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April 22


Judges 9:1-57
1. And Abimelech son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem to his mother's brethren, and spoke to them, and to all the family of the house of his mother's father, saying,
2. Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all the citizens of Shechem, Which is better for you, that seventy persons, all sons of Jerubbaal, rule over you, or that one man rule over you? And remember that I am your bone and your flesh.
3. And his mother's brethren spoke of him in the ears of all the citizens of Shechem all these words. And their heart inclined after Abimelech; for they said, He is our brother.
4. And they gave him seventy pieces of silver out of the house of Baal-Berith, and Abimelech hired with them vain and wanton men, and they followed him.
5. And he came to his father's house, to Ophrah, and slew his brethren the sons of Jerubbaal, seventy persons upon one stone; but there remained Jotham the youngest son of Jerubbaal; for he had hid himself.
6. And all the citizens of Shechem gathered together, and all the house of Millo, and went and made Abimelech king, by the memorial-oak that is in Shechem.
7. And they told it to Jotham, and he went and stood on the top of mount Gerizim, and lifted up his voice, and cried, and said to them, Hearken to me, ye citizens of Shechem, that God may hearken to you.
8. The trees once went forth to anoint a king over them; and they said to the olive-tree, Reign over us.
9. And the olive-tree said to them, Should I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they honour God and man, and go to wave over the trees?
10. And the trees said to the fig-tree, Come thou, reign over us.
11. But the fig-tree said to them, Should I leave my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to wave over the trees?
12. Then said the trees to the vine, Come thou, reign over us.
13. And the vine said to them, Should I leave my new wine, which cheers God and man, and go to wave over the trees?
14. Then said all the trees to the thorn-bush, Come thou, reign over us.
15. And the thorn-bush said to the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, come, put confidence in my shadow; but if not, fire shall come out of the thorn-bush and devour the cedars of Lebanon.
16. Now therefore, if ye have dealt truly and sincerely in that ye have made Abimelech king, and if ye have dealt well with Jerubbaal and his house, and if ye have done to him according to the deserving of his hands;
17. for my father fought for you, and endangered his life, and delivered you out of the hand of Midian;
18. but ye are risen up against my father's house this day, and have slain his sons, seventy men, upon one stone, and have made Abimelech, the son of his handmaid, king over the citizens of Shechem, because he is your brother;
19. if ye then have dealt truly and sincerely with Jerubbaal and with his house this day, rejoice ye in Abimelech, and let him also rejoice in you;
20. but if not, let fire come out from Abimelech, and devour the citizens of Shechem and the house of Millo; and let fire come out from the citizens of Shechem and from the house of Millo, and devour Abimelech.
21. And Jotham ran away, and fled, and went to Beer, and dwelt there, because of Abimelech his brother.
22. And Abimelech ruled over Israel three years.
23. And God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the citizens of Shechem; and the citizens of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech,
24. that the violence [done] to the seventy sons of Jerubbaal might come, and their blood be laid upon Abimelech their brother, who slew them, and upon the citizens of Shechem, who had strengthened his hands to slay his brethren.
25. And the citizens of Shechem set liers in wait for him on the tops of the mountains, and they robbed all that came along that way by them. And it was told Abimelech.
26. And Gaal the son of Ebed came with his brethren, and went over to Shechem; and the citizens of Shechem put confidence in him.
27. And they went out into the fields, and gathered their vineyards, and trode [the grapes], and made rejoicings, and went into the house of their god, and ate and drank, and cursed Abimelech.
28. And Gaal the son of Ebed said, Who is Abimelech, and who is Shechem, that we should serve him? is he not the son of Jerubbaal? and Zebul his overseer? Serve the men of Hamor the father of Shechem! and why should *we* serve him?
29. Oh! would that this people were under my hand! then would I remove Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, Increase thine army, and come out.
30. And Zebul the ruler of the city heard the words of Gaal the son of Ebed, and his anger was kindled;
31. and he sent messengers to Abimelech craftily, saying, Behold, Gaal the son of Ebed and his brethren are come to Shechem, and behold, they shut up the city against thee;
32. and now, rise up by night, thou and the people that are with thee, and lie in ambush in the fields.
33. And it shall be in the morning when the sun is up, thou shalt rise early, and fall upon the city; and behold, he and the people that is with him shall come out against thee, and thou shalt do with him as thou shalt find occasion.
34. And Abimelech rose up, and all the people that were with him, by night, and they lay in ambush against Shechem in four companies.
35. And Gaal the son of Ebed went out, and stood in the entrance of the gate of the city. Then Abimelech rose up, and the people that were with him, out of the ambush.
36. And Gaal saw the people, and said to Zebul, Behold, people are coming down from the tops of the mountains. And Zebul said to him, Thou seest the shadow of the mountains as men.
37. And Gaal spoke again, and said, Behold, people are coming down from the high part of the land, and one company is coming along by the way of the Magician's oak.
38. Then said Zebul to him, Where is now thy mouth, thou that saidst, Who is Abimelech, that we should serve him? is not this the people that thou hast despised? go out now, I pray, and fight against them.
39. And Gaal went out before the citizens of Shechem, and fought against Abimelech.
40. And Abimelech pursued him, and he fled before him, and there fell many wounded, as far as the entrance of the gate.
41. And Abimelech dwelt at Arumah. And Zebul drove out Gaal and his brethren, that they might not dwell in Shechem.
42. And it came to pass on the morrow, that the people went out into the field; and they told Abimelech.
43. And he took the people, and divided them into three companies, and lay in ambush in the field. And he looked, and behold, the people came forth out of the city; and he rose up against them and smote them.
44. And Abimelech, and the companies that were with him, rushed forward, and stood in the entrance of the gate of the city; and two of the companies ran upon all that were in the fields, and slew them.
45. And Abimelech fought against the city all that day; and he took the city, and slew the people that were in it, and broke down the city, and sowed it with salt.
46. And all the men of the tower of Shechem heard [that], and they entered into the stronghold of the house of the God Berith.
47. And it was told Abimelech that all the men of the tower of Shechem had gathered together.
48. Then Abimelech went up to mount Zalmon, he and all the people that were with him; and Abimelech took an axe in his hand, and cut down a bough from the trees, and took it up and laid it on his shoulder, and said to the people that was with him, What ye have seen me do, make haste, do as I have done.
49. And all the people likewise cut down every man his bough, and they followed Abimelech, and put [them] to the hold, and burned the hold with fire upon them. And all the men of the tower of Shechem died also, about a thousand men and women.
50. And Abimelech went to Thebez, and encamped against Thebez, and took it.
51. But there was a strong tower in the midst of the city, and thither fled all the men and women, all the citizens of the city; and they shut it behind them, and went up to the roof of the tower.
52. And Abimelech came to the tower, and fought against it, and he drew near to the entrance of the tower to burn it with fire;
53. and a woman cast the upper stone of a handmill on Abimelech's head, and crushed his skull.
54. Then he called hastily to the young man that carried his armour, and said to him, Draw thy sword, and slay me, that they say not of me, A woman killed him. And his young man thrust him through, and he died.
55. And when the men of Israel saw that Abimelech was dead, they went every man to his place.
56. And God rendered back the wickedness of Abimelech, which he did to his father in slaying his seventy brethren.
57. And all the evil of the men of Shechem did God render back upon their heads; and upon them came the curse of Jotham the son of Jerubbaal.

Judges 10:1-18
1. And after Abimelech, there rose up to save Israel Tola the son of Puah, the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar; and he dwelt in Shamir on mount Ephraim.
2. And he judged Israel twenty-three years; and he died, and was buried in Shamir.
3. And after him rose up Jair, a Gileadite; and he judged Israel twenty-two years.
4. And he had thirty sons who rode on thirty ass colts; and they had thirty cities, which are called the villages of Jair to this day, which are in the land of Gilead.
5. And Jair died, and was buried in Kamon.
6. And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of Jehovah, and served the Baals, and the Ashtoreths, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines; and they forsook Jehovah, and served him not.
7. And the anger of Jehovah was hot against Israel, and he sold him into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the children of Ammon.
8. And they oppressed and crushed the children of Israel in that year; eighteen years [they oppressed] all the children of Israel that were beyond the Jordan in the land of the Amorites, which is in Gilead.
9. And the children of Ammon passed over the Jordan to fight also against Judah, and against Benjamin, and against the house of Ephraim; and Israel was greatly distressed.
10. And the children of Israel cried to Jehovah, saying, We have sinned against thee, both because we have forsaken our God, and also served the Baals.
11. And Jehovah said to the children of Israel, Did I not [save you] from the Egyptians, and from the Amorites, from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines?
12. The Zidonians also, and Amalek and Maon oppressed you, and ye cried to me, and I saved you out of their hand.
13. But ye have forsaken me, and served other gods; therefore I will save you no more.
14. Go and cry to the gods that ye have chosen: let them save you in the time of your trouble.
15. And the children of Israel said to Jehovah, We have sinned. Do thou unto us according to all that is good in thy sight; only deliver us, we pray thee, this day.
16. And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served Jehovah; and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.
17. And the children of Ammon were called together and encamped in Gilead; and the children of Israel gathered together and encamped in Mizpeh.
18. And the people, the chief men of Gilead, said one to another, Who is the man that will begin to fight against the children of Ammon? he shall be head over all the inhabitants of Gilead.

Psalms 50:1-6
1. {A Psalm. Of Asaph.} God, Elohim-Jehovah, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.
2. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined forth.
3. Our God will come, and will not keep silence: fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.
4. He will call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people:
5. Gather unto me my godly ones, those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice!
6. And the heavens shall declare his righteousness; for God executeth judgment himself. Selah.

Proverbs 14:25-27
25. A true witness delivereth souls; but deceit uttereth lies.
26. In the fear of Jehovah is strong confidence, and his children shall have a place of refuge.
27. The fear of Jehovah is a fountain of life, to turn away from the snares of death.

Luke 16:1-31
1. And he said also to [his] disciples, There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and *he* was accused to him as wasting his goods.
2. And having called him, he said to him, What [is] this that I hear of thee? give the reckoning of thy stewardship, for thou canst be no longer steward.
3. And the steward said within himself, What shall I do; for my lord is taking the stewardship from me? I am not able to dig; I am ashamed to beg.
4. I know what I will do, that when I shall have been removed from the stewardship I may be received into their houses.
5. And having called to [him] each one of the debtors of his own lord, he said to the first, How much owest thou to my lord?
6. And he said, A hundred baths of oil. And he said to him, Take thy writing and sit down quickly and write fifty.
7. Then he said to another, And thou, how much dost thou owe? And he said, A hundred cors of wheat. And he says to him, Take thy writing and write eighty.
8. And the lord praised the unrighteous steward because he had done prudently. For the sons of this world are, for their own generation, more prudent than the sons of light.
9. And *I* say to you, Make to yourselves friends with the mammon of unrighteousness, that when it fails ye may be received into the eternal tabernacles.
10. He that is faithful in the least is faithful also in much; and he that is unrighteous in the least is unrighteous also in much.
11. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who shall entrust to you the true?
12. and if ye have not been faithful in that which is another's, who shall give to you your own?
13. No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and will love the other, or he will cleave to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
14. And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things, and mocked him.
15. And he said to them, *Ye* are they who justify themselves before men, but God knows your hearts; for what amongst men is highly thought of is an abomination before God.
16. The law and the prophets [were] until John: from that time the glad tidings of the kingdom of God are announced, and every one forces his way into it.
17. But it is easier that the heaven and the earth should pass away than that one tittle of the law should fail.
18. Every one who puts away his wife and marries another commits adultery; and every one that marries one put away from a husband commits adultery.
19. Now there was a rich man and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, making good cheer in splendour every day.
20. And [there was] a poor man, by name Lazarus, [who] was laid at his gateway full of sores,
21. and desiring to be filled with the crumbs which fell from the table of the rich man; but the dogs also coming licked his sores.
22. And it came to pass that the poor man died, and that he was carried away by the angels into the bosom of Abraham. And the rich man also died and was buried.
23. And in hades lifting up his eyes, being in torments, he sees Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24. And he crying out said, Father Abraham, have compassion on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering in this flame.
25. But Abraham said, Child, recollect that *thou* hast fully received thy good things in thy lifetime, and likewise Lazarus evil things. But now he is comforted here, and *thou* art in suffering.
26. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm is fixed, so that those who desire to pass hence to you cannot, nor do they who [desire to cross] from there pass over unto us.
27. And he said, I beseech thee then, father, that thou wouldest send him to the house of my father,
28. for I have five brothers, so that he may earnestly testify to them, that they also may not come to this place of torment.
29. But Abraham says to him, They have Moses and the prophets: let them hear them.
30. But he said, Nay, father Abraham, but if one from the dead should go to them, they will repent.
31. And he said to him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, not even if one rise from among [the] dead will they be persuaded.