Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Three powerful verses in Proverbs 11 remind us of the ageless principles of giving. First, you cannot outgive God. Proverbs 11:24 says, "It is possible to give freely and become more wealthy, but those who are stingy will lose everything." Giving is the secret to abundance and increase.

Second, if you purpose in life to "refresh others" (Proverbs 11:25) and not just be concerned for yourself, God will be sure to supply your own needs as well. You must make it your goal in life to bring joy and happiness to others through generously giving to them. You will be personally refreshed from watching their joy, and God will make certain that someone comes along occasionally to refresh you!

Finally, if you hoard what you have been given instead of sharing it, you will be cursed instead of blessed (Proverbs 11:26). Because giving is so much a part of God's nature, your gift brings you into His heavenly economy. Even though you may have a need, invest in others, and you will gain, prosper, and be crowned with blessing!

Numbers 36:1-Deuteronomy 1:46

Inheritance of Zelophehad’s Daughters36:1-12pp — Nu 27:1-11

36 The family heads of the clan of GileadS Nu 26:30 son of Makir,S Ge 50:23 the son of Manasseh, who were from the clans of the descendants of Joseph,S Nu 26:28 came and spoke before Moses and the leaders,S Nu 27:2 the heads of the Israelite families.They said, “When the Lord commanded my lord to give the land as an inheritance to the Israelites by lot,S Nu 33:54 he ordered you to give the inheritance of our brother ZelophehadS Nu 26:33 to his daughters.Now suppose they marry men from other Israelite tribes; then their inheritance will be taken from our ancestral inheritance and added to that of the tribe they marry into. And so part of the inheritance allotted to us will be taken away.When the Year of JubileeS Lev 25:10 for the Israelites comes, their inheritance will be added to that of the tribe into which they marry, and their property will be taken from the tribal inheritance of our ancestors.”

Then at the Lord’s command Moses gave this order to the Israelites: “What the tribe of the descendants of Joseph is saying is right.This is what the Lord commands for Zelophehad’s daughters: They may marry anyone they please as long as they marry within their father’s tribal clan.No inheritanceS Lev 25:23 in Israel is to pass from one tribe to another, for every Israelite shall keep the tribal inheritance of their ancestors.Every daughter who inherits land in any Israelite tribe must marry someone in her father’s tribal clan,1Ch 23:22 so that every Israelite will possess the inheritance of their ancestors.No inheritance may pass from one tribe to another, for each Israelite tribe is to keep the land it inherits.”

10 So Zelophehad’s daughters did as the Lord commanded Moses.11 Zelophehad’s daughters—Mahlah, Tirzah, Hoglah, Milkah and NoahNu 26:33—married their cousins on their father’s side.12 They married within the clans of the descendants of Manasseh son of Joseph, and their inheritance remained in their father’s tribe and clan.1Ch 7:15

13 These are the commands and regulations the Lord gave through MosesS Lev 7:38; S 27:34 to the Israelites on the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho.Nu 22:1

The Command to Leave Horeb

These are the words Moses spoke to all Israel in the wilderness east of the JordanS Nu 13:29; Dt 4:46—that is, in the Arabahver 7; Dt 2:8; 3:17; Jos 3:16; 8:14; 11:2; Eze 47:8—opposite Suph, between ParanS Nu 10:12 and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth and Dizahab.(It takes eleven days to go from HorebS Ex 3:1 to Kadesh BarneaS Ge 14:7; Dt 2:14; 9:23; Jos 15:3 by the Mount SeirS Nu 24:18 road.)ver 19

In the fortieth year,Nu 14:33; 32:13; Dt 8:2; Heb 3:7-9 on the first day of the eleventh month,Ge 50:3; Dt 34:8; Jos 4:19 Moses proclaimedDt 4:1-2 to the Israelites all that the Lord had commanded him concerning them.This was after he had defeated SihonNu 21:21-26 king of the Amorites,S Ge 10:16; S 14:7 who reigned in Heshbon,S Nu 21:25 and at Edrei had defeated OgNu 21:33-35; Dt 3:10 king of Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth.Jos 9:10; 12:4; 1Ch 11:44

East of the Jordan in the territory of Moab,S Nu 21:11 Moses began to expound this law, saying:

The Lord our God said to usNu 10:13 at Horeb,S Ex 3:1 “You have stayed long enoughDt 2:3 at this mountain.Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites;ver 19; Dt 2:24; 7:1; Jos 10:5 go to all the neighboring peoples in the Arabah,S ver 1 in the mountains, in the western foothills, in the NegevS Nu 21:1; Jos 11:16; 12:8; 2Sa 24:7 and along the coast, to the land of the CanaanitesS Ge 10:18 and to Lebanon,Dt 11:24 as far as the great river, the Euphrates.S Ge 2:14See, I have given you this landS Jos 23:13.S Nu 34:2 Go in and take possession of the land the Lord sworeS Ex 13:11; S Nu 14:23; Heb 6:13-14 he would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—and to their descendants after them.”

The Appointment of Leaders

At that time I said to you, “You are too heavy a burdenS Nu 11:14; Ps 38:4 for me to carry alone.S Ex 18:1810 The Lord your God has increasedver 11; Eze 16:7 your numbersS Dt 7:13 so that today you are as numerousS Ge 15:5; Isa 51:2; 60:22; Eze 33:24 as the stars in the sky.S Ge 22:17; S Nu 10:3611 May the Lord, the God of your ancestors, increaseS ver 10 you a thousand times and bless you as he has promised!ver 8; Ex 32:13; 2Sa 24:3; 1Ch 21:312 But how can I bear your problems and your burdens and your disputes all by myself?S Ex 5:22; S 18:1813 Choose some wise, understanding and respected menS Ge 47:6 from each of your tribes, and I will set them over you.”

14 You answered me, “What you propose to do is good.”

15 So I tookEx 18:25 the leading men of your tribes,Ex 5:14; Nu 11:16; Jos 1:10; 3:2 wise and respected men,S Ge 47:6 and appointed them to have authority over you—as commandersNu 31:14; 1Sa 8:12; 22:7; 1Ki 14:27 of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens and as tribal officials.S Nu 1:416 And I charged your judges at that time, “Hear the disputes between your people and judge1Ki 3:9; Ps 72:1; Pr 2:9 fairly,S Ge 31:37; Jn 7:24 whether the case is between two Israelites or between an Israelite and a foreigner residing among you.S Ex 12:19, 49; S 22:2117 Do not show partialityS Ex 18:16; S Lev 19:15; Ac 10:34; Jas 2:1 in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be afraid of anyone,Pr 29:25 for judgment belongs to God. Bring me any case too hard for you, and I will hear it.”Ex 18:2618 And at that time I told you everything you were to do.S Ge 39:11

Spies Sent Out

19 Then, as the Lord our God commanded us, we set out from Horeb and went toward the hill country of the AmoritesS ver 7 through all that vast and dreadful wildernessDt 2:7; 8:15; 32:10; Ps 136:16; Jer 2:2, 6; Hos 13:5 that you have seen, and so we reached Kadesh Barnea.ver 2; Nu 13:2620 Then I said to you, “You have reached the hill country of the Amorites, which the Lord our God is giving us.21 See, the Lord your God has given you the land. Go up and take possessionDt 9:23 of it as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, told you. Do not be afraid;S Nu 14:9; Jos 1:6, 9, 18; 2Sa 10:12; Ps 27:14 do not be discouraged.”Dt 7:18; Jos 8:1; 10:8

22 Then all of you came to me and said, “Let us send men ahead to spyNu 13:1-3 out the landS Ge 42:9 for us and bring back a report about the route we are to take and the towns we will come to.”

23 The idea seemed good to me; so I selectedNu 13:1-3 twelve of you, one man from each tribe.24 They left and went up into the hill country, and came to the Valley of EshkolNu 13:21-25; S 32:9 and explored it.25 Taking with them some of the fruit of the land, they brought it down to us and reported,S Nu 13:27 “It is a good landS Nu 14:7 that the Lord our God is giving us.”Jos 1:2

Rebellion Against the Lord

26 But you were unwilling to go up;Nu 14:1-4 you rebelledS Nu 14:9 against the command of the Lord your God.27 You grumbledDt 9:28; Ps 106:25 in your tents and said, “The Lord hates us; so he brought us out of Egypt to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us.28 Where can we go? Our brothers have made our hearts melt in fear. They say, ‘The people are stronger and tallerS Nu 13:32 than we are; the cities are large, with walls up to the sky. We even saw the AnakitesS Nu 13:33; Dt 9:1-3 there.’”

29 Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraidDt 3:22; 20:3; Ne 4:14 of them.Dt 7:18; 20:1; 31:630 The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fightS Ex 14:14 for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes,31 and in the wilderness. There you saw how the Lord your God carriedEx 19:4; Dt 32:10-12; Ps 28:9; Isa 46:3-4; 63:9; Hos 11:3; Ac 13:18 you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”Jer 31:32

32 In spite of this,S Nu 14:11 you did not trustDt 9:23; Ps 78:22; 106:24; Zep 3:2; Heb 3:19; Jude 1:5 in the Lord your God,33 who went ahead of you on your journey, in fire by night and in a cloud by day,Ex 13:21; Nu 9:15-23; Ne 9:12; Ps 78:14 to searchS Nu 10:33 out places for you to camp and to show you the way you should go.

34 When the Lord heardS Nu 11:1 what you said, he was angryS Nu 32:14 and solemnly swore:S Nu 14:23, 28-30; Eze 20:15; Heb 3:1135 “No one from this evil generation shall see the good landS Nu 14:29 I swore to give your ancestors,36 except CalebS Nu 13:6 son of Jephunneh. He will see it, and I will give him and his descendants the land he set his feet on, because he followed the Lord wholeheartedly.S Nu 14:24

37 Because of you the Lord became angryPs 106:32 with me also and said, “You shall not enterS Nu 27:13 it, either.38 But your assistant, JoshuaS Nu 11:28 son of Nun, will enter it. EncourageDt 31:7 him, because he will leadDt 3:28 Israel to inheritJos 11:23; Ps 78:55; 136:21 it.39 And the little ones that you said would be taken captive,S Nu 14:3 your children who do not yet knowIsa 7:15-16 good from bad—they will enter the land. I will give it to them and they will take possession of it.40 But as for you, turn around and set out toward the desert along the route to the Red Sea.Or the Sea of ReedsS Ex 14:27; Jdg 11:16

41 Then you replied, “We have sinned against the Lord. We will go up and fight, as the Lord our God commanded us.” So every one of you put on his weapons, thinking it easy to go up into the hill country.

42 But the Lord said to me, “Tell them, ‘Do not go up and fight, because I will not be with you. You will be defeated by your enemies.’”S Nu 14:41-43

43 So I told you, but you would not listen. You rebelled against the Lord’s command and in your arrogance you marched up into the hill country.44 The Amorites who lived in those hills came out against you; they chased you like a swarm of beesPs 118:12 and beat you down from SeirS Nu 24:18 all the way to Hormah.S Nu 14:4545 You came back and wept before the Lord,S Nu 14:1 but he paid no attentionJob 27:9; 35:13; Ps 18:41; 66:18; Pr 1:28; Isa 1:15; Jer 14:12; La 3:8; Mic 3:4; S Jn 9:31 to your weeping and turned a deaf earPs 28:1; 39:12; Pr 28:9 to you.46 And so you stayed in KadeshS Nu 20:1 many days—all the time you spent there.

Women Who Inherit Property

36 Then the heads of the clans of Gilead—descendants of Makir, son of Manasseh, son of Joseph—came to Moses and the family leaders of Israel with a petition.They said, “Sir, the Lord instructed you to divide the land by sacred lot among the people of Israel. You were told by the Lord to give the grant of land owned by our brother Zelophehad to his daughters.But if they marry men from another tribe, their grants of land will go with them to the tribe into which they marry. In this way, the total area of our tribal land will be reduced.Then when the Year of Jubilee comes, their portion of land will be added to that of the new tribe, causing it to be lost forever to our ancestral tribe.”

So Moses gave the Israelites this command from the Lord: “The claim of the men of the tribe of Joseph is legitimate.This is what the Lord commands concerning the daughters of Zelophehad: Let them marry anyone they like, as long as it is within their own ancestral tribe.None of the territorial land may pass from tribe to tribe, for all the land given to each tribe must remain within the tribe to which it was first allotted.The daughters throughout the tribes of Israel who are in line to inherit property must marry within their tribe, so that all the Israelites will keep their ancestral property.No grant of land may pass from one tribe to another; each tribe of Israel must keep its allotted portion of land.”

10 The daughters of Zelophehad did as the Lord commanded Moses.11 Mahlah, Tirzah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Noah all married cousins on their father’s side.12 They married into the clans of Manasseh son of Joseph. Thus, their inheritance of land remained within their ancestral tribe.

13 These are the commands and regulations that the Lord gave to the people of Israel through Moses while they were camped on the plains of Moab beside the Jordan River, across from Jericho.

Introduction to Moses’ First Address

These are the words that Moses spoke to all the people of Israel while they were in the wilderness east of the Jordan River. They were camped in the Jordan ValleyHebrew the Arabah; also in 1:7. near Suph, between Paran on one side and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Di-zahab on the other.

Normally it takes only eleven days to travel from Mount SinaiHebrew Horeb, another name for Sinai; also in 1:6, 19. to Kadesh-barnea, going by way of Mount Seir.But forty years after the Israelites left Egypt, on the first day of the eleventh month,Hebrew In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month. This day in the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar occurred in January or February. Moses addressed the people of Israel, telling them everything the Lord had commanded him to say.This took place after he had defeated King Sihon of the Amorites, who ruled in Heshbon, and at Edrei had defeated King Og of Bashan, who ruled in Ashtaroth.

While the Israelites were in the land of Moab east of the Jordan River, Moses carefully explained the Lord’s instructions as follows.

The Command to Leave Sinai

“When we were at Mount Sinai, the Lord our God said to us, ‘You have stayed at this mountain long enough.It is time to break camp and move on. Go to the hill country of the Amorites and to all the neighboring regions—the Jordan Valley, the hill country, the western foothills,Hebrew the Shephelah. the Negev, and the coastal plain. Go to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, and all the way to the great Euphrates River.Look, I am giving all this land to you! Go in and occupy it, for it is the land the Lord swore to give to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to all their descendants.’”

Moses Appoints Leaders from Each Tribe

Moses continued, “At that time I told you, ‘You are too great a burden for me to carry all by myself.10 The Lord your God has increased your population, making you as numerous as the stars!11 And may the Lord, the God of your ancestors, multiply you a thousand times more and bless you as he promised!12 But you are such a heavy load to carry! How can I deal with all your problems and bickering?13 Choose some well-respected men from each tribe who are known for their wisdom and understanding, and I will appoint them as your leaders.’

14 “Then you responded, ‘Your plan is a good one.’15 So I took the wise and respected men you had selected from your tribes and appointed them to serve as judges and officials over you. Some were responsible for a thousand people, some for a hundred, some for fifty, and some for ten.

16 “At that time I instructed the judges, ‘You must hear the cases of your fellow Israelites and the foreigners living among you. Be perfectly fair in your decisions17 and impartial in your judgments. Hear the cases of those who are poor as well as those who are rich. Don’t be afraid of anyone’s anger, for the decision you make is God’s decision. Bring me any cases that are too difficult for you, and I will handle them.’

18 “At that time I gave you instructions about everything you were to do.

Scouts Explore the Land

19 “Then, just as the Lord our God commanded us, we left Mount Sinai and traveled through the great and terrifying wilderness, as you yourselves remember, and headed toward the hill country of the Amorites. When we arrived at Kadesh-barnea,20 I said to you, ‘You have now reached the hill country of the Amorites that the Lord our God is giving us.21 Look! He has placed the land in front of you. Go and occupy it as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has promised you. Don’t be afraid! Don’t be discouraged!’

22 “But you all came to me and said, ‘First, let’s send out scouts to explore the land for us. They will advise us on the best route to take and which towns we should enter.’

23 “This seemed like a good idea to me, so I chose twelve scouts, one from each of your tribes.24 They headed for the hill country and came to the valley of Eshcol and explored it.25 They picked some of its fruit and brought it back to us. And they reported, ‘The land the Lord our God has given us is indeed a good land.’

Israel’s Rebellion against the Lord

26 “But you rebelled against the command of the Lord your God and refused to go in.27 You complained in your tents and said, ‘The Lord must hate us. That’s why he has brought us here from Egypt—to hand us over to the Amorites to be slaughtered.28 Where can we go? Our brothers have demoralized us with their report. They tell us, “The people of the land are taller and more powerful than we are, and their towns are large, with walls rising high into the sky! We even saw giants there—the descendants of Anak!”’

29 “But I said to you, ‘Don’t be shocked or afraid of them!30 The Lord your God is going ahead of you. He will fight for you, just as you saw him do in Egypt.31 And you saw how the Lord your God cared for you all along the way as you traveled through the wilderness, just as a father cares for his child. Now he has brought you to this place.’

32 “But even after all he did, you refused to trust the Lord your God,33 who goes before you looking for the best places to camp, guiding you with a pillar of fire by night and a pillar of cloud by day.

34 “When the Lord heard your complaining, he became very angry. So he solemnly swore,35 ‘Not one of you from this wicked generation will live to see the good land I swore to give your ancestors,36 except Caleb son of Jephunneh. He will see this land because he has followed the Lord completely. I will give to him and his descendants some of the very land he explored during his scouting mission.’

37 “And the Lord was also angry with me because of you. He said to me, ‘Moses, not even you will enter the Promised Land!38 Instead, your assistant, Joshua son of Nun, will lead the people into the land. Encourage him, for he will lead Israel as they take possession of it.39 I will give the land to your little ones—your innocent children. You were afraid they would be captured, but they will be the ones who occupy it.40 As for you, turn around now and go on back through the wilderness toward the Red Sea.Hebrew sea of reeds.

41 “Then you confessed, ‘We have sinned against the Lord! We will go into the land and fight for it, as the Lord our God has commanded us.’ So your men strapped on their weapons, thinking it would be easy to attack the hill country.

42 “But the Lord told me to tell you, ‘Do not attack, for I am not with you. If you go ahead on your own, you will be crushed by your enemies.’

43 “This is what I told you, but you would not listen. Instead, you again rebelled against the Lord’s command and arrogantly went into the hill country to fight.44 But the Amorites who lived there came out against you like a swarm of bees. They chased and battered you all the way from Seir to Hormah.45 Then you returned and wept before the Lord, but he refused to listen.46 So you stayed there at Kadesh for a long time.

36 And the chief fathers of the families of the children of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of the sons of Joseph, came near, and spake before Moses, and before the princes, the chief fathers of the children of Israel:

And they said, The Lord commanded my lord to give the land for an inheritance by lot to the children of Israel: and my lord was commanded by the Lord to give the inheritance of Zelophehad our brother unto his daughters.

And if they be married to any of the sons of the other tribes of the children of Israel, then shall their inheritance be taken from the inheritance of our fathers, and shall be put to the inheritance of the tribe whereunto they are received: so shall it be taken from the lot of our inheritance.

And when the jubile of the children of Israel shall be, then shall their inheritance be put unto the inheritance of the tribe whereunto they are received: so shall their inheritance be taken away from the inheritance of the tribe of our fathers.

And Moses commanded the children of Israel according to the word of the Lord, saying, The tribe of the sons of Joseph hath said well.

This is the thing which the Lord doth command concerning the daughters of Zelophehad, saying, Let them marry to whom they think best; only to the family of the tribe of their father shall they marry.

So shall not the inheritance of the children of Israel remove from tribe to tribe: for every one of the children of Israel shall keep himself to the inheritance of the tribe of his fathers.

And every daughter, that possesseth an inheritance in any tribe of the children of Israel, shall be wife unto one of the family of the tribe of her father, that the children of Israel may enjoy every man the inheritance of his fathers.

Neither shall the inheritance remove from one tribe to another tribe; but every one of the tribes of the children of Israel shall keep himself to his own inheritance.

10 Even as the Lord commanded Moses, so did the daughters of Zelophehad:

11 For Mahlah, Tirzah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Noah, the daughters of Zelophehad, were married unto their fathers brothers' sons:

12 And they were married into the families of the sons of Manasseh the son of Joseph, and their inheritance remained in the tribe of the family of their father.

13 These are the commandments and the judgments, which the Lord commanded by the hand of Moses unto the children of Israel in the plains of Moab by Jordan near Jericho.

These be the words which Moses spake unto all Israel on this side Jordan in the wilderness, in the plain over against the Red sea, between Paran, and Tophel, and Laban, and Hazeroth, and Dizahab.

(There are eleven days' journey from Horeb by the way of mount Seir unto Kadeshbarnea.)

And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spake unto the children of Israel, according unto all that the Lord had given him in commandment unto them;

After he had slain Sihon the king of the Amorites, which dwelt in Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, which dwelt at Astaroth in Edrei:

On this side Jordan, in the land of Moab, began Moses to declare this law, saying,

The Lord our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount:

Turn you, and take your journey, and go to the mount of the Amorites, and unto all the places nigh thereunto, in the plain, in the hills, and in the vale, and in the south, and by the sea side, to the land of the Canaanites, and unto Lebanon, unto the great river, the river Euphrates.

Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.

And I spake unto you at that time, saying, I am not able to bear you myself alone:

10 The Lord your God hath multiplied you, and, behold, ye are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude.

11 (The Lord God of your fathers make you a thousand times so many more as ye are, and bless you, as he hath promised you!)

12 How can I myself alone bear your cumbrance, and your burden, and your strife?

13 Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you.

14 And ye answered me, and said, The thing which thou hast spoken is good for us to do.

15 So I took the chief of your tribes, wise men, and known, and made them heads over you, captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, and captains over fifties, and captains over tens, and officers among your tribes.

16 And I charged your judges at that time, saying, Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between every man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him.

17 Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God's: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.

18 And I commanded you at that time all the things which ye should do.

19 And when we departed from Horeb, we went through all that great and terrible wilderness, which ye saw by the way of the mountain of the Amorites, as the Lord our God commanded us; and we came to Kadeshbarnea.

20 And I said unto you, Ye are come unto the mountain of the Amorites, which the Lord our God doth give unto us.

21 Behold, the Lord thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged.

22 And ye came near unto me every one of you, and said, We will send men before us, and they shall search us out the land, and bring us word again by what way we must go up, and into what cities we shall come.

23 And the saying pleased me well: and I took twelve men of you, one of a tribe:

24 And they turned and went up into the mountain, and came unto the valley of Eshcol, and searched it out.

25 And they took of the fruit of the land in their hands, and brought it down unto us, and brought us word again, and said, It is a good land which the Lord our God doth give us.

26 Notwithstanding ye would not go up, but rebelled against the commandment of the Lord your God:

27 And ye murmured in your tents, and said, Because the Lord hated us, he hath brought us forth out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us.

28 Whither shall we go up? our brethren have discouraged our heart, saying, The people is greater and taller than we; the cities are great and walled up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakims there.

29 Then I said unto you, Dread not, neither be afraid of them.

30 The Lord your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes;

31 And in the wilderness, where thou hast seen how that the Lord thy God bare thee, as a man doth bear his son, in all the way that ye went, until ye came into this place.

32 Yet in this thing ye did not believe the Lord your God,

33 Who went in the way before you, to search you out a place to pitch your tents in, in fire by night, to shew you by what way ye should go, and in a cloud by day.

34 And the Lord heard the voice of your words, and was wroth, and sware, saying,

35 Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation see that good land, which I sware to give unto your fathers.

36 Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him will I give the land that he hath trodden upon, and to his children, because he hath wholly followed the Lord.

37 Also the Lord was angry with me for your sakes, saying, Thou also shalt not go in thither.

38 But Joshua the son of Nun, which standeth before thee, he shall go in thither: encourage him: for he shall cause Israel to inherit it.

39 Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your children, which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it.

40 But as for you, turn you, and take your journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea.

41 Then ye answered and said unto me, We have sinned against the Lord, we will go up and fight, according to all that the Lord our God commanded us. And when ye had girded on every man his weapons of war, ye were ready to go up into the hill.

42 And the Lord said unto me, Say unto them. Go not up, neither fight; for I am not among you; lest ye be smitten before your enemies.

43 So I spake unto you; and ye would not hear, but rebelled against the commandment of the Lord, and went presumptuously up into the hill.

44 And the Amorites, which dwelt in that mountain, came out against you, and chased you, as bees do, and destroyed you in Seir, even unto Hormah.

45 And ye returned and wept before the Lord; but the Lord would not hearken to your voice, nor give ear unto you.

46 So ye abode in Kadesh many days, according unto the days that ye abode there.

Luke 5:29-6:11

29 Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectorsLk 15:1 and others were eating with them.30 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sectAc 23:9 complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”S Mt 9:11

31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”S Jn 3:17

Jesus Questioned About Fasting5:33-39pp — Mt 9:14-17; Mk 2:18-22

33 They said to him, “John’s disciplesLk 7:18; Jn 1:35; 3:25, 26 often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.”

34 Jesus answered, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroomJn 3:29 fast while he is with them?35 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them;Lk 9:22; 17:22; Jn 16:5-7 in those days they will fast.”

36 He told them this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old.37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined.38 No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins.39 And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for they say, ‘The old is better.’”

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath6:1-11pp — Mt 12:1-14; Mk 2:23-3:6

One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels.Dt 23:25Some of the Pharisees asked, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”S Mt 12:2

Jesus answered them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?1Sa 21:6He entered the house of God, and taking the consecrated bread, he ate what is lawful only for priests to eat.Lev 24:5, 9 And he also gave some to his companions.”Then Jesus said to them, “The Son of ManS Mt 8:20 is Lord of the Sabbath.”

On another Sabbathver 1 he went into the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was shriveled.The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closelyS Mt 12:10 to see if he would heal on the Sabbath.S Mt 12:2But Jesus knew what they were thinkingS Mt 9:4 and said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Get up and stand in front of everyone.” So he got up and stood there.

Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?”

10 He looked around at them all, and then said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was completely restored.11 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law were furiousJn 5:18 and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus.

29 Later, Levi held a banquet in his home with Jesus as the guest of honor. Many of Levi’s fellow tax collectors and other guests also ate with them.30 But the Pharisees and their teachers of religious law complained bitterly to Jesus’ disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with such scum?Greek with tax collectors and sinners?

31 Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.32 I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.”

A Discussion about Fasting

33 One day some people said to Jesus, “John the Baptist’s disciples fast and pray regularly, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees. Why are your disciples always eating and drinking?”

34 Jesus responded, “Do wedding guests fast while celebrating with the groom? Of course not.35 But someday the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.”

36 Then Jesus gave them this illustration: “No one tears a piece of cloth from a new garment and uses it to patch an old garment. For then the new garment would be ruined, and the new patch wouldn’t even match the old garment.

37 “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the new wine would burst the wineskins, spilling the wine and ruining the skins.38 New wine must be stored in new wineskins.39 But no one who drinks the old wine seems to want the new wine. ‘The old is just fine,’ they say.”

A Discussion about the Sabbath

One Sabbath day as Jesus was walking through some grainfields, his disciples broke off heads of grain, rubbed off the husks in their hands, and ate the grain.But some Pharisees said, “Why are you breaking the law by harvesting grain on the Sabbath?”

Jesus replied, “Haven’t you read in the Scriptures what David did when he and his companions were hungry?He went into the house of God and broke the law by eating the sacred loaves of bread that only the priests can eat. He also gave some to his companions.”And Jesus added, “The Son of Man“Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself. is Lord, even over the Sabbath.”

Jesus Heals on the Sabbath

On another Sabbath day, a man with a deformed right hand was in the synagogue while Jesus was teaching.The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees watched Jesus closely. If he healed the man’s hand, they planned to accuse him of working on the Sabbath.

But Jesus knew their thoughts. He said to the man with the deformed hand, “Come and stand in front of everyone.” So the man came forward.Then Jesus said to his critics, “I have a question for you. Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?”

10 He looked around at them one by one and then said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man held out his hand, and it was restored!11 At this, the enemies of Jesus were wild with rage and began to discuss what to do with him.

29 And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them.

30 But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?

31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.

32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

33 And they said unto him, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise the disciples of the Pharisees; but thine eat and drink?

34 And he said unto them, Can ye make the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them?

35 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.

36 And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old.

37 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish.

38 But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.

39 No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.

And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands.

And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days?

And Jesus answering them said, Have ye not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was an hungred, and they which were with him;

How he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shewbread, and gave also to them that were with him; which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests alone?

And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered.

And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him.

But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth.

Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it?

10 And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other.

11 And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.

Psalm 66:1-20

Psalm 66

For the director of music. A song. A psalm.

Shout for joy to God, all the earth!Ps 81:1; 84:8; 95:1; 98:4; 100:1

Sing the glory of his name;Ps 79:9; 86:9

make his praise glorious.Isa 42:8, 12; 43:21

Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!S Dt 7:21; S 10:21; Ps 65:5; 106:22; 111:6; 145:6

So great is your power

that your enemies cringeS 2Sa 22:45 before you.

All the earth bows downPs 22:27 to you;

they sing praisePs 7:17; 67:3 to you,

they sing the praises of your name.”The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 7 and 15.

Come and see what God has done,

his awesome deedsver 3; Ps 106:22 for mankind!

He turned the sea into dry land,S Ge 8:1; S Ex 14:22

they passed through1Co 10:1 the waters on foot—

come, let us rejoiceS Lev 23:40 in him.

He rules foreverS Ex 15:18; Ps 145:13 by his power,

his eyes watchS Ex 3:16; S Ps 11:4 the nations—

let not the rebelliousS Nu 17:10; Ps 112:10; 140:8 rise up against him.

PraiseS Ps 22:23 our God, all peoples,

let the sound of his praise be heard;

he has preserved our livesPs 30:3

and kept our feet from slipping.S Dt 32:35; S Job 12:5

10 For you, God, testedS Ex 15:25 us;

you refined us like silver.S Job 6:29; S 28:1; S Ps 12:6

11 You brought us into prisonPs 142:7; 146:7; Isa 42:7, 22; 61:1

and laid burdensS Ge 3:17; S Ex 1:14; Ps 38:4; Isa 10:27 on our backs.

12 You let people ride over our heads;Isa 51:23

we went through fire and water,

but you brought us to a place of abundance.Ps 18:19

13 I will come to your temple with burnt offeringsS Ps 51:19

and fulfill my vowsPs 22:25; 50:14; 116:14; Ecc 5:4; Jnh 2:9 to you—

14 vows my lips promised and my mouth spoke

when I was in trouble.

15 I will sacrifice fat animals to you

and an offering of rams;

I will offer bulls and goats.S Lev 16:5; Ps 51:19

16 Come and hear,Ps 34:11 all you who fear God;

let me tellPs 71:15, 24 you what he has done for me.

17 I cried out to him with my mouth;

his praise was on my tongue.

18 If I had cherished sin in my heart,

the Lord would not have listened;S Dt 1:45; S 1Sa 8:18; Jas 4:3

19 but God has surely listened

and has heardS Ps 18:6 my prayer.

20 Praise be to God,

who has not rejectedPs 22:24 my prayer

or withheld his love from me!

Psalm 66

For the choir director: A song. A psalm.

Shout joyful praises to God, all the earth!

Sing about the glory of his name!

Tell the world how glorious he is.

Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!

Your enemies cringe before your mighty power.

Everything on earth will worship you;

they will sing your praises,

shouting your name in glorious songs.” Interlude

Come and see what our God has done,

what awesome miracles he performs for people!

He made a dry path through the Red Sea,Hebrew the sea.

and his people went across on foot.

There we rejoiced in him.

For by his great power he rules forever.

He watches every movement of the nations;

let no rebel rise in defiance. Interlude

Let the whole world bless our God

and loudly sing his praises.

Our lives are in his hands,

and he keeps our feet from stumbling.

10 You have tested us, O God;

you have purified us like silver.

11 You captured us in your net

and laid the burden of slavery on our backs.

12 Then you put a leader over us.Or You made people ride over our heads.

We went through fire and flood,

but you brought us to a place of great abundance.

13 Now I come to your Temple with burnt offerings

to fulfill the vows I made to you—

14 yes, the sacred vows that I made

when I was in deep trouble.

15 That is why I am sacrificing burnt offerings to you—

the best of my rams as a pleasing aroma,

and a sacrifice of bulls and male goats. Interlude

16 Come and listen, all you who fear God,

and I will tell you what he did for me.

17 For I cried out to him for help,

praising him as I spoke.

18 If I had not confessed the sin in my heart,

the Lord would not have listened.

19 But God did listen!

He paid attention to my prayer.

20 Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer

or withdraw his unfailing love from me.

66 Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:

Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.

Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.

All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.

Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men.

He turned the sea into dry land: they went through the flood on foot: there did we rejoice in him.

He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.

O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard:

Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.

10 For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.

11 Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins.

12 Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.

13 I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows,

14 Which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble.

15 I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah.

16 Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.

17 I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.

18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

19 But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.

20 Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.

Proverbs 11:24-26

24 One person gives freely, yet gains even more;

another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.

25 A generous1Ch 29:17; Isa 32:8 person will prosper;

whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.Pr 22:9; 2Co 9:6-9

26 People curse the one who hoards grain,

but they pray God’s blessing on the one who is willing to sell.

24 Give freely and become more wealthy;

be stingy and lose everything.

25 The generous will prosper;

those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.

26 People curse those who hoard their grain,

but they bless the one who sells in time of need.

24 There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.

25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.

26 He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.

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