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April 15


Joshua 19:1-51
1. The second allotment of land went to the families of the tribe of Simeon. Their inheritance was surrounded by Judah's territory.
2. Simeon's inheritance included Beersheba, Sheba, Moladah,
3. Hazar-shual, Balah, Ezem,
4. Eltolad, Bethul, Hormah,
5. Ziklag, Beth-marcaboth, Hazar-susah,
6. Beth-lebaoth, and Sharuhen--thirteen towns with their villages.
7. It also included Ain, Rimmon, Ether, and Ashan--four towns with their villages,
8. including all the villages as far south as Baalath-beer (also known as Ramah of the Negev). This was the inheritance of the families of the tribe of Simeon.
9. Their inheritance came from part of what had been given to Judah because Judah's territory was too large for them. So the tribe of Simeon received an inheritance within the territory of Judah.
10. The third allotment of land went to the families of the tribe of Zebulun. The boundary of Zebulun's inheritance started at Sarid.
11. From there it went west, going past Maralah, touching Dabbesheth, and proceeding to the brook east of Jokneam.
12. In the other direction, the boundary line went east from Sarid to the border of Kisloth-tabor, and from there to Daberath and up to Japhia.
13. Then it continued east to Gath-hepher, Eth-kazin, and Rimmon and turned toward Neah.
14. The northern boundary of Zebulun passed Hannathon and ended at the valley of Iphtah-el.
15. The towns in these areas included Kattath, Nahalal, Shimron, Idalah, and Bethlehem--twelve towns with their surrounding villages.
16. This was the inheritance of the families of the tribe of Zebulun.
17. The fourth allotment of land went to the families of the tribe of Issachar.
18. Its boundaries included the following towns: Jezreel, Kesulloth, Shunem,
19. Hapharaim, Shion, Anaharath,
20. Rabbith, Kishion, Ebez,
21. Remeth, En-gannim, En-haddah, and Beth-pazzez.
22. The boundary also touched Tabor, Shahazumah, and Beth-shemesh, ending at the Jordan River--sixteen towns with their surrounding villages.
23. This was the inheritance of the families of the tribe of Issachar.
24. The fifth allotment of land went to the families of the tribe of Asher.
25. Its boundaries included these towns: Helkath, Hali, Beten, Acshaph,
26. Allammelech, Amad, and Mishal. The boundary on the west went from Carmel to Shihor-libnath,
27. turned east toward Beth-dagon, and ran as far as Zebulun in the valley of Iphtah-el, running north to Beth-emek and Neiel. It then continued north to Cabul,
28. Abdon, Rehob, Hammon, Kanah, and as far as Greater Sidon.
29. Then the boundary turned toward Ramah and the fortified city of Tyre and came to the Mediterranean Sea at Hosah. The territory also included Mehebel, Aczib,
30. Ummah, Aphek, and Rehob--twenty-two towns with their surrounding villages.
31. This was the inheritance of the families of the tribe of Asher.
32. The sixth allotment of land went to the families of the tribe of Naphtali.
33. Its boundary ran from Heleph, from the oak at Zaanannim, and extended across to Adami-nekeb, Jabneel, and as far as Lakkum, ending at the Jordan River.
34. The western boundary ran past Aznoth-tabor, then to Hukkok, and touched the boundary of Zebulun in the south, the boundary of Asher on the west, and the Jordan River on the east.
35. The fortified cities included in this territory were Ziddim, Zer, Hammath, Rakkath, Kinnereth,
36. Adamah, Ramah, Hazor,
37. Kedesh, Edrei, En-hazor,
38. Yiron, Migdal-el, Horem, Beth-anath, and Beth-shemesh--nineteen cities with their surrounding villages.
39. This was the inheritance of the families of the tribe of Naphtali.
40. The seventh and last allotment of land went to the families of the tribe of Dan.
41. The towns within Dan's inheritance included Zorah, Eshtaol, Ir-shemesh,
42. Shaalabbin, Aijalon, Ithlah,
43. Elon, Timnah, Ekron,
44. Eltekeh, Gibbethon, Baalath,
45. Jehud, Bene-berak, Gath-rimmon,
46. and Me-jarkon, also Rakkon along with the territory across from Joppa.
47. But the tribe of Dan had trouble taking possession of their land, so they fought against the town of Laish. They captured it, slaughtered its people, and settled there. They renamed the city Dan after their ancestor.
48. This was the inheritance of the families of the tribe of Dan--these towns with their villages.
49. After all the land was divided among the tribes, the Israelites gave a special piece of land to Joshua as his inheritance.
50. For the LORD had said he could have any town he wanted. He chose Timnath-serah in the hill country of Ephraim. He rebuilt the town and lived there.
51. These are the territories that Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the tribal leaders gave as an inheritance to the tribes of Israel by casting sacred lots in the presence of the LORD at the entrance of the Tabernacle at Shiloh. So the division of the land was completed.

Joshua 20:1-9
1. The LORD said to Joshua,
2. "Now tell the Israelites to designate the cities of refuge, as I instructed Moses.
3. Anyone who kills another person unintentionally can run to one of these cities and be protected from the relatives of the one who was killed, for the relatives may seek to avenge the killing.
4. "Upon reaching one of these cities, the one who caused the accidental death will appear before the leaders at the city gate and explain what happened. They must allow the accused to enter the city and live there among them.
5. If the relatives of the victim come to avenge the killing, the leaders must not release the accused to them, for the death was accidental.
6. But the person who caused the death must stay in that city and be tried by the community and found innocent. Then the one declared innocent because the death was accidental must continue to live in that city until the death of the high priest who was in office at the time of the accident. After that, the one found innocent is free to return home."
7. The following cities were designated as cities of refuge: Kedesh of Galilee, in the hill country of Naphtali; Shechem, in the hill country of Ephraim; and Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), in the hill country of Judah.
8. On the east side of the Jordan River, across from Jericho, the following cities were designated as cities of refuge: Bezer, in the wilderness plain of the tribe of Reuben; Ramoth in Gilead, in the territory of the tribe of Gad; and Golan in Bashan, in the land of the tribe of Manasseh.
9. These cities were set apart for Israelites as well as the foreigners living among them. Anyone who accidentally killed another person could take refuge in one of these cities. In this way, they could escape being killed in revenge prior to standing trial before the community.

Psalms 46:1-6
1. God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.
2. So we will not fear, even if earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea.
3. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!
4. A river brings joy to the city of our God, the sacred home of the Most High.
5. God himself lives in that city; it cannot be destroyed. God will protect it at the break of day.
6. The nations are in an uproar, and kingdoms crumble! God thunders, and the earth melts!

Proverbs 14:7-11
7. Stay away from fools, for you won't find knowledge there.
8. The wise look ahead to see what is coming, but fools deceive themselves.
9. Fools make fun of guilt, but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation.
10. Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can fully share its joy.
11. The house of the wicked will perish, but the tent of the godly will flourish.

Luke 12:32-59
32. "So don't be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.
33. "Sell what you have and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven have no holes in them. Your treasure will be safe--no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it.
34. Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be.
35. "Be dressed for service and well prepared,
36. as though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks.
37. There will be special favor for those who are ready and waiting for his return. I tell you, he himself will seat them, put on an apron, and serve them as they sit and eat!
38. He may come in the middle of the night or just before dawn. But whenever he comes, there will be special favor for his servants who are ready!
39. "Know this: A homeowner who knew exactly when a burglar was coming would not permit the house to be broken into.
40. You must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected."
41. Peter asked, "Lord, is this illustration just for us or for everyone?"
42. And the Lord replied, "I'm talking to any faithful, sensible servant to whom the master gives the responsibility of managing his household and feeding his family.
43. If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward.
44. I assure you, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns.
45. But if the servant thinks, 'My master won't be back for a while,' and begins oppressing the other servants, partying, and getting drunk--
46. well, the master will return unannounced and unexpected. He will tear the servant apart and banish him with the unfaithful.
47. The servant will be severely punished, for though he knew his duty, he refused to do it.
48. "But people who are not aware that they are doing wrong will be punished only lightly. Much is required from those to whom much is given, and much more is required from those to whom much more is given.
49. "I have come to bring fire to the earth, and I wish that my task were already completed!
50. There is a terrible baptism ahead of me, and I am under a heavy burden until it is accomplished.
51. Do you think I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I have come to bring strife and division!
52. From now on families will be split apart, three in favor of me, and two against--or the other way around.
53. There will be a division between father and son, mother and daughter, mother-in-law and daughter-in-law."
54. Then Jesus turned to the crowd and said, "When you see clouds beginning to form in the west, you say, 'Here comes a shower.' And you are right.
55. When the south wind blows, you say, 'Today will be a scorcher.' And it is.
56. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky, but you can't interpret these present times.
57. "Why can't you decide for yourselves what is right?
58. If you are on the way to court and you meet your accuser, try to settle the matter before it reaches the judge, or you may be sentenced and handed over to an officer and thrown in jail.
59. And if that happens, you won't be free again until you have paid the last penny."