Bible Reading Plan for April 25

Apr 25 2017

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Judges 4:1-5:31

Deborah and Barak Deliver from Canaanites

1Then the sons of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD, after Ehud died.2And the LORD sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor; and the commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth-hagoyim.3The sons of Israel cried to the LORD; for he had nine hundred iron chariots, and he oppressed the sons of Israel severely for twenty years.

4Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time.5She used to sit under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim; and the sons of Israel came up to her for judgment.6Now she sent and summoned Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh-naphtali, and said to him, “Behold, the LORD, the God of Israel, has commanded, ‘Go and march to Mount Tabor, and take with you ten thousand men from the sons of Naphtali and from the sons of Zebulun.7‘I will draw out to you Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his many troops to the river Kishon, and I will give him into your hand.’”8Then Barak said to her, “If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go.”9She said, “I will surely go with you; nevertheless, the honor shall not be yours on the journey that you are about to take, for the LORD will sell Sisera into the hands of a woman.” Then Deborah arose and went with Barak to Kedesh.10Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali together to Kedesh, and ten thousand men went up with him; Deborah also went up with him.

11Now Heber the Kenite had separated himself from the Kenites, from the sons of Hobab the father-in-law of Moses, and had pitched his tent as far away as the oak in Zaanannim, which is near Kedesh.

12Then they told Sisera that Barak the son of Abinoam had gone up to Mount Tabor.13Sisera called together all his chariots, nine hundred iron chariots, and all the people who were with him, from Harosheth-hagoyim to the river Kishon.14Deborah said to Barak, “Arise! For this is the day in which the LORD has given Sisera into your hands; behold, the LORD has gone out before you.” So Barak went down from Mount Tabor with ten thousand men following him.15The LORD routed Sisera and all his chariots and all his army with the edge of the sword before Barak; and Sisera alighted from his chariot and fled away on foot.16But Barak pursued the chariots and the army as far as Harosheth-hagoyim, and all the army of Sisera fell by the edge of the sword; not even one was left.

17Now Sisera fled away on foot to the tent of Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite, for there was peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite.18Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said to him, “Turn aside, my master, turn aside to me! Do not be afraid.” And he turned aside to her into the tent, and she covered him with a rug.19He said to her, “Please give me a little water to drink, for I am thirsty.” So she opened a bottle of milk and gave him a drink; then she covered him.20He said to her, “Stand in the doorway of the tent, and it shall be if anyone comes and inquires of you, and says, ‘Is there anyone here?’ that you shall say, ‘No.’”21But Jael, Heber’s wife, took a tent peg and seized a hammer in her hand, and went secretly to him and drove the peg into his temple, and it went through into the ground; for he was sound asleep and exhausted. So he died.22And behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him and said to him, “Come, and I will show you the man whom you are seeking.” And he entered with her, and behold Sisera was lying dead with the tent peg in his temple.

23So God subdued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the sons of Israel.24The hand of the sons of Israel pressed heavier and heavier upon Jabin the king of Canaan, until they had destroyed Jabin the king of Canaan.

The Song of Deborah and Barak

1Then Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam sang on that day, saying,

2“That the leaders led in Israel,

That the people volunteered,

Bless the LORD!

3“Hear, O kings; give ear, O rulers!

I—to the LORD, I will sing,

I will sing praise to the LORD, the God of Israel.

4“LORD, when You went out from Seir,

When You marched from the field of Edom,

The earth quaked, the heavens also dripped,

Even the clouds dripped water.

5“The mountains quaked at the presence of the LORD,

This Sinai, at the presence of the LORD, the God of Israel.

6“In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath,

In the days of Jael, the highways were deserted,

And travelers went by roundabout ways.

7“The peasantry ceased, they ceased in Israel,

Until I, Deborah, arose,

Until I arose, a mother in Israel.

8“New gods were chosen;

Then war was in the gates.

Not a shield or a spear was seen

Among forty thousand in Israel.

9“My heart goes out to the commanders of Israel,

The volunteers among the people;

Bless the LORD!

10“You who ride on white donkeys,

You who sit on rich carpets,

And you who travel on the road—sing!

11“At the sound of those who divide flocks among the watering places,

There they shall recount the righteous deeds of the LORD,

The righteous deeds for His peasantry in Israel.

Then the people of the LORD went down to the gates.

12“Awake, awake, Deborah;

Awake, awake, sing a song!

Arise, Barak, and take away your captives, O son of Abinoam.

13“Then survivors came down to the nobles;

The people of the LORD came down to me as warriors.

14“From Ephraim those whose root is in Amalek came down,

Following you, Benjamin, with your peoples;

From Machir commanders came down,

And from Zebulun those who wield the staff of office.

15“And the princes of Issachar were with Deborah;

As was Issachar, so was Barak;

Into the valley they rushed at his heels;

Among the divisions of Reuben

There were great resolves of heart.

16“Why did you sit among the sheepfolds,

To hear the piping for the flocks?

Among the divisions of Reuben

There were great searchings of heart.

17“Gilead remained across the Jordan;

And why did Dan stay in ships?

Asher sat at the seashore,

And remained by its landings.

18“Zebulun was a people who despised their lives even to death,

And Naphtali also, on the high places of the field.

19“The kings came and fought;

Then fought the kings of Canaan

At Taanach near the waters of Megiddo;

They took no plunder in silver.

20“The stars fought from heaven,

From their courses they fought against Sisera.

21“The torrent of Kishon swept them away,

The ancient torrent, the torrent Kishon.

O my soul, march on with strength.

22“Then the horses’ hoofs beat

From the dashing, the dashing of his valiant steeds.

23‘Curse Meroz,’ said the angel of the LORD,

‘Utterly curse its inhabitants;

Because they did not come to the help of the LORD,

To the help of the LORD against the warriors.’

24“Most blessed of women is Jael,

The wife of Heber the Kenite;

Most blessed is she of women in the tent.

25“He asked for water and she gave him milk;

In a magnificent bowl she brought him curds.

26“She reached out her hand for the tent peg,

And her right hand for the workmen’s hammer.

Then she struck Sisera, she smashed his head;

And she shattered and pierced his temple.

27“Between her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay;

Between her feet he bowed, he fell;

Where he bowed, there he fell dead.

28“Out of the window she looked and lamented,

The mother of Sisera through the lattice,

‘Why does his chariot delay in coming?

Why do the hoofbeats of his chariots tarry?’

29“Her wise princesses would answer her,

Indeed she repeats her words to herself,

30‘Are they not finding, are they not dividing the spoil?

A maiden, two maidens for every warrior;

To Sisera a spoil of dyed work,

A spoil of dyed work embroidered,

Dyed work of double embroidery on the neck of the spoiler?’

31“Thus let all Your enemies perish, O LORD;

But let those who love Him be like the rising of the sun in its might.”

And the land was undisturbed for forty years.

Luke 22:35-53

35And He said to them, “When I sent you out without money belt and bag and sandals, you did not lack anything, did you?” They said, “No, nothing.”36And He said to them, “But now, whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one.37“For I tell you that this which is written must be fulfilled in Me, ‘AND HE WAS NUMBERED WITH TRANSGRESSORS’; for that which refers to Me has its fulfillment.”38They said, “Lord, look, here are two swords.” And He said to them, “It is enough.”

The Garden of Gethsemane

39And He came out and proceeded as was His custom to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples also followed Him.40When He arrived at the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”41And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray,42saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”43Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him.44And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground.45When He rose from prayer, He came to the disciples and found them sleeping from sorrow,46and said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

Jesus Betrayed by Judas

47While He was still speaking, behold, a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was preceding them; and he approached Jesus to kiss Him.48But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”49When those who were around Him saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?”50And one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear.51But Jesus answered and said, “Stop! No more of this.” And He touched his ear and healed him.52Then Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the temple and elders who had come against Him, “Have you come out with swords and clubs as you would against a robber?53“While I was with you daily in the temple, you did not lay hands on Me; but this hour and the power of darkness are yours.”

Jesus’ Arrest

Psalm 94:1-23

1O LORD, God of vengeance,

God of vengeance, shine forth!

2Rise up, O Judge of the earth,

Render recompense to the proud.

3How long shall the wicked, O LORD,

How long shall the wicked exult?

4They pour forth words, they speak arrogantly;

All who do wickedness vaunt themselves.

5They crush Your people, O LORD,

And afflict Your heritage.

6They slay the widow and the stranger

And murder the orphans.

7They have said, “The LORD does not see,

Nor does the God of Jacob pay heed.”

8Pay heed, you senseless among the people;

And when will you understand, stupid ones?

9He who planted the ear, does He not hear?

He who formed the eye, does He not see?

10He who chastens the nations, will He not rebuke,

Even He who teaches man knowledge?

11The LORD knows the thoughts of man,

That they are a mere breath.

12Blessed is the man whom You chasten, O LORD,

And whom You teach out of Your law;

13That You may grant him relief from the days of adversity,

Until a pit is dug for the wicked.

14For the LORD will not abandon His people,

Nor will He forsake His inheritance.

15For judgment will again be righteous,

And all the upright in heart will follow it.

16Who will stand up for me against evildoers?

Who will take his stand for me against those who do wickedness?

17If the LORD had not been my help,

My soul would soon have dwelt in the abode of silence.

18If I should say, “My foot has slipped,”

Your lovingkindness, O LORD, will hold me up.

19When my anxious thoughts multiply within me,

Your consolations delight my soul.

20Can a throne of destruction be allied with You,

One which devises mischief by decree?

21They band themselves together against the life of the righteous

And condemn the innocent to death.

22But the LORD has been my stronghold,

And my God the rock of my refuge.

23He has brought back their wickedness upon them

And will destroy them in their evil;

The LORD our God will destroy them.

Proverbs 14:3-4

3In the mouth of the foolish is a rod for his back,

But the lips of the wise will protect them.

4Where no oxen are, the manger is clean,

But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox.