Bible Reading Plan for April 3

Apr 3 2017

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Deuteronomy 23:1-25:19

Persons Excluded from the Assembly

1“No one who is emasculated or has his male organ cut off shall enter the assembly of the LORD.2“No one of illegitimate birth shall enter the assembly of the LORD; none of his descendants, even to the tenth generation, shall enter the assembly of the LORD.3“No Ammonite or Moabite shall enter the assembly of the LORD; none of their descendants, even to the tenth generation, shall ever enter the assembly of the LORD,4because they did not meet you with food and water on the way when you came out of Egypt, and because they hired against you Balaam the son of Beor from Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse you.5“Nevertheless, the LORD your God was not willing to listen to Balaam, but the LORD your God turned the curse into a blessing for you because the LORD your God loves you.6“You shall never seek their peace or their prosperity all your days.

7“You shall not detest an Edomite, for he is your brother; you shall not detest an Egyptian, because you were an alien in his land.8“The sons of the third generation who are born to them may enter the assembly of the LORD.

9“When you go out as an army against your enemies, you shall keep yourself from every evil thing.

10“If there is among you any man who is unclean because of a nocturnal emission, then he must go outside the camp; he may not reenter the camp.11“But it shall be when evening approaches, he shall bathe himself with water, and at sundown he may reenter the camp.

12“You shall also have a place outside the camp and go out there,13and you shall have a spade among your tools, and it shall be when you sit down outside, you shall dig with it and shall turn to cover up your excrement.14“Since the LORD your God walks in the midst of your camp to deliver you and to defeat your enemies before you, therefore your camp must be holy; and He must not see anything indecent among you or He will turn away from you.

15“You shall not hand over to his master a slave who has escaped from his master to you.16“He shall live with you in your midst, in the place which he shall choose in one of your towns where it pleases him; you shall not mistreat him.

17“None of the daughters of Israel shall be a cult prostitute, nor shall any of the sons of Israel be a cult prostitute.18“You shall not bring the hire of a harlot or the wages of a dog into the house of the LORD your God for any votive offering, for both of these are an abomination to the LORD your God.

19“You shall not charge interest to your countrymen: interest on money, food, or anything that may be loaned at interest.20“You may charge interest to a foreigner, but to your countrymen you shall not charge interest, so that the LORD your God may bless you in all that you undertake in the land which you are about to enter to possess.

21“When you make a vow to the LORD your God, you shall not delay to pay it, for it would be sin in you, and the LORD your God will surely require it of you.22“However, if you refrain from vowing, it would not be sin in you.23“You shall be careful to perform what goes out from your lips, just as you have voluntarily vowed to the LORD your God, what you have promised.

24“When you enter your neighbor’s vineyard, then you may eat grapes until you are fully satisfied, but you shall not put any in your basket.

25“When you enter your neighbor’s standing grain, then you may pluck the heads with your hand, but you shall not wield a sickle in your neighbor’s standing grain.

Law of Divorce

1“When a man takes a wife and marries her, and it happens that she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some indecency in her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out from his house,2and she leaves his house and goes and becomes another man’s wife,3and if the latter husband turns against her and writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out of his house, or if the latter husband dies who took her to be his wife,4then her former husband who sent her away is not allowed to take her again to be his wife, since she has been defiled; for that is an abomination before the LORD, and you shall not bring sin on the land which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance.

5“When a man takes a new wife, he shall not go out with the army nor be charged with any duty; he shall be free at home one year and shall give happiness to his wife whom he has taken.

Sundry Laws

6“No one shall take a handmill or an upper millstone in pledge, for he would be taking a life in pledge.

7“If a man is caught kidnapping any of his countrymen of the sons of Israel, and he deals with him violently or sells him, then that thief shall die; so you shall purge the evil from among you.

8“Be careful against an infection of leprosy, that you diligently observe and do according to all that the Levitical priests teach you; as I have commanded them, so you shall be careful to do.9“Remember what the LORD your God did to Miriam on the way as you came out of Egypt.

10“When you make your neighbor a loan of any sort, you shall not enter his house to take his pledge.11“You shall remain outside, and the man to whom you make the loan shall bring the pledge out to you.12“If he is a poor man, you shall not sleep with his pledge.13“When the sun goes down you shall surely return the pledge to him, that he may sleep in his cloak and bless you; and it will be righteousness for you before the LORD your God.

14“You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether he is one of your countrymen or one of your aliens who is in your land in your towns.15“You shall give him his wages on his day before the sun sets, for he is poor and sets his heart on it; so that he will not cry against you to the LORD and it become sin in you.

16“Fathers shall not be put to death for their sons, nor shall sons be put to death for their fathers; everyone shall be put to death for his own sin.

17“You shall not pervert the justice due an alien or an orphan, nor take a widow’s garment in pledge.18“But you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt, and that the LORD your God redeemed you from there; therefore I am commanding you to do this thing.

19“When you reap your harvest in your field and have forgotten a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow, in order that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.20“When you beat your olive tree, you shall not go over the boughs again; it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow.

21“When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not go over it again; it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow.22“You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt; therefore I am commanding you to do this thing.

Sundry Laws

1“If there is a dispute between men and they go to court, and the judges decide their case, and they justify the righteous and condemn the wicked,2then it shall be if the wicked man deserves to be beaten, the judge shall then make him lie down and be beaten in his presence with the number of stripes according to his guilt.3“He may beat him forty times but no more, so that he does not beat him with many more stripes than these and your brother is not degraded in your eyes.

4“You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing.

5“When brothers live together and one of them dies and has no son, the wife of the deceased shall not be married outside the family to a strange man. Her husband’s brother shall go in to her and take her to himself as wife and perform the duty of a husband’s brother to her.6“It shall be that the firstborn whom she bears shall assume the name of his dead brother, so that his name will not be blotted out from Israel.7“But if the man does not desire to take his brother’s wife, then his brother’s wife shall go up to the gate to the elders and say, ‘My husband’s brother refuses to establish a name for his brother in Israel; he is not willing to perform the duty of a husband’s brother to me.’8“Then the elders of his city shall summon him and speak to him. And if he persists and says, ‘I do not desire to take her,’9then his brother’s wife shall come to him in the sight of the elders, and pull his sandal off his foot and spit in his face; and she shall declare, ‘Thus it is done to the man who does not build up his brother’s house.’10“In Israel his name shall be called, ‘The house of him whose sandal is removed.’

11“If two men, a man and his countryman, are struggling together, and the wife of one comes near to deliver her husband from the hand of the one who is striking him, and puts out her hand and seizes his genitals,12then you shall cut off her hand; you shall not show pity.

13“You shall not have in your bag differing weights, a large and a small.14“You shall not have in your house differing measures, a large and a small.15“You shall have a full and just weight; you shall have a full and just measure, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.16“For everyone who does these things, everyone who acts unjustly is an abomination to the LORD your God.

17“Remember what Amalek did to you along the way when you came out from Egypt,18how he met you along the way and attacked among you all the stragglers at your rear when you were faint and weary; and he did not fear God.19“Therefore it shall come about when the LORD your God has given you rest from all your surrounding enemies, in the land which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance to possess, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven; you must not forget.

Luke 10:13-37

13“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles had been performed in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.14“But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the judgment than for you.15“And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will be brought down to Hades!

16“The one who listens to you listens to Me, and the one who rejects you rejects Me; and he who rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me.”

The Happy Results

17The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”18And He said to them, “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning.19“Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.20“Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.”

21At that very time He rejoiced greatly in the Holy Spirit, and said, “I praise You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.22“All things have been handed over to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.”

23Turning to the disciples, He said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see,24for I say to you, that many prophets and kings wished to see the things which you see, and did not see them, and to hear the things which you hear, and did not hear them.”

25And a lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”26And He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?”27And he answered, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”28And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; DO THIS AND YOU WILL LIVE.”29But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

The Good Samaritan

30Jesus replied and said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead.31“And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.32“Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.33“But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion,34and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him.35“On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.’36“Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?”37And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.”

Martha and Mary

Psalm 75:1-10

1We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks,

For Your name is near;

Men declare Your wondrous works.

2“When I select an appointed time,

It is I who judge with equity.

3“The earth and all who dwell in it melt;

It is I who have firmly set its pillars.

Selah.

4“I said to the boastful, ‘Do not boast,’

And to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up the horn;

5Do not lift up your horn on high,

Do not speak with insolent pride.’”

6For not from the east, nor from the west,

Nor from the desert comes exaltation;

7But God is the Judge;

He puts down one and exalts another.

8For a cup is in the hand of the LORD, and the wine foams;

It is well mixed, and He pours out of this;

Surely all the wicked of the earth must drain and drink down its dregs.

9But as for me, I will declare it forever;

I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.

10And all the horns of the wicked He will cut off,

But the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.

Proverbs 12:12-14

12The wicked man desires the booty of evil men,

But the root of the righteous yields fruit.

13An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,

But the righteous will escape from trouble.

14A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his words,

And the deeds of a man’s hands will return to him.