Scripture Readings

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Genesis 31:3-16 (Vespers, 1st reading)

Then the Lord said to Jacob, “Return to the land of your fathers and to your family, and I will be with you.”
So Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field, to his flock,
and said to them, “I see your father’s countenance, that it is not favorable toward me as before; but the God of my father has been with me.
“And you know that with all my might I have served your father.
“Yet your father has deceived me and changed my wages ten times, but God did not allow him to hurt me.
“If he said thus: ‘The speckled shall be your wages,’ then all the flocks bore speckled. And if he said thus: ‘The streaked shall be your wages,’ then all the flocks bore streaked.
“So God has taken away the livestock of your father and given them to me.
“And it happened, at the time when the flocks conceived, that I lifted my eyes and saw in a dream, and behold, the rams which leaped upon the flocks were streaked, speckled, and gray-spotted.
“Then the Angel of God spoke to me in a dream, saying, ‘Jacob.’ And I said, ‘Here I am.’
“And He said, ‘Lift your eyes now and see, all the rams which leap on the flocks are streaked, speckled, and gray-spotted; for I have seen all that Laban is doing to you.
‘I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed the pillar and where you made a vow to Me. Now arise, get out of this land, and return to the land of your family.’”
Then Rachel and Leah answered and said to him, “Is there still any portion or inheritance for us in our father’s house?
“Are we not considered strangers by him? For he has sold us, and also completely consumed our money.
“For all these riches which God has taken from our father are really ours and our children’s; now then, whatever God has said to you, do it.”