Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Joseph instructed his brothers to let their father know that he could totally disregard his own possessions and move to Egypt. It was ridiculous to worry about some old, beat-up tents and provisions when Joseph was ruler of Egypt. Huge cartloads of provision and clothing followed the brothers as they returned to Israel. There was no more need for stinginess or financial worry. Their brother Joseph was providing for all their needs from the wealth of Egypt.

So often we cling to our few, tiny resources when in reality the wealth of heaven belongs to us. One little boy was willing to give up his five pieces of bread and two fish to the Master. His obedience was not a sacrifice, for the Lord not only gave him back his lunch, but He also provided twelve baskets of leftovers to take home (Matthew 14:20)! Those small objects given in obedience were the key that unlocked the wheat fields and oceans of Israel.

Provision is normal when you realize that you have a "relative" who occupies a very important position in the universe. Your brother Jesus-not Pharaoh-sits at the right hand of God! How much more should you be confident about giving up your meager belongings on earth?

Genesis 44:1-45:28

A Silver Cup in a Sack

44 Now Joseph gave these instructions to the steward of his house:S Ge 43:16 “Fill the men’s sacks with as much food as they can carry, and put each man’s silver in the mouth of his sack.S Ge 42:25Then put my cup,ver 5, 10, 12, 16 the silver one,ver 8 in the mouth of the youngest one’s sack, along with the silver for his grain.” And he did as Joseph said.

As morning dawned, the men were sent on their way with their donkeys.Jdg 19:9They had not gone far from the city when Joseph said to his steward,S Ge 43:16 “Go after those men at once, and when you catch up with them, say to them, ‘Why have you repaid good with evil?Ps 35:12; 38:20; 109:5; Pr 17:13; Jer 18:20Isn’t this the cupS ver 2 my master drinks from and also uses for divination?S Ge 30:27; Dt 18:10-14 This is a wicked thing you have done.’”

When he caught up with them, he repeated these words to them.But they said to him, “Why does my lord say such things? Far be it from your servantsS Ge 42:11 to do anything like that!S Ge 18:25We even brought back to you from the land of CanaanS Ge 42:13 the silverver 2 we found inside the mouths of our sacks.S Ge 42:25; S 43:15 So why would we stealGe 31:30 silver or gold from your master’s house?If any of your servantsS Ge 42:11 is found to have it, he will die;Ge 31:32 and the rest of us will become my lord’s slaves.S ver 10; S Ge 43:18

10 “Very well, then,” he said, “let it be as you say. Whoever is found to have itS ver 2 will become my slave;ver 9, 17, 33 the rest of you will be free from blame.”S Ge 43:9

11 Each of them quickly lowered his sack to the ground and opened it.12 Then the stewardS Ge 43:16 proceeded to search,S Ge 31:34 beginning with the oldest and ending with the youngest.S Ge 43:33 And the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack.ver 213 At this, they tore their clothes.S Ge 37:29 Then they all loaded their donkeysS Ge 42:26 and returned to the city.

14 Joseph was still in the houseGe 43:18 when Judahver 16; S Ge 29:35; S 43:3 and his brothers came in, and they threw themselves to the ground before him.S Ge 33:315 Joseph said to them, “What is this you have done?S Ge 12:18 Don’t you know that a man like me can find things out by divination?S Ge 30:27

16 “What can we say to my lord?ver 22, 24; S Ge 37:8” JudahS ver 14 replied. “What can we say? How can we prove our innocence?Ps 26:6; 73:13 God has uncovered your servants’S Ge 42:11 guilt. We are now my lord’s slavesS Ge 43:18—we ourselves and the one who was found to have the cup.S ver 2

17 But Joseph said, “Far be it from me to do such a thing!S Ge 18:25 Only the man who was found to have the cup will become my slave.S ver 10 The rest of you, go back to your father in peace.”S Ge 43:9

18 Then JudahS Ge 29:35 went up to him and said: “Pardon your servant, my lord,S ver 16 let me speak a word to my lord. Do not be angryS Ge 18:30 with your servant, though you are equal to Pharaoh himself.19 My lord asked his servants,S Ge 42:11 ‘Do you have a father or a brother?’S Ge 43:720 And we answered, ‘We have an aged father, and there is a young son born to him in his old age.S Ge 37:3 His brother is dead,S Ge 37:33 and he is the only one of his mother’s sons left, and his father loves him.’S Ge 42:13

21 “Then you said to your servants,S Ge 42:11 ‘Bring him down to me so I can see him for myself.’S Ge 42:1522 And we said to my lord,S ver 16 ‘The boy cannot leave his father; if he leaves him, his father will die.’S Ge 37:3523 But you told your servants, ‘Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, you will not see my face again.’S Ge 42:15; S 43:524 When we went back to your servant my father,S Ge 43:28 we told him what my lordS ver 16 had said.Ge 42:29

25 “Then our father said, ‘Go back and buy a little more food.’S Ge 42:226 But we said, ‘We cannot go down. Only if our youngest brother is with us will we go. We cannot see the man’s face unless our youngest brother is with us.’S Ge 43:5

27 “Your servant my fatherS Ge 43:28 said to us, ‘You know that my wife bore me two sons.Ge 46:1928 One of them went away from me, and I said, “He has surely been torn to pieces.”S Ge 37:33 And I have not seen him since.Ge 45:26, 28; 46:30; 48:1129 If you take this one from me too and harm comes to him, you will bring my gray head down to the graveS Ge 37:35 in misery.’S Ge 42:38

30 “So now, if the boy is not with us when I go back to your servant my father,S Ge 43:28 and if my father, whose life is closely bound up with the boy’s life,1Sa 18:1; 2Sa 1:2631 sees that the boy isn’t there, he will die.S ver 22 Your servantsS Ge 42:11 will bring the gray head of our father down to the graveS Ge 37:35 in sorrow.32 Your servant guaranteed the boy’s safety to my father. I said, ‘If I do not bring him back to you, I will bear the blame before you, my father, all my life!’S Ge 42:37

33 “Now then, please let your servant remain here as my lord’s slaveS ver 10; S Ge 43:18 in place of the boy,Jn 15:13 and let the boy return with his brothers.34 How can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? No! Do not let me see the miseryS Ge 42:38 that would come on my father.”Est 8:6

Joseph Makes Himself Known

45 Then Joseph could no longer control himselfS Ge 43:31 before all his attendants, and he cried out, “Have everyone leave my presence!”2Sa 13:9 So there was no one with Joseph when he made himself known to his brothers.And he weptS Ge 29:11 so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, and Pharaoh’s household heard about it.ver 16; Ac 7:13

Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?”S Ge 43:7 But his brothers were not able to answer him,ver 15 because they were terrified at his presence.Ge 44:20; Job 21:6; 23:15; Mt 17:6; Mk 6:49-50

Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.”Ge 27:21-22 When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt!Ge 37:28And now, do not be distressedGe 42:21 and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here,Ge 42:22 because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.ver 7-8; Ge 50:20; Job 10:12; Ps 105:17For two years now there has been famineS Ge 41:30 in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping.But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant2Ki 19:4, 30, 31; Ezr 9:8, 13; Isa 1:9; 10:20, 21; 11:11, 16; 46:3; Jer 6:9; 42:2; 50:20; Mic 4:7; 5:7; Zep 2:7 on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.Or save you as a great band of survivorsS ver 5; Ge 49:18; Ex 15:2; 1Sa 14:45; 2Ki 13:5; Est 4:14; Isa 25:9; Mic 7:7

“So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God.ver 5 He made me fatherJdg 17:10; 2Ki 6:21; 13:14 to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.S Ge 41:41Now hurryS Ge 43:15 back to my father and say to him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; don’t delay.Ge 43:10; Ac 7:1410 You shall live in the region of GoshenGe 46:28, 34; 47:1, 11, 27; 50:8; Ex 8:22; 9:26; 10:24 and be near me—you, your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and all you have.Ge 46:6-711 I will provide for you there,Ge 47:12; 50:21 because five years of famineS Ge 41:30 are still to come. Otherwise you and your household and all who belong to you will become destitute.’Ps 102:17

12 “You can see for yourselves, and so can my brother Benjamin,S Ge 35:18 that it is really I who am speaking to you.Mk 6:5013 Tell my father about all the honor accorded me in EgyptS Ge 41:41 and about everything you have seen. And bring my father down here quickly.S Ge 43:15; Ac 7:14

14 Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and BenjaminS Ge 35:18 embraced him,S Ge 29:13 weeping.15 And he kissedS Ge 29:11; Lk 15:20 all his brothers and wept over them.S Ge 29:11, 13; S 46:4 Afterward his brothers talked with him.ver 3

16 When the news reached Pharaoh’s palace that Joseph’s brothers had come,S ver 2; Ac 7:13 Pharaoh and all his officialsGe 50:7 were pleased.S Ge 41:3717 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell your brothers, ‘Do this: Load your animalsS Ge 42:26 and return to the land of Canaan,S Ge 42:518 and bring your father and your families back to me. I will give you the best of the land of Egyptver 20; Ge 20:15; 46:34; 47:6, 11, 27; Jer 40:4 and you can enjoy the fat of the land.’Ezr 9:12; Ps 37:19; Isa 1:19

19 “You are also directed to tell them, ‘Do this: Take some cartsver 21, 27; Ge 46:5; Nu 7:3-8 from Egypt for your children and your wives, and get your father and come.20 Never mind about your belongings,Ge 46:6, 32 because the best of all EgyptS ver 18 will be yours.’”

21 So the sons of Israel did this. Joseph gave them carts,S ver 19 as Pharaoh had commanded, and he also gave them provisions for their journey.S Ge 42:2522 To each of them he gave new clothing,S Ge 24:53 but to Benjamin he gave three hundred shekelsThat is, about 7 1/2 pounds or about 3.5 kilograms of silver and five sets of clothes.S Ge 37:3; S 41:14; Jdg 14:12, 13; 2Ki 5:2223 And this is what he sent to his father: ten donkeysS Ge 42:26 loaded with the best thingsS Ge 24:10 of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and other provisions for his journey.S Ge 42:2524 Then he sent his brothers away, and as they were leaving he said to them, “Don’t quarrel on the way!”Ge 42:21-22

25 So they went up out of EgyptGe 13:1 and came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan.Ge 42:2926 They told him, “Joseph is still alive! In fact, he is ruler of all Egypt.”S Ge 41:41 Jacob was stunned; he did not believe them.S Ge 44:28; 1Ki 10:727 But when they told him everything Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the cartsS ver 19 Joseph had sent to carry him back, the spirit of their father Jacob revived.28 And Israel said, “I’m convinced!Lk 16:31 My son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”S Ge 44:28

Joseph’s Silver Cup

44 When his brothers were ready to leave, Joseph gave these instructions to his palace manager: “Fill each of their sacks with as much grain as they can carry, and put each man’s money back into his sack.Then put my personal silver cup at the top of the youngest brother’s sack, along with the money for his grain.” So the manager did as Joseph instructed him.

The brothers were up at dawn and were sent on their journey with their loaded donkeys.But when they had gone only a short distance and were barely out of the city, Joseph said to his palace manager, “Chase after them and stop them. When you catch up with them, ask them, ‘Why have you repaid my kindness with such evil?Why have you stolen my master’s silver cup,As in Greek version; Hebrew lacks this phrase. which he uses to predict the future? What a wicked thing you have done!’”

When the palace manager caught up with the men, he spoke to them as he had been instructed.

“What are you talking about?” the brothers responded. “We are your servants and would never do such a thing!Didn’t we return the money we found in our sacks? We brought it back all the way from the land of Canaan. Why would we steal silver or gold from your master’s house?If you find his cup with any one of us, let that man die. And all the rest of us, my lord, will be your slaves.”

10 “That’s fair,” the man replied. “But only the one who stole the cup will be my slave. The rest of you may go free.”

11 They all quickly took their sacks from the backs of their donkeys and opened them.12 The palace manager searched the brothers’ sacks, from the oldest to the youngest. And the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack!13 When the brothers saw this, they tore their clothing in despair. Then they loaded their donkeys again and returned to the city.

14 Joseph was still in his palace when Judah and his brothers arrived, and they fell to the ground before him.15 “What have you done?” Joseph demanded. “Don’t you know that a man like me can predict the future?”

16 Judah answered, “Oh, my lord, what can we say to you? How can we explain this? How can we prove our innocence? God is punishing us for our sins. My lord, we have all returned to be your slaves—all of us, not just our brother who had your cup in his sack.”

17 “No,” Joseph said. “I would never do such a thing! Only the man who stole the cup will be my slave. The rest of you may go back to your father in peace.”

Judah Speaks for His Brothers

18 Then Judah stepped forward and said, “Please, my lord, let your servant say just one word to you. Please, do not be angry with me, even though you are as powerful as Pharaoh himself.

19 “My lord, previously you asked us, your servants, ‘Do you have a father or a brother?’20 And we responded, ‘Yes, my lord, we have a father who is an old man, and his youngest son is a child of his old age. His full brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother’s children, and his father loves him very much.’

21 “And you said to us, ‘Bring him here so I can see him with my own eyes.’22 But we said to you, ‘My lord, the boy cannot leave his father, for his father would die.’23 But you told us, ‘Unless your youngest brother comes with you, you will never see my face again.’

24 “So we returned to your servant, our father, and told him what you had said.25 Later, when he said, ‘Go back again and buy us more food,’26 we replied, ‘We can’t go unless you let our youngest brother go with us. We’ll never get to see the man’s face unless our youngest brother is with us.’

27 “Then my father said to us, ‘As you know, my wife had two sons,28 and one of them went away and never returned. Doubtless he was torn to pieces by some wild animal. I have never seen him since.29 Now if you take his brother away from me, and any harm comes to him, you will send this grieving, white-haired man to his grave.Hebrew to Sheol; also in 44:31.

30 “And now, my lord, I cannot go back to my father without the boy. Our father’s life is bound up in the boy’s life.31 If he sees that the boy is not with us, our father will die. We, your servants, will indeed be responsible for sending that grieving, white-haired man to his grave.32 My lord, I guaranteed to my father that I would take care of the boy. I told him, ‘If I don’t bring him back to you, I will bear the blame forever.’

33 “So please, my lord, let me stay here as a slave instead of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers.34 For how can I return to my father if the boy is not with me? I couldn’t bear to see the anguish this would cause my father!”

Joseph Reveals His Identity

45 Joseph could stand it no longer. There were many people in the room, and he said to his attendants, “Out, all of you!” So he was alone with his brothers when he told them who he was.Then he broke down and wept. He wept so loudly the Egyptians could hear him, and word of it quickly carried to Pharaoh’s palace.

“I am Joseph!” he said to his brothers. “Is my father still alive?” But his brothers were speechless! They were stunned to realize that Joseph was standing there in front of them.“Please, come closer,” he said to them. So they came closer. And he said again, “I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into slavery in Egypt.But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives.This famine that has ravaged the land for two years will last five more years, and there will be neither plowing nor harvesting.God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors.Or and to save you with an extraordinary rescue. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.So it was God who sent me here, not you! And he is the one who made me an adviserHebrew a father. to Pharaoh—the manager of his entire palace and the governor of all Egypt.

“Now hurry back to my father and tell him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me master over all the land of Egypt. So come down to me immediately!10 You can live in the region of Goshen, where you can be near me with all your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and everything you own.11 I will take care of you there, for there are still five years of famine ahead of us. Otherwise you, your household, and all your animals will starve.’”

12 Then Joseph added, “Look! You can see for yourselves, and so can my brother Benjamin, that I really am Joseph!13 Go tell my father of my honored position here in Egypt. Describe for him everything you have seen, and then bring my father here quickly.”14 Weeping with joy, he embraced Benjamin, and Benjamin did the same.15 Then Joseph kissed each of his brothers and wept over them, and after that they began talking freely with him.

Pharaoh Invites Jacob to Egypt

16 The news soon reached Pharaoh’s palace: “Joseph’s brothers have arrived!” Pharaoh and his officials were all delighted to hear this.

17 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell your brothers, ‘This is what you must do: Load your pack animals, and hurry back to the land of Canaan.18 Then get your father and all of your families, and return here to me. I will give you the very best land in Egypt, and you will eat from the best that the land produces.’”

19 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell your brothers, ‘Take wagons from the land of Egypt to carry your little children and your wives, and bring your father here.20 Don’t worry about your personal belongings, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.’”

21 So the sons of JacobHebrew Israel; also in 45:28. See note on 35:21. did as they were told. Joseph provided them with wagons, as Pharaoh had commanded, and he gave them supplies for the journey.22 And he gave each of them new clothes—but to Benjamin he gave five changes of clothes and 300 piecesHebrew 300 [shekels], about 7.5 pounds or 3.4 kilograms in weight. of silver.23 He also sent his father ten male donkeys loaded with the finest products of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and other supplies he would need on his journey.

24 So Joseph sent his brothers off, and as they left, he called after them, “Don’t quarrel about all this along the way!”25 And they left Egypt and returned to their father, Jacob, in the land of Canaan.

26 “Joseph is still alive!” they told him. “And he is governor of all the land of Egypt!” Jacob was stunned at the news—he couldn’t believe it.27 But when they repeated to Jacob everything Joseph had told them, and when he saw the wagons Joseph had sent to carry him, their father’s spirits revived.

28 Then Jacob exclaimed, “It must be true! My son Joseph is alive! I must go and see him before I die.”

44 And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put every man's money in his sack's mouth.

And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack's mouth of the youngest, and his corn money. And he did according to the word that Joseph had spoken.

As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their asses.

And when they were gone out of the city, and not yet far off, Joseph said unto his steward, Up, follow after the men; and when thou dost overtake them, say unto them, Wherefore have ye rewarded evil for good?

Is not this it in which my lord drinketh, and whereby indeed he divineth? ye have done evil in so doing.

And he overtook them, and he spake unto them these same words.

And they said unto him, Wherefore saith my lord these words? God forbid that thy servants should do according to this thing:

Behold, the money, which we found in our sacks' mouths, we brought again unto thee out of the land of Canaan: how then should we steal out of thy lord's house silver or gold?

With whomsoever of thy servants it be found, both let him die, and we also will be my lord's bondmen.

10 And he said, Now also let it be according unto your words: he with whom it is found shall be my servant; and ye shall be blameless.

11 Then they speedily took down every man his sack to the ground, and opened every man his sack.

12 And he searched, and began at the eldest, and left at the youngest: and the cup was found in Benjamin's sack.

13 Then they rent their clothes, and laded every man his ass, and returned to the city.

14 And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph's house; for he was yet there: and they fell before him on the ground.

15 And Joseph said unto them, What deed is this that ye have done? wot ye not that such a man as I can certainly divine?

16 And Judah said, What shall we say unto my lord? what shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves? God hath found out the iniquity of thy servants: behold, we are my lord's servants, both we, and he also with whom the cup is found.

17 And he said, God forbid that I should do so: but the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my servant; and as for you, get you up in peace unto your father.

18 Then Judah came near unto him, and said, Oh my lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my lord's ears, and let not thine anger burn against thy servant: for thou art even as Pharaoh.

19 My lord asked his servants, saying, Have ye a father, or a brother?

20 And we said unto my lord, We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him.

21 And thou saidst unto thy servants, Bring him down unto me, that I may set mine eyes upon him.

22 And we said unto my lord, The lad cannot leave his father: for if he should leave his father, his father would die.

23 And thou saidst unto thy servants, Except your youngest brother come down with you, ye shall see my face no more.

24 And it came to pass when we came up unto thy servant my father, we told him the words of my lord.

25 And our father said, Go again, and buy us a little food.

26 And we said, We cannot go down: if our youngest brother be with us, then will we go down: for we may not see the man's face, except our youngest brother be with us.

27 And thy servant my father said unto us, Ye know that my wife bare me two sons:

28 And the one went out from me, and I said, Surely he is torn in pieces; and I saw him not since:

29 And if ye take this also from me, and mischief befall him, ye shall bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.

30 Now therefore when I come to thy servant my father, and the lad be not with us; seeing that his life is bound up in the lad's life;

31 It shall come to pass, when he seeth that the lad is not with us, that he will die: and thy servants shall bring down the gray hairs of thy servant our father with sorrow to the grave.

32 For thy servant became surety for the lad unto my father, saying, If I bring him not unto thee, then I shall bear the blame to my father for ever.

33 Now therefore, I pray thee, let thy servant abide instead of the lad a bondman to my lord; and let the lad go up with his brethren.

34 For how shall I go up to my father, and the lad be not with me? lest peradventure I see the evil that shall come on my father.

45 Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren.

And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.

And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence.

And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.

Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.

For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest.

And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.

Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not:

10 And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children's children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast:

11 And there will I nourish thee; for yet there are five years of famine; lest thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast, come to poverty.

12 And, behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that it is my mouth that speaketh unto you.

13 And ye shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that ye have seen; and ye shall haste and bring down my father hither.

14 And he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck, and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his neck.

15 Moreover he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them: and after that his brethren talked with him.

16 And the fame thereof was heard in Pharaoh's house, saying, Joseph's brethren are come: and it pleased Pharaoh well, and his servants.

17 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Say unto thy brethren, This do ye; lade your beasts, and go, get you unto the land of Canaan;

18 And take your father and your households, and come unto me: and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land.

19 Now thou art commanded, this do ye; take you wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come.

20 Also regard not your stuff; for the good of all the land of Egypt is your's.

21 And the children of Israel did so: and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh, and gave them provision for the way.

22 To all of them he gave each man changes of raiment; but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver, and five changes of raiment.

23 And to his father he sent after this manner; ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt, and ten she asses laden with corn and bread and meat for his father by the way.

24 So he sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he said unto them, See that ye fall not out by the way.

25 And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan unto Jacob their father,

26 And told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt. And Jacob's heart fainted, for he believed them not.

27 And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived:

28 And Israel said, It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before I die.

Matthew 14:13-36

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand14:13-21pp — Mk 6:32-44; Lk 9:10-17; Jn 6:1-1314:13-21Ref — Mt 15:32-38

13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on themS Mt 9:36 and healed their sick.S Mt 4:23

15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17 “We have here only five loavesMt 16:9 of bread and two fish,” they answered.

18 “Bring them here to me,” he said.19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves.1Sa 9:13; Mt 26:26; Mk 8:6; Lk 9:16; 24:30; Ac 2:42; 20:7, 11; 27:35; 1Co 10:16; 1Ti 4:4 Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Jesus Walks on the Water14:22-33pp — Mk 6:45-51; Jn 6:16-2114:34-36pp — Mk 6:53-56

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.S Lk 3:21 Later that night, he was there alone,24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,”Lk 24:37 they said, and cried out in fear.

27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage!Mt 9:2; Ac 23:11 It is I. Don’t be afraid.”Da 10:12; Mt 17:7; 28:10; Lk 1:13, 30; 2:10; Ac 18:9; 23:11; Rev 1:17

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,”S Mt 6:30 he said, “why did you doubt?”

32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”Ps 2:7; S Mt 4:3

34 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret.35 And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him36 and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak,S Mt 9:20 and all who touched it were healed.

Jesus Feeds Five Thousand

13 As soon as Jesus heard the news, he left in a boat to a remote area to be alone. But the crowds heard where he was headed and followed on foot from many towns.14 Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

15 That evening the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.”

16 But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.”

17 “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” they answered.

18 “Bring them here,” he said.19 Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people.20 They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers.21 About 5,000 men were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children!

Jesus Walks on Water

22 Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home.23 After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone.

24 Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves.25 About three o’clock in the morningGreek In the fourth watch of the night. Jesus came toward them, walking on the water.26 When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!”

27 But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!Or The ‘I am’ is here; Greek reads I am. See Exod 3:14.

28 Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”

29 “Yes, come,” Jesus said.

So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.30 But when he saw the strongSome manuscripts do not include strong. wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.

31 Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”

32 When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped.33 Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.

34 After they had crossed the lake, they landed at Gennesaret.35 When the people recognized Jesus, the news of his arrival spread quickly throughout the whole area, and soon people were bringing all their sick to be healed.36 They begged him to let the sick touch at least the fringe of his robe, and all who touched him were healed.

13 When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities.

14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.

15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.

16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.

17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.

18 He said, Bring them hither to me.

19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.

20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.

21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.

22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.

23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.

25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.

26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.

29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.

33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.

34 And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret.

35 And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased;

36 And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.

Psalm 18:37-50

37 I pursued my enemiesS Lev 26:7 and overtook them;

I did not turn back till they were destroyed.

38 I crushed themPs 68:21; 110:6 so that they could not rise;Ps 36:12; 140:10; Isa 26:14

they fell beneath my feet.Ps 47:3

39 You armed me with strengthver 32; Isa 45:5, 24 for battle;

you humbled my adversariesver 47; Ps 47:3; 144:2 before me.

40 You made my enemies turn their backsS Jos 7:12 in flight,

and I destroyedver 37 my foes.

41 They cried for help, but there was no one to save themS 2Ki 14:26; Ps 50:22

to the Lord, but he did not answer.S 1Sa 8:18; S 14:37; Jer 11:11

42 I beat them as fine as windblown dust;S Dt 9:21; S Isa 2:22

I trampled themMany Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac and Targum (see also 2 Samuel 22:43); Masoretic Text I poured them out like mud in the streets.

43 You have delivered me from the attacks of the people;

you have made me the head of nations.2Sa 8:1-14

People I did not knowIsa 55:5 now serve me,

44 foreignersPs 54:3; 144:7, 11; Isa 25:5 cower before me;

as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.

45 They all lose heart;S 1Sa 17:32; 2Co 4:1; Heb 12:3

they come tremblingIsa 66:2; Hos 3:5; 11:10 from their strongholds.Ps 9:9; Mic 7:17

46 The Lord lives!S Jos 3:10; S 1Sa 14:39; 2Co 13:4 Praise be to my Rock!ver 31; Ex 33:22

Exalted be GodPs 21:13; 35:27; 40:16; 108:5 my Savior!S 1Ch 16:35; S Lk 1:47

47 He is the God who avengesS Ge 4:24 me,

who subdues nationsS ver 39; S Jdg 4:23 under me,

48 who savesPs 7:10; 37:40; Da 3:17 me from my enemies.S ver 17

You exalted me above my foes;

from a violent manPs 140:1 you rescued me.

49 Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;S Ps 9:11

I will singPs 7:17; 9:2; 101:1; 108:1; 146:2 the praises of your name.Ro 15:9*

50 He gives his king great victories;

he shows unfailing love to his anointed,S 2Sa 23:1

to DavidPs 144:10 and to his descendants forever.Ps 89:4

37 I chased my enemies and caught them;

I did not stop until they were conquered.

38 I struck them down so they could not get up;

they fell beneath my feet.

39 You have armed me with strength for the battle;

you have subdued my enemies under my feet.

40 You placed my foot on their necks.

I have destroyed all who hated me.

41 They called for help, but no one came to their rescue.

They even cried to the Lord, but he refused to answer.

42 I ground them as fine as dust in the wind.

I swept them into the gutter like dirt.

43 You gave me victory over my accusers.

You appointed me ruler over nations;

people I don’t even know now serve me.

44 As soon as they hear of me, they submit;

foreign nations cringe before me.

45 They all lose their courage

and come trembling from their strongholds.

46 The Lord lives! Praise to my Rock!

May the God of my salvation be exalted!

47 He is the God who pays back those who harm me;

he subdues the nations under me

48 and rescues me from my enemies.

You hold me safe beyond the reach of my enemies;

you save me from violent opponents.

49 For this, O Lord, I will praise you among the nations;

I will sing praises to your name.

50 You give great victories to your king;

you show unfailing love to your anointed,

to David and all his descendants forever.

37 I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed.

38 I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet.

39 For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.

40 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.

41 They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the Lord, but he answered them not.

42 Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.

43 Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.

44 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.

45 The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places.

46 The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.

47 It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me.

48 He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.

49 Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.

50 Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.

Proverbs 4:11-13

11 I instructS 1Sa 12:23 you in the way of wisdom

and lead you along straight paths.2Sa 22:37; Ps 5:8

12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;

when you run, you will not stumble.S Job 18:7; Pr 3:23

13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go;

guard it well, for it is your life.S Pr 3:22

11 I will teach you wisdom’s ways

and lead you in straight paths.

12 When you walk, you won’t be held back;

when you run, you won’t stumble.

13 Take hold of my instructions; don’t let them go.

Guard them, for they are the key to life.

11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.

12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.

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