April 15

Deuteronomy 23

1No man whose private parts have been wounded or cut off may come into the meeting of the Lord’s people.

2One whose father and mother are not married may not come into the meeting of the Lord’s people, or any of his family to the tenth generation.

3No Ammonite or Moabite or any of their people to the tenth generation may come into the meeting of the Lord’s people:

4Because they gave you no bread or water on your way, when you came out of Egypt: and they got Balaam, the son of Peor, from Pethor in Aram-naharaim to put curses on you.

5But the Lord your God would not give ear to Balaam, but let the curse be changed into a blessing to you, because of his love for you.

6Do nothing for their peace or well-being for ever.

7But have no hate for an Edomite, because he is your brother, or for an Egyptian, for you were living in his land.

8Their children in the third generation may come into the meeting of the Lord’s people.

9When you go out to war and put your tents in position, keep from every evil thing.

10If any man among you becomes unclean through anything which has taken place in the night, he is to go out from the tent-circle and keep outside it:

11But when evening comes near, let him take a bath: and after sundown he may come back to the tents.

12Let there be a place outside the tent-circle to which you may go;

13And have among your arms a spade; and when you have been to that place, let that which comes from you be covered up with earth:

14For the Lord your God is walking among your tents, to keep you safe and to give up into your hands those who are fighting against you; then let your tents be holy, so that he may see no unclean thing among you, and be turned away from you.

15Do not give back to his master a servant who has gone in flight from his master and come to you:

16Let him go on living among you in whatever place is most pleasing to him: do not be hard on him.

17No daughter of Israel is to let herself be used as a loose woman for a strange god, and no son of Israel is to give himself to a man.

18Do not take into the house of the Lord your God, as an offering for an oath, the price of a loose woman or the money given to one used for sex purposes in the worship of the gods: for these two things are disgusting to the Lord your God.

19Do not take interest from an Israelite on anything, money or food or any other goods, which you let him have:

20From men of other nations you may take interest, but not from an Israelite: so that the blessing of the Lord your God may be on everything to which you put your hand, in the land which you are about to take as your heritage.

21When you take an oath to the Lord, do not be slow to give effect to it: for without doubt the Lord your God will make you responsible, and will put it to your account as sin.

22But if you take no oath, there will be no sin.

23Whatever your lips have said, see that you do it; for you gave your word freely to the Lord your God.

24When you go into your neighbour’s vine-garden, you may take of his grapes at your pleasure, but you may not take them away in your vessel.

25When you go into your neighbour’s field, you may take the heads of grain with your hand; but you may not put your blade to his grain.

Deuteronomy 24

1If a man takes a wife, and after they are married she is unpleasing to him because of some bad quality in her, let him give her a statement in writing and send her away from his house.

2And when she has gone away from him, she may become another man’s wife.

3And if the second husband has no love for her and, giving her a statement in writing, sends her away; or if death comes to the second husband to whom she was married;

4Her first husband, who had sent her away, may not take her back after she has been wife to another; for that is disgusting to the Lord: and you are not to be a cause of sin in the land which the Lord your God is giving you for your heritage.

5A newly married man will not have to go out with the army or undertake any business, but may be free for one year, living in his house for the comfort of his wife.

6No one is to take, on account of a debt, the stones with which grain is crushed: for in doing so he takes a man’s living.

7If a man takes by force one of his countrymen, the children of Israel, using him as his property or getting a price for him, that thief is to be put to death: so you are to put away evil from among you.

8In connection with the leper’s disease, take care to keep and do every detail of the teaching of the priests, the Levites: as I gave them orders, so you are to do.

9Keep in mind what the Lord your God did to Miriam on the way, when you came out of Egypt.

10If you let your brother have the use of anything which is yours, do not go into his house and take anything of his as a sign of his debt;

11But keep outside till he comes out and gives it to you.

12If he is a poor man, do not keep his property all night;

13But be certain to give it back to him when the sun goes down, so that he may have his clothing for sleeping in, and will give you his blessing: and this will be put to your account as righteousness before the Lord your God.

14Do not be hard on a servant who is poor and in need, if he is one of your countrymen or a man from another nation living with you in your land.

15Give him his payment day by day, not keeping it back over night; for he is poor and his living is dependent on it; and if his cry against you comes to the ears of the Lord, it will be judged as sin in you.

16Fathers are not to be put to death for their children or children for their fathers: every man is to be put to death for the sin which he himself has done.

17Be upright in judging the cause of the man from a strange country and of him who has no father; do not take a widow’s clothing on account of a debt:

18But keep in mind that you were a servant in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God made you free: for this is why I give you orders to do this.

19When you get in the grain from your field, if some of the grain has been dropped by chance in the field, do not go back and get it, but let it be for the man from a strange land, the child without a father, and the widow: so that the blessing of the Lord your God may be on all the work of your hands.

20When you are shaking the fruit from your olive-trees, do not go over the branches a second time: let some be for the man from a strange land, the child without a father, and the widow.

21When you are pulling the grapes from your vines, do not take up those which have been dropped; let them be for the man from a strange land, the child without a father, and the widow.

22Keep in mind that you were a servant in the land of Egypt: for this is why I give you orders to do this.

Job 15

1And Eliphaz the Temanite made answer and said,

2Will a wise man make answer with knowledge of no value, or will he give birth to the east wind?

3Will he make arguments with words in which is no profit, and with sayings which have no value?

4Truly, you make the fear of God without effect, so that the time of quiet worship before God is made less by your outcry.

5For your mouth is guided by your sin, and you have taken the tongue of the false for yourself.

6It is by your mouth, even yours, that you are judged to be in the wrong, and not by me; and your lips give witness against you.

7Were you the first man to come into the world? or did you come into being before the hills?

8Were you present at the secret meeting of God? and have you taken all wisdom for yourself?

9What knowledge have you which we have not? is there anything in your mind which is not in ours?

10With us are men who are grey-haired and full of years, much older than your father.

11Are the comforts of God not enough for you, and the gentle word which was said to you?

12Why is your heart uncontrolled, and why are your eyes lifted up;

13So that you are turning your spirit against God, and letting such words go out of your mouth?

14What is man, that he may be clean? and how may the son of woman be upright?

15Truly, he puts no faith in his holy ones, and the heavens are not clean in his eyes;

16How much less one who is disgusting and unclean, a man who takes in evil like water!

17Take note and give ear to my words; and I will say what I have seen:

18(The things which wise men have got from their fathers, and have not kept secret from us;

19For only to them was the land given, and no strange people were among them:)

20The evil man is in pain all his days, and the number of the years stored up for the cruel is small.

21A sound of fear is in his ears; in time of peace destruction will come on him:

22He has no hope of coming safe out of the dark, and his fate will be the sword;

23He is wandering about in search of bread, saying, Where is it? and he is certain that the day of trouble is ready for him:

24He is greatly in fear of the dark day, trouble and pain overcome him:

25Because his hand is stretched out against God, and his heart is lifted up against the Ruler of all,

26Running against him like a man of war, covered by his thick breastplate; even like a king ready for the fight,

27Because his face is covered with fat, and his body has become thick;

28And he has made his resting-place in the towns which have been pulled down, in houses where no man had a right to be, whose fate was to become masses of broken walls.

29He does not get wealth for himself, and is unable to keep what he has got; the heads of his grain are not bent down to the earth.

30He does not come out of the dark; his branches are burned by the flame, and the wind takes away his bud.

31Let him not put his hope in what is false, falling into error: for he will get deceit as his reward.

32His branch is cut off before its time, and his leaf is no longer green.

33He is like a vine whose grapes do not come to full growth, or an olive-tree dropping its flowers.

34For the band of the evil-doers gives no fruit, and the tents of those who give wrong decisions for reward are burned with fire.

35Evil has made them with child, and they give birth to trouble; and the fruit of their body is shame for themselves.

Acts 5:1-16

1But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, got money for his property,

2And kept back part of the price, his wife having knowledge of it, and took the rest and put it at the feet of the Apostles.

3But Peter said, Ananias, why has the Evil One put it into your heart to be false to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back part of the price of the land?

4While you had it, was it not your property? and after you had given it in exchange, was it not still in your power? how has this purpose come into your mind? you have been false, not to men, but to God.

5And at these words, Ananias went down on the earth, and his life went from him: and great fear came on all who were present.

6And the young men went and made ready his body, and took it out, and put it in the earth.

7And about three hours after, his wife, having no knowledge of what had taken place, came in.

8And Peter said to her, Give me an answer: was this amount of money the price of the land? And she said, Yes, it was.

9But Peter said to her, Why have you made an agreement together to be false to the Spirit of the Lord? See, the feet of the young men who have put the body of your husband in the earth, are at the door, and they will take you out.

10And straight away she went down at his feet, and her life went from her: and the young men came in and saw her dead, and they took her out and put her in the earth with her husband.

11Then great fear came on all the church and on all who had knowledge of these things.

12Now a number of signs and wonders were done among the people by the hands of the Apostles; and they were all together in Solomon’s covered way.

13The others, in fear, kept back from joining them: but the people made much of them;

14And a great number of men and women had faith, and were joined to the Lord;

15And they even took into the streets people who were ill, and put them on beds, so that when Peter went by, some of them might be in his shade.

16And numbers of people came together from the towns round about Jerusalem, with those who were ill and those who were troubled with unclean spirits: and they were all made well.

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