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The Creation Genesis 1:1-2:7
Adam and Eve Genesis 2:8-3:24
Cain and Abel Genesis 4:1-16
The Great Flood Genesis 6:1-9:17
The Tower of Babel Genesis 11:1-9
God Calls Abraham Genesis 12:1-9
Sodom and Gomorrah Genesis 18:16-19:29
Abraham's Obedience Genesis 22:1-19
Isaac Marries Rebekah Genesis 24:1-67
Esau's Birthright Genesis 25:19-34
Isaac Blesses Jacob Genesis 27:1-40
Jacob and Laban Genesis 29:1-31:55
Jacob Wrestles Genesis 32:1-33:20
Revenge against Shechem Genesis 34:1-31; Genesis 49:5-7
Joseph Sold into Slavery Genesis 37:1-36
Judah and Tamar Genesis 38:1-30
Joseph in Prison Genesis 39:1-40:23
Joseph As a Ruler Genesis 41:1-57
Family Reunion Genesis 42-45; Genesis 46:28-30
Moses' Birth Exodus 1:1-2:10
The Burning Bush Exodus 3:1-22
The Ten Plagues Exodus 7:14-12:30
The Exodus Exodus 12:31-51
The Red Sea Exodus 14:5-31
The Golden Calf Exodus 32:1-29
Exploring the Land Numbers 13:1-14:38
Rebellion in the Ranks Numbers 16:1-17:13
Balak and Balaam Numbers 22:1-24:25
Rahab and the Spies Joshua 2:1-24
Jericho Falls Joshua 6:1-27
Gibeon's Con Artists Joshua 9:1-27
Deborah and Barak Judges 4:1-24
Gideon as Judge Judges 6:1-7:25
Abimelech's Ambition Judges 9:1-57
Samson as Judge Judges 13:1-16:31
Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz Ruth 1:1-4:22
Samuel Is Born 1 Samuel 1:1-28
Samuel the Prophet 1 Samuel 3:1-4:22
Saul Becomes King 1 Samuel 9:1-10:27
Jonathan's Bravery 1 Samuel 14:1-46
Saul's Disobedience 1 Samuel 15:1-35
David Kills Goliath 1 Samuel 17:1-51
David and Jonathan 1 Samuel 18:1-4; 1 Samuel 20:1-42
Nabal and Abigail 1 Samuel 25:1-44
Saul's Death 1 Samuel 28:1-25; 1 Samuel 30:1-13
David's Success 2 Samuel 5:1-6:23
David and Bathsheba 2 Samuel 11:1-12:25
Amnon and Tamar 2 Samuel 13:1-22
Absalom 2 Samuel 13:23-19:8
Solomon's Wisdom 1 Kings 3:1-28
Jeroboam and Rehoboam 1 Kings 11:26-14:31
Elijah's Challenge 1 Kings 17:1-18:46
God Speaks to Elijah 1 Kings 19:1-21
Micaiah the Prophet 1 Kings 22:1-40
Chariot of Fire 2 Kings 1:1-2:25
Elisha Heals Naaman 2 Kings 5:1-27
Famine and Unbelief 2 Kings 6:24-7:20
Joash and Jehoiada 2 Kings 11:1-21
Hezekiah Trusts God 2 Kings 18:13-19:37
Josiah's Reign 2 Kings 22:1-23:30
Fall of Jerusalem 2 Kings 24:18-25:30
David's Power 1 Chronicles 11:1-25
David's Census 1 Chronicles 21:1-22:1
Jehoshaphat and Ahab 2 Chronicles 18:1-19:11
Ezra Rebuilds the Altar Ezra 3:1-13
Nehemiah Builds the Wall Nehemiah 2:1-20
Enemy Opposition Nehemiah 4:1-23
Nehemiah's Justice Nehemiah 5:1-19
Esther Saves the Jews Esther 1:1-10:3
Job Is Tested Job 1:1-22
Ezekiel's Vision Ezekiel 37:1-14
The Fiery Furnance Daniel 3:1-30
The Lions' Den Daniel 6:1-28
Jonah Jonah 1:1-4:11
Jesus Is Born Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-40
Wise Men and King Herod Matthew 2:1-23
Jesus Is Tempted Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13
Jesus Feeds 5,000 Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-15
The Bread of Life John 6:1-71
Jesus Walks on Water Matthew 14:22-36; Mark 6:45-56; John 6:16-21
The Good Samaritan Luke 10:25-37
The Lost Son Luke 15:1-32
Jesus Raises Lazarus John 11:1-44
Jesus and Zacchaeus Luke 19:1-10
The Triumphal Entry Matthew 21:1-11; Luke 19:28-40; John 12:12-19
The Last Supper Matthew 26:17-30; Mark 14:12-26; Luke 22:7-30; John 13:1-30
Jesus' Trial Matthew 26:47-27:31
Jesus' Crucifixion Matthew 27:32-56; Mark 15:21-41; Luke 23:26-49; John 19:16-42
Jesus' Resurrection Matthew 28:1-15; Mark 16:1-14; Luke 24:1-34; John 20:1-10
Jesus' Ascension Luke 24:35-53; Acts 1:6-11
The Holy Spirit Comes Acts 2:1-47
The Apostles' Courage Acts 4:1-31
Ananias and Sapphira Acts 5:1-11
Philip and the Eunich Acts 8:26-40
Saul Encounters Jesus Acts 9:1-19
Peter and Cornelius Acts 10:1-11:18
Paul in Corinth Acts 18:1-28
Paul in Ephesus Acts 19:1-41
Revenge against Shechem
Genesis 34:1-31;  Genesis 49:5-7

Genesis 49

5 "Simeon and Levi are two of a kind;
  their weapons are instruments of violence.
6 May I never join in their meetings;
  may I never be a party to their plans.
For in their anger they murdered men,
  and they crippled oxen just for sport.
7 A curse on their anger, for it is fierce;
  a curse on their wrath, for it is cruel.
I will scatter them among the descendants of Jacob;
  I will disperse them throughout Israel.

8 "Judah, your brothers will praise you.
  You will grasp your enemies by the neck.
  All your relatives will bow before you.
9 Judah, my son, is a young lion
  that has finished eating its prey.
Like a lion he crouches and lies down;
  like a lioness—who dares to rouse him?
10 The scepter will not depart from Judah,
  nor the ruler's staff from his descendants,*
until the coming of the one to whom it belongs,*
  the one whom all nations will honor.
11 He ties his foal to a grapevine,
  the colt of his donkey to a choice vine.
He washes his clothes in wine,
  his robes in the blood of grapes.
12 His eyes are darker than wine,
  and his teeth are whiter than milk.

13 "Zebulun will settle by the seashore
  and will be a harbor for ships;
  his borders will extend to Sidon.

14 "Issachar is a sturdy donkey,
  resting between two saddlepacks.*
15 When he sees how good the countryside is
  and how pleasant the land,
he will bend his shoulder to the load
  and submit himself to hard labor.

16 "Dan will govern his people,
  like any other tribe in Israel.
17 Dan will be a snake beside the road,
  a poisonous viper along the path
that bites the horse's hooves
  so its rider is thrown off.
18 I trust in you for salvation, O LORD!

19 "Gad will be attacked by marauding bands,
  but he will attack them when they retreat.

20 "Asher will dine on rich foods
  and produce food fit for kings.

21 "Naphtali is a doe set free
  that bears beautiful fawns.

22 "Joseph is the foal of a wild donkey,
  the foal of a wild donkey at a spring—
  one of the wild donkeys on the ridge.*
23 Archers attacked him savagely;
  they shot at him and harassed him.
24 But his bow remained taut,
  and his arms were strengthened
by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob,
  by the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel.
25 May the God of your father help you;
  May the Almighty bless you
with the blessings of the heavens above,
  and blessings of the watery depths below,
  and blessings of the breasts and womb.
26 May the blessings of your father
  surpass the blessings of the ancient mountains,*
  reaching to the heights of the eternal hills.
May these blessings rest on the head of Joseph,
  who is a prince among his brothers.

27 "Benjamin is a ravenous wolf,
  devouring his enemies in the morning
  and dividing his plunder in the evening."

  28 These are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said as he told his sons good-bye. He blessed each one with an appropriate message.

Jacob's Death and Burial
29 Then Jacob instructed them, "Soon I will die and join my ancestors. Bury me with my father and grandfather in the cave in the field of Ephron the Hittite.30 This is the cave in the field of Machpelah, near Mamre in Canaan, that Abraham bought from Ephron the Hittite as a permanent burial site.31 There Abraham and his wife Sarah are buried. There Isaac and his wife, Rebekah, are buried. And there I buried Leah.32 It is the plot of land and the cave that my grandfather Abraham bought from the Hittites."
  33 When Jacob had finished this charge to his sons, he drew his feet into the bed, breathed his last, and joined his ancestors in death.

Footnotes:

49:10a Hebrew from between his feet. 49:10b Or until tribute is brought to him and the peoples obey; traditionally rendered until Shiloh comes.
49:14 Or sheepfolds, or hearths.
49:22 Or Joseph is a fruitful tree, / a fruitful tree beside a spring. / His branches reach over the wall. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
49:26 Or of my ancestors.
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