April 19

Deuteronomy 31

1So Moses said all these things to Israel.

2Then he said to them, I am now a hundred and twenty years old; I am no longer able to go out and come in: and the Lord has said to me, You are not to go over Jordan.

3The Lord your God, he will go over before you; he will send destruction on all those nations, and you will take their land as your heritage: and Joshua will go over at your head as the Lord has said.

4The Lord will do to them as he did to Sihon and to Og, the kings of the Amorites, and to their land, whom he put to destruction.

5The Lord will give them up into your hands, and you are to do to them as I have given you orders.

6Be strong and take heart, and have no fear of them: for it is the Lord your God who is going with you; he will not take away his help from you.

7Then Moses sent for Joshua, and before the eyes of all Israel said to him, Be strong and take heart: for you are to go with this people into the land which the Lord, by his oath to their fathers, has given them; by your help they will take it for their heritage.

8It is the Lord who goes before you; he will be with you, he will not take away his help from you or give you up: so have no fear.

9Then Moses put all this law in writing, and gave it to the priests, the sons of Levi, who take up the ark of the Lord’s agreement, and to all the responsible men of Israel.

10And Moses said to them, At the end of every seven years, at the time fixed for the ending of debts, at the feast of tents,

11When all Israel has come before the Lord your God in the place named by him, let a reading be given of this law in the hearing of all Israel.

12Make all the people come together, men and women and children, and anyone from another country who is with you, so that hearing they may become wise in the fear of the Lord your God, and take care to do all the words of this law;

13And so that your children, to whom it is new, may give ear and be trained in the fear of the Lord your God, while you are living in the land which you are going over Jordan to take for your heritage.

14At that time the Lord said to Moses, The day of your death is near: send for Joshua, and come to the Tent of meeting so that I may give him his orders. So Moses and Joshua went to the Tent of meeting.

15And the Lord was seen in the Tent in a pillar of cloud resting by the door of the Tent.

16And the Lord said to Moses, Now you are going to rest with your fathers; and this people will be false to me, uniting themselves to the strange gods of the land where they are going; they will be turned away from me and will not keep the agreement I have made with them.

17In that day my wrath will be moved against them, and I will be turned away from them, veiling my face from them, and destruction will overtake them, and unnumbered evils and troubles will come on them; so that in that day they will say, Have not these evils come on us because our God is not with us?

18Truly, my face will be turned away from them in that day, because of all the evil they have done in going after other gods.

19Make then this song for yourselves, teaching it to the children of Israel: put it in their mouths, so that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel.

20For when I have taken them into the land named in my oath to their fathers, a land flowing with milk and honey, and they have made themselves full of food and are fat, then they will be turned to other gods and will give them worship, no longer honouring me or keeping my agreement.

21Then when evils and troubles without number have overtaken them, this song will be a witness to them, for the words of it will be clear in the memories of their children: for I see the thoughts which are moving in their hearts even now, before I have taken them into the land of my oath.

22So that same day Moses made this song, teaching it to the children of Israel.

23Then he gave orders to Joshua, the son of Nun, saying to him, Be strong and take heart: for you are to go at the head of the children of Israel into the land which I made an oath to give them; and I will be with you.

24Now after writing all the words of this law in a book till the record of them was complete,

25Moses said to the Levites who were responsible for taking up the ark of the Lord’s agreement,

26Take this book of the law and put it by the ark of the Lord’s agreement, so that it may be a witness against you.

27For I have knowledge of your hard and uncontrolled hearts: even now, while I am still living, you will not be ruled by the Lord; how much less after my death?

28Get together before me all those who are in authority in your tribes, and your overseers, so that I may say these things in their hearing, and make heaven and earth my witnesses against them.

29For I am certain that after my death you will give yourselves up to sin, wandering from the way which I have given you; and evil will overtake you in the end, because you will do evil in the eyes of the Lord, moving him to wrath by the work of your hands.

30Then in the hearing of all the meeting of Israel, Moses said the words of this song, to the end.

Deuteronomy 32

1Give ear, O heavens, to my voice; let the earth take note of the words of my mouth:

2My teaching is dropping like rain, coming down like dew on the fields; like rain on the young grass and showers on the garden plants:

3For I will give honour to the name of the Lord: let our God be named great.

4He is the Rock, complete is his work; for all his ways are righteousness: a God without evil who keeps faith, true and upright is he.

5They have become false, they are not his children, the mark of sin is on them; they are an evil and hard-hearted generation.

6Is this your answer to the Lord, O foolish people and unwise? Is he not your father who has given you life? He has made you and given you your place.

7Keep in mind the days of the past, give thought to the years of generations gone by: go to your father and he will make it clear to you, to the old men and they will give you the story.

8When the Most High gave the nations their heritage, separating into groups the children of men, he had the limits of the peoples marked out, keeping in mind the number of the children of Israel.

9For the Lord’s wealth is his people; Jacob is the land of his heritage.

10He came to him in the waste land, in the unpeopled waste of sand: putting his arms round him and caring for him, he kept him as the light of his eye.

11As an eagle, teaching her young to make their flight, with her wings outstretched over them, takes them up on her strong feathers:

12So the Lord only was his guide, no other god was with him.

13He put him on the high places of the earth, his food was the increase of the field; honey he gave him out of the rock and oil out of the hard rock;

14Butter from his cows and milk from his sheep, with fat of lambs and sheep of Bashan, and goats, and the heart of the grain; and for your drink, wine from the blood of the grape.

15But Jeshurun became fat and would not be controlled: you have become fat, you are thick and full of food: then he was untrue to the God who made him, giving no honour to the Rock of his salvation.

16The honour which was his they gave to strange gods; by their disgusting ways he was moved to wrath.

17They made offerings to evil spirits which were not God, to gods who were strange to them, which had newly come up, not feared by your fathers.

18You have no thought for the Rock, your father, you have no memory of the God who gave you birth.

19And the Lord saw with disgust the evil-doing of his sons and daughters.

20And he said, My face will be veiled from them, I will see what their end will be: for they are an uncontrolled generation, children in whom is no faith.

21They have given my honour to that which is not God, moving me to wrath with their false worship: I will give their honour to those who are not a people, moving them to wrath by a foolish nation,

22For my wrath is a flaming fire, burning to the deep parts of the underworld, burning up the earth with her increase, and firing the deep roots of the mountains.

23I will send a rain of troubles on them, my arrows will be showered on them.

24They will be wasted from need of food, and overcome by burning heat and bitter destruction; and the teeth of beasts I will send on them, with the poison of the worms of the dust.

25Outside they will be cut off by the sword, and in the inner rooms by fear; death will take the young man and the virgin, the baby at the breast and the grey-haired man.

26I said I would send them wandering far away, I would make all memory of them go from the minds of men:

27But for the fear that their haters, uplifted in their pride, might say, Our hand is strong, the Lord has not done all this.

28For they are a nation without wisdom; there is no sense in them.

29If only they were wise, if only this was clear to them, and they would give thought to their future!

30How would it be possible for one to overcome a thousand, and two to send ten thousand in flight, if their rock had not let them go, if the Lord had not given them up?

31For their rock is not like our Rock, even our haters themselves being judges.

32For their vine is the vine of Sodom, from the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes are the grapes of evil, and the berries are bitter:

33Their wine is the poison of dragons, the cruel poison of snakes.

34Is not this among my secrets, kept safe in my store-house?

35Punishment is mine and reward, at the time of the slipping of their feet: for the day of their downfall is near, sudden will be their fate.

36For the Lord will be judge of his people, he will have pity for his servants; when he sees that their power is gone, there is no one, shut up or free.

37And he will say, Where are their gods, the rock in which they put their faith?

38Who took the fat of their offerings, and the wine of their drink offering? Let them now come to your help, let them be your salvation.

39See now, I myself am he; there is no other god but me: giver of death and life, wounding and making well: and no one has power to make you free from my hand.

40For lifting up my hand to heaven I say, By my unending life,

41If I make sharp my shining sword, and my hand is outstretched for judging, I will give punishment to those who are against me, and their right reward to my haters.

42I will make my arrows red with blood, my sword will be feasting on flesh, with the blood of the dead and the prisoners, of the long-haired heads of my haters.

43Be glad, O you his people, over the nations; for he will take payment for the blood of his servants, and will give punishment to his haters, and take away the sin of his land, for his people.

44So Moses said all the words of this song in the hearing of the people, he and Hoshea, the son of Nun.

45And after saying all this to the people,

46Moses said to them, Let the words which I have said to you today go deep into your hearts, and give orders to your children to do every word of this law.

47And this is no small thing for you, but it is your life, and through this you may make your days long in the land which you are going over Jordan to take for your heritage.

48That same day the Lord said to Moses,

49Go up into this mountain of Abarim, to Mount Nebo in the land of Moab opposite Jericho; there you may see the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel for their heritage:

50And let death come to you on the mountain where you are going, and be put to rest with your people; as death came to Aaron, your brother, on Mount Hor, where he was put to rest with his people:

51Because of your sin against me before the children of Israel at the waters of Meribath Kadesh in the waste land of Zin; because you did not keep my name holy among the children of Israel.

52So you will see the land before you, but you will not go into the land which I am giving to the children of Israel.

Job 19

1And Job made answer and said,

2How long will you make my life bitter, crushing me with words?

3Ten times now you have made sport of me; it gives you no sense of shame to do me wrong.

4And, truly, if I have been in error, the effect of my error is only on myself.

5If you make yourselves great against me, using my punishment as an argument against me,

6Be certain that it is God who has done me wrong, and has taken me in his net.

7Truly, I make an outcry against the violent man, but there is no answer: I give a cry for help, but no one takes up my cause.

8My way is walled up by him so that I may not go by: he has made my roads dark.

9He has put off my glory from me, and taken the crown from my head.

10I am broken down by him on every side, and I am gone; my hope is uprooted like a tree.

11His wrath is burning against me, and I am to him as one of his haters.

12His armies come on together, they make their road high against me, and put up their tents round mine.

13He has taken my brothers far away from me; they have seen my fate and have become strange to me.

14My relations and my near friends have given me up, and those living in my house have put me out of their minds.

15I am strange to my women-servants, and seem to them as one from another country.

16At my cry my servant gives me no answer, and I have to make a prayer to him.

17My breath is strange to my wife, and I am disgusting to the offspring of my mother’s body.

18Even young children have no respect for me; when I get up their backs are turned on me.

19All the men of my circle keep away from me; and those dear to me are turned against me.

20My bones are joined to my skin, and I have got away with my flesh in my teeth.

21Have pity on me, have pity on me, O my friends! for the hand of God is on me.

22Why are you cruel to me, like God, for ever saying evil against me?

23If only my words might be recorded! if they might be put in writing in a book!

24And with an iron pen and lead be cut into the rock for ever!

25But I am certain that he who will take up my cause is living, and that in time to come he will take his place on the dust;

26And … without my flesh I will see God;

27Whom I will see on my side, and not as one strange to me. My heart is broken with desire.

28If you say, How cruel we will be to him! because the root of sin is clearly in him:

29Be in fear of the sword, for the sword is the punishment for such things, so that you may be certain that there is a judge.

Acts 7:23-60

23But when he was almost forty years old, it came into his heart to go and see his brothers, the children of Israel.

24And seeing one of them being attacked, he went to his help and gave the Egyptian a death-blow:

25And he was hoping that his brothers would see that God had sent him to be their saviour; but they did not see.

26And the day after, he came to them, while they were having a fight, and would have made peace between them, saying, Sirs, you are brothers; why do you do wrong to one another?

27But the man who was doing wrong to his neighbour, pushing him away, said, Who made you a ruler and a judge over us?

28Will you put me to death as you did the Egyptian yesterday?

29And at these words, Moses went in flight to the land of Midian, and was living there for a time, and had two sons.

30At the end of forty years, an angel came to him in the waste land of Sinai, in the flame of a burning thorn-tree.

31And Moses, seeing it, was full of wonder, and when he came up to have a nearer view of it, the voice of the Lord came to him, saying,

32I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob. And Moses, shaking with fear, kept his eyes from looking at it.

33And the Lord said, Take off the shoes from your feet, for the place where you are is holy.

34Truly, I have seen the sorrows of my people in Egypt, and their cries have come to my ears, and I have come down to make them free: and now, come, I will send you to Egypt.

35This Moses, whom they would not have, saying, Who made you a ruler and a judge? him God sent to be a ruler and a saviour, by the hand of the angel whom he saw in the thorn-tree.

36This man took them out, having done wonders and signs in Egypt and in the Red Sea and in the waste land, for forty years.

37This is the same Moses, who said to the children of Israel, God will give you a prophet from among your brothers, like me.

38This is the man who was in the church in the waste land with the angel who was talking to him in Sinai, and with our fathers; and to him were given the living words of God, so that he might give them to you.

39By whom our fathers would not be controlled; but they put him on one side, turning back in their hearts to Egypt,

40And saying to Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: as for this Moses, who took us out of the land of Egypt, we have no idea what has become of him.

41And they made the image of a young ox in those days, and made an offering to it, and had joy in the work of their hands.

42But God was turned from them and let them give worship to the stars of heaven, as it says in the book of the prophets, Did you make offerings to me of sheep and oxen for forty years in the waste land, O house of Israel?

43And you took up the tent of Moloch and the star of the god Rephan, images which you made to give worship to them: and I will take you away, farther than Babylon.

44Our fathers had the Tent of witness in the waste land, as God gave orders to Moses to make it after the design which he had seen.

45Which our fathers, in their turn, took with them when, with Joshua, they came into the heritage of the nations whom God was driving out before the face of our fathers, till the time of David,

46Who was pleasing to God; and he had a desire to make a holy tent for the God of Jacob.

47But Solomon was the builder of his house.

48But still, the Most High has not his resting-place in houses made with hands, as the prophet says,

49Heaven is the seat of my power, and earth is a resting-place for my feet: what sort of house will you make for me, says the Lord, or what is my place of rest?

50Did not my hand make all these things?

51You whose hearts are hard and whose ears are shut to me; you are ever working against the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.

52Which of the prophets was not cruelly attacked by your fathers? and they put to death those who gave them the news of the coming of the Upright One; whom you have now given up and put to death;

53You, to whom the law was given as it was ordered by angels, and who have not kept it.

54Hearing these things, they were cut to the heart and moved with wrath against him.

55But he was full of the Holy Spirit, and looking up to heaven, he saw the glory of God and Jesus at the right hand of God.

56And he said, Now I see heaven open, and the Son of man at the right hand of God.

57But with loud cries, and stopping their ears, they made an attack on him all together,

58Driving him out of the town and stoning him: and the witnesses put their clothing at the feet of a young man named Saul.

59And Stephen, while he was being stoned, made prayer to God, saying, Lord Jesus, take my spirit.

60And going down on his knees, he said in a loud voice, Lord, do not make them responsible for this sin. And when he had said this, he went to his rest.

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