1And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron,
2This is the rule of the law which the Lord has made, saying, Give orders to the children of Israel to give you a red cow without any mark on her, and on which the yoke has never been put:
3Give her to Eleazar the priest and let him take her outside the tent-circle and have her put to death before him.
4Then let Eleazar the priest take some of her blood on his finger, shaking the blood seven times in the direction of the front of the Tent of meeting:
5And the cow is to be burned before him, her skin and her flesh and her blood and her waste are to be burned:
6Then let the priest take cedar-wood and hyssop and red thread, and put them into the fire where the cow is burning.
7And the priest, after washing his clothing and bathing his body in water, may come back to the tent-circle, and will be unclean till evening.
8And he who does the burning is to have his clothing washed and his body bathed in water and be unclean till evening.
9Then let a man who is clean take the dust of the burned cow and put it outside the tent-circle in a clean place, where it is to be kept for the children of Israel and used in making the water which takes away what is unclean: it is a sin-offering.
10And he who takes up the dust of the burned cow is to have his clothing washed with water and be unclean till evening: this is to be a law for ever, for the children of Israel as well as for the man from another country who is living among them.
11Anyone touching a dead body will be unclean for seven days:
12On the third day and on the seventh day he is to make himself clean with the water, and so he will be clean: but if he does not do this on the third day and on the seventh day, he will not be clean.
13Anyone touching the body of a dead man without making himself clean in this way, makes the House of the Lord unclean; and that man will be cut off from Israel: because the water was not put on him, he will be unclean; his unclean condition is unchanged.
14This is the law when death comes to a man in his tent: everyone who comes into the tent, and everyone who is in the tent, will be unclean for seven days.
15And every open vessel without a cover fixed on it will be unclean.
16And anyone touching one who has been put to death with the sword in the open country, or the body of one who has come to his end by a natural death, or a man’s bone, or the resting-place of a dead body, will be unclean for seven days.
17And for the unclean, they are to take the dust of the burning of the sin-offering, and put flowing water on it in a vessel:
18And a clean person is to take hyssop and put it in the water, shaking it over the tent, and all the vessels, and the people who were there, and over him by whom the bone, or the body of one who has been put to death with the sword, or the body of one who has come to his end by a natural death, or the resting-place was touched.
19Let the clean person do this to the unclean on the third day and on the seventh day: and on the seventh day he is to make him clean; and after washing his clothing and bathing himself in water, he will be clean in the evening.
20But the man who, being unclean, does not make himself clean in this way, will be cut off from the meeting of the people, because he has made the holy place of the Lord unclean: the water has not been put on him, he is unclean.
21This is to be a law for them for ever: he who puts the water on the unclean person is to have his clothing washed; and anyone touching the water will be unclean till evening.
22Anything touched by the unclean person will be unclean; and any person touching it will be unclean till evening.
1In the first month all the children of Israel came into the waste land of Zin, and put up their tents in Kadesh; there death came to Miriam, and they put her body to rest in the earth.
2And there was no water for the people: and they came together against Moses and against Aaron.
3And the people were angry with Moses and said, If only death had overtaken us when our brothers came to their death before the Lord!
4Why have you taken the Lord’s people into this waste, for death to come to us and to our cattle there?
5Why have you made us come out of Egypt into this evil place? This is no place of seed or figs or vines or other fruits, and there is no water for drinking.
6Then Moses and Aaron went away from the people to the door of the Tent of meeting; and, falling on their faces there, they saw the glory of the Lord.
7And the Lord said to Moses,
8Take the rod, you and Aaron, your brother, and make all the people come together, and before their eyes give orders to the rock to give out its water; and so make water come out of the rock for them, and give the people and their cattle drink.
9And Moses took the rod from before the Lord as he gave him orders.
10Then Moses and Aaron made the people come together in front of the rock, and he said to them, Give ear now, you people whose hearts are turned from the Lord; are we to get water for you out of the rock?
11And lifting up his hand, Moses gave the rock two blows with his rod: and water came streaming out, and the people and their cattle had drink enough.
12Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, Because you had not enough faith in me to keep my name holy before the children of Israel, you will not take this people into the land which I have given them.
13These are the waters of Meribah; because the children of Israel went against the Lord, and they saw that he was holy among them.
14Then Moses sent men from Kadesh to the king of Edom to say to him, Your brother Israel says, You have knowledge of all the things we have been through;
15How our fathers went down into Egypt, and we were living in Egypt for a long time; and the Egyptians were cruel to us and to our fathers:
16And the Lord gave ear to the voice of our cry, and sent an angel and took us out of Egypt: and now we are in Kadesh, a town on the edge of your land;
17Let us now go through your land: we will not go into field or vine-garden, or take the water of the springs; we will go by the highway, not turning to the right or to the left, till we have gone past the limits of your land.
18And Edom said, You are not to go through my land, for if you do I will come out against you with the sword.
19And the children of Israel said to him, We will go up by the highway: and if we or our cattle take of your water, we will give you a price for it: only let us go through on our feet, nothing more.
20But he said, You are not to go through. And Edom came out against them in his strength, with a great army.
21So Edom would not let Israel go through his land; and Israel went in another direction.
22And they went on from Kadesh, and came, with all their people, to Mount Hor.
23And at Mount Hor, at the edge of the land of Edom, the Lord said to Moses and Aaron,
24Aaron will be put to rest with his people; he will not go into the land which I have given to the children of Israel, because you went against my word at the waters of Meribah.
25So take Aaron and Eleazar, his son, up into Mount Hor;
26And take Aaron’s robes off him and put them on Eleazar, his son: and death will come to Aaron there, and he will be put to rest with his people.
27So Moses did as the Lord had said, and before the eyes of all the people they went up Mount Hor.
28And Moses took off Aaron’s robes, and put them on Eleazar, his son; and there on the top of the mountain death came to Aaron: then Moses and Eleazar came down from the mountain.
29And when the people saw that Aaron was dead, all the children of Israel gave themselves up to weeping for him for thirty days.
9Have joy, O young man, while you are young; and let your heart be glad in the days of your strength, and go in the ways of your heart, and in the desire of your eyes; but be certain that for all these things God will be your judge.
10So put away trouble from your heart, and sorrow from your flesh; because the early years and the best years are to no purpose.
1Let your mind be turned to your Maker in the days of your strength, while the evil days come not, and the years are far away when you will say, I have no pleasure in them;
2While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, are not dark, and the clouds come not back after the rain;
3In the day when the keepers of the house are shaking for fear, and the strong men are bent down, and the women who were crushing the grain are at rest because their number is small, and those looking out of the windows are unable to see;
4When the doors are shut in the street, and the sound of the crushing is low, and the voice of the bird is soft, and the daughters of music will be made low;
5And he is in fear of that which is high, and danger is in the road, and the tree is white with flower, and the least thing is a weight, and desire is at an end, because man goes to his last resting-place, and those who are sorrowing are in the streets;
6Before ever the silver cord is cut, or the vessel of gold is broken, or the pot is broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the water-hole;
7And the dust goes back to the earth as it was, and the spirit goes back to God who gave it.
8All things are to no purpose, says the Preacher, all is to no purpose.
9And because the Preacher was wise he still gave the people knowledge; searching out, testing, and putting in order a great number of wise sayings.
10The Preacher made search for words which were pleasing, but his writing was in words upright and true.
11The words of the wise are pointed, and sayings grouped together are like nails fixed with a hammer; they are given by one guide.
12And further, my son, take note of this: of the making of books there is no end, and much learning is a weariness to the flesh.
13This is the last word. All has been said. Have fear of God and keep his laws; because this is right for every man.
14God will be judge of every work, with every secret thing, good or evil.
28But how does it seem to you? A man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go and do work today in the vine-garden.
29And he said in answer, I will not: but later, changing his decision, he went.
30And he came to the second and said the same. And he made answer and said, I go, sir: and went not.
31Which of the two did his father’s pleasure? They say, The first. Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you, that tax-farmers and loose women are going into the kingdom of God before you.
32For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you had no faith in him, but the tax-farmers and the loose women had faith in him: and you, when you saw it, did not even have regret for your sins, so as to have faith in him.
33Give ear to another story. A master of a house made a vine garden, and put a wall round it, and made a place for crushing out the wine, and made a tower, and let it out to field-workers, and went into another country.
34And when the time for the fruit came near, he sent his servants to the workmen, to get the fruit.
35And the workmen made an attack on his servants, giving blows to one, putting another to death, and stoning another.
36Again, he sent other servants more in number than the first: and they did the same to them.
37But after that he sent his son to them, saying, They will have respect for my son.
38But when the workmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is he who will one day be the owner of the property; come, let us put him to death and take his heritage.
39And they took him and, driving him out of the vine-garden, put him to death.
40When, then, the lord of the vine-garden comes, what will he do to those workmen?
41They say to him, He will put those cruel men to a cruel death, and will let out the vine-garden to other workmen, who will give him the fruit when it is ready.
42Jesus says to them, Did you never see in the Writings, The stone which the builders put on one side, the same has been made the chief stone of the building: this was the Lord’s doing, and it is a wonder in our eyes?
43For this reason I say to you, The kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and will be given to a nation producing the fruits of it.
44Any man falling on this stone will be broken, but he on whom it comes down will be crushed to dust.
45And when his stories came to the ears of the chief priests and the Pharisees, they saw that he was talking of them.
46And though they had a desire to take him, they were in fear of the people, because in their eyes he was a prophet.