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Reading Deut 19 “When Yahweh your God has ?exterminated? the nations concerning whom Yahweh your God is giving to you their land, and you have dispossessed them, and you have settled in their towns and in their houses, 2 you shall set apart three cities for you in the midst of your land that Yahweh your God is giving to you to take possession of it….
This Daily Devotion covers the first five books of the Bible, Genesis through Deuteronomy also called the Books of Moses or the Pentateuch, in a period of one year in a Monday through Friday format, the Psalms and order of devotion follow those presented in The Treasury of Daily Prayer from Concordia Publishing House.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my pleas for mercy!
In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!
Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan,
and he hears my voice.
Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you;
He will never permit the righteous to be moved.
1 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble!
May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!
2 May he send you help from the sanctuary
and give you support from Zion!
3 May he remember all your offerings
and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah
4 May he grant you your heart’s desire
and fulfill all your plans!
5 May we shout for joy over your salvation,
and in the name of our God set up our banners!
May the LORD fulfill all your petitions!
6 Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed;
he will answer him from his holy heaven
with the saving might of his right hand.
7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
8 They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.
9 O LORD, save the king! May he answer us when we call.
Reading Deut 19
19 “When Yahweh your God has ?exterminated? the nations concerning whom Yahweh your God is giving to you their land, and you have dispossessed them, and you have settled in their towns and in their houses, 2 you shall set apart three cities for you in the midst of your land that Yahweh your God is giving to you to take possession of it. 3 You shall prepare the roads for yourselves, and you shall divide the regions of your land into thirds that Yahweh your God gives you as a possession, so that ?it will be available for any manslayer to flee there?.
4 “Now this is the case of the manslayer who may flee there and live there who has killed his neighbor ?unintentionally?, and he did not hate him ?previously?. 5 ?For example?, when somebody goes with his neighbor into the forest to cut wood, and the iron head slips from the handle of the tool and strikes his neighbor and he dies, then he may flee to one of these cities, and so he may live. 6 He does this lest the avenger of blood might pursue after the killer, because ?he is hot with anger? and he overtakes him, because it is a long distance to the city of refuge, and so ?he kills him?, but ?he did not deserve a death sentence?, because he was not hating him ?before?. 7 Therefore I am commanding you, ?saying?, ‘You shall set apart three cities.’ 8 Then if Yahweh your God enlarges your territory just as he swore to your ancestors and gives to you all the land that he ?promised? to give to your ancestors, 9 then ?if you diligently observe this entire commandment? that I am commanding you ?today? by loving Yahweh your God and by going in his ways ?at all times?, then you shall add three more cities for yourselves to these three. 10 Do this so that innocent blood will not be shed in the midst of your land that Yahweh your God is giving to you as an inheritance and thereby bloodguilt would be on you.
11 But if someone hates his neighbor and lies in wait for him and rises up against him ?and murders him?, and the murderer flees to one of these cities, 12 then the elders of his city shall send and take him from there, and they shall give him into the hand of the avenger of blood, and he shall be put to death. 13 Your eye shall not take pity on him, and you shall purge the guilt of innocent blood from Israel, ?so that good will be directed toward you?.
14 “You shall not move the boundary marker of your neighbor that ?former generations? set up on your property in the land that Yahweh your God is giving to you to take possession of it. 15 ?The testimony of a single witness may not be used to convict? with respect to any crime and for any wrongdoing in any offense that a person committed; on the ?evidence? of two witnesses or on the ?evidence? of three witnesses ?a charge shall be sustained?. 16 If ?a malicious witness? gets up ?to accuse? anyone to testify against him falsely, 17 then the two men ?to whom the legal dispute pertains? shall stand ?before? Yahweh, ?before? the priests and the judges who are in office in those days. 18 Then judges shall make a thorough inquiry, and if it turns out that the witness is a false witness and he testified falsely against his brother, 19 then you shall do to him as he meant to do to his brother, and so you shall purge the evil from your midst. 20 ?And the rest? shall hear and shall fear, and ?they shall not continue to do such a thing again? as this evil thing in your midst. 21 ?You must show no pity?: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.”
O Lord, keep Your household, the Church, in continual godliness that through Your protection she may be free from all adversities and devoutly given to serve You in good works; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Heavenly Father, send Your Holy Spirit into our hearts to direct and rule us according to Your will, to comfort us in all our afflictions, to defend us from all error, and to lead us into all truth; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.