January 20

Genesis 27:1-45

1Now when Isaac was old and his eyes had become clouded so that he was not able to see, he sent for Esau, his first son, and said to him, My son: and he said, Here am I.

2And he said, See now, I am old, and my death may take place at any time:

3So take your arrows and your bow and go out to the field and get meat for me;

4And make me food, good to the taste, such as is pleasing to me, and put it before me, so that I may have a meal and give you my blessing before death comes to me.

5Now Isaac’s words to his son were said in Rebekah’s hearing. Then Esau went out to get the meat.

6And Rebekah said to Jacob, her son, Your father said to your brother Esau in my hearing,

7Go and get some roe’s meat and make me a good meal, so that I may be full, and give you my blessing before the Lord before my death.

8Now, my son, do what I say.

9Go to the flock and get me two fat young goats; and I will make of them a meal to your father’s taste:

10And you will take it to him, so that he may have a good meal and give you his blessing before his death.

11And Jacob said to Rebekah, his mother, But Esau my brother is covered with hair, while I am smooth:

12If by chance my father puts his hand on me, it will seem to him that I am tricking him, and he will put a curse on me in place of a blessing.

13And his mother said, Let the curse be on me, my son: only do as I say, and go and get them for me.

14So he went and got them and took them to his mother: and she made a meal to his father’s taste.

15And Rebekah took the fair robes of her oldest son, which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob, her younger son:

16And she put the skins of the young goats on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck:

17And she gave into the hand of Jacob, her son, the meat and the bread which she had made ready.

18And he came to his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I: who are you, my son?

19And Jacob said, I am Esau, your oldest son; I have done as you said: come now, be seated and take of my meat, so that you may give me a blessing.

20And Isaac said, How is it that you have got it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the Lord your God made it come my way.

21And Isaac said, Come near so that I may put my hand on you, my son, and see if you are truly my son Esau or not.

22And Jacob went near his father Isaac: and he put his hands on him; and he said, The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.

23And he did not make out who he was, because his hands were covered with hair like his brother Esau’s hands: so he gave him a blessing.

24And he said, Are you truly my son Esau? And he said, I am.

25And he said, Put it before me and I will take of my son’s meat, so that I may give you a blessing. And he put it before him and he took it; and he gave him wine, and he had a drink.

26And his father Isaac said to him, Come near now, my son, and give me a kiss.

27And he came near and gave him a kiss; and smelling the smell of his clothing, he gave him a blessing, and said, See, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field on which the blessing of the Lord has come:

28May God give you the dew of heaven, and the good things of the earth, and grain and wine in full measure:

29Let peoples be your servants, and nations go down before you: be lord over your brothers, and let your mother’s sons go down before you: a curse be on everyone by whom you are cursed, and a blessing on those who give you a blessing.

30And when Isaac had come to the end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob had not long gone away from Isaac his father, Esau came in from the field.

31And he made ready a meal, good to the taste, and took it to his father, and said to him, Let my father get up and take of his son’s meat, so that you may give me a blessing.

32And Isaac his father said to him, Who are you? And he said, I am your oldest son, Esau.

33And in great fear Isaac said, Who then is he who got meat and put it before me, and I took it all before you came, and gave him a blessing, and his it will be?

34And hearing the words of his father, Esau gave a great and bitter cry, and said to his father, Give a blessing to me, even to me, O my father!

35And he said, Your brother came with deceit, and took away your blessing.

36And he said, Is it because he is named Jacob that he has twice taken my place? for he took away my birthright, and now he has taken away my blessing. And he said, Have you not kept a blessing for me?

37And Isaac answering said, But I have made him your master, and have given him all his brothers for servants; I have made him strong with grain and wine: what then am I to do for you, my son?

38And Esau said to his father, Is that the only blessing you have, my father? give a blessing to me, even me! And Esau was overcome with weeping.

39Then Isaac his father made answer and said to him, Far from the fertile places of the earth, and far from the dew of heaven on high will your living-place be:

40By your sword will you get your living and you will be your brother’s servant; but when your power is increased his yoke will be broken from off your neck.

41So Esau was full of hate for Jacob because of his father’s blessing; and he said in his heart, The days of weeping for my father are near; then I will put my brother Jacob to death.

42Then Rebekah, hearing what Esau had said, sent for Jacob, her younger son, and said to him, It seems that your brother Esau is purposing to put you to death.

43So now, my son, do what I say: go quickly to Haran, to my brother Laban;

44And be there with him for a little time, till your brother’s wrath is turned away;

45Till the memory of what you have done to him is past and he is no longer angry: then I will send word for you to come back; are the two of you to be taken from me in one day?

Psalms 20

To the chief music-maker. A Psalm. Of David.

1 May the Lord give ear to you in the day of trouble; may you be placed on high by the name of the God of Jacob;

2May he send you help from the holy place, and give you strength from Zion;

3May he keep all your offerings in mind, and be pleased with the fat of your burned offerings; (Selah.)

4May he give you your heart’s desire, and put all your purposes into effect.

5We will be glad in your salvation, and in the name of our God we will put up our flags: may the Lord give you all your requests.

6Now am I certain that the Lord gives salvation to his king; he will give him an answer from his holy heaven with the strength of salvation in his right hand.

7Some put their faith in carriages and some in horses; but we will be strong in the name of the Lord our God.

8They are bent down and made low; but we have been lifted up.

9Come to our help, Lord: let the king give ear to our cry.

Luke 15

1Now all the tax-farmers and sinners came near to give ear to him.

2And the Pharisees and scribes were angry, saying, This man gives approval to sinners, and takes food with them.

3And he made a story for them, saying,

4What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if one of them gets loose and goes away, will not let the ninety-nine be in the waste land by themselves, and go after the wandering one, till he sees where it is?

5And when he has got it again, he takes it in his arms with joy.

6And when he gets back to his house, he sends for his neighbours and friends, saying to them, Be glad with me, for I have got back my sheep which had gone away.

7I say to you that even so there will be more joy in heaven when one sinner is turned away from his wrongdoing, than for ninety-nine good men, who have no need of a change of heart.

8Or what woman, having ten bits of silver, if one bit has gone from her hands, will not get a light, and go through her house, searching with care till she sees it?

9And when she has it again, she gets her friends and neighbours together, saying, Be glad with me, for I have got back the bit of silver which had gone from me.

10Even so, I say to you, There is joy among the angels of God, when one sinner is turned away from his wrongdoing.

11And he said, A certain man had two sons:

12And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me that part of your property which will be mine. And he made division of his goods between them.

13And not long after, the younger son got together everything which was his and took a journey into a far-away country, and there all his money went in foolish living.

14And when everything was gone, there was no food to be had in that country, and he was in need.

15And he went and put himself into the hands of one of the people of that country, and he sent him into his fields to give the pigs their food.

16And so great was his need that he would have been glad to take the pigs’ food, and no one gave him anything.

17But when he came to his senses, he said, What numbers of my father’s servants have bread enough, and more, while I am near to death here through need of food!

18I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, Father, I have done wrong, against heaven and in your eyes:

19I am no longer good enough to be named your son: make me like one of your servants.

20And he got up and went to his father. But while he was still far away, his father saw him and was moved with pity for him and went quickly and took him in his arms and gave him a kiss.

21And his son said to him, Father, I have done wrong, against heaven and in your eyes: I am no longer good enough to be named your son.

22But the father said to his servants, Get out the first robe quickly, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and shoes on his feet:

23And get the fat young ox and put it to death, and let us have a feast, and be glad.

24For this, my son, who was dead, is living again; he had gone away from me, and has come back. And they were full of joy.

25Now the older son was in the field: and when he came near the house, the sounds of music and dancing came to his ears.

26And he sent for one of the servants, questioning him about what it might be.

27And he said to him, Your brother has come; and your father has had the young ox put to death because he has come back safely.

28But he was angry and would not go in; and his father came out and made a request to him to come in.

29But he made answer and said to his father, See, all these years I have been your servant, doing your orders in everything: and you never gave me even a young goat so that I might have a feast with my friends:

30But when this your son came, who has been wasting your property with bad women, you put to death the fat young ox for him.

31And he said to him, Son, you are with me at all times, and all I have is yours.

32But it was right to be glad and to have a feast; for this your brother, who was dead, is living again; he had gone away and has come back.

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