May 10

Judges 11:34-40

34Then Jephthah came back to his house in Mizpah, and his daughter came out, meeting him on his way with music and with dances; she was his only child; he had no other sons or daughters.

35And when he saw her he was overcome with grief, and said, Ah! my daughter! I am crushed with sorrow, and it is you who are the chief cause of my trouble; for I have made an oath to the Lord and I may not take it back.

36And she said to him, My father, you have made an oath to the Lord; do then to me whatever you have said; for the Lord has sent a full reward on your haters, on the children of Ammon.

37Then she said to her father, Only do this for me: let me have two months to go away into the mountains with my friends, weeping for my sad fate.

38And he said, Go then. So he sent her away for two months; and she went with her friends to the mountains, weeping for her sad fate.

39And at the end of two months she went back to her father, who did with her as he had said in his oath: and she had never been touched by a man. So it became a rule in Israel,

40For the women to go year by year sorrowing for the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite, four days in every year.

Judges 12

1Now the men of Ephraim came together and took up arms and went over to Zaphon; and they said to Jephthah, Why did you go over to make war against the children of Ammon without sending for us to go with you? Now we will put your house on fire over you.

2And Jephthah said to them, I and my people were in danger, and the children of Ammon were very cruel to us, and when I sent for you, you gave me no help against them.

3So when I saw that there was no help to be had from you, I put my life in my hand and went over against the children of Ammon, and the Lord gave them into my hands: why then have you come up to me this day to make war on me?

4Then Jephthah got together all the men of Gilead and made war on Ephraim; and the men of Gilead overcame Ephraim.

5And the Gileadites took the crossing-places of Jordan against the Ephraimites; and when any of the men of Ephraim who had gone in flight said, let me go over; the men of Gilead said to him, Are you an Ephraimite? And if he said, No;

6Then they said to him, Now say Shibboleth; and he said Sibboleth, and was not able to say it in the right way; then they took him and put him to death at the crossing-places of Jordan; and at that time forty-two thousand Ephraimites were put to death.

7Now Jephthah was judge of Israel for six years. And Jephthah the Gileadite came to his death, and his body was put to rest in his town, Mizpeh of Gilead.

8And after him, Ibzan of Beth-lehem was judge of Israel.

9He had thirty sons, and thirty daughters whom he sent to other places, and he got thirty wives from other places for his sons. And he was judge of Israel for seven years.

10And Ibzan came to his death and his body was put to rest at Beth-lehem.

11And after him, Elon the Zebulonite was judge of Israel; and he was judge of Israel for ten years.

12And Elon the Zebulonite came to his death, and his body was put to rest in Aijalon in the land of Zebulun.

13And after him, Abdon, the son of Hillel, the Pirathonite, was judge of Israel.

14He had forty sons and thirty sons’ sons who went on seventy young asses; and he was judge of Israel for eight years.

15And Abdon, the son of Hillel, came to his death, and his body was put to rest in Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the hill-country of the Amalekites.

Job 40

1…

2Will he who is protesting give teaching to the Ruler of all? Let him who has arguments to put forward against God give an answer.

3And Job said in answer to the Lord,

4Truly, I am of no value; what answer may I give to you? I will put my hand on my mouth.

5I have said once, and even twice, what was in my mind, but I will not do so again.

6Then the Lord made answer to Job out of the storm-wind, and said,

7Get your strength together like a man of war: I will put questions to you, and you will give me the answers.

8Will you even make my right of no value? will you say that I am wrong in order to make clear that you are right?

9Have you an arm like God? have you a voice of thunder like his?

10Put on the ornaments of your pride; be clothed with glory and power:

11Let your wrath be overflowing; let your eyes see all the sons of pride, and make them low.

12Send destruction on all who are lifted up, pulling down the sinners from their places.

13Let them be covered together in the dust; let their faces be dark in the secret place of the underworld.

14Then I will give praise to you, saying that your right hand is able to give you salvation.

15See now the Great Beast, whom I made, even as I made you; he takes grass for food, like the ox.

16His strength is in his body, and his force in the muscles of his stomach.

17His tail is curving like a cedar; the muscles of his legs are joined together.

18His bones are pipes of brass, his legs are like rods of iron.

19He is the chief of the ways of God, made by him for his pleasure.

20He takes the produce of the mountains, where all the beasts of the field are at play.

21He takes his rest under the trees of the river, and in the pool, under the shade of the water-plants.

22He is covered by the branches of the trees; the grasses of the stream are round him.

23Truly, if the river is overflowing, it gives him no cause for fear; he has no sense of danger, even if Jordan is rushing against his mouth.

24Will anyone take him when he is on the watch, or put metal teeth through his nose?

Acts 19:21-41

21Now after these things were ended, Paul came to a decision that when he had gone through Macedonia and Achaia he would go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I have a desire to see Rome.

22And having sent two of his helpers, Timothy and Erastus, into Macedonia, he himself went on living in Asia for a time.

23And about that time a great outcry took place about the Way.

24For there was a certain man named Demetrius, a silver-worker, who made silver boxes for the images of Diana, and gave no small profit to the workmen;

25Whom he got together, with other workmen of the same trade, and said to them, Men, it is clear that from this business we get our wealth.

26And you see, for it has come to your ears, that not only at Ephesus, but almost all through Asia, this Paul has been teaching numbers of people and turning them away, saying that those are not gods who are made by men’s hands:

27And there is danger, not only that our trade may be damaged in the opinion of men, but that the holy place of the great goddess Diana may be no longer honoured, and that she to whom all Asia and the world give worship, will be put down from her high position.

28And hearing this, they were very angry, crying out and saying, Great is Diana of Ephesus.

29And the town was full of noise and trouble, and they all came running into the theatre, having taken by force Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia who were journeying in company with Paul.

30And when Paul was about to go in to the people, the disciples did not let him.

31And some of the rulers of Asia, being his friends, sent to him, requesting him seriously not to put himself in danger by going into the theatre.

32And some said one thing, and some another: for there was no order in the meeting; and most of them had no idea why they had come together.

33Then they took Alexander out from among the people, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander, making a sign with his hand, was about to make a statement to the people in answer:

34But when they saw that he was a Jew, all of them with one voice went on crying out for about two hours, Great is Diana of Ephesus.

35And when the chief secretary had got the people quiet, he said, Men of Ephesus, is any man without knowledge that the town of Ephesus is the keeper of the holy place of the great Diana, who was sent down from Jupiter?

36So then, because these things may not be doubted, it would be better for you to be quiet, and do nothing unwise.

37For you have taken these men, who are not doing damage to the holy place or talking against our goddess.

38If, then, Demetrius and the workmen who are with him have a protest to make against any man, the law is open to them, and there are judges; let them put up a cause at law against one another.

39But if any other business is in question, let it be taken up in the regular meeting.

40For, truly, we are in danger of being made responsible for this day’s trouble, there being no cause for it: and we are not able to give any reason for this coming together.

41And when he had said this, he sent the meeting away.

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