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Daily Readings for April 20
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Deuteronomy 3

 

1.Then we turned, and went up the way to Bashan: and Og the king of Bashan came out against us, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei. 2.Yahweh said to me, "Don't fear him; for I have delivered him, and all his people, and his land, into your hand; and you shall do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon."

3.So Yahweh our God delivered into our hand Og also, the king of Bashan, and all his people: and we struck him until none was left to him remaining. 4.We took all his cities at that time; there was not a city which we didn't take from them; sixty cities, all the region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan. 5.All these were cities fortified with high walls, gates, and bars; besides the unwalled towns a great many. 6.We utterly destroyed them, as we did to Sihon king of Heshbon, utterly destroying every inhabited city, with the women and the little ones. 7.But all the livestock, and the spoil of the cities, we took for a prey to ourselves. 8.We took the land at that time out of the hand of the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, from the valley of the Arnon to Mount Hermon. 9.(The Sidonians call Hermon Sirion, and the Amorites call it Senir.) 10.We took all the cities of the plain, and all Gilead, and all Bashan, to Salecah and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan. 11.(For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of the Rephaim; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; isn't it in Rabbah of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was its length, and four cubits its breadth, after the cubit of a man.) 12.This land we took in possession at that time: from Aroer, which is by the valley of the Arnon, and half the hill country of Gilead, and its cities, gave I to the Reubenites and to the Gadites: 13.and the rest of Gilead, and all Bashan, the kingdom of Og, gave I to the half-tribe of Manasseh; all the region of Argob, even all Bashan. (The same is called the land of Rephaim. 14.Jair the son of Manasseh took all the region of Argob, to the border of the Geshurites and the Maacathites, and called them, even Bashan, after his own name, Havvoth Jair, to this day.) 15.I gave Gilead to Machir. 16.To the Reubenites and to the Gadites I gave from Gilead even to the valley of the Arnon, the middle of the valley, and its border, even to the river Jabbok, which is the border of the children of Ammon; 17.the Arabah also, and the Jordan and its border, from Chinnereth even to the sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, under the slopes of Pisgah eastward.

18.I commanded you at that time, saying, "Yahweh your God has given you this land to possess it: you shall pass over armed before your brothers the children of Israel, all the men of valor. 19.But your wives, and your little ones, and your livestock, (I know that you have much livestock), shall live in your cities which I have given you, 20.until Yahweh gives rest to your brothers, as to you, and they also possess the land which Yahweh your God gives them beyond the Jordan: then you shall return every man to his possession, which I have given you."

21.I commanded Joshua at that time, saying, "Your eyes have seen all that Yahweh your God has done to these two kings: so shall Yahweh do to all the kingdoms where you go over. 22.You shall not fear them; for Yahweh your God, he it is who fights for you."

23.I begged Yahweh at that time, saying, 24."Lord5 Yahweh, you have begun to show your servant your greatness, and your strong hand: for what god is there in heaven or in earth, that can do according to your works, and according to your mighty acts? 25.Please let me go over and see the good land that is beyond the Jordan, that goodly mountain, and Lebanon."

26.But Yahweh was angry with me for your sakes, and didn't listen to me; and Yahweh said to me, "Let it suffice you; speak no more to me of this matter. 27.Go up to the top of Pisgah, and lift up your eyes westward, and northward, and southward, and eastward, and see with your eyes: for you shall not go over this Jordan. 28.But commission Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him; for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which you shall see." 29.So we stayed in the valley over against Beth Peor.

 

Proverbs 30

 

1.The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, the oracle: the man says to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal: 2."Surely I am the most ignorant man, and don't have a man's understanding. 3.I have not learned wisdom, neither do I have the knowledge of the Holy One. 4.Who has ascended up into heaven, and descended? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has bound the waters in his garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son's name, if you know?

5."Every word of God is flawless. He is a shield to those who take refuge in him. 6.Don't you add to his words, lest he reprove you, and you be found a liar.

7."Two things I have asked of you; don't deny me before I die: 8.Remove far from me falsehood and lies. Give me neither poverty nor riches. Feed me with the food that is needful for me; 9.lest I be full, deny you, and say, 'Who is Yahweh?' or lest I be poor, and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.

10."Don't slander a servant to his master, lest he curse you, and you be held guilty. 11.There is a generation that curses their father, and doesn't bless their mother. 12.There is a generation that is pure in their own eyes, yet are not washed from their filthiness. 13.There is a generation, oh how lofty are their eyes! Their eyelids are lifted up. 14.There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, and their jaws like knives, to devour the poor from the earth, and the needy from among men.

15."The leach has two daughters: 'Give, give.'

"There are three things that are never satisfied; four that don't say, 'Enough:' 16.Sheol11, the barren womb; the earth that is not satisfied with water; and the fire that doesn't say, 'Enough.'

17."The eye that mocks at his father, and scorns obedience to his mother: the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, the young eagles shall eat it.

18."There are three things which are too amazing for me, four which I don't understand: 19.The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent on a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maiden.

20."So is the way of an adulterous woman: she eats and wipes her mouth, and says, 'I have done nothing wrong.'

21."For three things the earth tremble, and under four, it can't bear up: 22.For a servant when he is king; a fool when he is filled with food; 23.for an unloved woman when she is married; and a handmaid who is heir to her mistress.

24."There are four things which are little on the earth, but they are exceedingly wise: 25.the ants are not a strong people, yet they provide their food in the summer. 26.The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks. 27.The locusts have no king, yet they advance in ranks. 28.You can catch a lizard with your hands, yet it is in kings' palaces.

29."There are three things which are stately in their march, four which are stately in going: 30.The lion, which is mightiest among animals, and doesn't turn away for any; 31.the greyhound, the male goat also; and the king against whom there is no rising up.

32."If you have done foolishly in lifting up yourself, or if you have thought evil, put your hand over your mouth. 33.For as the churning of milk brings forth butter, and the wringing of the nose brings forth blood; so the forcing of wrath brings forth strife."

 

John 13

 

1.Now before the feast of the Passover, Jesus, knowing that his time had come that he would depart from this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2.During supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him, 3.Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he came forth from God, and was going to God, 4.arose from supper, and laid aside his outer garments. He took a towel, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5.Then he poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6.Then he came to Simon Peter. He said to him, "Lord, do you wash my feet?"

7.Jesus answered him, "You don't know what I am doing now, but you will understand later."

Jesus answered him, "If I don't wash you, you have no part with me."

8.Peter said to him, "You will never wash my feet!"

9.Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!"

10.Jesus said to him, "Someone who has bathed only needs to have his feet washed, but is completely clean. You are clean, but not all of you." 11.For he knew him who would betray him, therefore he said, "You are not all clean." 12.So when he had washed their feet, put his outer garment back on, and sat down again, he said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you? 13.You call me, 'Teacher' and 'Lord.' You say so correctly, for so I am. 14.If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. 15.For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. 16.Most certainly I tell you, a servant is not greater than his lord, neither one who is sent greater than he who sent him. 17.If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. 18.I don't speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen. But that the Scripture may be fulfilled, 'He who eats bread with me has lifted up his heel against me.'[47] 19.From now on, I tell you before it happens, that when it happens, you may believe that I am he. 20.Most certainly I tell you, he who receives whomever I send, receives me; and he who receives me, receives him who sent me."

21.When Jesus had said this, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, "Most certainly I tell you that one of you will betray me."

22.The disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom he spoke. 23.One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was at the table, leaning against Jesus' breast. 24.Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, and said to him, "Tell us who it is of whom he speaks."

25.He, leaning back, as he was, on Jesus' breast, asked him, "Lord, who is it?"

26.Jesus therefore answered, "It is he to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it." So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27.After the piece of bread, then Satan entered into him.

Then Jesus said to him, "What you do, do quickly."

28.Now no man at the table knew why he said this to him. 29.For some thought, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus said to him, "Buy what things we need for the feast," or that he should give something to the poor. 30.Therefore, having received that morsel, he went out immediately. It was night.

31.When he had gone out, Jesus said, "Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32.If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him immediately. 33.Little children, I will be with you a little while longer. You will seek me, and as I said to the Jews, 'Where I am going, you can't come,' so now I tell you. 34.A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just like I have loved you; that you also love one another. 35.By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

36.Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, where are you going?"

Jesus answered, "Where I am going, you can't follow now, but you will follow afterwards."

37.Peter said to him, "Lord, why can't I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you."

38.Jesus answered him, "Will you lay down your life for me? Most certainly I tell you, the rooster won't crow until you have denied me three times.

 

John 14

 

1."Don't let your heart be troubled. Believe in God. Believe also in me. 2.In my Father's house are many homes. If it weren't so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you. 3.If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will receive you to myself; that where I am, you may be there also. 4.Where I go, you know, and you know the way."

5.Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going. How can we know the way?"

6.Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me. 7.If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on, you know him, and have seen him."

8.Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us."

9.Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you such a long time, and do you not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father. How do you say, 'Show us the Father?' 10.Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I tell you, I speak not from myself; but the Father who lives in me does his works. 11.Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me; or else believe me for the very works' sake. 12.Most certainly I tell you, he who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also; and he will do greater works than these, because I am going to my Father. 13.Whatever you will ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14.If you will ask anything in my name, I will do it. 15.If you love me, keep my commandments. 16.I will pray to the Father, and he will give you another Counselor,48 that he may be with you forever,-- 17.the Spirit of truth, whom the world can't receive; for it doesn't see him, neither knows him. You know him, for he lives with you, and will be in you. 18.I will not leave you orphans. I will come to you. 19.Yet a little while, and the world will see me no more; but you will see me. Because I live, you will live also. 20.In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21.One who has my commandments, and keeps them, that person is one who loves me. One who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him, and will reveal myself to him."

22.Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, "Lord, what has happened that you are about to reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?"

23.Jesus answered him, "If a man loves me, he will keep my word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our home with him. 24.He who doesn't love me doesn't keep my words. The word which you hear isn't mine, but the Father's who sent me. 25.I have said these things to you, while still living with you. 26.But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and will remind you of all that I said to you. 27.Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, give I to you. Don't let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful. 28.You heard how I told you, 'I go away, and I come to you.' If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I said 'I am going to my Father;' for the Father is greater than I. 29.Now I have told you before it happens so that, when it happens, you may believe. 30.I will no more speak much with you, for the prince of the world comes, and he has nothing in me. 31.But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father commanded me, even so I do. Arise, let us go from here.

 

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