March 28

Numbers 22:41

41And in the morning Balak took Balaam up to the high places of Baal, and from there he was able to see the outer limits of the people.

Numbers 23:1-26

1And Balaam said to Balak, Make me here seven altars and get ready seven oxen and seven male sheep.

2And Balak did as Balaam had said; and Balak and Balaam made an offering on every altar of an ox and a male sheep.

3Then Balaam said to Balak, Take your place by your burned offering, and I will go and see if the Lord comes to me: and I will give you word of whatever he says to me. And he went to an open place on a hill.

4And God came to Balaam, and Balaam said to him, I have made ready seven altars, offering an ox and a male sheep on every altar.

5And the Lord put words in Balaam’s mouth, and said, Go back to Balak, and this is what you are to say.

6So he went back to him where he was waiting by his burned offering with all the chiefs of Moab.

7And in the words which the Lord had given him he said, From Aram Balak has sent for me, the king of Moab from the mountains of the East: come, put curses on Jacob for me and be angry with Israel.

8How may I put curses on him who is not cursed by God? how may I be angry with him with whom the Lord is not angry?

9From the top of the rocks I see him, looking down on him from the hills: it is a people made separate, not to be numbered among the nations.

10Who is able to take the measure of the dust of Jacob or the number of the thousands of Israel? May my death be the death of the upright and my last end like his!

11Then Balak said to Balaam, What have you done to me? I sent for you so that my haters might be cursed, and see, you have given them a blessing.

12And in answer he said, Am I not ordered to say only what the Lord puts into my mouth?

13And Balak said to him, Come with me now into another place from which you will not be able to see them all, but only the outskirts of them; and you will send curses on them from there.

14So he took him into the country of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and there they made seven altars, offering an ox and a male sheep on every altar.

15Then he said to Balak, Take your place here by your burned offering, while I go over there to the Lord.

16And the Lord came to Balaam, and put words in his mouth, and said, Go back to Balak, and this is what you are to say.

17So he came to him where he was waiting by his burned offering with the chiefs of Moab by his side. And Balak said to him, What has the Lord said?

18And in the words which the Lord had given him he said, Up! Balak, and give ear; give attention to me, O son of Zippor:

19God is not a man, to say what is false; or the son of man, that his purpose may be changed: what he has said, will he not do? and will he not give effect to the words of his mouth?

20See, I have had orders to give blessing: and he has given a blessing which I have no power to take away.

21He has seen no evil in Jacob or wrongdoing in Israel: the Lord his God is with him, and the glad cry of a king is among them.

22It is God who has taken them out of Egypt; his horns are like those of the mountain ox.

23No evil power has effect against Jacob, no secret arts against Israel; at the right time it will be said of Jacob and of Israel, See what God has done!

24See, Israel comes up like a she-lion, lifting himself up like a lion: he will take no rest till he has made a meal of those he has overcome, drinking the blood of those he has put to death.

25Then Balak said to Balaam, If you will not put a curse on them, at all events do not give them a blessing.

26But Balaam in answer said to Balak, Did I not say to you, I may only do what the Lord says?

Song of Solomon 3:6-11

6Who is this coming out of the waste places like pillars of smoke, perfumed with sweet spices, with all the spices of the trader?

7See, it is the bed of Solomon; sixty men of war are about it, of the army of Israel,

8All of them armed with swords, trained in war; every man has his sword at his side, because of fear in the night.

9King Solomon made himself a bed of the wood of Lebanon.

10He made its pillars of silver, its base of gold, its seat of purple, the middle of it of ebony.

11Go out, O daughters of Jerusalem, and see King Solomon, with the crown which his mother put on his head on the day when he was married, and on the day of the joy of his heart.

Song of Solomon 4

1See, you are fair, my love, you are fair; you have the eyes of a dove; your hair is as a flock of goats, which take their rest on the side of Gilead.

2Your teeth are like a flock of sheep whose wool is newly cut, which come up from the washing; every one has two lambs, and there is not one without young.

3Your red lips are like a bright thread, and your mouth is fair of form; the sides of your head are like pomegranate fruit under your veil.

4Your neck is like the tower of David made for a store-house of arms, in which a thousand breastplates are hanging, breastplates for fighting-men.

5Your two breasts are like two young roes of the same birth, which take their food among the lilies.

6Till the evening comes, and the sky slowly becomes dark, I will go to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense.

7You are all fair, my love; there is no mark on you.

8Come with me from Lebanon, my bride, with me from Lebanon; see from the top of Amana, from the top of Senir and Hermon, from the places of the lions, from the mountains of the leopards.

9You have taken away my heart, my sister, my bride; you have taken away my heart, with one look you have taken it, with one chain of your neck!

10How fair is your love, my sister! How much better is your love than wine, and the smell of your oils than any perfume!

11Your lips are dropping honey; honey and milk are under your tongue; and the smell of your clothing is like the smell of Lebanon.

12A garden walled-in is my sister, my bride; a garden shut up, a spring of water stopped.

13The produce of the garden is pomegranates; with all the best fruits, henna and spikenard,

14Spikenard and safron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices.

15You are a fountain of gardens, a spring of living waters, and flowing waters from Lebanon.

16Be awake, O north wind; and come, O south, blowing on my garden, so that its spices may come out. Let my loved one come into his garden, and take of his good fruits.

Song of Solomon 5:1

1I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride; to take my myrrh with my spice; my wax with my honey; my wine with my milk. Take meat, O friends; take wine, yes, be overcome with love.

Matthew 23:1-12

1Then Jesus said to the people and to his disciples:

2The scribes and the Pharisees have the authority of Moses;

3All things, then, which they give you orders to do, these do and keep: but do not take their works as your example, for they say and do not.

4They make hard laws and put great weights on men’s backs; but they themselves will not put a finger to them.

5But all their works they do so as to be seen by men: for they make wide their phylacteries, and the edges of their robes,

6And the things desired by them are the first places at feasts, and the chief seats in the Synagogues,

7And words of respect in the market-places, and to be named by men, Teacher.

8But you may not be named Teacher: for one is your teacher, and you are all brothers.

9And give no man the name of father on earth: because one is your Father, who is in heaven.

10And you may not be named guides: because one is your Guide, even Christ.

11But let the greatest among you be your servant.

12And whoever makes himself high will be made low, and whoever makes himself low will be made high.

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