April 18

Deuteronomy 29

1These are the words of the agreement which Moses was ordered by the Lord to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, in addition to the agreement which he made with them in Horeb.

2And Moses said in the hearing of all Israel, You have seen all the Lord did before your eyes in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh and to all his servants and all his land;

3The great tests which your eyes saw, and the signs and wonders:

4But even to this day the Lord has not given you a mind open to knowledge, or seeing eyes or hearing ears.

5For forty years I have been your guide through the waste land: your clothing has not become old on your backs, or your shoes on your feet.

6You have had no bread, or wine, or strong drink: so that you might see that I am the Lord your God.

7When you came to this place, Sihon, king of Heshbon, and Og, king of Bashan, came out to make war against us and we overcame them:

8And we took their land and gave it to the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, for their heritage.

9So keep the words of this agreement and do them, so that it may be well for you in everything you do.

10You have come here today, all of you, before the Lord your God; the heads of your tribes, the overseers, and those who are in authority over you, with all the men of Israel,

11And your little ones, your wives, and the men of other lands who are with you in your tents, down to the wood-cutter and the servant who gets water for you:

12With the purpose of taking part in the agreement of the Lord your God, and his oath which he makes with you today:

13And so that he may make you his people today, and be your God, as he has said to you, and as he made an oath to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

14And not with you only do I make this agreement and this oath;

15But with everyone who is here with us today before the Lord our God, as well as with those who are not here:

16(For you have in mind how we were living in the land of Egypt; and how we came through all the nations which were on your way;

17And you have seen their disgusting doings, and the images of wood and stone and silver and gold which were among them:)

18So that there may not be among you any man or woman or family or tribe whose heart is turned away from the Lord our God today, to go after other gods and give them worship; or any root among you whose fruit is poison and bitter sorrow;

19If such a man, hearing the words of this oath, takes comfort in the thought that he will have peace even if he goes on in the pride of his heart, taking whatever chance may give him:

20The Lord will have no mercy on him, but the wrath of the Lord will be burning against that man, and all the curses recorded in this book will be waiting for him, and the Lord will take away his name completely from the earth.

21He will be marked out by the Lord, from all the tribes of Israel, for an evil fate, in keeping with all the curses of the agreement recorded in this book of the law.

22And future generations, your children coming after you, and travellers from far countries, will say, when they see the punishments of that land and the diseases which the Lord has sent on it;

23And that all the land is a salt and smoking waste, not planted or giving fruit or clothed with grass, but wasted like Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, on which the Lord sent destruction in the heat of his wrath:

24Truly all the nations will say, Why has the Lord done so to this land? what is the reason for this great and burning wrath?

25Then men will say, Because they gave up the agreement of the Lord, the God of their fathers, which he made with them when he took them out of the land of Egypt:

26And they went after other gods and gave them worship, gods who were strange to them, and whom he had not given them:

27And so the wrath of the Lord was moved against this land, to send on it all the curse recorded in this book:

28Rooting them out of their land, in the heat of his wrath and passion, and driving them out into another land, as at this day.

29The secret things are the Lord our God’s: but the things which have been made clear are ours and our children’s for ever, so that we may do all the words of this law.

Deuteronomy 30

1Now when all these things have come on you, the blessing and the curse which I have put before you, if the thought of them comes back to your minds, when you are living among the nations where the Lord your God has sent you,

2And your hearts are turned again to the Lord your God, and you give ear to his word which I give you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul:

3Then the Lord will have pity on you, changing your fate, and taking you back again from among all the nations where you have been forced to go.

4Even if those who have been forced out are living in the farthest part of heaven, the Lord your God will go in search of you, and take you back;

5Placing you again in the land of your fathers as your heritage; and he will do you good, increasing you till you are more in number than your fathers were.

6And the Lord your God will give to you and to your seed a circumcision of the heart, so that, loving him with all your heart and all your soul, you may have life.

7And the Lord your God will put all these curses on those who are against you, and on your haters who put a cruel yoke on you.

8And you will again give ear to the voice of the Lord, and do all his orders which I have given you today.

9And the Lord your God will make you fertile in all good things, blessing the work of your hands, and the fruit of your body, and the fruit of your cattle, and the fruit of your land: for the Lord will have joy in you, as he had in your fathers:

10If you give ear to the voice of the Lord your God, keeping his orders and his laws which are recorded in this book of the law, and turning to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

11For these orders which I have given you today are not strange and secret, and are not far away.

12They are not in heaven, for you to say, Who will go up to heaven for us and give us knowledge of them so that we may do them?

13And they are not across the sea, for you to say, Who will go over the sea for us and give us news of them so that we may do them?

14But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, so that you may do it.

15See, I have put before you today, life and good, and death and evil;

16In giving you orders today to have love for the Lord your God, to go in his ways and keep his laws and his orders and his decisions, so that you may have life and be increased, and that the blessing of the Lord your God may be with you in the land where you are going, the land of your heritage.

17But if your heart is turned away and your ear is shut, and you go after those who would make you servants and worshippers of other gods:

18I give witness against you this day that destruction will certainly be your fate, and your days will be cut short in the land where you are going, the land of your heritage on the other side of Jordan.

19Let heaven and earth be my witnesses against you this day that I have put before you life and death, a blessing and a curse: so take life for yourselves and for your seed:

20In loving the Lord your God, hearing his voice and being true to him: for he is your life and by him will your days be long: so that you may go on living in the land which the Lord gave by an oath to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Job 18

1Then Bildad the Shuhite made answer and said,

2How long will it be before you have done talking? Get wisdom, and then we will say what is in our minds.

3Why do we seem as beasts in your eyes, and as completely without knowledge?

4But come back, now, come: you who are wounding yourself in your passion, will the earth be given up because of you, or a rock be moved out of its place?

5For the light of the sinner is put out, and the flame of his fire is not shining.

6The light is dark in his tent, and the light shining over him is put out.

7The steps of his strength become short, and by his design destruction overtakes him.

8His feet take him into the net, and he goes walking into the cords.

9His foot is taken in the net; he comes into its grip.

10The twisted cord is put secretly in the earth to take him, and the cord is placed in his way.

11He is overcome by fears on every side, they go after him at every step.

12His strength is made feeble for need of food, and destruction is waiting for his falling footstep.

13His skin is wasted by disease, and his body is food for the worst of diseases.

14He is pulled out of his tent where he was safe, and he is taken away to the king of fears.

15In his tent will be seen that which is not his, burning stone is dropped on his house.

16Under the earth his roots are dry, and over it his branch is cut off.

17His memory is gone from the earth, and in the open country there is no knowledge of his name.

18He is sent away from the light into the dark; he is forced out of the world.

19He has no offspring or family among his people, and in his living-place there is no one of his name.

20At his fate those of the west are shocked, and those of the east are overcome with fear.

21Truly, these are the houses of the sinner, and this is the place of him who has no knowledge of God.

Acts 7:1-22

1Then the high priest said, Are these things true?

2And he said, My brothers and fathers, give hearing. The God of glory came to our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he was living in Haran,

3And said to him, Go out of your land, and away from your family, and come into the land to which I will be your guide.

4Then he came out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and went into Haran; and from there, when his father was dead, he was guided by God into this land, where you are living now:

5And God gave him no heritage in it, not even enough to put his foot on: but he gave him an undertaking that he would give it to him and to his children after him, though he had no child at that time.

6And God said that his seed would be living in a strange land, and that they would make them servants, and be cruel to them for four hundred years.

7And I will be the judge, said God, of that nation which made them servants: and after that, they will come out and give me worship in this place.

8And he made with him the agreement of which circumcision was the sign. And so Abraham had a son, Isaac, and gave him circumcision on the eighth day; and Isaac had a son, Jacob, and Jacob was the father of the twelve heads of the families of Israel.

9And the brothers, moved with envy against Joseph, gave him to the Egyptians for money: but God was with him,

10And made him free from all his troubles, and gave him wisdom and the approval of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who made him ruler over Egypt and all his house.

11Now there was no food to be had in all Egypt and Canaan, and there was great trouble: and our fathers were not able to get food.

12But Jacob, hearing that there was grain in Egypt, sent out our fathers the first time.

13And the second time his brothers had a meeting with Joseph, and Pharaoh had knowledge of Joseph’s family.

14Then Joseph sent for Jacob his father and all his family, seventy-five persons.

15And Jacob went down to Egypt, and came to his end there, and so did our fathers;

16And they were taken over to Shechem, and put to rest in the place which Abraham got for a price in silver from the sons of Hamor in Shechem.

17But when the time was near for putting into effect the undertaking which God had given to Abraham, the people were increasing in Egypt,

18Till another king came to power, who had no knowledge of Joseph.

19He, having evil designs against our nation, was cruel to our fathers, and they were forced to put out their young children, so that they might not go on living.

20At which time Moses came to birth, and he was very beautiful; and he was kept for three months in his father’s house:

21And when he was put out, Pharaoh’s daughter took him and kept him as her son.

22And Moses was trained in all the wisdom of Egypt, and was great in his words and works.

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