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April 17


Joshua 23:1-16
1. The Lord gave Israel peace from their enemies around them. The Lord made Israel safe. Many years passed, and Joshua became very old.
2. At this time Joshua called a meeting of all the older leaders, heads of families, judges, and officers of the Israelites. Joshua said, "I have grown very old.
3. You have seen what the Lord did to our enemies. He did this to help us. The Lord your God fought for you.
4. Remember that I told you that your people could have the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea in the west. I promised to give you that land, but you don't control it yet. I have taken the land away from those nations, but they are still living there.
5. But the Lord your God will force the people living there to leave. You will take that land. The Lord will force them to leave. The Lord your God promised to do this for you.
6. "You must be careful to obey everything the Lord has commanded us. Obey everything that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses. Don't turn away from that law.
7. There are still some people living among us who are not Israelites. They worship their own gods. Don't become friends with them. Don't serve or worship their gods.
8. You must continue to follow the Lord your God. You have done this in the past, and you must continue to do it.
9. "The Lord helped you defeat many great and powerful nations. He forced them to leave. No nation has been able to defeat you.
10. With his help, one man from Israel could defeat 1000 enemy soldiers, because the Lord your God fights for you, as he promised.
11. So you must continue to love the Lord your God.
12. "Don't stop following the Lord. Don't become friends with these other people who are not part of Israel. Don't marry any of their people. But if you do become friends with these people,
13. then the Lord your God will not help you defeat your enemies. They will become like a trap for you. They will cause you pain—like smoke and dust in your eyes. And you will be forced to leave this good land. The Lord your God gave you this land. But you can lose it if you don't obey this command.
14. "It is almost time for me to die. You know and really believe that the Lord has done many great things for you. You know that the Lord your God has not failed in any of his promises. He has kept every promise that he has made to us.
15. Every good promise that the Lord your God made to us has come true. But in the same way, the Lord will make his other promises come true. He promised that if you do wrong, bad things will happen to you. He promised that he will force you to leave this good land that the Lord your God has given to you.
16. This will happen if you refuse to keep your agreement with the Lord your God. You will lose this land if you go and serve other gods. You must not worship those other gods. If you do, the Lord will become very angry with you. Then you will quickly be forced to leave this good land that he gave you."

Joshua 24:1-33
1. Joshua called all the tribes of Israel to meet together at Shechem. Then Joshua called the older leaders, heads of the families, judges, and the officers of Israel. These men stood before God.
2. Then Joshua spoke to all the people. He said, "I am telling you what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to you: 'A long time ago, your ancestors lived on the other side of the Euphrates River. I am talking about men like Terah, the father of Abraham and Nahor. At that time they worshiped other gods.
3. But I, the Lord, took your father Abraham out of the land on the other side of the River. I led him through the land of Canaan and gave him many children. I gave Abraham his son named Isaac.
4. And I gave Isaac two sons named Jacob and Esau. To Esau, I gave the land around the mountains of Seir. Jacob and his sons did not live there. They went to live in the land of Egypt.
5. 'Then I sent Moses and Aaron to Egypt. I wanted them to bring my people out of Egypt. I caused many terrible things to happen to the people of Egypt. Then I brought your people out of Egypt.
6. When I brought your ancestors out of Egypt, they came to the Red Sea, and the men of Egypt were chasing them. There were chariots and men on horses.
7. So the people asked me, the Lord, for help. And I caused great trouble to come to the men of Egypt. I, the Lord, caused the sea to cover them. You yourselves saw what I did to the army of Egypt. 'After that you lived in the desert for a long time.
8. Then I brought you to the land of the Amorites, east of the Jordan River. Those people fought against you, but I allowed you to defeat them. I gave you the power to destroy them, and you took control of that land.
9. 'Then Balak, the son of Zippor, the king of Moab, prepared to fight against the Israelites. The king sent for Balaam the son of Beor to curse you,
10. but I, the Lord, refused to listen to Balaam. So Balaam asked for good things to happen to you. He blessed you many times. I saved you and brought you out of trouble.
11. 'Then you went across the Jordan River to the city of Jericho. The people in Jericho fought against you. Also, the Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites, and Jebusites fought against you. But I allowed you to defeat them all.
12. I sent the Hornet ahead of you and made all those other people leave the land, as I did when you fought the two Amorite kings. It was not your swords and bows that brought you victory!
13. No, you didn't have to do anything to get that land. I, the Lord, gave it to you. You did not build those cities—I gave them to you. And now you live in that land and in those cities. You have vineyards and olive trees, but you did not have to plant those gardens.'"
14. Then Joshua said to the people, "Now you have heard the Lord's words. So you must respect the Lord and sincerely serve him. Throw away the false gods that your ancestors worshiped. That was something that happened a long time ago on the other side of the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Now you must serve only the Lord.
15. "But maybe you don't want to serve the Lord. You must choose for yourselves today. Today you must decide who you will serve. Will you serve the gods that your ancestors worshiped when they lived on the other side of the Euphrates River? Or will you serve the gods of the Amorites who lived in this land? You must choose for yourselves. But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord."
16. Then the people answered, "We will never stop following the Lord. We will never serve other gods!
17. We know that it was the Lord God who brought our people out of Egypt. We were slaves in that land, but he did great things for us there. He brought us out of that land and protected us while we traveled through other lands.
18. The Lord helped us defeat the people living in these lands. He helped us defeat the Amorites who lived in this land where we are now. So we will continue to serve the Lord, because he is our God."
19. Then Joshua said, "You will not be able to continue serving the Lord. God is holy. And God hates his people worshiping other gods. He will not forgive you if you turn against him like that.
20. If you leave the Lord and serve other gods, he will cause terrible things to happen to you. He will destroy you. He has been good to you, but if you turn against him he will destroy you."
21. Then the people said to Joshua, "No, we will serve the Lord!"
22. Then Joshua said, "Look around at yourselves and the people with you. Do you all know and agree that you have chosen to serve the Lord? Are you all witnesses to this?" The people answered, "Yes, it is true. We all see that we have chosen to serve the Lord."
23. Then Joshua said, "So throw away the false gods that you have among you. Love the Lord, the God of Israel, with all your heart."
24. Then the people said to Joshua, "We will serve the Lord our God. We will obey him."
25. So that day Joshua made an agreement for the people. He made this agreement at the town called Shechem. It became a law for them to follow.
26. Joshua wrote these things in the Book of the Law of God. Then he found a large stone to be the proof of this agreement. He put the stone under the oak tree near the Lord's Holy Tent.
27. Then Joshua said to all the people, "This stone will help you remember what we said today. This stone was here when the Lord was speaking to us today. So this stone will be something that helps you remember what happened today. The stone will be a witness against you. It will stop you from turning against your God."
28. Then Joshua told the people to go home. So everyone went back to his own land.
29. After that Joshua son of Nun died. He was 110 years old.
30. Joshua was buried on his own land at Timnath Serah, in the hill country of Ephraim north of Mount Gaash.
31. The Israelites served the Lord during the time Joshua was living. After Joshua died, the people continued to serve the Lord while their leaders were alive. These were the leaders who had seen what the Lord had done for Israel.
32. When the Israelites left Egypt, they carried the bones from the body of Joseph with them. They buried the bones of Joseph at Shechem on the land that Jacob had bought from the sons of Hamor, the father of the man named Shechem. Jacob had bought that land for 100 pieces of pure silver. This land belonged to Joseph's children.
33. Aaron's son, Eleazar, died and was buried at Gibeah in the hill country of Ephraim. Gibeah had been given to Eleazar's son Phinehas.

Psalms 47:1-9
1. To the director: A song from the Korah family. Everyone, clap your hands. Shout with joy to God!
2. The Lord Most High is awesome. He is the great King over all the earth.
3. He helped us defeat other nations. He put those people under our control.
4. He chose our land for us. He chose that wonderful land for Jacob, the one he loved. Selah
5. The Lord God goes up to his throne at the sound of the trumpet and horn.
6. Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
7. God is the King of the whole world. Sing songs of praise!
8. God sits on his holy throne; he rules all the nations.
9. The leaders of the nations have come together with the people of the God of Abraham. All the rulers of the world belong to God. He is over them all!

Proverbs 14:14-14
14. Evil people will be paid back for the wrong they do, and good people will be rewarded for the good they do.

Luke 13:23-35
23. Someone said to him, "Lord, how many people will be saved? Only a few?" Jesus said,
24. "The door to heaven is narrow. Try hard to enter it. Many people will want to enter there, but they will not be able to go in.
25. If a man locks the door of his house, you can stand outside and knock on the door, but he won't open it. You can say, 'Sir, open the door for us.' But he will answer, 'I don't know you. Where did you come from?'
26. Then you will say, 'We ate and drank with you. You taught in the streets of our town.'
27. Then he will say to you, 'I don't know you. Where did you come from? Get away from me! You are all people who do wrong!'
28. "You will see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in God's kingdom. But you will be left outside. There you will cry and grind your teeth with pain.
29. People will come from the east, west, north, and south. They will sit down at the table in God's kingdom.
30. People who have the lowest place in life now will have the highest place in God's kingdom. And people who have the highest place now will have the lowest place in God's kingdom."
31. Just then some Pharisees came to Jesus and said, "Go away from here and hide. Herod wants to kill you!"
32. Jesus said to them, "Go tell that fox, 'Today and tomorrow I am forcing demons out of people and finishing my work of healing. Then, the next day, the work will be finished.'
33. After that, I must go, because all prophets should die in Jerusalem.
34. "Jerusalem, Jerusalem! You kill the prophets. You stone to death the people God has sent to you. How many times I wanted to help your people. I wanted to gather them together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings. But you did not let me.
35. Now your home will be left completely empty. I tell you, you will not see me again until that time when you will say, 'Welcome! God bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord.' "