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    Scripture Reading: Ruth 1—4

    Ruth 1:1        Now in the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land. And a man from Bethlehem in Judah went down to dwell as a sojourner in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons.

    Ruth 1:2        And the man’s name was Elimelech, and his wife’s name was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehem in Judah. And they went to the country of Moab and remained there.

    Ruth 1:3        And Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, died; and she was left with her two sons.

    Ruth 1:4        And they took wives for themselves from among the Moabite women. One’s name was Orpah, and the second’s name was Ruth. And they dwelt there about ten years.

    Ruth 1:5        And both Mahlon and Chilion died, and the woman was left without her two children and her husband.

    Ruth 1:6        Then she rose up with her daughters-in-law in order to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that Jehovah had visited His people by giving them food.

    Ruth 1:7        So she went forth from the place where she had been, along with her two daughters-in-law; and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah.

    Ruth 1:8        And Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, Go and return, each of you, to your mother’s house. May Jehovah deal kindly with you, just as you have dealt with the dead and with me.

    Ruth 1:9        May Jehovah grant you to find rest, each of you in the house of your husband. Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voice and wept.

    Ruth 1:10      And they said to her, No, we will return with you to your people.

    Ruth 1:11      And Naomi said, Return, my daughters. Why should you go with me? Do I still have sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?

    Ruth 1:12      Return, my daughters, go; for I am too old to have a husband. If I said, I have hope; even if I had a husband tonight and even bore sons;

    Ruth 1:13      Would you then wait until they were grown? Would you then refrain from having a husband? No, my daughters; it has been far more bitter for me than it should be for you, for the hand of Jehovah has gone forth against me.

    Ruth 1:14      And they lifted up their voice and wept again. And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.

    Ruth 1:15      And she said, Your sister-in-law has now returned to her people and to her gods; return with your sister-in-law.

    Ruth 1:16      But Ruth said, Do not entreat me to leave you and turn away from following after you. For wherever you go, I will go, and wherever you dwell, I will dwell; and your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.

    Ruth 1:17      Where you die, I will die; and there will I be buried. Jehovah do so to me, and more as well, if anything but death parts me from you.

    Ruth 1:18      And when Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she ceased speaking to her about it.

    Ruth 1:19      So the two of them traveled until they came to Bethlehem. And when they came to Bethlehem, all the city was stirred because of them; and the women said, Is this Naomi?

    Ruth 1:20      And she said to them, Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara; for the All-sufficient One has dealt very bitterly with me.

    Ruth 1:21      I went out full, but Jehovah has brought me back empty. Why do you call me Naomi, when Jehovah has afflicted me and the All-sufficient One has dealt harshly with me?

    Ruth 1:22      So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter-in-law, with her, who returned from the country of Moab. And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest.

    Ruth 2:1        Now Naomi had a relative of her husband’s, a man of great wealth, from Elimelech’s family; and his name was Boaz.

    Ruth 2:2        And Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, Let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose sight I find favor. And she said to her, Go, my daughter.

    Ruth 2:3        So she went. And she came and gleaned in the field after the reapers; and she happened to glean in a portion of the field belonging to Boaz, who was from Elimelech’s family.

    Ruth 2:4        And just then Boaz came from Bethlehem and said to the reapers, Jehovah be with you. And they said to him, Jehovah bless you.

    Ruth 2:5        And Boaz said to his young man who was set over the reapers, Whose young woman is that?

    Ruth 2:6        And the young man who was set over the reapers answered and said, She is the young Moabite woman who returned with Naomi from the country of Moab;

    Ruth 2:7        And she said, Let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves. So she has come and continued since morning until now, and she has sat in the house for only a little while.

    Ruth 2:8        And Boaz said to Ruth, Listen, my daughter. Do not go to glean in another field, and also do not pass from here but stay close to my young women.

    Ruth 2:9        Keep your eyes on the field that they reap; follow after them. I have charged my young men not to touch you. And when you are thirsty, you shall go to the vessels and drink of what the young men have drawn.

    Ruth 2:10      And she fell upon her face and bowed herself to the ground, and she said to him, Why have I found favor in your sight that you regard me, though I am a foreigner?

    Ruth 2:11      And Boaz answered and said to her, All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told me, as well as how you left your father and mother and the land of your birth, and came to a people whom you did not know before.

    Ruth 2:12      May Jehovah recompense your work, and may you have a full reward from Jehovah the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.

    Ruth 2:13      And she said, Let me find favor in your sight, my lord; for you have comforted me and have spoken kindly to your servant girl, though I am not like even one of your servant girls.

    Ruth 2:14      And Boaz said to her at mealtime, Come here and eat some food; and dip your morsel in the vinegar. And she sat beside the reapers, and he extended some parched grain to her. And she ate and was satisfied, and she had some left.

    Ruth 2:15      And when she rose up to glean, Boaz charged his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her.

    Ruth 2:16      And also pull out some from the bundles for her, and leave it for her to glean; and do not rebuke her.

    Ruth 2:17      So she gleaned in the field until evening. And she beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley.

    Ruth 2:18      And she took it up and went into the city. And her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned. Ruth also brought out and gave to her what she had left after she had been earlier satisfied.

    Ruth 2:19      And her mother-in-law said to her, Where did you glean today, and where did you work? Blessed be he who paid such attention to you. And she told her mother-in-law whom she had worked with and said, The name of the man whom I worked with today is Boaz.

    Ruth 2:20      And Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, Blessed be he of Jehovah, whose lovingkindness has not failed for the living and for the dead. And Naomi said to her, The man is close to us; he is one of our kinsmen.

    Ruth 2:21      And Ruth the Moabitess said, He also said to me, You shall stay close by my young men who are with me until they have completed the whole harvest that I have.

    Ruth 2:22      And Naomi said to Ruth, her daughter-in-law, It is good, my daughter, that you go out with his young women, so that others do not meet you in any other field.

    Ruth 2:23      So she stayed close to Boaz’s young women and gleaned until the end of the barley harvest and the wheat harvest, and she dwelt with her mother-in-law.

    Ruth 3:1        And Naomi, her mother-in-law, said to her, My daughter, I must seek some resting place for you, that it may go well with you.

    Ruth 3:2        And now is not Boaz our relative, with whose young women you have been? Behold, he is winnowing the barley tonight at the threshing floor.

    Ruth 3:3        Wash yourself therefore, and anoint yourself, and put on your best clothes; and go down to the threshing floor. But do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking.

    Ruth 3:4        And when he lies down, notice the place where he lies, and go and uncover his feet, and lie down. And he will tell you what you should do.

    Ruth 3:5        And she said to her, All that you say, I will do.

    Ruth 3:6        And she went down to the threshing floor and did according to all that her mother-in-law had charged her.

    Ruth 3:7        And Boaz ate and drank, and his heart was merry. And he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain. And she came in secretly and uncovered his feet and lay down.

    Ruth 3:8        Then at midnight the man was startled; and he turned over, and a woman was there, lying at his feet.

    Ruth 3:9        And he said, Who are you? And she said, I am Ruth, your female servant. Spread your cloak over your female servant, for you are a kinsman.

    Ruth 3:10      And he said, Blessed be you of Jehovah, my daughter. You have shown your latter kindness to be better than your first by not going after the choice young men, whether poor or rich.

    Ruth 3:11      And now, my daughter, do not fear. All that you say, I will do for you; for all the assembly of my people know that you are a worthy woman.

    Ruth 3:12      And now it is true that I am a kinsman, yet there is a kinsman closer than I.

    Ruth 3:13      Stay for the night; and in the morning if he will do the kinsman’s duty, fine; let him do it. But if he is not willing to do the kinsman’s duty for you, I will do it for you, as Jehovah lives. Lie down until morning.

    Ruth 3:14      And she lay at his feet until morning, then rose up before one could recognize another; for he said, Do not let it be known that the woman came to the threshing floor.

    Ruth 3:15      And he said, Bring the cloak that is on you, and hold it open. And she held it open, and he measured out six measures of barley and laid it on her. And he went into the city.

    Ruth 3:16      And when she came to her mother-in-law, she said, How are you, my daughter? And she told her all that the man had done for her.

    Ruth 3:17      And she said, These six measures of barley he gave me, for he said, Do not go to your mother-in-law empty-handed.

    Ruth 3:18      And she said, Stay here, my daughter, until you know how the matter will fall; for the man will not rest until he has concluded the matter today.

    Ruth 4:1        Then Boaz went up to the gate and sat there. And just then the kinsman of whom Boaz had spoken came by. And Boaz said, Turn aside and sit here, friend. And he turned aside and sat down.

    Ruth 4:2        And he took ten men from among the elders of the city and said, Sit here. And they sat down.

    Ruth 4:3        And he said to the kinsman, Naomi, who has returned from the country of Moab, has put up for sale the portion of the field that belonged to our brother Elimelech.

    Ruth 4:4        So I thought that I should disclose this to you and say, Buy it in the presence of those sitting here and in the presence of the elders of my people. If you can redeem it, redeem it; but if you cannot redeem it, tell me so that I will know; for there is no one to redeem it ahead of you, and I am after you. And he said, I will redeem it.

    Ruth 4:5        Then Boaz said, On the day you buy the field from Naomi’s hand, you must also acquire Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead man, in order to raise up the dead man’s name upon his inheritance.

    Ruth 4:6        And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, or else I will mar my own inheritance. You redeem for yourself what I should redeem, for I cannot redeem it.

    Ruth 4:7        Now such was the custom formerly in Israel concerning redeeming and exchanging that to establish any matter a man would draw off his sandal and give it to his neighbor; this was the way of attesting it in Israel.

    Ruth 4:8        So when the kinsman said to Boaz, Buy it for yourself, he drew off his sandal.

    Ruth 4:9        And Boaz said to the elders and all the people, You are witnesses today, that I buy from Naomi’s hand all that was Elimelech’s and all that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s.

    Ruth 4:10      Furthermore Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, I acquire as my own wife so that I may raise up the dead man’s name upon his inheritance and the dead man’s name may not be cut off from among his brothers and from the gate of his place. You are witnesses today.

    Ruth 4:11      And all the people who were in the gate and the elders said, We are witnesses. May Jehovah make the woman who has come into your house like Rachel and like Leah, the two who built the house of Israel. And prosper in Ephrathah, and gain a name in Bethlehem.

    Ruth 4:12      And may your house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah, through the seed that Jehovah gives you by this young woman.

    Ruth 4:13      So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife; and he went in unto her, and Jehovah made her conceive; and she bore a son.

    Ruth 4:14      And the women said to Naomi, Blessed be Jehovah, who has not left you today without a kinsman; and may his name be famous in Israel.

    Ruth 4:15      And he will be to you as a restorer of life and a sustainer in your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you and is better to you than seven sons, has borne him.

    Ruth 4:16      And Naomi took the child and laid him on her bosom, and she became his nurse.

    Ruth 4:17      And the women neighbors gave him a name, saying, A son has been born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David.

    Ruth 4:18      Now these are the generations of Perez: Perez begot Hezron,

    Ruth 4:19      And Hezron begot Ram, and Ram begot Amminadab,

    Ruth 4:20      And Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon,

    Ruth 4:21      And Salmon begot Boaz, and Boaz begot Obed,

    Ruth 4:22      And Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David.

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    Scripture Reading: Judg. 2:10-18; 3:7-15; 8:33-35;

    10:6-7; 13:1; 17:5-6; 18:1, 30-31; 19:1; 21:25

    Judg. 2:10     And all that generation as well were gathered to their fathers; and another generation, who did not know Jehovah or the work that He had done for Israel, rose up after them.

    Judg. 2:11     And the children of Israel did what was evil in the sight of Jehovah and served the Baals.

    Judg. 2:12     And they forsook Jehovah, the God of their fathers, who brought them out from the land of Egypt; and they followed after other gods from among the gods of the peoples who surrounded them; and they worshipped them and provoked Jehovah to anger.

    Judg. 2:13     And they forsook Jehovah and served Baal and the Ashtaroth.

    Judg. 2:14     Then the anger of Jehovah burned against Israel, and He delivered them into the hands of plunderers; and they plundered them. And He sold them into the hand of their enemies around them, and they were no longer able to stand before their enemies.

    Judg. 2:15     Whenever they went out, the hand of Jehovah was against them for evil, as Jehovah had spoken and as Jehovah had sworn to them; and they were greatly distressed.

    Judg. 2:16     And Jehovah raised up judges, and they saved them out of the hands of those who plundered them.

    Judg. 2:17     Yet they did not listen to their judges either, but they went about as harlots after other gods and worshipped them. They turned aside quickly from the way in which their fathers walked, the way of obeying the commandments of Jehovah; this they did not do.

    Judg. 2:18     And when Jehovah raised up judges for them, Jehovah was with the judge, and He saved them from the hand of their enemies throughout all the days of the judge; for Jehovah would be moved to pity by their groaning because of those who oppressed them and crushed them.

    Judg. 3:7       And the children of Israel did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah, and they forgot Jehovah their God and served the Baals and the Asherahs.

    Judg. 3:8       Therefore the anger of Jehovah burned against Israel, and He sold them into the hand of Cushan-rishathaim the king of Mesopotamia. And the children of Israel served Cushan-rishathaim eight years.

    Judg. 3:9       Then the children of Israel cried out to Jehovah, and Jehovah raised up a savior for the children of Israel, who saved them, that is, Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother.

    Judg. 3:10     And the Spirit of Jehovah came upon him, and he judged Israel. And he went out to battle, and Jehovah delivered Cushan-rishathaim the king of Aram into his hand; and his hand prevailed over Cushan-rishathaim.

    Judg. 3:11     And the land had rest forty years. And Othniel the son of Kenaz died.

    Judg. 3:12     Then the children of Israel again did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah. And Jehovah strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel because they did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah.

    Judg. 3:13     And he gathered the children of Ammon and Amalek to himself and went and struck Israel, and they took possession of the city of palms.

    Judg. 3:14     And the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years.

    Judg. 3:15     Then the children of Israel cried out to Jehovah, and Jehovah raised up a savior for them, that is, Ehud the son of Gera, the Benjaminite, a left-handed man. Now the children of Israel sent tribute to Eglon the king of Moab by him.

    Judg. 8:33     And as soon as Gideon died, the children of Israel turned again and went as harlots after the Baals. And they made Baal-berith their god.

    Judg. 8:34     And the children of Israel did not remember Jehovah their God, who had delivered them from the hand of all their enemies all around;

    Judg. 8:35     Nor did they show mercy to the house of Jerubbaal, that is, Gideon, for all the good he had done to Israel.

    Judg. 10:6     Then the children of Israel again did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah. And they served the Baals and the Ashtaroth and the gods of Aram and the gods of Sidon and the gods of Moab and the gods of the children of Ammon and the gods of the Philistines, and they forsook Jehovah and did not serve Him.

    Judg. 10:7     And the anger of Jehovah burned against Israel, and He sold them into the hand of the Philistines and into the hand of the children of Ammon.

    Judg. 13:1     Then the children of Israel again did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah, and Jehovah delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.

    Judg. 17:5     And the man Micah had a house of gods; and he made an ephod and teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons to become his priest.

    Judg. 17:6     In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did that which was right in his own eyes.

    Judg. 18:1     In those days there was no king in Israel; and in those days the tribe of the Danites sought for themselves an inheritance to dwell in, for unto that day the lot had not fallen for them on an inheritance among the tribes of Israel.

    Judg. 18:30   And the children of Dan erected for themselves the sculptured idol; and Jonathan the son of Gershom, the son of Moses, he and his sons, became priests to the tribe of Dan until the day of the captivity of the land.

    Judg. 18:31   Thus they set up the sculptured idol that Micah had made the whole time that the house of God was in Shiloh.

    Judg. 19:1     Now in those days, when there was no king in Israel, there was a certain Levite dwelling in the far end of the hill country of Ephraim. And he took for himself a concubine from Bethlehem in Judah.

    Judg. 21:25   In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

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    Scripture Reading: Judg. 6—9

    Judg. 6:1       Then the children of Israel did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah, and Jehovah delivered them into the hand of Midian for seven years.

    Judg. 6:2       And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel. Because of Midian the children of Israel made for themselves the dens which are in the mountains as well as the caves and the strongholds.

    Judg. 6:3       And whenever Israel sowed its seed, Midian rose up with Amalek and the children of the east, and went up against them.

    Judg. 6:4       And they encamped against them and destroyed the produce of the land until you come to Gaza, and they left no sustenance in Israel, or sheep or ox or donkey.

    Judg. 6:5       For they went up with their cattle and their tents and came in like a locust swarm in number; both they and their camels were without number. And they came into the land to destroy it.

    Judg. 6:6       And Israel was greatly impoverished because of Midian. And the children of Israel cried out to Jehovah.

    Judg. 6:7       And when the children of Israel cried out to Jehovah because of Midian,

    Judg. 6:8       Jehovah sent a man who was a prophet to the children of Israel. And he said to them, Thus says Jehovah the God of Israel, It was I who brought you up out of Egypt and brought you out from the slave house;

    Judg. 6:9       And I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of all who oppressed you. And I drove them out before you and gave you their land.

    Judg. 6:10     And I said to you, I am Jehovah your God; you shall not fear the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But you did not listen to My voice.

    Judg. 6:11     And the Angel of Jehovah came and sat under the terebinth that was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while Gideon his son was beating out the wheat in the winepress in order to hide it from the Midianites.

    Judg. 6:12     And the Angel of Jehovah appeared to him and said to him, Jehovah is with you, valiant warrior.

    Judg. 6:13     And Gideon said to Him, Please, my lord, if Jehovah is with us, then why has all this happened to us? And where are all His wondrous deeds that our fathers recount to us, saying, Did not Jehovah bring us up out of Egypt? But now Jehovah has abandoned us and delivered us into the hand of Midian.

    Judg. 6:14     Then Jehovah turned to him and said, Go in this strength of yours, and save Israel from the hand of Midian. Indeed I have sent you.

    Judg. 6:15     And he said to Him, Please, Lord, by what way can I save Israel? My clan here is the poorest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.

    Judg. 6:16     And Jehovah said to him, Surely I will be with you, and you will strike the Midianites as one man.

    Judg. 6:17     And he said to Him, If now I have found favor in Your sight, perform a sign for me that it is You who are speaking with me.

    Judg. 6:18     Do not depart from here until I come to You and bring my present and set it before You. And He said, I will remain until you return.

    Judg. 6:19     So Gideon went and prepared a kid and an ephah of flour in unleavened cakes. He put the flesh in a basket and put the broth in a pot, and he brought it out to Him under the terebinth. And he presented it.

    Judg. 6:20     And the Angel of God said to him, Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and put them on this rock; and pour out the broth. And he did so.

    Judg. 6:21     And the Angel of Jehovah put forth the end of the staff that was in His hand and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes. And fire came up from the rock and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. And the Angel of Jehovah went from his sight.

    Judg. 6:22     And Gideon saw that He was the Angel of Jehovah. And Gideon said, Alas, O Lord Jehovah! For I have seen the Angel of Jehovah face to face.

    Judg. 6:23     And Jehovah said to him, Peace be with you. Do not be afraid; you shall not die.

    Judg. 6:24     Then Gideon built an altar there to Jehovah, and he called it Jehovah-shalom. To this day it is still in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

    Judg. 6:25     And that night Jehovah said to him, Take your father’s bull, that is, the second bull, seven years old; and tear down the altar of Baal that belongs to your father, and cut down the Asherah that is beside it.

    Judg. 6:26     And build an altar to Jehovah your God upon the top of this stronghold in the ordered manner. Then take that second bull, and offer a burnt offering with the wood of the Asherah that you will cut down.

    Judg. 6:27     So Gideon took ten men from among his servants and did as Jehovah had told him. But because he was too afraid of his father’s house and the men of the city to do it by day, he did it at night.

    Judg. 6:28     And when the men of the city rose up early in the morning, there was the altar of Baal, broken down; and the Asherah beside it was cut down. And the second bull had been offered upon the altar that had been built.

    Judg. 6:29     And they said to one another, Who has done this thing? And after they inquired and sought about, they said, Gideon the son of Joash has done this thing.

    Judg. 6:30     Then the men of the city said to Joash, Bring out your son that he may die, for he has broken down the altar of Baal and cut down the Asherah beside it.

    Judg. 6:31     And Joash said to all who stood against him, Will you contend for Baal? Or will you save him? Whoever contends for him will be put to death while it is still morning. If he is a god, let him contend for himself; for his altar has been broken down.

    Judg. 6:32     Therefore on that day he named Gideon Jerubbaal, saying, Let Baal contend against him, for he has broken down his altar.

    Judg. 6:33     Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the children of the east gathered together, and they crossed over and encamped in the valley of Jezreel.

    Judg. 6:34     And the Spirit of Jehovah clothed Gideon; and he blew the trumpet, and the Abiezrites were called up behind him.

    Judg. 6:35     And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh, and they were also called up behind him. And he sent messengers throughout Asher and Zebulun and Naphtali, and they went up to meet them.

    Judg. 6:36     And Gideon said to God, If indeed You will save Israel through my hand, as You have said,

    Judg. 6:37     I am laying here a fleece of wool on the threshing floor: If there is dew on the fleece alone and it is dry on all the ground, I will know that You will save Israel through my hand, as You have said.

    Judg. 6:38     And so it happened. When he rose up early the next morning and squeezed the fleece, he wrung dew from the fleece, a bowlful of water.

    Judg. 6:39     Then Gideon said to God, May Your anger not burn against me, but allow me to speak only this one time. Allow me to make this test with the fleece only this one time. Let it be dry on the fleece only, and let there be dew on all the ground.

    Judg. 6:40     And God did so that night, so that it was dry on the fleece only and there was dew on all the ground.

    Judg. 7:1       Then Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) and all the people who were with him rose early and encamped beside the spring of Harod. And the camp of Midian was to their north, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley.

    Judg. 7:2       And Jehovah said to Gideon, The people with you are too many for Me to deliver Midian into their hand; Israel might vaunt himself against Me, saying, My own hand has saved me.

    Judg. 7:3       Now then proclaim in the hearing of the people, saying, Whoever is afraid and trembling should return and depart from here. And twenty-two thousand of the people returned, and ten thousand remained.

    Judg. 7:4       Then Jehovah said to Gideon, The people are still too many. Bring them down to the water, and I will test them for you there. And he of whom I say to you, This one shall go with you, he shall go with you. And every one of whom I say to you, This one shall not go with you, he shall not go.

    Judg. 7:5       So he brought the people down to the water. And Jehovah said to Gideon, Everyone who laps from the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set apart; likewise everyone who bows down on his knees to drink.

    Judg. 7:6       And the number of those who lapped the water into their mouth with their hand was three hundred men, but the rest of the people bowed down on their knees to drink water.

    Judg. 7:7       And Jehovah said to Gideon, Through the three hundred men who lapped I will save you, and I will deliver Midian into your hand. But let all the other people go, each to his own place.

    Judg. 7:8       Then the people took provisions in their hand and their trumpets; and he sent all the men of Israel away, each to his own tent, but retained the three hundred men. And the camp of Midian was below him in the valley.

    Judg. 7:9       And that night Jehovah said to him, Arise; go down against the camp, for I have delivered it into your hand.

    Judg. 7:10     But if you are afraid to go down, go down with Purah your young man into the camp;

    Judg. 7:11     And you will hear what they are saying. Then afterward your hands will be strengthened so that you can go down against the camp. So he went down with Purah his young man to the edge of the battle array that was in the camp.

    Judg. 7:12     Now the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay in the valley like a locust swarm in multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand on the seashore is in multitude.

    Judg. 7:13     And when Gideon came, at that moment a man was recounting a dream to his companion; and he said, I have just had a dream. There was this round loaf of barley bread tumbling through the camp of Midian. And it came to the tent and struck it so that it fell, and it turned it upside down. And the tent collapsed.

    Judg. 7:14     And his companion answered and said, This is nothing else but the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel. God has delivered Midian and all the camp into his hand.

    Judg. 7:15     And when Gideon heard the account of the dream and its interpretation, he worshipped. And he returned to the camp of Israel and said, Arise, for Jehovah has delivered the camp of Midian into your hand.

    Judg. 7:16     And he divided the three hundred men into three companies; and he put trumpets into the hands of them all, as well as empty pitchers, with torches inside the pitchers.

    Judg. 7:17     And he said to them, Look at me, and do as I do. Right when I come to the edge of the camp, you shall do just as I do.

    Judg. 7:18     When I and all who are with me blow the trumpet, you also blow the trumpets around all the camp and say, For Jehovah and for Gideon!

    Judg. 7:19     So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the edge of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch. They had just then posted the watch. And they blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers that were in their hands.

    Judg. 7:20     And the three companies blew the trumpets and shattered the pitchers; and they held the torches in their left hands, and the trumpets were in their right hands to blow. And they cried out, A sword for Jehovah and for Gideon!

    Judg. 7:21     And each man stood in his place around the camp. Then the whole camp ran off, and they shouted and fled.

    Judg. 7:22     And they blew the three hundred trumpets, and Jehovah set each man’s sword against his companion and against the whole camp. And the camp fled as far as Beth-shittah toward Zererah, as far as the edge of Abel-meholah, by Tabbath.

    Judg. 7:23     And the men of Israel were called up from Naphtali and from Asher and from all of Manasseh, and they pursued after Midian.

    Judg. 7:24     Then Gideon sent messengers throughout all the hill country of Ephraim, saying, Come down against Midian, and seize the waters against them as far as Beth-barah and the Jordan. And every man of Ephraim was called up, and they seized the waters as far as Beth-barah and the Jordan.

    Judg. 7:25     And they captured two princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb. And they slew Oreb at the rock of Oreb, and Zeeb they slew at the wine press of Zeeb; and they pursued Midian. And they brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon across the Jordan.

    Judg. 8:1       Then the men of Ephraim said to him, Why have you done this thing to us, that you did not call us when you went to battle against Midian? And they contended with him sharply.

    Judg. 8:2       And he said to them, What have I done now to compare with you? Are not the gleanings of the grapes of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abiezer?

    Judg. 8:3       It was into your hand that God gave the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb. And what was I able to do in comparison with you? Then their hostile spirit toward him subsided when he said this word.

    Judg. 8:4       Then Gideon came to the Jordan and crossed over, he and the three hundred men with him, weary yet pursuing.

    Judg. 8:5       And he said to the men of Succoth, Please give us loaves of bread for the people behind me, for they are weary and I am pursuing after Zebah and Zalmunna, the kings of Midian.

    Judg. 8:6       But the princes of Succoth said, Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna in your hand now, that we should give bread to your army?

    Judg. 8:7       And Gideon said, Because of this, when Jehovah does deliver Zebah and Zalmunna into my hand, I will trample your flesh on the thorns of the wilderness and the briers.

    Judg. 8:8       Then he went up from there to Penuel and spoke to them in the same way; and the men of Penuel answered him as the men of Succoth had answered.

    Judg. 8:9       And he spoke also to the men of Penuel, saying, When I return in peace, I will break down this tower.

    Judg. 8:10     Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor, and their camps were with them, about fifteen thousand men, all who were left of the entire camp of the children of the east; for there had fallen one hundred and twenty thousand men who drew the sword.

    Judg. 8:11     And Gideon went up by way of the tent dwellers, east of Nobah and Jogbehah; and he struck the camp when the camp was off guard.

    Judg. 8:12     And Zebah and Zalmunna fled, and he pursued after them. And he captured the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and threw all the camp into confusion.

    Judg. 8:13     And when Gideon the son of Joash returned from battle from the ascent of Heres,

    Judg. 8:14     He captured a young man from among the men of Succoth and questioned him. And he wrote down for him the princes of Succoth and its elders, seventy-seven men.

    Judg. 8:15     Then he came to the men of Succoth and said, Here are Zebah and Zalmunna, concerning whom you taunted me, saying, Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna in your hand now, that we should give bread to your men who are weary?

    Judg. 8:16     And he took the elders of the city and the thorns of the wilderness and the briers, and with them he trampled the men of Succoth.

    Judg. 8:17     And he broke down the tower of Penuel and slew the men of the city.

    Judg. 8:18     Then he said to Zebah and Zalmunna, What were the men whom you slew in Tabor like? And they said, As you are, so were they. Each one was like the children of a king in form.

    Judg. 8:19     And he said, They were my brothers, the sons of my mother. As Jehovah lives, if you had kept them alive, I would not slay you.

    Judg. 8:20     And he said to Jether his firstborn, Rise up; slay them. But the youth would not draw his sword, because he was fearful; for he was still a youth.

    Judg. 8:21     Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, You rise up, and fall on us; for there is as much strength as there is man. And Gideon rose up and slew Zebah and Zalmunna. And he took the crescents that were on their camels’ necks.

    Judg. 8:22     And the men of Israel said to Gideon, Rule over us, you and your son and your grandson as well; for you have saved us from the hand of Midian.

    Judg. 8:23     But Gideon said to them, I will not rule over you, nor will my son rule over you. Jehovah will rule over you.

    Judg. 8:24     And Gideon said to them, Let me make a request of you, that each of you give me an earring from his spoil. ( The Midianites had golden earrings, for they were Ishmaelites.)

    Judg. 8:25     And they said, We will willingly give it. And they spread out a garment, and each of them threw an earring from his spoil there.

    Judg. 8:26     And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was one thousand seven hundred shekels of gold. This was besides the crescents and the pendants and the purple garments that were upon the kings of Midian and besides the chains that were on their camels’ necks.

    Judg. 8:27     And Gideon made an ephod with it and placed it in his city, in Ophrah. And all Israel went as harlots to it there, and it became a snare to Gideon and his house.

    Judg. 8:28     So Midian was subdued before the children of Israel, and they lifted up their heads no more. And the land had rest forty years in the days of Gideon.

    Judg. 8:29     Then Jerubbaal the son of Joash went and dwelt in his house.

    Judg. 8:30     And Gideon had seventy sons, the issue of his loins, for he had many wives.

    Judg. 8:31     And his concubine who was in Shechem also bore him a son, and he named him Abimelech.

    Judg. 8:32     And Gideon the son of Joash died at a good old age, and he was buried in the tomb of Joash his father in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

    Judg. 8:33     And as soon as Gideon died, the children of Israel turned again and went as harlots after the Baals. And they made Baal-berith their god.

    Judg. 8:34     And the children of Israel did not remember Jehovah their God, who had delivered them from the hand of all their enemies all around;

    Judg. 8:35     Nor did they show mercy to the house of Jerubbaal, that is, Gideon, for all the good he had done to Israel.

    Judg. 9:1       Then Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem to his mother’s brothers; and he spoke to them and to all the family of the house of his mother’s father, saying,

    Judg. 9:2       Speak now in the hearing of all the lords of Shechem, What is better for you, that all the sons of Jerubbaal, seventy men, rule over you, or that one man rule over you? Now remember that I am your bone and your flesh.

    Judg. 9:3       And his mother’s brothers spoke of him in the hearing of all the lords of Shechem with all these words; and their heart inclined toward Abimelech, for they said, He is our brother.

    Judg. 9:4       And they gave him seventy pieces of silver from the house of Baal-berith. And with it Abimelech hired worthless and wanton men, and they followed after him.

    Judg. 9:5       And he went to his father’s house in Ophrah and slew his brothers, the sons of Jerubbaal, seventy men, on one stone; but Jotham, the youngest son of Jerubbaal, was left, for he hid himself.

    Judg. 9:6       Then all the lords of Shechem and all the house of Millo gathered, and they went and made Abimelech king at the terebinth of the pillar that was in Shechem.

    Judg. 9:7       And when Jotham was told, he went and stood on the top of Mount Gerizim and lifted up his voice and called out and said to them, Listen to me, you lords of Shechem, that God may listen to you.

    Judg. 9:8       The trees once went forth to anoint a king over themselves. And they said to the olive tree, Reign over us.

    Judg. 9:9       But the olive tree said to them, Shall I leave my fatness, because of which God and men are honored by me, and go to wave over the trees?

    Judg. 9:10     Then the trees said to the fig tree, You come and reign over us.

    Judg. 9:11     But the fig tree said to them, Shall I leave my sweetness and my good fruit, and go to wave over the trees?

    Judg. 9:12     Then the trees said to the vine, You come and reign over us.

    Judg. 9:13     But the vine said to them, Shall I leave my new wine, which cheers God and men, and go to wave over the trees?

    Judg. 9:14     So all the trees said to the bramble, You come and reign over us.

    Judg. 9:15     And the bramble said to the trees, If you are truly anointing me as king over you, come and take refuge under my shade; but if not, may fire come forth from the bramble and devour the cedars of Lebanon!

    Judg. 9:16     Now therefore if you have dealt truly and with integrity in making Abimelech king, and if you have dealt in a good way toward Jerubbaal and toward his house, and if you have dealt with him as his hands have deserved—

    Judg. 9:17     (For my father fought for you and risked his life, and he delivered you from the hand of Midian.

    Judg. 9:18     But you have risen up today against the house of my father and have slain his sons, seventy men, on one stone; and you have made Abimelech the son of his female servant king over the lords of Shechem, for he is your brother.)

    Judg. 9:19     Now if you have dealt truly and with integrity toward Jerubbaal and toward his house today, then rejoice in Abimelech, and let him also rejoice in you.

    Judg. 9:20     But if not, may fire come forth from Abimelech and devour the lords of Shechem and the house of Millo, and may fire come forth from the lords of Shechem and the house of Millo and devour Abimelech!

    Judg. 9:21     And Jotham ran off and fled, and he came to Beer and remained there because of Abimelech his brother.

    Judg. 9:22     And Abimelech was prince over Israel three years.

    Judg. 9:23     And God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the lords of Shechem, and the lords of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech,

    Judg. 9:24     So that the violence done to the seventy sons of Jerubbaal might be avenged and so that their blood might be put upon Abimelech their brother, who slew them, and upon the lords of Shechem, who strengthened his hands to slay his brothers.

    Judg. 9:25     And the lords of Shechem set men in ambush for him on the tops of the mountains, and they robbed everyone who passed by them on the way; and Abimelech was told.

    Judg. 9:26     And Gaal the son of Ebed came with his brothers and went over to Shechem, and the lords of Shechem put their trust in him.

    Judg. 9:27     And they went out into the field and gathered the grapes of their vineyards and trod them, and had a festival. And they went to the house of their god and ate and drank, and they cursed Abimelech.

    Judg. 9:28     And Gaal the son of Ebed said, Who is Abimelech and who are we of Shechem, that we should serve him? Is he not the son of Jerubbaal, and is not Zebul his officer? Serve the men of Hamor, the father of Shechem; but why should we serve this man?

    Judg. 9:29     But, oh, that this people were put in my hand; then I would remove Abimelech. And he said of Abimelech, Increase your army and come out!

    Judg. 9:30     When Zebul the ruler of the city heard the words of Gaal the son of Ebed, his anger burned.

    Judg. 9:31     And he sent messengers to Abimelech in Tormah, saying, Gaal the son of Ebed and his brothers have now come to Shechem, and now they are stirring up the city against you.

    Judg. 9:32     And now rise up at night, you and the people with you, and wait in ambush in the field;

    Judg. 9:33     And in the morning, as soon as the sun rises, you shall rise up early and rush on the city. And right when he and the people with him come out against you, you shall do with him as you find occasion.

    Judg. 9:34     And Abimelech and all the people with him rose up at night and waited in ambush against Shechem in four companies.

    Judg. 9:35     And Gaal the son of Ebed went out and stood in the entrance of the gate of the city. And Abimelech and the people with him rose up from the ambush.

    Judg. 9:36     And when Gaal saw the people, he said to Zebul, Look, people are coming down from the tops of the mountains. But Zebul said to him, You are seeing the shadow of the mountains as though they were men.

    Judg. 9:37     And Gaal spoke again and said, Look, people are coming down from the height of the land, and one company is coming by the way of the terebinth of Meonenim.

    Judg. 9:38     Then Zebul said to him, Where is your boast now, that you said, Who is Abimelech that we should serve him? Is not this the people that you despised? Go out now, and fight them.

    Judg. 9:39     So Gaal went out before the lords of Shechem and fought with Abimelech.

    Judg. 9:40     And Abimelech pursued him, and Gaal fled from before him. And many wounded fell, up to the entrance of the gate.

    Judg. 9:41     And Abimelech dwelt in Arumah. And Zebul drove out Gaal and his brothers, so that they could not dwell in Shechem.

    Judg. 9:42     Then on the next day the people went out into the field, and Abimelech was told.

    Judg. 9:43     And he took his people and divided them into three companies, and he waited in ambush in the field. And he looked, and there were the people coming out of the city. And he rose up against them and struck them.

    Judg. 9:44     And Abimelech and the companies that were with him rushed forward and stood at the entrance of the gate of the city, and two companies rushed upon all those who were in the field and struck them.

    Judg. 9:45     And Abimelech fought against the city all that day. And he took the city, and the people who were in it he slew; and he tore down the city and sowed it with salt.

    Judg. 9:46     And when all the lords of the tower of Shechem heard of it, they went to the stronghold of the house of El-berith.

    Judg. 9:47     And Abimelech was told that all the lords of the tower of Shechem had gathered together.

    Judg. 9:48     And Abimelech went up to Mount Zalmon, he and all the people who were with him. And Abimelech took an ax in his hand and cut down a tree limb. And he lifted it up and put it on his shoulder, and he said to the people who were with him, What you see me doing, hurry and do as I have done.

    Judg. 9:49     So all the people also cut down each a limb. And they followed after Abimelech and set the limbs against the stronghold. And they set the stronghold on fire over them, so that all the men of the tower of Shechem also died, about a thousand men and women.

    Judg. 9:50     Then Abimelech went to Thebez; and he encamped against Thebez and took it.

    Judg. 9:51     But there was a strong tower in the middle of the city; and all the men and women and all the lords of the city fled there and shut themselves in; and they went up to the roof of the tower.

    Judg. 9:52     And Abimelech came up to the tower and fought against it. And he came near the entrance of the tower to burn it with fire.

    Judg. 9:53     And a certain woman threw an upper millstone upon Abimelech’s head, and it cracked his skull.

    Judg. 9:54     Then he called immediately to the young man who bore his armor and said to him, Draw your sword and kill me; otherwise they will say concerning me, A woman slew him. And his young man pierced him through, and he died.

    Judg. 9:55     And when the men of Israel saw that Abimelech was dead, they went away, each to his own place.

    Judg. 9:56     And God repaid the evil of Abimelech, which he had done to his father by slaying his seventy brothers.

    Judg. 9:57     And God brought all the evil of the men of Shechem back upon their own heads, and the curse of Jotham the son of Jerubbaal came upon them.

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    Scripture Reading: Judg. 4—5

    Judg. 4:1       Then the children of Israel again did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah after Ehud died.

    Judg. 4:2       And Jehovah sold them into the hand of Jabin the king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor. And the captain of his army was Sisera, who dwelt at Harosheth-hagoyim.

    Judg. 4:3       And the children of Israel cried out to Jehovah, for he had nine hundred iron chariots, and he oppressed the children of Israel severely twenty years.

    Judg. 4:4       Now Deborah was a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth. She judged Israel at that time.

    Judg. 4:5       And she would sit under the palm of Deborah, between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim. And the children of Israel went up to her for judgment.

    Judg. 4:6       And she sent word and called to Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh-naphtali and said to him, Jehovah the God of Israel has indeed commanded: Go and deploy your forces on Mount Tabor; and take with you ten thousand men from the children of Naphtali and from the children of Zebulun.

    Judg. 4:7       And I will draw out Sisera, the captain of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his throng, toward you at the river Kishon; and I will deliver him into your hand.

    Judg. 4:8       And Barak said to her, If you will go with me, I will go; but if you do not go with me, I will not go.

    Judg. 4:9       And she said, I will surely go with you. However there will be no glory for you on the journey you are taking, for Jehovah will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah rose up and went with Barak to Kedesh.

    Judg. 4:10     And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh, and ten thousand men went up behind him; and Deborah went up with him.

    Judg. 4:11     Now Heber the Kenite had separated himself from the Kenites, from the children of Hobab the father-in-law of Moses. And he pitched his tent at the terebinth in Zaanannim, which is near Kedesh.

    Judg. 4:12     And they told Sisera that Barak the son of Abinoam went up to Mount Tabor.

    Judg. 4:13     And Sisera called all his chariots-nine hundred iron chariots-and all the people who were with him from Harosheth-hagoyim to the river Kishon.

    Judg. 4:14     And Deborah said to Barak, Rise up, for this is the day when Jehovah will deliver Sisera into your hand. Jehovah has indeed gone out before you. So Barak went down from Mount Tabor with ten thousand men after him.

    Judg. 4:15     And Jehovah threw Sisera and all his chariots and all his army into confusion with the edge of the sword before Barak, and Sisera got down from his chariot and fled on foot.

    Judg. 4:16     But Barak pursued after the chariots and the army as far as Harosheth-hagoyim. And all the army of Sisera fell by the edge of the sword; not even one was left.

    Judg. 4:17     Meanwhile, Sisera had fled on foot to the tent of Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite; for there had been peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite.

    Judg. 4:18     And Jael went out to meet Sisera; and she said to him, Turn here, my lord; turn here to me; do not be afraid. So he turned to her into her tent, and she covered him with a rug.

    Judg. 4:19     And he said to her, Give me please a little water to drink, for I am thirsty. And she opened a skin of milk and gave him a drink; then she covered him.

    Judg. 4:20     And he said to her, Stand at the entrance of the tent; and if anyone comes and asks you, saying, Is there a man here? you shall say, No.

    Judg. 4:21     Then Jael the wife of Heber took a tent peg and put a hammer in her hand and went quietly to him. And she drove the peg into his temple, and it pierced through to the ground; for he was sound asleep and exhausted. And he died.

    Judg. 4:22     And Barak was at that moment pursuing Sisera when Jael came out to meet him. And she said to him, Come, and I will show you the man you are seeking. And he went with her; and there was Sisera, fallen dead with the peg in his temple.

    Judg. 4:23     So on that day God subdued Jabin the king of Canaan before the children of Israel.

    Judg. 4:24     And the hand of the children of Israel became heavier and heavier upon Jabin the king of Canaan until they destroyed Jabin the king of Canaan.

    Judg. 5:1       Then Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam sang on that day, saying:

    Judg. 5:2       That the leaders took the lead in Israel, / That the people have willingly offered themselves, / Bless Jehovah.

    Judg. 5:3       Hear, O kings; give ear, O princes! / I will sing; I, to Jehovah. / I will sing praise to Jehovah / The God of Israel.

    Judg. 5:4       O Jehovah, when You went forth from Seir, / When You marched from the field of Edom, / The earth trembled, the heavens also dripped, / Indeed the clouds dripped water.

    Judg. 5:5       The mountains quaked at the presence of Jehovah, / Sinai there, at the presence of Jehovah the God of Israel.

    Judg. 5:6       In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, / In the days of Jael, the highways were not used; / And travelers went / On the roundabout paths.

    Judg. 5:7       The villages ceased to act; / They ceased in Israel; / Until I, Deborah, rose up; / Until I rose up as a mother in Israel.

    Judg. 5:8       They chose new gods; / Then there was war in their gates. / Was a shield or a spear seen / Among forty thousand in Israel?

    Judg. 5:9       My heart is with the commanders of Israel, / Those who offered themselves willingly among the people. / Bless Jehovah!

    Judg. 5:10     Tell of it, you who ride on white donkeys, / You who sit on rich carpets, / And you who go upon the way.

    Judg. 5:11     Louder than the voice of those who distribute water among the watering / places, / There they recount the righteous deeds of Jehovah, / His righteous acts toward His villages in Israel. / Then the people of Jehovah went down to the gates.

    Judg. 5:12     Awake! Awake, Deborah! / Awake! Awake, speak forth a song! / Arise, Barak; / And lead captive your captives, son of Abinoam.

    Judg. 5:13     Then a remnant of the nobles went down; / The people of Jehovah went down with me against the mighty:

    Judg. 5:14     From Ephraim, those who took root in Amalek; / Following you, Benjamin, with your peoples; / From Machir commanders came down, / And from Zebulun those who wielded the staff of him who marshals.

    Judg. 5:15     And the princes in Issachar were with Deborah; / And Issachar was true to Barak; / Into the valley they were sent behind him. / Among the divisions of Reuben / There were great resolutions in heart.

    Judg. 5:16     Why did you sit among the sheepfolds / Listening to the pipings for the flocks? / In the divisions of Reuben / There were great searchings of heart.

    Judg. 5:17     Gilead stayed across the Jordan. / And as for Dan, why did he remain with the ships? / Asher sat at the shore of the sea / And stayed at his landings.

    Judg. 5:18     Zebulun was a people that despised their own lives even unto death; / And Naphtali, on the heights of the field.

    Judg. 5:19     The kings came; they fought. / At that time the kings of Canaan fought / In Taanach by the waters of Megiddo; / They took no gain of silver.

    Judg. 5:20     From heaven the stars fought; / From their courses they fought with Sisera.

    Judg. 5:21     The river Kishon swept them away, / The ancient river, the river Kishon. / March on, O my soul, with strength!

    Judg. 5:22     At that time the horse hooves stamped / With the prancing, the prancing of their mighty steeds.

    Judg. 5:23     Curse Meroz, says the Angel of Jehovah; / Bitterly curse its inhabitants. / For they did not come to the aid of Jehovah, / To the aid of Jehovah against the mighty.

    Judg. 5:24     Blessed among women shall Jael be, / The wife of Heber the Kenite; / Blessed among the women in the tent shall she be.

    Judg. 5:25     He asked for water; she gave him milk. / In a bowl for nobles she presented him with cream.

    Judg. 5:26     She put her hand to the tent peg, / And her right hand to the workman’s hammer; / Then she struck Sisera; she smashed his head; / Indeed she shattered and pierced his temples.

    Judg. 5:27     At her feet he bowed; he fell; he lay down. / At her feet he bowed; he fell. / Where he bowed, there he fell, destroyed.

    Judg. 5:28     Through the window one looks forth and cries shrilly; / The mother of Sisera, through the lattice: / Why is his chariot so long in coming? / Why do the tracks of his chariots delay?

    Judg. 5:29     The wisest of her ladies answer her, / And she herself returns an answer to herself:

    Judg. 5:30     Have they not found and divided the spoil? / A girl, two girls, to each mighty man. / The spoil of dyed garments to Sisera, / The spoil of embroidered, dyed garments; / A dyed embroidery, two embroideries, / For the neck of the spoiler.

    Judg. 5:31     May all Your enemies so perish, O Jehovah. / But may those who love Him be like the sun / When it rises in its might. And the land had rest forty years.

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    Scripture Reading: Judg. 1:1; 2:1; 17:1-5; 18:1, 30-31;

    2 Thes. 2:2-3; 2 Pet. 1:3-21; 2:1, 15

    Judg. 1:1       And after the death of Joshua, the children of Israel inquired of Jehovah, saying, Who will go up for us first against the Canaanites, in order to fight against them?

    Judg. 2:1       Then the Angel of Jehovah went up from Gilgal to Bochim. And He said, I caused you to go up out from Egypt, and I brought you into the land that I swore to your fathers. And I said, I will never break My covenant with you,

    Judg. 17:1     Now there was a man from the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Micah.

    Judg. 17:2     And he said to his mother, The eleven hundred pieces of silver that were taken from you, about which you uttered a curse and spoke it in my hearing—look, the silver is with me; I took it. And his mother said, Blessed of Jehovah be my son!

    Judg. 17:3     And he returned the eleven hundred pieces of silver to his mother; and his mother said, I do consecrate the silver to Jehovah from my hand to my son to make a sculptured idol and a molten image. Now therefore I will return it to you.

    Judg. 17:4     And when he returned the silver to his mother, his mother took two hundred pieces of silver and gave them to the founder, who made them into a sculptured idol and a molten image. And it was in the house of Micah.

    Judg. 17:5     And the man Micah had a house of gods; and he made an ephod and teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons to become his priest.

    Judg. 18:1     In those days there was no king in Israel; and in those days the tribe of the Danites sought for themselves an inheritance to dwell in, for unto that day the lot had not fallen for them on an inheritance among the tribes of Israel.

    Judg. 18:30   And the children of Dan erected for themselves the sculptured idol; and Jonathan the son of Gershom, the son of Moses, he and his sons, became priests to the tribe of Dan until the day of the captivity of the land.

    Judg. 18:31   Thus they set up the sculptured idol that Micah had made the whole time that the house of God was in Shiloh.

    2 Thes. 2:2    That you be not quickly shaken in mind nor alarmed, neither by a spirit nor by word nor by a letter as if by us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.

    2 Thes. 2:3    Let no one deceive you in any way, because it will not come unless the apostasy comes first and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of perdition,

    2 Pet. 1:3       Seeing that His divine power has granted to us all things which relate to life and godliness, through the full knowledge of Him who has called us by His own glory and virtue,

    2 Pet. 1:4       Through which He has granted to us precious and exceedingly great promises that through these you might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption which is in the world by lust.

    2 Pet. 1:5       And for this very reason also, adding all diligence, supply bountifully in your faith virtue; and in virtue, knowledge;

    2 Pet. 1:6       And in knowledge, self-control; and in self-control, endurance; and in endurance, godliness;

    2 Pet. 1:7       And in godliness, brotherly love; and in brotherly love, love.

    2 Pet. 1:8       For these things, existing in you and abounding, constitute you neither idle nor unfruitful unto the full knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    2 Pet. 1:9       For he in whom these things are not present is blind, being shortsighted, having forgotten the cleansing of his past sins.

    2 Pet. 1:10     Therefore, brothers, be the more diligent to make your calling and selection firm, for doing these things you shall by no means ever stumble.

    2 Pet. 1:11     For in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly and bountifully supplied to you.

    2 Pet. 1:12     Therefore I will be ready always to remind you concerning these things, even though you know them and have been established in the present truth.

    2 Pet. 1:13     And I consider it right, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by a reminder,

    2 Pet. 1:14     Knowing that the putting off of my tabernacle is imminent, even as also our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me.

    2 Pet. 1:15     Moreover I will also be diligent that you may be able, after my exodus, to bring these things to mind at all times.

    2 Pet. 1:16     For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we became eyewitnesses of that One's majesty.

    2 Pet. 1:17     For He received from God the Father honor and glory, a voice such as this being borne to Him by the magnificent glory: This is My Son, My Beloved, in whom I delight.

    2 Pet. 1:18     And this voice we heard being borne out of heaven while we were with Him in the holy mountain.

    2 Pet. 1:19     And we have the prophetic word made more firm, to which you do well to give heed as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts;

    2 Pet. 1:20     Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of one's own interpretation;

    2 Pet. 1:21     For no prophecy was ever borne by the will of man, but men spoke from God while being borne by the Holy Spirit.

    2 Pet. 2:1       But there arose also false prophets among the people, as also among you there will be false teachers, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.

    2 Pet. 2:15     Forsaking the straight way, they have gone astray, following the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness

  • Hymns:

    Scripture Reading: Josh. 5:12; 13:1—22:34;

    Col. 1:12; Acts 26:18

    Josh. 5:12     And the manna ceased on that day, when they ate of the produce of the land; and there was no longer manna for the children of Israel, but they ate of the yield of the land of Canaan that year.

    Josh. 13:1     Now Joshua was old and advanced in age; and Jehovah said to him, You are old and advanced in age, and very much of the land remains to be possessed.

    Josh. 13:2     This is the land that remains: all the regions of the Philistines and all that of the Geshurites,

    Josh. 13:3     From the Shihor, which is before Egypt, unto the border of Ekron on the north (this is considered to be Canaanite), with five lords of the Philistines: the Gazite and the Ashdodite, the Ashkelonite, the Gittite, and the Ekronite; and that of the Avvim

    Josh. 13:4     In the south; all the land of the Canaanites, and Mearah, which belongs to the Sidonians, unto Aphek at the border of the Amorites;

    Josh. 13:5     And the land of the Gebalites and all Lebanon toward the rising of the sun, from Baal-gad under Mount Hermon to the entrance of Hamath;

    Josh. 13:6     All the inhabitants of the hill country from Lebanon to Misrephoth-maim, all the Sidonians. I Myself will drive them out before the children of Israel; nevertheless allot it to Israel as an inheritance as I have commanded you.

    Josh. 13:7     And now divide this land as an inheritance to the nine tribes and the half-tribe of Manasseh.

    Josh. 13:8     With the other half-tribe of Manasseh the Reubenites and the Gadites received their inheritance, which Moses gave to them across the Jordan on the east, as Moses the servant of Jehovah gave to them:

    Josh. 13:9     From Aroer, which is on the edge of the river Arnon, and from the city, which is in the middle of the river valley, and all the tableland from Medeba to Dibon;

    Josh. 13:10    And all the cities of Sihon the king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon, unto the border of the children of Ammon;

    Josh. 13:11    And Gilead with the territory of the Geshurites and the Maacathites, and all Mount Hermon and all Bashan unto Salecah;

    Josh. 13:12    All the kingdom of Og in Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth and in Edrei (he was left of the remnant of the Rephaim); and Moses struck them and dispossessed them.

    Josh. 13:13    Yet the children of Israel did not dispossess the Geshurites and the Maacathites, but Geshur and Maacath dwell in the midst of Israel to this day.

    Josh. 13:14    However to the tribe of Levi he did not give an inheritance; the offerings of Jehovah the God of Israel by fire are their inheritance, as He had spoken to him.

    Josh. 13:15    And Moses gave an inheritance to the tribe of the children of Reuben according to their families.

    Josh. 13:16    And for them the border was from Aroer, which is on the edge of the river Arnon, and from the city, which is in the middle of the river valley, and all the tableland by Medeba;

    Josh. 13:17    Heshbon and all its cities which are in the tableland: Dibon and Bamoth-baal and Beth-baal-meon

    Josh. 13:18    And Jahaz and Kedemoth and Mephaath

    Josh. 13:19    And Kiriathaim and Sibmah and Zereth-shahar on the mountain of the valley

    Josh. 13:20    And Beth-peor and the slopes of Pisgah and Beth-jeshimoth;

    Josh. 13:21    That is, all the cities of the tableland and all the kingdom of Sihon the king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon and whom Moses struck with the leaders of Midian: Evi and Rekem and Zur and Hur and Reba, the princes of Sihon who inhabited the land.

    Josh. 13:22    And Balaam the son of Beor, who practiced divination, the children of Israel slew with the sword with those of them who were already slain.

    Josh. 13:23    And the border of the children of Reuben was the Jordan and its border. This is the inheritance of the children of Reuben according to their families, the cities with their villages.

    Josh. 13:24    And Moses gave an inheritance to the tribe of Gad, to the children of Gad, according to their families.

    Josh. 13:25    And for them the border was Jazer and all the cities of Gilead, and half the land of the children of Ammon to Aroer, which is before Rabbah;

    Josh. 13:26    And from Heshbon to Ramath-mizpeh and Betonim; and from Mahanaim to the border of Debir;

    Josh. 13:27    And in the valley Beth-haram and Beth-nimrah and Succoth and Zaphon, the rest of the kingdom of Sihon the king of Heshbon; the Jordan and its border to the end of the Sea of Chinnereth, across the Jordan on the east.

    Josh. 13:28    This is the inheritance of the children of Gad according to their families, the cities with their villages.

    Josh. 13:29    And Moses gave an inheritance to the half-tribe of Manasseh; and it was for the half-tribe of the children of Manasseh according to their families.

    Josh. 13:30    And their border was from Mahanaim and all Bashan, all the kingdom of Og the king of Bashan, and all the tent villages of Jair, which are in Bashan, sixty cities;

    Josh. 13:31    And half of Gilead, and Ashtaroth and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan, were for the children of Machir the son of Manasseh, for half of the children of Machir, according to their families.

    Josh. 13:32    These are what Moses gave as inheritances in the plains of Moab across the Jordan at Jericho to the east.

    Josh. 13:33    But to the tribe of Levi Moses did not give an inheritance; Jehovah the God of Israel is their inheritance, as He had spoken to them.

    Josh. 14:1     And these are what the children of Israel received as inheritances in the land of Canaan, which Eleazar the priest and Joshua the son of Nun and the heads of the fathers' houses of the tribes of the children of Israel gave to them as inheritances,

    Josh. 14:2     By the lot of their inheritance, as Jehovah commanded through Moses for the nine tribes and the half-tribe.

    Josh. 14:3     For Moses had given the inheritance of the two tribes and the half-tribe across the Jordan; but to the Levites he did not give an inheritance among them.

    Josh. 14:4     For the children of Joseph were two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim; and they gave no portion to the Levites in the land, but only cities to dwell in with their pasture lands for their cattle and their substance.

    Josh. 14:5     As Jehovah had commanded Moses, so the children of Israel did; thus they divided the land.

    Josh. 14:6     Then the children of Judah approached Joshua in Gilgal; and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, You know the word that Jehovah spoke to Moses the man of God concerning me and concerning you in Kadesh-barnea.

    Josh. 14:7     I was forty years old when Moses the servant of Jehovah sent me out from Kadesh-barnea to spy out the land; and I returned such a word to him as was genuinely upon my heart.

    Josh. 14:8     However my brothers who went up with me made the people's heart melt, but I fully followed Jehovah my God.

    Josh. 14:9     And Moses swore on that day, saying, Surely the land on which your foot has trodden will be an inheritance to you and to your children forever, for you have fully followed Jehovah my God.

    Josh. 14:10    And now, look, Jehovah has kept me alive, as He said, for these forty-five years, since the time Jehovah spoke this word to Moses while Israel walked through the wilderness. And now, look, today I am eighty-five years old.

    Josh. 14:11    Today I am still as strong as I was on the day Moses sent me out; as my strength was then, so my strength is now, for battle and for going out and coming in.

    Josh. 14:12    Now therefore give me this hill country, of which Jehovah spoke on that day, for you heard on that day that the Anakim were there with great fortified cities. It may be that Jehovah will be with me, and I will dispossess them, as Jehovah said.

    Josh. 14:13    So Joshua blessed him; and he gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as an inheritance.

    Josh. 14:14    Therefore Hebron has become the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day because he fully followed Jehovah the God of Israel.

    Josh. 14:15    And the name of Hebron was formerly Kiriath-arba. (This Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim.) And the land had rest from war.

    Josh. 15:1     And the lot for the tribe of the children of Judah according to their families was unto the border of Edom, to the wilderness of Zin at the south; this was the southern extreme.

    Josh. 15:2     And their southern border was from the end of the Salt Sea, from the tongue-shaped bay that faces south;

    Josh. 15:3     And it went southward to the ascent of Akrabbim, and passed on to Zin, and went up south of Kadesh-barnea, and passed on to Hezron, and went up to Addar, and went around Karka,

    Josh. 15:4     And passed on to Azmon, and went out to the brook of Egypt; and the end of the border was at the sea. This shall be your southern border.

    Josh. 15:5     And the eastern border was the Salt Sea to the end of the Jordan. And the border on the northern side was from the bay of the sea at the end of the Jordan.

    Josh. 15:6     And the border went up to Beth-hoglah, and passed on to the north of Beth-arabah; and the border went up to the stone of Bohan the son of Reuben;

    Josh. 15:7     And the border went up to Debir from the Valley of Achor, and turned northward toward Gilgal, which is opposite the ascent of Adummim, which is south of the river valley; and the border passed on to the waters of En-shemesh; and its end was at En-rogel;

    Josh. 15:8     Then the border went up by the Valley of Ben-hinnom to the south of the Jebusite slope (this is Jerusalem); and the border went to the top of the mountain that is before the Valley of Hinnom on the west, which is the northern end of the Valley of Rephaim;

    Josh. 15:9     And the border turned from the top of the mountain to the spring of the waters of Nephtoah and went to the cities of Mount Ephron; then the border turned toward Baalah (this is Kiriath-jearim);

    Josh. 15:10    And the border went around west of Baalah to Mount Seir, and passed by the northern slope of Mount Jearim (this is Chesalon), and went down to Beth-shemesh, and passed on to Timnah;

    Josh. 15:11    And the border went to the slope of Ekron northward; and the border turned toward Shikkeron, and passed by Mount Baalah, and went to Jabneel; and the end of the border was at the sea.

    Josh. 15:12    And the western border was the Great Sea and its coast. This is the border of the children of Judah all around according to their families.

    Josh. 15:13    And to Caleb the son of Jephunneh he gave a portion in the midst of the children of Judah according to the commandment of Jehovah to Joshua, that is, Kiriath-arba (Arba was the father of Anak); this is Hebron.

    Josh. 15:14    And Caleb drove out the three sons of Anak from there: Sheshai and Ahiman and Talmai, the children of Anak.

    Josh. 15:15    And he went up from there to the inhabitants of Debir. (Now the name of Debir was formerly Kiriath-sepher.)

    Josh. 15:16    And Caleb said, Whoever strikes Kiriath-sepher and takes it, I will give to him Achsah my daughter as wife.

    Josh. 15:17    Then Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's brother, took it; and he gave him Achsah his daughter as wife.

    Josh. 15:18    And when she came to him, she urged him to ask her father for a field. And she alighted from her donkey, and Caleb said to her, What do you want?

    Josh. 15:19    And she said, Give me a blessing, for you have given me land in the Negev; give me also springs of water. So he gave her the upper springs and the lower springs.

    Josh. 15:20    This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Judah according to their families.

    Josh. 15:21    And the uttermost cities of the tribe of the children of Judah toward the border of Edom on the south were Kabzeel and Eder and Jagur

    Josh. 15:22    And Kinah and Dimonah and Adadah

    Josh. 15:23    And Kedesh and Hazor and Ithnan;

    Josh. 15:24    Ziph and Telem and Bealoth

    Josh. 15:25    And Hazor-hadattah and Kerioth-hezron (this is Hazor);

    Josh. 15:26    Amam and Shema and Moladah

    Josh. 15:27    And Hazar-gaddah and Heshmon and Beth-pelet

    Josh. 15:28    And Hazar-shual and Beer-sheba and Biziothiah;

    Josh. 15:29    Baalah and Iim and Ezem

    Josh. 15:30    And Eltolad and Chesil and Hormah

    Josh. 15:31    And Ziklag and Madmannah and Sansannah

    Josh. 15:32    And Lebaoth and Shilhim and Ain and Rimmon: in all twenty-nine cities with their villages.

    Josh. 15:33    In the lowland: Eshtaol and Zorah and Ashnah

    Josh. 15:34    And Zanoah and En-gannim; Tappuah and Enam;

    Josh. 15:35    Jarmuth and Adullam; Socoh and Azekah

    Josh. 15:36    And Shaaraim and Adithaim and Gederah and Gederothaim: fourteen cities with their villages.

    Josh. 15:37    Zenan and Hadashah and Migdal-gad

    Josh. 15:38    And Dilean and Mizpeh and Joktheel;

    Josh. 15:39    Lachish and Bozkath and Eglon

    Josh. 15:40    And Cabbon and Lahmas and Chitlish

    Josh. 15:41    And Gederoth; Beth-dagon and Naamah and Makkedah: sixteen cities with their villages.

    Josh. 15:42    Libnah and Ether and Ashan

    Josh. 15:43    And Iphtah and Ashnah and Nezib

    Josh. 15:44    And Keilah and Achzib and Mareshah: nine cities with their villages.

    Josh. 15:45    Ekron, with its towns and its villages;

    Josh. 15:46    From Ekron even to the sea, all that were near Ashdod, with their villages.

    Josh. 15:47    Ashdod, with its towns and its villages; Gaza, with its towns and its villages, unto the brook of Egypt and the Great Sea and its border.

    Josh. 15:48    And in the hill country: Shamir and Jattir and Socoh

    Josh. 15:49    And Dannah and Kiriath-sannah (this is Debir)

    Josh. 15:50    And Anab and Eshtemoh and Anim

    Josh. 15:51    And Goshen and Holon and Giloh: eleven cities with their villages.

    Josh. 15:52    Arab and Dumah and Eshan

    Josh. 15:53    And Janum and Beth-tappuah and Aphekah

    Josh. 15:54    And Humtah and Kiriath-arba (this is Hebron) and Zior: nine cities with their villages.

    Josh. 15:55    Maon, Carmel, and Ziph; and Juttah

    Josh. 15:56    And Jezreel and Jokdeam and Zanoah;

    Josh. 15:57    Kain, Gibeah, and Timnah: ten cities with their villages.

    Josh. 15:58    Halhul, Beth-zur, and Gedor;

    Josh. 15:59    And Maarath and Beth-anoth and Eltekon: six cities with their villages.

    Josh. 15:60    Kiriath-baal (this is Kiriath-jearim) and Rabbah: two cities with their villages.

    Josh. 15:61    In the wilderness: Beth-arabah, Middin, and Secacah;

    Josh. 15:62    And Nibshan and the City of Salt and En-gedi: six cities with their villages.

    Josh. 15:63    But as for the Jebusites, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not dispossess them; thus the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah in Jerusalem to this day.

    Josh. 16:1     And the lot for the children of Joseph went from the Jordan at Jericho, east of the waters of Jericho, to the wilderness, going up from Jericho into the hill country to Bethel,

    Josh. 16:2     And went from Bethel to Luz, and passed on to the border of the Archites at Ataroth,

    Josh. 16:3     And went down westward to the border of the Japhletites, to the border of Lower Beth-horon and to Gezer; and its end was the sea.

    Josh. 16:4     And the children of Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim, received their inheritance.

    Josh. 16:5     And the border of the children of Ephraim according to their families was thus: The border for their inheritance on the east was from Ataroth-addar to Upper Beth-horon;

    Josh. 16:6     And the border went to the sea. On the north was Michmethath, and the border went around eastward to Taanath-shiloh, and passed by it to the east of Janoah,

    Josh. 16:7     And went down from Janoah to Ataroth, then to Naarah, and reached Jericho, and went to the Jordan.

    Josh. 16:8     From Tappuah the border went westward to the brook of Kanah; and its end was the sea. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Ephraim according to their families,

    Josh. 16:9     Together with the cities that were set apart for the children of Ephraim in the midst of the inheritance of the children of Manasseh, all the cities with their villages.

    Josh. 16:10    Yet they did not dispossess the Canaanites who dwelt in Gezer, but the Canaanites dwell in the midst of Ephraim to this day and have become forced labor.

    Josh. 17:1     And this was the lot for the tribe of Manasseh, for he was Joseph's firstborn. To Machir, the firstborn of Manasseh, the father of Gilead, Gilead and Bashan had been given, since he was a man of war.

    Josh. 17:2     Therefore the lot was for the rest of the children of Manasseh according to their families: for the children of Abiezer and for the children of Helek and for the children of Asriel and for the children of Shechem and for the children of Hepher and for the children of Shemida; these were the male children of Manasseh the son of Joseph according to their families.

    Josh. 17:3     But Zelophehad the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, had no sons, but daughters. And these are the names of his daughters: Mahlah and Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.

    Josh. 17:4     And they came before Eleazar the priest and before Joshua the son of Nun and before the leaders, saying, Jehovah commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our brothers. Therefore he gave them an inheritance among their father's brothers according to the commandment of Jehovah.

    Josh. 17:5     And ten portions fell to Manasseh, besides the land of Gilead and Bashan, which is across the Jordan,

    Josh. 17:6     Because the daughters of Manasseh received an inheritance among his sons. And the land of Gilead belonged to the rest of the children of Manasseh.

    Josh. 17:7     And the border of Manasseh was from Asher to Michmethath, which was opposite Shechem; and the border went south to the inhabitants of En-tappuah.

    Josh. 17:8     The land of Tappuah belonged to Manasseh, but Tappuah, on the border of Manasseh, belonged to the children of Ephraim.

    Josh. 17:9     And the border went down to the brook of Kanah. These cities to the south of the brook belonged to Ephraim, among the cities of Manasseh; and the border of Manasseh was to the north of the brook, and its end was the sea.

    Josh. 17:10    To the south was Ephraim's, and to the north was Manasseh's, and the sea was his border. And they touched Asher on the north and Issachar on the east.

    Josh. 17:11    And to Manasseh there belonged in Issachar and Asher, Beth-shean and its towns, and Ibleam and its towns, and the inhabitants of Dor and its towns, and the inhabitants of En-dor and its towns, and the inhabitants of Taanach and its towns, and the inhabitants of Megiddo and its towns (the third is Napheth).

    Josh. 17:12    Yet the children of Manasseh could not dispossess these cities, but the Canaanites persisted in dwelling in this land.

    Josh. 17:13    And when the children of Israel became strong, they made the Canaanites forced labor; but they did not utterly dispossess them.

    Josh. 17:14    Then the children of Joseph spoke to Joshua, saying, Why have you given me an inheritance of only one lot and one portion, although I am still a numerous people, whom Jehovah has thus far blessed?

    Josh. 17:15    And Joshua said to them, If you are a numerous people, go up to the forest, and cut out land there for yourself in the land of the Perizzites and the Rephaim; since the hill country of Ephraim is too narrow for you.

    Josh. 17:16    And the children of Joseph said, The hill country is not enough for us; and all the Canaanites who dwell in the land of the valley have chariots of iron, both those of Beth-shean and its towns and those in the Valley of Jezreel.

    Josh. 17:17    And Joshua spoke to the house of Joseph, to Ephraim and Manasseh, saying, You are a numerous people, and you have great strength; you shall not have one lot only,

    Josh. 17:18    But the hill country shall be yours. Though it is a forest, you shall cut it down, and its end will be yours; for you shall dispossess the Canaanites, though they have chariots of iron and though they are strong.

    Josh. 18:1     And the whole assembly of the children of Israel gathered together at Shiloh, and they set up the Tent of Meeting there; and the land was subdued before them.

    Josh. 18:2     And among the children of Israel there remained seven tribes whose inheritance had not been divided to them.

    Josh. 18:3     And Joshua said to the children of Israel, How long will you be slack about going to take possession of the land that Jehovah, the God of your fathers, has given you?

    Josh. 18:4     Appoint three men for each tribe, and I will send them out. And they shall rise up and go through the land, and write a description of it with a view to its being their inheritance; and they shall come to me.

    Josh. 18:5     And they shall divide it into seven portions: Judah shall stay at his border on the south, and the house of Joseph shall stay at their border on the north.

    Josh. 18:6     And you shall describe the land in seven portions and bring the description here to me; then I will cast lots for you here before Jehovah our God.

    Josh. 18:7     But the Levites shall have no portion among you, for the priesthood of Jehovah is their inheritance. And Gad and Reuben and the half-tribe of Manasseh received their inheritance across the Jordan eastward, which Moses the servant of Jehovah had given to them.

    Josh. 18:8     And the men rose up and went; and Joshua commanded those who went to describe the land, saying, Go and walk through the land, and describe it; then return to me, and I will cast lots for you before Jehovah here in Shiloh.

    Josh. 18:9     So the men went, and they passed through the land and described it by cities into seven portions in a book. Then they came to Joshua at the camp at Shiloh.

    Josh. 18:10    And Joshua cast lots for them in Shiloh before Jehovah. And there Joshua divided the land to the children of Israel according to their divisions.

    Josh. 18:11    And the lot of the tribe of the children of Benjamin came out, according to their families. And the border of their lot went between the children of Judah and the children of Joseph.

    Josh. 18:12    And their border on the northern side was from the Jordan, and the border went up alongside Jericho on the north, and went up through the hill country westward, and its end was at the wilderness of Beth-aven.

    Josh. 18:13    And from there the border passed to Luz, on the southern side of Luz (this is Bethel); and the border went down to Ataroth-addar, at the mountain which is south of Lower Beth-horon.

    Josh. 18:14    And the border turned from there and went around the west side southward, from the mountain that is to the south of Beth-horon; and its end was at Kiriath-baal (this is Kiriath-jearim), a city of the children of Judah. This was the west side.

    Josh. 18:15    The south side was from the limit of Kiriath-jearim, and the border went from the west and went to the fountain of the waters of Nephtoah;

    Josh. 18:16    And the border went down to the limit of the mountain that is before the Valley of Ben-hinnom, which is north of the valley of the Rephaim; and it went down into the Valley of Hinnom, to the southern side of the Jebusite slope, and went down to En-rogel,

    Josh. 18:17    And turned north, and went to En-shemesh, and went to Geliloth, which is opposite the ascent of Adummim; and it went down to the stone of Bohan the son of Reuben;

    Josh. 18:18    And it passed by the side before the Arabah northward, and went down to the Arabah;

    Josh. 18:19    And the border passed by the northern side of Beth-hoglah, and the end of the border was at the northern bay of the Salt Sea at the south end of the Jordan. This was the southern border.

    Josh. 18:20    And the Jordan borders it on the east side. This was the inheritance of the children of Benjamin according to their families, according to its borders all around.

    Josh. 18:21    And the cities of the tribe of the children of Benjamin according to their families were Jericho and Beth-hoglah and Emek-keziz

    Josh. 18:22    And Beth-arabah and Zemaraim and Bethel

    Josh. 18:23    And Avvim and Parah and Ophrah

    Josh. 18:24    And Chephar-ammoni and Ophni and Geba: twelve cities with their villages.

    Josh. 18:25    Gibeon and Ramah and Beeroth

    Josh. 18:26    And Mizpeh and Chephirah and Mozah

    Josh. 18:27    And Rekem and Irpeel and Taralah

    Josh. 18:28    And Zelah, Haeleph, and that of the Jebusite (this is Jerusalem), Gibeath, Kiriath: fourteen cities with their villages. This was the inheritance of the children of Benjamin according to their families.

    Josh. 19:1     And the second lot came out for Simeon, for the tribe of the children of Simeon, according to their families. And their inheritance was in the midst of the inheritance of the children of Judah.

    Josh. 19:2     And they had for their inheritance Beer-sheba, or Sheba, and Moladah

    Josh. 19:3     And Hazar-shual and Balah and Ezem

    Josh. 19:4     And Eltolad and Bethul and Hormah

    Josh. 19:5     And Ziklag and Beth-marcaboth and Hazar-susah

    Josh. 19:6     And Beth-lebaoth and Sharuhen: thirteen cities with their villages.

    Josh. 19:7     Ain, Rimmon, and Ether, and Ashan: four cities with their villages.

    Josh. 19:8     And all the villages which were around these cities as far as Baalath-beer, that is, Ramah of the Negev. This was the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Simeon according to their families.

    Josh. 19:9     Out of the portion of the children of Judah was the inheritance of the children of Simeon because the portion of the children of Judah was too large for them; thus the children of Simeon received an inheritance in the midst of their inheritance.

    Josh. 19:10    And the third lot came up for the children of Zebulun according to their families. And the border of their inheritance was as far as Sarid;

    Josh. 19:11    And their border went up to the west, even to Maralah, and reached Dabbesheth; and it reached the brook that is before Jokneam.

    Josh. 19:12    And it turned from Sarid eastward toward the rising of the sun to the border of Chisloth-tabor, and went to Daberath and up to Japhia;

    Josh. 19:13    And from there it passed eastward toward the rising of the sun to Gath-hepher, to Eth-kazin, and went to Rimmon, where it turned to Neah;

    Josh. 19:14    And the border went around from the north to Hannathon; and its end was the valley of Iphtahel,

    Josh. 19:15    With Kattath and Nahalal and Shimron and Idalah and Bethlehem: twelve cities with their villages.

    Josh. 19:16    This was the inheritance of the children of Zebulun according to their families, these cities with their villages.

    Josh. 19:17    For Issachar the fourth lot came out, for the children of Issachar according to their families.

    Josh. 19:18    And their territory was Jezreel and Chesulloth and Shunem

    Josh. 19:19    And Hapharaim and Shion and Anaharath

    Josh. 19:20    And Rabbith and Kishion and Ebez

    Josh. 19:21    And Remeth and En-gannim and En-haddah and Beth-pazzez;

    Josh. 19:22    And the border reached Tabor and Shahazumah and Beth-shemesh; and the end of their border was at the Jordan: sixteen cities with their villages.

    Josh. 19:23    This was the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Issachar according to their families, the cities with their villages.

    Josh. 19:24    And the fifth lot came out for the tribe of the children of Asher according to their families.

    Josh. 19:25    And their territory was Helkath and Hali and Beten and Achshaph

    Josh. 19:26    And Allammelech and Amad and Mishal; and it reached Carmel on the west and Shihor-libnath;

    Josh. 19:27    And it turned toward the rising of the sun to Beth-dagon, and reached Zebulun and the valley of Iphtahel northward to Beth-emek and Neiel, and went to Cabul on the north

    Josh. 19:28    And Ebron and Rehob and Hammon and Kanah as far as Great Sidon;

    Josh. 19:29    And the border turned to Ramah and as far as the fortified city of Tyre; and the border turned to Hosah; and its end was at the sea at the region of Achzib;

    Josh. 19:30    And Ummah and Aphek and Rehob: twenty-two cities with their villages.

    Josh. 19:31    This was the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Asher according to their families, these cities with their villages.

    Josh. 19:32    For the children of Naphtali the sixth lot came out, for the children of Naphtali according to their families.

    Josh. 19:33    And their border was from Heleph, from the oak in Zaanannim, and Adami-nekeb and Jabneel unto Lakkum; and its end was the Jordan;

    Josh. 19:34    And the border turned westward to Aznoth-tabor, and went from there to Hukkok, and reached Zebulun on the south, and reached Asher on the west and Judah at the Jordan toward the rising of the sun;

    Josh. 19:35    And the fortified cities were Ziddim, Zer, and Hammath, Rakkath and Chinnereth

    Josh. 19:36    And Adamah and Ramah and Hazor

    Josh. 19:37    And Kedesh and Edrei and En-hazor

    Josh. 19:38    And Iron and Migdal-el, Horem and Beth-anath and Beth-shemesh: nineteen cities with their villages.

    Josh. 19:39    This was the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Naphtali according to their families, the cities with their villages.

    Josh. 19:40    The seventh lot came out for the tribe of the children of Dan according to their families.

    Josh. 19:41    And the territory of their inheritance was Zorah and Eshtaol and Ir-shemesh

    Josh. 19:42    And Shaalabbin and Aijalon and Ithlah

    Josh. 19:43    And Elon and Timnah and Ekron

    Josh. 19:44    And Eltekeh and Gibbethon and Baalath

    Josh. 19:45    And Jehud and Bene-berak and Gath-rimmon

    Josh. 19:46    And Me-jarkon and Rakkon with the border opposite Japho.

    Josh. 19:47    When the territory of the children of Dan was lost to them, the children of Dan went up and fought against Leshem; and they took it and struck it with the edge of the sword; and they took possession of it and inhabited it; and they called Leshem Dan, according to the name of Dan their father.

    Josh. 19:48    This was the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Dan according to their families, these cities with their villages.

    Josh. 19:49    So they finished distributing the land as inheritances according to its borders. And the children of Israel gave Joshua the son of Nun an inheritance in the midst of them;

    Josh. 19:50    According to the commandment of Jehovah they gave him the city that he asked for, that is, Timnath-serah in the hill country of Ephraim. And he built up the city and dwelt in it.

    Josh. 19:51    These are the inheritances that Eleazar the priest and Joshua the son of Nun and the heads of the fathers' houses of the tribes of the children of Israel gave as inheritances by lot in Shiloh before Jehovah at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting. So they finished dividing the land.

    Josh. 20:1     Then Jehovah spoke to Joshua, saying,

    Josh. 20:2     Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Designate the cities of refuge, concerning which I spoke to you through Moses,

    Josh. 20:3     So that the manslayer who kills a person by mistake and unwittingly may flee there. And they will be to you as a refuge from the avenger of blood.

    Josh. 20:4     And he shall flee to one of these cities and stand at the entrance of the gate of the city and declare his cause in the ears of the elders of that city. And they shall take him into the city to themselves and give him a place; and he shall dwell among them.

    Josh. 20:5     And if the avenger of blood pursues after him, they shall not deliver the manslayer into his hand, for he struck his neighbor unwittingly and had not hated him previously.

    Josh. 20:6     And he shall dwell in that city until he can stand before the assembly for a judgment, until the death of the high priest who is at that time; then the manslayer shall return and enter into his own city and into his own house, into the city from which he fled.

    Josh. 20:7     And they set apart Kedesh in Galilee in the hill country of Naphtali and Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim and Kiriath-arba (this is Hebron) in the hill country of Judah.

    Josh. 20:8     And across the Jordan at Jericho, to the east, they designated Bezer in the wilderness on the plain out of the tribe of Reuben and Ramoth in Gilead out of the tribe of Gad and Golan in Bashan out of the tribe of Manasseh.

    Josh. 20:9     These were the appointed cities for all the children of Israel and for the sojourner who sojourned among them, so that anyone who killed a person by mistake might flee there and not die at the hand of the avenger of blood until he stood before the assembly.

    Josh. 21:1     Then the heads of the fathers' houses of the Levites approached Eleazar the priest and Joshua the son of Nun and the heads of the fathers' houses of the tribes of the children of Israel,

    Josh. 21:2     And they spoke to them in Shiloh in the land of Canaan, saying, Jehovah commanded through Moses that we be given cities to dwell in with their pasture lands for our cattle.

    Josh. 21:3     So the children of Israel gave the Levites, according to the commandment of Jehovah, these cities with their pasture lands out of their inheritance:

    Josh. 21:4     And the lot came out for the families of the Kohathites. And to the children of Aaron the priest who were of the Levites there went by lot thirteen cities out of the tribe of Judah and out of the tribe of the Simeonites and out of the tribe of Benjamin.

    Josh. 21:5     And to the rest of the children of Kohath there went by lot ten cities out of the families of the tribe of Ephraim and out of the tribe of Dan and out of the half-tribe of Manasseh.

    Josh. 21:6     And to the children of Gershon there went by lot thirteen cities out of the families of the tribe of Issachar and out of the tribe of Asher and out of the tribe of Naphtali and out of the half-tribe of Manasseh in Bashan.

    Josh. 21:7     To the children of Merari according to their families there went twelve cities out of the tribe of Reuben and out of the tribe of Gad and out of the tribe of Zebulun.

    Josh. 21:8     So the children of Israel gave by lot to the Levites these cities with their pasture lands, as Jehovah had commanded through Moses.

    Josh. 21:9     And out of the tribe of the children of Judah and out of the tribe of the children of Simeon they gave these cities, which are here mentioned by name;

    Josh. 21:10    And they went to the children of Aaron, one of the families of the Kohathites, of the children of Levi; for the first lot was theirs.

    Josh. 21:11    And they gave them Kiriath-arba (Arba was the father of Anak), which is Hebron, in the hill country of Judah, with its pasture lands around it.

    Josh. 21:12    But the fields of the city and its villages they gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for his possession.

    Josh. 21:13    And to the children of Aaron the priest they gave Hebron with its pasture lands, the city of refuge for the manslayer; and Libnah with its pasture lands

    Josh. 21:14    And Jattir with its pasture lands and Eshtemoa with its pasture lands

    Josh. 21:15    And Holon with its pasture lands and Debir with its pasture lands

    Josh. 21:16    And Ain with its pasture lands and Juttah with its pasture lands and Beth-shemesh with its pasture lands: nine cities out of those two tribes.

    Josh. 21:17    And out of the tribe of Benjamin, Gibeon with its pasture lands, Geba with its pasture lands,

    Josh. 21:18    Anathoth with its pasture lands, and Almon with its pasture lands: four cities.

    Josh. 21:19    All the cities of the children of Aaron, the priests, were thirteen cities with their pasture lands.

    Josh. 21:20    And as for the families of the children of Kohath, the Levites who remained of the children of Kohath, the cities of their lot out of the tribe of Ephraim were given.

    Josh. 21:21    And they gave them Shechem with its pasture lands in the hill country of Ephraim, the city of refuge for the manslayer; and Gezer with its pasture lands

    Josh. 21:22    And Kibzaim with its pasture lands and Beth-horon with its pasture lands: four cities.

    Josh. 21:23    And out of the tribe of Dan: Eltekeh with its pasture lands, Gibbethon with its pasture lands,

    Josh. 21:24    Aijalon with its pasture lands, Gath-rimmon with its pasture lands: four cities.

    Josh. 21:25    And out of the half-tribe of Manasseh: Taanach with its pasture lands and Gath-rimmon with its pasture lands: two cities.

    Josh. 21:26    All the cities for the families of the children of Kohath who remained were ten, with their pasture lands.

    Josh. 21:27    And to the children of Gershon, one of the families of the Levites, they gave, out of the half-tribe of Manasseh, Golan in Bashan with its pasture lands, the city of refuge for the manslayer; and Be-eshterah with its pasture lands: two cities.

    Josh. 21:28    And out of the tribe of Issachar: Kishion with its pasture lands, Daberath with its pasture lands,

    Josh. 21:29    Jarmuth with its pasture lands, En-gannim with its pasture lands: four cities.

    Josh. 21:30    And out of the tribe of Asher: Mishal with its pasture lands, Abdon with its pasture lands,

    Josh. 21:31    Helkath with its pasture lands, and Rehob with its pasture lands: four cities.

    Josh. 21:32    And out of the tribe of Naphtali: Kedesh in Galilee with its pasture lands, the city of refuge for the manslayer; and Hammoth-dor with its pasture lands and Kartan with its pasture lands: three cities.

    Josh. 21:33    All the cities of the Gershonites according to their families were thirteen cities, with their pasture lands.

    Josh. 21:34    And to the families of the children of Merari, the rest of the Levites, out of the tribe of Zebulun, they gave, Jokneam with its pasture lands and Kartah with its pasture lands,

    Josh. 21:35    Dimnah with its pasture lands, Nahalal with its pasture lands: four cities.

    Josh. 21:36    And out of the tribe of Reuben: Bezer with its pasture lands and Jahaz with its pasture lands,

    Josh. 21:37    Kedemoth with its pasture lands and Mephaath with its pasture lands: four cities.

    Josh. 21:38    And out of the tribe of Gad: Ramoth in Gilead with its pasture lands, the city of refuge for the manslayer; and Mahanaim with its pasture lands,

    Josh. 21:39    Heshbon with its pasture lands, Jazer with its pasture lands: four cities in all.

    Josh. 21:40    These were all the cities for the children of Merari according to their families, which remained of the families of the Levites; and their lot was twelve cities.

    Josh. 21:41    All the cities of the Levites in the midst of the possession of the children of Israel were forty-eight cities with their pasture lands.

    Josh. 21:42    Each of these cities had its pasture lands around it; so it was with all these cities.

    Josh. 21:43    So Jehovah gave Israel all the land that He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they possessed it and dwelt in it.

    Josh. 21:44    And Jehovah gave them rest all around, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers. And no one among all their enemies could stand before them; Jehovah delivered all their enemies into their hand.

    Josh. 21:45    Not a word failed of all the good things that Jehovah had spoken to the house of Israel; all came to pass.

    Josh. 22:1     Then Joshua called the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh.

    Josh. 22:2     And he said to them, You have kept all that Moses the servant of Jehovah commanded you, and you have listened to my voice in all that I have commanded you.

    Josh. 22:3     You have not forsaken your brothers these many days unto this day, but have kept the charge of the commandment of Jehovah your God.

    Josh. 22:4     And now Jehovah your God has given your brothers rest as He promised them. And now turn and go to your tents, to the land of your possession, which Moses the servant of Jehovah gave you across the Jordan.

    Josh. 22:5     However be very careful to perform the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of Jehovah commanded you, to love Jehovah your God and to walk in all His ways and to keep His commandments and to cling to Him and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.

    Josh. 22:6     And Joshua blessed them and sent them away; and they went to their tents.

    Josh. 22:7     Now to the one half-tribe of Manasseh Moses had given an inheritance in Bashan, and to the other half of it Joshua gave an inheritance with their brothers across the Jordan on the west. Furthermore, when Joshua sent them away to their tents and blessed them,

    Josh. 22:8     He spoke to them, saying, Return with many riches to your tents and with very many cattle, with silver and with gold and with bronze and with iron and with very much clothing; divide the spoil of your enemies with your brothers.

    Josh. 22:9     So the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh went; and they departed from among the children of Israel out of Shiloh, which was in the land of Canaan, to go to the land of Gilead, to the land of their possession, which they had taken possession of according to the commandment of Jehovah through Moses.

    Josh. 22:10    And when they came into the region of the Jordan that is in the land of Canaan, the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh built an altar there at the Jordan, an altar great in appearance.

    Josh. 22:11    And the children of Israel heard the report, which said, Now the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh have built an altar out in front of the land of Canaan, in the region of the Jordan, on the side of the children of Israel.

    Josh. 22:12    And when the children of Israel heard this, all the assembly of the children of Israel gathered together at Shiloh to go up in battle against them.

    Josh. 22:13    And the children of Israel sent Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest to the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh in the land of Gilead,

    Josh. 22:14    And with him ten leaders, one leader each to a fathers' house of all the tribes of Israel; and they were each the head of their fathers' houses among the thousands of Israel.

    Josh. 22:15    And they went to the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh in the land of Gilead and spoke to them, saying,

    Josh. 22:16    Thus says all the assembly of Jehovah, What is this trespass that you have committed against the God of Israel in turning this day from following after Jehovah by building yourselves an altar to rebel against Jehovah this day?

    Josh. 22:17    Was the iniquity of Peor too little for us, from which we have not cleansed ourselves unto this day, though there was a plague upon the assembly of Jehovah,

    Josh. 22:18    That you have turned this day from following after Jehovah? And now, if you rebel against Jehovah this day, tomorrow He will be angry with the whole assembly of Israel.

    Josh. 22:19    But if the land of your possession is unclean, cross over into the land of the possession of Jehovah, where Jehovah's tabernacle dwells, and take a possession in the midst of us. But do not rebel against Jehovah, nor rebel against us, by building yourselves an altar besides the altar of Jehovah our God.

    Josh. 22:20    Did not Achan the son of Zerah commit a trespass in the matter of the devoted thing? But there was wrath upon the whole assembly of Israel, and that one man did not perish alone for his iniquity.

    Josh. 22:21    Then the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh answered and said to the heads of the thousands of Israel,

    Josh. 22:22    The Mighty One, God Jehovah; the Mighty One, God Jehovah; He knows, and may Israel itself know, whether it was in rebellion, or whether it was in trespass against Jehovah-may You not save us today—

    Josh. 22:23    That we built an altar for ourselves to turn away from following after Jehovah; or if we did so to offer burnt offerings and meal offerings upon it or to make sacrifices of peace offerings upon it, may Jehovah Himself require it.

    Josh. 22:24    But truly we have done this for a reason and out of a concern that in the future your children might speak to our children, saying, What have you to do with Jehovah the God of Israel?

    Josh. 22:25    For Jehovah has made the Jordan a border between us and you, O children of Reuben and children of Gad. You have no portion in Jehovah. Thus your children would cause our children to cease fearing Jehovah.

    Josh. 22:26    Therefore we said, Let us now take action to build the altar, though not for burnt offering or for sacrifice;

    Josh. 22:27    But it will be a witness between us and between you, and between our generations after us, that we may do the service of Jehovah before Him with our burnt offerings and our sacrifices and our peace offerings, and that your children may not say in the future to our children, You have no portion in Jehovah.

    Josh. 22:28    And we said, When they say this to us and to our generations in the future, we will say, Look at the copy of the altar of Jehovah that our fathers made, though not for burnt offering or for sacrifice; but it is a witness between us and you.

    Josh. 22:29    Far be it from us that we would rebel against Jehovah and turn away today from following after Jehovah by building an altar for burnt offering, for meal offering, or for sacrifice, besides the altar of Jehovah our God, which is before His tabernacle!

    Josh. 22:30    And when Phinehas the priest and the leaders of the assembly and the heads of the thousands of Israel who were with him heard the words that the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the children of Manasseh spoke, it seemed good in their sight.

    Josh. 22:31    And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest said to the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the children of Manasseh, Today we know that Jehovah is in the midst of us, because you have not committed this trespass against Jehovah. Now you have delivered the children of Israel out of the hand of Jehovah.

    Josh. 22:32    So Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest and the leaders returned from the children of Reuben and the children of Gad, from the land of Gilead, to the land of Canaan, to the children of Israel; and they brought back word to them.

    Josh. 22:33    And the matter seemed good in the sight of the children of Israel; and the children of Israel blessed God and never spoke again of going up in battle against them to destroy the land in which the children of Reuben and the children of Gad dwelt.

    Josh. 22:34    And the children of Reuben and the children of Gad named the altar; for, they said, it is a witness between us that Jehovah is God.

    Col. 1:12       Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you for a share of the allotted portion of the saints in the light;

    Acts 26:18    To open their eyes, to turn them from darkness to light and from the authority of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.

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    Scripture Reading: Matt. 1:5; Josh. 6:22-26; 7:1-6, 10-15, 20-21; 9:14

    Matt. 1:5       And Salmon begot Boaz of Rahab, and Boaz begot Obed of Ruth, and Obed begot Jesse,

    Josh. 6:22     And Joshua said to the two men who had spied out the land, Go to the house of the harlot, and bring out from there the woman and all that belongs to her, as you swore to her.

    Josh. 6:23     And the young men who had been spies went and brought out Rahab and her father and her mother and her brothers and all that belonged to her; all her family they brought out and set outside the camp of Israel.

    Josh. 6:24     And they burned the city with fire and all that was in it; but the silver and the gold and the vessels of bronze and iron, they put in the treasury of the house of Jehovah.

    Josh. 6:25     And Joshua preserved Rahab the harlot and her father's house and all that belonged to her, and she has dwelt within Israel to this day; for she hid the messengers whom Joshua had sent to spy out Jericho.

    Josh. 6:26     Then at that time Joshua charged the people with an oath, saying, Cursed be the man before Jehovah who rises up to rebuild this city Jericho! At the cost of his firstborn son shall he lay its foundation, and at the cost of his youngest son shall he set up its gates.

    Josh. 7:1       But the children of Israel acted unfaithfully in that which was devoted to destruction, for Achan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of that which was devoted to destruction; and the anger of Jehovah was kindled against the children of Israel.

    Josh. 7:2       Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Beth-aven, east of Bethel; and he spoke to them, saying, Go up and spy out the land. So the men went up and spied out Ai.

    Josh. 7:3       And they returned to Joshua and said to him, Not all the people need go up; let about two or three thousand men go up and strike Ai. Do not make all the people labor there, for the enemies are few.

    Josh. 7:4       So about three thousand men from the people went up there, but they fled before the men of Ai.

    Josh. 7:5       And the men of Ai struck some of them, about thirty-six men; and they pursued them from before the gate unto Shebarim and struck them on the slope. And the heart of the people melted and became like water.

    Josh. 7:6       And Joshua rent his clothes and fell to the ground upon his face before the Ark of Jehovah until the evening, he and the elders of Israel; and they put dust upon their heads.

    Josh. 7:10     Then Jehovah said to Joshua, Rise up! Why have you fallen upon your face?

    Josh. 7:11     Israel has sinned. Indeed they have trespassed My covenant, which I commanded them; indeed they have taken of that which was devoted to destruction; indeed they have stolen; indeed they have been deceptive; indeed they have put it among their goods.

    Josh. 7:12     Thus the children of Israel are not able to stand before their enemies; they turn their backs before their enemies, for they have become something devoted to destruction. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy that which was devoted to destruction from among you.

    Josh. 7:13     Rise up, sanctify the people, and say, Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow; for thus says Jehovah the God of Israel, There is something devoted to destruction among you, O Israel; you will not be able to stand before your enemies until you remove that which was devoted to destruction from among you.

    Josh. 7:14     Therefore in the morning you shall be brought near by your tribes; and the tribe which Jehovah takes shall draw near family by family; and the family which Jehovah takes shall draw near house by house; and the house which Jehovah takes shall draw near warrior by warrior.

    Josh. 7:15     And he who is taken with that which was devoted to destruction shall be burned with fire, he and all that belongs to him, because he has trespassed the covenant of Jehovah and because he has committed folly in Israel.

    Josh. 7:20     Then Achan answered Joshua and said, It is true; I have sinned against Jehovah the God of Israel; and this is what I did:

    Josh. 7:21     When I saw among the spoil a beautiful mantle of Shinar and two hundred shekels of silver and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. And now they are hidden in the earth in my tent, with the silver under it.

    Josh. 9:14     And the men took some of their provisions, but they did not ask for the counsel of Jehovah.

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    Scripture Reading: Josh. 3:1—4:24; 5:1-10

    Josh. 3:1       Then Joshua rose early in the morning; and they set out from Shittim and came to the Jordan, he and all the children of Israel; and they stayed there overnight, before they crossed over.

    Josh. 3:2       And at the end of three days the officers went through the midst of the camp,

    Josh. 3:3       And they commanded the people, saying, When you see the Ark of the Covenant of Jehovah your God and the Levitical priests bearing it, you shall set out from your place and go after it.

    Josh. 3:4       But there shall be a space between you and it of about two thousand cubits by measure. Do not come near it, so that you may know the way by which you must go; for you have not passed this way before.

    Josh. 3:5       And Joshua said to the people, Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow Jehovah will do wondrous things in your midst.

    Josh. 3:6       Then Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, Take up the Ark of the Covenant, and cross over before the people. And they took up the Ark of the Covenant and went before the people.

    Josh. 3:7       And Jehovah said to Joshua, On this day I will begin to magnify you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that as I was with Moses, I will be with you.

    Josh. 3:8       And you shall command the priests who carry the Ark of the Covenant, saying, When you come to the edge of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan.

    Josh. 3:9       Then Joshua said to the children of Israel, Come here and hear the words of Jehovah your God.

    Josh. 3:10     And Joshua said, By this you will know that the living God is in your midst, and that He will most certainly dispossess before you the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Hivites and the Perizzites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Jebusites.

    Josh. 3: 11     The Ark of the Covenant of the Lord of all the earth is now crossing over before you into the Jordan.

    Josh. 3:12     Therefore now take twelve men for yourselves out of the tribes of Israel, one man for each tribe.

    Josh. 3:13     And when the soles of the feet of the priests who carry the Ark of Jehovah, the Lord of all the earth, come to rest in the waters of the Jordan; the waters of the Jordan, the waters that flow down from upstream, will be cut off, and they will stand in a heap.

    Josh. 3:14     And so it happened that when the people set out from their tents to cross over the Jordan, the priests who carried the Ark of the Covenant were before the people.

    Josh. 3:15     And when those who carried the Ark came to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests who carried the Ark dipped into the edge of the water (now the Jordan overflowed all its banks throughout all the days of the harvest),

    Josh. 3:16     The waters that flowed down from upstream stood and rose up in a heap a great distance away, at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan; and those that flowed down toward the sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were completely cut off. And the people crossed over from opposite Jericho.

    Josh. 3:17     And the priests who carried the Ark of the Covenant of Jehovah stood firmly on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan while all Israel was crossing over on dry ground, until all the nation had completely crossed over the Jordan.

    Josh. 4:1       And when all the nation had completely crossed over the Jordan, Jehovah spoke to Joshua, saying,

    Josh. 4:2       Take for yourselves twelve men from among the people, one man from each tribe;

    Josh. 4:3       And command them, saying, Take up for yourselves from here out of the middle of the Jordan, from the place where the priests' feet stood firm, twelve stones; and bring them over with you, and lay them down in the place where you lodge tonight.

    Josh. 4:4       So Joshua called the twelve men whom he had appointed from among the children of Israel, one man from each tribe.

    Josh. 4:5       And Joshua said to them, Pass on before the Ark of Jehovah your God into the middle of the Jordan, and every one of you lift up one stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel,

    Josh. 4:6       That this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, saying, What do these stones mean to you?

    Josh. 4:7       You shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the Ark of the Covenant of Jehovah; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. Thus these stones will be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.

    Josh. 4:8       And the children of Israel did as Joshua commanded and took up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, as Jehovah told Joshua to do, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel. And they brought them over with them to the place where they were to lodge, and they laid them down there.

    Josh. 4:9       Then Joshua erected twelve stones in the middle of the Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests who carried the Ark of the Covenant had stood; and they are there to this day.

    Josh. 4:10     And the priests who carried the Ark stood in the middle of the Jordan until everything was completed that Jehovah had commanded Joshua to speak to the people, according to all that Moses had commanded Joshua. And the people hurried and crossed over.

    Josh. 4:11     And when all the people had completely crossed over, the Ark of Jehovah with the priests crossed over before the people.

    Josh. 4:12     And the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh crossed over in battle array before the children of Israel, as Moses had told them to do;

    Josh. 4:13     About forty thousand equipped for war crossed over before Jehovah into the plains of Jericho for battle.

    Josh. 4:14     On that day Jehovah magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel, and they revered him as they had revered Moses all the days of his life.

    Josh. 4:15     Then Jehovah spoke to Joshua, saying,

    Josh. 4:16     Command the priests who carry the Ark of the Testimony to come up out of the Jordan.

    Josh. 4:17     And Joshua commanded the priests, saying, Come up out of the Jordan.

    Josh. 4:18     And when the priests who carried the Ark of the Covenant of Jehovah came up out from the middle of the Jordan, when the soles of the priests' feet were lifted up onto the dry land, the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and went over all its banks as before.

    Josh. 4:19     And the people came up from the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and they camped in Gilgal, at the eastern edge of Jericho.

    Josh. 4:20     And those twelve stones, which they had taken from the Jordan, Joshua erected in Gilgal.

    Josh. 4:21     And he spoke to the children of Israel, saying, When your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What do these stones mean?

    Josh. 4:22     You shall let your children know, saying, On dry ground Israel crossed over this Jordan.

    Josh. 4:23     For Jehovah your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you crossed over, as Jehovah your God did to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we crossed over;

    Josh. 4:24     That all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of Jehovah, that it is mighty; that you may fear Jehovah your God always.

    Josh. 5:1       Now when all the kings of the Amorites, who were beyond the Jordan westward, and all the kings of the Canaanites, who were by the sea, heard that Jehovah had dried up the waters of the Jordan before the children of Israel until they crossed over, their hearts melted, and there was no longer any spirit in them because of the children of Israel.

    Josh. 5:2       At that time Jehovah said to Joshua, Make knives of flint, and circumcise again the children of Israel a second time.

    Josh. 5:3       And Joshua made knives of flint and circumcised the children of Israel at Gibeath-haaraloth.

    Josh. 5:4       And this is the reason Joshua circumcised them: All the people who came out of Egypt who were males, all the men of war, died in the wilderness on the way, after they had come out of Egypt.

    Josh. 5:5       Although all the people who came out were circumcised, all the people who were born in the wilderness on the way, after the others had come out of Egypt, had not been circumcised.

    Josh. 5:6       For the children of Israel went for forty years through the wilderness until all the nation, the men of war who had come out of Egypt, were consumed, because they did not listen to the voice of Jehovah, they to whom Jehovah swore that they would not see the land that Jehovah had sworn to their fathers to give us, a land flowing with milk and honey.

    Josh. 5:7       And their children, whom He had raised up in place of them, these Joshua circumcised; for they were uncircumcised, because they had not circumcised them on the way.

    Josh. 5:8       And when they had finished circumcising the whole nation, they remained in their place at the camp until they recovered.

    Josh. 5:9       Then Jehovah said to Joshua, Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you. So the name of that place has been called Gilgal to this day.

    Josh. 5:10     And the children of Israel camped in Gilgal; and they held the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month in the evening on the plains of Jericho.

  • Hymns:

    Scripture Reading: Josh. 1:2, 6, 11; 5:13-15; 6:1

    Josh. 1:2 Moses My servant is dead; now then arise, and cross over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land which I am giving to them, to the children of Israel.

    Josh. 1:6 Be strong and take courage, for you will cause this people to inherit the land which I swore to their fathers to give to them.

    Josh. 1:11 Go through the midst of the camp, and command the people, saying, Prepare provisions for yourselves, for in three days you are to cross this Jordan to enter and possess the land which Jehovah your God is giving you to possess.

    Josh. 5:13     Now once, when Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked; and behold, there was a man standing opposite him, and His sword was drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, Are You for us or for our adversaries?

    Josh. 5:14     And He said, Neither, but as the Captain of Jehovah's army have I now come. Then Joshua fell to the ground upon his face and worshipped. And he said to Him, What does my Lord speak to His servant?

    Josh. 5:15     And the Captain of Jehovah's army said to Joshua, Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy. And Joshua did so.

    Josh. 6:1       Now Jericho was shut up so tight because of the children of Israel that no one went out and no one went in.

    Josh. 6:2       And Jehovah said to Joshua, See, I have given Jericho and its king and the mighty men of valor into your hand.

    Josh. 6:3       And you shall circle the city, all the men of war, going around the city one time. Thus shall you do for six days.

    Josh. 6:4       And seven priests shall carry seven trumpets of rams' horns before the Ark. Then on the seventh day you shall circle the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets.

    Josh. 6:5       And when they give off the blast of the ram's horn and you hear the trumpet sound, all the people shall shout with a great shout. And the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people shall go up, each straight ahead.

    Josh. 6:6       So Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, Take up the Ark of the Covenant, and let seven priests carry seven trumpets of rams' horns before the Ark of Jehovah.

    Josh. 6:7       And he said to the people, Pass on and circle the city, and let the armed men pass on before the Ark of Jehovah.

    Josh. 6:8       Then when Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests carrying the seven trumpets of rams' horns before Jehovah passed on and blew the trumpets; and the Ark of the Covenant of Jehovah went after them.

    Josh. 6:9       And the armed men went before the priests who blew the trumpets; and the rearguard went after the Ark, the trumpets continually blowing.

    Josh. 6:10     And Joshua commanded the people, saying, You shall not shout, nor let your voice be heard, nor let a word go forth from your mouth, until the day I say to you, Shout! Then you shall shout.

    Josh. 6:11     So he had the Ark of Jehovah circle the city, going around it one time. And they came into the camp and lodged in the camp.

    Josh. 6:12     And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the Ark of Jehovah.

    Josh. 6:13     And the seven priests carrying the seven trumpets of rams' horns went before the Ark of Jehovah, continually blowing the trumpets; and the armed men went before them, and the rearguard went after the Ark of Jehovah, the trumpets continually blowing.

    Josh. 6:14     And they circled the city on the second day one time and returned to the camp. This they did for six days.

    Josh. 6:15     Then on the seventh day they rose early, at the break of dawn, and circled the city in the same manner seven times. Only on that day did they circle the city seven times.

    Josh. 6:16     And at the seventh time the priests blew the trumpets, and Joshua said to the people, Shout! For Jehovah has given you the city.

    Josh. 6:17     And the city shall be devoted to Jehovah for destruction, it and all that is in it. Only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all who are with her in her house, because she hid the messengers we sent.

    Josh. 6:18     But as for you, keep yourselves from what has been devoted to destruction, lest you devote yourselves to destruction by taking of what has been devoted and you make the camp of Israel something devoted to destruction and bring trouble to it.

    Josh. 6:19     But all the silver and the gold and the vessels of bronze and iron, these are holy to Jehovah; they shall come into the treasury of Jehovah.

    Josh. 6:20     So the people shouted and the trumpets were blown; and when the people heard the trumpet sound, the people shouted with a great shout, and the wall fell down flat. And the people went up into the city, each straight ahead, and they captured the city.

    Josh. 6:21     And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city with the edge of the sword: both men and women, young and old, and oxen and sheep and donkeys.

  • Hymns:

    Scripture Reading: Josh. 1:1-9

    Josh. 1:1       After the death of Moses the servant of Jehovah, Jehovah spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' attendant, saying,

    Josh. 1:2       Moses My servant is dead; now then arise, and cross over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land which I am giving to them, to the children of Israel.

    Josh. 1:3       Every place on which the sole of your foot treads I have given to you, as I promised Moses.

    Josh. 1:4       From the wilderness and this Lebanon even to the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the setting of the sun will be your territory.

    Josh. 1:5       No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you nor forsake you.

    Josh. 1:6       Be strong and take courage, for you will cause this people to inherit the land which I swore to their fathers to give to them.

    Josh. 1:7       Only be strong and very courageous, being certain to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you. Do not turn away from it to the right or to the left, that you may have success wherever you go.

    Josh. 1:8       This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall muse upon it day and night so that you may be certain to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have success.

    Josh. 1:9       Have I not commanded you? Be strong and take courage; do not be afraid or dismayed. For Jehovah your God is with you wherever you go.