14 He is my strength, and He is the reason I sing; He has been there to save me in every situation.
15 In the tents of the righteous soldiers of God, there are shouts of joy and victory. They sing: “The right hand of the Eternal has shown His power. 16 The mighty arm of the Eternal is raised in victory; the right hand of His has shown His power.” 17 I will not die. I will live. I will live to tell about all the Eternal has done. 18 The Eternal has taught me many lessons; He has been strict and severe, but even in His discipline, He has not allowed me to die.
Early Christians found in the words of this psalm a wonderful way of describing the significance of Jesus. He was the rejected stone whom God made the cornerstone of a brand-new temple (verses 22–24).
19 Open wide to me the gates of justice so that I may walk through them and offer praise and worship to the Eternal.
20 This is the gate of the Eternal; the righteous children of God will go through it.
21 I will praise You because You answered me when I was in trouble. You have become my salvation. 22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the very stone that holds together the entire foundation. 23 This is the work of the Eternal, and it is marvelous in our eyes.[a] 24 This is the day the Eternal God has made; let us celebrate and be happy today.
16 but the kings slipped away at the height of the battle and hid in a cave at Makkedah. 17 Someone told Joshua they had been found hiding there.
Joshua:18-19 Seal up the mouth of the cave with large stones, and leave men to guard them while we pursue the other forces and attack them from behind. Don’t let them reach their towns because the Eternal One, your True God, has given you victory over them.
20 When Joshua and the Israelites had killed all those who did not escape back into the fortified cities, 21 they all returned safely to camp with Joshua at Makkedah, and no one dared to speak a negative word about the Israelites.
Joshua:22 Open up the cave and bring the five kings before me.
23 They brought forth the kings of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish, and Eglon 24 and led them in front of Joshua and the Israelites.
Joshua(to those who had led the warriors): Come here. Place your feet upon the necks of these kings.
So the leaders did.
Joshua:25 There’s nothing to be afraid of here. Be strong and courageous because the Eternal will do to all our enemies what He has done to these kings.
26 Joshua had the kings executed and hung on five trees; and they hung until sunset 27 when Joshua commanded they be taken down, as God’s law requires. Their bodies were thrown into the cave where they had hidden, and the cave was sealed as a tomb by piling stones across the mouth. Their remains lie there to this very day.
6 Your proud boasting in this matter is terrible. Don’t you understand that the tiniest infraction can bring about an unwelcome chain of events? That just a little yeast causes all the dough to rise? 7 Get rid of all the old yeast; then you’ll become new dough, just as you are already a people without sin’s leavening influence. You see, the Anointed One is our Passover lamb; He has been sacrificed for us. 8 So let the real feast begin. Get rid of all the old yeast, the yeast of hatred and evil. Throw it out so we can feast on the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
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