March 20

Numbers 9

1And the Lord said to Moses, in the waste land of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt,

2Let the children of Israel keep the Passover at its regular time.

3In the fourteenth day of this month, at evening, you are to keep it at the regular time, and in the way ordered in the law.

4And Moses gave orders to the children of Israel to keep the Passover.

5So they kept the Passover in the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, at evening, in the waste land of Sinai: as the Lord gave orders to Moses, so the children of Israel did.

6And there were certain men who were unclean because of a dead body, so that they were not able to keep the Passover on that day; and they came before Moses and before Aaron on that day:

7And these men said to him, We have been made unclean by the dead body of a man; why may we not make the offering of the Lord at the regular time among the children of Israel?

8And Moses said to them, Do nothing till the Lord gives me directions about you.

9And the Lord said to Moses,

10Say to the children of Israel, If any one of you or of your families is unclean because of a dead body, or is on a journey far away, still he is to keep the Passover to the Lord:

11In the second month, on the fourteenth day, in the evening, they are to keep it, taking it with unleavened bread and bitter-tasting plants;

12Nothing of it is to be kept till the morning, and no bone of it is to be broken: they are to keep it by the rules of the Passover.

13But the man who, not being unclean or on a journey, does not keep the Passover, will be cut off from his people: because he did not make the offering of the Lord at the regular time, his sin will be on him.

14And if a man from another country is among you and has a desire to keep the Passover to the Lord, let him do as is ordered in the law of the Passover: there is to be the same rule for the man from another nation and for him who had his birth in the land.

15And on the day when the House was put up, the cloud came down on it, on the Tent of witness; and in the evening there was a light like fire over the House till the morning.

16And so it was at all times: it was covered by the cloud, and by a light as of fire by night.

17And whenever the cloud was taken up from over the House, then the children of Israel went journeying on; and in the place where the cloud came to rest, there the children of Israel put up their tents.

18At the order of the Lord the children of Israel went forward, and at the order of the Lord they put up their tents: as long as the cloud was resting on the House, they did not go away from that place.

19When the cloud was resting on the House for a long time the children of Israel, waiting for the order of the Lord, did not go on.

20Sometimes the cloud was resting on the House for two or three days; then, by the order of the Lord, they kept their tents in that place, and when the Lord gave the order they went on.

21And sometimes the cloud was there only from evening to morning; and when the cloud was taken up in the morning they went on their journey again: or if it was resting there by day and by night, whenever the cloud was taken up they went forward.

22Or if the cloud came to rest on the House for two days or a month or a year without moving, the children of Israel went on waiting there and did not go on; but whenever it was taken up they went forward on their journey.

23At the word of the Lord they put up their tents, and at the word of the Lord they went forward on their journey: they kept the orders of the Lord as he gave them by Moses.

Numbers 10

1And the Lord said to Moses,

2Make two silver horns of hammered work, to be used for getting the people together and to give the sign for the moving of the tents.

3When they are sounded, all the people are to come together to you at the door of the Tent of meeting.

4If only one of them is sounded, then the chiefs, the heads of the thousands of Israel, are to come to you.

5When a loud note is sounded, the tents placed on the east side are to go forward.

6At the sound of a second loud note, the tents on the south side are to go forward: the loud note will be the sign to go forward.

7But when all the people are to come together, the horn is to be sounded but not loudly.

8The horns are to be sounded by the sons of Aaron, the priests; this is to be a law for you for ever, from generation to generation.

9And if you go to war in your land against any who do you wrong, then let the loud note of the horn be sounded; and the Lord your God will keep you in mind and give you salvation from those who are against you.

10And on days of joy and on your regular feasts and on the first day of every month, let the horns be sounded over your burned offerings and your peace-offerings; and they will put the Lord in mind of you: I am the Lord your God.

11Now in the second year, on the twentieth day of the second month, the cloud was taken up from over the Tent of witness.

12And the children of Israel went on their journey out of the waste land of Sinai; and the cloud came to rest in the waste land of Paran.

13They went forward for the first time on their journey as the Lord had given orders by the hand of Moses.

14First the flag of the children of Judah went forward with their armies: and at the head of his army was Nahshon, the son of Amminadab.

15And at the head of the army of the children of Issachar was Nethanel, the son of Zuar.

16And at the head of the army of the children of Zebulun was Eliab, the son of Helon.

17Then the House was taken down; and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari, who were responsible for moving the House, went forward.

18Then the flag of the children of Reuben went forward with their armies: and at the head of his army was Elizur, the son of Shedeur.

19And at the head of the army of the children of Simeon was Shelumiel, the son of Zurishaddai.

20At the head of the army of the children of Gad was Eliasaph, the son of Reuel.

21Then the Kohathites went forward with the holy place; the others put up the House ready for their coming.

22Then the flag of the children of Ephraim went forward with their armies: and at the head of his army was Elishama, the son of Ammihud.

23At the head of the army of the children of Manasseh was Gamaliel, the son of Pedahzur.

24At the head of the army of the children of Benjamin was Abidan, the son of Gideoni.

25And the flag of the children of Dan, whose tents were moved last of all, went forward with their armies: and at the head of his army was Ahiezer, the son of Ammishaddai.

26At the head of the army of the children of Asher was Pagiel, the son of Ochran.

27And at the head of the army of the children of Naphtali was Ahira, the son of Enan.

28This was the order in which the children of Israel were journeying by armies; so they went forward.

29Then Moses said to Hobab, the son of his father-in-law Reuel the Midianite, We are journeying to that place of which the Lord has said, I will give it to you: so come with us, and it will be for your profit: for the Lord has good things in store for Israel.

30But he said, I will not go with you, I will go back to the land of my birth and to my relations.

31And he said, Do not go from us; for you will be eyes for us, guiding us to the right places in the waste land to put up our tents.

32And if you come with us, we will give you a part in whatever good the Lord does for us.

33So they went forward three days’ journey from the mountain of the Lord; and the ark of the Lord’s agreement went three days’ journey before them, looking for a resting-place for them;

34And by day the cloud of the Lord went over them, when they went forward from the place where they had put up their tents.

35And when the ark went forward Moses said, Come up, O Lord, and let the armies of those who are against you be broken, and let your haters go in flight before you.

36And when it came to rest, he said, Take rest, O Lord, and give a blessing to the families of Israel.

Ecclesiastes 7

1A good name is better than oil of great price, and the day of death than the day of birth.

2It is better to go to the house of weeping, than to go to the house of feasting; because that is the end of every man, and the living will take it to their hearts.

3Sorrow is better than joy; when the face is sad the mind gets better.

4The hearts of the wise are in the house of weeping; but the hearts of the foolish are in the house of joy.

5It is better to take note of the protest of the wise, than for a man to give ear to the song of the foolish.

6Like the cracking of thorns under a pot, so is the laugh of a foolish man; and this again is to no purpose.

7The wise are troubled by the ways of the cruel, and the giving of money is the destruction of the heart.

8The end of a thing is better than its start, and a gentle spirit is better than pride.

9Be not quick to let your spirit be angry; because wrath is in the heart of the foolish.

10Say not, Why were the days which have gone by better than these? Such a question comes not from wisdom.

11Wisdom together with a heritage is good, and a profit to those who see the sun.

12Wisdom keeps a man from danger even as money does; but the value of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to its owner.

13Give thought to the work of God. Who will make straight what he has made bent?

14In the day of wealth have joy, but in the day of evil take thought: God has put the one against the other, so that man may not be certain what will be after him.

15These two have I seen in my life which is to no purpose: a good man coming to his end in his righteousness, and an evil man whose days are long in his evil-doing.

16Be not given overmuch to righteousness and be not over-wise. Why let destruction come on you?

17Be not evil overmuch, and be not foolish. Why come to your end before your time?

18It is good to take this in your hand and not to keep your hand from that; he who has the fear of God will be free of the two.

19Wisdom makes a wise man stronger than ten rulers in a town.

20There is no man on earth of such righteousness that he does good and is free from sin all his days.

21Do not give ear to all the words which men say, for fear of hearing the curses of your servant.

22Your heart has knowledge how frequently others have been cursed by you.

23All this I have put to the test by wisdom; I said, I will be wise, but it was far from me.

24Far off is true existence, and very deep; who may have knowledge of it?

25I gave my mind to knowledge and to searching for wisdom and the reason of things, and to the discovery that sin is foolish, and that to be foolish is to be without one’s senses.

26And I saw a thing more bitter than death, even the woman whose heart is full of tricks and nets, and whose hands are as bands. He with whom God is pleased will get free from her, but the sinner will be taken by her.

27Look! this I have seen, said the Preacher, taking one thing after another to get the true account,

28For which my soul is still searching, but I have it not; one man among a thousand have I seen; but a woman among all these I have not seen.

29This only have I seen, that God made men upright, but they have been searching out all sorts of inventions.

Matthew 19:1-15

1And it came about that after saying these words, Jesus went away from Galilee, and came into the parts of Judaea on the other side of Jordan.

2And a great number went after him; and he made them well there.

3And certain Pharisees came to him, testing him, and saying, Is it right for a man to put away his wife for every cause?

4And he said in answer, Have you not seen in the Writings, that he who made them at the first made them male and female, and said,

5For this cause will a man go away from his father and mother, and be joined to his wife; and the two will become one flesh?

6So that they are no longer two, but one flesh. Then let not that which has been joined by God be parted by man.

7They say to him, Why then did Moses give orders that a husband might give her a statement in writing and be free from her?

8He says to them, Moses, because of your hard hearts, let you put away your wives: but it has not been so from the first.

9And I say to you, Whoever puts away his wife for any other cause than the loss of her virtue, and takes another, is a false husband: and he who takes her as his wife when she is put away, is no true husband to her.

10The disciples say to him, If this is the position of a man in relation to his wife, it is better not to be married.

11But he said to them, Not all men are able to take in this saying, but only those to whom it is given.

12For there are men who, from birth, were without sex: and there are some who were made so by men: and there are others who have made themselves so for the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to take it, let him take it.

13Then some people took little children to him, so that he might put his hands on them in blessing: and the disciples said sharp words to them.

14But Jesus said, Let the little ones come to me, and do not keep them away: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

15And he put his hands on them, and went away.

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