July 6th, 2019


First Reading: Joshua 24:1-31

The Covenant Renewal at Shechem

 1Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel(A) to Shechem and(B) summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel. And(C) they presented themselves before God. 2And Joshua said to all the people, "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, 'Long ago,(D) your fathers lived beyond the Euphrates, Terah, the father of Abraham and of Nahor; and(E) they served other gods. 3(F) Then I took your father Abraham from beyond the River and(G) led him through all the land of Canaan, and made his offspring many.(H) I gave him Isaac. 4And to Isaac I gave(I) Jacob and Esau.(J) And I gave Esau the hill country of Seir to possess,(K) but Jacob and his children went down to Egypt. 5(L) And I sent Moses and Aaron,(M) and I plagued Egypt with what I did in the midst of it, and(N) afterward I brought you out.

 6"'Then(O) I brought your fathers out of Egypt, and(P) you came to the sea.(Q) And the Egyptians pursued your fathers with chariots and horsemen to the Red Sea. 7(R) And when they cried to the LORD,(S) he put darkness between you and the Egyptians(T) and made the sea come upon them and cover them;(U) and your eyes saw what I did in Egypt.(V) And you lived in the wilderness a long time. 8Then I brought you to the land of the Amorites, who lived on the other side of the Jordan.(W) They fought with you, and I gave them into your hand, and you took possession of their land, and I destroyed them before you. 9(X) Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and fought against Israel.(Y) And he sent and invited Balaam the son of Beor to curse you, 10(Z) but I would not listen to Balaam. Indeed, he blessed you. So I delivered you out of his hand. 11(AA) And you went over the Jordan and came to Jericho,(AB) and the leaders of Jericho fought against you, and also the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And I gave them into your hand. 12And I sent(AC) the hornet before you, which drove them out before you, the two kings of the Amorites; it was(AD) not by your sword or by your bow. 13I gave you a land on which you had not labored(AE) and cities that you had not built, and you dwell in them. You eat the fruit of vineyards and olive orchards that you did not plant.'

Choose Whom You Will Serve

 14(AF) "Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness.(AG) Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. 15(AH) And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD,(AI) choose this day whom you will serve, whether(AJ) the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or(AK) the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell.(AL) But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."

 16Then the people answered, "Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods, 17for it is the LORD our God who brought us and our fathers up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight and preserved us in all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed. 18And the LORD drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the LORD, for he is our God."

 19But Joshua said to the people, "You are not able to serve the LORD, for he is(AM) a holy God. He is(AN) a jealous God;(AO) he will not forgive your transgressions or your sins. 20(AP) If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, then(AQ) he will turn and do you harm and consume you, after having done you good." 21And the people said to Joshua, "No, but we will serve the LORD." 22Then Joshua said to the people, "You are witnesses against yourselves that(AR) you have chosen the LORD, to serve him." And they said, "We are witnesses." 23He said, "Then(AS) put away the foreign gods that are among you, and incline your heart to the LORD, the God of Israel." 24And the people said to Joshua, "The LORD our God we will serve, and his voice we will obey." 25So Joshua(AT) made a covenant with the people that day, and put in place(AU) statutes and rules for them at Shechem. 26And Joshua(AV) wrote these words in the Book of the Law of God. And(AW) he took a large stone and set it up there(AX) under the terebinth that was by the sanctuary of the LORD. 27And Joshua said to all the people, "Behold,(AY) this stone shall be a witness against us, for(AZ) it has heard all the words of the LORD that he spoke to us. Therefore it shall be a witness against you, lest you deal falsely with your God." 28So Joshua(BA) sent the people away, every man to his inheritance.

Joshua’s Death and Burial

 29(BB) After these things Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being 110 years old. 30And they buried him in his own inheritance at(BC) Timnath-serah, which is in the hill country of Ephraim, north of the mountain of Gaash.

 31(BD) Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua(BE) and had known all the work that the LORD did for Israel.

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Second Reading: Acts 13:1-12

Barnabas and Saul Sent Off

 1Now there were in the church at Antioch(A) prophets and(B) teachers,(C) Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger,[a] Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a member of the court of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting,(D) the Holy Spirit said,(E) "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul(F) for the work to which I have called them." 3Then after fasting and(G) praying they laid their hands on them and(H) sent them off.

Barnabas and Saul on Cyprus

 4So, being sent out(I) by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. 5When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God(J) in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had(K) John to(L) assist them. 6When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they came upon a certain(M) magician,(N) a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus. 7He was with(O) the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence, who summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God. 8But Elymas the(P) magician (for that is the meaning of his name)(Q) opposed them, seeking to turn(R) the proconsul away from the faith. 9But Saul, who was also called Paul,(S) filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him 10and said, "You(T) son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and(U) villainy, will you not stop(V) making crooked(W) the straight paths of the Lord? 11And now, behold,(X) the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and unable to see the sun for a time." Immediately mist and darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking(Y) people to lead him by the hand. 12Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had occurred, for he was astonished at(Z) the teaching of the Lord.

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