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Genesis 33:1-20
1. Now Jacob looked up and saw Esau coming toward him with 400 men. So he divided the children among Leah, Rachel, and the two female slaves.
2. He put the female slaves first, Leah and her sons next, and Rachel and Joseph last.
3. He himself went on ahead and bowed to the ground seven times until he approached his brother.
4. But Esau ran to meet him, hugged him, threw his arms around him, and kissed him. Then they wept.
5. When Esau looked up and saw the women and children, he asked, "Who are these with you?" He answered, "The children God has graciously given your servant."
6. Then the female slaves and their children approached [him] and bowed down.
7. Leah and her children also approached and bowed down, and then Joseph and Rachel approached and bowed down.
8. So Esau said, "What do you mean by this whole procession I met?" "To find favor with you, my lord," he answered.
9. "I have enough, my brother," Esau replied. "Keep what you have."
10. But Jacob said, "No, please! If I have found favor with you, take this gift from my hand. For indeed, I have seen your face, [and it is] like seeing God's face, since you have accepted me.
11. Please take my present that was brought to you, because God has been gracious to me and I have everything I need." So Jacob urged him until he accepted.
12. Then Esau said, "Let's move on, and I'll go ahead of you."
13. Jacob replied, "My lord knows that the children are weak, and I have nursing sheep and cattle. If they are driven hard for one day, the whole herd will die.
14. Let my lord go ahead of his servant. I will continue on slowly, at a pace suited to the livestock and the children, until I come to my lord at Seir."
15. Esau said, "Let me leave some of my people with you." But he replied, "Why do that? Please indulge me, my lord."
16. On that day Esau started on his way back to Seir,
17. but Jacob went on to Succoth. He built a house for himself and stalls for his cattle; that is why the place was called Succoth.
18. After Jacob came from Paddan-aram, he arrived safely at the Canaanite city of Shechem and camped in front of the city.
19. He purchased a section of the field from the sons of Hamor, Shechem's father, for 100 qesitahs, where he had pitched his tent.
20. And he set up an altar there and called it "God, the God of Israel."

Genesis 34:1-31
1. Dinah, Leah's daughter whom she bore to Jacob, went out to see some of the young women of the area.
2. When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, a prince of the region, saw her, he took her and raped her.
3. He became infatuated with Dinah, daughter of Jacob. He loved the young girl and spoke tenderly to her.
4. "Get me this girl as a wife," he told his father Hamor.
5. Jacob heard that Shechem had defiled his daughter Dinah, but since his sons were with his cattle in the field, he remained silent until they returned.
6. Meanwhile, Shechem's father Hamor came to speak with Jacob.
7. Jacob's sons returned from the field when they heard [about the incident] and were deeply grieved and angry. For Shechem had committed an outrage against Israel by sleeping with Jacob's daughter, and such a thing should not be done.
8. Hamor said to Jacob's sons, "My son Shechem is strongly attracted to your daughter. Please give her to him as a wife.
9. Intermarry with us; give your daughters to us, and take our daughters for yourselves.
10. Live with us. The land is before you. Settle here, move about, and acquire property in it."
11. Then Shechem said to Dinah's father and brothers, "Grant me this favor, and I'll give you whatever you say.
12. Set for me the compensation and the gift; I'll give you whatever you ask me. Just give the girl to be my wife!"
13. But Jacob's sons answered Shechem and his father Hamor deceitfully because he had defiled their sister Dinah.
14. "We cannot do this thing," they said to them. "Giving our sister to an uncircumcised man is a disgrace to us.
15. We will agree with you only on this condition: if all your males are circumcised as we are.
16. Then we will give you our daughters, take your daughters for ourselves, live with you, and become one people.
17. But if you will not listen to us and be circumcised, then we will take our daughter and go."
18. Their words seemed good in the eyes of Hamor and his son Shechem.
19. The young man did not delay doing this, because he was delighted with Jacob's daughter. Now he was the most important in all his father's house.
20. So Hamor and his son Shechem went to the gate of their city and spoke to the men there.
21. "These men are peaceful toward us," they said. "Let them live in our land and move about in it, for indeed, the region is large enough for them. Let us take their daughters as our wives and give our daughters to them.
22. But the men will agree to live with us and be one people only on this condition: if all our men are circumcised as they are.
23. Won't their herds, their possessions, and all their livestock become ours? Only let us agree with them, and they will live with us."
24. All the able-bodied men listened to Hamor and his son Shechem, and all the able-bodied men were circumcised.
25. On the third day, when they were still in pain, two of Jacob's sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brothers, took their swords, went into the unsuspecting city, and killed every male.
26. They killed Hamor and his son Shechem with their swords, took Dinah from Shechem's house, and went away.
27. Jacob's [other] sons came to the slaughter and plundered the city because their sister had been defiled.
28. They took their sheep, cattle, donkeys, and whatever was in the city and in the field.
29. They captured all their possessions, children, and wives, and plundered everything in the houses.
30. Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, "You have brought trouble on me, making me odious to the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites and the Perizzites. We are few in number; if they unite against me and attack me, I and my household will be destroyed."
31. But they answered, "Should he have treated our sister like a prostitute?"

Psalms 9:1-5
1. [For the choir director: according to Muth-labben. A Davidic psalm.] I will thank the LORD with all my heart; I will declare all Your wonderful works.
2. I will rejoice and boast about You; I will sing about Your name, Most High.
3. When my enemies retreat, they stumble and perish before You.
4. For You have upheld my just cause; You are seated on Your throne as a righteous judge.
5. You have rebuked the nations: You have destroyed the wicked; You have erased their name forever and ever.

Proverbs 3:21-26
21. Maintain [your] competence and discretion. My son, don't lose sight of them.
22. They will be life for you and adornment for your neck.
23. Then you will go safely on your way; your foot will not stumble.
24. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; you will lie down, and your sleep will be pleasant.
25. Don't fear sudden danger or the ruin of the wicked when it comes,
26. for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from a snare.

Matthew 12:1-21
1. At that time Jesus passed through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick and eat some heads of grain.
2. But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, "Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!"
3. He said to them, "Haven't you read what David did when he and those who were with him were hungry--
4. how he entered the house of God, and they ate the sacred bread, which is not lawful for him or for those with him to eat, but only for the priests?
5. Or haven't you read in the Law that on Sabbath days the priests in the temple violate the Sabbath and are innocent?
6. But I tell you that something greater than the temple is here!
7. If you had known what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the innocent.
8. For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath."
9. Moving on from there, He entered their synagogue.
10. There He saw a man who had a paralyzed hand. And in order to accuse Him they asked Him, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"
11. But He said to them, "What man among you, if he had a sheep that fell into a pit on the Sabbath, wouldn't take hold of it and lift it out?
12. A man is worth far more than a sheep, so it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath."
13. Then He told the man, "Stretch out your hand." So he stretched it out, and it was restored, as good as the other.
14. But the Pharisees went out and plotted against Him, how they might destroy Him.
15. When Jesus became aware of this, He withdrew from there. Huge crowds followed Him, and He healed them all.
16. He warned them not to make Him known,
17. so that what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
18. Here is My Servant whom I have chosen, My beloved in whom My soul delights; I will put My Spirit on Him, and He will proclaim justice to the nations.
19. He will not argue or shout, and no one will hear His voice in the streets.
20. He will not break a bruised reed, and He will not put out a smoldering wick, until He has led justice to victory.
21. The nations will put their hope in His name.