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Shevat 3, 5778
Day 18
Reading Time: ~16 minutes
~2 minutes, ~512 words Genesis 20

Genesis 20 (pes)

20:1And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and settled between Rakim and Gadar, and Abraham sojourned in Gadar.

20:2And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister; and Abimeleck king of Gadar sent and took Sarah.

20:3But God came to Abimeleck in a dream by night and said to him, Behold, you will die on account of the woman whom you have taken; for she is another man's wife.

20:4But Abimeleck had not touched her; and he said, O LORD, wilt thou slay an innocent people?

20:5Behold, he said, She is my sister; and she herself also said, He is my brother; in the innocence of my heart and purity of my hands have I done this.

20:6And God said to him in a dream, Yea, I know that you have done this in the innocence of your heart; for I also restrained you from sinning against me; therefore I did not permit you to touch her.

20:7Now therefore restore the man's wife, for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for you, and you shall live; but if you do not restore her, then know that you will surely die, you, and all your family.

20:8Therefore Abimeleck rose early in the morning and called all of his servants and told them all these words; and the men were exceedingly afraid.

20:9Then Abimeleck called Abraham and said to him, What have I done to you? and what crime have I committed against you, that you have brought on me and on my kingdom such a great sin? You have done to me things that ought not to be done.

20:10And Abimeleck said to Abraham, What induced you to do this thing?

20:11And Abraham said, Because I thought, perhaps there is no fear of God in this country; and they will slay me for my wife's sake.

20:12And yet truly she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.

20:13And it came to pass when God brought me forth out of my father's house, I said to her, This is the favor which you shall do to me; at every place whither we shall go, say of me, He is my brother.

20:14And Abimeleck took sheep and oxen and male and female servants and gave them to Abraham and restored to him Sarah his wife.

20:15Then Abimeleck said to Abraham, Behold, my land is before you; dwell wherever you please.

20:16And to Sarah he said, Behold, I have given a thousand pieces of silver to your brother; behold, it is given for you, because you have been humbled in the eyes of my people, and because of the other things for which I have reproved you.

20:17So Abraham prayed to God and God healed Abimeleck and his wife and his maidservants, and they bore children.

20:18For the LORD had fast closed up the wombs of all women in the household of Abimeleck because of Sarah, Abraham's wife.

~3 minutes, ~732 words Matthew 19

Matthew 19 (pes)

19:1When Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came to the border of Judaea, at the crossing of the Jordan.

19:2And a great many people followed him, and he healed them there.

19:3And the Pharisees came up to him and were tempting him and saying, Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause?

19:4But he answered, saying to them, Have you not read, that he who made from the beginning made them male and female?

19:5And he said, Because of this, a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh.

19:6Henceforth they are not two, but one body; therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.

19:7They said to him, Why then did Moses command to give a letter of separation and then divorce her?

19:8He said to them, Moses, considering the hardness of your heart, gave you permission to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it was not so.

19:9But I say to you, Whoever leaves his wife without a charge of adultery and marries another commits adultery; and he who marries a woman thus separated commits adultery.

19:10His disciples said to him, If there is so much difficulty between man and woman, it is not worthwhile to marry.

19:11He said to them, This saying does not apply to every man, but to whom it is given.

19:12For there are eunuchs who were born this way from their mother's womb; and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. To him who can comprehend, this is enough.

19:13Then they brought little children to him, that he may lay his hand on them and pray; and his disciples rebuked them.

19:14But Jesus said to them, Allow the little children to come to me, and do not stop them; for the kingdom of heaven is for such as these.

19:15And he laid his hand on them, and went away from thence.

19:16Then a man drew near and said to him, O good Teacher, what is the best thing that I should do to have life eternal?

19:17He said to him, Why do you call me good? There is no one who is good except the one God; but if you want to enter into life, obey the commandments.

19:18He said to him, Which ones? And Jesus said to him, You shall not kill; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness;

19:19Honor your father and your mother; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.

19:20The young man said to him, I have obeyed all these from my boyhood, what do I lack?

19:21Jesus said to him. If you wish to be perfect, go and sell your possessions and give them to the poor, and you will have a treasure in heaven; then follow me.

19:22When the young man heard this word, he went away sad, for he had great possessions.

19:23Jesus then said to his disciples, Truly I say to you, It is difficult for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven.

19:24Again I say to you, It is easier for a rope [The Aramaic word gamla means rope and camel.] to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

19:25When the disciples heard it, they were exceedingly astonished, saying, Who then can be saved?

19:26Jesus looked at them and said, For men this is impossible, but for God everything is possible.

19:27Then Peter answered, saying to him, Behold, we have left everything and followed you; what will we have?

19:28Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you, that in the new world when the Son of man shall sit on the throne of his glory, you who have followed me shall also sit on twelve seats, [Smaller thrones used by princes.] and you shall judge the twelve tribes of Israel.

19:29And every man who leaves houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields, for my name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

19:30But many who are first shall be last, and the last first.

~6 minutes, ~1389 words Nehemiah 9

Nehemiah 9 (pes)

9:1Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month, the children of Israel were assembled with fasting and with sackcloth and ashes upon them.

9:2And the descendants of Israel separated themselves from all the Gentiles, and stood and confessed their sins and the sins of their fathers.

9:3And they stood up in their place and read in the book of the law of the LORD their God one fourth part of the day; and another fourth part they confessed, and worshipped the LORD their God.

9:4Then the chiefs over the Levites, Joshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Heshabiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, stood up and prayed with a loud voice before the LORD their God.

9:5Then the Levites, Joshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Heshabiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, Stand up and bless the LORD your God for ever and ever, and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all creations and praises.

9:6Thou alone art the LORD; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all things that are therein, the waters and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worships thee.

9:7Thou art the LORD, the God who didst choose Abram and brought him forth out of Ur of the Chaldeans, and didst change his name to Abraham;

9:8And didst find his heart pure before thee, and didst make a covenant with him to give him the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, the Jebusites, and the Girgashites, to give it to his descendants, and thou hast performed thy words with him, for thou art righteous;

9:9And thou didst see the affliction of our fathers in Egypt and hear their cry by the Red Sea;

9:10And didst show signs and wonders upon Pharaoh and upon all his servants and on all the people of his land; for thou knewest that they dealt wrongly with thy people. So didst thou get thee a name, as it is this day.

9:11And thou didst open a passage in the sea before them, so that they went through the midst of the sea on the dry land; and their persecutors thou didst throw into the depths of the sea, as a stone that sinks in the mighty waters.

9:12Moreover thou hast led them in the day by a cloudy pillar; and in the night by a pillar of fire, to give them light in the way in which they should go.

9:13Thou didst come down also upon mount Sinai and speak with them from heaven, and didst give them right judgments and true laws, good statutes and commandments;

9:14And thou didst make known to them thy holy sabbath and commandments and statutes and laws which thou commandedst by the hand of Moses thy servant;

9:15And didst give them bread from heaven for their hunger, and brought forth water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and promised them that they should go in to possess the land which thy hand hadst sworn to give them.

9:16But they and their fathers dealt wickedly and were stubborn and did not give ear to thy commandments,

9:17And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but turned their hearts to their evil works; yet thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and ready to hear petitions, and didst not forsake them.

9:18Yea, when they had made for themselves a molten calf, and said, This is your God, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt, and they wrought great wickedness;

9:19Yet thou in thy manifold mercies didst not forsake them in the wilderness; the pillar of the cloud did not depart from them by day, to lead them on their journey; neither the pillar of fire by night, to lighten the way by which they should go.

9:20Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct them, and didst not withhold manna from their mouths, and gavest them water for their thirst.

9:21Yea, for forty years didst thou sustain them in the wilderness, and they lacked nothing; their clothes did not wear out, and their shoes had no holes in them.

9:22Moreover thou gavest them the kingdoms of the Gentiles, and didst divide to them the land to every man; so they possessed the land of Sihon and the land of the king of Heshbon and the land of Og king of Bashan.

9:23Their children also thou didst multiply as the stars of heaven, and thou didst bring them into the land concerning which thou hadst promised to their fathers that they should go in to possess it.

9:24So their children went in and possessed the land, and thou didst defeat before them the inhabitants of the land of the Canaanites, and didst deliver them into their hands with their kings and the people of the land, that they might do with them as they would.

9:25And they captured fortified cities and a fertile land, and possessed houses full of all good things, wells digged, vineyards and olive orchards and fruit trees in abundance; so they did eat and were filled and became rich and delighted themselves in thy great goodness.

9:26Nevertheless, they were disobedient and transgressed against thee and cast thy law out of their counsels and slew thy prophets, who warned them to turn to thee, and they committed great wickedness.

9:27Therefore thou didst deliver them into the hand of their enemies, who distressed them; and in the time of their distress, when they prayed to thee, thou didst hear them from heaven; and according to thy manifold mercies thou gavest them a saviour, who saved them out of the hand of their enemies.

9:28But after they had rest, they did evil again before thee; therefore thou didst leave them in the hand of their enemies, so that they had dominion over them; yet when they returned and prayed before thee, thou didst hear them from heaven; and many times didst thou save them according to thy great mercies.

9:29And thou didst testify against them, that thou mightest bring them again to thy law; yet they dealt wrongfully and did not obey thy commandments, but sinned against thy judgments (which if a man observe them, he shall live in them); and they conspired and became stubborn and would not listen.

9:30Yet many years didst thou admonish them, and didst testify against them by thy spirit through thy prophets; yet they would not obey; therefore thou didst deliver them into the hand of the Gentiles.

9:31Nevertheless because of thy great mercy thou didst not utterly destroy them nor forsake them; for thou art a gracious and merciful God.

9:32Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the holy God, who keepest covenant and truth, let there not be hidden from before thee all the hardship that has come upon us, upon our kings, upon our princes, upon our priests, and upon our prophets, and upon our fathers, and upon all the people, since the day of the kings of Assyria to this day.

9:33Nevertheless thou art righteous in all that has come upon us; for thou hast done right, but we have done wickedly;

9:34Neither have our kings, our princes, our priests, nor our fathers, kept thy law, nor given ear to thy commandments and thy testimonies, wherewith thou didst testify against them.

9:35And they renounced thy kingdom and thy great blessing that thou gavest them and the good and fertile land that thou gavest them; neither did they serve thee nor did they turn away from their wicked works;

9:36Therefore we are servants this day; and as for the land that thou gavest to our fathers to eat its fruit and its good things, behold, we are servants in it,

9:37And its produce is taken by the kings whom thou hast set over us because of our sins; also they have dominion over our bodies and over our cattle at their pleasure, and we are living in a great distress.

9:38And in view of all these things we make a sure covenant and bear witness over the seal, even our elders, Levites, and priests, and all those who have been spared of us.

~5 minutes, ~1022 words Acts 19

Acts 19 (pes)

19:1And it came to pass that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul traveled through the northern countries and came to Ephesus, and inquired of the disciples whom he found there,

19:2Have you received the Holy Spirit since you were converted? They answered, saying to him, We have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.

19:3Then he said to them, By what baptism then were you baptized? They said, By the baptism of John.

19:4Then said Paul, John verily baptized the people with the baptism of repentance, saying to them that they should believe on him who should come after him, that is, Jesus Christ.

19:5When they heard these things, they were baptized in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

19:6And when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spoke in different tongues, and prophesied.

19:7And there were in all twelve persons.

19:8Then Paul entered into the synagogue and spoke openly for a period of three months, persuading the people concerning the kingdom of God.

19:9But some of them were stubborn, and they disputed and cursed the way of God in the presence of the assembly. Then Paul withdrew and separated the disciples from them, and he spoke to them daily in the school of a man named Tyrannus.

19:10And this continued for two years until all who dwelt in Asia Minor, both Jews and Arameans (Syrians), heard the word of God.

19:11And God wrought great miracles by the hands of Paul,

19:12So that even when from the clothes on his body, pieces of garments were brought and laid upon the sick, diseases were cured and even the insane were restored.

19:13Now certain Jews who went about exorcising evil spirits invoked the name of our Lord Jesus over those who were possessed, saying, We adjure you in the name of Jesus whom Paul preaches.

19:14And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, who did this.

19:15And the insane man answered, saying to them, Jesus I recognize and Paul I know; but who are you?

19:16Then the insane man leaped on them and overpowered them and prevailed against them, so they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

19:17And this became known to all the Jews and Arameans (Syrians) who dwelt at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of our Lord Jesus Christ was magnified.

19:18And many of them that believed came and told their faults and confessed what they had done.

19:19Many magicians also gathered together their books and brought them and burned them before the presence of the people; and they counted the price of them, and it amounted to fifty thousand pieces of silver.

19:20So mightily grew the faith of God and greatly increased in numbers.

19:21When these things had been accomplished, Paul made up his mind to travel through all of Macedonia and Achaia, and then to go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome.

19:22So he sent to Macedonia two men of those who had ministered to him, Timotheus and Erastus; but he himself stayed in Asia Minor for a while.

19:23And at that time there was a great uprising against those who followed in the way of God.

19:24There was here a silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines for Artemis, thus greatly enriching the craftsmen of his trade.

19:25He called together all the craftsmen of his trade, with the workmen of like occupation, and said to them, Men, you know that all of our earnings are derived from this craft.

19:26You also hear and see that not only the Ephesians, but almost throughout all Asia Minor, this Paul has persuaded and turned away many people simply by saying that gods made by the hands of men are not gods,

19:27So that not only is this craft doomed, but also the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be disregarded, and the goddess of all Asia Minor, even she whom all peoples worship, will be despised.

19:28And when they heard these things they were filled with wrath and cried out, saying, Great is Artemis of the Ephesians.

19:29And the whole city was in tumult; and they rushed together to the theatre, and there seized and carried along with them Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians, members of Paul's escort.

19:30And Paul wanted to go into the theatre, but the disciples stopped him.

19:31And likewise some of the chiefs of Asia Minor, because they were his friends, sent to him, begging him not to risk his life by entering the theatre.

19:32Now the multitude in the theatre was greatly confused; some cried one thing, and some another; and many of them did not know why they had assembled together.

19:33And the Jews who were there appointed a Jew named Alexander. And when he rose up, he gestured with his hand and would have addressed the people.

19:34But when they knew he was a Jew, all of them cried out with one voice for about two hours, Great is Artemis of the Ephesians.

19:35The mayor of the city finally quieted them, saying, Men of Ephesus, who among men does not know that the city of the Ephesians is the seat of great Artemis and her image that fell from heaven?

19:36Since, therefore, no man can contradict this, you should keep quiet and do nothing hastily.

19:37For you have brought these men here who have neither robbed temples nor have they reviled our goddess.

19:38But if Demetrius and the men of his trade have a case against any man, behold there is a proconsul in the city; let the craftsmen come forward and settle with one another in the court.

19:39But if you want something else, it must be determined in a lawful assembly.

19:40For even now we are in danger of being charged with sedition, for we cannot give an answer concerning this day's meeting, because we have assembled for no reason, and have been tumultuous without a cause.

19:41And when he had said these things, he dismissed the assembly.

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