GENESIS CHAPTER THIRTY-NINE


1 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt.

               Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one

Of Pharaoh’s staff, guard captain, bought him from

The Ishmaelites who had brought him there. 2 Joseph

               Prospered, for God was with him, and he lived

Inside the house of his Egyptian master.

3 And when his master saw the LORD was with

Him and the LORD gave him success in all

That he did, 4 Joseph gained his favor and

Became his personal assistant, and

Potiphar had him oversee his household,

And he entrusted to his care all that

He owned, 5 and once he had him oversee

His household and all that he owned, God blessed

Potiphar’s household due to Joseph, and

God’s blessing was on all that Potiphar

Had, in the house and in the field; 6 so he

Left all he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph

As supervisor, he did not concern

Himself with anything except the food

He ate. Now Joseph was well-built and handsome,

7 And after some time passed his master’s wife

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Noticed him and said, “Come to bed with me!”

8 But he refused. “With me in charge,” he said

To her, “my master does not get concerned

With anything inside the house; all that

He owns, he has entrusted to my care.

9 No one is greater in this house than I.

My master has kept nothing from me but

You, for you are his wife. How then could I

Do such a wicked thing and sin toward God?”

10 And though she spoke to Joseph day by day,

Joseph refused to go to bed with her

Or even be with her. 11 One day he went

Into the house to do his duties, and

               No household servant was inside. 12 She caught

Him by his cloak and said, “Come sleep with me!”

Leaving his cloak inside her hand, he ran

               Out of the house. 13 When she saw he had left

His cloak inside her hand and had run from

The house, 14 she called her household servants. “Look,”

She said to them, “this Hebrew has been brought

Us to make sport of us! He came in here

To bed me, but I screamed, 15 and when he heard    

Me scream for help, he left his cloak beside

Me and ran from the house.” 16 She kept his cloak

Beside her ‘til his master came home, 17 then

               Told him this tale: “That Hebrew slave you brought

Us came up to have sex with me, 18 but as

Soon as I screamed for help, he left his cloak

Beside me and ran from the house.” 19 His master,

Hearing the tale his wife told him that, “This

Is how your slave has treated me,” he burned

With anger. 20 Joseph’s master took him and

Imprisoned him where the king’s prisoners

Were locked up, but while Joseph was there in

               The prison, 21 God was with him; he showed him

Kindness and in the prison warden’s eyes

He gave him favor, 22 so the warden put

Joseph in charge of all those held inside

The prison; he was made responsible

For all done there. 23 The warden paid no mind

To anything assigned to Joseph, for

God was with Joseph and gave him success:

In everything he did the man was blessed.

GENESIS CHAPTER FORTY

1 Later, the cupbearer and baker of

The king of Egypt riled their master, king

Of Egypt. 2 Pharaoh was disgusted with

His two officials, the chief cupbearer

And the chief baker, 3 and incarcerated

Them in the house of the guard’s captain, in

The same confinement Joseph had. 4 The guard

Captain assigned the men to Joseph, who

Attended them, and after they had been

In prison a while, 5 each of the two men−

The cupbearer and baker of the king

Of Egypt, who were held in prison−had

A dream on the same night, and each dream had

A meaning of its own. 6 When Joseph came

To see them the next morning, he saw they

Were glum, 7 so he asked Pharaoh’s men who were

In custody within his master’s house

With him, “Your faces—why so sad today?”

8 “We both had dreams,” they answered, “but there is

Nobody to interpret them.” Then Joseph

Asked them, “Interpretations—do they not

Belong to God? Tell me your dreams.” 9 The chief

               Cupbearer thus told Joseph his dream. He

Said to him, “In my dream I saw a vine

In front of me, 10 and on the vine there were

Three branches. As soon as it budded, it

Blossomed, its clusters ripening to grapes.

11 With Pharaoh’s cup in hand, I took the grapes,

Squeezed them in Pharaoh’s cup and put the cup

Into his hand.” 12 “It means this,” Joseph said

To him: “Three branches are three days. 13 In three

               Days Pharaoh will lift up your head and will

Restore you to your place, and you will put

Pharaoh’s cup in his hand, as you did when             

               You were his cupbearer, 14 but when all does

Go well with you, remember me and show

Me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and

Get me out of this prison, 15 for I was

Forcibly taken from the Hebrews’ land,

And even here I have done nothing to

Deserve to be confined inside a dungeon.”

16 When the chief baker saw that Joseph had

Given a favorable interpretation,

He said to Joseph, “I too had a dream:

Upon my head were three bread baskets, 17 and

In the top basket were all kinds of goods,

Baked goods for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating

Them from the basket on my head.” 18 “It means

This,” Joseph said: “Three baskets are three days.

19 In three days Pharaoh will lift off your head

And hang you on a tree and birds will eat

Your flesh.” 20 Now Pharaoh’s birthday was upon

               The third day and he gave a feast for all

His managers and lifted up the heads

Of the chief cupbearer and the chief baker

               Before his managers, 21 and he restored

To his position the chief cupbearer, so

He once more put the cup in Pharaoh’s hand, 22

But the chief baker, Pharaoh hanged, as Joseph

Had said to them in his interpretation.

23 But the chief cupbearer did not recall

Joseph, for he recalled him not at all.  

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Day Williams created this graphic depiction of this date.

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191.

When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.

~Oscar Wilde. Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854 – 1900) was an Irish writer and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams and plays, and the circumstances of his imprisonment which was followed by his early death.

192.

Money can‘t buy you happiness but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery.

~Spike Milligan. Terence Alan Patrick Seán “Spike” Milligan (1918−2002), comedian, writer, musician, poet, playwright, soldier and actor

 

193.

Money couldn’t buy friends, but you got a better class of enemy.

~Spike Milligan

 

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GENESIS CHAPTER THIRTY-EIGHT


1 At that time, Judah left his brothers and

Went down to stay with an Adullam man

Named Hirah, 2 and while he was there he met

The daughter of a Canaanite man named Shua.

He married her and lay with her; 3 and she

Got pregnant and she bore a son named Er.

4 And she conceived again and gave birth to

A son whom she named Onan. 5 She gave birth

To still another son and named him Shelah.

At Kezib she gave birth to him. 6 And Judah

Obtained a wife for Er, his firstborn, and

Her name was Tamar. 7 But Er, Judah’s firstborn,

Was wicked in the Lord’s sight; so the LORD

Put him to death. 8 Then Judah said to Onan,

“Lie with your brother’s wife; fulfill your duty

Unto her as a brother-in-law to

Have offspring for your brother.” 9 Onan, though,

Knew that the offspring would not be his; so

Whenever he lay with his brother’s wife,

               He spilled his semen on the ground to keep

               From having offspring for his brother. 10 What

He did was wicked in God’s sight; so he

               Put him to death too. 11 Judah then said to

Tamar, his daughter-in-law, “Live now as

A widow in your father’s house until

Shelah, my son, grows up.” Because he thought,

“He may die too, just like his brothers.” Tamar

Thus went to live within her father’s house.

12 Much later Shua’s daughter, Judah’s wife,

Did die. When Judah had recovered from

His grief, he went to Timnah, to the men

Who sheared his sheep, and the Adullamite

Hirah, his friend, went with him. 13 Tamar was told,

“Your father-in-law’s on his way to Timnah

To shear sheep,” 14 she took off her widow’s clothes,

And with a veil disguised herself, and then

Sat down at the Enaim entrance, which

Is on the Timnah road, for she saw that,

Though Shelah had now grown up, she had not

Been given him, his wife. 15 When Judah saw

Her, he considered her a prostitute,

For she had veiled her face.  16 Not realizing

She was his daughter-in-law, he went to

Her by the roadside and said, “Come now, let

Me sleep with you.” “And what will you give me

To sleep with you?” she asked. 17 “I will send you

A young goat from my flock,” he said. “Will you

Give me a thing to be a pledge until

You send it?” she asked, 18 and he said, “What pledge

Should I give you?” “Your seal, the cord with your

Seal, and the staff that’s in your hand,” she said.

So he gave them to her and slept with her;

He got her pregnant. 19 After she left, she

Took off her veil and donned her widow’s clothes

Again, 20 and meanwhile Judah sent the goat

By the Adullamite his friend to get

His pledge back from the woman, but he did

Not find her, 21 and he asked the men who lived

               There, “Where is the shrine prostitute who was

Beside Enaim’s road?” “There hasn’t been

Any shrine prostitute here,” they said. 22 He

               Returned to Judah and said, “I did not

Find her. Besides, the men who lived there told

Me, ‘There has not been a shrine prostitute

Here.’” 23 Judah said, “Let her keep what she has,

Or we’ll become a laughingstock, for I

Did send her this young goat, but you did not

Find her.” 24 About three months on, Judah was

Told this: “Your daughter-in-law Tamar is

Guilty of prostitution, from which she’s

Now pregnant.” Judah said, “Bring her out; have

Her burned to death!” 25 As she was being brought

Outside, she sent a message to her father-

In-law. “I’m pregnant by the man who owns

These,” she said, and she added, “See if you

Can recognize whose seal and cord and staff

These are,” 26 and Judah recognized them and

Said, “She’s more righteous than I am, since I

Wouldn’t give her to my son Shelah.” And

He did not sleep with her again. 27 When time

Came for her to give birth, there were twin boys

Within her womb. 28 As she was giving birth,

One twin put out his hand; the midwife thus

Did take a scarlet thread and tied it on

His wrist and said, “This one came out first,” 29 but

When he drew back his hand, his brother came

Out, and she said, “So this is how you’ve broken

Out!” He was named Perez. 30 His brother, who

Had scarlet thread upon his wrist to wear,

Came out and he was given the name Zerah.

March 10: Humor

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191.

The perfect computer has been developed. You just feed in your problems and they never come out again.

~Al Goodman

 

192.

The most overlooked advantage of owning a computer is that if they foul up there’s no law against whacking them around a bit.

~Eric Porterfield

 

193.

Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.

~Rich Cook

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March 10: Humor (Law and Lawyers)

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191.

Judge: I know you, don’t I?

Defendant: Uh, yes.

Judge: All right, tell me, how do I know you?

Defendant: Judge, do I have to tell you?

Judge: Of course, you might be obstructing justice not to tell me.

Defendant: Okay. I was your bookie.

 

192.

              From a defendant representing himself:

Defendant: Did you get a good look at me when I stole your purse?

Victim: Yes, I saw you clearly. You are the one who stole my purse.

Defendant: I should have shot you while I had the chance.

193.

Judge: The charge here is theft of frozen chickens. Are you the defendant?

Defendant: No, sir, I’m the guy who stole the chickens.

 

 

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Tyranny at Bay

Bill Cooper warned they’d use school massacres
To try to make the people give up guns;
To the “Elite,” we’re worthless sheep and curs,
And shaping what we think and do is fun.

The Founders knew how power will corrupt,
How those in power grasp and don’t relent;
That’s why they wrote Amendment Number Two,
For guns defend against harsh government.

The atheists who worship government
Overlook the deceit in hearts of clay;
When godless men take power, no restraint
Keeps them from harming those who block their way,

Except it’s difficult to bring them harm–
And tyrants and their troops are held at bay–
When watchful patriots, well-trained, well-armed,
Prepare to shoot when power goes astray.

~Day Williams