1 Samuel 13

This chapter is about war against the Philistines. Other than Jonathan killing the Philistine commander, this chapter contains mostly bland details about various troop movements and armaments.

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Numbers 24

Merry Christmas, everyone! For today we have the story of how King Balak wanted the prophet Balaam to curse his enemies, the Israelis. Instead, Balaam’s prophecy was a blessing for the people of Israel. This made the King angry, but Balaam explained that he can’t say anything but what God tells him to say. Then Balaam went on to describe how all the various nations were going to be destroyed.

Joshua 17

Another detailed list of names and descendants and land allotments. There is a little bit at the end about how some of the descendants of Joseph wanted more land, so Joshua assures them that they can defeat the Canaanites and steal the land from them.

1 Chronicles 4

Today’s inspirational bible chapter is a long and exhaustive list of genealogical information, describing the descendants of Judah, Simeon, and Mishma. The final names on the list are described as those who traveled to Ham where they discovered good pasture and a peaceful, quiet place. So they slaughtered the Hamites and seized the land.

Judges 11

Today we read the story of how the warrior Jephthah battled against the Ammonites. He made a vow to the Lord: “If you give the Ammonites into my hands, whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph will be the Lord’s, and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.” So Jephthah destroyed the Ammonites, slaughtering them and destroying 20 towns. Upon his triumphant return the first thing out of the door of his house was, unfortunately, his own daughter. He had to keep his vow to God, so he sacrificed his daughter by burning her on the altar.