Lectionary Readings Year A    Sunday, August 13th    (New International Version)
Genesis 37:1-4 12-28 (Joseph sold by his brothers)
Psalm 105:1-6 16-22 45b (Remembering Joseph)
Romans 10:5-15 (The word of faith)
Matthew 14:22-33 (Jesus walking on the sea)

Genesis 37:1-4
Joseph’s Dream
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37 Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan.

2 This is the account of Jacob’s family line.

Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of
Zilpah, his father’s wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them.

3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and
he made an ornate[a] robe for him. 4 When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them,
they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.

Footnotes:
Genesis 37:3 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain; also in verses 23 and 32.


Genesis 37:12-28
Joseph Sold by His Brothers

12 Now his brothers had gone to graze their father’s flocks near Shechem, 13 and Israel said to Joseph, “As you
know, your brothers are grazing the flocks near Shechem. Come, I am going to send you to them.”

“Very well,” he replied.

14 So he said to him, “Go and see if all is well with your brothers and with the flocks, and bring word back to
me.” Then he sent him off from the Valley of Hebron.

When Joseph arrived at Shechem, 15 a man found him wandering around in the fields and asked him, “What are
you looking for?”

16 He replied, “I’m looking for my brothers. Can you tell me where they are grazing their flocks?”

17 “They have moved on from here,” the man answered. “I heard them say, ‘Let’s go to Dothan.’”

So Joseph went after his brothers and found them near Dothan. 18 But they saw him in the distance, and before
he reached them, they plotted to kill him.

19 “Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other. 20 “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of
these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.”

21 When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. “Let’s not take his life,” he said. 22 “Don’t
shed any blood. Throw him into this cistern here in the wilderness, but don’t lay a hand on him.” Reuben said this
to rescue him from them and take him back to his father.

23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe—the ornate robe he was wearing— 24
and they took him and threw him into the cistern. The cistern was empty; there was no water in it.

25 As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead.
Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt.

26 Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? 27 Come, let’s
sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.”
His brothers agreed.

28 So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for
twenty shekels[a] of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.

Footnotes:
Genesis 37:28 That is, about 8 ounces or about 230 grams


Psalm 105:1-6
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.
Psalm 105:16-22
16 He called down famine on the land
  and destroyed all their supplies of food;
17 and he sent a man before them—
  Joseph, sold as a slave.
18 They bruised his feet with shackles,
  his neck was put in irons,
19 till what he foretold came to pass,
  till the word of the Lord proved him true.
20 The king sent and released him,
  the ruler of peoples set him free.
21 He made him master of his household,
  ruler over all he possessed,
22 to instruct his princes as he pleased
  and teach his elders wisdom.
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


Romans 10:5-15
5 Moses writes this about the righteousness that is by the law: “The person who does these things will live by
them.”[a] 6 But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’”
[b] (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’”[c] (that is, to bring Christ up from the
dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,”[d] that is, the
message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in
your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe
and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says,
“Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”[e] 12 For there is no difference between Jew and
Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the
name of the Lord will be saved.”[f]

14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom
they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach
unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”[g]

Footnotes:
Romans 10:5 Lev. 18:5
Romans 10:6 Deut. 30:12
Romans 10:7 Deut. 30:13
Romans 10:8 Deut. 30:14
Romans 10:11 Isaiah 28:16 (see Septuagint)
Romans 10:13 Joel 2:32
Romans 10:15 Isaiah 52:7


Matthew 14:22-33
Jesus Walks on the Water

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he
dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later
that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the
waves because the wind was against it.

25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on
the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind,
he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him,
saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”