Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Rebekah's journey to meet Isaac is an inspiring lesson in devotion to the unseen. Although she had never seen Isaac, Rebekah willingly separated from her family for life. There was no courtship, no "trial period," and no way home! A thousand-mile camel ride stood between her family and her decision to marry Isaac.

As though leaving her family was not enough, Rebekah embarked on one of the roughest journeys a bride could ever face, involving weeks of camelback travel over harsh desert terrain. All her endurance was based upon the servant's description of Isaac. No wonder Isaac's heart was filled with love for this bride when he saw the camels approaching (Genesis 24:63-67)!

In the same way, Jesus is looking for His Bride. He is looking for a Church that is willing to separate forever from its family and follow after Him. His Church must be able to endure hardship on its journey through the desert of life. The Church presses on toward heaven with one motive: devotion to Jesus.

Get on your camel one more time, for this may be the day you see your long-awaited Bridegroom!

Genesis 24:52-26:16

52 When Abraham’s servant heard what they said, he bowed down to the ground before the Lord.S ver 2653 Then the servant brought out gold and silver jewelry and articles of clothingGe 45:22; Ex 3:22; 12:35; 2Ki 5:5 and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave costly giftsS ver 10, 22 to her brother and to her mother.54 Then he and the men who were with him ate and drank and spent the night there.

When they got up the next morning, he said, “Send me on my wayver 56, 59; Ge 30:25 to my master.”

55 But her brother and her mother replied, “Let the young woman remain with us ten days or so;Jdg 19:4 then youOr she may go.”

56 But he said to them, “Do not detain me, now that the Lord has granted successS ver 12 to my journey. Send me on my wayS ver 54 so I may go to my master.”

57 Then they said, “Let’s call the young woman and ask her about it.”Jdg 19:358 So they called Rebekah and asked her, “Will you go with this man?”

“I will go,”Ru 1:16 she said.

59 So they sent their sister Rebekah on her way,S ver 54 along with her nurseGe 35:8 and Abraham’s servant and his men.60 And they blessedGe 27:4, 19; 28:1; 31:55; 48:9, 15, 20; Jos 22:6 Rebekah and said to her,

“Our sister, may you increase

to thousands upon thousands;S Ge 17:16

may your offspring possess

the cities of their enemies.”Ge 22:17; Ps 127:5; Pr 27:11

61 Then Rebekah and her attendantsS Ge 16:1; 30:3; 46:25 got ready and mounted the camels and went back with the man. So the servant took Rebekah and left.

62 Now Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi,S Ge 16:14 for he was living in the Negev.S Ge 12:963 He went out to the field one evening to meditate,The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.Jos 1:8; Ps 1:2; 77:12; 119:15, 27, 48, 97, 148; 143:5; 145:5 and as he looked up,Ge 18:2 he saw camels approaching.64 Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camelGe 31:17, 34; 1Sa 30:1765 and asked the servant, “Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?”

“He is my master,” the servant answered. So she took her veilGe 38:14; SS 1:7; 4:1, 3; 6:7; Isa 47:2 and covered herself.

66 Then the servant told Isaac all he had done.67 Isaac brought her into the tentGe 31:33 of his mother Sarah,S Ge 18:9 and he married Rebekah.Ge 25:20; 49:31 So she became his wife, and he loved her;Ge 29:18, 20; 34:3; Jdg 16:4 and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.Ge 23:1-2

The Death of Abraham25:1-4pp — 1Ch 1:32-33

25 Abraham had taken another wife, whose name was Keturah.She bore him Zimran,Jer 25:25 Jokshan, Medan, Midian,Ge 36:35; 37:28, 36; Ex 2:15; Nu 22:4; 25:6, 18; 31:2; Jos 13:21; Jdg 6:1, 3; 7:1; 8:1, 22, 24; 9:17; 1Ki 11:18; Ps 83:9; Isa 9:4; 10:26; 60:6; Hab 3:7 Ishbak and Shuah.Job 2:11; 8:1Jokshan was the father of ShebaS Ge 10:7 and Dedan;S Ge 10:7 the descendants of Dedan were the Ashurites, the Letushites and the Leummites.The sons of Midian were Ephah,Isa 60:6 Epher, Hanok, Abida and Eldaah. All these were descendants of Keturah.

Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac.S Ge 24:36But while he was still living, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubinesS Ge 22:24 and sent them away from his son IsaacS Ge 21:10, 14 to the land of the east.Ge 29:1; Jdg 6:3, 33; 1Ki 4:30; Job 1:3; Eze 25:4

Abraham lived a hundred and seventy-five years.ver 26; Ge 12:4; 35:28; 47:9, 28; 50:22, 26; Job 42:16Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age,S Ge 15:15 an old man and full of years; and he was gathered to his people.ver 17; Ge 35:29; 49:29, 33; Nu 20:24; 31:2; Dt 31:14; 32:50; 34:5His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried himGe 35:29; 47:30; 49:31 in the cave of MachpelahS Ge 23:9 near Mamre,S Ge 13:18 in the field of EphronGe 23:8 son of Zohar the Hittite,Ge 49:29; 50:1310 the field Abraham had bought from the Hittites.Or the descendants of HethS Ge 10:15 There Abraham was buried with his wife Sarah.11 After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac,S Ge 12:2 who then lived near Beer Lahai Roi.S Ge 16:14

Ishmael’s Sons25:12-16pp — 1Ch 1:29-31

12 This is the accountS Ge 2:4 of the family line of Abraham’s son Ishmael, whom Sarah’s slave, HagarS Ge 16:1 the Egyptian, bore to Abraham.S Ge 17:20; 21:18

13 These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, listed in the order of their birth: NebaiothGe 28:9; 36:3 the firstborn of Ishmael, Kedar,Ps 120:5; SS 1:5; Isa 21:16; 42:11; 60:7; Jer 2:10; 49:28; Eze 27:21 Adbeel, Mibsam,14 Mishma, Dumah,Jos 15:52; Isa 21:11; Ob 1:1 Massa,15 Hadad, Tema,Job 6:19; Isa 21:14; Jer 25:23 Jetur,1Ch 5:19 Naphish and Kedemah.16 These were the sons of Ishmael, and these are the names of the twelve tribal rulersGe 17:20 according to their settlements and camps.S Ge 13:16; Ps 83:617 Ishmael lived a hundred and thirty-seven years. He breathed his last and died, and he was gathered to his people.S ver 818 His descendantsS Ge 17:20; 21:18 settled in the area from Havilah to Shur,S Ge 16:7 near the eastern border of Egypt, as you go toward Ashur. And they lived in hostility towardOr lived to the east of all the tribes related to them.Ge 16:12

Jacob and Esau

19 This is the accountS Ge 2:4 of the family line of Abraham’s son Isaac.

Abraham became the father of Isaac,20 and Isaac was forty years oldver 26; Ge 26:34; 35:28 when he married RebekahS Ge 24:67 daughter of BethuelS Ge 22:22 the Aramean from Paddan AramThat is, Northwest MesopotamiaGe 28:2, 5, 6; 30:20; 31:18; 33:18; 35:9, 26; 46:15; 48:7 and sister of LabanS Ge 24:29 the Aramean.Ge 31:20, 24; Dt 26:5

21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless.S Ge 11:30 The Lord answered his prayer,Ge 30:17, 22; 1Sa 1:17, 23; 1Ch 5:20; 2Ch 33:13; Ezr 8:23; Ps 127:3 and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.22 The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.Ex 18:15; 28:30; 33:7; Lev 24:12; Nu 9:6-8; 27:5, 21; Dt 17:9; Jdg 18:5; 1Sa 9:9; 10:22; 14:36; 22:10; 1Ki 22:8; 2Ki 3:11; 22:13; Isa 30:2; Jer 21:2; 37:7, 17; Eze 14:7; 20:1, 3

23 The Lord said to her,

“Two nationsS Ge 17:4 are in your womb,

and two peoples from within you will be separated;

one people will be stronger than the other,

and the older will serve the younger.S Ge 9:25; 48:14, 19; Ro 9:11-12*

24 When the time came for her to give birth,Lk 1:57; 2:6 there were twin boys in her womb.Ge 38:2725 The first to come out was red,1Sa 16:12 and his whole body was like a hairy garment;Ge 27:11 so they named him Esau.Esau may mean hairy.Ge 27:1, 1526 After this, his brother came out,Ge 38:29 with his hand grasping Esau’s heel;Hos 12:3 so he was named Jacob.Jacob means he grasps the heel, a Hebrew idiom for he deceives.Ge 27:36; 32:27; Dt 23:7; Jos 24:4; Ob 1:10, 12 Isaac was sixty years oldS ver 7,S 20 when Rebekah gave birth to them.

27 The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter,S Ge 10:9 a man of the open country,ver 29; Ge 27:3, 5 while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents.28 Isaac, who had a taste for wild game,Ge 27:3, 4, 9, 14, 19 loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.Ge 27:6; 37:3

29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew,2Ki 4:38-40 Esau came in from the open country,S ver 27 famished.30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew!ver 34 I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.Edom means red.)Ge 32:3; 36:1, 8, 8-9, 19; Nu 20:14; Dt 23:7; Ps 137:7; Jer 25:21; 40:11; 49:7

31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.Dt 21:16-17; 1Ch 5:1-2

32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”

33 But Jacob said, “SwearS Ge 21:23; S 47:31 to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthrightGe 27:36; Heb 12:16 to Jacob.

34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew.ver 30 He ate and drank, and then got up and left.

So Esau despised his birthright.

Isaac and Abimelek26:1-11Ref — Ge 12:10-20; 20:1-18

26 Now there was a famine in the landS Ge 12:10; S Dt 32:24—besides the previous famine in Abraham’s time—and Isaac went to Abimelek king of the PhilistinesS Ge 10:14; Jdg 10:6 in Gerar.S Ge 20:1The Lord appearedS Ge 12:7 to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt;Ge 46:3 live in the land where I tell you to live.S Ge 12:1Stay in this land for a while,Ge 20:1 and I will be with youS Ge 21:20; 27:45; 31:3, 5; 32:9; 35:3; 48:21; Ex 3:12; 33:14-16; Nu 23:21; Dt 31:23; Jos 1:5; Isa 43:2; Jer 1:8, 19; Hag 1:13 and will bless you.ver 12; S Ge 12:2 For to you and your descendants I will give all these landsS Ge 12:7; Ac 7:5 and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham.S Ge 17:19I will make your descendantsver 24; Ge 48:4 as numerous as the stars in the skyS Ge 12:2; S Nu 10:36 and will give them all these lands,S Ge 12:7 and through your offspringOr seed all nations on earth will be blessed,Or and all nations on earth will use the name of your offspring in blessings (see 48:20)S Ge 12:3; Ac 3:25*; Gal 3:8because Abraham obeyed meS Ge 18:19 and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decreesPs 119:80, 112; Eze 18:21 and my instructions.Lev 18:4, 5, 26; 19:19, 37; 20:8, 22; 25:18; 26:3; Nu 15:40; Dt 4:40; 6:2; 11:1; 1Ki 2:3So Isaac stayed in Gerar.S Ge 20:1

When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,S Ge 12:13” because he was afraid to say, “She is my wife.” He thought, “The men of this place might kill me on account of Rebekah, because she is beautiful.”

When Isaac had been there a long time, Abimelek king of the PhilistinesS Ge 10:14 looked down from a window and saw Isaac caressing his wife Rebekah.So Abimelek summoned Isaac and said, “She is really your wife! Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’?S Ge 12:19

Isaac answered him, “Because I thought I might lose my life on account of her.”

10 Then Abimelek said, “What is this you have done to us?S Ge 12:18 One of the men might well have slept with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.”

11 So Abimelek gave orders to all the people: “Anyone who harms1Sa 24:6; 26:9; Ps 105:15 this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”S Ge 20:3

12 Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold,Mt 13:8 because the Lord blessed him.S ver 313 The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy.S Ge 13:2; S Dt 8:1814 He had so many flocks and herds and servantsS Ge 12:16; S 24:36; 32:23 that the Philistines envied him.Ge 37:1115 So all the wellsS Ge 21:30 that his father’s servants had dug in the time of his father Abraham, the Philistines stopped up,S Ge 21:25 filling them with earth.

16 Then Abimelek said to Isaac, “Move away from us;ver 27; Jdg 11:7 you have become too powerful for us.Ex 1:9; Ps 105:24-25

52 When Abraham’s servant heard their answer, he bowed down to the ground and worshiped the Lord.53 Then he brought out silver and gold jewelry and clothing and presented them to Rebekah. He also gave expensive presents to her brother and mother.54 Then they ate their meal, and the servant and the men with him stayed there overnight.

But early the next morning, Abraham’s servant said, “Send me back to my master.”

55 “But we want Rebekah to stay with us at least ten days,” her brother and mother said. “Then she can go.”

56 But he said, “Don’t delay me. The Lord has made my mission successful; now send me back so I can return to my master.”

57 “Well,” they said, “we’ll call Rebekah and ask her what she thinks.”58 So they called Rebekah. “Are you willing to go with this man?” they asked her.

And she replied, “Yes, I will go.”

59 So they said good-bye to Rebekah and sent her away with Abraham’s servant and his men. The woman who had been Rebekah’s childhood nurse went along with her.60 They gave her this blessing as she parted:

“Our sister, may you become

the mother of many millions!

May your descendants be strong

and conquer the cities of their enemies.”

61 Then Rebekah and her servant girls mounted the camels and followed the man. So Abraham’s servant took Rebekah and went on his way.

62 Meanwhile, Isaac, whose home was in the Negev, had returned from Beer-lahai-roi.63 One evening as he was walking and meditating in the fields, he looked up and saw the camels coming.64 When Rebekah looked up and saw Isaac, she quickly dismounted from her camel.65 “Who is that man walking through the fields to meet us?” she asked the servant.

And he replied, “It is my master.” So Rebekah covered her face with her veil.66 Then the servant told Isaac everything he had done.

67 And Isaac brought Rebekah into his mother Sarah’s tent, and she became his wife. He loved her deeply, and she was a special comfort to him after the death of his mother.

The Death of Abraham

25 Abraham married another wife, whose name was Keturah.She gave birth to Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah.Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan. Dedan’s descendants were the Asshurites, Letushites, and Leummites.Midian’s sons were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. These were all descendants of Abraham through Keturah.

Abraham gave everything he owned to his son Isaac.But before he died, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them off to a land in the east, away from Isaac.

Abraham lived for 175 years,and he died at a ripe old age, having lived a long and satisfying life. He breathed his last and joined his ancestors in death.His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, near Mamre, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite.10 This was the field Abraham had purchased from the Hittites and where he had buried his wife Sarah.11 After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac, who settled near Beer-lahai-roi in the Negev.

Ishmael’s Descendants

12 This is the account of the family of Ishmael, the son of Abraham through Hagar, Sarah’s Egyptian servant.13 Here is a list, by their names and clans, of Ishmael’s descendants: The oldest was Nebaioth, followed by Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam,14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa,15 Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah.16 These twelve sons of Ishmael became the founders of twelve tribes named after them, listed according to the places they settled and camped.17 Ishmael lived for 137 years. Then he breathed his last and joined his ancestors in death.18 Ishmael’s descendants occupied the region from Havilah to Shur, which is east of Egypt in the direction of Asshur. There they lived in open hostility toward all their relatives.The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.

The Births of Esau and Jacob

19 This is the account of the family of Isaac, the son of Abraham.20 When Isaac was forty years old, he married Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan-aram and the sister of Laban the Aramean.

21 Isaac pleaded with the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was unable to have children. The Lord answered Isaac’s prayer, and Rebekah became pregnant with twins.22 But the two children struggled with each other in her womb. So she went to ask the Lord about it. “Why is this happening to me?” she asked.

23 And the Lord told her, “The sons in your womb will become two nations. From the very beginning, the two nations will be rivals. One nation will be stronger than the other; and your older son will serve your younger son.”

24 And when the time came to give birth, Rebekah discovered that she did indeed have twins!25 The first one was very red at birth and covered with thick hair like a fur coat. So they named him Esau.Esau sounds like a Hebrew term that means “hair.”26 Then the other twin was born with his hand grasping Esau’s heel. So they named him Jacob.Jacob sounds like the Hebrew words for “heel” and “deceiver.” Isaac was sixty years old when the twins were born.

Esau Sells His Birthright

27 As the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter. He was an outdoorsman, but Jacob had a quiet temperament, preferring to stay at home.28 Isaac loved Esau because he enjoyed eating the wild game Esau brought home, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

29 One day when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau arrived home from the wilderness exhausted and hungry.30 Esau said to Jacob, “I’m starved! Give me some of that red stew!” (This is how Esau got his other name, Edom, which means “red.”)

31 “All right,” Jacob replied, “but trade me your rights as the firstborn son.”

32 “Look, I’m dying of starvation!” said Esau. “What good is my birthright to me now?”

33 But Jacob said, “First you must swear that your birthright is mine.” So Esau swore an oath, thereby selling all his rights as the firstborn to his brother, Jacob.

34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew. Esau ate the meal, then got up and left. He showed contempt for his rights as the firstborn.

Isaac Deceives Abimelech

26 A severe famine now struck the land, as had happened before in Abraham’s time. So Isaac moved to Gerar, where Abimelech, king of the Philistines, lived.

The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt, but do as I tell you.Live here as a foreigner in this land, and I will be with you and bless you. I hereby confirm that I will give all these lands to you and your descendants,Hebrew seed; also in 26:4, 24. just as I solemnly promised Abraham, your father.I will cause your descendants to become as numerous as the stars of the sky, and I will give them all these lands. And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed.I will do this because Abraham listened to me and obeyed all my requirements, commands, decrees, and instructions.”So Isaac stayed in Gerar.

When the men who lived there asked Isaac about his wife, Rebekah, he said, “She is my sister.” He was afraid to say, “She is my wife.” He thought, “They will kill me to get her, because she is so beautiful.”But some time later, Abimelech, king of the Philistines, looked out his window and saw Isaac caressing Rebekah.

Immediately, Abimelech called for Isaac and exclaimed, “She is obviously your wife! Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’?”

“Because I was afraid someone would kill me to get her from me,” Isaac replied.

10 “How could you do this to us?” Abimelech exclaimed. “One of my people might easily have taken your wife and slept with her, and you would have made us guilty of great sin.”

11 Then Abimelech issued a public proclamation: “Anyone who touches this man or his wife will be put to death!”

Conflict over Water Rights

12 When Isaac planted his crops that year, he harvested a hundred times more grain than he planted, for the Lord blessed him.13 He became a very rich man, and his wealth continued to grow.14 He acquired so many flocks of sheep and goats, herds of cattle, and servants that the Philistines became jealous of him.15 So the Philistines filled up all of Isaac’s wells with dirt. These were the wells that had been dug by the servants of his father, Abraham.

16 Finally, Abimelech ordered Isaac to leave the country. “Go somewhere else,” he said, “for you have become too powerful for us.”

52 And it came to pass, that, when Abraham's servant heard their words, he worshipped the Lord, bowing himself to the earth.

53 And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah: he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things.

54 And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were with him, and tarried all night; and they rose up in the morning, and he said, Send me away unto my master.

55 And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us a few days, at the least ten; after that she shall go.

56 And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing the Lord hath prospered my way; send me away that I may go to my master.

57 And they said, We will call the damsel, and enquire at her mouth.

58 And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go.

59 And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men.

60 And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them.

61 And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.

62 And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi; for he dwelt in the south country.

63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.

64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel.

65 For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a vail, and covered herself.

66 And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done.

67 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.

25 Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah.

And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.

And Jokshan begat Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, and Letushim, and Leummim.

And the sons of Midian; Ephah, and Epher, and Hanoch, and Abidah, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah.

And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac.

But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country.

And these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years.

Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.

And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre;

10 The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth: there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife.

11 And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahairoi.

12 Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's handmaid, bare unto Abraham:

13 And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebajoth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam,

14 And Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa,

15 Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah:

16 These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, by their towns, and by their castles; twelve princes according to their nations.

17 And these are the years of the life of Ishmael, an hundred and thirty and seven years: and he gave up the ghost and died; and was gathered unto his people.

18 And they dwelt from Havilah unto Shur, that is before Egypt, as thou goest toward Assyria: and he died in the presence of all his brethren.

19 And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham begat Isaac:

20 And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.

21 And Isaac intreated the Lord for his wife, because she was barren: and the Lord was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.

22 And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the Lord.

23 And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

24 And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.

25 And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.

26 And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.

27 And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.

28 And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.

29 And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:

30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.

31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.

32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?

33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.

34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.

26 And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar.

And the Lord appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:

Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;

And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;

Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.

And Isaac dwelt in Gerar:

And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said, She is my sister: for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she was fair to look upon.

And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife.

And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, Behold, of a surety she is thy wife; and how saidst thou, She is my sister? And Isaac said unto him, Because I said, Lest I die for her.

10 And Abimelech said, What is this thou hast done unto us? one of the people might lightly have lien with thy wife, and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us.

11 And Abimelech charged all his people, saying, He that toucheth this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.

12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him.

13 And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great:

14 For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.

15 For all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth.

16 And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we.

Matthew 8:18-34

The Cost of Following Jesus8:19-22pp — Lk 9:57-60

18 When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake.Mk 4:3519 Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”

20 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of ManDa 7:13; Mt 12:8, 32, 40; 16:13, 27, 28; 17:9; 19:28; Mk 2:10; 8:31 has no place to lay his head.”

21 Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me,S Mt 4:19 and let the dead bury their own dead.”

Jesus Calms the Storm8:23-27pp — Mk 4:36-41; Lk 8:22-258:23-27Ref — Mt 14:22-33

23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him.24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

26 He replied, “You of little faith,S Mt 6:30 why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.Ps 65:7; 89:9; 107:29

27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

Jesus Restores Two Demon-Possessed Men8:28-34pp — Mk 5:1-17; Lk 8:26-37

28 When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes,Some manuscripts Gergesenes; other manuscripts Gerasenes two demon-possessedS Mt 4:24 men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way.29 “What do you want with us,Jdg 11:12; 2Sa 16:10; 1Ki 17:18; Mk 1:24; Lk 4:34; Jn 2:4 Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”2Pe 2:4

30 Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding.31 The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.”

32 He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water.33 Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men.34 Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.Lk 5:8; Ac 16:39

The Cost of Following Jesus

18 When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he instructed his disciples to cross to the other side of the lake.

19 Then one of the teachers of religious law said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”

20 But Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man“Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself. has no place even to lay his head.”

21 Another of his disciples said, “Lord, first let me return home and bury my father.”

22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me now. Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead.Greek Let the dead bury their own dead.

Jesus Calms the Storm

23 Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples.24 Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.25 The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

26 Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.

27 The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!”

Jesus Heals Two Demon-Possessed Men

28 When Jesus arrived on the other side of the lake, in the region of the Gadarenes,Other manuscripts read Gerasenes; still others read Gergesenes. Compare Mark 5:1; Luke 8:26. two men who were possessed by demons met him. They came out of the tombs and were so violent that no one could go through that area.

29 They began screaming at him, “Why are you interfering with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torture us before God’s appointed time?”

30 There happened to be a large herd of pigs feeding in the distance.31 So the demons begged, “If you cast us out, send us into that herd of pigs.”

32 “All right, go!” Jesus commanded them. So the demons came out of the men and entered the pigs, and the whole herd plunged down the steep hillside into the lake and drowned in the water.

33 The herdsmen fled to the nearby town, telling everyone what happened to the demon-possessed men.34 Then the entire town came out to meet Jesus, but they begged him to go away and leave them alone.

18 Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side.

19 And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.

20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

21 And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

23 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.

24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.

26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.

29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?

30 And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.

31 So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.

32 And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.

33 And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils.

34 And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts.

Psalm 10:1-15

Psalm 10Psalms 9 and 10 may originally have been a single acrostic poem in which alternating lines began with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In the Septuagint they constitute one psalm.

Why, Lord, do you stand far off?Ps 22:1, 11; 35:22; 38:21; 71:12

Why do you hide yourselfPs 13:1 in times of trouble?

In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,ver 9; S Job 20:19

who are caught in the schemes he devises.

He boastsPs 49:6; 94:4; Jer 48:30 about the cravings of his heart;

he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord.S Job 1:5

In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;

in all his thoughts there is no room for God.Ps 36:1

His ways are always prosperous;

your laws are rejected bySee Septuagint; Hebrew / they are haughty, and your laws are far from him;

he sneers at all his enemies.

He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.”

He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”Rev 18:7

His mouth is fullRo 3:14* of lies and threats;Ps 73:8; 119:134; Ecc 4:1; Isa 30:12

trouble and evil are under his tongue.S Job 20:12

He lies in waitPs 37:32; 59:3; 71:10; Pr 1:11; Jer 5:26; Mic 7:2 near the villages;

from ambush he murders the innocent.Hos 6:9

His eyes watch in secret for his victims;

like a lion in cover he lies in wait.

He lies in wait to catch the helpless;S ver 2

he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.S Job 18:8

10 His victims are crushed,S Job 9:17 they collapse;

they fall under his strength.

11 He says to himself, “God will never notice;Job 22:13; Ps 42:9; 77:9

he covers his face and never sees.”S Job 22:14

12 Arise,Ps 3:7 Lord! Lift up your hand,Ps 17:7; 20:6; 106:26; Isa 26:11; Mic 5:9 O God.

Do not forget the helpless.Ps 9:12

13 Why does the wicked man revile God?ver 3

Why does he say to himself,

“He won’t call me to account”?S Job 31:14

14 But you, God, see the troublever 7; Ps 22:11 of the afflicted;

you consider their grief and take it in hand.

The victims commit themselves to you;Ps 37:5

you are the helperS Dt 33:29 of the fatherless.

15 Break the arm of the wicked man;S Job 31:22

call the evildoer to account for his wickedness

that would not otherwise be found out.

Psalm 10

O Lord, why do you stand so far away?

Why do you hide when I am in trouble?

The wicked arrogantly hunt down the poor.

Let them be caught in the evil they plan for others.

For they brag about their evil desires;

they praise the greedy and curse the Lord.

The wicked are too proud to seek God.

They seem to think that God is dead.

Yet they succeed in everything they do.

They do not see your punishment awaiting them.

They sneer at all their enemies.

They think, “Nothing bad will ever happen to us!

We will be free of trouble forever!”

Their mouths are full of cursing, lies, and threats.Greek version reads cursing and bitterness. Compare Rom 3:14.

Trouble and evil are on the tips of their tongues.

They lurk in ambush in the villages,

waiting to murder innocent people.

They are always searching for helpless victims.

Like lions crouched in hiding,

they wait to pounce on the helpless.

Like hunters they capture the helpless

and drag them away in nets.

10 Their helpless victims are crushed;

they fall beneath the strength of the wicked.

11 The wicked think, “God isn’t watching us!

He has closed his eyes and won’t even see what we do!”

12 Arise, O Lord!

Punish the wicked, O God!

Do not ignore the helpless!

13 Why do the wicked get away with despising God?

They think, “God will never call us to account.”

14 But you see the trouble and grief they cause.

You take note of it and punish them.

The helpless put their trust in you.

You defend the orphans.

15 Break the arms of these wicked, evil people!

Go after them until the last one is destroyed.

10 Why standest thou afar off, O Lord? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?

The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.

For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth.

The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.

He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.

His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.

He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.

He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.

10 He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.

11 He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.

12 Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.

13 Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.

14 Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.

15 Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none.

Proverbs 3:7-8

Do not be wise in your own eyes;Pr 26:5, 12; Isa 5:21

fear the LordPs 111:10 and shun evil.S Ex 20:20; S Dt 4:6; S Job 1:1

This will bring health to your bodyS Ps 38:3; Pr 4:22

and nourishment to your bones.Job 21:24

Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.

Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.

Then you will have healing for your body

and strength for your bones.

Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.

It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

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