Week 14, Day 2 in the LEB

Apr 3, 2017

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The reading for today is Joshua 18-21; Psalm 15; Luke 18.

Scripture quotations are from the Lexham English Bible. Copyright 2012 Logos Bible Software. Lexham is a registered trademark of Logos Bible Software.

Joshua 18

The entire congregation of the Israelites assembled at Shiloh, and they set up there the tent of meeting, and the land was subdued before them. And seven tribes remained among the Israelites who had not been apportioned their inheritance. And Joshua said to the Israelites, "How long will you be slack about going to take possession of the land that Yahweh, the God of your ancestors, has given you? Provide three men from each tribe, and I will send them so that they may begin to go through the land and write a description of it according to their inheritance, and let them come to me. They will divide it among themselves into seven portions; Judah will maintain its border from the south, and the house of Joseph will maintain its border from the north. Describe the land in seven divisions, and bring it to me here; I will cast lots for you here before Yahweh our God. The Levites among you have no portion, for their inheritance is the priesthood of Yahweh; Gad, Reuben, and the half-tribe of Manasseh received their inheritance beyond the Jordan to the east, which Moses Yahweh’s servant gave to them."

And the men went immediately, and Joshua commanded the ones going to describe the land, saying, "Go and walk about through the land, write a description, and return to me, and here I will cast a lot for you before Yahweh at Shiloh." And the men went and passed through the land, and they described the cities in seven divisions in a book; and they came to Joshua to the camp at Shiloh, and Joshua cast a lot for them at Shiloh before Yahweh, and there he divided the land for the Israelites, to each a portion.

And the allotment of the tribe of Benjamin came up according to their families, and the border of their allotment fell between the descendants of Judah and the descendants of Joseph. Their northern border began at the Jordan and went up to the slope of Jericho on the north and continued into the hill country to the west; it ends at the wilderness of Beth Aven. The border passes on from there to Luz, to the slope of Luz to the south (that is, Bethel); then the border goes down to Ataroth Addar to the mountain that is south of Lower Beth-Horon. Then the border changes direction and turns to the western side southward, from the mountain that is opposite Beth-Horon to the south. It ends at Kiriath Baal (that is, Kiriath Jearim), a town belonging to the descendants of Judah. This is the western side. The southern side begins on the outskirts of Kiriath Jearim, and the border continues to the west to the spring of the waters of Nephtoah; the border goes down to the foot of the mountain, which is opposite the Valley of Ben Hinnom, which is in the valley of Rephaim to the north; then it does down the valley of Hinnom to the slope of the Jebusites to the south, and then it goes down to En Rogel. It changes direction from the north, and it continues to En Shemesh; it goes out to Geliloth, which is opposite the ascent of Adummim, and it goes down to the stone of Bohan, son of Reuben. It passes on to the slope opposite the Arabah to the north, and it goes down to the Arabah. The border passes on to the slope of Beth-hoglah to the north and ends at the north bay of the Salt Sea at the south end of the Jordan. This is the southern border. The Jordan forms its border on the eastern side. This is the inheritance of the tribe of Benjamin, its borders that surrounds them, according to their families.

Now the towns of the tribes of the descendants of Benjamin, according to their families, were Jericho, Beth-hoglah, Emek Keziz, Beth Arabah, Zemaraim, Bethel, Avvim, Parah, Ophrah, Kephar Ammoni, Ophni, and Geba; twelve cities and their villages.

Gibeon, Ramah, Beeroth, Mizpeh, Kephirah, Mozah, Rekem, Irpeel, Taralah, Zela, Haeleph, Jebus (that is, Jerusalem), Gibeah, and Kiriath; fourteen cities and their villages. This is the inheritance of the descendants of Benjamin according to their families.

Joshua 19

The second allotment fell for Simeon, for the tribe of the descendants of Simeon, according to their families. And their inheritance was in the midst of the inheritance of the descendants of Judah. And they had as their inheritance Beersheba, Sheba, Moladah, Hazar Shual, Balah, Ezem, Eltolad, Bethul, Hormah, Ziklag, Beth Marcaboth, Hazar Susah, Beth Lebaoth, and Sharuhen; thirteen cities and their villages. Ain, Rimmon, Ether, and Ashan; four cities and their villages, and all the villages that were around these towns up to Baalat-Beor, Ramath of the Negev. This was the inheritance of the tribe of the descendants of Simeon according to their families. Part of the portion allotted to the descendants of Judah became the inheritance of the descendants of Simeon because the portion for the descendants of Judah was too large for them, so the descendants of Simeon inherited from their inheritance.

The third allotment came up for the descendants of Zebulun according to their families. The border of their inheritance went up to Sarid. Their border goes up to the west, to Maralah; it touches Dabbesheth, then the wadi that is opposite Jokneam. It turns from Sarid to the east to the sunrise, to the border of Kislot-Tabor; it continues to Daberath and goes up to Japhia. From there it passes along to the east toward the sunrise, to Gath Hepher and to Eth Kazin, and continuing to Rimmon, it turns to Neah; it changes direction from the north of Hannathon, and it ends at the valley of Yiptah-El; Kattath, Nahalal, Shimron, Idalah, and Bethlehem; twelve cities and their villages. This is the inheritance of the descendants of Zebulun according to their families, these cities and their villages.

The fourth allotment fell for Issachar, for the descendants of Issachar, according to their families. Their border went to Jezreel, Chesulloth, Shunem, Hapharaim, Shion, Anaharath, Rabbith, Kishion, Ebez, Remeth, En Gannim, En Haddah, and Beth Pazzez; and the border touches Tabor, Shahazumah, and Beth Shemesh. Its border ends at the Jordan; sixteen cities and their villages. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the descendants of Issachar according to their families, the cities and their villages.

The fifth allotment fell for the tribe of the descendants of Asher according to their families. Their border was Helkath, Hali, Beten, Acshaph, Allamelech, Amad, and Mishal; it touches Carmel to the west, and Shihor-Libnat. Then it turns eastward to Beth-dagon and touches Zebulun and the valley of Yiptah-El to the north to Beth Emeck and Neiel; it continues to Cabul from the north, and Ebron, Rehob, Hammon, and Kanah up to Great Sidon; then the border turns to Ramah, and up to the fortified city of Tyre, where the border turns to Hosah; it ends at the sea, from Hebel to Aczib. Included were Ummah, Aphek, and Rehob; twenty-two cities and their villages. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the descendants of Asher according to their families, these cities and their villages.

The sixth allotment fell for the children of Naphtali, for the children of Naphtali according to their families. Their border was from Heleph, from the oak in Zaanannim, Adami Nekeb, Jabneel, up to Lakkum; it ends at the Jordan; then the border turns to the west, to Aznoth Tabor, and continues from there to Hukok, and it touches Zebulun on the south, Asher on the west, and Judah on the east at the Jordan. The fortified cities are Ziddim, Zer, Hammath, Rakkath, Kinnereth, Adamah, Ramah, Hazor, Kedesh, Edrei, En Hazor, Yiron, Migdal El, Horem, Beth-anath, Beth Shemesh; nineteen cities and their villages. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Naphtali according to their families, the cities and their villages.

The seventh lot fell for the tribe of the descendants of Dan according to their families. The border of their inheritance was Zorah, Eshtaol, Ir Shemesh, Shaalabbin, Aijalon, Ithlah, Elon, Timnah, Ekron, Eltekeh, Gibbethon, Baalath, Jehud, Bene Berak, Gath Rimmon, Me Jarkon, Rakkon, with the border opposite Joppa. The border of the descendants of Dan continued beyond them, because the descendants of Dan went up and fought with Lesham, and they captured and struck it with the edge of the sword, and they took possession of it and settled in it; and they called Leshem Dan, after the name of Dan their ancestor. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the descendants of Dan according to their families, these cities and their villages.

They finished assigning the land according to its borders, and the Israelites gave an inheritance from among them to Joshua son of Nun. According to the commandment of Yahweh, they gave him the city that he requested, Timnath Serah, in the hill country of Ephraim, and he rebuilt the city and settled in it. These are the inheritances that Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the heads of the families of the tribes, distributed by allotment to the Israelites, at Shiloh before Yahweh at the entrance of the tent of meeting. And they finished dividing the land.

Joshua 20

And Yahweh spoke to Joshua, saying, "Speak to the Israelites, saying, ‘Appoint for yourselves cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you through the hand of Moses. Anyone who kills a person by accident or unintentionally may flee there; they will be for yourselves a refuge from the avenger of blood. The killer will flee to one of these cities, stand at the entrance of the gate of the city, and state his case to the elders of that city; and they will take him into the city and give him a place, and he will dwell among them. And if the avenger of blood pursues after him, they will not hand over the killer into his hand, because he killed his neighbor unintentionally, and he did not hate him previously. The killer will stay in that city until he stands before the congregation for the trial, until the death of the one who is the high priest in those days. Then the killer will return to his city and to his house, to the city from which he fled.’"

So they set apart Kedesh in Galilee in the hill country of Naphtali, Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the hill country of Judah. Beyond the Jordan east of Jericho, they appointed Bezer in the wilderness on the plateau, from the tribe of Reuben, Ramoth in Gilead, from the tribe of Gad, and Golan in the Bashan, from the tribe of Manasseh. These were the cities designated for all the Israelites, and for the foreigners dwelling among them, for anyone that kills a person unintentionally to flee there, and not die by the hand of the avenger of blood, until there is a trial before the congregation.

Joshua 21

Then the heads of the families of the Levites came to Eleazar the priest, to Joshua son of Nun, and to the heads of the families of the tribes of the Israelites. And they spoke to them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan, saying, "Yahweh commanded through the hand of Moses to give us cities to live in, with their pasturelands for our livestock." So, by command of Yahweh, the Israelites gave the Levites these cities and their pasturelands from their inheritance.

The allotment fell for the families of the Kohathites. The descendants of Aaron the priest, who were of the Levites, received by lot thirteen towns from the tribes of Judah, Simeon, and Benjamin.

The remaining descendants of Kohath received by lot ten cities from the families of the tribes of Ephraim, Dan, and the half-tribe of Manasseh.

The descendants of Gershon received by lot thirteen cities from the families of the tribes of Issachar, Asher, and Naphtali and from the half-tribe of Manasseh in Bashan.

The descendants of the Merarites according to their families received twelve cities from the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and Zebulun.

The Israelites gave to the Levites these cities and their pastureland by lot, just as Yahweh commanded through the hand of Moses.

They gave these cities, which are here mentioned by name, from the tribe of the families of Judah and from the tribe of the families of Simeon; and they were for the descendants of Aaron, from the families of the Kohathites, from the descendants of Levi, because the first lot was theirs. And they gave to them Kiriath Arba, Arba being the father of Anak (that is, Hebron), in the hill country of Judah and the pasturelands surrounding it. But the field of the city and its villages they gave to Caleb son of Jephunneh as his property.

To the descendants of Aaron the priest they gave Hebron, the city of refuge for the killer, and its pasturelands, Libnah and its pasturelands, Jattir and its pasturelands, Eshtemoa and its pasturelands, Holon and its pasturelands, Debir and its pasturelands, Ain and its pasturelands, Juttah and its pasturelands, and Beth Shemesh and its pasturelands; nine cities from these two tribes. From the tribe of Benjamin, Gibeon and its pasturelands, Geba and its pasturelands, Anathoth and its pasturelands, Almon and its pasturelands; four cities. All the cities of the descendants of Aaron the priests, thirteen cities and their pasturelands.

For the families of the descendants of Kohath, the remaining Levites of the descendants of Kohath, they received the cities of their lot from the tribe of Ephraim. They gave them Shechem, the city of refuge for the killer, and its pasturelands in the hill country of Ephraim, Gezer and its pasturelands, Kibzaim and its pasturelands, and Beth-horon and its pasturelands; four cities. From the tribe of Dan, Eltekeh and its pasturelands, Gibbethon and its pasturelands, Aijalon and its pasturelands, and Gath Rimmon and its pasturelands; four cities. From the half-tribe of Manasseh, Taanach and its pasturelands and Gath Rimmon with its pasturelands; two cities. All the cities and their pasturelands for the remaining families of the descendants of Kohath were ten.

To the descendants of Gershon, one of the families of the Levites, from the half-tribe of Manasseh, Golan in Bashan, a city of refuge for the killer, and its pasturelands, and Eshtarah and its pasturelands; two cities. From the tribe of Issachar, Kishion and its pasturelands, Daberath and its pasturelands, Jarmuth and its pasturelands, En Gannim and its pasturelands; four cities. From the tribe of Asher, Mishal and its pasturelands, Abdon and its pasturelands, Helkath and its pasturelands, Rehob and its pasturelands; four cities. From the tribe of Naphtali, Kedesh in Galilee, the city of refuge for the killer, and its pasturelands, Hammoth Dor and its pasturelands, and Kartan and its pasturelands; three cities. All the cities of the Gershonites according to their families were thirteen cities and their pasturelands.

To the families of the descendants of Merarite, the remaining Levites, from the tribe of Zebulun, Jokneam and its pasturelands, Kartah and its pasturelands, Dimnah and its pasturelands, and Nahalal and its pasturelands; four cities. From the tribe of Reuben, Bezer and its pasturelands, Jahaz and its pasturelands, Kedemoth and its pasturelands, and Mephaath and its pasturelands; four cities. From the tribe of Gad, Ramoth in Gilead, the city of refuge for the killer, and its pasturelands, Mahanaim and its pasturelands, Heshbon and its pasturelands, and Jazer and its pasturelands; four cities in all. All these were the cities of the descendants of Merarite according to their families, the remaining families of the Levites; their allotment was twelve cities.

All the cities of the Levites among the property of the Israelites were forty-eight cities and their pasturelands. Each of these cities had pasturelands surrounding them; so it was for all of these cities. And Yahweh gave to Israel all the land that he swore to give to their ancestors, and they took possession of it and settled in it. Yahweh gave them rest on every side, according to all that he had sworn to their ancestors, and nobody from all their enemies withstood them, for Yahweh had given all their enemies into their hand. And nothing failed from all the good things that Yahweh promised to the house of Israel; everything came to pass.

Psalm 15

A psalm of David.

O Yahweh, who may reside in your tent?
Who may dwell on your holy mountain?
He who walks blamelessly and does what is right.
He who speaks honestly in his heart.
He does not slander with his tongue.
He does not harm his friend,
nor bring up a disgrace against his neighbor.
In his eyes a rejected one is contemptible,
but he honors those who respect Yahweh.
He takes an oath to his own injury and does not retract it.
He does not lend his money at interest,
and does not take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things
will never be shaken.

Luke 18

And he told them a parable to show that they must always pray and not be discouraged, saying, "There was a certain judge in a certain town who did not fear God and did not respect people. And there was a widow in that town, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary!’ And he was not willing for a time, but after these things he said to himself, ‘Even if I do not fear God or respect people, yet because this widow is causing trouble for me, I will grant her justice, so that she does not wear me down in the end by her coming back!’" And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unrighteous judge is saying! And will not God surely see to it that justice is done to his chosen ones who cry out to him day and night, and will he delay toward them? I tell you that he will see to it that justice is done for them soon! Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, then will he find faith on earth?"

And he also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and looked down on everyone else: "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed these things with reference to himself: ‘God, I give thanks to you that I am not like other people—swindlers, unrighteous people, adulterers, or even like this tax collector! I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far away, did not want even to raise his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than that one! For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted."

Now they were bringing even their babies to him so that he could touch them. But when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to himself, saying, "Allow the children to come to me, and do not forbid them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly I say to you, whoever does not welcome the kingdom of God like a young child will never enter into it."

And a certain ruler asked him, saying, "Good Teacher, by doing what will I inherit eternal life?" And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’" And he said, "All these I have observed from my youth." And when he heard this, Jesus said to him, "You still lack one thing: Sell all that you have, and distribute the proceeds to the poor—and you will have treasure in heaven—and come, follow me." But when he heard these things he became very sad, because he was extremely wealthy.

And Jesus took notice of him and said, "How difficult it is for those who possess wealth to enter into the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter into the kingdom of God. So those who heard this said, "And who can be saved?" But he said, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."

And Peter said, "Behold, we have left all that is ours and followed you." And he said to them, "Truly I say to you that there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children on account of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times more in this time and in the age to come, eternal life."

And taking aside the twelve, he said to them, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all the things that are written by the prophets with reference to the Son of Man will be accomplished. For he will be handed over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and mistreated and spit on, and after flogging him they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise." And they understood none of these things, and this saying was concealed from them, and they did not comprehend the things that were said.

Now it happened that as he drew near to Jericho, a certain blind man was sitting on the side of the road begging. And when he heard a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. And they told him, "Jesus the Nazarene is passing by." And he called out, saying, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" And those who were in front rebuked him, that he should be silent, but he cried out even more loudly, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" So Jesus stopped and ordered him to be brought to him. And when he approached, he asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" And he said, "Lord, that I may regain my sight. And Jesus said to him, "Regain your sight! Your faith has saved you." And immediately he regained his sight and began to follow him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.