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May 9 - Bible-in-a-Year
1 After the time of Abimelek,(a) a man of Issachar(b) named Tola son of Puah,(c) the son of Dodo, rose to save(d) Israel. He lived in Shamir,(e) in the hill country of Ephraim. 2 He led[a] Israel twenty-three years; then he died, and was buried in Shamir.
3 He was followed by Jair(f) of Gilead, who led Israel twenty-two years. 4 He had thirty sons, who rode thirty donkeys.(g) They controlled thirty towns in Gilead, which to this day are called Havvoth Jair.[b](h) 5 When Jair(i) died, he was buried in Kamon.
6 Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord .(j) They served the Baals and the Ashtoreths,(k) and the gods of Aram,(l) the gods of Sidon,(m) the gods of Moab, the gods of the Ammonites(n) and the gods of the Philistines.(o) And because the Israelites forsook the Lord (p) and no longer served him, 7 he became angry(q) with them. He sold them(r) into the hands of the Philistines and the Ammonites, 8 who that year shattered and crushed them. For eighteen years they oppressed all the Israelites on the east side of the Jordan in Gilead,(s) the land of the Amorites. 9 The Ammonites also crossed the Jordan to fight against Judah,(t) Benjamin and Ephraim;(u) Israel was in great distress. 10 Then the Israelites cried(v) out to the Lord , "We have sinned(w) against you, forsaking our God and serving the Baals."(x)
11 The Lord replied, "When the Egyptians,(y) the Amorites,(z) the Ammonites,(aa) the Philistines,(ab) 12 the Sidonians, the Amalekites(ac) and the Maonites[c](ad) oppressed you(ae) and you cried to me for help, did I not save you from their hands? 13 But you have forsaken(af) me and served other gods,(ag) so I will no longer save you. 14 Go and cry out to the gods you have chosen. Let them save(ah) you when you are in trouble!(ai)"
15 But the Israelites said to the Lord , "We have sinned. Do with us whatever you think best,(aj) but please rescue us now." 16 Then they got rid of the foreign gods among them and served the Lord .(ak) And he could bear Israel's misery(al) no longer.(am)
17 When the Ammonites were called to arms and camped in Gilead, the Israelites assembled and camped at Mizpah.(an) 18 The leaders of the people of Gilead said to each other, "Whoever will take the lead in attacking the Ammonites will be head(ao) over all who live in Gilead."
1 Jephthah(a) the Gileadite was a mighty warrior.(b) His father was Gilead;(c) his mother was a prostitute.(d) 2 Gilead's wife also bore him sons, and when they were grown up, they drove Jephthah away. "You are not going to get any inheritance in our family," they said, "because you are the son of another woman." 3 So Jephthah fled from his brothers and settled in the land of Tob,(e) where a gang of scoundrels(f) gathered around him and followed him.
4 Some time later, when the Ammonites(g) were fighting against Israel, 5 the elders of Gilead went to get Jephthah from the land of Tob. 6 "Come," they said, "be our commander, so we can fight the Ammonites."
7 Jephthah said to them, "Didn't you hate me and drive me from my father's house?(h) Why do you come to me now, when you're in trouble?"
8 The elders of Gilead said to him, "Nevertheless, we are turning to you now; come with us to fight the Ammonites, and you will be head(i) over all of us who live in Gilead."
9 Jephthah answered, "Suppose you take me back to fight the Ammonites and the Lord gives them to me—will I really be your head?"
10 The elders of Gilead replied, "The Lord is our witness;(j) we will certainly do as you say." 11 So Jephthah went with the elders(k) of Gilead, and the people made him head and commander over them. And he repeated(l) all his words before the Lord in Mizpah.(m)
12 Then Jephthah sent messengers to the Ammonite king with the question: "What do you have against me that you have attacked my country?"
13 The king of the Ammonites answered Jephthah's messengers, "When Israel came up out of Egypt, they took away my land from the Arnon(n) to the Jabbok,(o) all the way to the Jordan. Now give it back peaceably."
14 Jephthah sent back messengers to the Ammonite king, 15 saying:
"This is what Jephthah says: Israel did not take the land of Moab(p) or the land of the Ammonites.(q) 16 But when they came up out of Egypt, Israel went through the wilderness to the Red Sea[a](r) and on to Kadesh.(s) 17 Then Israel sent messengers(t) to the king of Edom, saying, ‘Give us permission to go through your country,'(u) but the king of Edom would not listen. They sent also to the king of Moab,(v) and he refused.(w) So Israel stayed at Kadesh.
18 "Next they traveled through the wilderness, skirted the lands of Edom(x) and Moab, passed along the eastern side(y) of the country of Moab, and camped on the other side of the Arnon.(z) They did not enter the territory of Moab, for the Arnon was its border.
19 "Then Israel sent messengers(aa) to Sihon king of the Amorites, who ruled in Heshbon,(ab) and said to him, ‘Let us pass through your country to our own place.'(ac) 20 Sihon, however, did not trust Israel[b] to pass through his territory. He mustered all his troops and encamped at Jahaz and fought with Israel.(ad)
21 "Then the Lord , the God of Israel, gave Sihon and his whole army into Israel's hands, and they defeated them. Israel took over all the land of the Amorites who lived in that country, 22 capturing all of it from the Arnon to the Jabbok and from the desert to the Jordan.(ae)
23 "Now since the Lord , the God of Israel, has driven the Amorites out before his people Israel, what right have you to take it over? 24 Will you not take what your god Chemosh(af) gives you? Likewise, whatever the Lord our God has given us,(ag) we will possess. 25 Are you any better than Balak son of Zippor,(ah) king of Moab? Did he ever quarrel with Israel or fight with them?(ai) 26 For three hundred years Israel occupied(aj) Heshbon, Aroer,(ak) the surrounding settlements and all the towns along the Arnon. Why didn't you retake them during that time? 27 I have not wronged you, but you are doing me wrong by waging war against me. Let the Lord , the Judge,(al) decide(am) the dispute this day between the Israelites and the Ammonites.(an)"
28 The king of Ammon, however, paid no attention to the message Jephthah sent him.
29 Then the Spirit(ao) of the Lord came on Jephthah. He crossed Gilead and Manasseh, passed through Mizpah(ap) of Gilead, and from there he advanced against the Ammonites.(aq) 30 And Jephthah made a vow(ar) to the Lord : "If you give the Ammonites into my hands, 31 whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph(as) from the Ammonites will be the Lord 's, and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.(at)"
32 Then Jephthah went over to fight the Ammonites, and the Lord gave them into his hands. 33 He devastated twenty towns from Aroer to the vicinity of Minnith,(au) as far as Abel Keramim. Thus Israel subdued Ammon.
34 When Jephthah returned to his home in Mizpah, who should come out to meet him but his daughter, dancing(av) to the sound of timbrels!(aw) She was an only child.(ax) Except for her he had neither son nor daughter. 35 When he saw her, he tore his clothes(ay) and cried, "Oh no, my daughter! You have brought me down and I am devastated. I have made a vow to the Lord that I cannot break.(az)"
36 "My father," she replied, "you have given your word to the Lord . Do to me just as you promised,(ba) now that the Lord has avenged you(bb) of your enemies,(bc) the Ammonites. 37 But grant me this one request," she said. "Give me two months to roam the hills and weep with my friends, because I will never marry."
38 "You may go," he said. And he let her go for two months. She and her friends went into the hills and wept because she would never marry. 39 After the two months, she returned to her father, and he did to her as he had vowed. And she was a virgin.
From this comes the Israelite tradition 40 that each year the young women of Israel go out for four days to commemorate the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite.
1 "Do you know when the mountain goats(a) give birth?
Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn?(b)
2 Do you count the months till they bear?
Do you know the time they give birth?(c)
3 They crouch down and bring forth their young;
their labor pains are ended.
4 Their young thrive and grow strong in the wilds;
they leave and do not return.
5 "Who let the wild donkey(d) go free?
Who untied its ropes?
6 I gave it the wasteland(e) as its home,
the salt flats(f) as its habitat.(g)
7 It laughs(h) at the commotion in the town;
it does not hear a driver's shout.(i)
8 It ranges the hills(j) for its pasture
and searches for any green thing.
9 "Will the wild ox(k) consent to serve you?(l)
Will it stay by your manger(m) at night?
10 Can you hold it to the furrow with a harness?(n)
Will it till the valleys behind you?
11 Will you rely on it for its great strength?(o)
Will you leave your heavy work to it?
12 Can you trust it to haul in your grain
and bring it to your threshing floor?
13 "The wings of the ostrich flap joyfully,
though they cannot compare
with the wings and feathers of the stork.(p)
14 She lays her eggs on the ground
and lets them warm in the sand,
15 unmindful that a foot may crush them,
that some wild animal may trample them.(q)
16 She treats her young harshly,(r) as if they were not hers;
she cares not that her labor was in vain,
17 for God did not endow her with wisdom
or give her a share of good sense.(s)
18 Yet when she spreads her feathers to run,
she laughs(t) at horse and rider.
19 "Do you give the horse its strength(u)
or clothe its neck with a flowing mane?
20 Do you make it leap like a locust,(v)
striking terror(w) with its proud snorting?(x)
21 It paws fiercely, rejoicing in its strength,(y)
and charges into the fray.(z)
22 It laughs(aa) at fear, afraid of nothing;
it does not shy away from the sword.
23 The quiver(ab) rattles against its side,
along with the flashing spear(ac) and lance.
24 In frenzied excitement it eats up the ground;
it cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds.(ad)
25 At the blast of the trumpet(ae) it snorts, ‘Aha!'
It catches the scent of battle from afar,
the shout of commanders and the battle cry.(af)
26 "Does the hawk take flight by your wisdom
and spread its wings toward the south?(ag)
27 Does the eagle soar at your command
and build its nest on high?(ah)
28 It dwells on a cliff and stays there at night;
a rocky crag(ai) is its stronghold.
29 From there it looks for food;(aj)
its eyes detect it from afar.
30 Its young ones feast on blood,
and where the slain are, there it is."(ak)
Paul in Ephesus
1 While Apollos(a) was at Corinth,(b) Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus.(c) There he found some disciples 2 and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit(d) when[a] you believed?"
They answered, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."
3 So Paul asked, "Then what baptism did you receive?"
"John's baptism," they replied.
4 Paul said, "John's baptism(e) was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus."(f) 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.(g) 6 When Paul placed his hands on them,(h) the Holy Spirit came on them,(i) and they spoke in tongues[b](j) and prophesied. 7 There were about twelve men in all.
8 Paul entered the synagogue(k) and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God.(l) 9 But some of them(m) became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way.(n) So Paul left them. He took the disciples(o) with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. 10 This went on for two years,(p) so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia(q) heard the word of the Lord.(r)
11 God did extraordinary miracles(s) through Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured(t) and the evil spirits left them.
13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits(u) tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, "In the name of the Jesus(v) whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out." 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 One day the evil spirit answered them, "Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?" 16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.
17 When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus,(w) they were all seized with fear,(x) and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor. 18 Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed what they had done. 19 A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas.[c] 20 In this way the word of the Lord(y) spread widely and grew in power.(z)
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