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May 1, 2021

JOSHUA 20-21:
Yesterday we read the details of land allotment and cities for the remaining seven tribes with their families. Last of all, Joshua himself received a city.

It only makes sense to know God and to be firmly on His side. As verse 10 says, “Human defiance only enhances His glory.” The second line of that verse is very unclear in Hebrew. NLT’s translation makes good sense, saying that God uses human defiance as a weapon against the same defiant ones.

ACTS 26:
In yesterday's story in Acts, Festus took his position as governor and tried Paul. Afterward King Agrippa and his sister came, and the stage was set for Paul to defend himself again.

GNT Translation notes:
Ps. 76:1 [You, O God, are known in Judah and your name is honored in Israel.//God is known in Judah; his name is honored in Israel.
2 [You have your//He has his] home in Jerusalem; [You live//he lives] on Mount Zion.
3 There [You//he] broke the arrows of the enemy, their shields and swords, yes, all their weapons.  
7 [0//But] you, Lord, are feared by all. No one can stand in your presence when you are angry.
10 [NLH Human defiance only enhances your glory, for you use it as a weapon.//
Human anger only results in more praise for you; those who survive the wars will keep your festivals.]
11 [All you nearby nations,//0] Give the Lord your God what you promised him; bring your gifts to him, [0//all you nearby nations]. God makes everyone fear him;
12 he humbles proud princes and terrifies great kings.
Acts 26:18 You are to open their eyes and turn them from the darkness to the light and from the power of Satan to God, so that through [believing//their faith] in me they will have their sins forgiven and receive their place among God's chosen people.’

NLT Translation note:
Acts 26:18 to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by [fully believing//faith] in me.’