21

OCT

EXODUS 4:27-31

27. Now the LORD said to Aaron, ``Go to meet Moses in the wilderness." So he went and met him at the mountain of God and kissed him. 28. Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD with which He had sent him, and all the signs that He had commanded him to do. 29. Then Moses and Aaron went and assembled all the elders of the sons of Israel; 30. and Aaron spoke all the words which the LORD had spoken to Moses. He then performed the signs in the sight of the people. 31. So the people believed; and when they heard that the LORD was concerned about the sons of Israel and that He had seen their affliction, then they bowed low and worshiped.

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21

OCT

EXODUS 5:1-9

1. And afterward Moses and Aaron came and said to Pharaoh, ``Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, `Let My people go that they may celebrate a feast to Me in the wilderness.'" 2. But Pharaoh said, ``Who is the LORD that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, and besides, I will not let Israel go." 3. Then they said, ``The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please, let us go a three days' journey into the wilderness that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God, otherwise He will fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword." 4. But the king of Egypt said to them, ``Moses and Aaron, why do you draw the people away from their work? Get back to your labors!" 5. Again Pharaoh said, ``Look, the people of the land are now many, and you would have them cease from their labors!" 6. So the same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters over the people and their foremen, saying, 7. ``You are no longer to give the people straw to make brick as previously; let them go and gather straw for themselves. 8. ``But the quota of bricks which they were making previously, you shall impose on them; you are not to reduce any of it. Because they are lazy, therefore they cry out, `Let us go and sacrifice to our God.' 9. ``Let the labor be heavier on the men, and let them work at it so that they will pay no attention to false words."

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21

OCT

EXODUS 5:15-23

15. Then the foremen of the sons of Israel came and cried out to Pharaoh, saying, ``Why do you deal this way with your servants? 16. ``There is no straw given to your servants, yet they keep saying to us, `Make bricks!' And behold, your servants are being beaten; but it is the fault of your own people." 17. But he said, ``You are lazy, very lazy; therefore you say, `Let us go and sacrifice to the LORD.' 18. ``So go now and work; for you will be given no straw, yet you must deliver the quota of bricks." 19. The foremen of the sons of Israel saw that they were in trouble because they were told, ``You must not reduce your daily amount of bricks." 20. When they left Pharaoh's presence, they met Moses and Aaron as they were waiting for them. 21. They said to them, ``May the LORD look upon you and judge you, for you have made us odious in Pharaoh's sight and in the sight of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to kill us." 22. Then Moses returned to the LORD and said, ``O Lord, why have You brought harm to this people? Why did You ever send me? 23. ``Ever since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done harm to this people, and You have not delivered Your people at all."

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21

OCT

EXODUS 6:1-1

1. Then the LORD said to Moses, ``Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for under compulsion he will let them go, and under compulsion he will drive them out of his land."

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14

OCT

EXODUS 2:23-25

23. Now it came about in the course of those many days that the king of Egypt died. And the sons of Israel sighed because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry for help because of their bondage rose up to God. 24. So God heard their groaning; and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 25. God saw the sons of Israel, and God took notice of them.

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14

OCT

EXODUS 3:1-14

1. Now Moses was pasturing the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2. The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed. 3. So Moses said, ``I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up." 4. When the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, ``Moses, Moses!" And he said, ``Here I am." 5. Then He said, ``Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground." 6. He said also, ``I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." Then Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. 7. The LORD said, ``I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings. 8. ``So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite. 9. ``Now, behold, the cry of the sons of Israel has come to Me; furthermore, I have seen the oppression with which the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10. ``Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt." 11. But Moses said to God, ``Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?" 12. And He said, ``Certainly I will be with you, and this shall be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God at this mountain." 13. Then Moses said to God, ``Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, `The God of your fathers has sent me to you.' Now they may say to me, `What is His name?' What shall I say to them?" 14. God said to Moses, `` I AM WHO I AM"; and He said, ``Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, `I AM has sent me to you.'"

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7

OCT

EXODUS 2:1-15

1. Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a daughter of Levi. 2. The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for three months. 3. But when she could hide him no longer, she got him a wicker basket and covered it over with tar and pitch. Then she put the child into it and set it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile. 4. His sister stood at a distance to find out what would happen to him. 5. The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the Nile, with her maidens walking alongside the Nile; and she saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid, and she brought it to her. 6. When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the boy was crying. And she had pity on him and said, ``This is one of the Hebrews' children." 7. Then his sister said to Pharaoh's daughter, ``Shall I go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women that she may nurse the child for you?" 8. Pharaoh's daughter said to her, ``Go ahead. " So the girl went and called the child's mother. 9. Then Pharaoh's daughter said to her, ``Take this child away and nurse him for me and I will give you your wages." So the woman took the child and nursed him. 10. The child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter and he became her son. And she named him Moses, and said, ``Because I drew him out of the water." 11. Now it came about in those days, when Moses had grown up, that he went out to his brethren and looked on their hard labors; and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren. 12. So he looked this way and that, and when he saw there was no one around, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13. He went out the next day, and behold, two Hebrews were fighting with each other; and he said to the offender, ``Why are you striking your companion?" 14. But he said, ``Who made you a prince or a judge over us? Are you intending to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?" Then Moses was afraid and said, ``Surely the matter has become known." 15. When Pharaoh heard of this matter, he tried to kill Moses. But Moses fled from the presence of Pharaoh and settled in the land of Midian, and he sat down by a well.

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30

SEP

EXODUS 1:6-22

6. Then Joseph died, and all his brothers and all that generation. 7. But the people of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled with them. 8. Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. 9. And he said to his people, “Behold, the people of Israel are too many and too mighty for us. 10. Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and, if war breaks out, they join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.” 11. Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with heavy burdens. They built for Pharaoh store cities, Pithom and Raamses. 12. But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. And the Egyptians were in dread of the people of Israel. 13. So they ruthlessly made the people of Israel work as slaves 14. and made their lives bitter with hard service, in mortar and brick, and in all kinds of work in the field. In all their work they ruthlessly made them work as slaves. 15. Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, 16. “When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live.” 17. But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live. 18. So the king of Egypt called the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this, and let the male children live?” 19. The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women, for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.” 20. So God dealt well with the midwives. And the people multiplied and grew very strong. 21. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families. 22. Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, “Every son that is born to the Hebrews you shall cast into the Nile, but you shall let every daughter live.”

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23

SEP

1 PETER 5:1-19

1. Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, 2. shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; 3. nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock. 4. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 5. You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE. 6. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, 7. casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. 8. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. 10. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. 11. To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen. 12. Through Silvanus, our faithful brother (for so I regard him ), I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it! 13. She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you greetings, and so does my son, Mark. 14. Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace be to you all who are in Christ.

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