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April 29: Examine Thy Self

Joshua 21:1–22:9; 2 Corinthians 13:1–10; Psalm 59:1–17

Before advising others on how they should act, self-examination is always necessary. When the Corinthians questioned the authenticity of Paul and his colleagues’ ministry (which is ironic, since he had planted their church), Paul says to them: “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith. Examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize regarding yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you, unless you are unqualified?” (2 Cor 13:5).

None of us are ready for the ministry that Jesus has for us because we’re not worthy of the great gift of salvation He has offered. We are meant to find our identity and calling in Christ and to lead out of the gifts He has given us (see 1 Cor 12). For this reason, Paul makes this claim:

“And I hope that you will recognize that we are not unqualified! Now we pray to God that you not do wrong in any way, not that we are seen as approved, but that you do what is good, even though we are seen as though unqualified. For we are not able to do anything against the truth, but rather only for the truth” (2 Cor 13:6–8).

Paul is bound to what Christ has called him to do, which is why he often calls himself a slave for Christ (e.g., Rom 1:1). Because of His great sacrifice, Paul sees the only natural action is living fully—with his entire being—for Jesus. It is in Christ that Paul finds his strength, even in the difficulties he faces with the Corinthians: “For we rejoice whenever we are weak, but you are strong, and we pray for this: your maturity” (2 Cor 13:9).

The psalmist also has a plea for times when he faces opposition from others: “Deliver me from my enemies, O my God. Protect me from those who rise up against me.… For look, they lie in wait for my life. The mighty attack against me, not because of my transgression or my sin, O Yahweh. Without guilt on my part they run and ready themselves. Awake to meet me and see” (Psa 59:1, 3–4).

The Bible is full of understanding and insight for moments of struggle. And we have a great Savior who can sympathize with our struggles (Heb 4:14–16). It’s not a matter of if we as Christ followers will experience unrighteous opposition; it’s a matter of when. May we have the type of faithfulness that Paul and the psalmist did. May we plea to the good God who loves us. May we speak only His truth.

What opposition are you currently experiencing? How would God have you to answer it? How should you be praying to Him?

JOHN D. BARRY

EZC

  • Then came the principal fathers of the Levites unto Eleazar the Priest, and unto Joshua the son of Nun, and unto the chief fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel, And spake unto them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan, saying, The Lord commanded by the hand of Moses, togive us cities to dwell in, with the suburbs thereof for our cattle. So the children of Israel gave unto the Levites, out of their inheritance at the commandent of the Lord these cities with their suburbs. And the lot came out for the families of the Kohathites: and the children of Aaron the Priest, which were of the Levites, had by lot, out of the tribe of Judah, and out of the tribe of Simeon, and out of the tribe of Benjamin thirteen cities. And the rest of the children of Kohath had by lot out of the families of the tribe of Ephraim, and out of the tribe of Dan, and out of the half tribe of Manasseh, ten cities. Also the children of Gershon had by lot out of the families of the tribe of Asher, and out of the tribe of Naphtali, and out of the half tribe of Manasseh in Bashan, thirteen cities. The children of Merari according to their families had out of the tribe of Reuben, and out of the tribe of Gad, and out of the tribe of Zebulun, twelve cities. So the children of Israel gave by lot unto the Levites these cities with their suburbs, as the Lord had commanded by the hand of Moses. And they gave out of the tribe of the children of Judah, and out of the tribe of the children of Simeon, these cities which are here named. And they were the children of Aaron being of the families of the Kohathites, and of the sons of Levi, (for theirs was the first lot.) So they gave them Kirjath-arba of the father of Anak (which is Hebron) in the mountain of Judah with the suburbs of the same round about it. (But the land of the city, and the village thereof, gave they to Caleb the son of Jephunneh to be his possession.) Thus they gave to the children of Aaron the Priest, a city of refuge for the slayer, even Hebron with her suburbs, and Libnah with her suburbs, And Jattir with her suburbs, and Eshtemoa, and her suburbs, And Holon with her suburbs, and Debir with her suburbs, And Ain with her suburbs, and Juttah with her suburbs, Beth Shemesh with her suburbs: nine cities cities out of those two tribes. And out of the tribe of Benjamin they gave Gibeon with her suburbs, Geba with her suburbs, Anathoth with her suburbs, and Almon with her suburbs: four cities. All the cities of the children of Aaron Priests, were thirteen cities with their suburbs. But to the families of the children of Kohath of the Levites, which were the rest of the children of Kohath (for the cities of their lot were out of the tribe of Ephraim.) They gave them the city of refuge for the slayer, Shechem with her suburbs in mount Ephraim, and Gezer with her suburbs, And Kibzaim with her suburbs, and Beth Horon with her suburbs: four cities. And out of the tribe of Dan, Eltekeh with her suburbs, Gibbethon with her suburbs, Aijalon with her suburbs, Gath Rimmon with her suburbs: two cities. All the cities for the other families of the children of Kohath were ten with their suburbs. Also unto the children of Gershon of the families of the Levites, they gave out of the half tribe of Manasseh, the city of refuge for the slayer, Golan in Bashan with her suburbs, and Be Eshterah with her suburbs: two cities. And out of the tribe of Issachar, Kishon with her suburbs, Daberath with her suburbs, Jarmuth with her suburbs, En Gannim with her suburbs: four cities. And out of the tribe of Asher, Mishal with her suburbs, Abdon with her suburbs, Helkath with her suburbs, and Rehob with her suburbs: four cities. And out of the tribe of Naphtali, the city of refuge for the slayer, Kedesh in Galilee with her suburbs, and Hammoth Dor with her suburbs, and Kartan with her suburbs: three cities. All the cities of the Gerhonites according to their families, were thirteen cities with their suburbs. Also unto the families of the children of Merari the rest of the Levites, they gave out of the tribe of Zebulun, Jokneam with her suburbs, and Kartah with her suburbs, Dimnah with her suburbs, Nahalal with her suburbs: four cities. And out of the tribe of Reuben, Bezer with her suburbs, and Jahaz with her suburbs, Kedemoth with her suburbs, and Mephaath with her suburbs: four cities. And out of the tribe of Gad they gave for a city of refuge for the slayer, Ramoth in Giilead with her suburbs, and Mahanaim with her suburbs, Heshbon with her suburbs, and Jazer with her suburbs: four cities in all. So all the cities of the children of Metari according to their families (which were the rest of the families of the Levites) were by their lot, twelve cities. And all the cities of the Levites within the possession of the children of Israel, were eight and forty with their suburbs. These cities lay every one severally with their suburbs round about them: so were all these cities. So the Lord give unto Israel all the land, which he had sworn to give unto their fathers: and they possessed it, and dwelt therein. Also the Lord gave them rest round about according to all that he had sworn unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them: for the Lord delivered all their enemies into their hand. There failed nothing of all the good things, which the Lord had said unto the house of Israel, but all came to pass. Then Joshua called the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, And said unto them, Ye have kept all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, and have obeyed my voice in all that I commanded you: You have not forsaken your brethen this long season unto this day, but have diligenty kept the commandment of the Lord your God. And now the Lord hath given rest unto your brethren, as he promised them: therefore now return ye, and go to your tents, to the land of your possession, which Moses the servant of the Lord hath given you beyond Jordan. But take diligent heed, to do the commandment and Law, which Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you: that is, that ye love the Lord your God, and walk in all his ways, and keep his commandments, and cleave unto him, and serve him with all your heart, and with all your soul. So Joshua blessed them, and sent them away, and they went unto their tents. Now unto one half of the tribe of Manasseh Moses had given a possession in Bashan: and unto the other half thereof gave Joshua among their brethren on this side Jordan Westward: therefore when Joshua sent them away unto their tents, and blessed them, Thus he spake unto them, saying, Return with much riches unto your tents, and with a great multitude of cattle, with silver and with gold, with brass and with iron, and with great abundance of raiment: divide the spoil of your enemies with your brethren. So the children of Reuben, and the children of Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh returned, and departed from the children of Israel from Shiloh (which is in the land of Canaan) to go unto the country of Gilead to the land of their possession, which they had obtained according to the word of the Lord by the hand of Moses. Joshua 21:1–22:9
  • Lo this is the third time that I come unto you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word stand. I told you before, and tell you before: as though I had been present the second time, so write I now being absent to them, which heretofore have sinned, and to all others, that if I come again, I will not spare. Seeing that ye seek experience of Christ, that speaketh in me, which toward you is not weak, but is mighty in you. For though he was crucified concerning his infirmity, yet liveth he through the power of God. And we no doubt are weak in him, but we shall live with him, through the power of God toward you. Prove yourselves whether ye are in the faith: examine yourselves: know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates. Now I pray unto God that ye do none evil, not that we should seem approved, but that ye should do that which is honest: though we be as reprobates. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but for the truth. For we are glad when we are weak, and that ye are strong: this also we wish for, even your perfection. Therefore write I these things being absent, lest when I am present, I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me, to edification, and not to destruction. 2 Corinthians 13:1–10
  • O my God, deliver me from mine enemies; defend me from then that rise up against me. Deliver me from the wicked doers, and save me from the bloody men. For lo, they have laid wait for my soul; the mighty men are gathered against me, not for mine offense, nor for my sin, O Lord. They run and prepare themselves without a fault on my part: arise therefore to assist me, and behold. Even thou, O Lord God of hosts, O God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen, and be not merciful unto all that transgress maliciously. Selah. They go to and fro in the evening: they bark like dogs, and go about the city. Behold, they brag in their talk, and swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear? But thou, O Lord, shalt have them in derision, and thou shalt laugh at all the heathen. He is strong: but I will wait upon thee: for God is my defense. My merciful God will prevent me: God will let me see my desire upon mine enemies. Slay them not, lest my people forget it: but scatter them abroad by thy power, and put them down, O Lord, our shield, For the sin of their mouth, and the words of their lips: and let them be takenin their pride, even for their perjury and lies, that they speak. Consume them in thy wrath: consume them that they be no more: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob, even unto the ends of the world. Selah. And in the evening they shall go to and fro, and bark like dogs, and go about the city. They shall run here and there for meat, and surely they shall not be satisifed, though they tarry all night. But I will sing of thy power, and will praise thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble. Unto thee, O my Strength will I sing: for God is my defense, and my merciful God. Psalm 59:1–17

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April 28: The Subtle Sinner

Joshua 19:10–20:9; 2 Corinthians 12:11–21; Psalm 57:1–58:11

Some sins slip through the cracks—the ones that emerge in hushed tones between like-minded Christians. Sometimes these sins seem respectable because they occur out of supposed concerns for the Church or others. But they can leave deep gashes in the life of a community because they often go unchecked. And it’s these sins that Paul addresses shortly before closing his letter to the Corinthians:

“For I am afraid lest somehow when I arrive, I will not find you as I want, and I may be found by you as you do not want. I am afraid lest somehow there will be strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, pride, disorder” (2 Cor 12:20).

While the Corinthians were guilty of flagrant sins like impurity, sexual immorality, and licentiousness, they were also sinning in ways that subtly undermined Paul’s authority. Slander and gossip created deep divisions in the Corinthian church, just as they do in our churches today.

We often don’t realize we’re committing these sins until rumors reach the individual we’re gossiping about. Paul had been absent from the Corinthian community for some time. During his absence, dissenters slandered him. The Corinthians should have defended Paul while he was away, but instead, he was forced to defend his own ministry (2 Cor 13:2–3). He anticipated that his return to the community would reveal the true state of the situation.

Ultimately, these subtle sins were an attack on the good news—not just Paul. Because his integrity was brought into question, the authenticity of his message was also criticized. In addition, Paul was forced to address their sin before he could reach out to other communities with the good news (2 Cor 10:15).

The decisions we make on a daily basis can lead to division or unity in our community. And choosing to be a faithful peacemaker in the midst of divisive sins might have a bigger impact than we can imagine.

What are your subtle sins that are wrongfully condoned?

REBECCA VAN NOORD

EZC

  • Also the third lot arose for the children of Zebulun, according to their families: and the coasts of their inheritace came to Sarid. And their border goeth up Westward, even to Maralah, and reacheth to Dabbasheth, and meeteth with the river that lieth before Jokneam, And turneth from Sarid Eastward toward the Sun rising unto the border of Chisloth Tabor, and goeth out to Daberath, and ascendeth to Japhia, And from thence goeth along Eastward toward the Sun rising to Gath Hepher, to Eth Kazin, and goeth forth to Rimmon, and turneth to Neah. And this border compasseth it on the North side to Hannathon, and the ends thereof are in the valley of Jiphath El, And Kattath, and Nahallal, and Shimron, and Idalah, and Bethlehem: twelve cities with their villages. This is the inheritance of the children of Zebulun, according to their families, that is, these cities and their villages. The fourth lot came out to Issachar, even for the children of Issachar, according to their families. And their coast was Jezreel, and Chesulloth, and Shunem, And Haphraim, and Shion, and Anaharath, And Rabbith, and Kishion, and Abez, And Remeth, and En Gannim, and En Haddah, and Beth Pazzez. And this coast reacheth to Tabor, and Shahazimah, and Beth Shemesh, and the ends of their coast reach to Jordan: sixteen cities with their villages. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Issachar according to their families: that is, the cities and their villages. Also the fifth lot came out for the tribe of the children of Asher according to their families. And their coast was Helkath, and Hali, and Beten, and Achshaph, And Alammelech, and Amad, and Mishal, and came to Carmel Westward, and to Shihor Libnath, And turneth toward the Sun rising to Beth Dagon, and cometh to Zebulun, and to the valley of Jiphthah El, toward te North side of Beth Emek, and Neiel, and goeth out on the left side of Cabul, And to Ebron, and Rehob, and Hammon, and Kanah, unto great Sidon. Then the coast turneth to Ramah and to the strong city of Zor, and this border turneth to Hosah, and the ends thereof are at the Sea from Hebel to Achzib, Ummah also and Aphek, and rehob: two and twenty cities with their villages. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Asher, according to their families: that is, these cities and their villages. The sixth lot came out to the children of Naphtali, even to the children of Naphtali according to their families. And their coast was from Heleph, and from Allon in Zaanannim, and Adami Nekeb, and Jabneel, even to Lakkum, and the ends thereof are at Jordan. So this coast turneth Westward to Aznoth Tabor, and goeth out from thence to Hukkok, and reacheth to Zebulun on the South side, and goods to Asher on the West side, and to Judah by Jordan toward the sun rising. And the strong cities are Ziddim, Zer, and Hammath, Rakkath, and Chinnereth., And Adamah, and Ramah, and Hazor, And Kedesh, and Edrei, and En Hazor, And Iron, and Migdal El, Horem, and Beth Anath, and Beth Shemesh: nineteen cities with their villages. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Naphtali according to their families. And the coast of their inheritance as Zorah, and Eshtaol, and Ir Shemesh, And Shaalabbin, and Aijalon, and Jethlah, and Elon, and Timnah, and Ekron, And Eltekeh, and Gibbethon, and Baalath, And Me Jarkon, and Rakkkon, with the border that lieth before Japho. But the coast of the children of Dan fell out too little for them: therefore the children of Dan went up to fight against Leshem, and took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and possessed it, and dwelt therein, and called Leshem, Dan after the name of Dan their father. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Dan according to their families: that is, these cities and their villages. When they had made an end of dividing the land by the coasts thereof, then the children of Israel gave an inheritance unto Joshua the son of Nun among them. According to the word of the Lord they gave him the city which he asked, even Timnath Serah in mount Ephraim: and he built the city and dwelt therein. These are the heritages which Eleazar the Priest, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the chief fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel divided by lot in Shiloh before the Lord at the door of the Tabernacle of the Congregation: so they made an end of dividing the country. The Lord also spake unto Joshua, sayiing, Speak to the children of Israel, and say, Appoint you cities of refuge, whereof I spake unto you by the hand of Moses, That the slayer that killeth any person by ignorance, and unwittingly, may flee thither, and they shall be your refuge from the avenger of blood. And he that doth flee unto one of those cities, shall stand in the entering of the gate of the city, and shall show his cause to the Elders of the city: and they shall receive him into the city unto them, and give him a place, that he may dwell with them. And if the avenger of blood pursue after him, they shall not deliver the slayer into his hand, because he smote his neighbor ignorantly, neither hated he him beforetime: But he shall dwell in that city until he stand before the Congregation in judgment, or until the death of the high Priest that shall be in those days: then shal the slayer return, and come unto his own city, and unto his own house, even unto the city from whence he fled. Then they appointed Kedesh in Galilee in mount Naphtali, and Shechem in mount Ephraim, and Kirjath Arba, (which is Hebron) in the mountain of Judah. And on the other side Jordan toward Jericho Eastward, they appointed Bezer in the wilderness upon the plain, out of the tribe of Ruben, and Ramoth in Gilead, out of the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan, out of the tribe of Manasseh. These were the cities appointed for all the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourned among them, that whosoever killed any person ignorantly, might flee thither, and not die by the hand of the avenger of blood, until he stood before the Congregation. Joshua 19:10–20:9
  • I was a fool to boast myself: ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing was I inferior unto the very chief Apostles, though I be nothing. The signs of an Apostle were wrought among you with all patience, with signs, and wonders and great works. For what is it, wherein ye were inferiors unto other Churches, except that I have not been slothful to your hindrance? forgive me this wrong. Behold, the third time I am ready to come unto you, and yet will I not be slothful to your hindrance: for I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the fathers, but the fathers for the children. And I will most gladly bestow, and will be bestowed for your souls: though the more I love you, the less I am loved. But be it that I charged you not: yet for as much as I was crafty, I took you with guile. Did I pill you by any of them whom I sent unto you? I have desired Titus, and with him I have sent a brother: did Titus pill you of any things? walked we not in the selfsame spirit? walked we not in the same steps? Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ. But we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying. For I fear lest when I come, I shall not find you such as I would: and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: and lest there be strife, envyings, wrath, contentions, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, and discord. I fear lest when I come again, my God abase me among you, and I shall bewail many of them which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness, and fornication, and wantonness which they have committed. 2 Corinthians 12:11–21
  • Have mercy upon me, O God, have mercy upon me; for my soul trusteh in thee, and in the shadow of thy wings will I trust, till these afflictions overpass. I will call unto the most high God, even the God, that performeth his promise toward me. He will send from heaven, and save me from the reproof of him that would swallow me. Selah. God will send his mercy, and his truth. My soul is among lions; I lie among the children of men, that are set on fire; whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword. Exalt thyself, O God, above the heaven, and let thy glory be upon all the earth. They have laid a net for my steps; my soul is pressed down, they have dug a pit before me, and are fallen into the midst of it. Selah. Mine heart is prepared, O God, mine heart is prepared; I will sing and give praise. Awake my tongue, awake viol and harp: I will awake early. I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people, and I will sing unto thee among the nations. For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds. Exalt thyself, O God, above the heavens, and let thy glory be upon all the earth. Is it true? O congregation, speak ye justly? O sons of men judge ye uprightly? Yea, rather ye imagine mischief in your heart: your hands execute cruelty upon the earth. The wicked are strangers from the womb: even from the belly have they erred, and speak lies. Their poison is even like the poison of a serpent; like the deaf adder that stoppeth his ear. Which heareth not the voice of the enchanter, though he be most expert in charming. Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break the jaws of the young lions, O Lord. Let them melt like the waters, let them pass away; when he shooteth his arrows, let them be as broken. Let them consume like a snail that melteth, and like the untimely fruit of a woman, that hath not seen the sun. As raw flesh before your pots feel the fire of thorns: so let them carry them away as with a whirlwind in his wrath. The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance; he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. And men shall say, Verily there is fruit for the righteous; doubtless there is a God thta judgeth in the earth. Psalm 57:1–58:11

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April 27: Walking in Circles

Joshua 18:1–19:9; 2 Corinthians 12:1–10; Psalm 56:1–13

I often wish things were more obvious. I ask God to help me understanding His timing so that I can easily act. I ask for everything to happen at the right moments. I ask Him to give me such clear directions that I can’t fail in following them. I used to think this was a good thing, but I realize now that all my questions could indicate a lack of faith. It seems that my questions lead to more questions. Like a man losing his memory in old age, I end up walking in circles around the block rather than finding my way home.

Maybe it’s not the lack of knowing that disturbs me, but that when I really know what God wants, I will have to act. In general, this seems to be the problem with faith in western Christianity. We say we don’t know what God wants. However, if we’re honest with ourselves, perhaps we don’t really want to know what God wants. In our hearts, we’re certain that knowing will mean uncomfortable change.

Joshua calls the Israelites on this type of faith problem: “How long will you be slack about going to take possession of the land that Yahweh, the God of your ancestors, has given you?” (Josh 18:3). The same question applies to us. How long will we wait? We really know what we’re supposed to do? If we don’t, might the reason be that we don’t want to know?

Often we hesitate because we’re afraid of our weaknesses—that we don’t think we have what it takes. Paul addresses this when discussing his own weaknesses: “And [God] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, because the power is perfected in weakness.’ Therefore rather I will boast most gladly in my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may reside in me’ ” (2 Cor 12:9).

Rather than live in fear, we should boast in our weaknesses. Christ is working in us, to use us, in spite of them. No one is perfect; only Christ has the honor of perfection. And while we are weak, He will give us strength in Him. His strength can overcome whoever we are, wherever we have been, and whatever we will do.

Rather than walking in circles looking for home, let’s realize that we are already home. Our home is Christ.

In what ways are you currently walking in circles? What should you be doing instead?

JOHN D. BARRY

EZC

  • And the whole Congregation of the children of Israel came together at Shiloh: for they set up the Tabernacle of the Congregation there, after the land was subject unto them. Now there remained among the children of Israel seven tribes, to whom they had not divided their inheritance. Therefore Joshua said unto the children of Israel, how long are you so slack to enter and possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers hath given you? Give from among you for every tribe three men, that I may send them, and that they may rise and walk through the land, and distribute it according to their inheritance, and return to me. And that they may divide it unto them into seven parts, (Judah shall abide in his coast at the South, and the house of Joseph shall stand in their coasts at the North.) Ye shall describe the land therefore into seven parts, and shall bring them hither to me, and I will cast lots for you here before the Lord our God. But the Levites shall have no part among you: for the Priesthood of the Lrod is their inheritance: also Gad and Reuben and half the tribe of Manasseh have received their inheritance beyond Jordan Eastward, which Moses the servant of the Lord gave them. Then the men arose, and went their way, and Joseph charged them that went to describe the land, saying, Depart, and go through the land, and describe it, and return to me, that I may here cast lots for you before the Lord in Shiloh. So the men departed, and passed through the land, and described it by cities into seven parts in a book, and returned to Joshua into the camp at Shiloh. Then Joshua cast lots for them in Shiloh before the Lord, and there Joshua divided the land unto the children of Israel, according to their portions. And the lot oof the tribe of the children of Benjamin came forth according to their families, and the cost of their lot lay between the children of Judah, and the children of Joseph. And their coast on the North side was from Jordan, and the border went up to the side of Jericho on the North part, and went up through the mountains Westward, and the ends thereof are in the wilderness of Beth Aven: And this border goeth along from thence to Luz, even to the South side of Luz (the same is Bethel) and this border descendeth to Ataroth Addar, near the mount that lieth on the South side of Beth Horon the nether. So the border turneth, and compasseth the corner of the Sea Southward, from the mount that lieth before Beth Horon Southward: and the ends thereof are at Kirjath Baal (which is Kirjath Jearim) a city of the children of Judah: this is the West quarter. And the South quarter is from the end of Kirjath Jearim, and this border goeth out Westward, and cometh to the fountain of waters of Nephtoah. And this border descendeth at the end of the mountain, that lieth before th evalley of Ben Hinnom, which is in the valley of the giants Northward, and descendeth into the valley of Hinnom by the side of Jebus Southward, and goeth down to En Rogel, And compasseth from the North, and goeth forth to en Shemesh, and stretcheth to Geliloth, whic his toward the going up unto Adummin, and goeth down to the stone of Bohan the son of Reuben. So it goeth along to the side over against the plain Northward, and goeth down into the plain. After, this border goeth along to the side of Beth Hoglah Northward: and the ends thereof, that is, of the border, reach to the point of the salt Sea Northward, and to the end of Jordan Southward: this is the South coast. Also Jordan is the border of it on the East side: this is the inheritance of the children of Benjamin by the coasts thereof round about, according to their families. Now the cities of the tribe of the children of Benjamin, according to their families, are Jericho, and Beth Hoglah, and the valley of Keziz, And Beth Arabah, and Zemaraim, and Bethel, And Avim, and Parah, and Ophrah, And Cephar, Haammoni, and Ophni, and Gaba: twelve cities with their villages: Gibeon, and Ramah, and Beeroth, And Mizpah, and Chepirah, and Mozah, And Rekem, and Irpeel, and Taralah, And Zelah, Eleph, and Jebus, (which is Jeruslalem) Gibeath, and Kirjath: fourteen cities with their villages: this is the inheritance of the children of Benjamin, according to their families. And the second lot came out to Simeon, even for the tribe of the children of Simeon, according to their families: and their inheritance was in the midst of the inheritance of the children of Judah. Now they had in their inheritance Beersheba, and Sheba, and Moladah, And Hazar Shual, and Balah, and Eizem, And Eholad, and Bethul, and Hormah, And Ziklag, and Beth Marcaboth, and Hazar Susah, And Beth Lebaoth, and Sharuhen: thirteen cities with their villages. Ain, Rimmon, and Ether, and Ashan: four cities with their villages. And all the villages that were rounda bout those cities, unto Baalath Beer, and Ramah, Southward: this is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Simeon, according to their families. Out of the portion of the children of Judah came the inheritance of the children of Simeon: for the part of the children o fJudah was too much for them: therefore the children of Simeon had their inheritance within their inheritance. Joshua 18:1–19:9
  • It is not expedient for me no doubt to rejoice: for I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether he were in the body, I cannot tell, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth) which was taken up into the third heaven. And I know wuch a man (whether in the body or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth.) How that he was taken up into Paradise, and heard words which cannot be spoken, which are not possible for man to utter. Of such a man will I rejoice: of myself will I not rejoice, except it be of mine infirmities. For though I would rejoice, I should not be a fool, for I willl say the truth: but I refrain, lest any man should think of me above that he seeth in me, or that he heareth of me. And lest I should be exalted out of measure throught he abundance of revelations, there was given unto me a prick in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, because I should not be exalted out of measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my power is made perfect through weakness. Very gladly therefore will I rejoice rather in mine infimrities, that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in anguish for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. 2 Corinthians 12:1–10
  • Be merciful unto me, O God, for man would swallow me up: he fighteth continually and vexeth me. Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for many fight against me, O thou most High. When I was afraid, I trusted in thee. I will rejoice in God, because of his word, I trust in God, and will not fear what flesh can do unto me. Mine own words grieve me daily: all their thoughts are against me to do me hurt. They gather together, and keep themselves close: they mark my steps, because they wait for my soul. They think they shall excape by iniquity: O God, cast these people down in thine anger. Thou hast counted my wanderings; put my tears into thy bottle; are they not in thy register? When I cry, then mine enemies shall turn back; this I know for God is with me. I will rejoice in God because of his word; in the Lord will I rejoice because of his word. In God do I trust; I will not be afraid what man can do unto me. Thy vows are upon me, O God, I will render praises unto thee. For thou hast delivered my soul from death, and also my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living. Psalm 56:1–13