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 2121:1 The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord;he turns it wherever he will. 2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,but the Lord weighs the heart. 3 To do righteousness and justiceis more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. 4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart,the lamp of the wicked, are sin. 5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance,but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty. 6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongueis a fleeting vapor and a snare of death. 7 The violence of the wicked will sweep them away,because they refuse to do what is just. 8 The way of the guilty is crooked,but the conduct of the pure is upright. 9 It is better to live in a corner of the housetopthan in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife. 10 The soul of the wicked desires evil;his neighbor finds no mercy in his eyes. 11 When a scoffer is punished, the simple becomes wise;when a wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge. 12 The Righteous One observes the house of the wicked;he throws the wicked down to ruin. 13 Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poorwill himself call out and not be answered. 14 A gift in secret averts anger,and a concealed bribe, strong wrath. 15 When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteousbut terror to evildoers. 16 One who wanders from the way of good sensewill rest in the assembly of the dead. 17 Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man;he who loves wine and oil will not be rich. 18 The wicked is a ransom for the righteous,and the traitor for the upright. 19 It is better to live in a desert landthan with a quarrelsome and fretful woman. 20 Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling,but a foolish man devours it. 21 Whoever pursues righteousness and kindnesswill find life, righteousness, and honor. 22 A wise man scales the city of the mightyand brings down the stronghold in which they trust. 23 Whoever keeps his mouth and his tonguekeeps himself out of trouble. 24 “Scoffer” is the name of the arrogant, haughty manwho acts with arrogant pride. 25 The desire of the sluggard kills him,for his hands refuse to labor. 26 All day long he craves and craves,but the righteous gives and does not hold back. 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination;how much more when he brings it with evil intent. 28 A false witness will perish,but the word of a man who hears will endure. 29 A wicked man puts on a bold face,but the upright gives thought to his ways. 30 No wisdom, no understanding, no counselcan avail against the Lord. 31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle,but the victory belongs to the Lord.
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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