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April 29 - Bible-in-a-Year


Joshua 18-19

Chapter 18

Division of the Rest of the Land

1 The whole assembly of the Israelites gathered at Shiloh(a) and set up the tent of meeting(b) there. The country was brought under their control, 2 but there were still seven Israelite tribes who had not yet received their inheritance.

3 So Joshua said to the Israelites: "How long will you wait before you begin to take possession of the land that the Lord , the God of your ancestors, has given you? 4 Appoint three men from each tribe. I will send them out to make a survey of the land and to write a description of it,(c) according to the inheritance of each.(d) Then they will return to me. 5 You are to divide the land into seven parts. Judah is to remain in its territory on the south(e) and the tribes of Joseph in their territory on the north.(f) 6 After you have written descriptions of the seven parts of the land, bring them here to me and I will cast lots(g) for you in the presence of the Lord our God. 7 The Levites, however, do not get a portion among you, because the priestly service of the Lord is their inheritance.(h) And Gad, Reuben and the half-tribe of Manasseh have already received their inheritance on the east side of the Jordan. Moses the servant of the Lord gave it to them.(i)"

8 As the men started on their way to map out the land, Joshua instructed them, "Go and make a survey of the land and write a description of it.(j) Then return to me, and I will cast lots for you here at Shiloh(k) in the presence of the Lord ." 9 So the men left and went through the land. They wrote its description on a scroll, town by town, in seven parts, and returned to Joshua in the camp at Shiloh. 10 Joshua then cast lots(l) for them in Shiloh in the presence(m) of the Lord , and there he distributed the land to the Israelites according to their tribal divisions.(n)

Allotment for Benjamin

11 The first lot came up for the tribe of Benjamin according to its clans. Their allotted territory lay between the tribes of Judah and Joseph:

12 On the north side their boundary began at the Jordan, passed the northern slope of Jericho and headed west into the hill country, coming out at the wilderness(o) of Beth Aven.(p) 13 From there it crossed to the south slope of Luz(q) (that is, Bethel(r)) and went down to Ataroth Addar(s) on the hill south of Lower Beth Horon.

14 From the hill facing Beth Horon(t) on the south the boundary turned south along the western side and came out at Kiriath Baal (that is, Kiriath Jearim),(u) a town of the people of Judah. This was the western side.

15 The southern side began at the outskirts of Kiriath Jearim on the west, and the boundary came out at the spring of the waters of Nephtoah.(v) 16 The boundary went down to the foot of the hill facing the Valley of Ben Hinnom, north of the Valley of Rephaim.(w) It continued down the Hinnom Valley(x) along the southern slope of the Jebusite city and so to En Rogel.(y) 17 It then curved north, went to En Shemesh, continued to Geliloth,(z) which faces the Pass of Adummim,(aa) and ran down to the Stone of Bohan(ab) son of Reuben. 18 It continued to the northern slope of Beth Arabah[a](ac) and on down into the Arabah.(ad) 19 It then went to the northern slope of Beth Hoglah(ae) and came out at the northern bay of the Dead Sea,(af) at the mouth of the Jordan in the south. This was the southern boundary.

20 The Jordan formed the boundary on the eastern side.

These were the boundaries that marked out the inheritance of the clans of Benjamin on all sides.(ag)

21 The tribe of Benjamin, according to its clans, had the following towns:

Jericho, Beth Hoglah,(ah) Emek Keziz, 22 Beth Arabah,(ai) Zemaraim,(aj) Bethel,(ak) 23 Avvim,(al) Parah, Ophrah,(am) 24 Kephar Ammoni, Ophni and Geba(an)—twelve towns and their villages.

25 Gibeon,(ao) Ramah,(ap) Beeroth,(aq) 26 Mizpah,(ar) Kephirah,(as) Mozah, 27 Rekem, Irpeel, Taralah, 28 Zelah,(at) Haeleph, the Jebusite city(au) (that is, Jerusalem(av)), Gibeah(aw) and Kiriath—fourteen towns and their villages.(ax)

This was the inheritance of Benjamin for its clans.(ay)

Chapter 19

Allotment for Simeon(a)

1 The second lot came out for the tribe of Simeon according to its clans. Their inheritance lay within the territory of Judah.(b) 2 It included:

Beersheba(c) (or Sheba),[a] Moladah,(d) 3 Hazar Shual,(e) Balah, Ezem,(f) 4 Eltolad,(g) Bethul, Hormah,(h) 5 Ziklag,(i) Beth Markaboth, Hazar Susah, 6 Beth Lebaoth and Sharuhen—thirteen towns and their villages;

7 Ain, Rimmon,(j) Ether and Ashan(k)—four towns and their villages— 8 and all the villages around these towns as far as Baalath Beer (Ramah in the Negev).(l)

This was the inheritance of the tribe of the Simeonites, according to its clans. 9 The inheritance of the Simeonites was taken from the share of Judah,(m) because Judah's portion was more than they needed. So the Simeonites received their inheritance within the territory of Judah.(n)

Allotment for Zebulun

10 The third lot came up for Zebulun(o) according to its clans:

The boundary of their inheritance went as far as Sarid.(p) 11 Going west it ran to Maralah, touched Dabbesheth, and extended to the ravine near Jokneam.(q) 12 It turned east from Sarid(r) toward the sunrise to the territory of Kisloth Tabor and went on to Daberath(s) and up to Japhia. 13 Then it continued eastward to Gath Hepher(t) and Eth Kazin; it came out at Rimmon(u) and turned toward Neah. 14 There the boundary went around on the north to Hannathon and ended at the Valley of Iphtah El.(v) 15 Included were Kattath, Nahalal,(w) Shimron,(x) Idalah and Bethlehem.(y) There were twelve towns and their villages.

16 These towns and their villages were the inheritance of Zebulun,(z) according to its clans.(aa)

Allotment for Issachar

17 The fourth lot came out for Issachar(ab) according to its clans. 18 Their territory included:

Jezreel,(ac) Kesulloth, Shunem,(ad) 19 Hapharaim, Shion, Anaharath, 20 Rabbith, Kishion,(ae) Ebez, 21 Remeth, En Gannim,(af) En Haddah and Beth Pazzez. 22 The boundary touched Tabor,(ag) Shahazumah and Beth Shemesh,(ah) and ended at the Jordan. There were sixteen towns and their villages.

23 These towns and their villages were the inheritance of the tribe of Issachar,(ai) according to its clans.(aj)

Allotment for Asher

24 The fifth lot came out for the tribe of Asher(ak) according to its clans. 25 Their territory included:

Helkath, Hali, Beten, Akshaph,(al) 26 Allammelek, Amad and Mishal.(am) On the west the boundary touched Carmel(an) and Shihor Libnath. 27 It then turned east toward Beth Dagon,(ao) touched Zebulun(ap) and the Valley of Iphtah El,(aq) and went north to Beth Emek and Neiel, passing Kabul(ar) on the left. 28 It went to Abdon,[b](as) Rehob,(at) Hammon(au) and Kanah,(av) as far as Greater Sidon.(aw) 29 The boundary then turned back toward Ramah(ax) and went to the fortified city of Tyre,(ay) turned toward Hosah and came out at the Mediterranean Sea(az) in the region of Akzib,(ba) 30 Ummah, Aphek(bb) and Rehob.(bc) There were twenty-two towns and their villages.

31 These towns and their villages were the inheritance of the tribe of Asher,(bd) according to its clans.

Allotment for Naphtali

32 The sixth lot came out for Naphtali according to its clans:

33 Their boundary went from Heleph and the large tree in Zaanannim,(be) passing Adami Nekeb and Jabneel(bf) to Lakkum and ending at the Jordan. 34 The boundary ran west through Aznoth Tabor and came out at Hukkok.(bg) It touched Zebulun(bh) on the south, Asher on the west and the Jordan[c] on the east. 35 The fortified towns were Ziddim, Zer, Hammath,(bi) Rakkath, Kinnereth,(bj) 36 Adamah, Ramah,(bk) Hazor,(bl) 37 Kedesh,(bm) Edrei,(bn) En Hazor, 38 Iron, Migdal El, Horem, Beth Anath(bo) and Beth Shemesh.(bp) There were nineteen towns and their villages.

39 These towns and their villages were the inheritance of the tribe of Naphtali, according to its clans.(bq)

Allotment for Dan

40 The seventh lot came out for the tribe of Dan according to its clans. 41 The territory of their inheritance included:

Zorah, Eshtaol,(br) Ir Shemesh, 42 Shaalabbin, Aijalon,(bs) Ithlah, 43 Elon, Timnah,(bt) Ekron,(bu) 44 Eltekeh, Gibbethon,(bv) Baalath,(bw) 45 Jehud, Bene Berak, Gath Rimmon,(bx) 46 Me Jarkon and Rakkon, with the area facing Joppa.(by)

47 (When the territory of the Danites was lost to them,(bz) they went up and attacked Leshem(ca), took it, put it to the sword and occupied it. They settled in Leshem and named(cb) it Dan after their ancestor.)(cc)

48 These towns and their villages were the inheritance of the tribe of Dan,(cd) according to its clans.

Allotment for Joshua

49 When they had finished dividing the land into its allotted portions, the Israelites gave Joshua son of Nun an inheritance among them, 50 as the Lord had commanded. They gave him the town he asked for—Timnath Serah[d](ce) in the hill country of Ephraim. And he built up the town and settled there.

51 These are the territories that Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun and the heads of the tribal clans of Israel assigned by lot at Shiloh in the presence of the Lord at the entrance to the tent of meeting. And so they finished dividing(cf) the land.(cg)

Job 29

Chapter 29

Job's Final Defense

1 Job continued his discourse:(a)

2 "How I long for the months gone by,(b)
     for the days when God watched over me,(c)
3 when his lamp shone on my head
     and by his light I walked through darkness!(d)
4 Oh, for the days when I was in my prime,
     when God's intimate friendship(e) blessed my house,(f)
5 when the Almighty was still with me
     and my children(g) were around me,(h)
6 when my path was drenched with cream(i)
     and the rock(j) poured out for me streams of olive oil.(k)

7 "When I went to the gate(l) of the city
     and took my seat in the public square,
8 the young men saw me and stepped aside(m)
     and the old men rose to their feet;(n)
9 the chief men refrained from speaking(o)
     and covered their mouths with their hands;(p)
10 the voices of the nobles were hushed,(q)
     and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.(r)
11 Whoever heard me spoke well of me,
     and those who saw me commended me,(s)
12 because I rescued the poor(t) who cried for help,
     and the fatherless(u) who had none to assist them.(v)
13 The one who was dying blessed me;(w)
     I made the widow's(x) heart sing.
14 I put on righteousness(y) as my clothing;
     justice was my robe and my turban.(z)
15 I was eyes(aa) to the blind
     and feet to the lame.(ab)
16 I was a father to the needy;(ac)
     I took up the case(ad) of the stranger.(ae)
17 I broke the fangs of the wicked
     and snatched the victims(af) from their teeth.(ag)

18 "I thought, ‘I will die in my own house,
     my days as numerous as the grains of sand.(ah)
19 My roots will reach to the water,(ai)
     and the dew will lie all night on my branches.(aj)
20 My glory will not fade;(ak)
     the bow(al) will be ever new in my hand.'(am)

21 "People listened to me expectantly,
     waiting in silence for my counsel.(an)
22 After I had spoken, they spoke no more;(ao)
     my words fell gently on their ears.(ap)
23 They waited for me as for showers
     and drank in my words as the spring rain.(aq)
24 When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it;
     the light of my face(ar) was precious to them.[a](as)
25 I chose the way for them and sat as their chief;(at)
     I dwelt as a king(au) among his troops;
     I was like one who comforts mourners.(av)

Acts 13:1-25

Chapter 13

1 Now in the church at Antioch(a) there were prophets(b) and teachers:(c) Barnabas,(d) Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene,(e) Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod(f) the tetrarch) and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,(g) "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work(h) to which I have called them."(i) 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them(j) and sent them off.(k)

On Cyprus

4 The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit,(l) went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus.(m) 5 When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God(n) in the Jewish synagogues.(o) John(p) was with them as their helper.

6 They traveled through the whole island until they came to Paphos. There they met a Jewish sorcerer(q) and false prophet(r) named Bar-Jesus, 7 who was an attendant of the proconsul,(s) Sergius Paulus. The proconsul, an intelligent man, sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear the word of God. 8 But Elymas the sorcerer(t) (for that is what his name means) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul(u) from the faith.(v) 9 Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit,(w) looked straight at Elymas and said, 10 "You are a child of the devil(x) and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord?(y) 11 Now the hand of the Lord is against you.(z) You are going to be blind for a time, not even able to see the light of the sun."(aa)

Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he groped about, seeking someone to lead him by the hand. 12 When the proconsul(ab) saw what had happened, he believed, for he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord.

In Pisidian Antioch

13 From Paphos,(ac) Paul and his companions sailed to Perga in Pamphylia,(ad) where John(ae) left them to return to Jerusalem. 14 From Perga they went on to Pisidian Antioch.(af) On the Sabbath(ag) they entered the synagogue(ah) and sat down. 15 After the reading from the Law(ai) and the Prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent word to them, saying, "Brothers, if you have a word of exhortation for the people, please speak."

16 Standing up, Paul motioned with his hand(aj) and said: "Fellow Israelites and you Gentiles who worship God, listen to me! 17 The God of the people of Israel chose our ancestors; he made the people prosper during their stay in Egypt; with mighty power he led them out of that country;(ak) 18 for about forty years he endured their conduct[a](al) in the wilderness;(am) 19 and he overthrew seven nations in Canaan,(an) giving their land to his people(ao) as their inheritance.(ap) 20 All this took about 450 years.

"After this, God gave them judges(aq) until the time of Samuel the prophet.(ar) 21 Then the people asked for a king,(as) and he gave them Saul(at) son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin,(au) who ruled forty years. 22 After removing Saul,(av) he made David their king.(aw) God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart;(ax) he will do everything I want him to do.'(ay)

23 "From this man's descendants(az) God has brought to Israel the Savior(ba) Jesus,(bb) as he promised.(bc) 24 Before the coming of Jesus, John preached repentance and baptism to all the people of Israel.(bd) 25 As John was completing his work,(be) he said: ‘Who do you suppose I am? I am not the one you are looking for.(bf) But there is one coming after me whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.'(bg)

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