February 6

Genesis 46:28-34

28Now he had sent Judah before him to Goshen, to get word from Joseph; and so they came to the land of Goshen.

29And Joseph got his carriage ready and went to Goshen for the meeting with his father; and when he came before him, he put his arms round his neck, weeping.

30And Israel said to Joseph, Now that I have seen you living again, I am ready for death.

31And Joseph said to his brothers and to his father’s people, I will go and give the news to Pharaoh, and say to him, My brothers and my father’s people, from the land of Canaan, have come to me;

32And these men are keepers of sheep and owners of cattle, and have with them their flocks and their herds and all they have.

33Now when Pharaoh sends for you and says, What is your business?

34You are to say, Your servants have been keepers of cattle from our early days up to now, like our fathers; in this way you will be able to have the land of Goshen for yourselves; because keepers of sheep are unclean in the eyes of the Egyptians.

Genesis 47

1Then Joseph went to Pharaoh, and said, My father and my brothers with their flocks and their herds and all they have, are come from Canaan, and are now in the land of Goshen.

2And he took five of his brothers to Pharaoh.

3And Pharaoh said to them, What is your business? And they said, Your servants are keepers of sheep, as our fathers were before us.

4And they said to Pharaoh, We have come to make a living in this land, because we have no grass for our flocks in the land of Canaan; so now let your servants make a place for themselves in the land of Goshen.

5And Pharaoh said to Joseph, Let them have the land of Goshen; and if there are any able men among them, put them over my cattle.

6And Jacob and his sons came to Joseph in Egypt, and when word of it came to the ears of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, he said to Joseph, Your father and brothers have come to you; all the land of Egypt is before you; let your father and your brothers have the best of the land for their resting-place.

7Then Joseph made his father Jacob come before Pharaoh, and Jacob gave him his blessing.

8And Pharaoh said to him, How old are you?

9And Jacob said, The years of my wanderings have been a hundred and thirty; small in number and full of sorrow have been the years of my life, and less than the years of the wanderings of my fathers.

10And Jacob gave Pharaoh his blessing, and went out from before him.

11And Joseph made a place for his father and his brothers, and gave them a heritage in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had given orders.

12And Joseph took care of his father and his brothers and all his father’s people, giving them food for the needs of their families.

13Now there was no food to be had in all the land, so that all Egypt and Canaan were wasted from need of food.

14And all the money in Egypt and in the land of Canaan which had been given for grain, came into the hands of Joseph: and he put it in Pharaoh’s house.

15And when all the money in Egypt and Canaan was gone, the Egyptians came to Joseph, and said, Give us bread; would you have us come to destruction before your eyes? for we have no more money.

16And Joseph said, Give me your cattle; I will give you grain in exchange for your cattle if your money is all gone.

17So they took their cattle to Joseph and he gave them bread in exchange for their horses and flocks and herds and asses, so all that year he gave them food in exchange for their cattle.

18And when that year was ended, they came to him in the second year, and said, We may not keep it from our lord’s knowledge that all our money is gone, and all the herds of cattle are my lord’s; there is nothing more to give my lord but our bodies and our land;

19Are we to come to destruction before your eyes, we and our land? take us and our land and give us bread; and we and our land will be servants to Pharaoh; and give us seed so that we may have life and the land may not become waste.

20So Joseph got all the land in Egypt for Pharaoh; for every Egyptian gave up his land in exchange for food, because of their great need; so all the land became Pharaoh’s.

21And as for the people, he made servants of them, town by town, from one end of Egypt to the other.

22Only he did not take the land of the priests, for the priests had their food given them by Pharaoh, and having what Pharaoh gave them, they had no need to give up their land.

23Then Joseph said to the people, I have made you and your land this day the property of Pharaoh; here is seed for you to put in your fields.

24And when the grain is cut, you are to give a fifth part to Pharaoh, and four parts will be yours for seed and food, and for your families and your little ones.

25And they said to him, Truly you have kept us from death; may we have grace in your eyes, and we will be Pharaoh’s servants.

26Then Joseph made a law which is in force to this day, that Pharaoh was to have the fifth part; only the land of the priests did not become his.

27And so Israel was living among the Egyptians in the land of Goshen; and they got property there, and became very great in numbers and in wealth.

28And Jacob was living in the land of Goshen for seventeen years; so the years of his life were a hundred and forty-seven.

29And the time of his death came near, and he sent for his son Joseph and said to him, If now I am dear to you, put your hand under my leg and take an oath that you will not put me to rest in Egypt;

30But when I go to my fathers, you are to take me out of Egypt and put me to rest in their last resting-place. And he said, I will do so.

31And he said, Take an oath to me; and he took an oath to him: and Israel gave worship on the bed’s head.

Psalms 37

Of David.

1 Do not be angry because of the wrongdoers, or have envy of the workers of evil.

2For they will quickly be cut down like grass, and become dry like the green plants.

3Have faith in the Lord, and do good; be at rest in the land, and go after righteousness.

4So will your delight be in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.

5Put your life in the hands of the Lord; have faith in him and he will do it.

6And he will make your righteousness be seen like the light, and your cause like the shining of the sun.

7Take your rest in the Lord, waiting quietly for him; do not be angry because of the man who does well in his evil ways, and gives effect to his bad designs.

8Put an end to your wrath and be no longer bitter; do not give way to angry feeling which is a cause of sin.

9For the evil-doers will be cut off: but those who have faith in the Lord will have the earth for their heritage.

10For in a short time the evil-doer will be gone: you will go searching for his place, and it will not be there.

11But the gentle will have the earth for their heritage; they will take their delight in peace without measure.

12The sinner has evil designs against the upright, lifting up the voice of wrath against him.

13He will be laughed at by the Lord, who sees that his day is coming.

14The evil-doers have taken out their swords, their bows are bent; for crushing the poor, and to put to death those who are upright in their ways.

15But their swords will be turned into their hearts, and their bows will be broken.

16The little which the good man has is better than the wealth of evil-doers.

17For the arms of the evil-doers will be broken: but the Lord is the support of the good.

18The days of the upright are numbered by the Lord, and their heritage will be for ever.

19They will not be shamed in the evil time, and in the days when all are in need of food they will have enough.

20But the wrongdoers will come to destruction, and the haters of the Lord will be like the fat of lambs, they will be burned up; they will go up in smoke, and never again be seen.

21The sinner takes money and does not give it back; but the upright man has mercy, and gives to others.

22Those who have his blessing will have the earth for their heritage; but those who are cursed by him will be cut off.

23The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and he takes delight in his way.

24Even if he has a fall he will not be without help: for the hand of the Lord is supporting him.

25I have been young, and now am old, but I have not seen the good man without help, or his children looking for bread.

26All the day he is ready to have mercy and to give; his children are a blessing.

27Be turned from evil, and do good; and your place will be for ever.

28For the Lord is a lover of righteousness, and takes care of his saints; they will be kept safe for ever; but the seed of the evil-doers will be cut off.

29The upright will have the earth for their heritage, and will go on living there for ever.

30The mouth of the good man says words of wisdom; the talk of his tongue is of righteousness.

31The law of his God is in his heart; he will never make a false step.

32The sinners are watching the upright man, desiring to put him to death.

33The Lord will not give him into their hands, or be against him when he is judged.

34Be waiting for the Lord, and keep his way; and you will be lifted up, and have the land for your heritage: when the evil-doers are cut off, you will see it.

35I have seen the evil-doer in great power, covering the earth like a great tree.

36But he came to an end, and there was no sign of him; I made a search for him and he was not there.

37Give attention to the good man, and take note of the upright; because the end of that man is peace.

38But as for the sinners, they will be cut off together; the end of the wrongdoers is destruction.

39But the Lord is the saviour of the upright: he is their strength in the time of trouble.

40And the Lord will be their help, and keep them safe: he will take them out of the hands of the evil-doers, and be their saviour, because they had faith in him.

Hebrews 2

1For this reason there is the more need for us to give attention to the things which have come to our ears, for fear that by chance we might be slipping away.

2Because if the word which came through the angels was fixed, and in the past every evil act against God’s orders was given its full punishment;

3What will come on us, if we do not give our minds to such a great salvation? a salvation of which our fathers first had knowledge through the words of the Lord, and which was made certain to us by those to whom his words came;

4And God was a witness with them, by signs and wonders, and by more than natural powers, and by his distribution of the Holy Spirit at his pleasure.

5For he did not make the angels rulers over the world to come, of which I am writing.

6But a certain writer has given his witness, saying, What is man, that you keep him in mind? what is the son of man, that you take him into account?

7You made him a little lower than the angels; you gave him a crown of glory and honour, and made him ruler over all the works of your hands:

8You put all things under his feet. For in making man the ruler over all things, God did not put anything outside his authority; though we do not see everything under him now.

9But we see him who was made a little lower than the angels, even Jesus, crowned with glory and honour, because he let himself be put to death so that by the grace of God he might undergo death for all men.

10Because it was right for him, for whom and through whom all things have being, in guiding his sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation complete through pain.

11For he who makes holy and those who are made holy are all of one family; and for this reason it is no shame for him to give them the name of brothers,

12Saying, I will give the knowledge of your name to my brothers, I will make a song of praise to you before the church.

13And again he says, I will put my faith in him. And again, See, I am here, and the children which God has given to me.

14And because the children are flesh and blood, he took a body himself and became like them; so that by his death he might put an end to him who had the power of death, that is to say, the Evil One;

15And let those who all their lives were in chains because of their fear of death, go free.

16For, truly, he does not take on the life of angels, but that of the seed of Abraham.

17Because of this it was necessary for him to be made like his brothers in every way, so that he might be a high priest full of mercy and keeping faith in everything to do with God, making offerings for the sins of the people.

18For having been put to the test himself, he is able to give help to others when they are tested.

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