Daily Bible Reading: LEB Translation http://podcast.biblemirror.com Listen to Bible readings 5 days a week as we go through the Bible together. This will take us all the way through the Bible in a year. We are following the reading schedule developed by Mark Roberts that you can find at http://bibleclassmaterial.com. In this podcast, we are reading the LEB. Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:06:27 +0000 en-US joelwms@gmail.com (Joel Williams) joelwms@gmail.com (Joel Williams) G http://podcast.biblemirror.com/rtb-logo-leb.png Daily Bible Reading: LEB Translation http://podcast.biblemirror.com hourly 1 Listen to Bible readings 5 days a week as we go through the Bible together. This will take us all the way through the Bible in a year. We are following the reading schedule developed by Mark Roberts that you can find at http://bibleclassmaterial.com. In this podcast, we are reading the LEB. Joel and Matthew Williams clean Joel Williams joelwms@gmail.com Bible readings 5 days a week to complete the Bible in a year TV-G Five Days a Week Week 16, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/16/5 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/16/5 The reading for today is 1 Samuel 6-8; Acts 7.

1 Samuel 6

Now the ark of Yahweh had been in the territory of the Philistines for seven months, and the Philistines called to the priests and to those who practiced divination, saying, "What should we do with the ark of Yahweh? Inform us how we should send it to its place." They said, "If you are sending the ark of the God of Israel away, you must not send it away empty, but by all means return it with a guilt offering. Then you will be healed and it will become known to you why his hand is not turned aside from you." And they said, "What is the guilt offering that we should return to him?" They said, "The number of the rulers of the Philistines is five. Therefore send five gold tumors and five gold mice, because one plague was on all of you and all your rulers. You must make images of your tumors and images of your mice that are ravaging the land, and you must give glory to the God of Israel. Perhaps he will lighten his hand on you and on your gods and on your land. Why should you harden your hearts like the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their heart? Is it not just like when he dealt with them wantonly so that they sent them away and they left? So then, prepare one new utility cart and two milking cows that have never had a yoke on them, and you must harness the cows to the utility cart and then turn their calves from following them to their stall. And you must take the ark of Yahweh and place it on the utility cart with the gold objects that you are returning to him as a guilt offering. You must place them in the container beside the ark and then send it off so that it goes away. You must watch; if it goes up by the way of its territory to Beth Shemesh, he has caused this great disaster to come on us. But if not, then we will know his hand has not struck us; it was by chance that this happened to us. So the men did so; they took two milking cows and harnessed them to the utility cart, but they shut up their calves in the stall. Then they put the ark of Yahweh on the utility cart with the container holding the gold mice and the images of their tumors. The cows went straight on the way on the road to Beth Shemesh, on the one main road, lowing as they went. They did not turn aside to the right or to the left, and the rulers of the Philistines were walking after them up to the border of Beth Shemesh.

Now the people of Beth Shemesh were reaping the wheat harvest in the valley. They lifted their eyes and saw the ark, and they were glad to see it. The utility cart came to the field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh and stopped there where there was a large stone. They split the wood of the utility cart and sacrificed the cows as a burnt offering to Yahweh. Then the Levites took down the ark of Yahweh and the container that was beside it, in which were the gold objects, and they set them on the large stone. Then the men of Beth Shemesh offered burnt offerings, and they made sacrifices to Yahweh on that day. The five rulers of the Philistines saw it and returned to Ekron that same day.

Now these are the gold tumors which the Philistines returned as a guilt offering to Yahweh: one for Ashdod, one for Gaza, one for Ashkelon, one for Gath, one for Ekron. And the gold mice according to the number of all the cities of the Philistines, for their five rulers, from the fortified city to the unwalled village of the open country as far as the great stone, where they set the ark of Yahweh until this day in the field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh. He struck seventy men among the men of Beth Shemesh because they looked into the ark of Yahweh. So the people mourned because Yahweh had struck a great blow among the people. Then the men of Beth Shemesh asked, "Who is able to stand before Yahweh, this holy God? And to whom shall it go up from us?" So they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kiriath Jearim saying, "The Philistines have returned the ark of Yahweh. Come down and take it up to yourselves."

1 Samuel 7

The men of Kiriath Jearim came and brought up the ark of Yahweh, and they brought it to the house of Abinadab in Gibeah. They consecrated Eleazer his son to guard the ark of Yahweh. From the day the ark stayed in Kiriath Jearim, days multiplied and became twenty years while all the house of Israel mourned after Yahweh. And Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, "If with all your heart you are turning to Yahweh, remove the foreign gods and Ashtoreths from your midst. Commit your hearts to Yahweh and serve him alone. Then he will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines." So the Israelites removed the Baals and the Ashtoreths, and they served Yahweh alone.

Then Samuel said, "Gather all Israel to Mizpah, and I will pray to Yahweh for you." So they gathered to Mizpah and drew water and poured it out before Yahweh. They fasted on that day and said there, "We have sinned against Yahweh!" So Samuel judged the Israelites at Mizpah. Now when the Philistines heard that the Israelites had gathered at Mizpah, the rulers of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the Israelites heard of it, they were afraid of the Philistines. Then the Israelites said to Samuel, "You must not cease from crying out to Yahweh our God, so that he will deliver us from the hand of the Philistines." So Samuel took a single nursing lamb and sacrificed it as a whole burnt offering to Yahweh. Then Samuel cried out to Yahweh on behalf of Israel, and Yahweh answered him. While Samuel was sacrificing the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near for the battle against Israel. But Yahweh thundered against the Philistines with a great noise on that day and threw them into confusion so that they were defeated before Israel. Then the men of Israel went out from Mizpah and pursued the Philistines and they struck them down as far as below Beth Car.

So Samuel took a single stone and put it between Mizpah and Shen, and he named it Ebenezer and said, "Up to here Yahweh has helped us." So the Philistines were subdued and they did not come into the territory of Israel again, and the hand of Yahweh was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel. The towns which the Philistines had taken from Israel were returned to Israel from Ekron to Gath, and Israel delivered their territories from the hand of the Philistines. Then there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.

Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life. He used to go on the circuit from year to year. He went around Bethel, Gilgal, and Mizpah, and he judged Israel in all these places. Then he returned to Ramah, because his house was there, and there he judged Israel, and he built an altar to Yahweh there.

1 Samuel 8

When Samuel grew old he appointed his sons as judges over Israel. The name of his firstborn son was Joel, and the name of his second son was Abijah. They were judges in Beersheba. But his sons did not walk in his ways; they turned aside after gain, they took bribes, and they perverted justice.

So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. They said to him, "Look, you are old and your sons do not follow in your ways. So then appoint a king for us to judge us, like all the nations. But the matter was displeasing to Samuel when they said, "Give us a king to judge us," so Samuel prayed to Yahweh.

Then Yahweh said to Samuel, "Listen to the voice of the people concerning all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. Like all the deeds they have done from the day I brought them up from Egypt until this day, they have forsaken me and have served other gods—so they are doing to you also. And so then, listen to their voice. However, you must earnestly warn them; you must explain to them the custom of the king who will rule over them."

So Samuel spoke all the words of Yahweh to the people who were requesting a king from him. He said, "This will be the custom of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and his horsemen, and they will run before his chariots. He will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and those to do his plowing and to reap his harvest, and those to make weapons of war and the equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters as his perfume makers and as cooks and as bakers. He will take the best of your fields and your vineyards and your olive trees and will give them to his servants. He will take a tenth of your seed and your vineyards and give it to his high officials and to his servants. He will take your male slaves and your female slaves and the best of your young men and your donkeys and will use them for his projects. He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his servants. So you will cry out on that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but Yahweh will not answer you on that day!" However, the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel and they said, "No, but there must be a king over us, so that we also may be like all the nations, and our king may rule us and go out before us and fight our battles."

Now when Samuel heard all the words of the people, he repeated them in the ears of Yahweh. Then Yahweh said to Samuel, "Listen to their voice, and appoint a king for them." So Samuel spoke to the men of Israel, "Each of you go to his own town."

Acts 7

And the high priest said, "Is it so concerning these things?" So he said, "Men—brothers and fathers—listen: The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was in Mesopotamia, before he settled in Haran, and said to him, ‘Go out from your land and from your relatives and come to the land that I will show you.’ Then he went out from the land of the Chaldeans and settled in Haran. And from there, after his father died, he caused him to move to this land in which you now live. And he did not give him an inheritance in it—not even a footstep—and he promised to give it to him for his possession, and to his descendants after him, although he did not have a child. But God spoke like this: ‘His descendants will be foreigners in a foreign land, and they will enslave them and mistreat them four hundred years, and the nation that they will serve as slaves, I will judge,’ God said, ‘and after these things they will come out and will worship me in this place.’ And he gave him the covenant of circumcision, and so he became the father of Isaac and circumcised him on the eighth day, and Isaac did so with Jacob, and Jacob did so with the twelve patriarchs. And the patriarchs, because they were jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt. And God was with him, and rescued him from all his afflictions and granted him favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And he appointed him ruler over Egypt and all his household. And a famine came over all Egypt and Canaan and great affliction, and our fathers could not find food. So when Jacob heard there was grain in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first. And on the second visit Joseph was made known to his brothers, and the family of Joseph became known to Pharaoh. So Joseph sent and summoned his father Jacob and all his relatives, seventy-five persons in all. And Jacob went down to Egypt and died, he and our fathers. And they were brought back to Shechem and buried in the tomb that Abraham had bought for a sum of silver from the sons of Hamor in Shechem.

"But as the time of the promise that God had made to Abraham was drawing near, the people increased and multiplied in Egypt until another king arose over Egypt who did not know Joseph. This man deceitfully took advantage of our people and mistreated our ancestors, causing them to abandon their infants so that they would not be kept alive. At this time Moses was born, and he was beautiful to God. He was brought up for three months in his father’s house, and when he was abandoned, the daughter of Pharaoh took him up and brought him up as her own son. And Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was powerful in his words and deeds.

"But when he was forty years old, it entered in his heart to visit his brothers, the sons of Israel. And when he saw one of them being unjustly harmed, he defended him and avenged the one who had been oppressed by striking down the Egyptian. And he thought his brothers would understand that God was granting deliverance to them by his hand, but they did not understand. And on the following day, he made an appearance to them while they were fighting and was attempting to reconcile them in peace, saying, ‘Men and brothers, why are you doing wrong to one another?’ But the one who was doing wrong to his neighbor pushed him aside, saying, ‘Who appointed you a ruler and a judge over us? You do not want to do away with me the same way you did away with the Egyptian yesterday, do you?’ And at this statement, Moses fled and became a foreigner in the land of Midian, where he became the father of two sons.

"And when forty years had been completed, an angel appeared to him in the desert of Mount Sinai in the flame of a burning bush. And when Moses saw it, he was astonished at the sight, and when he approached to look at it, the voice of the Lord came: ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob!’ So Moses began trembling and did not dare to look at it. And the Lord said to him, ‘Untie the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground. I have certainly seen the mistreatment of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send you to Egypt.’ This Moses whom they had repudiated, saying, ‘Who appointed you a ruler and a judge?’—this man God sent as both ruler and redeemer with the help of the angel who appeared to him in the bush. This man led them out, performing wonders and signs in the land of Egypt and at the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years.

"This is the Moses who said to the sons of Israel, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers.’ This is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and who with our fathers received living oracles to give to us, to whom our fathers were not willing to become obedient, but rejected him and turned back in their hearts to Egypt, saying to Aaron, ‘Make us gods who will go on before us! For this Moses, who led us out from the land of Egypt—we do not know what has happened to him!’ And they manufactured a calf in those days, and offered up a sacrifice to the idol, and began rejoicing in the works of their hands. But God turned away and gave them over to worship the host of heaven, just as it is written in the book of the prophets:

‘You did not bring offerings and sacrifices to me
    for forty years in the wilderness, did you, house of Israel?
And you took along the tabernacle of Moloch
    and the star of the god Rephan,
the images that you made, to worship them,
    and I will deport you beyond Babylon!’

The tabernacle of the testimony belonged to our fathers in the wilderness, just as the one who spoke to Moses directed him to make it according to the design that he had seen, and which, after receiving it in turn, our fathers brought in with Joshua when they dispossessed the nations that God drove out from the presence of our fathers, until the days of David, who found favor in the sight of God and asked to find a habitation for the God of Jacob. But Solomon built a house for him. But the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands, just as the prophet says,

‘Heaven is my throne
    and earth is the footstool for my feet.
What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord,
    or what is the place of my rest?
Did not my hand make all these things?’

"You stiff-necked people and uncircumcised in hearts and in your ears! You constantly resist the Holy Spirit! As your fathers did, so also do you! Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand about the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become, you who received the law by directions of angels and have not observed it!"

Now when they heard these things, they were infuriated in their hearts and gnashed their teeth at him. But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, looked intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. And he said, "Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!" But crying out with a loud voice, they stopped their ears and rushed at him with one purpose. And after they had driven him out of the city, they began to stone him, and the witnesses laid aside their cloaks at the feet of a young man named Saul. And they kept on stoning Stephen as he was calling out and saying, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!" And falling to his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them!" And after he said this, he fell asleep.

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The reading for today is 1 Samuel 6-8; Acts 7. The reading for today is 1 Samuel 6-8; Acts 7. 1 Samuel 6 Now the ark of Yahweh had been in the territory of the Philistines for seven months, and the Philistines called to the priests and to those who practiced divination, saying, What should we do with the ark of Yahweh? Inform us how we should send it to its place. They said, If you are sendi ... Continue reading Week 16, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 18:37
Week 16, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/16/4 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/16/4 The reading for today is 1 Samuel 3-5; Psalm 23; Acts 6.

1 Samuel 3

Now the boy Samuel was serving Yahweh in the presence of Eli. The word of Yahweh was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. And then one day when Eli was lying in his place (now his eyes had begun to grow weak so that he was not able to see) and the lamp of God had not yet gone out, Samuel was lying in the temple of Yahweh where the ark of God was. Then Yahweh called out to Samuel and he said, "Here I am!" And he ran to Eli and said, "Here I am, because you called me." But he said, "I did not call you. Go back and lie down." So he went and lay down. And Yahweh called Samuel again, so Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, "Here I am, because you called me." And he said, "I did not call you, my son. Go back and lie down." Now Samuel did not yet know Yahweh, and the word of Yahweh had not yet been revealed to him. Again Yahweh called Samuel a third time, so he got up and went to Eli and said, "Here I am, because you called me." Then Eli realized that Yahweh was calling the boy. So Eli said to Samuel "Go lie down. If he calls to you, then you must say, ‘Speak Yahweh, because your servant is listening.’" So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

Then Yahweh came and stood there and called out as before, "Samuel! Samuel!" And Samuel said, "Speak, because your servant is listening." So Yahweh said to Samuel, "Look, I am doing something in Israel which will cause the two ears of everyone who hears it to tingle. On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken against his household, from beginning to end. I will make him know that I am about to judge his household forever because of the iniquity that he knew, for his sons were bringing curses on themselves, but he did not rebuke them. Therefore I swore to the house of Eli that the iniquity of the house of Eli would not be atoned for by sacrifice or by offering forever."

So Samuel lay down until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of Yahweh, but Samuel was afraid of telling the vision to Eli. Then Eli called Samuel and said, "Samuel, my son!" And he said, "Here I am." And he said, "What is the message that he spoke to you? Please do not conceal it from me. May God punish you severely if you conceal anything from me of all the words that he told you." So Samuel told him all the words and did not conceal anything from him. And he said, "He is Yahweh, he will do what is good in his sight."

And Samuel grew up, and Yahweh was with him. He did not allow any of his prophecies to go unfulfilled. All Israel from Dan to Beersheba realized that Samuel was faithful as a prophet to Yahweh. And Yahweh appeared again in Shiloh, for Yahweh revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh through the word of Yahweh.

1 Samuel 4

And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out to meet the Philistines for battle, and they encamped at Ebenezer, and the Philistines encamped at Aphek. The Philistines lined up for the battle to meet Israel, and the battle was prolonged until Israel was defeated before the Philistines, who killed about four thousand men on the battlefield. When the army came back to the camp, the elders of Israel asked, "Why has Yahweh defeated us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the covenant of Yahweh to us from Shiloh so that it may come into our midst and deliver us from the hand of our enemies." So the army sent to Shiloh and brought from there the ark of the covenant of Yahweh of hosts who sits between the cherubim. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God. Now when the ark of the covenant of Yahweh arrived at the camp, all Israel let out a loud shout so that the earth shook.

When the Philistines heard the noise of the shouting, they said, "What is the noise of this loud shouting in the camp of the Hebrews?" Then they learned that the ark of Yahweh had come into the camp. So the Philistines were afraid, for they said, "God has come to the camp." And they said, "Woe to us, for this has never happened before! Woe to us! Who can deliver us from the hand of these mighty gods? These are the same gods who struck the Egyptians with all sorts of plagues in the desert. Take courage and be men, you Philistines, lest you end up serving the Hebrews just like they have served you. Be men and fight!" So the Philistines fought and Israel was defeated and each man fled to his tent, for the slaughter was very great. Thirty thousand foot soldiers from Israel fell. Furthermore, the ark of God was captured, and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, died.

A man of Benjamin ran from the battle line and came to Shiloh that same day, and his clothes were torn and earth was on his head. When he came, there was Eli sitting on his chair by the side of the road watching, because his heart was anxious about the ark of God. Now the man had come to give his report in the city, and all the city cried out. When Eli heard the noise of the outcry, he said, "What is the noise of this commotion?" Then the man came quickly and told Eli. Now Eli was ninety-eight years old and his eyes stayed fixed ahead and he was not able to see. And the man said to Eli, "I am the one who has come from the battle line! I have fled today from the battle line!" And he said, "What exactly happened, my son?" Then the messenger answered and said, "Israel has fled before the Philistines. There has been a great defeat among the troops. Also, your two sons have died, Hophni and Phinehas, and the ark of God has been captured." Just as he mentioned the ark of God, he fell from his chair backwards against the side of the gate. He broke his neck and died, because the man was old and heavy. He had judged Israel forty years.

Now his daughter-in-law, the wife of Phinehas, was pregnant and about to give birth. When she heard the news concerning the capture of the ark of God and that her father-in-law and her husband had died, she went into labor and gave birth, because her labor pains came upon her. Just before the time of her death, those attending her said, "Do not fear, for you have given birth to a son." But she did not answer, or pay any attention. She called the boy Ichabod, saying, "The glory has departed from Israel," referring to the capture of the ark of God and concerning her father-in-law and husband. And she said, "The glory has departed from Israel, because the ark of God was captured."

1 Samuel 5

Now the Philistines had captured the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it to the temple of Dagon and placed it beside Dagon. When the Ashdodites got up early the next morning, there was Dagon fallen with his face to the ground before the ark of Yahweh! So they took Dagon and returned him to his place. When they got up early in the morning the next day, there was Dagon fallen again with his face to the ground before the ark of Yahweh! The head of Dagon and the palms of his two hands were cut off, lying at the threshold; only the body of Dagon was left. (Therefore the priests of Dagon and all who come into the house of Dagon do not tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod until this very day.)

Now the hand of Yahweh was heavy against the Ashdodites and he destroyed them and struck them with tumors, both in Ashdod and its territories. The men of Ashdod saw that it was so, and they said, "The ark of the God of Israel should not remain with us, because his hand is harsh on us and on Dagon our god!" So they sent and gathered all the rulers of the Philistines to them, and they asked, "What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel?" And they said, "Let the ark of the God of Israel be brought around toward Gath." So they moved the ark of the God of Israel to Gath.

After they moved it, the hand of Yahweh was against the city, causing a very great confusion, and he struck the men of the city from the youngest to the oldest, causing tumors to break out on them. So they sent the ark of God to Ekron. But when the ark of God came to Ekron, the Ekronites cried out, saying, "They have brought around the ark of the God of Israel to kill us and our people!" So they sent and gathered all the rulers of the Philistines, and they said, "Send away the ark of the God of Israel and let it return to its place, so that it will not kill us and our people." For a deadly confusion was throughout all the city; the hand of God was very heavy there. The men who did not die were struck with the tumors, so that the cry of the city for help went up to heaven.

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

Yahweh is my shepherd;
I will not lack for anything.
In grassy pastures he makes me lie down;
by quiet waters he leads me.
He restores my life.
He leads me in correct paths
for the sake of his name.
Even when I walk in a dark valley, I fear no evil
because you are with me.
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare before me a table
in the presence of my oppressors.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup is overflowing.
Surely goodness and loyal love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will stay in the house of Yahweh
for a very long time.

Acts 6

Now in these days, as the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose by the Greek-speaking Jews against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the twelve summoned the community of disciples and said, "It is not desirable that we neglect the word of God to serve tables. So, brothers, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and wisdom, whom we will put in charge of this need. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word." And the statement pleased the whole group, and they chose Stephen (a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit), and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus (a convert from Antioch), whom they stood before the apostles. And they prayed and placed their hands on them.

And the word of God kept spreading, and the number of disciples in Jerusalem was increasing greatly, and a large number of priests began obeying the faith.

Now Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the people. But some of those from the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), both Cyrenians and Alexandrians, and those from Cilicia and Asia, stood up and disputed with Stephen. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking. Then they secretly instigated men who said, "We have heard him speaking blasphemous words against Moses and God!" And they incited the people and the elders and the scribes, and they came up and seized him and brought him to the Sanhedrin. And they put forward false witnesses who said, "This man does not stop speaking words against the holy place and the law! For we have heard him saying that this Nazarene Jesus will destroy this place and will change the customs that Moses handed down to us." And as they looked intently at him, all those who were sitting in the Sanhedrin saw his face was like the face of an angel.

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The reading for today is 1 Samuel 3-5; Psalm 23; Acts 6. The reading for today is 1 Samuel 3-5; Psalm 23; Acts 6. 1 Samuel 3 Now the boy Samuel was serving Yahweh in the presence of Eli. The word of Yahweh was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. And then one day when Eli was lying in his place (now his eyes had begun to grow weak so that he was not able to see) and the lamp of God had not yet gone ... Continue reading Week 16, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 13:15
Week 16, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/16/3 Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/16/3 The reading for today is 1 Samuel 1-2; Psalm 120; Acts 5.

1 Samuel 1

There was a certain man from Ramathaim Zophim, from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. He had two wives; the name of the first was Hannah, and the name of the second was Peninnah. Now Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. Now this man used to go up from his town year by year to worship and to sacrifice to Yahweh of hosts in Shiloh, where the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were priests to Yahweh. On the day Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters. But to Hannah he would give a double portion, because he loved Hannah, though Yahweh had closed her womb. (Now her rival wife would provoke her severely in order to upset her because Yahweh had closed her womb.) And so he used to do year after year; whenever she went up to the house of Yahweh, she would provoke her so that she would weep and would not eat. So Elkanah her husband would say to her: "Hannah, why do you weep and why do you not eat? And why are you heartsick? Am I not better to you than ten sons?" Then Hannah got up after eating and drinking at Shiloh. (Now Eli the priest was sitting on his chair by the doorpost of the temple of Yahweh.) She was deeply troubled, so she prayed to Yahweh and wept bitterly. She made a vow and said: "O Yahweh of hosts, if you will look with compassion on the misery of your female servant, and will remember me, and not forget your female servant, and will give to your female servant a male child then I will give him to Yahweh all the days of his life, and a razor will never pass over his head." While she continued to pray before Yahweh, Eli was observing her mouth. Now Hannah had been speaking in her heart; her lips were moving, but her voice could not be heard, so Eli considered her to be drunk. Then Eli said to her, "How long will you behave like someone who is drunk? Put away your wine!" But Hannah answered and said, "No, my lord. I am a woman deeply distressed, but I have not drunk wine or strong drink. Rather, I have poured out my soul before Yahweh. Do not regard your female servant as worthless, but because of the extent of my worries and my provocation I have spoken all of this." Then Eli answered and said, "Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant your request that you have asked of him." And she said, "May your female slave find favor in your sight." Then the woman went on her way and ate something, and her face did not look sad any longer.

Then they rose early in the morning and worshiped before Yahweh and returned to their house at Ramah. Then Elkanah had sexual relations with Hannah his wife, and Yahweh remembered her. In due time, Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She called his name Samuel, for she said, "I requested him from Yahweh."

So the man Elkanah went up with all his household to make the annual sacrifice to Yahweh and to pay his vow. But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, "Once the boy is weaned, I will bring him, so that he may appear before Yahweh; and he will remain there forever." So her husband Elkanah said to her, "Do what seems right to you; stay until you wean him. Only may Yahweh fulfill his word." So the woman remained and nursed her son until she weaned him. Then she brought him up with her when she had weaned him, along with three bulls, one ephah of flour, and a skin of wine. She brought him to the house of Yahweh at Shiloh while the boy was still young. They slaughtered the bull, and they brought the boy to Eli. She said, "Excuse me, my lord. As you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood with you in this place to pray to Yahweh. I prayed for this boy, and Yahweh has given me my request that I asked from him. I in turn have lent him to Yahweh. As long as he lives he is lent to Yahweh." Then they worshiped Yahweh there.

1 Samuel 2

Then Hannah prayed and said,

"My heart exults in Yahweh, my strength is exalted in Yahweh; I grin over my enemies, for I rejoice over your salvation.
There is no one holy like Yahweh, for there is no one besides you,
    and there is no rock like our God.
Do not increase speaking very proud words!
    Let no arrogance go forth from your mouth,
    for Yahweh is a God of knowledge
    whose deeds are not weighed.
The bows of mighty warriors are shattered,
    but those who stumble gird themselves with strength.
Those who were full must hire themselves out for bread,
    but those who are hungry will become fat.
As for the infertile, she will bear seven,
    but she who has many sons withers away.
Yahweh kills and restores alive,
    he brings down to Sheol and raises up.
Yahweh makes poor and makes rich;
    he brings low and also exalts.
He raises up the poor from the dust.
    From the ash heap he lifts up the needy,
to cause them to sit with noble people
    and to cause them to inherit a seat of honor.
For the pillars of the earth belong to Yahweh
    and he has set the inhabited world on them.
He will guard the feet of his faithful ones,
    but the wicked will be destroyed in the darkness,
    because a man will not prevail by his might.
Yahweh will shatter his adversaries;
    he will thunder against them in the heavens.
    Yahweh will judge the ends of the earth.
He will give strength to his king
    and will exalt the might of his anointed one.

Then Elkanah went to Ramah, to his house. Now the boy was serving Yahweh in the presence of Eli the priest.

Now the sons of Eli were worthless scoundrels; they did not know Yahweh. And the custom of the priests with the people was this: When any man brought a sacrifice, as the meat was boiling, the servant of the priest would take a three-pronged meat fork in his hand and would thrust it into the pan or into the kettle or into the cauldron or into the cooking pot. All that the meat fork brought up the priest would take for himself. This is what they used to do to all of the Israelites who came there at Shiloh. Also, before they offered up the fat as a burnt offering, the servant of the priest would come and say to the man who was sacrificing, "Give the priest meat for roasting, for he will not take boiled meat from you, but only raw." And if the man said to him, "Let them burn the fat completely first, then take for yourself as you desire," then he would say to him, "No! Give it now! If not, I will take it by force!" So the sin of the young men was very great in the sight of Yahweh, because the men treated the offering of Yahweh with contempt.

Now Samuel was serving before Yahweh, as a boy wearing a linen ephod. His mother used to make for him a small robe and take it to him year by year whenever she came up with her husband to offer the annual sacrifice. And Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, and he said, "May Yahweh give you an offspring from this woman in place of the petitioned one that she requested from Yahweh." Then they went to their home. Yahweh took note of Hannah, and she conceived and gave birth to three sons and two daughters, while the young man Samuel grew up with Yahweh.

Now Eli was very old, and he heard all that his sons were doing to all Israel and that they were having sexual relations with the women who were serving at the entrance of the tent of assembly. And he asked them, "Why are you doing all these things that I am hearing, namely, your evil dealings with all these people? No, my sons, the report is not good that I am hearing the people of Yahweh spreading. If a man sins against a man, then God can intercede for him. But if a man sins against Yahweh, who can intercede for him?" But they did not obey their father, because Yahweh wanted to kill them. But the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with Yahweh and with the people.

Now a man of God came to Eli and said to him: "Thus says Yahweh: ‘Did I not clearly reveal myself to the house of your ancestor when they were in Egypt under the house of Pharaoh? And I chose him from all the tribes of Israel to be a priest to me, to go up to my altar, to burn incense, and to bear an ephod before me. I gave to the house of your ancestor all the offerings made by fire by the Israelites. Why do you despise my sacrifice and my offering which I commanded for my dwelling place, while you honored your sons more than me by making yourselves fat from the best of all the offerings of my people Israel? Therefore,’ declares Yahweh the God of Israel, ‘though I solemnly said that your house and the house of your ancestor would walk before me forever, but now,’ declares Yahweh, ‘far be it from me, for those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me, I will treat with contempt! Look, days are coming when I will cut off your strength and the strength of the house of your ancestor so that no one in your house will live to old age. You will look at the distress of my dwelling place, despite all the good caused for Israel, but there will never be an old man in your household forever! The only one I will not cut off from my altar is you. Rather, to cause your eyes to fail and to cause your soul to grieve, all the members of your household will die as men. This is the sign for you that will come regarding your two sons Hophni and Phinehas: they will both die on the same day! But I will raise up for myself a reliable priest; he will do just according to what is in my heart and in my soul. I will build for him a lasting house and he will walk continually before my anointed one forever. All the remainder of your household will come to bow down before him for a bit of silver or a loaf of bread and will say, "Please assign me to one of the priestly offices so that I can eat a morsel of bread."’"

Psalm 120

A song of ascents.

In my distress I called to Yahweh,
and he answered me.
"Deliver my life, O Yahweh, from lying lips,
from a deceitful tongue."
What shall be given to you,
and what more shall be done to you,
deceitful tongue?
The sharpened arrows of a warrior,
with burning charcoals from broom trees.
Woe to me, that I sojourn in Meshech,
that I dwell among the tents of Kedar.
Too long my soul has had its dwelling
near one who hates peace.
I am for peace, but when I speak,
they are for war.

Acts 5

Now a certain man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and he kept back for himself some of the proceeds, and his wife was aware of it. And he brought a certain part and placed it at the feet of the apostles. But Peter said, "Ananias, for what reason has Satan filled your heart, that you lied to the Holy Spirit and kept back for yourself some of the proceeds of the piece of land? When it remained to you, did it not remain yours? And when it was sold, was it at your disposal? How is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to people, but to God!"

And when Ananias heard these words, he fell down and died. And great fear came on all those who heard about it. So the young men stood up, wrapped him up, and carried him out and buried him. And it happened that there was an interval of about three hours, and his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter said to her, "Tell me whether you both were paid this much for the piece of land." And she said, "Yes, this much." So Peter said to her, "How is it that it was agreed by you two to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out!" And immediately she fell down at his feet and died. So when the young men came in, they found her dead, and carried her out and buried her with her husband. And great fear came on the whole church and on all who heard about these things.

Now many signs and wonders were being performed among the people through the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon’s Portico. And none of the rest dared to join them, but the people spoke highly of them. And even more believers in the Lord were being added, large numbers of both men and women, so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and put them on cots and mats so that when Peter came by, at least his shadow would fall on some of them. And the people of the towns around Jerusalem also came together, bringing the sick and those tormented by unclean spirits, who were all being healed.

Now the high priest rose up and all those who were with him (that is, the party of the Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy. And they laid hands on the apostles and put them in the public prison. But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison and led them out and said, "Go and stand in the temple courts and proclaim to the people all the words of this life." And when they heard this, they entered at daybreak into the temple courts and began teaching.

Now when the high priest and those with him arrived, they summoned the Sanhedrin—even the whole council of elders of the sons of Israel—and sent to the prison to have them brought. But the officers who came did not find them in the prison, and they returned and reported, saying, "We found the prison locked with all security and the guards standing at the doors, but when we opened them, we found no one inside!" Now when both the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were greatly perplexed concerning them, as to what this might be. But someone came and reported to them, "Behold, the men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple courts and teaching the people!" Then the captain went with the officers and brought them, not with force (for they were afraid of the people, lest they be stoned by them).

And when they had brought them, they made them stand in the Sanhedrin, and the high priest put a question to them, saying, "We strictly commanded you not to teach in this name? And behold, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching! And you are intending to bring upon us the blood of this man!" But Peter and the apostles answered and said, "It is necessary to obey God rather than men! The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. This one God has exalted to his right hand as Leader and Savior to grant repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him." Now when they heard this, they were infuriated, and were wanting to execute them. But a certain man stood up in the Sanhedrin, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law respected by all the people, and gave orders to put the men outside for a short time. And he said to them, "Men and Israelites, take care for yourselves what you are about to do to these men! For before these days, Theudas rose up saying he was somebody. A number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was executed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. After this man, Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and caused people to follow him in revolt. And that one perished, and all who followed him were scattered. And now I tell you, keep away from these men, and leave them alone, because if this plan or this matter is from people, it will be overthrown. But if it is from God, you will not be able to overthrow them, lest you even be found fighting against God." So they were persuaded by him. And they summoned the apostles, beat them, commanded them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and released them. So they went out from the presence of the Sanhedrin rejoicing, because they had been considered worthy to be dishonored for the sake of the name. Every day, both in the temple courts and from house to house, they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the good news that the Christ was Jesus.

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The reading for today is 1 Samuel 1-2; Psalm 120; Acts 5. The reading for today is 1 Samuel 1-2; Psalm 120; Acts 5. 1 Samuel 1 There was a certain man from Ramathaim Zophim, from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. He had two wives; the name of the first was Hannah, and the name of the second was Peninnah. Now P ... Continue reading Week 16, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 17:42
Week 16, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/16/2 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/16/2 The reading for today is Ruth 3-4; Psalm 37; Acts 4.

Ruth 3

Now Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, "My daughter, should I not seek for you security that things may be good for you? So then, is not Boaz our kinsman whose maidservants you were with? Look, he is winnowing the barley at the threshing floor tonight. Wash, anoint yourself, put your clothing on, and go down to the threshing floor. Do not make yourself known to the man until he finishes eating and drinking. And when he lies, take notice of the place where he lies. And you shall go and uncover his feet and lie down, and he shall tell you what to do." And she said to her, "I will do all that you say."

And she went down to the threshing floor and did all that her mother-in-law had instructed her. And Boaz ate and drank until his heart was merry and then he came to lie at the end of the grain heap. And she came in quietly and uncovered his feet and lay down. And it happened in the middle of the night the man was startled and he reached out and behold, a woman was lying at his feet. And he said, "Who are you?" And she said, "I am Ruth, your servant. Spread your garment over your servant because you are a redeemer." And he said, "You are blessed by Yahweh my daughter. You did better in this last kindness than the first by not going after young men, whether poor or rich. And so then my daughter, do not be afraid. All that you ask I will do for you, for the entire assembly of my people knows that you are a worthy woman. Now truly I am a redeemer, but there is also a redeemer of a closer relationship than me. Stay tonight, and in the morning, if he wants to redeem you, good; but if he is not willing to redeem, then as Yahweh lives, I will redeem you. Lie down until the morning."

So she lay at his feet until morning and got up before anyone could recognize each other. And he said, "It must not be known that you came to the threshing floor." And he said, "Bring the cloak that is on you and hold it out." And she held it out and he measured six measures of barley and put it on her cloak. Then she went into the city. And she came to her mother-in-law, and she said, "How did it go for you, my daughter?" And she told her all that the man did for her. And she said, "These six measures of barley he gave to me, for he said, ‘You shall not go empty-handed to your mother-in-law.’" And she said, "Wait, my daughter, until you know how the matter turns out, for the man will not rest but will settle the matter today."

Ruth 4

And Boaz had gone up to the city gate and sat there. And look, the redeemer of whom Boaz had spoken was passing by. And he said, "Come over here to sit, friend." And he came over and sat. And he took ten men from the elders of the city and said, "Sit here." And they sat. And he said to the redeemer, "Naomi, who returned from the countryside of Moab, is selling the tract of land which was for our brother Elimelech. And I thought I would tell you and say, ‘Buy it in the presence of those sitting and before the elders of my people,’ if you want to redeem it, redeem it. But if you do not want to redeem, tell me so that I may know, for there is no one except you to redeem it, and I am after you." And he said, "I want to redeem it." And Boaz said, "On the day of your acquiring the field from the hand of Naomi, you also acquire Ruth the Moabite, the wife of the dead man, in order to raise up for the name of the dead his inheritance." And the redeemer said, "I am not able to redeem for myself, lest I ruin my inheritance. You redeem for yourself my kinsman-redemption, for I am not able to redeem it."

(Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning the kinsman-redemption and transfer of property: to confirm the matter, a man removed his sandal and gave it to his fellow countryman. This was the manner of attesting in Israel.) So the redeemer said to Boaz, "Acquire it for yourself," and he removed his sandal. And Boaz said to the elders and all of the people, "You are witnesses today that I have acquired all that was for Elimelech and that was for Kilion and Mahlon from the hand of Naomi. And also Ruth the Moabite, the wife of Mahlon, I have acquired as a wife, to raise up the name of the dead over his inheritance, so that the name of the dead may not be cut off from his relatives and from the gate of his birth place. You are witnesses today." And all of the people who were at the gate and the elders said, "We are witnesses. May Yahweh make the woman coming into your house as Rachel and as Leah, who together built the house of Israel. May you have strength in Ephrathah and bestow a name in Bethlehem. And may your house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah from the offspring that Yahweh will give to you from this young woman."

So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. And he went in to her, and Yahweh enabled her to conceive, and she bore a son. And the women said to Naomi, "Blessed be Yahweh who today did not leave you without a redeemer! And may his name be renowned in Israel! He shall be for you a restorer of life and a sustainer in your old age, for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is better for you than seven sons, has borne him." And Naomi took the child and she put him on her bosom and became his nurse. And the women of the neighborhood gave him a name, saying, "A son has been born to Naomi." And they called his name Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.

Now these are the descendants of Perez: Perez fathered Hezron, and Hezron fathered Ram, and Ram fathered Amminadab, and Amminadab fathered Nahshon, and Nahshon fathered Salmon, and Salmon fathered Boaz, and Boaz fathered Obed, and Obed fathered Jesse, and Jesse fathered David.

Psalm 37

Of David.

Do not fret because of evildoers;
do not be envious of doers of wickedness.
For like the grass they will dry up quickly,
and like green vegetation they will wither.
Trust Yahweh and do good.
Abide in the land and feed on faithfulness.
Take pleasure in Yahweh as well,
and he will give to you the requests of your heart.
Commit to Yahweh your way;
Trust also on him and he will act.
Then he will bring forth your righteousness like the light,
and your justice like the noonday.
Be quiet before Yahweh and wait for him.
Do not fret about one who succeeds in his way,
about a man making plots.
Refrain from anger and forsake wrath.
Do not fret; it only brings evil.
For evildoers will be cut off,
but those who wait for Yahweh—
they will possess the land.
And yet a little while and the wicked will not be,
and you will look carefully upon his place, but he will not be.
But the afflicted will possess the land,
and they will take pleasure in an abundance of peace.
The wicked plans evil against the righteous,
and gnashes at him with his teeth.
The Lord laughs at him,
for he sees that his day is coming.
The wicked have drawn the sword and have bent their bow
to throw down the poor and the needy,
to kill those upright in their way.
Their sword will enter into their own heart,
and their bows shall be broken.
The little belonging to the righteous is better
than the wealth of many wicked.
For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
but Yahweh supports the righteous.
Yahweh knows the days of the blameless,
and their inheritance will be forever.
They will not be put to shame in distressing times,
and in the days of famine they will be satisfied.
But the wicked will perish,
and the enemies of Yahweh will be like the splendor of the pastures.
They vanish; in smoke they vanish.
The wicked borrows and does not repay,
but the righteous is gracious and gives.
For those blessed by him shall possess the land,
but those cursed by him shall be cut off.
The steps of a man are established by Yahweh,
and he takes pleasure in his way.
Though he fall, he will not be cast headlong,
for Yahweh supports him with his hand.
I was a youth, but I am now old;
yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
or his children begging for bread.
All the day he is gracious and lends,
and his children are a blessing.
Turn aside from evil and do good
and so abide forever.
For Yahweh loves justice
and will not forsake his faithful ones.
They are protected forever.
But the children of the wicked will be cut off.
The righteous will possess the land
and abide in it forever.
The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,
and his tongue speaks justice.
The law of his God is in his heart.
His steps will not slip.
The wicked watches for the righteous
and seeks to kill him.
Yahweh will not abandon him into his hand,
and he will not let him be condemned when he is judged.
Wait for Yahweh and keep his way,
and he will exalt you to possess the land.
When the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
I have seen the wicked acting violently
and spreading himself out
like a luxuriant native tree.
Then he passed on and behold, he was not.
And I sought him, but he could not be found.
Observe the blameless and look at the upright,
for there is a future for a man of peace.
But transgressors shall be destroyed altogether.
The future of the wicked shall be cut off.
And the salvation of the righteous is from Yahweh,
their refuge in the time of trouble.
And Yahweh helps them and he rescues them.
He rescues them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.

Acts 4

And while they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees approached them, greatly annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they laid hands on them and put them in custody until the next day, because it was already evening. But many of those who listened to the message believed, and the number of the men was approximately five thousand.

And it happened that on the next day, their rulers and elders and scribes came together in Jerusalem, and Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all those who were from the high priest’s family. And they made them stand in their midst and began to ask, "By what power or by what name did you do this?" Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders, if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a sick man—by what means this man was healed— let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man stands before you healthy! This one is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, that has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven that is given among people by which we must be saved."

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were astonished, and recognized them, that they had been with Jesus. And because they saw the man who had been healed standing there with them, they had nothing to say in return. But after they had ordered them to go outside the Sanhedrin, they began to confer with one another, saying, "What should we do with these men? For that a remarkable sign has taken place through them is evident to all those who live in Jerusalem, and we are not able to deny it! But in order that it may not spread much further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more in this name to anyone at all." And they called them back and commanded them not to speak or to teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than God, you decide! For we are not able to refrain from speaking about the things that we have seen and heard." So after threatening them further, they released them, finding no way to punish them on account of the people, because they were all praising God for what had happened. For the man on whom this sign of healing had been performed was more than forty years old.

And when they were released, they went to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. And when they heard it, they lifted their voices with one mind to God and said, "Master, you are the one who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all the things in them, the one who said by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of our father David, your servant,

‘Why do the nations rage,
    and the peoples conspire in vain?
The kings of the earth stood opposed,
    and the rulers assembled together at the same place,
against the Lord and against his Christ.’

For in truth both Herod and Pontius Pilate, together with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, assembled together in this city against your holy servant Jesus whom you anointed, to do all that your hand and plan had predestined to take place. And now, Lord, concern yourself with their threats and grant your slaves to speak your message with all boldness, as you extend your hand to heal and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus." And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.

Now the group of those who believed were one heart and soul, and no one said anything of what belonged to him was his own, but all things were theirs in common. And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was on them all. For there was not even anyone needy among them, because all those who were owners of plots of land or houses were selling them and bringing the proceeds of the things that were sold and placing them at the feet of the apostles. And it was being distributed to each as anyone had need. So Joseph, who was called Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated "son of encouragement"), a Levite of Cyprus by nationality, sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and placed it at the feet of the apostles.

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The reading for today is Ruth 3-4; Psalm 37; Acts 4. The reading for today is Ruth 3-4; Psalm 37; Acts 4. Ruth 3 Now Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, My daughter, should I not seek for you security that things may be good for you? So then, is not Boaz our kinsman whose maidservants you were with? Look, he is winnowing the barley at the threshing floor tonight. Wash, anoint yourself, put your clothin ... Continue reading Week 16, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 16:15
Week 16, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/16/1 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/16/1 The reading for today is Ruth 1-2; Acts 3.

Ruth 1

And it happened in the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a man from Bethlehem of Judah went to reside in the countryside of Moab—he and his wife and his two sons. And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephraimites from Bethlehem in Judah. And they went to the countryside of Moab and remained there.

But Elimelech the husband of Naomi died and she was left behind with her two sons. And they took for themselves Moabite wives. The name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other was Ruth. And they lived there about ten years. But both Mahlon and Kilion died, and the woman was left without her two sons and without her husband.

And she got up, she and her daughters-in-law, and returned from the countryside of Moab, because she had heard in the countryside of Moab that Yahweh had come to the aid of his people to give food to them. So she set out from the place where she was and her two daughters-in-law with her, and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah.

But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, "Go, each of you return to her mother’s house. May Yahweh show kindness to you just as you did with the dead and with me. May Yahweh grant that you find a resting place, each in the house of her husband." And she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and cried.

And they said to her, "No, we want to return with you to your people." And Naomi said, "Return, my daughters. Why do you still want to go with me? Are there sons in my womb that may be husbands for you? Turn back, my daughters! Go, for I am too old to have a husband. If I should think there is hope for me, even if I should have a husband this night, and even if I should bear sons, would you therefore wait until they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, for it is far more bitter to me than to you. For the hand of Yahweh has gone out against me." And they lifted up their voices and cried again. And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung to her. And she said, "Look, your sister-in-law has returned to her people and to her gods. Return after your sister-in-law too."

But Ruth said, "Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you! For where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people will be my people and your God will be my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. So may Yahweh do to me, and even more, unless death separates you and me!" When Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more.

So the two of them went until they came to Bethlehem. And when they came to Bethlehem, all of the town was stirred because of them. And they said, "Is this Naomi?" And she said to them, "You should not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for Shaddai has caused me to be very bitter. I went away full, but Yahweh brought me back empty-handed! Why call me Naomi when Yahweh has testified against me and Shaddai has brought calamity upon me?" So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabite her daughter-in-law with her, returning from the countryside of Moab. And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of the harvest of barley.

Ruth 2

Now Naomi had a relative of her husband, a prominent rich man from the clan of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz. And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, "Please let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after someone in whose eyes I may find favor." And she said to her, "Go, my daughter." So she went and came and gleaned in the field behind the reapers. And she happened by chance upon the tract of field belonging to Boaz, who was from the clan of Elimelech. And look, Boaz came from Bethlehem and said to the reapers, "May Yahweh be with you." And they said to him, "May Yahweh bless you." And Boaz said to his servant in charge of the reapers, "To whom does this young woman belong?" And the servant in charge of the reapers said, "She is a Moabite girl returning with Naomi from the countryside of Moab. And she said, ‘Please let me glean and let me gather among the sheaves behind the reapers.’ So she came and remained from the morning up to now. She is sitting for a little while in the house."

And Boaz said to Ruth, "Listen carefully, my daughter, go no longer to glean in another field. Moreover, do not leave from this one, but stay close with my young women. Keep your eyes on the field that they reap and go after them. Have I not ordered the servants not to bother you? And if you get thirsty, you shall go to the containers and drink from where the servants have drawn." And she fell on her face and bowed down to the ground and said to him, "Why have I found favor in your eyes by recognizing me—for I am a foreigner?" And Boaz answered and said to her, "All that you have done for your mother-in-law after the death of your husband was fully told to me. How you left your father and mother and the land of your birth, and you went to a people that you did not know before. May Yahweh reward your work and may a full reward be given to you from Yahweh, the God of Israel, under whose wings you came to take refuge." And she said, "May I find favor in your eyes, my lord, for you have comforted me and have spoken kindly to your servant, and I am not one of your servants."

And Boaz said to her at mealtime, "Come here and eat from the bread and dip your morsel in the wine vinegar." So she sat beside the gleaners, and he offered to her roasted grain. And she ate and was satisfied, and she had some left over. And she got up to glean, and Boaz instructed his servants saying, "Let her also glean between the sheaves and do not reproach her. And also pull out for her from your bundles and leave it so that she may glean—and do not rebuke her."

So she gleaned in the field until the evening and she beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley. And she picked it up and went to the town. Her mother-in-law saw how much she had gleaned. And she took it out and gave to her what she had left over after being satisfied. And her mother-in-law said to her, "Where did you glean today and where did you work? May he who took notice of you be blessed." And she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked and said, "The name of the man who I worked with today is Boaz." And Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, "May he be blessed by Yahweh, whose loyal love has not forsaken the living or the dead." And Naomi said to her, "The man is a close relative for us, he is one of our redeemers." And Ruth the Moabite said, "Also, he said to me, ‘You shall stay close with the servants which are mine until they have finished all of the harvest which is mine.’" And Naomi said to Ruth her daughter-in-law, "It is good, my daughter, that you go out with his maidservants so that you will not be bothered in another field." So she stayed close with the maidservants of Boaz to glean until the end of the barley harvest and wheat harvest. And she lived with her mother-in-law.

Acts 3

Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a certain man was being carried who was lame from birth. He was placed every day at the gate of the temple called "Beautiful," so that he could ask for charitable gifts from those who were going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple courts, he began asking to receive alms. And Peter looked intently at him, together with John, and said, "Look at us!" So he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, "Silver and gold I do not possess, but what I have, this I give to you—in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, walk!" And taking hold of him by the right hand, he raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up, he stood and began walking around and entered into the temple courts with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God, And they recognized him, that this one was the one who used to sit asking for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, and they were filled with awe and astonishment at what had happened to him.

And while he was holding fast to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s, utterly astonished. And when he saw it, Peter replied to the people, "Men and Israelites, why are you astonished at this? Or why are you staring at us, as if by our own power or godliness we have made him walk? The God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and denied in the presence of Pilate, after he had decided to release him. But you denied the Holy and Righteous One and demanded that a man—a murderer—be granted to you. And you killed the originator of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses! And on the basis of faith in his name, his name has made this man strong, whom you see and know, and the faith that is through him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all. And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also. But the things which God foretold through the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he has fulfilled in this way. Therefore repent and turn back, so that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and he may send the Christ appointed for you—Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the times of the restoration of all things, about which God spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from earliest times. Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You will listen to him in everything that he says to you. And it will be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet will be destroyed utterly from the people.’ And indeed, all the prophets from Samuel and all those who followed him have spoken about and proclaimed these days. You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God ordained with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your offspring all the nations of the earth will be blessed.’ God, after he had raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning each of you back from your wickedness!"

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The reading for today is Ruth 1-2; Acts 3. The reading for today is Ruth 1-2; Acts 3. Ruth 1 And it happened in the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a man from Bethlehem of Judah went to reside in the countryside of Moab—he and his wife and his two sons. And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife was Naomi, and the names of his tw ... Continue reading Week 16, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 11:38
Week 15, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/15/5 Fri, 13 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/15/5 The reading for today is Judges 19-21; Acts 2.

Judges 19

In those days there was no king in Israel; there was a man, a Levite, who dwelled as a foreigner in the remote areas of the hill country of Ephraim. And he took for himself a concubine from Bethlehem in Judah. But his concubine felt repugnance toward him, and she left him and went to her father’s house, to Bethlehem in Judah; she was there some four months. So her husband set out, and he went after her to speak tenderly to her, to bring her back. He took with him his servant and a pair of donkeys. And she brought him to her father’s house, and the father of the young woman saw him and was glad to meet him. His father-in-law, the young woman’s father, urged him to stay with him three days; and they ate and drank, and they spent the night there. On the fourth day, they rose early in the morning, and he prepared to go, but the father of the young woman said to his son-in-law, "Refresh yourself with a bit of food, and afterward you may go." So the two of them sat and ate and drank together, and the father of the young woman said to the man, "Please, agree to spend the night and enjoy yourself." The man got up to go, but his father-in-law urged him, and he returned and spent the night there. On the fifth day he rose early in the morning to go, and the father of the young woman said, "Please, enjoy yourself," and they lingered until the day declined, and the two of them ate. And the man got up to go—he, his concubine, and his servant—but his father-in-law, the father of the young woman, said to him, "Please, the day has worn on to evening; please, spend the night, the day has drawn to a close. Spend the night here and enjoy yourself. You can rise early tomorrow for your journey and go to your home."

But the man was not willing to spend the night, and he got up and went; and he arrived opposite Jebus (that is, Jerusalem). He had with him a pair of saddled donkeys and his concubine. They were near Jebus, and the day was far spent, and the servant said to his master, "Please, come, let us turn aside to this city of the Jebusites, and let us spend the night in it." But his master said to him, "We will not turn aside to the city of foreigners, who are not from the Israelites; we will cross over up to Gibeah." And he said to his servant, "Come, let us approach one of these places; we will spend the night in Gibeah or in Ramah." So they crossed over and went their way, and the sun went down on them beside Gibeah, which belongs to Benjamin. And they turned aside there to enter and to spend the night at Gibeah. And they went and sat in the open square of the city, but no one took them in to spend the night.

Then behold, an old man was coming from his work from the field in the evening, and the man was from the hill country of Ephraim, and he was dwelling as a foreigner in Gibeah. (The people of the place were descendants of Benjamin.) And the old man raised his eyes and saw the traveler in the open square of the city, and he said, "Where are you going, and from where do you come?" And he said to him, "We are crossing over from Bethlehem in Judah up to the remote areas of the hill country of Ephraim, where I am from. I went to Bethlehem in Judah, but now I am going to Yahweh’s house, but no one took me in to spend the night. There is both straw and fodder for our donkeys, and also bread and wine for me, for your servant, and for the young man who is with your servant; there is no lack of anything." And the old man said, "Peace to you. I will take care of your needs; however, you must not spend the night in the open square." So he brought him to his house, and he fed the donkeys; they washed their feet, ate, and drank.

While they were enjoying themselves, behold, the men of the city, the perverse lot, surrounded the house, pounding on the door. And they said to the old man, the owner of the house, "Bring out the man who came to your house so that we may have sex with him." So the man, the owner of the house, went out to them and said to them, "No, my brothers, do not act wickedly; since this man has come into my house, do not do this disgraceful thing. Here is my virgin daughter and his concubine. Please, let me bring them out; do violence to them, and do to them whatever you please. Do not do this disgraceful thing to this man." But the men were not willing to listen to him, and the man seized his concubine and brought her out to them; and they had intercourse with her, and they abused her all night until the morning; they let her go at the approach of dawn. And the woman came as the morning appeared, and she fell at the entrance of the man’s house where her master was, until daylight.

In the morning her master got up, and he opened the doors of the house and went out to go on his journey, and behold, his concubine was falling at the entrance of the house, with her hand on the threshold. And he said to her, "Get up, let us go," but there was no answer. So he put her on the donkey, and the man got up and went to his place. When he entered his house he took a knife, and he grasped his concubine and cut her into twelve pieces; and he sent her throughout the whole territory of Israel. All who saw it said, "Nothing like this has ever been since the Israelites went up from the land of Egypt until this day. Take note of it, consider it, and speak up."

Judges 20

All the Israelites went out, from Dan to Beersheba, including the land of Gilead, and they gathered as one body to Yahweh at Mizpah. And the leaders of all the people, all the tribes of Israel, presented themselves in the assembly of the people of God, four hundred thousand sword-bearing infantry. (The descendants of Benjamin heard that the Israelites had gone up to Mizpah.) And the Israelites said, "Tell us, how did this evil act occur?" The Levite, the husband of the murdered woman, answered and said, "I came to Gibeah, which belongs to Benjamin, I and my concubine, to spend the night. The lords of Gibeah rose up against me and surrounded the house at night. They intended to kill me, and they raped my concubine, and she died. Then I grabbed my concubine and cut her into pieces, and I sent her throughout all the territory of Israel’s inheritance; for they committed a shameful and disgraceful thing in Israel. Look, all you Israelites! Make your decision and advice here."

All the people got up as one body, saying, "Not one of us will go to his tent, or will any of us return to his house. So then, this is what we will do to Gibeah: we will go up against her by lot. We will take ten men of one hundred from all the tribes of Israel, and one hundred of one thousand, and one thousand of ten thousand, to bring provisions to the troops, to repay them when they come to Gibeah of Benjamin for all the disgraceful things they did in Israel." And all the men of Israel were gathered to the city as one body united.

Then the tribes of Israel sent men throughout all the tribes of Benjamin, saying, "What is this wickedness that happened among you? So then, hand over the men, the perverse lot, who are in Gibeah, so that we may kill them and purge this wickedness from Israel." But the descendants of Benjamin were not willing to listen to the voice of their relatives, the Israelites. And the descendants of Benjamin were gathered from the cities to Gibeah to go out for battle against the Israelites. From the cities the descendants of Benjamin were counted on that day twenty-six thousand sword-wielding men, besides the inhabitants of Gibeah, who were counted seven hundred well-trained men. From all these troops were seven hundred well-trained men who were left-handed; each one could sling with a stone at a hair and not miss. And the men of Israel besides Benjamin were counted four hundred thousand sword-wielding men; all were warriors.

Then the Israelites got up and went up to Bethel, and they inquired of God, saying, "Who will go up first for the battle against the descendants of Benjamin?" And Yahweh said, "Judah will go first." And the Israelites got up in the morning, and they encamped against Gibeah. Then the men of Israel marched out for the battle against Benjamin, and the men of Israel took up positions against them for battle at Gibeah. The descendants of Benjamin went out from Gibeah, and they struck down on that day twenty-two thousand men of Israel to the ground. But the troops, the men of Israel, encouraged themselves, and again they arranged their battle lines in the place where they had arranged themselves the first day. The Israelites went up and wept before Yahweh until evening and inquired of Yahweh, saying, "Should we again draw near from the battle against the descendants of Benjamin, our relatives?" And Yahweh said, "Go up against them."

And the Israelites drew near to the descendants of Benjamin on the second day. And Benjamin went out from Gibeah to meet them on the second day, and they struck down the Israelites again, eighteen thousand men to the ground; all of these were sword-wielding. And all the Israelites and all the troops went up and came to Bethel and wept; and they sat there before Yahweh and fasted on that day until evening; and they offered burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before Yahweh. And the Israelites inquired of Yahweh (In those days the ark of the covenant of God was there, and Phinehas son of Eleazar, son of Aaron, was standing before it to minister in those days), saying, "Should we go out once more to battle against the descendants of Benjamin our relatives, or should we stop?" And Yahweh said, "Go up tomorrow; I will give them into your hand."

So Israel stationed an ambush all around Gibeah. And the Israelites went up against the descendants of Benjamin on the third day, and they took up positions against Gibeah as before. The descendants of Benjamin went out to meet the troops, and they lured them away from the city and began to inflict casualties on the troops as before, on the main road, one of which goes up to Bethel, the other to Gibeah; and in the field there were about thirty men of Israel. And the descendants of Benjamin thought, "They are being defeated before us as previously," and the Israelites said, "Let us flee and lure them away from the city to the main roads." And all the men of Israel got up from their places and took up positions in Baal Tamar; and the ambush of Israel charged from their places, from the vicinity of Gibeah. Then ten thousand well-trained men from all Israel came out against Gibeah, and the battle became fierce; they did not know that disaster was about to close in on them. And Yahweh defeated Benjamin in the presence of Israel, and the Israelites destroyed on that day twenty-five thousand one hundred men of Benjamin, all of them sword-wielding.

The descendants of Benjamin saw that they were defeated, and the men of Israel gave ground to Benjamin because they trusted the ambush that they had set against Gibeah. And the ambush came quickly and advanced against Gibeah, and it put the whole city to the sword. Now the appointed time for the men of Israel with the ambush was that they sent up for them a great amount of smoke from the city. And the men of Israel turned in the battle, and Benjamin began to inflict casualties on about thirty men of Israel because they thought, "They will be completely defeated before us as in the first battle." And the cloud of smoke began to go up from the city in a column of smoke, and Benjamin turned backward, and behold, the whole city was going up in smoke! And the men of Israel turned, and the men of Benjamin were dismayed because they saw that disaster was closing in on them. And they retreated from before the men of Israel to the way of the wilderness, but the battle caught up to them, and those who came from the cities destroyed them in the midst of them. They surrounded Benjamin; they pursued them without rest and trod them down opposite Gibeah to the east. And eighteen thousand men from Benjamin fell, all of them able men. And they turned and fled toward the wilderness, to the rock of Rimmon, but they cut down on the main roads five thousand men; and they pursued after them up to Gidom, and they struck down two thousand men. So all of Benjamin who fell on that day were twenty-five thousand sword-wielding men; all of these were able men. But six hundred turned and fled toward the wilderness, to the rock of Rimmon, and they remained at the rock of Rimmon for four months. And the men of Israel returned to the descendants of Benjamin, and they put them to the edge of the sword, both the inhabitants of city and the animals that were found; they also set on fire all the cities that they found.

Judges 21

The men of Israel had sworn at Mizpah, saying, "None of us will give his daughter to Benjamin as a wife." And the people of Bethel came and sat there until evening before God, and they lifted their voices and wept bitterly. And they said, "Why, Yahweh, God of Israel, has it happened today in Israel that one tribe is lacking from Israel?" On the next day the people rose early, and they built there an altar and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. And the Israelites said, "Who in the assembly has not come up from all the tribes of Israel to Yahweh?" For a solemn oath was taken concerning whoever did not come up to Yahweh at Mizpah, saying, "He will certainly be put to death." But the Israelites had compassion for Benjamin, their relatives, and they said, "Today one tribe is cut off from Israel. What will we do for them—for the ones being left over—for wives? For we have sworn by Yahweh not to give to them our daughters as wives."

They asked, "Which one is there from the tribes of Israel who did not come up to Yahweh at Mizpah?" And behold, no one came from Jabesh-gilead to the camp, to the assembly. The people were counted, and no one was there from the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead. And the congregation sent there twelve thousand men from the troops, and they commanded them, saying, "Go, strike the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead with the edge of the sword, and the women and children. This is the thing you will do: you will destroy every man and every woman who had sex with a man." And they found among the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead four hundred young virgins who had not had sex with a man, and they brought them to the camp at Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan.

Then the congregation sent and spoke all this to the descendants of Benjamin who were at the rock of Rimmon, and they assured them they would not be hurt. And Benjamin returned at that time, and they gave to them the women whom they kept alive from Jabesh-gilead; but they were not enough for them.

And the people felt sorry for Benjamin because Yahweh weakened the tribes of Israel. So the elders of the congregation said, "What should we do for the remaining ones for wives, since the women from Benjamin have been destroyed?" And they said, "There must be a remnant for Benjamin, so that a tribe will not be blotted out from Israel. But we cannot give them wives from our daughters." (For the Israelites swore, saying, "Cursed be anyone who gives a wife to Benjamin.") And they said, "Look, the annual feast of Yahweh is in Shiloh, which is to the north of Bethel, east of the main road that goes up from Bethel to Shechem, and south of Lebonah. They instructed the descendants of Benjamin, saying, "Go, lie in ambush in the vineyards, and watch and look; when the daughters of Shiloh dance in the dances, come out from the vineyards and seize for yourselves a wife from the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin. And if their fathers or their brothers complain to us, we will say to them, ‘Allow us to have them, because we did not capture a wife for each man in the battle, and because you did not give them to them, or else you would have been guilty.’" The descendants of Benjamin did likewise, and they took wives for each of them from the dancers whom they seized, and they went and returned to their territory, and they rebuilt the cities and they lived in them. So the Israelites dispersed from there at that time according to tribe and family; and they went out from there, each one to their own territory. In those days there was no king in Israel; each one did what was right in his own eyes.

Acts 2

And when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in the same place. And suddenly a sound like a violent rushing wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. And divided tongues like fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit gave them ability to speak out.

Now there were Jews residing in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the crowd gathered and was in confusion, because each one was hearing them speaking in his own language. And they were astounded and astonished, saying, "Behold, are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how do we hear, each one of us, in our own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and those residing in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya toward Cyrene, and the Romans who were in town, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own languages the great deeds of God!" And all were amazed and greatly perplexed, saying to one another, "What can this mean?" But others jeered and said, "They are full of sweet new wine!"

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them, "Judean men, and all those who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and pay attention to my words! For these men are not drunk, as you assume, because it is the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

‘And it will be in the last days,’ God says,
    ‘I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
        and your sons and your daughters will prophesy,
        and your young men will see visions,
        and your old men will dream dreams.
And even on my male slaves and on my female slaves
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.
And I will cause wonders in the heaven above
    and signs on the earth below,
    blood and fire and vapor of smoke.
The sun will be changed to darkness
    and the moon to blood,
    before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes.
And it will be that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.’

"Israelite men, listen to these words! Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, just as you yourselves know— this man, delivered up by the determined plan and foreknowledge of God, you executed by nailing to a cross through the hand of lawless men. God raised him up, having brought to an end the pains of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. For David says with reference to him,

‘I saw the Lord before me continually,
    for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken.
For this reason my heart was glad
    and my tongue rejoiced greatly,
    furthermore also my flesh will live in hope,
because you will not abandon my soul in Hades,
    nor will you permit your Holy One to experience decay.
You have made known to me the paths of life;
    you will fill me with gladness with your presence.’

"Men and brothers, it is possible to speak with confidence to you about the patriarch David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us until this day. Therefore, because he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn to him with an oath to seat one of his descendants on his throne, by having foreseen this, he spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that neither was he abandoned in Hades nor did his flesh experience decay. This Jesus God raised up, of which we all are witnesses. Therefore, having been exalted to the right hand of God and having received the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father, he has poured out this that you see and hear. For David did not ascend into heaven, but he himself says,

‘The Lord said to my Lord,
"Sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet."’

Therefore let all the house of Israel know beyond a doubt, that God has made him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified!"

Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, "What should we do, men and brothers?" And Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized, each one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children, and for all those who are far away, as many as the Lord our God calls to himself." And with many other words he solemnly urged and exhorted them, saying, "Be saved from this crooked generation!" So those who accepted his message were baptized, and on that day about three thousand souls were added.

And they were devoting themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayers. And fear came on every soul, and many wonders and signs were being performed by the apostles. And all who believed were in the same place, and had everything in common. And they began selling their possessions and property, and distributing these things to all, to the degree that anyone had need. And every day, devoting themselves to meeting with one purpose in the temple courts and breaking bread from house to house, they were eating their food with joy and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding every day to the total of those who were being saved.

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The reading for today is Judges 19-21; Acts 2. The reading for today is Judges 19-21; Acts 2. Judges 19 In those days there was no king in Israel; there was a man, a Levite, who dwelled as a foreigner in the remote areas of the hill country of Ephraim. And he took for himself a concubine from Bethlehem in Judah. But his concubine felt repugnance toward him, and she left him and went to her f ... Continue reading Week 15, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 19:50
Week 15, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/15/4 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/15/4 The reading for today is Judges 17-18; Psalm 21; Acts 1.

Judges 17

There was a man from the hill country of Ephraim; his name was Micah. And he said to his mother, "The eleven hundred pieces of silver that were taken from you, and about which you also pronounced a curse in my hearing, are with me; I took it." And his mother said, "Blessed be my son by Yahweh." He returned the eleven hundred pieces of silver to his mother, and his mother thought, "I will certainly consecrate to Yahweh the pieces of silver from my hand for my son to make an idol of cast metal; now then, I will return them to you." When he returned the pieces of silver to his mother, his mother took two hundred pieces of silver, and she gave it to the smith, and he made it into an idol of cast metal; and it was in the house of Micah. The man Micah had for himself a shrine, and he made an ephod and teraphim, and he appointed one of his sons who became a priest for him. In those days there was no king in Israel, and each one did what was right in his own eyes.

There was a young man from Bethlehem in Judah, from the clan of Judah; he was a Levite and was dwelling as a foreigner there. And the man went from the town of Bethlehem in Judah to live as a foreigner wherever he could find a place. And he came to the hill country of Ephraim, to the house of Micah, to continue his journey. And Micah said to him, "From where do you come?" And he said to him, "I am a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah; I am going to dwell as a foreigner wherever I can find a place." And Micah said to him, "Stay with me and be to me a father and a priest, and I will give to you ten pieces of silver a year, a set of clothes, and your food." So the Levite went with him. The Levite agreed to stay with the man; and the young man became as one of his sons. So Micah appointed the Levite, and the young man became a priest for him; and he was in the house of Micah. And Micah said, "Now I know Yahweh will make me prosperous, because the Levite has become my priest."

Judges 18

In those days there was no king in Israel. And in those days the tribe of the Danites was seeking territory for itself to live in, because until that day it had not been allotted territory among the tribes of Israel. The descendants of Dan sent from the whole number of their clan five capable men from Zorah and Eshtaol to spy out the land and to explore it. And they said to them, "Go, explore the land." And they went to the hill country of Ephraim, to the house of Micah, and they spent the night there. While they were with the house of Micah, they recognized the voice of the young Levite, and they turned aside there and said to him, "Who brought you here? What are you doing in this place, and what is your business here?" And he said to them, "Micah did such and such for me and hired me, and I became his priest." And they said to him, "Please inquire of God that we may know whether our journey that we are going on will be successful." And the priest said to them, "Go in peace. Yahweh is in front of you on the journey you want to go on."

And the five men went and came to Laish, and they observed the people who were living according to the customs of the Sidonians, quiet and unsuspecting, and lacking nothing in the land, and possessing restraint. And they were far from the Sidonians and had no word with anyone. They came to their relatives at Zorah and Eshtaol, and their relatives said to them, "What do you report?" And they said to them, "Come, let us go up against them; for we have seen the land, and it is very good. Will you do nothing? Do not hesitate to go, to enter, to possess the land. When you go you will come to an unsuspecting people, and the land is spread out on all sides; God has given a place into your hands where there is no lack of anything that is on the earth."

Six hundred men from the clan of the Danites from Zorah and Eshtaol, armed with weapons of war, set out from there. They went up and encamped at Kiriath Jearim in Judah. Therefore they called this place Camp of Dan to this day; it is west of Kiriath Jearim. From there they crossed over to the hill country of Ephraim, and they came to the house of Micah.

And the five men that went out to spy out the land (that is, Laish) responded and said to their relatives, "Do you know that there are in these houses an ephod, teraphim, and an idol of cast metal? So then, consider what you must do." So they turned to that direction, and they came to the house of the young Levite, the house of Micah, and they greeted him. And six hundred men from the descendants of Dan, armed with their weapons of war, were standing at the entrance of the gate. And the five men that went to spy out the land went up, and they entered there and took the carved divine image, ephod, teraphim, and the molten image. The priest was standing at the entrance of the gate with the six hundred men armed with the weapons of war. When these went to Micah’s house, they took the divine carved image, ephod, the teraphim, and the molten image, and the priest asked them, "What are you doing?" And they said to him, "Keep quiet! Put your hand on your mouth and come with us and be for us a father and a priest. Is it better being a priest for a house of one man or being a priest for a tribe and clan in Israel?" The priest accepted the offer, and he took the ephod, teraphim, and molten image and went along with the people.

And they turned and went and put the little children, the livestock, and the valuable property in front of them. When they were at a distance from the house, Micah and the men who were in the houses that were near the house of Micah cried out, and they overtook the descendants of Dan. And they called to the descendants of Dan, who turned around to face them, and they said to Micah, "What is the matter with you that you assembled together?" He said, "You took away my gods that I had made, and the priest, and then you go away. What is now left for me? How can you say to me, ‘What is the matter?’" And the descendants of Dan said to him, "You should not let your voice be heard among us, so that ill-tempered men will not attack you, and take your life and the lives of your household." And the descendants of Dan went their way. When Micah saw that they were stronger than him, he turned to return to his house.

And they took what Micah had made, and his priest, and they came to Laish, to a quiet and unsuspecting people, and they put them to the sword and burned the city with fire. There was no deliverer, because it was far from Sidon, and they had had no dealings with anyone. It was in the valley that belonged to Beth-rehob, and they rebuilt the city and lived in it. And they called the name of the city Dan, after Dan their ancestor, who was born to Israel; but the former name of the city was Laish. And the descendants of Dan set up for themselves the carved divine image, and Jonathan son of Gershom, son of Manasseh, he and his sons were priests for the tribe of the Danites until the time of the captivity of the land. So they set up for themselves the carved divine image that Micah had made, all the days that the house of God was in Shiloh.

Psalm 21

For the music director. A psalm of David.

O Yahweh, the king will rejoice in your strength,
and how greatly he will delight in your help.
You have given him the desire of his heart,
and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah
For you meet him with blessings of good things.
You set on his head a crown of fine gold.
He asked life from you; you gave it to him—
length of days forever and ever.
His honor is great because of your help.
Splendor and majesty you have bestowed upon him.
For you set on him blessings forever.
You make him glad with the joy of your presence.
Because the king trusts Yahweh,
and through the steadfast love of the Most High
he shall not be moved.
Your hand will find all your enemies;
your right hand will find those who hate you.
You will make them like your fiery furnace
at the time of your appearance.
Yahweh will swallow them in his wrath
and fire will consume them.
You will destroy their offspring from the earth,
and their descendants from among the children of humankind.
Though they have plotted evil against you,
though they have planned a scheme, they will not prevail.
For you will turn them to flight;
you will aim arrows on your bowstrings at their faces.
Be exalted, O Yahweh, in your strength,
and we sing and praise your power.

Acts 1

I produced the former account, O Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and to teach, until the day he was taken up, after he had given orders through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen, to whom he also presented himself alive after he suffered, with many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking the things about the kingdom of God. And while he was with them, he commanded them, "Do not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for what was promised by the Father, which you heard about from me. For John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."

So when they had come together, they began asking him, saying, "Lord, is it at this time you are restoring the kingdom to Israel?" But he said to them, "It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the farthest part of the earth." And after he had said these things, while they were watching, he was taken up, and a cloud received him from their sight. And as they were staring into the sky while he was departing, behold, two men in white clothing stood by them who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand there looking into the sky? This Jesus who was taken up from you into heaven like this will come back in the same way you saw him departing into heaven!"

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mountain that is called Olive Grove which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. And when they had entered, they went up to the upstairs room where they were staying—Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas son of James. All these were busily engaged with one mind in prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus and with his brothers.

And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the brothers (and it was a crowd of persons of about one hundred twenty at the same place) and said, "Men and brothers, it was necessary that the scripture be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit proclaimed beforehand through the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus, because he was counted among us and received a share in this ministry." (Now this man acquired a field for the wages of his wickedness, and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his intestines spilled out. And it became known to all who live in Jerusalem, so that that field was called in their own language "Akeldama," that is, "Field of Blood.") "For it is written in the book of Psalms,

‘Let his residence become deserted,
    and let there be no one to live in it,’

and,

‘Let another person take his position.’

Therefore it is necessary for one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time in which the Lord Jesus went in and went out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day on which he was taken up from us—one of these men must become a witness of his resurrection together with us." And they proposed two men, Joseph called Barsabbas (who was called Justus) and Matthias. And they prayed and said, "You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show clearly which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to depart to his own place." And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was added to serve with the eleven apostles.

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The reading for today is Judges 17-18; Psalm 21; Acts 1. The reading for today is Judges 17-18; Psalm 21; Acts 1. Judges 17 There was a man from the hill country of Ephraim; his name was Micah. And he said to his mother, The eleven hundred pieces of silver that were taken from you, and about which you also pronounced a curse in my hearing, are with me; I took it. And his mother said, Blessed be my son by Yahweh ... Continue reading Week 15, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 13:06
Week 15, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/15/3 Wed, 11 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/15/3 The reading for today is Judges 12-16; Psalm 146; Luke 24.

Judges 12

The men of Ephraim were called to arms, and they crossed over to Zaphon and said to Jephthah, "Why did you cross over and make war against the Ammonites, and why did you not call us to go with you? We will burn down your house over you with fire." And Jephthah said to them, "I and my people were engaged in great conflict with the Ammonites; I called you, but you did not deliver me from their hand. I saw that you would not deliver us; I risked my own life, and I crossed over to the Ammonites, and Yahweh gave them into my hand. Why have you come up to me this day to fight against me?" Jephthah gathered all the men of Gilead, and he made war with Ephraim; and the men of Gilead defeated Ephraim because they said, "You are fugitives of Ephraim, you Gileadites, in the midst of Ephraim and Manasseh." Then Gilead captured the fords of the Jordan from Ephraim, and whenever a fugitive of Ephraim said, "Let me cross over," the men of Gilead said to him, "Are you an Ephraimite?" When he said, "No," they said to him, "Please say Shibboleth," and if he said, "Sibboleth"—because he could not pronounce it correctly—they grabbed him and executed him at the fords of Jordan. At that time forty-two thousand from Ephraim fell.

Jephthah judged Israel six years. Then Jephthah the Gileadite died, and he was buried in one of the cities of Gilead.

After him Ibzan from Bethlehem judged Israel. He had thirty sons. He gave his thirty daughters away in marriage outside his clan and brought in from outside thirty young women for his sons. He judged Israel for seven years. Then Ibzan died and was buried in Bethlehem.

After him Elon the Zebulunite judged Israel, and he judged Israel ten years. Then Elon the Zebulunite died and was buried in Aijalon in the land of Zebulun.

After him Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite judged Israel. He had forty sons and thirty grandsons that rode on seventy male donkeys. He judged Israel for eight years. Then Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite died and was buried in Pirathon, in the land of Ephraim in the hill country of the Amalekites.

Judges 13

And again, the Israelites did evil in the eyes of Yahweh, and Yahweh gave them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.

There was a certain man from Zorah, from the tribe of the Danites, and his name was Manoah; his wife was infertile and did not bear children. And an angel of Yahweh appeared to the woman, and he said to her, "Behold, you are infertile and have not borne children, but you will conceive and bear a son. So then, be careful and do not drink wine or strong drink, and do not eat anything unclean, because you will conceive and bear a son. No razor will touch his head, because the boy will be a Nazirite of God from birth. And it is he who will begin to deliver Israel from the hand of the Philistines." And the woman came and told her husband, saying, "A man of God came to me, and his appearance was like the appearance of an angel of God, very awesome. I did not ask him from where he came, and he did not tell me his name. And he said to me, ‘Look, you will conceive and bear a son, so then, do not drink wine or strong drink, and do not eat anything unclean, for the boy will be a Nazirite of God from birth until the day of his death.’"

Then Manoah prayed to Yahweh and said, "Excuse me, my Lord, please let the man of God whom you sent again come to us and teach us what we should do concerning the boy who will be born." And God listened to the voice of Manoah, and an angel of God came again to the woman; she was sitting in the field, but Manoah her husband was not with her. The woman quickly ran and told her husband, and she said to him, "Look! The man who came to me the other day appeared to me." So Manoah got up and went after his wife, and he came to the man and said to him, "Are you the man that spoke to the woman?" And he said, "I am." And Manoah said to him, "Now when your words come true, what will be the boy’s manner of life and work?" And the angel of Yahweh said to Manoah, "Let the woman be attentive to all that I said. She should not eat of anything that comes from the vine, or drink wine or strong drink, or eat anything unclean; she should keep all that I commanded."

And Manoah said to the angel of Yahweh, "Please stay, and let us prepare a young goat for you." The angel of Yahweh said to Manoah, "If you keep me, I will not eat your food, but if you prepare a burnt offering for Yahweh, you can offer it (for Manoah did not know that he was an angel of Yahweh)." And Manoah said to the angel of Yahweh, "What is your name so that when your words come true we may honor you?" But the angel of Yahweh said to him, "Why do you ask my name? It is too wonderful."

And Manoah took the young goat and the grain offering, and he offered it to Yahweh on the rock, to the one who performs miracles. And Manoah and his wife were watching. And when the flame went up toward the heaven from the altar, the angel of Yahweh went up in the flame of the altar to heaven while Manoah and his wife were watching. And they fell on their faces to the ground. The angel of Yahweh did not appear again to Manoah and his wife, and then Manoah knew that he was a messenger of Yahweh. And Manoah said to his wife, "We will certainly die because we have seen God." But his wife said to him, "If Yahweh wanted to kill us he would not have taken from our hand the burnt offering and the grain offering, or shown us all these things, or now announced to us things such as these."

The woman bore a son, and she called him Samson; the boy grew big, and Yahweh blessed him. And the Spirit of Yahweh began to stir him in the camp of Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

Judges 14

And Samson went down to Timnah, and he saw a woman in Timnah from the daughters of the Philistines. He went up and told his father and mother, and he said, "I saw a woman in Timnah from the daughters of the Philistines; so then, take her for me as a wife." But his father and mother said to him, "Is there not a wife among the daughters of your relatives, or among all our people, that you must take a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?" But Samson said to his father, "Take her for me because she pleases me." His father and mother did not know that this was from Yahweh; he was seeking for an occasion against the Philistines. Now at that time the Philistines were ruling in Israel.

And Samson and his father and mother went down to Timnah, and they came to the vineyards of Timnah, and suddenly a young lion came roaring to meet him. And the Spirit of Yahweh rushed upon him, and he tore the lion apart as one might tear apart a male kid goat (he was bare-handed). But he did not tell his father and mother what he had done. Then he went down and talked to the woman, and she pleased Samson. And he returned after awhile to marry her, and he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion, and there was a swarm of wild honey bees in the body of the lion, and honey. He scraped it out into his hands, and he went on, eating it as he went. And he went to his father and mother and gave some to them, and they ate it. But he did not tell them that he had scraped the honey from the body of the lion.

His father went down to the woman, and Samson prepared there a feast, as young men were accustomed to doing this. When they saw him, they took thirty companions, and they were with him. And Samson said to them, "Let me tell you a riddle. If you can fully explain it to me within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, I will give to you thirty linen garments and thirty festal garments. But if you are unable to explain it to me, you must give me thirty linen garments and thirty festal garments." So they said to him, "Tell your riddle; let us hear it." He said to them,

"From the eater came out food,
    From the strong came out sweet."

But they were unable to explain the riddle for three days.

When it was the fourth day, they said to Samson’s wife, "Entice your husband and tell us the riddle, or we will burn you and your father’s house with fire. Have you invited us to rob us?" And Samson’s wife wept before him, and she said, "You must hate me; you do not love me. You told the riddle to my people, but you have not explained it to me." He said to her, "I have not explained it to my father and mother. Why should I explain it to you?" She wept before him the seven days of their feast; and it happened, because she nagged him, on the seventh day he explained it to her, and she told the riddle to her people. The men of the city said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down,

"What is sweeter than honey?
    What is stronger than a lion?"

And he said to them,

"If you had not plowed with my heifer,
    you would not have found out my riddle."

And the Spirit of Yahweh rushed on him, and he went down to Ashkelon. He killed thirty men from them, and he took their belongings, and he gave festal garments to the ones that explained the riddle. He was angry, and he went up to his father’s house. And Samson’s wife was given to his companion who was his best man.

Judges 15

After a while, at the time of the wheat harvest, Samson visited his wife with a young goat. He said, "I want to go to my wife’s private room." But her father would not allow him to enter. Her father said, "I really thought that you hated her, so I gave her to your companion. Is not her younger sister more beautiful than she? Please, take her instead." And Samson said to them, "This time, as far as the Philistines are concerned, when I do something evil I am without blame." And Samson went and captured three hundred foxes, and he took torches. He turned them tail to tail, and he put one torch between two tails. He set fire to the torches and let the foxes go into the standing grain of the Philistines, and he burned both the stacks of sheaves and the standing grain, up to the vineyards of olive groves. And the Philistines said, "Who has done this?" And they said, "Samson the son-in-law of the Timnite, because he took his wife and gave her to his companion." And the Philistines went up and burned her and her father with fire. Samson said to them, "If you want to behave like this, I swear I will not rest unless I have taken revenge on you." And he gave them a thorough beating, and he went down and stayed in the cleft of the rock of Etam.

Then the Philistines came up and encamped in Judah, and they overran Lehi. And the men of Judah said, "Why have you come up against us?" And they said, "To bind Samson; to do to him just as he did to us." Then three thousand men from Judah went down to the cleft of the rock of Etam, and they said to Samson, "Do you not know that the Philistines are ruling over us? What is this that you have done to us?" And he said to them, "Just as they did to me, so I have done to them." They said to him, "We have come down to bind you and give you over into the hand of the Philistines." And Samson said to them, "Swear to me that you will not attack me yourselves." They said to him, "No, we will only bind you and give you into their hand; we will certainly not kill you." So they bound him with two new ropes, and they brought him up from the rock.

As he came up to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting to meet him; and the Spirit of Yahweh rushed on him, and the ropes that were on his arms became like flax that has burned with fire, and his bindings melted from his hands. And he found a fresh jawbone of a donkey; he reached down and took it and killed one thousand men with it. And Samson said,

"With the jawbone of the donkey,
    heap upon heap;
with the jawbone of the donkey,
    I struck dead one thousand men."

And it happened, when he finished speaking he threw the jawbone from his hand; and he called that place Ramath Lehi.

And he was very thirsty, and he called to Yahweh and said, "You gave this great victory into the hand of your servant, but now I must die of thirst and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?" So God split the hollow place that is at Lehi, and water came out from it; and he drank, and his spirit returned, and he was revived. Thus he called its name The Spring of Ha-Qore, which is at Lehi to this day. And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.

Judges 16

Samson went down to Gaza; there he saw a prostitute and had sex with her. The Gazites were told, "Samson has come here," so they surrounded the place and lay in ambush for him all night at the city gate. They kept silent all night, saying, "We will wait until the morning light, and then we will kill him." But Samson lay until the middle of the night; he got up in the middle of the night and took hold of the doors of the city gate and the two door posts, tore them loose with the bar, put them on his shoulders, and carried them up to the top of the hill that is in front of Hebron.

After this he fell in love with a woman in the wadi of Sorek, and her name was Delilah. And the rulers of the Philistines came up to her and said, "Entice him and find out what makes his strength so great, and how we can overpower him, so that we may bind him up in order to subdue him; each of us will give you eleven hundred pieces of silver. So Delilah said to Samson, "Please tell me what makes your strength so great, and with what can you be tied up to subdue you?" Samson said to her, "If you tie me up with seven fresh bowstrings that are not dried up, I will become weak like everyone else." So the rulers of the Philistines brought up to her seven fresh bowstrings that were not dried up, and she tied him up with them. The ambush was sitting in wait for her in an inner room. And she said to him, "The Philistines are upon you Samson!" And he snapped the bowstrings just as flax fiber snaps when it comes close to fire. And the secret of his strength remained unknown. Delilah said to Samson, "Look, you have mocked me and told me lies. Please tell me how you can be bound." He said to her, "If they tie me tightly with new ropes that have not been used, I will become weak and be like everyone else." So Delilah took new ropes and tied him up with them, and she said to him, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" (The ambush was sitting in an inner room.) But he snapped them from his arms like thread.

And Delilah said to Samson, "Until now you have mocked me and told lies to me. Tell me how you can be bound." And he said to her, "If you weave seven locks of my head with warp-threads." She fastened it with the pin and said to him, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" And Samson woke up from his sleep and tore loose the loom pin of the web and the warp-threads.

And she said to him, "How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me these three times, and you have not told me how your strength is so great." And because she nagged him day after day with her words, and pestered him, his soul grew impatient to the point of death. So he confided everything to her, and he said to her, "A razor has never touched my head, for I am a Nazirite of God from birth. If I am shaved my strength will leave me, and I will become weak, like everyone else.

Delilah realized that he had confided in her, so she sent and called the rulers of the Philistines, saying, "Come up one more time, for he has confided in me." And the rulers of the Philistines came up, and they brought the money with them. And she put him to sleep on her lap; then she called the men and shaved off seven locks of his head. Then she began to subdue him, and his strength went away from him. And she said to him, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" And he woke up from his sleep and said, "I will go out just like every other time and shake myself free," but he did not know that Yahweh had left him. And the Philistines seized him, gouged his eyes, and brought him to Gaza. They tied him up with bronze shackles, and he became a grinder in the prison. But the hair of his head began to grow back after it had been shaved off.

The rulers of the Philistines had gathered to sacrifice a great sacrifice to Dagon their god and to rejoice. And they said, "Our god has given Samson our enemy into our hand." And the people saw him, and they praised their god, for they said, "Our god has given into our hand those who hate us, devastate our land, and have killed many of us." After awhile, when their hearts were merry, they said, "Call Samson and let him entertain us." And they called Samson from the prison, and he entertained them. And they made him stand between the pillars. Then Samson said to the servant who was holding him by his hand, "Position me so that I can touch the pillars on which the house rests, so I can lean on them." And the house was full of men and women, and all of the rulers of the Philistines were there—about three thousand men and women were on the roof watching the performance of Samson.

And Samson called to Yahweh and said, "My Lord Yahweh, remember me! Please give me strength this one time, O God, so that I can repay with one act of revenge to the Philistines for my eyes." And Samson reached out and held two of the middle pillars on which the house was resting, and he leaned on them, one on his right and one on his left. And Samson said, "Let me die with the Philistines." And he pushed with all his strength, and the house fell on the rulers and all of the people who were with him. And the dead whom he killed in his death were more than those he killed in his life.

His brothers and his whole family came down and picked him up; and they brought him up and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the tomb of Manoah his father; he judged Israel twenty years.

Psalm 146

Praise Yah.
Praise Yahweh, O my soul.
I will praise Yahweh while I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I am still alive.
Do not place trust in princes,
in a son of humankind with whom there is no deliverance.
His breath departs; he returns to his plot;
on that day his plans perish.
Blessed is the one whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is on Yahweh as his God,
who made heaven and earth,
the sea and all that is in them,
the one who keeps faith forever,
who executes justice for the oppressed,
who gives food for the hungry.
Yahweh sets prisoners free;
Yahweh opens the eyes of the blind;
Yahweh raises up those bowed down;
Yahweh loves the righteous;
Yahweh protects the strangers.
He helps up the orphan and the widow,
but the way of the wicked he thwarts.
Yahweh will reign forever,
Your God, O Zion, throughout all generations.
Praise Yah.

Luke 24

Now on the first day of the week, at very early dawn, they came back to the tomb bringing the fragrant spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone had been rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. And it happened that while they were perplexed about this, behold, two men in gleaming clothing stood near them. And as they were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, they said to them, "Why are you looking for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has been raised! Remember how he spoke to you while he was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of men who are sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise?" And they remembered his words, and when they returned from the tomb, they reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the others with them were telling these things to the apostles. And these words appeared to them as nonsense, and they refused to believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb, and bending over to look, he saw only the strips of linen cloth, and he went away to his home wondering what had happened.

And behold, on that same day, two of them were traveling to a village named Emmaus that was sixty stadia distant from Jerusalem, and they were conversing with one another about all these things that had happened. And it happened that while they were conversing, and discussing, Jesus himself also approached and began to go along with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. And he said to them, "What are these matters that you are discussing with one another as you are walking along?" And they stood still, looking sad. And one of them, named Cleopas, answered and said to him, "Are you the only one living near Jerusalem and not knowing the things that have happened in it in these days?" And he said to them, "What things?" So they said to him, "The things concerning Jesus the Nazarene, a man who was a prophet, powerful in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers handed him over to a sentence of death, and crucified him. But we were hoping that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. But in addition to all these things, this is the third day since these things took place. But also some women from among us astonished us, who were at the tomb early in the morning, and when they did not find his body, they came back saying they had seen even a vision of angels, who said that he was alive! And some of those with us went out to the tomb and found it like this, just as the women had also said, but him they did not see." And he said to them, "O foolish and slow in heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ suffer these things and enter into his glory?" And beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things concerning himself in all the scriptures. And they drew near to the village where they were going, and he acted as though he was going farther. And they urged him strongly, saying, "Stay with us, because it is getting toward evening, and by this time the day is far spent." And he went in to stay with them. And it happened that when he reclined at the table with them, he took the bread and gave thanks, and after breaking it, he gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him, and he became invisible to them. And they said to one another, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he was speaking with us on the road, while he was explaining the scriptures to us?" And they got up that same hour and returned to Jerusalem and found the eleven and those with them assembled, saying, "The Lord has really been raised, and has appeared to Simon!" And they began describing what happened on the road, and how he was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread.

And while they were saying these things, he himself stood there among them. But they were startled and became terrified, and thought they had seen a ghost. And he said to them, "Why are you frightened? And for what reason do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet, that I am I myself! Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see that I have." And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. And while they were still disbelieving because of joy and were marveling, he said to them, "Do you have anything to eat here?" So they gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in front of them.

And he said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything that is written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled." Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and said to them, "Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and would rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending out what was promised by my Father upon you, but you stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high."

And he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands, he blessed them. And it happened that while he was blessing them, he parted from them and was taken up into heaven. And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they were continually in the temple courts praising God.

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The reading for today is Judges 12-16; Psalm 146; Luke 24. The reading for today is Judges 12-16; Psalm 146; Luke 24. Judges 12 The men of Ephraim were called to arms, and they crossed over to Zaphon and said to Jephthah, Why did you cross over and make war against the Ammonites, and why did you not call us to go with you? We will burn down your house over you with fire. And Jephthah said to them, I and my people w ... Continue reading Week 15, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 26:49
Week 15, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/15/2 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/15/2 The reading for today is Judges 9-11; Psalm 17; Luke 23.

Judges 9

And Abimelech son of Jerub-Baal went to Shechem, to the relatives of his mother, and he said to them and to the house of his mother’s father, "Speak to the lords of Shechem, ‘What is better for you, that seventy men all from the sons of Jerub-Baal rule over you, or that one man rules over you?’ Remember that I am your bone and your flesh." And his mother’s relatives spoke all these words concerning him to all the lords of Shechem; and they supported Abimelech, for they said, "He is our relative." And they gave to him seventy pieces of silver from the temple of Baal-Berith, and Abimelech hired with them worthless and reckless men, and they followed him. And he went to his father’s house at Ophrah, and he killed his brothers, the sons of Jerub-Baal, seventy men, on one stone. But Jotham the youngest son of Jerub-Baal survived, because he hid himself. All the lords of Shechem and Beth-Millo gathered, and they went and made Abimelech as king, near the oak of the pillar that is at Shechem.

And they told Jotham, and he went up and stood on the top of Mount Gerizim, and he cried out loud and said to them, "Listen to me, lords of Shechem, so that God may listen to you.

"The trees went certainly,
    to anoint a king over themselves.
And they said to the olive tree,
    ‘Rule over us.’
And the olive tree replied,
    ‘Should I stop producing my oil,
        which by me gods and men are honored,
        to go sway over the trees?’
Then the trees said to the fig tree,
    ‘You, come rule over us.’
But the fig tree said to them,
    ‘Should I stop producing my sweetness,
        and my good crop,
        to go sway over the trees?’
And the trees said to the vine,
    ‘You, come rule over us.’
But the vine said to them,
    ‘Should I stop producing my wine
    that makes the gods and men happy,
        to go sway over the trees?’
So all the trees said to the thornbush,
    ‘You, come rule over us.’
And the thornbush said to the trees,
    ‘If in good faith you are anointing
    me as king over you,
        then come and take refuge in my shade;
    if not, may fire go out from the thornbush
        and devour the cedars of Lebanon.’

"So then, if you have acted in good faith and sincerity in making Abimelech king, and if you have dealt well with Jerub-Baal and his house, and have dealt with him according to his accomplishments for my father fought and risked his life for you and delivered you from the hand of Midian; but today you have risen against the house of my father and killed his sons, seventy men on one stone, and you have made Abimelech, the son of his slave woman, a king over the lords of Shechem, because he is your relative— if you have acted in good faith and sincerity with Jerub-Baal and his house this day, then rejoice in Abimelech, and let him also rejoice in you. But if not, let a fire come out from Abimelech and let it devour the lords of Shechem and Beth-Millo; and let a fire come out from the lords of Shechem, and from Beth-Millo, and let it devour Abimelech." And Jotham escaped and fled, and went to Beer; he remained there because of Abimelech his brother.

Abimelech ruled over Israel three years. And God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the lords of Shechem, and the lords of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech, so that the violence done to the seventy brothers of Abimelech would be avenged and their blood be placed on Abimelech their brother, who killed them, and on the lords of Shechem, who helped to kill his brothers. And the lords of Shechem set for him ambushes on the top of the mountains, and they robbed all who passed by them along the road; and it was reported to Abimelech.

And Gaal son of Ebel and his relatives came, and they crossed over into Shechem, and the lords of Shechem gave him confidence. They went out into the field and harvested their vineyards and trod them, and they held a festival. And they went into the temple of their god, and they ate and drank and cursed Abimelech. Then Gaal son of Ebed said, "Who is Abimelech, and who are we of Shechem that we should serve him? Is he not the son of Jerub-Baal, and is not Zebul his chief officer? Serve the men of Hamor the father of Shechem. Why should we serve him? If only this people were in my command! Then I would remove Abimelech, and I would have said, ‘Increase your army and come out!’"

When Zebul the commander of the city heard the words of Gaal son of Ebed, he became angry, and he sent messengers to Abimelech in Tormah, saying, "Look, Gaal son of Ebed and his relatives are coming to Shechem, and they are stirring up the city against you. So then, get up by night, you and the army that is with you, and lie in ambush in the field. And in the morning at sunrise, get up and rush the city; and look, when he and the troops who are with him come out to you, you must act according to whatever opportunity offers itself.

So Abimelech and all the army that was with him got up by night, and they lay in ambush against Shechem in four divisions. Gaal son of Ebed went out and stood at the entrance of the city gate, and Abimelech and the army that was with him got up from the ambush. When Gaal saw the army, he said to Zebul, "Look, people are coming down from the top of the mountains!" And Zebul said to him, "The shadows of the mountains look like people to you." And Gaal spoke again and said, "Look, people are coming down from Tabbur-erez, and one division is coming from the direction of Elon-meonenim." And Zebul said to him, "Where then is your boast, you who said, ‘Who is Abimelech that we should serve him?’ Is this not the army that you rejected? Please, go out now and fight against them." So Gaal went out before the lords of Shechem and fought against Abimelech. And Abimelech chased him, and he fled before him; many fell slain up to the entrance of the gate. So Abimelech resided at Arumah, and Zebul drove out Gaal and his relatives from living in Shechem.

On the next day the people went out to the field; and it was reported to Abimelech, so he took the army and divided them into three divisions, and he laid an ambush in the field. And he saw the people were coming out from the city, and he arose against them and killed them. Then Abimelech and the divisions that were with him dashed out and stood at the entrance of the city gate, and the two divisions dashed out against all who were in the field, and they killed them. Abimelech fought against the city all that day, and he captured the city and killed the people that were in it; then he broke down the city and sowed it with salt.

When all the lords of the tower of Shechem heard, they went to the vault of the temple of El-Berith. It was told to Abimelech that all the lords of the tower of Shechem had gathered. So Abimelech went up Mount Zalmon, he and all his army that were with him, and Abimelech took the ax in his hand and cut down a bundle of brushwood, and he lifted it and put it on his shoulder. And he said to the army that was with him, "What you have seen me do, quickly do also." So the whole army cut down each one branch for himself and followed Abimelech, and they put them against the vault and set the vault ablaze with fire on those inside, so that all the men of the tower of Shechem died, about a thousand men and women.

Then Abimelech went to Thebez, and he encamped against Thebez and captured it. But there was a strong tower in the middle of the city, and all the men, women, and lords of the city fled there and shut themselves in; and they went up to the roof of the tower. Abimelech came up to the tower and fought against it, and he came near the entrance of the tower to burn it with fire. But a certain woman threw an upper millstone on Abimelech’s head and cracked open his skull. He called quickly to the young man carrying his weapons, and he said to him, "Draw your sword and kill me, so that they will not say of me, ‘A woman killed him.’" So the young man stabbed him, and he died. When the men of Israel saw that Abimelech was dead, each one went to his home. So God repaid the wickedness that Abimelech committed against his father by killing his seventy brothers. And God also repaid all the wickedness of the men of Shechem on their heads, and the curse of Jotham son of Jerub-Baal fell on them.

Judges 10

After Abimelech, Tola son of Puah son of Dod, a man of Issachar, rose up to deliver Israel; and he was living at Shamir in the hill country of Ephraim. And he judged Israel twenty-three years. And he died and was buried in Shamir. After him Jair the Gileadite rose up, and he judged Israel twenty-two years. And he had thirty sons who would ride on thirty donkeys, and they had thirty towns that are in the land of Gilead that they called Havvoth Jair until this day. And Jair died and was buried in Kamon.

And again, the Israelites did evil in the eyes of Yahweh. They served the Baals, the Ashtaroth, the gods of Aram, Sidon, Moab, and the gods of the Ammonites and Philistines; they abandoned Yahweh and did not serve him. And the anger of Yahweh burned against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of the Philistines and the Ammonites. They crushed and oppressed the Israelites in that year; for eighteen years they crushed all the Israelites who were beyond the Jordan, in the land of the Amorites, which is in Gilead. The Ammonites crossed the Jordan to fight also against Judah, Benjamin, and the house of Ephraim; and Israel was very distressed.

Then the Israelites cried out to Yahweh, saying, "We have sinned against you; we have abandoned our God and served the Baals." And Yahweh said to the Israelites, "Did I not deliver you from the Egyptians, the Amorites, from the Ammonites, and from the Philistines? And when the Sidonians, the Amalekites, and the Maonites oppressed you, you cried out to me, and I delivered you from their hand. Yet you have abandoned me and served other gods. Therefore I will no longer deliver you. Go and cry out to the gods whom you have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your trouble." And the Israelites said to Yahweh, "We have sinned; do to us accordingly as you see fit; only please deliver us this day." So they removed the foreign gods from their midst and served Yahweh; and he could no longer bear the misery of Israel.

And the Ammonites were summoned, and they camped in Gilead. And the Israelites gathered and camped at Mizpah. The people, the ones commanding Gilead, said to each other, "Who is the man that will begin to fight against the Ammonites? He will be as head over all the inhabitants of Gilead."

Judges 11

Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior; he was the son of a prostitute, and Gilead was his father. Gilead’s wife also bore for him sons; and the sons of his wife grew up and drove Jephthah away, and they said to him, "You will not inherit the house of our father because you are the son of another woman." So Jephthah fled from the presence of his brothers, and he lived in the land of Tob. And outlaws gathered around Jephthah and went with him.

After a time the Ammonites made war with Israel. When the Ammonites made war with Israel, the elders of Gilead went to bring Jephthah from the land of Tob. And they said to Jephthah, "Come and be our commander, so that we may make war against the Ammonites." Jephthah said to the elders, "Did you not shun me and drive me out from the house of my father? Why do you come to me now when you have trouble?" And the elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, "That being so, we have now returned to you, that you may go with us to fight against the Ammonites and become for us as head of all the inhabitants of Gilead." So Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, "If you bring me back to fight against the Ammonites, and Yahweh gives them over to me, will I be your head?" And the elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, "Yahweh will be a witness between us; we will act according to your word." So Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head and commander over them. And Jephthah spoke all his words before Yahweh at Mizpah.

And Jephthah sent messengers to the king of the Ammonites, saying, "What is between you and me that you have come to me to make war against my land?" And the king of the Ammonites said to Jephthah’s messengers, "Because Israel took my land from the Arnon up to the Jabbok and the Jordan when they came up from Egypt; so then, restore it peacefully." Once again Jephthah sent messengers to the king of the Ammonites, and he said to him, "Thus says Jephthah, ‘Israel did not take the land of Moab or the land of the Ammonites, because when they came up from Egypt, Israel went through the wilderness to the Red Sea and went to Kadesh. Israel sent messengers to the king of Edom, saying, "Please let us cross through your land," but the king of Edom would not listen. And they also sent messengers to the king of Moab, but he was not willing. So Israel stayed in Kadesh. Then they traveled through the wilderness, went around the land of Edom and Moab, and came to the east side of the land of Moab, and they encamped beyond the Arnon; and they did not go into the territory of Moab because the Arnon was the border of Moab. Israel sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites, king of Heshbon; and Israel said to him, ‘Please let us cross through your land to our country.’ But Sihon did not trust Israel to cross through his territory, so Sihon gathered all his people and then encamped at Jahaz; and he made war with Israel. And Yahweh, the God of Israel, gave Sihon and all his people into the hand of Israel, and they defeated them; and Israel occupied all the land of the Amorites inhabiting that land. They occupied all the territory of the Amorites from the Arnon up to the Jabbok, and from the wilderness up to the Jordan. So then Yahweh, the God of Israel, has driven out the Amorites from before his people Israel, and you want to possess it? Do you not possess what Chemosh your god gave you to possess? Whoever Yahweh our God has driven out before us, we will possess it. So then, are you any better than Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab? Did he ever quarrel with Israel, or did he ever make war against them? When Israel lived in Heshbon and its villages, and in Aroer and its villages, and in all the towns that are along the Arnon, for three hundred years, why did you not recover them at that time? I have not sinned against you; but you are the one who is doing wrong by making war against me. Let Yahweh judge today between the Israelites and the Ammonites." But the king of the Ammonites did not listen to the message that Jephthah sent to him.

And the Spirit of Yahweh came upon Jephthah, and he passed through Gilead and Manasseh. He passed through Mizpah of Gilead, and from Mizpah of Gilead he passed through to the Ammonites. And Jephthah made a vow to Yahweh, and he said, "If indeed you will give the Ammonites into my hand, whatever comes out from the doors of my house to meet me when I return safely from the Ammonites will be Yahweh’s, and I will offer it as a burnt offering." And Jephthah crossed over to the Ammonites to make war against them; and Yahweh gave them into his hand. And he defeated them with a very great blow, from Aroer as far as Minnith, twenty towns, up to Abel Keramim. And the Ammonites were subdued before the Israelites.

Jephthah came to Mizpah, to his house, and behold his daughter came out to meet him with tambourines and dancing. She was his only child; he did not have a son or daughter except her. And the moment he saw her, he tore his clothes and said, "Ah! My daughter, you have caused me to bow down, and you have become my trouble. I made an oath to Yahweh, and I cannot take it back." She said to him, "My father, you made an oath to Yahweh. Do to me according to what has gone out from your mouth, since Yahweh gave vengeance to you against your enemies, the Ammonites." And she said to her father, "Let this thing be done for me: grant me two months so that I may go wander on the mountains and lament over my virginity, I and my companions. And he said, "Go." He sent her away for two months, and she went with her friends, and she lamented over her virginity on the mountains. At the end of the two months she returned to her father, and he did to her according to his vow; and she did not sleep with a man. And it became an annual custom in Israel for the daughters of Israel to go and lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite for forty days of the year.

Psalm 17

A prayer of David.

O Yahweh, hear a just cause.
Hear my cry; heed my prayer
I make without deceitful lips.
Let my vindication come forth from you;
let your eyes see fairness.
You have tried my heart;
you have examined me by night;
you have tested me; you found nothing.
I have decided that my mouth will not transgress.
As for the works of humankind,
by the word of your lips,
I have kept from the ways of the violent.
I have held my steps in your path
My feet will not slip.
As for me, I have called on you
because you will answer me, O God.
Incline your ear to me.
Hear my words.
Show wondrously your acts of loyal love,
O Savior of those who take refuge
at your right hand
from those who rise up against them.
Keep me as the apple of your eye.
Hide me in the shadow of your wings
from the presence of the wicked who destroy me,
those enemies against my life,
they that surround me.
They have shut off their calloused heart;
with their mouth they speak arrogantly.
Now they surround us at our every step.
They intend
to pin me to the ground.
He is like a lion; he longs to tear apart,
and like a strong lion crouching in hiding places.
Rise up, O Yahweh, confront him.
Make him bow down.
Rescue with your sword my life from the wicked,
from men by your hand, O Yahweh, from men of this world.
Their share is in this life, and you fill their stomach with your treasure.
They are satisfied with children.
They bequeath their excess to their children.
By contrast, I in righteousness shall see your face.
Upon awakening I will be satisfied seeing your form.

Luke 23

And the whole assembly of them rose up and brought him before Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, "We have found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to pay taxes to Caesar, and saying he himself is Christ, a king!" And Pilate asked him, saying, "Are you the king of the Jews?" And he answered him and said, "You say so." So Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, "I find no basis for an accusation against this man." But they insisted, saying, "He incites the people, teaching throughout the whole of Judea and beginning from Galilee as far as here."

Now when Pilate heard this, he asked if the man was a Galilean. And when he found out that he was from the jurisdiction of Herod, he sent him over to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem in those days. And when Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had been wanting to see him for a long time, because he had heard about him and was hoping to see some miracle performed by him. So he questioned him at considerable length, but he answered nothing to him. And the chief priests and the scribes were standing there vehemently accusing him. And Herod with his soldiers also treated him with contempt, and after mocking him and dressing him in glistening clothing, he sent him back to Pilate. And both Herod and Pilate became friends with one another on that same day, for they had previously been enemies of one another.

So Pilate called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people and said to them, "You brought me this man as one who was misleading the people, and behold, when I examined him before you, I found nothing in this man as basis for the accusation which you are making against him. But neither did Herod, because he sent him back to us. And behold, nothing deserving death has been done by him. Therefore I will punish him and release him." But they all cried out in unison, saying, "Take this man away, and release for us Barabbas!" (who had been thrown in prison because of a certain insurrection that had taken place in the city, and for murder). And Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again, but they kept crying out, saying, "Crucify! Crucify him!" So he said to them a third time, "Why? What wrong has this man done? I found no basis for an accusation deserving death in him. Therefore I will punish him and release him." But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he be crucified. And their cries prevailed. And Pilate decided that their demand should be granted. And he released the one who had been thrown into prison because of insurrection and murder, whom they were asking for, but Jesus he handed over to their will.

And as they led him away, they seized Simon, a certain man of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and placed the cross on him, to carry it behind Jesus. And a great crowd of the people were following him, and of women who were mourning and lamenting him. But turning to them, Jesus said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children! For behold, days are coming in which they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that did not give birth, and the breasts that did not nurse!’ Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us!’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’ For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?"

And two other criminals were also led away to be executed with him. And when they came to the place that is called "The Skull," there they crucified him, and the criminals, the one on his right and the other on his left. [[But Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."]] And they cast lots to divide his clothes. And the people stood there watching, but the rulers also ridiculed him, saying, "He saved others; let him save himself, if this man is the Christ of God, the Chosen One!" And the soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine and saying, "If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself!" And there was also an inscription over him, "This is the king of the Jews."

And one of the criminals who were hanged there reviled him, saying, "Are you not the Christ? Save yourself—and us!" But the other answered and rebuked him, saying, "Do you not even fear God, because you are undergoing the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for what we have done. But this man has done nothing wrong!" And he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom!" And he said to him, "Truly I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise."

And by this time it was about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour because the light of the sun failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn apart down the middle. And Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, "Father, into your hands I entrust my spirit!" And after he said this, he expired.

Now when the centurion saw what had happened, he began to praise God, saying, "Certainly this man was righteous!" And all the crowds that had come together for this spectacle, when they saw the things that had happened, returned home beating their breasts. And all his acquaintances, and the women who had followed him from Galilee who saw these things, stood at a distance.

And behold, a man named Joseph, who was a member of the council, a good and righteous man (this man was not consenting to their plan and deed), from Arimathea, a Judean town, who was looking forward to the kingdom of God. This man approached Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. And he took it down and wrapped it in a linen cloth and placed him in a tomb cut into the rock where no one had ever been placed. And it was the day of preparation, and the Sabbath was drawing near. And the women who had been accompanying him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was placed. And they returned and prepared fragrant spices and perfumes, and on the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

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The reading for today is Judges 9-11; Psalm 17; Luke 23. The reading for today is Judges 9-11; Psalm 17; Luke 23. Judges 9 And Abimelech son of Jerub-Baal went to Shechem, to the relatives of his mother, and he said to them and to the house of his mother’s father, Speak to the lords of Shechem, ‘What is better for you, that seventy men all from the sons of Jerub-Baal rule over you, or that one man rules ove ... Continue reading Week 15, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 25:43
Week 15, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/15/1 Mon, 09 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/15/1 The reading for today is Judges 7-8; Luke 22.

Judges 7

Then Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon) rose early, and all the army that was with him. They were camped beside the spring of Harod; the camp of Midian was north of the hill of Moreh, in the valley. And Yahweh said to Gideon, "The troops that are with you are too many for me to give Midian into their hands; Israel will boast, saying, ‘My hand has delivered me.’ So then, please proclaim in the hearing of the troops, saying, ‘Whoever is fearful and trembling, let him return and depart from the Mount of Gilead.’" About twenty-two thousand troops returned, and ten thousand remained. And Yahweh said to Gideon, "There are still too many troops; bring them down to the water, and I will sift through them for you there. For whomever I say to you, ‘This one will go with you,’ he will go with you; and for all whom I say to you, ‘This one will not go with you,’ he will not go." So he brought down the troops to the water, and Yahweh said to Gideon, "You must separate everyone who laps up the water to drink with his tongue like a dog from those who kneel." The number of those lapping up the water with their hand to their mouth was three hundred men; all the rest of the troops kneeled to drink the water. And Yahweh said to Gideon, "I will deliver you with the three hundred men lapping up the water; I will give Midian into your hand, so let the other troops go, each to his own place. So they took their provisions and their trumpets into their hand, and he sent all the men of Israel, each one, to his tent; but three hundred of the men he kept; the camp of Midian was below him in the valley.

And that night Yahweh said to him, "Get up; go down against the camp, for I have given it into your hand. But if you are afraid, go down to the camp with Purah your servant, and you will hear what they say; and afterward you will have courage, and you will go down against the camp." Then he went down with Purah his servant to the outpost of the armed men that were in the camp. Now the Midianites, Amalekites, and all the people of the east were lying in the valley, like a great multitude of locusts; their camels were without number, as numerous as the sand that is on the shore of the sea. When Gideon came, a man was recounting a dream to his friend, and he said, "Behold, I had a dream; a round loaf of barley bread was tumbling into the camp of Midian, and it came up to the tent, it struck it, and it fell and turned it upside down so that the tent fell." His friend answered him and said, "This cannot be anything except the sword of Gideon son of Jehoash, a man of Israel; God has given Midian and the entire camp into his hand."

When Gideon heard the recounting of the dream and its interpretation, he bowed down and returned to the camp of Israel; and he said, "Get up, for Yahweh has given the camp of Midian into your hand." He divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put trumpets and empty jars in everyone’s hand, with torches inside the jars. And he said to them, "Watch me and do the same. When I come to the edge of the camp, do just as I do. When I and all who are with me blow on the trumpet, you must also blow on the trumpets and surround the camp, and you must say, ‘To Yahweh and to Gideon!’"

So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the edge of the camp at the beginning of the middle night-watch, when they had just finished setting up the guards, and they blew on the trumpets and smashed the jars that were in their hands. When three companies blew on the trumpets and broke the jars, they held in their left hand the torches and in their right hand the trumpets for blowing, and they cried, "A sword for Yahweh and for Gideon!" And each stood in his place all around the camp, and all the camp ran, and they cried out as they fled. When they blew the three hundred trumpets, Yahweh set the sword of each one against his neighbor throughout the whole camp, and the camp fled as far as Beth Shittah toward Zererah, up to Abel Meholah, the border by Tabbath. And the men of Israel were called from Naphtali, from Asher, and from all of Manasseh, and they pursued after Midian.

And Gideon sent messengers throughout all the hill country of Ephraim, saying, "Come down to oppose Midian, and capture from them the waters up to Beth Barah and the Jordan." He called out all the men of Ephraim, and they captured the waters up to Beth Barah and the Jordan. And they captured the two commanders of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb, and they killed Oreb at the rock of Oreb, and they killed Zeeb at the wine press of Zeeb, while they chased Midian; and they brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon from beyond the Jordan.

Judges 8

The men of Ephraim said to him, "What is this thing you have done to us, not calling us when you went to fight against the Midianites?" And they quarreled with him severely. And he said to them, "What I have done now in comparison with you? Are not the gleanings of Ephraim better than the grape harvest of Abiezer? God has given into your hand the commanders of Midian, Oreb, and Zeeb. What have I been able to do in comparison with you?" And their anger against him subsided when he said that.

Then Gideon came to the Jordan, crossing it with the three hundred men who were with him, weary and pursuing. He said to the men of Succoth, "Please give loaves of bread to the people who are following me, for they are weary, and I am pursuing Zebah and Zalmunna, the kings of Midian." The officials of Succoth said, "Is the hand of Zebah and Zalmunna in your hand now, that we should give bread to your army?" Gideon said, "Well then, when Yahweh gives Zebah and Zalmunna into my hand, I will trample your flesh with the thorns and briers of the wilderness." He went from there to Penuel, and he spoke similarly to them; and the men of Penuel answered him just as the men of Succoth answered. And he said also to the men of Penuel, saying, "When I return safely, I will tear down this tower."

Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor, and their armies with them, about fifteen thousand men remained from the entire army of the people of the east; those that fell in battle were one hundred and twenty thousand swordsmen. And Gideon went up the route of those who dwell in tents on the east of Nobah and Jogbehah, and he attacked the army when it was off its guard. And Zebah and Zalmunna fled, and he pursued them and captured the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and he routed the entire army.

Then Gideon son of Jehoash returned from the battle by way of the ascent of Heres. He captured a young man from Succoth and questioned him. The young man listed for him the commanders of Succoth and its elders, seventy-seven men. He came to the men of Succoth, and he said, "Here is Zebah and Zalmunna, about whom you taunted me, saying, ‘Is the palm of Zebah and Zalmunna in your hand now, that we should give food to your weary men?’" He took the elders of the city and the thorn bushes and briers of the wilderness, and he trampled the men of Succoth with them. He broke down the tower of Penuel, and he killed the men of the city.

And he said to Zebah and Zalmunna, "What type were the men whom you killed at Tabor?" And they said, "They were like you; each one of them had the appearance of the sons of the king." He said, "They were my brothers, the sons of my mother. As Yahweh lives, if you had kept them alive I would not kill you." And he said to Jether, his firstborn, "Get up, kill them." But the boy did not draw his sword, for he was afraid because he was still a boy. Zebah and Zalmunna said, "Get up yourself, and strike us, for as is the man, so is his power." So Gideon got up and killed Zebah and Zalmunna, and he took the crescent ornaments that were on the necks of their camels.

The men of Israel said to Gideon, "Rule over us, both you and your sons, and your sons’ son, for you have delivered us from the hand of Midian. But Gideon said to them, "I will not rule over you, and my son will not rule over you; Yahweh will rule over you." And Gideon said to them, "Let me make a request of you, that each of you give to me an ornamental ring from his plunder." (They had ornamental rings of gold, because they were Ishmaelites.) They said, "We will gladly give them," and they spread out a garment, and everyone threw there an ornamental ring of his plunder. The weight of the ornamental rings of gold that he requested was one thousand seven hundred shekels of gold, apart from the crescents, pendants, and purple garments that were on the kings of Midian, and apart from the pendants that were on the necks of their camels. Gideon made an ephod out of it, and he put it in his town in Ophrah, and all Israel prostituted themselves to it there, and it became a snare to Gideon and his family. And Midian was subdued before the Israelites, and they did not again lift up their head, and the land rested for forty years in the days of Gideon.

Jerub-Baal son of Joash lived in his own house. Now Gideon had seventy sons, his own offspring, for he had many wives. His concubine who was in Shechem also bore for him a son, and he named him Abimelech. And Gideon son of Joash died at a good old age, and he was buried in the tomb of Jehoash his father, in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

And it happened, as soon as Gideon died, the Israelites returned and prostituted themselves after the Baals, and they made for themselves Baal-Berith as god. The Israelites did not remember Yahweh their God, who had delivered them from the hand of their enemies from all around, nor did they show favor to the house of Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon) in accordance with all the good that he did for Israel.

Luke 22

Now the feast of Unleavened Bread (which is called Passover) was drawing near. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how they could destroy him, because they were afraid of the people.

And Satan entered into Judas, the one called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve. And he went away and discussed with the chief priests and officers of the temple guard how he could betray him to them. And they were delighted, and came to an agreement with him to give him money. And he agreed, and began looking for a favorable opportunity to betray him to them apart from the crowd.

And the day of the feast of Unleavened Bread came, on which it was necessary for the Passover lamb to be sacrificed. And he sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and prepare the Passover for us, so that we may eat it. So they said to him, "Where do you want us to prepare it?" And he said to them, "Behold, when you have entered into the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him into the house which he enters. And you will say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, "Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?"’ And he will show you a large furnished upstairs room. Make preparations there." So they went and found everything just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.

And when the hour came, he reclined at the table, and the apostles with him. And he said to them, "I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you that I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God." And he took in hand a cup, and after giving thanks he said, "Take this and share it among yourselves. For I tell you, from now on I will not drink of the product of the vine until the kingdom of God comes."

And he took bread, and after giving thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me." And in the same way the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood which is poured out for you.

"But behold, the hand of the one who is betraying me is with me on the table! For the Son of Man is going according to what has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!" And they began to debate with one another who then of them it could be who was going to do this.

And a dispute also occurred among them as to which of them was recognized as being greatest. So he said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who have authority over them are called benefactors. But you are not to be like this! But the one who is greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the one who leads like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who reclines at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at the table? But I am in your midst as the one who serves.

"And you are the ones who have remained with me in my trials, and I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred on me, that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

"Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded to sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail. And you, when once you have turned back, strengthen your brothers." But he said to him, "Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death!" And he said, "I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow today until you have denied three times that you know me!"

And he said to them, "When I sent you out without a money bag and a traveler’s bag and sandals, you did not lack anything, did you?" And they said, "Nothing." And he said to them, "But now the one who has a money bag must take it, and likewise a traveler’s bag. And the one who does not have a sword must sell his cloak and buy one. For I tell you that this that is written must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was counted with the criminals.’ For indeed, what is written about me is being fulfilled." So they said, "Lord, behold, here are two swords!" And he said to them, "It is adequate."

And he went away and proceeded, according to his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples also followed him. And when he came to the place, he said to them, "Pray that you will not enter into temptation." And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw and knelt down and began to pray, saying, "Father, if you are willing, take away this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will but yours be done." [[And an angel from heaven appeared to him, strengthening him. And being in anguish, he began praying more fervently and his sweat became like drops of blood falling down to the ground.]] And when he got up from the prayer and came to the disciples, he found them sleeping from sorrow, and he said to them, "Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you will not enter into temptation!"

While he was still speaking, behold, there came a crowd, and the one named Judas, one of the twelve, leading them. And he approached Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said to him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?" And when those around him saw what was about to happen, they said, "Lord, should we strike with the sword?" And a certain one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus answered and said, "Stop! No more of this!" And he touched his ear and healed him. And Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the temple and elders who had come out against him, "Have you come out with swords and clubs, as against a robber? Every day when I was with you in the temple courts, you did not stretch out your hands against me! But this is your hour and the domain of darkness!"

And they arrested him and led him away and brought him into the house of the high priest. But Peter was following at a distance. And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. And a certain female slave, seeing him sitting in the light and looking intently at him, said, "This man also was with him!" But he denied it, saying, "Woman, I do not know him!" And after a short time another person saw him and said, "You also are one of them!" But Peter said, "Man, I am not!" And after about one hour had passed, someone else was insisting, saying, "In truth this man also was with him, because he is also a Galilean!" But Peter said, "Man, I do not know what you are talking about!" And immediately, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. And the Lord turned around and looked intently at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he said to him, "Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times." And he went outside and wept bitterly.

And the men who were guarding him began to mock him while they beat him, and after blindfolding him they repeatedly asked him, saying, "Prophesy! Who is the one who struck you?" And they were saying many other things against him, reviling him.

And when day came, the council of elders of the people gathered, both chief priests and scribes, and they led him away to their Sanhedrin, saying, "If you are the Christ, tell us!" But he said to them, "If I tell you, you will never believe, and if I ask you, you will never answer! But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God." So they all said, "Are you then the Son of God?" And he said to them, "You say that I am." And they said, "Why do we have need of further testimony? For we ourselves have heard it from his mouth!"

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Continue reading Week 9, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 22:50 Week 9, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/9/3 Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/9/3 The reading for today is Numbers 1-2; Psalm 64; Hebrews 11. ]]> The reading for today is Numbers 1-2; Psalm 64; Hebrews 11. ... Continue reading Week 9, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 18:34 Week 9, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/9/2 Tue, 27 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/9/2 The reading for today is Leviticus 26-27; Psalm 112; Hebrews 10. ]]> The reading for today is Leviticus 26-27; Psalm 112; Hebrews 10. ... Continue reading Week 9, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 18:48 Week 9, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/9/1 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/9/1 The reading for today is Leviticus 24-25; Psalm 81; Hebrews 9. ]]> The reading for today is Leviticus 24-25; Psalm 81; Hebrews 9. ... Continue reading Week 9, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 16:41 Week 8, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/8/5 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/8/5 The reading for today is Leviticus 21-23; Hebrews 8. ]]> The reading for today is Leviticus 21-23; Hebrews 8. ... Continue reading Week 8, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 17:56 Week 8, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/8/4 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/8/4 The reading for today is Leviticus 19-20; Hebrews 7. ]]> The reading for today is Leviticus 19-20; Hebrews 7. ... Continue reading Week 8, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 14:40 Week 8, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/8/3 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/8/3 The reading for today is Leviticus 15-18; Psalm 31; Hebrews 6. ]]> The reading for today is Leviticus 15-18; Psalm 31; Hebrews 6. ... Continue reading Week 8, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 24:18 Week 8, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/8/2 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/8/2 The reading for today is Leviticus 12-14; Psalm 111; Hebrews 5. ]]> The reading for today is Leviticus 12-14; Psalm 111; Hebrews 5. ... Continue reading Week 8, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 25:00 Week 8, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/8/1 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/8/1 The reading for today is Leviticus 8-11; Psalm 110; Hebrews 4. ]]> The reading for today is Leviticus 8-11; Psalm 110; Hebrews 4. ... Continue reading Week 8, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 22:09 Week 7, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/7/5 Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/7/5 The reading for today is Leviticus 4-7; Hebrews 3. ]]> The reading for today is Leviticus 4-7; Hebrews 3. ... Continue reading Week 7, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 23:35 Week 7, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/7/4 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/7/4 The reading for today is Leviticus 1-3; Psalm 27; Hebrews 2. ]]> The reading for today is Leviticus 1-3; Psalm 27; Hebrews 2. ... Continue reading Week 7, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 13:29 Week 7, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/7/3 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/7/3 The reading for today is Exodus 38-40; Hebrews 1. ]]> The reading for today is Exodus 38-40; Hebrews 1. ... Continue reading Week 7, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 18:03 Week 7, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/7/2 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/7/2 The reading for today is Exodus 35-37; Psalm 26; Philippians 4. ]]> The reading for today is Exodus 35-37; Psalm 26; Philippians 4. ... Continue reading Week 7, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 17:30 Week 7, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/7/1 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/7/1 The reading for today is Exodus 32-34; Philippians 3. ]]> The reading for today is Exodus 32-34; Philippians 3. ... Continue reading Week 7, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 18:27 Week 6, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/6/5 Fri, 09 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/6/5 The reading for today is Exodus 28-31; Philippians 2. ]]> The reading for today is Exodus 28-31; Philippians 2. ... Continue reading Week 6, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 25:52 Week 6, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/6/4 Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/6/4 The reading for today is Exodus 25-27; Psalm 90; Philippians 1. ]]> The reading for today is Exodus 25-27; Psalm 90; Philippians 1. ... Continue reading Week 6, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 19:19 Week 6, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/6/3 Wed, 07 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/6/3 The reading for today is Exodus 22-24; Psalm 109; Ephesians 6. ]]> The reading for today is Exodus 22-24; Psalm 109; Ephesians 6. ... Continue reading Week 6, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 18:57 Week 6, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/6/2 Tue, 06 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/6/2 The reading for today is Exodus 19-21; Psalm 33; Ephesians 5. ]]> The reading for today is Exodus 19-21; Psalm 33; Ephesians 5. ... Continue reading Week 6, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 18:20 Week 6, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/6/1 Mon, 05 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/6/1 The reading for today is Exodus 16-18; Ephesians 4. ]]> The reading for today is Exodus 16-18; Ephesians 4. ... Continue reading Week 6, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 16:04 Week 5, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/5/5 Fri, 02 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/5/5 The reading for today is Exodus 13-15; Psalm 114; Ephesians 3. ]]> The reading for today is Exodus 13-15; Psalm 114; Ephesians 3. ... Continue reading Week 5, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 16:28 Week 5, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/5/4 Thu, 01 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/5/4 The reading for today is Exodus 10-12; Ephesians 2. ]]> The reading for today is Exodus 10-12; Ephesians 2. ... Continue reading Week 5, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 18:15 Week 5, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/5/3 Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/5/3 The reading for today is Exodus 7-9; Psalm 105; Ephesians 1. ]]> The reading for today is Exodus 7-9; Psalm 105; Ephesians 1. ... Continue reading Week 5, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 21:45 Week 5, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/5/2 Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/5/2 The reading for today is Exodus 4-6; Galatians 6. ]]> The reading for today is Exodus 4-6; Galatians 6. ... Continue reading Week 5, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 16:35 Week 5, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/5/1 Mon, 29 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/5/1 The reading for today is Exodus 1-3; Galatians 5. ]]> The reading for today is Exodus 1-3; Galatians 5. ... Continue reading Week 5, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 13:59 Week 4, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/4/5 Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/4/5 The reading for today is Genesis 49-50; Galatians 4. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 49-50; Galatians 4. ... Continue reading Week 4, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 13:21 Week 4, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/4/4 Thu, 25 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/4/4 The reading for today is Genesis 47-48; Psalm 25; Galatians 3. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 47-48; Psalm 25; Galatians 3. ... Continue reading Week 4, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 16:18 Week 4, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/4/3 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/4/3 The reading for today is Genesis 45-46; Psalm 108; Galatians 2. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 45-46; Psalm 108; Galatians 2. ... Continue reading Week 4, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 14:14 Week 4, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/4/2 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/4/2 The reading for today is Genesis 43-44; Psalm 24; Galatians 1. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 43-44; Psalm 24; Galatians 1. ... Continue reading Week 4, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 16:39 Week 4, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/4/1 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/4/1 The reading for today is Genesis 41-42; Mark 16. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 41-42; Mark 16. ... Continue reading Week 4, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 17:04 Week 3, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/3/5 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/3/5 The reading for today is Genesis 38-40; Mark 15. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 38-40; Mark 15. ... Continue reading Week 3, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 18:16 Week 3, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/3/4 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/3/4 The reading for today is Genesis 35-37; Psalm 12; Mark 14. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 35-37; Psalm 12; Mark 14. ... Continue reading Week 3, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 25:00 Week 3, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/3/3 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/3/3 The reading for today is Genesis 32-34; Psalm 145; Mark 13. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 32-34; Psalm 145; Mark 13. ... Continue reading Week 3, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 19:54 Week 3, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/3/2 Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/3/2 The reading for today is Genesis 30-31; Psalm 11; Mark 12. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 30-31; Psalm 11; Mark 12. ... Continue reading Week 3, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 22:04 Week 3, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/3/1 Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/3/1 The reading for today is Genesis 28-29; Mark 11. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 28-29; Mark 11. ... Continue reading Week 3, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 13:06 Week 2, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/2/5 Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/2/5 The reading for today is Genesis 26-27; Mark 10. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 26-27; Mark 10. ... Continue reading Week 2, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 19:48 Week 2, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/2/4 Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/2/4 The reading for today is Genesis 24-25; Psalm 4; Mark 9. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 24-25; Psalm 4; Mark 9. ... Continue reading Week 2, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 22:27 Week 2, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/2/3 Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/2/3 The reading for today is Genesis 21-23; Psalm 107; Mark 8. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 21-23; Psalm 107; Mark 8. ... Continue reading Week 2, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 20:13 Week 2, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/2/2 Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/2/2 The reading for today is Genesis 19-20; Psalm 1; Mark 7. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 19-20; Psalm 1; Mark 7. ... Continue reading Week 2, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 16:45 Week 2, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/2/1 Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/2/1 The reading for today is Genesis 16-18; Mark 6. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 16-18; Mark 6. ... Continue reading Week 2, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 19:16 Week 1, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/1/5 Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/1/5 The reading for today is Genesis 12-15; Psalm 148; Mark 5. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 12-15; Psalm 148; Mark 5. ... Continue reading Week 1, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 19:37 Week 1, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/1/4 Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/1/4 The reading for today is Genesis 9-11; Mark 4. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 9-11; Mark 4. ... Continue reading Week 1, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 17:35 Week 1, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/1/3 Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/1/3 The reading for today is Genesis 6-8; Psalm 104; Mark 3. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 6-8; Psalm 104; Mark 3. ... Continue reading Week 1, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 19:31 Week 1, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/1/2 Tue, 02 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/1/2 The reading for today is Genesis 3-5; Mark 2. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 3-5; Mark 2. ... Continue reading Week 1, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 16:04 Week 1, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/1/1 Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/1/1 The reading for today is Genesis 1-2; Psalm 19; Mark 1. ]]> The reading for today is Genesis 1-2; Psalm 19; Mark 1. ... Continue reading Week 1, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 19:39