Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

One word from God can completely revolutionize your life. Jacob received one such word in Genesis 31:10-12, when God instructed him concerning the "streaked, speckled, and spotted" sheep. With that one word, Jacob developed a specific process of breeding the sheep that gradually converted the entire flock to his ownership!

God sees the dilemma you are in, whether it's with an oppressive employer, a difficult marriage partner, or some other strained relationship. He can give you one word of wisdom that will completely change your situation. We call this word revelation. Through dreams and visions, the Holy Spirit communicates to your mind something that is in the mind of God. In Jacob's case, it made no sense to put peeled rods in front of sheep, but he did it anyway. His obedience to that word from God brought him much success and wealth (Genesis 30:43).

Such is the miracle of God's Word. It may seem ridiculous to the natural mind, but God's Word works. You must wait upon Him to receive that Word, and then keep it before your eyes daily, just as Jacob placed the rods before his sheep.

Genesis 30:1-31:16

30 When Rachel saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children,S Ge 11:30; Isa 49:21; 54:1 she became jealous of her sister.S Ge 16:4; Lev 18:18 So she said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I’ll die!”

Jacob became angry with her and said, “Am I in the place of God,Ge 50:19; Dt 32:35; 2Ki 5:7 who has kept you from having children?”S Ge 16:2

Then she said, “Here is Bilhah,ver 7; S Ge 29:29 my servant.S Ge 24:61 Sleep with her so that she can bear children for me and I too can build a family through her.”Ge 16:2

So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife.ver 9, 18 Jacob slept with her,Ge 16:3-4and she became pregnant and bore him a son.Then Rachel said, “God has vindicated me;Ps 35:24; 43:1 he has listened to my plea and given me a son.”ver 23; Ge 21:2; Ru 4:13; 1Sa 1:20 Because of this she named him Dan.Dan here means he has vindicated.Ge 46:23; 49:16-17; Nu 26:42-43; Jos 19:40-48; Jdg 1:34; 13:2; 18:2; Jer 4:15; 8:16; Eze 48:1

Rachel’s servant BilhahS ver 3 conceived again and bore Jacob a second son.Then Rachel said, “I have had a great struggle with my sister, and I have won.”Ge 32:28; Hos 12:3-4 So she named him Naphtali.Naphtali means my struggle.Ge 35:25; 46:24; 49:21; Nu 1:42; 26:48; Dt 33:23; Jdg 4:6; 5:18; 1Ch 7:13

When LeahS Ge 29:16 saw that she had stopped having children,Ge 29:35 she took her servant ZilpahGe 29:24 and gave her to Jacob as a wife.S ver 410 Leah’s servant ZilpahGe 46:18 bore Jacob a son.11 Then Leah said, “What good fortune!”Or “A troop is coming!” So she named him Gad.Gad can mean good fortune or a troop.Ge 35:26; 46:16; 49:19; Ex 1:4; Nu 1:24; 26:18; Jos 4:12; 1Ch 5:11; 12:8; Jer 49:1

12 Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a second son.13 Then Leah said, “How happy I am! The women will call mePs 127:3 happy.”Ru 4:14; Ps 127:4-5; Lk 1:48 So she named him Asher.Asher means happy.Ge 35:26; 46:17; 49:20; Nu 1:40; 26:47; Dt 33:24; Jos 19:24-31; 1Ch 7:30-31

14 During wheat harvest,Ex 34:22; Jdg 15:1; Ru 2:23; 1Sa 6:13; 12:17 Reuben went out into the fields and found some mandrake plants,ver 15, 16; SS 7:13 which he brought to his mother Leah. Rachel said to Leah, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.”

15 But she said to her, “Wasn’t it enoughNu 16:9, 13; Isa 7:13; Eze 34:18 that you took away my husband? Will you take my son’s mandrakes too?”

“Very well,” Rachel said, “he can sleep with you tonight in return for your son’s mandrakes.”Ge 38:16; Eze 16:33; Hos 9:1

16 So when Jacob came in from the fields that evening, Leah went out to meet him. “You must sleep with me,” she said. “I have hired you with my son’s mandrakes.”S ver 14 So he slept with her that night.

17 God listened to Leah,S Ge 25:21 and she became pregnant and bore Jacob a fifth son.18 Then Leah said, “God has rewarded me for giving my servant to my husband.”S ver 4 So she named him Issachar.Issachar sounds like the Hebrew for reward.Ge 46:13; 49:14; Nu 1:8, 28, 29; 26:25; Dt 27:12; 33:18; Jos 17:10; 19:17; 21:6, 28; Jdg 5:15; 10:1; 1Ch 7:1

19 Leah conceived again and bore Jacob a sixth son.20 Then Leah said, “God has presented me with a precious gift. This time my husband will treat me with honor,S Ge 29:34; 1Pe 3:7 because I have borne him six sons.” So she named him Zebulun.Zebulun probably means honor.Ge 35:23; 46:14; 49:13; Nu 1:30; 26:27; 34:25; Dt 33:18; Jdg 5:18

21 Some time later she gave birth to a daughter and named her Dinah.Ge 34:1; 46:15

22 Then God remembered Rachel;S Ge 8:1 he listened to herS Ge 25:21 and enabled her to conceive.S Ge 11:3023 She became pregnant and gave birth to a sonS ver 6; S Ge 29:32 and said, “God has taken away my disgrace.”Isa 4:1; 25:8; 45:17; 54:4; Lk 1:2524 She named him Joseph,Joseph means may he add.S Ge 29:6; 32:22; 33:2, 7; 35:24; 37:2; 39:1; 49:22-26; Dt 33:13 and said, “May the Lord add to me another son.”Ge 35:17; 1Sa 4:20

Jacob’s Flocks Increase

25 After Rachel gave birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me on my wayS Ge 24:54 so I can go back to my own homeland.S Ge 28:1526 Give me my wives and children, for whom I have served you,S Ge 29:18 and I will be on my way. You know how much work I’ve done for you.”

27 But Laban said to him, “If I have found favor in your eyes,Ge 33:10; 50:4; Est 2:15 please stay. I have learned by divinationGe 44:5, 15; Lev 19:26; Nu 22:7; 23:23; 24:1; Jos 13:22; 2Ki 17:17; Jer 27:9 that the Lord has blessed me because of you.”ver 30; S Ge 26:24; 31:38; Dt 28:11; 2Sa 6:1128 He added, “Name your wages,S Ge 29:15 and I will pay them.”

29 Jacob said to him, “You know how I have worked for youGe 31:6 and how your livestock has fared under my care.Ge 31:38-4030 The little you had before I came has increased greatly, and the Lord has blessed you wherever I have been.S ver 27 But now, when may I do something for my own household?1Ti 5:8

31 “What shall I give you?” he asked.

“Don’t give me anything,” Jacob replied. “But if you will do this one thing for me, I will go on tending your flocks and watching over them:32 Let me go through all your flocks today and remove from them every speckled or spotted sheep, every dark-colored lamb and every spotted or speckled goat.ver 33, 35, 39, 40; Ge 31:8, 12 They will be my wages.S Ge 29:1533 And my honesty will testify for me in the future, whenever you check on the wages you have paid me. Any goat in my possession that is not speckled or spotted, or any lamb that is not dark-colored,S ver 32 will be considered stolen.Ge 31:39

34 “Agreed,” said Laban. “Let it be as you have said.”35 That same day he removed all the male goats that were streaked or spotted, and all the speckled or spotted female goats (all that had white on them) and all the dark-colored lambs,S ver 32 and he placed them in the care of his sons.Ge 31:136 Then he put a three-day journeyGe 31:22; Ex 3:18; 5:3; 8:27 between himself and Jacob, while Jacob continued to tend the rest of Laban’s flocks.

37 Jacob, however, took fresh-cut branches from poplar, almondJer 1:11 and plane treesEze 31:8 and made white stripes on them by peeling the bark and exposing the white inner wood of the branches.ver 38, 4138 Then he placed the peeled branchesS ver 37 in all the watering troughs,Ex 2:16 so that they would be directly in front of the flocks when they came to drink. When the flocks were in heatver 41; Jer 2:24 and came to drink,39 they mated in front of the branches.ver 41 And they bore young that were streaked or speckled or spotted.S ver 3240 Jacob set apart the young of the flock by themselves, but made the rest face the streaked and dark-colored animalsS ver 32 that belonged to Laban. Thus he made separate flocks for himself and did not put them with Laban’s animals.41 Whenever the stronger females were in heat,S ver 38 Jacob would place the branches in the troughs in front of the animals so they would mate near the branches,S ver 3742 but if the animals were weak, he would not place them there. So the weak animals went to Laban and the strong ones to Jacob.Ge 31:1, 9, 16, 4343 In this way the man grew exceedingly prosperous and came to own large flocks, and female and male servants, and camels and donkeys.S Ge 12:16

Jacob Flees From Laban

31 Jacob heard that Laban’s sonsGe 30:35 were saying, “Jacob has taken everything our father owned and has gained all this wealth from what belonged to our father.”S Ge 30:42And Jacob noticed that Laban’s attitude toward him was not what it had been.ver 5

Then the Lord said to Jacob, “Go backver 13; Ge 32:9; Dt 30:3; Isa 10:21; 35:10; Jer 30:3; 42:12 to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.”S Ge 21:22; S 26:3

So Jacob sent word to Rachel and Leah to come out to the fields where his flocks were.He said to them, “I see that your father’sver 29, 42, 53; Ge 43:23; Da 2:23 attitude toward me is not what it was before,ver 2 but the God of my father has been with me.S Ge 21:22; S 26:3You know that I’ve worked for your father with all my strength,Ge 30:29yet your father has cheatedLev 6:2; Am 8:5 me by changing my wagesS Ge 29:15 ten times.ver 41; Nu 14:22; Job 19:3 However, God has not allowed him to harm me.ver 52; S Ge 24:50If he said, ‘The speckled ones will be your wages,’ then all the flocks gave birth to speckled young; and if he said, ‘The streaked ones will be your wages,’S Ge 30:32 then all the flocks bore streaked young.So God has taken away your father’s livestockJob 39:2; Eze 31:6 and has given them to me.S Ge 30:42

10 “In breeding season I once had a dreamS Ge 20:3 in which I looked up and saw that the male goats mating with the flock were streaked, speckled or spotted.11 The angel of GodS Ge 16:7 said to me in the dream,S Ge 20:3 ‘Jacob.’ I answered, ‘Here I am.’S Ge 22:1; S Ex 3:412 And he said, ‘Look up and see that all the male goats mating with the flock are streaked, speckled or spotted,S Ge 30:32 for I have seen all that Laban has been doing to you.Ex 3:713 I am the God of Bethel,Ge 28:10-22 where you anointed a pillarS Ge 28:18 and where you made a vowS Ge 28:20 to me. Now leave this land at once and go back to your native land.S ver 3’”

14 Then Rachel and Leah replied, “Do we still have any share2Sa 20:1; 1Ki 12:16 in the inheritance of our father’s estate?15 Does he not regard us as foreigners?Dt 15:3; 23:20; Ru 2:10; 2Sa 15:19; 1Ki 8:41; Ob 1:11 Not only has he sold us, but he has used up what was paid for us.S Ge 29:2016 Surely all the wealth that God took away from our father belongs to us and our children.S Ge 30:42 So do whatever God has told you.”

30 When Rachel saw that she wasn’t having any children for Jacob, she became jealous of her sister. She pleaded with Jacob, “Give me children, or I’ll die!”

Then Jacob became furious with Rachel. “Am I God?” he asked. “He’s the one who has kept you from having children!”

Then Rachel told him, “Take my maid, Bilhah, and sleep with her. She will bear children for me,Hebrew bear children on my knees. and through her I can have a family, too.”So Rachel gave her servant, Bilhah, to Jacob as a wife, and he slept with her.Bilhah became pregnant and presented him with a son.Rachel named him Dan,Dan means “he judged” or “he vindicated.” for she said, “God has vindicated me! He has heard my request and given me a son.”Then Bilhah became pregnant again and gave Jacob a second son.Rachel named him Naphtali,Naphtali means “my struggle.” for she said, “I have struggled hard with my sister, and I’m winning!”

Meanwhile, Leah realized that she wasn’t getting pregnant anymore, so she took her servant, Zilpah, and gave her to Jacob as a wife.10 Soon Zilpah presented him with a son.11 Leah named him Gad,Gad means “good fortune.” for she said, “How fortunate I am!”12 Then Zilpah gave Jacob a second son.13 And Leah named him Asher,Asher means “happy.” for she said, “What joy is mine! Now the other women will celebrate with me.”

14 One day during the wheat harvest, Reuben found some mandrakes growing in a field and brought them to his mother, Leah. Rachel begged Leah, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.”

15 But Leah angrily replied, “Wasn’t it enough that you stole my husband? Now will you steal my son’s mandrakes, too?”

Rachel answered, “I will let Jacob sleep with you tonight if you give me some of the mandrakes.”

16 So that evening, as Jacob was coming home from the fields, Leah went out to meet him. “You must come and sleep with me tonight!” she said. “I have paid for you with some mandrakes that my son found.” So that night he slept with Leah.17 And God answered Leah’s prayers. She became pregnant again and gave birth to a fifth son for Jacob.18 She named him Issachar,Issachar sounds like a Hebrew term that means “reward.” for she said, “God has rewarded me for giving my servant to my husband as a wife.”19 Then Leah became pregnant again and gave birth to a sixth son for Jacob.20 She named him Zebulun,Zebulun probably means “honor.” for she said, “God has given me a good reward. Now my husband will treat me with respect, for I have given him six sons.”21 Later she gave birth to a daughter and named her Dinah.

22 Then God remembered Rachel’s plight and answered her prayers by enabling her to have children.23 She became pregnant and gave birth to a son. “God has removed my disgrace,” she said.24 And she named him Joseph,Joseph means “may he add.” for she said, “May the Lord add yet another son to my family.”

Jacob’s Wealth Increases

25 Soon after Rachel had given birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Please release me so I can go home to my own country.26 Let me take my wives and children, for I have earned them by serving you, and let me be on my way. You certainly know how hard I have worked for you.”

27 “Please listen to me,” Laban replied. “I have become wealthy, forOr I have learned by divination that. the Lord has blessed me because of you.28 Tell me how much I owe you. Whatever it is, I’ll pay it.”

29 Jacob replied, “You know how hard I’ve worked for you, and how your flocks and herds have grown under my care.30 You had little indeed before I came, but your wealth has increased enormously. The Lord has blessed you through everything I’ve done. But now, what about me? When can I start providing for my own family?”

31 “What wages do you want?” Laban asked again.

Jacob replied, “Don’t give me anything. Just do this one thing, and I’ll continue to tend and watch over your flocks.32 Let me inspect your flocks today and remove all the sheep and goats that are speckled or spotted, along with all the black sheep. Give these to me as my wages.33 In the future, when you check on the animals you have given me as my wages, you’ll see that I have been honest. If you find in my flock any goats without speckles or spots, or any sheep that are not black, you will know that I have stolen them from you.”

34 “All right,” Laban replied. “It will be as you say.”35 But that very day Laban went out and removed the male goats that were streaked and spotted, all the female goats that were speckled and spotted or had white patches, and all the black sheep. He placed them in the care of his own sons,36 who took them a three-days’ journey from where Jacob was. Meanwhile, Jacob stayed and cared for the rest of Laban’s flock.

37 Then Jacob took some fresh branches from poplar, almond, and plane trees and peeled off strips of bark, making white streaks on them.38 Then he placed these peeled branches in the watering troughs where the flocks came to drink, for that was where they mated.39 And when they mated in front of the white-streaked branches, they gave birth to young that were streaked, speckled, and spotted.40 Jacob separated those lambs from Laban’s flock. And at mating time he turned the flock to face Laban’s animals that were streaked or black. This is how he built his own flock instead of increasing Laban’s.

41 Whenever the stronger females were ready to mate, Jacob would place the peeled branches in the watering troughs in front of them. Then they would mate in front of the branches.42 But he didn’t do this with the weaker ones, so the weaker lambs belonged to Laban, and the stronger ones were Jacob’s.43 As a result, Jacob became very wealthy, with large flocks of sheep and goats, female and male servants, and many camels and donkeys.

Jacob Flees from Laban

31 But Jacob soon learned that Laban’s sons were grumbling about him. “Jacob has robbed our father of everything!” they said. “He has gained all his wealth at our father’s expense.”And Jacob began to notice a change in Laban’s attitude toward him.

Then the Lord said to Jacob, “Return to the land of your father and grandfather and to your relatives there, and I will be with you.”

So Jacob called Rachel and Leah out to the field where he was watching his flock.He said to them, “I have noticed that your father’s attitude toward me has changed. But the God of my father has been with me.You know how hard I have worked for your father,but he has cheated me, changing my wages ten times. But God has not allowed him to do me any harm.For if he said, ‘The speckled animals will be your wages,’ the whole flock began to produce speckled young. And when he changed his mind and said, ‘The striped animals will be your wages,’ then the whole flock produced striped young.In this way, God has taken your father’s animals and given them to me.

10 “One time during the mating season, I had a dream and saw that the male goats mating with the females were streaked, speckled, and spotted.11 Then in my dream, the angel of God said to me, ‘Jacob!’ And I replied, ‘Yes, here I am.’

12 “The angel said, ‘Look up, and you will see that only the streaked, speckled, and spotted males are mating with the females of your flock. For I have seen how Laban has treated you.13 I am the God who appeared to you at Bethel,As in Greek version and an Aramaic Targum; Hebrew reads the God of Bethel. the place where you anointed the pillar of stone and made your vow to me. Now get ready and leave this country and return to the land of your birth.’”

14 Rachel and Leah responded, “That’s fine with us! We won’t inherit any of our father’s wealth anyway.15 He has reduced our rights to those of foreign women. And after he sold us, he wasted the money you paid him for us.16 All the wealth God has given you from our father legally belongs to us and our children. So go ahead and do whatever God has told you.”

30 And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.

And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in God's stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?

And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her.

And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife: and Jacob went in unto her.

And Bilhah conceived, and bare Jacob a son.

And Rachel said, God hath judged me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath given me a son: therefore called she his name Dan.

And Bilhah Rachel's maid conceived again, and bare Jacob a second son.

And Rachel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called his name Naphtali.

When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah her maid, and gave her Jacob to wife.

10 And Zilpah Leah's maid bare Jacob a son.

11 And Leah said, A troop cometh: and she called his name Gad.

12 And Zilpah Leah's maid bare Jacob a second son.

13 And Leah said, Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed: and she called his name Asher.

14 And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them unto his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, Give me, I pray thee, of thy son's mandrakes.

15 And she said unto her, Is it a small matter that thou hast taken my husband? and wouldest thou take away my son's mandrakes also? And Rachel said, Therefore he shall lie with thee to night for thy son's mandrakes.

16 And Jacob came out of the field in the evening, and Leah went out to meet him, and said, Thou must come in unto me; for surely I have hired thee with my son's mandrakes. And he lay with her that night.

17 And God hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived, and bare Jacob the fifth son.

18 And Leah said, God hath given me my hire, because I have given my maiden to my husband: and she called his name Issachar.

19 And Leah conceived again, and bare Jacob the sixth son.

20 And Leah said, God hath endued me with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me, because I have born him six sons: and she called his name Zebulun.

21 And afterwards she bare a daughter, and called her name Dinah.

22 And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb.

23 And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach:

24 And she called his name Joseph; and said, The Lord shall add to me another son.

25 And it came to pass, when Rachel had born Joseph, that Jacob said unto Laban, Send me away, that I may go unto mine own place, and to my country.

26 Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served thee, and let me go: for thou knowest my service which I have done thee.

27 And Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes, tarry: for I have learned by experience that the Lord hath blessed me for thy sake.

28 And he said, Appoint me thy wages, and I will give it.

29 And he said unto him, Thou knowest how I have served thee, and how thy cattle was with me.

30 For it was little which thou hadst before I came, and it is now increased unto a multitude; and the Lord hath blessed thee since my coming: and now when shall I provide for mine own house also?

31 And he said, What shall I give thee? And Jacob said, Thou shalt not give me any thing: if thou wilt do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep thy flock.

32 I will pass through all thy flock to day, removing from thence all the speckled and spotted cattle, and all the brown cattle among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats: and of such shall be my hire.

33 So shall my righteousness answer for me in time to come, when it shall come for my hire before thy face: every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown among the sheep, that shall be counted stolen with me.

34 And Laban said, Behold, I would it might be according to thy word.

35 And he removed that day the he goats that were ringstraked and spotted, and all the she goats that were speckled and spotted, and every one that had some white in it, and all the brown among the sheep, and gave them into the hand of his sons.

36 And he set three days' journey betwixt himself and Jacob: and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flocks.

37 And Jacob took him rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chesnut tree; and pilled white strakes in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods.

38 And he set the rods which he had pilled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink.

39 And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle ringstraked, speckled, and spotted.

40 And Jacob did separate the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the ringstraked, and all the brown in the flock of Laban; and he put his own flocks by themselves, and put them not unto Laban's cattle.

41 And it came to pass, whensoever the stronger cattle did conceive, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the cattle in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods.

42 But when the cattle were feeble, he put them not in: so the feebler were Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's.

43 And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses.

31 And he heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, Jacob hath taken away all that was our father's; and of that which was our father's hath he gotten all this glory.

And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and, behold, it was not toward him as before.

And the Lord said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.

And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock,

And said unto them, I see your father's countenance, that it is not toward me as before; but the God of my father hath been with me.

And ye know that with all my power I have served your father.

And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me.

If he said thus, The speckled shall be thy wages; then all the cattle bare speckled: and if he said thus, The ringstraked shall be thy hire; then bare all the cattle ringstraked.

Thus God hath taken away the cattle of your father, and given them to me.

10 And it came to pass at the time that the cattle conceived, that I lifted up mine eyes, and saw in a dream, and, behold, the rams which leaped upon the cattle were ringstraked, speckled, and grisled.

11 And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I said, Here am I.

12 And he said, Lift up now thine eyes, and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle are ringstraked, speckled, and grisled: for I have seen all that Laban doeth unto thee.

13 I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me: now arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred.

14 And Rachel and Leah answered and said unto him, Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father's house?

15 Are we not counted of him strangers? for he hath sold us, and hath quite devoured also our money.

16 For all the riches which God hath taken from our father, that is ours, and our children's: now then, whatsoever God hath said unto thee, do.

Matthew 10:1-23

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve10:2-4pp — Mk 3:16-19; Lk 6:14-16; Ac 1:1310:9-15pp — Mk 6:8-11; Lk 9:3-5; 10:4-1210:19-22pp — Mk 13:11-13; Lk 21:12-1710:26-33pp — Lk 12:2-910:34, 35pp — Lk 12:51-53

10 Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spiritsMk 3:13-15; 6:7; Lk 4:36; 9:1 and to heal every disease and sickness.S Mt 4:23

These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John;Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.Mt 26:14-16, 25, 47; 27:3; Mk 14:10; Jn 6:71; 12:4; 13:2, 26, 27; Ac 1:16

These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans.1Ki 16:24; 2Ki 17:24; Lk 9:52; 10:33; 17:16; Jn 4:4-26, 39, 40; 8:48; Ac 8:5, 25Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel.Jer 50:6; Mt 15:24As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heavenS Mt 3:2 has come near.’Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,The Greek word traditionally translated leprosy was used for various diseases affecting the skin. drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

“Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your beltsLk 22:3510 no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep.S 1Ti 5:1811 Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave.12 As you enter the home, give it your greeting.1Sa 25:613 If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you.14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.Ne 5:13; Mk 6:11; Lk 9:5; 10:11; Ac 13:51; 18:615 Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and GomorrahGe 18:20; 19:24; 2Pe 2:6; Jude 7 on the day of judgmentMt 12:36; Ac 17:31; 2Pe 2:9; 3:7; 1Jn 4:17; Jude 6 than for that town.Mt 11:22, 24

16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves.Lk 10:3; Ac 20:29 Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.S 1Co 14:2017 Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councilsS Mt 5:22 and be flogged in the synagogues.Mt 23:34; Mk 13:9; Ac 5:40; 22:19; 26:1118 On my account you will be brought before governors and kingsAc 25:24-26 as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it.Ex 4:12 At that time you will be given what to say,20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your FatherLk 12:11, 12; Ac 4:8 speaking through you.

21 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parentsver 35, 36; Mic 7:6 and have them put to death.Mk 13:1222 You will be hated by everyone because of me,S Jn 15:21 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.Mt 24:13; Mk 13:13; Lk 21:19; Rev 2:1023 When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.S Lk 17:30

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles

10 Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evilGreek unclean. spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness.Here are the names of the twelve apostles:

first, Simon (also called Peter),

then Andrew (Peter’s brother),

James (son of Zebedee),

John (James’s brother),




Matthew (the tax collector),

James (son of Alphaeus),

Thaddaeus,Other manuscripts read Lebbaeus; still others read Lebbaeus who is called Thaddaeus.

Simon (the zealotGreek the Cananean, an Aramaic term for Jewish nationalists.),

Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).

Jesus sent out the twelve apostles with these instructions: “Don’t go to the Gentiles or the Samaritans,but only to the people of Israel—God’s lost sheep.Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near.Or has come, or is coming soon.Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!

“Don’t take any money in your money belts—no gold, silver, or even copper coins.10 Don’t carry a traveler’s bag with a change of clothes and sandals or even a walking stick. Don’t hesitate to accept hospitality, because those who work deserve to be fed.

11 “Whenever you enter a city or village, search for a worthy person and stay in his home until you leave town.12 When you enter the home, give it your blessing.13 If it turns out to be a worthy home, let your blessing stand; if it is not, take back the blessing.14 If any household or town refuses to welcome you or listen to your message, shake its dust from your feet as you leave.15 I tell you the truth, the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah will be better off than such a town on the judgment day.

16 “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.17 But beware! For you will be handed over to the courts and will be flogged with whips in the synagogues.18 You will stand trial before governors and kings because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell the rulers and other unbelievers about me.Or But this will be your testimony against the rulers and other unbelievers.19 When you are arrested, don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time.20 For it is not you who will be speaking—it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

21 “A brother will betray his brother to death, a father will betray his own child, and children will rebel against their parents and cause them to be killed.22 And all nations will hate you because you are my followers.Greek on account of my name. But everyone who endures to the end will be saved.23 When you are persecuted in one town, flee to the next. I tell you the truth, the Son of Man“Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself. will return before you have reached all the towns of Israel.

10 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The 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 publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus;

Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:

But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,

10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.

11 And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.

12 And when ye come into an house, salute it.

13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.

14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.

15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;

18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.

19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.

20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.

22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.

Psalm 12:1-8

Psalm 12In Hebrew texts 12:1-8 is numbered 12:2-9.

For the director of music. According to sheminith.Title: Probably a musical term A psalm of David.

Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore;Isa 57:1; Mic 7:2

those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.

Everyone liesPs 5:6; 34:13; 141:3; Pr 6:19; 12:17; 13:3; Isa 32:7 to their neighbor;

they flatter with their lips

but harbor deception in their hearts.S Ps 5:9; Ro 16:18

May the Lord silence all flattering lipsPr 26:28; 28:23

and every boastful tongue—Ps 73:9; Da 7:8; Jas 3:5; Rev 13:5

those who say,

“By our tongues we will prevail;Pr 18:21; Jas 3:6

our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?”

“Because the poor are plunderedPs 44:24; 62:10; 72:14; 73:8; Ecc 4:1; 5:8; Isa 3:15; 5:7; 30:12; 59:13; Ac 7:34 and the needy groan,S Ps 6:6

I will now arise,Ps 3:7” says the Lord.

“I will protect themPs 34:6; 35:10 from those who malign them.”

And the words of the Lord are flawless,S 2Sa 22:31; Ps 18:30

like silver purifiedS Job 23:10; S 28:1; Isa 48:10; Zec 13:9 in a crucible,Ps 119:140

like goldProbable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text earth refined seven times.

You, Lord, will keep the needy safePs 16:1; 27:5

and will protect us forever from the wicked,Ps 37:28; Jn 17:12

who freely strutPs 55:10-11 about

when what is vile is honored by the human race.

Psalm 12

For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by an eight-stringed instrument.Hebrew according to the sheminith.

Help, O Lord, for the godly are fast disappearing!

The faithful have vanished from the earth!

Neighbors lie to each other,

speaking with flattering lips and deceitful hearts.

May the Lord cut off their flattering lips

and silence their boastful tongues.

They say, “We will lie to our hearts’ content.

Our lips are our own—who can stop us?”

The Lord replies, “I have seen violence done to the helpless,

and I have heard the groans of the poor.

Now I will rise up to rescue them,

as they have longed for me to do.”

The Lord’s promises are pure,

like silver refined in a furnace,

purified seven times over.

Therefore, Lord, we know you will protect the oppressed,

preserving them forever from this lying generation,

even though the wicked strut about,

and evil is praised throughout the land.

12 Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.

They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.

The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:

Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?

For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the Lord; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.

The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.

Proverbs 3:13-15

13 Blessed are those who find wisdom,

those who gain understanding,

14 for she is more profitable than silver

and yields better returns than gold.S Job 28:15; Pr 8:19; 16:16

15 She is more precious than rubies;S Job 28:18

nothing you desire can compare with her.S Job 28:17-19

13 Joyful is the person who finds wisdom,

the one who gains understanding.

14 For wisdom is more profitable than silver,

and her wages are better than gold.

15 Wisdom is more precious than rubies;

nothing you desire can compare with her.

13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.

15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

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