April 25

Joshua 9

1Now on hearing the news of these things, all the kings on the west side of Jordan, in the hill-country and the lowlands and by the Great Sea in front of Lebanon, the Hittites and the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites,

2Came together with one purpose, to make war against Joshua and Israel.

3And the men of Gibeon, hearing what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai,

4Acting with deceit, got food together as if for a long journey; and took old food-bags for their asses, and old and cracked wine-skins kept together with cord;

5And put old stitched-up shoes on their feet, and old clothing on their backs; and all the food they had with them was dry and broken up.

6And they came to Joshua to the tent-circle at Gilgal, and said to him and to the men of Israel, We have come from a far country: so now make an agreement with us.

7And the men of Israel said to the Hivites, It may be that you are living among us; how then may we make an agreement with you?

8And they said to Joshua, We are your servants. Then Joshua said to them, Who are you and where do you come from?

9And they said to him, Your servants have come from a very far country, because of the name of the Lord your God: for the story of his great name, and of all he did in Egypt has come to our ears,

10And what he did to the two kings of the Amorites east of Jordan, to Sihon, king of Heshbon, and to Og, king of Bashan, at Ashtaroth.

11So the responsible men and all the people of our country said to us, Take food with you for the journey and go to them, and say to them, We are your servants: so now make an agreement with us.

12This bread which we have with us for our food, we took warm and new from our houses when starting on our journey to you; but now see, it has become dry and broken up.

13And these wine-skins were new when we put the wine in them, and now they are cracked as you see; and our clothing and our shoes have become old because of our very long journey here.

14And the men took some of their food, without requesting directions from the Lord.

15So Joshua made peace with them, and made an agreement with them that they were not to be put to death: and the chiefs of the people took an oath to them.

16Now three days after, when they had made this agreement with them, they had word that these men were their neighbours, living near them.

17And the children of Israel went forward on their journey, and on the third day came to their towns. Now their towns were Gibeon and Chephirah and Beeroth and Kiriath-jearim.

18And the children of Israel did not put them to death, because the chiefs of the people had taken an oath to them by the Lord, the God of Israel. And all the people made an outcry against the chiefs.

19But all the chiefs said to the people, We have taken an oath to them by the Lord, the God of Israel, and so we may not put our hands on them.

20This is what we will do to them: we will not put them to death, for fear that wrath may come on us because of our oath to them.

21Keep them living, and let them be servants, cutting wood and getting water for all the people. And all the people did as the chiefs had said to them.

22Then Joshua sent for them, and said to them, Why have you been false to us, saying, We are very far from you, when you are living among us?

23Now because of this you are cursed, and you will for ever be our servants, cutting wood and getting water for the house of my God.

24And, answering Joshua, they said, Because it came to the ears of your servants that the Lord your God had given orders to his servant Moses to give you all this land, and to send destruction on all the people living in it, because of you; so, fearing greatly for our lives because of you, we have done this.

25And now we are in your hands: do to us whatever seems good and right to you.

26So he kept them safe from the children of Israel, and did not let them be put to death.

27And that day Joshua made them servants, cutting wood and getting water for the people and for the altar of the Lord, in the place marked out by him, to this day.

Joshua 10

1Now when it came to the ears of Adoni-zedek, king of Jerusalem, that Joshua had taken Ai, and had given it up to the curse (for as he had done to Jericho and its king, so he had done to Ai and its king); and that the people of Gibeon had made peace with Israel and were living among them;

2He was in great fear, because Gibeon was a great town, like one of the king’s towns, greater than Ai, and all the men in it were men of war.

3So Adoni-zedek, king of Jerusalem, sent to Hoham, king of Hebron, and to Piram, king of Jarmuth, and to Japhia, king of Lachish, and to Debir, king of Eglon, saying,

4Come up to me and give me help, and let us make an attack on Gibeon: for they have made peace with Joshua and the children of Israel.

5So the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon, were banded together, and went up with all their armies and took up their position before Gibeon and made war against it.

6And the men of Gibeon sent to Joshua to the tent-circle at Gilgal, saying, Be not slow to send help to your servants; come up quickly to our support and keep us safe: for all the kings of the Amorites from the hill-country have come together against us.

7So Joshua went up from Gilgal with all his army and all his men of war.

8And the Lord said to Joshua, Have no fear of them, for I have given them into your hands; they will all give way before you.

9So Joshua, having come up from Gilgal all night, made a sudden attack on them.

10And the Lord made them full of fear before Israel, and they put great numbers of them to death at Gibeon, and went after them by the way going up to Beth-horon, driving them back to Azekah and Makkedah

11And in their flight before Israel, on the way down from Beth-horon, the Lord sent down great stones from heaven on them all the way to Azekah, causing their death: those whose death was caused by the stones were more than those whom the children of Israel put to death with the sword.

12It was on the day when the Lord gave up the Amorites into the hands of the children of Israel that Joshua said to the Lord, before the eyes of Israel, Sun, be at rest over Gibeon; and you, O moon, in the valley of Aijalon.

13And the sun was at rest and the moon kept its place till the nation had given punishment to their attackers. (Is it not recorded in the book of Jashar?) So the sun kept its place in the middle of the heavens, and was waiting, and did not go down, for the space of a day.

14And there was no day like that, before it or after it, when the Lord gave ear to the voice of a man; for the Lord was fighting for Israel.

15And Joshua, with all Israel, went back to the tent-circle at Gilgal.

16But these five kings went in flight secretly to a hole in the rock at Makkedah.

17And word was given to Joshua that the five kings had been taken in a hole in the rock at Makkedah.

18And Joshua said, Let great stones be rolled against the mouth of the hole, and let men keep watch by it:

19But do you, without waiting, go after their army, attacking them from the back; do not let them get into their towns, for the Lord your God has given them into your hands.

20Now when Joshua and the children of Israel had come to the end of their war of complete destruction, and had put to death all but a small band who had got safely into the walled towns,

21All the people went back to Joshua to the tent-circle at Makkedah in peace: and no one said a word against the children of Israel.

22Then Joshua said, Take away the stones from the mouth of the hole in the rock, and make those five kings come out to me.

23And they did so, and made those five kings come out of the hole to him, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon.

24And when they had made those kings come out to Joshua, Joshua sent for all the men of Israel, and said to the chiefs of the men of war who had gone with him, Come near and put your feet on the necks of these kings. So they came near and put their feet on their necks.

25And Joshua said to them, Have no fear and do not be troubled; be strong and take heart: for so will the Lord do to all against whom you make war.

26Then Joshua had them put to death, hanging them on five trees, where they were till evening.

27And when the sun went down, they were taken down from the trees, by Joshua’s orders, and put into the hole where they had gone to be safe; and great stones were placed at the mouth of the hole, where they are to this day.

28That day Joshua took Makkedah, and put it and its king to the sword; every soul in it he gave up to the curse without mercy: and he did to the king of Makkedah as he had done to the king of Jericho.

29Then Joshua and all Israel with him went on from Makkedah and came to Libnah, and made an attack on it;

30And again the Lord gave it and its king into the hands of Israel; and he put it and every person in it to the sword, till their destruction was complete; and he did to its king as he had done to the king of Jericho.

31Then Joshua and all Israel with him went on from Libnah to Lachish, and took up their position against it and made an attack on it,

32And the Lord gave Lachish into the hands of Israel, and on the second day he took it, putting it and every person in it to the sword without mercy, as he had done to Libnah.

33Then Horam, king of Gezer, came up to the help of Lachish; and Joshua overcame him and his people, putting all of them to death.

34And Joshua and all Israel with him went on from Lachish to Eglon: and they took up their position against it and made an attack on it;

35And that day they took it, putting it and every person in it to the sword, as he had done to Lachish.

36And Joshua and all Israel with him went up from Eglon to Hebron, and made an attack on it;

37And took it, overcoming it and putting it and its king and its towns and every person in it to the sword: as he had done to Eglon, he put them all to death, and gave it up to the curse with every person in it.

38And Joshua and all Israel with him went on to make an attack on Debir;

39And he took it, with its king and all its towns: and he put them to the sword, giving every person in it to the curse; all were put to death: as he had done to Hebron, so he did to Debir and its king.

40So Joshua overcame all the land, the hill-country and the South and the lowland and the mountain slopes, and all their kings; all were put to death: and every living thing he gave up to the curse, as the Lord, the God of Israel, had given him orders.

41Joshua overcame them from Kadesh-barnea to Gaza, and all the land of Goshen as far as Gibeon.

42And all these kings and their land Joshua took at the same time, because the Lord, the God of Israel, was fighting for Israel.

43Then Joshua and all Israel with him went back to their tents at Gilgal.

Job 25

1Then Bildad the Shuhite made answer and said,

2Rule and power are his; he makes peace in his high places.

3Is it possible for his armies to be numbered? and on whom is not his light shining?

4How then is it possible for man to be upright before God? or how may he be clean who is a son of woman?

5See, even the moon is not bright, and the stars are not clean in his eyes:

6How much less man who is an insect, and the son of man who is a worm!

Acts 10:34-48

34Then Peter said, Truly, I see clearly that God is no respecter of persons:

35But in every nation, the man who has fear of him and does righteousness is pleasing to him.

36The word which he sent to the children of Israel, giving the good news of peace through Jesus Christ (who is Lord of all)–

37That word you yourselves have knowledge of, which was made public through all Judaea, starting from Galilee, after the baptism of which John was the preacher,

38About Jesus of Nazareth, how God gave the Holy Spirit to him, with power: and how he went about doing good and making well all who were troubled by evil spirits, for God was with him.

39And we are witnesses of all the things which he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem; whom they put to death, hanging him on a tree.

40On the third day God gave him back to life, and let him be seen,

41Not by all the people, but by witnesses marked out before by God, even by us, who took food and drink with him after he came back from the dead.

42And he gave us orders to give news of this to the people, and to give public witness that this is he whom God has made judge of the living and the dead.

43To him all the prophets give witness, that through his name everyone who has faith in him will have forgiveness of sins.

44While Peter was saying these words, the Holy Spirit came on all those who were hearing the word.

45And the Jews of the faith, who had come with Peter, were full of wonder, because the Holy Spirit was given to the Gentiles,

46And they were talking in tongues, and giving glory to God. Then Peter said,

47Will any man say that these may not have baptism who have been given the Holy Spirit as we have?

48And he gave orders for them to have baptism in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they kept him with them for some days.

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