Genesis 29; Genesis 30; Matthew 9:1-17

1 Then Jacob went on in his journey, and came into the east country. 2 And he saw a well in the field, and three flocks of sheep lying by it: for the beasts were watered out of it, and the mouth thereof was closed with a great stone. 3 And the custom was, when all the sheep were gathered together, to roll away the stone, and after the sheep were watered, to put it on the mouth of the well again. 4 And he said to the shepherds: Brethren, whence are you? They answered: Of Haran. 5 And he asked them, saying: Know you Laban, the son of Nachor? They said: We know him. 6 He said: Is he in health? He is in health, say they: and behold, Rachel, his daughter, cometh with his flock. 7 And Jacob said: There is yet much day remaining, neither is it time to bring the flocks into the folds again: first give the sheep drink, and so lead them back to feed. 8 They answered: We cannot, till all the cattle be gathered together, and we remove the stone from the well’s mouth, that we may water the flocks. 9 They were yet speaking, and behold Rachel came with her father’s sheep; for she fed the flock. 10 And when Jacob saw her, and knew her to be his cousin german, and that they were the sheep of Laban, his uncle: he removed the stone wherewith the well was closed. 11 And having watered the flock, he kissed her: and lifting up his voice wept. 12 And he told her that he was her father’s brother, and the son of Rebecca: but she went in haste and told her father. 13 Who, when he heard that Jacob his sister’s son was come, ran forth to meet him: and embracing him, and heartily kissing him, brought him into his house. And when he had heard the causes of his journey, 14 He answered: Thou art my bone and my flesh. And after the days of one month were expired, 15 He said to him: Because thou art my brother, shalt thou serve me without wages? Tell me what wages thou wilt have. 16 Now he had two daughters, the name of the elder was Lia; and the younger was called Rachel. 17 But Lia was blear eyed: Rachel was well favoured, and of a beautiful countenance. 18 And Jacob being in love with her, said: I will serve thee seven years for Rachel, thy younger daughter. 19 Laban answered: It is better that I give her to thee than to another man; stay with me. 20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel: and they seemed but a few days, because of the greatness of his love. 21 And he said to Laban: Give me my wife; for now the time is fulfilled, that I may go in unto her. 22 And he, having invited a great number of his friends to the feast, made the marriage. 23 And at night he brought in Lia, his daughter, to him, 24 Giving his daughter a handmaid, named Zelpha. Now when Jacob had gone in to her according to custom, when morning was come he saw it was Lia. 25 And he said to his father in law: What is it that thou didst mean to do? did not I serve thee for Rachel? why hast thou deceived me? 26 Laban answered: It is not the custom in this place, to give the younger in marriage first. 27 Make up the week of days of this match: and I will give thee her also, for the service that thou shalt render me other seven years. 28 He yielded to his pleasure: and after the week was past, he married Rachel: 29 To whom her father gave Bala, for her servant. 30 And having at length obtained the marriage he wished for, he preferred the love of the latter before the former, and served with him other seven years. 31 And the Lord seeing that he despised Lia, opened her womb, but her sister remained barren. 32 And she conceived and bore a son, and called his name Ruben, saying: The Lord saw my affliction: now my husband will love me. 33 And again she conceived and bore a son, and said: Because the Lord heard that I was despised, he hath given this also to me: and she called his name Simeon. 34 And she conceived the third time, and bore another son, and said: Now also my husband will be joined to me, because I have borne him three sons: and therefore she called his name Levi. 35 The fourth time she conceived and bore a son, and said: Now will I praise the Lord: and for this she called him Juda. And she left bearing.
1 And Rachel seeing herself without children, envied her sister, and said to her husband: Give me children, otherwise I shall die. 2 And Jacob being angry with her, answered: Am I as God, who hath deprived thee of the fruit of thy womb? 3 But she said: I have here my servant Bala: go in unto her, that she may bear upon my knees, and I may have children by her. 4 And she gave him Bala in marriage: who, 5 When her husband had gone in unto her, conceived and bore a son. 6 And Rachel said: The Lord hath judged for me, and hath heard my voice, giving me a son; and therefore she called his name Dan. 7 And again Bala conceived, and bore another, 8 For whom Rachel said: God hath compared me with my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called him Nephthali. 9 Lia perceiving that she had left of bearing, gave Zelpha, her handmaid, to her husband. 10 And when she had conceived, and brought forth a son, 11 She said: Happily. And therefore called his name Gad. 12 Zelpha also bore another. 13 And Lia said: This is for my happiness: for women will call me blessed. Therefore she called him Aser. 14 And Ruben going out in the time of the wheat harvest into the field, found mandrakes: which he brought to his mother Lia. And Rachel said: Give me part of thy son’s mandrakes. 15 She answered: Dost thou think it a small matter, that thou hast taken my husband from me, unless thou take also my son’s mandrakes? Rachel said: He shall sleep with thee this night, for thy son’s mandrakes. 16 And when Jacob returned at even from the field, Lia went out to meet him, and said: Thou shalt come in unto me, because I have hired thee for my son’s mandrakes. And he slept with her that night. 17 And God heard her prayers; and she conceived: and bore a fifth son: 18 And said: God hath given me a reward, because I gave my handmaid to my husband. And she called his name Issachar. 19 And Lia conceived again, and bore the sixth son, 20 And said: God hath endowed me with a good dowry; this turn also my husband will be with me, because I have borne him six sons: and therefore she called his name Zabulon. 21 After whom she bore a daughter, named Dina. 22 The Lord also remembering Rachel, heard her, and opened her womb. 23 And she conceived, and bore a son, saying: God hath taken away my reproach. 24 And she called his name Joseph: saying: The Lord give me also another son. 25 And when Joseph was born, Jacob said to his father in law: Send me away, that I may return into my country, and to my land. 26 Give me my wives, and my children, for whom I have served thee, that I may depart: thou knowest the service that I have rendered thee. 27 Laban said to him: Let me find favour in thy sight: I have learned, by experience, that God hath blessed me for thy sake. 28 Appoint thy wages which I shall give thee. 29 But he answered: Thou knowest how I have served thee, and how great thy possession hath been in my hands. 30 Thou hadst but little before I came to thee, and now thou art become rich: and the Lord hath blessed thee at my coming. It is reasonable, therefore, that I should now provide also for my own house. 31 And Laban said: What shall I give thee? But he said: I require nothing; but if thou wilt do what I demand, I will feed and keep thy sheep again. 32 Go round through all thy flocks, and separate all the sheep of divers colours, and speckled; and all that is brown and spotted, and of divers colours, as well among the sheep as among the goats, shall be my wages. 33 And my justice shall answer for me tomorrow before thee, when the time of the bargain shall come; and all that is not of divers colours, and spotted, and brown, as well among the sheep as among the goats, shall accurse me of theft. 34 And Laban said: I like well what thou demandest. 35 And he separated the same day the she goats, and the sheep, and the he goats, and the rams of divers colours, and spotted; and all the flock of one colour, that is, of white and black fleece, he delivered into the hands of his sons. 36 And he set the space of three days journey betwixt himself and his son in law, who fed the rest of his flock. 37 And Jacob took green rods of poplar, and of almond, and of plane trees, and pilled them in part: so when the bark was taken off, in the parts that were pilled, there appeared whiteness: but the parts that were whole, remained green: and by this means the colour was divers. 38 And he put them in the troughs, where the water was poured out; that when the flocks should come to drink, they might have the rods before their eyes, and in the sight of them might conceive. 39 And it came to pass, that in the very heat of coition, the sheep beheld the rods, and brought forth spotted, and of divers colours, and speckled. 40 And Jacob separated the flock, and put the rods in the troughs before the eyes of the rams; and all the white and the black were Laban’s, and the rest were Jacob’s, when the flocks were separated one from the other. 41 So when the ewes went first to ram, Jacob put the rods in the troughs of water before the eyes of the rams, and of the ewes, that they might conceive while they were looking upon them. 42 But when the later coming was, and the last conceiving, he did not put them. And those that were lateward, became Laban’s; and they of the first time, Jacob’s. 43 And the man was enriched exceedingly, and he had many flocks, maidservants and menservants, camels and asses.
1 And entering into a boat, he passed over the water and came into his own city. 2 And behold they brought to him one sick of the palsy lying in a bed. And Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the man sick of the palsy: Be of good heart, son, thy sins are forgiven thee. 3 And behold some of the scribes said within themselves: He blasphemeth. 4 And Jesus seeing their thoughts, said: Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5 Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins are forgiven thee: or to say, Arise, and walk? 6 But that you may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then said he to the man sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go into thy house. 7 And he arose, and went into his house. 8 And the multitude seeing it, feared, and glorified God that gave such power to men. 9 And when Jesus passed on from thence, he saw a man sitting in the custom house, named Matthew; and he saith to him: Follow me. And he arose up and followed him. 10 And it came to pass as he was sitting at meat in the house, behold many publicans and sinners came, and sat down with Jesus and his disciples. 11 And the Pharisees seeing it, said to his disciples: Why doth your master eat with publicans and sinners? 12 But Jesus hearing it, said: They that are in health need not a physician, but they that are ill. 13 Go then and learn what this meaneth, I will have mercy and not sacrifice. For I am not come to call the just, but sinners. 14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying: Why do we and the Pharisees, fast often, but thy disciples do not fast? 15 And Jesus said to them: Can the children of the bridegroom mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then they shall fast. 16 And nobody putteth a piece of raw cloth unto an old garment. For it taketh away the fulness thereof from the garment, and there is made a greater rent. 17 Neither do they put new wine into old bottles. Otherwise the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish. But new wine they put into new bottles: and both are preserved.
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