29:15 Then Laban said to
Jacob, "Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore
serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?"
Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the elder was Leah, and
the name of the younger was Rachel.
Leah's eyes were lovely, and Rachel was graceful and beautiful.
Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, "I will serve you seven years
for your younger daughter Rachel."
Laban said, "It is better that I give her to you than that I
should give her to any other man; stay with me."
So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but
a few days because of the love he had for her.
Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife that I may go in
to her, for my time is completed."
So Laban gathered together all the people of the place, and made a
But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to
Jacob; and he went in to her.
(Laban gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her maid.)
When morning came, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban,
"What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you
for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?"
Laban said, "This is not done in our country--giving the
younger before the firstborn.
Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also
in return for serving me another seven years."
Jacob did so, and completed her week; then Laban gave him his
daughter Rachel as a wife.
105:1 O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name, make known
his deeds among the peoples.
Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wonderful works.
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD
Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually.
Remember the wonderful works he has done, his miracles, and the
judgments he uttered,
O offspring of his servant Abraham, children of Jacob, his chosen
He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth.
He is mindful of his covenant forever, of the word that he
commanded, for a thousand generations,
the covenant that he made with Abraham, his sworn promise to
which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute, to Israel as an
saying, "To you I will give the land of Canaan as your
portion for an inheritance."
8:26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do
not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes
with sighs too deep for words.
And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the
Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to
the will of God.
We know that all things work together for good for those who love
God, who are called according to his purpose.
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to
the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn
within a large family.
And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he
called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also
What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who
is against us?
He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of
us, will he not with him also give us everything else?
Who will bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who
Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was
raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for
Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or
distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or
As it is written, "For your sake we are being killed all day
long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered."
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him
who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor
rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be
able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
13:31 He put before them
another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard
seed that someone took and sowed in his field;
it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is
the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of
the air come and make nests in its branches."
He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like
yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour
until all of it was leavened."
"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field,
which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all
that he has and buys that field.
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of
on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he
had and bought it.
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown
into the sea and caught fish of every kind;
when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good
into baskets but threw out the bad.
So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and
separate the evil from the righteous
and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be
weeping and gnashing of teeth.
"Have you understood all this?" They answered,
And he said to them, "Therefore every scribe who has been
trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a
household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is