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April 24


Judges 13:1-25
1. The Israelites again did what was evil in the LORD's sight, so the LORD handed them over to the Philistines 40 years.
2. There was a certain man from Zorah, from the family of Dan, whose name was Manoah; his wife was barren and had no children.
3. The Angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her, "It is true that you are barren and have no children, but you will conceive and give birth to a son.
4. Now please be careful not to drink wine or other alcoholic beverages, or to eat anything unclean;
5. for indeed, you will conceive and give birth to a son. You must never cut his hair, because the boy will be a Nazirite to God from birth, and he will begin to save Israel from the power of the Philistines."
6. Then the woman went and told her husband, "A man of God came to me. He looked like the awe-inspiring Angel of God. I didn't ask Him where He came from, and He didn't tell me His name.
7. He said to me, 'You will conceive and give a birth to a son. Therefore, do not drink wine or other alcoholic beverages, and do not eat anything unclean, because the boy will be a Nazirite to God from birth until the day of his death.'"
8. Manoah prayed to the LORD and said, "Please Lord, let the man of God you sent come again to us and teach us what we should do for the boy who will be born."
9. God listened to Manoah, and the Angel of God came again to the woman. She was sitting in the field, and her husband Manoah was not with her.
10. The woman ran quickly to her husband and told him, "The man who came to me today has just come back!"
11. So Manoah got up and followed his wife. When he came to the man, he asked, "Are You the man who spoke to my wife?" "I am," He said.
12. Then Manoah asked, "When Your words come true, what will the boy's responsibilities and mission be?"
13. The Angel of the LORD answered Manoah, "Your wife needs to do everything I told her.
14. She must not eat anything that comes from the grapevine or drink wine or other alcoholic beverages. And she must not eat anything unclean. Your wife must do everything I have commanded her."
15. "Please stay here," Manoah told Him, "and we will prepare a young goat for You."
16. The Angel of the LORD said to him, "If I stay, I won't eat your food. But if you want to prepare a burnt offering, offer it to the LORD." For Manoah did not know He was the Angel of the LORD.
17. Then Manoah said to Him, "What is Your name, so that we may honor You when Your words come true?"
18. "Why do you ask My name," the Angel of the LORD asked him, "since it is wonderful."
19. Manoah took a young goat and a grain offering and offered them on a rock to the LORD, and He did a wonderful thing while Manoah and his wife were watching.
20. When the flame went up from the altar to the sky, the Angel of the LORD went up in its flame. When Manoah and his wife saw [this], they fell facedown on the ground.
21. The Angel of the LORD did not appear again to Manoah and his wife. Then Manoah realized that it was the Angel of the LORD.
22. "We're going to die," he said to his wife, "because we have seen God!"
23. But his wife said to him, "If the LORD had intended to kill us, He wouldn't have accepted the burnt offering and the grain offering from us, and He would not have shown us all these things or spoken to us now like this."
24. So the woman gave birth to a son and named him Samson. The boy grew, and the LORD blessed him.
25. Then the Spirit of the LORD began to direct him in the Camp of Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

Judges 14:1-20
1. Samson went down to Timnah and saw a young Philistine woman there.
2. He went back and told his father and his mother: "I have seen a young Philistine woman in Timnah. Now get her for me as a wife."
3. But his father and mother said to him, "Can't you find a young woman among your relatives or among any of our people? Must you go to the uncircumcised Philistines for a wife?" But Samson told his father, "Get her for me, because I want her."
4. Now his father and mother did not know this was from the LORD, who was seeking an occasion against the Philistines. At that time, the Philistines were ruling over Israel.
5. Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother and came to the vineyards of Timnah. Suddenly a young lion came roaring at him,
6. the Spirit of the LORD took control of him, and he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat. But he did not tell his father or mother what he had done.
7. Then he went and spoke to the woman, because Samson wanted her.
8. After some time, when he returned to get her, he left [the road] to see the lion's carcass, and there was a swarm of bees with honey in the carcass.
9. He scooped [some honey] into his hands and ate [it] as he went along. When he returned to his father and mother, he gave [some] to them and they ate [it]. But he did not tell them that he had scooped the honey from the lion's carcass.
10. His father went [to visit] the woman, and Samson prepared a feast there, as young men were accustomed to do.
11. When the Philistines saw him, they brought 30 men to accompany him.
12. "Let me tell you a riddle," Samson said to them. "If you can explain it to me during the seven days of the feast and figure it out, I will give you 30 linen garments and 30 changes of clothes.
13. But if you can't explain it to me, you must give me 30 linen garments and 30 changes of clothes." "Tell us your riddle," they replied. "Let's hear it."
14. So he said to them: Out of the eater came something to eat, and out of the strong came something sweet. After three days, they were unable to explain the riddle.
15. On the fourth day they said to Samson's wife, "Persuade your husband to explain the riddle to us, or we will burn you and your father's household to death. Did you invite us here to rob us?"
16. So Samson's wife came to him, weeping, and said, "You hate me and don't love me! You told my people the riddle, but haven't explained it to me." "Look," he said, "I haven't even explained it to my father or mother, so [why] should I explain it to you?"
17. She wept the whole seven days of the feast, and at last, on the seventh day, he explained it to her, because she had nagged him so much. Then she explained it to her people.
18. On the seventh day before sunset, the men of the city said to him: What is sweeter than honey? What is stronger than a lion? So he said to them: If you hadn't plowed with my young cow, you wouldn't know my riddle now!
19. The Spirit of the LORD took control of him, and he went down to Ashkelon and killed 30 of their men. He stripped them and gave their clothes to those who had explained the riddle. In a rage, Samson returned to his father's house,
20. and his wife was given to one of the men who had accompanied him.

Psalms 50:16-23
16. But God says to the wicked: "What right do you have to recite My statutes and to take My covenant on your lips?
17. You hate instruction and turn your back on My words.
18. When you see a thief, you make friends with him, and you associate with adulterers.
19. You unleash your mouth for evil and harness your tongue for deceit.
20. You sit, maligning your brother, slandering your mother's son.
21. You have done these things, and I kept silent; you thought I was just like you. But I will rebuke you and lay out the case before you.
22. "Understand this, you who forget God, or I will tear you apart, and there will be no rescuer.
23. Whoever sacrifices a thank offering honors Me, and whoever orders his conduct, I will show him the salvation of God."

Proverbs 14:29-30
29. A patient person [shows] great understanding, but a quick-tempered one promotes foolishness.
30. A tranquil heart is life to the body, but jealousy is rottenness to the bones.

Luke 17:20-37
20. Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God will come, He answered them, "The kingdom of God is not coming with something observable;
21. no one will say, 'Look here!' or 'There!' For you see, the kingdom of God is among you."
22. Then He told the disciples: "The days are coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you won't see it.
23. They will say to you, 'Look there!' or 'Look here!' Don't follow or run after them.
24. For as the lightning flashes from horizon to horizon and lights up the sky, so the Son of Man will be in His day.
25. But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
26. "Just as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of Man:
27. people went on eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage until the day Noah boarded the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.
28. It will be the same as it was in the days of Lot: people went on eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building.
29. But on the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all.
30. It will be like that on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
31. On that day, a man on the housetop, whose belongings are in the house, must not come down to get them. Likewise the man who is in the field must not turn back.
32. Remember Lot's wife!
33. Whoever tries to make his life secure will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.
34. I tell you, on that night two will be in one bed: one will be taken and the other will be left.
35. Two women will be grinding grain together: one will be taken and the other left.
36. [[Two will be in a field: one will be taken, and the other will be left."]]
37. "Where, Lord?" they asked Him. He said to them, "Where the corpse is, there also the vultures will be gathered."