Jacob Wrestles with God

22 The same night he arose and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven children,[a] and crossed the ford of the (A)Jabbok. 23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and everything else that he had. 24 And Jacob was left alone. And (B)a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. 25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob's hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, (C)“I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 27 And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28 Then he said, (D)“Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel,[b] for (E)you have striven with God and (F)with men, and have prevailed.” 29 Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, (G)“Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. 30 So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel,[c] saying, “For (H)I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.” 31 The sun rose upon him as he passed (I)Penuel, limping because of his hip.

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 32:22 Or sons
  2. Genesis 32:28 Israel means He strives with God, or God strives
  3. Genesis 32:30 Peniel means the face of God

My Help Comes from the Lord

A Song of (A)Ascents.

121 I (B)lift up my eyes to (C)the hills.
    From where does my help come?
(D)My help comes from the Lord,
    who (E)made heaven and earth.

He will not (F)let your foot be moved;
    he who (G)keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
    the Lord is your (H)shade on your (I)right hand.
(J)The sun shall not (K)strike you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will (L)keep you from all evil;
    he will (M)keep your life.
The Lord will keep
    your (N)going out and your coming in
    from this time forth and forevermore.

14 But as for you, (A)continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom[a] you learned it 15 and how (B)from childhood you have been acquainted with (C)the sacred writings, (D)which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 (E)All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that (F)the man of God[b] may be complete, (G)equipped (H)for every good work.

Preach the Word

(I)I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, (J)who is to judge the living and the dead, and by (K)his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; (L)reprove, rebuke, and (M)exhort, with complete patience and teaching. (N)For the time is coming when people will not endure (O)sound[c] teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and (P)will turn away from listening to the truth and (Q)wander off into myths. As for you, (R)always be sober-minded, (S)endure suffering, do the work of (T)an evangelist, (U)fulfill your ministry.

Footnotes

  1. 2 Timothy 3:14 The Greek for whom is plural
  2. 2 Timothy 3:17 That is, a messenger of God (the phrase echoes a common Old Testament expression)
  3. 2 Timothy 4:3 Or healthy

The Parable of the Persistent Widow

18 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought (A)always to pray and not (B)lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who (C)neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, (D)‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And (E)will not God give justice to (F)his elect, (G)who cry to him day and night? (H)(I)Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them (J)speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, (K)will he find faith on earth?”

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