1 When Jacob found out there was grain for sale in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why are you standing idle?”†
2 Then he said, “Indeed, I heard there is grain in Egypt; go down there and buy for us there, that we may live and not die.”
3 So Joseph’s ten brothers went down to buy grain in Egypt.
4 But Jacob did not send Joseph’s brother Benjamin with his brothers, for he said, “Lest some calamity befall him.”
5 Thus the sons of Israel went to buy grain with those who were going there, for the famine was in the land of Canaan.
6 Now Joseph was governor over the land; and it was he who sold to all the people of the land. So Joseph’s brothers came and bowed down before him with their faces to the ground.
7 Joseph saw his brothers and recognized them, but he acted as a stranger to them and spoke roughly to them. Then he said to them, “Where do you come from?” And they said, “From the land of Canaan to buy food.”
8 So Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him.
9 Then Joseph remembered the dreams he dreamed about them, and said to them, “You are spies. You have come to map out the roads of the country.”†
10 But they said to him, “No, my lord, your servants have come to buy food.
11 We are all one man’s sons; we are men of peace; your servants are not spies.”
12 But he said to them, “No, but you have come to map out the roads of the land.”
13 Then they said, “Your servants are twelve brothers, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and in fact, the youngest is with our father today, and one is no more.”
14 But Joseph said to them, “It is as I spoke to you, namely, ‘You are spies!’
15 In this manner you shall be manifested: By the life of Pharaoh, you shall not leave this place unless your youngest brother comes here.
16 Send one of you, and let him bring your brother; and you shall be kept in prison, that your words may be tested to see whether there is any truth in you; or else, by the life of Pharaoh, surely you are spies.”
17 So he put them all together in prison three days.
18 Then Joseph said to them the third day, “Do this and live, for I fear God.†
19 If you are men of peace, let one of your brothers be confined to your prison house; but you, go and carry grain for the famine of your houses.
20 But bring your youngest brother to me; so your words will be verified, and you shall not die.” So they did so.
21 Then they said to one another, “We are truly guilty concerning our brother, for we saw the anguish of his soul when he pleaded with us, and we would not hear; therefore this distress has come upon us.”
22 Reuben then answered them, saying, “Did I not speak to you, saying, ‘Do not sin against the boy,’ but you would not listen? Therefore, behold, his blood is now required of us.”†
23 But they did not know Joseph understood them, for he spoke to them through an interpreter.
24 Then Joseph turned himself away from them and wept. So he returned to them again, and talked with them; and took Simeon from them, and bound him before their eyes.
25 Joseph then gave a command to fill their sacks with grain, to restore every man’s money to his sack, and to give them provisions for the journey. Thus he did for them.
The Brothers Depart for Canaan
26 So they loaded their donkeys with the grain and departed from there.
27 But as one of them opened his sack to give his donkey feed at the encampment, he saw his money; and there it was, in the mouth of his sack.
28 So he said to his brothers, “My money has been returned to me, and there it is, in my sack.” Then their hearts failed them, and they were afraid, saying to one another, “What is this God has done to us?”
29 Then they went to Jacob their father in the land of Canaan and told him all that happened to them, saying,
30 “The man who is lord of the land spoke roughly to us, and took us for spies of the country.
31 But we said to him, ‘We are men of peace; we are not spies.
32 We are twelve brothers, sons of our father; one is no more, and the youngest is with our father this day in the land of Canaan.’
33 Then the man, the lord of the country, said to us, ‘By this I will know you are men of peace: leave one of your brothers here with me, take food for your households, and be gone.
34 Now, bring your youngest brother to me; then I shall know you are not spies, but men of peace. I will then grant your brother to you, and you may trade in the land.’ ”
35 Then it happened as they emptied their sacks, that surprisingly each man’s bundle of money was in his sack; and when they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid.
36 So Jacob their father said to them, “You have bereaved me: Joseph is no more; Simeon is no more; and you want to take Benjamin. All these things are against me.”
37 Then Reuben spoke to his father, saying, “Kill my two sons if I do not bring him back to you; put him in my hands, and I will bring him back to you.”
38 But he said, “My son shall not go down with you, for his brother is dead, and he is left alone. If any calamity should befall him along the way in which you go, then you would bring down my gray hair with sorrow to the grave.”
12 My friends and neighbors draw near and stand against me, And my near of kin stand far off;
13 And those who seek my soul use violence, And those who seek evil for me speak folly; And they meditate on deceit all the day long.
14 But I like a deaf man do not hear, And I am like a mute who does not open his mouth.
15 I am like a man who does not hear, And who has no reproofs in his mouth.
16 For in You, O Lord, I hope; You will hear, O Lord my God.
17 For I said, “Let not my enemies rejoice over me, For when my foot was shaken, they boasted against me.”
18 For I am ready for wounds, And my pain is continually with me.
19 For I will declare my transgression, And I will be anxious about my sin.
20 But my enemies live, and are become stronger than I; And those who hate me unjustly are multiplied;
21 Those who repaid me evil for good Slandered me, because I pursue righteousness; And they threw away my love as though it were a stinking corpse.
22 Do not forsake me, O Lord; O my God, do not depart from me;
23 Give heed to help me, O Lord of my salvation.
Proverbs of Solomon 8
6 Obey me, for I speak sacred things, And from my lips I will bring forth things that are true.
7 For my mouth shall speak the truth, But false lips are an abomination before me.†
8 All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; There is nothing in them crooked or twisted.
9 All things are evident to those who understand And true to those who find knowledge.†
10 Lay hold of instruction and not silver, And knowledge rather than tested gold, And choose perception rather than pure gold.†
Wednesday: The Sanhedrin’s Conspiracy
1 Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, that He said to His disciples,
2 “You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”†
3 Then the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders of the people assembled at the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,
4 and plotted to take Jesus by trickery and kill Him.
5 But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.”
Anointing for Burial
6 And when Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper,†
7 a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table.
8 But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste?
9 For this fragrant oil might have been sold for much and given to the poor.”
10 But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me.
11 For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always.
12 For in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it for My burial.
13 Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”†
Judas Betrays Jesus
14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests†
15 and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver.
16 So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.
Thursday: The Passover Meal
17 Now on the first day of the Feast of the Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?”†
18 And He said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with My disciples.” ’ ”
19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover.
20 When evening had come, He sat down with the twelve.
21 Now as they were eating, He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.”
22 And they were exceedingly sorrowful, and each of them began to say to Him, “Lord, is it I?”
23 He answered and said, “He who dipped his hand with Me in the dish will betray Me.
24 The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.”†
25 Then Judas, who was betraying Him, answered and said, “Rabbi, is it I?” He said to him, “You have said it.”