April 9

Deuteronomy 11

1So have love for the Lord your God, and give him worship, and keep his laws and his decisions and his orders at all times.

2And be certain in your minds this day; for these words are not said to your children, who have had no experience of the training of the Lord your God, and who have not seen his great power or his strong hand and his stretched-out arm,

3Or his signs and wonders which he did in Egypt, to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and all his land;

4And what he did to the army of Egypt, to their horses and their war-carriages; how he made the waters of the Red Sea come up over them when they went after you, and how the Lord put an end to them even to this day;

5And what he did for you in the waste land, till you came to this place;

6And what he did to Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben; when they went down into the open mouth of the earth, with their families and their tents and every living thing which was theirs, before the eyes of all Israel:

7But your eyes have seen all the great works of the Lord which he has done.

8So keep all the orders which I give you today, so that you may be strong, and go in and take the land which is to be your heritage;

9And that your days may be long in the land which the Lord gave by an oath to your fathers and to their seed after them, a land flowing with milk and honey.

10For the land where you are going is not like the land of Egypt from which you have come, where you put in your seeds, watering them with your foot, like a planted garden:

11But the land where you are going is a land of hills and valleys, drinking in the rain of heaven:

12A land cared for by the Lord your God: the eyes of the Lord your God are on it at all times from one end of the year to the other.

13And it will be that if you truly give ear to the orders which I put before you this day, loving the Lord your God and worshipping him with all your heart and all your soul,

14Then I will send rain on your land at the right time, the early rains and the late rains, so that you may get in your grain and your wine and your oil.

15And I will give grass in your fields for your cattle, so that you may have food in full measure.

16But take care that your hearts are not turned to false ways so that you become servants and worshippers of other gods;

17For if you do so, the wrath of the Lord will be burning against you, and the heaven will be shut up so that there is no rain and the land will give no fruit; and in a very little time you will be cut off from the good land which the Lord is giving you.

18So keep these words deep in your heart and in your soul, and have them fixed on your hand for a sign and marked on your brow;

19Teaching them to your children, and talking of them when you are at rest in your house or walking by the way, when you go to sleep and when you get up:

20Writing them on the pillars of your houses and over the doors of your towns:

21So that your days, and the days of your children, may be long in the land which the Lord by his oath to your fathers said he would give them, like the days of the eternal heavens.

22For if you take care to keep all the orders which I give you, and to do them; loving the Lord your God and walking in all his ways and being true to him:

23Then the Lord will send these nations in flight before you, and you will take the lands of nations greater and stronger than yourselves.

24Every place where you put your foot will be yours: from the waste land and Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates as far as the Great Sea, will be the limits of your land.

25All people will give way before you: for the Lord your God will put the fear of you on all the land through which you go, as he has said.

26Today I put before you a blessing and a curse:

27The blessing if you give ear to the orders of the Lord your God, which I give you this day:

28And the curse if you do not give ear to the orders of the Lord your God, but let yourselves be turned from the way which I have put before you this day, and go after other gods which are not yours.

29And when the Lord your God has taken you into the land of your heritage, you are to put the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal.

30Are they not on the other side of Jordan, looking west, in the land of the Canaanites living in the Arabah, opposite Gilgal, by the holy tree of Moreh?

31For you are about to go over Jordan to take the heritage which the Lord your God is giving you, and it will be your resting-place.

32And you are to take care to keep all the laws and the decisions which I put before you today.

Deuteronomy 12

1These are the laws and the decisions which you are to keep with care in the land which the Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you to be your heritage all the days of your life on earth.

2You are to give up to the curse all those places where the nations, whom you are driving out, gave worship to their gods, on the high mountains and the hills and under every green tree:

3Their altars and their pillars are to be broken down, and their holy trees burned with fire, and the images of their gods cut down; you are to take away their names out of that place.

4Do not so to the Lord your God.

5But let your hearts be turned to the place which will be marked out by the Lord your God, among your tribes, to put his name there;

6And there you are to take your burned offerings and other offerings, and the tenth part of your goods, and the offerings to be lifted up to the Lord, and the offerings of your oaths, and those which you give freely from the impulse of your hearts, and the first births among your herds and your flocks;

7There you and all your families are to make a feast before the Lord your God, with joy in everything to which you put your hand, because the Lord has given you his blessing.

8You are not to do things then in the way in which we now do them here, every man as it seems right to him:

9For you have not come to the rest and the heritage which the Lord your God is giving you.

10But when you have gone over Jordan and are living in the land which the Lord your God is giving you as your heritage, and when he has given you rest from all those on every side who are fighting against you, and you are living there safely;

11Then there will be a place marked out by the Lord your God as the resting-place for his name, and there you will take all the things which I give you orders to take: your burned offerings and other offerings, and the tenth part of your goods, and the offerings to be lifted up, and the offerings of your oaths which you make to the Lord;

12And you will be glad before the Lord your God, you and your sons and your daughters, and your men-servants and your women-servants, and the Levite who is with you in your house, because he has no part or heritage among you.

13Take care that you do not make your burned offerings in any place you see:

14But in the place marked out by the Lord in one of your tribes, there let your burned offerings be offered, and there do what I have given you orders to do.

15Only you may put to death animals, such as the gazelle or the roe, for your food in any of your towns, at the desire of your soul, in keeping with the blessing of the Lord your God which he has given you: the unclean and the clean may take of it.

16But you may not take the blood for food, it is to be drained out on the earth like water.

17In your towns you are not to take as food the tenth part of your grain, or of your wine or your oil, or the first births of your herds or of your flocks, or anything offered under an oath, or freely offered to the Lord, or given as a lifted offering;

18But they will be your food before the Lord your God in the place of his selection, where you may make a feast of them, with your son and your daughter, and your man-servant and your woman-servant, and the Levite who is living with you: and you will have joy before the Lord your God in everything to which you put your hand.

19See that you do not give up caring for the Levite as long as you are living in your land.

20When the Lord your God makes wide the limit of your land, as he has said, and you say, I will take flesh for my food, because you have a desire for it; then you may take whatever flesh you have a desire for.

21If the place marked out by the Lord your God as the resting-place for his name is far away from you, then take from your herds and from your flocks which the Lord has given you, as I have said, and have a meal of it in the towns where you may be living.

22It will be your food, like the gazelle and the roe; the unclean and the clean may take of it.

23But see that you do not take the blood for food; for the blood is the life; and you may not make use of the life as food with the flesh.

24Do not take it for food but let it be drained out on the earth like water.

25Do not take it for food; so that it may be well for you and for your children after you, while you do what is right in the eyes of the Lord.

26But the holy things which you have, and the offerings of your oaths, you are to take to the place which will be marked out by the Lord:

27Offering the flesh and the blood of your burned offerings on the altar of the Lord your God; and the blood of your offerings is to be drained out on the altar of the Lord your God, and the flesh will be your food.

28Take note of all these orders I am giving you and give attention to them, so that it may be well for you and for your children after you for ever, while you do what is good and right in the eyes of the Lord your God.

29When the people of the land where you are going have been cut off before you by the Lord your God, and you have taken their land and are living in it;

30After their destruction take care that you do not go in their ways, and that you do not give thought to their gods, saying, How did these nations give worship to their gods? I will do as they did.

31Do not so to the Lord your God: for everything which is disgusting to the Lord and hated by him they have done in honour of their gods: even burning their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.

32You are to keep with care all the words I give you, making no addition to them and taking nothing from them.

Job 9

1And Job made answer and said,

2Truly, I see that it is so: and how is it possible for a man to get his right before God?

3If a man was desiring to go to law with him, he would not be able to give him an answer to one out of a thousand questions.

4He is wise in heart and great in strength: who ever made his face hard against him, and any good came of it?

5It is he who takes away the mountains without their knowledge, overturning them in his wrath:

6Who is moving the earth out of its place, so that its pillars are shaking:

7Who gives orders to the sun, and it does not give its light; and who keeps the stars from shining.

8By whose hand the heavens were stretched out, and who is walking on the waves of the sea:

9Who made the Bear and Orion, and the Pleiades, and the store-houses of the south:

10Who does great things not to be searched out; yes, wonders without number.

11See, he goes past me and I see him not: he goes on before, but I have no knowledge of him.

12If he puts out his hand to take, by whom may it be turned back? who may say to him, What are you doing?

13God’s wrath may not be turned back; the helpers of Rahab were bent down under him.

14How much less may I give an answer to him, using the right words in argument with him?

15Even if my cause was good, I would not be able to give an answer; I would make request for grace from him who was against me.

16If I had sent for him to be present, and he had come, I would have no faith that he would give ear to my voice.

17For I would be crushed by his storm, my wounds would be increased without cause.

18He would not let me take my breath, but I would be full of bitter grief.

19If it is a question of strength, he says, Here I am! and if it is a question of a cause at law, he says, Who will give me a fixed day?

20Though I was in the right, he would say that I was in the wrong; I have done no evil; but he says that I am a sinner.

21I have done no wrong; I give no thought to what becomes of me; I have no desire for life.

22It is all the same to me; so I say, He puts an end to the sinner and to him who has done no wrong together.

23If death comes suddenly through disease, he makes sport of the fate of those who have done no wrong.

24The land is given into the power of the evil-doer; the faces of its judges are covered; if not by him, then who has done it?

25My days go quicker than a post-runner: they go in flight, they see no good.

26They go rushing on like reed-boats, like an eagle dropping suddenly on its food.

27If I say, I will put my grief out of mind, I will let my face be sad no longer and I will be bright;

28I go in fear of all my pains; I am certain that I will not be free from sin in your eyes.

29You will not let me be clear of sin! why then do I take trouble for nothing?

30If I am washed with snow water, and make my hands clean with soap;

31Then you will have me pushed into the dust, so that I will seem disgusting to my very clothing.

32For he is not a man as I am, that I might give him an answer, that we might come together before a judge.

33There is no one to give a decision between us, who might have control over us.

34Let him take away his rod from me and not send his fear on me:

35Then I would say what is in my mind without fear of him; for there is no cause of fear in myself.

Acts 1

1I have given an earlier account, O Theophilus, of all the things which Jesus did, and of his teaching from the first,

2Till the day when he was taken up to heaven after he had given his orders, through the Holy Spirit, to the Apostles of whom he had made selection:

3And to whom he gave clear and certain signs that he was living, after his death; for he was seen by them for forty days, and gave them teaching about the kingdom of God:

4And when they were all together, with him, he gave them orders not to go away from Jerusalem, but to keep there, waiting till the word of the Father was put into effect, of which, he said, I have given you knowledge:

5For the baptism of John was with water, but you will have baptism with the Holy Spirit, after a little time.

6So, when they were together, they said to him, Lord, will you at this time give back the kingdom to Israel?

7And he said to them, It is not for you to have knowledge of the time and the order of events which the Father has kept in his control.

8But you will have power, when the Holy Spirit has come on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judaea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

9And when he had said these things, while they were looking, he was taken up, and went from their view into a cloud.

10And while they were looking up to heaven with great attention, two men came to them, in white clothing,

11And said, O men of Galilee, why are you looking up into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken from you into heaven, will come again, in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.

12Then they went back to Jerusalem from the mountain named Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away.

13And when they came in, they went up into the room where they were living; Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James, the son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas, the son of James.

14And they all with one mind gave themselves up to prayer, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

15And in those days Peter got up among the brothers (there were about one hundred and twenty of them), and said,

16My brothers, the word of God had to be put into effect, which the Holy Spirit had said before, by the mouth of David, about Judas, who was guide to those who took Jesus,

17For he was numbered among us, and had his part in our work.

18(Now this man, with the reward of his evil-doing, got for himself a field, and falling head first, came to a sudden and violent end there.

19And this came to the knowledge of all those who were living in Jerusalem, so that the field was named in their language, Akel-dama, or, The field of blood.)

20For in the book of Psalms it says, Let his house be waste, and let no man be living in it: and, Let his position be taken by another.

21For this reason, of the men who have been with us all the time, while the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,

22Starting from the baptism of John till he went up from us, one will have to be a witness with us of his coming back from death.

23And they made selection of two, Joseph, named Barsabbas, whose other name was Justus, and Matthias.

24And they made prayers and said, Lord, having knowledge of the hearts of all men, make clear which of these two has been marked out by you,

25To take that position as a servant and Apostle, from which Judas by his sin was shut out, so that he might go to his place.

26And they put it to the decision of chance, and the decision was given for Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven Apostles.

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