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January 21

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Genesis 42:18-43:34

18Now Joseph said to them on the third day, “Do this and live, for I fear God:19if you are honest men, let one of your brothers be confined in your prison; but as for the rest of you, go, carry grain for the famine of your households,20and bring your youngest brother to me, so your words may be verified, and you will not die.” And they did so.21Then they said to one another, “Truly we are guilty concerning our brother, because we saw the distress of his soul when he pleaded with us, yet we would not listen; therefore this distress has come upon us.”22Reuben answered them, saying, “Did I not tell you, ‘Do not sin against the boy’; and you would not listen? Now comes the reckoning for his blood.”23They did not know, however, that Joseph understood, for there was an interpreter between them.24He turned away from them and wept. But when he returned to them and spoke to them, he took Simeon from them and bound him before their eyes.25Then Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain and to restore every man’s money in his sack, and to give them provisions for the journey. And thus it was done for them.

26So they loaded their donkeys with their grain and departed from there.27As one of them opened his sack to give his donkey fodder at the lodging place, he saw his money; and behold, it was in the mouth of his sack.28Then he said to his brothers, “My money has been returned, and behold, it is even in my sack.” And their hearts sank, and they turned trembling to one another, saying, “What is this that God has done to us?”

Simeon Is Held Hostage

29When they came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan, they told him all that had happened to them, saying,30“The man, the lord of the land, spoke harshly with us, and took us for spies of the country.31“But we said to him, ‘We are honest men; we are not spies.32‘We are twelve brothers, sons of our father; one is no longer alive, and the youngest is with our father today in the land of Canaan.’33“The man, the lord of the land, said to us, ‘By this I will know that you are honest men: leave one of your brothers with me and take grain for the famine of your households, and go.34‘But bring your youngest brother to me that I may know that you are not spies, but honest men. I will give your brother to you, and you may trade in the land.’”

35Now it came about as they were emptying their sacks, that behold, every man’s bundle of money was in his sack; and when they and their father saw their bundles of money, they were dismayed.36Their father Jacob said to them, “You have bereaved me of my children: Joseph is no more, and Simeon is no more, and you would take Benjamin; all these things are against me.”37Then Reuben spoke to his father, saying, “You may put my two sons to death if I do not bring him back to you; put him in my care, and I will return him to you.”38But Jacob said, “My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he alone is left. If harm should befall him on the journey you are taking, then you will bring my gray hair down to Sheol in sorrow.”

The Return to Egypt

1Now the famine was severe in the land.2So it came about when they had finished eating the grain which they had brought from Egypt, that their father said to them, “Go back, buy us a little food.”3Judah spoke to him, however, saying, “The man solemnly warned us, ‘You shall not see my face unless your brother is with you.’4“If you send our brother with us, we will go down and buy you food.5“But if you do not send him, we will not go down; for the man said to us, ‘You will not see my face unless your brother is with you.’”6Then Israel said, “Why did you treat me so badly by telling the man whether you still had another brother?”7But they said, “The man questioned particularly about us and our relatives, saying, ‘Is your father still alive? Have you another brother?’ So we answered his questions. Could we possibly know that he would say, ‘Bring your brother down’?”8Judah said to his father Israel, “Send the lad with me and we will arise and go, that we may live and not die, we as well as you and our little ones.9“I myself will be surety for him; you may hold me responsible for him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him before you, then let me bear the blame before you forever.10“For if we had not delayed, surely by now we could have returned twice.”

11Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be so, then do this: take some of the best products of the land in your bags, and carry down to the man as a present, a little balm and a little honey, aromatic gum and myrrh, pistachio nuts and almonds.12“Take double the money in your hand, and take back in your hand the money that was returned in the mouth of your sacks; perhaps it was a mistake.13“Take your brother also, and arise, return to the man;14and may God Almighty grant you compassion in the sight of the man, so that he will release to you your other brother and Benjamin. And as for me, if I am bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.”15So the men took this present, and they took double the money in their hand, and Benjamin; then they arose and went down to Egypt and stood before Joseph.

Joseph Sees Benjamin

16When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to his house steward, “Bring the men into the house, and slay an animal and make ready; for the men are to dine with me at noon.”17So the man did as Joseph said, and brought the men to Joseph’s house.18Now the men were afraid, because they were brought to Joseph’s house; and they said, “It is because of the money that was returned in our sacks the first time that we are being brought in, that he may seek occasion against us and fall upon us, and take us for slaves with our donkeys.”19So they came near to Joseph’s house steward, and spoke to him at the entrance of the house,20and said, “Oh, my lord, we indeed came down the first time to buy food,21and it came about when we came to the lodging place, that we opened our sacks, and behold, each man’s money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full. So we have brought it back in our hand.22“We have also brought down other money in our hand to buy food; we do not know who put our money in our sacks.”23He said, “Be at ease, do not be afraid. Your God and the God of your father has given you treasure in your sacks; I had your money.” Then he brought Simeon out to them.24Then the man brought the men into Joseph’s house and gave them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their donkeys fodder.25So they prepared the present for Joseph’s coming at noon; for they had heard that they were to eat a meal there.

26When Joseph came home, they brought into the house to him the present which was in their hand and bowed to the ground before him.27Then he asked them about their welfare, and said, “Is your old father well, of whom you spoke? Is he still alive?”28They said, “Your servant our father is well; he is still alive.” They bowed down in homage.29As he lifted his eyes and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s son, he said, “Is this your youngest brother, of whom you spoke to me?” And he said, “May God be gracious to you, my son.”30Joseph hurried out for he was deeply stirred over his brother, and he sought a place to weep; and he entered his chamber and wept there.31Then he washed his face and came out; and he controlled himself and said, “Serve the meal.”32So they served him by himself, and them by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves, because the Egyptians could not eat bread with the Hebrews, for that is loathsome to the Egyptians.33Now they were seated before him, the firstborn according to his birthright and the youngest according to his youth, and the men looked at one another in astonishment.34He took portions to them from his own table, but Benjamin’s portion was five times as much as any of theirs. So they feasted and drank freely with him.

Matthew 13:47-14:12

47“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea, and gathering fish of every kind;48and when it was filled, they drew it up on the beach; and they sat down and gathered the good fish into containers, but the bad they threw away.49“So it will be at the end of the age; the angels will come forth and take out the wicked from among the righteous,50and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

51“Have you understood all these things?” They *said to Him, “Yes.”52And Jesus said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”

Jesus Revisits Nazareth

53When Jesus had finished these parables, He departed from there.54He came to His hometown and began teaching them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?55“Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?56“And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?”57And they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.”58And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.

John the Baptist Beheaded

1At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the news about Jesus,2and said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.”

3For when Herod had John arrested, he bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip.4For John had been saying to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.”5Although Herod wanted to put him to death, he feared the crowd, because they regarded John as a prophet.

6But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod,7so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked.8Having been prompted by her mother, she *said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.”9Although he was grieved, the king commanded it to be given because of his oaths, and because of his dinner guests.10He sent and had John beheaded in the prison.11And his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.12His disciples came and took away the body and buried it; and they went and reported to Jesus.

Five Thousand Fed

Psalm 18:16-36

16He sent from on high, He took me;

He drew me out of many waters.

17He delivered me from my strong enemy,

And from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me.

18They confronted me in the day of my calamity,

But the LORD was my stay.

19He brought me forth also into a broad place;

He rescued me, because He delighted in me.

20The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness;

According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.

21For I have kept the ways of the LORD,

And have not wickedly departed from my God.

22For all His ordinances were before me,

And I did not put away His statutes from me.

23I was also blameless with Him,

And I kept myself from my iniquity.

24Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to my righteousness,

According to the cleanness of my hands in His eyes.

25With the kind You show Yourself kind;

With the blameless You show Yourself blameless;

26With the pure You show Yourself pure,

And with the crooked You show Yourself astute.

27For You save an afflicted people,

But haughty eyes You abase.

28For You light my lamp;

The LORD my God illumines my darkness.

29For by You I can run upon a troop;

And by my God I can leap over a wall.

30As for God, His way is blameless;

The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.

31For who is God, but the LORD?

And who is a rock, except our God,

32The God who girds me with strength

And makes my way blameless?

33He makes my feet like hinds’ feet,

And sets me upon my high places.

34He trains my hands for battle,

So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

35You have also given me the shield of Your salvation,

And Your right hand upholds me;

And Your gentleness makes me great.

36You enlarge my steps under me,

And my feet have not slipped.

Proverbs 4:7-10

7“The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom;

And with all your acquiring, get understanding.

8“Prize her, and she will exalt you;

She will honor you if you embrace her.

9“She will place on your head a garland of grace;

She will present you with a crown of beauty.”

10Hear, my son, and accept my sayings

And the years of your life will be many.