Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Israel realized that the gods of Egypt that had held them captive for so long were defeated through the ten plagues. For example, the "god of the Nile" was defeated when the mighty river was turned to blood (Exodus 7:20-21), and the "sun god" was defeated by the darkness that fell upon the land (Exodus 10:21-23). After the final plague concerning the firstborn, the Israelites were free to go. Triumphantly they left the land of their captivity. They did not slither out of town or run for their lives in the night. Instead, they "left defiantly, in full view of all the Egyptians" (Numbers 33:3).

As New Testament believers, we have the same privilege of boldness as did the Israelites. Jesus has conquered our enemies: "The time of judgment for the world has come, when the prince of this world will be cast out" (John 12:31). Therefore, we should exhibit the same boldness against the devil as did Jesus when He openly ordered the demon to "be silent" (Luke 4:35). Jesus saw sickness and demonic possession as an unfair encroachment of the enemy, and so should we.

Rise up today and boldly break free from Satan's chains and bondage. The price has been paid for your freedom. Purpose to serve Pharaoh no more!

Numbers 32:1-33:39

The Transjordan Tribes

32 The Reubenites and Gadites, who had very large herds and flocks,ver 24, 36; Jdg 5:16 saw that the lands of JazerS Nu 21:32 and GileadS Ge 31:21 were suitable for livestock.Ex 12:38So they came to Moses and Eleazar the priest and to the leaders of the community,Lev 4:22; Nu 27:2 and said,“Ataroth,ver 34; Jos 16:2, 7; 18:13 Dibon,ver 34; S Nu 21:30 Jazer,ver 1 Nimrah,ver 36; Jos 13:27 Heshbon,Nu 21:25 Elealeh,ver 37; Isa 15:4; 16:9; Jer 48:34 Sebam,Jos 13:19; Isa 16:8, 9; Jer 48:32 NeboNu 33:47; Dt 32:49; 34:1; 1Ch 5:8 and Beonver 38; Jos 13:17; Eze 25:9the land the Lord subduedNu 21:34 before the people of Israel—are suitable for livestock,Ex 12:38 and your servants have livestock.If we have found favor in your eyes,” they said, “let this land be given to your servants as our possession. Do not make us cross the Jordan.S Nu 13:29

Moses said to the Gadites and Reubenites, “Should your fellow Israelites go to war while you sit here?Why do you discourage the Israelites from crossing over into the land the Lord has given them?Nu 13:27-14:4This is what your fathers did when I sent them from Kadesh Barnea to look over the land.Nu 13:3, 26; Dt 1:19-25After they went up to the Valley of EshkolNu 13:23; Dt 1:24 and viewed the land, they discouraged the Israelites from entering the land the Lord had given them.10 The Lord’s anger was arousedNu 11:1 that day and he swore this oath:S Nu 14:20-2311 ‘Because they have not followed me wholeheartedly, not one of those who were twenty years old or moreS Ex 30:14 when they came up out of EgyptNu 1:1 will see the land I promised on oathS Nu 14:23 to Abraham, Isaac and JacobNu 14:28-3012 not one except Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite and Joshua son of Nun, for they followed the Lord wholeheartedly.’Nu 14:24, 3013 The Lord’s anger burned against IsraelS Ex 4:14 and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until the whole generation of those who had done evil in his sight was gone.Nu 14:28-35; 26:64, 65

14 “And here you are, a brood of sinners, standing in the place of your fathers and making the Lord even more angry with Israel.S ver 10; Dt 1:34; Ps 78:5915 If you turn away from following him, he will again leave all this people in the wilderness, and you will be the cause of their destruction.Dt 30:17-18; 2Ch 7:20

16 Then they came up to him and said, “We would like to build pensver 24, 36; 1Sa 24:3; Ps 50:9; 78:70 here for our livestockEx 12:38; Dt 3:19 and cities for our women and children.17 But we will arm ourselves for battleSeptuagint; Hebrew will be quick to arm ourselves and go ahead of the IsraelitesDt 3:18; Jos 4:12, 13 until we have brought them to their place.S Nu 22:4; Dt 3:20 Meanwhile our women and children will live in fortified cities, for protection from the inhabitants of the land.18 We will not return to our homes until each of the Israelites has received their inheritance.Jos 22:1-419 We will not receive any inheritance with them on the other side of the Jordan, because our inheritancever 22, 29 has come to us on the east side of the Jordan.”Nu 21:33; Jos 12:1; 22:7

20 Then Moses said to them, “If you will do this—if you will arm yourselves before the Lord for battlever 1721 and if all of you who are armed cross over the Jordan before the Lord until he has driven his enemies out before himver 1722 then when the land is subdued before the Lord, you may returnJos 22:4 and be free from your obligation to the Lord and to Israel. And this land will be your possessionS Lev 14:34 before the Lord.Dt 3:18-20

23 “But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the Lord; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.S Ge 4:7; S Isa 3:924 Build cities for your women and children, and pens for your flocks,S ver 1, 16 but do what you have promised.Nu 30:2

25 The Gadites and Reubenites said to Moses, “We your servants will do as our lord commands.ver 29; Jos 1:16, 18; 22:226 Our children and wives, our flocks and herds will remain here in the cities of Gilead.ver 16, 24; Jos 1:14; 12:2; 22:9; 2Sa 2:9; 1Ch 5:927 But your servants, every man who is armed for battle, will cross over to fightver 17, 21 before the Lord, just as our lord says.”

28 Then Moses gave orders about themver 29; Dt 3:18-20; Jos 1:13 to Eleazar the priest and Joshua son of NunNu 11:28 and to the family heads of the Israelite tribes.Nu 1:1629 He said to them, “If the Gadites and Reubenites, every man armed for battle, cross over the Jordan with you before the Lord, then when the land is subdued before you,S Nu 22:4 you must give them the land of Gilead as their possession.S ver 1930 But if they do not cross overver 23 with you armed, they must accept their possession with you in Canaan.ver 29, 32

31 The Gadites and Reubenites answered, “Your servants will do what the Lord has said.ver 2932 We will cross over before the Lord into Canaan armed,ver 17 but the property we inherit will be on this side of the Jordan.S ver 30; Jos 12:6

33 Then Moses gave to the Gadites,Jos 13:24-28; 1Sa 13:7 the Reubenites and the half-tribe of ManassehJos 1:12 son of Joseph the kingdom of Sihon king of the AmoritesNu 21:21; Dt 2:26 and the kingdom of Og king of BashanS ver 19; S Jos 12:5—the whole land with its cities and the territory around them.S Nu 21:24; 34:14; Dt 2:36; Jos 12:6

34 The Gadites built up Dibon, Ataroth, Aroer,Dt 2:36; 3:12; 4:48; Jos 12:2; 13:9; Jdg 11:26; 1Sa 30:28; 1Ch 5:8; Jer 48:1935 Atroth Shophan, Jazer,ver 3 Jogbehah,Jdg 8:1136 Beth NimrahS ver 3 and Beth Haran as fortified cities, and built pens for their flocks.S ver 137 And the Reubenites rebuilt Heshbon,Nu 21:25 ElealehS ver 3 and Kiriathaim,Jos 13:19; 1Ch 6:76; Jer 48:1, 23; Eze 25:938 as well as NeboS ver 3; Isa 15:2; Jer 48:1, 22 and Baal Meon (these names were changed) and Sibmah.S ver 3 They gave names to the cities they rebuilt.

39 The descendants of MakirS Ge 50:23 son of Manasseh went to Gilead,Nu 26:29; Dt 2:36 captured it and drove out the AmoritesS Ge 10:16 who were there.40 So Moses gave Gilead to the Makirites,S Ge 50:23; Dt 3:15 the descendants of Manasseh, and they settled there.41 Jair,1Ki 4:13 a descendant of Manasseh, captured their settlements and called them Havvoth Jair.Or them the settlements of JairDt 3:14; Jos 13:30; Jdg 10:4; 1Ch 2:2342 And Nobah captured Kenath1Ch 2:23 and its surrounding settlements and called it NobahJdg 8:11 after himself.1Sa 15:12; 2Sa 18:18; Ps 49:11; Isa 22:16; 56:5

Stages in Israel’s Journey

33 Here are the stages in the journeyEx 17:1; 40:36 of the Israelites when they came out of EgyptNu 1:1 by divisions under the leadership of Moses and Aaron.S Ex 4:16; 6:26At the Lord’s command Moses recordedS Ex 17:14 the stages in their journeyS ver 1. This is their journey by stages:

The Israelites set outNu 10:2 from RamesesS Ge 47:11 on the fifteenth day of the first month, the day after the Passover.Jos 5:10 They marched out defiantlyS Ex 14:8 in full view of all the Egyptians,who were burying all their firstborn,S Ex 4:23 whom the Lord had struck down among them; for the Lord had brought judgment2Ch 24:24; Jer 15:3; Eze 14:21 on their gods.S Ex 12:12

The Israelites left Rameses and camped at Sukkoth.Ex 12:37

They left Sukkoth and camped at Etham, on the edge of the desert.Ex 13:20

They left Etham, turned back to Pi Hahiroth, to the east of Baal Zephon,Ex 14:9 and camped near Migdol.S Ex 14:2

They left Pi HahirothMany manuscripts of the Masoretic Text, Samaritan Pentateuch and Vulgate; most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text left from before HahirothEx 14:2 and passed through the seaS Ex 14:22 into the desert, and when they had traveled for three days in the Desert of Etham, they camped at Marah.S Ex 15:23

They left Marah and went to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they campedEx 15:27 there.

10 They left ElimEx 16:1 and camped by the Red Sea.Or the Sea of Reeds; also in verse 11

11 They left the Red Sea and camped in the Desert of Sin.S Ex 16:1

12 They left the Desert of Sin and camped at Dophkah.

13 They left Dophkah and camped at Alush.

14 They left Alush and camped at Rephidim, where there was no water for the people to drink.S Ex 15:22; S 17:2

15 They left RephidimS Ex 17:1 and camped in the Desert of Sinai.S Ex 19:1

16 They left the Desert of Sinai and camped at Kibroth Hattaavah.S Nu 11:34

17 They left Kibroth Hattaavah and camped at Hazeroth.Nu 11:35

18 They left Hazeroth and camped at Rithmah.

19 They left Rithmah and camped at Rimmon Perez.

20 They left Rimmon Perez and camped at Libnah.Jos 10:29; 12:15; 15:42; 21:13; 2Ki 8:22; 19:8; 23:31; 1Ch 6:57; 2Ch 21:10; Isa 37:8; Jer 52:1

21 They left Libnah and camped at Rissah.

22 They left Rissah and camped at Kehelathah.

23 They left Kehelathah and camped at Mount Shepher.

24 They left Mount Shepher and camped at Haradah.

25 They left Haradah and camped at Makheloth.

26 They left Makheloth and camped at Tahath.

27 They left Tahath and camped at Terah.

28 They left Terah and camped at Mithkah.

29 They left Mithkah and camped at Hashmonah.

30 They left Hashmonah and camped at Moseroth.Dt 10:6

31 They left Moseroth and camped at Bene Jaakan.Dt 10:6

32 They left Bene Jaakan and camped at Hor Haggidgad.

33 They left Hor Haggidgad and camped at Jotbathah.Dt 10:7

34 They left Jotbathah and camped at Abronah.

35 They left Abronah and camped at Ezion Geber.Dt 2:8; 1Ki 9:26; 22:48

36 They left Ezion Geber and camped at Kadesh, in the Desert of Zin.S Nu 13:21

37 They left Kadesh and camped at Mount Hor,S Nu 20:22 on the border of Edom.S Ge 36:16; S Nu 20:1638 At the Lord’s command Aaron the priest went up Mount Hor, where he diedS Nu 27:13 on the first day of the fifth month of the fortieth yearS Ex 16:35 after the Israelites came out of Egypt.Nu 20:25-2839 Aaron was a hundred and twenty-three years old when he died on Mount Hor.

The Tribes East of the Jordan

32 The tribes of Reuben and Gad owned vast numbers of livestock. So when they saw that the lands of Jazer and Gilead were ideally suited for their flocks and herds,they came to Moses, Eleazar the priest, and the other leaders of the community. They said,“Notice the towns of Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Sibmah,As in Samaritan Pentateuch and Greek version (see also 32:38); Hebrew reads Sebam. Nebo, and Beon.The Lord has conquered this whole area for the community of Israel, and it is ideally suited for all our livestock.If we have found favor with you, please let us have this land as our property instead of giving us land across the Jordan River.”

“Do you intend to stay here while your brothers go across and do all the fighting?” Moses asked the men of Gad and Reuben.“Why do you want to discourage the rest of the people of Israel from going across to the land the Lord has given them?Your ancestors did the same thing when I sent them from Kadesh-barnea to explore the land.After they went up to the valley of Eshcol and explored the land, they discouraged the people of Israel from entering the land the Lord was giving them.10 Then the Lord was very angry with them, and he vowed,11 ‘Of all those I rescued from Egypt, no one who is twenty years old or older will ever see the land I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, for they have not obeyed me wholeheartedly.12 The only exceptions are Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite and Joshua son of Nun, for they have wholeheartedly followed the Lord.’

13 “The Lord was angry with Israel and made them wander in the wilderness for forty years until the entire generation that sinned in the Lord’s sight had died.14 But here you are, a brood of sinners, doing exactly the same thing! You are making the Lord even angrier with Israel.15 If you turn away from him like this and he abandons them again in the wilderness, you will be responsible for destroying this entire nation!”

16 But they approached Moses and said, “We simply want to build pens for our livestock and fortified towns for our wives and children.17 Then we will arm ourselves and lead our fellow Israelites into battle until we have brought them safely to their land. Meanwhile, our families will stay in the fortified towns we build here, so they will be safe from any attacks by the local people.18 We will not return to our homes until all the people of Israel have received their portions of land.19 But we do not claim any of the land on the other side of the Jordan. We would rather live here on the east side and accept this as our grant of land.”

20 Then Moses said, “If you keep your word and arm yourselves for the Lord’s battles,21 and if your troops cross the Jordan and keep fighting until the Lord has driven out his enemies,22 then you may return when the Lord has conquered the land. You will have fulfilled your duty to the Lord and to the rest of the people of Israel. And the land on the east side of the Jordan will be your property from the Lord.23 But if you fail to keep your word, then you will have sinned against the Lord, and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.24 Go ahead and build towns for your families and pens for your flocks, but do everything you have promised.”

25 Then the men of Gad and Reuben replied, “We, your servants, will follow your instructions exactly.26 Our children, wives, flocks, and cattle will stay here in the towns of Gilead.27 But all who are able to bear arms will cross over to fight for the Lord, just as you have said.”

28 So Moses gave orders to Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the leaders of the clans of Israel.29 He said, “The men of Gad and Reuben who are armed for battle must cross the Jordan with you to fight for the Lord. If they do, give them the land of Gilead as their property when the land is conquered.30 But if they refuse to arm themselves and cross over with you, then they must accept land with the rest of you in the land of Canaan.”

31 The tribes of Gad and Reuben said again, “We are your servants, and we will do as the Lord has commanded!32 We will cross the Jordan into Canaan fully armed to fight for the Lord, but our property will be here on this side of the Jordan.”

33 So Moses assigned land to the tribes of Gad, Reuben, and half the tribe of Manasseh son of Joseph. He gave them the territory of King Sihon of the Amorites and the land of King Og of Bashan—the whole land with its cities and surrounding lands.

34 The descendants of Gad built the towns of Dibon, Ataroth, Aroer,35 Atroth-shophan, Jazer, Jogbehah,36 Beth-nimrah, and Beth-haran. These were all fortified towns with pens for their flocks.

37 The descendants of Reuben built the towns of Heshbon, Elealeh, Kiriathaim,38 Nebo, Baal-meon, and Sibmah. They changed the names of some of the towns they conquered and rebuilt.

39 Then the descendants of Makir of the tribe of Manasseh went to Gilead and conquered it, and they drove out the Amorites living there.40 So Moses gave Gilead to the Makirites, descendants of Manasseh, and they settled there.41 The people of Jair, another clan of the tribe of Manasseh, captured many of the towns in Gilead and changed the name of that region to the Towns of Jair.Hebrew Havvoth-jair.42 Meanwhile, a man named Nobah captured the town of Kenath and its surrounding villages, and he renamed that area Nobah after himself.

Remembering Israel’s Journey

33 This is the route the Israelites followed as they marched out of Egypt under the leadership of Moses and Aaron.At the Lord’s direction, Moses kept a written record of their progress. These are the stages of their march, identified by the different places where they stopped along the way.

They set out from the city of Rameses in early spring—on the fifteenth day of the first monthThis day in the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar occurred in late March, April, or early May.—on the morning after the first Passover celebration. The people of Israel left defiantly, in full view of all the Egyptians.Meanwhile, the Egyptians were burying all their firstborn sons, whom the Lord had killed the night before. The Lord had defeated the gods of Egypt that night with great acts of judgment!

After leaving Rameses, the Israelites set up camp at Succoth.

Then they left Succoth and camped at Etham on the edge of the wilderness.

They left Etham and turned back toward Pi-hahiroth, opposite Baal-zephon, and camped near Migdol.

They left Pi-hahirothAs in many Hebrew manuscripts, Samaritan Pentateuch, and Latin Vulgate (see also 33:7); most Hebrew manuscripts read left from in front of Hahiroth. and crossed the Red SeaHebrew the sea. into the wilderness beyond. Then they traveled for three days into the Etham wilderness and camped at Marah.

They left Marah and camped at Elim, where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees.

10 They left Elim and camped beside the Red Sea.Hebrew sea of reeds; also in 33:11.

11 They left the Red Sea and camped in the wilderness of Sin.The geographical name Sin is related to Sinai and should not be confused with the English word sin.

12 They left the wilderness of Sin and camped at Dophkah.

13 They left Dophkah and camped at Alush.

14 They left Alush and camped at Rephidim, where there was no water for the people to drink.

15 They left Rephidim and camped in the wilderness of Sinai.

16 They left the wilderness of Sinai and camped at Kibroth-hattaavah.

17 They left Kibroth-hattaavah and camped at Hazeroth.

18 They left Hazeroth and camped at Rithmah.

19 They left Rithmah and camped at Rimmon-perez.

20 They left Rimmon-perez and camped at Libnah.

21 They left Libnah and camped at Rissah.

22 They left Rissah and camped at Kehelathah.

23 They left Kehelathah and camped at Mount Shepher.

24 They left Mount Shepher and camped at Haradah.

25 They left Haradah and camped at Makheloth.

26 They left Makheloth and camped at Tahath.

27 They left Tahath and camped at Terah.

28 They left Terah and camped at Mithcah.

29 They left Mithcah and camped at Hashmonah.

30 They left Hashmonah and camped at Moseroth.

31 They left Moseroth and camped at Bene-jaakan.

32 They left Bene-jaakan and camped at Hor-haggidgad.

33 They left Hor-haggidgad and camped at Jotbathah.

34 They left Jotbathah and camped at Abronah.

35 They left Abronah and camped at Ezion-geber.

36 They left Ezion-geber and camped at Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.

37 They left Kadesh and camped at Mount Hor, at the border of Edom.38 While they were at the foot of Mount Hor, Aaron the priest was directed by the Lord to go up the mountain, and there he died. This happened in midsummer, on the first day of the fifth monthThis day in the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar occurred in July or August. of the fortieth year after Israel’s departure from Egypt.39 Aaron was 123 years old when he died there on Mount Hor.

32 Now the children of Reuben and the children of Gad had a very great multitude of cattle: and when they saw the land of Jazer, and the land of Gilead, that, behold, the place was a place for cattle;

The children of Gad and the children of Reuben came and spake unto Moses, and to Eleazar the priest, and unto the princes of the congregation, saying,

Ataroth, and Dibon, and Jazer, and Nimrah, and Heshbon, and Elealeh, and Shebam, and Nebo, and Beon,

Even the country which the Lord smote before the congregation of Israel, is a land for cattle, and thy servants have cattle:

Wherefore, said they, if we have found grace in thy sight, let this land be given unto thy servants for a possession, and bring us not over Jordan.

And Moses said unto the children of Gad and to the children of Reuben, Shall your brethren go to war, and shall ye sit here?

And wherefore discourage ye the heart of the children of Israel from going over into the land which the Lord hath given them?

Thus did your fathers, when I sent them from Kadeshbarnea to see the land.

For when they went up unto the valley of Eshcol, and saw the land, they discouraged the heart of the children of Israel, that they should not go into the land which the Lord had given them.

10 And the Lord'S anger was kindled the same time, and he sware, saying,

11 Surely none of the men that came up out of Egypt, from twenty years old and upward, shall see the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob; because they have not wholly followed me:

12 Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite, and Joshua the son of Nun: for they have wholly followed the Lord.

13 And the Lord'S anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation, that had done evil in the sight of the Lord, was consumed.

14 And, behold, ye are risen up in your fathers' stead, an increase of sinful men, to augment yet the fierce anger of the Lord toward Israel.

15 For if ye turn away from after him, he will yet again leave them in the wilderness; and ye shall destroy all this people.

16 And they came near unto him, and said, We will build sheepfolds here for our cattle, and cities for our little ones:

17 But we ourselves will go ready armed before the children of Israel, until we have brought them unto their place: and our little ones shall dwell in the fenced cities because of the inhabitants of the land.

18 We will not return unto our houses, until the children of Israel have inherited every man his inheritance.

19 For we will not inherit with them on yonder side Jordan, or forward; because our inheritance is fallen to us on this side Jordan eastward.

20 And Moses said unto them, If ye will do this thing, if ye will go armed before the Lord to war,

21 And will go all of you armed over Jordan before the Lord, until he hath driven out his enemies from before him,

22 And the land be subdued before the Lord: then afterward ye shall return, and be guiltless before the Lord, and before Israel; and this land shall be your possession before the Lord.

23 But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the Lord: and be sure your sin will find you out.

24 Build you cities for your little ones, and folds for your sheep; and do that which hath proceeded out of your mouth.

25 And the children of Gad and the children of Reuben spake unto Moses, saying, Thy servants will do as my lord commandeth.

26 Our little ones, our wives, our flocks, and all our cattle, shall be there in the cities of Gilead:

27 But thy servants will pass over, every man armed for war, before the Lord to battle, as my lord saith.

28 So concerning them Moses commanded Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the chief fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel:

29 And Moses said unto them, If the children of Gad and the children of Reuben will pass with you over Jordan, every man armed to battle, before the Lord, and the land shall be subdued before you; then ye shall give them the land of Gilead for a possession:

30 But if they will not pass over with you armed, they shall have possessions among you in the land of Canaan.

31 And the children of Gad and the children of Reuben answered, saying, As the Lord hath said unto thy servants, so will we do.

32 We will pass over armed before the Lord into the land of Canaan, that the possession of our inheritance on this side Jordan may be our's.

33 And Moses gave unto them, even to the children of Gad, and to the children of Reuben, and unto half the tribe of Manasseh the son of Joseph, the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites, and the kingdom of Og king of Bashan, the land, with the cities thereof in the coasts, even the cities of the country round about.

34 And the children of Gad built Dibon, and Ataroth, and Aroer,

35 And Atroth, Shophan, and Jaazer, and Jogbehah,

36 And Bethnimrah, and Bethharan, fenced cities: and folds for sheep.

37 And the children of Reuben built Heshbon, and Elealeh, and Kirjathaim,

38 And Nebo, and Baalmeon, (their names being changed,) and Shibmah: and gave other names unto the cities which they builded.

39 And the children of Machir the son of Manasseh went to Gilead, and took it, and dispossessed the Amorite which was in it.

40 And Moses gave Gilead unto Machir the son of Manasseh; and he dwelt therein.

41 And Jair the son of Manasseh went and took the small towns thereof, and called them Havothjair.

42 And Nobah went and took Kenath, and the villages thereof, and called it Nobah, after his own name.

33 These are the journeys of the children of Israel, which went forth out of the land of Egypt with their armies under the hand of Moses and Aaron.

And Moses wrote their goings out according to their journeys by the commandment of the Lord: and these are their journeys according to their goings out.

And they departed from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the morrow after the passover the children of Israel went out with an high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians.

For the Egyptians buried all their firstborn, which the Lord had smitten among them: upon their gods also the Lord executed judgments.

And the children of Israel removed from Rameses, and pitched in Succoth.

And they departed from Succoth, and pitched in Etham, which is in the edge of the wilderness.

And they removed from Etham, and turned again unto Pihahiroth, which is before Baalzephon: and they pitched before Migdol.

And they departed from before Pihahiroth, and passed through the midst of the sea into the wilderness, and went three days'journey in the wilderness of Etham, and pitched in Marah.

And they removed from Marah, and came unto Elim: and in Elim were twelve fountains of water, and threescore and ten palm trees; and they pitched there.

10 And they removed from Elim, and encamped by the Red sea.

11 And they removed from the Red sea, and encamped in the wilderness of Sin.

12 And they took their journey out of the wilderness of Sin, and encamped in Dophkah.

13 And they departed from Dophkah, and encamped in Alush.

14 And they removed from Alush, and encamped at Rephidim, where was no water for the people to drink.

15 And they departed from Rephidim, and pitched in the wilderness of Sinai.

16 And they removed from the desert of Sinai, and pitched at Kibrothhattaavah.

17 And they departed from Kibrothhattaavah, and encamped at Hazeroth.

18 And they departed from Hazeroth, and pitched in Rithmah.

19 And they departed from Rithmah, and pitched at Rimmonparez.

20 And they departed from Rimmonparez, and pitched in Libnah.

21 And they removed from Libnah, and pitched at Rissah.

22 And they journeyed from Rissah, and pitched in Kehelathah.

23 And they went from Kehelathah, and pitched in mount Shapher.

24 And they removed from mount Shapher, and encamped in Haradah.

25 And they removed from Haradah, and pitched in Makheloth.

26 And they removed from Makheloth, and encamped at Tahath.

27 And they departed from Tahath, and pitched at Tarah.

28 And they removed from Tarah, and pitched in Mithcah.

29 And they went from Mithcah, and pitched in Hashmonah.

30 And they departed from Hashmonah, and encamped at Moseroth.

31 And they departed from Moseroth, and pitched in Benejaakan.

32 And they removed from Benejaakan, and encamped at Horhagidgad.

33 And they went from Horhagidgad, and pitched in Jotbathah.

34 And they removed from Jotbathah, and encamped at Ebronah.

35 And they departed from Ebronah, and encamped at Eziongaber.

36 And they removed from Eziongaber, and pitched in the wilderness of Zin, which is Kadesh.

37 And they removed from Kadesh, and pitched in mount Hor, in the edge of the land of Edom.

38 And Aaron the priest went up into mount Hor at the commandment of the Lord, and died there, in the fortieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the first day of the fifth month.

39 And Aaron was an hundred and twenty and three years old when he died in mount Hor.

Luke 4:31-5:11

Jesus Drives Out an Impure Spirit4:31-37pp — Mk 1:21-28

31 Then he went down to Capernaum,ver 23; S Mt 4:13 a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath he taught the people.32 They were amazed at his teaching,S Mt 7:28 because his words had authority.ver 36; Mt 7:29

33 In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an impure spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice,34 “Go away! What do you want with us,S Mt 8:29 Jesus of Nazareth?S Mk 1:24 Have you come to destroy us? I know who you areJas 2:19—the Holy One of God!”ver 41; S Mk 1:24

35 “Be quiet!” Jesus said sternly.ver 39, 41; Mt 8:26; Lk 8:24 “Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him.

36 All the people were amazedS Mt 7:28 and said to each other, “What words these are! With authorityver 32; Mt 7:29; S Mt 10:1 and power he gives orders to impure spirits and they come out!”37 And the news about him spread throughout the surrounding area.ver 14; S Mt 9:26

Jesus Heals Many4:38-41pp — Mt 8:14-174:38-43pp — Mk 1:29-38

38 Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her.39 So he bent over her and rebukedver 35, 41 the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.

40 At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one,S Mk 5:23 he healed them.S Mt 4:2341 Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!”S Mt 4:3 But he rebukedS ver 35 them and would not allow them to speak,S Mt 8:4 because they knew he was the Messiah.

42 At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them.43 But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of GodS Mt 3:2 to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.”44 And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.S Mt 4:23

Jesus Calls His First Disciples5:1-11pp — Mt 4:18-22; Mk 1:16-20; Jn 1:40-42

One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,That is, the Sea of Galilee the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God.S Mk 4:14; S Heb 4:12He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets.He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.Mt 13:2

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”Jn 21:6

Simon answered, “Master,Lk 8:24, 45; 9:33, 49; 17:13 we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything.Jn 21:3 But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.Jn 21:11So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”Ge 18:27; Job 42:6; Isa 6:5For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken,10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid;S Mt 14:27 from now on you will fish for people.”11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.ver 28; S Mt 4:19

Jesus Casts Out a Demon

31 Then Jesus went to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and taught there in the synagogue every Sabbath day.32 There, too, the people were amazed at his teaching, for he spoke with authority.

33 Once when he was in the synagogue, a man possessed by a demon—an evilGreek unclean; also in 4:36. spirit—cried out, shouting,34 “Go away! Why are you interfering with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

35 But Jesus reprimanded him. “Be quiet! Come out of the man,” he ordered. At that, the demon threw the man to the floor as the crowd watched; then it came out of him without hurting him further.

36 Amazed, the people exclaimed, “What authority and power this man’s words possess! Even evil spirits obey him, and they flee at his command!”37 The news about Jesus spread through every village in the entire region.

Jesus Heals Many People

38 After leaving the synagogue that day, Jesus went to Simon’s home, where he found Simon’s mother-in-law very sick with a high fever. “Please heal her,” everyone begged.39 Standing at her bedside, he rebuked the fever, and it left her. And she got up at once and prepared a meal for them.

40 As the sun went down that evening, people throughout the village brought sick family members to Jesus. No matter what their diseases were, the touch of his hand healed every one.41 Many were possessed by demons; and the demons came out at his command, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But because they knew he was the Messiah, he rebuked them and refused to let them speak.

Jesus Continues to Preach

42 Early the next morning Jesus went out to an isolated place. The crowds searched everywhere for him, and when they finally found him, they begged him not to leave them.43 But he replied, “I must preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God in other towns, too, because that is why I was sent.”44 So he continued to travel around, preaching in synagogues throughout Judea.Some manuscripts read Galilee.

The First Disciples

One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee,Greek Lake Gennesaret, another name for the Sea of Galilee. great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God.He noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets.Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon,Simon is called “Peter” in 6:14 and thereafter. its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there.

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”

“Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.”And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear!A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking.

When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m such a sinful man.”For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him.10 His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed.

Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!”11 And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.

31 And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days.

32 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.

33 And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice,

34 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God.

35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not.

36 And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.

37 And the fame of him went out into every place of the country round about.

38 And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon's house. And Simon's wife's mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought him for her.

39 And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them.

40 Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.

41 And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.

42 And when it was day, he departed and went into a desert place: and the people sought him, and came unto him, and stayed him, that he should not depart from them.

43 And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent.

44 And he preached in the synagogues of Galilee.

And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,

And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.

And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.

Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.

And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.

And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.

And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.

When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.

For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken:

10 And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.

11 And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.

Psalm 64:1-10

Psalm 64In Hebrew texts 64:1-10 is numbered 64:2-11.

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

Hear me, my God, as I voice my complaint;Ps 142:2

protect my life from the threat of the enemy.Ps 140:1

Hide me from the conspiracyS Ex 1:10 of the wicked,Ps 56:6; 59:2

from the plots of evildoers.

They sharpen their tongues like swordsS Ps 55:21; Isa 49:2

and aim cruel words like deadly arrows.S Ps 7:13; S 58:7

They shoot from ambush at the innocent;S Job 9:23; Ps 10:8; 11:2

they shoot suddenly, without fear.S Ps 55:19

They encourage each other in evil plans,

they talk about hiding their snares;Ps 91:3; 119:110; 140:5; 141:9

they say, “Who will see itOr us?”S Job 22:13

They plot injustice and say,

“We have devised a perfect plan!”

Surely the human mind and heart are cunning.

But God will shoot them with his arrows;

they will suddenly be struck down.

He will turn their own tongues against themS Ps 59:12; Pr 18:7

and bring them to ruin;

all who see them will shake their headsS 2Ki 19:21; Ps 109:25 in scorn.S Dt 28:37

All people will fear;S Ps 40:3

they will proclaim the works of God

and ponder what he has done.Jer 51:10

10 The righteous will rejoice in the LordS Job 22:19

and take refuge in him;Ps 11:1; 25:20; 31:2

all the upright in heart will glory in him!Ps 32:11

Psalm 64

For the choir director: A psalm of David.

O God, listen to my complaint.

Protect my life from my enemies’ threats.

Hide me from the plots of this evil mob,

from this gang of wrongdoers.

They sharpen their tongues like swords

and aim their bitter words like arrows.

They shoot from ambush at the innocent,

attacking suddenly and fearlessly.

They encourage each other to do evil

and plan how to set their traps in secret.

“Who will ever notice?” they ask.

As they plot their crimes, they say,

“We have devised the perfect plan!”

Yes, the human heart and mind are cunning.

But God himself will shoot them with his arrows,

suddenly striking them down.

Their own tongues will ruin them,

and all who see them will shake their heads in scorn.

Then everyone will be afraid;

they will proclaim the mighty acts of God

and realize all the amazing things he does.

10 The godly will rejoice in the Lord

and find shelter in him.

And those who do what is right

will praise him.

64 Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.

Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:

Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:

That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.

They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them?

They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.

But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.

So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.

And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.

10 The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.

Proverbs 11:22

22 Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout

is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.

22 A beautiful woman who lacks discretion

is like a gold ring in a pig’s snout.

22 As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.

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