April 9  

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  •    Deuteronomy 33
    Deuteronomy 33

    Moses' Final Blessing on Israel
    33 This is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the people of Israel before his death. He said,
    “The Lord came from Sinai
        and dawned from Seir upon us;[a]
        he shone forth from Mount Paran;
    he came from the ten thousands of holy ones,
        with flaming fire[b] at his right hand.

    Yes, he loved his people,[c]
        all his holy ones were in his[d] hand;
    so they followed[e] in your steps,
        receiving direction from you,

    when Moses commanded us a law,
        as a possession for the assembly of Jacob.

    Thus the Lord[f] became king in Jeshurun,
        when the heads of the people were gathered,
        all the tribes of Israel together.

    “Let Reuben live, and not die,
        but let his men be few.”

    And this he said of Judah:

    “Hear, O Lord, the voice of Judah,
        and bring him in to his people.
    With your hands contend[g] for him,
        and be a help against his adversaries.”

    And of Levi he said,

    “Give to Levi[h] your Thummim,
        and your Urim to your godly one,
    whom you tested at Massah,
        with whom you quarreled at the waters of Meribah;

    who said of his father and mother,
        ‘I regard them not’;
    he disowned his brothers
        and ignored his children.
    For they observed your word
        and kept your covenant.

    They shall teach Jacob your rules
        and Israel your law;
    they shall put incense before you
        and whole burnt offerings on your altar.

    Bless, O Lord, his substance,
        and accept the work of his hands;
    crush the loins of his adversaries,
        of those who hate him, that they rise not again.”

    12 Of Benjamin he said,

    “The beloved of the Lord dwells in safety.
    The High God[i] surrounds him all day long,
        and dwells between his shoulders.”

    13 And of Joseph he said,

    “Blessed by the Lord be his land,
        with the choicest gifts of heaven above,[j]
        and of the deep that crouches beneath,

    with the choicest fruits of the sun
        and the rich yield of the months,

    with the finest produce of the ancient mountains
        and the abundance of the everlasting hills,

    with the best gifts of the earth and its fullness
        and the favor of him who dwells in the bush.
    May these rest on the head of Joseph,
        on the pate of him who is prince among his brothers.

    A firstborn bull[k]—he has majesty,
        and his horns are the horns of a wild ox;
    with them he shall gore the peoples,
        all of them, to the ends of the earth;
    they are the ten thousands of Ephraim,
        and they are the thousands of Manasseh.”

    18 And of Zebulun he said,

    “Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going out,
        and Issachar, in your tents.

    They shall call peoples to their mountain;
        there they offer right sacrifices;
    for they draw from the abundance of the seas
        and the hidden treasures of the sand.”

    20 And of Gad he said,

    “Blessed be he who enlarges Gad!
        Gad crouches like a lion;
        he tears off arm and scalp.

    He chose the best of the land for himself,
        for there a commander's portion was reserved;
    and he came with the heads of the people,
        with Israel he executed the justice of the Lord,
        and his judgments for Israel.”

    22 And of Dan he said,

    “Dan is a lion's cub
        that leaps from Bashan.”

    23 And of Naphtali he said,

    “O Naphtali, sated with favor,
        and full of the blessing of the Lord,
        possess the lake[l] and the south.”

    24 And of Asher he said,

    “Most blessed of sons be Asher;
        let him be the favorite of his brothers,
        and let him dip his foot in oil.

    Your bars shall be iron and bronze,
        and as your days, so shall your strength be.

    “There is none like God, O Jeshurun,
        who rides through the heavens to your help,
        through the skies in his majesty.

    The eternal God is your dwelling place,[m]
        and underneath are the everlasting arms.[n]
    And he thrust out the enemy before you
        and said, ‘Destroy.’

    So Israel lived in safety,
        Jacob lived alone,[o]
    in a land of grain and wine,
        whose heavens drop down dew.

    Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you,
        a people saved by the Lord,
    the shield of your help,
        and the sword of your triumph!
    Your enemies shall come fawning to you,
        and you shall tread upon their backs.”

    1. Deuteronomy 33:2 Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate; Hebrew them
    2. Deuteronomy 33:2 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
    3. Deuteronomy 33:3 Septuagint; Hebrew peoples
    4. Deuteronomy 33:3 Hebrew your
    5. Deuteronomy 33:3 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
    6. Deuteronomy 33:5 Hebrew Thus he
    7. Deuteronomy 33:7 Probable reading; Hebrew With his hands he contended
    8. Deuteronomy 33:8 Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint; Masoretic Text lacks Give to Levi
    9. Deuteronomy 33:12 Septuagint; Hebrew dwells in safety by him. He
    10. Deuteronomy 33:13 Two Hebrew manuscripts and Targum; Hebrew with the dew
    11. Deuteronomy 33:17 Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint, Samaritan; Masoretic Text His firstborn bull
    12. Deuteronomy 33:23 Or west
    13. Deuteronomy 33:27 Or a dwelling place
    14. Deuteronomy 33:27 Revocalization of verse 27 yields He subdues the ancient gods, and shatters the forces of old
    15. Deuteronomy 33:28 Hebrew the abode of Jacob was alone
  •   Luke 13:1-21
    Luke 13:1-21

    Repent or Perish
    13 There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

    The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree
    And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”

    A Woman with a Disabling Spirit
    10 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11 And behold, there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your disability.” 13 And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God. 14 But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, “There are six days in which work ought to be done. Come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.” 15 Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it? 16 And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?” 17 As he said these things, all his adversaries were put to shame, and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.

    The Mustard Seed and the Leaven
    18 He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19 It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.”
    20 And again he said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? 21 It is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, until it was all leavened.”
  •   Psalm 78:65-72
    Psalm 78:65-72

    Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,
        like a strong man shouting because of wine.

    And he put his adversaries to rout;
        he put them to everlasting shame.

    He rejected the tent of Joseph;
        he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim,

    but he chose the tribe of Judah,
        Mount Zion, which he loves.

    He built his sanctuary like the high heavens,
        like the earth, which he has founded forever.

    He chose David his servant
        and took him from the sheepfolds;

    from following the nursing ewes he brought him
        to shepherd Jacob his people,
        Israel his inheritance.

    With upright heart he shepherded them
        and guided them with his skillful hand.
  •   Proverbs 12:25

    Proverbs 12:25

    Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down,

        but a good word makes him glad.

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