Jacob Sent to Laban

28 Then Isaac called Jacob (A)and blessed him and directed him, (B)“You must not take a wife from the Canaanite women. (C)Arise, go to Paddan-aram to the house of (D)Bethuel your mother's father, and take as your wife from there one of the daughters of Laban your mother's brother. (E)God Almighty[a] bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples. May he give (F)the blessing of Abraham to you and to your offspring with you, that you may take possession of (G)the land of your sojournings that God gave to Abraham!” Thus Isaac sent Jacob away. And he went to Paddan-aram, to Laban, the son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother.

Esau Marries an Ishmaelite

Now Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Paddan-aram to take a wife from there, and that as he blessed him he directed him, “You must not take a wife from the Canaanite women,” and that Jacob had obeyed his father and his mother and gone to Paddan-aram. So when Esau saw (H)that the Canaanite women did not please Isaac his father, Esau went to Ishmael and took as his wife, besides the wives he had, (I)Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham's son, the sister of (J)Nebaioth.

Jacob's Dream

10 Jacob left (K)Beersheba and went toward (L)Haran. 11 And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. 12 And he (M)dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder[b] set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, (N)the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! 13 And behold, (O)the Lord stood above it[c] and said, (P)“I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. (Q)The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. 14 Your offspring shall be like (R)the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and (S)your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 Behold, (T)I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and (U)will bring you back to this land. For I will (V)not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is (W)in this place, and I did not know it.” 17 And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”

18 So early in the morning Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up (X)for a pillar (Y)and poured oil on the top of it. 19 He called the name of that place (Z)Bethel,[d] but the name of the city was Luz at the first. 20 Then Jacob (AA)made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, 21 (AB)so that I come again to my father's house in peace, (AC)then the Lord shall be my God, 22 and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, (AD)shall be God's house. And (AE)of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.”

Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel

29 Then Jacob went on his journey and came to (AF)the land of the people of the east. As he looked, he saw a well in the field, and behold, three flocks of sheep lying beside it, for out of that well the flocks were watered. The stone on the well's mouth was large, and when all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone from the mouth of the well and water the sheep, and put the stone back in its place over the mouth of the well.

Jacob said to them, “My brothers, where do you come from?” They said, (AG)“We are from Haran.” He said to them, “Do you know Laban the son of Nahor?” They said, “We know him.” He said to them, “Is it well with him?” They said, “It is well; and see, Rachel his daughter is coming with the sheep!” He said, “Behold, it is still high day; it is not time for the livestock to be gathered together. Water the sheep and go, pasture them.” But they said, “We cannot until all the flocks are gathered together and the stone is rolled from the mouth of the well; then we water the sheep.”

While he was still speaking with them, (AH)Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she was a shepherdess. 10 Now as soon as Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, Jacob came near and rolled the stone from the well's mouth and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother. 11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel and wept aloud. 12 And Jacob told Rachel that he was (AI)her father's kinsman, and that he was Rebekah's son, (AJ)and she ran and told her father.

13 As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister's son, (AK)he ran to meet him and embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his house. Jacob told Laban all these things, 14 and Laban said to him, (AL)“Surely you are my bone and my flesh!” And he stayed with him a month.

15 Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?” 16 Now Laban had two daughters. The name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah's eyes were weak,[e] but Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance. 18 Jacob loved Rachel. And he said, (AM)“I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.” 19 Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me.” 20 So Jacob (AN)served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.

21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed.” 22 So Laban gathered together all the people of the place and (AO)made a feast. 23 But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and he went in to her. 24 (Laban gave[f] (AP)his female servant Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her servant.) 25 And in the morning, behold, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?” 26 Laban said, “It is not so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn. 27 (AQ)Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years.” 28 Jacob did so, and completed her week. Then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife. 29 (Laban gave (AR)his female servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel to be her servant.) 30 So Jacob went in to Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah, and served Laban (AS)for another seven years.

Jacob's Children

31 When the Lord saw that Leah was (AT)hated, (AU)he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. 32 And Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben,[g] for she said, “Because the Lord (AV)has looked upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me.” 33 She conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Because the Lord has heard that I am hated, he has given me this son also.” And she called his name Simeon.[h] 34 Again she conceived and bore a son, and said, “Now this time my husband will be (AW)attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” Therefore his name was called Levi.[i] 35 And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” Therefore she called his name (AX)Judah.[j] Then she ceased bearing.

Footnotes

  1. Genesis 28:3 Hebrew El Shaddai
  2. Genesis 28:12 Or a flight of steps
  3. Genesis 28:13 Or beside him
  4. Genesis 28:19 Bethel means the house of God
  5. Genesis 29:17 Or soft
  6. Genesis 29:24 Or had given; also verse 29
  7. Genesis 29:32 Reuben means See, a son
  8. Genesis 29:33 Simeon sounds like the Hebrew for heard
  9. Genesis 29:34 Levi sounds like the Hebrew for attached
  10. Genesis 29:35 Judah sounds like the Hebrew for praise

Jesus Calls Matthew

(A)As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called (B)Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.

10 And as Jesus[a] reclined at table in the house, behold, many (C)tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, (D)“Why does your teacher eat with (E)tax collectors and sinners?” 12 But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn (F)what this means: (G)‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For (H)I came not to call the righteous, (I)but sinners.”

A Question About Fasting

14 Then (J)the disciples of John came to him, saying, (K)“Why do we and (L)the Pharisees fast,[b] but your disciples do not fast?” 15 And Jesus said to them, (M)“Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? (N)The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and (O)then they will fast. 16 No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. 17 Neither is new wine put into old (P)wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.”

A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed

18 (Q)While he was saying these things to them, behold, a ruler came in and (R)knelt before him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.” 19 And Jesus rose and followed him, with his disciples. 20 And behold, a woman (S)who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched (T)the fringe of his garment, 21 for she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.” 22 Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, (U)“Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” (V)And instantly[c] the woman was made well. 23 And when Jesus came to the ruler's house and saw (W)the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, 24 he said, “Go away, for (X)the girl is not dead but (Y)sleeping.” And they laughed at him. 25 But (Z)when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and (AA)took her by the hand, and the girl arose. 26 And the report of this went through all that district.

Jesus Heals Two Blind Men

27 (AB)And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, (AC)Son of David.” 28 When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” 29 (AD)Then he touched their eyes, saying, (AE)“According to your faith be it done to you.” 30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, (AF)“See that no one knows about it.” 31 (AG)But they went away and spread his fame through all that district.

Jesus Heals a Man Unable to Speak

32 As they were going away, behold, a (AH)demon-oppressed man who was mute (AI)was brought to him. 33 And when the demon had been cast out, the mute man spoke. And the crowds (AJ)marveled, saying, “Never was anything like this seen in Israel.” 34 But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the prince of demons.”

The Harvest Is Plentiful, the Laborers Few

35 (AK)And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36 (AL)When he saw the crowds, (AM)he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, (AN)like sheep without a shepherd. 37 (AO)Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore (AP)pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to (AQ)send out laborers into his harvest.”

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 9:10 Greek he
  2. Matthew 9:14 Some manuscripts add much, or often
  3. Matthew 9:22 Greek from that hour

You Will Not Abandon My Soul

A (A)Miktam[a] of David.

16 Preserve me, O God, for in you I (B)take refuge.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
    (C)I have no good apart from you.”

As for (D)the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
    in whom is all my delight.[b]

The sorrows of those who run after[c] another god shall multiply;
    their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
    or (E)take their names on my lips.

The Lord is (F)my chosen portion and my (G)cup;
    you hold my (H)lot.
(I)The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

I bless the Lord who (J)gives me counsel;
    in (K)the night also my (L)heart instructs me.[d]
(M)I have (N)set the Lord always before me;
    because he is at my (O)right hand, I shall not be (P)shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my (Q)whole being[e] rejoices;
    my flesh also dwells secure.
10 For you will not abandon my soul to (R)Sheol,
    (S)or let your (T)holy one see (U)corruption.[f]

11 You make known to me (V)the path of life;
    in your presence there is (W)fullness of joy;
    at your right hand are (X)pleasures forevermore.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 16:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  2. Psalm 16:3 Or To the saints in the land, the excellent in whom is all my delight, I say:
  3. Psalm 16:4 Or who acquire
  4. Psalm 16:7 Hebrew my kidneys instruct me
  5. Psalm 16:9 Hebrew my glory
  6. Psalm 16:10 Or see the pit

20 (A)My son, be attentive to my words;
    incline your ear to my sayings.
21 (B)Let them not escape from your sight;
    (C)keep them within your heart.
22 For they are (D)life to those who find them,
    and healing to all their[a] flesh.
23 Keep your heart with all vigilance,
    for (E)from it flow (F)the springs of life.
24 Put away from you (G)crooked speech,
    and put (H)devious talk far from you.
25 (I)Let your eyes look directly forward,
    and your gaze be straight before you.
26 (J)Ponder[b] the path of your feet;
    (K)then all your ways will be sure.
27 (L)Do not swerve to the right or to the left;
    turn your foot away from evil.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 4:22 Hebrew his
  2. Proverbs 4:26 Or Make level

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