Daily Word OT

April 3, 2019

Deuteronomy 20:14 Deuteronomy21:9

14 But the women and the little ones and the beasts and all that is in the city, that is, all its spoil, you shall take as your plunder; and you shall enjoy the spoil of your enemies, which Jehovah your God has given you.

15 Thus shall you do to all the cities that are very far from you, which are not among the cities of these nations.

16 But of the cities of these peoples which Jehovah your God is giving you as an inheritance, you shall not allow anything that breathes to live;

17 But you must utterly destroy them: the Hittites and the Amorites, the Canaanites and the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, just as Jehovah your God has commanded you,

18 So that they do not teach you to do according to all their abominations which they do for their gods and you sin against Jehovah your God.

19 When you besiege a city for many days, battling against it to capture it, you shall not destroy its trees by putting an axe to them; for you may eat of them, and you shall not cut them down. For is the tree of the field a man, that it should be besieged by you?

20 However, a tree that you know is not a tree for food, you shall destroy and cut down, so that you may build a siegework against the city, which engages you in battle, until it falls.


1 If a slain man is found lying in the field in the land which Jehovah your God is giving you to possess, it not being known who slew him,

2 Then your elders and judges shall go out and measure the distance to the cities that surround the slain man.

3 And the city that is nearest the slain man, that is, the elders of that city, shall take a heifer of the herd which has not been worked and has not drawn the yoke;

4 And the elders of that city shall bring the heifer down to a river valley that flows continually, which has not been plowed or sown, and break the neck of the heifer there in the river valley.

5 And the priests, the sons of Levi, shall draw near; for Jehovah your God has chosen them to minister to Him and to bless in the name of Jehovah, and by their word shall every dispute and every assault be settled.

6 And all the elders of that city that is nearest the slain man shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the river valley.

7 And they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, nor have our eyes seen it done.

8 Cover Your people Israel, whom You have ransomed, O Jehovah, and do not set the guilt of innocent blood in the midst of Your people Israel. And the guilt of the blood shall be covered from them.

9 Thus you shall utterly remove the guilt of the innocent blood from your midst, for you do what is right in the sight of Jehovah.

Daily Word OT

April 2, 2019

Deuteronomy 19:14 Deuteronomy20:13

14 You shall not move your neighbor’s boundary marker, which your ancestors have set, in your inheritance, which you will inherit in the land which Jehovah your God is giving you to possess.

15 One witness only shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity or for any sin which he has committed; at the word of two witnesses or at the word of three witnesses shall a matter be established.

16 If a malicious witness rises up against a man to testify against him of wrongdoing,

17 The two men who have the dispute shall stand before Jehovah, before the priests and the judges who are serving in those days.

18 And the judges shall investigate thoroughly; and if indeed the witness is a false witness, if he has testified falsely against his brother,

19 You shall do to him as he intended to do to his brother. Thus you shall utterly remove the evil from your midst.

20 And those who remain will hear and will fear and will never again do anything like this evil thing in your midst.

21 And your eye shall not pity: a life for a life, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, a foot for a foot.


1 When you go forth into battle against your enemies, and you see horse and chariot, a people more numerous than you, you shall not fear them; for Jehovah your God is with you, He who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.

2 And when you draw near to the battle, the priest shall approach and speak to the people,

3 And he shall say to them, Hear, O Israel! You are drawing near to the battle against your enemies today. Do not let your heart fail; do not be afraid nor alarmed nor terrified of them.

4 For it is Jehovah your God who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.

5 And the officers shall speak to the people, saying, Is there any man who has built a new house and has not dedicated it? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man dedicate it.

6 Is there any man who has planted a vineyard and has not partaken of it? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man partake of it.

7 Is there any man who has gotten engaged to a woman and has not taken her to himself? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man take her to himself.

8 And the officers shall speak further to the people and say, Is there any man who is afraid and whose heart fails? Let him go and return to his house, so that the heart of his brothers does not melt like his heart.

9 And when the officers have finished speaking to the people, they shall appoint commanders of the armies at the head of the people.

10 When you draw near to a city to fight against it, you shall proclaim peace to it.

11 And if it responds with peace to you and opens its gates to you, all the people found within it shall become your forced labor; and they shall serve you.

12 But if it does not make peace with you, but rather engages in battle with you, you shall besiege it.

13 And when Jehovah your God delivers it into your hand, you shall slay every male in it with the edge of the sword.

Daily Word OT

April 1, 2019

Deuteronomy 18:20 Deuteronomy19:13

20 But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name, which I did not command him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.

21 And if you say in your heart, How shall we know the word that Jehovah has not spoken?

22 When a prophet speaks in the name of Jehovah and the thing does not happen nor come about, that is the thing which Jehovah has not spoken. The prophet has spoken presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.


1 When Jehovah your God cuts off the nations whose land Jehovah your God is giving you and you dispossess them and dwell in their cities and in their houses,

2 You shall set apart three cities for yourself in the midst of your land, which Jehovah your God is giving you to possess.

3 You shall survey the distances for yourself and divide into three parts the territory of your land, which Jehovah your God will give you as an inheritance, so that every manslayer may flee there.

4 And this shall be the case of the manslayer who flees there and lives: He who slays his neighbor without intent and did not hate him previously –

5 As when a man goes with his neighbor into the forest to cut wood, and his hand goes to cut the tree with an axe, and the iron axehead slips off the handle and hits his neighbor so that he dies – he shall flee to one of these cities and live;

6 Lest the avenger of blood pursue the manslayer, while his heart rages, and he overtake him because the distance is long and slay him; though he is not worthy of death, for he did not hate him previously.

7 Therefore I am commanding you, saying, You shall set apart three cities for yourself.

8 And if Jehovah your God enlarges your territory, as He swore to your fathers, and gives you all the land which He promised to give to your fathers;

9 If you are certain to do all this commandment which I am commanding you today, to love Jehovah your God and to walk in His ways always; then you shall add three more cities for yourself, besides these three,

10 That innocent blood may not be shed in the midst of your land, which Jehovah your God is giving you as an inheritance, and guilt for blood be upon you.

11 But if a man hates his neighbor and lies in wait for him, and he rises up against him and slays him so that he dies, and he flees to one of these cities;

12 Then the elders of his city shall send men and take him from there and deliver him into the hand of the avenger of blood, so that he may die.

13 Your eye shall not pity him, but you shall remove the guilt of innocent blood from Israel that it may go well with you.

Daily Word OT

March 31, 2019

Deuteronomy 18:1 Deuteronomy18:19

1 The Levitical priests, the whole tribe of Levi, shall have no portion nor inheritance with Israel; they shall eat Jehovah’s offerings by fire and His inheritance.

2 Thus they shall have no inheritance in the midst of their brothers; Jehovah is their inheritance, as He has promised them.

3 And this shall be the priests’ rightful due from the people, from those who offer a sacrifice, whether an ox or a sheep: They shall give the priest the shoulder, the two cheeks, and the stomach.

4 You shall give him the first fruits of your grain, of your new wine, and of your fresh oil, and the first shearing of your sheep;

5 For Jehovah your God has chosen him and his sons out of all your tribes to stand and minister in Jehovah’s name always.

6 And if a Levite comes from any of your gates out of all Israel, where he sojourns, and comes according to all his soul’s desire to the place which Jehovah will choose,

7 He shall minister in the name of Jehovah his God, like all his brothers, the Levites, who stand there before Jehovah.

8 They shall eat equal portions, besides the proceeds from the sale of his father’s estate.

9 When you enter the land which Jehovah your God is giving you, you shall not learn to do things according to the abominations of those nations.

10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or daughter pass through fire; anyone who performs divination, practices soothsaying, or interprets omens; or anyone who employs sorcery

11 Or casts spells; or anyone who consults a spirit of the dead or a familiar spirit or inquires of the dead;

12 For everyone who does these things is an abomination to Jehovah; and on account of these abominations Jehovah your God is dispossessing them from before you.

13 You shall be blameless toward Jehovah your God.

14 For these nations whom you are dispossessing listen to those who practice soothsaying and to those who perform divination, but Jehovah your God has not allowed you to do so.

15 A Prophet will Jehovah your God raise up for you from your midst, from among your brothers, like me; you shall listen to Him.

16 This is according to all that you asked of Jehovah your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear any more of the voice of Jehovah my God, and let me not see this great fire any longer, lest I die.

17 And Jehovah said to me, They have done well in what they have spoken.

18 A Prophet will I raise up for them from the midst of their brothers like you; and I will put My words in His mouth, and He will speak to them all that I command Him.

19 And the man who will not listen to My words which He will speak in My name, I Myself will require it from him.

Daily Word OT

March 30, 2019

Deuteronomy 17:2 Deuteronomy17:20

2 If there is found in your midst, within any of your gates which Jehovah your God is giving you, a man or a woman who does what is evil in the sight of Jehovah your God by transgressing His covenant,

3 And has gone and served other gods, and bowed down to them, that is, to the sun or the moon or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded you to do;

4 And it is told to you and you hear of it; then you shall investigate thoroughly. And if indeed the thing is true and certain – this abomination has been done in Israel –

5 Then you shall bring out that man or that woman who has done this evil thing, to your gates, that very man or woman, and you shall stone them with stones so that they die.

6 At the word of two witnesses or three witnesses shall he who is to die be put to death; he shall not be put to death at the word of only one witness.

7 The hand of the witnesses shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people. Thus you shall utterly remove the evil from your midst.

8 If a case is too complicated for you to judge between one kind of homicide and another, or between one kind of civil suit and another, or between one kind of assault and another, being disputed cases within your gates, then you shall arise and go up to the place which Jehovah your God will choose;

9 And you shall come to the Levitical priests and to the judge who is presiding in those days and investigate the matter; and they shall declare to you the sentence of judgment.

10 And you shall do according to the word of the sentence that they declare to you from that place which Jehovah will choose; and you shall be certain to do according to all that they instruct you.

11 You shall do according to the word of the instruction with which they instruct you and according to the judgment which they speak to you; you shall not turn aside to the right or to the left from the sentence that they declare to you.

12 And the man who acts presumptuously by not listening to the priest who stands to minister there before Jehovah your God, or to the judge, that man shall die. Thus you shall utterly remove the evil from Israel.

13 And all the people will hear and will fear, and they will not act presumptuously anymore.

14 When you enter the land which Jehovah your God is giving you, and you possess it and dwell in it, and you say, I will set a king over me like all the nations which surround me;

15 You must set a king over you whom Jehovah your God will choose; from among your brothers you shall set a king over you; you may not put a foreigner, who is not your brother, over you.

16 However, he shall not amass horses to himself, and he shall not turn the people back to Egypt so that he may amass horses, since Jehovah has said to you, You shall never again return that way.

17 And he shall not amass wives to himself, so that his heart does not turn aside; nor shall he amass silver and gold to himself in great amounts.

18 And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write out for himself a copy of this law in a book, out of that which is before the Levitical priests.

19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, in order that he may learn to fear Jehovah his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes and doing them,

20 So that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers and he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right or to the left; that he and his sons may extend their days over their kingdom in the midst of Israel.