April 20

Deuteronomy 33

1Now this is the blessing which Moses, the man of God, gave to the children of Israel before his death.

2He said, The Lord came from Sinai, dawning on them from Seir; shining out from Mount Paran, coming from Meribath Kadesh: from his right hand went flames of fire: his wrath made waste the peoples.

3All his holy ones are at his hand; they go at his feet; they are lifted up on his wings.

4Moses gave us a law, a heritage for the people of Jacob.

5And there was a king in Jeshurun, when the heads of the people and the tribes of Israel came together.

6Let life not death be Reuben’s, let not the number of his men be small.

7And this is the blessing of Judah: he said, Give ear, O Lord, to the voice of Judah and make him one with his people: let your hands take up his cause, and be his help against his attackers.

8And of Levi he said, Give your Thummim to Levi and let the Urim be with your loved one, whom you put to the test at Massah, with whom you were angry at the waters of Meribah;

9Who said of his father, Who is he? and of his mother, I have not seen her; he kept himself separate from his brothers and had no knowledge of his children: for they have given ear to your word and kept your agreement.

10They will be the teachers of your decisions to Jacob and of your law to Israel: the burning of perfumes before you will be their right, and the ordering of burned offerings on your altar.

11Let your blessing, O Lord, be on his substance, may the work of his hands be pleasing to you: may those who take up arms against him and all who have hate for him, be wounded through the heart, never to be lifted up again.

12And of Benjamin he said, Benjamin is the loved one of the Lord, he will be kept safe at all times; he will be covered by the Most High, resting between his arms.

13And of Joseph he said, Let the blessing of the Lord be on his land; for the good things of heaven on high, and the deep waters flowing under the earth,

14And the good things of the fruits of the sun, and the good things of the growth of the moons,

15And the chief things of the oldest mountains, and the good things of the eternal hills,

16The good things of the earth and all its wealth, the good pleasure of him who was seen in the burning tree: may they come on the head of Joseph, on the head of him who was prince among his brothers.

17He is a young ox, glory is his; his horns are the horns of the mountain ox, with which all peoples will be wounded, even to the ends of the earth: they are the ten thousands of Ephraim and the thousands of Manasseh.

18And of Zebulun he said, Be glad, Zebulun, in your going out; and, Issachar, in your tents.

19They will send out the word for the people to come to the mountain, taking there the offerings of righteousness: for the store of the seas will be theirs, and the secret wealth of the sand.

20Of Gad he said, A blessing be on him who makes wide the limits of Gad: he takes his rest like a she-lion, taking for himself the arm and the crown of the head.

21He kept for himself the first part, for his was the ruler’s right: he put in force the righteousness of the Lord, and his decisions for Israel.

22And of Dan he said, Dan is a young lion, springing out from Bashan.

23And of Naphtali he said, O Naphtali, made glad with grace and full of the blessing of the Lord: the sea and its fishes will be his.

24And of Asher he said, Let Asher have the blessing of children; may he be pleasing to his brothers, and let his foot be wet with oil.

25Your shoes will be iron and brass; and as your days, so may your work be.

26No other is like the God of Jeshurun, coming on the heavens to your help, and letting his glory be seen in the skies.

27The God of your fathers is your safe resting-place, and under you are his eternal arms: driving out the forces of your haters from before you, he said, Let destruction overtake them.

28And Israel is living in peace, the fountain of Jacob by himself, in a land of grain and wine, with dew dropping from the heavens.

29Happy are you, O Israel: who is like you, a people whose saviour is the Lord, whose help is your cover, whose sword is your strength! All those who are against you will put themselves under your rule, and your feet will be planted on their high places.

Deuteronomy 34

1And Moses went up from the table-lands of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah which is facing Jericho. And the Lord let him see all the land, the land of Gilead as far as Dan;

2And all Naphtali and the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah, as far as the Great Sea of the west;

3And the South, and the circle of the valley of Jericho, the town of palm-trees, as far as Zoar.

4And the Lord said to him, This is the land about which I made an oath to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, I will give it to your seed: now I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not go in there.

5So death came to Moses, the servant of the Lord, there in the land of Moab, as the Lord had said.

6And the Lord put him to rest in the valley in the land of Moab opposite Beth-peor: but no man has knowledge of his resting-place to this day.

7And Moses at his death was a hundred and twenty years old: his eye had not become clouded, or his natural force become feeble.

8For thirty days the children of Israel were weeping for Moses in the table-lands of Moab, till the days of weeping and sorrow for Moses were ended.

9And Joshua, the son of Nun, was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had put his hands on him: and the children of Israel gave ear to him, and did as the Lord had given orders to Moses.

10There has never been another prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord had knowledge of face to face;

11In all the signs and wonders which the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and all his land;

12And in all the acts of power and fear which Moses did before the eyes of all Israel.

Job 20

1Then Zophar the Naamathite made answer and said,

2For this cause my thoughts are troubling me and driving me on.

3I have to give ear to arguments which put me to shame, and your answers to me are wind without wisdom.

4Have you knowledge of this from early times, when man was placed on the earth,

5That the pride of the sinner is short, and the joy of the evil-doer but for a minute?

6Though he is lifted up to the heavens, and his head goes up to the clouds;

7Like the waste from his body he comes to an end for ever: those who have seen him say, Where is he?

8He is gone like a dream, and is not seen again; he goes in flight like a vision of the night.

9The eye which saw him sees him no longer; and his place has no more knowledge of him.

10His children are hoping that the poor will be kind to them, and his hands give back his wealth.

11His bones are full of young strength, but it will go down with him into the dust.

12Though evil-doing is sweet in his mouth, and he keeps it secretly under his tongue;

13Though he takes care of it, and does not let it go, but keeps it still in his mouth;

14His food becomes bitter in his stomach; the poison of snakes is inside him.

15He takes down wealth as food, and sends it up again; it is forced out of his stomach by God.

16He takes the poison of snakes into his mouth, the tongue of the snake is the cause of his death.

17Let him not see the rivers of oil, the streams of honey and milk.

18He is forced to give back the fruit of his work, and may not take it for food; he has no joy in the profit of his trading.

19Because he has been cruel to the poor, turning away from them in their trouble; because he has taken a house by force which he did not put up;

20There is no peace for him in his wealth, and no salvation for him in those things in which he took delight.

21He had never enough for his desire; for this cause his well-being will quickly come to an end.

22Even when his wealth is great, he is full of care, for the hand of everyone who is in trouble is turned against him.

23God gives him his desire, and sends the heat of his wrath on him, making it come down on him like rain.

24He may go in flight from the iron spear, but the arrow from the bow of brass will go through him;

25He is pulling it out, and it comes out of his back; and its shining point comes out of his side; he is overcome by fears.

26All his wealth is stored up for the dark: a fire not made by man sends destruction on him, and on everything in his tent.

27The heavens make clear his sin, and the earth gives witness against him.

28The produce of his house is taken away into another country, like things given into the hands of others in the day of wrath.

29This is the reward of the evil man, and the heritage given to him by God.

Acts 8:1-25

1And Saul gave approval to his death. Now at that time a violent attack was started against the church in Jerusalem; and all but the Apostles went away into all parts of Judaea and Samaria.

2And God-fearing men put Stephen’s body in its last resting-place, making great weeping over him.

3But Saul was burning with hate against the church, going into every house and taking men and women and putting them in prison.

4But those who had gone in flight went everywhere preaching the word.

5And Philip went down to Samaria and was teaching them about Christ.

6And all the people gave attention to the words which Philip said, when they saw the signs which he did.

7For unclean spirits came out from those who had them, crying with a loud voice; and a number of those who were ill and broken in body were made well.

8And there was much joy in that town.

9But there was a certain man named Simon, who in the past had been a wonder-worker and a cause of surprise to the people of Samaria, saying that he himself was a great man:

10To whom they all gave attention, from the smallest to the greatest, saying, This man is that power of God which is named Great.

11And they gave attention to him, because for a long time his wonder-working powers had kept them under his control.

12But when they had faith in the good news given by Philip about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, a number of men and women had baptism.

13And Simon himself had faith and, having had baptism, he went with Philip and, seeing the signs and the great wonders which he did, he was full of surprise.

14Now when the Apostles at Jerusalem had news that the people of Samaria had taken the word of God into their hearts, they sent to them Peter and John;

15Who, when they came there, made prayer for them, that the Holy Spirit might be given to them:

16For up to that time he had not come on any of them; only baptism had been given to them in the name of the Lord Jesus.

17Then they put their hands on them, and the Holy Spirit came on them.

18Now when Simon saw that the Holy Spirit was given through the touch of the Apostles’ hands, he made them an offering of money, saying,

19Give me this power, so that when I put my hands on anyone he may get the Holy Spirit.

20But Peter said, May your money come to destruction with you, because you had the idea that what is freely given by God may be got for a price.

21You have no part in this business, because your heart is not right before God.

22Let your heart be changed, and make prayer to God that you may have forgiveness for your evil thoughts.

23For I see that you are prisoned in bitter envy and the chains of sin.

24And Simon, answering, said, Make prayer for me to the Lord, so that these things which you have said may not come on me.

25So they, having given their witness and made clear the word of the Lord, went back to Jerusalem, giving the good news on their way in a number of the small towns of Samaria.

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