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March 29


Deuteronomy 19:1-21
1. When the LORD your God has cut off the nations whose land the LORD your God is giving you, and you have dispossessed them and settled in their towns and in their houses,
2. you shall set apart three cities in the land that the LORD your God is giving you to possess.
3. You shall calculate the distances and divide into three regions the land that the LORD your God gives you as a possession, so that any homicide can flee to one of them.
4. Now this is the case of a homicide who might flee there and live, that is, someone who has killed another person unintentionally when the two had not been at enmity before:
5. Suppose someone goes into the forest with another to cut wood, and when one of them swings the ax to cut down a tree, the head slips from the handle and strikes the other person who then dies; the killer may flee to one of these cities and live.
6. But if the distance is too great, the avenger of blood in hot anger might pursue and overtake and put the killer to death, although a death sentence was not deserved, since the two had not been at enmity before.
7. Therefore I command you: You shall set apart three cities.
8. If the LORD your God enlarges your territory, as he swore to your ancestors-- and he will give you all the land that he promised your ancestors to give you,
9. provided you diligently observe this entire commandment that I command you today, by loving the LORD your God and walking always in his ways-- then you shall add three more cities to these three,
10. so that the blood of an innocent person may not be shed in the land that the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, thereby bringing bloodguilt upon you.
11. But if someone at enmity with another lies in wait and attacks and takes the life of that person, and flees into one of these cities,
12. then the elders of the killer's city shall send to have the culprit taken from there and handed over to the avenger of blood to be put to death.
13. Show no pity; you shall purge the guilt of innocent blood from Israel, so that it may go well with you.
14. You must not move your neighbor's boundary marker, set up by former generations, on the property that will be allotted to you in the land that the LORD your God is giving you to possess.
15. A single witness shall not suffice to convict a person of any crime or wrongdoing in connection with any offense that may be committed. Only on the evidence of two or three witnesses shall a charge be sustained.
16. If a malicious witness comes forward to accuse someone of wrongdoing,
17. then both parties to the dispute shall appear before the LORD, before the priests and the judges who are in office in those days,
18. and the judges shall make a thorough inquiry. If the witness is a false witness, having testified falsely against another,
19. then you shall do to the false witness just as the false witness had meant to do to the other. So you shall purge the evil from your midst.
20. The rest shall hear and be afraid, and a crime such as this shall never again be committed among you.
21. Show no pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

Deuteronomy 20:1-20
1. When you go out to war against your enemies, and see horses and chariots, an army larger than your own, you shall not be afraid of them; for the LORD your God is with you, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.
2. Before you engage in battle, the priest shall come forward and speak to the troops,
3. and shall say to them: "Hear, O Israel! Today you are drawing near to do battle against your enemies. Do not lose heart, or be afraid, or panic, or be in dread of them;
4. for it is the LORD your God who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to give you victory."
5. Then the officials shall address the troops, saying, "Has anyone built a new house but not dedicated it? He should go back to his house, or he might die in the battle and another dedicate it.
6. Has anyone planted a vineyard but not yet enjoyed its fruit? He should go back to his house, or he might die in the battle and another be first to enjoy its fruit.
7. Has anyone become engaged to a woman but not yet married her? He should go back to his house, or he might die in the battle and another marry her."
8. The officials shall continue to address the troops, saying, "Is anyone afraid or disheartened? He should go back to his house, or he might cause the heart of his comrades to melt like his own."
9. When the officials have finished addressing the troops, then the commanders shall take charge of them.
10. When you draw near to a town to fight against it, offer it terms of peace.
11. If it accepts your terms of peace and surrenders to you, then all the people in it shall serve you at forced labor.
12. If it does not submit to you peacefully, but makes war against you, then you shall besiege it;
13. and when the LORD your God gives it into your hand, you shall put all its males to the sword.
14. You may, however, take as your booty the women, the children, livestock, and everything else in the town, all its spoil. You may enjoy the spoil of your enemies, which the LORD your God has given you.
15. Thus you shall treat all the towns that are very far from you, which are not towns of the nations here.
16. But as for the towns of these peoples that the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, you must not let anything that breathes remain alive.
17. You shall annihilate them-- the Hittites and the Amorites, the Canaanites and the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites-- just as the LORD your God has commanded,
18. so that they may not teach you to do all the abhorrent things that they do for their gods, and you thus sin against the LORD your God.
19. If you besiege a town for a long time, making war against it in order to take it, you must not destroy its trees by wielding an ax against them. Although you may take food from them, you must not cut them down. Are trees in the field human beings that they should come under siege from you?
20. You may destroy only the trees that you know do not produce food; you may cut them down for use in building siegeworks against the town that makes war with you, until it falls.

Psalms 38:1-8
1. O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger, or discipline me in your wrath.
2. For your arrows have sunk into me, and your hand has come down on me.
3. There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation; there is no health in my bones because of my sin.
4. For my iniquities have gone over my head; they weigh like a burden too heavy for me.
5. My wounds grow foul and fester because of my foolishness;
6. I am utterly bowed down and prostrate; all day long I go around mourning.
7. For my loins are filled with burning, and there is no soundness in my flesh.
8. I am utterly spent and crushed; I groan because of the tumult of my heart.

Proverbs 12:23-25
23. One who is clever conceals knowledge, but the mind of a fool broadcasts folly.
24. The hand of the diligent will rule, while the lazy will be put to forced labor.
25. Anxiety weighs down the human heart, but a good word cheers it up.

Luke 4:31-44
31. He went down to Capernaum, a city in Galilee, and was teaching them on the sabbath.
32. They were astounded at his teaching, because he spoke with authority.
33. In the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice,
34. "Let us alone! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God."
35. But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!" When the demon had thrown him down before them, he came out of him without having done him any harm.
36. They were all amazed and kept saying to one another, "What kind of utterance is this? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and out they come!"
37. And a report about him began to reach every place in the region.
38. After leaving the synagogue he entered Simon's house. Now Simon's mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked him about her.
39. Then he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. Immediately she got up and began to serve them.
40. As the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various kinds of diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on each of them and cured them.
41. Demons also came out of many, shouting, "You are the Son of God!" But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Messiah.
42. At daybreak he departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowds were looking for him; and when they reached him, they wanted to prevent him from leaving them.
43. But he said to them, "I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose."
44. So he continued proclaiming the message in the synagogues of Judea.