January 24

Genesis 31

1Now it came to the ears of Jacob that Laban’s sons were saying, Jacob has taken away all our father’s property, and in this way he has got all this wealth.

2And Jacob saw that Laban’s feeling for him was no longer what it had been before.

3Then the Lord said to Jacob, Go back to the land of your fathers, and to your relations, and I will be with you.

4And Jacob sent for Rachel and Leah to come to him in the field among his flock.

5And he said to them, It is clear to me that your father’s feeling is no longer what it was to me; but the God of my father has been with me

6And you have seen how I have done all in my power for your father,

7But your father has not kept faith with me, and ten times he has made changes in my payment; but God has kept him from doing me damage.

8If he said, All those in the flock which have marks are to be yours, then all the flock gave birth to marked young; and if he said, All the banded ones are to be yours, then all the flock had banded young.

9So God has taken away your father’s cattle and has given them to me.

10And at the time when the flock were with young, I saw in a dream that all the he-goats which were joined with the she-goats were banded and marked and coloured.

11And in my dream the angel of the Lord said to me, Jacob: and I said, Here am I.

12And he said, See how all the he-goats are banded and marked and coloured: for I have seen what Laban has done to you.

13I am the God of Beth-el, where you put oil on the pillar and took an oath to me: now then, come out of this land and go back to the country of your birth.

14Then Rachel and Leah said to him in answer, What part or heritage is there for us in our father’s house?

15Are we not as people from a strange country to him? for he took a price for us and now it is all used up.

16For the wealth which God has taken from him is ours and our children’s; so now, whatever God has said to you, do.

17Then Jacob put his wives and his sons on camels;

18And sending on before him all his cattle and his property which he had got together in Paddan-aram, he made ready to go to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan.

19Now Laban had gone to see to the cutting of the wool of his sheep; so Rachel secretly took the images of the gods of her father’s house.

20And Jacob went away secretly, without giving news of his flight to Laban the Aramaean.

21So he went away with all he had, and went across the River in the direction of the hill-country of Gilead.

22And on the third day Laban had news of Jacob’s flight.

23And taking the men of his family with him, he went after him for seven days and overtook him in the hill-country of Gilead.

24Then God came to Laban in a dream by night, and said to him, Take care that you say nothing good or bad to Jacob.

25Now when Laban overtook him, Jacob had put up his tent in the hill-country; and Laban and his brothers put up their tents in the hill-country of Gilead.

26And Laban said to Jacob, Why did you go away secretly, taking my daughters away like prisoners of war?

27Why did you make a secret of your flight, not giving me word of it, so that I might have sent you away with joy and songs, with melody and music?

28You did not even let me give a kiss to my sons and my daughters. This was a foolish thing to do.

29It is in my power to do you damage: but the God of your father came to me this night, saying, Take care that you say nothing good or bad to Jacob.

30And now, it seems, you are going because your heart’s desire is for your father’s house; but why have you taken my gods?

31And Jacob, in answer, said to Laban, My fear was that you might take your daughters from me by force.

32As for your gods, if anyone of us has them, let him be put to death: make search before us all for what is yours, and take it. For Jacob had no knowledge that Rachel had taken them.

33So Laban went into Jacob’s tent and into Leah’s tent, and into the tents of the two servant-women, but they were not there; and he came out of Leah’s tent and went into Rachel’s.

34Now Rachel had taken the images, and had put them in the camels’ basket, and was seated on them. And Laban, searching through all the tent, did not come across them.

35And she said to her father, Let not my lord be angry because I do not get up before you, for I am in the common condition of women. And with all his searching, he did not come across the images.

36Then Jacob was angry with Laban, and said, What crime or sin have I done that you have come after me with such passion?

37Now that you have made search through all my goods, what have you seen which is yours? Make it clear now before my people and your people, so that they may be judges between us.

38These twenty years I have been with you; your sheep and your goats have had young without loss, not one of your he-goats have I taken for food.

39Anything which was wounded by beasts I did not take to you, but myself made up for the loss of it; you made me responsible for whatever was taken by thieves, by day or by night.

40This was my condition, wasted by heat in the day and by the bitter cold at night; and sleep went from my eyes.

41These twenty years I have been in your house; I was your servant for fourteen years because of your daughters, and for six years I kept your flock, and ten times was my payment changed.

42If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been with me, you would have sent me away with nothing in my hands. But God has seen my troubles and the work of my hands, and this night he kept you back.

43Then Laban, answering, said, These women are my daughters and these children my children, the flocks and all you see are mine: what now may I do for my daughters and for their children?

44Come, let us make an agreement, you and I; and let it be for a witness between us.

45Then Jacob took a stone and put it up as a pillar.

46And Jacob said to his people, Get stones together; and they did so; and they had a meal there by the stones.

47And the name Laban gave it was Jegar-sahadutha: but Jacob gave it the name of Galeed.

48And Laban said, These stones are a witness between you and me today. For this reason its name was Galeed,

49And Mizpah, for he said, May the Lord keep watch on us when we are unable to see one another’s doings.

50If you are cruel to my daughters, or if you take other wives in addition to my daughters, then though no man is there to see, God will be the witness between us.

51And Laban said, See these stones and this pillar which I have put between you and me;

52They will be witness that I will not go over these stones to you, and you will not go over these stones or this pillar to me, for any evil purpose.

53May the God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, be our judge. Then Jacob took an oath by the Fear of his father Isaac.

54And Jacob made an offering on the mountain, and gave orders to his people to take food: so they had a meal and took their rest that night on the mountain.

55And early in the morning Laban, after kissing and blessing his daughters, went on his way back to his country.

Psalms 24

A Psalm. Of David.

1 The earth is the Lord’s, with all its wealth; the world and all the people living in it.

2For by him it was based on the seas, and made strong on the deep rivers.

3Who may go up into the hill of the Lord? and who may come into his holy place?

4He who has clean hands and a true heart; whose desire has not gone out to foolish things, who has not taken a false oath.

5He will have blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

6This is the generation of those whose hearts are turned to you, even to your face, O God of Jacob. (Selah.)

7Let your heads be lifted up, O doors; be lifted up, O you eternal doors: that the King of glory may come in.

8Who is the King of glory? The Lord of strength and power, the Lord strong in war.

9Let your heads be lifted up, O doors; let them be lifted up, O you eternal doors: that the King of glory may come in.

10Who is the King of glory? The Lord of armies, he is the King of glory. (Selah.)

Luke 18:18-43

18And a certain ruler put a question to him, saying, Good Master, what have I to do so that I may have eternal life?

19And Jesus said to him, Why do you say that I am good? No one is good, but only God.

20You have knowledge of what the law says: Do not be untrue to your wife, Do not put anyone to death, Do not take what is not yours, Do not give false witness, Give honour to your father and mother.

21And he said, All these things I have done from the time when I was a boy.

22And Jesus, hearing it, said to him, One thing you still have need of; get money for your goods, and give it away to the poor, and you will have wealth in heaven; and come after me.

23But at these words he became very sad, for he had great wealth.

24And Jesus, looking at him, said, How hard it is for those who have wealth to get into the kingdom of God!

25It is simpler for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a man who has much money to come into the kingdom of God.

26And those who were present said, Then who may have salvation?

27But he said, Things which are not possible with man are possible with God.

28And Peter said, See, we have given up what is ours to come after you.

29And he said to them, Truly I say to you, There is no man who has given up house or wife or brothers or father or mother or children, because of the kingdom of God,

30Who will not get much more in this time, and in the world to come, eternal life.

31And he took with him the twelve and said to them, Now we are going up to Jerusalem, and all the things which were said by the prophets will be done to the Son of man.

32For he will be given up to the Gentiles, and will be made sport of and put to shame:

33And he will be given cruel blows and put to death, and on the third day he will come back to life.

34But they did not take in the sense of any of these words, and what he said was not clear to them, and their minds were not able to see it.

35And it came about that when he got near Jericho, a certain blind man was seated by the side of the road, making requests for money from those who went by.

36And hearing the sound of a great number of people going by, he said, What is this?

37And they said to him, Jesus of Nazareth is going by.

38And he said in a loud voice, Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.

39And those who were in front made protests and said to him, Be quiet: but he said all the more, O Son of David, have mercy on me.

40And Jesus, stopping, gave orders that he was to come to him, and when he came near, he said to him,

41What would you have me do for you? And he said, Lord, that I may be able to see again.

42And Jesus said, See again: your faith has made you well.

43And straight away he was able to see, and he went after him, giving glory to God; and all the people when they saw it gave praise to God.

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