1 Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming

With his four hundred men; so he had Leah,

Rachel and the two maidservants each take

Some children, 2 then he put the maidservants

With children they had, up in front, and next

Were Leah and her children; in the rear,

Rachel and Joseph. 3 He himself went on

Ahead and seven times he bowed down to

The ground as he approached his brother. 4 But

Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him, and

               He threw his arms around his neck and kissed

Him. And they wept. 5 Then Esau looked and saw

The women and the children. “Who are these

With you?” he asked, and Jacob answered, “They

Are children God has graciously provided

Your servant.” 6 Then the maidservants and their

Children approached and bowed down. 7 Leah and

Her children came and bowed down. Last came Joseph

And Rachel, and they too bowed down, 8 and Esau

               Asked him, “What do you mean by all these droves

I met?”  “My lord, to gain your favor,” he

Replied, 9 but Esau said, “Already I

Have plenty, brother. Keep what you have for

Yourself.” 10 “No, please!” said Jacob. “If I have

Found favor in your eyes, accept this gift

From me, because to see your face is like

Seeing the face of God, now that you have

Received me favorably, 11 so please accept

The gift brought you, for God’s been gracious to

Me and I have all that I need.” Because

Jacob insisted, Esau took it, 12 then

Esau said, “Let us be on our way; I

Will go with you,” 13 but Jacob said to him,

“My lord knows I have tender children and

I have to care for ewes and cows that are

Nursing their young. If they are driven hard

Just one day, all the animals will die.

 14 So let my lord go on ahead of me,

His servant, while I slowly move on at

The pace of droves before me and the pace

Of children, ‘til I reach my lord in Seir.”

15 Esau said, “Let me leave some of my men

With you.” “But why do that?” asked Jacob. “Just

Let me find favor in your eyes.” 16 So that

Day Esau started back to Seir, 17 but

Jacob went on to Succoth, where he built

Himself a place and made some shelters for

His livestock, which is why the place is known

As Succoth. 18 Jacob came from Paddan Aram,

Then he came safely at the city of

Shechem in Canaan and he camped within

Sight of the city. 19 For a hundred pieces

Of silver, he bought from the sons of Hamor,

Father of Shechem, the same plot of ground

Where he had pitched his tent. 20 There he set up

An altar, El Elohe Israel.

March 8: Poets

Day Williams created this graphic depiction of this date.

March 8



Foul cankering rust the hidden treasure frets,

But gold that’s put to use more gold begets.

~William Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis (1593)



The only thing that can console one for being poor is extravagance.

~Oscar Wilde



How quickly nature falls into revolt

When gold becomes her object!

For this the foolish over-careful fathers

Have broke their sleep with thoughts, their brains with care,

Their bones with industry.

~William Shakespeare


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1 Jacob went on his way, too, and the angels

Of God met him. 2 When Jacob saw them, he

Said, “This is God’s camp!” So he named that place

Mahanaim. 3 He sent some messengers

Ahead to Esau, his own brother, in

The land of Seir, Edom’s country. 4 He

Instructed them: “Say to my master Esau:

‘Your servant Jacob says, I have been staying

With Laban and have stayed there till now. 5 I

Have cattle, donkeys, sheep and goats, and men-

               Servants and maidservants, and now I send

This message to my lord, so that

I may find favor in your eyes.’” 6 Now when

The messengers returned to Jacob, they

Said, “We went to your brother Esau, and

Now he is coming out to meet you, and

Four hundred men are with him.” 7 In great fear,

Vexed, Jacob split the people who were with

Him into two groups, and the flocks and herds

And camels too. 8 He thought, “If Esau comes

And strikes one group, the group that’s left may flee.”

9 “O God of my dear father Abraham,

               Prayed Jacob, “God of my dear father Isaac,

O LORD, who said to me, ‘Go back to your

Home country and your relatives, and I

Will prosper you,’ 10 I am unworthy of

The kindness and the faithfulness that you

Have shown your servant. When I crossed this Jordan,

I had my staff, and that is all I had,

But now I have become two groups. 11 Save me,

I pray, out of my brother Esau’s hand,

For I am scared he’ll come and strike at me,            

And mothers and their children, too. 12 But you

Have said, ‘I’ll prosper you and I’ll make your

Descendants like the sea-sand, which cannot

Be counted.’” 13 There he spent the night, and from

What he had with him he picked out a gift

For Esau, his own brother: 14 female goats:

Two hundred, male goats: twenty, ewes, two hundred,

Rams: twenty, 15 female camels: thirty with

Their young; cows: forty, bulls: ten; female donkeys:

Twenty; male donkeys: ten. 16 He put them in

His servants’ care with each herd by itself,

And told his servants, “Go ahead of me,

And keep some space between the herds.” 17 He told

The leader: “When my brother Esau meets

You and he asks, ‘To whom do you belong;

Where are you going, and who owns all these

Animals in front of you?’ 18 then you are

To say, ‘They are your servant Jacob’s. They’re     

A gift sent my lord Esau, and he is

Coming behind us.’” 19 Jacob told the second,        

               The third and everybody else who followed

The herds: “Say the same thing to Esau when

You meet him 20 and say this: ‘Your servant Jacob

               Is coming up behind us.’” For he thought,

“I’ll pacify him with these gifts that I’m

Sending ahead; and when I see him later,

Maybe he will receive me.” 21 Jacob’s gifts

Went on ahead of him, but he himself

Did spend the night in camp, 22 and that night Jacob

Got up and took his two wives, his two maid-

Servants and his eleven sons and crossed

The Jabbok ford. 23 He had them cross the stream,

Then he sent over his possessions, 24 so

Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled

With him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that

He could not vanquish him, he touched the socket

Of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched

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As he still wrestled with the man. 26 The man

Said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But

Jacob replied, “I will not let you go

Unless you bless me.” 27 The man asked him, “What

Is your name?” “Jacob,” he replied, 28 to which

The man said, “Your name will no more be Jacob,

But Israel, because you’ve struggled with

The Lord and men and you have overcome.”

29 Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.” But he

Replied, “Why do you ask my name?” He blessed

               Him there. 30 So Jacob called the place Peniel,

Saying, “It is because I saw God face

To face, and yet my life was spared.” 31 The sun

Rose over him as he went by Peniel,

And Jacob limped due to his hip, 32 so to

This day the Israelites do not consume

The tendon that’s attached to the hip socket,

Because the socket of his hip was wrenched

By God in angel’s form beside the tendon.

March 8: Humor

Day Williams created this graphic depiction of this date.

March 8



Researchers have discovered that chocolate produces some of the same reactions in the brain as marijuana. The researchers also discovered other similarities between the two but can’t remember what they are.

~Matt Lauer, on NBC’s Today show



If it weren’t for electricity we’d all be watching television by candlelight.

~George Gobol



Ketchup left overnight on dinner plates has a longer half-life than radioactive waste.

~Wes Smithfuture 2mb