Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Poor Jacob thought his trickery of his father had gone unnoticed. He forgot that God was watching everything and everybody-including him! Someone said, "You may get by, but you won't get away!" Little did Jacob know that God would discipline him by preparing someone even trickier than he to enter his life. "My child, don't ignore it when the Lord disciplines you, and don't be discouraged when he corrects you. For the Lord corrects those he loves. . . ."(Proverbs 3:11-12).

For seven long years Jacob served Laban for his daughter Rachel. Then, on the wedding night, Laban tricked him into marrying Leah. It is interesting that Jacob deceived his father in a tent, and later he himself was deceived in a tent! God will discipline you with the exact process you used on someone else. God loved Jacob and knew that until he met a superior deceiver, he would be tricking, deceiving, and supplanting for the rest of his life.

Do not despise the Lord's work in your life. He loves you, and His discipline will yield "a quiet harvest of right living" (Hebrews 12:11).

Genesis 28:1-29:35

28 So Isaac called for Jacob and blessedS Ge 24:60 him. Then he commanded him: “Do not marry a Canaanite woman.Ge 24:3Go at once to Paddan Aram,That is, Northwest Mesopotamia; also in verses 5, 6 and 7S Ge 25:20 to the house of your mother’s father Bethuel.S Ge 25:20 Take a wife for yourself there, from among the daughters of Laban, your mother’s brother.S Ge 21:21; S 24:29May God AlmightyHebrew El-ShaddaiS Ge 17:1 blessGe 48:16; Nu 6:24; Ru 2:4; Ps 129:8; 134:3; Jer 31:23 you and make you fruitfulS Ge 17:6 and increase your numbersS Ge 12:2 until you become a community of peoples.May he give you and your descendants the blessing given to Abraham,S Ge 12:2, 3 so that you may take possession of the landS Ge 15:7 where you now reside as a foreigner,S Ge 17:8 the land God gave to Abraham.”Then Isaac sent Jacob on his way,S Ge 11:31 and he went to Paddan Aram,Hos 12:12 to Laban son of Bethuel the Aramean,S Ge 25:20 the brother of Rebekah,S Ge 24:29 who was the mother of Jacob and Esau.

Now Esau learned that Isaac had blessed Jacob and had sent him to Paddan Aram to take a wife from there, and that when he blessed him he commanded him, “Do not marry a Canaanite woman,”S ver 1and that Jacob had obeyed his father and mother and had gone to Paddan Aram.Esau then realized how displeasing the Canaanite womenS Ge 10:15-19 were to his father Isaac;S Ge 26:35so he went to IshmaelS Ge 16:15 and married Mahalath, the sister of NebaiothS Ge 25:13 and daughter of Ishmael son of Abraham, in addition to the wives he already had.S Ge 26:34

Jacob’s Dream at Bethel

10 Jacob left BeershebaS Ge 21:14 and set out for Harran.S Ge 11:3111 When he reached a certain place,S Ge 12:8 he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his headver 18 and lay down to sleep.12 He had a dreamS Ge 20:3; 37:19 in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.Jn 1:5113 There above itOr There beside him stood the Lord,S Ge 12:7; 35:7, 9; 48:3 and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac.S Ge 24:12; 48:16; 49:25; 50:17 I will give you and your descendants the landS Ge 12:7 on which you are lying.Ge 46:4; 48:2114 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and youGe 26:4 will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south.S Ge 12:2; S 13:14; S 26:24 All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.Or will use your name and the name of your offspring in blessings (see 48:20)S Ge 12:3; Ac 3:25; Gal 3:815 I am with youS Ge 21:20 and will watch over youver 20; Ps 121:5, 7-8 wherever you go,ver 22; Ge 35:3 and I will bring you back to this land.ver 21; S Ge 15:16; 30:25; 31:30 I will not leave youDt 31:6, 8; Jos 1:5; Ne 4:14; Ps 9:10 until I have done what I have promised you.Lev 26:42Ps 105:10

16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep,1Ki 3:15; Jer 31:26 he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.”17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place!Ex 3:5; 19:21; Jos 5:15; Ps 68:24, 35 This is none other than the house of God;ver 22; Ge 32:2; 1Ch 22:1; 2Ch 3:1 this is the gate of heaven.”

18 Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his headver 11 and set it up as a pillarver 22; Ge 31:13, 45, 51; 35:14; Ex 24:4; Jos 24:26, 27; Isa 19:19 and poured oil on top of it.Lev 8:11; Jos 4:919 He called that place Bethel,Bethel means house of God.S Ge 12:8 though the city used to be called Luz.Ge 35:6; 48:3; Jos 16:2; 18:13; Jdg 1:23, 26

20 Then Jacob made a vow,Ge 31:13; Lev 7:16; 22:18; 23:38; 27:2, 9; Nu 6:2; 15:3; Dt 12:6; Jdg 11:30; 1Sa 1:21; 2Sa 15:8 saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over meS ver 15 on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear1Ti 6:821 so that I return safelyJdg 11:31 to my father’s household,S ver 15 then the LordOr Since God … father’s household, the Lord will be my GodEx 15:2; Dt 26:17; Jos 24:18; Ps 48:14; 118:2822 andOr household, and the Lord will be my God, 22 then this stone that I have set up as a pillarS ver 18; 1Sa 7:12 will be God’s house,S ver 17 and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.S Ge 14:20; S Nu 18:21; Lk 18:12

Jacob Arrives in Paddan Aram

29 Then Jacob continued on his journey and came to the land of the eastern peoples.S Ge 25:6There he saw a well in the open country, with three flocks of sheep lying near it because the flocks were watered from that well.S Ge 24:11 The stonever 3, 8, 10 over the mouth of the well was large.When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stoneS ver 2 away from the well’s mouth and water the sheep.ver 8 Then they would return the stone to its place over the mouth of the well.

Jacob asked the shepherds, “My brothers, where are you from?”Ge 42:7; Jdg 19:17

“We’re from Harran,S Ge 11:31” they replied.

He said to them, “Do you know Laban, Nahor’s grandson?”S Ge 11:29

“Yes, we know him,” they answered.

Then Jacob asked them, “Is he well?”

“Yes, he is,” they said, “and here comes his daughter RachelGe 30:22-24; 35:16; 46:19, 22 with the sheep.Ex 2:16

“Look,” he said, “the sun is still high; it is not time for the flocks to be gathered. Water the sheep and take them back to pasture.”

“We can’t,” they replied, “until all the flocks are gathered and the stoneS ver 2 has been rolled away from the mouth of the well. Then we will waterS Ge 24:13 the sheep.”

While he was still talking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep,Ex 2:16 for she was a shepherd.10 When Jacob saw Rachelver 16 daughter of his uncle Laban, and Laban’s sheep, he went over and rolled the stoneS ver 2 away from the mouth of the well and wateredS Ge 24:11 his uncle’s sheep.ver 3; Ex 2:1711 Then Jacob kissedver 13 Rachel and began to weep aloud.Ge 33:4; 42:24; 43:30; 45:2, 14-15; 46:29; 50:1, 17; Ru 1:912 He had told Rachel that he was a relativever 15 of her father and a son of Rebekah.S Ge 24:29 So she ran and told her father.Ge 24:28

13 As soon as LabanS Ge 24:29 heard the news about Jacob, his sister’s son, he hurried to meet him. He embraced himGe 33:4; 45:14-15, 14; 48:10; Ex 4:27; 18:7; Lk 15:20 and kissed him and brought him to his home, and there Jacob told him all these things.14 Then Laban said to him, “You are my own flesh and blood.”Ge 2:23; 37:27; Jdg 9:2; 2Sa 5:1; 19:12-13; 20:1; Ne 5:5; Isa 58:7

Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel

After Jacob had stayed with him for a whole month,15 Laban said to him, “Just because you are a relativever 12 of mine, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wagesGe 30:28, 32; 31:7, 41 should be.”

16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah,ver 17, 23, 28, 30; Ge 30:9; 35:23; 47:30; 49:31; Ru 4:11 and the name of the younger was Rachel.ver 9-1017 Leah had weakOr delicate eyes, but RachelS ver 16 had a lovely figure and was beautiful.S Ge 12:1118 Jacob was in love with RachelS Ge 24:67 and said, “I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.”ver 20, 27, 30; Ge 30:26; Hos 12:12

19 Laban said, “It’s better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me.”20 So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel,S ver 18; Ge 31:15 but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.SS 8:7; Hos 12:12

21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to make love to her.Jdg 15:1

22 So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast.Jdg 14:10; Isa 25:6; Jn 2:1-223 But when evening came, he took his daughter LeahS ver 16 and brought her to Jacob, and Jacob made love to her.24 And Laban gave his servant ZilpahGe 30:9 to his daughter as her attendant.S Ge 16:1

25 When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me?S Ge 12:18 I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me?S Ge 27:36

26 Laban replied, “It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one.Jdg 15:2; 1Sa 14:49; 18:17, 20; 2Sa 6:2327 Finish this daughter’s bridal week;Jdg 14:12 then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work.S ver 18; Ge 31:41

28 And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife.S ver 16; S Ge 4:1929 Laban gave his servant BilhahGe 30:3; 35:22; 49:4; Dt 22:30; 1Ch 5:1 to his daughter Rachel as her attendant.S Ge 16:130 Jacob made love to Rachel also, and his love for Rachel was greater than his love for Leah.S ver 16 And he worked for Laban another seven years.S ver 20

Jacob’s Children

31 When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved,ver 33; Dt 21:15-17 he enabled her to conceive,S Ge 11:30; S 16:2; Ru 4:13; 1Sa 1:19; Ps 127:3 but Rachel remained childless.32 Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son.Ge 30:23; Ru 4:13; 1Sa 1:20 She named him Reuben,Reuben sounds like the Hebrew for he has seen my misery; the name means see, a son.Ge 37:21; 46:8; 48:5, 14; 49:3; Ex 6:14; Nu 1:5, 20; 26:5; Dt 33:6; Jos 4:12; 1Ch 5:1, 3 for she said, “It is because the Lord has seen my misery.S Ge 16:11 Surely my husband will love me now.”

33 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Because the Lord heard that I am not loved,S ver 31 he gave me this one too.” So she named him Simeon.Simeon probably means one who hears.Ge 34:25; 46:10; 48:5; 49:5; Ex 6:15; Nu 1:6, 22; 34:20; 1Ch 4:24; Eze 48:24

34 Again she conceived, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Now at last my husband will become attached to me,Ge 30:20; 1Sa 1:2-4 because I have borne him three sons.” So he was named Levi.Levi sounds like and may be derived from the Hebrew for attached.Ge 34:25; 46:11; 49:5-7; Ex 2:1; 6:16, 19; Nu 1:47; 3:17-20; 26:57; Dt 33:8; 1Ch 6:1, 16; 23:6-24, 13-14

35 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” So she named him Judah.Judah sounds like and may be derived from the Hebrew for praise.Ge 35:23; 37:26; 38:1; 43:8; 44:14, 18; 46:12; 49:8; 1Ch 2:3; 4:1; Isa 48:1; Mt 1:2-3 Then she stopped having children.Ge 30:9

28 So Isaac called for Jacob, blessed him, and said, “You must not marry any of these Canaanite women.Instead, go at once to Paddan-aram, to the house of your grandfather Bethuel, and marry one of your uncle Laban’s daughters.May God AlmightyHebrew El-Shaddai. bless you and give you many children. And may your descendants multiply and become many nations!May God pass on to you and your descendantsHebrew seed; also in 28:13, 14. the blessings he promised to Abraham. May you own this land where you are now living as a foreigner, for God gave this land to Abraham.”

So Isaac sent Jacob away, and he went to Paddan-aram to stay with his uncle Laban, his mother’s brother, the son of Bethuel the Aramean.

Esau knew that his father, Isaac, had blessed Jacob and sent him to Paddan-aram to find a wife, and that he had warned Jacob, “You must not marry a Canaanite woman.”He also knew that Jacob had obeyed his parents and gone to Paddan-aram.It was now very clear to Esau that his father did not like the local Canaanite women.So Esau visited his uncle Ishmael’s family and married one of Ishmael’s daughters, in addition to the wives he already had. His new wife’s name was Mahalath. She was the sister of Nebaioth and the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham’s son.

Jacob’s Dream at Bethel

10 Meanwhile, Jacob left Beersheba and traveled toward Haran.11 At sundown he arrived at a good place to set up camp and stopped there for the night. Jacob found a stone to rest his head against and lay down to sleep.12 As he slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from the earth up to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down the stairway.

13 At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and he said, “I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants.14 Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! They will spread out in all directions—to the west and the east, to the north and the south. And all the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants.15 What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.”

16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!”17 But he was also afraid and said, “What an awesome place this is! It is none other than the house of God, the very gateway to heaven!”

18 The next morning Jacob got up very early. He took the stone he had rested his head against, and he set it upright as a memorial pillar. Then he poured olive oil over it.19 He named that place Bethel (which means “house of God”), although it was previously called Luz.

20 Then Jacob made this vow: “If God will indeed be with me and protect me on this journey, and if he will provide me with food and clothing,21 and if I return safely to my father’s home, then the Lord will certainly be my God.22 And this memorial pillar I have set up will become a place for worshiping God, and I will present to God a tenth of everything he gives me.”

Jacob Arrives at Paddan-Aram

29 Then Jacob hurried on, finally arriving in the land of the east.He saw a well in the distance. Three flocks of sheep and goats lay in an open field beside it, waiting to be watered. But a heavy stone covered the mouth of the well.

It was the custom there to wait for all the flocks to arrive before removing the stone and watering the animals. Afterward the stone would be placed back over the mouth of the well.Jacob went over to the shepherds and asked, “Where are you from, my friends?”

“We are from Haran,” they answered.

“Do you know a man there named Laban, the grandson of Nahor?” he asked.

“Yes, we do,” they replied.

“Is he doing well?” Jacob asked.

“Yes, he’s well,” they answered. “Look, here comes his daughter Rachel with the flock now.”

Jacob said, “Look, it’s still broad daylight—too early to round up the animals. Why don’t you water the sheep and goats so they can get back out to pasture?”

“We can’t water the animals until all the flocks have arrived,” they replied. “Then the shepherds move the stone from the mouth of the well, and we water all the sheep and goats.”

Jacob was still talking with them when Rachel arrived with her father’s flock, for she was a shepherd.10 And because Rachel was his cousin—the daughter of Laban, his mother’s brother—and because the sheep and goats belonged to his uncle Laban, Jacob went over to the well and moved the stone from its mouth and watered his uncle’s flock.11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and he wept aloud.12 He explained to Rachel that he was her cousin on her father’s side—the son of her aunt Rebekah. So Rachel quickly ran and told her father, Laban.

13 As soon as Laban heard that his nephew Jacob had arrived, he ran out to meet him. He embraced and kissed him and brought him home. When Jacob had told him his story,14 Laban exclaimed, “You really are my own flesh and blood!”

Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel

After Jacob had stayed with Laban for about a month,15 Laban said to him, “You shouldn’t work for me without pay just because we are relatives. Tell me how much your wages should be.”

16 Now Laban had two daughters. The older daughter was named Leah, and the younger one was Rachel.17 There was no sparkle in Leah’s eyes,Or Leah had dull eyes, or Leah had soft eyes. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. but Rachel had a beautiful figure and a lovely face.18 Since Jacob was in love with Rachel, he told her father, “I’ll work for you for seven years if you’ll give me Rachel, your younger daughter, as my wife.”

19 “Agreed!” Laban replied. “I’d rather give her to you than to anyone else. Stay and work with me.”20 So Jacob worked seven years to pay for Rachel. But his love for her was so strong that it seemed to him but a few days.

21 Finally, the time came for him to marry her. “I have fulfilled my agreement,” Jacob said to Laban. “Now give me my wife so I can sleep with her.”

22 So Laban invited everyone in the neighborhood and prepared a wedding feast.23 But that night, when it was dark, Laban took Leah to Jacob, and he slept with her.24 (Laban had given Leah a servant, Zilpah, to be her maid.)

25 But when Jacob woke up in the morning—it was Leah! “What have you done to me?” Jacob raged at Laban. “I worked seven years for Rachel! Why have you tricked me?”

26 “It’s not our custom here to marry off a younger daughter ahead of the firstborn,” Laban replied.27 “But wait until the bridal week is over; then we’ll give you Rachel, too—provided you promise to work another seven years for me.”

28 So Jacob agreed to work seven more years. A week after Jacob had married Leah, Laban gave him Rachel, too.29 (Laban gave Rachel a servant, Bilhah, to be her maid.)30 So Jacob slept with Rachel, too, and he loved her much more than Leah. He then stayed and worked for Laban the additional seven years.

Jacob’s Many Children

31 When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, he enabled her to have children, but Rachel could not conceive.32 So Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben,Reuben means “Look, a son!” It also sounds like the Hebrew for “He has seen my misery.” for she said, “The Lord has noticed my misery, and now my husband will love me.”

33 She soon became pregnant again and gave birth to another son. She named him Simeon,Simeon probably means “one who hears.” for she said, “The Lord heard that I was unloved and has given me another son.”

34 Then she became pregnant a third time and gave birth to another son. He was named Levi,Levi sounds like a Hebrew term that means “being attached” or “feeling affection for.” for she said, “Surely this time my husband will feel affection for me, since I have given him three sons!”

35 Once again Leah became pregnant and gave birth to another son. She named him Judah,Judah is related to the Hebrew term for “praise.” for she said, “Now I will praise the Lord!” And then she stopped having children.

28 And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.

Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother's father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughers of Laban thy mother's brother.

And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people;

And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.

And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he went to Padanaram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother.

When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent him away to Padanaram, to take him a wife from thence; and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughers of Canaan;

And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Padanaram;

And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father;

Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and took unto the wives which he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham's son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife.

10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.

11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.

12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

13 And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;

14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not.

17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.

19 And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.

20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,

21 So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God:

22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

29 Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east.

And he looked, and behold a well in the field, and, lo, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks: and a great stone was upon the well's mouth.

And thither were all the flocks gathered: and they rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again upon the well's mouth in his place.

And Jacob said unto them, My brethren, whence be ye? And they said, Of Haran are we.

And he said unto them, Know ye Laban the son of Nahor? And they said, We know him.

And he said unto them, Is he well? And they said, He is well: and, behold, Rachel his daughter cometh with the sheep.

And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together: water ye the sheep, and go and feed them.

And they said, We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together, and till they roll the stone from the well's mouth; then we water the sheep.

And while he yet spake with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep; for she kept them.

10 And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother.

11 And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept.

12 And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's brother, and that he was Rebekah's son: and she ran and told her father.

13 And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister's son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his house. And he told Laban all these things.

14 And Laban said to him, Surely thou art my bone and my flesh. And he abode with him the space of a month.

15 And Laban said unto Jacob, Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? tell me, what shall thy wages be?

16 And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.

17 Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.

18 And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.

19 And Laban said, It is better that I give her to thee, than that I should give her to another man: abide with me.

20 And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.

21 And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her.

22 And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.

23 And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her.

24 And Laban gave unto his daughter Leah Zilpah his maid for an handmaid.

25 And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?

26 And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.

27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.

28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.

29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.

30 And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years.

31 And when the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.

32 And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the Lord hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.

33 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the Lord hath heard I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Simeon.

34 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi.

35 And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the Lord: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.

Matthew 9:18-38

Jesus Raises a Dead Girl and Heals a Sick Woman9:18-26pp — Mk 5:22-43; Lk 8:41-56

18 While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before himS Mt 8:2 and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her,S Mk 5:23 and she will live.”19 Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples.

20 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak.Mt 14:36; Mk 3:10; 6:56; Lk 6:1921 She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”

22 Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart,ver 2; Jn 16:33 daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.”ver 29; Mt 8:13; Mk 10:52; Lk 7:50; 17:19; 18:42 And the woman was healed at that moment.Mt 15:28

23 When Jesus entered the synagogue leader’s house and saw the noisy crowd and people playing pipes,2Ch 35:25; Jer 9:17, 1824 he said, “Go away. The girl is not deadAc 20:10 but asleep.”Da 12:2; Ps 76:5; Jn 11:11-14; Ac 7:60; 13:36; 1Co 11:30; 15:6, 18, 20; 1Th 4:13-16 But they laughed at him.25 After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up.S Lk 7:1426 News of this spread through all that region.ver 31; Mt 4:24; 14:1; Mk 1:28, 45; Lk 4:14, 37; 5:15; 7:17

Jesus Heals the Blind and the Mute

27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”S Mt 1:1; 12:23; 15:22; 20:30, 31; 21:9, 15; 22:42; Mk 10:47

28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”

“Yes, Lord,” they replied.Ac 14:9

29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”;S ver 2230 and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.”S Mt 8:431 But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.S ver 26; Mk 7:36

32 While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessedS Mt 4:24 and could not talkMt 12:22-24 was brought to Jesus.33 And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”Mk 2:12

34 But the Pharisees said, “It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.”Mt 12:24

The Workers Are Few

35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.S Mt 4:2336 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them,Mt 14:14; 15:32; Mk 8:2 because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.Nu 27:17; 1Ki 22:17; Eze 34:5, 6; Zec 10:237 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvestJn 4:35 is plentiful but the workers are few.Lk 10:238 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Jesus Heals in Response to Faith

18 As Jesus was saying this, the leader of a synagogue came and knelt before him. “My daughter has just died,” he said, “but you can bring her back to life again if you just come and lay your hand on her.”

19 So Jesus and his disciples got up and went with him.20 Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe,21 for she thought, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”

22 Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed at that moment.

23 When Jesus arrived at the official’s home, he saw the noisy crowd and heard the funeral music.24 “Get out!” he told them. “The girl isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.” But the crowd laughed at him.25 After the crowd was put outside, however, Jesus went in and took the girl by the hand, and she stood up!26 The report of this miracle swept through the entire countryside.

Jesus Heals the Blind

27 After Jesus left the girl’s home, two blind men followed along behind him, shouting, “Son of David, have mercy on us!”

28 They went right into the house where he was staying, and Jesus asked them, “Do you believe I can make you see?”

“Yes, Lord,” they told him, “we do.”

29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.”30 Then their eyes were opened, and they could see! Jesus sternly warned them, “Don’t tell anyone about this.”31 But instead, they went out and spread his fame all over the region.

32 When they left, a demon-possessed man who couldn’t speak was brought to Jesus.33 So Jesus cast out the demon, and then the man began to speak. The crowds were amazed. “Nothing like this has ever happened in Israel!” they exclaimed.

34 But the Pharisees said, “He can cast out demons because he is empowered by the prince of demons.”

The Need for Workers

35 Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness.36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.37 He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few.38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”

18 While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.

19 And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples.

20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:

21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.

22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

23 And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise,

24 He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.

25 But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.

26 And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.

27 And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us.

28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.

29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

30 And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.

31 But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.

32 As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil.

33 And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel.

34 But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils.

35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;

38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

Psalm 11:1-7

Psalm 11

For the director of music. Of David.

In the Lord I take refuge.S Ps 7:1

How then can you say to me:

“FleeS Ge 14:10 like a bird to your mountain.Ps 50:11

For look, the wicked bend their bows;S 2Sa 22:35

they set their arrowsS Ps 7:13; S 58:7 against the strings

to shoot from the shadowsPs 10:8

at the upright in heart.S Job 33:3; Ps 7:10

When the foundationsPs 18:15; 82:5; Isa 24:18 are being destroyed,

what can the righteous do?”

The Lord is in his holy temple;S 1Ki 8:48; Ps 18:6; 27:4; Jnh 2:7; Mic 1:2; Hab 2:20

the Lord is on his heavenly throne.S 2Ch 6:18; S Ps 9:7; Mt 5:34; 23:22; S Rev 4:2

He observes everyone on earth;Pr 15:3

his eyes examinePs 33:18; 66:7 them.

The Lord examines the righteous,S Dt 7:13; S Job 23:10

but the wicked, those who love violence,

he hates with a passion.S Job 28:28; Ps 5:5; 45:7; Isa 1:14

On the wicked he will rain

fiery coals and burning sulfur;S Ge 19:24; S Rev 9:17

a scorching windS Ge 41:6; S Job 1:19 will be their lot.

For the Lord is righteous,S 2Ch 12:6; S Ezr 9:15; 2Ti 4:8

he loves justice;S Ps 9:8; 33:5; 99:4; Isa 28:17; 30:18; 56:1; 61:8; Jer 9:24

the uprightS Job 1:1; Lk 23:50 will see his face.Ps 17:15; 140:13

Psalm 11

For the choir director: A psalm of David.

I trust in the Lord for protection.

So why do you say to me,

“Fly like a bird to the mountains for safety!

The wicked are stringing their bows

and fitting their arrows on the bowstrings.

They shoot from the shadows

at those whose hearts are right.

The foundations of law and order have collapsed.

What can the righteous do?”

But the Lord is in his holy Temple;

the Lord still rules from heaven.

He watches everyone closely,

examining every person on earth.

The Lord examines both the righteous and the wicked.

He hates those who love violence.

He will rain down blazing coals and burning sulfur on the wicked,

punishing them with scorching winds.

For the righteous Lord loves justice.

The virtuous will see his face.

11 In the Lord put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?

For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.

If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord's throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.

The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.

Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.

For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.

Proverbs 3:11-12

11 My son,Pr 1:8-9 do not despise the Lord’s discipline,S Job 5:17

and do not resent his rebuke,

12 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,Pr 13:24; Rev 3:19

as a father the son he delights in.Hebrew; Septuagint loves, / and he chastens everyone he accepts as his childS Dt 8:5; S Job 5:17; Heb 12:5-6*

11 My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline,

and don’t be upset when he corrects you.

12 For the Lord corrects those he loves,

just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.Greek version reads loves, / and he punishes those he accepts as his children. Compare Heb 12:6.

11 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction:

12 For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

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