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23rd April

Daily devotional by Larry Stockstill

Secret sins will always be exposed in the light of God's presence. Judas thought he would make a profit by selling the knowledge of Christ's whereabouts for thirty pieces of silver (Matthew 26:14-16).

The sin of the love of money (1 Timothy 6:10) has deceived millions into living only for this life. Moses instructed Israel, "Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom" (Psalm 90:12). A person who makes the most of his time understands the brevity of life. That person knows that soon our days, like our money, will be expended.

What are thirty pieces of silver in the light of eternity? Where is Judas's money now? After Judas threw it into the temple, the priests collected it and used it to buy the field where Judas hanged himself. Where is Ananias and Sapphira's money? Their greed bought them an early death (Acts 5). Where is Felix's money? Felix kept asking Paul to come and speak to him in hopes of getting a bribe, but he never succeeded (Acts 24:26).

We must be so careful to keep our financial dealings open, clean, and eternal in value. The truth is, eighty years of life is not a very long time (Psalm 90:10).

Judges 1:1-2:9

Israel Fights the Remaining Canaanites1:11-15pp — Jos 15:15-19

After the deathJos 24:29 of Joshua, the Israelites asked the Lord, “Who of us is to go up firstS Nu 2:3-9; Jdg 20:18; 1Ki 20:14 to fight against the Canaanites?ver 27; S Ge 10:18; Jdg 3:1-6

The Lord answered, “JudahS Ge 49:10 shall go up; I have given the land into their hands.ver 4; Jdg 3:28; 4:7, 14; 7:9

The men of Judah then said to the Simeonites their fellow Israelites, “Come up with us into the territory allotted to us, to fight against the Canaanites. We in turn will go with you into yours.” So the Simeonitesver 17 went with them.

When Judah attacked, the Lord gave the Canaanites and PerizzitesS Ge 13:7; S Jos 3:10 into their hands, and they struck down ten thousand men at Bezek.1Sa 11:8It was there that they found Adoni-Bezekver 6, 7 and fought against him, putting to rout the Canaanites and Perizzites.Adoni-Bezek fled, but they chased him and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and big toes.

Then Adoni-Bezek said, “Seventy kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off have picked up scraps under my table. Now God has paid me backLev 24:19; Jer 25:12 for what I did to them.” They brought him to Jerusalem,S Jos 10:1 and he died there.

The men of Judah attacked Jerusalemver 21; Jos 15:63; 2Sa 5:6 also and took it. They put the city to the sword and set it on fire.

After that, Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites living in the hill country,S Nu 13:17 the NegevS Ge 12:9; S Nu 21:1; Isa 30:6 and the western foothills.10 They advanced against the Canaanites living in HebronS Ge 13:18 (formerly called Kiriath ArbaS Ge 35:27) and defeated Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai.ver 20; S Nu 13:22; Jos 15:1411 From there they advanced against the people living in DebirJos 10:38 (formerly called Kiriath Sepher).

12 And Caleb said, “I will give my daughter Aksah in marriage to the man who attacks and captures Kiriath Sepher.”13 Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, took it; so Caleb gave his daughter Aksah to him in marriage.

14 One day when she came to Othniel, she urged himHebrew; Septuagint and Vulgate Othniel, he urged her to ask her father for a field. When she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What can I do for you?”

15 She replied, “Do me a special favor. Since you have given me land in the Negev, give me also springs of water.” So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.S Nu 13:6

16 The descendants of Moses’ father-in-law,Nu 10:29 the Kenite,S Ge 15:19 went up from the City of PalmsThat is, JerichoDt 34:3; Jdg 3:13; 2Ch 28:15 with the people of Judah to live among the inhabitants of the Desert of Judah in the Negev near Arad.Nu 21:1; Jos 12:14

17 Then the men of Judah went with the Simeonitesver 3 their fellow Israelites and attacked the Canaanites living in Zephath, and they totally destroyedThe Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them. the city. Therefore it was called Hormah.Hormah means destruction.S Nu 14:4518 Judah also tookHebrew; Septuagint Judah did not take Gaza,Jos 11:22 AshkelonS Jos 13:3 and Ekron—each city with its territory.

19 The Lord was withS Nu 14:43 the men of Judah. They took possession of the hill country,Nu 13:17 but they were unable to drive the people from the plains, because they had chariots fitted with iron.S Jos 17:1620 As Moses had promised, HebronJos 10:36 was given to Caleb, who drove from it the three sons of Anak.S ver 10; S Jos 14:1321 The Benjamites, however, did not drive outS Jos 9:15; S 15:63 the Jebusites, who were living in Jerusalem;S ver 8 to this day the Jebusites live there with the Benjamites.

22 Now the tribes of JosephJdg 10:9 attacked Bethel,S Jos 7:2 and the Lord was with them.23 When they sent men to spy out Bethel (formerly called Luz),S Ge 28:1924 the spies saw a man coming out of the city and they said to him, “Show us how to get into the city and we will see that you are treated well.S Ge 47:2925 So he showed them, and they put the city to the sword but sparedJos 6:25 the man and his whole family.26 He then went to the land of the Hittites,S Dt 7:1; Eze 16:3 where he built a city and called it Luz,S Ge 28:19 which is its name to this day.

27 But Manasseh did not1Ki 9:21 drive out the people of Beth Shan or Taanach or DorS Jos 11:2 or IbleamS Jos 17:11 or MegiddoS Jos 12:21 and their surrounding settlements, for the CanaanitesS ver 1 were determined to live in that land.28 When Israel became strong, they pressed the Canaanites into forced labor but never drove them out completely.Jos 17:12-1329 Nor did EphraimJos 14:4; Jdg 5:14 drive out the Canaanites living in Gezer,S Jos 10:33 but the Canaanites continued to live there among them.Jos 16:1030 Neither did Zebulun drive out the Canaanites living in Kitron or Nahalol, so these Canaanites lived among them, but Zebulun did subject them to forced labor.31 Nor did AsherS Jos 17:7 drive out those living in Akko or SidonS Ge 49:13 or Ahlab or AkzibS Jos 15:44 or Helbah or AphekS Jos 12:18 or Rehob.S Nu 13:2132 The Asherites lived among the Canaanite inhabitants of the land because they did not drive them out.33 Neither did Naphtali drive out those living in Beth ShemeshS Jos 15:10 or Beth AnathJos 19:38; but the Naphtalites too lived among the Canaanite inhabitants of the land, and those living in Beth Shemesh and Beth Anath became forced laborers for them.34 The AmoritesNu 13:29; Jdg 10:11; 1Sa 7:14 confined the DanitesS Ge 30:6 to the hill country, not allowing them to come down into the plain.Jdg 18:135 And the Amorites were determined also to hold out in Mount Heres,Jdg 8:13 AijalonJos 19:42 and Shaalbim,1Ki 4:9 but when the power of the tribes of Joseph increased, they too were pressed into forced labor.36 The boundary of the Amorites was from Scorpion PassJos 15:3 to Sela2Ki 14:7; Isa 16:1; 42:11 and beyond.Ps 106:34

The Angel of the Lord at Bokim

The angel of the LordS Ge 16:7 went up from GilgalS Dt 11:30 to Bokimver 5 and said, “I brought you up out of EgyptEx 20:2; Jdg 6:8 and led you into the land I swore to give to your ancestors.Ge 17:8 I said, ‘I will never break my covenant with you,S Lev 26:42-44; Dt 7:9and you shall not make a covenant with the people of this land,S Ex 23:32; S 34:12; Dt 7:2 but you shall break down their altars.S Ex 23:24; 34:13; Dt 7:5; 2Ch 14:3’ Yet you have disobeyedJer 7:28 me. Why have you done this?And I have also said, ‘I will not drive them out before you;Jos 23:13 they will become trapsS Nu 33:55 for you, and their gods will become snaresS Ex 10:7 to you.’”

When the angel of the Lord had spoken these things to all the Israelites, the people wept aloud,S Ge 27:38; S Nu 25:6; 2Ki 17:13and they called that place Bokim.Bokim means weepers.ver 1 There they offered sacrifices to the Lord.

Disobedience and Defeat2:6-9pp — Jos 24:29-31

After Joshua had dismissed the Israelites, they went to take possession of the land, each to their own inheritance.The people served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had seen all the great things the Lord had done for Israel.ver 17

Joshua son of Nun,Jos 1:1 the servant of the Lord, died at the age of a hundred and ten.And they buried him in the land of his inheritance, at Timnath HeresAlso known as Timnath Serah (see Joshua 19:50 and 24:30)S Jos 19:50 in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.

Judah and Simeon Conquer the Land

After the death of Joshua, the Israelites asked the Lord, “Which tribe should go first to attack the Canaanites?”

The Lord answered, “Judah, for I have given them victory over the land.”

The men of Judah said to their relatives from the tribe of Simeon, “Join with us to fight against the Canaanites living in the territory allotted to us. Then we will help you conquer your territory.” So the men of Simeon went with Judah.

When the men of Judah attacked, the Lord gave them victory over the Canaanites and Perizzites, and they killed 10,000 enemy warriors at the town of Bezek.While at Bezek they encountered King Adoni-bezek and fought against him, and the Canaanites and Perizzites were defeated.Adoni-bezek escaped, but the Israelites soon captured him and cut off his thumbs and big toes.

Adoni-bezek said, “I once had seventy kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off, eating scraps from under my table. Now God has paid me back for what I did to them.” They took him to Jerusalem, and he died there.

The men of Judah attacked Jerusalem and captured it, killing all its people and setting the city on fire.Then they went down to fight the Canaanites living in the hill country, the Negev, and the western foothills.Hebrew the Shephelah.10 Judah marched against the Canaanites in Hebron (formerly called Kiriath-arba), defeating the forces of Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai.

11 From there they went to fight against the people living in the town of Debir (formerly called Kiriath-sepher).12 Caleb said, “I will give my daughter Acsah in marriage to the one who attacks and captures Kiriath-sepher.”13 Othniel, the son of Caleb’s younger brother, Kenaz, was the one who conquered it, so Acsah became Othniel’s wife.

14 When Acsah married Othniel, she urged himGreek version and Latin Vulgate read he urged her. to ask her father for a field. As she got down off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What’s the matter?”

15 She said, “Let me have another gift. You have already given me land in the Negev; now please give me springs of water, too.” So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.

16 When the tribe of Judah left Jericho—the city of palms—the Kenites, who were descendants of Moses’ father-in-law, traveled with them into the wilderness of Judah. They settled among the people there, near the town of Arad in the Negev.

17 Then Judah joined with Simeon to fight against the Canaanites living in Zephath, and they completely destroyedThe Hebrew term used here refers to the complete consecration of things or people to the Lord, either by destroying them or by giving them as an offering. the town. So the town was named Hormah.Hormah means “destruction.”18 In addition, Judah captured the towns of Gaza, Ashkelon, and Ekron, along with their surrounding territories.

Israel Fails to Conquer the Land

19 The Lord was with the people of Judah, and they took possession of the hill country. But they failed to drive out the people living in the plains, who had iron chariots.20 The town of Hebron was given to Caleb as Moses had promised. And Caleb drove out the people living there, who were descendants of the three sons of Anak.

21 The tribe of Benjamin, however, failed to drive out the Jebusites, who were living in Jerusalem. So to this day the Jebusites live in Jerusalem among the people of Benjamin.

22 The descendants of Joseph attacked the town of Bethel, and the Lord was with them.23 They sent men to scout out Bethel (formerly known as Luz).24 They confronted a man coming out of the town and said to him, “Show us a way into the town, and we will have mercy on you.”25 So he showed them a way in, and they killed everyone in the town except that man and his family.26 Later the man moved to the land of the Hittites, where he built a town. He named it Luz, which is its name to this day.

27 The tribe of Manasseh failed to drive out the people living in Beth-shan,Hebrew Beth-shean, a variant spelling of Beth-shan. Taanach, Dor, Ibleam, Megiddo, and all their surrounding settlements, because the Canaanites were determined to stay in that region.28 When the Israelites grew stronger, they forced the Canaanites to work as slaves, but they never did drive them completely out of the land.

29 The tribe of Ephraim failed to drive out the Canaanites living in Gezer, so the Canaanites continued to live there among them.

30 The tribe of Zebulun failed to drive out the residents of Kitron and Nahalol, so the Canaanites continued to live among them. But the Canaanites were forced to work as slaves for the people of Zebulun.

31 The tribe of Asher failed to drive out the residents of Acco, Sidon, Ahlab, Aczib, Helbah, Aphik, and Rehob.32 Instead, the people of Asher moved in among the Canaanites, who controlled the land, for they failed to drive them out.

33 Likewise, the tribe of Naphtali failed to drive out the residents of Beth-shemesh and Beth-anath. Instead, they moved in among the Canaanites, who controlled the land. Nevertheless, the people of Beth-shemesh and Beth-anath were forced to work as slaves for the people of Naphtali.

34 As for the tribe of Dan, the Amorites forced them back into the hill country and would not let them come down into the plains.35 The Amorites were determined to stay in Mount Heres, Aijalon, and Shaalbim, but when the descendants of Joseph became stronger, they forced the Amorites to work as slaves.36 The boundary of the Amorites ran from Scorpion PassHebrew Akrabbim. to Sela and continued upward from there.

The Lord’s Messenger Comes to Bokim

The angel of the Lord went up from Gilgal to Bokim and said to the Israelites, “I brought you out of Egypt into this land that I swore to give your ancestors, and I said I would never break my covenant with you.For your part, you were not to make any covenants with the people living in this land; instead, you were to destroy their altars. But you disobeyed my command. Why did you do this?So now I declare that I will no longer drive out the people living in your land. They will be thorns in your sides,Hebrew They will be in your sides; compare Num 33:55. and their gods will be a constant temptation to you.”

When the angel of the Lord finished speaking to all the Israelites, the people wept loudly.So they called the place Bokim (which means “weeping”), and they offered sacrifices there to the Lord.

The Death of Joshua

After Joshua sent the people away, each of the tribes left to take possession of the land allotted to them.And the Israelites served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and the leaders who outlived him—those who had seen all the great things the Lord had done for Israel.

Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died at the age of 110.They buried him in the land he had been allocated, at Timnath-serahAs in parallel text at Josh 24:30; Hebrew reads Timnath-heres, a variant spelling of Timnath-serah. in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.

Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of Israel asked the Lord, saying, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them?

And the Lord said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand.

And Judah said unto Simeon his brother, Come up with me into my lot, that we may fight against the Canaanites; and I likewise will go with thee into thy lot. So Simeon went with him.

And Judah went up; and the Lord delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand: and they slew of them in Bezek ten thousand men.

And they found Adonibezek in Bezek: and they fought against him, and they slew the Canaanites and the Perizzites.

But Adonibezek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes.

And Adonibezek said, Threescore and ten kings, having their thumbs and their great toes cut off, gathered their meat under my table: as I have done, so God hath requited me. And they brought him to Jerusalem, and there he died.

Now the children of Judah had fought against Jerusalem, and had taken it, and smitten it with the edge of the sword, and set the city on fire.

And afterward the children of Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites, that dwelt in the mountain, and in the south, and in the valley.

10 And Judah went against the Canaanites that dwelt in Hebron: (now the name of Hebron before was Kirjatharba:) and they slew Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai.

11 And from thence he went against the inhabitants of Debir: and the name of Debir before was Kirjathsepher:

12 And Caleb said, He that smiteth Kirjathsepher, and taketh it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter to wife.

13 And Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, took it: and he gave him Achsah his daughter to wife.

14 And it came to pass, when she came to him, that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she lighted from off her ass; and Caleb said unto her, What wilt thou?

15 And she said unto him, Give me a blessing: for thou hast given me a south land; give me also springs of water. And Caleb gave her the upper springs and the nether springs.

16 And the children of the Kenite, Moses' father in law, went up out of the city of palm trees with the children of Judah into the wilderness of Judah, which lieth in the south of Arad; and they went and dwelt among the people.

17 And Judah went with Simeon his brother, and they slew the Canaanites that inhabited Zephath, and utterly destroyed it. And the name of the city was called Hormah.

18 Also Judah took Gaza with the coast thereof, and Askelon with the coast thereof, and Ekron with the coast thereof.

19 And the Lord was with Judah; and he drave out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.

20 And they gave Hebron unto Caleb, as Moses said: and he expelled thence the three sons of Anak.

21 And the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites that inhabited Jerusalem; but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem unto this day.

22 And the house of Joseph, they also went up against Bethel: and the Lord was with them.

23 And the house of Joseph sent to descry Bethel. (Now the name of the city before was Luz.)

24 And the spies saw a man come forth out of the city, and they said unto him, Shew us, we pray thee, the entrance into the city, and we will shew thee mercy.

25 And when he shewed them the entrance into the city, they smote the city with the edge of the sword; but they let go the man and all his family.

26 And the man went into the land of the Hittites, and built a city, and called the name thereof Luz: which is the name thereof unto this day.

27 Neither did Manasseh drive out the inhabitants of Bethshean and her towns, nor Taanach and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Dor and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Ibleam and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Megiddo and her towns: but the Canaanites would dwell in that land.

28 And it came to pass, when Israel was strong, that they put the Canaanites to tribute, and did not utterly drive them out.

29 Neither did Ephraim drive out the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer; but the Canaanites dwelt in Gezer among them.

30 Neither did Zebulun drive out the inhabitants of Kitron, nor the inhabitants of Nahalol; but the Canaanites dwelt among them, and became tributaries.

31 Neither did Asher drive out the inhabitants of Accho, nor the inhabitants of Zidon, nor of Ahlab, nor of Achzib, nor of Helbah, nor of Aphik, nor of Rehob:

32 But the Asherites dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land: for they did not drive them out.

33 Neither did Naphtali drive out the inhabitants of Bethshemesh, nor the inhabitants of Bethanath; but he dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land: nevertheless the inhabitants of Bethshemesh and of Bethanath became tributaries unto them.

34 And the Amorites forced the children of Dan into the mountain: for they would not suffer them to come down to the valley:

35 But the Amorites would dwell in mount Heres in Aijalon, and in Shaalbim: yet the hand of the house of Joseph prevailed, so that they became tributaries.

36 And the coast of the Amorites was from the going up to Akrabbim, from the rock, and upward.

And an angel of the Lord came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you.

And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land; ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not obeyed my voice: why have ye done this?

Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you.

And it came to pass, when the angel of the Lord spake these words unto all the children of Israel, that the people lifted up their voice, and wept.

And they called the name of that place Bochim: and they sacrificed there unto the Lord.

And when Joshua had let the people go, the children of Israel went every man unto his inheritance to possess the land.

And the people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the Lord, that he did for Israel.

And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died, being an hundred and ten years old.

And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnathheres, in the mount of Ephraim, on the north side of the hill Gaash.

Luke 21:29-22:13

29 He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees.30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near.31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of GodS Mt 3:2 is near.

32 “Truly I tell you, this generationLk 11:50; 17:25 will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.S Mt 5:18

34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life,Mk 4:19 and that day will close on you suddenlyLk 12:40, 46; 1Th 5:2-7 like a trap.35 For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth.36 Be always on the watch, and prayMt 26:41 that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

37 Each day Jesus was teaching at the temple,S Mt 26:55 and each evening he went outMk 11:19 to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives,S Mt 21:138 and all the people came early in the morning to hear him at the temple.Jn 8:2

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus22:1, 2pp — Mt 26:2-5; Mk 14:1, 2, 10, 11

22 Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching,S Jn 11:55and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus,S Mt 12:14 for they were afraid of the people.Then SatanS Mt 4:10 entered Judas, called Iscariot,S Mt 10:4 one of the Twelve.And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guardver 52; Ac 4:1; 5:24 and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus.They were delighted and agreed to give him money.Zec 11:12He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.

The Last Supper22:7-13pp — Mt 26:17-19; Mk 14:12-1622:17-20pp — Mt 26:26-29; Mk 14:22-25; 1Co 11:23-2522:21-23pp — Mt 26:21-24; Mk 14:18-21; Jn 13:21-3022:25-27pp — Mt 20:25-28; Mk 10:42-4522:33, 34pp — Mt 26:33-35; Mk 14:29-31; Jn 13:37, 38

Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.Ex 12:18-20; Dt 16:5-8; S Mk 14:12Jesus sent Peter and John,Ac 3:1, 11; 4:13, 19; 8:14 saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.”

“Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked.

10 He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters,11 and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’12 He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.”

13 They left and found things just as Jesus had told them.Lk 19:32 So they prepared the Passover.

29 Then he gave them this illustration: “Notice the fig tree, or any other tree.30 When the leaves come out, you know without being told that summer is near.31 In the same way, when you see all these things taking place, you can know that the Kingdom of God is near.32 I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things have taken place.33 Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.

34 “Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware,35 like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth.36 Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.”

37 Every day Jesus went to the Temple to teach, and each evening he returned to spend the night on the Mount of Olives.38 The crowds gathered at the Temple early each morning to hear him.

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

22 The Festival of Unleavened Bread, which is also called Passover, was approaching.The leading priests and teachers of religious law were plotting how to kill Jesus, but they were afraid of the people’s reaction.

Then Satan entered into Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve disciples,and he went to the leading priests and captains of the Temple guard to discuss the best way to betray Jesus to them.They were delighted, and they promised to give him money.So he agreed and began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus so they could arrest him when the crowds weren’t around.

The Last Supper

Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread arrived, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed.Jesus sent Peter and John ahead and said, “Go and prepare the Passover meal, so we can eat it together.”

“Where do you want us to prepare it?” they asked him.

10 He replied, “As soon as you enter Jerusalem, a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him. At the house he enters,11 say to the owner, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?’12 He will take you upstairs to a large room that is already set up. That is where you should prepare our meal.”13 They went off to the city and found everything just as Jesus had said, and they prepared the Passover meal there.

29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;

30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.

31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.

32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.

33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.

35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.

36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

37 And in the day time he was teaching in the temple; and at night he went out, and abode in the mount that is called the mount of Olives.

38 And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, for to hear him.

22 Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.

And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.

Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.

And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them.

And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money.

And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude.

Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed.

And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat.

And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare?

10 And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in.

11 And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?

12 And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready.

13 And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.

Psalm 90:1-91:16

BOOK IV

Psalms 90–106

Psalm 90

A prayer of Moses the man of God.

Lord, you have been our dwelling placeS Dt 33:27; Eph 2:22; Rev 21:3

throughout all generations.

Before the mountains were bornS Job 15:7

or you brought forth the whole world,

from everlasting to everlastingIsa 9:6; 57:15 you are God.S Ge 21:33; S Job 10:5; Ps 102:24-27; Pr 8:23-26

You turn people back to dust,

saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”S Ge 2:7; S Job 7:21; 34:15; 1Co 15:47

A thousand years in your sight

are like a day that has just gone by,

or like a watch in the night.S Job 10:5; 2Pe 3:8

Yet you sweep people awayS Ge 19:15 in the sleep of death—

they are like the new grass of the morning:

In the morning it springs up new,

but by evening it is dry and withered.Isa 40:6-8; Mt 6:30; Jas 1:10

We are consumed by your anger

and terrified by your indignation.

You have set our iniquities before you,

our secret sinsS Ps 19:12; 2Co 4:2; Eph 5:12 in the light of your presence.S Heb 4:13

All our days pass away under your wrath;

we finish our years with a moan.Ps 78:33

10 Our days may come to seventy years,Isa 23:15, 17; Jer 25:11

or eighty,2Sa 19:35 if our strength endures;

yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,S Job 5:7

for they quickly pass, and we fly away.S Job 20:8; S 34:15

11 If only we knew the power of your anger!

Your wrathPs 7:11 is as great as the fear that is your due.Ps 76:7

12 Teach us to number our days,Ps 39:4; 139:16; Pr 16:9; 20:24

that we may gain a heart of wisdom.Dt 32:29

13 Relent, Lord! How longPs 6:3 will it be?

Have compassion on your servants.S Dt 32:36

14 SatisfyPs 103:5; 107:9; 145:16, 19 us in the morning with your unfailing love,S Ps 77:8; 143:8

that we may sing for joyS Ps 5:11 and be glad all our days.Ps 31:7

15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,

for as many years as we have seen trouble.

16 May your deeds be shown to your servants,

your splendor to their children.Ps 44:1; Hab 3:2

17 May the favorOr beauty of the Lord our God rest on us;

establish the work of our hands for us—

yes, establish the work of our hands.Isa 26:12

Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelterS Ex 33:22 of the Most High

will rest in the shadowPs 63:7; Isa 49:2; La 4:20 of the Almighty.Hebrew Shaddai

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refugever 9; S 2Sa 22:3; Ps 9:9 and my fortress,S 2Sa 22:2

my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you

from the fowler’s snarePs 124:7; Pr 6:5

and from the deadly pestilence.1Ki 8:37

He will cover you with his feathers,

and under his wings you will find refuge;S Ru 2:12; Ps 17:8

his faithfulness will be your shieldS Dt 32:10; Ps 35:2; Isa 27:3; 31:5; Zec 12:8 and rampart.

You will not fearS Job 5:21 the terror of night,

nor the arrow that flies by day,

nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,

nor the plague that destroys at midday.

A thousand may fall at your side,

ten thousand at your right hand,

but it will not come near you.

You will only observe with your eyes

and see the punishment of the wicked.Ps 37:34; S 58:10

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”

and you make the Most High your dwelling,

10 no harmPr 12:21 will overtake you,

no disaster will come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angelsS Ge 32:1; Heb 1:14 concerning you

to guard you in all your ways;Ps 34:7

12 they will lift you up in their hands,

so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.Mt 4:6*; Lk 4:10-11*

13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;

you will trample the great lion and the serpent.Da 6:22; Lk 10:19

14 “Because heThat is, probably the king loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;

I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble,

I will deliver him and honor him.S 1Sa 2:30; Jn 12:26

16 With long lifeDt 6:2; S Ps 21:4 I will satisfy him

and show him my salvation.S Ps 50:23

Book four (Psalms 90–106)

Psalm 90

A prayer of Moses, the man of God.

Lord, through all the generations

you have been our home!

Before the mountains were born,

before you gave birth to the earth and the world,

from beginning to end, you are God.

You turn people back to dust, saying,

“Return to dust, you mortals!”

For you, a thousand years are as a passing day,

as brief as a few night hours.

You sweep people away like dreams that disappear.

They are like grass that springs up in the morning.

In the morning it blooms and flourishes,

but by evening it is dry and withered.

We wither beneath your anger;

we are overwhelmed by your fury.

You spread out our sins before you—

our secret sins—and you see them all.

We live our lives beneath your wrath,

ending our years with a groan.

10 Seventy years are given to us!

Some even live to eighty.

But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble;

soon they disappear, and we fly away.

11 Who can comprehend the power of your anger?

Your wrath is as awesome as the fear you deserve.

12 Teach us to realize the brevity of life,

so that we may grow in wisdom.

13 O Lord, come back to us!

How long will you delay?

Take pity on your servants!

14 Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love,

so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.

15 Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery!

Replace the evil years with good.

16 Let us, your servants, see you work again;

let our children see your glory.

17 And may the Lord our God show us his approval

and make our efforts successful.

Yes, make our efforts successful!

Psalm 91

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High

will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

This I declare about the Lord:

He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;

he is my God, and I trust him.

For he will rescue you from every trap

and protect you from deadly disease.

He will cover you with his feathers.

He will shelter you with his wings.

His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,

nor the arrow that flies in the day.

Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,

nor the disaster that strikes at midday.

Though a thousand fall at your side,

though ten thousand are dying around you,

these evils will not touch you.

Just open your eyes,

and see how the wicked are punished.

If you make the Lord your refuge,

if you make the Most High your shelter,

10 no evil will conquer you;

no plague will come near your home.

11 For he will order his angels

to protect you wherever you go.

12 They will hold you up with their hands

so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.

13 You will trample upon lions and cobras;

you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.

I will protect those who trust in my name.

15 When they call on me, I will answer;

I will be with them in trouble.

I will rescue and honor them.

16 I will reward them with a long life

and give them my salvation.”

90 Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.

For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.

In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.

For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.

Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.

For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.

10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.

12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

13 Return, O Lord, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.

14 O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

15 Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.

16 Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.

17 And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

91 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Proverbs 13:24-25

24 Whoever spares the rodS 2Sa 7:14 hates their children,

but the one who loves their children is careful to disciplineS Pr 3:12 them.Pr 19:18; 22:15; 23:13-14; 29:15, 17; Eph 6:4; Heb 12:7

25 The righteous eat to their hearts’ content,

but the stomach of the wicked goes hungry.Pr 10:3

24 Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children.

Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.

25 The godly eat to their hearts’ content,

but the belly of the wicked goes hungry.

24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

25 The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.

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