Bible Reading Plan for April 23

Apr 23 2017

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Judges 1:1-2:9

Jerusalem Is Captured

1Now it came about after the death of Joshua that the sons of Israel inquired of the LORD, saying, “Who shall go up first for us against the Canaanites, to fight against them?”2The LORD said, “Judah shall go up; behold, I have given the land into his hand.”3Then Judah said to Simeon his brother, “Come up with me into the territory allotted me, that we may fight against the Canaanites; and I in turn will go with you into the territory allotted you.” So Simeon went with him.4Judah went up, and the LORD gave the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hands, and they defeated ten thousand men at Bezek.5They found Adoni-bezek in Bezek and fought against him, and they defeated the Canaanites and the Perizzites.6But Adoni-bezek fled; and they pursued him and caught him and cut off his thumbs and big toes.7Adoni-bezek said, “Seventy kings with their thumbs and their big toes cut off used to gather up scraps under my table; as I have done, so God has repaid me.” So they brought him to Jerusalem and he died there.

8Then the sons of Judah fought against Jerusalem and captured it and struck it with the edge of the sword and set the city on fire.9Afterward the sons of Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites living in the hill country and in the Negev and in the lowland.10So Judah went against the Canaanites who lived in Hebron (now the name of Hebron formerly was Kiriath-arba); and they struck Sheshai and Ahiman and Talmai.

Capture of Other Cities

11Then from there he went against the inhabitants of Debir (now the name of Debir formerly was Kiriath-sepher).12And Caleb said, “The one who attacks Kiriath-sepher and captures it, I will even give him my daughter Achsah for a wife.”13Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, captured it; so he gave him his daughter Achsah for a wife.14Then it came about when she came to him, that she persuaded him to ask her father for a field. Then she alighted from her donkey, and Caleb said to her, “What do you want?”15She said to him, “Give me a blessing, since you have given me the land of the Negev, give me also springs of water.” So Caleb gave her the upper springs and the lower springs.

16The descendants of the Kenite, Moses’ father-in-law, went up from the city of palms with the sons of Judah, to the wilderness of Judah which is in the south of Arad; and they went and lived with the people.17Then Judah went with Simeon his brother, and they struck the Canaanites living in Zephath, and utterly destroyed it. So the name of the city was called Hormah.18And Judah took Gaza with its territory and Ashkelon with its territory and Ekron with its territory.19Now the LORD was with Judah, and they took possession of the hill country; but they could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley because they had iron chariots.20Then they gave Hebron to Caleb, as Moses had promised; and he drove out from there the three sons of Anak.21But the sons of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites who lived in Jerusalem; so the Jebusites have lived with the sons of Benjamin in Jerusalem to this day.

22Likewise the house of Joseph went up against Bethel, and the LORD was with them.23The house of Joseph spied out Bethel (now the name of the city was formerly Luz).24The spies saw a man coming out of the city and they said to him, “Please show us the entrance to the city and we will treat you kindly.”25So he showed them the entrance to the city, and they struck the city with the edge of the sword, but they let the man and all his family go free.26The man went into the land of the Hittites and built a city and named it Luz which is its name to this day.

Places Not Conquered

27But Manasseh did not take possession of Beth-shean and its villages, or Taanach and its villages, or the inhabitants of Dor and its villages, or the inhabitants of Ibleam and its villages, or the inhabitants of Megiddo and its villages; so the Canaanites persisted in living in that land.28It came about when Israel became strong, that they put the Canaanites to forced labor, but they did not drive them out completely.

29Ephraim did not drive out the Canaanites who were living in Gezer; so the Canaanites lived in Gezer among them.

30Zebulun did not drive out the inhabitants of Kitron, or the inhabitants of Nahalol; so the Canaanites lived among them and became subject to forced labor.

31Asher did not drive out the inhabitants of Acco, or the inhabitants of Sidon, or of Ahlab, or of Achzib, or of Helbah, or of Aphik, or of Rehob.32So the Asherites lived among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land; for they did not drive them out.

33Naphtali did not drive out the inhabitants of Beth-shemesh, or the inhabitants of Beth-anath, but lived among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land; and the inhabitants of Beth-shemesh and Beth-anath became forced labor for them.

34Then the Amorites forced the sons of Dan into the hill country, for they did not allow them to come down to the valley;35yet the Amorites persisted in living in Mount Heres, in Aijalon and in Shaalbim; but when the power of the house of Joseph grew strong, they became forced labor.36The border of the Amorites ran from the ascent of Akrabbim, from Sela and upward.

Israel Rebuked

1Now the angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim. And he said, “I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land which I have sworn to your fathers; and I said, ‘I will never break My covenant with you,2and as for you, you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall tear down their altars.’ But you have not obeyed Me; what is this you have done?3“Therefore I also said, ‘I will not drive them out before you; but they will become as thorns in your sides and their gods will be a snare to you.’”4When the angel of the LORD spoke these words to all the sons of Israel, the people lifted up their voices and wept.5So they named that place Bochim; and there they sacrificed to the LORD.

Joshua Dies

6When Joshua had dismissed the people, the sons of Israel went each to his inheritance to possess the land.7The people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who survived Joshua, who had seen all the great work of the LORD which He had done for Israel.8Then Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died at the age of one hundred and ten.9And they buried him in the territory of his inheritance in Timnath-heres, in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.

Luke 21:29-22:13

29Then He told them a parable: “Behold the fig tree and all the trees;30as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near.31“So you also, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near.32“Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place.33“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.

34“Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap;35for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth.36“But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

37Now during the day He was teaching in the temple, but at evening He would go out and spend the night on the mount that is called Olivet.38And all the people would get up early in the morning to come to Him in the temple to listen to Him.

Preparing the Passover

1Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was approaching.2The chief priests and the scribes were seeking how they might put Him to death; for they were afraid of the people.

3And Satan entered into Judas who was called Iscariot, belonging to the number of the twelve.4And he went away and discussed with the chief priests and officers how he might betray Him to them.5They were glad and agreed to give him money.6So he consented, and began seeking a good opportunity to betray Him to them apart from the crowd.

7Then came the first day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.8And Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, so that we may eat it.”9They said to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare it?”10And He said to them, “When you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house that he enters.11“And you shall say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?”’12“And he will show you a large, furnished upper room; prepare it there.”13And they left and found everything just as He had told them; and they prepared the Passover.

The Lord’s Supper

Psalm 90:1-91:16

1Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.

2Before the mountains were born

Or You gave birth to the earth and the world,

Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

3You turn man back into dust

And say, “Return, O children of men.”

4For a thousand years in Your sight

Are like yesterday when it passes by,

Or as a watch in the night.

5You have swept them away like a flood, they fall asleep;

In the morning they are like grass which sprouts anew.

6In the morning it flourishes and sprouts anew;

Toward evening it fades and withers away.

7For we have been consumed by Your anger

And by Your wrath we have been dismayed.

8You have placed our iniquities before You,

Our secret sins in the light of Your presence.

9For all our days have declined in Your fury;

We have finished our years like a sigh.

10As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years,

Or if due to strength, eighty years,

Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow;

For soon it is gone and we fly away.

11Who understands the power of Your anger

And Your fury, according to the fear that is due You?

12So teach us to number our days,

That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.

13Do return, O LORD; how long will it be?

And be sorry for Your servants.

14O satisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness,

That we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

15Make us glad according to the days You have afflicted us,

And the years we have seen evil.

16Let Your work appear to Your servants

And Your majesty to their children.

17Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us;

And confirm for us the work of our hands;

Yes, confirm the work of our hands.

1He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

2I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress,

My God, in whom I trust!”

3For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper

And from the deadly pestilence.

4He will cover you with His pinions,

And under His wings you may seek refuge;

His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.

5You will not be afraid of the terror by night,

Or of the arrow that flies by day;

6Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,

Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.

7A thousand may fall at your side

And ten thousand at your right hand,

But it shall not approach you.

8You will only look on with your eyes

And see the recompense of the wicked.

9For you have made the LORD, my refuge,

Even the Most High, your dwelling place.

10No evil will befall you,

Nor will any plague come near your tent.

11For He will give His angels charge concerning you,

To guard you in all your ways.

12They will bear you up in their hands,

That you do not strike your foot against a stone.

13You will tread upon the lion and cobra,

The young lion and the serpent you will trample down.

14“Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him;

I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.

15“He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble;

I will rescue him and honor him.

16“With a long life I will satisfy him

And let him see My salvation.”

Proverbs 13:24-25

24He who withholds his rod hates his son,

But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.

25The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite,

But the stomach of the wicked is in need.