Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

When Jacob wrestled with the angel at Peniel, the angel tried to overpower him. He knew that unless he could break Jacob's stubborn and deceptive will, Jacob would never attain greatness in God.

Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 11:29, "Take my yoke upon you," an obvious statement of learning the "rest" of submission. You will not go very far with God until you allow Him to subdue your drive, energies, ambitions, and passions. When He wins that battle over you, the "rest" of God will follow.

Later in Jacob's struggle, he held on to the angel of the Lord, forcefully pressing in for a blessing from the One who had subdued him. Jesus told His disciples that "the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing, and violent people attack it" (Matthew 11:12).

God wants you to rest in your flesh and be forceful in your spirit! That balance changed Jacob from a trickster to a prince with God.

Genesis 32:13-34:31

13 He spent the night there, and from what he had with him he selected a giftver 13-15, 18, 20, 21; Ge 33:10; 43:11, 15, 25, 26; 1Sa 16:20; Pr 18:16; 21:14 for his brother Esau:14 two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams,Nu 7:8815 thirty female camels with their young, forty cows and ten bulls, and twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys.S Ge 13:2; 42:26; 45:2316 He put them in the care of his servants, each herd by itself, and said to his servants, “Go ahead of me, and keep some space between the herds.”Ge 33:8

17 He instructed the one in the lead: “When my brother Esau meets you and asks, ‘Who do you belong to, and where are you going, and who owns all these animals in front of you?’18 then you are to say, ‘They belong to your servantS Ge 18:3 Jacob. They are a giftS ver 13 sent to my lord Esau, and he is coming behind us.’”

19 He also instructed the second, the third and all the others who followed the herds: “You are to say the same thing to Esau when you meet him.20 And be sure to say, ‘Your servantS Ge 18:3 Jacob is coming behind us.’” For he thought, “I will pacify him with these giftsS ver 13; 1Sa 9:7; 2Ki 8:8; Jer 40:5 I am sending on ahead;1Sa 25:19 later, when I see him, perhaps he will receive me.”Ge 33:10; Ex 28:38; Lev 1:4; Mal 1:821 So Jacob’s giftsS ver 13 went on ahead of him, but he himself spent the night in the camp.

Jacob Wrestles With God

22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sonsS Ge 30:24 and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.Nu 21:24; Dt 2:37; 3:16; Jos 12:223 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions.S Ge 26:1424 So Jacob was left alone,Da 10:8 and a manS Ge 18:2 wrestled with him till daybreak.25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hipver 32 so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man.26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”

But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”Hos 12:4

27 The man asked him, “What is your name?”

“Jacob,”S Ge 25:26 he answered.

28 Then the man said, “Your nameIsa 1:26; 56:5; 60:14; 62:2, 4, 12; 65:15 will no longer be Jacob, but Israel,Israel probably means he struggles with God.S Ge 17:5 because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”S Ge 30:8

29 Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.”Ex 3:13; 6:3; Jdg 13:17

But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?”Jdg 13:18 Then he blessedGe 25:11; 35:9; 48:3 him there.

30 So Jacob called the place Peniel,Peniel means face of God. saying, “It is because I saw God face to face,S Ge 16:13; 1Co 13:12 and yet my life was spared.”

31 The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel,Hebrew Penuel, a variant of PenielJdg 8:9 and he was limping because of his hip.32 Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip,ver 25 because the socket of Jacob’s hip was touched near the tendon.

Jacob Meets Esau

33 Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men;S Ge 32:6 so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two female servants.S Ge 32:7He put the female servants and their childrenver 6 in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and JosephS Ge 30:24 in the rear.He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the groundver 6, 7; S Ge 17:3; 37:7-10; 42:6; 43:26; 44:14; 48:12; 1Sa 20:41 seven times2Ki 5:10, 14 as he approached his brother.

But EsauS Ge 27:41-42 ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him.S Ge 29:11; Lk 15:20 And they wept.S Ge 27:27Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. “Who are these with you?” he asked.

Jacob answered, “They are the children God has graciously given your servant.S Ge 18:3; Ge 48:9; Ps 127:3; Isa 8:18

Then the female servants and their childrenver 2 approached and bowed down.S ver 3Next, Leah and her childrenver 2 came and bowed down.S ver 3 Last of all came Joseph and Rachel,S Ge 30:24 and they too bowed down.

Esau asked, “What’s the meaning of all these flocks and herds I met?”Ge 32:14-16

“To find favor in your eyes, my lord,”S Ge 24:9; S 32:5 he said.

But Esau said, “I already have plenty,ver 11; S Ge 13:6 my brother. Keep what you have for yourself.”

10 “No, please!” said Jacob. “If I have found favor in your eyes,S Ge 30:27; S 32:5 accept this giftS Ge 32:13 from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God,S Ge 16:13 now that you have received me favorably.S Ge 32:2011 Please accept the present1Sa 25:27; 30:26 that was brought to you, for God has been gracious to meGe 30:43 and I have all I need.”S ver 9 And because Jacob insisted,Ge 19:3 Esau accepted it.

12 Then Esau said, “Let us be on our way; I’ll accompany you.”

13 But Jacob said to him, “My lordver 8 knows that the children are tender and that I must care for the ewes and cows that are nursing their young.Isa 40:11; Jer 31:8 If they are driven hard just one day, all the animals will die.14 So let my lord go on ahead of his servant, while I move along slowly at the pace of the flocks and herdsEx 12:38 before me and the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir.S Ge 14:6

15 Esau said, “Then let me leave some of my men with you.”

“But why do that?” Jacob asked. “Just let me find favor in the eyes of my lord.”S Ge 32:5

16 So that day Esau started on his way back to Seir.S Ge 14:617 Jacob, however, went to Sukkoth,Jos 13:27; Jdg 8:5, 6, 8, 14-16; 1Ki 7:46; 2Ch 4:17; Ps 60:6; 108:7 where he built a place for himself and made shelters for his livestock. That is why the place is called Sukkoth.Sukkoth means shelters.

18 After Jacob came from Paddan Aram,That is, Northwest MesopotamiaS Ge 25:20 he arrived safely at the city of ShechemS Ge 12:6 in Canaan and camped within sight of the city.19 For a hundred pieces of silver,Hebrew hundred kesitahs; a kesitah was a unit of money of unknown weight and value. he bought from the sons of Hamor,Ge 34:2; Jdg 9:28; Ac 7:16 the father of Shechem,Ge 34:2; Jos 24:32 the plot of groundGe 34:10, 16, 21; 47:27; Jn 4:5 where he pitched his tent.S Ge 12:820 There he set up an altarS Ge 4:26; S 8:20 and called it El Elohe Israel.El Elohe Israel can mean El is the God of Israel or mighty is the God of Israel.

Dinah and the Shechemites

34 Now Dinah,S Ge 30:21 the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land.When ShechemS Ge 33:19 son of HamorS Ge 33:19 the Hivite,S Ge 10:17 the ruler of that area, saw her, he took her and raped her.Dt 21:14; 2Sa 13:14His heart was drawn to Dinahver 26 daughter of Jacob;ver 19 he lovedS Ge 24:67 the young woman and spoke tenderlyGe 50:21; Isa 14:1; 40:2 to her.And Shechem said to his father Hamor, “Get me this girl as my wife.”S Ge 21:21

When Jacob heard that his daughter Dinah had been defiled,ver 2, 13, 27; Ge 35:22; 49:4; Dt 27:20; 33:6; 1Ch 5:1 his sons were in the fields with his livestock; so he did nothing about it until they came home.

Then Shechem’s father Hamor went out to talk with Jacob.Jdg 14:2-5Meanwhile, Jacob’s sons had come in from the fields as soon as they heard what had happened. They were shocked1Co 5:2 and furious,Ge 39:19; 49:6-7; 2Sa 12:5; 13:21; Est 7:7; Pr 6:34 because Shechem had done an outrageous thing inOr against IsraelDt 22:21; Jdg 19:23; 20:6; 2Sa 13:12; Jer 29:23 by sleeping with Jacob’s daughter—a thing that should not be done.S Ge 20:9

But Hamor said to them, “My son Shechem has his heart set on your daughter. Please give her to him as his wife.S Ge 21:21; Dt 21:11Intermarry with us; give us your daughters and take our daughters for yourselves.ver 16, 21; Dt 7:3; Jos 23:1210 You can settle among us;ver 23; Ge 46:34; 47:6, 27 the land is open to you.S Ge 13:9 Live in it, tradeOr move about freely; also in verse 21 in it,Ge 42:34 and acquire property in it.S Ge 33:19

11 Then Shechem said to Dinah’s father and brothers, “Let me find favor in your eyes,S Ge 32:5 and I will give you whatever you ask.12 Make the price for the brideEx 22:16; Dt 22:29; 1Sa 18:25 and the gift I am to bring as great as you like, and I’ll pay whatever you ask me. Only give me the young woman as my wife.”

13 Because their sister Dinah had been defiled,S ver 5 Jacob’s sons replied deceitfullyS Ge 27:36 as they spoke to Shechem and his father Hamor.14 They said to them, “We can’t do such a thing; we can’t give our sister to a man who is not circumcised.Ge 17:14; Jdg 14:3; 1Sa 31:4; Isa 52:1 That would be a disgrace to us.15 We will enter into an agreement with you on one condition1Sa 11:2 only: that you become like us by circumcising all your males.ver 22; Ex 12:4816 Then we will give you our daughters and take your daughters for ourselves.S ver 9 We’ll settle among you and become one people with you.S Ge 33:1917 But if you will not agree to be circumcised, we’ll take our sister and go.”

18 Their proposal seemed good to Hamor and his son Shechem.19 The young man, who was the most honoredGe 49:3; 1Ch 11:21 of all his father’s family, lost no time in doing what they said, because he was delighted with Jacob’s daughter.ver 320 So Hamor and his son Shechem went to the gate of their cityS Ge 18:1 to speak to the men of their city.21 “These men are friendly toward us,” they said. “Let them live in our land and trade in it;S Ge 33:19 the land has plenty of room for them. We can marry their daughters and they can marry ours.S ver 922 But the men will agree to live with us as one people only on the condition that our males be circumcised,S ver 15 as they themselves are.23 Won’t their livestock, their property and all their other animals become ours?ver 28; S Ge 12:16 So let us agree to their terms, and they will settle among us.S ver 10

24 All the men who went out of the city gateS Ge 18:1 agreed with Hamor and his son Shechem, and every male in the city was circumcised.

25 Three days later, while all of them were still in pain,Jos 5:8 two of Jacob’s sons, SimeonS Ge 29:33 and Levi,S Ge 29:34 Dinah’s brothers, took their swordsGe 49:5; Mal 2:16 and attacked the unsuspecting city,Jdg 18:7, 10, 27; Eze 38:11 killing every male.Ge 49:726 They put Hamor and his son Shechem to the swordS ver 7; Ge 48:22 and took Dinahver 3 from Shechem’s house and left.27 The sons of Jacob came upon the dead bodies and looted the city2Ki 21:14 whereOr because their sister had been defiled.S ver 528 They seized their flocks and herds and donkeysGe 43:18 and everything else of theirs in the city and out in the fields.S ver 2329 They carried off all their wealth and all their women and children,S Ge 31:26 taking as plunderNu 14:3; 31:9, 53; Dt 2:35; Jos 7:21 everything in the houses.2Ki 8:12; Isa 13:16; La 5:11; Am 1:13; Zec 14:2

30 Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought troubleGe 43:6; Ex 5:23; Nu 11:11 on me by making me obnoxiousEx 5:21; 6:9; 1Sa 13:4; 27:12; 2Sa 10:6; 1Ch 19:6 to the Canaanites and Perizzites, the people living in this land.S Ge 13:7 We are few in number,Ge 35:26; 46:27; Ex 1:5; Dt 10:22; 26:5; 1Ch 16:19; Ps 105:12 and if they join forces against me and attack me, I and my household will be destroyed.”

31 But they replied, “Should he have treated our sister like a prostitute?ver 2

13 Jacob stayed where he was for the night. Then he selected these gifts from his possessions to present to his brother, Esau:14 200 female goats, 20 male goats, 200 ewes, 20 rams,15 30 female camels with their young, 40 cows, 10 bulls, 20 female donkeys, and 10 male donkeys.16 He divided these animals into herds and assigned each to different servants. Then he told his servants, “Go ahead of me with the animals, but keep some distance between the herds.”

17 He gave these instructions to the men leading the first group: “When my brother, Esau, meets you, he will ask, ‘Whose servants are you? Where are you going? Who owns these animals?’18 You must reply, ‘They belong to your servant Jacob, but they are a gift for his master Esau. Look, he is coming right behind us.’”

19 Jacob gave the same instructions to the second and third herdsmen and to all who followed behind the herds: “You must say the same thing to Esau when you meet him.20 And be sure to say, ‘Look, your servant Jacob is right behind us.’”

Jacob thought, “I will try to appease him by sending gifts ahead of me. When I see him in person, perhaps he will be friendly to me.”21 So the gifts were sent on ahead, while Jacob himself spent that night in the camp.

Jacob Wrestles with God

22 During the night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two servant wives, and his eleven sons and crossed the Jabbok River with them.23 After taking them to the other side, he sent over all his possessions.

24 This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break.25 When the man saw that he would not win the match, he touched Jacob’s hip and wrenched it out of its socket.26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!”

But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

27 “What is your name?” the man asked.

He replied, “Jacob.”

28 “Your name will no longer be Jacob,” the man told him. “From now on you will be called Israel,Jacob sounds like the Hebrew words for “heel” and “deceiver.” Israel means “God fights.” because you have fought with God and with men and have won.”

29 “Please tell me your name,” Jacob said.

“Why do you want to know my name?” the man replied. Then he blessed Jacob there.

30 Jacob named the place Peniel (which means “face of God”), for he said, “I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been spared.”31 The sun was rising as Jacob left Peniel,Hebrew Penuel, a variant spelling of Peniel. and he was limping because of the injury to his hip.32 (Even today the people of Israel don’t eat the tendon near the hip socket because of what happened that night when the man strained the tendon of Jacob’s hip.)

Jacob and Esau Make Peace

33 Then Jacob looked up and saw Esau coming with his 400 men. So he divided the children among Leah, Rachel, and his two servant wives.He put the servant wives and their children at the front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph last.Then Jacob went on ahead. As he approached his brother, he bowed to the ground seven times before him.Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him. And they both wept.

Then Esau looked at the women and children and asked, “Who are these people with you?”

“These are the children God has graciously given to me, your servant,” Jacob replied.Then the servant wives came forward with their children and bowed before him.Next came Leah with her children, and they bowed before him. Finally, Joseph and Rachel came forward and bowed before him.

“And what were all the flocks and herds I met as I came?” Esau asked.

Jacob replied, “They are a gift, my lord, to ensure your friendship.”

“My brother, I have plenty,” Esau answered. “Keep what you have for yourself.”

10 But Jacob insisted, “No, if I have found favor with you, please accept this gift from me. And what a relief to see your friendly smile. It is like seeing the face of God!11 Please take this gift I have brought you, for God has been very gracious to me. I have more than enough.” And because Jacob insisted, Esau finally accepted the gift.

12 “Well,” Esau said, “let’s be going. I will lead the way.”

13 But Jacob replied, “You can see, my lord, that some of the children are very young, and the flocks and herds have their young, too. If they are driven too hard, even for one day, all the animals could die.14 Please, my lord, go ahead of your servant. We will follow slowly, at a pace that is comfortable for the livestock and the children. I will meet you at Seir.”

15 “All right,” Esau said, “but at least let me assign some of my men to guide and protect you.”

Jacob responded, “That’s not necessary. It’s enough that you’ve received me warmly, my lord!”

16 So Esau turned around and started back to Seir that same day.17 Jacob, on the other hand, traveled on to Succoth. There he built himself a house and made shelters for his livestock. That is why the place was named Succoth (which means “shelters”).

18 Later, having traveled all the way from Paddan-aram, Jacob arrived safely at the town of Shechem, in the land of Canaan. There he set up camp outside the town.19 Jacob bought the plot of land where he camped from the family of Hamor, the father of Shechem, for 100 pieces of silver.Hebrew 100 kesitahs; the value or weight of the kesitah is no longer known.20 And there he built an altar and named it El-Elohe-Israel.El-Elohe-Israel means “God, the God of Israel.”

Revenge against Shechem

34 One day Dinah, the daughter of Jacob and Leah, went to visit some of the young women who lived in the area.But when the local prince, Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, saw Dinah, he seized her and raped her.But then he fell in love with her, and he tried to win her affection with tender words.He said to his father, Hamor, “Get me this young girl. I want to marry her.”

Soon Jacob heard that Shechem had defiled his daughter, Dinah. But since his sons were out in the fields herding his livestock, he said nothing until they returned.Hamor, Shechem’s father, came to discuss the matter with Jacob.Meanwhile, Jacob’s sons had come in from the field as soon as they heard what had happened. They were shocked and furious that their sister had been raped. Shechem had done a disgraceful thing against Jacob’s family,Hebrew a disgraceful thing in Israel. something that should never be done.

Hamor tried to speak with Jacob and his sons. “My son Shechem is truly in love with your daughter,” he said. “Please let him marry her.In fact, let’s arrange other marriages, too. You give us your daughters for our sons, and we will give you our daughters for your sons.10 And you may live among us; the land is open to you! Settle here and trade with us. And feel free to buy property in the area.”

11 Then Shechem himself spoke to Dinah’s father and brothers. “Please be kind to me, and let me marry her,” he begged. “I will give you whatever you ask.12 No matter what dowry or gift you demand, I will gladly pay it—just give me the girl as my wife.”

13 But since Shechem had defiled their sister, Dinah, Jacob’s sons responded deceitfully to Shechem and his father, Hamor.14 They said to them, “We couldn’t possibly allow this, because you’re not circumcised. It would be a disgrace for our sister to marry a man like you!15 But here is a solution. If every man among you will be circumcised like we are,16 then we will give you our daughters, and we’ll take your daughters for ourselves. We will live among you and become one people.17 But if you don’t agree to be circumcised, we will take her and be on our way.”

18 Hamor and his son Shechem agreed to their proposal.19 Shechem wasted no time in acting on this request, for he wanted Jacob’s daughter desperately. Shechem was a highly respected member of his family,20 and he went with his father, Hamor, to present this proposal to the leaders at the town gate.

21 “These men are our friends,” they said. “Let’s invite them to live here among us and trade freely. Look, the land is large enough to hold them. We can take their daughters as wives and let them marry ours.22 But they will consider staying here and becoming one people with us only if all of our men are circumcised, just as they are.23 But if we do this, all their livestock and possessions will eventually be ours. Come, let’s agree to their terms and let them settle here among us.”

24 So all the men in the town council agreed with Hamor and Shechem, and every male in the town was circumcised.25 But three days later, when their wounds were still sore, two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi, who were Dinah’s full brothers, took their swords and entered the town without opposition. Then they slaughtered every male there,26 including Hamor and his son Shechem. They killed them with their swords, then took Dinah from Shechem’s house and returned to their camp.

27 Meanwhile, the rest of Jacob’s sons arrived. Finding the men slaughtered, they plundered the town because their sister had been defiled there.28 They seized all the flocks and herds and donkeys—everything they could lay their hands on, both inside the town and outside in the fields.29 They looted all their wealth and plundered their houses. They also took all their little children and wives and led them away as captives.

30 Afterward Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have ruined me! You’ve made me stink among all the people of this land—among all the Canaanites and Perizzites. We are so few that they will join forces and crush us. I will be ruined, and my entire household will be wiped out!”

31 “But why should we let him treat our sister like a prostitute?” they retorted angrily.

13 And he lodged there that same night; and took of that which came to his hand a present for Esau his brother;

14 Two hundred she goats, and twenty he goats, two hundred ewes, and twenty rams,

15 Thirty milch camels with their colts, forty kine, and ten bulls, twenty she asses, and ten foals.

16 And he delivered them into the hand of his servants, every drove by themselves; and said unto his servants, Pass over before me, and put a space betwixt drove and drove.

17 And he commanded the foremost, saying, When Esau my brother meeteth thee, and asketh thee, saying, Whose art thou? and whither goest thou? and whose are these before thee?

18 Then thou shalt say, They be thy servant Jacob's; it is a present sent unto my lord Esau: and, behold, also he is behind us.

19 And so commanded he the second, and the third, and all that followed the droves, saying, On this manner shall ye speak unto Esau, when ye find him.

20 And say ye moreover, Behold, thy servant Jacob is behind us. For he said, I will appease him with the present that goeth before me, and afterward I will see his face; peradventure he will accept of me.

21 So went the present over before him: and himself lodged that night in the company.

22 And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok.

23 And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had.

24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.

25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.

26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.

27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.

28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.

29 And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.

30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

31 And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh.

32 Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob's thigh in the sinew that shrank.

33 And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids.

And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost.

And he passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.

And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.

And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, Who are those with thee? And he said, The children which God hath graciously given thy servant.

Then the handmaidens came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves.

And Leah also with her children came near, and bowed themselves: and after came Joseph near and Rachel, and they bowed themselves.

And he said, What meanest thou by all this drove which I met? And he said, These are to find grace in the sight of my lord.

And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself.

10 And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me.

11 Take, I pray thee, my blessing that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. And he urged him, and he took it.

12 And he said, Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before thee.

13 And he said unto him, My lord knoweth that the children are tender, and the flocks and herds with young are with me: and if men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die.

14 Let my lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant: and I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goeth before me and the children be able to endure, until I come unto my lord unto Seir.

15 And Esau said, Let me now leave with thee some of the folk that are with me. And he said, What needeth it? let me find grace in the sight of my lord.

16 So Esau returned that day on his way unto Seir.

17 And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him an house, and made booths for his cattle: therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.

18 And Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padanaram; and pitched his tent before the city.

19 And he bought a parcel of a field, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem's father, for an hundred pieces of money.

20 And he erected there an altar, and called it EleloheIsrael.

34 And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.

And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her.

And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel.

And Shechem spake unto his father Hamor, saying, Get me this damsel to wife.

And Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter: now his sons were with his cattle in the field: and Jacob held his peace until they were come.

And Hamor the father of Shechem went out unto Jacob to commune with him.

And the sons of Jacob came out of the field when they heard it: and the men were grieved, and they were very wroth, because he had wrought folly in Israel in lying with Jacob's daughter: which thing ought not to be done.

And Hamor communed with them, saying, The soul of my son Shechem longeth for your daughter: I pray you give her him to wife.

And make ye marriages with us, and give your daughters unto us, and take our daughters unto you.

10 And ye shall dwell with us: and the land shall be before you; dwell and trade ye therein, and get you possessions therein.

11 And Shechem said unto her father and unto her brethren, Let me find grace in your eyes, and what ye shall say unto me I will give.

12 Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give according as ye shall say unto me: but give me the damsel to wife.

13 And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father deceitfully, and said, because he had defiled Dinah their sister:

14 And they said unto them, We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one that is uncircumcised; for that were a reproach unto us:

15 But in this will we consent unto you: If ye will be as we be, that every male of you be circumcised;

16 Then will we give our daughters unto you, and we will take your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you, and we will become one people.

17 But if ye will not hearken unto us, to be circumcised; then will we take our daughter, and we will be gone.

18 And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor's son.

19 And the young man deferred not to do the thing, because he had delight in Jacob's daughter: and he was more honourable than all the house of his father.

20 And Hamor and Shechem his son came unto the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying,

21 These men are peaceable with us; therefore let them dwell in the land, and trade therein; for the land, behold, it is large enough for them; let us take their daughters to us for wives, and let us give them our daughters.

22 Only herein will the men consent unto us for to dwell with us, to be one people, if every male among us be circumcised, as they are circumcised.

23 Shall not their cattle and their substance and every beast of their's be our's? only let us consent unto them, and they will dwell with us.

24 And unto Hamor and unto Shechem his son hearkened all that went out of the gate of his city; and every male was circumcised, all that went out of the gate of his city.

25 And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males.

26 And they slew Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem's house, and went out.

27 The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled the city, because they had defiled their sister.

28 They took their sheep, and their oxen, and their asses, and that which was in the city, and that which was in the field,

29 And all their wealth, and all their little ones, and their wives took they captive, and spoiled even all that was in the house.

30 And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, Ye have troubled me to make me to stink among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites: and I being few in number, they shall gather themselves together against me, and slay me; and I shall be destroyed, I and my house.

31 And they said, Should he deal with our sister as with an harlot?

Matthew 11:7-30

As John’sS Mt 3:1 disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wildernessMt 3:1 to see? A reed swayed by the wind?If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces.Then what did you go out to see? A prophet?Mt 14:5; 21:26; Lk 1:76; 7:26 Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.10 This is the one about whom it is written:

“‘I will send my messenger ahead of you,Jn 3:28

who will prepare your way before you.’Mal. 3:1Mal 3:1; Mk 1:2; Lk 7:27

11 Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence,Or been forcefully advancing and violent people have been raiding it.13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John.Lk 16:1614 And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come.Mal 4:5; Mt 17:10-13; Mk 9:11-13; Lk 1:17; Jn 1:2115 Whoever has ears, let them hear.Mt 13:9, 43; Mk 4:23; Lk 14:35; S Rev 2:7

16 “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:

17 “‘We played the pipe for you,

and you did not dance;

we sang a dirge,

and you did not mourn.’

18 For John came neither eatingMt 3:4 nor drinking,S Lk 1:15 and they say, ‘He has a demon.’19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’S Mt 9:11 But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”

Woe on Unrepentant Towns11:21-23pp — Lk 10:13-15

20 Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent.21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!Mk 6:45; 8:22; Lk 9:10; Jn 1:44; 12:21 For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon,Joel 3:4; Am 1:9; Mt 15:21; Mk 3:8; Lk 6:17; Ac 12:20 they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.Jnh 3:5-922 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.ver 24; Mt 10:1523 And you, Capernaum,S Mt 4:13 will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades.That is, the realm of the deadIsa 14:13-15 For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day.24 But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”S Mt 10:15

The Father Revealed in the Son11:25-27pp — Lk 10:21, 22

25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father,Mt 16:17; Lk 22:42; 23:34; Jn 11:41; 12:27, 28 Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.S Mt 13:11; 1Co 1:26-2926 Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.

27 “All things have been committed to meS Mt 28:18 by my Father.S Jn 3:35 No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.Jn 10:15; 17:25, 26

28 “Come to me,Jn 7:37 all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.Ex 33:1429 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,Jn 13:15; Php 2:5; 1Pe 2:21; 1Jn 2:6 for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.Ps 116:7; Jer 6:1630 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”1Jn 5:3

As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began talking about him to the crowds. “What kind of man did you go into the wilderness to see? Was he a weak reed, swayed by every breath of wind?Or were you expecting to see a man dressed in expensive clothes? No, people with expensive clothes live in palaces.Were you looking for a prophet? Yes, and he is more than a prophet.10 John is the man to whom the Scriptures refer when they say,

‘Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,

and he will prepare your way before you.’Mal 3:1.

11 “I tell you the truth, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John the Baptist. Yet even the least person in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he is!12 And from the time John the Baptist began preaching until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing,Or the Kingdom of Heaven has suffered from violence. and violent people are attacking it.13 For before John came, all the prophets and the law of Moses looked forward to this present time.14 And if you are willing to accept what I say, he is Elijah, the one the prophets said would come.See Mal 4:5.15 Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!

16 “To what can I compare this generation? It is like children playing a game in the public square. They complain to their friends,

17 ‘We played wedding songs,

and you didn’t dance,

so we played funeral songs,

and you didn’t mourn.’

18 For John didn’t spend his time eating and drinking, and you say, ‘He’s possessed by a demon.’19 The Son of Man,“Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself. on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.”

Judgment for the Unbelievers

20 Then Jesus began to denounce the towns where he had done so many of his miracles, because they hadn’t repented of their sins and turned to God.21 “What sorrow awaits you, Korazin and Bethsaida! For if the miracles I did in you had been done in wicked Tyre and Sidon, their people would have repented of their sins long ago, clothing themselves in burlap and throwing ashes on their heads to show their remorse.22 I tell you, Tyre and Sidon will be better off on judgment day than you.

23 “And you people of Capernaum, will you be honored in heaven? No, you will go down to the place of the dead.Greek to Hades. For if the miracles I did for you had been done in wicked Sodom, it would still be here today.24 I tell you, even Sodom will be better off on judgment day than you.”

Jesus’ Prayer of Thanksgiving

25 At that time Jesus prayed this prayer: “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike.26 Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way!

27 “My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?

But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.

But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.

10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.

14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.

15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

16 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows,

17 And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.

18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.

19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.

20 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:

21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

22 But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.

23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.

24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.

25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.

27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Psalm 14:1-7

Psalm 1414:1-7pp — Ps 53:1-6

For the director of music. Of David.

The foolThe Hebrew words rendered fool in Psalms denote one who is morally deficient. says in his heart,

“There is no God.”Ps 10:4

They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;

there is no one who does good.

The Lord looks down from heavenJob 41:34; Ps 85:11; 102:19; La 3:50

on all mankind

to see if there are any who understand,Ps 92:6

any who seek God.S Ezr 6:21

All have turned away,S 1Sa 8:3; 1Ti 5:15 all have become corrupt;2Pe 2:7

there is no one who does good,1Ki 8:46; Ps 143:2; Ecc 7:20

not even one.Ro 3:10-12*

Do all these evildoers know nothing?Ps 82:5; Jer 4:22

They devour my peoplePs 27:2; Mic 3:3 as though eating bread;

they never call on the Lord.Ps 79:6; Isa 64:7; 65:1; Jer 10:25; Hos 7:7

But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,

for God is present in the company of the righteous.

You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,

but the Lord is their refuge.S 2Sa 22:3

Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!Ps 2:6

When the Lord restoresS Dt 30:3; S Jer 48:47 his people,

let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

Psalm 14

For the choir director: A psalm of David.

Only fools say in their hearts,

“There is no God.”

They are corrupt, and their actions are evil;

not one of them does good!

The Lord looks down from heaven

on the entire human race;

he looks to see if anyone is truly wise,

if anyone seeks God.

But no, all have turned away;

all have become corrupt.Greek version reads have become useless. Compare Rom 3:12.

No one does good,

not a single one!

Will those who do evil never learn?

They eat up my people like bread

and wouldn’t think of praying to the Lord.

Terror will grip them,

for God is with those who obey him.

The wicked frustrate the plans of the oppressed,

but the Lord will protect his people.

Who will come from Mount Zion to rescue Israel?

When the Lord restores his people,

Jacob will shout with joy, and Israel will rejoice.

14 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the Lord.

There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.

Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the Lord is his refuge.

Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the Lord bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

Proverbs 3:19-20

19 By wisdomS Ge 1:31; Ps 136:5-9 the Lord laid the earth’s foundations,S Job 28:25-27

by understanding he set the heavensPr 8:27-29 in place;

20 by his knowledge the watery depths were divided,

and the clouds let drop the dew.

19 By wisdom the Lord founded the earth;

by understanding he created the heavens.

20 By his knowledge the deep fountains of the earth burst forth,

and the dew settles beneath the night sky.

19 The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.

20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.

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