April 27

Joshua 13

1Now Joshua was old and full of years; and the Lord said to him, You are old and full of years, and there is still very much land to be taken.

2This is the land which is still to be taken: all the country of the Philistines, and all the Geshurites;

3From the Shihor, which is before Egypt, to the edge of Ekron to the north, which is taken to be Canaanite property: the five chiefs of the Philistines; the Gazites, and the Ashdodites, the Ashkelonites, the Gittites, and the Ekronites, as well as the Avvim;

4On the south: all the land of the Canaanites, and Mearah which is the property of the Zidonians, to Aphek, as far as the limit of the Amorites:

5And the land of the Gebalites, and all Lebanon, looking east, from Baal-gad under Mount Hermon as far as Hamath:

6All the people of the hill-country from Lebanon to Misrephoth-maim, all the Zidonians; them will I send out from before the children of Israel: only make division of it to Israel for a heritage, as I have given you orders to do.

7So now make division of this land for a heritage to the nine tribes, and the half-tribe of Manasseh.

8With him the Reubenites and the Gadites have been given their heritage, which Moses gave them, on the east side of Jordan, as Moses, the servant of the Lord, gave them;

9From Aroer, on the edge of the valley of the Arnon, and the town in the middle of the valley, and all the table-land from Medeba to Dibon;

10And all the towns of Sihon, king of the Amorites, who was ruling in Heshbon, to the limits of the children of Ammon;

11And Gilead, and the land of the Geshurites and the Maacathites, and all Mount Hermon, and all Bashan to Salecah;

12All the kingdom of Og in Bashan, who was ruling in Ashtaroth and in Edrei (he was one of the last of the Rephaim); these did Moses overcome, driving them out of their country.

13However, the people of Israel did not send out the Geshurites, or the Maacathites: but Geshur and Maacath are living among Israel to this day.

14Only to the tribe of Levi he gave no heritage; the offerings of the Lord, the God of Israel, made by fire are his heritage, as he said to him.

15And Moses gave their heritage to the tribe of Reuben by their families.

16Their limit was from Aroer, on the edge of the valley of the Arnon, and the town in the middle of the valley, and all the table-land by Medeba;

17Heshbon and all her towns in the table-land; Dibon, and Bamoth-baal, and Beth-baal-meon;

18And Jahaz, and Kedemoth, and Mephaath;

19And Kiriathaim, and Sibmah, and Zereth-shahar in the mountain of the valley;

20And Beth-peor, and the slopes of Pisgah, and Beth-jeshimoth;

21And all the towns of the table-land, and all the kingdom of Sihon, king of the Amorites, who was ruling in Heshbon, whom Moses overcame, together with the chiefs of Midian, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, the chiefs of Sihon, who were living in the land.

22And Balaam, the son of Beor, the prophet, the children of Israel put to death with the sword.

23And the limit of the children of Reuben was the edge of Jordan. This was the heritage of the children of Reuben by their families, with its towns and its unwalled places.

24And Moses gave their heritage to the tribe of Gad by their families.

25And their limit was Jazer, and all the towns of Gilead, and half the land of the children of Ammon, to Aroer before Rabbah;

26And from Heshbon to Ramath-mizpeh, and Betonim; and from Mahanaim to the edge of Debir;

27And in the valley, Beth-haram, and Beth-nimrah, and Succoth, and Zaphon, the rest of the kingdom of Sihon, king of Heshbon, having Jordan for its limit, to the end of the sea of Chinnereth on the east side of Jordan.

28This is the heritage of the children of Gad by their families, with its towns and its unwalled places

29And Moses gave their heritage to the half-tribe of Manasseh by their families.

30And their limit was from Mahanaim, all Bashan, all the kingdom of Og, king of Bashan, and all Havvoth-Jair, in Bashan, sixty towns;

31And half Gilead, and Ashtaroth, and Edrei, towns of the kingdom of Og in Bashan, were for the children of Machir, the son of Manasseh, for half of the children of Machir by their families.

32These are the heritages of which Moses made distribution in the lowlands of Moab, on the other side of Jordan in Jericho, to the east.

33But to the tribe of Levi Moses gave no heritage: the Lord, the God of Israel, is their heritage, as he said to them.

Joshua 14

1And these are the heritages which the children of Israel took in the land of Canaan, which Eleazar, the priest, and Joshua, the son of Nun, and the heads of the tribes of the children of Israel, gave out to them;

2Their heritage by the Lord’s decision, as he gave orders by Moses, for the nine tribes and the half-tribe.

3For Moses had given their heritage to the two tribes and the half-tribe on the other side of Jordan, but to the Levites he gave no heritage among them.

4Because the children of Joseph were two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim; and they gave the Levites no part in the land, only towns for their living-places, with the grass-lands for their cattle and for their property.

5As the Lord had given orders to Moses, so the people of Israel did, and they made division of the land.

6Then the children of Judah went to Joshua in Gilgal; and Caleb, the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite, said to him, You have knowledge of what the Lord said to Moses, the man of God, about me and about you in Kadesh-barnea.

7I was forty years old when Moses, the servant of the Lord, sent me from Kadesh-barnea to make a search through the land; and the account which I gave him was in keeping with his desire.

8My brothers, however, who went up with me, made the heart of the people like water: but I was true to the Lord with all my heart.

9And on that day Moses took an oath, saying, Truly the land where your feet have been placed will become a heritage for you and your children for ever, because you have been true to the Lord your God with all your heart.

10And now, as you see, the Lord has kept me safe these forty-five years, from the time when the Lord said this to Moses, while Israel was wandering in the waste land: and now I am eighty-five years old.

11And still, I am as strong today as I was when Moses sent me out: as my strength was then, so is it now, for war and for all the business of life.

12So now, give me this hill-country named by the Lord at that time; for you had an account of it then, how the Anakim were there, and great walled towns: it may be that the Lord will be with me, and I will be able to take their land, as the Lord said.

13And Joshua gave him his blessing; and he gave Hebron to Caleb, the son of Jephunneh, for his heritage.

14So Hebron became the heritage of Caleb, the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite, to this day, because with all his heart he was true to the Lord, the God of Israel.

15In earlier times the name of Hebron had been Kiriath-arba, named after Arba, the greatest of the Anakim. And the land had rest from war.

Job 27

1And Job again took up the word and said,

2By the life of God, who has taken away my right; and of the Ruler of all, who has made my soul bitter;

3(For all my breath is still in me, and the spirit of God is my life;)

4Truly, there is no deceit in my lips, and my tongue does not say what is false.

5Let it be far from me! I will certainly not say that you are right! I will come to death before I give up my righteousness.

6I will keep it safe, and will not let it go: my heart has nothing to say against any part of my life.

7Let my hater be like the evil man, and let him who comes against me be as the sinner.

8For what is the hope of the sinner when he is cut off, when God takes back his soul?

9Will his cry come to the ears of God when he is in trouble?

10Will he take delight in the Ruler of all, and make his prayer to God at all times?

11I will give you teaching about the hand of God; I will not keep secret from you what is in the mind of the Ruler of all.

12Truly, you have all seen it yourselves; why then have you become completely foolish?

13This is the punishment of the evil-doer from God, and the heritage given to the cruel by the Ruler of all.

14If his children are increased, it is for the sword; and his offspring have not enough bread.

15When those of his house who are still living come to their end by disease, they are not put into the earth, and their widows are not weeping for them.

16Though he may get silver together like dust, and make ready great stores of clothing;

17He may get them ready, but the upright will put them on, and he who is free from sin will take the silver for a heritage.

18His house has no more strength than a spider’s thread, or a watchman’s tent.

19He goes to rest full of wealth, but does so for the last time: on opening his eyes, he sees it there no longer.

20Fears overtake him like rushing waters; in the night the storm-wind takes him away.

21The east wind takes him up and he is gone; he is forced violently out of his place.

22God sends his arrows against him without mercy; he goes in flight before his hand.

23Men make signs of joy because of him, driving him from his place with sounds of hissing.

Acts 11:19-30

19Then those who had gone away at the time of the trouble about Stephen, went as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus, preaching to the Jews only.

20But some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, when they came to Antioch, gave the good news about the Lord Jesus to the Greeks.

21And the power of the Lord was with them, and a great number had faith and were turned to the Lord.

22And news of them came to the ears of the church at Jerusalem: and they sent Barnabas as far as Antioch:

23Who, when he came and saw the grace of God, was glad; and he made clear to them the need of keeping near the Lord with all the strength of their hearts:

24For he was a good man and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith: and a great number were joined to the Lord.

25Then he went on to Tarsus, looking for Saul;

26And when he had come across him, he took him to Antioch. And they were with the church there for a year, teaching the people; and the disciples were first given the name of Christians in Antioch.

27Now in those days prophets came from Jerusalem to Antioch.

28And one of them, named Agabus, said publicly through the Spirit that there would be serious need of food all over the earth: which came about in the time of Claudius.

29And the disciples, everyone as he was able, made a decision to send help to the brothers living in Judaea:

30Which they did, sending it to the rulers of the church by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.

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