Sleepy Scriptures Episode Thirteen

Against soothing background music we continue our relaxing and meditative journey through the Bible with more readings from the book of Genesis, the Gospel of Matthew, the Psalms and the book of Proverbs.

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Matthew Chapter Seventeen

1: And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
 
2: And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
 
3: And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
 
4: Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
 
5: While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
 
6: And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.
 
7: :And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.
 
8: And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.
 
9: And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.
 
10: And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?
 
11: And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
 
12: But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.
 
13: Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.
 
14: And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,
 
15: Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
 
16: And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
 
17: Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
 
18: And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
 
19: Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
 
20: And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
 
21: Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
 
22: And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men:
 
23: And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.
 
24: And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute?
 
25: He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?
 
26: Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.
 
27: Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

Matthew Chapter Eighteen

1: At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
 
2: And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
 
3: And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
 
4: Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
 
5: And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
 
6: But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
 
7: :Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!
 
8: Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.
 
9: And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.
 
10: Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
 
11: For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
 
12: How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?
 
13: And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.
 
14: Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.
 
15: Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
 
16: But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
 
17: And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
 
18: Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
 
19: Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
 
20: For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
 
21: Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
 
22: Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
 
23: Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
 
24: And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
 
25: But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
 
26: The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
 
27: Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
 
28: But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
 
29: And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
 
30: And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
 
31: So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
 
32: Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
 
33: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
 
34: And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
 
35: So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

Matthew Chapter Nineteen

1: And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan;
 
2: And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.
 
3: The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?
 
4: And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
 
5: And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
 
6: Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
 
7: They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?
 
8: He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
 
9: And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
 
10: His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.
 
11: But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.
 
12: For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.
 
13: Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.
 
14: But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
 
15: And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.
 
16: And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
 
17: And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
 
18: He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
 
19: Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
 
20: The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
 
21: Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
 
22: But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
 
23: Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
 
24: And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
 
25: When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
 
26: But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
 
27: Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?
 
28: And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
 
29: And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
 
30: But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

Genesis Chapter Forty Six

1: And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac.
 
2: And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I.
 
3: And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation:
 
4: I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.
 
5: And Jacob rose up from Beersheba: and the sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, and their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him.
 
6: And they took their cattle, and their goods, which they had gotten in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob, and all his seed with him:
 
7: His sons, and his sons’ sons with him, his daughters, and his sons’ daughters, and all his seed brought he with him into Egypt.
 
8: And these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt, Jacob and his sons: Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn.
 
9: And the sons of Reuben; Hanoch, and Phallu, and Hezron, and Carmi.
 
10: And the sons of Simeon; Jemuel, and Jamin, and Ohad, and Jachin, and Zohar, and Shaul the son of a Canaanitish woman.
 
11: And the sons of Levi; Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
 
12: And the sons of Judah; Er, and Onan, and Shelah, and Pharez, and Zarah: but Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan. And the sons of Pharez were Hezron and Hamul.
 
13: And the sons of Issachar; Tola, and Phuvah, and Job, and Shimron.
 
14: And the sons of Zebulun; Sered, and Elon, and Jahleel.
 
15: These be the sons of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob in Padanaram, with his daughter Dinah: all the souls of his sons and his daughters were thirty and three.
 
16: And the sons of Gad; Ziphion, and Haggi, Shuni, and Ezbon, Eri, and Arodi, and Areli.
 
17: And the sons of Asher; Jimnah, and Ishuah, and Isui, and Beriah, and Serah their sister: and the sons of Beriah; Heber, and Malchiel.
 
18: These are the sons of Zilpah, whom Laban gave to Leah his daughter, and these she bare unto Jacob, even sixteen souls.
 
19: The sons of Rachel Jacob’s wife; Joseph, and Benjamin.
 
20: And unto Joseph in the land of Egypt were born Manasseh and Ephraim, which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On bare unto him.
 
21: And the sons of Benjamin were Belah, and Becher, and Ashbel, Gera, and Naaman, Ehi, and Rosh, Muppim, and Huppim, and Ard.
 
22: These are the sons of Rachel, which were born to Jacob: all the souls were fourteen.
 
23: And the sons of Dan; Hushim.
 
24: And the sons of Naphtali; Jahzeel, and Guni, and Jezer, and Shillem.
 
25: These are the sons of Bilhah, which Laban gave unto Rachel his daughter, and she bare these unto Jacob: all the souls were seven.
 
26: All the souls that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of his loins, besides Jacob’s sons’ wives, all the souls were threescore and six;
 
27: And the sons of Joseph, which were born him in Egypt, were two souls: all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten.
 
28: And he sent Judah before him unto Joseph, to direct his face unto Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen.
 
29: And Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to meet Israel his father, to Goshen, and presented himself unto him; and he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while.
 
30: And Israel said unto Joseph, Now let me die, since I have seen thy face, because thou art yet alive.
 
31: And Joseph said unto his brethren, and unto his father’s house, I will go up, and shew Pharaoh, and say unto him, My brethren, and my father’s house, which were in the land of Canaan, are come unto me;
 
32: And the men are shepherds, for their trade hath been to feed cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have.
 
33: And it shall come to pass, when Pharaoh shall call you, and shall say, What is your occupation?
 
34: That ye shall say, Thy servants’ trade hath been about cattle from our youth even until now, both we, and also our fathers: that ye may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians.

Genesis Chapter Forty Seven

1: Then Joseph came and told Pharaoh, and said, My father and my brethren, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have, are come out of the land of Canaan; and, behold, they are in the land of Goshen.
 
2: And he took some of his brethren, even five men, and presented them unto Pharaoh.
 
3: And Pharaoh said unto his brethren, What is your occupation? And they said unto Pharaoh, Thy servants are shepherds, both we, and also our fathers.
 
4: They said moreover unto Pharaoh, For to sojourn in the land are we come; for thy servants have no pasture for their flocks; for the famine is sore in the land of Canaan: now therefore, we pray thee, let thy servants dwell in the land of Goshen.
 
5: And Pharaoh spake unto Joseph, saying, Thy father and thy brethren are come unto thee:
 
6: The land of Egypt is before thee; in the best of the land make thy father and brethren to dwell; in the land of Goshen let them dwell: and if thou knowest any men of activity among them, then make them rulers over my cattle.
 
7: :And Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh: and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.
 
8: And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How old art thou?
 
9: And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.
 
10: And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh.
 
11: And Joseph placed his father and his brethren, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded.
 
12: And Joseph nourished his father, and his brethren, and all his father’s household, with bread, according to their families.
 
13: And there was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very sore, so that the land of Egypt and all the land of Canaan fainted by reason of the famine.
 
14: And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, for the corn which they bought: and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh’s house.
 
15: And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us bread: for why should we die in thy presence? for the money faileth.
 
16: And Joseph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money fail.
 
17: And they brought their cattle unto Joseph: and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for horses, and for the flocks, and for the cattle of the herds, and for the asses: and he fed them with bread for all their cattle for that year.
 
18: When that year was ended, they came unto him the second year, and said unto him, We will not hide it from my lord, how that our money is spent; my lord also hath our herds of cattle; there is not ought left in the sight of my lord, but our bodies, and our lands:
 
19: Wherefore shall we die before thine eyes, both we and our land? buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants unto Pharaoh: and give us seed, that we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate.
 
20: And Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them: so the land became Pharaoh’s.
 
21: And as for the people, he removed them to cities from one end of the borders of Egypt even to the other end thereof.
 
22: Only the land of the priests bought he not; for the priests had a portion assigned them of Pharaoh, and did eat their portion which Pharaoh gave them: wherefore they sold not their lands.
 
23: Then Joseph said unto the people, Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for Pharaoh: lo, here is seed for you, and ye shall sow the land.
 
24: And it shall come to pass in the increase, that ye shall give the fifth part unto Pharaoh, and four parts shall be your own, for seed of the field, and for your food, and for them of your households, and for food for your little ones.
 
25: And they said, Thou hast saved our lives: let us find grace in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh’s servants.
 
26: And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt unto this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth part; except the land of the priests only, which became not Pharaoh’s.
 
27: And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions therein, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly.
 
28: And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years: so the whole age of Jacob was an hundred forty and seven years.
 
29: And the time drew nigh that Israel must die: and he called his son Joseph, and said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me; bury me not, I pray thee, in Egypt:
 
30: But I will lie with my fathers, and thou shalt carry me out of Egypt, and bury me in their buryingplace. And he said, I will do as thou hast said.
 
31: And he said, Swear unto me. And he sware unto him. And Israel bowed himself upon the bed’s head.

Genesis Chapter Forty Eight

1: And it came to pass after these things, that one told Joseph, Behold, thy father is sick: and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.
 
2: And one told Jacob, and said, Behold, thy son Joseph cometh unto thee: and Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed.
 
3: And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me,
 
4: And said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession.
 
5: And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.
 
6: And thy issue, which thou begettest after them, shall be thine, and shall be called after the name of their brethren in their inheritance.
 
7: :And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in the land of Canaan in the way, when yet there was but a little way to come unto Ephrath: and I buried her there in the way of Ephrath; the same is Bethlehem.
 
8: And Israel beheld Joseph’s sons, and said, Who are these?
 
9: And Joseph said unto his father, They are my sons, whom God hath given me in this place. And he said, Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them.
 
10: Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see. And he brought them near unto him; and he kissed them, and embraced them.
 
11: And Israel said unto Joseph, I had not thought to see thy face: and, lo, God hath shewed me also thy seed.
 
12: And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.
 
13: And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near unto him.
 
14: And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn.
 
15: And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day,
 
16: The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.
 
17: And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father’s hand, to remove it from Ephraim’s head unto Manasseh’s head.
 
18: And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head.
 
19: And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.
 
20: And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
 
21: And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die: but God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers.
 
22: Moreover I have given to thee one portion above thy brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow.

Genesis Chapter Forty Nine

1: And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.
 
2: Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father.
 
3: Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power:
 
4: Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father’s bed; then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch.
 
5: Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations.
 
6: O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall.
 
7: :Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.
 
8: Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee.
 
9: Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?
 
10: The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
 
11: Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes:
 
12: His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.
 
13: Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon.
 
14: Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens:
 
15: And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute.
 
16: Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.
 
17: Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.
 
18: I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.
 
19: Gad, a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last.
 
20: Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.
 
21: Naphtali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words.
 
22: Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall:
 
23: The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him:
 
24: But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:)
 
25: Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb:
 
26: The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.
 
27: Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.
 
28: All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spake unto them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them.
 
29: And he charged them, and said unto them, I am to be gathered unto my people: bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite,
 
30: In the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a buryingplace.
 
31: There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah.
 
32: The purchase of the field and of the cave that is therein was from the children of Heth.
 
33: And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people.

Genesis Chapter Fifty

1: And Joseph fell upon his father’s face, and wept upon him, and kissed him.
 
2: And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father: and the physicians embalmed Israel.
 
3: And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of those which are embalmed: and the Egyptians mourned for him threescore and ten days.
 
4: And when the days of his mourning were past, Joseph spake unto the house of Pharaoh, saying, If now I have found grace in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears of Pharaoh, saying,
 
5: My father made me swear, saying, Lo, I die: in my grave which I have digged for me in the land of Canaan, there shalt thou bury me. Now therefore let me go up, I pray thee, and bury my father, and I will come again.
 
6: And Pharaoh said, Go up, and bury thy father, according as he made thee swear.
 
7: :And Joseph went up to bury his father: and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt,
 
8: And all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father’s house: only their little ones, and their flocks, and their herds, they left in the land of Goshen.
 
9: And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen: and it was a very great company.
 
10: And they came to the threshingfloor of Atad, which is beyond Jordan, and there they mourned with a great and very sore lamentation: and he made a mourning for his father seven days.
 
11: And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning in the floor of Atad, they said, This is a grievous mourning to the Egyptians: wherefore the name of it was called Abel-mizraim, which is beyond Jordan.
 
12: And his sons did unto him according as he commanded them:
 
13: For his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which Abraham bought with the field for a possession of a buryingplace of Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre.
 
14: And Joseph returned into Egypt, he, and his brethren, and all that went up with him to bury his father, after he had buried his father.
 
15: And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him.
 
16: And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying,
 
17: So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.
 
18: And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants.
 
19: And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?
 
20: But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
 
21: Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.
 
22: And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father’s house: and Joseph lived an hundred and ten years.
 
23: And Joseph saw Ephraim’s children of the third generation: the children also of Machir the son Manasseh were brought up upon Joseph’s knees.
 
24: And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
 
25: And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.
 
26: So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.

Psalm Seventeen

1: Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.
 
2: Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal.
 
3: Thou has proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou has tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.
 
4: Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.
 
5: Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.
 
6: I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.
 
7: Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.
 
8: Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,
 
9: From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.
 
10: They are inclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly.
 
11: They have now compassed us in our steps: they have set their eyes bowing down to the earth;
 
12: Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.
 
13: Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword:
 
14: From men which are thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.
 
15: As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.

Proverbs Chapter Ten

1: The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
 
2: Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.
 
3: The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.
 
4: He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
 
5: He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.
 
6: Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
 
7: :The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.
 
8: The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.
 
9: He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.
 
10: He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.
 
11: The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
 
12: Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
 
13: In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.
 
14: Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
 
15: The rich man’s wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
 
16: The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.
 
17: He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.
 
18: He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.
 
19: In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.
 
20: The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.
 
21: The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.
 
22: The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
 
23: It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
 
24: The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.
 
25: As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.
 
26: As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.
 
27: The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
 
28: The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
 
29: The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
 
30: The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.
 
31: The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.
 
32: The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.

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