Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Fear and timidity cripple and paralyze. Three times the Lord told Joshua to be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:6-7, 9). Even Joshua's own people echoed God's encouragement to him (v. 18). God cannot use timid, fearful vessels to accomplish the mighty conquests He envisions for His people.

How helpful it would be if we could only see that our enemies are melting in fear because of us (2:9)! If we could take a peek at the enemy's camp, we would see how fearful they are of those who are in Christ. Gideon was privileged to see this when he crept down to the enemy's camp and found the soldiers so frightened that they were dreaming about Gideon's might against them (Judges 7:13-14).

Satan always tries to intimidate before the battle begins. When the Pharisees tried to frighten Jesus regarding Herod, Jesus replied, "Go tell that fox that . . . I will accomplish my purpose" (Luke 13:32). Nothing could deter Him from His purpose because He knew the power resident in Him.

When the enemy threatens and intimidates, arise in courage and boldness and go forward. Remember: Satan knows what the Lord has planned for us. “I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Everywhere you go, you will be on land I have given you.’” (Joshua 1:3) Be strong!

Deuteronomy 34:1-Joshua 2:24

The Death of Moses

34 Then Moses climbed Mount NeboS Nu 32:3 from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah,S Nu 21:20 across from Jericho.Dt 32:49 There the Lord showedDt 32:52 him the whole land—from Gilead to Dan,S Ge 14:14all of Naphtali, the territory of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Mediterranean Sea,S Ex 23:31the NegevS Ge 12:9 and the whole region from the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palms,Jdg 1:16; 3:13; 2Ch 28:15 as far as Zoar.S Ge 13:10Then the Lord said to him, “This is the land I promised on oathGe 28:13 to Abraham, Isaac and JacobJos 21:43 when I said, ‘I will give itGe 12:7 to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not crossS Dt 3:23 over into it.”

And Moses the servant of the LordS Nu 12:7 diedS Ge 25:8 there in Moab, as the Lord had said.He buried himOr He was buried in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor,S Dt 3:29 but to this day no one knows where his grave is.Jude 1:9Moses was a hundred and twenty years oldS Ex 7:7 when he died, yet his eyes were not weakS Ge 27:1 nor his strength gone.S Ge 15:15The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of MoabS Nu 21:11 thirty days,S Ge 37:34; S Dt 1:3 until the time of weeping and mourning2Sa 11:27 was over.

Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spiritOr Spirit of wisdomS Ge 41:38; S Ex 28:3; Isa 11:2 because Moses had laid his hands on him.S Dt 31:14; Ac 6:6 So the Israelites listened to him and did what the Lord had commanded Moses.

10 Since then, no prophetS Ge 20:7 has risen in Israel like Moses,Dt 18:15, 18 whom the Lord knew face to face,S Ex 33:1111 who did all those signs and wondersDt 4:34 the Lord sent him to do in Egypt—to Pharaoh and to all his officialsS Ex 11:3 and to his whole land.12 For no one hasHeb 3:1-6 ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deedsS Dt 4:34 that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.

Joshua Installed as Leader

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord,Ex 14:31; Dt 34:5; Rev 15:3 the Lord said to JoshuaS Ex 17:9 son of Nun, Moses’ aide:“Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan RiverS Nu 13:29; S Nu 35:10 into the landS Ge 15:14 I am about to give to themGe 12:7; Dt 1:25—to the Israelites.I will give you every place where you set your foot,S Dt 11:24 as I promised Moses.Ge 50:24; Nu 13:2; Dt 1:8Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon,S Dt 3:25 and from the great river, the EuphratesS Ge 2:14—all the HittiteS Ge 10:15; 23:10; Ex 3:8 country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west.Nu 34:2-12; Ezr 4:20No one will be able to stand against youS Dt 7:24 all the days of your life. As I was withver 17; S Ge 26:3; S 39:2; Jdg 6:12; 1Sa 10:7; Jer 1:8; 30:11 Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsakeS Ge 28:15; S Dt 4:31 you.Be strong2Sa 2:7; 1Ki 2:2; Isa 41:6; Joel 3:9-10 and courageous,S Dt 1:21; S 31:6; S Jdg 5:21 because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestorsJer 3:18; 7:7 to give them.

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obeyDt 29:9; 1Ki 2:3; 3:3 all the lawEzr 7:26; Ps 78:10; 119:136; Isa 42:24; Jer 26:4-6; 32:23; 44:10 my servant Mosesver 2, 15; S Nu 12:7; Job 1:8; 42:7 gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left,S Dt 5:32; Jos 23:6 that you may be successful wherever you go.ver 9; S Dt 4:2; 5:33; S 11:8; Jos 11:15Keep this Book of the LawS Dt 28:61; S Ps 147:19 always on your lips;S Ex 4:15; Isa 59:21 meditateS Ge 24:63 on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.Dt 29:9; 1Sa 18:14; Ps 1:1-3; Isa 52:13; 53:10; Jer 23:5Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid;S Dt 31:6; Jos 10:8; 2Ki 19:6; Isa 35:4; 37:6 do not be discouraged,S Dt 1:21; Job 4:5 for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”S ver 7; Dt 31:7-8; Jer 1:8

10 So Joshua ordered the officers of the people:S Dt 1:1511 “Go through the campJos 3:2 and tell the people, ‘Get your provisions1Sa 17:22; Isa 10:28 ready. Three daysS Ge 40:13 from now you will cross the JordanS Nu 35:10 here to go in and take possessionS Nu 33:53 of the land the Lord your God is giving you for your own.’”

12 But to the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh,Nu 32:33 Joshua said,13 “Remember the command that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you after he said, ‘The Lord your God will give you restS Ex 33:14; Ps 55:6; Isa 11:10; 28:12; 30:15; 32:18; 40:31; Jer 6:16; 45:3; La 5:5 by giving you this land.’14 Your wives,Dt 3:19 your children and your livestock may stay in the landS Nu 32:26 that Moses gave you east of the Jordan, but all your fighting men, ready for battle,S Ex 13:18 must cross over ahead of your fellow Israelites.Jos 4:12 You are to help them15 until the Lord gives them rest, as he has done for you, and until they too have taken possession of the land the Lord your God is giving them. After that, you may go back and occupy your own land, which Moses the servant of the Lord gave you east of the Jordan toward the sunrise.”Nu 32:20-22; Jos 22:1-4

16 Then they answered Joshua, “Whatever you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go.S Nu 27:20; S 32:2517 Just as we fully obeyed Moses, so we will obey you.S Nu 27:20 Only may the Lord your God be with you as he was with Moses.18 Whoever rebels against your word and does not obeyS Nu 32:25 it, whatever you may command them, will be put to death. Only be strong and courageous!S Dt 1:21; S 31:6

Rahab and the Spies

Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spiesS ver 4; S Ge 42:9 from Shittim.S Nu 25:1; Jos 3:1; Joel 3:18 “Go, look overS Nu 21:32; Jdg 18:2 the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.S Nu 33:48” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named RahabJos 6:17, 25; S Heb 11:31 and stayed there.

The king of Jericho was told, “Look, some of the Israelites have come here tonight to spy out the land.”So the king of Jericho sent this message to Rahab:Jos 6:23 “Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy out the whole land.”

But the woman had taken the two menver 1; Jos 6:22 and hidden them.Jos 6:17 She said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they had come from.At dusk, when it was time to close the city gate,Jdg 5:8; 9:35; 16:2 they left. I don’t know which way they went. Go after them quickly. You may catch up with them.”S Heb 11:31(But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flaxJdg 15:14; Pr 31:13; Isa 19:9 she had laid out on the roof.)S Ex 1:17, 19; Jos 6:25; 2Sa 17:19So the men set out in pursuit of the spies on the road that leads to the fords of the Jordan,Nu 22:1; Jdg 3:28; 7:24; 12:5, 6; Isa 16:2 and as soon as the pursuersver 16, 22 had gone out, the gate was shut.

Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roofS Dt 22:8; Jdg 16:27; 2Sa 16:22; Ne 8:16; Isa 15:3; 22:1; Jer 32:29and said to them, “I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fearS Ge 35:5; S Ex 15:14 of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you.10 We have heard how the Lord dried upS Ge 8:1; Ex 14:21; Jos 3:17; Ps 74:15 the water of the Red SeaOr the Sea of Reeds for you when you came out of Egypt,S Nu 23:22 and what you did to Sihon and Og,S Nu 21:21 the two kings of the AmoritesS Ge 10:16; S 14:7 east of the Jordan,Jos 9:10 whom you completely destroyed.The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them.S Nu 21:211 When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fearS Ge 42:28 and everyone’s courage failedS Dt 2:25; Ps 107:26; Jnh 1:5 because of you,Ex 15:14; Jos 5:1; 7:5; 2Sa 4:1; Ps 22:14; Isa 13:7; 19:1; Jer 51:30; Na 2:10 for the Lord your God2Ki 5:15; 19:15; Da 6:26 is God in heaven above and on the earthS Ge 14:19; S Nu 20:14 below.

12 “Now then, please swear to meS Ge 24:8; S 47:31 by the Lord that you will show kindnessS Ge 24:12; Ru 3:10 to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure signS Ge 24:14; S Ex 3:12; Jos 4:6; 1Sa 2:34; 2Ki 19:2913 that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to themver 18; Jos 6:23—and that you will save us from death.”

14 “Our lives for your lives!”1Ki 20:39, 42; 2Ki 10:24 the men assured her. “If you don’t tell what we are doing, we will treat you kindly and faithfullyS Ge 47:29 when the Lord gives us the land.”

15 So she let them down by a ropeJer 38:6, 11 through the window,ver 18, 21; Ge 26:8; Jdg 5:28; 1Sa 19:12 for the house she lived in was part of the city wall.16 She said to them, “Go to the hillsS Ge 14:10 so the pursuersS ver 7 will not find you. Hide yourselves there three daysver 22 until they return, and then go on your way.”S Heb 11:31

17 Now the men had said to her, “This oathS Ge 24:8 you made us swear will not be binding on us18 unless, when we enter the land, you have tied this scarlet cordver 21 in the windowS ver 15 through which you let us down, and unless you have brought your father and mother, your brothers and all your familyS ver 13 into your house.19 If any of them go outside your house into the street, their blood will be on their own heads;S Lev 20:9 we will not be responsible. As for those who are in the house with you, their blood will be on our headMt 27:25 if a hand is laid on them.20 But if you tell what we are doing, we will be released from the oath you made us swear.S Ge 24:8; S 47:31

21 “Agreed,” she replied. “Let it be as you say.”

So she sent them away, and they departed. And she tied the scarlet cordver 18 in the window.S ver 15

22 When they left, they went into the hills and stayed there three days,ver 16 until the pursuersS ver 7 had searched all along the road and returned without finding them.23 Then the two men started back. They went down out of the hills, forded the river and came to Joshua son of Nun and told him everything that had happened to them.24 They said to Joshua, “The Lord has surely given the whole land into our hands;Jos 10:8; 11:6; Jdg 3:28; 7:9, 14; 20:28; 1Sa 14:10 all the people are melting in fearS Ex 15:15 because of us.”

The Death of Moses

34 Then Moses went up to Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab and climbed Pisgah Peak, which is across from Jericho. And the Lord showed him the whole land, from Gilead as far as Dan;all the land of Naphtali; the land of Ephraim and Manasseh; all the land of Judah, extending to the Mediterranean SeaHebrew the western sea.;the Negev; the Jordan Valley with Jericho—the city of palms—as far as Zoar.Then the Lord said to Moses, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have now allowed you to see it with your own eyes, but you will not enter the land.”

So Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab, just as the Lord had said.The Lord buried himHebrew He buried him; Samaritan Pentateuch and some Greek manuscripts read They buried him. in a valley near Beth-peor in Moab, but to this day no one knows the exact place.Moses was 120 years old when he died, yet his eyesight was clear, and he was as strong as ever.The people of Israel mourned for Moses on the plains of Moab for thirty days, until the customary period of mourning was over.

Now Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him. So the people of Israel obeyed him, doing just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

10 There has never been another prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face.11 The Lord sent him to perform all the miraculous signs and wonders in the land of Egypt against Pharaoh, and all his servants, and his entire land.12 With mighty power, Moses performed terrifying acts in the sight of all Israel.

The Lord’s Charge to Joshua

After the death of Moses the Lord’s servant, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant. He said,“Moses my servant is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them.I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you—from the Negev wilderness in the south to the Lebanon mountains in the north, from the Euphrates River in the east to the Mediterranean SeaHebrew the Great Sea. in the west, including all the land of the Hittites.’No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.

“Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them.Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do.Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua’s Charge to the Israelites

10 Joshua then commanded the officers of Israel,11 “Go through the camp and tell the people to get their provisions ready. In three days you will cross the Jordan River and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you.”

12 Then Joshua called together the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh. He told them,13 “Remember what Moses, the servant of the Lord, commanded you: ‘The Lord your God is giving you a place of rest. He has given you this land.’14 Your wives, children, and livestock may remain here in the land Moses assigned to you on the east side of the Jordan River. But your strong warriors, fully armed, must lead the other tribes across the Jordan to help them conquer their territory. Stay with them15 until the Lord gives them rest, as he has given you rest, and until they, too, possess the land the Lord your God is giving them. Only then may you return and settle here on the east side of the Jordan River in the land that Moses, the servant of the Lord, assigned to you.”

16 They answered Joshua, “We will do whatever you command us, and we will go wherever you send us.17 We will obey you just as we obeyed Moses. And may the Lord your God be with you as he was with Moses.18 Anyone who rebels against your orders and does not obey your words and everything you command will be put to death. So be strong and courageous!”

Rahab Protects the Spies

Then Joshua secretly sent out two spies from the Israelite camp at Acacia Grove.Hebrew Shittim. He instructed them, “Scout out the land on the other side of the Jordan River, especially around Jericho.” So the two men set out and came to the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there that night.

But someone told the king of Jericho, “Some Israelites have come here tonight to spy out the land.”So the king of Jericho sent orders to Rahab: “Bring out the men who have come into your house, for they have come here to spy out the whole land.”

Rahab had hidden the two men, but she replied, “Yes, the men were here earlier, but I didn’t know where they were from.They left the town at dusk, as the gates were about to close. I don’t know where they went. If you hurry, you can probably catch up with them.”(Actually, she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them beneath bundles of flax she had laid out.)So the king’s men went looking for the spies along the road leading to the shallow crossings of the Jordan River. And as soon as the king’s men had left, the gate of Jericho was shut.

Before the spies went to sleep that night, Rahab went up on the roof to talk with them.“I know the Lord has given you this land,” she told them. “We are all afraid of you. Everyone in the land is living in terror.10 For we have heard how the Lord made a dry path for you through the Red SeaHebrew sea of reeds. when you left Egypt. And we know what you did to Sihon and Og, the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan River, whose people you completely destroyed.The 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.11 No wonder our hearts have melted in fear! No one has the courage to fight after hearing such things. For the Lord your God is the supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below.

12 “Now swear to me by the Lord that you will be kind to me and my family since I have helped you. Give me some guarantee that13 when Jericho is conquered, you will let me live, along with my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all their families.”

14 “We offer our own lives as a guarantee for your safety,” the men agreed. “If you don’t betray us, we will keep our promise and be kind to you when the Lord gives us the land.”

15 Then, since Rahab’s house was built into the town wall, she let them down by a rope through the window.16 “Escape to the hill country,” she told them. “Hide there for three days from the men searching for you. Then, when they have returned, you can go on your way.”

17 Before they left, the men told her, “We will be bound by the oath we have taken only if you follow these instructions.18 When we come into the land, you must leave this scarlet rope hanging from the window through which you let us down. And all your family members—your father, mother, brothers, and all your relatives—must be here inside the house.19 If they go out into the street and are killed, it will not be our fault. But if anyone lays a hand on people inside this house, we will accept the responsibility for their death.20 If you betray us, however, we are not bound by this oath in any way.”

21 “I accept your terms,” she replied. And she sent them on their way, leaving the scarlet rope hanging from the window.

22 The spies went up into the hill country and stayed there three days. The men who were chasing them searched everywhere along the road, but they finally returned without success.

23 Then the two spies came down from the hill country, crossed the Jordan River, and reported to Joshua all that had happened to them.24 “The Lord has given us the whole land,” they said, “for all the people in the land are terrified of us.”

34 And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho. And the Lord shewed him all the land of Gilead, unto Dan,

And all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim, and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah, unto the utmost sea,

And the south, and the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, unto Zoar.

And the Lord said unto him, This is the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto thy seed: I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither.

So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord.

And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day.

And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.

And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days: so the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended.

And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the Lord commanded Moses.

10 And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face,

11 In all the signs and the wonders, which the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land,

12 And in all that mighty hand, and in all the great terror which Moses shewed in the sight of all Israel.

Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying,

Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.

Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.

From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.

There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.

Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

10 Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying,

11 Pass through the host, and command the people, saying, Prepare you victuals; for within three days ye shall pass over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the Lord your God giveth you to possess it.

12 And to the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to half the tribe of Manasseh, spake Joshua, saying,

13 Remember the word which Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, saying, The Lord your God hath given you rest, and hath given you this land.

14 Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle, shall remain in the land which Moses gave you on this side Jordan; but ye shall pass before your brethren armed, all the mighty men of valour, and help them;

15 Until the Lord have given your brethren rest, as he hath given you, and they also have possessed the land which the Lord your God giveth them: then ye shall return unto the land of your possession, and enjoy it, which Moses the Lord's servant gave you on this side Jordan toward the sunrising.

16 And they answered Joshua, saying, All that thou commandest us we will do, and whithersoever thou sendest us, we will go.

17 According as we hearkened unto Moses in all things, so will we hearken unto thee: only the Lord thy God be with thee, as he was with Moses.

18 Whosoever he be that doth rebel against thy commandment, and will not hearken unto thy words in all that thou commandest him, he shall be put to death: only be strong and of a good courage.

And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there.

And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, Behold, there came men in hither to night of the children of Israel to search out the country.

And the king of Jericho sent unto Rahab, saying, Bring forth the men that are come to thee, which are entered into thine house: for they be come to search out all the country.

And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they were:

And it came to pass about the time of shutting of the gate, when it was dark, that the men went out: whither the men went I wot not: pursue after them quickly; for ye shall overtake them.

But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof.

And the men pursued after them the way to Jordan unto the fords: and as soon as they which pursued after them were gone out, they shut the gate.

And before they were laid down, she came up unto them upon the roof;

And she said unto the men, I know that the Lord hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.

10 For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.

11 And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the Lord your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.

12 Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the Lord, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my father's house, and give me a true token:

13 And that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.

14 And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the Lord hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee.

15 Then she let them down by a cord through the window: for her house was upon the town wall, and she dwelt upon the wall.

16 And she said unto them, Get you to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you; and hide yourselves there three days, until the pursuers be returned: and afterward may ye go your way.

17 And the men said unto her, We will be blameless of this thine oath which thou hast made us swear.

18 Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by: and thou shalt bring thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all thy father's household, home unto thee.

19 And it shall be, that whosoever shall go out of the doors of thy house into the street, his blood shall be upon his head, and we will be guiltless: and whosoever shall be with thee in the house, his blood shall be on our head, if any hand be upon him.

20 And if thou utter this our business, then we will be quit of thine oath which thou hast made us to swear.

21 And she said, According unto your words, so be it. And she sent them away, and they departed: and she bound the scarlet line in the window.

22 And they went, and came unto the mountain, and abode there three days, until the pursuers were returned: and the pursuers sought them throughout all the way, but found them not.

23 So the two men returned, and descended from the mountain, and passed over, and came to Joshua the son of Nun, and told him all things that befell them:

24 And they said unto Joshua, Truly the Lord hath delivered into our hands all the land; for even all the inhabitants of the country do faint because of us.

Luke 13:22-14:6

The Narrow Door

22 Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem.S Lk 9:5123 Someone asked him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?”

He said to them,24 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door,Mt 7:13 because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.25 Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’

“But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’Mt 7:23; 25:10-12

26 “Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’

27 “But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’S Mt 7:23

28 “There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth,S Mt 8:12 when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out.29 People will come from east and westS Mt 8:11 and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God.30 Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last.”S Mt 19:30

Jesus’ Sorrow for Jerusalem13:34, 35pp — Mt 23:37-3913:34, 35Ref — Lk 19:41

31 At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. HerodS Mt 14:1 wants to kill you.”

32 He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’S Heb 2:1033 In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophetS Mt 21:11 can die outside Jerusalem!

34 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings,S Mt 23:37 and you were not willing.35 Look, your house is left to you desolate.Jer 12:17; 22:5 I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’Psalm 118:26Ps 118:26; Lk 19:38

Jesus at a Pharisee’s House14:8-10Ref — Pr 25:6, 7

14 One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee,Lk 7:36; 11:37 he was being carefully watched.S Mt 12:10There in front of him was a man suffering from abnormal swelling of his body.Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law,S Mt 22:35 “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?”S Mt 12:2But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him on his way.

Then he asked them, “If one of you has a childSome manuscripts donkey or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull it out?”Lk 13:15And they had nothing to say.

The Narrow Door

22 Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he went, always pressing on toward Jerusalem.23 Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few be saved?”

He replied,24 “Work hard to enter the narrow door to God’s Kingdom, for many will try to enter but will fail.25 When the master of the house has locked the door, it will be too late. You will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Lord, open the door for us!’ But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’26 Then you will say, ‘But we ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’27 And he will reply, ‘I tell you, I don’t know you or where you come from. Get away from me, all you who do evil.’

28 “There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, for you will see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God, but you will be thrown out.29 And people will come from all over the world—from east and west, north and south—to take their places in the Kingdom of God.30 And note this: Some who seem least important now will be the greatest then, and some who are the greatest now will be least important then.Greek Some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.

Jesus Grieves over Jerusalem

31 At that time some Pharisees said to him, “Get away from here if you want to live! Herod Antipas wants to kill you!”

32 Jesus replied, “Go tell that fox that I will keep on casting out demons and healing people today and tomorrow; and the third day I will accomplish my purpose.33 Yes, today, tomorrow, and the next day I must proceed on my way. For it wouldn’t do for a prophet of God to be killed except in Jerusalem!

34 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me.35 And now, look, your house is abandoned. And you will never see me again until you say, ‘Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!’Ps 118:26.

Jesus Heals on the Sabbath

14 One Sabbath day Jesus went to eat dinner in the home of a leader of the Pharisees, and the people were watching him closely.There was a man there whose arms and legs were swollen.Or who had dropsy.Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in religious law, “Is it permitted in the law to heal people on the Sabbath day, or not?”When they refused to answer, Jesus touched the sick man and healed him and sent him away.Then he turned to them and said, “Which of you doesn’t work on the Sabbath? If your sonSome manuscripts read donkey. or your cow falls into a pit, don’t you rush to get him out?”Again they could not answer.

22 And he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem.

23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,

24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:

26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.

27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.

28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.

29 And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.

30 And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.

31 The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee.

32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

33 Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.

34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!

35 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

14 And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him.

And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy.

And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day?

And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go;

And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day?

And they could not answer him again to these things.

Psalm 79:1-13

Psalm 79

A psalm of Asaph.

O God, the nations have invaded your inheritance;S Ex 34:9

they have defiledS Lev 20:3 your holy temple,

they have reduced Jerusalem to rubble.S 2Ki 25:9; S Ne 4:2; S Isa 6:11

They have left the dead bodies of your servants

as food for the birds of the sky,Rev 19:17-18

the flesh of your own people for the animals of the wild.S Dt 28:26; Jer 7:33

They have poured out blood like water

all around Jerusalem,

and there is no one to buryJer 25:33; Rev 11:9 the dead.Jer 16:4

We are objects of contempt to our neighbors,

of scornS Ps 39:8; S Eze 5:14 and derision to those around us.Ps 44:13; 80:6

How long,S Ps 74:10 Lord? Will you be angryPs 74:1; 85:5 forever?

How long will your jealousy burn like fire?S Dt 29:20; Ps 89:46; Zep 3:8

Pour out your wrathS Ps 2:5; 69:24; 110:5; Rev 16:1 on the nations

that do not acknowledgePs 147:20; Jer 10:25 you,

on the kingdoms

that do not call on your name;S Ps 14:4

for they have devouredIsa 9:12; Jer 10:25 Jacob

and devastated his homeland.

Do not hold against us the sins of past generations;S Ge 9:25; Jer 44:21

may your mercy come quickly to meet us,

for we are in desperate need.Ps 116:6; 142:6

Help us,S 2Ch 14:11 God our Savior,

for the glory of your name;

deliver us and forgive our sins

for your name’s sake.Ps 25:11; 31:3; Jer 14:7

10 Why should the nations say,

“Where is their God?”S Ps 42:3

Before our eyes, make known among the nations

that you avengePs 94:1; S Rev 6:10 the outpoured bloodver 3 of your servants.

11 May the groans of the prisoners come before you;

with your strong arm preserve those condemned to die.

12 Pay back into the lapsIsa 65:6; Jer 32:18 of our neighbors seven timesS Ge 4:15

the contempt they have hurled at you, Lord.

13 Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture,S Ps 74:1

will praise you forever;Ps 44:8

from generation to generation

we will proclaim your praise.

Psalm 79

A psalm of Asaph.

O God, pagan nations have conquered your land,

your special possession.

They have defiled your holy Temple

and made Jerusalem a heap of ruins.

They have left the bodies of your servants

as food for the birds of heaven.

The flesh of your godly ones

has become food for the wild animals.

Blood has flowed like water all around Jerusalem;

no one is left to bury the dead.

We are mocked by our neighbors,

an object of scorn and derision to those around us.

O Lord, how long will you be angry with us? Forever?

How long will your jealousy burn like fire?

Pour out your wrath on the nations that refuse to acknowledge you—

on kingdoms that do not call upon your name.

For they have devoured your people Israel,Hebrew devoured Jacob. See note on 44:4.

making the land a desolate wilderness.

Do not hold us guilty for the sins of our ancestors!

Let your compassion quickly meet our needs,

for we are on the brink of despair.

Help us, O God of our salvation!

Help us for the glory of your name.

Save us and forgive our sins

for the honor of your name.

10 Why should pagan nations be allowed to scoff,

asking, “Where is their God?”

Show us your vengeance against the nations,

for they have spilled the blood of your servants.

11 Listen to the moaning of the prisoners.

Demonstrate your great power by saving those condemned to die.

12 O Lord, pay back our neighbors seven times

for the scorn they have hurled at you.

13 Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture,

will thank you forever and ever,

praising your greatness from generation to generation.

79 O god, the heathen are come into thine inheritance; thy holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps.

The dead bodies of thy servants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the heaven, the flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of the earth.

Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem; and there was none to bury them.

We are become a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us.

How long, Lord? wilt thou be angry for ever? shall thy jealousy burn like fire?

Pour out thy wrath upon the heathen that have not known thee, and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon thy name.

For they have devoured Jacob, and laid waste his dwelling place.

O remember not against us former iniquities: let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very low.

Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name's sake.

10 Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is their God? let him be known among the heathen in our sight by the revenging of the blood of thy servants which is shed.

11 Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die;

12 And render unto our neighbours sevenfold into their bosom their reproach, wherewith they have reproached thee, O Lord.

13 So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations.

Proverbs 12:26

26 The righteous choose their friends carefully,

but the way of the wicked leads them astray.S Ps 95:10

26 The godly give good advice to their friends;Or The godly are cautious in friendship; or The godly are freed from evil. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.

the wicked lead them astray.

26 The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.

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