I give you all the credit, God – you got me out of that mess, you didn’t let my foes gloat.

Luke 22:1-38

1 The Feast of Unleavened Bread, also called Passover, drew near. 2 The high priests and religion scholars were looking for a way to do away with Jesus but, fearful of the people, they were also looking for a way to cover their tracks. 3 That’s when Satan entered Judas, the one called Iscariot. He was one of the Twelve. 4 Leaving the others, he conferred with the high priests and the Temple guards about how he might betray Jesus to them. 5 They couldn’t believe their good luck and agreed to pay him well. 6 He gave them his word and started looking for a way to betray Jesus, but out of sight of the crowd.

(Notes from Phil: Some believe that the word betray was mistranslated as the word also means to handover or deliver. – Food for thought – In the Hebrew Names Version of World English Bible, 22:4 is translated He went away, and talked with the chief Kohanim and captains about how he might deliver him to them. )

7 The Day of Unleavened Bread came, the day the Passover lamb was butchered. 8 Jesus sent Peter and John off, saying, “Go prepare the Passover for us so we can eat it together.” 9 They said, “Where do you want us to do this?” 10 He said, “Keep your eyes open as you enter the city. A man carrying a water jug will meet you. Follow him home. 11 Then speak with the owner of the house: The Teacher wants to know, ‘Where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?’ 12 He will show you a spacious second-story room, swept and ready. Prepare the meal there.” 13 They left, found everything just as he told them, and prepared the Passover meal. 14 When it was time, he sat down, all the apostles with him, 15 and said, “You’ve no idea how much I have looked forward to eating this Passover meal with you before I enter my time of suffering. 16 It’s the last one I’ll eat until we all eat it together in the kingdom of God.17 Taking the cup, he blessed it, then said, “Take this and pass it among you. 18 As for me, I’ll not drink wine again until the kingdom of God arrives.19 Taking bread, he blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, given for you. Eat it in my memory.” 20 He did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant written in my blood, blood poured out for you.

21 “Do you realize that the hand of the one who is betraying me is at this moment on this table? 22 It’s true that the Son of Man is going down a path already marked out – no surprises there. But for the one who turns him in, turns traitor to the Son of Man, this is doomsday.” 23 They immediately became suspicious of each other and began quizzing one another, wondering who might be about to do this. 24 Within minutes they were bickering over who of them would end up the greatest. 25 But Jesus intervened: “Kings like to throw their weight around and people in authority like to give themselves fancy titles. 26 It’s not going to be that way with you. Let the senior among you become like the junior; let the leader act the part of the servant. 27 “Who would you rather be: the one who eats the dinner or the one who serves the dinner? You’d rather eat and be served, right? But I’ve taken my place among you as the one who serves. 28 And you’ve stuck with me through thick and thin. 29 Now I confer on you the royal authority my Father conferred on me 30 so you can eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and be strengthened as you take up responsibilities among the congregations of God’s people. 31 “Simon, stay on your toes. Satan has tried his best to separate all of you from me, like chaff from wheat. 32 Simon, I’ve prayed for you in particular that you not give in or give out. When you have come through the time of testing, turn to your companions and give them a fresh start.” 33 Peter said, “Master, I’m ready for anything with you. I’d go to jail for you. I’d die for you!” 34 Jesus said, “I’m sorry to have to tell you this, Peter, but before the rooster crows you will have three times denied that you know me.” 35 Then Jesus said, “When I sent you out and told you to travel light, to take only the bare necessities, did you get along all right?” “Certainly,” they said, “we got along just fine.” 36 He said, “This is different. Get ready for trouble. Look to what you’ll need; there are difficult times ahead. Pawn your coat and get a sword. 37 What was written in Scripture, ‘He was lumped in with the criminals,’ gets its final meaning in me. Everything written about me is now coming to a conclusion.38 They said, “Look, Master, two swords!” But he said, “Enough of that; no more sword talk!”

Again the word betray is used 22:21 – in the Young’s Literal Translation it says: “But, lo, the hand of him delivering me up [is] with me on the table,”

Genesis 39

1 After Joseph had been taken to Egypt by the Ishmaelites, Potiphar an Egyptian, one of Pharaoh’s officials and the manager of his household, bought him from them. 2 As it turned out, God was with Joseph and things went very well with him. He ended up living in the home of his Egyptian master. 3 His master recognized that God was with him, saw that God was working for good in everything he did. 4 He became very fond of Joseph and made him his personal aide. He put him in charge of all his personal affairs, turning everything over to him. 5 From that moment on, God blessed the home of the Egyptian – all because of Joseph. The blessing of God spread over everything he owned, at home and in the fields, 6 and all Potiphar had to concern himself with was eating three meals a day.

7 As time went on, his master’s wife became infatuated with Joseph and one day said, “Sleep with me.” 8 He wouldn’t do it. He said to his master’s wife, “Look, with me here, my master doesn’t give a second thought to anything that goes on here – he’s put me in charge of everything he owns. 9 He treats me as an equal. The only thing he hasn’t turned over to me is you. You’re his wife, after all! How could I violate his trust and sin against God?” 10 She pestered him day after day after day, but he stood his ground. He refused to go to bed with her. 11 On one of these days he came to the house to do his work and none of the household servants happened to be there. 12 She grabbed him by his cloak, saying, “Sleep with me!” He left his coat in her hand and ran out of the house.

13 When she realized that he had left his coat in her hand and run outside, 14 she called to her house servants: “Look – this Hebrew shows up and before you know it he’s trying to seduce us. He tried to make love to me but I yelled as loud as I could. 15 With all my yelling and screaming, he left his coat beside me here and ran outside.” 16 She kept his coat right there until his master came home. 17 She told him the same story. She said, “The Hebrew slave, the one you brought to us, came after me and tried to use me for his plaything. 18 When I yelled and screamed, he left his coat with me and ran outside.”

19 When his master heard his wife’s story, telling him, “These are the things your slave did to me,” he was furious. 20 Joseph’s master took him and threw him into the jail where the king’s prisoners were locked up. But there in jail 21 God was still with Joseph: He reached out in kindness to him; he put him on good terms with the head jailer. 22 The head jailer put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners – he ended up managing the whole operation. 23 The head jailer gave Joseph free rein, never even checked on him, because God was with him; whatever he did God made sure it worked out for the best.

Psalms 30

1 I give you all the credit, God – you got me out of that mess, you didn’t let my foes gloat. 2 God, my God, I yelled for help and you put me together. 3 God, you pulled me out of the grave, gave me another chance at life when I was down-and-out. 4 All you saints! Sing your hearts out to God! Thank him to his face! 5 He gets angry once in a while, but across a lifetime there is only love. The nights of crying your eyes out give way to days of laughter.

6 When things were going great I crowed, “I’ve got it made. 7 I’m God’s favorite. He made me king of the mountain.” Then you looked the other way and I fell to pieces. 8 I called out to you, God; I laid my case before you: 9 “Can you sell me for a profit when I’m dead? auction me off at a cemetery yard sale? When I’m ‘dust to dust’ my songs and stories of you won’t sell. 10 So listen! and be kind! Help me out of this!” 11 You did it: you changed wild lament into whirling dance; You ripped off my black mourning band and decked me with wildflowers. 12 I’m about to burst with song; I can’t keep quiet about you. God, my God, I can’t thank you enough.


– 1/30/2005 11:20:11 PM

My name is only because I love having “benvolio” in the name but everything else was taken with “Benvolio” in it. I went to church today. It wasn’t too bad… …I know the pastor’s daughter and we were goofing off and such. Tonight, I will try something new. Even though I don’t believe in it… I will try it. Tonight… Oraré para usted. Sueños dulces.

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