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by Larry Stockstill

Caleb was a man of unrelenting pursuit. His eyes had seen a mountain, and Moses had given him a promise. Although he was now eighty-five years old, his resolve and desire to possess the promise were undiminished. He said to Joshua, "So I'm asking you to give me the hill country that the Lord promised me" (Joshua 14:12). Then this elderly man of faith promptly went in and drove out the giants who lived there!

Forty-five years of waiting did nothing to daunt this man's purposes in God. How often do we "circle the mountain" one time and then decide it is not the will of God for us to receive what we need? In many instances recorded in the Bible, people of faith had to persevere in order to receive the promise. For example, Elijah prayed seven times before he saw the cloud of rain, and Joshua marched seven days until the walls of Jericho toppled.

In the parable of the importuning widow (Luke 18:5), Jesus taught the importance of persistence. If an unjust judge would eventually grant the request of a persistent widow, how much more will a compassionate God answer the prayers of His righteous saints?

Pursue your dream. And until the dream comes to pass, continue to proclaim, "Give me this hill country!"

Joshua 13:1-14:15

Land Still to Be Taken

13 When Joshua had grown old,Ge 24:1; Jos 14:10; 23:1, 2; 1Ki 1:1 the Lord said to him, “You are now very old, and there are still very large areas of land to be taken over.

“This is the land that remains: all the regions of the PhilistinesS Ge 10:14; S Jdg 3:31 and Geshurites,S Jos 12:5from the Shihor River1Ch 13:5; Isa 23:3; Jer 2:18 on the east of Egypt to the territory of EkronJos 15:11, 45; 19:43; Jdg 1:18; 1Sa 5:10; 7:14 on the north, all of it counted as Canaanite though held by the five Philistine rulersJdg 3:3; 16:5, 18; 1Sa 6:4, 17; Isa 14:29; Jer 25:20; Eze 25:15 in Gaza, Ashdod,S Jos 11:22; Am 3:9 Ashkelon,Jdg 1:18; 14:19; 2Sa 1:20 Gath and Ekron; the territory of the AvvitesS Dt 2:23on the south; all the land of the Canaanites, from Arah of the Sidonians as far as AphekS Jos 12:18 and the border of the Amorites;S Ge 14:7; S 15:16; Am 2:10the area of Byblos;1Ki 5:18; Ps 83:7; Eze 27:9 and all LebanonS Jos 11:17 to the east, from Baal Gad below Mount HermonS Dt 3:8 to Lebo Hamath.S Nu 13:21; 34:8; Jdg 3:3

“As for all the inhabitants of the mountain regions from Lebanon to Misrephoth Maim,Jos 11:8 that is, all the Sidonians, I myself will drive them outPs 80:8 before the Israelites. Be sure to allocate this land to Israel for an inheritance, as I have instructed you,Nu 33:54; S 34:13and divide it as an inheritanceS Jos 11:23; Ps 78:55 among the nine tribes and half of the tribe of Manasseh.”

Division of the Land East of the Jordan

The other half of Manasseh,Hebrew With it (that is, with the other half of Manasseh) the Reubenites and the Gadites had received the inheritance that Moses had given them east of the Jordan, as he, the servant of the Lord, had assignedS Jos 12:6 it to them.Jos 18:7

It extended from Aroerver 16; S Nu 32:34; Dt 2:36; Jdg 11:26; 2Sa 24:5 on the rim of the Arnon Gorge, and from the town in the middle of the gorge, and included the whole plateauver 17, 21; Jer 48:8, 21 of Medeba as far as Dibon,S Nu 21:30; S 32:3; Isa 15:2; Jer 48:18, 2210 and all the towns of Sihon king of the Amorites, who ruled in Heshbon,S Jos 12:2 out to the border of the Ammonites.S Nu 21:2411 It also included Gilead,S Jos 12:2 the territory of the people of Geshur and Maakah, all of Mount Hermon and all Bashan as far as SalekahJos 12:512 that is, the whole kingdom of Og in Bashan,S Dt 1:4 who had reigned in AshtarothJos 12:4 and Edrei.S Nu 21:33 (He was the last of the Rephaites.S Ge 14:5) Moses had defeated them and taken over their land.S Dt 3:813 But the Israelites did not drive out the people of GeshurS Jos 12:5 and Maakah,S Dt 3:14 so they continue to live among the Israelites to this day.Dt 3:12

14 But to the tribe of Levi he gave no inheritance, since the food offerings presented to the Lord, the God of Israel, are their inheritance, as he promised them.ver 33; Dt 18:1-2; Jos 14:3

15 This is what Moses had given to the tribe of Reuben, according to its clans:

16 The territory from AroerS ver 9; Jos 12:2; 1Sa 30:28 on the rim of the Arnon Gorge, and from the town in the middle of the gorge, and the whole plateau past MedebaS Nu 21:30; Isa 15:217 to Heshbon and all its towns on the plateau,S ver 9 including Dibon,S Nu 32:3 Bamoth Baal,Nu 22:41 Beth Baal Meon,1Ch 5:8; Jer 48:23; Eze 25:918 Jahaz,S Nu 21:23 Kedemoth,S Dt 2:26 Mephaath,Jos 21:37; Jer 48:2119 Kiriathaim,S Nu 32:37 Sibmah,S Nu 32:3 Zereth Shahar on the hill in the valley,20 Beth Peor,S Dt 3:29 the slopes of Pisgah, and Beth Jeshimoth—21 all the towns on the plateauS ver 9 and the entire realm of Sihon king of the Amorites, who ruled at Heshbon. Moses had defeated him and the Midianite chiefs,S Ge 25:2; S Nu 25:15 Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur and RebaNu 31:8—princes allied with Sihon—who lived in that country.22 In addition to those slain in battle, the Israelites had put to the sword Balaam son of Beor,S Nu 22:5 who practiced divination.S Ge 30:27; S Nu 23:2323 The boundary of the Reubenites was the bank of the Jordan. These towns and their villages were the inheritance of the Reubenites, according to their clans.1Ch 5:7

24 This is what Moses had given to the tribe of Gad, according to its clans:

25 The territory of Jazer,S Nu 21:32; Jos 21:39 all the towns of GileadS Jos 12:2 and half the Ammonite country as far as Aroer, near Rabbah;S Dt 3:1126 and from HeshbonS Nu 21:25; Jer 49:3 to Ramath Mizpah and Betonim, and from MahanaimS Ge 32:2 to the territory of Debir;S Jos 10:327 and in the valley, Beth Haram, Beth Nimrah,S Nu 32:3 SukkothS Ge 33:17 and ZaphonJdg 12:1; Ps 48:2 with the rest of the realm of Sihon king of Heshbon (the east side of the Jordan, the territory up to the end of the Sea of GalileeHebrew KinnerethS Nu 34:11).28 These towns and their villages were the inheritance of the Gadites,Ge 46:16; S Nu 32:33; Eze 48:27 according to their clans.

29 This is what Moses had given to the half-tribe of Manasseh, that is, to half the family of the descendants of Manasseh, according to its clans:

30 The territory extending from MahanaimS Ge 32:2 and including all of Bashan,S Nu 21:33 the entire realm of Og king of BashanS Jos 12:4—all the settlements of JairS Nu 32:41 in Bashan, sixty towns,31 half of Gilead, and Ashtaroth and Edrei (the royal cities of Og in Bashan).Nu 21:33 This was for the descendants of MakirS Ge 50:23 son of Manasseh—for half of the sons of Makir, according to their clans.Jos 17:5

32 This is the inheritance Moses had given when he was in the plains of MoabS Nu 26:3 across the Jordan east of Jericho.S Nu 22:133 But to the tribe of Levi, Moses had given no inheritance;Nu 26:62 the Lord, the God of Israel, is their inheritance,S Nu 18:20 as he promised them.S ver 14; Jos 18:7; Eze 44:28

Division of the Land West of the Jordan

14 Now these are the areas the Israelites received as an inheritanceS Jos 11:23; Ps 16:6; 136:21 in the land of Canaan, which EleazarS Ex 6:23 the priest, Joshua son of Nun and the heads of the tribal clans of IsraelJos 21:1 allottedS Nu 26:53 to them.Nu 34:17-18; Jos 19:51Their inheritances were assigned by lotS Lev 16:8 to the nine and a half tribes,Nu 34:13 as the Lord had commanded through Moses.Moses had granted the two and a half tribes their inheritance east of the JordanS Nu 32:33; S 34:14 but had not granted the Levites an inheritance among the rest,S Nu 35:2; S Jos 13:14for Joseph’s descendants had become two tribes—Manasseh and Ephraim.S Ge 41:52; S Jdg 1:29 The Levites received no share of the land but only towns to live in, with pasturelands for their flocks and herds.S Nu 35:2-3; Jos 21:2So the Israelites divided the land, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.S Nu 34:13

Allotment for Caleb

Now the people of Judah approached Joshua at Gilgal,S Dt 11:30 and Caleb son of JephunnehNu 13:6; 14:30 the Kenizzite said to him, “You know what the Lord said to Moses the man of GodS Dt 33:1 at Kadesh BarneaNu 13:26 about you and me.S Nu 14:38I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh BarneaJos 15:3 to explore the land.S Nu 13:17 And I brought him back a report according to my convictions,Nu 13:30; S 14:6-9but my fellow Israelites who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt in fear.S Nu 13:31 I, however, followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly.S Nu 14:24; S 32:12So on that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritanceS Dt 11:24 and that of your childrenS Nu 14:24 forever, because you have followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly.’Deut. 1:36

10 “Now then, just as the Lord promised,S Nu 11:28; 14:30 he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel movedS Jos 5:6 about in the wilderness. So here I am today, eighty-five years old!S Jos 13:111 I am still as strongS Dt 34:7 today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorousS Ge 15:15 to go out to battle now as I was then.12 Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day.S Nu 14:24 You yourself heard then that the AnakitesS Nu 13:33 were there and their cities were large and fortified,Nu 13:28 but, the Lord helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.”

13 Then Joshua blessedJos 22:6, 7 Caleb son of Jephunneh1Sa 25:3; 30:14 and gave him HebronS Ge 23:19; S Jos 10:36 as his inheritance.Jdg 1:20; 1Ch 6:5614 So Hebron has belonged to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite ever since, because he followed the Lord, the God of Israel, wholeheartedly.S Nu 14:2415 (Hebron used to be called Kiriath ArbaS Ge 23:2 after Arba,Jos 15:13 who was the greatest man among the Anakites.)

Then the land had restJos 11:23; Jdg 3:11; 1Ki 4:24; 5:4; 1Ch 22:9 from war.

The Land Yet to Be Conquered

13 When Joshua was an old man, the Lord said to him, “You are growing old, and much land remains to be conquered.This is the territory that remains: all the regions of the Philistines and the Geshurites,and the larger territory of the Canaanites, extending from the stream of Shihor on the border of Egypt, northward to the boundary of Ekron. It includes the territory of the five Philistine rulers of Gaza, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gath, and Ekron. The land of the Avvitesin the south also remains to be conquered. In the north, the following area has not yet been conquered: all the land of the Canaanites, including Mearah (which belongs to the Sidonians), stretching northward to Aphek on the border of the Amorites;the land of the Gebalites and all of the Lebanon mountain area to the east, from Baal-gad below Mount Hermon to Lebo-hamath;and all the hill country from Lebanon to Misrephoth-maim, including all the land of the Sidonians.

“I myself will drive these people out of the land ahead of the Israelites. So be sure to give this land to Israel as a special possession, just as I have commanded you.Include all this territory as Israel’s possession when you divide this land among the nine tribes and the half-tribe of Manasseh.”

The Land Divided East of the Jordan

Half the tribe of Manasseh and the tribes of Reuben and Gad had already received their grants of land on the east side of the Jordan, for Moses, the servant of the Lord, had previously assigned this land to them.

Their territory extended from Aroer on the edge of the Arnon Gorge (including the town in the middle of the gorge) to the plain beyond Medeba, as far as Dibon.10 It also included all the towns of King Sihon of the Amorites, who had reigned in Heshbon, and extended as far as the borders of Ammon.11 It included Gilead, the territory of the kingdoms of Geshur and Maacah, all of Mount Hermon, all of Bashan as far as Salecah,12 and all the territory of King Og of Bashan, who had reigned in Ashtaroth and Edrei. King Og was the last of the Rephaites, for Moses had attacked them and driven them out.13 But the Israelites failed to drive out the people of Geshur and Maacah, so they continue to live among the Israelites to this day.

An Allotment for the Tribe of Levi

14 Moses did not assign any allotment of land to the tribe of Levi. Instead, as the Lord had promised them, their allotment came from the offerings burned on the altar to the Lord, the God of Israel.

The Land Given to the Tribe of Reuben

15 Moses had assigned the following area to the clans of the tribe of Reuben.

16 Their territory extended from Aroer on the edge of the Arnon Gorge (including the town in the middle of the gorge) to the plain beyond Medeba.17 It included Heshbon and the other towns on the plain—Dibon, Bamoth-baal, Beth-baal-meon,18 Jahaz, Kedemoth, Mephaath,19 Kiriathaim, Sibmah, Zereth-shahar on the hill above the valley,20 Beth-peor, the slopes of Pisgah, and Beth-jeshimoth.

21 The land of Reuben also included all the towns of the plain and the entire kingdom of Sihon. Sihon was the Amorite king who had reigned in Heshbon and was killed by Moses along with the leaders of Midian—Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba—princes living in the region who were allied with Sihon.22 The Israelites had also killed Balaam son of Beor, who used magic to tell the future.23 The Jordan River marked the western boundary for the tribe of Reuben. The towns and their surrounding villages in this area were given as a homeland to the clans of the tribe of Reuben.

The Land Given to the Tribe of Gad

24 Moses had assigned the following area to the clans of the tribe of Gad.

25 Their territory included Jazer, all the towns of Gilead, and half of the land of Ammon, as far as the town of Aroer just west ofHebrew in front of. Rabbah.26 It extended from Heshbon to Ramath-mizpeh and Betonim, and from Mahanaim to the territory of Lo-debar.Hebrew Li-debir, apparently a variant spelling of Lo-debar (compare 2 Sam 9:4; 17:27; Amos 6:13).27 In the valley were Beth-haram, Beth-nimrah, Succoth, Zaphon, and the rest of the kingdom of King Sihon of Heshbon. The western boundary ran along the Jordan River, extended as far north as the tip of the Sea of Galilee,Hebrew Sea of Kinnereth. and then turned eastward.28 The towns and their surrounding villages in this area were given as a homeland to the clans of the tribe of Gad.

The Land Given to the Half-Tribe of Manasseh

29 Moses had assigned the following area to the clans of the half-tribe of Manasseh.

30 Their territory extended from Mahanaim, including all of Bashan, all the former kingdom of King Og, and the sixty towns of Jair in Bashan.31 It also included half of Gilead and King Og’s royal cities of Ashtaroth and Edrei. All this was given to the clans of the descendants of Makir, who was Manasseh’s son.

32 These are the allotments Moses had made while he was on the plains of Moab, across the Jordan River, east of Jericho.33 But Moses gave no allotment of land to the tribe of Levi, for the Lord, the God of Israel, had promised that he himself would be their allotment.

The Land Divided West of the Jordan

14 The remaining tribes of Israel received land in Canaan as allotted by Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the tribal leaders.These nine and a half tribes received their grants of land by means of sacred lots, in accordance with the Lord’s command through Moses.Moses had already given a grant of land to the two and a half tribes on the east side of the Jordan River, but he had given the Levites no such allotment.The descendants of Joseph had become two separate tribes—Manasseh and Ephraim. And the Levites were given no land at all, only towns to live in with surrounding pasturelands for their livestock and all their possessions.So the land was distributed in strict accordance with the Lord’s commands to Moses.

Caleb Requests His Land

A delegation from the tribe of Judah, led by Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite, came to Joshua at Gilgal. Caleb said to Joshua, “Remember what the Lord said to Moses, the man of God, about you and me when we were at Kadesh-barnea.I was forty years old when Moses, the servant of the Lord, sent me from Kadesh-barnea to explore the land of Canaan. I returned and gave an honest report,but my brothers who went with me frightened the people from entering the Promised Land. For my part, I wholeheartedly followed the Lord my God.So that day Moses solemnly promised me, ‘The land of Canaan on which you were just walking will be your grant of land and that of your descendants forever, because you wholeheartedly followed the Lord my God.’

10 “Now, as you can see, the Lord has kept me alive and well as he promised for all these forty-five years since Moses made this promise—even while Israel wandered in the wilderness. Today I am eighty-five years old.11 I am as strong now as I was when Moses sent me on that journey, and I can still travel and fight as well as I could then.12 So give me the hill country that the Lord promised me. You will remember that as scouts we found the descendants of Anak living there in great, walled towns. But if the Lord is with me, I will drive them out of the land, just as the Lord said.”

13 So Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave Hebron to him as his portion of land.14 Hebron still belongs to the descendants of Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite because he wholeheartedly followed the Lord, the God of Israel.15 (Previously Hebron had been called Kiriath-arba. It had been named after Arba, a great hero of the descendants of Anak.)

And the land had rest from war.

13 Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the Lord said unto him, Thou art old and stricken in years, and there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed.

This is the land that yet remaineth: all the borders of the Philistines, and all Geshuri,

From Sihor, which is before Egypt, even unto the borders of Ekron northward, which is counted to the Canaanite: five lords of the Philistines; the Gazathites, and the Ashdothites, the Eshkalonites, the Gittites, and the Ekronites; also the Avites:

From the south, all the land of the Canaanites, and Mearah that is beside the Sidonians unto Aphek, to the borders of the Amorites:

And the land of the Giblites, and all Lebanon, toward the sunrising, from Baalgad under mount Hermon unto the entering into Hamath.

All the inhabitants of the hill country from Lebanon unto Misrephothmaim, and all the Sidonians, them will I drive out from before the children of Israel: only divide thou it by lot unto the Israelites for an inheritance, as I have commanded thee.

Now therefore divide this land for an inheritance unto the nine tribes, and the half tribe of Manasseh,

With whom the Reubenites and the Gadites have received their inheritance, which Moses gave them, beyond Jordan eastward, even as Moses the servant of the Lord gave them;

From Aroer, that is upon the bank of the river Arnon, and the city that is in the midst of the river, and all the plain of Medeba unto Dibon;

10 And all the cities of Sihon king of the Amorites, which reigned in Heshbon, unto the border of the children of Ammon;

11 And Gilead, and the border of the Geshurites and Maachathites, and all mount Hermon, and all Bashan unto Salcah;

12 All the kingdom of Og in Bashan, which reigned in Ashtaroth and in Edrei, who remained of the remnant of the giants: for these did Moses smite, and cast them out.

13 Nevertheless the children of Israel expelled not the Geshurites, nor the Maachathites: but the Geshurites and the Maachathites dwell among the Israelites until this day.

14 Only unto the tribes of Levi he gave none inheritance; the sacrifices of the Lord God of Israel made by fire are their inheritance, as he said unto them.

15 And Moses gave unto the tribe of the children of Reuben inheritance according to their families.

16 And their coast was from Aroer, that is on the bank of the river Arnon, and the city that is in the midst of the river, and all the plain by Medeba;

17 Heshbon, and all her cities that are in the plain; Dibon, and Bamothbaal, and Bethbaalmeon,

18 And Jahaza, and Kedemoth, and Mephaath,

19 And Kirjathaim, and Sibmah, and Zarethshahar in the mount of the valley,

20 And Bethpeor, and Ashdothpisgah, and Bethjeshimoth,

21 And all the cities of the plain, and all the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites, which reigned in Heshbon, whom Moses smote with the princes of Midian, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, which were dukes of Sihon, dwelling in the country.

22 Balaam also the son of Beor, the soothsayer, did the children of Israel slay with the sword among them that were slain by them.

23 And the border of the children of Reuben was Jordan, and the border thereof. This was the inheritance of the children of Reuben after their families, the cities and the villages thereof.

24 And Moses gave inheritance unto the tribe of Gad, even unto the children of Gad according to their families.

25 And their coast was Jazer, and all the cities of Gilead, and half the land of the children of Ammon, unto Aroer that is before Rabbah;

26 And from Heshbon unto Ramathmizpeh, and Betonim; and from Mahanaim unto the border of Debir;

27 And in the valley, Betharam, and Bethnimrah, and Succoth, and Zaphon, the rest of the kingdom of Sihon king of Heshbon, Jordan and his border, even unto the edge of the sea of Chinnereth on the other side Jordan eastward.

28 This is the inheritance of the children of Gad after their families, the cities, and their villages.

29 And Moses gave inheritance unto the half tribe of Manasseh: and this was the possession of the half tribe of the children of Manasseh by their families.

30 And their coast was from Mahanaim, all Bashan, all the kingdom of Og king of Bashan, and all the towns of Jair, which are in Bashan, threescore cities:

31 And half Gilead, and Ashtaroth, and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan, were pertaining unto the children of Machir the son of Manasseh, even to the one half of the children of Machir by their families.

32 These are the countries which Moses did distribute for inheritance in the plains of Moab, on the other side Jordan, by Jericho, eastward.

33 But unto the tribe of Levi Moses gave not any inheritance: the Lord God of Israel was their inheritance, as he said unto them.

14 And these are the countries which the children of Israel inherited in the land of Canaan, which Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel, distributed for inheritance to them.

By lot was their inheritance, as the Lord commanded by the hand of Moses, for the nine tribes, and for the half tribe.

For Moses had given the inheritance of two tribes and an half tribe on the other side Jordan: but unto the Levites he gave none inheritance among them.

For the children of Joseph were two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim: therefore they gave no part unto the Levites in the land, save cities to dwell in, with their suburbs for their cattle and for their substance.

As the Lord commanded Moses, so the children of Israel did, and they divided the land.

Then the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite said unto him, Thou knowest the thing that the Lord said unto Moses the man of God concerning me and thee in Kadeshbarnea.

Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadeshbarnea to espy out the land; and I brought him word again as it was in mine heart.

Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the Lord my God.

And Moses sware on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon thy feet have trodden shall be thine inheritance, and thy children's for ever, because thou hast wholly followed the Lord my God.

10 And now, behold, the Lord hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the Lord spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old.

11 As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.

12 Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the Lord spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the Lord will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the Lord said.

13 And Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh Hebron for an inheritance.

14 Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite unto this day, because that he wholly followed the Lord God of Israel.

15 And the name of Hebron before was Kirjatharba; which Arba was a great man among the Anakims. And the land had rest from war.

Luke 18:1-17

The Parable of the Persistent Widow

18 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.Isa 40:31; Lk 11:5-8; S Ac 1:14; S Ro 1:10; 12:12; Eph 6:18; Col 4:2; 1Th 5:17He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought.And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justiceIsa 1:17 against my adversary.’

“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think,yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”Lk 11:8

And the LordS Lk 7:13 said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says.And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry outEx 22:23; Ps 88:1; Rev 6:10 to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of ManS Mt 8:20 comes,S Mt 16:27 will he find faith on the earth?”

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

To some who were confident of their own righteousnessLk 16:15 and looked down on everyone else,Isa 65:5 Jesus told this parable:10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray,Ac 3:1 one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.11 The Pharisee stood by himselfMt 6:5; Mk 11:25 and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.12 I fastIsa 58:3; Mt 9:14 twice a week and give a tenthMal 3:8; Lk 11:42 of all I get.’

13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breastIsa 66:2; Jer 31:19; Lk 23:48 and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’Lk 5:32; 1Ti 1:15

14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”S Mt 23:12

The Little Children and Jesus18:15-17pp — Mt 19:13-15; Mk 10:13-16

15 People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them.16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.17 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little childMt 11:25; 18:3 will never enter it.”

Parable of the Persistent Widow

18 One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.“There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people.A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people,but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’”

Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge.Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man“Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself. returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?”

Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector

Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else:10 “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector.11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayerSome manuscripts read stood and prayed this prayer to himself.: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not like other people—cheaters, sinners, adulterers. I’m certainly not like that tax collector!12 I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’

13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’14 I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Jesus Blesses the Children

15 One day some parents brought their little children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But when the disciples saw this, they scolded the parents for bothering him.

16 Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.17 I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”

18 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:

And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.

And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;

Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.

And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.

And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:

10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

15 And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them.

16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

Psalm 85:1-13

Psalm 85In Hebrew texts 85:1-13 is numbered 85:2-14.

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

You, Lord, showed favor to your land;

you restored the fortunesS Dt 30:3; Ps 14:7 of Jacob.

You forgaveS Nu 14:19 the iniquityS Ex 32:30; S Ps 78:38 of your people

and covered all their sins.The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.

You set aside all your wrathPs 106:23; Da 9:16

and turned from your fierce anger.Ex 32:12; Dt 13:17; Ps 78:38; Jnh 3:9

RestoreS Ps 71:20 us again, God our Savior,S Ps 65:5

and put away your displeasure toward us.

Will you be angry with us forever?S Ps 50:21

Will you prolong your anger through all generations?

Will you not reviveS Ps 80:18 us again,

that your people may rejoicePhp 3:1 in you?

Show us your unfailing love,S Ps 6:4 Lord,

and grant us your salvation.Ps 27:1

I will listen to what God the Lord says;

he promises peaceS Lev 26:6; S Isa 60:17; S Jn 14:27; 2Th 3:16 to his people, his faithful servants—

but let them not turn to folly.Pr 26:11; 27:22

Surely his salvationPs 27:1; Isa 43:3; 45:8; 46:13; 51:5; 56:1; 62:11 is near those who fear him,

that his gloryS Ex 29:43; Isa 60:19; Hag 2:9; Zec 2:5 may dwell in our land.

10 Love and faithfulnessPs 89:14; 115:1; Pr 3:3 meet together;

righteousnessPs 72:2-3; Isa 32:17 and peace kiss each other.

11 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,

and righteousnessIsa 45:8 looks down from heaven.

12 The Lord will indeed give what is good,Ps 84:11; Jas 1:17

and our land will yieldLev 26:4; S Ps 67:6; Zec 8:12 its harvest.

13 Righteousness goes before him

and prepares the way for his steps.

Psalm 85

For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah.

Lord, you poured out blessings on your land!

You restored the fortunes of Israel.Hebrew of Jacob. See note on 44:4.

You forgave the guilt of your people—

yes, you covered all their sins. Interlude

You held back your fury.

You kept back your blazing anger.

Now restore us again, O God of our salvation.

Put aside your anger against us once more.

Will you be angry with us always?

Will you prolong your wrath to all generations?

Won’t you revive us again,

so your people can rejoice in you?

Show us your unfailing love, O Lord,

and grant us your salvation.

I listen carefully to what God the Lord is saying,

for he speaks peace to his faithful people.

But let them not return to their foolish ways.

Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him,

so our land will be filled with his glory.

10 Unfailing love and truth have met together.

Righteousness and peace have kissed!

11 Truth springs up from the earth,

and righteousness smiles down from heaven.

12 Yes, the Lord pours down his blessings.

Our land will yield its bountiful harvest.

13 Righteousness goes as a herald before him,

preparing the way for his steps.

85 Lord, thou hast been favourable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob.

Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah.

Thou hast taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger.

Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease.

Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations?

Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?

Shew us thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us thy salvation.

I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.

Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.

10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

11 Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.

12 Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase.

13 Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.

Proverbs 13:7-8

One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;Rev 3:17

another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.2Co 6:10

A person’s riches may ransom their life,

but the poor cannot respond to threatening rebukes.Pr 15:16

Some who are poor pretend to be rich;

others who are rich pretend to be poor.

The rich can pay a ransom for their lives,

but the poor won’t even get threatened.

There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.

The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.

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