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April 23


Judges 11:1-40
1. NOW JEPHTHAH the Gileadite was a mighty warrior, but he was the son of a harlot. Gilead was Jephthah's father.
2. And Gilead's wife also bore him sons, and when his wife's sons grew up, they thrust Jephthah out and said to him, You shall not have an inheritance in our father's house, for you are the son of another woman.
3. Then Jephthah fled from his brothers and dwelt in the land of Tob; and worthless men gathered around Jephthah and went on raids with him.
4. And after a time, the Ammonites made war against Israel.
5. And when the Ammonites made war against Israel, the elders of Gilead went to bring Jephthah out of the land of Tob;
6. And they said to Jephthah, Come and be our leader, that we may fight with the Ammonites.
7. But Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, Did you not hate me and drive me out of my father's house? Why have you come to me now when you are in trouble?
8. And the elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, This is why we have turned to you now, that you may go with us and fight the Ammonites and be our head over all the citizens of Gilead.
9. Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, If you bring me home again to fight against the Ammonites and the Lord gives them over to me, [understand that] I will be your head.
10. And the elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, The Lord is witness between us, if we do not do as you have said.
11. So Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head and leader over them. And Jephthah repeated all he had promised before the Lord at Mizpah.
12. And Jephthah sent messengers to the king of the Ammonites, saying, What have you to do with me, that you have come against me to fight in my land?
13. The Ammonites' king replied to the messengers of Jephthah, Because Israel took away my land [which was not true] when they came up out of Egypt, from the Arnon even to Jabbok and to the Jordan; now therefore, restore those lands peaceably.
14. And Jephthah sent messengers again to the king of the Ammonites
15. And said to him, Thus says Jephthah, Israel did not take the land of Moab or the land of the Ammonites.
16. But when [Israel] came up from Egypt, [they] walked through the wilderness to the Red Sea and came to Kadesh.
17. Then Israel sent messengers to the king of Edom, saying, Let us, we pray, pass through your land, but the king of Edom would not listen. Also they sent to the king of Moab, but he would not consent. So Israel remained at Kadesh.
18. Then they went through the wilderness and went around the land of Edom and the land of Moab, and came by the east side of the land of Moab and camped on the other side of the Arnon; but they came not within the territory of Moab, for the Arnon was the boundary of Moab.
19. Then Israel sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites, king of Heshbon, and Israel said to him, Let us pass, we pray you, through your land to our country.
20. But Sihon did not trust Israel to pass through his territory; so Sihon gathered all his people together and encamped at Jahaz and fought with Israel.
21. And the Lord, the God of Israel, gave Sihon and all his people into the hand of Israel, and they defeated them; so Israel took possession of all the land of the Amorites, the inhabitants of that country.
22. They possessed all the territory of the Amorites, from the Arnon even to the Jabbok, and from the wilderness even to the Jordan.
23. So now the Lord God of Israel has dispossessed the Amorites from before His people Israel, and should you possess them?
24. Will you not possess what Chemosh your god gives you to possess? And all the Lord our God dispossessed before us, we will possess.
25. Now are you any better than Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab? Did he ever strive against Israel or did he ever go to war with them?
26. While Israel dwelt in Heshbon and its villages, and in Aroer and its villages, and in all the cities along the banks of the Arnon for 300 years, why did you not recover [your lost lands] during that time?
27. So I have not sinned against you, but you are doing me wrong to war against me. The Lord, the [righteous] Judge, judge this day between the Israelites and the Ammonites.
28. But the king of the Ammonites did not listen to the message Jephthah sent him.
29. Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthah, and he passed through Gilead and Manasseh, and Mizpah of Gilead, and from Mizpah of Gilead he passed on to the Ammonites.
30. And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord and said, If You will indeed give the Ammonites into my hand,
31. Then whatever or whoever comes forth from the doors of my house to meet me when I return in peace from the Ammonites, it shall be the Lord's, and I will offer it or him up as a burnt offering.
32. Then Jephthah crossed over to the Ammonites to fight with them, and the Lord gave them into his hand.
33. And from Aroer to Minnith he smote them, twenty cities, and as far as Abel-cheramim [the meadow of vineyards], with a very great slaughter. So the Ammonites were subdued before the Israelites.
34. Then Jephthah came to Mizpah to his home, and behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances! And she was his only child; beside her he had neither son nor daughter.
35. And when he saw her, he rent his clothes and said, Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low, and you are the cause of great trouble to me; for I have opened my mouth [in a vow] to the Lord, and I cannot take it back.
36. And she said to him, My father, if you have opened your mouth to the Lord, do to me according to what you have vowed, since the Lord has taken vengeance for you on your enemies, the Ammonites.
37. And she said to her father, Let this thing be done for me; let me alone two months, that I may go and wander upon the mountains and bewail my virginity, I and my companions.
38. And he said, Go. And he sent her away for two months, and she went with her companions and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains.
39. At the end of two months she returned to her father, who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed. She never mated with a man. This became a custom in Israel--
40. That the daughters of Israel went yearly to mourn the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year.

Judges 12:1-15
1. THE MEN of Ephraim were summoned together and they crossed to Zaphon and said to Jephthah, Why did you cross over to fight with the Ammonites and did not summon us to go with you? We will burn your house over you with fire.
2. And Jephthah said to them, I and my people were in a severe conflict with the Ammonites, and I when I called you, you did not rescue me from their hands.
3. And when I saw that you would not rescue me, I put my life in my hands and crossed over against the Ammonites, and the Lord delivered them into my hand. Why then have you come up to me this day to fight against me?
4. Then Jephthah gathered all the men of Gilead and fought with Ephraim; and the men of Gilead smote Ephraim because they had said, You Gileadites are fugitives of Ephraim in the midst of Ephraim and Manasseh.
5. And the Gileadites took the fords of the Jordan before the Ephraimites; and when any of those Ephraimites who had escaped said, Let me go over, the men of Gilead said to him, Are you an Ephraimite? If he said, No,
6. They said to him, Then say Shibboleth; and he said, Sibboleth, for he could not pronounce it right. Then they seized him and slew him at the fords of the Jordan. And there fell at that time 42,000 of the Ephraimites.
7. Jephthah judged Israel six years. Then Jephthah the Gileadite died and was buried in one of the cities of Gilead.
8. And after him Ibzan of Bethlehem judged Israel.
9. And he had thirty sons and thirty daughters whom he gave [to husbands] outside his tribe, and thirty daughters [daughters-in-law] whom he brought in from outside his tribe for his sons. And he judged Israel seven years.
10. Then Ibzan died and was buried at Bethlehem.
11. After him Elon the Zebulunite judged Israel, and he judged Israel ten years.
12. Then Elon the Zebulunite died and was buried at Aijalon in the land of Zebulun.
13. And after him Abdon son of Hillel the Pirathonite judged Israel.
14. And he had forty sons and thirty grandsons who rode on seventy donkey colts; and he judged Israel eight years.
15. Then Abdon son of Hillel the Pirathonite died, and was buried at Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the hill country of the Amalekites.

Psalms 50:7-17
7. Hear, O My people, and I will speak; O Israel, I will testify to you and against you: I am God, your God.
8. I do not reprove you for your sacrifices; your burnt offerings are continually before Me.
9. I will accept no bull from your house nor he-goat out of your folds.
10. For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills or upon the mountains where thousands are.
11. I know and am acquainted with all the birds of the mountains, and the wild animals of the field are Mine and are with Me, in My mind.
12. If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are Mine. [I Cor. 10:26.]
13. Shall I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats?
14. Offer to God the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High,
15. And call on Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall honor and glorify Me.
16. But to the wicked, God says: What right have you to recite My statutes or take My covenant or pledge on your lips,
17. Seeing that you hate instruction and correction and cast My words behind you [discarding them]?

Proverbs 14:28-28
28. In a multitude of people is the king's glory, but in a lack of people is the prince's ruin.

Luke 17:1-19
1. AND [Jesus] said to His disciples, Temptations (snares, traps set to entice to sin) are sure to come, but woe to him by or through whom they come!
2. It would be more profitable for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were hurled into the sea than that he should cause to sin or be a snare to one of these little ones [lowly in rank or influence].
3. Pay attention and always be on your guard [looking out for one another]. If your brother sins (misses the mark), solemnly tell him so and reprove him, and if he repents (feels sorry for having sinned), forgive him.
4. And even if he sins against you seven times in a day, and turns to you seven times and says, I repent [I am sorry], you must forgive him (give up resentment and consider the offense as recalled and annulled).
5. The apostles said to the Lord, Increase our faith (that trust and confidence that spring from our belief in God).
6. And the Lord answered, If you had faith (trust and confidence in God) even [so small] like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, Be pulled up by the roots, and be planted in the sea, and it would obey you.
7. Will any man of you who has a servant plowing or tending sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, Come at once and take your place at the table?
8. Will he not instead tell him, Get my supper ready and gird yourself and serve me while I eat and drink; then afterward you yourself shall eat and drink?
9. Is he grateful and does he praise the servant because he did what he was ordered to do?
10. Even so on your part, when you have done everything that was assigned and commanded you, say, We are unworthy servants [possessing no merit, for we have not gone beyond our obligation]; we have [merely] done what was our duty to do.
11. As He went on His way to Jerusalem, it occurred that [Jesus] was passing [along the border] between Samaria and Galilee.
12. And as He was going into one village, He was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance.
13. And they raised up their voices and called, Jesus, Master, take pity and have mercy on us!
14. And when He saw them, He said to them, Go [at once] and show yourselves to the priests. And as they went, they were cured and made clean. [Lev. 14:2-32.]
15. Then one of them, upon seeing that he was cured, turned back, recognizing and thanking and praising God with a loud voice;
16. And he fell prostrate at Jesus' feet, thanking Him [over and over]. And he was a Samaritan.
17. Then Jesus asked, Were not [all] ten cleansed? Where are the nine?
18. Was there no one found to return and to recognize and give thanks and praise to God except this alien?
19. And He said to him, Get up and go on your way. Your faith (your trust and confidence that spring from your belief in God) has restored you to health.