Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

The plague of small thinking strikes again! Joshua was extremely concerned that someone other than Moses might be used of God to prophesy. Joshua did not comprehend that God can use whomever He wants in order to accomplish whatever He wants.

In Numbers 13 the ten spies had to make a decision regarding the grapes and the giants. Huge clusters of fruit should have captured the Israelites' attention, faith, and excitement. Instead, their eyes were on the giants who stood guard over the abundance.

The devil always tries to get our attention focused more on his resistance than on God's provision. A small, limited vision will make us feel "like grasshoppers" in comparison to the giants (Numbers 13:33), instead of feeling that "we can certainly conquer" (v. 30)!

Philip rehearsed to Jesus how impossible it was to feed five thousand men in the wilderness, but Andrew went and found five loaves and two fish. Small thinking involves meditating on negative, impossible thoughts that outweigh the truth of God's Word. Although Moses had told the spies to go into the land with boldness and bring back a sampling of the crops (Numbers 13:20), the spies' fearful thinking caused them to believe that they could never get to the grapes because the giants were too large.

Think large: Conquest . . . good report . . . well able!

Numbers 11:24-13:33

24 So Moses went out and told the people what the Lord had said. He brought together seventy of their elders and had them stand around the tent.25 Then the Lord came down in the cloudS Ex 19:9; Nu 12:5 and spoke with him,ver 17 and he took some of the power of the Spiritver 29; 1Sa 10:6; 19:23 that was on him and put it on the seventy elders.S Ac 2:17 When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesiedver 26; Nu 24:2; Jdg 3:10; 1Sa 10:10; 19:20; 2Ch 15:1—but did not do so again.

26 However, two men, whose names were Eldad and Medad, had remained in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but did not go out to the tent. Yet the Spirit also rested on them,S ver 25; 1Ch 12:18; Rev 1:10 and they prophesied in the camp.27 A young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.”

28 Joshua son of Nun,Ex 17:9; Nu 13:8; 26:65; Jos 14:10 who had been Moses’ aideEx 33:11; Jos 1:1 since youth, spoke up and said, “Moses, my lord, stop them!”Mk 9:38-40

29 But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets1Sa 10:5; 19:20; 2Ch 24:19; Jer 7:25; 44:4; 1Co 14:5 and that the Lord would put his SpiritS ver 17 on them!”Nu 27:1830 Then Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.

31 Now a wind went out from the Lord and drove quailS Ex 16:13; Ps 78:26-28 in from the sea. It scattered them up to two cubitsThat is, about 3 feet or about 90 centimeters deep all around the camp, as far as a day’s walk in any direction.32 All that day and night and all the next day the people went out and gathered quail. No one gathered less than ten homers.That is, possibly about 1 3/4 tons or about 1.6 metric tons Then they spread them out all around the camp.33 But while the meat was still between their teethPs 78:30 and before it could be consumed, the angerNu 14:18; Dt 9:7; Jdg 2:12; 2Ki 22:17; Ps 106:29; Jer 44:3; Eze 8:17 of the Lord burned against the people, and he struck them with a severe plague.S ver 18-20; Ps 106:15; Isa 10:1634 Therefore the place was named Kibroth Hattaavah,Kibroth Hattaavah means graves of craving.Nu 33:16; Dt 9:22 because there they buried the people who had craved other food.

35 From Kibroth Hattaavah the people traveled to HazerothNu 33:17 and stayed there.

Miriam and Aaron Oppose Moses

12 MiriamS Ex 15:20 and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife,S Ex 2:21 for he had married a Cushite.“Has the Lord spoken only through Moses?” they asked. “Hasn’t he also spoken through us?”Nu 16:3 And the Lord heard this.S Nu 11:1

(Now Moses was a very humble man,Mt 11:29 more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.)

At once the Lord said to Moses, Aaron and Miriam, “Come out to the tent of meeting, all three of you.” So the three of them went out.Then the Lord came down in a pillar of cloud;S Ex 13:21; S Nu 11:25 he stood at the entrance to the tent and summoned Aaron and Miriam. When the two of them stepped forward,he said, “Listen to my words:

“When there is a prophet among you,

I, the Lord, reveal1Sa 3:7, 21 myself to them in visions,S Ge 15:1

I speak to them in dreams.S Ge 20:3; S Mt 27:19; Heb 1:1

But this is not true of my servant Moses;Dt 34:5; Jos 1:1-2; Ps 105:26

he is faithful in all my house.Heb 3:2, 5

With him I speak face to face,

clearly and not in riddles;Jdg 14:12; 1Ki 10:1; Ps 49:4; Pr 1:6; Da 5:12

he sees the form of the Lord.Ex 20:4; Job 19:26; Ps 17:15; 140:13; Isa 6:1

Why then were you not afraid

to speak against my servant Moses?”Ex 24:2

The anger of the Lord burned against them,S Ex 4:14 and he left them.S Ge 17:22

10 When the cloud lifted from above the tent,Ex 40:2 Miriam’s skin was leprousThe Hebrew for leprous was used for various diseases affecting the skin.—it became as white as snow.S Ex 4:6; Dt 24:9 Aaron turned toward her and saw that she had a defiling skin disease,S Lev 13:11; 2Ki 5:1, 27; 2Ch 16:12; 21:12-15; 26:1911 and he said to Moses, “Please, my lord, I ask you not to hold against us the sin we have so foolishly committed.2Sa 19:19; 24:1012 Do not let her be like a stillborn infant coming from its mother’s womb with its flesh half eaten away.”

13 So Moses cried out to the Lord, “Please, God, heal her!Ex 15:26; Ps 6:2; 147:3; Isa 1:6; 30:26; 53:5; Jer 17:14; Hos 6:1

14 The Lord replied to Moses, “If her father had spit in her face,Dt 25:9; Job 17:6; 30:9-10; Isa 50:6 would she not have been in disgrace for seven days? Confine her outside the campS Lev 13:46 for seven days; after that she can be brought back.”15 So Miriam was confined outside the campS Lev 14:8 for seven days,S Lev 13:4 and the people did not move on till she was brought back.

16 After that, the people left HazerothNu 11:35 and encamped in the Desert of Paran.Ge 21:21; Nu 10:12; 15:32

Exploring Canaan

13 The Lord said to Moses,“Send some men to explorever 16; Dt 1:22 the land of Canaan,S Lev 14:34 which I am giving to the Israelites.Jos 1:3 From each ancestral tribeS Lev 24:11 send one of its leaders.”

So at the Lord’s command Moses sent them out from the Desert of Paran. All of them were leaders of the Israelites.Nu 1:16These are their names:

from the tribe of Reuben, Shammua son of Zakkur;

from the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat son of Hori;

from the tribe of Judah, Caleb son of Jephunneh;ver 30; Nu 14:6, 24; 34:19; Dt 1:36; Jdg 1:12-15

from the tribe of Issachar, Igal son of Joseph;

from the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea son of Nun;S Nu 11:28

from the tribe of Benjamin, Palti son of Raphu;

10 from the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel son of Sodi;

11 from the tribe of Manasseh (a tribe of Joseph), Gaddi son of Susi;

12 from the tribe of Dan, Ammiel son of Gemalli;

13 from the tribe of Asher, Sethur son of Michael;

14 from the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi son of Vophsi;

15 from the tribe of Gad, Geuel son of Maki.

16 These are the names of the men Moses sent to exploreS ver 2 the land. (Moses gave Hoshea son of Nunver 8 the name Joshua.)Dt 32:44

17 When Moses sent them to explore Canaan,ver 2; Jos 14:7 he said, “Go up through the NegevS Ge 12:9 and on into the hill country.Dt 1:7; Jos 9:1; Jdg 1:918 See what the land is like and whether the people who live there are strong or weak, few or many.19 What kind of land do they live in? Is it good or bad? What kind of towns do they live in? Are they unwalled or fortified?20 How is the soil? Is it fertile or poor? Are there trees in it or not? Do your best to bring back some of the fruit of the land.Dt 1:25” (It was the season for the first ripe grapes.)S Lev 25:5

21 So they went up and explored the land from the Desert of ZinNu 20:1; 27:14; 33:36; Dt 32:51; Jos 15:1 as far as Rehob,Jos 19:28; Jdg 1:31; 18:28; 2Sa 10:6; 1Ch 6:75 toward Lebo Hamath.Nu 34:8; Jos 13:5; Jdg 3:3; 1Ki 8:65; 2Ki 14:25; 1Ch 13:5; 2Ch 7:8; Jer 52:9; Eze 47:16, 20; Am 6:1422 They went up through the Negev and came to Hebron,S Ge 13:18; S 23:19 where Ahiman, Sheshai and Talmai,Jos 15:14; Jdg 1:10 the descendants of Anak,ver 28; Dt 2:10; 9:2; Jos 11:21; 15:13; Jdg 1:20 lived. (Hebron had been built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)Ps 78:12, 43; Isa 19:11, 13; 30:4; Eze 30:1423 When they reached the Valley of Eshkol,Eshkol means cluster; also in verse 24.S Ge 14:13 they cut off a branch bearing a single cluster of grapes. Two of them carried it on a pole between them, along with some pomegranatesS Ex 28:33 and figs.Ge 3:7; Nu 20:5; Dt 8:8; 2Ki 18:31; Ne 13:1524 That place was called the Valley of Eshkol because of the cluster of grapes the Israelites cut off there.25 At the end of forty daysS Ge 7:4 they returned from exploring the land.Nu 14:34

Report on the Exploration

26 They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at KadeshS Ge 14:7 in the Desert of Paran.S Ge 14:6 There they reported to themNu 32:8 and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land.Dt 1:2527 They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey!S Ex 3:8 Here is its fruit.Dt 1:25; Jer 2:728 But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large.Dt 1:28; 9:1, 2 We even saw descendants of AnakS ver 22 there.Jos 14:1229 The AmalekitesS Ge 14:7 live in the Negev; the Hittites,S Ge 10:15; Dt 7:1; 20:17; 1Ki 9:20; 10:29; 2Ki 7:6 JebusitesS Ex 3:8 and AmoritesS Ge 10:16 live in the hill country;ver 17 and the CanaanitesGe 10:18 live near the sea and along the Jordan.S Ge 13:10; Nu 22:1; 32:5; Dt 1:1; Jos 1:2; Jdg 3:28; Ps 42:6

30 Then CalebS ver 6 silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”

31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.”Dt 9:1; Jos 14:832 And they spread among the Israelites a bad reportNu 14:36, 37 about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devoursEze 36:13, 14 those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size.Dt 1:28; Am 2:933 We saw the NephilimGe 6:4 there (the descendants of Anakver 28; Dt 1:28; Jos 11:22; 14:12 come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppersEcc 12:5; Isa 40:22 in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”

24 So Moses went out and reported the Lord’s words to the people. He gathered the seventy elders and stationed them around the Tabernacle.Hebrew the tent; also in 11:26.25 And the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to Moses. Then he gave the seventy elders the same Spirit that was upon Moses. And when the Spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But this never happened again.

26 Two men, Eldad and Medad, had stayed behind in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but they had not gone out to the Tabernacle. Yet the Spirit rested upon them as well, so they prophesied there in the camp.27 A young man ran and reported to Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp!”

28 Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ assistant since his youth, protested, “Moses, my master, make them stop!”

29 But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit upon them all!”30 Then Moses returned to the camp with the elders of Israel.

The Lord Sends Quail

31 Now the Lord sent a wind that brought quail from the sea and let them fall all around the camp. For miles in every direction there were quail flying about three feet above the ground.Or there were quail about 3 feet [2 cubits or 92 centimeters] deep on the ground.32 So the people went out and caught quail all that day and throughout the night and all the next day, too. No one gathered less than fifty bushelsHebrew 10 homers [2.2 kiloliters].! They spread the quail all around the camp to dry.33 But while they were gorging themselves on the meat—while it was still in their mouths—the anger of the Lord blazed against the people, and he struck them with a severe plague.34 So that place was called Kibroth-hattaavah (which means “graves of gluttony”) because there they buried the people who had craved meat from Egypt.35 From Kibroth-hattaavah the Israelites traveled to Hazeroth, where they stayed for some time.

The Complaints of Miriam and Aaron

12 While they were at Hazeroth, Miriam and Aaron criticized Moses because he had married a Cushite woman.They said, “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses? Hasn’t he spoken through us, too?” But the Lord heard them.(Now Moses was very humble—more humble than any other person on earth.)

So immediately the Lord called to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam and said, “Go out to the Tabernacle,Hebrew the Tent of Meeting. all three of you!” So the three of them went to the Tabernacle.Then the Lord descended in the pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance of the Tabernacle.Hebrew the tent; also in 12:10. “Aaron and Miriam!” he called, and they stepped forward.And the Lord said to them, “Now listen to what I say:

“If there were prophets among you,

I, the Lord, would reveal myself in visions.

I would speak to them in dreams.

But not with my servant Moses.

Of all my house, he is the one I trust.

I speak to him face to face,

clearly, and not in riddles!

He sees the Lord as he is.

So why were you not afraid

to criticize my servant Moses?”

The Lord was very angry with them, and he departed.10 As the cloud moved from above the Tabernacle, there stood Miriam, her skin as white as snow from leprosy.Or with a skin disease. The Hebrew word used here can describe various skin diseases. When Aaron saw what had happened to her,11 he cried out to Moses, “Oh, my master! Please don’t punish us for this sin we have so foolishly committed.12 Don’t let her be like a stillborn baby, already decayed at birth.”

13 So Moses cried out to the Lord, “O God, I beg you, please heal her!”

14 But the Lord said to Moses, “If her father had done nothing more than spit in her face, wouldn’t she be defiled for seven days? So keep her outside the camp for seven days, and after that she may be accepted back.”

15 So Miriam was kept outside the camp for seven days, and the people waited until she was brought back before they traveled again.16 Then they left Hazeroth and camped in the wilderness of Paran.

Twelve Scouts Explore Canaan

13 The Lord now said to Moses,“Send out men to explore the land of Canaan, the land I am giving to the Israelites. Send one leader from each of the twelve ancestral tribes.”So Moses did as the Lord commanded him. He sent out twelve men, all tribal leaders of Israel, from their camp in the wilderness of Paran.These were the tribes and the names of their leaders:

TribeLeader
ReubenShammua son of Zaccur
SimeonShaphat son of Hori
JudahCaleb son of Jephunneh
IssacharIgal son of Joseph
EphraimHoshea son of Nun
BenjaminPalti son of Raphu
10 ZebulunGaddiel son of Sodi
11 Manasseh son of JosephGaddi son of Susi
12 DanAmmiel son of Gemalli
13 AsherSethur son of Michael
14 NaphtaliNahbi son of Vophsi
15 GadGeuel son of Maki

16 These are the names of the men Moses sent out to explore the land. (Moses called Hoshea son of Nun by the name Joshua.)

17 Moses gave the men these instructions as he sent them out to explore the land: “Go north through the Negev into the hill country.18 See what the land is like, and find out whether the people living there are strong or weak, few or many.19 See what kind of land they live in. Is it good or bad? Do their towns have walls, or are they unprotected like open camps?20 Is the soil fertile or poor? Are there many trees? Do your best to bring back samples of the crops you see.” (It happened to be the season for harvesting the first ripe grapes.)

21 So they went up and explored the land from the wilderness of Zin as far as Rehob, near Lebo-hamath.22 Going north, they passed through the Negev and arrived at Hebron, where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai—all descendants of Anak—lived. (The ancient town of Hebron was founded seven years before the Egyptian city of Zoan.)23 When they came to the valley of Eshcol, they cut down a branch with a single cluster of grapes so large that it took two of them to carry it on a pole between them! They also brought back samples of the pomegranates and figs.24 That place was called the valley of Eshcol (which means “cluster”), because of the cluster of grapes the Israelite men cut there.

The Scouting Report

25 After exploring the land for forty days, the men returned26 to Moses, Aaron, and the whole community of Israel at Kadesh in the wilderness of Paran. They reported to the whole community what they had seen and showed them the fruit they had taken from the land.27 This was their report to Moses: “We entered the land you sent us to explore, and it is indeed a bountiful country—a land flowing with milk and honey. Here is the kind of fruit it produces.28 But the people living there are powerful, and their towns are large and fortified. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak!29 The Amalekites live in the Negev, and the Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the hill country. The Canaanites live along the coast of the Mediterranean SeaHebrew the sea. and along the Jordan Valley.”

30 But Caleb tried to quiet the people as they stood before Moses. “Let’s go at once to take the land,” he said. “We can certainly conquer it!”

31 But the other men who had explored the land with him disagreed. “We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are!”32 So they spread this bad report about the land among the Israelites: “The land we traveled through and explored will devour anyone who goes to live there. All the people we saw were huge.33 We even saw giantsHebrew nephilim. there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that’s what they thought, too!”

24 And Moses went out, and told the people the words of the Lord, and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the tabernacle.

25 And the Lord came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.

26 But there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad: and the spirit rested upon them; and they were of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle: and they prophesied in the camp.

27 And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp.

28 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them.

29 And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the Lord'S people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit upon them!

30 And Moses gat him into the camp, he and the elders of Israel.

31 And there went forth a wind from the Lord, and brought quails from the sea, and let them fall by the camp, as it were a day's journey on this side, and as it were a day's journey on the other side, round about the camp, and as it were two cubits high upon the face of the earth.

32 And the people stood up all that day, and all that night, and all the next day, and they gathered the quails: he that gathered least gathered ten homers: and they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp.

33 And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the Lord was kindled against the people, and the Lord smote the people with a very great plague.

34 And he called the name of that place Kibrothhattaavah: because there they buried the people that lusted.

35 And the people journeyed from Kibrothhattaavah unto Hazeroth; and abode at Hazeroth.

12 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.

And they said, Hath the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the Lord heard it.

(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)

And the Lord spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out.

And the Lord came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth.

And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.

My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.

With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?

And the anger of the Lord was kindled against them; and he departed.

10 And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous.

11 And Aaron said unto Moses, Alas, my lord, I beseech thee, lay not the sin upon us, wherein we have done foolishly, and wherein we have sinned.

12 Let her not be as one dead, of whom the flesh is half consumed when he cometh out of his mother's womb.

13 And Moses cried unto the Lord, saying, Heal her now, O God, I beseech thee.

14 And the Lord said unto Moses, If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be ashamed seven days? let her be shut out from the camp seven days, and after that let her be received in again.

15 And Miriam was shut out from the camp seven days: and the people journeyed not till Miriam was brought in again.

16 And afterward the people removed from Hazeroth, and pitched in the wilderness of Paran.

13 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them.

And Moses by the commandment of the Lord sent them from the wilderness of Paran: all those men were heads of the children of Israel.

And these were their names: of the tribe of Reuben, Shammua the son of Zaccur.

Of the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat the son of Hori.

Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh.

Of the tribe of Issachar, Igal the son of Joseph.

Of the tribe of Ephraim, Oshea the son of Nun.

Of the tribe of Benjamin, Palti the son of Raphu.

10 Of the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel the son of Sodi.

11 Of the tribe of Joseph, namely, of the tribe of Manasseh, Gaddi the son of Susi.

12 Of the tribe of Dan, Ammiel the son of Gemalli.

13 Of the tribe of Asher, Sethur the son of Michael.

14 Of the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi the son of Vophsi.

15 Of the tribe of Gad, Geuel the son of Machi.

16 These are the names of the men which Moses sent to spy out the land. And Moses called Oshea the son of Nun Jehoshua.

17 And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain:

18 And see the land, what it is, and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they be strong or weak, few or many;

19 And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it be good or bad; and what cities they be that they dwell in, whether in tents, or in strong holds;

20 And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the firstripe grapes.

21 So they went up, and searched the land from the wilderness of Zin unto Rehob, as men come to Hamath.

22 And they ascended by the south, and came unto Hebron; where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of Anak, were. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)

23 And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs.

24 The place was called the brook Eshcol, because of the cluster of grapes which the children of Israel cut down from thence.

25 And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.

26 And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land.

27 And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.

28 Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.

29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.

30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.

32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.

33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

Mark 14:22-52

22 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke itS Mt 14:19 and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.”

23 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it.1Co 10:16

24 “This is my blood of theSome manuscripts the new covenant,S Mt 26:28 which is poured out for many,” he said to them.25 “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”S Mt 3:2

26 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.S Mt 21:1

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial14:27-31pp — Mt 26:31-35

27 “You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written:

“‘I will strike the shepherd,

and the sheep will be scattered.’Zech. 13:7Zec 13:7

28 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”Mk 16:7

29 Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not.”

30 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “today—yes, tonight—before the rooster crows twiceSome early manuscripts do not have twice. you yourself will disown me three times.”ver 66-72; Lk 22:34; Jn 13:38

31 But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you,Lk 22:33; Jn 13:37 I will never disown you.” And all the others said the same.

Gethsemane14:32-42pp — Mt 26:36-46; Lk 22:40-46

32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”33 He took Peter, James and JohnS Mt 4:21 along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled.34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,”Jn 12:27 he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”

35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hourver 41; S Mt 26:18 might pass from him.36 “Abba,Aramaic for father Father,”Ro 8:15; Gal 4:6 he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cupS Mt 20:22 from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”S Mt 26:39

37 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour?38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.Mt 6:13 The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”Ro 7:22, 23

39 Once more he went away and prayed the same thing.40 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.

41 Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hourver 35; S Mt 26:18 has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners.42 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

Jesus Arrested14:43-50pp — Mt 26:47-56; Lk 22:47-50; Jn 18:3-11

43 Just as he was speaking, Judas,S Mt 10:4 one of the Twelve, appeared. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders.

44 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.”45 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Rabbi!”S Mt 23:7 and kissed him.46 The men seized Jesus and arrested him.47 Then one of those standing near drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.

48 “Am I leading a rebellion,” said Jesus, “that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me?49 Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts,S Mt 26:55 and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.”Isa 53:7-12; S Mt 1:2250 Then everyone deserted him and fled.ver 27

51 A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him,52 he fled naked, leaving his garment behind.

22 As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take it, for this is my body.”

23 And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them, and they all drank from it.24 And he said to them, “This is my blood, which confirms the covenantSome manuscripts read the new covenant. between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice for many.25 I tell you the truth, I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new in the Kingdom of God.”

26 Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial

27 On the way, Jesus told them, “All of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say,

‘God will strikeGreek I will strike. Zech 13:7. the Shepherd,

and the sheep will be scattered.’

28 But after I am raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there.”

29 Peter said to him, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I never will.”

30 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny three times that you even know me.”

31 “No!” Peter declared emphatically. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the others vowed the same.

Jesus Prays in Gethsemane

32 They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray.”33 He took Peter, James, and John with him, and he became deeply troubled and distressed.34 He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

35 He went on a little farther and fell to the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him might pass him by.36 “Abba, Father,”Abba is an Aramaic term for “father.” he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

37 Then he returned and found the disciples asleep. He said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour?38 Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

39 Then Jesus left them again and prayed the same prayer as before.40 When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open. And they didn’t know what to say.

41 When he returned to them the third time, he said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But no—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.42 Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer is here!”

Jesus Is Betrayed and Arrested

43 And immediately, even as Jesus said this, Judas, one of the twelve disciples, arrived with a crowd of men armed with swords and clubs. They had been sent by the leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the elders.44 The traitor, Judas, had given them a prearranged signal: “You will know which one to arrest when I greet him with a kiss. Then you can take him away under guard.”45 As soon as they arrived, Judas walked up to Jesus. “Rabbi!” he exclaimed, and gave him the kiss.

46 Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him.47 But one of the men with Jesus pulled out his sword and struck the high priest’s slave, slashing off his ear.

48 Jesus asked them, “Am I some dangerous revolutionary, that you come with swords and clubs to arrest me?49 Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there among you teaching every day. But these things are happening to fulfill what the Scriptures say about me.”

50 Then all his disciples deserted him and ran away.51 One young man following behind was clothed only in a long linen shirt. When the mob tried to grab him,52 he slipped out of his shirt and ran away naked.

22 And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.

23 And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it.

24 And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.

25 Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.

26 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.

27 And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.

28 But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee.

29 But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I.

30 And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.

31 But he spake the more vehemently, If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise. Likewise also said they all.

32 And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray.

33 And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy;

34 And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.

35 And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.

36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

37 And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour?

38 Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.

39 And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words.

40 And when he returned, he found them asleep again, (for their eyes were heavy,) neither wist they what to answer him.

41 And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

42 Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand.

43 And immediately, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.

44 And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely.

45 And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him.

46 And they laid their hands on him, and took him.

47 And one of them that stood by drew a sword, and smote a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.

48 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Are ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and with staves to take me?

49 I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled.

50 And they all forsook him, and fled.

51 And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young men laid hold on him:

52 And he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked.

Psalm 52:1-9

Psalm 52In Hebrew texts 52:1-9 is numbered 52:3-11.

For the director of music. A maskilTitle: Probably a literary or musical term of David. When Doeg the Edomite1Sa 21:7; 22:9 had gone to Saul and told him: “David has gone to the house of Ahimelek.”

Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero?

Why do you boastPs 10:3; 94:4 all day long,Ps 44:8

you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?

You who practice deceit,S Ps 50:19

your tongue plots destruction;Ps 5:9

it is like a sharpened razor.S Nu 6:5

You love evilEx 10:10; 1Sa 12:25; Am 5:14-15; Jn 3:20 rather than good,

falsehoodPs 58:3; Jer 9:5; Rev 21:8 rather than speaking the truth.The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 5.

You love every harmful word,

you deceitful tongue!Ps 5:9; 10:7; 109:2; 120:2, 3; Pr 10:31; 12:19

Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:

He will snatch you up and pluckS Dt 29:28; S Job 40:12; Isa 22:19; Eze 17:24 you from your tent;

he will uprootS Dt 28:63 you from the land of the living.S Job 28:13

The righteous will see and fear;

they will laughS Job 22:19 at you, saying,

“Here now is the man

who did not make God his strongholdS 2Sa 22:3

but trusted in his great wealthS Ps 49:6; S Pr 11:28; Mk 10:23

and grew strong by destroying others!”

But I am like an olive treeS Ps 1:3; S Rev 11:4

flourishing in the house of God;

I trustPs 6:4; 13:5 in God’s unfailing love

for ever and ever.

For what you have done I will always praise youS Ps 30:12

in the presence of your faithful people.S Dt 7:6; Ps 16:3

And I will hope in your name,S Job 7:6; Ps 25:3

for your name is good.Ps 54:6

Psalm 52

For the choir director: A psalmHebrew maskil. This may be a literary or musical term. of David, regarding the time Doeg the Edomite said to Saul, “David has gone to see Ahimelech.”

Why do you boast about your crimes, great warrior?

Don’t you realize God’s justice continues forever?

All day long you plot destruction.

Your tongue cuts like a sharp razor;

you’re an expert at telling lies.

You love evil more than good

and lies more than truth. Interlude

You love to destroy others with your words,

you liar!

But God will strike you down once and for all.

He will pull you from your home

and uproot you from the land of the living. Interlude

The righteous will see it and be amazed.

They will laugh and say,

“Look what happens to mighty warriors

who do not trust in God.

They trust their wealth instead

and grow more and more bold in their wickedness.”

But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God.

I will always trust in God’s unfailing love.

I will praise you forever, O God,

for what you have done.

I will trust in your good name

in the presence of your faithful people.

52 Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually.

The tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.

Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.

God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.

The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him:

Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.

But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints.

Proverbs 11:1-3

11 The Lord detests dishonest scales,S Lev 19:36; Dt 25:13-16; S Job 6:2; Pr 20:10, 23

but accurate weights find favor with him.Pr 16:11; Eze 45:10

When pride comes, then comes disgrace,Pr 16:18

but with humility comes wisdom.Pr 18:12; 29:23

The integrity of the upright guides them,

but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.ver 5; Pr 13:6

11 The Lord detests the use of dishonest scales,

but he delights in accurate weights.

Pride leads to disgrace,

but with humility comes wisdom.

Honesty guides good people;

dishonesty destroys treacherous people.

11 A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight.

When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.

The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.

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