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March 20


Deuteronomy 1:1-27
1. This book records the words that Moses spoke to all the people of Israel while they were in the wilderness east of the Jordan River. They were camped in the Jordan Valley near Suph, between Paran on one side and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Di-zahab on the other.
2. Normally it takes only eleven days to travel from Mount Sinai to Kadesh-barnea, going by way of Mount Seir.
3. But forty years after the Israelites left Mount Sinai, on a day in midwinter, Moses gave these speeches to the Israelites, telling them everything the LORD had commanded him to say.
4. This was after he had defeated King Sihon of the Amorites, who had ruled in Heshbon, and King Og of Bashan, who had ruled in Ashtaroth and Edrei.
5. So Moses addressed the people of Israel while they were in the land of Moab east of the Jordan River. He began to explain the law as follows:
6. "When we were at Mount Sinai, the LORD our God said to us, `You have stayed at this mountain long enough.
7. It is time to break camp and move on. Go to the hill country of the Amorites and to all the neighboring regions--the Jordan Valley, the hill country, the western foothills, the Negev, and the coastal plain. Go to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, and all the way to the great Euphrates River.
8. I am giving all this land to you! Go in and occupy it, for it is the land the LORD swore to give to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to all their descendants.'
9. "At that time I told you, `You are too great a burden for me to carry all by myself.
10. The LORD your God has made you as numerous as the stars!
11. And may the LORD, the God of your ancestors, multiply you a thousand times more and bless you as he promised!
12. But how can I settle all your quarrels and problems by myself?
13. Choose some men from each tribe who have wisdom, understanding, and a good reputation, and I will appoint them as your leaders.'
14. "You agreed that my plan was a good one.
15. So I took the wise and respected men you had selected from your tribes and appointed them to serve as judges and officials over you. Some were responsible for a thousand people, some for a hundred, some for fifty, and some for ten.
16. I instructed the judges, `You must be perfectly fair at all times, not only to fellow Israelites, but also to the foreigners living among you.
17. When you make decisions, never favor those who are rich; be fair to lowly and great alike. Don't be afraid of how they will react, for you are judging in the place of God. Bring me any cases that are too difficult for you, and I will handle them.'
18. And at that time I gave you instructions about everything you were to do.
19. "Then, just as the LORD our God directed us, we left Mount Sinai and traveled through the great and terrifying wilderness, which you yourselves saw, and headed toward the hill country of the Amorites. When we arrived at Kadesh-barnea,
20. I said to you, `You have now reached the land that the LORD our God is giving us.
21. Look! He has placed it in front of you. Go and occupy it as the LORD, the God of your ancestors, has promised you. Don't be afraid! Don't be discouraged!'
22. "But you responded, `First, let's send out scouts to explore the land for us. They will advise us on the best route to take and decide which towns we should capture.'
23. This seemed like a good idea to me, so I chose twelve scouts, one from each of your tribes.
24. They crossed into the hills and came to the valley of Eshcol and explored it.
25. They picked some of its fruit and brought it back to us. And they reported that the land the LORD our God had given us was indeed a good land.
26. "But you rebelled against the command of the LORD your God and refused to go in.
27. You murmured and complained in your tents and said, `The LORD must hate us, bringing us here from Egypt to be slaughtered by these Amorites.

Deuteronomy 2:1-37
1. "Then we turned around and set out across the wilderness toward the Red Sea, just as the LORD had instructed me, and we wandered around Mount Seir for a long time.
2. Then at last the LORD said to me,
3. `You have been wandering around in this hill country long enough; turn northward.
4. Give these orders to the people: "You will be passing through the country belonging to your relatives the Edomites, the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir. The Edomites will feel threatened, so be careful.
5. Don't bother them, for I have given them all the hill country around Mount Seir as their property, and I will not give you any of their land.
6. Pay them for whatever food or water you use.
7. The LORD your God has blessed everything you have done and has watched your every step through this great wilderness. During these forty years, the LORD your God has been with you and provided for your every need so that you lacked nothing."'
8. So we went past our relatives, the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir, and avoided the road through the Arabah Valley that comes up from Elath and Ezion-geber. "Then as we traveled northward along the desert route through Moab,
9. the LORD warned us, `Do not bother the Moabites, the descendants of Lot, or start a war with them. I have given them Ar as their property, and I will not give you any of their land.'"
10. (A numerous and powerful race of giants called the Emites had once lived in the area of Ar. They were as tall as the Anakites, another race of giants.
11. Both the Emites and the Anakites are often referred to as the Rephaites, but the Moabites called them Emites.
12. In earlier times the Horites had lived at Mount Seir, but they were driven out and displaced by the descendants of Esau. In a similar way the peoples in Canaan were driven from the land that the LORD had assigned to Israel.)
13. Moses continued, "Then the LORD told us to cross Zered Brook, and we did.
14. So thirty-eight years passed from the time we first arrived at Kadesh-barnea until we finally crossed Zered Brook! For the LORD had vowed that this could not happen until all the men old enough to fight in battle had died in the wilderness.
15. The LORD had lifted his hand against them until all of them had finally died.
16. "When all the men of fighting age had died,
17. the LORD said to me,
18. `Today you will cross the border of Moab at Ar
19. and enter the land of Ammon. But do not bother the Ammonites, the descendants of Lot, or start a war with them. I have given the land of Ammon to them as their property, and I will not give you any of their land.'"
20. (That area, too, was once considered the land of the Rephaites, though the Ammonites referred to them as Zamzummites.
21. They were a numerous and powerful race, as tall as the Anakites. But the LORD destroyed them so the Ammonites could occupy their land.
22. He had similarly helped the descendants of Esau at Mount Seir, for he destroyed the Horites so they could settle there in their place. The descendants of Esau live there to this day.
23. A similar thing happened when the Caphtorites from Crete invaded and destroyed the Avvites, who had lived in villages in the area of Gaza.)
24. Moses continued, "Then the LORD said, `Now cross the Arnon Gorge! Look, I will help you defeat Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and I will give you his land. Attack him and begin to occupy the land.
25. Beginning today I will make all people throughout the earth terrified of you. When they hear reports about you, they will tremble with dread and fear.'
26. "Then from the wilderness of Kedemoth I sent ambassadors to King Sihon of Heshbon with this proposal of peace:
27. `Let us pass through your land. We will stay on the main road and won't turn off into the fields on either side.
28. We will pay for every bite of food we eat and all the water we drink. All we want is permission to pass through your land.
29. The descendants of Esau at Mount Seir allowed us to go through their country, and so did the Moabites, who live in Ar. Let us pass through until we cross the Jordan into the land the LORD our God has given us.'
30. But King Sihon refused to allow you to pass through, because the LORD your God made Sihon stubborn and defiant so he could help you defeat them, as he has now done.
31. "Then the LORD said to me, `Look, I have begun to hand King Sihon and his land over to you. Begin now to conquer and occupy his land.'
32. Then King Sihon declared war on us and mobilized his forces at Jahaz.
33. But the LORD our God handed him over to us, and we crushed him, his sons, and all his people.
34. We conquered all his towns and completely destroyed everyone--men, women, and children. Not a single person was spared.
35. We took all the livestock as plunder for ourselves, along with anything of value from the towns we ransacked.
36. "The LORD our God helped us conquer Aroer on the edge of the Arnon Gorge, the town in the gorge, and the whole area as far as Gilead. No town had walls too strong for us.
37. However, we stayed away from the Ammonites along the Jabbok River and the towns in the hill country--all the places the LORD our God had commanded us to leave alone.

Psalms 36:1-6
1. Sin whispers to the wicked, deep within their hearts. They have no fear of God to restrain them.
2. In their blind conceit, they cannot see how wicked they really are.
3. Everything they say is crooked and deceitful. They refuse to act wisely or do what is good.
4. They lie awake at night, hatching sinful plots. Their course of action is never good. They make no attempt to turn from evil.
5. Your unfailing love, O LORD, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.
6. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the ocean depths. You care for people and animals alike, O LORD.

Proverbs 12:4-6
4. A worthy wife is her husband's joy and crown; a shameful wife saps his strength.
5. The plans of the godly are just; the advice of the wicked is treacherous.
6. The words of the wicked are like a murderous ambush, but the words of the godly save lives.

Mark 16:1-20
1. The next evening, when the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene and Salome and Mary the mother of James went out and purchased burial spices to put on Jesus' body.
2. Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they came to the tomb.
3. On the way they were discussing who would roll the stone away from the entrance to the tomb.
4. But when they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone--a very large one--had already been rolled aside.
5. So they entered the tomb, and there on the right sat a young man clothed in a white robe. The women were startled,
6. but the angel said, "Do not be so surprised. You are looking for Jesus, the Nazarene, who was crucified. He isn't here! He has been raised from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body.
7. Now go and give this message to his disciples, including Peter: Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died!"
8. The women fled from the tomb, trembling and bewildered, saying nothing to anyone because they were too frightened to talk. Then they reported all these instructions briefly to Peter and his companions. Afterward Jesus himself sent them out from east to west with the sacred and unfailing message of salvation that gives eternal life. Amen.
9. It was early on Sunday morning when Jesus rose from the dead, and the first person who saw him was Mary Magdalene, the woman from whom he had cast out seven demons.
10. She went and found the disciples, who were grieving and weeping.
11. But when she told them that Jesus was alive and she had seen him, they didn't believe her.
12. Afterward he appeared to two who were walking from Jerusalem into the country, but they didn't recognize him at first because he had changed his appearance.
13. When they realized who he was, they rushed back to tell the others, but no one believed them.
14. Still later he appeared to the eleven disciples as they were eating together. He rebuked them for their unbelief--their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.
15. And then he told them, "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere.
16. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.
17. These signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak new languages.
18. They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won't hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick and heal them."
19. When the Lord Jesus had finished talking with them, he was taken up into heaven and sat down in the place of honor at God's right hand.
20. And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked with them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs.