January 31

Genesis 40

1Now after these things the chief servant who had the care of the wine, and the chief bread-maker in Pharaoh’s house, did something against Pharaoh’s orders;

2And Pharaoh was angry with his two servants, with the chief wine-servant and the chief bread-maker;

3And he put them in prison under the care of the captain of the army, in the same prison where Joseph himself was shut up.

4And the captain put them in Joseph’s care, and he did what was needed for them; and they were kept in prison for some time.

5And these two had a dream on the same night; the chief wine-servant and the chief bread-maker of the king of Egypt, who were in prison, the two of them had dreams with a special sense.

6And in the morning when Joseph came to them he saw that they were looking sad.

7And he said to the servants of Pharaoh who were in prison with him, Why are you looking so sad?

8Then they said to him, We have had a dream, and no one is able to give us the sense. And Joseph said, Does not the sense of dreams come from God? what was your dream?

9Then the chief wine-servant gave Joseph an account of his dream, and said, In my dream I saw a vine before me;

10And on the vine were three branches; and it seemed as if it put out buds and flowers, and from them came grapes ready for cutting.

11And Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes and crushing them into Pharaoh’s cup, gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand.

12Then Joseph said, This is the sense of your dream: the three branches are three days;

13After three days Pharaoh will give you honour, and put you back into your place, and you will give him his cup as you did before, when you were his wine-servant.

14But keep me in mind when things go well for you, and be good to me and say a good word for me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison:

15For truly I was taken by force from the land of the Hebrews; and I have done nothing for which I might be put in prison.

16Now when the chief bread-maker saw that the first dream had a good sense, he said to Joseph, I had a dream; and in my dream there were three baskets of white bread on my head;

17And in the top basket were all sorts of cooked meats for Pharaoh; and the birds were taking them out of the baskets on my head.

18Then Joseph said, This is the sense of your dream: the three baskets are three days;

19After three days Pharaoh will take you out of prison, hanging you on a tree, so that your flesh will be food for birds.

20Now the third day was Pharaoh’s birthday, and he gave a feast for all his servants; and he gave honour to the chief wine-servant and the chief bread-maker among the others.

21And he put the chief wine-servant back in his old place; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand.

22But the chief bread-maker was put to death by hanging, as Joseph had said.

23But the wine-servant did not keep Joseph in mind or give a thought to him.

Psalms 31

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

1 In you, O Lord, have I put my hope; let me never be shamed; keep me safe in your righteousness.

2Let your ear be turned to me; take me quickly out of danger; be my strong Rock, my place of strength where I may be safe.

3For you are my Rock and my strong tower; go in front of me and be my guide, because of your name.

4Take me out of the net which they have put ready for me secretly; for you are my strength.

5Into your hands I give my spirit; you are my saviour, O Lord God for ever true.

6I am full of hate for those who go after false gods; but my hope is in the Lord.

7I will be glad and have delight in your mercy; because you have seen my trouble; you have had pity on my soul in its sorrows;

8And you have not given me into the hand of my hater; you have put my feet in a wide place.

9Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; my eyes are wasted with grief, I am wasted in soul and body.

10My life goes on in sorrow, and my years in weeping; my strength is almost gone because of my sin, and my bones are wasted away.

11Because of all those who are against me, I have become a word of shame to my neighbours; a cause of shaking the head and a fear to my friends: those who saw me in the street went in flight from me.

12I have gone from men’s minds and memory like a dead man; I am like a broken vessel.

13False statements against me have come to my ears; fear was on every side: they were talking together against me, designing to take away my life.

14But I had faith in you, O Lord; I said, You are my God.

15The chances of my life are in your hand; take me out of the hands of my haters, and of those who go after me.

16Let your servant see the light of your face; in your mercy be my saviour.

17Let me not be shamed, O Lord, for I have made my prayer to you; let the sinners be shamed, and let their mouths be shut in the underworld.

18Let the false lips be shut, which say evil against the upright, looking down on him in their pride.

19O how great is your grace, which you have put in store for your worshippers, and which you have made clear to those who had faith in you, before the sons of men!

20You will keep them safe in your house from the designs of man; in the secret of your tent will you keep them from angry tongues.

21May the Lord be praised, because he has made clear to me the wonder of his grace in a strong town.

22And as for me, I said in my fear, I am cut off from before your eyes; but you gave ear to the voice of my prayer, when my cry went up to you.

23O have love for the Lord, all you his saints; for the Lord keeps safe from danger all those who are true to him, and gives the workers of pride their right reward.

24Put away fear and let your heart be strong, all you whose hope is in the Lord.

Luke 22:39-71

39And he came out, and went, as his way was, to the Mountain of Olives, and the disciples went with him.

40And when he came to the place, he said to them, Make a prayer that you may not be put to the test.

41And he went a little distance away from them and, falling on his knees in prayer, he said,

42Father, if it is your pleasure, take this cup from me: but still, let your pleasure, not mine, be done.

43And an angel from heaven came to him, to give him strength.

44And being in great trouble of soul, the force of his prayer became stronger, and great drops, like blood, came from him, falling to the earth.

45And, getting up from prayer, he came to the disciples, and saw that they were sleeping for sorrow.

46And he said, Why are you sleeping? Get up, and give yourselves to prayer, so that you may not be put to the test.

47And while he was saying these words, there came a band of people, and Judas, one of the twelve, was in front of them, and he came near to Jesus to give him a kiss.

48But Jesus said to him, Judas, will you be false to the Son of man with a kiss?

49And when those who were with him saw what was coming, they said, Lord, may we not make use of our swords?

50And one of them gave a blow to the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear.

51But Jesus, answering, said, Put up with this, at least. And touching his ear, he made it well.

52And Jesus said to the chief priests and the captains of the Temple and the rulers, who had come against him, Have you come out as against a thief, with swords and sticks?

53When I was in the Temple with you every day, your hands were not stretched out against me: but this is your hour, and the authority of the dark power.

54And they made him a prisoner and took him away to the house of the high priest. But Peter went after them at a distance.

55And a fire was lighted in the middle of the open square, and they were seated together, and Peter was among them.

56And a certain woman-servant, seeing him in the light of the fire, and looking at him with attention, said, This man was with him.

57But he said, Woman, it is not true; I have no knowledge of him.

58And after a little time, another saw him and said, You are one of them; and he said, Man, I am not.

59And after about an hour, another man said, with decision, Certainly this man was with him, for he is a Galilaean.

60And Peter said, Man, I have no knowledge of these things of which you are talking. And straight away, while he was saying these words, there came the cry of a cock.

61And the Lord, turning, gave Peter a look. And the words of the Lord came to Peter’s mind, how he had said, This night, before the hour of the cock’s cry, you will be false to me three times.

62And he went out, weeping bitterly.

63And the men in whose hands Jesus was, made sport of him and gave him blows.

64And, covering his eyes, they said to him, Are you prophet enough to say who gave you that blow?

65And they said a number of other evil things against him.

66And when it was day, the rulers of the people came together, with the chief priests and the scribes, and they took him before their Sanhedrin, saying,

67If you are the Christ, say so. But he said, If I say so you will not have belief;

68And if I put a question to you, you will not give an answer.

69But in the future the Son of man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.

70And they all said, Are you then the Son of God? and he said, You say that I am.

71And they said, What more need have we of witness? we have the very words of his mouth.

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