May 3

Judges 1

1Now after the death of Joshua, the children of Israel made request to the Lord, saying, Who is to go up first to make war for us against the Canaanites?

2And the Lord said, Judah is to go up: see, I have given the land into his hands.

3Then Judah said to Simeon his brother, Come up with me into my heritage, so that we may make war against the Canaanites; and I will then go with you into your heritage. So Simeon went with him.

4And Judah went up; and the Lord gave the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hands; and they overcame ten thousand of them in Bezek.

5And they came across Adoni-zedek, and made war on him; and they overcame the Canaanites and the Perizzites.

6But Adoni-zedek went in flight; and they went after him and overtook him, and had his thumbs and his great toes cut off.

7And Adoni-zedek said, Seventy kings, whose thumbs and great toes had been cut off, got broken meat under my table: as I have done, so has God done to me in full. And they took him to Jerusalem, and he came to his end there.

8Then the children of Judah made an attack on Jerusalem, and took it, burning down the town after they had put its people to the sword without mercy.

9After that the children of Judah went down to make war on the Canaanites living in the hill-country and in the south and in the lowlands.

10And Caleb went against the Canaanites of Hebron: (now in earlier times Hebron was named Kiriath-arba:) and he put Sheshai and Ahiman and Talmai to the sword.

11And from there he went up against the people of Debir. (Now the name of Debir in earlier times was Kiriath-sepher.)

12And Caleb said, I will give Achsah, my daughter, as wife to the man who overcomes Kiriath-sepher and takes it.

13And Othniel, the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, took it; so he gave him his daughter Achsah for his wife.

14Now when she came to him, he put into her mind the idea of requesting a field from her father: and she got down from her ass; and Caleb said to her, What is it?

15And she said to him, Give me a blessing; because you have put me in a dry south-land, now give me springs of water. So Caleb gave her the higher spring and the lower spring.

16Now Hobab the Kenite, Moses’ father-in-law, had come up out of the town of palm-trees, with the children of Judah, into the waste land of Arad; and he went and was living among the Amalekites;

17And Judah went with Simeon, his brother, and overcame the Canaanites living in Zephath, and put it under the curse; and he gave the town the name of Hormah.

18Then Judah took Gaza and its limit, and Ashkelon and its limit, and Ekron and its limit.

19And the Lord was with Judah; and he took the hill-country for his heritage; but he was unable to make the people of the valley go out, for they had war-carriages of iron.

20And they gave Hebron to Caleb, as Moses had said; and he took the land of the three sons of Anak, driving them out from there.

21And the children of Judah did not make the Jebusites who were living in Jerusalem go out; the Jebusites are still living with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem.

22And the family of Joseph went up against Beth-el, and the Lord was with them.

23So they sent men to make a search round Beth-el. (Now the name of the town in earlier times was Luz.)

24And the watchers saw a man coming out of the town, and said to him, If you will make clear to us the way into the town, we will be kind to you.

25So he made clear to them the way into the town, and they put it to the sword; but they let the man and all his family get away safe.

26And he went into the land of the Hittites, building a town there and naming it Luz: which is its name to this day.

27And Manasseh did not take away the land of the people of Beth-shean and its daughter-towns, or of Taanach and its daughter-towns, or of the people of Dor and its daughter-towns, or of the people of Ibleam and its daughter-towns, or of the people of Megiddo and its daughter-towns, driving them out; but the Canaanites would go on living in that land.

28And whenever Israel became strong, they put the Canaanites to forced work, without driving them out completely.

29And Ephraim did not make the Canaanites who were living in Gezer go out; but the Canaanites went on living in Gezer among them.

30Zebulun did not make the people of Kitron or the people of Nahalol go out; but the Canaanites went on living among them and were put to forced work.

31And Asher did not take the land of the people of Acco, or Zidon, or Ahlab, or Achzib, or Helbah, or Aphik, or Rehob, driving them out;

32But the Asherites went on living among the Canaanites, the people of the land, without driving them out.

33Naphtali did not take the land of the people of Beth-shemesh or of Beth-anath, driving them out; but he was living among the Canaanites in the land; however, the people of Beth-shemesh and Beth-anath were put to forced work.

34And the children of Dan were forced into the hill-country by the Amorites, who would not let them come down into the valley;

35For the Amorites would go on living in Mount Heres, in Aijalon, and in Shaalbim; but the children of Joseph became stronger than they, and put them to forced work.

36And the limit of the Edomites went from the slope of Akrabbim from Sela and up.

Job 33

1And now, O Job, give ear to my words, and take note of all I say.

2See, now my mouth is open, my tongue gives out words.

3My heart is overflowing with knowledge, my lips say what is true.

4The spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Ruler of all gives me life.

5If you are able, give me an answer; put your cause in order, and come forward.

6See, I am the same as you are in the eyes of God; I was cut off from the same bit of wet earth.

7Fear of me will not overcome you, and my hand will not be hard on you.

8But you said in my hearing, and your voice came to my ears:

9I am clean, without sin; I am washed, and there is no evil in me:

10See, he is looking for something against me; in his eyes I am as one of his haters;

11He puts chains on my feet; he is watching all my ways.

12Truly, in saying this you are wrong; for God is greater than man.

13Why do you put forward your cause against him, saying, He gives no answer to any of my words?

14For God gives his word in one way, even in two, and man is not conscious of it:

15In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep comes on men, while they take their rest on their beds;

16Then he makes his secrets clear to men, so that they are full of fear at what they see;

17In order that man may be turned from his evil works, and that pride may be taken away from him;

18To keep back his soul from the underworld, and his life from destruction.

19Pain is sent on him as a punishment, while he is on his bed; there is no end to the trouble in his bones;

20He has no desire for food, and his soul is turned away from delicate meat;

21His flesh is so wasted away, that it may not be seen, and his bones. …

22And his soul comes near to the underworld, and his life to the angels of death.

23If now there may be an angel sent to him, one of the thousands which there are to be between him and God, and to make clear to man what is right for him;

24And if he has mercy on him, and says, Let him not go down to the underworld, I have given the price for his life:

25Then his flesh becomes young again, and he comes back to the days of his early strength;

26He makes his prayer to God, and he has mercy on him; he sees God’s face with cries of joy; he gives news of his righteousness to men;

27He makes a song, saying, I did wrong, turning from the straight way, but he did not give me the reward of my sin.

28He kept my soul from the underworld, and my life sees the light in full measure.

29Truly, God does all these things to man, twice and three times,

30Keeping back his soul from the underworld, so that he may see the light of life.

31Take note O Job, give ear to me; keep quiet, while I say what is in my mind.

32If you have anything to say, give me an answer; for it is my desire that you may be judged free from sin.

33If not, give attention to me, and keep quiet, and I will give you wisdom.

Acts 15:22-41

22Then it seemed good to the Apostles and the rulers and all the church, to send men from among them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; Judas, named Barsabbas, and Silas, chief men among the brothers:

23And they sent a letter by them, saying, The Apostles and the older brothers, to the brothers who are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, may joy be with you:

24Because we have knowledge that some who went from us have been troubling you with their words, putting your souls in doubt; to whom we gave no such order;

25It seemed good to us, having come to an agreement together, to send these men to you, with our well loved Barnabas and Paul,

26Men who have given up their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

27And so we have sent Judas and Silas, who will say the same things to you themselves, by word of mouth.

28For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us, to put on you nothing more than these necessary things;

29To keep from things offered to false gods, and from blood, and from things put to death in ways which are against the law, and from the evil desires of the body; if you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. May you be happy.

30So they, being sent away, came down to Antioch, and having got the people together, they gave them the letter.

31And after reading it, they were glad of its comfort.

32And Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, gave teaching to the brothers and made them strong in the faith.

33And when they had been there for some time, they were sent back in peace by the brothers to those who had sent them.

35But Paul and Barnabas kept on in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of God, with a number of others.

36And after some days, Paul said to Barnabas, Let us go back and see the brothers in every town where we have given the word of God, and see how they are.

37And Barnabas had a desire to take with them John, named Mark.

38But Paul was of the opinion that it was not right to take with them one who had gone away from them in Pamphylia, and had not gone on with the work.

39And there was a sharp argument between them, so that they were parted from one another, and Barnabas took Mark with him and went by ship to Cyprus;

40But Paul took Silas and went away with the blessing of the brothers.

41And he went through Syria and Cilicia, making the churches stronger in the faith.

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