February 2

Genesis 42

1Now Jacob, hearing that there was grain in Egypt, said to his sons, Why are you looking at one another?

2And he said, I have had news that there is grain in Egypt: go down there and get grain for us, so that life and not death may be ours.

3So Joseph’s ten brothers went down to get grain from Egypt.

4But Jacob did not send Benjamin, Joseph’s brother, with them, for fear, as he said, that some evil might come to him.

5And the sons of Israel came with all the others to get grain: for they were very short of food in the land of Canaan.

6Now Joseph was ruler over all the land, and it was he who gave out the grain to all the people of the land; and Joseph’s brothers came before him and went down on their faces to the earth.

7And when Joseph saw his brothers, it was clear to him who they were, but he made himself strange to them, and talking roughly to them, said, Where do you come from? And they said, From the land of Canaan, to get food.

8Now though Joseph saw that these were his brothers, they had no idea who he was.

9Then the memory of his dreams about them came back to Joseph, and he said to them, You have come secretly to see how poor the land is.

10And they said to him, Not so, my lord: your servants have come with money to get food.

11We are all one man’s sons, we are true men; we have not come with any secret purpose.

12And he said to them, No, but you have come to see how poor the land is.

13Then they said, We your servants are twelve brothers, sons of one man in the land of Canaan; the youngest of us is now with our father, and one is dead.

14And Joseph said, It is as I said; you have come with some secret purpose;

15But in this way will you be put to the test: by the life of Pharaoh, you will not go away from this place till your youngest brother comes here.

16Send one of your number to get your brother, and the rest of you will be kept in prison, so that your words may be tested to see if you are true; if not, by the life of Pharaoh, your purpose is certainly secret.

17So he put them in prison for three days.

18And on the third day Joseph said to them, Do this, if you would keep your lives: for I am a god-fearing man:

19If you are true men, let one of you be kept in prison, while you go and take grain for the needs of your families;

20And come back to me with your youngest brother, so that your words may be seen to be true, and you will not be put to death. This is what you are to do.

21And they said to one another, Truly, we did wrong to our brother, for we saw his grief of mind, and we did not give ear to his prayers; that is why this trouble has come on us.

22And Reuben said to them, Did I not say to you, Do the child no wrong? but you gave no attention; so now, punishment has come on us for his blood.

23They were not conscious that the sense of their words was clear to Joseph, for he had been talking to them through one who had knowledge of their language.

24And turning away from them, he was overcome with weeping; then he went on talking to them again and took Simeon and put chains on him before their eyes.

25Then Joseph gave orders for their bags to be made full of grain, and for every man’s money to be put back into his bag, and for food to be given them for the journey: which was done.

26Then they put the bags of grain on their asses and went away.

27Now at their night’s resting-place one of them, opening his bag to give his ass some food, saw his money in the mouth of the bag.

28And he said to his brothers, My money has been given back: it is in my bag; then their hearts became full of fear, and turning to one another they said, What is this which God has done to us?

29So when they came to Jacob their father, in the land of Canaan, they gave him an account of all their experiences, saying,

30The man who is the ruler of the country was rough with us and put us in prison, saying that we had come with a secret evil purpose.

31And we said to him, We are true men, we have no evil designs;

32We are twelve brothers, sons of our father; one is dead, and the youngest is now with our father in the land of Canaan.

33And the ruler of the land said, In this way I may be certain that you are true men; let one of you be kept here with me, while you go and take grain for the needs of your families;

34And come back to me with your youngest brother: then I will be certain that you are true men, and I will give your brother back to you and let you do trade in the land.

35And when they took the grain out of their bags, it was seen that every man’s parcel of money was in his bag; and when they and their father saw the money, they were full of fear.

36And Jacob their father said to them, You have taken my children from me: Joseph is gone and Simeon is gone, and now you would take Benjamin away; all these things have come on me.

37And Reuben said, Put my two sons to death if I do not come back to you with him; let him be in my care and I will give him safely back to you.

38And he said, I will not let my son go down with you; for his brother is dead and he is all I have: if evil overtakes him on the journey, then through you will my grey head go down to the underworld in sorrow.

Psalms 33

1Be glad in the Lord, O doers of righteousness; for praise is beautiful for the upright.

2Give praise to the Lord on the corded instrument; make melody to him with instruments of music.

3Make a new song to him; playing expertly with a loud noise.

4For the word of the Lord is upright, and all his works are certain.

5His delight is in righteousness and wisdom; the earth is full of the mercy of the Lord.

6By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the army of heaven by the breath of his mouth.

7He makes the waters of the sea come together in a mass; he keeps the deep seas in store-houses.

8Let the earth be full of the fear of the Lord; let all the people of the world be in holy fear of him.

9For he gave the word, and it was done; by his order it was fixed for ever.

10The Lord undoes the designs of the nations; he makes the thoughts of the peoples without effect.

11The Lord’s purpose is eternal, the designs of his heart go on through all the generations of man.

12Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he has taken for his heritage.

13The Lord is looking down from heaven; he sees all the sons of men;

14From his house he keeps watch on all who are living on the earth;

15He makes all their hearts; their works are clear to him.

16A king’s salvation is not in the power of his army; a strong man does not get free by his great strength.

17A horse is a false hope; his great power will not make any man free from danger.

18See, the eye of the Lord is on those in whose hearts is the fear of him, on those whose hope is in his mercy;

19To keep their souls from death; and to keep them living in time of need.

20Our souls are waiting for the Lord; he is our help and our salvation.

21For in him our hearts have joy; in his holy name is our hope.

22Let your mercy be on us, O Lord, as we are waiting for you.

Luke 23:26-56

26And while they were taking him away, they put their hands on Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and made him take the cross after Jesus.

27And a great band of people went after him, and of women making signs of grief and weeping for him.

28But Jesus, turning to them, said, Daughters of Jerusalem, let not your weeping be for me, but for yourselves and for your children.

29For the days are coming in which they will say, Happy are those who have had no children, whose bodies have never given birth, whose breasts have never given milk.

30And they will say to the mountains, Come down on us, and to the hills, Be a cover over us.

31For if they do these things when the tree is green, what will they do when it is dry?

32And two others, evil-doers, were taken with him to be put to death.

33And when they came to the place which is named Golgotha, they put him on the cross, and the evil-doers, one on the right side, and the other on the left.

34And Jesus said, Father, let them have forgiveness, for they have no knowledge of what they are doing. And they made division of his clothing among them by the decision of chance.

35And the people were looking on. And the rulers made sport of him, saying, He was a saviour of others; let him do something for himself, if he is the Christ, the man of God’s selection.

36And the men of the army made sport of him, coming to him and giving him bitter wine,

37And saying, If you are the King of the Jews, get yourself free.

38And these words were put in writing over him, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

39And one of the evil-doers on the cross, with bitter feeling, said to him, Are you not the Christ? Get yourself and us out of this.

40But the other, protesting, said, Have you no fear of God? for you have a part in the same punishment,

41And with reason; for we have the right reward of our acts, but this man has done nothing wrong.

42And he said, Jesus, keep me in mind when you come in your kingdom.

43And he said to him, Truly I say to you, Today you will be with me in Paradise.

44And it was now about the sixth hour; and all the land was dark till the ninth hour;

45The light of the sun went out, and the curtain in the Temple was parted in two.

46And Jesus gave a loud cry and said, Father, into your hands I give my spirit: and when he had said this, he gave up his spirit.

47And when the captain saw what was done, he gave praise to God, saying, Without doubt this was an upright man.

48And all the people who had come together to see it, when they saw the things which were done, went back again making signs of grief.

49And all his friends and the women who came with him from Galilee, were waiting at a distance, watching these things.

50Now there was a man named Joseph, a man of authority and a good and upright man

51(He had not given his approval to their decision or their acts), of Arimathaea, a town of the Jews, who was waiting for the kingdom of God:

52This man went to Pilate and made a request for the body of Jesus.

53And he took it down, and folding it in a linen cloth, he put it in a place cut in the rock for a dead body; and no one had ever been put in it.

54Now it was the day of making ready and the Sabbath was coming on.

55And the women who had come with him from Galilee went after him and saw the place and how his body had been put to rest;

56And they went back and got ready spices and perfumes; and on the Sabbath they took their rest, in agreement with the law.


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