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January 17


Genesis 33:1-20
1. Now Jacob looked up and saw Esau coming, and four hundred men with him. So he divided the children among Leah and Rachel and the two maids.
2. He put the maids with their children in front, then Leah with her children, and Rachel and Joseph last of all.
3. He himself went on ahead of them, bowing himself to the ground seven times, until he came near his brother.
4. But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.
5. When Esau looked up and saw the women and children, he said, "Who are these with you?" Jacob said, "The children whom God has graciously given your servant."
6. Then the maids drew near, they and their children, and bowed down;
7. Leah likewise and her children drew near and bowed down; and finally Joseph and Rachel drew near, and they bowed down.
8. Esau said, "What do you mean by all this company that I met?" Jacob answered, "To find favor with my lord."
9. But Esau said, "I have enough, my brother; keep what you have for yourself."
10. Jacob said, "No, please; if I find favor with you, then accept my present from my hand; for truly to see your face is like seeing the face of God-- since you have received me with such favor.
11. Please accept my gift that is brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have everything I want." So he urged him, and he took it.
12. Then Esau said, "Let us journey on our way, and I will go alongside you."
13. But Jacob said to him, "My lord knows that the children are frail and that the flocks and herds, which are nursing, are a care to me; and if they are overdriven for one day, all the flocks will die.
14. Let my lord pass on ahead of his servant, and I will lead on slowly, according to the pace of the cattle that are before me and according to the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir."
15. So Esau said, "Let me leave with you some of the people who are with me." But he said, "Why should my lord be so kind to me?"
16. So Esau returned that day on his way to Seir.
17. But Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built himself a house, and made booths for his cattle; therefore the place is called Succoth.
18. Jacob came safely to the city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, on his way from Paddan-aram; and he camped before the city.
19. And from the sons of Hamor, Shechem's father, he bought for one hundred pieces of money the plot of land on which he had pitched his tent.
20. There he erected an altar and called it El-Elohe-Israel.

Genesis 34:1-31
1. Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the region.
2. When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the region, saw her, he seized her and lay with her by force.
3. And his soul was drawn to Dinah daughter of Jacob; he loved the girl, and spoke tenderly to her.
4. So Shechem spoke to his father Hamor, saying, "Get me this girl to be my wife."
5. Now Jacob heard that Shechem had defiled his daughter Dinah; but his sons were with his cattle in the field, so Jacob held his peace until they came.
6. And Hamor the father of Shechem went out to Jacob to speak with him,
7. just as the sons of Jacob came in from the field. When they heard of it, the men were indignant and very angry, because he had committed an outrage in Israel by lying with Jacob's daughter, for such a thing ought not to be done.
8. But Hamor spoke with them, saying, "The heart of my son Shechem longs for your daughter; please give her to him in marriage.
9. Make marriages with us; give your daughters to us, and take our daughters for yourselves.
10. You shall live with us; and the land shall be open to you; live and trade in it, and get property in it."
11. Shechem also said to her father and to her brothers, "Let me find favor with you, and whatever you say to me I will give.
12. Put the marriage present and gift as high as you like, and I will give whatever you ask me; only give me the girl to be my wife."
13. The sons of Jacob answered Shechem and his father Hamor deceitfully, because he had defiled their sister Dinah.
14. They said to them, "We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one who is uncircumcised, for that would be a disgrace to us.
15. Only on this condition will we consent to you: that you will become as we are and every male among you be circumcised.
16. Then we will give our daughters to you, and we will take your daughters for ourselves, and we will live among you and become one people.
17. But if you will not listen to us and be circumcised, then we will take our daughter and be gone."
18. Their words pleased Hamor and Hamor's son Shechem.
19. And the young man did not delay to do the thing, because he was delighted with Jacob's daughter. Now he was the most honored of all his family.
20. So Hamor and his son Shechem came to the gate of their city and spoke to the men of their city, saying,
21. "These people are friendly with us; let them live in the land and trade in it, for the land is large enough for them; let us take their daughters in marriage, and let us give them our daughters.
22. Only on this condition will they agree to live among us, to become one people: that every male among us be circumcised as they are circumcised.
23. Will not their livestock, their property, and all their animals be ours? Only let us agree with them, and they will live among us."
24. And all who went out of the city gate heeded Hamor and his son Shechem; and every male was circumcised, all who went out of the gate of his city.
25. On the third day, when they were still in pain, two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brothers, took their swords and came against the city unawares, and killed all the males.
26. They killed Hamor and his son Shechem with the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem's house, and went away.
27. And the other sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and plundered the city, because their sister had been defiled.
28. They took their flocks and their herds, their donkeys, and whatever was in the city and in the field.
29. All their wealth, all their little ones and their wives, all that was in the houses, they captured and made their prey.
30. Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, "You have brought trouble on me by making me odious to the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites and the Perizzites; my numbers are few, and if they gather themselves against me and attack me, I shall be destroyed, both I and my household."
31. But they said, "Should our sister be treated like a whore?"

Psalms 9:1-5
1. I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
2. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
3. When my enemies turned back, they stumbled and perished before you.
4. For you have maintained my just cause; you have sat on the throne giving righteous judgment.
5. You have rebuked the nations, you have destroyed the wicked; you have blotted out their name forever and ever.

Proverbs 3:21-26
21. My child, do not let these escape from your sight: keep sound wisdom and prudence,
22. and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck.
23. Then you will walk on your way securely and your foot will not stumble.
24. If you sit down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25. Do not be afraid of sudden panic, or of the storm that strikes the wicked;
26. for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.

Matthew 12:1-21
1. At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat.
2. 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, "Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?
4. He entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him or his companions to eat, but only for the priests.
5. Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbath the priests in the temple break the sabbath and yet are guiltless?
6. I tell you, something greater than the temple is here.
7. But if you had known what this means, 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless.
8. For the Son of Man is lord of the sabbath."
9. He left that place and entered their synagogue;
10. a man was there with a withered hand, and they asked him, "Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath?" so that they might accuse him.
11. He said to them, "Suppose one of you has only one sheep and it falls into a pit on the sabbath; will you not lay hold of it and lift it out?
12. How much more valuable is a human being 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 conspired against him, how to destroy him.
15. When Jesus became aware of this, he departed. Many crowds followed him, and he cured all of them,
16. and he ordered them not to make him known.
17. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
18. "Here is my servant, whom I have chosen, my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
19. He will not wrangle or cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
20. He will not break a bruised reed or quench a smoldering wick until he brings justice to victory.
21. And in his name the Gentiles will hope."