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Genesis XXVIII. 1-4, 10-22. house of God, and this is the gate of
heaven. And Jacob rose up early in AND: Isaac called Jacob; and blessed
the morning, and took the stone that
he had put for his pillows, and set it unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife
up for a pillar, and poured oil upon of the daughters of Canaan. Arise,
the top of it. And he called the name go to Padan-aram, to the house of
of that place Bethel : but the name of Bethuel thy mother's father; and take
that city was called Luz at the first. thee a wife from thence of the daugh
And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, u ters of Laban thy mother's brother.
God will be with me, and will keep And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee,
me in this way that I go, and will give
me bread to eat, and raiment to put that thou mayest be a multitude of people; And give thee the blessing of
on, So that I come again to my fa
ther's house in peace; then shall the Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with
LORD be my God: And this stone, thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger,
which I have set for a pillar, shall be
God's house: and of all that thou shalt which God gave unto Abraham. And Jacob went out from Beer
give me I will surely give the tenth sheba, and went toward Haran. And
unto thee. he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun
Psalm L. 14-23. was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pil- OFFER unto God thanksgiving; and
, sleep. And he dreamed, and behold a High: And call upon me in the day ladder set up on the earth, and the of trouble: I will deliver thee, and top of it reached to heaven: and be- thou shalt glorify me. But unto the hold the angels of God ascending and wicked God saith, What hast thou to descending on it. And, behold, the do to declare my statutes, or that thou LORD stood above it, and said, I am shouldest take my covenant in thy the LORD God of Abraham thy father, mouth? Seeing thou hatest instrucand the God of Isaac: the land where- tion, and castest my words behind on thou liest, to thee will I give it, thee. When thou sawest a thief, then and to thy seed; And thy seed shall thou consentedst with him, and hast be as the dust of the earth; and thou been partaker with adulterers. Thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and givest thy mouth to evil, and thy to the east, and to the north, and to tongue frameth deceit. Thou sittest the south: and in thee and in thy and speakest against thy brother; thou seed shall all the families of the earth slanderest thine own mother's son. be blessed. And, behold, I am with These things hast thou done, and I thee, and will keep thee in all places kept silence; thou thoughtest that I whither thou goest, and will bring thee was altogether such a one as thyself: again into this land; for I will not but I will reprove thee, and set them leave thee, until I have done that in order before thine eyes. which I have spoken to thee of.
Now consider this, ye that forget And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, God, lest I tear you in pieces, and and he said, Surely the LORD is in this there be none to deliver. Whoso ofplace; and I knew it not. And he was fereth praise glorifieth me: and to him afraid, and said, How dreadful is that ordereth his conversation aright this place! this is none other but the will I shew the salvation of God.
Genesis XXXVII. 1-22.
in his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan. These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report. Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many col
And when his brethren Saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.
And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf. And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.
And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.
And his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem. And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them. And he said to him, Here am I. And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.
And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou? And he said, I seek my brethren: tell
pray thee, where they feed their flocks. And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan.
And when they, saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him. And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh. Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him; and we shall see what will become of his dreams. And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him. And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.
Psalm LIX. 1-4, 8-12, 16, 17.
ELIVER me from mine enemies, them that rise up against me. Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men. For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD.
But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision. Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence.
The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies. Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield. For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak. But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble. Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.
James III. 1-18.
strife is, there is confusion and every
evil work. But the wisdom that is Y brethren, be not many masters,
from above is first pure, then peacethe greater condemnation. For in
able, gentle, and easy to be entreated,
full of mercy and good fruits, without many things we offend all. man offend not in word, the same is
partiality, and without hypocrisy. And
the fruit of righteousness is sown in a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. Behold, we put bits
peace of them that make peace. in the horses' mouths, that they may
Psalm XXXIX. 1-13. obey us; and we turn about their whole body., Behold also the ships, which I SAID, I will take heed to my ways, though they be so great, and are
I I driven of fierce winds, yet are they will keep my mouth with a bridle, turned about with a very small helm, while the wicked is before me. I was whithersoever the governor listeth. dumb with silence, I held my peace,
Even so the tongue is a little mem- even from good; and my sorrow was ber, and boasteth great things. Be- stirred. My heart was hot within me; hold, how great a matter a little fire while I was musing the fire burned: kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a then spake I with my tongue, LORD, world of iniquity: so is the tongue make me to know mine end, and the among our members, that it defileth measure of my days, what it is; that the whole body and setteth on fire the I may know how frail I am. Behold, course of nature; and it is set on fire thou hast made my days as a handof hell. For every kind of beasts, and breadth; and mine age is as nothing of birds, and of serpents, and of things before thee: verily every man at his in the sea, is tamed, and hath been best state is altogether vanity. Suretamed of mankind: But the tongue
ly every man walketh in a vain shew: can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, surely they are disquieted in vain: he full of deadly poison. Therewith heapeth up riches, and knoweth not bless we God, even the Father; and who shall gather them. therewith curse we men, which are And now, Lord, what wait I for? made after the similitude of God. Out my hope is in thee. Deliver me from of the same mouth proceedeth blessing all my transgressions: make me not and cursing. My brethren, these things the reproach of the foolish. I was ought not so to be. Doth a fountain dumb, I opened not my mouth; besend forth at the same place sweet cause thou didst it. Remove thy stroke water and bitter? Can the fig tree, away from me: I am consumed by the my brethren, bear olive berries ? either blow of thine hand. When thou with a vine, figs ? so can no fountain both rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, yield salt water and fresh.
thou makest his beauty to consume Who is a wise man and endued with away like a moth : surely every man knowledge among you? let him shew is vanity. out of a good conversation his works Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give with meekness of wisdom. But if ye ear unto my cry: hold not thy peace have bitter envying and strife in your at my tears: for I am a stranger with hearts, glory not, and lie not against thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers the truth. This wisdom descendeth were. O spare me, that I may renot from above, but is earthly, sen- cover strength, before I go hence, and sual, devilish. For where envying and be no more.
Genesis XXXVII. 23-36; XXXIX.
1-6, 20-23. AND it
was come unto his brethren, that they stripped Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him: And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it. And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmaelites came from Gilead, with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.
And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood ? Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh: and his brethren were content. Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.
And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes. And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, whither shall I go?
And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood; And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know whether it be thy son's coat or no. And he knew it, and said, It is my son's coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces. And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days. And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him. And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, and captain of the guard.
And Joseph_was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of
Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmaelites, which had brought him down thither.
And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand. And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field. And he left all that he had in Joseph's hand; and he knew not aught he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured. And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.
But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it. The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand: because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.
Psalm XXXI. 1-6. IN N thee, O LORD, do I put my trust;
let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness. Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for a house of defence to save me.
For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me. Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength. Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth. I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD.
toil, and all my father's house. And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.
And the seven years of plenteousness, that was in the land of Egypt, were ended. And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said: and the dearth was in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread: and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do. And the famine was over all the face of the earth: and Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt. And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the famine was so sore in all lands.
Genesis XLI. 38-57. A
Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art: Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt. And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck; And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt. And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnath-paaneah; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Poti-pherah priest of On. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.
And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt. And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls. And he gathered up all the food of the seven years, which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities: the food of the field, which was round about every city, laid he up in the same. And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number. And unto Joseph were born two sons, before the years of famine came: which Asenath the daughter of Poti-pherah priest of On bare unto him. And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh : For God, said he, hath made me forget all my
Psalm LXXVI. 1-12. IN N Judah is God known: his name is
great in Israel. In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwellingplace in Zion. There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle. Thou art more glorious and excellent than the mountains of prey. The stouthearted are spoiled, they have slept their sleep: and none of the men of might have found their hands. At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep. Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry? Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still, When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.
Vow, and pay unto the LORD your God: let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared. He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings of the earth.