Bible Reading Plan
Daily Bible Reading
January 25 - Bible-in-a-Year
Jacob Prepares to Meet Esau
1 [a]Jacob also went on his way, and the angels of God(a) met him. 2 When Jacob saw them, he said, "This is the camp of God!"(b) So he named that place Mahanaim.[b](c)
3 Jacob sent messengers(d) ahead of him to his brother Esau(e) in the land of Seir,(f) the country of Edom.(g) 4 He instructed them: "This is what you are to say to my lord(h) Esau: ‘Your servant(i) Jacob says, I have been staying with Laban(j) and have remained there till now. 5 I have cattle and donkeys, sheep and goats, male and female servants.(k) Now I am sending this message to my lord,(l) that I may find favor in your eyes.(m)'"
6 When the messengers returned to Jacob, they said, "We went to your brother Esau, and now he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him."(n)
7 In great fear(o) and distress(p) Jacob divided the people who were with him into two groups,[c](q) and the flocks and herds and camels as well. 8 He thought, "If Esau comes and attacks one group,[d] the group[e] that is left may escape."
9 Then Jacob prayed, "O God of my father Abraham,(r) God of my father Isaac,(s) Lord , you who said to me, ‘Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,'(t) 10 I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness(u) you have shown your servant. I had only my staff(v) when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two camps.(w) 11 Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid(x) he will come and attack me,(y) and also the mothers with their children.(z) 12 But you have said, ‘I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand(aa) of the sea, which cannot be counted.(ab)'"
13 He spent the night there, and from what he had with him he selected a gift(ac) for his brother Esau: 14 two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams,(ad) 15 thirty female camels with their young, forty cows and ten bulls, and twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys.(ae) 16 He put them in the care of his servants, each herd by itself, and said to his servants, "Go ahead of me, and keep some space between the herds."(af)
17 He instructed the one in the lead: "When my brother Esau meets you and asks, ‘Who do you belong to, and where are you going, and who owns all these animals in front of you?' 18 then you are to say, ‘They belong to your servant(ag) Jacob. They are a gift(ah) sent to my lord Esau, and he is coming behind us.'"
19 He also instructed the second, the third and all the others who followed the herds: "You are to say the same thing to Esau when you meet him. 20 And be sure to say, ‘Your servant(ai) Jacob is coming behind us.'" For he thought, "I will pacify him with these gifts(aj) I am sending on ahead;(ak) later, when I see him, perhaps he will receive me."(al) 21 So Jacob's gifts(am) went on ahead of him, but he himself spent the night in the camp.
Jacob Wrestles With God
22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons(an) and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.(ao) 23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions.(ap) 24 So Jacob was left alone,(aq) and a man(ar) wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob's hip(as) so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, "Let me go, for it is daybreak."
But Jacob replied, "I will not let you go unless you bless me."(at)
27 The man asked him, "What is your name?"
"Jacob,"(au) he answered.
28 Then the man said, "Your name(av) will no longer be Jacob, but Israel,[f](aw) because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome."(ax)
29 Jacob said, "Please tell me your name."(ay)
But he replied, "Why do you ask my name?"(az) Then he blessed(ba) him there.
30 So Jacob called the place Peniel,[g] saying, "It is because I saw God face to face,(bb) and yet my life was spared."
31 The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel,[h](bc) and he was limping because of his hip. 32 Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip,(bd) because the socket of Jacob's hip was touched near the tendon.
Jacob Meets Esau
1 Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men;(a) so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two female servants.(b) 2 He put the female servants and their children(c) in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph(d) in the rear. 3 He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground(e) seven times(f) as he approached his brother.
4 But Esau(g) ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him.(h) And they wept.(i) 5 Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. "Who are these with you?" he asked.
Jacob answered, "They are the children God has graciously given your servant.(j)"
6 Then the female servants and their children(k) approached and bowed down.(l) 7 Next, Leah and her children(m) came and bowed down.(n) Last of all came Joseph and Rachel,(o) and they too bowed down.
8 Esau asked, "What's the meaning of all these flocks and herds I met?"(p)
"To find favor in your eyes, my lord,"(q) he said.
9 But Esau said, "I already have plenty,(r) my brother. Keep what you have for yourself."
10 "No, please!" said Jacob. "If I have found favor in your eyes,(s) accept this gift(t) from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God,(u) now that you have received me favorably.(v) 11 Please accept the present(w) that was brought to you, for God has been gracious to me(x) and I have all I need."(y) And because Jacob insisted,(z) Esau accepted it.
12 Then Esau said, "Let us be on our way; I'll accompany you."
13 But Jacob said to him, "My lord(aa) knows that the children are tender and that I must care for the ewes and cows that are nursing their young.(ab) If they are driven hard just one day, all the animals will die. 14 So let my lord go on ahead of his servant, while I move along slowly at the pace of the flocks and herds(ac) before me and the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir.(ad)"
15 Esau said, "Then let me leave some of my men with you."
"But why do that?" Jacob asked. "Just let me find favor in the eyes of my lord."(ae)
16 So that day Esau started on his way back to Seir.(af) 17 Jacob, however, went to Sukkoth,(ag) where he built a place for himself and made shelters for his livestock. That is why the place is called Sukkoth.[a]
18 After Jacob came from Paddan Aram,[b](ah) he arrived safely at the city of Shechem(ai) in Canaan and camped within sight of the city. 19 For a hundred pieces of silver,[c] he bought from the sons of Hamor,(aj) the father of Shechem,(ak) the plot of ground(al) where he pitched his tent.(am) 20 There he set up an altar(an) and called it El Elohe Israel.[d]
1 In you,
I put my trust.(a)
2 I trust in you;(b)
do not let me be put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
3 No one who hopes in you
will ever be put to shame,(c)
but shame will come on those
who are treacherous(d) without cause.
4 Show me your ways,
teach me your paths.(e)
5 Guide me in your truth(f) and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,(g)
and my hope is in you(h) all day long.
6 Remember, Lord , your great mercy and love,(i)
for they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth(j)
and my rebellious ways;(k)
according to your love(l) remember me,
for you, Lord , are good.(m)
8 Good and upright(n) is the
therefore he instructs(o) sinners in his ways.
9 He guides(p) the humble in what is right
and teaches them(q) his way.
10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful(r)
toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.(s)
11 For the sake of your name,(t) Lord ,
forgive(u) my iniquity,(v) though it is great.
12 Who, then, are those who fear the
He will instruct them in the ways(x) they should choose.[b]
13 They will spend their days in prosperity,(y)
and their descendants will inherit the land.(z)
14 The Lord confides(aa) in those who fear him;
he makes his covenant known(ab) to them.
15 My eyes are ever on the Lord ,(ac)
for only he will release my feet from the snare.(ad)
16 Turn to me(ae) and be gracious to me,(af)
for I am lonely(ag) and afflicted.
17 Relieve the troubles(ah) of my heart
and free me from my anguish.(ai)
18 Look on my affliction(aj) and my distress(ak)
and take away all my sins.(al)
19 See how numerous are my enemies(am)
and how fiercely they hate me!(an)
20 Guard my life(ao) and rescue me;(ap)
do not let me be put to shame,(aq)
for I take refuge(ar) in you.
21 May integrity(as) and uprightness(at) protect me,
because my hope, Lord ,[c] is in you.(au)
22 Deliver Israel,(av) O God,
from all their troubles!
Zacchaeus the Tax Collector
1 Jesus entered Jericho(a) and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig(b) tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.(c)
5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today." 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, "He has gone to be the guest of a sinner."(d)
8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord,(e) "Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything,(f) I will pay back four times the amount."(g)
9 Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.(h) 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost."(i)
The Parable of the Ten Minas(j)
11 While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God(k) was going to appear at once.(l) 12 He said: "A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. 13 So he called ten of his servants(m) and gave them ten minas.[a] ‘Put this money to work,' he said, ‘until I come back.'
14 "But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We don't want this man to be our king.'
15 "He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it.
16 "The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.'
17 "‘Well done, my good servant!'(n) his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.'(o)
18 "The second came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned five more.'
19 "His master answered, ‘You take charge of five cities.'
20 "Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. 21 I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.'(p)
22 "His master replied, ‘I will judge you by your own words,(q) you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow?(r) 23 Why then didn't you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?'
24 "Then he said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.'
25 "‘Sir,' they said, ‘he already has ten!'
26 "He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away.(s) 27 But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me.'"
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