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April 21


Judges 7:1-25
1. And Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, arose early, and all the people that were with him, and they encamped beside the spring Harod; and he had the camp of Midian on the north by the hill of Moreh in the valley.
2. And Jehovah said to Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give Midian into their hand, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me.
3. And now proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whoever is timid and afraid, let him go back and turn from mount Gilead. And there went back of the people twenty-two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.
4. And Jehovah said to Gideon, Still the people are many; bring them down to the water, and I will try them for thee there, and it shall be, that of whom I shall say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I shall say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go.
5. And he brought down the people to the water; and Jehovah said to Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down on his knees to drink.
6. And the number of them that lapped, with their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men; and all the rest of the people bowed down on their knees to drink water.
7. And Jehovah said to Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and give Midian into thy hand; and let all the people go every man to his place.
8. And they took the victuals of the people in their hand, and their trumpets; and all the men of Israel he sent away, every man to his tent, but retained the three hundred men. Now the camp of Midian was beneath him in the valley.
9. And it came to pass in that night, that Jehovah said to him, Arise, go down to the camp; for I have given it into thy hand.
10. And if thou fear to go down, go thou with Phurah thy servant down to the camp;
11. and thou shalt hear what they say; and afterwards shall thy hand be strengthened, and thou shalt go down unto the camp. And he went down with Phurah his servant to the outside of the armed men that were in the camp.
12. And Midian and Amalek and all the children of the east lay along in the valley as locusts for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand upon the sea-shore for multitude.
13. And Gideon came, and behold, a man was telling a dream to his fellow; and he said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, and lo, a cake of barley-bread tumbled into the camp of Midian, and came to the tent, and smote it that it fell, and overturned it; and the tent lay along.
14. And his fellow answered and said, This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, the man of Israel: God hath given into his hand Midian and all the host.
15. And it came to pass when Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, that he worshipped. And he returned into the camp of Israel, and said, Arise; for Jehovah hath given into your hand the camp of Midian.
16. And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man's hand, and empty pitchers, and torches within the pitchers.
17. And he said to them, Look on me, and do likewise; behold, when I come to the extremity of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall ye do.
18. And when I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, ye also shall blow the trumpets around the whole camp, and shall say, For Jehovah and for Gideon!
19. And Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came to the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch; and they blew the trumpets, and broke the pitchers that were in their hands.
20. And the three companies blew the trumpets, and broke in pieces the pitchers, and held the torches in their left hand, and the trumpets in their right hand for blowing, and cried, The sword of Jehovah and of Gideon!
21. And they stood every man in his place round about the camp; and all the host ran, and cried out, and fled.
22. And the three hundred blew the trumpets, and Jehovah set every man's sword against his fellow, even throughout the camp. And the host fled to Beth-shittah towards Zererah, to the border of Abel-meholah, by Tabbath.
23. And the men of Israel were called together out of Naphtali, and out of Asher, and out of all Manasseh, and pursued after Midian.
24. And Gideon sent messengers throughout mount Ephraim, saying, Come down against Midian, and take before them the waters unto Beth-barah, and the Jordan. And all the men of Ephraim were called together, and took the waters unto Beth-barah, and the Jordan.
25. And they took two princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb; and they slew Oreb upon the rock Oreb, and Zeeb they slew at the winepress of Zeeb; and they pursued Midian, and brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon beyond the Jordan.

Judges 8:1-35
1. And the men of Ephraim said to him, What is this thing thou hast done to us, that thou calledst us not, when thou wentest to fight with Midian? And they disputed with him sharply.
2. And he said to them, What have I done now in comparison with you? Are not the gleanings of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abi-ezer?
3. Into your hands hath God delivered the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb; and what was I able to do in comparison with you? Then their spirit was appeased toward him, when he said that word.
4. And Gideon came to the Jordan, [and] passed over, he and the three hundred men that were with him, faint, yet pursuing.
5. And he said to the men of Succoth, Give, I pray you, loaves of bread to the people that follow me, for they are faint; and I am pursuing after Zebah and Zalmunna, kings of Midian.
6. And the chief men of Succoth said, Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna already in thy hand, that we should give bread to thine army?
7. And Gideon said, Therefore when Jehovah delivers Zebah and Zalmunna into my hand, I will thresh your flesh with thorns of the wilderness and with briars.
8. And he went up thence to Penuel, and spoke to them in like manner. And the men of Penuel answered him as the men of Succoth had answered.
9. And he spoke also to the men of Penuel, saying, When I come again in peace, I will break down this tower.
10. Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor, and their camp with them, about fifteen thousand [men], all that were left of the whole camp of the children of the east; for there had fallen a hundred and twenty thousand men that drew sword.
11. And Gideon went up by the way of them that dwell in tents on the east of Nobah and Jogbehah, and smote the camp; for the camp was at its ease.
12. And Zebah and Zalmunna fled, and he pursued after them, and he took the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and discomfited all the camp.
13. And Gideon the son of Joash returned from the battle, from the ascent of Heres.
14. And he caught a youth of the men of Succoth, and inquired of him; and he wrote down for him the chief men of Succoth, and the elders thereof, seventy-seven men.
15. And he came to the men of Succoth, and said, Behold Zebah and Zalmunna, with whom ye did upbraid me, saying, Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna already in thy hand, that we should give bread to thy men that are weary?
16. And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briars, and with them he taught the men of Succoth.
17. And he broke down the tower of Penuel, and slew the men of the city.
18. Then said he to Zebah and Zalmunna, What sort of men were they that ye slew at Tabor? And they answered, As thou art, so were they; each one resembled the sons of a king.
19. And he said, They were my brethren, the sons of my mother. [As] Jehovah liveth, if ye had saved them alive, I would not slay you.
20. And he said to Jether his firstborn, Arise, slay them! But the youth drew not his sword; for he feared, because he was yet a youth.
21. Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, Rise thou, and fall on us; for as is the man, so is his strength. And Gideon arose, and slew Zebah and Zalmunna; and he took the moons that were on their camels' necks.
22. And the men of Israel said to Gideon, Rule over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy son's son also; for thou hast saved us from the hand of Midian.
23. And Gideon said to them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: Jehovah will rule over you.
24. And Gideon said to them, I would desire a request of you: give me every man the earrings of his booty; for they had golden earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.
25. And they said, We will willingly give [them]. And they spread a garment, and cast therein every man the earrings of his booty.
26. And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was a thousand seven hundred [shekels] of gold; besides the moons, and eardrops, and the purple garments that were on the kings of Midian, and besides the chains that were about their camels' necks.
27. And Gideon made an ephod of them, and put it in his city, in Ophrah. And all Israel went thither a whoring after it; and it became a snare to Gideon, and to his house.
28. And 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.
29. And Jerubbaal the son of Joash went and dwelt in his house.
30. Now Gideon had seventy sons who had come out of his loins, for he had many wives.
31. And his concubine that was in Shechem, she also bore him a son, and he gave him the name of Abimelech.
32. And Gideon the son of Joash died in a good old age, and was buried in the sepulchre of Joash his father, in Ophrah of the Abi-ezrites.
33. And it came to pass when Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel turned again, and went a whoring after the Baals, and set up Baal-Berith as their god.
34. And the children of Israel remembered not Jehovah their God, who had delivered them out of the hand of all their enemies on every side.
35. And they shewed no kindness to the house of Jerubbaal-Gideon, according to all the good that he had done to Israel.

Psalms 49:10-20
10. For he seeth that wise men die; all alike, the fool and the brutish perish, and they leave their wealth to others.
11. Their inward thought is, that their houses are for ever, their dwelling-places from generation to generation: they call the lands after their own names.
12. Nevertheless, man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.
13. This their way is their folly, yet they that come after them delight in their sayings. Selah.
14. Like sheep are they laid in Sheol: Death feedeth on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their comeliness shall be for Sheol to consume, that there be no habitation for them.
15. But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol: for he will receive me. Selah.
16. Be not afraid when a man becometh rich, when the glory of his house is increased:
17. For when he dieth, he shall carry nothing away; his glory shall not descend after him.
18. Though he blessed his soul in his lifetime, and men will praise thee when thou doest well to thyself,
19. It shall go to the generation of his fathers: they shall never see light.
20. Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.

Proverbs 14:22-24
22. Do they not err that devise evil? but loving-kindness and truth are for those that devise good.
23. In all labour there is profit; but the talk of the lips [tendeth] only to want.
24. The crown of the wise is their riches; the folly of the foolish is folly.

Luke 15:11-32
11. And he said, A certain man had two sons;
12. and the younger of them said to his father, Father, give to me the share of the property that falls [to me]. And he divided to them what he was possessed of.
13. And after not many days the younger son gathering all together went away into a country a long way off, and there dissipated his property, living in debauchery.
14. But when he had spent all there arose a violent famine throughout that country, and he began to be in want.
15. And he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16. And he longed to fill his belly with the husks which the swine were eating; and no one gave to him.
17. And coming to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have abundance of bread, and *I* perish here by famine.
18. I will rise up and go to my father, and I will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee;
19. I am no longer worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
20. And he rose up and went to his own father. But while he was yet a long way off, his father saw him, and was moved with compassion, and ran, and fell upon his neck, and covered him with kisses.
21. And the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee; I am no longer worthy to be called thy son.
22. But the father said to his bondmen, Bring out the best robe and clothe him in [it], and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet;
23. and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry:
24. for this my son was dead and has come to life, was lost and has been found. And they began to make merry.
25. And his elder son was in the field; and as, coming [up], he drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing.
26. And having called one of the servants, he inquired what these things might be.
27. And he said to him, Thy brother is come, and thy father has killed the fatted calf because he has received him safe and well.
28. But he became angry and would not go in. And his father went out and besought him.
29. But he answering said to his father, Behold, so many years I serve thee, and never have I transgressed a commandment of thine; and to me hast thou never given a kid that I might make merry with my friends:
30. but when this thy son, who has devoured thy substance with harlots, is come, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
31. But he said to him, Child, *thou* art ever with me, and all that is mine is thine.
32. But it was right to make merry and rejoice, because this thy brother was dead and has come to life again, and was lost and has been found.