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April 21


Judges 7:1-25
1. And Jerubbaal (he [is] Gideon) riseth early, and all the people who [are] with him, and they encamp by the well of Harod, and the camp of Midian hath been on the south of him, on the height of Moreh, in the valley.
2. And Jehovah saith unto Gideon, `Too many [are] the people who [are] with thee for My giving Midian into their hand, lest Israel beautify itself against Me, saying, My hand hath given salvation to me;
3. and now, call, I pray thee, in the ears of the people, saying, Whoso [is] afraid and trembling, let him turn back and go early from mount Gilead;` and there turn back of the people twenty and two thousand, and ten thousand have been left.
4. And Jehovah saith unto Gideon, `Yet [are] the people too many; bring them down unto the water, and I refine it for thee there; and it hath been, he of whom I say unto thee, This doth go with thee -- he doth go with thee; and any of whom I say unto thee, This doth not go with thee -- he doth not go.`
5. And he bringeth down the people unto the water, and Jehovah saith unto Gideon, `Every one who lappeth with his tongue of the water as the dog lappeth -- thou dost set him apart; also every one who boweth on his knees to drink.`
6. And the number of those lapping with their hand unto their mouth is three hundred men, and all the rest of the people have bowed down on their knees to drink water.
7. And Jehovah saith unto Gideon, `By the three hundred men who are lapping I save you, and have given Midian into thy hand, and all the people go, each to his place.`
8. And the people take the provision in their hand, and their trumpets, and every man of Israel he hath sent away, each to his tents; and on the three hundred men he hath kept hold, and the camp of Midian hath been by him at the lower part of the valley.
9. And it cometh to pass, on that night, that Jehovah saith unto him, `Rise, go down into the camp, for I have given it into thy hand;
10. and if thou art afraid to go down -- go down, thou and Phurah thy young man, unto the camp,
11. and thou hast heard what they speak, and afterwards are thy hands strengthened, and thou hast gone down against the camp.` And he goeth down, he and Phurah his young man, unto the extremity of the fifties who [are] in the camp;
12. and Midian and Amalek, and all the sons of the east are lying in the valley, as the locust for multitude, and of their camels there is no number, as sand which [is] on the sea-shore for multitude.
13. And Gideon cometh in, and lo, a man is recounting to his companion a dream, and saith, `Lo, a dream I have dreamed, and lo, a cake of barley-bread is turning itself over into the camp of Midian, and it cometh in unto the tent, and smiteth it, and it falleth, and turneth it upwards, and the tent hath fallen.`
14. And his companion answereth and saith, `This is nothing save the sword of Gideon son of Joash, a man of Israel; God hath given into his hand Midian and all the camp.`
15. And it cometh to pass, when Gideon heareth the narration of the dream and its interpretation, that he boweth himself, and turneth back unto the camp of Israel, and saith, `Rise ye, for Jehovah hath given into your hand the camp of Midian.`
16. And he divideth the three hundred men [into] three detachments, and putteth trumpets into the hand of all of them, and empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers.
17. And he saith unto them, `Look at me, and thus do; and lo, I am coming into the extremity of the camp -- and it hath been -- as I do so ye do;
18. and I have blown with a trumpet -- I and all who [are] with me, and ye have blown with trumpets, even ye, round about all the camp, and have said, For Jehovah and for Gideon.`
19. And Gideon cometh -- and the hundred men who [are] with him -- into the extremity of the camp, [at] the beginning of the middle watch (it hath only just confirmed the watchmen), and they blow with trumpets -- dashing in pieces also the pitchers which [are] in their hand;
20. and the three detachments blow with trumpets, and break the pitchers, and keep hold with their left hand on the lamps, and with their right hand on the trumpets to blow, and they cry, `The sword of Jehovah and of Gideon.`
21. And they stand each in his place, round about the camp, and all the camp runneth, and they shout, and flee;
22. and the three hundred blow the trumpets, and Jehovah setteth the sword of each against his companion, even through all the camp; and the camp fleeth unto Beth-Shittah, at Zererath, unto the border of Abel-Meholah, by Tabbath.
23. And the men of Israel are called from Naphtali, and from Asher, and from all Manasseh, and pursue after Midian.
24. And messengers hath sent Gideon into all the hill-country of Ephraim, saying, `Come down to meet Midian, and capture before them the waters unto Beth-Barah, and the Jordan;` and every man of Ephraim is called, and they capture the waters unto Beth-Barah, and the Jordan,
25. and they capture two of the heads of Midian, Oreb, and Zeeb, and slay Oreb at the rock of Oreb, and Zeeb they have slain at the wine-vat of Zeeb, and they pursue unto Midian; and the heads of Oreb and Zeeb they have brought in unto Gideon beyond the Jordan.

Judges 8:1-35
1. And the men of Ephraim say unto him, `What [is] this thing thou hast done to us -- not to call for us when thou didst go to fight with Midian?` and they strive with him severely;
2. and he saith unto them, `What have I done now like you? are not the gleanings of Ephraim better than the harvest of Abi-Ezer?
3. Into your hand hath God given the heads of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb; and what have I been able to do like you?` Then their temper desisted from off him in his speaking this thing.
4. And Gideon cometh in unto the Jordan, passing over, he and the three hundred men who [are] with him -- wearied, and pursuing,
5. and he saith to the men of Succoth, `Give, I pray you, cakes of bread to the people who [are] at my feet, for they [are] wearied, and I am pursuing after Zebah and Zalmunna kings of Midian.`
6. And the heads of Succoth say, `Is the hand of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thy hand, that we give to thy host bread?`
7. And Gideon saith, `Therefore -- in Jehovah`s giving Zebah and Zalmunna into my hand -- I have threshed your flesh with the thorns of the wilderness, and with the threshing instruments.`
8. And he goeth up thence [to] Penuel, and speaketh unto them thus; and the men of Penuel answer him as the men of Succoth answered.
9. And he speaketh also to the men of Penuel, saying, `In my turning back in peace, I break down this tower.`
10. And Zebah and Zalmunna [are] in Karkor, and their camps with them, about fifteen thousand, all who are left of all the camp of the sons of the east; and those falling [are] a hundred and twenty thousand men, drawing sword.
11. And Gideon goeth up the way of those who tabernacle in tents, on the east of Nobah and Jogbehah, and smiteth the camp, and the camp was confident;
12. and Zebab and Zalmunna flee, and he pursueth after them, and captureth the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and all the camp he hath caused to tremble.
13. And Gideon son of Joash turneth back from the battle, at the going up of the sun,
14. and captureth a young man of the men of Succoth, and asketh him, and he describeth unto him the heads of Succoth, and its elders -- seventy and seven men.
15. And he cometh in unto the men of Succoth, and saith, `Lo Zebah and Zalmunna, with whom ye reproached me, saying, Is the hand of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thy hand that we give to thy men who [are] wearied bread?`
16. And he taketh the elders of the city, and the thorns of the wilderness, and the threshing instruments, and teacheth by them the men of Succoth,
17. and the tower of Penuel he hath broken down, and slayeth the men of the city.
18. And he saith unto Zebah and unto Zalmunna, `How -- the men whom ye slew in Tabor?` and they say, `As thou -- so they, one -- as the form of the king`s sons.`
19. And he saith, `My brethren -- sons of my mother -- they; Jehovah liveth, if ye had kept them alive -- I had not slain you.`
20. And he saith to Jether his first-born, `Rise, slay them;` and the young man hath not drawn his sword, for he hath been afraid, for he [is] yet a youth.
21. And Zebah saith -- also Zalmunna -- `Rise thou, and fall upon us; for as the man -- his might;` and Gideon riseth, and slayeth Zebah and Zalmunna, and taketh their round ornaments which [are] on the necks of their camels.
22. And the men of Israel say unto Gideon, `Rule over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy son`s son, for thou hast saved us from the hand of Midian.`
23. And Gideon saith unto them, `I do not rule over you, nor doth my son rule over you; Jehovah doth rule over you.`
24. And Gideon saith unto them, `Let me ask of you a petition, and give ye to me each the ring of his prey, for they have rings of gold, for they [are] Ishmaelites.`
25. And they say, `We certainly give;` and they spread out the garment, and cast thither each the ring of his prey;
26. and the weight of the rings of gold which he asked is a thousand and seven hundred [shekels] of gold, apart from the round ornaments, and the drops, and the purple garments, which [are] on the kings of Midian, and apart from the chains which [are] on the necks of their camels,
27. and Gideon maketh it into an ephod, and setteth it up in his city, in Ophrah, and all Israel go a-whoring after it there, and it is to Gideon and to his house for a snare.
28. And Midian is humbled before the sons of Israel, and have not added to lift up their head; and the land resteth forty years in the days of Gideon.
29. And Jerubbaal son of Joash goeth and dwelleth in his own house,
30. and to Gideon there have been seventy sons, coming out of his loin, for he had many wives;
31. and his concubine, who [is] in Shechem, hath born to him -- even she -- a son, and he appointeth his name Abimelech.
32. And Gideon son of Joash dieth, in a good old age, and is buried in the burying-place of Joash his father, in Ophrah of the Abi-Ezrite.
33. And it cometh to pass, when Gideon [is] dead, that the sons of Israel turn back and go a-whoring after the Baalim, and set over them Baal-Berith for a god;
34. and the sons of Israel have not remembered Jehovah their God, who is delivering them out of the hand of all their enemies round about,
35. neither have they done kindness with the house of Jerubbaal -- Gideon -- according to all the good which he did with Israel.

Psalms 49:10-20
10. For he seeth wise men die, Together the foolish and brutish perish, And have left to others their wealth.
11. Their heart [is]: Their houses [are] to the age, Their tabernacles to all generations. They proclaimed their names over the lands.
12. And man in honour doth not remain, He hath been like the beasts, they have been cut off.
13. This their way [is] folly for them, And their posterity with their sayings are pleased. Selah.
14. As sheep for Sheol they have set themselves, Death doth afflict them, And the upright rule over them in the morning, And their form [is] for consumption. Sheol [is] a dwelling for him.
15. Only, God doth ransom my soul from the hand of Sheol, For He doth receive me. Selah.
16. Fear not, when one maketh wealth, When the honour of his house is abundant,
17. For at his death he receiveth nothing, His honour goeth not down after him.
18. For his soul in his life he blesseth, (And they praise thee when thou dost well for thyself.)
19. It cometh to the generation of his fathers, For ever they see not the light.
20. Man in honour, who understandest not, Hath been like the beasts, they have been cut off!

Proverbs 14:22-24
22. Do not they err who are devising evil? And kindness and truth [are] to those devising good,
23. In all labour there is advantage, And a thing of the lips [is] only to want.
24. The crown of the wise is their wealth, The folly of fools [is] folly.

Luke 15:11-32
11. And he said, `A certain man had two sons,
12. and the younger of them said to the father, Father, give me the portion of the substance falling to [me], and he divided to them the living.
13. `And not many days after, having gathered all together, the younger son went abroad to a far country, and there he scattered his substance, living riotously;
14. and he having spent all, there came a mighty famine on that country, and himself began to be in want;
15. and having gone on, he joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him to the fields to feed swine,
16. and he was desirous to fill his belly from the husks that the swine were eating, and no one was giving to him.
17. `And having come to himself, he said, How many hirelings of my father have a superabundance of bread, and I here with hunger am perishing!
18. having risen, I will go on unto my father, and will say to him, Father, I did sin -- to the heaven, and before thee,
19. and no more am I worthy to be called thy son; make me as one of thy hirelings.
20. `And having risen, he went unto his own father, and he being yet far distant, his father saw him, and was moved with compassion, and having ran he fell upon his neck and kissed him;
21. and the son said to him, Father, I did sin -- to the heaven, and before thee, and no more am I worthy to be called thy son.
22. `And the father said unto his servants, Bring forth the first robe, and clothe him, and give a ring for his hand, and sandals for the feet;
23. and having brought the fatted calf, kill [it], and having eaten, we may be merry,
24. because this my son was dead, and did live again, and he was lost, and was found; and they began to be merry.
25. `And his elder son was in a field, and as, coming, he drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing,
26. and having called near one of the young men, he was inquiring what these things might be,
27. and he said to him -- Thy brother is arrived, and thy father did kill the fatted calf, because in health he did receive him back.
28. `And he was angry, and would not go in, therefore his father, having come forth, was entreating him;
29. and he answering said to the father, Lo, so many years I do serve thee, and never thy command did I transgress, and to me thou didst never give a kid, that with my friends I might make merry;
30. but when thy son -- this one who did devour thy living with harlots -- came, thou didst kill to him the fatted calf.
31. `And he said to him, Child, thou art always with me, and all my things are thine;
32. but to be merry, and to be glad, it was needful, because this thy brother was dead, and did live again, he was lost, and was found.`