1Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,2saying: "There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man.3Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, 'Get justice for me from my adversary.'4And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, 'Though I do not fear God nor regard man,5yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.' "6Then the Lord said, "Hear what the unjust judge said.7And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?8I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?"9Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:10"Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.11The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men--extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.12I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.'13And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!'14I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."15Then they also brought infants to Him that He might touch them; but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them.16But Jesus called them to Him and said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.17Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it."
31When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb; but Rachel was barren.32So Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben; for she said, "The Lord has surely looked on my affliction. Now therefore, my husband will love me."33Then she conceived again and bore a son, and said, "Because the Lord has heard that I am unloved, He has therefore given me this son also." And she called his name Simeon. 34She conceived again and bore a son, and said, "Now this time my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons." Therefore his name was called Levi. 35And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, "Now I will praise the Lord." Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she stopped bearing.
1Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said to Jacob, "Give me children, or else I die!"2And Jacob's anger was aroused against Rachel, and he said, "Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?"3So she said, "Here is my maid Bilhah; go in to her, and she will bear a child on my knees, that I also may have children by her."4Then she gave him Bilhah her maid as wife, and Jacob went in to her.5And Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son.6Then Rachel said, "God has judged my case; and He has also heard my voice and given me a son." Therefore she called his name Dan. 7And Rachel's maid Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son.8Then Rachel said, "With great wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister, and indeed I have prevailed." So she called his name Naphtali. 9When Leah saw that she had stopped bearing, she took Zilpah her maid and gave her to Jacob as wife.10And Leah's maid Zilpah bore Jacob a son.11Then Leah said, "A troop comes!" So she called his name Gad. 12And Leah's maid Zilpah bore Jacob a second son.13Then Leah said, "I am happy, for the daughters will call me blessed." So she called his name Asher. 14Now Reuben 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."15But she said to her, "Is it a small matter that you have taken away my husband? Would you take away my son's mandrakes also?" And Rachel said, "Therefore he will lie with you tonight for your son's mandrakes."16When Jacob came out of the field in the evening, 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." And he lay with her that night.17And God listened to Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son.18Leah said, "God has given me my wages, because I have given my maid to my husband." So she called his name Issachar. 19Then Leah conceived again and bore Jacob a sixth son.20And Leah said, "God has endowed me with a good endowment; now my husband will dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons." So she called his name Zebulun. 21Afterward she bore a daughter, and called her name Dinah.22Then God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her and opened her womb.23And she conceived and bore a son, and said, "God has taken away my reproach."24So she called his name Joseph, and said, "The Lord shall add to me another son."25And it came to pass, 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 which I have done for you."27And Laban said to him, "Please stay, if I have found favor in your eyes, for I have learned by experience that the Lord has blessed me for your sake."28Then he said, "Name me your wages, and I will give it."29So Jacob said to him, "You know how I have served you and how your livestock has been with me.30For what you had before I came was little, and it has increased to a great amount; the Lord has blessed you since my coming. And now, when shall I also provide for my own house?"31So he said, "What shall I give you?" And Jacob said, "You shall not give me anything. If you will do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep your flocks:32Let me pass through all your flock today, removing from there all the speckled and spotted sheep, and all the brown ones among the lambs, and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and these shall be my wages.33So my righteousness will answer for me in time to come, when the subject of my wages comes before you: every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown among the lambs, will be considered stolen, if it is with me."34And Laban said, "Oh, that it were according to your word!"35So he removed that day the male goats that were speckled and spotted, all the female goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had some white in it, and all the brown ones among the lambs, and gave them into the hand of his sons.36Then he put three days' journey between himself and Jacob, and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flocks.37Now Jacob took for himself rods of green poplar and of the almond and chestnut trees, peeled white strips in them, and exposed the white which was in the rods.38And the rods which he had peeled, he set before the flocks in the gutters, in the watering troughs where the flocks came to drink, so that they should conceive when they came to drink.39So the flocks conceived before the rods, and the flocks brought forth streaked, speckled, and spotted.40Then Jacob separated the lambs, and made the flocks face toward the streaked and all the brown in the flock of Laban; but he put his own flocks by themselves and did not put them with Laban's flock.41And it came to pass, whenever the stronger livestock conceived, that Jacob placed the rods before the eyes of the livestock in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods.42But when the flocks were feeble, he did not put them in; so the feebler were Laban's and the stronger Jacob's.43Thus the man became exceedingly prosperous, and had large flocks, female and male servants, and camels and donkeys.
1A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.2He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.3He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake.4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.