Gen 41:1 After two whole years, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing by the Nile,
Gen 41:2 and behold, there came up out of the Nile seven cows attractive and plump, and they fed in the reed grass.
Gen 41:3 And behold, seven other cows, ugly and thin, came up out of the Nile after them, and stood by the other cows on the bank of the Nile.
Gen 41:4 And the ugly, thin cows ate up the seven attractive, plump cows. And Pharaoh awoke.
Gen 41:5 And he fell asleep and dreamed a second time. And behold, seven ears of grain, plump and good, were growing on one stalk.
Gen 41:6 And behold, after them sprouted seven ears, thin and blighted by the east wind.
Gen 41:7 And the thin ears swallowed up the seven plump, full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and behold, it was a dream.
Gen 41:8 So in the morning his spirit was troubled, and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt and all its wise men. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but there was none who could interpret them to Pharaoh.
Gen 41:9 Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, “I remember my offenses today.
Gen 41:10 When Pharaoh was angry with his servants and put me and the chief baker in custody in the house of the captain of the guard,
Gen 41:11 we dreamed on the same night, he and I, each having a dream with its own interpretation.
Gen 41:12 A young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. When we told him, he interpreted our dreams to us, giving an interpretation to each man according to his dream.
Gen 41:13 And as he interpreted to us, so it came about. I was restored to my office, and the baker was hanged.”
Gen 41:14 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they quickly brought him out of the pit. And when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came in before Pharaoh.
Gen 41:15 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.”
Gen 41:16 Joseph answered Pharaoh, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.”
Gen 41:17 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Behold, in my dream I was standing on the banks of the Nile.
Gen 41:18 Seven cows, plump and attractive, came up out of the Nile and fed in the reed grass.
Gen 41:19 Seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ugly and thin, such as I had never seen in all the land of Egypt.
Gen 41:20 And the thin, ugly cows ate up the first seven plump cows,
Gen 41:21 but when they had eaten them no one would have known that they had eaten them, for they were still as ugly as at the beginning. Then I awoke.
Gen 41:22 I also saw in my dream seven ears growing on one stalk, full and good.
Gen 41:23 Seven ears, withered, thin, and blighted by the east wind, sprouted after them,
Gen 41:24 and the thin ears swallowed up the seven good ears. And I told it to the magicians, but there was no one who could explain it to me.”
Gen 41:25 Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one; God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do.
Gen 41:26 The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good ears are seven years; the dreams are one.
Gen 41:27 The seven lean and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years, and the seven empty ears blighted by the east wind are also seven years of famine.
Gen 41:28 It is as I told Pharaoh; God has shown to Pharaoh what he is about to do.
Gen 41:29 There will come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt,
Gen 41:30 but after them there will arise seven years of famine, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt. The famine will consume the land,
Gen 41:31 and the plenty will be unknown in the land by reason of the famine that will follow, for it will be very severe.
Gen 41:32 And the doubling of Pharaoh’s dream means that the thing is fixed by God, and God will shortly bring it about.
Gen 41:33 Now therefore let Pharaoh select a discerning and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt.
Gen 41:34 Let Pharaoh proceed to appoint overseers over the land and take one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt during the seven plentiful years.
Gen 41:35 And let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let them keep it.
Gen 41:36 That food shall be a reserve for the land against the seven years of famine that are to occur in the land of Egypt, so that the land may not perish through the famine.”
Gen 41:37 This proposal pleased Pharaoh and all his servants.
Gen 41:38 And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?”
Gen 41:39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are.
Gen 41:40 You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command. Only as regards the throne will I be greater than you.”
Gen 41:41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”
Gen 41:42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain about his neck.
Gen 41:43 And he made him ride in his second chariot. And they called out before him, “Bow the knee!” Thus he set him over all the land of Egypt.
Gen 41:44 Moreover, Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no one shall lift up hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.”
Gen 41:45 And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphenath-paneah. And he gave him in marriage Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On. So Joseph went out over the land of Egypt.
Gen 41:46 Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and went through all the land of Egypt.
Gen 41:47 During the seven plentiful years the earth produced abundantly,
Gen 41:48 and he gathered up all the food of these seven years, which occurred in the land of Egypt, and put the food in the cities. He put in every city the food from the fields around it.
Gen 41:49 And Joseph stored up grain in great abundance, like the sand of the sea, until he ceased to measure it, for it could not be measured.
Gen 41:50 Before the year of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph. Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, bore them to him.
Gen 41:51 Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh. “For,” he said, “God has made me forget all my hardship and all my father’s house.”
Gen 41:52 The name of the second he called Ephraim, “For God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.”
Gen 41:53 The seven years of plenty that occurred in the land of Egypt came to an end,
Gen 41:54 and the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said. There was famine in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.
Gen 41:55 When all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph. What he says to you, do.”
Gen 41:56 So when the famine had spread over all the land, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt.
Gen 41:57 Moreover, all the earth came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was severe over all the earth.
Psa 21:1 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. O LORD, in your strength the king rejoices, and in your salvation how greatly he exults!
Psa 21:2 You have given him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah
Psa 21:3 For you meet him with rich blessings; you set a crown of fine gold upon his head.
Psa 21:4 He asked life of you; you gave it to him, length of days forever and ever.
Psa 21:5 His glory is great through your salvation; splendor and majesty you bestow on him.
Psa 21:6 For you make him most blessed forever; you make him glad with the joy of your presence.
Psa 21:7 For the king trusts in the LORD, and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.
Psa 21:8 Your hand will find out all your enemies; your right hand will find out those who hate you.
Psa 21:9 You will make them as a blazing oven when you appear. The LORD will swallow them up in his wrath, and fire will consume them.
Psa 21:10 You will destroy their descendants from the earth, and their offspring from among the children of man.
Psa 21:11 Though they plan evil against you, though they devise mischief, they will not succeed.
Psa 21:12 For you will put them to flight; you will aim at their faces with your bows.
Psa 21:13 Be exalted, O LORD, in your strength! We will sing and praise your power.
Mat 26:1 When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples,
Mat 26:2 “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”
Mat 26:3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas,
Mat 26:4 and plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him.
Mat 26:5 But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.”
Mat 26:6 Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,
Mat 26:7 a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table.
Mat 26:8 And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste?
Mat 26:9 For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor.”
Mat 26:10 But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me.
Mat 26:11 For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.
Mat 26:12 In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial.
Mat 26:13 Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”
Mat 26:14 Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests
Mat 26:15 and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver.
Mat 26:16 And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.
Mat 26:17 Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover?”
Mat 26:18 He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.'”
Mat 26:19 And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover.
Mat 26:20 When it was evening, he reclined at table with the twelve.
Mat 26:21 And as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”
Mat 26:22 And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?”
Mat 26:23 He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me.
Mat 26:24 The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”
Mat 26:25 Judas, who would betray him, answered, “Is it I, Rabbi?” He said to him, “You have said so.”
Mat 26:26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.”
Mat 26:27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you,
Mat 26:28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Mat 26:29 I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
Mat 26:30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Mat 26:31 Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’
Mat 26:32 But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.”
Mat 26:33 Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.”
Mat 26:34 Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.”
Mat 26:35 Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!” And all the disciples said the same.
Mat 26:36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.”
Mat 26:37 And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled.
Mat 26:38 Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.”
Mat 26:39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
Mat 26:40 And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour?
Mat 26:41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Mat 26:42 Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.”
Mat 26:43 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.
Mat 26:44 So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again.
Mat 26:45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
Mat 26:46 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”
Mat 26:47 While he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people.
Mat 26:48 Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.”
Mat 26:49 And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” And he kissed him.
Mat 26:50 Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you came to do.” Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him.
Mat 26:51 And behold, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear.
Mat 26:52 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword.
Mat 26:53 Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?
Mat 26:54 But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?”
Mat 26:55 At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me.
Mat 26:56 But all this has taken place that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled.
Mat 26:57 Then those who had seized Jesus led him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had gathered.
Mat 26:58 And Peter was following him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest, and going inside he sat with the guards to see the end.
Mat 26:59 Now the chief priests and the whole Council were seeking false testimony against Jesus that they might put him to death,
Mat 26:60 but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward
Mat 26:61 and said, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to rebuild it in three days.'”
Mat 26:62 And the high priest stood up and said, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?”
Mat 26:63 But Jesus remained silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.”
Mat 26:64 Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
Mat 26:65 Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has uttered blasphemy. What further witnesses do we need? You have now heard his blasphemy.
Mat 26:66 What is your judgment?” They answered, “He deserves death.”
Mat 26:67 Then they spit in his face and struck him. And some slapped him,
Mat 26:68 saying, “Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who is it that struck you?”
Mat 26:69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came up to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.”
Mat 26:70 But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you mean.”
Mat 26:71 And when he went out to the entrance, another servant girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.”
Mat 26:72 And again he denied it with an oath: “I do not know the man.”
Mat 26:73 After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Certainly you too are one of them, for your accent betrays you.”
Mat 26:74 Then he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know the man.” And immediately the rooster crowed.
Mat 26:75 And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.
On this day...
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- Cremation & the Devil - 2011
- The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered - 2011
- DISCERNMENT - 2011
- Information Overload - 2011
- Is God evil? - 2011
- January 22 - 2010
- January 21 - 2010
- January 20 - 2010
- January 19 - 2010