Daily Reading - April 5, 2020


Deuteronomy 3-4

Chapter 3

Conquests Recounted

1 "Then we turned and went up the road to Bashan, and Og, king of Bashan, with [fn] all his people came out to meet us in battle at Edrei.
2 "But the Lord said to me, 'Do not fear him, for I have delivered him and all his people and his land into your hand; and you shall do to him just as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon.'
3 "So the Lord our God delivered Og also, king of Bashan, with all his people into our hand, and we smote them [fn] until no survivor was left [fn].
4 "We captured all his cities at that time; there was not a city which we did not take from them: sixty cities, all the region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan.
5 "All these were cities fortified with high walls, gates and bars, besides a great many unwalled [fn] towns.
6 "We utterly [fn] destroyed them, as we did to Sihon king of Heshbon, utterly [fn] destroying the [fn] men, women and children of every city.
7 "But all the animals and the spoil of the cities we took as our booty.

8 "Thus we took the land at that time from the hand of the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, from the valley [fn] of Arnon to Mount Hermon
9 (Sidonians call Hermon Sirion, and the Amorites call it Senir):
10 all the cities of the plateau and all Gilead and all Bashan, as far as Salecah and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan.
11 (For only Og king of Bashan was left of the remnant of the Rephaim. Behold, his bedstead [fn] was an iron bedstead [fn]; it is in Rabbah of the sons of Ammon. Its length was nine cubits and its width four cubits by [fn] ordinary cubit.)

12 "So we took possession of this land at that time. From Aroer, which is by the valley [fn] of Arnon, and half the hill country of Gilead and its cities I gave to the Reubenites and to the Gadites.
13 "The rest of Gilead and all Bashan, the kingdom of Og, I gave to the half-tribe of Manasseh, all the region of Argob (concerning all Bashan, it is called the land of Rephaim.
14 Jair the son of Manasseh took all the region of Argob as far as the border of the Geshurites and the Maacathites, and called it [fn], that is, Bashan, after his own name, Havvoth [fn]-jair, as it is to this day.)
15 "To Machir I gave Gilead.
16 "To the Reubenites and to the Gadites I gave from Gilead even as far as the valley [fn] of Arnon, the middle of the valley [fn] as [fn] a border and as far as the river [fn] Jabbok, the border of the sons of Ammon;
17 the Arabah also, with the Jordan as [fn] a border, from Chinnereth [fn] even as far as the sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, at [fn] the foot of the slopes of Pisgah on the east.

18 "Then I commanded you at that time, saying, 'The Lord your God has given you this land to possess it; all you valiant men shall cross over armed before your brothers, the sons of Israel.
19 'But your wives and your little ones and your livestock (I know that you have much livestock) shall remain in your cities which I have given you,
20 until the Lord gives rest to your fellow countrymen as to you, and they also possess the land which the Lord your God will give them beyond the Jordan. Then you may return every man to his possession which I have given you.'
21 "I commanded Joshua at that time, saying, 'Your eyes have seen all that the Lord your God has done to these two kings; so the Lord shall do to all the kingdoms into which you are about to cross.
22 'Do not fear them, for the Lord your God is the one fighting for you.'

23 "I also pleaded with the Lord at that time, saying,
24 'O Lord [fn]God, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your strong hand; for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as Yours?
25 'Let me, I pray, cross over and see the fair land that is beyond the Jordan, that [fn] good hill country and Lebanon.'
26 "But the Lord was angry with me on your account, and would not listen to me; and the Lord said to me, 'Enough [fn]! Speak to Me no more of this matter.
27 'Go up to the top of Pisgah and lift up your eyes to the west and north and south and east, and see it with your eyes, for you shall not cross over this Jordan.
28 'But charge Joshua and encourage him and strengthen him, for he shall go across at [fn] the head of this people, and he will give them as an inheritance the land which you will see.'
29 "So we remained in the valley opposite Beth-peor.

Chapter 4

Israel Urged to Obey God's Law

1 "Now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I am teaching you to perform, so that you may live and go in and take possession of the land which the Lord, the God of your fathers, is giving you.
2 "You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.
3 "Your eyes have seen what the Lord has done in the case of Baal-peor, for all the men who followed Baal-peor, the Lord your God has destroyed them [fn] from among you.
4 "But you who held fast to the Lord your God are alive today, every one of you.

5 "See, I have taught you statutes and judgments just as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should do thus in the land where you are entering to possess it.
6 "So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.'
7 "For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the Lord our God whenever we call on Him?
8 "Or what great nation is there that has statutes and judgments as righteous as this whole law which I am setting before you today?

9 "Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons.
10 "Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, when the Lord said to me, 'Assemble the people to Me, that I may let them hear My words so they may learn to fear [fn] Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.'
11 "You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, and the mountain burned with fire to the very heart of the heavens: darkness, cloud and thick gloom.
12 "Then the Lord spoke to you from the midst of the fire; you heard the sound of words, but you saw no form—only a voice.
13 "So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, that is, the Ten Commandments [fn]; and He wrote them on two tablets of stone.
14 "The Lord commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that you might perform them in the land where you are going over to possess it.

15 "So watch yourselves carefully, since you did not see any form on the day the Lord spoke to you at Horeb from the midst of the fire,
16 so that you do not act corruptly and make a graven image for yourselves in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female,
17 the likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the sky,
18 the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the water below the earth.
19 "And beware not to lift up your eyes to heaven and see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, and be drawn away and worship them and serve them, those which the Lord your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven.
20 "But the Lord has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, from Egypt, to be a people for His own possession, as today.

21 "Now the Lord was angry with me on your account, and swore that I would not cross the Jordan, and that I would not enter the good land which the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance.
22 "For I will die in this land, I shall not cross the Jordan, but you shall cross and take possession of this good land.
23 "So watch yourselves, that you do not forget the covenant of the Lord your God which He made with you, and make for yourselves a graven image in the form of anything against which the Lord your God has commanded you.
24 "For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

25 "When you become [fn] the father of children and children's children and have remained long in the land, and act corruptly, and make an idol [fn] in the form of anything, and do that which is evil in the sight of the Lord your God so as to provoke Him to anger,
26 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that you will surely perish quickly from the land where you are going over the Jordan to possess it. You shall not live [fn] long on it, but will be utterly destroyed.
27 "The Lord will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where the Lord drives you.
28 "There you will serve gods, the work of man's hands, wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell.
29 "But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.
30 "When you are in distress and all these things have come upon you, in the latter days you will return to the Lord your God and listen to His voice.
31 "For the Lord your God is a compassionate God; He will not fail you nor destroy you nor forget the covenant with your fathers which He swore to them.

32 "Indeed, ask now concerning the former days which were before you, since the day that God created man [fn] on the earth, and inquire from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything been done like this great thing, or has anything been heard like it?
33 "Has any people heard the voice of God speaking from the midst of the fire, as you have heard it, and survived?
34 "Or has a god tried to go to take for himself a nation from within another nation by trials, by signs and wonders and by war and by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm and by great terrors, as [fn] the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?
35 "To you it was shown that you might know that the Lord, He is God; there is no other besides Him.
36 "Out of the heavens He let you hear His voice to discipline you; and on earth He let you see His great fire, and you heard His words from the midst of the fire.
37 "Because [fn] He loved your fathers, therefore He chose their [fn] descendants after them. And He personally [fn] brought you from Egypt by His great power,
38 driving out from before you nations greater and mightier than you, to bring you in and to give you their land for an inheritance, as it is today.
39 "Know therefore today, and take it to your heart, that the Lord, He is God in heaven above and on the earth below; there is no other.
40 "So you shall keep His statutes and His commandments which I am giving [fn] you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may live [fn] long on the land which the Lord your God is giving you for all time."

41 Then Moses set apart three cities across the Jordan to the east [fn],
42 that a manslayer might flee there, who unintentionally slew his neighbor without having enmity toward him in time past; and by fleeing to one of these cities he might live:
43 Bezer in the wilderness on the plateau for the Reubenites, and Ramoth in Gilead for the Gadites, and Golan in Bashan for the Manassites.

44 Now this is the law which Moses set before the sons of Israel;
45 these are the testimonies and the statutes and the ordinances which Moses spoke to the sons of Israel, when they came out from Egypt,
46 across the Jordan, in the valley opposite Beth-peor, in the land of Sihon king of the Amorites who lived at Heshbon, whom Moses and the sons of Israel defeated [fn] when they came out from Egypt.
47 They took possession of his land and the land of Og king of Bashan, the two kings of the Amorites, who were across the Jordan to the east [fn],
48 from Aroer, which is on the edge of the valley [fn] of Arnon, even as far as Mount Sion (that is, Hermon),
49 with all the Arabah across the Jordan to the east, even as far as the sea of the Arabah, at [fn] the foot of the slopes of Pisgah.

Job 5

Chapter 5

God Is Just

1 "Call now, is there anyone who will answer you? And to which of the holy ones will you turn?
2 "For anger slays the foolish man, And jealousy kills the simple.
3 "I have seen the foolish taking root, And I cursed his abode immediately.
4 "His sons are far from safety, They are even oppressed [fn] in the gate, And there is no deliverer.
5 "His [fn] harvest the hungry devour And take it to a place of thorns, And the schemer [fn] is eager for their wealth.
6 "For affliction does not come from the dust, Nor does trouble sprout from the ground,
7 For man is born for trouble, As sparks fly upward.

8 "But as for me, I would seek God, And I would place my cause before God;
9 Who does great and unsearchable things, Wonders [fn] without number.
10 "He gives rain on the earth And sends water on the fields,
11 So that He sets on high those who are lowly, And those who mourn are lifted to safety.
12 "He frustrates the plotting of the shrewd, So that their hands cannot attain success.
13 "He captures the wise by their own shrewdness, And the advice of the cunning is quickly thwarted.
14 "By day they meet with darkness, And grope at noon as in the night.
15 "But He saves from the sword of their mouth, And the poor from the hand of the mighty.
16 "So the helpless has hope, And unrighteousness must shut its mouth.

17 "Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves, So do not despise the discipline of the [fn] Almighty.
18 "For He inflicts pain, and gives [fn] relief; He wounds, and His hands also heal.
19 "From [fn] six troubles He will deliver you, Even in seven evil will not touch you.
20 "In famine He will redeem you from death, And in war from the power of the sword.
21 "You will be hidden from the scourge of the tongue, And you will not be afraid of violence when it comes.
22 "You will laugh at violence and famine, And you will not be afraid of wild [fn] beasts.
23 "For you will be in league with the stones of the field, And the beasts of the field will be at peace with you.
24 "You will know that your tent is secure, For you will visit your abode and fear no loss.
25 "You will know also that your descendants [fn] will be many, And your offspring as the grass of the earth.
26 "You will come to the grave in full vigor, Like the stacking of grain in its season.
27 "Behold this; we have investigated it, and so it is. Hear it, and know for yourself."
Matthew 26:47-75

Jesus' Betrayal and Arrest

47 While He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, came up accompanied [fn] by a large crowd with swords and clubs, who came from the chief priests and elders of the people.
48 Now he who was betraying Him gave them a sign, saying, "Whomever I kiss, He is the one; seize Him."
49 Immediately Judas went to Jesus and said, "Hail, Rabbi!" and kissed Him.
50 And Jesus said to him, "Friend, do what you have come for." Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and seized Him.

51 And behold, one of those who were with Jesus reached [fn] and drew out his sword, and struck the slave of the high priest and cut [fn] off his ear.
52 Then Jesus said* [fn] to him, "Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.
53 "Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions [fn] of angels?
54 "How then will the Scriptures be fulfilled, which say that it must happen this way?"

55 At that time Jesus said to the crowds, "Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest Me as you would against a robber? Every day I used to sit in the temple teaching and you did not seize Me.
56 "But all this has taken place to fulfill the Scriptures of the prophets." Then all the disciples left Him and fled.

Jesus before Caiaphas

57 Those who had seized Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together.
58 But Peter was following Him at a distance as far as the courtyard of the high priest, and entered in, and sat down with the officers [fn] to see the outcome.

59 Now the chief priests and the whole Council [fn] kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus, so that they might put Him to death.
60 They did not find any, even though many false witnesses came forward. But later on two came forward,
61 and said, "This man stated, 'I am able to destroy the temple [fn] of God and to rebuild it in [fn] three days.' "
62 The high priest stood up and said to Him, "Do You not answer? What is it that these men are testifying against You?"
63 But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest said to Him, "I adjure [fn] You by the living God, that You tell us whether You are the [fn] Christ, the Son of God."
64 Jesus said* [fn] to him, "You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you, hereafter [fn] you will see The Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming on the clouds of heaven."

65 Then the high priest tore his robes [fn] and said, "He has blasphemed! What further need do we have of witnesses? Behold, you have now heard the blasphemy;
66 what do you think?" They answered, "He deserves death!"

67 Then they spat in His face and beat Him with their fists; and others slapped [fn] Him,
68 and said, "Prophesy to us, You Christ [fn]; who is the one who hit You?"

Peter's Denials

69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard, and a servant-girl came to him and said, "You too were with Jesus the Galilean."
70 But he denied it before them all, saying, "I do not know what you are talking about."
71 When he had gone out to the gateway, another servant-girl saw him and said* [fn] to those who were there, "This man was with Jesus of Nazareth."
72 And again he denied it with an oath, "I do not know the man."
73 A little later the bystanders came up and said to Peter, "Surely you too are one of them; for even the way you talk gives [fn] you away."
74 Then he began to curse and swear, "I do not know the man!" And immediately a rooster crowed.
75 And Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said, "Before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times." And he went out and wept bitterly.

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