JUDGES 1The Continuing Conquest of Canaan 1:1 After the death of Joshua, the people of Israel inquired of the Lord, “Who shall go up first for us against the Canaanites, to fight against them?” 2 The Lord said, “Judah shall go up; behold, I have given the land into his hand.” 3 And Judah said to Simeon his brother, “Come up with me into the territory allotted to me, that we may fight against the Canaanites. And I likewise will go with you into the territory allotted to you.” So Simeon went with him. 4 Then Judah went up and the Lord gave the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand, and they defeated 10,000 of them at Bezek. 5 They found Adoni-bezek at Bezek and fought against him and defeated the Canaanites and the Perizzites. 6 Adoni-bezek fled, but they pursued him and caught him and cut off his thumbs and his big toes. 7 And Adoni-bezek said, “Seventy kings with their thumbs and their big toes cut off used to pick up scraps under my table. As I have done, so God has repaid me.” And they brought him to Jerusalem, and he died there.
JUDGES 2Israel’s Disobedience 2:1 Now the angel of the Lord went up from Gilgal to Bochim. And he said, “I brought you up from Egypt and brought you into the land that I swore to give to your fathers. I said, ‘I will never break my covenant with you, 2 and you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall break down their altars.’ But you have not obeyed my voice. What is this you have done? 3 So now I say, I will not drive them out before you, but they shall become thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare to you.” 4 As soon as the angel of the Lord spoke these words to all the people of Israel, the people lifted up their voices and wept. 5 And they called the name of that place Bochim. And they sacrificed there to the Lord. The Death of Joshua6 When Joshua dismissed the people, the people of Israel went each to his inheritance to take possession of the land. 7 And the people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great work that the Lord had done for Israel. 8 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died at the age of 110 years. 9 And they buried him within the boundaries of his inheritance in Timnath-heres, in the hill country of Ephraim, north of the mountain of Gaash. 10 And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel. Israel’s Unfaithfulness11 And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals. 12 And they abandoned the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt. They went after other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed down to them. And they provoked the Lord to anger. 13 They abandoned the Lord and served the Baals and the Ashtaroth. 14 So the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he gave them over to plunderers, who plundered them. And he sold them into the hand of their surrounding enemies, so that they could no longer withstand their enemies. 15 Whenever they marched out, the hand of the Lord was against them for harm, as the Lord had warned, and as the Lord had sworn to them. And they were in terrible distress. The Lord Raises Up Judges16 Then the Lord raised up judges, who saved them out of the hand of those who plundered them. 17 Yet they did not listen to their judges, for they whored after other gods and bowed down to them. They soon turned aside from the way in which their fathers had walked, who had obeyed the commandments of the Lord, and they did not do so. 18 Whenever the Lord raised up judges for them, the Lord was with the judge, and he saved them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge. For the Lord was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who afflicted and oppressed them. 19 But whenever the judge died, they turned back and were more corrupt than their fathers, going after other gods, serving them and bowing down to them. They did not drop any of their practices or their stubborn ways. 20 So the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he said, “Because this people have transgressed my covenant that I commanded their fathers and have not obeyed my voice, 21 I will no longer drive out before them any of the nations that Joshua left when he died, 22 in order to test Israel by them, whether they will take care to walk in the way of the Lord as their fathers did, or not.” 23 So the Lord left those nations, not driving them out quickly, and he did not give them into the hand of Joshua.
PROVERBS 1414:1 The wisest of women builds her house,but folly with her own hands tears it down. 2 Whoever walks in uprightness fears the Lord,but he who is devious in his ways despises him. 3 By the mouth of a fool comes a rod for his back,but the lips of the wise will preserve them. 4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean,but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox. 5 A faithful witness does not lie,but a false witness breathes out lies. 6 A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain,but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding. 7 Leave the presence of a fool,for there you do not meet words of knowledge. 8 The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way,but the folly of fools is deceiving. 9 Fools mock at the guilt offering,but the upright enjoy acceptance. 10 The heart knows its own bitterness,and no stranger shares its joy. 11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed,but the tent of the upright will flourish. 12 There is a way that seems right to a man,but its end is the way to death. 13 Even in laughter the heart may ache,and the end of joy may be grief. 14 The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways,and a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways. 15 The simple believes everything,but the prudent gives thought to his steps. 16 One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil,but a fool is reckless and careless. 17 A man of quick temper acts foolishly,and a man of evil devices is hated. 18 The simple inherit folly,but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. 19 The evil bow down before the good,the wicked at the gates of the righteous. 20 The poor is disliked even by his neighbor,but the rich has many friends. 21 Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner,but blessed is he who is generous to the poor. 22 Do they not go astray who devise evil?Those who devise good meet steadfast love and faithfulness. 23 In all toil there is profit,but mere talk tends only to poverty. 24 The crown of the wise is their wealth,but the folly of fools brings folly. 25 A truthful witness saves lives,but one who breathes out lies is deceitful. 26 In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence,and his children will have a refuge. 27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,that one may turn away from the snares of death. 28 In a multitude of people is the glory of a king,but without people a prince is ruined. 29 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding,but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. 30 A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh,but envy makes the bones rot. 31 Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker,but he who is generous to the needy honors him. 32 The wicked is overthrown through his evildoing,but the righteous finds refuge in his death. 33 Wisdom rests in the heart of a man of understanding,but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools. 34 Righteousness exalts a nation,but sin is a reproach to any people. 35 A servant who deals wisely has the king’s favor,but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.
ROMANS 5Peace with God Through Faith 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
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