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Daily Bible Reading
January 26 - Bible-in-a-Year
Dinah and the Shechemites
1 Now Dinah,(a) the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land. 2 When Shechem(b) son of Hamor(c) the Hivite,(d) the ruler of that area, saw her, he took her and raped her.(e) 3 His heart was drawn to Dinah(f) daughter of Jacob;(g) he loved(h) the young woman and spoke tenderly(i) to her. 4 And Shechem said to his father Hamor, "Get me this girl as my wife."(j)
5 When Jacob heard that his daughter Dinah had been defiled,(k) his sons were in the fields with his livestock; so he did nothing about it until they came home.
6 Then Shechem's father Hamor went out to talk with Jacob.(l) 7 Meanwhile, Jacob's sons had come in from the fields as soon as they heard what had happened. They were shocked(m) and furious,(n) because Shechem had done an outrageous thing in[a] Israel(o) by sleeping with Jacob's daughter—a thing that should not be done.(p)
8 But Hamor said to them, "My son Shechem has his heart set on your daughter. Please give her to him as his wife.(q) 9 Intermarry with us; give us your daughters and take our daughters for yourselves.(r) 10 You can settle among us;(s) the land is open to you.(t) Live in it, trade[b] in it,(u) and acquire property in it.(v)"
11 Then Shechem said to Dinah's father and brothers, "Let me find favor in your eyes,(w) and I will give you whatever you ask. 12 Make the price for the bride(x) and the gift I am to bring as great as you like, and I'll pay whatever you ask me. Only give me the young woman as my wife."
13 Because their sister Dinah had been defiled,(y) Jacob's sons replied deceitfully(z) as they spoke to Shechem and his father Hamor. 14 They said to them, "We can't do such a thing; we can't give our sister to a man who is not circumcised.(aa) That would be a disgrace to us. 15 We will enter into an agreement with you on one condition(ab) only: that you become like us by circumcising all your males.(ac) 16 Then we will give you our daughters and take your daughters for ourselves.(ad) We'll settle among you and become one people with you.(ae) 17 But if you will not agree to be circumcised, we'll take our sister and go."
18 Their proposal seemed good to Hamor and his son Shechem. 19 The young man, who was the most honored(af) of all his father's family, lost no time in doing what they said, because he was delighted with Jacob's daughter.(ag) 20 So Hamor and his son Shechem went to the gate of their city(ah) to speak to the men of their city. 21 "These men are friendly toward us," they said. "Let them live in our land and trade in it;(ai) the land has plenty of room for them. We can marry their daughters and they can marry ours.(aj) 22 But the men will agree to live with us as one people only on the condition that our males be circumcised,(ak) as they themselves are. 23 Won't their livestock, their property and all their other animals become ours?(al) So let us agree to their terms, and they will settle among us.(am)"
24 All the men who went out of the city gate(an) agreed with Hamor and his son Shechem, and every male in the city was circumcised.
25 Three days later, while all of them were still in pain,(ao) two of Jacob's sons, Simeon(ap) and Levi,(aq) Dinah's brothers, took their swords(ar) and attacked the unsuspecting city,(as) killing every male.(at) 26 They put Hamor and his son Shechem to the sword(au) and took Dinah(av) from Shechem's house and left. 27 The sons of Jacob came upon the dead bodies and looted the city(aw) where[c] their sister had been defiled.(ax) 28 They seized their flocks and herds and donkeys(ay) and everything else of theirs in the city and out in the fields.(az) 29 They carried off all their wealth and all their women and children,(ba) taking as plunder(bb) everything in the houses.(bc)
30 Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, "You have brought trouble(bd) on me by making me obnoxious(be) to the Canaanites and Perizzites, the people living in this land.(bf) We are few in number,(bg) and if they join forces against me and attack me, I and my household will be destroyed."
31 But they replied, "Should he have treated our sister like a prostitute?(bh)"
1 Vindicate me,(a)
for I have led a blameless life;(b)
I have trusted(c) in the Lord
and have not faltered.(d)
2 Test me,(e) Lord , and try me,
examine my heart and my mind;(f)
3 for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love(g)
and have lived(h) in reliance on your faithfulness.(i)
4 I do not sit(j) with the deceitful,
nor do I associate with hypocrites.(k)
5 I abhor(l) the assembly of evildoers
and refuse to sit with the wicked.
6 I wash my hands in innocence,(m)
and go about your altar, Lord ,
7 proclaiming aloud your praise(n)
and telling of all your wonderful deeds.(o)
, I love(p) the house where you live,
the place where your glory dwells.(q)
9 Do not take away my soul along with sinners,
my life with those who are bloodthirsty,(r)
10 in whose hands are wicked schemes,(s)
whose right hands are full of bribes.(t)
11 I lead a blameless life;
deliver me(u) and be merciful to me.
12 My feet stand on level ground;(v)
in the great congregation(w) I will praise the Lord .
28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.(v) 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany(w) at the hill called the Mount of Olives,(x) he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 "Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?' say, ‘The Lord needs it.'"
32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them.(y) 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, "Why are you untying the colt?"
34 They replied, "The Lord needs it."
35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks(z) on the road.
37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives,(aa) the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
38 "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!"[b](ab)
"Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"(ac)
39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples!"(ad)
40 "I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."(ae)
41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it(af) 42 and said, "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side.(ag) 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls.(ah) They will not leave one stone on another,(ai) because you did not recognize the time of God's coming(aj) to you."
Jesus at the Temple(ak)
45 When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. 46 "It is written," he said to them, "‘My house will be a house of prayer'[c];(al) but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.'[d]"(am)
47 Every day he was teaching at the temple.(an) But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him.(ao) 48 Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.
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