March 19

Numbers 7

1And when Moses had put up the House completely, and had put oil on it and made it holy, with all the things in it, and had made the altar and all its vessels holy with oil;

2Then the chiefs of Israel, the heads of their fathers’ houses, made offerings; these were the chiefs of the tribes, who were over those who were numbered.

3And they came with their offerings before the Lord, six covered carts and twelve oxen; a cart for every two of the chiefs, and for every one an ox.

4And the Lord said to Moses,

5Take the things from them, to be used for the work of the Tent of meeting; and give them to the Levites, to every man what is needed for his work.

6So Moses took the carts and the oxen and gave them to the Levites.

7Two carts and four oxen he gave to the sons of Gershon for their work;

8And four carts and eight oxen he gave to the sons of Merari for their work, under the direction of Ithamar, the son of Aaron the priest.

9But to the sons of Kohath he gave nothing; because they had the care of the holy place, taking it about on their backs.

10And the chiefs gave an offering for the altar on the day when the holy oil was put on it; they made their offering before the altar.

11And the Lord said to Moses, Let every chief on his day give his offering to make the altar holy.

12And he who made his offering on the first day was Nahshon, the son of Amminadab, of the tribe of Judah:

13And his offering was one silver plate, a hundred and thirty shekels in weight, one silver basin of seventy shekels, by the scale of the holy place; the two of them full of the best meal mixed with oil for a meal offering;

14One gold spoon of ten shekels, full of spice for burning;

15One young ox, one male sheep, one he-lamb of the first year, for a burned offering;

16One male of the goats for a sin-offering;

17And for the peace-offerings, two oxen, five male sheep, five he-goats, five he-lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Nahshon, the son of Amminadab.

18On the second day Nethanel, the son of Zuar, chief of Issachar, made his offering:

19He gave one silver plate, a hundred and thirty shekels in weight, one silver basin of seventy shekels, by the scale of the holy place; the two of them full of the best meal mixed with oil for a meal offering;

20One gold spoon of ten shekels, full of spice;

21One young ox, one male sheep, one he-lamb of the first year, for a burned offering;

22One male of the goats for a sin-offering;

23And for the peace-offerings, two oxen, five male sheep, five he-goats, five he-lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Nethanel, the son of Zuar.

24On the third day Eliab, the son of Helon, chief of the children of Zebulun:

25His offering was one silver plate, a hundred and thirty shekels in weight, one silver basin of seventy shekels, by the scale of the holy place; the two of them full of the best meal mixed with oil for a meal offering;

26One gold spoon of ten shekels, full of spice;

27One young ox, one male sheep, one he-lamb of the first year, for a burned offering;

28One male of the goats for a sin-offering;

29And for the peace-offerings, two oxen, five male sheep, five he-goats, five he-lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Eliab, the son of Helon.

30On the fourth day Elizur, the son of Shedeur, chief of the children of Reuben:

31His offering was one silver plate, a hundred and thirty shekels in weight, one silver basin of seventy shekels, by the scale of the holy place; the two of them full of the best meal mixed with oil for a meal offering;

32One gold spoon of ten shekels, full of spice;

33One young ox, one male sheep, one he-lamb of the first year, for a burned offering;

34One male of the goats for a sin-offering;

35And for the peace-offerings, two oxen, five male sheep, five he-goats, five he-lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Elizur, the son of Shedeur.

36On the fifth day Shelumiel, the son of Zurishaddai, chief of the children of Simeon:

37His offering was one silver plate, a hundred and thirty shekels in weight, one silver basin of seventy shekels, by the scale of the holy place; the two of them full of the best meal mixed with oil for a meal offering;

38One gold spoon of ten shekels, full of spice;

39One young ox, one male sheep, one he-lamb of the first year, for a burned offering;

40One male of the goats for a sin-offering;

41And for the peace-offerings, two oxen, five male sheep, five he-goats, five he-lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Shelumiel, the son of Zurishaddai.

42On the sixth day Eliasaph, the son of Reuel, chief of the children of Gad:

43His offering was one silver plate, a hundred and thirty shekels in weight, one silver basin of seventy shekels, by the scale of the holy place; the two of them full of the best meal mixed with oil for a meal offering;

44One gold spoon of ten shekels, full of spice;

45One young ox, one male sheep, one he-lamb of the first year, for a burned offering;

46One male of the goats for a sin-offering;

47And for the peace-offerings, two oxen, five male sheep, five he-goats, five he-lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Eliasaph, the son of Reuel

48On the seventh day Elishama, the son of Ammihud, chief of the children of Ephraim:

49His offering was one silver plate, a hundred and thirty shekels in weight, one silver basin of seventy shekels, by the scale of the holy place; the two of them full of the best meal mixed with oil for a meal offering;

50One gold spoon of ten shekels, full of spice;

51One young ox, one male sheep, one he-lamb of the first year, for a burned offering;

52One male of the goats for a sin-offering;

53And for the peace-offerings, two oxen, five male sheep, five he-goats, five he-lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Elishama, the son of Ammihud.

54On the eighth day Gamaliel, the son of Pedahzur, chief of the children of Manasseh:

55His offering was one silver plate, a hundred and thirty shekels in weight, one silver basin of seventy shekels, by the scale of the holy place; the two of them full of the best meal mixed with oil for a meal offering;

56One gold spoon of ten shekels, full of spice;

57One young ox, one male sheep, one he-lamb of the first year, for a burned offering;

58One male of the goats for a sin-offering;

59And for the peace-offerings, two oxen, five male sheep, five he-goats, five he-lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Gamaliel, the son of Pedahzur.

60On the ninth day Abidan, the son of Gideoni, chief of the children of Benjamin:

61His offering was one silver plate, a hundred and thirty shekels in weight, one silver basin of seventy shekels, by the scale of the holy place; the two of them full of the best meal mixed with oil for a meal offering;

62One gold spoon of ten shekels, full of spice;

63One young ox, one male sheep, one he-lamb of the first year for a burned offering;

64One male of the goats for a sin-offering;

65And for the peace-offerings, two oxen, five male sheep, five he-goats, five he-lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Abidan, the son of Gideoni.

66On the tenth day Ahiezer; the son of Ammishaddai, chief of the children of Dan:

67His offering was one silver plate, a hundred and thirty shekels in weight, one silver basin of seventy shekels, by the scale of the holy place; the two of them full of the best meal mixed with oil for a meal offering;

68One gold spoon of ten shekels, full of spice;

69One young ox, one male sheep, one he-lamb of the first year, for a burned offering;

70One male of the goats for a sin-offering;

71And for the peace-offerings, two oxen, five male sheep, five he-goats, five he-lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Ahiezer, the son of Ammishaddai.

72On the eleventh day Pagiel, the son of Ochran, chief of the children of Asher:

73His offering was one silver plate; a hundred and thirty shekels in weight, one silver basin of seventy shekels, by the scale of the holy place; the two of them full of the best meal mixed with oil for a meal offering;

74One gold spoon of ten shekels, full of spice;

75One young ox, one male sheep, one he-lamb of the first year, for a burned offering;

76One male of the goats for a sin-offering;

77And for the peace-offerings, two oxen, five male sheep, five he-goats, five he-lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Pagiel, the son of Ochran.

78On the twelfth day Ahira, the son of Enan, chief of the children of Naphtali:

79His offering was one silver plate, a hundred and thirty shekels in weight, one silver basin of seventy shekels, by the scale of the holy place; the two of them full of the best meal mixed with oil for a meal offering;

80One gold spoon of ten shekels, full of spice;

81One young ox, one male sheep, one he-lamb of the first year, for a burned offering;

82One male of the goats for a sin-offering;

83And for the peace-offerings, two oxen, five male sheep, five he-goats, five he-lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Ahira, the son of Enan.

84These were the offerings given for the altar by the chiefs of Israel, when the holy oil was put on it: twelve silver plates, twelve silver basins, twelve gold spoons;

85The weight of every silver plate was a hundred and thirty shekels, and of every basin seventy; the weight of all the silver of the vessels was two thousand and four hundred shekels, by the scale of the holy place;

86The weight of the twelve gold spoons of spice for burning was ten shekels for every one, by the scale of the holy place; all the gold of the spoons was a hundred and twenty shekels;

87All the oxen, for the burned offering were twelve, the male sheep twelve, the he-lambs of the first year twelve, with their meal offering; and the males of the goats for sin-offering twelve;

88And all the oxen for the peace-offerings, twenty-four oxen, the male sheep sixty, and the he-goats sixty, the he-lambs of the first year sixty. This was given for the altar after the holy oil was put on it.

89And when Moses went into the Tent of meeting to have talk with him, then the Voice came to his ears from over the cover which was on the ark of witness, from between the two winged ones. And he had talk with him.

Numbers 8

1And the Lord said to Moses,

2Say to Aaron, When you put the lights in their places, the seven lights will give light in front of the support.

3And Aaron did so; he put the lights in their places so that they gave light in front of the support, as the Lord gave orders to Moses.

4The support for the lights was of hammered gold work, from its base to its flowers it was of hammered work; from the design which the Lord had given to Moses, he made the support for the lights.

5And the Lord said to Moses,

6Take the Levites out from among the children of Israel and make them clean.

7And this is how you are to make them clean: let the holy water which takes away sin be put on them, and let the hair all over their bodies be cut off with a sharp blade, and let their clothing be washed and their bodies made clean.

8Then let them take a young ox and its meal offering, crushed grain mixed with oil, and take another ox for a sin-offering.

9And make the Levites come forward in front of the Tent of meeting, and let all the children of Israel come together:

10And you are to take the Levites before the Lord: and the children of Israel are to put their hands on them:

11And Aaron is to give the Levites to the Lord as a wave offering from the children of Israel, so that they may do the Lord’s work.

12And the Levites are to put their hands on the heads of the oxen, and one of the oxen is to be offered for a sin-offering and the other for a burned offering to the Lord to take away the sin of the Levites.

13Then the Levites are to be put before Aaron and his sons, to be offered as a wave offering to the Lord.

14So you are to make the Levites separate from the children of Israel, and the Levites will be mine.

15After that, the Levites will go in to do whatever has to be done in the Tent of meeting; you are to make them clean and give them as a wave offering.

16For they have been given to me from among the children of Israel; in place of every mother’s first son, the first to come to birth in Israel, I have taken them for myself.

17For every mother’s first son among the children of Israel is mine, the first male birth of man or beast: on the day when I sent death on all the first sons in the land of Egypt, I made them mine.

18And in place of the first sons among the children of Israel, I have taken the Levites.

19And I have given them to Aaron and to his sons, from among the children of Israel, to undertake for them all the work of the Tent of meeting, and to take away sin from the children of Israel so that no evil may come on them when they come near the holy place.

20All these things Moses and Aaron and the children of Israel did to the Levites; as the Lord gave orders to Moses about the Levites, so the children of Israel did.

21And the Levites were made clean from sin, and their clothing was washed, and Aaron gave them for a wave offering before the Lord; and Aaron took away their sin and made them clean.

22And then the Levites went in to do their work in the Tent of meeting before Aaron and his sons: all the orders which the Lord had given Moses about the Levites were put into effect.

23And the Lord said to Moses,

24This is the rule for the Levites: those of twenty-five years old and over are to go in and do the work of the Tent of meeting;

25But after they are fifty years old, they are to give up their work and do no more;

26But be with their brothers in the Tent of meeting, taking care of it but doing no work. This is what you are to do in connection with the Levites and their work.

Ecclesiastes 6

1There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is hard on men;

2A man to whom God gives money, wealth, and honour so that he has all his desires but God does not give him the power to have joy of it, and a strange man takes it. This is to no purpose and an evil disease.

3If a man has a hundred children, and his life is long so that the days of his years are great in number, but his soul takes no pleasure in good, and he is not honoured at his death; I say that a birth before its time is better than he.

4In wind it came and to the dark it will go, and with the dark will its name be covered.

5Yes, it saw not the sun, and it had no knowledge; it is better with this than with the other.

6And though he goes on living a thousand years twice over and does not see good, are not the two going to the same place?

7All the work of man is for his mouth, and still he has a desire for food.

8What have the wise more than the foolish? and what has the poor man by walking wisely before the living?

9What the eyes see is better than the wandering of desire. This is to no purpose and a desire for wind.

10That which is, has been named before, and of what man is there is knowledge. He has no power against one stronger than he.

11There are words without number for increasing what is to no purpose, but what is man profited by them?

12Who is able to say what is good for man in life all the days of his foolish life which he goes through like a shade? who will say what is to be after him under the sun?

Matthew 18:21-35

21Then Peter came and said to him, Lord, what number of times may my brother do wrong against me, and I give him forgiveness? till seven times?

22Jesus says to him, I say not to you, Till seven times; but, Till seventy times seven.

23For this reason the kingdom of heaven is like a king, who went over his accounts with his servants.

24And at the start, one came to him who was in his debt for ten thousand talents.

25And because he was not able to make payment, his lord gave orders for him, and his wife, and his sons and daughters, and all he had, to be given for money, and payment to be made.

26So the servant went down on his face and gave him worship, saying, Lord, give me time to make payment and I will give you all.

27And the lord of that servant, being moved with pity, let him go, and made him free of the debt.

28But that servant went out, and meeting one of the other servants, who was in debt to him for one hundred pence, he took him by the throat, saying, Make payment of your debt.

29So that servant went down on his face, requesting him and saying, Give me time and I will make payment to you.

30And he would not: but went and put him into prison till he had made payment of the debt.

31So when the other servants saw what was done they were very sad, and came and gave word to their lord of what had been done.

32Then his lord sent for him and said, You evil servant; I made you free of all that debt, because of your request to me:

33Was it not right for you to have mercy on the other servant, even as I had mercy on you?

34And his lord was very angry, and put him in the hands of those who would give him punishment till he made payment of all the debt.

35So will my Father in heaven do to you, if you do not everyone, from your hearts, give forgiveness to his brother.

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