1 So Joseph went and told Pharaoh, ‘My father and brothers have arrived from Canaan with their flocks and cattle and all their possessions. Here they are, in the region of Goshen.’
4 They went on to tell Pharaoh, ‘We have come to stay in this country for the time being, since there is no pasturage for your servants’ flocks, Canaan being stricken with famine. So now please allow your servants to settle in the region of Goshen.’
5 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph,’They may stay in the region of Goshen, and if you know of any capable men among them, put them in charge of my own livestock.’ Jacob and his sons went to Egypt where Joseph was. Pharaoh king of Egypt heard about this and said to Joseph, ‘Your father and brothers have come to you. The country of Egypt is open to you: settle your father and brothers in the best region.’
6 The country of Egypt is open to you: settle your father and brothers in the best region.’
7 Joseph brought his father and presented him to Pharaoh. Jacob paid his respects to Pharaoh.
12 Joseph provided his father, brothers and all his father’s family with food, down to the least of them.
13 And on all the earth around there was now no food anywhere, for the famine had grown very severe, and Egypt and Canaan were both weak with hunger.
14 Joseph accumulated all the money to be found in Egypt and Canaan, in exchange for the supplies being handed out, and put the money in Pharaoh’s palace.
15 When all the money in Egypt and Canaan was exhausted, all the Egyptians came to Joseph, pleading, ‘Give us food, unless you want us to die before your eyes! For our money has come to an end.’
17 So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and Joseph gave them food in exchange for horses and livestock, whether sheep or cattle, and for donkeys. Thus he saw them through that year with food in exchange for all their livestock.
18 When that year was over, they came to him the next year, and said to him, ‘We cannot hide it from my lord: the truth is, our money has run out and the livestock is in my lord’s possession. There is nothing left for my lord except our bodies and our land.
19 If we and our land are not to perish, take us and our land in exchange for food, and we with our land will become Pharaoh’s serfs; only give us seed, so that we can survive and not die and the land not revert to desert!’
20 Thus Joseph acquired all the land in Egypt for Pharaoh, since one by one the Egyptians sold their fields, so hard pressed were they by the famine; and the whole country passed into Pharaoh’s possession,
21 while the people he reduced to serfdom from one end of Egypt to the other.
22 The only land he did not acquire belonged to the priests, for the priests received an allowance from Pharaoh and lived on the allowance that Pharaoh gave them. Hence they had no need to sell their land.
23 Then Joseph said to the people, ‘This is how we stand: I have bought you out, with your land, on Pharaoh’s behalf. Here is seed for you to sow the land.
25 ‘You have saved our lives!’ they replied. ‘If it please my lord, we will become serfs to Pharaoh.’
26 So Joseph made a law, still in force today, as regards the soil of Egypt, that one-fifth should go to Pharaoh. Only the land of the priests did not go to Pharaoh.
27 Thus Israel settled in Egypt, in the region of Goshen. They acquired property there; they were fruitful and grew very numerous.
29 When Israel’s time to die drew near he sent for his son Joseph and said to him, ‘If you really love me, place your hand under my thigh as pledge that you will act with faithful love towards me: do not bury me in Egypt!
30 When I lie down with my ancestors, carry me out of Egypt and bury me in their tomb.’ ‘I shall do as you say,’ he replied.
3 ‘El Shaddai appeared to me at Luz in Canaan,’ Jacob told Joseph, ‘and he blessed me,
6 But with regard to the children you have had since them, they shall be yours, and they shall be known by their brothers’ names for the purpose of their inheritance.
7 ‘When I was on my way from Paddan, to my sorrow death took your mother Rachel from me in Canaan, on the journey while only a short distance from Ephrath. I buried her there on the road to Ephrath — now Bethlehem.’
10 Now, Israel’s eyes were dim with age, and he could not see. So Joseph made them come closer to him and he kissed and embraced them.
12 Then Joseph took them from his lap and bowed to the ground.
13 Then Joseph took the two of them, Ephraim with his right hand so that he should be on Israel’s left, and Manasseh with his left hand, so that he should be on Israel’s right, and brought them close to him.
14 But Israel held out his right hand and laid it on the head of Ephraim, the younger, and his left on the head of Manasseh, crossing his hands — Manasseh was, in fact, the elder.
17 Joseph saw that his father was laying his right hand on the head of Ephraim, and this he thought was wrong, so he took his father’s hand and tried to shift it from the head of Ephraim to the head of Manasseh.
18 Joseph protested to his father, ‘Not like that, father! This one is the elder; put your right hand on his head.’
19 But his father refused. ‘I know, my son, I know,’ he said. ‘He too shall become a people; he too will be great. But his younger brother will be greater, his offspring will be sufficient to constitute nations.’
1 Do you know when mountain goats give birth? Have you ever watched deer in labour?
4 and the calves, having grown big and strong, go off into the desert and never come back to them.
6 I have given him the wastelands as his home, the salt plain as his habitat.
10 If you tie a rope round his neck will he harrow the furrows for you?
11 Can you rely on his massive strength and leave him to do your heavy work?
17 God, you see, has deprived her of wisdom and given her no share of intelligence.
25 At each trumpet blast he neighs exultantly. He scents the battle from afar, the thundering of the commanders and the war cry.
26 Is it your wisdom that sets the hawk flying when he spreads his wings to travel south?
1 Still speaking to Job, Yahweh said:
6 Yahweh gave Job his answer from the heart of the tempest. He said:
9 Has your arm the strength of God’s, can your voice thunder as loud?
11 Let the fury of your anger burst forth, humble the haughty at a glance!
13 Bury the lot of them in the ground, shut them, every one, in the Dungeon.
14 And I shall be the first to pay you homage, since your own right hand is strong enough to save you.
16 but what strength he has in his loins, what power in his stomach muscles!
23 If the river overflows, he does not worry: Jordan might come up to his mouth, but he would not care.
1 [In a quiet voice Of David] Protect me, O God, in you is my refuge.
5 My birthright, my cup is Yahweh; you, you alone, hold my lot secure.
7 I bless Yahweh who is my counsellor, even at night my heart instructs me.
10 for you will not abandon me to Sheol, you cannot allow your faithful servant to see the abyss.
Thoughts and Reflection
Today in the book of Job, we have confirmation that he has done nothing do endure this suffering. God mysteriously allows Satan to deprive Job of everything. Job’s friends believe that his suffering is from a sin and call him to repent. Instead, God reveals that even though we may not understand the moment, it still has meaning. There is a purpose for everything.
Suffering can call us to repent, but can also be an opportunity to grow. God reveals to Job that there is a meaning to his suffering. Only the Lord knows the meaning of our suffering.
About This Project
For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!