May 2

Joshua 23

1Now after a long time, when the Lord had given Israel rest from wars on every side, and Joshua was old and full of years,

2Joshua sent for all Israel, for their responsible men and their chiefs and their judges and their overseers, and said to them, I am old, and full of years:

3You have seen everything the Lord your God has done to all these nations because of you; for it is the Lord your God who has been fighting for you.

4Now I have given to you, as the heritage of your tribes, all these nations which are still in the land, together with those cut off by me, from Jordan as far as the Great Sea on the west.

5The Lord your God will send them away by force, driving them out before you; and you are to take their land for your heritage, as the Lord your God said to you.

6So be very strong to keep and do whatever is recorded in the book of the law of Moses, not turning away from it to the right or to the left;

7Have nothing to do with these nations who still are living among you; let not their gods be named by you or used in your oaths; do not be their servants or give them worship:

8But be true to the Lord your God as you have been till this day.

9For the Lord has sent out from before you nations great and strong: and they have all given way before you till this day.

10One man of you is able to put to flight a thousand; for it is the Lord your God who is fighting for you, as he has said to you.

11So keep watch on yourselves, and see that you have love for the Lord your God.

12For if you go back, joining yourselves to the rest of these nations who are still among you, getting married to them and living with them and they with you:

13Then you may be certain that the Lord your God will not go on driving these nations out from before you; but they will become a danger and a cause of sin to you, a whip for your sides and thorns in your eyes, till you are cut off from this good land which the Lord your God has given you.

14Now I am about to go the way of all the earth: and you have seen and are certain, all of you, in your hearts and souls, that in all the good things which the Lord said about you, he has kept faith with you; everything has come true for you.

15And you will see that, as all the good things which the Lord your God undertook to do for you, have come to you, so the Lord will send down on you all the evil things till he has made your destruction complete, and you are cut off from the good land which the Lord your God has given you.

16If the agreement of the Lord your God, which was given to you by his orders, is broken, and you become the servants of other gods and give them worship, then the wrath of the Lord will be burning against you, and you will quickly be cut off from the good land which he has given you.

Joshua 24

1Then Joshua got all the tribes of Israel together at Shechem; and he sent for the responsible men of Israel and their chiefs and their judges and their overseers; and they took their place before God.

2And Joshua said to all the people, These are the words of the Lord, the God of Israel: In the past your fathers, Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nahor, were living on the other side of the River: and they were worshipping other gods.

3And I took your father Abraham from the other side of the River, guiding him through all the land of Canaan; I made his offspring great in number, and gave him Isaac.

4And to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau: to Esau I gave Mount Seir, as his heritage; but Jacob and his children went down to Egypt.

5And I sent Moses and Aaron, troubling Egypt by all the signs I did among them: and after that I took you out.

6I took your fathers out of Egypt: and you came to the Red Sea; and the Egyptians came after your fathers to the Red Sea, with their war-carriages and their horsemen.

7And at their cry, the Lord made it dark between you and the Egyptians, and made the sea go over them, covering them with its waters; your eyes have seen what I did in Egypt: then for a long time you were living in the waste land.

8And I took you into the lands of the Amorites on the other side of Jordan; and they made war on you, and I gave them into your hands and you took their land; and I sent destruction on them before you.

9Then Balak, the son of Zippor, king of Moab, went up to war against Israel; and he sent for Balaam, the son of Beor, to put a curse on you:

10But I did not give ear to Balaam; and so he went on blessing you; and I kept you safe from him.

11Then you went over Jordan and came to Jericho: and the men of Jericho made war on you, the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Hivites and the Jebusites: and I gave them up into your hands.

12And I sent the hornet before you, driving out the two kings of the Amorites before you, not with your sword and your bow.

13And I gave you a land on which you had done no work, and towns not of your building, and you are now living in them; and your food comes from vine-gardens and olive-gardens not of your planting.

14So now, go in fear of the Lord, and be his servants with true hearts: put away the gods worshipped by your fathers across the River and in Egypt, and be servants of the Lord.

15And if it seems evil to you to be the servants of the Lord, make the decision this day whose servants you will be: of the gods whose servants your fathers were across the River, or of the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living: but I and my house will be the servants of the Lord.

16Then the people in answer said, Never will we give up the Lord to be the servants of other gods;

17For it is the Lord our God who has taken us and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, out of the prison-house, and who did all those great signs before our eyes, and kept us safe on all our journeys, and among all the peoples through whom we went:

18And the Lord sent out from before us all the peoples, the Amorites living in the land: so we will be the servants of the Lord, for he is our God.

19And Joshua said to the people, You are not able to be the servants of the Lord, for he is a holy God, a God who will not let his honour be given to another: he will have no mercy on your wrongdoing or your sins.

20If you are turned away from the Lord and become the servants of strange gods, then turning against you he will do you evil, cutting you off, after he has done you good.

21And the people said to Joshua, No! But we will be the servants of the Lord.

22And Joshua said to the people, You are witnesses against yourselves that you have made the decision to be the servants of the Lord. And they said, We are witnesses.

23Then, he said, put away the strange gods among you, turning your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel.

24And the people said to Joshua, We will be the servants of the Lord our God, and we will give ear to his voice.

25So Joshua made an agreement with the people that day, and gave them a rule and a law in Shechem.

26And Joshua put these words on record, writing them in the book of the law of God; and he took a great stone, and put it up there under the oak-tree which was in the holy place of the Lord.

27And Joshua said to all the people, See now, this stone is to be a witness against us; for all the words of the Lord have been said to us in its hearing: so it will be a witness against you if you are false to the Lord your God.

28Then Joshua let the people go away, every man to his heritage.

29Now after these things, the death of Joshua, the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, took place, he being then a hundred and ten years old.

30And they put his body in the earth in the land of his heritage in Timnath-serah, in the hill-country of Ephraim, to the north of Mount Gaash.

31And Israel was true to the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the older men who were still living after Joshua’s death, and had seen what the Lord had done for Israel.

32And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel had taken up from Egypt, they put in the earth in Shechem, in the property which Jacob had got from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, for a hundred shekels: and they became the heritage of the children of Joseph.

33Then the death of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, took place; and his body was put in the earth in the hill of Phinehas his son, which had been given to him in the hill-country of Ephraim.

Job 32

1So these three men gave no more answers to Job, because he seemed to himself to be right.

2And Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, was angry, burning with wrath against Job, because he seemed to himself more right than God;

3And he was angry with his three friends, because they had been unable to give him an answer, and had not made Job’s sin clear.

4Now Elihu had kept quiet while Job was talking, because they were older than he;

5And when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of the three men, he was very angry.

6And Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, made answer and said, I am young, and you are very old, so I was in fear, and kept myself from putting my knowledge before you.

7I said to myself, It is right for the old to say what is in their minds, and for those who are far on in years to give out wisdom.

8But truly it is the spirit in man, even the breath of the Ruler of all, which gives them knowledge.

9It is not the old who are wise, and those who are full of years have not the knowledge of what is right.

10So I say, Give ear to me, and I will put forward my knowledge.

11I was waiting for your words, I was giving ear to your wise sayings; while you were searching out what to say,

12I was taking note; and truly not one of you was able to make clear Job’s error, or to give an answer to his words.

13Take care that you do not say, Wisdom is here; God may overcome him, but not man.

14I will not put forward words like these, or make use of your sayings in answer to him.

15Fear has overcome them, they have no more answers to give; they have come to an end of words.

16And am I to go on waiting while they have nothing to say? while they keep quiet and give no more answers?

17I will give my answer; I will put forward my knowledge:

18For I am full of words, I am unable to keep in my breath any longer:

19My stomach is like wine which is unable to get out; like skins full of new wine, it is almost burst.

20Let me say what is in my mind, so that I may get comfort; let me give answer with open mouth.

21Let me not give respect to any man, or give names of honour to any living.

22For I am not able to give names of honour to any man; and if I did, my Maker would quickly take me away.

Acts 15:1-21

1Now certain men came down from Judaea, teaching the brothers and saying that without circumcision, after the rule of Moses, there is no salvation.

2And after Paul and Barnabas had had no little argument and discussion with them, the brothers made a decision to send Paul and Barnabas and certain others of them to the Apostles and the rulers of the church at Jerusalem about this question.

3So they, being sent on their way by the church, went through Phoenicia and Samaria, giving news of the salvation of the Gentiles, to the great joy of all the brothers.

4And when they came to Jerusalem, they had a meeting with the church and the Apostles and the rulers, and they gave an account of all the things which God had done through them.

5But some of the Pharisees, who were of the faith, got up and said, It is necessary for these to have circumcision and to keep the law of Moses.

6And the Apostles and the rulers of the church came together and gave thought to the question.

7And when there had been much discussion, Peter got up and said to them, My brothers, you have knowledge that some time back it was God’s pleasure that by my mouth the good news might be given to the Gentiles so that they might have faith.

8And God, the searcher of hearts, was a witness to them, giving them the Holy Spirit even as he did to us;

9Making no division between them and us, but making clean their hearts by faith.

10Why then are you testing God, by putting on the neck of the disciples a yoke so hard that not even our fathers or we were strong enough for it?

11But we have faith that we will get salvation through the grace of the Lord Jesus in the same way as they.

12And all the people were quiet while Barnabas and Paul gave an account of the signs and wonders which God had done among the Gentiles by them.

13And when they had come to an end, James, answering, said, My brothers, give ear to me:

14Symeon has given an account of how God was first pleased to take from among the Gentiles a people for himself.

15And this is in agreement with the words of the prophets, as it is said,

16After these things I will come back, and will put up the tent of David which has been broken down, building up again its broken parts and making it complete:

17So that the rest of men may make search for the Lord, and all the Gentiles on whom my name is named,

18Says the Lord, who has made these things clear from the earliest times.

19For this reason my decision is, that we do not put trouble in the way of those who from among the Gentiles are turned to God;

20But that we give them orders to keep themselves from things offered to false gods, and from the evil desires of the body, and from the flesh of animals put to death in ways against the law, and from blood.

21For Moses, from times long past, has his preachers in every town, reading his law in the Synagogues every Sabbath.

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