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April 23


Judges 11:1-40
1. There was a chieftain, the Gileadite Jephthah, born to Gilead of a harlot.
2. Gilead's wife had also borne him sons, and on growing up the sons of the wife had driven Jephthah away, saying to him, "You shall inherit nothing in our family, for you are the son of another woman."
3. So Jephthah had fled from his brothers and had taken up residence in the land of Tob. A rabble had joined company with him, and went out with him on raids.
4. Some time later, the Ammonites warred on Israel.
5. When this occurred the elders of Gilead went to bring Jephthah from the land of Tob.
6. "Come," they said to Jephthah, "be our commander that we may be able to fight the Ammonites."
7. "Are you not the ones who hated me and drove me from my father's house?" Jephthah replied to the elders of Gilead. "Why do you come to me now, when you are in distress?"
8. The elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, "In any case, we have now come back to you; if you go with us to fight against the Ammonites, you shall be the leader of all of us who dwell in Gilead."
9. Jephthah answered the elders of Gilead, "If you bring me back to fight against the Ammonites and the LORD delivers them up to me, I shall be your leader."
10. The elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, "The LORD is witness between us that we will do as you say."
11. So Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him their leader and commander. In Mizpah, Jephthah settled all his affairs before the LORD.
12. Then he sent messengers to the king of the Ammonites to say, "What have you against me that you come to fight with me in my land?"
13. He answered the messengers of Jephthah, "Israel took away my land from the Arnon to the Jabbok and the Jordan when they came up from Egypt. Now restore the same peaceably."
14. Again Jephthah sent messengers to the king of the Ammonites,
15. saying to him, "This is what Jephthah says: Israel did not take the land of Moab or the land of the Ammonites.
16. For when they came up from Egypt, Israel went through the desert to the Red Sea and came to Kadesh.
17. Israel then sent messengers to the king of Edom saying, 'Let me pass through your land.' But the king of Edom did not give consent. They also sent to the king of Moab, but he too was unwilling. So Israel remained in Kadesh.
18. Then they went through the desert, and bypassing the land of Edom and the land of Moab, went east of the land of Moab and encamped across the Arnon. Thus they did not go through the territory of Moab, for the Arnon is the boundary of Moab.
19. Then Israel sent messengers to Sihon, king of the Amorites, king of Heshbon. Israel said to him, 'Let me pass through your land to my own place.'
20. But Sihon refused to let Israel pass through his territory. On the contrary, he gathered all his soldiers, who encamped at Jahaz and fought Israel.
21. But the LORD, the God of Israel, delivered Sihon and all his men into the power of Israel, who defeated them and occupied all the land of the Amorites dwelling in that region,
22. the whole territory from the Arnon to the Jabbok, from the desert to the Jordan.
23. If now the LORD, the God of Israel, has cleared the Amorites out of the way of his people, are you to dislodge Israel?
24. Should you not possess that which your god Chemosh gave you to possess, and should we not possess all that the LORD, our God, has cleared out for us?
25. Again, are you any better than Balak, son of Zippor, king of Moab? Did he ever quarrel with Israel, or did he war against them
26. when Israel occupied Heshbon and its villages, Aroer and its villages, and all the cities on the banks of the Arnon? Three hundred years have passed; why did you not recover them during that time?
27. I have not sinned against you, but you wrong me by warring against me. Let the LORD, who is judge, decide this day between the Israelites and the Ammonites!"
28. But the king of the Ammonites paid no heed to the message Jephthah sent him.
29. The spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah. He passed through Gilead and Manasseh, and through Mizpah-Gilead as well, and from there he went on to the Ammonites.
30. Jephthah made a vow to the LORD. "If you deliver the Ammonites into my power," he said,
31. "whoever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites shall belong to the LORD. I shall offer him up as a holocaust."
32. Jephthah then went on to the Ammonites to fight against them, and the LORD delivered them into his power,
33. so that he inflicted a severe defeat on them, from Aroer to the approach of Minnith (twenty cities in all) and as far as Abel-keramin. Thus were the Ammonites brought into subjection by the Israelites.
34. When Jephthah returned to his house in Mizpah, it was his daughter who came forth, playing the tambourines and dancing. She was an only child: he had neither son nor daughter besides her.
35. When he saw her, he rent his garments and said, "Alas, daughter, you have struck me down and brought calamity upon me. For I have made a vow to the LORD and I cannot retract."
36. "Father," she replied, "you have made a vow to the LORD. Do with me as you have vowed, because the LORD has wrought vengeance for you on your enemies the Ammonites."
37. Then she said to her father, "Let me have this favor. Spare me for two months, that I may go off down the mountains to mourn my virginity with my companions."
38. "Go," he replied, and sent her away for two months. So she departed with her companions and mourned her virginity on the mountains.
39. At the end of the two months she returned to her father, who did to her as he had vowed. She had not been intimate with man. It then became a custom in Israel
40. for Israelite women to go yearly to mourn the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite for four days of the year.

Judges 12:1-15
1. The men of Ephraim gathered together and crossed over to Zaphon. They said to Jephthah, "Why do you go on to fight with the Ammonites without calling us to go with you? We will burn your house over you."
2. Jephthah answered them, "My soldiers and I were engaged in a critical contest with the Ammonites. I summoned you, but you did not rescue me from their power.
3. When I saw that you would not effect a rescue, I took my life in my own hand and went on to the Ammonites, and the LORD delivered them into my power. Why, then, do you come up against me this day to fight with me?"
4. Then Jephthah called together all the men of Gilead and fought against Ephraim, whom they defeated; for the Ephraimites had said, "You of Gilead are Ephraimite fugitives in territory belonging to Ephraim and Manasseh."
5. The Gileadites took the fords of the Jordan toward Ephraim. When any of the fleeing Ephraimites said, "Let me pass," the men of Gilead would say to him, "Are you an Ephraimite?" If he answered, "No!"
6. they would ask him to say "Shibboleth." If he said "Sibboleth," not being able to give the proper pronunciation, they would seize him and kill him at the fords of the Jordan. Thus forty-two thousand Ephraimites fell at that time.
7. After having judged Israel for six years, Jephthah the Gileadite died and was buried in his city in Gilead.
8. After him Ibzan of Bethlehem judged Israel.
9. He had thirty sons. He also had thirty daughters married outside the family, and he brought in as wives for his sons thirty young women from outside the family. After having judged Israel for seven years,
10. Ibzan died and was buried in Bethlehem.
11. After him the Zebulunite Elon judged Israel. When he had judged Israel for ten years,
12. the Zebulunite Elon died and was buried in Elon in the land of Zebulun.
13. After him the Pirathonite Abdon, son of Hillel, judged Israel.
14. He had forty sons and thirty grandsons who rode on seventy saddle-asses. After having judged Israel for eight years,
15. the Pirathonite Abdon, son of Hillel, died and was buried in Pirathon in the land of Ephraim on the mountain of the Amalekites.

Psalms 50:7-17
7. "Listen, my people, I will speak; Israel, I will testify against you; God, your God, am I.
8. Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you, nor for your holocausts, set before me daily.
9. I need no bullock from your house, no goats from your fold.
10. For every animal of the forest is mine, beasts by the thousands on my mountains.
11. I know every bird of the heavens; the creatures of the field belong to me.
12. Were I hungry, I would not tell you, for mine is the world and all that fills it.
13. Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats?
14. Offer praise as your sacrifice to God; fulfill your vows to the Most High.
15. Then call on me in time of distress; I will rescue you, and you shall honor me."
16. But to the wicked God says: "Why do you recite my commandments and profess my covenant with your lips?
17. You hate discipline; you cast my words behind you!

Proverbs 14:28-28
28. In many subjects lies the glory of the king; but if his people are few, it is the prince's ruin.

Luke 17:1-19
1. He said to his disciples, "Things that cause sin will inevitably occur, but woe to the person through whom they occur.
2. It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck and he be thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.
3. Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.
4. And if he wrongs you seven times in one day and returns to you seven times saying, 'I am sorry,' you should forgive him."
5. And the apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith."
6. The Lord replied, "If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to (this) mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.
7. "Who among you would say to your servant who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, 'Come here immediately and take your place at table'?
8. Would he not rather say to him, 'Prepare something for me to eat. Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink. You may eat and drink when I am finished'?
9. Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded?
10. So should it be with you. When you have done all you have been commanded, say, 'We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.'"
11. As he continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.
12. As he was entering a village, ten lepers met (him). They stood at a distance from him
13. and raised their voice, saying, "Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!"
14. And when he saw them, he said, "Go show yourselves to the priests." As they were going they were cleansed.
15. And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;
16. and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan.
17. Jesus said in reply, "Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine?
18. Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?"
19. Then he said to him, "Stand up and go; your faith has saved you."