriac (see also 1 Chron. 7:1); Masoretic Text Puvah    b 13 Samaritan

Pentateuch and some Septuagint manuscripts (see also Num. 26:24 and 1 Chron. 7:1); Masoretic Text Iob   
c 15  That is, Northwest Mesopotamia    d 16  Samaritan Pentateuch and Septuagint (see also Num. 26:15);
Masoretic Text Ziphion    e 20 That is, Heliopolis    f 27  Hebrew; Septuagint the nine children   
g 27  Hebrew (see also Exodus 1:5 and note); Septuagint (see also Acts 7:14) seventy-five   

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28 Now Ja­cob sent Ju­dah a
­ head of him to Jo­
seph to get di­rec­tions to Go­shen. When they
ar­rived in the re­gion of Go­shen, 29 Jo­seph had
his char­i­ot made ­ready and went to Go­shen to
meet his fa­ther Is­ra­el. As soon as Jo­seph ap­
peared be­fore him, he ­threw his arms ­a round
his fa­ther  a and wept for a long time.
30 Is­ra­el said to Jo­seph, “Now I am ­ready to
die, ­since I have seen for my­self that you are
­still alive.”
31 Then Jo­seph said to his broth­ers and to
his fa­ther’s house­hold, “I will go up and ­speak
to Phar­aoh and will say to him, ‘My broth­ers
and my fa­ther’s house­hold, who were liv­ing in
the land of Ca­naan, have come to me. 32 The
men are shep­herds; they tend live­stock, and
they have ­brought ­a long ­their ­f locks and ­herds
and ev­ery­thing they own.’ 33 When Phar­aoh
­calls you in and asks, ‘What is your oc­cu­pa­
tion?’ 34 you s­hould an­swer, ‘Your ser­v ants
have tend­ed live­stock from our boy­hood on,
just as our fa­t hers did.’ Then you will be al­
lowed to set­tle in the re­g ion of Go­shen, for
all shep­herds are de­test­able to the Egyp­tians.”
Jo­seph went and told Phar­aoh, “My
fa­ther and broth­ers, with ­their ­f locks
and h
­ erds and ev­ery­thing they own, have
come from the land of Ca­naan and are now in
Go­shen.” 2 He ­chose five of his broth­ers and
pre­sent­ed them be­fore Phar­aoh.
3 Phar­aoh ­asked the broth­ers, “What is your
“Your ser­vants are shep­herds,” they re­plied
to Phar­aoh, “just as our fa­thers were.” 4 They
also said to him, “We have come to live here
for a w
­ hile, be­cause the fam­ine is se­vere in
Ca­naan and your ser­vants’ ­f locks have no pas­
ture. So now, ­please let your ser­vants set­t le in
5 Phar­aoh said to Jo­seph, “Your fa­t her and
your broth­ers have come to you, 6 and the land
of ­Egypt is be­fore you; set­t le your fa­ther and
your broth­ers in the best part of the land. Let
them live in Go­shen. And if you know of any
­among them with spe­cial abil­i­t y, put them in
­charge of my own live­stock.”
7 Then Jo­
seph ­brought his fa­ther Ja­cob in
and pre­sent­ed him be­fore Phar­aoh. Af­ter Ja­


cob ­blessed  b Phar­aoh, 8 Phar­aoh ­asked him,
“How old are you?”
9 And Ja­cob said to Phar­aoh, “The ­years of
my pil­g rim­age are a hun­d red and thir­t y. My
­years have been few and dif­f i­cult, and they do
not ­equal the ­years of the pil­g rim­age of my
fa­t hers.” 10 Then Ja­cob ­blessed  c Phar­aoh and
went out from his pres­ence.
11 So Jo­seph set­t led his fa­t her and his broth­
ers in ­Egypt and gave them prop­er­t y in the
best part of the land, the dis­trict of Ram­e­ses,
as Phar­aoh di­rect­ed. 12 Jo­seph also pro­v id­ed
his fa­ther and his broth­ers and all his fa­ther’s
house­hold with food, ac­cord­ing to the num­ber
of ­their chil­dren.

MATTHEW 16:1 — 16:20
The Demand for a Sign


The Phar­i­sees and Sad­du­cees came to
­Jesus and test­ed him by ask­ing him to
show them a sign from heav­en.
2 He re­
plied, “When eve­n ing ­comes, you
say, ‘It will be fair weath­er, for the sky is red,’
3 and in the morn­ing, ‘To­day it will be ­stormy,
for the sky is red and over­cast.’ You know how
to in­ter­pret the ap­pear­ance of the sky, but you
can­not in­ter­pret the ­signs of the ­times. d 4 A
wick­ed and adul­ter­ous gen­er­a­tion ­looks for a
sign, but none will be giv­en it ex­cept the sign
of Jo­nah.” ­Jesus then left them and went away.
The Yeast of the Pharisees
and Sadducees
5 When they went ­across the lake, the dis­c i­
ples for­got to take b
­ read. 6 “Be care­f ul,” ­Jesus
said to them. “Be on your ­g uard a­ gainst the
­yeast of the Phar­i­sees and Sad­du­cees.”
7 They dis­
c ussed this ­a mong them­selves
and said, “It is be­cause we ­d idn’t ­bring any
8 Aware of ­t heir dis­c us­s ion, ­Jesus ­a sked,
“You of lit­tle ­faith, why are you talk­ing
­among your­selves ­about hav­ing no ­bread? 9 Do
you ­still not un­der­stand? D
­ on’t you re­mem­
ber the five l­oaves for the five thou­sand, and
how many bas­ket­f uls you gath­ered? 10 Or the
sev­en l­oaves for the four thou­sand, and how

a 29 Hebrew around him    b 7 Or greeted    c 10 Or said farewell to    d 2,3  Some early manuscripts do

not have When evening comes . . . of the times.   

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many bas­ket­f uls you gath­ered? 11 How is it you
­don’t un­der­stand that I was not talk­ing to you
­about ­bread? But be on your ­g uard ­against the
­yeast of the Phar­i­sees and Sad­du­cees.” 12 Then
they un­der­stood that he was not tell­ing them
to ­g uard ­against the y­ east used in ­bread, but
­against the teach­ing of the Phar­i­sees and Sad­
Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah
13 When ­Jesus came to the re­g ion of Caes­a­
rea Phi­lip­pi, he ­asked his dis­ci­ples, “Who do
peo­ple say the Son of Man is?”
14 They re­plied, “Some say John the Bap­t ist;
oth­ers say Eli­jah; and ­still oth­ers, Jer­e­mi­ah or
one of the proph­ets.”
15 “But what ­
about you?” he ­asked. “Who
do you say I am?”
16 Si­mon Pe­ter an­s wered, “You are the Mes­
si­ah, the Son of the liv­ing God.”
17 Jesus re­
plied, “Blessed are you, Si­mon
son of Jo­nah, for this was not re­vealed to you
by f­ lesh and ­blood, but by my Fa­ther in heav­
en. 18 And I tell you that you are Pe­ter, a and
on this rock I will b
­ uild my c­ hurch, and the
­gates of ­Hades  b will not over­come it. 19 I will
give you the keys of the king­dom of heav­en;
what­ev­er you bind on ­earth will be c ­bound in
heav­en, and what­ev­er you ­loose on ­earth will
be c ­loosed in heav­en.” 20 Then he or­dered his
dis­c i­ples not to tell any­one that he was the

PSALM 14:1 — 14:7
Psalm 14
For the director of music.
Of David.

3 All have turned away, all have become
there is no one who does good,
not even one.
4 Do all these evildoers know nothing?
They devour my people as though eating
they never call on the Lord.
5 But there they are, overwhelmed with
for God is present in the company of the
6 You evildoers frustrate the plans of the
but the Lord is their refuge.
7 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come
out of Zion!
When the Lord restores his people,
let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

Genesis 45:1 – 47:12;
Matthew 16:1 – 20; Psalm 14

Joseph’s brothers get the surprise of their lives
in Genesis 45 – 47 when their long-lost sibling
reveals his identity. Famous words recorded
in Matthew 16 show that, unlike the masses,
­Peter recognizes ­Jesus as the Messiah, the Son
of God. But the fool of Psalm 14 doesn’t bother
to figure out anything. He dismisses the Lord as
unreal or irrelevant and refuses to rethink his
conclusion. God is the one who sees us from
heaven. He’s the one who saves.

1 The fool d says in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, their deeds are
there is no one who does good.
2 The Lord looks down from heaven
on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
any who seek God.
a 18  The Greek word for Peter means rock.    b 18  That is, the realm of the dead    c 19  Or will have been   
d 1  The Hebrew words rendered fool in Psalms denote one who is morally deficient.   

DAY 24


GENESIS 47:13 — 48:22
Joseph and the Famine
13 There was no food, how­ev­er, in the w
­ hole
re­g ion be­cause the fam­ine was se­vere; both
­Egypt and Ca­naan wast­ed away be­cause of
the fam­ine. 14 Jo­seph col ­lect­ed all the mon­ey
that was to be ­found in ­Egypt and Ca­naan in
pay­ment for the g­ rain they were buy­ing, and
he ­brought it to Phar­aoh’s pal­ace. 15 When the
mon­e y of the peo­ple of E
­ gypt and Ca­naan
was gone, all ­Egypt came to Jo­seph and said,
“Give us food. Why ­should we die be­fore your
eyes? Our mon­ey is all gone.”
16 “Then b
­ ring your live­stock,” said Jo­seph.
“I will sell you food in ex­change for your live­
stock, s­ince your mon­ey is gone.” 17 So they
­brought ­their live­stock to Jo­seph, and he gave
them food in ex­change for ­their hors­es, ­their
­sheep and ­goats, ­their cat­tle and don­k eys.
And he ­brought them ­through that year with
food in ex­change for all ­their live­stock.
18 When that year was over, they came to
him the fol­low­ing year and said, “We can­
not hide from our lord the fact that ­since
our mon­ey is gone and our live­stock be­longs
to you, t­here is noth­ing left for our lord ex­
cept our bod­ies and our land. 19 Why ­should
we per­ish be­fore your eyes — ​we and our land
as well? Buy us and our land in ex­change for
food, and we with our land will be in bond­age
to Phar­aoh. Give us seed so that we may live
and not die, and that the land may not be­come
20 So Jo­s eph ­bought all the land in E
­ gypt
for Phar­aoh. The Egyp­tians, one and all, sold
­their ­f ields, be­cause the fam­ine was too se­vere
for them. The land be­came Phar­aoh’s, 21 and
Jo­seph re­duced the peo­ple to ser­v i­t ude,  a from
one end of ­Egypt to the oth­er. 22 How­ev­er, he
did not buy the land of the ­priests, be­cause
they re­ceived a reg­u ­lar al­lot­ment from Phar­
aoh and had food ­enough from the al­lot­ment

Phar­aoh gave them. That is why they did not
sell ­their land.
23 Jo­
s eph said to the peo­ple, “Now that
I have ­bought you and your land to­day for
Phar­aoh, here is seed for you so you can ­plant
the ­g round. 24 But when the crop c­ omes in,
give a f­ ifth of it to Phar­aoh. The oth­er four-­
fifths you may keep as seed for the ­f ields and
as food for your­selves and your house­holds
and your chil­dren.”
25 “You have s
­aved our ­lives,” they said.
“May we find fa­vor in the eyes of our lord; we
will be in bond­age to Phar­aoh.”
26 So Jo­seph es­tab­l ished it as a law con­cern­
ing land in ­Egypt  — ​­still in ­force to­day  — ​that
a ­f ifth of the pro­duce be­longs to Phar­aoh. It
was only the land of the ­priests that did not
be­come Phar­aoh’s.
27 Now the Is­ra­el­ites set­t led in ­Egypt in the
re­g ion of Go­shen. They ac­quired prop­er ­t y
­there and were fruit­f ul and in­creased great­ly
in num­ber.
28 Ja­cob ­l ived in ­Egypt sev­en­teen ­years, and
the ­years of his life were a hun­dred and for­t ysev­en. 29 When the time drew near for Is­ra­el
to die, he ­called for his son Jo­seph and said to
him, “If I have ­found fa­vor in your eyes, put
your hand un­der my ­thigh and prom­ise that
you will show me kind­ness and faith­f ul­ness.
Do not bury me in ­Egypt, 30 but when I rest
with my fa­thers, car­r y me out of ­Egypt and
bury me ­where they are bur­ied.”
“I will do as you say,” he said.
31 “Swear to me,” he said. Then Jo­
s eph
­swore to him, and Is­ra­el wor­shiped as he
­leaned on the top of his staff. b
Manasseh and Ephraim


Some time lat­er Jo­seph was told,
“Your fa­ther is ill.” So he took his two
sons Ma­nas­seh and Ephra­im ­a long with him.
2 When Ja­cob was told, “Your son Jo­seph has
come to you,” Is­ra­el ral­lied his ­strength and
sat up on the bed.
3 Ja­cob said to Jo­seph, “God Al­m ighty c ap­
peared to me at Luz in the land of Ca­naan,
and ­there he ­blessed me 4 and said to me, ‘I
am go­ing to make you fruit­ful and in­c rease

a 21  Samaritan Pentateuch and Septuagint (see also Vulgate); Masoretic Text and he moved the people into
the cities    b 31 Or Israel bowed down at the head of his bed    c 3 Hebrew El-Shaddai   

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your num­bers. I will make you a com­mu­n i­
ty of peo­ples, and I will give this land as an
ever­last­ing pos­ses­sion to your de­scen­dants af­
ter you.’
5 “Now then, your two sons born to you in
­Egypt be­fore I came to you here will be reck­
oned as mine; Ephra­im and Ma­nas­seh will be
mine, just as Reu­ben and Sim­e­on are mine.
6 Any chil­
d ren born to you af­ter them will
be ­yours; in the ter­ri­to­r y they in­her­it they will
be reck­oned un­der the ­names of ­their broth­
ers. 7 As I was re­t urn­ing from Pad­dan, a to my
sor­row Ra­c hel died in the land of Ca­naan
­while we were s­ till on the way, a lit­t le dis­tance
from Eph­rath. So I bur­ied her ­there be­side the
road to Eph­rath” (that is, Beth­le­hem).
8 When Is­
ra­el saw the sons of Jo­seph, he
­asked, “Who are these?”
9 “They are the sons God has giv­
en me
here,” Jo­seph said to his fa­ther.
Then Is­ra­el said, “Bring them to me so I
may ­bless them.”
10 Now Is­ra­el’s eyes were fail­ing be­cause of
old age, and he ­could hard­ly see. So Jo­seph
­brought his sons c­ lose to him, and his fa­ther
­k issed them and em­braced them.
11 Is­ra­el said to Jo­seph, “I nev­er ex­pect­ed to
see your face ­again, and now God has al­lowed
me to see your chil­dren too.”
12 Then Jo­
seph re­moved them from Is­ra­
el’s ­k nees and b
­ owed down with his face to
the ­g round.13 And Jo­seph took both of them,
Ephra­im on his ­right to­ward Is­ra­el’s left hand
and Ma­nas­seh on his left to­ward Is­ra­el’s ­right
hand, and ­brought them ­c lose to him. 14 But
Is­ra­el ­reached out his ­right hand and put it on
Ephra­im’s head, t­ hough he was the youn­ger,
and cross­ing his arms, he put his left hand on
Ma­nas­seh’s head, even ­though Ma­nas­seh was
the first­born.
15 Then he ­blessed Jo­seph and said,
“May the God before whom my fathers
Abraham and Isaac walked faithfully,
the God who has been my shepherd
all my life to this day,
16 the Angel who has delivered me from all
 — ​may he bless these boys.

May they be called by my name
and the names of my fathers Abraham
and Isaac,
and may they increase greatly
on the earth.”
17 When

Jo­seph saw his fa­ther plac­ing his
r­ight hand on Ephra­im’s head he was dis­
pleased; so he took hold of his fa­ther’s hand to
move it from Ephra­im’s head to Ma­nas­seh’s
head. 18 Jo­seph said to him, “No, my fa­ther,
this one is the first­born; put your ­r ight hand
on his head.”
19 But his fa­t her re­f used and said, “I know,
my son, I know. He too will be­come a peo­ple,
and he too will be­come g­ reat. Nev­er­the­less,
his youn­ger broth­er will be great­er than he,
and his de­scen­dants will be­come a ­g roup of
na­tions.” 20 He ­blessed them that day and said,
“In your b name will Israel pronounce this
‘May God make you like Ephraim and
Manasseh.’ ”
So he put Ephra­im ­ahead of Ma­nas­seh.
21 Then Is­ra­el said to Jo­seph, “I am ­about to
die, but God will be with you c and take you c
back to the land of your c fa­thers. 22 And to you
I give one more r­idge of land d than to your
broth­ers, the ­ridge I took from the Am­o­rites
with my ­sword and my bow.”

MATTHEW 16:21 — 17:13
Jesus Predicts His Death
21 From

that time on ­Jesus be­gan to ex­plain
to his dis­ci­ples that he must go to Je­r u­sa­lem
and suf­fer many t­hings at the ­hands of the
­el­ders, the ­c hief ­priests and the teach­ers of
the law, and that he must be ­k illed and on the
­third day be ­raised to life.
22 Pe­ter took him ­aside and be­gan to re­buke
him. “Nev­er, Lord!” he said. “This ­shall nev­er
hap­pen to you!”
23 Jesus ­t urned and said to Pe­ter, “Get be­
hind me, Sa­tan! You are a stum­bling ­block to
me; you do not have in mind the con­cerns of
God, but mere­ly hu­man con­cerns.”
24 Then J­ esus said to his dis­ci­ples, “­W ho­ever

a 7  That is, Northwest Mesopotamia    b 20 The Hebrew is singular.    c 21  The Hebrew is plural.   
d 22  The Hebrew for ridge of land is identical with the place name Shechem.   

DAY 24


­ ants to be my dis­ci­ple must deny them­selves
and take up t­heir c­ ross and fol­low me. 25 For
who­ev­er ­wants to save ­their life a will lose it,
but who­ev­er los­es t­heir life for me will find
it. 26 What good will it be for some­one to gain
the w
­ hole w
­ orld, yet for­feit their soul? Or
what can any­one give in ex­c hange for their
soul? 27 For the Son of Man is go­ing to come
in his Fa­ther’s glo­r y with his an­gels, and then
he will re­ward each per­son ac­cord­ing to what
they have done.
28 “Tru­ly I tell you, some who are stand­ing
here will not ­taste d
­ eath be­fore they see the
Son of Man com­ing in his king­dom.”
The Transfiguration


Af­ter six days J­esus took with him
Pe­ter, ­James and John the broth­er of
­James, and led them up a high moun­tain by
them­selves. 2 There he was trans­f ig­u red be­
fore them. His face ­shone like the sun, and
his ­clothes be­came as ­white as the l­ight. 3 Just
then ­there ap­peared be­fore them Mo­ses and
Eli­jah, talk­ing with ­Jesus.
4 Pe­
ter said to ­Jesus, “Lord, it is good for
us to be here. If you wish, I will put up ­three
shel­ters — ​one for you, one for Mo­ses and one
for Eli­jah.”
5 While he was s
­ till speak­ing, a ­bright ­cloud
cov­ered them, and a ­voice from the ­cloud said,
“This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am
well ­pleased. Lis­ten to him!”
6 When the dis­
c i­ples ­heard this, they fell
face­down to the ­g round, ter­ri­f ied. 7 But ­Jesus
came and ­touched them. “Get up,” he said.
“Don’t be ­afraid.” 8 When they ­looked up, they
saw no one ex­cept ­Jesus.
9 As they were com­ing down the moun­tain,
­Jesus in­struct­ed them, “Don’t tell any­one what
you have seen, un­til the Son of Man has been
­raised from the dead.”
10 The dis­c i­ples ­a sked him, “Why then do
the teach­ers of the law say that Eli­jah must
come first?”
11 Jesus re­plied, “To be sure, Eli­jah ­comes
and will re­store all ­things. 12 But I tell you,
Eli­jah has al­ready come, and they did not rec­
og­nize him, but have done to him ev­ery­thing
they ­w ished. In the same way the Son of Man

is go­ing to suf­fer at ­their ­hands.” 13 Then the
dis­c i­ples un­der­stood that he was talk­ing to
them ­about John the Bap­tist.

PROVERBS 3:1 — 3:10
Wisdom Bestows Well-Being


My son, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in your heart,
2 for they will prolong your life many years
and bring you peace and prosperity.
3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight. b
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord and shun evil.
8 This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled to
and your vats will brim over with new

Genesis 47:13 – 48:22;
Matthew 16:21 – 17:13;
Proverbs 3:1 – 10

In Genesis 47 – 48 old Jacob stands before
Phar­aoh, hoping for kindness from the most
powerful man on earth. In Matthew 16 – 17
­Jesus foresees his own tortured suffering and
death, then gets strength from his Father’s
words to face what lies ahead. Proverbs 3 tells
you how to trust God right now. You count on
God wholeheartedly, more than you rely on

a 25  The Greek word means either life or soul ; also in verse 26.    b 6 Or will direct your paths   

your own insights. When you trust yourself to
his will, he makes your paths straight.

GENESIS 49:1 — 50:26
Jacob Blesses His Sons

DAY 25

9 You are a lion’s cub, Judah;
you return from the prey, my son.
Like a lion he crouches and lies down,
like a lioness — ​who dares to rouse him?
10 The scepter will not depart from Judah,
nor the ruler’s staff from between his
feet, c
until he to whom it belongs d shall come
and the obedience of the nations shall
be his.
11 He will tether his donkey to a vine,
his colt to the choicest branch;
he will wash his garments in wine,
his robes in the blood of grapes.
12 His eyes will be darker than wine,
his teeth whiter than milk. e


13 “Zebulun will live by the seashore
and become a haven for ships;
his border will extend toward Sidon.

2 “Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob;
listen to your father Israel.

14 “Issachar is a rawboned  f donkey
lying down among the sheep pens. g
15 When he sees how good is his resting place
and how pleasant is his land,
he will bend his shoulder to the burden
and submit to forced labor.

Then Ja­cob ­called for his sons and
said: “Gath­er ­a round so I can tell you
what will hap­pen to you in days to come.

3 “Reuben, you are my firstborn,
my might, the first sign of my strength,
excelling in honor, excelling in power.
4 Turbulent as the waters, you will no longer
for you went up onto your father’s bed,
onto my couch and defiled it.
5 “Simeon and Levi are brothers — ​
their swords a are weapons of violence.
6 Let me not enter their council,
let me not join their assembly,
for they have killed men in their anger
and hamstrung oxen as they pleased.
7 Cursed be their anger, so fierce,
and their fury, so cruel!
I will scatter them in Jacob
and disperse them in Israel.
8 “Judah, b

your brothers will praise you;
your hand will be on the neck of your
your father’s sons will bow down to you.

16 “Dan h will provide justice for his people
as one of the tribes of Israel.
17 Dan will be a snake by the roadside,
a viper along the path,
that bites the horse’s heels
so that its rider tumbles backward.
18 “I look for your deliverance, Lord.
19 “Gad i will be attacked by a band of raiders,
but he will attack them at their heels.
20 “Asher’s food will be rich;
he will provide delicacies fit for a king.
21 “Naphtali is a doe set free
that bears beautiful fawns. j
22 “Joseph is a fruitful vine,
a fruitful vine near a spring,
whose branches climb over a wall. k

a 5  The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.    b 8  Judah sounds like and may be derived
from the Hebrew for praise.    c 10 Or from his descendants    d 10 Or to whom tribute belongs; the meaning
of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.    e 12 Or will be dull from wine, / his teeth white from milk   
f 14 Or strong    g 14 Or the campfires; or the saddlebags    h 16  Dan here means he provides justice.   
i 19  Gad sounds like the Hebrew for attack and also for band of raiders.    j 21 Or free; / he utters
beautiful words    k 22 Or Joseph is a wild colt, / a wild colt near a spring, / a wild donkey on a terraced hill   

DAY 25


23 With bitterness archers attacked him;
they shot at him with hostility.
24 But his bow remained steady,
his strong arms stayed a limber,
because of the hand of the Mighty One of
because of the Shepherd, the Rock of
25 because of your father’s God, who helps
because of the Almighty, b who blesses
with blessings of the skies above,
blessings of the deep springs below,
blessings of the breast and womb.
26 Your father’s blessings are greater
than the blessings of the ancient
c the bounty of the age-old
Let all these rest on the head of Joseph,
on the brow of the prince among d his
27 “Benjamin is a ravenous wolf;
in the morning he devours the prey,
in the evening he divides the plunder.”
28 All

­t hese are the ­t welve ­t ribes of Is­ra­el,
and this is what ­their fa­ther said to them when
he ­blessed them, giv­ing each the bless­ing ap­
pro­pri­ate to him.
The Death of Jacob
29 Then he gave them ­t hese in­struc­t ions: “I
am ­about to be gath­ered to my peo­ple. Bury
me with my fa­thers in the cave in the ­f ield of
­Ephron the Hit­tite, 30 the cave in the f­ ield of
Mach­pe­lah, near Mam­re in Ca­naan, ­which
Abra­ham ­bought a­ long with the ­field as a
buri­a l ­place from ­Ephron the Hit­tite. 31 There
Abra­ham and his wife Sar­a h were bur­ied,
­there ­Isaac and his wife Re­bek­ah were bur­ied,
and ­there I bur­ied Leah. 32 The f­ ield and the
cave in it were ­bought from the Hit­tites. e ”
33 When Ja­cob had fin­ished giv­ing in­struc­
tions to his sons, he drew his feet up into the
bed, ­breathed his last and was gath­ered to his


Jo­seph ­threw him­self on his fa­ther
and wept over him and ­k issed him.
2 Then Jo­
seph di­rect­ed the phy­si­c ians in his
ser­v ice to em­balm his fa­ther Is­ra­el. So the
phy­si­cians em­balmed him, 3 tak­ing a full for­t y
days, for that was the time re­quired for em­
balm­ing. And the Egyp­tians ­mourned for
him sev­en­t y days.
4 When the days of mourn­ing had ­passed,
Jo­seph said to Phar­aoh’s ­court, “If I have
­found fa­vor in your eyes, ­speak to Phar­aoh for
me. Tell him, 5 ‘My fa­ther made me ­swear an
oath and said, “I am ­about to die; bury me in
the tomb I dug for my­self in the land of Ca­
naan.” Now let me go up and bury my fa­ther;
then I will re­t urn.’ ”
6 Phar­
aoh said, “Go up and bury your fa­
ther, as he made you ­swear to do.”
7 So Jo­seph went up to bury his fa­t her. All
Phar­aoh’s of­f i­c ials ac­com­pa­n ied him  — ​t he
dig­n i­tar­ies of his c­ ourt and all the dig­n i­tar­
ies of ­Egypt — ​ 8 be­sides all the mem­bers of
Jo­seph’s house­hold and his broth­ers and ­those
be­long­ing to his fa­ther’s house­hold. Only
­their chil­dren and t­ heir ­f locks and ­herds were
left in Go­shen. 9 Char­i­ots and horse­men   f also
went up with him. It was a very ­large com­
10 When they ­reached the thresh­ing ­f loor
of Atad, near the Jor­dan, they la­ment­ed loud­
ly and bit­ter­ly; and ­there Jo­seph ob­served a
sev­en-day pe­r i­od of mourn­ing for his fa­t her.
11 When the Ca­naan­ites who ­lived ­t here saw
the mourn­ing at the thresh­ing ­f loor of Atad,
they said, “The Egyp­t ians are hold­ing a sol­
emn cer­e­mo­ny of mourn­ing.” That is why
that ­place near the Jor­dan is ­called Abel Miz­
12 So Ja­cob’s sons did as he had com­mand­ed
them: 13 They car­ried him to the land of Ca­
naan and bur­ied him in the cave in the ­f ield
of Mach­pe­lah, near Mam­re, ­which Abra­ham
had b
­ ought ­a long with the ­field as a buri­a l
­place from ­Ephron the Hit­tite. 14 Af­ter bury­
ing his fa­t her, Jo­seph re­t urned to E
­ gypt, to­
geth­er with his broth­ers and all the oth­ers
who had gone with him to bury his fa­ther.

a 23,24 Or archers will attack . . . will shoot . . . will remain . . . will stay    b 25 Hebrew Shaddai    c 26 Or of
my progenitors, / as great as    d 26 Or of the one separated from    e 32 Or the descendants of Heth   
f 9 Or charioteers    g 11  Abel Mizraim means mourning of the Egyptians.   

Joseph Reassures His Brothers
15 When

Jo­seph’s broth­ers saw that ­their
fa­ther was dead, they said, “What if Jo­seph
­holds a ­g rudge ­against us and pays us back
for all the ­w rongs we did to him?” 16 So they
sent word to Jo­seph, say­ing, “Your fa­ther left
­t hese in­struc­t ions be­fore he died: 17 ‘This is
what you are to say to Jo­seph: I ask you to
for­give your broth­ers the sins and the ­w rongs
they com­mit­ted in treat­ing you so bad­ly.’ Now
­please for­g ive the sins of the ser­vants of the
God of your fa­ther.” When ­their mes­sage
came to him, Jo­seph wept.
18 His broth­ers then came and ­t hrew them­
selves down be­fore him. “We are your ­slaves,”
they said.
19 But Jo­seph said to them, “Don’t be ­a fraid.
Am I in the ­place of God? 20 You in­tend­ed to
harm me, but God in­tend­ed it for good to ac­
com­plish what is now be­ing done, the sav­ing
of many ­lives. 21 So then, ­don’t be ­a fraid. I will
pro­v ide for you and your chil­dren.” And he re­
as­sured them and ­spoke kind­ly to them.
The Death of Joseph
22 Jo­
seph ­stayed in ­Egypt, ­a long with all
his fa­ther’s fam­i­ly. He ­lived a hun­d red and
ten ­years 23 and saw the t­hird gen­er­a­tion of
Ephra­im’s chil­dren. Also the chil­dren of Ma­
kir son of Ma­nas­seh were ­placed at ­birth on
Jo­seph’s knees.  a
24 Then Jo­seph said to his broth­ers, “I am
­about to die. But God will sure­ly come to your
aid and take you up out of this land to the
land he prom­ised on oath to Abra­ham, ­Isaac
and Ja­cob.” 25 And Jo­seph made the Is­ra­el­ites
­swear an oath and said, “God will sure­ly come
to your aid, and then you must car­r y my ­bones
up from this place.”
26 So Jo­
seph died at the age of a hun­d red
and ten. And af­ter they em­balmed him, he
was ­placed in a cof­f in in Egypt.

DAY 25

zures and is suf­fer­ing great­ly. He of­ten f­alls
into the fire or into the wa­ter. 16 I ­brought him
to your dis­ci­ples, but they c­ ould not heal him.”
17 “You un­b e­l iev ­i ng and per ­v erse gen­er­a­
tion,” ­Jesus re­plied, “how long ­shall I stay with
you? How long ­shall I put up with you? ­Bring
the boy here to me.” 18 ­Jesus re­buked the de­
mon, and it came out of the boy, and he was
­healed at that mo­ment.
19 Then the dis­ci­ples came to J­ esus in pri­vate
and ­asked, “Why ­couldn’t we ­drive it out?”
20 He re­
plied, “Be­cause you have so lit­
tle f­aith. Tru­ly I tell you, if you have ­faith as
­small as a mus­tard seed, you can say to this
moun­tain, ‘Move from here to ­there,’ and it
will move. Noth­ing will be im­p os­si­ble for
you.” [21] b
Jesus Predicts His Death a Second Time
22 When they came to­geth­er in Gal­i­lee, he
said to them, “The Son of Man is go­ing to
be de­liv­ered in­to the h
­ ands of men. 23 They
will kill him, and on the ­third day he will be
­raised to life.” And the dis­c i­ples were ­f illed
with grief.

The Temple Tax

MATTHEW 17:14 — 18:9

24 Af­
ter ­Jesus and his dis­c i­ples ar­rived in
Ca­per­na­um, the col­lec­tors of the two-drach­
ma tem­ple tax came to Pe­ter and ­asked,
“Doesn’t your teach­er pay the tem­ple tax?”
25 “Yes, he does,” he re­plied.
When Pe­ter came into the ­house, ­Jesus was
the ­f irst to s­peak. “What do you ­think, Si­
mon?” he ­asked. “From whom do the ­k ings of
the ­earth col­lect duty and tax­es — ​from ­their
own chil­dren or from oth­ers?”
26 “From oth­ers,” Pe­ter an­s wered.
“Then the chil­dren are ex­empt,” J­ esus said
to him. 27 “But so that we may not c­ ause of­
fense, go to the lake and ­throw out your line.
Take the f­ irst fish you ­catch; open its ­mouth
and you will find a four-drach­ma coin. Take
it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”

Jesus Heals a Demon-Possessed Boy

The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven

14 When

they came to the ­crowd, a man ap­
proached ­Jesus and k­ nelt be­fore him. 15 “Lord,
have mer­c y on my son,” he said. “He has sei­


At that time the dis­c i­ples came to
­Jesus and ­asked, “Who, then, is the
great­est in the king­dom of heav­en?”

a 23  That is, were counted as his    b 21  Some manuscripts include here words similar to Mark 9:29.   

DAY 26


2 He ­called a lit­t le c
­ hild to him, and ­placed
the c­ hild ­among them. 3 And he said: “Tru­ly
I tell you, un­less you ­change and be­come like
lit­t le chil­dren, you will nev­er en­ter the king­
dom of heav­en. 4 There­fore, who­ev­er ­takes the
low­ly po­si­tion of this ­child is the great­est in the
king­dom of heav­en. 5 And who­ev­er wel­comes
one such ­child in my name wel­comes me.

5 who lends money to the poor without
who does not accept a bribe against the

Causing to Stumble

Genesis 49 – 50; Matthew 17:14 – 18:9;
Psalm 15

6 “If

one caus­
e s one of t­hese lit­
t le
ones — ​­those who be­lieve in me — ​to stum­
ble, it ­would be bet­ter for them to have a ­large
mill­stone hung a­ round ­their neck and to be
­drowned in the d
­ epths of the sea. 7 Woe to the
­world be­cause of the ­things that ­cause peo­ple
to stum­ble! Such ­things must come, but woe
to the per­son ­through whom they come! 8 If
your hand or your foot caus­es you to stum­
ble, cut it off and ­throw it away. It is bet­ter
for you to en­ter life m
­ aimed or crip­pled than
to have two ­hands or two feet and be ­thrown
into eter­nal fire. 9 And if your eye caus­es you
to stum­ble, ­gouge it out and ­throw it away. It
is bet­ter for you to en­ter life with one eye than
to have two eyes and be t­ hrown into the fire
of hell.”

Whoever does these things
will never be shaken.


Jacob unleashes harsh words in Genesis 49 – 50,
making a last blessing of his sons into a diary
of their sins and the consequences that will befall them. ­Jesus speaks blunt truth in Matthew
17 – 18, saying it’s better to be thrown into the
sea with a large millstone around your neck
than to trip ­people up. Aim to be the person
David describes in Psalm 15, someone who
walks with God consistently. That person won’t
be shaken.

PSALM 15:1 — 15:5
Psalm 15
A psalm of David.

1 Lord, who may dwell in your sacred
Who may live on your holy mountain?
2 The one whose walk is blameless,
who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from their
3 whose tongue utters no slander,
who does no wrong to a neighbor,
and casts no slur on others;
4 who despises a vile person
but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
and does not change their mind;

EXODUS 1:1 — 3:22

The Israelites Oppressed


These are the ­names of the sons of Is­ra­el
who went to ­Egypt with Ja­cob, each with
his fam­i­ly: 2 Reu­ben, Sim­e­on, Levi and Ju­dah;
3 Is­sa­c har, Zeb­u ­lun and Ben­ja­m in; 4 Dan and
Naph­ta ­l i; Gad and Ash­er. 5 The de­scen­dants
of Ja­cob num­bered sev­en­t y  a in all; Jo­seph was
al­ready in Egypt.
6 Now Jo­
seph and all his broth­ers and all

a 5  Masoretic Text (see also Gen. 46:27); Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint (see also Acts 7:14 and note at

Gen. 46:27) seventy-five   

that gen­er­a­tion died, 7 but the Is­ra­el ­ites were
ex­ceed ­ing­ly fruit ­f ul; they mul­t i­plied great ­ly,
in­creased in num­bers and be­came so nu­mer­
ous that the land was ­f illed with them.
8 Then a new king, to whom Jo­seph ­meant
noth­ing, came to pow­er in E
­ gypt. 9 “Look,” he
said to his peo­ple, “the Is­ra­el­ites have be­come
far too nu­mer­ous for us. 10 Come, we must
deal shrewd­ly with them or they will be­come
even more nu­mer­ous and, if war b
­ reaks out,
will join our en­e­m ies, f­ight a­ gainst us and
­leave the coun­try.”
11 So they put ­
slave mas­ters over them to
op­press them with ­forced la­bor, and they ­built
Pi­thom and Ram­e­ses as ­store cit­ies for Phar­
aoh. 12 But the more they were op­pressed, the
more they mul­ti­plied and ­spread; so the Egyp­
tians came to ­dread the Is­ra­el­ites 13 and ­worked
them ruth­less­ly. 14 They made ­their ­lives bit­ter
with h
­ arsh la­bor in ­brick and mor­tar and with
all ­k inds of work in the ­f ields; in all ­their ­harsh
la­bor the Egyp­tians worked them ruth­less­ly.
15 The king of ­
Egypt said to the He­brew
mid­w ives, ­whose ­names were Shiph­rah and
Puah, 16 “When you are helping the He­brew
wom­en during child­birth on the de­liv­ery ­stool,
if you see that the ­baby is a boy, kill him; but if
it is a girl, let her live.” 17 The mid­w ives, how­
ev­er, f­ eared God and did not do what the king
of ­Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys
live. 18 Then the king of ­Egypt sum­moned the
mid­w ives and ­asked them, “Why have you
done this? Why have you let the boys live?”
19 The mid­w ives an­s wered Phar­aoh, “He­
brew wom­en are not like Egyp­tian wom­en;
they are vig­or­ous and give b
­ irth be­fore the
mid­w ives ar­rive.”
20 So God was kind to the mid­w ives and the
peo­ple in­c reased and be­came even more nu­
mer­ous. 21 And be­cause the mid­w ives f­eared
God, he gave them fam­i­lies of ­their own.
22 Then Phar­
aoh gave this or­der to all his
peo­ple: “Ev­ery He­brew boy that is born you
must t­ hrow into the Nile, but let ev­ery girl live.”
The Birth of Moses


Now a man of the ­tribe of Levi mar­ried
a Le­v ite wom­an, 2 and she be­came preg­
nant and gave ­birth to a son. When she saw

DAY 26

that he was a fine ­child, she hid him for ­three
­months. 3 But when she ­could hide him no
lon­ger, she got a pa­py­r us bas­ket a for him and
coat­ed it with tar and ­pitch. Then she ­placed
the ­c hild in it and put it ­a mong the ­reeds
­a long the bank of the Nile. 4 His sis­ter ­stood
at a dis­tance to see what ­would hap­pen to him.
5 Then Phar­
aoh’s daugh­ter went down to
the Nile to ­bathe, and her at­ten­dants were
walk­ing ­a long the riv­er­bank. She saw the bas­
ket ­among the ­reeds and sent her fe­male ­slave
to get it. 6 She ­opened it and saw the baby. He
was cry­ing, and she felt sor­r y for him. “This is
one of the He­brew ba­bies,” she said.
7 Then his sis­ter ­asked Phar­aoh’s daugh­ter,
“Shall I go and get one of the He­brew wom­en
to ­nurse the baby for you?”
8 “Yes, go,” she an­s wered. So the girl went
and got the ­baby’s moth­er. 9 Phar­aoh’s daugh­
ter said to her, “Take this baby and ­nurse him
for me, and I will pay you.” So the wom­a n
took the baby and ­nursed him. 10 When the
­child grew old­er, she took him to Phar­aoh’s
daugh­ter and he be­came her son. She ­named
him Mo­ses,  b say­ing, “I drew him out of the
Moses Flees to Midian
11 One day, af­ter Mo­ses had ­g rown up, he
went out to w
­ here his own peo­ple were and
­watched them at ­their hard la­bor. He saw an
Egyp­tian beat­ing a He­brew, one of his own
peo­ple. 12 Look­ing this way and that and see­
ing no one, he k­ illed the Egyp­tian and hid
him in the sand. 13 The next day he went out
and saw two He­brews fight­ing. He ­asked the
one in the ­w rong, “Why are you hit­ting your
fel­low He­brew?”
14 The man said, “Who made you rul­er and
­judge over us? Are you think­ing of kill­ing me
as you ­k illed the Egyp­tian?” Then Mo­ses was
­a fraid and ­thought, “What I did must have
be­come known.”
15 When Phar­aoh ­heard of this, he ­t ried to
kill Mo­ses, but Mo­ses fled from Phar­aoh and
went to live in Mid­i­an, ­where he sat down by
a well. 16 Now a ­priest of Mid­i­a n had sev­en
daugh­ters, and they came to draw wa­ter and
fill the ­troughs to wa­ter t­heir fa­ther’s ­f lock.

a 3  The Hebrew can also mean ark, as in Gen. 6:14.    b 10  Moses sounds like the Hebrew for draw out.   

DAY 26


17 Some

shep­herds came a­ long and d
­ rove them
away, but Mo­ses got up and came to ­their res­
cue and wa­tered ­their flock.
18 When the ­
g irls re­turned to Reu­el ­their
fa­ther, he ­a sked them, “Why have you re­
turned so ear­ly to­day?”
19 They an­s wered, “An Egyp­t ian res­c ued us
from the shep­herds. He even drew wa­ter for
us and wa­tered the flock.”
20 “And ­
w here is he?” Reu­
e l a­sked his
daugh­ters. “Why did you ­leave him? In­v ite
him to have some­thing to eat.”
21 Mo­ses ­agreed to stay with the man, who
gave his daugh­ter Zip­po­rah to Mo­ses in mar­
riage. 22 Zip­p o­rah gave ­birth to a son, and
Mo­ses ­named him Ger­shom,  a say­ing, “I have
be­come a for­eign­er in a for­eign land.”
23 Dur­
i ng that long pe­ri­o d, the king of
­Egypt died. The Is­ra­el ­ites ­g roaned in ­t heir
slav­ery and ­c ried out, and ­their cry for help
be­cause of t­heir slav­ery went up to God.
24 God ­heard ­their groan­ing and he re­mem­
bered his cov­enant with Abra­ham, with ­Isaac
and with Ja­cob. 25 So God ­looked on the Is­ra­
el­ites and was con­cerned ­about them.
Moses and the Burning Bush


Now Mo­ses was tend­ing the ­flock of
Jeth­ro his fa­ther-in-law, the p
­ riest of
Mid­i­a n, and he led the f­ lock to the far side
of the wil­der­ness and came to Ho­reb, the
moun­tain of God. 2 There the an­gel of the
Lord ap­peared to him in ­f lames of fire from
with­in a bush. Mo­ses saw that ­though the
bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Mo­ses
­t hought, “I will go over and see this s­ trange
­sight — ​why the bush does not burn up.”
4 When the Lord saw that he had gone
over to look, God ­called to him from with­in
the bush, “Mo­ses! Mo­ses!”
And Mo­ses said, “Here I am.”
5 “Do not come any clos­er,” God said. “Take
off your san­dals, for the ­place ­where you are
stand­ing is holy ­ground.” 6 Then he said, “I am
the God of your fa­ther, b the God of Abra­ham,
the God of ­Isaac and the God of Ja­cob.” At
this, Mo­ses hid his face, be­cause he was ­a fraid
to look at God.

7 The Lord said, “I have in­
deed seen the
mis­ery of my peo­ple in ­Egypt. I have ­heard
them cry­ing out be­cause of ­their ­slave driv­ers,
and I am con­cerned a­ bout ­their suf­fer­ing. 8 So I
have come down to res­cue them from the hand
of the Egyp­tians and to ­bring them up out of
that land into a good and spa­cious land, a land
flow­ing with milk and hon­ey — ​the home of
the Ca­naan­ites, Hit­tites, Am­o­rites, Per­iz­zites,
Hi­v ites and Jeb­u­sites. 9 And now the cry of the
Is­ra­el­ites has ­reached me, and I have seen the
way the Egyp­tians are op­press­ing them. 10 So
now, go. I am send­ing you to Phar­aoh to b
­ ring
my peo­ple the Is­ra­el­ites out of Egypt.”
11 But Mo­ses said to God, “Who am I that I
­should go to Phar­aoh and ­bring the Is­ra­el­ites
out of Egypt?”
12 And God said, “I will be with you. And
this will be the sign to you that it is I who have
sent you: When you have b
­ rought the peo­ple
out of ­Egypt, you c will wor­ship God on this
13 Mo­ses said to God, “Sup­pose I go to the
Is­ra­el­ites and say to them, ‘The God of your
fa­thers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me,
‘What is his name?’ Then what ­shall I tell
14 God said to Mo­
ses, “I am who I am. d
This is what you are to say to the Is­ra­el­ites: ‘I
am has sent me to you.’ ”
15 God also said to Mo­ses, “Say to the Is­ra­
el­ites, ‘The Lord, e the God of your fa­thers — ​
the God of Abra­ham, the God of ­Isaac and
the God of Ja­cob — ​has sent me to you.’

“This is my name forever,
the name you shall call me
from generation to generation.
16 “Go, as­
sem­ble the el­ders of Is­ra­el and
say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your
fa­thers — ​the God of Abra­ham, ­Isaac and
Ja­cob — ​ap­p eared to me and said: I have
­watched over you and have seen what has been
done to you in ­Egypt. 17 And I have prom­ised
to ­bring you up out of your mis­ery in ­Egypt
into the land of the Ca­naan­ites, Hit­tites, Am­
o­r ites, Per ­iz­zites, Hi­v ites and Jeb­u­sites  — ​a
land flow­ing with milk and hon­ey.’

a 22  Gershom sounds like the Hebrew for a foreigner there.    b 6  Masoretic Text; Samaritan Pentateuch (see
Acts 7:32) fathers    c 12 The Hebrew is plural.    d 14 Or I will be what I will be    e 15 The Hebrew

for Lord sounds like and may be related to the Hebrew for I am in verse 14.   

DAY 26

18 “The el­
ders of Is­ra­el will lis­ten to you.
Then you and the el­ders are to go to the king
of ­Egypt and say to him, ‘The Lord, the God
of the He­brews, has met with us. Let us take
a ­three-day jour­ney into the wil­der­ness to of­
fer sac­r i­f ic­es to the Lord our God.’ 19 But I
know that the king of E
­ gypt will not let you
go un­less a ­mighty hand com­pels him. 20 So I
will ­stretch out my hand and ­strike the Egyp­
tians with all the won­ders that I will per­form
­among them. Af­ter that, he will let you go.
21 “And I will make the Egyp­t ians fa­vor­ably
dis­posed to­ward this peo­ple, so that when you
­leave you will not go emp­t y-hand­ed. 22 Ev­ery
wom­an is to ask her neigh­bor and any wom­
an liv­ing in her ­house for ar­ti­cles of sil­ver and
gold and for cloth­ing, ­which you will put on
your sons and daugh­ters. And so you will
plun­der the Egyp­tians.”

MATTHEW 18:10 — 18:35
The Parable of the Wandering Sheep
10 “See that you do not de­spise one of ­t hese
lit­t le ones. For I tell you that t­ heir an­gels in
heav­en al­ways see the face of my Fa­ther in
heav­en. [11] a
12 “What do you ­
t hink? If a man owns a
hun­d red s­heep, and one of them wan­ders
away, will he not ­leave the nine­t y-nine on the
­hills and go to look for the one that wan­dered
off  ? 13 And if he ­f inds it, tru­ly I tell you, he is
hap­pi­er ­about that one s­ heep than ­about the
nine­t y-nine that did not wan­der off. 14 In the
same way your Fa­ther in heav­en is not will­ing
that any of ­these lit­t le ones ­should per­ish.

Dealing With Sin in the Church
15 “If your broth­
er or sis­ter b sins, c go and
­ oint out their f­ault, just be­t ween the two of
you. If they lis­ten to you, you have won them
over. 16 But if they will not lis­ten, take one or
two oth­ers a­ long, so that ‘ev­ery mat­ter may be
es­tab­lished by the tes­t i­mo­ny of two or ­t hree
wit­ness­es.’  d 17 If they s­ till refuse to lis­ten, tell
it to the c­ hurch; and if they refuse to lis­ten

even to the ­church, ­treat them as you ­would a
pa­gan or a tax col­lec­tor.
18 “Tru­
ly I tell you, what­ev­er you bind on
­earth will be e ­bound in heav­en, and what­ev­er
you ­loose on ­earth will be e ­loosed in heav­en.
19 “Again, tru­ly I tell you that if two of you
on e­ arth a­ gree ­about any­thing they ask for, it
will be done for them by my Fa­ther in heav­en.
20 For ­where two or ­t hree gath­er in my name,
­there am I with them.”
The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant
21 Then

Pe­ter came to ­Jesus and a­sked,
“Lord, how many ­times ­shall I for­g ive my
broth­er or sis­ter who sins ­against me? Up to
sev­en times?”
22 Jesus an­
s wered, “I tell you, not sev­en
­times, but sev­en­t y-sev­en times.   f
23 “There­fore, the king­dom of heav­en is like
a king who want­ed to set­t le ac­counts with his
ser ­vants. 24 As he be­gan the set­t le­ment, a man
who owed him ten thou­sand bags of gold g was
­brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay,
the mas­ter or­dered that he and his wife and
his chil­dren and all that he had be sold to re­
pay the debt.
26 “At this the ser­vant fell on his k
­ nees be­
fore him. ‘Be pa­tient with me,’ he ­begged,
‘and I will pay back ev­ery­thing.’ 27 The ser­
vant’s mas­ter took pity on him, can­celed the
debt and let him go.
28 “But when that ser­
v ant went out, he
­found one of his fel­low ser­vants who owed
him a hun­dred sil­ver ­coins. h He ­grabbed him
and be­gan to ­choke him. ‘Pay back what you
owe me!’ he de­mand­ed.
29 “His fel­low ser­v ant fell to his ­k nees and
­begged him, ‘Be pa­t ient with me, and I will
pay it back.’
30 “But he re­f used. In­stead, he went off and
had the man ­thrown into pris­on un­til he ­could
pay the debt. 31 When the oth­er ser­vants saw
what had hap­pened, they were out­raged and
went and told ­their mas­ter ev­ery­thing that
had hap­pened.
32 “Then the mas­
ter c­ alled the ser­vant in.

a 11  Some manuscripts include here the words of Luke 19:10.    b 15  The Greek word for brother or sister
(adelphos) refers here to a fellow disciple, whether man or woman; also in verses 21 and 35.    c 15 Some
manuscripts sins against you    d 16 Deut. 19:15    e 18  Or will have been    f 22 Or seventy times seven   
g 24 Greek ten thousand talents; a talent was worth about 20 years of a day laborer’s wages.    h 28 Greek a

hundred denarii; a denarius was the usual daily wage of a day laborer (see 20:2).   

DAY 27


‘You wick­ed ser­vant,’ he said, ‘I can­celed all
that debt of ­yours be­cause you ­begged me to.
33 Shouldn’t you have had mer­c y on your fel­
low ser­vant just as I had on you?’ 34 In an­ger
his mas­ter hand­ed him over to the jail­ers to be
tor­t ured, un­til he ­should pay back all he owed.
35 “This is how my heav­
en­ly Fa­ther will
­treat each of you un­less you for­g ive your
broth­er or sis­ter from your heart.”

PSALM 16:1 — 16:11
Psalm 16
A miktam a of David.

1 Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.
2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.”
3 I say of the holy people who are in the
“They are the noble ones in whom is all
my delight.”
4 Those who run after other gods will suffer
more and more.
I will not pour out libations of blood to
such gods
or take up their names on my lips.
5 Lord, you alone are my portion and my
you make my lot secure.
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in
pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
7 I will praise the Lord, who
counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not
be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue
my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the
realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful b one see

11 You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your
with eternal pleasures at your right

Exodus 1 – 3; Matthew 18:10 – 35;
Psalm 16

Exodus 1 – 3 begins one of the most famous
sagas of the ancient world, the Lord freeing his
­people from slavery in Egypt. Matthew 18 contains one of the Bible’s most tender pictures, a
shepherd searching for a lost lamb until he happily brings it home. That same chapter offers
you the Lord’s solid help for reconnecting with
friends after a fight. And Psalm 16 is a classic
song of looking to God for a hand. Pray those
words and make them your own.

EXODUS 4:1 — 6:12
Signs for Moses


Mo­ses an­s wered, “What if they do not
be­lieve me or lis­ten to me and say, ‘The
Lord did not ap­pear to you’?”
2 Then the Lord said to him, “What is that
in your hand?”
“A ­staff,” he re­plied.
3 The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.”
Mo­ses ­threw it on the g­ round and it be­
came a s­ nake, and he ran from it. 4 Then the
Lord said to him, “Reach out your hand and

a Title: Probably a literary or musical term    b 10 Or holy   

take it by the tail.” So Mo­ses ­reached out and
took hold of the ­snake and it ­t urned back into
a ­staff in his hand. 5 “This,” said the Lord, “is
so that they may be­lieve that the Lord, the
God of ­their fa­thers — ​the God of Abra­ham,
the God of ­Isaac and the God of Ja­cob — ​has
ap­peared to you.”
6 Then the Lord said, “Put your hand in­
side your c­ loak.” So Mo­ses put his hand into
his c­ loak, and when he took it out, the skin
was lep­rous  a — ​it had be­come as ­white as
7 “Now put it back into your ­c loak,” he said.
So Mo­ses put his hand back into his ­c loak,
and when he took it out, it was re­stored, like
the rest of his flesh.
8 Then the Lord said, “If they do not be­
lieve you or pay at­ten­tion to the f­ irst sign, they
may be­lieve the sec­ond. 9 But if they do not
be­lieve ­t hese two s­ igns or lis­ten to you, take
some wa­ter from the Nile and pour it on the
dry g­ round. The wa­ter you take from the riv­er
will be­come ­blood on the ground.”
10 Mo­
ses said to the Lord, “Par­don your
ser­v ant, Lord. I have nev­er been el­o­quent,
nei­ther in the past nor ­since you have spo­
ken to your ser­vant. I am slow of ­speech and
11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave hu­
man be­ings ­their ­mouths? Who ­makes them
deaf or mute? Who ­gives them ­sight or ­makes
them ­blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go;
I will help you ­speak and will ­teach you what
to say.”
13 But Mo­
ses said, “Par­don your ser­v ant,
Lord. ­Please send some­one else.”
14 Then the Lord’s an­g er ­burned ­a gainst
Mo­ses and he said, “What ­about your broth­er,
Aar­on the Le­v ite? I know he can s­ peak well.
He is al­ready on his way to meet you, and he
will be glad to see you. 15 You ­shall s­ peak to
him and put ­words in his ­mouth; I will help
both of you ­speak and will ­teach you what to
do. 16 He will s­ peak to the peo­ple for you, and
it will be as if he were your ­mouth and as if
you were God to him. 17 But take this ­staff
in your hand so you can per­form the s­igns
with it.”

DAY 27

Moses Returns to Egypt
18 Then Mo­ses went back to Jeth­ro his fa­
ther-in-law and said to him, “Let me re­t urn to
my own peo­ple in ­Egypt to see if any of them
are ­still alive.”
Jeth­ro said, “Go, and I wish you well.”
19 Now the Lord had said to Mo­
s es in
Mid­i­an, “Go back to ­Egypt, for all ­those who
want­ed to kill you are dead.” 20 So Mo­ses took
his wife and sons, put them on a don­key and
start­ed back to E
­ gypt. And he took the ­staff
of God in his hand.
21 The Lord said to Mo­
ses, “When you
re­t urn to ­Egypt, see that you per­form be­fore
Phar­aoh all the won­ders I have giv­en you the
pow­er to do. But I will hard­en his ­heart so that
he will not let the peo­ple go. 22 Then say to
Phar­aoh, ‘This is what the Lord says: Is­ra­el is
my first­born son, 23 and I told you, “Let my son
go, so he may wor­ship me.” But you re­f used to
let him go; so I will kill your first­born son.’ ”
24 At a lodg­ing p
­ lace on the way, the Lord
met Mo­ses  b and was ­about to kill him. 25 But
Zip­po­rah took a ­f lint ­k nife, cut off her ­son’s
fore­skin and t­ouched Mo­ses’ feet with it. c
“Sure­ly you are a bride­groom of ­blood to me,”
she said. 26 So the Lord let him ­a lone. (At
that time she said “bride­groom of b
­ lood,” re­
fer­ring to cir­cum­ci­sion.)
27 The Lord said to Aar­
on, “Go into the
wil­der­ness to meet Mo­ses.” So he met Mo­
ses at the moun­tain of God and ­k issed him.
28 Then Mo­
s es told Aar­on ev­ery­thing the
Lord had sent him to say, and also ­about all
the ­signs he had com­mand­ed him to per­form.
29 Mo­s es and Aar­on ­brought to­g eth­er all
the el­ders of the Is­ra­el ­ites, 30 and Aar­on told
them ev­ery­thing the Lord had said to Mo­ses.
He also per­formed the s­ igns be­fore the peo­
ple, 31 and they be­lieved. And when they ­heard
that the Lord was con­cerned ­about them and
had seen t­ heir mis­ery, they ­bowed down and

Bricks Without Straw


Af­ter­w ard Mo­ses and Aar­on went to
Phar­aoh and said, “This is what the
Lord, the God of Is­ra­el, says: ‘Let my peo­ple

a 6  The Hebrew word for leprous was used for various diseases affecting the skin.    b 24 Hebrew him   
c 25  The meaning of the Hebrew for this clause is uncertain.   

DAY 27


go, so that they may hold a fes­t i­val to me in
the wil­der­ness.’  ”
2 Phar­aoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I
­should obey him and let Is­ra­el go? I do not
know the Lord and I will not let Is­ra­el go.”
3 Then they said, “The God of the He­brews
has met with us. Now let us take a t­ hree-day
jour­ney into the wil­der­ness to of­fer sac­ri­f ic­es
to the Lord our God, or he may s­ trike us with
­plagues or with the sword.”
4 But the king of ­Egypt said, “Mo­
ses and
Aar­on, why are you tak­ing the peo­ple away
from t­heir la­bor? Get back to your work!”
5 Then Phar­aoh said, “Look, the peo­ple of the
land are now nu­mer­ous, and you are stop­ping
them from work­ing.”
6 That same day Phar­aoh gave this or­der to
the ­slave driv­ers and over­seers in ­charge of the
peo­ple: 7 “You are no lon­ger to sup­ply the peo­
ple with ­straw for mak­ing ­bricks; let them go
and gath­er ­their own ­straw. 8 But re­quire them
to make the same num­ber of ­bricks as be­fore;
­don’t re­duce the quo­ta. They are lazy; that is
why they are cry­ing out, ‘Let us go and sac­ri­
fice to our God.’ 9 Make the work hard­er for
the peo­ple so that they keep work­ing and pay
no at­ten­tion to lies.”
10 Then the ­slave driv­ers and the over­seers
went out and said to the peo­ple, “This is what
Phar­aoh says: ‘I will not give you any more
­straw. 11 Go and get your own ­straw wher­ev­
er you can find it, but your work will not be
re­duced at all.’ ” 12 So the peo­ple scat­tered all
over E
­ gypt to gath­er stub­ble to use for ­straw.
13 The ­slave driv­ers kept press­ing them, say­
ing, “Com­plete the work re­quired of you for
each day, just as when you had s­ traw.” 14 And
Phar­aoh’s ­slave driv­ers beat the Is­ra­el­ite over­
seers they had ap­point­ed, de­mand­ing, “Why
­haven’t you met your quo­ta of ­bricks yes­ter­day
or to­day, as be­fore?”
15 Then the Is­
r a­el­ite over­seers went and
ap­pealed to Phar­aoh: “Why have you treat­
ed your ser­vants this way? 16 Your ser­vants are
giv­en no s­ traw, yet we are told, ‘Make ­bricks!’
Your ser­vants are be­ing beat­en, but the ­fault is
with your own peo­ple.”
17 Phar­
aoh said, “Lazy, ­that’s what you
are — ​lazy! That is why you keep say­ing, ‘Let
a 3 Hebrew El-Shaddai    b 3 See note at 3:15.   

us go and sac­ri­f ice to the Lord.’ 18 Now get to
work. You will not be giv­en any ­straw, yet you
must pro­duce your full quo­ta of bricks.”
19 The Is­ra­el­ite over­seers re­a l­ized they were
in trou­ble when they were told, “You are not
to re­duce the num­ber of ­bricks re­quired of
you for each day.” 20 When they left Phar­aoh,
they ­found Mo­ses and Aar­on wait­ing to meet
them, 21 and they said, “May the Lord look
on you and ­judge you! You have made us ob­
nox­ious to Phar­aoh and his of­f i­cials and have
put a ­sword in ­their hand to kill us.”
God Promises Deliverance
22 Mo­
ses re­turned to the Lord and said,
“Why, Lord, why have you ­brought trou­ble on
this peo­ple? Is this why you sent me? 23 Ever
­since I went to Phar­aoh to ­speak in your
name, he has ­brought trou­ble on this peo­ple,
and you have not res­cued your peo­ple at all.”
Then the Lord said to Mo­ses, “Now you
will see what I will do to Phar­aoh: Be­
cause of my ­mighty hand he will let them go;
be­cause of my ­mighty hand he will ­drive them
out of his coun­try.”
2 God also said to Mo­ses, “I am the Lord.
3 I ap­p eared to Abra­ham, to ­Isaac and to Ja­
cob as God Al­mighty, a but by my name the
Lord b I did not make my­self fully ­k nown to
them. 4 I also es­tab­lished my cov­enant with
them to give them the land of Ca­naan, ­where
they re­sid­ed as for­eign­ers. 5 More­over, I have
­heard the groan­ing of the Is­ra­el­ites, whom the
Egyp­t ians are en­slav­ing, and I have re­mem­
bered my cov­enant.
6 “There­fore, say to the Is­ra­el­ites: ‘I am the
Lord, and I will ­bring you out from un­der the
yoke of the Egyp­tians. I will free you from be­
ing ­slaves to them, and I will re­deem you with
an out­stretched arm and with m
­ ighty acts of
judg­ment. 7 I will take you as my own peo­ple,
and I will be your God. Then you will know
that I am the Lord your God, who b
­ rought
you out from un­der the yoke of the Egyp­tians.
8 And I will ­bring you to the land I ­s wore with
up­lift­ed hand to give to Abra­ham, to I­saac
and to Ja­cob. I will give it to you as a pos­ses­
sion. I am the Lord.’ ”
9 Mo­ses re­p ort­ed this to the Is­ra­el ­ites, but


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they did not lis­ten to him be­cause of ­their dis­
cour­age­ment and ­harsh la­bor.
10 Then the Lord said to Mo­ses, 11 “Go, tell
Phar­aoh king of ­Egypt to let the Is­ra­el­ites go
out of his coun­try.”
12 But Mo­ses said to the Lord, “If the Is­ra­
el­ites will not lis­ten to me, why ­would Phar­
aoh lis­ten to me, ­since I s­ peak with fal­ter­ing
lips a ?”

MATTHEW 19:1 — 19:15

The Little Children and Jesus
13 Then peo­p le ­b rought lit ­t le chil­d ren
to J­esus for him to p
­ lace his h
­ ands on them
and pray for them. But the dis­ci­ples re­buked
14 Jesus said, “Let the lit­t le chil­d ren come to
me, and do not hin­der them, for the king­dom
of heav­en be­longs to such as ­these.” 15 When
he had ­placed his ­hands on them, he went on
from there.

PSALM 17:1 — 17:5


When ­Jesus had fin­ished say­ing ­these
­t hings, he left Gal­i­lee and went into
the re­g ion of Ju­dea to the oth­er side of the
Jor­dan. 2 Large c­ rowds fol­lowed him, and he
­healed them there.
3 Some Phar­i­sees came to him to test him.
They a­ sked, “Is it law­f ul for a man to di­vorce
his wife for any and ev­ery rea­son?”
4 “Haven’t you read,” he re­plied, “that at the
be­g in­ning the Cre­a­tor ‘made them male and
fe­male,’  b 5 and said, ‘For this rea­son a man will
­leave his fa­t her and moth­er and be unit­ed to
his wife, and the two will be­come one ­f lesh’ c ?
6 So they are no lon­
ger two, but one ­flesh.
There­fore what God has ­joined to­geth­er, let
no one sep­a ­rate.”
7 “Why then,” they ­asked, “did Mo­ses com­
mand that a man give his wife a cer­tif­i­cate of
di­vorce and send her away?”
8 Jesus re­
plied, “Mo­ses per­m it­ted you to
di­vorce your w
­ ives be­cause your ­hearts were
hard. But it was not this way from the be­gin­
ning. 9 I tell you that any­one who di­vorc­es his
wife, ex­cept for sex ­u­a l im­mo­ral ­i­t y, and mar­
ries an­oth­er wom­an com­mits adul­tery.”
10 The dis­c i­ples said to him, “If this is the
sit­u­a­tion be­tween a hus­band and wife, it is
bet­ter not to mar­r y.”
11 Jesus re­
plied, “Not ev­ery­one can ac­cept
this word, but only ­those to whom it has been
giv­en. 12 For there are eu­nuchs who were born
that way, and there are eu­nuchs who have
been made eu­nuchs by others — ​and there are
those who choose to live like eu­nuchs for the
sake of the king­dom of heav­en. The one who
can ac­cept this ­should ac­cept it.”

Psalm 17
A prayer of David.
1 Hear

me, Lord, my plea is just;
listen to my cry.
Hear my prayer — ​
it does not rise from deceitful lips.
2 Let my vindication come from you;
may your eyes see what is right.
3 Though you probe my heart,
though you examine me at night and
test me,
you will find that I have planned no evil;
my mouth has not transgressed.
4 Though people tried to bribe me,
I have kept myself from the ways of the
through what your lips have
5 My steps have held to your paths;
my feet have not stumbled.

Exodus 4:1 – 6:12; Matthew 19:1 – 15;
Psalm 17:1 – 5

Moses has to toughen up when the Lord tells
him in Exodus 4 – 6 how to confront the powerful king of Egypt and demand freedom for
the Hebrew slaves. In Matthew 19 ­Jesus commands his followers to fight to keep husbands
and wives united and describes God’s stance
on divorce. And David pens a rallying cry for

a 12 Hebrew I am uncircumcised of lips; also in verse 30    b 4 Gen. 1:27    c 5 Gen. 2:24   

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justice in Psalm 17, asking God to vindicate him
because he’s kept his heart pure.

EXODUS 6:13 — 8:32

Family Record of Moses and Aaron
13 Now the Lord ­spoke to Mo­ses and Aar­
on ­about the Is­ra­el­ites and Phar­aoh king of
­Egypt, and he com­mand­ed them to ­bring the
Is­ra­el­ites out of Egypt.

21 The sons of Iz­har were Ko­rah, Ne­
pheg and Zik­ri.
22 The sons of Uz­
zi­el were Mish­a­el,
El­za­phan and Sith­ri.
23 Aar­on mar ­r ied Elish­e­ba, daugh­ter
of Am­m in­a­dab and sis­ter of Nah­shon,
and she bore him Na­d ab and Abi­hu,
­El­e­a­zar and Ith­a­mar.
24 The sons of Ko­r ah were As­sir, El­
ka­nah and Abi­a ­saph. ­T hese were the
Ko­rah­ite clans.
25 El­e­a­z ar son of Aar­on mar­r ied one of
the daugh­ters of Pu­ti­el, and she bore him

These were the ­heads of the Le­v ite
fam­i­lies, clan by clan.
26 It was this Aar­on and Mo­ses to whom the
Lord said, “Bring the Is­ra­el­ites out of ­Egypt
by ­their di­v i­sions.” 27 They were the ones who
­spoke to Phar­aoh king of ­Egypt ­about bring­
ing the Is­ra­el­ites out of ­Egypt — ​this same
Mo­ses and Aar­on.

14 These were the ­heads of ­t heir fam­i ­l ies a:

Aaron to Speak for Moses

The sons of Reu­ben the first­born son
of Is­ra­el were Ha­nok and Pal­lu, Hez­ron
and Kar­mi. T
­ hese were the c­ lans of Reu­
15 The sons of Sim­
e­on were Je­mu­el,
Ja­m in, Ohad, Ja­k in, Zo­har and Sha­u l
the son of a Ca­naan­ite wom­a n. ­T hese
were the ­clans of Sim­e­on.
16 These were the n
­ ames of the sons
of Levi ac­cord­ing to t­ heir rec­ords: Ger­
shon, Ko­hath and Me­ra­ri. Levi ­lived 137
17 The sons of Ger­shon, by ­c lans, were
Lib­ni and Shim­ei.
18 The sons of Ko­hath were Am­r am,
Iz­har, He­bron and Uz­zi­el. Ko­hath ­lived
133 years.
19 The sons of Me­ra­r i were Mah­l i and
These were the ­c lans of Levi ac­cord­
ing to ­their rec­ords.
20 Am ­r am mar ­r ied his fa­t her’s sis­ter
Joch­e­bed, who bore him Aar­on and Mo­
ses. Am­ram ­lived 137 years.

28 Now when the Lord ­spoke to Mo­ses in
­ gypt, 29 he said to him, “I am the Lord. Tell
Phar­aoh king of ­Egypt ev­ery­thing I tell you.”
30 But Mo­
ses said to the Lord, “Since I
­speak with fal­ter­ing lips, why ­would Phar­aoh
lis­ten to me?”
Then the Lord said to Mo­ses, “See, I
have made you like God to Phar­aoh, and
your broth­er Aar­on will be your proph­et. 2 You
are to say ev­ery­thing I com­mand you, and
your broth­er Aar­on is to tell Phar­aoh to let
the Is­ra­el­ites go out of his coun­try. 3 But I will
hard­en Phar­aoh’s ­heart, and ­though I mul­ti­
ply my s­ igns and won­ders in ­Egypt, 4 he will
not lis­ten to you. Then I will lay my hand on
­Egypt and with m
­ ighty acts of judg­ment I will
­bring out my di­v i­sions, my peo­ple the Is­ra­el­
ites. 5 And the Egyp­tians will know that I am
the Lord when I ­stretch out my hand ­against
­Egypt and ­bring the Is­ra­el­ites out of it.”
6 Mo­
ses and Aar­on did just as the Lord
com­mand­ed them. 7 Mo­ses was ­eighty ­years
old and Aar­on e­ ighty-­three when they s­ poke
to Phar­aoh.


a 14  The Hebrew for families here and in verse 25 refers to units larger than clans.   

DAY 28

Aaron’s Staff Becomes a Snake
8 The

Lord said to Mo­ses and Aar­on,
9 “When Phar­aoh says to you, ‘Per­form a mir­
a­cle,’ then say to Aar­on, ‘Take your ­staff and
­throw it down be­fore Phar­aoh,’ and it will be­
come a snake.”
10 So Mo­
ses and Aar­on went to Phar­aoh
and did just as the Lord com­mand­ed. Aar­on
­t hrew his ­staff down in ­f ront of Phar­aoh and
his of­f i­c ials, and it be­came a ­snake. 11 Phar­
aoh then sum­moned wise men and sor­cer­
ers, and the Egyp­tian ma­g i­cians also did
the same ­t hings by ­t heir se­c ret arts: 12 Each
one ­threw down his ­staff and it be­c ame a
­snake. But Aar­on’s s­ taff swal­lowed up ­t heir
­staffs.13 Yet Phar­aoh’s ­heart be­came hard and
he ­would not lis­ten to them, just as the Lord
had said.
The Plague of Blood
14 Then the Lord said to Mo­
ses, “Phar­
aoh’s ­heart is un­y ield­ing; he re­f us­es to let the
peo­ple go. 15 Go to Phar­aoh in the morn­ing as
he goes out to the riv­er. Con­front him on the
bank of the Nile, and take in your hand the
­staff that was ­changed into a ­snake. 16 Then
say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the He­
brews, has sent me to say to you: Let my peo­
ple go, so that they may wor­ship me in the
wil­der­ness. But un­til now you have not lis­
tened. 17 This is what the Lord says: By this
you will know that I am the Lord: With the
­staff that is in my hand I will ­strike the wa­ter
of the Nile, and it will be ­changed into ­blood.
18 The fish in the Nile will die, and the riv­er
will s­ tink; the Egyp­tians will not be able to
­drink its wa­ter.’  ”
19 The Lord said to Mo­
ses, “Tell Aar­on,
‘Take your ­staff and ­stretch out your hand
over the wa­ters of E
­ gypt — ​over the ­streams
and ca­nals, over the ­ponds and all the res­er­
voirs — ​and they will turn to ­blood.’ ­Blood
will be ev­ery­where in ­Egypt, even in vessels a
of wood and ­stone.”
20 Mo­
ses and Aar­on did just as the Lord
had com­mand­ed. He ­raised his s­taff in the
pres­ence of Phar­aoh and his of­fi­cials and
­struck the wa­ter of the Nile, and all the wa­
ter was ­changed into ­blood. 21 The fish in the

Nile died, and the riv­er s­ melled so bad that
the Egyp­tians c­ ould not d
­ rink its wa­ter. ­Blood
was ev­ery­where in Egypt.
22 But the Egyp­t ian ma­g i­c ians did the same
­things by t­heir se­cret arts, and Phar­aoh’s
­heart be­c ame hard; he w
­ ould not lis­ten to
Mo­ses and Aar­on, just as the Lord had said.
23 In­stead, he ­t urned and went into his pal­ace,
and did not take even this to ­heart. 24 And
all the Egyp­tians dug ­a long the Nile to get
drink­ing wa­ter, be­cause they c­ ould not ­drink
the wa­ter of the riv­er.
The Plague of Frogs
25 Sev­en

days ­passed af­ter the Lord ­struck
the Nile. 1 Then the Lord said to Mo­ses,
“Go to Phar­aoh and say to him, ‘This
is what the Lord says: Let my peo­ple go, so
that they may wor­ship me. 2 If you refuse to
let them go, I will send a p
­ lague of f­rogs on
your ­whole coun­try. 3 The Nile will teem with
­frogs. They will come up into your pal­ace and
your bed­room and onto your bed, into the
hous­es of your of­f i­cials and on your peo­ple,
and into your ov­ens and knead­ing ­troughs.
4 The ­f rogs will come up on you and your peo­
ple and all your of­f i­cials.’ ”
5 Then the Lord said to Mo­ses, “Tell Aar­
on, ‘Stretch out your hand with your ­staff over
the ­streams and ca­nals and ­ponds, and make
­frogs come up on the land of Egypt.’ ”
6 So Aar­on ­stretched out his hand over the
wa­ters of ­Egypt, and the ­frogs came up and
cov­ered the land. 7 But the ma­gi­cians did the
same t­hings by ­their se­c ret arts; they also
made ­frogs come up on the land of Egypt.
8 Phar­a oh sum­moned Mo­s es and Aar­on
and said, “Pray to the Lord to take the ­frogs
away from me and my peo­ple, and I will let
your peo­ple go to of­fer sac­ri­f ic­es to the Lord.”
9 Mo­ses said to Phar­aoh, “I l­eave to you the
hon­or of set­ting the time for me to pray for
you and your of­fi­c ials and your peo­ple that
you and your hous­es may be rid of the f­rogs,
ex­cept for ­those that re­main in the Nile.”
10 “To­mor­row,” Phar­aoh said.
Mo­ses re­plied, “It will be as you say, so that
you may know t­ here is no one like the Lord
our God. 11 The ­frogs will ­leave you and your



a 19 Or even on their idols    b In Hebrew texts 8:1-4 is numbered 7:26-29, and 8:5-32 is numbered 8:1-28.   

DAY 28


hous­es, your of­f i­c ials and your peo­ple; they
will re­main only in the Nile.”
12 Af­
ter Mo­ses and Aar­on left Phar­aoh,
Mo­ses ­cried out to the Lord ­about the f­rogs
he had b
­ rought on Phar­aoh.13 And the Lord
did what Mo­ses ­asked. The ­frogs died in the
hous­es, in the court­yards and in the ­fields.
14 They were ­
piled into ­heaps, and the land
­reeked of them. 15 But when Phar­aoh saw that
­there was re­lief, he hard­ened his ­heart and
­would not lis­ten to Mo­ses and Aar­on, just as
the Lord had said.
The Plague of Gnats
16 Then the Lord said to Mo­ses, “Tell Aar­
on, ‘Stretch out your ­staff and ­strike the dust of
the ­ground,’ and through­out the land of ­Egypt
the dust will be­come ­gnats.” 17 They did this,
and when Aar­on ­stretched out his hand with
the ­staff and ­struck the dust of the ­g round,
­g nats came on peo­ple and an­i­mals. All the
dust through­out the land of ­Egypt be­came
­gnats. 18 But when the ma­gi­cians ­tried to pro­
duce ­gnats by ­their se­cret arts, they ­could not.
Since the ­gnats were on peo­ple and an­i­mals
ev­ery ­where, 19 the ma­gi­cians said to Phar­aoh,
“This is the fin­ger of God.” But Phar­aoh’s
­heart was hard and he ­would not lis­ten, just as
the Lord had said.

The Plague of Flies
20 Then

the Lord said to Mo­ses, “Get up
ear­ly in the morn­ing and con­front Phar­aoh
as he goes to the riv­er and say to him, ‘This
is what the Lord says: Let my peo­ple go, so
that they may wor­ship me. 21 If you do not let
my peo­ple go, I will send ­swarms of ­f lies on
you and your of­f i­cials, on your peo­ple and into
your hous­es. The hous­es of the Egyp­tians will
be full of ­f lies; even the ­g round will be cov­
ered with them.
22 “ ‘But on that day I will deal dif­fer­ent­ly
with the land of Go­shen, ­where my peo­ple
live; no s­ warms of ­f lies will be ­there, so that
you will know that I, the Lord, am in this
land. 23 I will make a dis­tinc­tion a be­t ween my
peo­ple and your peo­ple. This sign will oc­cur
to­mor­row.’  ”

24 And the Lord did this. ­
Dense ­s warms
of ­f lies ­poured into Phar­aoh’s pal­ace and into
the hous­es of his of­f i­cials; through­out ­Egypt
the land was ru­ined by the flies.
25 Then Phar­
aoh sum­moned Mo­ses and
Aar­on and said, “Go, sac­r i­f ice to your God
here in the land.”
26 But Mo­
s es said, “That ­would not be
­r ight. The sac­r i­f ic­es we of­fer the Lord our
God ­would be de­test­able to the Egyp­tians.
And if we of­fer sac­ri­f ic­es that are de­test­able in
­their eyes, will they not s­ tone us? 27 We must
take a ­t hree-day jour­ney into the wil­der­ness
to of­fer sac­ri­f ic­es to the Lord our God, as he
com­mands us.”
28 Phar­aoh said, “I will let you go to of­fer
sac­r i­f ic­es to the Lord your God in the wil­
der­ness, but you must not go very far. Now
pray for me.”
29 Mo­ses an­s wered, “As soon as I ­leave you,
I will pray to the Lord, and to­mor­row the
­f lies will l­eave Phar­aoh and his of­f i­cials and
his peo­ple. Only let Phar­aoh be sure that he
does not act de­ceit­ful­ly ­again by not let­ting
the peo­ple go to of­fer sac­ri­f ic­es to the Lord.”
30 Then Mo­ses left Phar­aoh and ­prayed to
the Lord, 31 and the Lord did what Mo­ses
­asked. The ­f lies left Phar­aoh and his of­f i­cials
and his peo­ple; not a fly re­mained. 32 But this
time also Phar­aoh hard­ened his ­heart and
­would not let the peo­ple go.

MATTHEW 19:16 — 19:30
The Rich and the Kingdom of God
16 Just then a man came up to ­
Jesus and
a­ sked, “Teach­er, what good t­hing must I do
to get eter­nal life?”
17 “Why do you ask me ­about what is good?”
­Jesus re­plied. “There is only One who is good.
If you want to en­ter life, keep the com­mand­
18 “Which ones?” he in­quired.
Jesus re­plied, “ ‘You ­shall not mur­der, you
­shall not com­mit adul­tery, you ­shall not s­ teal,
you ­shall not give ­false tes­t i­mo­ny, 19 hon­
or your fa­ther and moth­er,’ b and ‘love your
neigh­bor as your­self.’  c  ”

a 23  Septuagint and Vulgate; Hebrew will put a deliverance    b 19 Exodus 20:12-16; Deut. 5:16-20   
c 19 Lev. 19:18   

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20 “All ­
t hese I have kept,” the ­young man
said. “What do I ­still lack?”
21 Jesus an­
s wered, “If you want to be per­
fect, go, sell your pos­ses­sions and give to the
poor, and you will have trea­sure in heav­en.
Then come, fol­low me.”
22 When the ­young man ­heard this, he went
away sad, be­cause he had ­great wealth.
23 Then J­ esus said to his dis­c i­ples, “Tru­ly I
tell you, it is hard for some­one who is rich to
en­ter the king­dom of heav­en. 24 Again I tell
you, it is eas­i­er for a cam­el to go ­through the
eye of a nee­d le than for some­one who is rich to
en­ter the king­dom of God.”
25 When the dis­c i­ples ­heard this, they were
great­ly as­ton­ished and ­asked, “Who then can
be saved?”
26 Jesus l­ ooked at them and said, “With man
this is im­pos­si­ble, but with God all ­things are
27 Pe­ter an­s wered him, “We have left ev­ery­
thing to fol­low you! What then will ­there be
for us?”
28 Jesus said to them, “Tru­ly I tell you, at the
re­new­a l of all ­things, when the Son of Man
sits on his glo­ri­ous ­throne, you who have fol­
lowed me will also sit on t­ welve ­thrones, judg­
ing the ­t welve ­tribes of Is­ra­el. 29 And ev­ery­one
who has left hous­es or broth­ers or sis­ters or
fa­ther or moth­er or wife a or chil­dren or ­f ields
for my sake will re­ceive a hun­d red ­times as
much and will in­her­it eter­nal life. 30 But many
who are ­f irst will be last, and many who are
last will be first.”

15 She is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with
16 Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are pleasant ways,
and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold
of her;
those who hold her fast will be blessed.
19 By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s
by understanding he set the heavens in
20 by his knowledge the watery depths were
and the clouds let drop the dew.

Exodus 6:13 – 8:32;
Matthew 19:16 – 30; Proverbs 3:11 – 20

In Exodus 6 – 8 the Lord sends plagues of blood,
frogs, gnats, and flies to force the Egyptians to
free his enslaved p­ eople. Then, in Matthew 19
­Jesus helps a rich man understand true wealth,
telling him to rid himself of things he’s made
more important than God. And Proverbs 3 argues that wisdom is more profitable than silver
and yields better returns than gold. You can’t
get real riches in a store. You get them from

PROVERBS 3:11 — 3:20
11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s
and do not resent his rebuke,
12 because the Lord disciplines those he
as a father the son he delights in. b
13 Blessed are those who find wisdom,
those who gain understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver
and yields better returns than
a 29  Some manuscripts do not have or wife.    b 12  Hebrew; Septuagint loves, / and he chastens everyone he

accepts as his child   

DAY 29


EXODUS 9:1 — 10:29
The Plague on Livestock


Then the Lord said to Mo­ses, “Go to
Phar­aoh and say to him, ‘This is what
the Lord, the God of the He­brews, says:
“Let my peo­ple go, so that they may wor­ship
me.” 2 If you refuse to let them go and con­tin­
ue to hold them back, 3 the hand of the Lord
will b
­ ring a ter­r i­ble ­plague on your live­stock
in the f­ield — ​on your hors­es, don­keys and
cam­els and on your cat­tle, ­sheep and ­goats.
4 But the Lord will make a dis­
t inc­tion be­
tween the live­stock of Is­ra­el and that of
­Egypt, so that no an­i­mal be­long­ing to the Is­
ra­el­ites will die.’  ”
5 The Lord set a time and said, “To­mor­
row the Lord will do this in the land.” 6 And
the next day the Lord did it: All the live­stock
of the Egyp­tians died, but not one an­i­mal
be­long ­i ng to the Is­r a­el ­ites died. 7 Phar­aoh
in­ves­ti­gat­ed and ­found that not even one of
the an­i­mals of the Is­ra­el­ites had died. Yet his
­heart was un­y ield­ing and he ­would not let the
peo­ple go.
The Plague of Boils
8 Then the Lord said to Mo­
ses and Aar­
on, “Take hand­f uls of soot from a fur­nace and
have Mo­ses toss it into the air in the pres­ence
of Phar­aoh. 9 It will be­come fine dust over the
­whole land of ­Egypt, and fes­ter­ing ­boils will
­break out on peo­ple and an­i­mals through­out
the land.”
10 So they took soot from a fur­
nace and
­stood be­fore Phar­aoh. Mo­ses ­tossed it into
the air, and fes­ter­ing b
­ oils b
­ roke out on peo­
ple and an­i­mals. 11 The ma­g i­cians ­could not
­stand be­fore Mo­ses be­cause of the ­boils that
were on them and on all the Egyp­tians. 12 But
the Lord hard­ened Phar­aoh’s ­heart and he
­would not lis­ten to Mo­ses and Aar­on, just as
the Lord had said to Mo­ses.

a 16 Or have spared you   

The Plague of Hail
13 Then the Lord said to Mo­ses, “Get up
ear­ly in the morn­ing, con­front Phar­aoh and
say to him, ‘This is what the Lord, the God
of the He­brews, says: Let my peo­ple go, so
that they may wor­ship me, 14 or this time I
will send the full f­orce of my p
­ lagues ­against
you and ­against your of­f i­cials and your peo­
ple, so you may know that ­there is no one like
me in all the ­earth. 15 For by now I ­could have
­stretched out my hand and ­struck you and
your peo­ple with a p
­ lague that w
­ ould have
­w iped you off the ­earth. 16 But I have r­ aised
you up a for this very pur­pose, that I m
­ ight
show you my pow­er and that my name ­might
be pro­claimed in all the ­earth. 17 You ­still set
your­self ­against my peo­ple and will not let
them go. 18 There­fore, at this time to­mor­row
I will send the ­worst hail­storm that has ever
fall­en on E
­ gypt, from the day it was found­ed
till now. 19 Give an or­der now to ­bring your
live­stock and ev­ery­thing you have in the ­f ield
to a p
­ lace of shel­ter, be­cause the hail will fall
on ev­ery per­son and an­i­mal that has not been
­brought in and is ­still out in the ­f ield, and they
will die.’ ”
20 Those of­
f i­c ials of Phar­aoh who f­eared
the word of the Lord hur­r ied to ­bring ­t heir
­slaves and ­t heir live­stock in­side. 21 But ­t hose
who ig­nored the word of the Lord left t­ heir
­slaves and live­stock in the field.
22 Then the Lord said to Mo­ses, “Stretch
out your hand to­w ard the sky so that hail
will fall all over E
­ gypt — ​on peo­ple and an­i­
mals and on ev­ery­thing grow­ing in the ­f ields
of ­Egypt.” 23 When Mo­ses s­ tretched out his
­staff to­ward the sky, the Lord sent thun­der
and hail, and light­n ing f­ lashed down to the
­ground. So the Lord ­rained hail on the land
of ­Egypt; 24 hail fell and light­n ing f­lashed
back and f­orth. It was the w
­ orst s­ torm in all
the land of ­Egypt s­ ince it had be­come a na­
tion. 25 Through­out ­Egypt hail ­struck ev­ery­
thing in the ­f ields — ​both peo­ple and an­i­mals;
it beat down ev­ery­thing grow­ing in the ­f ields
and ­stripped ev­ery tree. 26 The only ­place it
did not hail was the land of Go­shen, ­where
the Is­ra­el­ites were.
27 Then Phar­
aoh sum­moned Mo­ses and

Aar­on. “This time I have ­sinned,” he said to
them. “The Lord is in the ­right, and I and my
peo­ple are in the w
­ rong. 28 Pray to the Lord,
for we have had ­enough thun­der and hail. I will
let you go; you ­don’t have to stay any ­lon­ger.”
29 Mo­ses re­plied, “When I have gone out of
the city, I will s­ pread out my h
­ ands in ­prayer
to the Lord. The thun­der will stop and ­there
will be no more hail, so you may know that
the ­earth is the Lord’s. 30 But I know that you
and your of­f i­cials ­still do not fear the Lord
31 (The f lax and bar­
ley were de­stroyed,
­since the bar­ley had head­ed and the flax was
in ­bloom. 32 The ­wheat and ­spelt, how­e v­er,
were not de­stroyed, be­cause they rip­en lat­er.)
33 Then Mo­s es left Phar­aoh and went out
of the city. He ­spread out his ­hands to­ward
the Lord; the thun­der and hail ­stopped, and
the rain no lon­ger ­poured down on the land.
34 When Phar­aoh saw that the rain and hail
and thun­der had ­stopped, he ­sinned ­again: He
and his of­f i­cials hard­ened ­t heir ­hearts. 35 So
Phar­aoh’s ­heart was hard and he ­would not
let the Is­ra­el­ites go, just as the Lord had said
­through Mo­ses.
The Plague of Locusts


Then the Lord said to Mo­ses, “Go
to Phar­aoh, for I have hard­ened his
­heart and the ­hearts of his of­f i­cials so that I
may per­form ­these ­signs of mine ­among them
2 that you may tell your chil­d ren and grand­
chil­d ren how I ­dealt harsh­ly with the Egyp­
tians and how I per­formed my s­igns a­ mong
them, and that you may know that I am the
3 So Mo­
ses and Aar­on went to Phar­aoh
and said to him, “This is what the Lord, the
God of the He­brews, says: ‘How long will you
refuse to hum­ble your­self be­fore me? Let my
peo­ple go, so that they may wor­ship me. 4 If
you refuse to let them go, I will ­bring lo­custs
into your coun­try to­mor­row. 5 They will cov­
er the face of the g­ round so that it can­not be
seen. They will de­vour what lit­tle you have
left af­ter the hail, in­c lud­ing ev­ery tree that
is grow­ing in your ­f ields. 6 They will fill your
hous­es and t­ hose of all your of­f i­cials and all
a 10 Or Be careful, trouble is in store for you!   

DAY 29

the Egyp­tians  — ​some­thing nei­ther your par­
ents nor your an­ces­tors have ever seen from
the day they set­tled in this land till now.’ ”
Then Mo­ses ­t urned and left Phar­aoh.
7 Phar­aoh’s of­f i­c ials said to him, “How long
will this man be a ­snare to us? Let the peo­ple
go, so that they may wor­ship the Lord ­their
God. Do you not yet re­a l­ize that ­Egypt is ru­
8 Then Mo­
s es and Aar­on were b
­ rought
back to Phar­aoh. “Go, wor­ship the Lord
your God,” he said. “But tell me who will be
9 Mo­
ses an­swered, “We will go with our
­young and our old, with our sons and our
daugh­ters, and with our ­flocks and ­herds,
be­cause we are to cel­e­brate a fes­ti­val to the
10 Phar­aoh said, “The Lord be with you — ​
if I let you go, ­a long with your wom­en and
chil­dren! Clear­ly you are bent on evil. a 11 No!
Have only the men go and wor­ship the Lord,
­since ­that’s what you have been ask­ing for.”
Then Mo­ses and Aar­on were driv­en out of
Phar­aoh’s pres­ence.
12 And the Lord said to Mo­
ses, “Stretch
out your hand over E
­ gypt so that lo­custs
­s warm over the land and de­vour ev­ery­thing
grow­ing in the ­f ields, ev­ery­thing left by the
13 So Mo­
s es ­stretched out his ­staff over
­Egypt, and the Lord made an east wind blow
­across the land all that day and all that ­night.
By morn­ing the wind had ­brought the lo­custs;
14 they in­vad­ed all E
­ gypt and set­t led down in
ev­ery area of the coun­try in ­g reat num­bers.
Nev­er be­fore had ­there been such a ­plague of
lo­custs, nor will ­there ever be ­again. 15 They
cov­ered all the ­ground un­til it was ­black. They
de­voured all that was left af­ter the hail — ​ev­
ery­thing grow­ing in the f­ ields and the f­ ruit on
the ­trees. Noth­ing ­green re­mained on tree or
­plant in all the land of Egypt.
16 Phar­aoh quick ­ly sum ­moned Mo­s es and
Aar­on and said, “I have ­sinned a­ gainst the
Lord your God and ­against you. 17 Now for­
give my sin once more and pray to the Lord
your God to take this dead­ly ­plague away
from me.”

DAY 29


18 Mo­
ses then left Phar­aoh and ­prayed to
the Lord. 19 And the Lord ­changed the wind
to a very s­ trong west wind, ­which c­ aught up
the lo­c usts and car­ried them into the Red
Sea. a Not a lo­cust was left any­where in ­Egypt.
20 But the Lord hard­ened Phar­aoh’s ­heart,
and he ­would not let the Is­ra­el­ites go.

The Plague of Darkness
21 Then

the Lord said to Mo­ses, “Stretch
out your hand to­ward the sky so that dark­
ness ­spreads over ­Egypt — ​dark­ness that can
be felt.” 22 So Mo­ses ­stretched out his hand
to­w ard the sky, and to­tal dark­ness cov­ered
all ­Egypt for ­t hree days. 23 No one ­could see
any­one else or move ­about for ­three days. Yet
all the Is­ra­el­ites had l­ight in the plac­es ­where
they lived.
24 Then Phar­
aoh sum­moned Mo­ses and
said, “Go, wor­ship the Lord. Even your
wom­en and chil­d ren may go with you; only
­leave your ­f locks and ­herds be­hind.”
25 But Mo­
ses said, “You must al­low us to
have sac­ri­f ic­es and ­burnt of­fer­ings to pre­sent
to the Lord our God. 26 Our live­stock too
must go with us; not a hoof is to be left be­
hind. We have to use some of them in wor­
ship­ing the Lord our God, and un­til we get
­there we will not know what we are to use to
wor­ship the Lord.”
27 But the Lord hard­ened Phar­aoh’s ­heart,
and he was not will­ing to let them go. 28 Phar­
aoh said to Mo­ses, “Get out of my ­sight! Make
sure you do not ap­pear be­fore me ­again! The
day you see my face you will die.”
29 “Just as you say,” Mo­
ses re­plied. “I will
nev­er ap­pear be­fore you again.”

MATTHEW 20:1 — 20:19
The Parable of the Workers
in the Vineyard


“For the king­dom of heav­en is like a
land­own­er who went out ear­ly in the
morn­ing to hire work­ers for his vine­yard. 2 He
­agreed to pay them a de­nar­i­us b for the day and
sent them into his vine­yard.
3 “About nine in the morn­ing he went out
and saw oth­ers stand­ing in the mar­ket­place

do­ing noth­ing. 4 He told them, ‘You also go
and work in my vine­yard, and I will pay you
what­ev­er is ­right.’ 5 So they went.
“He went out a­ gain ­about noon and ­about
­three in the af­ter­noon and did the same ­thing.
6 About five in the af­ter­noon he went out and
­found ­still oth­ers stand­ing ­a round. He ­asked
them, ‘Why have you been stand­ing here all
day long do­ing noth­ing?’
7 “ ‘Be­
cause no one has ­h ired us,’ they an­
“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in
my vine­yard.’
8 “When eve­
n ing came, the own­er of the
vine­yard said to his fore­man, ‘Call the work­
ers and pay them ­their wag­es, be­gin­ning with
the last ones ­hired and go­ing on to the first.’
9 “The work­ers who were ­h ired a
­ bout five
in the af­ter­noon came and each re­ceived a
de­nar­i­us. 10 So when t­hose came who were
­hired f­ irst, they ex­pect­ed to re­ceive more. But
each one of them also re­ceived a de­nar­i­us.
11 When they re­ceived it, they be­gan to grum­
ble ­against the land­own­er. 12 ‘These who were
­h ired last ­worked only one hour,’ they said,
‘and you have made them ­equal to us who have
­borne the bur­den of the work and the heat of
the day.’
13 “But he an­s wered one of them, ‘I am not
be­i ng un­fair to you, friend. ­Didn’t you ­a gree
to work for a de­nar­i­us? 14 Take your pay and
go. I want to give the one who was ­h ired
last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have
the ­right to do what I want with my own
mon­e y? Or are you en­v i­o us be­c ause I am
16 “So the last will be ­f irst, and the ­f irst will
be last.”
Jesus Predicts His Death a Third Time
17 Now

J­ esus was go­ing up to Je­r u­sa­lem. On
the way, he took the ­Twelve ­aside and said to
them, 18 “We are go­ing up to Je­r u­sa­lem, and
the Son of Man will be de­liv­ered over to the
­chief ­priests and the teach­ers of the law. They
will con­demn him to ­death 19 and will hand
him over to the Gen­tiles to be ­mocked and
­f logged and cru­c i­fied. On the ­third day he
will be ­raised to life!”

a 19  Or the Sea of Reeds    b 2  A denarius was the usual daily wage of a day laborer.   


PSALM 17:6 — 17:12
6 I call on you, my God, for you will
answer me;
turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
7 Show me the wonders of your great love,
you who save by your right hand
those who take refuge in you from their
8 Keep me as the apple of your eye;
hide me in the shadow of your wings
9 from the wicked who are out to
destroy me,
from my mortal enemies who
surround me.
10 They close up their callous hearts,
and their mouths speak with arrogance.
11 They have tracked me down, they now
surround me,
with eyes alert, to throw me to the
12 They are like a lion hungry for prey,
like a fierce lion crouching in cover.

Exodus 9 – 10; Matthew 20:1 – 19;
Psalm 17:6 – 12

The plagues God sends on Egypt in Exodus
9 – 10 look like cruel and unusual punishment,
but they’re divine payback for Egypt’s harsh
treatment of God’s ­people. ­Jesus offers another
look at fairness in Matthew 20, telling a story
of workers all getting the same wage. And in
Psalm 17 David pleads for help against fierce
enemies. Even when God acts in ways you
don’t understand, you can always count on him
to be impartial and just.

DAY 30

EXODUS 11:1 — 12:51

The Plague on the Firstborn


Now the Lord had said to Mo­ses, “I
will b
­ ring one more ­plague on Phar­
aoh and on ­Egypt. Af­ter that, he will let you
go from here, and when he does, he will ­drive
you out com­plete­ly. 2 Tell the peo­ple that men
and wom­en ­a like are to ask ­their neigh­bors for
ar­ti­cles of sil­ver and gold.” 3 (The Lord made
the Egyp­tians fa­vor­ably dis­posed to­ward the
peo­ple, and Mo­ses him­self was high­ly re­gard­
ed in ­Egypt by Phar­aoh’s of­f i­cials and by the
4 So Mo­
ses said, “This is what the Lord
says: ‘About mid­n ight I will go through­out
­Egypt. 5 Ev­ery first­born son in ­Egypt will die,
from the first­born son of Phar­aoh, who sits
on the ­throne, to the first­born son of the fe­
male ­slave, who is at her hand mill, and all the
first­born of the cat­t le as well. 6 There will be
loud wail­ing through­out ­Egypt  — ​­worse than
­there has ever been or ever will be ­again. 7 But
­among the Is­ra­el­ites not a dog will bark at any
per­son or an­i­mal.’ Then you will know that
the Lord ­makes a dis­tinc­tion be­t ween ­Egypt
and Is­ra­el. 8 All ­these of­f i­c ials of ­yours will
come to me, bow­ing down be­fore me and say­
ing, ‘Go, you and all the peo­ple who fol­low
you!’ Af­ter that I will ­leave.” Then Mo­ses, hot
with an­ger, left Phar­aoh.
9 The Lord had said to Mo­
ses, “Phar­aoh
will refuse to lis­ten to you — ​so that my won­
ders may be mul­ti­plied in E
­ gypt.” 10 Mo­ses
and Aar­on per­formed all ­these won­ders ­be­fore
Phar­aoh, but the Lord hard­ened Phar­aoh’s
­heart, and he ­would not let the Is­ra­el­ites go
out of his coun­try.
The Passover and the Festival
of Unleavened Bread


The Lord said to Mo­ses and Aar­on
in ­Egypt, 2 “This m
­ onth is to be for
you the f­ irst m
­ onth, the f­ irst ­month of your
year. 3 Tell the ­whole com­mu­ni­t y of Is­ra­el that

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on the ­tenth day of this m
­ onth each man is
to take a lamb a for his fam­i­ly, one for each
house­hold. 4 If any house­hold is too s­ mall for
a ­whole lamb, they must ­share one with ­their
near­est neigh­bor, hav ­ing tak­en into ac­count
the num­ber of peo­ple ­there are. You are to de­
ter­mine the ­amount of lamb need­ed in ac­cor­
dance with what each per­son will eat. 5 The
an­i­mals you ­c hoose must be year-old ­males
with­out de­fect, and you may take them from
the ­sheep or the ­goats. 6 Take care of them
un­t il the four­teenth day of the m
­ onth, when
all the mem­bers of the com­mu­n i­t y of Is­ra­el
must slaugh­ter them at twi­light. 7 Then they
are to take some of the ­blood and put it on
the ­sides and tops of the door­frames of the
hous­es ­where they eat the ­lambs. 8 That same
­night they are to eat the meat roast­ed over the
fire, ­a long with bit­ter ­herbs, and ­bread made
with­out ­yeast. 9 Do not eat the meat raw or
­boiled in wa­ter, but ­roast it over a fire — ​w ith
the head, legs and in­ter­nal or­gans. 10 Do not
­leave any of it till morn­ing; if some is left till
morn­ing, you must burn it. 11 This is how you
are to eat it: with your ­cloak ­t ucked into your
belt, your san­dals on your feet and your ­staff
in your hand. Eat it in ­haste; it is the Lord’s
12 “On that same ­n ight I will pass ­t hrough
­Egypt and ­strike down ev­ery first­b orn of
both peo­ple and an­i­mals, and I will b
­ ring
judg­ment on all the gods of ­Egypt. I am the
Lord. 13 The ­blood will be a sign for you on
the hous­es w
­ here you are, and when I see the
­blood, I will pass over you. No de­struc­tive
­plague will ­touch you when I ­strike Egypt.
14 “This is a day you are to com­mem­o­rate;
for the gen­er­a­tions to come you ­shall cel­e­brate
it as a fes­ti­val to the Lord  — ​a last­ing or­d i­
nance. 15 For sev­en days you are to eat ­bread
made with­out ­yeast. On the ­f irst day re­move
the ­yeast from your hous­es, for who­ev­er eats
any­thing with y­ east in it from the ­f irst day
­through the sev­enth must be cut off from Is­
ra­el. 16 On the ­f irst day hold a sa­cred as­sem­bly,
and an­oth­er one on the sev­enth day. Do no
work at all on ­these days, ex­cept to pre­pare
food for ev­ery­one to eat; that is all you may do.
17 “Cel­e­brate the Fes­t i­v al of Un ­l eav­e ned

­ read, be­cause it was on this very day that I
­brought your di­v i­sions out of ­Egypt. Cel­e­
brate this day as a last­ing or­d i­nance for the
gen­er­a­tions to come. 18 In the ­f irst ­month you
are to eat b
­ read made with­out ­yeast, from the
eve­n ing of the four­teenth day un­til the eve­
ning of the twen­t y-­f irst day. 19 For sev­en days
no ­yeast is to be f­ound in your hous­es. And
any­one, wheth­er for­eign­er or na­t ive-born,
who eats any­thing with y­ east in it must be cut
off from the com­mu­ni­t y of Is­ra­el. 20 Eat noth­
ing made with ­yeast. Wher­ev­er you live, you
must eat un­leav­ened bread.”
21 Then Mo­ses sum­moned all the el­ders of
Is­ra­el and said to them, “Go at once and se­lect
the an­i­mals for your fam­i­lies and slaugh­ter
the Pass­over lamb. 22 Take a ­bunch of hys­sop,
dip it into the ­blood in the ba­sin and put some
of the ­blood on the top and on both s­ ides of
the door­frame. None of you ­shall go out of the
door of your ­house un­til morn­ing. 23 When
the Lord goes ­through the land to ­strike
down the Egyp­tians, he will see the ­blood on
the top and s­ides of the door­frame and will
pass over that door­way, and he will not per­mit
the de­stroy­er to en­ter your hous­es and ­strike
you down.
24 “Obey ­
t hese in­struc­tions as a last­ing
d i­
n ance for you and your de­
s cen­
d ants.
25 When you en­ter the land that the Lord will
give you as he prom­ised, ob­serve this cer­e­mo­
ny. 26 And when your chil­dren ask you, ‘What
does this cer­e­mo­ny mean to you?’ 27 then tell
them, ‘It is the Pass­over sac­ri­f ice to the Lord,
who p
­ assed over the hous­es of the Is­ra­el­ites in
­Egypt and ­spared our ­homes when he ­struck
down the Egyp­
t ians.’ ” Then the peo­
­bowed down and wor­shiped. 28 The Is­ra­el­ites
did just what the Lord com­mand­ed Mo­ses
and Aar­on.
29 At mid­
n ight the Lord ­struck down all
the first­born in ­Egypt, from the first­born of
Phar­aoh, who sat on the ­throne, to the first­
born of the pris­on­er, who was in the dun­geon,
and the first­born of all the live­stock as well.
30 Phar­
aoh and all his of­fi­c ials and all the
Egyp­tians got up dur­ing the ­night, and ­there
was loud wail­ing in ­Egypt, for ­there was not a
­house with­out some­one dead.

a 3  The Hebrew word can mean lamb or kid ; also in verse 4.   

The Exodus
31 Dur ­i ng

the ­n ight Phar­aoh sum­moned
Mo­ses and Aar­on and said, “Up! ­L eave my
peo­ple, you and the Is­ra­el­ites! Go, wor­ship
the Lord as you have re­quest­ed. 32 Take your
­f locks and ­herds, as you have said, and go.
And also ­bless me.”
33 The Egyp­t ians ­u rged the peo­ple to hur­
ry and ­leave the coun­try. “For oth­er­w ise,”
they said, “we will all die!” 34 So the peo­ple
took ­their d
­ ough be­fore the ­yeast was add­ed,
and car­ried it on t­ heir shoul­ders in knead­ing
­troughs ­w rapped in cloth­ing. 35 The Is­ra­el­ites
did as Mo­ses in­struct­ed and ­asked the Egyp­
tians for ar­ti­c les of sil­ver and gold and for
cloth­ing. 36 The Lord had made the Egyp­
tians fa­vor­ably dis­posed to­ward the peo­ple,
and they gave them what they ­asked for; so
they plun­dered the Egyp­tians.
37 The Is­r a­e l ­ites jour ­neyed from Ram­e­s es
to Suk­koth. ­T here were ­about six hun­d red
thou­sand men on foot, be­sides wom­en and
chil­d ren. 38 Many oth­er peo­ple went up with
them, and also ­large d
­ roves of live­stock, both
­f locks and ­herds. 39 With the ­dough the Is­
ra­el­ites had ­brought from ­Egypt, they ­baked
­loaves of un­leav­ened ­bread. The ­dough was
with­out ­yeast be­cause they had been driv­en
out of ­Egypt and did not have time to pre­pare
food for them­selves.
40 Now the ­length of time the Is­ra­el­ite peo­
ple ­lived in ­Egypt a was 430 ­years. 41 At the
end of the 430 y­ ears, to the very day, all the
Lord’s di­v i­s ions left ­E gypt. 42 Be­c ause
the Lord kept vig­il that ­night to ­bring them
out of ­Egypt, on this ­n ight all the Is­ra­el­ites
are to keep vig­il to hon­or the Lord for the
gen­er­a­tions to come.
Passover Restrictions
43 The

Lord said to Mo­ses and Aar­on,
“These are the reg­u ­la­tions for the Pass­over
“No for­eign­er may eat it. 44 Any s­ lave you
have ­bought may eat it af­ter you have cir­cum­
cised him, 45 but a tem­po­rary res­i­dent or a
­hired work­er may not eat it.
46 “It must be eat­en in­side the ­house; take
none of the meat out­side the h
­ ouse. Do not

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­ reak any of the ­bones. 47 The ­whole com­mu­
ni­t y of Is­ra­el must cel­e­brate it.
48 “A for­e ign­e r re­s id ­i ng ­a mong you who
­wants to cel­e­brate the Lord’s Pass­over must
have all the ­males in his house­hold cir­cum­
cised; then he may take part like one born in
the land. No un­cir­cum­cised male may eat it.
49 The same law ap­
plies both to the na­tiveborn and to the for­eign­er re­sid­ing ­among you.”
50 All the Is­ra­el­ites did just what the Lord
had com­mand­ed Mo­ses and Aar­on. 51 And on
that very day the Lord ­brought the Is­ra­el­ites
out of ­Egypt by ­their di­v i­sions.

MATTHEW 20:20 — 20:34
A Mother’s Request
20 Then the moth­er of Zeb­e­dee’s sons came
to ­Jesus with her sons and, kneel­ing down,
­asked a fa­vor of him.
21 “What is it you want?” he asked.
She said, “Grant that one of ­these two sons
of mine may sit at your ­right and the oth­er at
your left in your king­dom.”
22 “You ­
don’t know what you are ask­ing,”
­Jesus said to them. “Can you ­d rink the cup I
am go­ing to drink?”
“We can,” they an­swered.
23 Jesus said to them, “You will in­
­d rink from my cup, but to sit at my ­r ight or
left is not for me to ­grant. ­These plac­es be­long
to t­ hose for whom they have been pre­pared by
my Fa­ther.”
24 When the ten ­
heard ­about this, they
were in­dig­nant with the two broth­ers. 25 ­Jesus
­called them to­geth­er and said, “You know that
the rul­ers of the Gen­tiles lord it over them,
and ­their high of­f i­cials ex­er­cise au­thor­i­t y over
them. 26 Not so with you. In­stead, who­e v­er
­wants to be­come g­ reat ­a mong you must be
your ser­vant, 27 and who­ev­er ­wants to be ­f irst
must be your ­slave — ​28 just as the Son of Man
did not come to be ­served, but to ­serve, and to
give his life as a ran­som for many.”

Two Blind Men Receive Sight
29 As ­
Jesus and his dis­c i­ples were leav­ing
Jer­i­c ho, a ­large ­c rowd fol ­lowed him. 30 Two

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DAY 31


­ lind men were sit­ting by the road­side, and
when they ­heard that ­Jesus was go­ing by, they
shout­ed, “Lord, Son of Da­v id, have mer­c y
on us!”
31 The c
­ rowd re­buked them and told them
to be qui­et, but they shout­ed all the loud­er,
“Lord, Son of Da­v id, have mer­c y on us!”
32 Jesus ­stopped and ­called them. “What do
you want me to do for you?” he asked.
33 “Lord,” they an­
s wered, “we want our
34 Jesus had com­
p as­
s ion on them and
­touched ­their eyes. Im­me­di­ate­ly they re­ceived
­their ­sight and fol­lowed him.

PSALM 17:13 — 17:15
13 Rise up, Lord, confront them, bring them
with your sword rescue me from the
14 By your hand save me from such people,
from those of this world whose reward
is in this life.
May what you have stored up for the
wicked fill their bellies;
may their children gorge themselves
on it,
and may there be leftovers for their little

Whatever kind of rescue you need, the Lord is
your mighty Savior.

EXODUS 13:1 — 14:31

Consecration of the Firstborn


The Lord said to Mo­ses, 2 “Con­
se­c rate to me ev­ery first­born male.
The ­f irst off­spring of ev­ery womb ­among the
­Is­ra­el ­ites be­longs to me, wheth­er hu­man or
3 Then Mo­
ses said to the peo­ple, “Com­
mem­o­rate this day, the day you came out of
­Egypt, out of the land of slav­ery, be­cause the
Lord ­brought you out of it with a ­m ighty
hand. Eat noth­ing con­tain­ing ­yeast. 4 To­day,
in the ­month of Aviv, you are leav­ing. 5 When
the Lord ­brings you into the land of the Ca­
naan­ites, Hit­tites, Am­o­rites, Hi­v ites and Jeb­
15 As for me, I will be vindicated and will see u­sites — ​the land he ­s wore to your an­ces­tors
your face;
to give you, a land f low­ing with milk and
when I awake, I will be satisfied with
hon­ey — ​you are to ob­serve this cer­e­mo­ny in
seeing your likeness.
this ­month: 6 For sev­en days eat ­bread made
with­out ­yeast and on the sev­enth day hold a
fes­t i­val to the Lord. 7 Eat un ­leav­ened ­bread
­dur­ing ­t hose sev­en days; noth­ing with ­yeast
in it is to be seen ­a mong you, nor s­hall any
Exodus 11 – 12; Matthew 20:20 – 34;
­yeast be seen any­where with­in your bor­ders.
Psalm 17:13 – 15
8 On that day tell your son, ‘I do this be­cause
of what the Lord did for me when I came out
Exodus 11 – 12 records one of the Bible’s most of ­Egypt.’ 9 This ob­ser­vance will be for you
momentous scenes. The exodus — ​the Lord’s like a sign on your hand and a re­mind­er on
rescue of his p­ eople from slavery in Egypt — ​ your fore­head that this law of the Lord is to
is a stunning example of how God saves. It’s be on your lips. For the Lord ­brought you out
also a foreshadowing of how J­ esus will deliver of E
­ gypt with his ­mighty hand. 10 You must
­people from sin. In Matthew 20 ­Jesus rescues keep this or­di­nance at the ap­point­ed time year
two men from blindness. And Psalm 17 shows af­ter year.
11 “Af­ter the Lord ­brings you into the land
David asking to be saved from wicked p­ eople.

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