the Week of Proper 3 / Ordinary 8
Bible Reading Plan
Daily Bible Reading
April 20 - Bible-in-a-Year
Moses Blesses the Tribes(a)
1 This is the blessing(b) that Moses the man of God(c) pronounced on the Israelites before his death. 2 He said:
came from Sinai(d)
and dawned over them from Seir;(e)
he shone forth(f) from Mount Paran.(g)
He came with[a] myriads of holy ones(h)
from the south, from his mountain slopes.[b]
3 Surely it is you who love(i) the people;
all the holy ones are in your hand.(j)
At your feet they all bow down,(k)
and from you receive instruction,
4 the law that Moses gave us,(l)
the possession of the assembly of Jacob.(m)
5 He was king(n) over Jeshurun[c](o)
when the leaders of the people assembled,
along with the tribes of Israel.
6 "Let Reuben live and not die,
nor[d] his people be few."(p)
7 And this he said about Judah:(q)
, the cry of Judah;
bring him to his people.
With his own hands he defends his cause.
Oh, be his help against his foes!"
8 About Levi(r) he said:
"Your Thummim and Urim(s) belong
to your faithful servant.(t)
You tested(u) him at Massah;
you contended with him at the waters of Meribah.(v)
9 He said of his father and mother,(w)
‘I have no regard for them.'
He did not recognize his brothers
or acknowledge his own children,
but he watched over your word
and guarded your covenant.(x)
10 He teaches(y) your precepts to Jacob
and your law to Israel.(z)
He offers incense before you(aa)
and whole burnt offerings on your altar.(ab)
11 Bless all his skills, Lord ,
and be pleased with the work of his hands.(ac)
Strike down those who rise against him,
his foes till they rise no more."
12 About Benjamin(ad) he said:
"Let the beloved of the
rest secure in him,(ae)
for he shields him all day long,(af)
and the one the Lord loves(ag) rests between his shoulders.(ah)"
13 About Joseph(ai) he said:
bless his land
with the precious dew from heaven above
and with the deep waters that lie below;(aj)
14 with the best the sun brings forth
and the finest the moon can yield;
15 with the choicest gifts of the ancient mountains(ak)
and the fruitfulness of the everlasting hills;
16 with the best gifts of the earth and its fullness
and the favor of him who dwelt in the burning bush.(al)
Let all these rest on the head of Joseph,
on the brow of the prince among[e] his brothers.(am)
17 In majesty he is like a firstborn bull;
his horns(an) are the horns of a wild ox.(ao)
With them he will gore(ap) the nations,
even those at the ends of the earth.
Such are the ten thousands of Ephraim;(aq)
such are the thousands of Manasseh.(ar)"
18 About Zebulun(as) he said:
"Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going out,
and you, Issachar,(at) in your tents.
19 They will summon peoples to the mountain(au)
and there offer the sacrifices of the righteous;(av)
they will feast on the abundance of the seas,(aw)
on the treasures hidden in the sand."
20 About Gad(ax) he said:
"Blessed is he who enlarges Gad's domain!(ay)
Gad lives there like a lion,
tearing at arm or head.
21 He chose the best land for himself;(az)
the leader's portion was kept for him.(ba)
When the heads of the people assembled,
he carried out the Lord 's righteous will,(bb)
and his judgments concerning Israel."
22 About Dan(bc) he said:
"Dan is a lion's cub,
springing out of Bashan."
23 About Naphtali(bd) he said:
"Naphtali is abounding with the favor of the
and is full of his blessing;
he will inherit southward to the lake."
24 About Asher(be) he said:
"Most blessed of sons is Asher;
let him be favored by his brothers,
and let him bathe his feet in oil.(bf)
25 The bolts of your gates will be iron and bronze,(bg)
and your strength will equal your days.(bh)
26 "There is no one like the God of Jeshurun,(bi)
who rides(bj) across the heavens to help you(bk)
and on the clouds(bl) in his majesty.(bm)
27 The eternal(bn) God is your refuge,(bo)
and underneath are the everlasting(bp) arms.
He will drive out your enemies before you,(bq)
saying, ‘Destroy them!'(br)
28 So Israel will live in safety;(bs)
Jacob will dwell[f] secure
in a land of grain and new wine,
where the heavens drop dew.(bt)
29 Blessed are you, Israel!(bu)
Who is like you,(bv)
a people saved by the Lord ?(bw)
He is your shield and helper(bx)
and your glorious sword.
Your enemies will cower before you,
and you will tread on their heights.(by)"
The Death of Moses
1 Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo(a) from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah,(b) across from Jericho.(c) There the Lord showed(d) him the whole land—from Gilead to Dan,(e) 2 all of Naphtali, the territory of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Mediterranean Sea,(f) 3 the Negev(g) and the whole region from the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palms,(h) as far as Zoar.(i) 4 Then the Lord said to him, "This is the land I promised on oath(j) to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob(k) when I said, ‘I will give it(l) to your descendants.' I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross(m) over into it."
5 And Moses the servant of the Lord (n) died(o) there in Moab, as the Lord had said. 6 He buried him[a] in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor,(p) but to this day no one knows where his grave is.(q) 7 Moses was a hundred and twenty years old(r) when he died, yet his eyes were not weak(s) nor his strength gone.(t) 8 The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab(u) thirty days,(v) until the time of weeping and mourning(w) was over.
9 Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit[b] of wisdom(x) because Moses had laid his hands on him.(y) So the Israelites listened to him and did what the Lord had commanded Moses.
10 Since then, no prophet(z) has risen in Israel like Moses,(aa) whom the Lord knew face to face,(ab) 11 who did all those signs and wonders(ac) the Lord sent him to do in Egypt—to Pharaoh and to all his officials(ad) and to his whole land. 12 For no one has(ae) ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds(af) that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.
1 Then Zophar the Naamathite(a) replied:
2 "My troubled thoughts prompt me to answer
because I am greatly disturbed.(b)
3 I hear a rebuke(c) that dishonors me,
and my understanding inspires me to reply.
4 "Surely you know how it has been from of old,(d)
ever since mankind[a] was placed on the earth,
5 that the mirth of the wicked(e) is brief,
the joy of the godless(f) lasts but a moment.(g)
6 Though the pride(h) of the godless person reaches to the heavens(i)
and his head touches the clouds,(j)
7 he will perish forever,(k) like his own dung;
those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?'(l)
8 Like a dream(m) he flies away,(n) no more to be found,
banished(o) like a vision of the night.(p)
9 The eye that saw him will not see him again;
his place will look on him no more.(q)
10 His children(r) must make amends to the poor;
his own hands must give back his wealth.(s)
11 The youthful vigor(t) that fills his bones(u)
will lie with him in the dust.(v)
12 "Though evil(w) is sweet in his mouth
and he hides it under his tongue,(x)
13 though he cannot bear to let it go
and lets it linger in his mouth,(y)
14 yet his food will turn sour in his stomach;(z)
it will become the venom of serpents(aa) within him.
15 He will spit out the riches(ab) he swallowed;
God will make his stomach vomit(ac) them up.
16 He will suck the poison(ad) of serpents;
the fangs of an adder will kill him.(ae)
17 He will not enjoy the streams,
the rivers(af) flowing with honey(ag) and cream.(ah)
18 What he toiled for he must give back uneaten;(ai)
he will not enjoy the profit from his trading.(aj)
19 For he has oppressed the poor(ak) and left them destitute;(al)
he has seized houses(am) he did not build.
20 "Surely he will have no respite from his craving;(an)
he cannot save himself by his treasure.(ao)
21 Nothing is left for him to devour;
his prosperity will not endure.(ap)
22 In the midst of his plenty, distress will overtake him;(aq)
the full force of misery will come upon him.(ar)
23 When he has filled his belly,(as)
God will vent his burning anger(at) against him
and rain down his blows on him.(au)
24 Though he flees(av) from an iron weapon,
a bronze-tipped arrow pierces him.(aw)
25 He pulls it out of his back,
the gleaming point out of his liver.
Terrors(ax) will come over him;(ay)
26 total darkness(az) lies in wait for his treasures.
A fire(ba) unfanned will consume him(bb)
and devour what is left in his tent.(bc)
27 The heavens will expose his guilt;
the earth will rise up against him.(bd)
28 A flood will carry off his house,(be)
rushing waters[b] on the day of God's wrath.(bf)
29 Such is the fate God allots the wicked,
the heritage appointed for them by God."(bg)
1 And Saul(a) approved of their killing him.
The Church Persecuted and Scattered
On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered(b) throughout Judea and Samaria.(c) 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. 3 But Saul(d) began to destroy the church.(e) Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.
Philip in Samaria
4 Those who had been scattered(f) preached the word wherever they went.(g) 5 Philip(h) went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. 6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said. 7 For with shrieks, impure spirits came out of many,(i) and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed.(j) 8 So there was great joy in that city.
Simon the Sorcerer
9 Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery(k) in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great,(l) 10 and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, "This man is rightly called the Great Power of God."(m) 11 They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery. 12 But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God(n) and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized,(o) both men and women. 13 Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles(p) he saw.
14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria(q) had accepted the word of God,(r) they sent Peter and John(s) to Samaria. 15 When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit,(t) 16 because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them;(u) they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.(v) 17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them,(w) and they received the Holy Spirit.(x)
18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money 19 and said, "Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit."
20 Peter answered: "May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!(y) 21 You have no part or share(z) in this ministry, because your heart is not right(aa) before God. 22 Repent(ab) of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin."
24 Then Simon answered, "Pray to the Lord for me(ac) so that nothing you have said may happen to me."
25 After they had further proclaimed the word of the Lord(ad) and testified about Jesus, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many Samaritan villages.(ae)
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