Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

The women who traveled with Jesus and His disciples were "contributing from their own resources to support Jesus and his disciples" (Luke 8:3). Joanna was the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod's household. She obviously was a person of great means, and God used her as a channel to supply the needs of the Son of God here on earth.

What a privilege it must have been to give one's personal wealth for Jesus' daily provision of food, clothing, and shelter! While Jesus presented the life-giving Word to the cities and villages in the area, these generous and loving women kept the supply lines open to the battlefront.

Wealth is given by God to finance His purposes in redeeming humanity (Deuteronomy 8:17-18). He blessed His people in Palestine, "a land where food is plentiful and nothing is lacking" (v. 9). He still blesses His people with wealth today, not so they can hoard it and become proud, but as a means for world evangelism.

Claim your abundance, and then pour it upon the feet of Jesus (Luke 7:37-38). You will not lose your wealth, for in eternity you will find it again.

Deuteronomy 7:1-8:20

Driving Out the Nations

When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possessS Lev 14:34; S Dt 4:38 and drives out before you many nationsDt 20:16-18; 31:3—the Hittites,Ge 15:20 Girgashites,S Ge 10:16 Amorites,S Dt 1:7 Canaanites, Perizzites,Ge 13:7 HivitesS Ge 10:17 and Jebusites,Jos 3:10 seven nations larger and stronger than you—and when the Lord your God has deliveredS Dt 2:33 them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroyS Dt 2:34 them totally.The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them; also in verse 26.Nu 31:17; Dt 33:27; Jos 11:11 Make no treatyS Ex 23:32 with them, and show them no mercy.ver 16; Dt 13:8; 19:13; 25:12Do not intermarry with them.Ex 34:15-16; Jos 22:16; Da 9:7 Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons,for they will turn your children away from following me to serve other gods,Jdg 3:6 and the Lord’s anger will burn against you and will quickly destroyS Dt 4:26 you.This is what you are to do to them: Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones, cut down their Asherah polesThat is, wooden symbols of the goddess Asherah; here and elsewhere in DeuteronomyS Ex 34:13; Dt 16:21 and burn their idols in the fire.S Ex 23:24For you are a people holyEx 19:6; S Lev 27:30 to the Lord your God.Dt 26:19; Ps 30:4; 37:28; 50:5; 52:9 The Lord your God has chosenDt 14:2; 1Ki 3:8; Isa 41:9; Eze 20:5 you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.S Ge 17:7; S Ex 8:22; S 34:9; Isa 43:1; Ro 9:4; Tit 2:14

The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerousS Ge 22:17 than other peoples, for you were the fewestGe 34:30 of all peoples.Dt 4:37; 10:22But it was because the Lord lovedS Dt 4:37; 1Ki 10:9; 2Ch 2:11; Ps 44:3 you and kept the oath he sworeEx 32:13; S Nu 14:8; Ro 11:28 to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty handS Ex 3:20 and redeemedS Ex 6:6 you from the land of slavery,S Ex 13:14 from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.Know therefore that the Lord your God is God;S Dt 4:35 he is the faithful God,Ps 18:25; 33:4; 108:4; 145:13; 146:6; Isa 49:7; Jer 42:5; Hos 11:12; S 1Co 1:9 keeping his covenant of lovever 12; 1Ki 8:23; 2Ch 6:14; Ne 1:5; 9:32 to a thousand generationsS Ex 20:6 of those who love him and keep his commandments.S Dt 5:1010 But

those who hate him he will repay to their face by destruction;

he will not be slow to repay to their face those who hate him.S Lev 26:28; S Nu 10:35; Na 1:2

11 Therefore, take care to follow the commands, decrees and laws I give you today.

12 If you pay attention to these laws and are careful to follow them, then the Lord your God will keep his covenant of love with you, as he swore to your ancestors.Lev 26:3-13; Dt 28:1-14; Ps 105:8-9; Mic 7:2013 He will love you and bless youPs 11:5; 146:8; Pr 15:9; Isa 51:1; Jn 14:21 and increase your numbers.S Ge 17:6; Ex 1:7; Dt 1:10; 13:17; 30:5; Ps 107:38 He will bless the fruit of your womb,S Ge 49:25 the crops of your land—your grain, new wineS Ge 27:28 and olive oilS Nu 18:12—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you.Dt 28:414 You will be blessed more than any other people; none of your men or women will be childless, nor will any of your livestock be without young.Ex 23:2615 The Lord will keep you free from every disease.S Ex 15:26 He will not inflict on you the horrible diseases you knew in Egypt,S Ex 9:9 but he will inflict them on all who hate you.S Ex 23:25; Dt 30:8-1016 You must destroy all the peoples the Lord your God gives over to you.ver 24; Jos 6:2; 10:26 Do not look on them with pityS ver 2 and do not serve their gods,Jdg 3:6; Ezr 9:1; Ps 106:36 for that will be a snarever 25; S Ex 10:7 to you.

17 You may say to yourselves, “These nations are stronger than we are. How can we drive them out?Nu 33:5318 But do not be afraidS Nu 14:9; S Dt 1:21, 29 of them; remember well what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt.Ps 105:5; 119:5219 You saw with your own eyes the great trials, the signs and wonders, the mighty handPs 136:12 and outstretched arm, with which the Lord your God brought you out. The Lord your God will do the same to all the peoples you now fear.Dt 4:3420 Moreover, the Lord your God will send the hornetS Ex 23:28 among them until even the survivors who hide from you have perished.21 Do not be terrified by them, for the Lord your God, who is among you,S Ge 17:7; Jos 3:10 is a great and awesome God.Dt 10:17; Ne 1:5; 9:32; Ps 47:2; 66:3; 68:35; Isa 9:6; Da 9:422 The Lord your God will drive out those nations before you, little by little.Ex 23:28-30 You will not be allowed to eliminate them all at once, or the wild animals will multiply around you.23 But the Lord your God will deliver them over to you, throwing them into great confusion until they are destroyed.Ex 23:27; Jos 10:1024 He will give their kingsJos 10:24; Ps 110:5 into your hand,S ver 16 and you will wipe out their names from under heaven. No one will be able to stand up against you;S Ex 23:31; Dt 11:25; Jos 1:5; 10:8; 23:9 you will destroy them.Jos 21:4425 The images of their gods you are to burnS Ex 4:14; S 32:20 in the fire. Do not covetEx 20:17; Jos 7:21 the silver and gold on them, and do not take it for yourselves, or you will be ensnaredS ver 16 by it, for it is detestableDt 17:1 to the Lord your God.26 Do not bring a detestable thing into your house or you, like it, will be set apart for destruction.Lev 27:28-29 Regard it as vile and utterly detest it, for it is set apart for destruction.

Do Not Forget the Lord

Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may liveDt 4:1 and increase and may enter and possess the land the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors.S Ex 19:5; Job 36:11; Ps 16:11; Eze 20:19Remember how the Lord your God ledDt 29:5; Ps 136:16; Am 2:10 you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and testS Ge 22:1 you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.He humbled2Ch 36:12; Ps 44:9; Pr 18:12; Isa 2:11; Jer 44:10 you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna,S Ex 16:4 which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach1Ki 8:36; Ps 25:5; 94:12; 119:171 you that man does not live on breadver 9; S Ge 3:19; Job 23:12; Ps 104:15; Pr 28:21; Isa 51:14; Jer 42:14 alone but on every word that comes from the mouthJob 22:22; Ps 119:13; 138:4 of the Lord.S Ex 16:2-3; Mt 4:4*; Lk 4:4*Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years.Dt 29:5; Ne 9:21Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.Dt 4:36; 2Sa 7:14; Job 5:17; 33:19; Pr 3:11-12; Heb 12:5-11; Rev 3:19

Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in obedience to himS Ex 33:13; 1Ki 3:14; Ps 81:13; 95:10 and revering him.Dt 5:33For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good landPs 106:24; Jer 3:19; Eze 20:6—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills;Dt 11:9-12; Jer 2:7a land with wheat and barley,S Ex 9:31 vinesS Ge 49:11 and fig trees,S Nu 13:23; S 1Ki 4:25 pomegranates, olive oil and honey;Dt 32:13; Ps 81:16a land where breadS ver 3 will not be scarce and you will lack nothing;Jdg 18:10 a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.Job 28:2

10 When you have eaten and are satisfied,Dt 6:10-12 praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.11 Be careful that you do not forgetDt 4:9 the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down,Pr 30:9; Hos 13:613 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied,14 then your heart will become proud and you will forgetver 11; Ps 78:7; 106:21 the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.15 He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness,S Dt 1:19; S 32:10 that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakesNu 21:6; Isa 14:29; 30:6 and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock.Ex 17:6; Dt 32:13; Job 28:9; Ps 78:15; 114:816 He gave you mannaS Ex 16:14 to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known,Ex 16:15 to humble and testS Ge 22:1 you so that in the end it might go well with you.17 You may say to yourself,Dt 9:4, 7, 24; 31:27 “My power and the strength of my handsJdg 7:2; Ps 44:3; Isa 10:13 have produced this wealth for me.”18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth,Ge 26:13; Dt 26:10; 28:4; 1Sa 2:7; Ps 25:13; 112:3; Pr 8:18; 10:22; Ecc 9:11; Hos 2:8 and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.

19 If you ever forget the Lord your God and follow other godsDt 6:14; Ps 16:4; Jer 7:6; 13:10; 25:6 and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed.Dt 4:26; 30:1820 Like the nations2Ki 21:2; Ps 10:16 the Lord destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the Lord your God.Eze 5:5-17

The Privilege of Holiness

“When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are about to enter and occupy, he will clear away many nations ahead of you: the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. These seven nations are greater and more numerous than you.When the Lord your God hands these nations over to you and you conquer them, you must completely destroyThe 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 7:26. them. Make no treaties with them and show them no mercy.You must not intermarry with them. Do not let your daughters and sons marry their sons and daughters,for they will lead your children away from me to worship other gods. Then the anger of the Lord will burn against you, and he will quickly destroy you.This is what you must do. You must break down their pagan altars and shatter their sacred pillars. Cut down their Asherah poles and burn their idols.For you are a holy people, who belong to the Lord your God. Of all the people on earth, the Lord your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure.

“The Lord did not set his heart on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other nations, for you were the smallest of all nations!Rather, it was simply that the Lord loves you, and he was keeping the oath he had sworn to your ancestors. That is why the Lord rescued you with such a strong hand from your slavery and from the oppressive hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt.Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.10 But he does not hesitate to punish and destroy those who reject him.11 Therefore, you must obey all these commands, decrees, and regulations I am giving you today.

12 “If you listen to these regulations and faithfully obey them, the Lord your God will keep his covenant of unfailing love with you, as he promised with an oath to your ancestors.13 He will love you and bless you, and he will give you many children. He will give fertility to your land and your animals. When you arrive in the land he swore to give your ancestors, you will have large harvests of grain, new wine, and olive oil, and great herds of cattle, sheep, and goats.14 You will be blessed above all the nations of the earth. None of your men or women will be childless, and all your livestock will bear young.15 And the Lord will protect you from all sickness. He will not let you suffer from the terrible diseases you knew in Egypt, but he will inflict them on all your enemies!

16 “You must destroy all the nations the Lord your God hands over to you. Show them no mercy, and do not worship their gods, or they will trap you.17 Perhaps you will think to yourselves, ‘How can we ever conquer these nations that are so much more powerful than we are?’18 But don’t be afraid of them! Just remember what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all the land of Egypt.19 Remember the great terrors the Lord your God sent against them. You saw it all with your own eyes! And remember the miraculous signs and wonders, and the strong hand and powerful arm with which he brought you out of Egypt. The Lord your God will use this same power against all the people you fear.20 And then the Lord your God will send terrorOften rendered the hornet. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. to drive out the few survivors still hiding from you!

21 “No, do not be afraid of those nations, for the Lord your God is among you, and he is a great and awesome God.22 The Lord your God will drive those nations out ahead of you little by little. You will not clear them away all at once, otherwise the wild animals would multiply too quickly for you.23 But the Lord your God will hand them over to you. He will throw them into complete confusion until they are destroyed.24 He will put their kings in your power, and you will erase their names from the face of the earth. No one will be able to stand against you, and you will destroy them all.

25 “You must burn their idols in fire, and you must not covet the silver or gold that covers them. You must not take it or it will become a trap to you, for it is detestable to the Lord your God.26 Do not bring any detestable objects into your home, for then you will be destroyed, just like them. You must utterly detest such things, for they are set apart for destruction.

A Call to Remember and Obey

“Be careful to obey all the commands I am giving you today. Then you will live and multiply, and you will enter and occupy the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors.Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands.Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.For all these forty years your clothes didn’t wear out, and your feet didn’t blister or swell.Think about it: Just as a parent disciplines a child, the Lord your God disciplines you for your own good.

“So obey the commands of the Lord your God by walking in his ways and fearing him.For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land of flowing streams and pools of water, with fountains and springs that gush out in the valleys and hills.It is a land of wheat and barley; of grapevines, fig trees, and pomegranates; of olive oil and honey.It is a land where food is plentiful and nothing is lacking. It is a land where iron is as common as stone, and copper is abundant in the hills.10 When you have eaten your fill, be sure to praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.

11 “But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the Lord your God and disobey his commands, regulations, and decrees that I am giving you today.12 For when you have become full and prosperous and have built fine homes to live in,13 and when your flocks and herds have become very large and your silver and gold have multiplied along with everything else, be careful!14 Do not become proud at that time and forget the Lord your God, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.15 Do not forget that he led you through the great and terrifying wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, where it was so hot and dry. He gave you water from the rock!16 He fed you with manna in the wilderness, a food unknown to your ancestors. He did this to humble you and test you for your own good.17 He did all this so you would never say to yourself, ‘I have achieved this wealth with my own strength and energy.’18 Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath.

19 “But I assure you of this: If you ever forget the Lord your God and follow other gods, worshiping and bowing down to them, you will certainly be destroyed.20 Just as the Lord has destroyed other nations in your path, you also will be destroyed if you refuse to obey the Lord your God.

When the Lord thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;

And when the Lord thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:

Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.

For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the Lord be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.

But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire.

For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.

The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:

But because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

10 And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.

11 Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them.

12 Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the Lord thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers:

13 And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

14 Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle.

15 And the Lord will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.

16 And thou shalt consume all the people which the Lord thy God shall deliver thee; thine eye shall have no pity upon them: neither shalt thou serve their gods; for that will be a snare unto thee.

17 If thou shalt say in thine heart, These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them?

18 Thou shalt not be afraid of them: but shalt well remember what the Lord thy God did unto Pharaoh, and unto all Egypt;

19 The great temptations which thine eyes saw, and the signs, and the wonders, and the mighty hand, and the stretched out arm, whereby the Lord thy God brought thee out: so shall the Lord thy God do unto all the people of whom thou art afraid.

20 Moreover the Lord thy God will send the hornet among them, until they that are left, and hide themselves from thee, be destroyed.

21 Thou shalt not be affrighted at them: for the Lord thy God is among you, a mighty God and terrible.

22 And the Lord thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee.

23 But the Lord thy God shall deliver them unto thee, and shall destroy them with a mighty destruction, until they be destroyed.

24 And he shall deliver their kings into thine hand, and thou shalt destroy their name from under heaven: there shall no man be able to stand before thee, until thou have destroyed them.

25 The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therin: for it is an abomination to the Lord thy God.

26 Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.

All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers.

And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.

And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.

Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years.

Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee.

Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.

For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills;

A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey;

A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass.

10 When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the Lord thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.

11 Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:

12 Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein;

13 And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied;

14 Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;

15 Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint;

16 Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;

17 And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.

18 But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.

19 And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the Lord thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.

20 As the nations which the Lord destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the Lord your God.

Luke 7:36-8:3

Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman7:37-39Ref — Mt 26:6-13; Mk 14:3-9; Jn 12:1-87:41, 42Ref — Mt 18:23-34

36 When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.37 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume.38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet,ver 16; S Mt 21:11 he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”

“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

41 “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii,A denarius was the usual daily wage of a day laborer (see Matt. 20:2). and the other fifty.42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”

“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet,Ge 18:4; 19:2; 43:24; Jdg 19:21; Jn 13:4-14; 1Ti 5:10 but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.45 You did not give me a kiss,Lk 22:47, 48; S Ro 16:16 but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet.46 You did not put oil on my head,Ps 23:5; Ecc 9:8 but she has poured perfume on my feet.47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”Mt 9:2

49 The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you;S Mt 9:22 go in peace.”S Ac 15:33

The Parable of the Sower8:4-15pp — Mt 13:2-23; Mk 4:1-20

After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God.S Mt 4:23 The Twelve were with him,and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene)Mt 27:55, 56 from whom seven demons had come out;Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’sS Mt 14:1 household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.

Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman

36 One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to have dinner with him, so Jesus went to his home and sat down to eat.Or and reclined.37 When a certain immoral woman from that city heard he was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume.38 Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them.

39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!”

40 Then Jesus answered his thoughts. “Simon,” he said to the Pharisee, “I have something to say to you.”

“Go ahead, Teacher,” Simon replied.

41 Then Jesus told him this story: “A man loaned money to two people—500 pieces of silverGreek 500 denarii. A denarius was equivalent to a laborer’s full day’s wage. to one and 50 pieces to the other.42 But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, canceling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him more after that?”

43 Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger debt.”

“That’s right,” Jesus said.44 Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair.45 You didn’t greet me with a kiss, but from the time I first came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet.46 You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume.

47 “I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.”48 Then Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49 The men at the table said among themselves, “Who is this man, that he goes around forgiving sins?”

50 And Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Women Who Followed Jesus

Soon afterward Jesus began a tour of the nearby towns and villages, preaching and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom of God. He took his twelve disciples with him,along with some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases. Among them were Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons;Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s business manager; Susanna; and many others who were contributing from their own resources to support Jesus and his disciples.

36 And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat.

37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,

38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.

39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.

40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.

41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.

42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?

43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.

44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.

45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.

46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.

47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.

48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.

49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?

50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,

And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,

And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.

Psalm 69:1-18

Psalm 69In Hebrew texts 69:1-36 is numbered 69:2-37.

For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of David.

Save me, O God,

for the watersS Ps 42:7 have come up to my neck.Ps 32:6; Jnh 2:5

I sink in the miry depths,S Job 30:19

where there is no foothold.

I have come into the deep waters;

the floods engulf me.

I am worn out calling for help;Ps 6:6

my throat is parched.

My eyes fail,Ps 119:82

looking for my God.

Those who hate meS Ps 25:19 without reasonJn 15:25*

outnumber the hairs of my head;

many are my enemies without cause,S Ps 35:19; 38:19

those who seek to destroy me.Ps 40:14; 119:95; Isa 32:7

I am forced to restore

what I did not steal.

You, God, know my folly;Ps 38:5

my guilt is not hidden from you.S Ps 44:21

Lord, the Lord Almighty,

may those who hope in you

not be disgraced because of me;

God of Israel,

may those who seek you

not be put to shame because of me.

For I endure scornS Ps 39:8 for your sake,Jer 15:15

and shame covers my face.Ps 44:15

I am a foreigner to my own family,

a stranger to my own mother’s children;Job 19:13-15; Ps 31:11; 38:11; Isa 53:3; Jn 7:5

for zeal for your house consumes me,Jn 2:17*

and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.Ps 89:50-51; Ro 15:3*

10 When I weep and fast,S Ps 35:13

I must endure scorn;

11 when I put on sackcloth,S 2Sa 3:31; S Ps 35:13

people make sport of me.

12 Those who sit at the gateS Ge 18:1; S 23:10 mock me,

and I am the song of the drunkards.Job 30:9

13 But I pray to you, Lord,

in the time of your favor;Isa 49:8; 2Co 6:2

in your great love,S Ps 17:7; 51:1 O God,

answer me with your sure salvation.

14 Rescue me from the mire,

do not let me sink;

deliver me from those who hate me,

from the deep waters.ver 2; Ps 144:7

15 Do not let the floodwatersPs 124:4-5 engulf me

or the depths swallow me upNu 16:33

or the pit close its mouth over me.Ps 28:1

16 Answer me, Lord, out of the goodness of your love;S Ps 63:3

in your great mercy turn to me.

17 Do not hide your faceS Ps 22:24 from your servant;

answer me quickly,Ps 143:7 for I am in trouble.S Ps 50:15; 66:14

18 Come near and rescue me;

deliverPs 49:15 me because of my foes.

Psalm 69

For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be sung to the tune “Lilies.”

Save me, O God,

for the floodwaters are up to my neck.

Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire;

I can’t find a foothold.

I am in deep water,

and the floods overwhelm me.

I am exhausted from crying for help;

my throat is parched.

My eyes are swollen with weeping,

waiting for my God to help me.

Those who hate me without cause

outnumber the hairs on my head.

Many enemies try to destroy me with lies,

demanding that I give back what I didn’t steal.

O God, you know how foolish I am;

my sins cannot be hidden from you.

Don’t let those who trust in you be ashamed because of me,

O Sovereign Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

Don’t let me cause them to be humiliated,

O God of Israel.

For I endure insults for your sake;

humiliation is written all over my face.

Even my own brothers pretend they don’t know me;

they treat me like a stranger.

Passion for your house has consumed me,

and the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.

10 When I weep and fast,

they scoff at me.

11 When I dress in burlap to show sorrow,

they make fun of me.

12 I am the favorite topic of town gossip,

and all the drunks sing about me.

13 But I keep praying to you, Lord,

hoping this time you will show me favor.

In your unfailing love, O God,

answer my prayer with your sure salvation.

14 Rescue me from the mud;

don’t let me sink any deeper!

Save me from those who hate me,

and pull me from these deep waters.

15 Don’t let the floods overwhelm me,

or the deep waters swallow me,

or the pit of death devour me.

16 Answer my prayers, O Lord,

for your unfailing love is wonderful.

Take care of me,

for your mercy is so plentiful.

17 Don’t hide from your servant;

answer me quickly, for I am in deep trouble!

18 Come and redeem me;

free me from my enemies.

69 Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul.

I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.

I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.

They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.

O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee.

Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord God of hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel.

Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face.

I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children.

For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.

10 When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach.

11 I made sackcloth also my garment; and I became a proverb to them.

12 They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards.

13 But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O Lord, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation.

14 Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.

15 Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.

16 Hear me, O Lord; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.

17 And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily.

18 Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies.

Proverbs 12:1

12 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,

but whoever hates correction is stupid.Pr 5:11-14; S 9:7-9; 13:1, 18; 15:5, 10, 12, 32

12 To learn, you must love discipline;

it is stupid to hate correction.

12 Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.

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