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Daily Reading - May 15, 2019

 

Judges 19

Chapter 19

A Levite's Concubine Degraded

1 Now it came about in those days, when there was no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levite staying [fn] in the remote part of the hill country of Ephraim, who took a concubine for himself from Bethlehem in Judah.
2 But his concubine played the harlot against him, and she went away from him to her father's house in Bethlehem in Judah, and was there for a period of four months.
3 Then her husband arose and went after her to speak tenderly [fn] to her in order to bring her back, taking [fn] with him his servant and a pair of donkeys. So she brought him into her father's house, and when the girl's father saw him, he was glad to meet him.
4 His father-in-law, the girl's father, detained him; and he remained with him three days. So they ate and drank and lodged there.
5 Now on the fourth day they got up early in the morning, and he prepared [fn] to go; and the girl's father said to his son-in-law, "Sustain yourself [fn] with a piece of bread, and afterward you may go."
6 So both of them sat down and ate and drank together; and the girl's father said to the man, "Please be willing to spend the night, and let your heart be merry."
7 Then the man arose to go, but his father-in-law urged him so that he spent the night there again.
8 On the fifth day he arose to go early in the morning, and the girl's father said, "Please sustain yourself [fn], and wait until afternoon [fn]"; so both of them ate.
9 When the man arose to go along with his concubine and servant, his father-in-law, the girl's father, said to him, "Behold now, the day has drawn to [fn] a close; please spend the night. Lo, the day is coming [fn] to an end; spend the night here that your heart may be merry. Then tomorrow you may arise early for your journey so that you may go home [fn]."

10 But the man was not willing to spend the night, so he arose and departed and came to a place opposite Jebus (that is, Jerusalem). And there were with him a pair of saddled donkeys; his concubine also was with him.
11 When they were near Jebus, the day was almost gone; and the servant said to his master, "Please come, and let us turn aside into this city of the Jebusites and spend the night in it."
12 However, his master said to him, "We will not turn aside into the city of foreigners who are not of the sons of Israel; but we will go on as far as Gibeah."
13 He said to his servant, "Come and let us approach one of these places; and we will spend the night in Gibeah or Ramah."
14 So they passed along and went their way, and the sun set on them near Gibeah which belongs to Benjamin.
15 They turned aside there in order to enter and lodge in Gibeah. When they [fn] entered, they [fn] sat down in the open square of the city, for no one took them into his house to spend the night.

16 Then behold, an old man was coming out of the field from his work at evening. Now the man was from the hill country of Ephraim, and he was staying [fn] in Gibeah, but the men of the place were Benjamites.
17 And he lifted up his eyes and saw the traveler in the open square of the city; and the old man said, "Where are you going, and where do you come from?"
18 He said to him, "We are passing from Bethlehem in Judah to the remote part of the hill country of Ephraim, for I am from there, and I went to Bethlehem in Judah. But I am now going to my [fn] house, and no man will take me into his house.
19 "Yet there is both straw and fodder for our donkeys, and also bread and wine for me, your [fn] maidservant, and the young man who is with your servants; there is no lack of anything."
20 The old man said, "Peace to you. Only let me take care of all your needs; however, do not spend the night in the open square."
21 So he took him into his house and gave the donkeys fodder, and they washed their feet and ate and drank.

22 While they were celebrating [fn], behold, the men of the city, certain worthless [fn] fellows, surrounded the house, pounding the door; and they spoke to the owner of the house, the old man, saying, "Bring out the man who came into your house that we may have relations [fn] with him."
23 Then the man, the owner of the house, went out to them and said to them, "No, my fellows, please do not act so wickedly; since this man has come into my house, do not commit this act of folly.
24 "Here is my virgin daughter and his concubine. Please let me bring them out that you may ravish them and do to them whatever [fn] you wish. But do not commit such an act of folly against this man."
25 But the men would not listen to him. So the man seized his concubine and brought her out to them; and they raped her and abused her all night until morning, then let her go at the approach of dawn.
26 As [fn] the day began to dawn, the woman came and fell down at the doorway of the man's house where her master was, until full daylight.

27 When her master arose in the morning and opened the doors of the house and went out to go on his way, then behold, his concubine was lying at the doorway of the house with her hands on the threshold.
28 He said to her, "Get up and let us go," but there was no answer. Then he placed her on the donkey; and the man arose and went to his home [fn].
29 When he entered his house, he took a knife and laid hold of his concubine and cut her in twelve pieces, limb by limb, and sent her throughout the territory of Israel.
30 All who saw it said, "Nothing like this has ever happened or been seen from the day when the sons of Israel came up from the land of Egypt to this day. Consider it, take counsel and speak up!"

 
Psalms 44

Psalm 44

Former Deliverances and Present Troubles.

For the choir director. A Maskil [fn] of the sons of Korah.

1 O God, we have heard with our ears, Our fathers have told us The work that You did in their days, In the days of old.
2 You with Your own hand drove out the nations; Then You planted them; You afflicted the peoples, Then You spread them abroad.
3 For by their own sword they did not possess the land, And their own arm did not save them, But Your right hand and Your arm and the light of Your presence, For You favored them.

4 You are my King, O God; Command victories [fn] for Jacob.
5 Through You we will push back our adversaries; Through Your name we will trample down those who rise up against us.
6 For I will not trust in my bow, Nor will my sword save me.
7 But You have saved us from our adversaries, And You have put to shame those who hate us.
8 In God we have boasted all day long, And we will give thanks to Your name forever. Selah [fn].

9 Yet You have rejected us and brought us to dishonor, And do not go out with our armies.
10 You cause us to turn back from the adversary; And those who hate us have taken spoil for themselves.
11 You give us as sheep to [fn] be eaten And have scattered us among the nations.
12 You sell Your people cheaply [fn], And have not profited [fn] by their sale.
13 You make us a reproach to our neighbors, A scoffing and a derision to those around us.
14 You make us a byword among the nations, A laughingstock [fn] among the peoples.
15 All day long my dishonor is before me And my [fn] humiliation has overwhelmed me,
16 Because of the voice of him who reproaches and reviles, Because of the presence of the enemy and the avenger.

17 All this has come upon us, but we have not forgotten You, And we have not dealt falsely with Your covenant.
18 Our heart has not turned back, And our steps have not deviated from Your way,
19 Yet You have crushed us in a place of jackals And covered us with the shadow of death.

20 If we had forgotten the name of our God Or extended our hands [fn] to a strange god,
21 Would not God find this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart.
22 But for Your sake we are killed all day long; We are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.
23 Arouse Yourself, why do You sleep, O Lord? Awake, do not reject us forever.
24 Why do You hide Your face And forget our affliction and our oppression?
25 For our soul has sunk down into the dust; Our body cleaves to the earth.
26 Rise up, be our help, And redeem us for the sake of Your lovingkindness.
 
Acts 22:30-23:22
30 But on the next day, wishing to know for certain why he had been accused by the Jews, he released him and ordered the chief priests and all the Council [fn] to assemble, and brought Paul down and set him before them.

Chapter 23

Paul before the Council

1 Paul, looking intently at the Council [fn], said, "Brethren, I have lived [fn] my life with a perfectly good conscience before God up to this day."
2 The high priest Ananias commanded those standing beside him to strike him on the mouth.
3 Then Paul said to him, "God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! Do you sit to try me according to the Law, and in violation of the Law order me to be struck?"
4 But the bystanders said, "Do you revile God's high priest?"
5 And Paul said, "I was not aware, brethren, that he was high priest; for it is written, 'You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.' "

6 But perceiving that one group were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, Paul began crying out in the Council [fn], "Brethren, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees; I am on trial for the hope and resurrection of the dead!"
7 As he said this, there occurred a dissension between the Pharisees and Sadducees, and the assembly was divided.
8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, nor an angel, nor a spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all.
9 And there occurred a great uproar; and some of the scribes of the Pharisaic party stood up and began to argue heatedly, saying, "We find nothing wrong with this man; suppose a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?"
10 And as a great dissension was developing, the commander [fn] was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them and ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force, and bring him into the barracks.

11 But on the night immediately following, the Lord stood at his side and said, "Take courage; for as you have solemnly witnessed to My cause at Jerusalem, so you must witness at Rome also."

A Conspiracy to Kill Paul

12 When it was day, the Jews formed a conspiracy [fn] and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul.
13 There were more than forty who formed this plot.
14 They came to the chief priests and the elders and said, "We have bound ourselves under a solemn oath to taste nothing until we have killed Paul.
15 "Now therefore, you and [fn] the Council [fn] notify the commander [fn] to bring him down to you, as though you were going to determine his case by a more thorough investigation; and we for our part are ready to slay him before he comes near the place."

16 But the son of Paul's sister heard of their ambush, and [fn] he came and entered the barracks and told Paul.
17 Paul called one of the centurions to him and said, "Lead this young man to the commander [fn], for he has something to report to him."
18 So he took him and led him to the commander [fn] and said* [fn], "Paul the prisoner called me to him and asked me to lead this young man to you since he has something to tell you."
19 The commander [fn] took him by the hand and stepping aside, began to inquire of him privately, "What is it that you have to report to me?"
20 And he said, "The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down tomorrow to the Council [fn], as though they were going to inquire somewhat more thoroughly about him.
21 "So do not listen [fn] to them, for more than forty of them are lying in wait for him who have bound themselves under a curse not to eat or drink until they slay him; and now they are ready and waiting for the promise from you."
22 So the commander [fn] let the young man go, instructing him, "Tell no one that you have notified me of these things."

 
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