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Genesis 28 1 Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him and directed him, “You must not take a wife from the Canaanite women. 2 Arise, go to Paddan-aram to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father, and take as your wife from there one of the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother.
• 3 God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples. 4 May he give the blessing of Abraham to you and to your offspring with you, that you may take possession of the land of your sojournings that God gave to Abraham!” 5 Thus Isaac sent Jacob away. And he went to Paddan-aram, to Laban, the son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob’s and Esau’s mother.
• 6 Now Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Paddan-aram to take a wife from there, and that as he blessed him he directed him, “You must not take a wife from the Canaanite women,” 7 and that Jacob had obeyed his father and his mother and gone to Paddan-aram. 8 So when Esau saw that the Canaanite women did not please Isaac his father, 9 Esau went to Ishmael and took as his wife, besides the wives he had, Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebaioth.
• 10 Jacob left Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11 And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. 12 And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder [fn2] set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it!
• 13 And behold, the LORD stood above it [fn3] and said, “I am the LORD, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. 14 Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
• 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.” 17 And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”• 18 So early in the morning Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. 19 He called the name of that place Bethel, but the name of the city was Luz at the first.
• 20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, 21 so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the LORD shall be my God, 22 and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.”
• 1 Then Jacob went on his journey and came to the land of the people of the east. 2 As he looked, he saw a well in the field, and behold, three flocks of sheep lying beside it, for out of that well the flocks were watered. The stone on the well’s mouth was large, 3 and when all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone from the mouth of the well and water the sheep, and put the stone back in its place over the mouth of the well.
• 4 Jacob said to them, “My brothers, where do you come from?” They said, “We are from Haran.” 5 He said to them, “Do you know Laban the son of Nahor?” They said, “We know him.” 6 He said to them, “Is it well with him?” They said, “It is well; and see, Rachel his daughter is coming with the sheep!”
7 He said, “Behold, it is still high day; it isnot time for the livestock to be gatheredtogether. Water the sheep and go, pasturethem.” 8 But they said, “We cannot until allthe flocks are gathered together and thestone is rolled from the mouth of the well;then we water the sheep.”
9 While he was still speaking with them,Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for shewas a shepherdess. 10 Now as soon as Jacobsaw Rachel the daughter of Laban hismother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban hismother’s brother, Jacob came near and rolledthe stone from the well’s mouth and wateredthe flock of Laban his mother’s brother.
11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel and wept aloud.12 And Jacob told Rachel that he was herfather’s kinsman, and that he was Rebekah’sson, and she ran and told her father.
13 As soon as Laban heard the news aboutJacob, his sister’s son, he ran to meet himand embraced him and kissed him andbrought him to his house. Jacob told Labanall these things, 14 and Laban said to him,“Surely you are my bone and my flesh!” Andhe stayed with him a month.
• 15 Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?” 16 Now Laban had two daughters. The name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah’s eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance.
• 18 Jacob loved Rachel. And he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.” 19 Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me.” 20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.
• 21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed.” 22 So Laban gathered together all the people of the place and made a feast. 23 But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and he went in to her.
• 24 (Laban gave his female servant Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her servant.) 25 And in the morning, behold, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?” 26 Laban said, “It is not so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.
• 27 Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years.” 28 Jacob did so, and completed her week. Then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife. 29 (Laban gave his female servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel to be her servant.) 30 So Jacob went in to Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah, and served Laban for another seven years.
• 31 When the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. 32 And Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben, for she said, “Because the LORD has looked upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me.” 33 She conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Because the LORD has heard that I am hated, he has given me this son also.” And she called his name Simeon.
34 Again she conceived and bore a son, andsaid, “Now this time my husband will beattached to me, because I have borne himthree sons.” Therefore his name was calledLevi. 35 And she conceived again and bore ason, and said, “This time I will praise theLORD.” Therefore she called his name Judah.Then she ceased bearing.
Acts 231 And looking intently at the council, Paul said,“Brothers, I have lived my life before God in allgood conscience up to this day.” 2 And the highpriest Ananias commanded those who stood byhim to strike him on the mouth. 3 Then Paul saidto him, “God is going to strike you, youwhitewashed wall! Are you sitting to judge meaccording to the law, and yet contrary to the lawyou order me to be struck?”
4 Those who stood by said, “Would you revileGod’s high priest?” 5 And Paul said, “I did notknow, brothers, that he was the high priest,for it is written, ‘You shall not speak evil of aruler of your people.’”
6 Now when Paul perceived that one partwere Sadducees and the other Pharisees, hecried out in the council, “Brothers, I am aPharisee, a son of Pharisees. It is with respectto the hope and the resurrection of the deadthat I am on trial.” 7 And when he had saidthis, a dissension arose between thePharisees and the Sadducees, and theassembly was divided.
• 8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, nor angel, nor spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all. 9 Then a great clamor arose, and some of the scribes of the Pharisees’ party stood up and contended sharply, “We find nothing wrong in this man. What if a spirit or an angel spoke to him?” 10 And when the dissension became violent, the tribune, afraid that Paul would be torn to pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him away from among them by force and bring him into the barracks.
• 11 The following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.”
• 12 When it was day, the Jews made a plot and bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. 13 There were more than forty who made this conspiracy. 14 They went to the chief priests and elders and said, “We have strictly bound ourselves by an oath to taste no food till we have killed Paul. 15 Now therefore you, along with the council, give notice to the tribune to bring him down to you, as though you were going to determine his case more exactly. And we are ready to kill him before he comes near.”
• 16 Now the son of Paul’s sister heard of their ambush, so he went and entered the barracks and told Paul. 17 Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the tribune, for he has something to tell him.” 18 So he took him and brought him to the tribune and said, “Paul the prisoner called me and asked me to bring this young man to you, as he has something to say to you.”
19 The tribune took him by the hand, andgoing aside asked him privately, “What is itthat you have to tell me?” 20 And he said,“The Jews have agreed to ask you to bringPaul down to the council tomorrow, as thoughthey were going to inquire somewhat moreclosely about him.
21 But do not be persuaded by them, formore than forty of their men are lying inambush for him, who have bound themselvesby an oath neither to eat nor drink till theyhave killed him. And now they are ready,waiting for your consent.” 22 So the tribunedismissed the young man, charging him, “Tellno one that you have informed me of thesethings.”
• 23 Then he called two of the centurions and said, “Get ready two hundred soldiers, with seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen to go as far as Caesarea at the third hour of the night. 24 Also provide mounts for Paul to ride and bring him safely to Felix the governor.” 25 And he wrote a letter to this effect:
• 26 “Claudius Lysias, to his Excellency the governor Felix, greetings. 27 This man was seized by the Jews and was about to be killed by them when I came upon them with the soldiers and rescued him, having learned that he was a Roman citizen. 28 And desiring to know the charge for which they were accusing him, I brought him down to their council.
29 I found that he was being accused aboutquestions of their law, but charged withnothing deserving death or imprisonment.30 And when it was disclosed to me thatthere would be a plot against the man, I senthim to you at once, ordering his accusers alsoto state before you what they have againsthim.”
• 31 So the soldiers, according to their instructions, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris. 32 And on the next day they returned to the barracks, letting the horsemen go on with him. 33 When they had come to Caesarea and delivered the letter to the governor, they presented Paul also before him.
34 On reading the letter, he asked whatprovince he was from. And when he learnedthat he was from Cilicia, 35 he said, “I willgive you a hearing when your accusersarrive.” And he commanded him to beguarded in Herod’s praetorium.