Servants of God in the Bible

Abel also brought some choice parts of the firstborn animals from his flock. The Lord approved of Abel and his offering – Genesis 4:4 (GOD’S WORD Translation)

Seth had a son whom he named Enosh. It was then that people began using the Lord’s holy name in worship. – Genesis 4:26 (Good News Translation)

And E´noch kept walking with the [true] God. Then he was no more, for God took him. – Genesis 5:24 (New World Translation)

and called his name Noah, saying, “Out of the ground that the Lord has cursed, this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.” – Genesis 5:29 (English Standard Version)

But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. – Genesis 6:8 (English Standard Version)

…In his generation, Noah was a moral and exemplary man; he walked with God. – Genesis 6:9 (Common English Bible)

And Noah proceeded to do according to all that God had commanded him. He did just so. – Genesis 6:22 (New World Translation)

God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fertile, multiply, and fill the earth. – Genesis 9:1 (Common English Bible)

The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” – Genesis 12:1-3 (New Living Translation)

Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “I will give this land to your descendants.” And Abram built an altar there and dedicated it to the Lord, who had appeared to him. – Genesis 12:7 (New Living Translation)

The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.” – Genesis 13:14-17 (New International Version)

At this Abram fell upon his face, and God continued to speak with him, saying: “As for me, look! my covenant is with you, and you will certainly become a father of a crowd of nations. And your name will not be called Abram anymore, and your name must become Abraham, because a father of a crowd of nations I will make you. And I will make you very, very fruitful and will make you become nations, and kings will come out of you.” – Genesis 17:3-6 (New World Translation)

And God went on to say to Abraham: “As for Sarai your wife, you must not call her name Sarai, because Sarah is her name. And I will bless her and also give you a son from her; and I will bless her and she shall become nations; kings of peoples will come from her.” – Genesis 17:15,16 (New World Translation)

And Abraham was a hundred years old when Isaac his son was born to him. – Genesis 21:5 (New World Translation)

Finally they reached the place that the [true] God had designated to him, and Abraham built an altar there and set the wood in order and bound Isaac his son hand and foot and put him upon the altar on top of the wood. Then Abraham put out his hand and took the slaughtering knife to kill his son. But Jehovah’s angel began calling to him out of the heavens and saying: “Abraham, Abraham!” to which he answered: “Here I am!” And he went on to say: “Do not put out your hand against the boy and do not do anything at all to him, for now I do know that you are God-fearing in that you have not withheld your son, your only one, from me.” At that Abraham raised his eyes and looked and there, deep in the foreground, there was a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up for a burnt offering in place of his son. And Abraham began to call the name of that place Jehovah-jireh. This is why it is customarily said today: “In the mountain of Jehovah it will be provided.” – Genesis 22:9-14 (New World Translation)

Abraham was now very old, and the Lord had blessed him in every way. – Genesis 24:1 (New International Version)

Further, Sarah the wife of my master bore a son to my master after her growing old; and he will give him everything he has. – Genesis 24:36 (New World Translation)

Then he took his last breath, and died at a very old age. After a long and full life, he joined his ancestors in death. – Genesis 25:8 (GOD’S WORD Translation)

because Abraham obeyed me and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decrees and my instructions.” – Genesis 26:5 (Today’s New International Version)

After that Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother. Thus he took Rebekah and she became his wife; and he fell in love with her, and Isaac found comfort after the loss of his mother. – Genesis 24:67 (New World Translation)

Abraham gave everything he owned to his son Isaac. – Genesis 25:5 (New Living Translation)

I will bless you, because Abraham obeyed me and kept all my laws and commands. – Genesis 26:5 (Good News Translation)

And Isaac had love for Esau, because it meant game in his mouth, whereas Rebekah was a lover of Jacob. – Genesis 25:28 (New World Translation)

He went from there to Beersheba. That night the Lord appeared to Isaac, and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham. Don’t be afraid, because I am with you. I will bless you and increase the number of your descendants for my servant Abraham’s sake.” – Genesis 26:23,24 (GOD’S WORD Translation)

Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the Lord blessed him. The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him. Genesis 26:12-14 (New International Version)

And the days of Isaac came to be a hundred and eighty years. After that Isaac expired and died and was gathered to his people, old and satisfied with days, and Esau and Jacob his sons buried him. – Genesis 35:28,29 (New World Translation)

Once Jacob was boiling up some stew, when Esau came along from the field and he was tired. So Esau said to Jacob: “Quick, please, give me a swallow of the red—the red there, for I am tired!” That is why his name was called Edom. To this Jacob said: “Sell me, first of all, your right as firstborn!” And Esau continued: “Here I am simply going to die, and of what benefit to me is a birthright?” And Jacob added: “Swear to me first of all!” And he proceeded to swear to him and to sell his right as firstborn to Jacob. And Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he went to eating and drinking. Then he got up and went his way. So Esau despised the birthright. – Genesis 25:29-34 (New World Translation)

So Isaac called for Jacob and blessed him. Then he commanded him: “Do not marry a Canaanite woman. Go at once to Paddan Aram, to the house of your mother’s father Bethuel. Take a wife for yourself there, from among the daughters of Laban, your mother’s brother. May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and increase your numbers until you become a community of peoples. May he give you and your descendants the blessing given to Abraham, so that you may take possession of the land where you now reside as a foreigner, the land God gave to Abraham. – Genesis 28:1-4 (New International Version)

Then Jacob made a vow to the Lord: If you will be with me and protect me on the journey I am making and give me food and clothing, and if I return safely to my father’s home, then you will be my God. This memorial stone which I have set up will be the place where you are worshiped, and I will give you a tenth of everything you give me. – Genesis 28:20-22 (Good News Translation)

As it was, Laban had two daughters. The name of the older was Leah and the name of the younger Rachel. But the eyes of Leah had no luster, whereas Rachel had become beautiful in form and beautiful of countenance. And Jacob was in love with Rachel. So he said: “I am willing to serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.” – Genesis 29:16-18 (New World Translation)

Jacob to Laban: “You had little indeed before I came, but your wealth has increased enormously. The Lord has blessed you through everything I’ve done. But now, what about me? When can I start providing for my own family?” – Genesis 30:30 (New Living Translation)

As a result, Jacob became very wealthy, with large flocks of sheep and goats, female and male servants, and many camels and donkeys. – Genesis 30:43 (New Living Translation)

But God appeared to Laban in a dream that night and warned, “Don’t say a word to Jacob. Don’t make a threat or a promise.” – Genesis 31:24 (Contemporary English Version)

He said to Jacob, “What’s your name?” and he said, “Jacob.” Then he said, “Your name won’t be Jacob any longer, but Israel, because you struggled with God and with men and won.” – Genesis 32:27-28 (Common English Bible)

After Shechem violated Dinah the daughter of Jacob: Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have caused me a lot of trouble! You’ve made the people living in the area, the Canaanites and the Perizzites, hate me. There are only a few of us. If they join forces against me and attack me, my family and I will be wiped out.” Simeon and Levi asked, “Should Shechem have been allowed to treat our sister like a prostitute?” -Genesis 34:30-31 (GOD’S WORD Translation)

Then Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him: “Put away the foreign gods that are in the midst of YOU and cleanse yourselves and change YOUR mantles, and let us rise and go up to Beth´el. And there I shall make an altar to the [true] God who answered me in the day of my distress in that he proved to be with me in the way that I have gone.” So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods that were in their hands and the earrings that were in their ears, and Jacob hid them under the big tree that was close by She´chem. – Genesis 35:2-4 (New World Translation)

God now appeared to Jacob once again during his coming from Pad´dan-a´ram and blessed him. And God went on to say to him: “Your name is Jacob. No longer is your name to be called Jacob, but Israel will your name become.” And he began to call his name Israel. And God said further to him: “I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and become many. Nations and a congregation of nations will proceed out of you, and kings will come out of your loins. As for the land that I have given to Abraham and to Isaac, to you I shall give it, and to your seed after you I shall give the land.” – Genesis 35:9-12 (New World Translation)

Then God talked to Israel in visions of the night and said: “Jacob, Jacob!” to which he said: “Here I am!” And he went on to say: “I am the [true] God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I shall constitute you there into a great nation. I myself shall go down with you to Egypt and I myself shall surely bring you up also; and Joseph will lay his hand upon your eyes.” – Genesis 46:2-4 (New World Translation)

Joseph, when seventeen years old, happened to be tending sheep with his brothers among the flock, and, being but a boy, he was with the sons of Bil´hah and the sons of Zil´pah, the wives of his father. So Joseph brought a bad report about them to their father. 3 And Israel loved Joseph more than all his other sons, because he was the son of his old age; and he had a long, striped shirtlike garment made for him. – Genesis 37:2,3 (New World Translation)

Now men, Midianite merchants, went passing by. Hence they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the waterpit and then sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty silver pieces. Eventually these brought Joseph into Egypt. – Genesis 37:28 (New World Translation)

When Joseph had been taken down to Egypt, Potiphar, Pharaoh’s chief officer, the commander of the royal guard and an Egyptian, purchased him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man and served in his Egyptian master’s household. His master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made everything he did successful. Potiphar thought highly of Joseph, and Joseph became his assistant; he appointed Joseph head of his household and put everything he had under Joseph’s supervision. – Genesis 39:1-4 (Common English Bible)

So Potiphar gave Joseph complete administrative responsibility over everything he owned. With Joseph there, he didn’t worry about a thing—except what kind of food to eat! Joseph was a very handsome and well-built young man, and Potiphar’s wife soon began to look at him lustfully. “Come and sleep with me,” she demanded. But Joseph refused. “Look,” he told her, “my master trusts me with everything in his entire household. No one here has more authority than I do. He has held back nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How could I do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God.”- Genesis 39:6-9 (New Living Translation)

When they went on speaking to him all of Joseph’s words that he had spoken to them and he got to see the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father began to revive. Then Israel exclaimed: “It is enough! Joseph my son is still alive! Ah, let me go and see him before I die!” – Genesis 45:27,28 (New World Translation)

Then Joseph had his chariot made ready and went up to meet Israel his father at Goshen. When he appeared to him he at once fell upon his neck and gave way to tears upon his neck again and again. Finally Israel said to Joseph: “This time I am willing to die, now that I have seen your face, since you are still alive.” – Genesis 46:29,30 (New World Translation)

Thus Joseph had his father and his brothers dwell and he gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the very best of the land, in the land of Rameses, just as Pharaoh had commanded. And Joseph kept supplying his father and his brothers and the entire household of his father with bread, according to the number of the little ones. – Genesis 47:11,12 (New World Translation)

Then Joseph said to the people: “See, I have today bought YOU and YOUR land for Phar´aoh. Here is seed for YOU, and YOU must sow the land with it. When it has resulted in produce, then YOU must give a fifth to Pharaoh, but four parts will become YOURS as seed for the field and as food for YOU and for those who are in YOUR houses and for YOUR little ones to eat.” Consequently they said: “You have preserved our lives. Let us find favor in the eyes of my lord, and we will become slaves to Pharaoh.” – Genesis 47:23-25 (New World Translation)

Phar´aoh’s daughter then said to her: “Take this child with you and nurse him for me, and I myself shall give you your wages.” Accordingly the woman took the child and nursed him. 10 And the child grew up. Then she brought him to Phar´aoh’s daughter, so that he became a son to her; and she proceeded to call his name Moses and to say: “It is because I have drawn him out of the water.” Exodus 2:9,10

Now it came about in those days, as Moses was becoming strong, that he went out to his brothers that he might look at the burdens they were bearing; and he caught sight of a certain Egyptian striking a certain Hebrew of his brothers. So he turned this way and that and saw there was nobody in sight. Then he struck the Egyptian down and hid him in the sand. – Exodus 2:11,12

Subsequently Phar´aoh got to hear of this thing, and he attempted to kill Moses; but Moses ran away from Phar´aoh that he might dwell in the land of Mid´i·an; and he took a seat by a well. Exodus 2:15

So when they came home to Reu´el their father he exclaimed: “How is it YOU have come home so quickly today?” 19 To this they said: “A certain Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds and, besides, he actually drew water for us that he might water the flock.” 20 Then he said to his daughters: “But where is he? Why is it that YOU have left the man behind? Call him, that he may eat bread.” 21 After that Moses showed willingness to dwell with the man, and he gave Zip·po´rah his daughter to Moses. – Exodus 2:18-21

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