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April 4


Deuteronomy 31:1-30
1. When Moses had finished speaking these words to all Israel,
2. he said to them, "I am now one hundred and twenty years old and am no longer able to move about freely; besides, the LORD has told me that I shall not cross this Jordan.
3. It is the LORD, your God, who will cross before you; he will destroy these nations before you, that you may supplant them. (It is Joshua who will cross before you, as the LORD promised.)
4. The LORD will deal with them just as he dealt with Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites whom he destroyed, and with their country.
5. When, therefore, the LORD delivers them up to you, you must deal with them exactly as I have ordered you.
6. Be brave and steadfast; have no fear or dread of them, for it is the LORD, your God, who marches with you; he will never fail you or forsake you."
7. Then Moses summoned Joshua and in the presence of all Israel said to him, "Be brave and steadfast, for you must being this people into the land which the LORD swore to their fathers he would give them; you must put them in possession of their heritage.
8. It is the LORD who marches before you; he will be with you and will never fail you or forsake you. So do not fear or be dismayed."
9. When Moses had written down this law, he entrusted it to the levitical priests who carry the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and to all the elders of Israel,
10. giving them this order: "On the feast of Booths, at the prescribed time in the year of relaxation which comes at the end of every seven-year period,
11. when all Israel goes to appear before the LORD, your God, in the place which he chooses, you shall read this law aloud in the presence of all Israel.
12. Assemble the people-- men, women and children, as well as the aliens who live in your communities-- that they may hear it and learn it, and so fear the LORD, your God, and carefully observe all the words of this law.
13. Their children also, who do not know it yet, must hear it and learn it, that they too may fear the LORD, your God, as long as you live on the land which you will cross the Jordan to occupy."
14. The LORD said to Moses, "The time is now approaching for you to die. Summon Joshua, and present yourselves at the meeting tent that I may give him his commission." So Moses and Joshua went and presented themselves at the meeting tent.
15. And the LORD appeared at the tent in a column of cloud, which stood still at the entrance of the tent.
16. The LORD said to Moses, "Soon you will be at rest with your fathers, and then this people will take to rendering wanton worship to the strange gods among whom they will live in the land they are about to enter. They will forsake me and break the covenant which I have made with them.
17. At that time my anger will flare up against them; I will forsake them and hide my face from them, so that they will become a prey to be devoured, and many evils and troubles will befall them. At that time they will indeed say, 'Is it not because our God is not among us that these evils have befallen us?'
18. Yet I will be hiding my face from them at that time only because of all the evil they have done in turning to other gods.
19. Write out this song, then, for yourselves. Teach it to the Israelites and have them recite it, so that this song may be a witness for me against the Israelites.
20. For when I have brought them into the land flowing with milk and honey which I promised on oath to their fathers, and they have eaten their fill and grown fat, if they turn to other gods and serve them, despising me and breaking my covenant;
21. then, when many evils and troubles befall them, this song, which their descendants will not have forgotten to recite, will bear witness against them. For I know what they are inclined to do even at the present time, before I have brought them into the land which I promised on oath to their fathers."
22. So Moses wrote this song that same day, and he taught it to the Israelites.
23. Then the LORD commissioned Joshua, son of Nun, and said to him, "Be brave and steadfast, for it is you who must bring the Israelites into the land which I promised them on oath. I myself will be with you."
24. When Moses had finished writing out on a scroll the words of the law in their entirety,
25. he gave the Levites who carry the ark of the covenant of the LORD this order:
26. "Take this scroll of the law and put it beside the ark of the covenant of the LORD, your God, that there it may be a witness against you.
27. For I already know how rebellious and stiff-necked you will be. Why, even now, while I am alive among you, you have been rebels against the LORD! How much more, then, after I am dead!
28. Therefore, assemble all your tribal elders and your officials before me, that I may speak these words for them to hear, and so may call heaven and earth to witness against them.
29. For I know that after my death you are sure to become corrupt and to turn aside from the way along which I directed you, so that evil will befall you in some future age because you have done evil in the LORD'S sight, and provoked him by your deeds."
30. Then Moses recited the words of this song from beginning to end, for the whole assembly of Israel to hear:

Deuteronomy 32:1-52
1. Give ear, O heavens, while I speak; let the earth hearken to the words of my mouth!
2. May my instruction soak in like the rain, and my discourse permeate like the dew, Like a downpour upon the grass, like a shower upon the crops.
3. For I will sing the LORD'S renown. Oh, proclaim the greatness of our God!
4. The Rock-- how faultless are his deeds, how right all his ways! A faithful God, without deceit, how just and upright he is!
5. Yet basely has he been treated by his degenerate children, a perverse and crooked race!
6. Is the LORD to be thus repaid by you, O stupid and foolish people? Is he not your father who created you? Has he not made you and established you?
7. Think back on the days of old, reflect on the years of age upon age. Ask your father and he will inform you, ask your elders and they will tell you:
8. When the Most High assigned the nations their heritage, when he parceled out the descendants of Adam, He set up the boundaries of the peoples after the number of the sons of God;
9. While the LORD'S own portion was Jacob, His hereditary share was Israel.
10. He found them in a wilderness, a wasteland of howling desert. He shielded them and cared for them, guarding them as the apple of his eye.
11. As an eagle incites its nestlings forth by hovering over its brood, So he spread his wings to receive them and bore them up on his pinions.
12. The LORD alone was their leader, no strange god was with him.
13. He had them ride triumphant over the summits of the land and live off the products of its fields, Giving them honey to suck from its rocks and olive oil from its hard, stony ground;
14. Butter from its cows and milk from its sheep, with the fat of its lambs and rams; Its Bashan bulls and its goats, with the cream of its finest wheat; and the foaming blood of its grapes you drank.
15. (So Jacob ate his fill,) the darling grew fat and frisky; you became fat and gross and gorged. They spurned the God who made them and scorned their saving Rock.
16. They provoked him with strange gods and angered him with abominable idols.
17. They offered sacrifice to demons, to "no-gods," to gods whom they had not known before, To newcomers just arrived, of whom their fathers had never stood in awe.
18. You were unmindful of the Rock that begot you, You forgot the God who gave you birth.
19. When the LORD saw this, he was filled with loathing and anger toward his sons and daughters.
20. 'I will hide my face from them," he said, "and see what will then become of them. What a fickle race they are, sons with no loyalty in them!
21. "Since they have provoked me with their 'no-god' and angered me with their vain idols, I will provoke them with a 'no-people'; with a foolish nation I will anger them.
22. "For by my wrath a fire is enkindled that shall rage to the depths of the nether world, Consuming the earth with its yield, and licking with flames the roots of the mountains.
23. I will spend on them woe upon woe and exhaust all my arrows against them:
24. "Emaciating hunger and consuming fever and bitter pestilence, And the teeth of wild beasts I will send among them, with the venom of reptiles gliding in the dust.
25. "Snatched away by the sword in the street and by sheer terror at home Shall be the youth and the maiden alike, the nursing babe as well as the hoary old man.
26. "I would have said, 'I will make an end of them and blot out their name from men's memories,'
27. Had I not feared the insolence of their enemies, feared that these foes would mistakenly boast, 'Our own hand won the victory; the LORD had nothing to do with it.'"
28. For they are a people devoid of reason, having no understanding.
29. If they had insight they would realize what happened, they would understand their future and say,
30. "How could one man rout a thousand, or two men put ten thousand to flight, Unless it was because their Rock sold them and the LORD delivered them up?"
31. Indeed, their "rock" is not like our Rock, and our foes are under condemnation.
32. They are a branch of Sodom's vinestock, from the vineyards of Gomorrah. Poisonous are their grapes and bitter their clusters.
33. Their wine is the venom of dragons and the cruel poison of cobras.
34. "Is not this preserved in my treasury, sealed up in my storehouse,
35. Against the day of vengeance and requital, against the time they lose their footing?" Close at hand is the day of their disaster and their doom is rushing upon them!
36. Surely, the LORD shall do justice for his people; on his servants he shall have pity. When he sees their strength failing, and their protected and unprotected alike disappearing,
37. He will say, "Where are their gods whom they relied on as their 'rock'?
38. Let those who ate the fat of your sacrifices and drank the wine of your libations Rise up now and help you! Let them be your protection!
39. "Learn then that I, I alone, am God, and there is no god besides me. It is I who bring both death and life, I who inflict wounds and heal them, and from my hand there is no rescue.
40. "To the heavens I raise my hand and swear: As surely as I live forever,
41. I will sharpen my flashing sword, and my hand shall lay hold of my quiver. "With vengeance I will repay my foes and requite those who hate me.
42. I will make my arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall gorge itself with flesh-- With the blood of the slain and the captured, Flesh from the heads of the enemy leaders."
43. Exult with him, you heavens, glorify him, all you angels of God; For he avenges the blood of his servants and purges his people's land.
44. So Moses, together with Joshua, son of Nun, went and recited all the words of this song for the people to hear.
45. When Moses had finished speaking all these words to all Israel,
46. he said, "Take to heart all the warning which I have now given you and which you must impress on your children, that you may carry out carefully every word of this law.
47. For this is no trivial matter for you; rather, it means your very life, since it is by this means that you are to enjoy a long life on the land which you will cross the Jordan to occupy."
48. On that very day the LORD said to Moses,
49. "Go up on Mount Nebo, here in the Abarim Mountains (it is in the land of Moab facing Jericho), and view the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites as their possession.
50. Then you shall die on the mountain you have climbed, and shall be taken to your people, just as your brother Aaron died on Mount Hor and there was taken to his people;
51. because both of you broke faith with me among the Israelites at the waters of Meribath-kadesh in the desert of Zin by failing to manifest my sanctity among the Israelites.
52. You may indeed view the land at a distance, but you shall not enter that land which I am giving to the Israelites."

Psalms 40:6-12
6. How numerous, O LORD, my God, you have made your wondrous deeds! And in your plans for us there is none to equal you. Should I wish to declare or tell them, too many are they to recount.
7. sacrifice and offering you do not want; but ears open to obedience you gave me. Holocausts and sin-offerings you do not require;
8. so I said, "Here I am; your commands for me are written in the scroll.
9. To do your will is my delight; my God, your law is in my heart!"
10. I announced your deed to a great assembly; I did not restrain my lips; you, LORD, are my witness.
11. Your deed I did not hide within my heart; your loyal deliverance I have proclaimed. I made no secret of your enduring kindness to a great assembly.
12. LORD, do not withhold your compassion from me; may your enduring kindness ever preserve me.

Proverbs 13:11-12
11. Wealth quickly gotten dwindles away, but amassed little by little, it grows.
12. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a wish fulfilled is a tree of life.

Luke 7:31-50
31. "Then to what shall I compare the people of this generation? What are they like?
32. They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another, 'We played the flute for you, but you did not dance. We sang a dirge, but you did not weep.'
33. For John the Baptist came neither eating food nor drinking wine, and you said, 'He is possessed by a demon.'
34. The Son of Man came eating and drinking and you said, 'Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.'
35. But wisdom is vindicated by all her children."
36. A Pharisee invited him to dine with him, and he entered the Pharisee's house and reclined at table.
37. Now there was a sinful woman in the city who learned that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee. Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment,
38. she stood behind him at his feet weeping and began to bathe his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment.
39. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner."
40. Jesus said to him in reply, "Simon, I have something to say to you." "Tell me, teacher," he said.
41. "Two people were in debt to a certain creditor; one owed five hundred days' wages and the other owed fifty.
42. Since they were unable to repay the debt, he forgave it for both. Which of them will love him more?"
43. Simon said in reply, "The one, I suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven." He said to him, "You have judged rightly."
44. Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? When I entered your house, you did not give me water for my feet, but she has bathed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair.
45. You did not give me a kiss, but she has not ceased kissing my feet since the time I entered.
46. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she anointed my feet with ointment.
47. So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little."
48. He said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."
49. The others at table said to themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?"
50. But he said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."