Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Fierce, fiery, and faithful, the sun never wavers from its course, which is set by the Word of God. Neither does it waver because of weather conditions. The only time the sun ever stopped was when Joshua commanded it to obey the Word of the Lord (Joshua 10:12-13)!

The spiritual "sky" is full of spiritual "suns." They are champions and never waver while running their courses. The woman of Tyre and Sidon was such a champion. She refused to be put off or denied the deliverance of her daughter (Matthew 15:21-28). Her face was set like a flint, like a champion runner in the race of his life.

Joseph, too, was such a champion. His faithful resolution to God's Word and promise resulted not only in his personal salvation and the feeding of the world but also in his family's salvation and deliverance.

"The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day" (Proverbs 4:18). Shine on, brothers and sisters! You are champions, and you will finish your courses with joy!

Genesis 46:1-47:31

Jacob Goes to Egypt

46 So Israelver 5 set out with all that was his, and when he reached Beersheba,S Ge 21:14 he offered sacrificesS Ge 31:54 to the God of his father Isaac.S Ge 31:42

And God spoke to IsraelS Ge 17:5 in a vision at nightS Ge 15:1 and said, “Jacob! Jacob!”

“Here I am,”S Ge 22:1 he replied.

“I am God, the God of your father,”S Ge 28:13 he said. “Do not be afraidS Ge 15:1 to go down to Egypt,Ge 26:2 for I will make you into a great nationS Ge 12:2 there.Ex 1:7I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again.S Ge 15:16; S 28:13 And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes.ver 29; Ge 45:14-15; 50:1

Then Jacob left Beersheba,S Ge 21:14 and Israel’sver 1 sons took their father Jacob and their children and their wives in the cartsS Ge 45:19 that Pharaoh had sent to transport him.So Jacob and all his offspring went to Egypt,Nu 20:15; Dt 26:5; Jos 24:4; Ps 105:23; Isa 52:4; Ac 7:15 taking with them their livestock and the possessionsS Ge 45:20 they had acquiredS Ge 12:5 in Canaan.Jacob brought with him to EgyptGe 13:10 his sons and grandsons and his daughters and granddaughters—all his offspring.ver 6; Ge 45:10

These are the names of the sons of IsraelS Ge 35:26; Ex 1:1; Nu 26:4 (Jacob and his descendants) who went to Egypt:

Reuben the firstbornS Ge 29:32 of Jacob.

The sons of Reuben:Ex 6:14; Nu 1:20; 26:7; 1Ch 5:3

Hanok, Pallu,Nu 26:5; 1Ch 5:3 Hezron and Karmi.Nu 26:6

10 The sons of Simeon:S Ge 29:33; Nu 26:14

Jemuel,Ex 6:15; Nu 26:12 Jamin, Ohad, Jakin, ZoharNu 26:13 and Shaul the son of a Canaanite woman.

11 The sons of Levi:S Ge 29:34; S Nu 3:17

Gershon,Ex 6:16; Nu 3:21; 4:38 KohathEx 6:16; Nu 3:27; 1Ch 23:12 and Merari.Ex 6:19; Nu 3:20, 33; 4:29; 26:57; 1Ch 6:19

12 The sons of Judah:S Ge 29:35

Er,S Ge 38:3 Onan,S Ge 38:4 Shelah, PerezS Ge 38:29 and ZerahS Ge 38:30 (but Er and Onan had died in the land of Canaan).S Ge 38:7; Nu 26:19

The sons of Perez:1Ch 2:5; Mt 1:3

Hezron and Hamul.Nu 26:21

13 The sons of Issachar:S Ge 30:18

Tola, Puah,Samaritan Pentateuch and Syriac (see also 1 Chron. 7:1); Masoretic Text PuvahNu 26:23; Jdg 10:1; 1Ch 7:1 JashubSamaritan Pentateuch and some Septuagint manuscripts (see also Num. 26:24 and 1 Chron. 7:1); Masoretic Text IobNu 26:24 and Shimron.

14 The sons of Zebulun:S Ge 30:20

Sered, Elon and Jahleel.

15 These were the sons Leah bore to Jacob in Paddan Aram,That is, Northwest MesopotamiaS Ge 25:20; 29:31-35 besides his daughter Dinah.S Ge 30:21 These sons and daughters of his were thirty-three in all.

16 The sons of Gad:S Ge 30:11; S Nu 1:25

Zephon,Samaritan Pentateuch and Septuagint (see also Num. 26:15); Masoretic Text ZiphionNu 26:15 Haggi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arodi and Areli.

17 The sons of Asher:S Ge 30:13

Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi and Beriah.

Their sister was Serah.

The sons of Beriah:

Heber and Malkiel.

18 These were the children born to Jacob by Zilpah,Ge 30:10 whom Laban had given to his daughter LeahS Ge 16:1—sixteen in all.

19 The sons of Jacob’s wife Rachel:S Ge 29:6

Joseph and Benjamin.Ge 44:2720 In Egypt, ManassehS Ge 41:51 and EphraimS Ge 41:52 were born to JosephNu 26:28-37 by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On.That is, HeliopolisS Ge 41:45

21 The sons of Benjamin:Nu 26:38-41; 1Ch 7:6-12; 8:1

Bela, Beker, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim and Ard.Nu 26:40; 1Ch 8:3

22 These were the sons of RachelS Ge 29:6 who were born to Jacob—fourteen in all.

23 The son of Dan:S Ge 30:6

Hushim.Nu 26:42

24 The sons of Naphtali:S Ge 30:8

Jahziel, Guni, Jezer and Shillem.

25 These were the sons born to Jacob by Bilhah,Ge 30:8 whom Laban had given to his daughter RachelS Ge 24:61—seven in all.

26 All those who went to Egypt with Jacob—those who were his direct descendants, not counting his sons’ wives—numbered sixty-six persons.ver 5-7; Ex 1:5; Dt 10:2227 With the two sonsHebrew; Septuagint the nine children who had been born to Joseph in Egypt,S Ge 41:45 the members of Jacob’s family, which went to Egypt, were seventyHebrew (see also Exodus 1:5 and note); Septuagint (see also Acts 7:14) seventy-five in all.S Ge 34:30; Ac 7:14

28 Now Jacob sent JudahS Ge 43:3 ahead of him to Joseph to get directions to Goshen.S Ge 45:10 When they arrived in the region of Goshen,29 Joseph had his chariotS Ge 41:43 made ready and went to Goshen to meet his father Israel.ver 1, 30; S Ge 32:28; 47:29, 31 As soon as Joseph appeared before him, he threw his arms around his fatherHebrew around him and weptS Ge 29:11 for a long time.S ver 4; Lk 15:20

30 IsraelS ver 29 said to Joseph, “Now I am ready to die, since I have seen for myself that you are still alive.”S Ge 44:28

31 Then Joseph said to his brothers and to his father’s household, “I will go up and speak to Pharaoh and will say to him, ‘My brothers and my father’s household, who were living in the land of Canaan,S Ge 42:13 have come to me.S Ge 45:1032 The men are shepherds;Ge 47:3 they tend livestock,S Ge 37:2 and they have brought along their flocks and herds and everything they own.’S Ge 45:2033 When Pharaoh calls you in and asks, ‘What is your occupation?’Ge 47:334 you should answer, ‘Your servantsS Ge 42:11 have tended livestock from our boyhood on, just as our fathers did.’Ge 47:3 Then you will be allowed to settleS Ge 34:10 in the region of Goshen,S Ge 45:10 for all shepherds are detestable to the Egyptians.S Ge 43:32

47 Joseph went and told Pharaoh, “My father and brothers, with their flocks and herds and everything they own, have come from the land of CanaanS Ge 42:13 and are now in Goshen.”S Ge 46:31He chose five of his brothers and presented themS Ge 43:15 before Pharaoh.

Pharaoh asked the brothers, “What is your occupation?”Ge 46:33

“Your servantsS Ge 42:11 are shepherds,Ge 46:32” they replied to Pharaoh, “just as our fathers were.”They also said to him, “We have come to live here for a while,Ru 1:1 because the famine is severe in CanaanS Ge 12:10 and your servants’ flocks have no pasture.1Ki 18:5; Jer 14:5-6; Joel 1:18 So now, please let your servants settle in Goshen.”Ge 46:34

Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Your father and your brothers have come to you,and the land of Egypt is before you; settleS Ge 34:10 your father and your brothers in the best part of the land.S Ge 13:9; S 45:18 Let them live in Goshen. And if you know of any among them with special ability,Ex 18:21, 25; Dt 1:13, 15; 2Ch 19:5; Ps 15:2 put them in charge of my own livestock.S Ge 39:4

Then Joseph brought his father Jacob in and presented himS Ge 43:15 before Pharaoh. After Jacob blessedOr greeted Pharaoh,ver 10; 2Sa 14:22; 19:39; 1Ki 8:66Pharaoh asked him, “How old are you?”

And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty.S Ge 25:7 My years have been few and difficult,S Ge 3:17; Ps 39:4; 89:47 and they do not equal the years of the pilgrimage of my fathers.Job 8:9; Ps 39:1210 Then Jacob blessedOr said farewell to PharaohS ver 7 and went out from his presence.

11 So Joseph settled his father and his brothers in Egypt and gave them property in the best part of the land,S Ge 45:10, 18 the district of Rameses,Ex 1:11; 12:37; Nu 33:3, 5 as Pharaoh directed.12 Joseph also provided his father and his brothers and all his father’s household with food, according to the number of their children.S Ge 45:11

Joseph and the Famine

13 There was no food, however, in the whole region because the famine was severe; both Egypt and Canaan wasted away because of the famine.S Ge 12:10; S 41:3014 Joseph collected all the money that was to be found in Egypt and Canaan in payment for the grain they were buying,S Ge 41:36 and he brought it to Pharaoh’s palace.S Ge 41:34; Ex 7:23; 8:24; Jer 43:915 When the money of the people of Egypt and Canaan was gone,ver 16, 18 all Egypt came to JosephS Ge 41:57 and said, “Give us food. Why should we die before your eyes?ver 19; Ex 16:3 Our money is all gone.”

16 “Then bring your livestock,ver 18, 19” said Joseph. “I will sell you food in exchange for your livestock, since your money is gone.ver 1517 So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and he gave them food in exchange for their horses,Ex 14:9 their sheep and goats, their cattle and donkeys.S Ge 12:16 And he brought them through that year with food in exchange for all their livestock.

18 When that year was over, they came to him the following year and said, “We cannot hide from our lord the fact that since our money is goneS ver 15 and our livestock belongs to you,S ver 16 there is nothing left for our lord except our bodies and our land.19 Why should we perish before your eyesS ver 15—we and our land as well? Buy us and our land in exchange for food,S ver 16 and we with our land will be in bondage to Pharaoh.ver 21, 25 Give us seed so that we may live and not die,S Ge 42:2 and that the land may not become desolate.”

20 So Joseph bought all the land in Egypt for Pharaoh. The Egyptians, one and all, sold their fields, because the famine was too severeS Ge 12:10 for them. The land became Pharaoh’s,21 and Joseph reduced the people to servitude,Samaritan Pentateuch and Septuagint (see also Vulgate); Masoretic Text and he moved the people into the citiesS ver 19 from one end of Egypt to the other.22 However, he did not buy the land of the priests,ver 26 because they received a regular allotment from Pharaoh and had food enough from the allotmentDt 14:28-29 Pharaoh gave them. That is why they did not sell their land.

23 Joseph said to the people, “Now that I have bought you and your land today for Pharaoh, here is seedIsa 55:10; 61:11 for you so you can plant the ground.Ne 5:324 But when the crop comes in, give a fifthS Ge 41:34 of it to Pharaoh. The other four-fifths you may keep as seed for the fields and as food for yourselves and your households and your children.”

25 “You have saved our lives,” they said. “May we find favor in the eyes of our lord;S Ge 32:5 we will be in bondage to Pharaoh.”S ver 19

26 So Joseph established it as a law concerning land in Egypt—still in force today—that a fifthS Ge 41:34 of the produce belongs to Pharaoh. It was only the land of the priests that did not become Pharaoh’s.ver 22

27 Now the Israelites settled in Egypt in the region of Goshen.S Ge 45:10, 18 They acquired property thereS Ge 33:19 and were fruitful and increased greatly in number.S Ge 1:22; S 12:2; S 17:6

28 Jacob lived in EgyptPs 105:23 seventeen years, and the years of his life were a hundred and forty-seven.S Ge 25:729 When the time drew near for IsraelS Ge 46:29 to die,S Ge 27:2 he called for his son Joseph and said to him, “If I have found favor in your eyes,S Ge 32:5 put your hand under my thighS Ge 24:2 and promise that you will show me kindnessS Ge 19:19 and faithfulness.S Ge 24:27; Jdg 1:24; 2Sa 2:6 Do not bury me in Egypt,30 but when I rest with my fathers,S Ge 15:15 carry me out of Egypt and bury me where they are buried.”S Ge 23:20; S 25:9; S 29:16; 50:25; Ex 13:19; Jos 24:32; Ac 7:15-16

“I will do as you say,” he said.

31 “Swear to me,”Ge 21:23; Jos 2:20; Jdg 15:12; 1Sa 24:21; 30:15 he said. Then Joseph swore to him,S Ge 24:3 and IsraelS Ge 46:29 worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.Or Israel bowed down at the head of his bedS Ge 32:10; Heb 11:21 fn; 1Ki 1:47

Jacob’s Journey to Egypt

46 So JacobHebrew Israel; also in 46:29, 30. See note on 35:21. set out for Egypt with all his possessions. And when he came to Beersheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his father, Isaac.During the night God spoke to him in a vision. “Jacob! Jacob!” he called.

“Here I am,” Jacob replied.

“I am God,Hebrew I am El. the God of your father,” the voice said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make your family into a great nation.I will go with you down to Egypt, and I will bring you back again. You will die in Egypt, but Joseph will be with you to close your eyes.”

So Jacob left Beersheba, and his sons took him to Egypt. They carried him and their little ones and their wives in the wagons Pharaoh had provided for them.They also took all their livestock and all the personal belongings they had acquired in the land of Canaan. So Jacob and his entire family went to Egypt—sons and grandsons, daughters and granddaughters—all his descendants.

These are the names of the descendants of Israel—the sons of Jacob—who went to Egypt:

Reuben was Jacob’s oldest son.The sons of Reuben were Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi.

10 The sons of Simeon were Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jakin, Zohar, and Shaul. (Shaul’s mother was a Canaanite woman.)

11 The sons of Levi were Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

12 The sons of Judah were Er, Onan, Shelah, Perez, and Zerah (though Er and Onan had died in the land of Canaan). The sons of Perez were Hezron and Hamul.

13 The sons of Issachar were Tola, Puah,As in Syriac version and Samaritan Pentateuch (see also 1 Chr 7:1); Hebrew reads Puvah. Jashub,As in some Greek manuscripts and Samaritan Pentateuch (see also Num 26:24; 1 Chr 7:1); Hebrew reads Iob. and Shimron.

14 The sons of Zebulun were Sered, Elon, and Jahleel.

15 These were the sons of Leah and Jacob who were born in Paddan-aram, in addition to their daughter, Dinah. The number of Jacob’s descendants (male and female) through Leah was thirty-three.

16 The sons of Gad were Zephon,As in Greek version and Samaritan Pentateuch (see also Num 26:15); Hebrew reads Ziphion. Haggi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arodi, and Areli.

17 The sons of Asher were Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi, and Beriah. Their sister was Serah. Beriah’s sons were Heber and Malkiel.

18 These were the sons of Zilpah, the servant given to Leah by her father, Laban. The number of Jacob’s descendants through Zilpah was sixteen.

19 The sons of Jacob’s wife Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin.

20 Joseph’s sons, born in the land of Egypt, were Manasseh and Ephraim. Their mother was Asenath, daughter of Potiphera, the priest of On.Greek version reads of Heliopolis.

21 Benjamin’s sons were Bela, Beker, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim, and Ard.

22 These were the sons of Rachel and Jacob. The number of Jacob’s descendants through Rachel was fourteen.

23 The son of Dan was Hushim.

24 The sons of Naphtali were Jahzeel, Guni, Jezer, and Shillem.

25 These were the sons of Bilhah, the servant given to Rachel by her father, Laban. The number of Jacob’s descendants through Bilhah was seven.

26 The total number of Jacob’s direct descendants who went with him to Egypt, not counting his sons’ wives, was sixty-six.27 In addition, Joseph had two sonsGreek version reads nine sons, probably including Joseph’s grandsons through Ephraim and Manasseh (see 1 Chr 7:14-20). who were born in Egypt. So altogether, there were seventyGreek version reads seventy-five; see note on Exod 1:5. members of Jacob’s family in the land of Egypt.

Jacob’s Family Arrives in Goshen

28 As they neared their destination, Jacob sent Judah ahead to meet Joseph and get directions to the region of Goshen. And when they finally arrived there,29 Joseph prepared his chariot and traveled to Goshen to meet his father, Jacob. When Joseph arrived, he embraced his father and wept, holding him for a long time.30 Finally, Jacob said to Joseph, “Now I am ready to die, since I have seen your face again and know you are still alive.”

31 And Joseph said to his brothers and to his father’s entire family, “I will go to Pharaoh and tell him, ‘My brothers and my father’s entire family have come to me from the land of Canaan.32 These men are shepherds, and they raise livestock. They have brought with them their flocks and herds and everything they own.’”

33 Then he said, “When Pharaoh calls for you and asks you about your occupation,34 you must tell him, ‘We, your servants, have raised livestock all our lives, as our ancestors have always done.’ When you tell him this, he will let you live here in the region of Goshen, for the Egyptians despise shepherds.”

Jacob Blesses Pharaoh

47 Then Joseph went to see Pharaoh and told him, “My father and my brothers have arrived from the land of Canaan. They have come with all their flocks and herds and possessions, and they are now in the region of Goshen.”

Joseph took five of his brothers with him and presented them to Pharaoh.And Pharaoh asked the brothers, “What is your occupation?”

They replied, “We, your servants, are shepherds, just like our ancestors.We have come to live here in Egypt for a while, for there is no pasture for our flocks in Canaan. The famine is very severe there. So please, we request permission to live in the region of Goshen.”

Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Now that your father and brothers have joined you here,choose any place in the entire land of Egypt for them to live. Give them the best land of Egypt. Let them live in the region of Goshen. And if any of them have special skills, put them in charge of my livestock, too.”

Then Joseph brought in his father, Jacob, and presented him to Pharaoh. And Jacob blessed Pharaoh.

“How old are you?” Pharaoh asked him.

Jacob replied, “I have traveled this earth for 130 hard years. But my life has been short compared to the lives of my ancestors.”10 Then Jacob blessed Pharaoh again before leaving his court.

11 So Joseph assigned the best land of Egypt—the region of Rameses—to his father and his brothers, and he settled them there, just as Pharaoh had commanded.12 And Joseph provided food for his father and his brothers in amounts appropriate to the number of their dependents, including the smallest children.

Joseph’s Leadership in the Famine

13 Meanwhile, the famine became so severe that all the food was used up, and people were starving throughout the lands of Egypt and Canaan.14 By selling grain to the people, Joseph eventually collected all the money in Egypt and Canaan, and he put the money in Pharaoh’s treasury.15 When the people of Egypt and Canaan ran out of money, all the Egyptians came to Joseph. “Our money is gone!” they cried. “But please give us food, or we will die before your very eyes!”

16 Joseph replied, “Since your money is gone, bring me your livestock. I will give you food in exchange for your livestock.”17 So they brought their livestock to Joseph in exchange for food. In exchange for their horses, flocks of sheep and goats, herds of cattle, and donkeys, Joseph provided them with food for another year.

18 But that year ended, and the next year they came again and said, “We cannot hide the truth from you, my lord. Our money is gone, and all our livestock and cattle are yours. We have nothing left to give but our bodies and our land.19 Why should we die before your very eyes? Buy us and our land in exchange for food; we offer our land and ourselves as slaves for Pharaoh. Just give us grain so we may live and not die, and so the land does not become empty and desolate.”

20 So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh. All the Egyptians sold him their fields because the famine was so severe, and soon all the land belonged to Pharaoh.21 As for the people, he made them all slaves,As in Greek version and Samaritan Pentateuch; Hebrew reads he moved them all into the towns. from one end of Egypt to the other.22 The only land he did not buy was the land belonging to the priests. They received an allotment of food directly from Pharaoh, so they didn’t need to sell their land.

23 Then Joseph said to the people, “Look, today I have bought you and your land for Pharaoh. I will provide you with seed so you can plant the fields.24 Then when you harvest it, one-fifth of your crop will belong to Pharaoh. You may keep the remaining four-fifths as seed for your fields and as food for you, your households, and your little ones.”

25 “You have saved our lives!” they exclaimed. “May it please you, my lord, to let us be Pharaoh’s servants.”26 Joseph then issued a decree still in effect in the land of Egypt, that Pharaoh should receive one-fifth of all the crops grown on his land. Only the land belonging to the priests was not given to Pharaoh.

27 Meanwhile, the people of Israel settled in the region of Goshen in Egypt. There they acquired property, and they were fruitful, and their population grew rapidly.28 Jacob lived for seventeen years after his arrival in Egypt, so he lived 147 years in all.

29 As the time of his death drew near, JacobHebrew Israel; also in 47:31b. See note on 35:21. called for his son Joseph and said to him, “Please do me this favor. Put your hand under my thigh and swear that you will treat me with unfailing love by honoring this last request: Do not bury me in Egypt.30 When I die, please take my body out of Egypt and bury me with my ancestors.”

So Joseph promised, “I will do as you ask.”

31 “Swear that you will do it,” Jacob insisted. So Joseph gave his oath, and Jacob bowed humbly at the head of his bed.Greek version reads and Israel bowed in worship as he leaned on his staff. Compare Heb 11:21.

46 And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac.

And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I.

And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation:

I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.

And Jacob rose up from Beersheba: and the sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, and their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him.

And they took their cattle, and their goods, which they had gotten in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob, and all his seed with him:

His sons, and his sons' sons with him, his daughters, and his sons' daughters, and all his seed brought he with him into Egypt.

And these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt, Jacob and his sons: Reuben, Jacob's firstborn.

And the sons of Reuben; Hanoch, and Phallu, and Hezron, and Carmi.

10 And the sons of Simeon; Jemuel, and Jamin, and Ohad, and Jachin, and Zohar, and Shaul the son of a Canaanitish woman.

11 And the sons of Levi; Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

12 And the sons of Judah; Er, and Onan, and Shelah, and Pharez, and Zarah: but Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan. And the sons of Pharez were Hezron and Hamul.

13 And the sons of Issachar; Tola, and Phuvah, and Job, and Shimron.

14 And the sons of Zebulun; Sered, and Elon, and Jahleel.

15 These be the sons of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob in Padanaram, with his daughter Dinah: all the souls of his sons and his daughters were thirty and three.

16 And the sons of Gad; Ziphion, and Haggi, Shuni, and Ezbon, Eri, and Arodi, and Areli.

17 And the sons of Asher; Jimnah, and Ishuah, and Isui, and Beriah, and Serah their sister: and the sons of Beriah; Heber, and Malchiel.

18 These are the sons of Zilpah, whom Laban gave to Leah his daughter, and these she bare unto Jacob, even sixteen souls.

19 The sons of Rachel Jacob's wife; Joseph, and Benjamin.

20 And unto Joseph in the land of Egypt were born Manasseh and Ephraim, which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On bare unto him.

21 And the sons of Benjamin were Belah, and Becher, and Ashbel, Gera, and Naaman, Ehi, and Rosh, Muppim, and Huppim, and Ard.

22 These are the sons of Rachel, which were born to Jacob: all the souls were fourteen.

23 And the sons of Dan; Hushim.

24 And the sons of Naphtali; Jahzeel, and Guni, and Jezer, and Shillem.

25 These are the sons of Bilhah, which Laban gave unto Rachel his daughter, and she bare these unto Jacob: all the souls were seven.

26 All the souls that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of his loins, besides Jacob's sons' wives, all the souls were threescore and six;

27 And the sons of Joseph, which were born him in Egypt, were two souls: all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten.

28 And he sent Judah before him unto Joseph, to direct his face unto Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen.

29 And Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to meet Israel his father, to Goshen, and presented himself unto him; and he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while.

30 And Israel said unto Joseph, Now let me die, since I have seen thy face, because thou art yet alive.

31 And Joseph said unto his brethren, and unto his father's house, I will go up, and shew Pharaoh, and say unto him, My brethren, and my father's house, which were in the land of Canaan, are come unto me;

32 And the men are shepherds, for their trade hath been to feed cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have.

33 And it shall come to pass, when Pharaoh shall call you, and shall say, What is your occupation?

34 That ye shall say, Thy servants' trade hath been about cattle from our youth even until now, both we, and also our fathers: that ye may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians.

47 Then Joseph came and told Pharaoh, and said, My father and my brethren, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have, are come out of the land of Canaan; and, behold, they are in the land of Goshen.

And he took some of his brethren, even five men, and presented them unto Pharaoh.

And Pharaoh said unto his brethren, What is your occupation? And they said unto Pharaoh, Thy servants are shepherds, both we, and also our fathers.

They said morever unto Pharaoh, For to sojourn in the land are we come; for thy servants have no pasture for their flocks; for the famine is sore in the land of Canaan: now therefore, we pray thee, let thy servants dwell in the land of Goshen.

And Pharaoh spake unto Joseph, saying, Thy father and thy brethren are come unto thee:

The land of Egypt is before thee; in the best of the land make thy father and brethren to dwell; in the land of Goshen let them dwell: and if thou knowest any men of activity among them, then make them rulers over my cattle.

And Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh: and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.

And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How old art thou?

And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.

10 And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh.

11 And Joseph placed his father and his brethren, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded.

12 And Joseph nourished his father, and his brethren, and all his father's household, with bread, according to their families.

13 And there was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very sore, so that the land of Egypt and all the land of Canaan fainted by reason of the famine.

14 And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, for the corn which they bought: and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh's house.

15 And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us bread: for why should we die in thy presence? for the money faileth.

16 And Joseph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money fail.

17 And they brought their cattle unto Joseph: and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for horses, and for the flocks, and for the cattle of the herds, and for the asses: and he fed them with bread for all their cattle for that year.

18 When that year was ended, they came unto him the second year, and said unto him, We will not hide it from my lord, how that our money is spent; my lord also hath our herds of cattle; there is not ought left in the sight of my lord, but our bodies, and our lands:

19 Wherefore shall we die before thine eyes, both we and our land? buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants unto Pharaoh: and give us seed, that we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate.

20 And Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them: so the land became Pharaoh's.

21 And as for the people, he removed them to cities from one end of the borders of Egypt even to the other end thereof.

22 Only the land of the priests bought he not; for the priests had a portion assigned them of Pharaoh, and did eat their portion which Pharaoh gave them: wherefore they sold not their lands.

23 Then Joseph said unto the people, Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for Pharaoh: lo, here is seed for you, and ye shall sow the land.

24 And it shall come to pass in the increase, that ye shall give the fifth part unto Pharaoh, and four parts shall be your own, for seed of the field, and for your food, and for them of your households, and for food for your little ones.

25 And they said, Thou hast saved our lives: let us find grace in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh's servants.

26 And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt unto this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth part, except the land of the priests only, which became not Pharaoh's.

27 And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions therein, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly.

28 And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years: so the whole age of Jacob was an hundred forty and seven years.

29 And the time drew nigh that Israel must die: and he called his son Joseph, and said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me; bury me not, I pray thee, in Egypt:

30 But I will lie with my fathers, and thou shalt carry me out of Egypt, and bury me in their buryingplace. And he said, I will do as thou hast said.

31 And he said, Swear unto me. And he sware unto him. And Israel bowed himself upon the bed's head.

Matthew 15:1-28

That Which Defiles15:1-20pp — Mk 7:1-23

15 Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked,“Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”Lk 11:38

Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’Exodus 20:12; Deut. 5:16Ex 20:12; Dt 5:16; Eph 6:2 and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’Exodus 21:17; Lev. 20:9Ex 21:17; Lev 20:9But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition.You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:

“‘These people honor me with their lips,

but their hearts are far from me.

They worship me in vain;

their teachings are merely human rules.Col 2:20-22Isaiah 29:13Isa 29:13; Mal 2:2

10 Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand.11 What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them,S Ac 10:14, 15 but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”ver 18

12 Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?”

13 He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not plantedIsa 60:21; 61:3 will be pulled up by the roots.14 Leave them; they are blind guides.Some manuscripts blind guides of the blindMt 23:16, 24; Ro 2:19 If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”Lk 6:39

15 Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.”Mt 13:36

16 “Are you still so dull?”Mt 16:9 Jesus asked them.17 “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body?18 But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart,Mt 12:34; Lk 6:45; Jas 3:6 and these defile them.19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.Gal 5:19-2120 These are what defile a person;Ro 14:14 but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.”

The Faith of a Canaanite Woman15:21-28pp — Mk 7:24-30

21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.S Mt 11:2122 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David,S Mt 9:27 have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”S Mt 4:24

23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”

24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”Mt 10:6, 23; Ro 15:8

25 The woman came and knelt before him.S Mt 8:2 “Lord, help me!” she said.

26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”

27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”

28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith!S Mt 9:22 Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.

Jesus Teaches about Inner Purity

15 Some Pharisees and teachers of religious law now arrived from Jerusalem to see Jesus. They asked him,“Why do your disciples disobey our age-old tradition? For they ignore our tradition of ceremonial hand washing before they eat.”

Jesus replied, “And why do you, by your traditions, violate the direct commandments of God?For instance, God says, ‘Honor your father and mother,’Exod 20:12; Deut 5:16. and ‘Anyone who speaks disrespectfully of father or mother must be put to death.’Exod 21:17 (Greek version); Lev 20:9 (Greek version).But you say it is all right for people to say to their parents, ‘Sorry, I can’t help you. For I have vowed to give to God what I would have given to you.’In this way, you say they don’t need to honor their parents.Greek their father; other manuscripts read their father or their mother. And so you cancel the word of God for the sake of your own tradition.You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote,

‘These people honor me with their lips,

but their hearts are far from me.

Their worship is a farce,

for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’Isa 29:13 (Greek version).

10 Then Jesus called to the crowd to come and hear. “Listen,” he said, “and try to understand.11 It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.”

12 Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you realize you offended the Pharisees by what you just said?”

13 Jesus replied, “Every plant not planted by my heavenly Father will be uprooted,14 so ignore them. They are blind guides leading the blind, and if one blind person guides another, they will both fall into a ditch.”

15 Then Peter said to Jesus, “Explain to us the parable that says people aren’t defiled by what they eat.”

16 “Don’t you understand yet?” Jesus asked.17 “Anything you eat passes through the stomach and then goes into the sewer.18 But the words you speak come from the heart—that’s what defiles you.19 For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander.20 These are what defile you. Eating with unwashed hands will never defile you.”

The Faith of a Gentile Woman

21 Then Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre and Sidon.22 A GentileGreek Canaanite. woman who lived there came to him, pleading, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! For my daughter is possessed by a demon that torments her severely.”

23 But Jesus gave her no reply, not even a word. Then his disciples urged him to send her away. “Tell her to go away,” they said. “She is bothering us with all her begging.”

24 Then Jesus said to the woman, “I was sent only to help God’s lost sheep—the people of Israel.”

25 But she came and worshiped him, pleading again, “Lord, help me!”

26 Jesus responded, “It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.”

27 She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even dogs are allowed to eat the scraps that fall beneath their masters’ table.”

28 “Dear woman,” Jesus said to her, “your faith is great. Your request is granted.” And her daughter was instantly healed.

15 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,

Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.

But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.

But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;

And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.

Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,

This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

10 And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:

11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

12 Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?

13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.

14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

15 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable.

16 And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?

17 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?

18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.

21 Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.

22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.

27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.

28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

Psalm 19:1-14

Psalm 19In Hebrew texts 19:1-14 is numbered 19:2-15.

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

The heavensPs 89:5; Isa 40:22 declarePs 50:6; 148:3; Ro 1:19 the glory of God;Ps 4:2; 8:1; 97:6; Isa 6:3

the skiesS Ge 1:8 proclaim the work of his hands.S Ps 8:6; S 103:22

Day after day they pour forth speech;

night after night they reveal knowledge.Ps 74:16

They have no speech, they use no words;

no sound is heard from them.

Yet their voiceSeptuagint, Jerome and Syriac; Hebrew measuring line goes out into all the earth,

their words to the ends of the world.Ro 10:18*

In the heavens God has pitched a tentS Job 36:29; Ps 104:2 for the sun.S Jdg 5:31

It is like a bridegroomJoel 2:16 coming out of his chamber,S Job 36:29

like a champion1Sa 17:4 rejoicing to run his course.

It rises at one end of the heavensDt 30:4

and makes its circuit to the other;Ps 113:3; Ecc 1:5

nothing is deprived of its warmth.

The law of the LordS Ps 1:2 is perfect,Ps 119:142; Jas 1:25

refreshing the soul.Ps 23:3

The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,Ps 93:5; 111:7; 119:138, 144

making wise the simple.S Dt 4:6; Ps 119:130

The precepts of the Lord are right,Ps 33:4; 119:128

giving joyPs 119:14 to the heart.

The commands of the Lord are radiant,

giving light to the eyes.S Ezr 9:8; Ps 38:10

The fear of the LordPs 34:11; 111:10; Pr 1:7; Ecc 12:13; Isa 33:6 is pure,

enduring forever.

The decrees of the Lord are firm,

and all of them are righteous.Ps 119:138, 142

10 They are more precious than gold,S Job 22:24; Ps 119:72; Pr 8:10

than much pure gold;

they are sweeter than honey,Ps 119:103; SS 4:11; Eze 3:3

than honey from the honeycomb.S 1Sa 14:27

11 By them your servant is warned;

in keeping them there is great reward.

12 But who can discern their own errors?

Forgive my hidden faults.Ps 51:2; 90:8; Ecc 12:14

13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;S Nu 15:30

may they not rule over me.Ps 119:133

Then I will be blameless,S Ge 6:9; S Ps 18:32

innocent of great transgression.

14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart

be pleasingPs 104:34 in your sight,

Lord, my RockPs 18:31 and my Redeemer.S Ex 6:6; S Job 19:25

Psalm 19

For the choir director: A psalm of David.

The heavens proclaim the glory of God.

The skies display his craftsmanship.

Day after day they continue to speak;

night after night they make him known.

They speak without a sound or word;

their voice is never heard.Or There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.

Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,

and their words to all the world.

God has made a home in the heavens for the sun.

It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding.

It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race.

The sun rises at one end of the heavens

and follows its course to the other end.

Nothing can hide from its heat.

The instructions of the Lord are perfect,

reviving the soul.

The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy,

making wise the simple.

The commandments of the Lord are right,

bringing joy to the heart.

The commands of the Lord are clear,

giving insight for living.

Reverence for the Lord is pure,

lasting forever.

The laws of the Lord are true;

each one is fair.

10 They are more desirable than gold,

even the finest gold.

They are sweeter than honey,

even honey dripping from the comb.

11 They are a warning to your servant,

a great reward for those who obey them.

12 How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart?

Cleanse me from these hidden faults.

13 Keep your servant from deliberate sins!

Don’t let them control me.

Then I will be free of guilt

and innocent of great sin.

14 May the words of my mouth

and the meditation of my heart

be pleasing to you,

O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

19 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,

Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.

His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.

13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.

14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

Proverbs 4:14-19

14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked

or walk in the way of evildoers.Ps 1:1; S Pr 1:15

15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;

turn from it and go on your way.

16 For they cannot rest until they do evil;Ps 36:4; Mic 7:3

they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble.

17 They eat the bread of wickedness

and drink the wine of violence.Ge 49:5; Ps 73:6; Pr 1:10-19; 14:22; Isa 59:6; Jer 22:3; Hab 1:2; Mal 2:16

18 The path of the righteousJob 17:9 is like the morning sun,S Job 22:28

shining ever brighter till the full light of day.S 2Sa 23:4; Da 12:3; Mt 5:14; Jn 8:12; Php 2:15

19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;S Pr 2:13

they do not know what makes them stumble.S Dt 32:35; S Job 3:23; Pr 13:9; S Isa 8:15

14 Don’t do as the wicked do,

and don’t follow the path of evildoers.

15 Don’t even think about it; don’t go that way.

Turn away and keep moving.

16 For evil people can’t sleep until they’ve done their evil deed for the day.

They can’t rest until they’ve caused someone to stumble.

17 They eat the food of wickedness

and drink the wine of violence!

18 The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,

which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.

19 But the way of the wicked is like total darkness.

They have no idea what they are stumbling over.

14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.

15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.

16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.

17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.

18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

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