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1When Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister. She said to Jacob, "Give me children, or else I will die." 2Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel, and he said, "Am I in God (Elohim) 's place, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?" 3She said, "Behold, my maid Bilhah. Go in to her, that she may bear on my knees, and I also may obtain children by her." 4She gave him Bilhah her handmaid as wife, and Jacob went in to her. 5Bilhah conceived, and bore Jacob a son. 6Rachel said, "God (Elohim) has judged me, and has also heard my voice, and has given me a son." Therefore called she his name Dan. 7Bilhah, Rachel's handmaid, conceived again, and bore Jacob a second son. 8Rachel said, "With mighty (Elohim) wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and have prevailed." She named him Naphtali. 9When Leah saw that she had finished bearing, she took Zilpah, her handmaid, and gave her to Jacob as a wife. 10Zilpah, Leah's handmaid, bore Jacob a son. 11Leah said, "How fortunate!" She named him Gad. 12Zilpah, Leah's handmaid, bore Jacob a second son. 13Leah said, "Happy am I, for the daughters will call me happy." She named him Asher. 14Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them to his mother, Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, "Please give me some of your son's mandrakes." 15She said to her, "Is it a small matter that you have taken away my husband? Would you take away my son's mandrakes, also?" Rachel said, "Therefore he will lie with you tonight for your son's mandrakes." 16Jacob came from the field in the evening, and Leah went out to meet him, and said, "You must come in to me; for I have surely hired you with my son's mandrakes." He lay with her that night. 17God (Elohim) listened to Leah, and she conceived, and bore Jacob a fifth son. 18Leah said, "God (Elohim) has given me my hire, because I gave my handmaid to my husband." She named him Issachar. 19Leah conceived again, and bore a sixth son to Jacob. 20Leah said, "God (Elohim) has endowed me with a good dowry. Now my husband will live with me, because I have borne him six sons." She named him Zebulun. 21Afterwards, she bore a daughter, and named her Dinah. 22God (Elohim) remembered Rachel, and God (Elohim) listened to her, and opened her womb. 23She conceived, bore a son, and said, "God (Elohim) has taken away my reproach." 24She named him Joseph, saying, "May TheIAM (Yahweh) add another son to me." 25It happened, when Rachel had borne Joseph, that Jacob said to Laban, "Send me away, that I may go to my own place, and to my country. 26Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, and let me go; for you know my service with which I have served you." 27Laban said to him, "If now I have found favor in your eyes, stay here, for I have divined that TheIAM (Yahweh) has blessed me for your sake." 28He said, "Appoint me your wages, and I will give it." 29He said to him, "You know how I have served you, and how your livestock have fared with me. 30For it was little which you had before I came, and it has increased to a multitude. TheIAM (Yahweh) has blessed you wherever I turned. Now when will I provide for my own house also?" 31He said, "What shall I give you?" Jacob said, "You shall not give me anything. If you will do this thing for me, I will again feed your flock and keep it. 32I will pass through all your flock today, removing from there every speckled and spotted one, and every black one among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats. This will be my hire. 33So my righteousness will answer for me hereafter, when you come concerning my hire that is before you. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and black among the sheep, that might be with me, will be counted stolen." 34Laban said, "Behold, let it be according to your word." 35That day, he removed the male goats that were streaked and spotted, and all the female goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had white in it, and all the black ones among the sheep, and gave them into the hand of his sons. 36He set three days' journey between himself and Jacob, and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flocks. 37Jacob took to himself rods of fresh poplar, almond, plane tree, peeled white streaks in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods. 38He set the rods which he had peeled opposite the flocks in the gutters in the watering-troughs where the flocks came to drink. They conceived when they came to drink. 39The flocks conceived before the rods, and the flocks brought forth streaked, speckled, and spotted. 40Jacob separated the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the streaked and all the black in the flock of Laban: and he put his own droves apart, and didn't put them into Laban's flock. 41It happened, whenever the stronger of the flock conceived, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the flock in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods; 42but when the flock were feeble, he didn't put them in. So the feebler were Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's. 43The man increased exceedingly, and had large flocks, female servants and male servants, and camels and donkeys.
1Then all the children of Israel went out, and the congregation was assembled as one man, from Dan even to Beersheba, with the land of Gilead, to TheIAM (Yahweh) at Mizpah. 2The chiefs of all the people, even of all the tribes of Israel, presented themselves in the assembly of the people of God (Elohim) , four hundred thousand footmen who drew sword. 3(Now the children of Benjamin heard that the children of Israel had gone up to Mizpah.) The children of Israel said, "Tell us, how did this wickedness happen?" 4The Levite, the husband of the woman who was murdered, answered, "I came into Gibeah that belongs to Benjamin, I and my concubine, to lodge. 5The men (Baal) of Gibeah rose against me, and surrounded the house by night. They thought to have slain me, and they forced my concubine, and she is dead. 6I took my concubine, and cut her in pieces, and sent her throughout all the country of the inheritance of Israel; for they have committed lewdness and folly in Israel. 7Behold, you children of Israel, all of you, give here your advice and counsel." 8All the people arose as one man, saying, "We will not any of us go to his tent, neither will we any of us turn to his house. 9But now this is the thing which we will do to Gibeah: [we will go up] against it by lot; 10and we will take ten men of one hundred throughout all the tribes of Israel, and one hundred of one thousand, and a thousand out of ten thousand, to get food for the people, that they may do, when they come to Gibeah of Benjamin, according to all the folly that they have worked in Israel." 11So all the men of Israel were gathered against the city, knit together as one man. 12The tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, "What wickedness is this that is happen among you? 13Now therefore deliver up the men, the base fellows, who are in Gibeah, that we may put them to death, and put away evil from Israel." But Benjamin would not listen to the voice of their brothers the children of Israel. 14The children of Benjamin gathered themselves together out of the cities to Gibeah, to go out to battle against the children of Israel. 15The children of Benjamin were numbered on that day out of the cities twenty-six thousand men who drew the sword, besides the inhabitants of Gibeah, who were numbered seven hundred chosen men. 16Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men left-handed; everyone could sling stones at a hair-breadth, and not miss. 17The men of Israel, besides Benjamin, were numbered four hundred thousand men who drew sword: all these were men of war. 18The children of Israel arose, and went up to Bethel, and asked counsel of God (Elohim) ; and they said, "Who shall go up for us first to battle against the children of Benjamin?" TheIAM (Yahweh) said, "Judah [shall go up] first." 19The children of Israel rose up in the morning, and encamped against Gibeah. 20The men of Israel went out to battle against Benjamin; and the men of Israel set the battle in array against them at Gibeah. 21The children of Benjamin came forth out of Gibeah, and destroyed down to the ground of the Israelites on that day Twenty-two thousand men. 22The people, the men of Israel, encouraged themselves, and set the battle again in array in the place where they set themselves in array the first day. 23The children of Israel went up and wept before TheIAM (Yahweh) until evening; and they asked of TheIAM (Yahweh) , saying, "Shall I again draw near to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother?" TheIAM (Yahweh) said, "Go up against him." 24The children of Israel came near against the children of Benjamin the second day. 25Benjamin went forth against them out of Gibeah the second day, and destroyed down to the ground of the children of Israel again eighteen thousand men; all these drew the sword. 26Then all the children of Israel, and all the people, went up, and came to Bethel, and wept, and sat there before TheIAM (Yahweh) , and fasted that day until evening; and they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before TheIAM (Yahweh) . 27The children of Israel asked of TheIAM (Yahweh) (for the ark of the covenant of God (Elohim) was there in those days, 28and Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, stood before it in those days), saying, "Shall I yet again go out to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother, or shall I cease?" TheIAM (Yahweh) said, "Go up; for tomorrow I will deliver him into your hand." 29Israel set ambushes all around Gibeah. 30The children of Israel went up against the children of Benjamin on the third day, and set themselves in array against Gibeah, as at other times. 31The children of Benjamin went out against the people, and were drawn away from the city; and they began to strike and kill of the people, as at other times, in the highways, of which one goes up to Bethel, and the other to Gibeah, in the field, about thirty men of Israel. 32The children of Benjamin said, "They are struck down before us, as at the first." But the children of Israel said, "Let us flee, and draw them away from the city to the highways." 33All the men of Israel rose up out of their place, and set themselves in array at Baal Tamar: and the ambushers of Israel broke forth out of their place, even out of Maareh Geba. 34There came over against Gibeah ten thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and the battle was severe; but they didn't know that evil was close on them. 35TheIAM (Yahweh) struck Benjamin before Israel; and the children of Israel destroyed of Benjamin that day twenty-five thousand one hundred men: all these drew the sword. 36So the children of Benjamin saw that they were struck; for the men of Israel gave place to Benjamin, because they trusted the ambushers whom they had set against Gibeah. 37The ambushers hurried, and rushed on Gibeah; and the ambushers drew themselves along, and struck all the city with the edge of the sword. 38Now the appointed sign between the men of Israel and the ambushers was that they should make a great cloud of smoke rise up out of the city. 39The men of Israel turned in the battle, and Benjamin began to strike and kill of the men of Israel about thirty persons; for they said, "Surely they are struck down before us, as in the first battle." 40But when the cloud began to arise up out of the city in a pillar of smoke, the Benjamites looked behind them; and behold, the whole of the city went up in smoke to the sky. 41The men of Israel turned, and the men of Benjamin were dismayed; for they saw that evil had come on them. 42Therefore they turned their backs before the men of Israel to the way of the wilderness; but the battle followed hard after them; and those who came out of the cities destroyed them in its midst. 43They surrounded the Benjamites, pursued (Radaph) them, [and] trod them down at [their] resting place, as far as over against Gibeah toward the sunrise. 44There fell of Benjamin eighteen thousand men; all these [were] men of valor. 45They turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon: and they gleaned of them in the highways five thousand men, and followed hard after them to Gidom, and struck of them two thousand men. 46So that all who fell that day of Benjamin were twenty-five thousand men who drew the sword; all these [were] men of valor. 47But six hundred men turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon, and stayed in the rock of Rimmon four months. 48The men of Israel turned again on the children of Benjamin, and struck them with the edge of the sword, both the entire city, and the livestock, and all that they found: moreover all the cities which they found they set on fire.
20David said to Solomon his son, "Be strong and courageous, and do it. Don't be afraid, nor be dismayed; for TheIAM (Yahweh) God (Elohim) , even my God (Elohim) , is with you. He will not fail you, nor forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of TheIAM (Yahweh) is finished. 21Behold, there are the divisions of the priests and the Levites, for all the service of the house of God (Elohim) . There shall be with you in all kinds of work every willing man who has skill, for any kind of service. Also the captains and all the people will be entirely at your command."
1David the king said to all the assembly, "Solomon my son, whom alone God (Elohim) has chosen, is yet young and tender, and the work is great; for the palace is not for man, but for TheIAM (Yahweh) God (Elohim) . 2Now I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God (Elohim) the gold for the [things of] gold, and the silver for the [things of] silver, and the brass for the [things of] brass, the iron for the [things of] iron, and wood for the [things of] wood; onyx stones, and [stones] to be set, stones for inlaid work, and of various colors, and all kinds of precious stones, and marble stones in abundance. 3In addition, because I have set my affection on the house of my God (Elohim) , since I have a treasure of my own of gold and silver, I give it to the house of my God (Elohim) , over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house, 4even three thousand talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, with which to overlay the walls of the houses; 5of gold for the [things of] gold, and of silver for the [things of] silver, and for all kinds of work [to be made] by the hands of artificers. Who then offers willingly to consecrate himself this day to TheIAM (Yahweh) ?" 6Then the princes of the fathers' [houses], and the princes of the tribes of Israel, and the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the rulers over the king's work, offered willingly; 7and they gave for the service of the house of God (Elohim) of gold five thousand talents and ten thousand darics, and of silver ten thousand talents, and of brass eighteen thousand talents, and of iron a hundred thousand talents. 8They with whom [precious] stones were found gave them to the treasure of the house of TheIAM (Yahweh) , under the hand of Jehiel the Gershonite. 9Then the people rejoiced, because they offered willingly, because with a perfect heart they offered willingly to TheIAM (Yahweh) : and David the king also rejoiced with great joy. 10Therefore David blessed TheIAM (Yahweh) before all the assembly; and David said, "You are blessed, TheIAM (Yahweh) , the God (Elohim) of Israel our father, forever and ever. 11Yours, TheIAM (Yahweh) , is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty! For all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, TheIAM (Yahweh) , and you are exalted as head above all. 12Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all; and in your hand is power and might; and it is in your hand to make great, and to give strength to all. 13Now therefore, our God (Elohim) , we thank you, and praise your glorious name.
1The beginning of the Good News of Jesus AnointedOne (Kristos) , the Son of God. 2As it is written in the prophets, "Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you. 3The voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Make ready the way of the Lord (Kurios) ! Make his paths straight!'" 4John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching the baptism of repentance for forgiveness of sins. 5All the country of Judea and all those of Jerusalem went out to him. They were baptized by him in the Jordan river, confessing their sins. 6John was clothed with camel's hair and a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey. 7He preached, saying, "After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and loosen. 8I baptized you in water, but he will baptize you in the Holy Spirit." 9It happened in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10Immediately coming up from the water, he saw the heavens parting, and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11A voice came out of the sky, "You are my dear (Agapetos) Son, in whom I am well pleased." 12Immediately the Spirit drove him out into the wilderness. 13He was there in the wilderness forty days tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals; and the angels were serving him. 14Now after John was taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the Good News of the Kingdom of God, 15and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand! Repent, and believe in the Good News." 16Passing along by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17Jesus said to them, "Come after me, and I will make you into fishers for men." 18Immediately they left their nets, and followed him. 19Going on a little further from there, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John, his brother, who were also in the boat mending the nets. 20Immediately he called them, and they left their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired servants, and went after him. 21They went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath day he entered into the synagogue and taught. 22They were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as having authority, and not as the scribes. 23Immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, 24saying, "Ha! What do we have to do with you, Jesus, you Nazarene? Have you come to destroy us? I know you who you are: the Holy One of God!" 25Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be quiet, and come out of him!" 26The unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. 27They were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, "What is this? A new teaching? For with authority he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him!" 28The report of him went out immediately everywhere into all the region of Galilee and its surrounding area. 29Immediately, when they had come out of the synagogue, they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now Simon's wife's mother lay sick with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. 31He came and took her by the hand, and raised her up. The fever left her, and she served them. 32At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to him all who were sick, and those who were possessed by demons. 33All the city was gathered together at the door. 34He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. He didn't allow the demons to speak, because they knew him. 35Early in the morning, while it was still dark, he rose up and went out, and departed into a deserted place, and prayed there. 36Simon and those who were with him followed after him; 37and they found him, and told him, "Everyone is looking for you." 38He said to them, "Let's go elsewhere into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because I came out for this reason." 39He went into their synagogues throughout all Galilee, preaching and casting out demons. 40A leper came to him, begging him, kneeling down to him, and saying to him, "If you want to, you can make me clean." 41Being moved with compassion, he stretched out his hand, and touched him, and said to him, "I want to. Be made clean." 42When he had said this, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was made clean. 43He strictly warned him, and immediately sent him out, 44and said to him, "See you say nothing to anybody, but go show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing the things which Moses commanded, for a testimony to them." 45But he went out, and began to proclaim it much, and to spread about the matter, so that Jesus could no more openly enter into a city, but was outside in desert places: and they came to him from everywhere.