From Gary... Bible Reading April 15, 16, 17

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April 15, 16, 17

The World English Bible

Apr. 15
Numbers 21, 22

Num 21:1 The Canaanite, the king of Arad, who lived in the South, heard tell that Israel came by the way of Atharim; and he fought against Israel, and took some of them captive.
Num 21:2 Israel vowed a vow to Yahweh, and said, If you will indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly destroy their cities.
Num 21:3 Yahweh listened to the voice of Israel, and delivered up the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them and their cities: and the name of the place was called Hormah.
Num 21:4 They traveled from Mount Hor by the way to the Red Sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.
Num 21:5 The people spoke against God, and against Moses, Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, and there is no water; and our soul loathes this light bread.
Num 21:6 Yahweh sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.
Num 21:7 The people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, because we have spoken against Yahweh, and against you; pray to Yahweh, that he take away the serpents from us. Moses prayed for the people.
Num 21:8 Yahweh said to Moses, Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a standard: and it shall happen, that everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.
Num 21:9 Moses made a serpent of brass, and set it on the standard: and it happened, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he looked to the serpent of brass, he lived.
Num 21:10 The children of Israel traveled, and encamped in Oboth.
Num 21:11 They traveled from Oboth, and encamped at Iyeabarim, in the wilderness which is before Moab, toward the sunrise.
Num 21:12 From there they traveled, and encamped in the valley of Zered.
Num 21:13 From there they traveled, and encamped on the other side of the Arnon, which is in the wilderness, that comes out of the border of the Amorites: for the Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites.
Num 21:14 Therefore it is said in the book of the Wars of Yahweh, "Vaheb in Suphah, the valleys of the Arnon,
Num 21:15 the slope of the valleys that incline toward the dwelling of Ar, leans on the border of Moab."
Num 21:16 From there they traveled to Beer: that is the well of which Yahweh said to Moses, Gather the people together, and I will give them water.
Num 21:17 Then sang Israel this song: "Spring up, well; sing to it:
Num 21:18 the well, which the princes dug, which the nobles of the people dug, with the scepter, and with their poles." From the wilderness they traveled to Mattanah;
Num 21:19 and from Mattanah to Nahaliel; and from Nahaliel to Bamoth;
Num 21:20 and from Bamoth to the valley that is in the field of Moab, to the top of Pisgah, which looks down on the desert.
Num 21:21 Israel sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites, saying,
Num 21:22 Let me pass through your land: we will not turn aside into field, or into vineyard; we will not drink of the water of the wells: we will go by the king's highway, until we have passed your border.
Num 21:23 Sihon would not allow Israel to pass through his border: but Sihon gathered all his people together, and went out against Israel into the wilderness, and came to Jahaz; and he fought against Israel.
Num 21:24 Israel struck him with the edge of the sword, and possessed his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, even to the children of Ammon; for the border of the children of Ammon was strong.
Num 21:25 Israel took all these cities: and Israel lived in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all its towns.
Num 21:26 For Heshbon was the city of Sihon the king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab, and taken all his land out of his hand, even to the Arnon.
Num 21:27 Therefore those who speak in proverbs say, "Come to Heshbon. Let the city of Sihon be built and established;
Num 21:28 for a fire has gone out of Heshbon, a flame from the city of Sihon. It has devoured Ar of Moab, The lords of the high places of the Arnon.
Num 21:29 Woe to you, Moab! You are undone, people of Chemosh! He has given his sons as fugitives, and his daughters into captivity, to Sihon king of the Amorites.
Num 21:30 We have shot at them. Heshbon has perished even to Dibon. We have laid waste even to Nophah, Which reaches to Medeba."
Num 21:31 Thus Israel lived in the land of the Amorites.
Num 21:32 Moses sent to spy out Jazer; and they took its towns, and drove out the Amorites who were there.
Num 21:33 They turned and went up by the way of Bashan: and Og the king of Bashan went out against them, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei.
Num 21:34 Yahweh said to Moses, Don't fear him: for I have delivered him into your hand, and all his people, and his land; and you shall do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon.
Num 21:35 So they struck him, and his sons and all his people, until there was none left him remaining: and they possessed his land.

Num 22:1 The children of Israel traveled, and encamped in the plains of Moab beyond the Jordan at Jericho.
Num 22:2 Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites.
Num 22:3 Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel.
Num 22:4 Moab said to the elders of Midian, Now will this multitude lick up all that is around us, as the ox licks up the grass of the field. Balak the son of Zippor was king of Moab at that time.
Num 22:5 He sent messengers to Balaam the son of Beor, to Pethor, which is by the River, to the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the surface of the earth, and they abide over against me.
Num 22:6 Please come now therefore curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, that we may strike them, and that I may drive them out of the land; for I know that he whom you bless is blessed, and he whom you curse is cursed.
Num 22:7 The elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the rewards of divination in their hand; and they came to Balaam, and spoke to him the words of Balak.
Num 22:8 He said to them, Lodge here this night, and I will bring you word again, as Yahweh shall speak to me: and the princes of Moab abode with Balaam.
Num 22:9 God came to Balaam, and said, What men are these with you?
Num 22:10 Balaam said to God, Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, has sent to me, saying,
Num 22:11 Behold, the people that is come out of Egypt, it covers the surface of the earth: now, come curse me them; peradventure I shall be able to fight against them, and shall drive them out.
Num 22:12 God said to Balaam, You shall not go with them; you shall not curse the people; for they are blessed.
Num 22:13 Balaam rose up in the morning, and said to the princes of Balak, Go to your land; for Yahweh refuses to permit me to go with you.
Num 22:14 The princes of Moab rose up, and they went to Balak, and said, Balaam refuses to come with us.
Num 22:15 Balak sent yet again princes, more, and more honorable than they.
Num 22:16 They came to Balaam, and said to him, Thus says Balak the son of Zippor, Please let nothing hinder you from coming to me:
Num 22:17 for I will promote you to very great honor, and whatever you say to me I will do. Please come therefore, and curse this people for me.
Num 22:18 Balaam answered the servants of Balak, If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I can't go beyond the word of Yahweh my God, to do less or more.
Num 22:19 Now therefore, please wait also here this night, that I may know what Yahweh will speak to me more.
Num 22:20 God came to Balaam at night, and said to him, If the men have come to call you, rise up, go with them; but only the word which I speak to you, that you shall do.
Num 22:21 Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his donkey, and went with the princes of Moab.
Num 22:22 God's anger was kindled because he went; and the angel of Yahweh placed himself in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him.
Num 22:23 The donkey saw the angel of Yahweh standing in the way, with his sword drawn in his hand; and the donkey turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam struck the donkey, to turn her into the way.
Num 22:24 Then the angel of Yahweh stood in a narrow path between the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side.
Num 22:25 The donkey saw the angel of Yahweh, and she thrust herself to the wall, and crushed Balaam's foot against the wall: and he struck her again.
Num 22:26 The angel of Yahweh went further, and stood in a narrow place, where there was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left.
Num 22:27 The donkey saw the angel of Yahweh, and she lay down under Balaam: and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he struck the donkey with his staff.
Num 22:28 Yahweh opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?
Num 22:29 Balaam said to the donkey, Because you have mocked me, I would there were a sword in my hand, for now I had killed you.
Num 22:30 The donkey said to Balaam, Am I not your donkey, on which you have ridden all your life long to this day? was I ever wont to do so to you? and he said, No.
Num 22:31 Then Yahweh opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of Yahweh standing in the way, with his sword drawn in his hand; and he bowed his head, and fell on his face.
Num 22:32 The angel of Yahweh said to him, Why have you struck your donkey these three times? behold, I am come forth for an adversary, because your way is perverse before me:
Num 22:33 and the donkey saw me, and turned aside before me these three times: unless she had turned aside from me, surely now I had even slain you, and saved her alive.
Num 22:34 Balaam said to the angel of Yahweh, I have sinned; for I didn't know that you stood in the way against me: now therefore, if it displease you, I will get me back again.
Num 22:35 The angel of Yahweh said to Balaam, Go with the men; but only the word that I shall speak to you, that you shall speak. So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.
Num 22:36 When Balak heard that Balaam was come, he went out to meet him to the City of Moab, which is on the border of the Arnon, which is in the utmost part of the border.
Num 22:37 Balak said to Balaam, Didn't I earnestly send to you to call you? why didn't you come to me? am I not able indeed to promote you to honor?
Num 22:38 Balaam said to Balak, Behold, I have come to you: have I now any power at all to speak anything? the word that God puts in my mouth, that shall I speak.
Num 22:39 Balaam went with Balak, and they came to Kiriath Huzoth.
Num 22:40 Balak sacrificed cattle and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes who were with him.
Num 22:41 It happened in the morning, that Balak took Balaam, and brought him up into the high places of Baal; and he saw from there the utmost part of the people.

Apr. 16
Numbers 23, 24

Num 23:1 Balaam said to Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bulls and seven rams.
Num 23:2 Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam offered on every altar a bull and a ram.
Num 23:3 Balaam said to Balak, Stand by your burnt offering, and I will go: perhaps Yahweh will come to meet me; and whatever he shows me I will tell you. He went to a bare height.
Num 23:4 God met Balaam: and he said to him, I have prepared the seven altars, and I have offered up a bull and a ram on every altar.
Num 23:5 Yahweh put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak.
Num 23:6 He returned to him, and behold, he was standing by his burnt offering, he, and all the princes of Moab.
Num 23:7 He took up his parable, and said, From Aram has Balak brought me, The king of Moab from the mountains of the East: Come, curse me Jacob, Come, defy Israel.
Num 23:8 How shall I curse, whom God has not cursed? How shall I defy, whom Yahweh has not defied?
Num 23:9 For from the top of the rocks I see him, From the hills I see him: behold, it is a people that dwells alone, And shall not be reckoned among the nations.
Num 23:10 Who can count the dust of Jacob, Or number the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, Let my last end be like his!
Num 23:11 Balak said to Balaam, What have you done to me? I took you to curse my enemies, and behold, you have blessed them altogether.
Num 23:12 He answered and said, Must I not take heed to speak that which Yahweh puts in my mouth?
Num 23:13 Balak said to him, Please come with me to another place, from whence you may see them; you shall see but the utmost part of them, and shall not see them all: and curse me them from there.
Num 23:14 He took him into the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars, and offered up a bull and a ram on every altar.
Num 23:15 He said to Balak, Stand here by your burnt offering, while I meet Yahweh yonder.
Num 23:16 Yahweh met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, Return to Balak, and say this.
Num 23:17 He came to him, and behold, he was standing by his burnt offering, and the princes of Moab with him. Balak said to him, What has Yahweh spoken?
Num 23:18 He took up his parable, and said, Rise up, Balak, and hear! Listen to me, you son of Zippor.
Num 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie, nor the son of man, that he should repent. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not make it good?
Num 23:20 Behold, I have received a command to bless. He has blessed, and I can't reverse it.
Num 23:21 He has not seen iniquity in Jacob. Neither has he seen perverseness in Israel. Yahweh his God is with him. The shout of a king is among them.
Num 23:22 God brings them out of Egypt. He has as it were the strength of the wild ox.
Num 23:23 Surely there is no enchantment with Jacob; Neither is there any divination with Israel. Now it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What has God done!
Num 23:24 Behold, the people rises up as a lioness, As a lion he lifts himself up. He shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drinks the blood of the slain.
Num 23:25 Balak said to Balaam, Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all.
Num 23:26 But Balaam answered Balak, Didn't I tell you, saying, All that Yahweh speaks, that I must do?
Num 23:27 Balak said to Balaam, Come now, I will take you to another place; peradventure it will please God that you may curse me them from there.
Num 23:28 Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor, that looks down on the desert.
Num 23:29 Balaam said to Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bulls and seven rams.
Num 23:30 Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered up a bull and a ram on every altar.

Num 24:1 When Balaam saw that it pleased Yahweh to bless Israel, he didn't go, as at the other times, to meet with enchantments, but he set his face toward the wilderness.
Num 24:2 Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel dwelling according to their tribes; and the Spirit of God came on him.
Num 24:3 He took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor says, the man whose eye was closed says;
Num 24:4 he says, who hears the words of God, who sees the vision of the Almighty, falling down, and having his eyes open:
Num 24:5 How goodly are your tents, Jacob, and your tents, Israel!
Num 24:6 As valleys they are spread forth, as gardens by the riverside, as aloes which Yahweh has planted, as cedar trees beside the waters.
Num 24:7 Water shall flow from his buckets. His seed shall be in many waters. His king shall be higher than Agag. His kingdom shall be exalted.
Num 24:8 God brings him out of Egypt. He has as it were the strength of the wild ox. He shall eat up the nations his adversaries, shall break their bones in pieces, and pierce them with his arrows.
Num 24:9 He couched, he lay down as a lion, as a lioness; who shall rouse him up? Everyone who blesses you is blessed. Everyone who curses you is cursed.
Num 24:10 Balak's anger was kindled against Balaam, and he struck his hands together; and Balak said to Balaam, I called you to curse my enemies, and, behold, you have altogether blessed them these three times.
Num 24:11 Therefore now flee you to your place: I thought to promote you to great honor; but, behold, Yahweh has kept you back from honor.
Num 24:12 Balaam said to Balak, Didn't I also tell your messengers who you sent to me, saying,
Num 24:13 If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I can't go beyond the word of Yahweh, to do either good or bad of my own mind; what Yahweh speaks, that will I speak?
Num 24:14 Now, behold, I go to my people: come, and I will inform you what this people shall do to your people in the latter days.
Num 24:15 He took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor says, the man whose eye was closed says;
Num 24:16 he says, who hears the words of God, knows the knowledge of the Most High, and who sees the vision of the Almighty, Falling down, and having his eyes open:
Num 24:17 I see him, but not now. I see him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob. A scepter will rise out of Israel, and shall strike through the corners of Moab, and break down all the sons of Sheth.
Num 24:18 Edom shall be a possession. Seir, his enemies, also shall be a possession, while Israel does valiantly.
Num 24:19 Out of Jacob shall one have dominion, and shall destroy the remnant from the city.
Num 24:20 He looked at Amalek, and took up his parable, and said, Amalek was the first of the nations, But his latter end shall come to destruction.
Num 24:21 He looked at the Kenite, and took up his parable, and said, Your dwelling place is strong. Your nest is set in the rock.
Num 24:22 Nevertheless Kain shall be wasted, until Asshur carries you away captive.
Num 24:23 He took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God does this?
Num 24:24 But ships shall come from the coast of Kittim. They shall afflict Asshur, and shall afflict Eber. He also shall come to destruction.
Num 24:25 Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place; and Balak also went his way.

Apr. 17
Numbers 25, 26

Num 25:1 Israel abode in Shittim; and the people began to play the prostitute with the daughters of Moab:
Num 25:2 for they called the people to the sacrifices of their gods; and the people ate, and bowed down to their gods.
Num 25:3 Israel joined himself to Baal Peor: and the anger of Yahweh was kindled against Israel.
Num 25:4 Yahweh said to Moses, Take all the chiefs of the people, and hang them up to Yahweh before the sun, that the fierce anger of Yahweh may turn away from Israel.
Num 25:5 Moses said to the judges of Israel, Everyone kill his men who have joined themselves to Baal Peor.
Num 25:6 Behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought to his brothers a Midianite woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, while they were weeping at the door of the Tent of Meeting.
Num 25:7 When Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from the midst of the congregation, and took a spear in his hand;
Num 25:8 and he went after the man of Israel into the pavilion, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her body. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel.
Num 25:9 Those who died by the plague were twenty-four thousand.
Num 25:10 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
Num 25:11 Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, in that he was jealous with my jealousy among them, so that I didn't consume the children of Israel in my jealousy.
Num 25:12 Therefore say, Behold, I give to him my covenant of peace:
Num 25:13 and it shall be to him, and to his seed after him, the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was jealous for his God, and made atonement for the children of Israel.
Num 25:14 Now the name of the man of Israel that was slain, who was slain with the Midianite woman, was Zimri, the son of Salu, a prince of a fathers' house among the Simeonites.
Num 25:15 The name of the Midianite woman who was slain was Cozbi, the daughter of Zur; he was head of the people of a fathers' house in Midian.
Num 25:16 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
Num 25:17 Harass the Midianites, and strike them;
Num 25:18 for they harassed you with their wiles, with which they have deceived you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of the prince of Midian, their sister, who was slain on the day of the plague in the matter of Peor.

Num 26:1 It happened after the plague, that Yahweh spoke to Moses and to Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, saying,
Num 26:2 Take the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, from twenty years old and upward, by their fathers' houses, all who are able to go forth to war in Israel.
Num 26:3 Moses and Eleazar the priest spoke with them in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho, saying,
Num 26:4 Take the sum of the people, from twenty years old and upward; as Yahweh commanded Moses and the children of Israel, that came forth out of the land of Egypt.
Num 26:5 Reuben, the firstborn of Israel; the sons of Reuben: of Hanoch, the family of the Hanochites; of Pallu, the family of the Palluites;
Num 26:6 of Hezron, the family of the Hezronites; of Carmi, the family of the Carmites.
Num 26:7 These are the families of the Reubenites; and those who were numbered of them were forty-three thousand seven hundred thirty.
Num 26:8 The sons of Pallu: Eliab.
Num 26:9 The sons of Eliab: Nemuel, and Dathan, and Abiram. These are that Dathan and Abiram, who were called of the congregation, who strove against Moses and against Aaron in the company of Korah, when they strove against Yahweh,
Num 26:10 and the earth opened its mouth, and swallowed them up together with Korah, when that company died; what time the fire devoured two hundred fifty men, and they became a sign.
Num 26:11 Notwithstanding, the sons of Korah didn't die.
Num 26:12 The sons of Simeon after their families: of Nemuel, the family of the Nemuelites; of Jamin, the family of the Jaminites; of Jachin, the family of the Jachinites;
Num 26:13 of Zerah, the family of the Zerahites; of Shaul, the family of the Shaulites.
Num 26:14 These are the families of the Simeonites, twenty-two thousand two hundred.
Num 26:15 The sons of Gad after their families: of Zephon, the family of the Zephonites; of Haggi, the family of the Haggites; of Shuni, the family of the Shunites;
Num 26:16 of Ozni, the family of the Oznites; of Eri, the family of the Erites;
Num 26:17 of Arod, the family of the Arodites; of Areli, the family of the Arelites.
Num 26:18 These are the families of the sons of Gad according to those who were numbered of them, forty thousand and five hundred.
Num 26:19 The sons of Judah: Er and Onan; and Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan.
Num 26:20 The sons of Judah after their families were: of Shelah, the family of the Shelanites; of Perez, the family of the Perezites; of Zerah, the family of the Zerahites.
Num 26:21 The sons of Perez were: of Hezron, the family of the Hezronites; of Hamul, the family of the Hamulites.
Num 26:22 These are the families of Judah according to those who were numbered of them, seventy-six thousand five hundred.
Num 26:23 The sons of Issachar after their families: of Tola, the family of the Tolaites; of Puvah, the family of the Punites;
Num 26:24 of Jashub, the family of the Jashubites; of Shimron, the family of the Shimronites.
Num 26:25 These are the families of Issachar according to those who were numbered of them, sixty-four thousand three hundred.
Num 26:26 The sons of Zebulun after their families: of Sered, the family of the Seredites; of Elon, the family of the Elonites; of Jahleel, the family of the Jahleelites.
Num 26:27 These are the families of the Zebulunites according to those who were numbered of them, sixty thousand five hundred.
Num 26:28 The sons of Joseph after their families: Manasseh and Ephraim.
Num 26:29 The sons of Manasseh: of Machir, the family of the Machirites; and Machir became the father of Gilead; of Gilead, the family of the Gileadites.
Num 26:30 These are the sons of Gilead: of Iezer, the family of the Iezerites; of Helek, the family of the Helekites;
Num 26:31 and of Asriel, the family of the Asrielites; and of Shechem, the family of the Shechemites;
Num 26:32 and of Shemida, the family of the Shemidaites; and of Hepher, the family of the Hepherites.
Num 26:33 Zelophehad the son of Hepher had no sons, but daughters: and the names of the daughters of Zelophehad were Mahlah, and Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.
Num 26:34 These are the families of Manasseh; and those who were numbered of them were fifty-two thousand seven hundred.
Num 26:35 These are the sons of Ephraim after their families: of Shuthelah, the family of the Shuthelahites; of Becher, the family of the Becherites; of Tahan, the family of the Tahanites.
Num 26:36 These are the sons of Shuthelah: of Eran, the family of the Eranites.
Num 26:37 These are the families of the sons of Ephraim according to those who were numbered of them, thirty-two thousand five hundred. These are the sons of Joseph after their families.
Num 26:38 The sons of Benjamin after their families: of Bela, the family of the Belaites; of Ashbel, the family of the Ashbelites; of Ahiram, the family of the Ahiramites;
Num 26:39 of Shephupham, the family of the Shuphamites; of Hupham, the family of the Huphamites.
Num 26:40 The sons of Bela were Ard and Naaman: of Ard, the family of the Ardites; of Naaman, the family of the Naamites.
Num 26:41 These are the sons of Benjamin after their families; and those who were numbered of them were forty-five thousand six hundred.
Num 26:42 These are the sons of Dan after their families: of Shuham, the family of the Shuhamites. These are the families of Dan after their families.
Num 26:43 All the families of the Shuhamites, according to those who were numbered of them, were sixty-four thousand four hundred.
Num 26:44 The sons of Asher after their families: of Imnah, the family of the Imnites; of Ishvi, the family of the Ishvites; of Beriah, the family of the Berites.
Num 26:45 Of the sons of Beriah: of Heber, the family of the Heberites; of Malchiel, the family of the Malchielites.
Num 26:46 The name of the daughter of Asher was Serah.
Num 26:47 These are the families of the sons of Asher according to those who were numbered of them, fifty-three thousand and four hundred.
Num 26:48 The sons of Naphtali after their families: of Jahzeel, the family of the Jahzeelites; of Guni, the family of the Gunites;
Num 26:49 of Jezer, the family of the Jezerites; of Shillem, the family of the Shillemites.
Num 26:50 These are the families of Naphtali according to their families; and those who were numbered of them were forty-five thousand four hundred.
Num 26:51 These are those who were numbered of the children of Israel, six hundred one thousand seven hundred thirty.
Num 26:52 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
Num 26:53 To these the land shall be divided for an inheritance according to the number of names.
Num 26:54 To the more you shall give the more inheritance, and to the fewer you shall give the less inheritance: to everyone according to those who were numbered of him shall his inheritance be given.
Num 26:55 Notwithstanding, the land shall be divided by lot: according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit.
Num 26:56 According to the lot shall their inheritance be divided between the more and the fewer.
Num 26:57 These are those who were numbered of the Levites after their families: of Gershon, the family of the Gershonites; of Kohath, the family of the Kohathites; of Merari, the family of the Merarites.
Num 26:58 These are the families of Levi: the family of the Libnites, the family of the Hebronites, the family of the Mahlites, the family of the Mushites, the family of the Korahites. Kohath became the father of Amram.
Num 26:59 The name of Amram's wife was Jochebed, the daughter of Levi, who was born to Levi in Egypt: and she bore to Amram Aaron and Moses, and Miriam their sister.
Num 26:60 To Aaron were born Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.
Num 26:61 Nadab and Abihu died, when they offered strange fire before Yahweh.
Num 26:62 Those who were numbered of them were twenty-three thousand, every male from a month old and upward: for they were not numbered among the children of Israel, because there was no inheritance given them among the children of Israel.
Num 26:63 These are those who were numbered by Moses and Eleazar the priest, who numbered the children of Israel in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho.
Num 26:64 But among these there was not a man of them who were numbered by Moses and Aaron the priest, who numbered the children of Israel in the wilderness of Sinai.
Num 26:65 For Yahweh had said of them, They shall surely die in the wilderness. There was not left a man of them, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.

From Roy Davison... Who has created these things? (Isaiah 40:26)


Who has created these things?
(Isaiah 40:26)
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1). That is how the Bible begins. May we believe this?
A completely different explanation is given by the media, in the school books, in the universities, by people who reject the Bible, by people who think they know there is no God.
What is their explanation? In the beginning there was an explosion which caused the universe.
Thus, the Bible begins with God, unbelievers begin with an explosion. If we begin with God, many beautiful things can follow. If we begin with an explosion, not much good can be expected from that.
If there were nothing other than burning stars, hunks of rock and cold space, that all could indeed result from a mindless explosion. But there is more, much more. Not to mention the unfathomable and awe-inspiring biosphere on earth, we ask the question: where did people come from?
What is in the Scriptures? "So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them" (Genesis 1:27). May we believe this?
A completely different explanation is given by the media, in the school books, in the universities, by people who reject the Bible, by people who think they know there is no God.
What is their explanation? On earth a long, long time ago, probably in a muddy pool on which the sun was shinning, possibly with a bolt of lightening as well, dead matter spontaneously formed itself into a little living being. (Spontaneously means, all by itself.) Thus, they believe in the spontaneous generation of life.
What else do they believe? After that, during a period of millions and millions of years, that little living being spontaneously worked itself up to a human.
Thus we and our children are presented with a choice. What shall we believe? Did God create heaven and earth, and mankind? Or was there a Big Bang that spontaneously resulted in a human?
The answer is simple. A creation proves the existence of a creator.
We say that certain people are creative? What do we mean by this? Creativity is the ability to create. Create means to make something from nothing, to make something completely new. Animals cannot create. Why are people able to do so? Because they have been made in the image of their Creator.
In connection with the building of the tabernacle, God told Moses: "See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship. And I, indeed I, have appointed with him Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and I have put wisdom in the hearts of all who are gifted artisans, that they may make all that I have commanded you" (Exodus 31:2-6).
"I have put wisdom in the hearts of all who are gifted artisans," says God. No work of art can exist without an artist, without a creator. The universe is a masterpiece, made by an Artist, a Creator.
Someone who thinks the creation could come into being spontaneously is not thinking logically because he has banished God from his world of thought.
This is explained by Paul: "For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man and birds and four-footed beasts and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever" (Romans 1:20-25).
"Lift up your eyes on high, and see who has created these things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, by the greatness of His might and the strength of His power; not one is missing" (Isaiah 40:26).
"Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. There is no searching of His understanding" (Isaiah 40:28).
"He has made the earth by His power, He has established the world by His wisdom, And has stretched out the heavens at His discretion" (Jeremiah 10:12).
"For behold, He who forms mountains, and creates the wind, who declares to man what his thought is, and makes the morning darkness, who treads the high places of the earth The Lord God of hosts is His name" (Amos 4:13).
God says: "I have made the earth, and created man on it. It was I -- My hands that stretched out the heavens, and all their host I have commanded" (Isaiah 45:12).
"You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created" (Revelation 4:11).
Roy Davison
The Scripture quotations in this article are from
The New King James Version. ©1979,1980,1982,
Thomas Nelson Inc., Publishers unless indicated otherwise.
Permission for reference use has been granted.

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From Jim McGuiggan... Killing the innocent (2)

Killing the innocent (2)

There are non-believers and non-believers just as there are people that call themselves Christians and those that call themselves Christians. Shaped and graced by God some non-believers are willing to give the Bible a fair hearing and that’s the best we can and should expect for now. (Though they have no commitment to God he has a commitment to them—compare Isaiah 45:1-4.) Some non-believers couldn’t care less and just like to hear themselves talk. Some of us that profess faith are tarred with the same brush. This kind of people is all mouth, we have moral opinions on a million things we haven’t bothered to reflect on.
The Hebrew word herem is often rendered "devoted" ("put under the ban", NEB) and it means that the thing under consideration (person, possessions or a people) is withdrawn from normal profane use. It comes exclusively under God’s direction. It’s often used in a war setting but in passages like Deuteronomy 7, 13, 20 and Leviticus 27:28-29 where God introduces this, we’re dealing with exceptional cases. In some cases all the inhabitants were "devoted" to destruction (Leviticus 28:29) and what couldn’t be destroyed (gold and silver, for example) was given to the Lord to deal with as he saw fit. Battles were not normally conducted to exterminate. You can see this by reading biblical texts and seeing that strict laws were laid out on how warfare was to be conducted (a sort of Geneva Convention millennia ahead of its time). For example Israel was forbidden to deforest an area or to abuse prisoners. All this you can read for yourself. But I mention it to make the point that strict rules of warfare sat alongside some awful acts of judgement (the ban). And bear in mind that the ban was an act of judgement by God. (It would take us too far afield to discuss exceptions to the ban, like Rahab and her family.)
Yes, but isn’t that the very point? What right has God to punish innocent children? But God does not punish innocent children! There is no suggestion in any of these texts that God called for or carried out the punishment of innocent children. That he put them to grief and had them killed is not the same as punishing them, because the Bible insists that God does not punish the innocent nor does he approve of it. Punishment is aimed at the guilty and the innocent children are not guilty! Joshua’s slaying of innocent children is not vicious cruelty, bitter vengefulness, gleeful sadism or "punishment". He carries out the will of God and that will stands or falls with God’s character and purposes. For some more discussion on this click here.
But what difference does it make to the little children that are killed whether they are being punished or simply being killed—they suffer the same fate. Well, the children may not be able to tell the difference but that doesn’t mean there is none. The difference between "punishment" and "suffering" is the difference between day and night. Children that suffer when a criminal parent is jailed are not being punished even though they hurt terribly just the same. See the further discussion elsewhere.
Moving on, look, what if there is such a thing as "sin" and what if it is a monstrous force/power/influence that threatens the entire human race, and even now ravages the entire human race? Many non-believers impatiently dismiss such talk but what if it’s true nonetheless? What if Jesus Christ really does underscore that truth? And what if the ban was one expression of God’s dealing with sin in a special way at a special time and under special circumstances for redeeming purposes?
A world of licentious and cruel idolatry, a world that worshiped gods that served only their lusts and pleasures and used humans only to glut their evil natures faced incoming Israel. (I do understand that gods didn’t exist and that they were the projections of morally skewed and crippled minds—but Canaan was absorbed with idolatry.) God took the view that these nations had forfeited the right to go on influencing the world and used Israel to carry out capital punishment. We might not agree with God’s assessment or his way of dealing with them. We might wonder if he was so concerned back then why he isn’t as concerned now. Maybe we don’t know as much as we think about what God is doing right now. We do understand that there are times when reasonable and patient people have taken the lives of serial killers. Whether we hold to capital punishment or not is another question but we need to admit that not all advocates of capital punishment are rabid or deranged beings. But in additional to all that, maybe there is more to the existential moment when God called for the ban than we’re able or willing to allow. Israel was always susceptible to wicked and unclean idolatry and the ban had a purpose to serve there also. Israel was to bring light and salvation to the entire world and their national origins took that into account.
I do understand that non-believers will not accept the notion of "sin" but what if is exists and is as cosmically destructive as the Scriptures teach it is? Accept that as true for the moment and see if it doesn’t make a difference as to how we view the biblical narrative. If we are going to sit in judgement on a biblical matter it won’t do to rip it out of its setting and test it in some foreign context.
Ask yourself this. What kind of book keeps a record of its leading character calling for the slaying of children? What kind of God would call for the killing of innocent children? Good question. What kind of God would call for the killing of witches? What kind of God would call for the killing of adulterers and sons and daughters who insist on making havoc of the home? What kind of God would call for the killing of anyone?
Well, we can understand him calling for the killing of murderers but the killing of innocent children? Yes, but why did he call for the killing of witches and rebellious kids and idolaters? We would expect some moral justification for the killing of anyone (even a developing human that’s in the womb?). In wartime, decisions are made and those who make them know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are going to be killing innocent people, including children. Yes, but these are the casualties of war; they aren’t viewed as enemies. [I'm not justifying war at this point; I'm simply saying that even those who engage in wat know the difference between "enemies" and "innocent bystanders". Do you think God thought babies were enemies when he put certain cities at certain times and under certain circumstances under the ban? Are we think God is do stupid that he doesn't know what we know? I know it can be difficult but even non-believers must credit to God (presuming there is one) some moral sensitivity if they are going to give the biblical witness a fair hearing. Remember, it's the Bible that tells us of these things so there must be more in it all than meets the eye. Think noble things of God, even if it's only for the sake of arguiment.
But the "ban" isn't the only difficulty believers face, you understand! What do we do with scores of texts where God says he sent drought and famine and pestilence on a nation? Do we think it’s easier to explain Joshua 6:21 and Deuteronomy 7:2-5 than Amos 4 or Habakkuk 1 or Jeremiah 4? Does it make any difference if God kills a child with a sword thrust or with thirst? Before we attempt to convince non-believers that God isn’t evil when he takes the life of an innocent child we need to persuade ourselves that he isn’t evil when he does that.
Believers bob and weave all over the place to try and get God out of the trouble they think he's in when he slays children and/or upright people. It's no surprise that non-believers criticize the biblical God in this realm when believers have their doubts about him when it comes to the death of innocents. The truth is, when it comes to personal statistics I come across more protest from non-believing believers than non-believers. But if we believers stumble at Joshua 6 we should fall flat on our faces at Deuteronomy 32, Isaiah 33, Ezekiel 9 and the book of Nahum.
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