Hosea 13-14 – International Children’s Bible

People used to fear the tribe of Ephraim.
    They were important people in Israel.
But they sinned by worshiping Baal.
    So they must die.
But they keep on sinning more and more.
    They make idols of their silver.
Those idols are cleverly made.
    They are the work of a craftsman.
Yet the people of Israel say to each other,
    “Kiss those calf idols and sacrifice to them.”
So those people will be like the morning dew.
    They will disappear like the morning mist.
They will be like chaff blown from the threshing floor.
    They will vanish away like smoke rising from a chimney.

“I have been the Lord their God
    since they were in the land of Egypt.
They have really known no other God except me.
    I am the one who has saved them.
I cared for them in the desert
    where it was hot and dry.
I gave them food, and they became full and satisfied.
    But then they became proud and forgot me.
That is why I will be like a lion to them.
    I will be like a leopard waiting by the road.
I will attack like a bear robbed of her cubs.
    I will rip their bodies open.
I will devour them like a lion.
    I will tear them apart like a wild animal.

“Israel, I will destroy you
    for turning against me, your helper.
What good are your kings and your leaders now?
    Can they save you in any of your towns?
You asked for them, saying,
    ‘Give us a king and leaders.’
So I gave you kings, but only in anger.
    And I took them away in my great anger.
The sins of Israel are on record.
    They are filed away, waiting for punishment.
Israel has a chance to live again,
    but the people are too foolish to take it.
They are like an unborn baby
    who won’t come out of its mother’s womb.
So I will not save them from the place where the dead are.
    I will not rescue them from death.
I will call on death to hurt them.
    I will call on the place where the dead are to destroy them.
    I will show them no mercy.
Israel has become important among the nations.
    But the Lord will send a destroyer from the east.
He will come like a wind from the desert
    that dries up all the springs and wells of water.
He will destroy all their treasures,
    everything of value.
The nation of Israel will be punished,
    because it fought against God.
The people of Israel will die by the sword.
    Their children will be torn to pieces.
    And their pregnant women will be ripped open.”

Israel, return to the Lord your God.
    Your sins have caused your ruin.
Come back to the Lord
    and say these words to him:
“Take away all our sin
    and kindly receive us.
Then we will give you the praise we promised you.
Assyria cannot save us.
    We will not trust in our horses.
We will not say again, ‘Our gods,’
    to the things our hands have made.
    You show mercy to us, who are like orphans.”

The Lord says,
“I will forgive them for leaving me.
    I will love them freely.
    I am not angry with them anymore.
I will be like the dew to Israel.
    It will blossom like a lily.
Like the cedar trees in Lebanon,
    its roots will be firm.
The people will be like spreading branches.
    They will be like the beautiful olive trees.
    They will be like the sweet-smelling cedars in Lebanon.
The people of Israel will again live under my protection.
    They will grow like the grain.
They will bloom like a vine.
    They will be as famous as the wine of Lebanon.
Israel, have nothing to do with idols.
    I, the Lord, am the one who answers your prayers.
    I am the one who watches over you.
I am like a green pine tree.
    Your blessings come from me.”

A wise person will know these things.
    An understanding person will take them to heart.
The Lord’s ways are right.
    Good people live by following them,
    but those who turn against God die because of them.

Leviticus 17 – International Children’s Bible

NOVEMBER 20 (Year One)

The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to Aaron, his sons and all the people of Israel. Tell them: ‘This is what the Lord has commanded: An Israelite might sacrifice an ox, a lamb or a goat. He might kill it inside the camp or outside it. But he should have brought the animal to the entrance to the Meeting Tent. He should have given the animal as a gift to the Lord. If he didn’t, he is guilty of killing. He must be separated from his people. This rule is so people will bring their sacrifices to the Lord. They have been sacrificing in the open fields. But they must bring those animals to the Lord at the entrance of the Meeting Tent. They must bring them to the priest and offer them as fellowship offerings. Then the priest will sprinkle the blood from those animals on the Lord’s altar. It is near the entrance to the Meeting Tent. And the priest will burn the fat from those animals on the altar. This smell will be pleasing to the Lord. They must not offer any more sacrifices to their goat idols. They have chased after those other gods. In that way they have acted like prostitutes. These rules will continue for people from now on.’

“Tell the people this: ‘Someone might offer a burnt offering or sacrifice. He might be a citizen of Israel. Or he might be a traveler or foreigner living with you. That person must take his sacrifice to the entrance to the Meeting Tent. There he may offer it to the Lord. If he does not do this, he must be separated from his people.

“‘I will be against anyone who eats blood. It does not matter if it is a citizen of Israel or a foreigner living with you. I will separate that person from his people. This is because the life of the body is in the blood. And I have given you rules for pouring that blood on the altar. You must do this to remove your sins so you will belong to the Lord. It is the blood that removes the sins from your life so you will belong to the Lord. So I tell the people of Israel this: “None of you may eat blood. And no foreigner living among you may eat blood.”

“‘Someone may catch a wild animal or bird that can be eaten. The person may be a citizen of Israel or a foreigner living among you. He must pour the blood on the ground and cover it with dirt. This is because if blood is still in the meat, the animal’s life is still in it. So I give this command to the people of Israel: “Don’t eat meat that still has blood in it. Anyone who eats blood must be separated from his people.”

“‘Someone may eat an animal that died by itself. Or he may eat an animal that was killed by another animal. The person may be a citizen of Israel or a foreigner living among you. If he eats the animal, he will be unclean until evening. He must wash his clothes and whole body with water. If he does not wash his clothes and bathe his body, he will be guilty of sin.’”

Hosea 1 – International Children’s Bible

OCTOBER 18 (Year One)

The Lord spoke his word to Hosea son of Beeri. This was during the time that Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah were kings of Judah. During part of this time Jeroboam son of Jehoash was king of Israel.

The Lord said to him, “Go, and marry a woman who will be unfaithful to you. She will give you children whose fathers are other men. Do this because people in this country have acted like an unfaithful wife toward the Lord.” So Hosea married Gomer daughter of Diblaim. Gomer became pregnant and gave birth to Hosea’s son.

The Lord said to Hosea, “Name him Jezreel. This is because soon I will punish the family of Jehu for the people they killed at Jezreel. Then I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel. And I will also break the power of Israel’s army in the Valley of Jezreel.”

Gomer became pregnant again and gave birth to a daughter. The Lord said to Hosea, “Name her Lo-Ruhamah. This is because I will not pity Israel anymore. I will no longer forgive them. But I will show pity to the people of Judah. I will save them. I will not use bows or swords, horses or horsemen, or weapons of war to save them. I, the Lord their God, will save them.”

After Gomer had finished nursing Lo-Ruhamah, she became pregnant again. And she gave birth to another son. The Lord said, “Name him Lo-Ammi because you are not my people. And I am not your God.

“But the people of Israel will become like the grains of sand of the sea. You cannot measure or count them. Now it is said to Israel, ‘You are not my people.’ But later they will be called ‘children of the living God.’ Then the people of Judah and Israel will be joined together again. They will choose one leader for themselves. And again they will grow in their land. The day of Jezreel, when God plants, will be truly great.

Psalm 21 – International Children’s Bible

OCTOBER 2 (Year One)

For the director of music. A song of David.

Lord, the king rejoices because of your strength.
    He is so happy when you save him!
You gave the king what he wanted.
    You did not refuse what he asked for. Selah
You put good things before him.
    You placed a gold crown on his head.
He asked you for life.
    And you gave it to him.
    His years go on and on.
He has great glory because you gave him victories.
    You gave him honor and praise.
You always gave him blessings.
    You made him glad because you were with him.
The king truly trusts the Lord.
    Because God Most High always loves him,
    he will not be overwhelmed.
Your hand is against all your enemies.
    Those who hate you will feel your power.
When you appear, you will burn them like wood in a furnace.
In your anger you will eat them up.
    Your fire will burn them up.
You will destroy their families from the earth.
    Their children will not live.
They made evil plans against you.
    But their traps won’t work.
You will make them turn their backs
    when you aim your arrows at them.
Be supreme, Lord, in your power.
    We sing and praise your greatness.

Leviticus 1 – International Children’s Bible

SEPTEMBER 26 (Year One)

The Lord called to Moses and spoke to him from the Meeting Tent. The Lord said, “Tell the people of Israel: ‘When you bring an offering to the Lord, bring as your offering one of the cattle. Or you may bring one of the sheep or goats.

“‘If anyone offers a whole burnt offering from the cattle, it must be a male. It must have nothing wrong with it. The person must take the animal to the entrance of the Meeting Tent. Then the Lord will accept the offering. The person must put his hand on the animal’s head. Then the Lord will accept that burnt offering. It will remove the person’s sin so he will belong to God. The person must kill the young bull before the Lord. Then the priests must bring its blood to the altar. They must sprinkle the blood on all sides of the altar. This is the altar at the entrance to the Meeting Tent. The person will cut the skin from that animal. Then he will cut the animal into pieces. The priests must put wood and fire on the altar. They must lay the head, the fat and other pieces on the wood. That wood is on the fire on the altar. The priest must wash the animal’s inner organs and legs with water. Then the priest must burn all the animal’s parts on the altar. It is a whole burnt offering, an offering made by fire. And its smell is pleasing to the Lord.

“‘The burnt offering may be a sheep or goat. It must be a male animal that has nothing wrong with it. The person must kill the animal on the north side of the altar. This is to be before the Lord. Then the priests must sprinkle its blood on the altar. They must sprinkle it on all sides. The person must cut the animal into pieces. Then the priest must lay the pieces with the head and fat on the wood. The wood is on the fire on the altar. The person must wash the animal’s inner organs and legs with water. Then the priest must burn all its parts on the altar. It is a burnt offering, an offering made by fire. And its smell is pleasing to the Lord.

“‘The whole burnt offering may be a bird. It must be a dove or a young pigeon. The priest will bring the offering to the altar. He will pull off the bird’s head. Then he will burn it on the altar. The bird’s blood must be drained out on the side of the altar. The priest must remove the bird’s crop and its contents. He must throw them on the east side of the altar. This is where they put the ashes from the altar. Then the priest must tear the bird open by its wings. But he must not divide the bird into two parts. Then the priest must burn the bird on the altar. He must place it on the wood which is on the fire. It is a burnt offering, an offering made by fire. Its smell is pleasing to the Lord.

Matthew 28 – International Children’s Bible

SEPTEMBER 24 (Year One)

The day after the Sabbath day was the first day of the week. At dawn on the first day, Mary Magdalene and another woman named Mary went to look at the tomb.

At that time there was a strong earthquake. An angel of the Lord came down from heaven. The angel went to the tomb and rolled the stone away from the entrance. Then he sat on the stone. He was shining as bright as lightning. His clothes were white as snow. The soldiers guarding the tomb were very frightened of the angel. They shook with fear and then became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid. I know that you are looking for Jesus, the one who was killed on the cross. But he is not here. He has risen from death as he said he would. Come and see the place where his body was. And go quickly and tell his followers. Say to them: ‘Jesus has risen from death. He is going into Galilee. He will be there before you. You will see him there.’” Then the angel said, “Now I have told you.”

The women left the tomb quickly. They were afraid, but they were also very happy. They ran to tell Jesus’ followers what had happened. Suddenly, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings.” The women came up to Jesus, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go on to Galilee. They will see me there.”

The women went to tell Jesus’ followers. At the same time, some of the soldiers who had been guarding the tomb went into the city. They went to tell the leading priests everything that had happened. Then the priests met with the Jewish elders and made a plan. They paid the soldiers a large amount of money. They said to the soldiers, “Tell the people that Jesus’ followers came during the night and stole the body while you were asleep. If the governor hears about this, we will satisfy him and save you from trouble.” So the soldiers kept the money and obeyed the priests. And that story is still spread among the Jews even today.

The 11 followers went to Galilee. They went to the mountain where Jesus told them to go. On the mountain they saw Jesus and worshiped him. But some of them did not believe that it was really Jesus. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All power in heaven and on earth is given to me. So go and make followers of all people in the world. Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything that I have told you. You can be sure that I will be with you always. I will continue with you until the end of the world.”

Matthew 19 – International Children’s Bible

SEPTEMBER 6 (Year One)

After Jesus said all these things, he left Galilee. He went into the area of Judea on the other side of the Jordan River. Large crowds followed Jesus, and he healed them there.

Some Pharisees came to Jesus and tried to trick him. They asked, “Is it right for a man to divorce his wife for any reason he chooses?”

Jesus answered, “Surely you have read in the Scriptures: When God made the world, ‘he made them male and female.’ And God said, ‘So a man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife. And the two people will become one body.’ So the two are not two, but one. God joined the two people together. No person should separate them.”

The Pharisees asked, “Why then did Moses give a command for a man to divorce his wife by giving her divorce papers?”

Jesus answered, “Moses allowed you to divorce your wives because you refused to accept God’s teaching. But divorce was not allowed in the beginning. I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman is guilty of adultery. The only reason for a man to divorce and marry again is if his first wife has been unfaithful to him.”

The followers said to him, “If that is the only reason a man can divorce his wife, then it is better not to marry.”

Jesus answered, “Not everyone can accept this truth about marriage. But God has made some able to accept it. There are different reasons why some men cannot marry. Some men were born without the ability to become fathers. Others were made that way later in life by other people. And other men have given up marriage because of the kingdom of heaven. But the person who can marry should accept this teaching about marriage.”

Then the people brought their little children to Jesus so that he could put his hands on them and pray for them. When his followers saw this, they told the people to stop bringing their children to Jesus. But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me. Don’t stop them, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to people who are like these children.” After Jesus put his hands on the children, he left there.

A man came to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to have life forever?”

Jesus answered, “Why do you ask me about what is good? Only God is good. But if you want to have life forever, obey the commands.”

The man asked, “Which commands?”

Jesus answered, “‘You must not murder anyone. You must not be guilty of adultery. You must not steal. You must not tell lies about your neighbor in court. Honor your father and mother. Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’”

The young man said, “I have obeyed all these things. What else do I need to do?”

Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, then go and sell all the things you own. Give the money to the poor. If you do this, you will have a treasure in heaven. Then come and follow me!”

But when the young man heard this, he became very sad because he was very rich. So he left Jesus.

Then Jesus said to his followers, “I tell you the truth. It will be very hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. Yes, I tell you that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”

When the followers heard this, they were very surprised. They asked, “Then who can be saved?”

Jesus looked at them and said, “For men this is impossible. But for God all things are possible.”

Peter said to Jesus, “We left everything we had and followed you. So what will we have?”

Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth. When the new age comes, the Son of Man will sit on his great throne. And all of you who followed me will also sit on 12 thrones. And you will judge the 12 tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses, brothers, sisters, father, mother, children, or farms to follow me will get much more than he left. And he will have life forever. Many who are first now will be last in the future. And many who are last now will be first in the future.

Amos 8-9 – International Children’s Bible

AUGUST 28 (Year One)

This is what the Lord showed me: a basket of ripe fruit. The Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?”

I said, “A basket of fruit from the end of the harvest.”

Then the Lord said to me, “An end has come for my people, the Israelites. I will not overlook their sins anymore.

“On that day the palace songs will become funeral songs,” says the Lord God. “There will be dead bodies thrown everywhere! Silence!”

Listen to me you who walk on helpless people.
    You are trying to destroy the poor people of this country.
Your businessmen say,
“When will the New Moon Festival be over
    so we can sell grain?
When will the Sabbath be over
    so we can bring out wheat to sell?
We can charge them more
    and give them less.
    We can change the scales to cheat the people.
We will buy poor people for silver.
    And we will buy needy people for the price of a pair of sandals.
    We will even sell the wheat that was swept up from the floor.”

The Lord used his name, the Pride of Jacob, to make a promise. He said, “I will never forget what these people did.

The whole land will shake because of it.
    Everyone who lives in the land will cry for those who died.
The whole land will rise like the Nile.
    It will be shaken, and then it will fall
    like the Nile River in Egypt.”

The Lord God says:

“At that time I will cause the sun to go down at noon.
    I will make the earth dark on a clear day.
I will change your festivals into days of crying for the dead.
    All your songs will become songs of sadness for the dead.
I will make all of you wear rough cloth to show your sadness.
    You will shave your heads to show sadness.
I will make that day like the crying for the death of an only son.
    Its end will be very painful.”

The Lord God says: “The days are coming
    when I will cause a time of hunger in the land.
The people will not be hungry for bread or thirsty for water.
    But they will be hungry for words from the Lord.
People will wander from the Mediterranean Sea to the Dead Sea.
    They will wander from the north to the east.
They will search for the word of the Lord.
    But they won’t find it.
At that time the beautiful young women and the young men
    will become weak from thirst.
They made promises by the idol in Samaria.
    They said, ‘As surely as the god of Dan lives . . .’
    And they said, ‘As surely as the god of Beersheba lives, we promise . . .’
So they will fall
    and never get up again.”

I saw the Lord standing by the altar. He said:

“Smash the top of the pillars
    so that even the bottom of the doors will shake.
Make the pillars fall on the people’s heads.
    Anyone left alive I will kill with a sword.
Not one person will get away.
    No one will escape.
If they dig down as deep as where the dead are,
    I will pull them up from there.
If they climb up into the skies,
    I will bring them down from there.
If they hide at the top of Mount Carmel,
    I will find them and take them away.
If they try to hide from me at the bottom of the sea,
    I will command a snake to bite them.
If they are captured and taken away by their enemies,
    I will command the sword to kill them.
I will keep watch over them.
    But I will keep watch to give them trouble, not to do them good.”

The Master, the Lord of heaven’s armies, will touch the land.
    And the land will shake.
    Then everyone who lives in the land will cry for the dead.
The whole land will rise like the Nile River.
    It will fall like the river of Egypt.
The Lord built his upper rooms above the skies.
    He sets their foundations on the earth.
He calls for the waters of the sea.
    He pours them out on the land.
    The Lord is his name.

The Lord says this:

“Israel, you are no different to me than the people of Cush.
I brought Israel out of the land of Egypt.
    I also brought the Philistines from Crete
    and the Arameans from Kir.
I, the Lord God, am watching the sinful kingdom Israel.
I will destroy Israel
    from the earth’s surface.
But I will not completely destroy
    Jacob’s descendants,” says the Lord.
“I am giving the command
    to scatter the nation of Israel among all nations.
It will be like someone sifting flour.
    A person shakes flour through a sifter.
    The good flour falls through, but not the bad clumps.
Sinners among my people
    will die by the sword.
All of them say,
    ‘Nothing bad will happen to us.’

“The kingdom of David is like a fallen tent.
    But in that day I will set it up again
    and mend its broken places.
I will rebuild its ruins.
    I will rebuild it as it was before.
Then Israel will take over what is left of Edom
    and the other nations that belong to me,”
says the Lord.
    And he will make it happen.

The Lord says, “The time is coming when there will be plenty of food.
A person will still be harvesting his crops
    when it’s time to plow again.
A person will still be taking the juice from his grapes
    when it’s time to plant again.
Sweet wine will drip from the mountains.
    And it will pour from the hills.
I will bring my people Israel back from captivity.
    They will build the ruined cities again.
    And they will live in them.
They will plant vineyards and drink the wine from them.
    They will plant gardens and eat their fruit.
I will plant my people on their land.
    And they will not be pulled out again
    from the land which I have given them,”
    says the Lord your God.

Exodus 26 – International Children’s Bible

July 26 (Year One)

“Make the Holy Tent with ten pieces of cloth. These pieces must be made of fine linen and blue, purple and red thread. Have a skilled craftsman sew designs of creatures with wings on the pieces of cloth. Make each piece the same size. Each piece should be 42 feet long and 6 feet wide. Sew five pieces of cloth together for one set. Sew the other pieces together for the second set. Make loops of blue cloth down the edge of the end piece of each set. Make 50 loops on the end piece of the first set. And make 50 loops on the end piece of the second set. These loops must be opposite each other. And make 50 gold hooks. Use these to join the two sets of cloth. This will make the Holy Tent one piece.

“Then make another tent that will cover the Holy Tent. Make this tent of 11 pieces of cloth made from goat hair. All these pieces of cloth must be the same size. They must be 45 feet long and 6 feet wide. Sew five of the pieces together into one set. Then sew the other six pieces together into the second set. Fold the sixth piece double over the front of the Tent. Make 50 loops down the edge of the end piece of one set. Do the same for the end piece of the other set. Then make 50 bronze hooks. Put these in the loops to join the two sets of cloth. This will make the covering one piece. Let the extra half piece of cloth hang over the back of the Holy Tent. There will be 18 inches hanging over the sides of the Holy Tent. This will protect the Tent. Make two more coverings for the Holy Tent. One should be made from male sheep skins colored red. The outer covering should be from fine leather.

“Use acacia wood to make upright frames for the Holy Tent. Each frame must be 15 feet long and 27 inches wide. Every frame must be made the same way. There must be two pegs side by side in each frame. Make 20 frames for the south side of the Holy Tent. Each frame must have 2 silver bases to go under it. A peg fits into each silver base. You must make 40 silver bases for the frames. Make 20 more frames for the north side of the Holy Tent. Make 40 silver bases for them. Make 2 bases for each frame. You must make 6 frames for the rear or west end of the Holy Tent. Make 2 frames for each corner at the rear. The 2 frames at each corner are to be joined together. Hold them together from bottom to top with a metal ring. Both corner frames must be made this way. So there will be a total of 8 frames at the rear of the Tent. And there will be 16 silver bases—2 bases under each frame.

“Make crossbars of acacia wood to connect the upright frames of the Holy Tent. Make five crossbars to hold the frames together on one side. Also make five crossbars to hold the frames together on the other side. And make crossbars to hold the frames together on the west end, at the rear. The middle crossbar is to be set halfway up the frames. It is to run along the entire length of each side and rear. Make gold rings on the sides of the frames. Pass the crossbars through the rings. Cover the frames and the crossbars with gold. Set up the Holy Tent by the plan shown to you on the mountain.

“Make a curtain of fine linen and blue, purple and red thread. Have a skilled craftsman sew designs of creatures with wings on the curtain. Hang the curtain by gold hooks on four posts of acacia wood. Cover these posts with gold and set them in four silver bases. Hang the curtain from the hooks in the roof. Put the Ark of the Covenant containing the two flat stones behind the curtain. This curtain will separate the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. Put the lid on the Ark of the Covenant in the Most Holy Place.

“Outside the curtain, put the table on the north side of the Holy Tent. And put the lampstand on the south side of the Holy Tent. This will be across from the table.

“Then make a curtain for the entrance of the Tent. Make it with fine linen and blue, purple and red thread. Someone who can sew well is to sew designs on it. Make five posts of acacia wood covered with gold. Make five gold hooks on which to hang the curtain from the posts. And make five bronze bases for the five posts.

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Exodus 17 – International Children’s Bible

June 4 (Year One)

The whole Israelite community left the Desert of Sin. They traveled from place to place as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim. But there was no water there for the people to drink. So they quarreled with Moses. They said, “Give us water to drink.”

But Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why are you testing the Lord?”

But the people were very thirsty for water. So they grumbled against Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt? Was it to kill us, our children and our farm animals with thirst?”

So Moses cried to the Lord, “What can I do with these people? They are almost ready to kill me with stones.”

The Lord said to Moses, “Go ahead of the people of Israel. And take some of the elders of Israel with you. Carry with you the walking stick that you used to strike the Nile River. Now go! I will stand in front of you on a rock at Mount Sinai. Hit that rock with the stick, and water will come out of it. Then the people can drink.” Moses did these things as the elders of Israel watched. Moses named that place Massah because the Israelites tested the Lord. They asked, “Is the Lord with us or not?” He also named it Meribah because they quarreled.

At Rephidim the Amalekites came and fought the Israelites. So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some men and go and fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill. I will hold the stick God gave me to carry.”

Joshua obeyed Moses and went to fight the Amalekites. At the same time Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held his hands up, the Israelites would win the fight. But when Moses put his hands down, the Amalekites would win. Later, Moses’ arms became tired. So the men put a large rock under Moses, and he sat on it. Then Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ hands. Aaron was on one side of Moses, and Hur was on the other side. They held his hands up like this until the sun went down. So Joshua defeated the Amalekites in this battle.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write about this battle in a book so people will remember. And be sure to tell Joshua. Tell him because I will completely destroy the Amalekites from the earth.”

Then Moses built an altar. He named it The Lord is my Banner. Moses said, “I lifted my hands toward the Lord’s throne. The Lord will fight against the Amalekites forever.”