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April 23


Judges 11:1-40
1. Now Jephthah the Gileadite, the son of a prostitute, was a mighty warrior. Gilead was the father of Jephthah.
2. Gilead's wife also bore him sons; and when his wife's sons grew up, they drove Jephthah away, saying to him, "You shall not inherit anything in our father's house; for you are the son of another woman."
3. Then Jephthah fled from his brothers and lived in the land of Tob. Outlaws collected around Jephthah and went raiding with him.
4. After a time the Ammonites made war against Israel.
5. And when the Ammonites made war against Israel, the elders of Gilead went to bring Jephthah from the land of Tob.
6. They said to Jephthah, "Come and be our commander, so that we may fight with the Ammonites."
7. But Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, "Are you not the very ones who rejected me and drove me out of my father's house? So why do you come to me now when you are in trouble?"
8. The elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, "Nevertheless, we have now turned back to you, so that you may go with us and fight with the Ammonites, and become head over us, over all the inhabitants of Gilead."
9. Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, "If you bring me home again to fight with the Ammonites, and the LORD gives them over to me, I will be your head."
10. And the elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, "The LORD will be witness between us; we will surely do as you say."
11. So Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head and commander over them; and Jephthah spoke all his words before the LORD at Mizpah.
12. Then Jephthah sent messengers to the king of the Ammonites and said, "What is there between you and me, that you have come to me to fight against my land?"
13. The king of the Ammonites answered the messengers of Jephthah, "Because Israel, on coming from Egypt, took away my land from the Arnon to the Jabbok and to the Jordan; now therefore restore it peaceably."
14. Once again Jephthah sent messengers to the king of the Ammonites
15. and said to him: "Thus says Jephthah: Israel did not take away the land of Moab or the land of the Ammonites,
16. but when they came up from Egypt, Israel went through the wilderness to the Red Sea and came to Kadesh.
17. Israel then sent messengers to the king of Edom, saying, 'Let us pass through your land'; but the king of Edom would not listen. They also sent to the king of Moab, but he would not consent. So Israel remained at Kadesh.
18. Then they journeyed through the wilderness, went around the land of Edom and the land of Moab, arrived on the east side of the land of Moab, and camped on the other side of the Arnon. They did not enter the territory of Moab, for the Arnon was the boundary of Moab.
19. Israel then sent messengers to King Sihon of the Amorites, king of Heshbon; and Israel said to him, 'Let us pass through your land to our country.'
20. But Sihon did not trust Israel to pass through his territory; so Sihon gathered all his people together, and encamped at Jahaz, and fought with Israel.
21. Then the LORD, the God of Israel, gave Sihon and all his people into the hand of Israel, and they defeated them; so Israel occupied all the land of the Amorites, who inhabited that country.
22. They occupied all the territory of the Amorites from the Arnon to the Jabbok and from the wilderness to the Jordan.
23. So now the LORD, the God of Israel, has conquered the Amorites for the benefit of his people Israel. Do you intend to take their place?
24. Should you not possess what your god Chemosh gives you to possess? And should we not be the ones to possess everything that the LORD our God has conquered for our benefit?
25. Now are you any better than King Balak son of Zippor of Moab? Did he ever enter into conflict with Israel, or did he ever go to war with them?
26. While Israel lived in Heshbon and its villages, and in Aroer and its villages, and in all the towns that are along the Arnon, three hundred years, why did you not recover them within that time?
27. It is not I who have sinned against you, but you are the one who does me wrong by making war on me. Let the LORD, who is judge, decide today for the Israelites or for the Ammonites."
28. But the king of the Ammonites did not heed the message that Jephthah sent him.
29. Then the spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah, and he passed through Gilead and Manasseh. He passed on to Mizpah of Gilead, and from Mizpah of Gilead he passed on to the Ammonites.
30. And Jephthah made a vow to the LORD, and said, "If you will give the Ammonites into my hand,
31. then whoever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return victorious from the Ammonites, shall be the LORD's, to be offered up by me as a burnt offering."
32. So Jephthah crossed over to the Ammonites to fight against them; and the LORD gave them into his hand.
33. He inflicted a massive defeat on them from Aroer to the neighborhood of Minnith, twenty towns, and as far as Abel-keramim. So the Ammonites were subdued before the people of Israel.
34. Then Jephthah came to his home at Mizpah; and there was his daughter coming out to meet him with timbrels and with dancing. She was his only child; he had no son or daughter except her.
35. When he saw her, he tore his clothes, and said, "Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low; you have become the cause of great trouble to me. For I have opened my mouth to the LORD, and I cannot take back my vow."
36. She said to him, "My father, if you have opened your mouth to the LORD, do to me according to what has gone out of your mouth, now that the LORD has given you vengeance against your enemies, the Ammonites."
37. And she said to her father, "Let this thing be done for me: Grant me two months, so that I may go and wander on the mountains, and bewail my virginity, my companions and I."
38. "Go," he said and sent her away for two months. So she departed, she and her companions, and bewailed her virginity on the mountains.
39. At the end of two months, she returned to her father, who did with her according to the vow he had made. She had never slept with a man. So there arose an Israelite custom that
40. for four days every year the daughters of Israel would go out to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite.

Judges 12:1-15
1. The men of Ephraim were called to arms, and they crossed to Zaphon and said to Jephthah, "Why did you cross over to fight against the Ammonites, and did not call us to go with you? We will burn your house down over you!"
2. Jephthah said to them, "My people and I were engaged in conflict with the Ammonites who oppressed us severely. But when I called you, you did not deliver me from their hand.
3. When I saw that you would not deliver me, I took my life in my hand, and crossed over against the Ammonites, and the LORD gave them into my hand. Why then have you come up to me this day, to fight against me?"
4. Then Jephthah gathered all the men of Gilead and fought with Ephraim; and the men of Gilead defeated Ephraim, because they said, "You are fugitives from Ephraim, you Gileadites-- in the heart of Ephraim and Manasseh."
5. Then the Gileadites took the fords of the Jordan against the Ephraimites. Whenever one of the fugitives of Ephraim said, "Let me go over," the men of Gilead would say to him, "Are you an Ephraimite?" When he said, "No,"
6. they said to him, "Then say Shibboleth," and he said, "Sibboleth," for he could not pronounce it right. Then they seized him and killed him at the fords of the Jordan. Forty-two thousand of the Ephraimites fell at that time.
7. Jephthah judged Israel six years. Then Jephthah the Gileadite died, and was buried in his town in Gilead.
8. After him Ibzan of Bethlehem judged Israel.
9. He had thirty sons. He gave his thirty daughters in marriage outside his clan and brought in thirty young women from outside for his sons. He judged Israel seven years.
10. Then Ibzan died, and was buried at Bethlehem.
11. After him Elon the Zebulunite judged Israel; and he judged Israel ten years.
12. Then Elon the Zebulunite died, and was buried at Aijalon in the land of Zebulun.
13. After him Abdon son of Hillel the Pirathonite judged Israel.
14. He had forty sons and thirty grandsons, who rode on seventy donkeys; he judged Israel eight years.
15. Then Abdon son of Hillel the Pirathonite died, and was buried at Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the hill country of the Amalekites.

Psalms 50:7-17
7. "Hear, O my people, and I will speak, O Israel, I will testify against you. I am God, your God.
8. Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you; your burnt offerings are continually before me.
9. I will not accept a bull from your house, or goats from your folds.
10. For every wild animal of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills.
11. I know all the birds of the air, and all that moves in the field is mine.
12. "If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and all that is in it is mine.
13. Do I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?
14. Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High.
15. Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me."
16. But to the wicked God says: "What right have you to recite my statutes, or take my covenant on your lips?
17. For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you.

Proverbs 14:28-28
28. The glory of a king is a multitude of people; without people a prince is ruined.

Luke 17:1-19
1. Jesus said to his disciples, "Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come!
2. It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble.
3. Be on your guard! If another disciple sins, you must rebuke the offender, and if there is repentance, you must forgive.
4. And if the same person sins against you seven times a day, and turns back to you seven times and says, 'I repent,' you must forgive."
5. The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!"
6. The Lord replied, "If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.
7. "Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, 'Come here at once and take your place at the table'?
8. Would you not rather say to him, 'Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink'?
9. Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded?
10. So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, 'We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!'"
11. On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee.
12. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance,
13. they called out, saying, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!"
14. When he saw them, he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were made clean.
15. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice.
16. He prostrated himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan.
17. Then Jesus asked, "Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they?
18. Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?"
19. Then he said to him, "Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well."