Bible in a Year – May – 21 | Day – 141

May – 21 | Day – 141
Old Testament: Judges – 9:31-10:18 | Baruch – 2:1-10

31 And he sent messengers secretly to Abimelech, saying: “Behold, Gaal, the son of Ebed, has arrived at Shechem with his brothers, and he has set the city against you.

32 And so, rise up in the night, with the people who are with you, and lie hidden in the field.

33 And at first light in the morning, as the sun is rising, rush upon the city. And when he goes out against you, with his people, do to him what you are able to do.”

34 And so Abimelech rose up, with all his army, by night, and he set ambushes near Shechem in four places.

35 And Gaal, the son of Ebed, went out, and he stood at the entrance to the gate of the city. Then Abimelech rose up, and all the army with him, from the places of the ambushes.

36 And when Gaal had seen the people, he said to Zebul, “Behold, a multitude is descending from the mountains.” And he responded to him, “You are seeing the shadows of the mountains, as if they were the heads of men, and so you are being deceived by this error.”

37 Again, Gaal said, “Behold, a people is descending from the middle of the land, and one company is arriving by the way that looks towards the oak.”

38 And Zebul said to him: “Where is your mouth now, with which you said, ‘Who is Abimelech that we should serve him?’ Is this not the people that you were despising? Go out and fight against him.”

39 Therefore, Gaal went out, with the people of Shechem watching, and he fought against Abimelech,

40 who pursued him, fleeing, and drove him into the city. And many were cut down on his side, even to the gate of the city.

41 And Abimelech made camp at Arumah. But Zebul expelled Gaal and his companions from the city, and he would not permit them to remain in it.

42 Therefore, on the following day, the people departed into the field. And when this had been reported to Abimelech,

43 he took his army, and divided it into three companies, and he placed ambushes in the fields. And seeing that the people had departed from the city, he rose up and rushed upon them,

44 along with his own company, assaulting and besieging the city. But the two other companies pursued the enemies scattered in the field.

45 Now Abimelech assaulted the city all that day. And he seized it, and he killed its inhabitants, and he destroyed it, so much so that he scattered salt in it.

46 And when those living in the tower of Shechem had heard about this, they entered the temple of their god, Berith, where they had formed a covenant with him. And it was because of this, that the place had taken its name. And it was greatly fortified.

47 Abimelech, also hearing that the men of the tower of Shechem had joined together,

48 ascended to mount Zalmon, with all his people. And taking an axe, he cut down the branch of a tree. And laying it on his shoulder, and carrying it, he said to his companions, “What you see me do, you must do quickly.”

49 And so, eagerly cutting down branches from the trees, they followed their leader. And surrounding the fortified place, they set it on fire. And so it happened that, by smoke and fire, one thousand persons died, men and women together, the occupants of the tower of Shechem.

50 Then Abimelech, setting out from there, arrived at the town of Thebez, which he surrounded and besieged with his army.

51 Now there was, in the midst of the city, a high tower, to which men and women were fleeing together, with all the leaders of the city. And, having very strongly sealed the gate, they were standing on the roof of the tower to defend themselves.

52 And Abimelech, drawing near the tower, fought valiantly. And approaching the gate, he strove to set it on fire.

53 And behold, one woman, throwing a fragment of a millstone from above, struck the head of Abimelech, and broke his skull.

54 And he quickly called to his armor bearer, and said to him, “Draw your sword and strike me, otherwise it may be said that I was slain by a woman.” And, doing as he was ordered, he killed him.

55 And when he was dead, all those of Israel who were with him returned to their homes.

56 And so did God repay the evil that Abimelech had done against his father by killing his seventy brothers.

57 The Shechemites also were given retribution for what they had done, and the curse of Jotham, the son of Jerubbaal, fell upon them.

1 After Abimelech, a leader rose up in Israel, Tola, the son of Puah, the paternal uncle of Abimelech, a man of Issachar, who lived in Shamir on mount Ephraim.

2 And he judged Israel for twenty-three years, and he died and was buried at Shamir.

3 After him succeeded Jair, a Gileadite, who judged Israel for twenty-two years,

4 having thirty sons sitting upon thirty young donkeys, and who were leaders of thirty cities, which from his name were called Havvoth Jair, that is, the towns of Jair, even to the present day, in the land of Gilead.

5 And Jair died, and he was buried in the place which is called Kamon.

6 But the sons of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, joining new sins to old, and they served idols, the Baals and Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria and Sidon, and of Moab and the sons of Ammon, and the Philistines. And they abandoned the Lord, and they did not worship him.

7 And the Lord, becoming angry against them, delivered them into the hands of the Philistines and the sons of Ammon.

8 And they were afflicted and vehemently oppressed for eighteen years, all who were living beyond the Jordan in the land of the Amorite, which is in Gilead,

9 to such a great extent that the sons of Ammon, crossing over the Jordan, laid waste to Judah and Benjamin and Ephraim. And Israel was exceedingly afflicted.

10 And crying out to the Lord, they said: “We have sinned against you. For we have forsaken the Lord our God, and we have served the Baals.”

11 And the Lord said to them: “Did not the Egyptians, and the Amorites, and the sons of Ammon, and the Philistines,

12 and also the Sidonians, and Amalek, and Canaan, oppress you, and so you cried out to me, and I rescued you from their hand?

13 And yet you have forsaken me, and you have worshipped foreign gods. For this reason, I will not continue to free you any more.

14 Go, and call upon the gods whom you have chosen. Let them free you in the time of anguish.”

15 And the sons of Israel said to the Lord: “We have sinned. You may repay us in whatever way pleases you. Yet free us now.”

16 And saying these things, they cast out all the idols of the foreign gods from their regions, and they served the Lord God. And he was touched by their miseries.

17 And then the sons of Ammon, shouting out together, pitched their tents in Gilead. And the sons of Israel gathered together against them, and they made camp at Mizpah.

18 And the leaders of Gilead said to one another, “Whoever among us will be the first to begin to contend against the sons of Ammon, he shall be the leader of the people of Gilead.”

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1 ‘For this reason, the Lord our God has fulfilled his word, which he has spoken to us, and to our judges, who have judged Israel, and to our kings, and to our leaders, and to all Israel and Judah.

2 And so the Lord has brought upon us great evils, such as never before happened under heaven, (but which have come to pass in Jerusalem according to what was written in the law of Moses)

3 even that a man would eat the flesh of his son and the flesh of his daughter.

4 And so he placed them under the hand of all the kings who surround us, in disgrace and desolation among all the people where the Lord has scattered us.

5 And we were brought down low and were not raised up, because we sinned against the Lord our God, by not obeying his voice.

6 To the Lord our God is justice, but to us and to our fathers is confusion of face, just as on this day.

7 For the Lord has pronounced against us all these evils, which have overcome us.

8 And we have not beseeched the face of the Lord our God, so that we might return, each one of us from our most sinful ways.

9 And the Lord has watched over us for evil and has brought it upon us, because the Lord is just in all his works that he has commanded us,

10 and we have not listened to his own voice, so as to walk according to the teachings of the Lord, which he has set before our face.

Psalms: Psalms – 65:8-14

8 Who troublest the depth of the sea, the noise of its waves. The Gentiles shall be troubled,

9 And they that dwell in the uttermost borders shall be afraid at thy signs: thou shalt make the outgoings of the morning and of the evening to be joyful.

10 Thou hast visited the earth, and hast plentifully watered it; thou hast many ways enriched it. The river of God is filled with water, thou hast prepared their food: for so is its preparation.

11 Fill up plentifully the streams thereof, multiply its fruits; it shall spring up and rejoice in its showers.

12 Thou shalt bless the crown of the year of thy goodness: and thy fields shall be filled with plenty.

13 The beautiful places of the wilderness shall grow fat: and the hills shall be girded about with joy,

14 The rams of the flock are clothed, and the vales shall abound with corn: they shall shout, yea they shall sing a hymn.

New Testament: John – 4:41-54

41 And many more believed in him, because of his own word.

42 And they said to the woman: “Now we believe, not because of your speech, but because we ourselves have heard him, and so we know that he is truly the Savior of the world.”

43 Then, after two days, he departed from there, and he traveled into Galilee.

44 For Jesus himself offered testimony that a Prophet has no honor in his own country.

45 And so, when he had arrived in Galilee, the Galileans received him, because they had seen all that he had done at Jerusalem, in the day of the feast. For they also went to the feast day.

46 Then he went again into Cana of Galilee, where he made water into wine. And there was a certain ruler, whose son was sick at Capernaum.

47 Since he had heard that Jesus came to Galilee from Judea, he sent to him and begged him to come down and heal his son. For he was beginning to die.

48 Therefore, Jesus said to him, “Unless you have seen signs and wonders, you do not believe.”

49 The ruler said to him, “Lord, come down before my son dies.”

50 Jesus said to him, “Go, your son lives.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and so he went away.

51 Then, as he was going down, his servants met him. And they reported to him, saying that his son was alive.

52 Therefore, he asked them at which hour he had become better. And they said to him, “Yesterday, at the seventh hour, the fever left him.”

53 Then the father realized that it was at the same hour that Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” And both he and his entire household believed.

54 This next sign was the second that Jesus accomplished, after he had arrived in Galilee from Judea.

Simplest Bible in a Year plan compiled using the “Catholic Public Domain Version Bible“. This is not the Readings at the Mass. For the Mass Readings, check the Mass Readings taken from the New Jerusalem Bible or the Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible.
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