1Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him.2And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, "This Man receives sinners and eats with them."3So He spoke this parable to them, saying:4"What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?5And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.6And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'7I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.8"Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it?9And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!'10Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."11Then He said: "A certain man had two sons.12And the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.' So he divided to them his livelihood.13And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living.14But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want.15Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.16And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.17But when he came to himself, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!18I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you,19and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants." '20And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.21And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.'22But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.23And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry;24for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' And they began to be merry.25Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.26So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant.27And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.'28But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him.29So he answered and said to his father, 'Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends.30But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.'31And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.32It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.' "
1Now it came to pass, when Isaac was old and his eyes were so dim that he could not see, that he called Esau his older son and said to him, "My son." And he answered him, "Here I am."2Then he said, "Behold now, I am old. I do not know the day of my death.3Now therefore, please take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me.4And make me savory food, such as I love, and bring it to me that I may eat, that my soul may bless you before I die."5Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt game and to bring it.6So Rebekah spoke to Jacob her son, saying, "Indeed I heard your father speak to Esau your brother, saying,7Bring me game and make savory food for me, that I may eat it and bless you in the presence of the Lord before my death.'8Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to what I command you.9Go now to the flock and bring me from there two choice kids of the goats, and I will make savory food from them for your father, such as he loves.10Then you shall take it to your father, that he may eat it, and that he may bless you before his death."11And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, "Look, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth-skinned man.12Perhaps my father will feel me, and I shall seem to be a deceiver to him; and I shall bring a curse on myself and not a blessing."13But his mother said to him, "Let your curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice, and go, get them for me."14And he went and got them and brought them to his mother, and his mother made savory food, such as his father loved.15Then Rebekah took the choice clothes of her elder son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob her younger son.16And she put the skins of the kids of the goats on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck.17Then she gave the savory food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.18So he went to his father and said, "My father." And he said, "Here I am. Who are you, my son?"19Jacob said to his father, "I am Esau your firstborn; I have done just as you told me; please arise, sit and eat of my game, that your soul may bless me."20But Isaac said to his son, "How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?" And he said, "Because the Lord your God brought it to me."21Then Isaac said to Jacob, "Please come near, that I may feel you, my son, whether you are really my son Esau or not."22So Jacob went near to Isaac his father, and he felt him and said, "The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau."23And he did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau's hands; so he blessed him.24Then he said, "Are you really my son Esau?" He said, "I am."25He said, "Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son's game, so that my soul may bless you." So he brought it near to him, and he ate; and he brought him wine, and he drank.26Then his father Isaac said to him, "Come near now and kiss me, my son."27And he came near and kissed him; and he smelled the smell of his clothing, and blessed him and said: "Surely, the smell of my son Is like the smell of a field Which the Lord has blessed.28Therefore may God give you Of the dew of heaven, Of the fatness of the earth, And plenty of grain and wine.29Let peoples serve you, And nations bow down to you. Be master over your brethren, And let your mother's sons bow down to you. Cursed be everyone who curses you, And blessed be those who bless you!"30Now it happened, as soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob had scarcely gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.31He also had made savory food, and brought it to his father, and said to his father, "Let my father arise and eat of his son's game, that your soul may bless me."32And his father Isaac said to him, "Who are you?" So he said, "I am your son, your firstborn, Esau."33Then Isaac trembled exceedingly, and said, "Who? Where is the one who hunted game and brought it to me? I ate all of it before you came, and I have blessed him--and indeed he shall be blessed."34When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, "Bless me--me also, O my father!"35But he said, "Your brother came with deceit and has taken away your blessing."36And Esau said, "Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has supplanted me these two times. He took away my birthright, and now look, he has taken away my blessing!" And he said, "Have you not reserved a blessing for me?"37Then Isaac answered and said to Esau, "Indeed I have made him your master, and all his brethren I have given to him as servants; with grain and wine I have sustained him. What shall I do now for you, my son?"38And Esau said to his father, "Have you only one blessing, my father? Bless me--me also, O my father!" And Esau lifted up his voice and wept.39Then Isaac his father answered and said to him: "Behold, your dwelling shall be of the fatness of the earth, And of the dew of heaven from above.40By your sword you shall live, And you shall serve your brother; And it shall come to pass, when you become restless, That you shall break his yoke from your neck."41So Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him, and Esau said in his heart, "The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then I will kill my brother Jacob."42And the words of Esau her older son were told to Rebekah. So she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said to him, "Surely your brother Esau comforts himself concerning you by intending to kill you.43Now therefore, my son, obey my voice: arise, flee to my brother Laban in Haran.44And stay with him a few days, until your brother's fury turns away,45until your brother's anger turns away from you, and he forgets what you have done to him; then I will send and bring you from there. Why should I be bereaved also of you both in one day?"
1To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble; May the name of the God of Jacob defend you;2May He send you help from the sanctuary, And strengthen you out of Zion;3May He remember all your offerings, And accept your burnt sacrifice. Selah4May He grant you according to your heart's desire, And fulfill all your purpose.5We will rejoice in your salvation, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.6Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven With the saving strength of His right hand.7Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.8They have bowed down and fallen; But we have risen and stand upright.9Save, Lord! May the King answer us when we call.