March 17

Numbers 3

1Now these are the generations of Aaron and Moses, in the day when the word of the Lord came to Moses on Mount Sinai.

2These are the names of the sons of Aaron: Nadab the oldest, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.

3These are the names of the sons of Aaron, the priests, on whom the holy oil was put, who were marked out as priests.

4And Nadab and Abihu were put to death before the Lord when they made an offering of strange fire before the Lord, in the waste land of Sinai, and they had no children: and Eleazar and Ithamar did the work of priests before Aaron their father.

5And the Lord said to Moses,

6Make the tribe of Levi come near, and put them before Aaron the priest, to be his helpers,

7In order that they may be responsible to him and to all Israel for the care of the Tent of meeting, and to do the work of the House;

8And they will have the care of all the vessels of the Tent of meeting, and will do for the children of Israel all the necessary work of the House.

9Give the Levites to Aaron and his sons; so that they may be his without question from among the children of Israel.

10And give orders that Aaron and his sons are to keep their place as priests; any strange person who comes near is to be put to death.

11And the Lord said to Moses,

12See, I have taken the Levites out of the children of Israel to be mine in place of the first sons of the children of Israel;

13For all the first sons are mine; on the day when I put to death all the first sons in the land of Egypt, I took for myself every first male birth of man and beast. They are mine; I am the Lord.

14And the Lord said to Moses in the waste land of Sinai,

15Let all the children of Levi be numbered by their families and their fathers’ houses; let every male of a month old and over be numbered.

16So Moses did as the Lord said, numbering them as he had been ordered.

17These were the sons of Levi by name: Gershon and Kohath and Merari.

18And these are the names of the sons of Gershon, by their families: Libni and Shimei.

19And the sons of Kohath, by their families: Amram and Izhar and Hebron and Uzziel.

20And the sons of Merari by their families: Mahli and Mushi. These are the families of the Levites in the order of their fathers’ houses.

21From Gershon come the Libnites and the Shimeites; these are the families of the Gershonites.

22Those who were numbered of them, the males from one month old and over, were seven thousand, five hundred.

23The tents of the Gershonites are to be placed at the back of the House, to the west.

24The chief of the Gershonites is Eliasaph, the son of Lael.

25In the Tent of meeting, the Gershonites are to have the care of the House, and the Tent with its cover, and the veil for the door of the Tent of meeting,

26And the hangings for the open space round the House and the altar, and the curtain for its doorway, and all the cords needed for its use.

27From Kohath come the Amramites and the Izharites and the Hebronites and the Uzzielites; these are the families of the Kohathites.

28Those who were numbered of them, the males from one month old and over, were eight thousand, six hundred, who were responsible for the care of the holy place.

29The tents of the Kohathites are to be placed on the south side of the House.

30Their chief is Elizaphan, the son of Uzziel.

31In their care are the ark, and the table, and the lights, and the altars, and all the vessels used in the holy place, and the veil, and all they are used for.

32Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, will be head over all the Levites and overseer of those responsible for the care of the holy place.

33From Merari come the Mahlites and the Mushites; these are the families of Merari.

34Those who were numbered of them, the males of a month old and over, were six thousand, two hundred.

35The chief of the families of Merari was Zuriel, the son of Abihail: their tents are to be placed on the north side of the House.

36And in their care are to be all the boards of the Tent, with their rods and pillars and bases, and all the instruments, and all they are used for,

37And the pillars of the open space round it, with their bases and nails and cords.

38And those whose tents are to be placed on the east side of the House in front of the Tent of meeting, looking to the dawn, are Moses and Aaron and his sons, who will do the work of the holy place for the children of Israel; and any strange person who comes near will be put to death.

39All the Levites numbered by Moses and Aaron at the order of the Lord, all the males of one month old and over numbered in the order of their families, were twenty-two thousand.

40And the Lord said to Moses, Let all the first male children be numbered, and take the number of their names.

41And give to me the Levites (I am the Lord) in place of the first sons of the children of Israel; and the cattle of the Levites in place of the first births among the cattle of the children of Israel.

42So Moses had all the first sons among the children of Israel numbered, as the Lord said to him.

43Every first son from a month old and over was numbered by name, and the number came to twenty-two thousand, two hundred and seventy-three.

44And the Lord said to Moses,

45Take the Levites in place of all the first sons of the children of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites in place of their cattle; the Levites are to be mine; I am the Lord.

46And the price you have to give for the two hundred and seventy-three first sons of the children of Israel which are in addition to the number of the Levites,

47Will be five shekels for every one, by the scale of the holy place (the shekel is twenty gerahs);

48And this money, the price of those over the number of the Levites, is to be given to Aaron and his sons.

49So Moses took the money, the price of those whose place had not been taken by the Levites;

50From the first sons of Israel he took it, a thousand, three hundred and sixty-five shekels, by the scale of the holy place;

51And he gave the money to Aaron and his sons, as the Lord had said.

Numbers 4

1And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron,

2Let the sons of Kohath, from among the sons of Levi, be numbered by their families, in the order of their fathers’ houses;

3All those from thirty to fifty years old who are able to do the work of the Tent of meeting.

4And this is to be the work of the sons of Kohath in connection with the most holy things.

5When all the people go forward, Aaron is to go in with his sons, and take down the veil of the curtain, covering the ark of witness with it;

6And putting over it the leather cover and over that a blue cloth; and putting its rods in place.

7And on the table of the holy bread they are to put a blue cloth, and on it all the vessels, the spoons and the basins and the cups; and the holy bread with them;

8And over them they are to put a red cloth, covering it with a leather cover, and putting its rods in their places.

9And they are to take a blue cloth, covering with it the light-support with its lights and its instruments and its trays and all the oil vessels which are used for it:

10All these they are to put in a leather cover, and put it on the frame.

11On the gold altar they are to put a blue cloth, covering it with a leather cover; and they are to put its rods in their places.

12All the vessels which are used in the holy place they are to put in a blue cloth, covering them with a leather cover, and put them on the frame.

13And they are to take away the burned waste from the altar, and put a purple cloth on it;

14Placing on the cloth all its vessels, the fire-baskets, the meat-hooks, the spades, and the basins; all the vessels of the altar; they are to put a leather cover over all these, and put its rods in their places.

15And after the holy place and all its vessels have been covered up by Aaron and his sons, when the tents of the people go forward, the sons of Kohath are to come and take it up; but the holy things may not be touched by them for fear of death.

16And Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, is to be responsible for the oil for the light, and the sweet perfumes for burning, and the regular meal offering, and the holy oil; the House and the holy place and everything in it will be in his care.

17And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron,

18Do not let the family of the Kohathites be cut off from among the Levites;

19But do this to them, so that life and not death may be theirs when they come near the most holy things; let Aaron and his sons go in and give to every one his work and that which he is to take up;

20But they themselves are not to go in to see the holy place, even for a minute, for fear of death.

21And the Lord said to Moses,

22Let the sons of Gershon be numbered by families, in the order of their fathers’ houses;

23All those from thirty to fifty years old who are able to do the work of the Tent of meeting.

24This is to be the work of the Gershonites, the things they are to do and take up.

25They are to take up the curtains of the House, and the Tent of meeting with its cover and the leather cover over it, and the hangings for the door of the Tent of meeting;

26And the hangings for the open space round the House and the altar, and the curtain for its doorway, with the cords and all the things used for them; whatever is necessary for these, they are to do.

27From the mouth of Aaron and his sons the Gershonites will have word about all the things they are to do and take up; you are to give them their orders.

28This is the work of the family of the Gershonites in the Tent of meeting, and they will be under the direction of Ithamar, the son of Aaron the priest.

29The sons of Merari are to be numbered by families, in the order of their fathers’ houses;

30Every one from thirty to fifty years old who is able to do the work of the Tent of meeting.

31And this is their part in the work of the Tent of meeting: the transport of the boards and the rods of the Tent, with the pillars and their bases;

32And the pillars of the open space outside it, with their bases and their nails and cords and all the instruments used, and everything which has to be done there; all the instruments for which they are responsible are to be numbered by name.

33This is the work which the sons of Merari are to do in connection with the Tent of meeting, under the direction of Ithamar, the son of Aaron the priest.

34So Moses and Aaron and the chiefs of the people took in hand the numbering of the sons of the Kohathites, by families, in the order of their fathers’ houses;

35Numbering all those from thirty to fifty years old who were able to do the work in the Tent of meeting;

36And the number of all these was two thousand, seven hundred and fifty.

37This is the number of those of the Kohathites who did the work in the Tent of meeting, as they were numbered by Moses and Aaron at the order of the Lord.

38And those of the sons of Gershon who were numbered by families,

39All those from thirty to fifty years old who were able to do the work in the Tent of meeting,

40Who were numbered by families in the order of their fathers’ houses, were two thousand, six hundred and thirty.

41This is the number of the sons of Gershon who did the work in the Tent of meeting, as they were numbered by Moses and Aaron at the order of the Lord.

42And those of the sons of Merari who were numbered by families, in the order of their fathers’ houses,

43All those from thirty to fifty years old who did the work in the Tent of meeting,

44Who were numbered by families, were three thousand, two hundred.

45This is the number of the sons of Merari, numbered by Moses and Aaron at the order of the Lord.

46And all the Levites who were numbered by Moses and Aaron and the chiefs of the people, by families, in the order of their fathers’ houses,

47Those from thirty to fifty years old who were able to do the work of the Tent of meeting and of its transport,

48Came to eight thousand, five hundred and eighty.

49At the order of the Lord they were numbered by Moses, every one in relation to his work and to his part in the transport; so they were numbered by Moses at the order of the Lord.

Ecclesiastes 3:16-22

16And again, I saw under the sun, in the place of the judges, that evil was there; and in the place of righteousness, that evil was there.

17I said in my heart, God will be judge of the good and of the bad; because a time for every purpose and for every work has been fixed by him.

18I said in my heart, It is because of the sons of men, so that God may put them to the test and that they may see themselves as beasts.

19Because the fate of the sons of men and the fate of the beasts is the same. As is the death of one so is the death of the other, and all have one spirit. Man is not higher than the beasts; because all is to no purpose.

20All go to one place, all are of the dust, and all will be turned to dust again.

21Who is certain that the spirit of the sons of men goes up to heaven, or that the spirit of the beasts goes down to the earth?

22So I saw that there is nothing better than for a man to have joy in his work–because that is his reward. Who will make him see what will come after him?

Ecclesiastes 4

1And again I saw all the cruel things which are done under the sun; there was the weeping of those who have evil done to them, and they had no comforter: and from the hands of the evil-doers there went out power, but they had no comforter.

2So my praise was for the dead who have gone to their death, more than for the living who still have life.

3Yes, happier than the dead or the living seemed he who has not ever been, who has not seen the evil which is done under the sun.

4And I saw that the cause of all the work and of everything which is done well was man’s envy of his neighbour. This again is to no purpose and a desire for wind.

5The foolish man, folding his hands, takes the flesh of his body for food.

6One hand full of rest is better than two hands full of trouble and desire for wind.

7Then I came back, and I saw an example of what is to no purpose under the sun.

8It is one who is by himself, without a second, and without son or brother; but there is no end to all his work, and he has never enough of wealth. For whom, then, am I working and keeping myself from pleasure? This again is to no purpose, and a bitter work.

9Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their work.

10And if one has a fall, the other will give him a hand; but unhappy is the man who is by himself, because he has no helper.

11So again, if two are sleeping together they are warm, but how may one be warm by himself?

12And two attacked by one would be safe, and three cords twisted together are not quickly broken.

13A young man who is poor and wise is better than a king who is old and foolish and will not be guided by the wisdom of others.

14Because out of a prison the young man comes to be king, though by birth he was only a poor man in the kingdom.

15I saw all the living under the sun round the young man who was to be ruler in place of the king.

16There was no end of all the people, of all those whose head he was, but they who come later will have no delight in him. This again is to no purpose and desire for wind.

Matthew 17

1And after six days Jesus takes with him Peter, and James, and John, his brother, and makes them go up with him into a high mountain by themselves.

2And he was changed in form before them; and his face was shining like the sun, and his clothing became white as light.

3And Moses and Elijah came before their eyes, talking with him.

4And Peter made answer and said to Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if you will let me, I will make here three tents, one for you, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.

5While he was still talking, a bright cloud came over them: and a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my dearly loved Son, with whom I am well pleased; give ear to him.

6And at these words the disciples went down on their faces in great fear.

7And Jesus came and put his hand on them and said, Get up and have no fear.

8And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one, but Jesus only.

9And when they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus gave them orders, saying, Let no man have word of what you have seen, till the Son of man has come again from the dead.

10And his disciples, questioning him, said, Why then do the scribes say that Elijah has to come first?

11And in answer he said, Elijah truly has to come and put all things right:

12But I say to you that Elijah has come, and they had no knowledge of him, but did to him whatever they were pleased to do; the same will the Son of man undergo at their hands.

13Then the disciples saw that he was talking to them of John the Baptist.

14And when they came to the people, a man went down on his knees to him, saying,

15Lord have mercy on my son: for he is off his head, and is in great pain; and frequently he goes falling into the fire, and frequently into the water.

16And I took him to your disciples, and they were not able to make him well.

17And Jesus, answering, said, O false and foolish generation, how long will I be with you? how long will I put up with you? let him come here to me.

18And Jesus gave orders to the unclean spirit, and it went out of him: and the boy was made well from that hour.

19Then the disciples came to Jesus privately, and said, Why were we not able to send it out?

20And he says to them, Because of your little faith: for truly I say to you, If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, Be moved from this place to that; and it will be moved; and nothing will be impossible to you.

22And while they were going about in Galilee, Jesus said to them, The Son of man will be given up into the hands of men;

23And they will put him to death, and the third day he will come again from the dead. And they were very sad.

24And when they had come to Capernaum, those who took the Temple tax came to Peter and said, Does not your master make payment of the Temple tax?

25He says, Yes. And when he came into the house, Jesus said to him, What is your opinion, Simon? from whom do the kings of the earth get payment or tax? from their sons or from other people?

26And when he said, From other people, Jesus said to him, Then are the sons free.

27But, so that we may not be a cause of trouble to them, go to the sea, and let down a hook, and take the first fish which comes up; and in his mouth you will see a bit of money: take that, and give it to them for me and you.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s