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April 19

Judges 3:1-31
1. The following are the nations which the LORD allowed to remain, so that through them he might try all those Israelites who had no experience of the battles with Canaan
2. training them in battle, those generations only of the Israelites who would not have had that previous experience):
3. the five lords of the Philistines; and all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites who dwell in the mountain region of Lebanon between Baal-hermon and the entrance to Hamath.
4. These served to put Israel to the test, to determine whether they would obey the commandments the LORD had enjoined on their fathers through Moses.
5. Besides, the Israelites were living among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.
6. In fact, they took their daughters in marriage, and gave their own daughters to their sons in marriage, and served their gods.
7. Because the Israelites had offended the LORD by forgetting the LORD, their God, and serving the Baals and the Asherahs,
8. the anger of the LORD flared up against them, and he allowed them to fall into the power of Cushan-rishathaim, king of Aram Naharaim, whom they served for eight years.
9. But when the Israelites cried out to the LORD, he raised up for them a savior, Othniel, son of Caleb's younger brother Kenaz, who rescued them.
10. The spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel. When he went out to war, the LORD delivered Cushan-risha-thaim, king of Aram, into his power, so that he made him subject.
11. The land then was at rest for forty years, until Othniel, son of Kenaz, died.
12. Again the Israelites offended the LORD, who because of this offense strengthened Eglon, king of Moab, against Israel.
13. In alliance with the Ammonites and Amalekites, he attacked and defeated Israel, taking possession of the city of palms.
14. The Israelites then served Eglon, king of Moab, for eighteen years.
15. But when the Israelites cried out to the LORD, he raised up for them a savior, the Benjaminite Ehud, son of Gera, who was left-handed. It was by him that the Israelites sent their tribute to Eglon, king of Moab.
16. Ehud made himself a two-edged dagger a foot long, and wore it under his clothes over his right thigh.
17. He presented the tribute to Eglon, king of Moab, who was very fat,
18. and after the presentation went off with the tribute bearers.
19. He returned, however, from where the idols are, near Gilgal, and said, "I have a private message for you, O king." And the king said, "Silence!" Then when all his attendants had left his presence,
20. and Ehud went in to him where he sat alone in his cool upper room, Ehud said, "I have a message from God for you." So the king rose from his chair,
21. and then Ehud with his left hand drew the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into Eglon's belly.
22. The hilt also went in after the blade, and the fat closed over the blade because he did not withdraw the dagger from his body.
23. Then Ehud went out into the hall, shutting the doors of the upper room on him and locking them.
24. When Ehud had left and the servants came, they saw that the doors of the upper room were locked, and thought, "He must be easing himself in the cool chamber."
25. They waited until they finally grew suspicious. Since he did not open the doors of the upper room, they took the key and opened them. There on the floor, dead, lay their lord!
26. During their delay Ehud made good his escape and, passing the idols, took refuge in Seirah.
27. On his arrival he sounded the horn in the mountain region of Ephraim, and the Israelites went down from the mountains with him as their leader.
28. "Follow me," he said to them, "for the LORD has delivered your enemies the Moabites into your power." So they followed him down and seized the fords of the Jordan leading to Moab, permitting no one to cross.
29. On that occasion they slew about ten thousand Moabites, all of them strong and valiant men. Not a man escaped.
30. Thus was Moab brought under the power of Israel at that time; and the land had rest for eighty years.
31. After him there was Shamgar, son of Anath, who slew six hundred Philistines with an oxgoad. He, too, rescued Israel.

Judges 4:1-24
1. After Ehud's death, however, the Israelites again offended the LORD.
2. So the LORD allowed them to fall into the power of the Canaanite king, Jabin, who reigned in Hazor. The general of his army was Sisera, who dwelt in Harosheth-ha-goiim.
3. But the Israelites cried out to the LORD; for with his nine hundred iron chariots he sorely oppressed the Israelites for twenty years.
4. At this time the prophetess Deborah, wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel.
5. She used to sit under Deborah's palm tree, situated between Ramah and Bethel in the mountain region of Ephraim, and there the Israelites came up to her for judgment.
6. She sent and summoned Barak, son of Abinoam, from Kedesh of Naphtali. "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, commands," she said to him; "go, march on Mount Tabor, and take with you ten thousand Naphtalites and Zebulunites.
7. I will lead Sisera, the general of Jabin's army, out to you at the Wadi Kishon, together with his chariots and troops, and will deliver them into your power."
8. But Barak answered her, "If you come with me, I will go; if you do not come with me, I will not go."
9. "I will certainly go with you," she replied, "but you shall not gain the glory in the expedition on which you are setting out, for the LORD will have Sisera fall into the power of a woman." So Deborah joined Barak and journeyed with him to Kedesh.
10. Barak summoned Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh, and ten thousand men followed him. Deborah also went up with him.
11. Now the Kenite Heber had detached himself from his own people, the descendants of Hobab, Moses' brother-in-law, and had pitched his tent by the tere-binth of Zaanannim, which was near Kedesh.
12. It was reported to Sisera that Barak, son of Abinoam, had gone up to Mount Tabor.
13. So Sisera assembled from Harosheth-ha-goiim at the Wadi Kishon all nine hundred of his iron chariots and all his forces.
14. Deborah then said to Barak, "Be off, for this is the day on which the LORD has delivered Sisera into your power. The LORD marches before you." So Barak went down Mount Tabor, followed by his ten thousand men.
15. And the LORD put Sisera and all his chariots and all his forces to rout before Barak. Sisera himself dismounted from his chariot and fled on foot.
16. Barak, however, pursued the chariots and the army as far as Harosheth-ha-goiim. The entire army of Sisera fell beneath the sword, not even one man surviving.
17. Sisera, in the meantime, had fled on foot to the tent of Jael, wife of the Kenite Heber, since Jabin, king of Hazor, and the family of the Kenite Heber were at peace with one another.
18. Jael went out to meet Sisera and said to him, "Come in, my lord, come in with me; do not be afraid." So he went into her tent, and she covered him with a rug.
19. He said to her, "Please give me a little water to drink. I am thirsty." But she opened a jug of milk for him to drink, and then covered him over.
20. "Stand at the entrance of the tent," he said to her. "If anyone comes and asks, 'Is there someone here?' say, 'No!'"
21. Instead Jael, wife of Heber, got a tent peg and took a mallet in her hand. While Sisera was sound asleep, she stealthily approached him and drove the peg through his temple down into the ground, so that he perished in death.
22. Then when Barak came in pursuit of Sisera, Jael went out to meet him and said to him, "Come, I will show you the man you seek." So he went in with her, and there lay Sisera dead, with the tent peg through his temple.
23. Thus on that day God humbled the Canaanite king, Jabin, before the Israelites;
24. their power weighed ever heavier upon him, till at length they destroyed the Canaanite king, Jabin.

Psalms 48:9-14
9. What we had heard we now see in the city of the LORD of hosts, In the city of our God, founded to last forever. Selah
10. O God, within your temple we ponder your steadfast love.
11. Like your name, O God, your praise reaches the ends of the earth. Your right hand is fully victorious.
12. Mount Zion is glad! The cities of Judah rejoice because of your saving deeds!
13. Go about Zion, walk all around it, note the number of its towers.
14. Consider the ramparts, examine its citadels, that you may tell future generations:

Proverbs 14:18-19
18. The adornment of simpletons is folly, but shrewd men gain the crown of knowledge.
19. Evil men must bow down before the good, and the wicked, at the gates of the just.

Luke 14:25-35
25. Great crowds were traveling with him, and he turned and addressed them,
26. "If any one comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.
27. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.
28. Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion?
29. Otherwise, after laying the foundation and finding himself unable to finish the work the onlookers should laugh at him
30. and say, 'This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.'
31. Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down and decide whether with ten thousand troops he can successfully oppose another king advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops?
32. But if not, while he is still far away, he will send a delegation to ask for peace terms.
33. In the same way, everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.
34. "Salt is good, but if salt itself loses its taste, with what can its flavor be restored?
35. It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear."