Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

We all have to face battles and trials. No one else can pass through our trials for us. The hour will surely come when we must face the enemy for ourselves. Parents, pastors, and counselors may shield us from warfare for a season, but the day will come when God allows us to walk into the battle alone. He does this so that we can testify of His faithfulness-a faithfulness that we have personally observed. Another reason He allows us to face the enemy is to see whether we will obey His commands (Judges 3:4).

Peter discovered that he had more "mouth" than "might" (Luke 22:33). As long as Jesus was around, he could really talk a good battle. However, the moment Jesus was gone, Peter denied that he even knew the Lord!

Your first "solo battle" may be a little shaky, and you may even fail. But take your licks, learn from the battle, and rejoice that the battle belongs to the Lord (1 Samuel 17:47).

Judges 2:10-3:31

10 After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel.S Ex 5:2; Gal 4:811 Then the Israelites did evil1Ki 15:26 in the eyes of the LordJdg 3:12; 4:1; 6:1; 10:6 and served the Baals.Jdg 3:7; 8:33; 1Ki 16:31; 22:53; 2Ki 10:18; 17:1612 They forsook the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various godsS Dt 32:12; Ps 106:36 of the peoples around them.S Dt 31:16; Jdg 10:6 They arousedS Nu 11:33 the Lord’s angerDt 4:25; Ps 78:58; 106:4013 because they forsook1Sa 7:3; 1Ki 11:5, 33; 2Ki 23:13 him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths.Jdg 3:7; 5:8; 6:25; 8:33; 10:6; 1Sa 31:10; Ne 9:26; Ps 78:56; Jer 11:1014 In his angerS Dt 31:17 against Israel the Lord gave them into the handsNe 9:27; Ps 106:41 of raiders who plunderedPs 44:10; 89:41; Eze 34:8 them. He sold themS Dt 32:30; S Jdg 3:8 into the hands of their enemies all around, whom they were no longer able to resist.S Dt 28:2515 Whenever Israel went out to fight, the hand of the Lord was against themRu 1:13; Job 19:21; Ps 32:4 to defeat them, just as he had sworn to them. They were in great distress.Ge 35:3; 2Sa 22:7; 2Ch 15:4; Job 5:5; 20:22; Ps 4:1; 18:6

16 Then the Lord raised up judges,Or leaders; similarly in verses 17-19Ru 1:1; 1Sa 4:18; 7:6, 15; 2Sa 7:11; 1Ch 17:10; Ac 13:20 who saved1Sa 11:3; Ps 106:43 them out of the hands of these raiders.17 Yet they would not listen to their judges but prostitutedS Ex 34:15; S Nu 15:39 themselves to other godsS Ps 4:2 and worshiped them.Ne 9:28; Ps 106:36 They quickly turnedDt 9:12 from the ways of their ancestors, who had been obedient to the Lord’s commands.ver 718 Whenever the Lord raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved1Sa 7:3; 2Ki 13:5; Isa 19:20; 43:3, 11; 45:15, 21; 49:26; 60:16; 63:8 them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the Lord relentedS Dt 32:36 because of their groaningS Ex 2:23 under those who oppressed and afflictedS Nu 10:9 them.19 But when the judge died, the people returned to ways even more corruptS Ge 6:11; S Dt 4:16 than those of their ancestors,Dt 32:17; Ne 9:2; Ps 78:57; Jer 44:3, 9 following other gods and serving and worshiping them.Jdg 4:1; 8:33 They refused to give up their evil practices and stubbornS Ex 32:9 ways.

20 Therefore the Lord was very angryS Dt 31:17; Jos 23:16 with Israel and said, “Because this nation has violated the covenantS Jos 7:11; S 2Ki 17:15 I ordained for their ancestors and has not listened to me,21 I will no longer drive outS Jos 23:5 before them any of the nations Joshua left when he died.22 I will use them to testS Ge 22:1; S Ex 15:25 Israel and see whether they will keep the way of the Lord and walk in it as their ancestors did.”23 The Lord had allowed those nations to remain; he did not drive them out at once by giving them into the hands of Joshua.Jdg 1:1

These are the nations the Lord left to testS Ex 15:25 all those Israelites who had not experienced any of the wars in Canaan(he did this only to teach warfare to the descendants of the Israelites who had not had previous battle experience):the fiveS Jos 13:3 rulers of the Philistines,S Ge 10:14 all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the HivitesS Ge 10:17; S Ex 3:8 living in the Lebanon mountains from Mount Baal HermonS Dt 3:8 to Lebo Hamath.S Nu 13:21They were left to testS Ex 15:25 the Israelites to see whether they would obey the Lord’s commands, which he had given their ancestors through Moses.

The Israelites livedPs 106:35 among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites,S Jos 3:10 Hivites and Jebusites.S Jos 11:3; Ezr 9:1They took their daughtersEzr 10:18; Ne 13:23; Mal 2:11 in marriage and gave their own daughters to their sons, and served their gods.S Ex 34:16; Dt 7:3-4; S Dt 7:16

Othniel

The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord; they forgot the LordDt 4:9; S 32:18; Jdg 8:34; Ps 78:11, 42; 106:7; Jer 23:27 their God and served the Baals and the Asherahs.S Ex 34:13; S Jdg 2:11, 13; 1Ki 16:33; 2Ch 34:7; Isa 17:8The anger of the Lord burned against Israel so that he soldJdg 2:14; Ps 44:12; Isa 50:1; 52:3 them into the hands of Cushan-Rishathaimver 10 king of Aram Naharaim,That is, Northwest MesopotamiaS Ge 24:10 to whom the Israelites were subject for eight years.But when they cried outver 15; Jdg 6:6, 7; 10:10; 1Sa 12:10; Ps 106:44; 107:13 to the Lord, he raised up for them a deliverer,S Dt 28:29; Ne 9:27 OthnielS Jos 15:17 son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, who saved them.10 The Spirit of the Lord came on him,S Nu 11:25, 29; Jdg 6:34; 11:29; 13:25; 14:6, 19; 15:14; 1Sa 11:6; 16:13; 1Ki 18:46; 1Ch 12:18; 2Ch 24:20; Isa 11:2 so that he became Israel’s judgeOr leader and went to war. The Lord gave Cushan-Rishathaimver 8 king of AramS Ge 10:22 into the hands of Othniel, who overpowered him.11 So the land had peacever 30; S Jos 14:15; Jdg 5:31; 8:28 for forty years,S Ex 16:35 until Othniel son of KenazS Jos 15:17 died.

Ehud

12 Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord,S Jdg 2:11, 14 and because they did this evil the Lord gave Eglon king of Moab1Sa 12:9 power over Israel.13 Getting the AmmonitesS Ge 19:38; Jdg 10:11 and AmalekitesS Ge 14:7 to join him, Eglon came and attacked Israel, and they took possession of the City of Palms.That is, JerichoS Jdg 1:1614 The Israelites were subject to Eglon king of MoabJer 48:1 for eighteen years.

15 Again the Israelites cried out to the Lord, and he gave them a delivererS ver 9—Ehudver 16; Jdg 4:1, a left-handedJdg 20:16; 1Ch 12:2 man, the son of Gera the Benjamite. The Israelites sent him with tributever 17, 18; 2Sa 8:2, 6; 1Ki 4:21; 2Ki 17:3; Est 10:1; Ps 68:29; 72:10; 89:22; Ecc 2:8; Isa 60:5; Hos 10:6 to Eglon king of Moab.16 Now EhudS ver 15 had made a double-edged sword about a cubitThat is, about 18 inches or about 45 centimeters long, which he strapped to his right thigh under his clothing.17 He presented the tributeS ver 15 to Eglon king of Moab, who was a very fat man.Job 15:27; Ps 73:418 After Ehud had presented the tribute, he sent on their way those who had carried it.19 But on reaching the stone images near Gilgal he himself went back to Eglon and said, “Your Majesty, I have a secret message for you.”

The king said to his attendants, “Leave us!” And they all left.

20 Ehud then approached him while he was sitting alone in the upper room of his palaceThe meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain; also in verse 24.Am 3:15 and said, “I have a message from God for you.” As the king roseNe 8:5 from his seat,21 Ehud reached with his left hand, drew the sword2Sa 2:16; 3:27; 20:10 from his right thigh and plunged it into the king’s belly.22 Even the handle sank in after the blade, and his bowels discharged. Ehud did not pull the sword out, and the fat closed in over it.23 Then Ehud went out to the porchThe meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.; he shut the doors of the upper room behind him and locked them.

24 After he had gone, the servants came and found the doors of the upper room locked. They said, “He must be relieving himself1Sa 24:3 in the inner room of the palace.”25 They waited to the point of embarrassment,2Ki 2:17; 8:11 but when he did not open the doors of the room, they took a key and unlocked them. There they saw their lord fallen to the floor, dead.

26 While they waited, Ehud got away. He passed by the stone images and escaped to Seirah.27 When he arrived there, he blew a trumpetS Lev 25:9; Jdg 6:34; 7:18; 2Sa 2:28; Isa 18:3; Jer 42:14 in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went down with him from the hills, with him leading them.

28 “Follow me,” he ordered, “for the Lord has given Moab,S Ge 19:37 your enemy, into your hands.S Jos 2:24; S Jdg 1:2” So they followed him down and took possession of the fords of the JordanS Nu 13:29; S Jos 2:7 that led to Moab; they allowed no one to cross over.29 At that time they struck down about ten thousand Moabites, all vigorous and strong; not one escaped.30 That day MoabS Ge 36:35 was made subject to Israel, and the land had peaceS ver 11 for eighty years.

Shamgar

31 After Ehud came Shamgar son of Anath,Jdg 5:6 who struck down six hundredS Jos 23:10 PhilistinesJos 13:2; Jdg 10:11; 13:1; 1Sa 5:1; 31:1; 2Sa 8:1; Jer 25:20; 47:1 with an oxgoad. He too saved Israel.

Israel Disobeys the Lord

10 After that generation died, another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the Lord or remember the mighty things he had done for Israel.

11 The Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight and served the images of Baal.12 They abandoned the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They went after other gods, worshiping the gods of the people around them. And they angered the Lord.13 They abandoned the Lord to serve Baal and the images of Ashtoreth.14 This made the Lord burn with anger against Israel, so he handed them over to raiders who stole their possessions. He turned them over to their enemies all around, and they were no longer able to resist them.15 Every time Israel went out to battle, the Lord fought against them, causing them to be defeated, just as he had warned. And the people were in great distress.

The Lord Rescues His People

16 Then the Lord raised up judges to rescue the Israelites from their attackers.17 Yet Israel did not listen to the judges but prostituted themselves by worshiping other gods. How quickly they turned away from the path of their ancestors, who had walked in obedience to the Lord’s commands.

18 Whenever the Lord raised up a judge over Israel, he was with that judge and rescued the people from their enemies throughout the judge’s lifetime. For the Lord took pity on his people, who were burdened by oppression and suffering.19 But when the judge died, the people returned to their corrupt ways, behaving worse than those who had lived before them. They went after other gods, serving and worshiping them. And they refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn ways.

20 So the Lord burned with anger against Israel. He said, “Because these people have violated my covenant, which I made with their ancestors, and have ignored my commands,21 I will no longer drive out the nations that Joshua left unconquered when he died.22 I did this to test Israel—to see whether or not they would follow the ways of the Lord as their ancestors did.”23 That is why the Lord left those nations in place. He did not quickly drive them out or allow Joshua to conquer them all.

The Nations Left in Canaan

These are the nations that the Lord left in the land to test those Israelites who had not experienced the wars of Canaan.He did this to teach warfare to generations of Israelites who had no experience in battle.These are the nations: the Philistines (those living under the five Philistine rulers), all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites living in the mountains of Lebanon from Mount Baal-hermon to Lebo-hamath.These people were left to test the Israelites—to see whether they would obey the commands the Lord had given to their ancestors through Moses.

So the people of Israel lived among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites,and they intermarried with them. Israelite sons married their daughters, and Israelite daughters were given in marriage to their sons. And the Israelites served their gods.

Othniel Becomes Israel’s Judge

The Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight. They forgot about the Lord their God, and they served the images of Baal and the Asherah poles.Then the Lord burned with anger against Israel, and he turned them over to King Cushan-rishathaim of Aram-naharaim.Aram-naharaim means “Aram of the two rivers,” thought to have been located between the Euphrates and Balih Rivers in northwestern Mesopotamia. And the Israelites served Cushan-rishathaim for eight years.

But when the people of Israel cried out to the Lord for help, the Lord raised up a rescuer to save them. His name was Othniel, the son of Caleb’s younger brother, Kenaz.10 The Spirit of the Lord came upon him, and he became Israel’s judge. He went to war against King Cushan-rishathaim of Aram, and the Lord gave Othniel victory over him.11 So there was peace in the land for forty years. Then Othniel son of Kenaz died.

Ehud Becomes Israel’s Judge

12 Once again the Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight, and the Lord gave King Eglon of Moab control over Israel because of their evil.13 Eglon enlisted the Ammonites and Amalekites as allies, and then he went out and defeated Israel, taking possession of Jericho, the city of palms.14 And the Israelites served Eglon of Moab for eighteen years.

15 But when the people of Israel cried out to the Lord for help, the Lord again raised up a rescuer to save them. His name was Ehud son of Gera, a left-handed man of the tribe of Benjamin. The Israelites sent Ehud to deliver their tribute money to King Eglon of Moab.16 So Ehud made a double-edged dagger that was about a footHebrew gomed, the length of which is uncertain. long, and he strapped it to his right thigh, keeping it hidden under his clothing.17 He brought the tribute money to Eglon, who was very fat.

18 After delivering the payment, Ehud started home with those who had helped carry the tribute.19 But when Ehud reached the stone idols near Gilgal, he turned back. He came to Eglon and said, “I have a secret message for you.”

So the king commanded his servants, “Be quiet!” and he sent them all out of the room.

20 Ehud walked over to Eglon, who was sitting alone in a cool upstairs room. And Ehud said, “I have a message from God for you!” As King Eglon rose from his seat,21 Ehud reached with his left hand, pulled out the dagger strapped to his right thigh, and plunged it into the king’s belly.22 The dagger went so deep that the handle disappeared beneath the king’s fat. So Ehud did not pull out the dagger, and the king’s bowels emptied.Or and it came out behind.23 Then Ehud closed and locked the doors of the room and escaped down the latrine.Or and went out through the porch; the meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.

24 After Ehud was gone, the king’s servants returned and found the doors to the upstairs room locked. They thought he might be using the latrine in the room,25 so they waited. But when the king didn’t come out after a long delay, they became concerned and got a key. And when they opened the doors, they found their master dead on the floor.

26 While the servants were waiting, Ehud escaped, passing the stone idols on his way to Seirah.27 When he arrived in the hill country of Ephraim, Ehud sounded a call to arms. Then he led a band of Israelites down from the hills.

28 “Follow me,” he said, “for the Lord has given you victory over Moab your enemy.” So they followed him. And the Israelites took control of the shallow crossings of the Jordan River across from Moab, preventing anyone from crossing.

29 They attacked the Moabites and killed about 10,000 of their strongest and most able-bodied warriors. Not one of them escaped.30 So Moab was conquered by Israel that day, and there was peace in the land for eighty years.

Shamgar Becomes Israel’s Judge

31 After Ehud, Shamgar son of Anath rescued Israel. He once killed 600 Philistines with an ox goad.

10 And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.

11 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim:

12 And they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the Lord to anger.

13 And they forsook the Lord, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.

14 And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies.

15 Whithersoever they went out, the hand of the Lord was against them for evil, as the Lord had said, and as the Lord had sworn unto them: and they were greatly distressed.

16 Nevertheless the Lord raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them.

17 And yet they would not hearken unto their judges, but they went a whoring after other gods, and bowed themselves unto them: they turned quickly out of the way which their fathers walked in, obeying the commandments of the Lord; but they did not so.

18 And when the Lord raised them up judges, then the Lord was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented the Lord because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them.

19 And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they returned, and corrupted themselves more than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them, and to bow down unto them; they ceased not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn way.

20 And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel; and he said, Because that this people hath transgressed my covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not hearkened unto my voice;

21 I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of the nations which Joshua left when he died:

22 That through them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of the Lord to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not.

23 Therefore the Lord left those nations, without driving them out hastily; neither delivered he them into the hand of Joshua.

Now these are the nations which the Lord left, to prove Israel by them, even as many of Israel as had not known all the wars of Canaan;

Only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing thereof;

Namely, five lords of the Philistines, and all the Canaanites, and the Sidonians, and the Hivites that dwelt in mount Lebanon, from mount Baalhermon unto the entering in of Hamath.

And they were to prove Israel by them, to know whether they would hearken unto the commandments of the Lord, which he commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses.

And the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, Hittites, and Amorites, and Perizzites, and Hivites, and Jebusites:

And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons, and served their gods.

And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and forgat the Lord their God, and served Baalim and the groves.

Therefore the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia: and the children of Israel served Chushanrishathaim eight years.

And when the children of Israel cried unto the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer to the children of Israel, who delivered them, even Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother.

10 And the Spirit of the Lord came upon him, and he judged Israel, and went out to war: and the Lord delivered Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed against Chushanrishathaim.

11 And the land had rest forty years. And Othniel the son of Kenaz died.

12 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord: and the Lord strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the Lord.

13 And he gathered unto him the children of Ammon and Amalek, and went and smote Israel, and possessed the city of palm trees.

14 So the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years.

15 But when the children of Israel cried unto the Lord, the Lord raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man lefthanded: and by him the children of Israel sent a present unto Eglon the king of Moab.

16 But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he did gird it under his raiment upon his right thigh.

17 And he brought the present unto Eglon king of Moab: and Eglon was a very fat man.

18 And when he had made an end to offer the present, he sent away the people that bare the present.

19 But he himself turned again from the quarries that were by Gilgal, and said, I have a secret errand unto thee, O king: who said, Keep silence. And all that stood by him went out from him.

20 And Ehud came unto him; and he was sitting in a summer parlour, which he had for himself alone. And Ehud said, I have a message from God unto thee. And he arose out of his seat.

21 And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly:

22 And the haft also went in after the blade; and the fat closed upon the blade, so that he could not draw the dagger out of his belly; and the dirt came out.

23 Then Ehud went forth through the porch, and shut the doors of the parlour upon him, and locked them.

24 When he was gone out, his servants came; and when they saw that, behold, the doors of the parlour were locked, they said, Surely he covereth his feet in his summer chamber.

25 And they tarried till they were ashamed: and, behold, he opened not the doors of the parlour; therefore they took a key, and opened them: and, behold, their lord was fallen down dead on the earth.

26 And Ehud escaped while they tarried, and passed beyond the quarries, and escaped unto Seirath.

27 And it came to pass, when he was come, that he blew a trumpet in the mountain of Ephraim, and the children of Israel went down with him from the mount, and he before them.

28 And he said unto them, Follow after me: for the Lord hath delivered your enemies the Moabites into your hand. And they went down after him, and took the fords of Jordan toward Moab, and suffered not a man to pass over.

29 And they slew of Moab at that time about ten thousand men, all lusty, and all men of valour; and there escaped not a man.

30 So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land had rest fourscore years.

31 And after him was Shamgar the son of Anath, which slew of the Philistines six hundred men with an ox goad: and he also delivered Israel.

Luke 22:14-34

14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostlesS Mk 6:30 reclined at the table.Mt 26:20; Mk 14:17, 1815 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.S Mt 16:2116 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”S Lk 14:15

17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you.18 For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it,S Mt 14:19 and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenantEx 24:8; Isa 42:6; Jer 31:31-34; Zec 9:11; 2Co 3:6; Heb 8:6; 9:15 in my blood, which is poured out for you.Some manuscripts do not have given for you … poured out for you.21 But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table.Ps 41:922 The Son of ManS Mt 8:20 will go as it has been decreed.Ac 2:23; 4:28 But woe to that man who betrays him!”23 They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.

24 A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest.Mk 9:34; Lk 9:4625 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors.26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest,1Pe 5:5 and the one who rules like the one who serves.S Mk 9:3527 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.S Mt 20:2828 You are those who have stood by me in my trials.29 And I confer on you a kingdom,S Mt 25:34; 2Ti 2:12 just as my Father conferred one on me,30 so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdomS Lk 14:15 and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.S Mt 19:28

31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has askedJob 1:6-12 to sift all of you as wheat.Am 9:932 But I have prayed for you,Jn 17:9, 15; S Ro 8:34 Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”Jn 21:15-17

33 But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.”Jn 11:16

34 Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.”

14 When the time came, Jesus and the apostles sat down together at the table.Or reclined together.15 Jesus said, “I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins.16 For I tell you now that I won’t eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.”

17 Then he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. Then he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves.18 For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come.”

19 He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

20 After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.Some manuscripts do not include 22:19b-20, which is given for you . . . which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.

21 “But here at this table, sitting among us as a friend, is the man who will betray me.22 For it has been determined that the Son of Man“Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself. must die. But what sorrow awaits the one who betrays him.”23 The disciples began to ask each other which of them would ever do such a thing.

24 Then they began to argue among themselves about who would be the greatest among them.25 Jesus told them, “In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people, yet they are called ‘friends of the people.’26 But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant.27 Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves.

28 “You have stayed with me in my time of trial.29 And just as my Father has granted me a Kingdom, I now grant you the right30 to eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom. And you will sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial

31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat.32 But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.”

33 Peter said, “Lord, I am ready to go to prison with you, and even to die with you.”

34 But Jesus said, “Peter, let me tell you something. Before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.”

14 And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.

15 And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:

16 For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.

17 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves:

18 For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.

19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.

20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

21 But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table.

22 And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed!

23 And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing.

24 And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.

25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.

26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.

27 For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.

28 Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations.

29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;

30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:

32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

33 And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death.

34 And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.

Psalm 92:1-93:5

Psalm 92In Hebrew texts 92:1-15 is numbered 92:2-16.

A psalm. A song. For the Sabbath day.

It is good to praise the Lord

and make musicS Ps 27:6 to your name,S Ps 9:2; 147:1 O Most High,Ps 135:3

proclaiming your love in the morningS Ps 55:17

and your faithfulness at night,

to the music of the ten-stringed lyreS Ps 71:22

and the melody of the harp.S 1Sa 10:5; S Ne 12:27; S Ps 33:2; 81:2

For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord;

I sing for joyS Ps 5:11; 27:6 at what your hands have done.S Ps 8:6; 111:7; 143:5

How great are your works,S Job 36:24; Rev 15:3 Lord,

how profound your thoughts!Ps 40:5; 139:17; Isa 28:29; 31:2; Ro 11:33

Senseless peopleS Ps 73:22 do not know,

fools do not understand,

that though the wicked spring up like grass

and all evildoers flourish,

they will be destroyed forever.S Ps 37:2

But you, Lord, are forever exalted.

For surely your enemiesS Ps 45:5, Lord,

surely your enemies will perish;

all evildoers will be scattered.S Ps 68:1; S 89:10

10 You have exalted my hornHorn here symbolizes strength.S Ps 89:17 like that of a wild ox;S Ps 29:6

fine oilsS Ps 23:5 have been poured on me.

11 My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries;

my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes.S Ps 54:7; 91:8

12 The righteous will flourishS Ps 72:7 like a palm tree,

they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;S Ps 1:3; 52:8; Jer 17:8; Hos 14:6

13 planted in the house of the Lord,

they will flourish in the courts of our God.Ps 135:2

14 They will still bear fruitS Ps 1:3; S Jn 15:2 in old age,

they will stay fresh and green,

15 proclaiming, “The Lord is upright;

he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.S Job 34:10

Psalm 93

The Lord reigns,S 1Ch 16:31; S Ps 97:1 he is robed in majesty;S Job 40:10; S Ps 21:5

the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength;S Ps 65:6

indeed, the world is established,Ps 24:2; 78:69; 119:90 firm and secure.1Ch 16:30; Ps 96:10

Your throne was establishedS 2Sa 7:16 long ago;

you are from all eternity.S Ge 21:33

The seasPs 96:11; 98:7; Isa 5:30; 17:12-13; Jer 6:23 have lifted up, Lord,

the seas have lifted up their voice;S Ps 46:3

the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.Job 9:8; Ps 107:25, 29; Isa 51:15; Jer 31:35; Hab 3:10

Mightier than the thunderPs 65:7; Jer 6:23 of the great waters,

mightier than the breakersS Ps 18:4; Jnh 1:15 of the sea—

the Lord on high is mighty.S Ne 9:32; S Job 9:4

Your statutes, Lord, stand firm;

holinessPs 29:2; 96:9 adorns your housePs 5:7; 23:6

for endless days.

Psalm 92

A psalm. A song to be sung on the Sabbath Day.

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,

to sing praises to the Most High.

It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning,

your faithfulness in the evening,

accompanied by a ten-stringed instrument, a harp,

and the melody of a lyre.

You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me!

I sing for joy because of what you have done.

O Lord, what great works you do!

And how deep are your thoughts.

Only a simpleton would not know,

and only a fool would not understand this:

Though the wicked sprout like weeds

and evildoers flourish,

they will be destroyed forever.

But you, O Lord, will be exalted forever.

Your enemies, Lord, will surely perish;

all evildoers will be scattered.

10 But you have made me as strong as a wild ox.

You have anointed me with the finest oil.

11 My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies;

my ears have heard the defeat of my wicked opponents.

12 But the godly will flourish like palm trees

and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon.

13 For they are transplanted to the Lord’s own house.

They flourish in the courts of our God.

14 Even in old age they will still produce fruit;

they will remain vital and green.

15 They will declare, “The Lord is just!

He is my rock!

There is no evil in him!”

Psalm 93

The Lord is king! He is robed in majesty.

Indeed, the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength.

The world stands firm

and cannot be shaken.

Your throne, O Lord, has stood from time immemorial.

You yourself are from the everlasting past.

The floods have risen up, O Lord.

The floods have roared like thunder;

the floods have lifted their pounding waves.

But mightier than the violent raging of the seas,

mightier than the breakers on the shore—

the Lord above is mightier than these!

Your royal laws cannot be changed.

Your reign, O Lord, is holy forever and ever.

92 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High:

To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,

Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.

For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.

O Lord, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.

A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.

When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever:

But thou, Lord, art most high for evermore.

For, lo, thine enemies, O Lord, for, lo, thine enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.

10 But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.

11 Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me.

12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

13 Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.

14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;

15 To shew that the Lord is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

93 The Lord reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the Lord is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved.

Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.

The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves.

The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.

Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O Lord, for ever.

Proverbs 14:1-2

14 The wise woman builds her house,S Ru 3:11; Pr 24:3

but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.

Whoever fears the Lord walks uprightly,

but those who despise him are devious in their ways.

14 A wise woman builds her home,

but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.

Those who follow the right path fear the Lord;

those who take the wrong path despise him.

14 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the Lord: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.

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