Lectionary Readings Year A    Sunday, July 30th     (New International Version)
Genesis 29:15-28 (Leah and Rachel Jacob’s wives)
Psalm 105:1-11 45b (Give thanks to God)
Psalm 128 (It shall be well with you)
Romans 8:26-39 (Nothing can separate us from God’s love)
Matthew 13:31-33 44-52 (Parables of the reign of heaven) (New International Version)

Genesis 29:15-28
15 Laban said to him, “Just because you are a relative of mine, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me
what your wages should be.”

16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17
Leah had weak[a] eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful. 18 Jacob was in love with Rachel and
said, “I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.”

19 Laban said, “It’s better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me.” 20 So Jacob
served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.

21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to make love to her.”

22 So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast. 23 But when evening came, he took
his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and Jacob made love to her. 24 And Laban gave his servant Zilpah
to his daughter as her attendant.

25 When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? I served
you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me?”

26 Laban replied, “It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one. 27
Finish this daughter’s bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years
of work.”

28 And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his
wife.

Footnotes:
Genesis 29:17 Or delicate


Psalm 105:1-11
1 Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
  make known among the nations what he has done.
2 Sing to him, sing praise to him;
  tell of all his wonderful acts.
3 Glory in his holy name;
  let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
4 Look to the Lord and his strength;
  seek his face always.
5 Remember the wonders he has done,
  his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
6 you his servants, the descendants of Abraham,
  his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.
7 He is the Lord our God;
  his judgments are in all the earth.
8 He remembers his covenant forever,
  the promise he made, for a thousand generations,
9 the covenant he made with Abraham,
  the oath he swore to Isaac.
10 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree,
  to Israel as an everlasting covenant:
11 “To you I will give the land of Canaan
  as the portion you will inherit.”
Psalm 105:45
45 that they might keep his precepts
  and observe his laws.
Praise the Lord.[a]
Footnotes:
Psalm 105:45 Hebrew Hallelu Yah



Psalm 128
A song of ascents
.
1 Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
  who walk in obedience to him.
2 You will eat the fruit of your labor;
  blessings and prosperity will be yours.
3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
  within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
  around your table.
4 Yes, this will be the blessing
  for the man who fears the Lord.
5 May the Lord bless you from Zion;
  may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
  all the days of your life.
6 May you live to see your children’s children—
  peace be on Israel.


Romans 8:26-39
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the
Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind
of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called
according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his
Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also
called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

More Than Conquerors
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did
not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all
things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then
is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the
right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble
or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
  we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[b]
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that
neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[c] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that
is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Footnotes:
Romans 8:28 Or that all things work together for good to those who love God, who; or that in all things God
works together with those who love him to bring about what is good—with those who
Romans 8:36 Psalm 44:22
Romans 8:38 Or nor heavenly rulers


Matthew 13:31-33
The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast
31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted
in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and
becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”

33 He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into
about sixty pounds[a] of flour until it worked all through the dough.”

Footnotes:
Matthew 13:33 Or about 27 kilograms


Matthew 13:44-52
The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his
joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great
value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

The Parable of the Net
47 “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish.
48 When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in
baskets, but threw the bad away. 49 This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and
separate the wicked from the righteous 50 and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be
weeping and gnashing of teeth.

51 “Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked.

“Yes,” they replied.

52 He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is
like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”