January 28

Genesis 37

1Now Jacob was living in the land where his father had made a place for himself, in the land of Canaan.

2These are the generations of Jacob: Joseph, a boy seventeen years old, was looking after the flock, together with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph gave their father a bad account of them.

3Now the love which Israel had for Joseph was greater than his love for all his other children, because he got him when he was an old man: and he had a long coat made for him.

4And because his brothers saw that Joseph was dearer to his father than all the others, they were full of hate for him, and would not say a kind word to him.

5Now Joseph had a dream, and he gave his brothers an account of it, which made their hate greater than ever.

6And he said to them, Let me give you the story of my dream.

7We were in the field, getting the grain stems together, and my grain kept upright, and yours came round and went down on the earth before mine.

8And his brothers said to him, Are you to be our king? will you have authority over us? And because of his dream and his words, their hate for him became greater than ever.

9Then he had another dream, and gave his brothers an account of it, saying, I have had another dream: the sun and the moon and eleven stars gave honour to me.

10And he gave word of it to his father and his brothers; but his father protesting said, What sort of a dream is this? am I and your mother and your brothers to go down on our faces to the earth before you?

11And his brothers were full of envy; but his father kept his words in mind.

12Now his brothers went to keep watch over their father’s flock in Shechem.

13And Israel said to Joseph, Are not your brothers with the flock in Shechem? come, I will send you to them. And he said to him, Here am I.

14And he said to him, Go now, and see if your brothers are well and how the flock is; then come back and give me word. So he sent him out of the valley of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.

15And a man saw him wandering in the country, and said to him, What are you looking for?

16And he said, I am looking for my brothers; please give me word of where they are keeping their flock.

17And the man said, They have gone away from here, for they said in my hearing, Let us go to Dothan. So Joseph went after them and came up with them at Dothan.

18But they saw him when he was a long way off, and before he came near them they made a secret design against him to put him to death;

19Saying to one another, See, here comes this dreamer.

20Let us now put him to death and put his body into one of these holes, and we will say, An evil beast has put him to death: then we will see what becomes of his dreams.

21But Reuben, hearing these words, got him out of their hands, saying, Let us not take his life.

22Do not put him to a violent death, but let him be placed in one of the holes; this he said to keep him safe from their hands, with the purpose of taking him back to his father again.

23So when Joseph came to his brothers, they took off his long coat which he had on;

24And they took him and put him in the hole: now the hole had no water in it.

25Then seating themselves, they took their meal: and looking up, they saw a travelling band of Ishmaelites, coming from Gilead on their way to Egypt, with spices and perfumes on their camels.

26And Judah said to his brothers, What profit is there in putting our brother to death and covering up his blood?

27Let us give him to these Ishmaelites for a price, and let us not put violent hands on him, for he is our brother, our flesh. And his brothers gave ear to him.

28And some traders from Midian went by; so pulling Joseph up out of the hole, they gave him to the Ishmaelites for twenty bits of silver, and they took him to Egypt.

29Now when Reuben came back to the hole, Joseph was not there; and giving signs of grief,

30He went back to his brothers, and said, The child is gone; what am I to do?

31Then they took Joseph’s coat, and put on it some of the blood from a young goat which they had put to death,

32And they took the coat to their father, and said, We came across this; is it your son’s coat or not?

33And he saw that it was, and said, It is my son’s coat; an evil beast has put him to death; without doubt Joseph has come to a cruel end.

34Then Jacob, giving signs of grief, put on haircloth, and went on weeping for his son day after day.

35And all his sons and all his daughters came to give him comfort, but he would not be comforted, saying with weeping, I will go down to the underworld to my son. So great was his father’s sorrow for him.

36And in Egypt the men of Midian gave him for a price to Potiphar, a captain of high position in Pharaoh’s house.

Psalms 28

Of David.

1 My cry goes up to you, O Lord, my Rock; do not keep back your answer from me, so that I may not become like those who go down into the underworld.

2Give ear to the voice of my prayer, when I am crying to you, when my hands are lifted up to your holy place.

3Do not take me away with the sinners and the workers of evil, who say words of peace to their neighbours, but evil is in their hearts.

4Give them the right reward of their acts, and of their evil doings: give them punishment for the works of their hands, let them have their full reward.

5Because they have no respect for the works of the Lord, or for the things which his hands have made, they will be broken down and not lifted up by him.

6May the Lord be praised, because he has given ear to the voice of my prayer.

7The Lord is my strength and my breastplate, my heart had faith in him and I am helped; for this cause my heart is full of rapture, and I will give him praise in my song.

8The Lord is their strength, and a strong place of salvation for his king.

9Be a saviour to your people, and send a blessing on your heritage: be their guide, and let them be lifted up for ever.

Luke 20:27-47

27And some of the Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no coming back from the dead; and they said to him,

28Master, Moses said that if a man’s brother comes to his end, having a wife, but no children, his brother is to take the wife, and get a family for his brother.

29Now there were seven brothers, and the first had a wife and came to his end, having no children;

30And the second;

31And the third took her; and in the same way, all the seven, without having any children, came to their end.

32And last of all, the woman came to her end.

33When they come back from the dead, whose wife will she be? for all the seven had her.

34And Jesus said to them, The sons of this world are married and have wives;

35But those to whom is given the reward of the world to come, and to come back from the dead, have no wives, and are not married;

36And death has no more power over them, for they are equal to the angels, and are sons of God, being of those who will come back from the dead.

37But even Moses made it clear that the dead come back to life, saying, in the story of the burning thorn-tree, The Lord, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.

38Now he is not the God of the dead but of the living: for all men are living to him.

39And some of the scribes, in answer to this, said, Master, you have said well.

40And they had fear of putting any more questions to him.

41And he said to them, Why do they say that the Christ is the son of David?

42For David himself says in the book of Psalms, The Lord said to my Lord, Take your seat at my right hand,

43Till I put under your feet all those who are against you.

44David then gives him the name of Lord, so how is it possible for him to be his son?

45And in the hearing of all the people he said to his disciples,

46Keep away from the scribes, whose pleasure it is to go about in long robes, and to have words of respect said to them in the market-places, and to take the chief seats in the Synagogues and the first places at feasts;

47Who take the property of widows and before the eyes of men make long prayers; they will get a greater punishment.

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