Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Everyone, no matter how small or insignificant, can be included in God's house. Can you imagine God taking time to record that He is concerned about a swallow's having a place to nest in His house? God's house is big and wide. It has room for anyone who desires to come under His shadow and eat from His table. And the fare in God's house is delightful!

Psalm 84 says that the people in God's house are always praising Him (v. 4). They are always full of strength (v. 7), drawing fresh energy like a tree planted by the waters. Their prayers are always heard (v. 8) because they are so close to Him that praying is as natural as breathing. Furthermore, their needs are always met (v. 11).

Luke 17:15-16 tells us how the lowly Samaritan leper found a place in God's house. Being a foreigner, he was not allowed to enter the earthly temple and show himself to the priest. Instead, he found an even better place at the feet of Jesus, the High Priest over the house of God.

Come in and dwell in the courts of the Lord. The door is open, and there will always be a place for you!

Joshua 11:1-12:24

Northern Kings Defeated

11 When JabinJdg 4:2, 7, 23; Ps 83:9 king of Hazorver 10; Jos 12:19; 15:23, 25; 19:36; Jdg 4:2, 17; 1Sa 12:9; 1Ki 9:15; 2Ki 15:29; Ne 11:33; Jer 49:28, 33 heard of this, he sent word to Jobab king of Madon, to the kings of ShimronJos 19:15 and Akshaph,Jos 12:20; 19:25and to the northern kings who were in the mountains, in the Arabahver 16; S Dt 1:1; Jos 12:1; 18:18 south of Kinnereth,S Nu 34:11; Dt 3:17; Jos 19:35; 1Ki 15:20 in the western foothills and in Naphoth DorJos 12:23; 17:11; Jdg 1:27; 1Ki 4:11; 1Ch 7:29 on the west;to the Canaanites in the east and west; to the Amorites, Hittites, PerizzitesS Jos 3:10 and Jebusites in the hill country;Nu 13:17 and to the HivitesS Ex 3:8; Dt 7:1; Jdg 3:3, 5; 1Ki 9:20 below HermonS Dt 3:8 in the region of Mizpah.ver 8; S Ge 31:49; Jos 15:38; 18:26; Jdg 11:11; 20:1; 21:1; 1Sa 7:5, 6; 1Ki 15:22; 2Ki 25:23They came out with all their troops and a large number of horses and chariots—a huge army, as numerous as the sand on the seashore.S Ge 12:2; Jdg 7:12; 1Sa 13:5All these kings joined forcesJdg 5:19 and made camp together at the Waters of Meromver 7 to fight against Israel.

The Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them, because by this time tomorrow I will handS Jos 2:24 all of them, slain, over to Israel. You are to hamstringS Ge 49:6 their horses and burn their chariots.”ver 9

So Joshua and his whole army came against them suddenly at the Waters of Merom and attacked them,and the Lord gave them into the hand of Israel. They defeated them and pursued them all the way to Greater Sidon,S Ge 10:15; S Jdg 18:7 to Misrephoth Maim,Jos 13:6 and to the Valley of Mizpah on the east, until no survivors were left.Joshua did to them as the Lord had directed: He hamstrung their horses and burned their chariots.

10 At that time Joshua turned back and captured Hazor and put its king to the sword.Isa 3:25; Jer 41:2; 44:18 (Hazor had been the head of all these kingdoms.)11 Everyone in it they put to the sword. They totally destroyedThe Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them; also in verses 12, 20 and 21. them,S Dt 7:2 not sparing anyone that breathed,Dt 20:16-17 and he burnedS Nu 31:10 Hazor itself.

12 Joshua took all these royal cities and their kings and put them to the sword. He totally destroyed them, as Moses the servant of the Lord had commanded.Nu 33:50-52; Dt 7:213 Yet Israel did not burn any of the cities built on their mounds—except Hazor, which Joshua burned.14 The Israelites carried off for themselves all the plunder and livestock of these cities, but all the people they put to the sword until they completely destroyed them, not sparing anyone that breathed.S Dt 20:1615 As the Lord commanded his servant Moses, so Moses commanded Joshua, and Joshua did it; he left nothing undone of all that the Lord commanded Moses.Ex 34:11; Dt 7:2; S Jos 1:7

16 So Joshua took this entire land: the hill country,Nu 13:17 all the Negev,S Dt 1:7 the whole region of Goshen, the western foothills,S Jos 10:41 the Arabah and the mountains of Israel with their foothills,17 from Mount Halak, which rises toward Seir,S Ge 14:6; S Nu 24:18; S Dt 33:2 to Baal GadJos 13:5 in the Valley of LebanonS Dt 3:25; Jos 12:7 below Mount Hermon.Dt 3:9; Jos 12:8 He captured all their kings and put them to death.Dt 7:2418 Joshua waged war against all these kings for a long time.19 Except for the HivitesS Jos 9:1 living in Gibeon,S Jos 9:3 not one city made a treaty of peaceS Jos 9:15 with the Israelites, who took them all in battle.20 For it was the Lord himself who hardened their heartsS Ex 4:21; S 14:17; Ro 9:18 to wage war against Israel, so that he might destroy them totally, exterminating them without mercy, as the Lord had commanded Moses.Dt 7:16; Jdg 14:4

21 At that time Joshua went and destroyed the AnakitesS Nu 13:22, 33 from the hill country: from Hebron, DebirS Jos 10:3 and Anab,Jos 15:50 from all the hill country of Judah, and from all the hill country of Israel. Joshua totally destroyed them and their towns.22 No Anakites were left in Israelite territory; only in Gaza,S Ge 10:19 GathJos 12:17; 19:13; 1Sa 5:8; 17:4; 1Ki 2:39; 2Ki 14:25; 1Ch 8:13; Am 6:2 and AshdodJos 15:47; 1Sa 5:1; Isa 20:1 did any survive.

23 So Joshua took the entire land,Jos 21:43-45; Ne 9:24 just as the Lord had directed Moses, and he gave it as an inheritanceS Dt 1:38; 12:9-10; S 25:19; S Jos 13:7 to Israel according to their tribal divisions.S Nu 26:53; Ps 105:44 Then the land had restS Ex 33:14 from war.Jos 14:15

List of Defeated Kings

12 These are the kings of the land whom the Israelites had defeated and whose territory they tookPs 136:21 over east of the Jordan,S Nu 32:19 from the ArnonS Nu 21:13 Gorge to Mount Hermon,S Dt 3:8 including all the eastern side of the Arabah:S Jos 11:2

Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon.ver 5; S Nu 21:21, 25; Jos 13:10; Jdg 11:19

He ruled from AroerS Nu 32:34; S Jos 13:16 on the rim of the Arnon Gorge—from the middle of the gorge—to the Jabbok River,S Ge 32:22 which is the border of the Ammonites.S Ge 19:38 This included half of Gilead.S Ge 31:21; S Nu 32:26; Dt 2:36; S 3:15; Jos 13:11, 25; 17:1; 20:8; 21:38; Jdg 5:17; 7:3; 10:8He also ruled over the eastern Arabah from the Sea of GalileeHebrew KinnerethJos 11:2 to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead SeaS Ge 14:3), to Beth Jeshimoth,S Nu 33:49; Jos 13:20 and then southward below the slopes of Pisgah.S Nu 21:20

And the territory of Og king of Bashan,S Nu 21:21, 33; Jos 13:30 one of the last of the Rephaites,S Ge 14:5 who reigned in AshtarothS Dt 1:4 and Edrei.

He ruled over Mount Hermon, Salekah,S Dt 3:10 all of BashanNu 32:33; Jos 17:1; 20:8; 21:27; 22:7 to the border of the people of GeshurJos 13:2, 13; 1Sa 27:8 and Maakah,S Dt 3:14 and half of Gileadver 2 to the border of Sihon king of Heshbon.

Moses, the servant of the Lord, and the Israelites conquered them.S Dt 3:8 And Moses the servant of the Lord gave their land to the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh to be their possession.Nu 32:29, 33; Jos 13:8

Here is a list of the kings of the land that Joshua and the Israelites conquered on the west side of the Jordan, from Baal Gad in the Valley of LebanonS Jos 11:17 to Mount Halak, which rises toward Seir. Joshua gave their lands as an inheritance to the tribes of Israel according to their tribal divisions.The lands included the hill country, the western foothills, the Arabah, the mountain slopes, the wilderness and the Negev.S Dt 1:7 These were the lands of the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. These were the kings:S Jos 3:10; S 11:17; Ezr 9:1

the king of JerichoS Nu 33:48one
the king of AiS Ge 12:8; S Jos 8:1 (near BethelS Jos 7:2; 8:9; 18:13; Jdg 1:23; 4:5; 20:18; 21:2; Ne 11:31)one
10 the king of JerusalemS Jos 10:1one
the king of Hebronone
11 the king of Jarmuthone
the king of LachishS Jos 10:3one
12 the king of EglonS Jos 10:3one
the king of GezerS Jos 10:33one
13 the king of DebirS Jos 10:3one
the king of Gederone
14 the king of HormahS Nu 14:45one
the king of AradS Nu 21:1one
15 the king of LibnahS Nu 33:20one
the king of AdullamS Ge 38:1; Jos 15:35; Mic 1:15one
16 the king of MakkedahS Jos 10:10one
the king of BethelS Jos 7:2one
17 the king of TappuahJos 15:34; 16:8; 17:8one
the king of HepherS Jos 11:22; 1Ki 4:10one
18 the king of AphekJos 13:4; 19:30; Jdg 1:31; 1Sa 4:1; 29:1one
the king of Lasharonone
19 the king of Madonone
the king of HazorS Jos 11:1one
20 the king of Shimron Meronone
the king of AkshaphS Jos 11:1one
21 the king of TaanachJos 17:11; 21:25one
the king of MegiddoJdg 1:27; 5:19; 1Ki 4:12one
22 the king of KedeshJos 15:23; 19:37; 20:7; 21:32; Jdg 4:6, 9one
the king of JokneamJos 19:11; 21:34 in CarmelJos 15:55; 19:26; 1Sa 15:12; 2Sa 23:35one
23 the king of Dor (in Naphoth DorS Jos 11:2)one
the king of Goyim in Gilgalone
24 the king of Tirzah1Ki 14:17; 15:33; 16:8, 23; SS 6:4one
thirty-one kings in all.Ps 135:11; 136:18

Israel Defeats the Northern Armies

11 When King Jabin of Hazor heard what had happened, he sent messages to the following kings: King Jobab of Madon; the king of Shimron; the king of Acshaph;all the kings of the northern hill country; the kings in the Jordan Valley south of GalileeHebrew in the Arabah south of Kinnereth.; the kings in the Galilean foothillsHebrew the Shephelah; also in 11:16.; the kings of Naphoth-dor on the west;the kings of Canaan, both east and west; the kings of the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites in the hill country, and the Hivites in the towns on the slopes of Mount Hermon in the land of Mizpah.

All these kings came out to fight. Their combined armies formed a vast horde. And with all their horses and chariots, they covered the landscape like the sand on the seashore.The kings joined forces and established their camp around the water near Merom to fight against Israel.

Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them. By this time tomorrow I will hand all of them over to Israel as dead men. Then you must cripple their horses and burn their chariots.”

So Joshua and all his fighting men traveled to the water near Merom and attacked suddenly.And the Lord gave them victory over their enemies. The Israelites chased them as far as Greater Sidon and Misrephoth-maim, and eastward into the valley of Mizpah, until not one enemy warrior was left alive.Then Joshua crippled the horses and burned all the chariots, as the Lord had instructed.

10 Joshua then turned back and captured Hazor and killed its king. (Hazor had at one time been the capital of all these kingdoms.)11 The Israelites completely destroyedThe Hebrew term used here refers to the complete consecration of things or people to the Lord, either by destroying them or by giving them as an offering; also in 11:12, 20, 21. every living thing in the city, leaving no survivors. Not a single person was spared. And then Joshua burned the city.

12 Joshua slaughtered all the other kings and their people, completely destroying them, just as Moses, the servant of the Lord, had commanded.13 But the Israelites did not burn any of the towns built on mounds except Hazor, which Joshua burned.14 And the Israelites took all the plunder and livestock of the ravaged towns for themselves. But they killed all the people, leaving no survivors.15 As the Lord had commanded his servant Moses, so Moses commanded Joshua. And Joshua did as he was told, carefully obeying all the commands that the Lord had given to Moses.

16 So Joshua conquered the entire region—the hill country, the entire Negev, the whole area around the town of Goshen, the western foothills, the Jordan Valley,Hebrew the Shephelah, the Arabah. the mountains of Israel, and the Galilean foothills.17 The Israelite territory now extended all the way from Mount Halak, which leads up to Seir in the south, as far north as Baal-gad at the foot of Mount Hermon in the valley of Lebanon. Joshua killed all the kings of those territories,18 waging war for a long time to accomplish this.19 No one in this region made peace with the Israelites except the Hivites of Gibeon. All the others were defeated.20 For the Lord hardened their hearts and caused them to fight the Israelites. So they were completely destroyed without mercy, as the Lord had commanded Moses.

21 During this period Joshua destroyed all the descendants of Anak, who lived in the hill country of Hebron, Debir, Anab, and the entire hill country of Judah and Israel. He killed them all and completely destroyed their towns.22 None of the descendants of Anak were left in all the land of Israel, though some still remained in Gaza, Gath, and Ashdod.

23 So Joshua took control of the entire land, just as the Lord had instructed Moses. He gave it to the people of Israel as their special possession, dividing the land among the tribes. So the land finally had rest from war.

Kings Defeated East of the Jordan

12 These are the kings east of the Jordan River who had been killed by the Israelites and whose land was taken. Their territory extended from the Arnon Gorge to Mount Hermon and included all the land east of the Jordan Valley.Hebrew the Arabah; also in 12:3, 8.

King Sihon of the Amorites, who lived in Heshbon, was defeated. His kingdom included Aroer, on the edge of the Arnon Gorge, and extended from the middle of the Arnon Gorge to the Jabbok River, which serves as a border for the Ammonites. This territory included the southern half of the territory of Gilead.Sihon also controlled the Jordan Valley and regions to the east—from as far north as the Sea of Galilee to as far south as the Dead Sea,Hebrew from the Sea of Kinnereth to the Sea of the Arabah, which is the Salt Sea. including the road to Beth-jeshimoth and southward to the slopes of Pisgah.

King Og of Bashan, the last of the Rephaites, lived at Ashtaroth and Edrei.He ruled a territory stretching from Mount Hermon to Salecah in the north and to all of Bashan in the east, and westward to the borders of the kingdoms of Geshur and Maacah. This territory included the northern half of Gilead, as far as the boundary of King Sihon of Heshbon.

Moses, the servant of the Lord, and the Israelites had destroyed the people of King Sihon and King Og. And Moses gave their land as a possession to the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh.

Kings Defeated West of the Jordan

The following is a list of the kings that Joshua and the Israelite armies defeated on the west side of the Jordan, from Baal-gad in the valley of Lebanon to Mount Halak, which leads up to Seir. (Joshua gave this land to the tribes of Israel as their possession,including the hill country, the western foothills,Hebrew the Shephelah. the Jordan Valley, the mountain slopes, the Judean wilderness, and the Negev. The people who lived in this region were the Hittites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.) These are the kings Israel defeated:

The king of Jericho

The king of Ai, near Bethel

10 The king of Jerusalem

The king of Hebron

11 The king of Jarmuth

The king of Lachish

12 The king of Eglon

The king of Gezer

13 The king of Debir

The king of Geder

14 The king of Hormah

The king of Arad

15 The king of Libnah

The king of Adullam

16 The king of Makkedah

The king of Bethel

17 The king of Tappuah

The king of Hepher

18 The king of Aphek

The king of Lasharon

19 The king of Madon

The king of Hazor

20 The king of Shimron-meron

The king of Acshaph

21 The king of Taanach

The king of Megiddo

22 The king of Kedesh

The king of Jokneam in Carmel

23 The king of Dor in the town of Naphoth-dorHebrew Naphath-dor, a variant spelling of Naphoth-dor.

The king of Goyim in GilgalGreek version reads Goyim in Galilee.

24 The king of Tirzah.

In all, thirty-one kings were defeated.

11 And it came to pass, when Jabin king of Hazor had heard those things, that he sent to Jobab king of Madon, and to the king of Shimron, and to the king of Achshaph,

And to the kings that were on the north of the mountains, and of the plains south of Chinneroth, and in the valley, and in the borders of Dor on the west,

And to the Canaanite on the east and on the west, and to the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Jebusite in the mountains, and to the Hivite under Hermon in the land of Mizpeh.

And they went out, they and all their hosts with them, much people, even as the sand that is upon the sea shore in multitude, with horses and chariots very many.

And when all these kings were met together, they came and pitched together at the waters of Merom, to fight against Israel.

And the Lord said unto Joshua, Be not afraid because of them: for to morrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel: thou shalt hough their horses, and burn their chariots with fire.

So Joshua came, and all the people of war with him, against them by the waters of Merom suddenly; and they fell upon them.

And the Lord delivered them into the hand of Israel, who smote them, and chased them unto great Zidon, and unto Misrephothmaim, and unto the valley of Mizpeh eastward; and they smote them, until they left them none remaining.

And Joshua did unto them as the Lord bade him: he houghed their horses, and burnt their chariots with fire.

10 And Joshua at that time turned back, and took Hazor, and smote the king thereof with the sword: for Hazor beforetime was the head of all those kingdoms.

11 And they smote all the souls that were therein with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them: there was not any left to breathe: and he burnt Hazor with fire.

12 And all the cities of those kings, and all the kings of them, did Joshua take, and smote them with the edge of the sword, and he utterly destroyed them, as Moses the servant of the Lord commanded.

13 But as for the cities that stood still in their strength, Israel burned none of them, save Hazor only; that did Joshua burn.

14 And all the spoil of these cities, and the cattle, the children of Israel took for a prey unto themselves; but every man they smote with the edge of the sword, until they had destroyed them, neither left they any to breathe.

15 As the Lord commanded Moses his servant, so did Moses command Joshua, and so did Joshua; he left nothing undone of all that the Lord commanded Moses.

16 So Joshua took all that land, the hills, and all the south country, and all the land of Goshen, and the valley, and the plain, and the mountain of Israel, and the valley of the same;

17 Even from the mount Halak, that goeth up to Seir, even unto Baalgad in the valley of Lebanon under mount Hermon: and all their kings he took, and smote them, and slew them.

18 Joshua made war a long time with all those kings.

19 There was not a city that made peace with the children of Israel, save the Hivites the inhabitants of Gibeon: all other they took in battle.

20 For it was of the Lord to harden their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that he might destroy them utterly, and that they might have no favour, but that he might destroy them, as the Lord commanded Moses.

21 And at that time came Joshua, and cut off the Anakims from the mountains, from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab, and from all the mountains of Judah, and from all the mountains of Israel: Joshua destroyed them utterly with their cities.

22 There was none of the Anakims left in the land of the children of Israel: only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod, there remained.

23 So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the Lord said unto Moses; and Joshua gave it for an inheritance unto Israel according to their divisions by their tribes. And the land rested from war.

12 Now these are the kings of the land, which the children of Israel smote, and possessed their land on the other side Jordan toward the rising of the sun, from the river Arnon unto mount Hermon, and all the plain on the east:

Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt in Heshbon, and ruled from Aroer, which is upon the bank of the river Arnon, and from the middle of the river, and from half Gilead, even unto the river Jabbok, which is the border of the children of Ammon;

And from the plain to the sea of Chinneroth on the east, and unto the sea of the plain, even the salt sea on the east, the way to Bethjeshimoth; and from the south, under Ashdothpisgah:

And the coast of Og king of Bashan, which was of the remnant of the giants, that dwelt at Ashtaroth and at Edrei,

And reigned in mount Hermon, and in Salcah, and in all Bashan, unto the border of the Geshurites and the Maachathites, and half Gilead, the border of Sihon king of Heshbon.

Them did Moses the servant of the Lord and the children of Israel smite: and Moses the servant of the Lord gave it for a possession unto the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh.

And these are the kings of the country which Joshua and the children of Israel smote on this side Jordan on the west, from Baalgad in the valley of Lebanon even unto the mount Halak, that goeth up to Seir; which Joshua gave unto the tribes of Israel for a possession according to their divisions;

In the mountains, and in the valleys, and in the plains, and in the springs, and in the wilderness, and in the south country; the Hittites, the Amorites, and the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites:

The king of Jericho, one; the king of Ai, which is beside Bethel, one;

10 The king of Jerusalem, one; the king of Hebron, one;

11 The king of Jarmuth, one; the king of Lachish, one;

12 The king of Eglon, one; the king of Gezer, one;

13 The king of Debir, one; the king of Geder, one;

14 The king of Hormah, one; the king of Arad, one;

15 The king of Libnah, one; the king of Adullam, one;

16 The king of Makkedah, one; the king of Bethel, one;

17 The king of Tappuah, one; the king of Hepher, one;

18 The king of Aphek, one; the king of Lasharon, one;

19 The king of Madon, one; the king of Hazor, one;

20 The king of Shimronmeron, one; the king of Achshaph, one;

21 The king of Taanach, one; the king of Megiddo, one;

22 The king of Kedesh, one; the king of Jokneam of Carmel, one;

23 The king of Dor in the coast of Dor, one; the king of the nations of Gilgal, one;

24 The king of Tirzah, one: all the kings thirty and one.

Luke 17:11-37

Jesus Heals Ten Men With Leprosy

11 Now on his way to Jerusalem,S Lk 9:51 Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.Lk 9:51, 52; Jn 4:3, 412 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosyThe Greek word traditionally translated leprosy was used for various diseases affecting the skin.S Mt 8:2 met him. They stood at a distanceLev 13:45, 4613 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master,S Lk 5:5 have pity on us!”

14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”Lev 14:2; Mt 8:4 And as they went, they were cleansed.

15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising GodS Mt 9:8 in a loud voice.16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.S Mt 10:5

17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?”19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”S Mt 9:22

The Coming of the Kingdom of God17:26, 27pp — Mt 24:37-39

20 Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come,S Mt 3:2 Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed,21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ver 23 because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”Or is within you

22 Then he said to his disciples, “The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man,S Mt 8:20 but you will not see it.S Lk 5:3523 People will tell you, ‘There he is!’ or ‘Here he is!’ Do not go running off after them.Mt 24:23; Lk 21:824 For the Son of Man in his daySome manuscripts do not have in his day. will be like the lightning,Mt 24:27 which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other.25 But first he must suffer many thingsS Mt 16:21 and be rejectedLk 9:22; 18:32 by this generation.Mk 13:30; Lk 21:32

26 “Just as it was in the days of Noah,Ge 6:5-8; 7:6-24 so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man.27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.

28 “It was the same in the days of Lot.Ge 19:1-28 People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building.29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.

30 “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.Mt 10:23; S 16:27; 24:3, 27, 37, 39; 25:31; S 1Co 1:7; S 1Th 2:19; 2Th 1:7; 2:8; 2Pe 3:4; S Rev 1:731 On that day no one who is on the housetop, with possessions inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything.Mt 24:17, 1832 Remember Lot’s wife!Ge 19:2633 Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it.S Jn 12:2534 I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left.35 Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.”Mt 24:41[36] Some manuscripts include here words similar to Matt. 24:40.

37 “Where, Lord?” they asked.

He replied, “Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather.”Mt 24:28

Ten Healed of Leprosy

11 As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria.12 As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance,13 crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

14 He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.”See Lev 14:2-32. And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.

15 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!”16 He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.

17 Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine?18 Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”19 And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.Or Your faith has saved you.

The Coming of the Kingdom

20 One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the Kingdom of God come?”

Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs.Or by your speculations.21 You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you.Or is within you, or is in your grasp.

22 Then he said to his disciples, “The time is coming when you will long to see the day when the Son of Man returns,Or long for even one day with the Son of Man. “Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself. but you won’t see it.23 People will tell you, ‘Look, there is the Son of Man,’ or ‘Here he is,’ but don’t go out and follow them.24 For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other, so it will be on the daySome manuscripts do not include on the day. when the Son of Man comes.25 But first the Son of Man must suffer terriblyOr suffer many things. and be rejected by this generation.

26 “When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day.27 In those days, the people enjoyed banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat and the flood came and destroyed them all.

28 “And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot. People went about their daily business—eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and building—29 until the morning Lot left Sodom. Then fire and burning sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.30 Yes, it will be ‘business as usual’ right up to the day when the Son of Man is revealed.31 On that day a person out on the deck of a roof must not go down into the house to pack. A person out in the field must not return home.32 Remember what happened to Lot’s wife!33 If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it.34 That night two people will be asleep in one bed; one will be taken, the other left.35 Two women will be grinding flour together at the mill; one will be taken, the other left.Some manuscripts add verse 36, Two men will be working in the field; one will be taken, the other left. Compare Matt 24:40.

37 “Where will this happen, Lord?”Greek “Where, Lord?” the disciples asked.

Jesus replied, “Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass nearby, so these signs indicate that the end is near.”Greek “Wherever the carcass is, the vultures gather.”

11 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.

12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:

13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.

15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,

16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?

18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.

19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:

21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

22 And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.

23 And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them.

24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.

25 But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.

26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;

29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.

32 Remember Lot's wife.

33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.

35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.

Psalm 84:1-12

Psalm 84In Hebrew texts 84:1-12 is numbered 84:2-13.

For the director of music. According to gittith.Title: Probably a musical term Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

How lovely is your dwelling place,S Dt 33:27; Ps 27:4; 43:3; 90:1; 132:5

Lord Almighty!

My soul yearns,S Job 19:27 even faints,

for the courts of the Lord;

my heart and my flesh cry out

for the living God.S Jos 3:10

Even the sparrow has found a home,

and the swallow a nest for herself,

where she may have her young—

a place near your altar,S Ps 43:4

Lord Almighty,Jer 44:11 my KingPs 2:6 and my God.Ps 5:2

Blessed are those who dwell in your house;

they are ever praising you.The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 8.

Blessed are those whose strengthPs 81:1 is in you,

whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.Jer 31:6

As they pass through the Valley of Baka,

they make it a place of springs;S Job 38:26

the autumnJoel 2:23 rains also cover it with pools.Or blessings

They go from strength to strength,S Job 17:9

till each appearsS Dt 16:16 before God in Zion.1Ki 8:1

Hear my prayer,Ps 4:1 Lord God Almighty;

listen to me, God of Jacob.

Look on our shield,Or sovereignS Ps 59:11 O God;

look with favor on your anointed one.1Sa 16:6; Ps 2:2; 18:50; 132:17

10 Better is one day in your courts

than a thousand elsewhere;

I would rather be a doorkeeper1Ch 23:5 in the house of my God

than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

11 For the Lord God is a sunIsa 60:19; Jer 43:13; Rev 21:23 and shield;S Ge 15:1

the Lord bestows favor and honor;

no good thing does he withholdPs 34:10

from those whose walk is blameless.

12 Lord Almighty,

blessedPs 2:12 is the one who trusts in you.

Psalm 84

For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah, to be accompanied by a stringed instrument.Hebrew according to the gittith.

How lovely is your dwelling place,

O Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

I long, yes, I faint with longing

to enter the courts of the Lord.

With my whole being, body and soul,

I will shout joyfully to the living God.

Even the sparrow finds a home,

and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young

at a place near your altar,

O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, my King and my God!

What joy for those who can live in your house,

always singing your praises. Interlude

What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord,

who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

When they walk through the Valley of Weeping,Or Valley of Poplars; Hebrew reads valley of Baca.

it will become a place of refreshing springs.

The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.

They will continue to grow stronger,

and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem.Hebrew Zion.

O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, hear my prayer.

Listen, O God of Jacob. Interlude

O God, look with favor upon the king, our shield!

Show favor to the one you have anointed.

10 A single day in your courts

is better than a thousand anywhere else!

I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God

than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.

11 For the Lord God is our sun and our shield.

He gives us grace and glory.

The Lord will withhold no good thing

from those who do what is right.

12 O Lord of Heaven’s Armies,

what joy for those who trust in you.

84 How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!

My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.

Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God.

Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.

Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.

Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.

They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.

O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.

Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.

10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

12 O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

Proverbs 13:5-6

The righteous hate what is false,S Ps 119:128

but the wicked make themselves a stench

and bring shame on themselves.

Righteousness guards the person of integrity,

but wickedness overthrows the sinner.S Pr 11:3, 5; Jer 44:5

The godly hate lies;

the wicked cause shame and disgrace.

Godliness guards the path of the blameless,

but the evil are misled by sin.

A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.

Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.

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