Sleepy Scriptures Episode Three

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 Three 7 – 17

7: :But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
 
8: Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
 
9: And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
 
10: And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
 
11: I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
 
12: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
 
13: Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
 
14: But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
 
15: And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
 
16: And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
 
17: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Matthew Chapter Four 1 – 11

1: Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
 
2: And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
 
3: And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
 
4: But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
5: Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
 
6: And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
 
7: :Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
 
8: Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
 
9: And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
 
10: Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
 
11: Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

Matthew Chapter Four 12 – 25

12: Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;
 
13: And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim:
 
14: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,
 
15: The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;
 
16: The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.
 
17: From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
 
18: And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
 
19: And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
 
20: And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
 
21: And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.
 
22: And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.
 
23: And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
 
24: And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.
 
25: And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan.

Genesis Chapter Five

1: This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;
 
  2: Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
 
3: And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:
 
  4: And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:
 
  5: And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.
 
  6: And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos:
 
  7: And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters:
 
  8: And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died.
 
  9: And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan:
 
  10: And Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters:
 
  11: And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years: and he died.
 
  12: And Cainan lived seventy years, and begat Mahalaleel:
 
  13: And Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters:
 
  14: And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died.
 
  15: And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and begat Jared:
 
  16: And Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters:
 
  17: And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety and five years: and he died.
 
  18: And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch:
 
  19: And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
 
  20: And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died.
 
  21: And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:
 
  22: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
 
  23: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:
 
  24: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
 
  25: And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech:
 
  26: And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters:
 
  27: And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.
 
  28: And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son:
 
  29: And he called his name Noah, saying, This name shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed.
 
  30: And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters:
 
  31: And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died.
 
  32: And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Genesis Chapter Six

1: And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
 
  2: That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
 
3: And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
 
  4: There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
 
  5: And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
 
  6: And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
 
  7: And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
 
  8: But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
 
  9: These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
 
  10: And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
 
  11: The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
 
  12: And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
 
  13: And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
 
  14: Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
 
  15: And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
 
  16: A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.
 
  17: And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.
 
  18: But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.
 
  19: And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
 
  20: Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.
 
  21: And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.
 
  22: Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

Genesis Chapter Seven

1: And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.
 
  2: Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.
 
3: Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.
 
  4: For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.
 
  5: And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.
 
  6: And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.
 
  7: And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.
 
8: Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,
 
9: There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
 
  10: And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.
 
  11: In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
 
  12: And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
 
  13: In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;
 
14: They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.
 
15: And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.
 
  16: And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.
 
  17: And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.
 
  18: And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.
 
  19: And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.
 
  20: Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.
 
  21: And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:
 
  22: All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.
 
23: And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
 
  24: And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.

Genesis Chapter Eight

1: And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged;
  2: The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;
 
3: And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.
 
  4: And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.
 
  5: And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.
 
  6: And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:
 
  7: And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.
 
  8: Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;
 
  9: But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.
 
  10: And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;
 
  11: And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.
 
  12: And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.
 
  13: And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.
 
  14: And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.
 
  15: And God spake unto Noah, saying,
 
  16: Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee.
 
  17: Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.
 
  18: And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him:
 
  19: Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.
 
  20: And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
 
  21: And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
 
  22: While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

Genesis Chapter Nine

1: And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
 
2: And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.
 
3: Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
 
4: But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.
 
5: And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man.
 
6: Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.
 
7: :And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.
 
8: And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,
 
9: And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;
 
10: And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.
 
11: And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.
 
12: And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:
 
13: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
 
14: And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
 
15: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
 
16: And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.
 
17: And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.
 
18: And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.
 
19: These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.
 
20: And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
 
21: And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
 
22: And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
 
23: And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness.
 
24: And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
 
25: And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
 
26: And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
 
27: God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
 
28: And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.
 
29: And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.

Genesis Chapter Ten

1: Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood.
 
2: The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.
 
3: And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah.
 
4: And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.
 
5: By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.
 
6: And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.
 
7: :And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtecha: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan.
 
8: And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.
 
9: He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.
 
10: And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
 
11: Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah,
 
12: And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.
 
13: And Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim,
 
14: And Pathrusim, and Casluhim, (out of whom came Philistim,) and Caphtorim.
 
15: And Canaan begat Sidon his firstborn, and Heth,
 
16: And the Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgasite,
 
17: And the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite,
 
18: And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite: and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad.
 
19: And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha.
 
20: These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations.
 
21: Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born.
 
22: The children of Shem; Elam, and Asshur, and Arphaxad, and Lud, and Aram.
 
23: And the children of Aram; Uz, and Hul, and Gether, and Mash.
 
24: And Arphaxad begat Salah; and Salah begat Eber.
 
25: And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan.
 
26: And Joktan begat Almodad, and Sheleph, and Hazar-maveth, and Jerah,
 
27: And Hadoram, and Uzal, and Diklah,
 
28: And Obal, and Abimael, and Sheba,
 
29: And Ophir, and Havilah, and Jobab: all these were the sons of Joktan.
 
30: And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east.
 
31: These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations.
 
32: These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.

Psalm Three

1: LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.
 
2: Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.
 
3: But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
 
4: I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.
 
5: I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.
 
6: I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.
 
7: :Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.
 
8: Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

Psalm Four

1: Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.
 
2: O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.
 
3: But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.
 
4: Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
 
5: Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.
 
6: There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.
 
7: :Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.
 
8: I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.

Proverbs Chapter One 10 – 23

10: My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
 
11: If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:
 
12: Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:
 
13: We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:
 
14: Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:
 
15: My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:
 
16: For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
 
17: Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.
 
18: And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.
 
19: So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners th
20: Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:
 
21: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
 
22: How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
 
23: Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

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