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Bible in one year


January 17


Genesis 33:1-20
1. Jacob looked up and saw Esau coming, accompanied by four hundred men. So he divided his children among Leah, Rachel and the two maidservants,
2. putting the maids and their children first, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph last.
3. He himself went on ahead of them, bowing to the ground seven times, until he reached his brother.
4. Esau ran to meet him, embraced him, and flinging himself on his neck, kissed him as he wept.
5. When Esau looked about, he saw the women and children. "Who are these with you?" he asked. Jacob answered, "They are the children whom God has graciously bestowed on your servant."
6. Then the maidservants and their children came forward and bowed low;
7. next, Leah and her children came forward and bowed low; lastly, Rachel and her children came forward and bowed low.
8. Then Esau asked, "What did you intend with all those droves that I encountered?" Jacob answered, "It was to gain my lord's favor."
9. "I have plenty," replied Esau; "you should keep what is yours, brother."
10. "No, I beg you!" said Jacob. "If you will do me the favor, please accept this gift from me, since to come into your presence is for me like coming into the presence of God, now that you have received me so kindly.
11. Do accept the present I have brought you; God has been generous toward me, and I have an abundance." Since he so urged him, Esau accepted.
12. Then Esau said, "Let us break camp and be on our way; I will travel alongside you."
13. But Jacob replied: "As my lord can see, the children are frail. Besides, I am encumbered with the flocks and herds, which now have sucklings; if overdriven for a single day, the whole flock will die.
14. Let my lord, then, go on ahead of me, while I proceed more slowly at the pace of the livestock before me and at the pace of my children, until I join my lord in Seir."
15. Esau replied, "Let me at least put at your disposal some of the men who are with me." But Jacob said, "For what reason? Please indulge me in this, my lord."
16. So on the same day that Esau began his journey back to Seir,
17. Jacob journeyed to Succoth. There he built a home for himself and made booths for his livestock. That is why the place was called Succoth.
18. Having thus come from Paddan-aram, Jacob arrived safely at the city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, and he encamped in sight of the city.
19. The plot of ground on which he had pitched his tent he bought for a hundred pieces of bullion from the descendants of Hamor, the founder of Shechem.
20. He set up a memorial stone there and invoked "El, the God of Israel."

Genesis 34:1-31
1. Dinah, the daughter whom Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit some of the women of the land.
2. When Shechem, son of Hamor the Hivite, who was chief of the region, saw her, he seized her and lay with her by force.
3. Since he was strongly attracted to Dinah, daughter of Jacob, indeed was really in love with the girl, he endeavored to win her affection.
4. Shechem also asked his father Hamor, "Get me this girl for a wife."
5. Meanwhile, Jacob heard that Shechem had defiled his daughter Dinah; but since his sons were out in the fields with his livestock, he held his peace until they came home.
6. Now Hamor, the father of Shechem, went out to discuss the matter with Jacob,
7. just as Jacob's sons were coming in from the fields. When they heard the news, the men were shocked and seethed with indignation. What Shechem had done was an outrage in Israel; such a thing could not be tolerated.
8. Hamor appealed to them, saying: "My son Shechem has his heart set on your daughter. Please give her to him in marriage.
9. Intermarry with us; give your daughters to us, and take our daughters for yourselves.
10. Thus you can live among us. The land is open before you; you can settle and move about freely in it, and acquire landed property here."
11. Then Shechem, too, appealed to Dinah's father and brothers: "Do me this favor, and I will pay whatever you demand of me.
12. No matter how high you set the bridal price, I will pay you whatever you ask; only give me the maiden in marriage."
13. Jacob's sons replied to Shechem and his father Hamor with guile, speaking as they did because their sister Dinah had been defiled.
14. "We could not do such a thing," they said, "as to give our sister to an uncircumcised man; that would be a disgrace for us.
15. We will agree with you only on this condition, that you become like us by having every male among you circumcised.
16. Then we will give you our daughters and take yours in marriage; we will settle among you and become one kindred people with you.
17. But if you do not comply with our terms regarding circumcision, we will take our daughter and go away."
18. Their proposal seemed fair to Hamor and his son Shechem.
19. The young man lost no time in acting in the matter, since he was deeply in love with Jacob's daughter. Moreover he was more highly respected than anyone else in his clan.
20. So Hamor and his son Shechem went to their town council and thus presented the matter to their fellow townsmen:
21. "These men are friendly toward us. Let them settle in the land and move about in it freely; there is ample room in the country for them. We can marry their daughters and give our daughters to them in marriage.
22. But the men will agree to live with us and form one kindred people with us only on this condition, that every male among us be circumcised as they themselves are.
23. Would not the livestock they have acquired-- all their animals-- then be ours? Let us, therefore, give in to them, so that they may settle among us."
24. All the able-bodied men of the town agreed with Hamor and his son Shechem, and all the males, including every able-bodied man in the community, were circumcised.
25. On the third day, while they were still in pain, Dinah's full brothers Simeon and Levi, two of Jacob's sons, took their swords, advanced against the city without any trouble, and massacred all the males.
26. After they had put Hamor and his son Shechem to the sword, they took Dinah from Shechem's house and left.
27. Then the other sons of Jacob followed up the slaughter and sacked the city in reprisal for their sister Dinah's defilement.
28. They seized their flocks, herds and asses, whatever was in the city and in the country around.
29. They carried off all their wealth, their women, and their children, and took for loot whatever was in the houses.
30. Jacob said to Simeon and Levi: "You have brought trouble upon me by making me loathsome to the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites and the Perizzites. I have so few men that, if these people unite against me and attack me, I and my family will be wiped out."
31. But they retorted, "Should our sister have been treated like a harlot?"

Psalms 9:1-5
1. For the leader; according to Muth Labben. A psalm of David.
2. I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; I will declare all your wondrous deeds.
3. I will delight and rejoice in you; I will sing hymns to your name, Most High.
4. For my enemies turn back; they stumble and perish before you.
5. You upheld my right and my cause, seated on your throne, judging justly.

Proverbs 3:21-26
21. My son, let not these slip out of your sight: keep advice and counsel in view;
22. So will they be life to your soul, and an adornment for your neck.
23. Then you may securely go your way; your foot will never stumble;
24. When you lie down, you need not be afraid, when you rest, your sleep will be sweet.
25. Be not afraid of sudden terror, of the ruin of the wicked when it comes;
26. For the LORD will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from the snare.

Matthew 12:1-21
1. At that time Jesus was going through a field of grain on the sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat them.
2. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, "See, your disciples are doing what is unlawful to do on the sabbath."
3. He said to them, "Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry,
4. how he went into the house of God and ate the bread of offering, which neither he nor his companions but only the priests could lawfully eat?
5. Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbath the priests serving in the temple violate the sabbath and are innocent?
6. I say to you, something greater than the temple is here.
7. If you knew what this meant, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned these innocent men.
8. For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath."
9. Moving on from there, he went into their synagogue.
10. And behold, there was a man there who had a withered hand. They questioned him, "Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath?" so that they might accuse him.
11. He said to them, "Which one of you who has a sheep that falls into a pit on the sabbath will not take hold of it and lift it out?
12. How much more valuable a person is than a sheep. So it is lawful to do good on the sabbath."
13. Then he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and it was restored as sound as the other.
14. But the Pharisees went out and took counsel against him to put him to death.
15. When Jesus realized this, he withdrew from that place. Many (people) followed him, and he cured them all,
16. but he warned them not to make him known.
17. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through Isaiah the prophet:
18. "Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved in whom I delight; I shall place my spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
19. He will not contend or cry out, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
20. A bruised reed he will not break, a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory.
21. And in his name the Gentiles will hope."