April 4

Deuteronomy 1

1These are the words which Moses said to all Israel on the far side of Jordan, in the waste land in the Arabah opposite Suph, between Paran on the one side, and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Dizahab on the other.

2It is eleven days’ journey from Horeb by the way of Mount Seir to Kadesh-barnea.

3Now in the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses gave to the children of Israel all the orders which the Lord had given him for them;

4After he had overcome Sihon, king of the Amorites, ruling in Heshbon, and Og, king of Bashan, ruling in Ashtaroth, at Edrei:

5On the far side of Jordan in the land of Moab, Moses gave the people this law, saying,

6The Lord our God said to us in Horeb, You have been long enough in this mountain:

7Make a move now, and go on your way into the hill-country of the Amorites and the places near it, in the Arabah and the hill-country and in the lowlands and in the South and by the seaside, all the land of the Canaanites, and Lebanon, as far as the great river, the river Euphrates.

8See, all the land is before you: go in and take for yourselves the land which the Lord gave by an oath to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to their seed after them.

9At that time I said to you, I am not able to undertake the care of you by myself;

10The Lord your God has given you increase, and now you are like the stars of heaven in number.

11May the Lord, the God of your fathers, make you a thousand times greater in number than you are, and give you his blessing as he has said!

12How is it possible for me by myself to be responsible for you, and undertake the weight of all your troubles and your arguments?

13Take for yourselves men who are wise, far-seeing, and respected among you, from your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you.

14And you made answer and said to me, It is good for us to do as you say.

15So I took the heads of your tribes, wise men and respected, and made them rulers over you, captains of thousands and captains of hundreds and captains of fifties and captains of tens, and overseers of your tribes.

16And at that time I gave orders to your judges, saying, Let all questions between your brothers come before you for hearing, and give decisions uprightly between a man and his brother or one from another nation who is with him.

17In judging, do not let a man’s position have any weight with you; give hearing equally to small and great; have no fear of any man, for it is God who is judge: and any cause in which you are not able to give a decision, you are to put before me and I will give it a hearing.

18And at that time I gave you all the orders which you were to do.

19Then we went on from Horeb, through all that great and cruel waste which you saw, on our way to the hill-country of the Amorites, as the Lord gave us orders; and we came to Kadesh-barnea.

20And I said to you, You have come to the hill-country of the Amorites, which the Lord our God is giving us.

21See now, the Lord your God has put the land into your hands: go up and take it, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has said to you; have no fear and do not be troubled.

22And you came near to me, every one of you, and said, Let us send men before us to go through the land with care and give us an account of the way we are to go and the towns to which we will come.

23And what you said seemed good to me, and I took twelve men from among you, one from every tribe;

24And they went up into the hill-country and came to the valley of Eshcol, and saw what was there.

25And taking in their hands some of the fruit of the land, they came down again to us, and gave us their account, saying, It is a good land which the Lord our God is giving us.

26But going against the order of the Lord your God, you would not go up:

27And you made an angry outcry in your tents, and said, In his hate for us the Lord has taken us out of the land of Egypt, to give us up into the hands of the Amorites for our destruction.

28Where are we going up? Our brothers have made our hearts feeble with fear by saying, The people are greater and taller than we are, and the towns are great and walled up to heaven; and more than this, we have seen the sons of the Anakim there.

29Then I said to you, Have no fear of them.

30The Lord your God who goes before you will be fighting for you, and will do such wonders as he did for you in Egypt before your eyes;

31And in the waste land, where you have seen how the Lord was supporting you, as a man does his son, in all your journeying till you came to this place.

32But for all this, you had no faith in the Lord your God,

33Who goes before you on your way, looking for a place where you may put up your tents, in fire by night, lighting up the way you are to go, and in a cloud by day.

34And the Lord, hearing your words, was angry, and said with an oath,

35Truly, not one of this evil generation will see that good land which I said I would give to your fathers,

36But only Caleb, the son of Jephunneh, he will see it; and to him and to his children I will give the land over which his feet have gone, because he has been true to the Lord with all his heart.

37And, in addition, the Lord was angry with me because of you, saying, You yourself will not go into it:

38Joshua, the son of Nun, your servant, he will go into the land: say to him that he is to be strong, for he will be Israel’s guide into their heritage.

39And your little ones, who, you said, would come into strange hands, your children, who now have no knowledge of good or evil, they will go into that land, and to them I will give it and it will be theirs.

40But as for you, go back, journeying into the waste land by the way of the Red Sea.

41Then you said to me, We have done evil against the Lord, we will go up to the attack, as the Lord our God has given us orders. And arming yourselves every one, you made ready to go up without care into the hill-country.

42And the Lord said to me, Say to them, Do not go up to the attack; for I am not among you, and you will be overcome by those who are against you.

43This I said to you, but you gave no attention and went against the orders of the Lord, and in your pride went up into the hill-country.

44And the Amorites who were in the hill-country came out against you and put you to flight, rushing after you like bees, and overcame you in Seir, driving you even as far as Hormah.

45And you came back, weeping before the Lord; but the Lord gave no attention to your cries and did not give ear to you.

46So you were kept waiting in Kadesh for a long time.

Deuteronomy 2

1Then we went back, journeying into the waste land by the way to the Red Sea, as the Lord had said to me: and we were a long time going round Mount Seir.

2And the Lord said to me,

3You have been journeying round this mountain long enough: now go to the north;

4And give the people orders, saying, You are about to go through the land of your brothers, the children of Esau, who are living in Seir; and they will have fear of you; so take care what you do:

5Make no attack on them, for I will not give you any of their land, not even space enough for a man’s foot: because I have given Mount Seir to Esau for his heritage.

6You may get food for your needs from them for a price, and water for drinking.

7For the blessing of the Lord your God has been on you in all the work of your hands: he has knowledge of your wanderings through this great waste: these forty years the Lord your God has been with you, and you have been short of nothing.

8So we went on past our brothers, the children of Esau, living in Seir, by the road through the Arabah, from Elath and Ezion-geber. And turning, we went by the road through the waste land of Moab.

9And the Lord said to me, Make no attack on Moab and do not go to war with them, for I will not give you any of his land: because I have given Ar to the children of Lot for their heritage.

10(In the past the Emim were living there; a great people, equal in numbers to the Anakim and as tall;

11They are numbered among the Rephaim, like the Anakim; but are named Emim by the Moabites.

12And the Horites in earlier times were living in Seir, but the children of Esau took their place; they sent destruction on them and took their land for themselves, as Israel did to the land of his heritage which the Lord gave them.)

13Get up now, and go over the stream Zered. So we went over the stream Zered.

14Thirty-eight years had gone by from the time when we came away from Kadesh-barnea till we went over the stream Zered; by that time all the generation of the men of war among us were dead, as the Lord had said.

15For the hand of the Lord was against them, working their destruction, till all were dead.

16So when death had overtaken all the men of war among the people,

17The word of the Lord came to me, saying,

18You are about to go by Ar, the limit of the country of Moab;

19And when you come near the land of the children of Ammon, give them no cause of trouble and do not make war on them, for I will not give you any of the land of the children of Ammon for your heritage: because I have given it to the children of Lot.

20(That land is said to have been a land of the Rephaim, for Rephaim had been living there in earlier times, but they were named Zamzummim by the Ammonites;

21They were a great people, tall as the Anakim, and equal to them in number; but the Lord sent destruction on them and the children of Ammon took their place, living in their land;

22As he did for the children of Esau living in Seir, when he sent destruction on the Horites before them, and they took their land where they are living to this day:

23And the Avvim, living in the small towns as far as Gaza, came to destruction by the hands of the Caphtorim who came out from Caphtor and took their land.)

24Get up now, and go on your journey, crossing over the valley of the Arnon: see, I have given into your hands Sihon, the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and all his land: go forward to make it yours, and make war on him,

25From now on I will put the fear of you in all peoples under heaven, who, hearing of you, will be shaking with fear and grief of heart because of you.

26Then from the waste land of Kedemoth I sent representatives to Sihon, king of Heshbon, with words of peace, saying,

27Let me go through your land: I will keep to the highway, not turning to the right or to the left;

28Let me have food, at a price, for my needs, and water for drinking: only let me go through on foot;

29As the children of Esau did for me in Seir and the Moabites in Ar; till I have gone over Jordan into the land which the Lord our God is giving us.

30But Sihon, king of Heshbon, would not let us go through; for the Lord your God made his spirit hard and his heart strong, so that he might give him up into your hands as at this day.

31And the Lord said to me, See, from now on I have given Sihon and his land into your hands: go forward now to take his land and make it yours.

32Then Sihon came out against us with all his people, to make an attack on us at Jahaz.

33And the Lord our God gave him into our hands; and we overcame him and his sons and all his people.

34At that time we took all his towns, and gave them over to complete destruction, together with men, women, and children; we had no mercy on any:

35Only the cattle we took for ourselves, with the goods from the towns we had taken.

36From Aroer on the edge of the valley of the Arnon and from the town in the valley as far as Gilead, no town was strong enough to keep us out; the Lord our God gave them all into our hands:

37But you did not go near the land of the children of Ammon, that is, all the side of the river Jabbok or the towns of the hill-country, wherever the Lord our God had said we were not to go.

Job 4

1And Eliphaz the Temanite made answer and said,

2If one says a word, will it be a weariness to you? but who is able to keep from saying what is in his mind?

3Truly, you have been a helper to others, and you have made feeble hands strong;

4He who was near to falling has been lifted up by your words, and you have given strength to bent knees.

5But now it has come on you and it is a weariness to you; you are touched by it and your mind is troubled.

6Is not your fear of God your support, and your upright way of life your hope?

7Have you ever seen destruction come to an upright man? or when were the god-fearing ever cut off?

8What I have seen is that those by whom trouble has been ploughed, and evil planted, get the same for themselves.

9By the breath of God destruction takes them, and by the wind of his wrath they are cut off.

10Though the noise of the lion and the sounding of his voice, may be loud, the teeth of the young lions are broken.

11The old lion comes to his end for need of food, and the young of the she-lion go wandering in all directions.

12A word was given to me secretly, and the low sound of it came to my ears.

13In troubled thoughts from visions of the night, when deep sleep comes on men,

14Fear came on me and shaking, and my bones were full of trouble;

15And a breath was moving over my face; the hair of my flesh became stiff:

16Something was present before me, but I was not able to see it clearly; there was a form before my eyes: a quiet voice came to my ears, saying:

17May a man be upright before God? or a man be clean before his Maker?

18Truly, he puts no faith in his servants, and he sees error in his angels;

19How much more those living in houses of earth, whose bases are in the dust! They are crushed more quickly than an insect;

20Between morning and evening they are completely broken; they come to an end for ever, and no one takes note.

21If their tent-cord is pulled up, do they not come to an end, and without wisdom?

Matthew 26:26-46

26And when they were taking food, Jesus took bread and, after blessing it, he gave the broken bread to the disciples and said, Take it; this is my body.

27And he took a cup and, having given praise, he gave it to them, saying,

28Take of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the testament, which is given for men for the forgiveness of sins.

29But I say to you that from now I will not take of this fruit of the vine, till that day when I take it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.

30And after a song of praise to God, they went out to the Mountain of Olives.

31Then said Jesus to them, All of you will be turned away from me this night: for it is said in the Writings, I will put to death the keeper of the sheep, and the sheep of the flock will be put to flight.

32But after I am come back from the dead, I will go before you into Galilee.

33But Peter made answer and said to him, Though all may be turned away from you, I will never be turned away.

34Jesus said to him, Truly I say to you that this night, before the hour of the cock’s cry, you will say three times that you have no knowledge of me.

35Peter says to him, Even if I am put to death with you, I will not be false to you. So said all the disciples.

36Then comes Jesus with them to a place named Gethsemane, and says to his disciples, Be seated here, while I go over there for prayer.

37And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and became sad and very troubled.

38Then says he to them, My soul is very sad, even to death: keep watch with me here.

39And he went forward a little, and falling down on his face in prayer, he said, O my Father, if it is possible, let this cup go from me; but let not my pleasure, but yours be done.

40And he comes to the disciples, and sees that they are sleeping, and says to Peter, What, were you not able to keep watch with me one hour?

41Keep watch with prayer, so that you may not be put to the test: the spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is feeble.

42Again, a second time he went away, and said in prayer, O my Father, if this may not go from me without my taking it, let your pleasure be done.

43And he came again and saw them sleeping, for their eyes were tired.

44And he went away from them again, and a third time said the same prayer.

45Then he comes to the disciples; and says to them, Go on sleeping now, and take your rest: for the hour is come, and the Son of man is given into the hands of evil men.

46Up, let us be going: see, he who gives me up is near.

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