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Joshua 21:1-22:20

Forty-eight Cities of the Levites

1Then the heads of households of the Levites approached Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of households of the tribes of the sons of Israel.2They spoke to them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan, saying, “The LORD commanded through Moses to give us cities to live in, with their pasture lands for our cattle.”3So the sons of Israel gave the Levites from their inheritance these cities with their pasture lands, according to the command of the LORD.4Then the lot came out for the families of the Kohathites. And the sons of Aaron the priest, who were of the Levites, received thirteen cities by lot from the tribe of Judah and from the tribe of the Simeonites and from the tribe of Benjamin.

5The rest of the sons of Kohath received ten cities by lot from the families of the tribe of Ephraim and from the tribe of Dan and from the half-tribe of Manasseh.

6The sons of Gershon received thirteen cities by lot from the families of the tribe of Issachar and from the tribe of Asher and from the tribe of Naphtali and from the half-tribe of Manasseh in Bashan.

7The sons of Merari according to their families received twelve cities from the tribe of Reuben and from the tribe of Gad and from the tribe of Zebulun.

8Now the sons of Israel gave by lot to the Levites these cities with their pasture lands, as the LORD had commanded through Moses.

9They gave these cities which are here mentioned by name from the tribe of the sons of Judah and from the tribe of the sons of Simeon;10and they were for the sons of Aaron, one of the families of the Kohathites, of the sons of Levi, for the lot was theirs first.11Thus they gave them Kiriath-arba, Arba being the father of Anak (that is, Hebron), in the hill country of Judah, with its surrounding pasture lands.12But the fields of the city and its villages they gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as his possession.

13So to the sons of Aaron the priest they gave Hebron, the city of refuge for the manslayer, with its pasture lands, and Libnah with its pasture lands,14and Jattir with its pasture lands and Eshtemoa with its pasture lands,15and Holon with its pasture lands and Debir with its pasture lands,16and Ain with its pasture lands and Juttah with its pasture lands and Beth-shemesh with its pasture lands; nine cities from these two tribes.17From the tribe of Benjamin, Gibeon with its pasture lands, Geba with its pasture lands,18Anathoth with its pasture lands and Almon with its pasture lands; four cities.19All the cities of the sons of Aaron, the priests, were thirteen cities with their pasture lands.

20Then the cities from the tribe of Ephraim were allotted to the families of the sons of Kohath, the Levites, even to the rest of the sons of Kohath.21They gave them Shechem, the city of refuge for the manslayer, with its pasture lands, in the hill country of Ephraim, and Gezer with its pasture lands,22and Kibzaim with its pasture lands and Beth-horon with its pasture lands; four cities.23From the tribe of Dan, Elteke with its pasture lands, Gibbethon with its pasture lands,24Aijalon with its pasture lands, Gath-rimmon with its pasture lands; four cities.25From the half-tribe of Manasseh, they allotted Taanach with its pasture lands and Gath-rimmon with its pasture lands; two cities.26All the cities with their pasture lands for the families of the rest of the sons of Kohath were ten.

27To the sons of Gershon, one of the families of the Levites, from the half-tribe of Manasseh, they gave Golan in Bashan, the city of refuge for the manslayer, with its pasture lands, and Be-eshterah with its pasture lands; two cities.28From the tribe of Issachar, they gave Kishion with its pasture lands, Daberath with its pasture lands,29Jarmuth with its pasture lands, En-gannim with its pasture lands; four cities.30From the tribe of Asher, they gave Mishal with its pasture lands, Abdon with its pasture lands,31Helkath with its pasture lands and Rehob with its pasture lands; four cities.32From the tribe of Naphtali, they gave Kedesh in Galilee, the city of refuge for the manslayer, with its pasture lands and Hammoth-dor with its pasture lands and Kartan with its pasture lands; three cities.33All the cities of the Gershonites according to their families were thirteen cities with their pasture lands.

34To the families of the sons of Merari, the rest of the Levites, they gave from the tribe of Zebulun, Jokneam with its pasture lands and Kartah with its pasture lands.35Dimnah with its pasture lands, Nahalal with its pasture lands; four cities.36From the tribe of Reuben, they gave Bezer with its pasture lands and Jahaz with its pasture lands,37Kedemoth with its pasture lands and Mephaath with its pasture lands; four cities.38From the tribe of Gad, they gave Ramoth in Gilead, the city of refuge for the manslayer, with its pasture lands and Mahanaim with its pasture lands,39Heshbon with its pasture lands, Jazer with its pasture lands; four cities in all.40All these were the cities of the sons of Merari according to their families, the rest of the families of the Levites; and their lot was twelve cities.

41All the cities of the Levites in the midst of the possession of the sons of Israel were forty-eight cities with their pasture lands.42These cities each had its surrounding pasture lands; thus it was with all these cities.

43So the LORD gave Israel all the land which He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they possessed it and lived in it.44And the LORD gave them rest on every side, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers, and no one of all their enemies stood before them; the LORD gave all their enemies into their hand.45Not one of the good promises which the LORD had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass.

Tribes beyond Jordan Return

1Then Joshua summoned the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh,2and said to them, “You have kept all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, and have listened to my voice in all that I commanded you.3“You have not forsaken your brothers these many days to this day, but have kept the charge of the commandment of the LORD your God.4“And now the LORD your God has given rest to your brothers, as He spoke to them; therefore turn now and go to your tents, to the land of your possession, which Moses the servant of the LORD gave you beyond the Jordan.5“Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, to love the LORD your God and walk in all His ways and keep His commandments and hold fast to Him and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”6So Joshua blessed them and sent them away, and they went to their tents.

7Now to the one half-tribe of Manasseh Moses had given a possession in Bashan, but to the other half Joshua gave a possession among their brothers westward beyond the Jordan. So when Joshua sent them away to their tents, he blessed them,8and said to them, “Return to your tents with great riches and with very much livestock, with silver, gold, bronze, iron, and with very many clothes; divide the spoil of your enemies with your brothers.”9The sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh returned home and departed from the sons of Israel at Shiloh which is in the land of Canaan, to go to the land of Gilead, to the land of their possession which they had possessed, according to the command of the LORD through Moses.

The Offensive Altar

10When they came to the region of the Jordan which is in the land of Canaan, the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh built an altar there by the Jordan, a large altar in appearance.11And the sons of Israel heard it said, “Behold, the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh have built an altar at the frontier of the land of Canaan, in the region of the Jordan, on the side belonging to the sons of Israel.”12When the sons of Israel heard of it, the whole congregation of the sons of Israel gathered themselves at Shiloh to go up against them in war.

13Then the sons of Israel sent to the sons of Reuben and to the sons of Gad and to the half-tribe of Manasseh, into the land of Gilead, Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest,14and with him ten chiefs, one chief for each father’s household from each of the tribes of Israel; and each one of them was the head of his father’s household among the thousands of Israel.15They came to the sons of Reuben and to the sons of Gad and to the half-tribe of Manasseh, to the land of Gilead, and they spoke with them saying,16“Thus says the whole congregation of the LORD, ‘What is this unfaithful act which you have committed against the God of Israel, turning away from following the LORD this day, by building yourselves an altar, to rebel against the LORD this day?17‘Is not the iniquity of Peor enough for us, from which we have not cleansed ourselves to this day, although a plague came on the congregation of the LORD,18that you must turn away this day from following the LORD? If you rebel against the LORD today, He will be angry with the whole congregation of Israel tomorrow.19‘If, however, the land of your possession is unclean, then cross into the land of the possession of the LORD, where the LORDS tabernacle stands, and take possession among us. Only do not rebel against the LORD, or rebel against us by building an altar for yourselves, besides the altar of the LORD our God.20‘Did not Achan the son of Zerah act unfaithfully in the things under the ban, and wrath fall on all the congregation of Israel? And that man did not perish alone in his iniquity.’”

Luke 20:1-26

Jesus’ Authority Questioned

1On one of the days while He was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders confronted Him,2and they spoke, saying to Him, “Tell us by what authority You are doing these things, or who is the one who gave You this authority?”3Jesus answered and said to them, “I will also ask you a question, and you tell Me:4“Was the baptism of John from heaven or from men?”5They reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’6“But if we say, ‘From men,’ all the people will stone us to death, for they are convinced that John was a prophet.”7So they answered that they did not know where it came from.8And Jesus said to them, “Nor will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

Parable of the Vine-growers

9And He began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard and rented it out to vine-growers, and went on a journey for a long time.10“At the harvest time he sent a slave to the vine-growers, so that they would give him some of the produce of the vineyard; but the vine-growers beat him and sent him away empty-handed.11“And he proceeded to send another slave; and they beat him also and treated him shamefully and sent him away empty-handed.12“And he proceeded to send a third; and this one also they wounded and cast out.13“The owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.’14“But when the vine-growers saw him, they reasoned with one another, saying, ‘This is the heir; let us kill him so that the inheritance will be ours.’15“So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What, then, will the owner of the vineyard do to them?16“He will come and destroy these vine-growers and will give the vineyard to others.” When they heard it, they said, “May it never be!”17But Jesus looked at them and said, “What then is this that is written:

‘THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED,

THIS BECAMETHE CHIEF CORNERstone’?

18“Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.”

Tribute to Caesar

19The scribes and the chief priests tried to lay hands on Him that very hour, and they feared the people; for they understood that He spoke this parable against them.20So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, in order that they might catch Him in some statement, so that they could deliver Him to the rule and the authority of the governor.21They questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, we know that You speak and teach correctly, and You are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth.22“Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”23But He detected their trickery and said to them,24“Show Me a denarius. Whose likeness and inscription does it have?” They said, “Caesar’s.”25And He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”26And they were unable to catch Him in a saying in the presence of the people; and being amazed at His answer, they became silent.

Is There a Resurrection?

Psalm 89:1-13

1I will sing of the lovingkindness of the LORD forever;

To all generations I will make known Your faithfulness with my mouth.

2For I have said, “Lovingkindness will be built up forever;

In the heavens You will establish Your faithfulness.”

3“I have made a covenant with My chosen;

I have sworn to David My servant,

4I will establish your seed forever

And build up your throne to all generations.”

Selah.

5The heavens will praise Your wonders, O LORD;

Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.

6For who in the skies is comparable to the LORD?

Who among the sons of the mighty is like the LORD,

7A God greatly feared in the council of the holy ones,

And awesome above all those who are around Him?

8O LORD God of hosts, who is like You, O mighty LORD?

Your faithfulness also surrounds You.

9You rule the swelling of the sea;

When its waves rise, You still them.

10You Yourself crushed Rahab like one who is slain;

You scattered Your enemies with Your mighty arm.

11The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours;

The world and all it contains, You have founded them.

12The north and the south, You have created them;

Tabor and Hermon shout for joy at Your name.

13You have a strong arm;

Your hand is mighty, Your right hand is exalted.

Proverbs 13:15-16

15Good understanding produces favor,

But the way of the treacherous is hard.

16Every prudent man acts with knowledge,

But a fool displays folly.