January 17

Genesis 24

1Now Abraham was old and far on in years: and the Lord had given him everything in full measure.

2And Abraham said to his chief servant, the manager of all his property, Come now, put your hand under my leg:

3And take an oath by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that you will not get a wife for my son Isaac from the daughters of the Canaanites among whom I am living;

4But that you will go into my country and to my relations and get a wife there for my son Isaac.

5And the servant said, If by chance the woman will not come with me into this land, am I to take your son back again to the land from which you came?

6And Abraham said, Take care that you do not let my son go back to that land.

7The Lord God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my birth, and made an oath to me, saying, To your seed I will give this land: he will send his angel before you and give you a wife for my son in that land.

8And if the woman will not come with you, then you are free from this oath; only do not take my son back there.

9And the servant put his hand under Abraham’s leg, and gave him his oath about this thing.

10And the servant took ten of his master’s camels, and all sorts of good things of his master’s, and went to Mesopotamia, to the town of Nahor.

11And he made the camels take their rest outside the town by the water-spring in the evening, at the time when the women came to get water.

12And he said, O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, let me do well in what I have undertaken this day, and give your mercy to my master Abraham.

13See, I am waiting here by the water-spring; and the daughters of the town are coming out to get water:

14Now, may the girl to whom I say, Let down your vessel and give me a drink, and who says in answer, Here is a drink for you and let me give water to your camels: may she be the one marked out by you for your servant Isaac: so may I be certain that you have been good to my master Abraham.

15And even before his words were ended, Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel, the son of Milcah, who was the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, came out with her water-vessel on her arm.

16She was a very beautiful girl, a virgin, who had never been touched by a man: and she went down to the spring to get water in her vessel.

17And the servant came running to her and said, Give me a little water from your vessel.

18And she said, Take a drink, my lord: and quickly letting down her vessel onto her hand, she gave him a drink.

19And having done so, she said, I will get water for your camels till they have had enough.

20And after putting the water from her vessel into the animals’ drinking-place, she went quickly back to the spring and got water for all the camels.

21And the man, looking at her, said nothing, waiting to see if the Lord had given his journey a good outcome.

22And when the camels had had enough, the man took a gold nose-ring, half a shekel in weight, and two ornaments for her arms of ten shekels weight of gold;

23And said to her, Whose daughter are you? is there room in your father’s house for us?

24And she said to him, I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son of Milcah, Nahor’s wife.

25And she said, We have a great store of dry grass and cattle-food, and there is room for you.

26And with bent head the man gave worship to the Lord;

27And said, Praise be to the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has given a sign that he is good and true to my master, by guiding me straight to the house of my master’s family.

28So the girl went running and took the news of these things to her mother’s house

29Now Rebekah had a brother named Laban, and he came out quickly to the man at the water-spring.

30And when he saw the nose-ring and the ornaments on his sister’s hands, and when she gave him word of what the man had said to her, then he went out to the man who was waiting with the camels by the water-spring.

31And he said to him, Come in, you on whom is the blessing of the Lord; why are you waiting outside? for I have made the house ready for you, and a place for the camels.

32Then the man came into the house, and Laban took their cords off the camels and gave them dry grass and food, and he gave to him and the men who were with him water for washing their feet.

33And meat was put before him, but he said, I will not take food till I have made my business clear to you. And they said, Do so.

34And he said, I am Abraham’s servant.

35The Lord has given my master every blessing, and he has become great: he has given him flocks and herds and silver and gold, and men-servants and women-servants and camels and asses.

36And when Sarah, my master’s wife, was old, she gave birth to a son, to whom he has given all he has.

37And my master made me take an oath, saying, Do not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites among whom I am living;

38But go to my father’s house and to my relations for a wife for my son.

39And I said to my master, What if the woman will not come with me?

40And he said, The Lord, whom I have ever kept before me, will send his angel with you, who will make it possible for you to get a wife for my son from my relations and my father’s house;

41And you will be free from your oath to me when you come to my people; and if they will not give her to you, you will be free from your oath.

42And I came today to the water-spring, and I said, O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, if it is your purpose to give a good outcome to my journey,

43Let it come about that, while I am waiting here by the water-spring, if a girl comes to get water and I say to her, Give me a little water from your vessel, and she says,

44Take a drink, and I will get water for your camels; let her be the woman marked out by the Lord for my master’s son.

45And even while I was saying this to myself, Rebekah came out with her vessel on her arm; and she went down to the spring to get water; and I said to her, Give me a drink.

46And straight away she took down her vessel from her arm, and said, Take a drink, and I will get water for your camels.

47And questioning her, I said, Whose daughter are you? And she said, The daughter of Bethuel, the son of Nahor, and Milcah his wife. Then I put the ring on her nose and the ornaments on her hands.

48And with bent head I gave worship and praise to the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, by whom I had been guided in the right way, to get the daughter of my master’s brother for his son.

49And now, say if you will do what is good and right for my master or not, in order that it may be clear to me what I have to do.

50Then Laban and Bethuel said in answer, This is the Lord’s doing: it is not for us to say Yes or No to you.

51See, here is Rebekah: take her and go, and let her be your master’s son’s wife, as the Lord has said.

52And at these words, Abraham’s servant went down on his face and gave praise to the Lord.

53Then he took jewels of silver and jewels of gold and fair robes and gave them to Rebekah: and he gave things of value to her mother and her brother.

54Then he and the men who were with him had food and drink, and took their rest there that night; and in the morning he got up, and said, Let me now go back to my master.

55But her brother and her mother said, Let the girl be with us a week or ten days, and then she may go.

56And he said, Do not keep me; the Lord has given a good outcome to my journey; let me now go back to my master.

57And they said, We will send for the girl, and let her make the decision.

58And they sent for Rebekah and said to her, Are you ready to go with this man? And she said, I am ready.

59So they sent their sister Rebekah and her servant with Abraham’s servant and his men.

60And they gave Rebekah their blessing, saying, O sister, may you be the mother of thousands and ten thousands; and may your seed overcome all those who make war against them.

61So Rebekah and her servant-women went with the man, seated on the camels; and so the servant took Rebekah and went on his way.

62Now Isaac had come through the waste land to Beer-lahai-roi; for he was living in the South.

63And when the evening was near, he went wandering out into the fields, and lifting up his eyes he saw camels coming.

64And when Rebekah, looking up, saw Isaac, she got down from her camel,

65And said to the servant, Who is that man coming to us through the field? And the servant said, It is my master: then she took her veil, covering her face with it.

66Then the servant gave Isaac the story of all he had done.

67And Isaac took Rebekah into his tent and she became his wife; and in his love for her, Isaac was comforted after his father’s death.

Psalms 17

A Prayer. Of David.

1 Let my cause come to your ears, O Lord, give attention to my cry; give ear to my prayer which goes not out from false lips.

2Be my judge; for your eyes see what is right.

3You have put my heart to the test, searching me in the night; you have put me to the test and seen no evil purpose in me; I will keep my mouth from sin.

4As for the works of men, by the word of your lips I have kept myself from the ways of the violent.

5I have kept my feet in your ways, my steps have not been turned away.

6My cry has gone up to you, for you will give me an answer, O God: let your ear be turned to me, and give attention to my words.

7Make clear the wonder of your mercy, O saviour of those who put their faith in your right hand, from those who come out against them.

8Keep me as the light of your eyes, covering me with the shade of your wings,

9From the evil-doers who are violent to me, and from those who are round me, desiring my death.

10They are shut up in their fat: with their mouths they say words of pride.

11They have made a circle round our steps: their eyes are fixed on us, forcing us down to the earth;

12Like a lion desiring its food, and like a young lion waiting in secret places.

13Up! Lord, come out against him, make him low, with your sword be my saviour from the evil-doer.

14With your hand, O Lord, from men, even men of the world, whose heritage is in this life, and whom you make full with your secret wealth: they are full of children; after their death their offspring take the rest of their goods.

15As for me, I will see your face in righteousness: when I am awake it will be joy enough for me to see your form.

Luke 13:18-35

18Then he said, What is the kingdom of God like? what comparison may I make of it?

19It is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and put in his garden, and it became a tree, and the birds of heaven made their resting-places in its branches.

20And again he said, What is the kingdom of God like?

21It is like leaven, which a woman put into three measures of meal, and it was all leavened.

22And he went on his way, through towns and country places, teaching and journeying to Jerusalem.

23And someone said to him, Lord, will only a small number have salvation? And he said to them,

24Do your best to go in by the narrow door, for I say to you, A number will make the attempt to go in, but will not be able to do so.

25When the master of the house has got up, and the door has been shut, and you, still outside, give blows on the door, saying, Lord, let us in; he will make answer and say, I have no knowledge of where you come from.

26Then you will say, We have taken food and drink with you, and you were teaching in our streets.

27But he will say, Truly, I have no knowledge of you or where you come from; go away from me, you workers of evil.

28There will be weeping and cries of sorrow when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves are shut outside.

29And they will come from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south, and take their places in the kingdom of God.

30And the last will be first, and the first will be last.

31At that time, certain Pharisees came to him and said, Go away from this place, because Herod’s purpose is to put you to death.

32And he said, Go and say to that fox, I send out evil spirits and do works of mercy today and tomorrow, and on the third day my work will be complete.

33But I have to go on my way today and tomorrow and the third day, for it is not right for a prophet to come to his death outside Jerusalem.

34O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, putting to death the prophets, and stoning those who were sent to her! again and again would I have taken your children to myself, as a bird takes her young ones under her wings, but you would not!

35Now see, your house is waste, and I say to you, You will not see me again till you say, A blessing on him who comes in the name of the Lord.

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