May 15

Judges 19

1Now in those days, when there was no king in Israel, a certain Levite was living in the inmost parts of the hill-country of Ephraim, and he got for himself a servant-wife from Beth-lehem-judah.

2And his servant-wife was angry with him, and went away from him to her father’s house at Beth-lehem-judah, and was there for four months.

3Then her husband got up and went after her, with the purpose of talking kindly to her, and taking her back with him; he had with him his young man and two asses: and she took him into her father’s house, and her father, when he saw him, came forward to him with joy.

4And his father-in-law, the girl’s father, kept him there for three days; and they had food and drink and took their rest there.

5Now on the fourth day they got up early in the morning and he made ready to go away; but the girl’s father said to his son-in-law, Take a little food to keep up your strength, and then go on your way.

6So seating themselves they had food and drink, the two of them together; and the girl’s father said to the man, If it is your pleasure, take your rest here tonight, and let your heart be glad.

7And the man got up to go away, but his father-in-law would not let him go, so he took his rest there again for the night.

8Then early on the morning of the fifth day he got up to go away; but the girl’s father said, Keep up your strength; so the two of them had a meal, and the man and his woman and his servant did not go till after the middle of the day.

9And when they got up to go away, his father-in-law, the girl’s father, said to him, Now evening is coming on, so do not go tonight; see, the day is almost gone; take your rest here and let your heart be glad, and tomorrow early, go on your way back to your house.

10But the man would not be kept there that night, and he got up and went away and came opposite to Jebus (which is Jerusalem); and he had with him the two asses, ready for travelling, and his woman.

11When they got near Jebus the day was far gone; and the servant said to his master, Now let us go from our road into this town of the Jebusites and take our night’s rest there.

12But his master said to him, We will not go out of our way into a strange town, whose people are not of the children of Israel; but we will go on to Gibeah.

13And he said to his servant, Come, let us go on to one of these places, stopping for the night in Gibeah or Ramah.

14So they went on their way; and the sun went down when they were near Gibeah in the land of Benjamin.

15And they went off the road there with the purpose of stopping for the night in Gibeah: and he went in, seating himself in the street of the town, for no one took them into his house for the night.

16Now when it was evening they saw an old man coming back from his work in the fields; he was from the hill-country of Ephraim and was living in Gibeah: but the men of the place were Benjamites.

17And when he saw the traveller in the street of the town, the old man said, Where are you going? and where do you come from?

18And he said to him, We are on our way from Beth-lehem-judah to the inmost parts of the hill-country of Ephraim: I came from there and went to Beth-lehem-judah: now I am on my way back to my house, but no man will take me into his house.

19But we have dry grass and food for our asses, as well as bread and wine for me, and for the woman, and for the young man with us: we have no need of anything.

20And the old man said, Peace be with you; let all your needs be my care; only do not take your rest in the street.

21So he took them into his house and gave the asses food; and after washing their feet they took food and drink.

22While they were taking their pleasure at the meal, the good-for-nothing men of the town came round the house, giving blows on the door; and they said to the old man, the master of the house, Send out that man who came to your house, so that we may take our pleasure with him.

23So the man, the master of the house, went out to them, and said, No, my brothers, do not this evil thing; this man has come into my house, and you are not to do him this wrong.

24See, here is my daughter, a virgin, and his servant-wife: I will send them out for you to take them and do with them whatever you will. But do no such thing of shame to this man.

25But the men would not give ear to him: so the man took his woman and sent her out to them; and they took her by force, using her for their pleasure all night till the morning; and when dawn came they let her go.

26Then at the dawn of day the woman came, and, falling down at the door of the man’s house where her master was, was stretched there till it was light.

27In the morning her master got up, and opening the door of the house went out to go on his way; and he saw his servant-wife stretched on the earth at the door of the house with her hands on the step.

28And he said to her, Get up and let us be going; but there was no answer; so he took her up and put her on the ass, and went on his way and came to his house.

29And when he had come to his house, he got his knife, and took the woman, cutting her up bone by bone into twelve parts, which he sent through all Israel.

30And he gave orders to the men whom he sent, saying, This is what you are to say to all the men of Israel, Has ever an act like this been done from the day when the children of Israel came out of Egypt to this day? Give thought to it, turning it over in your minds, and give your opinion of it.

Psalms 44

To the chief music-maker. Of the sons of Korah Maschil.

1 It has come to our ears, O God, our fathers have given us the story, of the works which you did in their days, in the old times,

2Uprooting the nations with your hand, and planting our fathers in their place; cutting down the nations, but increasing the growth of your people.

3For they did not make the land theirs by their swords, and it was not their arms which kept them safe; but your right hand, and your arm, and the light of your face, because you had pleasure in them.

4You are my King and my God; ordering salvation for Jacob.

5Through you will we overcome our haters; by your name will they be crushed under our feet who are violent against us.

6I will not put faith in my bow, my sword will not be my salvation.

7But it is you who have been our saviour from those who were against us, and have put to shame those who had hate for us.

8Our pride is in God at all times, to his name we give praise for ever. (Selah.)

9But now you have sent us away from you, and put us to shame; you do not go out with our armies.

10Because of this we are turned back by the attacker: those who have hate for us take our goods for themselves.

11You have made us like sheep which are taken for meat; we are put to flight among the nations.

12You let your people go for nothing; your wealth is not increased by their price.

13You have made us to be looked down on by our neighbours, we are laughed at and shamed by those who are round about us.

14Our name is a word of shame among the nations, a sign for the shaking of heads among the peoples.

15My downfall is ever before me, and I am covered with the shame of my face;

16Because of the voice of him who says sharp and bitter words; because of the hater and him who is the instrument of punishment.

17All this has come on us, but still we have kept you in our memory; and we have not been false to your word.

18Our hearts have not gone back, and our steps have not been turned out of your way;

19Though you have let us be crushed in the place of jackals, though we are covered with darkest shade.

20If the name of our God has gone out of our minds, or if our hands have been stretched out to a strange god,

21Will not God make search for it? for he sees the secrets of the heart.

22Truly, because of you we are put to death every day; we are numbered like sheep for destruction.

23Why are you sleeping, O Lord? awake! and come to our help, do not give us up for ever.

24Why is your face covered, and why do you give no thought to our trouble and our cruel fate?

25For our souls are crushed down to the dust: our bodies are stretched out on the earth.

26Up! and come to our help, and give us salvation because of your mercy.

Acts 22:30

30But on the day after, desiring to have certain knowledge of what the Jews had to say against him, he made him free, and gave orders for the chief priests and all the Sanhedrin to come together, and he took Paul and put him before them.

Acts 23:1-22

1And Paul, looking fixedly at the Sanhedrin, said, My brothers, my life has been upright before God till this day.

2And the high priest, Ananias, gave orders to those who were near him to give him a blow on the mouth.

3Then Paul said to him, God will give blows to you, you whitewashed wall: are you here to be my judge by law, and by your orders am I given blows against the law?

4And those who were near said, Do you say such words against God’s high priest?

5And Paul said, Brother, I had no idea that he was the high priest: for it has been said, You may not say evil about the ruler of your people.

6But when Paul saw that half of them were Sadducees and the rest Pharisees, he said in the Sanhedrin, Brothers, I am a Pharisee, and the son of Pharisees: I am here to be judged on the question of the hope of the coming back from the dead.

7And when he had said this, there was an argument between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and a division in the meeting.

8For the Sadducees say that there is no coming back from the dead, and no angels or spirits: but the Pharisees have belief in all these.

9And there was a great outcry: and some of the scribes on the side of the Pharisees got up and took part in the discussion, saying, We see no evil in this man: what if he has had a revelation from an angel or a spirit?

10And when the argument became very violent, the chief captain, fearing that Paul would be pulled in two by them, gave orders to the armed men to take him by force from among them, and take him into the army building.

11And the night after, the Lord came to his side and said, Be of good heart, for as you have been witnessing for me in Jerusalem, so will you be my witness in Rome.

12And when it was day, the Jews came together and put themselves under an oath that they would take no food or drink till they had put Paul to death.

13And more than forty of them took this oath.

14And they came to the chief priests and the rulers and said, We have taken a great oath to take no food till we have put Paul to death

15So now, will you and the Sanhedrin make a request to the military authorities to have him sent down to you, as if you were desiring to go into the business in greater detail; and we, before ever he gets to you, will be waiting to put him to death.

16But Paul’s sister’s son had word of their design, and he came into the army building and gave news of it to Paul.

17And Paul sent for a captain and said, Take this young man to your chief, for he has news for him.

18So he took him to the chief captain and said, Paul, the prisoner, made a request to me to take this young man to you, for he has something to say to you.

19And the chief took him by the hand and, going on one side, said to him privately, What is it you have to say to me?

20And he said, The Jews are in agreement together to make a request to you for Paul to be taken, on the day after this, into the Sanhedrin, to be questioned in greater detail.

21But do not give way to them, for more than forty of them are waiting for him, having taken an oath not to take food or drink till they have put him to death: and now they are ready, waiting for your order.

22So the chief captain let the young man go, saying to him, Do not say to anyone that you have given me word of these things.

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