Scripture Reading for
The Lectionary According to the Common Calendar
1 At that time, Jesus went on the Sabbath day through the corn; and His disciples were hungry and began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat. 2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto Him, "Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the Sabbath day." 3 But He said unto them,
22 Then it pleased the apostles and elders, together with the whole church, to send men chosen from their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, namely Judas surnamed Barsabbas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren. 23 And they wrote letters to accompany them in this manner: "The apostles and elders and brethren send greetings unto the brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia: 24 Inasmuch as we have heard that certain ones who went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, `Ye must be circumcised and keep the law' -- to whom we gave no such commandment -- 25 it seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26 men who have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth. 28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: 29 that ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication. If ye keep yourselves from these things, ye shall do well. Fare ye well!"
30 So when they were sent off, they went to Antioch. And when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle; 31 and when they had read it, they rejoiced in its consolation. 32 And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words, and strengthened them. 33 And after they had tarried there a space, they were let go in peace by the brethren to return unto the apostles. 34 Notwithstanding, it pleased Silas to remain there still.
35 Paul and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching the Word of the Lord, with many others also. 36 And some days later, Paul said unto Barnabas, "Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the Word of the Lord, and see how they do." 37 And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark. 38 But Paul thought it not good to take him with them, as he had departed from them in Pamphylia, and had not gone with them in the work. 39 And the contention was so sharp between them that they parted asunder, one from the other; and so Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus. 40 And Paul chose Silas and departed, being commended by the brethren unto the grace of God. 41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.
1 And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, "Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put every man's money in the mouth of his sack. 2 And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack's mouth of the youngest, and his corn money." And he did according to the word that Joseph had spoken. 3 As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their asses. 4 And when they had gone out of the city, and not yet far off, Joseph said unto his steward, "Up, follow after the men; and when thou dost overtake them, say unto them, `Why have ye rewarded evil for good? 5 Is not this that from which my lord drinketh, and whereby indeed he divineth? Ye have done evil in so doing.'"
6 And he overtook them, and he spoke unto them these same words. 7 And they said unto him, "Why saith my lord these words? God forbid that thy servants should do according to this thing! 8 Behold, the money which we found in the mouths of our sacks we brought again unto thee out of the land of Canaan. How then would we steal out of thy lord's house silver or gold? 9 With whomsoever of thy servants it be found, both let him die, and we also will be my lord's bondmen." 10 And he said, "Now also let it be according unto your words: he with whom it is found shall be my servant, and ye shall be blameless." 11 Then every man speedily took down his sack to the ground, and opened every man his sack. 12 And he searched, and began with the eldest and ended with the youngest; and the cup was found in Benjamin's sack. 13 Then they rent their clothes; and every man loaded his ass, and returned to the city.
14 And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph's house (for he was yet there), and they fell before him on the ground. 15 And Joseph said unto them, "What deed is this that ye have done? Know ye not that such a man as I can certainly divine?" 16 And Judah said, "What shall we say unto my lord? What shall we speak? Or how shall we clear ourselves? God hath found out the iniquity of thy servants; behold, we are my lord's servants, both we and he also with whom the cup was found." 17 And he said, "God forbid that I should do so; but the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my servant; and as for you, go up in peace unto your father."
18 Then Judah came near unto him and said, "Oh my lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my lord's ears, and let not thine anger burn against thy servant; for thou art even as Pharaoh. 19 My lord asked his servants, saying, `Have ye a father or a brother?' 20 And we said unto my lord, `We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him.' 21 And thou saidst unto thy servants, `Bring him down unto me, that I may set mine eyes upon him.' 22 And we said unto my lord, `The lad cannot leave his father; for if he should leave his father, his father would die.' 23 And thou saidst unto thy servants, `Unless your youngest brother come down with you, ye shall see my face no more.' 24 And it came to pass, when we came up unto thy servant, my father, we told him the words of my lord. 25 And our father said, `Go again, and buy us a little food.' 26 And we said, `We cannot go down. If our youngest brother be with us, then will we go down, for we may not see the man's face unless our youngest brother is with us.' 27 And thy servant, my father, said unto us, `Ye know that my wife bore me two sons; 28 and the one went out from me, and I said, "Surely he is torn in pieces"; and I saw him not since. 29 And if ye take this also from me, and harm befall him, ye shall bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.' 30 Now therefore when I come to thy servant my father and the lad be not with us, seeing that his life is bound up in the lad's life, 31 it shall come to pass, when he seeth that the lad is not with us, that he will die; and thy servants shall bring down the gray hairs of thy servant our father with sorrow to the grave. 32 For thy servant became surety for the lad unto my father, saying, `If I bring him not unto thee, then I shall bear the blame to my father for ever.' 33 Now therefore, I pray thee, let thy servant remain instead of the lad as a bondman to my lord, and let the lad go up with his brethren. 34 For how shall I go up to my father and the lad be not with me, lest perhaps I see the evil that shall come upon my father?"
Words of Wisdom - Proverbs 3:31-32
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