January 21

Genesis 27:46

46Then Rebekah said to Isaac, My life is a weariness to me because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob takes a wife from among the daughters of Heth, such as these, the women of this land, of what use will my life be to me?

Genesis 28

1Then Isaac sent for Jacob, and blessing him, said, Do not take a wife from among the women of Canaan;

2But go to Paddan-aram, to the house of Bethuel, your mother’s father, and there get yourself a wife from the daughters of Laban, your mother’s brother.

3And may God, the Ruler of all, give you his blessing, giving you fruit and increase, so that you may become an army of peoples.

4And may God give you the blessing of Abraham, to you and to your seed, so that the land of your wanderings, which God gave to Abraham, may be your heritage.

5So Isaac sent Jacob away: and he went to Paddan-aram, to Laban, son of Bethuel the Aramaean, the brother of Rebekah, the mother of Jacob and Esau.

6So when Esau saw that Isaac had given Jacob his blessing, and sent him away to Paddan-aram to get a wife for himself there, blessing him and saying to him, Do not take a wife from among the women of Canaan;

7And that Jacob had done as his father and mother said and had gone to Paddan-aram;

8It was clear to Esau that his father had no love for the women of Canaan,

9So Esau went to Ishmael and took Mahalath, the daughter of Abraham’s son Ishmael, the sister of Nebaioth, to be his wife in addition to the wives he had.

10So Jacob went out from Beer-sheba to go to Haran.

11And coming to a certain place, he made it his resting-place for the night, for the sun had gone down; and he took one of the stones which were there, and putting it under his head he went to sleep in that place.

12And he had a dream, and in his dream he saw steps stretching from earth to heaven, and the angels of God were going up and down on them.

13And he saw the Lord by his side, saying, I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father, and the God of Isaac: I will give to you and to your seed this land on which you are sleeping.

14Your seed will be like the dust of the earth, covering all the land to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south: you and your seed will be a name of blessing to all the families of the earth.

15And truly, I will be with you, and will keep you wherever you go, guiding you back again to this land; and I will not give you up till I have done what I have said to you.

16And Jacob, awaking from his sleep, said, Truly, the Lord is in this place and I was not conscious of it.

17And fear came on him, and he said, This is a holy place; this is nothing less than the house of God and the doorway of heaven.

18And early in the morning Jacob took the stone which had been under his head, and put it up as a pillar and put oil on it.

19And he gave that place the name of Beth-el, but before that time the town was named Luz.

20Then Jacob took an oath, and said, If God will be with me, and keep me safe on my journey, and give me food and clothing to put on,

21So that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then I will take the Lord to be my God,

22And this stone which I have put up for a pillar will be God’s house: and of all you give me, I will give a tenth part to you.

Psalms 21

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

1 The king will be glad in your strength, O Lord; how great will be his delight in your salvation!

2You have given him his heart’s desire, and have not kept back the request of his lips. (Selah.)

3For you go before him with the blessings of good things: you put a crown of fair gold on his head.

4He made request to you for life, and you gave it to him, long life for ever and ever.

5His glory is great in your salvation: honour and authority have you put on him.

6For you have made him a blessing for ever: you have given him joy in the light of your face.

7For the king has faith in the Lord, and through the mercy of the Most High he will not be moved.

8Your hand will make a search for all your haters; your right hand will be hard on all those who are against you.

9You will make them like a flaming oven before you; the Lord in his wrath will put an end to them, and they will be burned up in the fire.

10Their fruit will be cut off from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men.

11For their thoughts were bitter against you: they had an evil design in their minds, which they were not able to put into effect.

12Their backs will be turned when you make ready the cords of your bow against their faces.

13Be lifted up, O Lord, in your strength; so will we make songs in praise of your power.

Luke 16

1And another time he said to the disciples, There was a certain man of great wealth who had a servant; and it was said to him that this servant was wasting his goods.

2And he sent for him and said, What is this which is said about you? give me an account of all you have done, for you will no longer be the manager of my property.

3And the servant said to himself, What am I to do now that my lord takes away my position? I have not enough strength for working in the fields, and I would be shamed if I made requests for money from people in the streets.

4I have come to a decision what to do, so that when I am put out of my position they will take me into their houses.

5And sending for every one who was in debt to his lord he said to the first, What is the amount of your debt to my lord?

6And he said, A hundred measures of oil. And he said, Take your account straight away and put down fifty.

7Then he said to another, What is the amount of your debt? And he said, A hundred measures of grain. And he said to him, Take your account and put down eighty.

8And his lord was pleased with the false servant, because he had been wise; for the sons of this world are wiser in relation to their generation than the sons of light.

9And I say to you, Make friends for yourselves through the wealth of this life, so that when it comes to an end, you may be taken into the eternal resting-places.

10He who is true in a little, is true in much; he who is false in small things, is false in great.

11If, then, you have not been true in your use of the wealth of this life, who will give into your care the true wealth?

12And if you have not been true in your care of the property of other people, who will give you that which is yours?

13No man may be a servant to two masters: for he will have hate for the one and love for the other; or he will keep to the one and have no respect for the other. You may not be servants of God and of wealth.

14And the Pharisees, who had a great love of money, hearing these things, were making sport of him.

15And he said, You take care to seem right in the eyes of men, but God sees your hearts: and those things which are important in the opinion of men, are evil in the eyes of God.

16The law and the prophets were till John: but then came the preaching of the kingdom of God, and everyone makes his way into it by force.

17But heaven and earth will come to an end before the smallest letter of the law may be dropped out.

18Everyone who puts away his wife and takes another, is a false husband: and he who is married to a woman whose husband has put her away, is no true husband to her.

19Now there was a certain man of great wealth, who was dressed in fair clothing of purple and delicate linen, and was shining and glad every day.

20And a certain poor man, named Lazarus, was stretched out at his door, full of wounds,

21Desiring the broken bits of food which came from the table of the man of wealth; and even the dogs came and put their tongues on his wounds.

22And in time the poor man came to his end, and angels took him to Abraham’s breast. And the man of wealth came to his end, and was put in the earth.

23And in hell, being in great pain, lifting up his eyes he saw Abraham, far away, and Lazarus on his breast.

24And he gave a cry and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus, so that he may put the end of his finger in water and put it on my tongue, for I am cruelly burning in this flame.

25But Abraham said, Keep in mind, my son, that when you were living, you had your good things, while Lazarus had evil things: but now, he is comforted and you are in pain.

26And in addition, there is a deep division fixed between us and you, so that those who might go from here to you are not able to do so, and no one may come from you to us.

27And he said, Father, it is my request that you will send him to my father’s house;

28For I have five brothers; and let him give them an account of these things, so that they may not come to this place of pain.

29But Abraham said, They have Moses and the prophets; let them give ear to what they say.

30And he said, No, father Abraham, but if someone went to them from the dead, their hearts would be changed.

31And he said to him, If they will not give attention to Moses and the prophets, they will not be moved even if someone comes back from the dead.

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