February 27

Exodus 37

1And Bezalel made the ark of hard wood, two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide and a cubit and a half high;

2Plating it inside and out with the best gold, and putting an edge of gold all round it.

3And he made four gold rings for its four angles, two on one side and two on the other,

4And rods of the same wood plated with gold.

5These rods he put in the rings at the sides of the ark, for lifting it.

6And he made the cover all of gold, two and a half cubits long and a cubit and a half wide.

7And he made two winged ones, hammered out of one bit of gold, for the two ends of the cover;

8Placing one at one end and one at the other; the winged ones were part of the cover.

9And their wings were stretched out over the cover; the faces of the winged ones were opposite one another and facing the cover.

10And he made the table of hard wood, two cubits long, a cubit wide and a cubit and a half high;

11Plating it with the best gold and putting a gold edge all round it.

12And he made a frame all round it about as wide as a man’s hand, edged with gold all round.

13And he made four gold rings, and put the rings at the angles of its four feet.

14The rings were fixed under the frame to take the rods with which the table was to be lifted.

15The rods for lifting the table he made of hard wood plated with gold.

16And all the table-vessels, the plates and spoons and basins and the cups for liquids, he made of the best gold.

17Then he made the support for the lights, all of the best gold; its base and its pillar were of hammered gold; its cups and buds and flowers were all made out of the same metal:

18It had six branches coming out from its sides, three from one side and three from the other;

19Every branch having three cups made like almond flowers, every cup with a bud and a flower on all the branches;

20And on its pillar, four cups like almond flowers, every one with its bud and its flower;

21And under every two branches a bud, made with the branch, for all six branches of it.

22The buds and the branches were made of the same metal, all together one complete work of the best hammered gold.

23And he made the seven vessels for the lights, and all the necessary instruments for it, of gold.

24A talent of the best gold was used for the making of it and its vessels.

25And he made the altar for the burning of spices, using the same hard wood; it was square, a cubit long and a cubit wide and two cubits high; the horns made of the same.

26The top and the sides and the horns were all plated with the best gold; and he put an edge of gold all round it.

27And he made two gold rings, placing them on the two opposite sides under the edge, to take the rods for lifting it.

28The rods he made of the same hard wood, plating them with gold.

29And he made the holy oil and the perfume of sweet spices for burning, after the art of the perfume-maker.

Exodus 38

1The altar of burned offerings he made of hard wood; a square altar, five cubits long, five cubits wide and three cubits high,

2And he put horns at its four angles made of the same, plating it all with brass;

3And brass was used for all the vessels of the altar, the baskets and the spades, the basins and the meat-hooks and the fire-trays; all the vessels he made of brass

4And he made a network of brass for the altar, under the frame round it, stretching half-way up;

5And four rings for the four angles of this network, to take the rods.

6The rods he made of hard wood plated with brass.

7He put the rods through the rings at the opposite sides of the altar for lifting it; he made the altar hollow, boarded in with wood.

8And he made the washing-vessel of brass on a brass base, using the polished brass looking-glasses given by the women who did work at the doors of the Tent of meeting.

9To make the open space, he put hangings on the south side, of the best linen, a hundred cubits long:

10Their twenty pillars and their twenty bases were brass; and the hooks of the pillars and their bands were of silver.

11And for the north side. hangings a hundred cubits long, on twenty brass pillars in brass bases, with silver hooks and bands.

12And on the west side, hangings fifty cubits long, on ten pillars in ten bases, with silver bands.

13And on the east side, the open space was fifty cubits long.

14The hangings on one side of the doorway were fifteen cubits long, on three pillars with their three bases;

15And the same on the other side of the doorway; on this side and on that the hangings were fifteen cubits long, on three pillars with their three bases.

16All the hangings were of the best linen.

17And the bases of the pillars were of brass; their hooks and the bands round the tops of them were of silver; all the pillars were ringed with silver.

18And the curtain for the doorway of the open space was of the best linen, with designs of blue and purple and red in needlework; it was twenty cubits long and five cubits high, to go with the hangings round the sides.

19There were four pillars with their bases, all of brass, the hooks being of silver, and their tops and their bands being covered with silver.

20All the nails used for the House and the open space round it were of brass.

21This is the price of the making of the House, even the House of witness, as it was valued by the word of Moses, for the work of the Levites under the direction of Ithamar, the son of Aaron the priest.

22Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made everything as the Lord had given orders to Moses.

23And with him was Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; a designer and a trained workman, expert in needlework of blue and purple and red and the best linen.

24The gold used for all the different work done for the holy place, the gold which was given, was twenty-nine talents, and seven hundred and thirty shekels in weight, by the scale of the holy place.

25And the silver given by those who were numbered of the people was a hundred talents, and a thousand, seven hundred and seventy-five shekels in weight, by the scale of the holy place.

26A beka, that is, half a shekel by the holy scale, for everyone who was numbered; there were six hundred and three thousand, five hundred and fifty men of twenty years old and over.

27Of this silver, a hundred talents was used for making the bases of the pillars of the holy place and of the veil; a talent for every base.

28And a thousand, seven hundred and seventy-five shekels of silver was used to make the hooks for the pillars, and for plating the tops of the pillars and for making their bands.

29The brass which was given was seventy talents, two thousand four hundred shekels;

30From it he made the bases of the doorway of the Tent of meeting and the brass altar and the network for it and all the vessels for the altar,

31And the bases for the open space all round and for its doorway, and all the nails for the House and for the open space.

Proverbs 17

1Better a bit of dry bread in peace, than a house full of feasting and violent behaviour.

2A servant who does wisely will have rule over a son causing shame, and will have his part in the heritage among brothers.

3The heating-pot is for silver and the oven-fire for gold, but the Lord is the tester of hearts.

4A wrongdoer gives attention to evil lips, and a man of deceit gives ear to a damaging tongue.

5Whoever makes sport of the poor puts shame on his Maker; and he who is glad because of trouble will not go free from punishment.

6Children’s children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their fathers.

7Fair words are not to be looked for from a foolish man, much less are false lips in a ruler.

8An offering of money is like a stone of great price in the eyes of him who has it: wherever he goes, he does well.

9He who keeps a sin covered is looking for love; but he who keeps on talking of a thing makes division between friends.

10A word of protest goes deeper into one who has sense than a hundred blows into a foolish man.

11An uncontrolled man is only looking for trouble, so a cruel servant will be sent against him.

12It is better to come face to face with a bear whose young ones have been taken away than with a foolish man acting foolishly.

13If anyone gives back evil for good, evil will never go away from his house.

14The start of fighting is like the letting out of water: so give up before it comes to blows.

15He who gives a decision for the evil-doer and he who gives a decision against the upright, are equally disgusting to the Lord.

16How will money in the hand of the foolish get him wisdom, seeing that he has no sense?

17A friend is loving at all times, and becomes a brother in times of trouble.

18A man without sense gives his hand in an agreement, and makes himself responsible before his neighbour.

19The lover of fighting is a lover of sin: he who makes high his doorway is looking for destruction.

20Nothing good comes to him whose heart is fixed on evil purposes: and he who has an evil tongue will come to trouble.

21He who has an unwise son gets sorrow for himself, and the father of a foolish son has no joy.

22A glad heart makes a healthy body, but a crushed spirit makes the bones dry.

23A sinner takes an offering out of his robe, to get a decision for himself in a cause.

24Wisdom is before the face of him who has sense; but the eyes of the foolish are on the ends of the earth.

25A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitter pain to her who gave him birth.

26To give punishment to the upright is not good, or to give blows to the noble for their righteousness.

27He who has knowledge says little: and he who has a calm spirit is a man of good sense.

28Even the foolish man, when he keeps quiet, is taken to be wise: when his lips are shut he is credited with good sense.

Matthew 7

1Be not judges of others, and you will not be judged.

2For as you have been judging, so you will be judged, and with your measure will it be measured to you.

3And why do you take note of the grain of dust in your brother’s eye, but take no note of the bit of wood which is in your eye?

4Or how will you say to your brother, Let me take out the grain of dust from your eye, when you yourself have a bit of wood in your eye?

5You false one, first take out the bit of wood from your eye, then will you see clearly to take out the grain of dust from your brother’s eye.

6Do not give that which is holy to the dogs, or put your jewels before pigs, for fear that they will be crushed under foot by the pigs whose attack will then be made against you.

7Make a request, and it will be answered; what you are searching for you will get; give the sign, and the door will be open to you:

8Because to everyone who makes a request, it will be given; and he who is searching will get his desire, and to him who gives the sign, the door will be open.

9Or which of you, if his son makes a request for bread, will give him a stone?

10Or if he makes a request for a fish, will give him a snake?

11If you, then, being evil, are able to give good things to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who make requests to him?

12All those things, then, which you would have men do to you, even so do you to them: because this is the law and the prophets.

13Go in by the narrow door; for wide is the door and open is the way which goes to destruction, and great numbers go in by it.

14For narrow is the door and hard the road to life, and only a small number make discovery of it.

15Be on the watch for false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inside they are cruel wolves.

16By their fruits you will get knowledge of them. Do men get grapes from thorns or figs from thistles?

17Even so, every good tree gives good fruit; but the bad tree gives evil fruit.

18It is not possible for a good tree to give bad fruit, and a bad tree will not give good fruit.

19Every tree which does not give good fruit is cut down and put in the fire.

20So by their fruits you will get knowledge of them.

21Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will go into the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the pleasure of my Father in heaven.

22A great number will say to me on that day, Lord, Lord, were we not prophets in your name, and did we not by your name send out evil spirits, and by your name do works of power?

23And then will I say to them, I never had knowledge of you: go from me, you workers of evil.

24Everyone, then, to whom my words come and who does them, will be like a wise man who made his house on a rock;

25And the rain came down and there was a rush of waters and the winds were driving against that house, but it was not moved; because it was based on the rock.

26And everyone to whom my words come and who does them not, will be like a foolish man who made his house on sand;

27And the rain came down and there was a rush of waters and the winds were driving against that house; and it came down and great was its fall.

28And it came about, when Jesus had come to the end of these words, that the people were surprised at his teaching,

29for he was teaching as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

February 26

Exodus 35

1And Moses sent for all the children of Israel to come together, and said to them, This is what the Lord has said and these are his orders.

2Six days let work be done, but the seventh day is to be a holy day to you, a Sabbath of rest to the Lord; whoever does any work on that day is to be put to death.

3No fire is to be lighted in any of your houses on the Sabbath day.

4And Moses said to all the meeting of the children of Israel, This is the order which the Lord has given:

5Take from among you an offering to the Lord; everyone who has the impulse in his heart, let him give his offering to the Lord; gold and silver and brass;

6And blue and purple and red and the best linen and goats’ hair,

7And sheepskins coloured red, and leather, and hard wood,

8And oil for the lights, and spices for the holy oil and for the sweet perfumes for burning.

9And beryls and jewels to be cut for the ephod and for the priest’s bag.

10And let every wise-hearted man among you come and make whatever has been ordered by the Lord;

11The House and its tent and its cover, its hooks and its boards, its rods and its pillars and its bases;

12The ark with its cover and its rods and the veil hanging before it;

13The table and its rods and all its vessels, and the holy bread;

14And the support for the lights, with its vessels and its lights and the oil for the light;

15And the altar for burning spices, with its rods, and the holy oil and the sweet perfume, and the curtain for the door, at the door of the House;

16The altar of burned offerings, with its network of brass, its rods, and all its vessels, the washing-vessel and its base;

17The hangings for the open space, its pillars and their bases, and the curtain for the doorway;

18The nails for the House, and the nails for the open space and their cords;

19The robes of needlework for the work of the holy place, the holy robes for Aaron the priest, and the robes for his sons when acting as priests.

20And all the children of Israel went away from Moses.

21And everyone whose heart was moved, everyone who was guided by the impulse of his spirit, came with his offering for the Lord, for whatever was needed for the Tent of meeting and its work and for the holy robes.

22They came, men and women, all who were ready to give, and gave pins and nose-rings and finger-rings and neck-ornaments, all of gold; everyone gave an offering of gold to the Lord.

23And everyone who had blue and purple and red and the best linen and goats’ hair and sheepskins coloured red and leather, gave them.

24Everyone who had silver and brass gave an offering of them to the Lord; and everyone who had hard wood, such as was needed for the work, gave it.

25And all the women who were expert with their hands, made cloth, and gave the work of their hands, blue and purple and red and the best linen.

26And those women who had the knowledge, made the goats’ hair into cloth.

27And the rulers gave the beryls and the cut jewels for the ephod and the priest’s bag;

28And the spice and the oil for the light, and the holy oil and the sweet perfumes.

29The children of Israel, every man and woman, from the impulse of their hearts, gave their offerings freely to the Lord for the work which the Lord had given Moses orders to have done.

30And Moses said to the children of Israel, See, the Lord has made selection of Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah;

31And he has made him full of the spirit of God, in all wisdom and knowledge and art of every sort;

32As an expert designer of beautiful things, working in gold and silver and brass;

33Trained in the cutting of stones and the ornamenting of wood and in every sort of handwork.

34And he has given to him, and to Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, the power of training others.

35To them he has given knowledge of all the arts of the handworker, of the designer, and the expert workman; of the maker of needlework in blue and purple and red and the best linen, and of the maker of cloth; in all the arts of the designer and the trained workman they are expert.

Exodus 36

1So let Bezalel and Oholiab get to work, with every wise-hearted man to whom the Lord has given wisdom and knowledge, to do whatever is necessary for the ordering of the holy place, as the Lord has given orders.

2Then Moses sent for Bezalel and Oholiab, and for all the wise-hearted men to whom the Lord had given wisdom, even everyone who was moved by the impulse of his heart to come and take part in the work:

3And they took from Moses all the offerings which the children of Israel had given for the building of the holy place. And still they went on giving him more free offerings every morning.

4Then the wise men, who were doing all the work of the holy place, came from their work;

5And said to Moses, The people are giving much more than is needed for the work which the Lord has given us orders to do.

6So Moses made an order and had it given out through all the tents, saying, Let no man or woman make any more offerings for the holy place. So the people were kept from giving more.

7For the material they had was enough and more than enough for all the work which had to be done.

8Then all the expert workmen among them made the House with its ten curtains; of the best linen, blue and purple and red, they made them, with winged ones worked by expert designers.

9Every curtain was twenty-eight cubits long and four cubits wide, all of the same measure.

10And five curtains were joined together, and the other five curtains were joined together.

11And they put twists of blue cord on the edge of the outside curtain of the first group, and in the same way on the outside curtain of the second group.

12Fifty twists on the one curtain and fifty on the edge of the curtain of the other group; the twists being opposite to one another.

13And they made fifty hooks of gold, joining the curtains one to another with the hooks; and so the House was made.

14And they made curtains of goats’ hair for the tent; eleven curtains were made.

15Every curtain was thirty cubits long and four cubits wide, all of the same measure.

16Five curtains were joined together to make one group, and six curtains were joined together to make the other group.

17And they put fifty twists of cord on the edge of the outside curtain of the first group, and fifty twists on the edge of the outside curtain of the second group,

18And fifty hooks of brass for joining them together to make the tent.

19And they made a cover of sheepskins coloured red, to go over the tent, and a cover of leather over that.

20And for the uprights of the House they made boards of hard wood.

21The boards were ten cubits long and one cubit and a half wide.

22Every board had two tongues fixed into it; all the boards were made in this way.

23They made twenty boards for the south side of the House:

24And for these twenty boards, forty silver bases, two bases under every board, to take its tongues.

25And for the second side of the House, on the north, they made twenty boards,

26With their forty silver bases, two bases for every board.

27And for the west side of the House, at the back, they made six boards,

28And two boards for the angles at the back.

29These were joined together at the base and at the top to one ring, so forming the two angles.

30So there were eight boards with sixteen bases of silver, two bases under every board.

31And they made rods of hard wood; five for the boards on one side of the House,

32And five for the boards on the other side of the House, and five for the boards at the back, on the west.

33The middle rod was made to go right through the rings of all the boards from one end to the other.

34All the boards were plated with gold, and the rings through which the rods went were of gold, and the rods were plated with gold.

35And he made the veil of the best linen, blue and purple and red, worked with winged ones designed by expert workmen.

36And they made four pillars for it of hard wood plated with gold: they had hooks of gold and four silver bases.

37And they made a curtain for the door of the tent, of the best linen with needlework of blue and purple and red;

38And five pillars for the curtain, with their hooks; the heads of the pillars were of gold and they were circled with bands of gold; and their five bases were of brass.

Proverbs 16

1The designs of the heart are man’s, but the answer of the tongue comes from the Lord.

2All a man’s ways are clean to himself; but the Lord puts men’s spirits into his scales.

3Put your works into the hands of the Lord, and your purposes will be made certain.

4The Lord has made everything for his purpose, even the sinner for the day of evil.

5Everyone who has pride in his heart is disgusting to the Lord: he will certainly not go free from punishment.

6By mercy and good faith evil-doing is taken away: and by the fear of the Lord men are turned away from evil.

7When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, he makes even his haters be at peace with him.

8Better is a little with righteousness, than great wealth with wrongdoing.

9A man may make designs for his way, but the Lord is the guide of his steps.

10Decision is in the lips of the king: his mouth will not go wrong in judging.

11True measures and scales are the Lord’s: all the weights of the bag are his work.

12Evil-doing is disgusting to kings: for the seat of the ruler is based on righteousness.

13Lips of righteousness are the delight of kings; and he who says what is upright is dear to him.

14The wrath of the king is like those who give news of death, but a wise man will put peace in place of it.

15In the light of the king’s face there is life; and his approval is like a cloud of spring rain.

16How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! and to get knowledge is more to be desired than silver.

17The highway of the upright is to be turned away from evil: he who takes care of his way will keep his soul.

18Pride goes before destruction, and a stiff spirit before a fall.

19Better it is to have a gentle spirit with the poor, than to take part in the rewards of war with men of pride.

20He who gives attention to the law of right will get good; and whoever puts his faith in the Lord is happy.

21The wise-hearted will be named men of good sense: and by pleasing words learning is increased.

22Wisdom is a fountain of life to him who has it; but the punishment of the foolish is their foolish behaviour.

23The heart of the wise man is the teacher of his mouth, and gives increased learning to his lips.

24Pleasing words are like honey, sweet to the soul and new life to the bones.

25There is a way which seems straight before a man, but its end is the ways of death.

26The desire of the working man is working for him, for his need of food is driving him on.

27A good-for-nothing man is a designer of evil, and in his lips there is a burning fire.

28A man of twisted purposes is a cause of fighting everywhere: and he who says evil secretly makes trouble between friends.

29A violent man puts desire of evil into his neighbour’s mind, and makes him go in a way which is not good.

30He whose eyes are shut is a man of twisted purposes, and he who keeps his lips shut tight makes evil come about.

31The grey head is a crown of glory, if it is seen in the way of righteousness.

32He who is slow to be angry is better than a man of war, and he who has control over his spirit than he who takes a town.

33A thing may be put to the decision of chance, but it comes about through the Lord.

Matthew 6:19-34

19Make no store of wealth for yourselves on earth, where it may be turned to dust by worms and weather, and where thieves may come in by force and take it away.

20But make a store for yourselves in heaven, where it will not be turned to dust and where thieves do not come in to take it away:

21For where your wealth is, there will your heart be.

22The light of the body is the eye; if then your eye is true, all your body will be full of light.

23But if your eye is evil, all your body will be dark. If then the light which is in you is dark, how dark it will be!

24No man is able to be a servant to two masters: for he will have hate for the one and love for the other, or he will keep to one and have no respect for the other. You may not be servants of God and of wealth.

25So I say to you, Take no thought for your life, about food or drink, or about clothing for your body. Is not life more than food, and the body more than its clothing?

26See the birds of heaven; they do not put seeds in the earth, they do not get in grain, or put it in store-houses; and your Father in heaven gives them food. Are you not of much more value than they?

27And which of you by taking thought is able to make himself a cubit taller?

28And why are you troubled about clothing? See the flowers of the field, how they come up; they do no work, they make no thread:

29But I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.

30But if God gives such clothing to the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is put into the oven, will he not much more give you clothing, O you of little faith?

31Then do not be full of care, saying, What are we to have for food or drink? or, With what may we be clothed?

32Because the Gentiles go in search of all these things: for your Father in heaven has knowledge that you have need of all these things:

33But let your first care be for his kingdom and his righteousness; and all these other things will be given to you in addition.

34Then have no care for tomorrow: tomorrow will take care of itself. Take the trouble of the day as it comes.

February 25

Exodus 33

1And the Lord said to Moses, Go forward from this place, you and the people whom you have taken up out of the land of Egypt, to that land about which I made an oath to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, To your seed will I give it.

2And I will send an angel before you, driving out the Canaanite and the Amorite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite:

3Go up to that land flowing with milk and honey; but I will not go up among you, for you are a stiff-necked people, for fear that I send destruction on you while you are on the way.

4Hearing this bad news the people were full of grief, and no one put on his ornaments.

5And the Lord said to Moses, Say to the children of Israel, You are a stiff-necked people: if I come among you, even for a minute, I will send destruction on you; so take off all your ornaments, so that I may see what to do with you.

6So the children of Israel took off their ornaments at Mount Horeb, and did not put them on again.

7Now it was Moses’ way to put up the Tent of meeting outside the tent-circle, at some distance away; giving it the name of The Tent of meeting. And everyone desiring to make his prayer to the Lord went to the Tent of meeting outside the tent-circle.

8And whenever Moses went out to the Tent of meeting, all the people got up and everyone went to the door of his tent, looking after Moses till he went inside the Tent.

9And whenever Moses went into the Tent, the pillar of cloud came down, and took its place by the door of the Tent, as long as the Lord was talking with Moses.

10And all the people saw the cloud at the door of the Tent, and they went down on their faces, everyone at the door of his tent.

11And the Lord had talk with Moses face to face, as a man may have talk with his friend. And when Moses came back to the tents, his servant, the young man Joshua, the son of Nun, did not come away from the Tent.

12And Moses said to the Lord, See, you say to me, Be this people’s guide on their journey, but you have not made clear to me whom you will send with me. But you have said, I have knowledge of you by name, and you have grace in my eyes.

13If then I have grace in your eyes, let me see your ways, so that I may have knowledge of you and be certain of your grace; and my prayer is that you will keep in mind that this nation is your people.

14And he said, I myself will go with you and give you rest.

15And Moses said, If you yourself are not going with us, do not send us on from here.

16For is not the fact of your going with us the sign that I and this people have grace in your eyes, so that we, that is, I and your people, are separate from all other people on the face of the earth?

17And the Lord said to Moses, I will do as you say: for you have grace in my eyes, and I have knowledge of you by your name.

18And Moses said, O Lord, let me see your glory.

19And he said, I will make all the light of my being come before you, and will make clear to you what I am; I will be kind to those to whom I will be kind, and have mercy on those on whom I will have mercy.

20But it is not possible for you to see my face, for no man may see me and still go on living.

21And the Lord said, See, there is a place near me, and you may take your place on the rock:

22And when my glory goes by, I will put you in a hole in the rock, covering you with my hand till I have gone past:

23Then I will take away my hand, and you will see my back: but my face is not to be seen.

Exodus 34

1And the Lord said to Moses, Make two other stones like the first two; and I will put on them the words which were on the first stones, which were broken by you.

2And be ready by the morning, and come up on Mount Sinai, and come before me there in the morning, on the top of the mountain.

3No one is to come up with you, and let no man be seen anywhere on the mountain; let no flocks or herds come near to get their food at its foot.

4So Moses got two stones cut like the first; and early in the morning he went up Mount Sinai, as the Lord had said, with the two stones in his hand.

5And the Lord came down in the cloud and took his place by the side of Moses, and Moses gave worship to the name of the Lord.

6And the Lord went past before his eyes, saying, The Lord, the Lord, a God full of pity and grace, slow to wrath and great in mercy and faith;

7Having mercy on thousands, overlooking evil and wrongdoing and sin; he will not let wrongdoers go free, but will send punishment on children for the sins of their fathers, and on their children’s children to the third and fourth generation.

8Then Moses quickly went down on his face in worship.

9And he said, If now I have grace in your eyes, let the Lord go among us, for this is a stiff-necked people, and give us forgiveness for our wrongdoing and our sin, and take us for your heritage.

10And the Lord said, See, this is what I will undertake: before the eyes of your people I will do wonders, such as have not been done in all the earth or in any nation: and all your people will see the work of the Lord, for what I am about to do for you is greatly to be feared.

11Take care to do the orders which I give you today; I will send out from before you the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite.

12But take care, and do not make any agreement with the people of the land where you are going, for it will be a cause of sin to you.

13But their altars are to be overturned and their pillars broken and their images cut down:

14For you are to be worshippers of no other god: for the Lord is a God who will not give his honour to another.

15So see that you make no agreement with the people of the land, and do not go after their gods, or take part in their offerings, or be guests at their feasts,

16Or take their daughters for your sons; for when their daughters give worship before their gods, they will make your sons take part with them.

17Make for yourselves no gods of metal.

18Keep the feast of unleavened bread; for seven days your food is to be bread without leaven, as I gave you orders, at the regular time in the month Abib; for in that month you came out of Egypt.

19Every first male child is mine; the first male birth of your cattle, the first male of every ox and sheep.

20A lamb may be given in payment for the young of an ass, but if you will not make payment for it, its neck will have to be broken. For all the first of your sons you are to make payment. No one is to come before me without an offering.

21Six days let work be done, but on the seventh day take your rest: at ploughing time and at the grain-cutting you are to have a day for rest.

22And you are to keep the feast of weeks when you get in the first-fruits of the grain, and the feast at the turn of the year when you take in the produce of your fields.

23Three times in the year let all your males come before the Lord, the God of Israel.

24For I will send out the nations before you and make wide the limits of your land; and no man will make an attempt to take your land while you go up to give worship to the Lord, three times in the year.

25No leaven is to be offered with the blood of my offering, and the offering of the Passover feast may not be kept till the morning.

26Take the first-fruits of your land as an offering to the house of the Lord your God. Let not the young goat be cooked in its mother’s milk

27And the Lord said to Moses, Put all these words in writing; for on them is based the agreement which I will make with you.

28And for forty days and forty nights Moses was there with the Lord, and in that time he had no food or drink. And he put in writing on the stones the words of the agreement, the ten rules of the law.

29Now when Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two stones in his hand, he was not conscious that his face was shining because of his talk with God.

30But when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, and the shining of his face, they would not come near him for fear.

31Then Moses sent for them; and Aaron, with the chiefs of the people, came to him; and Moses had talk with them.

32And later, all the children of Israel came near, and he gave them all the orders which the Lord had given him on Mount Sinai.

33And at the end of his talk with them, Moses put a veil over his face.

34But whenever Moses went in before the Lord to have talk with him, he took off the veil till he came out. And whenever he came out he said to the children of Israel what he had been ordered to say;

35And the children of Israel saw that the face of Moses was shining: so Moses put the veil over his face again till he went to the Lord.

Proverbs 15

1By a soft answer wrath is turned away, but a bitter word is a cause of angry feelings.

2Knowledge is dropping from the tongue of the wise; but from the mouth of the foolish comes a stream of foolish words.

3The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.

4A comforting tongue is a tree of life, but a twisted tongue is a crushing of the spirit.

5A foolish man puts no value on his father’s training; but he who has respect for teaching has good sense.

6In the house of the upright man there is a great store of wealth; but in the profits of the sinner there is trouble.

7The lips of the wise keep knowledge, but the heart of the foolish man is not right.

8The offering of the evil-doer is disgusting to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright man is his delight.

9The way of the evil-doer is disgusting to the Lord, but he who goes after righteousness is dear to him.

10There is bitter punishment for him who is turned from the way; and death will be the fate of the hater of teaching.

11Before the Lord are the underworld and destruction: how much more, then, the hearts of the children of men!

12The hater of authority has no love for teaching: he will not go to the wise.

13A glad heart makes a shining face, but by the sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

14The heart of the man of good sense goes in search of knowledge, but foolish things are the food of the unwise.

15All the days of the troubled are evil; but he whose heart is glad has an unending feast.

16Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, than great wealth together with trouble.

17Better is a simple meal where love is, than a fat ox and hate with it.

18An angry man makes men come to blows, but he who is slow to get angry puts an end to fighting.

19Thorns are round the way of the hater of work; but the road of the hard worker becomes a highway.

20A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man has no respect for his mother.

21Foolish behaviour is joy to the unwise; but a man of good sense makes his way straight.

22Where there are no wise suggestions, purposes come to nothing; but by a number of wise guides they are made certain.

23A man has joy in the answer of his mouth: and a word at the right time, how good it is!

24Acting wisely is the way of life, guiding a man away from the underworld.

25The house of the man of pride will be uprooted by the Lord, but he will make safe the heritage of the widow.

26Evil designs are disgusting to the Lord, but the words of the clean-hearted are pleasing.

27He whose desires are fixed on profit is a cause of trouble to his family; but he who has no desire for offerings will have life.

28The heart of the upright gives thought to his answer; but from the mouth of the evil-doer comes a stream of evil things.

29The Lord is far from sinners, but his ear is open to the prayer of the upright.

30The light of the eyes is a joy to the heart, and good news makes the bones fat.

31The man whose ear is open to the teaching of life will have his place among the wise.

32He who will not be controlled by training has no respect for his soul, but he who gives ear to teaching will get wisdom.

33The fear of the Lord is the teaching of wisdom; and a low opinion of oneself goes before honour.

Matthew 6:1-18

1Take care not to do your good works before men, to be seen by them; or you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

2When then you give money to the poor, do not make a noise about it, as the false-hearted men do in the Synagogues and in the streets, so that they may have glory from men. Truly, I say to you, They have their reward.

3But when you give money, let not your left hand see what your right hand does:

4So that your giving may be in secret; and your Father, who sees in secret, will give you your reward.

5And when you make your prayers, be not like the false-hearted men, who take pleasure in getting up and saying their prayers in the Synagogues and at the street turnings so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, They have their reward.

6But when you make your prayer, go into your private room, and, shutting the door, say a prayer to your Father in secret, and your Father, who sees in secret, will give you your reward.

7And in your prayer do not make use of the same words again and again, as the Gentiles do: for they have the idea that God will give attention to them because of the number of their words.

8So be not like them; because your Father has knowledge of your needs even before you make your requests to him.

9Let this then be your prayer: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.

10Let your kingdom come. Let your pleasure be done, as in heaven, so on earth.

11Give us this day bread for our needs.

12And make us free of our debts, as we have made those free who are in debt to us.

13And let us not be put to the test, but keep us safe from the Evil One.

14For if you let men have forgiveness for their sins, you will have forgiveness from your Father in heaven.

15But if you do not let men have forgiveness for their sins, you will not have forgiveness from your Father for your sins.

16And when you go without food, be not sad-faced as the false-hearted are. For they go about with changed looks, so that men may see that they are going without food. Truly I say to you, They have their reward.

17But when you go without food, put oil on your head and make your face clean;

18So that no one may see that you are going without food, but your Father in secret; and your Father, who sees in secret, will give you your reward.

February 24

Exodus 30

1And you are to make an altar for the burning of perfume; of hard wood let it be made.

2The altar is to be square, a cubit long and a cubit wide, and two cubits high, and its horns are to be made of the same.

3It is to be plated with the best gold, the top of it and the sides and the horns, with an edging of gold all round it.

4Under the edge on the two opposite sides, you are to make two gold rings, to take the rods for lifting it.

5And make these rods of the same wood, plating them with gold.

6And let it be placed in front of the veil before the ark of the law, before the cover which is over the law, where I will come face to face with you.

7And on this altar sweet spices are to be burned by Aaron every morning when he sees to the lights.

8And every evening, when he puts the lights up in their places, the spices are to be burned, a sweet-smelling smoke going up before the Lord from generation to generation for ever.

9No strange perfume, no burned offering or meal offering, and no drink offering is to be offered on it.

10And once every year Aaron is to make its horns clean: with the blood of the sin-offering he is to make it clean once every year from generation to generation: it is most holy to the Lord.

11And the Lord said to Moses,

12When you are taking the number of the children of Israel, let every man who is numbered give to the Lord a price for his life, so that no disease may come on them when they are numbered.

13And this is what they are to give; let every man who is numbered give half a shekel, by the scale of the holy place: (the shekel being valued at twenty gerahs:) this money is an offering to the Lord.

14Everyone who is numbered, from twenty years old and over, is to give an offering to the Lord.

15The man of wealth is to give no more and the poor man no less than the half-shekel of silver, when the offering is made to the Lord as the price for your lives.

16And you are to take this money from the children of Israel to be used for the work of the Tent of meeting, to keep the memory of the children of Israel before the Lord and to be the price of your lives.

17And the Lord said to Moses,

18You are to make a brass washing-vessel, with a brass base; and put it between the Tent of meeting and the altar, with water in it;

19That it may be used by Aaron and his sons for washing their hands and feet;

20Whenever they go into the Tent of meeting they are to be washed with water, to keep them from death; and whenever they come near to do the work of the altar, or to make an offering by fire to the Lord,

21Their hands and feet are to be washed. so that they may be safe from death: this is an order to them for ever; to him and his seed from generation to generation.

22And the Lord said to Moses,

23Take the best spices, five hundred shekels’ weight of liquid myrrh, and of sweet cinnamon half as much, that is, two hundred and fifty shekels, and two hundred and fifty shekels of sweet calamus,

24And of cassia, five hundred shekels’ weight measured by the scale of the holy place, and of olive oil a hin:

25And make these into a holy oil, a perfume made by the art of the perfume-maker; it is to be a holy oil.

26This oil is to be put on the Tent of meeting, and on the ark of the law,

27And on the table and all its vessels, and on the support for the lights, with its vessels, and on the altar for burning spices,

28And on the altar of burned offerings with its vessels, and on the washing-vessel and its base.

29And you are to make them most holy; anything touching them will become holy.

30And put the oil on Aaron and his sons, making them holy to do the work of priests to me.

31And say to the children of Israel, This is to be the Lord’s holy oil, from generation to generation.

32It is not to be used for man’s flesh, and no other is to be made like it: holy it is, and you are to keep it holy.

33Whoever makes any like it, or puts it on one who is not a priest, will be cut off from his people.

34And the Lord said to Moses, Take sweet spices, stacte and onycha and galbanum, with the best frankincense, in equal weights;

35And make from them a perfume, such as is made by the art of the perfume-maker, mixed with salt, and clean and holy.

36And put some of it, crushed very small, in front of the ark in the Tent of meeting, where I will come face to face with you; it is to be most holy.

37You are not to make any perfume like it for yourselves: it is to be kept holy to the Lord.

38Whoever makes any like it, for its sweet smell, will be cut off from his people.

Exodus 31

1And the Lord said to Moses,

2I have made selection of Bezalel, the son of Uri, by name, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah:

3And I have given him the spirit of God and made him wise and full of knowledge and expert in every sort of handwork,

4To do all sorts of delicate work in gold and silver and brass;

5In cutting stones for framing, and to do every form of woodwork.

6And I have made selection of Oholiab with him, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and in the hearts of all who are wise I have put the knowledge to make whatever I have given you orders to have made;

7The Tent of meeting, and the ark of the law, and the cover which is on it, and all the things for the tent,

8And the table with its vessels, and the holy light-support with all its vessels, and the altar for the burning of spices,

9And the altar of burned offerings with all its vessels, and the washing-vessel with its base,

10And the robes of needlework, the holy robes for Aaron and for his sons, for their use when acting as priests,

11And the holy oil, and the perfume of sweet spices for the holy place; they will do whatever I have given you orders to have done.

12And the Lord said to Moses,

13Say to the children of Israel that they are to keep my Sabbaths; for the Sabbath day is a sign between me and you through all your generations; so that you may see that I am the Lord who makes you holy.

14So you are to keep the Sabbath as a holy day; and anyone not honouring it will certainly be put to death: whoever does any work on that day will be cut off from his people.

15Six days may work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of complete rest, holy to the Lord; whoever does any work on the Sabbath day is to be put to death.

16And the children of Israel are to keep the Sabbath holy, from generation to generation, by an eternal agreement.

17It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever; because in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he took his rest and had pleasure in it.

18And when his talk with Moses on Mount Sinai was ended, he gave him the two stones of the law, two stones on which was the writing made by the finger of God.

Exodus 32

1And when the people saw that Moses was a long time coming down from the mountain, they all came to Aaron and said to him, Come, make us a god to go before us: as for this Moses, who took us up out of the land of Egypt, we have no idea what has become of him.

2Then Aaron said to them, Take off the gold rings which are in the ears of your wives and your sons and your daughters, and give them to me.

3And all the people took the gold rings from their ears and gave them to Aaron.

4And he took the gold from them and, hammering it with an instrument, he made it into the metal image of a young ox: and they said, This is your god, O Israel, who took you out of the land of Egypt.

5And when Aaron saw this, he made an altar before it, and made a public statement, saying, Tomorrow there will be a feast to the Lord.

6So early on the day after they got up and made burned offerings and peace-offerings; and took their seats at the feast, and then gave themselves to pleasure.

7And the Lord said to Moses, Go down quickly; for your people, whom you took out of the land of Egypt, are turned to evil ways;

8Even now they are turned away from the rule I gave them, and have made themselves a metal ox and given worship to it and offerings, saying, This is your god, O Israel, who took you up out of the land of Egypt.

9And the Lord said to Moses, I have been watching this people, and I see that they are a stiff-necked people.

10Now do not get in my way, for my wrath is burning against them; I will send destruction on them, but of you I will make a great nation.

11But Moses made prayer to God, saying, Lord, why is your wrath burning against your people whom you took out of the land of Egypt, with great power and with the strength of your hand?

12Why let the Egyptians say, He took them out to an evil fate, to put them to death on the mountains, cutting them off from the earth? Let your wrath be turned away from them, and send not this evil on your people.

13Have in mind Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, to whom you gave your oath, saying, I will make your seed like the stars of heaven in number, and all this land will I give to your seed, as I said, to be their heritage for ever.

14So the Lord let himself be turned from his purpose of sending punishment on his people.

15Then Moses came down the mountain with the two stones of the law in his hand; the stones had writing on their two sides, on the front and on the back.

16The stones were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, cut on the stones.

17Now when the noise and the voices of the people came to the ears of Joshua, he said to Moses, There is a noise of war in the tents.

18And Moses said, It is not the voice of men who are overcoming in the fight, or the cry of those who have been overcome; it is the sound of songs which comes to my ear.

19And when he came near the tents he saw the image of the ox, and the people dancing; and in his wrath Moses let the stones go from his hands, and they were broken at the foot of the mountain.

20And he took the ox which they had made, burning it in the fire and crushing it to powder, and he put it in the water and made the children of Israel take a drink of it.

21And Moses said to Aaron, What did the people do to you that you let this great sin come on them?

22And Aaron said, Let not my lord be angry; you have seen how the purposes of this people are evil.

23For they said to me, Make us a god to go before us: as for this Moses, who took us up out of the land of Egypt, we have no idea what has come to him.

24Then I said to them, Whoever has any gold, let him take it off; so they gave it to me, and I put it in the fire, and this image of an ox came out.

25And Moses saw that the people were out of control, for Aaron had let them loose to their shame before their haters:

26Then Moses took his place at the way into the tents, and said, Whoever is on the Lord’s side, let him come to me. And all the sons of Levi came together to him.

27And he said to them, This is the word of the Lord, the God of Israel: Let every man take his sword at his side, and go from one end of the tents to the other, putting to death his brother and his friend and his neighbour.

28And the sons of Levi did as Moses said; and about three thousand of the people were put to death that day.

29And Moses said, You have made yourselves priests to the Lord this day; for every one of you has made the offering of his son and his brother; the blessing of the Lord is on you this day.

30And on the day after, Moses said to the people, Great has been your sin: but I will go up to the Lord, and see if I may get forgiveness for your sin.

31Then Moses went back to the Lord and said, This people has done a great sin, making themselves a god of gold;

32But now, if you will give them forgiveness–but if not, let my name be taken out of your book.

33And the Lord said to Moses, Whoever has done evil against me will be taken out of my book.

34But now, go, take the people into that place of which I have given you word; see, my angel will go before you: but when the time of my judging has come, I will send punishment on them for their sin.

35And the Lord sent punishment on the people because they gave worship to the ox which Aaron made.

Proverbs 14

1Wisdom is building her house, but the foolish woman is pulling it down with her hands.

2He who goes on his way in righteousness has before him the fear of the Lord; but he whose ways are twisted gives him no honour.

3In the mouth of the foolish man is a rod for his back, but the lips of the wise will keep them safe.

4Where there are no oxen, their food-place is clean; but much increase comes through the strength of the ox.

5A true witness does not say what is false, but a false witness is breathing out deceit.

6The hater of authority, searching for wisdom, does not get it; but knowledge comes readily to the open-minded man.

7Go away from the foolish man, for you will not see the lips of knowledge.

8The wisdom of the man of good sense makes his way clear; but the unwise behaviour of the foolish is deceit.

9In the tents of those hating authority there is error, but in the house of the upright man there is grace.

10No one has knowledge of a man’s grief but himself; and a strange person has no part in his joy.

11The house of the sinner will be overturned, but the tent of the upright man will do well.

12There is a way which seems straight before a man, but its end is the ways of death.

13Even while laughing the heart may be sad; and after joy comes sorrow.

14He whose heart is turned away will have the reward of his ways in full measure; but a good man will have the reward of his doings.

15The simple man has faith in every word, but the man of good sense gives thought to his footsteps.

16The wise man, fearing, keeps himself from evil; but the foolish man goes on in his pride, with no thought of danger.

17He who is quickly angry will do what is foolish, but the man of good sense will have quiet.

18Foolish behaviour is the heritage of the simple, but men of good sense are crowned with knowledge.

19The knees of the evil are bent before the good; and sinners go down in the dust at the doors of the upright.

20The poor man is hated even by his neighbour, but the man of wealth has numbers of friends.

21He who has no respect for his neighbour is a sinner, but he who has pity for the poor is happy.

22Will not the designers of evil come into error? But mercy and good faith are for the designers of good.

23In all hard work there is profit, but talk only makes a man poor.

24Their wisdom is a crown to the wise, but their foolish behaviour is round the head of the unwise.

25A true witness is the saviour of lives; but he who says false things is a cause of deceit.

26For him in whose heart is the fear of the Lord there is strong hope: and his children will have a safe place.

27The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, by which one may be turned from the nets of death.

28A king’s glory is in the number of his people: and for need of people a ruler may come to destruction.

29He who is slow to be angry has great good sense; but he whose spirit is over-quick gives support to what is foolish.

30A quiet mind is the life of the body, but envy is a disease in the bones.

31He who is hard on the poor puts shame on his Maker; but he who has mercy on those who are in need gives him honour.

32The sinner is overturned in his evil-doing, but the upright man has hope in his righteousness.

33Wisdom has her resting-place in the mind of the wise, but she is not seen among the foolish.

34By righteousness a nation is lifted up, but sin is a cause of shame to the peoples.

35The king has pleasure in a servant who does wisely, but his wrath is against him who is a cause of shame.

Matthew 5:21-48

21You have knowledge that it was said in old times, You may not put to death; and, Whoever puts to death will be in danger of being judged:

22But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be in danger of being judged; and he who says to his brother, Raca, will be in danger from the Sanhedrin; and whoever says, You foolish one, will be in danger of the hell of fire.

23If then you are making an offering at the altar and there it comes to your mind that your brother has something against you,

24While your offering is still before the altar, first go and make peace with your brother, then come and make your offering.

25Come to an agreement quickly with him who has a cause against you at law, while you are with him on the way, for fear that he may give you up to the judge and the judge may give you to the police and you may be put into prison.

26Truly I say to you, You will not come out from there till you have made payment of the very last farthing.

27You have knowledge that it was said, You may not have connection with another man’s wife:

28But I say to you that everyone whose eyes are turned on a woman with desire has had connection with her in his heart.

29And if your right eye is a cause of trouble to you, take it out and put it away from you; because it is better to undergo the loss of one part, than for all your body to go into hell.

30And if your right hand is a cause of trouble to you, let it be cut off and put it away from you; because it is better to undergo the loss of one part, than for all your body to go into hell.

31Again, it was said, Whoever puts away his wife has to give her a statement in writing for this purpose:

32But I say to you that everyone who puts away his wife for any other cause but the loss of her virtue, makes her false to her husband; and whoever takes her as his wife after she is put away, is no true husband to her.

33Again, you have knowledge that it was said in old times, Do not take false oaths, but give effect to your oaths to the Lord:

34But I say to you, Take no oaths at all: not by the heaven, because it is the seat of God;

35Or by the earth, because it is the resting-place for his foot; or by Jerusalem, because it is the town of the great King.

36You may not take an oath by your head, because you are not able to make one hair white or black.

37But let your words be simply, Yes or No: and whatever is more than these is of the Evil One.

38You have knowledge that it was said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

39But I say to you, Do not make use of force against an evil man; but to him who gives you a blow on the right side of your face let the left be turned.

40And if any man goes to law with you and takes away your coat, do not keep back your robe from him.

41And whoever makes you go one mile, go with him two.

42Give to him who comes with a request, and keep not your property from him who would for a time make use of it.

43You have knowledge that it was said, Have love for your neighbour, and hate for him who is against you:

44But I say to you, Have love for those who are against you, and make prayer for those who are cruel to you;

45So that you may be the sons of your Father in heaven; for his sun gives light to the evil and to the good, and he sends rain on the upright man and on the sinner.

46For if you have love for those who have love for you, what credit is it to you? do not the tax-farmers the same?

47And if you say, Good day, to your brothers only, what do you do more than others? do not even the Gentiles the same?

48Be then complete in righteousness, even as your Father in heaven is complete.

February 23

Exodus 28

1Now let Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, come near from among the children of Israel, so that they may be my priests, even Aaron, and Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar, his sons.

2And make holy robes for Aaron your brother, so that he may be clothed with glory and honour.

3Give orders to all the wise-hearted workmen, whom I have made full of the spirit of wisdom, to make robes for Aaron, so that he may be made holy as my priest.

4This is what they are to make: a priest’s bag, an ephod, and a robe, and a coat of coloured needlework, a head-dress, and a linen band; they are to make holy robes for Aaron your brother and for his sons, so that they may do the work of priests for me.

5They are to take the gold and blue and purple and red and the best linen,

6And make the ephod of gold and blue and purple and red and the best linen, the work of a designer.

7It is to have two bands stitched to it at the top of the arms, joining it together.

8And the beautifully worked band, which goes on it, is to be of the same work and the same material, of gold and blue and purple and red and twisted linen-work.

9You are to take two beryl stones, on which the names of the children of Israel are to be cut:

10Six names on the one stone and six on the other, in the order of their birth.

11With the work of a jeweller, like the cutting of a stamp, the names of the children of Israel are to be cut on them, and they are to be fixed in twisted frames of gold.

12And the two stones are to be placed on the ephod, over the arm-holes, to be stones of memory for the children of Israel: Aaron will have their names on his arms when he goes in before the Lord, to keep the Lord in mind of them.

13And you are to make twisted frames of gold;

14And two chains of the best gold, twisted like cords; and have the chains fixed on to the frames.

15And make a priest’s bag for giving decisions, designed like the ephod, made of gold and blue and purple and red and the best linen.

16It is to be square, folded in two, a hand-stretch long and a hand-stretch wide.

17And on it you are to put four lines of jewels; the first line is to be a cornelian, a chrysolite, and an emerald;

18The second, a ruby, a sapphire, and an onyx;

19The third, a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst;

20The fourth, a topaz, a beryl, and a jasper; they are to be fixed in twisted frames of gold.

21The jewels are to be twelve in number, for the names of the children of Israel; every jewel having the name of one of the twelve tribes cut on it as on a stamp.

22And you are to make two chains of gold, twisted like cords, to be fixed to the priest’s bag.

23And put two gold rings on the two ends of the bag.

24Put the two gold chains on the two rings at the ends of the bag;

25Joining the other ends of the chains to the gold frames and putting them on the front of the ephod, at the top of the arms.

26Then make two gold rings and put them on the lower ends of the bag, at the edge of it on the inner side nearest to the ephod.

27And make two more gold rings and put them on the front of the ephod at the top of the arms, at the join, over the worked band:

28So that the rings on the bag may be fixed to the rings of the ephod by a blue cord and on to the band of the ephod, so that the bag may not come loose from the ephod.

29And so Aaron will have the names of the children of Israel on the priest’s bag over his heart whenever he goes into the holy place, to keep the memory of them before the Lord.

30And in the bag you are to put the Urim and Thummim, so that they may be on Aaron’s heart whenever he goes in before the Lord; and Aaron may have the power of making decisions for the children of Israel before the Lord at all times.

31The robe which goes with the ephod is to be made all of blue;

32With a hole at the top, in the middle of it; the hole is to be edged with a band to make it strong like the hole in the coat of a fighting-man, so that it may not be broken open.

33And round the skirts of it put fruits in blue and purple and red, with bells of gold between;

34A gold bell and a fruit in turn all round the skirts of the robe.

35Aaron is to put it on for his holy work; and the sound of it will be clear, when he goes into the holy place before the Lord, and when he comes out, keeping him safe from death.

36You are to make a plate of the best gold, cutting on it, as on a stamp, these words: HOLY TO THE LORD.

37Put a blue cord on it and put it on the front of the twisted head-dress:

38And it will be over Aaron’s brow, so that Aaron will be responsible for any error in all the holy offerings made by the children of Israel; it will be on his brow at all times, so that their offerings may be pleasing to the Lord.

39The coat is to be made of the best linen, worked in squares; and you are to make a head-dress of linen, and a linen band worked in needlework.

40And for Aaron’s sons you are to make coats, and bands, and head-dresses, so that they may be clothed with glory and honour.

41These you are to put on Aaron, your brother, and on his sons, putting oil on them, separating them and making them holy, to do the work of priests to me.

42And you are to make them linen trousers, covering their bodies from the middle to the knee;

43Aaron and his sons are to put these on whenever they go into the Tent of meeting or come near the altar, when they are doing the work of the holy place, so that they may be free from any sin causing death: this is to be an order for him and his seed after him for ever.

Exodus 29

1This is what you are to do to make them holy, to do the work of priests to me: Take one young ox and two male sheep, without any mark on them,

2And unleavened bread, and unleavened cakes mixed with oil, and thin unleavened cakes on which oil has been put, made of the best bread-meal;

3Put these in a basket and take them, with the ox and the two sheep.

4And let Aaron and his sons come to the door of the Tent of meeting, and there let them be washed with water.

5Take the robes, and put the coat and the dress and the ephod and the priest’s bag on Aaron; put the band of needlework round him,

6And let the head-dress be placed on his head and the holy crown on the head-dress.

7Then take the oil and put it on his head.

8And take his sons and put their robes on them;

9And put the linen bands round Aaron and his sons, and the head-dresses on them, to make them priests by my order for ever: so you are to make Aaron and his sons holy to me.

10Then let the ox be taken in front of the Tent of meeting: and let Aaron and his sons put their hands on its head.

11And you are to put the ox to death before the Lord at the door of the Tent of meeting.

12Then take some of the blood of the ox, and put it on the horns of the altar with your finger, draining out all the rest of the blood at the base of the altar.

13And take all the fat covering the inside of the ox, and the fat joining the liver and the two kidneys with the fat round them, and let them be burned on the altar;

14But the flesh of the ox and its skin and its waste parts are to be burned outside the circle of the tents, for it is a sin-offering.

15Then take one of the sheep, and let Aaron and his sons put their hands on its head.

16Then let it be put to death, so that the sides of the altar are marked with its blood.

17Then the sheep is to be cut up into its parts, and after washing its legs and its inside parts, you are to put them with the parts and the head,

18And let them all be burned on the altar as a burned offering to the Lord: a sweet smell, an offering made by fire to the Lord.

19Then take the other sheep; and after Aaron and his sons have put their hands on its head,

20You are to put the sheep to death, and take some of its blood and put it on the point of Aaron’s right ear, and of the right ears of his sons, and on the thumbs of their right hands and the great toes of their right feet, dropping the rest of the blood on the sides of the altar.

21Then take some of the blood on the altar, and the oil, and put it on Aaron and his robes and on his sons and on their robes, so that he and his robes and his sons and their robes may be made holy.

22Then take the fat of the sheep, the fat tail, the fat covering the insides, and the fat joining the liver and the two kidneys with the fat round them, and the right leg; for by the offering of this sheep they are to be marked out as priests:

23And take one bit of bread and one cake of oiled bread and one thin cake out of the basket of unleavened bread which is before the Lord:

24And put them all on the hands of Aaron and of his sons, to be waved for a wave offering before the Lord.

25Then take them from their hands, and let them be burned on the burned offering on the altar, a sweet smell before the Lord, an offering made by fire to the Lord.

26Then take the breast of Aaron’s sheep, waving it before the Lord; and it is to be your part of the offering.

27So you are to make holy the breast of the sheep which is waved and the leg which is lifted up on high, that is, of the sheep which is offered for Aaron and his sons;

28And it will be their part as a right for ever from the children of Israel, it is a special offering from the children of Israel, made from their peace-offerings, a special offering lifted up to the Lord.

29And Aaron’s holy robes will be used by his sons after him; they will put them on when they are made priests.

30For seven days the son who becomes priest in his place will put them on when he comes into the Tent of meeting to do the work of the holy place.

31Then take the sheep of the wave offering and let its flesh be cooked in water in a holy place.

32And let Aaron and his sons make a meal of it, with the bread in the basket, at the door of the Tent of meeting.

33All those things which were used as offerings to take away sin, and to make them holy to be priests, they may have for food: but no one who is not a priest may have them, for they are holy food.

34And if any of the flesh of the offering or of the bread is over till the morning, let it be burned with fire; it is not to be used for food, for it is holy.

35All these things you are to do to Aaron and his sons as I have given you orders: for seven days the work of making them priests is to go on.

36Every day an ox is to be offered as a sin-offering, to take away sins: and by this offering on it, you will make the altar clean from sin; and you are to put oil on it and make it holy.

37For seven days you are to make offerings for the altar and make it holy, so that it may become completely holy, and anything touching it will become holy.

38Now this is the offering which you are to make on the altar: two lambs in their first year, every day regularly.

39One lamb is to be offered in the morning and the other in the evening:

40And with the one lamb, a tenth part of an ephah of the best meal, mixed with a fourth part of a hin of clear oil; and the fourth part of a hin of wine for a drink offering.

41And the other lamb is to be offered in the evening, and with it the same meal offering and drink offering, for a sweet smell, an offering made by fire to the Lord.

42This is to be a regular burned offering made from generation to generation, at the door of the Tent of meeting before the Lord, where I will come face to face with you and have talk with you.

43There I will come face to face with the children of Israel, and the Tent will be made holy by my glory

44I will make holy the Tent of meeting and the altar: and Aaron and his sons I will make holy, to be my priests

45Among the children of Israel I will make my living-place, and I will be their God.

46And they will see that I am the Lord their God, who took them out of the land of Egypt, so that I might be ever with them: I am the Lord their God.

Proverbs 13

1A wise son is a lover of teaching, but the ears of the haters of authority are shut to sharp words.

2A man will get good from the fruit of his lips, but the desire of the false is for violent acts.

3He who keeps a watch on his mouth keeps his life; but he whose lips are open wide will have destruction.

4The hater of work does not get his desires, but the soul of the hard workers will be made fat.

5The upright man is a hater of false words: the evil-doer gets a bad name and is put to shame.

6Righteousness keeps safe him whose way is without error, but evil-doers are overturned by sin.

7A man may be acting as if he had wealth, but have nothing; another may seem poor, but have great wealth.

8A man will give his wealth in exchange for his life; but the poor will not give ear to sharp words.

9There is a glad dawn for the upright man, but the light of the sinner will be put out.

10The only effect of pride is fighting; but wisdom is with the quiet in spirit.

11Wealth quickly got will become less; but he who gets a store by the work of his hands will have it increased.

12Hope put off is a weariness to the heart; but when what is desired comes, it is a tree of life.

13He who makes sport of the word will come to destruction, but the respecter of the law will be rewarded.

14The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning men away from the nets of death.

15Wise behaviour gets approval, but the way of the false is their destruction.

16A sharp man does everything with knowledge, but a foolish man makes clear his foolish thoughts.

17A man taking false news is a cause of trouble, but he who gives news rightly makes things well.

18Need and shame will be the fate of him who is uncontrolled by training; but he who takes note of teaching will be honoured.

19To get one’s desire is sweet to the soul, but to give up evil is disgusting to the foolish.

20Go with wise men and be wise: but he who keeps company with the foolish will be broken.

21Evil will overtake sinners, but the upright will be rewarded with good.

22The heritage of the good man is handed down to his children’s children; and the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the upright man.

23There is much food in the ploughed land of the poor; but it is taken away by wrongdoing.

24He who keeps back his rod is unkind to his son: the loving father gives punishment with care.

25The upright man has food to the full measure of his desire, but there will be no food for the stomach of evil-doers.

Matthew 5:1-20

1And seeing great masses of people he went up into the mountain; and when he was seated his disciples came to him.

2And with these words he gave them teaching, saying,

3Happy are the poor in spirit: for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

4Happy are those who are sad: for they will be comforted.

5Happy are the gentle: for the earth will be their heritage.

6Happy are those whose heart’s desire is for righteousness: for they will have their desire.

7Happy are those who have mercy: for they will be given mercy.

8Happy are the clean in heart: for they will see God.

9Happy are the peacemakers: for they will be named sons of God.

10Happy are those who are attacked on account of righteousness: for the kingdom of heaven will be theirs.

11Happy are you when men give you a bad name, and are cruel to you, and say all evil things against you falsely, because of me.

12Be glad and full of joy; for great is your reward in heaven: for so were the prophets attacked who were before you.

13You are the salt of the earth; but if its taste goes from the salt, how will you make it salt again? it is then good for nothing but to be put out and crushed under foot by men.

14You are the light of the world. A town put on a hill may be seen by all.

15And a burning light is not put under a vessel, but on its table; so that its rays may be shining on all who are in the house.

16Even so let your light be shining before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

17Let there be no thought that I have come to put an end to the law or the prophets. I have not come for destruction, but to make complete.

18Truly I say to you, Till heaven and earth come to an end, not the smallest letter or part of a letter will in any way be taken from the law, till all things are done.

19Whoever then goes against the smallest of these laws, teaching men to do the same, will be named least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who keeps the laws, teaching others to keep them, will be named great in the kingdom of heaven.

20For I say to you, If your righteousness is not greater than the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never go into the kingdom of heaven.

February 22

Exodus 25

1And the Lord said to Moses,

2Say to the children of Israel that they are to make me an offering; from every man who has the impulse in his heart take an offering for me.

3And this is the offering you are to take from them: gold and silver and brass;

4And blue and purple and red, and the best linen, and goats’ hair;

5And sheepskins coloured red, and leather, and hard wood;

6Oil for the light, spices for the sweet-smelling oil, sweet perfumes for burning;

7Beryls and stones of value to be put on the ephod and on the priest’s bag.

8And let them make me a holy place, so that I may be ever present among them.

9Make the House and everything in it from the designs which I will give you.

10And they are to make an ark of hard wood; two and a half cubits long, and a cubit and a half wide and high.

11It is to be plated inside and out with the best gold, with an edge of gold all round it

12And make four rings of gold for it, to be fixed on its four feet, two rings on one side of it and two on the other.

13And make rods of the same wood, plating them with gold.

14And put the rods through the rings at the sides of the ark, for lifting it.

15The rods are to be kept in the rings, and never taken out.

16Inside the ark you are to put the record which I will give you.

17And you are to make a cover of the best gold, two and a half cubits long and a cubit and a half wide.

18And at the two ends of the cover you are to make two winged ones of hammered gold,

19One at one end and one at the other; the winged ones are to be part of the cover.

20And their wings are to be outstretched over the cover, and the winged ones are to be opposite one another, facing the cover.

21And put the cover over the ark, and in the ark the record which I will give you.

22And there, between the two winged ones on the cover of the ark, I will come to you, face to face, and make clear to you all the orders I have to give you for the children of Israel.

23And you are to make a table of the same wood, two cubits long, a cubit wide and a cubit and a half high,

24Plated with the best gold, with a gold edge all round it;

25And make a frame all round it, as wide as a man’s hand, with a gold edge to the frame.

26And make four gold rings and put them at the four angles, on the four feet of the table;

27The rings are to be fixed under the frame to take the rods with which the table is to be lifted.

28Make rods of the same wood, plated with gold, for lifting the table.

29And make the table-vessels, the spoons and the cups and the basins for liquids, all of the best gold.

30And on the table at all times you are to keep my holy bread.

31And you are to make a support for lights, of the best gold; its base and its pillar are to be of hammered gold; its cups, its buds, and its flowers are to be made of the same metal.

32It is to have six branches coming out from its sides; three branches from one side and three from the other.

33Every branch having three cups made like almond flowers, every cup with a bud and a flower, on all the branches.

34And on the pillar, four cups like almond flowers, every one with its bud and its flower:

35And under every two branches a bud, made with the branch, for all the six branches of it.

36The buds and the branches are to be made of the same metal; all together one complete work of hammered gold.

37Then you are to make its seven vessels for the lights, putting them in their place so that they give light in front of it.

38And the instruments and trays for use with it are all to be of the best gold.

39A talent of gold will be needed for it, with all these vessels.

40And see that you make them from the design which you saw on the mountain.

Exodus 26

1And you are to make a House for me, with ten curtains of the best linen, blue and purple and red, worked with designs of winged ones by a good workman.

2Every curtain is to be twenty-eight cubits long and four cubits wide, all of the same measure.

3Five curtains are to be joined together, and the other five are to be joined together.

4And you are to put twists of blue cord on the edge of the outside curtain of the first group of five, and on the edge of the outside curtain of the second group of five;

5Fifty twists on one curtain and fifty on the other, the twists to be opposite one another.

6Then make fifty gold hooks, joining the curtains together by the hooks, and in this way the House will be made.

7And you are to make curtains of goats’ hair for a tent over the House, eleven curtains.

8Every curtain is to be thirty cubits long and four cubits wide, all of the same measure.

9Five of these curtains are to be joined together, and the other six are to be joined together, the sixth being folded over to make a hanging in front of the tent.

10And you are to put fifty twists of cord on the edge of the outside curtain of one group, and fifty twists on the edge of the outside curtain of the other group.

11Then make fifty brass hooks and put the hooks into the twists, joining the tent together to make it one.

12And the folded part which is over of the curtains of the tent, the half-curtain which is folded back, will be hanging down over the back of the House.

13And the cubit which is over of the ten curtains at the sides will be hanging over the two sides of the House as a cover.

14And then you are to make a cover for the tent, of sheepskins coloured red, and a cover of leather over that.

15And you are to make upright boards of hard wood for the House.

16Every board is to be ten cubits high and a cubit and a half wide.

17Every board is to be joined to the one nearest to it by two tongues, and so for every board in the House.

18These are the boards needed for the house; twenty boards for the south side,

19With forty silver bases under the twenty boards, two bases under every board to take its tongues.

20And twenty boards for the second side of the house on the north,

21With their forty silver bases, two under every board.

22And six boards for the back of the House on the west,

23With two boards for the angles of the House at the back.

24The two are to be joined together at the base and at the top to one ring, forming the two angles.

25So there are to be eight boards, with their sixteen silver bases, two bases under every board.

26And make rods of the same wood, five for the boards on the one side,

27And five for the boards on the other side of the House, and five for the west side of the House at the back.

28And the middle rod is to go through the rings of all the boards from end to end.

29And the boards are to be plated with gold, having gold rings for the rods to go through: and the rods are to be plated with gold.

30And you are to make the House from the design which you saw on the mountain.

31And you are to make a veil of the best linen, blue and purple and red, worked with designs of winged ones by a good workman:

32Hanging it by gold hooks from four pillars of wood, plated with gold and fixed in silver bases.

33And you are to put up the veil under the hooks, and put inside it the ark of the law: the veil is to be a division between the holy place and the most holy.

34You are to put the cover on the ark of the law, inside the most holy place.

35And outside the veil you are to put the table, and the support for the lights opposite the table on the south side of the House; and the table is to be on the north side.

36And you are to make a curtain for the doorway of the Tent, of the best linen with needlework of blue and purple and red.

37And make five pillars for the curtain, of hard wood plated with gold; their hooks are to be of gold and their bases of brass

Exodus 27

1And make an altar of hard wood, a square altar, five cubits long, five cubits wide and three cubits high.

2Put horns at the four angles of it, made of the same, plating it all with brass.

3And make all its vessels, the baskets for taking away the dust of the fire, the spades and basins and meat-hooks and fire-trays, of brass.

4And make a network of brass, with four brass rings at its four angles.

5And put the network under the shelf round the altar so that the net comes half-way up the altar.

6And make rods for the altar, of hard wood, plated with brass.

7And put the rods through the rings at the two opposite sides of the altar, for lifting it.

8The altar is to be hollow, boarded in with wood; make it from the design which you saw on the mountain.

9And let there be an open space round the House, with hangings for its south side of the best linen, a hundred cubits long.

10Their twenty pillars and their twenty bases are to be of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their bands are to be of silver.

11And on the north side in the same way, hangings a hundred cubits long, with twenty pillars of brass on bases of brass; their hooks and their bands are to be of silver.

12And for the open space on the west side, the hangings are to be fifty cubits wide, with ten pillars and ten bases;

13And on the east side the space is to be fifty cubits wide.

14On the one side of the doorway will be hangings fifteen cubits long, with three pillars and three bases;

15And on the other side, hangings fifteen cubits long, with three pillars and three bases.

16And across the doorway, a veil of twenty cubits of the best linen, made of needlework of blue and purple and red, with four pillars and four bases.

17All the pillars round the open space are to have silver bands, with hooks of silver and bases of brass.

18The open space is to be a hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide, with sides five cubits high, curtained with the best linen, with bases of brass.

19All the instruments for the work of the House, and all its nails, and the nails of the open space are to be of brass.

20Give orders to the children of Israel to give you clear olive oil for the lights, so that a light may be burning there at all times.

21Let Aaron and his sons put this in order, evening and morning, before the Lord, inside the Tent of meeting, outside the veil which is before the ark; this is to be an order for ever, from generation to generation, to be kept by the children of Israel.

Proverbs 12

1A lover of training is a lover of knowledge; but a hater of teaching is like a beast.

2A good man has grace in the eyes of the Lord; but the man of evil designs gets punishment from him.

3No man will make himself safe through evil-doing; but the root of upright men will never be moved.

4A woman of virtue is a crown to her husband; but she whose behaviour is a cause of shame is like a wasting disease in his bones.

5The purposes of upright men are right, but the designs of evil-doers are deceit.

6The words of sinners are destruction for the upright; but the mouth of upright men is their salvation.

7Evil-doers are overturned and never seen again, but the house of upright men will keep its place.

8A man will be praised in the measure of his wisdom, but a wrong-minded man will be looked down on.

9He who is of low position and has a servant, is better than one who has a high opinion of himself and is in need of bread.

10An upright man has thought for the life of his beast, but the hearts of evil-doers are cruel.

11He who does work on his land will not be short of bread; but he who goes after foolish men is without sense.

12The resting-place of the sinner will come to destruction, but the root of upright men is for ever.

13In the sin of the lips is a net which takes the sinner, but the upright man will come out of trouble.

14From the fruit of his mouth will a man have good food in full measure, and the work of a man’s hands will be rewarded.

15The way of the foolish man seems right to him? but the wise man gives ear to suggestions.

16A foolish man lets his trouble be openly seen, but a sharp man keeps shame secret.

17The breathing out of true words gives knowledge of righteousness; but a false witness gives out deceit.

18There are some whose uncontrolled talk is like the wounds of a sword, but the tongue of the wise makes one well again.

19True lips are certain for ever, but a false tongue is only for a minute.

20Deceit is in the heart of those whose designs are evil, but for those purposing peace there is joy.

21No trouble will come to upright men, but sinners will be full of evil.

22False lips are hated by the Lord, but those whose acts are true are his delight.

23A sharp man keeps back his knowledge; but the heart of foolish men makes clear their foolish thoughts.

24The hand of the ready worker will have authority, but he who is slow in his work will be put to forced work.

25Care in the heart of a man makes it weighted down, but a good word makes it glad.

26The upright man is a guide to his neighbour, but the way of evil-doers is a cause of error to them.

27He who is slow in his work does not go in search of food; but the ready worker gets much wealth.

28In the road of righteousness is life, but the way of the evil-doer goes to death.

Matthew 4

1Then Jesus was sent by the Spirit into the waste land to be tested by the Evil One.

2And after going without food for forty days and forty nights, he was in need of it.

3And the Evil One came and said to him, If you are the Son of God, give the word for these stones to become bread.

4But he made answer and said, It is in the Writings, Bread is not man’s only need, but every word which comes out of the mouth of God.

5Then the Evil One took him to the holy town; and he put him on the highest point of the Temple and said to him,

6If you are the Son of God, let yourself go down; for it is in the Writings, He will give his angels care over you; and, In their hands they will keep you up, so that your foot may not be crushed against a stone.

7Jesus said to him, Again it is in the Writings, You may not put the Lord your God to the test.

8Again, the Evil One took him up to a very high mountain, and let him see all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them;

9And he said to him, All these things will I give you, if you will go down on your face and give me worship.

10Then said Jesus to him, Away, Satan: for it is in the Writings, Give worship to the Lord your God and be his servant only.

11Then the Evil One went away from him, and angels came and took care of him.

12Now when it came to his ears that John had been put in prison, he went away to Galilee;

13And going away from Nazareth, he came and made his living-place in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the country of Zebulun and Naphtali:

14So that the word of the prophet Isaiah might come true,

15The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, by the way of the sea, the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles,

16The people who were in the dark saw a great light, and to those in the land of the shade of death did the dawn come up.

17From that time Jesus went about preaching and saying, Let your hearts be turned from sin, for the kingdom of heaven is near.

18And when he was walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, whose other name was Peter, and Andrew, his brother, who were putting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.

19And he said to them, Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.

20And straight away they let go the nets and went after him.

21And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and John, his brother, in the boat with their father, stitching up their nets; and he said, Come.

22And they went straight from the boat and their father and came after him.

23And Jesus went about in all Galilee, teaching in their Synagogues and preaching the good news of the kingdom, and making well those who were ill with any disease among the people.

24And news of him went out through all Syria; and they took to him all who were ill with different diseases and pains, those having evil spirits and those who were off their heads, and those who had no power of moving. And he made them well.

25And there went after him great numbers from Galilee and Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judaea and from the other side of Jordan.

February 21

Exodus 24

1And he said to Moses, Come up to the Lord, you and Aaron, and Nadab and Abihu and seventy of the chiefs of Israel; and give me worship from a distance.

2And Moses only may come near to the Lord; but the others are not to come near, and the people may not come up with them.

3Then Moses came and put before the people all the words of the Lord and his laws: and all the people, answering with one voice, said, Whatever the Lord has said we will do.

4Then Moses put down in writing all the words of the Lord, and he got up early in the morning and made an altar at the foot of the mountain, with twelve pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel.

5And he sent some of the young men of the children of Israel to make burned offerings and peace-offerings of oxen to the Lord.

6And Moses took half the blood and put it in basins; draining out half of the blood over the altar.

7And he took the book of the agreement, reading it in the hearing of the people: and they said, Everything which the Lord has said we will do, and we will keep his laws.

8Then Moses took the blood and let it come on the people, and said, This blood is the sign of the agreement which the Lord has made with you in these words.

9Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the chiefs of Israel went up:

10And they saw the God of Israel; and under his feet there was, as it seemed, a jewelled floor, clear as the heavens.

11And he put not his hand on the chiefs of the children of Israel: they saw God, and took food and drink.

12And the Lord said to Moses, Come up to me on the mountain, and take your place there: and I will give you the stones on which I have put in writing the law and the orders, so that you may give the people knowledge of them.

13Then Moses and Joshua his servant got up; and Moses went up into the mountain of God.

14And he said to the chiefs, Keep your places here till we come back to you: Aaron and Hur are with you; if anyone has any cause let him go to them.

15And Moses went up into the mountain, and it was covered by the cloud.

16And the glory of the Lord was resting on Mount Sinai, and the cloud was over it for six days; and on the seventh day he said Moses’ name out of the cloud.

17And the glory of the Lord was like a flame on the top of the mountain before the eyes of the children of Israel.

18And Moses went up the mountain, into the cloud, and was there for forty days and forty nights.

Proverbs 11

1Scales of deceit are hated by the Lord, but a true weight is his delight.

2When pride comes, there comes shame, but wisdom is with the quiet in spirit.

3The righteousness of the upright will be their guide, but the twisted ways of the false will be their destruction.

4Wealth is of no profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness keeps a man safe from death.

5The righteousness of the good man will make his way straight, but the sin of the evil-doer will be the cause of his fall.

6The righteousness of the upright will be their salvation, but the false will themselves be taken in their evil designs.

7At the death of an upright man his hope does not come to an end, but the hope of the evil-doer comes to destruction.

8The upright man is taken out of trouble, and in his place comes the sinner.

9With his mouth the evil man sends destruction on his neighbour; but through knowledge the upright are taken out of trouble.

10When things go well for the upright man, all the town is glad; at the death of sinners, there are cries of joy.

11By the blessing of the upright man the town is made great, but it is overturned by the mouth of the evil-doer.

12He who has a poor opinion of his neighbour has no sense, but a wise man keeps quiet.

13He who goes about talking of others makes secrets public, but the true-hearted man keeps things covered.

14When there is no helping suggestion the people will have a fall, but with a number of wise guides they will be safe.

15He who makes himself responsible for a strange man will undergo much loss; but the hater of such undertakings will be safe.

16A woman who is full of grace is honoured, but a woman hating righteousness is a seat of shame: those hating work will undergo loss, but the strong keep their wealth.

17The man who has mercy will be rewarded, but the cruel man is the cause of trouble to himself.

18The sinner gets the payment of deceit; but his reward is certain who puts in the seed of righteousness.

19So righteousness gives life; but he who goes after evil gets death for himself.

20The uncontrolled are hated by the Lord, but those whose ways are without error are his delight

21Certainly the evil-doer will not go free from punishment, but the seed of the upright man will be safe.

22Like a ring of gold in the nose of a pig, is a beautiful woman who has no sense.

23The desire of the upright man is only for good, but wrath is waiting for the evil-doer.

24A man may give freely, and still his wealth will be increased; and another may keep back more than is right, but only comes to be in need.

25He who gives blessing will be made fat, but the curser will himself be cursed.

26He who keeps back grain will be cursed by the people; but a blessing will be on the head of him who lets them have it for a price.

27He who, with all his heart, goes after what is good is searching for grace; but he who is looking for trouble will get it.

28He who puts his faith in wealth will come to nothing; but the upright man will be full of growth like the green leaf.

29The troubler of his house will have the wind for his heritage, and the foolish will be servant to the wise-hearted.

30The fruit of righteousness is a tree of life, but violent behaviour takes away souls.

31If the upright man is rewarded on earth, how much more the evil-doer and the sinner!

Matthew 3

1And in those days John the Baptist came preaching in the waste land of Judaea,

2Saying, Let your hearts be turned from sin; for the kingdom of heaven is near.

3For this is he of whom Isaiah the prophet said, The voice of one crying in the waste land, Make ready the way of the Lord, make his roads straight.

4Now John was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather band about him; and his food was locusts and honey.

5Then Jerusalem and all Judaea went out to him, and all the people from near Jordan;

6And they were given baptism by him in the river Jordan, saying openly that they had done wrong.

7But when he saw a number of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, Offspring of snakes, at whose word are you going in flight from the wrath to come?

8Let your change of heart be seen in your works:

9And say not to yourselves, We have Abraham for our father; because I say to you that God is able from these stones to make children for Abraham.

10And even now the axe is put to the root of the trees; every tree then which does not give good fruit is cut down, and put into the fire.

11Truly, I give baptism with water to those of you whose hearts are changed; but he who comes after me is greater than I, whose shoes I am not good enough to take up: he will give you baptism with the Holy Spirit and with fire:

12In whose hand is the instrument with which he will make clean his grain; he will put the good grain in his store, but the waste will be burned up in the fire which will never be put out.

13Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be given baptism by him.

14But John would have kept him back, saying, It is I who have need of baptism from you, and do you come to me?

15But Jesus made answer, saying to him, Let it be so now: because so it is right for us to make righteousness complete. Then he gave him baptism.

16And Jesus, having been given baptism, straight away went up from the water; and, the heavens opening, he saw the Spirit of God coming down on him as a dove;

17And a voice came out of heaven, saying, This is my dearly loved Son, with whom I am well pleased.

February 20

Exodus 22

1If a man takes without right another man’s ox or his sheep, and puts it to death or gets a price for it, he is to give five oxen for an ox, or four sheep for a sheep, in payment: the thief will have to make payment for what he has taken; if he has no money, he himself will have to be exchanged for money, so that payment may be made.

2If a thief is taken in the act of forcing his way into a house, and his death is caused by a blow, the owner of the house is not responsible for his blood.

3But if it is after dawn, he will be responsible.

4If he still has what he had taken, whatever it is, ox or ass or sheep, he is to give twice its value.

5If a man makes a fire in a field or a vine-garden, and lets the fire do damage to another man’s field, he is to give of the best produce of his field or his vine-garden to make up for it.

6If there is a fire and the flames get to the thorns at the edge of the field, causing destruction of the cut grain or of the living grain, or of the field, he who made the fire will have to make up for the damage.

7If a man puts money or goods in the care of his neighbour to keep for him, and it is taken from the man’s house, if they get the thief, he will have to make payment of twice the value.

8If they do not get the thief, let the master of the house come before the judges and take an oath that he has not put his hand on his neighbour’s goods.

9In any question about an ox or an ass or a sheep or clothing, or about the loss of any property which anyone says is his, let the two sides put their cause before God; and he who is judged to be in the wrong is to make payment to his neighbour of twice the value.

10If a man puts an ass or an ox or a sheep or any beast into the keeping of his neighbour, and it comes to death or is damaged or is taken away, without any person seeing it:

11If he takes his oath before the Lord that he has not put his hand to his neighbour’s goods, the owner is to take his word for it and he will not have to make payment for it.

12But if it is taken from him by a thief, he is to make up for the loss of it to its owner.

13But if it has been damaged by a beast, and he is able to make this clear, he will not have to make payment for what was damaged.

14If a man gets from his neighbour the use of one of his beasts, and it is damaged or put to death when the owner is not with it, he will certainly have to make payment for the loss.

15If the owner is with it, he will not have to make payment: if he gave money for the use of it, the loss is covered by the payment.

16If a man takes a virgin, who has not given her word to another man, and has connection with her, he will have to give a bride-price for her to be his wife.

17If her father will not give her to him on any account, he will have to give the regular payment for virgins.

18Any woman using unnatural powers or secret arts is to be put to death.

19Any man who has sex connection with a beast is to be put to death.

20Complete destruction will come on any man who makes offerings to any other god but the Lord.

21Do no wrong to a man from a strange country, and do not be hard on him; for you yourselves were living in a strange country, in the land of Egypt.

22Do no wrong to a widow, or to a child whose father is dead.

23If you are cruel to them in any way, and their cry comes up to me, I will certainly give ear;

24And in the heat of my wrath I will put you to death with the sword, so that your wives will be widows and your children without fathers.

25If you let any of the poor among my people have the use of your money, do not be a hard creditor to him, and do not take interest.

26If ever you take your neighbour’s clothing in exchange for the use of your money, let him have it back before the sun goes down:

27For it is the only thing he has for covering his skin; what is he to go to sleep in? and when his cry comes up to me, I will give ear, for my mercy is great.

28You may not say evil of the judges, or put a curse on the ruler of your people.

29Do not keep back your offerings from the wealth of your grain and your vines. The first of your sons you are to give to me.

30In the same way with your oxen and your sheep: for seven days let the young one be with its mother; on the eighth day give it to me.

31You are to be holy men to me: the flesh of no animal whose death has been caused by the beasts of the field may be used for your food; it is to be given to the dogs.

Exodus 23

1Do not let a false statement go further; do not make an agreement with evil-doers to be a false witness.

2Do not be moved to do wrong by the general opinion, or give the support of your words to a wrong decision:

3But, on the other hand, do not be turned from what is right in order to give support to a poor man’s cause.

4If you come across the ox or the ass of one who is no friend to you wandering from its way, you are to take it back to him.

5If you see the ass of one who has no love for you bent down to the earth under the weight which is put on it, you are to come to its help, even against your desire.

6Let no wrong decisions be given in the poor man’s cause.

7Keep yourselves far from any false business; never let the upright or him who has done no wrong be put to death: for I will make the evil-doer responsible for his sin.

8Take no rewards in a cause: for rewards make blind those who have eyes to see, and make the decisions of the upright false.

9Do not be hard on the man from a strange country who is living among you; for you have had experience of the feelings of one who is far from the land of his birth, because you yourselves were living in Egypt, in a strange land.

10For six years put seed into your fields and get in the increase;

11But in the seventh year let the land have a rest and be unplanted; so that the poor may have food from it: and let the beasts of the field take the rest. Do the same with your vine-gardens and your olive-trees.

12For six days do your work, and on the seventh day keep the Sabbath; so that your ox and your ass may have rest, together with the son of your servant and the man from a strange land living among you.

13Take note of all these things which I have said to you, and let not the names of other gods come into your minds or from your lips.

14Three times in the year you are to keep a feast to me.

15You are to keep the feast of unleavened bread; for seven days let your bread be without leaven, as I gave you orders, at the regular time in the month Abib (for in it you came out of Egypt); and let no one come before me without an offering:

16And the feast of the grain-cutting, the first-fruits of your planted fields: and the feast at the start of the year, when you have got in all the fruit from your fields.

17Three times in the year let all your males come before the Lord God.

18Do not give the blood of my offering with leavened bread; and do not let the fat of my feast be kept all night till the morning.

19The best of the first-fruits of your land are to be taken into the house of the Lord your God. The young goat is not to be cooked in its mother’s milk.

20See, I am sending an angel before you, to keep you on your way and to be your guide into the place which I have made ready for you.

21Give attention to him and give ear to his voice; do not go against him; for your wrongdoing will not be overlooked by him, because my name is in him.

22But if you truly give ear to his voice, and do whatever I say, then I will be against those who are against you, fighting those who are fighting you.

23And my angel will go before you, guiding you into the land of the Amorite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Canaanite and the Hivite and the Jebusite, and they will be cut off by my hand.

24Do not go down on your faces and give worship to their gods, or do as they do; but overcome them completely, and let their pillars be broken down.

25And give worship to the Lord your God, who will send his blessing on your bread and on your water; and I will take all disease away from among you.

26All your animals will give birth without loss, not one will be without young in all your land; I will give you a full measure of life.

27I will send my fear before you, putting to flight all the people to whom you come; all those who are against you will go in flight, turning their backs before you.

28I will send hornets before you, driving out the Hivite and the Canaanite and the Hittite before your face.

29I will not send them all out in one year, for fear that their land may become waste, and the beasts of the field be increased overmuch against you.

30Little by little I will send them away before you, till your numbers are increased and you take up your heritage in the land.

31I will let the limits of your land be from the Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines, and from the waste land to the river Euphrates: for I will give the people of those lands into your power; and you will send them out before you.

32Make no agreement with them or with their gods.

33Let them not go on living in your land, or they will make you do evil against me: for if you give worship to their gods, it will certainly be a cause of sin to you.

Proverbs 10

1A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.

2Wealth which comes from sin is of no profit, but righteousness gives salvation from death.

3The Lord will not let the upright be in need of food, but he puts far from him the desire of the evil-doers.

4He who is slow in his work becomes poor, but the hand of the ready worker gets in wealth.

5He who in summer gets together his store is a son who does wisely; but he who takes his rest when the grain is being cut is a son causing shame.

6Blessings are on the head of the upright, but the face of sinners will be covered with sorrow.

7The memory of the upright is a blessing, but the name of the evil-doer will be turned to dust.

8The wise-hearted man will let himself be ruled, but the man whose talk is foolish will have a fall.

9He whose ways are upright will go safely, but he whose ways are twisted will be made low.

10He who makes signs with his eyes is a cause of trouble, but he who makes a man see his errors is a cause of peace.

11The mouth of the upright man is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the evil-doer is a bitter cup.

12Hate is a cause of violent acts, but all errors are covered up by love.

13In the lips of him who has knowledge wisdom is seen; but a rod is ready for the back of him who is without sense.

14Knowledge is stored up by the wise, but the mouth of the foolish man is a destruction which is near.

15The property of the man of wealth is his strong town: the poor man’s need is his destruction.

16The work of the upright gives life: the increase of the evil-doer is a cause of sin.

17He who takes note of teaching is a way of life, but he who gives up training is a cause of error.

18Hate is covered up by the lips of the upright man, but he who lets out evil about another is foolish.

19Where there is much talk there will be no end to sin, but he who keeps his mouth shut does wisely.

20The tongue of the upright man is like tested silver: the heart of the evil-doer is of little value.

21The lips of the upright man give food to men, but the foolish come to death for need of sense.

22The blessing of the Lord gives wealth: hard work makes it no greater.

23It is sport to the foolish man to do evil, but the man of good sense takes delight in wisdom.

24The thing feared by the evil-doer will come to him, but the upright man will get his desire.

25When the storm-wind is past, the sinner is seen no longer, but the upright man is safe for ever.

26Like acid drink to the teeth and as smoke to the eyes, so is the hater of work to those who send him.

27The fear of the Lord gives long life, but the years of the evil-doer will be cut short.

28The hope of the upright man will give joy, but the waiting of the evil-doer will have its end in sorrow.

29The way of the Lord is a strong tower for the upright man, but destruction to the workers of evil.

30The upright man will never be moved, but evil-doers will not have a safe resting-place in the land.

31The mouth of the upright man is budding with wisdom, but the twisted tongue will be cut off.

32The lips of the upright man have knowledge of what is pleasing, but twisted are the mouths of evil-doers.

Matthew 2

1Now when the birth of Jesus took place in Beth-lehem of Judaea, in the days of Herod the king, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

2Saying, Where is the King of the Jews whose birth has now taken place? We have seen his star in the east and have come to give him worship.

3And when it came to the ears of Herod the king, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

4And he got together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, questioning them as to where the birth-place of the Christ would be.

5And they said to him, In Beth-lehem of Judaea; for so it is said in the writings of the prophet,

6You Beth-lehem, in the land of Judah, are not the least among the chiefs of Judah: out of you will come a ruler, who will be the keeper of my people Israel.

7Then Herod sent for the wise men privately, and put questions to them about what time the star had been seen.

8And he sent them to Beth-lehem and said, Go and make certain where the young child is; and when you have seen him, let me have news of it, so that I may come and give him worship.

9And after hearing the king, they went on their way; and the star which they saw in the east went before them, till it came to rest over the place where the young child was.

10And when they saw the star they were full of joy.

11And they came into the house, and saw the young child with Mary, his mother; and falling down on their faces they gave him worship; and from their store they gave him offerings of gold, perfume, and spices.

12And it was made clear to them by God in a dream that they were not to go back to Herod; so they went into their country by another way.

13And when they had gone, an angel of the Lord came to Joseph in a dream, saying, Get up and take the young child and his mother, and go into Egypt, and do not go from there till I give you word; for Herod will be searching for the young child to put him to death.

14So he took the young child and his mother by night, and went into Egypt;

15And was there till the death of Herod; so that the word of the Lord through the prophet might come true, Out of Egypt have I sent for my son.

16Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, was very angry; and he sent out, and put to death all the male children in Beth-lehem and in all the parts round about it, from two years old and under, acting on the knowledge which he had got with care from the wise men.

17Then the word of Jeremiah the prophet came true,

18In Ramah there was a sound of weeping and great sorrow, Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be comforted for their loss.

19But when Herod was dead, an angel of the Lord came in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

20Saying, Get up and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: because they who were attempting to take the young child’s life are dead.

21And he got up, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.

22But when it came to his ears that Archelaus was ruling over Judaea in the place of his father Herod, he was in fear of going there; and God having given him news of the danger in a dream, he went out of the way into the country parts of Galilee.

23And he came and was living in a town named Nazareth: so that the word of the prophets might come true, He will be named a Nazarene.

February 19

Exodus 20

1And God said all these words:

2I am the Lord your God who took you out of the land of Egypt, out of the prison-house.

3You are to have no other gods but me.

4You are not to make an image or picture of anything in heaven or on the earth or in the waters under the earth:

5You may not go down on your faces before them or give them worship: for I, the Lord your God, am a God who will not give his honour to another; and I will send punishment on the children for the wrongdoing of their fathers, to the third and fourth generation of my haters;

6And I will have mercy through a thousand generations on those who have love for me and keep my laws.

7You are not to make use of the name of the Lord your God for an evil purpose; whoever takes the Lord’s name on his lips for an evil purpose will be judged a sinner by the Lord

8Keep in memory the Sabbath and let it be a holy day.

9On six days do all your work:

10But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; on that day you are to do no work, you or your son or your daughter, your man-servant or your woman-servant, your cattle or the man from a strange country who is living among you:

11For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and the sea, and everything in them, and he took his rest on the seventh day: for this reason the Lord has given his blessing to the seventh day and made it holy.

12Give honour to your father and to your mother, so that your life may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.

13Do not put anyone to death without cause.

14Do not be false to the married relation.

15Do not take the property of another.

16Do not give false witness against your neighbour.

17Let not your desire be turned to your neighbour’s house, or his wife or his man-servant or his woman-servant or his ox or his ass or anything which is his.

18And all the people were watching the thunderings and the flames and the sound of the horn and the mountain smoking; and when they saw it, they kept far off, shaking with fear.

19And they said to Moses, To your words we will give ear, but let not the voice of God come to our ears, for fear death may come on us.

20And Moses said to the people, Have no fear: for God has come to put you to the test, so that fearing him you may be kept from sin.

21And the people kept their places far off, but Moses went near to the dark cloud where God was.

22And the Lord said to Moses, Say to the children of Israel, You yourselves have seen that my voice has come to you from heaven

23Gods of silver and gods of gold you are not to make for yourselves.

24Make for me an altar of earth, offering on it your burned offerings and your peace-offerings, your sheep and your oxen: in every place where I have put the memory of my name, I will come to you and give you my blessing.

25And if you make me an altar of stone do not make it of cut stones: for the touch of an instrument will make it unclean.

26And do not go up by steps to my altar, for fear that your bodies may be seen uncovered.

Exodus 21

1Now these are the laws which you are to put before them.

2If you get a Hebrew servant for money, he is to be your servant for six years, and in the seventh year you are to let him go free without payment.

3If he comes to you by himself, let him go away by himself: if he is married, let his wife go away with him.

4If his master gives him a wife, and he gets sons or daughters by her, the wife and her children will be the property of the master, and the servant is to go away by himself.

5But if the servant says clearly, My master and my wife and children are dear to me; I have no desire to be free:

6Then his master is to take him to the gods of the house, and at the door, or at its framework, he is to make a hole in his ear with a sharp-pointed instrument; and he will be his servant for ever.

7And if a man gives his daughter for a price to be a servant, she is not to go away free as the men-servants do.

8If she is not pleasing to her master who has taken her for himself, let a payment be made for her so that she may go free; her master has no power to get a price for her and send her to a strange land, because he has been false to her.

9And if he gives her to his son, he is to do everything for her as if she was his daughter.

10And if he takes another woman, her food and clothing and her married rights are not to be less.

11And if he does not do these three things for her, she has the right to go free without payment.

12He who gives a man a death-blow is himself to be put to death.

13But if he had no evil purpose against him, and God gave him into his hand, I will give you a place to which he may go in flight.

14But if a man makes an attack on his neighbour on purpose, to put him to death by deceit, you are to take him from my altar and put him to death.

15Any man who gives a blow to his father or his mother is certainly to be put to death.

16Any man who gets another into his power in order to get a price for him is to be put to death, if you take him in the act.

17Any man cursing his father or his mother is to be put to death.

18If, in a fight, one man gives another a blow with a stone, or with the shut hand, not causing his death, but making him keep in bed;

19If he is able to get up again and go about with a stick, the other will be let off; only he will have to give him payment for the loss of his time, and see that he is cared for till he is well.

20If a man gives his man-servant or his woman-servant blows with a rod, causing death, he is certainly to undergo punishment.

21But, at the same time, if the servant goes on living for a day or two, the master is not to get punishment, for the servant is his property.

22If men, while fighting, do damage to a woman with child, causing the loss of the child, but no other evil comes to her, the man will have to make payment up to the amount fixed by her husband, in agreement with the decision of the judges.

23But if damage comes to her, let life be given in payment for life,

24Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,

25Burning for burning, wound for wound, blow for blow.

26If a man gives his man-servant or his woman-servant a blow in the eye, causing its destruction, he is to let him go free on account of the damage to his eye.

27Or if the loss of a tooth is caused by his blow, he will let him go free on account of his tooth.

28If an ox comes to be the cause of death to a man or a woman, the ox is to be stoned, and its flesh may not be used for food; but the owner will not be judged responsible.

29But if the ox has frequently done such damage in the past, and the owner has had word of it and has not kept it under control, so that it has been the cause of the death of a man or woman, not only is the ox to be stoned, but its owner is to be put to death.

30If a price is put on his life, let him make payment of whatever price is fixed.

31If the death of a son or of a daughter has been caused, the punishment is to be in agreement with this rule.

32If the death of a man-servant or of a woman-servant is caused by the ox, the owner is to give their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox is to be stoned.

33If a man makes a hole in the earth without covering it up, and an ox or an ass dropping into it comes to its death;

34The owner of the hole is responsible; he will have to make payment to their owner, but the dead beast will be his.

35And if one man’s ox does damage to another man’s ox, causing its death, then the living ox is to be exchanged for money, and division made of the price of it, and of the price of the dead one.

36But if it is common knowledge that the ox has frequently done such damage in the past, and its owner has not kept it under control, he will have to give ox for ox; and the dead beast will be his.

Proverbs 9

1Wisdom has made her house, putting up her seven pillars.

2She has put her fat beasts to death; her wine is mixed, her table is ready.

3She has sent out her women-servants; her voice goes out to the highest places of the town, saying,

4Whoever is simple, let him come in here; and to him who has no sense, she says:

5Come, take of my bread, and of my wine which is mixed.

6Give up the simple ones and have life, and go in the way of knowledge.

7He who gives teaching to a man of pride gets shame for himself; he who says sharp words to a sinner gets a bad name.

8Do not say sharp words to a man of pride, or he will have hate for you; make them clear to a wise man, and you will be dear to him.

9Give teaching to a wise man, and he will become wiser; give training to an upright man, and his learning will be increased.

10The fear of the Lord is the start of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One gives a wise mind

11For by me your days will be increased, and the years of your life will be long.

12If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; if your heart is full of pride, you only will have the pain of it.

13The foolish woman is full of noise; she has no sense at all.

14Seated at the door of her house, in the high places of the town,

15Crying out to those who go by, going straight on their way, she says:

16Whoever is simple, let him come in here: and to him who is without sense, she says:

17Drink taken without right is sweet, and food in secret is pleasing.

18But he does not see that the dead are there, that her guests are in the deep places of the underworld.

Matthew 1

1The book of the generations of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

2The son of Abraham was Isaac; and the son of Isaac was Jacob; and the sons of Jacob were Judah and his brothers;

3And the sons of Judah were Perez and Zerah by Tamar; and the son of Perez was Hezron; and the son of Hezron was Ram;

4And the son of Ram was Amminadab; and the son of Amminadab was Nahshon; and the son of Nahshon was Salmon;

5And the son of Salmon by Rahab was Boaz; and the son of Boaz by Ruth was Obed; and the son of Obed was Jesse;

6And the son of Jesse was David the king; and the son of David was Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah;

7And the son of Solomon was Rehoboam; and the son of Rehoboam was Abijah; and the son of Abijah was Asa;

8And the son of Asa was Jehoshaphat; and the son of Jehoshaphat was Joram; and the son of Joram was Uzziah;

9And the son of Uzziah was Jotham; and the son of Jotham was Ahaz; and the son of Ahaz was Hezekiah;

10And the son of Hezekiah was Manasseh; and the son of Manasseh was Amon; and the son of Amon was Josiah;

11And the sons of Josiah were Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the taking away to Babylon.

12And after the taking away to Babylon, Jechoniah had a son Shealtiel; and Shealtiel had Zerubbabel;

13And Zerubbabel had Abiud; and Abiud had Eliakim; and Eliakim had Azor;

14And Azor had Zadok; and Zadok had Achim; and Achim had Eliud;

15And Eliud had Eleazar; and Eleazar had Matthan; and Matthan had Jacob;

16And the son of Jacob was Joseph the husband of Mary, who gave birth to Jesus, whose name is Christ.

17So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David to the taking away to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the taking away to Babylon to the coming of Christ, fourteen generations.

18Now the birth of Jesus Christ was in this way: when his mother Mary was going to be married to Joseph, before they came together the discovery was made that she was with child by the Holy Spirit.

19And Joseph, her husband, being an upright man, and not desiring to make her a public example, had a mind to put her away privately.

20But when he was giving thought to these things, an angel of the Lord came to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, have no fear of taking Mary as your wife; because that which is in her body is of the Holy Spirit.

21And she will give birth to a son; and you will give him the name Jesus; for he will give his people salvation from their sins.

22Now all this took place so that the word of the Lord by the prophet might come true,

23See, the virgin will be with child, and will give birth to a son, and they will give him the name Immanuel, that is, God with us.

24And Joseph did as the angel of the Lord had said to him, and took her as his wife;

25And he had no connection with her till she had given birth to a son; and he gave him the name Jesus.

February 18

Exodus 18

1Now news came to Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’ father-in-law, of all God had done for Moses and for Israel his people, and how the Lord had taken Israel out of Egypt.

2And Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, took Zipporah, Moses’ wife, after he had sent her away,

3And her two sons, one of whom was named Gershom, for he said, I have been living in a strange land:

4And the name of the other was Eliezer, for he said, The God of my father was my help, and kept me safe from the sword of Pharaoh:

5And Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, came with his sons and his wife to where Moses had put up his tent in the waste land, by the mountain of God.

6And he said to Moses, I, your father-in-law, have come to you, with your wife and your two sons.

7And Moses went out to his father-in-law, and went down on his face before him and gave him a kiss; and they said to one another, Are you well? and they came into the tent.

8And Moses gave his father-in-law an account of all the Lord had done to Pharaoh and to the Egyptians because of Israel, and of all the troubles which had come on them by the way, and how the Lord had given them salvation.

9And Jethro was glad because the Lord had been good to Israel, freeing them from the power of the Egyptians.

10And Jethro said, Praise be to the Lord, who has taken you out of the hand of Pharaoh and out of the hand of the Egyptians; freeing the people from the yoke of the Egyptians.

11Now I am certain that the Lord is greater than all gods, for he has overcome them in their pride.

12Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, made a burned offering to God: and Aaron came, with the chiefs of Israel, and had a meal with Moses’ father-in-law, before God.

13Now on the day after, Moses took his seat to give decisions for the people: and the people were waiting before Moses from morning till evening.

14And when Moses’ father-in-law saw all he was doing, he said, What is this you are doing for the people? why are you seated here by yourself, with all the people waiting before you from morning till evening?

15And Moses said to his father-in-law, Because the people come to me to get directions from God:

16And if they have any question between themselves, they come to me, and I am judge between a man and his neighbour, and I give them the orders and laws of God.

17And Moses’ father-in-law said to him, What you are doing is not good.

18Your strength and that of the people will be completely used up: this work is more than you are able to do by yourself.

19Give ear now to my suggestion, and may God be with you: you are to be the people’s representative before God, taking their causes to him:

20Teaching them his rules and his laws, guiding them in the way they have to go, and making clear to them the work they have to do.

21But for the rest, take from among the people able men, such as have the fear of God, true men hating profits wrongly made; and put such men over them, to be captains of thousands, captains of hundreds and of fifties and of tens;

22And let them be judges in the causes of the people at all times: and let them put before you all important questions, but in small things let them give decisions themselves: in this way, it will be less hard for you, and they will take the weight off you.

23If you do this, and God gives approval, then you will be able to go on without weariness, and all this people will go to their tents in peace.

24So Moses took note of the words of his father-in-law, and did as he had said.

25And he made selection of able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, captains of thousands, captains of hundreds and of fifties and of tens.

26And they were judges in the causes of the people at all times: the hard questions they put before Moses; but on every small point they gave decisions themselves.

27And Moses let his father-in-law go away, and he went back to his land.

Exodus 19

1In the third month after the children of Israel went out from Egypt, on the same day, they came into the waste land of Sinai.

2And when they had gone away from Rephidim and had come into the waste land of Sinai, they put up their tents in the waste land before the mountain: there Israel put up its tents.

3And Moses went up to God, and the voice of the Lord came to him from the mountain, saying, Say to the family of Jacob, and give word to the children of Israel:

4You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I took you, as on eagles’ wings, guiding you to myself.

5If now you will truly give ear to my voice and keep my agreement, you will be my special property out of all the peoples: for all the earth is mine:

6And you will be a kingdom of priests to me, and a holy nation. These are the words which you are to say to the children of Israel.

7And Moses came and sent for the chiefs of the people and put before them all these words which the Lord had given him orders to say.

8And all the people, answering together, said, Whatever the Lord has said we will do. And Moses took back to the Lord the words of the people.

9And the Lord said to Moses, See, I will come to you in a thick cloud, so that what I say to you may come to the ears of the people and they may have belief in you for ever. And Moses gave the Lord word of what the people had said.

10And the Lord said to Moses, Go to the people and make them holy today and tomorrow, and let their clothing be washed.

11And by the third day let them be ready: for on the third day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai, before the eyes of all the people.

12And let limits be marked out for the people round the mountain, and say to them, Take care not to go up the mountain or near the sides of it: whoever puts his foot on the mountain will certainly come to his death:

13He is not to be touched by a hand, but is to be stoned or have an arrow put through him; man or beast, he is to be put to death: at the long sounding of a horn they may come up to the mountain.

14Then Moses went down from the mountain to the people, and made the people holy; and their clothing was washed.

15And he said to the people, Be ready by the third day: do not come near a woman.

16And when morning came on the third day, there were thunders and flames and a thick cloud on the mountain, and a horn sounding very loud; and all the people in the tents were shaking with fear.

17And Moses made the people come out of their tents and take their places before God; and they came to the foot of the mountain,

18And all the mountain of Sinai was smoking, for the Lord had come down on it in fire: and the smoke of it went up like the smoke of a great burning; and all the mountain was shaking.

19And when the sound of the horn became louder and louder, Moses’ words were answered by the voice of God.

20Then the Lord came down on to Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain, and the Lord sent for Moses to come up to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.

21And the Lord said to Moses, Go down and give the people orders to keep back, for fear that a great number of them, forcing their way through to see the Lord, may come to destruction.

22And let the priests who come near to the Lord make themselves holy, for fear that the Lord may come on them suddenly.

23And Moses said to the Lord, The people will not be able to come up the mountain, for you gave us orders to put limits round the mountain, marking it out and making it holy.

24And the Lord said to him, Go down, and you and Aaron may come up; but let not the priests and the people make their way through to the Lord, or he will come on them suddenly.

25So Moses went down to the people and said this to them.

Proverbs 8

1Is not wisdom crying out, and the voice of knowledge sounding?

2At the top of the highways, at the meeting of the roads, she takes her place;

3Where the roads go into the town her cry goes out, at the doorways her voice is loud:

4I am crying out to you, O men; my voice comes to the sons of men.

5Become expert in reason, O you simple ones; you foolish ones, take training to heart.

6Give ear, for my words are true, and my lips are open to give out what is upright.

7For good faith goes out of my mouth, and false lips are disgusting to me.

8All the words of my mouth are righteousness; there is nothing false or twisted in them.

9They are all true to him whose mind is awake, and straightforward to those who get knowledge.

10Take my teaching, and not silver; get knowledge in place of the best gold.

11For wisdom is better than jewels, and all things which may be desired are nothing in comparison with her.

12I, wisdom, have made wise behaviour my near relation; I am seen to be the special friend of wise purposes.

13The fear of the Lord is seen in hating evil: pride, a high opinion of oneself, the evil way, and the false tongue, are unpleasing to me.

14Wise design and good sense are mine; reason and strength are mine.

15Through me kings have their power, and rulers give right decisions.

16Through me chiefs have authority, and the noble ones are judging in righteousness.

17Those who have given me their love are loved by me, and those who make search for me with care will get me.

18Wealth and honour are in my hands, even wealth without equal and righteousness.

19My fruit is better than gold, even than the best gold; and my increase is more to be desired than silver.

20I go in the road of righteousness, in the way of right judging:

21So that I may give my lovers wealth for their heritage, making their store-houses full.

22The Lord made me as the start of his way, the first of his works in the past.

23From eternal days I was given my place, from the birth of time, before the earth was.

24When there was no deep I was given birth, when there were no fountains flowing with water.

25Before the mountains were put in their places, before the hills was my birth:

26When he had not made the earth or the fields or the dust of the world.

27When he made ready the heavens I was there: when he put an arch over the face of the deep:

28When he made strong the skies overhead: when the fountains of the deep were fixed:

29When he put a limit to the sea, so that the waters might not go against his word: when he put in position the bases of the earth:

30Then I was by his side, as a master workman: and I was his delight from day to day, playing before him at all times;

31Playing in his earth; and my delight was with the sons of men.

32Give ear to me then, my sons: for happy are those who keep my ways.

33Take my teaching and be wise; do not let it go.

34Happy is the man who gives ear to me, watching at my doors day by day, keeping his place by the pillars of my house.

35For whoever gets me gets life, and grace from the Lord will come to him.

36But he who does evil to me, does wrong to his soul: all my haters are in love with death.

Hebrews 13

1Go on loving your brothers in the faith.

2Take care to keep open house: because in this way some have had angels as their guests, without being conscious of it.

3Keep in mind those who are in chains, as if you were chained with them, and those who are in trouble, as being yourselves in the body.

4Let married life be honoured among all of you and not made unclean; for men untrue in married life will be judged by God.

5Be free from the love of money and pleased with the things which you have; for he himself has said, I will be with you at all times.

6So that we say with a good heart, The Lord is my helper; I will have no fear: what is man able to do to me?

7Keep in mind those who were over you, and who gave you the word of God; seeing the outcome of their way of life, let your faith be like theirs.

8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever.

9Do not be turned away by different strange teachings, because it is good for your hearts to be made strong by grace, and not by meats, which were of no profit to those who took so much trouble over them.

10We have an altar from which those priests who are servants in the Tent may not take food.

11For the bodies of the beasts whose blood is taken into the holy place by the high priest as an offering for sin are burned outside the circle of the tents.

12For this reason Jesus was put to death outside the walls, so that he might make the people holy by his blood.

13Let us then go out to him outside the circle of the tents, taking his shame on ourselves.

14For here we have no fixed resting-place, but our search is for the one which is to come.

15Let us then make offerings of praise to God at all times through him, that is to say, the fruit of lips giving witness to his name.

16But go on doing good and giving to others, because God is well-pleased with such offerings.

17Give ear to those who are rulers over you, and do as they say: for they keep watch over your souls, ready to give an account of them; let them be able to do this with joy and not with grief, because that would be of no profit to you.

18Make prayers for us, for we are certain that our hearts are free from the sense of sin, desiring the right way of life in all things.

19I make this request more strongly, in the hope of coming back to you more quickly.

20Now may the God of peace, who made that great keeper of his flock, even our Lord Jesus, come back from the dead through the blood of the eternal agreement,

21Make you full of every good work and ready to do all his desires, working in us whatever is pleasing in his eyes through Jesus Christ; and may the glory be given to him for ever and ever. So be it.

22But, brothers, take kindly the words which I have said for your profit; for I have not sent you a long letter.

23Our brother Timothy has been let out of prison; and if he comes here in a short time, he and I will come to you together.

24Give words of love from me to those who are rulers over you, and to all the saints. Those who are in Italy send you their love.

25May grace be with you all.

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