January 26

Genesis 34

1Now Dinah, the daughter whom Leah had by Jacob, went out to see the women of that country.

2And when Shechem, the son of Hamor the Hivite who was the chief of that land, saw her, he took her by force and had connection with her.

3Then his heart went out in love to Dinah, the daughter of Jacob, and he said comforting words to her.

4And Shechem said to Hamor, his father, Get me this girl for my wife.

5Now Jacob had word of what Shechem had done to his daughter; but his sons were in the fields with the cattle, and Jacob said nothing till they came.

6Then Hamor, the father of Shechem, came out to have a talk with Jacob.

7Now the sons of Jacob came in from the fields when they had news of it, and they were wounded and very angry because of the shame he had done in Israel by having connection with Jacob’s daughter; and they said, Such a thing is not to be done.

8But Hamor said to them, Shechem, my son, is full of desire for your daughter: will you then give her to him for a wife?

9And let our two peoples be joined together; give your daughters to us, and take our daughters for yourselves.

10Go on living with us, and the country will be open to you; do trade and get property there.

11And Shechem said to her father and her brothers, If you will give ear to my request, whatever you say I will give to you.

12However great you make the bride-price and payment, I will give it; only let me have the girl for my wife.

13But the sons of Jacob gave a false answer to Shechem and Hamor his father, because of what had been done to Dinah their sister.

14And they said, It is not possible for us to give our sister to one who is without circumcision, for that would be a cause of shame to us:

15But on this condition only will we come to an agreement with you: if every male among you becomes like us and undergoes circumcision;

16Then we will give our daughters to you and take your daughters to us and go on living with you as one people.

17But if you will not undergo circumcision as we say, then we will take our daughter and go.

18And their words were pleasing to Hamor and his son Shechem.

19And without loss of time the young man did as they said, because he had delight in Jacob’s daughter, and he was the noblest of his father’s house.

20Then Hamor and Shechem, his son, went to the meeting-place of their town, and said to the men of the town,

21It is the desire of these men to be at peace with us; let them then go on living in this country and doing trade here, for the country is wide open before them; let us take their daughters as wives and let us give them our daughters.

22But these men will make an agreement with us to go on living with us and to become one people, only on the condition that every male among us undergoes circumcision as they have done.

23Then will not their cattle and their goods and all their beasts be ours? so let us come to an agreement with them so that they may go on living with us.

24Then all the men of the town gave ear to the words of Hamor and Shechem his son; and every male in the town underwent circumcision.

25But on the third day after, before the wounds were well, two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, took their swords and came into the town by surprise and put all the males to death.

26And Hamor and his son they put to death with the sword, and they took Dinah from Shechem’s house and went away.

27And the sons of Jacob came on them when they were wounded and made waste the town because of what had been done to their sister;

28They took their flocks and their herds and their asses and everything in their town and in their fields,

29And all their wealth and all their little ones and their wives; everything in their houses they took and made them waste.

30And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, You have made trouble for me and given me a bad name among the people of this country, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites: and because we are small in number they will come together against me and make war on me; and it will be the end of me and all my people.

31But they said, Were we to let him make use of our sister as a loose woman?

Psalms 26

Of David.

1 O Lord, be my judge, for my behaviour has been upright: I have put my faith in the Lord, I am not in danger of slipping.

2Put me in the scales, O Lord, so that I may be tested; let the fire make clean my thoughts and my heart.

3For your mercy is before my eyes; and I have gone in the way of your good faith.

4I have not taken my seat with foolish persons, and I do not go with false men.

5I have been a hater of the band of wrongdoers, and I will not be seated among sinners.

6I will make my hands clean from sin; so will I go round your altar, O Lord;

7That I may give out the voice of praise, and make public all the wonders which you have done.

8Lord, your house has been dear to me, and the resting-place of your glory.

9Let not my soul be numbered among sinners, or my life among men of blood;

10In whose hands are evil designs, and whose right hands take money for judging falsely.

11But as for me, I will go on in my upright ways: be my saviour, and have mercy on me.

12I have a safe resting-place for my feet; I will give praise to the Lord in the meetings of the people.

Luke 19:28-48

28And when he had said this, he went on in front of them, going up to Jerusalem.

29And it came about that when he got near Beth-phage and Bethany by the mountain which is named the Mountain of Olives, he sent two of the disciples,

30Saying, Go into the little town in front of you, and on going in you will see a young ass fixed with a cord, on which no man has ever been seated; let him loose and take him.

31And if anyone says to you, Why are you taking him? say, The Lord has need of him.

32And those whom he sent went away, and it was as he said.

33And when they were getting the young ass, the owners of it said to them, Why are you taking the young ass?

34And they said, The Lord has need of him.

35And they took him to Jesus, and they put their clothing on the ass, and Jesus got on to him.

36And while he went on his way they put their clothing down on the road in front of him.

37And when he came near the foot of the Mountain of Olives, all the disciples with loud voices gave praise to God with joy, because of all the great works which they had seen;

38Saying, A blessing on the King who comes in the name of the Lord; peace in heaven and glory in the highest.

39And some of the Pharisees among the people said to him, Master, make your disciples be quiet.

40And he said in answer, I say to you, if these men keep quiet, the very stones will be crying out.

41And when he got near and saw the town, he was overcome with weeping for it,

42Saying, If you, even you, had knowledge today, of the things which give peace! but you are not able to see them.

43For the time will come when your attackers will put a wall round you, and come all round you and keep you in on every side,

44And will make you level with the earth, and your children with you; and there will not be one stone resting on another in you, because you did not see that it was your day of mercy.

45And he went into the Temple and put out those who were trading there,

46Saying to them, It has been said, My house is to be a house of prayer, but you have made it a hole of thieves.

47And every day he was teaching in the Temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the rulers of the people were attempting to put him to death;

48But they were not able to do anything, because the people all kept near him, being greatly interested in his words.

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  1. Pingback: Genesis 34. The rape of Dinah | Bummyla

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