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 JANUARY 29

 

PSALMS:  29, 59, 89, 119, 149

 

PROVERBS:  29

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  JOSHUA 21:1 – 22:20

NEW TESTAMENT:  LUKE 20:1 – 26

 

PSALMS:  29

 

A psalm of David.

1 Ascribe to the LORD, O mighty ones,

ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;

worship the LORD in the splendor of his A holiness.

3 The voice of the LORD is over the waters;

the God of glory thunders,

the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.

4 The voice of the LORD is powerful;

the voice of the LORD is majestic.

5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars;

the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.

6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,

Sirion B like a young wild ox.

7 The voice of the LORD strikes

with flashes of lightning.

8 The voice of the LORD shakes the desert;

the LORD shakes the Desert of Kadesh.

 

9 The voice of the LORD twists the oaks C

and strips the forests bare.

And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”

10 The LORD sits D enthroned over the flood;

the LORD is enthroned as King forever.

11 The LORD gives strength to his people;

the LORD blesses his people with peace. [1]

 

PSALMS:  59

 

For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” Of David. A miktam. A When Saul had sent men to watch David’s house in order to kill him.

1 Deliver me from my enemies, O God;

protect me from those who rise up against me.

2 Deliver me from evildoers

and save me from bloodthirsty men.

3 See how they lie in wait for me!

Fierce men conspire against me

for no offense or sin of mine, O LORD.

4 I have done no wrong, yet they are ready to attack me.

Arise to help me; look on my plight!

5 O LORD God Almighty, the God of Israel,

rouse yourself to punish all the nations;

show no mercy to wicked traitors.

Selah

6 They return at evening,

snarling like dogs,

and prowl about the city.

7 See what they spew from their mouths–

they spew out swords from their lips,

and they say, “Who can hear us?”

8 But you, O LORD, laugh at them;

you scoff at all those nations.

9 O my Strength, I watch for you;

you, O God, are my fortress, 10 my loving God. [2]

God will go before me

and will let me gloat over those who slander me.

11 But do not kill them, O Lord our shield, B

or my people will forget.

In your might make them wander about,

and bring them down.

12 For the sins of their mouths,

for the words of their lips,

let them be caught in their pride.

For the curses and lies they utter,

 

13 consume them in wrath,

consume them till they are no more.

Then it will be known to the ends of the earth

that God rules over Jacob. Selah

 

14 They return at evening,

snarling like dogs,

and prowl about the city.

15 They wander about for food

and howl if not satisfied.

16 But I will sing of your strength,

in the morning I will sing of your love;

for you are my fortress,

my refuge in times of trouble.

17 O my Strength, I sing praise to you;

you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God. [3]

 

PSALMS:  89

 

A maskil A of Ethan the Ezrahite.

1 I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever;

with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.

2 I will declare that your love stands firm forever,

that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself.

3 You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,

I have sworn to David my servant,

4 `I will establish your line forever

and make your throne firm through all generations.'”

Selah

5 The heavens praise your wonders, O LORD,

your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones.

6 For who in the skies above can compare with the LORD?

Who is like the LORD among the heavenly beings?

7 In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared;

he is more awesome than all who surround him.

8 O LORD God Almighty, who is like you?

You are mighty, O LORD, and your faithfulness surrounds you.

9 You rule over the surging sea;

when its waves mount up, you still them.

10 You crushed Rahab like one of the slain;

with your strong arm you scattered your enemies.

11 The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth;

you founded the world and all that is in it.

12 You created the north and the south;

Tabor and Hermon sing for joy at your name.

13 Your arm is endued with power;

your hand is strong, your right hand exalted. [4]

 

14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;

love and faithfulness go before you.

15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,

who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD.

 

16 They rejoice in your name all day long;

they exult in your righteousness.

17 For you are their glory and strength,

and by your favor you exalt our horn. B

18 Indeed, our shield C belongs to the LORD,

our king to the Holy One of Israel.

 

19 Once you spoke in a vision,

to your faithful people you said:

“I have bestowed strength on a warrior;

I have exalted a young man from among the people.

20 I have found David my servant;

with my sacred oil I have anointed him.

21 My hand will sustain him;

surely my arm will strengthen him.

22 No enemy will subject him to tribute;

no wicked man will oppress him.

23 I will crush his foes before him

and strike down his adversaries.

24 My faithful love will be with him,

and through my name his horn D will be exalted.

25 I will set his hand over the sea,

his right hand over the rivers.

26 He will call out to me, `You are my Father,

my God, the Rock my Savior.’

27 I will also appoint him my firstborn,

the most exalted of the kings of the earth.

28 I will maintain my love to him forever,

and my covenant with him will never fail.

29 I will establish his line forever, [5]

his throne as long as the heavens endure.

 

30 “If his sons forsake my law

and do not follow my statutes,

31 if they violate my decrees

and fail to keep my commands,

32 I will punish their sin with the rod,

their iniquity with flogging;

33 but I will not take my love from him,

nor will I ever betray my faithfulness.

34 I will not violate my covenant

or alter what my lips have uttered.

35 Once for all, I have sworn by my holiness–

and I will not lie to David–

36 that his line will continue forever

and his throne endure before me like the sun;

37 it will be established forever like the moon,

the faithful witness in the sky.”

Selah

 

38 But you have rejected, you have spurned,

you have been very angry with your anointed one.

39 You have renounced the covenant with your servant

and have defiled his crown in the dust.

40 You have broken through all his walls

and reduced his strongholds to ruins.

41 All who pass by have plundered him;

he has become the scorn of his neighbors.

42 You have exalted the right hand of his foes;

you have made all his enemies rejoice.

43 You have turned back the edge of his sword

and have not supported him in battle. [6]

44 You have put an end to his splendor

and cast his throne to the ground.

45 You have cut short the days of his youth;

you have covered him with a mantle of shame.

Selah

 

46 How long, O LORD? Will you hide yourself forever?

How long will your wrath burn like fire?

47 Remember how fleeting is my life.

For what futility you have created all men!

48 What man can live and not see death,

or save himself from the power of the grave E?

Selah

49 O Lord, where is your former great love,

which in your faithfulness you swore to David?

50 Remember, Lord, how your servant hasF been mocked,

how I bear in my heart the taunts of all the nations,

51 the taunts with which your enemies have mocked, O LORD,

with which they have mocked every step of your anointed one.

52 Praise be to the LORD forever!

Amen and Amen. [7]

 

PSALMS:  119

 

Aleph

1 Blessed A are they whose ways are blameless,

who walk according to the law of the LORD.

2 Blessed are they who keep his statutes

and seek him with all their heart.

3 They do nothing wrong;

they walk in his ways.

4 You have laid down precepts

that are to be fully obeyed.

5 Oh, that my ways were steadfast

in obeying your decrees!

6 Then I would not be put to shame

when I consider all your commands.

7 I will praise you with an upright heart

as I learn your righteous laws.

8 I will obey your decrees;

do not utterly forsake me.

Beth

9 How can a young man keep his way pure?

By living according to your word.

10 I seek you with all my heart;

do not let me stray from your commands.

11 I have hidden your word in my heart

that I might not sin against you.

12 Praise be to you, O LORD;

teach me your decrees.

13 With my lips I recount

all the laws that come from your mouth.

14 I rejoice in following your statutes [8]

as one rejoices in great riches.

15 I meditate on your precepts

and consider your ways.

16 I delight in your decrees;

I will not neglect your word.

Gimel

17 Do good to your servant, and I will live;

I will obey your word.

18 Open my eyes that I may see

wonderful things in your law.

19 I am a stranger on earth;

do not hide your commands from me.

20 My soul is consumed with longing

for your laws at all times.

21 You rebuke the arrogant, who are cursed

and who stray from your commands.

22 Remove from me scorn and contempt,

for I keep your statutes.

23 Though rulers sit together and slander me,

your servant will meditate on your decrees.

24 Your statutes are my delight;

they are my counselors.

Daleth

25 I am laid low in the dust;

preserve my life according to your word.

26 I recounted my ways and you answered me;

teach me your decrees.

27 Let me understand the teaching of your precepts;

then I will meditate on your wonders.

28 My soul is weary with sorrow; [9]

strengthen me according to your word.

29 Keep me from deceitful ways;

be gracious to me through your law.

30 I have chosen the way of truth;

I have set my heart on your laws.

31 I hold fast to your statutes, O LORD;

do not let me be put to shame.

32 I run in the path of your commands,

for you have set my heart free.

He

33 Teach me, O LORD, to follow your decrees;

then I will keep them to the end.

34 Give me understanding, and I will keep your law

and obey it with all my heart.

35 Direct me in the path of your commands,

for there I find delight.

36 Turn my heart toward your statutes

and not toward selfish gain.

37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things;

preserve my life according to your word. B

38 Fulfill your promise to your servant,

so that you may be feared.

39 Take away the disgrace I dread,

for your laws are good.

40 How I long for your precepts!

Preserve my life in your righteousness.

Waw [10]

41 May your unfailing love come to me, O LORD,

your salvation according to your promise;

42 then I will answer the one who taunts me,

for I trust in your word.

43 Do not snatch the word of truth from my mouth,

for I have put my hope in your laws.

44 I will always obey your law,

for ever and ever.

45 I will walk about in freedom,

for I have sought out your precepts.

46 I will speak of your statutes before kings

and will not be put to shame,

47 for I delight in your commands

because I love them.

48 I lift up my hands to C your commands, which I love,

and I meditate on your decrees.

Zayin

49 Remember your word to your servant,

for you have given me hope.

50 My comfort in my suffering is this:

Your promise preserves my life.

51 The arrogant mock me without restraint,

but I do not turn from your law.

52 I remember your ancient laws, O LORD,

and I find comfort in them.

53 Indignation grips me because of the wicked,

who have forsaken your law.

54 Your decrees are the theme of my song

wherever I lodge. [11]

55 In the night I remember your name, O LORD,

and I will keep your law.

56 This has been my practice:

I obey your precepts.

Heth

57 You are my portion, O LORD;

I have promised to obey your words.

58 I have sought your face with all my heart;

be gracious to me according to your promise.

59 I have considered my ways

and have turned my steps to your statutes.

60 I will hasten and not delay

to obey your commands.

61 Though the wicked bind me with ropes,

I will not forget your law.

62 At midnight I rise to give you thanks

for your righteous laws.

63 I am a friend to all who fear you,

to all who follow your precepts.

64 The earth is filled with your love, O LORD;

teach me your decrees.

Teth

65 Do good to your servant

according to your word, O LORD.

66 Teach me knowledge and good judgment,

for I believe in your commands.

67 Before I was afflicted I went astray,

but now I obey your word.

68 You are good, and what you do is good;

teach me your decrees.

69 Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies, [12]

I keep your precepts with all my heart.

70 Their hearts are callous and unfeeling,

but I delight in your law.

71 It was good for me to be afflicted

so that I might learn your decrees.

72 The law from your mouth is more precious to me

than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.

Yodh

73 Your hands made me and formed me;

give me understanding to learn your commands.

74 May those who fear you rejoice when they see me,

for I have put my hope in your word.

75 I know, O LORD, that your laws are righteous,

and in faithfulness you have afflicted me.

76 May your unfailing love be my comfort,

according to your promise to your servant.

77 Let your compassion come to me that I may live,

for your law is my delight.

78 May the arrogant be put to shame for wronging me without cause;

but I will meditate on your precepts.

79 May those who fear you turn to me,

those who understand your statutes.

80 May my heart be blameless toward your decrees,

that I may not be put to shame.

Kaph

81 My soul faints with longing for your salvation,

but I have put my hope in your word.

82 My eyes fail, looking for your promise;

I say, “When will you comfort me?” [13]

83 Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke,

I do not forget your decrees.

84 How long must your servant wait?

When will you punish my persecutors?

85 The arrogant dig pitfalls for me,

contrary to your law.

86 All your commands are trustworthy;

help me, for men persecute me without cause.

87 They almost wiped me from the earth,

but I have not forsaken your precepts.

88 Preserve my life according to your love,

and I will obey the statutes of your mouth.

Lamedh

89 Your word, O LORD, is eternal;

it stands firm in the heavens.

90 Your faithfulness continues through all generations;

you established the earth, and it endures.

91 Your laws endure to this day,

for all things serve you.

92 If your law had not been my delight,

I would have perished in my affliction.

93 I will never forget your precepts,

for by them you have preserved my life.

94 Save me, for I am yours;

I have sought out your precepts.

95 The wicked are waiting to destroy me,

but I will ponder your statutes.

96 To all perfection I see a limit;

but your commands are boundless. [14]

Mem

97 Oh, how I love your law!

I meditate on it all day long.

98 Your commands make me wiser than my enemies,

for they are ever with me.

99 I have more insight than all my teachers,

for I meditate on your statutes.

100 I have more understanding than the elders,

for I obey your precepts.

101 I have kept my feet from every evil path

so that I might obey your word.

102 I have not departed from your laws,

for you yourself have taught me.

103 How sweet are your words to my taste,

sweeter than honey to my mouth!

104 I gain understanding from your precepts;

therefore I hate every wrong path.

Nun

105 Your word is a lamp to my feet

and a light for my path.

106 I have taken an oath and confirmed it,

that I will follow your righteous laws.

107 I have suffered much;

preserve my life, O LORD, according to your word.

108 Accept, O LORD, the willing praise of my mouth,

and teach me your laws.

109 Though I constantly take my life in my hands,

I will not forget your law.

110 The wicked have set a snare for me,

but I have not strayed from your precepts. [15]

111 Your statutes are my heritage forever;

they are the joy of my heart.

112 My heart is set on keeping your decrees

to the very end.

Samekh

113 I hate double-minded men,

but I love your law.

114 You are my refuge and my shield;

I have put my hope in your word.

115 Away from me, you evildoers,

that I may keep the commands of my God!

116 Sustain me according to your promise, and I will live;

do not let my hopes be dashed.

117 Uphold me, and I will be delivered;

I will always have regard for your decrees.

118 You reject all who stray from your decrees,

for their deceitfulness is in vain.

119 All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross;

therefore I love your statutes.

120 My flesh trembles in fear of you;

I stand in awe of your laws.

Ayin

121 I have done what is righteous and just;

do not leave me to my oppressors.

122 Ensure your servant’s well-being;

let not the arrogant oppress me.

123 My eyes fail, looking for your salvation,

looking for your righteous promise.

124 Deal with your servant according to your love

and teach me your decrees. [16]

125 I am your servant; give me discernment

that I may understand your statutes.

126 It is time for you to act, O LORD;

your law is being broken.

127 Because I love your commands

more than gold, more than pure gold,

128 and because I consider all your precepts right,

I hate every wrong path.

Pe

129 Your statutes are wonderful;

therefore I obey them.

130 The unfolding of your words gives light;

it gives understanding to the simple.

131 I open my mouth and pant,

longing for your commands.

132 Turn to me and have mercy on me,

as you always do to those who love your name.

133 Direct my footsteps according to your word;

let no sin rule over me.

134 Redeem me from the oppression of men,

that I may obey your precepts.

135 Make your face shine upon your servant

and teach me your decrees.

136 Streams of tears flow from my eyes,

for your law is not obeyed.

Tsadhe

137 Righteous are you, O LORD,

and your laws are right.

138 The statutes you have laid down are righteous;

they are fully trustworthy. [17]

139 My zeal wears me out,

for my enemies ignore your words.

140 Your promises have been thoroughly tested,

and your servant loves them.

141 Though I am lowly and despised,

I do not forget your precepts.

142 Your righteousness is everlasting

and your law is true.

143 Trouble and distress have come upon me,

but your commands are my delight.

144 Your statutes are forever right;

give me understanding that I may live.

Qoph

145 I call with all my heart; answer me, O LORD,

and I will obey your decrees.

146 I call out to you; save me

and I will keep your statutes.

147 I rise before dawn and cry for help;

I have put my hope in your word.

148 My eyes stay open through the watches of the night,

that I may meditate on your promises.

149 Hear my voice in accordance with your love;

preserve my life, O LORD, according to your laws.

150 Those who devise wicked schemes are near,

but they are far from your law.

151 Yet you are near, O LORD,

and all your commands are true.

152 Long ago I learned from your statutes

that you established them to last forever. [18]

Resh

153 Look upon my suffering and deliver me,

for I have not forgotten your law.

154 Defend my cause and redeem me;

preserve my life according to your promise.

155 Salvation is far from the wicked,

for they do not seek out your decrees.

156 Your compassion is great, O LORD;

preserve my life according to your laws.

157 Many are the foes who persecute me,

but I have not turned from your statutes.

158 I look on the faithless with loathing,

for they do not obey your word.

159 See how I love your precepts;

preserve my life, O LORD, according to your love.

160 All your words are true;

all your righteous laws are eternal.

Sin and Shin

161 Rulers persecute me without cause,

but my heart trembles at your word.

162 I rejoice in your promise

like one who finds great spoil.

163 I hate and abhor falsehood

but I love your law.

164 Seven times a day I praise you

for your righteous laws.

165 Great peace have they who love your law,

and nothing can make them stumble.

166 I wait for your salvation, O LORD,

and I follow your commands.

167 I obey your statutes, [19]

for I love them greatly.

168 I obey your precepts and your statutes,

for all my ways are known to you.

Taw

169 May my cry come before you, O LORD;

give me understanding according to your word.

170 May my supplication come before you;

deliver me according to your promise.

171 May my lips overflow with praise,

for you teach me your decrees.

172 May my tongue sing of your word,

for all your commands are righteous.

173 May your hand be ready to help me,

for I have chosen your precepts.

174 I long for your salvation, O LORD,

and your law is my delight.

175 Let me live that I may praise you,

and may your laws sustain me.

176 I have strayed like a lost sheep.

Seek your servant,

for I have not forgotten your commands. [20]

PSALMS:  149

 

1 Praise the LORD. A

Sing to the LORD a new song,

his praise in the assembly of the saints.

2 Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;

let the people of Zion be glad in their King.

3 Let them praise his name with dancing

and make music to him with tambourine and harp.

4 For the LORD takes delight in his people;

he crowns the humble with salvation.

5 Let the saints rejoice in this honor

and sing for joy on their beds.

6 May the praise of God be in their mouths

and a double-edged sword in their hands,

7 to inflict vengeance on the nations

and punishment on the peoples,

8 to bind their kings with fetters,

their nobles with shackles of iron,

9 to carry out the sentence written against them.

This is the glory of all his saints.

Praise the LORD. [21]

 

PROVERBS:  29

 

29 1 A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes

will suddenly be destroyed–without remedy.

2 When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;

when the wicked rule, the people groan.

3 A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,

but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.

4 By justice a king gives a country stability,

but one who is greedy for bribes tears it down.

5 Whoever flatters his neighbor

is spreading a net for his feet.

6 An evil man is snared by his own sin,

but a righteous one can sing and be glad.

7 The righteous care about justice for the poor,

but the wicked have no such concern.

8 Mockers stir up a city,

but wise men turn away anger.

9 If a wise man goes to court with a fool,

the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.

10 Bloodthirsty men hate a man of integrity

and seek to kill the upright. [22]

11 A fool gives full vent to his anger,

but a wise man keeps himself under control.

12 If a ruler listens to lies,

all his officials become wicked.

13 The poor man and the oppressor have this in common:

The LORD gives sight to the eyes of both.

 

14 If a king judges the poor with fairness,

his throne will always be secure.

15 The rod of correction imparts wisdom,

but a child left to himself disgraces his mother.

16 When the wicked thrive, so does sin,

but the righteous will see their downfall.

17 Discipline your son, and he will give you peace;

he will bring delight to your soul.

18 Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint;

but blessed is he who keeps the law.

19 A servant cannot be corrected by mere words;

though he understands, he will not respond.

20 Do you see a man who speaks in haste?

There is more hope for a fool than for him.

21 If a man pampers his servant from youth,

he will bring grief A in the end. [23]

22 An angry man stirs up dissension,

and a hot-tempered one commits many sins.

23 A man’s pride brings him low,

but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.

24 The accomplice of a thief is his own enemy;

he is put under oath and dare not testify.

25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare,

but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.

26 Many seek an audience with a ruler,

but it is from the LORD that man gets justice.

27 The righteous detest the dishonest;

the wicked detest the upright. [24]

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  JOSHUA 21:1 – 22:20

21 1 Now the family heads of the Levites approached Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the heads of the other tribal families of Israel 2 at Shiloh in Canaan and said to them, “The LORD commanded through Moses that you give us towns to live in, with pasturelands for our livestock.” 3 So, as the LORD had commanded, the Israelites gave the Levites the following towns and pasturelands out of their own inheritance:

4 The first lot came out for the Kohathites, clan by clan. The Levites who were descendants of Aaron the priest were allotted thirteen towns from the tribes of Judah, Simeon and Benjamin. 5 The rest of Kohath’s descendants were allotted ten towns from the clans of the tribes of Ephraim, Dan and half of Manasseh.

6 The descendants of Gershon were allotted thirteen towns from the clans of the tribes of Issachar, Asher, Naphtali and the half-tribe of Manasseh in Bashan.

7 The descendants of Merari, clan by clan, received twelve towns from the tribes of Reuben, Gad and Zebulun.

8 So the Israelites allotted to the Levites these towns and their pasturelands, as the LORD had commanded through Moses.

9 From the tribes of Judah and Simeon they allotted the following towns by name

10 (these towns were assigned to the descendants of Aaron who were from the Kohathite clans of the Levites, because the first lot fell to them):

11 They gave them Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron), with its surrounding pastureland, in the hill country of Judah. (Arba was the [25] forefather of Anak.) 12 But the fields and villages around the city they had given to Caleb son of Jephunneh as his possession.

13 So to the descendants of Aaron the priest they gave Hebron (a city of refuge for one accused of murder), Libnah, 14 Jattir, Eshtemoa, 15 Holon, Debir, 16 Ain, Juttah and Beth Shemesh, together with their pasturelands–nine towns from these two tribes.

17 And from the tribe of Benjamin they gave them Gibeon, Geba, 18 Anathoth and Almon, together with their pasturelands–four towns. 19 All the towns for the priests, the descendants of Aaron, were thirteen, together with their pasturelands.

20 The rest of the Kohathite clans of the Levites were allotted towns from the tribe of Ephraim:

21 In the hill country of Ephraim they were given Shechem (a city of refuge for one accused of murder) and Gezer, 22 Kibzaim and Beth Horon, together with their pasturelands–four towns.

23 Also from the tribe of Dan they received Eltekeh, Gibbethon, 24 Aijalon and Gath Rimmon, together with their pasturelands–four towns.

25 From half the tribe of Manasseh they received Taanach and Gath Rimmon, together with their pasturelands–two towns. 26 All these ten towns and their pasturelands were given to the rest of the Kohathite clans.

 

27 The Levite clans of the Gershonites were given:

from the half-tribe of Manasseh,

Golan in Bashan (a city of refuge for one accused of murder) and Be Eshtarah, together with their pasturelands–two towns; 28 from the tribe of Issachar, [26] Kishion, Daberath, 29 Jarmuth and En Gannim, together with their pasturelands–four towns; 30 from the tribe of Asher,

Mishal, Abdon, 31 Helkath and Rehob, together with their pasturelands–four towns;

32 from the tribe of Naphtali, Kedesh in Galilee (a city of refuge for one accused of murder), Hammoth Dor and Kartan, together with their pasturelands–three towns.

33 All the towns of the Gershonite clans were thirteen, together with their pasturelands.

 

34 The Merarite clans (the rest of the Levites) were given:

from the tribe of Zebulun, Jokneam, Kartah, 35 Dimnah and Nahalal, together with their pasturelands–four towns; 36 from the tribe of Reuben, Bezer, Jahaz, 37 Kedemoth and Mephaath, together with their pasturelands–four towns; 38 from the tribe of Gad, Ramoth in Gilead (a city of refuge for one accused of murder), Mahanaim, 39 Heshbon and Jazer, together with their pasturelands–four towns in all. 40 All the towns allotted to the Merarite clans, who were the rest of the Levites, were twelve.

41 The towns of the Levites in the territory held by the Israelites were forty-eight in all, together with their pasturelands. 42 Each of these towns had pasturelands surrounding it; this was true for all these towns.

 

43 So the LORD gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their forefathers, and they took possession of it and settled there. 44 The LORD gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their forefathers. Not one of their enemies withstood them; the LORD [27] handed all their enemies over to them. 45 Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled. [28]

 

22 1 Then Joshua summoned the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh 2 and said to them, “You have done all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded, and you have obeyed me in everything I commanded. 3 For a long time now–to this very day–you have not deserted your brothers but have carried out the mission the LORD your God gave you. 4 Now that the LORD your God has given your brothers rest as he promised, return to your homes in the land that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you on the other side of the Jordan. 5 But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to obey his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and all your soul.”

 

6 Then Joshua blessed them and sent them away, and they went to their homes. 7 (To the half-tribe of Manasseh Moses had given land in Bashan, and to the other half of the tribe Joshua gave land on the west side of the Jordan with their brothers.) When Joshua sent them home, he blessed them, 8 saying, “Return to your homes with your great wealth–with large herds of livestock, with silver, gold, bronze and iron, and a great quantity of clothing–and divide with your brothers the plunder from your enemies.”

9 So the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh left the Israelites at Shiloh in Canaan to return to Gilead, their own land, which they had acquired in accordance with the command of the LORD through Moses. [29]

 

10 When they came to Geliloth near the Jordan in the land of Canaan, the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh built an imposing altar there by the Jordan. 11 And when the Israelites heard that they had built the altar on the border of Canaan at Geliloth near the Jordan on the Israelite side, 12 the whole assembly of Israel gathered at Shiloh to go to war against them.

13 So the Israelites sent Phinehas son of Eleazar, the priest, to the land of Gilead–to Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh. 14 With him they sent ten of the chief men, one for each of the tribes of Israel, each the head of a family division among the Israelite clans.

 

15 When they went to Gilead–to Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh–they said to them: 16 “The whole assembly of the LORD says: `How could you break faith with the God of Israel like this? How could you turn away from the LORD and build yourselves an altar in rebellion against him now? 17 Was not the sin of Peor enough for us? Up to this very day we have not cleansed ourselves from that sin, even though a plague fell on the community of the LORD! 18 And are you now turning away from the LORD?

“`If you rebel against the LORD today, tomorrow he will be angry with the whole community of Israel. 19 If the land you possess is defiled, come over to the LORD’s land, where the LORD’s tabernacle stands, and share the land with us. But do not rebel against the LORD or against us by building an altar for yourselves, other than the altar of the LORD our God. 20 When Achan son of Zerah acted unfaithfully regarding the devoted things, A did not wrath come upon the whole community of Israel? He was not the [30] only one who died for his sin.'” [31]

 

NEW TESTAMENT:  LUKE 20:1 – 26

20 1 One day as he was teaching the people in the temple courts and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, together with the elders, came up to him. 2 “Tell us by what authority you are doing these things,” they said. “Who gave you this authority?”

3 He replied, “I will also ask you a question. Tell me, 4 John’s baptism–was it from heaven, or from men?”

5 They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, `From heaven,’ he will ask, `Why didn’t you believe him?’ 6 But if we say, `From men,’ all the people will stone us, because they are persuaded that John was a prophet.”

7 So they answered, “We don’t know where it was from.”

8 Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”

9 He went on to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time. 10 At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed. 12 He sent still a third, and they wounded him and threw him out.

13 “Then the owner of the vineyard said, `What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.’

14 “But when the tenants saw him, they talked the matter over. `This is the heir,’ they said. `Let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 15 So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.

“What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will [32] come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.”

When the people heard this, they said, “May this never be!”

17 Jesus looked directly at them and asked, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written:

 

“`The stone the builders rejected

has become the capstone AB?

18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed.”

19 The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people.

 

20 Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be honest. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor. 21 So the spies questioned him: “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. 22 Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

23 He saw through their duplicity and said to them,

24 “Show me a denarius. Whose portrait and inscription are on it?”

25 “Caesar’s,” they replied.

He said to them, “Then give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

26 They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public. And astonished by his answer, they became silent. [33]


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