May 9

Judges 10

1Now after Abimelech, Tola, the son of Puah, the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar, became the saviour of Israel; he was living in Shamir in the hill-country of Ephraim.

2He was judge over Israel for twenty-three years; and at his death his body was put to rest in the earth in Shamir.

3And after him came Jair the Gileadite, who was judge over Israel for twenty-two years.

4And he had thirty sons, who went on thirty young asses; and they had thirty towns in the land of Gilead, which are named Havvoth-Jair to this day.

5And at the death of Jair his body was put to rest in the earth in Kamon.

6And again the children of Israel did evil in the eyes of the Lord, worshipping the Baals and Astartes, and the gods of Aram and the gods of Zidon and the gods of Moab and the gods of the children of Ammon and the gods of the Philistines; they gave up the Lord and were servants to him no longer.

7And the wrath of the Lord was burning against Israel, and he gave them up into the hands of the Philistines and into the hands of the children of Ammon.

8And that year the children of Israel were crushed under their yoke; for eighteen years all the children of Israel on the other side of Jordan, in the land of the Amorites which is in Gilead, were cruelly crushed down.

9And the children of Ammon went over Jordan, to make war against Judah and Benjamin and the house of Ephraim; and Israel was in great trouble.

10Then the children of Israel, crying out to the Lord, said, Great is our sin against you, for we have given up our God and have been servants to the Baals.

11And the Lord said to the children of Israel, Were not the Egyptians and the Amorites and the children of Ammon and the Philistines

12And the Zidonians and Amalek and Midian crushing you down, and in answer to your cry did I not give you salvation from their hands?

13But, for all this, you have given me up and have been servants to other gods: so I will be your saviour no longer.

14Go, send up your cry for help to the gods of your selection; let them be your saviours in the time of your trouble.

15And the children of Israel said to the Lord, We are sinners; do to us whatever seems good to you: only give us salvation this day.

16So they put away the strange gods from among them, and became the Lord’s servants; and his soul was angry because of the sorrows of Israel.

17Then the children of Ammon came together and put their army in position in Gilead. And the children of Israel came together and put their army in position in Mizpah.

18And the people of Israel said to one another, Who will be the first to make an attack on the children of Ammon? We will make him head over all Gilead.

Judges 11:1-33

1Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a great man of war; he was the son of a loose woman, and Gilead was his father.

2And Gilead’s wife gave birth to sons, and when her sons became men, they sent Jephthah away, saying, You have no part in the heritage of our father’s house, for you are the son of another woman.

3So Jephthah went in flight from his brothers and was living in the land of Tob, where a number of good-for-nothing men, joining Jephthah, went out with him on his undertakings.

4Now after a time the children of Ammon made war against Israel.

5And when the children of Ammon made war against Israel, the responsible men of Gilead went to get Jephthah back from the land of Tob;

6And they said to Jephthah, Come and be our chief so that we may make war against the children of Ammon.

7But Jephthah said to the responsible men of Gilead, Did you not, in your hate for me, send me away from my father’s house? Why do you come to me now when you are in trouble?

8And the responsible men of Gilead said to Jephthah, That is the reason we have come back to you; so go with us and make war against the children of Ammon, and we will make you our head over all the people of Gilead.

9Then Jephthah said to the responsible men of Gilead, If you take me back to make war against the children of Ammon, and if with the help of the Lord I overcome them, will you make me your head?

10And the responsible men of Gilead said to Jephthah, May the Lord be our witness: we will certainly do as you say.

11So Jephthah went with the responsible men of Gilead, and the people made him head and chief over them; and Jephthah said all these things before the Lord in Mizpah.

12Then Jephthah sent men to the king of the children of Ammon, saying, What have you against me that you have come to make war against my land?

13And the king of the children of Ammon said to the men sent by Jephthah, Because Israel, when he came up out of Egypt, took away my land, from the Arnon as far as the Jabbok and as far as Jordan: so now, give me back those lands quietly.

14And Jephthah sent again to the king of the children of Ammon,

15And said to him, This is the word of Jephthah: Israel did not take away the land of Moab or the land of the children of Ammon;

16But when they came up from Egypt, Israel went through the waste land to the Red Sea and came to Kadesh;

17Then Israel sent men to the king of Edom saying, Let me now go through your land; but the king of Edom did not give ear to them. And in the same way he sent to the king of Moab, but he would not; so Israel went on living in Kadesh.

18Then he went on through the waste land and round the land of Edom and the land of Moab, and came by the east side of the land of Moab, and put up their tents on the other side of the Arnon; they did not come inside the limit of Moab, for the Arnon was the limit of Moab.

19And Israel sent men to Sihon, king of the Amorites, the king of Heshbon; and Israel said to him, Let me now go through your land to my place.

20But Sihon would not give way and let Israel go through his land; and Sihon got together all his people, and put his army in position in Jahaz, and made war on Israel.

21And the Lord, the God of Israel, gave Sihon and all his people into the hands of Israel, and they overcame them; so all the land of the Amorites, the people of that land, became Israel’s.

22All the limit of the Amorites was theirs, from the Arnon as far as the Jabbok and from the waste land even to Jordan.

23So now the Lord, the God of Israel, has taken away their land from the Amorites and given it to his people Israel; are you then to have it?

24Do you not keep the lands of those whom Chemosh your god sends out from before you? So we will keep all the lands of those whom the Lord our God sends out from before us.

25What! are you any better than Balak, the son of Zippor, king of Moab? Did he ever take up a cause against Israel or make war against them?

26While Israel was living in Heshbon and its daughter-towns and in Aroer and its daughter-towns and in all the towns which are by the side of the Arnon, for three hundred years, why did you not get them back at that time?

27So I have done no wrong against you, but you are doing wrong to me in fighting against me: may the Lord, who is Judge this day, be judge between the children of Israel and the children of Ammon.

28The king of the children of Ammon, however, did not give ear to the words which Jephthah sent to him.

29Then the spirit of the Lord came on Jephthah, and he went through Gilead and Manasseh, and came to Mizpeh of Gilead; and from Mizpeh of Gilead he went over to the children of Ammon.

30And Jephthah took an oath to the Lord, and said, If you will give the children of Ammon into my hands,

31Then whoever comes out from the door of my house, meeting me when I come back in peace from the children of Ammon, will be the Lord’s and I will give him as a burned offering.

32So Jephthah went over to the children of Ammon to make war on them; and the Lord gave them into his hands.

33And he made an attack on them from Aroer all the way to Minnith, overrunning twenty towns, as far as Abel-cheramim, and put great numbers to the sword. So the children of Ammon were crushed before the children of Israel.

Job 39

1Have you knowledge of the rock-goats? or do you see the roes giving birth to their young?

2Is the number of their months fixed by you? or is the time when they give birth ordered by you?

3They are bent down, they give birth to their young, they let loose the fruit of their body.

4Their young ones are strong, living in the open country; they go out and do not come back again.

5Who has let the ass of the fields go free? or made loose the bands of the loud-voiced beast?

6To whom I have given the waste land for a heritage, and the salt land as a living-place.

7He makes sport of the noise of the town; the voice of the driver does not come to his ears;

8He goes looking for his grass-lands in the mountains, searching out every green thing.

9Will the ox of the mountains be your servant? or is his night’s resting-place by your food-store?

10Will he be pulling your plough with cords, turning up the valleys after you?

11Will you put your faith in him, because his strength is great? will you give the fruit of your work into his care?

12Will you be looking for him to come back, and get in your seed to the crushing-floor?

13Is the wing of the ostrich feeble, or is it because she has no feathers,

14That she puts her eggs on the earth, warming them in the dust,

15Without a thought that they may be crushed by the foot, and broken by the beasts of the field?

16She is cruel to her young ones, as if they were not hers; her work is to no purpose; she has no fear.

17For God has taken wisdom from her mind, and given her no measure of knowledge.

18When she is shaking her wings on high, she makes sport of the horse and of him who is seated on him.

19Do you give strength to the horse? is it by your hand that his neck is clothed with power?

20Is it through you that he is shaking like a locust, in the pride of his loud-sounding breath?

21He is stamping with joy in the valley; he makes sport of fear.

22In his strength he goes out against the arms of war, turning not away from the sword.

23The bow is sounding against him; he sees the shining point of spear and arrow.

24Shaking with passion, he is biting the earth; he is not able to keep quiet at the sound of the horn;

25When it comes to his ears he says, Aha! He is smelling the fight from far off, and hearing the thunder of the captains, and the war-cries.

26Is it through your knowledge that the hawk takes his flight, stretching out his wings to the south?

27Or is it by your orders that the eagle goes up, and makes his resting-place on high?

28On the rock is his house, and on the mountain-top his strong place.

29From there he is watching for food; his eye sees it far off.

30His young have blood for their drink, and where the dead bodies are, there is he to be seen.

Acts 19:1-20

1And it came about that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul, having gone through the higher country, came to Ephesus, where there were certain disciples:

2And he said to them, Did you get the Holy Spirit when you had faith? And they said to him, No, we have had no knowledge of the Holy Spirit.

3And he said, What sort of baptism did you have? And they said, The baptism of John.

4And Paul said, John gave a baptism which goes with a change of heart, saying to the people that they were to have faith in him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus.

5And hearing this, they had baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus.

6And when Paul had put his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they had the power of talking in tongues, and acting like prophets.

7And there were about twelve of these men.

8And he went into the Synagogue, and for three months he was preaching there without fear, reasoning and teaching about the kingdom of God.

9But because some of the people were hard-hearted and would not give hearing, saying evil words about the Way before the people, he went away from them, and kept the disciples separate, reasoning every day in the school of Tyrannus.

10And this went on for two years, so that all those who were living in Asia had knowledge of the word of the Lord, Greeks as well as Jews.

11And God did special works of power by the hands of Paul:

12So that bits of linen and clothing from his body were taken to people who were ill, and their diseases went away from them and the evil spirits went out.

13But some of the Jews who went from place to place driving out evil spirits, took it on themselves to make use of the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, I give you orders, by Jesus, whom Paul is preaching.

14And there were seven sons of a man named Sceva, a Jew and a chief priest, who did this.

15And the evil spirit, answering, said to them, I have knowledge of Jesus, and of Paul, but who are you?

16And the man in whom the evil spirit was, jumping on them, was stronger than the two of them, and overcame them, so that they went running from that house, wounded and without their clothing.

17And this came to the ears of all those, Jews and Greeks, who were living at Ephesus; and fear came on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was made great.

18And a number of those who had faith came and made a public statement of their sins and all their acts.

19And a great number of those who were experts in strange arts took their books and put them on the fire in front of everyone: and when the books were valued they came to fifty thousand bits of silver.

20So the word of the Lord was increased very greatly and was full of power.

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