Day 50 – February 19, 2021
Genesis 50; Psalm 45; Proverbs 9:12–15; Mark 1:21–45

Genesis 50

1 Now Joseph fell on his father’s face and wept over him, and kissed him.

2 Then Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father. So the physicians embalmed Israel.

3 Forty days were required for him, for such are the days required for those embalmed; and the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days.

4 So when the days of his mourning were past, Joseph spoke to the princes of Pharaoh, saying, “If now I have found grace in your sight, speak in the hearing of Pharaoh, saying,

5 ‘My father made me swear, saying, “Behold, in the grave I dug for myself in the land of Canaan, there you shall bury me.” Now therefore, let me go up and bury my father, and I will come back.’ ”

6 Then Pharaoh said, “Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear.”

7 So Joseph went up to bury his father; and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt,

8 as well as all the house of Joseph, his brothers, and his father’s house. Only their sheep and oxen they left in the land of Goshen.

9 There also went up with him both chariots and horses, and it was a very great gathering.

10 Then they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, and they mourned there with a great and very solemn lamentation. He observed seven days of mourning for his father.

11 So when the inhabitants of the land of Canaan saw the mourning at the threshing floor of Atad, they said, “This is a deep mourning of the Egyptians.” Therefore its name was called the Mourning of Egypt, which is beyond the Jordan.

12 Thus his sons did for him just as he commanded them.

13 For his sons carried him to the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, opposite Mamre, which Abraham bought from Ephron the Hittite as property for a burial place.

14 After he buried his father, Joseph returned to Egypt, he and his brothers and all who went up with him to bury his father.

Joseph Comforts His Brothers

15 When Joseph’s brothers saw their father was dead, they said, “Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may actually repay us for all the evil we did to him.”

16 So they came to Joseph, saying, “Before your father died he commanded, saying,

17 ‘Thus you shall say to Joseph, “I beg you, forgive the injustice of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you.’ ” Now, forgive the injustice of the servants of the God of your father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.

18 Then his brothers also went and fell down before his face, and they said, “Behold, we are your servants.”

19 So Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for I belong to God.

20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.

21 Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your households.” Thus he comforted them and spoke to their heart.†

Joseph Dies in Egypt

22 So Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he and his brothers. Then Joseph lived one hundred and ten years.

23 Joseph saw Ephraim’s children to the third generation and the children of Machir, the son of Manasseh, were also brought up on Joseph’s knees.

24 Then Joseph said to his brethren, “I am about to die; but God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land to the land God swore to our fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”†

25 Thus Joseph took an oath from the children of Israel, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here.”

26 So Joseph died, being one hundred and ten years old; and they embalmed him, and put him in a coffin in Egypt.†

Psalms 45

1 For the End; for the sons of Korah; a psalm concerning hidden things. †

2 God is our refuge and power; A help in afflictions that severely befall us. 

3 Therefore we will not fear when the earth is troubled, And when the mountains are removed into the hearts of the seas. 

4 Their waters roared and were troubled; The mountains were troubled by His might. (Pause) 

5 The torrents of the river gladden the city of God; The Most High sanctified His tabernacle. 

6 God is in her midst; she shall not be shaken; God shall help her early in the morning. 

7 The nations were troubled; kingdoms fell; He uttered His voice; the earth shook. 

8 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our protector. (Pause) 

9 Come, behold the works of the Lord, The wonders He wrought on the earth. 

10 When He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth, He will break the bow and shatter the weapon; And He will burn up the shields in fire. 

11 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth. 

12 The Lord of hosts is with us, The God of Jacob is our protector.

Proverbs of Solomon 9

12 My son, if you become wise in yourself, you shall also be wise toward your neighbor; But if you prove to be evil, you alone will go through troubles. 

13 He who supports himself with lies will shepherd winds And chase flying birds; 

14 For he abandoned the ways of his own vineyard And strayed from paths of his own farming; 

15 And he will pass through a waterless desert, A land assigned to drought, And he gathers barrenness with his hands.

Mark 1

Healings in Capernaum

21 Then they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and taught.†

22 And they were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

23 Now there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit. And he cried out,

24 saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!”

25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!”

26 And when the unclean spirit had convulsed him and cried out with a loud voice, he came out of him.

27 Then they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.”

28 And immediately His fame spread throughout all the region around Galilee.

29 Now as soon as they had come out of the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.

30 But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick with a fever, and they told Him about her at once.

31 So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them.

32 At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed.

33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door.

34 Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him.†

Tour of Galilee

35 Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.†

36 And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him.

37 When they found Him, they said to Him, “Everyone is looking for You.”

38 But He said to them, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.”

39 And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons.†

Uncleanness Cleansed: A Leper

40 Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”†

41 Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.”

42 As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed.

43 And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once,

44 and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

45 However, he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the matter, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter the city, but was outside in deserted places; and they came to Him from every direction.

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