Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

The psalmist was concerned that he not be forsaken until God declared His power to the next generation. Every generation must know firsthand the power of God. It is not enough to hear about how God visited the previous generation in great power, wonders, and miracles. Our generation must see that power manifested. Without a true manifestation of the power of God, each generation grows progressively dubious of God's reality.

"One day Jesus called together his twelve apostles and gave them power and authority to cast out demons and to heal all diseases" (Luke 9:1). This action was more than simple religious protocol-it was a transferal of Jesus' power to the next generation. What would have happened to the world if Christ had departed without giving anyone the same power He had to help people?

The same power that flowed from Christ's robes to heal the woman with the issue of blood is available today. From generation to generation, God's power has been passed on. Now it is our turn to rise up and show God's power to the next generation.

Deuteronomy 13:1-15:23

Worshiping Other Gods

13 In Hebrew texts 13:1-18 is numbered 13:2-19.If a prophet,Mt 24:24; Mk 13:22; 2Th 2:9 or one who foretells by dreams,S Ge 20:3; Jer 23:25; 27:9; 29:8 appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder,and if the signDt 18:22; 1Sa 2:34; 10:9; 2Ki 19:29; 20:9; Isa 7:11 or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, “Let us follow other gods”S Dt 11:28 (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,”you must not listen to the words of that prophet2Pe 2:1 or dreamer.1Sa 28:6, 15 The Lord your God is testingS Ge 22:1; 1Ki 13:18; 22:22-23; Jer 29:31; 43:2; Eze 13:9; 1Co 11:19 you to find out whether you loveDt 6:5 him with all your heart and with all your soul.It is the Lord your God you must follow,2Ki 23:3; 2Ch 34:31; 2Jn 1:6 and him you must revere.S Dt 6:13; S Ps 5:7 Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fastS Dt 10:20 to him.That prophet or dreamer must be put to deathS Ex 21:12; S 22:20 for inciting rebellion against the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. That prophet or dreamer tried to turnver 10; Dt 4:19 you from the way the Lord your God commanded you to follow. You must purge the evilDt 17:7, 12; 19:19; 24:7; Jdg 20:13; S 1Co 5:13 from among you.

If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly enticesDt 17:2-7; 29:18 you, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods”S Dt 11:28 (gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known,gods of the peoples around you, whether near or far, from one end of the land to the other),do not yieldPr 1:10 to them or listen to them. Show them no pity.S Dt 7:2 Do not spare them or shield them.You must certainly put them to death.ver 5 Your handS Lev 24:14 must be the first in putting them to death, and then the hands of all the people.10 Stone them to death, because they tried to turn you awayS Ex 20:3 from the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.11 Then all Israel will hear and be afraid,Dt 17:13; 19:20; 21:21; 1Ti 5:20 and no one among you will do such an evil thing again.

12 If you hear it said about one of the towns the Lord your God is giving you to live in13 that troublemakersver 2, 6; Jdg 19:22; 20:13; 1Sa 2:12; 10:27; 11:12; 25:17; 1Ki 21:10 have arisen among you and have led the people of their town astray, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods you have not known),14 then you must inquire, probe and investigate it thoroughly.Jdg 20:12 And if it is true and it has been proved that this detestable thing has been done among you,Dt 17:415 you must certainly put to the sword all who live in that town. You must destroy it completely,The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them.Isa 24:6; 34:5; 43:28; 47:6; La 2:6; Da 9:11; Zec 8:13; Mal 4:6 both its people and its livestock.Ex 22:2016 You are to gather all the plunder of the town into the middle of the public square and completely burn the town2Ki 25:9; Jer 39:8; 52:13; Eze 16:41 and all its plunder as a whole burnt offering to the Lord your God.Dt 7:25, 26; Jos 6:24 That town is to remain a ruinJos 8:28; Isa 7:16; 17:1; 24:10; 25:2; 27:10; 32:14, 19; 37:26; Jer 49:2; Mic 1:6 forever, never to be rebuilt,17 and none of the condemned thingsThe Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them. are to be found in your hands. Then the Lord will turn from his fierce anger,Ex 32:12; Nu 25:4 will show you mercy,S Ge 43:14 and will have compassionDt 30:3 on you. He will increase your numbers,S Dt 7:13 as he promisedS Ge 12:2; S 13:14; S 26:24 on oath to your ancestors—18 because you obey the Lord your God by keeping all his commands that I am giving you today and doing what is rightS Dt 12:25 in his eyes.

Clean and Unclean Food14:3-20pp — Lev 11:1-23

14 You are the childrenLev 19:28; S Jn 1:12; S Ro 8:14; 9:8 of the Lord your God. Do not cut yourselves or shave the front of your heads for the dead,for you are a people holyS Ge 28:14; Ex 22:31; Isa 6:13; Mal 2:15 to the Lord your God.S Lev 20:26; Ro 12:1 Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the Lord has chosen you to be his treasured possession.S Ex 8:22; S Dt 7:6

Do not eat any detestable thing.Eze 4:14These are the animals you may eat:Ac 10:14 the ox, the sheep, the goat,S Lev 7:23the deer,S Dt 12:15 the gazelle, the roe deer, the wild goat,Job 39:1; Ps 104:18 the ibex, the antelope and the mountain sheep.The precise identification of some of the birds and animals in this chapter is uncertain.You may eat any animal that has a divided hoof and that chews the cud.However, of those that chew the cud or that have a divided hoof you may not eat the camel, the rabbit or the hyrax. Although they chew the cud, they do not have a divided hoof; they are ceremonially unclean for you.The pig is also unclean; although it has a divided hoof, it does not chew the cud. You are not to eat their meat or touch their carcasses.S Lev 5:2

Of all the creatures living in the water, you may eat any that has fins and scales.10 But anything that does not have fins and scales you may not eat; for you it is unclean.

11 You may eat any clean bird.12 But these you may not eat: the eagle, the vulture, the black vulture,13 the red kite, the black kite, any kindS Ge 1:11 of falcon,Isa 34:1514 any kind of raven,S Ge 8:715 the horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk,16 the little owl, the great owl, the white owl,17 the desert owl,Ps 102:6; Isa 13:21; 14:23; 34:11; Zep 2:14 the osprey, the cormorant,18 the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe and the bat.

19 All flying insects are unclean to you; do not eat them.20 But any winged creature that is clean you may eat.S Lev 20:25

21 Do not eat anything you find already dead.S Lev 11:39 You may give it to the foreigner residing in any of your towns, and they may eat it, or you may sell it to any other foreigner. But you are a people holy to the Lord your God.ver 2

Do not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk.S Ex 23:19

Tithes

22 Be sure to set aside a tenthS Ge 14:20; S Lev 27:30; S Nu 18:21 of all that your fields produce each year.23 EatS Dt 12:17, 18 the tithe of your grain, new winePs 4:7 and olive oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the Lord your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name,S Dt 12:5; 1Ki 3:2 so that you may learnS Dt 4:10 to reverePs 22:23; 33:8; Mal 2:5 the Lord your God always.24 But if that place is too distant and you have been blessed by the Lord your God and cannot carry your tithe (because the place where the Lord will choose to put his Name is so far away),25 then exchangeMt 21:12; Jn 2:14 your tithe for silver, and take the silver with you and go to the place the Lord your God will choose.26 Use the silver to buy whatever you like: cattle, sheep, wine or other fermented drink,S Lev 10:9; Ecc 10:16-17 or anything you wish. Then you and your household shall eat there in the presence of the Lord your God and rejoice.S Lev 23:40; S Dt 12:1827 And do not neglect the LevitesS Dt 12:19 living in your towns, for they have no allotment or inheritance of their own.S Nu 18:20; 26:62; Dt 18:1-2

28 At the end of every three years, bring all the tithesS Lev 27:30 of that year’s produce and store it in your towns,Dt 26:1229 so that the Levites (who have no allotmentGe 47:22 or inheritanceNu 26:62 of their own) and the foreigners,Dt 16:11; 24:19-21; Ps 94:6; Isa 1:17; 58:6 the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns may come and eat and be satisfied,S Dt 6:11 and so that the Lord your God may blessDt 15:10; Ps 41:1; Pr 22:9; Mal 3:10 you in all the work of your hands.

The Year for Canceling Debts15:1-11Ref — Lev 25:8-38

15 At the end of every seven years you must cancel debts.Dt 31:10; Ne 10:31This is how it is to be done: Every creditor shall cancel any loan they have made to a fellow Israelite. They shall not require payment from anyone among their own people, because the Lord’s time for canceling debts has been proclaimed.You may require payment from a foreigner,S Ge 31:15; Dt 23:20; 28:12; Ru 2:10 but you must cancel any debt your fellow Israelite owes you.However, there need be no poor people among you, for in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly blessDt 28:8 you,if only you fully obey the Lord your God and are careful to followS Ex 15:26; Dt 7:12; 28:1 all these commands I am giving you today.For the Lord your God will bless you as he has promised, and you will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. You will rule over many nations but none will rule over you.Dt 28:12-13, 44

If anyone is poorver 11; Mt 26:11 among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted1Jn 3:17 toward them.Rather, be openhandedMt 5:42; Lk 6:34; S Ac 24:17 and freely lend them whatever they need.Be careful not to harbor this wicked thought: “The seventh year, the year for canceling debts,ver 1 is near,” so that you do not show ill willMt 20:15 toward the needy among your fellow Israelites and give them nothing. They may then appeal to the Lord against you, and you will be found guilty of sin.S Ex 22:23; S Job 5:15; Jas 5:410 Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart;2Co 9:5 then because of this the Lord your God will blessS Dt 14:29 you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.11 There will always be poor peopleS ver 7 in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.Mt 26:11; Mk 14:7; Jn 12:8

Freeing Servants15:12-18pp — Ex 21:2-615:12-18Ref — Lev 25:38-55

12 If any of your people—Hebrew men or women—sell themselves to you and serve you six years, in the seventh year you must let them go free.Jer 34:1413 And when you release them, do not send them away empty-handed.14 Supply them liberally from your flock, your threshing floorS Nu 18:27 and your winepress. Give to them as the Lord your God has blessed you.15 Remember that you were slavesEx 13:3; Jer 34:13 in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you.Ex 20:2; S Dt 4:34; S 9:26; 16:12; 24:18; Jer 16:14; 23:7 That is why I give you this command today.

16 But if your servant says to you, “I do not want to leave you,” because he loves you and your family and is well off with you,17 then take an awl and push it through his earlobe into the door, and he will become your servant for life. Do the same for your female servant.

18 Do not consider it a hardship to set your servant free, because their service to you these six years has been worth twice as much as that of a hired hand. And the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do.

The Firstborn Animals

19 Set apart for the LordS Lev 27:9 your God every firstborn maleS Ex 13:2 of your herds and flocks.S Ge 4:4 Do not put the firstborn of your cows to work, and do not shear the firstborn of your sheep.S Ex 22:3020 Each year you and your family are to eat them in the presence of the Lord your God at the place he will choose.S Lev 7:15-18; Dt 12:5-7, 17, 1821 If an animal has a defect,S Ex 12:5 is lame or blind, or has any serious flaw, you must not sacrifice it to the Lord your God.S Lev 22:19-25; Dt 17:1; Mal 1:8, 1322 You are to eat it in your own towns. Both the ceremonially unclean and the clean may eat it, as if it were gazelle or deer.S Dt 12:1523 But you must not eat the blood; pour it out on the ground like water.S Ge 9:4; Dt 12:16; Eze 33:25

A Warning against Idolatry

13 Verses 13:1-18 are numbered 13:2-19 in Hebrew text.“Suppose there are prophets among you or those who dream dreams about the future, and they promise you signs or miracles,and the predicted signs or miracles occur. If they then say, ‘Come, let us worship other gods’—gods you have not known before—do not listen to them. The Lord your God is testing you to see if you truly love him with all your heart and soul.Serve only the Lord your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him.The false prophets or visionaries who try to lead you astray must be put to death, for they encourage rebellion against the Lord your God, who redeemed you from slavery and brought you out of the land of Egypt. Since they try to lead you astray from the way the Lord your God commanded you to live, you must put them to death. In this way you will purge the evil from among you.

“Suppose someone secretly entices you—even your brother, your son or daughter, your beloved wife, or your closest friend—and says, ‘Let us go worship other gods’—gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known.They might suggest that you worship the gods of peoples who live nearby or who come from the ends of the earth.But do not give in or listen. Have no pity, and do not spare or protect them.You must put them to death! Strike the first blow yourself, and then all the people must join in.10 Stone the guilty ones to death because they have tried to draw you away from the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of slavery.11 Then all Israel will hear about it and be afraid, and no one will act so wickedly again.

12 “When you begin living in the towns the Lord your God is giving you, you may hear13 that scoundrels among you are leading their fellow citizens astray by saying, ‘Let us go worship other gods’—gods you have not known before.14 In such cases, you must examine the facts carefully. If you find that the report is true and such a detestable act has been committed among you,15 you must attack that town and 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; similarly in 13:17. all its inhabitants, as well as all the livestock.16 Then you must pile all the plunder in the middle of the open square and burn it. Burn the entire town as a burnt offering to the Lord your God. That town must remain a ruin forever; it may never be rebuilt.17 Keep none of the plunder that has been set apart for destruction. Then the Lord will turn from his fierce anger and be merciful to you. He will have compassion on you and make you a large nation, just as he swore to your ancestors.

18 “The Lord your God will be merciful only if you listen to his voice and keep all his commands that I am giving you today, doing what pleases him.

Ceremonially Clean and Unclean Animals

14 “Since you are the people of the Lord your God, never cut yourselves or shave the hair above your foreheads in mourning for the dead.You have been set apart as holy to the Lord your God, and he has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be his own special treasure.

“You must not eat any detestable animals that are ceremonially unclean.These are the animalsThe identification of some of the animals and birds listed in this chapter is uncertain. you may eat: the ox, the sheep, the goat,the deer, the gazelle, the roe deer, the wild goat, the addax, the antelope, and the mountain sheep.

“You may eat any animal that has completely split hooves and chews the cud,but if the animal doesn’t have both, it may not be eaten. So you may not eat the camel, the hare, or the hyrax.Or coney, or rock badger. They chew the cud but do not have split hooves, so they are ceremonially unclean for you.And you may not eat the pig. It has split hooves but does not chew the cud, so it is ceremonially unclean for you. You may not eat the meat of these animals or even touch their carcasses.

“Of all the marine animals, you may eat whatever has both fins and scales.10 You may not, however, eat marine animals that do not have both fins and scales. They are ceremonially unclean for you.

11 “You may eat any bird that is ceremonially clean.12 These are the birds you may not eat: the griffon vulture, the bearded vulture, the black vulture,13 the kite, the falcon, buzzards of all kinds,14 ravens of all kinds,15 the eagle owl, the short-eared owl, the seagull, hawks of all kinds,16 the little owl, the great owl, the barn owl,17 the desert owl, the Egyptian vulture, the cormorant,18 the stork, herons of all kinds, the hoopoe, and the bat.

19 “All winged insects that walk along the ground are ceremonially unclean for you and may not be eaten.20 But you may eat any winged bird or insect that is ceremonially clean.

21 “You must not eat anything that has died a natural death. You may give it to a foreigner living in your town, or you may sell it to a stranger. But do not eat it yourselves, for you are set apart as holy to the Lord your God.

“You must not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk.

The Giving of Tithes

22 “You must set aside a tithe of your crops—one-tenth of all the crops you harvest each year.23 Bring this tithe to the designated place of worship—the place the Lord your God chooses for his name to be honored—and eat it there in his presence. This applies to your tithes of grain, new wine, olive oil, and the firstborn males of your flocks and herds. Doing this will teach you always to fear the Lord your God.

24 “Now when the Lord your God blesses you with a good harvest, the place of worship he chooses for his name to be honored might be too far for you to bring the tithe.25 If so, you may sell the tithe portion of your crops and herds, put the money in a pouch, and go to the place the Lord your God has chosen.26 When you arrive, you may use the money to buy any kind of food you want—cattle, sheep, goats, wine, or other alcoholic drink. Then feast there in the presence of the Lord your God and celebrate with your household.27 And do not neglect the Levites in your town, for they will receive no allotment of land among you.

28 “At the end of every third year, bring the entire tithe of that year’s harvest and store it in the nearest town.29 Give it to the Levites, who will receive no allotment of land among you, as well as to the foreigners living among you, the orphans, and the widows in your towns, so they can eat and be satisfied. Then the Lord your God will bless you in all your work.

Release for Debtors

15 “At the end of every seventh year you must cancel the debts of everyone who owes you money.This is how it must be done. Everyone must cancel the loans they have made to their fellow Israelites. They must not demand payment from their neighbors or relatives, for the Lord’s time of release has arrived.This release from debt, however, applies only to your fellow Israelites—not to the foreigners living among you.

“There should be no poor among you, for the Lord your God will greatly bless you in the land he is giving you as a special possession.You will receive this blessing if you are careful to obey all the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today.The Lord your God will bless you as he has promised. You will lend money to many nations but will never need to borrow. You will rule many nations, but they will not rule over you.

“But if there are any poor Israelites in your towns when you arrive in the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tightfisted toward them.Instead, be generous and lend them whatever they need.Do not be mean-spirited and refuse someone a loan because the year for canceling debts is close at hand. If you refuse to make the loan and the needy person cries out to the Lord, you will be considered guilty of sin.10 Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do.11 There will always be some in the land who are poor. That is why I am commanding you to share freely with the poor and with other Israelites in need.

Release for Hebrew Slaves

12 “If a fellow Hebrew sells himself or herself to be your servantOr If a Hebrew man or woman is sold to you. and serves you for six years, in the seventh year you must set that servant free.

13 “When you release a male servant, do not send him away empty-handed.14 Give him a generous farewell gift from your flock, your threshing floor, and your winepress. Share with him some of the bounty with which the Lord your God has blessed you.15 Remember that you were once slaves in the land of Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you! That is why I am giving you this command.

16 “But suppose your servant says, ‘I will not leave you,’ because he loves you and your family, and he has done well with you.17 In that case, take an awl and push it through his earlobe into the door. After that, he will be your servant for life. And do the same for your female servants.

18 “You must not consider it a hardship when you release your servants. Remember that for six years they have given you services worth double the wages of hired workers, and the Lord your God will bless you in all you do.

Sacrificing Firstborn Male Animals

19 “You must set aside for the Lord your God all the firstborn males from your flocks and herds. Do not use the firstborn of your herds to work your fields, and do not shear the firstborn of your flocks.20 Instead, you and your family must eat these animals in the presence of the Lord your God each year at the place he chooses.21 But if this firstborn animal has any defect, such as lameness or blindness, or if anything else is wrong with it, you must not sacrifice it to the Lord your God.22 Instead, use it for food for your family in your hometown. Anyone, whether ceremonially clean or unclean, may eat it, just as anyone may eat a gazelle or deer.23 But you must not consume the blood. You must pour it out on the ground like water.

13 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,

And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;

Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.

And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the Lord thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.

If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers;

Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth;

Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him:

But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.

10 And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die; because he hath sought to thrust thee away from the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

11 And all Israel shall hear, and fear, and shall do no more any such wickedness as this is among you.

12 If thou shalt hear say in one of thy cities, which the Lord thy God hath given thee to dwell there, saying,

13 Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known;

14 Then shalt thou enquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought among you;

15 Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword.

16 And thou shalt gather all the spoil of it into the midst of the street thereof, and shalt burn with fire the city, and all the spoil thereof every whit, for the Lord thy God: and it shall be an heap for ever; it shall not be built again.

17 And there shall cleave nought of the cursed thing to thine hand: that the Lord may turn from the fierceness of his anger, and shew thee mercy, and have compassion upon thee, and multiply thee, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers;

18 When thou shalt hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep all his commandments which I command thee this day, to do that which is right in the eyes of the Lord thy God.

14 Ye are the children of the Lord your God: ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.

For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.

Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing.

These are the beasts which ye shall eat: the ox, the sheep, and the goat,

The hart, and the roebuck, and the fallow deer, and the wild goat, and the pygarg, and the wild ox, and the chamois.

And every beast that parteth the hoof, and cleaveth the cleft into two claws, and cheweth the cud among the beasts, that ye shall eat.

Nevertheless these ye shall not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the cloven hoof; as the camel, and the hare, and the coney: for they chew the cud, but divide not the hoof; therefore they are unclean unto you.

And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcase.

These ye shall eat of all that are in the waters: all that have fins and scales shall ye eat:

10 And whatsoever hath not fins and scales ye may not eat; it is unclean unto you.

11 Of all clean birds ye shall eat.

12 But these are they of which ye shall not eat: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray,

13 And the glede, and the kite, and the vulture after his kind,

14 And every raven after his kind,

15 And the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckow, and the hawk after his kind,

16 The little owl, and the great owl, and the swan,

17 And the pelican, and the gier eagle, and the cormorant,

18 And the stork, and the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat.

19 And every creeping thing that flieth is unclean unto you: they shall not be eaten.

20 But of all clean fowls ye may eat.

21 Ye shall not eat of anything that dieth of itself: thou shalt give it unto the stranger that is in thy gates, that he may eat it; or thou mayest sell it unto an alien: for thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk.

22 Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year.

23 And thou shalt eat before the Lord thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the Lord thy God always.

24 And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the Lord thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the Lord thy God hath blessed thee:

25 Then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which the Lord thy God shall choose:

26 And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the Lord thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household,

27 And the Levite that is within thy gates; thou shalt not forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with thee.

28 At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay it up within thy gates:

29 And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.

15 At the end of every seven years thou shalt make a release.

And this is the manner of the release: Every creditor that lendeth ought unto his neighbour shall release it; he shall not exact it of his neighbour, or of his brother; because it is called the Lord's release.

Of a foreigner thou mayest exact it again: but that which is thine with thy brother thine hand shall release;

Save when there shall be no poor among you; for the Lord shall greatly bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it:

Only if thou carefully hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all these commandments which I command thee this day.

For the Lord thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee.

If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother:

But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth.

Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the Lord against thee, and it be sin unto thee.

10 Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the Lord thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto.

11 For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.

12 And if thy brother, an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee.

13 And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty:

14 Thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock, and out of thy floor, and out of thy winepress: of that wherewith the Lord thy God hath blessed thee thou shalt give unto him.

15 And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the Lord thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing to day.

16 And it shall be, if he say unto thee, I will not go away from thee; because he loveth thee and thine house, because he is well with thee;

17 Then thou shalt take an aul, and thrust it through his ear unto the door, and he shall be thy servant for ever. And also unto thy maidservant thou shalt do likewise.

18 It shall not seem hard unto thee, when thou sendest him away free from thee; for he hath been worth a double hired servant to thee, in serving thee six years: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in all that thou doest.

19 All the firstling males that come of thy herd and of thy flock thou shalt sanctify unto the Lord thy God: thou shalt do no work with the firstling of thy bullock, nor shear the firstling of thy sheep.

20 Thou shalt eat it before the Lord thy God year by year in the place which the Lord shall choose, thou and thy household.

21 And if there be any blemish therein, as if it be lame, or blind, or have any ill blemish, thou shalt not sacrifice it unto the Lord thy God.

22 Thou shalt eat it within thy gates: the unclean and the clean person shall eat it alike, as the roebuck, and as the hart.

23 Only thou shalt not eat the blood thereof; thou shalt pour it upon the ground as water.

Luke 8:40-9:6

Jesus Raises a Dead Girl and Heals a Sick Woman8:40-56pp — Mt 9:18-26; Mk 5:22-43

40 Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him.41 Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader,ver 49; S Mk 5:22 came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house42 because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.

As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him.43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleedingLev 15:25-30 for twelve years,Many manuscripts years, and she had spent all she had on doctors but no one could heal her.44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak,S Mt 9:20 and immediately her bleeding stopped.

45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked.

When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master,S Lk 5:5 the people are crowding and pressing against you.”

46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me;Mt 14:36; Mk 3:10 I know that power has gone out from me.”Lk 5:17; 6:19

47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.48 Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you.S Mt 9:22 Go in peace.”S Ac 15:33

49 While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader.ver 41 “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.”

50 Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”

51 When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James,S Mt 4:21 and the child’s father and mother.52 Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourningLk 23:27 for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.”S Mt 9:24

53 They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead.54 But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!”S Lk 7:1455 Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.56 Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.S Mt 8:4

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve9:3-5pp — Mt 10:9-15; Mk 6:8-119:7-9pp — Mt 14:1, 2; Mk 6:14-16

When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demonsS Mt 10:1 and to cure diseases,S Mt 4:23; Lk 5:17and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of GodS Mt 3:2 and to heal the sick.He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt.Lk 10:4; 22:35Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town.If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”S Mt 10:14So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.

Jesus Heals in Response to Faith

40 On the other side of the lake the crowds welcomed Jesus, because they had been waiting for him.41 Then a man named Jairus, a leader of the local synagogue, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come home with him.42 His only daughter,Or His only child, a daughter. who was about twelve years old, was dying.

As Jesus went with him, he was surrounded by the crowds.43 A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding,Some manuscripts add having spent everything she had on doctors. and she could find no cure.44 Coming up behind Jesus, she touched the fringe of his robe. Immediately, the bleeding stopped.

45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked.

Everyone denied it, and Peter said, “Master, this whole crowd is pressing up against you.”

46 But Jesus said, “Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from me.”47 When the woman realized that she could not stay hidden, she began to tremble and fell to her knees in front of him. The whole crowd heard her explain why she had touched him and that she had been immediately healed.48 “Daughter,” he said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”

49 While he was still speaking to her, a messenger arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. He told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.”

50 But when Jesus heard what had happened, he said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith, and she will be healed.”

51 When they arrived at the house, Jesus wouldn’t let anyone go in with him except Peter, John, James, and the little girl’s father and mother.52 The house was filled with people weeping and wailing, but he said, “Stop the weeping! She isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.”

53 But the crowd laughed at him because they all knew she had died.54 Then Jesus took her by the hand and said in a loud voice, “My child, get up!”55 And at that moment her lifeOr her spirit. returned, and she immediately stood up! Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.56 Her parents were overwhelmed, but Jesus insisted that they not tell anyone what had happened.

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Disciples

One day Jesus called together his twelve disciplesGreek the Twelve; other manuscripts read the twelve apostles. and gave them power and authority to cast out all demons and to heal all diseases.Then he sent them out to tell everyone about the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.“Take nothing for your journey,” he instructed them. “Don’t take a walking stick, a traveler’s bag, food, money,Or silver coins. or even a change of clothes.Wherever you go, stay in the same house until you leave town.And if a town refuses to welcome you, shake its dust from your feet as you leave to show that you have abandoned those people to their fate.”

So they began their circuit of the villages, preaching the Good News and healing the sick.

40 And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him.

41 And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house:

42 For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him.

43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,

44 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.

45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?

46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.

47 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.

48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.

49 While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master.

50 But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.

51 And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden.

52 And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth.

53 And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead.

54 And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise.

55 And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat.

56 And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done.

Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.

And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece.

And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart.

And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them.

And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.

Psalm 71:1-24

Psalm 7171:1-3pp — Ps 31:1-4

In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;S Dt 23:15; Ru 2:12

let me never be put to shame.S Ps 22:5

In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me;

turn your earS 2Ki 19:16 to me and save me.

Be my rock of refuge,

to which I can always go;

give the command to save me,

for you are my rock and my fortress.Ps 18:2

DeliverS 2Ki 19:19 me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,Ps 140:4

from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel.S Ge 48:16

For you have been my hope,S Ps 9:18; S 25:5 Sovereign Lord,

my confidenceS Job 4:6; Jer 17:7 since my youth.

From birthS Ps 22:10 I have relied on you;

you brought me forth from my mother’s womb.S Job 3:16; S Ps 22:9

I will ever praisePs 9:1; 34:1; 52:9; 119:164; 145:2 you.

I have become a signS Dt 28:46; Isa 8:18; 1Co 4:9 to many;

you are my strong refuge.S 2Sa 22:3; Ps 61:3

My mouthver 15; Ps 51:15; 63:5 is filled with your praise,

declaring your splendorPs 96:6; 104:1 all day long.

Do not castS Ps 51:11 me away when I am old;Ps 92:14; Isa 46:4

do not forsakeS Dt 4:31; S 31:6 me when my strength is gone.

10 For my enemiesPs 3:7 speak against me;

those who wait to killS Ps 10:8; 59:3; Pr 1:18 me conspireS Ex 1:10; S Ps 31:13; S Mt 12:14 together.

11 They say, “God has forsakenS Ps 9:10; Isa 40:27; 54:7; La 5:20; Mt 27:46 him;

pursue him and seize him,

for no one will rescueS Ps 7:2 him.”

12 Do not be farS Ps 38:21 from me, my God;

come quickly, God, to helpPs 22:19; 38:22 me.

13 May my accusersJer 18:19 perish in shame;S Job 8:22; Ps 25:3

may those who want to harm me

be covered with scorn and disgrace.S Ps 70:2

14 As for me, I will always have hope;Ps 25:3; 42:5; 130:7; 131:3

I will praise you more and more.

15 My mouth will tellS ver 8; S Ps 66:16 of your righteous deeds,S Ps 51:14

of your saving acts all day long—

though I know not how to relate them all.

16 I will come and proclaim your mighty acts,Ps 9:1; 77:12; 106:2; 118:15; 145:4 Sovereign Lord;

I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone.

17 Since my youth, God, you have taughtS Dt 4:5; S Jer 7:13 me,

and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.S Job 5:9; Ps 26:7; 86:10; 96:3

18 Even when I am old and gray,Isa 46:4

do not forsake me, my God,

till I declare your powerS Ex 9:16 to the next generation,

your mighty acts to all who are to come.Job 8:8; Ps 22:30, 31; 78:4; 145:4; Joel 1:3

19 Your righteousness, God, reaches to the heavens,S Ps 36:5

you who have done great things.Ps 126:2; Lk 1:49

Who is like you, God?Ps 35:10; 77:13; 89:8

20 Though you have made me see troubles,Ps 25:17

many and bitter,

you will restorePs 80:3, 19; 85:4; Hos 6:2 my life again;

from the depths of the earthS Ps 63:9

you will again bring me up.

21 You will increase my honorPs 18:35

and comfortPs 23:4; 86:17; Isa 12:1; 40:1-2; 49:13; 54:10 me once more.

22 I will praise you with the harpPs 33:2

for your faithfulness, my God;

I will sing praise to you with the lyre,S Job 21:12; Ps 92:3; 144:9

Holy One of Israel.S 2Ki 19:22

23 My lips will shout for joyPs 20:5

when I sing praise to you—

I whom you have delivered.S Ex 15:13

24 My tongue will tell of your righteous acts

all day long,S Ps 35:28

for those who wanted to harm mever 13

have been put to shame and confusion.S Est 9:2

Psalm 71

O Lord, I have come to you for protection;

don’t let me be disgraced.

Save me and rescue me,

for you do what is right.

Turn your ear to listen to me,

and set me free.

Be my rock of safety

where I can always hide.

Give the order to save me,

for you are my rock and my fortress.

My God, rescue me from the power of the wicked,

from the clutches of cruel oppressors.

O Lord, you alone are my hope.

I’ve trusted you, O Lord, from childhood.

Yes, you have been with me from birth;

from my mother’s womb you have cared for me.

No wonder I am always praising you!

My life is an example to many,

because you have been my strength and protection.

That is why I can never stop praising you;

I declare your glory all day long.

And now, in my old age, don’t set me aside.

Don’t abandon me when my strength is failing.

10 For my enemies are whispering against me.

They are plotting together to kill me.

11 They say, “God has abandoned him.

Let’s go and get him,

for no one will help him now.”

12 O God, don’t stay away.

My God, please hurry to help me.

13 Bring disgrace and destruction on my accusers.

Humiliate and shame those who want to harm me.

14 But I will keep on hoping for your help;

I will praise you more and more.

15 I will tell everyone about your righteousness.

All day long I will proclaim your saving power,

though I am not skilled with words.Or though I cannot count it.

16 I will praise your mighty deeds, O Sovereign Lord.

I will tell everyone that you alone are just.

17 O God, you have taught me from my earliest childhood,

and I constantly tell others about the wonderful things you do.

18 Now that I am old and gray,

do not abandon me, O God.

Let me proclaim your power to this new generation,

your mighty miracles to all who come after me.

19 Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the highest heavens.

You have done such wonderful things.

Who can compare with you, O God?

20 You have allowed me to suffer much hardship,

but you will restore me to life again

and lift me up from the depths of the earth.

21 You will restore me to even greater honor

and comfort me once again.

22 Then I will praise you with music on the harp,

because you are faithful to your promises, O my God.

I will sing praises to you with a lyre,

O Holy One of Israel.

23 I will shout for joy and sing your praises,

for you have ransomed me.

24 I will tell about your righteous deeds

all day long,

for everyone who tried to hurt me

has been shamed and humiliated.

71 In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.

Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me.

Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.

Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.

For thou art my hope, O Lord God: thou art my trust from my youth.

By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother's bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee.

I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge.

Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day.

Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.

10 For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together,

11 Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him.

12 O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help.

13 Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul; let them be covered with reproach and dishonour that seek my hurt.

14 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.

15 My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof.

16 I will go in the strength of the Lord God: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.

17 O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.

18 Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.

19 Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee!

20 Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.

21 Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.

22 I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.

23 My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.

24 My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.

Proverbs 12:5-7

The plans of the righteous are just,

but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.

The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,

but the speech of the upright rescues them.S Pr 11:9; 14:3

The wicked are overthrown and are no more,S Ps 37:36

but the house of the righteous stands firm.S Pr 10:25; 14:11; 15:25

The plans of the godly are just;

the advice of the wicked is treacherous.

The words of the wicked are like a murderous ambush,

but the words of the godly save lives.

The wicked die and disappear,

but the family of the godly stands firm.

The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.

The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.

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