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April 25


Judges 15:1-20
1. Later on, during the wheat harvest, Samson took a young goat as a present to his wife. He intended to sleep with her, but her father wouldn't let him in.
2. "I really thought you hated her," her father explained, "so I gave her in marriage to your best man. But look, her sister is more beautiful than she is. Marry her instead."
3. Samson said, "This time I cannot be blamed for everything I am going to do to you Philistines."
4. Then he went out and caught three hundred foxes. He tied their tails together in pairs, and he fastened a torch to each pair of tails.
5. Then he lit the torches and let the foxes run through the fields of the Philistines. He burned all their grain to the ground, including the grain still in piles and all that had been bundled. He also destroyed their grapevines and olive trees.
6. "Who did this?" the Philistines demanded. "Samson," was the reply, "because his father-in-law from Timnah gave Samson's wife to be married to his best man." So the Philistines went and got the woman and her father and burned them to death.
7. "Because you did this," Samson vowed, "I will take my revenge on you, and I won't stop until I'm satisfied!"
8. So he attacked the Philistines with great fury and killed many of them. Then he went to live in a cave in the rock of Etam.
9. The Philistines retaliated by setting up camp in Judah and raiding the town of Lehi.
10. The men of Judah asked the Philistines, "Why have you attacked us?" The Philistines replied, "We've come to capture Samson. We have come to pay him back for what he did to us."
11. So three thousand men of Judah went down to get Samson at the cave in the rock of Etam. They said to Samson, "Don't you realize the Philistines rule over us? What are you doing to us?" But Samson replied, "I only paid them back for what they did to me."
12. But the men of Judah told him, "We have come to tie you up and hand you over to the Philistines.All right," Samson said. "But promise that you won't kill me yourselves."
13. "We will tie you up and hand you over to the Philistines," they replied. "We won't kill you." So they tied him up with two new ropes and led him away from the rock.
14. As Samson arrived at Lehi, the Philistines came shouting in triumph. But the Spirit of the LORD powerfully took control of Samson, and he snapped the ropes on his arms as if they were burnt strands of flax, and they fell from his wrists.
15. Then he picked up a donkey's jawbone that was lying on the ground and killed a thousand Philistines with it.
16. And Samson said, "With the jawbone of a donkey, I've made heaps on heaps! With the jawbone of a donkey, I've killed a thousand men!"
17. When he finished speaking, he threw away the jawbone; and the place was named Jawbone Hill.
18. Now Samson was very thirsty, and he cried out to the LORD, "You have accomplished this great victory by the strength of your servant. Must I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of these pagan people?"
19. So God caused water to gush out of a hollow in the ground at Lehi, and Samson was revived as he drank. Then he named that place "The Spring of the One Who Cried Out," and it is still in Lehi to this day.
20. Samson was Israel's judge for twenty years, while the Philistines ruled the land.

Judges 16:1-31
1. One day Samson went to the Philistine city of Gaza and spent the night with a prostitute.
2. Word soon spread that Samson was there, so the men of Gaza gathered together and waited all night at the city gates. They kept quiet during the night, saying to themselves, "When the light of morning comes, we will kill him."
3. But Samson stayed in bed only until midnight. Then he got up, took hold of the city gates with its two posts, and lifted them, bar and all, right out of the ground. He put them on his shoulders and carried them all the way to the top of the hill across from Hebron.
4. Later Samson fell in love with a woman named Delilah, who lived in the valley of Sorek.
5. The leaders of the Philistines went to her and said, "Find out from Samson what makes him so strong and how he can be overpowered and tied up securely. Then each of us will give you eleven hundred pieces of silver."
6. So Delilah said to Samson, "Please tell me what makes you so strong and what it would take to tie you up securely."
7. Samson replied, "If I am tied up with seven new bowstrings that have not yet been dried, I will be as weak as anyone else."
8. So the Philistine leaders brought Delilah seven new bowstrings, and she tied Samson up with them.
9. She had hidden some men in one of the rooms of her house, and she cried out, "Samson! The Philistines have come to capture you!" But Samson snapped the bowstrings as if they were string that had been burned in a fire. So the secret of his strength was not discovered.
10. Afterward Delilah said to him, "You made fun of me and told me a lie! Now please tell me how you can be tied up securely."
11. Samson replied, "If I am tied up with brand-new ropes that have never been used, I will be as weak as anyone else."
12. So Delilah took new ropes and tied him up with them. The men were hiding in the room as before, and again Delilah cried out, "Samson! The Philistines have come to capture you!" But Samson snapped the ropes from his arms as if they were thread.
13. Then Delilah said, "You have been making fun of me and telling me lies! Won't you please tell me how you can be tied up securely?" Samson replied, "If you weave the seven braids of my hair into the fabric on your loom and tighten it with the loom shuttle, I will be as weak as anyone else." So while he slept, Delilah wove the seven braids of his hair into the fabric
14. and tightened it with the loom shuttle. Again she cried out, "Samson! The Philistines have come to capture you!" But Samson woke up, pulled back the loom shuttle, and yanked his hair away from the loom and the fabric.
15. Then Delilah pouted, "How can you say you love me when you don't confide in me? You've made fun of me three times now, and you still haven't told me what makes you so strong!"
16. So day after day she nagged him until he couldn't stand it any longer.
17. Finally, Samson told her his secret. "My hair has never been cut," he confessed, "for I was dedicated to God as a Nazirite from birth. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as anyone else."
18. Delilah realized he had finally told her the truth, so she sent for the Philistine leaders. "Come back one more time," she said, "for he has told me everything." So the Philistine leaders returned and brought the money with them.
19. Delilah lulled Samson to sleep with his head in her lap, and she called in a man to shave off his hair, making his capture certain. And his strength left him.
20. Then she cried out, "Samson! The Philistines have come to capture you!" When he woke up, he thought, "I will do as before and shake myself free." But he didn't realize the LORD had left him.
21. So the Philistines captured him and gouged out his eyes. They took him to Gaza, where he was bound with bronze chains and made to grind grain in the prison.
22. But before long his hair began to grow back.
23. The Philistine leaders held a great festival, offering sacrifices and praising their god, Dagon. They said, "Our god has given us victory over our enemy Samson!"
24. When the people saw him, they praised their god, saying, "Our god has delivered our enemy to us! The one who killed so many of us is now in our power!"
25. Half drunk by now, the people demanded, "Bring out Samson so he can perform for us!" So he was brought from the prison and made to stand at the center of the temple, between the two pillars supporting the roof.
26. Samson said to the servant who was leading him by the hand, "Place my hands against the two pillars. I want to rest against them."
27. The temple was completely filled with people. All the Philistine leaders were there, and there were about three thousand on the roof who were watching Samson and making fun of him.
28. Then Samson prayed to the LORD, "Sovereign LORD, remember me again. O God, please strengthen me one more time so that I may pay back the Philistines for the loss of my eyes."
29. Then Samson put his hands on the center pillars of the temple and pushed against them with all his might.
30. "Let me die with the Philistines," he prayed. And the temple crashed down on the Philistine leaders and all the people. So he killed more people when he died than he had during his entire lifetime.
31. Later his brothers and other relatives went down to get his body. They took him back home and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol, where his father, Manoah, was buried. Samson had been Israel's judge for twenty years.

Psalms 51:1-6
1. Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins.
2. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin.
3. For I recognize my shameful deeds--they haunt me day and night.
4. Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just.
5. For I was born a sinner--yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.
6. But you desire honesty from the heart, so you can teach me to be wise in my inmost being.

Proverbs 14:31-32
31. Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but those who help the poor honor him.
32. The wicked are crushed by their sins, but the godly have a refuge when they die.

Luke 18:1-23
1. One day Jesus told his disciples a story to illustrate their need for constant prayer and to show them that they must never give up.
2. "There was a judge in a certain city," he said, "who was a godless man with great contempt for everyone.
3. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, appealing for justice against someone who had harmed her.
4. The judge ignored her for a while, but eventually she wore him out. 'I fear neither God nor man,' he said to himself,
5. 'but this woman is driving me crazy. I'm going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!'"
6. Then the Lord said, "Learn a lesson from this evil judge.
7. Even he rendered a just decision in the end, so don't you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who plead with him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?
8. I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when I, the Son of Man, return, how many will I find who have faith?"
9. Then Jesus told this story to some who had great self-confidence and scorned everyone else:
10. "Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a dishonest tax collector.
11. The proud Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: 'I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else, especially like that tax collector over there! For I never cheat, I don't sin, I don't commit adultery,
12. I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.'
13. "But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, 'O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.'
14. I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For the proud will be humbled, but the humble will be honored."
15. One day some parents brought their little children to Jesus so he could touch them and bless them, but the disciples told them not to bother him.
16. Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
17. I assure you, anyone who doesn't have their kind of faith will never get into the Kingdom of God."
18. Once a religious leader asked Jesus this question: "Good teacher, what should I do to get eternal life?"
19. "Why do you call me good?" Jesus asked him. "Only God is truly good.
20. But as for your question, you know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery. Do not murder. Do not steal. Do not testify falsely. Honor your father and mother.'"
21. The man replied, "I've obeyed all these commandments since I was a child."
22. "There is still one thing you lack," Jesus said. "Sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
23. But when the man heard this, he became sad because he was very rich.