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by Larry Stockstill

The lessons of purity and holiness are simple: tell the truth, speak no gossip, honor the righteous, keep your word, be generous with others, and accept no bribes. These simple commandments address the way we relate to our fellow man. Yet who among us has not broken these simple guidelines and does not need to repent?

God is so merciful, even with the likes of us. Despite all Jacob's transgressions, when he relinquished his foreign gods, the Lord met him and was merciful to him (Genesis 35:2, 9). Jesus told the Pharisees, "I want you to be merciful; I don't want your sacrifices" (Matthew 12:7). He reminded them of the value of one human being. Because Jesus is compassionate, He "will not crush those who are weak, or quench the smallest hope, until he brings full justice with his final victory" (v. 20).

Like Jacob, we all "fall short of God's glorious standard" (Romans 3:23), and God patiently works with us to restore us into His presence. If sin has knocked you off God's holy hill, get up, repent, and climb it again. You will find a merciful Lord at the top, greeting you with open arms!

Genesis 35:1-36:43

Jacob Returns to Bethel

35 Then God said to Jacob, “Go up to BethelS Ge 12:8 and settle there, and build an altarS Ge 4:26; 8:20 there to God,ver 3 who appeared to youS Ge 12:7 when you were fleeing from your brother Esau.”ver 7; Ge 27:43

So Jacob said to his householdGe 18:19; Jos 24:15 and to all who were with him, “Get rid of the foreign godsS Ge 31:19; S Jos 24:14 you have with you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes.Ex 19:10, 14; Nu 8:7, 21; 19:19Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an altar to God,ver 1 who answered me in the day of my distressS Ge 32:7; S Jdg 2:15 and who has been with me wherever I have gone.S Ge 26:3So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods they had and the rings in their ears,S Ge 24:22; Ex 32:3; 35:22; Jdg 8:24; Pr 25:12 and Jacob buried them under the oakver 8 at Shechem.S Ge 12:6Then they set out, and the terror of GodEx 15:16; 23:27; Dt 2:25; Jos 2:9; 1Sa 7:10; 13:7; 14:15; 2Ch 14:14; 17:10; 20:29; Ps 9:20; Isa 19:17; Zec 14:13 fell on the towns all around them so that no one pursued them.Ps 105:14

Jacob and all the people with him came to LuzS Ge 28:19 (that is, Bethel) in the land of Canaan.S Ge 10:19There he built an altar,S Ge 8:20 and he called the place El Bethel,El Bethel means God of Bethel.Ge 28:19 because it was there that God revealed himself to himS Ge 28:13 when he was fleeing from his brother.S ver 1

Now Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse,Ge 24:59 died and was buried under the oakver 4 outside Bethel.S Ge 12:8; 1Sa 10:3 So it was named Allon Bakuth.Allon Bakuth means oak of weeping.

After Jacob returned from Paddan Aram,That is, Northwest Mesopotamia; also in verse 26S Ge 25:20 God appeared to him again and blessed him.S Ge 28:13; S 32:2910 God said to him, “Your name is Jacob,Jacob means he grasps the heel, a Hebrew idiom for he deceives. but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel.Israel probably means he struggles with God.S Ge 17:5 So he named him Israel.

11 And God said to him, “I am God AlmightyHebrew El-Shaddai;S Ge 17:1 be fruitful and increase in number.S Ge 12:2 A nationS Ge 12:2 and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will be among your descendants.S Ge 17:612 The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac I also give to you, and I will give this land to your descendants after you.S Ge 28:13S Ge 12:7; S 15:713 Then God went up from himS Ge 17:22 at the place where he had talked with him.

14 Jacob set up a stone pillarS Ge 28:22 at the place where God had talked with him, and he poured out a drink offeringEx 29:40; Lev 23:13; Nu 6:15, 17; 15:5; 28:7, 14; 2Sa 23:16; 2Ch 29:35 on it; he also poured oil on it.S Ge 28:1815 Jacob called the place where God had talked with him Bethel.Bethel means house of God.S Ge 12:8

The Deaths of Rachel and Isaac35:23-26pp — 1Ch 2:1-2

16 Then they moved on from Bethel. While they were still some distance from Ephrath,ver 19; Ge 48:7; Ru 1:2; 4:11; 1Sa 17:12; Mic 5:2 RachelS Ge 29:6 began to give birth and had great difficulty.17 And as she was having great difficulty in childbirth, the midwifeGe 38:28; Ex 1:15 said to her, “Don’t despair, for you have another son.”S Ge 30:2418 As she breathed her last—for she was dying—she named her son Ben-Oni.Ben-Oni means son of my trouble.1Sa 4:21; 14:3 But his father named him Benjamin.Benjamin means son of my right hand.ver 24; Ge 42:4; 43:16, 29; 45:12, 14; 49:27; Nu 1:36; Dt 33:12

19 So Rachel died and was buried on the way to EphrathS ver 16 (that is, BethlehemGe 48:7; Jos 19:15; Jdg 12:8; 17:7; 19:1, 18; Ru 1:1, 19; 1Sa 17:12; Mic 5:2).20 Over her tomb Jacob set up a pillar, and to this dayJos 4:9; 7:26; 8:28; 10:27; 1Sa 6:18 that pillar marks Rachel’s tomb.1Sa 10:2

21 Israel moved on again and pitched his tent beyond Migdal Eder.Jos 15:2122 While Israel was living in that region, Reuben went in and slept with his father’s concubineS Ge 22:24 Bilhah,S Ge 29:29; S 34:5; S Lev 18:8 and Israel heard of it.

Jacob had twelve sons:

23 The sons of Leah:S Ge 29:16

Reuben the firstbornGe 43:33; 46:8 of Jacob,

Simeon, Levi, Judah,S Ge 29:35 Issachar and Zebulun.S Ge 30:20

24 The sons of Rachel:

JosephS Ge 30:24 and Benjamin.S ver 18

25 The sons of Rachel’s servant Bilhah:Ge 37:2

Dan and Naphtali.S Ge 30:8

26 The sons of Leah’s servant Zilpah:Ge 37:2

GadS Ge 30:11 and Asher.S Ge 30:13

These were the sons of Jacob,S Ge 34:30; 46:8; Ex 1:1-4 who were born to him in Paddan Aram.S Ge 25:20

27 Jacob came home to his father IsaacGe 31:18 in Mamre,S Ge 13:18 near Kiriath ArbaGe 23:2; Jos 15:54; Jdg 1:10; Ne 11:25 (that is, Hebron),S Ge 13:18 where Abraham and Isaac had stayed.S Ge 17:828 Isaac lived a hundred and eighty years.S Ge 25:7, 2029 Then he breathed his last and died and was gathered to his people,S Ge 25:8 old and full of years.S Ge 15:15 And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.S Ge 23:20; S 25:9

Esau’s Descendants36:10-14pp — 1Ch 1:35-3736:20-28pp — 1Ch 1:38-42

36 This is the accountS Ge 2:4 of the family line of Esau (that is, Edom).S Ge 25:30

Esau took his wives from the women of Canaan:Ge 28:8-9 Adah daughter of Elon the Hittite,Ge 26:34 and Oholibamahver 14, 18 daughter of Anahver 25; 1Ch 1:40 and granddaughter of Zibeon the Hivitever 24; S Ge 10:17; 1Ch 1:40also Basemathver 4, 10, 13, 17 daughter of Ishmael and sister of Nebaioth.S Ge 25:13

Adah bore Eliphaz to Esau, Basemath bore Reuel,S ver 3; 1Ch 1:35and Oholibamah bore Jeush, Jalam and Korah.ver 14, 18; 1Ch 1:35 These were the sons of Esau, who were born to him in Canaan.

Esau took his wives and sons and daughters and all the members of his household, as well as his livestock and all his other animals and all the goods he had acquired in Canaan,Ge 12:5 and moved to a land some distance from his brother Jacob.Ge 27:39Their possessions were too great for them to remain together; the land where they were staying could not support them both because of their livestock.S Ge 13:6So EsauDt 2:4 (that is, Edom)S Ge 25:30 settled in the hill country of Seir.S Ge 14:6

This is the accountS Ge 2:4 of the family line of Esau the father of the Edomitesver 1, 43 in the hill country of Seir.

10 These are the names of Esau’s sons:

Eliphaz, the son of Esau’s wife Adah, and Reuel, the son of Esau’s wife Basemath.S ver 3

11 The sons of Eliphaz:ver 15-16; 1Ch 1:45; Job 2:11; 4:1

Teman,Jer 49:7, 20; Eze 25:13; Am 1:12; Ob 1:9; Hab 3:3 Omar, Zepho, Gatam and Kenaz.ver 15

12 Esau’s son Eliphaz also had a concubineS Ge 22:24 named Timna, who bore him Amalek.Ex 17:8, 16; Nu 24:20; Dt 25:17, 19; 1Sa 15:2; 27:8 These were grandsons of Esau’s wife Adah.ver 16

13 The sons of Reuel:

Nahath, Zerah, Shammah and Mizzah. These were grandsons of Esau’s wife Basemath.S ver 3

14 The sons of Esau’s wife OholibamahS ver 2 daughter of Anah and granddaughter of Zibeon, whom she bore to Esau:

Jeush, Jalam and Korah.S ver 5

15 These were the chiefsver 19, 40; Ex 15:15 among Esau’s descendants:

The sons of Eliphaz the firstborn of Esau:

Chiefs Teman,Job 2:11; Jer 49:7; Eze 25:13; Am 1:12; Hab 3:3 Omar, Zepho, Kenaz,S ver 1116 Korah,Masoretic Text; Samaritan Pentateuch (also verse 11 and 1 Chron. 1:36) does not have Korah. Gatam and Amalek. These were the chiefs descended from EliphazS ver 11 in Edom;Ge 32:3; Ex 15:15; Nu 20:14; 33:37 they were grandsons of Adah.ver 12

17 The sons of Esau’s son Reuel:1Ch 1:37

Chiefs Nahath, Zerah, Shammah and Mizzah. These were the chiefs descended from Reuel in Edom; they were grandsons of Esau’s wife Basemath.S ver 3

18 The sons of Esau’s wife Oholibamah:S ver 2

Chiefs Jeush, Jalam and Korah.S ver 5 These were the chiefs descended from Esau’s wife Oholibamah daughter of Anah.

19 These were the sons of Esau1Ch 1:35 (that is, Edom),S Ge 25:30 and these were their chiefs.S ver 15

20 These were the sons of Seir the Horite,S Ge 14:6 who were living in the region:

Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah,ver 2921 Dishon, Ezer and Dishan. These sons of Seir in Edom were Horite chiefs.ver 30

22 The sons of Lotan:

Hori and Homam.Hebrew Hemam, a variant of Homam (see 1 Chron. 1:39) Timna was Lotan’s sister.

23 The sons of Shobal:

Alvan, Manahath, Ebal, Shepho and Onam.

24 The sons of Zibeon:S ver 2

Aiah and Anah. This is the Anah who discovered the hot springsVulgate; Syriac discovered water; the meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.Jos 15:19 in the desert while he was grazing the donkeysJob 1:14 of his father Zibeon.

25 The children of Anah:S ver 2

Dishon and OholibamahS ver 2 daughter of Anah.

26 The sons of DishonHebrew Dishan, a variant of Dishon:

Hemdan, Eshban, Ithran and Keran.

27 The sons of Ezer:

Bilhan, Zaavan and Akan.

28 The sons of Dishan:

Uz and Aran.

29 These were the Horite chiefs:

Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah,ver 2030 Dishon, Ezer and Dishan. These were the Horite chiefs,ver 21 according to their divisions, in the land of Seir.

The Rulers of Edom36:31-43pp — 1Ch 1:43-54

31 These were the kings who reigned in Edom before any Israelite kingS Ge 17:6 reigned:

32 Bela son of Beor became king of Edom. His city was named Dinhabah.

33 When Bela died, Jobab son of Zerah from BozrahIsa 34:6; 63:1; Jer 49:13, 22 succeeded him as king.

34 When Jobab died, Husham from the land of the TemanitesJer 49:7; Eze 25:13; Ob 1:9 succeeded him as king.

35 When Husham died, Hadad son of Bedad, who defeated MidianS Ge 25:2 in the country of Moab,S Ge 19:37; Nu 21:11; 22:1; Dt 1:5; Jdg 3:30; Ru 1:1, 6 succeeded him as king. His city was named Avith.

36 When Hadad died, Samlah from Masrekah succeeded him as king.

37 When Samlah died, Shaul from RehobothGe 26:22 on the river succeeded him as king.

38 When Shaul died, Baal-Hanan son of Akbor succeeded him as king.

39 When Baal-Hanan son of Akbor died, HadadMany manuscripts of the Masoretic Text, Samaritan Pentateuch and Syriac (see also 1 Chron. 1:50); most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text Hadar succeeded him as king. His city was named Pau, and his wife’s name was Mehetabel daughter of Matred, the daughter of Me-Zahab.

40 These were the chiefsS ver 15 descended from Esau, by name, according to their clans and regions:

Timna, Alvah, Jetheth,41 Oholibamah, Elah, Pinon,42 Kenaz, Teman, Mibzar,43 Magdiel and Iram. These were the chiefs of Edom, according to their settlements in the land they occupied.

This is the family line of Esau, the father of the Edomites.S ver 9

Jacob’s Return to Bethel

35 Then God said to Jacob, “Get ready and move to Bethel and settle there. Build an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother, Esau.”

So Jacob told everyone in his household, “Get rid of all your pagan idols, purify yourselves, and put on clean clothing.We are now going to Bethel, where I will build an altar to the God who answered my prayers when I was in distress. He has been with me wherever I have gone.”

So they gave Jacob all their pagan idols and earrings, and he buried them under the great tree near Shechem.As they set out, a terror from God spread over the people in all the towns of that area, so no one attacked Jacob’s family.

Eventually, Jacob and his household arrived at Luz (also called Bethel) in Canaan.Jacob built an altar there and named the place El-bethel (which means “God of Bethel”), because God had appeared to him there when he was fleeing from his brother, Esau.

Soon after this, Rebekah’s old nurse, Deborah, died. She was buried beneath the oak tree in the valley below Bethel. Ever since, the tree has been called Allon-bacuth (which means “oak of weeping”).

Now that Jacob had returned from Paddan-aram, God appeared to him again at Bethel. God blessed him,10 saying, “Your name is Jacob, but you will not be called Jacob any longer. From now on your name will be Israel.”Jacob sounds like the Hebrew words for “heel” and “deceiver.” Israel means “God fights.” So God renamed him Israel.

11 Then God said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Be fruitful and multiply. You will become a great nation, even many nations. Kings will be among your descendants!12 And I will give you the land I once gave to Abraham and Isaac. Yes, I will give it to you and your descendants after you.”13 Then God went up from the place where he had spoken to Jacob.

14 Jacob set up a stone pillar to mark the place where God had spoken to him. Then he poured wine over it as an offering to God and anointed the pillar with olive oil.15 And Jacob named the place Bethel (which means “house of God”), because God had spoken to him there.

The Deaths of Rachel and Isaac

16 Leaving Bethel, Jacob and his clan moved on toward Ephrath. But Rachel went into labor while they were still some distance away. Her labor pains were intense.17 After a very hard delivery, the midwife finally exclaimed, “Don’t be afraid—you have another son!”18 Rachel was about to die, but with her last breath she named the baby Ben-oni (which means “son of my sorrow”). The baby’s father, however, called him Benjamin (which means “son of my right hand”).19 So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).20 Jacob set up a stone monument over Rachel’s grave, and it can be seen there to this day.

21 Then JacobHebrew Israel; also in 35:22a. The names “Jacob” and “Israel” are often interchanged throughout the Old Testament, referring sometimes to the individual patriarch and sometimes to the nation. traveled on and camped beyond Migdal-eder.22 While he was living there, Reuben had intercourse with Bilhah, his father’s concubine, and Jacob soon heard about it.

These are the names of the twelve sons of Jacob:

23 The sons of Leah were Reuben (Jacob’s oldest son), Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun.

24 The sons of Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin.

25 The sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s servant, were Dan and Naphtali.

26 The sons of Zilpah, Leah’s servant, were Gad and Asher.

These are the names of the sons who were born to Jacob at Paddan-aram.

27 So Jacob returned to his father, Isaac, in Mamre, which is near Kiriath-arba (now called Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had both lived as foreigners.28 Isaac lived for 180 years.29 Then he breathed his last and died at a ripe old age, joining his ancestors in death. And his sons, Esau and Jacob, buried him.

Descendants of Esau

36 This is the account of the descendants of Esau (also known as Edom).Esau married two young women from Canaan: Adah, the daughter of Elon the Hittite; and Oholibamah, the daughter of Anah and granddaughter of Zibeon the Hivite.He also married his cousin Basemath, who was the daughter of Ishmael and the sister of Nebaioth.Adah gave birth to a son named Eliphaz for Esau. Basemath gave birth to a son named Reuel.Oholibamah gave birth to sons named Jeush, Jalam, and Korah. All these sons were born to Esau in the land of Canaan.

Esau took his wives, his children, and his entire household, along with his livestock and cattle—all the wealth he had acquired in the land of Canaan—and moved away from his brother, Jacob.There was not enough land to support them both because of all the livestock and possessions they had acquired.So Esau (also known as Edom) settled in the hill country of Seir.

This is the account of Esau’s descendants, the Edomites, who lived in the hill country of Seir.

10 These are the names of Esau’s sons: Eliphaz, the son of Esau’s wife Adah; and Reuel, the son of Esau’s wife Basemath.

11 The descendants of Eliphaz were Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam, and Kenaz.12 Timna, the concubine of Esau’s son Eliphaz, gave birth to a son named Amalek. These are the descendants of Esau’s wife Adah.

13 The descendants of Reuel were Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah. These are the descendants of Esau’s wife Basemath.

14 Esau also had sons through Oholibamah, the daughter of Anah and granddaughter of Zibeon. Their names were Jeush, Jalam, and Korah.

15 These are the descendants of Esau who became the leaders of various clans:

The descendants of Esau’s oldest son, Eliphaz, became the leaders of the clans of Teman, Omar, Zepho, Kenaz,16 Korah, Gatam, and Amalek. These are the clan leaders in the land of Edom who descended from Eliphaz. All these were descendants of Esau’s wife Adah.

17 The descendants of Esau’s son Reuel became the leaders of the clans of Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah. These are the clan leaders in the land of Edom who descended from Reuel. All these were descendants of Esau’s wife Basemath.

18 The descendants of Esau and his wife Oholibamah became the leaders of the clans of Jeush, Jalam, and Korah. These are the clan leaders who descended from Esau’s wife Oholibamah, the daughter of Anah.

19 These are the clans descended from Esau (also known as Edom), identified by their clan leaders.

Original Peoples of Edom

20 These are the names of the tribes that descended from Seir the Horite. They lived in the land of Edom: Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah,21 Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan. These were the Horite clan leaders, the descendants of Seir, who lived in the land of Edom.

22 The descendants of Lotan were Hori and Hemam. Lotan’s sister was named Timna.

23 The descendants of Shobal were Alvan, Manahath, Ebal, Shepho, and Onam.

24 The descendants of Zibeon were Aiah and Anah. (This is the Anah who discovered the hot springs in the wilderness while he was grazing his father’s donkeys.)

25 The descendants of Anah were his son, Dishon, and his daughter, Oholibamah.

26 The descendants of DishonHebrew Dishan, a variant spelling of Dishon; compare 36:21, 28. were Hemdan, Eshban, Ithran, and Keran.

27 The descendants of Ezer were Bilhan, Zaavan, and Akan.

28 The descendants of Dishan were Uz and Aran.

29 So these were the leaders of the Horite clans: Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah,30 Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan. The Horite clans are named after their clan leaders, who lived in the land of Seir.

Rulers of Edom

31 These are the kings who ruled in the land of Edom before any king ruled over the IsraelitesOr before an Israelite king ruled over them.:

32 Bela son of Beor, who ruled in Edom from his city of Dinhabah.

33 When Bela died, Jobab son of Zerah from Bozrah became king in his place.

34 When Jobab died, Husham from the land of the Temanites became king in his place.

35 When Husham died, Hadad son of Bedad became king in his place and ruled from the city of Avith. He was the one who defeated the Midianites in the land of Moab.

36 When Hadad died, Samlah from the city of Masrekah became king in his place.

37 When Samlah died, Shaul from the city of Rehoboth-on-the-River became king in his place.

38 When Shaul died, Baal-hanan son of Acbor became king in his place.

39 When Baal-hanan son of Acbor died, HadadAs in some Hebrew manuscripts, Samaritan Pentateuch, and Syriac version (see also 1 Chr 1:50); most Hebrew manuscripts read Hadar. became king in his place and ruled from the city of Pau. His wife was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred and granddaughter of Me-zahab.

40 These are the names of the leaders of the clans descended from Esau, who lived in the places named for them: Timna, Alvah, Jetheth,41 Oholibamah, Elah, Pinon,42 Kenaz, Teman, Mibzar,43 Magdiel, and Iram. These are the leaders of the clans of Edom, listed according to their settlements in the land they occupied. They all descended from Esau, the ancestor of the Edomites.

35 And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother.

Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments:

And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.

And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem.

And they journeyed: and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.

So Jacob came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan, that is, Bethel, he and all the people that were with him.

And he built there an altar, and called the place Elbethel: because there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother.

But Deborah, Rebekah's nurse died, and she was buried beneath Bethel under an oak: and the name of it was called Allonbachuth.

And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padanaram, and blessed him.

10 And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel.

11 And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins;

12 And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land.

13 And God went up from him in the place where he talked with him.

14 And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, even a pillar of stone: and he poured a drink offering thereon, and he poured oil thereon.

15 And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Bethel.

16 And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour.

17 And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also.

18 And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin.

19 And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem.

20 And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel's grave unto this day.

21 And Israel journeyed, and spread his tent beyond the tower of Edar.

22 And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine: and Israel heard it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve:

23 The sons of Leah; Reuben, Jacob's firstborn, and Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Zebulun:

24 The sons of Rachel; Joseph, and Benjamin:

25 And the sons of Bilhah, Rachel's handmaid; Dan, and Naphtali:

26 And the sons of Zilpah, Leah's handmaid: Gad, and Asher: these are the sons of Jacob, which were born to him in Padanaram.

27 And Jacob came unto Isaac his father unto Mamre, unto the city of Arbah, which is Hebron, where Abraham and Isaac sojourned.

28 And the days of Isaac were an hundred and fourscore years.

29 And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto his people, being old and full of days: and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.

36 Now these are the generations of Esau, who is Edom.

Esau took his wives of the daughters of Canaan; Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Aholibamah the daughter of Anah the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite;

And Bashemath Ishmael's daughter, sister of Nebajoth.

And Adah bare to Esau Eliphaz; and Bashemath bare Reuel;

And Aholibamah bare Jeush, and Jaalam, and Korah: these are the sons of Esau, which were born unto him in the land of Canaan.

And Esau took his wives, and his sons, and his daughters, and all the persons of his house, and his cattle, and all his beasts, and all his substance, which he had got in the land of Canaan; and went into the country from the face of his brother Jacob.

For their riches were more than that they might dwell together; and the land wherein they were strangers could not bear them because of their cattle.

Thus dwelt Esau in mount Seir: Esau is Edom.

And these are the generations of Esau the father of the Edomites in mount Seir:

10 These are the names of Esau's sons; Eliphaz the son of Adah the wife of Esau, Reuel the son of Bashemath the wife of Esau.

11 And the sons of Eliphaz were Teman, Omar, Zepho, and Gatam, and Kenaz.

12 And Timna was concubine to Eliphaz Esau's son; and she bare to Eliphaz Amalek: these were the sons of Adah Esau's wife.

13 And these are the sons of Reuel; Nahath, and Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah: these were the sons of Bashemath Esau's wife.

14 And these were the sons of Aholibamah, the daughter of Anah the daughter of Zibeon, Esau's wife: and she bare to Esau Jeush, and Jaalam, and Korah.

15 These were dukes of the sons of Esau: the sons of Eliphaz the firstborn son of Esau; duke Teman, duke Omar, duke Zepho, duke Kenaz,

16 Duke Korah, duke Gatam, and duke Amalek: these are the dukes that came of Eliphaz in the land of Edom; these were the sons of Adah.

17 And these are the sons of Reuel Esau's son; duke Nahath, duke Zerah, duke Shammah, duke Mizzah: these are the dukes that came of Reuel in the land of Edom; these are the sons of Bashemath Esau's wife.

18 And these are the sons of Aholibamah Esau's wife; duke Jeush, duke Jaalam, duke Korah: these were the dukes that came of Aholibamah the daughter of Anah, Esau's wife.

19 These are the sons of Esau, who is Edom, and these are their dukes.

20 These are the sons of Seir the Horite, who inhabited the land; Lotan, and Shobal, and Zibeon, and Anah,

21 And Dishon, and Ezer, and Dishan: these are the dukes of the Horites, the children of Seir in the land of Edom.

22 And the children of Lotan were Hori and Hemam; and Lotan's sister was Timna.

23 And the children of Shobal were these; Alvan, and Manahath, and Ebal, Shepho, and Onam.

24 And these are the children of Zibeon; both Ajah, and Anah: this was that Anah that found the mules in the wilderness, as he fed the asses of Zibeon his father.

25 And the children of Anah were these; Dishon, and Aholibamah the daughter of Anah.

26 And these are the children of Dishon; Hemdan, and Eshban, and Ithran, and Cheran.

27 The children of Ezer are these; Bilhan, and Zaavan, and Akan.

28 The children of Dishan are these; Uz, and Aran.

29 These are the dukes that came of the Horites; duke Lotan, duke Shobal, duke Zibeon, duke Anah,

30 Duke Dishon, duke Ezer, duke Dishan: these are the dukes that came of Hori, among their dukes in the land of Seir.

31 And these are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom, before there reigned any king over the children of Israel.

32 And Bela the son of Beor reigned in Edom: and the name of his city was Dinhabah.

33 And Bela died, and Jobab the son of Zerah of Bozrah reigned in his stead.

34 And Jobab died, and Husham of the land of Temani reigned in his stead.

35 And Husham died, and Hadad the son of Bedad, who smote Midian in the field of Moab, reigned in his stead: and the name of his city was Avith.

36 And Hadad died, and Samlah of Masrekah reigned in his stead.

37 And Samlah died, and Saul of Rehoboth by the river reigned in his stead.

38 And Saul died, and Baalhanan the son of Achbor reigned in his stead.

39 And Baalhanan the son of Achbor died, and Hadar reigned in his stead: and the name of his city was Pau; and his wife's name was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, the daughter of Mezahab.

40 And these are the names of the dukes that came of Esau, according to their families, after their places, by their names; duke Timnah, duke Alvah, duke Jetheth,

41 Duke Aholibamah, duke Elah, duke Pinon,

42 Duke Kenaz, duke Teman, duke Mibzar,

43 Duke Magdiel, duke Iram: these be the dukes of Edom, according to their habitations in the land of their possession: he is Esau the father of the Edomites.

Matthew 12:1-21

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath12:1-8pp — Mk 2:23-28; Lk 6:1-512:9-14pp — Mk 3:1-6; Lk 6:6-11

12 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grainDt 23:25 and eat them.When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”ver 10; Ex 20:10; 23:12; Dt 5:14; Lk 13:14; 14:3; Jn 5:10; 7:23; 9:16

He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?1Sa 21:6He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests.Lev 24:5, 9Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the SabbathNu 28:9, 10; Jn 7:22, 23 and yet are innocent?I tell you that something greater than the temple is here.ver 41, 42If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’Hosea 6:6Hos 6:6; Mic 6:6-8; Mt 9:13 you would not have condemned the innocent.For the Son of ManS Mt 8:20 is Lord of the Sabbath.”

Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue,10 and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus,Mk 3:2; 12:13; Lk 11:54; 14:1; 20:20 they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”S ver 2

11 He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out?Lk 14:512 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep!Mt 6:26; 10:31 Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other.14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.Ge 37:18; Ps 71:10; Mt 26:4; 27:1; Mk 3:6; Lk 6:11; Jn 5:18; 7:1, 19; 11:53

God’s Chosen Servant

15 Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ill.S Mt 4:2316 He warned them not to tell others about him.S Mt 8:417 This was to fulfillS Mt 1:22 what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

18 “Here is my servant whom I have chosen,

the one I love, in whom I delight;S Mt 3:17

I will put my Spirit on him,S Jn 3:34

and he will proclaim justice to the nations.

19 He will not quarrel or cry out;

no one will hear his voice in the streets.

20 A bruised reed he will not break,

and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out,

till he has brought justice through to victory.

21 In his name the nations will put their hope.”Isaiah 42:1-4Isa 42:1-4

A Discussion about the Sabbath

12 At about that time Jesus was walking through some grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, so they began breaking off some heads of grain and eating them.But some Pharisees saw them do it and protested, “Look, your disciples are breaking the law by harvesting grain on the Sabbath.”

Jesus said to them, “Haven’t you read in the Scriptures what David did when he and his companions were hungry?He went into the house of God, and he and his companions broke the law by eating the sacred loaves of bread that only the priests are allowed to eat.And haven’t you read in the law of Moses that the priests on duty in the Temple may work on the Sabbath?I tell you, there is one here who is even greater than the Temple!But you would not have condemned my innocent disciples if you knew the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’Hos 6:6 (Greek version).For the Son of Man“Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself. is Lord, even over the Sabbath!”

Jesus Heals on the Sabbath

Then Jesus went over to their synagogue,10 where he noticed a man with a deformed hand. The Pharisees asked Jesus, “Does the law permit a person to work by healing on the Sabbath?” (They were hoping he would say yes, so they could bring charges against him.)

11 And he answered, “If you had a sheep that fell into a well on the Sabbath, wouldn’t you work to pull it out? Of course you would.12 And how much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Yes, the law permits a person to do good on the Sabbath.”

13 Then he said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man held out his hand, and it was restored, just like the other one!14 Then the Pharisees called a meeting to plot how to kill Jesus.

Jesus, God’s Chosen Servant

15 But Jesus knew what they were planning. So he left that area, and many people followed him. He healed all the sick among them,16 but he warned them not to reveal who he was.17 This fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah concerning him:

18 “Look at my Servant, whom I have chosen.

He is my Beloved, who pleases me.

I will put my Spirit upon him,

and he will proclaim justice to the nations.

19 He will not fight or shout

or raise his voice in public.

20 He will not crush the weakest reed

or put out a flickering candle.

Finally he will cause justice to be victorious.

21 And his name will be the hope

of all the world.”Isa 42:1-4 (Greek version for 42:4).

12 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat.

But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.

But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;

How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?

Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?

But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.

But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.

For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.

And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue:

10 And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.

11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?

12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.

13 Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.

14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.

15 But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;

16 And charged them that they should not make him known:

17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,

18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.

19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.

20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.

21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.

Psalm 15:1-5

Psalm 15

A psalm of David.

Lord, who may dwellEx 29:46; Ps 23:6; 27:4; 61:4 in your sacred tent?Ex 25:8; 1Ch 22:19; Ps 20:2; 78:69; 150:1

Who may live on your holy mountain?S Ex 15:17

The one whose walk is blameless,S Ge 6:9; S Ps 18:32; Eph 1:4; S 1Th 3:13; Tit 1:6

who does what is righteous,

who speaks the truthPr 16:13; Isa 45:19; Jer 7:28; 9:5; Zec 8:3, 16; Ro 9:1; S Eph 4:25 from their heart;

whose tongue utters no slander,S Lev 19:16

who does no wrong to a neighbor,

and casts no slur on others;

who despises a vile person

but honorsS Job 19:9; Ac 28:10 those who fear the Lord;

who keeps an oathS Dt 23:21; S Jos 9:18; Mt 5:33 even when it hurts,

and does not change their mind;

who lends money to the poor without interest;S Ex 22:25

who does not accept a bribeS Ex 18:21; S 1Sa 8:3; Ac 24:26 against the innocent.

Whoever does these things

will never be shaken.S Job 29:18; Ps 21:7; 112:6; Ac 2:25; Heb 12:28; 2Pe 1:10

Psalm 15

A psalm of David.

Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord?

Who may enter your presence on your holy hill?

Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right,

speaking the truth from sincere hearts.

Those who refuse to gossip

or harm their neighbors

or speak evil of their friends.

Those who despise flagrant sinners,

and honor the faithful followers of the Lord,

and keep their promises even when it hurts.

Those who lend money without charging interest,

and who cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent.

Such people will stand firm forever.

15 Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?

He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.

He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.

In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.

He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.

Proverbs 3:21-26

21 My son,Pr 1:8-9; 6:20 do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,Pr 4:20-22

preserve sound judgment and discretion;

22 they will be life for you,S Dt 30:20; Pr 4:13

an ornament to grace your neck.S Pr 1:8-9

23 Then you will go on your way in safety,S Pr 1:33

and your foot will not stumble.S Ps 37:24; S 119:11; Pr 4:12

24 When you lie down,S Lev 26:6 you will not be afraid;Ps 91:5; 112:8

when you lie down, your sleepS Job 11:18; Jer 31:26 will be sweet.

25 Have no fear of sudden disaster

or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,

26 for the Lord will be at your sideS 2Ki 18:5; S Job 4:6

and will keep your footS 1Sa 2:9 from being snared.S Job 5:19

21 My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment.

Hang on to them,

22 for they will refresh your soul.

They are like jewels on a necklace.

23 They keep you safe on your way,

and your feet will not stumble.

24 You can go to bed without fear;

you will lie down and sleep soundly.

25 You need not be afraid of sudden disaster

or the destruction that comes upon the wicked,

26 for the Lord is your security.

He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.

21 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:

22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.

23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.

24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.

26 For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.

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