• Joshua 2
    • Matthew 24
    • Psalms 109
    • Proverbs 21

    Joshua 2

    1 Now Joshua the son of Nun sent out two men from Acacia Grove to spy secretly, saying, "Go, view the land, especially Jericho." So they went, and came to the house of a harlot named Rahab, and lodged there.
    2 And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, "Behold, men have come here tonight from the children of Israel to search out the country."
    3 So the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, "Bring out the men who have come to you, who have entered your house, for they have come to search out all the country."
    4 Then the woman took the two men and hid them. So she said, "Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from.
    5 And it happened as the gate was being shut, when it was dark, that the men went out. Where the men went I do not know; pursue them quickly, for you may overtake them."
    6 (But she had brought them up to the roof and hidden them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order on the roof.)
    7 Then the men pursued them by the road to the Jordan, to the fords. And as soon as those who pursued them had gone out, they shut the gate.
    8 Now before they lay down, she came up to them on the roof,
    9 and said to the men: "I know that the LORD has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you.
    10 For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed.
    11 And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.
    12 Now therefore, I beg you, swear to me by the LORD, since I have shown you kindness, that you also will show kindness to my father's house, and give me a true token,
    13 and spare my father, my mother, my brothers, my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death."
    14 So the men answered her, "Our lives for yours, if none of you tell this business of ours. And it shall be, when the LORD has given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with you."
    15 Then she let them down by a rope through the window, for her house was on the city wall; she dwelt on the wall.
    16 And she said to them, "Get to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you. Hide there three days, until the pursuers have returned. Afterward you may go your way."
    17 So the men said to her: "We will be blameless of this oath of yours which you have made us swear,
    18 unless, when we come into the land, you bind this line of scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you bring your father, your mother, your brothers, and all your father's household to your own home.
    19 So it shall be that whoever goes outside the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his own head, and we will be guiltless. And whoever is with you in the house, his blood shall be on our head if a hand is laid on him.
    20 And if you tell this business of ours, then we will be free from your oath which you made us swear."
    21 Then she said, "According to your words, so be it." And she sent them away, and they departed. And she bound the scarlet cord in the window.
    22 They departed and went to the mountain, and stayed there three days until the pursuers returned. The pursuers sought them all along the way, but did not find them.
    23 So the two men returned, descended from the mountain, and crossed over; and they came to Joshua the son of Nun, and told him all that had befallen them.
    24 And they said to Joshua, "Truly the LORD has delivered all the land into our hands, for indeed all the inhabitants of the country are fainthearted because of us."

    Matthew 24

    1 Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple.
    2 And Jesus said to them, "Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down."
    3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?"
    4 And Jesus answered and said to them: "Take heed that no one deceives you.
    5 For many will come in My name, saying, "I am the Christ,' and will deceive many.
    6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
    7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.
    8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
    9 "Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake.
    10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
    11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.
    12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
    13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
    14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
    15 "Therefore when you see the "abomination of desolation,' spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place" (whoever reads, let him understand),
    16 "then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
    17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house.
    18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.
    19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!
    20 And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath.
    21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.
    22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened.
    23 "Then if anyone says to you, "Look, here is the Christ!' or "There!' do not believe it.
    24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
    25 See, I have told you beforehand.
    26 "Therefore if they say to you, "Look, He is in the desert!' do not go out; or "Look, He is in the inner rooms!' do not believe it.
    27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
    28 For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.
    29 "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
    30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
    31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
    32 "Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.
    33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near--at the doors!
    34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.
    35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
    36 "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.
    37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
    38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,
    39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
    40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left.
    41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left.
    42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.
    43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.
    44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
    45 "Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season?
    46 Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.
    47 Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods.
    48 But if that evil servant says in his heart, "My master is delaying his coming,'
    49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards,
    50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of,
    51 and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

    Psalms 109

    1 Do not keep silent, O God of my praise!
    2 For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful Have opened against me; They have spoken against me with a lying tongue.
    3 They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, And fought against me without a cause.
    4 In return for my love they are my accusers, But I give myself to prayer.
    5 Thus they have rewarded me evil for good, And hatred for my love.
    6 Set a wicked man over him, And let an accuser stand at his right hand.
    7 When he is judged, let him be found guilty, And let his prayer become sin.
    8 Let his days be few, And let another take his office.
    9 Let his children be fatherless, And his wife a widow.
    10 Let his children continually be vagabonds, and beg; Let them seek their bread also from their desolate places.
    11 Let the creditor seize all that he has, And let strangers plunder his labor.
    12 Let there be none to extend mercy to him, Nor let there be any to favor his fatherless children.
    13 Let his posterity be cut off, And in the generation following let their name be blotted out.
    14 Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD, And let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.
    15 Let them be continually before the LORD, That He may cut off the memory of them from the earth;
    16 Because he did not remember to show mercy, But persecuted the poor and needy man, That he might even slay the broken in heart.
    17 As he loved cursing, so let it come to him; As he did not delight in blessing, so let it be far from him.
    18 As he clothed himself with cursing as with his garment, So let it enter his body like water, And like oil into his bones.
    19 Let it be to him like the garment which covers him, And for a belt with which he girds himself continually.
    20 Let this be the LORD's reward to my accusers, And to those who speak evil against my person.
    21 But You, O GOD the Lord, Deal with me for Your name's sake; Because Your mercy is good, deliver me.
    22 For I am poor and needy, And my heart is wounded within me.
    23 I am gone like a shadow when it lengthens; I am shaken off like a locust.
    24 My knees are weak through fasting, And my flesh is feeble from lack of fatness.
    25 I also have become a reproach to them; When they look at me, they shake their heads.
    26 Help me, O LORD my God! Oh, save me according to Your mercy,
    27 That they may know that this is Your hand-- That You, LORD, have done it!
    28 Let them curse, but You bless; When they arise, let them be ashamed, But let Your servant rejoice.
    29 Let my accusers be clothed with shame, And let them cover themselves with their own disgrace as with a mantle.
    30 I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; Yes, I will praise Him among the multitude.
    31 For He shall stand at the right hand of the poor, To save him from those who condemn him.

    Proverbs 21

    1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.
    2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the hearts.
    3 To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
    4 A haughty look, a proud heart, And the plowing of the wicked are sin.
    5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.
    6 Getting treasures by a lying tongue Is the fleeting fantasy of those who seek death.
    7 The violence of the wicked will destroy them, Because they refuse to do justice.
    8 The way of a guilty man is perverse; But as for the pure, his work is right.
    9 Better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
    10 The soul of the wicked desires evil; His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.
    11 When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise; But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
    12 The righteous God wisely considers the house of the wicked, Overthrowing the wicked for their wickedness.
    13 Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be heard.
    14 A gift in secret pacifies anger, And a bribe behind the back, strong wrath.
    15 It is a joy for the just to do justice, But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.
    16 A man who wanders from the way of understanding Will rest in the assembly of the dead.
    17 He who loves pleasure will be a poor man; He who loves wine and oil will not be rich.
    18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, And the unfaithful for the upright.
    19 Better to dwell in the wilderness, Than with a contentious and angry woman.
    20 There is desirable treasure, And oil in the dwelling of the wise, But a foolish man squanders it.
    21 He who follows righteousness and mercy Finds life, righteousness and honor.
    22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty, And brings down the trusted stronghold.
    23 Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Keeps his soul from troubles.
    24 A proud and haughty man--"Scoffer" is his name; He acts with arrogant pride.
    25 The desire of the lazy man kills him, For his hands refuse to labor.
    26 He covets greedily all day long, But the righteous gives and does not spare.
    27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination; How much more when he brings it with wicked intent!
    28 A false witness shall perish, But the man who hears him will speak endlessly.
    29 A wicked man hardens his face, But as for the upright, he establishes his way.
    30 There is no wisdom or understanding Or counsel against the LORD.
    31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle, But deliverance is of the LORD.

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