One Year Bible Reflections - Flipbook - Page 77
The foundations of the mountains
they quaked because of his
8 Smoke poured from his nostrils;
fierce flames leaped from
Glowing coals blazed forth
9 He opened the heavens and came
dark storm clouds were beneath
10 Mounted on a mighty angelic
being,* he flew,
soaring on the wings of the wind.
11 He shrouded himself in darkness,
veiling his approach with dark
12 Thick clouds shielded the
brightness around him
and rained down hail and burning
13 The Lord thundered from heaven;
the voice of the Most High
amid the hail and burning coals.
14 He shot his arrows and scattered
great bolts of lightning flashed,
and they were confused.
15 Then at your command, O Lord,
at the blast of your breath,
the bottom of the sea could be
and the foundations of the earth
were laid bare.
18:5 Hebrew Sheol. 18:10 Hebrew a cherub. 18:12 Or
and lightning bolts; also in 18:13.
My children,* listen when your father
corrects you. Pay attention and learn
good judgment, for I am giving you good
guidance. Don’t turn away from my instructions. For I, too, was once my father’s son, tenderly loved as my mother’s
only child. My father taught me, “Take
my words to heart. Follow my commands, and you will live. Get wisdom; develop good judgment. Don’t forget my
words or turn away from them. Don’t
turn your back on wisdom, for she will
protect you. Love her, and she will guard
4:1 Hebrew My sons.
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On the third day Joseph said to them
[his brothers], “I am a God-fearing man.
If you do as I say, you will live. 19If you
really are honest men, choose one of
your brothers to remain in prison. The
rest of you may go home with grain for
your starving families. 20But you must
bring your youngest brother back to
me. This will prove that you are telling
the truth, and you will not die.” To this
21 Speaking among themselves, they
said, “Clearly we are being punished because of what we did to Joseph long ago.
We saw his anguish when he pleaded
for his life, but we wouldn’t listen. That’s
why we’re in this trouble.”
22 “Didn’t I tell you not to sin against
the boy?” Reuben asked. “But you
wouldn’t listen. And now we have to answer for his blood!”
23 Of course, they didn’t know that Joseph understood them, for he had been
speaking to them through an interpreter. 24 Now he turned away from
them and began to weep. When he regained his composure, he spoke to them
again. Then he chose Simeon from
among them and had him tied up right
before their eyes.
25 Joseph then ordered his servants
to fill the men’s sacks with grain, but he
also gave secret instructions to return
each brother’s payment at the top of
his sack. He also gave them supplies for
their journey home. 26So the brothers
loaded their donkeys with the grain and
headed for home.