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 Eleven
|1: And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.|
2: Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,
|3: And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?|
4: Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:
5: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
6: And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
7: And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
8: But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses.
9: But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.
10: For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
11: Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
12: And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
13: For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
14: And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.
15: He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
16: But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows,
17: And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.
18: For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.
19: The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.
20: Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:
21: Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
22: But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.
23: And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
24: But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.
25: At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
26: Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.
27: All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
28: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29: Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30: For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Genesis Chapter Twenty Six
|1: And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar.|
|2: And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:|
|3: Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;|
|4: And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;|
|5: Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.|
|6: And Isaac dwelt in Gerar:|
|7: :And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said, She is my sister: for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she was fair to look upon.|
|8: And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife.|
|9: And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, Behold, of a surety she is thy wife: and how saidst thou, She is my sister? And Isaac said unto him, Because I said, Lest I die for her.|
|10: And Abimelech said, What is this thou hast done unto us? one of the people might lightly have lien with thy wife, and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us.|
|11: And Abimelech charged all his people, saying, He that toucheth this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.|
|12: Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him.|
|13: And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great:|
|14: For he had possession of flocks, and possessions of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.|
|15: For all the wells which his father’s servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth.|
|16: And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we.|
|17: And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.|
|18: And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them.|
|19: And Isaac’s servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water.|
|20: And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac’s herdmen, saying, The water is ours: and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him.|
|21: And they digged another well, and strove for that also: and he called the name of it Sitnah.|
|22: And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the LORD hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.|
|23: And he went up from thence to Beer-sheba.|
|24: And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake.|
|25: And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the LORD and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac’s servants digged a well.|
|26: Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath one of his friends, and Phichol the chief captain of his army.|
|27: And Isaac said unto them, Wherefore come ye to me, seeing ye hate me, and have sent me away from you?|
|28: And they said, We saw certainly that the LORD was with thee: and we said, Let there be now an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee;|
|29: That thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee, and as we have done unto thee nothing but good, and have sent thee away in peace: thou art now the blessed of the LORD.|
|30: And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink.|
|31: And they rose up betimes in the morning, and sware one to another: and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.|
|32: And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac’s servants came, and told him concerning the well which they had digged, and said unto him, We have found water.|
|33: And he called it Shebah: therefore the name of the city is Beer-sheba unto this day.|
|34: And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite:|
|35: Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.|
Genesis Chapter Twenty Seven
|1: And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I.|
|2: And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death:|
|3: Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison;|
|4: And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.|
|5: And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it.|
|6: And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying,|
|7: :Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the LORD before my death.|
|8: Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee.|
|9: Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth:|
|10: And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and that he may bless thee before his death.|
|11: And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man:|
|12: My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing.|
|13: And his mother said unto him, Upon me be thy curse, my son: only obey my voice, and go fetch me them.|
|14: And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made savoury meat, such as his father loved.|
|15: And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son:|
|16: And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck:|
|17: And she gave the savoury meat and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.|
|18: And he came unto his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I; who art thou, my son?|
|19: And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy firstborn; I have done according as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me.|
|20: And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the LORD thy God brought it to me.|
|21: And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not.|
|22: And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.|
|23: And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau’s hands: so he blessed him.|
|24: And he said, Art thou my very son Esau? And he said, I am.|
|25: And he said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son’s venison, that my soul may bless thee. And he brought it near to him, and he did eat: and he brought him wine, and he drank.|
|26: And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son.|
|27: And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the LORD hath blessed:|
|28: Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine:|
|29: Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother’s sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.|
|30: And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarce gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.|
|31: And he also had made savoury meat, and brought it unto his father, and said unto his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his son’s venison, that thy soul may bless me.|
|32: And Isaac his father said unto him, Who art thou? And he said, I am thy son, thy firstborn Esau.|
|33: And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who? where is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed him? yea, and he shall be blessed.|
|34: And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father.|
|35: And he said, Thy brother came with subtilty, and hath taken away thy blessing.|
|36: And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these two times: he took away my birthright; and, behold, now he hath taken away my blessing. And he said, Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me?|
|37: And Isaac answered and said unto Esau, Behold, I have made him thy lord, and all his brethren have I given to him for servants; and with corn and wine have I sustained him: and what shall I do now unto thee, my son?|
|38: And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept.|
|39: And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above;|
|40: And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.|
|41: And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.|
|42: And these words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah: and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said unto him, Behold, thy brother Esau, as touching thee, doth comfort himself, purposing to kill thee.|
|43: Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; and arise, flee thou to Laban my brother to Haran;|
|44: And tarry with him a few days, until thy brother’s fury turn away;|
|45: Until thy brother’s anger turn away from thee, and he forget that which thou hast done to him: then I will send, and fetch thee from thence: why should I be deprived also of you both in one day?|
|46: And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these which are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do me?|
|1: Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.|
|2: They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.|
|3: The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:|
|4: Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?|
|5: For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.|
|6: The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.|
|7: :Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.|
|8: The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.|
Proverbs Chapter 5
|1: My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:|
|2: That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.|
|3: For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:|
|4: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.|
|5: Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.|
|6: Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.|
|7: :Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.|
|8: Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:|
|9: Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:|
|10: Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;|
|11: And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,|
|12: And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;|
|13: And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!|
|14: I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.|
|15: Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.|
|16: Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.|
|17: Let them be only thine own, and not strangers’ with thee.|
|18: Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.|
|19: Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.|
|20: And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?|
|21: For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.|
|22: His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.|
|23: He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.|