Day 23 – January 23, 2021

Genesis 23; Psalm 24:12–22; Proverbs 4:24–28; Matthew 15:1–20

Genesis 23

The Death and Burial of Sarah

1 Now Sarah lived one hundred and twenty-seven years.†

2 Then Sarah died in the city of Kirjath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her.

3 Then Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spoke to the sons of Heth, saying,

4 “I am a sojourner and a stranger among you. Give me therefore a burial place among you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.”†

5 So the sons of Heth answered Abraham, saying,

6 “Hear us, my Lord, you are a king from God among us; bury your dead in the choicest of our burial places. None of us will withhold his burial place from you, to bury your dead there.”

7 Then Abraham stood and bowed himself to the people of the land, the sons of Heth.

8 Thus he spoke with them, saying, “If you have it in mind for me to bury my dead out of my sight, then listen to me, and speak on my behalf to Ephron the son of Zohar,†

9 that he may give me the cave of Mach-pelah, which he has at the end of his field. Let him give it to me at the full price, as a burial place among you.”

10 Now Ephron was sitting among the sons of Heth; and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the presence of the sons of Heth, and of all who entered at the gate of the city, saying,

11 “No, my Lord, hear me, I give you both the field and the cave within it; I give it to you in the presence of all my fellow citizens. Bury your dead.”

12 Then Abraham bowed himself before the people of the land,

13 and he spoke to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, saying, “If you are for me, hear me. I will give you money for the field; take it from me and I will bury my dead there.”

14 Ephron then answered Abraham, saying to him,

15 “My lord, listen to me, the land is worth four hundred silver drachmas; but what is that between you and me? So bury your dead.”

16 So Abraham listened to Ephron, and Abraham weighed out the silver for Ephron, which he had mentioned in the hearing of the sons of Heth, the four hundred silver drachmas, currency of the merchants.

17 Thus the field of Ephron in Machpelah, which was opposite Mamre, the field and the cave in it, and all the trees in the field, which were within all the surrounding borders, were deeded

18 to Abraham as his possession in the presence of the sons of Heth, before all who entered the city.

19 Then after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which was opposite Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan.†

20 So the field and the cave in it were deeded to Abraham by the sons of Heth as property for a burial place.

Psalms 24

12 Who is the man who fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way He chooses. 

13 His soul shall dwell among good things; His seed shall inherit the earth. 

14 The Lord is the strength of those who fear Him, And to those who fear Him, His name is the Lord, And He will show them His covenant. 

15 My eyes are always toward the Lord, For He shall pluck my feet out of the trap. 

16 Look upon me and have mercy on me, For I am only-begotten and poor. 

17 The afflictions of my heart have been widened; Bring me out of my distresses. 

18 Look on my humiliation and my pain And forgive all my sins. 

19 Look on my enemies, because they multiply, And they hate me with unjustified hatred. 

20 Keep my soul, and deliver me; Let me not be ashamed, because I hope in You. 

21 The innocent and the upright cleave to me Because I wait upon You, O Lord. 

22 Redeem Israel, O God, Out of all his afflictions.

Proverbs of Solomon 4

24 Let your eyes look straight forward, And let your eyelids assent to righteous things. 

25 Make straight paths for your feet And direct your ways aright. 

26 Do not turn aside to the right or to the left, But turn your foot from an evil way; 

27 For God knows the ways on the right hand, But those on the left are perverse; 

28 And He shall make your paths straight And guide your steps in peace.

Matthew 15

Conflict over Cleanliness

1 Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying,†

2 “Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.”

3 He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?†

4 For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’ ; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ 

5 But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God ”—

6 then he need not honor his father or mother.’ Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition.

7 Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:

8 ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. 

9 And in vain they worship Me , Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ” 

10 When He had called the multitude to Himself , He said to them, “Hear and understand:

11 Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.”

12 Then His disciples came and said to Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?”

13 But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted.

14 Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.”

15 Then Peter answered and said to Him, “Explain this parable to us.”

16 So Jesus said, “Are you also still without understanding?

17 Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated?

18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.

19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.

20 These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.”

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