January 30

Genesis 39

1Now Joseph was taken down to Egypt; and Potiphar the Egyptian, a captain of high position in Pharaoh’s house, got him for a price from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there.

2And the Lord was with Joseph, and he did well; and he was living in the house of his master the Egyptian.

3And his master saw that the Lord was with him, making everything he did go well.

4And having a high opinion of Joseph as his servant, he made him the overseer of his house and gave him control over all he had.

5And from the time when he made him overseer and gave him control of all his property, the blessing of the Lord was with the Egyptian, because of Joseph; the blessing of the Lord was on all he had, in the house and in the field.

6And he gave Joseph control of all his property, keeping no account of anything, but only the food which was put before him. Now Joseph was very beautiful in form and face.

7And after a time, his master’s wife, looking on Joseph with desire, said to him, Be my lover.

8But he would not, and said to her, You see that my master keeps no account of what I do in his house, and has put all his property in my control;

9So that no one has more authority in this house than I have; he has kept nothing back from me but you, because you are his wife; how then may I do this great wrong, sinning against God?

10And day after day she went on requesting Joseph to come to her and be her lover, but he would not give ear to her.

11Now one day he went into the house to do his work; and not one of the men of the house was inside.

12And pulling at his coat, she said, Come to my bed; but slipping out of his coat, he went running away.

13And when she saw that he had got away, letting her keep his coat,

14She sent for the men of her house and said to them, See, he has let a Hebrew come here and make sport of us; he came to my bed, and I gave a loud cry;

15And hearing it he went running out without his coat.

16And she kept his coat by her, till his master came back.

17Then she gave him the same story, saying, The Hebrew servant whom you have taken into our house came in to make sport of me;

18And when I gave a loud cry he went running out without his coat.

19And hearing his wife’s account of what his servant had done, he became very angry.

20And Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, in the place where the king’s prisoners were kept in chains, and he was there in the prison-house.

21But the Lord was with Joseph, and was good to him, and made the keeper of the prison his friend.

22And the keeper of the prison put all the prisoners under Joseph’s control, and he was responsible for whatever was done there.

23And the keeper of the prison gave no attention to anything which was under his care, because the Lord was with him; and the Lord made everything he did go well.

Psalms 30

A Psalm. A Song at the blessing of the House. Of David.

1 I will give you praise and honour, O Lord, because through you I have been lifted up; you have not given my haters cause to be glad over me.

2O Lord my God, I sent up my cry to you, and you have made me well.

3O Lord, you have made my soul come again from the underworld: you have given me life and kept me from going down among the dead.

4Make songs to the Lord, O you saints of his, and give praise to his holy name.

5For his wrath is only for a minute; in his grace there is life; weeping may be for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

6When things went well for me I said, I will never be moved.

7Lord, by your grace you have kept my mountain strong: when your face was turned from me I was troubled.

8My voice went up to you, O Lord; I made my prayer to the Lord.

9What profit is there in my blood if I go down into the underworld? will the dust give you praise, or be a witness to your help?

10Give ear to me, O Lord, and have mercy on me: Lord, be my helper.

11By you my sorrow is turned into dancing; you have taken away my clothing of grief, and given me robes of joy;

12So that my glory may make songs of praise to you and not be quiet. O Lord my God, I will give you praise for ever.

Luke 22:1-38

1Now the feast of unleavened bread was near, which is called the Passover.

2And the chief priests and the scribes were looking for a chance to put him to death, but they went in fear of the people.

3And Satan came into Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve.

4And he went away and had a discussion with the chief priests and the rulers, about how he might give him up to them.

5And they were glad, and undertook to give him money.

6And he made an agreement with them to give him up to them, if he got a chance, when the people were not present.

7And the day of unleavened bread came, when the Passover lamb is put to death.

8And Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, Go and make the Passover ready for us, so that we may take it.

9And they said to him, Where are we to get it ready?

10And he said to them, When you go into the town you will see a man coming to you with a vessel of water; go after him into the house into which he goes.

11And say to the master of the house, The Master says, Where is the guest-room, where I may take the Passover with my disciples?

12And he will take you up to a great room with a table and seats: there make ready.

13And they went, and it was as he had said: and they made the Passover ready.

14And when the time had come, he took his seat, and the Apostles with him.

15And he said, I have had a great desire to keep this Passover with you before I come to my death;

16For I say to you, I will not take it till it is made complete in the kingdom of God.

17And he took a cup and, having given praise, he said, Make division of this among yourselves;

18For I say to you, I will not take of the fruit of the vine till the kingdom of God has come.

19And he took bread and, having given praise, he gave it to them when it had been broken, saying, This is my body, which is given for you: do this in memory of me.

20And in the same way, after the meal, he took the cup, saying, This cup is the new testament, made with my blood which is given for you.

21But the hand of him who is false to me is with me at the table.

22For it will be done to the Son of man after the purpose of God, but unhappy is that man by whom he is given up.

23And they were wondering among themselves which of them it was who would do this thing.

24And there was an argument among them about which of them was the greatest.

25And he said, The kings of the Gentiles are lords over them, and those who have authority are given names of honour.

26But let it not be so with you; but he who is greater, let him become like the younger; and he who is chief, like a servant.

27For which is greater, the guest who is seated at a meal or the servant who is waiting on him? is it not the guest? but I am among you as a servant.

28But you are those who have kept with me through my troubles;

29And I will give you a kingdom as my Father has given one to me,

30So that you may take food and drink at my table in my kingdom, and be seated like kings, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

31Simon, Simon, Satan has made a request to have you, so that he may put you to the test as grain is tested:

32But I have made prayer for you, that your faith may not go from you: and when you are turned again, make your brothers strong.

33And he said to him, Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.

34And he said, I say to you, Peter, before the cock’s second cry today, you will say three times that you have no knowledge of me.

35And he said to them, When I sent you out without money or bag or shoes, were you in need of anything? And they said, Nothing.

36And he said to them, But now, he who has a money-bag, or a bag for food, let him take it: and he who has not, let him give his coat for money and get a sword.

37For I say to you that these words will be put into effect in me, And he was numbered among the evil-doers: for what has been said in the Writings about me has an end.

38And they said, Lord, here are two swords. And he said, It is enough.

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