Sleepy Scriptures Episode Nine

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 Twelve

1: At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat.
 
2: But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.
 
3: But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;
 
4: How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?
 
5: Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
 
6: But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.
 
7: :But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
 
8: For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.
 
9: And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue:
 
10: And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.
 
11: And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?
 
12: How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.
 
13: Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.
 
14: Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.
 
15: But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;
 
16: And charged them that they should not make him known:
 
17: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,
 
18: Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.
 
19: He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.
 
20: A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.
 
21: And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.
 
22: Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.
 
23: And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?
 
24: But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.
 
25: And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
 
26: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?
 
27: And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.
 
28: But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.
 
29: Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.
 
30: He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
 
31: Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
 
32: And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
 
33: Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
 
34: O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
 
35: A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
 
36: But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
 
37: For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
 
38: Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.
 
39: But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
 
40: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
 
41: The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.
 
42: The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
 
43: When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
 
44: Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
 
45: Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
 
46: While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.
 
47: Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.
 
48: But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?
 
49: And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
 
50: For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

Genesis Chapter Twenty Eight

1: And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.
 
2: Arise, go to Padan-aram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother’s father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother’s brother.
 
3: And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people;
 
4: And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.
 
5: And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he went to Padan-aram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob’s and Esau’s mother.
 
6: When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent him away to Padan-aram, to take him a wife from thence; and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan;
 
7: :And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Padan-aram;
 
8: And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father;
 
9: Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and took unto the wives which he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife.
 
10: And Jacob went out from Beer-sheba, and went toward Haran.
 
11: And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.
 
12: And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
 
13: And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;
 
14: And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
 
15: And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.
 
16: And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.
 
17: And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
 
18: And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.
 
19: And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.
 
20: And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,
 
21: So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God:
 
22: And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

Genesis Chapter Twenty Nine

1: Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east.
 
2: And he looked, and behold a well in the field, and, lo, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks: and a great stone was upon the well’s mouth.
 
3: And thither were all the flocks gathered: and they rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again upon the well’s mouth in his place.
 
4: And Jacob said unto them, My brethren, whence be ye? And they said, Of Haran are we. .
 
5: And he said unto them, Know ye Laban the son of Nahor? And they said, We know him.
 
6: And he said unto them, Is he well? And they said, He is well: and, behold, Rachel his daughter cometh with the sheep.
 
7: :And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together: water ye the sheep, and go and feed them.
 
8: And they said, We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together, and till they roll the stone from the well’s mouth; then we water the sheep.
 
9: And while he yet spake with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep: for she kept them.
 
10: And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother’s brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother’s brother.
 
11: And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept.
 
12: And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father’s brother, and that he was Rebekah’s son: and she ran and told her father.
 
13: And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister’s son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his house. And he told Laban all these things.
 
14: And Laban said to him, Surely thou art my bone and my flesh. And he abode with him the space of a month.
 
15: And Laban said unto Jacob, Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? tell me, what shall thy wages be?
 
16: And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.
 
17: Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.
 
18: And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.
 
19: And Laban said, It is better that I give her to thee, than that I should give her to another man: abide with me.
 
20: And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.
 
21: And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her.
 
22: And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.
 
23: And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her.
 
24: And Laban gave unto his daughter Leah Zilpah his maid for an handmaid.
 
25: And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?
 
26: And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.
 
27: Fulfill her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
 
28: And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
 
29: And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.
 
30: And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years.
 
31: And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.
 
32: And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the LORD hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.
 
33: And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the LORD hath heard that I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Simeon.
 
34: And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi.
 
35: And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.

Genesis Chapter Thirty

1: And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.
 
2: And Jacob’s anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in God’s stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?
 
3: And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; and she shall bear upon my knees that I may also have children by her.
 
4: And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife: and Jacob went in unto her.
 
5: And Bilhah conceived, and bare Jacob a son.
 
6: And Rachel said, God hath judged me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath given me a son: therefore called she his name Dan.
 
7: :And Bilhah Rachel’s maid conceived again, and bare Jacob a second son.
 
8: And Rachel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called his name Naphtali.
 
9: When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah her maid, and gave her Jacob to wife.
 
10: And Zilpah Leah’s maid bare Jacob a son.
 
11: And Leah said, A troop cometh: and she called his name Gad.
 
12: And Zilpah Leah’s maid bare Jacob a second son.
 
13: And Leah said, Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed: and she called his name Asher.
 
14: And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them unto his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, Give me, I pray thee, of thy son’s mandrakes.
 
15: And she said unto her, Is it a small matter that thou hast taken my husband? and wouldest thou take away my son’s mandrakes also? And Rachel said, Therefore he shall lie with thee to night for thy son’s mandrakes.
 
16: And Jacob came out of the field in the evening, and Leah went out to meet him, and said, Thou must come in unto me; for surely I have hired thee with my son’s mandrakes. And he lay with her that night.
 
17: And God hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived, and bare Jacob the fifth son.
 
18: And Leah said, God hath given me my hire, because I have given my maiden to my husband: and she called his name Issachar.
 
19: And Leah conceived again, and bare Jacob the sixth son.
 
20: And Leah said, God hath endued me with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me, because I have born him six sons: and she called his name Zebulun.
 
21: And afterwards she bare a daughter, and called her name Dinah.
 
22: And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb.
 
23: And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach:
 
24: And she called his name Joseph; and said, The LORD shall add to me another son.
 
25: And it came to pass, when Rachel had born Joseph, that Jacob said unto Laban, Send me away, that I may go unto mine own place, and to my country.
 
26: Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served thee, and let me go: for thou knowest my service which I have done thee.
 
27: And Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes, tarry: for I have learned by experience that the LORD hath blessed me for thy sake.
 
28: And he said, Appoint me thy wages, and I will give it.
 
29: And he said unto him, Thou knowest how I have served thee, and how thy cattle was with me.
 
30: For it was little which thou hadst before I came, and it is now increased unto a multitude; and the LORD hath blessed thee since my coming: and now when shall I provide for mine own house also?
 
31: And he said, What shall I give thee? And Jacob said, Thou shalt not give me any thing: if thou wilt do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep thy flock:
 
32: I will pass through all thy flock to day, removing from thence all the speckled and spotted cattle, and all the brown cattle among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats: and of such shall be my hire.
 
33: So shall my righteousness answer for me in time to come, when it shall come for my hire before thy face: every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown among the sheep, that shall be counted stolen with me.
 
34: And Laban said, Behold, I would it might be according to thy word.
 
35: And he removed that day the he goats that were ringstraked and spotted, and all the she goats that were speckled and spotted, and every one that had some white in it, and all the brown among the sheep, and gave them into the hand of his sons.
 
36: And he set three days’ journey betwixt himself and Jacob: and Jacob fed the rest of Laban’s flocks.
 
37: And Jacob took him rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chestnut tree; and pilled white strakes in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods.
 
38: And he set the rods which he had pilled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink.
 
39: And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle ringstraked, speckled, and spotted.
 
40: And Jacob did separate the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the ringstraked, and all the brown in the flock of Laban; and he put his own flocks by themselves, and put them not unto Laban’s cattle.
 
41: And it came to pass, whensoever the stronger cattle did conceive, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the cattle in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods.
 
42: But when the cattle were feeble, he put them not in: so the feebler were Laban’s, and the stronger Jacob’s.
 
43: And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses.

Psalm Thirteen

1: How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
 
2: How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?
 
3: Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;
 
4: Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.
 
5: But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.
 
6: I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.

Proverbs Chapter Six

1: My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,
 
2: Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
 
3: Do this now, my son, deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.
 
4: Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.
 
5: Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
 
6: Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
 
7: :Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
 
8: Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
 
9: How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
 
10: Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
 
11: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
 
12: A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.
 
13: He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
 
14: Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.
 
15: Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
 
16: These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
 
17: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
 
18: An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
 
19: A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
 
20: My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
 
21: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.
 
22: When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
 
23: For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
 
24: To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
 
25: Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.
 
26: For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.
 
27: Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
 
28: Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
 
29: So he that goeth in to his neighbour’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.
 
30: Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;
 
31: But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.
 
32: But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
 
33: A wound and shonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.
 
34: For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
 
35: He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.

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