Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

It is no accident that the word forgive comes from the word give. Jesus taught both principles in conjunction with each other. If you forgive, you will receive forgiveness. If you give, others will also give to you. The spirits of forgiveness and giving are opposite from the spirits of the devil.

People in the world lash out at anyone who mistreats or abuses them. Jesus said, however,"God blesses you who are hated and excluded and mocked and cursed because you are identified with me, the Son of Man. When that happens, rejoice! Yes, leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. . .." (Luke 6:22-23). He also encouraged His disciples to love, do good, and pray for those who mistreated them (vv. 27-28). In the same passage He continued, saying, "Give what you have to anyone who asks you for it; and when things are taken away from you, don't try to get them back" (v. 30).

You are called to be God's channel of mercy. He wants to use you to pour His grace and blessing upon the world. You must not block that flow through unforgiveness or stinginess. You must let forgiveness and giving flow. When you do, God will bless you, "full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over" (Luke 6:38). Give and forgive. "Then your reward from heaven will be very great...." (v. 35).

Deuteronomy 2:1-3:29

Wanderings in the Wilderness

Then we turned back and set out toward the wilderness along the route to the Red Sea,Or the Sea of ReedsS Ex 14:27; S Nu 21:4 as the Lord had directed me. For a long time we made our way around the hill country of Seir.S Nu 24:18

Then the Lord said to me,“You have made your way around this hill country long enough;Dt 1:6 now turn north.Give the people these orders:Nu 20:14-21 ‘You are about to pass through the territory of your relatives the descendants of Esau,Ge 36:8 who live in Seir.ver 1 They will be afraidEx 15:16 of you, but be very careful.Do not provoke them to war, for I will not give you any of their land, not even enough to put your foot on. I have given Esau the hill country of Seir as his own.Jos 24:4You are to pay them in silver for the food you eat and the water you drink.’”

The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watchedDt 8:2-4 over your journey through this vast wilderness.S Ex 13:21; S Dt 1:19 These forty yearsver 14; S Nu 14:33; 32:13; Jos 5:6 the Lord your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything.Ne 9:21; Am 2:10

So we went on past our relatives the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir. We turned fromS Nu 20:21 the ArabahS Dt 1:1 road, which comes up from Elath and Ezion Geber,Nu 33:35; 1Ki 9:26 and traveled along the desert road of Moab.S Nu 21:4

Then the Lord said to me, “Do not harass the Moabites or provoke them to war, for I will not give you any part of their land. I have given ArS Nu 21:15 to the descendants of LotGe 19:38; Ps 83:8 as a possession.”

10 (The EmitesGe 14:5 used to live there—a people strong and numerous, and as tall as the Anakites.S Nu 13:22, 3311 Like the Anakites, they too were considered Rephaites,S Ge 14:5 but the Moabites called them Emites.12 HoritesS Ge 14:6 used to live in Seir, but the descendants of Esau drove them out. They destroyed the Horites from before them and settled in their place, just as Israel didNu 21:25, 35 in the land the Lord gave them as their possession.)

13 And the Lord said, “Now get up and cross the Zered Valley.S Nu 21:12” So we crossed the valley.

14 Thirty-eight yearsS ver 7 passed from the time we left Kadesh BarneaS Dt 1:2 until we crossed the Zered Valley. By then, that entire generationNu 14:29-35 of fighting men had perished from the camp, as the Lord had sworn to them.Dt 1:34-35; Jos 5:615 The Lord’s hand was against them until he had completely eliminatedPs 106:26; Jude 1:5 them from the camp.

16 Now when the last of these fighting men among the people had died,17 the Lord said to me,18 “Today you are to pass by the region of Moab at Ar.S Nu 21:1519 When you come to the Ammonites,S Ge 19:38 do not harass them or provoke them to war,2Ch 20:10 for I will not give you possession of any land belonging to the Ammonites. I have given it as a possession to the descendants of Lot.S ver 9

20 (That too was considered a land of the Rephaites,S Ge 14:5 who used to live there; but the Ammonites called them Zamzummites.21 They were a people strong and numerous, and as tall as the Anakites.ver 10 The Lord destroyed them from before the Ammonites, who drove them out and settled in their place.22 The Lord had done the same for the descendants of Esau, who lived in Seir,S Ge 14:6 when he destroyed the Horites from before them. They drove them out and have lived in their place to this day.23 And as for the AvvitesJos 13:3; 18:23; 2Ki 17:31 who lived in villages as far as Gaza,S Ge 10:19 the CaphtoritesS Ge 10:14 coming out from CaphtorThat is, CreteJer 47:4; Am 9:7 destroyed them and settled in their place.)

Defeat of Sihon King of Heshbon

24 “Set out now and cross the Arnon Gorge.Nu 21:13-14; Jdg 11:13, 18 See, I have given into your hand Sihon the Amorite,S Dt 1:7 king of Heshbon, and his country. Begin to take possession of it and engageDt 3:6 him in battle.25 This very day I will begin to put the terrorS Ge 35:5; Dt 11:25 and fearJos 2:9, 11; 1Ch 14:17; 2Ch 14:14; 17:10; 20:29; Isa 2:19; 13:13; 19:16 of you on all the nations under heaven. They will hear reports of you and will trembleEx 15:14-16 and be in anguish because of you.”

26 From the Desert of KedemothJos 13:18; 1Ch 6:79 I sent messengers to SihonDt 1:4; Jdg 11:21-22 king of Heshbon offering peaceDt 20:10; Jdg 21:13; 2Sa 20:19 and saying,27 “Let us pass through your country. We will stay on the main road; we will not turn aside to the right or to the left.Nu 21:21-2228 Sell us food to eatDt 23:4 and water to drink for their price in silver. Only let us pass through on footS Nu 20:1929 as the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir, and the Moabites, who live in Ar, did for us—until we cross the Jordan into the land the Lord our God is giving us.”30 But Sihon king of Heshbon refused to let us pass through. For the LordJdg 14:4; 1Ki 12:15 your God had made his spirit stubbornS Ex 4:21; Ro 9:18 and his heart obstinateS Ex 14:17 in order to give him into your hands,La 3:65 as he has now done.

31 The Lord said to me, “See, I have begun to deliver Sihon and his country over to you. Now begin to conquer and possess his land.”S Ge 12:7

32 When Sihon and all his army came out to meet us in battleS Nu 21:23 at Jahaz,33 the Lord our God deliveredEx 23:31; Dt 7:2; 31:5 him over to us and we struck him down,S Nu 21:24 together with his sons and his whole army.34 At that time we took all his towns and completely destroyedThe Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them.S Nu 21:2; Dt 3:6; 7:2; Ps 106:34 them—men, women and children. We left no survivors.35 But the livestockDt 3:7 and the plunderS Ge 34:29; S 49:27 from the towns we had captured we carried off for ourselves.36 From AroerS Nu 32:34 on the rim of the Arnon Gorge, and from the town in the gorge, even as far as Gilead,S Nu 32:39 not one town was too strong for us. The Lord our God gavePs 44:3 us all of them.37 But in accordance with the command of the Lord our God,ver 18-19 you did not encroach on any of the land of the Ammonites,S Nu 21:24 neither the land along the course of the JabbokS Ge 32:22 nor that around the towns in the hills.

Defeat of Og King of Bashan

Next we turned and went up along the road toward Bashan, and Og king of BashanS Nu 32:19 with his whole army marched out to meet us in battle at Edrei.S Nu 21:33The Lord said to me, “Do not be afraidJos 10:8; 2Ki 19:6; Isa 7:4 of him, for I have delivered him into your hands, along with his whole army and his land. Do to him what you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon.”

So the Lord our God also gave into our hands Og king of Bashan and all his army. We struck them down,S Nu 21:24 leaving no survivors.Nu 21:35At that time we took all his cities.S Nu 21:24 There was not one of the sixty cities that we did not take from them—the whole region of Argob, Og’s kingdomver 13 in Bashan.S Nu 21:33All these cities were fortified with high walls and with gates and bars, and there were also a great many unwalled villages.We completely destroyedThe Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them. them, as we had done with Sihon king of Heshbon, destroyingThe Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them.Dt 2:24 every city—men, women and children.But all the livestockDt 2:35 and the plunder from their cities we carried off for ourselves.

So at that time we took from these two kings of the AmoritesNu 32:33; Jos 13:8-12 the territory east of the Jordan, from the Arnon Gorge as far as Mount Hermon.Dt 4:48; Jos 11:3, 17; 12:1; 13:5; Jdg 3:3; 1Ch 5:23; Ps 42:6; 89:12; 133:3; SS 4:8(Hermon is called SirionPs 29:6 by the Sidonians; the Amorites call it Senir.)1Ch 5:23; SS 4:8; Eze 27:510 We took all the towns on the plateau, and all Gilead, and all Bashan as far as SalekahJos 12:5; 1Ch 5:11 and Edrei, towns of Og’s kingdom in Bashan.11 (Og king of Bashan was the last of the Rephaites.Ge 14:5 His bed was decorated with iron and was more than nine cubits long and four cubits wide.That is, about 14 feet long and 6 feet wide or about 4 meters long and 1.8 meters wide It is still in RabbahJos 13:25; 15:60; 2Sa 11:1; 12:26; 17:27; 1Ch 20:1; Jer 49:2; Eze 21:20; 25:5; Am 1:14 of the Ammonites.)

Division of the Land

12 Of the land that we took over at that time, I gave the Reubenites and the Gadites the territory north of AroerDt 2:36 by the Arnon Gorge, including half the hill country of Gilead, together with its towns.13 The rest of Gilead and also all of Bashan, the kingdom of Og, I gave to the half-tribe of Manasseh.Dt 29:8 (The whole region of Argob in Bashan used to be known as a land of the Rephaites.S Ge 14:514 Jair,S Nu 32:41 a descendant of Manasseh, took the whole region of Argob as far as the border of the Geshurites and the Maakathites;Jos 12:5; 13:11, 13; 2Sa 10:6; 23:34; 2Ki 25:23; 1Ch 4:19; Jer 40:8 it was namedJos 19:47; Ps 49:11 after him, so that to this day Bashan is called Havvoth Jair.Or called the settlements of Jair)15 And I gave Gilead to Makir.S Ge 50:23; Nu 32:39-4016 But to the Reubenites and the Gadites I gave the territory extending from Gilead down to the Arnon Gorge (the middle of the gorge being the border) and out to the Jabbok River,S Nu 21:24 which is the border of the Ammonites.17 Its western border was the Jordan in the Arabah,2Sa 2:29; 4:7; Eze 47:8 from KinnerethS Nu 34:11 to the Sea of the ArabahS Dt 1:1 (that is, the Dead SeaS Ge 14:3), below the slopes of Pisgah.

18 I commanded you at that time: “The Lord your God has givenJos 1:13 you this land to take possession of it. But all your able-bodied men, armed for battle, must cross over ahead of the other Israelites.S Nu 32:1719 However, your wives,Jos 1:14 your children and your livestockS Nu 32:16 (I know you have much livestock) may stay in the towns I have given you,20 until the Lord gives rest to your fellow Israelites as he has to you, and they too have taken over the land that the Lord your God is giving them across the Jordan. After that, each of you may go back to the possession I have given you.”

Moses Forbidden to Cross the Jordan

21 At that time I commanded Joshua: “You have seen with your own eyes all that the Lord your God has done to these two kings. The Lord will do the same to all the kingdoms over there where you are going.22 Do not be afraidS Dt 1:29 of them;Dt 7:18; 20:1; 31:6; 2Ch 32:8; Ps 23:4; Isa 41:10 the Lord your God himself will fightS Ex 14:14 for you.”

23 At that time I pleadedDt 1:37; 31:2; 32:52; 34:4 with the Lord:24 “Sovereign Lord, you have begun to show to your servant your greatnessDt 5:24; 11:2; 32:3 and your strong hand. For what godS Ex 8:10 is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty worksPs 71:16; 106:2; 145:12; 150:2 you do?2Sa 7:2225 Let me go over and see the good landDt 4:22 beyond the Jordan—that fine hill country and Lebanon.Dt 1:7; Jos 1:4; 9:1; 11:17; 12:7; 13:5; Jdg 3:3; 9:15; 1Ki 4:33

26 But because of you the Lord was angryver 27; Dt 1:37; 31:2 with me and would not listen to me. “That is enough,” the Lord said. “Do not speak to me anymore about this matter.27 Go up to the top of PisgahS Nu 21:20 and look west and north and south and east.S Ge 13:14 Look at the land with your own eyes, since you are not going to crossS ver 26; S Nu 20:12; Dt 32:52 this Jordan.S Nu 27:1228 But commissionNu 27:18-23 Joshua, and encourageDt 31:7 and strengthen him, for he will lead this people acrossDt 1:38; 31:3, 23 and will cause them to inherit the land that you will see.”29 So we stayed in the valley near Beth Peor.S Nu 23:28; Dt 4:46; 34:6; Jos 13:20

Remembering Israel’s Wanderings

“Then we turned around and headed back across the wilderness toward the Red Sea,Hebrew sea of reeds. just as the Lord had instructed me, and we wandered around in the region of Mount Seir for a long time.

“Then at last the Lord said to me,‘You have been wandering around in this hill country long enough; turn to the north.Give these orders to the people: “You will pass through the country belonging to your relatives the Edomites, the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir. The Edomites will feel threatened, so be careful.Do not bother them, for I have given them all the hill country around Mount Seir as their property, and I will not give you even one square foot of their land.If you need food to eat or water to drink, pay them for it.For the Lord your God has blessed you in everything you have done. He has watched your every step through this great wilderness. During these forty years, the Lord your God has been with you, and you have lacked nothing.”’

“So we bypassed the territory of our relatives, the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir. We avoided the road through the Arabah Valley that comes up from Elath and Ezion-geber.

“Then as we turned north along the desert route through Moab,the Lord warned us, ‘Do not bother the Moabites, the descendants of Lot, or start a war with them. I have given them Ar as their property, and I will not give you any of their land.’”

10 (A race of giants called the Emites had once lived in the area of Ar. They were as strong and numerous and tall as the Anakites, another race of giants.11 Both the Emites and the Anakites are also known as the Rephaites, though the Moabites call them Emites.12 In earlier times the Horites had lived in Seir, but they were driven out and displaced by the descendants of Esau, just as Israel drove out the people of Canaan when the Lord gave Israel their land.)

13 Moses continued, “Then the Lord said to us, ‘Get moving. Cross the Zered Brook.’ So we crossed the brook.

14 “Thirty-eight years passed from the time we first left Kadesh-barnea until we finally crossed the Zered Brook! By then, all the men old enough to fight in battle had died in the wilderness, as the Lord had vowed would happen.15 The Lord struck them down until they had all been eliminated from the community.

16 “When all the men of fighting age had died,17 the Lord said to me,18 ‘Today you will cross the border of Moab at Ar19 and enter the land of the Ammonites, the descendants of Lot. But do not bother them or start a war with them. I have given the land of Ammon to them as their property, and I will not give you any of their land.’”

20 (That area was once considered the land of the Rephaites, who had lived there, though the Ammonites call them Zamzummites.21 They were also as strong and numerous and tall as the Anakites. But the Lord destroyed them so the Ammonites could occupy their land.22 He had done the same for the descendants of Esau who lived in Seir, for he destroyed the Horites so they could settle there in their place. The descendants of Esau live there to this day.23 A similar thing happened when the Caphtorites from CreteHebrew from Caphtor. invaded and destroyed the Avvites, who had lived in villages in the area of Gaza.)

24 Moses continued, “Then the Lord said, ‘Now get moving! Cross the Arnon Gorge. Look, I will hand over to you Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and I will give you his land. Attack him and begin to occupy the land.25 Beginning today I will make people throughout the earth terrified because of you. When they hear reports about you, they will tremble with dread and fear.’”

Victory over Sihon of Heshbon

26 Moses continued, “From the wilderness of Kedemoth I sent ambassadors to King Sihon of Heshbon with this proposal of peace:

27 ‘Let us travel through your land. We will stay on the main road and won’t turn off into the fields on either side.28 Sell us food to eat and water to drink, and we will pay for it. All we want is permission to pass through your land.29 The descendants of Esau who live in Seir allowed us to go through their country, and so did the Moabites, who live in Ar. Let us pass through until we cross the Jordan into the land the Lord our God is giving us.’

30 “But King Sihon of Heshbon refused to allow us to pass through, because the Lord your God made Sihon stubborn and defiant so he could help you defeat him, as he has now done.

31 “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Look, I have begun to hand King Sihon and his land over to you. Begin now to conquer and occupy his land.’

32 “Then King Sihon declared war on us and mobilized his forces at Jahaz.33 But the Lord our God handed him over to us, and we crushed him, his sons, and all his people.34 We conquered all his towns and completely destroyedThe Hebrew term used here refers to the complete consecration of things or people to the Lord, either by destroying them or by giving them as an offering. everyone—men, women, and children. Not a single person was spared.35 We took all the livestock as plunder for ourselves, along with anything of value from the towns we ransacked.

36 “The Lord our God also helped us conquer Aroer on the edge of the Arnon Gorge, and the town in the gorge, and the whole area as far as Gilead. No town had walls too strong for us.37 However, we avoided the land of the Ammonites all along the Jabbok River and the towns in the hill country—all the places the Lord our God had commanded us to leave alone.

Victory over Og of Bashan

“Next we turned and headed for the land of Bashan, where King Og and his entire army attacked us at Edrei.But the Lord told me, ‘Do not be afraid of him, for I have given you victory over Og and his entire army, and I will give you all his land. Treat him just as you treated King Sihon of the Amorites, who ruled in Heshbon.’

“So the Lord our God handed King Og and all his people over to us, and we killed them all. Not a single person survived.We conquered all sixty of his towns—the entire Argob region in his kingdom of Bashan. Not a single town escaped our conquest.These towns were all fortified with high walls and barred gates. We also took many unwalled villages at the same time.We completely destroyedThe Hebrew term used here refers to the complete consecration of things or people to the Lord, either by destroying them or by giving them as an offering; also in 3:6b. the kingdom of Bashan, just as we had destroyed King Sihon of Heshbon. We destroyed all the people in every town we conquered—men, women, and children alike.But we kept all the livestock for ourselves and took plunder from all the towns.

“So we took the land of the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan River—all the way from the Arnon Gorge to Mount Hermon.(Mount Hermon is called Sirion by the Sidonians, and the Amorites call it Senir.)10 We had now conquered all the cities on the plateau and all Gilead and Bashan, as far as the towns of Salecah and Edrei, which were part of Og’s kingdom in Bashan.11 (King Og of Bashan was the last survivor of the giant Rephaites. His bed was made of iron and was more than thirteen feet long and six feet wide.Hebrew 9 cubits [4.1 meters] long and 4 cubits [1.8 meters] wide. It can still be seen in the Ammonite city of Rabbah.)

Land Division East of the Jordan

12 “When we took possession of this land, I gave to the tribes of Reuben and Gad the territory beyond Aroer along the Arnon Gorge, plus half of the hill country of Gilead with its towns.13 Then I gave the rest of Gilead and all of Bashan—Og’s former kingdom—to the half-tribe of Manasseh. (This entire Argob region of Bashan used to be known as the land of the Rephaites.14 Jair, a leader from the tribe of Manasseh, conquered the whole Argob region in Bashan, all the way to the border of the Geshurites and Maacathites. Jair renamed this region after himself, calling it the Towns of Jair,Hebrew Havvoth-jair. as it is still known today.)15 I gave Gilead to the clan of Makir.16 But I also gave part of Gilead to the tribes of Reuben and Gad. The area I gave them extended from the middle of the Arnon Gorge in the south to the Jabbok River on the Ammonite frontier.17 They also received the Jordan Valley, all the way from the Sea of Galilee down to the Dead Sea,Hebrew from Kinnereth to the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea. with the Jordan River serving as the western boundary. To the east were the slopes of Pisgah.

18 “At that time I gave this command to the tribes that would live east of the Jordan: ‘Although the Lord your God has given you this land as your property, all your fighting men must cross the Jordan ahead of your Israelite relatives, armed and ready to assist them.19 Your wives, children, and numerous livestock, however, may stay behind in the towns I have given you.20 When the Lord has given security to the rest of the Israelites, as he has to you, and when they occupy the land the Lord your God is giving them across the Jordan River, then you may all return here to the land I have given you.’

Moses Forbidden to Enter the Land

21 “At that time I gave Joshua this charge: ‘You have seen for yourself everything the Lord your God has done to these two kings. He will do the same to all the kingdoms on the west side of the Jordan.22 Do not be afraid of the nations there, for the Lord your God will fight for you.’

23 “At that time I pleaded with the Lord and said,24 ‘O Sovereign Lord, you have only begun to show your greatness and the strength of your hand to me, your servant. Is there any god in heaven or on earth who can perform such great and mighty deeds as you do?25 Please let me cross the Jordan to see the wonderful land on the other side, the beautiful hill country and the Lebanon mountains.’

26 “But the Lord was angry with me because of you, and he would not listen to me. ‘That’s enough!’ he declared. ‘Speak of it no more.27 But go up to Pisgah Peak, and look over the land in every direction. Take a good look, but you may not cross the Jordan River.28 Instead, commission Joshua and encourage and strengthen him, for he will lead the people across the Jordan. He will give them all the land you now see before you as their possession.’29 So we stayed in the valley near Beth-peor.

Then we turned, and took our journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea, as the Lord spake unto me: and we compassed mount Seir many days.

And the Lord spake unto me, saying,

Ye have compassed this mountain long enough: turn you northward.

And command thou the people, saying, Ye are to pass through the coast of your brethren the children of Esau, which dwell in Seir; and they shall be afraid of you: take ye good heed unto yourselves therefore:

Meddle not with them; for I will not give you of their land, no, not so much as a foot breadth; because I have given mount Seir unto Esau for a possession.

Ye shall buy meat of them for money, that ye may eat; and ye shall also buy water of them for money, that ye may drink.

For the Lord thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy hand: he knoweth thy walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the Lord thy God hath been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing.

And when we passed by from our brethren the children of Esau, which dwelt in Seir, through the way of the plain from Elath, and from Eziongaber, we turned and passed by the way of the wilderness of Moab.

And the Lord said unto me, Distress not the Moabites, neither contend with them in battle: for I will not give thee of their land for a possession; because I have given Ar unto the children of Lot for a possession.

10 The Emims dwelt therein in times past, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims;

11 Which also were accounted giants, as the Anakims; but the Moabites called them Emims.

12 The Horims also dwelt in Seir beforetime; but the children of Esau succeeded them, when they had destroyed them from before them, and dwelt in their stead; as Israel did unto the land of his possession, which the Lord gave unto them.

13 Now rise up, said I, and get you over the brook Zered. And we went over the brook Zered.

14 And the space in which we came from Kadeshbarnea, until we were come over the brook Zered, was thirty and eight years; until all the generation of the men of war were wasted out from among the host, as the Lord sware unto them.

15 For indeed the hand of the Lord was against them, to destroy them from among the host, until they were consumed.

16 So it came to pass, when all the men of war were consumed and dead from among the people,

17 That the Lord spake unto me, saying,

18 Thou art to pass over through Ar, the coast of Moab, this day:

19 And when thou comest nigh over against the children of Ammon, distress them not, nor meddle with them: for I will not give thee of the land of the children of Ammon any possession; because I have given it unto the children of Lot for a possession.

20 (That also was accounted a land of giants: giants dwelt therein in old time; and the Ammonites call them Zamzummims;

21 A people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; but the Lord destroyed them before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead:

22 As he did to the children of Esau, which dwelt in Seir, when he destroyed the Horims from before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead even unto this day:

23 And the Avims which dwelt in Hazerim, even unto Azzah, the Caphtorims, which came forth out of Caphtor, destroyed them, and dwelt in their stead.)

24 Rise ye up, take your journey, and pass over the river Arnon: behold, I have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land: begin to possess it, and contend with him in battle.

25 This day will I begin to put the dread of thee and the fear of thee upon the nations that are under the whole heaven, who shall hear report of thee, and shall tremble, and be in anguish because of thee.

26 And I sent messengers out of the wilderness of Kedemoth unto Sihon king of Heshbon with words of peace, saying,

27 Let me pass through thy land: I will go along by the high way, I will neither turn unto the right hand nor to the left.

28 Thou shalt sell me meat for money, that I may eat; and give me water for money, that I may drink: only I will pass through on my feet;

29 (As the children of Esau which dwell in Seir, and the Moabites which dwell in Ar, did unto me;) until I shall pass over Jordan into the land which the Lord our God giveth us.

30 But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us pass by him: for the Lord thy God hardened his spirit, and made his heart obstinate, that he might deliver him into thy hand, as appeareth this day.

31 And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have begun to give Sihon and his land before thee: begin to possess, that thou mayest inherit his land.

32 Then Sihon came out against us, he and all his people, to fight at Jahaz.

33 And the Lord our God delivered him before us; and we smote him, and his sons, and all his people.

34 And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain:

35 Only the cattle we took for a prey unto ourselves, and the spoil of the cities which we took.

36 From Aroer, which is by the brink of the river of Arnon, and from the city that is by the river, even unto Gilead, there was not one city too strong for us: the Lord our God delivered all unto us:

37 Only unto the land of the children of Ammon thou camest not, nor unto any place of the river Jabbok, nor unto the cities in the mountains, nor unto whatsoever the Lord our God forbad us.

Then we turned, and went up the way to Bashan: and Og the king of Bashan came out against us, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei.

And the Lord said unto me, Fear him not: for I will deliver him, and all his people, and his land, into thy hand; and thou shalt do unto him as thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon.

So the Lord our God delivered into our hands Og also, the king of Bashan, and all his people: and we smote him until none was left to him remaining.

And we took all his cities at that time, there was not a city which we took not from them, threescore cities, all the region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan.

All these cities were fenced with high walls, gates, and bars; beside unwalled towns a great many.

And we utterly destroyed them, as we did unto Sihon king of Heshbon, utterly destroying the men, women, and children, of every city.

But all the cattle, and the spoil of the cities, we took for a prey to ourselves.

And we took at that time out of the hand of the two kings of the Amorites the land that was on this side Jordan, from the river of Arnon unto mount Hermon;

(Which Hermon the Sidonians call Sirion; and the Amorites call it Shenir;)

10 All the cities of the plain, and all Gilead, and all Bashan, unto Salchah and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan.

11 For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.

12 And this land, which we possessed at that time, from Aroer, which is by the river Arnon, and half mount Gilead, and the cities thereof, gave I unto the Reubenites and to the Gadites.

13 And the rest of Gilead, and all Bashan, being the kingdom of Og, gave I unto the half tribe of Manasseh; all the region of Argob, with all Bashan, which was called the land of giants.

14 Jair the son of Manasseh took all the country of Argob unto the coasts of Geshuri and Maachathi; and called them after his own name, Bashanhavothjair, unto this day.

15 And I gave Gilead unto Machir.

16 And unto the Reubenites and unto the Gadites I gave from Gilead even unto the river Arnon half the valley, and the border even unto the river Jabbok, which is the border of the children of Ammon;

17 The plain also, and Jordan, and the coast thereof, from Chinnereth even unto the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, under Ashdothpisgah eastward.

18 And I commanded you at that time, saying, The Lord your God hath given you this land to possess it: ye shall pass over armed before your brethren the children of Israel, all that are meet for the war.

19 But your wives, and your little ones, and your cattle, (for I know that ye have much cattle,) shall abide in your cities which I have given you;

20 Until the Lord have given rest unto your brethren, as well as unto you, and until they also possess the land which the Lord your God hath given them beyond Jordan: and then shall ye return every man unto his possession, which I have given you.

21 And I commanded Joshua at that time, saying, Thine eyes have seen all that the Lord your God hath done unto these two kings: so shall the Lord do unto all the kingdoms whither thou passest.

22 Ye shall not fear them: for the Lord your God he shall fight for you.

23 And I besought the Lord at that time, saying,

24 O Lord God, thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness, and thy mighty hand: for what God is there in heaven or in earth, that can do according to thy works, and according to thy might?

25 I pray thee, let me go over, and see the good land that is beyond Jordan, that goodly mountain, and Lebanon.

26 But the Lord was wroth with me for your sakes, and would not hear me: and the Lord said unto me, Let it suffice thee; speak no more unto me of this matter.

27 Get thee up into the top of Pisgah, and lift up thine eyes westward, and northward, and southward, and eastward, and behold it with thine eyes: for thou shalt not go over this Jordan.

28 But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him: for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which thou shalt see.

29 So we abode in the valley over against Bethpeor.

Luke 6:12-38

The Twelve Apostles6:13-16pp — Mt 10:2-4; Mk 3:16-19; Ac 1:13

12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.S Lk 3:2113 When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles:S Mk 6:3014 Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew,15 Matthew,Mt 9:9 Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot,16 Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

Blessings and Woes6:20-23pp — Mt 5:3-12

17 He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon,Mt 4:25; S Mt 11:21; Mk 3:7, 818 who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured,19 and the people all tried to touch him,S Mt 9:20 because power was coming from him and healing them all.Mk 5:30; Lk 5:17

20 Looking at his disciples, he said:

“Blessed are you who are poor,

for yours is the kingdom of God.S Mt 25:34

21 Blessed are you who hunger now,

for you will be satisfied.Isa 55:1, 2; Mt 5:6

Blessed are you who weep now,

for you will laugh.Isa 61:2, 3; Mt 5:4; Rev 7:17

22 Blessed are you when people hate you,

when they exclude youJn 9:22; 16:2 and insult youIsa 51:7

and reject your name as evil,

because of the Son of Man.S Jn 15:21

23 “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy,S Mt 5:12 because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.S Mt 5:12

24 “But woe to you who are rich,Jas 5:1

for you have already received your comfort.Lk 16:25

25 Woe to you who are well fed now,

for you will go hungry.Isa 65:13

Woe to you who laugh now,

for you will mourn and weep.Pr 14:13

26 Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you,

for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.S Mt 7:15

Love for Enemies6:29, 30pp — Mt 5:39-42

27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,ver 35; Mt 5:44; Ro 12:2028 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.S Mt 5:4429 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them.30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.Dt 15:7, 8, 10; Pr 21:2631 Do to others as you would have them do to you.Mt 7:12

32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?Mt 5:46 Even sinners love those who love them.33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that.34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you?Mt 5:42 Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.35 But love your enemies, do good to them,ver 27 and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be childrenS Ro 8:14 of the Most High,S Mk 5:7 because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.36 Be merciful,Jas 2:13 just as your FatherMt 5:48; 6:1; Lk 11:2; 12:32; Ro 8:15; Eph 4:6; 1Pe 1:17; 1Jn 1:3; 3:1 is merciful.

Judging Others6:37-42pp — Mt 7:1-5

37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged.S Mt 7:1 Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.Mt 6:1438 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.Ps 79:12; Isa 65:6, 7 For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”S Mt 7:2

Jesus Chooses the Twelve Apostles

12 One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night.13 At daybreak he called together all of his disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles. Here are their names:

14 Simon (whom he named Peter),

Andrew (Peter’s brother),

James,

John,

Philip,

Bartholomew,

15 Matthew,

Thomas,

James (son of Alphaeus),

Simon (who was called the zealot),

16 Judas (son of James),

Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).

Crowds Follow Jesus

17 When they came down from the mountain, the disciples stood with Jesus on a large, level area, surrounded by many of his followers and by the crowds. There were people from all over Judea and from Jerusalem and from as far north as the seacoasts of Tyre and Sidon.18 They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those troubled by evilGreek unclean. spirits were healed.19 Everyone tried to touch him, because healing power went out from him, and he healed everyone.

The Beatitudes

20 Then Jesus turned to his disciples and said,

“God blesses you who are poor,

for the Kingdom of God is yours.

21 God blesses you who are hungry now,

for you will be satisfied.

God blesses you who weep now,

for in due time you will laugh.

22 What blessings await you when people hate you and exclude you and mock you and curse you as evil because you follow the Son of Man.23 When that happens, be happy! Yes, leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, their ancestors treated the ancient prophets that same way.

Sorrows Foretold

24 “What sorrow awaits you who are rich,

for you have your only happiness now.

25 What sorrow awaits you who are fat and prosperous now,

for a time of awful hunger awaits you.

What sorrow awaits you who laugh now,

for your laughing will turn to mourning and sorrow.

26 What sorrow awaits you who are praised by the crowds,

for their ancestors also praised false prophets.

Love for Enemies

27 “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you.28 Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also.30 Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back.31 Do to others as you would like them to do to you.

32 “If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them!33 And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much!34 And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return.

35 “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked.36 You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.

Do Not Judge Others

37 “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.Or The measure you give will be the measure you get back.

12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

13 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;

14 Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew,

15 Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes,

16 And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor.

17 And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases;

18 And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed.

19 And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.

20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.

21 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.

22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.

23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.

24 But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.

25 Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.

26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,

28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.

29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also.

30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.

31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.

33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.

34 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.

35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Psalm 67:1-7

Psalm 67In Hebrew texts 67:1-7 is numbered 67:2-8.

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm. A song.

May God be gracious to us and bless us

and make his face shine on us—The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 4.Nu 6:24-26

so that your ways may be known on earth,

your salvationIsa 40:5; 52:10; 62:1 among all nations.Ps 98:2; Isa 62:2; Ac 10:35; Tit 2:11

May the peoples praise you, God;

may all the peoples praise you.ver 5

May the nations be glad and sing for joy,Ps 100:1-2

for you rule the peoples with equityS Ps 9:4; 96:10-13

and guide the nations of the earth.Ps 68:32

May the peoples praise you, God;

may all the peoples praise you.

The land yields its harvest;S Ge 8:22; S Lev 26:4; Ps 85:12; Isa 55:10; Eze 34:27; Zec 8:12

God, our God, blesses us.S Ge 12:2

May God bless us still,

so that all the ends of the earthS Ps 2:8 will fear him.Ps 33:8

Psalm 67

For the choir director: A song. A psalm, to be accompanied by stringed instruments.

May God be merciful and bless us.

May his face smile with favor on us. Interlude

May your ways be known throughout the earth,

your saving power among people everywhere.

May the nations praise you, O God.

Yes, may all the nations praise you.

Let the whole world sing for joy,

because you govern the nations with justice

and guide the people of the whole world. Interlude

May the nations praise you, O God.

Yes, may all the nations praise you.

Then the earth will yield its harvests,

and God, our God, will richly bless us.

Yes, God will bless us,

and people all over the world will fear him.

67 God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.

That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.

Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.

O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.

Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.

Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.

God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.

Proverbs 11:27

27 Whoever seeks good finds favor,

but evil comes to one who searches for it.Ps 7:15-16

27 If you search for good, you will find favor;

but if you search for evil, it will find you!

27 He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.

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