Daily Reading - March 26, 2020


Numbers 21

Chapter 21

Arad Conquered

1 When the Canaanite, the king of Arad, who lived in the Negev [fn], heard that Israel was coming by the way of Atharim [fn], then he fought against Israel and took some of them captive.
2 So Israel made a vow to the Lord and said, "If You will indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly [fn] destroy their cities."
3 The Lord heard the voice of Israel and delivered up the Canaanites; then they utterly [fn] destroyed them and their cities. Thus the name of the place was called Hormah [fn].

4 Then they set out from Mount Hor by the way of the Red [fn] Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the people [fn] became impatient because of the journey.
5 The people spoke against God and Moses, "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food [fn] and no water, and we [fn] loathe this miserable food."

The Bronze Serpent

6 The Lord sent fiery serpents among the people and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died.
7 So the people came to Moses and said, "We have sinned, because we have spoken against the Lord and you; intercede with the Lord, that He may remove the serpents from us." And Moses interceded for the people.
8 Then the Lord said to Moses, "Make [fn] a fiery serpent, and set it on a standard; and it shall come about, that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, he will live."
9 And Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on the standard; and it came about, that if a serpent bit any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived.

10 Now the sons of Israel moved out and camped in Oboth.
11 They journeyed from Oboth and camped at Iyeabarim, in the wilderness which is opposite Moab, to the east [fn].
12 From there they set out and camped in Wadi [fn] Zered.
13 From there they journeyed and camped on the other side of the Arnon, which is in the wilderness that comes out of the border of the Amorites, for the Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites.
14 Therefore it is said in the Book of the Wars of the Lord,
"Waheb in Suphah, And the wadis of the Arnon,
15 And the slope of the wadis That extends to the site of Ar, And leans to the border of Moab."
16 From there they continued to Beer [fn], that is the well where the Lord said to Moses, "Assemble the people, that I may give them water."
17 Then Israel sang this song: "Spring up, O well! Sing to it!
18 "The well, which the leaders sank, Which the nobles of the people dug, With the scepter and with their staffs." And from the wilderness they continued to Mattanah,
19 and from Mattanah to Nahaliel, and from Nahaliel to Bamoth,
20 and from Bamoth to the valley that is in the land of Moab, at the top of Pisgah which overlooks the wasteland [fn].

Two Victories

21 Then Israel sent messengers to Sihon, king of the Amorites, saying,
22 "Let me pass through your land. We will not turn off into field or vineyard; we will not drink water from wells. We will go by the king's highway until we have passed through your border."
23 But Sihon would not permit Israel to pass through his border. So Sihon gathered all his people and went out against Israel in the wilderness, and came to Jahaz and fought against Israel.
24 Then Israel struck [fn] him with the edge of the sword, and took possession of his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, as far as the sons of Ammon; for the border of the sons of Ammon was Jazer [fn].
25 Israel took all these cities and Israel lived in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all her villages [fn].
26 For Heshbon was the city of Sihon, king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab and had taken all his land out of his hand, as far as the Arnon.
27 Therefore those who use proverbs say,
"Come to Heshbon! Let it be built! So let the city of Sihon be established.
28 "For a fire went forth from Heshbon, A flame from the town of Sihon; It devoured Ar of Moab, The dominant [fn] heights [fn] of the Arnon.
29 "Woe to you, O Moab! You are ruined, O people of Chemosh! He has given his sons as fugitives, And his daughters into captivity, To an Amorite king, Sihon.
30 "But we have cast them down, Heshbon is ruined as far as Dibon, Then we have laid waste even to Nophah, Which reaches to Medeba."
31 Thus Israel lived in the land of the Amorites.
32 Moses sent to spy out Jazer, and they captured its villages and dispossessed the Amorites who were there.

33 Then they turned and went up by the way of Bashan, and Og the king of Bashan went out with [fn] all his people, for battle at Edrei.
34 But the Lord said to Moses, "Do not fear him, for I have given him into your hand, and all his people and his land; and you shall do to him as you did to Sihon, king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon."
35 So they killed [fn] him and his sons and all his people, until there was no remnant left him; and they possessed his land.

Song of Solomon 1:1-2:7

Song Of solomon

Chapter 1

The Young Shulammite Bride and Jerusalem's Daughters

1 The Song [fn] of Songs, which is Solomon's.

2 "May [fn] he kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine.
3 "Your oils have a pleasing fragrance, Your name is like purified [fn] oil; Therefore the maidens [fn] love you.
4 "Draw me after you and let us run together! The king has brought me into his chambers."
"We [fn] will rejoice in you and be glad;
We will extol [fn] your love more than wine. Rightly do they love you."

5 "I [fn] am black but lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, Like the tents of Kedar, Like the curtains of Solomon.
6 "Do not stare at me because I am swarthy [fn], For the sun has burned me. My mother's sons were angry with me; They made me caretaker of the vineyards, But I have not taken care of my own vineyard.
7 "Tell me, O you whom my soul loves, Where do you pasture your flock, Where do you make it lie down at noon? For why should I be like one who veils [fn] herself Beside the flocks of your companions?"

Solomon, the Lover, Speaks

8 "If [fn] you yourself do not know, Most beautiful among women, Go forth on the trail of the flock And pasture your young goats By the tents of the shepherds.

9 "To [fn] me, my darling, you are like My mare among the chariots of Pharaoh.
10 "Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments, Your neck with strings of beads."

11 "We [fn] will make for you ornaments of gold With beads of silver."

12 "While [fn] the king was at his table [fn], My perfume [fn] gave forth its fragrance.
13 "My beloved is to me a pouch of myrrh Which lies all night between my breasts.
14 "My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms In the vineyards of Engedi."

15 "How [fn] [fn] beautiful you are, my darling, How [fn] beautiful you are! Your eyes are like doves."

16 "How [fn] [fn] handsome you are, my beloved, And so pleasant! Indeed, our couch is luxuriant!
17 "The beams of our houses are cedars, Our rafters, cypresses [fn].

Chapter 2

The Bride's Admiration

1 "I [fn] am the rose [fn] of Sharon, The lily of the valleys."

2 "Like [fn] a lily among the thorns, So is my darling among the maidens [fn]."

3 "Like [fn] an apple [fn] tree among the trees of the forest, So is my beloved among the young [fn] men. In his shade I took great delight and sat down, And his fruit was sweet to my taste [fn].
4 "He has brought me to his banquet [fn] hall, And his banner over me is love.
5 "Sustain me with raisin cakes, Refresh me with apples [fn], Because I am lovesick.
6 "Let his left hand be under my head And his right hand embrace me."

7 "I [fn] adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, By the gazelles or by the hinds of the field, That you do not arouse or awaken my love Until she [fn] pleases."
Matthew 22:1-22

Chapter 22

Parable of the Marriage Feast

1 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying,
2 "The kingdom of heaven may [fn] be compared to a [fn] king who gave [fn] a wedding feast for his son.
3 "And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come.
4 "Again he sent out other slaves saying, 'Tell those who have been invited, "Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fattened livestock are all butchered and everything is ready; come to the wedding feast."'
5 "But they paid no attention and went their way, one to his own farm [fn], another to his business,
6 and the rest seized his slaves and mistreated them and killed them.
7 "But the king was enraged, and he sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and set their city on fire.
8 "Then he said* [fn] to his slaves, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.
9 'Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast.'
10 "Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered together all they found, both evil and good; and the wedding hall was filled with dinner [fn] guests.

11 "But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes,
12 and he said* [fn] to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?' And the man was speechless.
13 "Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
14 "For many are called [fn], but few are chosen."

Tribute to Caesar

15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted [fn] together how they might trap Him in [fn] what He said.
16 And they sent* [fn] their disciples to Him, along with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that You are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and defer [fn] to no one; for You are not partial to any.
17 "Tell us then, what do You think? Is it lawful [fn] to give a poll-tax to Caesar, or not?"
18 But Jesus perceived their malice [fn], and said, "Why are you testing Me, you hypocrites?
19 "Show Me the coin used for the poll-tax." And they brought Him a denarius [fn].
20 And He said* [fn] to them, "Whose likeness and inscription is this?"
21 They said* [fn] to Him, "Caesar's." Then He said* [fn] to them, "Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's; and to God the things that are God's."
22 And hearing this, they were amazed, and leaving Him, they went away.

Copyright Info

New American Standard Version
Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995; Audio Recording Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, (P) 1989 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
For usage information, please read the NASB Copyright Statement.