Daily Scripture Reading for
July 7, 2021
The Lectionary According to the Christian Seasons
53 And the seven years of plenteousness, which were in the land of Egypt, were ended. 54 And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said; and the dearth was in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. 55 And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread; and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, "Go unto Joseph. What he saith to you, do." 56 And the famine was over all the face of the earth; and Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold unto the Egyptians. And the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt. 57 And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph to buy corn, because the famine was so sore in all lands.
1 Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, "Why do ye look one upon another?" 2 And he said, "Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt. Go down thither and buy for us from thence, that we may live and not die." 3 And Joseph's ten brethren went down to buy corn in Egypt. 4 But Benjamin, Joseph's brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren, for he said, "Lest perhaps mischief befall him." 5 And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those who came, for the famine was in the land of Canaan.
6 And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was who sold to all the people of the land; and Joseph's brethren came and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth. 7 And Joseph saw his brethren, and he recognized them, but made himself as a stranger unto them and spoke roughly unto them; and he said unto them, "From whence come ye?" And they said, "From the land of Canaan to buy food." 8 And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him. 9 And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed about them, and said unto them, "Ye are spies! To see the nakedness of the land ye have come!" 10 And they said unto him, "Nay, my lord, but to buy food have thy servants come. 11 We are all one man's sons; we are true men, thy servants are no spies." 12 And he said unto them, "Nay, but to see the nakedness of the land ye have come." 13 And they said, "Thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is no more." 14 And Joseph said unto them, "That is it that I spoke unto you, saying, `Ye are spies!' 15 Hereby ye shall be tested: by the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go forth hence, unless your youngest brother come hither. 16 Send one of you and let him fetch your brother; and ye shall be kept in prison, that your words may be tested, whether there be any truth in you; or else by the life of Pharaoh surely ye are spies!" 17 And he put them all together into custody three days.
18 And Joseph said unto them the third day, "This do, and live, for I fear God: 19 If ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in the prison house. Go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses. 20 But bring your youngest brother unto me; so shall your words be verified, and ye shall not die." And they did so. 21 And they said one to another, "We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul when he besought us, and we would not hear. Therefore has this distress come upon us." 22 And Reuben answered them, saying, "Spoke I not unto you, saying, `Do not sin against the child'; and ye would not hear? Therefore, behold, also his blood is required." 23 And they knew not that Joseph understood them, for he spoke unto them by an interpreter. 24 And he turned himself away from them and wept; and returned to them again and communed with them, and took from them Simeon and bound him before their eyes. 25 Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn and to restore every man's money into his sack, and to give them provision for the way; and thus did he unto them.
Words of Worship - Mark 1:15
1 And when He had called unto Him His twelve disciples, He gave them power against unclean spirits to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. 2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: the first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him.
Words of Wisdom - Wisdom of Solomon 3:15For glorious is the fruit of good labors, and the root of wisdom shall never fall away.
Jesus Speaks Morals & Values - Matthew 6:30b-32a
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