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Genesis 28: 10-22

Jacob’s Dream at Bethel

10 Jacob left Beer-sheba and went towards Haran. 11He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. 12And he dreamed that there was a ladder* set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13And the Lord stood beside him* and said, ‘I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring; 14and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed* in you and in your offspring. 15Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.’ 16Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!’ 17And he was afraid, and said, ‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.’

18 So Jacob rose early in the morning, and he took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. 19He called that place Bethel;* but the name of the city was Luz at the first. 20Then Jacob made 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 clothing to wear, 21so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, 22and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house; and of all that you give me I will surely give one-tenth to you.’

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Hebrews 11: 13-22

13 All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, 14for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. 16But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.

17 By faith Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac. He who had received the promises was ready to offer up his only son, 18of whom he had been told, ‘It is through Isaac that descendants shall be named after you.’ 19He considered the fact that God is able even to raise someone from the dead—and figuratively speaking, he did receive him back. 20By faith Isaac invoked blessings for the future on Jacob and Esau. 21By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, ‘bowing in worship over the top of his staff.’ 22By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave instructions about his burial.*

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Psalm 72

1  Give the king your judgements, O God, 
   and your righteousness to the son of a king.
2  Then shall he judge your people righteously 
   and your poor with justice.
3  May the mountains bring forth peace, 
   and the little hills righteousness for the people.
4  May he defend the poor among the people, 
   deliver the children of the needy and crush the oppressor.
5  May he live as long as the sun and moon endure, 
   from one generation to another.
6  May he come down like rain upon the mown grass, 
   like the showers that water the earth.
7  In his time shall righteousness flourish, 
   and abundance of peace
      till the moon shall be no more.
8  May his dominion extend from sea to sea 
   and from the River to the ends of the earth.
9  May his foes kneel before him 
   and his enemies lick the dust.
10  The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall pay tribute; 
   the kings of Sheba and Seba shall bring gifts.
11  All kings shall fall down before him; 
   all nations shall do him service.
12  For he shall deliver the poor that cry out, 
   the needy and those who have no helper.
13  He shall have pity on the weak and poor; 
   he shall preserve the lives of the needy.
14  He shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence, 
   and dear shall their blood be in his sight.
15  Long may he live;
      unto him may be given gold from Sheba; 
   may prayer be made for him continually
      and may they bless him all the day long.
16  May there be abundance of grain on the earth,
      standing thick upon the hilltops; 
   may its fruit flourish like Lebanon
      and its grain grow like the grass of the field.
17  May his name remain for ever
      and be established as long as the sun endures; 
   may all nations be blest in him
      and call him blessed.
18  Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, 
   who alone does wonderful things.
19  And blessed be his glorious name for ever. 
   May all the earth be filled with his glory.
      Amen. Amen.

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Proverbs 1: 20-33

The Call of Wisdom


20 Wisdom cries out in the street;
   in the squares she raises her voice.
21 At the busiest corner she cries out;
   at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
22 ‘How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?
How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing
   and fools hate knowledge?
23 Give heed to my reproof;
I will pour out my thoughts to you;
   I will make my words known to you.
24 Because I have called and you refused,
   have stretched out my hand and no one heeded,
25 and because you have ignored all my counsel
   and would have none of my reproof,
26 I also will laugh at your calamity;
   I will mock when panic strikes you,
27 when panic strikes you like a storm,
   and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
   when distress and anguish come upon you.
28 Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer;
   they will seek me diligently, but will not find me.
29 Because they hated knowledge
   and did not choose the fear of the Lord,
30 would have none of my counsel,
   and despised all my reproof,
31 therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way
   and be sated with their own devices.
32 For waywardness kills the simple,
   and the complacency of fools destroys them;
33 but those who listen to me will be secure
   and will live at ease, without dread of disaster.’

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James 4: 1-10

Friendship with the World

4Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? 2You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet* something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. 3You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures. 4Adulterers! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5Or do you suppose that it is for nothing that the scripture says, ‘God* yearns jealously for the spirit that he has made to dwell in us’? 6But he gives all the more grace; therefore it says,
‘God opposes the proud,
   but gives grace to the humble.’
7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9Lament and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into dejection. 10Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

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Psalm 110

1  The Lord said to my lord, ‘Sit at my right hand, 
   until I make your enemies your footstool.’
2  May the Lord stretch forth the sceptre of your power; 
   rule from Zion in the midst of your enemies.
3  ‘Noble are you on this day of your birth; 
   on the holy mountain, from the womb of the dawn
      the dew of your new birth is upon you.’
4  The Lord has sworn and will not retract: 
   ‘You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.’
5  The king at your right hand, O Lord, 
   shall smite down kings in the day of his wrath.
6  In all his majesty, he shall judge among the nations, 
   smiting heads over all the wide earth.
7  He shall drink from the brook beside the way; 
   therefore shall he lift high his head.

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Job 42: 10-17

Job’s Fortunes Are Restored Twofold

10 And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he had prayed for his friends; and the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. 11Then there came to him all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and they ate bread with him in his house; they showed him sympathy and comforted him for all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him; and each of them gave him a piece of money* and a gold ring. 12The Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; and he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand donkeys. 13He also had seven sons and three daughters. 14He named the first Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch. 15In all the land there were no women so beautiful as Job’s daughters; and their father gave them an inheritance along with their brothers. 16After this Job lived for one hundred and forty years, and saw his children, and his children’s children, four generations. 17And Job died, old and full of days.

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Luke 8: 16-31

A Lamp under a Jar

16 ‘No one after lighting a lamp hides it under a jar, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light. 17For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light. 18Then pay attention to how you listen; for to those who have, more will be given; and from those who do not have, even what they seem to have will be taken away.’

The True Kindred of Jesus

19 Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd. 20And he was told, ‘Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.’ 21But he said to them, ‘My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.’

Jesus Calms a Storm

22 One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side of the lake.’ So they put out, 23and while they were sailing he fell asleep. A gale swept down on the lake, and the boat was filling with water, and they were in danger. 24They went to him and woke him up, shouting, ‘Master, Master, we are perishing!’ And he woke up and rebuked the wind and the raging waves; they ceased, and there was a calm. 25He said to them, ‘Where is your faith?’ They were afraid and amazed, and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that he commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him?’

Jesus Heals the Gerasene Demoniac

26 Then they arrived at the country of the Gerasenes,* which is opposite Galilee. 27As he stepped out on land, a man of the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had worn* no clothes, and he did not live in a house but in the tombs. 28When he saw Jesus, he fell down before him and shouted at the top of his voice, ‘What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me’— 29for Jesus* had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many times it had seized him; he was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the wilds.) 30Jesus then asked him, ‘What is your name?’ He said, ‘Legion’; for many demons had entered him. 31They begged him not to order them to go back into the abyss.

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Psalm 72

1  Give the king your judgements, O God, 
   and your righteousness to the son of a king.
2  Then shall he judge your people righteously 
   and your poor with justice.
3  May the mountains bring forth peace, 
   and the little hills righteousness for the people.
4  May he defend the poor among the people, 
   deliver the children of the needy and crush the oppressor.
5  May he live as long as the sun and moon endure, 
   from one generation to another.
6  May he come down like rain upon the mown grass, 
   like the showers that water the earth.
7  In his time shall righteousness flourish, 
   and abundance of peace
      till the moon shall be no more.
8  May his dominion extend from sea to sea 
   and from the River to the ends of the earth.
9  May his foes kneel before him 
   and his enemies lick the dust.
10  The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall pay tribute; 
   the kings of Sheba and Seba shall bring gifts.
11  All kings shall fall down before him; 
   all nations shall do him service.
12  For he shall deliver the poor that cry out, 
   the needy and those who have no helper.
13  He shall have pity on the weak and poor; 
   he shall preserve the lives of the needy.
14  He shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence, 
   and dear shall their blood be in his sight.
15  Long may he live;
      unto him may be given gold from Sheba; 
   may prayer be made for him continually
      and may they bless him all the day long.
16  May there be abundance of grain on the earth,
      standing thick upon the hilltops; 
   may its fruit flourish like Lebanon
      and its grain grow like the grass of the field.
17  May his name remain for ever
      and be established as long as the sun endures; 
   may all nations be blest in him
      and call him blessed.
18  Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, 
   who alone does wonderful things.
19  And blessed be his glorious name for ever. 
   May all the earth be filled with his glory.
      Amen. Amen.

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