God is Our defender and protector
will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.3Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence
\34:6\This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.8\34:7\The angel of the LORD encampeth around them that fear him, and delivereth them
Genesis Chapter 37
1And Jacob dwelt in the land in which his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan.2These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren, and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives: and Joseph brought to his father their evil report.3Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colors.4And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him.5And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.6And he said to them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed:7For behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and behold, your sheaves stood around and made obeisance to my sheaf.8And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? and they hated him yet the more for his dreams and for his words.9And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more: and behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.10And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said to him, what is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?11And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.12And his brethren went to feed their father’s flock in Shechem.13And Israel said to Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? Come, and I will send thee to them. And he said to him, Here am I.14And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it is well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again. So he sent him from the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.15And a certain man found him, and behold he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?16And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks.17And the man said, They have departed hence: for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren and found them in Dothan.18And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near to them, they conspired against him to slay him.19And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer is coming.20Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit; and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him; and we shall see what will become of his dreams.21And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him from their hands: and said, Let us not kill him.22And Reuben said to them, Shed no blood; cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might deliver him from their hands, to bring him back to his father.23And it came to pass when Joseph had come to his brethren, that they stripped Joseph of his coat, his coat of many colors that was on him.24And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty; there was no water in it.25And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and behold, a company of Ishmaelites came from Gilead, with their camels bearing spicery, and balm, and myrrh, going to carry them down to Egypt.26And Judah said to his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood.27Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother, our flesh: and his brethren were content.28Then there passed by Midianites, merchants; and they drew and lifted Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.29And Reuben returned to the pit; and behold, Joseph was not in the pit: and he rent his clothes.30And he returned to his brethren, and said, The child is not: and I, whither shall I go?31And they took Joseph’s coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood:32And they sent the coat of many colors, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it is thy son’s coat or not.33And he knew it, and said, It is my son’s coat; an evil beast hath devoured him: Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces.34And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth on his loins, and mourned for his son many days.35And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave to my son mourning: Thus his father wept for him.36And the Midianites sold him into Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh’s, and captain of the guard.
Genesis Chapter 38
1And it came to pass at that time, that Judah went down from his brethren, and turned in to a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah.2And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite, whose name was Shuah; and he took her, and went in to her.3And she conceived, and bore a son; and he called his name Er.4And she conceived again, and bore a son; and she called his name Onan.5And she yet again conceived, and bore a son; and called his name Shelah: and he was at Chezib, when she bore him.6And Judah took a wife for Er his first-born, whose name was Tamar.7And Er, Judah’s first-born, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD slew him.8And Judah said to Onan, Go in to thy brother’s wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother.9And Onan knew that the seed would not be his: and it came to pass, when he went in to his brother’s wife, that he frustrated the purpose, lest he should give seed to his brother.10And the thing which he did displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him also.11Then said Judah to Tamar his daughter-in-law, Remain a widow at thy father’s house, till Shelah my son shall be grown; (for he said, Lest perhaps he die also as his brethren did:) and Tamar went and dwelt in her father’s house.12And in process of time, the daughter of Shuah Judah’s wife died: and Judah was comforted, and went up to his sheep-shearers to Timnath, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite.13And it was told to Tamar, saying, Behold, thy father-in-law goeth up to Timnath, to shear his sheep.14And she put off from her, her widow’s garments, and covered her with a vail, and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place, which is by the way to Timnath: for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given to him for a wife.15When Judah saw her, he thought her to be a harlot; because she had covered her face.16And he turned to her by the way, and said, Come, I pray thee, let me have access to thee; (for he knew not that she was his daughter-in-law:) and she said, What wilt thou give me, that thou mayst have access to me?17And he said, I will send thee a kid from the flock: and she said, Wilt thou give me a pledge, till thou sendest it?18And he said, What pledge shall I give thee? and she said, Thy signet, and thy bracelets, and thy staff that is in thy hand: and he gave them to her, and came in to her, and she conceived by him.19And she arose and went her way and laid by her vail from her, and put on the garments of her widowhood.20And Judah sent the kid by the hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive his pledge from the woman’s hand: but he found her not.21Then he asked the men of that place, saying, where is the harlot that was openly by the way-side? and they said, There was no harlot in this place.22And he returned to Judah, and said, I cannot find her; and also the men of the place said, that there was no harlot in this place.23And Judah said, Let her take it to her, lest we be shamed: behold, I sent this kid, and thou hast not found her.24And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told to Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter-in-law hath played the harlot; and also, behold she is with child by lewdness: and Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt.25When she was brought forth, she sent to her father-in-law, saying, By the man whose these are, am I with child: and she said, Discern, I pray thee, whose are these, the signet, and bracelets, and staff.26And Judah acknowledged them, and said She hath been more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son: and he knew her again no more.27And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that behold, twins were in her womb.28And it came to pass when she travailed, that the one put out his hand; and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying, This came out first.29And it came to pass as he drew back his hand, that behold, his brother came out; and she said, How hast thou broken forth? this breach be upon thee: therefore his name was called Pharez.30And afterwards came out his brother that had the scarlet thread upon his hand; and his name was called Zarah.
Genesis Chapter 39
1And Joseph was brought down to Egypt: and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmaelites, who had brought him down thither.2And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man: and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.3And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.4And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.5And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake: and the blessing of the LORD was on all that he had in the house, and in the field.6And he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand; and he knew not aught he had, save the bread which he ate; and Joseph was a goodly person, and well favored.7And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph: and she said, Lie with me.8But he refused, and said to his master’s wife, Behold, my master knoweth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand:9There is none greater in his house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?10And it came to pass, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not to her, to lie by her, or to be with her.11And it came to pass, about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within.12And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and went out.13And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and had fled forth,14That she called to the men of her house, and spoke to them, saying, See, he hath brought in a Hebrew to us to mock us: he came in to me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice:15And it came to pass, when he heard that I raised my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled, and went out.16And she laid up his garment by her until his lord came home.17And she spoke to him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, which thou hast brought to us, came in to me to mock me.18And it came to pass, as I raised my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled.19And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spoke to him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled.20And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.21But the LORD was with Joseph, and showed him mercy, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.22And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatever they did there, was done by him.23The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him: and that which he did the LORD made it to prosper.
Psalm Chapter 91
1He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.2I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.3Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.4He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.5Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;6Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noon-day.7A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.8Only with thy eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.9Because thou hast made the LORD who is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation;10There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.11For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.12They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.13Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.14Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.15He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him.16With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.