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April 24


Judges 13:1-25
1. The Israelites again did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, and the LORD gave them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.
2. There was a certain man of Zorah, of the tribe of the Danites, whose name was Manoah. His wife was barren, having borne no children.
3. And the angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her, "Although you are barren, having borne no children, you shall conceive and bear a son.
4. Now be careful not to drink wine or strong drink, or to eat anything unclean,
5. for you shall conceive and bear a son. No razor is to come on his head, for the boy shall be a nazirite to God from birth. It is he who shall begin to deliver Israel from the hand of the Philistines."
6. Then the woman came and told her husband, "A man of God came to me, and his appearance was like that of an angel of God, most awe-inspiring; I did not ask him where he came from, and he did not tell me his name;
7. but he said to me, 'You shall conceive and bear a son. So then drink no wine or strong drink, and eat nothing unclean, for the boy shall be a nazirite to God from birth to the day of his death.'"
8. Then Manoah entreated the LORD, and said, "O, LORD, I pray, let the man of God whom you sent come to us again and teach us what we are to do concerning the boy who will be born."
9. God listened to Manoah, and the angel of God came again to the woman as she sat in the field; but her husband Manoah was not with her.
10. So the woman ran quickly and told her husband, "The man who came to me the other day has appeared to me."
11. Manoah got up and followed his wife, and came to the man and said to him, "Are you the man who spoke to this woman?" And he said, "I am."
12. Then Manoah said, "Now when your words come true, what is to be the boy's rule of life; what is he to do?"
13. The angel of the LORD said to Manoah, "Let the woman give heed to all that I said to her.
14. She may not eat of anything that comes from the vine. She is not to drink wine or strong drink, or eat any unclean thing. She is to observe everything that I commanded her."
15. Manoah said to the angel of the LORD, "Allow us to detain you, and prepare a kid for you."
16. The angel of the LORD said to Manoah, "If you detain me, I will not eat your food; but if you want to prepare a burnt offering, then offer it to the LORD." (For Manoah did not know that he was the angel of the LORD.)
17. Then Manoah said to the angel of the LORD, "What is your name, so that we may honor you when your words come true?"
18. But the angel of the LORD said to him, "Why do you ask my name? It is too wonderful."
19. So Manoah took the kid with the grain offering, and offered it on the rock to the LORD, to him who works wonders.
20. When the flame went up toward heaven from the altar, the angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of the altar while Manoah and his wife looked on; and they fell on their faces to the ground.
21. The angel of the LORD did not appear again to Manoah and his wife. Then Manoah realized that it was the angel of the LORD.
22. And Manoah said to his wife, "We shall surely die, for we have seen God."
23. But his wife said to him, "If the LORD had meant to kill us, he would not have accepted a burnt offering and a grain offering at our hands, or shown us all these things, or now announced to us such things as these."
24. The woman bore a son, and named him Samson. The boy grew, and the LORD blessed him.
25. The spirit of the LORD began to stir him in Mahaneh-dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

Judges 14:1-20
1. Once Samson went down to Timnah, and at Timnah he saw a Philistine woman.
2. Then he came up, and told his father and mother, "I saw a Philistine woman at Timnah; now get her for me as my wife."
3. But his father and mother said to him, "Is there not a woman among your kin, or among all our people, that you must go to take a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?" But Samson said to his father, "Get her for me, because she pleases me."
4. His father and mother did not know that this was from the LORD; for he was seeking a pretext to act against the Philistines. At that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.
5. Then Samson went down with his father and mother to Timnah. When he came to the vineyards of Timnah, suddenly a young lion roared at him.
6. The spirit of the LORD rushed on him, and he tore the lion apart barehanded as one might tear apart a kid. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done.
7. Then he went down and talked with the woman, and she pleased Samson.
8. After a while he returned to marry her, and he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion, and there was a swarm of bees in the body of the lion, and honey.
9. He scraped it out into his hands, and went on, eating as he went. When he came to his father and mother, he gave some to them, and they ate it. But he did not tell them that he had taken the honey from the carcass of the lion.
10. His father went down to the woman, and Samson made a feast there as the young men were accustomed to do.
11. When the people saw him, they brought thirty companions to be with him.
12. Samson said to them, "Let me now put a riddle to you. If you can explain it to me within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty festal garments.
13. But if you cannot explain it to me, then you shall give me thirty linen garments and thirty festal garments." So they said to him, "Ask your riddle; let us hear it."
14. He said to them, "Out of the eater came something to eat. Out of the strong came something sweet." But for three days they could not explain the riddle.
15. On the fourth day they said to Samson's wife, "Coax your husband to explain the riddle to us, or we will burn you and your father's house with fire. Have you invited us here to impoverish us?"
16. So Samson's wife wept before him, saying, "You hate me; you do not really love me. You have asked a riddle of my people, but you have not explained it to me." He said to her, "Look, I have not told my father or my mother. Why should I tell you?"
17. She wept before him the seven days that their feast lasted; and because she nagged him, on the seventh day he told her. Then she explained the riddle to her people.
18. The men of the town said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down, "What is sweeter than honey? What is stronger than a lion?" And he said to them, "If you had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have found out my riddle."
19. Then the spirit of the LORD rushed on him, and he went down to Ashkelon. He killed thirty men of the town, took their spoil, and gave the festal garments to those who had explained the riddle. In hot anger he went back to his father's house.
20. And Samson's wife was given to his companion, who had been his best man.

Psalms 50:16-23
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.
18. You make friends with a thief when you see one, and you keep company with adulterers.
19. "You give your mouth free rein for evil, and your tongue frames deceit.
20. You sit and speak against your kin; you slander your own mother's child.
21. These things you have done and I have been silent; you thought that I was one just like yourself. But now I rebuke you, and lay the charge before you.
22. "Mark this, then, you who forget God, or I will tear you apart, and there will be no one to deliver.
23. Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor me; to those who go the right way I will show the salvation of God."

Proverbs 14:29-30
29. Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but one who has a hasty temper exalts folly.
30. A tranquil mind gives life to the flesh, but passion makes the bones rot.

Luke 17:20-37
20. Once Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, and he answered, "The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed;
21. nor will they say, 'Look, here it is!' or 'There it is!' For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you."
22. Then he said to the disciples, "The days are coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it.
23. They will say to you, 'Look there!' or 'Look here!' Do not go, do not set off in pursuit.
24. For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day.
25. But first he must endure much suffering and be rejected by this generation.
26. Just as it was in the days of Noah, so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man.
27. They were eating and drinking, and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed all of them.
28. Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot: they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building,
29. but on the day that Lot left Sodom, it rained fire and sulfur from heaven and destroyed all of them
30. -- it will be like that on the day that the Son of Man is revealed.
31. On that day, anyone on the housetop who has belongings in the house must not come down to take them away; and likewise anyone in the field must not turn back.
32. Remember Lot's wife.
33. Those who try to make their life secure will lose it, but those who lose their life will keep it.
34. I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other left.
35. There will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken and the other left."
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37. Then they asked him, "Where, Lord?" He said to them, "Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather."