Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Joshua 2:1

So they went, and came to the house of a harlot named Rahab, and lodged there.

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Joshua 2

Rahab Hides the Spies

1 Now Joshua the son of Nun sent out two men from Acacia Grove to spy secretly, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.”

2 And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, “Behold, men have come here tonight from the children of Israel to search out the country.”

3 So the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, “Bring out the men who have come to you, who have entered your house, for they have come to search out all the country.”

4 Then the woman took the two men and hid them. So she said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from.

5 And it happened as the gate was being shut, when it was dark, that the men went out. Where the men went I do not know; pursue them quickly, for you may overtake them.”

6 (But she had brought them up to the roof and hidden them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order on the roof.)

7 Then the men pursued them by the road to the Jordan, to the fords. And as soon as those who pursued them had gone out, they shut the gate.

8 Now before they lay down, she came up to them on the roof,

9 and said to the men: “I know that the Lord has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you.

10 For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed.

11 And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.

12 Now therefore, I beg you, swear to me by the Lord, since I have shown you kindness, that you also will show kindness to my father’s house, and give me a true token,

13 and spare my father, my mother, my brothers, my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.”

14 So the men answered her, “Our lives for yours, if none of you tell this business of ours. And it shall be, when the Lord has given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with you.”

15 Then she let them down by a rope through the window, for her house was on the city wall; she dwelt on the wall.

16 And she said to them, “Get to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you. Hide there three days, until the pursuers have returned. Afterward you may go your way.”

17 So the men said to her: “We will be blameless of this oath of yours which you have made us swear,

18 unless, when we come into the land, you bind this line of scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you bring your father, your mother, your brothers, and all your father’s household to your own home.

19 So it shall be that whoever goes outside the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his own head, and we will be guiltless. And whoever is with you in the house, his blood shall be on our head if a hand is laid on him.

20 And if you tell this business of ours, then we will be free from your oath which you made us swear.”

21 Then she said, “According to your words, so be it.” And she sent them away, and they departed. And she bound the scarlet cord in the window.

22 They departed and went to the mountain, and stayed there three days until the pursuers returned. The pursuers sought them all along the way, but did not find them.

23 So the two men returned, descended from the mountain, and crossed over; and they came to Joshua the son of Nun, and told him all that had befallen them.

24 And they said to Joshua, “Truly the Lord has delivered all the land into our hands, for indeed all the inhabitants of the country are fainthearted because of us.”

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Proverbs 26:2

Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow,
So a curse without cause shall not alight.

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Proverbs 26

Honor Is Not Fitting for a Fool

1 As snow in summer and rain in harvest,
   So honor is not fitting for a fool.

2 | Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow,
   So a curse without cause shall not alight.

3 A whip for the horse,
   A bridle for the donkey,
   And a rod for the fool’s back.
4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
   Lest you also be like him.
5 Answer a fool according to his folly,
   Lest he be wise in his own eyes.
6 He who sends a message by the hand of a fool
   Cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.
7 Like the legs of the lame that hang limp
   Is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
8 Like one who binds a stone in a sling
   Is he who gives honor to a fool.
9 Like a thorn that goes into the hand of a drunkard
   Is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
10 The great God who formed everything
     Gives the fool his hire and the transgressor his wages.
11 As a dog returns to his own vomit,
     So a fool repeats his folly.
12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
     There is more hope for a fool than for him.

13 The lazy man says, “There is a lion in the road!
     A fierce lion is in the streets!”
14 As a door turns on its hinges,
     So does the lazy man on his bed.
15 The lazy man buries his hand in the bowl;
     It wearies him to bring it back to his mouth.
16 The lazy man is wiser in his own eyes
     Than seven men who can answer sensibly.

17 He who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own
     Is like one who takes a dog by the ears.

18 Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death,
19 Is the man who deceives his neighbor,
     And says, “I was only joking!”

20 Where there is no wood, the fire goes out;
     And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.
21 As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire,
     So is a contentious man to kindle strife.
22 The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles,
     And they go down into the inmost body.

23 Fervent lips with a wicked heart
     Are like earthenware covered with silver dross.

24 He who hates, disguises it with his lips,
     And lays up deceit within himself;
25 When he speaks kindly, do not believe him,
     For there are seven abominations in his heart;
26 Though his hatred is covered by deceit,
     His wickedness will be revealed before the assembly.

27 Whoever digs a pit will fall into it,
     And he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him.

28 A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it,
     And a flattering mouth works ruin.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Micah 6:8

He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?

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Micah 6

1 Hear now what the Lord says:

   “Arise, plead your case before the mountains,
   And let the hills hear your voice.
2 Hear, O you mountains, the Lord’s complaint,
   And you strong foundations of the earth;
   For the Lord has a complaint against His people,
   And He will contend with Israel.

3 “O My people, what have I done to you?
   And how have I wearied you?
   Testify against Me.
4 For I brought you up from the land of Egypt,
   I redeemed you from the house of bondage;
   And I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
5 O My people, remember now
   What Balak king of Moab counseled,
   And what Balaam the son of Beor answered him,
   From Acacia Grove to Gilgal,
   That you may know the righteousness of the Lord.”

7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
   Ten thousand rivers of oil?
   Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
   The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

8 He has shown you, O man, what is good;
   And what does the Lord require of you
   But to do justly,
   To love mercy,
   And to walk humbly with your God?

Punishment of Israel’s Injustice

9 The Lord’s voice cries to the city—
   Wisdom shall see Your name:

   “Hear the rod!
   Who has appointed it?
10 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness
     In the house of the wicked,
     And the short measure that is an abomination?
11 Shall I count pure those with the wicked scales,
     And with the bag of deceitful weights?
12 For her rich men are full of violence,
     Her inhabitants have spoken lies,
     And their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.

13 “Therefore I will also make you sick by striking you,
     By making you desolate because of your sins.
14 You shall eat, but not be satisfied;
     Hunger shall be in your midst.
     You may carry some away, but shall not save them;
     And what you do rescue I will give over to the sword.

15 “You shall sow, but not reap;
     You shall tread the olives, but not anoint yourselves with oil;
     And make sweet wine, but not drink wine.
16 For the statutes of Omri are kept;
     All the works of Ahab’s house are done;
     And you walk in their counsels,
     That I may make you a desolation,
     And your inhabitants a hissing.
    Therefore you shall bear the reproach of My people.”

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