GENESIS 43Joseph’s Brothers Return to Egypt 43:1 Now the famine was severe in the land. 2 And when they had eaten the grain that they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, “Go again, buy us a little food.” 3 But Judah said to him, “The man solemnly warned us, saying, ‘You shall not see my face unless your brother is with you.’ 4 If you will send our brother with us, we will go down and buy you food. 5 But if you will not send him, we will not go down, for the man said to us, ‘You shall not see my face, unless your brother is with you.’” 6 Israel said, “Why did you treat me so badly as to tell the man that you had another brother?” 7 They replied, “The man questioned us carefully about ourselves and our kindred, saying, ‘Is your father still alive? Do you have another brother?’ What we told him was in answer to these questions. Could we in any way know that he would say, ‘Bring your brother down’?” 8 And Judah said to Israel his father, “Send the boy with me, and we will arise and go, that we may live and not die, both we and you and also our little ones. 9 I will be a pledge of his safety. From my hand you shall require him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him before you, then let me bear the blame forever. 10 If we had not delayed, we would now have returned twice.”
GENESIS 44Joseph Tests His Brothers 44:1 Then he commanded the steward of his house, “Fill the men’s sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put each man’s money in the mouth of his sack, 2 and put my cup, the silver cup, in the mouth of the sack of the youngest, with his money for the grain.” And he did as Joseph told him.
PROVERBS 2020:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler,and whoever is led astray by it is not wise. 2 The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion;whoever provokes him to anger forfeits his life. 3 It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife,but every fool will be quarreling. 4 The sluggard does not plow in the autumn;he will seek at harvest and have nothing. 5 The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water,but a man of understanding will draw it out. 6 Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love,but a faithful man who can find? 7 The righteous who walks in his integrity—blessed are his children after him! 8 A king who sits on the throne of judgmentwinnows all evil with his eyes. 9 Who can say, “I have made my heart pure;I am clean from my sin”? 10 Unequal weights and unequal measuresare both alike an abomination to the Lord. 11 Even a child makes himself known by his acts,by whether his conduct is pure and upright. 12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye,the Lord has made them both. 13 Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty;open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread. 14 “Bad, bad,” says the buyer,but when he goes away, then he boasts. 15 There is gold and abundance of costly stones,but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel. 16 Take a man’s garment when he has put up security for a stranger,and hold it in pledge when he puts up security for foreigners. 17 Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man,but afterward his mouth will be full of gravel. 18 Plans are established by counsel;by wise guidance wage war. 19 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets;therefore do not associate with a simple babbler. 20 If one curses his father or his mother,his lamp will be put out in utter darkness. 21 An inheritance gained hastily in the beginningwill not be blessed in the end. 22 Do not say, “I will repay evil”;wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you. 23 Unequal weights are an abomination to the Lord,and false scales are not good. 24 A man’s steps are from the Lord;how then can man understand his way? 25 It is a snare to say rashly, “It is holy,”and to reflect only after making vows. 26 A wise king winnows the wickedand drives the wheel over them. 27 The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord,searching all his innermost parts. 28 Steadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king,and by steadfast love his throne is upheld. 29 The glory of young men is their strength,but the splendor of old men is their gray hair. 30 Blows that wound cleanse away evil;strokes make clean the innermost parts.
MATTHEW 16The Pharisees and Sadducees Demand Signs 16:1 And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. 2 He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ 3 And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. 4 An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So he left them and departed. The Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees5 When the disciples reached the other side, they had forgotten to bring any bread. 6 Jesus said to them, “Watch and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 7 And they began discussing it among themselves, saying, “We brought no bread.” 8 But Jesus, aware of this, said, “O you of little faith, why are you discussing among yourselves the fact that you have no bread? 9 Do you not yet perceive? Do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? 10 Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? 11 How is it that you fail to understand that I did not speak about bread? Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12 Then they understood that he did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ. Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. 28 Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”
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