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Joshua 15

15 The territory allotted to the tribe of the Judahites, clan by clan, reached south to the border of Edom, and even further south into the wilderness of Zin. Their southern border ran from the bay at the south end of the Dead Sea (the Salt Sea), and continued to the south of the ascent of Akrabbim,[a] crossed the wilderness of Zin, and went up south of Kadesh-barnea, past Hezron, on up to Addar, and then turning toward Karka, on to Azmon, then out by the wadi of Egypt, and ending at the Mediterranean Sea. “This,” they were told, “will be your southern boundary.”

On the east the territory of Judah was bounded by the Dead Sea up to where the Jordan runs into it. Their boundary on the north began at the bay at the mouth of the Jordan, went up to Beth-hoglah, passed north of Beth-arabah, and continued up to the stone of Bohan, Reuben’s descendant. From there the boundary went to Debir from the valley of Achor, and then northward, turning toward Gilgal across from the ascent of Adummim, which is on the south side of the river valley. From there the boundary passed along to the waters of En-shemesh, and on to En-rogel. Then the boundary went up the valley of Ben-hinnom, just at the southern slope of the Jebusite city, Jerusalem, and then up to the top of the mountain west of the Hinnom Valley at the northern end of the valley of Rephaim. From the mountaintop, the boundary extended to the spring of Nephtoah, and from there to the towns of Mount Ephron. Then the boundary curved around to Baalah (that is, Kiriath-jearim); 10 and from there circled west of Baalah to Mount Seir, passed along to the northern slope of Mount Jearim (that is, Chesalon), went down to Beth-shemesh, passed through Timnah 11 to the northern flank of Ekron, then turned toward Shikkeron, past Mount Baalah, and out to Jabneel. The boundary ended at the Mediterranean Sea.

12 The western boundary, then, was the Mediterranean coast, and this recounts all the boundary of the land allotted to the people of Judah and its clans.

13 As the Eternal had commanded him, Joshua gave Caleb, son of Jephunneh, a share of land within the territory allotted to the people of Judah—Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron; Arba was the father of Anak). 14 Caleb drove from that land the three sons of Anak: Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai. 15 From there he went to battle the inhabitants of Debir (formerly Kiriath-sepher).

Caleb: 16 Whoever attacks and captures Kiriath-sepher will receive my daughter Achsah as his wife.

Kiriath-sepher had originally been conquered by Joshua, but it was retaken by the Canaanites. Now Caleb must go back and attack the city once more.

17 Othniel, son of Kenaz, Caleb’s brother, captured it, so Caleb gave Othniel his daughter Achsah in marriage. 18 One day she urged Othniel to ask her father for a field. As she dismounted her donkey, Caleb spoke to her.

Caleb: What do you wish?

Achsah: 19 Here is what I would like as a wedding gift: since you have given me the desert of the Negev, give me also some springs of water.

So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.

20 This, then, is the inheritance of the tribe of the people of Judah, according to their clans. 21 A list of the towns belonging to the tribe of the people of Judah, beginning in the far south near the boundary of Edom: Kabzeel, Eder, Jagur, 22 Kinah, Dimonah, Adadah, 23 Kedesh, Hazor, Ithnan, 24 Ziph, Telem, Bealoth, 25 Hazor-hadattah, Kerioth-hezron (that is, Hazor), 26 Amam, Shema, Moladah, 27 Hazar-gaddah, Heshmon, Beth-pelet, 28 Hazar-shual, Beersheba, Biziothiah, 29 Baalah, Iim, Ezem, 30 Eltolad, Chesil, Hormah, 31 Ziklag, Madmannah, Sansannah, 32 Lebaoth, Shilhim, Ain, and Rimmon—in all, 29 cities with their surrounding villages.

33 In the lowlands: Eshtaol, Zorah, Ashnah, 34 Zanoah, En-gannim, Tappuah, Enam, 35 Jarmuth, Adullam, Socoh, Azekah, 36 Shaaraim, Adithaim, Gederah, and Gederothaim—14 cities with their surrounding villages.

37 Also Zenan, Hadashah, Migdal-gad, 38 Dilean, Mizpeh, Joktheel, 39 Lachish, Bozkath, Eglon, 40 Cabbon, Lahmas, Chitlish, 41 Gederoth, Beth-dagon, Naamah, and Makkedah—16 cities with their surrounding villages.

42 Libnah, Ether, Ashan, 43 Iphtah, Ashnah, Nezib, 44 Keilah, Achzib, and Mareshah—9 cities with their surrounding villages.

45 Ekron with its towns and villages, 46 from Ekron to the Mediterranean Sea, and everything near Ashdod, with its villages.

47 Also Ashdod, its towns and its villages; Gaza, its towns and its villages; on to the wadi of Egypt, and then the Mediterranean with its coast.

48 In the hill country: Shamir, Jattir, Socoh, 49 Dannah, Kiriath-sannah (that is, Debir), 50 Anab, Eshtemoh, Anim, 51 Goshen, Holon, and Giloh—11 cities with their surrounding villages.

52 Also Arab, Dumah, Eshan, 53 Janum, Beth-tappuah, Aphekah, 54 Humtah, Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), and Zior—9 cities with their surrounding villages.

55 Maon, Carmel, Ziph, Juttah, 56 Jezreel, Jokdeam, Zanoah, 57 Kain, Gibeah, and Timnah—10 cities with their surrounding villages.

58 Also Halhul, Beth-zur, Gedor, 59 Maarath, Beth-anoth, and Eltekon—6 cities with their surrounding villages.

60 Kiriath-baal (that is, Kiriath-jearim) and Rabbah—2 cities with their surrounding villages.

61 In the desert: Beth-arabah, Middin, Secacah, 62 Nibshan, the City of Salt, and Engedi—6 cities with their surrounding villages.

63 But the people of Judah could not conquer the Jebusites who lived in Jerusalem, so the Jebusites still live alongside the people of Judah in Jerusalem today.


  1. 15:3 Literally, scorpion
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Luke 18:18-43

Public Official: 18 Good Teacher, what do I need to do to inherit the life of the age to come?

Jesus: 19 Why did you just call Me good? No one is good but God—only God. 20 You know what the Hebrew Scriptures command: “Do not commit adultery; do not murder; do not steal; do not bear false witness; honor your father and mother.”[a]

Public Official: 21 I’ve already been doing these things—since I came of age.

Jesus: 22 One thing you still lack—one thing; sell all your possessions and distribute the proceeds to the poor. Then you will have treasure in heaven. Then you can come and follow Me.

23 The man heard these words and sadness came over his face, for his wealth was considerable.

Jesus: 24 What a hard thing it is for those with much wealth to enter the kingdom of God! 25 In fact, it would be easier for a camel to squeeze through the eye of a needle than it would be for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God!

Listeners: 26 Then who can be liberated?

Jesus: 27 Remember, what is humanly impossible is possible with God.

Peter: 28 We have left our homes and followed You.

Jesus: 29 I’m telling you the truth: there is nobody who leaves his house or wife or siblings or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God 30 who will not receive more than he has given up—much more—in this age and in the age to come. He will receive eternal life.

31 He took the twelve aside and spoke privately to them.

Jesus: Look, my friends, we are going up to Jerusalem. Everything the prophets have written about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. 32 He will be handed over to the outsiders. They will mock Him, disgrace Him, and spit on Him; 33 they will scourge Him, and they will kill Him. And on the third day, He will rise from death.

34 But they had no comprehension of what He was talking about. The meaning was hidden from them, and they couldn’t grasp it.

35 Picture this:

Jesus is nearing the city of Jericho. A blind man is sitting there, begging by the roadside. 36 He can hear the sounds of the crowd accompanying Jesus, and he asks what’s going on.

Crowd: 37 Jesus of Nazareth is passing this way.

38 Then the man starts shouting.

Blind Man: Jesus, Son of King David, show mercy to me!

39 The people in the front of the crowd reprimand him and tell him to be quiet, but he just shouts louder.

Blind Man: Son of King David, show mercy to me!

40 Jesus stops and tells the people to bring the man over to Him. The man stands in front of Jesus.

Jesus: 41 What do you want Me to do for you?

Blind Man: Lord, let me receive my sight.

Jesus: 42 Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.

43 At that very instant, the man is able to see. He begins following Jesus, shouting praises to God; and everyone in the crowd, when they see what has happened, starts praising God too.

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Psalm 86

Psalm 86

A prayer of David.

O Eternal One, lend an ear to my prayer and answer me,
for I am weak and wanting.
Safeguard my soul, for I remain loyal to You.
Save me, Your servant, who trusts in You, my God.
O Lord, please be merciful to me,
as all day long I cry out to You.
Bring joy into the life of Your servant,
for it’s only to You, O Lord, that I offer my soul.
O Lord, You are good and ready to forgive;
Your loyal love flows generously over all who cry out to You.
O Eternal One, lend an ear and hear my prayer;
listen to my pleading voice.
When times of trouble come, I will call to You
because I know You will respond to me.

O Lord, You stand alone among the other gods;
nothing they have done compares to Your wonderful works.
O Lord, all the peoples of earth—every nation You established—
will come to You, bowing low to worship,
and rightly honor Your great name.
10 For You are great, and Your works are wondrous;
You are the one True God.
11 O Eternal One, guide me along Your path
so that I will live in Your truth.
Unite my divided heart so that I will fear Your great name.
12 O Lord, my God! I praise You with all that I am.
I will rightly honor Your great name forever.
13 For Your loyal love for me is so great it is beyond comparison.
You have rescued my soul from the depths of the grave.

14 O True God, arrogant people are after me.
A violent gang wants to kill me;
they have no interest in You or Your ways.
15 But Lord, You are a God full of compassion, generous in grace,
slow to anger, and boundless in loyal love and truth.
16 Look at me, and grant me Your favor.
Invest Your strength in me, Your servant,
and rescue me, Your handmaiden’s child.
17 Give me a sign so I may know Your goodness rests on me
and so those who hate me will be red with shame at the sight of it.
For You, O Eternal One, have come to my aid and offered me relief.

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Proverbs 13:9-10

The light of the right-living brings joy as it burns brightly;
the lamp of a wrongdoer will be snuffed out.
10 Arrogance only produces arguments,
but wisdom accompanies those well advised.

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