Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Essential to the most basic faith in God is the belief that He is coming. From the time of Enoch, who Genesis 5:22 declares lived "in close fellowship with God," faithful believers have understood that He is coming to judge everyone (Jude 14-15). The thief on the cross was saved just by saying, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom" (Luke 23:42).

The Lord will return suddenly and swiftly to judge the ungodly. Just as Gideon descended with a trumpet blast in the night in sudden judgment upon Midian (Judges 7:19), Jesus will suddenly return with His saints to judge the world. If you are "faint, yet pursuing" (8:4 KJV), keep up the fight. Your blessed hope as a believer is that the Lord will return not only to deliver you from this world but also to punish His enemies who have afflicted you.

Paul reminded the Philippian believers that "we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior (Philippians 3:20). . . . Remember, the Lord is coming soon" (4:5). One day the Lord will descend from heaven, and our battle will be eternally over!

Judges 7:1-8:17

Gideon Defeats the Midianites

Early in the morning, Jerub-BaalS Jdg 6:32 (that is, GideonS Jdg 6:11) and all his men camped at the spring of Harod.2Sa 23:25 The camp of MidianS Ge 25:2 was north of them in the valley near the hill of Moreh.S Ge 12:6The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strengthS Dt 8:17; 2Co 4:7 has saved me.’Now announce to the army, ‘Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.Dt 20:8; S Jos 12:2’” So twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained.

But the Lord said to Gideon, “There are still too many1Sa 14:6 men. Take them down to the water, and I will thin them out for you there. If I say, ‘This one shall go with you,’ he shall go; but if I say, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ he shall not go.”

So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the Lord told him, “Separate those who lap the water with their tongues as a dog laps from those who kneel down to drink.”Three hundred of themGe 14:14 drank from cupped hands, lapping like dogs. All the rest got down on their knees to drink.

The Lord said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands.S Jos 8:7 Let all the others go home.”1Sa 14:6So Gideon sent the rest of the Israelites home but kept the three hundred, who took over the provisions and trumpets of the others.

Now the camp of Midian lay below him in the valley.During that night the Lord said to Gideon, “Get up, go down against the camp, because I am going to give it into your hands.ver 13-15; S Jos 2:24; S Jdg 1:210 If you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah11 and listen to what they are saying. Afterward, you will be encouraged to attack the camp.” So he and Purah his servant went down to the outposts of the camp.12 The Midianites, the AmalekitesNu 13:29 and all the other eastern peoples had settled in the valley, thick as locusts.S Dt 28:42; Jer 46:23 Their camelsJer 49:29 could no more be counted than the sand on the seashore.S Jos 11:4

13 Gideon arrived just as a man was telling a friend his dream. “I had a dream,” he was saying. “A round loaf of barley bread came tumbling into the Midianite camp. It struck the tent with such force that the tent overturned and collapsed.”

14 His friend responded, “This can be nothing other than the sword of Gideon son of Joash,S Jdg 6:11 the Israelite. God has given the Midianites and the whole camp into his hands.”

15 When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he bowed down and worshiped.1Sa 15:31 He returned to the camp of Israel and called out, “Get up! The Lord has given the Midianite camp into your hands.”S ver 916 Dividing the three hundred menGe 14:15 into three companies,Jdg 9:43; 1Sa 11:11; 2Sa 18:2 he placed trumpetsS Lev 25:9 and empty jarsver 19; Ge 24:14 in the hands of all of them, with torchesS Ge 15:17 inside.

17 “Watch me,” he told them. “Follow my lead. When I get to the edge of the camp, do exactly as I do.18 When I and all who are with me blow our trumpets,S Jdg 3:27 then from all around the camp blow yours and shout, ‘For the Lord and for Gideon.’”

19 Gideon and the hundred men with him reached the edge of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just after they had changed the guard. They blew their trumpets and broke the jarsS ver 16 that were in their hands.20 The three companies blew the trumpets and smashed the jars. Grasping the torchesS Ge 15:17 in their left hands and holding in their right hands the trumpets they were to blow, they shouted, “A swordS Dt 32:41 for the Lord and for Gideon!”21 While each man held his position around the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled.2Ki 7:7

22 When the three hundred trumpets sounded,S Jos 6:20 the Lord caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other1Sa 14:20; 2Ch 20:23; Isa 9:21; 19:2; Eze 38:21; Hag 2:22; Zec 14:13 with their swords.Hab 3:14 The army fled to Beth Shittah toward Zererah as far as the border of Abel Meholah1Sa 18:19; 1Ki 4:12; 19:16 near Tabbath.23 Israelites from Naphtali, AsherS Jos 17:7 and all Manasseh were called out,Jdg 6:35 and they pursued the Midianites.Ps 83:924 Gideon sent messengers throughout the hill country of Ephraim, saying, “Come down against the Midianites and seize the waters of the JordanS Jos 2:7 ahead of them as far as Beth Barah.”

So all the men of Ephraim were called out and they seized the waters of the Jordan as far as Beth Barah.25 They also captured two of the Midianite leaders, Oreb and ZeebJdg 8:3; Ps 83:11. They killed Oreb at the rock of Oreb,Isa 10:26 and Zeeb at the winepress of Zeeb. They pursued the MidianitesIsa 9:4 and brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon, who was by the Jordan.Jdg 8:4; Ps 106:43

Zebah and Zalmunna

Now the Ephraimites asked Gideon,S Jdg 6:11 “Why have you treated us like this? Why didn’t you call us when you went to fight Midian?S Ge 25:2Jdg 12:1 And they challenged him vigorously.2Sa 19:41

But he answered them, “What have I accomplished compared to you? Aren’t the gleanings of Ephraim’s grapes better than the full grape harvest of Abiezer?S Nu 26:30God gave Oreb and Zeeb,S Jdg 7:25 the Midianite leaders, into your hands. What was I able to do compared to you?” At this, their resentment against him subsided.

Gideon and his three hundred men, exhausted yet keeping up the pursuit, came to the JordanJdg 7:25 and crossed it.He said to the men of Sukkoth,S Ge 33:17 “Give my troops some bread; they are worn out,Job 16:7; Ps 6:6; Jer 45:3 and I am still pursuing Zebah and Zalmunna,ver 7, 12; Ps 83:11 the kings of Midian.”

But the officials of Sukkothver 14 said, “Do you already have the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna in your possession? Why should we give bread1Sa 25:11 to your troops?”ver 15

Then Gideon replied, “Just for that, when the Lord has given Zebah and ZalmunnaS ver 5 into my hand, I will tear your flesh with desert thorns and briers.”

From there he went up to PenielHebrew Penuel, a variant of Peniel; also in verses 9 and 17ver 9, 17; Ge 32:30; 1Ki 12:25 and made the same request of them, but they answered as the men of Sukkoth had.So he said to the men of Peniel, “When I return in triumph, I will tear down this tower.”ver 17

10 Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor with a force of about fifteen thousand men, all that were left of the armies of the eastern peoples; a hundred and twenty thousand swordsmen had fallen.S Jdg 6:5; Isa 9:411 Gideon went up by the route of the nomads east of NobahNu 32:42 and JogbehahS Nu 32:35 and attacked the unsuspecting army.12 Zebah and Zalmunna, the two kings of Midian, fled, but he pursued them and captured them, routing their entire army.

13 Gideon son of JoashS Jdg 6:11 then returned from the battle by the Pass of Heres.Jdg 1:3514 He caught a young man of Sukkoth and questioned him, and the young man wrote down for him the names of the seventy-seven officials of Sukkoth,ver 6 the eldersS Ex 3:16 of the town.15 Then Gideon came and said to the men of Sukkoth, “Here are Zebah and Zalmunna, about whom you taunted me by saying, ‘Do you already have the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna in your possession? Why should we give bread to your exhausted men?ver 6’”16 He took the elders of the town and taught the men of Sukkoth a lesson1Sa 14:12 by punishing them with desert thorns and briers.17 He also pulled down the tower of PenielS ver 8 and killed the men of the town.ver 9

Gideon Defeats the Midianites

So Jerub-baal (that is, Gideon) and his army got up early and went as far as the spring of Harod. The armies of Midian were camped north of them in the valley near the hill of Moreh.The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many warriors with you. If I let all of you fight the Midianites, the Israelites will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength.Therefore, tell the people, ‘Whoever is timid or afraid may leave this mountainHebrew may leave Mount Gilead. The identity of Mount Gilead is uncertain in this context. It is perhaps used here as another name for Mount Gilboa. and go home.’” So 22,000 of them went home, leaving only 10,000 who were willing to fight.

But the Lord told Gideon, “There are still too many! Bring them down to the spring, and I will test them to determine who will go with you and who will not.”When Gideon took his warriors down to the water, the Lord told him, “Divide the men into two groups. In one group put all those who cup water in their hands and lap it up with their tongues like dogs. In the other group put all those who kneel down and drink with their mouths in the stream.”Only 300 of the men drank from their hands. All the others got down on their knees and drank with their mouths in the stream.

The Lord told Gideon, “With these 300 men I will rescue you and give you victory over the Midianites. Send all the others home.”So Gideon collected the provisions and rams’ horns of the other warriors and sent them home. But he kept the 300 men with him.

The Midianite camp was in the valley just below Gideon.That night the Lord said, “Get up! Go down into the Midianite camp, for I have given you victory over them!10 But if you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah.11 Listen to what the Midianites are saying, and you will be greatly encouraged. Then you will be eager to attack.”

So Gideon took Purah and went down to the edge of the enemy camp.12 The armies of Midian, Amalek, and the people of the east had settled in the valley like a swarm of locusts. Their camels were like grains of sand on the seashore—too many to count!13 Gideon crept up just as a man was telling his companion about a dream. The man said, “I had this dream, and in my dream a loaf of barley bread came tumbling down into the Midianite camp. It hit a tent, turned it over, and knocked it flat!”

14 His companion answered, “Your dream can mean only one thing—God has given Gideon son of Joash, the Israelite, victory over Midian and all its allies!”

15 When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he bowed in worship before the Lord.As in Greek version; Hebrew reads he bowed. Then he returned to the Israelite camp and shouted, “Get up! For the Lord has given you victory over the Midianite hordes!”16 He divided the 300 men into three groups and gave each man a ram’s horn and a clay jar with a torch in it.

17 Then he said to them, “Keep your eyes on me. When I come to the edge of the camp, do just as I do.18 As soon as I and those with me blow the rams’ horns, blow your horns, too, all around the entire camp, and shout, ‘For the Lord and for Gideon!’”

19 It was just after midnight,Hebrew at the beginning of the second watch. after the changing of the guard, when Gideon and the 100 men with him reached the edge of the Midianite camp. Suddenly, they blew the rams’ horns and broke their clay jars.20 Then all three groups blew their horns and broke their jars. They held the blazing torches in their left hands and the horns in their right hands, and they all shouted, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!”

21 Each man stood at his position around the camp and watched as all the Midianites rushed around in a panic, shouting as they ran to escape.22 When the 300 Israelites blew their rams’ horns, the Lord caused the warriors in the camp to fight against each other with their swords. Those who were not killed fled to places as far away as Beth-shittah near Zererah and to the border of Abel-meholah near Tabbath.

23 Then Gideon sent for the warriors of Naphtali, Asher, and Manasseh, who joined in chasing the army of Midian.24 Gideon also sent messengers throughout the hill country of Ephraim, saying, “Come down to attack the Midianites. Cut them off at the shallow crossings of the Jordan River at Beth-barah.”

So all the men of Ephraim did as they were told.25 They captured Oreb and Zeeb, the two Midianite commanders, killing Oreb at the rock of Oreb, and Zeeb at the winepress of Zeeb. And they continued to chase the Midianites. Afterward the Israelites brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon, who was by the Jordan River.

Gideon Kills Zebah and Zalmunna

Then the people of Ephraim asked Gideon, “Why have you treated us this way? Why didn’t you send for us when you first went out to fight the Midianites?” And they argued heatedly with Gideon.

But Gideon replied, “What have I accomplished compared to you? Aren’t even the leftover grapes of Ephraim’s harvest better than the entire crop of my little clan of Abiezer?God gave you victory over Oreb and Zeeb, the commanders of the Midianite army. What have I accomplished compared to that?” When the men of Ephraim heard Gideon’s answer, their anger subsided.

Gideon then crossed the Jordan River with his 300 men, and though exhausted, they continued to chase the enemy.When they reached Succoth, Gideon asked the leaders of the town, “Please give my warriors some food. They are very tired. I am chasing Zebah and Zalmunna, the kings of Midian.”

But the officials of Succoth replied, “Catch Zebah and Zalmunna first, and then we will feed your army.”

So Gideon said, “After the Lord gives me victory over Zebah and Zalmunna, I will return and tear your flesh with the thorns and briers from the wilderness.”

From there Gideon went up to PenielHebrew Penuel, a variant spelling of Peniel; also in 8:9, 17. and again asked for food, but he got the same answer.So he said to the people of Peniel, “After I return in victory, I will tear down this tower.”

10 By this time Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor with about 15,000 warriors—all that remained of the allied armies of the east, for 120,000 had already been killed.11 Gideon circled around by the caravan route east of Nobah and Jogbehah, taking the Midianite army by surprise.12 Zebah and Zalmunna, the two Midianite kings, fled, but Gideon chased them down and captured all their warriors.

13 After this, Gideon returned from the battle by way of Heres Pass.14 There he captured a young man from Succoth and demanded that he write down the names of all the seventy-seven officials and elders in the town.15 Gideon then returned to Succoth and said to the leaders, “Here are Zebah and Zalmunna. When we were here before, you taunted me, saying, ‘Catch Zebah and Zalmunna first, and then we will feed your exhausted army.’”16 Then Gideon took the elders of the town and taught them a lesson, punishing them with thorns and briers from the wilderness.17 He also tore down the tower of Peniel and killed all the men in the town.

Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people that were with him, rose up early, and pitched beside the well of Harod: so that the host of the Midianites were on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley.

And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me.

Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.

And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go.

So he brought down the people unto the water: and the Lord said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink.

And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water.

And the Lord said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place.

So the people took victuals in their hand, and their trumpets: and he sent all the rest of Israel every man unto his tent, and retained those three hundred men: and the host of Midian was beneath him in the valley.

And it came to pass the same night, that the Lord said unto him, Arise, get thee down unto the host; for I have delivered it into thine hand.

10 But if thou fear to go down, go thou with Phurah thy servant down to the host:

11 And thou shalt hear what they say; and afterward shall thine hands be strengthened to go down unto the host. Then went he down with Phurah his servant unto the outside of the armed men that were in the host.

12 And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like grasshoppers for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea side for multitude.

13 And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the host of Midian, and came unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along.

14 And his fellow answered and said, This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: for into his hand hath God delivered Midian, and all the host.

15 And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned into the host of Israel, and said, Arise; for the Lord hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian.

16 And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man's hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers.

17 And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall ye do.

18 When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.

19 So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers that were in their hands.

20 And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.

21 And they stood every man in his place round about the camp; and all the host ran, and cried, and fled.

22 And the three hundred blew the trumpets, and the Lord set every man's sword against his fellow, even throughout all the host: and the host fled to Bethshittah in Zererath, and to the border of Abelmeholah, unto Tabbath.

23 And the men of Israel gathered themselves together out of Naphtali, and out of Asher, and out of all Manasseh, and pursued after the Midianites.

24 And Gideon sent messengers throughout all mount Ephraim, saying, come down against the Midianites, and take before them the waters unto Bethbarah and Jordan. Then all the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and took the waters unto Bethbarah and Jordan.

25 And they took two princes of the Midianites, Oreb and Zeeb; and they slew Oreb upon the rock Oreb, and Zeeb they slew at the winepress of Zeeb, and pursued Midian, and brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon on the other side Jordan.

And the men of Ephraim said unto him, Why hast thou served us thus, that thou calledst us not, when thou wentest to fight with the Midianites? And they did chide with him sharply.

And he said unto them, What have I done now in comparison of you? Is not the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abiezer?

God hath delivered into your hands the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb: and what was I able to do in comparison of you? Then their anger was abated toward him, when he had said that.

And Gideon came to Jordan, and passed over, he, and the three hundred men that were with him, faint, yet pursuing them.

And he said unto the men of Succoth, Give, I pray you, loaves of bread unto the people that follow me; for they be faint, and I am pursuing after Zebah and Zalmunna, kings of Midian.

And the princes of Succoth said, Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thine hand, that we should give bread unto thine army?

And Gideon said, Therefore when the Lord hath delivered Zebah and Zalmunna into mine hand, then I will tear your flesh with the thorns of the wilderness and with briers.

And he went up thence to Penuel, and spake unto them likewise: and the men of Penuel answered him as the men of Succoth had answered him.

And he spake also unto the men of Penuel, saying, When I come again in peace, I will break down this tower.

10 Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor, and their hosts with them, about fifteen thousand men, all that were left of all the hosts of the children of the east: for there fell an hundred and twenty thousand men that drew sword.

11 And Gideon went up by the way of them that dwelt in tents on the east of Nobah and Jogbehah, and smote the host; for the host was secure.

12 And when Zebah and Zalmunna fled, he pursued after them, and took the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and discomfited all the host.

13 And Gideon the son of Joash returned from battle before the sun was up,

14 And caught a young man of the men of Succoth, and enquired of him: and he described unto him the princes of Succoth, and the elders thereof, even threescore and seventeen men.

15 And he came unto the men of Succoth, and said, Behold Zebah and Zalmunna, with whom ye did upbraid me, saying, Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thine hand, that we should give bread unto thy men that are weary?

16 And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the men of Succoth.

17 And he beat down the tower of Penuel, and slew the men of the city.

Luke 23:13-43

13 Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers and the people,14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him.S ver 415 Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death.16 Therefore, I will punish himver 22; Mt 27:26; Jn 19:1; Ac 16:37; 2Co 11:23, 24 and then release him.”[17] Some manuscripts include here words similar to Matt. 27:15 and Mark 15:6.

18 But the whole crowd shouted, “Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!”Ac 3:13, 1419 (Barabbas had been thrown into prison for an insurrection in the city, and for murder.)

20 Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again.21 But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”

22 For the third time he spoke to them: “Why? What crime has this man committed? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore I will have him punished and then release him.”ver 16

23 But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed.24 So Pilate decided to grant their demand.25 He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will.

The Crucifixion of Jesus23:33-43pp — Mt 27:33-44; Mk 15:22-32; Jn 19:17-24

26 As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene,S Mt 27:32 who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.Mk 15:21; Jn 19:1727 A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailedLk 8:52 for him.28 Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.Lk 19:41-44; 21:23, 2429 For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’Mt 24:1930 Then

“‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!”

and to the hills, “Cover us!”’Hosea 10:8Isa 2:19; Hos 10:8; Rev 6:16

31 For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”Eze 20:47

32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed.Isa 53:12; Mt 27:38; Mk 15:27; Jn 19:1833 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left.34 Jesus said, “Father,S Mt 11:25 forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”Some early manuscripts do not have this sentence.S Mt 5:44 And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.Ps 22:18

35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him.Ps 22:17 They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”Isa 42:1

36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him.Ps 22:7 They offered him wine vinegarPs 69:21; Mt 27:4837 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews,Lk 4:3, 9 save yourself.”

38 There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews.S Mt 2:2

39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”ver 35, 37

40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence?41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”S ver 4

42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.Some manuscripts come with your kingly powerS Mt 16:27

43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”2Co 12:3, 4; Rev 2:7

13 Then Pilate called together the leading priests and other religious leaders, along with the people,14 and he announced his verdict. “You brought this man to me, accusing him of leading a revolt. I have examined him thoroughly on this point in your presence and find him innocent.15 Herod came to the same conclusion and sent him back to us. Nothing this man has done calls for the death penalty.16 So I will have him flogged, and then I will release him.”Some manuscripts add verse 17, Now it was necessary for him to release one prisoner to them during the Passover celebration. Compare Matt 27:15; Mark 15:6; John 18:39.

18 Then a mighty roar rose from the crowd, and with one voice they shouted, “Kill him, and release Barabbas to us!”19 (Barabbas was in prison for taking part in an insurrection in Jerusalem against the government, and for murder.)20 Pilate argued with them, because he wanted to release Jesus.21 But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”

22 For the third time he demanded, “Why? What crime has he committed? I have found no reason to sentence him to death. So I will have him flogged, and then I will release him.”

23 But the mob shouted louder and louder, demanding that Jesus be crucified, and their voices prevailed.24 So Pilate sentenced Jesus to die as they demanded.25 As they had requested, he released Barabbas, the man in prison for insurrection and murder. But he turned Jesus over to them to do as they wished.

The Crucifixion

26 As they led Jesus away, a man named Simon, who was from Cyrene,Cyrene was a city in northern Africa. happened to be coming in from the countryside. The soldiers seized him and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.27 A large crowd trailed behind, including many grief-stricken women.28 But Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, don’t weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.29 For the days are coming when they will say, ‘Fortunate indeed are the women who are childless, the wombs that have not borne a child and the breasts that have never nursed.’30 People will beg the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and plead with the hills, ‘Bury us.’Hos 10:8.31 For if these things are done when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?Or If these things are done to me, the living tree, what will happen to you, the dry tree?

32 Two others, both criminals, were led out to be executed with him.33 When they came to a place called The Skull,Sometimes rendered Calvary, which comes from the Latin word for “skull.” they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left.

34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”This sentence is not included in many ancient manuscripts. And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.Greek by casting lots. See Ps 22:18.

35 The crowd watched and the leaders scoffed. “He saved others,” they said, “let him save himself if he is really God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”36 The soldiers mocked him, too, by offering him a drink of sour wine.37 They called out to him, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!”38 A sign was fastened above him with these words: “This is the King of the Jews.”

39 One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!”

40 But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die?41 We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.”42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.”

43 And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

13 And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people,

14 Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him:

15 No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him.

16 I will therefore chastise him, and release him.

17 (For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)

18 And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas:

19 (Who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison.)

20 Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them.

21 But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him.

22 And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go.

23 And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed.

24 And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required.

25 And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will.

26 And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.

27 And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him.

28 But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.

29 For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.

30 Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.

31 For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?

32 And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death.

33 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.

34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

35 And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.

36 And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar,

37 And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.

38 And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, This Is The King Of The Jews.

39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.

40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?

41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.

42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.

43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.

Psalm 97:1-98:9

Psalm 97

The Lord reigns,Ex 15:18; Ps 93:1; 96:10; 99:1; Isa 24:23; 52:7 let the earth be glad;S Ps 96:11

let the distant shoresS Est 10:1 rejoice.

CloudsS Job 22:14 and thick darknessS Ex 19:9 surround him;

righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.Ps 89:14

FireIsa 9:19; Da 7:10; Joel 1:19; 2:3 goes beforeHab 3:5 him

and consumesS 2Sa 22:9 his foes on every side.

His lightningS Job 36:30 lights up the world;

the earthS 2Sa 22:8 sees and trembles.S Ps 18:7; 104:32; S Rev 6:12

The mountains meltS Ps 46:2, 6 like waxS Ps 22:14 before the Lord,

before the Lord of all the earth.S Jos 3:11

The heavens proclaim his righteousness,Ps 50:6; 98:2

and all peoples see his glory.S Ps 19:1

All who worship imagesS Lev 26:1 are put to shame,Isa 42:17; Jer 10:14

those who boast in idolsS Dt 5:8

worship him,Heb 1:6 all you gods!Ex 12:12; Ps 16:4

Zion hears and rejoices

and the villages of Judah are gladS Ps 9:2

because of your judgments,Ps 48:11 Lord.

For you, Lord, are the Most HighPs 7:8 over all the earth;S Job 34:29

you are exaltedS Ps 47:9 far above all gods.

10 Let those who love the Lord hate evil,S Job 28:28; Am 5:15; Ro 12:9

for he guardsPs 145:20 the lives of his faithful onesPs 31:23; 37:28; Pr 2:8

and deliversS Ps 34:7; Da 3:28; 6:16 them from the hand of the wicked.Ps 37:40; Jer 15:21; 20:13

11 Light shinesOne Hebrew manuscript and ancient versions (see also 112:4); most Hebrew manuscripts Light is sownS Job 22:28 on the righteousPs 11:5

and joy on the upright in heart.Ps 7:10

12 Rejoice in the Lord,S Job 22:19; Ps 104:34; Isa 41:16; Php 4:4 you who are righteous,

and praise his holy name.S Ex 3:15; S Ps 99:3

Psalm 98

A psalm.

Sing to the LordPs 30:4 a new song,S Ps 96:1

for he has done marvelous things;Ex 15:1; Ps 96:3; Isa 12:5; Lk 1:51

his right handS Ex 15:6 and his holy armS Jos 4:24; Job 40:9; Isa 51:9; 52:10; 53:1; 63:5

have worked salvationS Ps 44:3; Isa 59:16 for him.

The Lord has made his salvation knownIsa 52:10; Lk 3:6

and revealed his righteousnessS Ps 97:6 to the nations.S Ps 67:2

He has rememberedS 1Ch 16:15 his love

and his faithfulness to Israel;

all the ends of the earthS Ge 49:10; S Ps 48:10 have seen

the salvation of our God.S Ps 50:23

Shout for joyPs 20:5; Isa 12:6; 44:23; 52:9; 54:1; 55:12 to the Lord, all the earth,

burst into jubilant song with music;

make music to the Lord with the harp,Ps 33:2; 92:3; 147:7

with the harp and the sound of singing,Isa 51:3

with trumpetsS Nu 10:2; S 2Sa 6:15 and the blast of the ram’s hornS Ex 19:13

shout for joyPs 20:5; 100:1; Isa 12:6 before the Lord, the King.Ps 2:6; 47:7

Let the seaS Ps 93:3 resound, and everything in it,

the world, and all who live in it.S Ps 24:1

Let the rivers clap their hands,S 2Ki 11:12

let the mountainsPs 148:9; Isa 44:23; 55:12 sing together for joy;

let them sing before the Lord,

for he comes to judge the earth.

He will judge the world in righteousness

and the peoples with equity.S Ps 96:10

Psalm 97

The Lord is king!

Let the earth rejoice!

Let the farthest coastlands be glad.

Dark clouds surround him.

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.

Fire spreads ahead of him

and burns up all his foes.

His lightning flashes out across the world.

The earth sees and trembles.

The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,

before the Lord of all the earth.

The heavens proclaim his righteousness;

every nation sees his glory.

Those who worship idols are disgraced—

all who brag about their worthless gods—

for every god must bow to him.

JerusalemHebrew Zion. has heard and rejoiced,

and all the towns of Judah are glad

because of your justice, O Lord!

For you, O Lord, are supreme over all the earth;

you are exalted far above all gods.

10 You who love the Lord, hate evil!

He protects the lives of his godly people

and rescues them from the power of the wicked.

11 Light shines on the godly,

and joy on those whose hearts are right.

12 May all who are godly rejoice in the Lord

and praise his holy name!

Psalm 98

A psalm.

Sing a new song to the Lord,

for he has done wonderful deeds.

His right hand has won a mighty victory;

his holy arm has shown his saving power!

The Lord has announced his victory

and has revealed his righteousness to every nation!

He has remembered his promise to love and be faithful to Israel.

The ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.

Shout to the Lord, all the earth;

break out in praise and sing for joy!

Sing your praise to the Lord with the harp,

with the harp and melodious song,

with trumpets and the sound of the ram’s horn.

Make a joyful symphony before the Lord, the King!

Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!

Let the earth and all living things join in.

Let the rivers clap their hands in glee!

Let the hills sing out their songs of joy

before the Lord,

for he is coming to judge the earth.

He will judge the world with justice,

and the nations with fairness.

97 The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.

Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.

A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.

His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled.

The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.

Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.

Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O Lord.

For thou, Lord, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods.

10 Ye that love the Lord, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.

11 Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.

12 Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

98 O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.

The Lord hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.

He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.

Sing unto the Lord with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm.

With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the Lord, the King.

Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together

Before the Lord; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.

Proverbs 14:7-8

Stay away from a fool,

for you will not find knowledge on their lips.

The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways,ver 15; Pr 15:28; 21:29

but the folly of fools is deception.ver 24

Stay away from fools,

for you won’t find knowledge on their lips.

The prudent understand where they are going,

but fools deceive themselves.

Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.

The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.

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