Day 11 – January 11, 2021

Genesis 11; Psalm 14, 15; Proverbs 2:17–23; Matthew 8:18–34

Genesis 11

The Tower of Babel

1 Now the whole earth was one language and one speech.

2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and dwelt there.

3 Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them with fire.” They had brick for stone and asphalt for mortar.

4 They also said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower, whose top will reach to heaven; and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”

5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the sons of men built.

6 Then the Lord said, “Indeed, the people are one race and one language, and they have begun to do what they said. Now they will not fail to accomplish what they have undertaken.†

7 Come, let Us go down there and confuse their language, so they may not understand one another’s speech.”†

8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city and the tower.†

9 Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the languages of all the earth; and from there the Lord God scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.

The Genealogy of Shem

10 Now this is the genealogy of Shem: Shem was one hundred years old, and begot Arphaxad two years after the flood.†

11 After he begot Arphaxad, Shem lived five hundred years, and begot sons and daughters; and he died.

12 Now Arphaxad lived one hundred and thirty-five years, and begot Cainan.

13 After he begot Cainan, Arphaxad lived four hundred and thirty years, and begot sons and daughters; and he died. Now Cainan lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot Salah. So after he begot Salah, Cainan lived three hundred and thirty years, and begot sons and daughters; and he died.

14 Now Salah lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot Eber.

15 After he begot Eber, Salah lived three hundred and thirty years, and begot sons and daughters; and he died.

16 Now Eber lived one hundred and thirty-four years, and begot Peleg.

17 After he begot Peleg, Eber lived three hundred and seventy years, and begot sons and daughters; and he died.

18 Now Peleg lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot Reu.

19 After he begot Reu, Peleg lived two hundred and nine years, and begot sons and daughters; and he died.

20 Now Reu lived one hundred and thirty-two years, and begot Serug.

21 After he begot Serug, Reu lived two hundred and seven years, and begot sons and daughters; and he died.

22 Now Serug lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot Nahor.

23 After he begot Nahor, Serug lived two hundred years, and begot sons and daughters; and he died.

24 Nahor lived seventy-nine years, and begot Terah.

25 After he begot Terah, Nahor lived one hundred and twenty-nine years, and begot sons and daughters; and he died.

26 Now Terah lived seventy years, and begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran.

The Genealogy of Terah

27 Now this is the genealogy of Terah: Terah begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran, and Haran begot Lot.

28 So Haran died before his father Terah in his native land, in Ur of the Chaldeans.

29 Then Abram and Nahor took wives: the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah and Iscah.

30 But Sarai was barren, and had no child.

31 Now Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot, the son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and led them out from Ur of the Chaldeans, to go to the land of Canaan; and they came to Haran and dwelt there.

32 So the days of Terah were two hundred and five years, and Terah died in Haran.

Psalms 14

1 A psalm by David. †O Lord, who shall dwell in Your tabernacle? Who shall live in Your holy mountain? 

2 He who walks blamelessly, and works righteousness, And speaks truth in his heart, 

3 Who does not deceive with his tongue, Neither does evil to his neighbor; And does not find fault with those nearest him. 

4 He disdains those who do evil in his presence, But he holds in honor those who fear the Lord; He swears an oath to his neighbor and does not set it aside. 

5 He does not lend his money at interest, And he does not take a bribe against the innocent. 

6 He who does these things shall never be shaken.

Psalms 15

1 A pillar inscription; by David. †Preserve me, O Lord, because I hope in You. 

2 I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord; You have no need of my good things.” 

3 To the saints on His earth, In them He magnified all His will. 

4 Their diseases were multiplied; They hastened after these things; I will not join in their assemblies of blood, nor will I remember their names with my lips. 

5 The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You are He who restores my inheritance to me. 

6 Portions fell to me among the best, And my inheritance is the very finest. 

7 I will bless the Lord who caused me to understand; Moreover, until night my reins also instructed me. 

8 I saw the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken. 

9 Therefore my heart was glad, And my tongue rejoiced exceedingly; My flesh also shall dwell in hope. 

10 For You will not abandon my soul to Hades Nor allow Your Holy One to see corruption. 

11 You made known to me the ways of life; You will fill me with gladness in Your presence; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Proverbs of Solomon 2

17 My son, do not lay hold of evil counsel, Nor forsake the teaching of your youth And forget the divine covenant; 

18 For it establishes its house with death, And its paths beside Hades with the dead; 

19 All who journey there do not return, Nor do they lay hold of straight paths; For they do not comprehend the years of life. 

20 For if they walked in good paths, They would find the smooth paths of righteousness. 

21 The inhabitants of the land will be good, And the simple will be left in it; 

22 For the upright will dwell in the land, And the holy will be left in it. 

23 The ways of the ungodly shall perish from the land, And the lawless shall be banished from it.

Matthew 8

Unconditional Loyalty

18 And when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him, He gave a command to depart to the other side.

19 Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.”

20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”†

21 Then another of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”†

22 But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

A Storm Calmed

23 Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him.†

24 And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep.

25 Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”

26 But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.

27 So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

The Gergesene Demoniacs

28 When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way.†

29 And suddenly they cried out, saying, “What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?”

30 Now a good way off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding.

31 So the demons begged Him, saying, “If You cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine.”

32 And He said to them, “Go.” So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water.

33 Then those who kept them fled; and they went away into the city and told everything, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 

34 And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region.

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