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Januari 2


Genesis 3:1-24
1. Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God say, 'You shall not eat from any tree in the garden'?"
2. The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden;
3. but God said, 'You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.'"
4. But the serpent said to the woman, "You will not die;
5. for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
6. So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate.
7. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.
8. They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
9. But the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, "Where are you?"
10. He said, "I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself."
11. He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?"
12. The man said, "The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate."
13. Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this that you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent tricked me, and I ate."
14. The LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, cursed are you among all animals and among all wild creatures; upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.
15. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike your head, and you will strike his heel."
16. To the woman he said, "I will greatly increase your pangs in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you."
17. And to the man he said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree about which I commanded you, 'You shall not eat of it,' cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18. thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return."
20. The man named his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all living.
21. And the LORD God made garments of skins for the man and for his wife, and clothed them.
22. Then the LORD God said, "See, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever"--
23. therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken.
24. He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a sword flaming and turning to guard the way to the tree of life.

Genesis 4:1-26
1. Now the man knew his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, "I have produced a man with the help of the LORD."
2. Next she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a tiller of the ground.
3. In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground,
4. and Abel for his part brought of the firstlings of his flock, their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering,
5. but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.
6. The LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry, and why has your countenance fallen?
7. If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it."
8. Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let us go out to the field." And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him.
9. Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?" He said, "I do not know; am I my brother's keeper?"
10. And the LORD said, "What have you done? Listen; your brother's blood is crying out to me from the ground!
11. And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand.
12. When you till the ground, it will no longer yield to you its strength; you will be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth."
13. Cain said to the LORD, "My punishment is greater than I can bear!
14. Today you have driven me away from the soil, and I shall be hidden from your face; I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and anyone who meets me may kill me."
15. Then the LORD said to him, "Not so! Whoever kills Cain will suffer a sevenfold vengeance." And the LORD put a mark on Cain, so that no one who came upon him would kill him.
16. Then Cain went away from the presence of the LORD, and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden.
17. Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch; and he built a city, and named it Enoch after his son Enoch.
18. To Enoch was born Irad; and Irad was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael the father of Methushael, and Methushael the father of Lamech.
19. Lamech took two wives; the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.
20. Adah bore Jabal; he was the ancestor of those who live in tents and have livestock.
21. His brother's name was Jubal; he was the ancestor of all those who play the lyre and pipe.
22. Zillah bore Tubal-cain, who made all kinds of bronze and iron tools. The sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah.
23. Lamech said to his wives: "Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; you wives of Lamech, listen to what I say: I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for striking me.
24. If Cain is avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy-sevenfold."
25. Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, for she said, "God has appointed for me another child instead of Abel, because Cain killed him."
26. To Seth also a son was born, and he named him Enosh. At that time people began to invoke the name of the LORD.

Psalms 2:1-6
1. Why do the nations conspire, and the peoples plot in vain?
2. The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and his anointed, saying,
3. "Let us burst their bonds asunder, and cast their cords from us."
4. He who sits in the heavens laughs; the LORD has them in derision.
5. Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6. "I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill."

Proverbs 1:8-9
8. Hear, my child, your father's instruction, and do not reject your mother's teaching;
9. for they are a fair garland for your head, and pendants for your neck.

Matthew 2:1-23
1. In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,
2. asking, "Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage."
3. When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him;
4. and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born.
5. They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:
6. 'And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.'"
7. Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared.
8. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage."
9. When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was.
10. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.
11. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
12. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.
13. Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him."
14. Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt,
15. and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, "Out of Egypt I have called my son."
16. When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men.
17. Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah:
18. "A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more."
19. When Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said,
20. "Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child's life are dead."
21. Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel.
22. But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And after being warned in a dream, he went away to the district of Galilee.
23. There he made his home in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, "He will be called a Nazorean."