• Judges 11
    • Mark 7
    • Psalms 142
    • Proverbs 23

    Judges 11

    1 Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valor, but he was the son of a harlot; and Gilead begot Jephthah.
    2 Gilead's wife bore sons; and when his wife's sons grew up, they drove Jephthah out, and said to him, "You shall have no inheritance in our father's house, for you are the son of another woman."
    3 Then Jephthah fled from his brothers and dwelt in the land of Tob; and worthless men banded together with Jephthah and went out raiding with him.
    4 It came to pass after a time that the people of Ammon made war against Israel.
    5 And so it was, when the people of Ammon made war against Israel, that the elders of Gilead went to get Jephthah from the land of Tob.
    6 Then they said to Jephthah, "Come and be our commander, that we may fight against the people of Ammon."
    7 So Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, "Did you not hate me, and expel me from my father's house? Why have you come to me now when you are in distress?"
    8 And the elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, "That is why we have turned again to you now, that you may go with us and fight against the people of Ammon, and be our head over all the inhabitants of Gilead."
    9 So Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, "If you take me back home to fight against the people of Ammon, and the LORD delivers them to me, shall I be your head?"
    10 And the elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, "The LORD will be a witness between us, if we do not do according to your words."
    11 Then Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head and commander over them; and Jephthah spoke all his words before the LORD in Mizpah.
    12 Now Jephthah sent messengers to the king of the people of Ammon, saying, "What do you have against me, that you have come to fight against me in my land?"
    13 And the king of the people of Ammon answered the messengers of Jephthah, "Because Israel took away my land when they came up out of Egypt, from the Arnon as far as the Jabbok, and to the Jordan. Now therefore, restore those lands peaceably."
    14 So Jephthah again sent messengers to the king of the people of Ammon,
    15 and said to him, "Thus says Jephthah: "Israel did not take away the land of Moab, nor the land of the people of Ammon;
    16 for when Israel came up from Egypt, they walked through the wilderness as far as the Red Sea and came to Kadesh.
    17 Then Israel sent messengers to the king of Edom, saying, "Please let me pass through your land." But the king of Edom would not heed. And in like manner they sent to the king of Moab, but he would not consent. So Israel remained in Kadesh.
    18 And they went along through the wilderness and bypassed the land of Edom and the land of Moab, came to the east side of the land of Moab, and encamped on the other side of the Arnon. But they did not enter the border of Moab, for the Arnon was the border of Moab.
    19 Then Israel sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites, king of Heshbon; and Israel said to him, "Please let us pass through your land into our place."
    20 But Sihon did not trust Israel to pass through his territory. So Sihon gathered all his people together, encamped in Jahaz, and fought against Israel.
    21 And the LORD God of Israel delivered Sihon and all his people into the hand of Israel, and they defeated them. Thus Israel gained possession of all the land of the Amorites, who inhabited that country.
    22 They took possession of all the territory of the Amorites, from the Arnon to the Jabbok and from the wilderness to the Jordan.
    23 "And now the LORD God of Israel has dispossessed the Amorites from before His people Israel; should you then possess it?
    24 Will you not possess whatever Chemosh your god gives you to possess? So whatever the LORD our God takes possession of before us, we will possess.
    25 And now, are you any better than Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab? Did he ever strive against Israel? Did he ever fight against them?
    26 While Israel dwelt in Heshbon and its villages, in Aroer and its villages, and in all the cities along the banks of the Arnon, for three hundred years, why did you not recover them within that time?
    27 Therefore I have not sinned against you, but you wronged me by fighting against me. May the LORD, the Judge, render judgment this day between the children of Israel and the people of Ammon."'
    28 However, the king of the people of Ammon did not heed the words which Jephthah sent him.
    29 Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah, and he passed through Gilead and Manasseh, and passed through Mizpah of Gilead; and from Mizpah of Gilead he advanced toward the people of Ammon.
    30 And Jephthah made a vow to the LORD, and said, "If You will indeed deliver the people of Ammon into my hands,
    31 then it will be that whatever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the people of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD's, and I will offer it up as a burnt offering."
    32 So Jephthah advanced toward the people of Ammon to fight against them, and the LORD delivered them into his hands.
    33 And he defeated them from Aroer as far as Minnith--twenty cities--and to Abel Keramim, with a very great slaughter. Thus the people of Ammon were subdued before the children of Israel.
    34 When Jephthah came to his house at Mizpah, there was his daughter, coming out to meet him with timbrels and dancing; and she was his only child. Besides her he had neither son nor daughter.
    35 And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he tore his clothes, and said, "Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low! You are among those who trouble me! For I have given my word to the LORD, and I cannot go back on it."
    36 So she said to him, "My father, if you have given your word to the LORD, do to me according to what has gone out of your mouth, because the LORD has avenged you of your enemies, the people of Ammon."
    37 Then she said to her father, "Let this thing be done for me: let me alone for two months, that I may go and wander on the mountains and bewail my virginity, my friends and I."
    38 So he said, "Go." And he sent her away for two months; and she went with her friends, and bewailed her virginity on the mountains.
    39 And it was so at the end of two months that she returned to her father, and he carried out his vow with her which he had vowed. She knew no man. And it became a custom in Israel
    40 that the daughters of Israel went four days each year to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite.

    Mark 7

    1 Then the Pharisees and some of the scribes came together to Him, having come from Jerusalem.
    2 Now when they saw some of His disciples eat bread with defiled, that is, with unwashed hands, they found fault.
    3 For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands in a special way, holding the tradition of the elders.
    4 When they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other things which they have received and hold, like the washing of cups, pitchers, copper vessels, and couches.
    5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, "Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?"
    6 He answered and said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: "This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.
    7 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'
    8 For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men --the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do."
    9 He said to them, "All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.
    10 For Moses said, "Honor your father and your mother'; and, "He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.'
    11 But you say, "If a man says to his father or mother, "Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban"--' (that is, a gift to God),
    12 then you no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother,
    13 making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do."
    14 When He had called all the multitude to Himself, He said to them, "Hear Me, everyone, and understand:
    15 There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man.
    16 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!"
    17 When He had entered a house away from the crowd, His disciples asked Him concerning the parable.
    18 So He said to them, "Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him,
    19 because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods?"
    20 And He said, "What comes out of a man, that defiles a man.
    21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
    22 thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.
    23 All these evil things come from within and defile a man."
    24 From there He arose and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And He entered a house and wanted no one to know it, but He could not be hidden.
    25 For a woman whose young daughter had an unclean spirit heard about Him, and she came and fell at His feet.
    26 The woman was a Greek, a Syro-Phoenician by birth, and she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter.
    27 But Jesus said to her, "Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs."
    28 And she answered and said to Him, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children's crumbs."
    29 Then He said to her, "For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter."
    30 And when she had come to her house, she found the demon gone out, and her daughter lying on the bed.
    31 Again, departing from the region of Tyre and Sidon, He came through the midst of the region of Decapolis to the Sea of Galilee.
    32 Then they brought to Him one who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech, and they begged Him to put His hand on him.
    33 And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers in his ears, and He spat and touched his tongue.
    34 Then, looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said to him, "Ephphatha," that is, "Be opened."
    35 Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly.
    36 Then He commanded them that they should tell no one; but the more He commanded them, the more widely they proclaimed it.
    37 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, "He has done all things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak."

    Psalms 142

    1 I cry out to the LORD with my voice; With my voice to the LORD I make my supplication.
    2 I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble.
    3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, Then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk They have secretly set a snare for me.
    4 Look on my right hand and see, For there is no one who acknowledges me; Refuge has failed me; No one cares for my soul.
    5 I cried out to You, O LORD: I said, "You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living.
    6 Attend to my cry, For I am brought very low; Deliver me from my persecutors, For they are stronger than I.
    7 Bring my soul out of prison, That I may praise Your name; The righteous shall surround me, For You shall deal bountifully with me."

    Proverbs 23

    1 When you sit down to eat with a ruler, Consider carefully what is before you;
    2 And put a knife to your throat If you are a man given to appetite.
    3 Do not desire his delicacies, For they are deceptive food.
    4 Do not overwork to be rich; Because of your own understanding, cease!
    5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; They fly away like an eagle toward heaven.
    6 Do not eat the bread of a miser, Nor desire his delicacies;
    7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. "Eat and drink!" he says to you, But his heart is not with you.
    8 The morsel you have eaten, you will vomit up, And waste your pleasant words.
    9 Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, For he will despise the wisdom of your words.
    10 Do not remove the ancient landmark, Nor enter the fields of the fatherless;
    11 For their Redeemer is mighty; He will plead their cause against you.
    12 Apply your heart to instruction, And your ears to words of knowledge.
    13 Do not withhold correction from a child, For if you beat him with a rod, he will not die.
    14 You shall beat him with a rod, And deliver his soul from hell.
    15 My son, if your heart is wise, My heart will rejoice--indeed, I myself;
    16 Yes, my inmost being will rejoice When your lips speak right things.
    17 Do not let your heart envy sinners, But be zealous for the fear of the LORD all the day;
    18 For surely there is a hereafter, And your hope will not be cut off.
    19 Hear, my son, and be wise; And guide your heart in the way.
    20 Do not mix with winebibbers, Or with gluttonous eaters of meat;
    21 For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.
    22 Listen to your father who begot you, And do not despise your mother when she is old.
    23 Buy the truth, and do not sell it, Also wisdom and instruction and understanding.
    24 The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, And he who begets a wise child will delight in him.
    25 Let your father and your mother be glad, And let her who bore you rejoice.
    26 My son, give me your heart, And let your eyes observe my ways.
    27 For a harlot is a deep pit, And a seductress is a narrow well.
    28 She also lies in wait as for a victim, And increases the unfaithful among men.
    29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?
    30 Those who linger long at the wine, Those who go in search of mixed wine.
    31 Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it swirls around smoothly;
    32 At the last it bites like a serpent, And stings like a viper.
    33 Your eyes will see strange things, And your heart will utter perverse things.
    34 Yes, you will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, Or like one who lies at the top of the mast, saying:
    35 "They have struck me, but I was not hurt; They have beaten me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake, that I may seek another drink?

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