March 21

Numbers 11

1Now the people were saying evil against the Lord; and the Lord, hearing it, was angry and sent fire on them, burning the outer parts of the tent-circle.

2And the people made an outcry to Moses, and Moses made prayer to the Lord, and the fire was stopped.

3So that place was named Taberah, because of the fire of the Lord which had been burning among them.

4And the mixed band of people who went with them were overcome by desire: and the children of Israel, weeping again, said, Who will give us flesh for our food?

5Sweet is the memory of the fish we had in Egypt for nothing, and the fruit and green plants of every sort, sharp and pleasing to the taste:

6But now our soul is wasted away; there is nothing at all: we have nothing but this manna before our eyes.

7Now the manna was like a seed of grain, like small clear drops.

8The people went about taking it up from the earth, crushing it between stones or hammering it to powder, and boiling it in pots, and they made cakes of it: its taste was like the taste of cakes cooked with oil.

9When the dew came down on the tents at night, the manna came down with it.

10And at the sound of the people weeping, every man at his tent-door, the wrath of the Lord was great, and Moses was very angry.

11And Moses said to the Lord, Why have you done me this evil? and why have I not grace in your eyes, that you have put on me the care of all this people?

12Am I the father of all this people? have I given them birth, that you say to me, Take them in your arms, like a child at the breast, to the land which you gave by an oath to their fathers?

13Where am I to get flesh to give to all this people? For they are weeping to me and saying, Give us flesh for our food.

14I am not able by myself to take the weight of all this people, for it is more than my strength.

15If this is to be my fate, put me to death now in answer to my prayer, if I have grace in your eyes; and let me not see my shame.

16And the Lord said to Moses, Send for seventy of the responsible men of Israel, who are in your opinion men of weight and authority over the people; make them come to the Tent of meeting and be there with you.

17And I will come down and have talk with you there: and I will take some of the spirit which is on you and put it on them, and they will take part of the weight of the people off you, so that you do not have to take it by yourself.

18And say to the people, Make yourselves clean before tomorrow and you will have flesh for your food: for in the ears of the Lord you have been weeping and saying, Who will give us flesh for food? for we were well off in Egypt: and so the Lord will give you flesh, and it will be your food;

19Not for one day only, or even for five or ten or twenty days;

20But every day for a month, till you are tired of it, turning from it in disgust: because you have gone against the Lord who is with you, and have been weeping before him saying, Why did we come out of Egypt?

21Then Moses said, The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand men on foot; and you have said, I will give them flesh to be their food for a month.

22Are flocks and herds to be put to death for them? or are all the fish in the sea to be got together so that they may be full?

23And the Lord said to Moses, Has the Lord’s hand become short? Now you will see if my word comes true for you or not.

24And Moses went out and gave the people the words of the Lord: and he took seventy of the responsible men of the people, placing them round the Tent.

25Then the Lord came down in the cloud and had talk with him, and put on the seventy men some of the spirit which was on him: now when the spirit came to rest on them, they were like prophets, but only at that time.

26But two men were still in the tent-circle one of them named Eldad and the other Medad: and the spirit came to rest on them; they were among those who had been sent for, but they had not gone out to the Tent: and the prophet’s power came on them in the tent-circle.

27And a young man went running to Moses and said, Eldad and Medad are acting as prophets in the tent-circle.

28Then Joshua, the son of Nun, who had been Moses’ servant from the time when he was a child, said, My lord Moses, let them be stopped.

29And Moses said to him, Are you moved by envy on my account? If only all the Lord’s people were prophets, and the Lord might put his spirit on them!

30Then Moses, with the responsible men of Israel, went back to the tent-circle.

31Then the Lord sent a wind, driving little birds from the sea, so that they came down on the tents, and all round the tent-circle, about a day’s journey on this side and on that, in masses about two cubits high over the face of the earth.

32And all that day and all night and the day after, the people were taking up the birds; the smallest amount which anyone got was ten homers: and they put them out all round the tents.

33But while the meat was still between their teeth, before it was tasted, the wrath of the Lord was moved against the people and he sent a great outburst of disease on them.

34So that place was named Kibroth-hattaavah; because there they put in the earth the bodies of the people who had given way to their desires.

35From Kibroth-hattaavah the people went on to Hazeroth; and there they put up their tents.

Numbers 12

1Now Miriam and Aaron said evil against Moses, because of the Cushite woman to whom he was married, for he had taken a Cushite woman as his wife.

2And they said, Have the words of the Lord been given to Moses only? have they not come to us? And the Lord took note of it.

3Now the man Moses was more gentle than any other man on earth.

4And suddenly the Lord said to Moses and Aaron and Miriam, Come out, you three, to the Tent of meeting. And the three of them went out.

5And the Lord came down in a pillar of cloud, taking his place at the door of the Tent, and made Aaron and Miriam come before him.

6And he said, Now give ear to my words: if there is a prophet among you I will give him knowledge of myself in a vision and will let my words come to him in a dream.

7My servant Moses is not so; he is true to me in all my house:

8With him I will have talk mouth to mouth, openly and not in dark sayings; and with his eyes he will see the form of the Lord: why then had you no fear of saying evil against my servant Moses?

9And burning with wrath against them, the Lord went away.

10And the cloud was moved from over the Tent; and straight away Miriam became a leper, as white as snow: and Aaron, looking at Miriam, saw that she was a leper.

11Then Aaron said to Moses, O my lord, let not our sin be on our heads, for we have done foolishly and are sinners.

12Let her not be as one dead, whose flesh is half wasted when he comes out from the body of his mother.

13And Moses, crying to the Lord, said, Let my prayer come before you, O God, and make her well.

14And the Lord said to Moses, If her father had put a mark of shame on her, would she not be shamed for seven days? Let her be shut up outside the tent-circle for seven days, and after that she may come in again.

15So Miriam was shut up outside the tent-circle for seven days: and the people did not go forward on their journey till Miriam had come in again.

16After that, the people went on from Hazeroth and put up their tents in the waste land of Paran.

Ecclesiastes 8

1Who is like the wise man? and to whom is the sense of anything clear? A man’s wisdom makes his face shining, and his hard face will be changed.

2I say to you, Keep the king’s law, from respect for the oath of God.

3Be not quick to go from before him. Be not fixed in an evil design, because he does whatever is pleasing to him.

4The word of a king has authority; and who may say to him, What is this you are doing?

5Whoever keeps the law will come to no evil: and a wise man’s heart has knowledge of time and of decision.

6For every purpose there is a time and a decision, because the sorrow of man is great in him.

7No one is certain what is to be, and who is able to say to him when it will be?

8No man has authority over the wind, to keep the wind; or is ruler over the day of his death. In war no man’s time is free, and evil will not keep the sinner safe.

9All this have I seen, and have given my heart to all the work which is done under the sun: there is a time when man has power over man for his destruction.

10And then I saw evil men put to rest, taken even from the holy place; and they went about and were praised in the town because of what they had done. This again is to no purpose.

11Because punishment for an evil work comes not quickly, the minds of the sons of men are fully given to doing evil.

12Though a sinner does evil a hundred times and his life is long, I am certain that it will be well for those who go in fear of God and are in fear before him.

13But it will not be well for the evil-doer; he will not make his days long like a shade, because he has no fear before God.

14There is a thing which is to no purpose done on the earth: that there are good men to whom is given the same punishment as those who are evil, and there are evil men who get the reward of the good. I say that this again is to no purpose.

15So I gave praise to joy, because there is nothing better for a man to do under the sun than to take meat and drink and be happy; for that will be with him in his work all the days of his life which God gives him under the sun.

16When I gave my mind to the knowledge of wisdom and to seeing the business which is done on the earth (and there are those whose eyes see not sleep by day or by night),

17Then I saw all the work of God, and that man may not get knowledge of the work which is done under the sun; because, if a man gives hard work to the search he will not get knowledge, and even if the wise man seems to be coming to the end of his search, still he will be without knowledge.

Matthew 19:16-30

16And one came to him and said, Master, what good thing have I to do, so that I may have eternal life?

17And he said to him, Why are you questioning me about what is good? One there is who is good: but if you have a desire to go into life, keep the rules of the law.

18He says to him, Which? And Jesus said, Do not put anyone to death, Do not be untrue in married life, Do not take what is not yours, Do not give false witness,

19Give honour to your father and your mother: and, Have love for your neighbour as for yourself.

20The young man says to him, All these things have I done: what more is there?

21Jesus said to him, If you have a desire to be complete, go, get money for your property, and give it to the poor, and you will have wealth in heaven: and come after me.

22But hearing these words the young man went away sorrowing: for he had much property.

23And Jesus said to his disciples, Truly I say to you, It is hard for a man with much money to go into the kingdom of heaven.

24And again I say to you, It is simpler for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a man with much money to go into the kingdom of God.

25And the disciples, hearing this, were greatly surprised, saying, Who then may have salvation?

26And Jesus, looking at them, said, With men this is not possible; but with God all things are possible.

27Then Peter said to him, See, we have given up everything and have come after you; what then will we have?

28And Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you that in the time when all things are made new, and the Son of man is seated in his glory, you who have come after me will be seated on twelve seats, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

29And everyone who has given up houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or child, or land, for my name, will be given a hundred times as much, and have eternal life.

30But a great number who are first will be last, and some who are last will be first.

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