April 21

Joshua 1

1Now after the death of Moses, the servant of the Lord, the word of the Lord came to Joshua, the son of Nun, Moses’ helper, saying,

2Moses my servant is dead; so now get up! Go over Jordan, you and all this people, into the land which I am giving to them, to the children of Israel.

3Every place on which you put your foot I have given to you, as I said to Moses.

4From the waste land and this mountain Lebanon, as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, and all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea, in the west, will be your country.

5While you are living, all will give way before you: as I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not take away my help from you or give you up.

6Take heart and be strong; for you will give to this people for their heritage the land which I gave by an oath to their fathers.

7Only take heart and be very strong; take care to do all the law which Moses my servant gave you, not turning from it to the right hand or to the left, so that you may do well in all your undertakings.

8Let this book of the law be ever on your lips and in your thoughts day and night, so that you may keep with care everything in it; then a blessing will be on all your way, and you will do well.

9Have I not given you your orders? Take heart and be strong; have no fear and do not be troubled; for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go,

10Then Joshua gave their orders to those who were in authority over the people, saying,

11Go through the tents and give orders to the people, saying, Get ready a store of food; for in three days you are to go over this river Jordan and take for your heritage the land which the Lord your God is giving you.

12And to the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, Joshua said,

13Keep in mind what Moses, the servant of the Lord, said to you, The Lord your God is sending you rest and will give you this land.

14Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle will be kept here in the land which Moses gave you on this side of Jordan; but you, the fighting-men, are to go over before your brothers, armed, to give them help;

15Till the Lord has given your brothers rest, as he has given it to you, and they have taken their heritage in the land which the Lord your God is giving them: then you will go back to the land of your heritage which Moses, the servant of the Lord, gave you on the east side of Jordan.

16Then they said to Joshua in answer, Whatever you say to us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go.

17As we gave attention to Moses in all things, so we will give attention to you: and may the Lord your God be with you as he was with Moses.

18Whoever goes against your orders, and does not give attention to all your words, will be put to death: only take heart and be strong.

Joshua 2

1Then Joshua, the son of Nun, sent two men from Shittim secretly, with the purpose of searching out the land, and Jericho. So they went and came to the house of a loose woman of the town, named Rahab, where they took their rest for the night.

2And it was said to the king of Jericho, See, some men have come here tonight from the children of Israel with the purpose of searching out the land.

3Then the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, Send out the men who have come to you and are in your house; for they have come with the purpose of searching out all the land.

4And the woman took the two men and put them in a secret place; then she said, Yes, the men came to me, but I had no idea where they came from;

5And when it was the time for shutting the doors at dark, they went out; I have no idea where the men went: but if you go after them quickly, you will overtake them.

6But she had taken them up to the roof, covering them with the stems of flax which she had put out in order there.

7So the men went after them on the road to Jordan as far as the river-crossing: and when they had gone out after them, the door into the town was shut.

8And before the men went to rest, she came up to them on the roof,

9And said to them, It is clear to me that the Lord has given you the land, and that the fear of you has come on us;

10For we have had news of how the Lord made the Red Sea dry before you when you came out of Egypt; and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites, on the other side of Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you gave up to the curse.

11And because of this news, our hearts became like water, and there was no more spirit in any of us because of you; for the Lord your God is God in heaven on high and here on earth.

12So now, will you give me your oath by the Lord, that, because I have been kind to you, you will be kind to my father’s house,

13And that you will keep safe my father and mother and my brothers and sisters and all they have, so that death may not come on us?

14And the men said to her, Our life for yours if you keep our business secret; and when the Lord has given us the land, we will keep faith and be kind to you.

15Then she let them down from the window by a cord, for the house where she was living was on the town wall.

16And she said to them, Get away into the hill-country, or the men who have gone after you will overtake you; keep yourselves safe there for three days, till the searchers have come back, and then go on your way.

17And the men said to her, We will only be responsible for this oath which you have made us take,

18If, when we come into the land, you put this cord of bright red thread in the window from which you let us down; and get your father and mother and your brothers and all your family into the house;

19Then if anyone goes out of your house into the street, his blood will be on his head, we will not be responsible; but if any damage comes to anyone in the house, his blood will be on our heads.

20But if you say anything about our business here, then we will be free from the oath you have made us take.

21And she said, Let it be as you say. Then she sent them away, and they went; and she put the bright red cord in the window.

22And they went into the hill-country and were there three days, till the men who had gone after them had come back; and those who went after them were searching for them everywhere without coming across them.

23Then the two men came down from the hill-country and went over and came back to Joshua, the son of Nun; and they gave him a complete account of what had taken place.

24And they said to Joshua, Truly, the Lord has given all the land into our hands; and all the people of the land have become like water because of us.

Job 21

1Then Job made answer and said,

2Give attention with care to my words; and let this be your comfort.

3Let me say what is in my mind, and after that, go on making sport of me.

4As for me, is my outcry against man? is it then to be wondered at if my spirit is troubled?

5Take note of me and be full of wonder, put your hand on your mouth.

6At the very thought of it my flesh is shaking with fear.

7Why is life given to the evil-doers? why do they become old and strong in power?

8Their children are ever with them, and their offspring before their eyes.

9Their houses are free from fear, and the rod of God does not come on them.

10Their ox is ready at all times to give seed; their cow gives birth, without dropping her young.

11They send out their young ones like a flock, and their children have pleasure in the dance,

12They make songs to the instruments of music, and are glad at the sound of the pipe.

13Their days come to an end without trouble, and suddenly they go down to the underworld.

14Though they said to God, Go away from us, for we have no desire for the knowledge of your ways.

15What is the Ruler of all, that we may give him worship? and what profit is it to us to make prayer to him?

16Truly, is not their well-being in their power? (The purpose of the evil-doers is far from me.)

17How frequently is the light of the evil-doers put out, or does trouble come on them? how frequently does his wrath take them with cords?

18How frequently are they as dry stems before the wind, or as grass taken away by the storm-wind?

19You say, God keeps punishment stored up for his children. Let him send it on the man himself, so that he may have the punishment of it!

20Let his eyes see his trouble, and let him be full of the wrath of the Ruler of all!

21For what interest has he in his house after him, when the number of his months is ended?

22Is anyone able to give teaching to God? for he is the judge of those who are on high.

23One comes to his end in complete well-being, full of peace and quiet:

24His buckets are full of milk, and there is no loss of strength in his bones.

25And another comes to his end with a bitter soul, without ever tasting good.

26Together they go down to the dust, and are covered by the worm.

27See, I am conscious of your thoughts, and of your violent purposes against me;

28For you say, Where is the house of the ruler, and where is the tent of the evil-doer?

29Have you not put the question to the travellers, and do you not take note of their experience?

30How the evil man goes free in the day of trouble, and has salvation in the day of wrath?

31Who will make his way clear to his face? and if he has done a thing, who gives him punishment for it?

32He is taken to his last resting-place, and keeps watch over it.

33The earth of the valley covering his bones is sweet to him, and all men come after him, as there were unnumbered before him.

34Why then do you give me comfort with words in which there is no profit, when you see that there is nothing in your answers but deceit?

Acts 8:26-40

26But an angel of the Lord said to Philip, Get up, and go to the south, to the road which goes from Jerusalem to Gaza, through the waste land.

27And he went and there was a man of Ethiopia, a servant of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, and controller of all her property, who had come up to Jerusalem for worship;

28He was going back, seated in his carriage, and was reading the book of the prophet Isaiah.

29And the Spirit said to Philip, Go near, and get on his carriage.

30And Philip, running up to him, saw that he was reading Isaiah the prophet, and said to him, Is the sense of what you are reading clear to you?

31And he said, How is that possible when I have no guide? And he made Philip get up by his side.

32Now the place in the book where he was reading was this: He was taken, like a sheep, to be put to death; and as a lamb is quiet when its wool is being cut, so he made no sound:

33Being of low degree, his cause was not given a hearing: who has knowledge of his family? for his life is cut off from the earth.

34And the Ethiopian said to Philip, About whom are these words said by the prophet? about himself, or some other?

35So Philip, starting from this writing, gave him the good news about Jesus.

36And while they were going on their way, they came to some water, and the Ethiopian said, See, here is water; why may I not have baptism?

38And he gave orders for the carriage to be stopped, and the two of them went down into the water, and Philip gave him baptism.

39And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord took Philip away; and the Ethiopian saw him no more, for he went on his way full of joy.

40But Philip came to Azotus, and went through all the towns, preaching the good news, till he came to Caesarea.

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