March 23

Numbers 15

1And the Lord said to Moses,

2Say to the children of Israel, When you have come into the land which I am giving to you for your resting-place,

3And are going to make an offering by fire to the Lord, a burned offering or an offering in connection with an oath, or an offering freely given, or at your regular feasts, an offering for a sweet smell to the Lord, from the herd or the flock:

4Then let him who is making his offering, give to the Lord a meal offering of a tenth part of a measure of the best meal mixed with a fourth part of a hin of oil:

5And for the drink offering, you are to give with the burned offering or other offering, the fourth part of a hin of wine for every lamb.

6Or for a male sheep, give as a meal offering two tenth parts of a measure of the best meal mixed with a third part of a hin of oil:

7And for the drink offering give a third part of a hin of wine, for a sweet smell to the Lord.

8And when you make ready a young ox for a burned or other offering, or for the effecting of an oath, or for peace-offerings to the Lord:

9Then with the ox give a meal offering of three tenth parts of a measure of the best meal mixed with half a hin of oil.

10And for the drink offering: give half a hin of wine, for an offering made by fire for a sweet smell to the Lord.

11This is to be done for every young ox and for every male sheep or he-lamb or young goat.

12Whatever number you make ready, so you are to do for every one.

13All those who are Israelites by birth are to do these things in this way, when giving an offering made by fire of a sweet smell to the Lord.

14And if a man from another country or any other person living among you, through all your generations, has the desire to give an offering made by fire of a sweet smell to the Lord, let him do as you do.

15There is to be one law for you and for the man of another country living with you, one law for ever from generation to generation; as you are, so is he to be before the Lord.

16The law and the rule are to be the same for you and for those from other lands living with you.

17And the Lord said to Moses,

18Say to the children of Israel, When you come into the land where I am guiding you,

19Then, when you take for your food the produce of the land, you are to give an offering lifted up before the Lord.

20Of the first of your rough meal you are to give a cake for a lifted offering, lifting it up before the Lord as the offering of the grain-floor is lifted up.

21From generation to generation you are to give to the Lord a lifted offering from the first of your rough meal.

22And if in error you go against any of these laws which the Lord has given to Moses,

23All the laws which the Lord has given you by the hand of Moses, from the day when the Lord gave them, and ever after from generation to generation;

24Then, if the wrong is done in error, without the knowledge of the meeting of the people, let all the meeting give a young ox as a burned offering, a sweet smell to the Lord, with its meal offering and its drink offering, as is ordered in the law, together with a he-goat for a sin-offering.

25So the priest will make the people free from sin, and they will have forgiveness; for it was an error, and they have given their offering made by fire to the Lord, and their sin-offering before the Lord, on account of their error:

26And all the meeting of the children of Israel, as well as those from other lands living among them, will have forgiveness; for it was an error on the part of the people.

27And if one person does wrong, without being conscious of it, then let him give a she-goat of the first year for a sin-offering.

28And the priest will take away the sin of the person who has done wrong, if the wrong was done unconsciously, and he will have forgiveness.

29The law in connection with wrong done unconsciously is to be the same for him who is an Israelite by birth and for the man from another country who is living among them.

30But the person who does wrong in the pride of his heart, if he is one of you or of another nation by birth, is acting without respect for the Lord, and will be cut off from his people.

31Because he had no respect for the word of the Lord, and did not keep his law, that man will be cut off without mercy and his sin will be on him.

32Now while the children of Israel were in the waste land, they saw a man who was getting sticks on the Sabbath day.

33And those who saw him getting sticks took him before Moses and Aaron and all the people.

34And they had him shut up, because they had no directions about what was to be done with him.

35Then the Lord said to Moses, Certainly the man is to be put to death: let him be stoned by all the people outside the tent-circle.

36So all the people took him outside the tent-circle and he was stoned to death there, as the Lord gave orders to Moses.

37And the Lord said to Moses,

38Say to the children of Israel that through all their generations they are to put on the edges of their robes an ornament of twisted threads, and in every ornament a blue cord;

39So that, looking on these ornaments, you may keep in mind the orders of the Lord and do them; and not be guided by the desires of your hearts and eyes, through which you have been untrue to me:

40And that you may keep in mind all my orders and do them and be holy to your God.

41I am the Lord your God, who took you out of the land of Egypt, so that I might be your God: I am the Lord your God.

Numbers 16

1Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Pallu, the son of Reuben, made themselves ready,

2And came before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty chiefs of the people, men of good name who had a place in the meeting of the people.

3They came together against Moses and against Aaron, and said to them, You take overmuch on yourselves, seeing that all the people are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them; why then have you put yourselves in authority over the people of the Lord?

4And Moses, hearing this, went down on his face;

5And he said to Korah and his band, In the morning the Lord will make clear who are his, and who is holy, and who may come near him: the man of his selection will be caused to come near him.

6So do this: let Korah and all his band take vessels for burning perfumes;

7And put spices on the fire in them before the Lord tomorrow; then the man marked out by the Lord will be holy: you take overmuch on yourselves, you sons of Levi.

8And Moses said to Korah, Give ear now, you sons of Levi:

9Does it seem only a small thing to you that the God of Israel has made you separate from the rest of Israel, letting you come near himself to do the work of the House of the Lord, and to take your place before the people to do what has to be done for them;

10Letting you, and all your brothers the sons of Levi, come near to him? and would you now be priests?

11So you and all your band have come together against the Lord; and Aaron, who is he, that you are crying out against him?

12Then Moses sent for Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab: and they said, We will not come up:

13Is it not enough that you have taken us from a land flowing with milk and honey, to put us to death in the waste land, but now you are desiring to make yourself a chief over us?

14And more than this, you have not taken us into a land flowing with milk and honey, or given us a heritage of fields and vine-gardens: will you put out the eyes of these men? We will not come up.

15Then Moses was very angry, and said to the Lord, Give no attention to their offering: not one of their asses have I taken, or done wrong to any of them.

16And Moses said to Korah, You and all your band are to come before the Lord tomorrow, you and they and Aaron:

17And let every man take a vessel for burning perfumes, and put sweet spices in them; let every man take his vessel before the Lord, two hundred and fifty vessels; you and Aaron and everyone with his vessel.

18So every man took his vessel and they put fire in them, with spices, and came to the door of the Tent of meeting with Moses and Aaron.

19And Korah made all the people come together against them to the door of the Tent of meeting: and the glory of the Lord was seen by all the people.

20And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron,

21Come out from among this people, so that I may send sudden destruction on them.

22Then falling down on their faces they said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, because of one man’s sin will your wrath be moved against all the people?

23And the Lord said to Moses,

24Say to the people, Come away from the tent of Korah Dathan, and Abiram.

25So Moses got up and went to Dathan and Abiram, and the responsible men of Israel went with him.

26And he said to the people, Come away now from the tents of these evil men, without touching anything of theirs, or you may be taken in the punishment of their sins.

27So on every side they went away from the tent of Korah Dathan, and Abiram: and Dathan and Abiram came out to the door of their tents, with their wives and their sons and their little ones.

28And Moses said, Now you will see that the Lord has sent me to do all these works, and I have not done them of myself.

29If these men have the common death of men, or if the natural fate of all men overtakes them, then the Lord has not sent me.

30But if the Lord does something new, opening the earth to take them in, with everything which is theirs, and they go down living into the underworld, then it will be clear to you that the Lord has not been honoured by these men.

31And while these words were on his lips, the earth under them was parted in two;

32And the earth, opening her mouth, took them in, with their families, and all the men who were joined to Korah, and their goods.

33So they and all theirs went down living into the underworld, and the earth was shut over them, and they were cut off from among the meeting of the people.

34And all Israel round about them went in flight at their cry, For fear, said they, that we go down into the heart of the earth.

35Then fire came out from the Lord, burning up the two hundred and fifty men who were offering the perfume.

36And the Lord said to Moses,

37Say to Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, that he is to take out of the flames the vessels with the perfumes in them, turning the fire out of them, for they are holy;

38And let the vessels of those men, who with their lives have made payment for their sin, be hammered out into plates as a cover for the altar; for they have been offered before the Lord and are holy; so that they may be a sign to the children of Israel.

39So Eleazar the priest took the brass vessels which had been offered by those who were burned up, and they were hammered out to make a cover for the altar:

40To be a sign, kept in memory for ever by the children of Israel, that no man who is not of the seed of Aaron has the right of burning spices before the Lord, so that he may not be like Korah and his band: as the Lord said to him by the mouth of Moses.

41But on the day after, all the children of Israel made an outcry against Moses and against Aaron, saying, You have put to death the Lord’s people.

42Now when the people had come together against Moses and Aaron, looking in the direction of the Tent of meeting, they saw the cloud covering it, and the glory of the Lord came before their eyes.

43Then Moses and Aaron came to the front of the Tent of meeting.

44And the Lord said to Moses,

45Come out from among this people, so that I may send sudden destruction on them. And they went down on their faces.

46And Moses said to Aaron, Take your vessel and put in it fire from the altar, and sweet spices, and take it quickly into the meeting of the people, and make them free from sin: for wrath has gone out from the Lord, and the disease is starting.

47And at the words of Moses, Aaron took his vessel, and went running among the people; and even then the disease had made a start among them; and he put spices in his vessel to take away the sin of the people.

48And he took his place between the dead and the living: and the disease was stopped.

49Now fourteen thousand, seven hundred deaths were caused by that disease, in addition to those who came to their end because of what Korah had done.

50Then Aaron went back to Moses to the door of the Tent of meeting: and the disease came to a stop.

Ecclesiastes 9:13-18

13This again I have seen under the sun as wisdom and it seemed great to me.

14There was a little town and the number of its men was small, and there came a great king against it and made an attack on it, building works of war round about it.

15Now there was in the town a poor, wise man, and he, by his wisdom, kept the town safe. But no one had any memory of that same poor man.

16Then I said, Wisdom is better than strength, but the poor man’s wisdom is not respected, and his words are not given a hearing.

17The words of the wise which come quietly to the ear are noted more than the cry of a ruler among the foolish.

18Wisdom is better than instruments of war, but one sinner is the destruction of much good.

Ecclesiastes 10

1Dead flies make the oil of the perfumer give out an evil smell; more valued is a little wisdom than the great glory of the foolish.

2The heart of the wise man goes in the right direction; but the heart of a foolish man in the wrong.

3And when the foolish man is walking in the way, he has no sense and lets everyone see that he is foolish.

4If the wrath of the ruler is against you, keep in your place; in him who keeps quiet even great sins may be overlooked.

5There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, like an error which comes by chance from a ruler:

6The foolish are placed in high positions, but men of wealth are kept low.

7I have seen servants on horses, and rulers walking on the earth as servants.

8He who makes a hole for others will himself go into it, and for him who makes a hole through a wall the bite of a snake will be a punishment.

9He who gets out stones from the earth will be damaged by them, and in the cutting of wood there is danger.

10If the iron has no edge, and he does not make it sharp, then he has to put out more strength; but wisdom makes things go well.

11If a snake gives a bite before the word of power is said, then there is no longer any use in the word of power.

12The words of a wise man’s mouth are sweet to all, but the lips of a foolish man are his destruction.

13The first words of his mouth are foolish, and the end of his talk is evil crime.

14The foolish are full of words; man has no knowledge of what will be; and who is able to say what will be after him?

15The work of the foolish will be a weariness to him, because he has no knowledge of the way to the town.

16Unhappy is the land whose king is a boy, and whose rulers are feasting in the morning.

17Happy is the land whose ruler is of noble birth, and whose chiefs take food at the right time, for strength and not for feasting.

18When no work is done the roof goes in, and when the hands do nothing water comes into the house.

19A feast is for laughing, and wine makes glad the heart; but by the one and the other money is wasted.

20Say not a curse against the king, even in your thoughts; and even secretly say not a curse against the man of wealth; because a bird of the air will take the voice, and that which has wings will give news of it.

Matthew 20:17-34

17And when Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples on one side, and said to them,

18See, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be given into the hands of the chief priests and scribes; and they will give orders for him to be put to death,

19And will give him up to the Gentiles to be made sport of and to be whipped and to be put to death on the cross: and the third day he will come back again from the dead.

20Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, giving him worship and making a request of him.

21And he said to her, What is your desire? She says to him, Let my two sons be seated, the one at your right hand, and the other at your left, in your kingdom.

22But Jesus made answer and said, You have no idea what you are requesting. Are you able to take of the cup which I am about to take?

23They say to him, We are able. He says to them, Truly, you will take of my cup: but to be seated at my right hand and at my left is not for me to give, but it is for those for whom my Father has made it ready.

24And when it came to the ears of the ten, they were angry with the two brothers.

25But Jesus said to them, You see that the rulers of the Gentiles are lords over them, and their great ones have authority over them.

26Let it not be so among you: but if anyone has a desire to become great among you, let him be your servant;

27And whoever has a desire to be first among you, let him take the lowest place:

28Even as the Son of man did not come to have servants, but to be a servant, and to give his life for the salvation of men.

29And when they were going out from Jericho, a great number went after him.

30And two blind men seated by the wayside, when they had the news that Jesus was going by, gave a loud cry, saying, Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us.

31And the people gave them orders to be quiet; but they went on crying even louder, Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us.

32And Jesus, stopping, sent for them, and said, What would you have me do to you?

33They say to him, Lord, that our eyes may be open.

34And Jesus, being moved with pity, put his fingers on their eyes: and straight away they were able to see, and went after him.

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