April 1

Numbers 30

1And Moses said to the heads of the tribes of the children of Israel, This is the order of the Lord.

2When a man takes an oath to the Lord, or gives an undertaking having the force of an oath, let him not go back from his word, but let him do whatever he has said he will do.

3If a woman, being young and under the authority of her father, takes an oath to the Lord or gives an undertaking;

4If her father, hearing of her oath or the undertaking she has given, says nothing to her, then all her oaths and every undertaking she has given will have force.

5But if her father, hearing of it, makes her take back her word, then the oaths or the undertakings she has given will have no force; and she will have forgiveness from the Lord, because her oath was broken by her father.

6And if she is married to a husband at the time when she is under an oath or an undertaking given without thought;

7If her husband, hearing of it, says nothing to her at the time, then the oaths she made and the undertakings she gave will have force.

8But if her husband, hearing of it, makes her take it back, then the oath she made and the undertaking she gave without thought will have no force or effect, and she will have the Lord’s forgiveness.

9But an oath made by a widow or one who is no longer married to her husband, and every undertaking she has given, will have force.

10If she made an oath while she was under the authority of her husband,

11And her husband, hearing of it, said nothing to her and did not put a stop to it, then all her oaths and every undertaking she gave will have force.

12But if her husband, on hearing of it, made them without force or effect, then whatever she has said about her oaths or her undertaking has no force: her husband has made them without effect, and she will have the Lord’s forgiveness.

13Every oath, and every undertaking which she gives, to keep herself from pleasure, may be supported or broken by her husband.

14But if the days go on, and her husband says nothing whatever to her, then he is giving the support of his authority to her oaths and undertakings, because at the time of hearing them he said nothing to her.

15But if at some time after hearing of them, he makes them without force, then he is responsible for her wrongdoing.

16These are the laws which the Lord gave Moses in relation to a man and his wife, or a father and a young daughter who is under his authority.

Numbers 31

1Then the Lord said to Moses,

2Give the Midianites punishment for the wrong they did to the children of Israel: and after that you will go to rest with your people.

3So Moses said to the people, Let men from among you be armed for war to put into effect against Midian the Lord’s punishment on them.

4From every tribe of Israel send a thousand to the war.

5So from the thousands of Israel a thousand were taken from every tribe, twelve thousand men armed for war.

6And Moses sent them out to war, a thousand from every tribe, and with them Phinehas, the son of Eleazar the priest, taking in his hands the vessels of the holy place and the horns for sounding the note of war.

7And they made war on Midian, as the Lord gave orders to Moses; and they put to death every male.

8They put the kings of Midian to death with the rest, Evi and Reken and Zur and Hur and Reba, the five kings of Midian: and Balaam, the son of Beor, they put to death with the sword.

9The women of Midian with their little ones the children of Israel took prisoner; and all their cattle and flocks and all their goods they took for themselves;

10And after burning all their towns and all their tent-circles,

11They went away with the goods they had taken, man and beast.

12And the prisoners and the goods and everything they had taken, they took to Moses and Eleazar the priest and the people of Israel, to the tent-circle in the lowlands of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho.

13Then Moses and Eleazar the priest and the chiefs of the people went out to them before they had come into the tent-circle.

14And Moses was angry with the chiefs of the army, the captains of thousands and the captains of hundreds who had come back from the war.

15And Moses said to them, Why have you kept all the women safe?

16It was these who, moved by Balaam, were the cause of Israel’s sin against the Lord in the question of Peor, because of which disease came on the people of the Lord.

17So now put every male child to death, and every woman who has had sex relations with a man.

18But all the female children who have had no sex relations with men, you may keep for yourselves.

19You yourselves will have to keep outside the tent-circle for seven days, anyone of you who has put any person to death or come near a dead body; and on the third day and on the seventh day make yourselves and your prisoners clean.

20And every bit of clothing, and anything made of leather or goats’ hair or wood, you are to make clean.

21Then Eleazar the priest said to the men of war who had been to the fight, This is the rule of the law which the Lord has given to Moses:

22But gold and silver and brass and iron and tin and lead,

23And anything which may be heated, is to go through the fire and be made clean; but in addition it is to be put in the water of cleaning: and anything which may not go through the fire is to be put in the water.

24And on the seventh day, after washing your clothing, you will be clean, and then you may come into the tent-circle.

25And the Lord said to Moses,

26Get an account of everything which was taken in the war, of man and of beast, you and Eleazar the priest and the heads of families of the people:

27And let division be made of it into two parts, one for the men of war who went out to the fight, and one for all the people:

28And from the men of war who went out let there be offered to the Lord one out of every five hundred, from the persons, and from the oxen and asses and sheep:

29Take this from their part and give it to Eleazar the priest as an offering to be lifted up to the Lord.

30And from the part given to the children of Israel, take one out of every fifty, from the persons, and from the oxen and asses and sheep, and give it to the Levites who have the care of the House of the Lord.

31So Eleazar and Moses did as the Lord had given orders to Moses.

32Now the beasts taken, in addition to what the fighting-men took for themselves, were six hundred and seventy-five thousand sheep,

33And seventy-two thousand oxen,

34And sixty-one thousand asses;

35And thirty-two thousand persons, that is, women who had never had sex relations with a man.

36And the half given as their part to the men who went to the war, was three hundred and thirty-seven thousand, five hundred sheep,

37Of which the Lord’s part was six hundred and seventy-five.

38The number of oxen was thirty-six thousand, of which the Lord’s part was seventy-two;

39The number of asses was thirty thousand, five hundred, of which the Lord’s part was sixty-one.

40And the number of persons was sixteen thousand, of which the Lord’s part was thirty-two persons.

41And Moses gave the Lord’s part, lifted up as an offering, to Eleazar the priest, as the Lord had given orders to Moses.

42And from the half given to the children of Israel, which Moses had kept separate from that given to the fighting-men,

43(Now the people’s half was three hundred and thirty-seven thousand, five hundred sheep,

44And thirty-six thousand oxen,

45And thirty thousand, five hundred asses,

46And sixteen thousand persons;)

47Even from the children of Israel’s half, Moses took one out of every fifty, men and beasts, and gave them to the Levites who had the care of the House of the Lord; as the Lord gave orders to Moses.

48Then the men in authority over the thousands of the army, the captains of thousands and captains of hundreds, came to Moses,

49And said to him, Your servants have taken note of the number of all the fighting-men under our orders, and every one is present;

50And we have here an offering for the Lord from what every man took in the war, ornaments of gold, leg-chains and arm-rings, finger-rings, ear-rings, and neck-ornaments, to make our souls free from sin before the Lord.

51So Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold from them, even all the worked ornaments.

52And the gold which the captains of thousands and captains of hundreds gave, as an offering to be lifted up before the Lord, came to sixteen thousand, seven hundred and fifty shekels.

53(For every man of the army had taken goods for himself in the war.)

54Then Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold given by the captains of thousands and captains of hundreds, and took it into the Tent of meeting, to be a sign in memory of the children of Israel before the Lord.

Job 1

1There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. He was without sin and upright, fearing God and keeping himself far from evil.

2And he had seven sons and three daughters.

3And of cattle he had seven thousand sheep and goats, and three thousand camels, and a thousand oxen, and five hundred she-asses, and a very great number of servants. And the man was greater than any of the sons of the east.

4His sons regularly went to one another’s houses, and every one on his day gave a feast: and at these times they sent for their three sisters to take part in their feasts with them.

5And at the end of their days of feasting, Job sent and made them clean, getting up early in the morning and offering burned offerings for them all. For, Job said, It may be that my sons have done wrong and said evil of God in their hearts. And Job did this whenever the feasts came round.

6And there was a day when the sons of the gods came together before the Lord, and the Satan came with them.

7And the Lord said to the Satan, Where do you come from? And the Satan said in answer, From wandering this way and that on the earth, and walking about on it.

8And the Lord said to the Satan, Have you taken note of my servant Job, for there is no one like him on the earth, a man without sin and upright, fearing God and keeping himself far from evil?

9And the Satan said in answer to the Lord, Is it for nothing that Job is a god-fearing man?

10Have you yourself not put a wall round him and his house and all he has on every side, blessing the work of his hands, and increasing his cattle in the land?

11But now, put out your hand against all he has, and he will be cursing you to your face.

12And the Lord said to the Satan, See, I give all he has into your hands, only do not put a finger on the man himself. And the Satan went out from before the Lord.

13And there was a day when his sons and daughters were feasting in the house of their oldest brother,

14And a man came to Job, and said, The oxen were ploughing, and the asses were taking their food by their side:

15And the men of Sheba came against them and took them away, putting the young men to the sword, and I was the only one who got away safe to give you the news.

16And this one was still talking when another came, and said, The fire of God came down from heaven, burning up the sheep and the goats and the young men completely, and I was the only one who got away safe to give you the news.

17And this one was still talking when another came, and said, The Chaldaeans made themselves into three bands, and came down on the camels and took them away, putting the young men to the sword, and I was the only one who got away safe to give you the news.

18And this one was still talking when another came, and said, Your sons and your daughters were feasting together in their oldest brother’s house,

19When a great wind came rushing from the waste land against the four sides of the house, and it came down on the young men, and they are dead; and I was the only one who got away safe to give you the news.

20Then Job got up, and after parting his clothing and cutting off his hair, he went down on his face to the earth, and gave worship, and said,

21With nothing I came out of my mother’s body, and with nothing I will go back there; the Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; let the Lord’s name be praised.

22In all this Job did no sin, and did not say that God’s acts were foolish.

Matthew 25:1-30

1Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins, the friends of the bride, who took their lights, and went out with the purpose of meeting the husband.

2And five of them were foolish, and five were wise.

3For the foolish, when they took their lights, took no oil with them.

4But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lights.

5Now the husband was a long time in coming, and they all went to sleep.

6But in the middle of the night there is a cry, The husband comes! Go out to him.

7Then all those virgins got up, and made ready their lights.

8And the foolish said to the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lights are going out.

9But the wise made answer, saying, There may not be enough for us and you; it would be better for you to go to the traders and get oil for yourselves.

10And while they went to get oil, the master came; and those who were ready went in with him to the feast: and the door was shut.

11After that the other virgins came, saying, Lord, Lord, let us in.

12But he made answer and said, Truly I say to you, I have no knowledge of you.

13Keep watch, then, because you are not certain of the day or of the hour.

14For it is as when a man, about to take a journey, got his servants together, and gave them his property.

15And to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to everyone as he was able; and he went on his journey.

16Straight away he who had been given the five talents went and did trade with them, and made five more.

17In the same way he who had been given the two got two more.

18But he who was given the one went away and put it in a hole in the earth, and kept his lord’s money in a secret place.

19Now after a long time the lord of those servants comes, and makes up his account with them.

20And he who had the five talents came with his other five talents, saying, Lord, you gave into my care five talents: see, I have got five more.

21His lord said to him, Well done, good and true servant: you have been true in a small thing, I will give you control over great things: take your part in the joy of your lord.

22And he who had the two talents came and said, Lord, you gave into my care two talents: see, I have got two more.

23His lord said to him, Well done, good and true servant: you have been true in a small thing, I will give you control over great things: take your part in the joy of your lord.

24And he who had had the one talent came and said, Lord, I had knowledge that you are a hard man, getting in grain where you have not put seed, and making profits for which you have done no work:

25And I was in fear, and went away, and put your talent in the earth: here is what is yours.

26But his lord in answer said to him, You are a bad and unready servant; if you had knowledge that I get in grain where I did not put seed, and make profits for which I have done no work,

27Why, then, did you not put my money in the bank, and at my coming I would have got back what is mine with interest?

28Take away, then, his talent and give it to him who has the ten talents.

29For to everyone who has will be given, and he will have more: but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.

30And put out the servant who is of no profit into the outer dark: there will be weeping and cries of sorrow.

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