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January 22

Genesis 43:1-34
1. Now the famine in the land grew more severe.
2. So when they had used up all the rations they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, "Go back and procure us a little more food."
3. But Judah replied: "The man strictly warned us, 'You shall not appear in my presence unless your brother is with you.'
4. If you are willing to let our brother go with us, we will go down to procure food for you.
5. But if you are not willing, we will not go down, because the man told us, 'You shall not appear in my presence unless your brother is with you.'"
6. Israel demanded, "Why did you bring this trouble on me by telling the man that you had another brother?"
7. They answered: "The man kept asking about ourselves and our family: 'Is your father still living? Do you have another brother?' We had to answer his questions. How could we know that he would say, 'Bring your brother down here'?"
8. Then Judah urged his father Israel: "Let the boy go with me, that we may be off and on our way if you and we and our children are to keep from starving to death.
9. I myself will stand surety for him. You can hold me responsible for him. If I fail to bring him back, to set him in your presence, you can hold it against me forever.
10. Had we not dilly-dallied, we could have been there and back twice by now!"
11. Their father Israel then told them: "If it must be so, then do this: Put some of the land's best products in your baggage and take them down to the man as gifts: some balm and honey, gum and resin, and pistachios and almonds.
12. Also take extra money along, for you must return the amount that was put back in the mouths of your bags; it may have been a mistake.
13. Take your brother, too, and be off on your way back to the man.
14. May God Almighty dispose the man to be merciful toward you, so that he may let your other brother go, as well as Benjamin. As for me, if I am to suffer bereavement, I shall suffer it."
15. So the men got the gifts, took double the amount of money with them, and, accompanied by Benjamin, were off on their way down to Egypt to present themselves to Joseph.
16. When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he told his head steward, "Take these men into the house, and have an animal slaughtered and prepared, for they are to dine with me at noon."
17. Doing as Joseph had ordered, the steward conducted the men to Joseph's house.
18. But on being led to his house, they became apprehensive. "It must be," they thought, "on account of the money put back in our bags the first time, that we are taken inside; they want to use it as a pretext to attack us and take our donkeys and seize us as slaves."
19. So they went up to Joseph's head steward and talked to him at the entrance of the house.
20. "If you please, sir," they said, "we came down here once before to procure food.
21. But when we arrived at a night's encampment and opened our bags, there was each man's money in the mouth of his bag-- our money in the full amount! We have now brought it back.
22. We have brought other money to procure food with. We do not know who put the first money in our bags."
23. "Be at ease," he replied; "you have no need to fear. Your God and the God of your father must have put treasures in your bags for you. As for your money, I received it." With that, he led Simeon out to them.
24. The steward then brought the men inside Joseph's house. He gave them water to bathe their feet, and got fodder for their donkeys.
25. Then they set out their gifts to await Joseph's arrival at noon, for they had heard that they were to dine there.
26. When Joseph came home, they presented him with the gifts they had brought inside, while they bowed down before him to the ground.
27. After inquiring how they were, he asked them, "And how is your aged father, of whom you spoke? Is he still in good health?"
28. "Your servant our father is thriving and still in good health," they said, as they bowed respectfully.
29. When Joseph's eye fell on his full brother Benjamin, he asked, "Is this your youngest brother, of whom you told me?" Then he said to him, "May God be gracious to you, my boy!"
30. With that, Joseph had to hurry out, for he was so overcome with affection for his brother that he was on the verge of tears. He went into a private room and wept there.
31. After washing his face, he reappeared and, now in control of himself, gave the order, "Serve the meal."
32. It was served separately to him, to the brothers, and to the Egyptians who partook of his board. (Egyptians may not eat with Hebrews; that is abhorrent to them.)
33. When they were seated by his directions according to their age, from the oldest to the youngest, they looked at one another in amazement;
34. and as portions were brought to them from Joseph's table, Benjamin's portion was five times as large as anyone else's. So they drank freely and made merry with him.

Genesis 44:1-34
1. Then Joseph gave his head steward these instructions: "Fill the men's bags with as much food as they can carry, and put each man's money in the mouth of his bag.
2. In the mouth of the youngest one's bag put also my silver goblet, together with the money for his rations." The steward carried out Joseph's instructions.
3. At daybreak the men and their donkeys were sent off.
4. They had not gone far out of the city when Joseph said to his head steward: "Go at once after the men! When you overtake them, say to them, 'Why did you repay good with evil? Why did you steal the silver goblet from me?
5. It is the very one from which my master drinks and which he uses for divination. What you have done is wrong.'"
6. When the steward overtook them and repeated these words to them,
7. they remonstrated with him: "How can my lord say such things? Far be it from your servants to do such a thing!
8. We even brought back to you from the land of Canaan the money that we found in the mouths of our bags. Why, then, would we steal silver or gold from your master's house?
9. If any of your servants is found to have the goblet, he shall die, and as for the rest of us, we shall become my lord's slaves."
10. But he replied, "Even though it ought to be as you propose, only the one who is found to have it shall become my slave, and the rest of you shall be exonerated."
11. Then each of them eagerly lowered his bag to the ground and opened it;
12. and when a search was made, starting with the oldest and ending with the youngest, the goblet turned up in Benjamin's bag.
13. At this, they tore their clothes. Then, when each man had reloaded his donkey, they returned to the city.
14. As Judah and his brothers reentered Joseph's house, he was still there; so they flung themselves on the ground before him.
15. "How could you do such a thing?" Joseph asked them. "You should have known that such a man as I could discover by divination what happened."
16. Judah replied: "What can we say to my lord? How can we plead or how try to prove our innocence? God has uncovered your servants' guilt. Here we are, then, the slaves of my lord-- the rest of us no less than the one in whose possession the goblet was found."
17. "Far be it from me to act thus!" said Joseph. "Only the one in whose possession the goblet was found shall become my slave; the rest of you may go back safe and sound to your father."
18. Judah then stepped up to him and said: "I beg you, my lord, let your servant speak earnestly to my lord, and do not become angry with your servant, for you are the equal of Pharaoh.
19. My lord asked your servants, 'Have you a father, or another brother?'
20. So we said to my lord, 'We have an aged father, and a young brother, the child of his old age. This one's full brother is dead, and since he is the only one by that mother who is left, his father dotes on him.'
21. Then you told your servants, 'Bring him down to me that my eyes may look on him.'
22. We replied to my lord, 'The boy cannot leave his father; his father would die if he were to leave him.'
23. But you told your servants, 'Unless your youngest brother comes back with you, you shall not come into my presence again.'
24. When we returned to your servant our father, we reported to him the words of my lord.
25. "Later, our father told us to come back and buy some food for the family.
26. So we reminded him, 'We cannot go down there; only if our youngest brother is with us can we go, for we may not see the man if our youngest brother is not with us.'
27. Then your servant our father said to us, 'As you know, my wife bore me two sons.
28. One of them, however, disappeared, and I had to conclude that he must have been torn to pieces by wild beasts; I have not seen him since.
29. If you now take this one away from me too, and some disaster befalls him, you will send my white head down to the nether world in grief.'
30. "If then the boy is not with us when I go back to your servant my father, whose very life is bound up with his, he will die as soon as he sees that the boy is missing;
31. and your servants will thus send the white head of our father down to the nether world in grief.
32. Besides, I, your servant, got the boy from his father by going surety for him, saying, 'If I fail to bring him back to you, father, you can hold it against me forever.'
33. Let me, your servant, therefore, remain in place of the boy as the slave of my lord, and let the boy go back with his brothers.
34. How could I go back to my father if the boy were not with me? I could not bear to see the anguish that would overcome my father."

Psalms 11:1-7
1. For the leader. Of David. I In the LORD I take refuge; how can you say to me, "Flee like a bird to the mountains!
2. See how the wicked string their bows, fit their arrows to the string to shoot from the shadows at the upright.
3. When foundations are being destroyed, what can the upright do?"
4. The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD'S throne is in heaven. God's eyes keep careful watch; they test all peoples.
5. The LORD tests the good and the bad, hates those who love violence,
6. And rains upon the wicked fiery coals and brimstone, a scorching wind their allotted cup.
7. The LORD is just and loves just deeds; the upright shall see his face.

Proverbs 4:10-13
10. Hear, my son, and receive my words, and the years of your life shall be many.
11. On the way of wisdom I direct you, I lead you on straightforward paths.
12. When you walk, your step will not be impeded, and should you run, you will not stumble.
13. Hold fast to instruction, never let her go; keep her, for she is your life.

Matthew 14:22-36
22. Then he made the disciples get into the boat and precede him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.
23. After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening he was there alone.
24. Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore, was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it.
25. During the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them, walking on the sea.
26. When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. "It is a ghost," they said, and they cried out in fear.
27. At once (Jesus) spoke to them, "Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid."
28. Peter said to him in reply, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water."
29. He said, "Come." Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.
30. But when he saw how (strong) the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!"
31. Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"
32. After they got into the boat, the wind died down.
33. Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying, "Truly, you are the Son of God."
34. After making the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret.
35. When the men of that place recognized him, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought to him all those who were sick
36. and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak, and as many as touched it were healed.