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Genesis chapter 42

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When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, "Why do you just keep looking at each other?"
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He continued, "I have heard that there is grain in Egypt. Go down there and buy some for us, so that we may live and not die."
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Then ten of Joseph's brothers went down to buy grain from Egypt.
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But Jacob did not send Benjamin, Joseph's brother, with the others, because he was afraid that harm might come to him.
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So Israel's sons were among those who went to buy grain, for the famine was in the land of Canaan also.
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Now Joseph was the governor of the land, the one who sold grain to all its people. So when Joseph's brothers arrived, they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground.
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As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he pretended to be a stranger and spoke harshly to them. "Where do you come from?" he asked. "From the land of Canaan," they replied, "to buy food."
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Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him.
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Then he remembered his dreams about them and said to them, "You are spies! You have come to see where our land is unprotected."
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"No, my lord," they answered. "Your servants have come to buy food.
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We are all the sons of one man. Your servants are honest men, not spies."
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"No!" he said to them. "You have come to see where our land is unprotected."
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But they replied, "Your servants were twelve brothers, the sons of one man, who lives in the land of Canaan. The youngest is now with our father, and one is no more."
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Joseph said to them, "It is just as I told you: You are spies!
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And this is how you will be tested: As surely as Pharaoh lives, you will not leave this place unless your youngest brother comes here.
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Send one of your number to get your brother; the rest of you will be kept in prison, so that your words may be tested to see if you are telling the truth. If you are not, then as surely as Pharaoh lives, you are spies!"
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And he put them all in custody for three days.
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On the third day, Joseph said to them, "Do this and you will live, for I fear God:
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If you are honest men, let one of your brothers stay here in prison, while the rest of you go and take grain back for your starving households.
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But you must bring your youngest brother to me, so that your words may be verified and that you may not die." This they proceeded to do.
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They said to one another, "Surely we are being punished because of our brother. We saw how distressed he was when he pleaded with us for his life, but we would not listen; that's why this distress has come upon us."
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Reuben replied, "Didn't I tell you not to sin against the boy? But you wouldn't listen! Now we must give an accounting for his blood."
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They did not realize that Joseph could understand them, since he was using an interpreter.
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He turned away from them and began to weep, but then turned back and spoke to them again. He had Simeon taken from them and bound before their eyes.
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Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain, to put each man's silver back in his sack, and to give them provisions for their journey. After this was done for them,
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they loaded their grain on their donkeys and left.
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At the place where they stopped for the night one of them opened his sack to get feed for his donkey, and he saw his silver in the mouth of his sack.
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"My silver has been returned," he said to his brothers. "Here it is in my sack." Their hearts sank and they turned to each other trembling and said, "What is this that God has done to us?"
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When they came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan, they told him all that had happened to them. They said,
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"The man who is lord over the land spoke harshly to us and treated us as though we were spying on the land.
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But we said to him, 'We are honest men; we are not spies.
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We were twelve brothers, sons of one father. One is no more, and the youngest is now with our father in Canaan.'
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"Then the man who is lord over the land said to us, 'This is how I will know whether you are honest men: Leave one of your brothers here with me, and take food for your starving households and go.
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But bring your youngest brother to me so I will know that you are not spies but honest men. Then I will give your brother back to you, and you can trade in the land.'"
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As they were emptying their sacks, there in each man's sack was his pouch of silver! When they and their father saw the money pouches, they were frightened.
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Their father Jacob said to them, "You have deprived me of my children. Joseph is no more and Simeon is no more, and now you want to take Benjamin. Everything is against me!"
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Then Reuben said to his father, "You may put both of my sons to death if I do not bring him back to you. Entrust him to my care, and I will bring him back."
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But Jacob said, "My son will not go down there with you; his brother is dead and he is the only one left. If harm comes to him on the journey you are taking, you will bring my gray head down to the grave in sorrow."

Genesis chapter 43

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Now the famine was still severe in the land.
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So when they had eaten all the grain they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, "Go back and buy us a little more food."
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But Judah said to him, "The man warned us solemnly, 'You will not see my face again unless your brother is with you.'
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If you will send our brother along with us, we will go down and buy food for you.
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But if you will not send him, we will not go down, because the man said to us, 'You will not see my face again unless your brother is with you.'"
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Israel asked, "Why did you bring this trouble on me by telling the man you had another brother?"
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They replied, "The man questioned us closely about ourselves and our family. 'Is your father still living?' he asked us. 'Do you have another brother?' We simply answered his questions. How were we to know he would say, 'Bring your brother down here'?"
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Then Judah said to Israel his father, "Send the boy along with me and we will go at once, so that we and you and our children may live and not die.
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I myself will guarantee his safety; you can hold me personally responsible for him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him here before you, I will bear the blame before you all my life.
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As it is, if we had not delayed, we could have gone and returned twice."
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Then their father Israel said to them, "If it must be, then do this: Put some of the best products of the land in your bags and take them down to the man as a gift-- a little balm and a little honey, some spices and myrrh, some pistachio nuts and almonds.
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Take double the amount of silver with you, for you must return the silver that was put back into the mouths of your sacks. Perhaps it was a mistake.
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Take your brother also and go back to the man at once.
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And may God Almighty grant you mercy before the man so that he will let your other brother and Benjamin come back with you. As for me, if I am bereaved, I am bereaved."
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So the men took the gifts and double the amount of silver, and Benjamin also. They hurried down to Egypt and presented themselves to Joseph.
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When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the steward of his house, "Take these men to my house, slaughter an animal and prepare dinner; they are to eat with me at noon."
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The man did as Joseph told him and took the men to Joseph's house.
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Now the men were frightened when they were taken to his house. They thought, "We were brought here because of the silver that was put back into our sacks the first time. He wants to attack us and overpower us and seize us as slaves and take our donkeys."
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So they went up to Joseph's steward and spoke to him at the entrance to the house.
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"Please, sir," they said, "we came down here the first time to buy food.
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But at the place where we stopped for the night we opened our sacks and each of us found his silver-- the exact weight-- in the mouth of his sack. So we have brought it back with us.
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We have also brought additional silver with us to buy food. We don't know who put our silver in our sacks."
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"It's all right," he said. "Don't be afraid. Your God, the God of your father, has given you treasure in your sacks; I received your silver." Then he brought Simeon out to them.
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The steward took the men into Joseph's house, gave them water to wash their feet and provided fodder for their donkeys.
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They prepared their gifts for Joseph's arrival at noon, because they had heard that they were to eat there.
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When Joseph came home, they presented to him the gifts they had brought into the house, and they bowed down before him to the ground.
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He asked them how they were, and then he said, "How is your aged father you told me about? Is he still living?"
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They replied, "Your servant our father is still alive and well." And they bowed low to pay him honor.
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As he looked about and saw his brother Benjamin, his own mother's son, he asked, "Is this your youngest brother, the one you told me about?" And he said, "God be gracious to you, my son."
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Deeply moved at the sight of his brother, Joseph hurried out and looked for a place to weep. He went into his private room and wept there.
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After he had washed his face, he came out and, controlling himself, said, "Serve the food."
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They served him by himself, the brothers by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves, because Egyptians could not eat with Hebrews, for that is detestable to Egyptians.
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The men had been seated before him in the order of their ages, from the firstborn to the youngest; and they looked at each other in astonishment.
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When portions were served to them from Joseph's table, Benjamin's portion was five times as much as anyone else's. So they feasted and drank freely with him.

Psalm chapter 5

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For the director of music. For flutes. A psalm of David. Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing.
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Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.
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In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.
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You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil; with you the wicked cannot dwell.
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The arrogant cannot stand in your presence; you hate all who do wrong.
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You destroy those who tell lies; bloodthirsty and deceitful men the LORD abhors.
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But I, by your great mercy, will come into your house; in reverence will I bow down toward your holy temple.
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Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies-- make straight your way before me.
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Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with destruction. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongue they speak deceit.
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Declare them guilty, O God! Let their intrigues be their downfall. Banish them for their many sins, for they have rebelled against you.
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But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
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For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

Luke chapter 17

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Jesus said to his disciples: "Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come.
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It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.
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So watch yourselves. "If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.
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If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, 'I repent,' forgive him."
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The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!"
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He replied, "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you.
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"Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, 'Come along now and sit down to eat'?
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Would he not rather say, 'Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink'?
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Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do?
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So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.'"
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Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.
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As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance
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and called out in a loud voice, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!"
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When he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed.
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One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.
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He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him-- and he was a Samaritan.
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Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?
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Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?"
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Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well."
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Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation,
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nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you."
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Then he said to his disciples, "The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it.
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Men will tell you, 'There he is!' or 'Here he is!' Do not go running off after them.
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For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other.
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But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
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"Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man.
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People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
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"It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building.
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But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.
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"It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
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On that day no one who is on the roof of his house, with his goods inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything.
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Remember Lot's wife!
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Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.
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I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left.
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Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left."
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"Where, Lord?" they asked. He replied, "Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather."
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