Day 4 – January 4, 2021

Genesis 4; Psalm 6; Proverbs 1:16–19; Matthew 4

Genesis 4

Cain Kills Abel

1 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man through God.”†

2 Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a shepherd of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

3 Now in the process of time Cain brought a sacrifice to the Lord from the fruits of the ground.†

4 Abel also brought a sacrifice from the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. The Lord respected Abel and his offering,

5 but He did not respect Cain and his sacrifices. So Cain was extremely sorrowful, and his countenance fell.†

6 So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you extremely sorrowful? And why has your countenance fallen?†

7 Did you not sin, even though you brought it rightly, but did not divide it rightly? Be still; his recourse shall be to you; and you shall rule over him.Ӡ

8 Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.

9 Then God said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He replied, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”†

10 Thus God said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground.

11 So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.

12 When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. You will be groaning and trembling on the earth.”

13 Then Cain said to the Lord, “My guilt is too great to be forgiven!†

14 Surely You have driven me out this day from the face of the ground; I shall be hidden from Your face; I shall be groaning and trembling on the earth. Then it will happen if anyone finds me, he will kill me.”

15 So the Lord God said to him, “Not so! Whoever kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” Thus the Lord set a sign on Cain, lest anyone finding him should kill him.

16 Then Cain went out from the presence of the Lord and dwelt in the land of Nod opposite Eden.†

Cain’s Family

17 And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. And he built a city, and called the name of the city after the name of his son Enoch.

18 To Enoch was born Irad; and Irad begot Mehujael; and Mehujael begot Methushael; and Methu-shael begot Lamech.

19 Then Lamech took two wives for himself: the name of one was Adah, and the name of the second was Zillah.

20 So Adah bore Jabal. He was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock.

21 His brother’s name was Jubal. He is the one who invented the psaltery and harp.

22 As for Zillah, she also bore Tubal-Cain, a smith and a manufacturer of bronze and iron. And the sister of Tubal-Cain was Naamah.

23 Then Lamech said to his wives Adah and Zillah: “Hear my voice, you wives of Lamech, And listen carefully to my words, Because I killed a man for wounding me And a young man for hurting me. 

24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, Then Lamech seventy-sevenfold.” 

25 Again Adam knew his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore a son, and he named him Seth, saying, “God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel, whom Cain killed.”†

26 As for Seth, to him also a son was born. He named him Enosh, and he hoped in the Lord God and called upon His name.†

Psalms 6

1 For the End; in hymns, concerning the eighth; a psalm by David. †

2 O Lord, do not reprove me in Your anger, Nor discipline me in Your wrath. 

3 Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak; Heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled; 

4 And my soul is greatly troubled; But You, O Lord, how long? 

5 Return, O Lord, and deliver my soul. Save me because of Your mercy. 

6 For there is no remembrance of You in death; And in Hades who will give thanks to You? 

7 I am weary with my groaning; Every single night I will dampen my bed; I will drench my couch with my tears. 

8 My eye is troubled by anger; I grow old among all my enemies. 

9 Depart from me, all you workers of lawlessness; For the Lord heard the voice of my weeping; 

10 The Lord heard my supplication; The Lord received my prayer. 

11 Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled; Let them turn back and be suddenly ashamed.

Proverbs of Solomon 1

16 Do not walk in the way with them, But turn away your foot from their paths. 

17 For their feet run to evil, And they make haste to shed blood. 

18 For nets are not spread before birds for no reason, For those who participate in murder store up evils for themselves; And evil is the destruction of lawless men. 

19 These are the ways of all who accomplish lawless things, For they take away their own soul in ungodliness.

Matthew 4

Jesus’ Triumph over Satan

1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.†

2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.†

3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”†

4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” †

5 Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple,†

6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ” † 

7 Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ”†

8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.†

9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”

11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

Repentance and the Kingdom

12 Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee.

13 And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali,

14 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:

15 “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles:† 

16 The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.” † 

17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”†

The First Disciples

18 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.†

19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

20 They immediately left their nets and followed Him.

21 Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them,

22 and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.

Summary of Jesus’ Ministry

23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.†

24 Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.

25 Great multitudes followed Him—from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.

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