One Year Bible Reflections - Flipbook - Page 81
God arms me with strength,
and he makes my way perfect.
33 He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
enabling me to stand on
34 He trains my hands for battle;
he strengthens my arm to draw
a bronze bow.
35 You have given me your shield
Your right hand supports me;
your help* has made me great.
36 You have made a wide path for
to keep them from slipping.
18:35 Hebrew your humility; compare 2 Sam 22:36.
“Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you
can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment. If you prize wisdom, she will make you great. Embrace
her, and she will honor you. She will
place a lovely wreath on your head; she
will present you with a beautiful crown.”
My child,* listen to me and do as I say,
and you will have a long, good life.
4:10 Hebrew My son; also in 4:20.
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When his brothers were ready to leave,
Joseph gave these instructions to his palace manager: “Fill each of their sacks
with as much grain as they can carry, and
put each man’s money back into his sack.
2Then put my personal silver cup at the
top of the youngest brother’s sack, along
with the money for his grain.” So the
manager did as Joseph instructed him.
3 The brothers were up at dawn and
were sent on their journey with their
loaded donkeys. 4 But when they had
gone only a short distance and were
barely out of the city, Joseph said to his
palace manager, “Chase after them and
stop them. When you catch up with
them, ask them, ‘Why have you repaid
my kindness with such evil? 5Why have
you stolen my master’s silver cup,*
which he uses to predict the future?
What a wicked thing you have done!’”
6When the palace manager caught up
with the men, he spoke to them as he
had been instructed.
7 “What are you talking about?” the
brothers responded. “We are your servants and would never do such a thing!
8 Didn’t we return the money we found
in our sacks? We brought it back all
the way from the land of Canaan. Why
would we steal silver or gold from your
master’s house? 9 If you find his cup
with any one of us, let that man die. And
all the rest of us, my lord, will be your
10 “That’s fair,” the man replied. “But
only the one who stole the cup will be
my slave. The rest of you may go free.”
11 They all quickly took their sacks
from the backs of their donkeys and
opened them. 12 The palace manager
searched the brothers’ sacks, from the
oldest to the youngest. And the cup was
found in Benjamin’s sack! 13When the
brothers saw this, they tore their clothing in despair. Then they loaded their
donkeys again and returned to the city.
14 Joseph was still in his palace when
Judah and his brothers arrived, and they
fell to the ground before him. 15“What
have you done?” Joseph demanded.
“Don’t you know that a man like me can
predict the future?”
16 Judah answered, “Oh, my lord, what
can we say to you? How can we explain
this? How can we prove our innocence?
God is punishing us for our sins. My
lord, we have all returned to be your
slaves—all of us, not just our brother
who had your cup in his sack.”
17 “No,” Joseph said. “I would never do
such a thing! Only the man who stole
the cup will be my slave. The rest of you
may go back to your father in peace.”
18 Then Judah stepped forward and
said, “Please, my lord, let your servant