28After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.29As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them,30“Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.31If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’ ”32Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them.33As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”34They replied, “The Lord needs it.”35They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it.36As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.37When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:38“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”39Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”40“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”41As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it42and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.43The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side.44They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”
45When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling.46“It is written,” he said to them, “ ‘My house will be a house of prayer’; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’”47Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him.48Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.
1Now Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land.2When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of that area, saw her, he took her and raped her.3His heart was drawn to Dinah daughter of Jacob; he loved the young woman and spoke tenderly to her.4And Shechem said to his father Hamor, “Get me this girl as my wife.”5When Jacob heard that his daughter Dinah had been defiled, his sons were in the fields with his livestock; so he did nothing about it until they came home.6Then Shechem’s father Hamor went out to talk with Jacob.7Meanwhile, Jacob’s sons had come in from the fields as soon as they heard what had happened. They were shocked and furious, because Shechem had done an outrageous thing in Israel by sleeping with Jacob’s daughter—a thing that should not be done.8But Hamor said to them, “My son Shechem has his heart set on your daughter. Please give her to him as his wife.9Intermarry with us; give us your daughters and take our daughters for yourselves.10You can settle among us; the land is open to you. Live in it, trade in it, and acquire property in it.”11Then Shechem said to Dinah’s father and brothers, “Let me find favor in your eyes, and I will give you whatever you ask.12Make the price for the bride and the gift I am to bring as great as you like, and I’ll pay whatever you ask me. Only give me the young woman as my wife.”13Because their sister Dinah had been defiled, Jacob’s sons replied deceitfully as they spoke to Shechem and his father Hamor.14They said to them, “We can’t do such a thing; we can’t give our sister to a man who is not circumcised. That would be a disgrace to us.15We will enter into an agreement with you on one condition only: that you become like us by circumcising all your males.16Then we will give you our daughters and take your daughters for ourselves. We’ll settle among you and become one people with you.17But if you will not agree to be circumcised, we’ll take our sister and go.”18Their proposal seemed good to Hamor and his son Shechem.19The young man, who was the most honored of all his father’s family, lost no time in doing what they said, because he was delighted with Jacob’s daughter.20So Hamor and his son Shechem went to the gate of their city to speak to the men of their city.21“These men are friendly toward us,” they said. “Let them live in our land and trade in it; the land has plenty of room for them. We can marry their daughters and they can marry ours.22But the men will agree to live with us as one people only on the condition that our males be circumcised, as they themselves are.23Won’t their livestock, their property and all their other animals become ours? So let us agree to their terms, and they will settle among us.”24All the men who went out of the city gate agreed with Hamor and his son Shechem, and every male in the city was circumcised.25Three days later, while all of them were still in pain, two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, took their swords and attacked the unsuspecting city, killing every male.26They put Hamor and his son Shechem to the sword and took Dinah from Shechem’s house and left.27The sons of Jacob came upon the dead bodies and looted the city where their sister had been defiled.28They seized their flocks and herds and donkeys and everything else of theirs in the city and out in the fields.29They carried off all their wealth and all their women and children, taking as plunder everything in the houses.30Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought trouble on me by making me obnoxious to the Canaanites and Perizzites, the people living in this land. We are few in number, and if they join forces against me and attack me, I and my household will be destroyed.”31But they replied, “Should he have treated our sister like a prostitute?”
1Vindicate me, LORD, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the LORDand have not faltered.2Test me, LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind;3for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.4I do not sit with the deceitful, nor do I associate with hypocrites.5I abhor the assembly of evildoers and refuse to sit with the wicked.6I wash my hands in innocence, and go about your altar, LORD,7proclaiming aloud your praise and telling of all your wonderful deeds.8LORD, I love the house where you live, the place where your glory dwells.9Do not take away my soul along with sinners, my life with those who are bloodthirsty,10in whose hands are wicked schemes, whose right hands are full of bribes.11I lead a blameless life; deliver me and be merciful to me.12My feet stand on level ground; in the great congregation I will praise the LORD.