Revised Common Lectionary (Semicontinuous)
8 The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;
where morning dawns, where evening fades,
you call forth songs of joy.(A)
9 You care for the land and water it;(B)
you enrich it abundantly.(C)
The streams of God are filled with water
to provide the people with grain,(D)
for so you have ordained it.[a]
10 You drench its furrows and level its ridges;
you soften it with showers(E) and bless its crops.
11 You crown the year with your bounty,(F)
and your carts overflow with abundance.(G)
12 The grasslands of the wilderness overflow;(H)
the hills are clothed with gladness.(I)
13 The meadows are covered with flocks(J)
and the valleys are mantled with grain;(K)
they shout for joy and sing.(L)
“Here I am,”(C) he replied.
3 “I am God, the God of your father,”(D) he said. “Do not be afraid(E) to go down to Egypt,(F) for I will make you into a great nation(G) there.(H) 4 I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again.(I) And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes.(J)”
5 Then Jacob left Beersheba,(K) and Israel’s(L) sons took their father Jacob and their children and their wives in the carts(M) that Pharaoh had sent to transport him. 6 So Jacob and all his offspring went to Egypt,(N) taking with them their livestock and the possessions(O) they had acquired(P) in Canaan. 7 Jacob brought with him to Egypt(Q) his sons and grandsons and his daughters and granddaughters—all his offspring.(R)
8 These are the names of the sons of Israel(S) (Jacob and his descendants) who went to Egypt:
Reuben the firstborn(T) of Jacob.
9 The sons of Reuben:(U)
10 The sons of Simeon:(X)
11 The sons of Levi:(AA)
12 The sons of Judah:(AE)
The sons of Perez:(AK)
Hezron and Hamul.(AL)
13 The sons of Issachar:(AM)
14 The sons of Zebulun:(AP)
Sered, Elon and Jahleel.
16 The sons of Gad:(AS)
17 The sons of Asher:(AU)
Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi and Beriah.
Their sister was Serah.
The sons of Beriah:
Heber and Malkiel.
19 The sons of Jacob’s wife Rachel:(AX)
21 The sons of Benjamin:(BD)
Bela, Beker, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim and Ard.(BE)
22 These were the sons of Rachel(BF) who were born to Jacob—fourteen in all.
26 All those who went to Egypt with Jacob—those who were his direct descendants, not counting his sons’ wives—numbered sixty-six persons.(BL) 27 With the two sons[f] who had been born to Joseph in Egypt,(BM) the members of Jacob’s family, which went to Egypt, were seventy[g] in all.(BN)
28 Now Jacob sent Judah(BO) ahead of him to Joseph to get directions to Goshen.(BP) When they arrived in the region of Goshen, 29 Joseph had his chariot(BQ) made ready and went to Goshen to meet his father Israel.(BR) As soon as Joseph appeared before him, he threw his arms around his father[h] and wept(BS) for a long time.(BT)
31 Then Joseph said to his brothers and to his father’s household, “I will go up and speak to Pharaoh and will say to him, ‘My brothers and my father’s household, who were living in the land of Canaan,(BW) have come to me.(BX) 32 The men are shepherds;(BY) they tend livestock,(BZ) and they have brought along their flocks and herds and everything they own.’(CA) 33 When Pharaoh calls you in and asks, ‘What is your occupation?’(CB) 34 you should answer, ‘Your servants(CC) have tended livestock from our boyhood on, just as our fathers did.’(CD) Then you will be allowed to settle(CE) in the region of Goshen,(CF) for all shepherds are detestable to the Egyptians.(CG)”
47 Joseph went and told Pharaoh, “My father and brothers, with their flocks and herds and everything they own, have come from the land of Canaan(CH) and are now in Goshen.”(CI) 2 He chose five of his brothers and presented them(CJ) before Pharaoh.
3 Pharaoh asked the brothers, “What is your occupation?”(CK)
“Your servants(CL) are shepherds,(CM)” they replied to Pharaoh, “just as our fathers were.” 4 They also said to him, “We have come to live here for a while,(CN) because the famine is severe in Canaan(CO) and your servants’ flocks have no pasture.(CP) So now, please let your servants settle in Goshen.”(CQ)
5 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Your father and your brothers have come to you, 6 and the land of Egypt is before you; settle(CR) your father and your brothers in the best part of the land.(CS) Let them live in Goshen. And if you know of any among them with special ability,(CT) put them in charge of my own livestock.(CU)”
9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty.(CX) My years have been few and difficult,(CY) and they do not equal the years of the pilgrimage of my fathers.(CZ)” 10 Then Jacob blessed[j] Pharaoh(DA) and went out from his presence.
11 So Joseph settled his father and his brothers in Egypt and gave them property in the best part of the land,(DB) the district of Rameses,(DC) as Pharaoh directed. 12 Joseph also provided his father and his brothers and all his father’s household with food, according to the number of their children.(DD)
The Parable of the Mustard Seed(A)
30 Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like,(B) or what parable shall we use to describe it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. 32 Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”
33 With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand.(C) 34 He did not say anything to them without using a parable.(D) But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.