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January 23


Genesis 45:1-28
1. THEN JOSEPH could not restrain himself [any longer] before all those who stood by him, and he called out, Cause every man to go out from me! So no one stood there with Joseph while he made himself known to his brothers.
2. And he wept and sobbed aloud, and the Egyptians [who had just left him] heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard about it.
3. And Joseph said to his brothers, I am Joseph! Is my father still alive? And his brothers could not reply, for they were distressingly disturbed and dismayed at [the startling realization that they were in] his presence.
4. And Joseph said to his brothers, Come near to me, I pray you. And they did so. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt!
5. But now, do not be distressed and disheartened or vexed and angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me ahead of you to preserve life.
6. For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years more in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest.
7. God sent me before you to preserve for you a posterity and to continue a remnant on the earth, to save your lives by a great escape and save for you many survivors.
8. So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.
9. Hurry and go up to my father and tell him, Your son Joseph says this to you: God has put me in charge of all Egypt. Come down to me; do not delay.
10. You will live in the land of Goshen, and you will be close to me--you and your children and your grandchildren, your flocks, your herds, and all you have.
11. And there I will sustain and provide for you, so that you and your household and all that are yours may not come to poverty and want, for there are yet five [more] years of [the scarcity, hunger, and starvation of] famine.
12. Now notice! Your own eyes and the eyes of my brother Benjamin can see that I am talking to you personally [in your language and not through an interpreter].
13. And you shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt and of all that you have seen; and you shall hurry and bring my father down here.
14. And he fell on his brother Benjamin's neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck.
15. Moreover, he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them; and after that his brothers conversed with him.
16. When the report was heard in Pharaoh's house that Joseph's brothers had come, it pleased Pharaoh and his servants well.
17. And Pharaoh said to Joseph, Tell your brothers this: Load your animals and return to the land of Canaan,
18. And get your father and your households and come to me. And I will give you the best in the land of Egypt and you will live on the fat of the land.
19. You therefore command them, saying, You do this: take wagons from the land of Egypt for your little ones and for your wives, and bring your father and come.
20. Also do not look with regret or concern upon your goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.
21. And the sons of Israel did so; and Joseph gave them wagons, as the order of Pharaoh permitted, and gave them provisions for the journey.
22. To each of them he gave changes of raiment, but to Benjamin he gave 300 pieces of silver and five changes of raiment.
23. And to his father he sent as follows: ten donkeys loaded with the good things of Egypt, and ten she-donkeys laden with grain, bread, and nourishing food and provision for his father [to supply all who were with him] on the way.
24. So he sent his brothers away, and they departed, and he said to them, See that you do not disagree (get excited, quarrel) along the road.
25. So they went up out of Egypt and came into the land of Canaan to Jacob their father,
26. And they said to him, Joseph is still alive! And he is governor over all the land of Egypt! And Jacob's heart began to stop beating and [he almost] fainted, for he did not believe them.
27. But when they told him all the words of Joseph which he had said to them, and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived [and warmth and life returned].
28. And Israel said, It is enough! Joseph my son is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.

Genesis 46:1-34
1. SO ISRAEL made his journey with all that he had and came to Beersheba [a place hallowed by sacred memories] and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. [Gen. 21:33; 26:23-25.]
2. And God spoke to Israel in visions of the night, and said, Jacob! Jacob! And he said, Here am I.
3. And He said, I am God, the God of your father; do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will there make of you a great nation.
4. I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you [your people Israel] up again; and Joseph will put his hand upon your eyes [when they are about to close in death].
5. So Jacob arose and set out from Beersheba, and Israel's sons conveyed their father, their little ones, and their wives in the wagons that Pharaoh had sent to carry him.
6. And they took their cattle and the gains which they had acquired in the land of Canaan and came into Egypt, Jacob and all his offspring with him:
7. His sons and his sons' sons with him, his daughters and his sons' daughters--all his offspring he brought with him into Egypt.
8. And these are the names of the descendants of Israel who came into Egypt, Jacob and his sons: Reuben, Jacob's firstborn.
9. And the sons of Reuben: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi.
10. The sons of Simeon: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul the son of a Canaanite woman.
11. The sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
12. The sons of Judah: Er, Onan, Shelah, Perez, and Zerah; but Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan. And the sons of Perez were Hezron and Hamul.
13. The sons of Issachar: Tola, Puvah, Iob, and Shimron.
14. The sons of Zebulun: Sered, Elon, and Jahleel.
15. These are the sons of Leah, whom she bore to Jacob in Padan-aram, together with his daughter Dinah. All of his sons and his daughters numbered thirty-three.
16. The sons of Gad: Ziphion, Haggi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arodi, and Areli.
17. The sons of Asher: Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi, Beriah, and Serah their sister. And the sons of Beriah: Heber and Malchiel.
18. These are the sons of Zilpah, [the maid] whom Laban gave to Leah his daughter. And these she bore to Jacob--sixteen persons all told.
19. The sons of Rachel, Jacob's wife: Joseph and Benjamin.
20. And to Joseph in the land of Egypt were born Manasseh and Ephraim, whom Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, bore to him.
21. And the sons of Benjamin: Bela, Becher, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim, and Ard.
22. These are the sons of Rachel, who were born to Jacob--fourteen persons in all.
23. The son of Dan: Hushim.
24. The sons of Naphtali: Jahzeel, Guni, Jezer, and Shillem.
25. These are the sons of Bilhah, [the maid] whom Laban gave to Rachel his daughter. And she bore these to Jacob--seven persons in all.
26. All the persons who came with Jacob into Egypt--who were his own offspring, not counting the wives of Jacob's sons--were sixty-six persons all told.
27. And the sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Egypt, were two persons. All the persons of the house of Jacob [including Joseph and Jacob himself], who came into Egypt, were seventy.
28. And he sent Judah before him to Joseph, to direct him to Goshen and meet him there; and they came into the land of Goshen.
29. Then Joseph made ready his chariot and went up to meet Israel his father in Goshen; and he presented himself and gave distinct evidence of himself to him [that he was Joseph], and [each] fell on the [other's] neck and wept on his neck a good while.
30. And Israel said to Joseph, Now let me die, since I have seen your face [and know] that you are still alive.
31. Joseph said to his brothers and to his father's household, I will go up and tell Pharaoh and say to him, My brothers and my father's household, who were in the land of Canaan, have come to me.
32. And the men are shepherds, for their occupation has been keeping livestock, and they have brought their flocks and their herds and all that they have.
33. When Pharaoh calls you and says, What is your occupation?
34. You shall say, Your servants' occupation has been as keepers of livestock from our youth until now, both we and our fathers before us--in order that you may live in the land of Goshen, for every shepherd is an abomination to the Egyptians.

Psalms 12:1-8
1. To the Chief Musician; set [possibly] an octave below. A Psalm of David. HELP, LORD! For principled and godly people are here no more; faithfulness and the faithful vanish from among the sons of men.
2. To his neighbor each one speaks words without use or worth or truth; with flattering lips and double heart [deceitfully] they speak.
3. May the Lord cut off all flattering lips and the tongues that speak proud boasting,
4. Those who say, With our tongues we prevail; our lips are our own [to command at our will]--who is lord and master over us?
5. Now will I arise, says the Lord, because the poor are oppressed, because of the groans of the needy; I will set him in safety and in the salvation for which he pants.
6. The words and promises of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times over.
7. You will keep them and preserve them, O Lord; You will guard and keep us from this [evil] generation forever.
8. The wicked walk or prowl about on every side, as vileness is exalted [and baseness is rated high] among the sons of men.

Proverbs 4:14-17
14. Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
15. Avoid it, do not go on it; turn from it and pass on.
16. For they cannot sleep unless they have caused trouble or vexation; their sleep is taken away unless they have caused someone to fall.
17. For they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.

Matthew 15:1-20
1. THEN FROM Jerusalem came scribes and Pharisees and said,
2. Why do Your disciples transgress and violate the rules handed down by the elders of the past? For they do not practice [ceremonially] washing their hands before they eat.
3. He replied to them, And why also do you transgress and violate the commandment of God for the sake of the rules handed down to you by your forefathers (the elders)?
4. For God commanded, Honor your father and your mother, and, He who curses or reviles or speaks evil of or abuses or treats improperly his father or mother, let him surely come to his end by death. [Exod. 20:12; 21:17; Lev. 20:9; Deut. 5:16.]
5. But you say, If anyone tells his father or mother, What you would have gained from me [that is, the money and whatever I have that might be used for helping you] is already dedicated as a gift to God, then he is exempt and no longer under obligation to honor and help his father or his mother.
6. So for the sake of your tradition (the rules handed down by your forefathers), you have set aside the Word of God [depriving it of force and authority and making it of no effect].
7. You pretenders (hypocrites)! Admirably and truly did Isaiah prophesy of you when he said:
8. These people draw near Me with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts hold off and are far away from Me.
9. Uselessly do they worship Me, for they teach as doctrines the commands of men. [Isa. 29:13.]
10. And Jesus called the people to Him and said to them, Listen and grasp and comprehend this:
11. It is not what goes into the mouth of a man that makes him unclean and defiled, but what comes out of the mouth; this makes a man unclean and defiles [him].
12. Then the disciples came and said to Him, Do You know that the Pharisees were displeased and offended and indignant when they heard this saying?
13. He answered, Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be torn up by the roots. [Isa. 60:21.]
14. Let them alone and disregard them; they are blind guides and teachers. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a ditch.
15. But Peter said to Him, Explain this proverb (this maxim) to us.
16. And He said, Are you also even yet dull and ignorant [without understanding and unable to put things together]?
17. Do you not see and understand that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the abdomen and so passes on into the place where discharges are deposited?
18. But whatever comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and this is what makes a man unclean and defiles [him].
19. For out of the heart come evil thoughts (reasonings and disputings and designs) such as murder, adultery, sexual vice, theft, false witnessing, slander, and irreverent speech.
20. These are what make a man unclean and defile [him]; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him unclean or defile [him].