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March 21


Deuteronomy 3:1-29
1. "Next we headed for the land of Bashan, where King Og and his army attacked us at Edrei.
2. But the LORD told me, `Do not be afraid of him, for I have given you victory over Og and his army, giving you his entire land. Treat him just as you treated King Sihon of the Amorites, who ruled in Heshbon.'
3. So the LORD our God handed King Og and all his people over to us, and we killed them all.
4. We conquered all sixty of his towns, the entire Argob region in his kingdom of Bashan.
5. These were all fortified cities with high walls and barred gates. We also took many unwalled villages at the same time.
6. We completely destroyed the kingdom of Bashan, just as we had destroyed King Sihon of Heshbon. We destroyed all the people in every town we conquered--men, women, and children alike.
7. But we kept all the livestock for ourselves and took plunder from all the towns.
8. "We now possessed all the land of the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan River--from the Arnon Gorge to Mount Hermon.
9. (Mount Hermon is called Sirion by the Sidonians; the Amorites call it Senir.)
10. We had now conquered all the cities on the plateau, and all Gilead and Bashan as far as the towns of Salecah and Edrei, which were part of Og's kingdom in Bashan.
11. (Incidentally, King Og of Bashan was the last of the giant Rephaites. His iron bed was more than thirteen feet long and six feet wide. It can still be seen in the Ammonite city of Rabbah.)
12. "When we took possession of this land, I gave the territory beyond Aroer along the Arnon Gorge, plus half of the hill country of Gilead with its towns, to the tribes of Reuben and Gad.
13. Then I gave the rest of Gilead and all of Bashan--Og's former kingdom--to the half-tribe of Manasseh. (The Argob region of Bashan used to be known as the land of the Rephaites.
14. Jair, a leader from the tribe of Manasseh, acquired the whole Argob region in Bashan all the way to the borders of the Geshurites and Maacathites. Jair renamed this region after himself, calling it the Towns of Jair, as it is still known today.)
15. I gave Gilead to the clan of Makir.
16. And to the tribes of Reuben and Gad I gave the area extending from Gilead to the middle of the Arnon Gorge, all the way to the Jabbok River on the Ammonite frontier.
17. They also received the Jordan Valley, including the Jordan River and its eastern banks, all the way from the Sea of Galilee down to the Dead Sea, with the slopes of Pisgah on the east.
18. "At that time I gave this command to the tribes that will live east of the Jordan: `Although the LORD your God has given you this land as your property, all your fighting men must cross the Jordan, armed and ready to protect your Israelite relatives.
19. Your wives, children, and numerous livestock, however, may stay behind in the towns I have given you.
20. When the LORD has given security to the rest of the Israelites, as he has to you, and when they occupy the land the LORD your God is giving them across the Jordan River, then you may return here to the land I have given you.'
21. "At that time I said to Joshua, `You have seen all that the LORD your God has done to these two kings. He will do the same to all the kingdoms on the west side of the Jordan.
22. Do not be afraid of the nations there, for the LORD your God will fight for you.'
23. "At that time I pleaded with the LORD and said,
24. `O Sovereign LORD, I am your servant. You have only begun to show me your greatness and power. Is there any god in heaven or on earth who can perform such great deeds as yours?
25. Please let me cross the Jordan to see the wonderful land on the other side, the beautiful hill country and the Lebanon mountains.'
26. "But the LORD was angry with me because of you, and he would not listen to me. `That's enough!' he ordered. `Speak of it no more.
27. You can go to Pisgah Peak and view the land in every direction, but you may not cross the Jordan River.
28. But commission Joshua and encourage him, for he will lead the people across the Jordan. He will give them the land you now see before you.'
29. So we stayed in the valley near Beth-peor.

Deuteronomy 4:1-49
1. "And now, Israel, listen carefully to these laws and regulations that I am about to teach you. Obey them so that you may live, so you may enter and occupy the land the LORD, the God of your ancestors, is giving you.
2. Do not add to or subtract from these commands I am giving you from the LORD your God. Just obey them.
3. You saw what the LORD did to you at Baal-peor, where the LORD your God destroyed everyone who had worshiped the god Baal of Peor.
4. But all of you who were faithful to the LORD your God are still alive today.
5. "You must obey these laws and regulations when you arrive in the land you are about to enter and occupy. The LORD my God gave them to me and commanded me to pass them on to you.
6. If you obey them carefully, you will display your wisdom and intelligence to the surrounding nations. When they hear about these laws, they will exclaim, `What other nation is as wise and prudent as this!'
7. For what great nation has a god as near to them as the LORD our God is near to us whenever we call on him?
8. And what great nation has laws and regulations as fair as this body of laws that I am giving you today?
9. "But watch out! Be very careful never to forget what you have seen the LORD do for you. Do not let these things escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren.
10. Tell them especially about the day when you stood before the LORD your God at Mount Sinai, where he told me, `Summon the people before me, and I will instruct them. That way, they will learn to fear me as long as they live, and they will be able to teach my laws to their children.'
11. You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, while the mountain was burning with fire. Flames shot into the sky, shrouded in black clouds and deep darkness.
12. And the LORD spoke to you from the fire. You heard his words but didn't see his form; there was only a voice.
13. He proclaimed his covenant, which he commanded you to keep--the Ten Commandments--and wrote them on two stone tablets.
14. It was at that time that the LORD commanded me to issue the laws and regulations you must obey in the land you are about to enter and occupy.
15. "But be careful! You did not see the LORD's form on the day he spoke to you from the fire at Mount Sinai.
16. So do not corrupt yourselves by making a physical image in any form--whether of a man or a woman,
17. an animal or a bird,
18. a creeping creature or a fish.
19. And when you look up into the sky and see the sun, moon, and stars--all the forces of heaven--don't be seduced by them and worship them. The LORD your God designated these heavenly bodies for all the peoples of the earth.
20. Remember that the LORD rescued you from the burning furnace of Egypt to become his own people and special possession; that is what you are today.
21. "But the LORD was very angry with me because of you. He vowed that I would never cross the Jordan River into the good land the LORD your God is giving you as your special possession.
22. Though you will cross the Jordan to occupy the land, I will die here on this side of the river.
23. So be careful not to break the covenant the LORD your God has made with you. You will break it if you make idols of any shape or form, for the LORD your God has absolutely forbidden this.
24. The LORD your God is a devouring fire, a jealous God.
25. "In the future, when you have children and grandchildren and have lived in the land a long time, do not corrupt yourselves by making idols of any kind. This is evil in the sight of the LORD your God and will arouse his anger.
26. "Today I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you. If you disobey me, you will quickly disappear from the land you are crossing the Jordan to occupy. You will live there only a short time; then you will be utterly destroyed.
27. For the LORD will scatter you among the nations, where only a few of you will survive.
28. There, in a foreign land, you will worship idols made from wood and stone, gods that neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell.
29. From there you will search again for the LORD your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him.
30. "When those bitter days have come upon you far in the future, you will finally return to the LORD your God and listen to what he tells you.
31. For the LORD your God is merciful--he will not abandon you or destroy you or forget the solemn covenant he made with your ancestors.
32. "Search all of history, from the time God created people on the earth until now. Then search from one end of the heavens to the other. See if anything as great as this has ever happened before.
33. Has any nation ever heard the voice of God speaking from fire--as you did--and survived?
34. Has any other god taken one nation for himself by rescuing it from another by means of trials, miraculous signs, wonders, war, awesome power, and terrifying acts? Yet that is what the LORD your God did for you in Egypt, right before your very eyes.
35. "He showed you these things so you would realize that the LORD is God and that there is no other god.
36. He let you hear his voice from heaven so he could instruct you. He let you see his great fire here on earth so he could speak to you from it.
37. Because he loved your ancestors, he chose to bless their descendants and personally brought you out of Egypt with a great display of power.
38. He drove out nations far greater than you, so he could bring you in and give you their land as a special possession, as it is today.
39. So remember this and keep it firmly in mind: The LORD is God both in heaven and on earth, and there is no other god!
40. If you obey all the laws and commands that I will give you today, all will be well with you and your children. Then you will enjoy a long life in the land the LORD your God is giving you for all time."
41. Then Moses set apart three cities of refuge east of the Jordan River,
42. where anyone who had accidentally killed someone without having any previous hostility could flee for safety.
43. These were the cities: Bezer on the wilderness plateau for the tribe of Reuben; Ramoth in Gilead for the tribe of Gad; Golan in Bashan for the tribe of Manasseh.
44. This is the law that Moses handed down to the Israelites.
45. These are the stipulations, laws, and regulations that Moses gave to the people of Israel when they left Egypt,
46. and as they camped in the valley near Beth-peor east of the Jordan River. (This land was formerly occupied by the Amorites under King Sihon of Heshbon. He and his people had been destroyed by Moses and the Israelites as they came up from Egypt.
47. Israel conquered his land and that of King Og of Bashan--the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan.
48. So Israel conquered all the area from Aroer at the edge of the Arnon Gorge to Mount Sirion, also called Mount Hermon.
49. And they took the eastern bank of the Jordan Valley as far south as the Dead Sea, below the slopes of Pisgah.)

Psalms 36:7-12
7. How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.
8. You feed them from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your rivers of delight.
9. For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see.
10. Pour out your unfailing love on those who love you; give justice to those with honest hearts.
11. Don't let the proud trample me; don't let the wicked push me around.
12. Look! They have fallen! They have been thrown down, never to rise again.

Proverbs 12:7-7
7. The wicked perish and are gone, but the children of the godly stand firm.

Luke 1:1-20
1. Most honorable Theophilus: Many people have written accounts about the events that took place among us.
2. They used as their source material the reports circulating among us from the early disciples and other eyewitnesses of what God has done in fulfillment of his promises.
3. Having carefully investigated all of these accounts from the beginning, I have decided to write a careful summary for you,
4. to reassure you of the truth of all you were taught.
5. It all begins with a Jewish priest, Zechariah, who lived when Herod was king of Judea. Zechariah was a member of the priestly order of Abijah. His wife, Elizabeth, was also from the priestly line of Aaron.
6. Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous in God's eyes, careful to obey all of the Lord's commandments and regulations.
7. They had no children because Elizabeth was barren, and now they were both very old.
8. One day Zechariah was serving God in the Temple, for his order was on duty that week.
9. As was the custom of the priests, he was chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary and burn incense in the Lord's presence.
10. While the incense was being burned, a great crowd stood outside, praying.
11. Zechariah was in the sanctuary when an angel of the Lord appeared, standing to the right of the incense altar.
12. Zechariah was overwhelmed with fear.
13. But the angel said, "Don't be afraid, Zechariah! For God has heard your prayer, and your wife, Elizabeth, will bear you a son! And you are to name him John.
14. You will have great joy and gladness, and many will rejoice with you at his birth,
15. for he will be great in the eyes of the Lord. He must never touch wine or hard liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth.
16. And he will persuade many Israelites to turn to the Lord their God.
17. He will be a man with the spirit and power of Elijah, the prophet of old. He will precede the coming of the Lord, preparing the people for his arrival. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and he will change disobedient minds to accept godly wisdom."
18. Zechariah said to the angel, "How can I know this will happen? I'm an old man now, and my wife is also well along in years."
19. Then the angel said, "I am Gabriel! I stand in the very presence of God. It was he who sent me to bring you this good news!
20. And now, since you didn't believe what I said, you won't be able to speak until the child is born. For my words will certainly come true at the proper time."