April 29

Joshua 18

1And all the meeting of the children of Israel came together at Shiloh and put up the Tent of meeting there: and the land was crushed before them.

2But there were still seven tribes among the children of Israel who had not taken up their heritage.

3Then Joshua said to the children of Israel, Why are you so slow to go in and take up your heritage in the land which the Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you?

4Take from among you three men from every tribe; and I will send them to go through the land and make a record of it for distribution as their heritage; then let them come back to me.

5And let them make division of it into seven parts: let Judah keep inside his limit on the south, and let the children of Joseph keep inside their limit on the north.

6And you are to have the land marked out in seven parts, and come back to me with the record; and I will make the distribution for you here by the decision of the Lord our God.

7For the Levites have no part among you; to be the Lord’s priests is their heritage; and Gad and Reuben and the half-tribe of Manasseh have had their heritage on the east side of Jordan, given to them by Moses, the servant of the Lord.

8So the men got up and went; and Joshua gave orders to those who went, to make a record of the land, saying, Go up and down through the land, and make a record of it and come back here to me, and I will make the distribution for you here by the decision of the Lord in Shiloh.

9So the men went, travelling through the land, and made a record of it by towns in seven parts in a book, and came back to Joshua to the tent-circle at Shiloh.

10And Joshua made the distribution for them in Shiloh by the decision of the Lord, marking out the land for the children of Israel by their divisions.

11And the first heritage came out for the tribe of Benjamin by their families: and the limit of their heritage went between the children of Judah and the children of Joseph.

12And their limit on the north was from the Jordan, and the line goes up to the side of Jericho on the north and through the hill-country to the west, ending at the waste land of Beth-aven.

13And from there the line goes south to Luz, to the side of Luz (which is Beth-el), then down to Ataroth-addar, by the mountain to the south of Beth-horon the lower.

14And the limit is marked as coming round to the south on the west side from the mountain which is south of Beth-horon, and ending at Kiriath-baal (which is Kiriath-jearim), a town of the children of Judah: this is the west part.

15And the south part is from the farthest point of Kiriath-jearim, and the line goes out to the west to the fountain of the waters of Nephtoah:

16And the line goes down to the farthest part of the mountain facing the valley of the son of Hinnom, which is on the north of the valley of Rephaim: from there it goes down to the valley of Hinnom, to the side of the Jebusite on the south as far as En-rogel;

17And it goes to En-shemesh and on to Geliloth, opposite the way up to Adummim, and it goes down to the stone of Bohan, the son of Reuben;

18And it goes on to the side facing the Arabah to the north, and down to the Arabah;

19And on to the north side of Beth-hoglah, ending at the north inlet of the Salt Sea at the south end of Jordan; this is their limit on the south.

20And the limit of the east part is the Jordan. This is the heritage of the children of Benjamin, marked out for their families by these limits on all sides.

21And the towns of the children of Benjamin, given to them in the order of their families, are Jericho and Beth-hoglah and Emek-kezziz

22And Beth-arabah and Zemaraim and Beth-el

23And Avvim and Parah and Ophrah

24And Chephar-Ammoni and Ophni and Geba; twelve towns with their unwalled places;

25Gibeon and Ramah and Beeroth

26And Mizpeh and Chephirah and Mozah

27And Rekem and Irpeel and Taralah

28And Zela, Eleph and the Jebusite (which is Jerusalem), Gibeath and Kiriath; fourteen towns with their unwalled places. This is the heritage of the children of Benjamin by their families.

Joshua 19

1And the second heritage came out for the tribe of Simeon by their families; and their heritage was in the middle of the heritage of the children of Judah.

2And they had for their heritage Beer-sheba and Shema and Moladah

3And Hazar-shual and Balah and Ezem

4And Eltolad and Bethul and Hormah

5And Ziklag and Beth-marcaboth and Hazar-susah

6And Beth-lebaoth and Sharuhen; thirteen towns with their unwalled places;

7Ain, Rimmon, and Ether and Ashan; four towns with their unwalled places;

8And all the unwalled places round about these towns as far as Baalath-beer-ramah to the south. This is the heritage of the tribe of Simeon by their families.

9The heritage of Simeon was taken out of Judah’s stretch of land, for Judah’s part was more than they had need of, so the heritage of the children of Simeon was inside their heritage.

10And the third heritage came out for Zebulun by their families; the limit of their heritage was as far as Sarid;

11And their limit goes up to the west to Maralah, stretching to Dabbesheth, and to the stream in front of Jokneam;

12Then turning east from Sarid to the limit of Chisloth-tabor, it goes out to Daberath, and up to Japhia;

13And from there it goes on east to Gath-hepher, to Eth-kazin; ending at Rimmon which goes as far as Neah;

14And the line goes round it on the north to Hannathon, ending at the valley of Iphtah-el;

15And Kattath and Nahalal and Shimron and Idalah and Beth-lehem; twelve towns with their unwalled places.

16This is the heritage of the children of Zebulun by their families, these towns with their unwalled places.

17For Issachar the fourth heritage came out, for the children of Issachar by their families;

18And their limit was to Jezreel and Chesulloth and Shunem

19And Hapharaim and Shion and Anaharath

20And Rabbith and Kishion and Ebez

21And Remeth and En-gannim and En-haddah and Beth-pazzez;

22And their limit goes as far as Tabor and Shahazimah and Beth-shemesh, ending at Jordan; sixteen towns with their unwalled places.

23This is the heritage of the tribe of the children of Issachar by their families, these towns with their unwalled places.

24And the fifth heritage came out for the tribe of Asher by their families.

25And their limit was Helkath and Hali and Beten and Achshaph

26And Alammelech and Amad and Mishal, stretching to Carmel on the west and Shihor-libnath;

27Turning to the east to Beth-dagon and stretching to Zebulun and the valley of Iphtah-el as far as Beth-emek and Neiel to the north; on the left it goes as far as Cabul

28And Ebron and Rehob and Hammon and Kanah, to great Zidon;

29And the limit goes round to Ramah and the walled town of Tyre and Hosah, ending at the sea by Heleb and Achzib;

30And Ummah and Aphek and Rehob; twenty-two towns with their unwalled places.

31This is the heritage of the tribe of the children of Asher by their families, these towns with their unwalled places.

32For the children of Naphtali the sixth heritage came out, for the children of Naphtali by their families;

33And their limit was from Heleph, from the oak-tree in Zaanannim, and Adami-hannekeb and Jabneel, as far as Lakkum, ending at Jordan;

34And turning west to Aznoth-tabor, the limit goes out from there to Hukkok, stretching to Zebulun on the south, and Asher on the west, and Judah at Jordan on the east.

35And the walled towns are Ziddim, Zer, and Hammath, Rakkath, and Chinnereth

36And Adamah and Ramah and Hazor

37And Kedesh and Edrei and En-Hazor

38And Iron and Migdal-el, Horem and Beth-anath and Beth-shemesh; nineteen towns with their unwalled places.

39This is the heritage of the tribe of the children of Naphtali by their families, these towns with their unwalled places.

40For the tribe of Dan by their families the seventh heritage came out;

41And the limit of their heritage was Zorah and Eshtaol and Ir-shemesh

42And Shaalabbin and Aijalon and Ithlah

43And Elon and Timnah and Ekron

44And Eltekeh and Gibbethon and Baalath

45And Jehud and Bene-berak and Gath-rimmon;

46And on the west was … opposite Joppa.

47(But the limit of the children of Dan was not wide enough for them; so the children of Dan went up and made war on Leshem and took it, putting it to the sword without mercy, and they took it for their heritage and made a place for themselves there, giving it the name of Leshem-dan, after the name of their father, Dan.)

48This is the heritage of the tribe of the children of Dan by their families, these towns with their unwalled places.

49So the distribution of the land and its limits was complete; and the children of Israel gave Joshua, the son of Nun, a heritage among them;

50By the orders of the Lord they gave him the town for which he made request, Timnath-serah in the hill-country of Ephraim: there, after building the town, he made his living-place.

51These are the heritages which Eleazar the priest and Joshua, the son of Nun, and the heads of families of the tribes of the children of Israel gave out at Shiloh, by the decision of the Lord, at the door of the Tent of meeting. So the distribution of the land was complete.

Job 29

1And Job again took up the word and said,

2If only I might again be as I was in the months which are past, in the days when God was watching over me!

3When his light was shining over my head, and when I went through the dark by his light.

4As I was in my flowering years, when my tent was covered by the hand of God;

5While the Ruler of all was still with me, and my children were round me;

6When my steps were washed with milk, and rivers of oil were flowing out of the rock for me.

7When I went out of my door to go up to the town, and took my seat in the public place,

8The young men saw me, and went away, and the old men got up from their seats;

9The rulers kept quiet, and put their hands on their mouths;

10The chiefs kept back their words, and their tongues were joined to the roofs of their mouths.

11For when it came to their ears, men said that I was truly happy; and when their eyes saw, they gave witness to me;

12For I was a saviour to the poor when he was crying for help, to the child with no father, and to him who had no supporter.

13The blessing of him who was near to destruction came on me, and I put a song of joy into the widow’s heart.

14I put on righteousness as my clothing, and was full of it; right decisions were to me a robe and a head-dress.

15I was eyes to the blind, and feet to him who had no power of walking.

16I was a father to the poor, searching out the cause of him who was strange to me.

17By me the great teeth of the evil-doer were broken, and I made him give up what he had violently taken away.

18Then I said, I will come to my end with my children round me, my days will be as the sand in number;

19My root will be open to the waters, and the night mist will be on my branches,

20My glory will be ever new, and my bow will be readily bent in my hand.

21Men gave ear to me, waiting and keeping quiet for my suggestions.

22After I had said what was in my mind, they were quiet and let my words go deep into their hearts;

23They were waiting for me as for the rain, opening their mouths wide as for the spring rains.

24I was laughing at them when they had no hope, and the light of my face was never clouded by their fear.

25I took my place as a chief, guiding them on their way, and I was as a king among his army. …

Acts 13:1-25

1Now there were at Antioch, in the church there, prophets and teachers, Barnabas, and Symeon who was named Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, a relation of Herod the king, and Saul.

2And while they were doing the Lord’s work, and going without food, the Holy Spirit said, Let Barnabas and Saul be given to me for the special work for which they have been marked out by me.

3Then, after prayer and going without food they put their hands on them, and sent them away.

4So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia; and from there they went by ship to Cyprus.

5And at Salamis they were preaching the word of God in the Synagogues of the Jews: and John was with them, helping them.

6And when they had gone through all the island to Paphos, they came across a certain wonder-worker and false prophet, a Jew whose name was Bar-Jesus;

7Who was with the ruler, Sergius Paulus, an able man. This man sent for Barnabas and Saul, desiring to have knowledge of the word of God.

8But Elymas, the wonder-worker (for that is the sense of his name), put himself against them, with the purpose of turning the ruler from the faith.

9But Saul, whose other name is Paul, being full of the Holy Spirit, looking hard at him, said,

10O you, who are full of false tricks and evil ways, a son of the Evil One, hating all righteousness, will you for ever be turning people from the right ways of the Lord?

11And now, see, the hand of the Lord is on you, and you will be blind and not able to see the sun for a time. And straight away a dark mist came down on him; and he went about looking for a guide.

12Then the ruler, when he saw what was done, had faith, being full of wonder at the teaching of the Lord.

13Then Paul and those who were with him went by ship from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia: and there John went away from them and came back to Jerusalem.

14But they, going through from Perga, came to Antioch in Pisidia; and they went into the Synagogue on the Sabbath and were seated.

15And after the reading of the law and the prophets, the rulers of the Synagogue sent to them, saying, Brothers, if you have a word of comfort for the people, say on.

16And Paul, getting up and making a sign with his hand, said, Men of Israel, and you who have the fear of God, give ear.

17The God of this people Israel made selection of our fathers, lifting the people up from their low condition when they were living in the land of Egypt, and with a strong arm took them out of it.

18And for about forty years he put up with their ways in the waste land.

19And having put to destruction seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them the land for their heritage for about four hundred and fifty years.

20And after these things he gave them judges, till the time of Samuel the prophet.

21Then at their request for a king, God gave them Saul, the son of Kish, a man of the family of Benjamin, who was their king for forty years.

22And having put him on one side, he made David their king, to whom he gave witness, saying, I have taken David, the son of Jesse, a man dear to my heart, who will do all my pleasure.

23From this man’s seed has God given to Israel a Saviour, even Jesus, as he gave his word;

24For whose coming John made ready the way by preaching to all the people of Israel the baptism which goes with a change of heart.

25And when John was completing his work, he said, What do I seem to you to be? I am not he; but one is coming after me, whose shoes I am not good enough to undo.

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