13Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem.14They were talking with each other about everything that had happened.15As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them;16but they were kept from recognizing him.17He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”They stood still, their faces downcast.18One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”19“What things?” he asked. “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people.20The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him;21but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place.22In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning23but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive.24Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”25He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken!26Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?”27And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.28As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther.29But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.30When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them.31Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.32They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”33They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together34and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.”35Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.
36While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”37They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost.38He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds?39Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”40When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet.41And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”42They gave him a piece of broiled fish,43and he took it and ate it in their presence.44He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”45Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.46He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day,47and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.48You are witnesses of these things.49I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
50When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them.51While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.52Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.53And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.
1Now Joseph gave these instructions to the steward of his house: “Fill the men’s sacks with as much food as they can carry, and put each man’s silver in the mouth of his sack.2Then put my cup, the silver one, in the mouth of the youngest one’s sack, along with the silver for his grain.” And he did as Joseph said.3As morning dawned, the men were sent on their way with their donkeys.4They had not gone far from the city when Joseph said to his steward, “Go after those men at once, and when you catch up with them, say to them, ‘Why have you repaid good with evil?5Isn’t this the cup my master drinks from and also uses for divination? This is a wicked thing you have done.’ ”6When he caught up with them, he repeated these words to them.7But they said to him, “Why does my lord say such things? Far be it from your servants to do anything like that!8We even brought back to you from the land of Canaan the silver we found inside the mouths of our sacks. So why would we steal silver or gold from your master’s house?9If any of your servants is found to have it, he will die; and the rest of us will become my lord’s slaves.”10“Very well, then,” he said, “let it be as you say. Whoever is found to have it will become my slave; the rest of you will be free from blame.”11Each of them quickly lowered his sack to the ground and opened it.12Then the steward proceeded to search, beginning with the oldest and ending with the youngest. And the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack.13At this, they tore their clothes. Then they all loaded their donkeys and returned to the city.14Joseph was still in the house when Judah and his brothers came in, and they threw themselves to the ground before him.15Joseph said to them, “What is this you have done? Don’t you know that a man like me can find things out by divination?”16“What can we say to my lord?” Judah replied. “What can we say? How can we prove our innocence? God has uncovered your servants’ guilt. We are now my lord’s slaves—we ourselves and the one who was found to have the cup.”17But Joseph said, “Far be it from me to do such a thing! Only the man who was found to have the cup will become my slave. The rest of you, go back to your father in peace.”18Then Judah went up to him and said: “Pardon your servant, my lord, let me speak a word to my lord. Do not be angry with your servant, though you are equal to Pharaoh himself.19My lord asked his servants, ‘Do you have a father or a brother?’20And we answered, ‘We have an aged father, and there is a young son born to him in his old age. His brother is dead, and he is the only one of his mother’s sons left, and his father loves him.’21“Then you said to your servants, ‘Bring him down to me so I can see him for myself.’22And we said to my lord, ‘The boy cannot leave his father; if he leaves him, his father will die.’23But you told your servants, ‘Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, you will not see my face again.’24When we went back to your servant my father, we told him what my lord had said.25“Then our father said, ‘Go back and buy a little more food.’26But we said, ‘We cannot go down. Only if our youngest brother is with us will we go. We cannot see the man’s face unless our youngest brother is with us.’27“Your servant my father said to us, ‘You know that my wife bore me two sons.28One of them went away from me, and I said, “He has surely been torn to pieces.” And I have not seen him since.29If you take this one from me too and harm comes to him, you will bring my gray head down to the grave in misery.’30“So now, if the boy is not with us when I go back to your servant my father, and if my father, whose life is closely bound up with the boy’s life,31sees that the boy isn’t there, he will die. Your servants will bring the gray head of our father down to the grave in sorrow.32Your servant guaranteed the boy’s safety to my father. I said, ‘If I do not bring him back to you, I will bear the blame before you, my father, all my life!’33“Now then, please let your servant remain here as my lord’s slave in place of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers.34How can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? No! Do not let me see the misery that would come on my father.”
1Contend, LORD, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me.2Take up shield and armor; arise and come to my aid.3Brandish spear and javelinagainst those who pursue me. Say to me, “I am your salvation.”4May those who seek my life be disgraced and put to shame; may those who plot my ruin be turned back in dismay.5May they be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the LORD driving them away;6may their path be dark and slippery, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them.7Since they hid their net for me without cause and without cause dug a pit for me,8may ruin overtake them by surprise— may the net they hid entangle them, may they fall into the pit, to their ruin.9Then my soul will rejoice in the LORDand delight in his salvation.10My whole being will exclaim, “Who is like you, LORD? You rescue the poor from those too strong for them, the poor and needy from those who rob them.”11Ruthless witnesses come forward; they question me on things I know nothing about.12They repay me evil for good and leave me like one bereaved.13Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth and humbled myself with fasting. When my prayers returned to me unanswered,14I went about mourning as though for my friend or brother. I bowed my head in grief as though weeping for my mother.15But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee; assailants gathered against me without my knowledge. They slandered me without ceasing.16Like the ungodly they maliciously mocked;they gnashed their teeth at me.17How long, Lord, will you look on? Rescue me from their ravages, my precious life from these lions.18I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among the throngs I will praise you.19Do not let those gloat over me who are my enemies without cause; do not let those who hate me without reason maliciously wink the eye.20They do not speak peaceably, but devise false accusations against those who live quietly in the land.21They sneer at me and say, “Aha! Aha! With our own eyes we have seen it.”22LORD, you have seen this; do not be silent. Do not be far from me, Lord.23Awake, and rise to my defense! Contend for me, my God and Lord.24Vindicate me in your righteousness, LORD my God; do not let them gloat over me.25Do not let them think, “Aha, just what we wanted!” or say, “We have swallowed him up.”26May all who gloat over my distress be put to shame and confusion; may all who exalt themselves over me be clothed with shame and disgrace.27May those who delight in my vindication shout for joy and gladness; may they always say, “The LORD be exalted, who delights in the well-being of his servant.”28My tongue will proclaim your righteousness, your praises all day long.