Daily Reading - April 18, 2019


Deuteronomy 29-30

Chapter 29

The Covenant in Moab

1 These [fn] are the words of the covenant which the Lord commanded Moses to make with the sons of Israel in the land of Moab, besides the covenant which He had made with them at Horeb.
2 And [fn] Moses summoned all Israel and said to them, "You have seen all that the Lord did before your eyes in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh and all his servants and all his land;
3 the great trials which your eyes have seen, those great signs and wonders.
4 "Yet to this day the Lord has not given you a heart to know, nor eyes to see, nor ears to hear.
5 "I have led you forty years in the wilderness; your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandal has not worn out on your foot.
6 "You have not eaten bread, nor have you drunk wine or strong drink, in order that you might know that I am the Lord your God.
7 "When you reached [fn] this place, Sihon the king of Heshbon and Og the king of Bashan came out to meet us for battle, but we defeated [fn] them;
8 and we took their land and gave it as an inheritance to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of the Manassites.
9 "So keep the words of this covenant to do them, that you may prosper in all that you do.

10 "You stand today, all of you, before the Lord your God: your chiefs, your tribes, your elders and your officers, even all the men of Israel,
11 your little ones, your wives, and the alien who is within your camps, from the one who chops your wood to the one who draws your water,
12 that you may enter into the covenant with the Lord your God, and into His oath which the Lord your God is making with you today,
13 in order that He may establish you today as His people and that He may be your God, just as He spoke to you and as He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

14 "Now not with you alone am I making this covenant and this oath,
15 but both with those who stand here with us today in the presence of the Lord our God and with those who are not with us here today
16 (for you know how we lived in the land of Egypt, and how we came through the midst of the nations through which you passed;
17 moreover, you have seen their abominations and their idols of wood, stone, silver, and gold, which they had with them);
18 so that there will not be among you a man or woman, or family or tribe, whose heart turns away today from the Lord our God, to go and serve the gods of those nations; that there will not be among you a root bearing poisonous fruit and wormwood.
19 "It shall be when he hears the words of this curse, that he will boast [fn], saying, 'I have peace though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart in order to [fn] destroy the watered land with the dry.'
20 "The Lord shall never be willing to forgive him, but rather the anger of the Lord and His jealousy will burn [fn] against that man, and every curse which is written in this book will rest [fn] on him, and the Lord will blot out his name from under heaven.
21 "Then the Lord will single him out for adversity [fn] from all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant which are written in this book of the law.

22 "Now the generation to come, your sons who rise up after you and the foreigner who comes from a distant land, when they see the plagues of the land and the diseases with which the Lord has afflicted [fn] it, will say,
23 'All its land is brimstone and salt, a burning waste, unsown [fn] and unproductive, and no grass grows in it, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which the Lord overthrew in His anger and in His wrath.'
24 "All the nations will say, 'Why has the Lord done thus to this land? Why this great outburst [fn] of anger?'
25 "Then men will say, 'Because they forsook the covenant of the Lord, the God of their fathers, which He made with them when He brought them out of the land of Egypt.
26 'They went and served other gods and worshiped them, gods whom they have not known and whom He had not allotted [fn] to them.
27 'Therefore, the anger of the Lord burned against that land, to bring upon it every curse which is written in this book;
28 and the Lord uprooted them from their land in anger and in fury and in great wrath, and cast them into another land, as it is this day.'

29 "The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.

Chapter 30

Restoration Promised

1 "So it shall be when all of these things have come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call [fn] them to mind in all nations where the Lord your God has banished you,
2 and you return to the Lord your God and obey [fn] Him with all your heart and soul according to all that I command you today, you and your sons,
3 then the Lord your God will restore you [fn] from captivity, and have compassion on you, and will gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you.
4 "If your outcasts are at the ends of the earth [fn], from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will bring [fn] you back.
5 "The Lord your God will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it; and He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers.

6 "Moreover the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants [fn], to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, so that you may live.
7 "The Lord your God will inflict [fn] all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate you, who persecuted you.
8 "And you shall again obey [fn] the Lord, and observe all His commandments which I command you today.
9 "Then the Lord your God will prosper [fn] you abundantly in all the work of your hand, in the offspring [fn] of your body [fn] and in the offspring [fn] of your cattle and in the produce [fn] of your ground, for the Lord will again rejoice over you for good, just as He rejoiced over your fathers;
10 if [fn] you obey [fn] the Lord your God to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this book of the law, if [fn] you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and soul.

11 "For this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out [fn] of reach.
12 "It is not in heaven, that [fn] you should say, 'Who will go up to heaven for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?'
13 "Nor is it beyond the sea, that [fn] you should say, 'Who will cross the sea for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?'
14 "But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it.

Choose Life

15 "See, I have set before you today life and prosperity [fn], and death and adversity [fn];
16 in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the Lord your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it.
17 "But if your heart turns away and you will not obey, but are drawn away and worship other gods and serve them,
18 I declare to you today that you shall surely perish. You will not prolong your days in the land where you are crossing the Jordan to enter and [fn] possess it.
19 "I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants [fn],
20 by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this [fn] is your life and the length of your days, that [fn] you may live in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them."

Job 18

Chapter 18

Bildad Speaks of the Wicked

1 Then Bildad the Shuhite responded [fn],
2 "How long will you hunt for words? Show understanding and then we can talk.
3 "Why are we regarded as beasts, As stupid in your eyes?
4 "O you [fn] who tear yourself in your anger— For your sake is the earth to be abandoned, Or the rock to be moved from its place?

5 "Indeed, the light of the wicked goes out, And the flame [fn] of his fire gives no light.
6 "The light in his tent is darkened, And his lamp goes out above him.
7 "His vigorous [fn] stride is shortened, And his own scheme brings him down.
8 "For he is thrown into the net by his own feet, And he steps on the webbing.
9 "A snare seizes him by the heel, And a trap snaps shut on him.
10 "A noose for him is hidden in the ground, And a trap for him on the path.
11 "All around terrors frighten him, And harry him at every step.
12 "His strength is famished, And calamity is ready at his side.
13 "His [fn] skin is devoured by disease, The firstborn of death devours his limbs [fn].
14 "He is torn from the [fn] security of his tent, And they [fn] march him before the king of terrors.
15 "There [fn] dwells in his tent nothing of his; Brimstone is scattered on his habitation.
16 "His roots are dried below, And his branch is cut off above.
17 "Memory of him perishes from the earth, And he has no name abroad.
18 "He [fn] is driven from light into darkness, And chased from the inhabited world.
19 "He has no offspring or posterity among his people, Nor any survivor where he sojourned.
20 "Those in [fn] the west are appalled at his fate [fn], And those in [fn] the east are seized with horror.
21 "Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, And this is the place of him who does not know God."
Acts 7:1-22

Chapter 7

Stephen's Defense

1 The high priest said, "Are these things so?"
2 And he said, "Hear me, brethren and fathers! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran [fn],
3 and said to him, 'Leave your country and your relatives, and come into the land that I will show you.'
4 "Then he left the land of the Chaldeans and settled in Haran [fn]. From there, after his father died, God had him move to this country in which you are now living.
5 "But He gave him no inheritance in it, not even a foot of ground, and yet, even when he had no child, He promised that He would give it to him as a possession, and to his descendants after him.
6 "But God spoke to this effect, that his descendants would be aliens in a foreign land, and that they would [fn]be enslaved and mistreated for four hundred years.
7 " 'And whatever nation to which they will be in bondage I Myself will judge,' said God, 'And after that they will come out and [fn]serve Me in this place.'
8 "And He gave him the [fn] covenant of circumcision; and so Abraham became the father of Isaac, and circumcised him on the eighth day; and Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob of the twelve patriarchs.

9 "The patriarchs became jealous of Joseph and sold him into Egypt. Yet God was with him,
10 and rescued him from all his afflictions, and granted him favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he made him governor over Egypt and all his household.

11 "Now a famine came over all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction with it, and our fathers could [fn] find no food.
12 "But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our fathers there the first time.
13 "On the second visit Joseph made [fn] himself known to his brothers, and Joseph's family was disclosed to Pharaoh.
14 "Then Joseph sent word and invited Jacob his father and all his relatives to come to him, seventy-five persons [fn] in all.
15 "And Jacob went down to Egypt and there he and our fathers died.
16 "From there they were removed to Shechem [fn] and laid in the tomb which Abraham had purchased for a sum of money from the sons of Hamor [fn] in Shechem [fn].

17 "But as the time of the promise was approaching which God had assured to Abraham, the people increased and multiplied in Egypt,
18 until there arose another king over Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph.
19 "It was he who took shrewd advantage of our race and mistreated our fathers so that they would expose [fn] their infants and they would not survive.
20 "It was at this time that Moses was born; and he was lovely in [fn] the sight of God, and he was nurtured three months in his father's home.
21 "And after he had been set outside, Pharaoh's daughter took [fn] him away and nurtured him as her own son.
22 "Moses was educated in all the learning of the Egyptians, and he was a man of power in words and deeds.
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