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by Larry Stockstill

Jesus saw a terrible scene coming to Jerusalem in the not-too-distant future. He saw the Roman legions invading Jerusalem and completely destroying it in A.D. 70. Josephus, the Jewish historian, reported that more than one million Jews died during this invasion, thousands of them by crucifixion outside of Jerusalem. The city was so leveled that a plow was pulled across it from side to side. David also foretold this horrible event: "You have renounced your covenant with him, for you have thrown his crown in the dust. You have broken down the walls protecting him and laid in ruins every fort defending him" (Psalm 89:39-40).

The price for rejecting truth is high, and history, unfortunately, is strewn with the wreckage of civilizations that did just that. Joshua told the Israelites that if they forsook the Lord, He would turn against them, bring disaster on them, and make an end of them (Joshua 24:20). God gives a season of opportunity to repent, but then, like a potter fashioning his pot, He destroys the vessel and makes another.

Determine to be like Joshua, who said, "But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord" (Joshua 24:15). History will prove you right!

Joshua 24:1-33

The Covenant Renewed at Shechem

24 Then Joshua assembledGe 49:2 all the tribes of Israel at Shechem.S Ge 12:6 He summoned1Sa 12:7; 1Ki 8:14 the elders,Jos 7:6 leaders, judges and officials of Israel,Jos 23:2 and they presented themselves before God.

Joshua said to all the people, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Long ago your ancestors, including Terah the father of Abraham and Nahor,Ge 11:26 lived beyond the Euphrates River and worshiped other gods.Ge 11:32But I took your father Abraham from the land beyond the Euphrates and led him throughout CanaanS Ge 12:1 and gave him many descendants.S Ge 1:28; S 12:2 I gave him Isaac,S Ge 21:3and to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau.S Ge 25:26 I assigned the hill country of SeirS Ge 14:6; S Nu 24:18 to Esau, but Jacob and his family went down to Egypt.Ge 46:5-6

“‘Then I sent Moses and Aaron,S Ex 3:10 and I afflicted the Egyptians by what I did there, and I brought you out.Ex 12:51When I brought your people out of Egypt, you came to the sea,S Ex 14:22 and the Egyptians pursued them with chariots and horsemenOr charioteersS Ex 14:9 as far as the Red Sea.Or the Sea of ReedsEx 14:23But they criedS Ex 14:10 to the Lord for help, and he put darknessEx 14:20 between you and the Egyptians; he brought the sea over them and covered them.S Ex 14:28 You saw with your own eyes what I did to the Egyptians.S Ex 19:4 Then you lived in the wilderness for a long time.Dt 1:46

“‘I brought you to the land of the AmoritesS Ex 23:23 who lived east of the Jordan. They fought against you, but I gave them into your hands. I destroyed them from before you, and you took possession of their land.S Nu 21:31When Balak son of Zippor,Nu 22:2 the king of Moab, prepared to fight against Israel, he sent for Balaam son of BeorS Nu 23:7 to put a curse on you.S Nu 22:610 But I would not listen to Balaam, so he blessed youS Nu 23:11; S Dt 23:5 again and again, and I delivered you out of his hand.

11 “‘Then you crossed the JordanS Ex 14:29 and came to Jericho.Jos 6:1 The citizens of Jericho fought against you, as did also the Amorites, Perizzites,S Jos 3:10 Canaanites, Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites and Jebusites,S Ge 15:18-21 but I gave them into your hands.Ex 23:23; Dt 7:112 I sent the hornetS Ex 23:28; Ps 44:3, 6-7 ahead of you, which drove them outS Ex 23:31 before you—also the two Amorite kings. You did not do it with your own sword and bow.Ps 135:1113 So I gave you a landEx 6:8 on which you did not toil and cities you did not build; and you live in them and eat from vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant.’Dt 6:10-11

14 “Now fear the Lord1Sa 12:14; Job 23:15; Ps 19:9; 119:120 and serve him with all faithfulness.Dt 10:12; 18:13; 1Sa 12:24; 2Co 1:12 Throw away the godsver 23; S Ge 31:19; Ex 12:12; 18:11; 20:3; Nu 25:2; Dt 11:28; Jdg 10:16; Ru 1:15; Isa 55:7 your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt,Eze 23:3 and serve the Lord.15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites,Jdg 6:10; Ru 1:15 in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household,S Ge 35:2 we will serve the Lord.”Ru 1:16; 2:12; 1Ki 18:21; Da 3:18

16 Then the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsakeJos 22:29 the Lord to serve other gods!17 It was the Lord our God himself who brought us and our parents up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery,Jdg 6:8 and performed those great signsS Ex 10:1 before our eyes. He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nations through which we traveled.18 And the Lord drove outS Ex 23:31 before us all the nations,S Dt 33:27 including the Amorites, who lived in the land.Ac 7:45 We too will serve the Lord, because he is our God.S Ge 28:21

19 Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the Lord. He is a holy God;S Lev 11:44; S 20:26 he is a jealous God.S Ex 20:5 He will not forgiveS Ex 34:7 your rebellionS Ex 23:21 and your sins.20 If you forsake the Lord1Ch 28:9, 20; 2Ch 24:18 and serve foreign gods, he will turnAc 7:42 and bring disaster1Sa 12:25; Hos 13:11 on you and make an end of you,Jos 23:15 after he has been good to you.”

21 But the people said to Joshua, “No! We will serve the Lord.”

22 Then Joshua said, “You are witnessesver 27; Ru 4:10; Isa 8:2; 43:10; 44:8; Jer 42:5; Mal 2:14 against yourselves that you have chosenPs 119:30, 173 to serve the Lord.”

“Yes, we are witnesses,S Dt 25:9” they replied.

23 “Now then,” said Joshua, “throw away the foreign godsS ver 14 that are among you and yield your hearts1Ki 8:58; Ps 119:36; 141:4; Jer 31:33 to the Lord, the God of Israel.”

24 And the people said to Joshua, “We will serve the Lord our God and obey him.”Ex 19:8; Jer 42:6

25 On that day Joshua made a covenantS Ex 24:8 for the people, and there at ShechemS Jos 17:7 he reaffirmed for them decrees and laws.Ex 15:2526 And Joshua recordedS Dt 17:18 these things in the Book of the Law of God.S Dt 28:61; S 31:24 Then he took a large stoneS Ge 28:18; S Dt 27:2 and set it up there under the oakS Ge 12:6; S Jdg 4:11 near the holy place of the Lord.

27 “See!” he said to all the people. “This stoneS Ge 28:18; Hab 2:11 will be a witnessS ver 22; S Ge 21:30; S Jos 22:27 against us. It has heard all the words the Lord has said to us. It will be a witness against you if you are untrueS Jos 7:11 to your God.”S Nu 11:20; S Pr 30:9

28 Then Joshua dismissed the people, each to their own inheritance.Jdg 21:23, 24

Buried in the Promised Land24:29-31pp — Jdg 2:6-9

29 After these things, Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, diedJdg 1:1 at the age of a hundred and ten.S Ge 50:2230 And they buried him in the land of his inheritance, at Timnath SerahAlso known as Timnath Heres (see Judges 2:9)S Jos 19:50 in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.2Sa 23:30

31 Israel served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the eldersJos 7:6 who outlived him and who had experienced everything the Lord had done for Israel.

32 And Joseph’s bones,Heb 11:22 which the Israelites had brought up from Egypt,S Ge 47:29-30 were buried at Shechem in the tract of landGe 33:19; Jn 4:5; Ac 7:16 that Jacob bought for a hundred pieces of silverHebrew hundred kesitahs; a kesitah was a unit of money of unknown weight and value. from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem. This became the inheritance of Joseph’s descendants.

33 And Eleazar son of AaronS Jos 22:13 died and was buried at Gibeah,S Jos 15:57 which had been allotted to his son PhinehasS Ex 6:25 in the hill country1Sa 9:4; 1Ki 4:8 of Ephraim.

The Lord’s Covenant Renewed

24 Then Joshua summoned all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, including their elders, leaders, judges, and officers. So they came and presented themselves to God.

Joshua said to the people, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Long ago your ancestors, including Terah, the father of Abraham and Nahor, lived beyond the Euphrates River,Hebrew the river; also in 24:3, 14, 15. and they worshiped other gods.But I took your ancestor Abraham from the land beyond the Euphrates and led him into the land of Canaan. I gave him many descendants through his son Isaac.To Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. To Esau I gave the mountains of Seir, while Jacob and his children went down into Egypt.

“Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and I brought terrible plagues on Egypt; and afterward I brought you out as a free people.But when your ancestors arrived at the Red Sea,Hebrew sea of reeds. the Egyptians chased after you with chariots and charioteers.When your ancestors cried out to the Lord, I put darkness between you and the Egyptians. I brought the sea crashing down on the Egyptians, drowning them. With your very own eyes you saw what I did. Then you lived in the wilderness for many years.

“Finally, I brought you into the land of the Amorites on the east side of the Jordan. They fought against you, but I destroyed them before you. I gave you victory over them, and you took possession of their land.Then Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab, started a war against Israel. He summoned Balaam son of Beor to curse you,10 but I would not listen to him. Instead, I made Balaam bless you, and so I rescued you from Balak.

11 “When you crossed the Jordan River and came to Jericho, the men of Jericho fought against you, as did the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. But I gave you victory over them.12 And I sent terrorOften rendered the hornet. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. ahead of you to drive out the two kings of the Amorites. It was not your swords or bows that brought you victory.13 I gave you land you had not worked on, and I gave you towns you did not build—the towns where you are now living. I gave you vineyards and olive groves for food, though you did not plant them.

14 “So fear the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord alone.15 But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”

16 The people replied, “We would never abandon the Lord and serve other gods.17 For the Lord our God is the one who rescued us and our ancestors from slavery in the land of Egypt. He performed mighty miracles before our very eyes. As we traveled through the wilderness among our enemies, he preserved us.18 It was the Lord who drove out the Amorites and the other nations living here in the land. So we, too, will serve the Lord, for he alone is our God.”

19 Then Joshua warned the people, “You are not able to serve the Lord, for he is a holy and jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins.20 If you abandon the Lord and serve other gods, he will turn against you and destroy you, even though he has been so good to you.”

21 But the people answered Joshua, “No, we will serve the Lord!”

22 “You are a witness to your own decision,” Joshua said. “You have chosen to serve the Lord.”

“Yes,” they replied, “we are witnesses to what we have said.”

23 “All right then,” Joshua said, “destroy the idols among you, and turn your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel.”

24 The people said to Joshua, “We will serve the Lord our God. We will obey him alone.”

25 So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day at Shechem, committing them to follow the decrees and regulations of the Lord.26 Joshua recorded these things in the Book of God’s Instructions. As a reminder of their agreement, he took a huge stone and rolled it beneath the terebinth tree beside the Tabernacle of the Lord.

27 Joshua said to all the people, “This stone has heard everything the Lord said to us. It will be a witness to testify against you if you go back on your word to God.”

28 Then Joshua sent all the people away to their own homelands.

Leaders Buried in the Promised Land

29 After this, Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died at the age of 110.30 They buried him in the land he had been allocated, at Timnath-serah in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.

31 The people of Israel served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him—those who had personally experienced all that the Lord had done for Israel.

32 The bones of Joseph, which the Israelites had brought along with them when they left Egypt, were buried at Shechem, in the plot of land Jacob had bought from the sons of Hamor for 100 pieces of silver.Hebrew 100 kesitahs; the value or weight of the kesitah is no longer known. This land was located in the territory allotted to the descendants of Joseph.

33 Eleazar son of Aaron also died. He was buried in the hill country of Ephraim, in the town of Gibeah, which had been given to his son Phinehas.

24 And Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel, and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their officers; and they presented themselves before God.

And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods.

And I took your father Abraham from the other side of the flood, and led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his seed, and gave him Isaac.

And I gave unto Isaac Jacob and Esau: and I gave unto Esau mount Seir, to possess it; but Jacob and his children went down into Egypt.

I sent Moses also and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt, according to that which I did among them: and afterward I brought you out.

And I brought your fathers out of Egypt: and ye came unto the sea; and the Egyptians pursued after your fathers with chariots and horsemen unto the Red sea.

And when they cried unto the Lord, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the sea upon them, and covered them; and your eyes have seen what I have done in Egypt: and ye dwelt in the wilderness a long season.

And I brought you into the land of the Amorites, which dwelt on the other side Jordan; and they fought with you: and I gave them into your hand, that ye might possess their land; and I destroyed them from before you.

Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and warred against Israel, and sent and called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you:

10 But I would not hearken unto Balaam; therefore he blessed you still: so I delivered you out of his hand.

11 And you went over Jordan, and came unto Jericho: and the men of Jericho fought against you, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; and I delivered them into your hand.

12 And I sent the hornet before you, which drave them out from before you, even the two kings of the Amorites; but not with thy sword, nor with thy bow.

13 And I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat.

14 Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord.

15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

16 And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the Lord, to serve other gods;

17 For the Lord our God, he it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed:

18 And the Lord drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve the Lord; for he is our God.

19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the Lord: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.

20 If ye forsake the Lord, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.

21 And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the Lord.

22 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the Lord, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses.

23 Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the Lord God of Israel.

24 And the people said unto Joshua, The Lord our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey.

25 So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

26 And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God, and took a great stone, and set it up there under an oak, that was by the sanctuary of the Lord.

27 And Joshua said unto all the people, Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us; for it hath heard all the words of the Lord which he spake unto us: it shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest ye deny your God.

28 So Joshua let the people depart, every man unto his inheritance.

29 And it came to pass after these things, that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died, being an hundred and ten years old.

30 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnathserah, which is in mount Ephraim, on the north side of the hill of Gaash.

31 And Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua, and which had known all the works of the Lord, that he had done for Israel.

32 And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for an hundred pieces of silver: and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph.

33 And Eleazar the son of Aaron died; and they buried him in a hill that pertained to Phinehas his son, which was given him in mount Ephraim.

Luke 21:1-28

The Widow’s Offering21:1-4pp — Mk 12:41-44

21 As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury.Mt 27:6; Jn 8:20He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins.“Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others.All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”2Co 8:12

The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times21:5-36pp — Mt 24; Mk 1321:12-17pp — Mt 10:17-22

Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said,“As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another;Lk 19:44 every one of them will be thrown down.”

“Teacher,” they asked, “when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?”

He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them.Lk 17:23When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.”

10 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.2Ch 15:6; Isa 19:211 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.Isa 29:6; Joel 2:30

12 “But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name.13 And so you will bear testimony to me.Php 1:1214 But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves.Lk 12:1115 For I will give youS Lk 12:12 words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.16 You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends,Lk 12:52, 53 and they will put some of you to death.17 Everyone will hate you because of me.S Jn 15:2118 But not a hair of your head will perish.S Mt 10:3019 Stand firm, and you will win life.S Mt 10:22

20 “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies,S Lk 19:43 you will know that its desolation is near.21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city.Lk 17:3122 For this is the time of punishmentIsa 63:4; Da 9:24-27; Hos 9:7 in fulfillmentS Mt 1:22 of all that has been written.23 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people.24 They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampledIsa 5:5; 63:18; Da 8:13; Rev 11:2 on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.2Pe 3:10, 1226 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.S Mt 24:2927 At that time they will see the Son of ManS Mt 8:20 coming in a cloudS Rev 1:7 with power and great glory.28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”Lk 18:7

The Widow’s Offering

21 While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box.Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins.Greek two lepta [the smallest of Jewish coins].

“I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them.For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.”

Jesus Speaks about the Future

Some of his disciples began talking about the majestic stonework of the Temple and the memorial decorations on the walls. But Jesus said,“The time is coming when all these things will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!”

“Teacher,” they asked, “when will all this happen? What sign will show us that these things are about to take place?”

He replied, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’Greek claiming, ‘I am.’ and saying, ‘The time has come!’ But don’t believe them.And when you hear of wars and insurrections, don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place first, but the end won’t follow immediately.”10 Then he added, “Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.11 There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and plagues in many lands, and there will be terrifying things and great miraculous signs from heaven.

12 “But before all this occurs, there will be a time of great persecution. You will be dragged into synagogues and prisons, and you will stand trial before kings and governors because you are my followers.13 But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me.Or This will be your testimony against them.14 So don’t worry in advance about how to answer the charges against you,15 for I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply or refute you!16 Even those closest to you—your parents, brothers, relatives, and friends—will betray you. They will even kill some of you.17 And everyone will hate you because you are my followers.Greek on account of my name.18 But not a hair of your head will perish!19 By standing firm, you will win your souls.

20 “And when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then you will know that the time of its destruction has arrived.21 Then those in Judea must flee to the hills. Those in Jerusalem must get out, and those out in the country should not return to the city.22 For those will be days of God’s vengeance, and the prophetic words of the Scriptures will be fulfilled.23 How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for nursing mothers in those days. For there will be disaster in the land and great anger against this people.24 They will be killed by the sword or sent away as captives to all the nations of the world. And Jerusalem will be trampled down by the Gentiles until the period of the Gentiles comes to an end.

25 “And there will be strange signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides.26 People will be terrified at what they see coming upon the earth, for the powers in the heavens will be shaken.27 Then everyone will see the Son of Man“Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself. coming on a cloud with power and great glory.See Dan 7:13.28 So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!”

21 And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury.

And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites.

And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:

For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.

And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said,

As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?

And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.

But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.

10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:

11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake.

13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.

14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:

15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.

16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.

17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.

18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.

19 In your patience possess ye your souls.

20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.

21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.

22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.

24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

Psalm 89:38-52

38 But you have rejected,1Ch 28:9; Ps 44:9; 78:59 you have spurned,

you have been very angry with your anointed one.

39 You have renounced the covenant with your servant

and have defiled his crown in the dust.La 5:16

40 You have broken through all his wallsS Ps 80:12

and reduced his strongholdsIsa 22:5; La 2:2 to ruins.

41 All who pass by have plunderedS Jdg 2:14 him;

he has become the scorn of his neighbors.S Ps 44:13

42 You have exalted the right hand of his foes;

you have made all his enemies rejoice.Ps 13:2; 80:6

43 Indeed, you have turned back the edge of his sword

and have not supported him in battle.Ps 44:10

44 You have put an end to his splendor

and cast his throne to the ground.

45 You have cut shortS Ps 39:5 the days of his youth;

you have covered him with a mantle of shame.Ps 44:15; 109:29

46 How long, Lord? Will you hide yourself forever?

How long will your wrath burn like fire?Ps 79:5

47 Remember how fleeting is my life.S Ge 47:9; S Job 7:7; Ps 39:5; 1Pe 1:24

For what futility you have created all humanity!

48 Who can live and not see death,

or who can escape the power of the grave?S Ge 5:24; Ps 22:29

49 Lord, where is your former great love,

which in your faithfulness you swore to David?

50 Remember, Lord, how your servant hasOr your servants have been mocked,Ps 69:19

how I bear in my heart the taunts of all the nations,

51 the taunts with which your enemies, Lord, have mocked,

with which they have mocked every step of your anointed one.Ps 74:10

52 Praise be to the Lord forever!

Amen and Amen.S Ps 41:13; S 72:19

38 But now you have rejected him and cast him off.

You are angry with your anointed king.

39 You have renounced your covenant with him;

you have thrown his crown in the dust.

40 You have broken down the walls protecting him

and ruined every fort defending him.

41 Everyone who comes along has robbed him,

and he has become a joke to his neighbors.

42 You have strengthened his enemies

and made them all rejoice.

43 You have made his sword useless

and refused to help him in battle.

44 You have ended his splendor

and overturned his throne.

45 You have made him old before his time

and publicly disgraced him. Interlude

46 O Lord, how long will this go on?

Will you hide yourself forever?

How long will your anger burn like fire?

47 Remember how short my life is,

how empty and futile this human existence!

48 No one can live forever; all will die.

No one can escape the power of the grave.Hebrew of Sheol. Interlude

49 Lord, where is your unfailing love?

You promised it to David with a faithful pledge.

50 Consider, Lord, how your servants are disgraced!

I carry in my heart the insults of so many people.

51 Your enemies have mocked me, O Lord;

they mock your anointed king wherever he goes.

52 Praise the Lord forever!

Amen and amen!

38 But thou hast cast off and abhorred, thou hast been wroth with thine anointed.

39 Thou hast made void the covenant of thy servant: thou hast profaned his crown by casting it to the ground.

40 Thou hast broken down all his hedges; thou hast brought his strong holds to ruin.

41 All that pass by the way spoil him: he is a reproach to his neighbours.

42 Thou hast set up the right hand of his adversaries; thou hast made all his enemies to rejoice.

43 Thou hast also turned the edge of his sword, and hast not made him to stand in the battle.

44 Thou hast made his glory to cease, and cast his throne down to the ground.

45 The days of his youth hast thou shortened: thou hast covered him with shame. Selah.

46 How long, Lord? wilt thou hide thyself for ever? shall thy wrath burn like fire?

47 Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?

48 What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.

49 Lord, where are thy former lovingkindnesses, which thou swarest unto David in thy truth?

50 Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants; how I do bear in my bosom the reproach of all the mighty people;

51 Wherewith thine enemies have reproached, O Lord; wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed.

52 Blessed be the Lord for evermore. Amen, and Amen.

Proverbs 13:20-23

20 Walk with the wise and become wise,

for a companion of fools suffers harm.2Ch 10:8

21 Trouble pursues the sinner,2Sa 3:39; Jer 40:3; 50:7; Eze 14:13; 18:4

but the righteousPs 32:10 are rewarded with good things.Ps 25:13

22 A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children,

but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.S Est 8:2; S Job 27:17; Ecc 2:26

23 An unplowed field produces food for the poor,

but injustice sweeps it away.

20 Walk with the wise and become wise;

associate with fools and get in trouble.

21 Trouble chases sinners,

while blessings reward the righteous.

22 Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren,

but the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly.

23 A poor person’s farm may produce much food,

but injustice sweeps it all away.

20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.

22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.

23 Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.

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