February 3

Genesis 43

1Now the land was in bitter need of food.

2And when the grain which they had got in Egypt was all used up, their father said to them, Go again and get us a little food.

3And Judah said to him, The man said to us with an oath, You are not to come before me again without your brother.

4If you will let our brother go with us, we will go down and get food:

5But if you will not send him, we will not go down: for the man said to us, You are not to come before me if your brother is not with you.

6And Israel said, Why were you so cruel to me as to say to him that you had a brother?

7And they said, The man put a number of questions to us about ourselves and our family, saying, Is your father still living? have you another brother? And we had to give him answers; how were we to have any idea that he would say, Come back with your brother?

8Then Judah said to Israel, his father, Send the boy with me, and let us be up and going, so that we and you and our little ones may not come to destruction.

9Put him into my care and make me responsible for him: if I do not give him safely back to you, let mine be the sin for ever.

10Truly, if we had not let the time go by, we might have come back again by now.

11Then their father Israel said to them, If it has to be so, then do this: take of the best fruits of the land in your vessels to give the man, perfumes and honey and spices and nuts:

12And take twice as much money with you; that is to say, take back the money which was put in your bags, for it may have been an error;

13And take your brother and go back to the man:

14And may God, the Ruler of all, give you mercy before the man, so that he may give you back your other brother and Benjamin. If my children are to be taken from me; there is no help for it.

15So they took what their father said for the man, and twice as much money in their hands, and Benjamin, and went on their journey to Egypt, and came before Joseph.

16And when Joseph saw Benjamin, he said to his chief servant, Take these men into my house, and make ready a meal, for they will take food with me in the middle of the day.

17And the servant did as Joseph said, and took the men into Joseph’s house.

18Now the men were full of fear because they had been taken into Joseph’s house and they said, It is because of the money which was put back in our bags the first time; he is looking for something against us, so that he may come down on us and take us and our asses for his use.

19So they went up to Joseph’s chief servant at the door of the house,

20And said, O my lord, we only came down the first time to get food;

21And when we came to our night’s resting-place, on opening our bags we saw that every man’s money was in the mouth of his bag, all our money in full weight: and we have it with us to give it back;

22As well as more money, with which to get food: we have no idea who put our money in our bags.

23Then the servant said, Peace be with you: have no fear: your God, even the God of your father, has put wealth in your bags for you: I had your money. Then he let Simeon come out to them.

24And the servant took them into Joseph’s house, and gave them water for washing their feet; and he gave their asses food.

25And they got ready the things for Joseph before he came in the middle of the day: for word was given to them that they were to have a meal there.

26And when Joseph came in, they gave him the things which they had for him, and went down to the earth before him.

27And he said, How are you? is your father well, the old man of whom you were talking to me? is he still living?

28And they said, Your servant, our father, is well, he is still living. And they went down on their faces before him.

29Then, lifting up his eyes, he saw Benjamin, his brother, his mother’s son, and he said, Is this your youngest brother of whom you gave me word? And he said, God be good to you, my son.

30Then Joseph’s heart went out to his brother, and he went quickly into his room, for he was overcome with weeping.

31Then, after washing his face, he came out, and controlling his feelings said, Put food before us.

32And they put a meal ready for him by himself, and for them by themselves, and for the Egyptians who were with him by themselves; because the Egyptians may not take food with the Hebrews, for that would make them unclean.

33And they were all given their seats before him in order of birth, from the oldest to the youngest: so that they were looking at one another in wonder.

34And Joseph sent food to them from his table, but he sent five times as much to Benjamin as to any of the others. And they took wine freely with him.

Psalms 34

Of David. When he made a change in his behaviour before Abimelech, who sent him away, and he went.

1 I will be blessing the Lord at all times; his praise will be ever in my mouth.

2My soul will say great things of the Lord: the poor in spirit will have knowledge of it and be glad.

3O give praise to the Lord with me; let us be witnesses together of his great name.

4I was searching for the Lord, and he gave ear to my voice, and made me free from all my fears.

5Let your eyes be turned to him and you will have light, and your faces will not be shamed.

6This poor man’s cry came before the Lord, and he gave him salvation from all his troubles.

7The angel of the Lord is ever watching over those who have fear of him, to keep them safe.

8By experience you will see that the Lord is good; happy is the man who has faith in him.

9Keep yourselves in the fear of the Lord, all you his saints; for those who do so will have no need of anything.

10The young lions are in need and have no food; but those who are looking to the Lord will have every good thing.

11Come, children, give attention to me; I will be your teacher in the fear of the Lord.

12What man has a love of life, and a desire that his days may be increased so that he may see good?

13Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from words of deceit.

14Be turned from evil, and do good; make a search for peace, desiring it with all your heart.

15The eyes of the Lord are on the upright, and his ears are open to their cry.

16The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to take away the memory of them from the earth.

17The cry of the upright comes before the Lord, and he takes them out of all their troubles.

18The Lord is near the broken-hearted; he is the saviour of those whose spirits are crushed down.

19Great are the troubles of the upright: but the Lord takes him safely out of them all.

20He keeps all his bones: not one of them is broken.

21Evil will put an end to the sinner, and those who are haters of righteousness will come to destruction.

22The Lord will be the saviour of the souls of his servants, and no one who has faith in him will be put to shame.

Luke 24:1-12

1But on the first day of the week, at dawn, they came to the place where his body had been put, taking the spices which they had got ready.

2And they saw that the stone had been rolled away.

3And they went in, but the body of the Lord Jesus was not there.

4And while they were in doubt about it, they saw two men in shining clothing by them:

5And while their faces were bent down to the earth in fear, these said to them, Why are you looking for the living among the dead?

6He is not here, he has come back to life: have in mind what he said to you when he was still in Galilee, saying,

7The Son of man will be given up into the hands of evil-doers, and be put to death on the cross, and on the third day he will come back to life.

8And his words came back into their minds,

9And they went away from that place and gave an account of all these things to the eleven disciples and all the others.

10Now they were Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary, the mother of James: and the other women with them said these things to the Apostles.

11But these words seemed foolish to them, and they had no belief in them.

12But Peter got up and went to the place where the body had been put, and looking in he saw nothing but the linen cloths, and he went to his house full of wonder at what had taken place.

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