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Daily Readings for April 21
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Deuteronomy 4

 

1.Now, Israel, listen to the statutes and to the ordinances, which I teach you, to do them; that you may live, and go in and possess the land which Yahweh, the God of your fathers, gives you. 2.You shall not add to the word which I command you, neither shall you diminish from it, that you may keep the commandments of Yahweh your God which I command you. 3.Your eyes have seen what Yahweh did because of Baal Peor; for all the men who followed Baal Peor, Yahweh your God has destroyed them from the midst of you. 4.But you who were faithful to Yahweh your God are all alive this day. 5.Behold, I have taught you statutes and ordinances, even as Yahweh my God commanded me, that you should do so in the midst of the land where you go in to possess it. 6.Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who shall hear all these statutes, and say, "Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people." 7.For what great nation is there, that has a god so near to them, as Yahweh our God is whenever we call on him? 8.What great nation is there, that has statutes and ordinances so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?

9.Only take heed to yourself, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things which your eyes saw, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your children and your children's children; 10.the day that you stood before Yahweh your God in Horeb, when Yahweh said to me, "Assemble me the people, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children." 11.You came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire to the heart of the sky, with darkness, cloud, and thick darkness. 12.Yahweh spoke to you out of the midst of the fire: you heard the voice of words, but you saw no form; you only heard a voice. 13.He declared to you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even the ten commandments; and he wrote them on two tables of stone. 14.Yahweh commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and ordinances, that you might do them in the land where you go over to possess it. 15.Take therefore good heed to yourselves; for you saw no kind of form on the day that Yahweh spoke to you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire. 16.Lest you corrupt yourselves, and make yourself an engraved image in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female, 17.the likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the sky, 18.the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the water under the earth; 19.and lest you lift up your eyes to the sky, and when you see the sun and the moon and the stars, even all the army of the sky, you are drawn away and worship them, and serve them, which Yahweh your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole sky. 20.But Yahweh has taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be to him a people of inheritance, as at this day. 21.Furthermore Yahweh was angry with me for your sakes, and swore that I should not go over the Jordan, and that I should not go in to that good land, which Yahweh your God gives you for an inheritance: 22.but I must die in this land, I must not go over the Jordan; but you shall go over, and possess that good land. 23.Take heed to yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of Yahweh your God, which he made with you, and make you an engraved image in the form of anything which Yahweh your God has forbidden you. 24.For Yahweh your God is a devouring fire, a jealous God. 25.When you shall father children, and children's children, and you shall have been long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make an engraved image in the form of anything, and shall do that which is evil in the sight of Yahweh your God, to provoke him to anger; 26.I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that you shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto you go over the Jordan to possess it; you shall not prolong your days on it, but shall utterly be destroyed. 27.Yahweh will scatter you among the peoples, and you shall be left few in number among the nations, where Yahweh shall lead you away. 28.There you shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell. 29.But from there you shall seek Yahweh your God, and you shall find him, when you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul. 30.When you are in oppression, and all these things have come on you, in the latter days you shall return to Yahweh your God, and listen to his voice: 31.for Yahweh your God is a merciful God; he will not fail you, neither destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which he swore to them. 32.For ask now of the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth, and from the one end of the sky to the other, whether there has been anything as this great thing is, or has been heard like it? 33.Did a people ever hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you have heard, and live? 34.Or has God tried to go and take a nation for himself from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by an outstretched arm, and by great terrors, according to all that Yahweh your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? 35.It was shown to you so that you might know that Yahweh is God. There is no one else besides him. 36.Out of heaven he made you to hear his voice, that he might instruct you: and on earth he made you to see his great fire; and you heard his words out of the midst of the fire. 37.Because he loved your fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought you out with his presence, with his great power, out of Egypt; 38.to drive out nations from before you greater and mightier than you, to bring you in, to give you their land for an inheritance, as at this day. 39.Know therefore this day, and lay it to your heart, that Yahweh he is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is none else. 40.You shall keep his statutes, and his commandments, which I command you this day, that it may go well with you, and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land, which Yahweh your God gives you, forever. 41.Then Moses set apart three cities beyond the Jordan toward the sunrise; 42.that the manslayer might flee there, who kills his neighbor unawares, and didn't hate him in time past; and that fleeing to one of these cities he might live: 43.Bezer in the wilderness, in the plain country, for the Reubenites; and Ramoth in Gilead, for the Gadites; and Golan in Bashan, for the Manassites. 44.This is the law which Moses set before the children of Israel: 45.these are the testimonies, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which Moses spoke to the children of Israel, when they came forth out of Egypt, 46.beyond the Jordan, in the valley over against Beth Peor, in the land of Sihon king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon, whom Moses and the children of Israel struck, when they came forth out of Egypt. 47.They took his land in possession, and the land of Og king of Bashan, the two kings of the Amorites, who were beyond the Jordan toward the sunrise; 48.from Aroer, which is on the edge of the valley of the Arnon, even to Mount Sion (the same is Hermon), 49.and all the Arabah beyond the Jordan eastward, even to the sea of the Arabah, under the slopes of Pisgah.

 

Proverbs 31

 

1.The words of king Lemuel; the oracle which his mother taught him. 2."Oh, my son! Oh, son of my womb! Oh, son of my vows! 3.Don't give your strength to women, nor your ways to that which destroys kings. 4.It is not for kings, Lemuel; it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes to say, 'Where is strong drink?' 5.lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the justice due to anyone who is afflicted. 6.Give strong drink to him who is ready to perish; and wine to the bitter in soul: 7.Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more. 8.Open your mouth for the mute, in the cause of all who are left desolate. 9.Open your mouth, judge righteously, and serve justice to the poor and needy."

10.[12]Who can find a worthy woman? For her price is far above rubies. 11.The heart of her husband trusts in her. He shall have no lack of gain. 12.She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. 13.She seeks wool and flax, and works eagerly with her hands. 14.She is like the merchant ships. She brings her bread from afar. 15.She rises also while it is yet night, gives food to her household, and portions for her servant girls. 16.She considers a field, and buys it. With the fruit of her hands, she plants a vineyard. 17.She arms her waist with strength, and makes her arms strong. 18.She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp doesn't go out by night. 19.She lays her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. 20.She opens her arms to the poor; yes, she extends her hands to the needy. 21.She is not afraid of the snow for her household; for all her household are clothed with scarlet. 22.She makes for herself carpets of tapestry. Her clothing is fine linen and purple. 23.Her husband is respected in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land. 24.She makes linen garments and sells them, and delivers sashes to the merchant. 25.Strength and dignity are her clothing. She laughs at the time to come. 26.She opens her mouth with wisdom. Faithful instruction is on her tongue. 27.She looks well to the ways of her household, and doesn't eat the bread of idleness. 28.Her children rise up and call her blessed. Her husband also praises her: 29."Many women do noble things, but you excel them all." 30.Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman who fears Yahweh, she shall be praised. 31.Give her of the fruit of her hands! Let her works praise her in the gates!

 

John 15

 

1."I am the true vine, and my Father is the farmer. 2.Every branch in me that doesn't bear fruit, he takes away. Every branch that bears fruit, he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3.You are already pruned clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4.Remain in me, and I in you. As the branch can't bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you, unless you remain in me. 5.I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6.If a man doesn't remain in me, he is thrown out as a branch, and is withered; and they gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7.If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you.

8."In this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; and so you will be my disciples. 9.Even as the Father has loved me, I also have loved you. Remain in my love. 10.If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and remain in his love. 11.I have spoken these things to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be made full.

12."This is my commandment, that you love one another, even as I have loved you. 13.Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14.You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you. 15.No longer do I call you servants, for the servant doesn't know what his lord does. But I have called you friends, for everything that I heard from my Father, I have made known to you. 16.You didn't choose me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatever you will ask of the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

17."I command these things to you, that you may love one another. 18.If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19.If you were of the world, the world would love its own. But because you are not of the world, since I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20.Remember the word that I said to you: 'A servant is not greater than his lord.'[49] If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will keep yours also. 21.But all these things will they do to you for my name's sake, because they don't know him who sent me. 22.If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have had sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23.He who hates me, hates my Father also. 24.If I hadn't done among them the works which no one else did, they wouldn't have had sin. But now have they seen and also hated both me and my Father. 25.But this happened so that the word may be fulfilled which was written in their law, 'They hated me without a cause.'[50]

26."When the Counselor51 has come, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will testify about me. 27.You will also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.

 

John 16

 

1."These things have I spoken to you, so that you wouldn't be caused to stumble. 2.They will put you out of the synagogues. Yes, the time comes that whoever kills you will think that he offers service to God. 3.They will do these things[52] because they have not known the Father, nor me. 4.But I have told you these things, so that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you about them. I didn't tell you these things from the beginning, because I was with you. 5.But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, 'Where are you going?' 6.But because I have told you these things, sorrow has filled your heart. 7.Nevertheless I tell you the truth: It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I don't go away, the Counselor won't come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. 8.When he has come, he will convict the world about sin, about righteousness, and about judgment; 9.about sin, because they don't believe in me; 10.about righteousness, because I am going to my Father, and you won't see me any more; 11.about judgment, because the prince of this world has been judged.

12."I have yet many things to tell you, but you can't bear them now. 13.However when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth, for he will not speak from himself; but whatever he hears, he will speak. He will declare to you things that are coming. 14.He will glorify me, for he will take from what is mine, and will declare it to you. 15.All things whatever the Father has are mine; therefore I said that he takes53 of mine, and will declare it to you. 16.A little while, and you will not see me. Again a little while, and you will see me."

17.Some of his disciples therefore said to one another, "What is this that he says to us, 'A little while, and you won't see me, and again a little while, and you will see me;' and, 'Because I go to the Father?'" 18.They said therefore, "What is this that he says, 'A little while?' We don't know what he is saying."

19.Therefore Jesus perceived that they wanted to ask him, and he said to them, "Do you inquire among yourselves concerning this, that I said, 'A little while, and you won't see me, and again a little while, and you will see me?' 20.Most certainly I tell you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. 21.A woman, when she gives birth, has sorrow, because her time has come. But when she has delivered the child, she doesn't remember the anguish any more, for the joy that a human being is born into the world. 22.Therefore you now have sorrow, but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.

23."In that day you will ask me no questions. Most certainly I tell you, whatever you may ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24.Until now, you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be made full. 25.I have spoken these things to you in figures of speech. But the time is coming when I will no more speak to you in figures of speech, but will tell you plainly about the Father. 26.In that day you will ask in my name; and I don't say to you, that I will pray to the Father for you, 27.for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me, and have believed that I came forth from God. 28.I came out from the Father, and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world, and go to the Father."

29.His disciples said to him, "Behold, now you speak plainly, and speak no figures of speech. 30.Now we know that you know all things, and don't need for anyone to question you. By this we believe that you came forth from God."

31.Jesus answered them, "Do you now believe? 32.Behold, the time is coming, yes, and has now come, that you will be scattered, everyone to his own place, and you will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. 33.I have told you these things, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have oppression; but cheer up! I have overcome the world."

 

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