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ESV: Every Day in the Word

The popular reading plan features a reading from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs each day. This plan divides the text into 365 sections, so you can read through the entire Bible in one unforgettable year?in as little as 15 minutes a day. In one year, you read the Old Testament, the New Testament, and Proverbs once, and the Psalms twice.

  • January 17: Genesis 31; Matthew 10:24?42; Psalm 17; Proverbs 5

    Old Testament: Genesis 31 Genesis 31

    Genesis 31

    Jacob Flees from Laban

    31 Now Jacob heard that the sons of Laban were saying, ?Jacob has taken all that was our father's, and from what was our father's he has gained all this wealth.? And Jacob saw that Laban did not regard him with favor as before. Then the LORD said to Jacob, ?Return to the land of your fathers and to your kindred, and I will be with you.?

    So Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah into the field where his flock was and said to them, ?I see that your father does not regard me with favor as he did before. But the God of my father has been with me. You know that I have served your father with all my strength, yet your father has cheated me and changed my wages ten times. But God did not permit him to harm me. If he said, ?The spotted shall be your wages,? then all the flock bore spotted; and if he said, ?The striped shall be your wages,? then all the flock bore striped. Thus God has taken away the livestock of your father and given them to me. In the breeding season of the flock I lifted up my eyes and saw in a dream that the goats that mated with the flock were striped, spotted, and mottled. Then the angel of God said to me in the dream, ?Jacob,? and I said, ?Here I am!? And he said, ?Lift up your eyes and see, all the goats that mate with the flock are striped, spotted, and mottled, for I have seen all that Laban is doing to you. I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and made a vow to me. Now arise, go out from this land and return to the land of your kindred.?? Then Rachel and Leah answered and said to him, ?Is there any portion or inheritance left to us in our father's house? Are we not regarded by him as foreigners? For he has sold us, and he has indeed devoured our money. All the wealth that God has taken away from our father belongs to us and to our children. Now then, whatever God has said to you, do.?

    So Jacob arose and set his sons and his wives on camels. He drove away all his livestock, all his property that he had gained, the livestock in his possession that he had acquired in Paddan-aram, to go to the land of Canaan to his father Isaac. Laban had gone to shear his sheep, and Rachel stole her father's household gods. And Jacob tricked1 Laban the Aramean, by not telling him that he intended to flee. He fled with all that he had and arose and crossed the Euphrates,2 and set his face toward the hill country of Gilead.

    When it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob had fled, he took his kinsmen with him and pursued him for seven days and followed close after him into the hill country of Gilead. But God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream by night and said to him, ?Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.?

    And Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country, and Laban with his kinsmen pitched tents in the hill country of Gilead. And Laban said to Jacob, ?What have you done, that you have tricked me and driven away my daughters like captives of the sword? Why did you flee secretly and trick me, and did not tell me, so that I might have sent you away with mirth and songs, with tambourine and lyre? And why did you not permit me to kiss my sons and my daughters farewell? Now you have done foolishly. It is in my power to do you harm. But the God of your3 father spoke to me last night, saying, ?Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.? And now you have gone away because you longed greatly for your father's house, but why did you steal my gods?? Jacob answered and said to Laban, ?Because I was afraid, for I thought that you would take your daughters from me by force. Anyone with whom you find your gods shall not live. In the presence of our kinsmen point out what I have that is yours, and take it.? Now Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen them.

    So Laban went into Jacob's tent and into Leah's tent and into the tent of the two female servants, but he did not find them. And he went out of Leah's tent and entered Rachel's. Now Rachel had taken the household gods and put them in the camel's saddle and sat on them. Laban felt all about the tent, but did not find them. And she said to her father, ?Let not my lord be angry that I cannot rise before you, for the way of women is upon me.? So he searched but did not find the household gods.

    Then Jacob became angry and berated Laban. Jacob said to Laban, ?What is my offense? What is my sin, that you have hotly pursued me? For you have felt through all my goods; what have you found of all your household goods? Set it here before my kinsmen and your kinsmen, that they may decide between us two. These twenty years I have been with you. Your ewes and your female goats have not miscarried, and I have not eaten the rams of your flocks. What was torn by wild beasts I did not bring to you. I bore the loss of it myself. From my hand you required it, whether stolen by day or stolen by night. There I was: by day the heat consumed me, and the cold by night, and my sleep fled from my eyes. These twenty years I have been in your house. I served you fourteen years for your two daughters, and six years for your flock, and you have changed my wages ten times. If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been on my side, surely now you would have sent me away empty-handed. God saw my affliction and the labor of my hands and rebuked you last night.?

    Then Laban answered and said to Jacob, ?The daughters are my daughters, the children are my children, the flocks are my flocks, and all that you see is mine. But what can I do this day for these my daughters or for their children whom they have borne? Come now, let us make a covenant, you and I. And let it be a witness between you and me.? So Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar. And Jacob said to his kinsmen, ?Gather stones.? And they took stones and made a heap, and they ate there by the heap. Laban called it Jegar-sahadutha,4 but Jacob called it Galeed.5 Laban said, ?This heap is a witness between you and me today.? Therefore he named it Galeed, and Mizpah,6 for he said, ?The LORD watch between you and me, when we are out of one another's sight. If you oppress my daughters, or if you take wives besides my daughters, although no one is with us, see, God is witness between you and me.?

    Then Laban said to Jacob, ?See this heap and the pillar, which I have set between you and me. This heap is a witness, and the pillar is a witness, that I will not pass over this heap to you, and you will not pass over this heap and this pillar to me, to do harm. The God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us.? So Jacob swore by the Fear of his father Isaac, and Jacob offered a sacrifice in the hill country and called his kinsmen to eat bread. They ate bread and spent the night in the hill country.

    Early in the morning Laban arose and kissed his grandchildren and his daughters and blessed them. Then Laban departed and returned home.


    [1] 31:20 Hebrew stole the heart of; also verses 26, 27
    [2] 31:21 Hebrew the River
    [3] 31:29 The Hebrew for your is plural here
    [4] 31:47 Aramaic the heap of witness
    [5] 31:47 Hebrew the heap of witness
    [6] 31:49 Mizpah means watchpost


    New Testament: Matthew 10:24?42 Matthew 10:24?42

    Matthew 10:24?42

    ?A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant1 above his master. It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign2 those of his household.

    Have No Fear

    ?So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.3 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?4 And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

    Not Peace, but a Sword

    ?Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person's enemies will be those of his own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.


    ?Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person's reward. And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.?


    [1] 10:24 Or bondservant; also verse 25
    [2] 10:25 Greek lacks will they malign
    [3] 10:28 Greek Gehenna
    [4] 10:29 Greek assarion, Roman copper coin (Latin quadrans) worth about 1/16 of a denarius (which was a day's wage for a laborer)


    Psalm: Psalm 17 Psalm 17

    Psalm 17

    In the Shadow of Your Wings

    A Prayer of David.

    17   Hear a just cause, O LORD; attend to my cry!
        Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit!
      From your presence let my vindication come!
        Let your eyes behold the right!
      You have tried my heart, you have visited me by night,
        you have tested me, and you will find nothing;
        I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.
      With regard to the works of man, by the word of your lips
        I have avoided the ways of the violent.
      My steps have held fast to your paths;
        my feet have not slipped.
      I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
        incline your ear to me; hear my words.
      Wondrously show1 your steadfast love,
        O Savior of those who seek refuge
        from their adversaries at your right hand.
      Keep me as the apple of your eye;
        hide me in the shadow of your wings,
      from the wicked who do me violence,
        my deadly enemies who surround me.
      They close their hearts to pity;
        with their mouths they speak arrogantly.
      They have now surrounded our steps;
        they set their eyes to cast us to the ground.
      He is like a lion eager to tear,
        as a young lion lurking in ambush.
      Arise, O LORD! Confront him, subdue him!
        Deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword,
      from men by your hand, O LORD,
        from men of the world whose portion is in this life.2
      You fill their womb with treasure;3
        they are satisfied with children,
        and they leave their abundance to their infants.
      As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness;
        when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.


    [1] 17:7 Or Distinguish me by
    [2] 17:14 Or from men whose portion in life is of the world
    [3] 17:14 Or As for your treasured ones, you fill their womb


    Proverb: Proverbs 5 Proverbs 5

    Proverbs 5

    Warning Against Adultery

      My son, be attentive to my wisdom;
        incline your ear to my understanding,
      that you may keep discretion,
        and your lips may guard knowledge.
      For the lips of a forbidden1 woman drip honey,
        and her speech2 is smoother than oil,
      but in the end she is bitter as wormwood,
        sharp as a two-edged sword.
      Her feet go down to death;
        her steps follow the path to3 Sheol;
      she does not ponder the path of life;
        her ways wander, and she does not know it.
      And now, O sons, listen to me,
        and do not depart from the words of my mouth.
      Keep your way far from her,
        and do not go near the door of her house,
      lest you give your honor to others
        and your years to the merciless,
      lest strangers take their fill of your strength,
        and your labors go to the house of a foreigner,
      and at the end of your life you groan,
        when your flesh and body are consumed,
      and you say, ?How I hated discipline,
        and my heart despised reproof!
      I did not listen to the voice of my teachers
        or incline my ear to my instructors.
      I am at the brink of utter ruin
        in the assembled congregation.?
      Drink water from your own cistern,
        flowing water from your own well.
      Should your springs be scattered abroad,
        streams of water in the streets?
      Let them be for yourself alone,
        and not for strangers with you.
      Let your fountain be blessed,
        and rejoice in the wife of your youth,
        a lovely deer, a graceful doe.
      Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight;
        be intoxicated4 always in her love.
      Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman
        and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?5
      For a man's ways are before the eyes of the LORD,
        and he ponders6 all his paths.
      The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him,
        and he is held fast in the cords of his sin.
      He dies for lack of discipline,
        and because of his great folly he is led astray.


    [1] 5:3 Hebrew strange; also verse 20
    [2] 5:3 Hebrew palate
    [3] 5:5 Hebrew lay hold of
    [4] 5:19 Hebrew be led astray; also verse 20
    [5] 5:20 Hebrew a foreign woman
    [6] 5:21 Or makes level


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  • January 16: Genesis 30; Matthew 10:1?23; Psalm 16; Proverbs 4:20?27

    Old Testament: Genesis 30 Genesis 30

    Genesis 30

    30 When Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she envied her sister. She said to Jacob, ?Give me children, or I shall die!? Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel, and he said, ?Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?? Then she said, ?Here is my servant Bilhah; go in to her, so that she may give birth on my behalf,1 that even I may have children2 through her.? So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife, and Jacob went in to her. And Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son. Then Rachel said, ?God has judged me, and has also heard my voice and given me a son.? Therefore she called his name Dan.3 Rachel's servant Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son. Then Rachel said, ?With mighty wrestlings4 I have wrestled with my sister and have prevailed.? So she called his name Naphtali.5

    When Leah saw that she had ceased bearing children, she took her servant Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife. Then Leah's servant Zilpah bore Jacob a son. And Leah said, ?Good fortune has come!? so she called his name Gad.6 Leah's servant Zilpah bore Jacob a second son. And Leah said, ?Happy am I! For women have called me happy.? So she called his name Asher.7

    In the days of wheat harvest Reuben went and found mandrakes in the field and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, ?Please give me some of your son's mandrakes.? But she said to her, ?Is it a small matter that you have taken away my husband? Would you take away my son's mandrakes also?? Rachel said, ?Then he may lie with you tonight in exchange for your son's mandrakes.? When Jacob came from the field in the evening, Leah went out to meet him and said, ?You must come in to me, for I have hired you with my son's mandrakes.? So he lay with her that night. And God listened to Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son. Leah said, ?God has given me my wages because I gave my servant to my husband.? So she called his name Issachar.8

    And Leah conceived again, and she bore Jacob a sixth son. Then Leah said, ?God has endowed me with a good endowment; now my husband will honor me, because I have borne him six sons.? So she called his name Zebulun.9 Afterward she bore a daughter and called her name Dinah.

    Then God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her and opened her womb. She conceived and bore a son and said, ?God has taken away my reproach.? And she called his name Joseph,10 saying, ?May the LORD add to me another son!?

    Jacob's Prosperity

    As soon as Rachel had borne Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, ?Send me away, that I may go to my own home and country. Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, that I may go, for you know the service that I have given you.? But Laban said to him, ?If I have found favor in your sight, I have learned by divination that11 the LORD has blessed me because of you. Name your wages, and I will give it.? Jacob said to him, ?You yourself know how I have served you, and how your livestock has fared with me. For you had little before I came, and it has increased abundantly, and the LORD has blessed you wherever I turned. But now when shall I provide for my own household also?? He said, ?What shall I give you?? Jacob said, ?You shall not give me anything. If you will do this for me, I will again pasture your flock and keep it: let me pass through all your flock today, removing from it every speckled and spotted sheep and every black lamb, and the spotted and speckled among the goats, and they shall be my wages. So my honesty will answer for me later, when you come to look into my wages with you. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats and black among the lambs, if found with me, shall be counted stolen.? Laban said, ?Good! Let it be as you have said.? But that day Laban removed the male goats that were striped and spotted, and all the female goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had white on it, and every lamb that was black, and put them in the charge of his sons. And he set a distance of three days' journey between himself and Jacob, and Jacob pastured the rest of Laban's flock.

    Then Jacob took fresh sticks of poplar and almond and plane trees, and peeled white streaks in them, exposing the white of the sticks. He set the sticks that he had peeled in front of the flocks in the troughs, that is, the watering places, where the flocks came to drink. And since they bred when they came to drink, the flocks bred in front of the sticks and so the flocks brought forth striped, speckled, and spotted. And Jacob separated the lambs and set the faces of the flocks toward the striped and all the black in the flock of Laban. He put his own droves apart and did not put them with Laban's flock. Whenever the stronger of the flock were breeding, Jacob would lay the sticks in the troughs before the eyes of the flock, that they might breed among the sticks, but for the feebler of the flock he would not lay them there. So the feebler would be Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's. Thus the man increased greatly and had large flocks, female servants and male servants, and camels and donkeys.


    [1] 30:3 Hebrew on my knees
    [2] 30:3 Hebrew be built up, which sounds like the Hebrew for children
    [3] 30:6 Dan sounds like the Hebrew for judged
    [4] 30:8 Hebrew With wrestlings of God
    [5] 30:8 Naphtali sounds like the Hebrew for wrestling
    [6] 30:11 Gad sounds like the Hebrew for good fortune
    [7] 30:13 Asher sounds like the Hebrew for happy
    [8] 30:18 Issachar sounds like the Hebrew for wages, or hire
    [9] 30:20 Zebulun sounds like the Hebrew for honor
    [10] 30:24 Joseph means May he add, and sounds like the Hebrew for taken away
    [11] 30:27 Or have become rich and


    New Testament: Matthew 10:1?23 Matthew 10:1?23

    Matthew 10:1?23

    The Twelve Apostles

    10 And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;1 Simon the Zealot,2 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

    Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles

    These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, ?Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And proclaim as you go, saying, ?The kingdom of heaven is at hand.?3 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers,4 cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. Acquire no gold or silver or copper for your belts, no bag for your journey, or two tunics5 or sandals or a staff, for the laborer deserves his food. And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. As you enter the house, greet it. And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.

    Persecution Will Come

    ?Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, and you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.


    [1] 10:3 Some manuscripts Lebbaeus, or Lebbaeus called Thaddaeus
    [2] 10:4 Greek kananaios, meaning zealot
    [3] 10:7 Or The kingdom of heaven has come near
    [4] 10:8 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
    [5] 10:10 Greek chiton, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skin


    Psalm: Psalm 16 Psalm 16

    Psalm 16

    You Will Not Abandon My Soul

    A Miktam1 of David.

    16   Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
      I say to the LORD, ?You are my Lord;
        I have no good apart from you.?
      As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
        in whom is all my delight.2
      The sorrows of those who run after3 another god shall multiply;
        their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
        or take their names on my lips.
      The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup;
        you hold my lot.
      The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
        indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
      I bless the LORD who gives me counsel;
        in the night also my heart instructs me.4
      I have set the LORD always before me;
        because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
      Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being5 rejoices;
        my flesh also dwells secure.
      For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
        or let your holy one see corruption.6
      You make known to me the path of life;
        in your presence there is fullness of joy;
        at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.


    [1] 16:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
    [2] 16:3 Or To the saints in the land, the excellent in whom is all my delight, I say:
    [3] 16:4 Or who acquire
    [4] 16:7 Hebrew my kidneys instruct me
    [5] 16:9 Hebrew my glory
    [6] 16:10 Or see the pit


    Proverb: Proverbs 4:20?27 Proverbs 4:20?27

    Proverbs 4:20?27

      My son, be attentive to my words;
        incline your ear to my sayings.
      Let them not escape from your sight;
        keep them within your heart.
      For they are life to those who find them,
        and healing to all their1 flesh.
      Keep your heart with all vigilance,
        for from it flow the springs of life.
      Put away from you crooked speech,
        and put devious talk far from you.
      Let your eyes look directly forward,
        and your gaze be straight before you.
      Ponder2 the path of your feet;
        then all your ways will be sure.
      Do not swerve to the right or to the left;
        turn your foot away from evil.


    [1] 4:22 Hebrew his
    [2] 4:26 Or Make level


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  • January 15: Genesis 28?29; Matthew 9:9?38; Psalm 15; Proverbs 4:10?19

    Old Testament: Genesis 28?29 Genesis 28?29

    Genesis 28?29

    Jacob Sent to Laban

    28 Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him and directed him, ?You must not take a wife from the Canaanite women. Arise, go to Paddan-aram to the house of Bethuel your mother's father, and take as your wife from there one of the daughters of Laban your mother's brother. God Almighty1 bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples. May he give the blessing of Abraham to you and to your offspring with you, that you may take possession of the land of your sojournings that God gave to Abraham!? Thus Isaac sent Jacob away. And he went to Paddan-aram, to Laban, the son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother.

    Esau Marries an Ishmaelite

    Now Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Paddan-aram to take a wife from there, and that as he blessed him he directed him, ?You must not take a wife from the Canaanite women,? and that Jacob had obeyed his father and his mother and gone to Paddan-aram. So when Esau saw that the Canaanite women did not please Isaac his father, Esau went to Ishmael and took as his wife, besides the wives he had, Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham's son, the sister of Nebaioth.

    Jacob's Dream

    Jacob left Beersheba and went toward Haran. And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder2 set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! And behold, the LORD stood above it3 and said, ?I am the LORD, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed. Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.? Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, ?Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.? And he was afraid and said, ?How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.?

    So early in the morning Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. He called the name of that place Bethel,4 but the name of the city was Luz at the first. Then Jacob made 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 clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father's house in peace, then the LORD shall be my God, and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God's house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.?

    Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel

    29 Then Jacob went on his journey and came to the land of the people of the east. As he looked, he saw a well in the field, and behold, three flocks of sheep lying beside it, for out of that well the flocks were watered. The stone on the well's mouth was large, and when all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone from the mouth of the well and water the sheep, and put the stone back in its place over the mouth of the well.

    Jacob said to them, ?My brothers, where do you come from?? They said, ?We are from Haran.? He said to them, ?Do you know Laban the son of Nahor?? They said, ?We know him.? He said to them, ?Is it well with him?? They said, ?It is well; and see, Rachel his daughter is coming with the sheep!? He said, ?Behold, it is still high day; it is not time for the livestock to be gathered together. Water the sheep and go, pasture them.? But they said, ?We cannot until all the flocks are gathered together and the stone is rolled from the mouth of the well; then we water the sheep.?

    While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she was a shepherdess. Now as soon as Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, Jacob came near and rolled the stone from the well's mouth and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother. Then Jacob kissed Rachel and wept aloud. And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's kinsman, and that he was Rebekah's son, and she ran and told her father.

    As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister's son, he ran to meet him and embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his house. Jacob told Laban all these things, and Laban said to him, ?Surely you are my bone and my flesh!? And he stayed with him a month.

    Then Laban said to Jacob, ?Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?? Now Laban had two daughters. The name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah's eyes were weak,5 but Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance. Jacob loved Rachel. And he said, ?I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.? Laban said, ?It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me.? So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.

    Then Jacob said to Laban, ?Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed.? So Laban gathered together all the people of the place and made a feast. But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and he went in to her. (Laban gave6 his female servant Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her servant.) And in the morning, behold, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, ?What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?? Laban said, ?It is not so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn. Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years.? Jacob did so, and completed her week. Then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife. (Laban gave his female servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel to be her servant.) So Jacob went in to Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah, and served Laban for another seven years.

    Jacob's Children

    When the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. And Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben,7 for she said, ?Because the LORD has looked upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me.? She conceived again and bore a son, and said, ?Because the LORD has heard that I am hated, he has given me this son also.? And she called his name Simeon.8 Again she conceived and bore a son, and said, ?Now this time my husband will be attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.? Therefore his name was called Levi.9 And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, ?This time I will praise the LORD.? Therefore she called his name Judah.10 Then she ceased bearing.


    [1] 28:3 Hebrew El Shaddai
    [2] 28:12 Or a flight of steps
    [3] 28:13 Or beside him
    [4] 28:19 Bethel means the house of God
    [5] 29:17 Or soft
    [6] 29:24 Or had given; also verse 29
    [7] 29:32 Reuben means See, a son
    [8] 29:33 Simeon sounds like the Hebrew for heard
    [9] 29:34 Levi sounds like the Hebrew for attached
    [10] 29:35 Judah sounds like the Hebrew for praise


    New Testament: Matthew 9:9?38 Matthew 9:9?38

    Matthew 9:9?38

    Jesus Calls Matthew

    As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, ?Follow me.? And he rose and followed him.

    And as Jesus1 reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, ?Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?? But when he heard it, he said, ?Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means: ?I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.? For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.?

    A Question About Fasting

    Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, ?Why do we and the Pharisees fast,2 but your disciples do not fast?? And Jesus said to them, ?Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.?

    A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed

    While he was saying these things to them, behold, a ruler came in and knelt before him, saying, ?My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.? And Jesus rose and followed him, with his disciples. And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, for she said to herself, ?If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.? Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, ?Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.? And instantly3 the woman was made well. And when Jesus came to the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, he said, ?Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping.? And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. And the report of this went through all that district.

    Jesus Heals Two Blind Men

    And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, ?Have mercy on us, Son of David.? When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, ?Do you believe that I am able to do this?? They said to him, ?Yes, Lord.? Then he touched their eyes, saying, ?According to your faith be it done to you.? And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, ?See that no one knows about it.? But they went away and spread his fame through all that district.

    Jesus Heals a Man Unable to Speak

    As they were going away, behold, a demon-oppressed man who was mute was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the mute man spoke. And the crowds marveled, saying, ?Never was anything like this seen in Israel.? But the Pharisees said, ?He casts out demons by the prince of demons.?

    The Harvest Is Plentiful, the Laborers Few

    And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ?The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.?


    [1] 9:10 Greek he
    [2] 9:14 Some manuscripts add much, or often
    [3] 9:22 Greek from that hour


    Psalm: Psalm 15 Psalm 15

    Psalm 15

    Who Shall Dwell on Your Holy Hill?

    A Psalm of David.

    15   O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent?
        Who shall dwell on your holy hill?
      He who walks blamelessly and does what is right
        and speaks truth in his heart;
      who does not slander with his tongue
        and does no evil to his neighbor,
        nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
      in whose eyes a vile person is despised,
        but who honors those who fear the LORD;
      who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
      who does not put out his money at interest
        and does not take a bribe against the innocent.
      He who does these things shall never be moved.


    Proverb: Proverbs 4:10?19 Proverbs 4:10?19

    Proverbs 4:10?19

      Hear, my son, and accept my words,
        that the years of your life may be many.
      I have taught you the way of wisdom;
        I have led you in the paths of uprightness.
      When you walk, your step will not be hampered,
        and if you run, you will not stumble.
      Keep hold of instruction; do not let go;
        guard her, for she is your life.
      Do not enter the path of the wicked,
        and do not walk in the way of the evil.
      Avoid it; do not go on it;
        turn away from it and pass on.
      For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong;
        they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble.
      For they eat the bread of wickedness
        and drink the wine of violence.
      But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
        which shines brighter and brighter until full day.
      The way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
        they do not know over what they stumble.


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