March 10

Leviticus 17

1And the Lord said to Moses,

2Say to Aaron and to his sons and to all the children of Israel: This is the order which the Lord has given.

3If any man of Israel puts to death an ox or a lamb or a goat, in or outside the tent-circle;

4And has not taken it to the door of the Tent of meeting, to make an offering to the Lord, before the Lord’s House, its blood will be on him, for he has taken life, and he will be cut off from among his people:

5So that the children of Israel may take to the Lord, to the door of the Tent of meeting and to the priest, the offerings which they have put to death in the open country, and that they may make their peace-offerings to the Lord.

6And the priest will put blood on the altar of the Lord at the door of the Tent of meeting, burning the fat for a sweet smell to the Lord.

7And let them make no more offerings to evil spirits, after which they have gone, turning away from the Lord. Let this be a law to them for ever, through all their generations.

8And say to them, If any man of Israel, or any other living among them, makes a burned offering or other offering,

9And does not take it to the door of the Tent of meeting to make an offering to the Lord, that man will be cut off from among his people.

10And if any man of Israel, or any other living among them, takes any sort of blood for food, my wrath will be turned against that man and he will be cut off from among his people.

11For the life of the flesh is in its blood; and I have given it to you on the altar to take away your sin: for it is the blood which makes free from sin because of the life in it.

12For this reason I have said to the children of Israel, No man among you, or any others living with you, may take blood as food.

13And any man of Israel, or any other living among them, who gets with his bow any beast or bird used for food, is to see that its blood is covered with earth.

14For the blood is the life of all flesh: and so I have said to the children of Israel, You may not take any sort of blood as food, and any man who does so will be cut of.

15And anyone who takes as food anything which has come to a natural end, or anything which has been put to death by beasts, if he is one of you by birth, or of another nation, will have to have his clothing washed and his body bathed in water and be unclean till evening, and then he will be clean.

16But if his clothing is not washed and his body bathed, his sin will be on him.

Leviticus 18

1And the Lord said to Moses,

2Say to the children of Israel, I am the Lord your God.

3You may not do those things which were done in the land of Egypt where you were living; and you may not do those things which are done in the land of Canaan where I am taking you, or be guided in your behaviour by their rules.

4But you are to be guided by my decisions and keep my rules, and be guided by them: I am the Lord your God.

5So keep my rules and my decisions, which, if a man does them, will be life to him: I am the Lord.

6You may not have sex connection with anyone who is a near relation: I am the Lord.

7You may not have sex relations with your father or your mother: she is your mother, you may not take her.

8And you may not have sex relations with your father’s wife: she is your father’s.

9You may not take your sister, the daughter of your father or of your mother, wherever her birth took place, among you or in another country.

10You may not have sex relations with your son’s daughter or your daughter’s daughter, for they are part of yourself;

11Or your father’s wife’s daughter, the child of your father, for she is your sister.

12You may not have sex connection with your father’s sister, for she is your father’s near relation.

13You may not have sex connection with your mother’s sister, for she is your mother’s near relation.

14You may not have sex relations with the wife of your father’s brother, for she is of your family;

15Or with your daughter-in-law, for she is your son’s wife, and you may not take her.

16You may not have sex relations with your brother’s wife, for she is your brother’s.

17You may not take as wife a woman and her daughter, or her son’s daughter or her daughter’s daughter, for they are of one family: it is an act of shame.

18And you may not take as wife a woman and at the same time her sister, to be in competition with her in her life-time.

19And you may not go near a woman or have sex relations with her when she is unclean, at her regular time.

20And you may not have sex relations with your neighbour’s wife, making yourself unclean with her.

21And you may not make any of your children go through the fire as an offering to Molech, and you may not put shame on the name of your God: I am the Lord.

22You may not have sex relations with men, as you do with women: it is a disgusting thing.

23And you may not have sex relations with a beast, making yourself unclean with it; and a woman may not give herself to a beast: it is an unnatural act.

24Do not make yourself unclean in any of these ways; for so have those nations whom I am driving out from before you made themselves unclean:

25And the land itself has become unclean; so that I have sent on it the reward of its wrongdoing, and the land itself puts out those who are living in it.

26So then keep my rules and my decisions, and do not do any of these disgusting things, those of you who are Israelites by birth, or any others who are living with you:

27(For all these disgusting things were done by the men of this country who were there before you, and the land has been made unclean by them;)

28So that the land may not put you out from it, when you make it unclean, as it put out the nations which were there before you.

29For all those who do any of these disgusting things will be cut off from among their people.

30So then, keep my orders, so that you may not do any of these disgusting things which were done before you, or make yourselves unclean through them: I am the Lord your God.

Proverbs 28

1The evil man goes running away when no man is after him, but the upright are without fear, like the lion.

2Because of the sin of the land, its troubles are increased; but by a man of wisdom and knowledge they will be put out like a fire.

3A man of wealth who is cruel to the poor is like a violent rain causing destruction of food.

4Those who have no respect for the law give praise to the evil-doer; but such as keep the law are against him.

5Evil men have no knowledge of what is right; but those who go after the Lord have knowledge of all things.

6Better is the poor man whose ways are upright, than the man of wealth whose ways are not straight.

7He who keeps the law is a wise son, but he who keeps company with feasters puts shame on his father.

8He who makes his wealth greater by taking interest, only gets it together for him who has pity on the poor.

9As for the man whose ear is turned away from hearing the law, even his prayer is disgusting.

10Anyone causing the upright to go wandering in an evil way, will himself go down into the hole he has made; but the upright will have good things for their heritage.

11The man of wealth seems to himself to be wise, but the poor man who has sense has a low opinion of him.

12When the upright do well, there is great glory; but when evil-doers are lifted up, men do not let themselves be seen.

13He who keeps his sins secret will not do well; but one who is open about them, and gives them up, will get mercy.

14Happy is the man in whom is the fear of the Lord at all times; but he whose heart is hard will come into trouble.

15Like a loud-voiced lion and a wandering bear, is an evil ruler over a poor people.

16The prince who has no sense is a cruel ruler; but he who has no desire to get profit for himself will have long life.

17One who has been the cause of a man’s death will go in flight to the underworld: let no man give him help.

18He whose ways are upright will be safe, but sudden will be the fall of him whose ways are twisted.

19By ploughing his land a man will have bread in full measure; but he who goes after good-for-nothing persons will be poor enough.

20A man of good faith will have great blessing, but one attempting to get wealth quickly will not go free from punishment.

21It is not good to have respect for a man’s position: for a man will do wrong for a bit of bread.

22He who is ever desiring wealth goes running after money, and does not see that need will come on him.

23He who says words of protest to a man will later have more approval than one who says smooth words with his tongue.

24He who takes from his father or his mother what is theirs by right, and says, It is no sin; is the same as a taker of life.

25He who is ever desiring profit is a cause of fighting; but he who puts his faith in the Lord will be made fat.

26He whose faith is in himself is foolish; but everyone walking wisely will be kept safe.

27He who gives to the poor will never be in need, but great curses will be on him who gives no attention to them.

28When evil-doers are lifted up, men take cover; but when destruction overtakes them, the upright are increased.

Matthew 13:1-23

1On that day Jesus went out of the house and was seated by the seaside.

2And great numbers of people came together to him, so that he got into a boat; and the people took up their position by the sea.

3And he gave them teaching in the form of a story, saying, A man went out to put seed in the earth;

4And while he did so, some seeds were dropped by the wayside, and the birds came and took them for food:

5And some of the seed went among the stones, where it had not much earth, and straight away it came up because the earth was not deep:

6And when the sun was high, it was burned; and because it had no root it became dry and dead.

7And some seeds went among thorns, and the thorns came up and they had no room for growth:

8And some, falling on good earth, gave fruit, some a hundred, some sixty, some thirty times as much.

9He who has ears, let him give ear.

10And the disciples came and said to him, Why do you say things to them in the form of stories?

11And he said to them in answer, To you is given the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

12Because whoever has, to him will be given, and he will have more; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.

13For this reason I put things into the form of stories; because they see without seeing, and give ear without hearing, and the sense is not clear to them.

14And for them the words of Isaiah have come true, Though you give ear, you will not get knowledge; and seeing, you will see, but the sense will not be clear to you:

15For the heart of this people has become fat and their ears are slow in hearing and their eyes are shut; for fear that they might see with their eyes and give hearing with their ears and become wise in their hearts and be turned again to me, so that I might make them well.

16But a blessing be on your eyes, because they see; and on your ears, because they are open.

17For truly, I say to you that prophets and upright men had a desire to see the things which you see, and saw them not; and to have knowledge of the words which have come to your ears, and they had it not.

18Give ear, then, to the story of the man who put the seed in the earth.

19When the word of the kingdom comes to anyone, and the sense of it is not clear to him, then the Evil One comes, and quickly takes away that which was put in his heart. He is the seed dropped by the wayside.

20And that which went on the stones, this is he who, hearing the word, straight away takes it with joy;

21But having no root in himself, he goes on for a time; and when trouble comes or pain, because of the word, he quickly becomes full of doubts.

22And that which was dropped among the thorns, this is he who has the word; and the cares of this life, and the deceits of wealth, put a stop to the growth of the word and it gives no fruit.

23And the seed which was put in good earth, this is he who gives ear to the word, and gets the sense of it; who gives fruit, some a hundred, some sixty, some thirty times as much.

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