April 23

Joshua 5:2-15

2At that time the Lord said to Joshua, Make yourself stone knives and give the children of Israel circumcision a second time.

3So Joshua made stone knives and gave the children of Israel circumcision at Gibeath-ha-araloth.

4And this is the reason why Joshua did so: all the males of the people who came out of Egypt, all the fighting-men, had been overtaken by death in the waste land on the way, after they came out of Egypt.

5All the people who came out had undergone circumcision; but all the people whose birth had taken place in the waste land on their journey from Egypt had not.

6For the children of Israel were wandering in the waste land for forty years, till all the nation, that is, all the fighting-men, who had come out of Egypt, were dead, because they did not give ear to the voice of the Lord: to whom the Lord said, with an oath, that he would not let them see the land which the Lord had given his word to their fathers to give us, a land flowing with milk and honey.

7And their children, who came up in their place, now underwent circumcision by the hands of Joshua, not having had it before: for there had been no circumcision on the journey.

8So when all the nation had undergone circumcision, they kept in their tents till they were well again.

9And the Lord said to Joshua, Today the shame of Egypt has been rolled away from you. So that place was named Gilgal, to this day.

10So the children of Israel put up their tents in Gilgal; and they kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month, in the evening, in the lowlands of Jericho.

11And on the day after the Passover, they had for their food the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and dry grain on the same day.

12And there was no more manna from the day after they had for their food the produce of the land; the children of Israel had manna no longer, but that year the produce of the land of Canaan was their food.

13Now when Joshua was near Jericho, lifting up his eyes he saw a man in front of him, with his sword uncovered in his hand: and Joshua went up to him and said, Are you for us or against us?

14And he said, No; but I have come as captain of the armies of the Lord. Then Joshua, falling down with his face to the earth in worship, said, What has my lord to say to his servant?

15And the captain of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, Take off your shoes from your feet, for the place where you are is holy. And Joshua did so.

Joshua 6

1(Now Jericho was all shut up because of the children of Israel: there was no going out or coming in.)

2And the Lord said to Joshua, See, I have given into your hands Jericho with its king and all its men of war.

3Now let all your fighting-men make a circle round the town, going all round it once. Do this for six days.

4And let seven priests go before the ark with seven loud-sounding horns in their hands: on the seventh day you are to go round the town seven times, the priests blowing their horns.

5And at the sound of a long note on the horns, let all the people give a loud cry; and the wall of the town will come down flat, and all the people are to go straight forward.

6Then Joshua, the son of Nun, sent for the priests and said to them, Take up the ark of the agreement, and let seven priests take seven horns in their hands and go before the ark of the Lord.

7And he said to the people, Go forward, circling the town, and let the armed men go before the ark of the Lord.

8So after Joshua had said this to the people, the seven priests with their seven horns went forward before the Lord, blowing on their horns: and the ark of the Lord’s agreement went after them.

9And the armed men went before the priests who were blowing the horns, and the mass of the people went after the ark, blowing their horns.

10And to the people Joshua gave an order, saying, You will give no cry, and make no sound, and let no word go out of your mouth till the day when I say, Give a loud cry; then give a loud cry.

11So he made the ark of the Lord go all round the town once: then they went back to the tents for the night.

12And early in the morning Joshua got up, and the priests took up the ark of the Lord.

13And the seven priests with their seven horns went on before the ark of the Lord, blowing their horns: the armed men went before them, and the mass of the people went after the ark of the Lord, blowing their horns.

14The second day they went all round the town once, and then went back to their tents: and so they did for six days.

15Then on the seventh day they got up early, at the dawn of the day, and went round the town in the same way, but that day they went round it seven times.

16And the seventh time, at the sound of the priests’ horns, Joshua said to the people, Now give a loud cry; for the Lord has given you the town.

17And the town will be put to the curse, and everything in it will be given to the Lord: only Rahab, the loose woman, and all who are in the house with her, will be kept safe, because she kept secret the men we sent.

18And as for you, keep yourselves from the cursed thing, for fear that you may get a desire for it and take some of it for yourselves, and so be the cause of a curse and great trouble on the tents of Israel.

19But all the silver and gold and the vessels of brass and iron are holy to the Lord: they are to come into the store-house of the Lord.

20So the people gave a loud cry, and the horns were sounded; and on hearing the horns the people gave a loud cry, and the wall came down flat, so that the people went up into the town, every man going straight before him, and they took the town.

21And they put everything in the town to the curse; men and women, young and old, ox and sheep and ass, they put to death without mercy.

22Then Joshua said to the two men who had been sent to make a search through the land, Go into the house of the loose woman, and get her out, and all who are with her, as you gave her your oath.

23So the searchers went in and got out Rahab and her father and mother and her brothers and all she had, and they got out all her family; and they took them outside the tents of Israel.

24Then, after burning up the town and everything in it, they put the silver and gold and the vessels of brass and iron into the store-house of the Lord’s house.

25But Joshua kept Rahab, the loose woman, and her father’s family and all she had, from death, and so she got a living-place among the children of Israel to this day; because she kept safe the men whom Joshua had sent to make a search through the land.

26Then Joshua gave the people orders with an oath, saying, Let that man be cursed before the Lord who puts his hand to the building up of this town: with the loss of his first son will he put the first stone of it in place, and with the loss of his youngest son he will put up its doors.

27So the Lord was with Joshua; and news of him went through all the land.

Job 23

1And Job made answer and said,

2Even today my outcry is bitter; his hand is hard on my sorrow.

3If only I had knowledge of where he might be seen, so that I might come even to his seat!

4I would put my cause in order before him, and my mouth would be full of arguments.

5I would see what his answers would be, and have knowledge of what he would say to me.

6Would he make use of his great power to overcome me? No, but he would give attention to me.

7There an upright man might put his cause before him; and I would be free for ever from my judge.

8See, I go forward, but he is not there; and back, but I do not see him;

9I am looking for him on the left hand, but there is no sign of him; and turning to the right, I am not able to see him.

10For he has knowledge of the way I take; after I have been tested I will come out like gold.

11My feet have gone in his steps; I have kept in his way, without turning to one side or to the other.

12I have never gone against the orders of his lips; the words of his mouth have been stored up in my heart.

13But his purpose is fixed and there is no changing it; and he gives effect to the desire of his soul.

14For what has been ordered for me by him will be gone through to the end: and his mind is full of such designs.

15For this cause I am in fear before him, my thoughts of him overcome me.

16For God has made my heart feeble, and my mind is troubled before the Ruler of all.

17For I am overcome by the dark, and by the black night which is covering my face.

Acts 9:26-43

26And when he came to Jerusalem, he made an attempt to be joined to the disciples, but they were all in fear of him, not taking him for a disciple.

27But Barnabas took him to the Apostles and gave them an account of how he had seen the Lord on the road, and had given hearing to his words, and how at Damascus he had been preaching in the name of Jesus without fear.

28And he was with them, going in and out at Jerusalem,

29Preaching in the name of the Lord without fear; and he had discussions with the Greek Jews; but they were working for his death.

30And when the brothers had knowledge of it, they took him to Caesarea and sent him to Tarsus.

31And so the church through all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was made strong; and, living in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, was increased greatly.

32And it came about that while Peter was going through all parts of the country he came to the saints who were living at Lydda.

33And there was a certain man there, named Aeneas, who for eight years had been in bed, without power of moving.

34And Peter said to him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ makes you well: get up and make your bed. And straight away he got up.

35And all those living in Lydda and Sharon saw him, and were turned to the Lord.

36Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, that is, Dorcas: this woman was given to good works and acts of mercy at all times.

37And it came about, in those days, that she got ill and came to her death: and when she had been washed, they put her in a room which was high up.

38And because Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, having knowledge that Peter was there, sent two men to him, requesting him to come to them straight away.

39And Peter went with them. And when he had come, they took him into the room: and all the widows were there, weeping and putting before him the coats and clothing which Dorcas had made while she was with them.

40But Peter made them all go outside, and went down on his knees in prayer; and turning to the body, he said, Tabitha, get up. And, opening her eyes, she saw Peter and got up.

41And he took her hand, lifting her up; and, sending for the saints and widows, he gave her to them, living.

42And news of it went all through Joppa, and a number of people had faith in the Lord.

43And he was living in Joppa for some time with Simon, a leather-worker.

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