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Daily Reading - April 7, 2019

 

Deuteronomy 7-8

Chapter 7

Warnings

1 "When the Lord your God brings you into the land where you are entering to possess it, and clears away many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and stronger than you,
2 and when the Lord your God delivers them before you and you defeat [fn] them, then you shall utterly [fn] destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them and show no favor to them.
3 "Furthermore, you shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughters [fn] to their [fn] sons, nor shall you take their [fn] daughters for your sons [fn].
4 "For they [fn] will turn your sons [fn] away from following [fn] Me to serve other gods; then the anger of the Lord will be kindled against you and He will quickly destroy you.
5 "But thus you shall do to them: you shall tear down their altars, and smash their sacred pillars, and hew down their Asherim [fn], and burn their graven images with fire.
6 "For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His own [fn] possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth [fn].

7 "The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples,
8 but because the Lord loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the Lord brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery [fn], from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
9 "Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His [fn] covenant and His [fn] lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments;
10 but repays those who hate Him to their [fn] faces, to destroy them [fn]; He will not delay with [fn] him who hates Him, He will repay him to his face.
11 "Therefore, you shall keep the commandment and the statutes and the judgments which I am commanding you today, to do them.

Promises of God

12 "Then it shall come about, because you listen to these judgments and keep and do them, that the Lord your God will keep with you His [fn] covenant and His [fn] lovingkindness which He swore to your forefathers.
13 "He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock, in [fn] the land which He swore to your forefathers to give you.
14 "You shall be blessed above all peoples; there will be no male or female barren among you or among your cattle.
15 "The Lord will remove from you all sickness; and He will not put on you any of the harmful diseases of Egypt which you have known, but He will lay them on all who hate you.
16 "You shall consume all the peoples whom the Lord your God will deliver to you; your eye shall not pity them, nor shall you serve their gods, for that would be a snare to you.

17 "If you should say in your heart, 'These nations are greater than I; how can I dispossess them?'
18 you shall not be afraid of them; you shall well remember what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt:
19 the great trials which your eyes saw and the signs and the wonders and the mighty hand and the outstretched arm by which the Lord your God brought you out. So shall the Lord your God do to all the peoples of whom you are afraid.
20 "Moreover, the Lord your God will send the hornet against them, until those who are left and hide themselves from you perish.
21 "You shall not dread them [fn], for the Lord your God is in your midst, a great and awesome God.
22 "The Lord your God will clear away these nations before you little by little; you will not be able to put an end to them quickly, for the wild [fn] beasts would grow too numerous for you.
23 "But the Lord your God will deliver them before you, and will throw [fn] them into great confusion until they are destroyed.
24 "He will deliver their kings into your hand so that you will make their name perish from under heaven; no man will be able to stand before you until you have destroyed them.
25 "The graven images of their gods you are to burn with fire; you shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, or you will be snared by it, for it is an abomination to the Lord your God.
26 "You shall not bring an abomination into your house, and like it come under the ban; you shall utterly detest it and you shall utterly abhor it, for it is something banned.

Chapter 8

God's Gracious Dealings

1 "All the commandments that I am commanding you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to give to your forefathers.
2 "You shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.
3 "He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand [fn] that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.
4 "Your clothing did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years.
5 "Thus you are to know in your heart that the Lord your God was disciplining you just as a man disciplines his son.
6 "Therefore, you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to fear [fn] Him.
7 "For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills;
8 a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey;
9 a land where you will eat food without scarcity, in which you will not lack anything; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper.
10 "When you have eaten and are satisfied, you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you.

11 "Beware [fn] that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes which I am commanding you today;
12 otherwise, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in them,
13 and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold multiply, and all that you have multiplies,
14 then your heart will become proud [fn] and you will forget the Lord your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery [fn].
15 "He led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water; He brought water for you out of the rock of flint.
16 "In the wilderness He fed you manna which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do good for you in [fn] the end.
17 "Otherwise, you may say in your heart, 'My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.'
18 "But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
19 "It shall come about if you ever forget the Lord your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I testify against you today that you will surely perish.
20 "Like the nations that the Lord makes to perish before you, so you shall perish; because you would not listen to the voice of the Lord your God.

 
Job 7

Chapter 7

Job's Life Seems Futile

1 "Is [fn] not man forced to labor on earth, And are not his days like the days of a hired man?
2 "As a slave who pants for the shade, And as a hired man who eagerly waits for his wages,
3 So am I allotted months of vanity, And nights of trouble are appointed me.
4 "When I lie down I say, 'When shall I arise?' But the night continues, And I am continually [fn] tossing until dawn.
5 "My flesh is clothed with worms and a crust of dirt, My skin hardens and runs.
6 "My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, And come to an end without hope.

7 "Remember that my life is but breath; My eye will not again see good.
8 "The eye of him who sees me will behold me no longer; Your eyes will be on me, but I will not be.
9 "When a cloud vanishes, it is gone, So he who goes down to Sheol does not come up.
10 "He will not return again to his house, Nor will his place know him anymore.

11 "Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
12 "Am I the sea, or the sea monster, That You set a guard over me?
13 "If I say, 'My bed will comfort me, My couch will ease [fn] my complaint,'
14 Then You frighten me with dreams And terrify me by visions;
15 So that my soul would choose suffocation, Death rather than my pains [fn].
16 "I waste [fn] away; I will not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are but a breath.
17 "What is man that You magnify him, And that You are [fn] concerned about him,
18 That You examine him every morning And try him every moment?
19 "Will [fn] You never turn Your gaze away from me, Nor let me alone until I swallow my spittle?
20 "Have I sinned? What have I done to You, O watcher of men? Why have You set me as Your target, So that I am a burden to myself?
21 "Why then do You not pardon my transgression And take away my iniquity? For now I will lie down in the dust; And You will seek me, but I will not be."
 
Matthew 27:32-66
32 As they were coming out, they found a man of Cyrene named Simon, whom [fn] they pressed into service to bear His cross.

The Crucifixion

33 And when they came to a place called Golgotha, which means Place of a Skull,
34 they gave Him wine to drink mixed with gall; and after tasting it, He was unwilling to drink.

35 And when they had crucified Him, they divided up His garments among themselves by casting lots [fn].
36 And sitting down, they began to keep watch over Him there.
37 And above His head they put up the charge against Him which [fn] read, "THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS."

38 At that time two robbers were* [fn] crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left.
39 And those passing by were hurling [fn] abuse at Him, wagging their heads
40 and saying, "You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross."
41 In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking Him and saying,
42 "He saved others; He [fn] cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe in Him.
43 "He trusts in God; let God rescue Him now, if He [fn]delights in Him; for He said, 'I am the Son of God.' "
44 The robbers who had been crucified with Him were also insulting Him with the same words.

45 Now from the sixth [fn] hour darkness fell [fn] upon all the land until the ninth [fn] hour.
46 About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?"
47 And some of those who were standing there, when they heard it, began saying, "This man is calling for Elijah."
48 Immediately one of them ran, and taking a sponge, he filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and gave Him a drink.
49 But the rest of them said, "Let [fn] us see whether Elijah will come to save Him [fn]."
50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.
51 And behold, the veil [fn] of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split.
52 The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints [fn] who had fallen asleep were raised;
53 and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many.
54 Now the centurion, and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened and said, "Truly this was the [fn] Son of God!"

55 Many women were there looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee while ministering [fn] to Him.
56 Among them was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

Jesus Is Buried

57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus.
58 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him.
59 And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and went away.
61 And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the grave.

62 Now on the next day, the [fn] day after the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together with Pilate,
63 and said, "Sir, we remember that when He was still alive that deceiver said, 'After three days I am to rise again.'
64 "Therefore, give orders for the grave to be made secure until the third day, otherwise His disciples may come and steal Him away and say to the people, 'He has risen from the dead,' and the last deception will be worse than the first."
65 Pilate said to them, "You have a guard; go, make it as secure as you know how."
66 And they went and made the grave secure, and along with the guard they set a seal on the stone.

 
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