Daily Reading - April 16, 2019


Deuteronomy 25-27

Chapter 25

Sundry Laws

1 "If there is a dispute between men and they go to court [fn], and the [fn] judges decide their case, and they justify the righteous and condemn the wicked,
2 then it shall be if the wicked man deserves [fn] to be beaten, the judge shall then make him lie down and be beaten in his presence with the number of stripes according to his guilt [fn].
3 "He may beat him forty times but no more, so that he does not beat him with many more stripes than these and your brother is not degraded in your eyes.

4 "You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing.
5 "When brothers live together and one of them dies and has no son, the wife of the deceased shall not be married outside the family to a strange man. Her husband's brother shall go in to her and take her to himself as wife and perform the duty of a husband's brother to her.
6 "It shall be that the firstborn whom she bears shall assume [fn] the name of his dead brother, so that his name will not be blotted out from Israel.
7 "But if the man does not desire to take his brother's wife, then his brother's wife shall go up to the gate to the elders and say, 'My husband's brother refuses to establish a name for his brother in Israel; he is not willing to perform the duty of a husband's brother to me.'
8 "Then the elders of his city shall summon him and speak to him. And if he persists and says, 'I do not desire to take her,'
9 then his brother's wife shall come to him in the sight of the elders, and pull his sandal off his foot and spit in his face; and she shall declare [fn], 'Thus it is done to the man who does not build up his brother's house.'
10 "In Israel his name shall be called, 'The house of him whose sandal is removed.'

11 "If two men, a man and his countryman [fn], are struggling together, and the wife of one comes near to deliver her husband from the hand of the one who is striking him, and puts out her hand and seizes his genitals,
12 then you shall cut off her hand [fn]; you [fn] shall not show pity.

13 "You shall not have in your bag differing [fn] weights, a large and a small.
14 "You shall not have in your house differing [fn] measures, a large and a small.
15 "You shall have a full and just weight; you shall have a full and just measure [fn], that your days may be prolonged in the land [fn] which the Lord your God gives you.
16 "For everyone who does these things, everyone who acts unjustly is an abomination to the Lord your God.

17 "Remember what Amalek did to you along the way when you came out from Egypt,
18 how he met you along the way and attacked among you all the stragglers at your rear when you were faint and weary; and he did not fear [fn] God.
19 "Therefore it shall come about when the Lord your God has given you rest from all your surrounding enemies, in the land which the Lord your God gives you as an inheritance to possess [fn], you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven; you must not forget.

Chapter 26

Offering First Fruits

1 "Then it shall be, when you enter the land which the Lord your God gives you as an inheritance, and you possess it and live in it,
2 that you shall take some of the first of all the produce of the ground which you bring in from your land that the Lord your God gives you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place where the Lord your God chooses to establish His name.
3 "You shall go to the priest who is in office at that time and say to him, 'I declare this day to the Lord my [fn] God that I have entered the land which the Lord swore to our fathers to give us.'
4 "Then the priest shall take the basket from your hand and set it down before the altar of the Lord your God.
5 "You shall answer and say before the Lord your God, 'My father was a wandering [fn] Aramean, and he went down to Egypt and sojourned [fn] there, few in number; but there he became a great, mighty and populous nation.
6 'And the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, and imposed hard labor on us.
7 'Then we cried to the Lord, the God of our fathers, and the Lord heard our voice and saw our affliction and our toil and our oppression;
8 and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with great terror and with signs and wonders;
9 and He has brought us to this place and has given us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey.
10 'Now behold, I have brought the first of the produce of the ground which You, O Lord have given me.' And you shall set it down before the Lord your God, and worship before the Lord your God;
11 and you and the Levite and the alien who is among you shall rejoice in all the good which the Lord your God has given you and your household.

12 "When you have finished paying [fn] all the tithe of your increase in the third year, the year of tithing, then you shall give it to the Levite, to the stranger, to the orphan [fn] and to the widow, that they may eat in your towns [fn] and be satisfied.
13 "You shall say before the Lord your God, 'I have removed the sacred portion from my house, and also have given it to the Levite and the alien, the orphan [fn] and the widow, according to all Your commandments which You have commanded me; I have not transgressed or forgotten any of Your commandments.
14 'I have not eaten of it while [fn] mourning, nor have I removed any of it while I was unclean, nor offered any of it to the dead. I have listened to the voice of the Lord my God; I have done according to all that You have commanded me.
15 'Look down from Your holy habitation, from heaven, and bless Your people Israel, and the ground which You have given us, a land flowing with milk and honey, as You swore to our fathers.'

16 "This day the Lord your God commands you to do these statutes and ordinances. You shall therefore be careful to do them with all your heart and with all your soul.
17 "You have today declared the Lord to be your God, and that [fn] you would walk in His ways and keep His statutes, His commandments and His ordinances, and listen to His voice.
18 "The Lord has today declared you to be His people, a treasured possession, as He promised you, and that [fn] you should keep all His commandments;
19 and that [fn] He will set you high above all nations which He has made, for praise, fame, and honor; and that you shall be a consecrated people to the Lord your God, as He has spoken."

Chapter 27

The Curses of Mount Ebal

1 Then Moses and the elders of Israel charged the people, saying, "Keep all the commandments which I command you today.
2 "So it shall be on the day when you cross the Jordan to the land which the Lord your God gives you, that you shall set up for yourself large stones and coat them with lime
3 and write on them all the words of this law, when you cross over, so that you may enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, a land flowing with milk and honey, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, promised [fn] you.
4 "So it shall be when you cross the Jordan, you shall set up on Mount Ebal, these stones, as [fn] I am commanding you today, and you shall coat them with lime.
5 "Moreover, you shall build there an altar to the Lord your God, an altar of stones; you shall not wield [fn] an iron tool on them.
6 "You shall build the altar of the Lord your God of uncut [fn] stones, and you shall offer on it burnt offerings to the Lord your God;
7 and you shall sacrifice peace offerings and eat there, and rejoice before the Lord your God.
8 "You shall write on the stones [fn] all the words of this law very distinctly."

9 Then Moses and the Levitical priests spoke to all Israel, saying, "Be silent and listen, O Israel! This day you have become a people for the Lord your God.
10 "You shall therefore obey [fn] the Lord your God, and do His commandments and His statutes which I command you today."

11 Moses also charged the people on that day, saying,
12 "When you cross the Jordan, these shall stand on Mount Gerizim to bless the people: Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, and Benjamin.
13 "For the curse, these shall stand on Mount Ebal: Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali.
14 "The Levites shall then answer and say to all the men of Israel with a loud voice,

15 'Cursed is the man who makes an [fn] idol or a molten image, an abomination to the Lord, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and sets it up in secret.' And all the people shall answer and say, 'Amen.'
16 'Cursed is he who dishonors his father or mother.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
17 'Cursed is he who moves his neighbor's boundary mark.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
18 'Cursed is he who misleads a blind person on the road.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
19 'Cursed is he who distorts the justice due an alien, orphan [fn], and widow.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
20 'Cursed is he who lies with his father's wife, because he has uncovered his father's skirt.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
21 'Cursed is he who lies with any animal.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
22 'Cursed is he who lies with his sister, the daughter of his father or of his mother.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
23 'Cursed is he who lies with his mother-in-law.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
24 'Cursed is he who strikes his neighbor in secret.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
25 'Cursed is he who accepts a bribe to strike down an innocent person.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
26 'Cursed is he who does not confirm the words of this law by doing them.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
Job 16

Chapter 16

Job Says Friends Are Sorry Comforters

1 Then Job answered [fn],
2 "I have heard many such things; Sorry [fn] comforters are you all.
3 "Is there no limit to windy words? Or what plagues you that you answer?
4 "I too could speak like you, If I [fn] were in your place. I could compose words against you And shake my head at you.
5 "I could strengthen you with my mouth, And the solace of my lips could lessen your pain.

Job Says God Shattered Him

6 "If I speak, my pain is not lessened, And if I hold back, what has left me?
7 "But now He has exhausted me; You have laid waste all my company.
8 "You have shriveled me up, It has become a witness; And my leanness rises up against me, It testifies to my face.
9 "His anger has torn me and hunted [fn] me down, He has gnashed at me with His teeth; My adversary glares [fn] at me.
10 "They have gaped at me with their mouth, They have slapped [fn] me on the cheek with contempt; They have massed themselves against me.
11 "God hands me over to ruffians And tosses me into the hands of the wicked.
12 "I was at ease, but He shattered me, And He has grasped me by the neck and shaken me to pieces; He has also set me up as His target.
13 "His arrows surround me. Without mercy He splits my kidneys open; He pours out my gall on the ground.
14 "He breaks through me with breach after breach; He runs at me like a warrior.
15 "I have sewed sackcloth over my skin And thrust my horn in the dust.
16 "My face is flushed from weeping, And deep darkness is on my eyelids,
17 Although there is no violence in my hands, And my prayer is pure.

18 "O earth, do not cover my blood, And let there be no resting place for my cry.
19 "Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven, And my advocate [fn] is on high.
20 "My friends are my scoffers; My eye weeps [fn] to God.
21 "O that a man might plead with God As a man with his neighbor!
22 "For when a few years are past, I shall go the way of no return.
Acts 5:17-42

Imprisonment and Release

17 But the high priest rose up, along with all his associates (that is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy.
18 They laid hands on the apostles and put them in a public jail.
19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the gates of the prison, and taking them out he said,
20 "Go, stand and speak [fn] to the people in the temple the [fn] whole message of this Life."
21 Upon hearing this, they entered into the temple about daybreak and began to teach.
Now when the high priest and his associates came, they called the Council [fn] together, even all the Senate of the sons of Israel, and sent orders to the prison house for them to be brought.
22 But the officers who came did not find them in the prison; and they returned and reported back,
23 saying, "We found the prison house locked quite securely and the guards standing at the doors; but when we had opened up, we found no one inside."
24 Now when the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests heard these words, they were greatly perplexed about them as to what would [fn] come of this.
25 But someone came and reported to them, "The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!"
26 Then the captain went along with the officers and proceeded to bring them back without violence (for they were afraid of the people, that they might be stoned).

27 When they had brought them, they stood them before [fn] the Council. The high priest questioned them,
28 saying, "We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet [fn], you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man's blood upon us."
29 But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than men.
30 "The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom [fn] you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross [fn].
31 "He is the one whom God exalted to [fn] His right hand as a Prince [fn] and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
32 "And we are witnesses of [fn] these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him."

Gamaliel's Counsel

33 But when they heard this, they were cut to [fn] the quick and intended to kill them.
34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the Law, respected by all the people, stood up in the Council and gave orders to put the men outside for a short time.
35 And he said to them, "Men of Israel, take care what you propose to do with these men.
36 "For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a group of about four hundred men joined up with him. But [fn] he was killed, and all who followed [fn] him were dispersed and came to nothing.
37 "After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census and drew away some people after him; he too perished, and all those who followed [fn] him were scattered.
38 "So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action [fn] is of men, it will be overthrown;
39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God."

40 They took [fn] his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they flogged them and ordered them not to speak [fn] in the name of Jesus, and then released them.
41 So they went on their way from the presence of the Council [fn], rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name.
42 And every day, in the temple and from [fn] house to house, they kept [fn] right on teaching and preaching [fn] Jesus as the Christ [fn].

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