Gen. 37:1   Jacob lived in gthe land of his father’s sojournings, in the land of Canaan. 

Gen. 37:2   These are the generations of Jacob.

 Joseph, being seventeen years old, was pasturing the flock with his brothers. He was a boy with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives. And Joseph brought ha bad report of them to their father.  3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was ithe son of his old age. And he made him ja robe of many colors.* 4 But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peacefully to him. 

Gen. 37:5   Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more.  6 He said to them, “Hear this dream that I have dreamed:  7 Behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, kmy sheaf arose and stood upright. And behold, your sheaves gathered around it and lbowed down to my sheaf.”  8 His brothers said to him, “Are you indeed to reign over us? Or are you indeed to rule over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words. 

Gen. 37:9   Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, “Behold, I have dreamed another dream. Behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”  10 But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and myour mother and your brothers indeed come nto bow ourselves to the ground before you?”  11 And ohis brothers were jealous of him, pbut his father kept the saying in mind. 

Gen. 37:12   Now his brothers went to pasture their father’s flock near qShechem.  13 And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers pasturing the flock at Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.” And he said to him, “Here I am.”  14 So he said to him, “Go now, see if it is well with your brothers and with the flock, and bring me word.” So he sent him from the Valley of rHebron, and he came to Shechem.  15 And a man found him wandering in the fields. And the man asked him, “What are you seeking?”  16 “I am seeking my brothers,” he said. “Tell me, please, where they are pasturing the flock.”  17 And the man said, “They have gone away, for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to sDothan.’” So Joseph went after his brothers and found them at sDothan. 

Gen. 37:18   They saw him from afar, and before he came near to them tthey conspired against him to kill him.  19 They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer.  20 Come now, ulet us kill him and throw him into one of the pits.* Then we will say that a fierce animal has devoured him, and we will see what will become of his dreams.”  21 But when vReuben heard it, he rescued him out of their hands, saying, “Let us not take his life.”  22 And Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood; throw him into this pit here in the wilderness, but do not lay a hand on him”—wthat he might rescue him out of their hand to restore him to his father.  23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, xthe robe of many colors that he wore.  24 And they took him and ythrew him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it. 

Gen. 37:25   Then they sat down to eat. And looking up they saw a zcaravan of aIshmaelites coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing bgum, balm, and myrrh, on their way to carry it down to Egypt.  26 Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it cif we kill our brother and conceal his blood?  27 Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and dlet not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers listened to him.  28 Then eMidianite traders passed by. And they drew Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and fsold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels* of silver. They took Joseph to Egypt. 

Gen. 37:29   When Reuben returned to the pit and saw that Joseph was not in the pit, he gtore his clothes 30 and returned to his brothers and said, “The boy his gone, and I, where shall I go?”  31 Then they took iJoseph’s robe and slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood.  32 And they sent the robe of many colors and brought it to their father and said, “This we have found; please identify whether it is your son’s robe or not.”  33 And he identified it and said, “It is my son’s robe. jA fierce animal has devoured him. Joseph is without doubt torn to pieces.”  34 Then Jacob tore his garments and put sackcloth on his loins and mourned for his son many days.  35 All his sons and all his daughters krose up to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted and said, “No, lI shall go down to Sheol to my son, mourning.” Thus his father wept for him.  36 Meanwhile mthe Midianites had sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, nthe captain of the guard. 

Gen. 38:1   It happened at that time that Judah went down from his brothers and oturned aside to a certain pAdullamite, whose name was Hirah.  2 There Judah saw the daughter of a certain Canaanite whose name was qShua. He took her and went in to her,  3 and she conceived and bore a son, and he called his name rEr.  4 She conceived again and bore a son, and she called his name rOnan.  5 Yet again she bore a son, and she called his name rShelah. Judah* was in Chezib when she bore him. 

Gen. 38:6   And Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, and her name was Tamar.  7 But Er, Judah’s firstborn, swas wicked in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord put him to death.  8 Then Judah said to Onan, “Go in to tyour brother’s wife and uperform the duty of a brother-in-law to her, and raise up offspring for your brother.”  9 But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his. So whenever he went in to his brother’s wife he would waste the semen on the ground, so as not to give offspring to his brother.  10 And what he did was wicked in the sight of the Lord, and he put him to death also.  11 Then Judah said to Tamar his daughter-in-law, v“Remain a widow in your father’s house, till Shelah my son grows up”—for he feared that he would die, like his brothers. So Tamar went and remained win her father’s house. 

Gen. 38:12   In the course of time the wife of Judah, Shua’s daughter, died. When Judah xwas comforted, he went up to yTimnah to his sheepshearers, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite.  13 And when Tamar was told, “Your father-in-law is going up to Timnah to shear his sheep,”  14 she took off her widow’s garments zand covered herself with a veil, wrapping herself up, and sat at the entrance to aEnaim, which is on the road to Timnah. For she saw that Shelah was grown up, band she had not been given to him in marriage.  15 When Judah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute, for she had covered her face.  16 He turned to her at the roadside and said, “Come, let me come in to you,” for he did not know that she was his daughter-in-law. She said, “What will you give me, that you may come in to me?”  17 He answered, “I will send you a young goat from the flock.” And she said, “If you give me a pledge, until you send it—”  18 He said, “What pledge shall I give you?” She replied, c“Your signet and your cord and your staff that is in your hand.” So he gave them to her and went in to her, and she conceived by him.  19 Then she arose and went away, and taking off dher veil she put on the garments of her widowhood. 

Gen. 38:20   When Judah sent the young goat by his friend the Adullamite to take back the pledge from the woman’s hand, he did not find her.  21 And he asked the men of the place, “Where is the cult prostitute* who was at eEnaim at the roadside?” And they said, “No cult prostitute has been here.”  22 So he returned to Judah and said, “I have not found her. Also, the men of the place said, ‘No cult prostitute has been here.’”  23 And Judah replied, “Let her keep the things as her own, or we shall be laughed at. You see, I sent this young goat, and you did not find her.” 

Gen. 38:24   About three months later Judah was told, “Tamar your daughter-in-law fhas been immoral.* Moreover, she is pregnant by immorality.”* And Judah said, “Bring her out, and glet her be burned.”  25 As she was being brought out, she sent word to her father-in-law, “By the man to whom these belong, I am pregnant.” And she said, “Please identify whose these are, hthe signet and the cord and the staff.”  26 Then Judah identified them and said, i“She is more righteous than I, since jI did not give her to my son Shelah.” And he did not know her again. 

Gen. 38:27   When the time of her labor came, there were twins in her womb.  28 And when she was in labor, one put out a hand, and the midwife took and tied a scarlet thread on his hand, saying, “This one came out first.”  29 But as he drew back his hand, behold, his brother came out. And she said, “What a breach you have made for yourself!” Therefore his name was called kPerez.* 30 Afterward his brother came out with the scarlet thread on his hand, and his name was called kZerah. 

Matt. 12:22   wThen a demon-oppressed man who was blind and mute was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the man spoke and saw.  23 xAnd all the people were amazed, and said, x“Can this be the Son of David?”  24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, y“It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons.”  25 zKnowing their thoughts, ahe said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. 26 And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, bby whom do cyour sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 28 But if it is dby the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then ethe kingdom of God has come upon you. 29 Or fhow can someone enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed ghe may plunder his house. 30 hWhoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 31 iTherefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but jthe blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 And whoever speaks a word kagainst the Son of Man lwill be forgiven, but jwhoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in mthis age or in the age to come.

Matt. 12:33   n“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, ofor the tree is known by its fruit. 34 pYou brood of vipers! How can you speak good, qwhen you are evil? rFor out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 rThe good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. 36 I tell you, son the day of judgment tpeople will give account for uevery careless word they speak, 37 for vby your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Matt. 12:38   Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, “Teacher, wwe wish to see a sign from you.”  39 But he answered them, x“An evil and yadulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For zjust as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, aso will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 bThe men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and ccondemn it, for dthey repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, esomething greater than Jonah is here. 42 fThe queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, esomething greater than Solomon is here.

Matt. 12:43   “When gthe unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through hwaterless places seeking rest, but finds none. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order. 45 Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and ithe last state of that person is worse than the first. So also will it be with this jevil generation.”

Psa. 16:0    A hMiktam* of David.

Psa. 16:1    Preserve me, O God, for in you I itake refuge. 

2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;

jI have no good apart from you.” 

Psa. 16:3    As for kthe saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,

in whom is all my delight.*

Psa. 16:4    The sorrows of those who run after* another god shall multiply;

their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out

or ltake their names on my lips. 

Psa. 16:5    The Lord is mmy chosen portion and my ncup;

you hold my olot. 

6 pThe lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;

indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. 

Psa. 16:7    I bless the Lord who qgives me counsel;

in rthe night also my sheart instructs me.*

8 tI have uset the Lord always before me;

because he is at my vright hand, I shall not be wshaken. 

Psa. 16:9    Therefore my heart is glad, and my xwhole being* rejoices;

my flesh also dwells secure. 

10 For you will not abandon my soul to ySheol,

zor let your aholy one see bcorruption.*

Psa. 16:11    You make known to me cthe path of life;

in your presence there is dfullness of joy;

at your right hand are epleasures forevermore. 

Prov. 3:27 rDo not withhold good from those to whom it is due,*

when it is in your power to do it. 

Prov. 3:28    sDo not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again,

tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you. 

29 tDo not plan evil against your neighbor,

who udwells trustingly beside you. 

30 vDo not contend with a man for no reason,

when he has done you no harm. 

31 wDo not envy xa man of violence

and do not choose any of his ways, 

32 for ythe devious person is an abomination to the Lord,

but the upright are zin his confidence. 

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