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by Larry Stockstill

Like Caleb, Bartimaeus was a man of persistence. He refused to stop calling out for mercy even when others demanded that he be quiet (Luke 18:39). He knew that Jesus was "so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love" (Psalm 86:5) to all who called on His name.

To get the attention of this God of mercy, your call of faith must never grow weary but must remain fervent. Something about seriousness attracts God's compassion. A halfhearted request may impress the world, but God knows when you have reached a place of desperation.

Bartimaeus was tired of blindness and cared nothing about public opinion. His fervent pleading drew the attention of the Son of God, and his miracle brought much glory to God. The woman with the issue of blood showed the same determination when she pressed in to touch the hem of Jesus' garment.

Remember the words of Psalm 86:17: "Send me a sign of your favor. Then those who hate me will be put to shame, for you, O Lord, help and comfort me." Keep calling out fervently, for the God of mercy is listening.

Joshua 15:1-63

Allotment for Judah15:15-19pp — Jdg 1:11-15

15 The allotment for the tribe of Judah, according to its clans, extended down to the territory of Edom,Nu 34:3 to the Desert of ZinS Nu 13:21 in the extreme south.Jos 18:5

Their southern boundary started from the bay at the southern end of the Dead Sea,S Ge 14:3crossed south of Scorpion Pass,S Nu 34:4 continued on to Zin and went over to the south of Kadesh Barnea.S Dt 1:2 Then it ran past Hezron up to Addar and curved around to Karka.It then passed along to AzmonNu 34:4 and joined the Wadi of Egypt,S Ge 15:18 ending at the Mediterranean Sea. This is theirSeptuagint; Hebrew your southern boundary.

The eastern boundaryNu 34:10 is the Dead SeaS Ge 14:3 as far as the mouth of the Jordan.

The northern boundaryJos 18:15-19 started from the bay of the sea at the mouth of the Jordan,went up to Beth HoglahJos 18:19, 21 and continued north of Beth Arabahver 61; Jos 18:18 to the Stone of BohanJos 18:17 son of Reuben.The boundary then went up to DebirS Jos 10:3 from the Valley of AchorS Jos 7:24 and turned north to Gilgal,S Dt 11:30 which faces the Pass of Adummim south of the gorge. It continued along to the waters of En ShemeshJos 18:17 and came out at En Rogel.Jos 18:16; 2Sa 17:17; 1Ki 1:9Then it ran up the Valley of Ben Hinnom2Ch 28:3; Jer 19:6 along the southern slope of the Jebusitever 63; Jos 18:16, 28; Jdg 1:21; 19:10; 2Sa 5:6; 1Ch 11:4; Ezr 9:1 city (that is, JerusalemS Jos 10:1). From there it climbed to the top of the hill west of the Hinnom Valley2Ki 23:10; Jer 7:31; 19:2 at the northern end of the Valley of Rephaim.2Sa 5:18, 22; 1Ch 14:9; Isa 17:5From the hilltop the boundary headed toward the spring of the waters of Nephtoah,Jos 18:15 came out at the towns of Mount Ephron and went down toward Baalahver 10, 11, 29; 2Sa 6:2; 1Ch 13:6 (that is, Kiriath Jearim).S Jos 9:1710 Then it curved westward from BaalahS ver 9 to Mount Seir,S Nu 24:18 ran along the northern slope of Mount Jearim (that is, Kesalon), continued down to Beth ShemeshJos 19:22, 38; 21:16; Jdg 1:33; 1Sa 6:9; 1Ki 4:9; 2Ki 14:11 and crossed to Timnah.S Ge 38:1211 It went to the northern slope of Ekron,S Jos 13:3 turned toward Shikkeron, passed along to Mount BaalahS ver 9 and reached Jabneel.Jos 19:33 The boundary ended at the sea.

12 The western boundary is the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea.S Nu 34:6

These are the boundaries around the people of Judah by their clans.

13 In accordance with the Lord’s command to him, Joshua gave to Caleb1Sa 25:3; 30:14 son of Jephunneh a portion in Judah—Kiriath ArbaS Ge 23:2, that is, Hebron.S Jos 10:36; 21:12; 1Ch 6:56 (Arba was the forefather of Anak.)S Nu 13:2214 From Hebron Caleb drove out the three AnakitesS Nu 13:33—Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai,S Nu 13:22 the sons of Anak.Jdg 1:10, 2015 From there he marched against the people living in Debir (formerly called Kiriath Sepher).16 And Caleb said, “I will give my daughter Aksah1Ch 2:49 in marriage to the man who attacks and captures Kiriath Sepher.”17 OthnielJdg 3:9, 11; 1Ch 4:13; 27:15 son of Kenaz, Caleb’s brother, took it; so Caleb gave his daughter Aksah to him in marriage.

18 One day when she came to Othniel, she urged himHebrew and some Septuagint manuscripts; other Septuagint manuscripts (see also note at Judges 1:14) Othniel, he urged her to ask her father for a field. When she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What can I do for you?”

19 She replied, “Do me a special favor. Since you have given me land in the Negev,S Jos 10:40 give me also springs of water.” So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.Ge 36:24

20 This is the inheritance of the tribe of Judah, according to its clans:

21 The southernmost towns of the tribe of Judah in the NegevS Jos 10:40 toward the boundary of Edom were:

Kabzeel,2Sa 23:20; 1Ch 11:22 Eder,Ge 35:21 Jagur,22 Kinah, Dimonah, Adadah,23 Kedesh,S Jos 12:22 Hazor,S Jos 11:1 Ithnan,24 Ziph,ver 55; 1Sa 23:14; 2Ch 11:8 Telem, Bealoth,25 Hazor Hadattah, Kerioth Hezron (that is, Hazor),S Jos 11:126 Amam, Shema, Moladah,Jos 19:2; 1Ch 4:28; Ne 11:2627 Hazar Gaddah, Heshmon, Beth Pelet,28 Hazar Shual,Jos 19:3; 1Ch 4:28 Beersheba,S Ge 21:14 Biziothiah,29 Baalah,S ver 9 Iyim, Ezem,Jos 19:3; 1Ch 4:2930 Eltolad,Jos 19:4 Kesil, Hormah,S Nu 14:4531 Ziklag,Jos 19:5; 1Sa 27:6; 1Ch 4:30; 12:1; Ne 11:28 Madmannah,1Ch 2:49 Sansannah,32 Lebaoth, Shilhim, AinS Nu 34:11 and RimmonJos 19:7; Jdg 20:45; 21:13; Zec 14:10—a total of twenty-nine towns and their villages.

33 In the western foothills:

Eshtaol,Jos 19:41; Jdg 13:25; 16:31; 18:2 Zorah,Jdg 13:2; 18:11; 2Ch 11:10; Ne 11:29 Ashnah,ver 4334 Zanoah,ver 56; 1Ch 4:18; Ne 3:13; 11:30 En Gannim,Jos 19:21; 21:29 Tappuah,S Jos 12:17 Enam,35 Jarmuth,S Jos 10:3 Adullam,S Ge 38:1 Sokoh,ver 48; 1Ki 4:10 Azekah,S Jos 10:1036 Shaaraim,1Sa 17:52; 1Ch 4:31 Adithaim and Gederah1Ch 12:4 (or Gederothaim)Or Gederah and Gederothaim—fourteen towns and their villages.

37 Zenan, Hadashah, Migdal Gad,38 Dilean, Mizpah,S Jos 11:3 Joktheel,2Ki 14:739 Lachish,S Jos 10:3 Bozkath,2Ki 22:1 Eglon,S Jos 10:340 Kabbon, Lahmas, Kitlish,41 Gederoth,2Ch 28:18 Beth Dagon,Jos 19:27 Naamah and MakkedahS Jos 10:10—sixteen towns and their villages.

42 Libnah,S Nu 33:20 Ether, Ashan,Jos 19:7; 1Sa 30:30; 1Ch 4:32; 6:5943 Iphtah, Ashnah,ver 33 Nezib,44 Keilah,1Sa 23:1-2, 1; 1Ch 4:19; Ne 3:17, 18 AkzibJos 19:29; Jdg 1:31; Mic 1:14 and MareshahMic 1:15—nine towns and their villages.

45 Ekron,S Jos 13:3 with its surrounding settlements and villages;46 west of Ekron, all that were in the vicinity of Ashdod,Jos 11:22 together with their villages;47 Ashdod,S Jos 11:22 its surrounding settlements and villages; and Gaza, its settlements and villages, as far as the Wadi of EgyptS Ge 15:18 and the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea.S Nu 34:6

48 In the hill country:

Shamir,Jdg 10:1 Jattir,Jos 21:14; 1Sa 30:27; 1Ch 6:57 Sokoh,S ver 3549 Dannah, Kiriath Sannah (that is, DebirS Jos 10:3),50 Anab,Jos 11:21 Eshtemoh,Jos 21:14; 1Sa 30:28 Anim,51 Goshen,S Jos 10:41 HolonJos 21:15; Jer 48:21 and Giloh2Sa 15:12—eleven towns and their villages.

52 Arab, Dumah,S Ge 25:14 Eshan,53 Janim, Beth Tappuah, Aphekah,54 Humtah, Kiriath ArbaS Ge 35:27 (that is, Hebron) and Zior—nine towns and their villages.

55 Maon,Jdg 10:12; 1Sa 23:24, 25; 25:1, 2; 1Ch 2:45 Carmel,S Jos 12:22 Ziph,S ver 24 Juttah,Jos 21:1656 Jezreel,Jos 17:16; 19:18; Jdg 6:33; 1Sa 25:43; 1Ki 18:45; 1Ch 3:1; Hos 1:5 Jokdeam, Zanoah,S ver 3457 Kain, GibeahJos 18:28; 24:33; Jdg 19:12; 20:4; 2Sa 23:29; 1Ch 11:31 and TimnahS Ge 38:12—ten towns and their villages.

58 Halhul, Beth Zur,1Ch 2:45; 2Ch 11:7; Ne 3:16 Gedor,1Ch 4:39; 12:759 Maarath, Beth Anoth and Eltekon—six towns and their villages.The Septuagint adds another district of eleven towns, including Tekoa and Ephrathah (Bethlehem).

60 Kiriath Baalver 9 (that is, Kiriath JearimS Jos 9:17) and RabbahS Dt 3:11—two towns and their villages.

61 In the wilderness:S Jos 8:15

Beth Arabah,S ver 6 Middin, Sekakah,62 Nibshan, the City of Salt and En Gedi1Sa 23:29; 24:1; Eze 47:10—six towns and their villages.

63 Judah could notJos 16:10; 17:12; Jdg 1:21; 1Ki 9:21 dislodge the JebusitesS ver 8, who were living in Jerusalem;S Jos 10:1 to this day the Jebusites live there with the people of Judah.Eze 48:7

The Land Given to the Tribe of Judah

15 The allotment for the clans of the tribe of Judah reached southward to the border of Edom, as far south as the wilderness of Zin.

The southern boundary began at the south bay of the Dead Sea,Hebrew the Salt Sea; also in 15:5.ran south of Scorpion PassHebrew Akrabbim. into the wilderness of Zin, and then went south of Kadesh-barnea to Hezron. Then it went up to Addar, where it turned toward Karka.From there it passed to Azmon until it finally reached the Brook of Egypt, which it followed to the Mediterranean Sea.Hebrew the sea; also in 15:11. This was theirHebrew your. southern boundary.

The eastern boundary extended along the Dead Sea to the mouth of the Jordan River.

The northern boundary began at the bay where the Jordan River empties into the Dead Sea,went up from there to Beth-hoglah, then proceeded north of Beth-arabah to the Stone of Bohan. (Bohan was Reuben’s son.)From that point it went through the valley of Achor to Debir, turning north toward Gilgal, which is across from the slopes of Adummim on the south side of the valley. From there the boundary extended to the springs at En-shemesh and on to En-rogel.The boundary then passed through the valley of Ben-Hinnom, along the southern slopes of the Jebusites, where the city of Jerusalem is located. Then it went west to the top of the mountain above the valley of Hinnom, and on up to the northern end of the valley of Rephaim.From there the boundary extended from the top of the mountain to the spring at the waters of Nephtoah,Or the spring at Me-nephtoah. and from there to the towns on Mount Ephron. Then it turned toward Baalah (that is, Kiriath-jearim).10 The boundary circled west of Baalah to Mount Seir, passed along to the town of Kesalon on the northern slope of Mount Jearim, and went down to Beth-shemesh and on to Timnah.11 The boundary then proceeded to the slope of the hill north of Ekron, where it turned toward Shikkeron and Mount Baalah. It passed Jabneel and ended at the Mediterranean Sea.

12 The western boundary was the shoreline of the Mediterranean Sea.Hebrew the Great Sea; also in 15:47.

These are the boundaries for the clans of the tribe of Judah.

The Land Given to Caleb

13 The Lord commanded Joshua to assign some of Judah’s territory to Caleb son of Jephunneh. So Caleb was given the town of Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), which had been named after Anak’s ancestor.14 Caleb drove out the three groups of Anakites—the descendants of Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai, the sons of Anak.

15 From there he went to fight against the people living in the town of Debir (formerly called Kiriath-sepher).16 Caleb said, “I will give my daughter Acsah in marriage to the one who attacks and captures Kiriath-sepher.”17 Othniel, the son of Caleb’s brother Kenaz, was the one who conquered it, so Acsah became Othniel’s wife.

18 When Acsah married Othniel, she urged himSome Greek manuscripts read he urged her. to ask her father for a field. As she got down off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What’s the matter?”

19 She said, “Give me another gift. You have already given me land in the Negev; now please give me springs of water, too.” So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.

The Towns Allotted to Judah

20 This was the homeland allocated to the clans of the tribe of Judah.

21 The towns of Judah situated along the borders of Edom in the extreme south were Kabzeel, Eder, Jagur,22 Kinah, Dimonah, Adadah,23 Kedesh, Hazor, Ithnan,24 Ziph, Telem, Bealoth,25 Hazor-hadattah, Kerioth-hezron (that is, Hazor),26 Amam, Shema, Moladah,27 Hazar-gaddah, Heshmon, Beth-pelet,28 Hazar-shual, Beersheba, Biziothiah,29 Baalah, Iim, Ezem,30 Eltolad, Kesil, Hormah,31 Ziklag, Madmannah, Sansannah,32 Lebaoth, Shilhim, Ain, and Rimmon—twenty-nine towns with their surrounding villages.

33 The following towns situated in the western foothillsHebrew the Shephelah. were also given to Judah: Eshtaol, Zorah, Ashnah,34 Zanoah, En-gannim, Tappuah, Enam,35 Jarmuth, Adullam, Socoh, Azekah,36 Shaaraim, Adithaim, Gederah, and Gederothaim—fourteen towns with their surrounding villages.

37 Also included were Zenan, Hadashah, Migdal-gad,38 Dilean, Mizpeh, Joktheel,39 Lachish, Bozkath, Eglon,40 Cabbon, Lahmam, Kitlish,41 Gederoth, Beth-dagon, Naamah, and Makkedah—sixteen towns with their surrounding villages.

42 Besides these, there were Libnah, Ether, Ashan,43 Iphtah, Ashnah, Nezib,44 Keilah, Aczib, and Mareshah—nine towns with their surrounding villages.

45 The territory of the tribe of Judah also included Ekron and its surrounding settlements and villages.46 From Ekron the boundary extended west and included the towns near Ashdod with their surrounding villages.47 It also included Ashdod with its surrounding settlements and villages and Gaza with its settlements and villages, as far as the Brook of Egypt and along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

48 Judah also received the following towns in the hill country: Shamir, Jattir, Socoh,49 Dannah, Kiriath-sannah (that is, Debir),50 Anab, Eshtemoh, Anim,51 Goshen, Holon, and Giloh—eleven towns with their surrounding villages.

52 Also included were the towns of Arab, Dumah, Eshan,53 Janim, Beth-tappuah, Aphekah,54 Humtah, Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), and Zior—nine towns with their surrounding villages.

55 Besides these, there were Maon, Carmel, Ziph, Juttah,56 Jezreel, Jokdeam, Zanoah,57 Kain, Gibeah, and Timnah—ten towns with their surrounding villages.

58 In addition, there were Halhul, Beth-zur, Gedor,59 Maarath, Beth-anoth, and Eltekon—six towns with their surrounding villages.

60 There were also Kiriath-baal (that is, Kiriath-jearim) and Rabbah—two towns with their surrounding villages.

61 In the wilderness there were the towns of Beth-arabah, Middin, Secacah,62 Nibshan, the City of Salt, and En-gedi—six towns with their surrounding villages.

63 But the tribe of Judah could not drive out the Jebusites, who lived in the city of Jerusalem, so the Jebusites live there among the people of Judah to this day.

15 This then was the lot of the tribe of the children of Judah by their families; even to the border of Edom the wilderness of Zin southward was the uttermost part of the south coast.

And their south border was from the shore of the salt sea, from the bay that looketh southward:

And it went out to the south side to Maalehacrabbim, and passed along to Zin, and ascended up on the south side unto Kadeshbarnea, and passed along to Hezron, and went up to Adar, and fetched a compass to Karkaa:

From thence it passed toward Azmon, and went out unto the river of Egypt; and the goings out of that coast were at the sea: this shall be your south coast.

And the east border was the salt sea, even unto the end of Jordan. And their border in the north quarter was from the bay of the sea at the uttermost part of Jordan:

And the border went up to Bethhogla, and passed along by the north of Betharabah; and the border went up to the stone of Bohan the son of Reuben:

And the border went up toward Debir from the valley of Achor, and so northward, looking toward Gilgal, that is before the going up to Adummim, which is on the south side of the river: and the border passed toward the waters of Enshemesh, and the goings out thereof were at Enrogel:

And the border went up by the valley of the son of Hinnom unto the south side of the Jebusite; the same is Jerusalem: and the border went up to the top of the mountain that lieth before the valley of Hinnom westward, which is at the end of the valley of the giants northward:

And the border was drawn from the top of the hill unto the fountain of the water of Nephtoah, and went out to the cities of mount Ephron; and the border was drawn to Baalah, which is Kirjathjearim:

10 And the border compassed from Baalah westward unto mount Seir, and passed along unto the side of mount Jearim, which is Chesalon, on the north side, and went down to Bethshemesh, and passed on to Timnah:

11 And the border went out unto the side of Ekron northward: and the border was drawn to Shicron, and passed along to mount Baalah, and went out unto Jabneel; and the goings out of the border were at the sea.

12 And the west border was to the great sea, and the coast thereof. This is the coast of the children of Judah round about according to their families.

13 And unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh he gave a part among the children of Judah, according to the commandment of the Lord to Joshua, even the city of Arba the father of Anak, which city is Hebron.

14 And Caleb drove thence the three sons of Anak, Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai, the children of Anak.

15 And he went up thence to the inhabitants of Debir: and the name of Debir before was Kirjathsepher.

16 And Caleb said, He that smiteth Kirjathsepher, and taketh it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter to wife.

17 And Othniel the son of Kenaz, the brother of Caleb, took it: and he gave him Achsah his daughter to wife.

18 And it came to pass, as she came unto him, that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she lighted off her ass; and Caleb said unto her, What wouldest thou?

19 Who answered, Give me a blessing; for thou hast given me a south land; give me also springs of water. And he gave her the upper springs, and the nether springs.

20 This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Judah according to their families.

21 And the uttermost cities of the tribe of the children of Judah toward the coast of Edom southward were Kabzeel, and Eder, and Jagur,

22 And Kinah, and Dimonah, and Adadah,

23 And Kedesh, and Hazor, and Ithnan,

24 Ziph, and Telem, and Bealoth,

25 And Hazor, Hadattah, and Kerioth, and Hezron, which is Hazor,

26 Amam, and Shema, and Moladah,

27 And Hazargaddah, and Heshmon, and Bethpalet,

28 And Hazarshual, and Beersheba, and Bizjothjah,

29 Baalah, and Iim, and Azem,

30 And Eltolad, and Chesil, and Hormah,

31 And Ziklag, and Madmannah, and Sansannah,

32 And Lebaoth, and Shilhim, and Ain, and Rimmon: all the cities are twenty and nine, with their villages:

33 And in the valley, Eshtaol, and Zoreah, and Ashnah,

34 And Zanoah, and Engannim, Tappuah, and Enam,

35 Jarmuth, and Adullam, Socoh, and Azekah,

36 And Sharaim, and Adithaim, and Gederah, and Gederothaim; fourteen cities with their villages:

37 Zenan, and Hadashah, and Migdalgad,

38 And Dilean, and Mizpeh, and Joktheel,

39 Lachish, and Bozkath, and Eglon,

40 And Cabbon, and Lahmam, and Kithlish,

41 And Gederoth, Bethdagon, and Naamah, and Makkedah; sixteen cities with their villages:

42 Libnah, and Ether, and Ashan,

43 And Jiphtah, and Ashnah, and Nezib,

44 And Keilah, and Achzib, and Mareshah; nine cities with their villages:

45 Ekron, with her towns and her villages:

46 From Ekron even unto the sea, all that lay near Ashdod, with their villages:

47 Ashdod with her towns and her villages, Gaza with her towns and her villages, unto the river of Egypt, and the great sea, and the border thereof:

48 And in the mountains, Shamir, and Jattir, and Socoh,

49 And Dannah, and Kirjathsannah, which is Debir,

50 And Anab, and Eshtemoh, and Anim,

51 And Goshen, and Holon, and Giloh; eleven cities with their villages:

52 Arab, and Dumah, and Eshean,

53 And Janum, and Bethtappuah, and Aphekah,

54 And Humtah, and Kirjatharba, which is Hebron, and Zior; nine cities with their villages:

55 Maon, Carmel, and Ziph, and Juttah,

56 And Jezreel, and Jokdeam, and Zanoah,

57 Cain, Gibeah, and Timnah; ten cities with their villages:

58 Halhul, Bethzur, and Gedor,

59 And Maarath, and Bethanoth, and Eltekon; six cities with their villages:

60 Kirjathbaal, which is Kirjathjearim, and Rabbah; two cities with their villages:

61 In the wilderness, Betharabah, Middin, and Secacah,

62 And Nibshan, and the city of Salt, and Engedi; six cities with their villages.

63 As for the Jebusites the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not drive them out; but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem unto this day.

Luke 18:18-43

The Rich and the Kingdom of God18:18-30pp — Mt 19:16-29; Mk 10:17-30

18 A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”Lk 10:25

19 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.20 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’Exodus 20:12-16; Deut. 5:16-20Ex 20:12-16; Dt 5:16-20; Ro 13:9

21 “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said.

22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor,S Ac 2:45 and you will have treasure in heaven.S Mt 6:20 Then come, follow me.”

23 When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy.24 Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!Pr 11:2825 Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

26 Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?”

27 Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”S Mt 19:26

28 Peter said to him, “We have left all we had to follow you!”S Mt 4:19

29 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God30 will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to comeS Mt 12:32 eternal life.”S Mt 25:46

Jesus Predicts His Death a Third Time18:31-33pp — Mt 20:17-19; Mk 10:32-34

31 Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem,S Lk 9:51 and everything that is written by the prophetsPs 22; Isa 53 about the Son of ManS Mt 8:20 will be fulfilled.32 He will be delivered over to the Gentiles.Lk 23:1 They will mock him, insult him and spit on him;33 they will flog himS Mt 16:21 and kill him.S Ac 2:23 On the third dayS Mt 16:21 he will rise again.”S Mt 16:21

34 The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about.S Mk 9:32

A Blind Beggar Receives His Sight18:35-43pp — Mt 20:29-34; Mk 10:46-52

35 As Jesus approached Jericho,Lk 19:1 a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening.37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”Lk 19:4

38 He called out, “Jesus, Son of David,ver 39; S Mt 9:27 have mercyMt 17:15; Lk 18:13 on me!”

39 Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”ver 38

40 Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him,41 “What do you want me to do for you?”

“Lord, I want to see,” he replied.

42 Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.”S Mt 9:2243 Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.S Mt 9:8; Lk 13:17

The Rich Man

18 Once a religious leader asked Jesus this question: “Good Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”

19 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked him. “Only God is truly good.20 But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. Honor your father and mother.’Exod 20:12-16; Deut 5:16-20.

21 The man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.”

22 When Jesus heard his answer, he said, “There is still one thing you haven’t done. Sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

23 But when the man heard this he became very sad, for he was very rich.

24 When Jesus saw this,Some manuscripts read When Jesus saw how sad the man was. he said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”

26 Those who heard this said, “Then who in the world can be saved?”

27 He replied, “What is impossible for people is possible with God.”

28 Peter said, “We’ve left our homes to follow you.”

29 “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the Kingdom of God,30 will be repaid many times over in this life, and will have eternal life in the world to come.”

Jesus Again Predicts His Death

31 Taking the twelve disciples aside, Jesus said, “Listen, we’re going up to Jerusalem, where all the predictions of the prophets concerning the Son of Man will come true.32 He will be handed over to the Romans,Greek the Gentiles. and he will be mocked, treated shamefully, and spit upon.33 They will flog him with a whip and kill him, but on the third day he will rise again.”

34 But they didn’t understand any of this. The significance of his words was hidden from them, and they failed to grasp what he was talking about.

Jesus Heals a Blind Beggar

35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind beggar was sitting beside the road.36 When he heard the noise of a crowd going past, he asked what was happening.37 They told him that Jesus the NazareneOr Jesus of Nazareth. was going by.38 So he began shouting, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

39 “Be quiet!” the people in front yelled at him.

But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

40 When Jesus heard him, he stopped and ordered that the man be brought to him. As the man came near, Jesus asked him,41 “What do you want me to do for you?”

“Lord,” he said, “I want to see!”

42 And Jesus said, “All right, receive your sight! Your faith has healed you.”43 Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus, praising God. And all who saw it praised God, too.

18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.

20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.

21 And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.

22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.

23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.

24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

25 For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

26 And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved?

27 And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

28 Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee.

29 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake,

30 Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.

31 Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished.

32 For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on:

33 And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.

34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.

35 And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging:

36 And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant.

37 And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.

38 And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.

39 And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.

40 And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him,

41 Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight.

42 And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.

43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.

Psalm 86:1-17

Psalm 86

A prayer of David.

Hear me, Lord, and answerPs 17:6 me,

for I am poor and needy.

Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;

save your servant who trusts in you.Ps 25:2; 31:14

You are my God;have mercyPs 4:1; S 9:13; 57:1 on me, Lord,

for I callPs 88:9 to you all day long.

Bring joy to your servant, Lord,

for I put my trustPs 46:5; 143:8 in you.

You, Lord, are forgiving and good,

abounding in loveEx 34:6; Ne 9:17; Ps 103:8; 145:8; Joel 2:13; Jnh 4:2 to all who call to you.

Hear my prayer, Lord;

listen to my cryPs 5:2; 17:1 for mercy.

When I am in distress,Ps 27:5; S 50:15; 94:13; Hab 3:16 I callJob 22:27; Ps 4:3; 80:18; 91:15; Isa 30:19; 58:9; 65:24; Zec 13:9 to you,

because you answerPs 3:4 me.

Among the godsS Ex 8:10; S Job 21:22 there is none like you,S Ps 18:31 Lord;

no deeds can compare with yours.

All the nations you have made

will comeS Ps 65:2 and worshipPs 66:4; Isa 19:21; 27:13; 49:7; Zec 8:20-22; 14:16; Rev 15:4 before you, Lord;

they will bring gloryIsa 43:7; 44:23 to your name.

10 For you are greatS 2Sa 7:22; S Ps 48:1 and do marvelous deeds;S Ex 3:20; S Ps 71:17; 72:18

you aloneS Dt 6:4; S Isa 43:10; Mk 12:29; 1Co 8:4 are God.

11 Teach me your way,S Ex 33:13; S 1Sa 12:23; Ps 25:5 Lord,

that I may rely on your faithfulness;S Ps 26:3

give me an undividedJer 24:7; 32:39; Eze 11:19; 1Co 7:35 heart,

that I may fearS Dt 6:24 your name.

12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;S Ps 9:1

I will glorify your name forever.

13 For great is your love toward me;

you have delivered meS Ps 34:4; 49:15; 116:8 from the depths,

from the realm of the dead.S Ps 16:10; S 56:13

14 Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God;

ruthless people are trying to kill me—

they have no regard for you.Ps 54:3

15 But you, Lord, are a compassionate and graciousS Ps 51:1; 103:8; 111:4; 116:5; 145:8 God,

slow to anger,Nu 14:18 aboundingver 5 in love and faithfulness.S Ex 34:6; S Ne 9:17; Joel 2:13

16 Turn to meS Ps 6:4 and have mercyS Ps 9:13 on me;

show your strengthPs 18:1 in behalf of your servant;

save me, because I serve you

just as my mother did.Ps 116:16

17 Give me a signS Ex 3:12; Mt 24:3; S Jn 2:11 of your goodness,

that my enemies may see it and be put to shame,

for you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

Psalm 86

A prayer of David.

Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer;

answer me, for I need your help.

Protect me, for I am devoted to you.

Save me, for I serve you and trust you.

You are my God.

Be merciful to me, O Lord,

for I am calling on you constantly.

Give me happiness, O Lord,

for I give myself to you.

O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive,

so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.

Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord;

hear my urgent cry.

I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble,

and you will answer me.

No pagan god is like you, O Lord.

None can do what you do!

All the nations you made

will come and bow before you, Lord;

they will praise your holy name.

10 For you are great and perform wonderful deeds.

You alone are God.

11 Teach me your ways, O Lord,

that I may live according to your truth!

Grant me purity of heart,

so that I may honor you.

12 With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God.

I will give glory to your name forever,

13 for your love for me is very great.

You have rescued me from the depths of death.Hebrew of Sheol.

14 O God, insolent people rise up against me;

a violent gang is trying to kill me.

You mean nothing to them.

15 But you, O Lord,

are a God of compassion and mercy,

slow to get angry

and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.

16 Look down and have mercy on me.

Give your strength to your servant;

save me, the son of your servant.

17 Send me a sign of your favor.

Then those who hate me will be put to shame,

for you, O Lord, help and comfort me.

86 Bow down thine ear, O Lord, hear me: for I am poor and needy.

Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.

Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily.

Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

Give ear, O Lord, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.

In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.

Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.

All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.

10 For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.

11 Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.

12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.

13 For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

14 O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them.

15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

16 O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.

17 Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, Lord, hast holpen me, and comforted me.

Proverbs 13:9-10

The light of the righteous shines brightly,

but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.S Job 18:5; S Pr 4:18-19

10 Where there is strife, there is pride,

but wisdom is found in those who take advice.S Jdg 19:30; S Pr 9:9

The life of the godly is full of light and joy,

but the light of the wicked will be snuffed out.

10 Pride leads to conflict;

those who take advice are wise.

The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.

10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

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