This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Devotional Bible Reading Episode #200. Where I read three chapters of the Holy Bible in the King James Version each day with my family as a part of our family devotions, to encourage you to read the Holy Bible in a year’s time. Today we are reading Judges 10, Proverbs 9 and James 3.
John R. Rice said, “No one can be a good Christian who does not with holy zeal set out to know, delight in, and live by the Word of God!”
Charles Fox Parham said, “The anointing of the Holy Spirit is given to illuminate His Word, to open the Scriptures, and to place the spiritual man in direct communication with the mind of God.”
1 Then all the children of Is’-ra-el went out, and the congregation was gathered together as one man, from Dan even to Beer-she’-ba, with the land of Gil’-e-ad, unto the Lord in Miz’-peh.
2 And the chief of all the people, even of all the tribes of Is’-ra-el, presented themselves in the assembly of the people of God, four hundred thousand footmen that drew sword.
3 (Now the children of Ben’-ja-min heard that the children of Is’-ra-el were gone up to Mizpeh.) Then said the children of Is’-ra-el, Tell us, how was this wickedness?
4 And the Le’-vite, the husband of the woman that was slain, answered and said, I came into Gib’-e-ah that belongeth to Ben’-ja-min, I and my concubine, to lodge.
5 And the men of Gib’-e-ah rose against me, and beset the house round about upon me by night, and thought to have slain me: and my concubine have they forced, that she is dead.
6 And I took my concubine, and cut her in pieces, and sent her throughout all the country of the inheritance of Is’-ra-el: for they have committed lewdness and folly in Is’-ra-el.
7 Behold, ye are all children of Is’-ra-el; give here your advice and counsel.
8 And all the people arose as one man, saying, We will not any of us go to his tent, neither will we any of us turn into his house.
9 But now this shall be the thing which we will do to Gib’-e-ah; we will go up by lot against it;
10 And we will take ten men of an hundred throughout all the tribes of Is’-ra-el, and an hundred of a thousand, and a thousand out of ten thousand, to fetch victual for the people, that they may do, when they come to Gib’-e-ah of Ben’-ja-min, according to all the folly that they have wrought in Is’-ra-el.
11 So all the men of Is’-ra-el were gathered against the city, knit together as one man.
12 And the tribes of Is’-ra-el sent men through all the tribe of Ben’-ja-min, saying, What wickedness is this that is done among you?
13 Now therefore deliver us the men, the children of Be’-li-al, which are in Gib’-e-ah, that we may put them to death, and put away evil from Is’-ra-el. But the children of Ben’-ja-min would not hearken to the voice of their brethren the children of Is’-ra-el.
14 But the children of Ben’-ja-min gathered themselves together out of the cities unto Gib’-e-ah, to go out to battle against the children of Is’-ra-el.
15 And the children of Ben’-ja-min were numbered at that time out of the cities twenty and six thousand men that drew sword, beside the inhabitants of Gib’-e-ah, which were numbered seven hundred chosen men.
16 Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men lefthanded; every one could sling stones at an hair breadth, and not miss.
17 And the men of Is’-ra-el, beside Ben’-ja-min, were numbered four hundred thousand men that drew sword: all these were men of war.
18 And the children of Is’-ra-el arose, and went up to the house of God, and asked counsel of God, and said, Which of us shall go up first to the battle against the children of Ben’-ja-min? And the Lord said, Ju’-dah shall go up first.
19 And the children of Is’-ra-el rose up in the morning, and encamped against Gib’-e-ah.
20 And the men of Is’-ra-el went out to battle against Ben’-ja-min; and the men of Is’-ra-el put themselves in array to fight against them at Gib’-e-ah.
21 And the children of Ben’-ja-min came forth out of Gib’-e-ah, and destroyed down to the ground of the Is’-ra-el-ites that day twenty and two thousand men.
22 And the people the men of Is’-ra-el encouraged themselves, and set their battle again in array in the place where they put themselves in array the first day.
23 (And the children of Is’-ra-el went up and wept before the Lord until even, and asked counsel of the Lord, saying, Shall I go up again to battle against the children of Ben’-ja-min my brother? And the Lord said, Go up against him.)
24 And the children of Is’-ra-el came near against the children of Ben’-ja-min the second day.
25 And Ben’-ja-min went forth against them out of Gib’-e-ah the second day, and destroyed down to the ground of the children of Is’-ra-el again eighteen thousand men; all these drew the sword.
26 Then all the children of Is’-ra-el, and all the people, went up, and came unto the house of God, and wept, and sat there before the Lord, and fasted that day until even, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord.
27 And the children of Is’-ra-el enquired of the Lord, (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days,
28 And Phin’-e-has, the son of El-e-a’-zar, the son of Aa’-ron, stood before it in those days,) saying, Shall I yet again go out to battle against the children of Ben’-ja-min my brother, or shall I cease? And the Lord said, Go up; for to morrow I will deliver them into thine hand.
29 And Is’-ra-el set liers in wait round about Gib’-e-ah.
30 And the children of Is’-ra-el went up against the children of Ben’-ja-min on the third day, and put themselves in array against Gib’-e-ah, as at other times.
31 And the children of Ben’-ja-min went out against the people, and were drawn away from the city; and they began to smite of the people, and kill, as at other times, in the highways, of which one goeth up to the house of God, and the other to Gib’-e-ah in the field, about thirty men of Is’-ra-el.
32 And the children of Ben’-ja-min said, They are smitten down before us, as at the first. But the children of Is’-ra-el said, Let us flee, and draw them from the city unto the highways.
33 And all the men of Is’-ra-el rose up out of their place, and put themselves in array at Ba’-al-ta’-mar: and the liers in wait of Is’-ra-el came forth out of their places, even out of the meadows of Gib’-e-ah.
34 And there came against Gib’-e-ah ten thousand chosen men out of all Is’-ra-el, and the battle was sore: but they knew not that evil was near them.
35 And the Lord smote Ben’-ja-min before Is’-ra-el: and the children of Is’-ra-el destroyed of the Ben’-ja-mites that day twenty and five thousand and an hundred men: all these drew the sword.
36 So the children of Ben’-ja-min saw that they were smitten: for the men of Is’-ra-el gave place to the Ben’-ja-mites, because they trusted unto the liers in wait which they had set beside Gib’-e-ah.
37 And the liers in wait hasted, and rushed upon Gib’-e-ah; and the liers in wait drew themselves along, and smote all the city with the edge of the sword.
38 Now there was an appointed sign between the men of Is’-ra-el and the liers in wait, that they should make a great flame with smoke rise up out of the city.
39 And when the men of Is’-ra-el retired in the battle, Ben’-ja-min began to smite and kill of the men of Is’-ra-el about thirty persons: for they said, Surely they are smitten down before us, as in the first battle.
40 But when the flame began to arise up out of the city with a pillar of smoke, the Ben’-ja-mites looked behind them, and, behold, the flame of the city ascended up to heaven.
41 And when the men of Is’-ra-el turned again, the men of Ben’-ja-min were amazed: for they saw that evil was come upon them.
42 Therefore they turned their backs before the men of Is’-ra-el unto the way of the wilderness; but the battle overtook them; and them which came out of the cities they destroyed in the midst of them.
43 Thus they inclosed the Ben’-ja-mites round about, and chased them, and trode them down with ease over against Gib’-e-ah toward the sunrising.
44 And there fell of Ben’-ja-min eighteen thousand men; all these were men of valour.
45 And they turned and fled toward the wilderness unto the rock of Rim’-mon and they gleaned of them in the highways five thousand men; and pursued hard after them unto Gi’-dom, and slew two thousand men of them.
46 So that all which fell that day of Ben’-ja-min were twenty and five thousand men that drew the sword; all these were men of valour.
47 But six hundred men turned and fled to the wilderness unto the rock Rim’-mon, and abode in the rock Rim’-mon four months.
48 And the men of Is’-ra-el turned again upon the children of Ben’-ja-min, and smote them with the edge of the sword, as well the men of every city, as the beast, and all that came to hand: also they set on fire all the cities that they came to.
1 Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:
2 She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.
3 She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city,
4 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
5 Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.
6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.
8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.
12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.
13 A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.
14 For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,
15 To call passengers who go right on their ways:
16 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
17 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
18 But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.
1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
3 Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.
5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:
8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
When I was a teenager I wanted to get wisdom and knowledge, so I set out to read the big family Bible that many families had in those days. But I couldn’t get past Genesis 2 before I got bored with reading the Bible. I found out later in life that you have to believe on Christ and get saved before you can understand the Bible. So here is how I became a Christian and how you can too:
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 18:8: “Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at email@example.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.