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46 While He yet talked to the people, behold, His mother and His brethren stood outside, desiring to speak with Him. 47 Then one said unto Him, "Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand outside, desiring to speak with thee." 48 But He answered and said unto him that told Him,
49 And He stretched forth His hand toward His disciples and said,
16 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred within him when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry. 17 Therefore he disputed in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the marketplace daily with those who met with him. 18 Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans and of the Stoics encountered him. And some said, "What will this babbler say?" And some others said, "He seemeth to be a proclaimer of strange gods," because he preached unto them Jesus and the resurrection. 19 And they took him and brought him unto the Areopagus, saying, "May we know what this new doctrine is whereof thou speakest? 20 For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears, and we would know therefore what these things mean." 21 (For all the Athenians and strangers who were there spent their time in nothing else than either telling or hearing some new thing.)
22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' Hill and said, "Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. 23 For as I passed by and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription: `To the Unknown God'. Whom therefore ye worship in ignorance, Him I declare unto you. 24 God who made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of Heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands. 25 Neither is He worshiped with men's hands, as though He needed anything, seeing He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things. 26 And He hath made of one blood all nations of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation, 27 that they should seek the Lord, if perhaps they might feel after Him and find Him, though He be not far from every one of us. 28 For in Him we live, and move, and have our being; as also certain of your own poets have said, `For we are also His offspring.'
29 "For inasmuch, then, as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold or silver or stone, graven by art and of man's devising. 30 The times of this ignorance God overlooked, but now He commandeth all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He hath appointed a Day in which He will judge the world in righteousness by that Man whom He hath ordained. Of this He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead."
32 But when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked and others said, "We will hear thee again on this matter."
33 So Paul departed from among them. 34 However, certain men cleaved unto him and believed, among whom were Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
1 And Joseph fell upon his father's face, and wept upon him, and kissed him. 2 And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father; and the physicians embalmed Israel. 3 And forty days were fulfilled for him (for so are fulfilled the days of those who are embalmed), and the Egyptians mourned for him threescore and ten days.
4 And when the days of his mourning were past, Joseph spoke unto the house of Pharaoh, saying, "If now I have found grace in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears of Pharaoh, saying, 5 `My father made me swear, saying, "Lo, I die; in my grave which I have dug for myself in the land of Canaan, there shalt thou bury me." Now therefore let me go up, I pray thee, and bury my father, and I will come again.'" 6 And Pharaoh said, "Go up, and bury thy father, according as he made thee swear."
7 And Joseph went up to bury his father; and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house and all the elders of the land of Egypt, 8 and all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father's house. Only their little ones, and their flocks and their herds, they left in the land of Goshen. 9 And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen; and it was a very great company.
10 And they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, and there they mourned with a great and very sore lamentation; and he made a mourning for his father seven days. 11 And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning at the floor of Atad, they said, "This is a grievous mourning of the Egyptians." Therefore the name of it was called Abelmizraim [that is, The mourning of the Egyptians], which is beyond the Jordan. 12 And his sons did unto him according as he commanded them. 13 For his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which Abraham bought with the field for a possession as a burying place from Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre. 14 And Joseph returned into Egypt, he and his brethren and all who went up with him to bury his father, after he had buried his father.
15 And when Joseph's brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, "Joseph will perhaps hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him." 16 And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, "Thy father did command before he died, saying, 17 `So shall ye say unto Joseph, "Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren and their sin, for they did unto thee evil."' And now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father." And Joseph wept when they spoke unto him. 18 And his brethren also went and fell down before his face, and they said, "Behold, we are thy servants." 19 And Joseph said unto them, "Fear not; for am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me, but God meant it unto good to bring to pass as it is this day, to save many people alive. 21 Now therefore fear ye not; I will nourish you and your little ones." And he comforted them, and spoke kindly unto them.
22 And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he and his father's house; and Joseph lived a hundred and ten years.
Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiasticus 3:19-20
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