April 14: Deuteronomy 33–34; John 4:43–5:18; Psalm 96; Proverbs 14:7–8

Written on 04/14/2021

Old Testament: Deuteronomy 33–34

Deuteronomy 33–34 (Listen)

Moses’ Final Blessing on Israel

33 This is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the people of Israel before his death. He said,

  “The LORD came from Sinai

    and dawned from Seir upon us;Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate; Hebrew them">1

    he shone forth from Mount Paran;

  he came from the ten thousands of holy ones,

    with flaming fireThe meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain">2 at his right hand.

  Yes, he loved his people,Septuagint; Hebrew peoples">3

    all his holy ones were in hisHebrew your">4 hand;

  so they followedThe meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain">5 in your steps,

    receiving direction from you,

  when Moses commanded us a law,

    as a possession for the assembly of Jacob.

  Thus the LORDHEBREW THUS HE">6 became king in Jeshurun,

    when the heads of the people were gathered,

    all the tribes of Israel together.

  “Let Reuben live, and not die,

    but let his men be few.”

And this he said of Judah:

  “Hear, O LORD, the voice of Judah,

    and bring him in to his people.

  With your hands contendProbable reading; Hebrew With his hands he contended">7 for him,

    and be a help against his adversaries.”

And of Levi he said,

  “Give to LeviDead Sea Scroll, Septuagint; Masoretic Text lacks Give to Levi">8 your Thummim,

    and your Urim to your godly one,

  whom you tested at Massah,

    with whom you quarreled at the waters of Meribah;

  who said of his father and mother,

    ‘I regard them not’;

  he disowned his brothers

    and ignored his children.

  For they observed your word

    and kept your covenant.

10   They shall teach Jacob your rules

    and Israel your law;

  they shall put incense before you

    and whole burnt offerings on your altar.

11   Bless, O LORD, his substance,

    and accept the work of his hands;

  crush the loins of his adversaries,

    of those who hate him, that they rise not again.”

12 Of Benjamin he said,

  “The beloved of the LORD dwells in safety.

  The High GodSeptuagint; Hebrew dwells in safety by him. He">9 surrounds him all day long,

    and dwells between his shoulders.”

13 And of Joseph he said,

  “Blessed by the LORD be his land,

    with the choicest gifts of heaven above,Two Hebrew manuscripts and Targum; Hebrew with the dew">10

    and of the deep that crouches beneath,

14   with the choicest fruits of the sun

    and the rich yield of the months,

15   with the finest produce of the ancient mountains

    and the abundance of the everlasting hills,

16   with the best gifts of the earth and its fullness

    and the favor of him who dwells in the bush.

  May these rest on the head of Joseph,

    on the pate of him who is prince among his brothers.

17   A firstborn bullDead Sea Scroll, Septuagint, Samaritan; Masoretic Text His firstborn bull">11—he has majesty,

    and his horns are the horns of a wild ox;

  with them he shall gore the peoples,

    all of them, to the ends of the earth;

  they are the ten thousands of Ephraim,

    and they are the thousands of Manasseh.”

18 And of Zebulun he said,

  “Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going out,

    and Issachar, in your tents.

19   They shall call peoples to their mountain;

    there they offer right sacrifices;

  for they draw from the abundance of the seas

    and the hidden treasures of the sand.”

20 And of Gad he said,

  “Blessed be he who enlarges Gad!

    Gad crouches like a lion;

    he tears off arm and scalp.

21   He chose the best of the land for himself,

    for there a commander’s portion was reserved;

  and he came with the heads of the people,

    with Israel he executed the justice of the LORD,

    and his judgments for Israel.”

22 And of Dan he said,

  “Dan is a lion’s cub

    that leaps from Bashan.”

23 And of Naphtali he said,

  “O Naphtali, sated with favor,

    and full of the blessing of the LORD,

    possess the lakeOr west">12 and the south.”

24 And of Asher he said,

  “Most blessed of sons be Asher;

    let him be the favorite of his brothers,

    and let him dip his foot in oil.

25   Your bars shall be iron and bronze,

    and as your days, so shall your strength be.

26   “There is none like God, O Jeshurun,

    who rides through the heavens to your help,

    through the skies in his majesty.

27   The eternal God is your dwelling place,Or a dwelling place">13

    and underneath are the everlasting arms.Revocalization of verse 27 yields He subdues the ancient gods, and shatters the forces of old">14

  And he thrust out the enemy before you

    and said, ‘Destroy.’

28   So Israel lived in safety,

    Jacob lived alone,Hebrew the abode of Jacob was alone">15

  in a land of grain and wine,

    whose heavens drop down dew.

29   Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you,

    a people saved by the LORD,

  the shield of your help,

    and the sword of your triumph!

  Your enemies shall come fawning to you,

    and you shall tread upon their backs.”

The Death of Moses

34 Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho. And the LORD showed him all the land, Gilead as far as Dan, all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the western sea, the Negeb, and the Plain, that is, the Valley of Jericho the city of palm trees, as far as Zoar. And the LORD said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, ‘I will give it to your offspring.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there.” So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD, and he buried him in the valley in the land of Moab opposite Beth-peor; but no one knows the place of his burial to this day. Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eye was undimmed, and his vigor unabated. And the people of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days. Then the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended.

And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him. So the people of Israel obeyed him and did as the LORD had commanded Moses. 10 And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, 11 none like him for all the signs and the wonders that the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land, 12 and for all the mighty power and all the great deeds of terror that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.


[1] 33:2

[2] 33:2

[3] 33:3

[4] 33:3

[5] 33:3

[6] 33:5

[7] 33:7

[8] 33:8

[9] 33:12

[10] 33:13

[11] 33:17

[12] 33:23

[13] 33:27

[14] 33:27

[15] 33:28


New Testament: John 4:43–5:18

John 4:43–5:18 (Listen)

43 After the two days he departed for Galilee. 44 (For Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in his own hometown.) 45 So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, having seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the feast. For they too had gone to the feast.

Jesus Heals an Official’s Son

46 So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill. 47 When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. 48 So Jesus said to him, “Unless youThe Greek for you is plural; twice in this verse">1 see signs and wonders you will not believe.” 49 The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 50 Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way. 51 As he was going down, his servantsOr bondservants">2 met him and told him that his son was recovering. 52 So he asked them the hour when he began to get better, and they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hourThat is, at 1 p.m.">3 the fever left him.” 53 The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” And he himself believed, and all his household. 54 This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee.

The Healing at the Pool on the Sabbath

After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in AramaicOr Hebrew">4 called Bethesda,Some manuscripts Bethsaida">5 which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed.Some manuscripts insert, wholly or in part, waiting for the moving of the water; 4for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and stirred the water: whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water was healed of whatever disease he had">6 One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.

Now that day was the Sabbath. 10 So the JewsThe Greek word Ioudaioi refers specifically here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, who opposed Jesus in that time; also verses 15, 16, 18">7 said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.” 11 But he answered them, “The man who healed me, that man said to me, ‘Take up your bed, and walk.’12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 13 Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. 16 And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”

Jesus Is Equal with God

18 This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.


[1] 4:48

[2] 4:51

[3] 4:52

[4] 5:2

[5] 5:2

[6] 5:3 for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and stirred the water: whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water was healed of whatever disease he had

[7] 5:10


Psalm: Psalm 96

Psalm 96 (Listen)

Worship in the Splendor of Holiness

96   Oh sing to the LORD a new song;

    sing to the LORD, all the earth!

  Sing to the LORD, bless his name;

    tell of his salvation from day to day.

  Declare his glory among the nations,

    his marvelous works among all the peoples!

  For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;

    he is to be feared above all gods.

  For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,

    but the LORD made the heavens.

  Splendor and majesty are before him;

    strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

  Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples,

    ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!

  Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;

    bring an offering, and come into his courts!

  Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness;Or in holy attire">1

    tremble before him, all the earth!

10   Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!

    Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved;

    he will judge the peoples with equity.”

11   Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;

    let the sea roar, and all that fills it;

12     let the field exult, and everything in it!

  Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy

13     before the LORD, for he comes,

    for he comes to judge the earth.

  He will judge the world in righteousness,

    and the peoples in his faithfulness.


[1] 96:9


Proverb: Proverbs 14:7–8

Proverbs 14:7–8 (Listen)

  Leave the presence of a fool,

    for there you do not meet words of knowledge.

  The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way,

    but the folly of fools is deceiving.