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Joshua to Succeed Moses 31:1 So Moses continued to speak these words to all Israel.
2 And he said to them, “I am 120 years old today. I am no longer able to go out and come in. The Lord has said to me, ‘You shall not go over this Jordan.’
3 The Lord your God himself will go over before you. He will destroy these nations before you, so that you shall dispossess them, and Joshua will go over at your head, as the Lord has spoken.
4 And the Lord will do to them as he did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites, and to their land, when he destroyed them.
5 And the Lord will give them over to you, and you shall do to them according to the whole commandment that I have commanded you.
6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
7 Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land that the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall put them in possession of it.
8 It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
The Reading of the Law9 Then Moses wrote this law and gave it to the priests, the sons of Levi, who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and to all the elders of Israel.
10 And Moses commanded them, “At the end of every seven years, at the set time in the year of release, at the Feast of Booths,
11 when all Israel comes to appear before the Lord your God at the place that he will choose, you shall read this law before all Israel in their hearing.
12 Assemble the people, men, women, and little ones, and the sojourner within your towns, that they may hear and learn to fear the Lord your God, and be careful to do all the words of this law,
13 and that their children, who have not known it, may hear and learn to fear the Lord your God, as long as you live in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess.”
Joshua Commissioned to Lead Israel14 And the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, the days approach when you must die. Call Joshua and present yourselves in the tent of meeting, that I may commission him.” And Moses and Joshua went and presented themselves in the tent of meeting.
15 And the Lord appeared in the tent in a pillar of cloud. And the pillar of cloud stood over the entrance of the tent.
16 And the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, you are about to lie down with your fathers. Then this people will rise and whore after the foreign gods among them in the land that they are entering, and they will forsake me and break my covenant that I have made with them.
17 Then my anger will be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them and hide my face from them, and they will be devoured. And many evils and troubles will come upon them, so that they will say in that day, ‘Have not these evils come upon us because our God is not among us?’
18 And I will surely hide my face in that day because of all the evil that they have done, because they have turned to other gods.
19 “Now therefore write this song and teach it to the people of Israel. Put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the people of Israel.
20 For when I have brought them into the land flowing with milk and honey, which I swore to give to their fathers, and they have eaten and are full and grown fat, they will turn to other gods and serve them, and despise me and break my covenant.
21 And when many evils and troubles have come upon them, this song shall confront them as a witness (for it will live unforgotten in the mouths of their offspring). For I know what they are inclined to do even today, before I have brought them into the land that I swore to give.”
22 So Moses wrote this song the same day and taught it to the people of Israel.
23 And the Lord commissioned Joshua the son of Nun and said, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall bring the people of Israel into the land that I swore to give them. I will be with you.”
24 When Moses had finished writing the words of this law in a book to the very end,
25 Moses commanded the Levites who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord,
26 “Take this Book of the Law and put it by the side of the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, that it may be there for a witness against you.
27 For I know how rebellious and stubborn you are. Behold, even today while I am yet alive with you, you have been rebellious against the Lord. How much more after my death!
28 Assemble to me all the elders of your tribes and your officers, that I may speak these words in their ears and call heaven and earth to witness against them.
29 For I know that after my death you will surely act corruptly and turn aside from the way that I have commanded you. And in the days to come evil will befall you, because you will do what is evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger through the work of your hands.”
The Song of Moses30 Then Moses spoke the words of this song until they were finished, in the ears of all the assembly of Israel:
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32:1 “Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak,and let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
2 May my teaching drop as the rain,my speech distill as the dew,like gentle rain upon the tender grass,and like showers upon the herb.
3 For I will proclaim the name of the Lord;ascribe greatness to our God!
4 “The Rock, his work is perfect,for all his ways are justice.A God of faithfulness and without iniquity,just and upright is he.
5 They have dealt corruptly with him;they are no longer his children because they are blemished;they are a crooked and twisted generation.
6 Do you thus repay the Lord,you foolish and senseless people?Is not he your father, who created you,who made you and established you?
7 Remember the days of old;consider the years of many generations;ask your father, and he will show you,your elders, and they will tell you.
8 When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance,when he divided mankind,he fixed the borders of the peoplesaccording to the number of the sons of God.
9 But the Lord’s portion is his people,Jacob his allotted heritage.
10 “He found him in a desert land,and in the howling waste of the wilderness;he encircled him, he cared for him,he kept him as the apple of his eye.
11 Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,that flutters over its young,spreading out its wings, catching them,bearing them on its pinions,
12 the Lord alone guided him,no foreign god was with him.
13 He made him ride on the high places of the land,and he ate the produce of the field,and he suckled him with honey out of the rock,and oil out of the flinty rock.
14 Curds from the herd, and milk from the flock,with fat of lambs,rams of Bashan and goats,with the very finest of the wheat—and you drank foaming wine made from the blood of the grape.
15 “But Jeshurun grew fat, and kicked;you grew fat, stout, and sleek;then he forsook God who made himand scoffed at the Rock of his salvation.
16 They stirred him to jealousy with strange gods;with abominations they provoked him to anger.
17 They sacrificed to demons that were no gods,to gods they had never known,to new gods that had come recently,whom your fathers had never dreaded.
18 You were unmindful of the Rock that bore you,and you forgot the God who gave you birth.
19 “The Lord saw it and spurned them,because of the provocation of his sons and his daughters.
20 And he said, ‘I will hide my face from them;I will see what their end will be,for they are a perverse generation,children in whom is no faithfulness.
21 They have made me jealous with what is no god;they have provoked me to anger with their idols.So I will make them jealous with those who are no people;I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.
22 For a fire is kindled by my anger,and it burns to the depths of Sheol,devours the earth and its increase,and sets on fire the foundations of the mountains.
23 “‘And I will heap disasters upon them;I will spend my arrows on them;
24 they shall be wasted with hunger,and devoured by plagueand poisonous pestilence;I will send the teeth of beasts against them,with the venom of things that crawl in the dust.
25 Outdoors the sword shall bereave,and indoors terror,for young man and woman alike,the nursing child with the man of gray hairs.
26 I would have said, I will cut them to pieces;I will wipe them from human memory,
27 had I not feared provocation by the enemy,lest their adversaries should misunderstand,lest they should say, Our hand is triumphant,it was not the Lord who did all this.’
28 “For they are a nation void of counsel,and there is no understanding in them.
29 If they were wise, they would understand this;they would discern their latter end!
30 How could one have chased a thousand,and two have put ten thousand to flight,unless their Rock had sold them,and the Lord had given them up?
31 For their rock is not as our Rock;our enemies are by themselves.
32 For their vine comes from the vine of Sodomand from the fields of Gomorrah;their grapes are grapes of poison;their clusters are bitter;
33 their wine is the poison of serpentsand the cruel venom of asps.
34 “‘Is not this laid up in store with me,sealed up in my treasuries?
35 Vengeance is mine, and recompense,for the time when their foot shall slip;for the day of their calamity is at hand,and their doom comes swiftly.’
36 For the Lord will vindicate his peopleand have compassion on his servants,when he sees that their power is goneand there is none remaining, bond or free.
37 Then he will say, ‘Where are their gods,the rock in which they took refuge,
38 who ate the fat of their sacrificesand drank the wine of their drink offering?Let them rise up and help you;let them be your protection!
39 “‘See now that I, even I, am he,and there is no god beside me;I kill and I make alive;I wound and I heal;and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.
40 For I lift up my hand to heavenand swear, As I live forever,
41 if I sharpen my flashing swordand my hand takes hold on judgment,I will take vengeance on my adversariesand will repay those who hate me.
42 I will make my arrows drunk with blood,and my sword shall devour flesh—with the blood of the slain and the captives,from the long-haired heads of the enemy.’
43 “Rejoice with him, O heavens;bow down to him, all gods,for he avenges the blood of his childrenand takes vengeance on his adversaries.He repays those who hate himand cleanses his people’s land.”
44 Moses came and recited all the words of this song in the hearing of the people, he and Joshua the son of Nun.
45 And when Moses had finished speaking all these words to all Israel,
46 he said to them, “Take to heart all the words by which I am warning you today, that you may command them to your children, that they may be careful to do all the words of this law.
47 For it is no empty word for you, but your very life, and by this word you shall live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess.”
Moses’ Death Foretold48 That very day the Lord spoke to Moses,
49 “Go up this mountain of the Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, opposite Jericho, and view the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the people of Israel for a possession.
50 And die on the mountain which you go up, and be gathered to your people, as Aaron your brother died in Mount Hor and was gathered to his people,
51 because you broke faith with me in the midst of the people of Israel at the waters of Meribah-kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin, and because you did not treat me as holy in the midst of the people of Israel.
52 For you shall see the land before you, but you shall not go there, into the land that I am giving to the people of Israel.”
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The Words of King Lemuel 31:1 The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him:
2 What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb?What are you doing, son of my vows?
3 Do not give your strength to women,your ways to those who destroy kings.
4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel,it is not for kings to drink wine,or for rulers to take strong drink,
5 lest they drink and forget what has been decreedand pervert the rights of all the afflicted.
6 Give strong drink to the one who is perishing,and wine to those in bitter distress;
7 let them drink and forget their povertyand remember their misery no more.
8 Open your mouth for the mute,for the rights of all who are destitute.
9 Open your mouth, judge righteously,defend the rights of the poor and needy.
The Woman Who Fears the Lord10 An excellent wife who can find?She is far more precious than jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,and he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good, and not harm,all the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,and works with willing hands.
14 She is like the ships of the merchant;she brings her food from afar.
15 She rises while it is yet nightand provides food for her householdand portions for her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17 She dresses herself with strengthand makes her arms strong.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She puts her hands to the distaff,and her hands hold the spindle.
20 She opens her hand to the poorand reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,for all her household are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes bed coverings for herself;her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gateswhen he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them;she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,and she laughs at the time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her householdand does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women have done excellently,but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,and let her works praise her in the gates.
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The Triumphal Entry 11:1 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples
2 and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it.
3 If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’”
4 And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it.
5 And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?”
6 And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go.
7 And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it.
8 And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields.
9 And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”
11 And he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.
Jesus Curses the Fig Tree12 On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry.
13 And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.
14 And he said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it.
Jesus Cleanses the Temple15 And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons.
16 And he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple.
17 And he was teaching them and saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.”
18 And the chief priests and the scribes heard it and were seeking a way to destroy him, for they feared him, because all the crowd was astonished at his teaching.
19 And when evening came they went out of the city.
The Lesson from the Withered Fig Tree20 As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots.
21 And Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.”
22 And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God.
23 Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.
24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
25 And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
The Authority of Jesus Challenged27 And they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him,
28 and they said to him, “By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?”
29 Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
30 Was the baptism of John from heaven or from man? Answer me.”
31 And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’
32 But shall we say, ‘From man’?”—they were afraid of the people, for they all held that John really was a prophet.
33 So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”
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