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April 4 - Old & New Testament
Prosperity After Turning to the Lord
1 When all these blessings and curses(a) I have set before you come on you and you take them to heart wherever the Lord your God disperses you among the nations,(b) 2 and when you and your children return(c) to the Lord your God and obey him with all your heart(d) and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, 3 then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes[a](e) and have compassion(f) on you and gather(g) you again from all the nations where he scattered(h) you.(i) 4 Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens,(j) from there the Lord your God will gather(k) you and bring you back.(l) 5 He will bring(m) you to the land that belonged to your ancestors, and you will take possession of it. He will make you more prosperous and numerous(n) than your ancestors. 6 The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants,(o) so that you may love(p) him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live. 7 The Lord your God will put all these curses(q) on your enemies who hate and persecute you.(r) 8 You will again obey the Lord and follow all his commands I am giving you today. 9 Then the Lord your God will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your land.(s) The Lord will again delight(t) in you and make you prosperous, just as he delighted in your ancestors, 10 if you obey the Lord your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law(u) and turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.(v)
The Offer of Life or Death
11 Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach.(w) 12 It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, "Who will ascend into heaven(x) to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?"(y) 13 Nor is it beyond the sea,(z) so that you have to ask, "Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?"(aa) 14 No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.(ab)
15 See, I set before you today life(ac) and prosperity,(ad) death(ae) and destruction.(af) 16 For I command you today to love(ag) the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live(ah) and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.
17 But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, 18 I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed.(ai) You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.
19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you(aj) that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.(ak) Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20 and that you may love(al) the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life,(am) and he will give(an) you many years in the land(ao) he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Joshua to Succeed Moses
1 Then Moses went out and spoke these words to all Israel: 2 "I am now a hundred and twenty years old(a) and I am no longer able to lead you.(b) The Lord has said to me, ‘You shall not cross the Jordan.'(c) 3 The Lord your God himself will cross(d) over ahead of you.(e) He will destroy these nations(f) before you, and you will take possession of their land. Joshua also will cross(g) over ahead of you, as the Lord said. 4 And the Lord will do to them what he did to Sihon and Og,(h) the kings of the Amorites, whom he destroyed along with their land. 5 The Lord will deliver(i) them to you, and you must do to them all that I have commanded you. 6 Be strong and courageous.(j) Do not be afraid or terrified(k) because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you;(l) he will never leave you(m) nor forsake(n) you."
7 Then Moses summoned Joshua and said(o) to him in the presence of all Israel, "Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors to give them,(p) and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. 8 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you;(q) he will never leave you nor forsake you.(r) Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."
Public Reading of the Law
9 So Moses wrote(s) down this law and gave it to the Levitical priests, who carried(t) the ark of the covenant of the Lord , and to all the elders of Israel. 10 Then Moses commanded them: "At the end of every seven years, in the year for canceling debts,(u) during the Festival of Tabernacles,(v) 11 when all Israel comes to appear(w) before the Lord your God at the place he will choose,(x) you shall read this law(y) before them in their hearing. 12 Assemble the people—men, women and children, and the foreigners residing in your towns—so they can listen and learn(z) to fear(aa) the Lord your God and follow carefully all the words of this law. 13 Their children,(ab) who do not know this law, must hear it and learn to fear the Lord your God as long as you live in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess."
Israel's Rebellion Predicted
14 The Lord said to Moses, "Now the day of your death(ac) is near. Call Joshua(ad) and present yourselves at the tent of meeting, where I will commission him.(ae)" So Moses and Joshua came and presented themselves at the tent of meeting.(af)
15 Then the Lord appeared at the tent in a pillar of cloud, and the cloud stood over the entrance to the tent.(ag) 16 And the Lord said to Moses: "You are going to rest with your ancestors,(ah) and these people will soon prostitute(ai) themselves to the foreign gods of the land they are entering. They will forsake(aj) me and break the covenant I made with them. 17 And in that day I will become angry(ak) with them and forsake(al) them; I will hide(am) my face(an) from them, and they will be destroyed. Many disasters(ao) and calamities will come on them, and in that day they will ask, ‘Have not these disasters come on us because our God is not with us?'(ap) 18 And I will certainly hide my face in that day because of all their wickedness in turning to other gods.
19 "Now write(aq) down this song and teach it to the Israelites and have them sing it, so that it may be a witness(ar) for me against them. 20 When I have brought them into the land flowing with milk and honey, the land I promised on oath to their ancestors,(as) and when they eat their fill and thrive, they will turn to other gods(at) and worship them,(au) rejecting me and breaking my covenant.(av) 21 And when many disasters and calamities come on them,(aw) this song will testify against them, because it will not be forgotten by their descendants. I know what they are disposed to do,(ax) even before I bring them into the land I promised them on oath." 22 So Moses wrote(ay) down this song that day and taught it to the Israelites.
23 The Lord gave this command(az) to Joshua son of Nun: "Be strong and courageous,(ba) for you will bring the Israelites into the land I promised them on oath, and I myself will be with you."
24 After Moses finished writing(bb) in a book the words of this law(bc) from beginning to end, 25 he gave this command to the Levites who carried(bd) the ark of the covenant of the Lord : 26 "Take this Book of the Law and place it beside the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God. There it will remain as a witness against you.(be) 27 For I know how rebellious(bf) and stiff-necked(bg) you are. If you have been rebellious against the Lord while I am still alive and with you, how much more will you rebel after I die! 28 Assemble before me all the elders of your tribes and all your officials, so that I can speak these words in their hearing and call the heavens and the earth to testify against them.(bh) 29 For I know that after my death you are sure to become utterly corrupt(bi) and to turn from the way I have commanded you. In days to come, disaster(bj) will fall on you because you will do evil in the sight of the Lord and arouse his anger by what your hands have made."
The Song of Moses
30 And Moses recited the words of this song from beginning to end in the hearing of the whole assembly of Israel:
The Parable of the Sower(a)
1 After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God.(b) The Twelve were with him, 2 and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene)(c) from whom seven demons had come out; 3 Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod's(d) household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.
4 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: 5 "A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. 6 Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown."
When he said this, he called out, "Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear."(e)
9 His disciples asked him what this parable meant. 10 He said, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you,(f) but to others I speak in parables, so that,
"‘though seeing, they may not see;
though hearing, they may not understand.'[a](g)
11 "This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God.(h) 12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.(i) 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life's worries, riches(j) and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.
A Lamp on a Stand
16 "No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.(k) 17 For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.(l) 18 Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them."(m)
Jesus' Mother and Brothers(n)
19 Now Jesus' mother and brothers came to see him, but they were not able to get near him because of the crowd. 20 Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers(o) are standing outside, wanting to see you."
21 He replied, "My mother and brothers are those who hear God's word and put it into practice."(p)
Jesus Calms the Storm(q)(r)
22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, "Let us go over to the other side of the lake." So they got into a boat and set out. 23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Master, Master,(s) we're going to drown!"
He got up and rebuked(t) the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.(u) 25 "Where is your faith?" he asked his disciples.
In fear and amazement they asked one another, "Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him."
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