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Daily Readings for January 18
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Genesis 31

 

1.He heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, "Jacob has taken away all that was our father's. From that which was our father's, has he gotten all this wealth." 2.Jacob saw the expression on Laban's face, and, behold, it was not toward him as before. 3.Yahweh said to Jacob, "Return to the land of your fathers, and to your relatives, and I will be with you."

4.Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field to his flock, 5.and said to them, "I see the expression on your father's face, that it is not toward me as before; but the God of my father has been with me. 6.You know that I have served your father with all of my strength. 7.Your father has deceived me, and changed my wages ten times, but God didn't allow him to hurt me. 8.If he said this, 'The speckled will be your wages,' then all the flock bore speckled. If he said this, 'The streaked will be your wages,' then all the flock bore streaked. 9.Thus God has taken away your father's livestock, and given them to me. 10.It happened during mating season that I lifted up my eyes, and saw in a dream, and behold, the male goats which leaped on the flock were streaked, speckled, and grizzled. 11.The angel of God said to me in the dream, 'Jacob,' and I said, 'Here I am.' 12.He said, 'Now lift up your eyes, and behold, all the male goats which leap on the flock are streaked, speckled, and grizzled, for I have seen all that Laban does to you. 13.I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar, where you vowed a vow to me. Now arise, get out from this land, and return to the land of your birth.'"

14.Rachel and Leah answered him, "Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father's house? 15.Aren't we accounted by him as foreigners? For he has sold us, and has also quite devoured our money. 16.For all the riches which God has taken away from our father, that is ours and our children's. Now then, whatever God has said to you, do."

17.Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives on the camels, 18.and he took away all his livestock, and all his possessions which he had gathered, including the livestock which he had gained in Paddan Aram, to go to Isaac his father, to the land of Canaan. 19.Now Laban had gone to shear his sheep: and Rachel stole the teraphim16 that were her father's.

20.Jacob deceived Laban the Syrian, in that he didn't tell him that he was running away. 21.So he fled with all that he had. He rose up, passed over the River, and set his face toward the mountain of Gilead.

22.Laban was told on the third day that Jacob had fled. 23.He took his relatives with him, and pursued after him seven days' journey. He overtook him in the mountain of Gilead. 24.God came to Laban, the Syrian, in a dream of the night, and said to him, "Take heed to yourself that you don't speak to Jacob either good or bad."

25.Laban caught up with Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mountain, and Laban with his relatives encamped in the mountain of Gilead. 26.Laban said to Jacob, "What have you done, that you have deceived me, and carried away my daughters like captives of the sword? 27.Why did you flee secretly, and deceive me, and didn't tell me, that I might have sent you away with mirth and with songs, with tambourine and with harp; 28.and didn't allow me to kiss my sons and my daughters? Now have you done foolishly. 29.It is in the power of my hand to hurt you, but the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, 'Take heed to yourself that you don't speak to Jacob either good or bad.' 30.Now, you want to be gone, because you greatly longed for your father's house, but why have you stolen my gods?"

31.Jacob answered Laban, "Because I was afraid, for I said, 'Lest you should take your daughters from me by force.' 32.Anyone you find your gods with shall not live. Before our relatives, discern what is yours with me, and take it." For Jacob didn't know that Rachel had stolen them.

33.Laban went into Jacob's tent, into Leah's tent, and into the tent of the two female servants; but he didn't find them. He went out of Leah's tent, and entered into Rachel's tent. 34.Now Rachel had taken the teraphim, put them in the camel's saddle, and sat on them. Laban felt about all the tent, but didn't find them. 35.She said to her father, "Don't let my lord be angry that I can't rise up before you; for I'm having my period." He searched, but didn't find the teraphim.

36.Jacob was angry, and argued with Laban. Jacob answered Laban, "What is my trespass? What is my sin, that you have hotly pursued after me? 37.Now that you have felt around in all my stuff, what have you found of all your household stuff? Set it here before my relatives and your relatives, that they may judge between us two.

38."These twenty years I have been with you. Your ewes and your female goats have not cast their young, and I haven't eaten the rams of your flocks. 39.That which was torn of animals, I didn't bring to you. I bore its loss. Of my hand you required it, whether stolen by day or stolen by night. 40.This was my situation: in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep fled from my eyes. 41.These twenty years I have been in your house. I served you fourteen years for your two daughters, and six years for your flock, and you have changed my wages ten times. 42.Unless the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely now you would have sent me away empty. God has seen my affliction and the labor of my hands, and rebuked you last night."

43.Laban answered Jacob, "The daughters are my daughters, the children are my children, the flocks are my flocks, and all that you see is mine: and what can I do this day to these my daughters, or to their children whom they have borne? 44.Now come, let us make a covenant, you and I; and let it be for a witness between me and you."

45.Jacob took a stone, and set it up for a pillar. 46.Jacob said to his relatives, "Gather stones." They took stones, and made a heap. They ate there by the heap. 47.Laban called it Jegar Sahadutha,17 but Jacob called it Galeed.18 48.Laban said, "This heap is witness between me and you this day." Therefore it was named Galeed 49.and Mizpah, for he said, "Yahweh watch between me and you, when we are absent one from another. 50.If you afflict my daughters, or if you take wives besides my daughters, no man is with us; behold, God is witness between me and you." 51.Laban said to Jacob, "See this heap, and see the pillar, which I have set between me and you. 52.May this heap be a witness, and the pillar be a witness, that I will not pass over this heap to you, and that you will not pass over this heap and this pillar to me, for harm. 53.The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us." Then Jacob swore by the fear of his father, Isaac. 54.Jacob offered a sacrifice in the mountain, and called his relatives to eat bread. They ate bread, and stayed all night in the mountain. 55.Early in the morning, Laban rose up, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them. Laban departed and returned to his place.

 

Psalm 35

 

1.Contend, Yahweh, with those who contend with me. Fight against those who fight against me. 2.Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for my help. 3.Brandish the spear and block those who pursue me. Tell my soul, "I am your salvation." 4.Let those who seek after my soul be disappointed and brought to dishonor. Let those who plot my ruin be turned back and confounded. 5.Let them be as chaff before the wind, Yahweh's angel driving them on. 6.Let their way be dark and slippery, Yahweh's angel pursuing them. 7.For without cause they have hidden their net in a pit for me. Without cause they have dug a pit for my soul. 8.Let destruction come on him unawares. Let his net that he has hidden catch himself. Let him fall into that destruction.

9.My soul shall be joyful in Yahweh. It shall rejoice in his salvation. 10.All my bones shall say, "Yahweh, who is like you, who delivers the poor from him who is too strong for him; yes, the poor and the needy from him who robs him?" 11.Unrighteous witnesses rise up. They ask me about things that I don't know about. 12.They reward me evil for good, to the bereaving of my soul.

13.But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth. I afflicted my soul with fasting. My prayer returned into my own bosom. 14.I behaved myself as though it had been my friend or my brother. I bowed down mourning, as one who mourns his mother. 15.But in my adversity, they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together. The attackers gathered themselves together against me, and I didn't know it. They tore at me, and didn't cease. 16.Like the profane mockers in feasts, they gnashed their teeth at me. 17.Lord, how long will you look on? Rescue my soul from their destruction, my precious life from the lions. 18.I will give you thanks in the great assembly. I will praise you among many people. 19.Don't let those who are my enemies wrongfully rejoice over me; neither let those who hate me without a cause wink their eyes. 20.For they don't speak peace, but they devise deceitful words against those who are quiet in the land. 21.Yes, they opened their mouth wide against me. They said, "Aha! Aha! Our eye has seen it!" 22.You have seen it, Yahweh. Don't keep silent. Lord, don't be far from me. 23.Wake up! Rise up to defend me, my God! My Lord, contend for me! 24.Vindicate me, Yahweh my God, according to your righteousness. Don't let them gloat over me. 25.Don't let them say in their heart, "Aha! That's the way we want it!" Don't let them say, "We have swallowed him up!" 26.Let them be disappointed and confounded together who rejoice at my calamity. Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor who magnify themselves against me.

27.Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause. Yes, let them say continually, "Yahweh be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of his servant!" 28.My tongue shall talk about your righteousness and about your praise all day long.

 

Matthew 20

 

1."For the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who was the master of a household, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2.When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius90 a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3.He went out about the third hour,91 and saw others standing idle in the marketplace. 4.To them he said, 'You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.' So they went their way. 5.Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour,92 and did likewise. 6.About the eleventh hour93 he went out, and found others standing idle. He said to them, 'Why do you stand here all day idle?'

7."They said to him, 'Because no one has hired us.'

"He said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and you will receive whatever is right.' 8.When evening had come, the lord of the vineyard said to his manager, 'Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning from the last to the first.'

9."When those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came, they each received a denarius. 10.When the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise each received a denarius. 11.When they received it, they murmured against the master of the household, 12.saying, 'These last have spent one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat!'

13."But he answered one of them, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Didn't you agree with me for a denarius? 14.Take that which is yours, and go your way. It is my desire to give to this last just as much as to you. 15.Isn't it lawful for me to do what I want to with what I own? Or is your eye evil, because I am good?' 16.So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few are chosen."

17.As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them, 18."Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death, 19.and will hand him over to the Gentiles to mock, to scourge, and to crucify; and the third day he will be raised up."

20.Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, kneeling and asking a certain thing of him. 21.He said to her, "What do you want?"

She said to him, "Command that these, my two sons, may sit, one on your right hand, and one on your left hand, in your Kingdom."

22.But Jesus answered, "You don't know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?"

They said to him, "We are able."

23.He said to them, "You will indeed drink my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with, but to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it is for whom it has been prepared by my Father."

24.When the ten heard it, they were indignant with the two brothers.

25.But Jesus summoned them, and said, "You know that the rulers of the nations lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 26.It shall not be so among you, but whoever desires to become great among you shall be94 your servant. 27.Whoever desires to be first among you shall be your bondservant, 28.even as the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

29.As they went out from Jericho, a great multitude followed him. 30.Behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, "Lord, have mercy on us, you son of David!" 31.The multitude rebuked them, telling them that they should be quiet, but they cried out even more, "Lord, have mercy on us, you son of David!"

32.Jesus stood still, and called them, and asked, "What do you want me to do for you?"

33.They told him, "Lord, that our eyes may be opened."

34.Jesus, being moved with compassion, touched their eyes; and immediately their eyes received their sight, and they followed him.

 

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