April 30

Joshua 20

1And the Lord said to Joshua,

2Say to the children of Israel, Let certain towns be marked out as safe places, as I said to you by the mouth of Moses,

3So that any man who in error and without design has taken the life of another, may go in flight to them: and they will be safe places for you from him who has the right of punishment for blood.

4And if anyone goes in flight to one of those towns, and comes into the public place of the town, and puts his cause before the responsible men of the town, they will take him into the town and give him a place among them where he may be safe.

5And if the one who has the right of punishment comes after him, they are not to give the taker of life up to him; because he was the cause of his neighbour’s death without designing it and not in hate.

6And he is to go on living in that town till he has to come before the meeting of the people to be judged; (till the death of him who is high priest at that time:) then the taker of life may come back to his town and to his house, to the town from which he had gone in flight.

7So they made selection of Kedesh in Galilee in the hill-country of Naphtali, and Shechem in the hill-country of Ephraim, and Kiriath-arba (which is Hebron) in the hill-country of Judah.

8And on the east side of Jordan at Jericho, they made selection of Bezer in the waste land, in the table-land, out of the tribe of Reuben, and Ramoth in Gilead out of the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan out of the tribe of Manasseh.

9These were the towns marked out for all the children of Israel and for the man from a strange country living among them, so that anyone causing the death of another in error, might go in flight there, and not be put to death by him who has the right of punishment for blood till he had come before the meeting of the people.

Joshua 21

1Then the heads of the families of the Levites came to Eleazar the priest and Joshua, the son of Nun, and to the heads of families of the tribes of the children of Israel;

2And said to them in Shiloh in the land of Canaan, The Lord gave orders by Moses that we were to have towns for living in, with their grass-lands for our cattle.

3And the children of Israel out of their heritage gave to the Levites these towns with their grass-lands, by the order of the Lord.

4And the heritage came out for the families of the Kohathites: the children of Aaron the priest, who were of the Levites, were given thirteen towns from the tribes of Judah, Simeon, and Benjamin.

5The rest of the children of Kohath by their families were given ten towns from the tribes of Ephraim and Dan and the half-tribe of Manasseh.

6The children of Gershon by their families were given thirteen towns from the tribes of Issachar and Asher and Naphtali and the half-tribe of Manasseh which was in Bashan.

7The children of Merari by their families were given twelve towns from the tribes of Reuben and Gad and Zebulun.

8All these towns with their grass-lands the children of Israel gave by the decision of the Lord to the Levites, as the Lord had given orders by Moses.

9From the tribes of the children of Judah and the children of Simeon they gave these towns, listed here by name:

10These were for the children of Aaron among the families of the Kohathites, of the children of Levi: for they came first in the distribution.

11They gave them Kiriath-arba, the town of Arba, the father of Anak, (which is Hebron) in the hill-country of Judah, with its grass-lands.

12But the open country round the town, and its unwalled places, they gave to Caleb, the son of Jephunneh, as his property.

13And to the children of Aaron the priest they gave Hebron with its grass-lands, the town where the taker of life might be safe, and Libnah with its grass-lands;

14And Jattir with its grass-lands, and Eshtemoa with its grass-lands;

15And Holon with its grass-lands, and Debir with its grass-lands;

16And Ain, and Juttah, and Beth-shemesh, with their grass-lands; nine towns from those two tribes.

17And from the tribe of Benjamin they gave Gibeon and Geba with their grass-lands;

18Anathoth and Almon with their grass-lands, four towns.

19Thirteen towns with their grass-lands were given to the children of Aaron, the priests.

20The rest of the families of the children of Kohath, the Levites, were given towns from the tribe of Ephraim.

21And they gave them Shechem with its grass-lands in the hill-country of Ephraim, the town where the taker of life might be safe, and Gezer with its grass-lands;

22And Kibzaim and Beth-horon with their grass-lands, four towns.

23And from the tribe of Dan, Elteke and Gibbethon with their grass-lands;

24Aijalon and Gath-rimmon with their grass-lands, four towns.

25And from the half-tribe of Manasseh, Taanach and Gath-rimmon with their grass-lands, two towns.

26All the towns of the rest of the families of the children of Kohath were ten with their grass-lands.

27And to the children of Gershon, of the families of the Levites, they gave from the half-tribe of Manasseh, Golan in Bashan with its grass-lands, the town where the taker of life might be safe, and Ashtaroth with its grass-lands, two towns.

28And from the tribe of Issachar, Kishion and Daberath with their grass-lands;

29Jarmuth and En-gannim with their grass-lands, four towns.

30And from the tribe of Asher, Mishal and Abdon, with their grass-lands:

31Helkath and Rehob with their grass-lands, four towns.

32And from the tribe of Naphtali, Kedesh in Galilee with its grass-lands, the town where the taker of life might be safe, and Hammoth-dor and Kartan with their grass-lands, three towns.

33All the towns of the Gershonites with their families were thirteen with their grass-lands.

34And to the rest of the Levites, that is, the families of the children of Merari, they gave from the tribe of Zebulun, Jokneam and Kartah with their grass-lands;

35Dimnah and Nahalal with their grass-lands, four towns.

36And from the tribe of Reuben, Bezer and Jahaz with their grass-lands;

37Kedemoth and Mephaath with their grass-lands, four towns.

38And from the tribe of Gad, Ramoth in Gilead, the town where the taker of life might be safe, and Mahanaim with their grass-lands;

39Heshbon and Jazer with their grass-lands, four towns.

40All these towns were given to the children of Merari by their families, that is, the rest of the families of the Levites; and their heritage was twelve towns.

41All the towns of the Levites, among the heritage of the children of Israel, were forty-eight towns with their grass-lands.

42Every one of these towns had grass-lands round it.

43So the Lord gave to Israel all the land which he gave by oath to their fathers; so it became their heritage and their living-place.

44And the Lord gave them peace on every side, as he had said to their fathers: all those who were against them gave way before them, for the Lord gave them all up into their hands.

45The Lord kept faith with the house of Israel about all the good which he said he would do for them, and all his words came true.

Job 30

1But now those who are younger than I make sport of me; those whose fathers I would not have put with the dogs of my flocks.

2Of what use is the strength of their hands to me? all force is gone from them.

3They are wasted for need of food, biting the dry earth; their only hope of life is in the waste land.

4They are pulling off the salt leaves from the brushwood, and making a meal of roots.

5They are sent out from among their townsmen, men are crying after them as thieves

6They have to get a resting-place in the hollows of the valleys, in holes of the earth and rocks.

7They make noises like asses among the brushwood; they get together under the thorns.

8They are sons of shame, and of men without a name, who have been forced out of the land.

9And now I have become their song, and I am a word of shame to them.

10I am disgusting to them; they keep away from me, and put marks of shame on me.

11For he has made loose the cord of my bow, and put me to shame; he has sent down my flag to the earth before me.

12The lines of his men of war put themselves in order, and make high their ways of destruction against me:

13They have made waste my roads, with a view to my destruction; his bowmen come round about me;

14As through a wide broken place in the wall they come on, I am overturned by the shock of their attack.

15Fears have come on me; my hope is gone like the wind, and my well-being like a cloud.

16But now my soul is turned to water in me, days of trouble overtake me:

17The flesh is gone from my bones, and they give me no rest; there is no end to my pains.

18With great force he takes a grip of my clothing, pulling me by the neck of my coat.

19Truly God has made me low, even to the earth, and I have become like dust.

20You give no answer to my cry, and take no note of my prayer.

21You have become cruel to me; the strength of your hand is hard on me.

22Lifting me up, you make me go on the wings of the wind; I am broken up by the storm.

23For I am certain that you will send me back to death, and to the meeting-place ordered for all living.

24Has not my hand been stretched out in help to the poor? have I not been a saviour to him in his trouble?

25Have I not been weeping for the crushed? and was not my soul sad for him who was in need?

26For I was looking for good, and evil came; I was waiting for light, and it became dark.

27My feelings are strongly moved, and give me no rest; days of trouble have overtaken me.

28I go about in dark clothing, uncomforted; I get up in the public place, crying out for help.

29I have become a brother to the jackals, and go about in the company of ostriches.

30My skin is black and dropping off me; and my bones are burning with the heat of my disease.

31And my music has been turned to sorrow, and the sound of my pipe into the noise of weeping.

Acts 13:26-52

26My brothers, children of the family of Abraham, and those among you who have the fear of God, to us the word of this salvation is sent.

27For the men of Jerusalem and their rulers, having no knowledge of him, or of the sayings of the prophets which come to their ears every Sabbath day, gave effect to them by judging him.

28And though no cause of death was seen in him, they made a request to Pilate that he might be put to death.

29And when they had done all the things said in the Writings about him, they took him down from the tree, and put him in the place of the dead.

30But God gave him back from the dead:

31And for a number of days he was seen by those who came with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses before the people.

32And we are giving you the good news of the undertaking made to the fathers,

33Which God has now put into effect for our children, by sending Jesus; as it says in the second Psalm, You are my Son; this day I have given you being.

34And about his coming back from the dead, never again to go to destruction, he has said these words, I will give you the holy and certain mercies of David.

35Because he says in another Psalm, You will not let your Holy One see destruction.

36Now David, having done God’s work for his generation, went to sleep, and was put with his fathers, and his body came to destruction:

37But he, who was lifted up by God, did not see destruction.

38And so, let it be clear to you, my brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is offered to you:

39And through him everyone who has faith is made free from all those things, from which the law of Moses was not able to make you free.

40So take care that these words of the prophets do not come true for you;

41See, you doubters, have wonder and come to your end; for I will do a thing in your days to which you will not give belief, even if it is made clear to you.

42And when they went out, they made a request that these words might be said to them again on the Sabbath after.

43Now when the meeting was ended, a number of the Jews and of the God-fearing Gentiles who had become Jews, went after Paul and Barnabas: who put before them how important it was to keep on in the grace of God.

44And on the Sabbath after, almost all the town came together to give hearing to the word of God.

45But when the Jews saw such a great number of people, they were full of envy and said evil words against Paul’s preaching.

46Then Paul and Barnabas without fear said, It was necessary for the word of God to be given to you first; but because you will have nothing to do with it, and have no desire for eternal life, it will now be offered to the Gentiles.

47For so the Lord has given us orders, saying, I have given you for a light to the Gentiles so that you may be for salvation to the ends of the earth.

48And the Gentiles, hearing this, were glad and gave glory to the word of God: and those marked out by God for eternal life had faith.

49And the word of the Lord went through all the country.

50But the Jews, working up the feelings of the God-fearing women of high position and of the chief men of the town, got an attack started against Paul and Barnabas, driving them out of those parts.

51But they, shaking off the dust of that place from their feet, came to Iconium.

52And the disciples were full of joy and of the Holy Spirit.

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